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Firefighters Union to Ask Judge to Stop City's 'Deadly' 911 System

Firefighters Union to Ask Judge to Stop City's 'Deadly' 911 System

According to officials, the firefighters union plans on taking their issues with the city’s new 911 computer system to court. DNAinfo New York reports that the union will ask a judge to force the city to stop using its new 911 system. Uniformed Firefighters Association president Steve Cassidy will request that the judge reinstate the old system and stop using the 2-month old and nearly $90 million computer system.

"When there is a delay, firefighters are in danger. It's unacceptable. It's costing lives," Cassidy explained. According to DNAinfo, Cassidy even called the new system "deadly."

Since the implementation of the new 911 computer system there have reportedly been a host of problems, including the system going dark on numerous occasions. The latest public hiccup came this week after Council Speaker Christine Quinn was critical of an ambulance's slow response time after an intern fainted at her press conference. However, as DNAinfo notes, the city and the fire department have denied any problems with the new system.

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