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Without Your Help – Engine 294 Will Close

May 27, 2011

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There will be a rally to Save Engine 294, which is definitely on the list of fire companies to close.  The rally will be held on Sunday, June 5th at 1 PM.  Please make every possible effort to attend.  Without a good turnout, we may see the doors of Engine 294 close for good.

We cannot let this happen.  We remember what happened the last time they closed 294.

The WRBA is teaming up with the Richmond Hill Block Association, and working with our elected officials — if you have contacts in any schools or any other organizations in Woodhaven, please put them in touch with us — this issue effects us all.

We are planning to hand out flyers at the steps of train startions — 85th Street, 76th Street, Woodhaven Boulevard, and 95th Street.  Ideally, we’d like to have at least one 2-hour shift at each station one morning next week — and a 2-hour shift in the evening — this way we hit each station twice.

We need volunteers.  Let us know if you are free any mornings next week (specifically 6:30 to 8:30 AM) or any evenings (5:30 to 7:30 PM).

Tell your friends, tell your neighbors.  EMAIL US AT

We will be on the air LIVE tonight at 10, discussing our rally plans — even if you don’t listen, call in at 646-378-1612 and share a brief thought, memory — or even a word of thanks or support for the men and women of Engine 294.  The best audio clips will be used in an upcoming tribute video.

Without your help, Engine 294 will close.  Don’t let that happen.

Sunday, June 5th at 1 PM.   

El’s Angels – Engine 294

Woodhaven and Richmond Hill Residents Join Forces To Save Engine 294

May 24, 2011

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 ( or the WRBA ( 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.