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 us 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 us 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 40 seconds

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

Segment 1 - 8: All  Emergencies: 8 minutes 26 seconds
Thirteen Years
Ricardo Quinn
FDNY EMS
Paramedic
Carlos Lillo
FDNY EMS
Paramedic
Keith Fairben
NY Presbyterian Hospital
Paramedic
Mario Santoro
NY Presbyterian Hospital
E
MT
Mark Schwartz
Hunter Ambulance
EMT
David Marc Sullins
Cabrini Hospital
EMT
Richard Allen Pearlman
Forest Hills Volunteer
Ambulance Corps
Yamel Merino
MetroCare Ambulance
EMT
Thirteen years ago on September 11th, 2001 EMT's and Paramedics Ricardo Quinn, Carlos Lillo, Keith Fairben, Yamel Merino, Richard Pearlman, Mairo Santoro,
Mark Schwartz, and David Marc Sullins responded to the attack at the World Trade Center and died in the line of duty. As I have done every year since 9/11 I pay
tribute to them here so their bravery and sacrifice is never forgotten. As members of EMS they did what all of us in EMS strive to do...when people need help...we
respond.

As for the feeling of loss...it never goes away.  I think Rose Kennedy said it best:

"It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain
lessens. But it is never gone."