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.