West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department

2 Alarm Brush Fire

Wednesday, March 6, 2013  Engine 946 responded to a report of a brush fire at 159 avenue and 78th Street,  The fire was transmitted to a Second Alarm.  The scene of the fire is being investigated by NYPD due to the findings of a homicide.

Queens Courier




Cobb County generous Donation

Cobb County

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 



Members Arrive in Georgia

Sunday, February 24, 2013  WHBFD Deputy Chief Zych and Captain Corchado arrived in Cobb County, Georgia to receive a great donation of a Pierce Pumper.  They were welcomed with open arms by the members of the Cobb County Fire Department who had prepared breakfast for them.  DC Zych and Captain Corchado successfully drove the rig from Georgia to our Firehouse over the weekend of Feb 23rd without any speed bumps.

A great thank you goes to The Terry Farrell Fund.



Another Great Donation

Friday, February 8, 2013  MARIETTA, Ga. - The Cobb County Fire Department has sent help to another department hundreds of miles away. They are donating a spare fire engine to a volunteer fire department in New York after that area lost three trucks due to Hurricane Sandy.

When Sandy slammed into the Eastern Seaboard in October, it devastated West Hamilton Beach in Queens, New York and took out the volunteer fire department.

West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Chief Jonah Cohen told All News 106.7's Trey Thomas that the storm surge from the superstorm went up to the windshields of the fire trucks.

Now they are getting mutual aid from the Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services. Cobb County Fire Chief Sam Heaton said that he hopes the engine does what it needs to do in West Hamilton beach.

Chief Heaton presented the title to Engine 34 to the Terrry Farrell Firefighters Fund on Wednesday. The organization is named after a New York Firefighter who lost his life saving others on September 11th.

Engine 34 here has been in service in Cobb County since the early 1990s. It has more than 170,000 miles on it, but there is still plenty of mileage left to service a volunteer fire department.

Sean Gray with the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund said that the engine will help the firefighters in New York to start responding to calls again.

Cobb County rolled out two new engines both worth $1 million this week paid for with SPLOST funds approved by voters. Officials say Cobb County residents are fortunate enough to have a fire department and the funds to pay for it while West Hamilton Beach relies on fundraisers. Chief Cohen says their volunteer department cannot raise even $250,000 a year.

Engine 34 will arrive in Queens, New York in about a week.

The Roswell Fire Department also donated a fire engine to another department hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.



Our 85th Anniversary

Thursday, January 31, 2013  On Jan 31st, 2013, The Officers and Members of the West Hamilton Beach Fire Department celebrated our 85th Anniversary.  The annual dinner, dance, and installation was held at Russo's On the Bay.  Members received awards and citations for numerous events such as Life saves during Hurricane Sandy and for the aftermath of the storm.



Join Us at Our Firehouse

Saturday, December 22, 2012 

ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTS of Howard Beach, Rockwood Park, Hamilton Beach, And Ramblersville on Saturday December 22 ,2012 @ 630 pm there will be a Christmas tree lighting at the West Hamilton Beach Fire house in the parking lot for all those who were effected by super storm Sandy.  We want to try and make your holiday season a little better so please spread the word and let your neighbors know what we are doing.   Everyone is invited so please bring the family there might even be a early visit from Santa. More detailed information will be posted by Monday night .

Happy Holidays from our family at WHBVFD

Contact Lt. N. Spinelli for any and all questions.



Sadness surrounds us...

Sunday, December 16, 2012  As we celebrate the holidays, recover from sandy and now deal with heartbreak for the unfortunate shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.  Please keep the parents of the 20 children in your hearts and minds as they deal with this tragic time.

FF Quiles, a father, created this memorial at our firehouse located under our flag pole which is at half staff in remembrance for the lives lost.







Santa's Coming to Town

Sunday, December 2, 2012  Its that time of the year again.
We are now taking calls for our annual Christmas Eve Santa Run
for the residents of Hamilton Beach ,Howard Beach , and Rockwood Park.
Santa will be riding out with the West Hamilton Beach Fire Department
                  from 5pm -11pm on December 24 
 So call the fire house and set up your appointment
so Santa can come to your house. (718) 843-1716
 Please have your Name, Address, Phone number,
and Projected time of Santas arrival ready when you call...Happy Holidays !



Sandy Victims Come to say thank you

Saturday, December 1, 2012  The link is New York 1 News coverage of Our residents who were saved during Hurricane Sandy as they came to say thank you to the Members who saved them.




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