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Volume 3, Edition 4 - April 2014

NORTH MASSAPEQUA Historic Fire Destroys Island Recreational Pool Supply

Photo by Kevin Madigan

Engine 662 sets up in front of a fully involved building fire at Island Recreation Pool Supply [see story page 16]

MANORVILLE SCPD Officer Rescues Occupant from Car Fire [page 14] UNIONDALE Collyer’s Condition at Weekend House Fire [page 36] NORTH AMITYVILLE Multiple Mobile Homes Burn [page 44] SMITHTOWN House Fire with Burn Victim [pages 60 - 61] FLORAL PARK CENTRE Two Dogs Perish in Smoky Blaze [page 80]


Photo by Kevin Madigan

Owner/Editor/Publisher Jeff DiLavore

Page 2 Page 3 Pages 4-5 & 26-27 Pages 32 - 34

Table of Contents Editorial Faces of the Fire Service The Back of the Bus By Tom Cronogue

Pages 52 - 53 Centerfold Pages 58 - 56 Talkin’ Fire Stuff By Mike Capoziello

Pages 70 - 72 Radio Room By Phil Lichtenberger

Pages 80 - 81 Apparatus of the Fire Service Pages 90 - 91 Sponsors Page About the Authors Page 92

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Correspondents

Mark Bellew Ken Bradbury Chris Colletti Kevin Conn Lauren Cronemeyer Eric Devine Lauren Foschino Robert Garofalo Fred Kopf Paul Krussmann Tom Lambui Kevin Madigan Ralph Moniello Brian Olsen Dominic Orlando Chris Sabella Ron Schankin Matt Thomas Kim Versheck John Walthers Cameron Wilken Pat Welliver

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FD Rant News LONG ISLAND, NY

The #1 Publication for the Long Island Fire Service with the MOST and the BEST Coverage Mother Nature has a way of really putting us to the test and this past month was no exception. March truly did roll in like a lion and out like a lamb with one last snow storm that coated our area on March 31st before the air got much warmer and drier as the month pressed on which typically makes conditions ripe for brush fires…and that’s exactly what we got. Low humidity coupled with a few days of moderate winds led to numerous brush fires across Long Island; mainly in Suffolk County. One thing we have seen, especially in the Manorville area, is that departments are becoming more proactive in getting additional resources to the scene a lot more quickly than in the past. By committing more resources earlier in the operation, these fires seem to be brought under control a lot more quickly and with less spread. The boating season is not even officially underway and we have already seen several “legit” water rescues. As usual, the Kings Park Fire Department led the way with two separate incidents in under 24 hours on the Nissequogue River and Long Island Sound while on the South Shore, the West Islip Fire Department responded to the base of the Robert Moses Causeway for a boating accident. With water temperatures remaining on the low side due to unseasonably cold temperatures this Spring, it is important to expedite the removal of victims from the water as quickly as possible to limit the effects of hypothermia on the victims. This month one of our correspondents suffered a loss in his family and all of us here at the FD Rant News would like to extend our condolences to John Walthers on the passing of his dad. On a happier note, we would like to congratulate another one of our correspondents, Paul Krussmann, and his wife Vanessa on the birth of their son Michael Joseph born on April 10, 2014. Mom and baby are doing great. We couldn’t be happier for your family. God Bless. As we close out another month we are proud to announce that our 3rd annual special edition coverage of the Nassau County Firematic Service Awardswill be delivered next week on either Monday May 5th or Tuesday May 6th depending on our production time allotted. We are proud to be able to bring first hand extensive coverage of all the members of the Nassau County Fire Service who are being recognized for their achievements above and beyond the call of duty. Remember to “Like” us on Facebook by clicking here:

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FACES OF THE FIRE SERVICE Firefighter Joe Pucci of the Kings Park Fire Department at a recent brush fire in East Northport

Photo by Jeff DiLavore

East Northport Lieutenant Matt Cambria on the scene of a recent house fire

Photo by Jeff DiLavore

Wayne Kaifler [2-10-31], Tim Clark [4-1-32], Scott Dalrymple [2-0-5], John Gallo [4-1-31], Andy Babajko [2-11-31] and Dan Heffernan [2-10-32]

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Ronkonkoma Captain Eric Cook at a recent fire

Photo by Cameron Wilken

Hauppauge RIT at a recent Central Islip fire

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FACES OF THE FIRE SERVICE Members of East Northport operate a handline at a recent brush fire

Medford Ambulance members at a recent house fire

Photo by Cameron Wilken

Members of Smithtown take a break after a recent working fire

The Hooters Girls joined the FD Rant News crew in sending off Mark Bellew - Lambui, Madigan, Bellew, DiLavore, Versheck, Garofalo.

Photo by Joe Palazzo

Firefighters use a lift as a make shift ladder to gain access to the roof at the Lighthouse Ford fire in North Amityville on April 10th

Ex-Chief Ruffin of the Gordon Heights Fire Department at a recent MVA

Photo by Chris Sabella.

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ISLIP TERRACE

Terrace responds to MVA Photo and Story by Ken Bradbury

On Tuesday March 25th, the Islip Terrace FD responded to a report of an MVA at the intersection of Poplar St. and Ferndale Blvd. 2nd Assistant Chief Thomas Quagliara was first on the scene and alerted his responding units of a negative pin. Islip Exchange Ambulance responded to transport the victims. One person was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.

http://deerparkfirephoto.smugmug.com/MVAs-1/32514-Islip-Terrace-Mva

EASTPORT

Brush Burns

Story and Photos by Kevin Conn At about 12:30 pm, on Wednesday March 26, 2014, the Eastport Fire Department was activated for a brush fire on Eastport Manor Road south of Sunrise Highway. Eastport 2nd Assistant Chief Mike Tortorice responded and upon arrival started requesting Mutual aids for Brush Trucks and pumpers, as the fire was being wind swept towards nearby homes on Sabrina Drive and Holmes Avenue. The fire was extinguished in approximately 90 minutes. Mutual aids responded from Manorville, Ridge, Riverhead, Brookhaven, Mastic Beach, Mastic, East Quogue, Center Moriches, and East Moriches..

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MANORVILLE

Small Invitational for Brush Fire

Story and Photo by Christopher Sabella – On Scene Photography Brush season has started and as usual Manorville kicks it off with a small invite only fire, this time starting on Eastport Manor Road in Manorville. At least 5 departments joined the Manorville fire department on a windy afternoon on March 26th, 2014. GI’S from Quogue, Eastport, Ridge and Manorville went to work supported by several engines from West Hampton, Eastport, and other nearby departments. The fire was reported around 11:30 am and went on for several hours until it was brought under control.

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CENTEREACH

Overturn

Story and Photo by Christopher Sabella On Scene Photography

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BROOKHAVEN and SOUTH COUNTRY Head-on with school bus

Story and photos by T. J. Lambui-FD Rant News/LiHotShots On March 25th at approximately 1310 hours, the S.C.P.D., Brookhaven Fire Department and South Country Ambulance were alerted for a reported MVA with entrapment on the Sunrise Highway North Service Road between River Road and Gerard Road. Upon arrival, Brookhaven's Bravest found a two vehicle head-on MVA involving an east bound Jeep Grand Cherokee and a west bound mini school bus (with no children on board) in which the driver of the Jeep required extrication. B.F.D members used the hydraulic Jaws-of-Life to cut the driver out of the Jeep. The male driver of the Jeep, and the female driver of the school bus were both injured and were transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital by South Country Ambulance. It was unknown what caused the driver of the Jeep to veer into the oncoming school bus, SCPD is investigating. http://lihotshots.smugmug. com/Fire/03252014-1310-hrs-

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MANORVILLE

Brush Fire is Start of a busy day

Story and photos by T. J. Lambui-FD Rant News/LiHotShots

http://lihotshots.smugmug.com/Fire/03262014-0920-hrs-Manorville/38065403_fr67DR On Wednesday, March 26th at approximately 0920 hours the Manorville Fire Department was toned out for a reported brush fire on Grumman Blvd. This was the first brush fire in what would prove to be a busy day for East End departments which started on the south side of Grumman Blvd., east of Line Road, directly across from the old Grumman Aircraft complex. Manorville’s Bravest had the fire under control in about an hour with the assistance of mutual aid from Wading River, Riverhead, and Ridge fire departments and EMS units.

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CORAM

Smoke in Commercial Building Story and Photo by Christopher Sabella On Scene Photography

On the afternoon of March 27th, the Coram Fire Department was activated for smoke inside the Stop-N-Shop store on Route 25. Coram firefighters were able to find the source as a burning relay switch in the meat case in back of the store. The fire was quickly extinguished with a dry chemical extinguisher and closing off the fuse for that area. Stop-N-Shop employees and patrons were evacuated until the store was cleared. .

MEDFORD

Two Car MVA

Story and photos by T. J. Lambui-FD Rant News/LiHotShots On Friday March 28, 2014 at approximately 1330 hours a two car accident at the intersection of Southaven Avenue and Sills Road sent one woman to the hospital with injuries. She was transported by Medford Volunteer Ambulance to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital.

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BROOKHAVEN

Brush Fire Captured First Hand

Story and photos by T. J. Lambui-FD Rant News/LiHotShots On March 8th, the SCPD and Brookhaven Fire Department were notified at approximately 1600 hours of a brush fire located in the woods off Grucci Lane near Horseblock Road. Even with strong winds, Brookhaven crews were able to bring the fire under control in about a 1/2 hour before it could extend any further. After the main body of fire was knocked down and final mop up operations were under way, Brookhaven’s Bravest were gracious enough to allow me to ride in the officer’s seat of their brush truck (stump jumper) to shoot some first-hand photos and video. It’s also a great opportunity for our readers to see first-hand how powerful and versatile these rigs really are and I’d like to thank the Brookhaven F.D., especially the Chiefs office, for allowing me to be able to share this with our readers. No injuries were reported. http://lihotshots.smugmug. com/Fire/03282014-1600-hrsBrookhaven/38125087_dpQ5Pz

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SELDEN Inferno Sign

Story and Photos By Cameron Wilken

http://www.cameronwilkenphotography.com/33014-Selden-Sign-Fire/ On the early morning of March 30th, around 4:20a.m., the Selden Fire Department was activated for a sign fire in front of 1258 Middle Country Road. While in route, Selden’s chief was informed by dispatch that it was a confirmed fully involved sign fire per PD. Engine 12 was the first engine on scene and pulled an inch and three quarter line. The fire was put out without any extension or injuries.

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MANORVILLE

Suffolk Police Officer Saves Driver from Horrible Fate Story and photos by T. J. Lambui-FD Rant News/LiHotShots

Link to Gallery:

http://lihotshots.smugmug.com/Fire/04012014-0030-hrs-Manorville/38190980_DTdtWW

On Tuesday April 1st, Police Officer Denis O’Connor from Suffolk County Police Dept.'s 7th Pct. responding to a call at approximately 12:30 a.m. of a car accident on Florence Drive, near Barbara Ann Street, discovered this car engulfed in flames and the male drive trapped within. Officer O’Connor, with the help of a Good Samaritan, were able to break out the rear window and drag the man to safety wherein EMS crews from Manorville Community Ambulance transported the victim to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. The Manorville Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire and a search for additional occupants was negative. The driver apparently lost control and struck a large boulder, weighing tons, moving the boulder about 25 feet and the SUV then burst into flames.

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EAST QUOGUE Snowy Over-turn

Story and photos by T. J. Lambui FD Rant News/LiHotShots On Monday March 31, 2014, the East Quogue Fire Department and N.Y. State Troopers responded to this west bound Sunrise Highway accident just past exit 63 where two men escaped injury when their Ford F250 lost control and overturned at approx. 11:30 a.m. West bound traffic on Sunrise Highway was backed up for some time.

MEDFORD AND FARMINGVILLE

Work Together to get the Job Done Story and Photos by Cameron Wilken

Medford and Farmingville were both activated for a Motor Vehicle Accident with Heavy Rescue occurring on Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 at approximately 10:30. This tractor trailer vs. car MVA happened on the westbound Long Island Expressway at exit 62 in the HOV lane. Medford Chief [5-14-30] was in charge of the cuts made by Medford Rescue Truck 5-14-15, who took the passenger side door off the white Ford. Farmingville Fire Department’s Chief Ralph Gloria [5-18-30] was also on scene with his rescue truck 5-18-8 to assist Medford. The tractor trailer fled the scene and Medford Ambulance 5-34-17 transported 2 patients to a local hospital with unknown injuries. http://www.cameronwilkenphotography.com/4214MedfordFarmingville-Heavy/

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NORTH MASSAPEQUA

North Mass Faces Daunting Task on Arrival at Island Rec Story by Kevin Madigan / K2M Photography Photos by Kevin Madigan, Kim Versheck, Chris Colletti & Paul Krussmann

Click Here for More Photos of North Massapequa’s Building Fire Around 2:30 on the afternoon of March 31st the North Massapequa Fire Department was dispatched to a reported building fire at Island Recreational – located at 1059 Hicksville Road [off of Duff Place]. Responding units were advised that multiple calls were being received reporting a fire at the pool supply based store as well as the surrounding retailers. With this additional North Massapequa Chief of Department Robert Schimdgall [6600] immediately requested that his mutual aid units be started out. This heads up move by the Chief paid off when units began to arrive on scene and were met with heavy fire and smoke throughout Island Recreational. Fueled by strong winds and chemicals essential to pool maintenance adjoining stores were ablaze within minutes. The immediate focus by those first on scene was to have master streams [via hand lines and tower ladders] in operation as well as have 25HM [hazmat] on scene to assist. As the operation unfolded a total of four ladders were in place putting water onto the engulfed taxpayer. In the front of the building were North Massapequa Ladder 661 and Bethpage Ladder 3. To the rear of the building were Massapequa Ladder 636 and Wantagh 6911. The aforementioned wind conditions paired with the aged construction of the building led the fire to travel to the left and right of the original fire building.

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Firefighters continued to put water onto the fire as the afternoon unfolded. Eventually the heavy fire load along with the significant amount of water utilized led to collapses throughout the building. Fortunately the concept of an interior based attack was never a thought in firefighter’s minds and everyone had made it out of the building safely prior to first responders going on scene. Just over three hours into the operation North Massapequa command reported that the fire had been knocked down and slowly began to release mutual aid units from the scene. Due to the hazards kept inside the fire building many firefighters, their equipment, and apparatus went through decontamination by hazmat officials on scene prior to leaving. Because of the significant damage done by the fire Island Recreational and some of the surrounding stores were demolished later that night. Late into the operation a component linking one of the [primary] hydrants to the water main had broken providing a challenge for command. As a precaution any department with a water tanker was notified to respond. Not long after this request was made were the Suffolk based tankers disregarded. The only ones that made the journey to North Massapequa were those from Oyster Bay [Atlantic Steamer] and Bayville. The cause of the Monday afternoon blaze remained under investigation. All fire department units were under the command of North Massapequa Chief of Department Robert Schimdgall [6600].

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NORTH MASSAPEQUA

Island Recreational Destroyed by Mid Day Blaze

Story by Kim Versheck / Late Night Buff Network Photos by Kevin Madigan, Kim Versheck, Colletti & Paul Krussmann Monday March 31st 2014 started off with a wintery mix but as the day went on the temperature climbed and strong winds picked up. This would play a major part in the day for the North Massapequa Fire Department, as they were called out for a reported building fire at 1059 Hicksville Road around 2:30 that afternoon. As members started to turn out for the alarm, Chief of Department Robert Schmidgall [6600]started responding and was advised by the dispatcher of multiple calls for a fire in the Island Recreational pool supply store. Chief Schmidgall immediately requested that the preplanned mutual aid units be started out to the scene. As the Chief arrived on scene he was met with a heavy volume of smoke pushing from the structure and quickly transmitted the working fire. The heavy volume of smokemade it hard to determine where the seat of the fire was actually located at first but it became evident that the fire was in Island Recreational.The fast moving fire fueled by strong winds and pool chemicals (oxidizers) created concerns about air quality which caused evacuationsof the surrounding businesses; alsoa nearby pre-school was placed on lock down with the help of NCPD Officers arriving on scene. The concern of dangerous chemical fumes in the community was an immediate concern which led to the Nassau County Fire Marshal Hazardous-Materials Teams and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation being called to the scene. North Massapequa Engine 665 was the first due engine on scene and took the hydrant to the north side of the property. As the first lines were put into operation,a van from a neighboring HVAC company caught fire and crews quickly removed any acetylene and freon tanks from the van. Chief Schmidgall advised all incoming units that only an exterior attack would be made and all members were to wear their SCBA. Tower ladders from North Massapequa [661] and Bethpage [Ladder 3] began to set up in the parking lot of the strip mall as water sources were established. Levittown’s engine [627] joined the North Massapequa firefighters on north side (Exposure 4) of Island Recreational and started their attack on the fire in the neighboring Barber Shop and Chinese restaurant. Crews from South Farmingdale and Seaford made quick work of searching the rest of the structure for anyone left behind and for any further extension to the surrounding stores. As additional mutual aid was called to the scene, tower ladders from Massapequa [636] and Wantagh [6911] took the rear of the building while Wantagh [698]and Bethpage [9044]engines secured water sources for the companieson the exposure 3 side. The multiple hand lines were now joined by the four tower ladders to get water on the seat of the fire.

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One store on the southern exposure and two on the northern exposure had received damage from the fast growing fire but crews were able to stop the fire from extending any further. Another round of mutual aid would put East Meadow and Seaford’s ladders into operation to help contain the fire from spreading any further south. With a vast array of mutual aid units now on scene different operations sectors would be used to coordinate firefighting efforts on the scene. Plainview and Wantagh units set up Rehab on Hicksville Road; as well a Medical Command Post was set up by North Massapequa and NCPD EAB units. Further incoming mutual aid was staged at North Massapequa Station 2 just south of the scene and additional resources stood by at Headquarters on Broadway. As crews made progress on the fire a possibility of a broken hydrant put out a precautionary call for tankers to the staging area. As the water siltation was assessed,Suffolk County’s tankers were given a disregard but Nassau County’s Oyster Bay [Atlantic Steamer] and Bayville tankers were asked to continue in. Three hours into the operation the fire was now starting to darken down and tower ladders were shut down and repositioned to hit some remaining hot spots. After a brief meeting at the command post amongst fire chiefs, county and town officials the decision to bring in heavy equipment was made to help access the remaining hot spots. Haz-Mat and DEC officials had determined that the air quality was safe in the area and now turned their attention to the water used to fight the blaze. Though most of the water was contained to the basement of Island Recreational, the runoff was being monitored for any hazardous chemicals. The main body of fire was brought under control at approximately 6:30 pm and as some of the crews were released the firefighters and equipment were sent through a brief DECON before being allowed to leave the scene. With work lights being set up and the heavy equipment beginning to arrive on scene, officials from The Nassau County Fire Marshal Office and Nassau Police Arson Squad stepped in investigate the destroyed building. After the officials gathered whatever information they could the heavy equipment stated to raze the building so firefighters could extinguish the remaining hot spots. Despite thefast moving fire load in the open stores, no injuries to civilians were reported. The cause of the fire was deemed to not be suspicious but the cause is still under investigation. One firefighter was transported to an area hospital and later released after being evaluated for minor injuries sustained during the operation. North Massapequa firefighters and crews from about 13 mutual aid departments were back in service later that night. Officials from the NYS DEC were still on scene in the days after the blaze to test and monitor ground water and the water being removed from the basement of the structure. Fortunately a bulk of the stores chemicals were in a storage trailer behind the building and were not involved in the fire. Island Recreational was completely destroyed by the fire and tree other stores received extensive damage. The remaining stores in the strip mall were able to reopen in the following week. Owners and Employees of Island Recreational and the surrounding businesses expressed their thanks to the firefighters. (See Advertisement on page 26)

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COMMACK

SUV Fire with Extension during Final Snow Storm Story and Photos by Jeff DiLavore – FD Rant News

On Monday March 31st, Mother Nature had one last laugh as an unexpected snow storm dumped up to 4 inches of snow across parts of Long Island. The Commack Fire Department initially received a call for an overturned auto into a house in the vicinity of 176 Kings Park Road near Wichard Boulevard. Upon arrival of Ex-Chief Angelo Sanzeri he advised there was not an MVA but a fully involved SUV extending to a garage at that location. Engine 2-11-4 arrived and the crew pulled handlines to begin to knock down the fire. The well involved auto was quickly extinguished and truck crews from Heavy Rescue 2-11-9 used Hurst tools to force the doors of the vehicle to gain entry into the vehicle for overhaul and they also began to overhaul the garage which sustained minimal damage. All units were under the direction of Captain Bobby Wilkins [2-11-54]. The scene was secured within 30 minutes and the Smithtown Fire Marshal was notified. Commack VAC personnel stood by on the scene as well.

http://fdrantnews.smugmug.com/Category/Commack-Fire-Department/Vehicle-Fire-176Kings-Park/

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HAUPPAUGE Two Cars Hit Hard

Story and Photo by Christopher Sabella On the afternoon of Tuesday, April 1st, two cars collided at the intersection of Joshuas Path and the North service Road for the L.I.E. in Hauppauge. Members from Hauppauge Fire department, SCPD emergency service and CI Hauppauge Ambulance Company responded to the scene. One operator was removed from the silver SUV and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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MILLER PLACE

Sideways Landing Leads to Entrapment

Story and Photo by Christopher Sabella – On Scene Photography

On April 1st, 2014, the Miller Place Fire Department responded to a reported overturn on Middle Island Road at 1130pm. Upon arrival, one female was still within her car which had flipped onto its side after hitting a patch of sand. The vehicle finally came to a stop where it ended up resting on a stockade fence. The injured patient was transported to a local hospital.

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FARMINGVILLE

Suspicious Odor and Possible Hazmat Story and Photo by Christopher Sabella On Scene Photography

On Wednesday April 2nd, 2014, the Farmingville Fire Department toned out with a reported hazmat at Kmart on County Road 83 and Granny Road. Initial reports consisted of subjects reporting sickness from an unknown odor with in the building. Farmingville’s Chiefs 31 and 32 called for evacuation of the building, and for truck 7 to set up on the roof. Mutual aid response from Holtsville for 1 engine was requested to the scene as well as Medford to cover Farmingville’s district. Fire Marshals and Suffolk Fire Coordinators were also requested and the building was soon secured and ventilated. All remaining units took up in about 35 minutes. The patient who was reported to be ill refused treatment and the odor was unable to be located.

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MEDFORD

Car Fire Threatens Structure

Story and Photos by Cameron Wilken

Medford responded for a car fire at the 7-11 on Route 112 and Express Drive South on March 31, at 2:35p.m. Chief 5-14-31 was the first one on scene and advised dispatch to put a rush on it. The vehicle was only feet from the 7-11 and the fire was threatening the structure. 5-14-7 was the first due engine rolling with a light crew. After pulling up on scene, Engine 7 pulled an inch and three quarter line along with a backup line. They put the fire out without any harm to the building. Engine 1, 12, and 11 were all on scene with man power to help. Fire Police 20 helped to secure the parking lot from thru traffic.

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BAY SHORE

Boats and Pickup Ablaze in Bay Shore

Story and photos by Kevin Madigan/K2M Photography

http://www.k2mphotography.com/Firefighting/Bay-Shore-Fire-Department-/335-North-ThirdJust after 13:00 hours on April 3rd, the Bay Shore Fire Department was alerted to a reported vehicle fire with possible extension to neighboring boats at 335 North Third Avenue [just off of Brook Avenue]. Upon arrival, units were met with a fully involved pickup truck fire. Due to the close proximity of the boats to the engulfed auto, surrounding vessels caught fire as well. As many as three boats caught fire; however, firefighters were able to make a quick knockdown and keep extension to a minimum. Bay Shore Engine 3-1-1 [Hose Company No. 1] was the first engine on scene and put two lines into operation. Bay Shore Ladder 3-1-4 was the first truck company on scene while Islip sent Engine 3-4-2 to the scene to assist. The cause of the fire remained under investigation and all fire department units were under the command of Bay Shore Assistant Chief John Ippolito Jr. [3-1-31].

EAST MEADOW

Battle of the Minivans

Story and photo by Kevin Madigan - K2M Photography

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On the afternoon of April 5th, the East Meadow Fire Department was alerted to a motor vehicle accident with a possible person in the roadway at the intersection of Prospect Avenue and 2nd Street. When units arrived on scene, they did not find a person in the roadway; however, first responders had as many as three aided on scene. The East Meadow Fire Department transported at least two victims from the scene while NCPD Ambulance 2371 had one of its own. Other occupants from the vehicles refused medical attention on the scene. East Meadow Engine 613 and Ladder 619 were on the scene and helped to secure the autos. All fire department units were under the command of East Meadow Chief of Department Robert Salvesen Jr. [6100].

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If Only This Guy Would Have Obeyed the Law…….

Photo by Scott Schwenker Then, maybe his car wouldn’t have been trashed……….just sayin’.

The Sign Says it All………

Photo by Kevin Madigan – K2M Photography Now, maybe if the sign wasn’t parked there, it wouldn’t have gotten burned…….think about it.

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FACES OF THE FIRE SERVICE Mastic FF Chris Greene grabs a doughnut after a recent fire

Copiague Lieutenant 1-3-62 on scene in North Amityville at their working fire on April 10th

Chris Dolle from Wantagh Engine 8 at the Island Rec fire

Photo by Kevin Conn

The 1st Due Crew of Engine 665 at the Island Recreational Fire

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Members of the North Massapequa Fire Department after the Island Recreational Fire

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FACES OF THE FIRE SERVICE A Uniondale Probie from Manor Engine 3 packs up after a recent fire

A Mastic Firefighter at a recent gas leak call

Photo by Jon Wathers

Mastic FF Fred Stalker on the scene of a recnet MVA

Photo by Kevin Conn

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Mastic FF Kyle Cosgrove cleans up at a recent MVA

Photo by Kevin Conn

Probie rescues puppy from recent fire.

Photo by Chris Sabella

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SELDEN

Big Welcome Home for SPC John Matthews

Story and Photos by Christopher Sabella – On Scene Photography

On April 3rd, 2014, SPC John Matthews of the United States Army returned to his family, friends as well as his brother and sister firefighters from the Selden Fire Department. Members from the Selden and Bohemia Fire Departments, along with Boots on the Ground, awaited the arrival of SPC Matthews and a few army buddies as they arrived at 11:30 pm at MacArthur Airport in Islip Town. Matthews returned from his tour of duty only to be on base at Fort Hood during the melee that took place a day before he was set to leave for Long Island. Welcome home and thank you for your service.

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THE BACK OF THE BUS PLAN ON GOING HOME, DO WE? By Tom Cronogue, J.S.G.

“Body Substance Isolation! Scene Safety! Okay, I said it twice, I’m good for the next three years.” I was 18 once. Granted, it was a long way into the last century and it was written on my Chariot License in Roman numerals, but I was 18. Yup, and I knew it all. I knew I knew it all. I was immortal, I was invulnerable and damn if I wasn’t good lookin’. Nothing could hurt me, nobody could catch me and absolutely no one could teach me a thing. We thought we knew all there was to know about EMS and life in general, after all, we had just got done reading all 86 pages of the original Orange Book, had our ink-wet official New York State EMT cards (no numbers...numbers hadn’t gotten around to getting themselves invented yet...Kind of like color. Color wasn’t invented until the last few days of World War II, along with rockets and jet planes. Both World Wars were fought in black and white. ) We had fins on our big Caddy, we had the only Power Call in town ( The real one by GE, not the cinchy knockoffs on all the chief’s cars today...). Nobody called us EMS. That was another thing that still needed invention. Johnny and Roy didn’t exist yet, except maybe in Jack Webb’s imagination. We were a stone’s throw away from the Economy Ambulance Service (if you remember that training reference, you’re waayy too old to still be humpin’ stretchers.). Only problem back in the Pleistocene Age, we didn’t know safe yet. Gloves? Nope. Turnout gear? Nope. inoculations? Nope. Heck, we didn’t even have a flashlight. We had headlights on the ambulance, didn’t we? We were Real Men (and the occasional woman), steely eyed, square jawed, afraid of nothing and no man. Safe? What’re you some kind of girlieman? We didn’t know. Worse, we didn’t know we didn’t know. Seat belts? If you could find one, you probably didn’t want to touch it, cause it was probably soaked in some kind of beverage. Our cause was just and we were doing the Lord’s work. Violence? Who would raise a hand against us? We drove or ran into some of the dumbest situations on this man’s Earth. Occasionally, somebody got hurt. Thank God, around here at least, nobody got dead. We never saw it coming when Leroy got blown away by that junkie lady with her shotgun, but we all thought that it was cool when Mother pulled that .44 out of the beer cooler between the front seats. (Note to new kids, look that one up. It’ll Google. If you have never seen it, you don’t know where you came from. You have to know where you came from. Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.) That was Hollywood. It’ll never happen to me and if it does, I’ll dodge the shot, judo chop the weapon out of the bad guy’s hands and turn it on him. Let me know how that works out for you, okay? Do you really think about going home or is it just a given? Do you believe in your own mortality? Since it never happened before, IT (the big IT.) won’t happen this time either. Y’know what? You’re probably right. It won’t happen this time, nor next time, nor the time after that. Almost all of us will spend our entire careers never being shot, stabbed, punched, dragged, beaten or murdered. Key word there: almost. Every once in a while, tho’...every once in a while. You’re only alive to read this because somewhere, some guy (or girl, never leave them out of the equation) decided you weren’t worth killing. Worse, you don’t even know it. Who calls EMS? Sick and injured people, or people upset or annoyed by sick or injured people. Scared people call us. Angry people call us. Guilty people call us. drug seekers call us.

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Why do they call us? They want something we have, or they want something we can get them. Grandma calls because Grandpa is making funny noises and she’s staring into the abyss of life without the man who has held her for fifty years. Mommy called because Junior has never been this hot to the touch before and she can’t picture life without the little bundle that didn’t exist 18 months ago except as a dream. Bubba called because she always got back up when he hit her before, and he can’t understand why she didn’t this time. We had a woman who was literally mystified why he died because, “He never died the other times I stabbed him!”. What do they want? Fix it. Whatever’s wrong, just fix it. It happens on TV all the time. Often, horror has just entered their life, sometimes for the first time. Sometimes it’s an accident. Sometimes it’s the logical conclusion of decades of self destructive behavior. Sometimes, it’s at the hands of a stranger, a loved one, or themselves. Either way, they expect us to make it all better again, logic be damned. Nobody’s really thinking this stuff though. Rational thought need not apply. Emotion isn’t rational. Into this arena we wander. a patient, a family, an office full of coworkers and rivals, a mall full of entertainment seekers, a street corner full of bored bangers. We dismount, leaving the safety of our valiant steed, lights aflashing their message of hope, striding purposefully to the patient’s side, spreading calm and confidence with every step. Our crisp uniforms inspire awe amongst the rabble. Our laser-like focus on the patient’s wants needs and desires push all others from our path as our healing hands bring health and succor wherever they touch. Peace reigns in the Valley once more. Anybody buying this? I’m not. I’m not going to tell you how to run your scenes. Heck, I can barely run my own. I can give you a little advice though. Every scene is different. Even the same scene is different each time. Complacency kills. Sometimes it kills the patient because your differential diagnosis is HIBGIA: Had It Before. Got It Again. The past 56 times you were here, he needed a refill for his painkillers because his roommate stole ‘em. Imagine your surprise when you walk in there with the PCR tucked in your epaulet, because “Don’t even bother to bring the clipboard. Matter of fact, stay here. I’ll go get him.” turns into a swollen blue guy with an airway full of garlic knots and red wine (cheap red wine). That’s a talk for another time though. Complacency kills you. He was on meds for a reason originally. That reason may have gotten swept up in the abuse, but it didn’t go away. He may act it out today. You may die. You know your district. You know your backstreets. You know your denizens, the good, the bad and the ugly. You remember the bad and the ugly, because they’re bad and ugly. The good kind of get brushed aside because they never give you a hard time. You’ve done this dozens, hundreds, thousands of times, on this very street corner. This is your turf, your stage. You’re the Alpha here, nobody else. Nobody would dare... That’s all well and good, as long as everyone read your script. There’s the rub. Not everybody knew there was a script. Not everybody confines themselves to the part you’ve assigned them in your mind. Is the scene safe? No. The scene’s never safe. Like it or not, we’re ALWAYS the visiting team. We always get the crappy locker room. Our dugout always faces into the sun, and the water fountain never works. We never really know what’s going on, let alone what went on before we arrived. There is one constant. We’re being lied to by everybody involved. Yeah, I’ve been taking my medicine, no, I don’t know who shot me, that needle isn’t mine, I’ve only had one beer...the list is endless. Jaghpu is a Klingon word. (Yup, it’s an actual language that people speak.).

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It means “enemy”. It also means “stranger”. Get the connection? If you don’t know that guy, hold him as somebody who’ll hurt you until proven otherwise. No, I don’t mean tackle and duct tape him. I do mean don’t turn your back. Don’t go getting all paranoid on me. Just get a little paranoid. From the moment you get in the bus, be observant. What do you look for that’s going to kill you? Can’t answer that. It’ll be different every time. The poor brothers up in West Webster didn’t see the guy on the rise a fair distance away waiting for them with a gun. They weren’t even looking. They were just going to help. They paid a butcher’s bill. Life’s not fair, kids.

Saw this painted on the inside of a precinct door. think it belongs on all of ours too.

NOT TODAY NOT ON THIS TOUR NOT ON THIS CALL NOT BY THIS GUY’S HAND NOT TODAY. Give it some thought. Next time we’ll play with this a little more. We’ll try and outfit you with some strategies that’ll help us with that whole “Everybody Goes Home” thing. Chief Thomas Cronogue (ret.) served more than two decades as an officer in the Wyandanch-Wheatley Heights Ambulance Corp, one of Long Island’s busiest. He began his career as a member of the Deer Park Fire Department in 1969. He served with West Babylon FD, Wyandanch Fire Co., Martin Luther King, Jr. Rescue Squad and WWHAC. Professionally, he is a retired Police Officer serving 29 Years with the Nassau County PD. He worked in the Seventh, Special Services Bureau (later ESB) and the C.I.C in the Fire Police Academy in NUMC. Following retirement, he worked for the DPFD, running their career EMS program as EMS Director. Talk to him at Ocrainaugh@AOL.com

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CENTRAL ISLIP Fire Guts Home

Story and Photos by Christopher Sabella On Scene Photography Just after 12 pm on April 4th, 2014, Central Islip Fire Department responded to a working fire at 460 Earl Street in Central Islip. Upon arrival, Chief Kevin McAteer [3-7-30] activated a working fire for heavy fire load inside a private dwelling. He also received reports of a possible occupant within. A request was made for mutual aid for 1 engine to the scene from Islip and Hauppauge for R.I.T. Meanwhile, members of Central Islip began a primary search for any victims. Both searches on the second floor and in the basement showed negative occupants trapped. While firefighters continued to search the fire floor, operating hand lines, the blaze was quickly contained with minimal extension to the garage. A 2nd hose team knocked down the fire there using an 1ž� handline. Chief McAteer declared the fire under control about 30 min after activation and all occupants including the family Yorkie escaped injury.

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FREEPORT

Sunday Drive Turns Into Door Pop

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At 14:20 hours on the afternoon of April 6th, the Freeport Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of West Merrick Road and Bayview Avenue. Engines 214 and 216 along with fire police and Ambulance 219 were assigned the call. However, upon arriving on scene, Freeport Assistant Chief Tommy Butler [2102] advised that a door pop was needed and requested Freeport Truck Company be added to the run. Within minutes, Freeport Truck Company was on the scene with Heavy Rescue 217-2 and had the tool in operation. After a brief extrication, firefighters had the victim freed from her vehicle. She was loaded onto an awaiting stretcher and transported by Freeport Ambulance 219 to an area hospital. There was one person injured in the Sunday afternoon accident and all fire department units were under the command of Freeport Chief of Department Stanley Kistela [2100].

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Brush Fire Season Officially Begins

Story and Photos by Jeff DiLavore – FD Rant News On Sunday April 6th, the East Northport Fire Department was alerted for a signal 12 [brush fire] at the intersection of Pulaski Road and Elwood Road. 1st Assistant Chief Wayne Kaifler [2-10-31] arrived on scene and confirmed a 200x200 area actively burning and rapidly spreading toward the west side of the open field. The fire quickly consumed a 600x600 area. A PSE&G substation was in close proximity to the fire on the north side but was unaffected by the fire. Winds were mild but due to the extremely dry conditions and the amount of dry fuel. Chief of Department Joe Ervin [2-10-30] immediately requested Brush Units from Commack and Greenlawn as well as a Stump Jumper from Kings Park to the scene. While brush units operated in the field under the direction of 2nd Assistant Chief Dan Heffernan [2-10-32], East Northport set up an engine on Elwood Road with a secure water supply and flowed water from the east side of the fire using the deck gun while another engine secured a hydrant on the west side of the fire on Pulaski Road where they hooked up with Commack Engine 2-11-2. The fire was brought under control within 45 minutes and units were secured in about an hour. Suffolk County Fire Coordinator Scott Dalrymple [2-05] was also on scene to assist with the operation.

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UNIONDALE

Story and Photos by Paul Krussmann - LNBN Around 10:00 am on Saturday, April 5, 2014, the Uniondale Fire Department was called for a report of smoke coming from the second floor of 726 Walter Street. When the first Uniondale chief arrived on scene he transmitted the signal 10 (working Fire) for fire on the first floor. Engine 753 was first due and put one line to work right away while Ladder 754 was 2nd due and went straight to work. The fire was located the first floor with extension to the second floor. Engine 752 was the 2nd due engine and pulled the second line to the second floor where they were face with a Collyer’s Mansion condition with heavy fire. Command requested a 2nd alarm be transmitted for man power and a FAST to the scene. East Meadow ladder 617 was FAST. West Hempstead (765), Hempstead (ladder 2) & North Bellmore (657) were called for ladders to the scene due to the condition on the second floor. The fire was brought under control within the hour and command requested the Nassau County Fire Marshal for a routine investigation.

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School Bus and Van Collide

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On Friday April 14th, the Center Moriches Fire Department and SCPD 7th Pct. Officers responded to reports of an accident that occurred on the Wading River Road overpass of Sunrise Highway (Rte. 27). A spokesperson for Montauk Bus Co. stated both vehicles were traveling northbound on Wading River Road at approximately 6:00 a.m. when the driver of the Buick mini-van tried to merge into the left turn lane, cutting off the school bus. Only minor injuries were reported and there were no children on the bus.

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UNIONDALE

FDNY VS. NYPD Hockey Rivalry Continues

Story and Photos by John Walthers – FD Rant News / Suffolk Fire Photos

On Sunday April 6th, the FDNY and the NYPD held their 41st annual hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. Each year the two teams meet and play this game to help support charities like the widows and orphans fund. This year the bragging rights were really on the line because the FDNY had won the previous 5 games and a win would increase the streak to 6 which would be the longest streak in the team’s history of 41 years. The game started off with the FDNY taking the lead quickly in the 1st period when #21 Jim Becker scored a goal assisted by Clifford Zeilman to make the score 1-0 at the 3 minute mark. At the 7 minute 53 Second Mark, #8 Bob Scheer scored another goal. The NYPD however began to mount a comeback with the period ending in a 3 to 3 tie. Just about 10 minutes into the second period, with the game tied at 3, tension began to rise and some fighting begun to break out between the two teams. While the referees tried to break up the fight, it escalated into multiple one on one fights that eventually lead to a bench clearing brawl by both teams. This brawl lead to the game being delayed approximately 20 to 25 minutes while the referees worked to calm things down and clean up all the gear left on the ice as well as sort out penalties. Once the game resumed, the FDNY would go on to score 2 more goals in the 3rd period. The NYPD, however, would out score them in the most important period of the game to win it 8 to 5. The MVP recipient for the FDNY was Jim Becker (#21) who received the Chief Raymond Downey award. John Pentanitis was the winner of the NYPD Michael Gallagher MVP award.

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COMMACK

Small Brush Fire Handled

Story and Photos by Jeff DiLavore – FD Rant News On Sunday April 6th, the Commack Fire Department received a call for a brush fire on Old Commack Road in the vicinity of Flynn Memorial Park shortly before 5:00 pm. 2nd Assistant Chief Rich Myers [2-11-32] arrived first and reported a small area burning on the side of the road, 1st Assistant Chief Andy Babajko [2-1131] and Chief of Department Pete Paccione [211-30] arrived and directed the operation as the crew of Engine 2-11-4 made quick work of the small fire. All units were up within 20 minutes.

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RONKONKOMA Car Port Blaze

Story and Photos by Cameron Wilken The Ronkonkoma Fire Department responded to a Residential Structure Fire on Sunday, April 6th, at 12 noon with smoke visible from exits down. The house was located at 5135 Express Drive North right near Holbrook Road. Chief Tim Blewitt [5–24-30] was the first on scene and advised a working car port fire separate from the house. Engine 5 was the first due engine and was told to pull 2 ultra-high pressure lines to the rear of the house. The fire was extinguished quickly with no extension to the house. Ladder 5-24-11 was also on scene.

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EAST NORTHPORT Electrical Fire Snuffed Out

Story and Photos by Jeff DiLavore – FD Rant News On Sunday April 6th, the East Northport Fire Department was alerted for a signal 13 [structure fire] at 866 Fort Salonga Road with a cross of Vernon Valley Road. Captain Bryan Gosik [2-10-??] arrived on scene and advised incoming chiefs that he had smoke showing from a residential structure. 1st Assistant Chief Wayne Kaifler [2-10-31] arrived on scene and confirmed the smoke showing and requested a re-tone for 13/35 [working fire]. Chief of Department Joe Ervin [2-10-30] also requested a RIT from Northport to the scene. Engine 2-10-4 arrived 1st due and the crew quickly stretched a 1¾” handline to attack the bedroom fire in the exposure 2-3 corner. 2nd Assistant Chief Dan Heffernan [2-10-32] was also on scene to direct the operation. East Northport operated with two engines, a truck, ambulance and fire police. The scene was under control within 15 minutes. The fire building is used to house several retired military veterans who all escaped without injury.

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BELLMORE Overturned Auto

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On the morning of April 6th, the Bellmore Fire Department, along with the Nassau County PD, were alerted for an overturned auto at the corner of Sunrise Highway and Newbridge Road. When Bellmore Chief 600-00 arrived at the scene, he advised all units that the accident was located inside the Preserve with a car on its roof and one aided. NCPD ESU unit 2421, along with ambulance 2351, were also on scene. NCPD transported the one occupant of the auto to NUMC to be evaluated.

RIDGE

School Bus and SUV collide Story and photos by T. J. Lambui FD Rant News/LiHotShots

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On April 4th, The Ridge F.D. and SCPD 7th Pct. officers responded at approximately 16:30 hours for this accident between a Suffolk Transportation Service school bus and a 2001 Lexus RX300 SUV. The school bus was east bound on Rt. 25 and attempted to make a left turn onto Randall Rd. when it collided with the west bound Lexus SUV. The bus driver reported they had no injuries and one student complained of a bump to his head; while the mother and daughter in the Lexus were transported to Stony Brook Hospital. The young girl in the Lexus (believed to be between 5-10 yrs. old) had serious facial trauma; the mother, who was driving, had unknown injuries.

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MASTIC Gas Leak

Story and photos by T. J. Lambui FD Rant News/LiHotShots On Tuesday April 8, 2014, SCPD 7th Pct. and Mastic FD responded at approximately 12:20 hours for reports of a propane/natural gas leak located behind a row of stores on Montauk Highway and Fulton Avenue. Mastic’s Bravest took a hydrant and stretched precautionary hand lines while Fire marshals and Paraco Gas Co. representatives, who were also on scene, attempted to mitigate the hazard. A few area buildings were evacuated as a precaution.

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NORTH PATCHOGUE

Bus and car collide

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On April 8th, 2014, The North Patchogue F.D. and officers from the SCPD 5th Pct. and Emergency Services Unit (ESU) responded at approximately 9:10 a.m. to an accident between a Suffolk County Transit bus and a Chevy four-door sedan at the intersection of Waverly Ave. and Buckley Rd. The driver of the Chevy was trapped in his vehicle and seriously injured, requiring transport by ambulance to Stony Brook Hospital. Two other people reported minor injuries and were transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. SCPD Crime Scene Units were called to the scene due to the severity of injuries to the driver in the Chevy. North Patchogue firefighters, under the command of Chief Doscher [5-17-30] and SCPD ESU officers had to use hydraulic "Jaws of Life" to cut the driver out of the Chevy's wreckage.

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NORTH AMITYVILLE Trailers Ablaze for NAFCO

Story and photos by Kevin Madigan - K2M Photography Around 17:30 hours on April 7th the North Amityville Fire Company was alerted for a signal 13 [structure fire] at the Frontier Trailer Park located at 900 Route 110. Multiple calls were being received reporting the fire and when Suffolk County Police arrived on scene they requested a rush on the fire department. When the first fire department units arrived on scene they were met with a fully involved trailer in close proximity to other trailers. The working fire was immediately transmitted and the alarm re-toned. With the transmission of the working fire South Farmingdale was notified to respond to the scene as the FAST. Upon the arrival of South Farmingdale Ladder 978 on scene its members were immediately put to work.

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CORAM Car vs. Pole

Story and Photos by Christopher Sabella On Scene Photography Late Monday April 7th, 2014, a Jeep and a car collided at the intersection of Pine Road and Route 112 in Coram. The impact sent the car through the intersection into a steel pole, injuring the driver. Coram firefighters were able to stabilize the patient and transport to a nearby hospital. The driver and passenger of the jeep were just shaken up. .

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SAYVILLE

Rollover on Sunrise

Story and Photos by Christopher Sabella

On Scene Photography On the night of Tuesday April 8th, just after 9pm, on eastbound Sunrise Highway, east of Lincoln Avenue, an SUV overturned, trapping the injured driver. Sayville crews and SCPD Emergency Service Units were able to remove the patient. The patient was stabilized and transported by Sayville Community Ambulance to a local trauma center for care. The road was cleared the roadway of debri and fluilds, opening Sunrise Highway about 35 minutes later.

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PATCHOGUE

Stolen Car vs. Building

Story and photos by T. J. Lambui FD Rant News/LiHotShots On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, the Patchogue Fire Department and SCPD 5th Pct. Officers responded to this scene when a Honda Pilot SUV, which was allegedly stolen from a local Jiffy Lube, crashed into Audio Sound on Main Street at the intersection of Route 112. The driver crashed at approximately 14:40 hours after being briefly pursued by Suffolk County Police 5th Pct. Officers; he was southbound on Route 112 at the time. After a brief foot chase, the suspect was apprehended by SCPD officers. There were a few minor injuries to bystanders reported. Patchogue’s Bravest, under the command of Chief Baer [5-19-30], secured the vehicle and searched the area for possible victims. North Patchogue F.D. responded on mutual aid under command of Chief Doscher [5-17-30].

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RIVERHEAD

Three Car Wreck

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On Wednesday, April 9th, a three car accident occurred at the intersection of Twomey Avenue and Riley/Youngs Avenues at approximately 6:00 pm, sending three people via RVAC ambulances to Peconic Bay Medical Center with a variety of minor injuries. A 2002 Mitsubishi Diamante driving northbound on Twomey Avenue collided with another vehicle driving eastbound on Riley Avenue causing the Mitsubishi to lose control and strike a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup stopped at a stop sign on Youngs Avenue. The Mitsubishi ended up on the front lawn of a residence located at 4 Youngs Avenue.

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BAYPORT and COMMUNITY AMBULANCE Family Pet Saved

Story and Photos by Chris Sabella – On Scene Photography Wednesday afternoon April 9th, close to 5pm Bayport firefighters were activated for a reported commercial fire on Montauk Highway. Bayport’s chief was first to arrive a reported a heavy smoke condition and a 13/35 was transmitted and mutual aid was requested. After further size up it was determined that the fire was actually in a residence in the back of a commercial building and crews sent a handline and a search team into the dwelling. As crews on the hand line found a dryer on fire and quickly extinguished the smoky fire other while other crews located a small dog in his cage with smoke inhalation and difficulty breathing. The family pet was removed to an awaiting EMS CHIEF from Community Ambulance who administered http://onscenephotography.smugmug.com/

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RIVERHEAD and RIVERHEAD VAC Badly timed U-turn

Story and photos by T. J. Lambui On Wednesday, April 9th, at approximately 15:15 hours, Riverhead P.D. and Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance were notified and responded to this MVA on Main Road (Route 25), between Union Avenue and Edgar Avenue. The crash involved a Honda CRV and a box truck from Braun Seafood. Both vehicles were traveling east bound on Route 25 when the driver of the Honda CRV made a U-turn and was struck by the box truck. The male driver and his female passenger in the CRV were injured as was the driver of the box truck. All three were transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The Mattituck F.D. also responded to the scene on mutual aide under the command of Chief Tirelli [8-6-30]..

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MASTIC

Car Fire

Story and photo by T. J. Lambui FD Rant News/LiHotShots

On April 10th, The Mastic F.D. responded to this car fire at approximately 14:00 hours on Meadowmere Avenue, just east of Mastic Road. The Fire was contained to the engine compartment of the vehicle and Mastic's bravest were able to extinguish the blaze in a matter of minutes. It is believed the car is a total loss. No injuries were reported.

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MEDFORD

Truck Fire on 112

Story and Photos by Cameron Wilken The Medford Fire Department responded for a truck fire on Northbound Route 112 just before the North Service Road of the Long Island Expressway on Sunday April 13th at 3:10pm. All Chiefs were on scene and Engine 5-14-7 was first due. Medford also had manpower from Engine 3,11,12,13 and Rescue 15 there to help. No one was injured.

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NORTH AMITYVILLE

Daytime work at Old Lighthouse Ford Dealership Story and Photos by Chris Colletti – LNBN

North Amityville Working Fire

Around 3:00pm on April 10th, the Suffolk Police and Babylon Central Fire Alarm were taking multiple calls for reports of a roof fire at the old Lighthouse Ford dealership at 1128 Sunrise Highway. North Amityville Chief of Department Mike Benloss [1-7-30], 1st Assistant Chief John Harley [1-7-31] and 3rd Assistant Chief Bobby Benloss [1-7-33] arriving on scene had smoke showing with small pockets of fire exposing itself from the roof on the exposure 3 side of the old dealership, which is in the process of under-going major renovations. North Amityville engine 1-7-1 arriving on scene with North Lindenhurst FD Engine 1-11-2, hit the hydrant in front of the fire building. Copiague FD Ladder 1-3-4 responding as the truck company set up in the parking lot of Burger King on the exposure 2 side of the building. Firefighters placed 2 hand lines into operation and quickly knocked down the fire. The Amityville FD was standing by on scene with Heavy Rescue 1-1-15 from the Dauntless Engine Company as the Rapid Intervention Team. The scene was placed under control within an hour and no injuries were reported. The Town of Babylon Fire Marshal’s were also on scene for an investigation into the cause of the fire.

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ROOSEVELT

Rubbish Runs alongside Home

Story and photos by Kevin Madigan - K2M Photography Around 20:15 hours on the night of April 10th, the Roosevelt Fire Department was dispatched to a report of rubbish burning next to a home. Responding units were given the intersection of Washington and Harts Avenues. When the first units arrived on scene, they found a large pile of rubbish burning next to 32 Harts Avenue. Due to the close proximity of the fire to the residence and the amount of contents burning, Roosevelt Chief of Department Derrick Fennell transmitted a signal 32 [general alarm / realert for manpower]. Roosevelt Engine 732 was the first engine company to arrive on scene and stretched two lines with at least one going into operation. Roosevelt Ladder 735 was the first truck company on scene and entered the home to ensure there was no extension. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the pile of rubbish and the siding of the home. No injuries were reported and no mutual aid was needed. The scene was placed under control approximately 20 minutes into the operation. The cause of the fire remained under investigation. All fire department units were under the command of Roosevelt Chief of Department Derrick Fennell [7300].

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BABYLON

Suffolk County Transit Bus Involved MVA with Pole & Wires down

Articles & Photos by Chris Colletti – LNBN

On April 9th, around 10:00am, the Suffolk County Police 1st precinct units and the Babylon FD responded to a motor vehicle accident involving an occupied Suffolk County Transit bus across from 400 W Main St. Babylon Chief of Department Michael Sassuk [1-2-30] and 1st Assistant Chief Scott Glenn [1-2-31] on scene with multiple 1st precinct units were met with a civilian vehicle versus an occupied transit bus which struck a utility pole, snapping it in half and knocking down the transformer and wires with it. The passengers on board at the time were uninjured and remained in the bus. PSEG was requested to the scene on a rush to secure the electrical service. There were no reported power outages as a result of this accident.All FD units operating on scene were up within 45 minutes of the alarm. SCPD units remained on scene to block the westbound lanes of W. Main St. as PSEG emergency crews were working to repair the pole and electrical wires damaged in the accident.

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MASTIC

Multiple Injuries Handled

Story and Photos by Christopher Sabella On Scene Photography During the late afternoon of Friday April 11th, Mastic Fire Department and Ambulance Company responded for a report of a three car accident with a subject trapped and multiple injured. As units arrived, they were met with multiple injuries but there was negative entrapment. Mutual aid was requested from Shirley ambulance and Manorville ambulance for rigs from each. In total, reports of 7 people were injured and transported to Brookhaven hospital.

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MVA

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On Friday April 11, 2014 at about 1649 hours, Mastic Ambulance was activated for a Motor Vehicle Accident on Montauk Highway and Roberts St., Mastic. While the Ambulance was enroute, County advised possible entrapment and activated Mastic FD, requesting the Hurst Tool. Mastic FD Asst. Chief Rudy Sunderman Jr. [5-12-31] was first on scene and after survey of the 3 vehicle accident advised negative entrapment, 4 aided, and vehicle fluid leaking onto roadway. Mastic Ambulance and SCPD 7th Pct. Units arrived on scene as well. Mutual aid ambulances were requested from Shirley EMS for 2 Ambulances and Center Moriches FD sent 1 Ambulance. All 4 patients were transported with non-life threatening injuries to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. FD secured the vehicles on scene and the fluid leaks. Mastic FD responded with Heavy Rescue 5-1210, Engine 5-12-3 and Fire Police 5-12-80. All FD and Ambulance Company vehicles were clear from scene at about 1720 hours. SCPD remained on scene to continue investigation and awaiting tow trucks to remove vehicles. http://kevco.smugmug.com/FirePhotos/MasticFD/Mastic-MVA-Montauk-Hwy-and/38424194_

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TALKIN’ FIRE STUFF WHAT’S ON YOUR BOOKSHELF? By Mike Capoziello

How many of you out there are familiar with this statement…“If you think you know it all, it’s time to get out of the fire service.” I’m sure most of us have either read or heard this statement at one time or another. NO ONE knows it all. Everyone has their strong points and areas they may be extremely proficient in, but no one knows everything. There will be times when someone asks you a question you do not know the answer to. Hey, nothing wrong with that. But as an officer you do have a responsibility to find out the answer to every question asked of you-even the ones you don’t know. You will also be expected to get back to that individual with the answer to their question. In addition to a few trusted friends you can turn to for advice, as an officer or chief you should also have a good set of reference materials you can turn to on your bookshelf as well. I understand not everyone is a book person, but as an officer of any rank you should be aware of and familiarize yourself with many of these publications, standards and guides. You should know where to turn for answers and how to reference and seek out information from NFPA standards and various text books. Besides being asked questions you may not know the answers to, at some point in time you will have to justify your reasoning on a particular set of actions you may have taken or why a certain purchase is needed. You will have to write reports, proposals, draft department SOP/SOG’s as well as compose outgoing letters, even suspension letters. The documents and letters composed must be as accurate and as detailed as possible. Being able to back up your decisions and requests with references and documented facts is a must. A good reference library to fall back on will help you accomplish this.

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A quick thought on the Internet. It can provide a wealth of information but be warned not everything you read is always accurate. It’s always wise to research and reference a few different sources when gathering information. That said here’s a suggested list of books, reference guides and standard documents you should have at your disposal. This list is by no means an official list of any kind; it’s just a list of the books and other “stuff” that helped me through the years. I’m sure you have a lot of these lying around already. Gather them in one place so the whole office can reference them. •Copies of your latest department by-laws, S.O.G/S.O.P’S and dispatch procedures. Make sure these are kept up to date at all times. •Up to date department pre-plans. If you have a dedicated department fire inspector/pre planner, make sure the notifications/directives and updates are kept in one place for reference. •NFPA-1001- Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. •NFPA-1500- Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health. •NFPA-1720- Standard for the organization and deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to the public by Volunteer Fire Departments. (A lot of eye opening information in these 3 NFPA standards.) •FASNY Fire Service Laws of New York State latest edition. •Fundamentals of Firefighting Skills. Or whatever book your fire service academies have assigned to your probies for study while taking their essentials of firefighting and primary firefighting classes. •Fire Officers Hand Book of Tactics by John Norman. Currently in its 4th edition. •Fire Chiefs Handbook by Fire Engineering. Currently in its 6th edition. •Fire Department Incident Safety Officer by David Dodson. Currently in its 2nd edition. •2012 Emergency Response Guidebook, you know that little hazmat book in the glove box of the rig; get another copy for the office. •Nassau/Suffolk County Fire Service directories. (Although I don’t think the Nassau directory is available in book form any longer, an online resource or a cd sent out to every department may be the standard now). •Up to date county phone directories including county and local government department listings. •Nassau/Suffolk County Fire Service Academy Curriculum Guide. If you can’t get a print copy of the year’s catalog of classes, it’s probably available to download as a print version.

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•A Webster’s New World College Dictionary and thesaurus would be helpful as well. You can’t always rely on spell checker. •The Common Sense Dictionary for First Responders by Frank Fire. This is a great reference for writing S.O.P/S.O.G’s and firematic themed letters. It has a section on all firematic abbreviations and acronyms one may need. •Keep a binder of fire service articles from the various magazine and trade publications such as Firehouse or Fire Engineering. Articles of interest you come across save for future reference. These publications are important because they report on the latest events, changes and trends happening in the fire service. If you don’t subscribe to them or your department / chiefs office does not subscribe to them do so on a personal level. It’s important to keep up to date with what’s going on in the fire service world, as some of these changes may affect you and your department. I also kept a yearly personal journal of every alarm I responded to when I was in the Chiefs office. A bit over the top to some, but hey that’s how I roll. Besides it came in handy many times when I needed to reference an incident. So that’s my list. It’s a huge responsibility being a line officer or chief; you must be prepared to handle any question and challenge you may be presented with. Until next time be safe and keep em’ rolling! Ex Chief Mike Capoziello Mike Capoziello 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

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SMITHTOWN

Burn Victim Transported from House Fire

Story and Photos by Joe Palazzo Additional Photos by Christopher Sabella – On Scene Photography

On Thursday night April 10th, the Smithtown Fire Department was toned out for a structure fire at 65 Columbus Drive. The caller reported flames coming from the front door. The call was immediately upgraded to a working fire and mutual aids were put into effect. Chief of Department Steve Sisino [4-2-30] and Assistant Chief Kevin Fitzpatrick [4-2-33] arrived on scene at the same time and Assistant Chief Tim Murphy [4-2-31] a minute later. Engine 4-2-1 arrived first and immediately stretched a 2½ inch and 1¾ inch handlines and made an aggressive push on the fire. One person who was home at the time was transported to Stony Brook University. His condition is unknown at this time. The fire is being investigated by the Suffolk County Arson Squad and Smithtown Fire Marshal. Hauppauge, Nesconset and Kings Park all provided mutual aid either to the scene or to standby.

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TERRYVILLE Brush Fire

Additional Photos by Christopher Sabella On Scene Photography On the afternoon of Saturday April 12th, at about 1:30 pm, a Suffolk PD sector car on routine patrol came across a brush fire to the rear of the Medford Department of Motor Vehicles on Route 112 and State Street in Port Jefferson Station. Crews from Terryville responded with 2 brush trucks and a class A pumper pulling multiple lines and attacking the fire from all directions and quickly extinguishing the fire.

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KINGS PARK

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The Kings Park Fire Department responded to two water rescues on the weekend of April 12th-13th with first being in the vicinity of Riveria Drive on the Nissequogue River and the second at the mouth of the Long Island Sound near the Nissequogue River. On Saturday night April 12th at approximately 2130 hours a call was transmitted by Smithtown Fire Communications [4-2-0] for a person screaming for help in the vicinity of Riveria Drive near Longfellow Drive in San Remo. Assistant Chief Tim Clark [41-32] responded to that area as Assistant Chief John Gallo [4-1-31] and Assistant Chief James Purser [4-1-33] responded to the end of Old Dock Road to The Bluff. Chief Gallo set up a command post to direct the incoming mutual aid units that were notified as per their preplan for water rescues. After launching Unit 4-1-19 [boat] the crew navigated the difficult waterway and found two boaters who were stuck in deep mud. After laboring to remove the victim from the quicksandlike mud, they were taken to shore and treated by Kings Park EMS crews and transported to the hospital with varying injuries and hypothermia. In addition, West Islip and Bay Shore Fire Departments were requested for their dive teams and also West Islip’s hovercraft to be used in the extremely shallow areas of the river where a boat could not navigate. On Sunday afternoon April 13th, Kings Park was again alerted for a water rescue but this time they were advised that a boat had capsized in the Long Island Sound. Under direction of Chief Dan Guilfoil [4-1-30], units again responded to The Bluff and launched their boat. Suffolk County Police Marine Unit and Town of Smithtown Bay Constables also responded with their watercrafts and were able to reach the victims to bring them ashore where they were treated by Kings Park EMS crews and transported to the hospital.

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ROOSEVELT

102nd Annual Installation Dinner

Story and photos by Kevin Madigan - K2M Photography

http://www.k2mphotography.com/Firefighting/Roosevelt-Fire-Department/RooseveltOn the night of April 12th, 2014 the Roosevelt Fire Department held its 102nd Annual Installation Dinner, this year at Jericho Terrace in Mineola. Following cocktail hour, the event saw the members of the Roosevelt Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary installed and honored for their service. After the ladies were the lieutenants and then captains of each company within the department. The company officers were then followed by the two assistant chiefs of the department. The last person to be installed during the dinner was Roosevelt Chief of Department Derrick Fennell [7300]. Chief Fennell was sworn in before his family, friends, and brothers and sisters of the fire service and was met with a standing ovation upon entering the room.

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BROOKHAVEN and SHIRLEY AMBULANCE Nice Weather Brings Out Motorcycles Causing MVA.

Story and Photos by John Walthers – FD Rant News / Suffolk Fire Photos On Sunday April 13th at about 4:40 PM the Suffolk County 9-1-1 dispatch received a call for an MVA involving a motorcycle on Montauk Hwy near William Floyd Parkway. Brookhaven FD and Shirley Ambulance were dispatched along with the Suffolk PD. On arrival units advised dispatch that the correct location was Montauk Highway and Camp Upton Road. FD and EMS arrived shortly after and immediately blocked the intersection and assessed the situation. The persons involved were evaluated by EMS and did not appear to have any serious injuries. All units were cleared from the scene by 5PM.

RONKONKOMA

Hanging by a Wire

Story and Photos by Cameron Wilken The Ronkonkoma Fire Department responded to a Motor Vehicle Accident with overturn and reported pin on Wednesday, April 16th at approximately 12 noon. Captain Eric Cook was the officer in charge and first on scene in Rescue 8 to confirm the pin. Two Suffolk County Police ES Units were on scene with Hurst tools to assist in the cut. The patient was extracted with only minor injuries and transported to a local hospital via Ronkonkoma Ambulance.

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THE RADIO ROOM JONES BEACH AIR SHOW

By Phil Lichtenberger – Monitor Long Island, Inc. & W2LIE.net It’sComing… Any day now… my favorite time of the year! Memorial Day Weekend is one of my favorites for many reasons. The unofficial start of summer, the weather is great, Bar-B-Q’s are blazing, and the planes are flying all weekend! That’s right – it’s AIRSHOW Season on Long Island! And for someone who lives just a few miles from Republic Airport, I get to see most of the performers flying to and from the beach all day long. But plane spotting is just the tip of the iceberg. You haven’t experience an airshow unless you can hear the action directly from the cockpit, and it is easier than you think. I’ve been listening to the airshow for as long as I can remember, and with each scanner purchase I make, I always make sure it can receive the MilAir Band. Why buy a scanner that receives in a band that I will only need for one weekend a year? Because it only takes one weekend to get hooked on MilAir Monitoring. You might not have guessed it, but the MilAir spectrum is busy and very exciting. You just need to sit down and put the scanner into search mode. The UHF MilAir section of the spectrum runs from about 225 MHz to 380 MHz That is a wide area to scan using one scanner. Why not dust off our old scanners that don’t do Rebanding or Narrowbanding and dedicate them to searching the MilAir band? While at it, throw in the VHF spectrum from 138-144 MHz! Down there you can catch some CAP (Civil Air Patrol) Frequencies. Nobody needs to be reminded about the events of September 11th, 2001, but what some forget is that our military is up in the air keeping our country safe. If you are lucky, you will be able to monitor refueling ops, as well as basic orders being dispatched. And, with the ANG (Air National Guard) 106th Rescue Wing http://www.106rqw. ang.af.mil/ stationed right in Westhampton Beach, we have our own “Hometown Heroes” that we can monitor.

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So now that I’ve discussed what you can hear in our area for 51 weeks of the year, what about the week leading up to Memorial Day? Most of the performers arrive at Republic Airport the week before Memorial Day Weekend. This is when your radio should be loaded and ready to go. Why so early? Because the performers will usually hit the air during the week for photo ops. One frequency to keep in is 123.450AM. That is the main Air to Air frequency used. You may hear photographers in the chase plane dictating the shots to the performers. At the time this article is written, this year’s airshow performers include the US Navy Blue Angels, The US Army Golden Knights, ANG 106th Rescue Wing, GEICO Sky Typers, MV-22 Osprey, and the US Navy Leap Frogs. The Leap Frogs are making their 2nd appearance since 2007. Most of the acts will be flying out of Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY. The only exceptions to the list would be the F-22 Raptor, which will be flying out of Islip MacArthur, and the 106th Rescue Wing which will fly from their base in Westhampton, NY. One key frequency to have in your scanner would be Republic Airport Tower on 118.800 AM. On there you will hear the airport close down for Military Activities on the Runways and air space. If you want to get closer to the action, there are plenty of spectators along the perimeter of the airport on New Highway. Not only will you have a great time watching the planes coming and going, but many of the performers do fly-bys in formation. Having your scanner with you gives you plenty of time to prepare for their arrival or departure. If you have time during, I strongly suggest getting to the airport before the Blue Angels are scheduled to perform and watch the pilots and crew go through their preflight activities. The best place to watch is from the fence line near the picnic area in the main parking from the Route 110 entrance of the airport. Bringing ear protection is recommended as each plane will fully test their systems before taking off. If your schedule will not allow you to see any of the show on Saturday or Sunday, try and make it a point to make it down to Jones Beach from 10am to mid-afternoon. The state now charges admission to park before Memorial Day, but you will have an opportunity to see the performers practice all day without the typical airshow crowds. This is usually my favorite time to hit the beach with the camera and radio. I will have my Air Show live feed up and running May 21. Due to the frequent additions to my frequency lists, I’ve opted not to publish anything here that might become old and confusing. All up to date frequency lists for the airshow will be published on my site by the time you read this at http://www.w2lie.net/airsho As an added bonus, there are other events that usually happen during Memorial Day Weekend. Fleet Week brings in a lot of Miltary gear into the area. In years past, the US Marines and US Navy would do a Helicopter Raid at several locations in the NYC area. One of their yearly “targets” is Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY. As of the date that this article is written, I have not seen any public events posted.

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You can check http://www.fleetweeknewyork.com for more details and schedules. This is a free event, and I highly recommend this show. There are tours of the helicopters after they land on the ball field at Eisenhower Park. Listening to the general Aviation Band and the Military Air Band is a lot of fun, and a great way to expand your radio listening hobby. I hope that listening to the airshow would excite some of you to try searching the bands to capture more MilAir monitoring. 73 (Best Regards) Phil / w2lie

The Long Island FD Rant News/W2LIE.net Log Book brings you the latest scanning updates for Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the surrounding areas. This monthly column focuses on radio and communication issues as they relate to emergency services agencies. The column contains tidbits of information for all types of users from novice to professionals. All questions can be submitted to the email address below and I will address them in the subsequent issues. About the author— 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. Phil also writes a quarterly column for the Scanner Digest Newsletter Do you have any scanner related questions, tips or ideas for this column? Please submit them to: w2lie@ w2lie.net

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EAST NORTHPORT

Leaking LPG from Sanitation Vehicle

Story and Photos by Jeff DiLavore – FD Rant News At approximately 1130 hours on Monday April 14th, the East Northport Fire Department was alerted for a liquid propane gas leak from sanitation vehicle on Pulaski Road between Old Bridge Road and Rowena Lane. A Town of Huntington garbage truck that contained a 4000 pound tank to hold the LPG had developed a leak and after unsuccessfully trying to contain the leak, the driver notified the fire department. Engines 2-10-4 and 2-10-6 responded to the scene and under the direction of Captain Tom Bourne [2-10-53], a 1¾ inch and a 2½ inch handline were stretched and the hose streams were played onto and around the leaking tank to help dissipate the escaping gas and also to prevent any ignition. Units were on scene for several hours as the tank emptied. Suffolk County PD kept the road closed for the duration of the alarm and ESU also responded to the scene.

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ISLAND PARK

Island Park Holds Department Elections, Swearing In Story and photos by Kevin Madigan - K2M Photography

On the night of April 14th, 2014 the Island Park Fire Department held its annual elections at fire department headquarters. For the first time in nearly ninety years a chief was elected as the Chief of the Island Park Fire Department for a second consecutive term. Anthony D’Esposito was elected to lead the men and women of the second battalion based department on a night in which many of his friends, family, and colleagues were present. Serving under Island Park Chief of Department Anthony D’Esposito[221] for the upcoming year are Assistant Chiefs Edward V. Madden[221A], Mike Whalen[221B], and Jimmy Sarro[221C]. On election night the various officers of the department were sworn into their positions for the upcoming year as well. Best of luck and congratulations to all those who were elected to office in the Island Park Fire Department!

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MANHASSET-LAKEVILLE Car Fire on the NSP

Story and Photos by Kirk Candan

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

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LAWRENCE-CEDARHURST Afternoon Overturn in the Heart of LC

Story and photos by Kevin Madigan - K2M Photography At 15:04 hours on April 19th the Lawrence Cedarhurst Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with overturn and possible entrapment at the intersection of Central Avenue and Rockaway Turnpike. Upon arriving on scene units were met with a three car accident with one vehicle overturned. There was no entrapment on scene as the driver of the overturned auto was able to self-extricate. LCFD Ambulance 329 went on to transport one person with minor injuries to St. http://www.k2mphotography.com/ John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway. All others refused Firefighting/Lawrence-Cedarhurst-Firemedical attention on scene. Fire department units were under the command of Lawrence Cedarhurst Chief of Department John McHugh [3200]. Once fire department units were released the scene was left in the hands of Nassau County Police.

WEST ISLIP

Easter Sunday Water Rescue

Article & Photo by Chris Colletti – LNBN Early Easter Sunday morning on April 20th, around 12:15am, the Suffolk Police, NY State Police, NY State Parks Police, United States Coast Guard, the West Islip FD and the Bay Shore FD were activated for a report of a female screaming for help in the water, possibly in distress under the Captree Drawbridge on the Roberts Moses Causeway. On the arrival of multiple police units, they had reported a visual on the female who was holding on to a piling beneath the bridge. Unable to gain access to her from land, a Good Samaritan passing through the channel on his boat, being in the right place at the right time, assisted the victim safely out of the water and transported her to the Captree boat basin. The EMS crew of West Islip FD Ambulance 3-1718 transported the victim to Southside hospital for treatment and evaluation. All units on scene were up within an hour of the alarm, under the direction of West Islip Chief of Department Blaise Gemellaro [3-17-30] and Bay Shore FD 1st Assistant Chief John Ippolito Jr. [3-1-31].

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ST. JAMES

Late Night Chimney Fire

Story and Photos by Chris Sabella – On Scene Photography Late Wednesday night on April 16, 2014 flames coming from a chimney prompted a passerby to call 911. When crews from St. James Fire Department arrived they quickly vented the home and emptied the creosol from the interior walls while removing the hot embers by pail. The firefighters were able to clear the chimney of all the embers and burning creosol in about 45 minutes before taking up for home. http://onscenephotography.smugmug.com/

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SETAUKET

Family Cat Perishes in House Fire

Story and Photos by Christopher Sabella – On Scene Photography On the morning of Saturday April 19th, just after 11am, Setauket Fire Department was activated for a reported structure fire at 6 North Drive. The first Chiefs to arrive on scene were met with a heavy smoke condition with no visible flames. The first due engine crew used an aggressive interior attack and found the deep seated fire in a kitchen in the rear of the home with extension into the attic and adjoining room. Mutual aid was requested from Stony brook, Port Jefferson, Centereach and Selden along with Port Jeffereson VAC for an ambulance to stand by. The smoky fire was put under control about 35 min from activation and all units took up within 2 hours. A search of the residents found no human injuries but did find a family cat that succumbed to the smoke.

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APPARATUS OF THE FIRE SERVICE Commack Fire Police Unit 2-11-8 on the scene of a recent vehicle fire

Babylon FD Engine 1-2-5 of the Electric Hose Company #4 on scene of a bus vs pole MVA on April 9th

Photo by Jeff DiLavore North Lindenhurst Engine 1-11-2 on the hydrant at a recent working fire in North Amityville on April 10th

Greenlawn Brush Unit 2-7-11 at a recent brush fire in East Northport

North Massapequa Ladder 661 operating on scene at their recent fire at Island Recreational on March 31st

Bethpage Ladder 3 operating on scene in North Massapequa's fire at Island Recreational on March 31st

Photo by Jeff DiLavore

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APPARATUS OF THE FIRE SERVICE North Amityville Engine 1-7-1 on scene at their working fire on April 10th

Great River Fire Department GI at a recent fire in Holbrook

Photo by Chris Sabella Amityville Heavy Rescue 1-1-15 of the Dauntless Engine Company on scene at North Amityville’s working fire on April 10th

Great River Fire Department GI at a recent fire in Holbrook

Photo by Chris Sabella Babylon FD Ambulance 1-2-10 taking up from a recent bus vs pole MVA on April 9th

Eastport Fire Department GI 5-8-12 at a recent brush fire

Photo by Chris Sabella

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FLORAL PARK CENTRE

Floral Park Centre Surprises Nassau, Checks in with Working Fire Story and photos by Kevin Madigan - K2M Photography

Just after 18:00 hours on April 22nd the Floral Park Centre Fire Company was alerted to a report of a house fire at 261 McKee Street between Willis and Whittier Avenues. The fire was called in by a neighbor who did not know if anyone was home inside the residence. When Nassau County Police arrived on scene they were met with smoke showing. Floral Park Centre’s Chief was among the first fire department units to arrive on scene and immediately transmitted the signal ten [working fire]. Minutes into the operation first responders were able to confirm that no residents were inside the home. However, it was later discovered that two dogs, inside the room where the fire originated, did not survive. Firefighters found the main body of fire inside of a first floor kitchen. Two lines were stretched with at least one going into operation. Floral Park Centre Engine 132 was the first engine company on scene while Floral Park Ladder 123 was the first truck company on scene. Members of Floral Park truck company, initially designated the FAST, were put to work on arrival. Stewart Manor Engine 191 would go on to the scene and act as the new FAST. Floral Park would also go on to send Engine 126 to the scene. Mutual aid units also responded from Bellerose and New Hyde Park. The scene was placed under control [signal twelve transmitted] approximately thirty minutes into the operation. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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DEER PARK

Deer Park Gets Over Hump Day with Afternoon Blaze Story and photos by Kevin Madigan - K2M Photography

Just after one in the afternoon on April 23rd the Deer Park Fire Department was alerted to a reported house fire at 167 Maida Avenue off of Tell Avenue. The initial call reporting the fire came from a neighbor who advised that the house across the street from them was on fire. As per procedure West Islip was notified for the automatic mutual aid and responded with Ladder 3-17-6. When firefighters arrived on scene they were met with smoke showing from the two story residence and immediately went on to transmit the working fire. With the transmission of the working fire North Babylon was notified for the RIT and was soon on scene with Ladder 1-8-6. Deer Park Engine 1-4-7 was the first engine on scene and went on to put two lines into operation. Ladder 1-4-10 was the first truck company on scene and took to the front of the home. During the operation one additional ladder/truck company was requested to the scene and so Wyandanch Ladder 1-10-5 responded. Bay Shore Engine 3-1-2 was also present. By 13:45 hours firefighters all the main body of fire knocked down and the scene was placed under control [signal 4 transmitted]. The cause of fire remained under investigation by the Town of Babylon Fire Marshal. All fire department units were under the command of Deer Park Chief of Department Lawrence Bradbury [1-4-30].

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HOLBROOK

Car Accident Sends Victim to Hospital Story and Photos by Cameron Wilken

The Holbrook Fire Department responded to a Motor Vehicle Accident with injuries on April 21st at 5:45 pm. The accident occurred on the Eastbound Sunrise Service road to the Northbound Nicolls road ramp. Assistant Chief 3-15-31 was in charge and crews from Rescue 7 and Engine 5 helped with patient care. Ambulance 3-15-18 transported 1 patient to Brookhaven Hospital with minor injuries.

BOHEMIA and SAYVILLE

Border Call Brings Out Both Department

Story and Photos by Chris Sabella – On Scene Photography On Tuesday April 22, 2014 reports of a three car accident with over turn and entrapment on Sunrise Highway in the westbound lanes at Lakeland Avenue. Both Bohemia and Sayville Fire Departments responded and located the three car motor vehicle accident in the middle lane with no overturn and no entrapment. Crews from both departments secured the cars and removed the patient to Community Ambulance for transport to a local hospital.

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SELDEN Car vs. Truck

Story and Photo by Christopher SabellaOn Scene Photography On the night of Tuesday, April 22nd, just past 730 pm, a car and a truck collided at Hawkins Ave. and Ruland road. The driver and child were injured and transported to university hospital and fire fighters secured the cars for removal.

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FLORAL PARK Recruitment Day

Photos by Stephen Takacs

The Floral Park FD held a recruitment day on Sunday April 27th at the Carlton Street Parking Lot from 12 noon – 4pm. Several demonstrations were conducted including hose handling and vehicle extrication.

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FARMINGVILLE Fence and Siding on Fire

Story and Photos by Cameron Wilken The Farmingville Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire on April 24th at 8:15pm at 58 Pinelawn Avenue. Chief Ralph Gloria [5-18-30], and Assistant Chief Dave Smith [5-8-32] were on scene to direct operations. The fire started under the house and extended to the siding of the house and the fence. Farmingville pulled a booster line from Engine 2 to extinguish the fire with no further damage. Truck 5-18-7, Engine 3 and Rescue 8 were all on scene to help. No one was injured.

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Jeff DiLavore is a past Chief of the Lakeview Fire Department [1999-2000], a Registered Nurse and a former E MT-CC.

He is also the owner of Nassau FD Rant and Suffolk FD Rant 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 a t the Nassau County Fire Service Academy where he taught Technical Rescue, Vehicle Extrication, Haz Mat, WMD a nd numerous other classes. Chief McNamara is currently the Adjunct Instructor for Distant Learning for the N  assau FD.

Phil Lichtenberger is the owner of Monitor Long Island, Inc. which owns W2LIE.net, LongIslandFirePhotos.com, a nd

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.

Dominic Orlando is a member of the East Rockaway Fire Department with experience in the fire service ranging from volunteer service in the states of North and South Carolina and here in New York. He has been involved in one way or another with the fire service since joining the junior fire department in 1997. He is a veteran of the US Marine Corps, spending 8 years on active duty and having completed 4 separate combat tours overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. He still remains active as a reservist with 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines out of Garden City, N.Y. as their intelligence section chief.

Mike Capoziello 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.

Jeff O’Toole joined the Fire Service in 1977, belonging to four different Nassau Departments. Presently a firefight-

er/EMT-CC in Bethpage Engine & Ladder Co. 4, and an Assistant Decon Team Leader. He is active with the Hazmat/WMD Committee of the Nassau County Fire Commission. You can contact him at nchazmat@optonline.net.

Tim Ivers has been a Police Officer for 30 years. He has been with the NCPD Emergency Service Unit since 1995.

Prior to working in the NCPD he was a Police Officer with the NYPD. He is a past member of the Levittown Fire Dept. In addition to the usual training and certifications necessary for the police department, he is a Haz-Mat Technician as well as a WMD Technician. He holds a NYS Certification in Vehicle Extrication and is trained and certified as a Hurst Extrication Tool instructor. Tim can be reached at: ESU2422@gmail.com

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