Tuesday, August 31, 2010

911 Response Times

A review of 911 police response times in and around St. Cloud, Minnesota. Some are good. Some are not so good. When a minute matters: Local 911 response times analyzed

Response time for priority 1 calls range from 3 minutes to 12 minutes depending on whether you are in town or in the county. Distance plays a part.

Bad things can happen in 3 minutes. Really bad things can happen in 12 minutes.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, but you really need a plan for what you are going to do for those 12 minutes before help arrives.


Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

People who (honestly) believe we can rely on the police for our protection fail to comprehend the sheer size of this country. A "local" government area, even a small one, often can take an hour or more to drive across.

An 12 minute high-end response time is actually pretty good for any department.

"Bad things can happen in 3 minutes."

Consider what happened at Virginia Tech. According to Google maps,it is only 1.1 miles by road from West AJ (where most of the police on campus were at the time) to Norris Hall. It took 3 minutes from the first 911 call for the first police officers to arrive, and they were not driving anywhere close to the speed limits. The only way they could have gotten there faster is if they had been physically closer at the time.

How many died in that 3 minutes (never mind the extra 5 minutes it took to actually gain entry because the bastard had chained the exterior doors shut)?

The Duck said...

Ft Hood took 4 minutes before first officers arrived