Sunday, December 7, 2008

Great news from the Bloomberg Administration, part 7

The Fire Department will close a firehouse on Governors Island and eliminate night tours at four other firefighting units starting Jan. 17 to achieve an $8.9 million agency budget cut necessitated by New York City’s financial crisis, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta announced Wednesday.

At one firehouse, at 169 Schofield Street in the Bronx, Ladder Company 53 will not be staffed during the evening shift (6 p.m. to 9 a.m.), but Engine Company 70 will remain staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

At three other firehouses, the engine company will not be staffed during the evening shift, but the ladder company will be staffed at all times. Those three firehouses, and their companies, are:

42 South Street, Manhattan: Engine Company 4, Ladder Company 15
278 McClean Avenue, Staten Island: Engine Company 161, Ladder Company 81
392 Himrod Street, Brooklyn: Engine Company 271, Ladder Company 124


Night Shifts to Be Cut at Four Firehouses

271/124 is near the Bushwick-Ridgewood border, so Queens coverage will be affected as well.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

What there are no fires at night? Have we not learned what and whom is important to our survival after 911? Uniformed services, Fire, Police and Sanitation should never be cut. Everything else should be cut before going here. How about the millions being spent to get Willets Point demolishished? The city should focus on what it needs not the uneccessary stuff.

Anonymous said...

How about that fire on 31st Street in a building that was just doucled in size, just blocks away from a closed firehouse, in the same community of Dutch Kills where a certain nutcase kept calling for UPZONE! UPZONE! UPZONE!

Anonymous said...

How about buidling 20, 30, 40 or more story buildings on narrow Vernon Blvd, or adding 10s of thousands of units on the Astoria Penesula accessible by one road?

Anonymous said...

I think this thread is aimed at the rest of the city.

No one cares what happens in Astoria.

Not even its 'leadership'.

An Astoria Leader said...

Not true!

We care very much how much we can milk the cow.

Taxpayer said...

Come on, folks. Don't be so angry and judgmental. You (and I) are nowhere near as important and indispensable to this city as is Commissar Death and Taxes.

So, some people will be killed at night. Well, they were probably going to be killed anyway by some criminal (don't talk about the nearly 5 or 6 thousand police that Commissar eliminated).

The people who are killed by fire at night or by criminals at any time, are all unimportant, inconsequential Little People. None of them is like the Commissar's very wealthy cronies who have precious parties in museums and serve fine wine (even without SLA approval).

When you have enough money to be considered important and consequential, you will be living in the enclaves taken care of by Dear Leader Commissar (with tax dollars, naturally - the real wealthy know how to live off the public dime).

So, shut up and thank Dear Leader that a fire truck can get to you in less than an hour.

Anonymous said...

The only one that makes sense is the Gov. Island House. No Lives are at stake there at night, except for the firefighters themselves. They really should open e261 in Astoria.

neversleep said...

I'm sure that if we had only elected Freddy Ferrer or Mark Green, we wouldn't be in this situation.

Uh, huh.

Nabes with taller buildings keep the ladders overnight. City Island keeps the engine. Sucks less than it could have.

Anonymous said...

When you have enough money to be considered important and consequential, you will be living in the enclaves taken care of by Dear Leader Commissar (with tax dollars, naturally - the real wealthy know how to live off the public dime).

YOU MEAN LANDMARK DESIGNATED AREAS?

EXPLAINS A LOT ABOUT THE LAMENESS OF THE PRESERVATIONISTS.