Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00
The North Massapequa Fire Department will be hosting the Annual 6th Battalion Parade and Drill on Saturday, Sept. 19, according to Chief Sean K. Abrams.
“This special event celebrates 75 years of service to the community by the members of the North Massapequa Fire Department,” Chief Abrams said. “It is a prestigious parade and I’m sure the community will come out to show their support of our volunteer firefighters and attend the gala festival following the parade.”
The day’s events will start with an old-fashioned drill team tournament to be held at the Four Towns Training Center, located on Merrick Road in Merrick at 10 a.m.
“The drill includes events that test firefighters’ skills in numerous hose and ladder events,” Chief Abrams added. “The North Massapequa Department’s “Gremlins” drill team will compete in the event. They are two-time Sixth Battalion Champions.”
The North Massapequa Fire Department, which was named Nassau County’s Class “B” Parade Champions this past July, will lead the parade. In recent years, the department has held the distinction of best appearing parade department in the Sixth Battalion, Nassau County and New York State. The procession will kick off at 5 p.m. at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and North Broadway in Massapequa, process west up Hamilton Avenue, head north on Hicksville Road and conclude with the block party at the Little Village School (adjacent to the North Massapequa Fire Department’s Station 2 headquarters) located off Hicksville Road just north of the Southern State Parkway. The party will include refreshments, music, games of skill and fun for the entire family.
“The parade is approximately 2 miles in length and will be attended by all the departments of the Sixth Battalion,” Chief Abrams said. “The procession will likely include more than 50 pieces of fire apparatus in the line of march.”
The Sixth Battalion includes departments from Bellmore, East Meadow, Levittown, Massapequa, Merrick, North Bellmore, North Massapequa, North Merrick, Seaford and Wantagh.
The parade will mark 75 years of dedicated service provided to the community by the North Massapequa Fire Department. “Back in 1934, the members of the North Massapequa Fire Department dedicated themselves to protecting the lives and property of their neighbors during times of emergency and today, 75 years later, its members uphold the same commitment made by their predecessors,” said Chief Abrams. “This parade will celebrate our rich tradition of service. It will be an historic and memorable event for the entire North Massapequa community. Our entire department is working together to make this parade the best ever and I invite everyone in the community to join in the celebration.”