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Itty Bitty Adventures Preschool was teaching their classes about community helpers and vehicles.
Teachers reached out to FVAC and asked we could send a ambulance to the school.
On January 27th FVAC sent two ambulances with a crew for some good old fashion show and tell.
The crew  spent time with  two  classes, giving them a hands on tour of our ambulance.
Experiences like this help enrich the students learning.
At the same time we hope that being familiar with an ambulance will lessen the fear if a student ever needs to be  given care in the back of one.
Thank You to FVAC members Sal Caruso, Joe Auerbach, Stuie Weiselberg   for volunteering for  this event.

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PS 213 was teaching their Pre-K classes about community helpers and vehicles.
Teachers reached out to FVAC and asked we could send a ambulance to the school.
On January 13th FVAC sent an ambulance with a crew of four
for some good old fashion show and tell.
The crew  spent time with  four Pre-K classes, giving them a hands on tour of our ambulance.
Experiences like this help enrich the students learning.
At the same time we hope that being familiar with an ambulance will lessen the fear if a student ever needs to be  given care in the back of one.
Thank You to FVAC members Sal Caruso, Joe Auerbach, Stuie Weiselberg, Mark Adler  for volunteering for  this event.

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A message went out over the internet that retired NYPD Officer Mike Vinitsky had fallen sick and has been in Coney Island Hospital since July 2019.
Requests were made to visit him and lift his spirits.
That is exactly what our very own FVAC Members Joe Auerbach and Mark Adler did on Thursday Jan 2 2020.

FVAC sends thoughts and prayers for the recovery of Officer Mike Vinitsky

 

 

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As it does each year FVAC honors it members for their hard work and sacrifice.

 

Awards and Recognition were given for 

 

40  Year Service Award- Steve Solomonson

40  Year Service Award-  Quartermaster  Sal Caruso

35 Year Service Award- to Fred Wilken Sr

30 Year Service Award – Fred Wilken Jr

25 Year Service Award -Elizabeth Stonehill

Leadership and Revitalizing – Stuie Weiselberg

Dedicated Member of the Year – Mark Adler

 

Photos By  Steve Solomonson 

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On December 18th 2019 Flatland VAC  held it’s Annual Member Appreciation Dinner

Check out our Gallery of Candid Photos

Thank You Steve Solomonson For the Great Shots

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FVAC Responed to call off a multiple vehicle crash with one car overturned in the Mill Basin area.
FVAC worked with together  NYC FDNY and EMS to care for the multiple patients.

 

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On Sunday July 21st 2019 parts of Brooklyn lost power due to the hot weather.
FVAC Headquarters was affected by the blackout.
Channel 7 News was in the area covering the blackout.
They stopped in, shot some footage and interviewed our very own Sam Gillig

 

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On Wednesday June 5th 2019  at the Kings Plaza Community Room
FVAC Hosted a  CME
discussing  How First Responders should Relate to Alzheimer’s Patients

FVAC members would like to thank
Greg Drapkin  from the Alzheimer’s Association 
for the interesting  presentation.

Look out for more CMEs coming in the future.

Photos by Steve Solomonson

 

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On Sunday, May 5th, St Thomas Aquinas organized a Health Fair for the community.FVAC participated, along with other health-related organizations, including FDNY’s CPR training unit, NY Life, Downstate, and others. FVAC members Joe Auerbach, Yitzie Fefferman, Mendy Moskowitz, Graham Binsky and  Taisha Abel offered blood pressure and glucose screenings as well as information about the Corps via pamphlets and door stickers.

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BY AIDAN GRAHAM

Southern Brooklyn is expecting a flood of cash!

New York State will soon spend big bucks to protect flood-prone communities in Brooklyn. The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery launched a multi-million dollar effort on April 23 to prevent power failures during future extreme weather events in low-rise New York City neighborhoods.

“With severe weather events becoming more frequent, we have to be prepared and ensure our first responders and essential facilities are prepared for power outages,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul at a press conference for the announcement. “These upgrades are part of our continued efforts to rebuild and address the needs of storm-damaged communities.”

Phase one of the three-part effort – officially named the Solar Power and Battery Backup Power Program – which was spawned in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene, will begin later this year with a $980,400 investment in community facilities in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Of those phase-one funds, $265,331 will be earmarked for upgrades to the Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Southeast Brooklyn,

and $159,801 will be allocated to Birch Family Services residential facility in Canarsie, which provides supervised residential care for individuals with disabilities, according to the Governor’s office.

The cash will go toward retrofitting critical buildings in vulnerable communities with solar panel systems and energy storage units, which would provide access to electricity in the event of flooding, according to a representative with Solar One, a clean energy company tasked with carrying out the project.

“When Superstorm Sandy devastated the traditional power supply of New York City, hundreds of solar installations in the city could not be utilized because they did not have the ability to store energy,” said Angelica Ramdhari. “We are excited to provide reliable backup power to underserved, low-lying communities through solar power coupled with energy storage systems.”

Phase-two of the project will focus on improving the energy systems in four Brooklyn Public Library facilities, and phase-three will retrofit several more community facilities across southern Brooklyn, according to the project’s head.

“The Solar Power and Battery Backup Power Program embodies the overwhelming desire of NY Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committees to apply lessons learned from recent storms and, in the process, to cultivate more sustainable communities that will benefit generations of New Yorkers to come,” said Emily Thompson.

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