YONKERS, NY — February 1, 2017 — The Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) and the International Association of Fire Fighters (I.A.F.F.) – Local 628 will be hosting another community forum at 6:00 pm this Wednesday evening, February 15th at the Brook Street Community Center (10 Brook Street) regarding Fire Station 1 (formerly situated on New School Street) and the relocation of Rescue 1 from SW Yonkers to the other side of the Yonkers. As everyone is aware, the former Fire Station 1 was condemned and closed on June 5, 2015 resulting in the “temporary” relocation of Tower Ladder 71 to Station 3 on Vark Street, as well as the relocation of Rescue 1 to Station 7 on Central Park Avenue (on the East side of the City). It has been over 20 months since Station 1 has been closed and these “temporary” relocations were implemented.
UFOA and I.A.F.F. – Local 628 are hosting these community forums in order to inform the residents of the West side of Yonkers how the relocation of Rescue 1 impacts them, their families and their communities. Yonkers Fire Fighters are also requesting residents to contact their elected officials and find out definitively what the plan is for replacing Station 1 and getting Rescue 1 back to the West side of the City.
Representatives of the Mayor’s office have stated to the press and at prior public forums that designs and plans for a replacement firehouse will be unveiled in the next month or so – perhaps at the Mayor’s State of the City address in March. Both unions look forward to discussing this issue with the residents of West Yonkers and also to seeing the Administration’s plans for the replacement firehouse.
As with all such future forums, all elected and appointed officials are most welcome to attend the event and speak, answer questions or otherwise participate or not.