WABC-TV and major media outlets have published a list released by Mayor Bloomberg’s office of 20 “endangered” firehouses in NYC. Among them is our own Engine 205 on Middagh Street, the house that lost 8 heroes on 9/11/01. The reports claim that no final decision has been made on where the cuts will finally be made.
BHB’s Weegee notes below that this COULD mean that Ladder 118 would remain in operation in the Middagh firehouse.
Tonight, our man in the NYC Council Steve Levin released this statement:
“I am deeply disappointed to learn this afternoon that Brooklyn Height’s Engine 205, one of the only firehouses in Brooklyn Heights, is on the FDNY’s list of firehouses slated for closure. While I appreciate Commissioner Cassano’s willingness to release this information to the public and his commitment to going through the budget process in a fair and transparent manner, I believe that closing any firehouse— particularly when it is one of only two firehouses in a neighborhood, as is the case with Engine 205— is a dangerous and unnecessary action on the part of Mayor Bloomberg. We in the City Council refuse to have firehouses pitted against child care or teachers during this budget process. I demand that the administration restore all firehouses slated for closure, starting with Engine 205 in Brooklyn Heights.”
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz issued this statement Wednesday night:
“I am flabbergasted that eight engine and ladder companies—nearly half of the 20 proposed closures citywide—are in Brooklyn. If there is any serious thought being given to closing these houses, it needs to be extinguished like a three-alarm fire. Just in the last week, Engine 284 in Dyker Heights—one of the companies on the hit list—assisted with an area fire and their quick response no doubt saved lives. I know we are experiencing challenging economic times, but the truth is, in Brooklyn we need the FDNY now more than ever. Brooklyn is growing by leaps and bounds, which means that in the coming years there will be an ever greater need for New York’s Bravest. It is our collective responsibility to ensure maximum safety for all of our residents—and that means no firehouse closings!”