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Serving Fire, Rescue & EMS Heroes Since 1973 APRIL 2013

The Jericho Fire Department and Trident Engine Company No. 3 suffered the loss of Captain George A. Turner, Jr. on March 8, 2013. See page 6 for complete story. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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In this issue... Fatal Fire Fought in Massapequa The Massapequa F.D. received calls for a house fire with a person trapped on Van Buren Street. See story page 8

Dock House Burns in Port Jefferson The Port Jefferson F.D. was activated for a structure fire at the Danford's Dock House. See story page 30

Fully Involved in Plainview The Plainview F.D. responded to Karen Avenue for a reported house fire on Karen Avenue. See story page 36

Suffolk County Fire Districts Installation Congratulations to the 2013 officers of the Suffolk County Fire Districts Association. See story page 57

Bellport Firefighter Saves Dad’s Life Bellport Firefighter Tyler Furia helped to save a life in a much different way than he does as a firefighter. See story page 85

Operation Wounded Warrior in Locust Valley The Locust Valley Fire Department held their Fifth Annual Operation Wounded Warrior Dinner.

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

Is Your Junior Firefighter Program Working? Fire News has dedicated space to publicizing junior firefighter programs and activities for many years, and we have seen many juniors go on to become active members of their local department explorer or junior programs and excel as young adults to become part of their community. Over the years I have talked with young adults who could not wait to become part of their local fire department. After a few months of being a junior firefighter, I noticed a notable change in their personality. I noticed when we would meet, I was referred to as "sir, lieutenant, captain or mister." This most certainly was due to the training that was given to the junior by the dedicated advisors who train and teach the values that junior or explorer's need to be successful in life. Last month I received a note from the mother of one of the juniors, whose photo I ran in our Long Island edition. The story made me proud to be the editor of Fire News. I ran the photo without knowing that there was a story behind it. Without going into the story, the mom let me know how proud the junior firefighter was to be recognized in Fire News. The positive outcome of this photo was that an entire group of juniors were proud that one of their members made the paper. Caring about your brother and sister in any organization is what is important. We also ran another photo of a junior captain. Once again the entire group was proud that their department made the paper. It was even more rewarding when the captain came up to me at the Long Island Mega Show and thanked me for running the photo. A simple thank you went a long way. He also offered to send future photos to us to promote a positive image of the fire service. If your explorer or junior program does something special please let Fire News know about it. Like awards, it is important that everyone knows when a group reaches out to help their community in a special way. Thank you also to the dedicated advisors who are grooming not only the future of our fire service, but teaching positive values to the future leaders of our country. Keep up the good work! Fire News recognizes your hard work! - Dennis

ANNOUNCEMENTS BRENTWOOD 5K RUN/WALK The Brentwood Fire Department will be holding its second annual 5K run/walk, which will honor two firefighter line-of-duty deaths that occurred back in 1952. Join Brentwood as they remember Firefighter Martin Ames and Firefighter Charles Elliott. The event also generates scholarship money for college minded high school seniors. The event will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013, on the grounds of Saint Joseph's located on Brentwood Road in Brentwood. For information contact Bill Peterson by email or by cell phone (631) 416-4591.

GOLF AND DINNER WITH DOC GOODEN IN TERRYVILLE 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.

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AN EVENING WITH JANET RUSSELL The Centereach Fire Department Rescue and Company 1 will hold an evening with Janet Russell, Psychic/Medium/Spiritual Advisor to the Stars. The event will happen on Friday, April 19, 2013. There will be wine, cheese, cake, coffee and tea, raffles and a 50/50. The Centereach Fire Department is located at 9 South Washington Avenue in Centereach. Doors open at 1900 and the event starts at 2000. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door Get tickets early, limited seating, 16 years and older, please. For information, Email or call (631) 831-8036 or (631) 387-3336.

COMEDY NIGHT IN BAY SHORE Bay Shore Fire Department Engine Company #1 announces they are hosting their Second Annual Comedy Night. The event will be held on April 20, 2013 at the Bay Shore firehouse located at 195 Fifth Avenue. The night will include dinner, beer/wine/soda, dessert, a stand up comedy show and many raffles/prizes. Admission is $35 per person. For tickets and information call 665-4227 or Jason Campbell at 478-5836. E-mail is

BASEBALL CARD SHOW WITH DOC GOODEN IN DEER PARK The Deer Park Fire Department, Engine Company 2, will hold a Baseball Card Show fundraiser on Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 1000 to 1600. Admission to the event is $3. Appearing at the event is former New York Mets and Yankee and World Champion Dwight "Doc" Gooden. He will be signing autographs ($25.00 autograph fee) from 1200 to 1400. The event will take place at the Deer Park firehouse, located at 94 Lake Avenue. For information call JP's Sports Promotions at 631-243-1028.

RED KNIGHTS BIKE BLESSING The Red Knights NY Chapter 25 will be holding their 8th Annual Bike Blessing on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at the North Sea Firemen's Memorial Athletic Field, located on Noyack Road in North Sea (across from the firehouse). Registration and check in is from 0930-1100. Breakfast sandwiches available for riders. Registration is $20 per bike. This event benefits the Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund. Visit

WEST HEMPSTEAD COMEDY NIGHT The West Hempstead Westerners will be holding a Comedy Night on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 1930. The cost is $40 per person and includes a served hot meal, beer, wine and soda. There will be prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Come to the West Hempstead Fire Department, located at 295 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead, 11552. Call 516.404.0076 with questions.

HALESITE HOLDS COMEDY NIGHT Halesite's Hook and Ladder Company will be hosting a Comedy Night Fundraiser on Saturday April 13, 2013, at 1900. Tickets are $40/person and are for sale to those 21 and older. You can purchase individual tickets or you can purchase a table (8-10 seats). The price includes dinner, beverages, the comedy show, and entry for door prize raffles. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the firehouse at (631) 427-1910. You can also e-mail Kate Kuntz at or Erik Webber at

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Jericho Captain George A.Turner Answers Last Alarm

The Jericho Fire Department and Trident Engine Company No. 3 suffered the loss of Captain George A. Turner, Jr. on March 8, 2013. Captain Turner passed suddenly during his response to a 10:50 A.M. motor vehicle accident alarm. A firematic service jointly arranged by the Jericho Fire Department and the Locust Valley Fire Department was held at Jericho's Station No. 1 on March 11, 2013. The service was attended by more than 850 individuals, including fire departments from across Long Island, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and other area officials. Captain Turner was well-known as a result of his 30 years of volunteer service with the Jericho, Locust Valley, Glenwood and Glen Cove fire departments. He had recently been awarded Jericho's Highest Percentage Award for 2012 and was consistently one of its most active members. Captain Turner was also a very

active member of Jericho's Rehab Team, which is part of the 9th Battalion HazMat Decon Task Force. He will be sorely missed. Captain Turner is survived by his wife Diane, who is a member of the Jericho Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary, his father Ex-Chief George "Pete" Turner, Sr., former chief of the Locust Valley Fire Department, his mother Helen Turner, his

brother Thomas Turner, his in-laws, Richard and Mary Kita, and nieces and nephews. Charitable donations may be made in Captain Turner's honor to the Jericho Fire Department, the Locust Valley Fire Department and/or the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior. -Fire News photos by Kevin Imm

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Fatal Fire Fought in Massapequa Just after 0100 on February 20, 2013, the Massapequa Fire Department received numerous calls for a house fire with a person trapped on Van Buren Street off of Park Boulevard. Chief of Department Daresta, along with Assistant Chiefs Keuchler and Fitzsimmons were on the road quickly, with Second Assistant Chief Fitzsimmons arriving first. The working fire was transmitted and Chief Fitzsimmons advised of heavy fire on the first floor on the 1-4 exposure that was extending to the second floor of the structure, which became fully involved. Engine 635 from the Parkhouse was the first due engine and Ladder 632 from the West End was the first due ladder, they were followed by Engines 631, 6311, 634, 6315 and Ladder 636 and multiple Ambulances. Three lines were placed into operation and an aggressive push was made to rescue the trapped occupant as the Ladder Company crews laddered, vented and searched the house. The fire was knocked down and brought under control in about an hour, with one fatality being the homeowner, who couldn't escape the flames. The cause of the fire was investigated and found not to be suspicious in nature. Mutual aid was provided by The Seaford Fire Department who was requested to the scene for a FAST unit. -Fire News photos by Ed Tuffy, Paul Mazza and Andrew McShane

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Up Close & Personal

Suffolk County Deputy Fire Coordinator Kevin Parkan, FC-17, works at a recent call. -Fire News photo by Alex Van Santvoord

Centereach Fire Department Firefighter Anthony Chisholm -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

First Assistant Chief Mike McKeefrey of the Melville Fire Department stays connected at a recent fire. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

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The building on the corner of Main Street and Herbert Avenue, overlooking the train station in Port Washington for more than 100 years was lost in a wind driven, 5 alarm fire that occurred on March 14, 2013. The alarm was first struck at 1320, for a "small fire in a third floor window" on the north side of Herbert Avenue. The first units arrived on scene within minutes and re-toned for a working fire, activating the neighboring mutual aid departments. As crews made an initial attack on the fire, the strong wind out of the Northwest quickly drove the fire behind the interior crews, causing the fire to spread to the cockloft/parapet and throughout the third floor. Fire crews were evacuated and the decision was made to execute an aggressive exterior attack on the fire. Fire operations were hampered by the strong wind, allowing the fire to spread with great speed. An old slate roof also complicated the attack on the flames. Tragedy was prevented due to the quick actions of several off duty Port Washington Volunteer firefighters, who happened to be in the building's various commercial establishments when the fire broke out. They were able to alert and evacuate the building before the fire spread out of control, potentially saving dozens of lives. -Fire News photos by Tim Asbell and Paul Mazza

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Snow Complicates Centereach House Fire On February 11, 2013, the Centereach Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located on Hammond Lane. The roads were poorly plowed at the time of the fire, which made for a difficult operation. Engine 2 arrived on scene and stretched an attack line into the structure, quickly knocking the fire down. Responders had difficulty locating a fire hydrant due to the deep snow, but were fortunately helped with the aide of a neighbor, who knew the location of the hydrant. Mutual aid from Coram, Ronkonkoma, Selden, Setauket, and the Nesconset fire departments responded to the call. The home owner stated he and his wife just went to bed, but woke up with their throats burning and found that their home was on fire. The fire is under investigation by the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office. Captain Max Mayzus was in command of the call. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Blaze Beat in Smithtown The Smithtown Fire Department responded to a working house fire on Stengel Place on February 26, 2013 at 0330. Upon arrival, fire was discovered in the basement of a ranch style home. After an aggressive attack the fire was quickly brought under control with no injuries reported. Kings Park was requested for a rapid intervention team along with Saint James for an additional truck company. The Hauppauge and Nesconset Fire Departments stood by in the event of additional alarms. -Fire News photo by Joe Sperber

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Radiant Heat Melts Siding The Levittown Fire Department was alerted for the report of a house fire on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Arriving units discovered an outside wall of the home completely engulfed in flame with heat transfer great enough to melt the siding of an adjacent house. The blaze was quickly extinguished, while truck companies opened up areas to examine for possible extension. Mutual aid companies were put in place to assist with the operation. (More coverage on page 32) -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

Flames Stopped in East Northport On February 28, 2013, the East Northport Fire Department was activated for a structure fire on Wheeler Place. Captain Thomas Bourne was first on scene reporting a confirmed working house fire. Upon his arrival, Command was turned over to Second Assistant Chief Daniel Heffernan. Mutual aid was provided by the Northport Fire Department, Greenlawn Fire Department, Commack Fire Department and the Commack Ambulance Corp. The Town of Huntington Fire Marshall, as well as the Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad was called to the scene for an investigation. Chief Heffernan would like to thank his members as well as the mutual aid departments for their help in responding to this quick moving fire. -Fire News photo by Bruce Gosik

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Firefighter’s Home Destroyed in Selden

On March 12, 2013, the Selden Fire Department responded to a fully involved structure fire on Campo Avenue. A pick-up truck went out of control and slammed into the house, breaking the gas main that was attached to the home. The gas fueled fire destroyed the home. Firefighters from Centereach and Terryville responded to assist the Selden Fire Department with the call. The driver was arrested at the scene. As we reported on our Facebook page, this was the home of a Selden firefighter who was at a department class when the call came in. Lieutenant Michael Cosgrove's family escaped the flames with little more that the clothes on their backs. Selden Fire Department Truck Co. 1 hosted a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on Sunday, March 24, at the Selden Fire Department on Woodmere Place in Selden. We will bring you photos of the dinner in our next paper. Please call Frank Gephardt at (631) 872-7597, if you would still like make a donation to help a brother firefighter. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

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Smoke Fills Jericho Office Building On February 1, 2013, the Jericho Fire Department responded to a report of smoke in a three story office building on Jericho Turnpike. Arriving units found a smoke condition throughout the building that had been evacuated by police and emergency ambulance bureau units. An exterior fire was found after all interior searches were negative and the fire was extinguished. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Bethpage Knocks Down Flames On February 12, 2013, at 2304, the Bethpage Fire Department was alerted for flames coming from a house on Lawrence Street in Farmingdale. Arriving units found the house and quickly knocked down the fire in the front exterior of a Colliers Mansion home with minor extension into the home. The home owner suffered burns to her hand and was transported to the hospital. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm.

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Attached Garage Burns in Hicksville

On February 15, 2013, at 0458, the Hicksville Fire Department was alerted by FireCom for a structure fire on East End Avenue off of Woodbury Road. Chief Christopher Moskos was first on the scene and transmitted a working fire in an attached garage. Engine 932 was first due and stretched two lines to the rear of the garage and to the front door. Crews took the back door of the garage and attacked the fire knocking it down as additional crews manned the second line and conducted searches. All of the occupants were accounted for. A car was removed from the garage and an overhaul operation began. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Explosion Rocks Hempstead On February 27, 2013, the Hempstead Fire Department received numerous calls for a house explosion on Perry Street. Chief of Department Clark arrived followed by Assistant Chiefs Simmons and Hendry, and discovered that a two-story house exploded and collapsed onto itself. Multiple mutual aid requests went out as it was unknown if the house was occupied at the time of the explosion. It was later determined that the house was vacant. A fire, caused by the explosion, damaged the neighboring house on the exposure 2 side. The house on the exposure 4 side sustained structural damage from the collapsed house's chimney. The fire was quickly knocked down and both neighboring houses were evacuated. Two people suffered minor injuries and were transported to the hospital. Technical Rescue Teams from the North Bellmore and Rockville Centre fire departments were called to the scene to conduct searches of the house. Additional mutual aid was provided by the Baldwin, South Hempstead, Uniondale, West Hempstead, Roosevelt and Franklin Square fire departments, along with the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The cause of the explosion is under investigation. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza, Tim Asbell and Lou Minutoli

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Two Injured at Oakdale Fire

On March 14, 2013, the West Sayville Fire Department was activat- Community Ambulance transported both victims to area hospitals. ed for a reported structure fire in a condominium complex on Mutual aid was provided by Bohemia and Sayville. -Fire News photo by David Rubin Willow Drive with an occupant trapped. Units arrived to find two victims that had sustained injuries as a result of the blaze. Sayville

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Freeport House Burns On March 4, 2013, the Freeport Fire Department responded to the report of a house fire on Guy Lombardo Avenue. When the first arriving unit was on scene the call was confirmed as a working fire. Freeport firefighters moved lines into the house and it took an hour to get under control. One firefighter was transported to the hospital with an eye injury and two additional firefighters more were treated at the scene. -Fire News photo by Bill Bennett

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North Patchogue Chief Discovers Fire On March 4, 2013, a North Patchogue chief was leaving the area when he saw smoke billowing from the Traction Boulevard area. He investigated further and found a large shed fire on Putnam Avenue. The fire caused some damage to the exterior of the home. Units had to pull apart the remnants of what was in the shed to ensure that the fire was out. Suffolk County Police Arson Squad and the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal, along with the Brookhaven Town Buildings Department were called for an investigation. -Fire News photo by David Rubin

Huntington Manor Rescues Dog from Blaze The Huntington Manor Fire Department rescued a pet dog from a house fire Thursday night, March 21, at 2048, on Deepdale Drive in South Huntington. During the search, Firefighter Scott Rubcewich found the dog in an upstairs bedroom and carried him outside to the front lawn, where firefighters gave the dog oxygen through an animal mask. The dog suffered minor neck burns and smoke inhalation, and was transported to the New York Veterinary Specialty Emergency Center in East Farmingdale. About 45 firefighters responded with six pieces of apparatus and had the blaze controlled within 15 minutes, under the command of Chief Fred Steenson, Jr. The fire was contained to the kitchen area with minor extension. Melville FD dispatched a FAST unit to the scene with Huntington FD providing standby coverage. The Huntington Community First Aid Squad stood by for EMS at the scene. - Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

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Fatal Fire Battled in North Babylon On March 3, 2013, the North Babylon Fire Company was alerted to a report of a building fire at Silver Street and Little East Neck Road about 1630. Chief of Department Jordan was advised by Babylon Central Fire Alarm that numerous calls were being taken and that Suffolk County police were on scene confirming a working fire. While en route, Chief Jordan started mutual aid requests from the West Babylon Fire Department for an engine and a ladder, East Farmingdale Fire Company for an engine and ladder and the Wyandanch Fire Company for RIT. Chief Jordan followed by Assistant Chiefs Cabano, Caroleo and Harrington arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the second floor apartments and were told that there was an occupant unaccounted for. As units arrived and began to stretch lines into the building, the second floor became fully involved. As the interior attack progressed, conditions worsened forcing firefighters to be removed from the building and mount an exterior attack. Multiple hand lines from North Babylon and East Farmingdale engines, Engine 1-8-4's deck gun, West Babylon Ladder 1-9-4 and East Farmingdale Ladder 1-5-15 operated for about two hours to bring the fire under control. After the heavy fire was knocked down, firefighters found the body of the missing occupant who had perished. Additional mutual aid was provided to the scene and for stand-by by West Babylon, Deer Park, Babylon, West Islip and Bay Shore Fire Departments, along with the East Farmingdale Fire Company and the Wyandanch Wheatley-Heights and Bay ShoreBrightwaters Ambulance Corps. The cause of the fire was investigated and is believed to have started from cooking. The three businesses on the first floor of the building all suffered heavy damage. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza and Mike Descalso

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Up Close & Personal

Greenlawn Fire Department Chief Scott Waryold at a recent alarm. -Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

Third Assistant Chief Jon Hoffmann of the Huntington Manor Fire Department proudly follows in the footsteps of his dad, the late Ex-Chief Charles Hoffmann. -Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

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Dock House Burns in Port Jefferson

The Port Jefferson Fire Department was activated for a structure fire at 0916, at the Danford's Dock House on East Broadway, Port Jefferson. Upon arrival, Assistant Chief Dave Williams observed a fully involved two-story, wood frame structure, approximately halfway out on the main dock of Danford's Marina. Engine 3, commanded by Chief Driver Steve Erland, straight laid 5 inch supply line to the dock and stretched an attack line. The second Engine stretched a two-and-a-half-inch line from Engine 3 and placed a portable blitz attack monitor into operation. Chief Driver Erland assumed the Operation position with Chief Williams as the Incident Commander. Additional personnel from the department as well as the Terryville, Setauket and Mt. Sinai Fire Departments were on hand. Port Jefferson Volunteer Ambulance, Miller Place Fire Department ambulance and Stony Brook University Volunteer Ambulance were also on scene. The fire was placed under control in approximately 90 minutes. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. During the fire attack, a second fire broke out at the Steamroom Restaurant on East Broadway and Main Street from burning embers from the dock fire. This small fire was extinguished by Engine 5. All personnel did an outstanding job and are commended for their performance. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam, Dave Rubin and Jim Dunn

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Continued Coverage of Carnation Road Fire

On March 6, 2013, the Levittown Fire Department received multiple calls alerting them to a structure fire on Carnation Road. Due to the proximity of the neighboring East Meadow Fire Department, both departments were dual dispatched as per their daytime mutual aid agreement. Both Departments arrived on scene within seconds of each other, where units observed a three-story residential structure with a heavy fire load on the 4 side, extending up the exterior and into the attic. Multiple lines were stretched and the fire was quickly knocked down. Also assisting the Levittown and East Meadow Fire Departments were the Hicksville Fire Department with a Fast Truck and the Wantagh Fire Department with standby crews. -Fire News photos by Tim Asbell and Paul Mazza

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Initial Exterior Attack in Babylon On March 7, 2013, the Babylon Fire Department was alerted for a house fire on Kittiwake Lane near Little East Neck Road South at about 0400. Second Assistant Chief Glenn arrived first and found a single story house fully involved. Chief of Department Twardy arrived and took command of the scene. Engines 1-2-6 and 1-2-3 arrived first and second due followed by Ladder 1-2-8, Engines 1-2-1, 1-2-4, 1-2-5 Heavy Rescue 12-7 and Ambulance 1-2-10. 1-2-6 hit the hydrant in front of the house and stretched a total of four hand lines, along with 1-2-3. An exterior attack was used to knock down the heavy fire and then lines were brought into the house, which had partially collapsed to extinguish pockets of fire. The fire was brought under control in about 90 minutes with no reported injuries. The house was damaged during Hurricane Sandy and has been vacant since the storm. -Fire News photos by Paul Mazza




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Bethpage Responds to School Bus Fire On February 1, 2013, the Bethpage Fire Department responded to a fire on a school bus in the community park parking lot. The school bus was empty at the time of the minor fire and crews from Engine Company # 4 handled the alarm. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Boat Burns in Centereach The Centereach Fire Department responded to a boat fire on February 15, 2013 at 1753. The boat was behind a home on Pleasant Avenue. The first units that arrived on the scene reported a fully involved fire. Engine 7 quickly stretched an attack line, knocking the fire down, which prevented the fire from spreading to a vacant house. The boat was known to be used by local homeless people. The fire is under investigation by the town of Brookhaven Fire Marshall's Office. Chief 32 Robert Corley was in command of the operation. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

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Fully Involved in Plainview On March 10, 2013, at 1006, the Plainview Fire Department responded to Karen Avenue for a reported house fire. Arriving units were met with heavy fire throughout and through the roof of the two-story home. An interior attack was thwarted after the roof and the second floor collapsed into first floor. The home was destroyed and no injuries were reported for the operation. Mutual aid was called from the Bethpage, Farmingdale, Hicksville and the Syosset fire departments. -Fire News photos by Kevin Imm, Wayne Carrington and Paul Mazza

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North Amityville Goes to Work On March 9, 2013, the North Amityville Fire Company was alerted for a house fire on Dixon Avenue at about 0530. First due Engine 1-7-1 arrived and transmitted a working fire in a vacant house. Chief of Department Marcelin arrived and took command of the operation. Heavy Rescue 1-7-5, Engine 1-7-4, Rescue Engine 1-7-10 and Ambulance 1-7-8 arrived on scene shortly thereafter. There was heavy fire showing from the 1-2 exposure on the first floor with extension to the second. A collapse of a portion of the roof into the first floor forced firefighters from the house for a short period of time. Engine 1-7-1 used its deck gun to knock down heavy fire, along with the hand lines that were stretched. Once the heavy fire was knocked down members went back to an interior attack to knock down the remaining fire. The fire was brought under control in about 40 minutes with no reported injuries. The Suffolk County Arson Squad was requested to investigate the cause. Mutual aid was provided to the scene by the Amityville Fire Department for RIT, Engine and an Ambulance, Copiague and North Lindenhurst fire departments for engines and manpower. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Something’s Burning in Franklin Square The Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department responded to the report of something burning in a house on Pauley Drive on Wednesday morning, March 13, 2013. Arriving firefighters found some burning material in the attic space of the house and it was quickly contained to that area. The West Hempstead and Malverne fire departments were also called to the scene to assist. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

Centereach Knocks Down Vehicle Fire On January 23, 2013 at 0635, the Centereach Fire Department responded to a reported vehicle fire located on Champlin Street. Units on arrival found a commercial truck that was fully involved parked next to a residential structure. Under the command of Second Assistant Chief Robert Corley the fire was quickly extinguished. The fire is under investigation by Brookhaven town fire marshals office. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

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Nesconset Goes to Work

In February, the Nesconset Fire Department responded to an attached garage fire on Old Nichols Road in Nesconset. Mutual aid was provided by Hauppauge, Smithtown, Lakeland and Ronkonkoma. The attack on the fire was complicated by lowered ceilings in the garage that were used for storage. Fortunately firefighters were able to save the house and a family cat. -Fire News photos by Craig Jackson

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Fireplace Causes Valley Stream Fire The Valley Stream Fire Department responded to the report of a house fire on the afternoon of Thursday January 24. A working fire was transmitted for a fire that apparently extended out of the home's fireplace. Mutual aid was summoned but the blaze was quickly extinguished. -Fire News photo by Lou Minutoli

Locating Fire Hampered by Fog in Plainview On January 30, 2013, the Plainview Fire Department responded to an early morning house fire on Hope Drive. Arriving units had difficulty finding the home due to the heavy fog and smoke condition making for zero visibility. A fire in the attached garage was quickly knocked down and mutual aid companies from Farmingdale, Hicksville and Bethpage were called to the scene. The fire was brought under control without incident. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm


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The Next Generation Pictured are Northport Firefighter and EMT-CC John Mancino with son Michael at a live burn drill. Michael, a high school junior, is a member and past lieutenant of the Smokeaters, the junior firefighting program established in 1931 for kids 1418 years old. -Fire News photo by John Mancino

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Mobile Home Burns in Deer Park On March 13, 2013, the Deer Park Fire Department responded to a working fire of a recreational vehicle mobile home. The RV was fully involved in flames when the first engine pulled up to the scene. The RV was only about 10 feet away from a commercial building. By getting water quickly on the fire, the fire was prevented from extending to the commercial building. The fire was under the command of Chief Phil Scarfi. -Fire News photos by Brian Thomas

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Truck Fire Spreads Burning Oil Through Streets

Hicksville firefighters received multiple calls for a truck fire next to a house on Jordan Lane. The smoke column could be seen from miles away. Upon arrival, they encountered a fully engulfed box truck parked in the driveway next to a house. Burning liquid was running down the residential street towards a culde-sac and several parked vehicles. Two hand lines were stretched to attack the fire. One line was used to contain and extinguish the spreading liquid fire and the other to protect the exposure. A third line was stretched after a supply line was charged to attack the truck fire.

The truck was used for a business picking up waste oil and other liquids. In the truck was stored several 55 gallon drums of a mixed product. Hicksville's HazMat team responded, along with the Nassau County Fire Marshal's HazMat unit. Foam was used to extinguish the remaining pockets of fire. The environmental damage was extensive. The street, grass and sidewalks were coated with oozing black liquid. A clean-up contractor responded supervised by N.Y.S. DEC to clean up the mess. The home owner borrowed the truck from

a friend in order to use the onboard generator to power his home during the power outages. The generator in the fully enclosed truck overheated, caught fire, which eventually ruptured the drums, spreading burning liquid everywhere. Numerous sets of turnout gear had to be decontaminated. Chief of Department Christopher Moskos was in command of the lengthy operation. One firefighter was injured, treated and released from the Nassau County Medical Center. -Fire News story by Owen MaGee -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Pay-loader Needed at Island Park Truck Fire The Island Park Fire Department responded to this fully involved truck fire on Saturday March 9, 2013. The location was Long Beach Road and Rail Road Place. The truck was packed with items and it took a half hour to put out the flames. A pay-loader was used to unload the truck so the contents could be extinguished. -Fire News photo by Bill Bennett

East Farmingdale Knocks Out Car Fire On March 8, 2013, the East Farmingdale Fire Company responded to Wellwood Avenue and Route 109 for a reported car fire. Chief of Department Sherback, along with Assistant Chiefs Greco and Iuzzini arrived on scene and found a Cadillac sedan involved in the intersection with the occupants out of the vehicle. Engine 1-5-1 was first due and used one line to extinguish the fire. Engines 1-5-2 Rescue/Engine 1-5-3 Engine 1-5-6 and Fire Police 1-5-16 also responded to the call. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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Fire Contained in Ridge Retirement Community On Thursday February 14, 2013, the Ridge Fire Department was called to a condo on Newcastle Court in Leisure Village for a reported house fire. When responders arrived, they discovered fire in one unit and reactivated for a working fire. A call went out for mutual aid from the surrounding departments. Crews from Middle Island and Rocky Point assisted the Ridge Fire Department in quickly bringing the fire under control, containing it to the unit of origin. One victim was transported by Middle Island to Mather Hospital with smoke inhalation, where he was treated and released. -Fire News photos by Tim Asbell

Family Corner

Jim Brown and James Brown III of the Coram Fire DepartmentEngine Company 2 get together for a family photo. -Fire News photo by Jim Dunn

The Rosciano's are a busy family at the Dix Hills Fire Department. Gerard Rosciano, pictured center, is an ex-Chief (1999-2000) who recently finished a four-year term as Company One Captain. His sons Gerard Jr., left, and Robert, right, are both firefighters, and dad Gerard's brother Frank is also a member and Ex-Assistant Chief. -Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

Meet the Davis Family of Greenlawn The Davis' are an active family at the Greenlawn Fire Department. Pete and Joyce Davis, pictured center, along with their sons Eric, left, and Justin, right, are all members with Pete, Eric and Justin serving as firefighters, and Joyce on the rescue squad. -Fire News photo by Steve Silverman

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Home Burns in South Farmingdale On March 12, 2013, the South Farmingdale Fire Department was alerted for a house fire on Colonial Drive at about 0800. Engine 971 arrived on scene and Captain McFarlane transmitted a working fire as heavy smoke was pushing from the house. Ladder 978 arrived shortly thereafter and Ex- Chief Don Mormino took command of the scene, while Captain McFarlane handled operations. Two lines were stretched with one operating in the basement where the fire originated and had just come up to the first floor into the kitchen. The crew from 978 searched and vented the house with all searches being negative. One occupant was reportedly removed by Nassau County Police prior to the fire departments arrival. The fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes with the house suffering substantial damage. Mutual aid was provided to the scene by the North Massapequa Fire Department for a working truck, the Bethpage Fire Department for an additional engine and the East Farmingdale Fire Company for a FAST unit. Massapequa Engine 635 and Bethpage Ladder 3 stood by at South Farmingdale Headquarters. The cause of the fire is under investigation. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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Vapors Ignite in Smithtown

Recently, the Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched for a basement fire on Townline Road near Hoffman Lane. Units arrived to find a fire in the basement of a private dwelling. Mutual aid was requested from the Hauppauge Fire Department for a RIT, Saint James for an engine and Kings Park for an ambulance. The fire was quickly extinguished, crews opened up and checked for extension and were back in service within 90 minutes. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office was called in to handle the fire investigation and determined that the fire was a result of the vapors from chemicals that the homeowner was using being ignited by an electrical source in the basement. -Fire News photos by Craig Jackson -Fire News story by Andrew J. Brofman

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Holbrook Called for Brush Fire On March 14, 2013, the Holbrook Fire Department was toned out for a reported brush fire on Nichols Road and Sunrise Highway. 3-15-31 arrived on scene to a brush fire that was burning along the right shoulder of the road. The fire was quickly extinguished. -Fire News photo by David Rubin

Dog Revived at Plainview Blaze On February 24, 2013, at 0200, the Plainview Fire Department was alerted for a 911 call for a report of wires burning in the rear yard of a Winthrop Road home. Arriving units found a fire in the home at the electrical service and NCPD officers removing an elderly man who was sleeping on the second floor of the home. A working fire was transmitted with heavy fire found in the basement with extension to the first floor of the home. Firefighting efforts were hampered due to the arching wires at the service. Firefighters found the homeowners dog behind a TV set and were able to revive him with an animal oxygen mask. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Suffolk County Fire Districts Installation

Congratulations to the 2013 officers of the Suffolk County Fire Districts Association officers. Good luck to President Michael Mooney, First Vice President Rudy Sunderman, Second Vice President Jay Egan, Secretary Larry Santangelo, Treasurer Joe Destefano, Chaplin Ed Brooks and to Past President Don Corkery as they lead the organization through 2013. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

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Check Presented To Wantagh Chief

In a brief ceremony held at Wantagh’s Station 2, Chief of Department William Allen was presented a check to help restore his home, which was severely damaged by hurricane Sandy. The money came from a group of Michigan volunteer firefighters who felt they must assist their New York brothers along the south shore of Long Island. Led by Firefighter Steve Schmidt of the Speaker Township Fire Department the idea was presented to a council and a committee formed. They succeeded in raising some $6500 from firefighter donations and the committee drove to New York to divide the money between

four members of four departments. Arriving in New York, they visited Long Beach, Island Park and Merrick to donate to firefighters in need. They concluded on Saturday evening in Wantagh with a donation to Chief Allen to assist in rebuilding his home. Chief Allen was appreciative of the donation and said he was overwhelmed by the generosity of the brother firefighters from Michigan whom he had never met. He said that “the money was more then his insurance company offered and he had paid into that fund for years” and added “the money surely will be used to purchase sheetrock and other supplies”.

In the photo is Chief William Allen (fifth from left) of the Wantagh Fire Department accepts a check from Chief Jeff Johnston (fourth from left) of the Applegate Fire Department. Left to right is First Assistant Chief Jason Jackowitz, Wantagh; Firefighter Nick Lusher, Sandusky; Firefighter Brad Harris, Sandusky; Chief Jeff Johnston, Applegate; Chief William Allen, Wantagh; Firefighter Steve Schmidt, Speaker Township, Commissioner William K. Field IV, Wantagh; and Commissioner Craig Craft, Wantagh and Nassau County Office of Emergency Management. -Fire News photo by Harry Loud

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East Northport Installs New Chief

On January 1, 2013, the East Northport Fire Department swore Joseph Ervin, the 44th Chief of the Department, into office. In attendance to help share the moment was his wife Vikki, his sons Michael and Justin and daughter Amanda. Also installed were First Assistant Chief Wayne Kaifler, Jr and Second Assistant Chief Daniel Heffernan. Chief Ervin would like to thank outgoing Chief Michael Tarantino for his dedicated service to the community. In 2012 the East Northport Fire Department responded to 710 fire calls and 1491 rescue calls. -Fire News photos by Ex-Chief Bruce Gosik

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North Massapequa Trains in CPR

Veteran firefighters of the North Massapequa Fire Department learned new techniques on CPR at a recent school, which was mandated for all firefighters. From the left are ex-Captain Joe Pesale, Sr and Senior EMT Sean Moran. They are working on a child size mannequin to practice their techniques. -Fire News photo by Jackson B. Pokress


Nesconset Chaplain George Voigt Answers Last Alarm Nesconset Firefighter and Chaplain George Voigt passed away on December 28, 2012 after a long illness. Up until his death, George was an active member of the department. George joined the Nesconset Fire Department in 1968, served in Engine Company 3 and fire police. He held the positions of Lieutenant and Captain. George was a great cook and was always manning the grill or stove for department events. George worked for the Town as a bus driver for the senior citizens. This turned out to be a blessing when he saved a woman who had a heart attack on his route. George was also a member and past Commodore of the Smithtown Bay Yacht Club. George will be missed by the Nesconset Fire Department. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

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2012 New York State Motorized Champs Honored

At their 88th Annual Installation Dinner, which was held on February 17, 2013, the New York State Motorized Drill Team Champion West Hempstead Westerners were honored by local political leaders for their accomplishments. Team members were presented with a citation from Nassau County Legislator Vincent J. Muscarella. They were also presented with a citation from Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray. In the photo, team members proudly show off their NYS Championship rings with the championship cup. Also, team member William D'Alessandro was recognized for 35 years of service to the department by Nassau County Legislator Vincent J. Muscarella. -Fire News photos by Bill D'Alessandro

Heroic Rescue Made by West Hempstead Firefighters On February 9, 2013, firefighters from the West Hempstead Fire Department responded on a mutual aid call to the Hempstead Fire Department for a working apartment building fire during a snowstorm. West Hempstead firefighters Andrew Brohm and Gerard Boettcher made a rescue of an unconscious female victim from the building. After spending time in intensive care, the woman succumbed to her injuries despite the heroic efforts of the two firefighters. -Fire News photo by Bill D'Alessandro

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Point LookoutLido Handles MVA The Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department responded to Lido Boulevard for an overturned auto. When the Chief arrived, he found that there was no pin, but the driver needed medical attention. The driver was transported to an area hospital and ESU uprighted the auto. -Fire News photo by Bill Bennett

Wantagh Responds to MVA Recently, two drivers were injured when their cars collided in the intersection of Wantagh Avenue and Hunt Road, Levittown. The Wantagh Fire Department, along with Nassau County police responded to the scene. Firefighters secured the vehicles and treated one of the injured occupants. Police took one of the injured to NUMC, while the second refused medical aid. -Fire News photo by Harry Loud

Student-Led Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corp Receives National Honor The Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SBVAC), a 90-member all-volunteer student-led emergency response unit, was honored as the Collegiate EMS Organization of the Year for 2012-2013 at the 20th Annual National Collegiate EMS Foundation (NCEMSF) conference held in Washington, DC, from February 22-24, 2013. SBVAC was selected from more than 100 collegiate EMS organizations across the nation. Founded in 1970 by a small group of university students, SBVAC is a New York State-certified ambulance corps that has grown into a collegiate EMS agency that provides one of the highest standards of emergency response care in the state. SBVAC primarily serves the Stony Brook University campus and is regularly utilized as an EMS resource for the surrounding communities. SBVAC services an average daily population in excess of 30,000 people, including more than 8,000 campus residents. They responded to nearly 1,300 calls last year. “We’re very excited about the award,” said Frankie Rivera, SBVAC President, and a Stony Brook University senior double-majoring in sociology and women’s studies. “This award is timely and well deserved for our members who have answered numerous calls throughout very challenging times this past fall and winter,” he said, referencing Superstorm Sandy and Winterstorm Nemo, two severe weather events that have pounded the region. “It’s great for SBVAC and the campus community, as national recognition helps to get our name out to the EMS world on a larger scale.” Former SBVAC Chief (2000-02) and Stony Brook alumnus (’02) Joshua Moskovitz, MD, MPH, was also recognized at the NCEMSF conference receiving the President George J. Koenig Jr., DO, Service Award. Dr. Moskovitz is currently an Emergency Medicine physician at North Shore University Hospital. Previously, SBVAC received the “Striving for Excellence” Award at the 2001 NCEMSF annual conference; the Suffolk County EMS Agency of the Year Award (2002); the New York State EMS Agency of the Year Award (2003) by the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Services; and a first-place finish at the 2011 NCEMSF Advanced Life Support Skills Competition. About the Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SBVAC) SBVAC employs the services of approximately 90 dedicated volunteers, three operational ambulances and one ALS (Advanced Life Support) responder. SBVAC provides mutual aid to neighboring Fire and EMS services and is certified by Suffolk County to perform emergency response care up to an Advanced Life Support level covering interventions such as the administration of medications through IVs and endotracheal intubation by Critical Care and Paramedic level trained EMTs.

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The National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation’s (NCEMSF) purpose is to support, promote, and advocate for emergency medical services (EMS) on college and university campuses. The Foundation is committed to the advancement of existing response groups and assisting in the development of new response groups. The Foundation provides a forum for the exchange of ideas of campusbased emergency response issues. To these ends, the Foundation is committed to scholarship, research and consultancy activities and to creating safer and healthier environments on college and university campuses.

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Centereach to the Rescue The Centereach Fire Department was called to respond to a motor vehicle accident at intersection of Nicolls Road and Hawkins Road. The first units to arrive on the scene found that the driver lost control of his vehicle causing it to be sent into asnow bank after hitting one vehicle. Under the command of Chief of the Department Derek Anderson, along with Assistant Chief Nils Danielson, fire police controlled traffic, while EMS technicians were able to stabilize their patient for transportation to Stony Brook Hospital. -Fire News photo by Ron Moneteleone

Extrication Needed in Deer Park On February 20, 2013, the Deer Park Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident. The hydraulic tools were needed at the scene for a car that crashed through a fence. The car was wrapped around a tree on Skidmore Road and Tiber Avenue. Under the command of Chief Scarfi and with the assistance from Suffolk County Police Department ESU, the roof and door of the car was removed and the dashboard was rolled to free the driver from his car. The driver was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip. -Fire News photo by Brian Thomas

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Bethpage Handles Overturn On January 31, 2013, the Bethpage Fire Department responded to an auto accident involving an overturn on Hicksville Road by Boundary Avenue. The driver was self-extricated upon their arrival and transported to a local hospital. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Car Hits Tree in Bethpage On January 31, 2013, the Bethpage Fire Department responded to an accident for a car that ran into a tree on North Wantagh Avenue and Farmedge Road. One person was transported to NUMC and crews applied absorbent to a fluid spill in the roadway. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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Two Car MVA Results in Extrication One driver was injured and had to be extricated from her vehicle by Hempstead firefighters, after this two car collision occurred on Front Street in Hempstead on Friday afternoon, March 1, 2013. The injured was transported by LIJ ambulance to a nearby hospital. -Fire News photos by Lou Minutoli



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Proudly Show That You Will Never Forget Our Brothers of FDNY A special edition exclusive numbered Deployment Challenge Coin has been created for the first 343 registrants of the3rd Annual FDIC 911 Memorial Stair Climb on Friday, April 26 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Sign up today and show others that you are ready for the challenge of climbing 110 stories. The climb honors the memories of the FDNY firefighters who died on September 11, 2001 and raises funds to assist their families and colleagues. "This special FDIC 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb Challenge Coin is our way of saying thank you to those who want to be certain that the 343 members of FDNY will never be forgotten," said Chief Bobby Halton, editor-in-chief of Fire Engineering Magazine and education director of FDIC. To register, go to The FDIC 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and benefits the FDNY Counseling Unit. 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. Only the first 343 to register will receive the exclusive numbered Deployment FDIC 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb Challenge Coin which was created and donated by 4 Alarm Promotions. 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. 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.

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Car Burns on the Southern State in N. Babylon At approximately 0830 on February 26, 2013, the North Babylon Fire Company responded to the eastbound Southern State Parkway for reported car fire. First Assistant Chief Cabano was first on the scene followed by Third Assistant Harrington and advised that the fire was in West Babylon's district just east of Exit 36 Straight Path. The vehicle, a Volkswagen Beetle was fully involved when first due engine 1-8-2 arrived. Engines 1-8-1, 1-8-8, ambulance 1-8-7 and first responder 18-80 continued in to assist with the call. The driver of the vehicle escaped unharmed and the fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes with one hand line from 1-8-2. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Ronkonkoma to the Rescue Just before 1400 on February 28, 2013, the Ronkonkoma Fire Department was activated for a motor vehicle accident at Express Drive North and Holbrook Road. This accident was originally reported as a heavy rescue. Units arrived to find a two car accident with negative entrapment. This accident involved an oil truck. Ronkonkoma transported one driver with minor injuries. -Fire News photo by David Rubin

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On February 26, 2013, the Roosevelt Fire Department was called to The car was found burning in the street as it was parked in front of the report of a car fire on William Street near Rose Avenue about a house. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is 0200. Quint 734 and Ladder 735 responded and used one hand line unknown. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza to extinguish a fire involving a Toyota Camry in about 15 minutes.

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Foam Utilized at Wantagh Car Fire Wantagh Fire Department Stations 2 and 4 were alerted for a car fire on the eastbound Southern State Parkway at Exit 28 Wantagh Avenue on February 26, 2013. Assistant Chiefs Jackowitz, Bloomfield, and Gross responded with Engines 692, 697 and First Responder 6969, to find a Cadillac sedan involved on the shoulder of the parkway, with the driver safely out of the car. Engine 692 put one line into operation and used foam to extinguish the fire in about 15 minutes. -Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Cars Collide in North Patchogue Woodside Avenue and Route 112 was the scene of another accident on March 2, 2013. This accident involved four cars. Four patients transported to area hospitals. The patients were three adults and one child. Both Medford Ambulance and the North Patchogue Fire Department transported the patients to area hospitals. -Fire News photo by David Rubin

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One Transported from Coram MVA The Coram Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 112 and Pine Road. This accident involved two cars. The only person to be transported was the passenger of the vehicle that was rear-ended. -Fire News photo by David Rubin

Truck Flips in Jericho On March 11, 2013, at 1008, the Jericho Fire Department responded to a report of an overturned truck with entrapment on the eastbound LIE at the Route106/107 entrance ramp. Upon their arrival the driver was self-extricated and crews handled a fuel spill. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

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MVA Occurs at Massapequa Intersection

On Monday, February 18, 2013, at 1440, the Massapequa Fire Department received a call for a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Hicksville Road and Connecticut Avenue. Ladder 631, Ambulance 637 and 638 and Chief's 6300 and 6303 responded to the

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Vehicle Burns at the Pumps in Centereach On Saturday, March 9, 2013, the Centereach Fire Department was activated for a reported vehicle fire at the gas station on Middle Country Road and Holbrook Road. Prior to arrival, dispatch advised units that the police were on scene reporting a fully involved vehicle at the gas pumps. First arriving units found an involved limousine. There was no extension to the gas station of pumps. -Fire News photo by David Rubin

Airlift Needed at Deer Park MVA On March 12, 2013, the Deer Park Fire Department responded to a pedestrian auto accident on Long Island Avenue, just east of Commack Road. The pedestrian had multiple injuries. The injuries were severe enough that Deer Park Fire Department had to have him air lifted to Stony Brook Medical Center by a Suffolk County Police Department Aviation Unit helicopter. -Fire News photo by Brian Thomas

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Hicksville Handles Early Morning MVA

The Hicksville Fire Department and the Nassau County Police overturn onto the front lawn of a home on Genesse Street. Three Department responded to a two car motor vehicle accident at the people were injured and transported to Nassau University Medical intersection of East Avenue and Genesee Street in Hicksville, on Center suffering various injuries. -Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber March 6, 2013, at 0710. The collision caused one of the vehicles to

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North Shore Firemen Holy Name Society Breakfast The North Shore Firemen Holy Name Society’s annual breakfast was hosted this year by Glenwood Fire Company at Glenwood Headquarters. The Mass was celebrated at St. Boniface Martyr Church by Fr. Robert Romeo with Deacons Tom Fox and Ted Kolakowski assisting. At the breakfast Deacon Fox was the guest speaker. Officers were sworn in by Frank Mantegari, chief of Oyster Bay Company Number 1. Members of the Executive Board are President Richard Watkins, Vice President Robert Ottaviano, Treasurer Kenneth Shelby, Secretary Frank J. White, Trustees Salatore Pezzolani, John R. Nagy and Thomas V. Saccardi, and Spiritual Moderator Rev. Francis B. Nuss. This year's officers are President William Ferris, Oyster Bay Company 1, First Vice President Jerry Presta, East Norwich, Second Vice President Joe Damato, East Williston, Third Vice President Tony Tripp, Glen Cove, Fourth Vice President Frank Pellegrino, Plandome, Secretary Tony Tripp, Glen Cove, Treasurer Daniel E. Giordano, Albertson, Financial Secretary Thomas Delaporte, East Williston, chairman Executive Board George Wulforst, Syosset, vice Chairman Executive Board, Jose DaRocha, Alberson, Chairman Emeritus, Edwin Rahilly, Jr., Oyster Bay Company Number 1, Chaplain, Deacon Ted Kohakowski, Bayville. -Fire News photos by Carol Griffin

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Being Creative in Riverhead Recently, the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corp had some fun during the recent blizzard. Two members, John and Sandra decided to build snowmen with a patient on a backboard. The project took over an hour to build. The sculptures got lots of laughs and people were honking horns in appreciation of the artwork. Everything was done in fun as the crew was waiting for calls. -Fire News photos by Marianne Turbish

Flipped Car Traps Driver

On January 20, 2013, the Plainview Fire Department responded to an auto accident on Winding Road in Old Bethpage. Arriving units found that an SUV flipped onto its side and was wedged between a tree and a fence with the driver trapped inside of the vehicle. Multiple tools and cutters were put into operation and the driver was extricated in about 10 minutes. He was transported to NUMC with minor injuries. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Into the Woods in Wantagh

Looking back, Wantagh firefighters worked to free the passenger in a single car accident. The accident occurred in the northbound lanes of the Wantagh State Parkway, when the car left the road and went into the trees. Wantagh firefighters, along with Nassau Police ESU freed the driver and passenger, whom were taken to NUMC by police and fire department ambulances. -Fire News photo by Harry Loud

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Ex-Chiefs of West Sayville

Top row, left to right is Harry D'Onofrio, Paul Nelson, Robert Marra, William Leigh, Manuell, Joseph Mandanici and James McNamara. Middle Row: Robert Noonan, Warren Horst, Gary Schaum, Stanley Thuma, Scott Schraeder, Thomas McNamara, and Richard Doucet.

Bottom is Joseph Schroeder, Michael Postel, Kelly Barnes and current Chief of Department Robert Doucet. Unable to attend this years dinner were ex-Chief David LeighManuell and ex-Chief William Kearns. -Fire News photo provided by Harry D’Onofrio

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Great River Holds Installation Dinner The Great River Fire Department held their 97th Annual Installation Dinner on February 2, 2013, at the Meadow Edge West Sayville Country Club. Father Dominick Giovanna provided the invocation and prayer. The following chiefs were installed by Board of Fire Commissioners: Chief James DiGiovanna, 1st Assistant Chief William Vogel and 2nd Assistant Chief P.J. Llobell. This year, member Rudy Kubek was honored for his 65 years of service to the department and community. In the right photo is Board of Fire Commissioners and local friends in government (L to R) Paul Llobell-Chairman of the Board, Tom Croci-Town of Islip Supervisor, Joanne Sutera-Tresurer/Secretary, Ronald Gibbons, Tom Cilmi-Suffolk County Legislator, Tim Ursprung, James Bishop, Phil Boyle-NYS Senator/firefighter, (seated) Henry Liebrant. Also pictured (lower right) is father and son, Paul Llobell and newly elected Second Assistant Chief P.J. Llobell. -Fire News photos by Kevin Parkan

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Bailout Training Held in Wantagh A Wantagh firefighter goes headfirst out of a window at Station 6, Wantagh's Training Center. The drill was part of bailout training and procedures, held on a recent Sunday morning. The drill site is used weekly for various hands on training as well as classroom training. -Fire News photo by Harry Loud

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Thank You Road Captain Capparelli Nassau Fire Riders Motorcycle Club President Andy Trinchitells and Vice President David Nguyen were priviedged to honor and present a plaque to Carmine Capparelli for his long time devotion and distinguished service as Chief Road Captain. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Nassau Fire Riders Welcomes New Member Nassau Fire Riders newest member Vince Lopiccolo is welcomed into the club at a recent meeting. Vince is a firefighter from the Glenwood Fire Company. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

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Brookhaven Town Fire Chiefs Council Installation

Congratulations to Selden exChief John Cronin as he leads the Brookhaven Town Fire Chiefs Council in 2013. On hand to congratulate Chief Cronin were local and state political leaders. President Cronin was sworn into office by NYS Supreme Court Judge Peter Skelos. Good luck to First Vice President Mike Barry, Second Vice President Scott Thebold, Third Vice President James Scholl, Sergeant of Arms John Bartnik, Treasurer - Joe Danowski, Secretary Frank Scibilia, Chaplain James Vaz and Chaplain Janine Roe as they serve on the 2013 Executive Board. Also, congratulations to Chief John Mirando III and to the Ridge Fire Department for being chosen as the 2012 Chief and Fire Department of the Year -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

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Bellport Firefighter Saves Dad’s Life By Donating a Kidney Firefighter Tyler Furia helped to save a life in a much different way than he does as a firefighter with the Bellport Fire Department. On Thursday, March 22, 2013, Tyler donated a kidney to his dad Frank, who is also a Bellport firefighter. News 12 and Fire News were on hand to wish Tyler and Frank well. All of us here at Fire News would like to commend Tyler for his actions and we wish Tyler and Frank a speedy recovery! -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

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COASTAL FIRE SYSTEM INC. COMPUTERIZED ACCOUNTABILITY TAG AFFORDS YOU COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE REFILL OPERATION For over 30 years, Breathing Air Compressor Controls operated the electric motor and monitored a handful of operational parameters. Manufacturers’ upgrades included sophisticated PLC controls, touchscreen devices and explosive proof fill enclosures. None of these improvements address the safety issues facing fire departments that fill their own cylinders. The CAT (Computerized Accountability Tag) affords you complete control of the refill operation. The brainchild of Fred Gandolfo, of Firehouse Systems, Inc., the CAT uses RFID technology to read SCBA cylinder data, record the refilling process, and make fill or no fill decisions based on hydro dates and user authorization. “Working in the field, I found too many cylinders refilled well passed their lifetime and hydro expiration dates. High pressure air is dangerous, there has to be a better way to protect our firefighters than relying on human interaction or total inaction. Some departments are not checking hydro dates at all, while others are checking some dates but not recording that data when refilling. There is little consistency or accountability. Safety issues include ‘Hot Filling’, failure to reset the regulator from 4500 PSI to 2216 PSI and over pressurization as a SOP. These ‘oversights’ can account for more cylinder failures than any other reason.” said Fred Gandolfo. The CAT reads the cylinder data imprinted on the ID tags, filling only those cylinders within current hydro and only to their maximum rated

pressure. The system stops the air flow once the programmed cylinder pressures are met, so over pressurizing is no longer a concern. When different cylinder pressures are mixed in one cycle, the CAT will not allow the refilling operation to occur. Unauthorized cylinders cannot be filled and unauthorized users cannot fill their own SCBA and SCUBA cylinders with your expensive purified air. Recognizing the occasional mutual aid we built in controlled overrides so your department can fill neighboring departments SCBA cylinders in your CAT equipped system. The CAT records all refilling evolutions to meet DOT and NFPA Data requirements. Data includes Cylinder S/N, part number, last hydro, maximum life, operators name, pressure, refill date and time. This data is recorded in an easy to manipulate spread sheet accessible wirelessly though your firehouse computer network. The CAT will work on any compressed air breathing system. No modifications are made to the integrity of your existing fill enclosure. The touchscreen terminal is mounted in an ergonomic position for easy access. Training is a fast and simple, plus there are training programs right on the screen. For more information e-mail Fred Gandolfo at or call the regional distributor: Coastal Fire Systems, Inc. at 631-661-7515.

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“We are committed to providing our firefighters with the best high quality performance products available in the market”, said Karen Mandel, Marketing VP at Hi-Tech. “When it comes to the safety of our first responders, cutting-edge technology is paramount to their success”. To learn more about ISG Thermal Imaging cameras or to schedule a demonstration at your firehouse, call Hi-Tech Fire & Safety at 631-777-5170 or visit

OYSTER BAY FIRE COMPANY TO RECEIVES FEMA GRANT JKSINC GRANT-GUYS PREPARE GRANT APPLICATION The Oyster Bay Fire Company #1 received $35,000 from the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program (AFGP) for community notification. An outdoor LED illuminated sign The sign will be used to recruit new members, provide fire safety and prevention information and emergency community information such as hurricane warnings and weather emergency’s. The grant was received through the work of Rachel Rodriguez, JSKInc, Williston Park based fire grant

writers. “By pursuing FEMA firefighter grants, fire service leaders are keeping down local taxes, improving services and enhancing firefighter safety,” said Rachel Rodriquez, Grant Associate at JSKInc. Grant-Guys currently represent the interests of 100 volunteer and combination fire and EMS agencies in four states. They can be reached at or by e-mailing them at

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Fire Districts of Nassau County Installs Officers Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto (left), Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto (fourth from right), Nassau County District Court Judge Rhonda Erin Fischer and New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino recently attended the Association of Fire Districts of Nassau County's Annual Installation of Officers and joined in commending outgoing President Nicholas T. Paolucci (fourth from left) for his service to the organization and his community. Sharing in Commissioner Paolucci's accomplishment were fellow North Massapequa Fire District Commissioners Marc Timpano, Frank A. Nocerino and Michael Antonucci. Frank Nocerino is a Past President of the Association of Fire Districts of New York State and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York. -Fire News photo by Kurt Ludwig

AFDNC Swears in New Officers Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Association of Fire Districts of Nassau County. Starting front the left is Second Vice President Robert Hockenjos of the Lakeview Fire Department, Treasurer Ralph Esposito of the Elmont Fire Department, President Richard Bylicki of the South Farmingdale Fire Department and First Vice President Joel Bearman of the Levittown Fire Department. The officers were installed at the annual dinner installation on Friday, March 1, 2013. -Fire News photo by Jackson B. Pokress

Congratulations to the AFDNC 2013 Officers Newly elected Association of Fire Districts of Nassau County officers are pictured with Town of Babylon's John Venditto, second from left, who was the installing officer. Congratulations to President Richard Bylicki, South Farmingdale Fire Department; First Vice President Joel Bearman, Levittown Fire Department and Robert Hockenjos, Lakeview Fire Department. -Fire News photo by Jackson B. Pokress

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Firefighters Help Wounded Warrior at Mega Show

At the recent Mega Show at the Nassau Coliseum, member of Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior were on hand to promote their efforts to help our wounded heroes. They showed videos of trips to military hospitals and other OWW events which help to make the lives of these wounded warriors a little better. During the event, NCFF-OWW Chairman Joe O'Grady of the Floral Park Fire Department, present an OWW T-shirt to injured US Army First Lieutenant Steven R. Liguori, Jr, a member of Tally-Ho Engine 3 of the Lynbrook Fire Department, who returned home last month after a year in Afghanistan. Additionally, the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums stopped the crowds when they gave Lieutenant Liguori a musical welcome home and played a number of songs in his honor. -Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam -Fire News story by Steve Grogan

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Operation Wounded Warrior in Locust Valley In October, the Locust Valley Fire Department held their Fifth Annual Operation Wounded Warrior (OWW) Pasta Dinner Fundraiser to benefit wounded soldiers returning from overseas. Locust Valley FD has been quite successful in their fundraising efforts from over $12,000 in 2007, increasing each year, to over $73,000 this year. Operation Wounded Warrior has been well received in the community through the efforts of the three cochairs: Lt. Paul Long, Lt. Paul Marecki and Lt. Brian Plumb. The entire Locust Valley FD membership, their spouses and children, the Chief of the Department, Dominick Scaperotta and Assistant Chiefs, Brian Nolan, Peter Greenfield and Kevin Barry, were supportive of this event. The pasta dinner was well attended and supported by the surrounding communities. After dinner, everyone was entertained by former U.S. Navy medical corpsman and Iraq war veteran, Shannon Book and U.S. Marine Chief Warrant Officer Christopher W. Hedgecorth. Both of these men were awarded the Purple Heart for their injuries while serving abroad. On a sad note, this year’s pasta dinner also was in honor of the memory of a local marine, 28 year old LCPL John Schaefer, Jr., from Bayville. John's three tours abroad in three and a half years eventually cost him his life just two weeks before Locust Valley’s fundraiser

for OWW. John left behind his grieving parents, Susan and John Sr., his sister Michele and his fiancé Meghan and countless friends in the Bayville and Locust Valley FDs and surrounding communities. At the request of John's family, donations in his memory were directed to Locust Valleys OWW pasta dinner. To date the donations have totaled over $10,000, all of which will go towards helping our injured troops. Nassau County Firefighters - Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW), organized in 2006, is a non-profit 501c (3) organization whose mission is to provide needed items plus gifts to the injured men and women of our armed services. These items are personally delivered by up to 100 firefighters from Nassau County, including Locust Valley firefighters in early December of each year. As noted by the committee co-chairs, the annual trip is when they, “visit our injured troops in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (former Walter Reed Army Hospital) and Bethesda hospitals and the recuperating injured troops at both Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.” Co-chair Lt. Paul Long was truly amazed at the gifts and the money that were donated by the community. “It makes us so proud of our community to know that here we don't just pay lip service to our nation’s heroes. We demonstrate that we genuinely care about

our young injured men and women by digging deep into our pockets to assist them each and every year. We are proud that our community has made the nation’s wounded warriors a top priority.” Co-chair Lt. Paul Marecki said, “I cannot believe how far we have come from our first year when we raised $12,000, and an ever increasing amount every year following that. We have raised over $150,000 altogether at this point for Operation Wounded Warrior.” “The fact that all the food is donated and we don't take a dime for administrative costs is great,” said Head Chef Peter Morris. It is obvious to see that the LVFD volunteers and the Locust Valley and neighboring communities want to help our troops in any way they can. Everyone showed their support for our fire department and more importantly for our brave troops. If you wish to start an Operation Wounded Warrior fundraiser at your firehouse please contact If you missed our event and wish to make a donation please write to Operation Wounded Warrior and mail your check to Locust Valley FD, 228 Buckram Road, Locust Valley, NY 11560, Attention OWW. Thank you. -Fire News photos by Kika Segura and John O Connell -Fire News story by Peter Olson

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Babylon Fireman Chris King Deploys To Bahrain

US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Chris King was deployed to Bahrain in February. Corporal King is serving his tour in the Middle East with his Air Wing in Support Services. Chris is a member of the Babylon Fire Department Electric Hose Company #4, and is the son of Electric Hose ex-Captain Dan King. A going away get together was held despite a visit from Snow Storm Nemo. Chris was pre-

sented with a hand painted camouflage fire helmet and several special mementos from members of the fire department. All of us wish Chris a safe deployment and are thinking of him every day as he serves his country with great honor. Centered in the picture are Lance Corporal Chris King Surrounded by Chief Paul Twardy on his right, Electric Hose Lieutenant Jeff

Bridges on his left and Honey in front. Also pictured from left to right are Ryan Reynolds, Gene Cuneo, Kerry Carlock, ex-Captain Brian Kuntz, ex-Chief Tony Davida, ex-Captain Vinny Weiss (who hand painted the helmet), ex-Chief Rich Rotzman, Tony McNally, exCaptain Bill Livingston and ex-Chief Jeff Weber. -Fire News photos by Brad Maier

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‘Beware of the Gap’ Recently, the Holbrook Fire Department was activated for a reported subject that was stuck between the train and platform at the Ronkonkoma train station. Upon arrival units confirmed a subject was trapped between the train and the platform at the ankle. Units were able to free the victim and transport the victim to an area hospital. -Fire News photos by David Rubin

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Gordon F. Handshaw Mourned in Miller Place

The Miller Place Fire Department mourns the loss of Gordon F. Handshaw. Ex-Chief Handshaw served as the Chief of Miller Place Fire Department in 1988 and became a commissioner for the Miller Place Fire District where he served for over 20 years. Handshaw led the effort to build a Miller Place Fire Department Substation that now stands on Miller Place Yaphank Road. He was named Fire Safety Educator of the Year in 1996 and gave 40 years of service to the Miller Place and Stony Brook Fire Departments. Gordon leaves his wife RoseMarie and children, Darran and his fiancĂŠe Stefanie, and Daniel Handshaw. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Suffolk County Fire Safety Educators Assn., P.O Box 460, Yaphank, N.Y. 11980. Gordon F. Handshaw will be missed by everyone whose life he touched. -Fire News photos by Kyle Reitan

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Obituary Photographer Ed Heavey is Remembered in Deer Park

The fire service, especially the photographers of the fire service mourn the loss of Ed Heavey. Ed started his career as a photographer for the United States Army, while he was serving in Europe. In his life, Ed had three loves. They were his camera, his family and the church of Sts. Cyrils and Methodius in Deer Park. Ed grew up in Brooklyn on a street that had firehouse on it. When he heard the fire engines start, he would grab his camera and follow his heroes to where they were responding to and document the call with his camera. Many of Ed’s pictures made it into many newspapers, including the Daily News, the Journal American, the Brooklyn Eagle, Firehouse and Fire Engineering magazine and the WNYF, the premier publication of the FDNY. After moving to Deer Park in 1971, Ed continued shooting pictures for the Deer Park Fire Department under Chief John Lee. Ed would send the pictures to Fire News, Newsday, the Suffolk Sun, the Long Island Press and the local town papers. Ed literally had thousands of photographs in his home of working fires, parades, department dinners and of people who were just hanging around the firehouse. It should be noted the Ed was an FDNY fire dispatcher for 26 years and documented many of NYC’s biggest fires in the 1940s and 50s. He retired in 1986. As the editor of Fire News, I would like to express my sincere condolences to Ed Heavey’s family. I met Ed over 20 years ago as a new member of the Long Island Fire Photographers Association, an organization that Ed helped start. Ed was truly an inspiration to me. Ed will be missed by many. He truly was a pioneer in representing the fire service in a positive light through his creative photographic skills. The fire service and the media have lost a man who set the example for all of us to follow. I came across a link from the Wantagh Fire Departments website. Check out some of Ed Heavey’s work at -Fire News photos by Brian Thomas and Jack Healy

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Having Fun at the Mega Show

-Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam

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Greenlawn F.D. Annual Installation of Officers The Greenlawn Fire Department held their 111th Annual Installation of Officers Dinner on March 2 at the Hyatt Regency. The new Chief of Department Scott Waryold was sworn into office by the Board of Fire Commissioners along with First Assistant Chief Kurt Allen, Second Assistant Chief Michael Zeis, and Third Assistant Chief Michael Bellis. The following company officers were installed: Columbia Hook and Ladder Company - Captain Joseph Costanza, Lieutenant Angelo Santomauro. Engine Company - Captain Edward Nill, Lieutenant Joseph Pace. Hose Company - Captain Greg Porter, Lieutenant Brian Ross. Rescue Squad Captain Zack Harrington, First Lieutenant Matthew Schwier, Second Lieutenant Ryan Boone. Outgoing Chief Scott Dalrymple was recognized for his service and leadership as Chief from 2011-2012, and received a framed badge award. The John Shaw Memorial Award was presented to Firefighter Neil Ames for his ded-

icated service. The Firefighter of the Year Award was presented to Firefighter Sean Maier for going above and beyond in all aspects of the Department. The Commissioner Mark Levee Rescue Responder of the Year Award was

given to Captain Zack Harrington, Chaplain John McKenna, and Greg McCullough. The trio were recognized for the professional care they provided to a patient that fell down a flight of stairs last October. -Fire News photos by Steve Silverman

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Nassau Fire Riders Meet in Oceanside The Nassau Fire Riders got together for a photo at the Oceanside Fire Department. Thank you to Oceanside for hosting the meeting. -Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

John ‘Pee-Wee’ Mazzucca Honored in Riverhead Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps would like to thank and congratulate John "Pee-Wee" Mazzucca on receiving the department's Corpsman of the Year Award. In addition to this honor, John also has been the department's Top Responder for the last 3 years! John responded to 557 calls in the year 2012 and is a very active member of the Corp and well known and respected by his piers. Our organization is truly lucky to have such a dedicated individual. We thank you John for all you do! -Fire News photo by Bill Wilkinson

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Sound Beach Boards the ‘Fire Fighter’

After the Greenport Parade members of the Sound Beach Fire Department were invited aboard the fireboat, Fire Fighter, for a tour. -Fire News photos by Bill Pellenz Jr.



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Looking Back

Bethpage's 1957 chiefs car. Left Top: Bethpage Ladder-3 (1968 Maxium) at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy (formally the Nassau County Firemen’s Training Center) Left Bottom: Corner of Central Avenue and Stewart Avenue was destroyed by fire on December 21, 1958. Bethpage Chief Edward Cava commanded the blaze for almost four hours in a temperature of 13 degrees.

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Right: Members of Bethpage Engine Company 5 train on the Baker Cellar Pipe, early 1960's.

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Eaton’s Neck Installs New Officers

The Eaton's Neck Fire Department recently held their 57th Annual Installation of Officers at the Thatched Cottage in Centerport. The dinner was pushed back a week due to the Blizzard which forced its cancellation on February 9, 2013. Jerry Hehir was installed as the new Chief of the Department, along with First Assistant Chief Paul Boronow and Second Assistant Chief Richard Rizzuti. Installed as Captains were Alex Zelenka, Steve Zulawski, Paul Rittenhouse - Firemedic, and Michael Falk - Fire Police. Lieutenants taking the oath were Joseph Galino, Peter Hluboky, Richard Roeill, and Walter Visco - Firemedic. Other officers include Chief Engineering Officer Arthur Angst, Chaplain "Rev." Al Zelenka, Recording Secretary Peter Schmidt, and Treasurer Bill Tschirhart. Outgoing Chief Kevin O'Neill was recognized for his dedicated service and leadership as chief from 2011-2012. Second Assistant Chief Kevin Brandon who passed away last November, was remembered for his faithful service and dedication to the department and an award was presented to his wife Christine, and daughter Emily, in his memory. Ex-Rescue Captain Patty Brumm was presented with the Firemedic of the Year Award, with Lieutenant Richard Roeill receiving the Firefighter of the Year Award. Ex-Chief Larry Cavanagh received his 35-year service award. -Fire News photos by Steve Silverman

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Bethpage Engine Company # 5 members pictured at the Bethpage St. Patrick's Day parade. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Westbury members pictured at the Bethpage St. Patrick's Day parade. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

The Plainview Fire Department pictured at the Bethpage St. Patrick's Day parade. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

The Carle Place Fire Department at the Bethpage St. Patrick's Day parade. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Franklin Square and Munson firefighters pictured at the Bethpage St. Patrick's Day parade. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Elmont Fire Department at the Bethpage St. Patrick's Day parade -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

The Jericho Fire Department at the Bethpage St. Patrick's Day parade. -Fire News photo by Kevin Imm

Seaford and North Massapequa firefighters at the scene of an aerial arch. -Fire News photo by Jack Healy

Fire News Long Island April 2013  

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