"Major budget cuts being planned for Chicago’s Fire Department could lead to fewer firehouses, fewer firefighters, or both. The choices facing Mayor Emanuel’s new fire commissioner aren’t pleasant, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports. [...]Anyone who lives near Wilson and Racine will undoubtedly take issue with the statement that Wilson is a "slow house." We realize the city is broke, but cutting back on fire services seems draconian and dangerous.
Merging slower houses like Wilson Avenue in Uptown with others would reduce the number of fire houses and firefighters on duty the same way the ranks of police officers and police stations have been cut."
In particular, we disagree with closing a firehouse that is mere blocks from two concert venues -- the Riviera and Aragon -- where thousands regularly gather, and where there are hopes of another venue re-opening within the decade. We also question the wisdom of closing a fire station that serves a large community college, as well as a neighborhood that has so many turn-of-the-century residential hotels that now provide housing for the disabled and elderly.
What to do? Read the article to see what Ald. Nick Sposato, himself a Chicago firefighter, is saying. It wouldn't hurt to drop a line to Ald. Cappleman and Mayor Emanuel (click their names for their contact information) to let them know how you feel about retaining Uptown's fire station.
This is Chicago... communities that don't make noise don't get noticed. It'll take five minutes to send an email, and it may make a huge difference.