nycfire. (Thanks to whynot_31 who posted this link on Brooklynian.)
Wednesday it was announced that eight fire companies in Brooklyn may close, including Engine 205 at Brooklyn Heights’ Middagh Street. The others on the chopping block are:
E206 1201 Grand St. Brooklyn
E218 650 Hart St. Brooklyn
E220 530 11th St. Brooklyn
E233 25 Rockaway Ave. Brooklyn
E284 1157 79th St. Brooklyn
L104 161 South 2nd St. Brooklyn
L161 2929 W 8th St. Brooklyn
Check out these locations on the map and see if you think there's enough coverage without them.
A report released Saturday by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio shows the cuts to 20 fire companies across the city in Mayor Bloomberg's Executive Budget will seriously imperil emergency response times. According to the report, 18 of these companies will exceed a national 4-minute standard after cuts are implemented—-some by over a full minute. The National Fire Protection Association urges a 4-minute response to prevent fires from spreading beyond a single room, after which the risk of civilian death triples and property damage increases more than eight-fold.
"The neighborhoods targeted by these cuts will see their safety go up in smoke," said de Blasio. "If the Mayor succeeds in cutting these companies, some communities won't meet the response times needed in places like Fargo, North Dakota, let alone a city where we need to fight fires on the upper floors of big apartment buildings."
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