Addabbo Calls On City To Retain Fire Patrol
City Council Member Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., reacting to citywide public outrage at the decision of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters (BFU) to discontinue the New York Fire Patrol, strongly urged continuance of the organization which responds to 10,000 fires a year and protects lives and property by controlling fire damage to the basic structure of a building and equipment located at the site.
"The brave men and women of the Fire Patrol are having their jobs terminated," Addabbo said, "due to what I believe is erroneous information given to the BFU by a private consulting firm. Over $10 million worth of property is saved each year and buildings are sealed off to vandals and secured by the Fire Patrol."
The New York City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice, of which Councilman Addabbo is a member, asked the New York Board of Fire Underwriters and its Board of Directors to rescind their decision and allow the patrol to continue its existence. Addabbo pointed out that, "New York City Fire Department personnel would have to take over the duties of the Fire Patrol, thus keeping our bravest away from fire fighting tasks. Our ladder companies and their resources, taking up the Fire Patrol slack, would be stretched beyond reasonable standards."