Pictured above, from left: Steve Rossetti, vice president of special projects, Gershow Recycling; Robert “Beefy” Varese, ex-chief, Northport Fire Department, and director, 10th Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament; Brad Wine, chief, Northport Fire Department; Dennis Sheridan, second assistant chief, Northport Fire Department; and Rich D’Angelo, manager, Gershow Recycling’s Huntington, New York, facility.
In support of local fire departments, Gershow Recycling, with nine locations in New York state, donated the use of 30 cars for the 10th Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament, which was held at the Northport Fire Department’s Training Grounds at Steer’s Pit in Northport, New York, May 13, 2017. Gershow also donated the use of its Huntington, New York, facility, allowing teams to practice in the week leading up to the tournament.
Twenty-two teams from 10 fire departments participated in the tournament, which involved groups of five firefighters working to extricate a “victim” from a “crash” using the Jaws of Life. Each team was judged on the amount of time it took to perform the extrication, equipment handling and adherence to safety procedures. After the tournament, the vehicles were brought back to Gershow’s facility, where they were shredded and recycled.
Gershow has locations in Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead.