We may not go to legitimate calls all the time, but response times are nonetheless important to us, even if the politicians don’t care much about it. Usually, when people call, in their minds, they have an emergency, and they want us there NOW.
It’s well established that a patient who is in ventricular fibrillation has only a few minutes before the clock runs out on any chance of a meaningful recovery.
It’s simple logic that cops stop bad guys more effectively more often if their response times are better.
And here’s a video of what a fire can do in a mere few minutes: