|Wood Frame Row House Fire: ENGINE COMPANY 220 responding to this smoky blaze on 16th Street back in March of 2010. link|
Save Engine 220!
Dear Mayor Bloomberg,
I was very angry to learn of your plan to close FDNY Engine 220 at 530 11th street in Park Slope. I am writing to demand that you restore funding for E220.
This fire company keeps my family, and me, and much of Park Slope & Windsor Terrace safe. If you proceed with this closure, arrival times at fires will increase dramatically in our neighborhood – a 30% increase in the time before water is getting on the fire. An extra minute to get an engine company to a fire can be the difference between life and death.
There are many other choices you can make, rather than seeking to save $55 million by putting lives at risk. I would support an extension of the existing “millionaire’s tax,” (which would bring the City hundreds of millions), dipping into the City’s “rainy day” fund (which has $1.9 billion on reserve), or freezing spending on external consultants (which you are proposing to increase by $100 million in this year’s budget).
Please get your priorities straight, and don’t put lives at risk in our community. Save Engine 220.