YOUNGSTOWN — Opponents of the city's decision to close Fire Station No. 7 have gathered more than 400 signatures on a petition to keep the station open.
Station No. 7 serves the city's North Side and the Youngstown State University campus. City officials contend that the closure will save money and that modern fire trucks are too heavy for the building, which was built in 1903.
The change.org petition, started by Lisa Rosenthal, invites the public to call Mayor Jamael Tito Brown and Fire Chief Barry Finley to "Tell him you're not buying it" and "Let him know his answers don't make any sense."
"We need this fire station to protect the safety of our residents, students, businesses, schools, and religious, cultural, and healthcare institutions," the petition reads.
The petition is one of several ways that North Side residents have voiced opposition to the city's plan. The Wick Park Neighborhood Association organized a rally Saturday to protest the closure of the nearly 120-year-old station.
About 30 participants marched from 208 Broadway Ave., the site of a recent fire, to the station at the corner of Elm Street and Madison Avenue shouting "Save Station 7!"