UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — A firehouse covering a large span of the Upper East Side is set to receive an investment of more than a half-million dollars for renovations.
City Councilman Ben Kallos is allocating $525,000 for fixes at the home of Engine Company 22, Ladder Tower 13 and Battalion 10 on East 85th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues, the councilman announced Tuesday.
"Our firefighters respond to every 911 call as if our lives depend on it, because they do, and they are always there for us, fighting fires, saving lives, and we must be there for them," Kallos said in a statement. "When we run from danger our firefighters run to it, they are our bravest, and we must do everything in our power to support them."
The discretionary funds will pay for weatherized windows and a modernized fire door at the station, a spokesman for Kallos said. Money for the two projects were requested by the firefighters union on behalf of firefighters working at the station and were the most-needed upgrades at the facility, the spokesman said.
Representatives of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association and the Uniformed Firefighters Association thanked Kallos for the investment at Tuesday's press conference.
"These firehouses were built a long time ago so wear and tear they need upkeep and updating. We appreciate the Councilman supporting this company," Uniformed Firefighters Association Vice President LeRoy McGinnis said in a statement.
Photo courtesy City Councilman Ben Kallos