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Shirley, NY - On Friday, December 22, 2017 around 6:27 A.M., the Brookhaven Fire Department was activated for a report of a house fire at 29A Schenk Drive. On arrival, Chief Giuseppe Loiacono radioed in to his command that he had a heavy fire load and the house was well involved.

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Morning Blaze Destroys Home in Farmingville

Farmingville, NY - Just before 11:00 A.M. on December 22, 2017 firefighters responded to a fully involved structure fire at 12 Circle Ct. in Farmingville. The homeowners were able to escape the blaze without injury. At least five departments battled the blaze for about 45 minutes, but the home was a total loss.


West Sayville Makes Save at Working Structure Fire on Christmas Eve Oakdale, NY - At 12:04 P.M. on Christmas Eve, the West Sayville Fire Department was activated for a reported structure fire at #206 Connetquot Road in Oakdale. While enroute, responding chiefs and apparatus could see smoke billowing from the area in question. Upon arrival of the first rig, a fully involved structure fire was confirmed. First-due Engine 8 employed their deck gun for a quick knock down of heavy fire at the front of the structure. Responding units employed hand lines for an aggressive interior attack. Chief Todd Gray ordered an immediate primary search, as it was reported that an occupant of the house was last seen walking in the residence prior to the fire. As-

JUMP TO FILE #010218117 sistant Chiefs Gary Savino, Jeff Houghtalen and Brian D’Onofrio ran interior and exterior firefighting operations. Through heavy smoke and existing fire conditions, an unconscious male was located in the dining room on the second-floor and removed from the fire by members of the department. Immediate lifesaving first aid was administered as the victim was loaded onto a stokes basket and carried to the awaiting hands of the Sayville Community Ambulance Company. The lifesaving first aid contin-

ued as the victim was taken to a landing zone at a nearby school and flown to Stonybrook University Hospital for treatment. After extensive overhaul operations, the incident was declared under control by Chief Gray at 1:03 P.M. Mutual aid was received from the Sayville, Bayport, Bohemia and Great River Fire Departments. All apparatus were back in service at 2:16 P.M. The incident is currently under investigation by the SCPD Arson Squad and the Fire Marshal’s Office. Chief Gray commended the actions of all involved in the rescue and operations at the scene. - HARRY D'ONOFRIO


Fire Erupts at Olpympic Lodge Motel in Brentwood Brentwood, NY - Firefighters from numerous departments battled a fire at a motel in Brentwood during the morning hours of December 7, 2017. The fire was contained to two units of the motel and there were no reported injuries.


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Wyandanch Crews Handle House Fire

Wyandanch, NY - On November 27, 2017 the Wyandanch Fire Company received a call for a Working Signal 13 at 101 Garden City Ave. and South 28th Street. Wyandanch Pumper 110-1 was first-due on the scene to find smoke billowing out of the house on South 28th Street. Mutual Aid was requested from the East Farmingdale Fire Department for RIT and Wyandanch-Wheatley Ambulance Company.


Firefighters Fight Car Fire on 20-Degree Day in Selden Selden, NY - On December 28, 2017 reports of a working fire at 7-11 Middle Cty. Road/Marshal Drive brought Selden firefighters out in 20-degree weather for a fully involved pickup truck fire. Firefighters made quick work of the fire and then returned to the warmth of their headquarters.

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Working Fire in Kings Park Kings Park, NY - On Saturday, December 30, 2017 at approximately 4:20 A.M., the Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Main Street in the vicinity of Ciro’s Pizzeria. Units arrived to find flames and heavy smoke showing from a commercial structure. A working fire was later transmitted, bringing in mutual aid from the Smithtown, Commack, East Northport and Greenlawn Fire Departments. There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.


Occupant Escapes House Fire in Northport Northport, NY - The Northport Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire at 83 Ocean Avenue around 7:30 P.M. on December 11, 2017. Upon arrival, crews discovered a fire in a private dwelling and a Working Fire was transmitted. Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control with the help of neighboring departments. One person was taken to an area hospital with smoke inhalation.

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Mastic F.D. Battles Working Structure Fire in Cold Temps Shirley, NY - At approximately 6:40 P.M. on January 2nd, Mastic Fire Department was dispatched out for an unknown type of fire at old Ralph's Italian Ice on Surrey Circle. As units JUMP TO FILE# were enroute to the 010318105 call, dispatch radioed in that they were receiving multiple calls for the fire. Mastic F.D. chiefs arrived on the scene, were met with heavy fire at the rear of the building and requested a Working Fire. Command requested engines to respond from Brookhaven F.D., Ridge F.D., Mastic Beach F.D. and Manorville F.D., as well as Center Moriches F.D. for an RIT team. Firefighters went right to work to get the fire under control, but the wind and cold temps didn't hampered their efforts. The fire was placed under control about two hours after the alarm came in. The residents who lived upstairs from the business were transported to a local hospital for unknown injuries. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. - HAROLD JACOBS


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House Fire Destroys Middle Island Home on Christmas

Middle Island, NY - On Christmas day at about 5:20 P.M., the Middle Island FD and Ridge FD were both activated for a report of a structure fire on Turnpike Blvd., off River Road. On arrival, firefighters found a single-story home on fire and requested additional Mutual Aid to respond. Firefighters stretched two lines and went to work quickly to knock down the fire. According to officials no one was in the home at the time of the blaze and no injuries were reported at the scene. Additional assistance battling the fire was provided by the Coram, Rocky Point, Yaphank and Brookhaven National Lab FDs. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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Shriners Patients Celebrate the Holidays with Farmingdale Fire Department Farmingdale, NY - The joy of the holiday season was in the air at the Farmingdale Firehouse on Saturday, December 2, 2017 as the firehouse partnered with Kismet Shrine, the local chapter of Shriners International, to host a holiday party for children who are patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children. Shriners Hospitals for Children is the Charity of Shriners International and provides specialized medical care to children at it's network of 22 hospitals throughout three countries, regardless of the patient's ability to pay. There are 20 hospitals that operate in 17 different states in the United States. Shriners Hospitals specialize in burn treatment, cleft lip and palate, and orthopedic treatment. Kismet Shrine provides transportation to children and their families for treatment and follow-up care at the Boston, Philadelphia, Springfield and Cincinatti Shriners Hospitals. The children at the party were treated to a tour of the firehouse and fire trucks, as well as enter-

JUMP TO FILE #121117114 tained by the Kismet Shrine Clown Unit. The children were also treated to a visit from Santa Claus and received gifts. The Farmingdale Fire Department Jr. Brigade helped make the party a great success. The Trustees of the Town of Farmingdale were also present at the event. This partnership was spearheaded by Charles Karp, former Chief of the Farmingdale Fire Department, and Greg Feldman, past Potentate of Kismet Shrine. Karp felt that this would be an ideal partnership because of the "BE BURN AWARE" program of Shriners International and the treatment that the hospital provides to young burn victims at it's Boston Hospital. More information can be found at https://shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/boston and http://KismetShriners.org


A mini school bus and police car were involved in an accident on December 15, 2017. It is unknown if slick road conditions contributed to the accident.

Police Car and Mini School Bus Collide in Shirley Shirley, NY - On Friday, December 15, 2017 around 7:45 A.M., the Mastic Fire Department was activated for a motor vehicle accident with possible vehicle fire at William Floyd Parkway and McGraw Street. On arrival, Chief Sunderman advised that he had negative vehicle fire and all occupants were out of both the police car and mini bus that were involved. Firefighters went to work securing both vehicles and ensured

JUMP TO FILE #121717103 that any fluids that may have spilled were contained. Mastic and Shirley Ambulance personnel evaluated all occupants of the police car and mini bus. The police officer was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The driver and an adult aid on the school bus were both trans-

ported to Brookhaven Hospital, also with minor injuries. One student onboard the bus was not injured in the crash according to officials. Lanes remained closed for about one-and-a-half hours due to an accident investigation causing heavy traffic. No further details were immediately released about the incident. - JOHN WALTHERS

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Oakdale, NY - On Wednesday, December 21, 2017 at 2:56 P.M., West Sayville was activated for a reported structure fire at the Oakdale Storage Facility on Montauk Highway in Oakdale. First on scene Assistant UMP TO FILE# Chief Brian J010218107 D’Onofrio reported smoke showing from four separate storage units on the first-floor. Assistant Chief Jeff Houghtalen assumed command upon his arrival and Assistant Chief D’Onofrio took over operations and extinguishment duties. First arriving units dropped a five-inch supply line and an aggressive hand line attack was initiated. Entry into the units was accomplished with saws and hand tools, and an extensive overhaul operation ensued. Chief of Dept. Todd Gray eventually assumed command of the incident. Mutual aid was requested from the Bohemia, Sayville, Bayport, East Islip and Great Rive Fire Departments. The incident was declared under control at 4:07 P.M., and all apparatus were back in service at 5:35 P.M. As of this writing the incident is still under investigation. - HARRY D'ONOFRIO



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Community Ambulance Company Member Celebrates 50 Years of Service!


Babylon Village FD's 2011 Spartan 1500-GPM Pumper. It belongs to the Sumpwam Engine Co. #2.


Babylon Village FD's 2000 Sutphen 85-foot Tower Ladder with 1500-GPM Pumper. It belongs to Hook & Ladder 1 (formed in 1877).


Babylon Village's 2016 Ford/Yankee Coach A.L.S. ambulance belonging to Babylon Rescue Squad.

Babylon Village Holds Veteran’s Day Parade Babylon, NY - On November 11, 2017 the Babylon Village Fire Department held their annual Veteran's Day parade. It was the only Veteran's Day parade held on Long Island.

Sayville, NY – Community Ambulance Company is excited to celebrate a great milestone for one of their most dedicated members. December 18, 2017 marked exactly 50 years since Donald Hester was sworn in as a member of the department. Community Ambulance Com- JUMP TO FILE# pany was only 17- 121217105 years-old at the time Don joined the department, and over the years he has seen the agency grow from a small garage with Cadillac ambulances to the current modern facility that handles over 4,600 alarms per year. Don has been an active riding member for his entire 50-years of membership, and to this day, he still volunteers for a weekly 12 hour overnight shift as a driver. He has responded to the side of thousands of patients during his career, making him a real life hero. In addition to his weekly shift on the ambulance, Don has a tradition of volunteering on New Year’s Eve to be on the last alarm of the year and the first alarm of the New Year. In between those alarms, he has become famous amongst the membership for marking the stroke of midnight by banging his gong outside and making everyone at headquarters eat pickled herring to bring good luck in the New Year. Don never misses a meeting or event for Community Ambulance Company, and has served as a Crew Chief and member of the Board of Directors. When not answering alarms, Don will often be seen sitting in the crew room regaling newer members with stories of how the ambulance company used to be. Outside of Community Ambulance Company, Don has also been extremely active as a member of the Boy Scouts as well as the Rotary Club. He and his wife Judy, to whom he has been married for 55-years, have even opened up their home over the years to exchange students from all over the world through the Rotary Exchange Program. This shows that their dedication to

Don Hester with Cherry Grove Fire Department.

serving others has not just affected local residents, but has quite literally touched lives around the globe. Don has also been a longtime member of the Cherry Grove Fire Department on Fire Island, where he spends his summers. According to Community Ambulance Company Chief of Department James MacDonell, “Don is an inspiration and role-model to our newer members. He has shown for 50-years that his commitment and selflessness are unmatched both on and off the ambulance. Don and his wife Judy have dedi-


cated their lives to serving others, and he is truly an asset to our organization.” On Monday, December 11, 2017, Don Hester would be recognized for his years of service by Community Ambulance Company at their monthly department meeting. At that time, he would be surrounded by his friends and family to celebrate the time he has given and to usher in his 50th year of membership with the department. - ELIZABETH WHITE

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Crews Battle Mastic Beach House Fire in Frigid Temps Mastic Beach, NY - On Friday, December 29, 2017 around 9:22 P.M., Suffolk County FireCOM activated the Mastic Beach FD for a report of a structure fire on Mill Drive, off Washington Avenue. On arrival, Assistant Chief Fred L. [5-13-32] JUMP TO FILE# advised that they 010218143 had smoke showing and requested a reactivation on a working fire. Mutual Aid was summoned to the scene from Mastic and Brookhaven Fire Departments. Despite the frigid temps that evening, firefighters were able to quickly locate the source of the fire and extinguish it. The occupants of the house were able to get out without incident. Mastic Beach and Shirley Ambulance were also on scene with EMS and Rehab Support personnel. No injuries were reported. - JOHN WALTHERS


Coram House Destroyed by Flames on New Year’s Eve Coram, NY - Just after 5:00 P.M. on New Year’s Eve, in minus 20-degree weather, Coram Fire Department was alerted by multiple people in the area to heavy smoke showing at 7 Groton Lane. First JUMP TO FILE# arriving chiefs ad- 010118103 vised of a working fire with flames through the roof and requested for mutual aid to respond. The first-in engine arrived and dropped a five-inch supply line at the hydrant with a single lay to the front of the house. Firefighters stretched a one-andthree-quarter inch line through the front door with an aggressive interior attack, quickly knocking down the main body of fire as mutual aid from Selden and Terryville arrived on scene. All units took up 45 minutes after the original call was dispatched. - CHRIS SABELLA



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Family Members Escape House Fire in Shirley Shirley, NY - On Friday, December 22, 2017 around 6:27 A.M., the Brookhaven Fire Department was activated for a report of a house fire at 29A Schenk Drive. On arrival, Chief Giuseppe Loiacono radioed in to his command that he had a heavy fire load and the house JUMP TO FILE# was well involved. 122217102 The Mastic Fire Department was auto mutual aided into the scene. Crews on arrival went to work making an exterior attack with multiple lines to suppress the fire load. Members were able to make their way into the home and it was determined that all the occupants were able to self-evacuate. Additional assistance was provided on scene by Yaphank and Center Moriches FDs, with Bellport standing by at Brookhaven's HQ. The fire was placed under control by Chief Loiacono at about 7:10 A.M. Multiple EMS agencies were on scene. The occupants from the house were transported to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation of non-life-threatening injuries. Rehab support was supplied by Shirley Ambulance. All units took up from the scene a little after 8:00 A.M. - JOHN WALTHERS

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