San Diego’s three mayoral candidates agree. Disparities in emergency response times across neighborhoods must end.
“It is the city’s moral obligation to provide equitable emergency services to every community,” City Councilman Kevin Faulconer says in his neighborhoods plan.
Broadly, Faulconer, City Councilman David Alvarez and former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher agree on the solution, too.
The city should build new fire stations in neighborhoods that a 2011 report says have the greatest risk for a delayed response. This is the same as what city leaders have been promising since the report came out, even though none of the stations has been built. The candidates say they’re going to be the one to actually resolve the problem.
City first responders are supposed to get to the scene of high-priority emergencies such as cardiac arrests within seven minutes and 30 seconds of a 911 call. The greatest risk of missing that target occurs in five city neighborhoods clustered within 9 ½ square miles south and east of downtown. Those neighborhoods – Home Avenue in City Heights, Paradise Hills, College Area, Skyline and Encanto – also happen to include some of the city’s poorest and brownest areas.
This map shows the city’s existing fire stations in red and the five most at-risk neighborhoods in blue.