• Alex McCracken


Updated: Aug 22

The importance of getting to you quickly during an emergency can not be understated. PROP 1. will improve response times to over 15,000 Central Kitsap Citizens and allow us to serve you better. Please join with us in voting to APPROVE CENTRAL KITSAP PROP. 1.

U.S. regulators estimate that as many as 10,000 lives could be saved every year by reducing 911 response times by just one minute. Response times vary widely by location and the severity of the emergency.

But they fall short when emergency-response teams are needed outside a 10 minute response zone, a common occurrence in rural areas, or in big jurisdictions during emergencies affecting many people.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that in 2007, “U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,557,500 fires. These fires resulted in 3,430 civilian fire fatalities, 17,675 civilian fire injuries and an estimated $14,639,000,000 in direct property loss.”

It is also reported that there was a “civilian fire death every 153 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 30 minutes.” In these instances, residential fires caused 84% of civilian deaths, which is an increase of 11% over the previous year.

Carl Peterson, the assistant director of the NFPA Public Fire Protection Division, states “The fire-growth curve shows that, beyond eight minutes, [a fire] is beyond the room of origin. People are eight times as likely to die in a building fire after eight minutes.”

Richard Bukowski, a researcher for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, believes “fires today seem to burn faster and kill quicker because the contents of modern homes (such as furnishings) can burn faster and more intensely.” To provide the best protection against fire deaths and property loss, the NFPA recommends that fire personnel arrive within six minutes of receiving the initial alarm.

PROP 1. will put firefighters on scene almost 10 minutes faster to over 15,000 citizens. Fast response times save lives, please approve PROP 1.

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