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FDNY using AI to speed up response times

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New York City's fire department will be using artificial intelligence to help speed up response times.

Data shows the average fire department response to all emergencies has been slower the last few years. Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanaugh says the department is hoping to change that using artificial intelligence in a partnership with NYU.

"With the end goal of making responses to emergencies shorter by understanding our streetscape, our traffic patterns and how we can get our firetrucks and ambulances from our stations to your home faster."

Uniformed Firefighters Association President Andrew Ansbro responded, saying response times have been increasing because the department is smaller, has fewer resources and bike lanes and outdoor dining has have screwed up traffic patterns.