Compared to what I have seen, slow getting out of the house.
It must be due to the type of response. Turnout is relative to the type of incident and how the unit is assigned (1st due, 2nd due, etc). We also have a modified response policy for most emergencies that has only the first engine and truck responding in emergency mode with the balance of the assignment responding according to all traffic laws.
I've worked in many NYC firehouses and have rarely if ever seen a slow turnout for a reported fire. What do you consider slow? 15 seconds? 30 seconds? A minute? I know it would be just about physically impossible to get out quicker than my current firehouse.
We also have bigger buildings, more people, heavier traffic, way more BS, and an annual workload that dwarfs everything you and all your friends put together have. Its not a track meet. Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.
I what to no how I can join FDNY
Do you live in NYC?
See this link http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/co...dex.shtml#fire
Also go to the hiring section in these forums for several topics on FDNY employment.