20 Firehouses on FDNY List for Possible Closures

The FDNY has released a list of fire companies that could soon be closed, according to WNYW-TV.

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The report targets 20 firehouses that would be shuttered due to budget cuts.

Eight of them are in Brooklyn. City Island's only fire company -- Ladder 53 -- is on the list as well as Engine 4 and Ladder 8, which are near the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano was trying to not release the list, but firefighter unions have been demanding for its release.

"Today Mike Bloomberg willfully abdicated responsibility for protecting the safety of New Yorkers with his proposal to close 20 fire companies; 20 closed fire companies will affect at least 60 communities and the city as a whole," Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy said in a statement. "The mayor has been saying that New Yorkers must do more with less and that is just what New York City Firefighters have been doing all along."

After its release, the city's mayor stressed that the list is a draft and not final.

"It would be great if we could have a firehouse or company on every corner, that's not the real world," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "And we just have to find some balance, but it's much too early in the process and every year we've come worked with the City Council and we've come to the agreement that I might point out has kept the city safe."