Great Neck Fire Dept.
The Great Neck Vigilant Engine and Hook & Ladder Co. looks like any other volunteer department. Freshly waxed red fire trucks shine in the firehouse garage. Rows of firefighting gear hang neatly inside. Stickers of storks carrying babies embellish the ambulances, marking the tally of onboard deliveries. But behind the traditional emergency response trappings is a force that reflects the changing community it serves: about 25 of the 100 volunteer members are Persians.