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FDNY in 1970s

The 1970's was a turbulent decade for New York City and the FDNY. The city's financial troubles- combined with growing social and political unrest- fueled rising rates of fire and malicious false alarms throughout the city, especially in Brooklyn and the Bronx. By 1970, the number of fires grew to 127,249 from 61,644 in 1961 and the number of total alarms to 263,659 from 94,000. Arson fires were especially on the rise. Fortunately, the FDNY made improvements in technology and communications by adding voice alarm boxes and community programs. By the 1980's the number of fires and false alarms dropped dramatically.

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Halligan Tool Case

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Remembering Their Prayers

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