West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department

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.



Halloween Costume BINGO!

Come Join Us on October 19th, 2013 at our firehouse located at 102-33 Davenport Court in Hamilton Beach for Halloween Costume BINGO!

The Fun starts at 6pm and runs until 10pm

Adults $10 Kids $5

Raffles, Food & Refreshments will be provided.

Come have some wonderful fun and Support your Local Volunteer Fire Department



We Remember Those Who Sacrificed All

Wednesday, September 11, 2013   12 years have passed since the tragedy of September 11th, 2001, We take this moment to remember those who sacrificed all on that day.  We remember the 343 FDNY, 37 PAPD, 23 NYPD and numerous NYS Certified EMTs and Paramedics that were lost. We continue to say prayers for the Armed Forces that have sacrificed for our freedom and those who continue to protect us from terrorism. 




who succumbed to illnesses related to 9-11



We Join To Paint Stars

Tuesday, September 10, 2013   West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department members pop in to paint stars! The Stars of HOPE foundation was responsible for hanging the Stars of Hope throughout Howard Beach back in January!  They held a community painting event at Assembly of God located on 99th street, where many neighbors joined elected officials such as Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr, and Councilman Eric Ulrich. The Stars painted in neighborhood will be sent to New Jersey to help boost morale, as it has in our own neighborhood.

 Visit Starsofhopeusa.org

(L to R) Ex-Captain Pasqualicchio, Ex-Chief Aldana, Deputy Chief Zych, Patrick of Stars of HOPE

(L to R) Ex-Captain Pasqualicchio,
      Ex-Chief Aldana, Deputy Chief Zych,
      Patrick of Stars of HOPE


Have Your Pressure Checked

Tuesday, July 30, 2013  Come Join Us at The Annual Ave Maria Academy / Our Lady of Grace Parish Feast,  located in the parking lot of Ave Maria Academy at 101 Street and 158 Avenue.

We will be doing complimentary Blood pressures as well as answering any questions you may have.

July 31st until August 4th - Times vary, See local postings



MVA with Injuries

Friday, July 12, 2013   At 2015 hours, DC 942 & A947-3 responded to the report of an MVC at 160 Avenue and 98th Street.  Upon arrival there was a two car collision with multiple injuries.



House Explosion with Injuries

Wednesday, May 29, 2013   C941, DC942, A947-3 responded to Box 1668 at 162-39 84th Street - with the report of a Possible House Collapse. Upon arrival, crews were first due and there was heavy fire through the roof that was being fed by the gas line.  The exposure 4 wall was collapsed.  A947-3 transported on patient with serious injuries.




10 Patient MVA

Wednesday, May 22, 2013  A947-3 responded for the report of a multi car incident at the North Channel Bridge, prior to arrival the address was changed to 1000ft south of the bridge with multiple patients. A9473, BCVFD and FDNY EMS transported numerous patients , two of which were in critical condition.



Thank You Larimer VFD

Sunday, April 14, 2013  http://www.firehouse.com/news/10918866/pa-donates-engine-to-sandy-ravaged-queens-dept

Superstorm Sandy ravaged West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department in Queens, N.Y., flooding the fire station with 5 feet of water and ruining all of its rescue equipment.

A fire engine donated Wednesday by North Huntingdon's Larimer Volunteer Fire Department will help to replenish the New York department's fleet.

“We lost all the equipment in the firehouse,” said Mitch Udowitch, treasurer of West Hamilton Beach department. “It's amazing how people throughout the community came to help — and the country.”

Donations of equipment have poured in from fire stations across the nation, including Hooversville and Berlin in Somerset County, Udowitch said. Fire departments in Mississippi and Georgia donated equipment.

The fierce storm battered the eastern seaboard on Oct. 29, trashing three fire engines, a brush truck and two ambulances at the Queens department.

During the storm, the West Hamilton Beach crew rescued two women trapped in a house, Udowitch said.

“Hamilton Beach is approximately 20 to 40 feet below sea level to begin with. ... The hurricane hit land at a full moon and high tide,” he said. “It just kept coming.”

The brick-and-cinder block fire station in Queens survived the storm but needed a new roof and some interior work. The storm left the department without electricity for six weeks.

Bill Hardy, chief of the Larimer fire department, saw photographs online of inundated New York fire departments and offered to help the West Hamilton Beach company.

“We'll do whatever we can to help them out,” Hardy said.

Larimer got a new fire engine in August, which replaced the donated truck.

Udowitch and John Abouricheh, another firefighter from the Queens department, picked up the 1986 engine in North Huntingdon Wednesday and planned to drive it back to New York. Udowitch said the department plans to use Larimer's donated truck to respond primarily to brush fires.

The Queens department operates solely with donations — without tax revenue, he said.

“Between these guys and Somerset County, I can't say enough,” Udowitch said. “(With their donation), these guys complete what we needed.”

Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or rskena@tribweb.com.



Thank You Louisiana State Fire Marshal

Sunday, April 14, 2013  A Great Thank You goes to the State of Louisiana and the Louisiana State Office of Fire Marshals for extending a helping hand when our department was in immediate need of an apparatus enabling us to serve our community that was devastated after Hurricane Sandy.  The connection between the Louisiana State Fire Marshal and our department would not be possible with out the never ending support we receive from the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund.

  The 2002 Ferrara known as "The Spirit of Louisiana" and a great connection to New York as it helped in the aide of our city after September 11th.  The truck was later sent to Louisiana by FDNY to aide in Hurricane Katrina Recovery efforts.  This truck is a rolling piece of dedication and what has become history.

While with WHBFD it responded to numerous alarms, including multiple MVC, as well as an attic fire and two large area brush fires.




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