West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department

Deadly MVA on Belt Parkway

Sunday, December 15, 2013  FDNY and NYPD Units were assigned to respond to an MVA with Pin with multiple incorrect locations given. ESU 9 responded to the Laurelton Parkway at the N.Conduit Exit with negative results while FDNY Units searched the Belt Parkway, North and South Conduit Avenues. E331 eventually came across the MVA on the Nassau Express Way (A location not given) right under the Cohancy street overpass. They immediately requested an ambulance on rush for a patient with a serious limb injury and 2 other patients with minors. A JHMC Bus took the serious aided and a minor injury patient while arriving WHBVFD took the second minor injury patent who was an on duty DSNY Supervisor. The incident occurred a short time after the WHBVFD held a Neighborhood Christmas Tree lighting. Heavy rain and snow were a factor in this collision. NYPD HWY 3 CIS Unit was assigned to the scene for an Collision Investigation. 12/15/13 00:30Hrs

Story and Photos by R.York



     



 

2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 14, 2013   WHBVFD hosted our 2nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting hosting the neighborhood to enjoy the spirit of Christmas as a whole.

     



 

Queens Courier Coverage

Friday, December 13, 2013   West Hamilton Beach fire crew gets new ambulances to replace ones lost during SandyOver a year after Sandy, two shiny new ambulances pulled up to the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department to replace the ones the storm took away.

“Things like this bring back a positive morale,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo, who got a ride in one of the new rigs after they were delivered on Thursday.

“Anything we can do to get back to the point of how we were before Sandy, or better than we were before Sandy,” he said.

Before the superstorm, the crew moved one ambulance from the beach town, which is below sea level, to “higher ground” at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center on 84th Street. It survived, but sustained some damage. The other truck was unsalvageable.

After the floods ravaged West Hamilton Beach, the roughly 45-man department received ambulance donations from Long Island and has since been operating status-quo with two ambulances.

But now, more safety and security has been delivered with the brand new rigs, upping West Hamilton Beach’s ambulance count to four.

“This will be a help to the community like everything else,” said Jonah Cohen, the department’s fire chief.

Now, the emergency crew can work without worrying about a vehicle breaking down, Cohen said.

“They’re first responders who are in a unique, isolated area,” Addabbo said. “When there’s any kind of emergency, severe storm, everyone looks to them. I’m speechless by the work they do here.”

The fire department needs two ambulances to operate efficiently. They will primarily use the new vehicles, keep one for back-up and donate the last to another volunteer fire department.

“To get two rigs that could help in a life-endangering situation, this is a life-changer,” Addabbo said.



   


 

The New 947 & 947-1 have Arrived!

Thursday, December 12, 2013   Today we received our new ambulances that have been built to replace the vehicles lost during Super Storm Sandy. These vehicles were purchased with the help of Duane Reade, our community as well as many others. 

Special Thanks to John Purcell of Specialty Vehicles/AEV

     



 

Deadly MVA

Saturday, November 30, 2013  A-947-3, C941 and DC942 responded to the report of a MVA into a residence with multiple calls. A 39 year old male was killed and his 37-year-old passenger injured in the 1 a.m. crash in Howard Beach, cops said. The 23-year-old driver in the other vehicle was taken to the hospital. Ambulance 947-3 transported one person to Jamaica Hospital in serious condition.

     



 

Hurricane Sandy -One Year Later

Wednesday, November 6, 2013   Due to the damages of Hurricane Sandy our ambulances were completely wiped out.  We have been running our EMS through vehicles that were donated. Through the gracious donations of our community, business and coverage we were able to order two twin ambulances built to our specifications. Pictures are shown under PHOTOS - AMBULANCES - 947/947-1

Thank you all for your support.

     



 

Hurricane Sandy - One Year Later

Monday, November 4, 2013  Members of WHBFD attended St. Barnabas Church located on 99th Street in the Old Howard Beach section of our response area, for mass to celebrate the community's unity in the year since the super storm.


     



 

Steven J. Siller Tunnel to Towers 9-11 Run

Sunday, September 29, 2013  Ex- Deputy Chief D. Amorim, and FF/EMT A.Sherman joined others to show their support for The Steven J. Siller Foundation - Tunnel to Towers Run in memory of FDNY S.Siller who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11th, 2001. He ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel(Hugh Carey Tunnel) in full PPE to aid in rescue efforts at the World Trade Center.


     



 

Historic Picture Found

Sunday, September 29, 2013  A grandchild of  Past Member Joseph Graffagnino found a picture featuring past members and even a past mascot.  The member later became a FDNY firefighter based on dreams WHBFD helped build. His son and grandson followed his footsteps of being an FDNY firefighter.  His grandson made the ultimate sacrifice at the Deutsche Bank fire. May he rest in peace.


   


 

Howard Beach Columbus Day Parade

Sunday, September 29, 2013  Our Members joined in the annual Howard Beach Columbus - Italian Heritage Parade which starts on 156 Avenue and runs the length of Crossbay Boulevard through Howard Beach.


     



 
 
 

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