FDNY Unions Tell Council: ‘Amazon’ Latest Reason to Add Units, Staff

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  • Well before the announcement that Long Island City would be home to Amazon’s multi-billion dollar second headquarters, the dramatic increase in development in that section of Queens was a concern to FDNY planners because of a marked spike in call volume and response times, a City Council panel learned Jan. 14.

    “In Long Island City, we have seen an increase in the number of incidents and in response times to those incidents,” testified John Sudnik, the FDNY’s acting Chief of Department. “In particular, in Queens Community Board 1, calls for all incident types increased 19 percent between 2014 and 2018, and response times to all calls were up 9 percent.”

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