2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
City of New York, NY
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
New York
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The Risk Based Inspection System gives New York City’s Fire Department the capability to prioritize building inspections based on risk in order to reduce and prevent fires and fire-related hazards in the city. After a successful pilot program, the system was launched citywide in May 2013. In a dense urban environment like New York City, dangerous building conditions put communities and neighborhoods at risk. The sytem has played an important role in identifying at-risk buildings, which has helped to reduce the number of injuries and deaths to the public and first responders caused by fire.