Last year was the seventh busiest in the Fire Department’s 149-year history, in terms of the number of civilian emergencies members responded to, according to statistics recently released by the Uniformed Firefighters Association.
The FDNY answered 479,228 emergency calls in 2013, according to the union. The busiest year in its history was 2010, when it responded to 507,017.
“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,” Steve Cassidy, the UFA president, said in announcing the figures. “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.”
The UFA also said that the 12 years of the Bloomberg administration were the FDNY’s busiest 12 years. All of the top 10 years were during Mayor Bloomberg’s tenure, aside from the 10th, 1978, when the FDNY answered 472,405 calls.