Dear Friends and Neighbors;
October 2010 began our 2011 annual fund drive. Letters requesting donations were delivered to the doors of over 2,000 homes and businesses in Gerrittsen Beach. Also, in October our Officers and Fire Council were elected into office. The Chief, John Czap and our Corporation President Vincent Mezzatesta have been directing the department since the Installation of Officers ceremony that was held during the Holiday party in December.
There has been much excitement around the Firehouse this past year. The department Instructors are teaching an Emergency Medical Technician course at the Vollies Memorial Training Hall since February. This Class will enable the department , 6 new EMT’s riding the ambulance . During the past year therehave been many new firefighters in training along with many new dispatchers. Special Services has beenactivated so that everyone can offer their expertise to assist the department in their new growth. Weare very happy to have past members join us again to share their expertise.
Save the dates; April 9 and 10th from noon-3pm is a weekend to Learn more about the volunteer fire service in your community. Volunteer NY will be held at the firehouse. All local volunteer fire services will be joining us all over the state. The entire community is welcome to come by. On June 18th at 9am,we will be hosting a blood drive in our training hall. On June 24th at 7pm in the Cort Club, we will holdour annual Chinese Auction. Your support is necessary to keep our unique organization afloat. Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department is the only Volunteer Fire Department in Brooklyn.
This month, our annual payment of $29,733.12 is due for the Community Fire Truck. Insurance payments of $29,000.00 are paid through the year for liability for the trucks and buildings. Supplies, equipment and operations run a costly $50,000.00 annually. These expenses cannot be paid without your help. To date a total of less than 20% of the total homes and businesses have been received.
Please take a moment to send in your annual donation in the enclosed postage paid envelope. Goldendonor this year is $85.00 but every donation counts towards our fundraising efforts. Please send whatever you can as soon as possible. If you have already donated this year, thank you . You will be receiving your fund drive sticker in July, after our fund drive is closed for 2011.
The 2011 Fund Drive Committee