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Serving Fire, Rescue & EMS Heroes Since 1973 MARCH 2013

The Massapequa Fire Department held a department training drill on ice rescue techniques. See page 9 for complete story. -Fire News photo by Andrew McShane

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In this issue... Firefighters Injured at Rocky Point Blaze While advancing the line a house fire a MAYDAY was transmitted. See story page 6

Roosevelt Dispatched For a Worker The Roosevelt Fire Department was dispatched to a home for a fire in the basement with extension. See story page 18

Gas Complicates Freeport Fire Freeport responded to a working house fire with a broken gas service. See story page 29

Motel Burns in Brentwood Brentwood responded to a confirmed working structure fire at the Olympic Lodge Motel. See story page 47

Nassau Jr. Firefighters Assoc. Swears in Officers Nassau County Junior Firefighters Association recently swore in the 2013 Junior Officers. See story page 62

Oyster Bay Mourns the Loss of James D. Brandt

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

Photographers Who Needs Them? Most of you do not know who Pete Souza is. He is a photographer who takes approximately 500 to over 1100 photographs a day of one person. He is President Barack Obama’s personal photographer. Yes, for over 50 years the White House has had and continues to have a staff of photographer who shadows the president. He documents all of the president's activities and stays with him for his entire day, no matter how long it is. In 1861, Alexander Gardner was appointed to the staff of General McClellan as a military photographer. Today, most of our local political leaders follow suit and have photographers that come to events with them. Some are professional photographers and some are aids who carry a camera. The intention is the same and that is to document the activities so everyone can see the great things they do for us. My first fire photographically inspiring moment came to me in 1960 as I looked at images of the Fire Department of the City of New York in action as I read their monthly publication known as the WNYF (With the New York Firefighter). To a child in the days of black-and-white TV and AM radio, the photos took me to a world that I eventually became part of. To the firefighter, the WNYF served as a teaching tool and was the inspiration for many of the magazines and newspapers that you see today. Janet Kimmerly, editor for the WNYF, continues the tradition of producing a publication that is a teaching tool and a compliment to the FDNY. Nice job Janet! Does your department have a photographer who documents your training activities and calls? Does your department have photographs of each member so that if the need arises you can show the community who risks their lives for them? Identification card photos serve a purpose, but their purpose is limited and at times unflattering. You should have quality headshots for everyone. All departments should assign a member to be a Public Information Officer who regularly takes photographs, writes news releases and informs the community of what the department is doing on a daily basis. Social media such as Facebook and photo hosting sites such as Flickr can be beneficial to your department when used properly and I emphasize properly. Remember this: If you do not take photographs yourself, someone else will and the image that is published in the local paper may not be a positive one. That person may know nothing about the fire service and the photos that are used may be unflattering to your department. Get to know your Fire News photographers. They are happy to assist you with providing photographs if you do not have a department photographer. It is time for your department to make sure everyone can see the great things that you do through the world of photography!

A NIGHT AT THE RACES On April 20, 2013, the West Islip Fire Department Rescue Squad will hold a Night at the Races. There is a $15 admission charge that includes a spaghetti and meatball dinner with a salad, beer, wine, soda, coffee and dessert! Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The races start at 8 p.m. Call 631-661-6440, extension 116 for more info and table RSVP.

TRAINING SEMINAR SUPPORTS JOSEPH P. DIBERNARDO FOUNDATION The First Annual Training Seminar to benefit the Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation will be held on June 29 through June 30, 2013, at 0800-1700. In honor and memory of Joey D, the foundation is presenting a two day training seminar. Learn for some of the top fire department instructors in America. Speaking will be Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn, FDNY (ret.), Firefighting in Private Dwellings and Strip Malls; Battalion Chief Frank Montagna, FDNY, Utility Emergency Tactics; Battalion Chief John Salka, FDNY (ret.), Get Out Alive training; Captain Mike Dugan, FDNY (ret.), Truck Company Operations; Capt. Bobby Morris, FDNY, Forcible Entry Tactics; Capt. Tony Tricarico, FDNY (ret.), Elevator Emergencies; Firefighter John O'Connell, FDNY (ret.), Collapse Shoring Updates. There will be a special introduction by FDNY Chief of Department Ed Kilduff. The seminar offers 16 hours of solid training from the best of the best. 100% of the proceeds go to the foundation for the purpose of saving firefighters lives through training and the purchase of personal life saving ropes The cost for the two-day seminar which will be held at the Brookhaven National Lab is $200, paid in advance. To get to the Brookhaven National Lab take exit 68 on the Long Island Expressway, north on the William Floyd Parkway, County Road 46, 1.5 miles north of the LIE. Send checks to the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 47, East Setauket, NY 11733 or pay via PayPal/credit card on our website Please include the name, address and email of attendee(s) Photo identification is required to enter BNL. There is limited seating so register early for this event. Contact Chief DiBernardo at or 631-689-7484 with questions.



All applications for the Slomo and Cindy Silvian Scholarship application must be received by July 20, 2013. A minimum of 16 awards will be drawn by lottery on July 28, 2012. The scholarship awards are only offered to students attending vocational or parochial schools. Additionally, the firefighter and the student must reside in Nassau County or Suffolk County. The aforementioned eligible schools shall include any elementary, middle school or high school, college or vocational training institute which is New York State accredited. Visit for the application below: Name of student______________________________________ Date of birth_________________________________________ School attending in the fall_____________________________ Address____________________________________________ Town and zip code____________________________________


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Company 1 of the Terryville Fire Department is holding a golf outing at the Port Jefferson Country Club on June 24, 2013. The $165 per golfer fee includes breakfast, lunch on the course and a steak dinner at the Terryville Fire Department Headquarters. Doc Gooden of the Mets and Yankees will be the guest speaker at the dinner. You can attend the dinner only and hear Doc Gooden speak for $100. Contact Bill Theis at 631.466.6069 or call the Terryville dispatcher at 631.473.3821 for information.

Name of firefighter___________________________________ Fire department______________________________________ Mail the application to: Ex-Chief Phil Tepe c/o Dix Hills Fire Department 115 East Deer Park Road Dix Hills, NY 11746 Announcements continued on page 36 and 53

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Applications Being Accepted for Phoenix Firecamp, July 21-26 at the Utica Fire Training Academy The 7th annual Phoenix Firecamp, a free weeklong overnight camp for girls ages 14-19, will be held July 21-26, 2013, at the Utica Fire Training Academy. The program, conducted by Fire Service Women of NYS, Inc. (FSWNYS), in partnership with the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department and the Utica Fire Department, is designed to acquaint young women with their opportunities in fire and emergency services. The curriculum utilizes fireground and classroom training to develop confidence, enhance leadership skills, foster friendly competition, nurture community spirit, broaden problem solving abilities, encourage team building and promote inclusiveness. Among the hands-on exercises are aerial ladder climb, basic engine and ladder operations, forcible entry, search and rescue, auto extrication and disentanglement, SCBA usage, water rescue and a propane drill. Classroom learning includes nutrition, fitness, engine and ladder basics, and fire safety. At the conclusion of the week, the campers are CPR certified. The curriculum is based upon International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) guidelines.

Although the schedule is rigorous, there is a lot of time built in to socialize, relax, have fun and make new friends from New York and other states. Camper housing is at the Academy, a former firehouse, so the girls have a real “firehouse living” experience. The Phoenix instructors and team leaders are primarily volunteer and career members of FSWNYS, who volunteer their time and pay their own expenses for the week. Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department, a principal partner in Phoenix Firecamp, donates transportation, hosts team building exercises, an evening social event, secures donations from area businesses and coordinates the participation of other volunteer fire departments and their auxiliaries. “The recruitment of young volunteers into the fire service has never been more critical,” said James Kimball, former Westmoreland FD Chief and a Phoenix staff member. “Phoenix has proven to be a powerful tool; the majority of the 119 graduates are now involved in the volunteer fire service in their hometowns.” “Since Phoenix began in 2007, the program has been supported in various ways by many Mohawk Valley volunteer fire departments,”

he said. “They include Clinton,Cedarville, Clark Mills, Deansboro, Deerfield, Lake Delta, Lee Center, Leonardsville, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Stanwix Heights, Frankfort Center Ladies Auxiliary, West Winfield and Yorkville.” The Frankfort Fire Department donates its mobile flashover simulator for forcible entry and search and rescue exercises. The applicants must be in good physical condition, have medical insurance, a positive attitude and be willing to abide by the rules of the camp and participate in all the activities. Those accepted are expected to submit medical clearance from their doctor, arrange for their own transportation to and from Utica and come equipped with a pair of steel-toed shoes to substitute for boots. Other protective gear is provided by the camp. Phoenix Firecamp is free, except for a nonrefundable $100 application fee. A maximum of 24 campers are accepted annually from a national field of candidates. Applications are now being accepted and must be postmarked by May 1, 2013 to be considered. All the Phoenix information and the application is posted at:

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Firefighters Injured at Rocky Point Blaze

On February 17, 2013, the Rocky Point Fire Department responded to a fire on Cordwood Path. Chief Terry McCarrick observed heavy fire on the 1-4 corner of the structure. Crews located a buried hydrant and secured a water supply, while a nozzle team advanced into the structure. While advancing the line, Chief McCarrick heard a “Mayday� transmitted by a member of the nozzle team. He soon learned that two firefighters had fallen through a floor. The firefighters were fortunate and were able to crawl out of the lower level of the structure with minimal injuries. A third firefighter suffered burns, battling the blaze that took approximately 12 departments to bring under control. The fire is under investigation.

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Truck Fire Extends in East Islip The East Islip Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire on Janmuary 20, 2013, at 1415 on Fawn Drive. The fire started in a truck that was parked in the driveway next to the house. The fire extended to the 1-2 corner of the dwelling. The fire was quickly extinguished with no injuries reported at the scene. The fire was under the command of First Assistant Chief Keith Villano. -Fire News photo by Keven J. Parkan

Quick Knockdown in New Hyde Park A working fire was transmitted in the early morning hours of Sunday, January 13, 2013 for a house fire on Sperry Court in New Hyde Park. Arriving units found residents of the home outside and a heavy smoke condition coming from the second floor of the two-story home. Additional searches were conducted and the fire was quickly extinguished. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

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On Sunday, January 27, 2013, the Massapequa Fire Department ments district, so it is essential that department members have held a department training drill on ice rescue techniques. There are knowledge of how to rescue victims who have gone through ice. -Fire News photo by Ed Tuffy several lakes and ponds and many water canals within the depart-

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Hempstead Battles Fatal Fire Just as the snowstorm Nemo of 2013 was ending, the Hempstead Fire Department was called to an apartment building on St. Paul’s Road North and Fulton Street for a reported fire on the third floor of the structure. Heavy fire was found on arrival, and flames had spread to the cockloft and were showing through the roof. Chief of Department Clark

with assistance from West Hempstead Chief LaCombe started requesting numerous mutual aid and ambulances to the scene for multiple aided. Multiple handlines and tower ladders were put into operation to fight the fire that reached five alarms. After the fire was knocked down the body of an eight-year-old boy was found in the fire

apartment and his mother died the next day from her injuries. More than 200 people were evacuated and many were displaced. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Mutual aid was provided to Hempstead by over 25 departments. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza and Lou Minutoli

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Levittown Battles Fire on Griddle Lane On January 9, 2013 at 0500, the Levittown Fire Department received multiple calls for a house fire on Griddle Lane. Arriving units found a fully involved house at the location, with all occupants and the dog out of the structure. Multiple mutual aid departments were called to assist with the fire that took about an hour to bring under control. -Fire News photos by Kevin Imm

Roslyn Faces Heavy Fire Conditions Firefighters from the Roslyn Fire Department faced heavy fire condition with flames through the roof on arrival at a blaze on Rushmore Avenue on the evening of Monday, January 21, 2013. Lines were immediately stretched as truck members conducted a search and began ventilation. The fire was brought under control without incident. The Port Washington Fire Department provided a FAST unit and several other towns responded on the mutual aid request. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

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Home Burns in Cold Spring Harbor

On January 13, 2013, shortly before midnight, the Cold Spring Harbor Fire Department responded to a house fire on Coldport Drive by East Gate Drive. Arriving units found heavy fire showing from the second floor of the two-story home. The Syosset, Huntington and Oyster Bay fire departments were called to the scene to assist with the operation. -Fire News photos by Kevin Imm

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Overhaul Confirms No Extension in Syosset On January 20, 2013, at 2156, the Syosset Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire on Anne Drive. Arriving units found a heavy smoke condition inside and crews discovered a fire in the wall above a dryer. The fire was quickly knocked down and crews overhauled the inside and outside walls, finding no extension. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Clothes Dryer Blamed for Rockville Centre Fire The Rockville Centre Fire Department responded to a reported house fire on Berkshire Road on the morning of Saturday, February 2, 2013. The fire may have originated in the clothes dryer that was in the basement and extended to a surrounding area. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

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The Central Islip Fire Department responded to a fully-involved vacant house fire just after 0500, on January 24, 2013, by Sycamore Avenue and Ferndale Boulevard. A neighbor had reported that there might be a homeless man in the basement, but due to the volume of fire, firefighters couldn't make entry for searches. Several handlines were put into operation. After the heavy fire was knocked down, firefighters discovered the body of a male in the basement. The Suffolk County Police Arson Squad is investigating the cause of the fire but it is believed the man was trying to keep warm in the below freezing temperatures when the fire started. The Islip Terrace, Hauppauge and the East Brentwood fire departments assisted with the call. The Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance Corps was also on scene. Chief of Department Freudenberg was in command of the fire. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza and Charles A. Murphy

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Roosevelt Dispatched For a Worker At about 0530, Wednesday, January 30, 2013, the Roosevelt Fire Department was dispatched to a Alhambra Road home for a reported basement fire. Units arrived to find heavy fire in the basement of the home with extension to the first floor and all occupants out of the house uninjured. Chief of Department Wiltshire-Pitts was in command of the scene and requested mutual aid from North Merrick, Hempstead, South Hempstead, Uniondale and Merrick. Roosevelt Engine 732 was first due and stretched three lines with the crew from Quint 734 and mutual aid, while the crew from Ladder 735 and mutual aid companies searched and vented the house. All searches were negative and the fire was brought under control in about an hour. Units from Baldwin, Merrick and West Hempstead stood by at Roosevelt's Headquarters. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Roosevelt Brings Flames Under Control On February 2, 2013, Roosevelt firefighters, under command of Chief of Department Wiltshire-Pitts, responded to a fully involved house fire on Hausch Boulevard at about 1900. Units arrived to find fire showing from a truck that was in the driveway, the garage and from the second floor on the 1, 3, and 4 sides. With below freezing temperatures and heavy fire load, multiple mutual aid was called to the scene and for standby. Engine 732 stretched multiple lines and Quint 734 made their way into the house to extinguish the fire. The crew from Ladder 735 performed searches. Mutual aid was provided to the scene and for standby from North Merrick, Merrick, Uniondale, West Hempstead, Freeport and Hempstead, Uniondale, South Hempstead and Baldwin. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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Lieutenant Branden Heller of the Wading River Fire Department -Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam

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Arson Requested to Central Islip

Second Assistant Chief Bob McGee of the Central Islip Fire Department commanded operations for a working fire on East Halley Lane on January 7, 2013. The alarm, which was received at 1110, was responded to by five CIFD units and 60 firefighters. Heavy smoke was showing from the second floor and fire extension

was found involving the attic area of the vacant residence. Chief McGee contacted the Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad so that an investigation of the fire could be conducted. No injuries were reported for the operation and units were released at 1225. -Fire News photo by Charles A. Murphy

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Car Burns on the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway On January 30, 2013, at 0835, the Bethpage Fire Department responded to a reported car fire on the northbound Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway. Engine 9077 was first due and stretched one line and began hitting the fire as crews from the second due Engine 9044 arrived to assist with the call. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Car Fire Knocked Down in Farmingdale On January 10, 2013, the Farmingdale Fire Department responded to a car on fire at the intersection of Conklin and Fulton Streets. The fire was extinguished by the crew of Engine 924 and Ladder 924 overhauled the car. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Terryville Saves Home

At 2352, on February 7, 2013, the Terryville Fire Department went to work to contain a fire that appeared to have started on the outside of a Clinton Avenue home and extended into the attic. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack, pulled ceilings and knocked down the flames that had extended into the attic, stopping the blaze before it destroyed the home. Mutual aid was provided by Selden, Mt. Sinai and Port Jefferson. -Fire News photos by David Rubin

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Fire Contained in Central Islip Chief Ed Freudenberg and 62 members of the Central Islip Fire Department were alerted for a working fire on Rossmore Avenue. The alarm was received at 0744 and Chief Freudenberg transmitted a “working fire” three minutes later. Heavy fire was showing from the 3-4 corner of the residence. The fire damage was contained; however, there was extensive smoke and water damage to the interior. The Central Islip-Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance was on scene, as well as the Suffolk County Police Department, the Islip Town Fire Marshal’s Office and Islip Town Fire Coordinator 3-0-4. Gas and electric service were secured at the scene and all units returned to quarters at 0906. -Fire News photo by Charles A. Murphy

Unoccupied House Burns in Hempstead The Hempstead Fire Department battled a working house fire on the morning of Wednesday, February 6, 2013. The blaze was located in an unoccupied house on James Burrell Avenue. A large recreational boat on the side of the home was also heavily damaged by the fire. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

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Sparks Ignites Fire at SUNY Stony Brook In the middle of the day on February 6, 2013, the Setauket Fire Department was activated for a reported structure fire at Stony Brook University’s sports complex. The Stony Brook fire marshal advised they had a deep-seated fire in blocks of foam that were being used for a construction project. It is believed that welding in the area sparked the fire sending heavy black acrid smoke through the complex. There were no reported injures. Mutual aid was requested from neighboring departments. -Fire News photos by David Rubin

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Fire Injures North Patchogue Firefighters

Two North Patchogue firefighters were injured while battling an intense late morning house fire on January 25, 2013. The blaze on Clio Place was called in at 1130 by an NPFD firefighter. Crews quickly arrived and stretched lines and began venting the roof. The heavy amount of fire and intense heat burned two firefighters, who were taken via North Patchogue Ambulance to Stony Brook Hospital where they were treated for first and second-degree burns and then released. Mutual aid was provided by Hagerman and Patchogue.The fire is under investigation by the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal’s Office and the Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad. -Fire News photos by Patrick Dill and Mike Wysowski

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Gas Complicates Freeport Fire

On January 23, 2013, the Freeport Fire Department responded to Roosevelt Avenue for a report of smoke coming from a house. When the Chief arrived it was confirmed as a working house fire. With the house fully involved, lines were pushed into it. The gas service to the house broke and was on fire making it difficult to put this fire out. The gas was finally turned off and the fire was under control within one hour. -Fire News photos by Bill Bennett

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Bethpage Investigates Possible Explosion On January 22, 2013, the Bethpage Fire Department was alerted for a possible boiler explosion on Railroad Plaza and Broadway. Crews conducted interior and exterior inspections of the two-story building and were unable to locate any problem. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Port Jefferson Knocks Out Flames On a cold January 23, 2013, the Port Jefferson Fire Department was activated for a structure fire on Main Street. Initial reports stated that there was smoke in the ceiling on the second floor of the structure. Units arrived to find fire in the ceiling of the occupancy that may have been caused by a plumber's torch. Firefighters stretched one line to quickly knock down the fire. Mutual aid was requested from Setauket, Mt. Sinai and Terryville. -Fire News photo by David Rubin




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News From the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Baltimore City residents now have access to a new tool that will help protect them and the firefighters who serve their communities in the event of a fire. On Friday, the Baltimore City Fire Department received 1,000 smoke alarms for their free distribution program thanks to the efforts of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in cooperation with Kidde Fire Safety (Kidde) and a grant from Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE). Following a deadly fire in 2012, Chief Ronald Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF, contacted the city's Fire Chief James Clack to offer assistance. Learning that the city was running low on smoke alarms, the Foundation, through its Be A Hero, Save A Hero program, applied for and received a $10K public safety grant from BGE. “The goal of the Foundation’s Be A Hero, Save A Hero program is to encourage the public to be proactive about fire prevention and fire safety,” explained Siarnicki. We are grateful to BGE for this grant and to Kidde for their assistance in providing the alarms at a reduced rate.” The Foundation worked with Kidde to purchase the company's long-life sealed smoke alarms, each of which contains a sealed-in lithium battery proven to continuously power the alarm for ten years, without ever having to replace the battery. According to the National Fire Protection Association, two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarm or no working alarm, which is mainly due to dead or missing batteries. Chief Clack received the alarms at an event at Engine Company 13 in Baltimore City. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, Chief Siarnicki, Mr. Zipser, and BGE President/CEO Kenneth W. DeFontes, Jr. were also on hand. For more information about fire prevention and to take the Be A Hero, Save A Hero pledge, go to www.

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Good Stop at Dix Hills Garage Fire The Dix Hills Fire Department responded to a working house fire on Vanderbilt Parkway, Friday, December 14, 2013, at 1724. First arriving crews encountered a fully involved fire with a car in an attached garage, and burning gasoline from a ruptured tank flowing down the driveway. Engine crews began a foam operation in the garage with an interior attack of two handlines through the front door. A pet dog was found in an upstairs bedroom and rescued uninjured by SCPD Car 220 (Officer Larry Mazzola) and Third Assistant Chief Tom Napolitano. There was no extension due to an aggressive interior attack with damage confined to the garage. Forty firefighters were on the scene with four engines and two ambulances, under the command of First Assistant Chief Tom Magno, with Assistant Chiefs Robert Fling and Tom Napolitano. Melville provided a RIT unit with Huntington Manor and Greenlawn on standby. One firefighter was transported to Huntington Hospital with smoke inhalation. The fire appears accidental, but is under investigation by the SCPD Arson Squad and Huntington Fire Marshal. -Fire News photos by Steve Silverman

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Four Injured in Dix Hills Blaze

The Dix Hills Fire Department responded to a working house fire on Rustic Gate Lane, February 7, 2013, at 0926. Dix Hills was assisted at the scene by Melville and Greenlawn, with Huntington Manor and Commack Ambulance on standby. The fire appeared to have started to the rear of the one-story ranch and spread into the attic, where an aggressive attack stopped the blaze and minimized damage. Although the home was unoccupied, firefighters saved a pet dog. Three Dix Hills firefighters suffered injuries battling the blaze and were transported to Huntington Hospital, where they were treated and later released. A Melville firefighter was also injured, and was treated at the scene. About 45 firefighters with seven pieces of apparatus had the blaze controlled within a half hour, under the command of Chief Tom Magno and Assistant Chiefs Tom Napolitano and Alan Berkowitz. The fire appears to be accidental in origin, but is under investigation by the Suffolk Police Arson Squad and Huntington Fire Marshal. -Fire News photos by Steve Silverman

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ANNOUNCEMENTS ANNUAL BOWLING TOURNAMENT The 54th Annual Volunteer Firefighters Nassau-Suffolk Championship and Handicap Tournament will be held on April 13-14, 2013, at South Levittown Lanes, 56 Tanners Lane, Levittown. Call Eileen Bopp at 516796-7708 or e-mail Eillen Shultis@ for more information. There is an early entry incentive, free practice sessions, on the following dates: March 23, 24, 30, 31 and April 6 and 7. These free twohour practice sessions are available to Nassau-Suffolk volunteer fire departments that have paid their entry fees for the tournament by March 22. Reservations are a must! To reserve a free practice session, contact Keith Pappas or Tony Casale at 516-731-5700.

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POT OF GOLD PARTY The Suffolk County Firefighters Emerald Society is hosting their Pot of Gold party at 1600 on March 30, 2013, at MJ Sullivans Pub, located at 164 route 25A (347), Mount Sinai, NY. There is a $5 fee at the door or a Pot of Gold ticket. There will be a 50/50 raffle, free food, live music by THE FIAN, a chinese aution and more. For info and tickets contact or Announcements continued on page 53

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Huntington Manor Battles ‘Collyers’ Blaze Just as the winter storm Nemo started and snow began to fall on Friday morning, February 8, 2013, the Huntington Manor Fire Department responded to a raging house fire on Ninth Avenue in Huntington Station. First arriving units found heavy fire with flames auto-exposed from the kitchen up to a second floor bedroom of a two-story wood frame house. Three handlines were put into operation, but firefighters encountered difficult access due to a boarded up bedroom and “Collyer Brothers” conditions in the home. Crews were able to breach a wall into the bedroom and extinguish the blaze. The Huntington and Greenlawn fire departments assisted at the call, with EMS standby from Huntington Community First Aid Squad. An 80-year-old woman safely evacuated the home with the assistance of police. Units were under the command of First Assistant Chief Frank McQuade, with interior operations handled by Third Assistant Chief Jon Hoffmann. Three Huntington Manor firefighters suffered injuries fighting the fire, with one transported to Huntington Hospital and later released. Chief McQuade praised the firefighters and said, “the guys did a great job under very difficult conditions, and all departments worked well together.” -Fire News story by Steve Silverman -Fire News photos by Jack Italiano III

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CLIMB AT FDIC FOR AN FDNY FIREFIGHTER LOST ON 9-11 Chief Bobby Halton says the FDIC 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb is “about honor and service” Show others that you will never forget the 343 members of FDNY who courageously gave their lives on September 11, 2001. Register now for the 3rd Annual FDIC 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb on Friday, April 26 at Lucas Oil Stadium and help raise money to assist the families and colleagues of the fallen heroes. Sign up now and help make sure there is a firefighter in Indianapolis climbing for every FDNY firefighter who died that day. “Our goal is to make sure every one of those 343 firefighters is represented by someone climbing the stairwells of Lucas Oil Stadium,” said Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. “We want their families, friends and colleagues to know that each of them will be honored and remembered.” The FDIC 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and benefits the FDNY Counseling Unit. Check-in is between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Booth #9448 in Lucas Oil Stadium and the climb will begin at 1:30 p.m. Participants will walk the stadium stairwells three times, representing the number of floors in the Twin Towers. Participants can select the firefighter they want to honor when they register and their name will be displayed under the picture of the FDNY firefighter on the registration web site. Climbers will have the option to start in turn-out gear or wear their work uniforms or gym clothes. The cost is $25 per person. Teams of 3 can register, with each person completing one rotation. Participants will receive a photo and badge of one of the fallen heroes of September 11th as well as a shirt. “The 9-11 stair climb at FDIC and elsewhere is about honor and service,” explained Chief Bobby Halton, editor-in-chief of Fire Engineering Magazine and education director of FDIC. “We will climb to honor their memories. Not only for what they did that infamous day, but for every day they served. We will climb as they all intended, but were unable. We honor their intentions and show our respect to our chosen hero whose photo we carry.” For more information and to register, go to

Manhasset-Lakeville Extinguishes Garage Fire

On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at 2238, Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Companies 3, 4, 5, and the ambulance unit were toned out for a fire as per Chief of Department Pitzer, who was on the scene of a working fire in a detached garage in the rear of a Nassau Road residence in Great Neck. Chief Pitzer advised dispatch that a vehicle fire in the rear of the home had extended to the detached garage. Engine 8740 responded to the alarm and quickly arrived on the scene. The crew stretched a hose line to the garage and began knocking down all of the burning brush and rubbish in both rear yards, while the crew from Ladder 8743 gained access to the garage. All fire in the garage and the burning vehicle was extinguished and overhauled. A second hose line was stretched by the crew of Engine 8735, but not charged. The Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company responded as a FAST unit with Ladder 8312 and Chief Jacobs. The Nassau County Fire Marshal's Office was notified for an investigation. -Fire News photo by Lee Genser

Basement Fire Heats Things Up In Oyster Bay

Shortly after 2300, on Sunday, February 10, 2013, the Oyster Bay Fire Department was dispatched to a reported basement fire in a private dwelling. Chiefs from Oyster Bay Fire Company No. 1 and the Atlantic Steamer Fire Company arrived on scene to find smoke showing. A working fire was transmitted and mutual aid companies were assigned for standby. A FAST unit from East Norwich responded to the scene as interior crews made entry through the front and rear entrances and made their way to the basement, where they located the seat of the fire. Crews were able to quickly knock down the visible flames, but the fire was traveling through the walls and ceiling. After an extensive and exhausting overhaul of the basement and first floor, the chiefs were satisfied that the fire was extinguished. All occupants were able to safely exit the house uninjured. A family dog succumbed to smoke inhalation. Firefighters and EMTs made a valiant effort to revive the canine but were unsuccessful. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Nassau County Fire Marshals Office. -Fire News photo by Mark Bellew

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Flames Spread in Bay Shore At about 0100, on February 11, 2013, Bay Shore firefighters under command of First Assistant Chief Ippolito responded to a fire in a Howells Road home. The fire appeared to have started in the kitchen on the number four exposure and spread quickly through the house. Flames were through the roof on arrival. With heavy fire on both floors, Engine 3-1-2 hit a hydrant on the exposure one side and stretched three lines, while Engine 3-1-1 hit a hydrant on Muncey Road on the exposure 3 side and stretched two lines through the rear yard. Second Assistant Chief Kunz handled the fire attack, which took about an hour to bring under control with the house heavily damaged. One occupant and one firefighter were transported to the hospital by Bay Shore-Brightwaters Ambulance Corps. Mutual aid was provided by the West Islip Fire Department the Islip Fire Department and the North Babylon Fire Company. The Brentwood Fire Department stood by with an engine. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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Cold Spring Harbor Saves Lloyd Harbor Home The Cold Spring Harbor Fire Department responded to a house fire on West Neck Road near Camel Hollow Road in the Village of Lloyd Harbor on Monday, January 28, 2013, at 0611. First arriving firefighters found a three-car attached garage completely engulfed in flames, which was connected by a breezeway to the two-story home. Firefighters began an aggressive attack and were able to keep the flames from reaching the house. About 40 firefighters from Cold Spring Harbor, Halesite, Huntington and Huntington Manor responded to the fire and quickly had the fire under control. Atlantic Steamer was on standby at Cold Spring Harbor headquarters. The incident was under the command of First Assistant Chief Robert Hahn and Second Assistant Chief Dan Froehlich. A couple, a young child and a pet dog were able to escape the home uninjured prior to the arrival of firefighters. The Suffolk County Police Arson Squad and Lloyd Harbor Police Department are investigating the cause of the fire. -Fire News photos by Steve Silverman

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Copiague Receives Numerous Calls Just before 0530, on February 16, 2013, the Copiague Fire Department was called to a house fire at Kay Road and Lee Place in Amityville Harbor. When Assistant Chiefs Campion, Fitch and Rosenberg arrived, heavy fire was showing from the 3-4 exposure of a vacant house that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy and unoccupied since. First- due Engine 1-3-9 laid most of its five-inch hose, as the nearest hydrant was several hundred feet away. Two handlines were immediately stretched into the house. The crew from Engine 1-3-5 and Ladder 1-3-4 laddered, vented and searched the house. The fire was under control in about 40 minutes with no reported injuries. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. The Amityville Fire Department was requested to the scene for the RIT assignment. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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Car Fire Knocked Out The Terryville Fire Department made quick work of this car fire found on Jayne Boulevard in Port Jefferson Station. Arriving units advanced toward the car with a pre-connected line and knocked down the flames without incident. -Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam

Car Burns in East Farmingdale In the early morning hours of February 7, 2013, the East Farmingdale Fire Company responded to an auto fire on Central Avenue at Wellwood Avenue. Chief of Department Sherback and Engine 1-5-1 from Station 2 responded to handle the call. One handline was used and the fire was extinguished in about 10 minutes with the car a total loss. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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On February 15, 2013, the Brentwood Fire Department was out of service for a department funeral service, when the East Brentwood and Hauppauge fire departments were alerted for a commercial building fire at the Olympic Motor Lodge at approximately 2030. First arriving units encountered heavy fire coming from a room on the second floor, which had extended to the facade and was spreading horizontally. East Brentwood was first due and stretched multiple lines to knock down the heavy fire, along with Hauppauge units that were arriving on scene. During the operation Brentwood units responded to the fire, including Chief of Department Waldron, who took over command. The fire was under control in about an hour with several rooms damaged on both floors by heat, smoke and water. Additional mutual aid was requested to the scene and for stand by from neighboring departments. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza and Kevin Parkan

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Response to Violent Incidents Nine Questions You Should Ask Do you know the nine questions you should ask that could help keep you and your firefighters out of harm’s way in a potentially violent situation? As the tragic events in Webster, NY showed, not every violent incident can be anticipated. But fire, EMS, and law enforcement experts agree that being prepared can often make a difference. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is joined by the IAFC, CFSI, NFPA, and NVFC in this new effort to get fire chiefs, company officers and firefighters to ask critical questions that will help evaluate a department's ability to effectively deal with a violent situation. “Nine Questions You Should Ask” is the work of Chief John Oates of East Hartford, CT, based on the report from a focus group of fire, EMS and law enforcement leaders held last year in Baltimore. That report has identified 14 National Recommendations to identify potential risks and stay safe. The full report is available here. www.lifesafetyiniti Chief Oates has also has written an article summarizing the efforts of these fire service organizations and leaders to develop tools for firefighters as part of Firefighter Life Safety Initiative #12, Violent Incident Response. Below is a summary of “Nine Questions You Should Ask.” Detailed information on the questions and resource material, including the final report, are available at /2013/violentincidents_011113.html

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Coram Trains on Foam Procedures In January, the Coram Fire Department held a foam training session that was presented by CAFS Institute, Dominic Colletti Jr., president. This was an all-day session with a classroom presentation in the morning and a hands-on session in the afternoon. The Coram Fire Department houses a Spartan Salisbury Foam Tanker that holds 2000 gallons of combined liquid. It holds 1300 gallons of water, 500 gallons of Class "A" foam and 200 gallons of Class "B" foam. The deck gun can provide 3000 gallons of liquid per minute. Coram's foam truck has been called upon for numerous incidents on Long Island, and was recently utilized at the LIE pile-up on December 19, 2012. -Fire News photos by Jim Dunn





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Van Burns in North Massapequa On January 10, 2013, the North Massapequa Fire Department responded to a van fire in the driveway of a North Wisconsin Avenue home. Engine 663 was first due and stretched one line. Firefighters began hitting the fire as additional crews made entry into the van and stretched an additional line to fully extinguish the fire. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

North Amityville Fire at Trailer Park On January 23, 2013, the North Amityville Fire Company was called to the Gildersleeve Mobile Home Park on Route 110 for a fire. With below freezing temperatures and smoke and flames visible from a distance, Third Assistant Chief Collins started mutual aid from the Copiague and Amityville fire department. Once on scene units found fire in a converted food service truck with propane in it. The fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes with no extension to any of the trailers. Chief of Department Marcelin had arrived and taken command of the scene and requested that the Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad investigate. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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Responders from the Setauket Fire Department and Emergency Management Services personnel transported a man on a stokes litter from his home in East Setauket. The man had suffered a heart attack shoveling snow on the morning of February 9, 2013. A few minutes later, two Good Samaritan snowmobilers arrived and pulled Monaghan's stretcher to a waiting ambulance. He was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital. -Fire News photo by Margaret Monaghan

On January 9, 2013, at 0657, the Bethpage Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Pine and Stewart Avenues. Firefighters transported one person to NUMC and secured the car. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Thinking Out of the Box in Jamesport On February 8, 2013, at 0828, during winter storm Nemo, the Jamesport Fire Department received a call from the Mattituck Fire Department that the Mattituck Ambulance was en route to Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) with a patient and was encountering snow blocked roadways while approaching Jamesport. Upon arrival, firefighters found snow drifts covering the road and vehicle traffic stopped. Firefighters from the Jamesport Fire Department together with firefighters from the Mattituck Fire Department, Riverhead Town Police, Department of Public Works and Volunteer Ambulance Corps utilized snow plows and the Jamesport Fire Departments military heavy weather vehicle to clear the stuck traffic and roadway. The patient was transferred to a four-wheel-drive medical responder vehicle and transported to PBMC. Chief Duffy Griffiths of the Jamesport Fire Department credits the tremendous teamwork of all agencies involved with the successful outcome. -Fire News story by John Andrejack

34 Years of Service in Ridge

The Ridge Fire Department has placed unit 5-22-5 out of service after 34 years of work for the town of Ridge. The unit is a 1979 Ford Magnum 2250 gallon tanker that was originally placed at Company 2 as the department’s tanker. Until 1993 it was the second truck in the department to have a hydraulic tool onboard. After many years this truck was placed at headquarters and was used strictly as a tanker. This truck saw the biggest fires in the history of Ridge, including the brush fires of 1981, ‘85, ‘95 and most recently the Wildfires of 2012. The district is in the process of replacing the truck to meet the current needs of the district. . -Fire News photo by Andrew House

ANNOUNCEMENTS TRAINING PROGRAM On May 4-5, 2013, Chief Alan Brunacini, will be presenting a limited attendance training program for chief and company officers. The cost is $289 per person. This is a great opportunity for Long Island and area fire officers. The two-day program is being hosted at Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Company 3, located at 25 Prospect Street in Great Neck. The class will cover the specific areas that are concerns to almost all chiefs and officers: tactical issues related to command, control and accountability on the fireground as well as the “people” challanges and the political part of our jobs. Bottom line: leadership info from the guru of problem solving. The program, the case studies and related discussions will allow every attendee to walk out at the end of the program better trained, informed and ready for tactical, political and people issues. Chief B and his leadership team will “load you up” with numerous tools to help you actually enjoy being a chief or officer just a little bit more. There is limited space/seating (only 50 seats available) so register early at

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Pedestrian Struck in West Hempstead West Hempstead firefighters and EMS personnel responded to a call for help when a pedestrian was struck on the afternoon of January 31, 2013. The vehicle involved immediately stopped to offer assistance. The injured man was transported by fire department ambulance to Winthrop Hospital. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

Baldwin Responds to Overturned Vehicle On January 27, 2013, the Baldwin Fire Department responded to Milburn Avenue and Middle Bay Drive for a report of an overturned auto. When the chief arrived he confirmed the overturned auto with a female trapped inside. The female was the wife of one of the members of the Baldwin Fire Department. The Baldwin truck company used the hydraulic tools to gain access to the driver. She was taken to the hospital by the fire department. All units were up after 30 minutes. -Fire News photo by Bill Bennet

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Vehicles Secured in Levittown Two drivers were injured on Thursday evening, January 24, 2013, when their cars collided at the intersection of Wantagh Avenue and Hunt Road in Levittown. The Wantagh Fire Department, along with Nassau County Police responded to the scene. Firefighters secured the vehicles and treated one of the injured. Police took one of the injured to NUMC while the second refused medical attention. -Fire News photo by Harry Loud

Melville Handles Heavy Rescue The Melville Fire Department responded to an MVA with entrapment after a Lincoln Town Car crashed into a tree on Bagatelle Road near Sorrel Hill Court on January 27, 2013, at about 1700. Melville crews used heavy rescue tools to remove doors on the driver's side and free the man who was pinned. The patient was transported to the Nassau University Medical Center by the Melville Rescue Squad. Under the command of Chief Michael Carrieri, 20 firefighters and rescue personnel were on the scene with a heavy rescue truck, three ambulances, fire police and a paramedic unit. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

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Car Hangs Over Mineola Walkway Slippery conditions inside a three-level parking garage on Old Country Road may have been the cause of an early morning accident on February 5, 2013. A car crashed through the wall of the second level of the garage with the rear of the vehicle hanging out over an adjacent walkway. Mineola firefighters were on the scene and removed the vehicle from the wall. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

Foam Used on North Amityville Car Fire On January 31, 2013, North Amityville firefighters were called to Offaly Street to find a Pontiac Grand Prix parked in front of a house and on fire. Assistant Chiefs Benloss and Collins, along with Engine 1-7-1, responded and used one handline with foam to knockdown the fire. The car was destroyed and the arson squad was requested to investigate. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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Car Explodes When Hit by Train On January 22, 2013, a car with two passengers was struck by a LIRR equipment train heading eastbound a few blocks west of the Brentwood railroad station. The vehicle attempted to go around the closed gates. The car was ignited upon impact as train plowed into it. Both passengers were burned beyond recognition. All three LIRR employee on the train escaped injury. The Brentwood Fire Department extinguished the fire which resulted in all LIRR services being suspended on the Ronkonkoma branch from Farmingdale to Ronkonkoma for most of the day. -Fire News photos by Kevin Parkan

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Three Car MVA Handled in Hicksville On January 8, 2013, the Hicksville Fire Department responded to a three-car accident in front of the Broadway Mall, located on North Broadway. Three people were transported to NUMC with minor injuries. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Car Strikes Dunkin’ Donuts in Jericho On January 14, 2013, the Jericho Fire Department responded to the report of a car crashing into the Dunkin Donuts on Jericho Turnpike. Arriving units found a car had struck the corner of the building causing minor damage to the foam facade and injuring the driver, who was transported to a local hospital. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm



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Road Conditions Overcome in Deer Park On February 9, 2013, the Deer Park Fire Department responded to a car fire. The road conditions made response difficult. The conditions also made for a tough car fire. Crews extinguished the fire without incident. -Fire News photo by Brian Thomas

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Car Flips in Westbury The Nassau County Police and Westbury Fire Department responded to an accident on Carman Avenue just south of Cardinal Lane onWednesday, February 13, 2013, at 1415. A car apparently lost control and flipped over onto its roof, injuring the lone male driver. Carman Avenue was shut down from south bound traffic for a short time as emergency crews removed the vehicle and debris from the roadway. The driver was transported to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. -Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

Car Overturns in Oceanside On January 28, 2013, the Oceanside Fire Department responded to Brower Avenue and Skillman Avenue for the report of an overturned automobile. When the chief arrived, he confirmed that the driver was not trapped, but needed medical attention. The driver was transported to South Nassau Hospital by the fire department ambulance.

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Truck Burns in Plainview

On January 17, 2013, at 0842, the Plainview Fire Department responded to a truck fire on the eastbound Long Island Expressway at Sunnyside Boulevard. First-due Engine 9544 stretched one line as additional crews stretched another line off of Engine 951. The fire was quickly knocked down and a long overhaul operation ensued. The Bethpage Fire Department stood by at Plainview's Station # 1 with Engine 9044 during the two hour operation. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Nassau Junior Firefighters Association Swears in Officers The Nassau County Junior Firefighters Association recently swore in the 2013 Junior Officers. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and many Town of Oyster Bay representatives were on hand, along with the support of the junior’s advisors. Congratulations to (left to right) Sergeant-at-Arms Brent Martinez, Secretary Anthony Pagan, Treasurer Amanda Temares, President Dale Warwick, First Vice President Joe Velotti and Second Vice President Andrew Mach. Good luck to all in 2013.

Nassau County Junior Installation Held in Massapequa Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph G. Pinto (right) recently attended the Nassau County Junior Firefighter's Association 6th Annual Installation Dinner, held at the West End firehouse in Massapequa. Councilman Pinto honored the outgoing president, Jonathan Chambers (center,) for his dedication to the organization and the community. Also on hand for the event and pictured here, was District Court Judge Rhonda Fischer (left).

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Up Close & Personal

Thank you Stephani! Immediately after Blizzard Nemo, Hagerman Explorer Sarah Stephani traveled through her neighborhood and uncovered fire hydrants that were buried by the storm. -Fire News photo by JoAnn Stephani

New Hyde Park Engine 3 firefighters Rimon and Daniel Reshef “rehab� after a working fire on Sperry Court on January 13, 2013. -Fire News photo by Ann Mullooly

Glen Cove Fire Department ex-Captain and Hicksville Fire Dispatcher # 34 Chris Valeo. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Plainview Honors Outgoing Chief On January 28, 2013, the Plainview Fire Department honored outgoing Chief Craig Robinson. In photo is Chief Robinson (center) and his deputies, incoming Chief Ross Dubner (left) and First Deputy Craig Adelman (right). -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Junior Captain Anthony Panella Honored Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony Macagnone (left) recently joined with Nassau County District Court Judge Rhonda Fischer (right) to honor the outgoing captain of the East Norwich Junior Firefighters, Anthony Panella, at their 18th Annual Installation Dinner, which was held at Fire Company headquarters in East Norwich. Also pictured is chairman of the East Norwich Junior Firefighters, Jerry Presta (second from left).

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Soldier Given Back Turn-out Gear On February 1, 2013, Tally-Ho firefighter and First Lieutenant Steven R. Liguori returned to Lynbrook after a year in Afghanistan. At a welcome home ceremony at the Tally-Ho firehouse, Steven was welcomed back by his family, friends and fellow firefighters. He was also given back his turnout gear which had been saved for his safe return. Steven is presently assigned to Fort Dix while receiving treatment for an injury he received

on December 2, 2013, just two weeks before he was to return stateside. Liguori’s base camp was attacked by insurgents that were wearing suicide vests and utilizing a car-borne IED. Steve was one of the American soldiers injured in the battle. None of our soldiers were killed and none of the insurgents survived. Also on hand to welcome home Liguori was New Hyde Park Fire Department Com-

missioner Michael Dolan, a wounded Vietnam veteran. He was joined by his son, Firefighter Brian Dolan, a Marine veteran. The Dolans joined with other firefighters who are members of Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior and who regularly attend welcome back ceremonies for returning war veterans. -Fire News photo by Steve Grogan

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Counterterrorism Drill ‘Prompt Affect’ Held in Suffolk County

Recently, the Suffolk County Police Department and the Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES) participated in a two-day, multi-agency counterterrorism drill held throughout Suffolk County. The federal exercise “Prominent Hunt” tested the coordination of multiple agencies and helped sustain and enhance the operational readiness in the event of a detonation of a nuclear device in the United States or overseas. The drill was an exercise of the National Technical Nuclear Forensics (NTNF) Ground Collections Task Force (GCTF), which works with law enforcement to collect samples near the detonation site to determine the origin and nature of the weapon used and those responsible for the attack. Members of the police department and FRES joined the NTNF GCTF, which consists of members from the Departments of Justice, the FBI, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, during this exercise. During the entire exercise, evaluators from all of the agencies under the lead of Suffolk FRES and the SCPD took notes on ways to improve the counties response to this type of incident. -Fire News story by Jack Blaum

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East Farmingdale Installs 2013 Officers

Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R,C,WF,IHuntington Station) recently joined officials from the Town of Babylon and members of the East Farmingdale Fire Company for their 2013 Officers Installation Dinner. During the dinner, members were honored for their service to the department and acts of heroism during the past year. This year, the department will be led by new Chief Dennis Scherback and President Frank Leeb.

“The men and women who sacrifice their personal time and energy on our behalf deserve our utmost respect and praise,” said Lupinacci. “The valuable service performed by our volunteer firemen and emergency medical technicians shows an incredible sense of dedication to a greater good. It was an honor to join Chief Scherback and all the dedicated individuals who serve East Farmingdale and I would like to thank them for their commitment to excel-

lence.” Pictured, left to right: Suffolk County Legislator Duane Gregory, Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Outgoing Chief Michael J. Kilbridge, Town of Babylon Councilwoman Jacqueline Gordon, Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, Councilman Tony Martinez and Councilman Thomas Donnelly.

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Central Islip Commissioner Walsh Sworn into Office

Suffolk County District Court Judge Philip Goglas performed the swearing-in ceremony for Commissioner Thomas P. Walsh, Jr., of the Central Islip Fire District on Thursday, January 3, 2013 in the fire district office. Commissioner Walsh was recently elected to his seventh term as Fire Commissioner. Judge Goglas, also an ex-Captain of CIFD

Engine & Hose Co. #3, has taken over the duties of issuing the oath of office for members of the Central Islip Board of Fire Commissioners from Suffolk County Judge Peter F. Cohalan (a former Islip Town Supervisor and Suffolk County Executive) who has graciously performed this ceremony every year since 1971.

Pictured are (left to right) District Manager Charles A. Murphy, Commissioner Charles R. Doyle, Commissioner Joseph P. Correira, Judge Goglas, Commissioner (and Board Chairman) Thomas P. Walsh, Jr., Commissioner James S. Sodergren, Commissioner Robert A. Miller and Treasurer Kevin M. Miller. -Fire News photo by Robert Kuehn

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Smithtown Township Fire Chief’s Receive Honors

Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter extended honors to the chief's of the Smithtown Fire Chief's Council at the Long Island Cares-Sandy Relief Gala reception on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at the Windows on the Lake.

The chiefs represented the Hauppauge, Smithtown, Nesconset, St. James, Kings Park, Commack and Nissequogue Fire Departments for their volunteer services to their communities during hurricane Sandy. We thank you for your service to our communities.

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Obituary Oyster Bay Mourns the Loss of James D. Brandt

On Monday, February 4, 2013, James D. “Tiny” Brandt passed away. Brandt was a past chief and 71 year member of Oyster Bay Fire Company Number 1. Brandt wore many hats in his lifetime, including that of a World War II soldier. He was past president of the Nassau County Fire Chiefs Council, the Nassau County Fireman’s Association, the North Shore Fire Council and a Charter Member of the 5th Battalion Chiefs Association. The Oyster Bay Fire Company, led by Chief Frank Mantegari III provided a Firematic honor guard at the wake, funeral and burial. Company Chaplain, Fr. Kevin Smith of Saint Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church, led the graveside prayer service, where full military honors were given by the United States Army Honor Guard. Mr. Brandt’s family requests that any donations may be made in James’ honor to the Long Island Alzheimer's Association, 5 Channel Drive, Port Washington, NY. -Fire News photos by Mark Bellew

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Dix Hills Fire Department Introduces 2013 Officers Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci recently joined Town of Huntington officials and members of the Dix Hills Fire Department for the 2013 Officers Installation Dinner. In addition to installing Chief Thomas Magno, outgoing Chief Richard Granahan was honored for his service and leadership from 2011 to 2012. “Dix Hills Fire Department is one of the shining examples of the outstanding services our residents receive here in Suffolk County,” said Lupinacci. “Chief Granahan has been a tremendous asset to the department and our communities the past two years. However, a department is only as strong as the men and women who put their lives on the line for it and Dix Hills is represented by outstanding members. I would like to thank the members for their continued service and wish Chief Thomas Magno best of luck in the upcoming year.” Pictured (left to right) is: Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, Huntington Town Councilman Mark Mayoka, Huntington Town Clerk JoAnn Raia, Huntington Town Counicliman Eugene Cook, Huntington Fire Department Chief Thomas Magno, First Assistant Chief Robert Fling, Second Assistant Chief Thomas Napolitano and Third Assistant Chief Alan Berkowitz.

Oceanside Swears in New Chiefs The Oceanside Fire Department swore into office their new chiefs at their installation dinner. The dinner was held at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge on Saturday, January 12, 2013. Good luck to the chiefs of the Oceanside Fire Department; Chief Kevin Klein, First Assistant Chief Bill Madden, Second Assistant John Madden and Third Assistant Chief Gil Frank. -Fire News photo by Bill Bennett

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Nassau Past Commissioner Robert Cribbin Honored

Ex-Chief Robert Cribbin of the Lynbrook Fire Department was recently presented with his past commissioner's badge at a Fourth Battalion meeting held at the Brick Cafe in Lynbrook. Cribbin was the Commissioner of the Nassau County Fire Commission in 2011 and

2012. Cribbin is also a past chairman of the Fourth Battalion Fire Districts. The current Fourth Battalion Chairman, Thomas Smith of the East Rockaway Fire Department, third from left, presented the badge to Past Commissioner Cribbin, second from right. Also joining in are, from left to right, ex-

Chief John Hennig of the Rockville Centre Fire Department and Fourth Battalion Treasurer; ExChief Jack O'Brien of the Malverne Fire Department and Fourth Battalion Vice-chairman; and ex-Chief Fred Senti, Jr., of the Lakeview Fire Department and fourth battalion secretary. -Fire News photo by Steve Grogan

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Plainview Fire Department Juniors. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Syosset Fire Department at a recent call. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Fire police members of the Hicksville Fire Department at a recent cold call. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Wading River Fire Department Engine Company 1 operate at a recent call. -Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam

Centereach Fire Department RIT unit at the SUNY Stony Brook Fire. -Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam

Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Squad at a recent fire at SUNY Stony Brook. -Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam

East Islip Fire Department members: Joe Santacroce, ex-Chief Ray Ozvath and Evan Newman at a recent fire. -Fire News photo by Kevin J. Parkan

Dix Hills chiefs get together after a recent working fire. -Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

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