Queens Fire Marshal Office to Close This Week

WCBS 880 - September 20, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) The city's Queens fire marshals office is slated to close Thursday as the Fire Department seeks to close last year's budget gap, according to a published report.

Shutting the Fort Totten office will save the department $1.4 million and is the second closure of a fire marshals office this year, The New York Times reported Saturday.

The Bronx fire marshals office was closed in February and the Manhattan office scaled back its hours in January, the Times said.

Edward Burke, the fire marshal representative for the Uniformed Firefighters Association, told the Times that the decreasing number of marshals would mean it would be more difficult to track changes in the arson rate.

Department statistics provided by the union show that the number of fires being investigated dropped in 2003 from 2002, the Times said.