The firefighters union lashed out at the FDNY yesterday after the agency announced cuts to staff at 49 of the city’s 194 engine companies starting today.
The move follows a medical absentee rate of 7.53 percent, which costs the city overtime, the FDNY said. The switch from five to four firefighters won’t alter the response time of four minutes and 1 second, the FDNY said.
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“Everything is based on the premise that they can say that ‘we lowered response times,’” said Uniformed Firefighters Association president Stephen Cassidy. “But they continue to lie about response times.”
A new 911 system has slowed responses, and cuts put firefighters and the public at risk, he said.