Brooklyn, NY – New York City Councilman David G. Greenfield spent the morning of Erev Pesach visiting biur chometz sites throughout Boro Park and Midwood, thanking FDNY and Shomrim members for their participation in the annual bread burning ritual. After visiting several burning sites, Councilman Greenfield stopped by the firehouse on 12th Avenue, which is home to Engine 282 and Ladder 148, where he thanked FDNY officials and firefighters for their hard work throughout the day to make sure the bread burning ran smoothly and safely this year.
Greenfield also checked in with Boro Park Shomrim volunteer members in their mobile command center and praised them for their help overseeing the 27 burning sites throughout Boro Park and Midwood that were established in coordination with the FDNY and Community Board 12.
“The preparation for Pesach is a tremendous example of our communities and our city agencies working together to ensure that everyone is able to celebrate this important tradition safely and conveniently,” Greenfield said. “We are very lucky to have such an outstanding Fire Department and Sanitation Department, and I thank them for all that they do in collaborating with my office and Community Board 12.”
Councilman Greenfield, Community Boards 12 and 14, as well as Shomrim, Hatzolah, Chaveirim, FDNY, NYPD, the Sanitation Department, and other City agencies spent months planning for today’s tradition. The controlled burning of the chametz is an important part of the traditional preparations leading up to Pesach. Since the FDNY began the program of establishing controlled burning sites around the neighborhood, there has not been a single serious injury in Boro Park.