Residents march to oppose FDNY budget cuts

Advocates say cutting the fire department's budget will make it more difficult for the firefighters to protect people and property. (5/12/13)

BROOKLYN - A group of Brooklyn residents protested potential cuts to the FDNY's budget today.

Advocates say cutting the fire department's budget will make it more difficult for the firefighters to protect people and property. They also say that cutting the FDNY's budget could reduce fire marshals and close fire companies.

According to the FDNY's Bureau of Fire Investigation, 32 percent of the city's fatalities from 2007 to 2012 happened in Brooklyn, and in 2012, more than a third of the arsons in occupied buildings were also in Brooklyn.

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Protesters also pointed out the fact that Brooklyn does not have its own burn unit.

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