FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA ANNOUNCES
INCREASE IN ENGINE COMPANY STAFFING
Announcement comes after medical
leave level drops below 7.5%
Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta announced that effective
tomorrow, the Department would be increasing the staffing
levels on 49 of the City’s 197 engine companies - raising
from 11 to 60 the number of engine companies staffed with
five firefighters. The increase in staffing comes after the
medical leave rate for the Department dropped during the past
“I am pleased to announce that the medical leave rate
has declined and as a result, according to our contract with
the UFA, we are increasing the number of firefighters on 49
of the City’s engine companies immediately, “
said Commissioner Scoppetta. “The increase in staffing
will allow for fire companies in all five boroughs to operate
with the help of an additional firefighter during the busiest
time of the fire department’s year.”
The number of engine companies operating with five firefighters
was decreased in December of 2004 from 60 to 11 when the 365-day
average for medical leave was 7.54% of the uniformed force.
A review of the medical leave rate is conducted at the beginning
of each month, and today the annualized rate stands at 7.49%.
Under a 1996 agreement between the Uniformed Firefighters
Association and the City, the Fire Department has the right
to reduce the number of five firefighter engines to 11 if
the annualized medical leave averaged more than 7.5%.
Commissioner Scoppetta said he remains hopeful and optimistic
that the decline continues and manning levels are maintained.
The next review will be done on March 1, and the medical leave
rate must remain below 7.5% in order for the 49 engines to
continue being staffed by five firefighters.
Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Mike Loughran
(FDNY) (718) 999-2056