City Council Will Look At Fire Dispatch System

WNYC - November 20, 2009

NEW YORK - The new system used to deploy fire engines will be considered at a city council hearing next month, after a number of recent deadly blazes where fire trucks were initially sent to the wrong address.

Bronx City Councilman James Vacca chairs the council's Fire Committee. "People want to know, is there a problem with fire response time and dispatching fire units to the scene of a fire? The loss of one minute, the loss of two minutes is often a matter of life and death to many, many people."

Yesterday, three people died in a fire in Brooklyn. Union officials say the new dispatch system sent firefighters to the wrong address, costing precious time. The FDNY says the dispatchers didn't have the wrong address, 911 callers did. The city says response times to fires have been the quickest on record this year.