Residents, Students Protest Closing Of Park Slope Firehouse Engine 220

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Students from P.S. 107 marched over to Engine 220 to show their support for the firehouse – one of 20 set to close under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s budget.

The children waved signs and chanted “Save our firehouse!”

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports: One Woman Says Engine 220 Saved Her Life

“It’s a travesty,” one local resident said. “It’s worse than short-sighted, it’s blind-sighted.”

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Students protest the closing of Engine 220 on May 25, 2011 (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

Eight firehouses in Brooklyn alone are set to close.

“We know there are budget challenges but again the bottom line is the safety and security of our residents,” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said.

Around 7 a.m. Wednesday, Ladder 161 in Coney Island, also slated to be closed, saved a man’s life from a fire at an apartment Bayview Avenue.

“If they had been closed that man would be dead today,” Markowitz said.

Markowitz said every single firehouse in New York City should be kept open.

Fire Union Chief Steve Cassidy says the stakes are high and response times will rise.

“Seconds count when you’re trapped in a fire, this administration doesn’t seem to care about second,” Cassidy said. “We need to rise up in one voice and say to the Bloomberg administration, ‘No, you are not closing my firehouse, not today, not ever.'”

One woman, whose house caught fire on Christmas, said she owes everything to the men of Engine 220.

“The firemen here came within three minutes,” she said. “[They] saved our house, our family of six. We’re alive, thanks to 220.”

Councilman Brad Lander, who represents Park Slope, said Bloomberg cares more about saving money than about saving lives.

“How could we possibly decide to close firehouses while we’ve got that reserve fund, how could we decide to close firehouse at the same time we’re set to give a tax break to millionaires and billionaires,” Lander said.

Joanna Walker always had the peace of mind knowing the firehouse was around the corner.

“It’s always worrying if places that are so close, close down,” Walker said.

Is your local firehouse closing? Are you worried about your safety? Let us know below

  • Dale Auburn

    I’m still waiting for the fire union to let its members live WITHIN the city limits. If they want to “serve and protect” us, they should be willing to live among us.

  • liz

    Ask Philadelphia about the brown outs and what has happened there!!!!
    Really we can’t find other ways to conserve government money? Please!!
    They only go to the fire houses because they know the guys that are left standing will still do the work EVEN if it risks their lives because of unsafe work practices!
    These gentlemen and women are cut from a mold like no other DO NOT EXPLOIT THAT!!

  • stephi

    I have two suggestions for King Bloomberg. One, take the money you are spending on bike lanes. Two , get the foreigners who go from the airport to the welfare office off the dole. Just a suggestions. Signed, your employer

  • Dale Auburn

    Here’s an idea for the folks in Park Slope…

    If you want to keep your firehouse, just pick another neighborhood which should lose its fire house. The other neighborhood will NOT have the right to appeal or sue.

  • Do Something

    The fire houses are closing, period. You can hoot and holler and use little kids to do your dirty work all you want. But that is not going to prevent the closings. Instead, use your energy on something more productive. For instance, informing residents of safty issues, making sure houses have smoke detectors with good batteries, whatever. If you want to make a difference and you are so concerned, do something about it other than wahat you are doing, which is nothing.

    • Dale Auburn

      Instead of closing firehouses, maybe the City should keep them all but remove one person from each.

  • Frank B.

    Go to Wiki “Illegal immigration in New York City” for a good read. Specifically, the ”
    Social and Fiscal Impacts” section.

  • Pay for services!!

    I am so tired of all this hyperbole attached to Firehouse Closings. There are more Firehouses located in the city than we need. The Firehouses were placed so closely when they were built because they were Horse-Drawn. We now have Motorized Vehicles that move much more quickly and arrive at fires in minutes. The Fire Union Leaders and Politicians wh say things like ‘That person would have died if that Fire Company was closed’ is full of nonsense. I have seen 3-6 Fire Companies show up to a trash fire within a minute or so of each other, if they were so far away from each other how can that happen? Have you ever seen a Fireman close a Fire Hydrant when it was illegally opened, or even see them just check a Fire hydrant to make sure it was working? I never have. I respect firefighters, but this response garbage is nonsense. If we want to save our services, taxes will have to go up, I’m sick of the cuts, lets raise taxes to save the city.

    • Ron Darcy

      Close the companies, is llike russian roulette…and yes we check and open each hydrant, 2 times per year and report defects to the water department right away…we also perform building inspection 2 times per week, inspecting commercial buildings and 3 or more family houses and we train and drill every day….clean and maintain our trucks, and excercise to stay in shape…. so you can never have enough companies when there is a fire…it’s your safety!

  • GoodGirl

    These people pay taxes. Instead of giving tax payer dollars away to all these entitlement programs and illegal immigrants and a whole host of other wasteful junk it should go toward public safety. Better yet, if this is a democracy, why don’t “we the people” get to vote on these issues instead of letting these liberal thieves decide.

  • kendra

    this is terrible i don,t know why they just can,t leave the *fire houses*open cause there is always bound to be a fire somewhere and we can alwAYS USE THE HELP I DON,T UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT IS ABOUT IN OUR TIME OF NEED.

  • Rick

    All very difficlt choices. No one wants to see cut backs like these or any others for that matter but we are broke. So is the USA for that matter. Everyone wants cut backs as long as they don’t affect them personally. How this happens is it doesn’t. At some point in time you’ve got to decide where and what to cut.

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