Last Look at the Bridge

Ragamuffin Parade: TOMORROW

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The Gerritsen Beach Fire Department annual ragamuffin parade is tomorrow! Step off Plumb 2nd and W ends at the Firehouse/Hall

Lets make this a great parade!

Last year photo gallery

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Marty Golden Secures $43,000 Grant for Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department

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From the press release below and gbfd.net . State Senator Marty Golden has secured $43,000 for the Gerritsen Beach Fire Department for the purchase of a new vehicle.

For Immediate Release

Monday, October 22, 2012

Contact: John Quaglione (718) 238-6044 or quaglion@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GOLDEN SECURES A $43,000 GRANT FOR A NEW EMERGENCY FIRE RESCUE VEHICLE FOR THE GERRITSEN BEACH VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) this weekend attended the 90th Anniversary Celebration of the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department where he swore in the officers and surprised the crowd with an announcement of a new emergency fire rescue vehicle to commemorate the milestone. Senator Golden announced that he has secured a grant in the amount of$43,000 to purchase a new emergency fire vehicle, sometimes referred to as an “Gator”, to assist the Department in rescue efforts.

Senator Marty Golden stated, “I am proud to have been able to secure this grant to support the operations of the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department. As we celebrate their 90 years of service, this new rescue vehicle will further their ability to keep the community and the residents safe. On behalf of a grateful neighborhood, please know that the volunteer service of the crew members is recognized and applauded today.”

John Czap, Chief of the Department of the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department stated, “This is fantastic and will really help the community. Now, we will have much better access to the parkland on the East side of Gerritsen Avenue. We will be able to get to areas where we could not have previously so to provide fire and emergency medical care.” Along with the driver and passenger, the vehicle is designed to carry one patient, one EMS attendant, plus assorted medical and rescue equipment.

Vollies: Fall EMT Course

Thursday October 18, 2012 – Thursday October 18, 2012

43 Seba Avenue

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Description:

NYS EMT-B Patch

Our upcoming fall EMT course is scheduled to begin Thursday October 18, 2012. The cost of the course is $950. There is a non-refundable deposit of $100 in order to hold your seat. Be aware that seats are limited so if you are interested do not delay.

The course will take place:

43 Seba Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11229

Monday and Thursday from 7:00pm – 10:30pm

One Sunday a Month 9:00am-5:00pm

The text book is:

Emergency Care 12th Edition, a.k.a. Brady Book 12th Edition, published by Pearson.

You can find a copy on Amazon be sure to look at all of the options when purchasing.

You can pay your deposit online at our website or by mailing your check or money order to:

ATTN: EMT COURSE

Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department

52 Seba Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11229

The remainder of the payment is due by the first day of class. We accept: Cash, Money Order, Personal Checks (Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department). The deposit can be paid with a credit card when you register online.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the class you can email us at: info@gbfd.net

We are also offering Basic First Aid and Community CPR classes. Visit our website for information and pricing. If you are taking the EMT course you will not need to take these classes.

Register

Community CPR Class – Saturday August 11th

Saturday August 11th, 2012 9:30 AM @ Volley Memorial Hall

43 Seba Avenue

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REGISTER HERE

  • Community Level CPR Approximately 4-5 hours
  • Choking, AED, Infant, Child, Adult CPR
  • Dress Comfortably

Class Differences:

Community CPR: is for everyone.

Professional/BLS CPR: is for EMT’s, Nurses, Healthcare Providors, CFR’s, Lifeguards, anyone with a duty to act.

NOTES:

Persons with Upper Respiratory Infections, Dental Surgery, or Cold Sores should not take this course.

Physically Strenuous: Students with Cardiac or Respiratory conditions should consult with their physician.

REFUNDS OR CANCELLATIONS

Student can cancel for a full refund or reschedule a class, up to 24 hours before event.

Cancel or reschedule by calling (347) 640-4233 or email info@gbfd.net

BBQ Safely This Memorial Day Weekend

BBQ setup: split grill - double decker grate

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that there are 7,900 home fires each year involving barbecues and grills.  These fires result in an annual average of 10 deaths, 120 reported injuries and over $80 million in property damage.

During the summer months, there is an increased risk of fire associated with the use of barbecues and outdoor cooking. Following these guidelines will make sure you have a safe and fun time at the grill.

  • According to New York City law, barbecues on residential property must not be operated within 10 feet of any flammable material (garage, trees, etc.) and there must be a garden type hose attached to a water supply or at least a 4 gallon pail of water or sand available for use if needed.
  • Barbecues are designed for outdoor use only. Do not use a barbecue in a garage, house, tent or trailer as dangerous levels of carbon monoxide may accumulate.
  • Never use a barbecue on a deck, or on top of or too close to anything that can catch fire. Be sure to store your barbecue on a large flat surface that cannot burn, such as asphalt or concrete.
  • Charcoal barbecue grills can be used on a balcony or terrace only if there is a 10 foot clearance from the building and there is a garden type hose attached to a water supply or at least a 4 gallon pail of water available for use if needed.
  • NEVER use a propane barbecue grill with tanks larger than 16.4 ounces on a balcony, terrace or roof. It is illegal and very dangerous.
  • Propane barbecue grills and no more than two 20 pound propane tanks are allowed on the grounds of a one or two family home.  Never store liquid or pressurized fuels inside your home, in direct sunlight or near any possible sources of flame.  Always store them in the upright position.
  • Before using any barbecue, check it for leaks, cracks or brittleness that could undermine its integrity.
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended.
  • Instruct children to stay clear and not play near the barbecue.
  • Wear clothing with short or tight fitting sleeves while grilling and use long handed tools and flame resistant mitts.
  • Never use any flammable liquid to start a fire other than lighting fluid. Never squirt fluid directly into a flame as this could cause a flashback.
  • Always follow the barbecue manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning and storing your grill.  Built up grease left unchecked can lead to a fire.

 

In the event of a barbecue fire:

  • If the fire is threatening your personal safety or endangering property, call the vollies 718-332-3333 immediately and evacuate the area
  • For propane grills, if you can safely reach the tank valve, shut it off and turn off the burners.
  • For charcoal grills, close the lid.
  • Never try to extinguish a grease fire with water; it will cause the flames to flare up. Use a portable fire extinguisher on grease fires.

Vollies Open House this Weekend

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Vollies at 44 Noel Easter Sunday 2012

Lot’s of updates coming from the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department facebook and GBFD.net

They are offering CPR classes and a fall EMT course see their list of classes.

 

New Sign

Via GBFD.net

The Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department is opening its doors to area residents, so they can learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community, as part of an initiative brought to you by FASNY with a program called Recruit NY. Over the last several years, it has been very tough for many fire departments throughout New York State to recruit and retain volunteers for a variety of reasons. Like most volunteer fire departments, the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department needs to bolster its emergency responder numbers, so it can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for its residents. Now more than ever, they need more of their neighbors joining their fire department.

On Saturday, April 21th & Sunday, April 22th between 1pm – 4pm, the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department located 52 Seba Avenue will join in an initiative with volunteer fire departments all across the state at their respective firehouses for a unified recruitment drive, as part of National Volunteer Week 2012. Not only will Recruit NY be an opportunity to highlight the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter, it will also raise public awareness about the need for volunteers. The hope is that a collaborative effort among volunteer fire departments statewide will turn the declining number of volunteer firefighters around.

We are coming to an end of our annual Fund Drive, Golden donor this year is $85.00 and every donation counts towards our fundraising efforts. Please send whatever you can as soon as possible. If you have already donated this year, thank you. You will be receiving your fund drive sticker in July, after our fund drive is closed for 2012.

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Vollies Put up New Sign

Breaking: Fire on 44 Noel

BOX 3671

44 Noel Ave.

8:58AM Report of children inside

Assign Squad and Rescue on box due to numerous calls

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L-156 FAST

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Vollies: Become a Golden Donor

Gerrittsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department

The vollies are wrapping up their 2012 Golden Donor drive and are making another push – this time online.

Dear Friends and Neighbors;

This past September we began our Annual Fund Drive for 2012. Letters requesting donations were delivered to the doors of over 2,000 homes and businesses in Gerrittsen Beach, and to date a total of 420 total donations have been received. If you have already donated since September, please accept our sincere thanks for your contribution. Your support is necessary to keep our unique organization afloat. Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department is the only Volunteer Fire Department in Brooklyn and is necessary for the safety of our community.

In March, our annual payment of $29,733.12 is due for the fire truck. Insurance payments of $29,000.00 are paid through the year for liability for the trucks and buildings. Supplies, equipment and operations run a costly $40,000.00 annually. These expenses cannot be paid without your help.

There have been many new developments at the Gerritsen Beach Fire Department that will benefit the community tremendously. In August we elected and installed the new Officers and Fire Council. The Chief, John Czap, and new corporation President Mike Castro will be directing the department since they were sworn in this past week. Our Treasurer, Dan Ene, is doing an great job of keeping the books.

A volunteer fire department depends on the dedication and commitment of community members, and we’re happy to say that during the past year we have seen an influx of new members. We have been busy training the many new EMTs, firefighters, dispatchers and youth members that will be on call for you 24 hours a day in the event of an emergency. Even an old category Special Services has been re-activated for members who want to offer their expertise to assist the department.

At the moment the department is teaching an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course with seventeen students at the Memorial Hall with three students being department members. The last EMT class we had graduated four new EMT’s. Looking ahead, we will be holding additional CPR classes for the community and in June we will hold our annual Chinese Auction.

Please take a moment to send in your needed donation in the enclosed postage paid envelope. To be a Golden donor this year is $85.00 but every donation counts towards our fundraising efforts. Golden Donors will receive a golden donor window sticker in the mail. Please send what ever you can as soon as possible. To save postage, you can drop your donation in the mailbox at 52 Seba Ave. There are almost 50 members, on call for you, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Thank you in advance for your generous contribution.

Sincerely,
The 2012 Fund Drive Committee
John Czap. Chief of Department

 

Golden Donor 2012

Donate a specific amount:





Councilman Fidler to DSNY: Re-Vamp Seba Avenue for Snow Removal

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Councilman Fidler, has asked the Department of Santation to upgrade the designation of Seba avenue during snow storms, to expedite the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department response during emergencies

The entire Gerritsen Beach community is named tertiary (last to be plowed) during snow storms.

Dear Commissioner Doherty,
I am writing to request that a change be made to the snow priority designation of one of the streets in my neighborhood, Seba Avenue. At minimum, the blocks between Gerritsen Avenue and 52 Seba Avenue should be upgraded from their current tertiary status to allow for the necessary rapid response time by the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

As you know, ‘primary’ streets are the ones that are most concentrated in terms of traffic flow as well as facilities such as firehouses, hospitals, and nursing homes. Since these facilities are in high demand in times of emergency, there is a great need for these streets to be cleared.

The Gerritsen Beach neighborhood is currently comprised of all tertiary streets, with the exception of Gerritsen Avenue, which is a primary street. However, the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department is located at 52 Seba Avenue, currently designated as a tertiary street. With tertiary designation, these first responders would be temporarily cut off from being able to respond, when needed. Making Seba Avenue a higher priority would provide better access and allow the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department to operate quickly and efficiently, should an emergency arise.

I thank you for your time and hope that this change in designation can be made quickly

Ragamuffin Parade

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Via GBFD.net

Thanksgiving day, The Gerritsen Beach Fire Department held their Annual Ragamuffin parade for the families and children of Gerritsen Beach. Santa, costumed Vollies, and the Gerritsen Beach Marching Band escorted many families who walk behind to get their chance to see Santa. The last stop is the Vollies Blue Star Mothers Hall where Santa meets and greets the children.

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More pictures are up at GBFD.net, there are lots of funny screaming kid pictures.

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Events: Vollies Thanksgiving Ragamuffin Day Parade

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2010 - Ragamuffin

Remember this Thanksgiving Day the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department will hold their annual Ragamuffin parade.  The last stop is the Vollies Blue Star Mothers Hall where Santa meets and greets the children.

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2010 - Ragamuffin

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2010 - Ragamuffin

Chauncey Howell Talks To Gerritsen Beach

Vollies Mural Repaired

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Repaired mural

Last May Goldman Sachs helped the Vollies with a bit of spring cleaning while Joe Indart painted a mural on the outside of the Blue Star Mothers Hall. Then less than two weeks later it was defaced.

Now finally it has been repaired by the artist!

Vollies Graffiti

Defaced mural last June

Vollies Offering EMT Class

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For anyone looking to get into the Emergency Medical Service get certified now and for only $850

The Vollies will be hosting an NYS EMT class beginning in early October.

Phone: 718-332-9292

52 Seba Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229

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