I know I’ll hear from Phil on this, but NYFD is reporting that Brooklyn has the fastest response times in the City. The average response time in Brooklyn was four minutes and one second, a five second improvement over 2006. As the News notes, these improvements come after three years of increased response times following the closing of Engine 212 and two other Brooklyn houses. Prior to the closing of these houses, response times in Brooklyn were three minutes and 51 seconds.
The response time measures how long it takes the first fire department vehicle to appear on scene. It doesn’t measure how quickly the NYFD starts putting out the fire.