21 October, 1988 (~estimated)
Don’t Move Engine Co.3 From Chambers St. Area
To The Editor of Town Topics:
It has come to my attention that there is a proposal of moving Mercer Engine Company No. 3 from Chambers Street to another location. I feel that this would be an extremely large mistake for the following reasons:
- Due to their close proximity, they have been able to respond to numerous alarms in the hotel in virtually minutes. This would be extremely important in any life-threatening situation which there is bound to be in any public building.
- In speaking with the firemen, they assure me that there has never been any problem with getting access to Chambers Street in emergency situations.
- The further the firehouse would be, would definitely increase the insurance rates for all Palmer Square merchants as well as all businesses in the surrounding area.
- A new firehouse would cost three to four times the cost of what it would be to renovate Mercer No. 3
In summation, I feel that it would be a very large mistake to change what is a very efficient, cost-saving operation.