NY Post - December 29, 2011by DAVID SEIFMAN
Public safety was maintained at near record levels with fire deaths and murders reaching close to the all-time bottoms, Mayor Bloomberg announced today.
With Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano at his side, the mayor reported that 64 people died in fires in 2011, just two more than the record low of 62 set last year.
The number of murders was put at "slightly more" than 500, the third best achievement of the NYPD since comparable records were kept starting in 1963.
The lowest number of murders were recorded in 2009, when 471 deaths were labeled as homicides.
Ambulance response times to life-threatening calls were the fastest ever, 6 minutes and 31 seconds. The previous low was 6:37 in 2006.
"Despite tough fiscal times, New York's frontline public safety agencies -- the NYPD and the FDNY -- continue to keep our city safer than at any time in recorded history," said the mayor.
It was the second day in a row he rolled out uplifting statistics. Yesterday, Bloomberg released data showing that a newborn born in 2009 can expect to live 80.6 years, or 2.4 more than the U.S. average.