The report from the Los Angeles County Fire Department said across the city it has taken fire personnel seconds longer to arrive at the scene of a call compared to six months ago. In some cases response times are above 5 minutes.
Paramedic response times citywide have increased to more than 6 minutes, still within the department's goal of having paramedics respond to advanced life support calls in 8 minutes or less, the report said.
Response to calls in the jurisdiction of Fire Station 188 in Phillips Ranch have increased from just over 8 minutes to over 9 minutes, the report said.
That has drawn Councilman Freddie Rodriguez's attention.
"Nine-minute response times," he said, "To me, that's totally unacceptable."
In addition, Rodriguez is concerned Pomona-based paramedic squads are leaving the area to respond to calls outside of the city, leaving the south end of the city without adequate paramedic services.
Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief Angel Montoya said the city is not left with paramedic service.
"It is still a fact that squads outside the city are coming to Pomona," he said at a council meeting.
Paramedics based in Diamond Bar and Walnut come into the city to provide services when those based in Pomona are not available, he said. They also come into the city to assist more often than Pomona-based paramedics go outside the city limits.
The location of Fire Station 188, somewhat isolated from major roads, is a factor that plays a part in response times, Montoya said.
Rodriguez has requested additional information on paramedic deployment in the city, and council members asked for information related to paramedics entering and leaving the city on calls.
A Fire Department recommendation included in a city staff report said the department and city staff would work together to develop options and cost estimates to reduce average response times for first-arrived units to 5 minutes or less and paramedic units to 8 minutes.
That recommendation was set aside following the City Council's request, Montoya said.
The Pomona city manager will have to put the council's request in writing and present it to L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, who will then give fire administration personnel direction on how to proceed, he said.
The reconfiguration plan implemented in September involved taking a fire station out of service that was staffed by three firefighters in each of three shifts. The firefighters were moved to other Los Angeles County fire stations.
The plan also involved moving fire equipment, personnel and the closure of Fire Station 181 downtown.
The plan is intended to be temporary but would give the city and Fire Department time to expand Fire Station 182 on North White Avenue to accommodate equipment previously located at the downtown station.
The move is expected to help the city save about $2.5 million a year in fire service contract costs.
This review period could serve as an opportunity to make changes to the reconfiguration plan, Rodriguez said.
"My hope is they can restructure paramedic service," he said, adding that the review could also show the overall plan could be changed.
"Maybe we need to reopen Station 181 and close one of the outside stations," Rodriguez said.
Mayor Elliott Rothman said he has not received complaints related to response times and was satisfied with Montoya's explanation but would like to see maps and other data related to Pomona-based paramedics response to calls for assistance in neighboring cities.
"My concern is that the citizens of Pomona are getting their money's worth," Rothman said.
As part of the review of response times, council members held off on authorizing spending $30,000 for site plans related to the expansion of the North White Avenue station.
The Fire Department administration is handling the process of handling that task.
Rothman said that he, like other council members, initially believed the money would pay for a full set of architectural designs, not site plans.