New York Response Record
A record of 263,659 responses, an increase of 24,341, was set by the New York City Fire Department in 1970, it was recently announced by Commissioner Robert O. Lowery. A 24 percent increase in false alarms resulted in companies running to two false alarms for every three fires. There were 128,028 fires, 89,432 false alarms and 46,199 other emergencies during the year. In 1969, there were 126,204 fires, 72,060 false alarms and 41,054 other emergencies, making a total of 239,318 responses.
Although the number of four and five-alarm fires decreased 20 percent in 1970, compared to 1969, the number of fire deaths rose slightly, from 313 to 319. The latter figure includes nine fire fighters who lost their lives last year. In 1969, six fire fighters lost their lives.
For the first time in 15 years, the number of structural fires declined— from 47,492 in 1969 to 46,885 in 1970.