This bill would require the Fire Department (FDNY) to annually report to the Council on its new fire protection and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) needs that resulted from rezoning that took place the previous year. This legislation would allow the Council to identify how FDNY’s needs are changing from year to year due to rezoning and to potentially address any disconnect between satisfaction of the needs FDNY has expressed in the past and its current needs.
Int. No. 746
By Council Members Borelli, Maisel and Holden
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the fire department to annually report on its new needs based on rezoning that occurred during the previous year
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 15 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 15-132 to read as follows:
§ 15-132 Annual report on new department needs based on rezonings that occurred during the previous year. a. Definitions. For purposes of this section, the term “EMS” means the bureau of emergency medical services within the department.
b. No later than February 1 of each year, the department, in consultation with the department of city planning, shall submit to the council a report stating the new needs of the department in terms of fire protection and EMS personnel and staffing, equipment, vehicles and station locations based on rezonings that occurred in the city during the previous fiscal year.
c. Such report shall include, but need not be limited to, the following information:
1. The rezoned area that resulted in the creation of the department’s new needs, including the borough, formal and commonly known names of the area, major streets and avenues covered by the rezoning and the total area in square miles covered by the rezoning;
2. For each such rezoned area, a brief description of the type of rezoning that took place, including any substantial change in zoning district classification and the rationale for the rezoning; and
3. For each such rezoned area, the impact of such rezoning on the department’s needs in terms of fire protection personnel and staffing, equipment, vehicles and station locations, with a separate category including information on the impact of such rezoning on the department’s needs in terms of EMS personnel and staffing, equipment, vehicles and station locations.
§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.