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Protesters stand up for Engine Co. 294

Photo by: Christina Santucci

By Rebecca Henely @ YourNabe.com

Thursday, June 9, 2011 11:12 AM EDT

In the latest in a string of protests against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed closing of 20 firehouses across the city, elected officials, civic leaders and firefighters rallied at Engine 294 in Richmond Hill Sunday, demanding that the mayor not close it or any other engine companies in the city.

“That should not be in a budget cut,” said City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills). “People’s safety should not be in a budget cut.”

Engine 294, which sits at 101-20 Jamaica Ave. beneath the elevated train, giving it the nickname “El’s Angels,” is one of four firehouses in Queens and 20 around the city that faces shuttering under the new budget.

Others in Queens include Ladder 128 at 33-51 Greenpoint Ave. in Blissville, Engine 306 at 40-18 214th Place in Bayside and Engine 328 at 16-19 Central Ave. in Far Rockaway. Protests have already been held at Ladder 128 and Engine 306 this month, and Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) is planning to hold a protest against the closing of Engine 328.

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