Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Firefighters gathered outside of Fire Station 7 to protest after Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner made the decision to shut the firehouse down back in May.
Members of the Syracuse Firefighters Union voiced their disagreement with the closing of the firehouse located along East Fayette Street, and say response times have suffered since its closing, putting the safety of city residents in jeopardy.
“Staffing levels are at an all-time low, which creates more injuries, more on the job injuries and makes all of us less safe. From a firefighter’s perspective to the citizen’s,” said Syracuse Firefighter Union member Paul Motondo.
Firefighters say they believe the decision was made in haste and at a bad time.
“The closing of this particular firehouse and Engine Company 6, that was prior to Syracuse University being in session. Syracuse University is now in session with nearly 40,000 students,” Motondo explained. “It’s another city out there and this is the company that responded directly to them for any fire alarm, EMS run, auto-accident and anything that may be needed up on that hill.”
At the time of the closure, Mayor Miner and Syracuse Fire Chief Paul Linertz said they were confident the closure wouldn't affect response time or safety.