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Despite frigid winter conditions, fire departments throughout Long Island honed their skills on Ice and Cold Water Rescue Techniques. Turn to page 64-65 for the complete story. -Fire News photo by John Neely

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In this issue... Central Islip Contains Raging Flames Frigid weather conditions and two frozen hydrants made for a difficult fight at a Central Islip fire.

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Long Night in Long Beach Frozen fire hydrants and the extreem cold hampered operations at a Long Beach house fire. See story page 14

Fire Rips Through Home in Albertson Firefighters responded to a fire that ripped through a townhouse causing a portion of the roof to collapse. See story page 34

Dix Hills FD Holds Active Shooter Drill The Dix Hills Fire Department held an Active Shooter Drill involving an active shooter in the school’s cafeteria. See story pages 58 & 59

Suffolk County VEEB Holds Medal Day Heroic firefighters who performed brave deeds, above and beyond the normal expectations of a firefighter See story page 68 were honored.

Bellport Mourns Lifetime Member Robert Brown The Bellport Fire Department mourns the loss of lifetime member Robert Brown. See story page 74

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

‘No Building is Worth a Firefighters Life’ It is no secret that building construction has a direct impact on firefighters. For years, Frank Brannigan and Vincent Dunn have written books and talked about the direct correlation of lightweight truss construction, fire and collapse. All firefighters should pick up a copy of their many books on the subject and read them. Oh, you read it? Then re-read it to refresh yourself on a topic about which many have become complacent. Share what you know, visit construction sites to familiarize yourself with the ever changing construction techniques that are used to lower the cost of construction and then ask your local politician their viewpoint on the Safe Buildings Codes Incentive Act. For the past few years, the Congressional Fire Services Institute has been asking Congress to take action. Visit CFSI's website and read what they are trying to do about building codes. There is a piece of legislation pending in both the House and the Senate titled the Safe Building Code Incentive Act (HR 1878 and S. 924) that will offer an incentive to states for adopting and enforcing model building codes. The operative word in this measure is “incentive.” This is not big government forcing its will on states and local communities; instead, this measure creates an incentive for states to adopt model building codes. It does not penalize states, but instead, rewards them for good policy. These states would become eligible for an additional four percent in post-disaster FEMA grants.

The Congressional Fire Services Institute is part of an advocacy group called the BuildStrong Coalition. This group is composed of experts from every aspect of the construction field who have one goal in mind: to make buildings safer for everyone, especially firefighters. This is a no brainer. What is stopping it? The cost of building a safe structure.. Sound dumb? I think it is. The House and the Senate needs to encourage jurisdictions to clear bills that the members of Congress can support. Remind them of the disasters that have wiped out communities. If the leaders in government hear from Public Safety, I am sure they will support the Safe Building Code Incentive act. Visit www. BuildStrongAmerica.com and www.CFSI.org to fully understand what you can do to make a difference in changing the laws that directly affect you, the firefighter. Try to attend the CFSI Annual Dinner and Seminars in Washington DC on April 30 and May 1, 2014. Remember what Chief Vincent Dunn has said, “No building is worth a firefighter’s life.” -Dennis

ANNOUNCEMENTS 2014 ANNUAL VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS NASSAU-SUFFOLK CHAMPIONSHIP AND HANDICAP TOURNAMENT Early Incentive, free practice sessions on Saturday and Sunday nights at 1930. Available dates are March 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30. These two-hour practice sessions are available to Nassau-Suffolk volunteer fire departments that have paid their entry fees by March 15, 2014, for the 55th Annual Volunteer Firefighters Tournament to be held at South Levittown Lanes. Reservations are a must. To reserve a free practice session for your department contact Keith Pappas or Tony Casale @ 516-731-5700.

BRENTWOOD FD 5K RUN The Brentwood Fire Department is holding its 5K run on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The scholarship run is going to be held at the St Joseph’s school grounds located at 1725 Brentwood Road in Brentwood. Applications and

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all of the information can be found on the department website Brentwoodfire.com. Anyone that may need any further information can call 631-2737080 extension 3231. Anyone that would like to contact the committee directly can do so by e-mail AE5krun@brentwoodfire.com.

LEVITTOWN FD CRAFT FAIR The 5th Annual Levittown FD Craft Fair will be held at the old K-Mart lot, 3350 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown. We have listened to recommendations and have decided to hold a two-day craft fair. The dates for this year’s craft fair are on Saturday, May 3-4, 2014. We are currently working on the pricing for this year’s fair. The prices will offer you, the vendor, to rent a space for both days or for just one day. Once a final decision is made and the legal matters are secured for the property, we will notify all of you with the pricing and the application. You can email us at LFDE7Craftfair@yahoo.com or contact Frank 516-644-7875 or Fred 516-244-8834.

INTERACTIVE DINNER THEATRE IN MASTIC The Mastic Fire Department and the Murder 4 You Players will hold an Interactive Dinner Theatre Presentation called “Death in Dallas” on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The event starts at 1830. Tickets for the dinner and show are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For reservations and tickets call 631-281-8660. For more information check the department’s website at masticfiredept.com.

FOOTBALL Any firefighter interested in playing for a Long Island Volunteer Firefighter semi-pro football team please contact Phil Sullivan at 10pipe@optonline.net or Phil Sullivan at 631-467-0629.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS AN EVENING WITH JEFFREY WANDS

The Hewlett Fire Department and Exempt Association will hold an evening with psychic/medium and radio personality Jeffery Wands. The performance is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014. Seating will begin at 1800 and the event will begin at 1900 The proceeds from the performance will be contributed to fire department related charities. The Hewlett Fire Department is located at 25 Franklin Avenue, Hewlett. Tickets for the event are $ 35 per person and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/573302. Admission includes refreshments, and raffles will be available for purchase. Seating is limited to those 16 years of age and older. For more information, please call 516-374-9801, Ext. 4 or 516-316-5947.

NORTH BABYLON FIRE COMPANY STATION 3 SEMINAR LT RAY MCCORMACK “THE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT ENGINE COMPANY”

This class will cover how to locate, confine and extinguish fires in private dwellings, apartments and commercial occupancies. We will discuss size up, hose line stretches, positions on the attack line, nozzle and attack techniques, engine emergencies and how to overcome them, leadership and the impact of the current UL studies. You will leave with an understanding of how to positively enhance your extinguishment culture and the safety of civilians and fellow firefighters by being on top of your game. This class is intended for an audience from the newest probie to the most senior Chief. This seminar will include door prize giveaways, a Chinese auction, 50/50 and other raffles. Also included is a BBQ held after the seminar across the street at NBFC HQ (20 Hale Rd)

with unlimited beer, soda, water, hamburgers and hotdogs. Ray McCormack is a 31-year veteran of the FDNY and a Lieutenant with Ladder 28 the “Harlem Hilton.” He delivered the keynote address at Fire Engineering’s FDIC in 2009 and continues to serve on the editorial board. He is the publisher and editor of Urban Firefighter Magazine and well as a contributor for Fire Engineering magazine, He is the author of the “Tactical Safety for Firefighters” column. He is an expert on improving firefighting skills and occupant safety through fire extinguishment. Don’t believe us, google or YouTube his powerful FDIC speech “True Values of a Fireman.” Sunday, March 30, 2014 Registration at 0830 / Seminar 0900 and BBQ to follow North Babylon High School 1 Phelps Lane, North Babylon, NY 11703 Cost per person: $50 pre-register / $60 at the door For information or to pre-register: Email Sta3Seminars@northbabylonfire.org Call Peter Alt 631-433-5157 or Joe Russo 516-807-7665

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On April 13, 2014, rain or shine, the 11th Annual Blessing of the Bikes will be held. Come to Applebee’s in Farmingville at 1100-1245. Kickstands are up at 1300. There is a $15 donation for rider and passenger. T-shirt and date pin is free for the first 100 registered riders. Applebee’s is located in Farmingville at 1935 North Ocean Avenue. Destination: Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, Manorville. This year there will be no waiting or delays at the shrine. Blessing will commence on arrival at the shrine. This is an AMA-sanctioned event. For T-shirt sponsorship and general information, call 631-235-7196.

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Central Islip Contains Raging Flames

Fire broke out in Central Islip on Story Avenue on January 28, 2014. Central Islip Chief Kevin McAteer, Jr., was in command of the scene, which presented an array of difficulties. In addition to frigid weather conditions, two nearby hydrants were frozen. A total of eight CIFD units responded and mutual aid was provided by Islip Terrace, Brentwood, Hauppauge, East Islip and Islip. Chief McAteer also requested a tanker from Long IslandMacArthur Airport to respond, but eventually it was not needed. The residence sustained heavy damage. One Hauppauge firefighter was transported with burns by Central Islip-Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance. Two residents of the building were also treated for smoke inhalation. The Suffolk County Arson Squad was investigating. -Fire News photos by Charlie Murphy, Tim Asbell and Rich Stark


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Through the Roof in North Amityville On February 3, 2014, during the height of a heavy snow fall, the North Amityville Fire Company under command of Chief of Department M. Benloss responded to a house fire on Offaly Street. Chief Benloss, 1st Assistant Chief Harley and 2nd Assistant Chief Collins arrived to find heavy fire coming from the 1-2 exposure, which had also gone through the roof. The occupants escaped the fire uninjured. Due to the weather conditions and volume of fire, multiple mutual aid requests went out. North Amityville Engine 1-7-1 arrived first and was followed by South Farmingdale Engine 973. Amityville was requested for an engine and RIT, East Farmingdale for an engine and North Lindenhurst for RIT when Amityville was put to work. South Farmingdale and Amityville also sent additional ambulances to the scene. With three handlines, the fire was brought under control in about 40 minutes with the house heavily damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza


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Smoke Pushes in Floral Park

Quick Knockdown in Terryville

The Floral Park Fire Department responded to a reported bedroom fire at a home on Violet Avenue on Saturday, January 4, 2014. Smoke could be seen pushing from the third floor windows as firefighters made a quick attack to bring the blaze under control. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

Recently, the Terryville Fire Department was alerted for a residential structure fire on Champlain Street. Terryville Engine 1 was first due and transmitted the working fire shortly after arriving. Under the command of Terryville Chief of Department Keith Olsen, mutual aid was immediately requested from Selden, Port Jefferson and Setauket. Due to the quick response from Terryville, Setauket was redirected to standby at Terryville. Additionally Port Jefferson Volunteer Ambulance Corps provided an ambulance standby at Terryville. Terryville Fire Department 2nd Assistant Chief Brendan Pilkington took over operations. The Brookhaven Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported. -Fire News photo by Andrew Tetreault


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Ronkonkoma Activated for Worker

On February 6, 2014, the Ronkonkoma Fire Department was activated for a commercial structure fire at an auto repair shop on Ronkonkoma Avenue. Upon arrival, command declared a working fire and requested mutual aid from Lakeland. The fire was quickly brought under control without incident. -Fire News photos by Bryan Lopez

Flames Light the Sky in Floral Park

A raging house fire lit up the night sky over Floral Park as flames and heavy smoke engulfed a two-story home on Whittier Avenue on January 23, 2014. Firefighters arrived to flames shooting from the front of the house. Several surrounding departments were summoned to the scene. County Fire Marshals also responded to investigate. -Fire News photos by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Farmingviille Lieutenant Dominic Russo. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Sea Cliff Fire Department Fire Medic Unit members Kira Watkins and Emmy Fiorenza. -Fire News photo by Alex VanSantvoord

Lt. Brennan Holmes of the Port Jefferson Fire Department. -Fire News photo by Andrew Tetreault


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Flames Show in Massapequa

On February 1, 2014, the Massapequa Fire Department responded to an Emily Street house in East Massapequa. Chief of Department Daresta was on scene first and transmitted a working fire with heavy smoke coming from the house and fire in the 2-3 corner of the first floor. Assistant Chiefs Kuechler, Fitzsimmons and Beneville arrived and handled the attack. Two lines were stretched off 6311 quickly extinguishing the fire. The house was vacant and there were no injuries. The South Farmingdale Fire Department responded to the scene with Ladder 978 as the FAST Unit. The cause of the fire is under investigation. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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Long Night in Long Beach The Long Beach Fire Department responded to Beech Street for a reported house fire. Members pushed frozen handlines and worked into the morning to put the fire out. Frozen fire hydrants and freezing temps hampered operations. Before the night was over three houses were damaged and one firefighter was transported to the hospital. -Fire News photos by Bill Bennett and Paul Mazza


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Flames Halted at Lynbrook Diner A fire broke out at the popular Lynbrook Diner on Sunrise Highway near Randall Avenue on January 13, 2014. Lynbrook firefighters responding found a fire burning near the roof level. Flames could be seen from the street and were quickly extinguished by arriving companies. -Fire News photos by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

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Electrical Condition Sparks Blaze

The Westbury and Jericho Fire Departments were alerted for a building fire on Brush Hollow Road in Westbury on January 20, 2014. Upon arrival, it was found that there was a sprinkler activation in a warehouse due to an electrical fire. A working fire was transmitted and a 2-1/2 inch line was stretched, while truck companies ventilated and overhauled for the engine crews. The fire, which was contained by the sprinkler activation, was quickly extinguished. The building is split between the two fire districts and both departments responded with full responses. Mutual aid from Syosset, Hicksville and East Meadow assisted at the scene. -Fire News photos by Joseph C. Sperber


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Flames Show in Centerport The Centerport Fire Department responded to reports of a house fire on Harbor Park Drive on January 23, 2014. First arriving units found heavy fire showing on the second floor and out the skylights of a twostory home. Battling sub-freezing temperatures, firefighters began an aggressive interior attack. Mutual aid was requested from Greenlawn, Northport, Halesite and East Northport to the scene. Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor provided a standby engine and ambulance at Centerport’s quarters. Sixty firefighters battled the blaze with four engines, two ladder trucks and a heavy rescue truck, with two Centerport Rescue ambulances on site for EMS support. The Suffolk Police Arson Squad and Huntington Town Fire Marshal were investigating. - Fire News story by Steve Silverman - Fire News photos by Kyle McLaughlin, Robert Simpson and Greg Schmidt


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Puppy Located at Centereach Fire The Centereach Fire Department quickly knocked down a structure fire on Crossover Road. Mutual aid was called in from Selden, Farmingville and Ronkonkoma. Rescue Company search team 2nd Lieutenant Joe Feola and Firefighters Melissa Garverick and Tina Reynolds found a puppy hiding under a bed and removed it to safety. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone and Bryan Lopez

Fire at Garden City Country Club The Garden City Fire Department was on the scene after a small fire broke out at the Garden City Country Club on Stewart Avenue on the afternoon of January 17, 2014. The fire was quickly brought under control and firefighters vented the building. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Heavy Fire in Brentwood Just before midnight on January 31, 2014, the Brentwood Fire Department was activated for a house fire on Baldwin Boulevard in Company 6 area. First on the scene was 3rd Assistant Chief Boyle, who transmitted a working fire with heavy fire showing from the basement windows on the 3-4 exposure. Second Assistant Chief Derbyshire arrived and handled the fire attack operation. A third handline was stretched by the crew of Engine Company 5 as the fire extended to the first floor on the 3-4 exposure. It took about 40 minutes to bring under control with no reported injuries. The Bay Shore Fire Department was requested to the scene for the RIT assignment and the Islip Fire Department to stand by and cover the district -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

Three Transported From Hicksville Fire

On January 11, 2014, the Hicksville Fire Department responded to a house fire on Harrison Avenue. Arriving units found a heavy smoke condition and a fire in the basement of the two-story home. Three family members were transported to NUMC with smoke inhalation and one with minor burns. Engine 932 was first due and secured a water supply and stretched one line to the front door. Ladder 931 set up in front of the home as crews made an aggressive

interior attack, containing the fire to the basement. Additional crews stretched a second line and rescued a family dog on the second floor. EMS treated the dog with oxygen and it was reunited with the family later in the day. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Chief of the Department Frank McGeough was in command. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm


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Fully Involved in Dix Hills

The Dix Hills Fire Department responded to a house fire on Princeton Drive on January 27, 2014. Upon arrival the home, which did not appear to be occupied, was fully involved. Mutual aide from Greenlawn and Deer Park assisted with extinguishing the fire. Suffolk County Fire Marshal and police were investigating. - Fire News photos by Joseph C. Sperber


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Dix Hills FD Battles House Fire During Snowstorm On January 21, 2014, with snow and ice starting to make local roads impassable, the Dix Hills Fire Department received a call about a house filling with smoke on Woods End Road South. Upon arrival they found heavy smoke pushing from the home and a fully involved fire in the basement. The residents were out of the home safely. About 40 firefighters battled the blaze and the freezing temperatures, under the command of 2nd Assistant Chief Tom Napolitano. Firefighters from departments around the area including Dix Hills, Melville, and Greenlawn, fought the blaze, with Huntington Manor, Commack, and Commack Ambulance Corps providing standby coverage. Suffolk County Fire Coordinators were also on scene to provide assistance. According to Chief Napolitano, “Fighting this fire was complicated by the weather. Getting our manpower and equipment to the scene during the snowstorm, over the icy roads, was our first challenge. On arrival we faced strong winds and plummeting temperatures turning everything on scene to ice. Then our firefighters had to face the hazards of burning holes in the floors of the house, to get to the advanced basement fire.” Firefighters had the blaze under control in about an hour. The cause of the fire was under investigation. -Fire News photos provided by Dix Hills F.D.

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Aggressive Push in Elmont The Elmont Fire Department was alerted to a reported house fire on February 1, 2014, on Sweetman Avenue. Arriving units found a two-story private dwelling with a fire, which may have started in the basement and extended to the upper floors. Companies made an aggressive push and the fire was quickly brought under control. The Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department assisted as the FAST Unit. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

Attic Fire Attacked in Kings Point The Great Neck Fire Department responded to a reported house fire in Kings Point on January 31, 2014. An attic fire was discovered and lines were stretched to battle the blaze. Mutual aid companies from surrounding departments responded to assist with the operation. There was one minor injury to a firefighter. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

Fire Place Fire Extends in Westbury The Westbury Fire Department responded to a fire on Willow Street on January 28, 2014. A fire had broken out in the wall in the area around the fire place. Quick action by firefighters extinguished the fire with the home sustaining minimal damage. Crews operated on scene for 45 minutes conducting overhaul and salvage operations. Operations were under the command of Chief Doug Ingram. -Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber


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Do you have an Action Model? Last month’s safety article was about the Incident Safety Officer (ISO) at a type four or five hazard, and what procedure or checklist the ISO should follow. The advantage of a checklist is that it reminds of things that have to be done, but there are disadvantages as it may suggest an order as opposed to a priority. Alternatively, once an item is checked off the ISO may choose not to revisit those items again. Another form of checklist is the Action Model (Dodson, 2004). This allows the ISO to start at any point and continue around in a cyclical fashion. Reminding the ISO to be flexible, proactive, and reactive is important. The ISO must also be familiar with the departments SOPs, etc. As I indicated, the ISO has many tasks to accomplish and should have Assistant Safety Officers (ASOs.) Many times two, three or more safety officers must be on scene to accomplish the tasks. I feel there are three different segments to the ISO’s operation, the ISO at a type four or five hazard, the ISO at a one, two, or three-type and the ISO at a live burn. This safety tip will be part A of the ISO at a type one through three hazards. For these incidents, I recommend incident management team courses such as ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800 be taken. Many of these courses can also be taken on-line and are also offered by the county. They are excellent courses offered by some of the finest instructors. Another good course is the New York Wildfire Incident Management Academy for All Hazards (NYWIMA). Counties and federal agencies offer all of these courses. What is the checklist at a type one, two, or three-type hazard? For these hazards, we use The Incident Command System (ICS), which is a key feature of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). As stated in NIMS, “the ICS is a management system designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures and communications operating within a common organizational structure, designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management. A basic premise of ICS is that it is widely applicable. It is used to organize both near-term and long-term field level operations for a broad spectrum of emergencies, from a small to complex incident both natural and manmade. ICS is used by all level of government-Federal, State, Local, and Tribalas well as by many private sectors to facilitate activities in five major functional areas: command, operations, planning, logistics and finance, and administration.” As an ISO, you are part of the Command Staff. If involved in these types of incidents, remember, as always with all types of incidents, the incident commander is responsible for the safety of all the responders. You should know the local laws, SOPs, and Risk Management Procedures. You will be involved with meetings, Incident Action Plans (IAP), and many other procedures. This will be continued next month part B. To learn more about the duties of an ISO, attend our next training seminar at Stony Brook Fire Headquarters March 12, 2014. For more information go to our website www.btsoa.org. If you have any comments or questions, contact ex-Chief Bailes. Ex-Chief Jeffrey Bailes President Brookhaven Town Safety Officers Association 631-495-6418 www.btsoa.org


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Hydrant Tampering Results in Arrest The Freeport Fire Department responded to a basement fire in a home on Parsons Avenue on the morning of February 10, 2014. The blaze extended to the main floor, but was extinguished quickly by arriving engine companies. During the alarm, an EDP attempted to interfere with hydrants operations and was promptly placed under arrest by the Freeport Police. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

Living Room Fire Knocked Down in Southampton The Southampton Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on January 28, 2014, on Powell Avenue in Southampton Village. The first unit on scene reported heavy smoke coming from the rear of the building. Dispatch re-toned the call as a working structure fire. An interior team was requested and entered through the kitchen and found the fire in the living room. They were able to knock down the fire and crews were requested to assist with overhaul. The Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance was requested to the scene to treat two occupants. The Southampton Village Fire Marshals Office investigated. Chief Dennis Roy was in charge of the scene. -Fire News photo by Dennis Chuppe


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Up Close & Personal

Outgoing Hicksville Chief Christopher Moskos at a recent job. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Firefighter Marty Mandelbaum (left) and ex-Chief Fred Leute (right) of the Port Jefferson Fire Department. -Fire News photo by Andrew Tetreault


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Garages Destroyed in Copiague On January 26, 2014, the Copiague Fire Department was alerted for a reported garage fire at the rear of a Hawkins Boulevard home. First arriving chiefs found fire in one garage with a car inside of it. The structure was fully involved and collapsed shortly after arrival. A second garage was also well involved. Firstdue Engine 1-3-10 picked up a hydrant and stretched two lines with the crew of Engine 1-3-7. The crew from Ladder 1-3-4 opened up the second garage to expose pockets of fire. It took about 40 minutes to bring the fire under control with no reported injuries. The cause of the fire was under investigation, Chief of Department Holzwarth was in charge of the operation. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Basement Fire Beat in Lakeview Members of the Lakeview Fire Department battled a basement fire on the morning of Friday January 24, 2014. Units were called to a Harrison Street address and found a heavy smoke condition throughout the home. All occupants had already exited the house when engine company members entered the basement to extinguish the blaze. Mutual aid companies were also on the scene. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Fire Rips Through Home in Albertson

Albertson firefighters responded on January 24, 2014, when a fire ripped through a two-story town house on I.U. Willets Road causing a portion of the roof to collapse. Temperatures were near zero, making operations extremely difficult, but a favorable wind may have prevented the spread of fire to adjoining units. More than 120 firefighters from 10 departments battled the blaze well into the night hours. Supply lines needed to be stretched across the busy Long Island Railroad tracks prompting service to be suspended for a short period of time. -Fire News photos by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

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Residents Rescued in Hempstead

Two Hempstead residents were rescued from a balcony after a fire broke out in their Jackson Street apartment on February 10, 2014. The fire, apparently started by an electrical malfunction, sent thick black smoke throughout the building. A father and son were trapped on a second floor balcony. Hempstead firefighters arrived quickly and immediately set up ground ladders to the balcony.The two men were safely removed to waiting EMS personnel in the street. A second alarm was sounded, bringing neighboring department to the scene for extensive search and overhaul operations. Several families were displaced and Red Cross representatives were on the scene to assist the displaced families. -Fire News photos by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Possible Occupants Within in Lakeview

On February 11, 2014, the Lakeview Fire Department was alerted to the report of a house fire with people possibly trapped. Heavy smoke blanketed the property on arrival of the first company. A handline was stretched through the front door, while members started a search for possible residents. The blaze was extinguished and no occupants were found. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

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Quick Work in Bay Shore

Just after noon on January 3, 2014, while heading home from fire headquarters after being relieved from storm standby, Firefighter Peter Del Valle of the Bay Shore Hose Co. 1 saw a van engulfed in flames at the intersection of Union Boulevard and Clinton Avenue. Del Valle quickly called dispatch and returned to the firehouse to crew the engine. Upon activation, Chief of Department Butler along with 1st Assistant Chief John Ippolito, Jr., responded quickly.

Seconds after getting on the road 1st Lt. Arty Murray, who was also leaving the standby, advised Chief Butler that the van was fully involved and close to a building. Arriving on scene within minutes the crew of Engine 313 along with Engine 312 went to work, making a quick and aggressive attack on the vehicle fire, knocking down the fire. All BSFD units where under the command of Chief Brian W. Butler. - Fire News photos by John Ippolito


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Dix Hills FD Rescues Cat from Tree

The Dix Hills Fire Department came to the rescue of a cat stuck about 40feet up a tree on Branwood Drive, back on October 2, 2013. The drama began when a dog came into the house and scared the four-month-old cat which fled outside and up into the tree. Unable to coax it down, the family called the Dix Hills Fire Department. Second Assistant Chief Tom Napolitano and Captain Brett Tepe responded and determined that the safest way to remove the cat was to use the department’s ladder truck. After the truck was placed into position, ex-Chief and Commissioner Larry Feld (pictured) climbed the ladder and grabbed the cat. - Fire News photos by Marc Truocchio

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EMS ACROSS THE ISLAND Bus/Car MVA Hempstead in Nesconset Two-Car MVA

The Nesconset Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident on Nichols and Browns Roads recently. Upon arrival units found a car into a bus. The children on the bus reported no injuries. The driver of the car was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital. Third Assistant Chief John Martins was in command of the scene - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Two people were transported to area hospitals after a two-car collision on Front Street near Chasner Street in Hempstead on January 28, 2014. Hempstead firefighters and EMS personnel responded to the scene. One car landed up on the sidewalk nearly striking the wall of a nearby auto parts store. - Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli


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EMS ACROSS THE ISLAND Huntington Manor FD Selden MVA Responds to Fatal Crash Injures Two

The Huntington Manor Fire Department responded to a heavy rescue MVA on Pidgeon Hill Road and Windham Drive on January 17, 2014. The crash involved an Acura sedan that crossed into the opposite lane and struck a Toyota minivan. Huntington Manor firefighters extricated the driver of the Acura, who was critically injured and airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. A couple in the minivan and their three young children received minor injuries, and were transported to Huntington Hospital by the Huntington Community First Aid Squad. Forty firefighters were on the scene with four engines and three heavy rescue trucks, under the command of Chief Fred Steenson, Jr., and Assistant Chiefs Frank McQuade and Jon Hoffmann. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

On February 6, 2013, the Selden Fire Department was activated for a motor vehicle accident on Middle Country and College Roads. Chief 5-25-31 was on scene. The accident sent two people to area hospitals. - Fire News photo by David Rubin


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the competition," Georgiou said. "At Proliner Rescue we know that the fire, rescue and EMS industry relies on their equipment to perform, and that is why we treat every vehicle as if it were our own." KME is a leading custom manufacturer of a full range of specialty vehicles for military, industrial, commercial, aviation and municipal markets. Additional information on KME can be found at www.kovatch.com or by emailing to kme@kovatch.com. For more information on this press release, contact Phil Gerace, KME Dir. Of Sales, pgerace@kovatch.com or 570-669-5174.

Truck Fire Ties Up Southampton Traffic

The Southampton Fire Department was toned out to the report of a truck on fire on Sandy Hollow Road in Southampton on January 13, 2014. Chief Dennis Roy arrived and stated to the responding units that the cab of the truck was fully engulfed. Units arrived and the fire was extinguished with 10 minutes. The Southampton Town Fire Marshals Office was called in to investigate the call. Sandy Hollow road was shut down in both directions for one-and-a-half-hours from North Sea Road to CR 39. Chief Dennis Roy was in charge of the scene. -Fire News story by Chris Brenner


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Car Fire in Lindenhurst The Lindenhurst Fire Department was activated for a car fire on December 31, 2013, on Montauk Highway and South 16th Street. The driver of a Mercedes traveling west on Montauk Highway noticed smoke coming from the dashboard. The driver was able to pull into a commercial driveway and exit the vehicle with his dog before the car was engulfed in flames. Engine 1-6-6 responded and used one line to extinguish the fire. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Quick Knockdown at Massapequa Car Fire On the afternoon of Tuesday, January 28, 2014, the Massapequa Fire Department alerted Engine 4 and Ladder 6 for a reported car fire at the intersection of Joyce Avenue and Camp Road. Third Assistant Chief Beneville arrived first and encountered an involved Lexus. First Assistant Chief Keuchler and Engine 6314 arrived shortly after. One handline was used to extinguish the fire in about 15 minutes. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

VW Catches Fire in North Amityville On January 18, 2014, the North Amityville Fire Company was called to a reported car fire on Prospect Street. First Assistant Chief Harley, with Engines 1-7-1, 1-7-4 and Ambulance 1-7-8, responded and encountered an involved Volkswagen in front of a house. The car was being worked on when the fire started and it was pushed out of the driveway away from the house and other vehicles. One handline from Engine 1-7-1 was used to extinguish the fire in about 15 minutes. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Garage Saved in Plainview At 1018 on January 20, 2014, the Plainview Fire Department was alerted for a car fire in the driveway of a Pal Street home. Engine 9511 was first due and stretched one line and knocked down the fire before it extended to the garage. Additional crews assisted with operating a second line and overhauling the van. No injuries were reported for the incident. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm


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Kids Safe at Central Islip MVA The Central Islip Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident with a vehicle and school bus at the intersection of Prospect and Tamarack Streets on January 9, 2014. First Assistant Chief Bob McGee confirmed that a school bus was involved upon his arrival. The driver of the car was removed by CIFD personnel and the students on the bus were picked up at the scene by their parents. The Central Islip - Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance transported the driver of the car to a local hospital. -Fire News photo by Charlie Murphy

Farmingdale Responds to MVA On February 4, 2014, a multi-car motor vehicle accident occurred on Fulton and Conklin Streets in Farmingdale. The Farmingdale Fire Department responded to render assistance with the call. -Fire News photo by Mike Oppedisano

Overturn in Melville On January 15, 2014, the Melville Fire Department was dispatched to a two-car MVA involving an overturned vehicle at Broad Hollow Road and the North Service Road. When the units arrived on the scene the occupants from the overturn were sitting on the curb. The female driver of the other vehicle was stabilized and transported to North Shore at Plainview Hospital with minor injuries. The others refused medical attention. Chief Michael McKeefrey was in charge of the call. -Fire News photo by Tom Pesce

Commack FD, EMS Handles Crash Near High School The Commack Fire Department and Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps were dispatched to a crash on Scholar Lane on November 17, 2014. The driver of a Nissan suffered non-life threatening injuries after she struck a tree. The woman was transported to Huntington Hospital by Commack Ambulance. Commack was under the command of 1st Assistant Chief Andy Babajko. Commack Ambulance units were led by 2nd Assistant Chief Al Groveman. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman


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Two Injured at Medford MVA

Lucky All Around in Westbury

The Medford Fire Department received an alarm for a motor vehicle accident on County Road 83, north of Woodside Avenue. First on scene was the chief of Medford Fire Department, who confirmed that a person in a gray SUV was injured and trapped. The chief requested a spreader and cutter to force the passenger door on the vehicle. As firemen were working, Medford Ambulance arrived and prepared to remove the patient after the firefighters removed the door. The occupants of the other vehicle were all out. One person from that vehicle was injured and an EMT from Medford Ambulance assisted the occupant. Medford Ambulance transported two patients to Brookhaven Hospital. -Fire News photo by Jim Rugen

The Westbury Fire Department responded to a car that crashed through a home on Nelson Road on December 24, 2013. No one was injured in the accident, which caused substantial damage to the home and auto. Apparently, the driver of the car confused the accelerator and brake pedals. The car launched through the garage door and into the lower level of the home. - Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

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Up Close & Personal

Firefighter/ Taylor Elyse Kern at Centereach FD fire Mutual aid -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Chief of Department Stephen Daresta, 1st Assistant Chief Gerard Keuchler, 3rd Assistant Chief Regis Beneville and 2nd Assistant Chief Thomas Fitzsimmons of the Massapequa Fire Department. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps crew on a standby. -Fire News photo by Andrew Tetreault

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Occupant Trapped at Valley Stream MVA The Valley Stream Fire Department was toned out for motor vehicle accident with an overturn and a person trapped on the morning of January 21, 2014. An SUV struck another vehicle on Hendrickson Avenue near East Avenue and overturned onto its side. The driver remained pinned in the vehicle until firefighters could safety extricate her. Nassau County EMS transported her to a local hospital. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

Multiple Tools Go to Work in Hempstead Hempstead firefighters were on the scene of a serious accident on the corner of Lincoln Road and Crowell Street on January 7, 2014. Two vehicles collided with a car driven into a utility pole pinning the occupant in the vehicle. Multiple extrication tools were utilized to remove the trapped driver. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Brentwood MVA On December 13, 2013 the Brentwood Fire Department responded to Emkay Street and Spur Drive North for a two-car accident with two people trapped. An SUV collided with a Nissan Sentra sending it into a utility pole trapping the two occupants of the Sentra. Heavy Rescue 3-2-18 and Suffolk County Police ES-2 used two spreaders and two cutters to remove the driver side doors, B-post and roof of the vehicle to extricate the trapped occupants in about 20 minutes. One person was transported to Southside Hospital by Brentwood Legion Ambulance and the more seriously injured person was taken by Suffolk County Police Helicopter 3 to Stony Brook University Hospital. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

4 Injured in SSP MVA The North Babylon Fire Company responded to the Southern State Parkway near Belmont Lake State Park early December 27, 2013, for an accident with a reported entrapment. The driver of a Honda Civic went out of control after racing another vehicle and hit several trees on the roadway. The collision tore the front end and engine from the car injuring all four occupants, one seriously. One person was extricated from the rear of the car in about 10 minutes by the crew from Rescue 1-8-15. The most seriously injured person was treated by the crew of Ambulance 1-8-17 before being airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital. The driver of the Civic was later arrested for driving while ability impaired by drugs and racing. Chief of Department Jordan was in charge of the scene. Assistant Chiefs Cabano, Harrington, Engine 1-8-2,1-8-8 Heavy Rescue 1-8-5, Ladder 1-8-6 Ambulance 1-8-14 and one ambulance from West Islip also responded. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza


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Driver Ejected in Amityville The Amityville Fire Department was alerted for an MVA with reported ejection on Merrick Road between County Line Road and Ketcham Avenue. Assistant Chiefs Waegerle and Greey were the first on the scene and requested Ambulance 1-1-11 with a rush along with ALS. The driver of a KIA sedan went off the road and hit several light and utility poles before stopping on the curb in front of a store, whose window was also broken by a street sign that was hit. The driver was found laying on the other side of Merrick Road with serious injuries. The crew from Engine 1-1-2 handled a large fuel leak from the vehicle. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Heavy Rescue Requested in Farmingville On January 31, 2014, the Farmingville Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident with a request for heavy rescue at the corners of Portion Road and North Morris Avenue. First responders on the scene reported multiple victims trapped and requested mutual aid from Holtsville and Ronkonkoma for ambulances. Victims were extricated and transported to nearby hospitals with injuries. -Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez


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Out of Control in Commack The Suffolk Police and Commack Fire Department responded to an accident with an overturned pickup truck on Townline Road in Commack on November 30, 2013. The vehicle appeared to have lost control as it was traveling northbound on Townline, leaving the roadway and crashing and landing in a tree. The driver fled the scene. The road was closed to local traffic in the area for over an hour for a police investigation. -Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

Wire Down in Deer Park On January 11, 2014, the Deer Park Fire Department responded to wires down on a truck on Long Island and Irving Avenues. With the winds whipping and the wires blowing, the tractor-trailer grabbed the wires and snapped the pole in half dropping it down on top of the truck. The driver was able to get out of the truck unharmed. -Fire News story by Diana Thomas


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West Sayville Goes to Work On February 3, 2014, the West Sayville Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire in a residence on Bohemia Parkway. Upon arrival the chiefs reported visible fire blowing out the first floor window and extending to the second floor of the occupied residence. All occupants were already out. Two were transported to local hospitals for evaluation for non-life threatening injuries. West Sayville Engine 8 was first due to the scene with Engine 1 on their tail. Under the direction of Lt. Brian D’Onofrio and Lt. John Helmuth, both crews advanced a handline to the lower floor seat of the fire. Rescue 3 and Ladder 5 soon followed, laddering the building and conducting secondary searches. One dog and two cats were removed from the building. CPR was attempted on the dog by West Sayville ex-Chief Rich Doucet and members of the Sayville Community Ambulance Company to no avail. The alarm was declared under control at 1903 by Chief Robert Doucet. Mutual aid was received from Bohemia, Sayville and Bayport. The fire was under investigation by the SCPD and was not considered suspicious. -Fire News photos by Harry D’Onofrio


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New Member Receives Patch for Riders of Fire MC The Riders of Fire’s newest member received his back patch at a recent meeting. In the photo is Tom Paton with President Chris McKay and Vice President Joey Nuccio. Ride safe Tom! - Fire News photo by Vinny Ammirati

Money Raised For Burn Center The Fourth Battalion Fire District on Long Island presented a check for $4400 to the Nassau County Firefighters Burn Center Foundation, which was raised at the battalion’s annual fundraiser at the Tally-Ho Engine 3 firehouse in Lynbrook. The Nassau County Firefighters Burn Center is located at Nassau County University Medical Center in East Meadow. Over the years the Fourth Battalion has raised over $50,000 for the foundation. -Fire News photo by Steve Grogan


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Cold Doesn’t Stop Teddy Bear Run

To brighten Christmas, hundreds of bikers from across Long Island braved the cold to join the Red Knights NY Chapter 26 on their Annual Teddy Bear Run to benefit the children of the Town of Brookhaven’s Interfaith Outreach Program. Starting from Terryville Fire Department in Port Jefferson Station, and led by Santa on his bike, the ride wound through back roads to Ladakins Restaurant on Mill Pond in Moriches for great music and a full hot buffet lunch. Riders were met at Ladakins by “Santa's Naughty Daughter,” Vicki, and additional motorcyclists who came with teddy bears in hand joined for lunch. Through everyone’s donations the Knights were able to make a monetary donation as well as give hundreds of Teddy Bears to the kids for the holidays. The Red Knights NY Chapter 26 would like to thank all the sponsors for making this a great event and the Suffolk County Police Department, Brookhaven Town Code Enforcement and Brookhaven Fire Police Association for providing an escort and traffic control and making this a great ride. Thanks are also due to our event sponsors and all those who made this great event possible. As our Teddy Bear Run grows each year, we hope to see more participants share in the great time and great cause. The Annual Teddy Bear Run is scheduled the Sunday before Thanksgiving, so mark your calendar for next year! For more info on the Red Knights go to www.rkny26.com. -Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone; Fire News story by Jim Guma

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TRT Drill Challenges Responders The Bethpage Fire Department hosted a TRT (Technical Rescue Team) drill at a specialized drill site at Station #4 on Stewart Avenue. Technical rescue teams from Hempstead, Rockville Center, Freeport, Manhasset-Lakeville, Massapequa and Port Washington all worked together on different rescue scenarios under the direction of 1st Assistant Chief Richard Resto. -Fire News photos by Kevin Imm

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Dix Hills FD Holds Active Shooter Drill

The Dix Hills Fire Department held an Active Shooter Drill at Five Towns College in Dix Hills on December 1, 2013. The scenario involved an active shooter in the school’s cafeteria, resulting in 10 victims with multiple gunshot wounds and a fire set off by the shooter. Fire crews entered the building after the scene was deemed safe by police, and found a heavy smoke condition in the cafeteria. The simulated fire was extinguished, and the victims were removed from the building by firefighters to a

safe area outside. The shooting victims were then evaluated and triaged by Dix Hills Rescue Squad personnel. About 65 firefighters and rescue squad members participated in the drill, with the victims portrayed by Dix Hills Junior Firefighters. The training drill was held under the command of Chief Tom Magno, with the support of Assistant Chiefs Robert Fling and Tom Napolitano. Apparatus on the scene included three ambulances, three heavy rescue trucks, three engines, paramedic and first

responder units. According to Chief Magno, “This proved to be a valuable training exercise in light of past incidents around the country, but we hope to never experience it first hand. Our EMS and firefighters worked well together in getting the victims quickly removed to a safe area to receive medical care in a professional and efficient manner.” - Fire News photos by Steve Silverman


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Centerport Dad Swears in Son

It was a proud moment for Centerport ex-Chief Robert Ciafardoni, left, as he swore in his son Brian Ciafardoni as an active member of the Centerport Fire Department. Brian, 17, started as a Centerport Fire Cadet at age 13 and was their Captain. He is a currently a senior at Northport High School. Brian’s dad, Robert is a 23-year veteran and served as Chief of the Department in 2009-2010. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman


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Westbury Holds 90th Anniversary Dinner

Westbury Fire Department Hose Company 2 held their 90th Anniversary Dinner on January 18, 2014, at Verdi’s in Westbury. Special presentations to the company were made during the program. Congratulations to exCaptains. (Above, standing left to right): Gary Bartunek, James Ellerby, John Bartunek, Michael Casali, and Michael Rice. (Seated left to right): is Robert Borra, Sam Russo, Joseph Ricccardo, and Italo Vacchio. (Left): the company officers for 2013-2014 are 2nd Lieutenant Kevin Williams II, Captain Christopher McShane, 1st Assistant Chief John Bartunek, 1st Lieutenant Albert Parillo and Secretary/Treasurer Michael Rice -Fire News photos by Joseph C. Sperber


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Central Islip Turns Out for Send Off

Members of the Central Islip Fire Department Fire Emergency Services Company 1 gathered at the residence of Firefighter Richard J. Lapsey, Jr. Richard was deploying to Parris Island, South Carolina for boot camp the following day, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, Fox Company, Platoon 2093. The officers and members of the FES Co#1 wished Richard a safe journey as a United States Marine. In the group photo, RJ Lapsley, Jr., is pictured center with his dad, Firefighter Richard J Lapsey, Sr., and members of the FES Company 1. -Fire News photos by Scott A. Gershowitz


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Governor Cuomo Launches Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program that will train approximately 100,000 New Yorkers during 2014 in the proper preparation for emergencies or disasters. The program seeks to provide citizens with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. Governor Cuomo also announced the launch of a new website, www.prepare.ny.gov, to serve as the digital home for the Citizen Preparedness Corps community. The website will offer information about additional trainings, disaster preparedness tips, and ways to volunteer your skills in the event of a disaster. “We want our state’s citizens to be the most prepared in the nation for natural disasters as we continue to reimagine New York for a new reality,” said Cuomo. “Our first responders displayed incredible skill and dedication during Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Sandy. Through the Citizen Preparedness Corps, New Yorkers will also be better prepared to help their communities. Our

goal of training 100,000 New Yorkers to be their own first responder in their communities will make New York even more equipped to face future challenges.” An outpouring of volunteers attended the first Citizen Preparedness Corps training sessions, with attendance at more than 600 people in Staten Island and 600 people in Suffolk County. The trainings, along with future ones, were led by the New York National Guard who worked with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office

of Fire Prevention and Control, and local county emergency management personnel. The training course will provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster. Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies. Proper preparation in the home will be emphasized with encouragement to ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, along with fire extinguishers, are all available and in proper working order. Trainers will supply information on what organizations can provide additional support; how to register for NY-Alert, the free statewide emergency alert system; and how to be aware of notifications from such sources as the Emergency Broadcast System. Participants will also be encouraged to get more involved in existing community-based emergency activities that may be organized through local schools, businesses or community-based organizations. As part of the training, participants will receive information about supplies and personal information that they should add to their personal Response Kit. -Fire News photo by Jim Dunn


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Members Hit the Ice in Port Jeff On January 26, 2014, Port Jefferson Fire Department held a department wide ice rescue lecture and hands-on drill. Under the direction of Port Jefferson Fire Department Lt. Brennan Holmes, members attended a classroom lecture before heading out to the water/ice scenarios. The Port Jefferson Fire Department Junior Company was on hand to observe. The on-hands portion was held in the salt marsh area off Crystal Brook Hollow and Oakwood Roads. - Fire News photos by Andrew Tetreault

Bellport F.D. Ice Rescue/ Cold Water Training

On January 26, 2014, the Bellport Fire Department held an ice rescue/cold water drill at the Bellport Village Marina. Bellport services a large area of the Great South Bay and regularly deals with scenarios in which time is of the essence. - Fire News story by Betty Allen

Ice Rescue Training in Nesconset On the morning of Sunday, February 2, 2014, members of the Nesconset Fire Department conducted an ice rescue drill at Lake Ronkonkoma. Members of the US Coast Guard also participated. Under the supervision of Nesconset firefighter Bill Pfeiffer, firefighters rotated positions as they were utilized as both rescuers and victims. Members drill on ice rescue during the winter months annually. -Fire News photos by Andrew Tetreault


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Westhampton Beach Holds Ice Rescue Drill The Westhampton Beach Fire Department held an ice rescue drill on the frozen waters of Quantuck Bay. Approximately 20 firefighters and officers participated. They were assisted by members of the department’s fire police. The drill was overseen by Captains Thomas Glover and Halsey Stevens. Dressed in waterproof ice rescue suits, the firefighters took turns being victims and rescuers. In each of 12 rotations one firefighter walked out approximately 100 yards onto the ice and submerged himself in a hole that had been cut earlier. When he was settled he signaled firefighters on shore that he was ready to be rescued. At that time another volunteer travelled out to the victim using either a specially fitted surfboard or a more modern Rescue Alive Ice Rescue Sled which can be walked over ice or paddled through water. Both the rescuer and victim were tethered to shore with safety ropes as was the sled. As soon as the victim was safely on the sled firefighters pulled them to shore. Back at the firehouse firefighter Tonya Schunk, speaking of the drill, said, “Let's hope we don’t ever have to use this stuff.” A sentiment held by every member of the the department. -Fire News photo by John Neely

Bellmore Simulates Ice Rescues The Bellmore Fire Department trained on ice rescues at the lake in Mill Pond in Bellmore. Bellmore Units 601, 602, 607 and 6012 took part in the training exercise. -Fire News photos by Jack Healy


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Northport FD Chief Named Firefighter of the Year

The Town of Huntington Fire Chiefs’ Council recently presented its Firefighter of the Year Award to 1st Assistant Chief Joe Pansini of the Northport Fire Department. Chief Pansini was recognized for his quick and heroic actions taken on June 7, 2013, while at the scene of a swift water storm surge on Main Street in Northport Village. Chief Pansini was able to free a husband

and wife who were swept away and trapped underneath a vehicle by the sudden flooding situation. Pansini risked his own life by going underwater beneath the vehicle and pulled both victims to safety. His actions undoubtedly saved the lives of these two individuals. Making the presentation at the Annual Installation of the Fire Chiefs’ Council are Executive Board officers, (above, from left):

Secretary David Mohr of the Huntington Community First Aid Squad, Treasurer Gary Hontz of the Eaton’s Neck Fire Department, President Scott Waryold of the Greenlawn Fire Department, Chief Joe Pansini, First Vice President John McKenna of the Northport Fire Department, and Second Vice President John McDonough of the Northport Fire Department. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman


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Suffolk Chiefs Council Holds Installation

The Fire Chiefs Council of Suffolk County held their annual installation of officers and brunch at the Majestic Gardens in Rocky Point on Sunday, January 12, 2014. Congratulations to President John Carney, First Vice President Joseph D'Alessandro, Second Vice President Scott Thebold, Sergeant at Arms John "Chip" Bancroft, Treasurer John Urevich, Corresponding Jay Egan, and Recording Secretary Thomas Kriklava as they lead the organization in 2014. The officers were sworn in by District Court Judge Philip Goglas. Photo below: Members of the Fire Chiefs Council of Nassau County. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

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Suffolk County VEEB Holds Medal Day

On January 18, 2014, the Vocational Education and Extension Board of Suffolk County honored heroic firefighters who performed brave deeds, above and beyond the normal expectations of a firefighter. The ceremony was hosted by the Southampton Fire Department. Congratulations to everyone who was recognized at this ceremony. Gold Medal; Stephen Rogoski, Southampton FD: Silver Medal; Michael Kampf, Southampton FD and Rodeny Pierson Southampton FD: Bronze Medal; Kenneth Cochrane, Huntington FD and Mathew Shimkus, Southampton FD: Unit Citation; Nicholas Aldrich, Southampton FD and Alfred Callahan, Southampton FD: Peace Officer Award; Jacob Bogden, Southold Police Department, Jospeh Lanzisera, Suffolk County Police Department, Keith Villano, Suffolk County Police Department: Bronze Medal and Suffolk County USAR Task Force Unit Citation; Michael Allison, Jonathan Buchsbaum, Dennis Carman, Joseph Cicero, John Cronin, John DeVito, John Heeg, Joespeh Isabella, Brett Martinez, Frank Russo, Michael Santangelo, C.W. Schwalbe, Edward Vinogroski, Daniel Worrell, William Xikis, and Michael Zafffarano. -Fire News photos by Mike Heller


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Chaplains Day American Legion Posts throughout the country celebrate Chaplains Day in early February, annually .This year American Legion Post 1273 of Wantagh celebrated this somber day on February 2, 2014. The post is adjacent to Wantagh’s Station 1 and again the Wantagh Fire Department was asked to participate along with other organizations, politicians and a big contingent of Boy Scouts. Representing the fire department was 3rd Assistant Chief Ken Kelly and representing the Ladies Auxiliary was ex-Captain John Kwasnik of the Fire Police. The ceremony began with Post Commander John J. Menecino welcoming guests followed by Post Chaplain Jack Bergersen giving the invocation and a brief talk. The Honor Guard stepped from the hall to the parking lot where a salvo was fired to salute the fallen. This was followed by “Taps” played by a Boy Scout and “Amazing Grace” by a post bagpiper. Wreaths were placed at the dais by all participants. Chaplains Day was declared in 1948 by the U.S. Congress in honor of Reverend George Fox (Methodist), Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish), Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed) and Father John Washington (Roman Catholic). The four were last seen with arms locked as they went down with the ship on which they were on after it was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the North Atlantic. The ship was the US Army transport Dorchester, which was a converted luxury liner used to transport troops. It sunk in 20 minutes after it was torpedoed and took 670 servicemen with it. The four chaplains aided the injured, got the troops into lifeboats, gave comfort to all, handed out life vests and in their final act gave up there own to four young soldiers. For their acts of kindness and compassion the four were posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart. The ceremony concluded and all guest were invited for a light lunch and refreshments. -Fire News photos by Harry Loud

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Dix Hills FD Installs 2014 Officers Recently, the Dix Hills Fire Department recently held their annual inspection and installation of officers at headquarters. Huntington Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia administered the oath of office to Chief William Stio and Commissioner Larry Feld. Other dignitaries present included Congressman Steve Israel, NY State Assemblymen Andrew Raia and Chad Lupinacci, Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern, and Huntington Town Councilwoman Tracey Edwards. The following officers were installed for 2014: Department Officers: Chief William Stio, First Assistant Chief Robert Fling, Second Assistant Thomas Napolitano, Third Assistant Chief Alan Berkowitz, Secretary Hillary Bogi, Treasurer Todd Cohen, Sgt. at Arms Fred Reithel. Company One: Captain Thomas Smith, First Lieutenant Karl Krage, Second Lieutenant John Vierling, Secretary Terence Vierling, Treasurer Dave Critelli, Sergeant at Arms Joseph Costa. Company Two: Captain Brett Tepe, First Lieutenant Howard Kaplan, Second Lieutenant Kris Tillis, Secretary Barry Miller, Treasurer Marc Ligator, Sergeant at Arms Fred Reithel. Company Three: Captain Joe Williamson, First Lieutenant Matthew Montag, Second Lieutenant Tony de Cesare, Secretary Jessica Mattes, Treasurer John Brower, Sergeant at Arms James Nolan. Rescue Squad: Captain Scott DiPino, Company One Lieutenant Richard Sorrentino, Company Two Lieutenant Shragi Schupak, Company Three Lieutenant Susan Montalvo, Secretary Jessica Mattes, Treasurer John Brower. Fire Police: Captain Thomas A. Smyth, Lieutenant Thomas McClane. Last year, the department’s 175 volunteer members answered 848 fire and 1,794 rescue alarms. - Fire News photos by Steve Silverman


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West Babylon Swears in Chiefs

Chief of The West Babylon Fire Department Peter Mcardle, 1st Assistant Christine Manzi, 2nd Assistant Eric Schumann, 3rd Assistant Robert Sullo during their swearing in ceremony. -Fire News photo by Joe Comparato


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Hicksville Ex-Captain Walter Wells Answers Final Alarm In the early 1950's as suburbia was expanding, residents of New York City were looking to raise their families in the suburbs. The local communities were beginning to boom with the invasion of new homes, young families and veterans of World War II looking to settle in. One such family was Micki and Walter Wells. They came to Hicksville and moved onto Moeller St. with their daughters. Walter, a veteran of the "silent service" served in the Pacific aboard SS329, a submarine called the Chub. He wasn't here very long before he found out that the sirens and air horn going off day after day was the local (Hicksville) Volunteer Fire Department sounding out their alarms for members to respond to the emergencies. So on June 9, 1953, Walter was issued badge #538, and assigned to Chemical Co. #3. By 1961, he was elected to serve as a 2nd Lieutenant for 2 years, then 1st Lieutenant for the next 2 years and Captain in 1965 and 1966. Early on he also became a member of the Fire Dept.'s Rescue Squad. Throughout these years, he helped to encourage the new members and mentor them in their responsibilities as fire fighters, a chauffeur, and the like. The members were always willing to listen to the stories of what life was like aboard a submarine during war time as part of the Pacific Fleet. In 1964, he was also elected to be the 2nd V.P. of the Hicksville F.D. Benevolent Association and then President in 1966 and 1967. In 1988, Hicksville Fire Department organized its Fire Police Squad. He once again was quick to answer the calling and serve the community as a charter member. In 1991 he was elected its 2nd Lieutenant, spent 2 years at 1st Lieutenant, and then Captain for the years 1995 and 1996. On December 11, 2013, Ex-Captain Walter Wells answered his final alarm and was reunited with his loving wife Michelina (Micki) at heaven's door. His family and friends will miss this soft spoken 90 year old father, grandfather and great grandfather who faithfully served his country and community with valor and distinction. -Fire News photos by Kevin Imm -Fire News story by Frank Lombardi

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Bellport Mourns Lifetime Member Robert Brown

The Bellport Fire Department mourns the loss of lifetime member Robert Brown. Bob, as he was known, joined the hose company of the department at age 16, on March 18, 1945, while still a student. Bob, along with his dad and two brothers, operated the family business, Brown’s Garage, which was located directly across from the fire house, so he rarely missed a call. As a lifelong resident of Bellport, Bob was very involved in his community. He believed in giving back through his involvement in many community and fraternal organizations. Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mildred, and their three children, Gary, Nancy and Gail, in addition to six grandchildren. He is also survived by his twin brother Richard. He was predeceased by his brother Kenneth. A firematic service was held by Bellport Fire Department to honor all of Bob’s contributions to the department. He was interred in Woodland Park Cemetery in Bellport Village. -Fire News photos by Jim Dunn


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Ex-Captain John H. Moos Mourned in Ronkonkoma

The Ronkonkoma Fire Department recently mourned the loss of ex-captain and 34 year member John H. Moos. The Nesconset tower ladder 447 assisted Ronkonkoma Truck 11 with flag duty over Portion Road in front of the Ronkonkoma Fire Department headquarters. -Fire News photos by Bryan Lopez

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Wantagh Remembers Veteran Firefighter-1940-2014 Harold Bruechert, 73, a 47-year member of the Wantagh Fire Department passed away on January 27, 2014, after losing a long battle with cancer. Born and raised in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, he came to the New York area while serving in the US Navy aboard the USS Shelldrake (AGS 19), a minesweeper. He served aboard the ship from 1958 through 1962 when he was honorably discharged as a Petty Officer 3rd Class. He decided to stay in New York upon his discharge when he met his wife of 50 years, Theresa. She had been a hostess in the Cardinal Spellman Servicemen’s Club when they met. They married, lived in Richmond Hill and in 1966 moved to Wantagh where they raised three boys, Robert, Thomas and Charles. It was also in 1966 that Harold joined the Wantagh Fire Department and for 47 years dedicated his time and service to the department and the community in which he lived. Harold was assigned to Squad 6914 and in 1980 became its Lieutenant followed by Captain in 1981. A position he held until 1983. During his service he was awarded two Unit Citations and a ribbon for his work during the Avianca plane crash in Oyster Bay. As a member of Company 1, Harold served as its Vice President from 1992 through 1993 and then President from 1993 through 1995. In 1998 he became Sergeant at Arms and served in that capacity until 2000 when he took on the task of Financial Secretary, a posi-

tion he held until his demise. In 1992 Harold was honored for his service by the members of Company 1 in the annual Old Timers Night celebration. He was a member of the Volunteer and Exempt Firemen’s Benevolent Association of Wantagh and served as a trustee with that organization. He was active on the Fund Drive Committee, The Haps Scholarship Committee and was a member of the Underwater Search and Rescue Team since its inception. When Harold was not serving the fire department he held down a job with Western Electric to provide for his family and retired after some 27 years. In his spare time, Harold was Scout Master for Troop 656 of Christ Lutheran Church, a position he held from 1977 through 1986. His time with the Boy Scouts were some of his most memorable times and his three sons were also active scouts. A big man, Harold was known for his large handlebar mustache and the fact that he was an excellent cook. Wantagh firefighters can attest to this and his barbecue brisket was the best. Harold is survived by his wife Theresa, a son Robert and his wife Nicolle and two grandchildren, a son Thomas and his wife Lori and three grandchildren and a son Charles and three grandchildren, also a brother James from Wisconsin. -Fire News photo by Harry Loud


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Chief Recognized in Bayville

Clinton Smith Honored in E. Norwich

Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman Michele Johnson presents a citation to Dennis Kelly, the outgoing Chief of Bayville Fire Company 1. At the fire company's Annual Installation Dinner, which was held at the Crescent Beach Club, Chief Kelly was honored for his years of his service to Bayville Fire Company No. 1, including his tenure as chief. Founded in 1922, Bayville Fire Company No. 1 protects the residents of the Village of Bayville, Centre Island and the northeast portion on Mill Neck. On behalf of the entire Town Board, Councilwoman Johnson thanked Chief Kelly for his service to those communities.

Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Anthony Macagnone (3rd from left) presents a citation to Clinton Smith (center) in recognition of his 65 years of service to East Norwich Volunteer Fire Company No. 1. At the fire company's Annual Installation Dinner, which was held at the Milleridge Cottage, the past president and past chief was honored for his many years of dedicated service. The volunteers of the East Norwich Fire Company No. 1 protect the residents of East Norwich, Upper Brookville and parts of Muttontown and Brookville. On behalf of the entire Town Board, Councilman Macagnone thanked Mr. Smith for giving of his time and talent to protect these communities. Past Chief Stanley J. Jankowski (not pictured) was also honored at the event for his 55 years of service to the company. Also pictured (left to right) is Chief Wayne Placella, Muttontown Mayor Julianne Beckerman, New York State Assemblyman Michael Montesano, Chief Todd Cronin and Chief Craig Bezmen.


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Great River F.D. 2014 Installation Dinner

The Great River Fire Department held its 98th Annual Installation of the Chiefs and Officers on January 22, 2014, at Captain Bill’s in Bay Shore. The chiefs were installed by Chairman of the Board Commissioner Paul Llobell. This year, member Thomas M. Potter was honored for 36 years and Gunter Keup was honored for 45 years of service to the department and community. (Above, left to right): 2nd Assistant Chief P.J. Llobell, 1st Assistant Chief William Vogel and Chief James DiGiovanna. Also pictured is 2nd Assistant Chief P.J. Llobell, Chief J. DiGiovanna, ex-Chief Thomas Potter, ex-Chief Gunter Keup, Steven Flotteron-Islip Town Councilman and 1st Assistant Chief W. Vogel. -Fire News photos by Kevin Parkan


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WHB Juniors Spread the Christmas Spirit The Westhampton Beach Junior Fire Department carried on a department tradition with their 10th Annual Cookie Bake and Delivery on December 21, 2013. Deliveries were made to 30 families and some "Special Thank You" stops. The Juniors also sent a batch of cookies to the 106th Air National Guard Rescue Wing, as well as a young girl battling cancer. Caroling was done at each home and enjoyed by all. The Juniors were joined this year by the Cub Scouts of Pack 1 from Westhampton Beach for the caroling. - Fire News photo by Cody Hoyle

2014 Nassau County Junior Firefighters Association Congratulations to the 2014 Nassau County Junior Officers. The Junior officers are made up of six different Juniors throughout Nassau County: President Amanda Temares 17 from Plandome, 1st Vice President Brent Martinez 17 from Plainview, 2nd Vice President Amanda Marabile 16 from Garden City Park, Secretary Kelly Hastings 15 from Massapequa, Treasurer Michelle Rangel from Jericho, and Sergeant at Arms Mitchell Bailey 15 from Glenwood. To learn about what the Nassau County Juniors do, visit them at www.ncjfa.org or Like us "NCJFA" on Facebook. In the photo, left to right, is Jerry Presta County Jr., Board Chairman; Sergeant at Arms Mitchell Bailey; Secretary Kelly Hastings; 1st Vice President Brent Martinez; President Amanda Temares; 2nd Vice President Amanda Marabile; Treasurer Michelle Rangel; Michael Tedeschi, Vice-Chairman.


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East Islip Junior Drill Team’s 2013 Installation Dinner

The East Islip Fire Department Junior Drill Team held its Annual 2013 Installation Dinner at the firehouse in December. Chief Hani Kutteh swore in Captain M. Otten, First Lieutenant N. Charvat, Second Lieutenant N. Motta and Secretary M. Dryra. Also pictured in the photo are Second Assistant Chief Tom Zimmer, Director J.

O'Keefe and Coaches D. Drywa and G. Podlaha Jr. and Drill Team members B. Acosta, C. Barnes, S Bonamassa, B. Campson, J. Carroll, S. Charvet, D. Gelabert, M. Judge, W. Madden, S. Madden, B. O'Neil, T. O'Neil, O. O'Neil, , J.Podlaha, Josh. Podlaha and A. Sortino. -Fire News photo by Kevin Parkan


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Dix Hills Mourns Ex-Chief Philip A. Tepe

The members of the Dix Hills Fire Department mourned the loss of ex-Chief and Past Commissioner Philip A. Tepe, who answered his last alarm on December 21, 2013, at the age of 87. Tepe joined the department in 1959, when the Dix Hills area was mainly a rural farming community that experienced many brush fires. Tepe’s leadership abilities were evident as he quickly advanced through the officer ranks, first being elected Company 2 Lieutenant in 1961 and then Captain in 1963. He was later elected to the newly created position of Third Assistant Chief which he held from 1963-1964. That position was added because the Dix Hills area was starting to grow and call volume was increasing. Tepe rose through the assistant chief’s ranks to become Chief of the Department from 1968-1970. Tepe was President of the Town of Huntington Fire Chiefs Council from 1966-1968, and later served a five-year term as a Dix Hills Fire District Commissioner from 19871991. At a well-attended memorial service held at Dix Hills Fire Headquarters on January 16, 2014, Tepe was remembered for his nearly 55 years of devoted service and dedication to duty. The service was conducted by Department Chaplain Deacon James Hanly.

Tepe’s grandson, Company 2 Captain Brett Tepe, remembered his grandfather as stoic and an exceptional role model who passed down important life values to he and his dad, ex-Chief and Commissioner Philip H. Tepe. ExChief Ray Mahdesian remembered Tepe as a mentor. Although Ray was Chief while Phil was his First Assistant Chief, the young Chief

Mahdesian learned many valuable lessons and firefighting knowledge from the senior Tepe. Tepe was the loving husband of Viola S Tepe, Father to Philip H. Tepe (Toni), Diane Marks, and Elizabeth Finkelstein (Frank), Grandfather to Tiffany LeGrow (Luke), Philip A. Tepe II, LesleyAnne Marks, Brett A. Tepe, Samantha Smith (Jason), Craig

Finkelstein, Danny Finkelstein, and Great Grandfather to Shane C. LeGrow. He retired as a Sales and Service Manager for the Malvese Equipment Corp. in Hicksville. His kind and loving ways will be missed greatly by his family and all who knew him. - Fire News photos by Steve Silverman


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MOTLEY CREWS OF THE MONTH

Syosset EMS Company # 6. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Bethpage Ladder Company # 3 and Santa. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

North Lindenhurst Fire Police Company 5. -Fire News photo by Vin Bacik

The Terryville Fire Department family wishing all a Merry Christmas. -Fire News photo by Greg Catalano

Hicksville Engine 932’s crew. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Mastic Fire Department crew of 5-12-2 at a recent job. -Fire News photo by Mike Guarino

West Islip Fire Department hovercraft training on the Great South Bay. -Fire News photo by Jim Duff

East Meadow Fire Department FAST crew at a Westbury job. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm


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