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Photos Of The Day: Polar Plungers

Safety and fun while 'freezing for a reason.'

Teams participated in the fundraiser for the Polar Plunge that took place on Saturday at . The event raised money for the Special Olympics. No word yet on how much money was raised. 

R Miller March 06, 2012 at 11:37 AM
I don't want to sound negative here, but I see a waste of taxpayer dollars. I county helicopter plus all the fire department set up, etc. Did this charity event cover these costs and acutally raise money for a worthy cause? Seems to me money could of been raised more efficiently and effectively. I know the bashing will begin from here on my point of view, but so be it.
Nassau Taxpayer March 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Excellent points. The helo costs near $2000/hour to operate and its use is a total boondoggle. If you are stupid enough to jump in cold water -- even for "a good cause" -- do it at your risk. WE DON'T NEED MORE COUNTY WASTE AND ABUSE.
Ben March 06, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I swim each morning early 6am at Hofstra University Swim Center (Kaimen ruined Denton Ave Pool) and there is no way I would jump in this cold water this just not my thing no matter how worthy the cause. The cost to the taxpayer for the helicopter, etc. should be explained.
R Miller March 07, 2012 at 11:10 AM
It would be nice to hear from the TONH board their views on this issue of cost. I am sure the silence will be deafening from them.
NYB March 16, 2012 at 07:50 AM
The helicopters operate on a regular basis anyway, they are very frequently in the air, this facilitates an appropriate and expedient response when needed. In addition, pilots require constant operational experience to stay good at the job they do. You should be happy that it was parked in the parking lot instead of flying patrol around the county. Fire services operate on a fixed budget, this didn't cost you anything...the personnel volunteer, the vehicles are nearly a sum cost...an extra 3 miles on the odometer isn't costing you anything. Additionally, the whole exercise serves as a very necessary training exercise both on an individual level for the personnel and on a department level concerning issues such as interoperability, coordination and communications between different agencies.
Nassau Taxpayer March 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM
The NCPD Flying Club should be put out of its misery. It's a loud waste of jet fuel. I didn't argue the need for PWFD presence.

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