EUGENE, Ore. -- Calls for response have gone up, but response times have stayed low. The Eugene Springfield Fire 2019 annual report, released Friday, outlined what changes we have seen in not only action, but spending and other areas over this last year over.
Richard Rueter is a retired wildlands fire fighter so he says he can empathize with our area first responders.
"Seconds count, especially for medical emergencies," said Reuter.
The 2019 Eugene Springfield Fire annual report was released Friday and in it, an increase in calls is noted over the last 6 years - most of those being medical.
Also outlined is response time from point of dispatch to clear with medical incidents averaging 40 minutes and structure fires two-hours.
Rueter says he has interacted with first responders more than once and he is extremely pleased with the quality he sees.
"I think our first responders are doing an amazing job," said Reuter. "Especially with the increased amount of homelessness, increased population - increased load that they have to deal with."
Other things mentioned in the report were things like cardiac success rate This is the third year in a row that it has been above 50 percent in our area. It's at over 59 percent - a 9 percent increase from last year.
Finally was the budget breakdown noting a 4.3 percent increase from the last year totalling $65.5 million.