In an unprecedented technological breakthrough on par with the invention of the telegraph or the splitting of the atom, the Fire Department is now issuing radios that can communicate with the NYPD and the Office of Emergency Management. This upgrade comes a mere five years after September 11, when non-interoperable radios contributed to the deaths of many of the 347 firefighters killed. Plus, the Fire Department also announced that its average response time in 2006 was 4 minutes, 29 seconds, a seven-second improvement over 2005. That is, of course, the average time it takes to respond to a fire, not the average time it takes to respond to suggestions that, hey, maybe new radios would help.
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