Increased traffic congestion delays fire department and emergency medical services response time in Austin, TX (War on Cars Watch)

Austin fire stations and emergency medical services are struggling to respond in time to emergencies due to traffic.

Increases in population, traffic congestion and irresponsible driving are some of the top reasons for delayed response times to emergencies, according to the Austin Fire Department.

Austin Fire Division chief Palmer Buck said the gold standard for fire stations is to respond in under eight minutes to 90% of emergencies, but traffic often delays fire stations across Austin by more than a minute on average. He said one emergency near State Highway 30 and State Highway 71 had a response time of 15 minutes.