B'klyn firehouse faces end - again

The city's hit list of eight FDNY companies includes a Brooklyn firehouse that was saved from closure in the mid-1970s when neighborhood people occupied it for 16 months, the Daily News has learned.

The "People's Firehouse" - Engine 212 in Williamsburg - is among four fire companies in Brooklyn, two in Queens, one in Manhattan and one in the Bronx that could be closed because of budget cuts, sources said.

The sources stressed that the list and the total number of companies facing closure could change by the time Mayor Bloomberg unveils his budget cuts today.

But as of yesterday, sources said the following fire companies were on the chopping block: Engine 212; Engine 204 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn; Engine 278 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn; Engine 209 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; Engine 36 in Harlem; Ladder 53 in City Island, the Bronx; Engine 261 in Astoria, Queens, and Engine 294 in Richmond Hill, Queens.