FIREHOUSE FIASCO AS BRAVEST WORK AMID BLAZE PERIL

By SAM SMITH


February 8, 2004 -- New York's Bravest are living and working in crumbling, rat-infested stations with standing sewage and even fire-code violations, according to an enormous list of problems compiled by the firefighters union.

In one Bronx house alone there is a rat and roach infestation, crumbling brickwork, exposed wiring, a cracked boiler, leaky sinks, cracked walls and a shaky sliding pole.

That station, Engine 43/Ladder 59 on Sedgewick Avenue, is ringed with scaffolding to keep bricks falling from the fa