February 29, 2016 | 8:57pm
By Post Editorial Board
IHere’s a new worry: New York police and firefighters are taking longer to get to emergencies.
Plus, city numbers “paint a devastatingly inaccurate picture” of FDNY response times, says firefighters-union chief Steve Cassidy.
Cops averaged seven minutes, 29 seconds to get to critical “crimes in progress” last year, a jump of 52 seconds from 2013 — despite a drop in calls for crimes.
Firefighters averaged five minutes for structural fires, up seven seconds from the year before. And eight minutes, 11 seconds for medical emergencies, a 58-second rise.
As Cassidy’s union notes, the city makes FDNY figures look better by not counting time for the 911 call. Only through detective work (tapping an obscure menu item labeled “Local Law 119 Compliance” on the FDNY site) can you learn the truth.
What’s driving the longer times?
Police-union boss Pat Lynch cites new paperwork that leaves fewer cops available to respond. He also blames a “grossly understaffed” department. Yet last year, the city OK’d hiring 1,300 new cops.
John Jay criminal-justice professor Eugene O’Donnell says the anti-police atmosphere leaves cops more hesitant: “Officers arrive on the scene, and people are already yelling at them . . . and the cops immediately find themselves” filmed on cellphones.
Cassidy’s union cites a swelling population, more calls, taller buildings and greater traffic congestion: “Traffic speeds have declined over the past two years, which can have a very significant impact on response times.”
Blame Mayors Mike Bloomberg and de Blasio for that. New bike lanes and street plazas leave less room for cars — and de Blasio’s rolled back speed limits on most roads to 25 mph.
Slower responses put lives at risk. The city needs to figure this one out — and fix it.