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On Friday, April 11, 2014 at about 4:49 p.m., Mastic Ambulance was activated for a motor vehicle accident on Montauk Highway and Roberts St, Mastic. While the ambulance was enroute, County advised of possible entrapment and activated Mastic Fire Department, requesting the Hurst Tool. - See more info on page 2


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MVA on Montauk Hwy in Mastic On Friday, April 11, 2014 at about 4:49 p.m., Mastic Ambulance was activated for a motor vehicle accident on Montauk Highway and Roberts St, Mastic. While the ambulance was enroute, County advised of possible entrapment and activated Mastic Fire Department, requesting the Hurst Tool. Mastic Fire Department Assistant Chief Rudy Sunderman Jr., 512-31, was first on scene and after a survey of the three vehicle accident advised negative entrapment,

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four aided, and vehicle fluid leaking onto roadway. Mastic Ambulance and SCPD 7th Pct. units arrived on scene. Mutual aid ambulances were requested from Shirley EMS, two ambulances, and Center Moriches Fire Department sent one ambulance. All four aided were transported with non-life threatening

injuries to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. The fire department secured the vehicles on scene and the fluid leaks. They responded with Heavy Rescue 5-12-10, Engine 5-12-3 and Fire Police 5-12-80. All fire department and ambulance company vehicles were clear from the scene at about 5:20 p.m. SCPD remained on scene to continue their investigation and await tow trucks to remove the vehicles. - KEVIN CONN


Boat fire in Southampton The Southampton Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a boat ďŹ re in the ocean to the East of the Shinnecock Inlet on April 6, 2014 shortly after 2 p.m. Crews arrived on Meadow Lane to ďŹ nd the boat a blaze. The North Sea Fire Department was requested for their boat to assist. The United States Coast Guard was on scene and rescued three subjects. They were transported to

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Southampton Hospital by Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. The boat was a total loss. Chief Dennis Roy was in charge for the Southampton Fire Department. - CHRIS BRENNER

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Dumpster fire for Southampton The Southampton Fire Department was dispatched to a fully engulfed dumpster fire at 10:35 a.m. on April 24th. The dumpster was only 10 feet from a residence. Crews responded and quickly extinguished the fire. Trucks were on scene for 15 minutes. The scene was under the command of Dennis Roy, chief of the Southampton Fire Department.


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The New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (Academy) concluded its second ever Brush Truck Training Course for the volunteer fire service in early April. The academy holds this course in the early spring in order to better prepare volunteer firefighters for the wildland firefighting season on Long Island, which reaches its peak later this month. The brush truck course was taught by a combination of local and national instructors and is based on a national training program that has been specifically adapted to the unique situations found in Long Island’s fire-prone Pine Barrens region. The course focuses on the unique aspects of Long Island wildfire behavior and fuel types and gives and also gives volunteers hands-on experience driving on forested lands on Long Island. Two days of classroom training were conducted on March 15 and 16, 2014 with participation by 67 firefighters from 16 Long Island fire departments. This was followed by two days of field training on March 22 and 23, during which brush trucks were maneuvered through forested and sandy areas. Due to tremendous interest from volunteer fire departments in both Suffolk and Nassau Counties and an overwhelming number of registrations, the academy added a second session to the course in order to meet the demand. Classroom training was conducted on March 29 and 30 followed by the final two-day field training session on April 5 and April 6. "We need this training. This needs to be brought into more departments. The driving portion was excellent for the firefighters. It gives them the chance to get into the woods,” John Lennon a First Assistant Chief with the Flanders Fire Department said. “As an incident commander, just learning about the variables regarding weather, terrain and other factors to look out for was valuable." Classroom training was conducted at the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank and the field training was conducted on New York State Department of Environmental Conservation property in Ridge. Course instructors, which included Long Island volunteer firefighters, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers and the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, developed the driving portion so that it would have a mixture of tight turns, unlevel slopes and short inclines so that drivers would be tested on how well they handled their brush trucks. Rating of driving techniques was done by fire department members themselves. "Physically the hands-on driving in the woods was the best part

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of this course,” Thomas Waldron a first lieutenant with the Brentwood Fire Department said. “The only way firemen learn is by doing. Driving in the woods was good for the new guys and the classroom training taught the technical aspects that you need to know." The North Babylon Fire Department, which took the original training class offered at the fall 2013 New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy, brought two trucks to this spring’s training session. "The driving experience was excellent,” Tom Stoltz a captain with the North Babylon Fire Department said. “It is difficult to find places to drive that don't involve live fire situations. This is what you are going to find when you go to a brush fire." Participating fire departments in the Spring 2014 courses included Brentwood, Cutchogue, Eastport, East Quouge, Flanders, Gordon Heights, Hagerman, Kings Park, Lawrence-Cedarhurst, Massapequa, North Babylon, North Sea, Patchogue, Shelter Island, West Babylon and West Sayville. Fall 2013 participating volunteer fire departments included Eastport, Flanders, Lakeland, North Babylon, Orient and Westhampton Beach. “The volunteer fire service on Long Island has for years courageously battled some of New York State’s most historic wildfires,” Central Pine Barrens Commission Executive Director John W. Pavacic said. “The response of the volunteer fire service to the Sunrise Fire in 1995 and Crescent Bow Fire in April 2012 are just a few examples of their willingness and effectiveness in battling these historic fires. By offering this training, the academy hopes to add a few more tools to the arsenal needed to battle these devastating blazes.” The New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy plans on offering this course at its 2014 Academy scheduled for October 2 –November 2, 2014. The brush truck course will be held on October 25, 26 and on November 1 and 2. During the Academy’s seventeen years of operation, it has provided training to more than 6,500 firefighters and emergency response personnel. For more information about the New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy, please contact the academy at (631) 7691556, or visit the academy's website at w w w. d e c . n y. g o v / e d u c a t i o n /73.html. - JOHN PAVACIC


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Trailer fire at a recycle company East Farmingdale Fire Department went to work at 80 Mahan Street on May 7, 2014. The fire involved a trailer loaded with scrap metal and plastics.

Manhasset-Lakeville extinguishes vehicle fire On Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:15 p.m., Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Company #5 was dispatched to the Northern State Parkway westbound between New Hyde Park Road and Lakeville Road for a reported vehicle fire. Deputy Chief Candan (8704) was the first unit to respond and was advised that N.Y.S. Police and an M-LFD member were on scene reporting a working car fire at that location. Engines 8758 and 8756 responded and extinguished the burning vehicle. All units were released from the scene within thirty minutes.


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Fire destroys house in Uniondale On April 2, 2014, the Uniondale Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire at 837 Davis Avenue at approximately 10:30 p.m. Upon arrival, Chief of Department John Skelly transmitted a Signal 10, for the working structure fire. North Bellmore was notified for their FAST team with Ladder 657 to the scene. Roosevelt reported with an engine and a ladder

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“Better Living – Longer Living” A Beginner’s Checklist… FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson


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We all want to Live Better and Live Longer. Although there is no “one way to accomplish this (and certainly no guarantees) – keeping it simple has been working best for my newest of clients. Change is good – yet it’s never easy. For my beginner clients – keeping it simple and sticking to the basics has been the best way to make life changes possible and probable. Once they have made these basic changes, they are able (as well as motivated) to move on to incorporate more specific parameters of health and fitness. Here’s a simple checklist to get you started in the right direction to healthier living. Chances are you will feel better, look better and be on your way to improving your lifestyle. No need to get caught up with all the details or bog yourself down with tons of rules. Start simple – once you get rolling you can get more specific to keep yourself on track. Drink plenty of water. It’s surprising how many people fail to drink more than a glass or two each day. If you are one of those people add a glass each day until you reach eight per day. In warmer temperatures (or if exercising heavily), you may need even more. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Even if you are struggling to eliminate poor food choices, add more fruits and vegetables. Not only are they healthier for you, but increasing them may help you to eventually ditch many of those foods that are sabotaging your health. You may feel fuller as well as lose some of those nasty cravings. Are you consuming two to two and a half cups of vegetables everyday and two cups of fruit as well? If not, pick it up a bit!

Limit fats and refined sugars. This is nothing new to you. Be more conscious of the foods you eat, and work towards decreasing the fat, sugar and salt you consume. Move more! Devote 30 minutes nearly every day to physical activity. Go for a walk, take a bike ride, swim or whatever you like and/or find convenient. Try not to get caught up in duration or intensity at first. Just move on most days every week. Manage stress. Most of us have trouble with this one. Find your happy, relaxing place and go there – physically and mentally. You can meditate, or not, whatever it is that soothes your mind and body. Is it a massage? Maybe. Is it a nap on the beach or fetch with your dog? Choose the best way to de-stress and do it regularly. Unwind! Moderate alcohol consumption. Of course, clients frequently tell me that consuming alcohol is a method of stress management. I hear ya, but as with anything and everything - moderation is key. Be smart and recognize the dangers of over consumption. Don’t smoke. Please, Please Don’t Smoke! If you are a smoker - quitting smoking is quite possibly the single most effective lifestyle change you can make to improve and lengthen your life! Are there more specific guidelines to consider when establishing your Health and Fitness regime? Absolutely! What I’ve found with my beginners (or those looking to renew their fitness efforts) it works well to start with two basic rules, begin and continue. This checklist gets you started. Once you have mastered these simple principles you will be in a better place to incorporate the more specific changes needed to help you accomplish all your health and fitness goals. Remember to have your physician’s approval before beginning any exercise program. Stay Safe - - - - - Begin…..and Continue………..

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Installation of officers On Saturday, April 5th 2014, the Mastic Fire Department held its annual Installation of Officers at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook. Greg Amato was sworn-in as department Chief, Rudy Sunderman Jr was sworn-in as Assistant Chief. The department also honored the achievements of its members over the past year. Line officers, administration officers, and committee chairmen were also sworn in. Pete Rosato was recognized for 60 years of service. A special thanks was given and plaque awarded to outgoing chief Jim Mickert. A good time was had by all and thank you to Centereach and Mastic Beach Fire Departments for standing by during the ceremony. Pictured from left: 2nd LT-Joe Carroll, 2nd LT-John Garland, Capt-Joe Tufano, Asst Chief-Rudy Sunderman Jr, Chief-Greg Amato, 1st LT-Rob Sarmiento, and 2nd LT-Dan Greene

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Elmont elects 3rd Assistant Chief On April 26, 2014, Ronald Conti was installed as Elmont Fire Department's new 3rd Asst. Chief. On the morning of April 27, Assistant Chief Conti was presented with his new helmet and chief's car by the Elmont Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners.


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Yaphank, NY. On the afternoon of April 22 2014, the Yapahnk Fire Department was toned out for a brush fire at Whispering Pines, just off William Floyd Parkway. The Yaphank chiefs arrived on the scene to find a brush fire in the road and needed stump jumpers to assist with extinguishment. Yaphank chiefs set up command and requested additional stump jumpers. Yaphank responded with a tanker, stump jumper, and an engine. Firecom began activating multiple companies for stump jumper including Ridge Fire Department, Brookhaven Fire Department, Middle Island Fire Department, and Medford for an engine to stand by at Yaphank’s main house.

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After firefighters made their way in, they found about six to eight acres burning, so they radioed back to the command post for additional assistance. The Rocky Point and Mastic Fire Department were also alerted for stump jumpers. Middle Island also sent their second brush truck to the scene. The Mastic Beach and Hagermand Fire Departments were also requested to the scene. After a major attack on the fire, firefighters were only left with hot spots and mopping up. The fire was soon placed under control. - HAROLD JACOBS

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More of us in Emergency Medical Services are coming around to the understanding that coping with “bad calls” may take a CISD intervention. But what about the stress we face every day just showing up for work. We have no idea what we’re going to face, what challenges wait for us, whose life we will save and whose life will be beyond our help. EMTs and paramedics have tremendous responsibility, confining parameters in which to work, and split second decisions that we’ll probably have to spend time defending. One of the biggest causes of burnout in any stressful job is lack of peer and management support. For paid EMS professionals there is the matter of a salary, which is often much too low to support our families. For volunteer EMS professionals, there is the feeling of being taken advantage of by municipalities and administrators that see us as no more than free commodities. When we feel like we are standing out there on our own without someone truly having our back and the skill set we worked so hard to master goes unappreciated it becomes easy to lose our desire to do our jobs. Management can play an important part in keeping an EMT or paramedic excited to show up at work and feel good about what they do. Pairing professionals with regular partners, so long as they are compatible, can help. If the partners are not compatible and the availability exists, change the team dynamic. Partners who are used to each other will come to know how their teammate works and will have a good idea when to step in to help and when to step back. Peer support from both partners and other members of the company will go a long way to diffuse selfdoubt and stress after a bad call. Management can help foster

comfortable inter-agency relationships by sponsoring occasional non-EMS activities like softball teams, bowling leagues, holiday parties, etc. Building good relationships between agency members can help reduce the need to gossip and spread rumors about each other, which contributes to tension and can hasten burnout. Our families should be able to provide a healthy respite from the pressures of work, but our jobs are not always easy to talk about and work out with loved ones who have no involvement in emergency response. Coming home after a traumatic day at work and not being able to talk to someone who can relate adds frustration and even more stressors. Once again management can help by hosting events where nonEMS family members can attend, get some insight into what EMS is about, and get to meet the people that the EMT/Paramedic needs to count on professionally. Many of the insecurities that spouses experience when their loved one needs to spend time with coworkers can be alleviated a bit when the coworkers are no longer the unknown. And getting to know your boyfriend or girlfriend’s partner will often go a long way to dispelling jealousies and fears. Poor management in an agency breeds discontent among personnel, lack of support and concern for each other and a hostile environment. Low pay and a need to prove oneself to feel appreciated can lead to longer work hours (overtime), a lack of sleep, chaotic eating habits, and less commitment to your own personal needs. If the EMT/paramedic feels burnt out, they can lose interest in social fun and healthy exercise which would otherwise help to relax and refresh. Finding ways to change poor management, low pay, lack of appreciation, long hours, irregular eating and sleep patterns, and a restricted fun, social life should be a joint project that includes administrators, team personnel, and family in order to make a more productive, efficient and healthier EMS provider.

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