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FD RANT NEWS Long Island, New YorkVolume 2, Edition 2 February – 2013

FARMINGVILLE PINCH HITS FOR HOLTSVILLE

Heavy fire greeted Farmingville’s crew as they stood by for Holtsville on Saturday February 23, 2013. Photo by Robert Garofalo

LINDENHURST Puts “The Tool” to Work – Page 19 HUNTINGTON MANOR Pre-Storm House Fire – Page 27 MASSAPEQUA Fatal House Fire– Page 51 Long Island FD Rant News – Volume 2 Edition 2 – February, 2013 HEMPSTEAD House Explosion – Page 66

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FD Rant News Long Island, New York The #1 digital publication for the Long Island Fire Service covering the NEWS you want to hear about.

The month of February is the shortest month of the year but it certainly provided a great deal of work for the Long Island Fire Service this year. The harshness of winter finally reared its ugly head when a record breaking blizzard attacked our area. Heavy snow blanketed Nassau and Suffolk with the worst coming in the Central Suffolk area where an estimated 30+ inches of snow fell in just under 24 hours. Aside from having to shovel all the white stuff, the storm and its after effects created havoc that required the fire departments to step up their collective game to assist residents all over Long Island. Roof collapses, working fires, motor vehicle accidents, and even “routine” calls became a challenge as the roads were impassable for several days after the storm in parts of Suffolk County. As always, the volunteer fire service was up to the task and provided the high level of service that Long Islanders have been blessed with over the years. All of us here at the FD Rant News would like to tip our cap to all of you who braved the storm and its aftermath to service the residents in your communities. Now onto some of the fun stuff. On the weekend of February 23rd and 24th the FD Rant News made our debut at the Long Island Fire, Rescue and EMS show at the Nassau Coliseum. The weather turned from snowy to rainy but that did not stop thousands of “Buff Show” enthusiasts from attending the event. FD Rant News team members were on hand at our booth greeting members from all over Long Island and beyond. Our two video presentations were a huge success thanks to Associate Editor Brian Welliver’s masterful work. We received tremendous feedback from Standing From Left to Right: Bernadette Franc, Kim Versheck, TomCronogue, Brian Welliver, John Lussa, Rob Garofalo, everyone who visited with us about the quality and content in the videos AndrewTetreault. Kneeling: Cathy Herbst and Jeff DiLavore. which was provided by the hard work of our correspondents’ scene coverage from the 2012. We saw a 5% jump in subscriptions in just 2 days!!! That is huge. We appreciate the wonderful words of support from everyone and we will continue to bring you all the best coverage of the Long Island Fire Service. I am humbled by the support received from everyone on our team during the weekend. I think one of the best lines of the weekend was when a group stopped by the booth on Sunday and saw video playing of the fire that had occurred in Holtsville on Saturday night February 23rd[cover story] playing on the screen and one of the members said, “Wait, that’s the Holtsville fire from last night. We were just there a few hours ago.” Ahhh, the beauty of technology and ingenuity. I guess this digital thing is not going away anytime soon, after all. In our pursuit to become the #1 all around publication for the Long Island Fire service, we are happy to announce a few more additions to our team. In the Central/Eastern portion of Suffolk, Tom Lambui has come on board as a new correspondent. We also picked up a new monthly contributing author whose first article appears in this edition. Duane Welliver brings with him 25 years of experience in the fire service and also as a N.Y.S. Certified Fire Instructor II. Finally, we added another member on the production side of the FD Rant News as well. We would like to welcome Holly Luscher aboard as our Creative Editor. She will be responsible for further fine tuning our presentation and helping us transition into our new format that we will be unveiling in the next few months. We would also like to remind all of our readers that if you would like to join our team as a regular correspondent you can contact us as FDRantNews@verizon.net or call us at 631.766.3287 for more information.

Jeff DiLavore – Owner/Publisher Long Island FD Rant News – Volume 2 Edition 2 – February, 2013

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FD Rant News – February, 2013 Volume 2 - Edition 2

2 – Editorial 4 – Faces of the Fire Service 9 – Mega Show by Jeff DiLavore

21 – Common Sense by Mike Capoziello

26 – FD Rant News Calendar 36 – Firefighter Safety Training by Duane Welliver

40 – NCPD Memorial Benefit 5Ϭ – 10th Battalion Meeting 58 - Apparatus of the Fire Service 62 – Wildland Fire Training 7Ϭ - About the Authors 7ϭ - Sponsor Page

Cover Photo by Robert Garofalo – ESA Photography

Owner/Editor/Publisher Jeff DiLavore Associate Editor Brian Welliver Graphic Editor Holly Luscher

Social Media Director Bernadette Franc

Contributing Authors Phil Lichtenberger Jim McNamara Robert Senn Tom Rinelli Joe Laino Mike Capoziello Pete Silver Duane Welliver

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Correspondents Ken Bradbury Chris Colletti Lauren Cronemeyer Eric Devine Eric Dobrini Lauren Foschino Robert Garofalo Paul Krussmann Tom Lambui Kevin Madigan Ralph Moniello Brian Olsen Chris Sabella Ron Schankin Joe Sperber Nick Stein Tom Steinwall Matt Thomas Kim Versheck Pat Welliver

We put the N-E-W back into news. We run stories that are days or weeks old; NOT months old. We are fresh and new; not old and stale. LIFD Rant News-You’re #1 source for news about the Long Island Fire Service.

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FACES OF THE FIRE SERVICE Smithtown crew on scene of roof collapse

Members of Dix Hills taking a breather after a working fire

Photo by Jeff DiLavore Lakeland member uses ‘O’ Cutters during extrication

Photo by Chris Sabella Member of Huntington Manor on scene of a gas leak

Photo by Ron Schankin

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East Meadow Engine 3 Ladder 2 after mutual aid to Hicksville

Photo by Ray Pfeifer Islip RIT crew on scene in Brentwood

Photo by Robert Garofalo

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FACES OF THE FIRE SERVICE Members of the Hempstead FD take a jump in the 42 degree water at Long Beach's annual Polar Bear Plunge

Ronkonkoma crew after a recent car fire

Photo by Lauren Foschino

Photo by Robert Garofalo – ESA Photography FD Rant News Correspondent Rob Garofalo says “I’ve seen enough fire for one night” in Holtsville

Coram crew of brothers and sister at a recent alarm

Photo by Chris Sabella

Members of East Northport get ready to do roof work at a recent fire

Photo by Chris Sabella

“Get that line over here now”!!!! A chief officer calls for additional lines due to heavy fire conditions.

Photo by Jeff DiLavore

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Photo by Tom Lambui

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CARLE PLACE Responds to Chemical Suicide Story and Photos by Tim Asbell In the mid-afternoon hours of January 24, 2013, authorities were notified of a foul smell and a potential Haz-mat situation at the Holiday Inn in Carle Place. Carle Place Fire Department, The Nassau County Fire Marshal’s office, & the Nassau County Police found that a guest at the hotel had committed “Chemical” suicide by mixing basic cleaning chemicals together & sealing the room, causing him to asphyxiate. The cleanup took more than 6 hours, closing Old Country Road for some time. Editor’s Note: Together with the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office, we will be running a story about the emergence of chemical suicide as yet another new danger that the fire service [and all first responders] face when performing their duties. We expect the story to be in one of our next two editions.

SETAUKET Smoky Super Sunday Story and Photos by Chris Sabella

On Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, 2013, just before 10:00 pm while most people were watching the big game Setauket Fire Department responded to a smoke filled home in at 401 Tree Road. Setauket’s Chief was on scene reporting heavy smoke throughout the private dwelling.With mutual aid departments responding, crews made entry into home and located the fire in the boiler room and quickly knocked it down. A search team was able to locate two cats in the home and remove them to the outside were ambulance personnel administered high flow oxygen to both cats. Both cats were released to residents and the fire was declared under control. Mutual aid units were returned and all units were up in short order. Click Here for More Photos of Setauket’s House Fire Long Island FD Rant News – Volume 2 Edition 2 – Febuary, 2013

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3 Alarms In ROOSEVELT Story and Photos By Lauren Foschino – You’re My Focus Photography Additional Photos by Nick Stein

On February 2, 2013 the Roosevelt Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire on Hausch Blvd. Upon arrival there was heavy fire throughout and a working fire was transmitted. It took over an hour to bring the fire under control. Mutual aid from Hempstead, Uniondale, North Merrick, Baldwin and more were all called to the scene to assist. The Fire Marshal was requested to the scene. There were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Click Here for More Photo’s of Roosevelt’s 3rd Alarm Photo by Lauren Foschino – You’re My Focus Photography

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Long Island Fire Rescue and EMS Mega Show Story by Jeff DiLavore – FD RantNews Photos by Lauren Cronemeyer, Tom Lambui and Chris Sabella When you attend an event like the Mega Show as a visitor, your senses are alive with the sights of bright lights, the sounds of radios, horns and people bustling around; as you are pulled in a dozen different directions while you are presented with all kinds of interesting products, ideas, friendly faces, “free” offers and everything else. When you become part of the show as a vendor all that seems to change. The sights and sounds are still there but there you now have a different kind of focus. This is an opportunity to share your creation, your passion, your business with the visitors as they pass by your booth. This is not an easy task as you only have a few moments to connect with them. Of The FD Rant News Saturday crew course, you will always see old friends and past associates from the fire service whom you have known for years. It’s always fun to reminisce with old friends but the reason you spend your money and time at a show like this is to build your business. It gives you an opportunity to meet and greet people in the fire service whom you might otherwise never be able to meet under normal circumstances. That is a new concept for a guy like me who has always been on the “other side of the table” as a consumer; so to speak. The show was a new experience for all of us who spent the weekend at Booth 706. It was clear from the start that there were people who could not wait to come over and see us in person. Even though our booth was in the outer hallway we had a steady stream of vistors from the very beginning of the show right up until the end on Sunday afternoon. We were overwhelmed by all the great feedback we got from everyone and we also enjoyed explaining our publication to people who had not yet heard of us but quickly became subscribers as they signed on the spot. To all of you who took the time to talk withus we would like to thank you. We know you will enjoy receiving our publication as well as viewing the content contained in it each month.

From left to right: Tony Cruz-FF Cancer Support Network, Tom Lambui and Rob Garofalo of the FD Rant News, Greg Fagan-FF Cancer Support Network

One of the best parts of the whole weekend was getting to talk with members of various organizations who volunteer their time to help the fire service in different ways. We spoke with Tony Cruz and Greg Fagan of the Firefighters Cancer Support Network. The mission of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network is to provide Fire Department members and their families with an opportunity to receive assistance when dealing with cancer. Their website is: http://fcsn.net/

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We also got to speak with John Lussa and Cathy Herbst of the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center whose organization provides assistance on numerous levels to burn victims in Suffolk County. Their website is: http://www.suffolkffburn.com/news/index/layoutfile/home Another organization represented wasthe Suffolk County Firefighters Emerald Society who welcomed us with open arms. Their website is: http://scvffemerald.org/

Members of the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center take a moments to smile for the camera

We also had the honor of meeting the father of a true hero. Joseph DiBernardo, Sr. stopped by our booth the promote the upcoming Lieutenant Joseph DiBernardo Memorial Foundation 1st Annual Training Seminar. You can look for the full page ad in this edition anor you can email Chief DiBernardo at: joeydfoundation@gmail.com.

Members of the Suffolk Firefighters Emerald Society

Finally we caught up with Alan Jacoby of the Nassau County Firefighters’ Pipes and Drums band. That was when they were not parading around the convention center playing their wonderful music for all of the show’s guests. Check out their website here: http://www.nassaufirepipes.com/

U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Steven R. Liguori with the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums. Lt. Liguori is stationed at Fort Dix for treatment of an injury he received in December. Thank you for your service Lieutenant Liguori.

SAVE THE DATES – THE 2014 Long Island Fire, Rescue & EMS show is February 22nd and 23rd. Mark your calendars today.

From Left to Right: Cathy Herbst of the SCVFF Burn Center, Alan Jacoby–President of the Nassau County FF Pipes and Drums, and Jeff DiLavore – Owner of the FD Rant News

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SMITHTOWN Heavy Fire and Collapse Story and Photos by Jeff DiLavore – FD Rant News

On February 4, 2013, in the late night/early morning hours following Super Bowl Sunday, the Smithtown Fire Department responded to a report of a garage fire at 29 Damin Circle on the corner of Glenrich Lane. As Asst. Chief Tim Murphy [4-2-32] was responding he was given an update by Smithtown Fire Communications [4-2-0] that they were receiving multiple calls and that a Suffolk PD unit on scene was reporting a “fully involved” structure fire. Chief Murphy requested a re-tone for a 13/35 [working fire] and requested Nesconset to the scene for a Rapid Intervention Team and St. James for an Engine to the scene. Engine 4-2-2 was 1st due and picked up the hydrant on Glenrich and laid a supply line as they positioned on the number 2 side of the building. Crews stretched two 1 ¾” handlines and an additional 2 ½” handline to attack the fire. Due to the large volume of fire and signs of structural instability, crews were pulled from the building and a defensive attack was implemented. The roof over the garage and parts of the house collapsed a short time later as crews attacked the fire from outside.Nesconset’s R.I.T. was put to work and replaced by Hauppauge. Additional mutual aid brought Commack to the scene with an Engine and Kings Park with an Engine and an Ambulance. Suffolk Count y Fire Coordinatorswere also on scene assisting with the operation. The Suffolk County Arson Squad was requested to the scene and the cause is under investigation. Click Here for More Photo’s of Smithtown’s House Fire

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HICKSVILLE Heavily Involved Daytime Worker Story by Paul Krussmann – LNBN Photos by Ray Pfeifer and Paul Krussmann

Photo by Ray Pfeifer In the mid afternoon on February 6, 2013 the HicksvilleFire Department was alerted for a house fire at 83 Lantern Road. When the chief arrived on scene, he advised that he had heavy fire on first floor blowing out the front windows of the kitchen and front door. A working fire (Signal 10) was transmitted, and the 1st due Engine 933 picked up a hydrant. Crews stretched a 2” handline and attacked the fire. Mutual aid departments called included an engine from Wantagh, East Meadow FAST, Plainview Photo by Ray Pfeifer for a truck, Bethpage for an ambulance, WestburyTL 962. East Meadow TL 619 put their bucket to the second floor to help in ventilation. Nassau CoutnyFire Marshal was called due to the heavy fire condition. Fire was put under control with an hour. Occupants were home and were alerted by the smoke detector and evacuated with no injuries.

Photo by Paul Krussmann - LNBN

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Red Hot Corvette in HOLBROOK Story and Photos by Robert Garofalo

The Holbrook FD responded to this vehicle fire Wednesday February 6th at approximately 1440hrs. The 1974 Corvette was westbound on Sunrise Highway near Nichols Road when it burst into flames. Under the command of Chief of Department Cliff Pendl[3-15-30], members from first due Quint 2 stretched the primary attack line to knock down the fire. Second due Engine 6 supplied Quint 2 with additional water until the fire was extinguished while Fire Police assisted the SCPD with traffic control. The classic Corvette was a total loss. No injuries were reported. Click Here for More Photos of Holbrook’s Car Fire

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KINGS PARK Snapped Pole, Wires Down & Burning Story and Photos by Jeff DiLavore- FD Rant News Additional Photo by Jim LoDuca

Photo by Jeff DiLavore – FD Rant News

On February 6th at approximately 1515 hours Kings Park responded for a report of a downed pole and power lines at the intersection of Sunken Meadow Road and Meadowood Lane in Fort Salonga. Upon arrival of Assistant Chief Dan Guilfoil [4-1-31] and Assistant Chief Tim Clark [4-1-33] they found a utility pole that had shattered with electric, cable and phone lines down and burning. Chief Guilfoil requested a rush on LIPA to the scene. Once the power was cut, the fire was extinguished and all units were up. The road remained closed until all repairs were made. According to witnesses, a truck passing through the area possibly hooked the lines and pulled the pole down. Click Here for More Photo’s of Kings Park’s Wirs Down with Fire.

Photo by Jim LoDuca-Engine 2 K.P.F.D.

Quick Stop in FARMINGVILLE Story and Photo by Robert Garofalo

The Farmingville FD responded to this residential structure fire Thursday February 7th at approximately 1915hrs. The fire was up against the front of the detached garage extending into the soffits at the corner home of Wendy Drive and Pineaire Drive. With fire extending into the garaged converted to an apartment first due Engine 2 was ordered to promptly stretch a primary attack line while members from Truck 7 conducted vent, entry and search operations. With the fire quickly knocked down members checked for extension and overhauled. Chief of Department Ralph Gloria [5-18-30] placed the alarm under control shortly after operations were completed. No injuries were reported. Click Here for More Photo’s of Farmingville’s House Fire

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DIX HILLS Pre-Storm Fire and Pet Rescue Story and Photos by Jeff DiLavore – FD Rant News On Thursday February 7, 2013 the Dix Hills Fire Department responded to the vicinity of Rustic Gate Lane and Ryder Avenue for a report of a house on fire. Upon arrival of Chief Tom Magno [2-8-30] a working fire was transmitted. Two handlines were stretched and operated. Melville responded with a RIT, Greenlawn was originally called to standby but was redirected to the scene Commack VACsent 1 ambulance to stand-by along with Huntington Manor 1 Engine. Click Here for More Photos of Dix Hills House Fire

LAKELAND Car vs. Pole with Entrapment Story and Photos by Chris Sabella – On Scene Photography The Lakeland Fire Department responded to a report of a car into a pole with occupants trapped on Ocean Avenue and Rosevale Avenue in Ronkonkoma. There was also a report that the pole and wires were down on the vehicle. A heads up 4th Precinct Suffolk P.O. flagged down a LIPA crew working in the area to respond to cut the power. Once power was cut to the down wires, Lakeland crews and Suffolk PD Emergency Services worked together to free the heavily trapped subject. The extrication took about 25 minutes and the patient was treated and transported to a local trauma center.

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Bohemia Goes to Work Story and Photos by Robert Garofalo

The Bohemia FD was toned out for this residential structure fire Thursday February 7th at approximately 2315hrs. The home located on Smithtown Avenue near Union Street was vacant at the time. With heavy smoke showing and fire visible on the exposure 3 and 4 sides a working fire was transmitted. Under the command of Chief Mike Stankunis[ 3-12-31], members from Ladder 6 being supplied from a hydrant across from the fire building immediately went to work conducting vent, entry and search operations while placing the primary attack line into operation. Engine 7 members immediately assisted and stretched a second line promptly placing it into operation. Additional members assisted in bringing the fire under control with mutual aid to the scene from the Lakeland and West Sayville fire departments. Subsequently, three lines were stretched and placed into operation. Sayville Community Ambulance was also on scene for medical standby while Sayville FD was on standby at Bohemia’s headquarters. Also on scene assisting was Suffolk County Fire Coordinator Scott Schaffer. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Daytime Tool Job for Lindenhurst Story and Photos by Chris Colletti – LNBN

Captain Bob Pflug and Probationary Firefighter Cullen Gallagher assisting Firefighter Bill Anchor in removal of the driver's side door.

On the afternoon of February 7, 2013, the Lindenhurst FD responded to a reported motor vehicle accident at South 5thStreet and Hoffman Avenue.First Responder Ron Tappen [1-6-83] arrived first on the scene and advised Babylon Central that the Hurst tool was needed for extrication of a female victim trapped in the vehicle. A re-tone of the alarm was sounded for the zone engine and heavy rescue to respond while the EMT's from Ambulance 1-6-17 stabilized the victim.Engine 1-6-3 and Heavy Rescue 1-6-5 arriving on scene immediately put the tools to work and began removing the door. Extrication was complete within 15 minutes.Ambulance 1-6-17 transported the victim to the local hospital and all units were released from the scene within the hour.

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SETAUKET Responds to Fire at SBU Athletic Building Story and Photos by Chris Sabella

At about 11am on February 6th Setauket Fire Department was activated for a structure fire at the sports complex on the college grounds. As first units were hitting the hydrant the heavy black smoke could be seen in the sky. A university police officer was first on scene and saw a large amount of flames coming from inside the structure. Setauket’s Chief activated for several mutual aid departments. The fire was accidently started when welder’s sparks hit a large amount of fiber insulation and ignited the blaze. Firefighters were able to make a quick advance with hand lines knocking the fire down. Firefighters remained on scene for about an hour after it was brought under control. Click Here for More Photo’s of Stony Brook College’s Building Fire

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COMMON SENSE (AND OTHER STUFF) by Mike Capoziello

SIZE UP PART 1 Years back, a few months into my journey as a very young line officer it hit me, and I realized that this stuff was for real. Oh I knew it was real, but I now realized how very real the responsibilities were for the individual running the show. I realized that one day I could be the one standing in front of the fire building making the decisions as a line officer. Being a “day guy” there was a very good chance this could happen, and my responsibilities as an Incident Commander would not end after I transmitted the signal 10 (35 to the Suffolk guys). What would I do? Well I knew about conducting the walk around 360 size up, knew some basic building construction and other size up tactics, and I knew I would pick the brains of some very good ex Chiefs of my department at the time who were always at every fire, but I wanted more. I needed a game plan so to speak for every incident. I needed to organize my thought process and actions so I would not miss something vital to the operation at hand. I decided to go with one of the memory based size up plans that were out there. There are many mnemonic and acronym size up plans one can use, among them the classic 13 point “COAL WAS WEALTH” or “WALLACE WAS HOT”, Lyoyd Layman’s “RECEO”, Harry Carter’s 8 point size up plan and many more. I chose the 13 point “COAL WAS WEALTH” acronym that I had read about in one of the first fire service books I bought on my own, “John Normans Fire Officers Handbook of Tactics”. Now I understand that to some it may be a bit of a task to try to commit to memory these points, plus there are command boards and “cheat sheets” one can use, probably even apps now for smart phones. But there is nothing better than having it all upstairs in your mind. Memorizing these 13 steps or any other acronym system out there should not be that big of a deal, as almost everything we do on the fireground has to do with memory and repetition. Plus it’s all “stuff” we should be familiar with. It aint’ rocket science, it’s all fireground “stuff”... building construction, life hazard, water supply, apparatus and manpower. It really should not be that difficult to commit to memory. Especially to someone who is striving to run a scene as an incident commander confidently and correctly. Even when my Officer days were done and I was a regular back step fireman again I would run these through my mind driving to the firehouse, riding the rig and walking up to the scene. Then, as a Chief Officer, I used these again religiously adding to the 13 points a few extras of my own. You should be familiar with this acronym but for those who may not be let’s take a look at them.

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The 13 point size up acronym. COAL WAS WEALTH C – Construction

W – Weather

W – Water supply

O – Occupancy

E – Exposures

A – Auxiliary appliances

A – Apparatus and manpower

A – Area and height

S – Street conditions, Smoke & Squad Cars

L – Life hazard

L – Location T – Time of day and Time operating H – Hazmats and Hotdogs

The underlined points are not part of the original 13 but extras I added to the mix. Next time we will look at COAL WAS WEALTH and use it with an actual alarm. Until next time be safe all. Mike Cappoziello is a 28 year member of Hook and Ladder Company #2 and former Chief [2011-12] of the Elmont FD in Nassau County, New York. He serves as a Department Training Officer, Public Information Officer and Historian. He has 20 plus years’ experience as a houseman and dispatcher in various Nassau County departments and is currently a Supervising dispatcher with Nassau County Firecom, training officer for the Fieldcom unit and a member of the Nassau County Fire Service Critical Incident Stress Team for the past 11 years; also serving as a liaison for the team to the Nassau County Fire Commission.

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KINGS PARK Back-to-Back MVAs on S.M.P. Story and Photos by Jeff DiLavore- FD Rant News On February 7th as Winter Storm “Nemo” was just beginning to unleash its powerful fury on Long Island, the Kings Park Fire Department received a call for a motor vehicle accident on the southbound Sunken Meadow Parkway just south of Pulaski Road. Upon arrival of First Responder 4-1-81, he found a single vehicle had slammed in to the guardrail with one minor injury. The roads were just starting become slippery as the precipitation was turning from rain, to sleet, to snow. Heavy Rescue 4-1-9 and Ambulance 4-1-63 handled the scene, along with Fire Police 4-1-10. Click Here for More Photos of Kings Park’s MVA As they were clearing from that accident, a passerby advised the crew on scene that another accident had occurred approximately 300 yards south of their location, only in the northbound lanes. A single vehicle carrying special needs adults had lost control and slammed into several trees on the median. Crews had to use chain saws to cut away branches from the driver’s side of the auto to gain access. The driver of the vehicle refused medical attention and two minor aided were transported to St Catherine’s Hospital in Smithtown.

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TERRYVILLE Makes Quick Work of House Fire Story and Photos Chris Sabella On Wednesday night February 7, 2013 just before midnight a fire broke out in a second story room on Clinton Avenue in Port Jefferson Station. The Terryville Fire Department made an aggressive attack a quickly beat down the flames containing the fire to the back bedroom. The fire was reported to have started in a garbage pail in the rear of the home and quickly climbed the rear outside wall of the home. Selden responded with an Engine and Mount Sinai with a RIT. Port Jefferson sent an engine to standby. All units were up in short order.

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SETAUKET and STONY BROOK Respond to Person Under Car Story and Photos by Chris Sabella On February 8,2013 at approximately 2200 hours, a Stony BrookUniversity College Police Officer was responding to a call on the campus,when he accidently struck a pedestrian.He then drove off the roadway into a gully, trapping the victim under the car.Firefighters from Setauket and Stony Brook were able to free the victim with the use of air bags and transport her to University Hospital with numerous injuries.Suffolk County Police Department crime scene responded to handle the investigation. The police officer was also transported after the accident sent his car down the embankment and into the woods.

EAST NORTHPORT MVA with Minor Injuries Story and Photos by Jeff DiLavore – FD Rant News Shortly after 0030 on Friday February 8, 2013, the East Northport Fire Department responded to an MVA at the intersection of Larkfield Road and 5th Avenue. Upon arrival of 2-10-63, it was determined that there were two minor injuries and no entrapment. Both patients were treated and transported to Huntington Hospital. 2-10-52 was the OIC. East Northport responded with Engine 2-10-4 and Ambulances 2-10-15 and 2-10-25, Fire Police 2-10-8. Click Here for More Photos of E. Northport’s MVA

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HUNTINGTON MANOR Another Daytime Job Story by Ron Schankin Photos by Ray Ryan and Jason Polacek

On Friday February 8, 2013 at 10:00 am, just as the Blizzard of 2013 was getting started, the Huntington Manor Fire Department was alerted to a structure fire at 36 9th Avenue in Huntington Station. Arriving first on scene 3rd Assistant Chief Jon Hoffmann[2-4-33]confirmed the working fire. The fire was located to the rear of the house in the basement with extension to the 1st and 2nd floors due to balloon frame construction. Under command of 1st Assistant Chief Frank McQuade [2-4-31] an interior attack was established with three 1-3/4” handlines. Manor was assisted by The Huntington Fire Department and Greenlawn Fire Department provided the R.I.T. Two firefighters were slightly injured and transported by Huntington Community First Aid Squad. The Suffolk County P.D. arson squad and Town of Huntington Fire Marshall are investigating the cause of the blaze.

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HUNTINGTON MANOR Gas Leak Story and Photos by Ron Schankin On Monday afternoon February 11th the Huntingtn Manor Fire Department responded to The Shops at Walt Whitman for a reported gas leak. 1st Assistant Chief Frank McQuade [2-4-31] arrived and determined that a backhoe had ruptured a 1-1/2” inch high pressure natural gas line. Readings were taken inside the mall which revealed high levels of gas. The mall was evacuated and fans were used to vent the building. Due to the expansion and construction at the mall, National Grid had trouble locating a shutoff valve and had to clamp the line.

PATCHOGUE Building Collapse Story and Photos by Tom Lambui On February 12, 2013 at approximately 1005 hours the Patchogue Fire Department was turned out for a reported building collapse at an abandoned NAPA auto parts store located on the southwest corner of E. Main St. & Rider Ave. Upon arrival, it was noticed that there had been a partial collapse of the roof. Patchogue put their Tower Ladder into operation so members and a buildings department inspector could safely observe the condition of the roof and structure. The collapse bldg. was adjoining to 208 E. Main St. in which a gym, Cracks are clearly visible in the exterior wall of the structure, “Finest Fitness” had to be which had bowed outwards due to the partial roof collapse. evacuated while an inspection of the damaged bldg. was performed. LIPA was called to the scene to disconnect utilities.

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SMITHTOWN Heavy Snow + Truss = Roof Collapse Story and Photos by Jeff DiLavore Aerial Photos by Joe Palazzo – Smithtown FD

Saturday February 9, 2013 at approximately 1630 hours the Smithtown Fire Department received a call for an automatic alarm at the Smithtown Lanes bowling alley on Landing Avenue. Upon arrival of Asst. Chief Tim Murphy [4-232] it was determined that a large portion of the roof of the facility had completely collapsed into the building. The building had been unoccupied at the time as evidenced by the unplowed parking lot and locked doors to the facility. The roof constructed with wood Bow String Truss had two sections crumbled presumably from a heavy snow load after a winter storm dumped up to 30 inches of snow in a 24 hour period in Central Suffolk County. A strong odor of natural gas and a large volume of water cascading from the building and onto the LIRR tracks which were approximately 40 feet from the building, prompted Chief John Hansen [4-2-30] to notify the utilities to respond. National Grid crew arrived on scene along with SCWA with each being able to shut down service to the building. The Town of Smithtown Fire Marshal responded along with 4th Division Fire Coordinators.St. James and Nissequogue each sent an engine to the scene and Hauppauge sent an Engine to standby at Smithtown’s main house. Suffolk County PD and MTA Police also responded. Units were on scene for just over 2 hours.

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HAGERMAN Responds to Stranded Female and Pet Story and Photos by Tom Lambui On February 14, 2013, at approximately 3:15 pm, an adult woman and her dog required rescuing from a small island in the Great South Bay in the waters off Patchogue. It seems she and her dog ventured onto the ice for a walk, then became stuck on the island after realizing the ice might be too soft for the return trek. Hagerman F.D. divers, commanded by Chief Tony Citarella[5-1030], S.C.P.D. Marine Unit “Mike”, and South Country Ambulance were called to the scene. S.C.P.D. Marine Unit “Mike” was able to reach the woman and transport her to safety, via police boat, to an awaiting South Country Ambulance, where she was then transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital for treatment for exposure and hypothermia.

Overturned In HEMPSTEAD Story and Photos By Lauren Foschino – You’re My Focus Photography The Hempstead Fire Department responded to an overturned vehicle at the corner of Peninsula Blvd. and Sycamore St. on February 14th, 2013. The patient managed to get himself out of the vehicle on his own. The vehicle knocked out the traffic control box, shutting of the traffic light in all directions

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Valentine’s Day Fire in RIDGE Story and Photos by Tim Asbell On Thursday 2/14/13, The Ridge Fire Department was alerted to a condo complex located at 258 Newcastle Court in Leisure Village, Ridge for a reported house fire at approximately 0930 hours. Upon arrival, the first crews discovered one unit filled with smoke and an active fire in the walls and ceiling. This prompted a reactivation for a working fire and calls to the surrounding departments for Mutual Aid. The Middle Island, Rocky Point, and Wading River Fire Departments were all called to assist the Ridge Fire Department in bringing the fire quickly under control, containing it to the unit of origin. Manorville VAC also responded to the scene. 1 victim of smoke inhalation was transported to J.T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson where he was treated and released.

RONKONKOMA Handles Car Fire Story and Photos by Robert Garofalo The Ronkonkoma FD responded to this vehicle fire Thursday February 14th at approximately 2055hrs. The Jeep Wrangler was fully involved in fire on Carroll Avenue off of Union Avenue upon the arrival of firefighters. Under the command of Chief Tim Blewett [5-24-31], first due Engine 12 stretched the primary attack line making quick work of the fire while second due Engine 6 assisted with final extinguishment and overhaul. The SCPD is investigating the fire. Click Here for More Photos of Ronkonkoma’s Car Fire

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PORT JEFFERSON Another Main Street Fire Story and Photos by Andrew Tetreault

On Wednesday February 12, 2013 the Port Jefferson Fire Department responded to a reported commercial structure fire in vicinity of 1514 Main St. Port Jefferson FD Dispatch [5A-1-0] received multiple calls via Suffolk FRES for smoke showing from the shoe store across from Tara's Inn. Since the call came in as a reported structure fire, Terryville Fire Department was automatically notified per a daytime automatic mutual aid agreement with Port Jefferson Fire Department. Upon arrival of 3rd Assistant Chief Paul Langlois [5A-133] command was established as the first due Engine [5A-1-3] approached the scene; the command post requested they hit a nearby hydrant. Port Jeff FD OIC requested Main Street to be shutdown at North Country Road west to the Long Island Railroad Station. Port Jefferson Ladder 1 [5A-1-1] staged on Linden Place at the corner of Main Street and proceeded to the rear of the building. Terryville responded with 1 Chief [5A-433] and 1 Tower Ladder [5A-4-4]. Crews stretched 1 line into the 2 story commercial occupancy and quickly knocked down the fire. 3rd Assistant Chief Langlois requested mutual aid to the scene from Mount Sinai FD for a RIT to scene. Port Jefferson VACstood by at scene. The Port Jefferson Fire Marshal was requested to respond to the scene.

KIA Burns in TERRYVILLE Story and Photos by Robert Garofalo

The Terryville FD responded to this car fire Thursday February 14, 2013 at approximately 1145hours on North Bicycle Path near Clinton Avenue. Under the command of Chief of Department Keith Olsen [5A-4-30], members from first due Engine 12 promptly stretched the primary attack line making quick work of the fire. Second due Engine 1 members assisted with final extinguishment and overhaul. The KIA SUV was a total loss. No injuries were reported. Click Here for More Photos of Terryville’s Car Fire

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BRENTWOOD Hot Stuff at Motel Fire Story by Jeff DiLavore Photos by Greg Gottlieb, Robert Garofalo and Ken Bradbury

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On Friday night February 15, 2013 the Brentwood Fire Department was toned out for a report of a commercial building fire at the Olympic Lodge Motel at 650 Motor Parkway. Almost simultaneously, the Hauppauge Fire Department received a call for a fire in that vicinity as well. Motor Parkway is a border street between the 2 districts. Because Brentwood was attending a department funeral, the East Brentwood FD was notified to respond to the alarm. Meanwhile, 3-2-0 was receiving reports from Suffolk PD Photo by Rob Garofalo of a working fire at that location. East Brentwood Chief 3-3-30 arrived on scene and a working fire was transmitted. Engine 3-3-1 was 1st due and picked up the hydrant on Marcus Blvd. and stretched handlines to the heavily involved fire. Meanwhile, Hauppauge Ladder 3-8-7 was setting up on the east side of the building and Brentwood’s Ladder 3-2-8 set up on Motor Parkway in front of the building while crews were making an aggressive push on the fire. Brentwood’s Chief of Department Tom Waldron [3-230] arrived on scene and assumed command. Photo by Jeff DiLavore

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MERRICK Basement FireWith Pet Rescue Story and Photos by Kevin Madigan - K2M Photography

At 14:01 hours on the afternoon of February 15th, the Merrick Fire Department was dispatched to 1687 Buckingham Road [off of Central Boulevard] for a report of smoke in the house. Merrick Empire Engine 642 was the first engine to arrive on scene along with Assistant Chief Clement [6402] who transmitted a signal ten [working fire]. North Merrick Ladder 673 responded to the scene and saw work during operations while Freeport responded with Tiller 218 and acted as the FAST team. Two lines were stretched, one in operation, to fight the fire which was concentrated in the basement of the home. Standby consisted of a Roosevelt ladder, North Bellmore engine, and an ambulance from Bellmore. The home’s occupants made it out; however, one cat was pulled from the home and transported to an area hospital with its condition unknown. Click Here for More Photos of Merrick’s Basement Fire

SELDEN Four Aided in MVA Story and Photos by Chris Sabella On Friday morning February 15th the Selden Fire Department responded to a two car collision at Route 25 and MagnoilaDrive in Selden.The impact sent a mother and 2 children spinning on to a side road and a second car into a snow bank. Selden fire department responded with two ambulances and transported all four patients to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment.

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Camper Cooks in BROOKHAVEN Story and Photos by Robert Garofalo

The Brookhaven FD was toned out for this camper fire Thursday February 14, 2013 at approximately 1430hrs. The camper located to the rear of “Horizon Coach” on Station Road was fully involved upon the arrival of the department. Under the command of Chief Tom Connors [5-3-31], first due Engine 2 dropped a 5” supply line and made entry to the fire area. Members promptly stretched the primary attack line making quick work of the fire. The Yaphank FD on mutual aid responded in with Engine 9 and assisted with final extinguishment and overhaul. The camper was a total loss with no extension to the nearby structure or other campers. Also on scene were South Country Ambulance and Suffolk County Fire Coordinator Bob Smith [5-0-4]. Fire Police assisted the SCPD with traffic control for the duration of the alarm. Click Here for More Photos of Brookhaven’s Camper Fire

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ROCKY POINT Two Close Calls at One Fire Story and Photos by Tom Lambui

On Feb. 15, 2013 at approx 10:40 a.m., the Rocky Point F.D. was toned out for a possible house fire at 18 Cordwood Court with a croos street of Southgate. First due units encountered a heavy smoke condition upon arrival and transmitted a 13/35 [working fire]. Apparently this fire had started under the homes fireplace located in the center of the house. This proved to be an extremely dangerous fire when not one, but two, firefighters fell through the first floor into the dwelling’s basement, at separate times during the operation. Thankfully neither sustained serious life threatening injuries. Sound Beach and Wading River each sent an Engine, Miller Place RIT which was later put to work and replaced with Coram RIT, Middle Island Ladder and Ridge Ambulance all to the scene. Mount Sinai, Terryville, Medford, Setauket and Port Jefferson all provided mutual aid for standbys to cover surrounding districts. One firefighter suffered burns and was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital, treated and later released.

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BRENTWOOD Douses Mini-Job Story and Photos by Jeff DiLavore – FD Rant News

On Saturday February 16, 2013 at approximately 1645 hours, the Brentwood Fire Department responded for a general alarm report of a building fire at La Porsa Rita Deli on5th Avenue with a cross of Kirk Road. Suffolk PD was on scene reporting smoke showing. Ladder 3-2-8 and Engine 3-2-5 were first due as crews stretched a 1-3/4” line to attack a fire in an accessory building to the rear of the structure. Assistant Chief Mike Derbyshire [3-2-33] was in command as a quick knockdown was made without any extension to the main building. Click Here for More Photos of Brentwood’s Building Fire

FARMINGVILLE Extrication at MVA Story and Photos by Robert Garofalo

The Farmingville FD responded to this MVA Saturday February 16th at approximately 2300hrs. The two car collision occurred on North Ocean Avenue just north of the LIE. The force of the collision sent the Nissan Frontier off the road, over a snow bank and into a tree trapping the driver. Under the command of Chief Dave Smith [5-18-32], members from Rescue 8 and 9 placed the Hurst Tool into operation to remove the “B” post and drivers side doors to free the injured driver.Members from Engine 2 assisted with the extrication and securing of both vehicles.Once extricated the driver and another patient were transported to Stony Brook University Medical Center in EMS Units 16 and 17. Click Here for More Photos of Farmingville’s MVA with Entrapment

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Through the Roof in NESCONSET Story and Photos by Robert Garofalo

The Nesconset FD responded to this residential structure fire Saturday February 16th at approximately 2040hrs. With numerous calls coming in and reports from dispatch it was evident they were going to work. Under the command of Chief Doug Sneider[4-4-31], a working fire was promptly transmitted for fire through the roof of the attached two car garage. With the occupants safely evacuated, first due Engine 4-4-5 being supplied with a 5” line from Engine 4-4-2 immediately stretched the primary attack line to the front door. Members from Truck 4-4-7 being supplied with a 5” line from Engine 4-4-5 set up directly in front of the building. With engine members making an aggressive push on the fire, truck members conducted vent, entry and search operations. Once the fire was darkened down and all searches were negative, Truck 4-4-7 placed their large caliber stream into operation for final extinguishment over the collapsed roof area of the garage. Subsequently, four handlines were placed into operation with the fire being mostly confined to the garage area. Also on scene for mutual aid were the Hauppauge, Ronkonkoma, Smithtown and Centereach fire departments with Saint James standing by. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported. Click Here for More Photos of Nesconset’s House Fire

SELDEN Quick Knockdown on Car Fire Story and Photos by Chris Sabella

On Saturday February 16, 2013 afternoon just after 4pm Selden fire department responded to a car fire in the driveway on the corner of Cherokee and South Bicycle Path . Firefighters on the first due engine were given the order to stretch a 1-3/4” line to the car by Chief Leavens [5-2530] A quick knock down saved any extension to the home and no injuries were reported. Selden chief requested a 5-0-40 unit to respond for an investigation.

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Quick Knock Down In NORTH MASSAPEQUA Story and Photos by Eric Devine On February 17, 2013 the North Massapequa Fire Department was alerted for a report of a house fire at 500 N. Atlanta Ave. with an additional given to first responding units that it was to be a reported fire in the attic. Asst. ChiefJoseph Pesale Jr.[6603]was the first chief on scene and transmitted the working fire. He advised the dispatcher he had fire showing out the attic vent and notify for a F.A.S.T team to respond from South Farmingdale. First Due Engine 663 picked up a hydrant down the block and layed in just passed the front of the house to leave room for 1st due Truck Co. 1 (661). 2nd due engine 665 secured a second water source on the western end of the block. The crew from 663 stretched an 1 ¾” to the front door and up into the attic while the crew from 665 preformed a search of all floors of the house while the crew from 661 conducted outside ventilation and roof operations. Shortly after first due units were put into place Asst. Chief Kevin Mauro [6601] took command and requested that Bethpage be called for a engine and additional ambulance to the scene due the extreme cold and icing conditions and Massapequa for 1 engine to stand by. With in a half hour of the alarm being transmittedChief Robert Schmidgall [6600] arrived on scene along with Heavy Rescue 664. 6600 assumed command and the crew from 664 was put to work for over haul along with the crew from South Farmingdale while Bethpage’s engine crew stood FAST. The fire was placed under control within an hour, the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s office was called in for an investigation.

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BABYLON Handles Afternoon Overturn Story and Photos by Chris Colletti On February 18th around 4:45pm, the Babylon FD was requested to Little East Neck Rd &Bulger St for a 2 car motor vehicle accident with reports of one vehicle overturned with an entrapment. Arriving on scene, the Babylon FD chiefs were met with 1 vehicle on its side and the victims in the car self-extricated prior to their arrival, while the second vehicle involved was just a short distance away. An ambulance from West Babylon FD was requested to the scene for an additional injury. The crew from Heavy Rescue 1-2-7 secured the overturned vehicle and handled the fluid spill from the second vehicle while Engines 1-2-1, 1-2-3, and 1-2-5 blocked the roadway and diverted all traffic onto the side streets.Babylon Ambulance 1-2-10 and West Babylon Ambulance 1-9-7 transported to Good Samaritan Hospital with non-life threatning injuries. Click Here for More Photos of Babylon’s Overturn MVA

SMITHTOWN Fights Uphill Battle on Daytime Blaze Story and Photos by Jeff DiLavore – FD Rant News On Presidents’ Day, Monday February 18, 2013 the Smithtown Fire Department responded to a reported fire at 12 Thatch Pond Road. Upon arrival of Chief John Hansen [4-2-30] and Assistant Chief Tim Murphy [42-32] they found that a fire in the fireplace had begun to burn outside the fire box. Chief Hansen ordered the 1st due Engine 4-2-30 to pick up the hydrant in front of the fire building and stretch a line. Due to the unusually long uphill and winding driveway [the driveway was approximately 150 feet long from the street with approximately a 20 degree uphill slope], the chief asked for a water can first to hold the fire in check until lines could be stretched into the home. A 3 inch feeder line with a gated wye was stretched to the top of the driveway where 1 ¾” handlines were hooked up for use by the engine crew while truck crews were opening up to check for extension. Meanwhile, St. James was requested to the scene as a RIT and Nissequogue with an Engine. Hauppauge responded to Smithtown’s main house with an engine for standby. All units were secured in under an hour. Click Here for More Photos of Smithtown’s House Fire

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Quick Work Made of OCEANSIDE Fire Story and Photos by Kevin Madigan - K2M Photography At 22:18 hours on the night of February 19th, the Oceanside Fire Department was dispatched to a reported basement fire at 2425 Foxdale Avenue [Bedell and Jackson Streets as the cross streets]. When Chief Klein arrived on scene he advised his first due engine that there was a hydrant opposite the house. After quickly investigating what he had on scene the Chief requested the hydrant be picked up and a line a stretched to the front door. This direction was soon followed by the transmission of a signal ten [working fire]. Oceanside Engine 248 [Terrace] was the first engine to arrive on scene. At least two lines were stretched with one in operation for the basement fire. Oceanside Ladder 2442 was the first truck on scene while Engine 243 was the second due engine. Baldwin responded to the scene with Ladder 207 as the FAST team while Baldwin Engine 201 went to standby at Oceanside Headquarters. Also standing by for Oceanside was a Rockville Centre ladder and ambulance. By 23:00 hours the last fire units were released from the scene. It was believed the fire was caused by the malfunction of a blowtorch as the homeowner was installing a hot water heater. However, the cause of the fire remained under investigation. All fire department units were under the command of Oceanside Chief of Department Kevin Klein [241]. Click Here for More Photos of Oceanside’s House Fire

SELDEN Responds to Wreck Story and Photos by Robert Garofalo Additional Photo by Tom Lambui The Selden FD responded to this three car MVA with overturn on Wednesday February 20th at approximately 1335hrs. The wreck occurred at the intersection of Middle Country Road and Boyle Road with a Honda Odyssey overturning onto its roof from the force of the collision. Under the command of Assistant Chief Peter Reimann[5-25-32], Rescue and Photo by Robert Garofalo Engine members secured the scene and the three vehicles while EMS members tended to the injured motorists. Fire Police assisted the SCPD with traffic control while ESU officers righted the vehicle. Selden EMS transported the injured motorists to Stony Brook University Medical Center with unspecified injuries.

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BRENTWOOD Handles Car vs House with Natural Gas Leak Story and Photos by Chris Colletti – LNBN On February 20th, the Brentwood FD and SCPD 3rd Precinct officers were recieving calls for a car into a house with an active natural gas leak at 132 3rd St.Arriving SCPD sector cars and Brentwood FD Chiefs, they had a car which struck the side of the house with minor damage and also a parked car in the driveway as well as the gas main.Engine 3-2-15 of Central Engine Company 5 was requested on their arrival to hit the hydrant just a short distance down the street and stretch an 1 3/4'' handline. The library across the street from the home as well as the surrounding neighboring homes were also being evacuated as a precautionary measure.National Grid was requested to the scene on a rush as crews were unable to shut down the main gas line. Town of Islip Fire Marshal's office was also on scene for their investigation.All operations were under the command of Chief of Department Thomas Waldron (3-2-30).

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Fatal Fire inMASSAPEQUA Story and Photos by Kim Versheck Shortly after 1:00am on February 20, 2013, the Massapequa Fire Department was alerted to a reported house fire at the intersection of Van Buren Street and Park Boulevard. As firefighters turned out, their dispatcher advised of multiple calls reporting a person trapped. Massapequa 2nd Assistant Chief Thomas Fitzsimmons [6302] was first on scene, immediately advising he had heavy fire throughout the first floor and extending to the second floor in the 1-4 corner. Engine 635 arrived on scene and placed the first of three lines into service. Confronted with a heavy fire load, the first due truck (TL 632) immediately laddered the structure attempting to gain access to the second floor were the resident was believed to be. As Photo by Lauren Cronemeyer additional units arrived, Chief of the Department Stephen Daresta [6300] took command. Crews made an aggressive push, quickly knocking down the fire in the front room but found the stairs burned away. A ladder was placed over the staircase so crews could access the second floor and continue to fight the fast moving fire. The resident of the home was discovered on the second floor a short time into operations but had succumbed to the heat and smoke despite the valiant efforts made by the Massapequa Firefighters. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes and overhaul began. No further injuries were reported as the mutual aid FAST from Seaford (L 683) was released and the scene was turned over to officials from the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Nassau Police Arson Squad. Suffolk County FRES Fire Marshal Don Lynch and his K-9 Tiana were called upon to assist in a search of the home. Click Here for More Photos of Massapequa’s Fatal House Fire

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COPIAGUE Mulch Fire at the Town Highway Yard Story and Photo by Chris Colletti - LNBN Early afternoon on February 22nd, the Copiague FD was requested to the Town of Babylon highway yard on Marconi Blvd for a large pile of mulch burning.Assistant Chief Mark Rosenberg (1-3-33) took command and advised incoming units to respond into the rear of the yard.Engine 1-3-7 of the Vigiliant Engine Company stretched an 1 3/4'' handline, while Eagle Engine 1-3-10 stood by on the hydrant but were later requested to come into the yard and stretch an additional 1 3/4'' to assist using their tank water.All units operating on scene were up in short order.

FARMINGVILLEUp in Flames Story and Photos by Robert Garofalo

The Farmingville FD responded to this vehicle fire Friday February 22nd at approximately 1015hrs. The Chevy Monte Carlo was up in flames in the parking lot of the “Teachers Federal Credit Union” off of North Ocean Avenue. Under the command of Chief Dave Smith [5-18-32], members from Engine 2 made quick work of the fire assisted by members of Rescue 8. No injuries were reported. Click Here for More Photos of Farmingville’s Car Fire

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EAST MORICHES Tow Truck Rollover Story and Photos by Matt Thomas – LNBN On the night of February 21, 2013 the East Moriches Fire Department and East Moriches Community Ambulance were both activated for a motor vehicle accident with reported overturn on southbound County Road 51 just North of Montauk Highway.When Assistant Chief Robert Kanas [5-731] andAssistant Chief Ed Schneyer[5-7-32] arrived on scene they confirmed one tow truck on it's roof and the lone occupant had self extricated. Crews from Engine 5-7-4 stabilized the vehicle while EMS treated the driver of tow truck. All units were up within half hour.

BROOKHAVEN Aids Suffolk MOS After MVA Photo and Story by Chris Sabella On Sunday night February 24,2013 at approximately 2200 hours, a 7th precinct police cruiser was involved in a collision at William Floyd Parkway and Victory Avenue in Shirley. Brookhaven Fire Department and Suffolk Police ESU had to use hydraulic rescue tools to remove the police officer from the vehicle.The officer was transported by Suffolk PD Aviation to a local trauma hospital for treatment ofnonlifethreatning injuries.

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An“All American Knockdown” in HAGERMAN Story and Photo by Robert Garofalo The Hagerman FD was toned out for an automatic alarm Friday February 22nd at approximately 0810hrs for a fire at “All American Auto Body” on Americus Avenue. Before any units were responding, dispatch advised of a phone alarm confirming a fire in the auto body shop. Under the command of Bellport Chief Jason Crane [5-1-31], Hagerman First Due Engine 1 immediately stretched the primary attack line through the exposure 4 entrance and made a quick knockdown on the fire in the exposure 3 and 4 corner that had starting extending up into the attic area. Members from Rescue 6, supplying Engine 1 with additional tank water also made entry and began ventilation and overhaul operations. Also on scene assisting was Bellport Engine 5 and North Patchogue Engine 3 with the Brookhaven FD assigned as RIT. Suffolk County Fire Coordinator Bob Smith[5-0-4]was on scene with the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshal. Click Here for More Photos of Hagerman’s Building Fire

HOLBROOK Wake-Up Call Story and Photos by Robert Garofalo

The Holbrook FD responded to this single vehicle MVA Saturday February 23rd at approximately 0210hrs. The SUV was heading north on PatchogueHolbrook Road when it crossed the center median leaving the road cartwheeling into a tree. The driver and passenger were able to selfextricate through the passenger side door prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. Under the command of Chief of Department Cliff Pendl[3-15-30], members from Engine 12 and Rescue 5 secured the area. EMS Responder 80 and Ambulance 18 members tended to and subsequently treated, packaged and transported the injured female passenger to Stony Brook University Medical Center with unspecified injuries. Click Here for More Photos of Holbrook’s MVA

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FARMINGVILLE Stands in for HOLTSVILLE Story and Photos by Robert Garofalo Additional Photos by Tom Lambui and Chris Sabella

On Saturday February 23rd at 2215hrs, the Farmingville Fire Department, while covering for the Holtsville FD who were at their Photo by Tom Lambui Installation Dinner, was toned out for a residential structure fire on Jamaica Avenue off of Blue Point Road in Holtsville. With heavy fire Photo by Robert Garofalo throughout the home lighting up the night sky it was painfully obvious the members were going to work. Under the command of Captain Photo by Robert Garofalo Phil Erickson [5-18-40], the working fire was transmitted with a mutual aid request. Fire was visible on the exposures 1, 3 and 4 sides as well as through the roof and quickly extending to the remainder of the structure. With all occupants accounted for, Captain Erickson had first due Truck 7 set up directly in front of the structure for a large caliber stream operation. Engine 2 being supplied from a nearby hydrant immediately placed two 2 ½ “lines into operation to start darkening down the fire. Rescue 8 members immediately began assisting members with the initial attack. The Medford FD responding in on mutual aid with Engine 12 dropped 1200’ of 5” line to supply Truck 7. The Holbrook FD initially assigned as the RIT was immediately Long Island FD Rant News – Volume 2 Edition 2 – February, 2013

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placed to work handing over the RIT responsibilities to the North Patchogue FD. Subsequently, four handlines were placed into operation along with the large caliber stream. With the fire knocked down and overhaul underway members had retrieved the pet dog that perished in a second floor rear room. The Selden FD was on standby at Farmingville’s headquarters for the duration of the alarm. Suffolk County Fire Coordinator Bob Smith [5-0-4]was also on scene assisting as well as the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshal. Photo by Tom Lambui The cause of the fire is under investigation by the SCPD Arson Squad. Photo by Tom Lambui

Click Here for More Photos from Rob Garofalo of Farmingville’s House Fire Photo by Chris Sabella

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Wires Down Ignites Fire in MANHASSET-LAKEVILLE Story by Kirk Candan Photos by Daniel Arce and James Dempsey On Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 12:35PM, Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Companies 1 and 2 were dispatched to Maple Street between Northern Boulevard and Bayview Avenue for reported wires down and across the roadway.

Deputy Chief Pisani (8702) was the first unit to arrive on the scene and advised all incoming units that a truck had struck and snapped a utility pole, and that the live primary electrical wire had fallen into the Town of North Hempstead’s athletic field construction site located on Maple Street and igniting a large pile of construction materials. LIPA was immediately notified for a forthwith response to remove power from the live arcing electrical wire. Several 55 gallon drums filled with diesel fuel were involved in the burning construction material, so Deputy Chief Pisani also requested that the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Hazardous Materials respond to the scene. Company 3 and Ambulance Unit were also added to the initial response. The thick black smoke from the burning construction materials and diesel fuel could be seen for miles in every direction.

While awaiting the arrival of LIPA, crews from Companies 1 and 3 stretched two precautionary 1 ¾” hose lines off of Engine 8711. Once the power was removed, one hose line was operated to extinguish the fire. Crews from Tower Ladder 8724 and Quint 8728 overhauled the pile of burning materials and the scene was placed under control within one hour. ManhassetLakeville units on the scene included Engine 8711, 8712, 8735, 8733, Tower Ladder 8724, Quint 8728, Heavy Rescue 8730, Ambulances 8768 and 8769, and Deputy Chiefs Pisani[8702], Farrone[8705], and Garrigan [8703]. All units were released from the scene within an hour and fifteen minutes.

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APPARATUS OF THE FIRE SERVICE Brentwood Engine 3-2-15 on scene of a recent fire

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Massapequa Tower Ladder on Scene of fatal fire

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APPARATUS OF THE FIRE SERVICE Huntington Manor Engine 2-4-9 at a recent gas leak

Hauppauge Engine on Scene of fire in Nesconset

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Elmont Tiller Ladder 708 at a recent MVA

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Serious Injuries Avoided in PATCHOGUE Story and Photos by Robert Garofalo The Patchogue FD along with Patchogue Ambulance was toned out for an MVA school bus verse dump truck on Monday February 25th at 1530hrs. The collision occurred at the intersection of Grove Avenue and Carman Street leaving four students injured. Under the command of Chief of Department Joe Perry [5-19-30], members from Rescue 7 and Engines 2 and 5 assisted Patchogue EMS members in treating and packaging the injured students while also securing the vehicles. Patchogue Ambulance units transported the four students to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Also on scene handling traffic control was Fire Police. Click Here for More Photos of Patchogue’s School Bus MVA

RIDGE Overturn with a Twist Story and Photos by Tom Lambui On February 25, 2013 at approximately 1740 hours, the Ridge Fire Department was activated for a motor vehicle accient with possible entrapment on the Long Island Expressway (Rte. 495).A vehicle travelling eastbound lost control, hit a snow bank in the center median, flipped over, and landed on all four wheels in the westbound lanes. The Judges Score: A PERFECT 10!!!! The driver was transported to Stony Brook University Medical Center by Ridge E.M.S.

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EAST NORTHPORT Two Cars, One Pinned Story and Photos by Jeff DiLavore – FD Rant News Additional Photo by Brian Welliver – FD Rant News On Tuesday February 26, 2013 at approximately 1426 hours the East Northport Fire Department was alerted for a motor vehicle accident with Photo by Brian Welliver entrapment at the intersection of Larkfield Road and Cedar Road. Upon arrival of Chief Joe Photo by Jeff DiLavore Ervin [2-10-30] he notified dispatch that the accident was located north of Cedar Road on Larkfield and was confirming entrapment in one of the vehicles. He immediately requested two ambulances to respond as well as calling for the Hurst Tool. Asst. Chief Wayne Kifler [2-10-31] also arrived on scene and assisted.Engine 2-10-4 arrived on scene and their crew went to work on the car with the trapped driver. They removed both driver’s side doors to facilitate extrication. Meanwhile, aviation was requested with a landing zone designated at the Cedar Road School on Cedar Road which was in the Commack fire district. Chief Ervin requested Commack FD to respond to secure the landing zone and sent Assistant Chief Dan Heffernan [2-10-32] to that location. The patient was taken by ambulance to the landing zone and transported to Stony Brook University Medical Center. A second Photo by Jeff DiLavore patient from the other vehicle was transported to Huntington Hospital by East Northport’s other ambulance. Click Here for More Photos of East Northport’s MVA

Clothes Dryer Heats Up MEDFORD Story and Photos by Chris Sabella On Tuesday night February 26th, the Medford Fire Department responded to a report of an apartment fire in the Blue Ridge condominium complex just before 10 pm.As the first chief arrived on scene he was met with smoke showing from one of the apartment units.After a quick size up, the fire was found to have originated in a clothes dryer in the apartment. Crewsfirefighters quickly knocked out the fire and checked for extension. The fire was contained to the room of origin.

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Train to Become a Wildland Firefighter Upcoming Course Dates: April 8 - 12, 2013 S-130/190 Basic Firefighting & Wildfire Behavior A special Field Day Only version of S-130/190 is set for April 12, 2013 for firefighters who take the online training version of this class. S130/190 Basic Firefighting & Wildfire Behavior is FREE for Suffolk and Nassau County, volunteer firefighters. All courses will be held at Brookhaven National Lab. If you have any questions about course selection, online training options or general questions about the 2013 Inaugural Spring Prescribed Fire Academy you can call the Academy at: Phone: (631) 769‐1556 or E‐mail: fireacad@gw.dec.state.ny.us NY Wildfire and Incident Management Academy http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/73.html


EAST NORTHPORT Textbook Knockdown on Daytime Job Story and Photos by Jeff DiLavore – FD Rant News

On a cold and rainy mid-morning of February 27, 2013 the East Northport Fire Department received a call for a house fire at 8 Wheeler Place near Alsace Drive. Initial reports given to responding units was that Suffolk PD units were on scene reporting a ‘fully involved’ fire. Captain Tom Bourne [2-10-53] had 2-10-0 re-tone the alarm as a 13/35 [working fire] and requested a RIT from Northport to respond. Upon arrival of 1st due Engine 2-10-4 a 1¾” attack line was stretched and began to attack the fire. Ladder 2-10-2 took a position in front of the fire building and 2nd due Engine 2-106 secured a water supply and laid in to feed 2-10-4. Assistant Chief Dan Heffernan [2-10-32] arrived on scene and assumed command as a second 1¾” handline was pulled to back up the first team as the truck crew went to the 2nd floor and roof for VES duties. Northport’s Ladder 2-9-7 responded as the RIT but was put to work and replaced by Ladder 2-11-1 from Commack. The fire was quickly brought under control and extensive overhaul began. Original reports of occupants within proved false. Standby units included Greenlawn with an engine and Commack VAC with an ambulance to East Northport’s main house. The Town of Huntington Fire Marshal and Suffolk County Arson Squad were called to the scene and 2nd Division Coordinator was on scene to assist with the operation as well.

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House Explosion in HEMPSTEAD

You’re My Focus Photography

Story and Photos By Lauren Foschino – You’re My Focus Photography The Hempstead Fire Department responded to a report of a house explosion on Perry Ave around 2:20pm on February 27th, 2013. Engine One was first due on scene confirming a leveled out house, structural damage to the adjacent houses, the side of a house on fire, and aided. The fast teams, mutual aid, were immediately notified as well as North Bellmore’s and Rockville Centre’s Technical Rescue Team. The impact of the explosion blew the front door across the street and under the tires of a car.

The fire was put out quickly while other members were checking the adjacent houses for victims. Both neighbors were said to have smelled gas in the morning. A young girl was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The home that was leveled was a vacant home and nobody was in there at the time of the incident. Both adjacent homes sustained a severe amount of damage, the families were displaced until further notice. The Fire Marshal and Arson and Bomb squad were requested to the scene for an investigation it was said that the house was under a foreclosure just a few days ago.

You’re My Focus Photography

You’re My Focus Photography

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HAUPPAUGE Handles Afternoon Pin Story and Photos by Tim Asbell

At approximately 1600 hours on Wednesday February 27, 2013, the Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to handle a motor vehicle accident with confirmed entrapment on Motor Parkway and Express Drive North. Responding units found a two car collision involving a Jeep and a minivan. The driver of the Jeep was pinned in her vehicle with multiple suspected lower extremity fractures. As a precaution, Hauppauge Fire Department Heavy Rescue personal removed the driver’s side door of the Jeep & extricated the patient. In total, two patients were transported via Central Islip Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Southside Hospital where they were both expected to fully recover.

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Busy afternoon in ELMONT Story and Photos by Tim Asbell

The Elmont Fire Department was returning from a reported dryer fire on Monday February 25th when they were alerted to a motor vehicle accident with an occupant trapped less than a block from one of their substations. Crews worked to free the trapped driver while Elmont FD EMS personal attended to the operator of the second vehicle. 2 people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

CORAM Single Car Rollover MVA Story and Photo by Chris Sabella Coram firefighters responded on Tuesday night February 26, 2013 to a one car accident on south bound County Road 83 south of Hawkins Avenue. An S.U.V. with a driver and a passenger left the roadway and flipped over after hitting a tree and a fence. The driver and passenger were injured and transported by Coram ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.Coram firefighters secured the vehicle and took up about 20 mins later. Click Here for More Photos of Coram’s Rollover MVA

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Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums Fund Raiser Story by Alan Jacoby Photos by Lauren Cronemeyer

On Saturday February 16th at Mulcahy’s in Wantagh, the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes &Drums, comprised mostly of members from various fire departments in Nassau County held a fund raiser. The group represents the Nassau County Fire Service at many functions throughout the year which include everything from playing for fire departments marching in parades to playing for the President of the United States and also at line of duty death funerals. Every February, an event known as the Irish Bash Fundraiser at Mulcahys is held in order to raise funds to fund operating costs of the band. In this day and age, it can be quite expensive to run a pipe band. One of the highest costs include a complete band uniform which runs in the neighborhood of $2,000.00 per member and that is without an instrument. Members purchase those by themselves. The money also goes towards paying the pipe and drum instructors every week. Sounding so good does not come cheap! Without the support of the Nassau County Fire Service this group could not continue to function. Band practice is every Wednesday night at East Meadow Fire Department Headquarters. All members volunteer their time and energy in order to sound and look their best while representing the Nassau County Fire Service proudly. Pipe & Drum classes will start in April. For anyone interested in becoming a member please e-mail: band-manager@nassaufirepipes.com Any fire departments or organizations interested in hiring the band for a parade, installation dinner or any other event; or wants some more information, please contact the band manager Alan Jacoby at 516-978-1631 or e-mail: band-manager@nassaufirepipes.com

Building for the Future in HUNTINGTON MANOR

Story and Photos by Ron Schankin On Saturday morning February 16th when most teenagers would rather be sleeping 16 members of the Huntington Manor Fire Department Explorer Post 1650 were practicing their firefighting skills. Led by advisors, Captain Chuck Brady, Karen Blackburn, Mike Booher, Lou Agista and Ron Schankin, the explorers did Scott Pak familiarization, maze and firefighter removal drills. The explorer program is made up of over 20 youths aged 13-18. Many explorers have gone on to become members of the department!

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Congratulations to Lauren Foschino And

Byron Chenault on your engagement. We wish you both a lifetime of happiness together From everyone here at FD Rant News: Jeff DiLavore Brian Welliver Bernadette Franc Phil Lichtenberger Jim McNamara Robert Senn Tom Rinelli Joe Laino Mike Capoziello Ken Bradbury

Chris Colletti Lauren Cronemeyer Eric Devine Eric Dobrini Robert Garofalo Paul Krussmann Tom Lambui Kevin Madigan Ralph Moniello Brian Olsen

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About the Authors: Jeff DiLavore is a past Chief of the Lakeview Fire Department [1999-2000], a Registered Nurse and a former EMTCC. He is also the owner of NassauFDRant and SuffolkFDRant websites and the publisher and editor of Long Island FD Rant News. He can be reached at 631.766.3287 or via email at: FDRantNews@verizon.net

Jim McNamara (Jimmy Mac) is a 25 year member and Ex-Chief of the North Bellmore Fire Department, served as the Department’s Training Coordinator, and is a founding member of both North Bellmore’s and the 6th Battalion Technical Rescue Team. Jimmy worked for the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s office for 14 years spending the last 12 as a Specialist on the Hazardous Material Response Team. He also spent 9 years as a 2nd Deputy Chief Instructor at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy where he taught Technical Rescue, Vehicle Extrication, Haz Mat, WMD and numerous other classes. Chief McNamara is currently the Adjunct Instructor for Distant Learning for the Nassau FD RANT.

Bobby Senn joined the Hicksville Volunteer Fire Department in 1987 and the FDNY in 1994. His titles have included Firefighter, Probationary Firefighter Training Coordinator, Company and Department Training Instructor. He is a former 2nd Deputy Chief Instructor at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy, an FDIC Instructor and he lectures to numerous colleges and Emergency Services Agencies around the country on a variety of subjects related to First Responders. He is the author of “Beyond Surviving” and has also been published in many periodicals related to Fire Service and Safety. To request a copy of “Beyond Surviving” or to submit questions or comments email Bobby at BobbySFDNY@optonline.net.

Phil Lichtenberger is the owner of Monitor Long Island, Inc. which owns W2LIE.net, LongIslandFirePhotos.com, and manages several other sites. Phil has been a licensed Amateur Radio operator since 1994 and has been listening to scanner and short-wave for 20 years. You can contact him at w2lie@w2lie.net

Joe Laino EMT-CC, CIC, is a 25 year EMS veteran.

He’s been an active EMS provider in the Nassau, Suffolk and NYC

regions. He is an Ex-Chief and Lifetime Member of the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. Since 1999, Joe has been on staff at the Nassau County EMS Academy and currently serves as 1st Deputy Chief Instructor. The recipient of numerous departmental , local and county awards, Joe has also served on the Nassau REMSCO for nine years; in that time he chaired the EMS Systems Committee for 6 years. He is also the Owner of CPR PLUS LLC. Joe can be reached at cprplusllc@gmail.com

Mike Cappoziello is a 28 year member of Hook and Ladder Co.#2 and former Chief [2011-12] of the Elmont FD. He serves as a Department Training Officer, Public Information Officer and Historian. He has 20 plus years experience as a houseman and dispatcher in various Nassau County departments and is currently a Supervising dispatcher with Nassau County Firecom, training officer for the Fieldcom unit-Member of the Nassau County fire service Critical Incident Stress team for the past 11 years and is a liaison for the team to the Nassau County Fire Commission.

Duane Welliver is a 25 year member and former Fire Captain of the East Farmingdale Fire Department.

He currently serves as the Technical Rescue Captain and a Training Officer for the Department. He is a N.Y.S. Certified Fire Instructor II. Also has 10 years experience as a full time Instructor with the New York City Police Department. He can be reached at 631.505.3778 or via email at: FRSTraining@aol.com

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