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When Rescue Time Matters 

"Our focus is not just on the 'Response Time,' which is the duration it takes for first responders to arrive at the scene. Instead, we emphasize the "Total Rescue Time,' which encompasses the entire process from the moment an emergency is recognized to the point where the victim is actually assisted or rescued. This includes the initial realization of danger, the time taken to call for help, the dispatch of emergency services, and their arrival and action at the scene. By considering this full timeline, we aim to optimize and speed up the entire emergency response process, ensuring faster and more effective assistance."


Tactical Time (5-7 minutes)

This is the time it takes for someone who sees or experiences an emergency (like a victim or a witness) to understand what's happening and make a 911 call. It typically takes about 5 to 7 minutes. This delay can happen because it might take a moment for the person to realize the seriousness of the situation or to find a safe moment to make the call.

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Notification Time (4-11 minutes)

After the 911 call is made, this is the time it takes for the emergency services (like the police or fire department) to be informed and ready to respond. It includes the time for the 911 operator to receive the call, understand the situation, and then notify the appropriate first responders. This process can take anywhere from 4 to 11 minutes.

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Response Time (4-18 minutes)

This is the time from when the first responders (like police officers or paramedics) are dispatched until they arrive at the scene of the emergency. This duration can vary widely, from 4 to 18 minutes, depending on factors like the distance they need to travel, traffic conditions, and the nature of the emergency.

"Understanding these times is important because it helps in planning and improving emergency response systems. Reducing any of these times helps in providing quicker help during emergencies". 

H.L. “Hank” Whitman, Jr. Chief – Texas Rangers (retired).

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