THE BRONX - Residents and firemen rallied today against the possible closure of Ladder 53 in City Island.

Ladder 53 and other fire companies across the city could be closed under Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget. The mayor has not announced which firehouses are slated to close under his plan.

Residents say having a firehouse on the island increases response times. The nearest firehouse is located 4 miles away in Co-op City.