New York City Fire Department

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New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
FDNY logo
Operational area
Country United States
State New York
City New York City
Agency overview
EstablishedJuly 31, 1865 (1865-07-31)[1]
(origins go back to 1648)[2]
Annual callsFor 2018:[3]
  • Emergency Medical Services total call volume: 1,862,159
  • Fire Suppression total call volume: 619,378
  • Structural fires: 27,053
  • Non-structural fires: 13,730
  • Non-fire emergencies: 256,560
  • Medical emergencies: 300,598
  • Malicious false alarms: 21,437
Employees11,000+Uniformed Firefighting Personnel

4,274 Uniformed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Personnel

2,096 Civilian Employees
Annual budget$2,030,337,688[4]
CommissionerLaura Kavanagh[6]
Fire chiefJohn Hodgens [5]
EMS levelCertified First Responder-Defibrillator (CFR-D),Basic Life Support (BLS),and Advanced Life Support (ALS)
IAFF94, 854, and 4959
Motto"New York's Bravest"[7]
EMS Motto: "New York's Best"[7]
Facilities and equipment
Fireboats3x year-round, 6x seasonal
Official website Edit this at Wikidata
IAFF website (Fire Alarm Dispatchers)|

The New York City Fire Department, also known as the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), is the complete fire department for New York City. It is responsible for providing Fire Suppression Services along with Specialized Technical Rescue Response Services,Specialized Hazardous Materials Response Services and Emergency Medical Response Services. It has a wide variety of General Purpose and Special Purpose Vehicles,Tools and Equipment to accomplish its missions. The New York City Fire Department currently has 11,000+Uniformed Firefighting Personnel,4,274 Uniformed Emergency Medical Services Personnel and 2,096 Civilian Employees.

The Headquarters of the New York City Fire Department are located at 9 MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn,[9] while the FDNY Fire Academy is on Randalls Island.[10] The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) locals are Local 94 (Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York),Local 854 (Uniformed Fire Officers Association),and Local 4959 (Uniformed Fire Alarm Dispatchers Benevolent Association). EMS is represented by DC 37 Locals 2507 for EMTs and paramedics, and Local 3621 for officers.

History[change | change source]

The New York City Fire Department traces its roots to 1648 when the first fire ordinance was adopted in the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam (now part of the Dutch Empire). Upon arriving, Peter Stuyvesant appointed four fire wardens to oversee the chimneys of wooden houses. Owners faced penalties for improperly maintained chimneys. The initial fire wardens were Martin Krieger, Thomas Hall, Adrian Wyser, and George Woolsey.[11]

References[change | change source]

  1. 'About', via Retrieved March 24, 2017
  2. "History". The City of New York. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  3. "FDNY Vital Statistics CY 2018" (PDF). The City of New York. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  4. "April 2019 Executive Budget, Fiscal Year 2020" (PDF). The City of New York. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  5. "Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh Appoints John J. Hodgens as Chief of Department". July 2022.
  6. "Laura Kavanagh sworn in as New York City's next FDNY fire commissioner". October 27, 2022.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "NYC IQ". The Cityview New York. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  8. "Fleet Report - Mayor's Office of Operations".
  9. "9 Metrotech Center – FDNY Headquarters Archived January 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine ". Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corp. Retrieved February 11, 2024.
  10. "FDNY Fire Academy". Archived from the original on October 14, 2014.
  11. The Story of the Volunteer Fire Department of the City of New York By George William Sheldon (Harper & Brothers, 1892)