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LONGISLAND NEWS

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On March 24, 2013 at 12:04 p.m., the Babylon Fire Department operated at a working structure fire at 44 Robert Street. 1-2-30 was in charge of the operation. - See more info on page 14

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Firefighters monitor a prescribed fire set on New York State Department of Environmental Property near Ridge, NY as part of an Ignitions Operations course.

Elmont makes quick work of early morning fire On April 19 at 5:38 a.m., the Elmont Volunteer Fire Department was alerted to respond to a house fire on Oliver Avenue in North Valley Stream. Assistant Chief Robert Schriefer advised units of smoking showing from an attached garage of a two story home. EFD firefighters under the command of Chief Angelo Chilelli were able to gain quick control of the fire and prevented it from extending into the dwelling. Elmont was assisted by Valley Stream. There were no reported injuries. Chief Chilelli requested that the Nassau County Fire Marshal's office respond to the scene to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

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Firefighters with assistance from a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation fire engine monitor a prescribed fire set on New York State Department of Environmental Property near Ridge, NY as part of an Ignitions Operations course.

Wildfire and Incident Management Prescribed Fire Academy The Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission in conjunction with its Wildfire Task Force held its first ever Spring New York Wildfire and Incident Management Prescribed Fire Academy on April 8 through April 15, 2013. During this run, the academy offered two introduction to wildland firefighting courses, one prescribed ignitions operations course as well as a fire effects course which focuses on ecological issues and wildland and prescribed fires. As at past academies, the academy staff also developed a training program specifically geared toward developing incident management teams and had them run the Academy during its tenure. Since the academy was formed in 1998, it has offered approximately 350 courses and has trained over 6,000 local and national emer-

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gency response personnel. The Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission’s Wildfire Task Force conducted the academy along with a consortium of federal, state and county agencies including: (Federal)- Brookhaven National Laboratory, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service; (State) - Central Pine Barrens Wildfire Task Force, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, New Jersey Forest Fire Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Emergency Management Office, New York State Office of Fire

Prevention and Control; (County and Other Organizations)-Nassau County Incident Management Team, Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services, Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation, Suffolk County Incident Management Team, Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) and the Colorado Wildland Fire and Incident Management Academy. The next academy will run from October 25 through November 3, 2013 and will offer the basic wildland firefighting course as well as many other wildland firefighting and incident management training opportunities. The basic wildland firefighting course is free to Nassau and Suffolk County volunteer firefighters. - BILL FONDA

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MVA on Route 110 in Melville Melville, NY - On May 3, 2013, the Melville Fire Department responded to a two car accident on Route 110. The driver of one of the cars was transported to the hospital by Melville Fire Rescue.


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Extrication needed in Deer Park On March 12th, the Deer Park Fire Department was activated for an MVA with heavy rescue at West 2nd Street and Central Avenue at approximately 7:00 p.m. 1-4-30 was in charge as 14-6 and 1-4-14 operated to remove the driver’s door to access the patient for EMS. One patient was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by 1-4-3 for evaluation.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano presented an award to Carle Place Ex-Chief Patrick Mulcare for his 36 years of dedicated service to Nassau County.

The Southampton Fire Department along with Hampton Bays and North Sea Fire Departments held a combined drill at Coopers Beach parking lot and the south end of Lake Agawam on the evening of April 15th. Tankers, aerial ladders, pumpers and several other apparatus were utilized. 1st Assistant Chief Michael Kampf of the Southampton Fire Department was in charge of the drill.


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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Syosset Fire Department Ex Captain James Thomas for 65 years of dedicated service.


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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Manhasset Lakeville Fire Department Firefighter Richard Covers for fifty years of dedicated service.

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Signal 10 for Hicksville On Tuesday, April 16th, the Hicksville Fire Department was toned out for a signal 10 strucuture fire at 12 Murray Road with a cross street of South Broadway at appromently 6:50 p.m. Upon arrival, Chief of Department 01 was 22 at the scene and advised of smoke showing. He advised of a basement fire in a two story private dwelling. Chief Moskos called for backup, including Levittown and Jericho. Firefighters had the fire under control within 20 minutes. Two lines were streched in the operation. There was one resident aided with smoke inhalation and burns, who was transported to a local medical center. KATIE GRILLI-ROBLES

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Mineola Fire Department Ex-Chief and Warden Louis Santosus, Jr. for fifty years of dedicated service.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored North Massapequa Fire Department Ex-Captain Joseph Pesale Sr. who has held the highest percentage of calls responded to for the past eight years.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Port Washington Ex-Chief Geoffrey P. Cole who has held the position of Chief of the Department on three separate occasions.

On April 25, 2013, the Deer Park Fire Department responded to a reported car into the building at the thrift store on Bay Shore Road. The car struck the building, but only shattered the glass. The female driver refused medical attention to 1-4-3 and luckily no pedestrians or civilians were hurt inside the store. 1-4-6 handled securing the car and broken glass. All units operated under 1-4-33.


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Anthrax drill in Melville Melville, NY - On April 27,2013, there was a drill at the United States Post Office processing plant in Melville. A call came in to the Melville Fire Department that that a machine at the plant had detected anthrax in the mail (remember, this is a drill) at which time the Melville Fire Department was the first to respond. Chief Michael Carrieri established a command post and a full compliment of fire and rescue personnel from the Melville Fire Department arrived. 1st Assistant Chief Michael McKeefrey set up decon command. There were many agencies that responded and the drill was in full operation.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Great Neck Vigilant Engine and Hook and Ladder Company’s Trustee Ludomir Czynski for his dedicated service to the Great Neck community.) BILLKELLY.SMUGMUG.COM

East Meadow Engine 613 in action at a kitchen fire on May 5, 2013

Response to Terrorism, Revisited Following the April 15 explosion that took place at the Boston Marathon killing three and injuring more than 150 innocent people, we are once again reminded that terrorism continues to be a real threat. Be it home grown terrorists or from foreign lands, the threat remains the STAYING same as they SAFE attempt to strike fear into the Chief Henry Campbell hearts and minds of the American people. Fear is another word for terrorism and fear is what must be overcome. The American people must continue to carry out their daily activities as they normally would, but they must also be alert and vigilant to changes around them. Terrorism is designed to create panic and fear and meant to draw public attention; wherein the terrorist strikes or makes threats, then disappears, to reappear who knows where and when. Determination and strong will can aid a free people in overcoming the terrorist threat and keeping us safe, but along with that, we as a country, and our emergency responders, must be prepared. We as first responders must be prepared for and respond to actual acts of terrorism. If there should be any form of terrorist attack in your community the fire and emergency services will be in the forefront of the response, and you must be capable of protecting yourself in order to protect others. That requires training of all department members in response to weapons of mass destruction

(WMD); including nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons and explosive devices. In light of the Boston attack, it is important for first responders to review, revise, and or establish policies and guidelines that will protect responding members and the public from acts of terrorism. Firefighters and EMS personnel must know how to react, precautions to observe and follow, what is expected of them at the scene of an incident and what they should and should not do. Since the terrorist incidents in Boston, there has been the usual increase in the number of reports of suspicious or abandoned packages on buses, trains, stations and terminals, office buildings, and on public thoroughfares. The public once again has gone on the alert and heeded the message “If you see something, say something!” Included also are mailings of packages to government officials and others containing possible chemical agents. All these incidents require a response that normally falls under police jurisdiction as crime scenes with fire and EMS personnel responding to assist the police agencies. What is a suspicious package? What is an explosive device? What does a bomb look like? Maybe it is time to review or retake the FEMA Emergency Response to Terrorism Course at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/ert-ja.pdf What is your policy when responding to a reported bomb or explosive device? Don’t have one? Get one! You can start with the following information by retired Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn, FDNY with the complete text available at his web site: Terrorism Firefighting Strategies

http://vincentdunn.com/dunn// newsletters/Terrorism-Firefighting-Strategies.pdf Additional information may be obtained from the IAFC publication Terrorism Response A Checklist and Guide for Fire Chiefs at http://hps.org/homeland/documents/TerrorismResponse_GuideForFireChiefs.pdf The potential for a secondary device occurrence must be stressed in training and all first responders must always be alert to that possibility, note there was a secondary device used at the Boston Marathon on April 15. Strategy and tactics require approaching the scene of any suspected incident with caution and being prepared for any form of chemical or explosive release. The use of protective clothing and equipment including SCBA, being alert for outward warning signs that may indicate the type of danger present such as where vapor clouds, mist, and unknown liquids exist should trigger warnings. Should they be present, do not enter the area and withdraw to a safe position. The proper placement and staging of apparatus at the scene perimeter rather than at the front door, down the block or even around the corner is safer. Maintain scene safety and coordination using the NIMS and ICS, stay vigilant to your surroundings and what is going on while having an escape route in mind. All are important to your safety. Also remember that you are operating at a crime scene and the collection of evidence and your personal observations can be critical to the apprehension of the perpetrator(s). Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Hicksville Fire Captain Elizabeth Flahaven for twenty years of dedicated service.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Hicksville Ex-Chief Owen W. Magee for fifty years of dedicated service.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Long Beach Fire Chief Richard Corbett for extraordinary leadership skills during Superstorm Sandy.


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Massapequa Fire Department holds MVA drill For a second time, the Massapequa Fire Department has simulated a DWI MVA for the junior and senior classes of the Massapequa High School. This drill was done just prior to prom season to hopefully educate the students about the dangers of drinking and driving. The drill, supervised by First Assistant Chief Gerard Keuchler, had two vehicles which were involved in an accident. Both vehicles were occupied by students out for prom night.

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The driver of one of the vehicles was found to be DWI by responding police. Massapequa firefighters and EMS personnel worked to remove the victims from the two vehicles and two of the students had fatal injuries. All of the people playing the victims were actual students at the high school. In the end, parents of one of the

dead students arrived at the scene and were told by police that their child had died. To finish off the drill Nassau County Homicide Detective Gary Ferrucci told students about his job and how he does not want to go to parents and tell them their child has died. In attendance for the drill was Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who spoke to the students before the drill started. - ED TUFFY

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Elmont ExChief Michael Capoziello who initiated a quarterly newsletter and chairs the historical committee for the Elmont Fire Department.

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Fire Commissioners Chairman Thomas Collins (center) presents plaque for 100 years of service to Chief Ryan King (pictures l-r:Commissioner Keith Kostuk, Second Assistant Chief Mark Yakaboski,First Assistant Chief, William Weick, Chief Ryan King, Chairman Thomas Collins, and Commissioners Randy Crennan, Harry Pomasanoff, and Paul Massey

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Freeport Ex-Chief David Baer who led the Department through Superstorm Sandy which ravaged Freeport.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Glen Cove Firefighter George Wansor for sixty two years of dedicated service.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Great Neck Alert Fire Company’s Ex Second Assistant Chief Michael Gerrero for his 14 years of service and congratulated him on becoming a member of the New York Fire Department.

Eastport Fire Department celebrates 100 years of service Eastport firefighters turned out in force to celebrate 100 years of service to the communities of Eastport, Speonk and Remsenburg on April 6, 2013. Firefighters paraded into the dining hall, led by an honor guard and accompanied by a bagpiper and drummer. Following an introduction of honored guests, awards were presented. 70 years of service was awarded to Edward Vicik, 60 years of service was awarded to Walter H. Pomasanoff, 50 years of service went to Milton Raynor and Michael Goss, 25 years of service was awarded to John O’Shea and 15 Years of Service was awarded to Chris Bernth.

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The top ten responders for 2012 were Thomas Collins, Edward Schneyer, Michael Tortorice, Joseph Tortorice, Chester Massey, William P Glover Francis Mazura, Roy Yeager, Nelson Torres and Phillip Tortorice. The 2012 Firefighter of the Year was Matthew Stevens. The recipient of the Lawrence Goldstein High Point Award was Thomas Collins. Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, together with representatives from other area government offices, were on hand to present certificates of recognition to

all of the honorees. In addition, the Eastport Board of Fire Commissioners presented a plaque to the chief’s commemorating 100 years of service. Firefighters and their families were treated to a slide/video presentation of pictures and clips from many of the memorable events of the last 100 years. The evening concluded with music and dancing. The department is planning their official Centennial Celebration on September 24th, 2013, starting with a parade at 4:00 p.m. after which everyone is invited to join the members for food music and fun on the fire department grounds. -FRANCIS MAZURA

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West Sayville Fire Department awarded fire prevention grant With tight financial budgets, every little bit counts for municipalities; even when it’s your local fire department. The West Sayville-Oakdale Fire District and the West Sayville Fire Department were fortunate to recently get some help in that regard when they were awarded

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fire prevention grants in the amount of $2,600 as part of the company’s annual effort to help local organizations more effectively prevent fire in their communities. Gladly accepting the check on behalf of the fire department was Chief Robert Doucet along with members of the Board of Fire Commissioners and Fire District Manager Deborah Themann, author of the application which received favorable consideration. In turning over the much appreciated funds, Mr. Velapoldi explained that FM Global annually awards fire prevention grants to fire service agencies all over the globe. Locally, West Sayville joins a number of other New York metropolitan area organizations that have benefited from the company’s unending efforts to prevent unwanted fires. Chief Doucet and Commissioner Gary A. Schaum both expressed the gratitude of their respective groups for the generous financial support. Doucet then stated “These funds will be put to good use in bolstering our fire prevention programs, especially at our local elementary schools, through the purchase of materials to compliment the safety message we bring to them. We also intend to use a portion of the grant to purchase battery powered residential smoke detectors so when we respond to an emergency in a home where there are no smoke detectors–even if there is no fire-we can provide the resident with a brand new unit. This way we have the opportunity to im-prove upon the life safety of those living there while they benefit from the early detection and warning a smoke detector will bring to their home. We’ll do the same in those instances when we encounter inoperative smoke detectors in a dwelling.” “The experience of the firefighters who deliver our fire prevention programs to elementary school age children has shown the kids all look forward to receiving the ever-popular plastic fire helmet at the end of the lesson, said Fire District Manager Themann. - WARREN HORST

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Fire in Babylon On March 24, 2013 at 12:04 p.m., the Babylon Fire Department operated at a working structure fire at 44 Robert Street. 1-2-30 was in charge of the operation and no injuries were reported. The Town of Babylon Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause.

West Sayville Fire Department rededicates war memorial For just short of six and onehalf decades the War Memorial sitting in front of the headquarters station of the West Sayville Fire Department has served in silent tribute to those young men of West Sayville, who had made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country during World Wars I and II. Each year since 1949, these brave souls are remembered on Memorial Day for their role in defending peace and freedom throughout the world on our behalf. In the more recent past, the roll call has been expanded beyond the names memorialized on the bronze plaque to include all known residents of the West Sayville-Oakdale Fire District, who had perished in service to our country. The War Memorial was the product of a grassroots effort in West Sayville, which began as a community project and ultimately was turned over to the fire department to complete. Generous contributions from the local citizenry combined with the fire district’s consent to use a small plot of land in front of its firehouse led to the culmination of the project. The centerpiece of the resulting park was a large native boulder from Long Island’s north shore adorned with a bronze plaque that bore the inscription, “Dedicated by the People of West Sayville in Honor of Those Who Served Their Country in World Wars I and II and in Memory of the Men Who Sacrificed Their Lives.” Listed below that are the names of John Barkenbush, the sole loss in World War I, and Clarence Beintema, Clinton Kwaak, Herbert

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Kwaak and Eugene Paglia, all attributed to World War II. Over the past year the West Sayville Fire Department and the West Sayville-Oakdale Fire District have worked hand in hand to enhance the War Memorial so as to reflect the conflicts the United States has been engaged in which were not contemplated at the time of its original dedication on May 30, 1949; namely the Civil War, Vietnam and Iraq. Fortunately, there were no known losses during the Korean War. Additionally, the scope of residency has been expanded to include any address within the fire district at the time of entering into military service. As a result of these efforts, the War Memorial will be complimented by two simple but elegant Barre Granite stones, one each at the outside lower edge of the original stone, which will be etched with the names of all of the known war dead from Oakdale and West Sayville. Each stone will measure about thirty inches wide, fourteen inches deep and sixteen inches high and feature a smooth oblique face in which the etchings will be made. The left one will bear the in-scription, “To Honor the Memory of Those Residents of the Communities Served by the West Sayville Fire Department Who Left Home in Defense of Our Nation Never to Return”, at the top followed by those local residents lost in the Civil War,

World War I and World War II. Added to the honor roll are the names of John H. Snedecor under the Civil War and Wesley W. Schmidt for World War II, both residents of Oakdale. The right granite piece will continue the list with the names of West Sayville resident James P. McGrath and Francis V. Todarello of Oakdale, each a casualty of the Vietnam Conflict,and Matthew E. Baylis who gave his life while serving in Iraq. Space will be left for future local service personnel, who may regretfully lose their lives in service to their country. The lower edge of this stone will be etched with the closing phrase of, “Rededicated Memorial Day 2013 to Reflect the Ultimate Sacrifice Made in the Unending Effort to Protect and Preserve Freedom Throughout the World.” As indicated along the lower edge of the right hand stone, the War Memorial, in its new configuration, will be rededicated on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013. Fire Chief Robert Doucet will incorporate the ceremony into the annual Memorial Day program of the West Sayville Fire Department. As always, local residents and community organizations, especially those representing our nation’s military veterans, are invited to join with the fire department at the headquarters building on Main Street at Cherry Avenue in West Sayville to remember the sacrifices made by these local heroes. - WARREN HORST


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