Paramedic Response Times Cut by 3 Minutes, with Restored Rescue 12!

In February of this year, the City Council approved my motion to restore Paramedic Rescue 12 after almost seven years of North Long Beach being without one. This restoration was made possible by voters passing Measure A, and your support and partnership. 

Prior to the restoration of Rescue 12, the average emergency response time in North Long Beach was 8 minutes 40 seconds. I am proud to announce that since the restoration of Rescue 12, the average response times are now 5 minutes 36 seconds. That means we have shortened emergency response times by 3 whole minutes in North Long Beach!  In addition, there has also been a 30 second reduction in response time citywide!

That is an incredible improvement to the quality of life of our residents, and I am proud to have worked with you for the past 7 years advocating for a safer and healthier Long Beach.

Additionally, with this year's proposed budget, we are making public safety a priority with the funding of several initiatives including:

  • $1 million will go toward the new Neighborhood Safe Streets Initiative
  • $4.3 million will support the fourth back-to-back Police Academy with a maximized number of recruits
  • $750,000 will be allotted for safety camera network modernization and expansion
  • Adding 28 full-time equivalent Metro Blue Line enforcement
  • Structural funding of the Long Beach Fire Department’s Homeless Education And Response Team (HEART)
  • Adding two firefighter/investigators to conduct marijuana inspections and assist with team-based marijuana enforcement 

I look forward to continuing to review and discuss this year's proposed budget with my fellow colleagues on the City Council to ensure that it is balanced and fiscally responsible. 

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