Numbers show fire department response times have slowed in the Bronx, city
New numbers show fire department response times have slowed across the Bronx and city. The times are 18 seconds slower this year compared to last.The New York fire department commissioner says firefighter response times have slowed because union leaders have advised members to stop before going through red lights or stop signs. But a union president calls the commissioner's accusation "foolish." The fire department's policy allows fire trucks responding to emergencies to go through red lights or stop signs after slowing down for safety if they need to. Both the fire department and the fire unions do agree on one thing. They say the debate over traffic safety and running red lights is stemming from an accident that happened last July in the Bronx, when a fire truck collided with an SUV killing one person.