By Kismet Barksdale
In reaction to Mayor Bloomberg threatening to close 20 firehouses in the city, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley hosted a press conference on Friday June 4, 2010.
“Firefighters are our first line of defense against fire and medical emergencies, said Councilwoman Crowley.” They address life and death situations every day. Fires can happen at any time, regardless of where you live or how much money you make. And the recent fires demonstrate that even our current level of protection is sometimes not enough”.
The value provided by the FDNY far exceeds its cost to the city, continued Crowley. “Always the first to respond to fires or medical emergencies, building collapses, gas leaks or terrorist attacks, our fire companies save homes, businesses and lives”, continued Councilwoman Crowley.
Councilman James Vacca added “I don’t understand the reasoning why the fire department is part of a budget dance. I don’t understand it, and I’m very much outraged at this”. It doesn’t make sense that the fire department’s budget is going to be cut, said Councilman Vacca.
Firefighters are our first line of defense against fire, medical emergencies, and a terrorist attack. Over the last five years, firefighters have responded to more emergencies than ever before. The proposed budget cuts come at a time when our fire services continue to be taxed with a record number of emergencies. With the threat of a terrorist attack constant and the rapidly increasing population in the five boroughs we cannot afford to downgrade emergency services that are critical to a safe city, commented Neal Tepel, Former President of the Civil Service Labor Council.