According to data from the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York (UFA) and FDNY, 2014 set the record as the FDNY’s busiest year in its history.
By the middle of December, the department had already shattered its previous record, set in 2010 when firefighters responded to 507,017 emergencies.
As of November 30 this year, the department had already responded to 477,223 emergencies, and are currently on track to respond to 520,000 emergencies by the year’s end.
"The FDNY has always been recognized as the world’s busiest fire department, but the rise in emergency calls this year and in the past decade-plus can’t be compared to any other period in the Department’s 150 year history,” UFA President Steve Cassidy said.
Civilian emergencies have shot up 22 percent since 2002, 45 percent since 1990 and 70 percent since 1985.
This can at least partially be attributed to the fact that firefighters respond not only to fires, but are trained to respond to gas, water and steam leaks; medical emergencies; building collapses; serious vehicle accidents and terror threats.
“Protecting lives and property of those that live, work or visit New York is our number one priority,” Cassidy said. “The biggest, most vibrant city in America has the busiest fire department staffed by the most dedicated firefighters in the nation.”