In 2012, New York City had the fewest fire fatalities that any other year since records have been kept. According to FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and Mayor Bloomberg, the year ended with 58 fire-related deaths, the lowest since 1916.
“The historic achievements are a direct result of the dedication of the department’s number one resource—our members,” Cassano said. The previous high came in 2009, when there were 62 deaths. The record high came in 1970, when there were a frightening 310 deaths related to fire.
[via NY Daily News]