Although it is served by nine fire departments and two police departments,  the seasonal residency and remote driving distance are a challenge to the public safety community. Most of the 4, homes on the island were still intact, although damaged by floodwaters; officials credited the dune replenishment program with helping to spare the island. Because there are no roads on inhabited Fire Island, fire department vehicles are heavily modified four-wheel drive with suspension liftslarge diameter off-road tires and recovery equipment, which allow them to traverse the sometimes washed-out, loose sand. Robert Moses State Parkoccupying the remaining western portion of the island, is one of the popular recreational destinations in the New York City area. The quiet villages on Fire Island provide solitude, while the larger towns like Ocean Beach and Cherry Grove provide a more social atmosphere with clubs, bars and open air dining.
InHurricane Sandy breached Fire Island in three places.
The island was heavily damaged in the high tides associated with Hurricane Sandy inincluding three breaches around Smith Point County Park on the sparsely populated east end of the island. This section needs additional citations for verification. Housing is mostly stick-built bungalow -style with generous helpings of bamboo. Fire Island's corps of off-road-capable fire apparatus and the firefighters' training to use them effectively provide much-needed support in the event of a wildfireas was illustrated in the Long Island Central Pine Barrens fires of Retrieved 5 January Foderaro April 6, These centers operate during the summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and are open for walk-in patient visits seven days a week from 9 to 11 AM and 4 to 6 PM.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2. Townships and communities are listed from west to east. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikivoyage. While the western portion of the island was referred to as Fire Island for many years, the eastern portion was referred to as Great South Beach untilwhen widespread development caused the whole land mass to be called Fire Island. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fire Island.