FDNY Responds to Record Number of Emergencies in 2010

NY 1 - December 31, 2010

The New York City Fire Department made a record number of emergency responses this year, as dramatic staffing cuts loom in 2011. Firefighters responded to more than 500,000 emergencies this year. That's the most in the department's 145-year history.

The firefighters union says firefighters are learning to do more with less, but that additional budget cuts will make it even tougher to keep up with demand.

"New York City firefighters are not miracle workers, despite the heroic work they do every single day," said Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy. "We cannot continue to respond to these kinds of emergencies, in these record numbers, with less resources than we currently have."

The city has proposed closing 20 fire companies during overnight hours, and reducing staffing at engine companies.