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Serving Fire, Rescue & EMS Heroes Since 1973 FEBRUARY 2014

On December 17, 2013, the Bellmore Fire Department was activated for this fully involved overturned gasoline tanker. Turn to page 6 for the complete story. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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In this issue... Melville Responds to Fatal House Fire The Melville Fire Department was activated for a fully involved house fire on New York Avenue.

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Crane Collapses in Mineola A crane collapsed at a building under construction at Winthrop Hospital in Mineola. See story page 36

Family Out, Dog Saved in N. Bellmore Blaze North Bellmore firefighters battled a house fire that started with a car fire in an attached garage. See story page 54

Nassau County Fire Academy Educates A Christmas tree fire was conducted at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center. See story page 70

Annual Suffolk REMSCO Awards Ceremony Congratulations to the 2012 REMSCO award winners. See story page 102

Ed Welsh Mourned in North Patchogue North Patchogue firefighter Ed Welsh answered his last alarm and is remembered by his department.

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146 South Country Road, Bellport, NY 11713 FRANK C. TROTTA, Publisher TIM EDWARDS, Executive Editor DENNIS WHITTAM, Editor GARY P. JOYCE, Asst. Editor MARIE TROTTA, Vice President, Production/Sales LYNN SEDLER, Art Director CLIFF CHIESA, Production Manager Advertising Sales: BARBARA CONNOLLY, EVELYN ALOISIO Graphic Artist: GREG JONES, JEB LADOUCEUR, Publisher Emeritus CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Tim Asbell, Bill Bennett, Chris Brenner, Kirk Candan, George Caracost, Wayne Carrington, Mike Cimino, Charles Cole, Joe Comprato, Ed Coppa, Mike DesCalso, Jim Dunn, Larry Fox, Lou Gelabart, Martin Goffe, Myron Goldstein, Richard Gomez, Bryan Gosik, Carol Griffin, Brian Grogan, Steve Grogan, Daniel Gunther, Michael Gunther, Jeff Havlik, Jack Healy, Branden Heller, Michael Heller, Robert Holley, Andrew House, Linda Imbriale, Kevin Imm, Joe LaPietra, Paul Llobell, Harry Loud, Andrew McShane, Brad Maier, Paul Mazza, Terry McCarrick, Mike McCarthy, Lou Minutoli, Ron Monteleone, Jim Mooney, Ilene Morris, Michael Murphy, Charles A. Murphy, Phil Orlando, Robert O'Rourk, Francis "Sid" Parkan, Kevin Parkan, Tom Pesce, Jackson Pokress, Myles Quinn, Christina Rahn, Leonard Rivera, Dave Rubin, Jerry Rudolph, Jim Rugen, Orlando Salcedo, Steve Schaefer, Alan Shields, Drew Silverman, Steve Silverman, Steve Smaldon, Tom Smyth Jr., Bob Sorenson, Joe Sperber, R i c h Sta r k , E d Tu ff y, J o e Tu r n e r, Wa l k e r Tu r n e r, Alex VanSantvoord, Joe Virgilio, Joe Volpi, Dennis Whittam, Michael Wiwczar, John Wladyka Jr. COLUMNISTS: Bruce Johnson, John Salka, Chief Billy Goldfeder, Bradley Pinsky, Roseann Mariani COPYRIGHT 2013, THE FIRE NEWS LLC., LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

The Two Sides of Social Media Whether or nor you like it, social media is here to stay. For those that may not know it, social media sites are where people interact with one another freely, share and discuss information about each other and their lives using a mix of personal words, pictures, videos and audio. There are lots of well-known sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube and many others. I use Facebook to share my photos, let my friends know about important events and to let them know what is coming up in the next edition of Fire News. The Fire News Facebook page is liked by over 45,000 fans. Our purpose is to remind our readers of events that are happening in the fire service. We share photos and brief stories that we will be covering at length in our next paper. We thank the people who are working hard to make their department look good. What can be bad with this? Social media is a wonderful tool, but it needs to be continuously monitored for inappropriate posts. Unfortunately, the risk of misinterpretation presents problems. Occasionally, someone will twist a post or misinterpret a photograph and offer negative comment that now provokes a firestorm of comments that occasionally gets out of hand. We must remember that what you write could be viewed as a slanderous comment if you make a comment or statement that is not true. The answer to preventing this from happening is simple. Send a private message to the per-

son who makes a statement you do not agree with and offer your feelings. Posting controversial or antagonistic statements creates problems for everyone. This is why departments and even your jobs are creating social media policies that could result in termination if your posts are deemed inappropriate. A new job interview question that comes up from time to time refers to your social media sites. Can you open your social media page and share it with the person who is interviewing you? Don't put yourself in a bad situation. Keep things positive and use social media for what it was intended to be used for. And remember, even if you delete a post, it is still floating in cyberspace and can come back to haunt you at a future date. As for Fire News, we enjoy utilizing this tool. It is an extension of our purpose which is to promote the fire rescue and emergency services in a positive light. Keep up the good work and offer positive comments that make all responders proud of the job they work so hard at to keep our communities safe. - Dennis

ANNOUNCEMENTS NORTH BABYLON FIRE COMPANY STATION 3 SEMINAR LT RAY MCCORMACK “THE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT ENGINE COMPANY” This class will cover how to locate, confine and extinguish fires in private dwellings, apartments and commercial occupancies. We will discuss size up, hose line stretches, positions on the attack line, nozzle and attack techniques, engine emergencies and how to overcome them, leadership and the impact of the current UL studies. You will leave with an understanding of how to positively enhance your extinguishment culture and the safety of civilians and fellow firefighters by being on top of your game. This class is intended for an audience from the newest probie to the most senior Chief. This seminar will include door prize giveaways, a Chinese auction, 50/50 and other raffles. Also included is a BBQ held after the seminar across the street at NBFC HQ (20 Hale Rd) with unlimited beer, soda, water, hamburgers and hotdogs.

THANK YOU! 45,000 for the likes! (Let’s make it 50,000!)

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

ANNUAL LEVITTOWN CRAFT FAIR Our 5th Annual Craft Fair will again be held at the old K-Mart lot, 3350 Hempstead Tpke, Levittown. We are proud and honored to have all you here every year with us. We have listened to recommendations and have decided to hold a two day craft fair. The dates for this year's craft fair are on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday May 4. We are currently working on the pricing for this years fair. The prices will offer you, the vendor to rent a space for both days or for just one day. Once a final decision is made and the legal matters are secured for the property, we will notify all of you with the pricing and the application. You can email us at LFDE7Craftfair@yahoo.com, or contact Frank (516) 644-7875 or Fred (516) 244-8834. Thanks again for being part of one of the best fairs on Long Island.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR FASNY’S HIGHER EDUCATION LEARNING PLAN TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM NOW EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 21ST FOR NYS COLLEGE STUDENTS In 2011, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) unveiled a historic educational initiative called the FASNY Higher Education Learning Plan (HELP). This statewide community college tuition reimbursement program is geared towards recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters throughout New York. Today, FASNY announced a deadline extension - to February 21st - for firefighters to apply for the new 2014 semester. "FASNY HELP has proven to be a tremendous success and a key tool for fire departments to boost their recruiting of the next generation of firefighters," said FASNY President James Burns. "HELP funding comes from our federal SAFER grant, which has driven recruitment initiatives throughout the state. We urge all interested students to sign up, as time is quickly running out to apply for this free program." Under FASNY HELP, an individual who hasn't already achieved a college degree, or has not taken 80 or more college credits, is eligible for up to 100% tuition reimbursement in exchange for maintaining good grades and fulfilling service requirements in one of New York's volunteer fire companies. There is no restriction on the type of academic course(s) that the FASNY HELP student-volunteer firefighter can pursue either on a full-time or part-time basis. Starting with the Fall 2013 semester, FASNY HELP has been expanded to cover online courses taken through Empire State College. FASNY HELP funds can be utilized for tuition costs incurred in the fall and spring semesters. Eligible student-volunteers must maintain acceptable levels of training and volunteer activity while attending school and fulfill a service requirement after they complete their course of study. They must attend the closest community college or one within a 50-mile radius of their

residence. Empire State College's inclusion in the program has expanded students' options. Due to a variety of factors, many volunteer fire departments are experiencing the need to recruit and retain more members. Tuition reimbursement can be an effective incentive for people to volunteer in their local community. The deadline to apply for tuition reimbursement for the new semester has been extended to February 21st. FASNY HELP is made possible by a $4.2 million dollar U.S. Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to FASNY. For more information on the FASNY HELP program, visit http://www.fasny.com/index.php/membership/benefits/fasny-help/.

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

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Fireball in Bellmore On December 17, 2013, the Bellmore Fire Department was activated for a motor vehicle accident with an overturned gas tanker on Sunrise Highway and Newbridge Road. Initial reports were that multiple cars and houses were on fire and the tanker was fully involved. Chief of Department O’Brien arrived and requested a full department response from the North Bellmore and Merrick. First arriving units encountered a huge fireball coming from the overturned tanker that was carrying 12,000 gallons of fuel. There was fuel flowing on fire down Brevoort Place, which destroyed two cars and damaged the exterior of four house, which were evacuated, as were a couple of blocks around the scene. Engine 603 had multiple lines in operation along with the master stream of Ladder 606 on Sunrise Highway as other units from Bellmore and other departments went to work extinguishing the fires. Multiple hydrants were picked up and several lines were put into operation, all with foam. It took about 90 minutes to bring the fire under control with the only injuries being to the tanker driver and the driver of a Hyundai that was hit by the truck; both suffered non-life threatening injuries. Mutual aid was provided to the scene and for standby by the North Bellmore, Merrick, North Merrick, Freeport, Baldwin, Oceanside, Hicksville, Wantagh, Seaford, Massapequa, Uniondale, Levittown, Rockville Centre and East Meadow fire departments for various apparatus along with Bellmore-Merrick Ambulance Corps, Nassau County Police Ambulance and Emergency Service Bureaus, The Red Cross, Nassau County and New York State OEM, DEC and Nassau County Haz-Mat. Sunrise Highway was closed for almost 12 hours as the accident was investigated and cleared. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza, Andrew McShane and Wayne Carrington


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Quick Stop at Lynbrook Fire

The Lynbrook Fire Department responded to a fire in a two-story home on Allen Street on December 26, 2103. Vulcan Company 2 was first on the scene and their quick attack knocked down the fire before it spread beyond a bedroom. Firefighters were at the scene for just over an hour. The fire was not considered suspicious and smoking may have been the cause. Lynbrook was under the command of Chief Edward Hynes. - Fire News photos by Steve Grogan and FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Farmingdale Battles Basement Blaze On December 28, 2013, the Farmingdale Fire Department responded to Vernon Street for a reported structure fire. With smoke showing on arrival, a working fire was transmitted as crews went to work to battle flames in the basement of the home. East Farmingdale, South Farmingdale, and Bethpage responded on the mutual aid assignment. -Fire News photos by Mike Oppedisano


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The Melville Fire Department was activated for a house fire on New York Avenue near Old East Neck Road on January 5, 2014. Firefighters arrived to find the home fully involved and began an aggressive attack. Captain Peter Doran and Lieutenant Billy Schmitt searched the second floor, as Assistant Chiefs Paul Mahler and Chris Nolan went to the first floor. They penetrated about 15 feet when the fire flashed over them. Chief Nolan tried to make it to the second floor but the fire broke through the wall on the stairway. The hose line crew was able to hold back the flames on the stairs and the men were able to get out. Melville firefighters were assisted by the Dix Hills, Huntington Manor, East Farmingdale and Plainview. Firefighters battled the blaze with 12 pieces of apparatus and had the fire controlled within an hour. One Melville firefighter received second degree burns to his neck. Units were under the command of Chief Mike McKeefrey, with operations handled by Assistant Chiefs Paul Mahler and Chris Nolan. Suffolk FRES Fire Coordinators were also dispatched to provide assistance. A couple and their two children escaped the blaze uninjured. Another resident, an elderly man, was found deceased in the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Suffolk Police Arson and Homicide Squads, Huntington Town and Melville Fire Marshals. - Fire News photos by Steve Silverman and FDActionShots.com


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Christmas Tree Sparks Blaze in Centereach

The Centereach Fire Department made a quick attack on a fast moving fire that destroyed a home on Jay Road. Chief Derek Anderson was first on location and reported a fully involved fire and called for mutual aid from Selden, Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma. The home owner stated they were taking down their Christmas tree and with the mild weather had the windows open and were burning scented candles, when the tree came in contact with the candles. The residents escaped with no injuries. One firefighter was transported to Stony Brook University Medical Center with minor burns. -Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone and Andrew Tetreault


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Where There’s Smoke...

On December 15, 2013, the Massapequa Fire Department dispatcher received a call for smoke and then fire in a house on Garfield Place. Chief of Department Daresta was on scene in less than a minute. Engine 6311 was the first engine to arrive followed by Ladder 632. Three lines were stretched for the attack. Also working at the fire were Engine 634 and Engine 635 and Ladder 636. Seaford sent a FAST unit. Nassau County Fire Marshals arrived at the scene to investigate. -Fire News photos by Ed Tuffy


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Melville FD Battles Second Job in Four Days The Melville Fire Department battled their second house fire in four days on January 9, 2014, on Wintergreen Drive West. Firefighters arrived to find one end of a ranch involved in flames and the residents, two adults and two young children, already out of the house uninjured. An aggressive attack began as firefighters placed four handlines into operation. The extreme cold and icing conditions, as well as a partial roof collapse and burning gas meter, caused additional hazards. Fifty firefighters using nine pieces of apparatus from Melville, Dix Hills, Huntington Manor, East Farmingdale and Plainview, had the fire controlled within an hour. Chief Mike McKeefrey was in command, with operations handled by Assistant Chiefs Paul Mahler and Chris Nolan. The three chiefs assumed office on January 1. The house sustained extensive damage. The Suffolk Police Department Arson Squad and Town of Huntington Fire Marshal were investigating the fire. Suffolk Fire-Rescue coordinators were also dispatched for assistance. - Fire News photos by Steve Silverman and Paul Mazza

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Bayville Garage Fire

On January 2, 2014, there were multiple calls to 911 reporting a crews went to work. The scene was under control in about one hour. garage fire. The first police unit on scene confirmed the working Kevin J. Viteritti, 1st Assistant Chief, was in charge. - FireNews photo by FDActionShots.com fire and requested the Bayville Fire Department respond to a Bayville Avenue address. The first arriving engine laid in and the

Sea Cliff House Fire

Sea Cliff Firefighters respond to a working house fire on December 27, 2013. First on scene, Chief of Department Dan Whittemore, immediately called for his first-due engine to lay in. Command was immediately established, aggressive operations begun and the scene was coordinated by Assistant Chiefs Ernest Longobucco and Mark Vitale. Members from Sea Cliff FireMedics/EMS established Medical Command and triage to evaluate firefighters exiting the

structure. Assistance from surrounding departments included apparatus and firefighters from Glen Cove, Glenwood, Roslyn, and Locust Valley, Oyster Bay and East Norwich. Nassau County Police units were also on scene, as was LIPA, Keyspan, and the Nassau County Fire Marshal Office. - FireNews photos by FDActionShots.com


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Selden Battles Christmas Day Fire

On December 25, 2013, Christmas Day, the Selden Fire Department was called out in the early morning hours to battle a fire in local Tanning Salon located on Route 25. Despite extremely cold weather conditions, the department came out to bring this fully involved

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Smoke Shows in Port Jeff On a cold January 3, 2014, the Port Jefferson Fire Department was alerted for a residential house fire on Jones Street off Main Street. Upon arrival of 2nd Assistant Chief Charlie Russo, a presence of heavy smoke was pushing through the front windows. Engine Co. 5 stretched one line to the front door. First Assistant Chief Dave Williams arrived and assumed command. Due to the fire load and heavy smoke he requested mutual aid for an engine from Terryville and a RIT Unit from Setauket. As crews entered the building they encountered active fire behind the fireplace, which had extended to the basement staircase. Due to the nature of the fire, command requested a response from the Port Jefferson Village Fire Marshal. The main fire was knocked down within 25 minutes and was successfully extinguished without incident. -Fire News photo by Andrew Tetreault

Laundromat Burns in Elmont A working fire was transmitted for the Elmont Fire Department just before noon on December 21, 2013. The alarm location was a laundromat on North Central Avenue in North Valley Stream. One line was stretched and a fire in a dryer was quickly brought under control. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Stove Fire in Herricks On December 4, 2013, the Garden City Park Fire Department responded to the report of a stove fire at a home on Aspen Lane in Herricks. First arriving units found a split-level home with smoke pushing from the eaves and transmitted a working fire. Lines were stretched while ventilation was initiated and the kitchen fire was extinguished. Mutual aid companies from several surrounding departments assisted. - Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

House Fire in Islip Terrace On December 30, 2013, the Islip Terrace Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located on Connetquot Avenue. Mutual aid was requested from Central Islip and East Islip fire departments. The fire was quickly brought under control. - Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez


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Chief Blaise Gemellaro of the West Islip Fire Department. - Fire News photo by Rich Stark

Family Tradition Continues in Southold Hayden Salmon a future firefighter follows in the footsteps of his grandfather Commissioner and exChief Bill Salmon and mother Firefighter and EMT Michelle Salmon, who are both members of Southold Fire Department Packard Hose Company. - Fire News photo courtesy of Michelle Salmon

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Huntington Manor FD Rescues Cats from House Fire The Huntington Manor Fire Department responded to a house fire on Dianne Crest in Huntington Station on December 29, 2013. The house was fully involved when firefighters arrived and made an aggressive interior attack. Firefighters rescued two pet cats from the home and they were given oxygen and transported to a local pet hospital. The residents were able to escape the fire uninjured. The blaze was so intense it melted the vinyl siding on the side of the neighboring house. About 50 firefighters using six pieces of apparatus had the fire contained within an half-hour, under the command of Chief Fred Steenson, Jr., with operations handled by Assistant Chiefs Frank McQuade and Jon Hoffmann. The Huntington FD assisted with a FAST unit, with Melville on standby. Huntington Community First Aid Squad was on the scene for EMS support. The Suffolk Police Arson Squad and Huntington Town Fire Marshal are investigating. Suffolk FRES Coordinators also provided assistance. - Fire News photos by Steve Silverman and FDActionShots.com


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Westbury KOs Flames On December 15, 2013, the Westbury Fire Department was Salerted for a house fire on Bryant Street. First to arrive was First Assistant Chief Bartunek, who found smoke showing from a two-story house. First-due Engine 969 arrived quickly, as the firehouse is around the corner from the incident, and picked up a hydrant and stretched two lines. Ladder 963 set up in front of the home. As the engine crew advanced the lines, the house was laddered, searched and vented. The fire was located on the first floor and was starting to extend to the second floor, but was knocked down and brought under control in about 30 minutes with no reported injuries. The Carle Place Fire Department was requested for an engine to the scene, Jericho for a ladder and Hicksville for a FAST unit. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Chief of Department Ingram was in command of the scene. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza


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Occupants Escape Ronkonkoma Taxpayer Fire

On January 5, 2014, the Ronkonkoma Fire Department was activated for a structure fire on Hawkins Avenue. Units arrived to find a working fire in a taxpayer. The occupants were saved. Ronkonkoma Command requested mutual aid from Holbrook, Holtsville, Lakeland and Centereach. -Fire News photos by David Rubin and Bryan Lopez


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Battling Fire and Ice in East Northport As the first snowstorm of the season ended and temperatures dropped to sub-freezing levels, the East Northport Fire Department responded to a fire in a commercial building containing apartments above on Larkfield Road on January 3, 2014. Heavy smoke and flames were showing as firefighters arrived and began an aggressive attack on the blaze. East Northport was assisted by the Commack and Northport at the scene, with Greenlawn providing standby coverage. About 60 firefighters battled the blaze with eight trucks and four ambulances for EMS support and rehab. The fire was controlled within 45 minutes, under the command of Chief Joe Ervin, with operations handled by First Assistant Chief Wayne Kaifler, Jr. Over 50 residents were displaced by the fire and taken to the nearby Salvation Army facility where they were provided with food and shelter, with the assistance of the Red Cross. The fire began in the Larkfield Vacuum store and spread to the adjoining shoe repair and record stores, also damaging several apartments above on the second floor. East Northport FD Rescue Squad transported four residents to Huntington Hospital with respiratory problems. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Suffolk Police Arson Squad and Huntington Town Fire Marshal, but is not believed to be suspicious. Suffolk County Fire-Rescue Coordinators and Emergency Management personnel were on the scene to provide assistance. - Fire News photos by Steve Silverman and Tony Guerne

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Starting Off 2014 in Nassau

With 2014 not even an hour old, the Bellmore Fire Department was alerted for a house fire on Rachel Street on January 1, 2014. Arriving units encountered heavy fire showing from the outside of a two-story home on the exposure 2 side and all occupants out. The crew from Engine 603 stretched two lines to the house to knock down the fire and kept the extension to the second floor minimal. Ladder 606 put its

bucket to the roof and its crew began laddering, venting an searching. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes. North Bellmore was requested for its FAST unit and Wantagh for an additional truck to the scene. Bellmore Chief of Department Marsar was in charge of the operation. This was Nassau County’s first working fire of the new year. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza


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Crane Collapses in Mineola The Nassau County Police Department and the Mineola Fire Department responded to a crane collapse at a building under construction. Winthrop Hospital was building a new facility on Mineola Boulevard between 1st and 2nd Streets when the accident occurred on December 18, 2013. Apparently, while in operation, the crane collapsed between two buildings throwing the operator from the crane. Luckily no other injuries were reported. Fire, police and Village of Mineola officials were trying to determine the cause of the accident. Local roadways in the area were shut down to vehicle and pedestrian traffic until the crane was secured and removed. -Fire News photos by FirstOnScenePhotos.com, Joseph C. Sperber and BillBennettPhotos.com


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Two in Four Days for West Islip

For the second time in just the first four days of 2014, the West Islip Fire Department responded to a working fire. This time the fire was at a vacant home on Everdell Avenue. First Assistant Chief Baxter was first on the scene and had visible fire on the exposure 3 side coming from a basement window. Chief of Department Gemellaro arrived and took command of the scene as units arrived. Engine 3-17-7 was first due and stretched two lines into the house while Ladder 3-17-4 arrived and took the front of the house. They were followed by Engine 3-17-1, Quint 3-17-5, Quint, 3-17-6 Heavy Rescue 3-17-3, Ambulances 317-28,38 and 48 and Fire Police 3-17-10. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes. Mutual aid was provided to the scene by the Babylon for RIT and standby from the North Babylon for an engine and Lindenhurst for an ambulance. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza and Richard Stark


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Purchasing Fire Apparatus: Needs and Assessments When determining the need for a new or replacement piece of fire equipment, who starts the process of acquiring your department’s operational needs? If your answer is not the chief then you skip the most important part of conducting a needs and assessment plan for your fire department daily operations. Starting with someone that has the understanding of the current National Fire Protection Association standards and is current with the latest apparatus industry trends is key. Most volunteer agencies today ask members to be part of a truck committee based on personal or emotional input, some having no understanding of the significance and financial investment to the community. Although all department members should be able to voice their options, it is important to formulate a specific group of knowledgeable individuals to take charge in researching and evaluating the features and options of what will ultimately be the finished product. If you have ever heard the seasoned members in your firehouse use the term “getting back to the basics,”right now would be a good time to listen. The first five questions when planning a vehicle design are the most important to achieving a basic outline on your new apparatus. 1. What will be the new vehicle’s primary function? 2. What restrictions are critical for the new vehicle? Can it only be placed in limited areas? 3. What features are preferred? Sometimes it’s nice to have something, but not necessarily required. 4. How many firefighters can the apparatus normally carry? Are we looking at 10 man cabs when you only need four to operate. 5. What are the apparatus operator’s qualification and needs? Meaning, are you building something so complex that members will never be proficient at utilizing its design. Based on these questions you should be able to answer many other questions that come with new rigs, like how much funding is really available for this purchase. The NFPA 1901 Annex B has a useful form to make sure that all items are clearly identified in your specifications. It will be a great format for the manufacturer to completely understand your department needs and ensure that your bid proposal is accurate. Understanding the apparatus being replaced will help in writing the spec on what your department needs. Sometimes having the committee riding in the apparatus that is being retired is a good time to discuss what alarms it has handled in the fire district and what limitations need attention. Purchasing fire apparatus is a important investment to the fire district. Good sense and sound technical know how will prevent mistakes often made by those who are not familiar with the design feature in today’s body construction or product knowledge. Understanding key words in specs like “should” and “shall” make all the difference when you believe your getting something and it’s not there when attending a vehicle inspection. To sum it all up: Keep it simple, concentrate on safety related options, control frills and ask questions. Be proud of what your asked to take part in, it could effect your district for the next 20-plus years. STAY SAFE!

Daniel Peluso is a 27year 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.


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Wantagh Firefighters Go to Work

Recently, Wantagh firefighters attacked a fire in a Serpentine Lane home after fire struck on December 7, 2013. Two rooms of the home were heavily damaged, but the fire was knocked down with one hand line. An occupant of the home sustained minor burns to his face, along with smoke inhalation; he was taken to the hospital by police ambulance. The female occupant of the home sustained smoke inhalation and refused medical attentionm (RMA). Levittown provided a FAST unit and East Meadow and Massapequa relocated into Stations 1 and 2. The fire marshal determined that the fire was caused by smoking. -Fire News photos by Harry Loud


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North Amityville Contains Flames

Just before 2100 on December 13, 2013, the North Amityville Fire Company was alerted for a house fire on Ronek Drive. Assistant Chiefs Collins and Benloss arrived and had smoke showing from the second floor and all occupants out of the house safely. First Assistant Chief Harley and Chief of Department M. Benloss arrived and transmitted a working fire. Mutual aid was requested from Copiague for RIT and an engine and Amityville for a ladder to the scene. First-due Engine 1-7-1 picked up a hydrant across from the house and stretched two lines inside. The fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes and contained to a room on the exposure 3 side of the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

Fireplace Blaze in Smithtown

The Smithtown Fire Department responded to a house fire on Elm Avenue on January 3, 2014. The fire appeared to have started in a fireplace and extended into the attic and roof areas. Hauppague was requested to the scene for their RIT. The fire was quickly brought under control. All operations were under the command of 1st Assistant Chief Tim Murphy. - Fire News photos by Joseph C. Sperber


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4-Story Fire in Freeport The Freeport Fire Department responded to an apartment fire on West Merrick Road on the afternoon of December 16, 2013. The blaze was located on the top floor of a four-story building but was quickly extinguished. Several departments provided mutual aid. - Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

Oceanside Blaze The Oceanside Fire Department responded to a working house fire on January 14, 2014. The fire was located in a two-story private dwelling on Neptune Avenue. Engine companies were able to knock the fire down with the first handline. - Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

Quick Work in Elmont Elmont firefighters were called to a Caryl Court home on the evening of December 2, 2013, for the report of a fire. Arriving units discovered a fire on the second floor of a two-story private dwelling. Lines were stretched and the blaze appeared to be confined to a second floor bedroom. - Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

1 FF, 1 Civilian Hurt in Freeport Blaze On January 7, 2014, the Freeport Fire Department battled a stubborn fire in freezing temperatures at a private dwelling on Maxson Avenue. One occupant suffered minor injuries along with one firefighter who was injured in the partial collapse of a secondfloor ceiling. Mutual aid companies from nearby communities assisted in the extinguishment. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Building Fire in Wyandanch Recently, the Wyandanch Fire Company was alerted for a building fire at the intersection of Commonwealth Drive and Straight Path Road. First arriving units encountered heavy fire on the exposure 3 side of a vacant beer distributorship. Engine 1-10-3 was first due followed by Engine 1-10-1 and 1-10-4, Heavy Rescues 1-10-7 and 1-10- 8 and Ladder 1-10-5. Two lines were stretched as crews started to access the building and search. Ladder 1-10-5 was put into operation to extinguish pockets of fire after heavy fire had been knocked down with the handlines. There were no reported injuries and the cause is under investigation by the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad. North Babylon was requested for RIT and the West Babylon for an additional engine. Chief of Department Miller was in charge of the scene. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza


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Up Close & Personal

Plainview Fire Department Truck 3's Captain Evan Schatzberg. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

First Assistant Chief John Ippolito rescued a dog from a fire on Redington Street. The staff at VCMLI of West Islip named the dog Smokey. - Fire News photo by Marcia Ippolito

Ex-Captain Geoffrey Markson of the Port Jefferson Fre Department, Company 5. -Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam


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Fully Involved on Arrival in Setauket A recent fire on Thompsons Hay Path Road in Setauket. - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

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Do you have a checklist? The Incident Safety Officer’s (ISO) primary function is defined by the NFPA 1521: Standard For Fire Department Safety Officer 2008 Edition. It states, “the Safety Officer is a member of the command staff responsible for monitoring and assessing safety hazards or unsafe situations and for developing measures for ensuring personnel safety.” It does not give any specific order on how that assessment should be carried out, and that statement says an awful lot. There should be a systematic approach to achieving and accomplishing the entire task required by the ISO. Both physically and mentally, there are different requirements for the ISO based on the incident type, size/area of coverage and complexity. For the purpose of this article, we will discuss a type five or four hazard ISO responses, where there are hundreds of task that should be performed. Most of the time, the ISO will arrive after the initial evolution has begun. Upon arrival, one should "check in" with the Incident Commander. Be mindful, the Incident Commander will undoubtedly be busy. On a type five or four incident, an action plan is usually not written or is it required. Receive a briefing from the Incident Commander. This should be accomplished face to face. Get his/hers objective and intention. Do not assume you know what is happening or what the plan is. It is important to find out if there are lives in jeopardy. The ISO should be aware of the time of day, weather, topography, present work force, control zones, and approximately how long will the operation last. A request should be made to the IC for Assistant Safety Officers (ASO's), or if the situation warrants it, an ASO-Haz-Mat or ASO Tech-Res, etc. There is no specific order on accomplishing the entire task required by the ISO. However be mindful always that the objective is life safety, stabilize the incident, and property conservation and these must be accomplished in a safe manner. A 360 should be performed. You should always be concerned of the situation awareness. Remember, situation awareness is ongoing; it is not a snap shot, the scene is always changing. Sometimes the incident area may be too large to do a 360, so ASO's should be utilized. After the 360, question if a mutual aid is required, additional work force, RIT, back up for another call, EMS, and rehab has been established. The scene should be prepared for an incident within an incident. Accountability should be achieved and Personnel Accountability Reports (PAR's) should be employed. It is necessary to see if the operating crews are achieving the objective of the IC and communicate this back to the IC. Because there are numerous tasks required by the ISO, a safety checklist and action model could be helpful. Some of the advantages of a checklist are: They will be a reminder of things to be accomplished; They can be set-up in advance. They can cover various situations. They can be reviewed to see if something was done. You may arrive on scene after many evolutions have been completed. Have documents for Post Incident Review (PIR) or After Action Reports (AAR) or Post Incident Analysis (PIA) The disadvantages are:They can be to simple or to complex; Items on the checklist may not be revisited; They could suggest an order on what has to be completed; Many are needed for different incident types; Each incident has many different components; Who has them and where are they going to be stored? An ISO must be reactive and proactive. Reactive to what has already taken place at the scene and offer solutions to correct any hazards or events. This could be difficult and frustrating to you. You are making your suggestion based on your knowledge, education and the safety classes and courses you attended. Proactive in the prevention of injuries and fatalities to first responders. The ISO has the authority to Stop, Alter or Suspend an activity when there is an imminent threat to the first responder(s). If this action is taken, the ISO must immediately notify command of the action and offer a solution. Ex-Chief Jeffrey Bailes President Brookhaven Town Safety Officers Association

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

Car Fire in Massapequa Just before 1100 on October 20, 2013, the Massapequa Fire Department alerted units from the East End firehouse to a reported car fire on East Chestnut Street. Engine 6314 and Ladder 636 responded under command of First Assistant Chief Keuchler. The driver of an Audi Q7 noticed a problem while he was driving and pulled to the side of the road and exited the vehicle before it was engulfed in flames. Engine 6314 used one line to extinguish the fire in about 15 minutes. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza


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Family Out, Dog Saved in N. Bellmore Blaze

At about 0730 on December 29, 2013, North Bellmore firefighters were alerted for a reported house fire on Tyrus Court. Chief of Department Collins was on the road quickly and was advised that a member was on scene, confirming a car fire in an attached garage. Chief Collins had heavy fire showing from the exposure 1,3 and 4 sides of the large two-story home on his arrival. Second Assistant Chief Rut arrived shortly after and made entry into the home and found the family dog. Assistant Chiefs Marschall and Domiano arrived and along with Chief Rut handled the fire attack. Engine 655 was first due and stretched multiple handlines into the house. The crews from Ladder 657 and 658 began venting and searching the home. The family escaped the fire uninjured. It took about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control, with the house heavily damaged. Mutual aid was provided by the East Meadow, Bellmore and Uniondale's FAST unit. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza and Lou Minutoli


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Heavy Fire in Elmont The Elmont Fire Department battled a working house fire on the morning of December 18, 2013. The house on Joan Court presented a heavy fire condition on arrival. Lines were stretched and eventually tower ladders were put to use to extinguish the blaze. - Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

Garage Fire in Hempstead The Hempstead Fire Department was on the scene of a reported house fire on West Marshall Street on December 17, 2013. Flames were visible from an attached garage on arrival and it appeared as though the fire may have originated in the electrical service to the house. Emergency power crews were called to the home to secure the downed service line. - Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

Vacant House Fire in Hempstead Hempstead firefighters were on the scene early on December 15, 2013, after a fire broke out at a vacant house on Rhodes Avenue in Hempstead. Fire Marshals classified the cause as undetermined. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Overturn in Deer Park Injures Driver

On December 31, 2013, the Deer Park Fire Department responded to an overturn with entrapment on West 19th Street in the cul-de-sac. Deer Park needed to support the car while cutting out the front windshield to remove the driver. The driver was then transported to Good Samaritan Hospital with unknown injuries. -Fire News photos by D. Thomas


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Ronkonkoma Firefighters Kept Busy On January 14, 2014, at approximately 2230, the Ronkonkoma Fire Department responded to a reported basement fire on Brunswick Avenue. With smoke showing on arrival, the first chief on scene declared a working fire and requested mutual aid from Farmingville and Centereach. The flames were quickly contained and knocked down, bringing the fire under control. -Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez

House Fire in West Islip

On January 1, 2014, the West Islip Fire Department responded to a house fire on West Bay Drive. With heavy smoke showing and visible fire from the 3-4 exposure a working fire was transmitted by Chief of Department Gemellaro. First Assistant Chief Baxter ran operations, as crews arrived and started to stretch lines. Engine 3-17-7 was first due and had three lines off and operating. Qunit 3-17-6 set up in front of the house and had its ladder to the second floor. Additional West Islip apparatus arrived and began laddering, venting and searching the house. Crews from Babylon, originally the RIT, were put to work and Bay Shore vented the roof and checked for extension into the attic. The fire was knocked down and under control in about 40 minutes. Additional mutual aid was provided to the scene by the Deer Park Fire Department. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza


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High Velocity Burns in Coram

On January 9, 2014, the Coram Fire Department was activated for a structure fire on Mill Road at High Velocity Paint Ball. Units arrived to advise they had fire through the roof. Mutual aid was requested from Terryville, Medford, Middle Island, Selden and Gordon Heights. - Fire News photos by Jim Dunn and David Rubin


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No Rest in North Amityville

Just before 2300, on January 6, 2014, the North Amityville Fire Company was alerted for a house fire on Emerald Lane South. Assistant Chiefs Collins and Benloss were on the road quickly and advised that Suffolk County police were on scene confirming a working fire. The Chiefs arrived and encountered heavy fire showing from the exposure 3 side of the home and all occupants out safely. The working fire was transmitted and mutual aid requests went out to the Amityville Fire Department for a Ladder and the Copiague Fire Department for RIT. Engine 1-7-1 was first due and stretched one line to the rear of the house, as additional crews arrived a second line was brought in through the front door. Amityville went to the roof and vented and checked for any extension into the attic, which was negative as were searches of the home. It took about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control with no reported injuries. The cause is under investigation. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

Vacant House Burns in North Amityville On December 21, 2013, the North Amityville Fire Company was alerted for a house fire on Steele Place. First arriving was Third Assistant Chief B. Benloss followed by First Assistant Chief Collins, who took command of the scene. A working fire was transmitted as heavy smoke pushed from the vacant dwelling. Chief Collins requested mutual aid from the Copiague for an engine and RIT, East Farmingdale for a ladder and South Farmingdale for an engine. Once boards were cut away from windows and doors to access the house, heavy fire was located in the basement. First-due Engine 1-7-1 picked up a hydrant and stretched two lines into the house. As the other crews from North Amityville and mutual aid arrived, the house was laddered, searched and vented. It took about 30 minutes for the fire to be knocked down and brought under control. There were no reported injuries and the cause is under investigation. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza


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Driving the Wrong Way Causes MVA On November 9, 2013, at 0104, the Bethpage Fire Department responded to an auto accident with a car fire on the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway. The car was driving the wrong way on the expressway and collided with another vehicle before catching fire. There were no injuries at the scene and firefighters extinguished the car fire . -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Car Fire in Massapequa On December 18, 2013, the Massapequa Fire Department responded to the report of a car fire on East Chestnut Street. Engine Co. 4 arrived on the scene of a fully involved car fire. They stretched a 1-3/4 inch line and extinguished the fire with the assistance of Ladder Co. 6. -Fire News photo by Andrew McShane

Hot Wire, Hot Car in Hempstead Hempstead firefighters had to wait to extinguish a car fire after an energized high tension electrical wire snapped on Blempton Place on December 30, 2013, and landed atop the car. No one was injured but several homes in the area were without power until emergency crews arrived. - Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

Deer Park Prevents Fire Extension On November 14, 2013, the Deer Park Fire Department responded to a working car fire on Gleeland Street. The car was parked in a driveway close to the garage. The fire had engulfed the engine compartment of the car. The responding engine made a quick knock down and prevented the fire from extending to the house. On the inside of the garage door was an antique car, which would have sustained damage if not for the quick stop by Deer Park responders. -Fire News photo by D. Thomas


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Car Burns in Massapequa Parking Lot At about midnight on December 18, 2013, the Massapequa Fire Department East End was alerted for a car fire on East Chestnut Street. Third Assistant Chief Beneville arrived and found an involved Nissan sedan in a parking lot. First Assistant Chief Keuchler, Engine 6314 and Ladder 636 arrived shortly after. One line was used to extinguish the fire in about 15 minutes; the cause of the fire is unknown. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

’Vette Burns in Lindenhurst On December 21, 2013, the Lindenhurst Fire Department was alerted for a car fire at New York Avenue and West John Street. The driver of a late1980s Corvette was driving and noticed a problem with the vehicle. The driver was able to pull to the side of the road and exit the vehicle before it became involved. Engines 1-6-1 and 1-6-3 responded and used one handline to extinguish the fire in about 15 minutes. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Truck Fire on Wantagh Pkwy. On January 13, 2014, the Wantagh Fire Department alerted Stations 2 and 4 for a car fire on the northbound Wantagh Parkway north of the Southern State Parkway. Engines 692, 697, Ambulance 6918, Fire Police 6910 and Safety Officer 6920 responded. Units arrived to find a pick-up truck involved on the shoulder of the road. The driver had exited. One line was used from 692 to extinguish the fire in about 15 minutes, the road was closed for about 40 minutes until the scene was cleared. Chief of Department Jackowitz was in charge of the scene. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Car Burns in Deer Park

Recently, the Deer Park Fire Department responded to a reported car fire in the parking lot of the Deer Motor Inn on Commack Road just before 0330. Chief of Department Giammarino and Second Assistant Chief Biolsi arrived to find a burning sedan that was parked in a spot that was next to a Latin nightclub. Squad 1-4-6, Ladder 1-4-10 and Ambulance 1-4-3 responded to handle the call. The crew from 1-4-6 used one line to bring the fire under control. The night club was checked by the crew of 1-4-10 for any extension, which was negative. The cause of the fire is unknown. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza


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Miller Place Rescue Team Looking back, the Miller Place Dive Team held a drill that involved an extrication scenario among the rocks on the north shore of Miller Place. -Fire News photos by Jim Dunn


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Oceanside Truck Special Called

When the metal safety chains became loose on the lighthouse locat- chains were removed from the structure. With the area now safe, ed on Long Beach Road an assignment went out for “Special call Oceanside's truck was up and ready for their next assignment. -Fire News photos by BillBennettphoto.com Oceanside’s Truck Company.” The bucket was raised and the


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Nassau County Fire Academy Educates Everyone on Holiday Safety

The Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center joined with other Nassau County volunteer firefighters to conduct a live residential Christmas tree fire to emphasize the importance of vigilant hydrating natural Christmas trees. The event educated the public during a holiday season that can be fraught with home fires due to underwatered Christmas trees, whether on display inside, or later, when discarded or moved to a spot outside. The demonstration illustrated the rapidity of a dry tree fire and emphasized the urgent need to adequately hydrate and properly dispose of trees. -Fire News photos by Joseph Sperber and BillBennettPhotos.com


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EMS ACROSS THE ISLAND

MVA in Stony Brook

On December 2, 2013, the Stony Brook Fire Department responded to an MVA on Nesconset Highway and Stony Brook Road. Under the command of 1st Assistant Chief Brian McAllister, two patients were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital. Also on scene was Centereach Fire Department Fire Police along with one engine. - Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone and Andrew Tetreault

MVA on NSP in Westbury The Westbury Fire Department and New York State Police responded to an accident involving an overturned vehicle on the westbound Northern State Parkway west of Brush Hollow Road in Westbury on December 24, 2013. The lone driver sustained various injuries and was transported to Winthrop Hospital by NCPD ambulance. Westbound traffic had to be diverted for 30 minutes while police removed the vehicle and debris from the scene. - Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

DWI Charge at Huntington Manor Crash The Huntington Manor Fire Department and Huntington Community First Aid Squad responded to an MVA on Dix Hills Road near Dellwood Drive in Huntington on December 26, 2013. According to Suffolk Police, a 39-year-old woman was driving a 1998 Mercury Mystique when she apparently lost control and struck a signpost and then a tree. Her two young children were injured, one seriously, and transported to Huntington Hospital. Under the command of Chief Fred Steenson, Jr., two heavy rescue trucks responded and assisted the Huntington Community First Aid Squad crews with the removal of the children from the car. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman


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MVA on the SOB Recently at 0615 the Bethpage Fire Department responded to an overturned car in a construction ditch on the northbound Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway. The driver self-extricated and was transported to a local hospital. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Drivers Injured in Levittown MVA The drivers of a pick-up truck and car were injured on November 3, 2013, when they collided at the intersection of North Jerusalem and Loring Roads in Levittown. Wantagh firefighters secured the accident scene, while the Wantagh/Levittown Ambulance Corp transported the injured to N.U.M.C. Nassau County Police investigated the accident and routed traffic around the area until the investigation was complete. -Fire News photo by Harry Loud


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Fatal MVA in Brentwood On December 14, 2013, the Brentwood Fire Department was alerted for an MVA with reported entrapment at the Deer Park Train Station on Pine Aire Drive. Third Assistant Chief Boyle arrived first and confirmed the entrapment. The driver of a Dodge Caliber lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the train platform trapping the driver. Chief of Department Valentin arrived and took command of the scene. Heavy Rescue 3-2-18, along with the crew from Ladder 3-228, put multiple tools into operation and worked for about 15 minutes to free the driver. Engine 3-2-16 had one precautionary line stretched during the extrication. Once removed the injured driver was transported to Southside Hospital by Brentwood Legion Ambulance Corps where he succumbed to his injuries. The cause of the accident is under investigation. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Injuries in Garden City Park MVA Several people were injured after a single vehicle accident on Marcus Avenue in Garden City Park on the evening of December 23, 2013. Garden City Park firefighters and EMS personnel were on the scene to assist and transport the injured. - Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Selden Helps Families in Need

Members of the Selden Fire Department's Truck Company and the Fire Police Company remembered a few families in need before the Christmas holiday. The Truck Company 1 has been adopting a family each holiday season for the past 10 years. The members of each company chip in with the company matching the funds collected to help the families in the Selden community. Both companies definitely brought cheer and happiness to the families. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam


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Two Homes Catch Fire in Dix Hills Two homes on Randolph Drive in Dix Hills caught fire on January 4, 2014. A cesspool truck ran over a transformer box in the driveway of one of the homes, shorting the block's power grid. Dix Hills Fire Department responded under the command of First Assistant Chief Robert Fling. Commack, Hauppauge, Melville, Greenlawn and Deer Park assisted at the scene. The fires were brought under control within an hour. - Fire News photos by Joseph C. Sperber and Steve Silverman

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HARRISON HYDRAULIC ADDS TIM ALLABAND WILL SERVICE NORTHEAST REGION Harrison is pleased to announce that Tim Allaband has been added to Harrison Hydraulic Solutions as the Northeastern Region Manager. In this position, Tim will be responsible for the forecasting, marketing, training and sales of Harrison products into all the business segments that Harrison serves in the Northeastern region. Tim will also be responsible for integration of Harrison Products and Services into new markets outside of the traditional fire and emergency segment. Tim most recently served as Vice President of Redstorm Fire & Rescue Apparatus, Gainesville, VA, from 2010 to 2013, where Tim was responsible for overall sales and service to five states; focusing on both career and volunteer fire departments.

Tim spent 2004 to 2010 as the Vice President of Sales and Service, at Singer Associates Fire Equipment, the largest fire apparatus dealer in the U.S. From 2000 to 2004 Tim served as the District Manager for Pierce Manufacturing, Appleton, WI, where he was responsible for overall sales and dealership management in seven Mid-Atlantic States. Tim can be contacted at timallaband@harrisonhydragen.org or at 281-897-3626.

A YEAR HAS PASSED, IS YOUR DEPARTMENT COMPLIANT? In January 2013 the NFPA introduced the latest revision to Standard 1962. This standard involves many aspects of fire hose, nozzles and appliances. The title was changed to the Standard for the Care, Use, Inspection, Service Testing, and Replacement of Fire Hose, Couplings, Nozzles, and Fire Hose Appliances. Let's take a brief look at the main changes: • Hose manufactured prior to July 1987 shall be removed from service. • All four (4) and five (5)-inch hose with non-threaded (Storz) couplings shall be provided with locks. • All nozzles are to be inspected, hydrostatic- and flow-tested annually with records maintained. • All appliances are to be inspected and hydrostatic tested annually with records maintained. Appliances include such devices as manifolds, wyes, gates, hydrant valves, intake valves, monitors, etc. • Pre-connects and all interior attack handlines are to be system flow-tested annually. • The FD shall establish a replacement schedule for hose, nozzles, and appliances based on "use, age, and testing

results." • There is also a new annex which can assist the FD to write specifications for purchasing hose. In most cases, changes to NFPA standards have resulted in large additional unfunded costs for the fire department/district. This time, the NFPA recommendation for hose replacement has been fair. Compared to the current NFPA recommended service life of items such as turnout gear, apparatus tires, and SCBA; the retiring of 27-year old hose seems pretty generous. Keep in mind that after the pre-1987 hose is retired, it is up to the AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction = the FD) to determine its own individual replacement policy. You rarely see that in any fire service standard! Nozzle, appliance, and system testing are items that sometimes have been neglected in the past. Through testing last year we have found many issues, which could potentially affect performance or create safety hazards for firefighters. Some of the problems found were cracks in LDH manifolds, damaged (or incorrect type) threads, intake valves clogged with debris, inoperative relief valves on piston intakes, and automatic nozzles flowing

nowhere near their rated flow. System testing has shown us the greatest variables due to extreme friction loss in some apparatus preconnect piping, inaccurate pump gauges, and other apparatus issues resulting in the nozzleman not receiving the anticipated flow. To comply with the nozzle and appliance testing standards, Waterway has the training, calibrated equipment, and experience to perform the testing entirely with our personnel and equipment. The testing and documentation are fully NFPA compliant, and we make it painless for your department to comply. We can also assist in hose specifications and replacement schedules. If you have questions or are interested in more information on equipment testing contact us and we will be happy to meet with you to review your department's hose and equipment to determine what effect (if any) these standards may have. Waterway Long Island 516-731-1616 or e-mail us at sschuman@waterwayinc.com. Visit our website at waterwaylongisland.com.

Terry Farrell FireFighters Fund “Surplus Equipment Program” has assisted fire departments throughout upper New York State with much needed turnout gear, hoses, tools and even several vehicles. All of this is possible through the generous support of Long Island Fire Departments. We now need the help of volunteers to assist us with • Equipment deliveries • Drive our vehicles in parades • Man our booths at Fire Dept. tournaments, festivals & functions • Assist with the collection of gear from donating department

No one is paid in our organization but the feeling of helping firefighters who receive our donations and assistance and the gratitude they show to us is payment enough. To Volunteer of for more information about our fund please go to our website terryfarrellfund.org. Or email terryfund@terryfund.org Thank You, Brian Farrell

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Heavy Rescue Needed at Bay Shore MVA On the morning of November 22, 2013, the Bay Shore Fire Department and Bay ShoreBrightwaters Rescue Ambulance were alerted to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Sunrise Highway’s express lane westbound at Brentwood Road. Second Assistant Chief Ed Kunz was the first unit on scene and advised responding units of a two-car accident. As Chief Kunz sized up one of the cars, 1st Assistant Chief John Ippolito, Jr., checked on the other car up on the shoulder. After a quick size-up Chief Ippolito found the driver to be trapped and upgraded the alarm to a heavy rescue and advised responding units that hydraulic tools would be needed. Along with Chief Kunz, Chief Ippolito and the crew of Rescue 318 went to work and freed the trapped driver in less than 10 minutes. Once freed the driver was treated by BSBRA at the scene and released. -Fire News photo by John Ippolito

Baldwin Goes to Work On December 5, 2013, the Baldwin Fire Department assigned two truck companies to the corners of Lorenz Avenue and Grand Avenue for an auto accident with a confirmed person trapped. The fire department and police ESU used three hydraulic extrication tools to free the driver. She was transported and all units were up within 45 minutes. -Fire News photo by BillBennettPhoto.com

Car Takes Out Pole in Southampton Recently, the Southampton Fire Department was called out for the report of a motor vehicle accident on Tuckahoe Road in front of the Stony Brook University, Southampton campus. Initial reports indicated a vehicle vs. a pole, with live wires involved. Upon the chief’s arrival the subject was able to get out of the vehicle on his own. Southampton Volunteer Ambulance transported the driver to Southampton Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Fire police shut down the road for approximately one-and-a-half-hours. Chief Dennis Roy was in charge of the scene -Fire News photo by Chris Brenner

Bayport Handles Head on Crash On January 13, 2014, Dispatcher Ed Freudenberg toned out the Bayport Fire Department for a heavy rescue assignment at Montauk Highway and Nichols Road. Upon arrival it was determined that no one was trapped. Under direction of Chief Ryan Tomassone, both vehicles of a head-on crash were secured and Community Ambulance of Sayville transported three patients. -Fire News photo by Bob Fleming


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MVA in Holtsville The Holtsville Fire Department was activated for a reported motor vehicle accident on Express Drive South and Nichols Road. Units arrived to find a two-car accident with one SUV overturned and the driver self extricated. Hydraulic tools were required to pop the door of the other vehicle. The Holtsville Fire Department transported two patients with minor injuries to Stony Brook Medical Center. - Fire News photo by David Rubin

Brookhaven FD Extricates Driver The Brookhaven Fire Department received a call on November 13, 2013, for a motor vehicle accident on William Floyd Parkway southbound and Dawn Drive. Brookhaven’s chief was the first unit on scene and radioed he wanted a tool to force open the driver’s door. After forcing the door, Shirley Ambulance EMTs transported the driver to Brookhaven Hospital. -Fire News photo by Jim Rugen

Greenlawn Rescues Puppy from Crash The Greenlawn Fire Department responded to an early morning crash at Park Avenue and Lantern Street. The crash involved a car and an SUV that overturned on its roof. The driver of the SUV fled the scene, leaving a puppy behind in a crate. Greenlawn Captain Eddie Nill rescued the puppy who was in good condition. The dog was kept warm and comforted by firefighters, and then brought to the Huntington Animal Shelter - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

Huntington Manor Handles Overturn The Huntington Manor Fire Department and Huntington Community First Aid Squad responded to an MVA on Melville Road near Reynolds Street in South Huntington on December 5, 2013. The driver of a Ford Mustang became pinned in the wreckage after the car struck a tree and overturned. Huntington Manor crews used heavy rescue extrication tools to free the man who suffered serious injuries. He was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital by Suffolk Police Medevac. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman


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MVA in Greenport

Recently, two small cars were involved in an MVA in Greenport on Chapel Lane. Both cars had front end damage and their drivers were transported to Eastern Long Island Hospital by the Greenport Fire Department Rescue Squad. - Fire News photos by Myron Goldstein

Long Beach Responds to Overturn Recently, the Long Beach Fire Department responded to an MVA with possible overturn at the intersection of Neptune and East Olive Streets. Within minutes Commissioner Kemins (239) was on scene confirming an overturned vehicle with negative entrapment. There was no aided on scene and all units were up in 30 minutes under the command of Chief Anthony Cueves (231). - Fire News photo by Zachary B. Grunther

Melville Responds to Multiple MVAs On January 10, 2014, the Melville Fire Department responded to 13 calls including 10 MVAs and falls due to extremely icy conditions. In a three-car MVA on Pinelawn Road and Old East Neck Road, Meville ambulances transported four victims to Good Samaritan and Plainview Hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. There were 13 weather-related calls within 2-1/2 hours. - Fire News photo by Tom Pesce


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Extrication Needed in Smithtown The Suffolk Police and Smithtown Fire Departments responded to a two-car accident on Jericho Turnpike on November 23, 2013. The drivers of both vehicles were injured. Firefighters using hydraulic tools had to extricate a driver from one of the autos. Both victims were transported in Smithtown Fire Department ambulances with injuries to Saint Catherine’s Hospital. Eastbound Jericho Turnpike was closed in the area for over an hour until the vehicles were removed from the scene by police. -Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

Lynbrook Keeps Scene Safe The Lynbrook Fire Department was toned out for a helicopter landing in Greis Park. A patient was transported to the area for an air transport to the hospital. -Fire News photo by Steve Takacs

Terryville MVA Injures 2 On December 31, 2013, the Terryville Fire Department responded to Terryville Road and Ardmer Drive for a motor vehicle accident with heavy rescue requested. Upon arrival of Terryville Chief Keith Olsen and 1st Assistant Chief Richard McCarren, it was determined that a second ambulance and an engine were needed for possibly two injuries and a fuel spill. Upon arrival of the second-due frontline apparatus, Chief Olsen radioed to dispatch that they were able to open the driver’s side door without using hydraulic tools. The patient was transported to Mather Memorial Hospital. -Fire News photo by Andrew Tetreault

Roof Removal Needed in Bay Shore Bay Shore Fire Department, along with Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance, were alerted for a report of a motor vehicle accident with a person trapped on Spur Drive South and East Forks Road in Bay Shore. 1st Assistant Chief John Ippolito, Jr. was 1st on scene with SCPD and advised in coming fire and EMS units that there was a driver trapped in a car and up against a tree. Chief Ippolito, after a quick size-up, determined that the roof of the car was in need of removal and gave the order to BSFD Rescue 8. Once on scene the members of BSFD Fire Emergency Service Squad "FESS" quickly went to work on removing the roof and one of the doors to free the trapped driver and allow BSBRA access to treat his injuries. The driver was removed from the vehicle and transported to an area hospital in an unknown condition. -Fire News photo by John Ippolito, Jr.


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Van into Building in Deer Park On January 1, 2014, the Deer Park Fire Department responded to a minivan into a building on Bay Shore Road at the New York Gold Center. The driver of the minivan was an elderly woman and was shaken by the accident. She was initially trapped but was able to exit through the back door of the van with the assistance from Deer Park’s assistant chief. She was then transported to Good Samaritan Hospital. - Fire News photo by D. Thomas

North Country Rd. MVA The Suffolk County Police and the Saint James and Stony Brook Fire Departments responded to an accident involving an overturned pick-up truck on North Country Road east of Ashleigh Drive on December 21, 2013. The lone male driver was traveling west bound on when he apparently lost control and flipped onto the side. The driver sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. - Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

Out of Control in Commack The Suffolk Police and Commack Fire Department responded to an accident with an overturned pickup truck in front of 452 Town line Road in Commack at 2030, on November 30, 2013. The vehicle appeared to lose control as it was traveling northbound on Town line Road, leaving the roadway and crashing and landing in a tree. The driver fled the scene. Town line Road was closed to locale traffic in the area for over an hour due to a police investigation. -Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

West Islip Responds to Overturn On December 14, 2013, the West Islip Fire Department, under command of Chief of Department Gemellaro, responded to the westbound Southern State Parkway at the Robert Moses Parkway for a single car accident with an overturn. The driver of a Toyota sedan went off the road and into the woods, overturning onto its side. The driver self extricated and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital with minor injuries. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza


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Father Frank Nelson to Provide Support When Needed for Firefighters

North Massapequa Fire District has appointed Father Frank Nelson of Maria Regina RC Church in Seaford as its Spiritual Advisor

“Throughout our history, we have been fortunate to have had outstanding members of the clergy assume this important role,” explained Commissioner Frank A. Nocerino, Chairman of the North Massapequa Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners. “Pastor Nelson is a perfect fit in this capacity, as he hails from a family with a history of volunteer firefighting service.” In addressing members of the department, Pastor Nelson talked about his father’s service as a Long Island volunteer firefighter and the emotional toll it took on him. “After a particularly tragic house fire that resulted in two fatalities, my father was visibly shaken,” recalled Pastor Nelson. “I realized at that time that he really needed someone to be there for spiritual support and his department didn’t have someone to fill that role. It is this incident that ultimately solidified my desire to be there for the men and women who protect our district at all hours of the day or night.” Pastor Nelson said his family experience gave him unique insight to those dedicating themselves to the fire services. “Firefighters are occasionally called into situations where they sense a member of the clergy would be helpful,” Father Nelson said. “I am available to provide help and support to them at any time.” Maria Regina Church, which serves approximately 6,000 Roman Catholic families, falls within the jurisdiction of the North Massapequa Fire District. | “We enjoy a great relationship with Maria Regina Church and having Pastor Nelson as our Spiritual Advisor is evidence of that,” Commissioner Nocerino said. “It is an outstanding example of how the community comes together in service of the greater good.” “Father Nelson has distinguished himself for his caring, hard work and spiritual leadership. He is known for his sincere desire to be a part of people’s lives, celebrating their joys and providing solace and comfort in their sorrow,” Commissioner Nocerino said. “I truly respect his tireless work and dedication to his vocation and for his years of service to God. His availability to our department members will be of great moral support for us.” -Fire News article by Kurt Ludwig

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Driver Self Extricates at Massapequa MVA The Massapequa Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident on Cartwright Boulevard and Reiss Avenue. First on scene was Chief Daresta who confirmed the overturn with a patient who had self extricated from the wreck. Both Ladder 6 and Rescue 3 responded to handle the call. Ladder 6 secured the car while Rescue 3 tended to the patient. -Fire News photo by Andrew McShane

SUV Rolls on LIE On October 16, 2013, the Jericho Fire Department and NCPD Highway units responded to an overturned SUV on the eastbound LIE near Exit 41. The driver lost control and rolled over several times before stopping in the wooded area off of the shoulder. Firefighters secured the scene and transported one person to NUMC with non-life threatening injuries. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Dix Hills FD Handles Northern State Crash The Dix Hills Fire Department responded to an MVA after a car exiting the Northern State Parkway at Commack Road crashed into a wooded area near Vanderbilt Parkway on December 7, 2013. Firefighters used chainsaws to remove trees in order to gain access to the car and then pried open a door with hydraulic tools. The male driver suffered nonlife threatening injuries and was transported to Huntington Hospital by the Dix Hills Rescue Squad. The call was under the command of Chief Tom Magno. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

Smithtown Handles Early Morning MVA The Smithtown Fire Department was alerted on October 20, 2013, for a motor vehicle accident on Rivera Drive. A car apparently lost control and crashed into a parked auto trapping the lone driver. Upon arrival of Smithtown firefighters, mutual aid from Kings Park was requested to assist with the extrication. The injured was transported to Saint Catherine’s Hospital. -Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber


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Chief Involved in MVA A Wyandanch chief, who was responding to an alarm, was involved in a MVA at Long Island Avenue and South 18th Street. The chief’s vehicle collided with a car and then hit a telephone pole, cracking it in half. The chief and person of the other car were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital. -Fire News photo by D.Thomas

Car Hits Truck in Massapequa On December 12, 2013, the Massapequa Fire Department received a call for a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Sunrise Highway and Broadway. Chiefs 6301 and 6303, along with Ambulance 638 responded to the scene. Units found that a car had run into the rear of a truck. The driver of the car and one passenger were transported by 638 to St. Joseph’s Hospital with minor injuries. -Fire News photo by Ed Tuffy

Extrication Needed at MVA An auto accident occurred on North Jerusalem Road and Bellmore Avenue on January 14, 2014. The car took down a pole, skidded into a tree and seriously injured the driver. Since this was a border line call both East Meadow and North Bellmore responded and teamed up to extricate the injured driver, who was taken to N.U.M.C. -Fire News photo by Harry Loud

North Amityville Secures LZ Recently, a child was burned by hot water at a multiple dwelling apartment building on Great Neck Road. Arriving units found an eight-month-old child who had sustained first and second degree burns to approximately 40 percent of its body. Ambulance 1-7-8 transported the child to the landing zone for transport to the Stony Brook Hospital Burn Unit via Suffolk County Police Medevac. Assistant Chief Aaron Collins was in charge of the call. -Fire News photo by FDActionShots.com


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Greenlawn Responds to Crash The Greenlawn Fire Department responded to a two-car collision on Broadway near Croley Street. The crash involved a classic 1966 Chevy Impala and a Nissan sedan. One occupant from each vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries and both were transported to Huntington Hospital by the Greenlawn Rescue Squad. About 20 firefighters and EMS personnel were on the scene with a heavy rescue truck and two ambulances, under the command of Assistant Chiefs Kurt Allen and Mike Zeis. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

MVAs Keep Selden Busy On January 13, 2014, the Selden Fire Department was activated for their fifth alarm, a motor vehicle accident on Middle Country Road and North Evergreen Drive. Three patients were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital with assistance from Centereach and Coram ambulances. Selden had all their ambulance handling previous calls. -Fire News photo by David Rubin


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Medford MVA Needs Hydraulics On November 13, 2013, the Medford Fire Department received a call for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on Horseblock Road in front of Duncan Donuts. A gray SUV was found on the shoulder of the road. The first unit on scene was the Chief of Medford Fire Department, followed by the Medford Ambulance Company’s First Responder. Medford’s chief radioed that he needed the driver’s door to be forced to get the patient out of the vehicle. Firefighters arrived on scene and used the extrication tools to remove the door. Medford Ambulance EMTs then worked on stabilizing the patient and transported the patient to Brookhaven Hospital. -Fire News photo by Jim Rugen

Three Transported in Malverne In November, Malverne firefighters responded to an extrication call after a serious head-on collision occurred on Hempstead Avenue. Another vehicle was unable to avoid the crash and became the third vehicle involved in the mishap. Three people were transported to area hospitals as a result of the crash. -Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Hydrant Snaps in North Merrick On December 9, 2013, the North Merrick Fire Department, under command of Chief of Department Kelleher, responded to a single-vehicle MVA with overturn and entrapment on Meadowbrook Road. The driver of a Toyota SUV went off the road, hitting and snapping a fire hydrant and causing the SUV to roll over on its side, trapping the driver. The crew from Heavy Rescue 678 put multiple tools into operation to remove the roof of the vehicle and extricate the driver in about 15 minutes. Once removed the driver was transported to Nassau University Medical Center by Ambulance 679A. Engine 671 and Ladder 673 also responded. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

MVA in Greenport Injures 2 Recently, the Greenport Fire Department responded to a two-car MVA at the corner of Chapel Lane and Route 25 in Greenport. A man from one car and a woman from the other were transported to Eastern Long Island Hospital by Greenport Rescue Ambulance. Chief Wayde Manwaring was in charge at the scene. -Fire News photo by Myron Goldstein


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Haz-Mat Needed at Jericho MVA

The Nassau County Police and Jericho Fire Departments responded to an accident involving a tractor-trailer on North Broadway at the corner of Columbia Drive on November 25, 2013. Apparently, the driver was forced to stop abruptly when he was cut off by a car. This caused the truck to jackknife into a pole and onto the front property of the Jericho Fire Department District building. Luckily no serious injuries occurred. Police had southbound North Broadway shut down to local traffic for over an hour. The Nassau County Fire Marshal Hazardous Materials Unit responded to the scene to contain a diesel fuel spill from the trucks fuel tank. -Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

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REMSCO Awards Gala

On the evening of November 1, 2013, Suffolk REMSCO and the 2012 Suffolk EMS Agency of the Year, Southampton Village EMS co-hosted the 2012 Annual Suffolk REMSCO Awards Dinner/Ceremony at the 230 Elm Restaurant in Southampton Village. The awards ceremony was attended by Congressman Tim Bishop, Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneidermann, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Thorne-Holst, Town Council members, Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley and the Village Trustees as well as Administrative Staff from Southampton Hospital, Suffolk EMS Medical Director Gregson Pigott and numerous REMSCO members were all on hand to congratulate and present the recipients with the regional awards and proclamations. Basic Life Support Provider of the Year: Jon Desjardins, East Northport FD Honorable Mention: John Philip Latkovic, Community Ambulance Austin Eckoff, Bay Shore Brightwaters Rescue Advanced Life Support Provider of the Year Honorable Mention: Scott Edwards, Community Ambulance Frank Caria, Dix Hills FD Nick Grammenos, East Brentwood FD Karen Haab, Springs FD Brian Derrick, Bay Shore Brightwaters Rescue Joshua Nackenson, Dix Hills FD EMS Educator of Excellence: Matthew Zukosky, Suffolk Co. Community College Honorable Mention: James Gilliland, Bay Shore Brightwaters Rescue Jena Canavan, Suffolk County Community College EMS Leadership Award: Marc MacDonell, Community Ambulance Honorable Mention: Denise Gandolfo, Medford Ambulance Stan Haber, Bay Shore Brightwaters Rescue Jamie Atkinson, Community Ambulance Youth Provider of the Year: Anthony Garcia, Bay Shore Brightwaters Rescue Physician of Excellence: Augustus Mantia, M.D, Hauppauge FD Honorable Mention: Eric Cruzan, M.D. Michael Torelli, M.D. Registered Professional Nurse of Excellence: Robin Zamayar, East Marion FD EMS Agency of the Year: Southampton Village EMS Honorable Mention: East Brentwood FD Brentwood Legion Ambulance Centereach FD Community Ambulance Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance John Desjardins was also recognized as the 2012 New York State BLS Provider of the year


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East Farmingdale F.D. Hosts Active Shooter Class

On Sunday January 12, 2014, the East Farmingdale Fire Department hosted the Suffolk County Police and EMS Active Shooter Class. Over 75 students were trained by SCPD Deputy Chief of Patrol Cameron, SCPD Surgeon Deputy Chief Coyle, MD, and Chief Robert Delagi, Suffolk County EMS Chief of Pre-hospital Operations. The class covered emergency response procedures and operations, unified command, ICS, safety procedures and numerous points

and lessons learned from the many recent tragedies that have occurred around the country. Actual recordings of the 911 call for the Aurora Colorado Theater Shooting were played and reviewed with the class. The fire call from the Brewster (NY) shooting 911 recording in which four volunteer fireifghters were shot and two died, was also played and reviewed. There have been so many calls where responding units have encountered multiple

victims, critical injuries and panic stricken victims. These are very dangerous events that could expose first responders to multiple shooters, improvised exploding devices and/or traps designed to hamper or kill the first responders. This is an excellent class with a team of instructors second to none. If it is scheduled for your area make every effort to attend. The lessons learned could save your life. -Fire News photos by Brad Maier


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Soon-to-Be Demolished in Mineola

In anticipation of the impending demolition of the old KeySpan building on Old Country Road in Mineola, the Mineola Fire Department, along with numerous mutual aid departments, conducted a drill at the site on November 17, 2013. The building will eventually be torn down to make room for a multi-unit rental complex. - Fire News photos by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Fire and Patient Evacuation in East Islip

On December 21, 2013, the East Islip Fire Department responded to the Momentum at South Bay nursing home and rehab facility on East Main Street. Upon arrival there was a heavy smoke condition coming from the roof. East Islip Chief Hani Kutteh had crews work on the fire while other first responders aided in evacuating approximately half of the 120 patients, who were brought across the street to a bank parking lot where heated tents and mobile units were set up. East Islip requested mutual aid from Islip, Islip Terrace, Central Islip, Bay Shore, West Sayville, Bohemia, Great Rive and East Brentwood and Mutual aid from Exchange Ambulance and Bay Shore Brightwaters Ambulance. The fire — caused by a contractor’s torch work on the roof — was extinguished and crews cleared the smoke before patients and staff were allowed back in the facility. No major injuries were reported. - Fire News photos by Kevin J. Parkan


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Capt Barry Standish, Chief William Donahue, Paramedic Caroline Clements, Asst Chief Glenn Bullock, FF Virginia Soullas, Paramedic/FF Dolaina Thomsen, Fire Safety Officer Jim McMahon get together for a photo during a recent drill. (Left) Caroline Clements and Dolaina Thomsen-Paramedics, smile for the camera. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

Sound Beach Reaches Out to Community Members of Sound Beach Fire Department brought Santa to the Daughters of Wisdom Convent in their district on December 18, 2013. -Fire News photo by Stefanie Montenegro

Smiling with Santa in Sound Beach (Left to right) Lt. Darran Handshaw (Co. 1), 2nd Assistant Chief Keith Williams, Chief Tom Sternberg, 1st Assistant Chief John Drews, Lt. Mike Macrelli (Co. 2), and Capt. John Romonoski (Co. 1). -Fire News photo by Stefanie Montenegro


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Suffolk County USAR TF-1 Mobex 2013 Recently, the 10th Suffolk County Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 (Suffolk TF 1) conducted its annual Mobilization Exercise (MobEx 2013) on Plum Island. The 2013 MobEx was focused on a theme established a few years ago, to test the Suffolk TF 1 ability to deploy to the barrier islands and smaller outlying islands within the county’s jurisdiction. To accomplish this mission Suffolk TF 1 has worked toward preparing and deploying to these smaller communities under non-conventional methods, specifically moving its assets via aircraft and by sea. Starting on the evening of Friday (November 13, 2013) the alert was transmitted for all participating TF members to call in for assignment. Simultaneously, the Task Force Leader (TFL) and Plans Branch began plugging in members to the positions and organizational chart. Additionally the Logistic Branch begin checking the cache and prepping the vehicles for deployment. On November 10, 2013, Suffolk TF 1 mobilized at 0500 and departed at 0530 by land transport. By 0700 the first wave of TF personnel and equipment were loaded and en route via ferry to Plum Island. At 0800 the TFL, Rescue Branch Manager, Planning Branch Manager and Logistics Manager along with Medical Specialist were inbound via airship and conducting aerial reconnaissance. By 0900 the Base of Operation (BoO) was established and the Search Squads deployed. Based on the reconaissance missions and intelligence provided by fictitious Plum Island residents the Rescue Squads were deployed. By 1545 all victims were rescued and transported via vessel to the Long Island mainland and then on to an area hospital. By 1645, due to rapidly aspproaching sunset, all squads were recovered and began debriefing by the TFL and Planning Branch. Missions for the next day were developed and the process for breakdown and order of departure from the Plum Island were developed by the Logistics and Planning Branches. By 1830 the TF members were out of the elements, eating dinner and settling in for the overnight rest period. At 0600 on November 11, 2013, the TF began to breakdown the sleeping encampment and prepare for the second day’s operational period. By 0730 the TFL and Planning Branch were notified by Plum Island Security of a real world condition. Due to the unexpected arrival of gale force winds within the next few hours, the Plum Island ferry captain recommend immediate departure of all TF members. This was due to the boats not being able to operate with TF vehicles aboard in the sea conditions expected over the ensuing 10 to 12 hours. The determination was made by the TFL and his staff to begin “Bug Out” procedures. Once again the effective development of a departure process by the Plans and Logistics branches paid off. Starting at 0800 the TF began operations. By 1100 all TF members and equipment were off Plum Island as weather conditions deteriorated. By 1400 hours all TF assets were back at the point of departure and the demobilization process was completed. The TF Command would like to thank the US Custom and Border Patrol Aviation, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Marine Unit and Suffolk County Police Aviation. Overall, the 2013 MobEx was a great success and many thanks must be expressed to US Department of Homeland Security and the Plum Island staff, who helped create an outstanding exercise experience. All EMS, fire and law enforcement personnel with four-or-more years of experience and in good standing with their home agency are invited to attend open enrollment meetings to learn more about Suffolk Task Force 1. Interested parties can contact the Program Manager at 631 852 4859 or via email at brett.martinez@ suffolkcountyny.gov. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam -Fire News story by Brett Martinez


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Selden Remembers Oscar Edward Dixon

In August 2013, hundreds of car enthusiasts made it out to the Selden Fire Department’s inaugural Oscar Dixon Memorial Car Show to support an effort to raise funds for a monument to honor a fallen brother firefighter. On October 26, 2013, a dream came true as the members of Dixon Engine 3 of the Selden Fire Department and all the families of the department members dedicated a fitting memorial to Oscar Edward Dixon, who lost his life to an apparent heart attack on October 28, 1973, while driving an engine to a call. Despite the fatal heart attack, Dixon was able to safely stop the rig, averting a further tragedy. On hand to unveil the monument which stands to the rear of Station One were the wife, children, grandchildren, department members and the community who knew and responded with Oscar “Ed” Dixon, representatives from Boy Scouts of America Pack 362 and family members. Ed was the Scout Master of Pack 362 in 1973. In the true tradition of the fire service, Oscar Edward Dixon was and always will be remembered by the Selden community and the members of the Selden Fire Department. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

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East Hampton Township MCI Drill This past November, emergency responders from East Hampton Township and beyond participated in one of the largest MCI drills ever conducted in the town. Responding agencies were faced with a multivehicle crash which included a small bus, a work van and a passenger van with a total of 36 victims in need of assistance on Old Montauk Highway and Cemetery Road in Montauk. The drill planning and set up was overseen by Springs 1st Assistant Chief Dave King, who, with a staff of about 25 people worked several months in putting together a complex scenario that would test the skills of all involved. Numerous heavy rescue extrication situations along with a low angle technical rescue and the treatment/transport of 36 injured were part of the event. First responding units from the East Hampton Town Police and Montauk Fire Department quickly identified the need not only for multiple emergency units, but also immediately implemented the Incident Command System. Chief Richard Schoen, from Montauk Fire Department, as the Incident Commander, set up four branches to run the event; Heavy Rescue, EMS, Law Enforcement and Air Operations. Responders from Montauk, Amagansett, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Springs and Sag Harbor fire departments and ambulance agencies all participated and utilized their skill sets to extricate, triage, treat and transport the victims. Suffolk County’s new Major Emergency Response Vehicle (MERV) was also used for the drill to transport many of the injured off site. EMS providers can transport up to 24 patients in this unit, but the MERV can also be used for firefighter rehab if needed. Evaluators and facilitators from Suffolk County EMS, Fire Rescue and Emergency Services, Police and the Plum Island Fire Department critiqued the drill and were overall very pleased with the combined effort of all involved. -Fire News photos by Emily Peterson -Fire News story by Kevin Peterson

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Suffolk County Emerald Society Installation

At this years Suffolk County Emerald Society’s Awards and Installation Dinner, EMT Chris Rodriguez, Paramedic Daniel Desioza, of the Coram Fire District; and Paramedic James Deutsch and EMT-cc Kevin Bader of Terryville Fire District were recognized for saving the life of a fellow paramedic. Ex-Captain Jack McLaughlin of the Hauppauge Fire Department received the Harold Lally Lifetime Achievement Award. Chief John McKenna of

the Northport Fire Department was recognized as the Irishman of the Year. Congratulations to Michael Mooney who received the past-Presidents Award 2009-2011. The Larry Williams Award for Valor went to Southampton Fire Department Captain Stephen Rogoski, Second Assistant Chief Michael Kempf, Chief Rodney Pierson, Lt. Matthew Shimkus, Lt. Alfred Callahan, Nicholas Aldrich and Chris Gaynor. -Fire News photos by Jim Dunn

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Hicksville Swears In New Chief of Department The Hicksville Fire Department announced today that Frank M. McGeough has been sworn in as Chief of Department for 2014 at a ceremony held at HFD Headquarters. Chief McGeough, a former Captain of Independent Engine and Hose Company No. 2, previously served as Assistant Chief since 2008 and is a 20-year member of the department. For the first time in the history of the department, the membership elected a female to the position of assistant chief. Newly elected 3rd Assistant Chief Elizabeth “Liz� Flahavan, a former Captain of Heavy Rescue Company No. 8, has been a member of the department since 1988 and is a NYS-certified Emergency Medical Technician. Recently, Chief Flahavan was honored with the 2013 Nassau County Firematics Award for service to the community. Also sworn in today was newly elected Fire Commissioner Anthony Wigdzinski, a former chief of the department, as well as 1st Assistant Chief Richard Diaz and 2nd Assistant Chief Robert Telender. Department members were also on hand at the ceremony to thank out-going Chief of Department Christopher Moskos for his eight years of service. - Fire News photos courtesy of the Hicksville Fire Department

(Left to right) 1st Assistant Chief Richard Diaz; 2nd Assistant Chief Robert Telender, Jr.; and 3rd Assistant Chief Elizabeth Flahavan.


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Suffolk County Exec Attends Lakeland Installation Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and SCFRES Commissioner Joe Williams attended the Lakeland Fire Department Annual Installation Dinner. Bellone thanked the volunteer firefighters for their commitment and dedication in protecting the residents and communities of Lakeland

Frank Agolia Honored in Deer Park Suffolk County Executive Bellone joined the Deer Park Fire Department, Legislator D'Amaro, Assemblyman Raia, the Suffolk County Police Veterans Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion to honor Frank Agolia for his heroic military record in WWII, 33 years of service as a Decorated NYC Police Detective and for his continued commitment to the Deer Park community.


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McGeough Sworn in for Hicksville At a ceremony held on New Year’s Day at Hicksville Fire Department Station # 1, Frank McGeough with his fiancée Sara by his side was sworn in as the 68th Chief of the Hicksville Fire Department by Fire Commissioner Scott Skrynecki. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Mutual Aid … for Santa On December 24, 2013, the members of the West Hempstead Fire Department went on a mutual aid call to help Santa with his rounds. This annual job on Christmas Eve brings joy to every street in town. - Fire News photo by Bill D’Alessandro


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Brookhaven Firefighters Museum Holds Installation Dinner

Congratulations to, (left to right), Gene Gerrard, who swore in the 2014 officers; Ed Corrigan, President; Frank Densing, Financial Secretary; Marie Petersen, Secretary; Paul Callegari, Trustee; Herb Petersen, Director. Good luck in 2014. - Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam


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A Restoration to Remember Senior Girl Scout Cassandra Asselta was honored for achieving the Girl Scouts of America Gold Award and her remarkable work in restoring a 1964 pumper truck at the Brookhaven Volunteer Firefighter’s Museum. The vehicle’s restoration required more than 100 hours of work disassembling, sanding, painting, pin-striping and reassembling the truck. In the spring of 2011, Cassandra Asselta took it upon herself to restore the truck as part f her Gold Award Project for the Girl Scouts of America. After 120 hours of hard work, the truck was completed. Cassandra was also honored as a life-member of the Brookhaven Volunteer’s Firefighters Museum. Cassie work diligently on the project with her dad Tony, who is a member of Holtsville Fire Department. Cassie's completed project, that she affectingly named “GORDON” is on display at the museum. -Fire News photos by Jim Dunn

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Stony Brook Opens New Burn Unit On January 16, 2014, the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center at Stony Brook Medicine opened their new, state-of-the-art Burn Unit. On hand to support the ceremony were friends in government, firefighters, doctors, nurses and hospital staff, all of who have worked tirelessly to make the day happen. The Burn Center serves approximately 200 patients annually. The expansion allows for more efficient care in a spacious modern facility. The new center is collaboration between Stony Brook Medicine and the Suffolk County volunteer firefighters who, over the years, have held fundraisers, petitioned local government and advocated in Albany for increased funding. Their commitment, coupled with Stony Brook’s specialized expertise brings the most advanced care available to the community. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam


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Nassau Departments Honored The Long Beach Fire Department, along with Point Lookout-Lido, Island Park and Atlantic Beach Rescue were honored by TD Bank in Long Beach for their heroic actions performed during Super Storm Sandy. Left are the chiefs from the local departments and Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford. -Fire News photo by Zachary B. Grunther

Seaford Honors 30 Members Each year the Seaford Hook Ladder & Engine Company 1 honors those members who have 25 or more years of service. Recently, at fire headquarters, 30 members were honored. Ex-Chief Wes Weeks was the master-of-ceremonies for the evening. Of course, the highlight of the evening was the reading of the honored member’s names and a brief biography. The combine years of service for the honored members totaled 1,210 years. There were some members who were unable to attend the event and therefore are not in the photo. Honored for their service were: Stephen Feil - 25 years; Steve Sander - 25; George V. Kern - 25; Paul Romano - 28; Domenick Bova - 30; Carl Meyer -32; Silvio Bellissimo 33; Robert Podesta - 34; Frank Allaire - 35; Peter Robinson, - 36; Jeff Fannon - 36; Ralph Iorio -37; George Von Glahn, Jr. - 38; Carl Waltz -38; Gerald Black-39; John Brooks - 44; Robert Powell - 46; Charles Schmitt - 48; Wesley Weeks, Jr. - 49; Phil Annitto -58; Robert Fischer - 59; Fred Roth, Jr. - 65; and Dominick Nicola -39; James Curry - 40; Werner Stauch - 41; George A. Kern - 41; Bellissimo - 66 years. Congratulations to all. -Fire News photo by Jack Healy Don Clarke - 41; Raymond E. Kuhner - 51; Warren Parmiter - 57; John


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Wantagh Recognizes Heroes On July 5, 2013, Alarm #13-1102 was transmitted at approximately 2320 hours. The alarm was for a fire at the address on Hawthorne Drive West in Wantagh. Ex-Captain Thomas Brandon of Engine 7 and Firefighter Daniel Brandon of Engine 7, both of whom reside around the corner from the fire address, responded directly to the scene. They were soon joined by ex-Chief Jeff Lindgren of Ladder 1 who also resides in the vicinity. Upon arrival they encountered a fire with heavy smoke showing. They witnessed Nassau County Police Officers removing a female resident via a ladder from the front of the home and were notified that people were still missing. Firefighter Brandon immediately ran to the rear of the home in an attempt to gain access. He witnessed a male resident of the home precariously clinging to the home upon a small setback roof. He yelled for

the ladder and ex-Captain Brandon ran to the rear with the ladder. They placed it into position and Firefighter Brandon raced to the victim. He guided the man onto the ladder and safely removed him to the rear yard. When asked if anyone was still inside, the man said he wasn’t sure. With this information they returned to the front of the home and ex-Captain Brandon raced to his car to find a tool in an attempt to gain entry via the front door. Arriving with a sledgehammer, the front door was forced and all three gained entry. With conditions deteriorating and without the protection of SCBA, and no hose line, they were forced to back out. Ex-Captain Brandon again made a sweep of the exterior and came upon a young man who had self-extricated himself from a basement window. Their actions enabled them to locate the seat of the fire, information which was passed on to

arriving firefighters and to Chief Jackowitz and that also that all occupants were safe. It is with these unselfish actions and in the highest traditions of the Wantagh Fire Department that the Awards Committee granted a Lifesaving Extraordinary Award to be presented to ex-Chief Jeff Lindgren, ex-Captain Thomas Brandon and Firefighter Daniel Brandon. (Above) Lieutenant Dan Claus-Engine 7, Captain James Cooke-Engine 7, 1st Assistant Chief Jason Jackowitz, Chief of Department William Allen, Award Recipients (3) ex-Chief Jeff Lindgren, Firefighter Daniel Brandon, exCaptain Thomas Brandon, 2nd Assistant Chief James Bloomfield, 3rd Assistant Chief Joseph Gross III, Lieutenant Kenny Stallone-Ladder 1 and Captain Robert Casaburi. -Fire News photo by Harry Loud


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Mangano Congratulates Hicksville FD

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


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Augustus Mantia, M.D. Receives Suffolk County ‘Physician of Excellence’ Award On November 1, 2013, Suffolk REMSCO (Suffolk Regional Emergency Medical Service Council) extended their Congratulations to Dr. Augustus Mantia for being awarded the "2012 Physician of Excellence". Dr. Mantia was honored at their annual Awards Dinner and Ceremony Event on November 1, 2013. The Smithtown and Hauppauge regions were crippled as Hurricane Sandy tore down trees and power lines throughout the area and flooded Long Island Sound beaches. In the wake of the recovery, the news was moving so fast it may be hard to keep track. The Hauppauge Fire District is very proud to call our Fire Department surgeon Dr. Augustus Mantia and submit him for recognition for 2012's New York State Emergency Medical Services Council (REMSCO). As a volunteer 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 may be 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 during Hurricane Sandy. On the day of the hurricane he rode around with the Suffolk County Police Department checking in on as many communities that needed his assistance many days risking his life with only one thought in mind: if medical help was needed for a person in the community he would be there to help, especially knowing that most hospitals were up to and over capacity with incoming emergencies. Many people had no way of getting there even if they had to because most streets were blocked by fallen

trees and the continued fear of bad weather. Personally, at his home in Smithtown, NY, he and his family had no electricity for 11 days. He left his family, knowing they would be safe and neighbors would be checking in on them, risking his own life and volunteering his medical services to those in need. During the aftermath of the hurricane he remained on call with the Hauppauge Fire Department if his assistance was needed. There was never a time that was ever more paramount in his mind as to the oath he took as a physician, and that was to take care of and save the lives of others. 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. Dr. Mantia is on staff at Mount Siani North Shore Medical Group in Nesconset, N.Y. as a Doctor of Internal Medicine.


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NYS Basic Life Support Provider of the Year Member Jon Desjardins of the East Northport Fire Department saved member Tom D’Antonio of Huntington Community First Aid Squad on a LIRR train a year ago. He was recently recognized during the NYS Vital Signs EMS Conference held in Buffalo. On the morning of October 17, 2012, Jon Desjardins was on a Northport train traveling westbound to Manhattan as he does most mornings. At approximately 0845, Tom D’Antonio, was riding in the same car. Tom began to experience non-classical signs and symptoms of cardiac distress, and then went into full cardiac arrest. He was 53 at the time. The LIRR conductor requested medical assistance. Jon immediately and unhesitatingly responded, quickly assessed the situation and provided the initial compressions and ventilations. Jon continued providing CPR for 12 minutes until the train reached the Mineola

platform at which time, Jon extricated Tom from the double decker and carried him to the platform where an off-duty nurse from Winthrop Hospital and a Nassau County Police Officer arrived along with an AED. Tom received two shocks from the AED (one in the ambulance on the way to the hospital and the second in the emergency room where he again became breathless and pulseless). Tom spent three weeks in the intensive care unit and an additional week in Winthrop before his release. Tom has since returned to riding with the Huntington Community First Aid Squad as an EMT. Tom initially thought he would not return, but after experiencing Jon’s enthusiasm and expression of how great it would be to share his survival story and help someone else, Tom reconsidered. Tom returned to riding the LIRR and even encountered the same conductor who had initially raised the alarm and alerted Jon. The conductor honestly admitted that he thought that Tom had passed. Tom considers Jon his guardian angel. “Saving Tom’s life was one of the most significant moments of my life and my EMS career,” said Desjardins. The Survival rate for prehospital cardiac arrest is less than 10 percent and what made the save even more incredible was that D’Antonio did not

receive defibrillation until well over 10 minutes of basic CPR, demonstrating that CPR works. “If you have not taken a class, find one,” said Desjardins. “If you have extra time to volunteer, join a local firehouse or ambulance squad. One person does make a difference.” In addition, Jon has since won the New York State Excelsior Award from Assemblyman Andrew Raia, has received a Proclamation from Town of Huntington’s Susan Berland and the Town Board, has won the Suffolk County Basic Life Support Provider of the Year, has won the EMS Medal and the Chiefs Medal from the East Northport Fire Department, and arrangements are being made for Senator John Flanagan to present Jon with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal, for his heroic actions.

Harold Lally Lifetime Achievement Award Congratulations to Jack McLoughlin, who was honored at the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters’ Emerald Society Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Jack joined the Hauppauge Fire Department in 1964 and is assigned to Engine Company 4 and currently has the rank of ex-Captain. He has been with the department everyday since then and was awarded a Smithtown Chiefs Council Citation in February of 1991. In 1968, Jack founded his company, Fire Research, after just four years of being a volunteer firefighter. His engineering background and creative thinking helped him create a company whose sole purpose was to advance and modernize equipment in the fire service. Every fireman is familiar with the Skull Saver — it was designed by Jack many years ago. Jack also designed and marketed the first electronic water level gauge in the fire industry and the first electronic governor. He holds 37 patents for his innovations. After 45 years of running and expanding this successful venture, Jack stepped down as President of Fire Research this year, but remains working to continue the success of this company. His hard work with this company now reaches around the globe as his business has grown internationally. Jack is also a charter member of FAMA, the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association, serving as Chairman of the Statistics Committee and has received their prestigious Star Achiever award. Throughout his many years of service to the fire service, Jack has always had one intention:

is to make everything better. He is never satisfied with “good enough” and has worked on countless ideas to improve the quality and innovation of equipment and safety on the fireground. The only trait that trumps his work ethic is his benevolence. Jack, above and beyond everything else, is a family man, and to quote Jack, “the achievement he is most proud of is being husband to Sherry, father to eight children and grandfather to fourteen.” His kindness and generosity is not just limited to his large family, but to everyone he comes across. To this day he does all that he can for anyone who needs help. Throughout the years Jack has offered support and employment at his company to many fellow firefighters and aided others in ways most of us will never hear about. Recently the Hauppauge Fire Department unveiled a new 9/11 Memorial, and Jack was an incredible resource and donated an incredible amount of time, thought, and effort into this project, all while hiding behind the scenes. Next year, Jack will achieve his 50 years of working hard everyday to ensure that when he service, but he didn’t earn it by hanging out in leaves the fire service, it will be in much better the kitchen or the lounge; he has earned it by shape than when he found it.


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Nassau Fire Marshals Hold Awards Dinner

The Nassau County Fire Marshals Benevolent Association’s Ninth Annual Awards and Recognition Dinner honored NYS Senator Martin J. Golden, Retired Judge John Marks, Vice Chairman of the Nassau County Republican Committee Joe Cairo and Michael Bomengo, General Manager of the North Hills Country Club this year for all their assistance to the Association. -Fire News photos by Alex VanSantvoord


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NYS Fire Police Association Holds 50 Years of Service Awards Night

The New York State Association of Fire Police Director Frank Guarino awarded members of the North Fork Fire Police Association, with 50 years of service, with the New York State Association of Fire Police Award Certificate. The ceremony took place at the Cutchogue Fire Department. (Left to right): Bruno Semon, 1st Vice President,

North Fork Fire Police Association; Frank Guarino, Regional Director Volunteer Fire Police Association of New York; Perry V. Conklin, Jamesport; John Anderson, Jamesport; Frank Begora, Jr., East Marion; William Volinski, East Marion; Joseph Soito, Orient; George Cappon, Greenport; Stanley Zaweski, Jamesport; Daniel Kaelin II,

Jamesport; Lewis Tomaszewski, Jamesport; Robert Reeves, Jr., Orient. Recipients not in attendance and not in photo were Arthur Quintana, East Marion; Albin Zaweski, Jamesport; Richard Sledjeski, Greenport (posthumously). -Fire News photo by Jackie Andrejack


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East Meadow Chief Saves Baby

On October 6, 2013, East Meadow Chief Walter Griffin was alerted by his neighbor who frantically appeared at his door with their 10-monthold son who had stopped breathing. Chief Griffin immediately alerted the East Meadow Fire Department to respond and began giving the infant back blows and chest compressions. After the third round of these efforts, the child began to respond, cried, and began to breathe on his own. Dr. John Zaso, the East Meadow Fire Department Medical Director responded to the scene and evaluated the child, who was then transported to Nassau University Medical Center, was evaluated further and released with no ill effects. Our Medical Director feels that if not for Chief Griffin's actions, the child would have perished. -Fire News photos by Kevin Imm


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‘Ed’ …. MY TURN … by Brian Curry The guy that I’m going to tell you about is someone that would do his best to stay out of that spotlight. No, he had nothing to hide, no sinister reasons to stay in the dark, he just preferred the normal glow of the sunshine on a regular day. I dare to say he took some joy out of simply going about his business. North Patchogue firefighter Ed Welsh left us last week. Passed away in his sleep. Probably just the way he wanted it. No muss, no fuss and certainly no fanfare. His landlady grew worried when she noticed that his Jeep had not moved in a day and she knew something was wrong. That’s because you could set your clock by Ed’s routine in the morning. By 1000, Ed would drive over to North Patchogue’s main firehouse. If you were lucky enough to beat him into the ready (coffee) room, he’d walk in with a hearty “Mornin' boys,” and immediately head over to the “free taxpayer coffee” and you’d get some of his good-natured sarcastic wit if by some slim chance you had preceded him into the room and not started the first pot. Ed had some great opinions, and, as I’ve chronicled in this spot before, the NPFD coffee klatch is a fantastic place to express them while solving the world’s problems. I can’t tell you how many times I found myself nodding in agreement with his take on things. Even when you disagreed with his stance, you respected his opinion. That’s because it was basically common sense. Another famous “Ed-ism” regarding anything from world politics to fire department policies was, “Common sense will not be tolerated.” And he always had examples either global or local to back that up. Ed’s most famous foil in the coffee room was ex-Chief Donny Rothe. Ed knew just which buttons to push and the results were either intellectually stimulating or knee slappingly hilarious and most of the time both. A first timer to the ready room would think they were poles apart, but in reality they were the closest of friends with everything from mutual respect to a shared sense of service to their community. Don has taken his sudden loss hard. As I wrote to Ron Kinsella a fan of this column and Brookhaven firefighter who was trying to place if he knew him, but couldn’t recall his face, I realized what type of of man/ firefighter/ Marine veteran that we had just lost. “Don’t be too hard on yourself Ron, I say this in total respect for the man, but while Ed was a “backbone” member, do anything requested type of guy he was very much a “blend into the background” type of person. He sincerely had no ego, no sense of entitlement (except for that morning coffee) and was totally content to just do the job without accolades, praise or rewards. Ed was not rare; he was one of a kind. Quiet until you rubbed him the wrong way. And if you DID rub him the wrong way it was probably time to reexamine your positions or actions. Because Ed did not get upset if your opinion differed from him, only if you upset his sense of honor, commitment, friendship, loyalty or sense of service. In other words, anything that counts. He was a Marine at the height of the action in Viet Nam. As most veterans of that era he rarely talked about it. Another thing Ed did not talk about is in his Viet Nam memoirs author R.M. Cook Barela mentions Ed by name a few times for his battle actions. He was a Patchogue firefighter for five years before joining North Patchogue for first a ten-year stretch from 1975 to 85 and then back again in 1993 until his passing. Ed who was 65 when he left us, leaves behind his sister Linda, sons Matt (a North Patchogue and FDNY Lieutenant) and Michael and four grandchildren. When a respected firefighter passes away the firematic community really knows how to send you off with the smoke eater’s version of a Viking’s funeral. In everything from the ceremonial tower ladder arch with the American flag waving to the casket borne in the back of a fire engine to the mournful sounds of the bagpipes. I can recall many times that Ed had driven one of those rigs to honor a fallen or passed away brother or sister in the past. But as hundreds gathered in the bitter cold at his wake and his funeral and all the solemn pomp and circumstance that can be allowed in the fire service was shown, more than one of us had a small chuckle to ourselves that if Ed was watching he would totally disapprove and be embarrassed at all this attention for him. And I'm sure that if he saw this column (he was a faithful reader of it) and saw that he was the subject of it he'd be embarrassed too. Sorry, Ed it's only "common sense" to honor your life and service.Rest in peace brother, we got it from here. -Fire News story by Brian Curry, photos by Joe Volpi


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NPFD Honorary Chief Al Kattau Passes Al Kattau 89, a 71year member of the North Patchogue fire department passed away on November 8, 2013, and NPFD Chief Jon Mentzel ordered all department flags to halfmast. Kattau, who joined the department in 1942, had actually been one of NPFD’s first Juniors as far back as 1935. Al’s good friend, exChief Bob Deedy, recalled that Kattau as a child lived close by the original NPFD firehouse at the intersection of Route 112 and Clark Street. A quiet, unassuming man he had always been a backbone member of the North Patchogue department. “He never rose through the ranks, but was there whenever he was needed and in whatever capacity was required,” said Mentzel. For his dedicated service he was awarded the rarely bestowed title of Honorary Chief in 2007. Kattau, who many Patchogue locals will

remember as being a flooring installer for a Cathy and Colleen. Firematic services were held at Robertacio’s variety of companies, also made deliveries for Patchogue Floral and in his later years worked Funeral Home with a funeral mass at Saint Francis De Sales. as a BOCES bus aide. -Fire News photos by Joe Volpi Mr. Kattau is survived by his wife Virginia -Fire News story by Brian Curry and six children James, John, Jo’Ann, Mary,


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Massapequa Honors Deane Post The Westend Massapequa firehouse celebrated the birthday of its oldest member, Deane Post, at their November meeting. Honorary Chief Deane Post was 90-years old on November 26, 2013. Deane turned 18 in 1941 and a few weeks later, right after the attack on Pearl Harbor, joined Ladder Company 2 of the Massapequa Fire Department. It wasn’t long after that Deane joined the Army Air Corp and became a gunner in a B-17 flying missions over Europe. -Fire News photo by Ed Tuffy


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Massapequa Mourns Passing of Sheldon Moskowitz The Massapequa Fire Department mourns the death of ex-Captain and ex-Commissioner Sheldon R. Moskowitz. “Shelly� passed away on November 14, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. He joined the Massapequa Fire Department in July 1978 as a member of Ladder Company 2. Shelly was Captain of Ladder Co. 2 from 1988 to 1990 and in 2000 he was elected Commissioner, where he served until 2011.

In April 1979, Shelly started working for the FAA where he maintained and repaired equipment at local airports. At the time of his death Shelly was a Radar/ESU SSC Manager at JKF Airport. Shelly was a well respected member of the Massapequa Fire Department, which showed in the large number of members that turned out for his funeral. He will be missed by all. -Fire News photos by Ed Tuffy


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Departments Assist Full Throttle Magazine to Help Kids Members from the local motorcycle community embarked on a mission to Stonybrook Medical Center from 89 North in Patchogue, escorted by several fire engines from different departments and grand marshaled by Fingers of WBAB. They delivered hundreds of presents to the young patients, who anxiously awaited their arrival. This is the 4th Annual Toy Run that Lee and Greg Sheridan, owners of Full Throttle Magazine, have organized in an effort to help make the children’s hospital stay a little easier. The toys are collected from the riders who attend the Full Throttle Magazine Winter Wonderland Party that is always held on the Wednesday evening before the Toy Run. A special thanks goes out to Centereach Fire Department, Setauket Fire Department, Selden Fire Department and the Town of Brookhaven Fire Police Association for making this event a great success. -Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone


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MOTLEY CREWS OF THE MONTH

Members of the Brentwood Legion Ambulance. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Members of the Brentwood Department. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Plainview Truck Company # 3 and Santa. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Bethpage Engine Company #7 and Santa. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Syosset Fire Department Woodbury Fire Company # 1 and Santa. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Syosset Fire Company # 1 with Santa. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Syosset Fire Company # 1 with Santa. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Syosset Engine Company 5 with Santa. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm


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Heavy Rescue Company 8 Brings Joy in Hicksville The Hicksville Fire Department's Heavy Rescue Company 8 continued their holiday tradition and adopted four Hicksville families this holiday season. This was made possible with funds raised from their Annual Charity Golf Outing, which was held in July. In the past, Heavy Rescue Company 8 has supported many worthwhile causes and organizations with the funds raised from this outing. This is the fourth year they chose to use the proceeds to adopt some Hicksville families. Members of the company spent hours gathering wish lists and spending hours shopping for family gifts. The members gathered at the firehouse on December 21, and sorted out the gifts and with the help of Santa, delivered the presents on Rescue 938. All of the families were excited and grateful to the members of the Hicksville Fire Department, who also enjoyed this great cause. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Wading River Presents Chief With Ring The Wading River Fire Department presented exChief Erick Cohen with his life membership card, ex-chief's ring and plaque at a recent meeting. In the photo, left to right, is president and ex-Chief William Savage, First Deputy Chief and ex-Chief Mark Donnelly, ex-Chief Erick Cohen, Second Assistant Chief Kevin McQueeney and Third Assistant Chief Anthony Bitalvo. -Fire News photo by Mike Wiwczar


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Congratulations to Ex-Chief Louis Santosus

Ex-Chief Louis Santosus of the Mineola Fire Department was honored at the Town of Hempstead Firematic Awards Ceremony for his 50-years of service to the Mineola Fire Department, the community and to the Town of Hempstead. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Levittown Heroes Honored

Intense smoke can be dangerous and even fatal for the most fully equipped firefighters. When there are people trapped helplessly inside a home with increasing smoke, seconds count for emergency responders. In one life threatening moment, Captain Frank Cacioli and Firefighters Joseph DeSimone and Nicholas Mouzakes confronted the blinding menace and choking fumes of a home filled with toxic smoke. Captain Cacioli took command at the scene and firefighters DeSimone and Mouzakes went into the smoky house to search for victims. They quickly located an elderly woman and her aide. As smoke continued to build and conditions worsened, the firefighters removed the aide from the home and carried the disabled elderly woman to safety. Without the quick instincts of these three brave volunteers, a dangerous scene could have turned into a tragedy. In the face of life-threatening conditions, these three firefighters did not waste a second in saving two lives. Now that the smoke has cleared in this dangerous rescue, the Town of Hempstead is proud to honor Captain Frank Cacioli and firefighters Joseph DeSimone and Nicholas Mouzakes of the Levittown Fire Department with the 2013 Firematic Service Award. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm


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VSFD Rescue Helping Wounded Warriors

A member of the Rescue Company of the Valley Stream Fire Department is shown here collecting donations from holiday shopping motorists leaving Green Acres Shopping Center in Valley Stream on a Saturday in December. The Rescue Company held the fund drive to benefit Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior. - Fire News photo by Richie Fields

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Charlie Daniels Helps Firefighters Help Wounded Warriors

Charlie Daniels and Marshall Tucker held a concert at the NYCB Threatre at Westbury to benefit Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior. This is the second year that Charlie Daniels has held this event to help raise monies for NCFF-OWW. In the photo, NCFF-OWW Chairman Joe O'Grady of Floral Park, left, and Event Chairman Chris Baktis of the Franklin SquareMunson FD, presented a plaque to Charlie Daniels for his commitment and support of Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior. -Fire News photo by Steve Grogan


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Out of Control in Lakeview

The Lakeview Fire Department was on the scene of a one vehicle accident. An SUV left the roadway and traveled more than 100 feet on the sidewalk before crossing a side street and smashing into a sign at the West Hempstead CVS store at Eagle Avenue and Hempstead Avenue. Firefighters had to support the sign that was being partially held up by a parked vehicle with occupants inside of it. -Fire News photos by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Following in Dad’s Footsteps David Walker, a 20-year member of the volunteer fire service, currently a member of the Massapequa Fire Department, gets together with his son, Dale, for a family photo. Dale Warwick is a junior firefighter in the Massapequa Fire Department and spends much of his time as the president of the Nassau County Junior Firefighters Association. Dale is dedicated to scheduling special training, events and meetings across Nassau County for the NCJFA. -Fire News photo by David Warwick

Proud of Our Juniors in Bethpage The Bethpage Junior Firefighters get together for a group photo in front of the Terry Farrell Firefighter Fund vehicle. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Plainview Juniors The Plainview Volunteer Fire Department Juniors and Advisors visited the 9/11 Memorial on November 10, 2013, to honor those that served. The advisors (uniformed members) arrived at the memorial with a total of 18 juniors at around 1030. They stopped at the 9/11 Tribute Center located at 120 Liberty Street, where they saw the stories of the people who were there that day. After that they went to Ground Zero and watched the 9/11 Memorial Veterans Ceremony, which included a rendition of Taps and a selection by the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes & Drums. They then observed active duty military personnel tying yellow ribbons to the Survivor Tree which survived the horrific disaster. The juniors then walked around the fountains reading the names of the fallen. -Fire News photo by David Walker

E. Norwich Juniors Lend a Hand The East Norwich Juniors take part in the Toys for Tots drive. The firehouse was a drop off point and the kids decided that they wanted to help out, and each kid brought a toy with them for the drive. - Fire News photo by Jerry Presta


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Massapequa Chief’s at Work Left to right is 1st Assistant Chief G. Keuchler, Chief of Department S. Daresta, 2nd Assistant Chief T. Fitzsimmons. -Fire News photo by Ed Tuffy

Preparing for the Storm On the onset of the January 21, 2014, snowstorm, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, spoke at the county’s Department of Public Works barn in Commack. He briefed members of the media and the public on the severity of the oncoming winter storm.


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MOTLEY CREWS OF THE MONTH

Santa and his helpers from the Centerport (Santa-Port) FD. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

West Hempstead Fire Department members helping Santa. - Fire News photo by Bill D’Alessandro

Members of Terryville FD Engine Co. 2 and Santa payed a visit to Ryan Zinna, who is fighting recurrent Medulloblastoma. - Fire News photo by Joe Lapietra

Smithtown Fire Department’s 34th annual Christmas Parade. - Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber


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MOTLEY CREWS OF THE MONTH

Chief Simmons (81) of the Hempstead FD with his baby girl. - Fire News photo by Bill D’Alessandro

Santa making his rounds on Christmas Eve. - Fire News photo by Bill D’Alessandro

Bethpage Engine and Ladder Company #4 with Santa. - Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Santa, Mrs. Clause and the elves sledding around Northport. - Fire News photo by John Mancino


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MOTLEY CREWS OF THE MONTH

Suffolk County Police Department K-9 Unit at the MOBEX 2013 exercise on Plum Island. -Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam

Members of the Bayport FD after a recent MVA. -Fire News photo by Bob Fleming

Members of the Rocky Point Fire Department - Fire News photo by Peter Herold

Members of the Holtsville Fire Department. - Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez

Wantagh’s Rescue 2 prior to the Santa Run. - Fire News photo by Harry Loud

Massapequa firefighters relax after a recent worker. - Fire News photo by Ed Tuffy

The Central Islip Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. - Fire News photo by Charlie Murphy

Members of the Centereach Fire Department. - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone


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