NEW YORK — The Bloomberg administration is waging an all-out battle to suppress a scathing report aptly called "911 CPR'' - which has determined that the city's emergency-dispatch system is not performing as expected.
The document, formally known as the 911 Call Processing Review, charges that despite more than $2 billion shoveled at the problems, response times to emergencies, in which every second counts, have actually slowed.
Among the report's findings:
- Far from fixing the problems, the new $2 billion 911 system has "made it worse," by slowing the time it takes for fire and EMS calls to get from 911 operators to the responders in the field, the source said.
- NYPD brass, trying to keep their call stats high and justify an ever-increasing budget, refuse to allow the city's 311 system to handle nonemergency police calls - although that's how it's done in many other big cities.
- As much as $100 million has been wasted by purchasing separate dispatch systems for the NYPD and FDNY when one new one would have been just fine. The separate systems were incompatible, so the city had to spend $15 million for an interface to get them to communicate with each other.
- Despite a series of reports showing that it would be more efficient for City Hall to exert direct control over emergency communications - because of incessant brawling between the NYPD and FDNY - the mayor's office is still ducking responsibility.