95th Anniversary Fund Drive and Souvenir Journal

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.


Daniel Cavanagh
Chief of Department
Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department

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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

Please note: advertisements may be edited for content and are subject to Journal Committee approval. Subscriber will be notified prior to printing if content must be changed or removed.

Please provide us with your advertisement information and show us the way you would like your advertisement to appear in this year’s Souvenir Journal.

2015 Fund Drive

The Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department is once again conducting it’s annual fund drive campaign. Your support plays a vital role in the ongoing effort of our volunteer department, which has protected life and property in Gerrittsen Beach for more than 92 years. With your support, this service and dedication will continue to flourish<

We depend heavily on your donations and are always very grateful for any money that you can spare, however little. A Golden Donor is a contribution of $85.00 or more. Please send your tax deductible donation in the enclosed, self addressed envelope with your name and return address so that we can properly thank you. Checks should be made payable to “Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department”. Credit Card donations can be made via the form below.

The Vollies are always looking for new members. If you or someone you know is interested in joining and would like to volunteer, please contact us at (718) 332-9292 or visit us online at www.GBFD.net . No experience is necessary; we train members to be dispatchers, NYS Firefighters, and NYS Emergency Medical Technicians. We also gladly welcome any residents who just want to lend a helping hand. Age requirements are 16 1/2 years and older

As always, in case of an emergency immediately contact our trained dispatcher at(718)332-3333. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Thank you for your generosity and support.

The Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department

Last call to get your 2013 donation in

Dear Friends and Neighbors;

For 91 years your Volunteer Fire Department has protected life and property in Gerrittsen Beach. With the support of the community, this service and dedication will continue. Once again, your Vollies are coming to you with the mission to sustain our heritage of community service with a Fund Drive.

As you may know, our department did not hold our annual fund drive do to the storm. Usually at this time we would be finished with our fund drive for 2013. Before, during and after the super storm, our members and facilities have been open to the community with any service that was needed. However, our funds are almost diminished for this year and we are requesting that you send in your annual donation for 2013. We realize that some people cannot give what they have in the past.

Every donation counts towards contributing to the budget that allows us to continue serving the Gerrittsen Beach community. We are very grateful for any size donation within your resources.

The Vollies are always looking for new members. if you or someone you know, living or working in Gerrittsen Beach, would like to volunteer, please contact us at 718-332-9292 or online www.GBFD.net. The Community Emergency Response Team is also housed at our quarters. They are a group of Volunteers from Office of Emergency Management that are trained in disasters. These Volunteers come from Marine Park, Gerrittsen Beach, Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay. No experience is necessary; we train members to be dispatchers, firefighters, and New York State Certified Emergency Medical Technicians. We also gladly welcome any residents who just want to lend a helping hand.

As always, in case of any medical or fire related emergency in Gerrittsen Beach, immediately contact our trained dispatcher at 718-332-3333. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Fund Drive Committee

Bucket Brigade – Pre Registration

Saturday July 13, 2013 – Saturday July 13, 2013

52 Seba Avenue

View MapMap and Directions | Register



Download Flyer: GBFD Bucket Brigade

$10 per person

8 person team

Bucket Brigade Competition: Known as the oldest form of firefighting. This is an event that takes skill and teamwork. Each of the members of the team will be with a bucket.

Working as a team,they have to move fifty gallons of water twenty feet, hand over hand,from a trough, known as a dip tank,to a smaller tank, known as a dump tank. The team that does this in the shortest amount of time is declared the winner

Each team member is issued a five gallon canvas bucket, and after running a specified distance down the track, one by one they dip their buckets into a trough filled with water.

The first team members will climb a stationary ladder that has been affixed to the arch, and take positions on the ladder as one by one the other team members hand buckets of water up to them, until the top-most member dumps that bucket of water into a 55-gallon drum that is stationed atop the arch.

He then tosses that bucket onto the ground and grabs the next one, empties it, and so forth until the drum is filled up, at which point the clock is stopped.


  1. Each team must have eight (8) participants, members are required to have appropriate footwear

  2. The participants will be positioned at the starting line fifty (50) feet away from the nearest drum.

  3. A distance of twenty five (25) feet separates the source (water-filled) drums and the target (empty drum).

  4. Ten (10) buckets will be placed twenty five (25) feet away from the starting line and the location of the first drum (water-filled / source drum).

  5. Upon the “GO” signal, the team members shall execute the event in the following manner:

  6. The members of the team will reach for the buckets and unto the water-filled source drums to fill the buckets.

  7. The members will transfer the water to the empty target drum using the bucket relay method carefully to avoid spill.

  8. After the target drum is filled to the “MARK” level, the team members will run back and place the buckets back to their original position and cross the finish line with raised arms.

  9. Each team will be timed from the time the “GO” signal is given until the last team member crosses the finish line.

  10. The team with the lowest combined time will be declared the winner; with the next two teams as second and third place winners.

  11. Penalties will be imposed for commission for any of the following infractions:

    1. False starting (running ahead of time earlier than the official starting time). – Additional five (5) seconds

    2. Dropping a bucket – Additional five (5) seconds

    3. Every inch of water level deviation from the “MARK” level – Additional five (5)

2.        Rules of Replay

  1. Replay or repeat performance shall be decided based on the following grounds:

  2. Damage equipment and accessories; and

  3. Malfunction of Fire Pumper.

  4. At least ten (10) minutes rest shall be given to the team/s before the repeat performance.

  5. All replay/s shall be decided by the Committee.


Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt No 9

Easter Egg Hunt
Time: 12 Noon — 3 PM
Location: Vollies Hall
(43 Seba Avenue)




All activities will be free to a low cost for participants thanks to our sponsors…Remember to Thank Our Sponsors: Gerrittsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department, PartiArt, JoMart Chocolates, Havin’ A Party (as of 3/6/13)

To sponsor or volunteer: please send an email to mike.zwosta@gbfd.net.

How to Donate!

Ambulance 3 bay as makeshift coffee and food distribution area.

1) If you want to donate Clothing, Food, Manpower or Blanketsplease bring to the firehouse at 52 Seba Avenue

2) If you want to donate money to help us rebuild please click below.

3) Like our page on facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/gerrittsenbeachfiredepartment)



Is my donation tax deductible? Yes. The Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.


Senator Marty Golden congratulates Chief John Czap on the 90th Anniversary Celebration while Assistant Chief Doreen Garson looks go

Today, N.Y. Sen. Martin Golden (R-NY) announced that we have  received a  Grant totaling $43,000. The funding will allow the department to purchase an All-Terrain Vehicle to be used to fight fires and emergency rescues.


For Immediate Release

Monday, October 22, 2012

Contact: John Quaglione (718) 238-6044 or quaglion@nysenate.gov


Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) this weekend attended the 90th Anniversary Celebration of the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department where he swore in the officers and surprised the crowd with an announcement of a new emergency fire rescue vehicle to commemorate the milestone. Senator Golden announced that he has secured a grant in the amount of$43,000 to purchase a new emergency fire vehicle, sometimes referred to as an “Gator”, to assist the Department in rescue efforts.

Senator Marty Golden stated, “I am proud to have been able to secure this grant to support the operations of the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department. As we celebrate their 90 years of service, this new rescue vehicle will further their ability to keep the community and the residents safe. On behalf of a grateful neighborhood, please know that the volunteer service of the crew members is recognized and applauded today.”

John Czap, Chief of the Department of the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department stated, “This is fantastic and will really help the community. Now, we will have much better access to the parkland on the East side of Gerritsen Avenue. We will be able to get to areas where we could not have previously so to provide fire and emergency medical care.” Along with the driver and passenger, the vehicle is designed to carry one patient, one EMS attendant, plus assorted medical and rescue equipment.