FDNY Hits a 150-Year Milestone
June saw exactly zero fire deaths
By Brownie Marie,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2015 12:40 PM CDT
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, talks to FDNY Chief James Leonard, left, while visiting the site of a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York, Friday, March...   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(Newser) – The FDNY has a reason to celebrate this month. The five boroughs comprising New York City suffered exactly zero fire deaths in the month of June—the first fatality-free month in 150 years, reports CBS New York. A spokesman for Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says fire deaths are on the decline in general in New York City: Between 2010 and 2014, there were fewer fatalities than in any other five-year period going back to 1916. "The historic reduction in fire-related deaths over the last several years clearly demonstrates the Department’s efforts are making a significant impact and saving lives in communities throughout the city," says Nigro in a statement.