Monday, July 27, 2015

NUMEROUS RESCUE AGENCIES WORK TO FREE TRAPPED RESIDENT IN GREAT NECK

Vigilant Engine & Hook & Ladder Co., Inc.
83 Cutter Mill Road Great Neck, NY  11021
Bus. (516) 487-1086
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                             Fire  (516) 482-5000








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Contact: Josh Forst, Chief             
Telephone: 516-487-1086
Email: jforst@gnfd.org


NUMEROUS RESCUE AGENCIES WORK TO FREE TRAPPED RESIDENT IN GREAT NECK

Great Neck, NY – July 27, 2015 – Just after midnight, as most were sleeping soundly in their beds the dedicated volunteer members of the Vigilant Fire Company responded to a call for a person trapped in her bedroom under a tree that had fallen on her house. Vigilant EMS members responded and Vigilant Tower Ladder 8324 was “special called” to the scene to assist with size up and removal of the tree.




In addition to the fire department personnel from the Great Neck Vigilant and Alert Fire Companies on scene, Nassau County Police Emergency Service Unit personnel, and Emergency Ambulance Bureau technicians worked together the Nassau County Tactical Rescue Team and the Nassau County Fire Marshal's HazMat Team. The extrication took nearly 2 hours as members of the TRT worked to shore up the approximately 5000 lbs. fallen limb and help EMS members treat and remove the patient who was transported by Vigilant Ambulance 832 to a nearby hospital in stable condition. Vigilant Chief Josh Forst said, “It was a great example of how five different entities can work closely together and get one job accomplished.”




From 10 PM on July 26 until this call at midnight the Vigilant Fire Company responded to four calls for emergency help. A relatively busy night capped off with a very serious call for help.

The Vigilant Fire Company is an all-volunteer fire company which provides fire and heavy rescue services to the villages of Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Great Neck Estates, parts of Thomaston and the unincorporated area of the Town of North Hempstead on the Great Neck Peninsula.  The Vigilant Fire Company also provides all emergency medical services for the entire peninsula from the Long Island Railroad tracks north to the Long Island Sound.  Annually, the membership receives nearly 2,500 calls for emergency assistance.  To report a fire or medical emergency call 516-482-5000.  For other non-emergency questions call 516-487-1086 or email info@gnfd.org.

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