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Shirley, NY - On Wednesday, December 7th, the Brookhaven Fire Department was operating a mutual aid for Mastic Beach FD as the RIT team at a house fire. At about 2:35 P.M., they were then activated for a report of a car fire on Montauk Highway and Smith Road. Chief Tom Connors advised that his units would take up from the mutual aid and respond to the vehicle fire call. - See full story on Page 8

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APPARATUS IN ACTION

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Driver Arrested After Crashing into House

Shirley, NY - Suffolk County 7th Pct. officers, along with Brookhaven and Yaphank firefighters responded on December 29, 2016 just before 11:30 P.M. to an incident where a car drove through two lawns, taking out two fences, a pool deck and a pool filled with water, before crashing into the kitchen of the home and flooding the interior of the house with water from the pool. Witnesses stated that the male driver was able to free himself from the car before proceeding to remove all of his clothing and flee on foot. SCPD officers were able to catch the man a short time later. The driver was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, located in East Patchogue, for treatment. Police stated that charges are pending at this time.

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Tractor Trailer Rollover in Holtsville Holtsville, NY -On December 19, 2016 at approximately 10:00 A.M., the driver of a tractor trailer lost control of the truck while making a right-hand turn onto Waverly Avenue. The truck then rolled over and onto a rolloff truck that was waiting at a traffic light. Both drivers were shaken up from the incident but uninjured. Firefighters secured a large fuel leak and took up about 25 minutes later.

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Mastic, NY - In December, the Mastic FD helped Santa out by giving him a ride on one of their fire trucks.

Working Structure Fire in Southampton Southampton, NY - On Thursday, December 8, 2016 the Southampton Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Longview Road in Southampton. First chief arrived onscene and had dispatch re-activate as JUMP TO FILE# a 13-35. Heavy fire 120916104 was found on the #3 side of the house. Crews were able to quickly knock the fire down, which was located in the rear of the building. Interior crews checked for extension and performed overhaul. Hampton Bays Fire Department was requested for RIT, while North Sea Fire Department was requested for a tanker to the scene and a pumper to stand-by in Southampton District. The Suffolk County fire coordinator was also on-scene. Bridgehampton Fire Department was requested later to stand-by at Southampton FD headquarters due to a second structure fire located in Southampton Village. Southampton Volunteer Ambulance and Hampton Bays Ambulance were also on-scene for firefighter assessment. One occupant was taken to Southampton Hospital for a nonlife-threatening injury. The Southampton Town Fire Marshal's office was also on-scene. The cause of the fire was believed to be from an unattended bag of fireplace ash left in the enclosed rear porch. - CHRIS BRENNER

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One Person Killed and Six Others Injured in Crash

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East Northport, NY - Firefighters from East Northport were dispatched on the evening of December 26, 2016 to a car accident that involved four vehicles. The crash sent one car off the roadway and into the side of a pizza shop on Larkfield Rd., killing one person and heavily entrapping a second. In all, seven people were transported to area hospitals from the scene. SCPD 2nd squad detectives also responded and investigated the crash site.

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Mastic, NY - Mastic Beach FD's new 2016 pumper.

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Quick Stop in Medford Saves Home

Medford, NY - Just before 10:00 P.M. on the night of Friday, December 9th, Medford firefighters were alerted to a reported structure fire on Florida Avenue. Firefighters made an aggressive attack through the garage, quickly knocking down fire in the interior wall of the garage just as it was extending into the second-floor of the residence. The fire was declared under control about 15 minutes later. KEN SNYDER

Nassau County, NY - Truck-8 of the North Bellmore FD is a 2007 KME 2000/0/81'.


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Holbrook, NY - Members of the Holbrook F.D. at an MVA on December 19th.

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Brookhaven Firefighter Patrick Perry as "Buddy the Elf," marches in the parade.

Local Emergency Service Providers Participate in Christmas Parade

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Miller Place, NY - Members of the MPFD Hook and Ladder Co. celebrated the holiday season at their annual Christmas party.

Shirley, NY - On Saturday, December 4th, the Chamber of Commerce of the Mastics and Shirley hosted one of the largest Christmas parades on Long Island. The event, which is held every year, is seen by thousands of spectators and includes many community organizations, from William Floyd High School's Football team, NJROTC cadets, to the scout programs. A large portion of the parade is also made up of the volunteers from the local fire departments and ambulance compa-

JUMP TO FILE #120716118 nies that serve these communities night and day. The Brookhaven, Mastic and Mastic Beach Fire Departments, as well as Shirley, Mastic and Mastic Beach Ambulance Companies, all bring out their loyal members to march and parade the apparatus down the parade route. The parade route is approximately 1.4-miles long and runs from

the Khols on Montauk Highway to the Mastic Fire Department. In addition to marching in the parade, the Mastic Fire Department also assists in delivering a special treat safely to the community. The department members are responsible for escorting Santa Claus through the parade route on their department's float and making sure he arrives safely at the end. As always, the event was a huge success! - JOHN-PAUL WALTHERS

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Car Crash in Mt. Sinai Injures One

Mt. Sinai, NY - On the afternoon of Friday, December 2nd, two cars collided almost head-on on Crystal Brook Hollow Rd. and Hallock Road. Firefighters responded from Mt. Sinai and Terryville Fire Departments due to border location and contained all fluid leaks while also securing the cars. An injured person was transported to a local hospital by Port Jefferson Vol. Ambulance Service with unknown injuries.

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Firefighters were faced with heavy fire when they responded to this house fire on Manor Drive.

Firefighters from Multiple Departments Battle Blaze in Shirley SABELLA/ON SCENE PHOTOGRAPHY

Shirley, NY - On Wednesday, December 7th just before 2:00 P.M., the Mastic Beach Fire Department was activated for a report of a house fire at 71 Manor Drive. First Responders from SCPD and Mastic Beach EMS reported back to their dispatchers that they could see a large column of smoke before arriving. Fire-Com reached out to Mastic Beach FD officials to advise them of

JUMP TO FILE #120816106 the situation. It was immediately requested that the working fire be transmitted and the mutual aid plan also get activated. First responding firefighters were faced with a heavy fire load from the second-story of the home. Under the command of Lieutenant Artie Surrey (5-13-71), fire-

fighters from Mastic Beach and Mastic made an aggressive attack. Brookhaven Fire Department was on-scene as a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT). Mastic Beach Ambulance was also on-scene, providing EMS coverage. One firefighter was reportedly injured. The scene was placed under control in about 30 minutes. - JOHN-PAUL WALTHERS

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Multiple SUVs Crash Through Fence in Selden Selden, NY - On the afternoon of December 4, 2016 three people were injured after two SUV's collided in the intersection of County Rd. 83 and Old Town Road. The accident sent both vehicles crashing through a fence, landing in the backyard of a house on the corner. Firefighters secured both SUV's. Coram FD responded with an ambulance to assist with the transport of multiple patients.

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Wrong-Way Driver Sends Four to Hospital Shirley, NY - On the evening of December 15th, the Brookhaven FD and Shirley EMS were toned out for an MVA on Cr.-46 southbound and Flintlock Drive. As the arriving units came onto the scene, they found a four-car MVA that was caused by a wrong-way driver. Firefighters went right to work, using the Jaws-of-Life to free a person that was trapped. The Brookhaven FD chief requested an engine from Mastic FD to the landing zone, while EMS transported one person to it. SCPD took over the scene to investgate the cause of the MVA. The road remained closed for about four hours.


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Firefighters and Police Save Seven Dogs from Blaze Medford, NY - On December 14, 2016 just after 8:00 P.M., firefighters from Medford responded for a reported structure fire at 185 Southaven Avenue. First Chief on-scene advised of a working fire, started a size up and then requested mutual aid from three departments. Firefighters and SCPD 5th-Pct. officers were able to gain entry through a side door and remove six dogs from the burning structure. A seventh dog escaped on his own. Meanwhile, other firefighters from Medford made an aggressive attack through the front door, quickly knocking down the blaze. Medford Chiefs declared the fire under control about 40 minutes later.

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North Bellmore, NY - This photo is from a house fire in 1969, which needed Mutual Aid from North Merrick. The ladders used for fighting fires back then were wooden.


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Brookhaven Firefighters Battle Fully Involved Auto Shirley, NY - On Wednesday, December 7th, the Brookhaven Fire Department was operating a mutual aid for Mastic Beach FD as the RIT team at a house fire. At about 2:35 P.M., they were then activated for a report of a car fire on Montauk Highway and JUMP TO FILE# Smith Road. Chief 120716116 Tom Connors advised that his units would take up from the mutual aid and respond to the vehicle fire call. On arrival, Chief Connors advised that he had a fully involved car on Montauk Hwy., located on the shoulder near Smith Road. Chief Connors directed Fire Police to close Montauk Highway to the west of the scene. Engine-2 immediately stretched a line and the crew went to work, dousing the car to get control of the flames. Once the flames were out, the crew went to work securing the vehicle. The alarm was placed under control within 25 minutes. The SCPD assisted with closing Montauk Highway to the east of the scene and the NYSDEC Police helped to close Smith Road from Wertheim Wildlife Refuge to Montauk Highway while the firefighters were working. - JOHN-PAUL WALTHERS

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Mastic, NY - On Thursday, December 8th at approximately 10:00 A.M., crews were dispatched for an MVA on Patchogue Ave., near Roberts Road. The Mastic Ambulance Company was activated and responded to the scene. On arrival, EMS workers found that a car had struck a tree. The driver was able to self-extricate and was evaluated by EMS. It is unknown what injuries the driver sustained.

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Miller Place, NY - In December, members of the Miller Place Fire Department Hook and Ladder Co. visited members' kids with Santa to share some holiday cheer. (L to R): Ex-Capt. Nick Menechella, Capt. Jeremy Kocivar, Ex-Asst. Chief Joe McCrain, Ex-Chief Neal Flatley, FF Eric Robertson and FF Ryan McCrain.


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NCFFES Installs New Officers for 2017 Island Park, NY - The Nassau County Firefighters Emerald Society installed their new officers for 2017 on November 29th, during the conclusion of their meeting held at the Island Park Fire Department. Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito JUMP TO FILE# administered the 120516131 oath to newly elected President Peter Begley (Island Park FD), Vice President Ronald Galli (South Hempstead FD), Brad Meier (Great Neck Alert FC) and Kevin Mulrooney (East Williston FD). The Nassau County Firefighters Emerald Society was established in 1986 to promote Irish Heritage among all their Irish firefighters, to promote BROTHERHOOD among all firefighters, and to help all and any in need. - NASSAU COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS EMERALD SOCIETY PIO

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V.P. Ron Galli, Pres. Peter Begley, Sec. Brad Meier and ToH Councilman Anthony D’Esposito administering the oath.

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Hampton Bays, NY - Hampton Bays FD used this 1939 G.M.C/500 GPM pumper.

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Shirley, NY - Probationary Firefighter Rudy Sunderman of Mastic FD heads toward a fire building on December 7th.


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Mastic Driver Loses Control and Crashes into Pole Mastic, NY - Just after 1:00 P.M. on December 8, 2016 the Mastic Fire Department and Ambulance Company responded to a call for an MVA on Montauk Highway, located near Hawthorne Street. On arrival, rescue workers found that the driver of the sole vehicle involved JUMP TO FILE# had struck a PSEG 120916128 electric pole, causing signifigant damage to both the car and pole. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle on his own and was evaluated by EMTs, who then transported him to a local hospital. Members of the Mastic FD, under the direction of Ex-Chief Clay (5-12-34), made sure the car was secure. Ex-Chief Clay requested PSEG to the scene to repair/replace the damaged pole and wires. Fire Police were also on-scene to divert traffic while the members operated. The scene was later turned over to police and PSEG. - JOHN-PAUL WALTHERS

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Hundreds Mourn Loss of West Sayville Ex-Chief Warren Horst West Sayville, NY - The West Sayville Fire Department is sad to announce that Ex-Chief Warren Horst has answered his last alarm. On Monday, December 19th at 7:12 A.M., West Sayville was dispatched for an EMS alarm at the home of one of their own members. Beloved member, Ex-Chief Warren Horst, had fallen victim to an apparent cardiac arrest. Although herculean efforts were administered by both fire department personnel and Community Ambulance personnel, Warren died at Southside Hospital a short time later. Warren was a 47-year member of West Sayville and was also the former Suffolk County Chief Fire Marshal, Past President and Secretary of the Islip Town Chief's council, West Sayville-Oakdale Fire District Secretary, and he also held numerous other titles throughout the department, county

JUMP TO FILE #010317108 and town. A familiar face and reassuring presence to all who knew him, Warren’s mark on the fire service will forever be remembered. Firematic services were held at West Sayville’s Headquarters on Thursday, December 22nd which was attended by hundreds of firefighters, as well as numerous County, State and Local officials. Warren’s family requests that in memory of Warren, donations be made to the Islip Town Firefighters Museum. Donations can be made payable to the West Sayville Fire Department, who will distribute all donations as a whole. - HARRY D'ONOFRIO

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