Fires will extend beyond the room of origin when flashover stage is reached (fire gases cause the room to become fully involved in flames).  This stage of fire typically will occur in as little as 8 minutes of the onset of fire.  The Fire Department has a response time goal of arriving on the scene within 6 minutes, 20 seconds 90% of the time.  This response time allows 1 minute for the call taker to obtain the information; 1 minute, 20 seconds for the firefighters to listen to the call, don their gear, mount the apparatus with seat belts attached; and 4 minutes of travel time.  This allows only two minutes for set up and making the fire attack.  The Statesville Fire Department analyzes the data on the types of response in order in to improve the services our citizens deserves.