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Mission Statement of the New York City Fire Department

Logo'sAs first responders to fires, public safety and medical emergencies, disasters and terrorist acts, FDNY protects the lives and property of New York City residents and visitors. The Department advances public safety through its fire prevention, investigation and education programs. The timely delivery of these services enables the FDNY to make significant contributions to the safety of New York City and homeland security efforts.

Core Values of the Department

  • The Department continues its unwavering call to protect and serve.


    Bravery is the ability to overcome fear through fortitude, instinct, compassion for others and training.

  • We strive to keep our citizens free from danger, especially deliberate, harmful acts. With the best equipment and training, the Department can reduce the risk to the public and its members at fires, emergencies and medical incidents.

  • The enormous commitment necessary to perform the Department’s tasks requires excellence of character. We inspire each other through pride in our unit, which is a belief that every action reflects on all the members of the unit, both past and present.

  • A commitment to the objectives of our mission is an essential part of our code of conduct. The faithful observance of duty calls for us to fulfill our obligations professionally and honestly.

  • By combining all of the components of our core values, the FDNY will maintain its constant state of readiness to meet all threats and challenges, traditional and new.

Who We Are

  • 10,193 Firefighters and Fire Officers
  • 3,529 EMTs, Paramedics and EMS Officers
  • 102 Fire Marshals
  • 349 Fire Inspectors
  • 451 Dispatchers (Fire & EMS)
  • 723 Administrative Personnel (Technologists, Professionals, etc.)
  • 331 Trades Persons (Mechanics, Carpenters and Trades)

Services Provided to New Yorkers

  • 983,615 Fire Apparatus Responses
  • 493,377 Total Fires and Emergencies
  • 39,423 Fires Extinguished
  • 1,468,801 EMS Unit Responses
  • 1,310,770 Medical Emergencies
  • 7,028 Fires Investigated for Potential Arson/Cause and Origin
  • 184,749 Fire Code Regulatory Inspections
  • 69,053 Fire Inspections by Firefighter Field Force
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All FDNY statistics are based on Fiscal Year 2003


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