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Central Ohio fire departments missing the national response standard

The National Fire Protection Association says that firefighters should get to a site within 6 minutes, 90 percent of the time. Using state fire-run data, Doug Caruso, Martin Rozenman and Jim Woods of the Columbus Dispatch discovered that only two of 84 fire districts in central Ohio meet that national standard. Area firefighters say that the size of fire districts, staffing crunches, congested road conditions, and 911 calls from cell phones are causing the slower response times.

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