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Press Releases / 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 6, 2008


Firefighters Responded to More Emergencies in 2007 than Ever Before in History

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta announced today average citywide response times for fire companies decreased for the second consecutive year in 2007 as firefighters continued to respond to more calls than ever before in Department history. The average citywide response time to all incidents was 4 minutes and 49 seconds in 2007, a decrease from 4 minutes and 54 seconds in 2006. In 2005, the average citywide response time was 5 minutes and 9 seconds.

In 2007, firefighters responded to a total of 490,767 calls, a 1.19% increase from 484,954 in 2006. The total includes a record number of responses to non-medical emergencies such as water leaks and fire alarms. The FDNY Emergency Medical Service received 1,187,602 calls in 2007, a 2.02% increase from 2006 and the most calls ever received in the history of EMS. Average citywide response times to the most life-threatening calls have decreased 20 seconds since the full implementation of GPS technology in all ambulances within the 911-call system.

“The New York City Fire Department protects this City in more ways than ever before, and our members should be commended for their hard work and dedication throughout the year,” said Commissioner Scoppetta. “With the addition of more advanced training and state-of-the-art equipment in 2007, we have ensured our firefighters and EMS members are better prepared to respond to any crisis, any time, anywhere. This past year has proven that when it comes to handling emergencies, the FDNY does it better and faster than any other department in the world.”

In 2007, there were 96 civilian fire fatalities, the same total recorded in 1927. In March, a fire at 1022 Woodycrest Ave. in the Bronx claimed the lives of nine children and one adult. Despite that tragic fire, there have been fewer civilian fire fatalities between 2002 and 2007 than any other consecutive six-year period in recorded history.

Other important statistics in 2007 include:

  • 28,004 structural fires, a slight increase from 27,817 in 2006; the most occurred in 1976 with 56,810
  • 19,338 non-structural fires, a 6.58% decrease from 20,702 in 2006
  • 209,943 non-medical emergencies for firefighters, the most in FDNY history
  • 207,677 medical emergencies for firefighters, a 0.82% decrease from 209,397 in 2006
  • 25,755 malicious false alarms, the lowest total since 1963; the highest was recorded in 1977 with 262,998

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Tony Sclafani , (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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