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Fire Department Produced Fast Response Times

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BILLINGS - Billings has grown exponentially over the last five years and that growth is expected to increase.

Structure fires and emergency medical calls make up the the vast majority of calls the Billings Fire Department receives each year. In 2013, that average response time was impressive to say the least.

"First responding company is really probably going to get there in that four to five minute range and then subsequent companies, it's going to take them longer because they're coming from usually a mile and a half to two miles away," said Billings Fire Department Chief, Paul Dextras.

An average of fifty-two percent of all calls received last year saw a response time of four minutes. That's 1,831 calls that had an emergency responder on scene in less than five minutes, but response times like that aren't just achieved over night.

"Fire stations are really strategically located in areas that are somewhat close to arterial streets so that response times can be enhanced," said Dextras.

Those locations are about a mile and a half to two miles diameter from each fire station. But as the city continues to grow, the need will also be there for the department to grow.

"What we'll be looking at is revisiting the master plan that we have that deals not only with the staffing requirements of the fire department as our population grows, but also future fire stations. What do they look like, where are they located, can we use existing stations and double up crews in there to meet demands."

Over the last five years, emergency medical calls have made up on average, over sixty-four percent of all calls received every year.

Dextras also says, on average, the Billings Fire Department receives anywhere between 10,200 to 10,700 calls each year.