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    Extra Crews Are Scheduled If Strike Occurs

    Extra Crews Are Scheduled If Strike Occurs
    By KEVIN FLYNN


    The Fire Department has scheduled additional fire companies and ambulance crews to work if there is a transit strike, fire officials said yesterday.

    "These units will be strategically placed in areas where regularly assigned units would experience difficulty in responding due to extremely heavy traffic conditions," officials of the department's Bureau of Operations wrote in a contingency plan.

    Under the plan, nine additional fire companies would work in areas where congestion is expected, primarily in Manhattan. The companies would use reserve fire trucks and would double up in firehouses, serving as the backup company in cases where two emergencies occurred in the same area.

    Normally, the department relies on a neighboring company to respond when a second fire occurs in one area. But given the potential for gridlock, department officials said they were worried that neighboring companies might be unable to respond quickly.

    Additional supervisory staff will also be assigned to work, as will a second unit devoted to responding to reports of hazardous materials, according to the plan. Fire companies traditionally consist of four or five firefighters. If there is a strike, fire officials will staff all engine companies operating in busy areas of Manhattan with five-member crews, according to the plan.

    Ambulance crews will be posted at major transportation hubs, like Grand Central Terminal, as well as locations like the Brooklyn Bridge, so no time is wasted responding to places where the likelihood of medical emergencies is higher, according to the plan. Emergency Medical Service officials have also assigned an additional 50 ambulance crews to work if there is a strike. They would augment the 550 units that traditionally work during a 24-hour period, officials said.




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    Fire, police to increase coverage in event of transit strike

    Fire, police to increase coverage in event of transit strike

    December 14, 2002, 5:59 AM EST


    NEW YORK (AP) _ The Fire Department will add additional units and ambulance crews throughout the city in the event of a transit strike while the Police Department will extend its shifts by several hours in order to provide more coverage, authorities said.

    "We are anticipating delays in response times because of more traffic," said firefighter Anthony Liscio, a Fire Department spokesman. "Basically, we're beefing up everything."

    If transit workers go on strike, Liscio said that nine additional engine and ladder companies will be assigned to Manhattan from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. And a fifth firefighter will be added to engine companies in busy sections of Manhattan that traditionally consist of four firefighters. Supervisory staff will also be increased.

    The Emergency Medical Service will increase the number of ambulance crews in operation by 10 percent, Liscio said. Crews will be stationed at major transportation hubs, including bridges, tunnels and train stations.

    Det. Kevin Czartoryski, a police spokesman, said police will be assigned to work 12-hour shifts rather than the typical 8.5-hour rotation.


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