As the FDNY comes off of a year with the second fewest fire deaths since accurate record-keeping began, the FDNY Foundation is urging the public to continue to support the Greatest Fire Department in the World.
The Fire Department responded to 1,747,345 emergencies in 2015, up 6.4 percent from the previous record high of 1.64 million emergencies in 2014.
“Despite record demand, our city has never been safer nor better served by our brave and dedicated firefighters, EMT’s and paramedics,” said Mayor de Blasio. “The FDNY is keeping more New Yorkers safe than ever before, and they’re doing it more efficiently and effectively under the leadership of Commissioner Nigro and his entire team. I want to thank the leadership and members of the FDNY for their tireless work during our busiest year ever.”
“The number one way we measure success in the FDNY is in lives saved, and by that measure we just experienced one of the most successful years ever in our 150-year history,” said Fire Commissioner Nigro. “The continued historic reduction of fire-related deaths in our city is a direct result of the dedication and commitment to duty of every Firefighter, Paramedic, EMT, Fire Marshal, Inspector and civilian in the Department.”
The FDNY is facing unprecedented challenges. Fire unit responses increased in 2015 by more than 12 percent, from 519,798 responses in 2014 to 581,982 in 2015. The most significant increase occurred in medical emergency responses by fire units, which rose by almost 39,000 incidents from 231,122 to 269,951. Structural fires increased 3.2 percent, from 26,531 in 2014 to 27,403 in 2015. Serious fires – which require a full first alarm assignment or greater of fire personnel – increased 1.64 percent from 2,504 to 2,545.
EMS unit responses increased in 2015 by more than 9 percent, from 1,530,647 in 2014 to 1,670,628. Responses to calls categorized as life-threatening rose by 17 percent, to 566,210 – up from 483,391 the previous year.
Donations from members of the public and our private partners help the Foundation continue to support the Department as it responds to this extraordinary level of demand. This life-saving response is greatly enhanced by funding to the Foundation. The Foundation serves to allow the Department to use donations to promote awareness and outreach programs, train and support members of the FDNY and enhance technology and equipment to better protect New York City.
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The number one way we measure success in the FDNY is in lives saved, and by that measure we just experienced one of the most successful years ever in our 150-year history. The continued historic reduction of fire-related deaths in our city is a direct result of the dedication and commitment to duty of every Firefighter, Paramedic, EMT, Fire Marshal, Inspector and civilian in the Department.