- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Fire Department is making a major overhaul to speed up emergency response times after criticism that it fudged the data.

A reorganization announced this week creates four bureaus overseen by deputy chiefs.

The Central Bureau covers downtown and surrounding areas. The South includes the harbor area and South Los Angeles.

Two other bureaus cover the West and the San Fernando Valley.

The Los Angeles Daily News (https://bit.ly/1BestFr) says it’s the biggest organizational change in the department’s 128-year history.

Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas says the change is long overdue.

The department’s reputation suffered two years ago when officials acknowledged underestimating response times.

Officials say the switch to a police-style bureau system could make the department more accountable by putting the division chiefs in closer touch with their communities.

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Information from: (Los Angeles) Daily News, https://www.dailynews.com

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