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Yaphank, NY - Units responded on October 11th for reports of an MVA that occurred just before 4:00 P.M. The drivers of a 2016 Nissan Maxima and a tractor-trailer were injured in the accident. - See full story on Page 6

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International Firefighter Safety Chief Talks to Commissioners At the Association of Fire Districts of NY annual Fall Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY, internationally acclaimed Fire Chief Billy Goldfeder gave the keynote JUMP TO FILE# address to approxi- 101416107 mately 370 Fire District Commissioners from all over New York state. Chief Goldfeder brings decades of firefighting experience to his presentations and the address on October 14th was no different. Goldfeder has been in the fire service since 1973 and his career continues today. In addition to currently serving as Deputy Fire Chief for the LovelandSymmes Fire Department in Loveland, Ohio, he serves as the International Director for the Safety, Health and Survival section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The 1993 graduate of of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer program serves as an Associate/Contributing Editor for many fire service publications, co-hosts a website solely dedicated to the safety and survival of firefighters and in 2001, was appointed Honorary Battalion Chief of the FDNY. Chief Goldfeder came to the conference to stress the need for communication between commissioners and their chiefs. He stressed the need for people who put the fires out to understand the role of the commissioner and the need for commissioners to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the department, without becoming a micro-manager. The speaker continued by telling everyone in attendance that the commissioners and every person involved in the fire department needs to protect three separate, but equally important customer bases; the district taxpayers, the district's firefighters, and the families of the firefighters. By keeping those three groups in mind at every decision, the district will be better served. With regard to safety, the chief called on his own experience and expertise to state that most line-of-duty deaths are preventable. He went further by saying that the departments with the most stringent rules and drills have higher call turnout and better safety records. He advanced the idea that departments hold frequent drills and firefighters that miss them are not permitted to respond to calls until the drill requirement is met. Equipment purchasing was also mentioned during the three hour event. Chief Goldfeder


Mastic FD Participates in Fire Prevention Week Mastic, NY - On October 13th, 20 members from Mastic Fire Department went to the four elementary schools located in the William Floyd School District and taught fire prevention to 3,500 children in grades K-5. This year, the national fire prevention topic was “Don’t Wait, Check the Date!”. Its focus is to check the smoke detectors in homes to make sure they are still in proper working order. One of the things the children were taught was what a smoke detector looks like, what it does, and how to test or change the battery in it with the help of an adult. In addition, the members of Mastic Fire Department taught the children what it looks like to see a firefighter in full gear, the different parts of the gear and what a firefighter may look like when they are crawling around while looking for fire victims. “Firefighters can be scary for

JUMP TO FILE #101716107 a child, so showing them there is nothing to be afraid of in a nonemergent situation can help them seek out a firefighter instead of hiding under a bed or other furniture in the event of a fire. Going to schools and showing children there isn’t anything to be afraid of can save a life just as much as checking a battery can,” said Rudy Sunderman, Chief of Mastic Fire Department. Members of the department have been doing this training for years, saying that it is just as rewarding for them as it is for the kids. The Mastic Fire Department reminds you that if your smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside! - MIKE GUARINO


Staatsburg Fire District Commissioner/1st Responder News Correspondent Todd Bender and Chief Goldfeder.

stressed the importance of buying equipment such as thermal imaging devices, that will benefit the three customer bases previously mentioned. He argued that equipment that can save lives and property would not be objectionable to the taxpayer, would give the firefighters one more tool to aid in safety, and the families of the firefighters would have some peace of mind. Chief did say that when equipment is asked for and subsequently purchased, that the commissioners demand that the chief draw up a policy for utilizing the equipment. The theory is that the best tools on the market only work when you take them off of the apparatus and actually use them. He also said that department officers should be responsible for making sure the policies are observed by the members of the department. On policies themselves, Goldfeder said that three things need to hap-

pen before a policy is enforceable; classroom session on the policy, hands on training, and testing on the material covered in the classroom and hands on exercise. Cancer, the ever-growing problem in the fire industry, was also mentioned. Chief Goldfeder stressed the need for policies that keep firefighters away from fires unless they are wearing their SCBA equipment. There is enough validated research that shows the correlation between toxic fumes at fires to the diagnosis of cancer among firefighters and commissioners should demand that the appropriate breathing equipment be used at all times. Goldfeder also encouraged the older members in attendance to get periodic cancer screenings due to previous exposure and the benefit of early diagnosis. - TODD BENDER


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Yaphank, NY - Units were dispatched to 53 Zorn Blvd. on October 11th at 2:00 P.M. after a tractor-trailer lost control and crashed in a concrete landscape display. The man driving the 18wheeler was report- JUMP TO FILE# edly in cardiac 101216101 arrest when emergency personnel arrived on-scene and quickly transported him from the scene by ambulance. The accident occurred at MS Packaging and Supply Corp. in an industrial complex. The driver was the only patient injured. The SCPD 5th Pct., SCPD Motor Carrier, crime scene, South Country Ambulance and Brookhaven FD responded to the accident. That evening, the SCPD reported that the driver had passed away. It is unknown if the truck driver suffered from a medical condition. - THOMAS LAMBUI

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The Medford Fire Department took delivery of a 2016 Pierce Impel Pumper. The engine features a 1500-GPM pump and 500-gallon tank.

Water Mill, NY - On Friday, October 21st at 3:45 P.M., the Southampton Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Montauk highway, near little Cobb Road. Units arrived to find that as a pick-up truck was towing a Tesla, it slid on the wet roadway and crashed into a landscape truck that was also towing a trailer. No injuries were reported. Traffic was diverted for approximately two hours while the wreckers removed the vehicles.

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The Merrick FD Empire Hose Co. 3, placed into service a 2016 E-One Cyclone II Pumper that replaced their 1988 Mack CF. The new engine has a 2000-GPM pump, 500-gallon tank and a 10-KW generator.

The new Merrick E-One Cyclone II Pumper.


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Out with the old, in with the new! Merrick's new E-One poses with the old Mack CF.


Car Versus Truck Injures Two Yaphank, NY - Units responded on October 11th for reports of an MVA that occurred just before 4:00 P.M. The drivers of a 2016 Nissan Maxima and a tractor-trailer were injured in the accident. Both vehicles were heading southbound on Sills Road (C.R. 101 Patchogue/Yaphank Road) when the collision occurred at the intersection of Horseback Road. Yaphank firefighters put the Hurst tool into operation to extricate the driver of the Nissan. The drivers of both vehicles were transported by fire department ambulances to a local hospital. The Yaphank F.D., SCPD 5th Pct. and ESU responded to the scene.


Firefighters demonstrate what can happen when you try to extinguish a grease fire with water.

Yaphank FD Holds Open House Yaphank, NY - On the afternoon of October 23rd, the Yaphank FD held their annual open house. Firefighters and EMS personnel were on-hand to teach the public what to do in case of any real emergency. Firefighters also displayed their trucks so the public could see what each one has on it. Firefighters also showed the public how the Jaws-of-Life works and showed them how fast a room can catch on fire.

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Hewlett FD Celebrates 125th Anniversary Hewlett, NY - The Hewlett Fire Department recently celebrated their 125th anniversary! Hewlett FD is the only fire department on Long Island that maintains a fleet consisting of all Spartan/R.D. Murray pumpers.


On November 6th, the Bay Shore and East Islip Fire Departments paid their respects to NYPD Sgt. Touzollo as he was moved from Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in East Islip to the Bethpage Chapey's. Sergeant Touzollo was killed in the line-of-duty during a gun fight on Friday, November 4th in the Bronx.


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The Mastic Beach Ambulance Co. held their 3rd Annual Chinese Auction on October 8th at William Paca Middle School.


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Hewlett FD's 1978 American LaFrance, 100-foot tiller ladder.

WLVAC Shows Support for Breast Cancer Awareness Levittown, NY - On October 16th, Wantagh-Levittown First Responders joined over 60,000 people at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, held at Jones Beach. Members raised money and wore pink breast cancer t-shirts to show support and remembrance of the lives and families that have been impacted by breast cancer. WLVAC also provided a stand-by crew and ambulance for the walk. RUSSELL CURLEY

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Responding To Gas Emergencies STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

The following article appeared in this column a few years back, in reference to responding to gas leaks, and will serve as a refresher. Responding to a reported odor of gas or a possible gas leak can result in either a minor problem, or a much more hazardous condition, depending on the situation. It may be a pilot light that has gone out on a gas appliance, or a major catastrophic leak resulted in an explosion, causing a fire as witnessed recently in news articles. Having an SOG covering response to gas emergencies will provide you with initial operating procedures that can be modified as the situation warrants. As always, the first priority is the safety of responders and the public when responding to a gas emergency. 1. Personnel responding to a natural gas emergency should be dressed in full protective clothing and SCBA at all times. 2. If a gas leak is detected, request the local gas company to respond. 3. Evacuate the affected area by at least 150-feet, increase area as may be deemed necessary. 4. Deny access to the area. 5. Operate upwind whenever possible. 6. Locate a water supply in the event of fire or explosion. 7. Remove any possible sources of ignition. 8. Whenever a gas meter is shut off, it should never be turned back on by anyone other than the gas company. Restoration of gas service should be done by gas company personnel only. In addition, the following may also be included in your SOG: 1. Spot the apparatus a safe distance from the address of the leak. The first arriving company may enter the block area of the leak and other responding apparatus shall stage one block or a safe distance and preferably upwind of the leak and keep vehicles, spectators and/or occupants away. 2. Request traffic control by a police agency or fire police, if needed. 3. Consider evacuation of the structure and other exposures.

4. Try to determine if there is a gas leak and the area of involvement with Combustible Gas Meters. 5. If a gas leak is detected, notify the Gas Company and stand-by until arrival. 6. Evacuate any endangered occupants in the building, as well as the immediate area. 7. Ventilate structure by opening doors and windows from outside. 8. If using electric or gasoline fans, make sure that they are explosion-proof type and keep generators clear of the area. 9. Do not ring doorbells and do not operate electric switches inside the building. 9. Natural gas is lighter than air, so always check upper levels above the leak site and place apparatus accordingly. 11. Propane is heavier than air and will gravitate to lower levels and should be checked. 12. Shut off gas supply at the meter or propane tank when possible. 13. Shut off electric power to the building to prevent appliances (refrigerator, oil burner, etc.) from coming on. 14. Suppress or remove all sources of ignition in the immediate area whenever possible. 15. Do not attempt to shut down main line gas valves; this should be done by trained gas company personnel. 16. Allow occupants back into the structure only after levels have been reduced to 0% and the gas company concurs. The above provides some initial suggestions as to what should be done upon response and what additional actions may also be taken into consideration. As mentioned previously, gas leaks can be very minor, or they can turn into a disaster in a matter of seconds. There are many variables that contribute to the emergency, such as the source of the leak, what is the location of the leak a building or in the street, how long has the gas been leaking prior to notification, and the potential ignition sources in the immediate area. Gas emergencies pose many dangers to responding personnel and members should be constantly aware of those hazards and maintain necessary precautions to protect themselves from possible injury and death, should a fire or explosion occur. Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!


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Congratulations to the Bay Shore FD Softball Team on clinching the 2016 Town of Babylon Softball Championship in October!!

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The Babylon Village Fire Department took 1st Place in "Best Appearing" and "Battle of the Barbs" at the Town of Babylon Tournament, held on September 16th.


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the general vicinity. His plea is a valid one attested to in the seven page introduction. It is an eye opener to the critical shortage of volunteer firefighters there are not only in Pennsylvania but throughout the country. The amount of information and statistics is overwhelming and sounds a signal that many if not most volunteer fire departments are hurting for members. That said it also gives the average age of today’s volunteer. Let’s just say that if they were professional athletes, they would be well retired! He gives many reasons for the shortage, most of which are legitimate especially when it comes to the economy dictating the need for two or more needs of income within families compounded by the level of stress placed up men and women today. Contributing to that are the multiple ways that people today can be contacted including many kinds of phones, answering machines, e-mail and pagers to name a few. He makes his living at a reputable publisher in which he has progressed to a management position. He is also an organic farmer. His office is across the street from the fire station so when at work it was easy access to respond to a call. He uses part of the book to explain how his journalism job sparked an interest in becoming a volunteer firefighter particularly when he worked the police desk so to speak at a newspaper in large Ohio city. It was after he took a job at the publishing company that he relocated and became a firefighter. He takes the reader through the many variables

of being a volunteer. Not taking anything away from the career firefighter (I was one), the volu8nteer is subject to be called to duty at any time. Whereas career firefighters work in teams and advance in skills together, the volunteer almost never knows who will show up to answer a call thus it is a guess who will make up this team. The number of personnel showing up is also questionable at a call. I can say that most career FD’s don’t do much better with the numbers game as firefighters are expensive today but even years ago when they weren’t, few departments had adequate manning. He goes through all aspects of training for volunteers which included inside firefighting. Other parts of the book group all kinds of fires and emergencies fought and handled in a non-perfect world. When reading some of these you may forget that these are volunteers as many of the details resemble those you may have read from other authors in career fire departments. It is a book you will not want to put down unless something real urgent commands your attention! Also, a quick note that on the last page are ways that a person can ease the burden of a volunteer fire department without necessarily joining the ranks. There are many supportive functions needed such as grant writers, fundraisers, office workers, cooks (for fundraising), attorney for legal matters, tradesmen such as mechanics, electricians, etc., grounds keeping, chaplain, nurse and others.


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Long Island Vehicle Pursuit Ends with Flames in Brooklyn Bethpage, NY - A deranged 44-year-old man killed his wife and wounded his daughter in their Nassau County home just before 1:00 A.M. Friday, November 4th. The perpetrator fled the scene while police and EMS units responded to the location after the man's son called 911. Nassau County cops spotted the JUMP TO FILE# perp's vehicle a 110716100 short while later parked near the Southern State Parkway, not far from his home. When they tried to approach him, the man sped away and drove onto the Parkway, leading police on a high-speed chase for over 25-miles. Nassau police continued their pursuit, crossing the boarder into Queens, onto the Belt Parkway and then into Brooklyn. The suspect took the Pennsylvania Avenue exit and headed north, passing through red lights. The chase finally came to an end when the perp lost control of the vehicle, crashing into a gas pump and a vehicle parked in the Citco gas station located at Flatbush Avenue. The gas pump immediately burst into flames. An NYPD Anti-Crime unit in the area requested FD personnel to the scene, while Nassau PD took the perp into custody. Box4082 was transmitted at 1:07 A.M. and by 1:10 A.M., Engine257 was giving the 10-75. The suspect's vehicle was fully involved, with extension to the other vehicle he crashed into, as well as partial extension to the 15x15 brick store. Battalion-58 used All-Hands to extinguish the fire and placed the incident under control by 1:27 A.M. The scene was then turned over to a joint operation including the NYPD and the NCPD, who investigated throughout the night. At 7:15 A.M., NYPD and NCPD members completed their investigation and requested FD personnel back to the scene for a wash down. Engine-290 and Ladder103 returned to the location.





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