Seeking to bolster public confidence in how the Los Angeles Fire Department responds to emergencies and handles data, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has called on the City Council to dip into budget reserves to pay for six additional rescue ambulances and has announced that he wants to install a nationally recognized expert in statistics to oversee the agency’s accounting of its performance.
In a letter to the council sent late Thursday, Villaraigosa characterized as “untenable” recent confusion over how fast fire units respond to emergencies. “We must take immediate steps to rectify it,” he said.
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