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Mitchell Udowitch wrote: "Today is a day of reflection for those of us who live or work on the coast - two years ago a monster storm (now known as Super Storm Sandy) burst onto the scene and stalled. Though it was never a hurricane, its winds, combined with an unusually high full moon tide came crashing ashore - much like a tsunami. It devasted the Jersey shore, Long Island, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Rockaway, Broad Channel and Howard Beach. The West Hamilton Beach Fire Dept. along with all the volleys stood ready and made many rescues. But today we need to thank the many members outside of our community for allowing us to continue to serve our community. I have personally made some really good friends within the brotherhood of the fire department throughout the country. The very first volunteer fire department to come to our aid was the Hooversville Volunteer Fire Department and my friends Rick Lohr and Felicia Lohr who led the way for their department to not only donate a fire truck, but they also got their entire small community in Pennsylvania involved by donating food, bottled water, clothing and cash for us to pay our bills so we could keep our doors open to serve our community. Chief Dave Peto of the Gulf Park Estates Volunteer Fire Department in Mississippi was able to convince his town’s board that the extra fire truck they had, which was donated to them after Hurricane Katrina, was needed in Howard Beach. They not only donated the truck, but paid for its transportation up to our community. Within weeks, Gerald Parry of the Berlin, Pennsylvania Volunteer Fire Department was drove down to Howard Beach, giving us our second fire truck, which has since been donated to the Albany, NY Fire Department. Additional trucks from other fire departments, as far away as Georgia and Larimer, PA. were also donated. We were able to use donated ambulances from the 4th District to provide much need emergency medical services, and a few months later the East Farmingdale Volunteer Fire Department donated an ambulance to us, which has since been donated to the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department. Our elected officials were on the top of their game. Freshman New York State Assemblyman, Phil Goldfeder, who watched his own house and office get destroyed, was reaching out to colleagues to help his south shore districts; New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo had his office destroyed and he too reached to colleagues and friends to give aid to the south shore communities he represents; and New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich was reaching out to colleagues, friends and the Kiwanis Clubs for assistance. Ricky Byrd (Lead Guitar/ Vocals for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Roger Daltrey and Ian Hunter), a resident of Howard Beach, held a fundraiser in Manhattan for West Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Departments. Even the new casino – Genting’s Resort World was quick to donate – in fact they served Thanksgiving dinner from the fire house to the residents of Hamilton Beach – thanks to the insistence of New Hamilton Beach Civic President Roger Gendron. All of the sudden we were not alone. To steal lyrics from Garth Brooks – it was people loving people. That still remains true today, as we watch our friends and neighbors continue to rebuild their homes and their lives; some more fortunate than others, but nonetheless – we are still in this together! On behalf of the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps I want to personally thank all those who helped their neighbors and friends; and thank our friends across the nation who came to our aid when we were down!"


Welcome to the Hooversville Vol. Fire Dept., established on Nov. 22, 1922, and still proudly providing Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service to Hooversville Borough, and portions of Quamahoning, Paint, and Shade Townships.

Rescue 614-1

Attack 614-2

Tanker 614-4


 Calls Per Month

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10/30/2014 - Assist to Station 626 on a Structure Fire

681 Lynn Street, Central City. Call was cancelled before response.

10/28/2014 - Tree Down on the Roadway

500 Block of Charles Street, in Hooversville Borough. Attack 614-2 responded.

10/20/2014 - Automatic Fire Alarm

832 BARN Street, in Hooversville Borough. Attack 614-2 responded but Station 604 and Medic 902 were cancelled.

Call Archives


Oct 2014: 3
Sep 2014: 3
Aug 2014: 7
Jul 2014: 5
Jun 2014: 7
May 2014: 7
Apr 2014: 3
Mar 2014: 5
Feb 2014: 1
Jan 2014: 5
Dec 2013: 6
Nov 2013: 10
Oct 2013: 5
Sep 2013: 8
Aug 2013: 13
Jul 2013: 10
Jun 2013: 10
May 2013: 8
Apr 2013: 7
Mar 2013: 7
Feb 2013: 8
Jan 2013: 5