New York City’s first responders are taking longer to get to fires, medical emergencies and ongoing crimes.
Critics blamed serious staffing shortages at the NYPD and FDNY for the potentially deadly increase in response times.
As the police department continues to grapple with spikes in serious crimes and a mass exodus of officers, response times for all “crimes in progress” increased from 11 minutes and 40 seconds to 12 minutes and 44 seconds in the past fiscal year ended June 30 — or 9.1%, according to Mayor Adams’ first management report.
In fiscal 2019, which preceded the COVID-19 pandemic and the many new challenges it brought with it across the city, the average response time was 9 minutes and 55 seconds.
The mayor’s fiscal 2022 status report, released late Friday — covering the ups and downs of every city agency over the last six months of ex-mayor Bill de Blasio’s tenure and Adams’ first six months — also highlighted a serious surge in particular of response times to armed robberies, burglaries and other “critical crimes”.
Cops responded to 911 calls for these crimes in an average of 8 minutes and 26 seconds, down from 7 minutes and 52 seconds a year ago. In fiscal 2019, they arrived in an average of 6 minutes and 38 seconds after an 911 dispatcher placed the call for help.
Councilwoman Joann Ariola (R-Queens), chair of the Fire and Emergency Management Committee, blamed de Blasio’s progressive policies for helping to early retire many cops who felt “disrespected” and understaffing the NYPD allow.
“We have to fix that because without public safety you have nothing,” she said on Saturday. “Lives are in danger”
The combined response times of FDNY ambulances and fire companies to “life-threatening medical emergencies” increased by an average of 46 seconds — or 8.7% — to 9 minutes and 30 seconds in fiscal 2022, the report said.
The new figures correspond to the response times in the 2020 financial year – when the emergency services were overwhelmed at the beginning of the pandemic. But they’re more than a minute higher than the average of 8 minutes and 28 seconds in fiscal 2019, when ambulances and fire departments actually received more emergency calls.
The city responded to 564,412 “life-threatening medical emergencies” in fiscal 2022, compared to 515,598 the year before. In the 2019 financial year, 567,757 were processed.
Oren Barzilay, president of Local 2507, the union that represents the city’s more than 4,100 paramedic and paramedic paramedics, said Saturday the city is short of hundreds of paramedics and should devote more resources to outpatient services.
“Every second counts for us [Emergency Medical Services] because a person could bleed to death if an ambulance doesn’t get there in time,” he said. “And if there are fewer ambulances on a tour, someone has to wait longer for an ambulance – and they could die.”
The mayor’s report also notes that while the number of reported building fires has fallen from 24,359 in fiscal 2021 to 23,387 in the past fiscal year, the average response time to extinguish those fires has increased by 3.1%, or 9 seconds, to 5 minutes and 1 second has risen . In fiscal 2019, the FDNY averaged a similar time of 5 minutes and 2 seconds, but it handled many more building fires — 26,207.
The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to messages.
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