Woodhaven and Richmond Hill Residents Join Forces To Save Engine 294

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The communities of Richmond Hill and Woodhaven are pulling together to stage a public rally to save Engine Company 294 at 1 PM on Sunday, June 5th in front of the firehouse at 101st Street and Jamaica Avenue. Engine 294, which serves both communities, was revealed to be on a list of 20 fire companies that are slated to be closed to balance the city’s budget.

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) and the Richmond Hill Block Association (RHBA) are joining forces, along with other local civic groups, organizations, and elected officials to try and ensure that this doesn’t happen.

The National Fire Protection Association says that studies show that once you surpass a 4-minute response to a fire, the risk of civilian death triples. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio released a report this week showing that the closure to Engine 294 will push our response time over that 4-minute threshold. This issue impacts each and every family in our community and all residents are encouraged to attend.

Volunteers will be needed in the days leading up to the rally, to hand out flyers and help spread the word. Contact either the RHBA (rhba@att.net) or the WRBA (info@woodhaven-nyc.org) for details. There is also a “Save Engine 294” Page on Facebook that residents are using as an online petition and a place to share their thoughts and feelings about this possible closure. This page has attracted nearly 250 fans in its first 24 hours.

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One Response to “Woodhaven and Richmond Hill Residents Join Forces To Save Engine 294”

  1. Corner of Confessions Says:

    FDNY rapid response ambulance saved my fiancee’s life. A few months back, my fiancee randomly and unexpectedly had a seizure attack. FDNY was the first on the scene and they stabilized my fiancee and then a Jamaica Hosp Ambulance came and took it from there. The seizure was the first sign and symptom of what we found out to be stage 3 brain cancer. The FDNY workers that showed up strongly suggested taking him to the hospital and from the moment they said that i had my heart set on that action. The EMT workers that followed suggested not going into the hospital but i followed the original advice and thankfully i did because later that night, my fiancee had another seizure attack, an abnormal one. They had to medically sedate and paralyze my fiancee and transfer him to a bigger more equipped hospital and he had brain surgery a few days later. It’s been nearly 3 months but everyday i think of their timely response ( literally a few minutes, no more than 3 minutes) and the genuine worry and concern and advice. I’m forever thankful. I’m not sure if it’s the same fire house or even if they work together. But, i live a few blocks from there and I’ve seen that fire house all my life. they do so much more than put out fires( not down playing the fire-fighting, that’s very important). They saves lives. FDNY workers helped the town of wood haven greatly during the snow storms too. I hope passionately they dont shut down.

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