The Merrick Volunteer Fire Department proudly serves approximately 7,500 homes and 23,000 residents of Merrick, located on the South Shore of Long Island, New York. The Department is made up of approximately 120 volunteers (men and women)operating out of three fire houses with 12 pieces of apparatus. The Department responded to over 1,100 alarms last year. The Department's protection district includes half of the New York State Park at Jones Beach on the Atlantic Ocean and the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Jones Beach. The Department has two NYS certified ALS ambulances and members can join either EMS,fire, or both. The Department also has a surface water rescue team and a tactical rescue team.