FDNY to Mosey Over to More Emergencies

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 19: A fire truck sits outside of a Brooklyn fire house on November 19, 2010 in in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced widespread budget cuts and layoffs due to the city`s budget deficit of 3.3 billion for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011.With a city workforce that totals 300,000, the mayor plans to eliminate 10,000 jobs in the next 18 months through a combination of layoffs and attrition. Other possible cuts include the closing of some fire department companies at night, layoffs of employees at public libraries in Brooklyn and more than 6,000 teaching jobs. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/2010 Getty Images

For six months, the Fire Department in Queens just kind of leisurely made its way over to emergencies that weren't fires and weren't life threatening, instead of speeding there with sirens blaring, scaring the crap out of neighborhood cats. Apparently, the FDNY gets into a lot of traffic accidents, and by taking a mellower approach to some calls, they got into 32 percent fewer of them. The system is now being expanded to Staten Island and Brooklyn. [NYDN]