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VOLUME XLI, NO. 9

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On March 31, 2014, numerous calls were received for a fire at Island Recreation Pool Supply in North Massapequa Turn to page 6 for the complete story. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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In this issue... Fatality at Bridgehampton Blaze Bridgehampton responded to a fully involved structure fire where an occupant perished.

See story page 8

Firefighters Escape Injury in Hempstead The roof of a front porch collapsed as firefighters were preparing to douse heavy flames. See story page 18

Bay Shore Battles Boat and Truck Fires Bay Shore responded to a truck fire with extension to at least one boat that was dry docked. See story page 32

Cockloft Fire Beat in Port Washington Port Washington responded to a fire that was in the cockloft of the building. See story page 49

Lt. Joey DiBernardo Seminar Set for May 16-17 The Lt. Joseph P. DiBernado Memorial Foundation Seminar will be held at the Hyatt Regency Long Island Hotel.

See story page 63

Parades Throughout Long Island Enjoy photos of various parades throughout Long Island. See story on pages 81, 82

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

How’s it Going? Our new company officers, for the most part, have been in office for three to four months. I'd like to ask these new officers a simple question; how's it going? Have you found that sitting in the front seat is only a small part of being a good officer? That is the fun part! It is where you get to see your crews in action. It is where the public sees their heroes perform professionally. For the most part, the public does not know how much you have trained to perform so flawlessly. Are things going well for you? Is your company coming out for you at two or three in the morning? Are you leading by example? Are you listening to senior members and asking for advice when you feel things are not going well? Are you there for your members? If you are doing a good job, members will confide in you and ask for help. Senior members are never afraid to offer advice if they know you respect their input. As a new officer, it is hard to stand back and watch members perform a task with which they are having difficulty. Have you wanted to rip a halligan out of someone's hand because they couldn't force the trunk or hood at a car fire? Taking over tells the guys they are not needed and they may decide to withdraw because they were embarrassed. Nodding to a seasoned member to step in to help with the problem shows you are looking to get the job done quickly and safe-

ly. What is your next step? A good officer may run an extra drill or set up training scenario to work with the members who need a little extra practice at tasks they don't get to do on a regular basis. Don't embarrass anyone who makes a mistake. Encourage extra training. As the company officer, be there for your company. What goes through a probationary member's mind when they don't see you at work details, drills, trainings and calls? I'll bet they think it is OK for them to miss the detail, since you are not there either. As a new officer, you are responsible for all of your company committees. Reminding members of meetings is probably a good idea. Make a call, send a text or e-mail to remind members of the meeting. In the end, every successful officer I have known has led by a positive example. Are you building a trusting bond as the head of your new family? …Dennis

ANNOUNCEMENTS COUNTRY NIGHT IN HUNTINGTON

Put your hat and boots on and come on down for the Third Annual Huntington Hoedown, hosted by Huntington Protection Hose Company. Join us for an outdoor concert with The Grand Central. Barbeque, Beer, Dancing, Live Auctioneer, 50/50 and tons of beautiful raffles. Come to the Huntington Fire Department on June 28, 2014 from 1800-2300. We are located at 1 Leverich Place in Huntington Village; $35 per person which includes entrance, beer and food. $40 per person at the door Tickets are available at Rookies Sports Club, 70 Gerard Street, Huntington Village, 631-923-0424 or Southdown Pizza, 211 Wall Street, Huntington, 631421-2323 or online at www.huntingtonhoedown.brownpapertickets.com . After party at Rookies Sports Club. Visit www.huntingtonhoedown.com.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUFFET BREAKFAST

The Mastic Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will hold an all you can eat breakfast on Sunday, June 1, 2014, from 0700 to 1200. Come to the Mastic Fire Department, 1080 Mastic Road, Mastic; adults: $9, seniors $7, children 12 and under: $6. Children under three are free.

ATTENTION WOMEN IN THE FIRE SERVICE

Fire Service Women of New York State (FSWNYS) is accepting applications for its 2014 Phoenix Firecamp to be held July 20-25, 2014. This is a week-long live-in camp held in Utica, New York for ages 14-20. Applications and information can be found at www.fswnys.org . Over 140 young women from all over the US and Canada have graduated from the camp to date.

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FIESTA DE MAYO IN NORTH PATCHOGUE

The North Patchogue Fire Department will present “Fiesta De Mayo” at their headquarters at 33 Davidson Avenue on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 1500. The band “Radio Riot” will be featured and food will be served from 1600 to 1900, with the band starting at 1800. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. There will be door prizes, raffles and 50/50 chances. For information or tickets call 631-475-1788, extension 502.

CHINESE AUCTION IN MIDDLE ISLAND

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Middle Island Fire Department will hold a Chinese Auction on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Doors will open at 1800. Contact Lydia Fusco at 631-561-3901 or Joanne Weldon at 631-682-1624 for more information.

CHUCK VARESE EXTRICATION TOURNAMENT

The 7th Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament will be held on May 10, 2014, at 0900. Come to the Northport Fire Department Training GroundsSteer’s Pit and support the teams that are competing in this Town of Huntington tournament. For more information call Beefy Varese at 516-658-0699.

SHOTGUN COMPETITION BENEFITS CANCER NETWORK

The Fire Marshal’s Association of Suffolk County will be holding its 2nd Shotgun Competition and Barbeque on June 7, 2014, at the Long Island Shooting Range in Ridge. This year’s event will benefit the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. For more information, please contact Kevin Peterson at 631-388-2586

FASNY GOLF OUTTING

The 1st Annual FASNY Fallen Firefighters Golf Outing will be held on Monday, August 18, 2014, at the Town of Colonie Golf Course, 418 Consaul Road, Schenectady. It will be a Scramble Format. Tee time is at 1100. Registration, coffee and doughnuts will be from 0900-1045. One four-member team entry includes lunch, cart, gift and invitation to the Awards Dinner Banquet for $360 per team. Individual entry is $90 per player and includes lunch, cart, gift and invitation to the Awards Dinner Banquet. Deadline for registration is August 8, 2014. Make your payments to FASNY Golf Tournament, 107 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY, 12210-2269. Visit www.FASNY.com for more information.


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Hennessey Secures Future of Old Patchogue Armory Transfers Building to Local Fire Department Assemblyman Edward Hennessey (D-Medford) announced that the old Patchogue Armory, located on Barton Avenue, will find a new owner and new life through the stewardship of the North Patchogue Fire Department. The Assembly passed the 2014-15 state budget that authorizes the Commissioner of the Office of General Services to transfer a piece of land that was formerly used as the Patchogue Armory to the Nort h Patchogue Fire Department (A.8555-D). It also includes funding to help with the costs of remediation (A.8553-E). "The Patchogue-Medford Armory is a proud addition to a quiet neighborhood," Assemblyman Hennessey said. "I can think of no better group to take possession of the property than the North Patchogue Fire Department which has expressed a desire to use the building to help house and maintenance their vehicles. That's why I fought for and secured $150,000 in this year's budget to help them with the costs of remediation." According to an Environmental Site Assessment performed on the property in 2012, remediation would be needed for asbestos abatement in the building and for elevated concentrations of mercury in the septic, Hennessey noted. "The fate of this armory has been going on long enough. We are grateful for the hard work Assemblyman Hennessey has done to ensure that this building does not become a dilapidated burden within the community but rather a benefit for the residents of North Patchogue and other local fire departments. One of our goals is to use this building to consolidate maintenance service. We will be reaching out to several fire departments in the area to coordinate," said Paul Gonnelly Chairman of Board of Fire Commissioners for North Patchogue Fire District. "The old armory needs some TLC and stewardship," Hennessey said. "And I believe the North Patchogue Fire Department is the right group to fill that need. With their oversight, this old landmark will be repurposed in a way that fits into the neighborhood."

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Mutual Aid Plan Activated in North Massapequa On March 31, 2014, Massapequa Dispatch began taking numerous calls reporting a building fire at Island Recreation Pool Supply on Hicksville Road. Chief of Department Robert Schmidgall was on the road quickly and advised of the numerous calls, immediately had his mutual aid plan started. Upon the arrival there was heavy fire being fueled by high winds and pool chemicals being stored, showing from the entire length of the building — four store fronts — and was extending on exposures two and four. Assistant Chiefs Mauro, Ferrara and Pesale arrived on scene along with several safety officers and began to direct incoming units to begin what would be a lengthy exterior operation. Engine 665 was first due and had a hydrant upwind of the fire and stretched several 2-1/2 inch lines. Engine 662 was in second and supplied Ladder 661 which was set up on exposure one. Bethpage Ladder 3 was also set up on the exposure one and supplied by Massapequa Engine 6311. As mutual aid units began to arrive, several surrounding hydrants were picked up to supply three additional ladders: Wantagh 6911, Massapequa 636 and East Meadow 617 on the exposure three side. Further into the operation Seaford Ladder 683 was also put into service. It took three hours to knock down the fire with six ladders, two multi-versals and several handlines. Mutual aid was provided to the scene and for stand-by from the Massapequa, Seaford, Wantagh, East Meadow, Levittown, South Farmingdale, Plainview, North Bellmore, Bellmore, Jericho, Amityville, Farmingdale and Syosset Fire Departments. Tankers responded from Oyster Bay and Bayville. Several county and state agencies were also on scene including Nassau County Haz-Mat, who set up decontamination for firefighters and apparatus due to the chemicals involved. There were no reported injuries and the cause is under investigation. This fire which presented many challenges throughout the day came with Chief Schmidgall having only five days left in his term. -Fire News photos by Wayne Carrington, Lou Minutoli, Jack Healy and Harry Loud


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Fatality in Bridgehampton Blaze

On March 8, 2014, the Bridgehampton Fire Department was called out for a report of a structure fire on Narrow Lane East. First arriving units found the home to be fully involved, and shortly thereafter requested mutual aid from Sag Harbor and East Hampton, as well as Southampton’s RIT. After having an initial problem with establishing a permanent water supply due to a broken well, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, but an occupant perished. - Fire News photos by Michael Heller


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Three Rescued in Southampton The Southampton Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a boat fire in the ocean to the east of the Shinnecock Inlet on April 6, 2014. Crews arrived on Meadow Lane to find the boat on fire. The North Sea Fire Department was requested for their boat to assist with the call. The United States Coast Guard was on scene and rescued three people, who were transported to Southampton Hospital by the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corp with non life threatening injuries. The boat was a total loss. Chief Dennis Roy was in charge for the Southampton Fire Department. -Fire News story by Chris Brenner

Quick Knockdown in Southampton On March 13, 2014, the Southampton Fire Department was dispatched to a car fire on County Road 39 in Southampton. The first unit on the scene called out a working vehicle fire that was up against a house. Units arrived quickly and extinguished the fire. An Interior crew went into the residence to check for extension. The Southampton Town Fire Marshals Office was called to the scene for an investigation. -Fire News photo by Chris Brenner


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Quick Work in Uniondale

On April 5, 2014, the Uniondale Fire Department responded to Walter Street for a report of smoke coming from a house. When the chief arrived it was confirmed as a working house fire. The fire was quickly put out saving the rest of the house from further damage. - Fire News photo by Bill Bennett


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Under Control in Elmont

The Elmont Fire Department responded to a working house fire on the afternoon of March 27, 2014. The fire, on the second floor of a two-story private dwelling on West Wyngate Drive, was under control in about 20 minutes. - Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

Flames Knocked Out in Deer Park

The Deer Park Fire Department battled flames on February 19, 2014. The fire was brought under control without incident. -Fire News photo by D. Thomas

Flames Engulf Home

Recently, the Deer Park Fire Department, under the command of Chief John Gammarino, responded to a house fire on Grand Boulevard between W. 19th and W. 20th Streets. Upon arrival, the flames engulfed the back of the house and extended into the basement. The two homeowners in the house got out, but were injured. They were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip for treatment. The family’s two cats could not be saved. Assisting Deer Park to put out the fire were firefighters from North Babylon, Dix Hills, West Islip and Wyandanch. -Fire News photo by D. Thomas


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Fully Involved in Valley Stream

Recently, the Valley Stream Fire Department was alerted for a reported house fire on Cornwell Avenue. Upon arrival units found fire showing out of the front door and windows and side windows and door. Firefighters made an aggressive push into the house. One homeowner was transported to the hospital with minor burns. Malverne and Hewlett responded and assisted with the operation. - Fire News photos by Brian Grogan

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‘Close-Call’ With Lightweight Wood Construction in Manhasset-Lakeville

Looking back, the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department was dispatched to Stone Hill Drive South for a reported house fire. Deputy Chiefs Candan, Kiess, Farrone and Chief Pisani all responded within seconds. While en route, Chief Pisani requested that the Port Washington Fire Department be notified to respond as a FAST unit. Deputy Chief Kiess made entry into the house and advised that everyone was out and there was a heavy smoke condition in the basement. All three Manhasset-Lakeville companies stretched two hose lines to the front door.

Crews advanced into the basement where they encountered high heat and visible fire. After knocking down what they believed was the main body of fire, crews realized that they in fact had a well-developed advanced fire, which was already in the walls and ceiling. At the same time, crews operating inside the house on the first floor now had visible fire extending through the floor boards and realized that the first floor was starting to sag. In the front foyer, the floor actually began to tear away from the wall. Deputy Chief Candan transmitted an

“Urgent” message for evacuation. Seconds after the last member exited, the entire front foyer of the first floor collapsed into the basement. Shortly thereafter, the rest of the irst floor failed and the fire rapidly began to consume the entire structure. Eventually, there was a complete structural failure and the house collapsed on all four sides. After several hours the blaze was controlled. Mutual aid was provided by Port Washington, Great Neck, Plandome, Mineola and Albertson. -Fire News story by Kirk Candan


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Central Islip Goes to Work

On March 27, 2014, the Central Islip Fire Department was activated for a structure fire on Serpentine Lane. Under the command of Third Assistant Chief Patrick Murphy, firefighters went to work battling a fire in two sheds that were found fully involved with flames extending to a house on Split Cedar Drive. Mutual aid was provided by Hauppauge, Islip Terrace, and East Islip. Central Islip-Hauppauge Ambulance was also on scene. - Fire News photos by Rich Stark

Possible Occupant Within

On March 22, 2014, the Central Islip Fire Department was activated for a house fire on Leaf Street. Second and Third Assistant Chiefs Parada and Murphy were on the road quickly, followed by Chief of Department McAteer, and advised that the report was smoke in the house and that a child was possibly still inside. The chiefs arrived and encountered a 2-1/2 story house that was fully involved, with the occupants out safely. Engine 3-7-1 was first due and picked up a hydrant and its crew stretched two lines. Engine 37-3 was second due and its crew stretched a third line off of 3-7-3. Ladder 3-7-5 set up in front of the house and its crew, along with the crew from Heavy Rescue 3-7-6, laddered, vented and searched the

house. Crews were rotated out with additional Central Islip engine crews as firefighters fought heavy fire from the basement to the attic and through the roof. It took over an hour to bring the fire under control. The East Brentwood Fire Department was requested for RIT and was put to work and replaced by the Islip Terrace Fire Department. The Islip Fire Department sent an engine to stand by at Central Islip Headquarters. The Central Islip-Hauppauge Ambulance Corps was also on scene. There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza


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Firefighters Escape Injury in Hempstead Firefighters in Hempstead narrowly escaped serious injury just after midnight on March 24, 2014. The roof of a front porch collapsed at a house fire on Webb Avenue. The roof collapsed in one piece as firefighters were preparing to douse heavy flames at the unoccupied house. -Fire News photos by Lou Minutoli

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Deck Gun Goes to Work in Coram On April 11, 2014, the Coram Fire Department was activated for a house fire on Erna Drive. Upon arrival units were met with a fully involved singlestory structure. It was confirmed that no occupants were inside so the first-due engine knocked down the fire with a deck gun, while members stretched handlines to finish off. Mutual aid from Middle Island was quickly on scene and the fire was brought under control within 30 minutes. No injuries were reported. -Fire News photos by AJ Ryan

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Quick Work on Westbury Boiler Fire The Westbury Fire Department responded to a fire in the basement of a home on Wilson Avenue on February 26, 2014. A fire broke out in the boiler and started to extend. Quick action by firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze. Operations were under the command of Chief Doug Ingram. - Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

Flames Breakout in E. Northport The East Northport Fire Department responded to a house fire on Fort Salonga Road on April 6, 2014. A fire broke out in a first floor bedroom, which was quickly extinguished before extending. The Northport Fire Department was called for its RIT. -Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

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Up Close & Personal

Chief Allen Licata from the Farmingville Department. - Fire News photo by Amanda Coffey

Ex-Chiefs James Lloyd and John Bartnik of the Selden Fire Department are pictured at a recent motor vehicle accident. -Fire News photo by AJ Ryan

Dispatcher #39 of the Hicksville Fire Department Craig Stewart. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm


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Two for Two in Dix Hills The Dix Hills Fire Department battled their second house fire in two days on Vanderbilt Parkway, on March 2, 2014. This fire began in the furnace in the home’s basement, and spread through the flue where firefighters stopped the blaze from reaching the attic. The blaze was brought under control within a half hour, as crews overhauled and checked for extension. Forty firefighters responded with five trucks, two ambulances, rehab, first responder and paramedic units, under the command of First Assistant Chief Robert Fling and Second Assistant Chief Tom Napolitano. Melville supplied an additional engine, and Commack FD supplied an RIT. The fire required an approximately 1,200-foot stretch of five-inch hose to reach the home. There were no injuries reported, and the Town of Huntington Fire Marshal was investigating. Suffolk County Fire-Rescue Coordinators were also on the scene assisting. - Fire News photos by Steve Silverman


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Dryer Fire in Hicksville On March 22, 2014, the Hicksville Fire Department responded to a report of a dryer on fire in the basement of a Jerome Avenue home. All occupants were out of the smoke filled home upon the arrival of firefighters. Engine 932 stretched one precautionary hose line to the front door as additional crews vented the home and used extinguishers to put out the fire. First Assistant Chief Richard Diaz was in command of the operation. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Westbury Contains Fireplace Flames On February 1, 2014, the Westbury Fire Department responded to a house fire on DeMott Court. Crews found a fire in the fireplace had extended into the walls and attic. Two lines were stretched and the fire was quickly brought under control. East Meadow and Hicksville were also called to the scene. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm


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Flames Halted in Stony Brook The Stony Brook Fire Department was toned out at for a house fire on Brooklyn Street. The two residents evacuated the house. The Setauket Fire Department received an automatic mutual aid request minutes later. Stony Brook Engine 2 quickly arrived, with ex-Chief Paul Gerard, who took command of the fire until Assistant Chief Scott Roberts arrived on scene. On arrival, smoke was found to be pouring out of the southwest side of the building An aggressive push on the fire knocked down the initial flames and extension into the attic of the home. Mutual aid for the call was provided by Setauket, Centereach, St. James, Nesconsett, Selden, Port Jefferson, Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance, Port Jefferson Ambulance, with Terryville ambulance on standby in Port Jefferson. Centereach, Selden, St. James, and Port Jefferson provide relief hands, while Nesconsett acted as the RIT. Brookhaven’s Fire Marshall was also on scene and conducted an investigation. -Fire News photos by Robert O'Rourk and Bryan Lopez


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School Bus Burns in Garden City The Garden City Fire Department responded to Clinton Road to extinguish a mini school bus fire on April 11, 2014. There were no children aboard and the driver was able to escape the fire without injury. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

Car Burns in Baldwin On April 5, 2014, the Baldwin Fire Department responded to the corners of Central Avenue and Clinton Place for a report of car fire. With the quick actions of the fire department the fire was quickly put out and all units were up within 30 minutes -Fire News photo by Bill Bennett

Plainview Knocks Down Flames On March 11, 2014, the Plainview Fire Department responded to assist a pick-up truck on fire at the intersection of Old Country Road and Universal Boulevard. Crews used a booster line to extinguish the fire that was under the truck. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Car Burns at the Pumps in N. Amityville The North Amityville Fire Company was alerted for a car fire at the Hess Gas Station at Sunrise Highway and Straight Path on April 5, 2014. An older Lincoln Town Car caught fire while at the gas pumps. Fortunately, there was no fire extension. The driver escaped uninjured and the fire was kept in check with extinguishers until Engine 1-7-1 arrived and put a line into operation. The fire was knocked down in about 10 minutes. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza


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Dix Hills Battles Basement Fire

Dix Hills Fire Department volunteers responded to reports of a basement fire in a home on Spartan Place, Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 2208. First arriving units found a heavy smoke condition in the basement, and began an aggressive interior attack. Under the command of Chief Bill Stio, 45 firefighters and rescue personnel were on the scene with five engines, three ambulances, and paramedic first responder units. Operations were handled by Assistant Chiefs

Robert Fling, Tom Napolitano and Alan Berkowitz. The Deer Park FD assisted with a Rapid Intervention Team, and the Commack FD supplied a standby engine. The fire was quickly brought under control and no injuries were reported. The blaze appears to be accidental in origin and is under investigation by the Suffolk Police Arson Squad and Town of Huntington Fire Marshal. - Fire News photos by Steve Silverman


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Electric Blamed For Valley Stream Blaze

Valley Stream firefighters arrived at this North Central Avenue tion. The blaze was deemed accidental by Nassau County Fire home on the morning of April 2, 2014, to find the house fully Marshals, who stated the cause appeared to be an electrical fire engulfed. The smoky, stubborn blaze brought in units from started in the basement. -Fire News photos by FirstOnScenePhotos.com Rockville Centre, Cedarhurst, Lawrence, Malverne, Inwood and Elmont. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries during the opera-


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Two Rescued in Kings Park

On April 13, 2014, the Suffolk County Police Department received a 911 call reporting two people were in the water at the Kings Park bluff on Old Dock Road. The two people were reportedly thrown into the water when their kayak overturned. Responding units from the Suffolk County 4th Precinct requested assistance from the Kings Park Fire Department. A pre-plan was activated for automatic mutual aid to Kings Park Fire Department from the Smithtown

Fire Department, the Saint James Fire Department, the Northport Fire Department and the Nesconset Fire Department. Upon the arrival of Kings Park Chief of Department it was confirmed by Suffolk County Aviation that there were two people in the water. Smithtown Public Safety and the Smithtown Bay Constable were also on scene. Both victims were transported to local hospitals with undisclosed injuries. -Fire News photo by Andrew Tetreault


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Bay Shore Battles Boat and Truck Fires

Recently, the Bay Shore Fire Department was alerted for a vehicle fire on North Third Avenue. Upon arrival of 1st Assistant Chief John Ippolito, Jr., he advised that he had a fully involved truck fire with extension to at least one boat dry docked on the property and flames were quickly moving to other boats. Chief Ippolito quickly upgraded the alarm to a general alarm and requested mutual aid from Islip with an engine to scene and West Islip for an engine to

cover the district. Due to the quick work of the members of the BSFD lead by Second Assistant Chief Ed Kunz, the fire was held to three boats and the truck. The Islip Town Fire Marshal, the Islip Town Haz-Mat Unit, and the Suffolk County Police Department’s 3rd Precinct and Arson Squad also assisted with the call. -Fire News photos by John Ippolito, Jr., Rich Stark and Paul Mazza


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Westbury Responds to ‘Collyer’s Mansion’ The Westbury Fire Department was alerted for a report of a house fire behind fire headquarters on Madison Street. Arriving units found smoke showing and a fire in the kitchen area of the two-story “Collyer’s “ home. The homeowner was transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation trying to rescue her pets. Firefighters were able to rescue four dogs and 20 cats. No other injuries were reported and animal control was called to assist. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Long Stretch in Bethpage On March 4, 2014, the Bethpage Fire Department was alerted by Fire-Com for a fire inside the Popcorn Warehouse on South Oyster Bay Road. However, the fire was located on South Oyster Bay Road inside the Hampton Popcorn Building. The large warehouse was charged with heavy smoke as firefighters stretched lines well into the building for a frying machine on fire. Mutual aid was called from several departments to assist in the search and ventilation of the huge warehouse. No injuries were reported and all employees were accounted for. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Fire Place Fire Extends in Hauppauge

The Hauppauge Fire Department responded to a house fire located on Schneider Lane on March 23, 2014. Upon arrival, a fire condition was discovered in the walls near the fireplace on the first floor extending to the second. All occupants safely exited the home. Mutual aid was requested from Central Islip, Smithtown and Nesconset. It took 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control. - Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

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Westbury Activates for Basement Blaze

On February 27, 2014, the Westbury Fire Department activated for a house fire on Broadway. Second Assistant Chief Gass was on scene almost immediately and transmitted a working basement fire. Chief of Department Ingram and First Assistant Chief Bartunek arrived shortly thereafter and set up command. Engine 966 was first due and picked up a hydrant past the house and stretched a total of four handlines with additional crews. Ladder 962 set up in front of the

house and put its bucket to the roof. The fire extended to the first floor through the walls but was knocked down in about 30 minutes with no reported injuries. Mutual aid was provided by Hicksville, East Meadow, Plainview, Carle Place and Jericho. Williston Park provided an ambulance to the scene. Additional units from the East Meadow, Syosset and East Williston stood by for coverage. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza


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Smoke Shows in Centereach

On March 28, 2014, the Centereach Fire Department was activated for a working structure fire on Noel Drive. Upon arrival heavy smoke was showing and units made an aggressive attack to bring the fire under control. Mutual aid was requested from Farmingville, Ronkonkoma and Selden. - Fire News photos by Bryan Lopez and Tony Ryan


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Locust Valley Battles Fatal Fire On February 13, 2014, the Locust Valley Fire Department was alerted to house fire with a person trapped on Lattingtown Road in Lattingtown. Upon arrival of Chief of Department Brian Nolan, a working fire was transmitted. The fire quickly burned into the attic of a 101-year-old Gold Coast mansion on the estate known as “Lockjaw Ridge.” The response was hindered due to a snowstorm. Locust Valley received mutual aid from Bayville, East Norwich, Glen Cove, Glenwood, Oyster Bay Company 1, Atlantic Steamer Fire Company, Sea Cliff, Syosset, Roslyn Rescue, Jericho, Hicksville, Port Washington and Glen Cove EMS. Four firefighters were injured and one resident of the home died. The incident lasted 12 hours. -Fire News photo by Brian Nolan

Chimney Fire Extends in Holtsville On February 19, 2014, the Holtsville Fire Department was activated for a structure fire on Fairview Avenue. Minutes later, a firefighter living in the neighborhood called dispatch, confirming it was a chimney fire extending to the exterior of the house. Engine 6 from Holtsville’s headquarters was first unit on scene. They made a quick stop on the fire with mutual aid from North Patchogue. -Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez

Smoke Shows in Hicksville The Hicksville Fire Department was alerted for a house fire on Mead Avenue by Duffy Avenue. Chief of the Department Frank McGeough transmitted smoke showing upon his arrival and a fire on the second floor of a two-story home. Crews stretched one line to the front door and proceeded up the stairs to the second floor. As the fire was being knocked down additional crews were venting and conducting a primary search of the home. No injuries were reported. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

House Burns in Halesite On March 26, 2014, the Halesite Fire Department responded to a house fire. A total of 46 members of the department responded to the alarm under the command of Engine Company Captain Dominic Spada. Working closely with ex-Chief Andy Magerle, mutual aid companies were called from Huntington, Centerport, Huntington Manor and Cold Spring Harbor. The fire was brought under control within a half hour and was confined to a small portion of the multistory private dwelling. During the alarm, Halesite was called to an MVA on East Shore Road. An engine crew from Huntington Manor and an ambulance crew from Cold Spring Harbor responded. Two occupants of an upended Jeep were transported to Huntington Hospital in stable condition. - Fire News photo by Dennis Troup


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The Dix Hills Fire Department responded to a fully involved house fire on Princeton Drive, on January 27, 2014. This was the second working house fire for Dix Hills that week. Flames were shooting 50 feet in the air as the house, under construction, collapsed within minutes of units arriving. Fifty firefighters using six pieces of apparatus had the blaze controlled within two hours, under the command of Chief Bill Stio, with operations handled by Assistant Chiefs Robert Fling, Tom Napolitano and Alan Berkowitz. Greenlawn assisted with a FAST unit, and Deer Park provided standby coverage. - Fire News photos by Steve Kamvakis and Scott Dalrymple


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Gordon Heights KOs Flames

Recently, the Gordon Heights Fire Department was called for a house fire on Wilson Avenue off of Middle Country Road. Arriving units found a fire inside the wall of the first floor with smoke throughout the house. All of the occupants were able to get out without injury. Mutual aid was called in from Coram, Yaphank, Middle Island and Medford. The fire was quickly located and knocked down without incident. - Fire News photos by AJ Ryan

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Basement Fire Beat in Central Islip On April 10, 2014, the Central Islip Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Rosewood Street. Engine 3-7-3 was first due and stretched a handline into the basement of the dwelling. Mutual aid was provided by Islip Terrace for a ladder, Hauppauge as RIT and East Islip covered the district. CIHVAC worked on scene for rehab and precautionary measures. -Fire News photo by Rich Stark

Fire in Mastic Recently, Mastic fire units responded to a call on Maple Avenue. Firefighters arrived to a fully involved structure. Mutual aid was provided by the Yaphank and Brookhaven fire departments . - Fire News photo by Gary Faucon


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SCOTT SAFETY ANNOUNCES NFPA 2013 APPROVALS FOR AIR-PAK X3 AND AIR-PAK 75 Scott Safety is pleased to announce that the Air-Pak X3 SCBA and Air-Pak 75 SCBA have received approvals to the 2013 Edition of NFPA 1981 and 1982, and will begin shipping immediately. The Air-Pak X3 meets the stringent NFPA 2013 Edition SCBA Standards, while incorporating new advanced technology to enhance user safety, wearability and performance. The Air-Pak X3 continues Scott Safety’s 80year history of leadership, with the most reliable and durable SCBA on the market, while adding additional emphasis on comfort, weight distribution, and fireground communications. The increased level of comfort of the Air-Pak X3 SCBA is a result of better weight distribution and fatigue reduction. The shoulder straps now have an articulating point of connection to move with the wearer, reducing fatigue. It also features a user-friendly sweep gauge with an external HUD to provide critical air status to other team members, and is available with industry-first technologies such as 5.5 cylinder and the Snap-Change cylinder change-out.

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municipal and industrial firefighters since its introduction in 2007. The key reasons for its success are: its redundancy of safety features, its ease of use and its low cost of ownership. Scott Safety’s Air-Pak remains the most trusted, durable and easy to use SCBA in the fire service. And the Scott Safety AirPak SCBA is the only SCBA to meet the stringent requirements to be labeled “Made in the USA.” Scott Safety, based in Monroe, NC, is a premier manufacturer of innovative respiratory and personal protective equipment and safety devices for emergency services and first-responders around the world. With five global manufacturing locations, Scott Safety products protect thousands of individuals each day from the inherent environmental hazards they meet. The Scott Safety product line includes self-contained breathing apparatus, supplied air and air-purifying respirators, gas detection instruments, thermal imaging cameras, and firefighter locators.

RECORD-BREAKING ATTENDANCE FOR FDIC 2014

A record attendance of nearly 32,000 firefighters from around the world confirmed that the 2014 Fire Department Instructors Conference at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, was the largest FDIC ever held in its 87-year history. U.S. and international firefighters from 55 countries training, conference and classroom sessions followed by a three-day exhibition involving nearly 800 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and technology within the fire industry. “FDIC recognizes the importance of educating a worldwide audience in regard to the most current trends in firefighting training and techniques,” stated Eric Schlett, FDIC Executive Director and Vice President of the PennWell Fire Group, “as well as provides a platform to showcase new technology and products within the fire service.”

FDIC also featured the presentation of the 2014 Ray Downey Courage & Valor Award by Mr. Robert F. Biolchini, President and CEO of PennWell. This award, recognizing extraordinarily courageous American firefighters in remembrance of the sacrifices made by FDNY members on September 11, 2001, commemorates the life and career achievements of Deputy Chief Ray Downey, chief of rescue operations and 39-year veteran of the FDNY, who elected to remain in the World Trade Center to save others and was killed on September 11. “For 87 years, the leaders of America’s fire service have gathered at FDIC. Coming from every type of department, every background, and every rank, they all share one common bond — the knowledge that great firefighters and great fire departments are made from an unfaltering commitment to training and drills. At FDIC, they meet unen-

cumbered by any other mission to discuss fire, the most feared threat to Americans today,” said Chief (ret.) Bobby Halton, FDIC Education Director and Editor in Chief of Fire Engineering magazine. FDIC International, the 2015 event, will be held April 20-25, 2015, in Indianapolis. PennWell is a diversified business-tobusiness media and information company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for the oil and gas, electric power, water, electronics, semiconductor, contamination control, optoelectronics, fiberoptics, enterprise storage, fire, emergency services and dental industries.In addition to PennWell's headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma the company has major offices in Nashua, NH; Houston, TX; London, UK, Campbell, CA; Fairlawn, NJ; Moscow, Russia; and Hong Kong, China.


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Cockloft Fire Beat in Port Washington

On April 7, 2014, the Port Washington Fire Department responded to a building fire on Haven Avenue, just a few doors down from Flower Hill Hose Company Quarters. Ladder 8517 set up in front of the building as lines were put into operation to knock down fire in the cockloft area of the building. It took two hours to bring the fire under control after locating and exposing it. The building suffered extensive damage and there were two minor injuries to firefighters. Mutual aid was provided to the scene and for stand by from Roslyn, East Norwich, Manhasset-Lakeville, Great Neck Alerts, Great Neck Vigilant, Plandome and Garden City Park. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza


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Shed Burns in North Babylon On March 8, 2014, the North Babylon Fire Company was called to an August Road home for a reported shed fire to the rear of the house. As units arrived, the fully involved shed that contained several ATVs, tires and other equipment collapsed. Engine 1-8-2 used one line to extinguish the fire in about 15 minutes with the house suffering radiant heat damage. The crews from Engine 1-8-3, 1-8-8 and Deer Park Ladder 1-4-10 checked the house for extension. There were no injuries and the cause was under investigation. Chief of Department Jordan was in charge of the units on scene. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Burner Fire Extends in Wantagh On March 16, 2014, Wantagh Fire Department was alerted for an oil burner fire at a Center Lane home. Third Assistant Chief Kelly arrived and requested that the alarm be upgraded to a working structure fire. The fire had extended from the oil burner into the hallway on the first floor and caused substantial damage. With the arrival of additional units the rest of the house was checked for extension which was negative, as were searches. The Levittown Fire Department was requested for its FAST unit to the scene. First Assistant Chief Bloomfield was in charge of the scene. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza


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East Meadow Alerts for Flames On April 2, 2014, the East Meadow Fire Department was alerted for a house fire on Branch Lane. First Assistant Chief Salvesen was first to arrive and transmit a working fire. Chief of Department Griffin, with just three days left in his term, arrived shortly thereafter and took command of the scene, followed by Third Assistant Chief McGee. Engine 614 and Ladder 619 were the first-due units with 614 picking up a hydrant across from the house and stretching two lines. The house was laddered, vented and searched, and with the additional crews of Engines 611, 612, 613, Ladder 617, Heavy Rescue 616, the fire was quickly contained to a room in the rear of the house. The Hicksville Fire Department responded with a FAST unit to the scene. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

East Northport Handles Natural Gas Incident On April 14, 2014, the East Northport Fire Department was activated for a gas leak at the intersection of Pulaski and Old Bridge Roads. Upon arrival, the crews found a Town of Huntington garbage truck leaking up to 4,000 pounds of natural gas. The crews utilized two handlines to dissipate the leak. The operation was under the direction of Captain Thomas Bourne, and he placed the scene under control in 1-1/2 hours. There were three residents evacuated for precautionary reasons. After the incident was cleared, the residents were able to return home. Northport provided an engine standby and Centerport and Commack Volunteer Ambulance provided ambulance coverage. - Fire News photo by Scott Dalrymple


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EMS ACROSS THE ISLAND

Extrication Needed in Ronkonkoma

Driver Trapped in Hicksville

On April 8, 2014, the Ronkonkoma Fire Department was activated for a heavy rescue at the intersection of Hawkins Avenue and Smith Road. Rescue 8 was quickly on the scene and upon arrival, found one driver with serious entrapment, which required the removal of the doors and roof for extrication. Multiple victims were transported to Stony Brook Medical Center for their injuries. -Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez

On March 28, 2014, the Hicksville Fire Department responded to an MVA that involved a car and a pole on West John Street near Charlotte Avenue. A Honda Civic had struck a utility pole, trapping the driver. Crews used hydraulic tools for the extrication and who driver was transported to a local hospital with multiple injuries. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm


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Overturn and Pin in Plainview Recently, the Plainview Fire Department was alerted for an MVA with an overturn and pin on Old Country Road. Crews stabilized the vehicle and put thydraulic tools to work, removing both doors and extricating two people. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to local hospitals. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Centerport Responds after SUV Splits Pole The Centerport Fire Department responded to a crash on Little Neck Road near Joan Court, after a Ford Expedition struck and split a utility pole, on March 9, 2014. About 25 firefighters and EMS personnel were on the scene with two engines, a heavy rescue truck, ambulance and Fire Patrol, under the command of Chief Nick Feeley and Second Assistant Chief Tom Boyd. The female driver declined medical attention. Firefighters notified PSEG to respond for the damaged pole and arcing electrical wires. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman


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FD-PD Respond to N. Bellmore MVA The North Bellmore Fire Department and the Nassau County Police Department responded to a two-car auto accident at the intersection of Newbridge Road and Elbert Avenue on March 19, 2014 at 1430. Firefighters had to use the hydraulic tools to extricate the drivers of both vehicles. Three people were injured in the collision and transported to Nassau University Medical Center suffering non life threatening injuries. -Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

Biker Thrown in Deer Park On March 19, 2014, the Deer Park Fire Department responded to a motorcycle accident on Bay Shore Road and Crown Street. The motorcycle driver was thrown from the bike after possibly clipping a telephone pole. He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital with possible back and leg injuries. -Fire News photo by D. Thomas


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Wrong Pedal Pressed in Ridge

On March 2, 2014, the Ridge Fire Department and the Suffolk County Police Department were called to Smith Road, after an elderly person accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes and lost control of his pickup. He crashed into the wall of his house and went into the garage, coming to rest partially on top of a car inside the garage. Ridge Fire Department Heavy Rescue crews needed to secure the truck and remove the man from the vehicle, which was in a very difficult spot. He was removed and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The Town of Brookhaven was called in to check on the structure after the truck was removed. -Fire News photo by AJ Ryan

Car vs. School Bus in New Hyde Park

Only minor injuries were sustained after a car and a small school bus collided at the intersection of Terrace Boulevard and Gilford Avenue in New Hyde Park on March 2, 2014. New Hyde Park firefighters and EMS personnel responded to the scene to handle the accident. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

Two Injured in Westbury MVA

On March 11, 2014, the Westbury Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident on Post Avenue at the Northern State Parkway overpass. Two people were injured and crews secured both vehicles. Responders applied adsorbent to a fluid spill in the roadway. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm


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Car Flips on 495 On February 28, 2014, the Central IslipHauppauge Ambulance Corp responded to a motor vehicle accident on the Long Island Expressway at Exit 57. The driver of the SUV that overturned was exiting the expressway and lost control of the vehicle and flipped onto the service road. The driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. -Fire News photo by David Rubin

Two Injured at Hempstead MVA Two people were injured in a collision that occurred on North Franklin Street in Hempstead on March 12, 2014. Village firefighters were on the scene along with North Shore Ambulance personnel to handle the incident. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

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Operator Error in Melville On January 13, 2014, the Melville Fire Department was dispatched to an MVA on the South Service Road, between Old Country and Walt Whitman Roads. Upon arriving on the scene an SUV was found lodged on the side of the Long Island Expressway with its rear in a deep ditch. Witnesses said the driver stopped on the side of the road after passing an office building entrance, then put the auto in reverse and inadvertently turned the wheels towards the hill leading to the LIE. He went up the hill through thick brush and ended up with the rear of the SUV in a deep ditch. Lucky enough the ditch was there to stop his vehicle. He was not injured. -Fire News photo by Tom Pesce

Multiple Cars Crash in Selden On February 15, 2014, the Selden Fire Department was activated for motor vehicle accident on Middle Country and Boyle Roads. Units arrived to find an accident involving multiple cars. The Selden Fire Department transported three victims to Stony Brook University Hospital. The Suffolk County Police requested a sweeper and a sander for a large amount of fluids and debris in the roadway. Chief 525-30 was in-charge of the scene. -Fire News photo by David Rubin


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Car Ends Up in West Babylon Ditch

On March 18, 2014, the West Babylon Fire Department was dispatched to Fisherman’s Wharf Apartments for a call of a car in the water. Chief McArdle was first on scene and discovered a car had veered through a fence and into a drainage ditch on the property. The passenger was able to extricate himself, and the driver was helped to safety by members of 1-9-7. Neither occupants of the car sustained injuries. The crews from 1-9-15 and 1-9-1 assisted. - Fire News photos by Joe Comparato; story by Ellen Mcardle


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Albertson Responds to Fatal Bus MVA

The driver of a speeding pick up truck was killed and two occupants of a tour bus seriously injured after a near head-on collision on Roslyn Road on the morning of April 1, 2014. The Albertson Fire Department worked closely with multiple Nassau County Police ESUs in a disentanglement operation, which took nearly an hour to complete. The pickup truck was traveling southbound and crossed the double yellow lines and hit the northbound bus head-on, causing the bus to swerve and crash into a nearby tree. The driver of the bus, which was severely pinned against a tree, and its one occupant were trapped. While stabilizing the injured, crews put numerous tools to work for extrication. Both occupants were transported by Nassau County ambulances to local hospitals. -Fire News photos by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Extrication Needed in Holtsville On February 14, 2014, the Holtsville Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident with a reported entrapment. The incident occurred on Nichols Road just south of the LIE. With help from Suffolk County Police Department ESU, the victim was extricated and transported to Stony Brook Medical Center via a Holtsville ambulance. -Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez

Elmont Responds for MVA The Elmont Fire Department responded to a twovehicle motor vehicle accident on the morning of April 12, 2014. The accident occurred on Dutch Broadway near North Fletcher Avenue and sent at least two people to nearby hospitals. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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The Second Annual Lt. Joseph P. DiBernado Memorial Foundation Seminar will be held on May 16-17, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Long Island Hotel. See the ad below. It is not too late to attend the seminar. In the photo, Fire News Editor Dennis Whittam, FDNY Chief Joseph DiBernardo (retired), Tracy Thorstenson-Hyatt

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Obituary Terryville Mourns the Loss of FF Jarrad Kolb

On the evening of March 24, 2014, the Terryville Fire Department held a firematic service for Firefighter Jarrad Kolb. Jarrad was sworn into the department on May 4, 2000 and was assigned to Company One. He quickly received his Firefighter I certificate and became certified on Terryville’s Ladder 4. Jarrad was a familiar face in the bucket when the truck was utilized at fires. Jarrad was the son of Terryville Ex-Chief Ray Kolb. On hand to show support for the Kolb family were members of the Commack Fire Department, where Jarrad’s dad started his career as a firefighter. In the true tradition of the fire service, exemplifying our brotherhood, the department offers its condolences to Jarrad’s wife Kaitlin and their two young children. Firefighter Jarrad Kolb will be missed by everyone whose life he touched. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam


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With Live Burns, Nothing is More Important Than Following the Guidelines The final checklist is the checklist for live burns. I discussed two checklists previously. The first was the safety officer checklist at a type V and type IV hazards, to highlight, there were pros and cons to using a checklist. A safety officer might want to use an action model. I then discussed the use of a checklist at a type I to a type III incident. At these hazards, the safety officer will find themselves more into paperwork, briefings, NIMS forms, etc. Today's tip I find to be the most important of all the checklists. All checklists are important but the safety officer at live burns is the “top of the heap.” Why is this so important? Two main issues, the first issue is it is a planned event; your fire department put it together. The second reason why it is so important is unlike an incident, one can make a decision if it should be cancelled before it starts. Of the many things we do, I find training to be extremely important. Today's instructors demonstrate knowledge and ability to deliver instruction effectively. The Safety Officer is there to ensure nothing is missed and the safe-

ty of those attending, are given full concern. There have been fatalities in the past due to live fire training. NFPA wrote a standard on what is to be followed during all live firetraining evolutions. First, when we talk about live burns we have to and must address the NFPA's. Specifically, NFPA 1403 Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions. We here it repeatedly, “we did not adopt it, so we are not required to follow it.” I believe this to be partially true. When we buy apparatus, would we accept a vehicle that is not NFPA compliant? How about turn out gear, SCBA, s, etc. We do not adopt many NFPA's, but in most cases, we follow them. Why do we follow them? Because if something serious happens we want to say “we followed the standard, or we followed the guidelines.” It becomes very difficult to explain why a person was injured if we did not show reasonable care. With live burns, nothing is more important than following the guidelines. Therefore, the checklist for live burns is NFPA 1403. Here are a few of the things you will find in it, but I suggest as a safety officer to make sure you have a copy of it:

“The ongoing training of firefighters is the cornerstone of good fire protection in today's world. However, the benefits derived from live fire training can be negated by the injuries and deaths suffered by the fire fighters under unsafe and poorly supervised training conditions.” (NFPA, 1403, 2012 Ed.) Check for: Permits, documents, notifications, and insurance: Local burn permits (Environmental): Notification to police agencies: Evidence of prerequisite training: Safety officer on duty: Instructor in Charge. Ignition officer: Weather. Numerous suggested checklists are found in Annex D of NFPA 1403. There are checklists for acquired structures, gas fired structures, non-gas fired structures, motor vehicles, etc. As a safety officer, it is our job to keep everyone safe and protect him or she from doing something that could lead to injury or fatality. Be smart, obtain a copy of NFPA 1403 and then follow it to the letter! Ex-Chief Jeffery Bailles, President Brookhaven Town Safety Officers Association www.btsoa.org


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North Babylon Holds Seminar On March 30, 2014, Station 3 of the North Babylon Fire Company held another successful seminar. This year, Lt. Ray McCormack spoke about The Effective and Efficient Engine Company. -Fire News photos by Steve Schaefer


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Lupinacci Attends Huntington Manor Installation

Recently, Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R,C,WF,I-Huntington Station), joined fire commissioners, school district officials, officers and members of the Huntington Manor Fire Department for the department’s annual installation dinner. During the dinner, Lupinacci congratulated Chief Frederick Steenson, Jr., who will continue as the department’s chief in 2014. “Huntington Manor serves as a model fire department for our community and our state,” said Lupinacci. “Chief Steenson has served as a tremendous leader during the past year and the faith his members place in him is clearly demonstrated as he begins another year as department chief. It was an honor to spend the evening with so many great men and women who sacrifice so selflessly for the betterment of our community. I would like to wish Chief Steenson and all the members of Huntington Manor a safe and healthy 2014.”

Romaine Installs Members of the Brookhaven Town Fire Police Association

On April 6, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine (left) attended the Brookhaven Town Fire Police Association's Annual Installation Brunch at Majestic Gardens in Rocky Point. During the event, the supervisor honored the members for their service to the Brookhaven community and swore in the new officers. Certificates of Congratulations from the Town Board were presented to the 2014 officers.

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Farmingville Trains in Selden On March 30, 2014, the Farmingville Fire Department participated in a live burn training at Selden Fire Department’s training facility. Firefighters participated in three different scenarios. To keep the scenarios realistic, firefighters did not know what to expect in each evolution. A job well done to all firefighters and a special “thank you” to the Selden Fire Department for letting Farmingville use their training facility. - Fire News photos by Amanda Coffey


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Bellone Honors Wading River

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone congratulated officers of the Wading River Fire Department who were installed recently. The installation dinner was held at the Majestic Gardens in Rocky Point. (Left to right) Legislator Al Krupski, Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners Jim Meiers, Second Assistant Chief Kevin McQueeney, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, outgoing Chief of Department Jim Evans, First Assistant Chief Mark Donnelly and Third Assistant Chief Tony Bitalvo.

Intersection Reviewed in North Patchogue

The North Patchogue Fire Department responded to an intersection all too well known to them to add some firematic and EMS emphasis for State Assemblyman Ed Hennessey and Suffolk Legislator Rob Calarco's press conference. At the intersection of New North Ocean Avenue and Shaber Road, NPFD provided their heavy rescue rig, their first responder’s unit and the podium. Hennessey and Calarco were announcing their bills highlighting Suffolk County’s urgent need for funding to build streets smarter and safer, along with legislation to curb the hit-and-run epidemic. -Fire News photo by Brian Curry

Assemblyman Saladino Thanks Massapequa

New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino spoke to the members of the Massapequa Fire Department before their March meeting, complementing them on their hard work during last year’s storm, Sandy. -Fire News photo by Ed Tuffy

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Nassau Fire Riders MC Board Chief Road Captain Carmine Capparelli, Treasurer John Schmidt, President Ken Doerrbecker, Vice President John McCormick, Secretary, Tom McDonagh and Sergeant at Arms Jerry Leo get together for a photo. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Fairchild Republic Fire Department Reunion The Fairchild Republic Fire Department held a reunion with former firefighters/EMTs on March 22, 2014, at the Changing Times Pub in East Farmingdale. (Left to right): Mike Babino, Levittown; Bob Carlock, Babylon; Keith Fischer, Levittown; Greg James, East Farmingdale; Phil Baker, North Patchogue; Terry Sicignano, Babylon; Tom Combs, Wantagh; Bob Davis, Coram; and Kevin Parkan, East Islip. -Fire News photo by Kevin J. Parkan


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Bohemia 121st Installation Dinner

The Bohemia Fire Department held its annual installation dinner on March 22, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge, where Chief Richard Andersen was installed as Chief of Department along with 1st Assistant Chief Michael Stankunis and 2nd Assistant Chief Sterling Haynes. Service awards were given to 30-year members Frank Scheyder and Bobby Troise, 35-year member Richie Gross and 45year member Donald Mistler. Unit Citations was given to the following members: Chief Richard Andersen, Assistant

Chief Sterling Haynes, ex-Chief Michael Waser, ex-Chief Thomas Riedel, ex-Chief Edward Vinogroski, 2nd Lieutenant Daniel Behounek, FF Chris Smith, and FF Scott Mistler. A Department Distinguished Service Award was presented to FF William Schub, and the Department’s Medal of Valor went to FF Thomas Gorman. Both received their Awards for their exemplary actions at the same alarm on Middle Road. The following members received recogni-

tion from the Chief’s Office for their contributions to the Bohemia Fire Department: High Point Award: Al Ely, Probies of the Year: Scott Mistler and Jennifer Vidal, Chief’s Award: Michael O’Connor, Officer of the Year: Captain Susan Orlando, Firefighter of the Year: 62-year member Larry Comodo. The Chief’s Office would like to thank the members for their time and dedication to the department as well as the community. To the Board of Fire Commissioners, thank you for your continued support.

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Up Close & Personal

Captain Tom Bukowinski from Farmingville Engine Company 3. - Fire News photo by Amanda Coffey

Deer Park FF John Esposito -Fire News photo by D. Thomas

Terryville Fire Department Chief 31, Richard McCarren. -Fire News photo by Andrew Tetreault


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Chief Richardson Speaks in Deer Park

Recently, FDNY Chief Tom Richardson spoke with the Deer Park career firefighter. Chief Richardson is also a member and an exKnights of Columbus 4428 Buddy Gillespie Squires Circle 1206. Chief of the Deer Park Fire Department. -Fire News photo by D. Thomas Chief Richardson spoke about fire safety and what it takes to be a


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Mastic Holds Installation On April 5 2014, the Mastic Fire Department held its annual installation of officers at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. Greg Amato was sworn in as department chief and Rudy Sunderman, Jr., as assistant chief. The department also honored the achievements of its members over the past year, line officers, administration officers, and committee chairmen were also sworn in. Pete Rosato was recognized for 60 years of service. A special thanks was given and plaque awarded to outgoing chief Jim Mickert. Thank you to the Centereach Fire Department and to the Mastic Beach Fire Department for standing by for during the ceremony. -Fire News story by Mike Guarino

Hicksville Installs Chiefs The Hicksville Fire Department Assistant Chiefs were recently sworn in by Commissioner Scott Skrynecki. (Left): Assistant Chief Elizabeth Flahavan; 2nd Assistant Chief Robert Telender, Jr.; 1st Assistant Chief Richard Diaz and . -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Centerport F.D. Installation of Officers

The Centerport Fire Department recently held its 116th annual installation of officers. Following an invocation by Chaplain Paul Heglund, the oath-ofoffice was administered to Chief of Department Nicholas Feeley, First Assistant Chief Brian Mark, and Second Assistant Chief Thomas Boyd. Ex-Chief Paul Heglund was installed as Deputy Chief Chaplain, Dr. Jack Geffken as Deputy Chief Medical, and Steve Silverman as Deputy Chief Photographer. Company officers installed were as follows: Engine Company No. 1 — Captain Luis Moreno, First Lieutenant William DeSantis and Second Lieutenant Christopher Cunningham. Engine Company No. 2 — Captain Larry Burlingam and First Lieutenant John Stevenson. Eagle Truck Company — Captain Bruce Waring, First Lieutenant Robert Simpson and Second Lieutenant Kyle McLaughlin. Rescue Squad — Captain Deborah Thide, First Lieutenant George Puga and Second Lieutenant Lawrence Donnelly. Fire Patrol — Captain Samuel Jones, and Lieutenant Clifford Raynor. The Harry R. Burr Memorial Award for most alarms answered in 2013 was presented to George Puga. The 150+ Rescue Calls Award went to Larry Donnelly, and the 150+ Rescue and 100+ Fire Calls Award given to ex-Chief James Feeley. The Company Awards presented for Member of the Year were Eagle Truck Co. — Stephen Peters; Engine Co. 1 — Peter Reilly; Engine Co. 2 — James Reilly; Rescue Squad — Kylen Stevenson; and Fire Patrol — Larry Donnelly. The following members were recognized for Rescue Response: George Puga, Kylen Stevenson, Larry Donnelly, John Knoph, James Feeley, Debora Thide, Stephen Peters, Steve Jones, Brian Bienwald, Kyle McLaughlin, Dave McGovern, John Malico and Rebecca Wilkes. - Fire News photos by Steve Silverman


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East Islip Holds 2014 Installation Dinner

The East Islip Fire Department held their 48th annual installation dinner on February 22, 2014, at the Upsky in Hauppauge. Congratulations to the following (picture right, left to right): Chief Hani Kutteh, 2nd Assistant Chief Keith Villano, and 2nd Assist Chief Thomas Zimmer. This year members pictured with the chiefs (above) were honored for service to the department and the community. ExCaptain Evan Newman was honored for 40 years of service and ex-Captain Andrew Oliveri was honored for 30 years of service. -Fire News photos by Kevin J. Parkan


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North Babylon Installation and Awards Dinner

The North Babylon Fire Company recently held their Annual Installation and Awards Dinner. Congratulations to Chief of Department Thomas S. Jordan, 1st Assistant Chief Robert Cabano, 2nd Assistant Chief John F. Caroleo, 3rd Assistant Chief James J. Harrington II and Chief's Secretary John G.

Jordan as they lead the department in 2014. Also, congratulations to Robert Howell for answering 770 alarms, Ryan Bravo who answered 730 alarms and Steven Gravier, who answered 615 alarms. The Chief Francis J. Noonan Award was presented to ex-Chief John G. Jordan, Sr. The Chief William Scarangella

Award was presented to ex-President Michael Stenson. The Probationary Firefighter of the Year Award was presented as follows: Station 1, Mathew Sonnenberg; Station 2, Diallobe Reed, Sr. and Steven Gravier; Station 3, Paul Zimmerman; Station 4, Robert Marzano. -Fire News photos by Stephen Schaefer


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90th Installation in Franklin Square The Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department held its 90th annual installation and inspection dinner on March 8, 2014. (Left to right): Second Assistant Chief John Salzman; Chief of Department Richard Gresser, Jr.; and First Assistant Chief Joseph Capobianco. -Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

Joel Bearman Sworn Into Office State Senator Kemp Hannon administered the oath of office to Commissioner Joel Bearman of the Levittown Fire Department as he serves in his newly-elected position as president of the Association of Fire Districts of Nassau County (AFDNC). Joel’s wife Patricia stood by his side during the ceremony. -Fire News photo by Jackson B. Pokress


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Schumer Spearheads Safer Grant Extension

Senator Charles Schumer, along with Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, chose the Wantagh Fire Departments Station 2 to spearhead a campaign to extend SAFER Grants to Nassau and Suffolk Countys’ firefighters. The existing grant runs out this fall and it’s Schumer’s hope that it can be extended. If approved, it will provide $1.5 million to Nassau County volunteer firefighters and $2.8 million to

Suffolk County’s volunteerss. The money will assist firefighters with tuition in their quest for a college education. The grant is two-fold: it provides assistance with education and is an incentive to stay within the community as a volunteer firefighter. It becomes a positive thing for the fire department as well as the community. Some firefighter students from various depart-

ments were on hand along with Wantagh Commissioner William K. Field IV, Wantagh Chief of Department Jason Jackowitz, Nassau County Legislators Dennis Dunn and Michael Venditto, OEM Commissioner Craig Craft, OEM Deputy Commissioner John Bruckbauer, Chief Pat Murphy (New Hyde Park), Chief James Kane (East Meadow) and Chief Paul Wilders (North Merrick). -Fire News photo by Harry Loud


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Parades Throughout Long Island

East Islip parade. -Fire News photo by Kevin Costello

East Rockaway officers at the Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Rockville Centre. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

Kings Park Christmas parade. - Fire News photo by Tom Pesce

The Shirley/Mastics Chamber of Commerce 44th annual Christmas parade. -Fire News photo by Jim Rugen


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Parades Throughout Long Island (continued)

18th Annual Rockville Center St Patrick's Day Parade -Fire News photo by Steve Takacs

25th Annual Glen Cove St. Patrick's Day Parade -Fire News photo by Steve Takacs

64th Annual Mineola St Patrick's Day Parade -Fire News photo by Steve Takacs

Huntington Parade -Fire News photos by Steve Silverman

Huntington Parade -Fire News photos by Alex VanSantvoord


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East Meadow Chiefs Take Office

On April the 5, 2014, the East Meadow Fire Department were introduced to their newly elected chiefs. (Left to right) Joseph Lennon as 6103, Robert Salvesen as 6100, Jim Kane as 6101 and John McGee as 6102. Good luck to all fo the chiefs as they serve the department and the community. -Fire News photos by Bob Salvesen, Sr.


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Looking Good in Montauk

Fire and health emergencies happen all year long, whether it is Lenahan requested that all members and officers wear their Class tourist season or not. Since 1939 the dedicated members of the A uniforms and arrive early to pose for a full department and comMontauk Fire Department have been there for the residents of pany photos to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the department. - Fire News photos by Richard Lewin Montauk, any time, anywhere. On March 23, 2014, the day of Montauk’s famous Saint Patrick’s Day parade, Chief Joseph


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MOTLEY CREWS OF THE MONTH

East Meadow and Westbury chiefs after a recent job. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Holtsville Fire Department Junior Firefighters. -Fire News photo Bryan Lopez

Wantagh Fire Department. -Fire News photo by Harry Loud

Mastic Beach Fire Police at work. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Ronkonkoma Fire Department at Greenport’s Parade. - Fire News photo by Kevin Murray

Sound Beach at the Rocky Point Parade. -Fire News photo by Bob Pulick

Huntington Community First Aid Squad. -Fire New photo by Tony Cruz

Members of the Suffolk County Firefighters Emerald Society at the Montauk Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. -Fire News photo by Vinny Amirati


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