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

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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.


90th Anniversary Journal

Dear Neighbors,

This fall the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department will be celebrating its 90th anniversary. Since the department’s founding in 1922 the Vollies have responded to thousands of fire and medical emergencies in Gerrittsen Beach. In order to celebrate this momentous anniversary the Department needs your help! We willbe compiling photos and stories of the Vollies from yesterday and today.

Everybody who has ever lived in Gerrittsen Beach has seen the Vollies in action whether it be a summer brush fire, investigating odors, operating at a car accident or even in your own house treating your family or plugging a broken pipe. In order to make this journal a success we need to hear your stories. Please share any photos or personal stories you may have with us so we can document the past ninety years of Brooklyn’s only Volunteer Fire Department. If any business or individual is interested in lending a hand in funding this endeavor, we will be selling different size ads in a journal. Please see the attached journal ad contract for more info. Journals will be available at our 90th Anniversary Dinner which will be held on October 20th at AOH Hall 2750 Gerritsen Ave. More information is to follow on this event.

Also, please share this with your friends. Many past residents who have moved out of the area may have great stories to share. The Internet is a great tool for reaching people both near and far. Please encourage people to like our Facebook page and check out our website GBFD.net to stay up to date on Department news..

Please send any photos, stories, ad inquiries or questions to Pat Klein at journal@gbfd.net or drop them off at the Fire House, 52 Seba Ave Brooklyn, NY 11229. If you are unable to contact us by email feel free to call the department’s business phone at 718-332-9292 and leave a message with the dispatcher on duty. We will be more than happy to come to anyone’s house to pick things up and we will arrange a time to return them. Remember no piece of your Vollies history is too small or too big to share just as no situation is too big or too small for your Vollies to handle.