Broad Channel Vollies’ Dance Is On
Despite the setbacks of Hurricane Sandy, the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps is carrying on a tradition and speeding ahead with plans for their 109th Annual Officers Installation Dance.
According to BCVFD chief Dan McIntyre, the dinner dance was originally planned to take place the last Saturday in February at the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel.
“Due to Sandy we were forced to (reschedule and) relocated to Rockaway,” said McIntyre. The dance will be held on Saturday, March 16th at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 333 Beach 90th Street, Rockaway Beach.
The BCVFD will also be publishing their souvenir journal in conjunction with the dinner dance.
The Broad Channel “Vollies” stayed on duty all through the hurricane, but lost much of their equipment, including one fire truck which went up in flames.
On another topic, McIntyre noted, “The long delayed BCVFD new building project has also suffered at the hands of this storm.
“Our present design would have allowed our department a safe haven during the storm and a fully operational building after the storm passed.
“The designed first floor height, where we park our Engines and Ambulances, would have been 6 inches above the storm surge. The backup generators and communications center would have allowed our neighbors a safe secure, clean functioning building. The Police, FEMA, OEM and all other relief efforts could have utilized this building.”
The proposed new firehouse, which has faced several hurdles over the past few years, would be located on Cross Bay Boulevard.
The current Broad Channel firehouse on Noel Road was built by the community more than 100 years ago and has been in continuous use since then. It originally housed hand pulled fire equipment.