MAP: The 20 Fire Companies Facing Closure

MAP: The 20 Fire Companies Facing Closure

If NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets his way, the City will close twenty fire companies in July, and PIX11 News obtained the preliminary list from city officials Wednesday.

The closures are not yet final as the city council and the mayor are still negotiating the budget for the fiscal year 2012, but, if it is approved, eight fire houses in Brooklyn, two on Staten Island, four in Queens and three companies in Manhattan would be shuttered.

In a statement, Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy responded to the proposed closures, saying:

“Today Mike Bloomberg willfully abdicated responsibility for protecting the safety of New Yorkers with his proposal to close 20 fire companies.  20 closed fire companies will affect at least sixty communities and the city as a whole,” said Uniformed Firefighters Association president Steve Cassidy.  “After nine FDNY cuts including, 7 fire companies closed (2003/2009) and Engine Company staffing reduced (2011) by Mike Bloomberg, the last 7 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.”

Bloomberg has cited a lack of financial support from Albany and a looming fiscal crisis as the reasons behind the cuts.  His proposed budget would slash $233 million from city spending, but the savings represent a harsh reality for public employees.  6,000 teachers would reportedly lose their jobs by the beginning of the next school year, and social services would also be targeted.

The following is the full list of community firehouses that will face closure.

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