For Immediate Release: January 31, 2014
2013 Ranks Among 10 Busiest Years for FDNY's Firefighters
NY's Bravest' Respond to Over 5.7 Million Emergencies During Mayor Bloomberg's 3-Terms
New York City Firefighters responded to nearly 480,000 (479,228) civilian emergencies last year, making 2013 one of the ten busiest in the FDNY's 149 year recorded history.
It also closes out a period that will go down in the record books as the busiest 12-years for the agency. In that time (January 1, 2002 - December 31, 2013), The Bravest' responded to over 5.7 million civilian calls for help. Since the beginning of the Bloomberg Administration in 2002, annual FDNY Firefighter emergencies averages are up over 12.3 percent.10 Busiest Years in FDNY's 149-Year History
"Population is up in New York City, construction across all five boroughs is soaring with more high density building complexes and tourism is at an all-time high, with 53 million visitors last year," said Steve Cassidy, UFA President. "These are all major demographic and economic indicators pointing that its likely time to strengthen our city's first responder safety net that calls upon our firefighters day and night."
This 12.3 percent increase over the last 12- years coincides with a 4.1% population increase. According to the U.S. Census, over that period the city's population grew by more than 328,000 from 8,008,288 residents in 2002 to 8,336,697 in 2012. It is projected by 2030 New York City will add nearly 1 million new residents.
In the last 12 years, New York City's real estate has expanded to more than 1.7 billion square feet of privately owned building space according to PlaNYC. Further, the City's population also expands by an estimated 1.6 million commuters on a daily basis, on top of 53 million tourists annually. "Keeping all of those people and the properties they occupy safe is a critical task for members of the FDNY," said Mr. Cassidy.
New York City Firefighters respond to a wide range of emergencies from fires, man-made and natural disasters, explosions, train derailments, ferry and boat accidents, gas leaks, building collapses, scaffold rescues, serious vehicle accidents and extractions, medical emergencies and terror threats. Firefighters are also trained as New York City's first line of defense to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats (CBRN).