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March 21, 2014

Dear Residents,

The time is upon us once again for the BCVFD’s annual fund drive letter.  This also means Daylights Savings and time to change batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.  Every home should have both these alarms, especially in an oil heat community.  I’d like to update you on some of the happenings inside the department.  I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank those who attended the departments’ 109th annual officers’ installation dance and took out ads in the commemorative journal.  At this years dance we saw a changing of the guard as Chief Dan McIntyre handed the reigns over to me.  Dan has been a member since 1985, Chief since 2006 and was the driving force behind the construction of the new firehouse and vows to continue to do so until the dream becomes a reality.  The department and this community owe him a debt of gratitude and deserve their new firehouse.  Hopefully it will be realized this year.  2013 was a rebuilding year for all of us and the BCVFD was no different.  We are still replacing lost and damaged equipment from the storm and trying to recover from losing many in-town members who were either forced to move further away or still have no home to come back to.  We voted as a department that we would not collect for fund drive in 2013 to allow the town time to recover.  We can not afford to do so this year.  However, this year we’ve decided to pay it forward as so many not-for-profits did for us after Sandy.  The department has voted that for every $75 donated per family per household, $10 will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  And if you feel so inclined, for every $100 donated per family per household, we will donate $25 to Susan G. Komen.  This years fund drive stickers will be pink with the breast cancer ribbon, all our apparatus are going to have the pink ribbon and I hope to see every household in Broad Channel adorned with a pink sticker.  The donation will be made after the conclusion of our fund drive in one check and will be made on behalf of the Fire Department and community of Broad Channel.  This cause is very near and dear to me, as I’m sure it is for many of you, as I lost my mother to breast cancer in 1999.  So please support YOUR fire department as we try to do our part in the Race for the Cure.  The BCVFD will be hosting an open house around the end of April or beginning of May to demonstrate how we operate, give fire safety tips, and recruitment drive.  We will also be hosting Mardi Gras this year.  We will update you as soon as we can on the dates for our events.  You can also follow us on Facebook @BroadChannelVolunteers(BCVFD).  And as always, if you have an emergency dial 718-474-8888 and please make your tax deductible donation to the BCVFD.  We are a 501©3 not-for-profit organization and rely solely on outside funding.  You can not put a price on saving a life.  HELP US HELP YOU.

Ed Wilmarth III
Chief of Department 2014