City Island residents protest fire company closing

June 15, 2011 4:43:10 AM PDT
Concerned residents in the Bronx are denouncing the planned closure of a remote fire company.

Ladder 53 on City Island is one of 20 fire companies slated to close.

City Island residents met for an emergency town hall meeting to fight the closure.

They say if Ladder 53 closes, the next nearest company would take more than 10 minutes to reach City Island.

They call that a deadly delay.

Residents claim if Ladder 53 is closed, City Island will have the longest first-alarm response time, city-wide.

FDNY officials did not attend the meeting.