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Shirley, NY. Brookhaven Fire Department and Shirley EMS were toned out for an MVA at the entrance to Southaven County Park. Services arrived on the scene to find that they had an MVA with unknown injuries. Firefighters checked the car and the pickup truck.

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Wet roads causes three car MVA in Shirley Shirley, NY. 911 dispatchers took a call for an MVA on William Floyd Parkway near Coraci Blvd. on December 22nd. Brookhaven Fire Departent and Shirley EMS were toned out for the MVA. Suffolk County Police arrived on the scene along with Shirley EMS with a Brookhaven assistant chief to find a minivan and two

JUMP TO FILE #122215135 cars involved. The Brookhaven assistant chief radioed into the incoming rescue trucks that no patients were trapped and they needed to check the cars. Firefighters went right to work

to make sure that the cars were not leaking any fluids. EMS checked on injuries. Firefighters started to clean the roadway so they could reopen the lanes that were closed. The cause of the MVA is under investigation. - HAROLD JACOBS


New chiefs for the Islip Fire Department The new chiefs of the Islip Fire Department were sworn into office by Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners Frederick Herrmann. The 2016 chief officers are Chief of Department William P Moon Jr, 1st Assistant Chief

JUMP TO FILE #011216119 Thomas J Butler, 2nd Assistant Chief Ronald E Pfuhl.


Construction site accident On December 30th at 3:15 p.m., the Southampton Fire Department was called out for the report of a construction site accident on Moses Lane in Southampton Village. JUMP TO FILE # S o u t h a m p t o n 011316117 Village Ambulance was on scene and requested the fire department to help package the injured and to safely carry him out of the unfinished foundation. Crews had to use cribbing to stabilize wood that had fallen on the injured worker. A medivac was requested, but cancelled due to inclement weather. Southampton Village Ambulance ground transported the injured to Brookhaven Hospital. Southampton Village Ambulance Chief Richard Fowler was on scene for the ambulance and Southampton Fire Department 1st Assistant Chief was in charge for the fire department.


Car rear ends another on William Floyd Parkway



Shirley, NY. Suffolk County police watched an MVA happen right in front of them. SCPD radioed back to headquarters that they had an MVA and requested the fire department and EMS to respond to the scene. FD chiefs found one car hit the back of another. First due engine into the scene was 5-3-9 and crews placed speedy dry down and checked both cars for leaking fluids. Firefighters waited for the tow truck to remove the car from the roadway and crews were back in service a short time later.

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Two car motor vehicle accident Smithtown, Suffolk County, NY. The Smithtown Fire Department was toned out for a 16/23, motor vehicle accident, at 4:32 p.m. with the location of Veterans Highway and Route 347 on January 16th. The accident involved two vehicles that hit each other head on.

JUMP TO FILE #011816104 The drivers of both vehicles and passengers were able to self-extricate themselves. Ambulances transported three patients to area hospitals. Condi-

tions are unknown at this time. Smithtown Fire Department secured the scene with the aid of Suffolk County Police Department Emergency Services. - JEFF BRESSLER

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SUV versus SUV in Shirley Shirley, NY. On January 2, 2016, 911 took a call for an MVA at Adler Lane and Arrowhead Drive. Shirley EMS and Brookhaven Fire Department were toned out for the incident. Suffolk County Police Department and Shirley EMS arrived on the scene to find that twoSUVs collided and there were injuries sustained. Brookhaven chiefs and firefighter arrived, tended to the vehicles and the patients. Crews placed speedy dry down on the fluids. Shirley EMS transported two patients to a local hospital for further treatment. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Farmingville Fire Department operates a 2014 Ford F550/Pierce Brat Rescue.



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Firefighter injured at Lindenhurst blaze On Monday, January 11th at approximately 11:00 p.m., the Lindenhurst Fire Department was activated for a structure fire in the vicinity of Venetian Blvd and Beechmont Ave. JUMP TO FILE # Babylon Cen- 011316112 tral Fire Alarm advised the chief that they had multiple calls coming in. The house was fully involved upon arrival. West Babylon Fire Department provided Rapid Intervention to the scene and North Lindenhurst supplied one ambulance. There were no civilian injuries. One firefighter suffered a neye injury. The Suffolk County Arson and Town of Babylon fire marshals are investigating the fire as suspicious due to the amount of fire on arrival. - SEAN COSGROVE


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Two car crash in Mastic Beach Village Mastic Beach, NY. On December 24, 2015, Mastic EMS and and Mastic Fire Department were toned out for an MVA at Market Street and Pineway Ave. EMS and the Mastic chief arrived on the scene to find a two car MVA involving vehicles into fences on both sides of the road. The Mastic chief radioed backfor fire police for traffic control. The crew from the first due engine went to work using jaws to open the hood on one of the vehicles, which had a very small fire in the engine area. Firefighters then started to put speedy dry down on the roadway. Mastic EMS transported on patient with minor injuries to a local hospital.

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Smithtown Fire Department Third Assistant Chief Patrick Diecidue, Smithtown Chief of Department Timothy Murphy III, Chief Cruz, Smithtown Engine Company 1 Captain Joe Palazzo and Engine Company 1 First Lieutenant Dave Lewis.

Smithtown Ex-Chief Antonio Cruz honored by the Suffolk County Fire Chiefs Council During the annual Suffolk County Fire Chiefs Council Installation Bruch held at the Snapper Inn in Oakdale, Antonio Cruz, Ex-Chief of the Smithtown Fire Department was honored as Chief of the Year. Chief Cruz was honored for his dedication to the fire service in Suffolk County. Chief Cruz is active with the Suffolk County Fire/EMS Safety Officers Association and the

JUMP TO FILE #071513129 Firefighter Cancer Support Network where he was recently honored by the Stony Brook University Medical Center with their Above and Beyond Award.



Two transported from MVA

At approximately 2:44 p.m. on January 3, 2016, the department was activated for a motor vehicle accident at the corner of Somerset Ave and Tonopan St in Mastic. Upon arrival of 5-12-30 and 5-12-31, they discovered that a single vehicle had lost control and struck the side of a residence. The members responded with three engines and fire police to secure the car and assist with traffic control. The two occupants suffered minor injuries and were transported by Mastic Ambulance to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital for evaluation. The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals office was notified to come and assess the integrity of the home due to minor damage to the exterior of the structure. All units were back in service after remaining on scene for about 30 minutes.

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Two car MVA with fluid spill

Shirley, NY. On the night of December 16, 2015, the Mastic Fire Department was toned out for a car fire in front of Burger King. The Mastic chief found a two car MVA, but no visible fire. Mastic EMS also arrived on scene. The first due engine went right to work placing speedy dry down. One car lost a rear wheel and knocked down a street sign. Firefighters cleaned up the scene and were soon released.


Overturn in Village of Kensington On Sunday, January 10, 2016, just before 8:30 a.m., the dedicated volunteer members of the Vigilant Fire Company were notified for an overturned vehicle at the intersection of East Shore and Beverly Roads in the Village of Kensington. Because of the location of the call, the Manhasset-Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department was also notified and responded. Members arriving found a US Postal Service truck which had come off the roadway and struck and traffic signal. The driver was able to remove himself from the vehicle. He was evaluated by EMS members on scene. A fuel leak was mitigated by the firefighters on scene.

Albertson Fire Company Captain, Mineola Vol Amb Corps commissioner and ex-chief mourned

The officers and members of the Albertson Fire Company and the officers and members of the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps regret to announce the untimely passing of Albertson Fire Company Captain and Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps Commissioner and Ex-Chief Edward M. Rummel.


JUMP TO FILE #011215122 The wake was held at Weigand Brothers Funeral Home in Williston Park on Monday, January 4th, 79pm, and Tuesday, January 5th, 2-4 and 7-9pm. Firematic services were

held on Tuesday, January 5th at 8 pm. Church services were at St Aidan's Church in Williston Park, Wednesday, January 6th at 10am with internment following at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury. - MINEOLA VOL AMB CORPS


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Overturn on the Southern State Just before 10 a.m. on January 6th, the Islip Fire Department was notified for a motor vehicle accident on the Eastbound Southern State Parkway at the Route 111 bridge. Luckily, there were no injuries in this accident.


Car rear ends school bus

Mastic Beach, NY. On December 10, 2015, Mastic EMS and Mastic Fire Department were dispatched for a car versus school bus. Suffolk County Police and Mastic EMS arrived to find a car rear ended a school bus with children aboard. Mastic Fire Department also arrived. The children on the bus were not hurt and were placed on another bus. Mastic firefighters put speedy dry down on fluids that were leaking from the car. All fire and EMS personnel were released from the scene without any needed transports. The cause of the MVA is under investigation.


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Structure fire in Central Islip At 7:28 a.m. on December 19, FRES notified the Central Islip Fire Department of a structure with occupants reported within on Ralph Avenue. Less than ten minutes later, fire was reported showing on the 2/3 corner, upping the alarm to a working fire. Under the command of 3-7-30, Robert McGee, two lines were stretched and put into operation for the kitchen fire, which had some extension.

JUMP TO FILE #122215109 The fire was quickly knocked down with overhaul following. The Hauppauge Fire Department responded on the mutual aid request to the scene with the FAST team while the Islip Terrace Fire Department stood by with an engine at Central Islip’s headquarters.

The resident, who was initially reported to be trapped, was safely removed prior to department units arriving on scene. She was evaluated on scene by Central Islip Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance. They were backed on scene by Brentwood Legion Ambulance.



Two pets rescued from home On Friday, Januart 8, 2015 at about 1:25 p.m., the Mastic Fire Department was called for a structure fire of a house on Hounslow Rd. Upon arrival of the fire department, there was a smoke condition filling the house with smoke. The residents had evacuated the house and advised the firefighters that there were pets (a dog and cat) still in the house.

JUMP TO FILE #011215124 During the crews’ search, the dog was quickly found and let out of the house. The cat was located a short time later and carried out to the residents. We are happy to report that both animals, after being given oxygen by

the Mastic Ambulance company, seemed to be unaffected by their time in the smoke filled house. The fire was contained to the basement area around the boiler and hot water heater and the Brookhaven Fire Marshal was on scene investigating the origin of the fire.


The Vigilant Fire Company held an historic election. For the first time in history, a fire department in Nassau County elected a first assistant chief of EMS, Steve Blocker, shown here with Captain Steven Shapiro, 1st Lieutenant Tamir Cohen and 2nd Lieutenant Daniel Behnam. We are very proud of these men, they are blazing a path for ever-improving emergency operations in Nassau County and in Great Neck.

Accountability tags Chaplain’s Corner Didymus McHugh

Back in the 1990’s, my fire department started using accountability tags. Each person was assigned a number that was engraved on two tags. We were to wear these tags on our gear. We were to put one tag on the apparatus and the other at the assignment of your work. The idea was that when things got bad, and everyone got evacuated from a building, they could tell which person was missing, if any. When the evacuation signal was sounded or transmitted, firefighters are to evacuate and P.A.R. is to be taken, to see who if anyone, is missing. This system was devised because the incident commander is held accountable for every individual on the scene. What happened to us when we are not on the scene? Where do we tag in? Who are we accountable to and who is accountable for us? What are you accountable for? We are held accountable for our actions, words and deeds, even though we did not tag in to an apparatus. We as individuals are held accountable for ourselves in society. We are accountable. The first reported accountability that I have seen was that Adam and Eve were held accountable, to God, for eating the forbidden fruit. Also Cain was held accountable, to God, for murdering his brother. (Cain had even asked God, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”) We may not like to think of it but

we are responsible for our deeds, actions and words. You may think that you do not need to be accountable because you have not physically murdered anyone. There are times when just saying, “my bad” does not cover things. When were you not truthful? When did your words or actions hurt someone, if they put their trust in you or not? It states that each of us is to give an account of himself to God. Do you know that the disciples were sent out in two’s? Talk about the first two in two out before the fire service. Well, it was done for a few reasons. First, when there are two people one can encourage the other. Second, if anything happens to one, the second can take care of the first. Third, accountability. If the two were given an assignment, they were accountable to make sure that the task was performed as it should have been. This made sure that no one was freelancing. We know how important it is not to freelance. If we are married or in a relationship, we hold each other accountable, especially with the most intimate details. If we hold our children accountable for what they say or do, should we also set the example since we ourselves are accountable? Search your own hearts and see what actions you did that may seem questionable. Accountability is so strongly tied in with ethics and caring for people. You may get away with certain actions in the “now” but you will be held accountable for it, in the “future”.

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Brush fire in difficult terrain Just before 4 p.m. on January 8, the Islip Fire Department was notified for a brush fire in the marsh land just south of the Seatuck Nature Preserve property on South Bay Avenue. Islip units found an approximately 50' by 100' section of brush burning far off the roadway into the marsh. Islip crews had difficulty accessing the fire due to the uneven marsh ground and water. Crews were forced to improvise by making make shift bridges

JUMP TO FILE #011215117 out of firefighting ground ladders and wood found near the scene. The crews from Engines 3-4-1 and 3-4-7 quickly extinguished the fire once they were able to access it. Islip crews were under the direction of 1st Assistant Chief Thomas Butler. - ISLIP FD


Brookhaven handles MVA during Santa Run

Shirley, NY. Brookhaven Fire Department and Shirley EMS were toned out for an MVA at the entrance to Southaven County Park. Services arrived on the scene to find that they had an MVA with unknown injuries. Firefighters checked the car and the pickup truck. They were able to move the car off the roadway. The extent of injuries is unknown. The Brookhaven Fire Department members were out conducting their Santa Run at the time that the call came through.


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Maltese Cross, By Vinnie Toland, Jr. Available from: FSP Books & Videos 118 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: Price: $24.95 This is a hard covered book measuring six inches by nine inches and has 238 pages within 11 chapters. If you are one of those, who enjoys reading memoirs written by those who have put careers in emergency services then you will find this book extremely interesting! The author is a retired district chief, who put a career in the Manchester, NH Fire Department. His character is under an assumed name. He is from a firefighting family. The City of Manchester, which is tucked up in the corner of New England, is not always one identified as a common name when it comes to fires. However, it is a major city with a daytime population of 117,000 and

one with many old structures, which burned with vigor through the years when the author worked from the 1970’s through 2000. Protecting the 30+ square miles is 11 engines, six trucks and a rescue company running out of 10 stations. As the years went by, more modern improvements have been made. Many of these stories of fires no doubt gave rise to the opportunity to rebuild and regain tax ratables. Each chapter is titled and they take the reader through different categories such as becoming a tillerman, the first fire, unforgettable and bizarre, animal close encounters, a bad week for babies and others not mentioned here, but nonetheless outstanding reading much of which would be identifiable to firefighters who lived through similar experiences. The stories told are not chronological meaning that they jump back and forth at times from when the author was a firefighter to a lieutenant to a captain and district chief and back to the previous ranks in order to put together a truly action packed chapter responding to a vast array of calls. They do answer medical calls, so you will read about many of them and the memories of working in the street! There are also more fire stories than you might expect and I am sure you will like this book as much as I did.


Fire causes severe damage to home On Saturday, January 9, 2015 at about 4:30 p.m., the Mastic Fire Department responded to a request for assistance to the Brookhaven Fire Department at the scene of a working structure fire at 2785 Montauk Highway. The members of the Mastic

JUMP TO FILE #011216125 Fire Department assisted with a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) on scene. Brookhaven quickly extin-

guished the fire, but not before the fire caused severe damage to the residence. The Bellport Fire Department also responded to the scene with a pumper. - KEVIN CONN


Quick knock at Angel’s Smoke Shop Mastic, NY. On the night of December 22, 2015, the Mastic Fire Department was toned out for a fire at Angel’s Smoke Shop. Mastic’s chief found that he had an active fire. He radioed back to Firecom to retone his department for a working fire and requested an engine from Mastic Beach and Center Moriches Fire Department for a R.I.T. team. The first due engine dropped a line and went right to work to make a fast knock on the fire. The second due dropped the supply line from the hydrant and

JUMP TO FILE #122315102 was told not to charge it. After making sure the fire was out, firefighters started to overhaul to check for hot spots. The fire was located on the outside of the building and never made it into the building. Brookhaven town fire masrhal was requested to the scene. - HAROLD JACOBS


Overturn with extrication for Lawrence-Cedarhurst

On Monday, December 21st, 2015, the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department was alerted to a report of an overturn vehicle at Pacific Ave. and Rockaway Turnpike in Lawrence. Ambulance 329 was first on scene and confirmed the overturn. Engine 323 responded and stabilized the auto and mitigated a small spill. The patient was transported with minor injuries by Nassau County Police Department Ambulance 2354 to a local area hospital. Scene was under the command of Deputy Chief Campbell.

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