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Fire Response Time

"Respond to fire calls within six minutes and 20 seconds at least 90% of the time" is a target to measure our success in minimizing loss of life and property due to fire.

How are we doing?

Overall in 2018, the Saskatoon Fire Department responded to calls within six minutes and 20 seconds 80% of the time.

Data Table
First Fire Unit is On-Site within 6 minutes, 20 seconds
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 ...2023
On-Site under 6 minutes, 20 seconds (%) 81 83 84 83 82 83 80 81 80 80 90


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a body of professionals that develops best practice models for fire services, recommends the following response times for emergency fire calls in urban settings, to be achieved 90% of the time:

  • 60 seconds to receive and process the call
  • 80 seconds for responders to don protective clothing
  • 240 seconds (4 minutes) for travel time for the first arriving unit to arrive at the incident after leaving the station
  • Eight minutes travel response time to have a full complement of at least 16 firefighters on-site 

The map shows the present location and coverage of the nine fire stations and the travel time required to respond to a fire in the service area. 

Fire Service Map