Fires, Deaths Drop in New York
The number of fires, fire deaths and alarms in New York City all decreased in 1972, a preliminary report by Commissioner Robert O. Lowery shows. It is the first time in 14 years that declines have been reported in all three categories.
The six deaths of fire fighters in the line of duty in 1972 were one less than the previous year. New York had 274,457 alarms last year, a drop of 2 percent from 279,807 in 1971. The 118,031 fires were a 6 percent drop from 125,306, and the fire deaths declined 7.5 percent, from 292 to 270.
Lowery also reported that the New York Fire Department had 101 fires requiring three or more alarms last year, 42 less than in 1971.