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Serving Fire, Rescue & EMS Heroes Since 1973 NOVEMBER 2013

On October 11, 2013, an alarm went out for a structure fire on Hollywood Drive in Shirley. The home was fully involved and the flames and heat forced firefighters back. Please turn to page 6 for the complete story. -Fire News photo by Jim Rugen

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In this issue... Good Work at Copiague House Fire The Copiague Fire Department was alerted for a house fire with possible people trapped on October 5, 2103.

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All Residents Safe at New Cassel House Fire The Westbury F.D. responded to a house fire which appeared to have started on the first floor. See story page 14

Elmont Responds to Working Fire A worker at an auto garage was injured after a fire broke out at in the building he was working in. See story page 34

Nassau County Badge of Courage Dinner The Annual Badge of Courage Dinner and Seminar was held on October 8. See story page 68

Long Island Day at Fireman’s Home Long Island Day was held at the Fireman's Home in Hudson, New York. See story page 76

Chief Ray Downey Heroes Football Classic The Annual Chief Ray Downey Heroes Classic football game honored those who were killed on 9/11.

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

Prepare for the Holiday Season As you prepare for the upcoming holiday season, Fire News asks you to pause for a moment and reflect on the positive things that your department has been involved with all year long. When we think of November, we obviously think of Thanksgiving, Turkey Bowls, good food, great friends and prayers for our military who are not sitting with their family and prayers of strength to those who are ill or have lost a loved one are what makes this day special. Fire News commends the departments who reach out to their community to offer a home cooked meal to the unfortunate in their area. Let's face it, we are in tough times and many of the people we protect have little and could use your help to bring the holiday of Thanksgiving to them. Food and toy drives start as December arrives. The decorations come out and the vehicles are prepped to take Santa to the children of your district. It does not matter if someone is celebrating Christmas or Hanukah. What matters is that you take the time to bring smiles to the children in your community. Nothing is more rewarding than when your department brings Santa to a family who might be in need or who has a family member serving in the military. The planning for the holiday season is now! Give some thought and discuss how your department can help those that are less fortunate than others. It is important that you reach out to let the organizations that directly help you as responders know you care and appreciate what they are doing for you. Fire News is more than just a newspaper. We are involved and support the organizations that are there for you when you are in need of help. Give some thought to learning more about the 9/11 WTC Tribute Center, the Terry Farrell Firefighter Fund, the Nassau County Firefighters Burn Center, the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Fund, the Long Island Cancer Support Network and the FDNY Honor Legion. The Heather Pendergast Fund, who assists children of volunteer firefighters who face threatening illnesses or injury, is there for you. All of these organizations do not exist without your support. Many years ago, I was standing at a fire in Bushwick, Brooklyn. I remember an elderly lady coming up to the pump operator and smiling. She stopped and said something in Spanish. She said, “Amamos a nuestros bomberos, que Dios los bendiga.” (I used Google translator to help me with what was said.) The pump operator asked me if I knew what she said. When I said no, he told me she said “We love our firefighters, may God bless you.” It was at that moment that I realized that responders are special. Reach out to your community and bring joy to the people who love you. …Dennis


The New Hyde Park Fire Department will hold the Nassau County Firefighters' Annual Operation Wounded Warriors Auction on Friday, November 8, 2013, from 1900 to midnight at 1555 Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park. A $30 donation at the door includes food (donated by The New Hyde Park Diner), beer, wine and soda. For more information:, or Tom Smith at 516-354-8834; John Waldron at 516-945-4927; or Ed Powers at 516-354-5429. All of the proceeds from this event will go directly towards purchasing items for our injured Troops. Said items are personally distributed to our injured service personnel by members of the New Hyde Park Fire Department and other Nassau County firefighters during our annual trip to Camp Lejeune, Fort Bragg and Walter Reed Hospital in December.


The Putnam-Northern Westchester Fire Police Association has produced a pamphlet highlighting the NYS Fire Police. The one page, three fold, full color pamphlet contains over 20 photos. The generic publication is suitable for all departments to use to educate the public about the role of the Fire Police in the volunteer fire service. The document touches upon: What We Do, How You Can Help, The NYS Move Over Law and Fire Police Teams. Also included are statistics of injuries and deaths related to emergency responses. Single copies and quantity ordering information, directly from the publisher, can be obtained by sending a self addresses and stamped envelope to Putnam-Northern Westchester Fire Police Association, PO Box 521, Patterson NY, 12563.


Assemblyman Edward Hennessey announced that registration for STAR exemptions will take place August 19 through December 31, 2013. New legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the NYS Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. "Homeowners are being asked to register with these new guidelines in order to combat fraudulent STAR exemptions. The fraud and abuse of the STAR program has grown extremely costly. This new requirement will help improve the STAR program and safeguard taxpayer money," said Assemblyman Hennessey. Resident homeowners who currently receive the Basic STAR exemption must register with the NYS Tax Department in order to receive the exemption. The fastest and easiest way to register is through the Tax Department's website, Homeowners will need their STAR code to register. In Suffolk County, these codes will be mailed to homeowners the week of September 30 and will include instructions. Homeowners can also call the Tax Department at 518-457-2036 to register. Senior citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption are not affected by the new registration requirement because they must continue to apply annually or participate in the Income Verification Program. Any resident homeowners applying for STAR for the first time are not affected by this year's registration procedure.


Volunteer firefighters now can have up to one hundred percent of their tuition costs for online courses at SUNY Empire State College's Center for Distance Learning funded by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) Higher Education Learning Plan (HELP). Launched in 2011, FASNY established the HELP program to assist volunteer fire departments in attracting and retaining more members. Under FASNY HELP, a student/volunteer firefighter who hasn't already achieved an associate's degree or higher will be eligible to have up to 100% of his/her tuition reimbursed in exchange for maintaining good grades and fulfilling service requirements as a member in good standing in one of New York's volunteer fire companies. The program covers courses at all 29 SUNY community colleges throughout the state and has seen hundreds of students receive tuition reimbursement. FASNY HELP is made possible through a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Founded in 1872, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York represents the interests of the more than 92,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York State. For more information, visit or SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelors and master's degrees from the State University of New York. In addition to awarding credit for prior collegelevel learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career. The college offers more than 500 courses and complete degree programs online through its Center for Distance Learning. The college also educates students face to face at more than 35 locations in the state of New York.

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Fire Academy Foundation Launched

Non-profit Organization Formed to Support Suffolk County Fire Academy After more than a year of planning, the Directors of the Fire Academy Foundation are pleased to announce that their new nonprofit organization is now operational. "As a volunteer firefighter for more than twenty years, I understand how critical effective training is to firefighter safety and public safety. After years of successive cuts to the budget of the Suffolk County Fire Academy, I recognized the urgent need for new funding sources" said Executive Director Arthur P. Bloom. Initially, the goal of the Fire Academy Foundation will be to restore cuts made in recent years to the overall budget of the Suffolk County Fire Academy. Going forward, the foundation will seek funding for new and expanded training classes that the current budget can't possibly support. "After years of working with declining budgets, we are thrilled to have a new source of financial support. We look forward to enhancing our training program to fully meet the current and future needs of every volunteer firefighter in the

county", said Chief Robert Holley, Director of the Suffolk County Fire Academy. "As chair of the legislature's public safety committee I understand the importance of maintaining and enhancing our firefighter training in Suffolk County, as well as the negative impact the

County's fiscal crisis is having on the Suffolk County Fire Academy," stated Legislator Kate Browning. "This is an innovative approach to ensure proper funding for volunteer training at no cost to the County, and I am thankful for the support of the Fire Academy Foundation. This will allow us to maintain public safety and firefighter safety throughout our county." Established as a 501c3 charitable organization, the Fire Academy Foundation seeks to support the Suffolk County Fire Academy through donations and in-kind contributions from individuals and companies. IRS ID 45-5370414 Contact: Arthur P. Bloom, Executive Director Mobile 631.749.1510. At the recent Fire Academy Firefighter I graduation, Legislator Kate Browning presented Fire Academy Foundation Executive Director Arthur Bloom, Technical Director Chief John D'Amato and Director of Development James Straudenraus with a proclamation for their efforts. -Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam

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At around 2215 on October 11, 2013, an alarm went out for a structure fire on Hollywood Drive in Shirley. First on scene were Suffolk County Police who made every attempt to rescue the people trapped inside. The home was fully involved and the flames and heat forced them back. The first fire chief on scene radioed to county command for mutual aid from Mastic and Center Moriches to the scene. They arrived on scene and quickly attacked the fire knocking it down enough so the could get in to do a search for the family inside. Four victims -- a mother and her three children -- were removed and at the time it was reported they were alive. They were rushed to waiting ambulances and transported to the hospital. All four later died from injuries received. The fire is under investigation by the Suffolk County Arson Squad and the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshall’s office. A note from the editor of Fire News: A firefighter’s nightmare is always a fatal fire that involves innocent victims, especially children. You train to search for victims and risk your life to do what you were trained to do. It hurts when you return to quarters, clean up in silence and sit and stare, wondering if you did all that you could do. To all of the heroes who responded to this call: you did your absolute best. You arrived at a scene that was horrific and performed flawlessly. Do not second guess yourself. I know that your community is proud of you. Be proud that you answered the call. Please, if you need to talk and share your feelings about this call; please feel free to reach out to Fire News. If I was a marine, I would say Semper Fi (always faithful, always loyal). I salute the heroes of the Mastic Beach Fire Department! -Fire News photos by Jim Rugen

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LIRR Substation Blaze in Island Park The Island Park Fire Department responded to a LIRR substation on Austin Boulevard on September 21, 2013, for smoke coming from the building. The substation supplies high voltage to the third rail on the railroad’s Long Beach Branch. After hours of trying to get this fire out, heavy damage was caused to the substation affecting service. Firefighters from Island Park, Point Lookout-Lido, Long Beach, Oceanside and Baldwin worked for hours to get the fire under control. - Fire News photos by

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Sound Beach FD Continues the Battle

For the second day in a row, the Sound Beach Fire Department went to work to attack a fire that was in a house on Greenlawn Road. With the help of five mutual aid departments the fire was safely brought under control. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

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Good Work at Copiague House Fire

The Copiague Fire Department was alerted for a house fire with possible people trapped on North Emerson Avenue on October 5, 2103, just after 1500. Third Assistant Chief Rosenberg arrived and transmitted a working fire and had the alarm resounded, as he had heavy fire showing from both floors and attic on the exposure 4 side of the two-story house. The fire extended to a boat in the driveway, which also became fully involved. First due Engine 1-3-9 picked up a hydrant and stretched three lines, two into the house and the third to exposure 4 side driveway to extinguish the boat and protect a home on that side, with the crews from Copiague Engine's 1-3-5,1-3-7 and 1-3-10. The Amityville and Lindenhurst Fire Departments were requested to the scene for RIT and additional engines and a ladder. Amityville Ladder 1-1-5 took the front of the house as crews from Engine 1-1-3 and Lindenhurst Engine 1-6-2 and Ladder 1-6-4 rotated out with the crews inside. It took about 40 minutes to bring the fire under control with no reported injuries. All searches were negative as the homeowner returned home during the fire. Two dogs were pulled from the house uninjured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Second Assistant Chief Fitch was in charge of the operation. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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Family Corner

Ethan and Aiden Francois look for their dad in Fire News. Their dad, Marc Francois is a 21 year member of the Sound Beach Fire Department. -Fire News photo by Marc Francois

Terryville Fire Department Commissioner Lee Brett and Paramedic Gina Brett enjoy a day of fire prevention with their sons Ryan, age 3 and Lee Jr. age 6 -Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam

Daddy’s Little Girl It is always a great day at work when daddy’s little girl stops in for a family hug. SUNY Stony Brook Fire Marshal Scott Gershowitz gives his daughter Brianna Nichole a family hug. Briana was born on February 16, 2013. -Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam

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Look Before You Dig! On August 26, 2013, the Levittown Fire Department responded to a ruptured gas main that construction crews struck with a backhoe on Hempstead Turnpike and Hamlet Road. Two lines were stretched and put into operation and Hempstead Tpke was closed during the operation. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Lawn Mower Burns in Plainview On October 3, 2013, the Plainview Fire Department responded to a commercial lawn mower fire on Cedar Drive West. Crews from Ladder 953 extinguished the fire. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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All Residents Safe at New Cassel House Fire The Westbury Fire Department responded to a house fire on Clover Lane in New Cassel on October 9, 2013, at 1720. The fire, which appeared to have started on the first floor, caused extensive damage throughout the residence. The occupants were able to escape without injury. One firefighter suffered minor burns. The Nassau County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause. Mutual aid fire departments from Hicksville, Jericho and East Meadow assisted at the scene. - Fire News photos by Joseph C. Sperber

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Firefighter Injured at N. Merrick Blaze

On September 24, 2013, the North Merrick Fire Department was alerted for a house fire on Sutton Place off of Meadowbrook Road. Upon First Assistant Chief Rogers' arrival a working fire was transmitted, as heavy fire was through the roof of the two-story spilt level home. The occupant was alerted to the fire by workers who were doing roofing at the house; all escaped uninjured. Engine 672 was first due and stretched multiple lines as East Meadow Ladder 617 took the front. As additional units arrived, conditions deteriorated and members were pulled from the house after a partial collapse injured a firefighter. It took about an hour to bring the fire under control with three handlines and the master stream from 617. The house suffered heavy damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Mutual aid was provided by Merrick, Bellmore, North Belllmore (FAST Truck), Roosevelt, Freeport, Wantagh and Levittown Fire Departments. First Assistant Chief Rogers was in charge. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza and Lou Minutoli

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Heavy Damage in Garden City Blaze

A Garden City home was heavily damaged by fire early October 5, 2013. The blaze broke out at the Pell Terrace home around 1900 and smoke and flames could be seen for a distance. Firefighters were quickly on the scene and the fire was brought under control around 1930. There were no injuries reported at the scene. - Fire News photos by Lou Minutoli and Bill D’Alessandro

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Big Blaze in Bay Shore

At about 1340 on September 19, 2013, the Bay Shore Fire Department was alerted for a house fire on Carll Drive. Second Assistant Chief Kunz advised his dispatcher that smoke was visible from a distance and transmitted a working fire. Arriving units encountered heavy fire coming from the 2-3 exposure on the first floor. Engine 3-1-1 stretched two lines into the house as Ladder 3-1-4 set up in front of the house and put its bucket to the roof, while its crew vented and searched the home. The fire was knocked down and brought under control in about an hour with the house suffering significant damage but no reported injuries. The West Islip Fire Department was called to the scene for RIT. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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One Injured in Hempstead Blaze The Hempstead Fire Department was toned out for a house fire on the evening of September 19, 2013. While responding, village police reported a working fire at the Peninsula Boulevard address. Engine companies arrived shortly after and quickly extinguished the blaze. One resident was removed to the hospital with a minor injury. - Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

Is There Such a Thing as Too Clean? At 1330 hours on September 19, 2013, the Massapequa Fire Department received a call for a house fire on Lakeshore Drive in Massapequa Park. Third Assistant Chief Beneville was first to arrive and found a fire on the front exterior of the home. The chief advised the first engine - 6315 - in to pick up a hydrant. They were followed by Ladder 632 and Engine 6314. Two lines were stretched into the home and it was found that the fire had extended into the attached garage and a bedroom over the garage. South Farmingdale responded in with a FAST unit. Workers were at the house power washing the exterior when the fire started. It is thought that they may have shorted out an exterior power. Nassau County Fire Marshals were on scene investigating the cause of the fire. - Fire News photo by Ed Tuffy

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Suspicious Blaze in Hempstead

Hempstead Fire Department units responded to the report of a house fire with people trapped in the early morning hours of September 14, 2013. On arrival, the rear exterior of the home was engulfed in flames and the fire was quickly spreading. Firefighters and police were able to evacuate all occupants of the home with only two minor injuries reported. Fire Marshals declared the blaze suspicious. - Fire News photos by Lou Minutoli and Paul Mazza

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One Fatality at Sag Harbor Blaze At 1542. on September 30, 2013, the Sag Harbor Fire Department was called to Hillside Drive East in the Sag Harbor Hills subdivision for a report of a fire. Arriving units reported one victim still inside the building, and chiefs requested the East Hampton Fire Department RIT unit to standby. Sag Harbor firefighters extin-

guished the fire and recovered one male victim from inside. Sag Harbor Village Police Department detectives, Suffolk County Arson Squad and the East Hampton Town Fire Marshal were called to the scene to investigate. - Fire News photos by Michael Heller

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All Safe at Brentwood House Fire

On September 17, 2013, the Brentwood Fire Department received numerous calls reporting a house fire on Grand Boulevard at about 2240. Second Assistant Chief Derbyshire arrived and transmitted a working fire with fire showing from the roof and attic of a 1-1/2 story house. Engine 3-2-11 picked up a hydrant and stretched three lines into the home with the crews from additional engine companies. Ladder 3-2-28 took the front of the house and its crew along with the crew from Heavy Rescue 3-2-18 laddered searched and vented the home. It took about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control with no reported injuries, as the occupants that were home all escaped the fire safely. The Central Islip Fire Department was called to the scene for RIT. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza and Wayne Carrington

Intense Fire in Inwood Inwood firefighters battled a working house fire on Mervin Street on September 19, 2013. The blaze broke out on the second floor of the two-story house and was intense enough to melt the siding off the house next door. Mutual aid companies from several surrounding towns assisted. - Fire News photos by Lou Minutoli

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When wildfires tore through Manorville, Ed Romaine was there to ensure our firefighters had the right tools to do the job. Because of his efforts nearly a dozen fire wells were drilled in the Pine Barrens so that we are better prepared in the future. As town supervisor, Ed opposed abolishing Fire Marshall positions proposed by his predecessor and works hand-in-hand with our local fire departments to ensure we are ready for the next emergency.

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Worker Falls in Hicksville On August 19, 2013, the Hicksville Fire Department was alerted for a rescue call for a construction worker that had fallen from a scaffold on the upper floor of an asbestos abatement area. Crews with protective gear were able to remove the injured worker and a decontamination area was set up outside the building. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Trash Fire on LIRR Tracks On September 27, 2013, the Hicksville Fire Department responded to a rubbish fire on the elevated LIRR tracks across from their Station 1. Crews from Engine 932 and Ladder 931 handled the call once the power was shut down to the third rails. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Flames Halted in Sound Beach On October 14, 2013, the Sound Beach Department responded to Gardiners Road for a fire that was in a chimney enclosure. With the help of mutual aid from Miller Place, Mt. Sinai, and Rocky Point the fire was successfully contained and extinguished. -Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam

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Chiefs Pulls 4 From House Fire

Quick Work in Levittown

August 30, 2013, the Bethpage Fire Department responded to an attic fire on Deb Street. Second Assistant Chief Francis X Debobes, Jr., was first on the scene and evacuated the family of four from their home. Engine Company 4 was first due and stretched one line to the front door as Ladder 3 set up in front. The fire was quickly knocked down and no injuries were reported. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

On September 11, 2013, at 0221 the Levittown Fire Department responded to a house fire on Black Smith Road. Arriving units found heavy fire showing from the side of the home where an exterior fire was extending into it. An aggressive attack by firefighters knocked the fire down and kept the extension to a minimum. The operation was under the command of Chief of the Department Christopher Behrens. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Boat Yard Fire in Islip On September 17, 2013, at 2228, the Islip Fire Department was notified of a commercial structure fire at a boat yard located at the end of Athasca Road. At 2231, Second Assistant Chief William Moon declared a working fire. Chief William Stenger subsequently requested East Islip Fire Department to respond on a mutual aid with their FAST Unit. At that time, there was fire on the first and second floors of the structure with fire showing on the outside. Two lines were put into operation and all visible fire was knocked down shortly thereafter. Exchange Ambulance of the Islips was requested to stand by to back up Islip"s EMS. The Islip Town Fire Marshal's office was notified as well as the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad. - Fire News photo by Rich Stark

Auto Body Shop Burns in Nesconset The Nesconset Fire Department responded to a fire in an auto body shop on Middle Country Road on October 6, 2013. Upon arrival, firefighters were confronted with heavy smoke coming from the garage area. The blaze was confined to the area of origin which appeared to have started in the ceiling area at the rear of the large commercial structure. Mutual aide was requested to assist at the scene from Smithtown, Saint James, Hauppauge and Nissequogue. Suffolk Police had Middle Country Road closed in both directions. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation. - Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

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Pet Supplies Complicate Garage Blaze

On October 4, 2013 at 1505 the Syosset Fire Department was alerted for a garage fire on Michael Drive. Second Assistant Chief Douglas Share was first on the scene and transmitted a working fire. Engine 585 was the first-due engine and secured a water supply and stretched one line to the garage. Arriving crews stretched a second line and worked to get the garage door open. The garage was full of pet supplies stacked to the roof creating a large overhaul operation. Firefighters from the Bethpage, Hicksville and Plainview were called to the scene. First Assistant Chief Mark Mianulli was in command of the operation. - Fire News photos by Kevin Imm

Small Fire in Roosevelt The Roosevelt Fire Department extinguished a small fire in the basement of a Royal Court home on the afternoon of Saturday September 14, 2013. North Merrick provided a FAST unit. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

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Pets Rescued at Wantagh Fire

Wantagh firefighters don SCBA prior to making their push into the second floor of an expanded cape on Haven Lane in Levittown. The fire occurred on October 8, 2013, and brought all units of Wantagh to the scene. A truck from Levittown was immediately requested and put to work while East Meadow provided a FAST unit. Several pets were rescued and the fire confined to the second floor. There were no injuries. - Fire News photos by Harry Loud

Rehabilitation and Physiology The meaning of physiology according to the Bing Dictionary is the study of functioning of living things: the branch of biology that deals with the internal workings of living things, including functions such as metabolism, respiration, and reproduction, rather than with their shape or structure. Body's internal processes: the way a particular body or organism works. According to Dodson, (2007), he says, "physiological performance depends on the metabolic processing (the cell chemistry) of the fire fighter If the cell chemistry of a firefighter is not functioning optimally, the risk of overexertion increases. Why is this important to you the safety officer or the incident commander or the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)? Because according to the United States Fire Administration the most single cause of line of duty deaths in the US is overexertion, heart attacks and strokes. How can the ISO save a first responders life? Cell fueling strategies, cooling, and yes, rehabilitation at the scene of an incident is essential. According to Angle (2005) in his book "Occupational Safety and Health in the Emergency Service, "the development of an incident rehabilitation program has minimal impact on an organization, and therefore should be achievable. While systems can be very different, the basic plan should provide for the following: 1. Establishment of a rehabilitation sector/group within the IMS, 2. Hydration, 3. Nourishment, 4. Rest, recovery, 5. Medical evaluation, 6. Relief from climatic conditions, and 7. Accountability while in the rehabilitation sector, supplies, shelter, and number of people needed to operate the rehabilitation area" What does the safety officer have to do; according to NFPA 1521, section A.3.3.39 Rehabilitation efforts should include providing relief from extreme climate and/or incident conditions, rest and recovery, rehydration, replacement of calories and electrolytes, active cooling (or warming if necessary), medical monitoring, and member accountability. The ISO should confirm there are sufficient workers and a quality rehabilitation site on scene is functioning. Learn more about this important subject on November 14, 2013 Centereach Fire Dept. 9 S. Washington Ave. Centereach, NY. Dinner is at 7:00 pm., meeting starts at 8:00 pm. There are no admission fees and no dues. The ISO who better understands the underlying theory of stressors can better prevent overexertion. Ex-Chief Jeff Bailes President Brookhaven Town Safety Officers Association, To join visit

When it comes to safety‌ talk is cheap‌ you have to walk the walk By: Bob Delagii, 3rd Division Director Suffolk County Fire & EMS Safety Officers Association As firefighters and emergency medical workers, we accept certain inherent risks associated with responding to emergencies. We proudly speak of our status as a volunteer or career emergency responder, and rightly so! After 36 years in the fire service, I still get goose bumps when someone says "you run in while everyone else runs away." However, age, wisdom and experience has taught us many lessons about responder safety. While attending the 2013 Firehouse Expo Conference, the safety theme was evident in many presentations. Caveats like "never stop learning," learn from our history," and "once you believe you know everything - you become more dangerous," permeate the service. We have all heard them. We struggle with practicing them. In order to be a respected firefighter, you must be aggressive, there is no doubt, -we know this. In order to mount an effective offensive attack, your department must be well trained and well equipped. We know this too. What we need to embrace is taking this fundamental element of the fire service and molding into the standard risk versus reward model. Know when to be aggressive - when there is a life hazard. Know when to be conservative - vacant/abandoned structures and a host of other activity where there is no life hazard. Fires burn hotter and faster these days, and technology has responded with new and costly personal protective equipment. This is only half the equation. We have to adjust our tactics to reflect that we are now making our response and interior entries at just about the precise flashover time. Similarly, we have had "wind" since the beginning of time, however, we now contend with the new phenomena of "wind driven fires" and how wind effects "flow paths" and fire behavior. The cycle continues due to contemporary building construction practices, which result in interior contents fires transitioning to structure fires with deadly consequences. Oh yeah‌.and we have to get to the call! Think about it - how many times does a responder have to suffer serious debilitating injury or death because we refuse to wear seatbelts? How many times do we have to address the blue light streak breaking the sound barrier to get to the firehouse? How many times do we have to read about an accident involving fire apparatus, ambulances or SUVs before we rethink our driving strategies, and driver training/driver qualification methodologies? Stay safe out there.

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Elmont Responds to ‘Worker’

A worker at a North Valley Stream auto garage was injured on Saturday morning, October 12, 2013, after a fire broke out at the Linden Boulevard building he was working in. Elmont firefighters in a fire station right next door responded to the alarm and began to battle the fire. A worker in the auto repair shop suffered smoke inhalation and burns. He was subsequently transferred to NUMC by a Nassau County Police Department helicopter. The fire was under control in about thirty minutes. Fire Marshals were on the scene to investigate a cause. -Fire News photos by Lou Minutoli

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Five Departments at Ronkonkoma Blaze On October 12, 2013, at 1118 the Ronkonkoma Fire Department responded to a working structure fire on Carroll Avenue. Mutual aid was called from Holbrook, Holtsville, Lakeland and Farmingville. Chief Tim Blewett was in charge at the scene. - Fire News photo by Jerry Rudolph

One Injured in Auto Shop Fire On October 12, 2013, at about 0935 the Elmont Fire Department received a report of a commercial garage fire on Linden Boulevard, east of Elmont Road. First arriving units found a auto repair garage fully involved. In addition to the Elmont units, Assistant Chief Brian Schriefer immediately requested additional units to the scene from neighboring departments. The fire was particularly difficult due to the accumulation of auto parts and the fact that a vehicle was up on a hydraulic lift. However with the rapid response and excellent work by all the fire was extinguished. One worker at the garage received burns to his hands and was transported by NCPD helicopter to the Burn Center at Nassau University Medical Center. The Nassau County Fire Marshal's office responded and is investigating the cause of the fire - Fire News photo by David Ragusa

Quick Take Down at Wantagh Take-Out

Wantagh firefighters responded for reported smoke in a tavern located on Sunrise Highway on October 5, 2013, and, after conducting a search in a common basement, found the fire in the flooring of a Wantagh Avenue take-out restaurant. One 2-½ inch line was stretched into the basement, the ceilings were pulled, the flooring above was opened and the fire was quickly knocked down. There were no injuries. - Fire News photo by Harry Loud

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House Fire in Baldwin The Baldwin Fire Department battled a house fire on Wesley Street off Grand Avenue on the evening of September 7, 2013. Units arrived on scene and found flames shooting through the roof and transmitted a working fire. Mutual Aid was called to the scene from Hempstead and Roosevelt. Chief of Departmemt Brancato was the incident commander. - Fire News photos by Brian Grogan

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Criminal Investigation After Blaze

Just after 0100 on October 1, 2013, the Wyandanch Fire Company responded to State Street for a reported house fire. Third Assistant Chief DeAngelis was the first to arrive and had a heavy fire showing from the exposure 2-3 corner on the first floor. Second Assistant Chief Brown while still en route had the alarm resounded as a working fire and requested RIT from North Babylon. Engine 1-10-2 was first due, followed immediately by Engine 1-10-1, which picked up a hydrant and supplied 1-10-2. Crews stretched two lines into the house, with one line going to the second floor where the fire was extending. Additional crews vented and searched the home with the searches being negative. North Babylon was put to work and was replaced by the West Babylon as RIT. The Wyandanch-Wheatley Heights Ambulance was on scene as well. The fire was brought under control in about 40 minutes with no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad and is being looked at to see if there is any connection to a murder that took place just two days before at the location. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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Haz-Mat Complicates Fire

On September 28, 2013, the East Farmingdale Fire Company was alerted for a building fire at Eagle Sanitation on Otis Street. First to arrive was Chief of Department Sherback followed by Assistant Chiefs Wisz, Greco and Iuzzini. First-due Engine 1-5-1 from Station 2 had a hydrant right in front of the fire building and stretched two 2-1/2 inch lines and went into a foam operation. The first ladder on scene was 1-515 also from Station 2 and they set up on the exposure 4 side, putting its ladder to the roof so its crew could vent and open up. Seconddue Engine 1-5-6 (first fire with the brand

new engine) stretched a third handline. It took about an hour to bring the fire under control with a lot of overhaul required. Mutual aid was provided to the scene for multiple FAST units, ambulances and additional apparatus from the Wyandanch, North Babylon, West Babylon, North Lindenhurst and Farmingdale. The Wyandanch Wheatley-Heights Ambulance MCI unit also responded as well as the Town of Babylon Haz-Mat team to deal with numerous drums of waste oil. There were no reported injuries and the cause is under investigation. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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House Fire in Shirley

Around 1800 on September 30, 2013, the Brookhaven Fire Department responded to a Signal 13 on Arrowhead Drive in Shirley. The house was fully involved and the chief on scene radioed to county control requesting a Signal 24 to Mastic Fire Department for their RIT unit. Shirley Ambulance was on scene as was the Suffolk County Police. Three dogs were reported in the building,

and police tried calling the dogs out at the front door but had to retreat due to the excessive heat from the fire. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshall arrived on scene and started to investigate the cause of the fire. Mastic Crews along with their Fire Police were also on scene. The house suffered serious damage. - Fire News photo by Jim Rugen

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Garage Fire in Syosset

Syosset Fire Department responded to an afternoon garage fire on October 4, 2013. - Fire News photo by Alex Vansantvoord

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One Injured at Bethpage Deli Fire On October 7, 2013, at 0505 the Bethpage Fire Department was alerted for a building fire at Giovanni's Deli on Bloomingdale Road in Hicksville. Deputy Chief Francis X. Debobes, Jr., was first on the scene and was notified that the owner was inside. A working fire was transmitted and Engine 4 was the first-due engine company and stretched a line as crews from Ladder 3 and 4 gained access to the building by cutting the locks off the roll ups. The man was found in the rear of the store and brought outside where EMS was waiting and he was transported to NUMC in serious condition. The cause of the fire was deemed suspicious and is being investigated. The operation was under the command of Chief of the Department James Baudille Sr. - Fire News photos by Kevin Imm

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EMS ACROSS THE ISLAND 7 Injured in Hempstead MVA

N. Babylon MVA: Two MCs vs. One Car

At least seven people were injured just after 2100 on September 20, 2013, in a violent collision between two SUVs on Front Street in Hempstead. The impact sent the smaller SUV careening into a nearby tree trapping two of the occupants. Hempstead firefighters used hydraulic tools to free the injured. West Hempstead and South Hempstead provided mutual aid ambulances. - Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

On September 19, 2013, the North Babylon Fire Company was called to Route 231 and August Road for an accident with an overturned vehicle and two motorcycles. One of the motorcycles reportedly hit a Ford Escape in the rear and caused it to roll over onto its roof. The collision also did serious damage to both motorcycles injuring two people, one seriously. Deer Park Fire Department Ambulance 1-4-3 was returning from an alarm and stopped and treated the injured motorcyclist. North Babylon Ambulance 1-8-17 transported the driver of the Ford. The crews from Engine 1-8-8 and Heavy Rescue 1-8-15 handled a fuel spill from the vehicles. Second Assistant Chief Caroleo was in charge of the units on scene. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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Super Vac/Command Light’s Margerum Escorts Arizona LODD Gary Margerum, NE Regional Manager for Super Vac/Command Light, is pictured with Damon Polk, as they participated in remembering Wildland Firefighter Anthony Polk of Arizona, who died in the Line of Duty. Damon's family is Native American Indian. As Gary escorted him and his family to receive the American flag that flew over the White House, Damon Polk began a Native song, which he sang down the walkway as they received the flag. Many who could hear him were touched with emotion. Afterwards he received many condolences for the loss of Anthony.

Terry Farrell Fund Receives Large Grant The Terry Farrell Fund is proud to announce a $767,000 grant to assist volunteer firefighters in Nassau and Suffolk Counties dealing with the long-term effects of Hurricane Sandy. The grant application was prepared by Williston Park based JSK Inc., "the Fire Grant -Guys". The total award will be administered by the NYS Office of Mental Health and over the next two years hopes to conduct responder mental health training sessions, and a initiate a peer counselor program located in participating agencies. These services will be open to all firefighters for individual, group and family counseling and will be completely confidential. Many volunteer firefighters suffered the loss of homes, vehicles, belongings, and boats. Many are suffering through the loss of prized fire equipment including apparatus and facilities. The inability to combat working fires, to respond to fire calls, or respond to calls for help from adjacent fire departments has taken its toll physiologically on some. In order to be a more resilient community, we need to ensure our first responders are dealing with the wounds they are still feeling. This is the third successful award for the terry Farrell Fund prepared by JSK Inc. The Fund is named after FDNY Firefighter, and Chief of the Dix Hills FD Terry Farrell who lost his life on 9-11-01 with the FDNY.

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MVA Requires Medevac on Loop Pkwy.

The Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department, Nassau County Police and New York State Police responded to the Loop Parkway for an auto accident. The driver lost control of his vehicle and overturned. When the fire department arrived the driver was injured and in the back seat. The Nassau County PD helicopter landed on the parkway and flew the driver to N.U.M.C. in serious condition. -Fire News photos by

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Extrication In Manhasset-Lakeville On September 30, 2013, Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Companies 1, 2 and the ambulance unit responded to Park Avenue and Munsey Place for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Deputy Chief Candan was advised that a member on the scene was stating that there were two aided and extrication would be required to gain access to one of them. Upon hearing this information Deputy Chief special called Squad 8759 for its extrication equipment. The crews of Engine 8725 and 8711 secured the vehicles involved in the accident while the crew of Ambulance 8769 packaged the first aided. Squad 8759 extricated the second aided. Both were transported to North Shore University Hospital. -Fire News photo by Kirk Candan

Cut Off in Deer Park On October 1, 2013, the Deer Park Fire Department responded to a fuel spill, only to find that a car carrier was cut off on Deer Park and Lake Avenue. The accident closed down the south bound lane for several hours. The car carrier, which was carrying two cars, crashed into the back of the car that cut him off. The car carrier then crashed into a light pole, snapping a telephone pole and a tree, ripping open a hole in his fuel tank. No injuries were reported from the accident. -Fire News photo by D. Thomas

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Motorcyclist Injured in Selden Recently, the Selden Fire Department was activated for a motor vehicle accident on Middle Country Road and Boyle Road. Units arrived to find a motorcycle involved in the accident. The driver of the motorcycle had serious injuries and was transported to Stony Brook University Medical Center. The Suffolk County Police Crime Scene Unit was requested to the scene. -Fire News photo by David Rubin

MVA Investigation in Smithtown The Suffolk County Police and the Smithtown Fire Department responded to a two-car motor vehicle accident on Veterans Memorial Highway east of Old Willets Path in Hauppauge at 2035 on August 10, 2013. Three people were injured, including one seriously, when the driver apparently lost control and overturned her vehicle. Both east and westbound traffic was closed in the area of the Suffolk County 4th Precinct and county legislative offices, while police conducted an investigation into the cause of the collision. -Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

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Vehicle Fire in Southampton The Southampton Fire Department was called out on September 21, 2013, for a vehicle fire at Road G on Meadow Lane. As 1st Assistant Chief Mike Kampf was responding he had dispatch re tone it as a working fire due to a large column of black smoke that was seen from a mile away. Two brush trucks responded and extinguished the fire. The fire is under investigation by the village Fire Marshals Office. -Fire News photo by Captain Mike Finocchairo -Fire News story by 2nd Asst. Chief Chris Brenner

Car Fire on the Northern State The Westbury Fire Department responded to a car fire on the westbound Northern State Parkway just west of the Wantagh State Parkway on October 1, 2013, at 1410. Thanks to firefighters extinguishing the fire quickly, the roadway resumed normal traffic flow. -Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

Fully Involved in Plainview On August 24, 2013, the Plainview Fire Department responded to a fully involved car fire on Bethpage Sweet Hollow Road. Crews quickly extinguished the burning Mercedes; no injuries were reported. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Car Bursts into Flames A sports utility vehicle burst into flames on Oak Street near Commercial Avenue in East Garden City around 1300 on October 11, 2013. The Uniondale Fire Department was dispatched to extinguish the blaze. The incident was safely handled by the responders. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

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West Islip MVA: Two on the Roof, One DUI Just after midnight September 14, 2013, the West Islip Fire Department responded to the eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway east of Udall Road for a reported MVA with two overturned vehicles. Units arrived to find a Toyota Scion and Honda CRV on their roofs. The Scion reportedly struck the CRV from behind causing it to roll ove. The Scion then lost control and hit the guardrail causing it to roll over. Heavy Rescue 3-17-3, Ambulance 3-17-8 and Fire Police 3-17-10 operated on the express portion of the highway while Engines 3-171, 3-17-7 and an additional ambulance staged on the service road. The driver of the Scion was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital with minor injuries and later charged with DWI, the occupants of the CRV were not injured. Chief of Department Gemellaro was in charge of the scene. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

MVA in Lynbrook The Lynbrook Fire Department was called to the scene of an overturned vehicle on Sunrise Highway on the morning of September 19, 2013. The two-car accident occurred near Randall Avenue and tied up eastbound rush hour traffic for about 20 minutes. No serious injuries were reported. - Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

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Bus Stops Car in Levittown The Levittown Fire Department and the Wantagh Levittown Volunteer Ambulance Corp responded to an MVA on Newbridge Road where a car drove into the back of a bus. The driver was transported to NUMC with minor injuries. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Four Injured in Amityville MVA The Amityville Fire Department was alerted for an MVA with entrapment on Merrick Road near Richmond Avenue. A Chevy Tahoe and PT Cruiser collided doing heavy damage to both vehicles. The driver of the Tahoe was able to self extricate but the three people in the PT Cruiser were pinned, with the driver the most heavily pinned. The crews from Heavy Rescue 1-1-5, and Engines 1-1-2 and 1-1-3, put two sets of cutters, one spreader and one combitool into operation to perform a full extrication. All four of the injured were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital by Amityville Ambulances 1-1-11 and 1-1-12, Copiague Ambulance 1-3-1 and Massapequa Ambulance 638. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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Family Corner

Sound Beach ex-Chief Tom Strauch, right, gets together with his son-in-law Commissioner Jim Hart, right, at a recent Sound Beach fire. -Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam

Hagerman ex-Chief Carl Fargione and his grandson, Junior Captain Michael Forstman observe operations at the Hagerman Fire Department TERC Tournament. -Fire News photo provided by a proud grandfather

It’s a Family Affair The Kilbridges of East Farmingale Fire Company Station 2 at Otis Street working a general alarm. Firefighters Mark Kilbriadge, Matt Kilbridge, Mike Kilbridge, Jr., and ex-Chief Mike Kilbridge, Sr., are pictured. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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Crash Near Dix Hills Headquarters The Dix Hills Fire Department responds to a twovehicle crash on East Deer Park Road near DeForest Road North, just north of their headquarters. The crash involved a van and an SUV, and there were no injuries reported. An ambulance, heavy rescue truck and paramedic responder were on scene, under the command of Third Assistant Chief Alan Berkowitz. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

Fatal MVA in N.Babylon On October 3, 2013, the North Babylon Fire Company responded to a three-car accident on the westbound service road of Sunrise Highway near Statesman Street. A landscaping truck and Hyundai sedan collided sending the vehicles to opposite sides of the road. The Hyundai went into the right off the road, the truck hit a fence and the rear of the truck was partially in the left lane. The driver of a Volkswagen also traveling west did not see the rear of the truck and drove into it, ripping the top of the car open. Engines 1-8-1, 1-82, Rescue 1-8-15 and Ambulance 1-8-14 responded and were under command of Third Assistant Chief Harrington. The driver of the Volkswagen was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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Truck Flips in Roslyn Roslyn firefighters responded to an overturned truck on the westbound Long Island Expressway by Glen Cove Road. The driver was transported to a local hospital by responders. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Out of Control in West Hempstead The driver of a small SUV was able to escape injury after he lost control of his vehicle on Elm Street in West Hempstead on October 5, 2013. West Hempstead firefighters and EMS personnel responded to the scene but were not needed. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

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Home Hit By Car in Uniondale The Uniondale Fire Department responded to a twocar accident on Uniondale Avenue near George Avenue on the afternoon of October 1, 2013. The impact sent one of the vehicles through a fence and into a nearby home. No serious structural damage was done to the home. The Nassau County Police responded to the scene to conduct an investigation. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

Hempstead MVA The Hempstead Fire Department was on the scene September 19, 2013, after a small sedan overturned on Front Street near Main Street. The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital. - Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

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Head On Collision in North Babylon On October 8, 2013, the North Babylon Fire Company was called to Denise Drive and Phelps Lane for an auto accident with possible entrapment. Arriving units found a Chevy Impala had collided head on with a parked Dodge Dart, trapping the Impala’s driver. Engine 1-8-1 put its combitool into operation and was assisted by the crew from Ladder 1-8-6, who used spreaders and cutters to remove the driver’s door and extricate the injured driver. The driver was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Crews on scene with Rescue 1-8-15 also handled a large fluid spill from the vehicles. Chief of Department Jordan was in charge of the scene. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Self Extrication in Plainview On October 9, 2013, at 0035, the Plainview Fire Department responded to an MVA with overturn and entrapment on Manetto Hill Road and Rita Place. The driver was self extricated upon their arrival and transported to a local hospital. Crews secured the vehicle and applied absorbent to a fluid spill in the roadway. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Dual Response in Nassau County

The Hicksville and Plainview Fire Departments responded to a auto accident on South Oyster Bay Road. Two people were injured and transported to local hospitals. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Chain Reaction Damages Store in W. Hempstead

Responders for West Hempstead were on the scene when a driver lost control of his vehicle on Woodfield on October 10, 2013. The mishap started a chain of events that left three cars and a storefront damaged. One car struck a parked car forcing both vehicles onto the sidewalk and through the plate glass windows of a neighborhood deli. A second parked car was also struck. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

Wantagh Handles Overturn

The Wantagh Fire Department responded to a multi-vehicle accident with an overturn and school bus involved on the eastbound Southern State Parkway by the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway. The parkway was shut down as crews operated at the scene and several people were transported to local hospitals. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Nassau County Badge of Courage Dinner On October 8, 2013, the Francis X. Pendl Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center on Museum Row hosted its Annual Badge of Courage Dinner and Seminar. -Fire News photos by Joe Virgilio

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Supporting Wounded Warriors

Nassau County Fire Commission Chairman Walter Weltner of the Valley Stream Fire Department, left, and Fourth Battalion Chairman Jack O’Brien of the Malverne Fire Department, right, greet Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior chairman Joseph O’Grady of the Floral Park Fire Department, at the Lynbrook Fire Department’s Concert for the Troops on September 21, 2013, at Lynbrook’s Truck Company’s firehouse. The fundraiser benefited NCFF-OWW. -Fire News photo by Steve Grogan

NYSAFC Announces COLT Programs The demands on today’s fire officers of all ranks are constantly increasing. Traditional training is not enough for today’s fire service leader. The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) recognizes that leadership development is necessary now if we are to protect the future of the fire service. It is also crucial for chief officers to support those individuals performing the day-to-day operations of the fire department, as sharpening the leadership skills of your line officers will enhance the overall strength of your team. To meet the need for this critical training, NYSAFC offers the Company Officers Leadership Training (COLT) program in locations throughout New York State. For the COLT program NYSAFC has brought together a slate of instructors — nationally renowned experts in company officer leadership both on and off the fireground — for an energizing learning experience. NYSAFC is pleased to announce the dates and locations for upcoming COLT programs in Westchester County (December 6-7, 2013, Rye Brook, NY), the Capital District (February 7-8, 2014, Albany, NY), and Monroe County (April 4-5, 2014, Rochester, NY). The COLT program at each site begins on Friday with a morning lecture “Managing Firegrounds Successfully” with Chief Lawrence Schultz, District of Columbia Fire & Emergency Medical Services, followed by an afternoon lecture “So You Want to Be a Company Officer?” with Retired Lieutenant Robert Pressler, FDNY. Each COLT program concludes with a Saturday morning lecture “Leading from the Front” with Chief Lawrence Schultz. Registration for COLT is $150 per person (for NYSAFC Individual and Department Members) and $175 per person for non-members. Both pre-registration and on-site registration will be available at all sites. For full details on the COLT program and to download a pre-registration form, visit

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Tunnel to Towers Run

Some of the Long Island fire departments represented at the finish line of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run on September 29, 2013. -Fire News photos by Lou Minutoli and Zachary B. Grunther





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Centerport FD Assists Asharoken Police

Augustus Mantia, MD Receives Recognition

The Centerport Fire Department assisted the Asharoken Police Department by providing an EMT to accompany the police boat on patrol during the Fourth of July Fireworks Show and beach bonfires in Asharoken Village. Lieutenant Kyle McLaughlin, right, is pictured with Asharoken Police Officer Sid Lynn, left, prior to boarding Marine One. Northport, Centerport, Huntington and Halesite also had ambulances and boats staged along with Northport and Suffolk Police, U.S. Coast Guard and Huntington Harbormaster. Due to the increased boat traffic and safety concerns, the Town of Huntington imposed a five mph speed limit in the waters surrounding Asharoken. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

On July 9, 2013 Augustus Mantia, MD, was recognized as having completed the Advanced Trauma Life Support Course for Doctors according to the standards established by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Dr. Mantia oversees all medical response and protocols for the Emergency Medical Response Teams and defibrillator programs for the Hauppauge Fire Department. In addition, he responds to fire department calls to assist when his medical expertise is needed. His medical expertise was much needed and he responded to the calls of both the local fire departments and the Suffolk County Police Department. On July 23, 2008, Dr. Mantia was appointed as a Deputy Fire Coordinator-Medical Doctor for the County of Suffolk and on July 9, 2008, he was selected for appointment to the position of Critical Incident Police Surgeon for the Suffolk County Police Department. His appointment followed successful completion of critical training in FEMA Incident Management, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Police Field Operations and Protocols and certification as a Field Physician by the Suffolk County Department of Health Division EMS. -Fire News photo by RoseAnn Mariani


Charlie Puleo Honored

Riders of Fire Motorcycle Club, President Vincent Ammirati, along with Vice President Chris Mckay, were honored to present Charlie Puleo with a plaque recognizing his many years as a devoted charter member of the club. Charlie is also an ex-Chief and past-Commissioner and is still active member with the Nesconset Fire Department Fire Police. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Mangano Congratulates Hicksville FD

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano congratulated the Hicksville Fire Department on their victory at the Nassau County Firefighters Parade and Drill. County Executive Mangano also thanked the Bellmore Fire Department for hosting this year’s festivities. Firefighters from an estimated 50 fire departments competed in the Championship Parade and Drill.

Syosset Honors Louis Fasano

The Syosset Fire Department honored Firefighter Louis Fasano as an Honorary Chief of the Syosset Fire Department for his years of service to the department and community. (Left to right) Chief Peter Silver, 1st Assistant Mark Mianulli, Hon. Chief Louis Fasano, 3rd Assistant Joseph Fasano and 2nd Assistant Douglas Share. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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EMS Today Returns to Washington, D.C. February 5-8, 2014

The EMS Today Conference and Exposition, now on its 33rd year, brings together EMS professionals through highquality continuing education, networking events, and an exhibit hall boasting the latest life-saving technology. Attendees will fully grasp, within moments of walking through the doors of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, why EMS Today is delivering the entire experience for EMS personnel worldwide. Stellar educational offerings throughout the four-day event The Advanced Airway: Cadaver Lab is one of 20 workshops being offered at EMS Today. This comprehensive 4-hour hands-on workshop will challenge attendees’ knowledge of basic anatomy and will review advanced airway management skills. This is a great opportunity for EMS professionals to practice these skills via a hands-on cadaver lab. The Resuscitation Academy, presented by the faculty of the internationally-recognized Resuscitation Academy from Seattle, Washington and Howard County, Maryland, is a 4-hour preconference workshop held on February 5, 2014. It will be fast paced, informative, and hands-on. Attendees will take home the latest information and techniques on resuscitation science, such as the “pit crew” approach, to help your EMS system increase ROSC and cardiac arrest survival rates. Another preconference workshop on February

5 will tackle the hot EMS topic of Community Paramedicine Programs: Development and Implementation. In this 8-hour class, participants will hear from national and international experts about programs in place, their performance, where reimbursement may be headed, and how to construct a business case to use with stakeholders and potential funders. The conference program is comprised of six tracks: BLS/ALS Clinical, ALS Clinical, Management & Operations, Tomorrow’s Healthcare System, Education and Special Focus. Examples of presentations attendees will hear about are: “Changing the Active Shooter Response Paradigm”, “Big Challenges in EMS: Bariatric Medicine”, “The Top Ten Documentation Mistakes EMS Providers Make... and Supervisors Overlook”, “New Roles for EMS in Healthcare Reform”, “National Ambulance Standards: What’s Ahead”, and panel discussions on Airway Management and Spinal Immobilization. Alexander Garza, MD, MPH, former Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will present the opening keynote. Dr. Garza will address how we can improve the quality of care within EMS and its role in the larger healthcare system. Steve Berry, BA, NREMT-P will bring his unique and humorous perspective to surviving the BS (Bureaucratic Suffering) with “Crossing the Toll Bridge To Future Healthcare. Do You Have the Right Change?”

in the closing keynote. Special events Special events are another area that EMS Today separates itself from other EMS conferences. The JEMS Games is a fun, challenging and educational experience for emergency medical personnel that puts them in the middle of the action. Teams of three have their skills put to the test in a fast-paced, live competition. This year, the first 10 teams to sign up will receive free Gold Passports to the conference. For rules, regulations and registration form, visit New this year, EMS Today is incorporating a “Disaster City” area and scenario to its exhibit hall. Disaster City will include: A bus accident scenario scene; Transportation and support vehicle area Treatment and rehab area; Disaster response training, simulation and moulage; Command vehicle/trailer area; Incident command vests, gear, flags, cones and lights; Communications and command; Scene lighting and power generators and other disaster response equipment Two demonstrations will take place at Disaster City during exhibit hours on Friday, February 7, 2014. To view EMS Today's Event Guide, which includes detailed information on all of its sessions, workshops, speaker bio’s and events, go to registration is open and attendees are encouraged to register by December 16, 2013 to take advantage of its early bird discount.

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Levittown Holds 9-11 Ceremony

The Levittown Fire Department held their annual 9-11 service honoring all who died 12 years ago, as well as Ronald T. Kerwin, Chief of the Levittown Fire Department, and Lieutenant of FDNY Squad 288. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Coram 9/11 Memorial

-Fire News photo by Jim Dunn

Hicksville Remembers 9/11 Heroes

-Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Long Island Day at Fireman’s Home

September 15, 2013, was Long Island Day at the Fireman’s Home in Hudson, New York. A parade opened the day that included the Junior Departments that were there and looking quite sharp in their uniforms. The Riders of Fire also participated in the day. - Fire News photos by JoAnn Stephani, Ron Monteleone and Jerry Presta

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Dix Hills FD Honors Fred Reithel for 50 Years Service

The Dix Hills Fire Department recently honored ex-Chief and ex-Commissioner Fred Reithel for his 50 years of outstanding and dedicated service. At the August department meeting, Reithel was recognized with proclamations from Governor Andrew Cuomo, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Assemblyman Andrew Raia, Suffolk County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Suffolk County Fire Chief's Council, NYS Association of Fire Chiefs and FASNY. Reithel served in the United States Navy where he built PT boats, then worked for Sperry where he produced the navigation sys-

tem for submarines. In 1955 he bought land on Caledonia Road, and built his own house. Fred’s unique mechanical abilities quickly became an asset around the firehouse. “We had nothing in those days, but made do,” Reithel remarked. Fred quickly advanced through the officers ranks, becoming Chief of the Department from 1974 to 1975. At 92-years of age, Fred is still an active member of the Fire Police. The department and Dix Hills community has grown and developed much in the last 50 years, and Fred has seen it change from a predominantly rural farm community to a mostly

residential area with several heavily traveled major highways running through the district. Although times have changed, the department has progressed due to the dedication of its members like Fred Reithel. (From left) Suffolk Chief’s Council First Vice President Joey D’Alessandro, Suffolk Volunteer Firemen’s Assn. President and FASNY Trustee Jerry Owenburg, Fred Reithel, Dix Hills FD Chief of Department Tom Magno, Second Assistant Chief Tom Napolitano, and Third Assistant Chief Alan Berkowitz. -Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

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Riverhead Fire Prevention Week

The Riverhead Fire Department visited Aquebogue Elementary School on October 7, 2013, with their smoke house. The children of Mrs. Stromski’s firstgrade class learned about fire safety, what to do in case of fire, how to act in a smoke condition and how to climb out windows.

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Firefighters Support Congressman

On September 21, 2013, a fundraiser was held to support Congressman Peter King at Mulcahey’s Pub in Wantagh. Amongst the crowd were firefighters from Nassau County, Suffolk County and NYC. Good luck to Peter King as he continues to support firefighters. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

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Southwest Airlines Honors Hauppauge Firefighters

On December 27, 2012, at 0915, the Hauppauge Fire Department responded to a mutual aid request from the Long Island MacArthur Airport Crash Fire Rescue Department. A departing Southwest Airlines flight had inadvertently driven off a taxiway, becoming stuck in the mud. The nose and left landing gear were mired and the plane was slowly sinking. While there appeared to be no initial damage, the engines were coming dangerously close to making contact with the ground which could have resulted in substantial damage to the aircraft. MacArthur Crash Fire Rescue personnel responded, making sure there was no fire and they quickly proceeded to evacuate passengers and crew. They made the decision that they did not have the resources to pull the plane from the mud so the call was put out for Hauppauge’s Technical Rescue Team. The Islip Town Haz Mat Team was also called and the offloading of jet fuel began as well as the removal of luggage. Attempts were made to make the aircraft as light as

possible to slow the sinking. Thirteen members of the Hauppauge Fire Department responded, led by Chief Raymond Germaine. Heavy Rescue 3-8-9 and Technical Rescue 3-8-23 were dispatched to the scene. It was decided to build a wooden “road” for the nose gear and the left landing gear. This meant first digging a path through the mud from the wheels to the tarmac and then using lumber from 3-8-23 to build the road. After consultation with a Southwest Airlines representative who had been flown in from Dallas, it was determined to bring in a rigging company with shackles and slings strong enough to pull the plane along the fabricated roadway. At around 2100 the aircraft was successfully removed without damage. Removal of the aircraft took over 12 hours. On July 1, 2013, two representatives of Southwest Airlines, Selia Holder and Lisa Lee, flew in from Dallas to present awards to the Hauppauge Fire Department and to the

individual members involved in the operation. Honored were ex-Chief Germaine, Chief Oliver, ex-Chief Kriklava, Captain Sidote, Captain Mendola, ex-Captain Feron (Tech Rescue Team Leader), ex-Capt. Gottlieb, Firefighters Feinberg, Giuliano, Proffe, DeLuca and Cunningham. The plaque presented to the Department read:: “Award of Honor presented to Hauppauge Fire Department and the brave gentlemen who helped Southwest Airlines on the Long Island Recovery project.” Southwest also donated round-trip tickets for two to Dallas, hotel accommodations and time on a Southwest 737 flight simulator to be used as a raffle prize to raise funds for the Hauppauge Fire Department’s 9/11 Memorial. In addition, the employees of Southwest made a cash donation to purchase a brick for the walkway to the 9/11 Memorial. Chief of Department Kenneth Furuno thanked the Southwest representatives for their kindness and generosity. -Fire News photo by Craig Jackson

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Everyone is a Winner!

On August 28, 2013, the Suffolk County Firefighters Emerald the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center. The score Society played the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office in a game of soft- was 17-11 in favor of the Emerald Society. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam ball at Ducks Stadium. In the end, there were no losers. The games benefited charities. The Emerald Society played to raise funds for

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Richard Van de Kieft Memorial Scholarship Award Congratulations to Ariana Monaco of Center Moriches and Megan Sunderman of Mastic on receiving the Brookhaven Town Fire Chiefs Council’s Richard Van de Kieft Memorial Scholarship award. In the photo, BTFCC President John Cronan stands with Ariana and Megan at the council's meeting on September 20, 2013. -Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam

Emerald Society Gives Out Scholarships The Nassau County Firefighters Emerald Society recently awarded two scholarships in memory of Joe Courtney a former Levittown Fire Commissioner and one of the founding members of the Emerald Society. (Left to right) President Al Hoey, recipient Lisa Destefano (Mineola F.D.) Levittown Fire Department Commissioner Tim Courtney, recipient Shannon Formas (Great Neck Alerts) and Vice President Mike Zalensky. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Floodlight Honors Lynbrook Mayor William Hendrick presents Citations to ex-Chief James Hillgardner, of Engine Company, center, and Ex-Chief John Matzen, of Vulcan Company, who both -- after serving as Chief of the Lynbrook Fire Department -- served again as captains of the Floodlight Unit. The Floodlight Unit is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. - Fire News photo by Steve Grogan

Senator LaValle Congratulates SUNY Maritime Scholars New York State Senator Ken LaValle, center, recently congratulated SUNY Maritime scholarship recipients, Thomas Fox (left) and Joe Whelan. Tom is a volunteer firefighter in Shoreham-Wading River. Joe is member of the Wading River Fire Department Explorers.

E. Northport FD Delivers Baby Girl The East Northport Fire Department recently recognized the crew members for their actions in assisting with the birth of a baby girl, while in transit to Huntington Hospital on May 13, 2013. EMT Brian Hinton, EMT Mathew Simpson, and EMT Nicole Olofson all received the Department’s EMT Medal, and Firefighter Vincent Pastore and Rescue Squad Member Rose Marie Sholes received the Department’s EMS Medal for their efforts. (Pictured from left) First Assistant Chief Wayne Kaifler, Jr., Rose Marie Sholes, Mathew Simpson, Brian Hinton, Vincent Pastore, Nicole Olofson and Chief of Department Joseph Ervin. Not pictured was Second Assistant Chief Daniel Heffernan. -Fire News photo by East Northport Fire Department

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Boat Christened in Port Washington

It was a historic day when Bob Kropacek, Chairman of the Port Washington Fire Department addressed the crowd. In recent years the Port Washington Fire Department has seen increased calls for assistance on local waterways surrounding the Port Washington peninsula. The calls for assistance have consisted of boat and dock fires, and EMS calls. After approximately 2 ½ years of planning, the Port Washington Fire Department was commissioning the departments fire/rescue boat to adequately handle all types of water emergencies. 85 Marine 1 is a 27' Boston Whaler, with twin 300 HP Yamaha

Outboards, capable of speeds over 40 miles per hour. She has a 1250 GPM Darley pump, powered by a 130 HP Mercruiser and a 7kw Kohler generator. The boat features a remotely controlled bow monitor as well as a standpipe system with 3 2 1/2 inch discharges with foam capabilities. The cabin is heated and air conditioned for patient care. Additionally the boat is equipped with radar, side scanning sonar, and FLIR night vision. Also, there is a water level dive door with electric winch. -Fire News photos by Craig Haas

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East Northport FD EMT Saves Another EMT’s Life

Deer Park’s Heissenbuttel Receives Award

The East Northport Fire Department recently recognized EMT Jon Desjardins with the Department’s EMT Medal and the Chiefs Medal, for his lifesaving actions on the Long Island Rail Road in October of 2012. While commuting to work, Desjardins assisted in the resuscitation of a cardiac arrest patient on the train which contributed to the full recovery of the 53-year-old man. The patient, Tom D’Antonio, was later found out to be a fellow EMT and member of the Huntington Community First Aid Squad. EMT Desjardins will be recognized later in the year with the Suffolk County REMSCO Basic Life Support Provider of the Year award, as well as the New York State Basic Life Support Provider of the Year award for his actions. (From left) First Assistant Chief Wayne Kaifler, Jr., EMT Jon Desjardins, Tom D’Antonio, and Chief of Department Joseph Ervin. Not pictured was Second Assistant Chief Daniel Heffernan. -Fire News photo by East Northport Fire Department

On October 2, 2013, Suffolk County Legislator Lou D’Amaro presented Deer Park Firefighter Kevin Heissenbuttel with a Proclamation from the 17th Legislative District as the 2013 Volunteer Firefighter/EMS Worker of the Year. -Fire News photo by D. Thomas

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Having Fun Raising Funds

On October 5, 2013, the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center held a fundraiser at Martha Clara Vineyards. The photos speak for themselves. Plan on attending this event next year! -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

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Roy Fries Honored for 55 Years

FASNY and the Suffolk County Volunteer Firemen’s Association congratulated Ex-Chief Roy Fries of the North Lindenhurst Fire Department for his 55 years of dedication to the Volunteer Fire Service. Roy was presented with a FASNY 50-year certificate by FASNY 1st Vice President Robert McConville and FASNY Director Eugene Perry during their recent department meeting. Ex-Chief Fries also received a 50-year Proclamation from Suffolk County Volunteer Firemen’s Association President Jerry Owenburg and 1st Vice President Peter Cincotta. Roy continues to serve the residents of North Lindenhurst as an active member of the department and we wish him good luck in all his future eneavors. -Fire News photos by Jim Dunn

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Setauket Mourns Arthur W. Bryant Arthur W. Bryant was a ninth-generation resident who lived on a family farm on Gnarled Hollow Road in Setauket; now know as Benner’s Farm. Arthur served in the Army Air Corp during WWII. When he returned home, he married his sweetheart Martha Curtis. In 1955, Arthur decided to fulfill his lifelong dream and established Bryant Funeral Home of Setauket. With his encouragement, his three sons went on to become funeral directors. Significantly, Mr. Bryant died on the 39th anniversary of the opening of Bryant Funeral Home, bringing his dream full circle. Mr. Bryant was a dedicated member to the Three Village community. He was a past commander of American Legion Harbor Post #417 and worked hard placing flags on graves over the Memorial Day weekend for hundreds of veterans. Mr. Bryant was also a member of the Setauket Fire Department, where he was recently honored for his 75 years of dedicated service to the department. Mr. Bryant was an active member of the community he loved. His good will, humor, and friendship will be missed by many. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

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Chief Ray Downey Heroes Football Classic On September 28, 2013, the 12th Annual Chief Ray Downey Heroes Classic football game took place at the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at the University of Stony Brook. There was also a pre-game antique fire truck display in front of LaValle Stadium. This game honored Deputy Chief Raymond Downey and all others who were killed on September 11, 2001. -Fire News photos by Robert O'Rourk

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It’s Out Of Service By Daniel Peluso I often receive phone calls from concerned members asking why a vehicle has been removed from service or can a vehicle stay in service with restrictions? Outside of what we are led to believe there is in fact a industry standard that outlines these questions. Chapter 6 of NFPA 1911 Standards for the inspection, maintenance testing and retirement of in-service Automotive Fire Apparatus has the complete “out of service” criteria for all of us to review. So without becoming complicated I hope to answer everything that we are not fully aware of in this quick over view. It shall always be the Authority Having Jurisdiction to take any pieces of apparatus or defective portion of apparatus out of service where a deficiency has been encountered. A qualified technician shall conduct an evaluation of the apparatus to determine if the apparatus or component should be taken out of service. The technician shall report the findings to the AHJ (Authority having Jurisdiction) in writing, with one of the following recommendations. · The apparatus shall be removed from service. · The apparatus shall be retained in service with specified limitations. · The apparatus shall remain in service without any limitations So when we place components on apparatus out of service how do we identify the limitations? First is that a distinctive color sign located on the inside of the driver’s door identifying witch component is out of service and then a highly visible device provided at the components control’s, indicating that the device is out of service. The fire department shall consider safety as the primary concern in all its apparatus. Taking a piece of equipment out of service is always the easy part, identifying, documenting and understanding the corrective measure to place the vehicle back in service should really be the question. Stay safe!

Daniel Peluso is a 27 year veteran in the volunteer fire service. He is the vice president of the Long Island Emergency Vehicle Technicians organization. Dan has worked in the automotive field for 30 years and is ASE certified. He has worked on fire apparatus for the last 10 years and has written multiple articles for many trade magazines throughout the fire service and the automotive industry.

The Heather Pendergast Fund On September 19 2008, the members of Engine Company 1 and Ladder Company 2 of the Massapequa Fire Department organized a fund raiser for Heather Pendergast who was terminally ill with breast cancer. Sadly, on October 30, 2013, Heather lost her courageous battle with breast cancer; she was 31 years old. Heather’s positive attitude, and bright and sunny personality was an inspiration to many around the firehouse. Heather grew up with the volunteer fire service and loved being at the firehouse. Heather’s father had many years in the fire service and had been Chief of the Massapequa Fire Department. At the fundraiser, called Heathers Hope Benefit, Chief Tom Fitzsimmons swore Heather in as a member of Ladder Company Two. Her smile brought cheers and tears to many in the crowd of several hundred in attendance. Several months after Heather’s passing, the members who organized the fundraiser and Heather’s parents came together with the idea of organizing a fund in her memory, to help the children of volunteer firefighters and EMS, who are in a similar situation; a “pay it for-

ward” mission. A remarkable team worked together and in October of 2009, The Heather Pendergast Fund was officially formed. It is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity with a mission to assist the children of volunteer firefighters and EMS who face life threatening illness or injury

in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The fund does not specify age, which gives it a broader spectrum of who it can help. The fund does require a letter from the chief of their department verifying that the mother or father is a member, as well as verification that assistance is needed. The fund’s primary focus is to

pay medical bills that are not covered by insurance. Since the fund was organized, assistance has been provided to the children of eight firefighters from Nassau and two from Suffolk counties. Two of the eight firefighters from Nassau continue to receive help from the fund because of continuing medical issues. Heather’s Fund raises money through several fundraising events each year, as well as from donations. The fund holds a yearly golf outing, usually in July, with the last two held at the pristine Woodside Acres Country Club in Muttontown. A fundraiser with the New York Islanders has been held the past three years with the next NY Islander fund raiser scheduled for March 1, 2014. For two years there has been a very successful joint venture with another charity running a charity haunted attraction called “Darkness Rising.” This event is run during the month of October. And in the past three years the fund has done a tailgate fund raising event at Jones Beach prior to the Jimmy Buffett concert. More information about the Heather Pendergast Fund can be found at

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Some of the members of the Southampton Fire Department who participated in the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Run. -Fire News photo by Sam Price

Members of Hempstead Ladder 2 at Cornwall Lane structure fire. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Hagerman Juniors at Rescue Challenge. (Left to right) Kane Macaleese, Sean Mahoney, Brendan Dunham, Michael Forstman, kneeling: Sarah Stephani. -Fire News photo by JoAnn Stephani

Terryville’s Station 2 after truck maintenance in September. -Fire News photo by Joe LaPietra

Glenwood Fire Company ambulance stands by at Tappen Beach during the Hempstead Harbor Snapper Derby. -Fire News photo by Carol Griffin

Members of the Plainview Fire Department Rescue Squad. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Wantagh FD Engine 2 Motley Crew. -Fire News photo by Harry Loud

The 911 memorial escort motorcycle riders from Nassau County Fire Riders, New York City Fire Riders, Patriot Guard Riders and members of the Hewlett Bay Fire Department. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

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