City Officials Push To Bring Fire Engine Company Back To Long Island City

December 19, 2018 - 5:32 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — With a building boom and Amazon on the way, people in Long Island City are hoping to bring a fire engine company back into the neighborhood.

Engine Co. 261 was closed in 2003 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, while looking to save some money.

“Here we are now, fast forward to 2018 and Long Island City is now the fastest growing neighborhood in New York,” said Uniformed Firefighters Association President Gerard Fitzgerald.

With Amazon’s second headquarters on the way, it’s anticipated that the neighborhood will only become more densely populated, meaning more people and traffic — which Fitzgerald says would delay the response to an emergency.

“Every second is critical and each second of delay has a major impact on our ability to do our job and keep New Yorkers safe,” Fitzgerald said.

“We have to open up 261, we have to open up today,” said Uniformed Fire Offices Association president Jake Lamonda. “It's not that hard. The firehouse is right here. All we have to do is put an engine in there.”

A letter has also been sent to Mayor Bill de Blasio from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney who says they're also starting “a petition drive today to show support, not only in this community, but across the city.”