Just a few days into my tenure on the City Council, I responded to the scene of a bad fire raging in my district.
It was a brutally cold January night, the winds were whipping and the hydrants were frozen solid. One of the first things New York’s Bravest mentioned to me on the scene was how, in subzero temperatures, when the homes and lives of New Yorkers were on the line, a fifth man on the engine was more crucial than ever to keep the fire in check.
While nearly everything in New York City changes over time, one constant remains: Firefighters constantly face new challenges that make their job more and more dangerous. And they need more, not less, support to keep us all safe.