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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.

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At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.

During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.

While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Calendar

Floral Park Memorial PTSA Fall Fest Fundraiser

Friday, November 21

Buy A Meal, Wag A Tail

Saturday, November 22

Hanging of the Greens and Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, November 23



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