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Firefighters in Levittown were dispatched on May 4, 2015 for a fire in the rear of a house at 72 Flamingo Road in Levittown. First units arrived and reported a working fire, which started in a first floor rear room and quickly traveled up to the roof.

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Elmont handles difficult extrication On April 16 at about 10:30 a.m., the Elmont Fire Department was alerted for an MVA with overturn and entrapment on the Southern State Parkway at Exit 13, just east of the New York City line. Elmont firefighters, with assistance from NCPD and NYPD ESU were able to free the female victim after a lengthy extrication. The aided was transported to a trauma center by NCPD aviation unit. Two additional aided were removed to area hospitals by ambulance.


Brush fire ignites East Meadow garage At 4:35 p.m. on April 15th, East Meadow firefighters were alerted to a report of a brush fire in the vicinity of Bright Avenue and Post Street. As 3rd Assistant Chief Phil Fertitta radio'd his response, EMFD dispatch advised him of several calls coming in, reporting a shed, garage, and/or house fire. Assistant Chief Fertitta quickly upgraded the initial alert to a general alarm alerting all EMFD fire companies. Asst Chief Fertitta transmitted a "working garage fire" further announcing exposure issues threatening the home on the property, the home on the back street of Post Street, a shed, and overhead wires. Engine 612 stretched attack lines to the fire building from the Bright Avenue side while Engine 613 worked to confine the fire spread at the Post Street side. Ladder 617 reported to the rear yard to assist in checking for the extension into the immediate home. Ladder 619 reported to Post Street, as the balance of EMFD first alarm assignment in Engine 611, and 614 supplemented

JUMP TO FILE #050615125 manpower. Rescues 4 and 5 established a medical treatment area. Chief of Department James Kane, hearing the events, responded from out of town, and soon took over command. Asst Chief Joesph Lennon took a fireground command role. Within 20 minutes, the main body of fire was knocked down as dozens of additional firefighters continued to arrive while others scoured the exterior and interior of both homes to ensure no extension. In all, approximately 80 firefighters and EMT’s responded to the blaze, with assistance from North Bellmore, Westbury and Hicksville Fire Departments at the scene, while North Merrick, Wantagh, and Bellmore Fire Departments manned empty fire stations. Damage to the garage and shed were a total lost, while both homes suffered damage of melted siding

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from the intense heat. It was the quick actions of the first due units that made the difference in gaining control before the intense heat could spread the flames into other structures. PSE&G responded to cut power to the area. Nassau County Police provided crowd control and the EMFD Ladies Auxiliary set up an area with liquids to serve exhausted firefighters. The cause of the fire is under the investigation of the Nassau County Fire Marshal's Office. There were no injuries. As units were released from the scene, East Meadow Fire Department was hit with several other calls for assistance, including a motorcyclist struck by an auto at Sixth Street and Prospect Ave. In this call, Heavy Rescue 616 happened on the scene, calling in the emergency as EMT members of Ladder 1 treated to patient. They were soon joined by Rescue Companies 4 and 5 and the patient was transported to Nassau University Hospital. - BILL KELLY


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and as 208 pages. In some respects it may qualify to be called a coffee table book! It tells the story of the history of Boyer Fire Apparatus of Logansport, Indiana. The author was a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis for many years. When papers merged, he was assigned to the fire and police beat for a few years until he retired. Shortly after retirement, he became the assistant to the Indianapolis fire department’s public information officer as a write and photographer. We can say that he is a buff and held memberships and office in a number of clubs. He owns some fire apparatus as well. He did a great job of putting together this book. In 1905, a patent was issued to build a chemical fire extinguishing apparatus.

The first motor fire apparatus was built in 1916. The company had a couple of names in their early history which you will read about in the book. Their parent company was Universal Fire Apparatus. Their last apparatus sale was in 1991 and the plant was auctioned off in 1993. The book’s history includes a full list of deliveries alphabetically and is loaded with black and white and color photos. The company did sell equipment as well as apparatus and so some of the equipment photos are mixed in with the history and the apparatus. Most of the apparatus was built on commercial chassis. The custom chassis was mostly Spartan’s. There were a number of unique vehicles sold and included in this book which include those

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Smoke in Hempstead home On April 15, 2015, Hempstead Fire Department was dispatched for smoke in the house on Manor Place. On arrival, the chief reported a working fire. Mutual aid was West Hempstead for a FAST truck. Uniondale stood by headquarters. All command was under command of Chief Roger Faulk.

Second fire of the day On April 29, 2015, firefighters were dispatched to their second fire in a ten hour period at 4190 Austin Boulevard in Island Park. Crews arrived to find a fire at Mean Street Custom Automotive, an auto body shop. Mutual aid arrived from Long Beach with an engine and a ladder to the scene, as well as an engine and a ladder from Oceanside, and ladder from Point Lookout with their FAST team. Crews were release in approximately two hours. The fire is being investigated by the Nassau County Fire Investigators.

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Rehabilitation: Bridging the gap between illness and wellness FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

Paid or volunteer, firefighting is a very dangerous business. For some it’s a job, for others a passion and for many, it’s both. Regardless of those variations, risk levels remain high. Despite the highest level of training, physical conditioning and protective gear, it is inevitable that fire service injuries and illnesses will continue to exist. Countless unforeseeable unavoidable incidents and accidents await firefighters/1st responders at every call to duty. Firefighting is truly a hazardous occupation. One thing I have learned over the years is that the majority of fire service personnel do not let the risks deter them, nor do they allow the injuries/illnesses to sideline them from duty any longer than necessary. Whatever initially drove them to enter the fire service is not easily squashed or even curtailed. In fact, many of them come back with even more passion and drive than before. There’s something special about the tried and true that put that gear on, and there always will be. That being said, the one thing that has been difficult for fire service personnel to do is bridge the gap between illness and wellness. Once sidelined, members are often expected to take “time off”. “Time off from Work. Time Off” from exercise. “Time off” from everything. Initially, this makes perfect sense. Healing takes time. Healing takes patience and healing takes rest. The problem facing most is that they are expected to heal completely and then simply return to work. In many instances, there isn’t anything in between to ease them back into that return. In order to do so, it is important to address the needs and abilities of the injured/ill. You must also address any liability issues. For some, this may just be a re-classification for the individual so that they are able to be present within the firehouse for any suitable activities without violating any liability/insurance issues. This certainly is not an area where you want to skirt the rules. The stakes are of course too high. Check your SOP’s and if they need to be adjusted, go through proper channels to make the adjustments. I have seen many fire compa-

nies institute a “lite duty” category where tasks are limited and then increased until a return to “full duty” is possible. Still others place firefighters on medical leave or “out of service” banning them from participating in any activities or duties (even classroom) until they can return to full duty. Perhaps a better alternative is a safe and effective course of action – medically based and monitored - with the intention of gradually and fully preparing the firefighter to enter back into service as strong and as ready as possible. Rehabilitation is an important step in the healing process and should not be overlooked. The result can be a physically/mentally stronger and better prepared individual. That should always be the goal. After all this is a job that requires exactly that. To take it one step further, the same should be true regarding participation in physical fitness programs. Many individuals are not eligible to participate in fire company sponsored fitness programs when they are ‘out of service’. Please understand, I am not suggesting a reckless call to have firefighters participate in strenuous and/or inappropriate exercise programs without regard for health, wellness or safety. Surely, a firefighter with a broken finger can use the exercise bike even though he cannot operate at the fire scene. A broken foot can absolutely keep you off a fire truck, but it is likely you can still perform a limited workout with your upper body. The key is medical intervention/clearance and individualization. Working together, the physician, physical therapist and other health and fitness professional can gradually and more fully prepare fire service personnel for return to full duty. Smaller, continuous carefully calculated and monitored steps provide a greater foundation than making one giant jump from inactive to fully involved. Ease back into action. Come back strong. Come back ready. Most of all come back. You are a special group. I’ve seen it. I’m amazed by it. I’m grateful for it. I wish you safety always.


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Three workers critically injured by at service station blaze Freeport, Nassau County, NY. Three workers were critically injured by a blaze that occurred at a service station on Sunrise Highway and Long Beach Avenue in Freeport on May 5. According to published reports, the workers were removing gasoline from tanks, when fumes ignited. The workers were transported to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow for treatment. On scene with Freeport Fire Department were Baldwin Ladder 207, Oceanside Ladder 244, Oceanside Engine 246 with a Merrick Ambulance. Nassau County Police are further investigating the incident.


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Danger, danger EMS ISSUE


It’s a Dangerous Job… but somebody’s got to do it People can get violent whether they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or even if they are just in crisis mode because of their own or a loved one’s medical emergency. Not every patient is classified as an EDP (emotionally disturbed person), but every patient has the ability to act irrationally. Every single ambulance call has the potential to turn “ugly”. Although every responder is taught the premise of “scene safety” most enter a scene with the sole purpose of giving aid to their patient and even those who are vigilante about possible dangers can get fooled by a seemingly innocuous calm. Yet there are the times when responders enter a home ready to treat a patient when they find themselves under attack from other family members or sometimes even the patient himself. Most emergency responses occur without police presence unless the need is evident before hand. We’ve heard horror stories about weapons appearing suddenly, punches being thrown, and EMS winding up in the middle of a domestic dispute or literally in the crossfire of an altercation. There have been happy drunks in the confines of an ambulance who suddenly turn into “CharlesManson-wannabees”. There have been tragedies such as a young volunteer EMT who was shot and killed by a patient he was treating. These types of scenarios have played out not only across the country but throughout the world as well. In additio,n in a world where terrorism is in the back of everyone’s mind, every emergency call has the potential of becoming a mass casualty incident which could even target the emergency responders that are vital to a community’s survival and recovery. What can be done to help protect the people that are there to render aid, save lives, offer comfort and transport patients to hospitals?

All too often incidents are not documented thoroughly and some administrators, who permit funding for training and other resources, are distanced from what actually happens to riding members and fail to see the need for expenditures without seeing them mandated by the state. Our EMS personnel need to be trained to recognize and handle violence in the field. One EMS instructor used to build in EDP-role-playing sessions with visiting “actors” portraying patients and families and newly trained EMTs responding to mock calls – fights broke out, weapons appeared, there were verbal altercations, suicide attempts (all pretend) and the “crews” had to deal with it all; while there was a lot of laughter the lessons made impressions so much so that one newly graduated EMT called the instructor two months after riding in the field to say that the class saved the crew when a knife was pulled by a patient’s family member, but the new member was completely aware of the scene, exits and people. Municipalities can help by dispatching police to emergency 911 calls whenever possible. In initial EMS training, responders are taught to wait for police to arrive before entering any unsafe scene; sometimes the scene appears safe and sometimes the police may be delayed. EMTs and paramedics are taught to use the tools at hand to treat medically; they are not provided with tools to defend themselves in an assault. Whether or not there is a police presence, EMS personnel should receive self-defense training that would be applicable to the care and transport of patients such as the use of cravats to disarm patients. Every EMT/paramedic needs to be aware of escape routes and the recognition of any items that could be used as a potential weapon against them. In recent times, various states have looked to enact laws to impose harsh penalties on anyone who attacks a healthcare worker – some of these states have included all healthcare professions including EMS responders. These laws need to be enacted and enforced without delay. Local communities can support EMS safety by writing to their legislators and asking for swift action.


Fire reported by mail courier Lawrence, Nassau County, NY. On Tuesday, April 21, a mail courier in Lawrence reported a lunchtime fire at a large two story home located at 345 Ocean Avenue. Chief John McHugh was first on scene and transmitted the working fire. Engine 322 stretched two lines and began their attack. Ladder 325 conducted searches,

JUMP TO FILE #042715122 which turned up negative. The fire was found on the first floor, but extended to the second through a pipe chase. Three alarms were eventually needed to bring the fire under control approximately two hours after dispatch.

The Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department was assisted by East Rockaway, Elmont, Hewitt, Inwood, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, and Woodmere. The fire is under investigation by the Nassau County Fire Marshal's office, but foul play is not suspected. - BILL KELLY

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On April 24, 2015, North Bellmore Fire Department was dispatched for a car fire at Newbridge and Jerusalem Roads. Multiple calls were received for the working car fire, which was confirmed by the chief on scene. The fire was extinguished by Smithville Station 1, Engine 655. The cause is unknown.


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Earth Day clean up HCFAS members (Jody, Alyssa, Mary Beth, and Lehti) participating in an Earth Day/Spring clean-up along New York Ave with Huntington Matters, Friends of Huntington Station Latin Quarter, Huntington Station Happy Helpers, 2nd Precinct Suffolk County Police Department Explorers, and Dix Hills Evangelical church youth group members.

On April 26th, the Hampton Bays Ambulance Corp participated in a Woodland Rescue Drill with Flander-Northampton Ambulance. Members from both organizations had the opportunity to be orientated and JUMP TO FILE# utilize to the all-ter- 050815112 rain emergency response equipment from Flanders Ambulance. Members participated in several evolutions where a sustained an injury from a fall on the beach. FNVAC 1st Assistant Chief Joe Jasinki, 2nd Assistant Chief Sarah Kornfel, and HBVAC 2nd Assistance Chief Nick Calace helped coordinated the drill and evolutions. Excellent job to all members from FNVAC and HBVAC who participated in the drill. A huge thank you to Flander Ambulance for use of their equipment! We hope to drill with you in the future! - HAMPTON BAYS VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE



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Fire travels up to roof in Levittown Firefighters in Levittown were dispatched on May 4, 2015 for a fire in the rear of a house at 72 Flamingo Road in Levittown. First units arrived and reported a working fire, which started in a first floor rear room and quickly traveled up to the roof. Flames could be seen coming from the roof. Mutual aid arrived from East Meadow with an engine and a ladder, Wantagh with a FASt

JUMP TO FILE #050615122 team, Hicksville and North Bellmore stood by at Levittown headquarters. The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation by the Nassau County Fire Investigators. - BILL KELLY

On May 3, 2015 at about 3:25 a.m., Nassau County FireCom alerted the Elmont Fire Department for a commercial building fire in a row of stores on Village Avenue. Chief of the Department Robert JUMP TO FILE# Schriefer arrived on 050315112 the scene and advised incoming units of a heavy fire condition. The main body of the fire was situated in a laundromat with fire coming through the roof of that establishment. Chief Schriefer called for assistance from surrounding departments. Units from Valley Stream, Floral Park and LawrenceCedarhurst Fire Department were put to work at the scene, along with every unit of the Elmont Fire Department. Excellent work was able to contain the most severe damage to the laundromat. There were no reported injuries. Nassau County Fire Marshals were requested and responded to determine the cause and origin of the blaze. - DAVID RAGUSA

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Standing by for a good cause On April 26th, the EJ Autism Foundation hosted their annual Jigsaw Run at East Islip Marina. Exchange Ambulance and the East Islip Fire Department assisted in standing by for the event.


Blaze destroys East Meadow home At 8:23 a.m. on April 27th, East Meadow volunteers were alerted to a reported house fire on Stratford Drive. Just six minutes later, East Meadow's Engine 612 radio'd their response, followed one minute later by Engine 614 and Heavy Rescue 616. Arriving simultaneously, Units 612 and 616 under the direct of L1 Captain John O'Brien Jr found a light smoke condition coming from the home. Immediately, a Signal 98 was transmitted (first pumper connects to a fire hydrant and launches an attack). Soon after, mutual aid requests were put out for ladder companies from North Merrick and North Bellmore. As firefighters pulled hose and entered the home, conditions on the interior began turning for the worse, as Chief of Department James Kane arrived on the scene. Chief Kane called upon additional mutual aid resources both at the scene and to cover the empty East

JUMP TO FILE #042815105 Meadow station. As first crews scampered to get the first of two attack lines to the fire, the fire's intensity began a rapid takeover of the rear right corner of the basement moving fast into the first and second floors as a Signal 10 was transmitted. With additional units of the first alarm in Engine 1, Engine 3, and Engine 4, now arriving on the scene; additional lines were pulled in support of first due units to gain control of the inferno. At one point, sirens blared as a warning of danger to all firefighters inside, as the fire strengthened and reports of an imminent collapse in an area of the first floor came over the radio. With all members out of danger, firefighters turned to extinguishing the final areas of fire from safer distances due to the unstable

flooring. Within 40 minutes, all visible fire had been knocked down, as additional mutual aid units filled the street. In all, more than 70 firefighters from East Meadow, North Bellmore, Uniondale, North Merrick, and Merrick Fire Departments battled the blaze. Standing by at East Meadow stations were the Hicksville, Westbury, and Levittown Fire Departments. Although all levels of the house suffered extensive damage from smoke and the intense heat, firefighters kept the fire from spreading across to the left side of the home. Damage estimates are expected to exceed $150,000. One firefighter was treated for a laceration to his hand. The cause of the fire was placed in the hands of the Nassau County Fire Marshal's Off - BILL KELLY


Garage fire quickly doused in Dix Hills On April 18, 2015, the Dix Hills Fire Department responded to a garage fire, which also filled the house with smoke. Command was set up by Chief Robert Fliwg and Operations was 3rd Assistant Joe Williamson. Mutual aid was called from Greenlawn and Deer Park Fire Departments to the scene with Melville Fire Department and the Huntington First Aid Squad ambulance at Dix Hills headquarters.The garage was fully involved and the house filled with smoke. The fire was quickly contained and extinguished.

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Center, Alana Petrocelli, Executive Director of Nassau CountyFirefighters Museum; at podium, Suffolk CountyExecutive Steve Bellone; Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. Rockville CentreFire Department, John Murray (Second from right); Second from left, East RockawayFire Department, Mike Chojnacki; Steven Klein, Oceanside Fire Department & FASNY 2nd VP, to the left, behind Steve Bellone, without hat.

County executives join forces Long Island, NY. On April 24, 2015 as part of a New York statewide effort to increase volunteer firefighter numbers, Long Island’s county executives, fire departments and fire officials made a call for new recruits at a news conference on Thursday, April 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center, on Museum Row in Garden City. Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) President Robert McConville, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Suffolk County Executive Steven

JUMP TO FILE #042415136 Bellone, local fire officials, and volunteer firefighters spoke about Long Island recruitment open houses being held during RecruitNY weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and April 26th. During RecruitNY weekend, volunteer fire departments across Long Island and the state opened their doors to their communities to educate the public about what it takes to become a volunteer firefighter.

Established in 2011, RecruitNY is a joint undertaking by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC), Association of Fire Districts of New York State, Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York, and County Fire Coordinators Association of the State of New York. For more information, visit - CAROLYN STONE


Blaze rips through Levittown home Levittown, Nassau County, NY. On the morning of April 23, 2015, a blaze ripped through a Levittown home. Firefighters arrived at 12 Myrtle Avenue in Levittown to find a fire that broke out on the first floor of the home. Crews were quickly able to get a handle on the blaze, but not before the home sustained significant smoke and fire damage. According to published reports, one person was at home at the time the fire broke out, but escaped to safety. The cause of the fire is under investigation by local officials.


Fire in brickwork leads to house fire Hempstead was toned out for a house fire in April 12. Fire was found in the side doorway, which traveled into the interior walls. According to the homeowner, he put out a lit cigarette, which fell between mortar in the brickwork. Apparently, it smoldered for quite some time and eventually caught fire to the house.


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Chaplains Association announces fundraiser for NYS Fallen Firefighters Memorial


Hicksville, NY. On April 15, 2015, The New York State Association of Fire Chaplains, Inc. was pleased to announce the establishment of a Challenge Coin fundraiser to benefit the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Each coin is en- JUMP TO FILE # graved with the seal 041315132 of the Fire Chaplains on one side and the statue from the memorial on the other side and will be available for $ 10.00. From every coin sold, $ 5.00 will be given to the Memorial Fund which will help offset the cost of the Memorial Service each October. Chief Chaplain Ken Hessel state,s “This is a great example of the Chaplains Association working in partnership with the Me-

NYS Association of Fire Chaplains, Inc. Challenge Coin

morial to continue to provide ongoing support to the men and women of this state who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities.� As of October 7, 2014, there are 2,390 names on the wall on the Empire State Plaza in Albany. The cast bronze statue was sculptured by Robert Eccleston of Schuyler


Falls NY and dedicated on October 5, 1998. Coins may be ordered through the chaplains website at or at Display Booth at Fire Police, Fire Chiefs, and FASNY Conventions. - KENNETH HESSEL


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Hagerman Fire Department's 1963 Cadillac/Superior ambulance. This emergency vehicle was the first in the state to have beige color apparatus. This photo was taken during the Memorial Day Parade in 1963.


First fire for assistant chief Freeport, Nassau County, NY. On March 12, 2015, the 1st Assistant Chief of the Freeport Fire Department, Alfredo Ruiz, tackled his first structure fire. Freeport firefighters responded to 21 Church Street for a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found fire in a bedroom. They were quickly able to knock it down and vent the home. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by local officials.


The East Farmingdale Fire Department ran with this 1968 American LaFance 1250 gym pumper 900 series. This photo was taken at a parade in Lindenhurst in 1969.

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Vehicle News

The Lynbrook Fire Department placed into service a 2015 Spartan/ERV, Evolution pumper. The pumper features a 1500 gpm pump, 600 gallon water tank and a 150 gallon foam tank. BOB VACCARO


The Baldwin Fire Department recently took delivery of a 2015, Seagrave, 95' Aerialscope. The vehicle is built on a Seagrave, Marauder II Chassis, with stainless steel body and cab.

The Port Jefferson Fire Department recently took deliv- The Bohemia Fire Department just took delivery of a ery of a 2015 Spartan/Marion heavy rescue. The vehicle 2015 Pierce Velocity 95' midmount platform. was built on a Spartan Chassis with a Marion 19' body. The truck has a 35kw, Onan PTO generator and a 10,000lb Warn Winch. BOB VACCARO


The Selden Fire Department added this Spartan/ERV tandem axle heavy rescue to their arsenal. The vehicle features a Spartan Gladiator cab with a large rescue body. It has a front winch, rear hydraulic steps, and a 35kw generator.


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Fire between two houses in Uniondale

In April 13, Uniondale Fire Department was toned out for smoke in the house at 560 Palf Place. When units arrived, units found a rubbish/stored furniture fire between two houses. One house filled up with smoke and the other house lost it’s exterior wall. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. The cause and origin are under investigation by Nassau County Fire Marshals.

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On March 10, members of Riverhead Ambulance received recognition for two CPR saves. Great job by all!

Museum Chief Safety Instructor John Murray, FASNY President Robert McConville, NCFF Museum Executive Director Alana Petrocelli, FASNY Second Vice President Steven Klein, Ex-Captain Syosset Fire Department Robert Leonard holding official proclamations of “RecruitNY Weekend” for Nassau and Suffolk Counties



Floral Park Fire Department's chief staff were sworn in on April 21st at Floral Park Village Hall



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Congratulations to Chief Dispatcher Dale Bartolomeo! Dale just graduated from the FDNY EMS Academy and will now be serving proudly as an EMT for FDNY. Well done Dale, we wish you all the best in your new career. You've made HCFAS proud!


On March 8, 2015, members of the Lawrence -Cedarhurst Fire Department joined the Atlantic Beach Rescue Squad in a joint water rescue training on the topic of removing victims off the jetties on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

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