Queens Firefighters Told To Slow Down

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS/ AP) — New York City’s fire department says fire trucks will no longer speed to non-emergency calls with lights and sirens on.

The three-month pilot program in Queens is designed to reduce the number of accidents involving fire trucks responding to certain calls. In 2009, there were 148 accidents involving fire trucks rushing to calls for such things as water and gas leaks, fallen trees, false alarms and foul odors.

“When people see lights and hear sirens, they’re trying to pull over and trying to get out of the way and I believe that causes accidents and that’s why we’re doing this,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano told 1010 WINS.

In October, a ladder truck flipped and hit a tree after colliding with an engine truck rushing to the same non-fire emergency.

The test program begins Monday.

All-out emergency runs will continue for fires and medical calls.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. i work for you says:

    you people are a bunch of idiots,,,people always criticize any 911 service until their ass is on the line!
    Yes there was a pizza run or whatever and that was delt with, that was .0001% of all responses. Next time you need a police car or ambulance or fire truck make sure you ask them not to use sirens so they wont distress your neighbors.
    If people let them through maybe just maybe they wouldnt have to use the siren so much.
    UNTIL YOU NEED 911 YOU ALL WILL BASH THEM!
    WAIT UNTIL YOUR ASS IS ON THE LINE
    LET S SEE IF YOU TELL THEM TO THERE FACES THE SIREN WAS TOO LOUD.
    YOUR A BUNCH OF LIBERAL JERKS!

  2. Raquel B says:

    What about the cop sirens? They are so loud and its just not to stop in a red light. The borrows are too congested wtih noise. Mid town is a nightmare!

  3. Donald .P says:

    i agree with this all the way…

  4. tonyobrien58@hotmail.com says:

    it was a chinese run, but even at the time both delivered, the mind boggles at the waste of taxpayers taxs

  5. AB says:

    It wasn’t pizza, it was Chinese food

  6. Edwin says:

    Would that be the ” Chief on Line of Duty Injury status and delivering pizza unknowingly to my boss” run. Or is this another pizza run? I lose track.

  7. Jimmy says:

    Does anyone remember the infamous “Pizza run”?

  8. vic anthony says:

    doesnt it depend if its your basement thats filling with water and the electric is sparking from the outlets? What about it the tree just impaled your house and the power lines are down with all the neighborhood kids walking around them….
    Its the people that should respect emergency vehicles,, they dont,,, as a retired FDNY Medic with 28 years on the job,,people race to cut you off ,,ignore the sirens and flashing red lights,,The test should in Queens should be to see how many tickets the Police should give out for not yielding to a emergency vehicle …Let all the emergency workers do their job,,safely!!!!!!

    1. tea says:

      though i agree with you, this article is about non-emergency calls, and most of the comments are made regarding those who abuse the lights when there is no emergency. If those people abuse the “emergency lights” so much how would the people trust that when the lights really are flashing this time, that there REALLY IS an emergency? this argument can go both ways.

  9. Sally Rogers says:

    What about the NYPD? They speed past stop signs and lights without their sirens. I’ve seen it so many times and thank goodness nobody was in the way of them speeding to Dunkin Donuts.

  10. dave says:

    Dgdtsdg,

    When the cop got there did you thank him/her for putting his/her life on the line daily?

    1. jc says:

      no because he didn’t he was too busy at dunkin donuts trash mouth.

  11. Dgdtsdg says:

    The cops already do it. We called 911 last week and waited over 2 hours for the cops to show up.

  12. tea says:

    why don’t they do the same thing to the cops while they are at it?

  13. tree hopper says:

    how about we do this for police heading to non emergncy calls in NJ, most times it for a backup for speeders pulled to the side. Have police wait for backup before they exit car….. http://www.kriegsview.com see some real facts.

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