Community Pushes to Keep Louisville Firehouse Open

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --

There's a community push to keep the oldest continually serving firehouse in the country open in Louisville.

Engine 7 opened when Ulysses S. Grant was President of the United States.

Concerned citizens who live near the firehouse at Sixth and York streets are holding a public meeting to try to keep it open.

Mayor Jerry Abramson wants to shut the firehouse down as part of his effort to balance an estimated $20 million revenue shortfall in metro government's budget. Abramson estimated the closing will save the city at least $1 million. Engine 7 is scheduled to close to help ease Louisville's budget shortfall.

The savings will come by reassigning the 24 firefighters who work at the house. That move is expected to cut down on overtime costs at other firehouses.

Abramson and Fire Chief Greg Frederick point out there are six other firehouses within a two-mile radius of the Sixth and York station. They don't expect the closing will affect response times.

The public meeting is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the old information center in Central Park.

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