The Manteca Fire Department is struggling to lower response times. The national standard for fire department calls is five minutes 90 percent of the time. The Manteca Fire Department is that 69 percent.
The department’s call volume has also jumped by 25 percent in the last three years.
“That’s across the board – vehicle accidents, medical calls and fires,” said Manteca Fire Chief Kirk Waters.
Waters says the opening of a fourth fire station on Lathrop Road in September should lower response times significantly.
But only one firefighter is due to be hired. Chief Waters believes the mayor and city council are committed to hiring more firefighters as money from the half cent sales tax increase becomes available.