Reminding the city that there are fire-prone old wooden structures at risk, the Community Board 11 passed a resolution of Engine 306.
The Resolution also states that the second nearest firehouse to Bayside Village is 1.5 miles away, and would drag response times by two additional minutes. The resolution reads as follows:
WHEREAS, Mayor Michael Bloomberg intends to close twenty firehouses in New York City, and
WHEREAS, the Mayor deems those of New York City, and
WHEREAS, Engine 306, one of the twenty firehouses proposed for closure, resides within Community Board 11, and
WHEREAS, Engine 306 provides an invaluable service to our community including prompt response efforts to dangerous fires, emergency medical situations, and extreme weather conditions, and
WHEREAS, the closest firehouse in relation to Engine 306 is almost 1.5 miles away, and
WHEREAS, the closure of Engine 306 will increase response time in the surrounding community by almost two minutes, and
WHEREAS, two minutes may mean the difference between life and death in fires and critical medical situations, and
WHEREAS, senior citizens and children are those most vulnerable to dangerous fires, and
WHEREAS, the neighborhood has numerous old wooden structures that would be endangered, and
WHEREAS, the safety and protection of the Northeast Queens residents, whom Community Board 11 represents, is of the utmost importance to all of our members,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Community Board11 is steadfastly opposed to the closing of Engine 306 due to the adverse effect it will have on the residents and businesses of our community.
Community Board 11 functions as an advisory board to decision-makers at various City agencies, and City Hall. The resolution is not binding, but the community hopes it will resonate.