FDNY begins test of non-emergency runs

The News Leader

October 4, 2010 5:30:19 AM PDT
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.

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

The test program begins Monday.

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