FNDY turns off sirens for test of non-emergency runs

THE BRONX - The fire department says fire truckswill no longer speed to non-emergency calls with lights and sirens on.

The initiative aims to reduce the number of accidents involving fire trucks responding to non-emergency calls. In 2009, there were 148 accidents involving fire trucksrushing to calls for such things as water and gas leaks, fallen trees, false alarms and foul odors.

The three-month pilot program begins today in Queens. If successful, it will be implemented in all boroughs.

All fire trucks will still turn on lights and sirens for emergency calls.

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