2015 Bright Idea
City of New York, NY
Innovations in American Government Awards
New York

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.