Community Action to Save Engine 220!
As we all found out last week, Mayor Bloomberg is proposing to close FDNY Engine 220, which is located at 530 11th Street in Park Slope. This is one of 20 FDNY companies (including 8 in Brooklyn) that the mayor is proposing to close as part of this year’s budget.
If the Bloomberg Administration is allowed to proceed with this closure, response times at fires will increase dramatically in our community. Arrival of the second truck – necessary to get water on the fire – would go from 4:08 to 5:24 (a 30% increase). Across the city, 18 of the 20 affected communities would exceed the national 4 minute standard. An extra minute to get an engine company to a fire can be the difference between life and death!
The fight to save Engine 220 begins now.
Here’s how you can help:
- “Save Engine 220” morning rally: Wed, May 25 at 11am
with Public Advocate Bill deBlasio at 530 11th Street
- “Save Engine 220” evening rally: Thurs, May 26 at 7 pm
with Assemblymember Jim Brennan at 530 11th Street
- Email Mayor Bloomberg: Go to my website to send a message to the mayor, telling him to keep Engine 220 open.
- Call Mayor Bloomberg: Register your complaint by calling 311.
- Sign our petition: Stop by my office at 456 5th Ave, between 9th and 10th Street, to sign my petition. Pick up some extra copies to bring to your neighbors as well.
- City-wide march & rally: I will be in touch about some upcoming city-wide rallies in support of keeping all 20 firehouses open.
I appreciate all your help in the effort to save FDNY Engine 220, and hope that you will join me in working to keep our neighborhood safe.
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