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Fire deaths, emergency response times hit record lows in 2012: FDNY

Bloomberg announces 2012 sets all-time record for fewest

Bloomberg announces 2012 sets all-time record for fewest fire fatalities. (Edward Reed/Office of the Mayor) (Credit: Bloomberg announces 2012 sets all-time record for fewest fire fatalities. Edward Reed/Mayor's Office)

The hard work of New York's Bravest last year led to a record low number of fire deaths in the city and one of the fastest response times in the FDNY's history.

There were 58 fire deaths in New York City in 2012, compared to the previous record low of 62 such deaths in 2010, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said Wednesday.

The city fire department's Emergency Medical Service last year shaved one second from its previous record-low average for the most serious medical responses, with an average of 6 minutes, 30 seconds, for 2012, the officials said.

The previous low average, of 6 minutes, 31 seconds, came in 2011.

"The FDNY has consistently improved fire safety over the past decade and has continued to drive response times to historic lows," Cassano said yesterday.

He added that demand for fire department services has increased. Fire deaths declined 12% in 2012 compared to 2011, when there were 66 deaths. Last year was the seventh in a row with fewer than 100 fire related deaths, the city said.

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