‘Absolutely infuriating’ Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department alleges city negligence


Gerritsen Beach in southern Brooklyn is home to one of the last remaining volunteer firefighting units in New York — but the city hasn’t made it easy on them.

According to Daniel Cavanagh, the chief of the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department, various city agencies have caused massive headaches for the organization, which he claims has compromised their ability to ensure safety in the nabe.

While the GBFD was working with the Office of Resilient Homes and Communities (formerly the Governor’s Office for Storm Recovery) to help sustain and repair infrastructure damaged during Superstorm Sandy, the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) conducted their own resiliency project — which allegedly inflicted a litany of damage to the GBFD firehouse.