If the citizens served by the Chippewa Township Fire Department are feeling safer these days, perhaps the reason can be found at the fire station. It’s not a new fire or EMS truck, it’s a dorm room. That was the final step in perfecting 24/7 emergency coverage. “We have slowly increased our coverage in-station over the last 10 years,” explained CTFD Chief Ron Browning. At present, there are now two emergency response personnel at the fire station at all times. That means there is no delay waiting for responders to come from home to the station to begin travel to the scene of the call. The improvement in response times tells the story. In 2004, on average, it took nine minutes 54 seconds from call to arrival. In 2012, it was six minutes 40 seconds. And Browning says the times are getting better still. He also points out that these times are for a combination of fire and EMS. With EMS always in-station, the times are even faster. Response times are calculated from the time “the tone drops” from dispatch until arrival on scene is called into dispatch. The averages above include mutual aid runs outside the coverage area, which take longer.