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Letter: Chief’s Letter To The Public

As our neighborhood slowly returns to a level of normalcy following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, the follow-up nor’easter that same week and the “Nemo” blizzard of Feb. 8, I would like to take this opportunity to make the residents of our community aware of the efforts that were put forth by the officers and members of their Levittown Fire Department before, during and after those events. 

Starting several days before Hurricane Sandy hit and then continuing for several weeks after, the members of the Department manned the Gardiners Avenue Headquarters, Station Two at Hickory Lane and Station Three on Wantagh Avenue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so that they could be immediately available to respond to the public’s needs. Members were present at each all day and overnight on rotating shifts, leaving their own families to ensure the safety and well-being of yours. At the height of the hurricane and for the next 48 hours after it, and then throughout and after the snow storm that followed, your first responders were alerted to over 100 emergency calls including fires caused by downed live power lines, structural damage to homes struck by uprooted trees, blocked streets, hazardous material spills and countless medical emergencies requiring immediate transport and care.  And following these storms, the members continued their stand-bys even when many had experienced damage to their own homes. Like you, they were without power, heat, and hot water for days and even weeks, yet they continued to make themselves ready to serve without hesitation. This same dedication of service was also in effect throughout and after the recent blizzard as it is during any catastrophic event that hits our community. 

In closing, I would like to publicly commend and thank my deputy chiefs and staff, the officers and members of Ladder Company One, Engine Company Two, Engine Company Three, Rescue Company Four, Engine Company Five, Ladder Company Six, and Engine Company Seven for their dedication in protecting and serving our community for the above storm responses and for their service over the rest of the year. I would also like to thank our dispatchers, the fire police and ladies auxiliary whose assistance is paramount to our success, and the board of fire commissioners for their backing of our efforts. 

Finally, I wish to sincerely thank the residents of Levittown for their unwavering support of the department and its members.

Christopher Behrens, chief of the department