95th Anniversary Souvenir Journal
2017 Officer’s Installation Dance
Chief of Department ‘74 & ‘75
Chief Fred “Santa Claus” Colley
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
When you or a family member are ill or injured, where do you turn? If you’re like most in our community, you have been calling the Gerritsen Beach Fire Department for the past 95 years! Why? Because you know that you will receive top-notch emergency care by dedicated, compassionate first responders in your time of need.
Organized in 1922, when Gerritsen Beach was a small predominantly summer community, the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department was created. From a small garage, we have grown over the years to two buildings and a fleet of six vehicles responding to more than 400 calls for help annually.
In 1973, after being frustrated by long waits for ambulances to respond to our calls for help, we purchased with the help of the community our first ambulance. In 1988, we became the second ambulance service in the City of New York to be approved for defibrillation saving our first life in that very same year. In 2001, in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, our department was housed in Engine 321’s quarters and stood fast, assisting in protecting southern Brooklyn for the New York City Fire Department. In 2012, during Hurricane Sandy, the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department assisted in evacuating and rescuing residents trapped by flood waters. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the department set up a relief center providing food, shelter, medical resources and agency support to its residents. In 2015, we accepted delivery of our 6 wheeled all terrain brush fire unit. This apparatus allows us full access to area parkland. Most significantly fighting a 7-Alarm brush fire off the belt parkway in June of 2016
To celebrate our 95th Anniversary, please consider supporting us by taking out an advertisement or booster. The journal will contain history, photographs, information about the GBFD, our neighborhood and how they have all changed over the years. This year we would like to honor Ex-Chief Fred Colley, who had served the department honorably as Chief of Department in 1974 and 1975 and continues to serve the department as our Santa Claus since 1961.
To become a sponsor, or to send Chief Fred Colley well wishes, please complete the attached form and mail or email it in with your tax deductible check to ensure your listing. Or if you prefer you can complete the form on our website www.gbfd.net and can pay by credit card.
As always, in case of an emergency immediately contact our dispatcher at (718) 332-3333
Thank you for your generosity and support.
Chief of Department
Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department
Journal Advertisements Pricing
All requests are to be completed and returned to your journal representative or to the above address
Before Saturday, September 30th, 2017
Our Installation Dinner will be held on October, 21 2017
We will send you a copy of the Journal in November 2017
If you need your advertisement picked up, please call our Fire House at (347) 948-6584 or email Journal@gbfd.net
All donations are Tax Deductible. Make all Checks Payable to: Gerritsen Beach Fire Department
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