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Boston area scores well in fire response

Your car is stuck in traffic. Your train is behind schedule. Your plane is delayed. But take heart, raw-nerved Bostonians: Your fire engines are running on time. The national gold standard for communities is that they should respond to fires within at least six minutes 90 percent of the time. Boston trumps that. A Globe review of public records from 1986 through 2002 shows that the Boston Fire Department has arrived at burning buildings within six minutes 97.7 percent of the time. That’s a percentage that many suburbs cannot match. Full Story

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