2007-07-27 / Columnists

In Quarters

By Chris 'Bubba' Kalisak Firefighter/EMT: Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department

CHRIS KALISAK CHRIS KALISAK Hello again all my faithful readers. How's your summer going? Unfortunately this time I must talk about some bad news, but as always will end on a good note! In the past couple of months the BCVFD, FDNY, and the 100 Precinct have seen two young men die in fatal auto accidents along the "strip" in Broad Channel. The "strip" I'm referring to is the stretch of road that goes from the North Channel Bridge south towards 1st Road at the edge of town in Broad Channel. Besides these two deadly auto accidents, this year we have had numerous overturned autos, accidents, and pedestrians struck all along the strip. What with weather conditions, drag racers, and 90 mph motorcycle riders, this part of Cross Bay Boulevard is deadly enough without adding alcohol to the mix. All drivers who do pass through the Channel or "strip," please always wear your seatbelts, follow the speed limits posted, and be aware of other drivers. If you ever need help please call the BCVFD at 718-474-8888. This is our emergency hotline number which someone will answer 24 hours a day!

It looks like Mardi Gras 2007 is finally kicking off with three committees raising money for the BCVFD. The three committees are the Bayview "Brady's" Ruffle Bar and as always Grassy Point Bar and Grill. The Ruffle Bar is doing dinners every Wednesday night and Grassy's on every Thursday night, so check your mailbox for weekly flyers! If it is too hot to cook, then call up and they will deliver you a hot plate for $7.00. If not, stop by and eat in! Make sure to call early to reserve a table or delivery! The members of the BCVFD wish to thank all three committees for their support. As far as block captains, favorite pets, and even babyface, we need some help from the community to step up and help raise some money for the Vollies and have lots of fun doing it! I personally know it's hard work, after running three times myself, but in the end it all pays off! The members of the firehouse are hosting "movie night under the stars" on Saturday, July 21, 2007 from 8:00 p.m. till 12:00 a.m. at the ball field in the day camp, West 21st Road (next to toll booth). That night's main feature will be "The Wizard Of Oz," presented and played on our giant outdoor screen! We only ask $10.00 a family and to bring your own chairs. We will have popcorn, refreshments, hotdogs, and cotton candy! If not, you can bring your own picnic baskets, but come early to reserve a good seat.

It has been a little quiet for the BCVFD. As far as fires, we did have that large rubbish fire under the North Channel Bridge. We still keep busy by going to fire school out in Bethpage, Long Island. Yes that's right, firemen still go to school! We train at the Nassau Fire Service Academy to keep up with our firefighting skills. This month on every Thursday night, we do our annual Department operations training at N.F.S.A. Just last week, with the help of West Hamilton Beach F.D. and Aviation V.F.D., we took on the six story tower at the academy. The Vollies, under supervision of N.F.S.A. chiefs, did two live and controlled fire evolutions in the sixstory, occupied multiple dwelling. Now we all know the biggest building in Broad Channel is a two-and-a-half story private house. With a little help, the BCVFD was told by the chiefs that we did an outstanding job considering that there are no high-rise buildings in Broad Channel. All the BCVFD members who train out at N.F.S.A. receive state certifications in firefighting and tactics. Anyone looking to join the BCVFD or learn more about us should go to our website www.broadchannel vfd.org. Stop by our firehouse at 15 Noel Road in Broad Channel; we do tours from 8:00 p.m. till midnight seven days a week! Until next time everyone, be safe!!!

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