Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the inspection overhaul after an investigation into the Aug. 18 fire at the former Deutsche Bank building.
He said to the Council members the FDNY has been conducting 97% of the required biweekly inspections of the 468 high-rise buildings being constructed or demolished in the city.
The New York City Fire Department or the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) has the responsibility for protecting the citizens and property of New York City's five boroughs from fires and fire hazards, providing emergency medical services, technical rescue as well as providing first response to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards.
The Fire Department of New York is the largest municipal fire department in the world with approximately 11,400 uniformed officers and firefighters. It faces an extraordinarily varied challenge.
In addition to responding to building types that range from wood-frame single family homes to high-rise structures, there are the many bridges and tunnels, large parks and wooded areas that can give rise to major brush fires, and the largest subway system on the planet. These challenges add yet another level of firefighting complexity and have led to the creation of the motto for FDNY firefighters of New York’s Bravest.
Presently there are five (5) Bureau of Fire Communications alarm offices, one for each of the five boroughs (counties) that make up New York City.
The initial call to an FDNY communications office is taken by the Alarm Receipt Dispatcher (ARD) who speaks with the caller in order to determine the nature of the emergency. The ARD enters the information by keyboard into the Starfire computer system, which gives a recommended response based on the information provided. This information is automatically sent to the Decision Dispatcher (DD)and the "Tour Supervising Dispatcher".