Wednesday, January 20, 2016

VIGILANT MEMBERSHIP ELECTS FIRST FIRE COMPANY EMS CHIEF IN NASSAU HISTORY

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


VIGILANT MEMBERSHIP ELECTS FIRST FIRE COMPANY EMS CHIEF IN NASSAU HISTORY

Great Neck Plaza, NY – January 20, 2016 – On Monday, January 4, 2016, the Great Neck Vigilant Engine & Hook & Ladder company held a historic election as we elected Steven Blocker First Assistant EMS Chief. Chief Blocker is the first EMS Chief elected in Nassau County who was not part of a Volunteer Ambulance Corp. When asked, Chief of Department, Joshua Forst said, “This is not the first time that the Vigilant’s have been at the forefront in making change in Nassau County and I am proud of Chief Blocker and excited to work with him.


 ex-Chief and Trustee Robert Lincoln executing the oath of office to 1st Assistant EMS Chief Block, Captain Shapiro, 1st Lieutenant Cohen and 2nd Lieutenant Behnam

Chief Blocker is both a paramedic and firefighter who has held multiple EMS roles prior to this election and has received numerous awards over the years for his service to the community as a member of the Vigilant Fire Company. When asked, he said, “I am thrilled that the membership chose me to be the first ever EMS Assistant Chief. This change proves our level of commitment to the residents of Great Neck and I look forward to working with the members to improve both response and training.”

Also elected were EMS Captain Steven Shapiro, a paramedic who is returning to the role of EMS Captain, having served in the position before, EMS First Lieutenant, Tamir Cohen, and EMS Second Lieutenant Daniel Behnam both Emergency Medical Technicians.


1st Assistant EMS Chief Blocker, Captain Shapiro, 1st Lieutenant Cohen and 2nd Lieutenant Behnam on the back step of the Vigilant Fire Company's newest Ambulance.

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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