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Press Releases / 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 10, 2011


Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano today announced the release of FDNY’s fourth Strategic Plan, outlining top priorities and initiatives for the New York City Fire Department through 2013. This plan presents a group of initiatives that will move the Department forward with innovative technologies and enhanced preparedness and prevention strategies that will allow FDNY to even better serve all those who visit, live and work in New York City.

“Being the greatest fire department in the world means constantly working on ways to improve,” Commissioner Cassano said. “Any successful business regularly reviews its operations in order to remain effective. Our business, quite literally, is saving lives. This plan prepares us for the challenges that lay ahead to make FDNY safer, stronger and more capable than ever before.”

The plan focuses on five key goals:

  • Improve Emergency Response Operations - includes using new technology and expanded networks to improve emergency preparedness as well as enhancing terrorism and disaster preparedness through additional drills and agency protocols
  • Enhance the Health & Safety of Members - includes working further to establish a culture of safety, continuing the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment program and developing prevention and wellness programs for FDNY members
  • Strengthen Management & Organizational Development - includes further management training for chiefs and officers in fire and EMS as well as developing a strategic plan for the Department’s use of technology
  • Increase Diversity - includes continued efforts to recruit, retain and promote men and women of diverse backgrounds
  • Improve Fire Prevention & Safety Education - includes expanding fire safety education programs among special populations, including the disabled, and improving customer service in the Bureau of Fire Prevention

The plan was created by uniformed and civilian members, in an effort similar to past plans. To view or download the entire plan, visit

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

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