Whenever a fire breaks out in Chesterfield, the goal is to have a crew there in under seven minutes.
Station Five located across from Midlothian Middle School consistently makes that goal, but for the past three years, the station has failed in another area.
"To get what we call an effective firefighting force within a specific amount of time," said Lieutenant Jason Elmore with Chesterfield Fire and EMS.
An effective firefighting force consists of three fire engines, a ladder truck, an ambulance, and two battalion chiefs on scene within 11 minutes. The engines carry water and are responsible for fighting the fire, while the ladder truck is responsible for rescues and responding to crashes.