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Serving Fire, Rescue & EMS Heroes Since 1973 OCTOBER 2012

Smoke was seen by several firefighters who were miles away before anyone reported this fire. Please turn to page 8 for the complete story. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm


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In this issue... Smoke Shows on Arrival in South Farmingdale South Farmingdale responded to a house fire on Beverly Road. See story page 10

Greenlawn Battles Early Morning House Fire Greenlawn was dispatched to an early morning working fire that involved the rear of a split ranch home. See story page 16

Flames Spread through West Babylon Home West Babylon was called to the scene of a fully involved house fire on Litchfield Avenue. See story page 32

Driver Arrested After Lakeview MVA A driver was taken into custody after his vehicle struck a parked car and turned over onto its side. See story page 46

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

Is Your Fire Prevention Program Ready to Go? Summer is over and students and teachers have returned to school for another exciting year of education. Now is the time to meet with your fire prevention committee to review what you are going to do to educate the kids on the importance of fire safety. Fire safety programs should be kept simple. Have you ever thought of how much information a child can hold onto in a 45minute lesson? Keep in mind that every child is unique and will learn in their own way and at their own pace. I encourage you to visit w w w. p b s . o rg / p a r e n t s / g o i n g toschool/grade_by_grade.html. This website gives you some insight on how kids learn. Teachers spend years perfecting their craft. Don't be afraid to ask the teacher for recommendations on working with specific groups of students. As a teacher of Fire Safety, you can benefit from understanding how

children learn. At an early age, explaining the difference between a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke alarm can be extremely confusing. Keep it simple by making sure the kids understanding that when they hear the beep coming from any detector or alarm, they need to respond in a specific way. Older children might enjoy a scientific lesson on the differences between the two detectors. Know your audience. Our goal is to educate and to reeducate the basic principals of fire safety in the home. Whether you do it at the school or at the firehouse, remember the knowledge that you instill in children on the topic of fire safety will stay with them for the rest of their lives. A successful education about fire safety is up to you. Fire Safety Educators Associations say it the best, fight fires through education.

ANNOUNCEMENTS ROSLYN FIREFIGHTERS ROCK FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS Roslyn firefighters have announced that they will host their Third Annual "Roslyn Rocks for the Wounded Warriors" on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Roslyn High School. Roslyn firefighters are active members of Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior and all monies raised that evening will be used to improve the lives of wounded servicemen and women. The 50s stars singing that evening include Herb Cox and the Cleftones, Larry Chance and the Earls, and the return of the original Brooklyn reunion of Phil Cracolici and the Mystics, Jimmy Gallagher and the Passions, and Emil Stucchio and the Classics. The show starts at 1900 and tickets are $40 per person. For tickets and

information call 516-587-7187. All checks for this event should be made payable to Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior, 155 Mineola Avenue, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577.


The Selden Fire Department Fire Police Company 5 seminar about Autism and the First Responder is looking for vendors for their seminar, which is on November 3. It is $50 to rent a spot from 0730 through 1500. This event is being advertised throughout the Nassau and Suffolk Fire and EMS agencies. Any questions call 631-879-3013. Someone will return your call. To reserve a spot please make check payable to the Selden Fire Department Company 5 Fire Police and mail with your information to SFDFP c/o Davidson 4 Windsor Dr. Selden, NY 11784.

FIRE PREVENTION OPEN HOUSE IN CENTRAL ISLIP The Central Islip Fire Department will be holding its Annual Fire Prevention Week Open House on Friday, October 12, 2012, from 1900-2200. This annual event will be held at the Central Islip Fire Department, Station 2, located at 110 Wheeler Road in Central Islip. For more information call 631-484-0612.

COMEDY NIGHT TO BE HELD IN BOHEMIA Comedy Night on Saturday October 13, 2012, beginning at 1900 at the main firehouse located at 950 Pearl Street, Bohemia. The festivities include a dinner and refreshments. Admission will be $35. There will be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. No one under 18 years of age will be admitted to the event. For further information or to purchase tickets, please call the Bohemia Fire Department at 631-589-2555.

BUY A BRICK IN SOUTHOLD The Southold Town Chiefs Council, with the cooperation of the Town of Southold, is in the process of building a lasting tribute to volunteer firefighters from all over the North Fork who have died in the line of duty. The Memorial Committee is inviting you to buy a $100 tax deductible brick that will encircle the 9/11 memorial located at Jean Cochran Park in Peconic. Each 4" x 8" brick can be appropriately engraved with three lines, 14 spaces per line, of information. For more information visit the Southold Town Fire Chiefs Council at

COMMUNITY AMBULANCE TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL 5K RUN/WALK On Sunday, October 14, 2012, Community Ambulance Company will be hosting their 2nd annual 5K run and walk, with all proceeds going towards the company's membership and their commitment to providing top patient care. The race begins at 0900 at Sayville's Rotary Park and will have a flat, fast course. The Community Ambulance 5K run and walk is a United States of America Track and Field (USATF) sanctioned event. Medals will be awarded to the top male and female racers, as well as the top finishers in various age groups. There will also be medals for the top male and female EMS and FD responders. The entry fee for individuals participating in the race is $20 if paid by October 12, 2012. On the day of the race, the entry fee will be $25. Those that pre-register by October 1, 2012 will be guaranteed an event t-shirt. Race packets can be picked up October 13, from 1200-1600 at the Sayville Running Company or on October 14, from 0700-0830 at the Sayville Rotary Park. For any inquiries about this race, please email Those interested in signing up for the race can register online by visiting

NMFD TO HOST 38TH ANNUAL RAG-A-MUFFIN PARADE AND FIRE PREVENTION OPEN HOUSE The North Massapequa Fire Department (NMFD), in conjunction with participating local merchants and organizations, will be hosting its 38th Annual Children's Rag-A-Muffin Costume Parade on Sunday, October 28, 2012. The parade will start at 1200 and there will be no rain date. All children who participate must be registered so they will be eligible for free prizes. Registration for the parade will be held on Friday, October 5, from 1900-2100, during our Fire Prevention Open House at Fire Department Headquarters (1000 Broadway) and Sunday, September 30, at the fire department booth at the Annual Columbus Lodge #2143 Italian Feast and Festival. Late registration will take place at 1100 on Sunday, October 28, at the start of the parade, North Nassau Avenue and North Broadway. Registration can also be done online at

NORTH MASSAPEQUA F.D. BLOOD DRIVE The North Massapequa Fire Department will be holding a Blood Drive on Thursday November 1, 2012, from 1530 to 2030 at the North Massapequa Fire Department Headquarters, located at 1000 N. Broadway NY 11758. Come on down and give the gift of life! (Continued on next page)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS AUTISM AND THE FIRST RESPONDER The Selden Fire Department Fire Police Company 5 will be hosting a seminar about Autism and the First Responder. The event will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 0800, at the Selden Fire Department, located at 44 Woodmere Place, Selden, (631) 732-1234. Admission will be $40 per person with pre-registration and $45 at the door. The fee will include a continental breakfast and lunch. Guest speakers to include: Lance Mason, Fire Fighter/EMT Leominster Fire Department, Massachusetts ALEC; Parent Edward Nitkewicz, Esq. Autism Speaks; Parent Kathleen Lanese, MSEd Autism Speaks; and Parent Special Guest Speaker Brendan Lanese. Topics to include: The First Responders and Your Patient/Victim, People with Autism in the Work Place, From a Parents Prospective and a special presentation. CME credit is available. ALEC - Autism in Law Enforcement Education Coalition.

SUFFOLK FIRE JOINT TRAINING Get ready for the Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 Suffolk Fire Joint Training. The handson Mini Indy evolutions will be on March 3, 2013. We are looking for the following from your department: Are you interested in participating for the one time fee of $600 per department, which includes three lectures and the Mini Indy? Let us know if you are interested in hosting a lecture. Mike Dugan will host one of the lectures on November 4, 2012,

"This Firehouse Rocks." Mike Ciampo, will host “Truck Company Tactics and Tips and Tricks” on January 13, 2012. Send us your contact name, number and e-mail address for updates to current events. For details and more information, please contact Jim McDermott at 631413-5286 or or Rudy Sunderman at 631-484-6041 or rsunderman@centereach

VIGIANO BROTHERS' BRAVEST AND FINEST SKI EVENT The Vigiano Brothers’ Bravest and Finest Ski Event will be held on January 6-9, 2013. Ski-In/Ski-Out at Snow Mountain Lodge. For information contact John T. Vigiano at 631242-7479, Frank Ancona at 718-986-9822, David Donatelli at 718-430-0233, Rich Remon at 917-450-4731, Bob Allen at 631332-2094, John Graziano at 917-297-0309, Thomas Burke at 516-840-0505, Carolyn Brown at 516-984-7776 or John Nugent at 201-376-9154.

ARE YOU A PIO? We would like to remind our Public Information Officers that we are always happy to receive photos and stories from your department. E-mail your photos to Send two to three full size photo files per Email. Do not retouch, crop, alter or reduce your photos. Include a brief write-up of the incident, event, or family news. We look forward to seeing your department in our next issue.

Cardiac Arrest Patient Revived at E. Northport School On September 5, 2012, at 0842, the East Northport Fire Department received an alarm for a person in cardiac arrest. The alarm was at the Trinity Regional School on Fifth Avenue. The patient was a 61-year-old male, who was witnessed going into cardiac arrest by off-duty Northport Police Officer Pete Howard and off-duty Greenlawn Fire Department ALS (Advanced Life Support) provider Mario Geddes. Officer Howard assisted in maintaining an airway for the patient and sent a bystander to call 911. He also requested the school's automatic defibrillator. The school’s defibrillator was in sight of the patient and was grabbed by off duty MTA Police Lieutenant Alex Lindsay. Officer Howard and the school nurse, Kathy Schildhorn, applied the defibrillator pads and shocked the patient three times. After the third shock was delivered the patient gained a rhythm on the defibrillator, became alert and began asking the people who had assisted him questions about what had happened. The first-due East Northport F.D. Emergency Medical Service providers arrived at this time, and found a patient who was post cardiac arrest. The East Northport F.D. ambulance then transported the patient, who was becoming alert and oriented, to Huntington Hospital with ALS capabilities on board.

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Flames Engulf House in Central Islip

Chief of Department Edward Freudenberg of the Central Islip Fire Department was in command of operations at a working fire on Nicoll Avenue on September 1, 2012. The alarm was received at 2110 and was responded to by six CIFD units. Heavy fire was consuming the entire residence upon the arrival of firefighters. Chief Freudenberg immediately requested mutual aid from the Islip Terrace and Hauppauge fire departments. There was extensive fire,

smoke and water damage throughout the entire structure as a result of the fire and units remained on scene until 2249. The Central Islip -Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance Corp also responded to the call. No injuries were reported for the fire. The Suffolk County Arson Squad was summoned to conduct an investigation as well. -Fire News photos by Charlie Murphy

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Smoke from Hicksville Garage Fire is Seen for Miles

A fire destroyed a detached garage at a home on Salem Road on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Multiple calls were received by the Hicksville Fire Department dispatcher starting at 0837. The smoke was seen by several firefighters who were miles away before anyone reported the fire. They alerted the Hicksville dispatcher, but no location was available to send firefighters to. Two nearby homes were damaged by the extreme heat. The garage and its contents were destroyed by the fire. No injuries were reported for the blaze and the Nassau County Fire Marshal was requested to determine the origin and cause of the fire. Chief of Department Chris Moskos was in command of 45 firefighters and seven units. Due to the congested area of nearby structures additional ladder trucks from East Meadow and Westbury were requested to the scene with an additional ambulance from Bethpage and the Nassau County Police Department. Units were on scene until 1100. Apparatus from Levittown, East Meadow and Plainview stood by at Hicksville's headquarters for any additional alarms. -Fire News photos by Kevin Imm -Fire News story by Owen Magee

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Smoke Shows on Arrival in S. Farmingdale

On August 15, 2012, at about 0550, the South Farmingdale Fire Department responded to a house fire on Beverly Road. Captain Stoop 9704 was the first unit on scene and advised of smoke showing and that all occupants were out safely. Chief of Department Purpora and Second Assistant Chief Dauth arrived on scene shortly after. Chief Purpora transmitted a working fire as fire had now shown from the second floor window on the exposure four-side. Firstdue Engine 971 picked up a hydrant in front of the house and stretched one line. Ladder 978 took a position on exposure one and put its ladder to the roof. Mutual aid units were requested to the scene from Farmingdale bringing Engine 923, whose crew stretched a second line. East Farmingdale sent Ladder 1-5-5 and that crew assisted 978's crew with searches and venting. The North Massapequa Fire Department was the FAST Unit and sent Ladder 661. Massapequa Ladder 636 and Bethpage Engine 9077 stood by at South Farmingdale's Headquarters. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes and contained to one room, but the rest of the house suffered water and smoke damage. There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza


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Manhasset-Lakeville Battles Basement Fire On Saturday, August 11, 2012, Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Companies 3, 4, 5 and the Ambulance Unit were dispatched to Tobin Avenue in Great Neck for a reported structure fire. Engine 8740 arrived and located the fire in the basement of the two-story home. The crew quickly stretched a hose line into the basement and knocked down the fire. The crews of Ladder 8743 and Heavy Rescue 8730 performed primary and secondary searches and removed two dogs from the house unharmed. The Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company responded as the FAST Unit, along with Ladder 8312. -Fire News story by Kirk Candan -Fire News photo by Lee Genser

Syosset Responds to Downed Pole On August 1, 2012, the Syosset Fire Department responded to a report of wires burning on Woodbury Road and Avery Drive. Units found that a truck had snapped a pole and the wires were burning in the roadway. Woodbury Road was closed in both directions, while crews awaited LIPAs arrival. No injuries were reported for the incident. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Not In My Backyard! On August 30, 2012, the Middle Island Fire Department was alerted to a reported fire in a storage trailer. The trailer, located in a wooded parking area of an amusement ride company, was adjacent to the Middle Island Fire Department headquarters. Upon arrival, crews were met with a fully involved 5-foot storage trailer with fire threatening adjacent trailers and rides. Under the command of Chief Al Olsen, the department quickly re-toned for a working fire, called for mutual aid, and for the department's tanker to respond, as there were no hydrants in the area. Fire personal made an aggressive attack on the fire, knocking it down quickly and preventing extension to the surrounding trailers. The involved trailer and its contents were a total loss. -Fire News photo by Tim Asbell

Garage Fire Spreads in Levittown A fire on Pebble Lane in Levittown brought all units of the Levittown Fire Department to the scene. The blaze occurred at about 1500 on Thursday, August 21, 2012. Arriving firefighters found a detached garage fully involved with extension to exposure 1 and 4. A car in the driveway was also burning, along with the car that was in the garage. A propane cylinder was also venting as they stretched two, 1-3/4 inch handlines and a 2-1/2 inch line. It was quickly brought under control by firefighters. The Nassau County Fire Marshals Office determined that the fire was accidental, however the investigation is continuing. -Fire News photo by Harry Loud

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Multiple Structures Burn in Long Beach

On August 26, 2012, the Long Beach Fire Department responded to the report of a house fire on the corners of Roosevelt Boulevard and East Penn Street. When the Chief arrived, the call was confirmed as a working house fire with a second house (in the rear) on fire. A second alarm was ordered by Chief Richard Corbett and units responded to Taft Avenue for the second house fire. Long Beach, Island Park, Point Lookout-Lido, Baldwin and Oceanside Fire Departments all operated at the scene. With an aggressive attack and under extreme fire conditions both of these houses were saved from further damage. -Fire News photos by Bill Bennett

Flames Consume Home in Gordon Heights

The Gordon Heights Fire Department responded to an early morning blaze on July 30, 2012. Upon arrival, a fire that appears to have started in the basement of the structure, compromised the first floor making in difficult to attack the fire. Due to the rapid spread of the fire, four lines were placed into operation to contain the fire. The fire was brought under control with the help of surrounding mutual aid departments. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

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Greenlawn Battles Early Morning House Fire

The Greenlawn Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 0520, on Cuba Hill Road. First arriving Third Assistant Chief Mike Zeis confirmed a working fire involving the rear of the twostory split ranch home, and advised that there were several residents with smoke inhalation. First Assistant Chief Scott Waryold arrived on scene shortly afterwards, followed by Chief Scott Dalrymple who assumed Incident Command.

Mutual aid for additional fire apparatus and ambulances were requested from the Commack, Centerport, East Northport, Kings Park, Dix Hills, Huntington Manor, and Huntington FDs and Commack EMS. Seven adult family members escaped the blaze, and two were transported to Huntington Hospital with smoke inhalation. One Greenlawn firefighter was also transported to the hospital with minor burns to his leg, and was treated and released. About 100 firefighters and EMS personnel

were on the scene with six engines, two ladder trucks, heavy rescue and five ambulances. Firefighters aggressively attacked the blaze which was controlled within two hours. The Suffolk County Arson Squad and Huntington Town Fire Marshal are investigating the cause of the fire which extensively damaged the structure. Suffolk County Fire-Rescue Coordinators were on scene to provide assistance. - Fire News story and photos by Steve Silverman

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Smoke Shows on Arrival in Bohemia

On September 11, 2012, the Bohemia Fire Department was activated for a structure fire at on Roosevelt Avenue. Bohemia Chief 31 was advised that smoke was reported in the building, and he arrived to find heavy smoke emanating from it. The chief evacuated the two units on either side of the fire building. He then went to the rear of the building to find a tanker truck near the rear garage door with flames coming from under the roll-up bay door. The chief requested a working fire to be activated and requested mutual aid from Lakeland, Sayville, West Sayville and Holbrook. Units stretched a line and quickly knocked down the fire.The Islip Town Fire Marshal and the Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad were requested to the scene. -Fire News photos by David Rubin

North Massapequa Attacks Attic Fire

On September 4, 2012, the North Massapequa Fire Department responded to a North Hickory Street home for a reported fire. Massapequa dispatch was advised of numerous calls reporting smoke from the house. Safety Officer 6645 was the first on scene and confirmed fire in the attic of the house. First-due Engine 663 dropped two lines and picked up a hydrant down the street. Ladder 661 took the front and its crew performed searches that were neg-

ative. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the attic area of the unoccupied home. The Massapequa Fire Department was called to the scene for a FAST Unit and ambulance. The Seaford Fire Department was called for an addition ladder truck. First Assistant Chief Mauro was in charge of the operation. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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Spark Starts Fire at the South Shore Mall

The Bay Shore Fire Department battled a fire that apparently was of knocking down the flames, water flooded the hall and store. Fire started by a spark from a welder’s torch at the Westfield South departments from Islip, Brentwood and West Islip came to the Shore Mall, located at 1701 Sunrise Highway. The fire was discov- mutual aid of the Bay Shore Fire Department. -Fire News photos by Wayne Carrington ered between two walls in the center of the mall. The fire filled the mall with smoke forcing the evacuation of the structure. As a result

Sayville Battles Flames on Loop Drive

On August 29, 2012, the Sayville Fire Department was called to Loop Drive for a residential structure fire. Shortly after arrival, Captain Don Hodgkinson, who was the officer in charge, declared a working fire and called for mutual aid from the Holbrook, Bayport and West Sayville departments. Sayville Community Ambulance was also on scene. There were several family pets removed from the home, which exhibited a possible hoarding situation. -Fire News photos by Rich Stark

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Van Burns in Massapequa Recently, Massapequa firefighters responded to the parking lot at the rear of 131 Front Street for a reported van fire. Chief of Department Daresta, Engine 635 from Parkhouse and Heavy Rescue 633 (acting ladder 632) from West End arrived to find a fully involved van parked behind Woodys Village Saloon. Crews used one handline to extinguish the fire and saws were used to open up the damaged doors of the van for overhaul. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Three Car MVA Includes Car Fire in Bay Shore On the evening of Wednesday, August 15, 2012, the Bay Shore Fire Department was alerted for a report of a motor vehicle accident with a fuel spill at the intersection of Union Boulevard and Penataquit Avenue in Bay Shore. Upon the arrival of the first Bay Shore unit, a three-car accident was found with one car on fire. Chief Ippolito quickly advised BSFD dispatch and upgraded the alarm to a car fire. Chief Ippolito handed over command to Chief of Department Roy L. Ekelund and quickly went to work with the crew of Engine 3-1-1, led by Lieutenant V. Xikis. The crew of Engine 3-1-1 stretched a pre-connected handline and made quick work of the car fire. Also on scene was BSFD Chief 31, Rescue 3-1-8, Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue, and an SCPD 3rd Precinct unit. All units were under the command of Chief of Department Roy L. Ekelund. -Fire News story by John Ippolito

Fully Involved on Arrival in Plainview On July 27, 2012, the Plainview Fire Department responded to this fully involved car fire on the Northern State Parkway westbound at Sunnyside Boulevard. Engine 951 was first due and extinguished the fire. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Lightning Strike Sparks Fire in Babylon

On September 5, 2012, at 1410, the Babylon Fire Department was mutual aided for the FAST unit. The fire was brought under responded to a residential structure fire that may have resulted control without incident. -Fire News photo by Rich Stark from a possible lightning strike. The West Babylon Fire Department

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Smoke Shows in North Massapequa

North Massapequa firefighters responded to the report of a house fire with smoke showing on North Hickory Street. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported for the incident. -Fire News photos by Kevin Imm

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Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn (FDNY retired)

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“ONE AND TWO FAMILY HOUSE FIRES” Chief Norman will discuss coordinated fire attack in one and two family house fires. This session will include hose line selection, stretching and placement,; the need for coordination of ventilation and hose line operations in addition to search and rescue procedures for occupied buildings. Battalion Chief Frank Montagna (FDNY)

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On September 3, 2012 at 2035 the Oceanside Fire Department responded to a reported building fire at the Walbaum’s located on Long Beach Road. Upon the arrival of Third Assistant Chief JT Madden, a heavy smoke condition was discovered. Chief of Department Tommy Bettes arrived shortly thereafter and transmitted the signal for a working fire. Within minutes the entire Oceanside Fire Department was on scene and the fire was extinguished within 40 minutes. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation by the Nassau County Fire Marshals Office. The Baldwin, Island Park and Long Beach fire departments were also called to the scene to assist with ventilation and searching the building. -Fire News photos by Keith Lane and Paul Mazza -Fire News story by Ed Scharfberg, PIO

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Phone Alarm Reports Syosset Fire

Gas Fed Fire Controlled in Farmingdale

On August 22, 2012, the Syosset Fire Department responded to a phone alarm for a fire inside the warehouse on Miller Place in Hicksville. Arriving units found smoke showing from a large, onestory warehouse. Engine 585 was first due and, after securing a water supply, stretched into the complex. Ladder 5855 set up in front of the building as crews stretched a line into the building. The fire was knocked down and crews vented the building with fans. Four employees were treated for smoke inhalation and two were transported. The fire marshal was called to investigate the cause of the fire and to inspect the building. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Propane Tank Burned Off in Muttontown

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Propane Powered Truck Goes Up in Flames in Massapequa On August 17, 2012, the Massapequa Fire Department was called to West End Avenue for a reported garbage truck fire at 0720. Chief of Department Daresta was first on scene, followed by First Assistant Chief Keuchler. They encountered a propane-powered Town of Oyster Bay garbage truck fully involved and all three workers out of the truck safely. Engine 631 from the West End was first due and picked up a hydrant and stretched two hand lines, a 2-1/2 incher and a 13/4 inch line. The crews from Engine 6314 and Ladder 636 from the East End arrived and assisted 631's crew. The fire was brought under control in about 40 minutes with the truck a total loss. The Town of Oyster Bay also responded with a tow truck to lift the rear of the truck to dump burning garbage in the street. The truck was finally removed at approximately 1430. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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Alarm is Real Deal in Westhampton

Flames Spread Through West Babylon Home

On Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at approximately 0203, FIRECOM activated the Westhampton Fire Department for an automatic fire alarm on Dune Road that turned out to be a fully involved structure fire. Mutual aid was immediately requested from the Eastport and Quogue fire departments. The East Quogue Fire Department stood by at Westhampton Headquarters. During the blaze, the interior floor of the structure collapsed and the crews had to pull back from interior operations. Tower Ladder 78-6 went to work with the master streams, knocking down the fire in the upper floor. The Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance Corp was on standby at the scene. -Fire News photo by Kevin Raynor

On Thursday, August 23, 2012, the West Babylon Fire Department was called to the scene of a working house fire at Litchfield Avenue between Sawyer Avenue and Midwood Road. The house was already fully involved when Engine 1-9-2 arrived on the scene. Second Assistant Chief Christine Manzi took charge of the scene. Mutual aid was provided by the Babylon and North Babylon fire departments. After almost two hours at the scene, the blaze was successfully extinguished. One firefighter was taken to the hospital with chest pains. -Fire News photo by Joe Comparato

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Quick Work Made of South Hempstead Fire A fire broke out in a South Hempstead home on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Fire department units extinguished a small fire on the second floor of the May Street home. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

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Apartment Complex Fire Knocked Down in Hicksville

The Hicksville Fire Department responded to a fire at a Town of Oyster Bay Senior Citizens apartment complex located on Newbridge Road, on August 8, 2012. The fire started in a second floor apartment at 1800. Firefighters had to rescue a 61year-old male, who suffered smoke inhalation and second degree burns on his face and hands. He was transported in a Nassau County Police Department ambulance to the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. A dog was also rescued by firefighters. The fire was contained to the one apartment but smoke and water caused damage to various units forcing the evacuation of several residents. The blaze was brought under control in 20 minutes. Hicksville firefighters were assisted at the scene by East Meadow, Levittown and Westbury Fire Departments. The Nassau County Fire Marshal was investigating the cause of the fire. -Fire News photos by Joseph C. Sperber

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Manhasset-Lakeville Makes Quick Work of Fire

On Friday, August 31, 2012, ManhassetLakeville Fire Department Companies 3 and 4 were dispatched to Northern Boulevard for an odor of smoke. Deputy Chief Farrone was the first unit to respond and was advised that Nassau County police units were on scene and reporting a fire in the rear of the Lemon Tree at that location. Deputy Chief Farrone requested that the initial alarm get upgraded to a reported structure fire, adding Company 5 and the ambulance unit to the original assignment.

Engine 8740 reported that smoke was showing on arrival and 8740's officer transmitted a working fire in the rear of 110 Northern Boulevard. The crews of Engine 8740 and Engine 8735 stretched a 2-1/2 inch hose line and quickly extinguished the fire, which was contained to a rear bathroom in the occupancy. Engine 8711 and Quint 8728 had just been released from the scene of an automatic alarm in Manhasset so they also responded. A second hose line was stretched off Engine 8711 and

taken into the adjoining occupancy, but was not operated. The crews of Tower Ladder 8744, Ladder 8743 and Quint 8728 opened up the roof to check for extension into the cockloft, which was negative. The fire was placed under control by Chief of Department Pitzer within 30 minutes. The Nassau County Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire. -Fire News story by Kirk Candan -Fire News photos by Lee Genser

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EMS ACROSS THE ISLAND Commack FD, EMS Dix Hills Fatal Responds to Overturn Parkway Crash

The Commack Fire Department and Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps were dispatched to an MVA overturn on Tulipwood Drive off Shinbone Lane on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at approximately 1515. Commack firefighters and EMS crews removed the female driver from the Toyota sedan that struck a tree and overturned. Commack FD was on the scene with two engines and a heavy rescue under the command of Chief Kieran Keane, with CVAC rolling an ambulance and a first responder. The driver and a male youth were transported to St. Catherine's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries by CVAC. -Fire News photo by Drew Silverman

The Dix Hills Fire Department responded to a fatal crash on the Northern State Parkway east of the Wolf Hill Road exit on Thursday, August 2, at 1119. A 24-year-old East Northport woman was driving a Honda Civic westbound when the car entered the shoulder, moved back onto the roadway colliding with a Honda Accord, and then back onto the shoulder before striking a tree, according to state police. Dix Hills firefighters used multiple heavy rescue tools to extricate the woman who was transported by the Dix Hills Rescue Squad to Huntington Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The driver and passengers in the Accord were taken to Huntington Hospital by Dix Hills Rescue and treated for minor injuries. Chief Richard Granahan was in charge of the call. -Fire News photo by Steve Silverman Serving the community for over 55 years

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Helicopter Needed at N. Amityville Fatal MVA

F.D. and P.D. Work Together in Massapequa

On September 2, 2012, the North Amityville Fire Company was alerted for motor vehicle accident on the corner of Route 110 and Harrison Avenue. Initial reports stated that one person was unconscious and that there were numerous injuries. Both vehicles involved in the crash ended up on the property of North Amityville Fire Company Headquarters. Third Assistant Chief Harley had Heavy Rescue 1-7-5 and Ambulance 1-7-22 on scene and requested mutual aid from the East Farmingdale, North Lindenhurst and Amityville for ambulances, and one engine from Amityville. A Suffolk County Police Department helicopter was also called and landed in the firehouse parking lot. A total of six people were transported to local hospitals and Stony Brook University Hospital. One later died from her injuries. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Just before 2200 on August 29, 2012, the Massapequa Fire Department was alerted for a motor vehicle accident with overturned vehicle in front of 100 Massapequa Avenue. Chief of Department Daresta and Assistant Chiefs Keuchler and Fitzsimmons arrived to find a Hyundai Sante Fe had hit a parked car and rolled over onto its side. The crew from Heavy Rescue 633 (acting Ladder 632) stabilized the vehicle and used a saw, along with Nassau County Emergency Service Officers, to cut the windshield from the vehicle and to remove the driver. The crew from Engine 631 handled a fluid spill in the roadway. Once removed the driver was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza







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Slick Road in Lawrence-Cedarhurst

Tractor-Trailer Lands on Car in Plainview

The Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department responded to a fuel tanker, which was carrying #2 home heating fuel and spilled approximately 15 gallons of product onto Peninsula Boulevard between Oxford Road and Rockaway Turnpike in Cedarhurst on September 7, 2012. Westbound Peninsula Boulevard was closed at Oxford Road until the fluids could be cleaned up. The area and truck was inspected by the Nassau County Fire Marshal hazardous materials team and deemed safe to operate and the roadway to be open. Apparently the nozzle accidentally engaged in the open position, while the truck was moving spilling the product onto the ground. -Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

The Nassau County Police and Plainview Fire Department responded to an overturned tractor-trailer that was on a Jeep on the southbound Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway (Route 135) north of Exit 10 (Old Country Road). The accident occurred at 1215, on September 5, 2012. The driver of the Jeep was trapped in the vehicle and the hydraulic extrication tools had to be used to free him. The driver of the truck was able to remove himself from the cab without assistance. The driver of the Jeep was transported in a Nassau County police ambulance in serious condition. The truck driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Southbound traffic on the expressway was closed for over an hour to clear the vehicles and debris from the roadway. -Fire News photo by Joseph Sperber

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Extrication Needed in Massapequa

Two Injured in Greenport MVA

On Wednesday August 29, 2012, the Massapequa Fire Deparment responded to the report of a car accident. First on scene was Chief Daresta who reported a car into a pole with a pin and requested hydraulic tools. Ladder 2 and Ladder 6 extricated one person from the car with the assistance of NCPD ESU. Rescue Company 3 transported one patient and two patients were transported by NCPD. -Fire News photo by Andrew McShane

The Greenport Fire Department was called for a motor vehicle accident at the corner of Chapel Lane and Route 25. Two passengers of the car were transported by the Greenport Rescue Squad to the Eastern Long Island Hospital. Chief Wayde Manwaring was in charge of the scene. -Fire News photo by Myron Goldstein

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Full Extrication at New Hyde Park MVA

Driver Arrested After Lakeview MVA

The New Hyde Park Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident on Jericho Turnpike on the afternoon of Friday, August 31, 2012. A pizza delivery driver attempted a U-turn across the roadway, but plowed into an oncoming car. Units had to remove the roof of one of the cars to gain access to the injured driver. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

The Lakeview Fire Department was called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident with an overturn on Hempstead Avenue in the early morning of Thursday, September 13, 2012. The driver of an SUV was taken into custody after his vehicle struck a parked car and turned over onto its side. Two passengers in the SUV were slightly injured and transported to Winthrop Hospital by County ambulance. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli





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Bay Shore Handles ‘Heavy Pin’

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On August 22, 2012, the Bay Shore Fire Department, along with the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance were alerted for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment at the intersection of Clinton Avenue and Ackerson Street. Once on scene, Chief Ippolito confirmed that one car was in deed into the pole and the driver was confirmed to be trapped inside the vehicle. Chief Ippolito advised BSFD Fire Emergency Service Squad (aka FESS), Heavy Rescue 31-8 that it was a “heavy pin” and all doors and roof needed to be removed from the vehicle. The crews from BSFD and BSBRA along with SCPD ESU worked quickly to free the injured driver from her vehicle. The driver was treated and transported to an area hospital. All BSFD units were under the command of First Assistant Chief Brian W. Butler. -Fire News story by John Ippolito, Jr.

On August 29, 2012, the Oceanside Fire Department responded to a call for a worker who fell into a hole at a local deli located on Woods Avenue in Oceanside. Behind the deli counter there is a trap door going to the basement and a worker did not realize it was open and fell into the basement. She needed medical treatment and firefighters from Oceanside Truck Company use a SKED basket to remove the victim, who was transported to the hospital in serious condition. -Fire News photo by Bill Bennett


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Up Close & Personal

Fire News Photog Caught on Camera Fire News photographer Harry Loud is photographed at a recent call. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Five Injured in Melville Crash The Melville Fire Department responded to a crash that injured five people on Bagatelle Road and the North Service Road of the Long Island Expressway on August 19, 2012, at 1825. The accident involved a Honda SUV that overturned and a Nissan sedan. Melville Rescue Squad ambulances transported four adults and one child to Huntington Hospital and North Shore Plainview Hospital with head, neck and back injuries. About 25 firefighters and rescue personnel were on the scene with a heavy rescue truck, four ambulances, fire police and paramedic responder, under the command of Company 3 Captain Chris Nolan. -Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

Woman Injured in Fall from Horse The Huntington Manor Fire Department, Huntington Community First Aid Squad and Suffolk Police teamed up to assist a Centerport woman who suffered serious injuries after she fell from a horse on Thursday afternoon, July 26, 2012, at the Sweet Acres Ranch in West Hills. The 42-year-old woman was taken by Huntington Community Ambulance to the Walt Whitman High School where she was transferred to a Suffolk Police Medevac and transported to the Stony Brook University Medical Center in critical condition. Three trucks responded under the command of Second Assistant Chief Frank McQuade. -Fire News photo by Drew Silverman

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Nassau and Suffolk Chiefs Show Their Support for Judge Skelos

Chiefs from various fire departments on Long Island show their support for Supreme Court Justice Peter Skelos, who is running for re-election in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Judge Skelos has served in the Appellate Division for eight years, the Supreme Court for 14

years and the District Court for four years. Experienced and dedicated, Judge Skelos was found "Highly Qualified" by NYS Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for Justice, NYS Supreme Court. -Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam

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Wedding Bells Ring at the Brookhaven Firefighters Museum

On Saturday, August 4, 2012, Selden Second Assistant Chief Jonathan Eck and his beautiful fiancé, Dina Zwirz, tied the knot at the Brookhaven Town Firefighters Museum, located in Ridge. Family and friends gathered, along with a fire department honor guard to witness the event on a beautiful day. -Fire News photo by Chris Sabella, PIO

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Up Close & Personal

Bay Shore Fire Department Second Assistant Chief John Ippolito is pictured at a recent call. -Fire News photo by Richard Stark

Working Faces (Photo above, from left) Lewis Scott and Paul Bugge of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department are pictured at a recent fire. (Photo left) Eastport Fire Department Second Assistant Chief Mark Yakaboski at a recent Westhampton Beach worker -Fire News photos by Kevin Raynor

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Departments Remember 9/11 9/11 Memorial Ceremony Held in Setauket

On September 11, 2012, the Setauket Fire Department held a candlelight vigil to honor and to remember the those lost on 9/11. Chief Dennis Mirante started the ceremony with a short statement. He was joined at the podium by Retired FDNY Deputy Chief Joseph DiBernardo and Retired FDNY Battalion Chief Thomas Martin. Reverend Leonard, the Setauket Fire Department Chaplin led the

participants in prayer and song. Suffolk County Police Officer Donna Capute represented the police officers who handle dogs for various mission and were present at the World Trade Center in the post-collapse period. At the end of the ceremony, the crowd was invited into the Setauket firehouse for refreshments. -Fire News photos by Robert O'Rourk

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Never Forget Community Supports Port Jefferson Ceremony

Local residents, school children, politicians and responders from Port Jefferson turn out in force to remember the victims of 9/11. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

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Wounded Warriors

Marine Receives Golf and Fire Honors US Marine Kevin Vaughan of Merrick, seriously injured in Afghanistan last year, which resulted in the loss of his left leg was hosted by Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior and the PGA at the Barclay's Golf Tournament at Bethpage Black course on August 21, 2012. Vaughan participated in the PGA's Birdies for the Brave program, which helps wounded warriors learn the sport of golf. Vaughan received a set of golf clubs compliments of the PGA and the Callaway Golf Club Company. Vaughan also received lessons from the professionals. Vaughan, (center above), receives his helmet making him an honorary Nassau County Fire Chief. Joining in the presentation at the Barclay's Golf Tournament at Bethpage are, from left to right, Steve Grogan of the Lynbrook Fire Department, Mike Kushner of the Stewart Manor Fire Department, Steve Kupcha of the PGA's Community/Military Outreach, Tom Smith of the New Hyde Park Fire Department and Brian Gurr of the Bethpage Fire Department. -Fire News photo by Steve Grogan

Firefighters Present Appliances to Wounded Marine On Saturday, August 25, 2012, Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior members surprised double amputee US Marine Captain James Byler of Huntington, with the help of PC Richards and Son, with new kitchen appliances for his home, which is being rebuilt by Building Homes for Heroes. Nassau firefighters also presented Captain Byler with a helmet making him an honorary Nassau County Fire Chief. -Fire News photos by Steve Grogan

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Wounded Warriors

‘Wing-Off’ Brings Donation to Operation Wounded Warrior

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On June 8, 2012, the Garden City Belmont Festival was held on Seventh Street. Included in the many events and activities was the Third Annual Wing-Off, a contest for bragging rights of a local restaurant voted for having the best buffalo wings. Seven restaurants participated in the contest. Residents paid $5 for a plate of wings and each received a voting ballot. The proceeds from the contest were graciously donated to Nassau County Firefighter's Operation Wounded Warrior. At the end of the day, JP McGeevers, on Nassau Blvd, (and owned by Ex-Chief John Casey of the Garden City FD) was crowned the winner for the second year in a row. In the photo, Timothy Peeples, right, of the festival committee, presents a check for $3,400 raised at the contest to NCFF-OWW Chairman Joe O'Grady of the Floral Park FD, while Vice-Chairman Bill Graham of the Garden City FD, second from left, and Vice-Chairman Mike Kusher of the Stewart Manor FD, left, join in. The presentation was made at NCFF-OWW's July meeting, which was held at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum in Mitchell Field, where NCFF-OWW has a display case. Additionally, NCFF-OWW members sold over $1400 in OWW t-shirts during the event. -Fire News photo by Steve Grogan

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Up Close & Personal Tempest Technology Corp Welcomes a New President

As promised, this year continues to be a monumental one for Tempest Technology Corp. On June 25th Tempest welcomed a new company President, Johan Gidstedt. He comes to Tempest with over 15 years' experience in the manufacturing industry. In addition, Johan's engineering background, Master's degree in Business Administration and years of operational experience as President of Borga Steel Buildings and Components, located in Fowler, CA, will be an asset to Tempest. Hailing originally from Sweden, Johan has been a long time resident of the San Joaquin Valley in California. He just completed his second official week at Tempest, and has already begun to fit in seamlessly with the culture of the company which roots deep into the fire industry. Much of Johan's past two weeks have been spent diligently studying the industry, the company, and planning for the road ahead. He has large shoes to fill as Leroy Coffman, the previous Tempest President, was a strong catalyst in the company's tremendous success. Tempest's employees are looking toward Johan to continue the fast paced growth the company has experienced throughout its 25 years of service. "Johan brings experience and expertise in the areas of manufacturing and engineering that will allow Tempest to take full advantage of new market opportunities. His style of customerfocused management is well suited to the culture of Tempest Technology Corp," Previous Tempest President Leroy Coffman states. Leroy is just weeks from finishing his Master's degree in Business Administration and is taking this time to pursue other interests and more time with family. He will still be involved with Tempest Technology Corp. in an ownership role as time moves forward. If you have any questions about this story, Tempest Technology Corp. or the products and services in which we offer, please don't hesitate to contact us at 800.346.2143 or emailing us at

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Fire News, October 2012, Page 61

Mayday Call Answered Ralph Returns Home

A hearty thank you goes out to everyone who came out to support Lieutenant Ralph Lettieri get well. Ralph is on his way to recovery thanks to everyone's prayers and good wishes. One word, BROTHERHOOD, was exemplified through the two events that were recently held to raise funds so that Ralph could recover without further worries. The good news is that Ralph returned home on September 28. Fire News will bring his return home in our next edition -Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone and Dennis Whittam

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Suffolk County Deputy Fire Coordinator Retires After 28 Years

Ex Chief Daniel Kaelin of the Jamesport Fire Department was honored by Riverhead Town Fire Chiefs' Council at their July meeting. A plaque was presented to him in recognition of more than 28 years of service as a Suffolk County Deputy Fire Coordinator for Riverhead Town. In the photo from left to right is Secretary Nicholas Luparella, Honorary ex-Chief and Suffolk County Deputy Fire Coordinator Daniel Kaelin and First Vice President, George Woodson. -Fire News photo by William Savage

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Kyle Reitan; EMS Provider of the Year Congratulations to Kyle J. Reitan on being named the FASNY 2012 EMS Provider of the Year. Kyle is an EMT-B and a first lieutenant with the Miller Place Fire Department. Kyle was at home when he received a call of a motorcycle accident down the road from the Miller Place Fire Department substation. Kyle responded directly to the scene and, unassisted, attended to the driver who was barely alive and breathing. Kyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions and quick thinking made the difference between life and death for the motorcycle driver who was airlifted to Stony Brook Medical Center. At a ceremony in Miller Place, the accident victim was on hand with his family to say thank you to his hero, Kyle Reitan. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

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FASNY Works to Help Recruitment And Retention Strategy

The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is in the second full year of a four-year, statewide recruitment campaign, funded by a $4.2 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. To date, the FASNY SAFER grant has funded statewide a “Fire In You” mass media campaign and put in place a computerized auto-referral system for potential recruits to use in identifying their local volunteer department. The SAFER grant has also helped fund college tuition reimbursement opportunities for hundreds of young student-volunteer firefighters. Now FASNY is in the midst of its latest statewide SAFER grant recruitment and retention initiative - training at least two members of each of the state’s over 1,700 volunteer fire departments in the ins and outs of recruiting and keeping new volunteer firefighters. The challenges of recruiting and retaining volunteers differ from area to area, and department to department. As a result, it only makes sense to address these challenges both on a statewide and local basis. FASNY’s mass media campaign and tuition reimbursement plan were directed at the general public and the volunteer fire service as a whole. Now, FASNY is conducting over 120 recruitment training sessions for local departments across the state through the middle of November. These “Train the Recruiter” sessions are designed to give department Recruitment Coordinators the skills and resources necessary to effectively reach out into their community and their own ranks. “We are excited to be able to bring this Train the Recruiter program to volunteer fire departments all across New York State,” said FASNY President Jim Burns. “The valuable lessons of this program and the great materials distributed to each department will be helping fire departments increase the success of their recruitment and retention efforts for years to

come. We are very grateful to the Federal government for their assistance in providing the funds that made these classes and resources possible.” To supplement the 90 minute live training sessions, each department will walk out of the class with FREE hands-on resources to use at the local level. These resources include a manual summarizing the “Train the Recruiter” course and an initial supply of printed materials such as posters and pamphlets. In addition, this recruitment and retention kit will also contain a DVD with the mass media TV and radio spots, customizable electronic files for all printed materials and the “Fire In Me” testimonial video. Recruitment and retention of volunteers may be a statewide problem but it will take a local effort to achieve a long-lasting solution. To find the dates and times for the “Train the Recruiter” sessions in your area go to Once there, you can register for the course and insure that your department

is part of this statewide effort. While on the Website, check the list to see if your department has completed a “Fire Department Information Form.” If not, remind your leadership that this form provides FASNY with critical information that our recruit autoreferral system depends on. It can be completed and submitted online. To meet the SAFER grant reporting requirements, FASNY also needs every department to submit a “Volunteer Profile Form” for each new recruit they have gained since August 2011. This form can also be submitted online. FASNY’s SAFER grant recruitment and retention strategy was designed so that each component could stand on its own. Yet, at the same time, when the individual parts work together they are stronger as a whole. Every local department needs to play their part so that not only do we meet their recruitment and retention needs but we also strengthen New York's entire volunteer fire service.

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Town of Babylon Drill at Lindenhurst September 8, 2012

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Summer Parades (continued)

Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department Hosts the Second Battalion Parade

The highlight of the parade was the showing of the National 9/11 Flag. This flag was carried by members of the Point LookoutLido Fire Department, members of Second Battalion Fire Departments, Long Beach Waterfront Warriors and community members who lost family members at the World Trade Center. -Fire News photos by Bill Bennett

Greenlawn Parade 8/30/12 -Fire News photos by Alex VanSantvoord

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New York State Motorized Drill at Main Transit August 18, 2012 Finished First Second Third Fourth Fourth

Team West Hempstead Roslyn West Sayville Islip Central Islip

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Hurricane Preparedness Held at Home Depot

Billy Goldfeder Speaks in Patchogue

Suffolk County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES) and representatives from the Town of Islip, recently attended a Hurricane Preparedness Day, which was sponsored by the Home Depot of Bay Shore. A variety of safety demonstrations were conducted by Home Depot staff, while representatives from FRES and the Town of Islip provided patrons with disaster preparedness information. Attendees learned about everything from proper window board up techniques to emergency sheltering information. A few were even recruited to join CERT and MRC. Pictured is Acting Deputy Commissioner of FRES John Jordan and Town of Islip Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Rick Gimbl.

Recently, Euclid Hose Company Number 2 of the Patchogue Fire Department hosted a lecture that was given by nationally renowned Chief Billy Goldfeder. Chief Goldfeder of Firefighter Close Calls - Home of the Secret List serves as an Associate/ Contributing Editor for Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, and Firehouse Magazine as well as a news editorial columnist for He is a well-published expert on numerous topics relating to risk management, leadership, command and tactics, safety and staffing. Goldfeder spoke to a packed crowd at Patchogue Headquarters on the topic of Firefighter Survival. At the end of the night, the people who attended the lecture went home realizing they play an important part in making sure that Everyone Goes Home. Be sure to visit FireFighterClose Calls.comHome of the Secret List. -Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam

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Ex-Chief Richard A. Dellacona Answers Last Alarm

On September 3, 2012, Ex-Chief Richard A. Dellacona of the Westbury Fire Department passed away. Ex-Chief Dellacona gave 33 years of service to the Westbury Fire Department and to Westbury. He entered the Westbury Fire Department on September 2, 1979 and was assigned to Hose Company #1. He entered the chief's office, becoming Chief of the Department in 2001, a position he gave great honor to. Rich would share his wisdom in a gentle manner, never raising a voice or exchanging harsh words. His mild demeanor did not understate the quality of his words or actions. His guidance was filled with calm and careful thought when confronting any situation and this is how he showed his true leadership. Rich would always see the best in those around him. The members of his department were blessed with the privilege of having known Rich Dellacona. Department members were able to celebrate Rich's 60th birthday at his bedside on August 22, 2012. Rich's sudden onset of illness left his friends and family with a realization of how life is so sacred. Richard Dellacona will be sincerely missed by his fellow members of the Westbury Fire Department. -Fire News photos by Kevin Imm

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Chief Robert W. ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins Answers Last Alarm

Chief Robert W. "Hoppy" Hopkins, a former Shelter Island Heights fire chief and longtime Suffolk County Fire Academy trainer and supervisor, recently passed away at the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank. Chief Hopkins had moved from Shelter Island to Cutchogue 33 years ago. He returned to the island frequently to maintain his friendships with members of the Shelter Island Fire Department. Chief Hopkins was also a familiar face to many responders who trained at the Suffolk County Fire Academy. He was a long time field supervisor and instructor who had recently retired from the academy before becoming ill. American Legion and Firematic services were held in Mattituck. Internment, with U.S. Navy honors, was held at Calverton National Cemetery. Shelter Island Fire Department Commissioner Richie Surozenski summed it up best, “Once a chief, always a chief, he was just a great guy.” -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

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Obituaries Stony Brook Burn Center Loses Dr. Harry S. Soroff Dr. Harry S. Soroff, of the Stony Brook University Hospital Burn Center died on August 22, 2012. He was 86 years of age. Dr. Soroff's accomplishments were numerous over his 33-year career at SUNY Stony Brook. He was the founding chair of the School of Medicine's Department of Surgery. During that time, he established the Stony Brook Burn Center and Living Skin Bank, eventually forming a relationship between the Burn Center and Suffolk County's volunteer fire service. Dr. Soroff's commitment to the fire service ultimately led to the creation of the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund. According to the university, Soroff was a native of Nova Scotia, Canada, who grew up in Philadelphia and later settled on Long Island in Northport. He received his MD from Temple University in 1948, later completing residencies and fellowships at Western Reserve University Hospital of Cleveland and Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Soroff also did research at Harvard Medical School and was a surgical faculty member at Tufts University, where he became chief of the Tufts University Surgical Service at the Boston City Hospital. An annual award in his name is planned for a resident or fellow at the burn center. A true gentleman and a scholar was lost with the passing of Dr. Soroff. We remind all responders that the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund will hold its Annual Recognition Day in May 2013. The day is traditionally held the Sunday after Mothers Day at SUNY Stony Brook Medical Center.

Meadowmere Park Mourns the Passing of Robert MacFadden The Meadowmere Park Fire Department will never be the same after the sudden death of ex-Chief and Commissioner Robert MacFadden. He passed on August 1, 2012. Robert joined the fire department 53 years ago. During his journey in the department he earned the titles of chief from March 1969-1971, May 1975December 1975, and April 1982-1984. Robert also served as a delegate of the third battalion. He was active with the bylaw and truck committee. He was a dedicated fireman and was well loved and respected by everyone who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

Firefighter Jack House Answers Last Alarm It is deepest regret that the Ridge Fire Department announces the death of 18-year member Firefighter Jack House who passed on September 3, 2012, after a 10-year battle with cancer. Jack was a member of Ridge Fire Department Company 1 since 1994. In that time he rose from company president to first lieutenant. He was also chief driver of Engine 5-22-3 for many years. He received numerous unit citations and awards. His proudest award was received in 1972, when as a member of the Baldwin Fire Department First Aid Company, he made a save on a lost and injured firefighter at a working structure fire. While in Baldwin, House served as an EMT for three years. He is survived by is wife of 40 years Barbra House, daughter Jackie, a former member of the Ridge Fire Department, his son Scott, his son and Firefighter Andrew House of the Ridge Fire Department, and his sister Patty. Jack was loved and will be missed buy his family and the brotherhood of the Ridge Fire Department.

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Port Jefferson Mourns Commissioner Joe Erland Port Jefferson Fire Commissioner Joe Erland, a lifelong Port Jefferson resident and a 38 year member of the Port Jefferson Fire Department has answered his last alarm. Erland dedicated much of his time to serving the Port Jefferson community through both the fire department and the local government. He was a fire commissioner since 1992 and once served the village as a trustee and deputy mayor. Joe was an engineer for the Long Island Railroad for 37 years. According to First Assistant Chief Dave Williams, "Joe was always a kindhearted gentleman that you could always speak to. He was very well-liked by all of our members." Erland was made an honorary chief of the fire department two weeks before his passing. Joe died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease with which he had been diagnosed less than a month ago. Commissioner Joe Erland will be missed by everyone whose life he touched. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

Fire News, October 2012, Page 75

Parades of Summer

East Northport Fire Department 2012 Parade Winners Furthest Traveled: Bellerose Terrace FD 2nd Place Best Appearing Juniors: Northport FD 1st Place Best Appearing Juniors: Commack Ambulance 3rd Place Best Appearing Band: Dix Hills FD West Islip FD Brewers 2nd Place Best Appearing Band: Kings Park FD Brentwood FD Wanderers 1st Place Best Appearing Band: Commack FD - NYPD Band 2nd Place Most Ladies in Line: Hauppauge FD 1st Place Most Ladies in Line: Kings Park FD

2nd Place Most Members in Line under 50: Northport FD 1st Place Most Members in Line under 50: Greenlawn FD 2nd Place Most Members in Line: Smithtown FD 1st Place Most Members in Line: Commack FD 2nd Place Best Appearing Department: Nesconset FD 1st Place Best Appearing Department: Smithtown FD Best Overall Department: Kings Park FD - Fire News photos by Steve Silverman

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Freeport’s Jumbo Takes the Prize

Jumbo, the jewel of the Freeport Fire Department, took first place for "Best Appearing Motorized Apparatus" and first place for “Best and Oldest Appearing Steamer.” The competition included 71 apparatus that competed for the coveted awards. The event was held in Milford, Connecticut. Left to right is Honorary Captain Joe Primavera, Firefighter John Kilkenny, ex-Captain Peter

Schmittzeh, ex-Chief Robert Terry, Honorary Captain George Schmittzeh and Firefighter Cavan Sandhaas. Jumbo, a 1906 Knott Steamer, was in service with the Freeport Fire Department until 1938. Jumbo is maintained by the Freeport Exempt Firemen's Association. For information on how you can help support JUMBO call 516-377-2190.

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Matthew Leavens Safely Returns from Afghanistan

Matthew Leavens, a member of the Selden Fire Department Dixon Engine Company 3, safely returned home from Afghanistan. Matthew is currently on military leave. Matthew is the son of First Assistant Chief Joe Leavens and his wife Teresa, and son in-law of Chief of Department Tony Ryan. Matthew married Chief Ryan's daughter Corissa after returning from deployment. After completing Basic Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, Matthew was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, First Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Matthew and Corissa currently reside in the Fort Bragg area. Matthew was welcomed home by family, friends and members of the Selden Fire Department, the US Veterans Motorcycle Club - Long Island Chapter, and other organizations, with bagpipes played courtesy of the Suffolk Police Emerald Society Pipe Band. Traffic control was handled by the Bohemia Fire Department and Sayville Community Ambulance and several other fire departments, along the way home to the Selden Fire Department Headquarters, where there was a celebration to welcome Matthew's safe arrival home.

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Members of the Bohemia Fire Department. -Fire News photo by David Rubin

Bethpage Engine and Ladder Company # 4 at their recent fundraiser. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Wantagh and Seaford firefighters get together with Congressman Peter King, who is an Honorary Chief of the Seaford F.D. -Fire News photo by Jack Healy

Members of Hicksville's Independence Engine and Hose Company 2 at a house fire on Lawrence Street. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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Fire News Long Island October 2012 Edition  

A publication for Fire, Rescue and EMS Heroes since 1943

Fire News Long Island October 2012 Edition  

A publication for Fire, Rescue and EMS Heroes since 1943