UPDATE: Steve Buscemi Will Rally to Save Engine 220

The actor will join local politicians on Wednesday to protest the closure of the 11th Street firehouse.

UPDATE, May 24 at 12:44 p.m.: Steve Buscemi will no longer be attending this rally. For the full scoop, see here.


Now Hollywood is fighting for our firehouse.

Actor and Park Slope resident Steve Buscemi will join Councilmember Brad Lander and Public Advocate Bill deBlasio on Wednesday morning to save Engine 220, the 11th Street firehouse that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced he , along with seven others across the borough.

This isn’t the first fire station fight for Buscemi, who himself worked as a firefighter from 1980 to 1984. In 2003, the “Fargo” star was arrested after locking elbows with local politicians to protest the closure of the Engine 204 in Cobble Hill.

''If your house was on fire, would you wait one minute to call the Fire Department?'' Buscemi told the New York Daily News at the time.

The firehouse is one of only two fire stations in Park Slope. Closing the station, which also serves Windsor Terrace, will significantly delay emergency response times in the neighborhood.

According to City Council statistics, if the 11th Street station is closed, the first arrival time would jump from 3:38 to 4:08 seconds (a 19 percent increase), and the second arrival would go from 4:08 to 5:24 (a 30 percent increase).

“An extra minute to get an engine company to a fire can be the difference between life and death!” Lander said today in a letter to the community.

Assemblymember Jim Brennan will hold a second rally on Thursday evening. Hundreds of shocked residents have to Bloomberg, imploring him to keep the station open.

“Mayor Bloomberg has his priorities in all the wrong places,” Lander said in a statement after the news broke last Wednesday.

“If the Bloomberg Administration is allowed to proceed with this closure, arrival times at fires will increase dramatically in our neighborhood."

Lord Haw Haw May 23, 2011 at 06:21 PM
Yeah, but what's on his stoop? http://whatsonstevebuscemisstoop.tumblr.com/
Hernan Joe Velez May 24, 2011 at 07:21 AM
As a Park Slope native, I do hope you are not the person who created the site. Its a pathetic thing that someone takes the time to photograph someones stoop while walking their dog... You missed the whole point of the story. Perhaps you are one of these fools that thinks the city spends too much and needs to cut back on things such as firehouses and education, but it is okay and makes sense to spend money on making a bike/walking/running lane in the parks exterior. Lucrative, to do such a thing is to take the park outside the park; hey why not just close off PPW, PPS and the other streets surrounding the park to expand it... FIREHOUSES SHUTDOWN, HEAVEN FORBID YOUR HOME IS BURNING DOWN & YOU HAVE TO WAIT LONGER FOR A FIRE ENGINE TO COME SAVE YOU OR PUT THE FIRE OUT...
Gary Hoopengardner May 24, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Well this is surely an interesting new topic to get up about. But I'm happy to hear Steve will be using his celebrity status to bring more attention to the problem. How does one handle budget problems, where is the priority model coming from? Maybe the Mayor is usig this tactic of closing firehouses down to rally people to get more involved. Hoop


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