NY Times - May 19, 2011by ANDY NEWMAN and JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ
Eight of the fire companies are in Brooklyn, four in Queens, three each in Manhattan and the Bronx, and two in Staten Island. They make up about 6 percent of the 341 ladder and engine companies that reside in the city's 218 firehouses (some firehouses are home to both an engine and a ladder).
The closures, if all were implemented, would save $55 million, officials have said. The Bloomberg administration is readying a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
At a news conference in Brooklyn on Wednesday, Mr. Bloomberg said it was "much too early" to know which companies, if any, would close, and he said the list was a way of gauging which fire companies were used most often and their average response times.
The city released a report (see also below) showing projected changes in response times should the companies close, and providing justification for closing these particular companies.
In recent years, the Bloomberg administration has often threatened during budget season to close fire companies, occasionally following through. Steve Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, the firefighters' union, said in a statement on Wednesday that the mayor had "willfully abdicated responsibility for protecting the safety of New Yorkers."
At his news conference earlier Wednesday, Mr. Bloomberg said he was just being realistic about the city's fiscal situation.
"It will be great to have a firehouse or company on every corner," he said, "but that's not the real world."
Here is the list: