NEW YORK, N.Y. (WUNF) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announced a 17 percent decline in fire deaths in 2015 as compared to 2014 and a new record for most emergency responses with more than 1.7 million calls handled by FDNY personnel last year.

There were 59 fire deaths in 2015 which according to a press release issued by the Mayor’s Office is down from 71 in 2014.

“Despite record demand, our city has never been safer nor better served by our brave and dedicated firefighters, EMT’s and paramedics,” said Mayor de Blasio. “The FDNY is keeping more New Yorkers safe than ever before, and they’re doing it more efficiently and effectively under the leadership of Commissioner Nigro and his entire team. I want to thank the leadership and members of the FDNY for their tireless work during our busiest year ever.”

“The number one way we measure success in the FDNY is in lives saved, and by that measure we just experienced one of the most successful years ever in our 150-year history,” said Fire Commissioner Nigro. “The continued historic reduction of fire-related deaths in our city is a direct result of the dedication and commitment to duty of every Firefighter, Paramedic, EMT, Fire Marshal, Inspector and civilian in the Department.”

Commissioner Nigro said the Department’s community outreach and fire safety education work in 2015 reached more than 740,000 New Yorkers.

At community-based presentations, in addition to instructing people about safety in the home, firefighters and EMS personnel distributed more than 20,000 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and 94,000 batteries for use in smoke/co alarms, and trained more than 20,000 New Yorkers to perform life-saving CPR according to officials.

PUBLISHED | 01/08/16 | 11:00 AM ET

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