Massachusetts city council receives petition with over 1,000 signatures to keep station open

  • Source: The Standard-TImes
  • Published: 03/13/2020 12:00 AM

With Engine Company 11 set to be decommissioned on March 22, some residents and city councilors are still fighting to keep it running. At Thursday night’s City Council meeting, Councilor-at-large Brian Gomes submitted a petition to the council with 1,164 signatures in support of keeping Station 11 open. “The battle continues,” Gomes said in submitting the petition. Several protestors who are opposed to the closing attended the meeting holding signs that read “Keep New Bedford Safe Prioritize Public Safety.” Gomes said though some on talk radio believe the fight to keep the station open has fizzled out, “It has not fizzled out, our position is the same.” At the end of February, the council voted to request the administration reconsider its decision to close Station 11 or any other fire station and fund all 10 companies in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget.


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