Halloween Message

Dear Gerritsen Beach Residents

Halloween is a time for ghouls, goblins, and witches. It is one night of the year where kids can dress in their favorite costume and journey around their neighborhood for candy. Let’s avoid the occurrences of villains in neighborhoods – not the villains in costume, but the individuals who take advantage of the Halloween celebration to commit mischief and vandalism.

This year, we encourage all residents to have a safe and fun Halloween. Neighborhoods that have used the following recommended actions have reported a drastic decline in incidents of mischief and vandalism:

  1. Halloween is for Children in Costumes
    To minimize the security risks that occur when older kids go door-to-door until late at night, a cut-off time of 8:00 PM for trick-or-treating is recommended.
  2. Do Not Turn Off Your Lights and Pretend You Are Not Home
    This is an open invitation for vandalism and mischief. Instead, keep your house well lit and post a sign that you are out of candy.
  3. A Strong Adult Presence Will Serve as a Deterrent to Potential Mischief
    Work with your block club or neighbors to have some adults patrol your neighborhood with flashlights in “strolling neighborhood watch teams,” while other adults sit outside on their porches. Should you see any suspicious activity, call 911. Do not attempt to handle the situation yourself.

We wish you and your family a safe and fun Halloween.

Wanted: You!

FF Sherman measuring twice and cutting once


We have been doig a lot of work sprucing up the Firehouse and Hall the last few months and now we need some additional help. Possibly your help. We are looking for Plumbers, Piping and Heating, Carpenters, Roofers, anyone that can help us tackle a few of the larger projects we have.

Specifically the Firehouse roof and ceiling is in need of repair, and the firehouse and hall bathrooms need to be redone.

By donating your time and service you will be giving back to the community and helping Gerritsen Beach stay a strong community.

Please stop by anytime, email donations@gbfd.net, or call 718-332-9292.

Extrication Drill

Peeling the roof back

It’s not “Extraction”, it’s “Extrication.”

If you extracted someone from a car crash you would simply remove the patient from the car. Because of the injuries patients suffer in vehicle collisions, it is necessary to extricate them, or remove the car from around the patient. This past month we drilled on extrication.

The basic extrication process consists of, but is not limited to, six steps:

  • the protection of the accident scene, to avoid a risk of another collision (marking out the scene with cones or flares (not advisable if gasoline is leaking), lighting) and of fire (e.g. switching off the ignition, putting vehicle in park, disconnecting the battery, placing absorbing powder on oil and gasoline pools, fire extinguisher and fire hose ready to use) ;
  • patient triage and initial medical assessment of the patient by qualified medical rescuer;
  • securing the vehicle, to prevent the unexpected movement, and the movements of the suspension, either of which could cause an unstable trauma wound or cause injury to the rescuers);
  • the opening of the vehicle and the deformation of the structure (such as removing a window) to allow the intervention of a first responder, of a paramedic or of a physician inside the vehicle to better assess the patient and begin care and also to release a possible pressure on the casualty;
  • removal of a section of the vehicle (usually the roof or door) to allow for safe removal of the accident victim, especially respecting the head-neck-back axis;
  • removal of the person from the vehicle
Thank you to the Tamaqua and our car donor.

Cleanup at Hall

Ahhh! A clean back yard!

In preparation for winter; Firefighters, EMT’s, Dispatchers, and Special Services have been busy cleaning the inside of the blue star mother hall and the backyard. Over 3 tons of metal has been removed and the backyard is spotless.

This cleanup did set us back with supplies and funds. If you could check out our Wishlist and Project page to check out what we need it would be greatly appreciated.

A small portion of the garbage removed.