Fire News Long Island, October 2022

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October 2022

Volume L, No. 2

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In this issue... Quick Work on Fire Island Ocean Beach assisted by Fair Harbor, Ocean Bay Park and Point O’Woods stop a house fire from extending. See story on page 12

Woodmere House Fire High ambient temperature, humidity and water loss make for a difficult fight in a two-story home. See story on page 34

DWI Charge In Amityville MVA A car takes out another car, two stores and sends five people to hospitals. See story on page 45

Looking Back at Racing Season NYS Juniors, Baldwin Hybrid, Joe Hunter Memorial, NYS Motorized at N. Bellmore ... and more next month. See stories on pages 62, 64-65, 66, 68-69

NYS Fire Chaplains Conference The NYSAFC held their Annual Training Conference at the Comfort Inn and Suites in East Greenbush, NY. See story on page 82

Obituaries Roslyn Highland’s Robert Larsen

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

Reflections on 9/11 and a Busy Fall Season As I write this editorial, the date is September 1, 2022. This editorial is my October editorial. Sitting at my desk, my mind is reflecting ahead to September 11, 2022. Taking a few moments remembering the day our nation was attacked, it is our duty to never forget September 11, 2001. I remember driving to work on a clear crisp day. The major story on the radio was about a “small” airplane that crashed into the World Trade Center. When I arrived at work, I immediately turned on the news and realized the airplane was not a small plane and my city was probably under attack. Yes, we were under attack. I reflected and shared my recollection with my readers for the past 21 years. Last year, I attended as many memorial services as possible. One year later I find myself thanking many of my photographers who joined me and spread throughout as many communities as possible, capturing photographs of the memorial services. Fire News utilized our photographs in our 9/11 20th Anniversary-Fire News Remembrance and Tribute edition. This magazine was a work of art that remembered all those lost on September 11, 2001, and continued paying tribute to those that passed away over the past 20 years due to illnesses spurred by toxic chemicals generated by the attack. When I pass

Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center, it is still common to find an FDNY Firefighter Transport Unit waiting outside of the hospital to bring one of our loved ones back home. As we move into 2023, try to think about something special your department can do to bring peace in our world. Plan on reflecting with your neighboring departments to never forget September 11, 2001. Remember to never forget those that continue to be lost to 9/11 diseases. Never Forget! As the summer months are passing us by and we enter the fall, are you prepared to do your job under different conditions? Already I am finding that the windows on my car are fogging up on the inside, making response a little slower. Before you know it, the inside fog will move to the outside of your car windows, and you will be reminded that winter is not far away. Please take the time to clear off your frosted windows before you respond to a call. Think about the children who are waiting at school bus stops. Use caution while responding through school zones and bus stops. I have seen two students who were badly hurt when they tried to run across a busy street to catch a bus that they were late for. Is your fire prevention program updated with new ideas to bring to the kids in your district?

Yes, September and October are busy times in the fire service. Polish off your ideas and incorporate new activities into your Safety Programs. If you need help, meet with your Fire Prevention Committees to discuss what you can do to embellish your Fire Prevention Program. Remember; if it wasn’t for the beep, you would still be asleep! Change your smoke and CO detector batteries or if you have 10-year detectors, check their dates to ensure that they are still good. Stay safe! - Dennis

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Dix Hills Battles House Fire

The Dix Hills Fire Department was dispatched to reports of a house fire on Calumet Drive, on August 30, 2022, at about 2155. Firefighters arrived to heavy fire on the first and second floors and through the roof of a two-story home. Crews began a very aggressive interior attack on the blaze and were able to knock-down a large volume of fire in a short period of time. About 60 firefighters using nine trucks had the blaze under control within 40 minutes. Deer Park, Melville, Wyandanch and Greenlawn assisted at the scene, with standby coverage from Commack and Commack VAC. One firefighter was transported to Huntington Hospital by the Dix Hills Rescue Squad, and was treated and released. Units were under the command of Chief Joseph Williamson. - Fire News story and photos by Steve Silverman and Paul Miller

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Albertson Electrical Fire On June 18, 2022, just before 1500, the Albertson Fire Company was dispatched to a reported basement fire on Shepherd Lane. Engine 806 found an electrical fire in the basement behind the electrical panel. A precautionary line was stretched while crews opened the walls to locate and extinguish the fire while awaiting PSE&G. The scene was placed under control in approximately 30 minutes. - Fire News photo by

New Hyde Park Garage Fire The New Hyde Park Fire Department responded to a garage fire on June 28, 2022. The fire was in a detached garage on Albert Street near Lincoln Avenue. - Fire News photo by

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Huntington Auto Body Shop Fire

The Huntington Fire Department was dispatched for a commercial structure fire on August 5, 2022, at 1540 on New York Avenue and Creek Road. Chiefs arrived to a well-involved auto body shop. Crews began an aggressive exterior attack, as multiple tower ladders and handlines were placed into operation. About 100 firefighters from Huntington, Halesite, Huntington Manor, Cold Spring Harbor, Greenlawn, Centerport, Northport, East Northport, Melville, Dix Hills, Eaton’s Neck and Syosset responded as well as the Huntington Community First Aid Squad. Enduring sweltering ambient conditions, firefighters had the hot and smoky fire under control within three hours. Suffolk County Fire-Rescue provided assistance with coordinators, MERV (Major Emergency Response Vehicle) and the Drone Team. One civilian suffered a leg injury and was transported to Huntington Hospital. Units were under the command of Chief Scott Dodge supported by Assistant Chief Sean Schwier and Deputy Chiefs Paul Smith and Matt Getter. The Town of Huntington Fire Marshal and Suffolk County Police Arson Squad are investigating. - Fire News story by Steve Silverman; photos courtesy Huntington FD and

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South Farmingdale Attic Fire

On August 13, 2022, the South Farmingdale Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire on Paula Drive. Second Assistant Chief McFarlane arrived to fire in the attic of a two-story house. Engine 971 stretched the initial line into the house. Two lines were stretched to extinguish the main body of fire with the assistance of crews from Farmingdale, Massapequa and Bethpage. The fire was placed under control in approximately 20 minutes. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photos by Over The Edge Photography and Bryan Lopez

Deer Park Car Fire

Recently, the Deer Park Fire Department responded to a single-car foam. There were three people in the car who were out of the vehioverturn MVA, which was fully involved flames. The MVA was on cle upon Deer Park’s arrival. The three were transported to local Commack Road just north of Burlington Avenue. The fire was stub- hospitals. - Fire News photo by BTFirePhoto born and kept flaring up so Deer Park extinguished the fire with

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Dual Response for Amityville Garage Fire

The Amityville and Copiague Fire Departments were alerted for a dual response for a house fire on Bryan Avenue in Amityville about 1730 on August 15, 2022. First Assistant Chief Juliano arrived to smoke showing from the garage of a 1-1/2 story home. Copiague Engines 1-3-10 and 1-1-3 stretched lines. Massapequa Ladder 636 began venting and searching the home. The fire was contained to the garage and brought under control within an hour. Additional mutual aid to the scene was provided by the North Amityville, South Farmingdale and North Lindenhurst. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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Quick Stop Saves Houses on Fire Island On August 13, 2022, at 0034, the Ocean Beach Fire Department was dispatched for a structure fire on Atlantic Avenue in Seaview. Upon arrival, 1st Assistant Chief Hesse and 2nd Assistant Chief Brennan found one house fully involved and the siding on the exposure D house lighting off. A quick knock-down of the main body of fire, along with the exterior wall of exposure D, prevented spread to additional buildings. In addition to the three engines from OBFD, mutual aid was provided by Fair Harbor, Ocean Bay Park and Point O’ Woods. - Fire News photos by Marty Leiderman

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East Meadow House Fire The East Meadow Fire Department took numerous calls reporting a house fire in the vicinity of North Jerusalem Road and Bethlynn Court about 1900 on August 19, 2022. Chief of Department Cheswick arrived to fire in the attic of a two-story, split level home. Engine 612 dropped two lines at the house and Ladders 617, 619 and North Bellmore Ladder 658 (FAST), set up in front of the house. The engine crews operated both lines as the truck crews laddered, vented, searched and opened up areas. The fire was brought under control in about 45 minutes. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza and

Bethpage Structure Fires On June 6, 2022, just before 1830, the Bethpage Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Stewart Avenue. Second Assistant Chief Castelliano arrived to find an exterior fire between Sunrise Dairy and house with the fire impinging on both structures. Engine 9077 placed the first line into operation while Ladder 3 began to open up the structures and found additional fire in the overhang of Sunrise Dairy. Two handlines were stretched to extinguish the fire in both structures. With the assistance of crews from South Farmingdale and Levittown, the fire was quickly knocked down and placed under control in under 45 minutes under the direction of Chief of Department Castles. - Fire News photos by Over The Edge Photography

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Outbuilding Fire at Boatbuilder

On August 12, 2022, at 2227, the Bellport Fire Department respond- blaze. Thanks to Hagerman and Brookhaven fire departments for ed to a structure fire at Steiger Craft on Bellport Avenue. A build- their mutual aid and to South Country Ambulance and SCPD for ing in the back of the property was fully involved upon arrival. their assistance. Firefighters were on scene for over two-hours extinguishing the - Fire News photo by John Mehrkens, Hana Mackin and Gary Pils

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Roslyn Car Fires

On July 28, 2022, the Roslyn Rescue and Roslyn Highlands fire 567 stretched a line to extinguish the fire in both vehicles. The scene companies were dispatched to a report of multiple cars on fire on was placed under control in approximately 30 minutes. Harbor Park Drive. Rescue 1st Assistant Chief Collura was quickly - Fire News photo by Over The Edge Photography on scene and found two vehicles on fire in the parking lot. Engine

Fire at Nesconset Group Home The Nesconset Fire Department was activated for a reported residential structure fire at a group residence on Diane Court at 1540 on August 12, 2022. A passerby noticed a fire on the outside of the structure and alerted the occupants. Flames and smoke were observed on the exterior of the structure upon arrival of the first fire department unit. Firefighters from Engine 4-4-1 placed an 1-3/4 inch line into operation. Engine 44-3 established a water supply and assisted with stretching and preparing a back-up line for operation. The exterior fire was quickly knocked down with very little extension into the attic space. Mutual aid came from Lakeland, Ronkonkoma, Hauppauge, Centereach, Smithtown and St. James. All units operated under the command of Chief Frank Ragona. - Fire News photo by Michael Wichtendahl

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Franklin Square Garage Fire

The Franklin Square Fire Department received multiple calls for a detached garage fire on Scherer Boulevard on August 28, 2022. Firefighters encountered a heavy fire condition on arrival with radiant heat causing extension to nearby structures. - Fire News photos by

Massapequa House Fire On July 4, 2022, the Massapequa Fire Department responded to St. Marks Place for a house fire. Units arrived to a fire that had been extinguished on the siding of a house. After further investigation, units found fire had traveled into the residence and into the eaves. Mutual aid was provided by Wantagh and Seaford. All units on scene operated under the command of Chief of Department William Monjardo. - Fire News photo by TNT Photography

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Syosset Battles Intense Flames

On September 10, 2022, at 1641, the Syosset Fire Department was alerted for a house fire on Bluebird Drive. The responding chiefs were notified that numerous calls were received reporting flames out the windows. Engine 585 stretched two 1-3/4 inch handlines which quickly knocked down visible fire. Tower Ladder 582 put their bucket to work also. Numerous mutual aid departments were requested. All operations were under the command of Chief of Department Pete Silver. It was reported that an Amazon delivery driver saw the flames and notified the occupants of the home who had not seen the flames. All occupants safely escaped. - Fire News photos by Matthew Eysser

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Plainview House Fire

Riverhead Mulch Fire Draws a Crowd The Riverhead Fire Department responded to a mulch fire shortly before 0100 off Middle Country Road in Calverton. Riverhead Chief Joe Hartmann said at least 70 firefighters from more than a dozen area departments answered Riverhead’s call for mutual aid for two large mulch piles on fire. The departments responded with tankers, brush trucks and ladder-tower trucks. The fire was declared under control just before 0600. Mutual aid came from Wading River, Rocky Point, Ridge, Flanders, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Westhampton, Eastport, East Moriches, Center Moriches, Mattituck, Southold and Riverhead Ambulance. The scene was turned over to Riverhead Fire Marshals. - Fire News photos by ex-Chief Steve Beal, story by Chief Nicholas Luparella

In the early evening of July 25, 2022, the Plainview Fire Department responded to a residence on Hofstra Drive for a fire. Syosset was alerted for a dual-response engine, and due to both ladder trucks being out of service, Bethpage Ladder 4 was notified as per the mutual aid plan. Upon further investigation, fire was found on the second floor, as well as the attic. Two handlines were stretched and mutual aid was provided by Syosset, Bethpage, Huntington Manor, North Massapequa, Westbury, Hicksville and South Farmingdale. All units on scene operated under the command of Chief Mayrose. - Fire News photo by TNT Photography

Sea Cliff Bar Fire

The Glenwood and Sea Cliff fire departments responded to a building fire at Tappen Beach on September 2, 2022. The fire may have originated in the kitchen of the Beach Bar and quickly spread into the attic. - Fire News photos by FirstOnScenePhotos

St. James House Fire

The Saint James Fire Department responded to a house fire on Monterrey Drive in Saint James on August 19, 2022, at 1835. A fire broke out in a room of the home and was quickly extinguished. Nesconset, Stony Brook, Centereach and Smithtown responded on mutual aid. The Smithtown Town Fire Marshal and Suffolk Police were on scene investigating the cause. - Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

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Franklin Sq.-Munson Handles Garage Blaze

On July 13, 2022, just after 2300, the Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department was dispatched for a report of a garage fire on Howard Avenue. Chief of Department Gerrato arrived to fire showing from a large detached garage close to the house. Engine 711 stretched the first line to begin extinguishing the garage fire. With at least two vehicles burning in the garage and propane and gasoline tanks fueling the fire, the fire extended to the house causing a second

alarm to be transmitted. Numerous lines were placed into operation to extinguish the fire in both structures with the garage ultimately collapsing. The main body of fire was knocked down in approximately 30 minutes with extensive overhaul required. Mutual aid came from Elmont, West Hempstead, Malverne, Lakeview, Garden City, New Hyde Park and Valley Stream. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photos by Over The Edge Photography

Quick Stop on Auto Fire in Deer Park

On September 4, 2022, at 1057 the Deer Park Fire Department responded to a fully involved auto in the driveway of a house on Tell Avenue. Engine 1-4-11 got water on the involved auto quickly, stopping any possible extension of the fire to the house. The heat and the flames wrinkled the siding and the firefighters pulled the siding ensuring no extension. - Fire News photos by BTFirePhoto

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N. Amityville House Fire

Farmingdale Deli Fire

The North Amityville Fire Company, along with mutual aid, operated on the scene of a working fire on Corral Drive off Floral Drive on August 24, 2022. Firefighters put two handlines into operation for a fire in the basement and on the first floor of a single-story private dwelling. The fire was quickly knocked down and all occupants made it out safely. The cause of the fire was under investigation. North Amityville Chief of Department Thomas Nelson had command of the incident. - Fire News photo by

South Farmingdale and Farmingdale were alerted for a building fire at the Merrit Deli at Northwest Drive and Merritts Road just after 2100 on August 21, 2022. Second Assistant Chief McFarlane arrived to a smoke condition in the deli and a sprinkler activation. Engine 971 and Farmingdale Engine 923 arrived and stretched two lines from 971 with one going into operation. Ladder 978 and Bethpage Ladder 3 set up in front of the building. Once entry was made into the deli, the fire was quickly knocked down. The adjoining stores were checked for extension. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes. Mutual aid came from East Farmingdale and Bethpage. Amityville, North Massapequa and Plainview stood by at South Farmingdale. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

East Meadow House Fire Snuffed

On August 6, 2022, the East Meadow Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire on Prospect Avenue. Second Assistant Chief Walsh arrived to smoke showing and an active fire on the second floor of the house. Two lines were stretched to extinguish the fire with the assistance of North Bellmore as the FAST. The scene was placed under control in approximately 45 minutes under the direction of Chief of Department Cheswick. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photo by Over The Edge Photography

Bellport House and Truck Fire

On August 22, 2022, at 0448, the Bellport Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Michigan Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters stretched lines to the rear of the house to combat the structure fire, and to also extinguish a pickup truck that was ablaze. Crews were on scene for approximately two hours. - Fire News photo by John Mehrkens, BFD

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Freeport Attic Fire

Freeport fire units responded to a working house fire on Norton Street on August 20, 2022. The blaze appeared to be in the attic of the two-story home with extension onto the second floor. Mutual aid companies assisted at the scene. - Fire News photos by

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Great Neck Electrical Fire

On July 25, 2022, the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company was dispatched to a reported electrical fire on Chapel Place. First Assistant Chief MacDonald was quickly on scene and transmitted a Signal 10, which was quickly upgraded to a second alarm for active fire in an electrical room in the basement. Engine 835 began to extinguish and contain the fire, while additional crews worked to evacuate residents and checked for extension. The fire was quickly brought under control with the assistance of crews from Great Neck Alerts, Manhasset-Lakeville, New Hyde Park, Plandome and Garden City Park. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photos by Over The Edge Photography

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Woodmere House Fire Late on the afternoon of July 25, 2022, the Woodmere Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Mosher Avenue off North Central Avenue. Among the first units to arrive was Woodmere Chief of Department Michael Weiss who reported a two-story private dwelling on fire. Firefighters stretched and operated multiple handlines to contain the fire which reached a third-alarm equivalency. In doing so, firefighters encountered high humidity and temperatures, as well as water loss for a few moments. The scene was placed under control approximately 85 minutes into the operation and all occupants made it safely out of the residence. The cause of the fire was under investigation and all fire department units were under the command of Woodmere Chief of Department Michael Weiss. - Fire News photos by

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Fire at Great Neck Village Hall The Great Neck Alert Fire Company along with mutual aid companies operated at a fire at the Village of Great Neck Village Hall on August 9, 2022. Manhasset-Lakeville was designated the FAST and responded to the scene with Heavy Rescue 8730. During the operation a second alarm was called, which brought additional resources to the scene and new units to standby for the Great Neck Alerts. Firefighters stretched three handlines and utilized at least two. The cause of the fire (which began as a strong thunderstorm passed through the area) was under investigation. All fire department units were under the command of Great Neck Alerts Chief Purcell. - Fire News photo by

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Commercial Fire in Westbury

While units were taking up from a working house fire on Langley Lane, standby units were alerted for a building fire in the vicinity of Dickens Street and Tennyson Avenue in the New Cassel section of Westbury's district at about 2315 on September 4, 2022. Jericho Third Assistant Chief Ketsoglou, Engine 944 and Mineola Ladder 168 responded. Chief Ketsoglou arrived to smoke showing from a commercial building, which housed a transfer station for Westbury

Paper Stock. The fire was located in a pile of material in the building. Engine 944 supplied Engine 967 as they operated two lines and had the fire quickly knocked down and contained to the one pile. A payloader was used to break apart the pile to extinguish any hot spots. Chief Stewart was in charge of the scene. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza and

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Carle Place Restaurant Electrical Fire

On the morning of August 27, 2022, the Carle Place Fire Department was dispatched to a reported electrical fire at Thomas’ Diner on Old Country Road. Firefighters arrived to fire showing around the electrical service on the 3 side of the structure. Although no working fire was transmitted, a first-alarm mutual aid assign-

ment was requested including a FAST. Firefighters put at least one handline into operation and were able to keep the fire from extending. All occupants made it safely out of the restaurant and the cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photo by

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Car Fire in Commack

On August 14, 2022, Commack firefighters handled a vehicle fire on Harned Road, south of Veterans Memorial Highway. Engine 11 knocked down the vehicle fire and the adjoining brush fire. Engines 2, 4 and 13 also assisted. - Fire News photo by Jack O’Loughlin, CFD

Quick Work Stops Fire’s Spread

Selden Fire Department responded to a reported attic fire on Lefferts Place. Units arrived and went to work stopping a fastmoving fire from spreading. Multiple departments were called in for mutual aid. No injuries were reported. The fire was under investigation by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshal’s Office. - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

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Car into Building on Rte. 110

The East Farmingdale Fire Company responded to an MVA with a car into a building at on Route 110 about 1805 August 17, 2022. The Farmingdale and South Farmingdale fire departments were requested for ambulances to the scene due to other alarms being covered by East Farmingdale. Chief Greco confirmed the car into the building and found that the driver of an SUV reportedly pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal and crashed through the front of the building with the vehicle ending up completely inside. There was no structural damage to the building. The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital; an employee who was hit by glass was evaluated by EMS but was RMA. The Town of Babylon Fire Marshal and Building Inspector were requested to the scene as well. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

Garden City Park Overturn

On August 13, 2022, at approximately 1015, the Garden City Park Fire Department was dispatched for an overturned auto with entrapment at the intersection of Jericho Turnpike and Nassau Boulevard. Chief of Department Sarracco and Rescue 1511 were quickly on scene and found a car overturned on its roof and into a

small wall in the parking lot of the BP Gas Station. The occupant of the vehicle had self-extricated. Fire department units mitigated the spill from the vehicle while ESU worked to upright it. The driver of the vehicle was evaluated by EMS on scene. - Fire News photo by Over The Edge Photography

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Bellport 2-Car On August 18, 2022, at 0612, the Bellport Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle MVA at the intersection of Brookhaven Avenue and Post Avenue. Traffic was temporarily diverted so firefighters could clean up debris from the roadway. One person was treated for injuries sustained in the accident. Thanks to South Country Ambulance and SCPD for their assistance. - Fire News photo by John Mehrkens, PIO-BFD

Uniondale Overturn On August 13, 2022, the Uniondale Fire Department was dispatched to a reported overturned auto at the intersection of Uniondale Avenue and Hempstead Boulevard. First Assistant Chief Ellerbe and TSU756 arrived to find an overturned vehicle in the roadway after striking a parked vehicle. All occupants of the vehicle were out. The crew of 756 secured the vehicle before up-righting it. The occupants were evaluated on scene by EMS with all units released in approximately 30 minutes. - Fire News photo by Over The Edge Photography

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Overturn in Copiague

The Copiague Fire Department was alerted for an MVA with ed with a car causing the SUV to overturn onto its passenger side. reported overturn at Montauk Highway and Great Neck Road There were no injuries in either vehicle. about 1435 on August 19, 2022. The driver of a compact SUV collid- Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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2 Injured in Hempstead Near Head-on

Two people were injured and trapped in their vehicle after they were struck by an SUV on Front Street near Sunset Drive in Hempstead early on the morning of August 25, 2022. The impact of the near head-on collision sheered a tire off one vehicle and sent the SUV careening onto its side. Hempstead firefighters and police were on the scene to assist the injured. - Fire News photos by

DWI Charge in Amityville MVA

The Amityville Fire and Police Departments responded to an MVA at Park Avenue and Broadway just after 0300 on September 3, 2022. First Responder 1-1-81 arrived first and advised Babylon Central that he had a two-car MVA with one vehicle into a building with a large fuel spill and significant damage to the building. A luxury sedan collided with a compact sedan, sending it into a tree head on, injuring the driver. The luxury sedan lost control and crashed into the front of the Amityville Men’s Shop and also damaged neighboring Bella Maison Interior Design Center. First Assistant Chief Juliano arrived and took command of the scene and requested a

Technical Rescue response to shore up the front of the building. Mutual aid came from North Amityville, East Farmingdale Technical Rescue and West Babylon Heavy Rescue. Those crews shored up the front of the men’s shop. There were two males and two females in the luxury sedan. The driver was arrested at the scene and was later charged with DWI. The two females, the other male and the driver of the Nissan were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital by Amityville, North Amityville and Copiague ambulances with non-life-threatening injuries. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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Valley Stream Garage Fire Extends

In the early morning of September 5, 2022, the Valley Stream Fire Department responded for a fully involved detached garage fire on Oak Street off Dubois Avenue. Firefighters put two handlines into operation and were able to get the main body of fire quickly knocked down. Due to the significant amount of fire, there was

extension to a shed on the 3 side of the original fire building. Valley Stream Engine 343 and Ladder 345 were the first engine and truck companies to arrive. The cause of the fire was under investigation and there were no reported injuries. - Fire News photo by

Westhampton Beach MVA The Westhampton Beach Fire Department was called out for an MVA on Old Riverhead Road in Westhampton on August 31, 2022, at approximately 2023. Second Assistant Chief Larry Saccente reported a two-car collision just south of the entrance to the Gabreski ANG base with one SUV on its roof in the southbound lane and a second SUV on the northbound shoulder. The four occupants of the first vehicle, which included an infant, were out of the vehicle by the time Chief Saccente arrived. The male driver of the second vehicle, who was the sole occupant, was trapped in his car. Westhampton Beach responded with an engine, a rescue truck, and three chiefs. Gabreski ANG responded with an engine, a rescue truck, and a command vehicle. Crews extricated the driver, who was transported to the ANG base and airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital. Two occupants of the other vehicle were transported to the Peconic Bay Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. - Fire News photo provided by Westhampton Beach FD

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Always Remembering Our Brothers and Sisters Back in 1939, the Nassau County fire service on Long Island held their first memorial service to honor those volunteers in the 71 fire departments in the county, who passed away during the previous year. Each and every year, Nassau’s fire service has continued to honor and remember their fellow firefighters who have passed. And it’s been held each year on the first Sunday in May. On May 1, 2022, Nassau’s firefighters attended their 83rd Annual United Memorial Service, which was sponsored by the Rockville Centre Fire Department and held at St. Agnes Cathedral in their village. Each year a different department hosts the service. The service this year remembered three Line of Duty Deaths as well as 145 firefighters and 21 members of the Ladies Auxiliary, who passed away in 2020. Over 1200 family members and firefighters attended and it is believed to be one, if not, the most that have ever attended. The annual service is coordinated by the Executive Council of Firematic Associations of Nassau County. - Fire News story by Steve Grogan; photos by Richard Law

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Johnny Mac Fundraiser a Success

On July 28, 2022 the Johnny Mac Foundation held its 12th Annual Golf Classic at Stonebridge Country Club. The event, which typically sells out months in advance, was a huge success. This year’s honorees were Former FDNY Chief of Department Tom Richardson and Former FRES Commissioner John Jordan. The Johnny Mac Foundation is named in memory of FDNY Firefighter John F. McNamara. The Foundation’s mission is to assist first responders, locally and nationwide and the local community of Bayport-Blue Point and beyond. - Fire News photos provided by the Johnny Mac Foundation; “Whatever it Takes!” - JM 2008

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Red Knights 25 Donate $15Gs to Suffolk Burn Center Red Knights Motorcycle Club 25 NY Chapter donated $15,000 to the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center. The event was held at Pindar Vineyards in Peconic. The money was raised from the Red Knights 25 Bike Blessing back in May 15, 2022. The Red Knight MC 25 wants to thank the community who came out to support their bike blessing to help make this donation. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

D’Esposito Attends Memorial Golf Classic Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito attended the 2022 Memorial Golf Classic Kick-Off Cocktail Reception to benefit the Francis X. Pendi Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center at Total Wine in Westbury. - Fire News photo provided

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FASNY Youth Day at West Babylon The annual FASNY Youth Day was held on August 27, 2022, at the West Babylon Fire Department. Junior Firefighters, Explorers, and RAMS from all over New York State worked together and participated in live evolutions such as fire extinguisher operations, ventilation procedures and hydrant operations. Members from West Babylon, Copiague and West Islip fire departments assisted FASNY staff in guiding the participants through the hands-on exercises. - Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone

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Dix Hills FD Presents Awards The Dix Hills Fire Department recently hosted their awards breakfast ceremony, which was delayed due to the pandemic. The event started with NY State Assemblyman Steve Stern presenting a proclamation congratulating the department on its 75 years of service, as well as County Legislator Tom Donnelly giving proclamations to the 2022 officers of the Dix Hills Fire Department. The Board of Fire Commissioners presented an award to Assemblyman Stern in grateful appreciation for his support and commitment to the department and district. There were 19 awards given to multiple first responders for their life saving actions in 2021. There were nine pre-hospital saves, eight lifesaving awards, an Engine Unit citation given to the crew of 2-8-8, and a Life Giving award for a baby delivery in June 2021. The day was extra special when two survivors who attended with their families, spoke about the gratitude they have for the Dix Hills Fire Department giving them a second chance at life. - Fire News photos by Steve Silverman

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Greenlawn 2022 Parade Trophy Winners

BEST BAND: 1st Place: Brentwood (marching with Kings Park); 2nd Place: Wyandanch (marching with Melville). MOST MEMBERS IN LINE: (Under 30) 1st Place: Huntington Manor. MOST MEMBERS IN LINE: (Over 30): 1st Place: East Northport; 2nd Place: Northport. BEST APPEARING DEPARTMENT: 1st Place: East Northport; 2nd Place: Kings Park; 3rd Place: Dix Hills. BEST JUNIOR DEPARTMENT: Dix Hills. BEST OVERALL DEPARTMENT: East Northport. Parade Judges provided by the Glen Cove. - Fire News photos by Steve Silverman

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New Engine for Freeport

On June 12, 2022, the Freeport Fire Department held a dedication ceremony for their new Engine 214. Assigned to Patriot Hose Company 4, the new E214 is a 2021 Ferrara Inferno 1500/500 which replaces a 1996 RD Murray. At the dedication, Freeport Mayor Kennedy, Chief of Department Donnelly and Hose 4 Captain McLaughlin gave brief remarks congratulating the company and the new E214 was blessed by Department Chaplain Rabbi Cohen. The truck was then christened by Mayor Kennedy and Hose Company 4’s senior man, Honorary Chief Richard Grempel, a 70-year member of the company. Congratulations and best of luck to the Freeport Fire Department and Patriot Hose Company No. 4 with the new apparatus. - Fire News photos by Over The Edge Photography

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Dix Hills Installation and Awards 2022 The Dix Hills Fire Department held its 75th anniversary installation dinner on June 4, 2022, at the Heritage Club at Bethpage. Several members were honored for their service and dedication to the community and department. Chiefs for the ensuing year are Chief Joseph Williamson, 1st Assistant Brett Tepe, 2nd Assistant Scott DiPino and 3rd Assistant Terrance Farrell. Membership milestones were awarded to ex-Chief Steven Kamvakis 55 years; Michael Gatto, ex-Chief Thomas Magno, Norbert Meehan and Jim Brangan for 45 years; Todd Cohen 35 years; Charles Feld and George Fleites 30 years; Jaime Wustenhoff 25 year; and Tony de Cresare and Steve Weisbrot 20 years. The Terry Farrell Firefighter of the Year award was given to ex-Chief Ronald Gatto. The Alan Cornfield Rescue Person of the Year was given to Lori Stiegler. The Chief Alfred Kuhne Inspirational Award was presented to ex-Chief Steven Kamvakis. Most fire calls answered were Lieutenant Michael Steed, Christopher Steed and William Steed. Most EMS calls answered were Captain Maresa Spizzirri, Samantha Stressa and Louis Aquino. Presented with flowers was Chief Williamson’s wife Dawn. - Fire News photos by Joseph C. Sperber

Mineola Company 3 Celebrates 100 Years of Service Mineola Fire Department Engine Company 3 celebrated 100 years of dedicated service to the community on August 22, 2022. Engine 3 was formally organized on August 22, 1922, and the original firehouse built by the membership still stands. A brief ceremony and event was held on September 24, 2022. Before Engine 3’s firehouse was built, the firemen held their meetings in local public buildings or in member’s homes and barns throughout the village. The only piece of firefighting equipment on the east side of the railroad tracks before then was a hose reel stored in a small building, about the size of a single-car garage. Engine 3’s firehouse was erected by the founding members of the company in their spare time, and opened in 1923. On March 19, 1983, Engine 3 dedicated its new, larger and more modern quarters, next door to the old firehouse. The original structure is still serving the emergency needs of the Village of Mineola as the headquarters for the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Mineola Engine Company 3 is no stranger to making history in the Mineola Fire Department. Aside from a century of service, the company had set the stage for equality and inclusiveness. In March 1937, the Ladies Auxiliary of Company 3 was organized. The Engine 3 Ladies organization was so successful, that in 1956 it was expanded to include women of the entire Mineola Fire Depart-ment. In September of 1988, the first female firefighter joined the ranks of Engine 3, and she was the first in the Mineola Fire Department’s 100-year history. - Photos courtesy of Dan Martins

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Mastic Juniors Train in Connecticut

The Mastic Fire Department sponsored two of its explorers, Explorer Captain Connor Jacobs and Explorer Lieutenant Jack McNamara, to attend the Connecticut State Fire Academy Introduction to the Fire Service. Jack was elected Platoon Leader and Incident Commander and Connor elected Squad Leader. They participated in a week-long residential program at the Academy and the ITTFS program, which is a residential six-day summer program. Both Juniors participated in classroom education, physical training and hands-on fire training. This year’s ITTFS Class 50 was made up of about 25 cadets from various departments in Connecticut. Jack and Connor were the only two from New York accepted into the program. Mastic Fire Department Chief of Department Rudy Sunderman and Explorer Advisor Walter Wood joined their Cadets at their graduation on August 6, 2022, to recognize and celebrate with their cadets. - Fire News photo provided by the Johnny Mac Foundation - Whatever it takes!

Past and Present Chiefs of the Seaford Fire Department

- Fire News photo by Over The Edge Photography

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Announcements TEDDY BEAR RUN - NOVEMBER 20, 2022 The Red Knights Motorcycle Club NY26 will be collecting Teddy Bears for The Town of Brookhaven Interface on November 20, 2022. Registration will be at 1030. KSU at 1200 noon. Attention: New starting location will be the Terryville FD, Station 3 on Canal Road. The escorted ride ends with a great lunch at Painters Restaurant, 416 South Country Road, Brookhaven NY 11719. Sponsors and vendors waned: Phone 631-905-9802. Email Lunch Sponsor $250 each: Logo on back of t-shirt, $100 each…Deadline for logo on shirt is November 1. This is an annual event. The Teddy Bears will be given out to children. It's a wonderful day to give back to those in need. Over the years we have collected thousands of Teddy Bears and made cash donations. Even if you don't ride a motorcycle come down to the event. In the event of bad weather, meet at Painters Restaurant. Bring a Bear! Thanks for your help, Jim Brown, President, RKMC NY26

CENTRAL ISLIP FIRE PREVENTION OPEN HOUSE The Central Islip Fire Department will be holding its annual fire prevention week open house on Friday, October 14, 2022, from 1800 to 2100. This annual event will be held at CIFD Station 2 at 110 Wheeler Road, in Central Islip. There will be many fire prevention displays and demonstrations, a free child ID program, as well as many giveaways and fire safety educational materials. All are invited to this informative and fun-filled evening. For more information call 631-484-0612, or e-mail us at Visit our website at

SCVFA DINNER AND FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR The Annual Dinner and Firefighter of the Year presentation of the Suffolk County Volunteer Firemen’s Association will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at the Centereach Fire Department, located at 9 South Washington Avenue, Centereach. The event begins at 1800 with appetizers, (beer, wine, and soda included) followed by the installation of officers, dinner, and the Suffolk County Firefighter of the Year presentations for 2022. The cost is $65 per person. Tickets are limited, so please order your tickets as soon as possible. Please visit our website at for the dinner application and journal advertisement application. For further information, email:

NCFF WOUNDED WARRIORS BOWLING TOURNAMENT The Nassau County Firefighters wounded Warrior 5th Annual OWW Bowling Tournament will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at Herrill Lanes, 465 Herrick Road, New Hyde Park. Bowling starts at 1300, registration at 1200. Four-person teams at $120 per team. The event is open to the first 36 teams registered. Sanctioned Average and League Averages are accepted. Trophy for the winning team and medals for the top three teams. There will be 50/50 raffles, Brackets & Pots, and beer and food specials. All proceeds go to NC Operation Wounded Warriors. For information: Jerry Keating, 917-682-8087;, or John Willers, 516-351-6236;

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NYS Junior Championship Drill July 21, 2022 Place Team Points 1st Bay Shore Jr. Redskins 27 2nd Lindenhurst Jr. Snails 24 3rd Blue Point Jr. Mighty Midgets 23.5 4th Hagerman Junior Gamblers 23 5th Central Islip Jr. Hoboes 19 - Fire News photos by Kim Versheck

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Riders of Fire MC Donate to Stony Brook Burn Center

The Riders of Fire Motorcycle Club recently donated $1,000 to the Dawn Meyer, Vice-President Francis Fragola and Dr. Sandoval, the Stony Brook Burn Center. The Riders of Fire MC were represented Director of the Burn Center. by President George DeMasi, Vice-President Gio ‘Cheech’ Chiarelli - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone and members. The Burn Center was represented by President

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Baldwin Hybrid Charity Drill July 1, 2022 Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

Team Westbury Turtles Bellmore Ballbreakers Bayville Oak Neckers Seaford Inmates Lynbrook Tumblers

Points 18 14 13 7 5

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Joe Hunter Memorial Drill June 30, 2022 Place Team 1st North Lindenhurst Piston Knockers 2nd Central Islip Hoboes 3rd Islip Wolves 4th Hagerman Gamblers 5th West Hempstead Westerners 5th North Bellmore Rinky Dinks

Points 29 21.5 20.5 12.5 7.5 7.5

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NYS Championship Drill August 20, 2022 Place Team Points 1st Islip Wolves 21 2nd West Sayville Flying Dutchmen 17 3rd Central Islip Hoboes 16 4th North Lindenhurst Piston Knockers 14 5th Hagerman Gamblers 8 - Fire News photos by Kim Versheck

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Looking Back Coram - 2017

On November 10, 2017, the Coram Fire Department responded for a garage fire on Beecher Street. Mutual aid was requested from Medford, Miller Place, Terryville, Yaphank, Selden and Gordon Heights. - Fire News photo by Jim Dunn

Great Neck - 2017

On November 12, 2017, the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department responded to a car fire at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Allen Drive in Great Neck. - Fire News photo by Lee Genser

Westbury 2017 On Christmas Eve 2017, Westbury firefighters performed a three-engine water relay and stretched over 2000 feet of fiveinch supply line to put out a large mulch fire. The fire was in a field off Hitchcock Lane in Old Westbury. - Fire News photo by

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6th Battalion Installation On the morning of May 22, 2022, the Nassau County Sixth Battalion held an installation at the Coral House in Baldwin. George Kern of the Seaford Fire Department was installed as the Chairman of the Sixth Battalion. Carey Welt of the East Meadow Fire Department and Thomas Fitzsimmons of the Massapequa Fire Department were installed as the ViceChairman and Secretary, respectively. Paul Wilders of the North Merrick Fire Department was recognized at this year’s event for having recently served as the Chairman of the Sixth Battalion. - Fire News photos by

Uniondale Wetdown On August 28, 2022, Uniondale Protection Company 4 of the Uniondale Fire Department held a dedication and wetdown ceremony for Ladder 754. The rig, a 2020 Seagrave Aerialscope with a 95-foot ladder, pump, fiveinch feeder line, and handlines, is the first of its kind. Uniondale ex-Chief and Company 4 senior man Stephen Doherty were the Masters of Ceremony for the event and had the opportunity to christen the rig with the breaking of a champagne bottle. Prior to taking delivery of the current Ladder 754 the company was using a 2002 Sutphen which now serves with the Manorville Fire Department. Congratulations to the company on the new Ladder 754 and good luck to the officers and members who will be using it. - Fire News photos by

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Family Corner

Halesite Chief and Son Halesite Fire Department’s Second Assistant Chief Mike Conforti is pictured with his son Austin, 2, enjoying the Greenlawn Fireman’s Fair. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

Ex-Chief and 47-year member Bill Irving of the Greenlawn Fire Department is seen with his grandson James Patrick ‘JP’ Early, who is five-years old. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

West Hempstead Westerners Wedding East Farmingdale Fire Company Station 2 members at a recent fire on Johnson Street. Chauffer ex-Chief Mike Kilbridge, Sr., exChief Joe Iuzzini, Firefighter Mark Kilbridge, Captain Mike Kilbridge, Jr., Firefighter Matt Kilbridge. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

On June 17 2022, Matthew Sinatro of the West Hempstead Fire Department Westerners was married. The Westerners Drill Team sent the couple off in style with some help from a neighboring department. Thanks to all who helped make the wedding special. The Westerners Drill Team wishes Cristina and Matthew Sinatro many years of happiness. - Fire News photo by Bill D’Alessandro

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Youth Squad of the Year to Bay Shore/Brightwaters On August 6, 2022, FASNY presented the Youth Squad of the Year Award to the Bay Shore/Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance Youth Squad for their outstanding commitment to the program and community involvement. Presenting the award were Eugene Perry 2nd VicePresident, Frank Guarino Director, Keith Vella FASNY Youth Fire and Bob Sutton, President of Suffolk County Association of Firefighters. - Fire News photo by Jim Dunn

Suffolk Recognizes Dispatchers In recognition of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, Suffolk County FRES Commissioner Patrick Beckley, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Police Chief of Department Robert Waring recognized three FRES dispatchers and one SCPD emergency complaint operator for their outstanding work in assisting with three separate baby deliveries earlier this year. Within a span of 11 days, Emergency Service Dispatcher (ESD) Anna Stark assisted with a delivery of a baby boy in Deer Park, ESD Marlo VanHouten and ECO Regina Gregorwich jointly assisted with the delivery of a baby boy in Terryville, and ESD Joseph Wixted assisted with the delivery of a baby in Ridge. - Fire News photo by Peter Guaraldi, PIO, SCFRES

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Red Knights Bike Blessing The Red Knights MC 25 recently held their annual bike blessing to benefit the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center. Over the past 16 years the Red Knights raised over $165,000. The officers and members want to thank the community for the support in making this year’s donation a great success. -Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone

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New Ladder for Elmont On June 4, 2022, Hook and Ladder Company 2 of the Elmont Fire Department held a dedication for the new Ladder 708. The new 708 is a 2021 Ferrara Inferno 102-foot Rearmount Aerial and is the eighth aerial for the company. Although 708 has been in service since March, the commissioners officially handed over the keys to the company at the ceremony. After a few remarks by the commissioners, the chiefs office, and company representatives, the truck was officially christened by the company’s seniormost member Firefighter Caldara. Congratulations and best of luck to Ladder Company 2 with the new apparatus! - Fire News photos by Over The Edge Photography

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NYS Drill Team Parade The New York State Drill Team Parade was hosted by the North Bellmore Fire Department. Marchers and equipment marched down Bellmore Avenue. -Fire News photos by Steve Takacs and Kim Versheck

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Manhasset-Lakeville & Great Neck Win

Eaton’s Neck Honors 50 Year Member

Members of the Manhasset-Lakeville and Great Neck fire departments pose with their award-winning apparatus following the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade Muster at Wheaton Village in Millville, New Jersey, on August 21, 2022. The apparatus won the Chiefs Award and will be featured on the plaques and T-shirts for next year's muster. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe

The Eaton’s Neck Fire Department recently recognized ex-Chief and former Commissioner Arthur Angst for his 50 years of dedicated service. Angst served as Chief of the Department from 1979 to 1980, and was presented with an award honoring his service by the Eaton’s Neck chiefs. Pictured from left, are First Assistant Chief John Pokorny, Second Assistant Chief Mike Pinto, Artie Angst and Chief Peter Hluboky, Jr. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

Northwell’s Crisis Management iPad Winner At the 2022 Long Island Fire & EMS Expo Northwell Health's Crisis Management Incident Response Team (CMIRT) raffled off an iPad as a show of their appreciation for the first responder community. The lucky winner was John Burnell from the West Babylon Fire Department! Mr. Burnell (pictured holding his new iPad) recently had the opportunity to stop by the CMIRT office to learn more about what we do and the classes we offer. CMIRT looks forward to continuing to give back to the first responder community by hosting a variety of free classes! - Photo provided by Northwell’s Crisis Management Incident Response Team

50 Years of Service in Flanders

FASNY and the Flanders Fire Department Pioneer Company 2 awarded Joseph Cavaluzzi (left) and Michael Spano proclamations for their 50 years of service at Company 2’s annual dinner held at Oakland Restaurant in Hampton Bays. Joseph Cavaluzzi joined the Flanders Fire Department in 1969 and Michael Spano in 1970. Due to Covid, celebrations were put on hold until this year. - Fire News photo provided by the Flanders FD

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Annual Fire Chaplains Training Conference 2022

The NYSAFC held their Annual Training Conference at the Comfort Inn and Suites, East Greenbush, NY. It was an informative conference with training from the Four Chaplains Foundation, NYS Office of Mental Health, and Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Chief Chaplain Thomas With gave the Association’s annual welcome. The Annual Memorial Service, and, Annual Dinner were also conducted during the Conference. Every day started with a time of prayers and devotions. The theme of the 2022 Conference was the “Four Chaplains.”

dedication and devotion as Chief Chaplain vests on February 3, 1943, the night the SS from 2020 to 2022. Dochester, a US Army transport, was hit by a torpedo and sank in the Atlantic. During the dinner we also had Father Donald Rutherford, speak on the Four Chaplains. He also displayed his Bronze Star medal and other items of interest from his US Army position as Chief Chaplain. We also had a display, with explanation, of the “The Table set for One,” by American Legion Post 42, Chatham, Auxiliary President Barbara Fischer. After a brief meeting of the association on Chief Chaplain Thomas With also presented Tuesday morning, training started with Steven identical plaques to Rev. Gary Holden, of the Moskowitz, MSW, NYS Office of Mental Four Chaplains Foundation, and to Senior Health, with subjects on “Psychological First Minister Lynn Bodden, of the First Reformed Aid - Responding to Extreme Stress,” a review Church of Schenectady. Lt. Charles V. Poling, of “NYS Project Hope” and “NYS Disasters one of the Four Chaplains, was a Pastor at the and Mental Health Response.” Steven is the First Reformed Church of Schenectady. Director of the Bureau of Emergency Please go to our Association’s website of Preparedness and Response. for more historical information on the Four Chaplains. Also, please visit the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation website at, to read on how the Four On Sunday evening, we had Chaplain Chaplains legacy is continued every day. Refresher Training, conducted by Executive Secretary William Miles, with assistance from Association 2nd Deputy Joseph McCarthy. This all took place during a power outage, which occurred when a local sub-station sufOn Tuesday evening, we held our Annual fered an explosion. Memorial Service at the Fuller Road Fire Monday began with a short welcome by Department. firehouse in Colonie, followed by Chief Chaplain Thomas With. He introduced dinner. The conference theme was based on the Rev. Gary Holden, Senior Chaplain of the Four Four Chaplains and how our Association of Chaplains Foundation. Rev. Holden’s training Fire Chaplains had their humble beginnings. We concluded our conference on presentation of the day was “Introduction to Our Memorial Address was given by Rev. Wednesday with training on “Cancer in the Being a Fire Chaplain.” Gary Holden. Also, during the Annual NYS Fire Service,” by Fire Protection The spouses were treated to a bus trip to the Memorial Service, Father Donald Rutherford, Specialist Timothy Graves, DHSES, Office of Bowman Orchards in Rexford. Association Major General (Chief Chaplain; ret.), of the US Fire Prevention and Control. Director Chaplain Kevin Bowman and his wife Army Chaplains, helped honor the Four Interested at joining the Association? Please Martha, organized the spouses outing. Also, Chaplains. He did so by lighting four separate contact Executive Secretary William Miles at: past Chief Chaplain, Rev. Leon Van Wie, was candles during the association’s Joint presented with his past Chief Chaplain’s Badge Necrology reading of our deceased members, - Fire News story courtesy of the New and a plaque of grateful appreciation for his and, the Four Chaplains who gave up their life York State Association of Fire Chaplains

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Centerport 124th Installation of Officers

The Centerport Fire Department installed their officers for 2022 at the 124th Annual Installation Dinner held at the Water's Edge. The Chief Officers installed are Chief of Department Andrew Heglund, First Assistant Chief Kyle McLaughlin and Second Assistant Chief Daniel Gunther. The Deputy Chiefs are Chaplain Paul Heglund, Medical Dr. Jack Geffken and PIO/Photographer Steve Silverman. The Company officers installed are: Engine Company No. 1 Captain William DeSantis, First Lieutenant Nicholas Malico, Second Lieutenant Michael Gunther. Engine Company No. 2 - Captain Andrew Stevenson, Lieutenant Kevin Reilly. Eagle Truck Company - Captain Brian Ciafardoni, First Lieutenant Nicholas Feeley, Second Lieutenant

Matthew Pribyl. Rescue Squad - Captain Walter Lawrence, Lieutenant Brianna Simpson. Fire Police - Captain John Knoph, Lieutenant Cliff Raynor. The Harry Burr Memorial Award for answering the most alarms was presented to Ex-Chief James Feeley. The Company Member of the Year Awards were presented to: Eagle Truck - Ex-Chief Robert Ciafardoni, Engine Co. One - Ex-Chief Brian Mark, Engine Co. 2 - Brian Terry, Rescue Squad - Adrienne Mehl and Justin McNally, Fire Police - Sam Jones. - Fire News story by Steve Silverman, photos courtesy Centerport FD

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Members of the first due engine from Hicksville at a recent working fire in Roslyn. - Fire News photo by Over The Edge Photography

Members of the Wantagh Fire Department at a July 26, 2022, house fire on Wolkow Avenue. - Fire News photo by

Brentwood Fire Department Wanderers Band at the Port Jefferson Fourth of July parade. - Fire News photo by Richard Dia

Members from the Westhampton Beach Fire Department. - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Members of the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company on a mutual aid to a second alarm in the Great Neck Alert’s district. - Fire News photo by

Members from the Nesconset Fire Department get together after a recent worker. - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Members of Manhasset-Lakeville Company 2 after a recent fire in Port Washington. - Fire News photo by Over The Edge Photography

Members of the Melrose Fire Company and Freeport Hose 2 Lieutenant Madigan after the dedication of Engine 214. - Fire News photo by Over The Edge Photography

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Roslyn Highland’s Robert Larsen On June 7, 2022, the Roslyn Highlands Fire Company laid to rest ex-Chief Robert Larsen. A 58-year member of the company, ex-Chief Larsen died on May 29, 2022. He was 88. Ex-Chief Larsen served as Chief of Department from 1976 to 1977. He was an active member of the Highlanders Drill Team and a life member of the New York State Volunteer

Firemen’s Parade and Drill Team Captains’ Association. Our condolences to the family, friends and members of Roslyn Highlands Fire Company on their loss. - Fire News photos by Over The Edge Photography

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Selden’s James Spatafora The Selden Fire Department announced that James ‘Spats’ Spatafora passed away on September 6, 2022. He was 62. Spats joined the Selden Fire Department in 1978, In his 45-year career, he rose to the rank of Captain of Heavy Rescue Company 4 and later was elected and served as Fire Commissioner. He has served many roles in the fire department and took the lead of numerous committees without hesitation, running many events and functions over the years. His love for the fire department ran deep and his passion to give back and help other brothers in need always was at the forefront. Spats fought hard, and his spirit and soul will forever roam the halls of the Selden Fire Department. Rest easy Brother, we got it from here. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that donations be made to: The V Foundation for Cancer Research, 14600 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. - Copy by William Cotty Chief of Department, Selden FD; photos by Ron Monteleone

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Fire News Honors FASNY 150th Anniversary

Fire News Publisher, Frank C. Trotta, and Chief Operating Officer, Tim Edwards, presented The Firefighters Association of the State of New York (FASNY) ex-President John Farrell, President Edward Tase, Jr., and First Vice-President Eugene Perry, Jr., with a special award recognizing the long standing relationship FASNY and Fire

News have and to honor the organizations 150th Anniversary Celebration. The presentation was made at the Dunwoodie Golf Course in Yonkers, where the annual golf tournament dinner and awards were presented. - Fire News photos by Vinny Galvin

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TOM DEBOLE TO JOIN SPECIALTY AMBULANCE Specialty Ambulance Sales is pleased to announce that Tom DeBole has become a member of the Specialty Family. Tom is a 34-year veteran in the Ambulance Sales and Service field having previously been a representative through several dealerships for Horton Emergency Vehicles. Tom brings with him a diverse and loyal following of longtime customers and we hope to meet all of you. Please stop in our booth at the 2nd Annual Hatzalah & EMS Expo being held at the Meadowlands Expo Center on October 30 and 31 and help us welcome Tom to the Specialty family. We look forward to seeing you at the end of October.

NEW YORK STATE’S REVISED EXPERIENCE MODIFICATION RATING PROGRAM We at Fire Districts of New York Mutual Insurance have an important insurance update to share that will impact all Workers Compensation and Volunteer Firefighter Benefits Law (VFBL) policyholders in New York State. This applies to all insurance companies and providers doing business in New York State. As approved by the New York State Department of Financial Services the New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board (NYCIRB) has implemented a new calculation this year to determine the Experience Modification Factors (EMFs) for all New York State Employers — including fire districts. This may result in a significant change to some employers/fire districts EMFs which is based on the policyholder's loss experience. According to NYCIRB, after a detailed study they found that the prior calculation did not sufficiently incentivize workplace safety or adjust premiums to an appropriate level for individual risks. The experience modifier is a multiplying factor that's assigned to an employer/fire district each year by NYCIRB and reflects its claim history. This number is based on your actual cost of injuries compared to the expected costs for companies of a similar size in the same industry. Any change to your 2023 renewal EMF will directly

impact your premium. If an employer/fire district’s accident history is below average, they can get a credit on their workers’ compensation policy, meaning they pay less premium. If their experience is above average when compared to similar sized and types of employers/fire districts, they’ll pay more than average for the same type of coverage. The NYCIRB has made several resources available to employers on their website ( to facilitate in understanding the changes they have made. Putting safety first is critical for managing workers' compensation and VFBL losses. Fire Districts of New York Mutual Insurance Co., Inc., provides our policyholders cost effective quality service including loss control services to help improve and maintain the health and safety of firefighters throughout New York State. We partner with local independent insurance brokers. Contact your Insurance Broker if you have any questions. Together we are dedicated to serve your needs. Fire Districts of New York Mutual Insurance Company, Inc. Founded by firefighters for firefighters to protect those that protect us. One Blue Hill Plaza, 16th Floor, Pearl River, NY 10965; 845-3528855;

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