The city’s list of fire companies slated for closure, which was reluctantly released to the public on May 18, included the name of Engine Company 284 on 79th Street in Dyker Heights. Neighborhood residents are understandably concerned about the possible loss of their only fire house and local leaders are trying to draw attention to the potential dangers its loss might cause.
According to a story in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Assemblyman Peter Abbate will lead a “Save Engine 284” rally outside the firehouse on Friday, June 3, at 3:30 p.m.
“Whatever we need to do, we’ll do,” Fran Vella-Marrone, president of the Dyker Heights Civic Association told the Eagle. “We’ll hold a rally. We’ll write letters, whatever it takes.”
Representative Michael Grimm ran a charity race last Saturday, to benefit wounded Marines, “on behalf of Engine Company 284.”
State Assemblyman Peter Abbate represents Assembly District 49, which includes Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Dyker Heights.
Congressman Michael Grimm represents New York’s 13th District, which includes all of Staten Island, as well as parts of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Gravesend.