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Fire Dept. Recruitment Begins

The Floral Park Fire Department has maintained a stalwart presence in the community for more than a century. It boasts three station locations—Vernon Street and Floral Boulevard (headquarters), Holland Avenue north of Jericho Turnpike, and Atlantic Avenue and Pine Street—which are home to five companies: Rescue Co. #1, Hook & Ladder Co. #2, Alert Engine Co. #1, Reliance Engine Co. #2 and Active Engine Co. #3. All told, the department comprises more than 100 volunteers.

While that is an impressive number, it is down from a decade ago.

“Undoubtedly, work schedules and family obligations have played a role in the reduction,” said Trustee and Fire Commissioner Mary-Grace Tomecki at a Board of Trustees meeting on March 4. “Nonetheless, the need for committed volunteers remains as strong as ever, as Floral Park continues to boast a thriving senior community and a growing number of families. In this spirit, as your Fire Commissioner, I am asking all residents to consider the many benefits of becoming a Volunteer Firefighter in Floral Park.”

Floral Park is not the only volunteer fire department that has taken a personnel hit. In fact, it’s become somewhat of an epidemic across Nassau County. So much so, that the county has developed with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management the Volunteer Scholarship Program as an incentive for people to serve in the volunteer emergency services throughout Nassau. Under the federally funded program, volunteers who are active and in good standing in one of Nassau County’s volunteer fire companies or fire department EMS providers will be eligible to have their tuition to Nassau Community College paid. Scholarship recipients may pursue any field of study, full-time or part-time, and must maintain certain academic objectives during their course of study. They also must maintain volunteer activity and training levels throughout their paid schooling and must commit to a post-education service obligation of one year for each year of scholarship received.

“Volunteering results in no personal costs, but in fact, can only offer the reward of knowing that you are serving and safeguarding your neighbors and their homes, in their most vulnerable moments,” Trustee Tomecki said. “Along the way, I can guarantee that you will develop lifelong friendships with some of the finest men and women you will ever encounter. Beyond the tools that you will need to extinguish a fire or save a life, you will develop valuable management and teamwork skills. You will learn how to work and communicate effectively under pressure.”  

The FPFD invites residents who are interested in joining the department to the Carlton Street parking lot, adjacent to Village Hall, located at One Floral Boulevard, on Sunday, April 27, from noon to 4 p.m., to meet with volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel. Interested parties are also encouraged to contact the FPFD directly at any time at 516-326-6328.

Applications for the Volunteer Scholarship Fund are posted on the Village of Floral Park website, www.fpvillage.org, and can also be picked up at Village Hall Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 pm.

Floral Park Volunteer Fire Department will participate in the Annual Statewide "RecuitNY" Weekend to help increase the number of volunteer firefighters.  Manpower numbers are dropping and hopefully this will encourage more residents to become involved in the fire department.

News

The Floral Park Recreation Summer 2014 programs have now reached their half way point. While youngsters still have four more weeks of camps and activities, the night time volleyball and basketball programs are now gearing up for their final push to the playoff and championship rounds. Of the 55 adult teams competing, only Madness and Chaos (B league basketball) and Poppy’s (Women’s competitive volleyball) have managed to move through the season without a blemish on their records. Playoffs for volleyball are on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, while basketball quarterfinals begin Thursday, July 31. Family, friends and spectators are always welcome. Good luck to all teams and players during their quest to become Floral Park’s Champions of the Summer of 2014.

As in past years, the Floral Park Recreation Department sprinkled in some expert instruction along with the recreational format of the various camps. Many thanks go out to Lisa O’Grady (OLV volleyball coach) for presenting an excellent volleyball clinic for our beginning junior players. Once again, Nassau Community College football Coach Ed Mack and his players have volunteered their time to give a few pointers for all youngsters grades 4 and above on Wednesday, June 30. The junior football clinic kicks off at 8:30 a.m., while senior campers (grades 7 and above) will receive instruction beginning at 10 a.m. Some features will include pass and catch techniques and NFL style agility drills. All Floral Park youth entering grades 4 and above are invited to attend. At that same time, Chris Schneider, outstanding and championship basketball coach at both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, will be on hand to present a comprehensive basketball clinic for both our junior and senior future female basketball stars.

The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.

More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.


Calendar

Theatre Box

Friday, August 1

E-Cycling Collection

Saturday, August 2

Floral Park Board of Trustees

Tuesday, August 5



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