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Public safety: Fire

Mike Bloomberg’s investments in the Fire Department helped New York City experience the fewest civilian fire fatalities in an eleven-year period since record keeping began in 1916. Fire and ambulance response times were the fastest in City history.

  • Fewest civilian fire fatalities in an eleven year period since record keeping began in 1916.
  • Fire and ambulance response times reached record lows.
  • Modernized the 911 system for the first time since it was created in 1968.

Rebuilding FDNY Post September 11, 2001

Re-staffing

After losing 343 members on 9/11, followed by record retirements in subsequent years, the FDNY hired 2,475 Firefighters within two years, which restored the size of its firefighting force to pre-9/11 levels.

Major Improvements to Internal and Operational Capabilities post-9/11

Working closely with McKinsey in a comprehensive review of FDNY’s 9/11 response, the FDNY:

  • Upgraded its Operations Center to coordinate Incident Command and control throughout the City
  • Instituted effective staging and recall procedures
  • Established mutual-aid agreements with other agencies
  • Expanded planning procedures and scenario-based training
  • Enhanced communications technologies
  • Improved emergency response protocols with other agencies