BROOKLYN, NY (CBSNewYork) – Politicians, firefighters and Brooklyn residents rallied Sunday to save Ladder 161, one of the firehouses that could be closed by the city.

There are 20 firehouses on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed closure list as part of Fiscal Year 2012’s budget. Since announcing the closure list, there have been dozens of protests around the city, including one that drew nearly 15,000 demonstrators earlier this month.

On Sunday, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Councilman Domenic Recchia, Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and State Senator Diane Savino joined firefighters and residents to protest the closures.

Ladder 161 serves greater Coney Island and Brighton Beach in Brooklyn and is the only firehouse in that area of about 60,000 residents.

Firefighters have warned that closing firehouses could cost lives. In May, Ladder 161 saved a man’s life when he became trapped in his burning home on Bayview Avenue.

“Ladder Company 161 is simply too important for the safety and well-being of this neighborhood to be eliminated,” said Nadler said in a statement. 

“Even in times of fiscal uncertainty, public safety needs to be our top priority,” said Brook-Krasny.

The Mayor’s Office has said that fire deaths have reached an all-time low since the last round of firehouse closures in 2003.

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Comments (7)
  1. Howie Sprague says:

    Bloomberg is a total failure as Mayor of NYC. I realize that failure is well rewarded in the corporate world with ‘golden parachutes’ worth millions in cash and benefits. However, in the real world people die when their emergency services are cut to the bone and beyond. Bloomberg should be removed from office and replaced with a middle class citizen who has common sense.

  2. Dale Auburn says:

    Here’s a thought…

    The folks in Coney Island should SPECIFY exactly which other community’s firehouse they want closed in place of their own.

  3. charlie says:

    They are crazy !! sal cassano knows better…..too many elderly not too mention the high rise bldgs, the old wood bldgs down by the boardwalk, we need more truck companiies, not less!

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  5. Herbert says:

    Close them down they are a waste of $$$$$$$$$$

    1. Howie Sprague says:

      Hey ‘Herbert’, which are you, a highly compensated ‘private consultant’ or a bicycle lane builder?

  6. iggy says:

    lets close a fire house and build a pedestrian piazza. you voted for this little tyrant

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