NEW YORK -- The FDNY gave four fire companies and the communities they serve 45 days notice that the department plans to permanently close them as early as next month.
The four companies reportedly received the mandatory 45-day notice, meaning the FDNY can close them as soon as June 22.
The notifications of closure were made to the local community boards, City Council members and borough presidents' offices.
The companies notified of closure are:
- Engine 161 on Staten Island
- Engine 4 in Manhattan
- Engine 271 in Brooklyn
- Ladder 53 in the Bronx
The companies slated to close share their firehouses with either a ladder or an engine company, and those will remain open.
Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta is expected to testify on the cuts and the FDNY budget at a City Council hearing today.
The hearing starts at 10 a.m. at City Hall and will address proposed firehouse closings in the mayor's budget.
Several Council members have said they would not approve any budget if it required closing fire companies.
Republished with permission of WABC-TV.