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Residents, Others Rally In Queens To Protest Firehouse Closures

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Firehouse rally at Engine 294, Woodhaven, Queens (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

Firehouse rally at Engine 294, Woodhaven, Queens (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

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QUEENS, NY (WCBS 880) – The latest rally involving the proposed closure of a city firehouse took place in Woodhaven, Queens on Sunday.

More than 200 residents and merchants rallied in front of Engine 294 chanting, “don’t close the doors of 294.” This is one of 20 fire companies slated for closing.

Raymond Harley owns a used bookstore four blocks from here.

“Books and fire don’t mix and the faster the guys get there, the better it is for guys like me and the buildings surrounding me,” said Harley.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports: Protestors Rally In Support Of Firehouse

Edward Wendell is president of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association.

“Every night when we go to bed, we go to bed with the safety knowing that should our house go on fire or the house next door goes on fire these guys will run in without hesitation to save our loves,” said Wendell.

This is the latest rally to try to convince Mayor Michael Bloomberg to keep these fire companies open.

On Friday, hundreds of firefighters marched over the Brooklyn Bridge and held a protest in front of City Hall.

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