2009-08-21 / Community

Breezy Point Vollies Receive Financial Boost

State Senator Malcolm Smith, joined by Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, presents the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department with a check for $250,000 that will fund a new truck. State Senator Malcolm Smith, joined by Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, presents the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department with a check for $250,000 that will fund a new truck. Senate Senator Malcolm A. Smith was in Breezy Point Tuesday to award a $250,000 capital funding allocation for the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department to improve fire safety equipment used to protect and serve the Breezy Point beach community.

Smith presented a check to Captain Kurt Bruder at a formal ceremony outside the Point Breeze Volunteer Department.

"There is nothing more important than fulfilling our commitment to protect our neighborhoods from danger. The funds I have secured continue to provide first responders, like the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department, with the most reliable and sound equipment available to save lives," Smith said.

"We've been trying to save up the money for a number of years and someone in the department reached out to Senator Smith, and everyone in the department was thrilled that he was able to make this happen. Financially, it's not something that would have become a reality without the assistance of Senator Smith," Captain Bruder said.

The fire department will use the funds to replace its 1984 International Pumper, Unit 7, an off-road, four wheel drive truck nicknamed, "The Sand Flea." Unit 7 is the Department's primary vehicular apparatus, and plays a vital role in its firefighting efforts on the Rockaway peninsula. The truck was part of the first responder effort at the 1993 Rockaway beach shore landing of the Golden Venture ship, the 2001 crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in Belle Harbor, and the devastating September 11, 2001 attach on the World Trade Center.

The Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department serves a 12-square-mile area with 2,800 homes from Beach 169 Street to the west end of the Rockaway peninsula, and the waters of Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The full-service fire department answers calls relating to house fires, water rescues, aviation emergencies and motor vehicle accidents. The new fire truck will be custom ordered based on department specifications, operable on sand and capable of accommodating up to 10 firefighters.

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