The Mayor has announced the 2013 preliminary budget for Baltimore City — one of the highlighted items is the closure of three yet-to-be-announced firehouses. You can, and should, download and read the budget for yourself here.
If the City has the money for large developer tax breaks, car races that cost city taxpayers millions of dollars, and a new convention center — the City needs to fully fund our fire department, keeping all fire stations open and operational, and end the rotating closures.
Please contact your City Council representative today, and make your opinion heard! We cannot afford more senseless deaths like this one. How many innocent children have to die before we’re willing to stand up to our government and say “Enough is ENOUGH”?
Some national statistics from the NFPA:
- A fire department responded to a fire every 24 seconds.
- One structure fire was reported every 65 seconds.
- One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds
- One civilian fire injury was reported every 30 minutes.
- One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 49 minutes.
Think how much worse it would be if fire stations were closed. I don’t want to read about your home or your family in the Baltimore Sun. Contact your City Council representative and let them know you don’t want to be a statistic — we don’t need a new convention center more than we need you as residents.