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Abstract: Prompt and timely response to fire incidents is critical for emergency management as delays in the departure and arrival at the scene can have significant consequences in terms of death, injury and damage. Research on response times has received limited attention due to restrictions in data access. This paper addresses this gap through investigating the spatial and temporal dynamics of residential fire incident response times in the Brisbane Statistical Division (BSD), Australia. Incident data supplied by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) for the period of 1998 to 2013 is analysed using a spatial analytic approach. Results show differences in response times across specific periods of the day, week and in particular seasons, and that the degree of this variation may reflect variations in the demand for service. Furthermore results show that response times also vary by space, however the degree of this variation are shown to be positively associated with population densities, i.e., locales with higher population densities experience faster response times, in particular the inner urban parts of the study area. We conclude through emphasising the importance of these results in their capacity to contribute to a new evidence base to inform policy decisions from a resource allocation perspective through the spatial and temporal allocation of finite resources.

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