CROWN HEIGHTS — A Crown Heights-based rescue company is set to get a new firehouse in Brooklyn, according to the fire department and a city announcement of the project.
Rescue 2, currently located in a 1920s-era brick building on Bergen Street between Troy and Schenectady avenues, will soon have a new home at an undetermined location in Brownsville, a FDNY spokesman said.
The new location is “intended to become a tool for instruction,” according to an open bid for the construction of the building posted on the City Record this week, to be used — like all firehouses in the city — for trainings and simulations, such as patient rescues.
Though Rescue 2 has been based in Crown Heights since 1985, the company responds to major incidents all over the borough and will continue to do so after its relocation to Brownsville, according to the department.
The city is looking for bids for the construction of the new firehouse through Jan. 6, 2016, the procurement announcement said. As of Wednesday, 44 different construction groups had applied for the job.
A spokeswoman for the city's Department of Design and Construction couldn't say when exactly the new firehouse would be complete, but said the agency anticipates a groundbreaking in the summer of 2016.
According to a Brownstoner feature about Rescue 2’s Bergen Street firehouse, the site has been used by firefighters since 1893, though the current building was likely not built until 1921. Rescue 2 was incorporated in 1925 in Fort Greene, according to the group’s website.