FDNY Expands Modified Response Plan to Brooklyn, Staten Island

NY Times - April 07, 2011

The New York City Fire Department is expanding its modified response program to parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island.

The department launched the program in Queens back in October.

It calls for trucks responding to minor emergencies take it slow and obey all traffic laws.

In more serious instances, only the two lead trucks respond at full speed.

For all fires and life threatening emergencies all vehicles respond at full speed.

Fire officials say the program has resulted in a 32 percent drop in fire truck related accidents.

However, the firefighters' union says the program endangers firefighter and public safety.