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    Brooklyn Fire House Shut Despite Protest

    Wednesday, August 13, 2003

    Brooklyn Fire House Shut Despite Protest

    The Associated Press


    NEW YORK- Residents of a Brooklyn neighborhood sat vigil for more than two months to protest the closing of their local firehouse, but authorities finally tore down their makeshift barricade and seized the fire engine.

    The protesters said police restrained a man who had been keeping watch over Engine Co. 212 so he could not alert others that the rig was being driven away.

    Residents of the Williamsburg neighborhood had been monitoring the firehouse since May 25, when it became one of six closed because of city budget cuts and a shifting population. Engine 212 ranked 199th of 203 engines on number of calls, Fire Department spokesman Francis Gribbon said.

    On Tuesday, police officers moved a sofa and water-filled refrigerator to get to the fire engine. After they drove off, workers nailed boards across the building, dubbed the "People's Firehouse" in the 1970s when residents occupied it for 16 months in a successful campaign to keep it open during a fiscal crisis.

    An April rally at the firehouse had drawn about 50 people including actor Steve Buscemi, a former firefighter who called the closures "a slap in the face" after firefighters' heroics at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

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    fire house closing

    the last part of this article says it all."it is slap in the face"

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