Fire News Long Island April, 2024

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Kings Park House Fire Two Dogs Rescued

Occupants were not home but two large dogs were inside at a house fire on Laurel Road.

See story on page 8

EMS Leaders Gather for Urgent Meeting

South County Ambulance hosted a symposium to address issues faced by the Fire & EMS communities on LI.

See story on page 16

Shed Blaze

Threatens Nearby Houses

North Amityville responds to a fully involved shed fire to the rear of a house on Jefferson Street.

See story on page 24

Basement Fire Animals


Uniondale F.D. was alerted for a house fire with reports of people and animals possibly trapped in the basement.

See story on page 35

Juniors Attend Stop the Bleed Training

43 juniors from 10 different Junior Companies attended the NCJFA Stop the Bleed training.

See story on page 71


Eastport’s Teddy Worthington

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4/14 - 15 FASNY- Recruit New York - Local Firehouses

4/14Riders of Fire MC Club - Blessing of the Bikes - Farmingville @ 10am

4/15SC Firefighters Burn Center Meeting - Stony Brook Univ. Hospital @ 7:30p

4/16Islip Town Fire Chiefs Council - Holbrook FD @ 7p

4/17Babylon Town Fire Chiefs Association - North Lindenhurst FD @ 7p

4/17Suffolk County Amb. Chiefs Association - Riverhead VAC @ 7:30p

4/18Association of Fire Districts of Islip Town - East Brentwood FD @ 7pm

4/18Fire Chiefs Council of Nassau County - General Meeting

4/18Southampton Town Fire Chiefs Council - Westhampton Beach FD @ 7p

4/19Suffolk Firefighters Emerald Society - TBD @7p

4/19Brookhaven Town Fire Chiefs Council - Bellport FD @ 7p

4/25Suffolk County Fire/EMS Safety Officers Association - Islip Museum @ 7p

4/25 to 4/27 Association of Fire Districts State of New YorkMini Summit - Westchester

4/28Youth Women in the Fire Service - Nassau Fire Service Academy @ 8a

4/28Brookhaven Districts / Chiefs Brunch @ Sunset Manor

4/29Huntington Town Fire Chiefs Council Meeting - Dix Hills FD @ 7p

4/29 to 4/30 Congressional Fire Service Institute (CFSI) - Was hington DC

5/1Long Island Legislative Committee - Nesconset FD @ 7p

5/2Smithtown Fire Chiefs Council Meeting - Commack FD @ 7p

5/3North Shore Holy Name - Great Neck Alerts @ 8p

5/5SCVFA- Rev. John P. Halpin Memorial Day - North Babylon FD

5/5Nassau County Memorial Service - Valley Strem @ 6pm

5/6Firefighter Cancer Support Network - Golf ClassicWind Watch CC - Hauppauge

5/9SC New Chiefs Training - North Patchogue FD @ 7pm

5/10SC Fire Chiefs Council Meeting - Brookhaven FD @ 7p

5/11Tech Rescue @ SC Fire Academy

5/11Vehicle Extrication Tournament (Chuck Varrese) - Northport FD @ 9a


5/12SC Firefighters Burn Center Recognition Day -Stony Brook Univ. @ 10am

5/15Babylon Town Fire Chiefs Association - West Islip FD @ 7p

5/15Riverhead Town Fire Chiefs Council Meeting - Manorville FD @ 7p

5/16Suffolk County Fire District Officers - Setauket @ 7p

5/16Southampton Town Fire Chiefs Council - East Quogue FD @ 7p

5/17Brookhaven Town Fire Chiefs Council - Centereach FD @ 7p

5/17Suffolk County Firefighters Emerald Society - TBD @ 7p

5/18Nassau County Firefighters Association - Annual Meeting - Bellmore @ 7p

5/18Southern NYVolunteer Fire Association - Hillcrest Fire Co., Rockland @ 4p

5/18SCVFA- Seminar Hybrid & EV Awareness - Selden FD @ 9a

5/21Islip Town Fire Chiefs Council - Islip FD @ 7p


5/27Huntington Town Fire Chiefs Council Meeting - Commack FD @ 7p

5/28SCVFAMeeting - Holbrook FD @ 7p

5/30 to 6/2 NYS Tech Rescue Conference

5/31Southern NYVolunteer Firefighters Assoc. DinnerNassau Bar Assoc. @ 7p

6/1Long Island Invitational Drill - LindenhurstParade 9:30a / Drill 45 mins after

6/5Long Island Legislative Committee - Nassau County Fire Museum @ 7p

6/6Smithtown Fire Chiefs Council Meeting - Nissequogue FD @ 7p

6/8North Bellmore Invitational Drill - Four Towns in Merrick @ TBA

6/12 to 6/15 New York State Chiefs Expo @ Syracuse

6/14Suffolk Firefighters Emerald Society - TBD @ 7p

6/14Brookhaven Town Drill - Riverhead @ 6p

6/15Baldwin Hybrid Drill - Baldwin @ TBA


6/16 to 6/22 Safety Stand Down - "Fire Training: Back to Basics"

6/18Islip Town Fire Chiefs Council - Islip Terrace FD @ 7p


6/20Fire Chiefs Council of Nassau County - General Meeting

6/20Southampton Town Fire Chiefs Council - Hampton Bays FD @ 7p

6/21Brookhaven Town Fire Chiefs Council - Coram FD @ 7p

6/24Huntington Town Fire Chiefs Council Meeting - Greenlawn FD @ 7p

6/26Babylon Town Fire Chiefs Association - Wyandanch FD @ 7p

6/27Suffolk County Fire/EMS Safety Officers Association - TBD @ 7p

6/29Selden Invitational Drill - Ridge @ Noon

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Suffolk Credit Union Announces Michael E. Reilly Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship supports a firefighter, EMTor Ambulance Co. first responder or family member

Suffolk Credit Union is once again showing its strong support of firefighters and first responders by offering the Michael E. Reilly Memorial Scholarship. This special opportunity is available to a volunteer or professional firefighter, EMTor Ambulance Co. first responder or one of their family members who attends Suffolk County Community College.

This scholarship was established to celebrate the memory and he roism of Michael E. Reilly. His father, Edward Reilly, is a veter an member of the Board of Directors of Suffolk Credit Union, who served as Chief of the Patchogue Fire Department. Michael was an AE3 and EMTin the U.S. Coast Guard, a first responder and member of the Department’s Ambulance Company. While home on leave in 1980, Michael tragically lost his life in a vehicle accident as his a mbulance raced to assist a firefighter.

“We are proud to count many firefighters and first responders among our members and always welcome the opportunity to support these heroes and their families,” said Michele Dean, President and CEO of Suffolk Credit Union. “They give so much to our communities by putting their lives on the line to keep us safe-it is an honor to show our gratitude and respect.”

Ms. Dean added, “As a student at Suffolk County Community College, I learned first-hand how having support and guidance can help you achieve your goals.” After starting her higher education journey at SCCC, she went to earn a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance a nd become an influential leader in the financial industry.

The Michael E. Reilly Memorial Scholarship provides a continuing student of Suffolk Community College with a $6,275 award. The deadline for applications is May 19, 2024. For details on eligibility and applying, please visit here:

LI Benevolent Associations Sue NYS OverForeign Fire Tax Collection

The Long Island Association of Benevolent Associations (LIABA) filed a lawsuit last year against the State of New York The lawsuit, which sought to compel the state to audit the dist ribution and collection process of the foreign fire tax, and to p ay put any monies owed from years past, was filed after extensive (Continued on page 85)

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Fire district and benevolent associations can join the Suit by contacting the LIAFBAlegal team led by Edmond Chakmakian, Esq at or (631)232-6600. We ask that every Fire District and Benevolent Association seriously consider joining. SEND CURRENT INFORMATION AND PHOTOS TO
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Small Plane Crash on Southern State Pkwy

Crews from the East Farmingdale Fire Company, North Amityville Fire Company, & Republic Airport Crash Fire Rescue responded

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, fora small plane that was reported down on the westbound portion of the Southern State Parkway nearexit 33. Two patients that were inside the small plane were transported to a

nearby hospital fornon-life-threatening injuries via ground ambulance. The FAAreleased a statement saying: “Asingle-engine Piper PA-28 landed on Southern State Parkway afterthe pilot reported engine failure while on approach to Republic Airport in Farmingdale NYaround 11:40AM.”

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- Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez

Kings Park House Fire 2 Dogs Rescued

Kings Park firefighters were alerted fora house fire on Laurel Road. When units arrived a heavy fire condition was present on the first floor. Neighbors advised the occupants were not home but two large dogs were still inside. Both dogs werrescued and received treatment at scene. The Suffolk Police and Smithtown Fire Marshal were on scene investigating the cause.

- Fire News photos by Joseph C. Sperber

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Scenes from the Long Island Expo

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- Fire News photos by Myles Quinn

House Fire in Inwood

The Inwood Fire Department along with mutual aid companies battled a working house fire on Bayview Avenue on Friday, March 8, 2024.

- Fire News photos by &

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Bay Shore 1-Story House Fire

The Bay Shore Fire Department responded to a reported house fire on South Penataquit Avenue on February 26, 2024. First Assistant Chief Ippolito was the first to respond and arrived to find fire showing from a one-story home. Engine 3-1-1 was first due, and that crew stretched two lines and crew from Ladder3-1-7 searched and vented the house, with all searches being negative. The fire was knocked down in about 30 minutes and undercontrol within an hour. Mutual to the scene was provided by the West Islip Fire Department fora Quint and the Islip Fire Department forRIT. There were no reported injuries, and the cause is under investigation.

- Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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On Wednesday, February 28th, South County Ambulance hosted a symposium to address pressing issues faced by the Fire & EMS co mmunities on Long Island. This event, which was co-sponsored by the Nassau & Suffolk Fire Districts Legislative Committee and Fire News was designed to provide information about recent actions taken, and those under consideration by NYS. In attendance were 163 person s who collectively represented over 74 different emergency servic e agencies from Nassau and Suffolk, making this the largest Bi-Co unty forum ever held for this purpose. That night those in attendanc e were addressed by four speakers: Ryan Greenberg, Chief of NYS EMS, Donald Corkery, President of NYS Fire Districts Association, Ma tt Zukowski, Professor of Paramedicine Suffolk Community College, and Gregory C. Miglino Jr. Chief of South Country Ambulance.

Topics for the night included the recent adoption by the NYS SE MSCO to sunset the EMT-CC in July of 2027, proposed NYS DOL PESH changes that would mirror NFPA& OSHA1910 rules changes, and Ambulance Billing.

The main topic for our EMS provider agencies was an action take n by the NYS SEMSCO. The NYS SEMSCO is an advisory group that provides recommendations to the NYS Department of Health Commissioner on EMS matters. This February the group voted to eliminate the continued credentialing of the EMT-CC. If allowed to stand, this recommendation would further reduce the number of A LS providers available in Nassau and Suffolk, which is already exp eriencing a critical shortage. The EMT-CC has been a vital positio n for Fire and EMS agencies to provide ALS to their communities for o ver 45 years.

In the firefighting community, the federally adopted OSHA changes to CFR 29 ~1910.156, which are under consideration for adoption by the NYS Department of Labor Commissioner, would place even more burdens on our volunteer firefighters. These ne w regulations would almost double the training time for volunteer fi refighters while imposing costly program demands on Fire Districts.

Lastly, the issue of Ambulance Billing was discussed, and many myths dispelled. In April of 2022 Governor Hochul signed into law a bill that allows fire departments in NYS the opportunity to bil l for ambulance services. This had been sought for many years by fire agencies who also provide EMS. In the bill was a sunset clause that if not renewed would terminate the billing ability of fire departm ents in April of 2026. Such an action would have a negative impact on fire districts and companies that are deploying those funds to bolst er their EMS response.

Taken independently or collectively, the issues discussed have the potential to negatively affect the Fire & EMS service in our co mmunities. Such changes come with a heavy burden on our taxpayers, while also further eroding the volunteer system in our two coun ties and across NYS. The Nassau & Suffolk Volunteer Fire and EMS system is considered one of largest such systems in the world, wit h over 20,000 volunteers from 180+ agencies.

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East Islip Fire Department’s

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

East Islip Fire Department held theirAnnual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 3, 2024.

- Fire News photos by Wayne Preston Jr.

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Group Home on Fire in Locust Valley

Friday, January 26, 2024, the Locust Valley Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire at a group home on 1st Street. Captain Sandstrom quickly arrived on scene finding smoke showing from the house with active fire in the 2nd floorbedroom of a group home. Crews quickly knock down the main body of fire before it could spread any further. Crews from Glen Cove, Sea Cliff and a FASTfrom Bayville assisted. The fire was placed under control in approximately 30 minutes. The scene was turned overto the Nassau County Fire Marshal and Nassau County Police Arson & Bomb Squad for furtherinvestigation. During the initial stages of the investigation, a resident of the group admitted to starting the fire and was placed in custody by the Nassau County Police. That resident was charged with arson and multiple otherfelonies related to the fire.

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Glen Cove Commercial Building Fire Glen Cove Commercial Building Fire

On Saturday, January 13, 2024, the City of Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a reported building fire on Sea Cliff Avenue. 1st Assistant Chief Valeo was quickly on scene, finding fire on the 1st floorof a vacant commercial building and a Signal 10 was transmitted. Engine 524 was first due and stretched the initial line into the building to quickly knock down the main

body of fire containing it to one room. With the assistance of a FASTfrom Glenwood and a TowerLadderfrom Roslyn Rescue, the Fire was quickly placed undercontrol underthe direction of Chie f of Department Grella. The cause of the fire is underinvestigation. - Fire News photo by

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Shed Blaze Threatens Nearby Houses

The North Amityville Fire Company was alerted fora reported shed fire to the rearof Jefferson Street on February 27, 2024. Chief of Department Henry arrived and confirmed he had a fully involved shed, which was threatening multiple exposures. Engine 17-10 was first due, followed immediately by Amityville Engine 1-1-2, who secured a hydrant. Copiague Engine 1-3-7 went to the next block, Remsen Street, to check one of the exposure houses and had a hydrant ready, if needed. Crews extinguished the fire and to protect the exposure to the side of the home. The fire was brought undercontrol within 30 minutes. There were no reported injuries, and the cause of the fire is underinvestigation.

- Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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Overturned Car on Jericho Turnpike

The Westbury Fire Department was alerted foran MVAwith overturn on Jericho Turnpike underthe Northern State Parkway bridge on Monday afternoon February 19, 2024. No serious injuries reported. - Fire News photo by

Installation of Chiefs in Bayville

The installation was held at the Crescent Beach Club in Bayville on January 20, 2024. The new Chiefs are sworn in: from right to left, Chief - David Caso, 1st Asst Chief, Dwight McKinney and 2nd Asst Chief is Mario Orlassino. The Chiefs were sworn in by Ex-Chief Edward Orski. Fire News, April 2024, Page 25
- Fire News photo by Mike Parente

Resident Evacuated from Shephard Hill Apts.

On Sunday, February 18, 2024, just after0500 hours, the Plainview Fire Department was dispatched to a reported building fire to the Harmon Shepherd Hill Apartments. Upon the arrival of 1st Assistant Chief Cohen, transmitted a Signal 10 with heavy fire on the 2nd floor. It was confirmed occupants are still within the building. Crews initial lines to begin extinguishing the fire while firefighters and police worked to locate and remove numerous occupants from the building. Crews switched to a defensive operation due to collapse within the structure. Mutual aid from Bethpage, Jericho, Hicksville, Syosset, Melville, Farmingdale and South Farmingdale, the fire was placed undercontrol in approximately 3 hours with extensive overhaul and searches conducted. At least 3 occupants were transported to local hospitals with burns and smoke inhalation, as well as, one fatality located inside the apartment. The cause of the fire is underinvestigation.

- Fire News photos by

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House Fire on Dahlia Lane

At 2250 on Sunday, February 25, 2024, the Wantagh Fire Department received a call foran unknown type fire on Dahlia Lane in Wantagh. Subsequent calls reported a house fire with flames visible at the rearof the house. Second Assistant Chief Bill Van Leerwas first to arrive on scene and he transmitted a signal 10, working fire. Chief of Department Leonard Mathewson arrived moments laterand assumed command. Crews began to extinguish the blaze, provided ventilation, search and overhaul operations. The fire was declared undercontrol in about 25 minutes. There were no injuries reported and all operations were complete by midnight. The Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office was on scene.

- Fire News photos by Kevin Regan & Fire News, April 2024, Page 27

Basement Fire Sends One to Hospital, Several Dogs Saved

The Baldwin Fire Department responded to a reported house on Thursday, March 7, 2024. Heavy smoke was pushing from the basement on arrival and a working fire was transmitted. One female was removed from the basement area and transported to the hospital with possible smoke inhalation. Several dogs were also removed and placed with the owner.

- Fire News photos by

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Garage Fire in Port Jefferson

At 0530 hours on February 22, 2024, the Port Jefferson Fire Department responded fora reported garage fire with vehicles inside. First arriving units encountered heavy fire from the garage with exposure issues. Arapid attack was made on the garage while members of the laddercompany conducted searches of the house discov-

ering fire in the attic. Athird line was brought in to handle the attic fire. There were no civilian’s injuries and one firefighterwas transported by Port Jefferson VolunteerAmbulance with minor injuries. Mutual aid was requested, bringing several surrounding departments to assist. - Fire New photos by Wayne Preston Jr.

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Mass Casualty Incident Drill (MCI)

On Saturday, February 10, 2024, the South Country Ambulance Company conducted a joint Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) drill. This drill was one of the largest ever conducted in a community sett ing. Over 25 different emergency services and community agencies participated in the drill.

The purpose of the drill was to work on improving the response capabilities of first responders while testing the surge capaci ty of our local hospital. The community-based scenario was designed to a lso allow local civilians to participate and work on their response techniques during a crisis.

Chief Migliano stated; “Conducting such drills is crucial to en sure the safety and well-being of our community. Emergencies can arise at any time and from various natural or manmade causes. The best way to minimize potential loss, and speed up the recovery from events such as hurricanes, snow storms, fires, or terrorist acts, etc. is to plan ahead.”

Exercise Partners: Central Islip Ambulance, Hauppauge Ambulance, East Moriches Ambulance, Manorville Ambulance, Mastic Ambulance, Mastic Beach Ambulance, Medford Ambulance, Patchogue Ambulance, Port Jefferson Ambulance, Riverhead Ambulance, Sayville Ambulance, Shirley Ambulance, South Country Ambulance, Bellport Fire Department, Brookhaven Fire Department , Center Moriches EMS, Gordon Heights EMS, Hagerman Fire Department, Holbrook EMS, Kings Park EMS, Medford Fire Department, SCPD 5th Precinct, SCPD Homeland Security, SCPD Aviation, Long Island Community Hospital, NYS Homeland Security

- Submitted by Gregory Migliano, Chief of the Department, South Country Ambulance

- Photos by Joe Fagan, Chase Millwater & Tim Edwards

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Mass Casualty Incident Drill (MCI)...Continued Fire News, April 2024, Page 33
Mass Casualty Incident Drill

Riverhead Ground Floor Apartment on Fire

On Sunday March 3, 2024 Riverhead, just after1300 authorities responded to a 9-1-1 callers report of fire on West Main St. in a ground floorapartment. The Riverhead Fire Dept., Riverhead Ambulance, and Riverhead P.D. responded. Upon arrival, units were confronted with fire from a first-floorwindow which was auto-exposing to the second floor. The fire was knocked down within minutes. There were no reported injuries at this time, and the fire is underinvestigation by the fire marshal’s office.

- Fire News photos by Thomas J. Lambui

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Basement FireAnimals Rescued

The Uniondale Fire Department was alerted fora house fire on Uniondale Avenue at 1410 hours on February 25, 2024. First arriving units had fire showing from a two-story home with reports of people and animals possibly trapped in the basement. As crews searched the house, they removed several dogs and cats from the basement, and all survived. There was nobody home at the time, and there were no reported injuries. Mutual aid to the scene was provided by the North Bellmore, Roosevelt, Hempstead, Freeport, and East Meadow Fire Departments at the scene and the fire was undercontrol in one hour. Chief of Department Ellerbe was in charge of the scene, and the cause of the fire is underinvestigation.

- Fire News story by Paul Mazza; photos by Paul Mazza, and Fire News, April 2024, Page 35


Last month we ran the photo captions in reverse order. Our apologies, Fire News

Basement Fire in Floral Park

The Floral Park Fire Department operated at a working fire in the basement of a home on Tulip Avenue on Wednesday, March 6, 2024. Heavy rain hampered fire operations but the blaze was brought undercontrol within twenty minutes. Mutual aid companies were also called to the scene.

- Fire News photos by

2 Glenwood 50-YearMen

The Glenwood Fire Company wishes to express their heartfelt congratulations to John Mahoney and Robert J. Brown on the momentous occasion of their 50-year anniversaries. It is truly remarkable to witness the dedication and commitment of the members who have tirelessly served our community for half a century.

One of the highlights of the evening was witnessing John Mahoney receiving his well-deserved 50-year pin from Captain

- Fire News photos courtesy of Joe Morrone, President

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Farrell J. Sheridan, the son of ex-president Farrell A. Sheridan, who had the honor of swearing John in five decades ago. This symbolic gesture not only represents the passing of the torch from one generation to another but also signifies the continuity and legacy of the Glenwood Fire Company. Left to right: Trustee Kerry Breen; President Joseph Morrone; Robert Brown, Jr. (son); FirefighterRobert J. Brown (ex president, ex trustee); and Chief Andrew Greig. Left to right: President Joseph Morrone; Trustee Kerry Breen; FirefighterJohn Mahoney; Chief Andrew Greig; and Captain Farrel J Sheridan.

Port Washington Responds to Early Morning House Fire

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 19, 2024, the Port Washington Fire Department along with mutual aid companies were dispatched to a signal ten on North Maryland Avenue. Firefighters put hand lines into operation fora fire on the first floorof a two-story multi-family residence with extension to the floorabove. Despite heavy fire on arrival and holes in some of the flooring, firefighters

had the main body of fire quickly extinguished. All occupants within the structure safely evacuated and the cause of the fire is underinvestigation. Port Washington Fire Department, Chief of Department Kerin had command of the incident.

- Fire News photos by Kevin Madigan/K2M Photography

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Two Central Islip Firefighters Honored forHeroism

the meeting MayorDorman honored two Central Islip firefighters fortheir heroism in responding to a call last summeron June 22, 2023, Firefighters Vincent Plotino and James McMullen arrived at the residence on Sagebrush Avenue where an occupant was apparently choking. Afterfirst responders tried the Heimlich maneuver, Plotino placed the occupant on the floorwhile McMullen performed rescue breathing, to no avail. McMullen then retrieved a portable resuscitatorfrom his vehicle and placed it overthe occupant. Soon, the object became dislodged and they were able to breathe on theirown. MayorDorman praised Plotino and McMullen fortheirquick thinking and noted how theirtraining and initiative helped save this person’s life.

- Fire News photo by Village of Islandia Fire News, April 2024, Page 39
Allan M. Dorman (second from left), Mayor, Village of Islandia, is joined by Tom Annicaro (second from right), Deputy Mayor, Village of Islandia, and Central Islip firefighters Vincent Plotino (left), First Assistant Chief, and James McMullen (right), Ex-Captain, at the Islandia Village Board meeting on February 6, 2024. During

Centereach Wires Arcing

On February 26, 2024, at 2118 hours the Centereach Fire Department was activated forwires on fire at 17 Chestnut Street, in Centereach. Chief 30 arrived on scene and confirmed the wires to be on fire. PSEGwas requested a rush to the scene. Soon afterarrival, PSEG placed alarm undercontrol.

- Fire News photo by Chase Millwater

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CarFire on Wantagh Parkway

On Friday, March 1, 2024, the Wantagh Fire Department responded to a report of a carfire southbound on the Wantagh Parkway. Third Assistant Chief Paul Krussmann arrived first and confirmed that there was a fully-involved carfire. Second Assistant Chief Bill

Van Leerarrived moments laterand assumed command. Engine 5, led by Lieutenant Al Conforti arrived and went to work extinguishing the blaze. There were no injuries reported.

- Fire News photos by Anthony Krussmann & Matthew Mahoney

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On March 12, 2024, at 0230 the Brentwood FD received an alarm fora structure fire at Drayton Avenue. Chief of the Department Andrew Renison arrived on scene and transmitted the working fire and fire showing from the second-floor exposure. Pines Engine Company was first on the scene and secured a handline to the front door. Aquick attack ensued and the crew made a good knockdown of the fire. Brentwood crew provided the primary search and ventilated accordingly. Company One engine stretched the second handline to the front doorand stood by with it. No injuries were reported and all units secured from the alarm in 65 minutes.

- Fire News photos by Ryan Rosado and Paul Mazza

- Submitted by Ken Bradbury

Early Morning House Fire in Brentwood

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DriverTrapped in Accident

On Saturday March 2, 2024, a carcrash resulted with driver pin/serious injuries on Middle Country Road, at the intersectio n of Renaissance Blvd. The Middle Island Fire Dept. and SCPD 7th Pct. responded. Firefighters put theirhydraulic tools to work t o

extricate the driverof the white car. The driverwas then transported via FD ambulance to a local hospital. The accident is underinvestigation. Fire News, April 2024, Page 45
- Fire News photo by Thomas J. Lambui

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Mineola

It was a beautiful warm day forthe St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 3, 2024 in Mineola.

- Fire News photos by

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Nassau County Assoc. of Fire Districts Installation

The Nassau County Association of Fire Districts held theirAnnual Installation of Officers on Friday, March 1, 2024, at the Milleridge Cottage in Jericho. Leading the Association in 2024 will be President Edward E. Kraus of the North Bellmore Fire Department. Aside from President Kraus the otherAFDNC Officers for2024 are; 1st Vice President Frank Sammartano, 2nd Vice President PeterOlson, TreasurerRalph Esposito, and Secretary Tricia Shields. Congratulations to those installed and sworn in - good luck in the yearahead.

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OverTurned Car Accident in Nesconset

On Friday, March 1, 2024, at 2201 hours the Nesconset Fire Department was activated fora motorvehicle accident on Browns Road. Initial reports stated that the vehicle was overturned. Units arrived on scene confirming the overturn with negative entrapment and minorinjures. Suffolk County Police ES-1 uprighted the vehicle. Firefighters then cleared the roadway of debris. One person was transported to a local hospital. - Fire News photos by Chase Millwater Fire News, April 2024, Page 49

2-CarAccident in New Hyde Park

The New Hyde Park Fire Department responded to a twovehicle accident with rolloveron Jericho Turnpike at New Hyde Road on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. Only minor injuries were reported.

- Fire News photos by

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Stony Brook University Apartment Fire

On Monday, February 26, 2024, the Stony Brook Fire Department was dispatched to the Schomberg Apartments on Stony Brook University Campus foran active kitchen fire. University Police and Fire Marshals were already on scene. Afew minutes afterarrival, Stony Brook’s command advised that the fire in the apartment had been extinguished. Ashort time later, the scene was placed under control by Stony Brook Chief 30. Afterthe smoke from the building was cleared, the alarms were reset and students were allowed back into the surrounding apartments.

- Fire News photo by Jeremy Walters Fire News, April 2024, Page 51

CarFire on LIE 495

On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 1145 hours the Westbury and Jericho Fire Departments were alerted fora carfire on Route 495 westbound between exits 39 and 40. The first due Westbury FD engine quickly extinguished the fire.

Drone Surveys Commercial Fire

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- Fire News photo by Stan Ryback FirefighterJ. Stagnari of the Mineola Drone Team giving Valley Stream Chief of Department Scanlon an aerial view at a recent commercial fire in Valley Stream. - Fire News photo by Andrew Carpenter

Just afterthe snowstorm on February 17, 2024, the West Sayville FD was activated fora motor vehicle accident with reported heavy rescue on Montauk Highway in Oakdale. The 2nd Assistant Chief Michael Chiesa was first on scene and confirmed that the driverwas pinned in the vehicle. Tools were quickly put into operation from Engine 2 and Rescue 3 in an attempt to extricate the driver, but unfortunately, she was pronounced dead at the scene by the Community Ambulance Company. Members operated under the direction of 1st Assistant Chief Patrick D’Onofrio.

- Fire News photos by Patrick D’Onofrio, West Sayville FD

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CarFire on Montauk Highway

On January 3, 2024, at 0245 Brookhaven Fire Dept was activated fora MVAwith reported carfire in the area of Montauk Highway and Horseblock Road. Upon arrival one vehicle was discovered involved in fire. Crews from Engine 9 and Engine 8 extinguished the fire. No injuries reported.

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- Fire News photo by Brian LaMonica/ Brookhaven Fire Dept.

Single Car Accident

On February 4, 2024, at 0445 afterreturning from a previous alarm, the Brookhaven Fire Dept. was activated fora MVAon Sunrise Highway around Exit 58. Upon arrival one passengerwas found trapped in one vehicle. Crews from Rescue 3 worked to extricate the patient and assisted Shirley Ambulance with patient care. They were transported by Shirley Ambulance to Long Island Community Hospital.

- Fire News photos by Brian LaMonica/ Brookhaven Fire Dept.

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New Hyde Park’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The parade started at 1000 and it ended at the New Hyde Park Fire Dept. on Jericho Turnpike. The New Hyde Park Fire Dept. marched in the 3rd Annual New Hyde Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade. - Fire News photos by Stephen Takacs

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N. Merrick Annual Installation Dinnerand Awards

The North Merrick Fire Department held its 97th Annual Installation Dinneron Saturday, March 9, 2024, at the Sand Castle in Franklin Square. North Merrick Fire Commissionerand ExChief Paul Wilders were the Masterof the Ceremonies which began with the salute to the flag, led by First Assistant Chief Daniel Fasano and the invocation, led by Chaplain Eric Fasano. The installation of officers took place followed by the presentation of service stars to members who achieved milestone years of service. The most

noteworthy of the service starrecipients was Ex-Captain Kevin J. O’Hara who was honored forfifty years of active service to the Department and North Merrick community. Leading the North Merrick Fire Department this yearwill be Chief of Department Ronald Higgins, First Assistant Chief Daniel Fasano, and Second Assistant ChristopherFasano. Congratulations to all of those awarded and good luck to those installed.

- Fire News photos by Fire News, April 2024, Page 59

Cub Scout Troop 511 Visit S. Farmingdale F.D.

Cub Scout Troop 511 visited the South Farmingdale Fire Department on Sunday, March 10, 2024, to learn the finerpoints of first aid. EMT’s K. Lee & T. Desantis took the boys through a slide show presentation and each scout made theirown first kid kits. The

boys ended the day with a fire truck and ambulance tour, as you can see all stuffed toys survived the class.

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- Fire News photo by T. Desantis/ S. Farmingdale Fire Dept



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(From Left) Pete Tafe - 44 Yearmember, Ex-Chief, Ex-Commissionerof the Blue Point Fire Department, John Tafe - 34 yearmemberof both the Blue Point and West Sayville Fire Departments, and PeterTafe Jr. - Formermemberof the Blue Point Fire Department. Submitted by Pete Tafe Inwood Assistant Chief Green, Lawrence-Cedarhurst Chief of Department Bellinson and Long Beach Chief of Department Ray on the scene of a recent working fire in Valley Stream. - Fire News photo by On Saturday, February 24, 2024 the DeerPark FD responded to a signal 13 at 230 W1st St of a boilerpuffed back. DeerPark shut down the boilerand vented the basement. - Fire News photo by Diana Thomas Captain A. Sandstrom and Ex-Chief W. Ramskill aftera recent working fire in Locust Valley, - Fire News photo by Members of Greenport Standard Hose Company, Riverhead and ShelterIsland Fire Departments at Greenport Washington’s Day Parade. - Fire News photo by Wayne Preston FirefighterJ. Bartunek (L), Ex-Captain G. Bartunek (C), and Probationary FirefighterM. Bartunek on the scene of a recent house fire in Hicksville. - Fire News photo by

MOTLEY CREWS OF THE MONTH Fire News, April 2024, Page 63
Members of Mineola at a recent mutual aid Fire in Roslyn. - Fire News photo by The crew of Northport Engine 2-9-6 is on scene of a house fire on Laurel Road in Kings Park on February 29, 2024. - Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber Nesconset Fire Department crew at the scene of a recent MotorVehicle Accident on Browns Road. - Fire News photos by Chase Millwater Bohemia Motley Crew - Fire News photo by Sue Orlando/Bohemia Fire Dept. Members of the Stony Brook Fire Department after being dispatched to the Schomberg Apartments on Stony Brook University Campus fora reported kitchen fire on Monday, February 26, 2024. - Fire News photo by Jeremy Walters

CarStrikes Utility Pole DriverTrapped

The West Babylon Fire Department was alerted foran MVAwith reported entrapment at Route 109 on March 4, 2024. Suffolk County Police and First Responder1-9-80 arrived and confirmed the entrapment. The driverof a Lexus ES300 had gone out of control and off the road, where it struck a utility pole with the driverside door, trapping the driver. Chief of Department Kamalic, and Crews requested a Heavy Rescue from North Lindenhurst to the scene. Priorto the Heavy Rescues arrival, Suffolk County Police Emergency Services arrived and put their tools into operation. The driverwas extricated in about 10 minutes and was transported to Good Samaritan University Hospital with serious injuries. The crews handled a large fuel leak from vehicles gas tank. The cause of the accident was underinvestigation.

- Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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Single CarFlips on Side

On the morning of March 2, 2024, the West Hempstead Fire Department was dispatched foran MVA Hurst tool on Hempstead Gardens Drive and CedarStreet. Upon arrival to the scene they found a car on its side and the driverwas being treated by the NCPD ambulance.

- Fire News photos by Bill D’Alessandro and

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Westbury F.D. Annual Installation Dinner

The Westbury Fire Department held its annual installation dinneron Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Westbury Manorin Westbury. At the event the Department Officers were officially installed into office. Ex-Captain Ryan Roberts was recognized forhis actions at a recent rescue call when a woman fell and sustained a facial impalement and Lieutenant Robert Johnson was presented the Board of Officers Award for2024. Most notably fourmembers of the Westbury Fire Department were awarded forfifty years of service. The members were Ex-Captain Michael Rice, FirefighterIan Rogers, Ex-Chief Robert Price, and Ex-Chief Robert Borra. Leading the Westbury Fire Department this yearwill be Chief of Department LaShaun Carr, First Assistant Chief Timothy Stewart, and Second Assistant Chief PJ Webber. Congratulations to those awarded and good luck to those installed.

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F.D. Installation...Continued

North Amityville CarFire

North Amityville Fire Company was alerted fora reported vehicle fire on Coolidge Avenue just after2300 on March 8, 2024. Chief of Department Henry, Second Assistant Chief Rhoden responded. Chief Henry arrived first and confirmed a involved

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The Dodge Ram pickup in the street. The crew 7-1 put one line into operation to extinguish the fire and had it undercontrol in about 10 minutes. The driverof the vehicle was not injured. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Stop the Bleed Training

The Jericho Fire Department had 43 Juniors from 10 different JuniorCompanies attended the NCJFAStop the Bleed training as a continuation of theirwintertraining series on March 10, 2024. A very important training course that can be used anywhere. Taught by Mike DiBartolo and Robert Leone from Farmingdale Fire Department. Stay tuned formore upcoming training. Next up “Female Juniors in the Fire Service” at the FSAApril 28, 2024. Sign-up on ourApp under“Training” seats still available. Note: Being this was a hands-on course and had to have a cap, we will be scheduling anotherone in the fall.

- Fire News photos by Jerry Presta/East Norwich Junior’s Advisor Fire News, April 2024, Page 71

Keeping Tradition in the Luise Family

Pictured is Joseph Luise and his son Joey when he joined the ranks of the Sound Beach FD, carrying on the tradition of service to the community.

Joey’s first call as shown in photo to left is the formerCaptain of the SBFD Juniors. Joey transitioned over to the department January 23, 2024 into Engine Company 2. Joseph Luise is a 20 yearmemberof SBFD and Ex-Captain of Engine Co. 2.

- Fire News photos by Joseph Luise

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Motorcycle Accident in Hempstead

The South Hempstead Fire Department responded to a car and motorcycle on Grand Avenue nearIrene Street on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. The impact of the collision sent the motorcyclist careening into a nearby fence. The cyclist was transported to an area hospital by County EMS.

- Fire News photos by Fire News, April 2024, Page 73

Centerport Home Heavy Damage

In the early evening hours of Wednesday, March 13, 2024. The Centerport Fire Department was dispatched fora dryerfire in the kitchen. On arrival the Suffolk County Police Department advised heavy smoke showing. Aquick investigation showed a heavy fire load.

The Chief advised they had fire through the roof and requested mutual aid. Greenlawn Fire Department, Northport Fire Department, East Northport Fire Department, and Huntington Community FAS responded.

- Fire News photos by Sburke Photography

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Resident & Dog Saved in Glen Cove House Fire

On Tuesday, February 27, 2024, the City of Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire on Valentine Avenue. 1st Assistant Chief Valeo was quickly on scene finding smoke from the rearof the house. Fire was also found in a 2nd floorbedroom and a Signal 10 was transmitted. Engine 524 was first due and stretched the initial line to quickly extinguish the main body of fire. With the assistance of crews from Sea Cliff,

Locust Valley and Roslyn Rescue. There was one resident home and was removed by Glen Cove Police Officers. One dog was removed by firefighters during operations. The fire was placed undercontrol in approximately 25 minutes underthe direction of Chief of Department Grella. The cause of the fire is underinvestigation.

- Fire News photos by & Fire News, April 2024, Page 75

ATV’s and Rubbish Fire

In the early evening hours of Tuesday, March 12, 2024, the Greenlawn Fire Department was activated fora structure fire. Greenlawn fire dispatch advised multiple calls were being taken on this incident. Quickly the Chiefs got on scene and advised of a smoke condition from the rear of the house. An investigation found multiple ATVs on fire, and nearby

rubbish with small exposure to a shed. Ladder2 got on scene and put hand lines into operation knocking the main body of fire. Crews went to the otherside of the yard and knocked down a fence on the side of the fire. Mutual aid was provided by Huntington ManorFire Department Engine.

- Fire News photos by Sburke Photography

Hempstead House Fire

On Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at 4:10 pm, the Hempstead Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire with people trapped on Elizabeth Avenue. First arriving units found active fire in the house with all occupants evacuated and a working fire was transmitted. Crews stretched the initial line to begin extinguishing the fire. At least 2 lines were stretched and placed into operation to extinguish the main body of fire with the assistance of crews from West Hempstead, Uniondale and Baldwin. Underthe direction of Chief of Department Joyce the fire was placed undercontrol in approximately 30 minutes with overhaul conducted by crews on scene. The cause of the fire is underinvestigation.

- Fire News photo by

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Westhampton Beach Stages forPerson


Members of Westhampton WarMemorial Ambulance and Westhampton Beach F.D. “Sons of the Beach” staging at the scene of a barricaded subject, on North QuarterRoad in Westhampton, on March 12, 2024.

- Fire News photos by Thomas J. Lambui Fire News, April 2024, Page 77

Up Close & Personal

Huntington ManorFire Dept. Juniors

Huntington ManorFire Department Juniors Shave theirheads for St. Baldrick’s Day to raise money forchildhood cancer. Pictured is Ryan Pastore, Ethan Burke, Matteo Holmgren, Gregory Tenner.

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On Monday, February 26, 2024, the Stony Brook Firefighters at the scene of the Schomberg Apartments fire on the Stony Brook University Campus on Monday, February 26, 2024 - Fire News photo by Jeremy Walters Wading RiverEMT-B Jamol Mardonov (l.), Paramedic Matthew Cahill (r.) at Veteran’s Park Monday afternoon. Adiscussion is underway to determine which district will be responding to the recreational area; Wading River, Manorville Ambulance, and/orRiverhead Ambulance. - Fire News photo by Thomas J. Lambui Chief of the Department Andrew Renison on scene with otherBrentwood Fire Department firefighters at March 12, 2024, Dayton Ave. fire in Brentwood. - Fire News photo by Ryan Rosado - Submitted by Ken Bradbury - Fire News photo by Sburke Photography

Garbage Truck Goes Combustible

On March 7, 2024, at 0520, the Mineola Fire Department was dispatched to a reported garbage truck fire at the intersection of Willis Avenue and Third Street. 1st Assistant Chief Strauss and Chief of Department Magalhaes quickly arrived on scene, finding a garbage truck with its fire suppression system deployed. Shortly afterarriving, the truck began smoking again and a boosterline was stretched with the assistance of the crew to extinguish the remainderof the fire and cool down the truck.

- Fire News photo by

Westbury Juniors Attend NCJFANarcan Training

On Sunday, February 11, 2024, at Westbury Fire Department 84 Juniors/Explorers from 16 different JuniorCompanies attended the NCJFANarcan training as part of theirwintertraining series. Avery important training course that can be used anywhere. It was conducted by Community Action forSocial Justice. We decided to run some wintercourses, overthe years there as been a wide gap in the wintermonths, and we thought running a few training courses would keep the continuity.

- Fire News photo by Jerry Presta/East Norwich Junior’s Advisor Fire News, April 2024, Page 79

2-Story Building Fire in Massapequa

The Massapequa Fire Department was alerted fora building fire on Merrick Road. Acallerreported smoke in theirapartment, on the second floorof a two-story mixed occupancy building. Chief Friedland arrived first and had a slight haze in the apartment. Crews investigated and located the fire in Made by Me Pottery & Art Studio on the first floor, and a working fire was transmitted. The crews stretched the initial line into the building and crews were in the rearof the store. The fire was knocked down and contained to the one business. All searches were negative, and all of the occupants of the apartments had exited the building safely. There were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is underinvestigation. Mutual aid to the scene was provided by the Amityville Fire Department fora Ladder, the South Farmingdale Fire Department fora FASTTruck, the Seaford and North Massapequa Fire Departments forWorking Trucks.

- Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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West Islip CarAccident Results in DWI Charge

The West Islip Fire Department was alerted foran MVAwith reported entrapment at Montauk Highway and West Islip Road on March 9, 2024. First arriving units found the accident to be on West Islip Road south of the highway. ATesla collided with a GMC Sierra Denali, trapping the driverof the GMC. Chief of Department McAuley, Assistant Chiefs Celeste, Delgado, and O’Hora responded along with Engines 317-1, 3-17-5 Heavy Rescue 3-17-3 Fire Police 3-17-10 and multiple ambulances. The crew from 3-17-3 put tools into operation to extricate the driverof the GMC in about 15 minutes. The driverwas the only occupant in the GMC. There were 5 people injured in the Tesla. The injured were taken to Good Samaritan and South Shore University Hospitals by West Islip, Babylon, and North Babylon Ambulances. The driverof the Tesla was latercharged with DWI.

- Fire News photos by Paul Mazza Fire News, April 2024, Page 81
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Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Wantagh Fire News, April 2024, Page 83
- Fire News photos by Stephen Takacs

Garage Fire on Maple Ave.

The Massapequa Fire Department took numerous calls reporting a house fire at Maple Lane and Eastwood Drive on March 15, 2024. Third Assistant Chief McCaffrey was the first to arrive and transmitted a working fire and had a fully involved attached garage of a two-story home. Crews stretched fourlines with three going into operation. The fire was mostly contained to the garage, with only slight extension to the main part of the house. All searches were negative. The occupants had exited the house safely, priorto the fire departments arrival. The fire was knocked down in about 20 minutes, and extensive overhaul lasted approximately an additional hour. The cause of the fire is underinvestigation. Mutual aid to the scene was provided by the South Farmingdale Fire Department, Amityville Fire Department. First Assistant Chief Friedland was in charge of the scene.

- Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

Women’s Weekend at the National Fire Academy June 15-16, 2024

The U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Academy (NFA), in partnership with Women in Fire, is pleased to announce the dates for our 2024 session in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Please place June 15-16, 2024, on your calendars and join us!

The below classes are FREE of charge, and ALLare welcome to attend. You do not need to be a certified or uniformed member of a fire or EMS agency; you need to be with a fire, EMS, or allied organization, and meet the class participant requirements for t he class you wish to attend.

- Building Organizational Support for Community Risk Reduction (W0636)

- Building Resilience in Leadership: Strategies for Growth and Confidence (W0952)

- Command and Control for Company-Level Operations (W0296)

- Command and Control of Wildland Urban Interface Fire Operations for the Structural Chief Officer (W0612)

- Fire Investigation: Fire as a Weapon (W0756)

- Fire Investigation: First Responders (W0770)

- Incident Safety Officer (W0729)

- Initial Response to Terrorism: Basic Concepts (W0443)

- Leadership in Supervision: Creating Environments for Professional Growth (W0646)

- Leadership in Supervision: Perspectives in Thinking (W0647)

- Supervising Emergency Medical Services (W0146)

- Youth Firesetting Intervention Specialist (W0633)

We are accepting online applications NOW

Please take a look at the above webpage for more details!

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Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 1223, the Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to the Wenonah Elementary School for an automatic fire alarm activation. Upon arrival, crews were met with a smoke condition inside, and it was determined that there was active fire in the ceiling. Crews went up onto the roof and worked on

Wenonah Elementary School Ceiling Fire

extinguishing the fire. The scene was then placed undercontrol a little overan hourlater, and units started to be released by command. Mutual aid consisted of Stony Brook, Nesconset, Farmingville, Holtsville, Lakeland, and the Centereach Fire Department. The fire is now underinvestigation. - Fire News photos by Jeremy Walters

LI Benevolent Associations Sue NYS...continued from page 4

investigations by LIABArevealed a system that appears to favor insurance companies at the expense of fire districts and benevolent associations.

The Court of Claims, which hears exclusively cases against New York State, issued a decision that set forth, in part, that our dispute was and remains with the insurance carriers themselves, and thus our redress would be more properly sought in the Federal Court, against the offending carriers.

At the heart of the matter is the collection of the 2% foreign fire tax, mandated by New York State Insurance Laws 9104, 9105, and 2118. This tax is levied on foreign fire insurance and alien fire insurance premiums, with the intention of providing crucial funding to fire districts and benevolent associations. However, LIABA’s investigations have uncovered troubling flaws in the system.

One of the primary concerns raised by LIABAis the lack of transparency and accountability in the collection process. According to our findings, the state’s current system does not require insurance companies to provide detailed information regarding the collection of the 2% monies. Furthermore, there is an absence of audits, both for the collection process itself and of the companies involved.

Akey issue identified by LIABAis the use of generic street names to determine where the 2% funds should be allocated. This system, that appears straightforward, poses significant challenges for meaningful oversight and auditing. Generic street names fail to provide the necessary specificity required to accurately allocate funds to the appropriate fire districts and benevolent associations.

The crux of the matter lies in the outdated data of street listings used by the state. LIABAcontends that these listings are not up to date, leading to discrepancies and inaccuracies in the allocation of funds. Without accurate and precise information, the amount remitted to fire service providers becomes highly questionable.

The implications of these findings are far-reaching. Not only does the current system undermine the financial stability of fire districts and benevolent associations, but it also jeopardizes their ability to effectively

serve their communities. Firefighters rely on these funds to support indigent and medically disabled volunteer firefighters, maintain and acquire equipment, and ensure trained firefighters remain in the service to provide emergency response.

Considering this, LIABA’s has made the decision to take legal action against several of the offending carriers in the Federal Court to take action to correct this system, and to pay the appropriate arrears owed. The lawsuit represents a concerted effort to hold the carriers accountable for their failures in overseeing the foreign fire tax collection process. By demanding an audit and calling attention to the deficiencies in the current system, LIABAaims to safeguard the interests of firefighters and the communities they serve. The fireman benevolent associations are not the only group who may benefit from this action, the fireman’s skilled nursing facility also receives revenue from this fund as does the city of New York and buffalo as prescribed in the original law.

The companies over time have never provided details to the collection process, making it difficult to reconcile collections with actual monies sent to the state for distribution. Complicating matters are internet companies sold through the excess line brokers that come and go before the calendar ends making collection and enforcement difficult. Despite the legal mandate, these associations have yet to see a 3% payment from the state, leaving many to wonder about the extent of coverage and qualification under this provision. Another area of contention revolves around the definition of fire insurance and whether it encompasses coverage for vehicles. Car insurance policies often include a comprehensive component, which provides protection against a range of issues, including fire damage. However, it is unclear whether such coverage qualifies for the 3% revenue collection mandated by Section 2118.

The resolution of this case could have far-reaching implications for New York volunteer fire departments and benevolent associations across the state. It is imperative that the issues raised by LIABAare addressed swiftly and comprehensively by the carriers to ensure the fair and equitable distribution of funding to those on the front lines of volunteer firefighting. Fire News, April 2024, Page 85

Long Island Legislative Committee

The March 6, 2024, meeting of the Long Island Legislative Committee hosted by the Sayville Fire Department, Suffolk County Executive Edward Romaine was in attendance and swore in Chairman Bill Theis. New York State SenatorAlexis Weik also attended and congratulated Chairman Theis. The Sayville Board of Fire Commissioners lead by CommissionerDonald Corkery presented a plaque to Chairman Theis to thank him forhis determined leadership in having finally secured payment to Sayville Fire District from the New York State Senate.

- Fire News photos by Myles Quinn

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CarFire on Southern State Parkway

At approximately 0815 on Friday March 15, 2024, the Wantagh Fire Department responded to a report of a carfire on the Southern State Parkway nearWantagh Avenue in Wantagh. Chief of Department Mathewson was in command as Engines 2 and 4 went to work extinguishing the blaze and conducting overhaul. Assistant

Chiefs Stevens and Krussmann were also on scene, along with the EMS Captain and on-duty Safety Officer. Units were on scene for approximately 20 minutes and there were no injuries reported.

- Fire News photos by Ex-Captain Joe Borst and Firefighter Tim Nimal; Submitted by Kevin Regan, PIO Fire News, April 2024, Page 87

Suffolk County Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Annual Dinnerand Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, March 7, 2024, the Suffolk County Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force held their Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Center Moriches Fire Department. Suffolk County Legislators, Dominick Thorne and Tom Donnelly attended as special guest and spoke to the members present. Also attending as special guest were Chief Joseph Downey, FDNYSpecial Operations Command, NYTask Force 1, Captain Dominic Bertucci, FDNYSpecial Operations Command and Chief Richard DePrima, FDNYIncident Management Team.

The Stephen A. Feron Award for 2023 was presented by Steve’s Wife, Kelly to Danton C. Kurz (Flanders/ Northampton EMS). Kelly also received the 2022 Task Force Leadership Award on behalf of her husband, Task Force Leader Stephen Feron.

The 2023 Special Recognition Award was given to Chief Fire Marshal Dr. Donald G. Lynch (Smithtown), who was a Charter Member of the Task Force from 2008. The Task Force Member of the Year Award was presented to John DeVito (East Farmingdale) for his outstanding service with the Task Force. The Task Force Leadership Award was given to Myles P. Quinn (Brentwood) who was also a Charter Member of the Task Force and has coordinated and provided direction for numerous events.

The Task Force also recognized their Partners from the Suffolk County Police Department. Apresentation of Service Awards was made to the following members recognizing their retirements and service to the Task Force. Lieutenant Joseph King, P.O. Moria Larmour and P.O. Robert Wylie, from Homeland Security and to P.O. Kenneth O’Brien and his K-9 Dodge.

The Task Force recognized our Regional Partners for their guidance and assistance, with a Partnership Awards which were given to Chief Downey for FDNYTask Force 1 and Chief DiPrima for FDNYIncident Management Team.

- Fire News photos by Myles Quinn

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Long Island Legislative Committee2024 Lobby Days in Albany

On Sunday, February 25, 2024, members of the Long Island Legislative Committee traveled to Albany, N.Y. with the Directo rs of the Suffolk and Nassau County Fire Academy’s. The Committee re presentatives were joined by David Denniston the 2nd Vice President of the NYS Association of Fire Districts.

On Monday, the Committee Members met with the Governor’s Staff, the Lieutenant Governor’s Staff, the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader to represent the pending urgent impact of OSHA’s 1910 on the NYS Fire and EMS Services. The Committee requested that the Governor sign a moratorium on the implementation and enforcemen t of OSHA1910 in New York State and that a Blue Ribbon Panel of subject matter experts be created to develop an impact statement and is sue a guidance document for the Fire and EMS Services of New York.

On Tuesday, the Committee further joined FASNYand NYS Chiefs to lobby the Senate and Assembly and present the NYS Fire Service Alliance, Issues of United Concern for 2024. The Committee met with

numerous assigned Senators and Assembly Members to present the Alliance issues and to further request their assistance in addr essing the issues that OSHA’s 1910 present to New York States Fire Service. The Committee Members were further introduced and recognized on the floor of the NYS Assembly during their Tuesday afternoon session with Assemblyman Joseph DeStefano (Medford).

The Committee Members were Bill Theis (Terryville) Chairman of the LI Legislative Committee, Donald Corkery (Sayville) Preside nt of the NYS Association of Fire Districts, David Denniston (Virgil, NY) 2nd Vice President of NYSAFD, Ray McGuire (Freeport) Nassau County Fire Chief’s, Vincent Puleo (Nesconset) Suffolk County Clerk, Scott Davonski, Director of the Suffolk County Fire Academy, Paul Wilders, Director of the Nassau County Fire Academy, Myles P. Quinn (Brentwood) Suffolk County Fire Chief’s, Dr. Pete Olson (Locust Valley) Past Chairman of the LI Legislative Committee.

- Fire News photos by Myles Quinn Fire News, April 2024, Page 89

Suffolk County Fire District Officers Assoc. Annual Meeting and Installation

The Suffolk County Fire District Officers Association held theirAnnual Meeting and Installation Dinnerat Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook on March 2, 2024. President Robert McConville (Selden) was sworn in forhis second term of office. The Executive Board was also sworn in and they included 1st Vice President Scott Thebold, 2nd Vice President Tim Deveny (Wading River), Sergent at Arms Jessica Harris (Orient), Secretary Jay Egan (Selden), Treasurer Joseph DeStefano (Medford) and Chaplain Eugene Petricevich (Brookhaven). Immediate Past President Joe Badala (West Islip) served as the Master of Ceremony. The Commissionerof the Yearwas awarded to Commissioner Raymond Audett Jr. from the Bohemia Fire District. The President’s Award was given to the wife and son of Chaplain Edwin Brooks and OurFriends in Government also attended and recognized Chaplain Edwin Brooks. Newly elected Commissioners from various Fire Districts were sworn into theiroffices by the President of the New York State Association of Fire District Officers, Donald Corkery (Sayville).

- Fire News photos by Myles Quinn

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How do you transform a real-world building into a working stage set?

Transforming a space that is both practical and functional into an aesthetic but accurate portrayal is the key. Aubrey Dunn, a Staff Designer for H2M architects + engineers (H2M), is doing just that: reworking real fire station designs to become the set dressing on the main stage auditorium of FDIC International.

FDIC, which will be held April 15-20, 2024 in Indianapolis, is the largest firefighting conference in the country. Last year, more than 30,000 fire and rescue service professionals attended. H2M designed an interactive walkthrough exhibit in the Lucas Oil Stadium called the Fire Rescue Station of the Future that explored the possibilities of how stations will evolve in years to come. This April, H2M is bringing its talents to the main stage.

“Renderings and other architectural visu-

alizations are one of the most important pieces [of a project] because we’re trying to sell our ideas,” said Dunn. “People aren’t used to seeing construction plans. Having something visualized in a 3D virtual place is the future.”

Dunn’s three-dimensional designs for the main stage are inspired by the apparatus bay of last year’s Fire Rescue Station of the Future. However, there are a few stagecraft tricks that Dunn has had to learn to accommodate the limitations of a stage.

“The walls of the station are angled outward, they’re not 90º, so we can play with perspective.” Dunn said. “The station’s roof also doesn’t extend the full depth of the stage. The client wanted to use the overhead lights of the ballroom, so we only give the impression of a pitched roof.”

Determining the right proportions are critical. Objects around the set need to feel like the right size to the audience, but the

design needs to be practical enough that FDIC’s exhibition team can build it in only a day.

Dennis Ross, AIA, is a Practice Leader at H2M and has been mentoring Dunn through this process. With 49 years of industry experience, Ross develops ideas and offers suggestions on object placement. It’s the small details that will make the set look realistic: security cameras, exit signs, American flags, department badges, bulletin boards, trophy cases, and all the firematic tools and equipment you would find in a real working bay.

“H2M is finding new ways to expand our relationship with FDIC beyond the Fire Rescue Station of the Future,” Ross explained. “We are excited for what the future holds.”

- Submitted by Hannah Stewart, Communications Specialist, H2M architects + engineers Fire News, April 2024, Page 91
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Eastport Ex-Chief Teddy Worthington Last Call

The Eastport Fire Department paid their final respects at a burial service forforty-seven yearmemberand Ex-chief Theodore “Teddy” Worthington. The burial was held at the Quogue Cemetery on Monday, February 26. Teddy first joined the Eastport Fire Department in 1974 as a juniorfire department member. Due to his service in the juniors, he was able to join the Eastport Fire Department at the age of 17. On August 9, 1976, he became a probationary memberand went on to proudly serve the Eastport community forforty-seven and a half years. He joined the officers’ranks as a lieutenant in 1981. The next yearhe was elected as a Captain and was also chosen as the Firefighterof the Year. His drive carried him through the officers’ranks and in 1985 he became Chief of the Department, a position he held he held until April of 1988. Afterleaving the chiefs’ranks Teddy took on the role of Assistant Secretary in 1990. He also served as Treasurerof the department from 1991 until 1995.

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Center Moriches Ex-Chief Kenneth H. Johnson

Kenneth H. Johnson of the Center Moriches Fire Department answered his last alarm on January 9, 2024, at the age of 92. He joined the Center Moriches Fire Department in 1949 and was active for almost 72 of his 75 years as a member. He had served his Country as a United States Marine from 1950 to 1953, fighting in the Korean War as a machine gunner in the First Marine Division. In the Fire Department Ken had served as a Lieutenant, Captain twice, Assistant Chief for 4 years and Chief of Department (1974 to 1976). Ken had worked at the Center Moriches Fire District as a Night Watchman and Radio Operator for many years. Ken was elected as a Fire Commissioner from 2011 to 2015 and was very active in numerous fire service organizations and Juniors programs. He served as President of the Nassau Suffolk Juniors Association, President of the Brookhaven Town Fire Chiefs Council, Secretary of Suffolk County Fire Chiefs Council, a member of the New York State Fire Chiefs Association. Ken had also served on the Suffolk County Fire Advisory Board and was instrumental in the drafting legislation that lead to the creation of todays, Suffolk County Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES), where he then served as a member of the Suffolk County FRES Commission.

Ken is survived by his wife of 68 years, Grace, his brother Robert, children, Kenneth, Kim, Scott and Shaun, and had raised his granddaughter Jennifer as his fifth child. He was a proud Poppie to his 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Funeral Services were held on January 27 from the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist and interment in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Center Moriches. - Submitted by Myles Quinn

Franklin Square & Munson Fire Department

Ex-Chief Rory O’Connor Final Call

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On the morning of Friday, March 1, 2024, a funeral mass was held at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Franklin Square forFranklin Square & Munson Fire Department Ex-Captain Rory O’Connorof Engine Company No. 2. Ex-Captain O’Connorpassed away on February 26th, 2024, aftera long hard-fought battle with ALS. Visitation, as well as, Department services took place a day priorto the funeral at the Franklin Funeral Home. Several members of the Department along with family members and friends gathered to pay theirfinal respects to Rory. May he rest in peace and never be forgotten. - Fire News photos by


Ex-Chief Kenneth Rochon of Levittown Passes

On February 17, 2024, Levittown Fire Department Ex-Chief, and current CommissionerKenneth J. Rochon passed away at the age of seventy-two. Ex-Chief Rochon was a fifty-fouryearmemberof the Department assigned to Engine Company No. 2. Awake was held on the night of Wednesday, February 21st at Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home in Wantagh. The funeral service was held on the

morning of Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, at St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church in Levittown with internment at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale. Ex-Chief Rochon leaves behind his wife Barbara, children [Dennis, Matthew, Kristin, and April], three grandchildren and many otherfamily and friends.

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Edwin ‘Ed’Brooks, Mastic Fire Department

The Mastic Fire Department paid their final respects to their Department Chaplain, Life Member and Fire District Treasurer, Edwin Brooks, who answered his last alarm on December 12, 2023.

Chaplain Brooks was a 56 year Life Member of the Mastic Fire Department and he had served as a Line Officer, Department Secretary,

Treasurer and Director. Edwin had also served as District Manager, Secretary, Deputy Treasurer for the Rocky Point Fire District since 2002. Edwin further served as the Chaplain for the Brookhaven Town Fire Districts Officers Association, the Suffolk County Fire Districts Officers Association, The Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York and the Long

grandchildren Nathan, Kayda and Avery.

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Island Legislative Committee. Ed was also a Past President of the Brookhaven Town Fire District Officers Association. Edwin is survived by his wife Eileen, his son Brian and his wife Mary, his daughter Kelly and her husband Scott, his sister Sue and his three
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