Fire coverage gap filled in wake of Station 6 closure

first_imgIt’s a bit of good news folded in with the bad: Since Vancouver closed its central-most fire station, average response times across the city have gone up 35 seconds. But that’s not as bad as the department thought it would be.When Fire Station 6, 3216 N.E. 112th Ave., closed its doors at midnight Dec. 31 due to budget cuts, administrators thought response times in the area Station 6 had served would jump two and a half minutes as engines from surrounding stations rushed to cover the calls, Fire Chief Joe Molina said.Instead, that average response time in that area is up 68 seconds for the first three months of the year, compared with the same time in 2010. Across the city, the department predicted an average increase of 30 seconds a call; it grew 35 seconds.Of course, the news is just a snapshot of one quarter in one year, but Molina said he thinks there could be room for even quicker response times.“There’s an ebb and a flow,” he explained. “As weather gets better, we have better response times. But summer’s typically busier for us. So there’s better weather, which will help. But we will also have more calls, which will hurt.”last_img read more