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For Immediate Release: May 23, 2013

N.Y.C. Firefighters Launch Radio Campaign

Say City's FDNY Response Times Are a Lie

The Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) today launched a citywide radio advertising campaign to be broadcast on seven major stations including: 1010WINS, WCBS 880, WABC 770, WOR 710, WNYM 970, WWRL 1600 and WFAN during the Yankees Mets Subway Series next week.

In this :60 second spot, UFA President Steve Cassidy accuses the FDNY Commissioner of undercounting, underreporting and engineering a cover-up about the true time it takes for the FDNY’s fire trucks to arrive at emergency scenes across the five boroughs. The union says the Bloomberg administration has used this data to validate its effort to close fire companies.

The proposed FY 2013/14 budget targets another 20 community fire companies for closure.

Link to Radio Commercial:

The FDNY has long claimed it does not know the amount of time a 911 caller spends with the 911 operator. The union says the FDNY has the data but refuses to report it because it will increase their response times by a full minute. Last week FDNY Commissioner Cassano testified (May 14, 2013) before the City Council and when pressed about the matter said they do not have the data.

But data obtained through FDNY sources provides the precise time calculations and not the underreported data made available to the public via the FDNY website or the Mayor’s Management Report. An examination of the true data for a multi-week period in February and March 2013 shows:

  • FDNY is under calculating and underreporting “Structural Fire” response times by over 1:11;
  • “Life Threatening Medical Emergencies” underreported by 1:01;
  • “Medical Emergencies” underreported by 1:03;

Radio Ad Transcript:

(Sound of Fire Truck Siren) I’m Steve Cassidy President of the Uniformed Firefighters Association. Once again, the Bloomberg administration is trying to close 20 fire companies throughout the 5 boroughs, falsely claiming that fire trucks are getting to emergencies faster than ever.

In fact, last week FDNY Commissioner Cassano deliberately misled the City Council when he testified about response times. He said the Fire Department doesn’t’ know the amount of time a 911 caller spends with the 911 operator. That’s the lie! They have the data but they refuse to report the truth because it will increase their response times by a full minute. That’s right, a full minute.

When your home is on fire or a family member has a medical emergency, seconds count. Don’t let the Mayor close your firehouse based on response times that just aren’t true! New Yorkers deserve the truth. Your life may depend on it.

Message from the Uniformed Firefighters Association.

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