Twenty New York City Fire Department companies are slated for closure in July – three in the Bronx, eight in Brooklyn, two on Staten Island, four in Queens and three in Manhattan, according to a list released by city officials Wednesday.
City officials stress the list is preliminary and that no final decision has been made. The budget for fiscal 2012, which begins July 1, is still being negotiated between the City Council and the mayor.
"The level of cuts we are facing now -- including the closure of 20 fire companies -- will negatively affect response times to fires and life-threatening medical emergencies," testified Cassano.
Brooklyn will be hit the hardest by closures, with eight units slated for elimination. They include Engine 205 in Brooklyn Heights and Engine 220 in Park Slope.
Steve Cassidy, the president of the firefighters union, said "After nine FDNY cuts including, seven fire companies closed and Engine Company staffing reduced (2011) by Mike Bloomberg, the last seven years have been the busiest in FDNY history. The mayor has been saying that New Yorkers must do more with less and that is just what New York City Firefighters have been doing all along."
In one case, the draft says pre-closing response times for Engine Company 206 on Grand Street in Brooklyn will increase from 4:01 to 4:29. At Engine Company 294 in Queens, arrival time is expected to jump from 3:40 to 4:12.
The list of proposed closures are:
E004 42 South St. Manhattan
E026 220 West 37th St. Manhattan
E046 460 Cross Bronx Expwy. Bronx
E060 341 East 143rd St. Bronx
E157 1573 Castleton Ave. Staten Island
E161 278 McClean Ave. Staten Island
E205 74 Middagh St. Brooklyn
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
E294 101-20 Jamaica Ave. Queens
E306 40-18 214th Place Queens
E328 16-19 Central Ave. Queens
L008 14 North Moore St. Manhattan
L053 169 Schofield Ave. Bronx
L104 161 South 2nd St. Brooklyn
L128 33-51 Greenpoint Ave. Queens
L161 2929 W 8th St. Brooklyn