Via GBFD.net Come Out to the Gertritsen Beach Fire Department & See What It’s All About
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 a statewide 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 Gerritsen 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 9th & Sunday, April 10thbetween 12pm – 3pm, the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Departmentlocated 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 2011. Not only willRecruit 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.
“Come on out and join us for this unique recruitment day at our firehouse,” said Doreen Greenwood Assistant Chief. “This is a great opportunity for our neighbors to observe the tasks of a firefighter and EMT. Our current members love what they do; they are everyday heroes who help neighbors in need. We hope our recruitment day will inspire other area residents to join our fire service family.”
Throughout the day, the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus, allow visitors to try on turnout gear, and provide activities and stations throughout the firehouse for visitors to participate in.The fire department willdiscuss the requirements to be a volunteer, as well as conduct demonstrations, answer questions, and let visitors know how to get involved in the fire department.
The 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Memory of Thomas Donovan went off without a hitch. It started at the VFW Hall and continued up Gerritsen Avenue before finishing with a ceremony at the little league field.
The parade is in honor of Thomas G. Donovan who was involved with marching bands all his life for the community. The parade will step off @ 12:00pm Saturday March 26th in front of the VFW hall on Gerritsen Ave. The parade will continue down Gerritsen Ave and end at the Little Leauge Field. All are welcome, we will be assembling at 10:30am.
According to a parks spokesperson they have gone in with the camera probe and found a broken pipe, possibly a sewer pipe, that will need to be repaired before the hole can be filled.
“It is not a simple case of filling a pot hole, and will take some time”. They will have to open up the street and repair if that is the cause which will take time. Therefore, in response to the community’s concerns, they will put a temporary plywood cover on the hole itself in addition to the barricades currently around it.
There is a giant hole right in the main pathway of Dr. Johns (PS 277) playground next to PS 277. The hole became evident weeks ago after the snow melted. A simple barricade was erected around it to keep the toddlers away. It’s been weeks since the barricade and now the hole seems to be growing and everyone is wondering when this will be repaired.
Left to Right: Martin Connelly, Richard Cannon, Maureen Stramka, Kevin Cottingham, Senator Golden
Senator Marty Golden held a breakfast ceremony this past Saturday honoring local Irish leaders during Irish Heritage Month.
Richard Cannon: A member of the FDNY Emerald Society and the Holy NameSociety, Richard has dedicated his life to helping others. He currently serves as an executive board member of theFDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation, a volunteer with the Wounded Warrior Project, and has worked with the FDNY Burn Center Foundation.
Martin Connelly: Martin served his country honorably in the United States Navy. After his discharge in 1963, Marty returned to Brooklyn, married his wife Patricia, and has been a presence here ever since. His community involvement includes the Boy Scouts of America, PTA president for St. Francis De Sales, the Cort Club, and the American Legion.
Kevin Cottingham: From a Police Officer in the 70 Precinct in 1990 to Sergeant and supervisor of the Borough Wide Community Affairs Unit for Brooklyn in 2005, Kevin found his niche of working with the communities in which he served. We have Kevin to thank
for returning the Great Irish Fair to Brooklyn. Kevin, his wife,and two children, live on Staten Island.
Maureen Stramka: Bay Ridge wouldn’t be the same without Maureen. He routreach includes: BRAVO, The Halloween Walk, the Bay Ridge Lions Club, Ragamuffin Parade, and Community Board 10, among others. She is most proud of her work with the Bay Ridge Community Council, having served as a boardmember, recording secretary, 2nd & 1st VP, and President.
JOE GIORDANO should have seen it coming. He should have noticed the evil glint in the young woman’s eyes. She was fixated on her ex-boyfriend’s smart tuxedo and innocent smile.
But there was no time. She picked up her weapon and “all of a sudden she started unloading on this guy,” Mr. Giordano recalled, his eyes wide as he recounted what had unfolded several weeks ago in his shop in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn.
No matter how you spent your St. patricks day I hope everyone will be safe and have a good time. You might want to consider stopping by the Tamaqua, where there will be good food, Irish step dancing from Maureen O’Malley and a live band (Alive N Kickin’)
There has been much excitement around the Firehouse this past year. The department’s Instructors have been teaching an Emergency Medical Technician course at the Vollies Memorial Training Hall since February. This class will give the department 6 new EMTs to ride the ambulance. There have also been many new firefighters in training along with many new dispatchers. Special Services has been activated so that everyone can offer their expertise to assist the department in their new growth. We are very happy to have past members join us again to share their expertise.
October 2010 began our 2011 annual fund drive. Letters requesting donations were delivered to the doors of over 2,000 homes and businesses in Gerrittsen Beach. Also, in October our Officers and Fire Council were elected into office. The Chief, John Czap and our Corporation President Vincent Mezzatesta have been directing the department since our Installation of Officers ceremony that was held during the Holiday party in December.
This month, our annual payment of $29,733.12 is due for the Community 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 $50,000.00 annually. These expenses cannot be paid without your help. To date a total of less than 20% of the total homes and businesses have donated.
Save the dates; April 9 and 10th from noon-3pm is a weekend to Learn more about the volunteer fire service in your community. Volunteer NY will be held at the firehouse. All local volunteer fire services will be joining us all over the state. The entire community is welcome to come by. On June 18th at 9am, we will be hosting a blood drive in our training hall. On June 24th at 7pm in the Cort Club, we will hold our annual Chinese Auction. Your support is necessary to keep our unique organization afloat. Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department is the only Volunteer Fire Department in Brooklyn.
Please take a moment to send in your annual donation in the enclosed postage paid envelope. Golden donor this year is $85.00 but every donation counts towards our fundraising efforts. Please send what ever 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 2011.
My father lived and boated in Gerritsen Beach and I am writing this is to let people know what has happened to me so that it doesn’t happen to you and your loved ones.
My father passed away exactly one year ago yesterday. My father and I have experienced a lot as a family. My mother and my two sisters passed away in the 90′s. Very unfortunate for us. After the death of my mother and two sisters, our (my father and I) relationship grew much closer.