West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department

50mph winds Collapse Structure

Sunday, April 3, 2016 0800  At 0803hrs Sunday morning members received a report of a possible building collapse at 118 Broadway, located in the Ramblersville section of Howard Beach. Upon arrival there was a confirmed vacant house that had collapsed from 30mph sustained winds and 50 mph plus gusts that have been causing havoc throughout the city since Saturday night.  No Injuries were sustained to civilians or those operating.

  This section of Howard Beach is unique because many of the houses are on wood pilings such as you would use to build a boat dock.  The actual determination of the collapse has not yet been determined.



944 Ready for Service

Friday, April 1, 2016   1998 Seagrave Rescue Pumper received from FDNY through the help of NYC DCAS (Dept. of Citywide Services) is ready to go into service.  With the larger compartment space we will be able to safely keep our tools.  Since hurricane sandy we have been making the vehicles work for us. This vehicle does not restrict our capabilities at all. Enabling us to be ready for all obstacles we may face.

Would like to thank See Neville for their help in refurbishing the vehicle and Norris & Son for the lettering.



Miracle on 91st -1988

Saturday, November 29, 2014   Joseph Parenti who was involved in a car accident where his car was struck by a stolen on car on December 5th, 1988, has written a book about the miracle in which changed his life for ever. He goes on to thank our department and the members who responded that night where they extricated him from the car and revived him from cardiac arrest at the young age of 23.  His book is available on amazon.com.



A time travel to our beginnings




Hamilton Beach Playground Rededication

Wednesday, October 22, 2014   Join the New Hamilton Beach Civic on Sunday October 26th 2014 for the Grand Opening Celebration of our new playground at Hamilton Park. The new playground, provided by Resorts World Casino, will replace the equipment that sustained significant damage from Hurricane Sandy.



Help Create a Safer Neighborhood.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014   On November 1st, the NYC speed limit will be lowered to 25MPH, this will drastically lower accident rates as well as automobile vs pedestrian incidents and injuries.



A National Honor For Ex-Chief

Thursday, September 25, 2014   On Saturday, the International Association of Fire Fighters held its annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colo. to honor the heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, including one from South Queens.

More than 1,200 firefighters from across the United States formed the honor guard as the families of 168 fallen firefighters were presented with the ceremonial union flag. This is the 28th year that the IAFF has conducted this ceremony. It is a time of reflection for many families as they remembered their loved ones who answered their last alarm.

This year, a former Howard Beach resident had his name placed on the wall during the ceremony.

West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department’s ex-chief Kevin M. Delano Sr.’s name was placed on the wall in the Colorado Rockies. “Buck,” as he was affectionately known, was a New York City firefighter from Ozone Park’s Ladder Company 142. He responded, as many of his brothers and sisters, to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and remained on the mound for days during the rescue and recovery effort.

His reward was not pretty. Shortly after, Delano was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of leukemia that eventually took his life in 2008.



Happy Easter/Passover

Saturday, April 19, 2014   On Behalf of the West Hamilton Beach VFD we would like to wish you a Happy Easter and a healthy and safe Passover.



2 Alarm Private Dwelling

Saturday, April 5, 2014   E944 and A947 responded to the report of smoke from a second floor window upon arrival FDNY E331 transmitted the 10-75 for a working fire.



Third Alarm Private Dwelling

Friday, March 28, 2014 0059  On March 28th 2014, at 0059 hours, a report for smoke on the top floor of a two story private dwelling was received. A947 and DC942 initially responded, with E944, C941 responding shortly after. A947-1 responded to the staging area due to the 3rd alarm.



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