Cassano's Legacy: EMS Response Times No Better Under His Leadershit.
Let us all go back...way back in time and take a look at the impact Cassano had on FDNY EMS and ambulance response times. This is a true measure of his
legacy for EMS at FDNY.
Sal Cassano was Fire Commissioner from January 1st, 2010 – June 7th, 2014. When he was appointed the EMS response times were as follows:

In January of 2010 the citywide response time was:

Segment 1: Cardiac Arrest & Choking: 5 minutes 5 seconds

Segment 1 - 3: Life Threatening Medical Emergencies: 6 minutes 36 seconds

Segment 1 - 8: All  Emergencies: 8 minutes 12 seconds


In May of 2014 (Cassano's last full month in office) when he left, the citywide response time was:

Segment 1: Cardiac Arrest & Choking: 5 minutes 15 seconds

Segment 1 - 3: Life Threatening Medical Emergencies: 6 minutes 47 seconds

Segment 1 - 8: All  Emergencies: 9 minutes 24 seconds


...yeah all the EMS response times went up....a lot. The segment 1 - 8 time is very troubling as it is a 1 minute and 12 second increase in response times.

...great job Cassano.
...maybe I am being too harsh. Let's take a broader look at FDNY EMS response times from 2010 - 2013 and see how well Cassano has done.

In 2010 the citywide response time was:

Segment 1: Cardiac Arrest & Choking: 5 minutes 29 seconds

Segment 1 - 3: Life Threatening Medical Emergencies: 7 minutes 3 seconds

Segment 1 - 8: All  Emergencies: 8 minutes 49 seconds


In 2013 (Cassano's last full year in office) the citywide response time was:

Segment 1: Cardiac Arrest & Choking: 5 minutes 19 seconds

Segment 1 - 3: Life Threatening Medical Emergencies: 6 minutes 47 seconds

Segment 1 - 8: All  Emergencies: 9 minutes 24 seconds


...nope. Still shitty as the Citywide segment 1 - 8 response time (The overall time FDNY EMS responds to ALL emergencies) is still 9 minutes and 24 seconds.

That time is up 35 seconds over the 2010 segment 1-8 response time.

not good at all. not good at all.
So what about Fire Response times?

Let's take a look from 2010 -2013 when Cassano was in charge.

In 2010 the
response time to structural fires was 4 minutes and 1 second.

In 2013 (Cassano's last full year in office)
response time to Structural Fires was 4 minutes and 5 seconds.

In May of 2014 (Cassano's last full month in office) when he left FDNY's  
response time to Structural Fires was 4 minutes and 8 seconds.

Overall there has been a 7 second increase in a job where seconds mean the difference between life and death.
Taking A Look At EMS Response Times Throughout the City
Let's take a look at how fast EMS got to you across the city in 2013 (Last full year stats are available).
In 2013 Staten Island had the fastest overall (Segment 1 - 8) EMS response times in the city.

Segment 1: Cardiac Arrest & Choking: 5 minutes 26 seconds

Segment 1 - 3: Life Threatening Medical Emergencies: 6 minutes 34 seconds

Segment 1 - 8: All  Emergencies: 7 minutes 24 seconds
In 2013 Queens had the 2nd fastest overall (Segment 1 - 8) EMS response times in the city.

Segment 1: Cardiac Arrest & Choking: 5 minutes 4
0 seconds

Segment 1 - 3: Life Threatening Medical Emergencies: 7 minutes
1 seconds

Segment 1 - 8: All  Emergencies:
8 minutes 26 seconds