A Message about Donations to the Storm Recovery Effort
Our local fire departments have been instrumental in the intense recovery efforts and orderly re-occupation of Fire Island. Many members of these departments risked their lives and stayed on Fire Island through the hurricane. These dedicated fire department members are volunteers from our communities, and they deserve all the recognition and gratitude they have received. Many on-line and word-of-mouth campaigns have been organized up and down the Island to support the local fire departments with financial donations
In addition to making a donation directly to their own Fire Department, your residents may want to also support the following important causes:
1. Make a contribution to the Fire Island Command Post:
As many of you know, a Command Center for Storm recovery operations was set up at the Kismet Fire house for Suffolk County and Town of Islip Offices of Emergency Management, Fire Island National Seashore, LIPA, Verizon and various other Fire Island community fire departments. Although some costs for needed equipment may eventually be reimbursed by FEMA and other agencies, the Kismet Fire District has borne the cost of support for this operation to date, providing meals and sleeping quarters for OEM staff and first responders and volunteers from all Fire Island communities. The District has also provided fuel for the generator supplying 24/7 electricity and heat to the Fire House, telephone lines and gasoline for many support vehicles.
If you wish to make a tax deductible contribution to help defray some of these costs, checks may be sent to the:
Kismet Fire District, PO Box 5334, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Contributions for the Command Post can also be made on-line. Please visit:
2. By Joining FIA, Support the Fire Island Fire Chiefs Council:
The Council represents the Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, and Ex-Chiefs of all the Volunteer Fire Departments on Fire Island. The purpose of this organization is to promote the best possible Fire and Emergency Medical Services on the Island, and to make improvements to these services with respect to Island- wide coordination of personnel, equipment, structure, operations and finance. In recognition of the critically important role of the close coordination and mutual aid provided by our Island Departments during Sandy, the Fire Island Association is donating all membership dues received between October 29th and December 31st of this year to the Fire Chiefs Council.
You can join FIA by visiting: www.fireislandassociation.org and clicking on the green JOIN US button. Credit cards are accepted on-line. You can also mail a check to:
FIA, PO Box 424, Ocean Beach, NY 11770.