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“I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a firefighter The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the firefighter has to do believe that his is a noble calling."

-Chief Edward F. Croker FDNY circa 1910

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An Afternoon to remember

An Afternoon to remember

June 5, 2016-

2 weeks ago, I had the week of my life. It started with the Answer the Call 2016 Soiree, the NYC Firefighter & Police Widows & Children's fund benefit ( https://www.facebook.com/AnswerTheCallNYC/?fref=ts ). We were asked to attend and gladly accepted. In addition to helping such an awesome foundation, I had the opportunity to meet my childhood hero Mark Messier. It was only Tuesday and I thought to myself, this is it, the highest point possible of the week, even year. I had no idea what was in store for me later on

That Saturday started out as a typical day tour in Midtown, not a second to enjoy a cup of coffee to start the tour before the tones went off and computer spit out our assignment. At around 11, I got a phone call that a visitor would be stopping by, but, as usual, we were finishing up another run. When we made it back to the firehouse, Tim Hogan, his wife and 2 children were there waiting. Tim, now Lieutenant, was a firefighter in Brooklyn 2 years ago when we 1st met (via facebook). NYC Fire Wire was contacted about a firefighter whose family was going through a difficult time. In early 2013, Tim's son Owen was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia. Aplastic Anemia is a disorder in which the body stops producing blood cells. It can result in fatigue, easy bruising, poor clotting and impair the body's ability to fight infection. Owen's aplastic anemia is life threatening. We (NYC Fire Wire) were prepared to do what ever it took. While Owen stole my heart, I was also concerned for Tim and his wife Kathleen. As a parent, I could only imagine what they were going through. We used Fire Wire, whether it was for the little things like prayers, facebook comments for words of encouragement, or anything. I was finally in contact with Tim and able to offer whatever was in our power. We were successful in everything we did. That Saturday, I was not only suprised by their visit, but also to learn that this June 2016 marks 6 months since Owen was under the microscope. 6 months since he had any treatment, needles, anything!

The Little things: Tim said that Owen was a brave warrior through the whole thing. He battled Cancer like a 3am fire with people trapped; he went head first and didn't quit until the fire was out. But when he was scared, he found his support in a video. He downloaded an app called "Whopping Fire Trucks" and there was a video of Engine 54 going on a run. As they were pulling out, they noticed someone recording them, so the nozzle & back-up man gave each other thumbs up and a high five. At the moment, it was just an innocent quirky thing, but Owen saw it and immediately loved it. When ever he was scared, Tim played the video for Owen, and they would high five each other and give each other a thumbs up, and Owen was ready to go into battle with his parents backing him up. (There is soooo many video's of 54/4 responding, I'm having trouble finding the video on youtube to show you.)

During Owen's visit to the firehouse, I made sure he had a great time because I just had to see that smile on his face. We played in the rig and Owen and his brother Ethan got to hit Tim and I with the extinguisher. We even got to do the thumbs up, high five that he saw in the video.

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Retired Captain ordained as Priest

Retired Captain ordained as Priest

Sunday May 29th, 2016: During a service at St. Patricks Cathedral on 5th Avenue, FDNY Retired Captain Thomas Colucci was ordained into priesthood. And, without question, his brothers and sisters of the FDNY came out to support him. Captain Colucci served with the FDNY for 20 years, starting his career in Kingsbridge assigned to Engine 81. After 5 years in the Engine he crossed the floor to Tower Ladder 46 and 4 years later was promoted to Lieutenant, assigned to Engine 3. On 9/11/01, 5 members from Colucci's house (Engine 3/Tower Ladder 12/Battalion 7), never made it back. Lt Colucci spent months at Ground Zero searching for his brothers. Following 9/11, the department underwent a major restructuring, rebuilding of the department to replace the brothers lost. In May 2002, Colucci was promoted to Captain and found his new home in Tower Ladder 21. Ladder 21 lost all members working on 9/11/01. Over the next few years, Captain Colucci worked with brave men to mend broken hearts, dealing with the loss of their bothers while continuing to do the duty of protecting Hells Kitchen on Manhattan's West Side. After 20 years on the job, Captain Colucci had to retire after he suffered a brain injury from an explosion he was at. Colucci says his decision to enter Priesthood was made in response to everything he saw on 9/11. "On 9/11 you saw the worst of humanity; then you saw the best. People say 'Where was Christ that day'; I think he was there in rescuers".

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Elevator Shaft fall in Brooklyn

Elevator Shaft fall in Brooklyn

Shortly after 8pm, Brooklyn box 1251 was transmitted as a 5-7 signal for EMS Rescue, Squad 1 & Tower Ladder 105 assigned to 841 Union Street between 6 & 7th Aves. Upon arrival, Squad 1 found a 4 year old child in cardiac arrest in an elevator shaft. The child got away from the family, slipped in a 10 inch gap between the elevator and the floor, and fell 3 stories. EMS 48boy, 48rescue, Conditions 32 and 48willie responded and transported the child to Methodist Hospital. Local media is reporting the child is listed in critical condition.

FDNY Battalion Chief seeks Doctor who saved his life

FDNY Battalion Chief seeks Doctor who saved his life

Kevin McNamara, a New York City firefighter who is in the business of saving lives, is now looking for the guardian angel who saved his.

On Jan. 25, while vacationing at Great Wolf Lodge in Scotrun, Pennsylvania, he was approached by a dermatologist — "a redhead or strawberry blond" — who noticed a nasty looking mole on his back and told him he should see a doctor.

McNamara took her advice and was diagnosed with melanoma, the most dangerous kind of skin cancer. Because he acted so quickly and had the mole removed, the 42-year-old father has a healthy future.

"I had a guardian angel that day," said McNamara, a fire chief at the 4th Battalion in Manhattan. "This could have possibly been a disaster and I have two young kids.

"I would love to just give her a great thanks and a hug," he told TODAY.

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NYC honors Charles Keating IV

NYC honors Charles Keating IV
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Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Charlie Keating IV was Killed in Action on Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 when his team was called in on a rescue mission.  A team of less than a dozen US Military advisers came under attack in Iraq Tuesday from more than 100 ISIS fighters and SEAL Keating IV was part of the force sent in to rescue them. All advisers made it back. Keating did not.  Keating is a decorated combat veteran who decided to enlist following the attacks on America on 9/11/01.

Thursday, May 12th, a memorial service was held at St Patricks Cathedral on 5th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. FDNY & NYPD turned out to honor Keating's sacrifice for this country. Local area companies brought the rigs down including Engine 8/Ladder 2/Battalion 8, Engine 54/Ladder 4/Battalion 9, Rescue 1, Engine 23 & Squad 18. The FDNY Emerald Society Pipes & Drums played their farewell to Keating as well.

On Wednesday, the Chief of Naval Personnel announced Keating will be posthumously promoted to Chief Pety Officer.

 

Serbian Cathedral of Saint Sava 4 Alarm Fire

Serbian Cathedral of Saint Sava 4 Alarm Fire

Sunday May 1st, 2016, the FDNY responded to a 911 call reporting a Church fire at 15 W 25 Street between Broadway & 6th Aves. The fire location was the Serbian Cathedral of Saint Sava.

Constructed between 1850-1855, this Cathedral was 1st home of Trinity Chapel Complex but was sold to Serbian Eastern Orthodox parish in 1942, opening as the Cathedral of Saint Sava in 1944. In 1968, the church was listed as a New York City Landmark and  in 1982 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

18:49 Box 0632 was transmitted for a Church fire on West 25 Street between 6th & B'Way.

18:49 E-1, E-3, E-26, L-24, TL-7, Bn-7 assigned.

18:53 E-16, TL-21 (FAST), Rescue 1, Squad 18, Bn-6, Div.1 assigned due to numerous calls

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Retired firefighter loses 9/11 cancer battle.

Retired firefighter loses 9/11 cancer battle.

Pictured: Billy Lynch E-289 now Lt in TL-17, Bobby McCarthy E-289, Kenneth Gunther TL-138 retired.

In the later part of 1996, FF Robert J McCarthy retiired from the Corona Tigers Engine 289, ending a 27 year career with the City of New York. 4 short years later, when terrorists attacked the country, McCarthy was ready to respond. He dusted off his gear and responded to the World Trade Center and worked tirelessly in the days that followed, working in vein to find survivors or remains so that a family can have closure. Once a firefighter, always a firefighter, and McCarthy's desire to help proved that on 9/11.

When the work was done, McCarthy returned to retirement with his family, until he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer directly related to his work on 9/11. On Friday April 29th, 2016, Robert McCarthy lost the battle against cancer.

Because he was retired on 9/11, his death will not be considered Line of Duty. We are asking all FDNY brothers and sisters to turn out to bring our brother home. McCarthy was there for us on that day, he wasn't paid to be there, his duty to the City was done. He was there for us, it's time for us to be there for him; to thank him and his family for the sacrifice they made. Please post/share this funeral information; get the word out there.

Funeral Arrangements are as follows:

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Dalmatian helps 4 Truck respond


The Dalmatian has been associated with the Fire Service since the days of the horse drawn fire engines. In this adorable video by instagram user: Puppycow_Dalmatian , the dalmatian help's #FDNY 4 Truck respond in Hells Kitchen.

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Hunter EMS Accident

Hunter EMS Accident

This afternoon, an ambulance from a private company, Hunter, was involved in a fatal accident on the Southern State Pkwy in the Lakeview Fire District of Nassau County, Long Island, NY. The members of Lakeview FD and Nassau County Police ESU worked hard to extricate and treat the heavily pinned driver, crew and patient. Unfortunately, local media is reporting the driver of the ambulance has passed due to traumatic injuries as well as the patient on board. The latest word on the street is that the technician that rode in the back with the patient has thus far survived the accident suffering traumatic injuries to his lower extremities. This luck is credited to his use of the safety restraints. This is a lesson to all of us, fire truck or ambulance. I will be the 1st to admit that I don't like to use the seatbelts when tech'ing, I feel I have to be able to move about for equipment, but we may never know what exactly caused the ambulance to veer off the road and into the overpass, but all it takes is 1 thing, another driver not paying attention, mechanical malfunction, and it will happen with out warning.

NYC Fire Wire extends our condolences to Hunter EMS and all of their employees suffering the lost of their co-worker. It is a sad, terrible day in the EMS world. We share the pictures of the accident scene in hopes it will open your eyes as it did to ours of the importance of using your seatbelts while riding a vehicle in motion, even if it's a fire truck/engine or ambulance.

And the Tradition Continues....

And the Tradition Continues....

On Thursday, the #FDNY promoted Captains to Battalion Chiefs at a ceremony at the FDNY Training Academy on Randalls Island known as 'The Rock'. One of the promotions was Chris Eysser, TL-120. Chris is following his father, George Eysser's footsteps in the FDNY. George passed away June 13, 2015 from 9/11 related illness, before that he was a part of the FDNY for 40 years. Chris's uncle, Herb Eysser was a long time Manhattan Dispatcher 124.

Chris Eysser's FDNY career began in 1995, when he went into the academy. His rotations included 'The Nut House' TL-111, then over to the Border Patrol E-304 for a year, then a year with El's Angels E-294 before he returned home to The Nut House TL-111. Chris was very into the job and the books, in 2003 he was promoted from 111 to Lieutenant. After a year of bouncing, he found his spot at The Tonka Truck TL-124. In 2010, Chris was promoted to Captain, and after 3 years, he made TL-120 his new home. Watkins Street E-231/TL-120/Bn-44 is a house with a lot of tradition. 120 is a very busy truck in both running and fire duty. They also pride their tradition of being a family company: 16 men set a footprint in the firehouse that they proudly handed down to their son(s). While Chris's father didn't work in 120, they proudly welcomed the son of a great Chief on this job. And Chris didn't disappoint. Taking the position of Company Commander, Chris is a great guy to work with. He is always ready to share his knowlege and experience. Which made saying good bye hard. But Chris was prepared to go out with a bang. Friday April 8th, Chris Eysser worked his final tour as a Captain of 120 Truck. In a 15 hour night tour, 120 had 8 runs, 1 of which was a job.

10:28pm: Phone Alarm- Residential, 414 Sutter, Sackman - Powell, Both companies 1st due, fire apt 1G 1st floor. Turn out! E-231, E-290, E-283, TL-120, L-103 & Bn-44 assigned. Upon arrival, Watkins Street companies were faced with fire venting from a window on the 1st floor of a 14 story brick projects 50x250. On the 10-75 transmission, E-332, Squad 252, Rescue 2, L-175 FAST, Bn-58 & Division 15 were assigned. Shortly after, The 44 upgraded to a 10-77(HiRise Residential Fire), bringing in E-233 with High Rise Nozzle, E-227 CFR-D, L-176, TL-170, Bn-38, Bn-37, Field Comm, Rescue Batt & Safety Batt. Engine 231 stretched from the Engine while Captain Chris Eysser led TL-120's inside team into the fire apartment to search for victims and confine the fire to the room of origin. The wet stuff hit the red stuff, building was vented and the brothers took their experience back to the firehouse kitchen to share the good memories each will hold of working with Chris Eysser. As of 0900hrs Saturday April 9th, 2016, Chris is official an FDNY Battalion Chief. 

April 7 2016 promotions

April 7 2016 promotions

Thursday April 7th, 2016, the #FDNY promoted the following members at the Rock:

Captain Brendan Finn, Div 3

Captain James M Montaruli, E-6

Captain Dennis P Valsamedis, E-7

Captain Jeffrey Facinelli, E-23

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Mike Prior's last tour

Mike Prior's last tour

Tonight is a big night for the Corona Tigers. FF Mike Prior is working his last tour after 35 years with the City of New York.

It all began in January 1981, when Mike joined the NYPD, but by November '81, he jumped across the floor to the FDNY. When he graduated the fire acadmy, he was assigned to Ladder 156 "The Highway". In August '83, Mike made the Corona Tigers his home, Tower Ladder 138. Working in 2 great shops, Mike learned from the best of the best which shaped him into the great firefighter he is today. In 1996, Mike became a seated chaufeur in 138, a seat he will own tonight until the sun rises. In the morning, Mike will break bread with his brothers for the last time on the job with the FDNY.

Mike was always ready to pass on his knowlege and experience, especially to his boys who joined him on the job. Matt Prior, Mike's oldest, works in TL-155, Kris in L-132 and his youngest, JT is in E-332. 

What's next for Mike? His first grandkid is due in August. Sounds like he wants to be there to start molding a new firefighter from day 1.

The admin of NYC Fire Wire would like to congradulate Mike Prior on your long, sucessful career. Have a happy and healthy 2nd life! Collect as long as you can, you deserve it.

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SI Firehouse door art

SI Firehouse door art

Engine 162/Ladder 82/Battalion 23 in Great Kills and Engine 157/Ladder 80 in Port Richmond had art work done to their doors. 

Fire Boat John McKean sets off

Fire Boat John McKean sets off

Fire Boat McKean sailed off this morning to it's new life at a restaurant  in Sleepy Hollow, NY. The new owners arrived at Marine 6's home to pick up the ole Fire Boat. On hand to say good bye was John D McKean's son and grandson, both named John. The new owners plan to keep the boat in it's original condition and pass along the boats history as well as the supreme sacrifice of John D McKean, whom the boat was named after. John McKean will never be forgotten by the FDNY.

 

Tentative dates for next FDNY Firefighter Exam

Tentative dates for next FDNY Firefighter Exam

The following information is off the rumor mill.

NYC Citywide Admin. Svc. Timeline for NEXT Open Competitive FF EXAM:

***************Initial Application Period: 4/1/17 to 4/25/17.

Computer Based Test: 9/4/17 to 10/28/17 (approx).

Eligible List Made: 4/4/18.

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Boston Fire Union responds to NIOSH report on fatal 2014 fire

Boston Fire Union responds to NIOSH report on fatal 2014 fire

Boston Firefighters union president Rich Paris releases a response to the NIOSH investigation results of the 2014 fire that claimed the lives of Lt Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy.  The report cited lack of training, inadequate staffing and failure to adequately assess risk contributed to the deaths. 

To All Media Outlets:

I am writing in response to the recent coverage of the Board of Inquiry reports (Federal and City of Boston) regarding the 2014 Beacon Street Fire. These reports revealed what every Boston Firefighter already knew – Lt. Walsh and Michael Kennedy did nothing wrong. Both reports also revealed an enormous amount of data. Some scientific, some the result of budgetary restraints that I believe were placed on the Boston Fire Department as a result of a strained relationship with the previous administration. The Federal Board of Inquiry and The Boston Fire Department Board of Inquiry should be commended for the long hours of painful reconstruction of this tragedy. On behalf of Boston Firefighters, I would like to thank them respectively for their efforts. However, these reports did not reveal any solution(s) that would change the manner in which Boston Firefighters operate when they are called to duty. Boston Firefighters took an oath to protect life and property, sadly sometimes that oath is carried out with our members making the supreme sacrifice,  so others may live. This is an unfortunate reality of our profession. While the recent reports provide a detailed insight into the events of the Beacon Street Fire, they do not suggest any wrongdoing by Boston Firefighters, or point to any easier way to perform a difficult job. More importantly, they should not be viewed as a critical assessment of any of the firefighters that went to work on that fateful day.

Some media outlets have interpreted these reports as a criticism of Lt. Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy. Some media outlets have even used words like “scathing” and “wrongful” to describe the actions of the Boston Fire Department. As the President of Boston Firefighters Local 718, I am outraged at these assertions and heartbroken for the Walsh and Kennedy Families. Fire Commissioner Finn and I painstakingly reviewed both reports and drew the same conclusion, if the same circumstances presented today our members would do exactly the same thing.  Boston Firefighters have a dangerous job. Furthermore, while some factors at a fire can be predicted, and trained for many cannot.

It is my intention moving forward, that the Walsh and Kennedy Families are continually cared for and protected. The unnecessary scrutiny of Lt. Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy’s actions by some media outlets that have chosen to interpret the recent reports as something that they are not, is simply wrong. I am aware that the media has a job to do, but so do we. It is my sincere hope that the Walsh and Kennedy Families will be allowed to move forward and spared of any further criticism of the heroic actions that their loved ones exhibited on that terrible day.  I have been saying from the beginning, Lt. Walsh and FF Kennedy were involved in a mission with their brother and sister firefighters that day.  They saved people’s lives and unfortunately made the ultimate sacrifice.  Lt. Walsh & FF Kennedy are heroes in my book.  During interviews last week, I consistently reiterated those words, however they were never publicized.  Therefore, I respectfully request that my words are interpreted for what they are – a request for these families and the members of the Boston Fire Department to be afforded the opportunity to continue to heal.

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NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016

NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016

Picture perfect day on 5th Avenue draws a sea of green to both march and watch the 2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade. As become a new tradition after September 11th, 2001, the FDNY remembered their 343  members who were no longer around to join in the march up 5th Avenue. This year was extra heart warming and special; the FDNY Emerald Society honored retired Firefighter Ray Pfeifer, Eng.40, as their Grand Marshal. For the past few years, Ray has faced off with 9/11 cancer numerous times. Each time, he fought and fought harder. In 2015, the Zadroga Act was set to expire, leaving a threat to hundreds who are fighting 9/11 illness to fend for themselves. With the help of The New York City Firefighters Brotherhood Foundation, John Feal and the Feal Good Foundation and Jon Stewart, Ray traveled to DC to lobby politicians to speak face to face with him. The sight alone of a battle-hardened firefighter in a motorized scooter was enough for some to sign on. Ultimately, the team returned to New York City with some victorious news that the Zadroga Act would be extended indefinately; providing care to those who spent countless hours searching for survivors and bringing closure to families that lost their loved ones at the World Trade Center. In January of 2016, Ray Pfeifer was honored by NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and presented with the key to the city. Today, he led the Emerald Society as Grand Marshal.

Fireboat McKean off to it's 2nd life

Fireboat McKean off to it's 2nd life

March 17th, 2016

Fireboat McKean (Marine 1) has been purchased and is off to begin it's 2nd life. In the Begining of March, 2016, Michael Kaphan and Edward Taylor purchased the fire boat from the City of New York at auction with plans to relocate it to Sleepy Hollow to be a part of their restaurant on the Hudson Harbor waterfront development. The new owners plan to keep the ship's name and honor it's history.

The 129 foot boat was built in 1954 and nicknamed after Marine Engineer John D McKean. McKean worked in Engine 85(Fireboat James Duane), on September 17th, 1953, he was detailed to Engine 51(Fireboat George B McClellan) for a water display in the New York Harbor. The display was for a group of state senators and assemblymen. A condenser in the engine room blew it's top and scalded Engineer McKean. McKean succumbed to his injuries on September 24th, 1953. McKean was 43 years old, married and had 2 children.

At 129 feet, Fireboat John D McKean weighed 334.75 gross tons. It's height above water including the tower is 47 1/2 feet. She is propelled by 2 1,000 HP Enterprise direct reversible diesel engines that provide a speed of 16 MPH. 2 more 1,000 HP Enterprise engines drive 4 centrifugal pumps, with an output of 14,000 GPM.

On September 11th, 2001, Fireboat McKean responded to the World Trade Center. She arrived next to the sea wall and the crew loaded more than 200 civilians whom were then transported to the New Jersey side of the river where they recieved medical attention. She then served as a source of positive water supply to the site and lower Manhattan as the water grid was affected by the building collapsing. 

2nd Annual NYC Firefighter Stair Climb 2016

2nd Annual NYC Firefighter Stair Climb 2016

Sunday March 13, 2016, the 2nd Annual NYC Firefighters Stair Climb was held at 4 World Trade Center. This is an event ran by firefighters for firefighters. The goal: to follow in the foot steps of those who lost their lives on 9/11/01. And, at every turn of the corner during this event, it was a constant reminder. 'Monumental Pride' Engine 76/Tower Ladder 22 really went above and beyond running this event. Pictures lined the stair case, family pictures of our lost brothers. If that wasn't motivation enough, when you reached the top, profile pictures displayed on the windows with the new World Trade Center in the background.

343 New York City Fire Department members reached the stairs on 9/11, in attempt to save as many lives as possible, 343 never made it out. In addition, retired Captain James Corrigan L-10, retired Firefighters Philip Hayes E-217 & William Wren L-166 all worked as Fire Safety Directors for the World Trade Center, had lost their lives. Most notable of their actions that day, was when they breached a wall of the 1st floor day care to evacuate the children because the exits were blocked by other evacuating civilians. Keith Roma of the New York Fire Patrol also lost his life responding that day.

A moment of silence was held at the Memorial Pool, followed by a group picture, then the climb. The event was extremely organized with the help of numerous volunteers at the sign up desk, on various floors handing out water and ofcourse at the top to help the arriving members doff their gear and cool down.

NYC Fire Wire staff were there photographing the event.

City Hall, FDNY in talks over Ambulances

The Fire Department is in talks with City Hall over the best way to provide reliable ambulance service in the wake of the sudden shutdown of the private ambulance company TransCare last month, according to Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

TransCare was one of the private companies — besides the FDNY EMS — that sends ambulances to 911 emergency medical calls and serviced seven hospitals in Manhattan and the Bronx until it filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations.

“Twenty-seven ambulances were lost overnight when TransCare went out of business,” Nigro said at a City Council budget hearing on Thursday. He added, “That’s a dangerous situation, that so many ambulances were provided by one company that was obviously on shaky financial ground.”

Since the shutdown, the city has been using a mix of fire department overtime, volunteer and private hospital ambulances to cover the vacated shifts. TransCare’s shuttering translated into a ten percent cut in ambulance tours citywide.

The de Blasio administration has increased the budget for FDNY EMS in the past two years, adding 45 new ambulance tours and funding new EMS pilot programs. But TransCare’s shutdown eliminated 81 tours in just a matter of days.

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