'Overabundance of Caution' Leads FDNY to Move Engine from Firehouse that Adjoins NYPD Station Targeted in Alleged Gang Threat

NY Daily News - December 25, 2014

by Rocco Parascandola, Tina Moore

The FDNY relocated an engine from a Brooklyn firehouse that adjoins a police station because the precinct was the target of an alleged gang threat, officials said Wednesday.

Engine Co. 222 is housed next to the NYPD’s 81st Precinct station house on Ralph Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The precinct is one of two police commands mentioned in connection with an alleged threat posed by a gang.

“We relocated one of our engine companies to a neighboring firehouse out of an overabundance of caution,” FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer said.

Police learned of the threat through a narcotics informant who overheard a gang member talking about mounting an attack against the 79th and 81st precinct station houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville, police sources said.

Heavily armed Emergency Service Unit cops were deployed to guard the two precincts after the NYPD learned the stations were being targeted by the Black Guerrilla Family, a notorious prison gang, sources said.