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FDNY 1997/98: EMS Program & Service Highlights

Asthma Program

Program Initiatives


Each year, the New York City Fire Department Emergency Medical Service Command responds to 50,000 calls to the 911 system for asthma. To combat this growing urban epidemic, FDNY has developed an EMT-based treatment program, ushering in an exciting new era in pre-hospital asthma care. This unique effort now makes it possible to provide early, life-saving medication to all asthmatics within our city, decreasing both morbidity and mortality from this deadly disease.


Program Initiatives

Ambulance Call Volume and Response Time

Call volume has doubled in 22 years, while Response Time to life-threatening incidents has been cut almost in half and is the lowest in the 22 years that it has been recorded.

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