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Centereach FD-House fire on Dorn Place


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1150 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was toned out for a house fire on Dorn Place off Hammond Road. Assistant Chief Max Mayzus was first in and advised that he had smoke showing from a two story private dwelling. Arriving crews searched the building, found an active fire in the basement. Lines were streteched and the fire was quickly extinguished. All searches were negative and there were no injuries. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office is handling the origin and cause investigation. 

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam

Centereach FD. Vehicle hits pedestrian on Route 347 in Lake Grove


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2315 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Route 347 near Hallock Road. Units arrived to find that a pedestrian walking across 347 had been struck by a 2012 Nissan Cube that had been traveling eastbound on 347. The pedestrian, a 70 year old male, sustained serious injuries and was transported via ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital. The vehicle operator was not injured. Suffolk Police 4th Squad Detecties are asking that anyone with information on this crash contact them at 631-854-8452. All calls will be kept confidential. 

Ronkonkoma FD Two die in MVC on Union Avenue


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0345 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Union Avenue. Units arrived and encountered a single vehicle crash involving a 2005 Honda that left the roadway and hit a pole near Maple Avenue. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger was unconcious and heavily pinned in the vehicle. FD personnel extricated the subject and transported. The victim was prounced dead at the hospital. Suffolk Police are investigating.

Photo courtesy of Cameron WIlken

Setauket FD-House fire on Tallmadge Gate


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1837 hours. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke coming from a house on Tallmadge Gate off Cumberland Path. Arriving units encountered heavy smoke and fire pushing from a single story wood frame private dwelling. Crews stretched multiple handlines and worked the fire from the exterior.  Mutual aid was requested from the Port Jefferson Fire Department for a ladder, Centereach Fire Department for a RIT, St. James Fire Department for an engine, Nesconset Fire Department to cover and Stony Brook Fire Department. Once the fire was knocked down, FD personnel entered and searched the building and completed extinguishment. The Terryville and Nesonset Fire Departments covered the district for the duration of the incident. Terryville FD handled one call for Setauket FD. There were no injuries and the fire is under investigation by the Suffolk Police Arson Squad and the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office. 

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam.



Setauket-Body found on nature trail


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1600 hours. Suffolk Police received a call reporting that skeletal remains were found on the Greenway nature trail on Gnarled Hollow Road in Setauket. A hiker reportedly found the body after noticing some animal activity in the woods approximately 20 feet off the trail. Arriving officers confirmed that the remains were indeed human. After crime scene and homicide detectives worked the scene, the remains were removed to the medical examiners office. A forensic anthropologist will be brought in to determine if the remains are of a male or female and to try and determine the cause of death. Police are asking that anyone with information abou the remains, call them at 631-852-6395.

Selden FD-House fire on Adirondack Drive


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1515 hours. The Selden Fire Department was dispatched to multiple reports of a house on fire on Adirondack Drive off Kensington Avenue. Units arrived to find an active fire on the upper floor of a two story wood frame private dwelling. 2 lines were stretched on the fire while the building was searched. The Centereach Fire Department was already inbound as per an auto mutual aid plan. Additional mutual aid was requested from the Farmingville FD for a RIT, Coram FD for a truck, Terryville FD for an engine and the Gordon Heights FD for a covering ambulance. The fire was placed under control within 25 minutes.  FD personnel found and removed a number of cats from the building during their searches. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office. 

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam

Brentwood FD-House fire on Oriole Place


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0155 hours. The Brentwood Fire Department signed on the air with a reported residential structure fire on Oriole Place. Units arrived to find heavy fire venting out of a two story private dwelling. Lines were stretched off the first engine and the truck company entered to search. EMS went right to work-treating a subject that had jumped from an upper level window. Mutual aid was requested from the Central Islip Fire Department for an engine and truck to the scene, East Brentwood Fire Department for an enine to the scene, East Islip for an ambulance to the scene and Hauppauge Fire Department for a covering engine to Brentwood FD HQ. Brentwood Leigion Ambulnace was on scene as was Central Islip-Hauppauge Ambulance. The fire was knocked down within 45 minutes and 

Spread the word-Come out and support us on June 6th.


Shotgun flyer 2015

On June 6 2015, the Fire Marshal Association of Suffolk County (FMASC) will be holding a fundraising event at the Long Island Shooting Range in Ridge, NY. This event will consist of a shotgun competition and barbeque with raffles and prizes. Part of this year’s proceeds will benefit the Firefighters Cancer Support Network New York and the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund.

As always, assistance from local businesses and members of the community will ensure the success of this event and help the FMASC continue with its support of the Fire and EMS Services, businesses and civilians of Suffolk County. With this in mind, contributions of items that can be raffled and sponsors of the event will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kevin Peterson at 631-388-2586. 

Centereach FD-Carbon Monoxide incident at Lake Grove Restaurant


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2045 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to an automatic fire alarm at the Good Steer Restaurant on Middle Country Road in Lake Grove. Responding companies were advised that they were responding to a carbon monoxide detector activation. Units arrived and when personnel entered the building, their CO detectors went right into alarm, indicating over 150 PPM of CO. The building had already been evacuated by the owners. FD ersonnel in protective gear searched the building for the source of the CO. The problem was found to be a rotted exhaust stack on a water heater in the basement. The unit was shut down, the building ventilated and the Lake Grove Fire Marshal issued an order to the owners to have the stack pipe (pictured above) for the unit replaced by a licensed and qualified contractor. The repairs were made Friday morning and the Fire Marshal allowed the restaurant to reopen. 

At approximately 1530 hours on Friday, the CO alarms in the building activated again. FD crews in full SCBA searched the building and found CO levels of over 330 PPM in the basement. An investigation found that the water heating unit that had been repaired earlier was again malfunctioning. The equipment was shut down and the building ventilated. The Fire Marshal requested a response from PSEG to confirm this and to shut down the natural gas to the defective unit. The owners of the restaurant opted to replace the unit, rather than repair it. The restaurant was permitted to reopen and the defective unit was replaced a few days later. 

Note. While carbon monoxide alarms are not yet required in commercial buildings in Lake Grove, the owners of this establishment were proactive and had their alarm company install the devices last year. A sustained level of 150-200 PPM of CO can cause disorientation, unconsciousness and even death. The alarms installed in this building did their job and as a result, there were no injuries.

This would be a great time to check your stack pipes. If they are not properly connected, rusted, or damaged, they should be replaced by a licensed and qualified professional. 

Ronkonkoma FD-Large rubbish fire on Avenue A


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2342 hours The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of an unknown type of fire on Avenue A near Maison Drive. Units arrived and encountered a large 10X20 foot area of rubbish burning behind a private dwelling. Two handlines were stretched and personnel operated with full SCBA as there were reportedly car parts, oils, other fluids and magnesium engine parts within the debris. Crews operated at the scene for over two hours before finally extinguishing the fire. The Holtsville Fire Department sent an engine to the scene with manpower to assist. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office was called to the scene to investigate and insure that any hazards were mitigated. All FD units were back in service at approximately 0230 hours. There were no injuries. 

Central Islip FD-House fire on Wilson Blvd


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1039 Hours. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Wilson Blvd. Chief of Department Kevin McAteer has just arrived and advises of an active fire on the 2nd floor of a private dwelling. Mutual aid was requested from the Hauppauge Fire Department for a standby engine and the Islip Terrace Fire Department for RIT. Lines were stretched and crews quickly had water on the fire. Searches were conducted and negative and there were no injuries. Chief McAteer operated with 3 engines, the truck and the RIT. CI/Hauppauge Community Ambulance stood by at the scene. Suffolk Police Arson Detectives are handling the investigation. 

Photo courtesy of Charles A Murphy

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Setauket FD-Vehicle crashes into building


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1404 hours. Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Research Way. Units arrived to find that a vehicle had jumped the sidewalk in the parking lot, and crashed into a medical building. The operator of the vehicle as well as one party within a medical office, sustained injures. The OIC evacuated the building and requested a representative from the Town of Brookhaven Building Department to evalute the structure before permitting re-entry. 

Photo courtesy of Bryan Lopez. 

Ronkonkoma FD-One seriously injured in crash on Hawkins Avenue


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1335. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Hawkins Avenue near Terry Avenue. Units arrived to find that a small Nissan had left the roadway and was wedged between a chain link fence and a utility pole with the driver pinned within. EMS crews stabilized the victim while FD personnel opened the vehicle up with hydraulic tools. The victim was then extricated, packaged and transported to the hospital via ambulance. Suffolk Police indicate in a press release that the occupant sustained serious injuries. 

Photos and video courtesy of Bryan Lopez. Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. 

Click on the Youtube logo below to view video from the scene.

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Central Islip FD-House fire


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The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 368 Evergreen Avenue. Chief of Department Kevin McAteer was first due and advised of smoke showing, then quickly updated that he had an active fire in the basement of a private dwelling. Brentwood Fire Department sent a truck, East Brentwood Fire Department sent an engine and Hauppauge Fire Department sent a RIT. Crews quickly knocked down the fire without incident. There were no injuries. The Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad is handling the investigation. 

Kings Park FD-Extrication required at Pulaski Rd crash

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1610. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Pulaski Road. Units arrived to find that a vehicle had struck a pole on Avenue K, just off Pulaski Road. Chief of Department Dan Guilfoil had EMS stabilize the driver while the crew from heavy rescue 4-1-9 put the tools to work to extricate. The victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital and all units were beck in service within 45 minutes. 

Photos courtesy of Evan Rolla

Commack FD-Vehicle fire in Hauppauge Rd parking lot


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1520. Commack Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire in the parking lot of 68 Hauppauge Road. Units arrived to find an active fire in the engine compartment of a later model BMW. Assistant Chief Bobby Wilkens operated with 2-11-3,4,9,11 and 12. The fire was quickly extinguished without incident. There were no injures. The Commack Fire District Fire Marshal is handling the investigation. 

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla. 

Smithtown FD-Fatal crash on Route 25A


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0008 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Route 25A west of the Bull. FD units arrived to find a crash involving two vehicles. EMS personnel treated the victims while crews from Smithtown and Kings Park Fire Departments handled the extrication. The occupants of both vehicles were removed and transported to area hospitals. 

Photo above is via Jeff Bressler-Smithtown FD PIO. Click on the photo above to be taken to their website for more photos and information about this and other incidents. 

UPDATE: This was a fatal crash and an arrest relating to the incident was made by Suffolk County Police. Click on the SCPD logo below to see the press release (15-157537). 

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Commack FD-Sprinklers extinguish fire in restaurant

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1434. Commack Fire Department was dispatched to an activated fire alarm at the Millers Ale House at 88 Veterans Highway. Units arrived to find that the fire sprinkler system had extinguished a small fire in the fire sprinkler control room. Units confirmed that the fire was out, overhauled and ventilated the area. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office was called to respond and investigate. The establishment remained closed for a few hours until the sprinkler system and fire alarm were restored. There were no injuries. 

Hauppauge FD-Sprinklers extinguish fire in commercial building


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1900 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to an activated fire alarm at 90 Oser Avenue. Arriving units found the building evacuated and were advised that there was a fire within the building. FD personnel found that one sprinkler head had fused and extinguished a fire in a manufacturing area within the building. Crews ventilated the building via natural openings and overhauled the area. The Hauppauge Fire District Fire Marshal along with a Fire Marshal from the Town of Smithtown, handled the investigation. The fire has been deemed accidental. There were no injuries, there was no structural damage and all units were back in service within 45 minutes. 

Commack FD-Natural Gas Leak on Jericho Turnpike


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1014 hours. The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a natural gas leak at 2188 Jericho Turnpike, just north of Veterans Highway. Units arrived to find that a contractor, excavating around a building under construction, hit a 4 inch gas line with an excavator. 3rd Assistant Chief Bobby Wilkens had incoming units stretch a precautionary line and evacuate the surrounding buildings. Suffolk Police shut down Jericho Turnpike from Veterans Highway to Indian Head Road.  Crews from Keyspan arrived and had difficulty shutting down the flow of gas. A total of four valves had to be located, excavated and closed before the flow of gas was terminated. Once the gas was shut down, FD personnel used meters to sample the air in the surrounding buildings. When conditions were found to be within normal limits, everything was reopened. The Kings Park Fire Department and the East Northport Fire Department both sent engines to cover Commack’s district for the duration of the incident. Commack Ambulance had crews on the scene as well. 

All units cleared from the scene at 1545 hours. 


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Suffolk County Fire Marshal K9 assists ATF and Schenectady FD


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The Suffolk County Fire Marshals Office, received a request from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to respond and provide assistance at the scene of a building fire on Jay Street in Schenectady NY (Schenectady County). ATF agents, along with the Schenectady Police and Fire Departments are investigating the fire, which was reported at approximately 0200 hours on Friday, March 6th. The fire gutted the upper floors of two, multi-story apartment buildings (one 6 stories, the other 5 stories). It took firefighters over 10 hours to extinguish the fire. The buildings have partially collapsed and are structurally unstable. Investigators have been using a basket attached to a crane to photograph and survey the building. News reports indicate that their goal is to search for any possible victims, investigate the origin and cause of the fire and to render the buildings safe through demolition.  Seven people were injured, including one person that jumped from a 5th floor window and another being treated for serious burns at the Westchester Medical Center. At least one person is unaccounted for.

Suffolk County has two Accelerant Detection dogs, both trained and certified by the ATF. The County is part of the ATF response team and as such they have been deployed in the North east to assist with complex or large scale investigations such as this one. 

Photo (used with permission) taken by Joshua Rultenberg, photojournalist for News10. Click on the photo above to be taken to one of the news stories about this fire on news10.com.

NYS Fire and Building Laws (codes) are terribly outdated


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The following is an open letter sent to the Democrat & Chronicle Newspaper by Jeffrie Wilkinson, President of the New York State Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association. Its worth reading as it affects every one of us in one way or another:

The construction industry in New York state is being hindered by the lack of modern construction standards due to an outdated building code.

This year, the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council will have the opportunity to change this by voting to adopt the most current national model codes based on the 2015 I–Codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC).

Currently, commercial buildings and residential homes are being constructed in accordance with the 2010 Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, which is based upon the 2006 edition of the I-Codes. These codes were crafted in 2004, making our code over 10 years old.

The adoption of the 2015 code will allow the construction industry to build with the most up-to-date technologies and latest building materials and methods. That reduces the cost of construction, increases energy efficiency, resiliency and makes for a safer building environment for current and future generations.

In 2009, the governmental members of the ICC (fire and building code officials from across the nation) adopted a requirement for the installation of residential fire sprinklers in newly constructed one- and two-family homes and townhouses. Residential fire sprinklers have a history of saving lives and are a proven life safety device.

In 2013, the National Fire Protection Association published a report titled "Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment," which updated the average installation cost of home sprinklers per square foot to $1.35. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the median size of a new home is 2,491 square feet, which means the installation of a life safety device would increase the cost by $3,362.85. That cost is minimal next to the value of protecting your family from fire.

Under non-fire conditions, cost-effective, engineered floor and roof trusses or lightweight construction have proven to be a reliable structural building element. However, under fire conditions, the opposite is true.

With the introduction of lightweight construction and with synthetic furnishings, homes burn faster and hotter, minimizing the time for safe escape during an emergency. When a fire occurs, tests have proven that you, your family and your pets have less than five minutes to safely exit your home before the fire consumes the entire contents of your home. With the installation of a residential fire sprinkler, the time increases.

As the nation watched the Avalon Apartment Complex in Edgewater, New Jersey, burn, we saw what our firefighters have been telling us for years. Lightweight construction materials that are commonly used in new construction may be economical, but when fire is introduced it goes up like kindling wood. The images of the fire raging and the building collapsing in on itself are haunting. What's more haunting is to think what could have happened if everyone wasn't able to escape.

The structure's fire sprinkler system was designed for life safety, allowing occupants time to escape. Thanks to the sprinklers and first responders, they did.

Structures of similar construction are being built to house New York families every day, except with one major difference. In New York, one- and two-family homes are not required to have a residential fire sprinkler system. Given what we saw in Edgewater, we need to respond to this glaring deficiency swiftly and decisively.

Posted here with permission of the author-Jeffrie Wilkinson

Farmingville FD-Rekindle on Lenore


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0108. The Farmingville Fire Department was dispatched back to 92 Lenore Lane for a reported house fire. Units arrived and advised of a heavy fire within the building and through the roof. Mutual aid was again requested from the Ronkonkoma Fire Department for RIT, Selden Fire Department for an engine and the Holtsville Fire Department for an engine. The Medford Fire Department provided a covering engine at Farmingville Headquarters for the duration of the incident.

Note: Farmingville FD returned to this house for a 3rd time, just before 0800 hours to extinguish a number of hotspots.

Photos and YouTube Video courtesy of Bryan Lopez. Click on the photo above to see more pictures from the scene. 


Farmingville Fire Department-House fire on Lenore Lane


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1528. The Farmingville Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire on Lenore Lane off Columbus Avenue. Units arrived to find a heavy fire condition in the basement of a single story wood frame private dwelling. While crews picked a hydrant and stretched on the fire, mutual aid was requested from the Ronkonkoma FD for an engine, Selden Fire Department for RIT, Centereach FD for their heavy rescue and an engine, Holtsville Fire Department for an engine and Medford Fire Department to cover. The fire quickly extended into the ground level and attic, then through the roof. At that point, personnel were ordered out of the building and an exterior attack was mounted. The Holbrook Fire Department sent an ambulance to standby at Farmingville HQ. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation. 

Photos and YouTube Video courtesy of Bryan Lopez. Click on the photo above to see more pictures from the scene. 


Smithtown FD-Attic Fire on Forest Lane

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1938. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a phone alarm reporting a house fire on Forest Lane off Merrivale Drive. Units arrived to find an active fire in the attic of a single story private dwelling. While personnel had to find and dig out the closest fire hydrant, a handline was stretched off the first due engine. The fire, which was quickly extinguished, was confined to the wall above a fireplace and within the attic. Mutual aid was requested from the Hauppauge and Nesconset Fire Departments but both were cancelled while en-route. 

Photo is from SmithtownFD.org. Click on the picture to be re-directed to their website for more information on this and other incidents in their district. 

Ronkonkoma FD-House destroyed in late night fire


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2257. Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Patchogue Holbrook Road near Express Drive North. Chief of Department Tim Blewett was first in and advised of a working fire in a two story wood frame private dwelling. Ronkonkoma responded with 5-24-2, 5, 10 and 11. The Nesconset Fire Department had already activated for an engine as part of their auto mutual aid agreement bringing Engine 4-4-3 and Chief 4-4-32 to the scene. The first hydrant was frozen, so the next engine in diverted to a second hydrant and was able to supply water . Due to the advanced stage of the fire on arrival, crews quickly went to an exterior attack, operating multiple lines and the master stream on Ronkonkoma’s aerial.  Holbrook FD was requested for an engine and an ambulance to the scene, Centereach FD sent engine 12 and Chief 33, and Lakeland FD sent an engine, Holtsville FD sent an engine and ambulance to Ronkonkoma FD for the duration of the incident. Chief Blewett placed the fire under control at approximately 0030 hours. Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals and Detectives from the Suffolk Police Arson Squad were called to the scene to handle the investigation. 

Photo above and video below are both courtesy of Bryan Lopez. Click on the pic to see more photos from the scene. 

You Tube Video is below.


Centereach FD-Small electrical fire in Macys

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1427. Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to an activated fire alarm at Macys at the SmithHaven Mall. First arriving Assistant Chief Mayzus and the Lake Grove Fire Marshal were advised by security that the store was fully evacuated due to a smoke condition in the elevator control room on the ground level. Personnel entered the building and found that a motor for one of the elevators burned out, filling the room with smoke and setting off a smoke detector on the ceiling. Crews removed power to the elevator, which had already been cleared of passengers, and vented the room. Once the smoke was cleared and meter readings were within normal limits, the fire alarm system was reset, crews took up and the Fire Marshal cleared the store to reopen. 

Ronkonkoma FD-MVA on Ronkonkoma Avenue

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1556. Ronkonkoma FD was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Ronkonkoma Avenue near Hillcrest Street.  Units arrived to find a crash involving a sedan that left the roadway and ended up wedged between a utility pole a tree and a fence. No one was trapped so EMS handled patient care and FD personnel applied speedy dry to contain a fluid leak.

Photo courtesy of Ben Cohen 

Smithtown FD-Overturn on Route 25A by St. Catherines


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1324. Shortly after the snow started falling, the Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Route 25A near the entrance to St. Catherines Hospital. Units arrived to find that an SUV had left the roadway and overturned. The occupants self extricated and were treated by FD EMS personnel. 

Photo courtesy of Kyle Profit.

Suffolk County Annual "Mini Indy”

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The annual “Mini Indy” hands on drills were held today in a number of locations within the county. A lecture called “The first 20 minutes” was given at Centereach FD Station 3 along with Basic vehicle extraction, advanced vehicle extraction, man vs machine and pump operations. Other events were held at the Hagerman Fire Department, Miller Place Fire Department and at FRES. 

Firefighters from the following departments were at Centereach FD Station 3. 

Amagansett
Blue Point
Centereach
Cold Spring Harbor
Coram
Deer Park
East Moriches
Farmingville
Hampton Bays
Holtsville
Mastic
Mastic Beach
Miller Place
Mt. Sinai
Nesconset
Ridge
Selden
Smithtown
Springs
Terryville
West Babylon
Yaphank

If I missed your department, can you please email, Facebook or tweet it to me so I can add you?
Click on the photo above to see other pictures from the sessions at Centereach FD. 

You can also check with Dennis Whittam, Michael Scotti and Manda Coffey as they have photos from the other locations. 


Ronkonkoma FD-Early morning vehicle fire on Ronkonkoma Avenue


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0428. Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on Ronkonkoma Avenue near Woodland Street. Assistant Chief Kevin Murray was first in and advised of an active fire in the engine compartment of a passenger vehicle. Engine 10 arrived and the crew stretched 2 high pressure lines. Ambulance 19 treated and transported one civilian for possible smoke inhalation. Chief of Department Tim Blewett was the IC. 

Photo courtesy of Joanne Murray

Centereach FD-Commercial building fire in Lake Grove

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1528. The Centereach and Selden Fire Departments* were dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting a fire in a commercial building on Middle Country Road near Stony Brook Road in Lake Grove. Centereach Engine 2 and Selden Chief 31 Pete Reimann were first in and advised of a small but active fire in the roof assembly at 2706 Middle Country Road. Incoming units grabbed a hydrant and stood by while personnel opened up the roof and pulled ceilings. As a result of their quick work, the fire was quickly extinguished. The Lake Grove Fire Marshal was also on scene and determined that contractors working with a torch on the roof accidentally ignited some insulating material above Franks Lake Grove Dry Cleaners. The fire dropped down into the confined space between the roof and the ceiling and spread. Centereach Assistant Chief Max Mayzus operated with 2 engines and Fire Police and Selden provided one engine and Chief 31. There were no injuries and it is expected that the Dry Cleaner should be back to full operation within a few days. The other two stores in the building were not affected. 

*Both departments respond to reported structure fires in both districts during the day. This has become quite common throughout Suffolk County. 

East Brentwood FD-Commercial building fire on Suffolk Avenue


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0031 hours. The East Brentwood Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a commercial building fire at 1126 Suffolk Avenue. Arriving units encountered a heavy fire in a commercial multiple occupancy. Mutual aid was requested from the Brentwood FD for an engine and truck, Bayshore FD for an engine, Islip FD, Islip Terrace for a RIT, Commack FD for a RIT and the Central Islip FD for an engine. Brentwood Legion Ambulance went to the scene and Islip Exchange sent an ambulance to BLA. Multiple lines were stretched and operated. Crews had to deal with propane and other compressed gas tanks within the building. The fire was placed under control at approximately 0448 hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photo courtesy of John Scollo

So whats the difference between photoelectric and ionization smoke detectors?

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So what’s the difference between the two types of detectors, and how do they protect you?

Photo Electric Smoke Detectors
Photo electric smoke detectors 
contain a light-emitting diode that shoots light across the top of a T-shaped chamber. At the base of this T is a photocell that detects light. When smoke enters the chamber, the light hits it, scatters within  the base of the T and strikes the photocell. When a certain amount of light hits the cell, it triggers an electrical current that sets the alarm off.

Ionization Smoke Detectors
These devices contain an ionization chamber with two plates and a source of ionizing radiation. The detector’s battery sends voltage to the plates, (one maintains a positive charge, the other a negative charge). The radiation source is roughly 1/5000th of a gram of Americium-241(an Isotope). The radiation decays and as such, emits alpha particles at a reliable and constant rate. As the particles travel through the chamber, they 
ionize, or knock an electron from, the oxygen and nitrogen atoms in the air that passes through the chamber. The newly freed electrons, which have a negative charge, are attracted to the positively charged plate, and the now-positively charged atoms are attracted to the negative plate. This maintains a small but constant current between the two plates. When smoke enters the chamber, it lowers or stops the current flow between the two plates, triggering the alarm.  

So which device is better?

Photoelectric technology is generally more sensitive than ionization smoke detector technology at sensing large smoke particles, which tend to be produced in greater amounts by smoldering fires, which may smolder for hours before bursting into flame. Sources of these fires may include cigarettes burning in couches or bedding.

Many jurisdictions recommend installing photoelectric smoke detectors outside of sleeping rooms as in theory, since they detect smoke from a smoldering fire, the detector would go into alarm when the fire is small, giving you a better chance to escape.

Ionization technology smoke alarms are generally more sensitive than photoelectric technology smoke alarms at sensing small particles, which tend to be produced in greater amounts by hot, flaming fires, that are consuming combustible materials rapidly and may spread quickly. Sources of these fires may include paper burning in a wastebasket, or a grease fire in the kitchen.

Cost 
An ionization detector runs around $5-10, and a photoelectric is around $10-15. 
Combination devices, containing both technologies are also available for around $21. Both are available at big box stores like Lowe’s, Target and Home Depot. 

New Technology now enhancing detectors: 

Long-life 10-year lithium batteries – eliminates the need for battery replacement for the 10-year life of the alarm.

Bright escape lights – lights the way to safety in case of an emergency.

Strobe technology – provides visual alerts for the hearing-impaired.

Remote-controlled mute – Infrared sensor allows for easy, hands-free silencing and testing of alarm function with most conventional remote controls.

Talking Alarms – When programmed correctly, alarms with this feature installed can verbally warn you of the type and location of the danger.

Digital devices with wifi interconnectivity.

The bottom line
Smoke alarms are a fundamental component to any household fire safety plan. A working smoke detector should afford you critical time to find your way to safety in the event of a fire. So take time and do your research to find the types of smoke alarms that are best suited to help protect you and your family.

 

Terryville FD-Fire damages school district building

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0833. The Terryville Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at the Comseqogue School District Maintenance Building on Terryville Road. Assistant Chief Pilkington was first due and transmitted a working fire. While arriving crews stretched in, mutual aid was requested from the Port Jefferson FD, Setauket FD, Mt. Sinai FD, Selden FD and Miller Place FD. The fire was extinguished without incident and there were no injuries. The fire investigation is being handled by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office. 

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone. 

Hauppauge FD-Snow loading results in damage to 2 homes

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0146 Hours. While crewing up to send a covering engine to the Smithtown Fire Department for a working house fire, Hauppauge FD units were advised of a reported house collapse at 46 Mackay Drive off Salem Path. Units arrived to find that a portion of the facade and eaves had collapsed as a result of the heavy snow and water load. A neighboring house was also found to have the same condition. All occupants had safely evacuated prior to the FD’s arrival. Crews confirmed that the utilities had not been compromised and requested a response from the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office and a Building Inspector to check the structural integrity. Once units confirmed that there was no further hazard, the occupants were permitted to re-occupy the house. 

Smithtown FD-Early morning house fire.


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0129. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire at 91 Stony Hill Path off Landing Meadow Road. While en-route, 1st Assistant Chief Tim Murphy was advised that Suffolk Police were on scene reporting an active house fire. Crews arrived and found an exterior fire up against the rear of the building, with extension to an elevated deck attached to the house. A handline was stretched and crews made quick work of the fire, keeping it from extending into the structure. The fire area contained large amounts of plastics and other combustibles so overhaul was extensive. Mutual aid was requested for district coverage from the Hauppauge Fire Department, but they were then diverted to a report of a building collapse in their own district. The Kings Park Fire Department sent a covering engine to Smithtown FD for the duration.  There were no injuries. All FD units cleared from the scene by 0330. Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety handled the origin and cause investigation. The fire is not considered suspicious. 

Northport FD-House fire in Fort Salonga


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The Northport Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 29 Oelsner Drive in Fort Salonga. Units arrived to find an active fire in a private dwelling. The fire was quickly extinguished by responding personnel. Kings Park FD sent an engine to the scene and East Northport provided the RIT. The Suffolk Police Arson Squad is handling the origin and cause investigation.

Setauket FD-Small stubborn fire at SUNY Physics Bldg


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1414 hours. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial automatic fire alarm at the Physics Building on the SUNY Stony Brook Campus While en-route, units were advised by University Fire Marshals of a smoke condition in the buildings penthouse. Crews arrived and located the fire within a wall in the building. Mutual aid was requested from Stony Brook, and Port Jefferson Fire Departments to the scene. Stony Brook FD was initially re-routed to handle a residential fire alarm in Old Field and once they cleared from there, they were brought in to the fire. Centereach Fire Department was initially dispatched as a covering engine and ambulance but the engine was moved up to the scene as the RIT.  Port Jefferson FD sent an engine and a ladder. Terryville sent an engine to cover and an ambulance to the scene. The last FD unit cleared from the scene at approximately 1730 hours. 

Note: Photo is from previous incident. 

Selden FD-Two structure fires and a cardiac arrest within 15 minutes in Selden


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0955 hours. The Selden Fire Department, already out on a cardiac arrest, was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 113 Liberty Avenue. The Centereach Fire Department was also dispatched on an automatic mutual aid. Units arrived to find an active fire in a two story single family private dwelling. Crews stretched on the fire and mutual aid was requested from the Coram and Terryville Fire Departments. Additional units were then dispatched to a report of a second residential structure fire on Strauss Avenue in Selden. That incident was an electrical issue in a garage and was handled with one engine.

Photo Courtesy of Dennis Whittam

Click on the picture above for more photos from the scene. 

Centereach FD-Overturn on New Moriches Road in Lake Grove


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a MVC with reported heavy rescue on New Moriches Road between Route 25 and Route 347. Units arrived to find a pickup truck on its side. All of the occupants had self extricated and denied injury. All units were back in service within 25 minutes.

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So when is the right time to start teaching children about fire safety?

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One of the primary causes of residential fire deaths and injuries for children under 10 is playing with matches, lighters and candles. It’s a nationwide problem and we need to get parents involved sooner rather than later.

So what can you do? If you are a parent, start teaching your children at an early age about the dangers of playing with fire. If your child expresses curiosity about, or has been caught playing with fire, calmly but firmly explain the danger and that matches and lighters are tools for adults only.

Below are some facts about children and fire safety. Teach your children the importance of fire-safe habits, and practice a home fire escape plan with them today.

  • Children 14 and under make up 10-15 percent of all fire deaths.
  • More that half of the children that die in fires are under the age of 5. Many of those victims could not have escaped from the fire on their own. 
  • At home, children often play with fire in bedrooms, in closets and under beds to avoid detection. These locations just so happen to contain a lot of flammable and combustible materials.
  • Too often, child fire-setters are not given proper guidance and supervision by parents and teachers. Consequently, they repeat their fire-setting behavior.
  • Supervise young children closely. Do not leave them alone, even for short periods of time.
  • Keep matches and lighters in a locked drawer or cabinet, high out of the reach of children.
  • Purchase and use only child-resistant lighters. These lighters are not child PROOF and should be stored securely out of the reach of children. 
  • Avoid buying and using novelty lighters and lighters that look like toys as they will attract the attention of children. 
  • Teach young children to never touch matches and lighters, and to tell a grownup if they find them.
  • Take the mystery out of fire by teaching children that fire is a tool to be used carefully by adults, not a toy for children. 
  • Never use lighters or matches as a source of amusement for children; they may try to do the same.
  • Check under beds and in closets for burned matches, evidence your child might be playing with fire.
  • Develop a home fire escape plan, practice it with your children and designate a safe meeting place outside your residence for the family to gather in case a fire occurs.
  • Teach children not to hide from firefighters but to get out quickly and call for help from another location.
  • Teach your children how to dial 9-1-1.
  • Show children how to crawl on the floor below smoke, to get out of the home and stay out.
  • Demonstrate how to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch fire.
  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. 
  • Familiarize children with the sound of smoke alarms. 
  • Test smoke alarms each month and replace their batteries according to manufacturer’s instructions. Daylight saving time changes, in the fall and spring, are great times to replace smoke alarm batteries if they are not 10-year batteries.
  • Throw away and replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older.

If you have questions, contact your local fire department or fire marshals office. Click on the photo above to be taken to a great website called “fire safety for children".


Centereach FD-House fire on Dawn Drive in Centereach


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Kings Park FD-Fire rips across Landview Drive home


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1701 Hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Landview Drive. Units arrived to find the front of a two story house burning, with extension into the ground level and the attic. There was also a vehicle burning in the driveway. While confirming that all of the occupants had safely evacuated, crews went right to work, stretching multiple handlines and deploying a tower ladder to open the roof. Mutual aid was requested from the Smithtown and Commack Fire Departments to the scene. The fire was brought under control within 90 minutes and all FD units cleared from the scene by 2130 hours. The investigation into the cause of the fire is being handled by Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety and the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad. There were no injuries. 

Smithtown FD-House fire on Calico Tree Road


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1003 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire on Calico Tree Road off Saturn Boulevard. Assistant Chief Mike Landrigan was first due and advised of a smoke condition in an unoccupied 2 story private dwelling. Arriving units stretched a line to the front door and forced entry. A quick search confirmed that no one was home. Personnel extinguished the fire, confining it to the kitchen on the ground level.  The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office was called in to determine the cause of the fire. There were no injuries and the fire is not considered suspicious. The Hauppauge Fire Department sent a RIT and the Nesconset Fire Department sent an engine to Smithtown FD to cover the district for the duration of the incident. 


Smithtown FD-Fire at the abandoned CHOW’s sewage plant


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1720 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire in the vicinity of Route 111 and Route 347. Units arrived to find an active fire in the old sewage treatment plant/storage building on the grounds of the old Community Hospital of Western Suffolk (CHOWS). As there was no direct access to the building, crews had to hand stretch through the woods off of a side street. A 2 ½ inch supply line was dragged in and two handlines operated off of that. The fire was quickly extinguished and the scene was turned over to the Suffolk County Arson Squad and the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office. There were no injuries but to say that this property is dangerous would be an understatement. There are open pits, open cesspools and the building was not secured. The Smithtown Building Department was also contacted to insure that these conditions were remedied. Mutual aid was provided by the Hauppauge, Nesconset and Saint James Fire Departments. 

Photo by Jeff Bressler-Smithtown FD PIO. Click on the photo to be taken to the Smithtown Fire Department website where there are additional photos and information from this incident.

Centereach FD-Back to back crashes-one rollover


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to back to back MVC’s on Middle Country Road. The first crash was minor with no entrapment. Units pulled up to the 2nd crash at Middle Country Rd and Hammond Road to find a four car crash with one vehicle on its side (pictured above). Crews stabilized the vehicle and treated then transported the victims, all of whom sustained minor injuries. 

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone. 

Ronkonkoma FD-Small fire at the Shell Station


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0836. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a fire in a commercial building at 498 Hawkins Avenue at the South Service Road of the LIE. Arriving units found and quickly extinguished a small fire in some duct work within the garage area of service station. The Nesconset Fire Department sent an engine to the scene. Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals are handling the investigation.



Area Departments and the Patriot Guard salute Army Major as his remains are escorted to Setauket Funeral home.


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Setauket, Saint James, Mt. Sinai, Coram, Stony Brook, Selden, Terryville, Eight Fire Departments came out to pay their respects to Army Major Victor J. Gronenthal as his body was brought to the Bryant Funeral Home on Old Town Road in Setauket.  U.S. Army Major Victor Trouvé Gronenthal, 31, passed away on January 23, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Victor was born on February 24, 1983 in Wilmington, Delaware to Colette Trouvé of Bear, Delaware and Bruce Gronenthal of Smyrna, Delaware. Victor married Erika Glausen of Long Island, New York on June 24, 2005 in West Point, New York. Victor was a devoted husband and a loving father to his two sons, Kai Victor (3 years old) and Finn Trevor (8 months old). Victor grew up in Bear, Delaware. He graduated from William Penn High School in 2001. While in high school, Victor served as a U.S. Senate Page for Senator William V. Roth, Jr. He attended the prestigious United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering in 2005. After graduating from USMA, Victor was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As a Captain in the U.S. Army, Victor earned a Master's Degree in Engineering and Industrial Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 2011. Victor excelled in multiple leadership positions while in the Army and commanded Soldiers in both combat and in garrison with distinction. Victor served admirably during his three overseas combat tours, two to Iraq and one to Afghanistan, earning the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. All who knew Victor will miss his infectious smile and gregarious personality. He was an avid cyclist, pinball machine restorer, and outdoor enthusiast. He will be missed the most by his loving family. 

RIP MAJOR. Thank you for your service to this great Country. 

Hauppauge FD-Electrical equipment burns on building


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1312 Hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 125 Commerce Drive. 911 took multiple calls reporting a fire in the building. Units arrived to find the main electrical service burning on the exterior of the building. The fire had not yet fully extended into the building but smoke was starting to fill the structure. All of the occupants were evacuated and FD personnel suppressed the fire with a CO2 Extinguisher. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office was called to the scene and in turn requested a response from the building department. Crews remained on site until PSE&G arrived. Unfortunately due to the type of equipment involved, PSE&G was forced to shutdown power to a number of buildings in the area. The outage was expected to last for at least a day or two. 

Click on the photo for more pics from the scene. 

Centereach FD-MVC with overturn


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2115 hours. Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a MVC on Middle Country Road near Smithton Polk Blvd. Arriving units found that a vehicle had left the roadway, overturned and landed in a parking lot. The two occupants self extricated prior to the arrival of the FD. Both refused medical attention. Crews stabilized the vehicle and contained a fluid leak. Everyone was back in service within 20 minutes.

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Centereach FD-Three car crash on Middle Country Road


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1807 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a MVC on Middle Country Road near South Howell Avenue. Units arrived to find a collision involving three vehicles. No extrication was necessary so EMS personnel packaged the injured and transported to the hospital via 2 ambulances. Crews addressed the fluid spills and cleared the road to allow traffic to flow. 

All units cleared from the scene within 20 minutes. 

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone 

Hauppauge FD-Vehicle fire week continues in the Town/Village with a car fire in apartment complex.


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1545 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on Dorado Circle off Veterans Highway. Units arrived to find a small fire in the engine compartment of the vehicle. The fire was quickly extinguished by the crew of 3-8-4. All units were back in service within 25 minutes. 

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Nesconset FD-Vehicle fire on Route 347


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1453 hours. Nesconset FD was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on Route 347 near Southern Blvd. Units arrived to find an active fire in the engine and passenger compartments of a vehicle on the eastbound shoulder, east of Southern Blvd. The Eastbound lanes were shutdown so crews could stretch a line and extinguish the fire. There were no injuries and all units cleared from the scene within 25 minutes. 

Click on the photo for more pics from the scene. 

All photos by John Claymore. Do not use anywhere other than on Facebook without his permission. 

Hauppauge FD-Overturn on Motor Parkway


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1304 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched with CIHVAC to a MVC in front of 150 Motor Parkway. Units arrived to find that a vehicle had left the roadway and overturned, landing on the lawn of 150 Motor Parkway. The lone occupant, who self extricated, was transported to the hospital via CIHVAC. FD units cleared from the scene within 20 minutes. 

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Hauppauge FD-Vehicle Fire on the LIE.

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The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire in the westbound lanes near exit 57. While units were en-route, they were advised that the fire was actually in the rest area between 53 and 52 in the Dix Hills Fire. Hauppauge units were all cancelled while en-route and Dix Hills FD handled the call. 

Photo by Kyle Capanzano

Centereach FD-vehicle accidentally driven into new Lake Grove building


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1346. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a MVC at 2095 Nesconset Highway near Moriches Road. Units arrived to find that an SUV had been driven into the west side of the brand new Charles Schwab building in the parking lot of the Smith Haven Plaza shopping center. The lone occupant had self extricated and was evaluated by EMS. FD units secured the vehicle. The Lake Grove Fire Marshal evaluated the damage and determined that it was not structural so the vehicle was removed from the building. A representative of the property owner was contacted, responded and had the building boarded up. There were no injuries as, while the vehicle was completely within the structure, the West side of the building is vacant and unoccupied. Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. 

Setauket FD-Car fire on Nichols Road


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0703. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on Nichols Road near Health Sciences Drive. Units arrived to find a burning SUV near the south entrance to the college. Police shut down traffic so crews could extinguish the fire. 

Photo courtesy of Anthony Salvatore Italiano

Heater safety reminder


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As we are halfway through a winter that has already seen temperatures dropping into the single digits across the island, I figured that this would be a great time to remind everyone to stay safe when using portable heaters to keep warm.

Portable heaters are a common sight during the winter, but improper use and failure to maintain the heaters can lead to tragedy or death. Heating was the second leading cause of all US residential structure fires (right behind cooking). From 2008-2010, an average of 50,100 heating fires in residential buildings occurred in the United States each year and resulted in an annual average of approximately 150 deaths, 575 injuries and $326 million in property loss.

Residential building heating fires peaked in the early evening hours between 5 and 9 p.m. with the highest peak between 6 and 8 p.m. This 4-hour period accounted for 30 percent of all residential building heating fires.

Confined fires, those fires confined to chimneys, flues or fuel burners, accounted for 87 percent of residential building heating fires.

If possible, turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. 

Thirty percent of the non confined residential building heating fires occurred because the heat source was too close to things that can burn. Keep anything that can burn, including bedding, clothing, curtains, pets and people at least 3 feet away from portable heaters (photo below). 

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Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory and with an automatic shut-off so that if the heater tips over, it will shut off. Look for the UL label on the device as shown below.

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NEVER use the oven or stove to heat your home!

Maintain your heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned ad inspected annually by a qualified professional. 

Plug portable heaters directly into outlets. Never use extension cords or power strips as these heaters draw far more power than they are designed to supply. 


Click the You Tube icon to watch a quick video on heater fire safety.

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Ronkonkoma FD-Pickup truck fire

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2125. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire at Pond Path and East Drive. Units arrived to find an active fire in a pickup truck. Crews quickly extinguished the fire without incident. There were no injuries. 

Photo courtesy of Bryan Lopez. 



Calling all Citizens! Please shovel hydrants!

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These firefighters are digging out a fire hydrant so in the event of a fire, they can get water through their hoses. Give these guys a break. If you have a fire hydrant near your house, take 10 minutes out of your day and shovel it out. Water equals life. If they can’t get water, they can’t put a fire out. If someone is trapped inside, they may not get to them. Help them to help you. 

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Huge props to these folks for stepping up and getting it done. 

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Centereach FD-South Dorm of the Lake Grove school destroyed by fire.


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2103. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire on the grounds of the former Lake Grove School on Moriches Road. 3rd Assistant Chief Max Mayzus was first due and advised that he had heavy smoke pushing from the upper level of building #22 (aka, the South Dorm). All of the buildings on this property have been vandalized and placarded as unsafe to enter. Chief Mayzus went right into an exterior operation. Ladder 5 setup on the east side of the building. Nesconset FD sent their tower ladder and they set up on Moriches Road and Ronkonkoma FD sent their ladder, setting up on the South access road into the complex.  Thousands of feet of 5 inch hose had to be dropped in order to supply the 3 aerials as well as 2 other master streams, off of two hydrants. 

During the fire, most of the roof assembly collapsed, burying piles of burning debris and making it impossible for crews to extinguish the fire. The Lake Grove Fire Marshal contacted the Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office, requesting that they send one of the Town’s large 270 Track Excavators to the scene so the building could be demolished and the fire could be completely extinguished. The Village of Lake Grove sent a sander to the scene to keep the ice covered roads, usable,

The bulk of the fire was knocked down in just over two and a half hours. At that time, The Nesconset and Ronkonkoma Fire Departments shut down and took up from the scene.  Centereach Ladder 5 continued to operate until the excavator arrived at around 0130.  Once the building was pulled apart, all remaining fire was extinguished. All FD units secured from the scene at 0330. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad. 

The Selden Fire Department sent a covering engine to Centereach FD headquarters for the duration of the incident The Stony Brook Fire Department sent an ambulance to the scene. One firefighter was transported to the hospital via ambulance with a non life threatening injury.

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. Do not use without crediting this website. 

Click below for a video piece about the fire on Fios1 News.

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Central Islip FD-House fire on Casement Avenue


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2014 The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 98 Casement Avenue off Carnation Avenue. Arriving units encountered a heavy fire venting out of the upper level of a two story wood frame private dwelling. Crews stretched on the fire, while mutual aid was requested from the Hauppauge Fire Department for a RIT and from the Islip Terrace Fire Department for an engine to cover. Central Islip-Hauppauge Community Ambulance was also dispatched to the scene. The fire was placed under control at approximately 2053 hours. 

The Islip Town Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad are investigating. 

Click on the image above to see more of Ken Bradbury’s pics from the scene.

Centereach FD-Small fire at Whole Foods in Lake Grove


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0935. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to an activated fire alarm at the Whole Foods Store on New Moriches Road. While en-route, units were advised that the alarm company was showing numerous smoke detectors had activated. The Lake Grove Fire Marshal was first to arrive and was advised by an employee that there had been a fire in the deli area of the store. The employee further advised that the fire had been extinguished. The Fire Marshal ordered the employee to continue with the store evacuation while FD units investigated. FD crews ventilated the store and then reset the alarm. The store remained closed for a few hours while employees cleaned up and addressed a number of issues cited by the Fire Marshal. 

There were no injuries and all units were back in service within 30 minutes. 

Taking a minute to remember the 3rd alarm Black Sunday fire and Joe DiBernardo Jr.


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Joseph DiBernardo (left) with his great friend Bill Rohr-Assistant Chief Setauket FD, FDNY Fire Marshal

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0759 hours. The FDNY Bronx Communications Office took a phone alarm reporting a fire on the 3rd floor at 236 East 178 Street between Anthony Avenue and the Grand Concourse. Arriving units transmitted a 10-75 (working fire) and went to work. While searching the apartments on the floor above the fire, members of ladder company 27 along with two members of Rescue Company 3, became disoriented in an illegally subdivided apartment on the 4th floor.  These six members were cut off from their only means of egress, by the intense fire. With no other option, the men were forced to jump out of the windows. 

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Lt. Curtis Meyran and firefighter John Bellew were the first to jump and did not survive the four story fall. Firefighter Brendan Cawley and Firefighter Eugene Stolowski were next out and were severely injured. Both endured numerous surgeries and countless hours of rehab. Firefighter Joseph DiBernardo Jr. and Firefighter Jeffery Cool were the last two to go. Jeff Cool had a personal rescue rope in his pocket. Cool told DiBernardo that he would lower him down on it. DiBernardo refused, insisting that since Cool had a wife and children, he would lower Cool down. While making his way down the rope, firefighter Cool slipped and fell approximately 30 feet. He survived the fall but was seriously injured. 

DiBernardo then tied off the rope and began his descent. Unfortunately, the rope broke. DiBernardo survived the fall, but broke almost every bone in his body below his waist. While in the hospital, DiBernardo suffered respiratory arrest and pneumonia, both of which also almost killed him. He was in a coma for 18 days, endured multiple skin grafts, surgeries, speech therapy and psychological counseling, winding up on 10 medications. Tragically, on November 22, 2011, DiBernardo accidentally overdosed on his medications and passed away. The City of New York initially refused to rule his death line of duty, but through the perseverance of his father Joseph DiBernardo Sr, a retired FDNY Deputy Chief, the city relented and ruled that Joe’s death was directly related to the Black Sunday fire. 


In the six years between the fire and his death, Joe, who was also an ex-Captain of the Setauket Fire Department, was promoted to Lieutenant by the city. Joe traveled the country, and overseas, sharing his experiences and helped train firefighters on safety and the importance of their equipment. Joe also played an active role in organizing and training the Brookhaven Town Technical Rescue Team.


In 2012, Joesph DiBernardo Sr. started the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation. The organization raises money to provide life saving equipment and training to fire departments across the country. 


If you would like to learn more about or make a donation to the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation, click on the image below.

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Watch the Pix 11 News piece on Joe DiBernardo 


To read more about the fire in today’s New York Daily News, click on the Newspaper below.

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Another story by PIX 11

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To listen to fireground audio from this incident, click here.



Click below to read the NIOSH report on this fire. 

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Lakeland FD-House fire on Easton Street


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1255. The Lakeland Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 329 Easton Street. Units arrived to find an active fire on the upper floor of a wood frame private dwelling. The first due engine stretched in while mutual aid was requested from the Central Islip Fire Department for a FAST, the Holbrook Fire Department for an engine and the Bohemia Fire Department for an engine. When Bohemia’s crew arrived, they stretched a 2nd line off of Lakeland’s engine. The fire was knocked down while crews searched for occupants. The truck guys opened up and checked for extension. Central Islip-Hauppauge Ambulance Corp sent an ambulance to the scene and Nesconset FD sent a engine to cover the district for the duration of the alarm. All units were back in service within 2 hours. 

Photo by Nickolas Lewis. 

Ronkonkoma FD-Quick stop saves house


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1510. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Henry Avenue. Chief of Department Tim Blewett was first to arrive, encountering the occupant of a house trying to extinguish an outside fire burning up the side of a single story dwelling.  Chief Blewett had his first due unit stretch two lines. Crews quickly extinguished the fire on the exterior and in the attic above an attached garage. An investigation found that the occupant of the house had placed ashes from a wood burning stove into a combustible container. At the time of the fire, the container was being stored right next to the house. Thankfully, due to the quick work of the fire department, the damage was minimized. The Nesconset Fire Department sent an engine to the scene as part of the automatic mutual aid plan. 

This fire is a great reminder. I posted this information on this site on January 2nd but it's definitely worth repeating:

Anyone that burns firewood in their fireplace or wood stove should know how to properly dispose of the leftover ashes. These ashes present a huge fire risk when disposed of incorrectly. Learn how to avoid a future house fire by following these steps: 

The biggest mistake we witness when it comes to fire ashes is finding them thrown out in the home trash cans, plastic bags or paper bags. NEVER put your fireplace or wood stove ashes in a combustible container! This includes home and roadside trash cans. No matter how long the fire has been out, there could still be hot ember present in the ashes. 

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This is a plastic garbage pail that had hot ashes in it. 

A good rule of thumb for anyone with a fireplace or wood burning stove is to purchase a metal pail and metal garbage can (DO NOT use galvanized containers as hot coals on the galvanized metal will release noxious fumes). You can easily move the ashes to the pail when cleaning out your wood stove or fireplace and then move them to the metal garbage can. Although it should go without saying, do not put anything else in this trash can other than the ashes. Whenever you add new ashes to the can, it is a good idea to spray it down with water, and to leave the lid off when it is snowing or raining outside.

 Do not keep the metal trash can near your home. It should be at least 10 feet away from a building.  Also remember to keep the trash can away from anything else that could be considered flammable (if in doubt do not put it near that spot). Once a lot of time has passed, a week or so, it is now safe to bag up the ashes and leave them at your curb for pickup, or you could recycle them for use in your garden or for compost. 

Scene photo courtesy of Bryan Lopez

Nissequogue FD-Dispatched to an AFA and finds an oil burner emergency.


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1523. The Nissequogue Fire Department was dispatched to an automatic fire alarm at 638 Moriches Road. Units arrived to find an unoccupied house filled with smoke. Crews forced entry into the house in full gear and SCBA, searched for possible victims and found the smoke to be a result of a malfunctioning oil burner. The boiler was shut down and the house ventilated. Since no one was home, crews turned the scene over to Nissequogue Village Police who stood by until the owner arrived to re-secure the building. 

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Nesconset FD-Head on crash on Middle Country Road


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1052. The Nesconset FD was dispatched to a report of a MVC on Middle Country Rd near Southern Blvd. Arriving units found a collision involving an SUV and a car transporter. The occupant of the SUV was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated. The victim was stabilized and removed from the vehicle, then transported to the hospital via ambulance. 

Photo by Ron Monteleone

Nesconset FD-Haz-mat incident in Vineland Street home


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1833. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a hazardous materials incident at 49 Vineland Street. Responding units were advised that one of the occupants accidentally dropped a barometer that shattered on the floor, spilling what may be Mercury. The occupant also stated that he may have ingested some vapors from the spilled product. FD units arrived, isolated the area and ventilated the area. While the occupant was examined by EMS, a Smithtown Fire Marshal was requested to respond. After in investigation, it was determined that the substance within the barometer was not Mercury, but Camphor. Camphor is a flammable solid and can be easily cleaned up and disposed of. The occupant was given instructions on how to clean up the spill and all emergency units cleared from the scene within 45 minutes. 

Hauppauge FD-Woman arrested after crashing vehicle in house.


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1916, The Hauppauge Fire Department and Central Islip Hauppauge Community Ambulance were dispatched to a MVC on Sky View Court off Pleasant View Court. Units arrived to find that an SUV had left the road way and crashed into a two story private dwelling. FD units secured the vehicle and checked for structural damage while EMS treated the two occupants of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, identified in a Suffolk County Police Department press release as a 48 year old Hauppauge woman, was arrested and charged with Aggravated DWI with a child 15 years old or younger (Leandra’s Law), DWI and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. One victim was transported via ambulance to Southside Hospital with minor injuries. 

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Photo by Evan Rolla

Setauket FD-Kitchen fire on Hargrove Drive

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1643 The Setuket Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire at 46 Hargrove Drive. Arriving units encountered a fire in the kitchen of a private dwelling. Under the command of Chief of Department Tom Makarius, a line was stretched and crews contained the fire to the kitchen with some minor extension into the attic. Stony Brook FD sent an engine to the scene. The fire was placed under control within 20 minutes and all units returned to quarters within an hour. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation. 

Setauket FD-Small electrical fire in house on Settlers Way


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1032. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting a house fire at 5 Settlers Way. Assistant Chief William Rohr arrived to find a small fire involving some electrical equipment and a wall outlet. Crews de-energized the service and extinguished the fire with a pressurized water extinguisher. The area was overhauled to check for extension and the house was ventilated. One of the occupants was examined by EMS and transported to the hospital. The scene was turned over the the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office and all FD units were back in service within an hour.

What a difference a door makes-in a fire

Doors should always be kept closed This applies to bedroom doors, doors between a garage and a the living area of your home and doors in commercial occupancies. 

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The door shown above is used for egress between a house and an attached two car garage. A fire started within the garage, destroying everything in it. As you can see in the photo above, the walls, ceiling and furnishings within the house are undamaged. This door was closed during the fire. The door did not allow fire, smoke or hot gases to enter the house from the garage. The door saved the house, everything in it, and allowed the occupants to safely exit. Note: The fire damage that you see on the door and to the wall above it occurred when firefighers opened it to extinguish the fire from within the house.

The photo below was taken from within the garage, facing the door discussed above. The door is open in the photo, as you can see the clock on the wall in the house. Note that everything within the garage was destroyed by the fire, including items right next to the door.

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Bedroom doors should be kept closed. 

It used to be said that very few house fires started in bedrooms. With the popularity of candles and the overuse/misuse of extension cords, this is no longer true. If you are asleep in the room, the closed door will help keep out heat, smoke and gases, thus allowing you more time to escape through a window or other door. If this ever occurs, remember to stay low and feel any door before opening it. If its hot, DO NOT open it. Find another way out. 

The photo below shows a hallway leading to/from all of the bedrooms in a house. The fire started in a bedroom and the door was open at the time, allowing smoke heat and flames to extend out into this hallway. The only way one could have survived a trip down this hallway, would have been to crawl on your stomach. 

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A closed door will contain a fire, minimizing damage to the rest of the structure. The photo below shows a room gutted by fire with no damage to the hallway or to the room right across from it (which I was standing in when I took the photo). 

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A closed door will starve a fire of oxygen, which in many cases, will cause the fire to self-extinguish. The photo below is a perfect example of this. In spite of all of the damage you see, this basement fire went out on its own when it ran out of oxygen. Had a window or door been open, the fire would have destroyed the entire house above it, as no one was home to smell or see anything. Not a drop of water was used on this fire!

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So remember, close your doors when you are not in a room and close them when you go to sleep. Check your smoke detectors to insure that they are working, and install carbon monoxide detectors. 

If you have any questions, please contact your local fire department or Fire Marshals Office 


Commack FD-Early morning house on Hayrick Lane


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0449. The Commack Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting a residential structure fire at 71 Hayrick Lane off Oatley Place. Arriving units encountered an active fire in the basement of a two-story single family private dwelling. The alarm was retransmitted as a working fire and mutual aid was requested from the Kings Park Fire Department for a RIT and from the East Northport Fire Department for a covering engine to HQ. Crews stretched two handlines and attacked the fire. All visible fire was knocked down within 20 minutes and the fire was placed under control in 45 minutes. 

The Commack Fire District Fire Marshal and the Town of Smithtown Fire Marshals Office are handling the investigation ino the cause of the fire.

There were no injuries.

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1302. NYC experienced the same icing conditions that we suffered here on the Island. As a result, EMS calls began backing up by the hundreds. The NYC Office of Emergency Management requested mutual aid from New Jersey, Nassau and Suffolk Counties for ambulances. The following Suffolk departments sent units:

Smithtown Fire Department
Kings Park Fire Department
Saint James Fire Department
Commack Ambulance
Copiague Fire Department
East Farmingdale Fire Department
West Babylon Fire Department
Islip Exchange Ambulance
Halesite Fire Department
Patchogue Ambulance
Holbrook Fire Department
South Country Ambulance
Wyandanch Ambulance.

Photo is of units staging at Exit 49 Park and Ride prior to heading in to Fort Totten for deployment. All units were back in service within their respective districts at 2032 hours.

Photo by Jamie Johnson


Black Ice wreaks havoc on Town and village roads


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0800. Rainfall quickly turned to ice when it hit the ground resulting in Township and village fire departments being dispatched to 101 calls between 0800-1015. Most of the calls were for MVC’s, including at least 7 overturns and a few that required extrication. There were dozens of other MVC’s that did not require a fire department response. While the majority of the calls were handled by the Township Departments, when they ran out of ambulances, mutual aid was requested from the following:

Lakeland FD
Islip FD
Islip Terrace FD
Deer Park FD
Farmingdale FD
East Farmingdale FD
East Brentwood FD
Holbrook FD
Exchange Ambulance of the Islips

Click on the photo above for more pics from around town.

 

Smithtown FD-Early morning crash in requires heavy rescue


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0632. Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on Main Street near Karl Avenue. Arriving units found that a vehicle hit a garbage truck. The driver of the car was pinned so heavy rescue was requested. While EMS stabilized, crews went to work, removing the drivers door. The victim was then packaged and transported via ambulance to the hospital.

Click on the photo above to be redirected to the Smithtown Fire Department website. There are additional photos and more information on this and other events within their district.

Photo by Jeff Bressler-Smithtown FD PIO

Centereach FD-Tractor Trailer overturns on Ozark Street


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1221. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a Motor Vehicle Accident at Ozark Street and Clinton Avenue. Arriving units found an overturned 22 wheeled dump truck. The driver had self extricated and was uninjured. The driver told police that he stepped out of the cab to dump the trailer and the truck took off. THe truck jack-knifed and rolled, spilling the contents of the trailer (soil). FD units confirmed that there was no fuel leak and then secured from the scene. 

Click on the photo for more pics from the scene. 

All photos by Ron Monteleone. 

Nesconset FD-House fire on Browns Road


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1012. Nesconset FD was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 101 Browns Road off Rasberry Lane. A passing officer from the Saint James Fire Department was first on scene and advised Smithtown Public Safety (4-0-0) of a working fire. The Saint James FD and Ronkonkoma FD were dispatched on the initial alarm and aleady en-route. A FAST was requested from the Smithtown FD, a ladder from the Hauppauge FD, a covering engine from the Centereach FD and an ambulance from Nissequogue FD. (Hauppauge and Nissequogue were both cancelled).

Two handlines were stretched off of the first due engine and crews went to work on the fire, which was confined to a two car garage attached to a 2 story wood frame private dwelling. The fire was knocked down and placed under control at 1050 hours. One firefighter sustained a minor injury and was transported via ambulance to SUNY Stony Brook for treatment.

The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is handling the origin and cause investigation. 

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. 

Photos by Conrad Miller. Do not use without his permission

Central Islip FD-house fire on East Beech Street

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0938 The Central Islip FIre Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire at 24 East Beech Street. Units arrived and dvised of an active fire in the basment of a single story private dwelling. While crews stretched in, mutual aid was requested from Islip Terrace FD for a RIT and Hauppauge FD for a covering engine.  In total, two handlines were stretched, one operated and the fire was knocked down. There were no injuries and the scene was turned over to the Town of Islip for the investigation. 

Photo courtesy of Karen Bouse-MAM

Lakeland FD-house fire on Motor Parkway


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1300. The Lakeland Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire at 2526 Motor Parkway off Oakdale Avenue. Units arrived to find an active fire in a two story wood frame private dwelling. While crews stretched on the fire, mutual aid was requested from the Hauppauge Fire Department for a RIT, Ronkonkoma FD for an engine to the scene and Nesconset FD for a ladder to the scene. Two handlines operated and the fire was placed under control within 44 minutes. There were no injuries. Suffolk Police Arson Squad is investigating. Central Islip-Hauppauge Ambulance sent an ambulance to the scene, the Holbrook Fire Department sent a covering engine to Lakeland FD HQ and Community Ambulance sent a covering ambulance to Lakeland FD HQ.

Click on the photo above for more pictures from the scene. 

Smithtown FD-Automatic alarm turns to work.


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1049. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a residential automatic fire alarm at 9 Cliff Drive off Melody Lane. While en-route, the Chiefs were notified that dispatch took a 911 call reporting a fire in the house. Arriving units confirmed an active fire in the basement. Mutual aid was requested from the Kings Park Fire Department for a RIT and from the Commack Fire Department for an engine. One handline was stretched and operated. The fire was confined to a storage room in the basement. There were no injuries and the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation. 

Hauppauge FD-Small kitchen fire in Hauppauge


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1307. The Hauppauge FD was dispatche to a report of a structure fire at a garden apartment complex on Devonshire Rd off Veterans Hwy. Arriving units found an extinguished fire that started on a stove and extended into the surrounding cabinetry. Crews checked for extension, overhauled and ventilated the apartment. CIHVAC was requested to the scene to treat and transport one of the occupants, for possible smoke inhalation. All units were back in service within 30 minutes. 

Setauket FD-Motor vehicle accident with overturn


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Setauket FD was dispatched to an MVC on Nichols Road near the entrance to SUNY. Units arrived to find a single vehicle crash where the vehicle left the roadway and into a tree. The driver was extricated and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. 

Photos by Ron Monteleone. 

Nissequogue FD-crash on Spring Hill Road.


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1210. The Nissequogue Fire Department was dispatched to a MVC on Spring Hill Road. Units arrived to find that a vehicle struk a parked vehicle, left the roadway and slid down an embankment. EMS treated the driver, who refused medical attention, while the crew of 4-5-5 secured the vehicle to the rig to prevent it from sliding furhter down the hill. Suffolk Police ESU responded and winched the vehicle back onto the roadway so it could be towed away. 

All units were back in service within 45 minutes.  

Photo by Keith Jansen. Click on the photo for more pics from the scene. 

Centereach FD-First working house fire of the year.


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1010. Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire in the vicinity of 3 Porposie Drive. A Centereach FD Ex-Chief was first on scene and confirmed the working fire. Selden Fire Department was dispatched as an auto mutual aid and their Chief 33 was first in. Centereach Engine 12 arrived, picked up a hydrant and stretched two lines into the house. Water was on the fire within a few minutes, the fire was knocked down within 10 minutes and placed under control within 30 minutes. All searches were negative and their were no injuries. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation. Ronkonkoma FD sent a RIT and EMS. Once they were released from the scene, Ronkonkoma was relocated to Centereach FD HQ for the duration of the incident.

Photos courtesy of Ron Monteleone. 

Central Islip FD-House fire on Storey Avenue


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1394. Central Islip FD was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire at 41 Storey Avenue off Pineville Road. 3-7-31 arrived and confirmed an active fire on the 1st floor of a 2 story wood frame vacant dwelling. Crews stretched on the fire off of engine 3-7-3 while a RIT was requested from the Hauppauge Fire Department. The fire was quickly extinguished and all units were back in service within 90 minutes. The Islip Terrace Fire Department sent a covering engine to Central Islip’s HQ. Central Islip-Hauppauge EMS was also at the scene. There were no injuries and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad is handling the investigation. 

Photo by Ken Bradbury. Click on the pic above to be taken to his Smug Mug site for more images. 

Central Islip FD-house fire on Vita Drive


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1434. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 10 Vita Drive. Arriving units encountered an active fire in the basement of a private dwelling. A line was stretched to the front door and a booster line to rear. The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries. The Hauppauge Fire Department sent a RIT and Islip Terrace FD sent a covering engine to CIFD headquarters. 


Saint James FD-House fire Fifty Acre Road South

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1501. The Saint James Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire at 171 Fifty Acre Road South. Units arrived to find an active fire on the rear exterior side of the house that had extended to the vinyl siding overlay. A working fire was transmitted bringing mutual aid from the Nesconset Fire Department for an engine to the scene, the Smithtown Fire Department for a covering engine, the Stony Brook Fire Department for a ladder and the Centereach Fire Department for an ambulance to the scene. Due to great work by FD crews the fire was extinguished before it could extend into the dwelling. There were no injuries. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office was called in and determined that the fire was a result of improper disposal of fireplace ashes.  

This fire is a great reminder:

Anyone that burns firewood in their fireplace or wood stove should know how to properly dispose of the leftover ashes. These ashes present a huge fire hazard risk when disposed of incorrectly. Learn how to avoid a future house fire by following these steps: 

The biggest mistake we witness when it comes to fire ashes is finding them thrown out in the home trash cans, plastic bags or paperbags.  NEVER put your fireplace or wood stove ashes in a combustible container! This includes home and roadside trash cans. No matter how long the fire has been out, there could still be hot embers present in the ashes. 

A good rule of thumb for anyone with a fireplace or wood burning stove is to purchase a metal pail and metal garbage can (DO NOT use galvanized containers as hot coals on the galvanized metal will release noxious fumes). You can easily move the ashes to the pail when cleaning out your wood stove or fireplace and then move them to the metal garbage can. Although it should go without saying, do not put anything else in this trash can other than the ashes. Whenever you add new ashes to the can, it is a good idea to spray it down with water, and to leave the lid off when it is snowing or raining outside.

 Do not keep the metal trash can near your home. It should be at least 10 feet away from a building.  Also remember to keep the trash can away from anything else that could be considered flammable (if in doubt do not put it near that spot). Once a lot of time has passed, a week or so, it is now safe to bag up the ashes and leave them at your curb for pickup, or you could recycle them for use in your garden or for compost. 


Year end totals for the Town and Village Fire Departments



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Sorry, but I don’t have photos of the Logos for CI-Hauppauge, CVAC or Setauket. If you have one, please email or tweet it to me. 

Commack FD-Vehicle fire on the Sunken Meadow Parkway


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1805. The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on the Sunken Meadow Parkway, just north of the Northern State Parkway. Arriving units encountered an active fire confined to the engine compartment of a passenger car. The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries. All units were back in service within 40 minutes. Click on the pic above to be taken to a short video shot by a passerby. 

Smithtown FD-Vehicle fire up against building in crowded parking lot


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1611. Smithtown FD dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire at 260 East Main Street. Units arrived to find an active fire in the engine compartment of a Chevy suburban. Crews stretched a hardline to suppress the fire and another to protect the exposures as the vehicle was parked between two others and up against a two story office building. The fire was extinguished without incident but the exposures did sustain minor damage. There were no injuries. Click on the photo for more pics and a small video from the scene. 

Photos and video by Kurt Becker. 

Lake Grove-Subjects back truck through Macy’s entrance and steal ATM


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0300 hours. Suffolk Police were dispatched to a report of a burglary in progress at the Macys Flagship store in the SmithHaven Mall. Officers arrived and were advised that a dump truck had been backed through the glass entry vestibule. Police were further advised that an ATM and cash were stolen. Police were able to locate the vehicle at Pond Path and Tulip Grove Drive in Lake Grove. After an extensive search which included  K-9 and aviation, one suspect was taken into custody. This is an ongoing police investigation. If you have any information, you are urged to call police. 

Photo by Stringer News Service via Twitter. 

Hauppauge FD-Early morning MVC with entrapment


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0235 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched along with Central Islip Hauppauge Community Ambulance Corp to a reported MVC in the vicinity of 55 Kennedy Drive off Motor Parkway. Units arrived to find that a vehicle had left the roadway, striking a tree. The driver had self extricated but the passenger had to be extricated by FD personnel using hydraulic tools. The passenger was transported via CI-Hauppauge Ambulance, the driver was arrested by Suffolk County Police on suspicion of DWI. 

Setauket FD-Christmas Tree fire destroys home in Old Field


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2007 hours The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire on North Ridge Rd off of Mount Gray Rd. Arriving units encountered fire throughout a 2.5 story wood frame private dwelling with a two car attached garage. Police confirmed that all occupants were out of the building and accounted for. Setauket crews went right to work, deploying at least 4 hand lines and a tower ladder. Mutual aid was requested from Stony Brook FD for an engine and a ladder, Selden to cover the district, Centereach for a RIT and Port Jefferson for an engine. The fire was placed under control within a few hours and all FD units cleared the scene at around 0100. The house was a total loss.  The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Tetreault

Selden FD-Christmas eve day house fire on Buckskin Lane


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1255 The Selden Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 22 Buckskin Lane  off Powderhorn Lane. 1st Assistant Chief Michael Matteo arrived and confirmed that he had a fire in a bathroom. Centereach FD was activated on an automatic mutual aid for an engine. Chief Matteo worked with engines 5 and 12 as well as unit 14. Centereach sent Chief 30 and Engine 2. The fire was quickly extinguished and placed under control so Centereach Engine 2 was re-directed to a wash down from a motor vehicle crash on Middle Country Road near South Evergreen Avenue. The fire was placed under control within 12 minutes and all units were back in service within 30 minutes. The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation. 

Smithtown FD-quick knock down of fire in commercial building


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1558 hours. Smithtown Dispatch (4-2-0) took a phone alarm reporting a fire in a commercial building at 59 Landing Avenue at Manor Road. Assistant Chief Kevin Fitzpatrick was first in and advised that he had an active fire in a treatment room within a physical therapy office in the rear of a single story multiple occupancy. Assistant Chief Tim Murphy arrived shortly thereafter and assumed command and then Chief of Department Steve Sisino took command upon his arrival. Engine 4-2-2 was first due. Their crew stretched in to the building and quickly extinguished the fire. The crew from ladder 4-2-7 and 4-2-9 handled search and ventilation while EMS treated one adult female for smoke inhalation.  Mutual aid was requested from the St. James Fire Department for a RIT and the Hauppauge Fire Department sent a covering engine to Smithtown FD HQ. The fire was placed under control within 20 minutes and all units cleared the scene within an hour. Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown are handling the investigation. 

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. 

Lakeland FD-house fire on West First Street


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1118. Lakeland FD was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 110 West 1st Street off of Richmond Blvd. Crews arrived and confirmed that they had a working fire in a private dwelling. Crews stretched in while mutual aid was requested for a RIT from Nesconset FD, a ladder from Ronkonkoma and a covering engine from Bohemia. The fire was quickly knocked down and all units were back in service within 90 minutes. Suffolk Police Arson Detectives will handle the fire investigation. 

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Smoke detector recall-PLEASE READ THIS!!

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Please check any smoke detectors that were purchased within the dates listed below to see if the device(s) you have are affected by this recall, which is a result of detectors not functioning properly. 

Three different models of smoke alarms are affected by this.

  They are listed below:

-Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S with manufacture dates between December 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014 

-Kidde combination smoke/CO alarm i12010SCO with manufacture dates between December 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014

-Kidde combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA with manufacture date between October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014

These three models were recalled for failing to alert people about a fire or carbon monoxide after a power outage. If you have one of these, Kidde will replace it for free.  

Even if your alarm isn't part of the recall, why not take a minute and test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  We are all pulling out the space heaters and Christmas decorations, so electrical and heating related fires are much higher at this time of the year. 

Santa Run/Parade pics from around the town and village


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Did you or someone you know take pics of one of the town or village parades, we would love to add it here so send it on over to lakegrovefm@gmail.com. Click on the photo above to see more pictures from all of the town parades. 

Setauket FD-House fire on Gallo Court


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1518 Setauket FD was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire at 12 Gallo Court off Reunite Street. 2nd Assistant Chief Bill Rohr arrived and confirmed a working fire in a two story private dwelling. Chief Rohr ordered 3 lines stretched, 2 into the structure and one to deal with a vehicle fire in the driveway  (auto exposed). Mutual aid was requested from Port Jefferson to cover and for a ladder to the scene, Centereach FD sent a RIT to the scene and Stony Brook FD for an engine and a ladder to the scene. The fire was knocked down within 30 minutes and placed under control at 1611 hours.  There were no injuries and the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals are handling the investigation. 

Photo courtesy of the Reverend Nicholas Paul Guma.

Centereach FD Santa Run is today at 4PM


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Click on the flyer above to view it in full size.


Nesconset FD Santa Run will be on December 20th


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Hauppauge FD Engine 3 Santa Parade is December 20th


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Click on the flier above to see the parade route. They are also selling raffles. 

Kings Park FD Christmas Parade is December 20th


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Nesconset FD-Small fire in the American Eagle store


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0155 hours. Shortly after taking up from the Lake Avenue house fire and an MVC right after that, the Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting an odor of smoke within the American Eagle store at the Smith Haven Mall. As this was a phone alarm, the Centereach Fire Department was also dispatched** Units arrived and found a fire in an electrical distribution panel within the stock room. FD personnel terminated power to the store and the fire self extinguished. The Fire Marshals were called in and ordered the store to remain closed until such time as the electrical equipment was repaired/replaced and power restored. 

** (Fire Protection at the Smith Haven Mall is split between the Nesconset and Centereach Fire Departments as the mall is within 2 different towns (Smithtown and Lake Grove)).  F

Storage issues in commercial buildings is a constant problem that Fire Marshals have to deal with. NYS law prohibits storing anything within 36 inches of an electrical panel. That law is in place in part to prevent fires like this one from extending out from the panel to combustible items stored in front of or near the panels. Thanks to aggressive and constant enforcement by both the Lake Grove and Smithtown Fire Marshals, and very compliant managers in this store, the fire did not extend out of the electrical panel. The panel was replaced, the area cleaned and the store re-opened for business by 11AM. 

Fire Marshals in Lake Grove and Smithtown require floors in exit corridors and in front of electrical distribution equipment and fire alarm panels be identified through a contrasting colored floor material, striping and signage. 

The photo below shows another store that was in violation when the Fire Marshal walked in. Had the electrical fire occurred here, the boxes in front of the panel would have caught fire and burned. You can clearly see that the floor is marked to discourage placing anything there, but the employees ignored it. 

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Here is photo of the corridor to the required rear fire exit. Do you think you would be able to get through there in a fire? Doubt it. (NOTE: This store has been renovated and no longer has this issue).

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The photo below is the corridor in American Eagle. The repaired electrical panels are to the left and the fire exit is at the end of the hallway. They are fully compliant. 

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Nesconset FD-House fire on Lake Avenue South


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2301. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the vicinity of Lake Avenue South and Smithtown Blvd. The Deputy Chief Fire Marshal from the Town of Smithtown was first in and advised units that they had 2 rooms going in an unoccupied single story private dwelling. Nesconset FD Assistant Chief James Keane arrived shortly thereafter, established command and put units to work. While crews stretched two landlines on the fire, the house was searched and vented. 4-0-0 activated the established preplan for this location bring Saint James and Smithtown FD’s to the scene, Ronkonkoma and Centereach to their headquarters. The fire was placed under control within 30 minutes but due to numerous alterations and renovations to the roughly 80 year old structure, overhaul was extensive (there were actually two roofs on the house). There were no injuries and all FD units cleared from the scene within 2 hours. The Town of Smithtown Fire Marshals Office and Suffolk Police Arson are handling the investigation and the fire is being considered accidental. 

Photo courtesy of Kurt Becker. 

Brentwood FD-house fire on Garnet Drive


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2231. Brentwood Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire on Garnet Drive. While en-route, units were advised that there may have been a victim within. Firefighter Matt Marshall who lives on the same street went directly to the house, encountering a basement fire in a 2 story private dwelling. Marshall was advised that an occupant was trapped within the basement, so without hesitation and with no protective gear, he made his way to the basement door.  Due to the heavy heat and smoke, Matt was unable to push any further without becoming a victim himself, but he remained at the door until units arrived, then directed them to the victim. Commack Fire Department sent a RIT, Deer Park sent an ambulance to the scene and East Brentwood sent a covering engine to BFD headquarters. All visible fire was knocked down with 13 minutes. One firefighter and two civilians were transported to the hospital. 

Nesconset FD Holiday Fair is December 14th


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Setauket Engine Company 9 Santa Run will be on 12-13.


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Setauket Engine Co 9 will be holding their Santa Parade on 12/13 beginning at around noon.  The parade starts in the "hunting streets" neighborhood behind the firehouse, moving to the area next to both sides of Old Town Rd (Lillian, Bunny, Beaver, Lynx, Pheasant, etc), the Storybook section, and then back to Station 2. There is then a break and then they will be heading to the Bellewood side of Wireless rd, followed by all streets in South Setauket Park neighborhoodand bringing Santa to the "tree lighting" in South Setauket Park at 7pm and finishing up any missed streets in that neighborhood.

PLEASE NOTE: The route is designed to cover as much of these areas as possible. There is no way that every street can be visited and due to time constraints, they cannot return to an area or add a street. PLEASE DO NOT CALL the fire dispatcher to ask. 

Enjoy the parade.



Setauket FD H&L Co 1 Santa Run is December 13th

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***PARADE ENDED AT 1650 HOURS***

If anyone took any pictures or video that they would like to share, we would love to post them here. Email us at lakegrovefiremarshal@gmail.com

Photo above is from H&L Company 1 Facebook Page.

Setauket FD Ladder Company 1 will be out on their Santa Run on December 13th. The parade usually starts around 930AM and you will definitely hear them coming! 
Here is the streets that they will be covering (other streets in Setauket covered by the other companies):

SUNFLOWER RIDGE

MORNING GLORY DR

ARBOR FIELD WAY

WISTERIA LN

SWEET BRIAR PATH

ENGLISH IVY LN

WISTERIA LN

ARBOR FIELD WAY

MORNING GLORY DR

BETTY ANN DR

TREE RD

MILBURN RD

LUCILLE RD

BRUCE DR

GLATTER LN

DAVE LN

FAIRWAY DR

GREEN PL

LINK LN

PROVIDENCE DR

HANCOCK CT

CONSTITUTION WAY

CORNWALIS RD

WASHINGTON AVE

UNIVERSITY DR

YORKTOWN RD

HAMILTON RD

POND PATH

CAMPUS DR

LEDGEWOOD CIRCLE

COBBLER LN

DAREMY LN

POET LN

GRADUATE CT

FIELDHOUSE AVE

DIPLOMA PL

VARSITY BLVD

HOMECOMING PL

STADIUM BLVD

ROBERT CRESCENT

23RD ST

STUYVESANT

STURROCK WAY

SUNBURY LN

SYCAMORE CIRCLE

SHELBOURNE LN

SHADETREE LN

SHAWMONT LN

STRATTON LN

SYCAMORE DR

SPENCER LN

STANDISH LN

SKYLARK LN

SPENCER LN

SEDGEWICK LN

SPAULDING LN

SAYWOOD LN

SANDSTONE LN

SEWARD LN

SANFORD LN

SEABROOK LN

SUSSEX LN

SEVILLE LN

SHETLAND LN

SHEPPARD LN

STOCKTON LN

OXHEAD RD

BALLAD LN

BARKER DR

BENTLEY LN

BOTANY LN

BONNIE LN

BEAVERDALE LN

BLUEBERRY LN

BUCKNELL LN

BALFOUR LN

BLACKWELL LN

BARNWELL LN

FOX HUNT LN

HASTINGS DR

HASKELL LN

HOPEWELL DR

HARGROVE DR

Come on out, show your support and enjoy the parade. 

Ronkonkoma FD Parade of Lights is December 13th


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Smithtown FD Christmas Parade & Food Drive will be on Dec 13th

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*****PARADE WILL KICKOFF SHORTLY FROM FIRE HEADQUARTERS*****

THE ROUTE HAS BEEN ADDED ABOVE. FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT THE LOCATION OF THE PARADE YOU CAN CALL 265-1783 or 979-0484

Kings Park and Commack FD’s handle vehicle fire on Sunken Meadow Parkway


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1243. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on the Sunken Meadow Parkway near the Pulaski Road exit. Responding units found the burning vehicle much further south, in the southbound lanes near the Indian Head Road Exit in Commack’s District. Both departments sent units and the fire was quickly extinguished. The vehicle was a total loss. There were no injuries. 

Photo Courtesy of Stephen Thomas. 

Ronkonkoma FD-MVA with heavy pin on Patchogue Holbrook Road


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1731 The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to an MVC on Patchogue Holbrook Rd at the LIRR overpass.  Units arrived to find a multi-vehicle collision between a Jeep, an Infiniti and a Ford van. The driver of Infiniti was transported to Stony Brook Hospital by Ronkonkoma FD EMS where she is in critical condition. The drivers of the other two vehicles sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Suffolk Police 5th Squad Detectives are handling the investigation, which may have been a result of icing conditions. 

All information comes via Suffolk Police Press Release 14-715548.

Setauket FD-One critical in MVC on Marktree Road


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0850 The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a MVC on Marktree Road near Route 347. Units arrived to find a crash involving two vehicles. FD units packaged and transported the drivers of both cars to Stony Brook Hospital. One, a 70 year old female is listed in critical condition as per Suffolk County Police press release. 

Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are investigating.

Smithtown FD-Bedroom fire sends two to the hospital


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1416 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched an a telephone alarm reporting a house fire at 175 Mount Pleasant Road off Cross Street. Units arrived to find smoke coming from a two story wood frame private dwelling so Chief of Department Steve Sussino had the alarm re-toned as a working fire. Crews entered the building and found that the occupants had knocked a fire down in a loft bedroom. A booster line was stretched, the remaining fire extinguished, the area overhauled and the house vented. EMS treated and transported two of the occupants to the hospital with smoke inhalation. Fire Marshals are investigating.

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla. 

St James FD Annual breakfast with Santa and Toy Drive is today


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Centereach FD Pancake Breakfast is December 7th


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Nesconset FD. Employees actions limit fire damage at the SmithHaven Mall


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1740 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department is dispatched to a commercial automatic fire alarm at the Brighton Collectibles store at 440 SmithHaven Mall. Smithtown Public Safety dispatchers received a follow up call from the store advising of a fire in the stock room. The alarm was retoned as a commercial structure fire, which resulted in automatic mutual aid from the Centereach Fire Department. Crews arrived to find that that there had been a fire in the stock room, which was extinguished by employees. FD members overhauled, vented mechanically, reset the fire alarm and requested a response from the Fire Marshals Office. 

This fire started when food cooking in a toaster oven was left unattended. While the fire should not have happened, as cooking appliances are not permitted within the stores, it did occur and the employees did everything right from then on. When the fire alarm activated, the employees did not know why. They checked the store and when they opened the door to the rear stock room, they saw smoke and flames in the area on and above a counter top. One employee called 911 to report the fire while evacuating everyone that was in the store. Another employee grabbed a dry chemical fire extinguisher and was able to extinguish the fire. She then exited the area, closed the door behind her and waited outside for the fire department. 

At this point the GFI outlet that supplied the toaster oven had tripped, de-energizing the fire damaged device and a microwave oven that was also plugged in. 

Because the door between the stock room and the sales area had been closed at the time of the fire, the fire and smoke was confined to that area. While this prevented anyone in the store from seeing that there was a fire, it also prevented the fire and smoke from entering the store itself. 

The employee that deployed the fire extinguisher actually passed the fire to grab it. This would NEVER be recommended as if something went wrong, her only means of escape would have been cut off by the fire itself.  Thankfully the fire was small enough that she was able to quickly extinguish it and then leave the area. 

The fire alarm activated once the food started burning, alerting the occupants while the fire was still manageable. This building is fully protected by a sprinkler system and there was a head directly over the fire area, but because the the employees caught the fire early on, it did not get hot enough in the room for any of the sprinkler heads to fuse. Had a sprinkler head activated, the fire would have been extinguished, but there would have been extensive water damage to this and the adjoining stores. They probably would have been closed for the entire holiday season. 

The Fire Marshal allowed the store to reopen but issued a notice ordering that the fire extinguisher be recharged and remounted, that the store be cleaned, the smoke detectors in the stock room be replaced, that all of the electronic equipment in the area that was contaminated by the dry chemical agent be disposed of and that an electrician inspect and certify that the outlet that supplied the toaster oven and microwave is undamaged and functioning properly. 

There were no injuries and all units were back in service by 1900 hours. 





Centereach FD-Vehicle burns in restaurant parking lot


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1547 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on Middle Country Rd at North Howell Avenue. Units arrived to find a vehicle burning in the parking lot of the Sushi Palace The fire was placed under control in just under an hour. There were no injuries and the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office is handling. 

Photos by Tom Doyle. If you look closely, you can plainly see the Red Devil in the pic. Click on the photo for more pics from the scene. 


Northport FD-Fatal house fire on Theron Place

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0738 hours. Northport FD toned out with a confirmed residential structure fire at 52 Theron Place off West Street. Arriving units encountered a heavy fire condition in a 20X30 one story wood frame private dwelling. Lines were stretched and crews went to work. Mutual aid was requested from the East Northport Fire Department for a FAST, Centerport FD for an engine to the scene and Kings Park FD for a covering engine. The Greenlawn Fire Department sent a covering ambulance to NFD Headquarters. Conditions quickly deteriorated and crews were forced to go with an exterior attack. The fire was placed under control at 0846 hours.  One firefighter was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. One victim was found deceased within the house. Suffolk police say that the woman, 64 year old Ellen Carberry had safely exited the burning house with her 20 year old son and was attempting to extinguish the fire with a garden hose, when, she re-entered the house and was killed.  Firefighters found her just inside the front entrance. Suffolk Police Homicide and arson squads are handling the investigation. 

Photos by Stephen Peters


Driver charged after vehicle is found floating in the LI Sound in Nissequogue.


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1300 hours. Multiple agencies were dispatched to a report of an unoccupied vehicle floating in the water at the end of Moriches Road in Nissequogue. After an extensive search, the vehicle was located approximately 10 feet into the Long Island Sound off Short Beach. After confirming that the vehicle was unoccupied, Park Rangers from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety tracked down the owner and brought him back to the scene. After an investigation, which included reviewing video from surveillance cameras in the park, the Rangers issued field appearance tickets to the owner for trespassing, off road operation of a motor vehicle and failing to report the vehicle in the water.  The vehicle, which had been completely submerged, was towed out of the water, off the beach and impounded by the Town.

Click on the photo for more pics from the scene

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Kings Park FD-Car crashes into Kings Park Post Office.


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1001 hours. Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a MVC at 125 East Main Street. Units arrived to find that the operator of a vehicle had mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake, jumped the curb, struck a light pole then crashed into the side of the Kings Park Post Office. No one within the building was injured but the driver was transported by Kings Park FD ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries. Fire Marshals and a Building Inspector were notified, responded and then turned the scene over to representatives from the US Postal Service. 

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Nesconset FD-Vehicle fire on Alexander Avenue


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0835. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on Alexander Avenue at Middle Country. Assistant Chief AJ Anderson arrived and confirmed that he had an involved auto with a burning fuel leak. The first due engine 4-4-3 stretched on the fire while 2nd due 4–4-5 supplemented their water supply. The fire was quickly extinguished without incident. Chief Anderson operated with two engines and fire police. No injuries were reported and all units were back in service within 30 minutes. 

Photo courtesy of James Cotty Jr. 

Nesconset FD-Overturn on Jefferson Street


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1055. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of an MVC on Jefferson Street off Smithtown Blvd. Units arrived to find an SUV on it’s side with the occupant already out of the vehicle and denying injury. Assistant Chief Keane operated with an ambulance and heavy rescue 449. The vehicle was stabilized and then the scene turned over to SCPD. Photo courtesy of Kevin Barattini

Commack FD/CVAC-Two more PIN jobs in Commack


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The Commack FD and Commack Volunteer Ambulance (CVAC) were dispatched to 2 MVC’s early today. Both calls came in as heavy rescues and both required door pops. 

At 0105, Commack FD and Commack Ambulance was dispatched to a MVC with reported overturn on at Commack Road and Daly Road. Suffolk Police were on scene and advised that one victim was within the vehicle and had minor injuries. Suffolk Police ESU reportedly freed the victim.

At 0644. Commack FD and CVAC were dispatched to a MVC on the North Service Rd of the LIE at Crooked Hill Rd. Chiefs arrived and advised of a subject trapped within one of the vehicles and of a large fuel spill. Commack FD handled the extrication and mitigated a large fuel spill at the scene. Commack Ambulance transported the injured to the hospital. All FD units were back in service within 30 minutes. 

Setauket FD-Overturn with entrapment on Route 347


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1545. The Setauket FD was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash at Route 347 and Nicholls Road. Units arrived to find a three car collision with one vehicle, an SUV on its side. While EMS crews worked to stabilize the two victims within the SUV, members and Suffolk Police ESU officers went to work removing the top of the vehicle to facilitate extrication. In total, three subjects were transported to the hospital, 2 in critical condition. Suffolk Police closed the road for an extended period of time to complete their scene investigation. 

Click on the picture for more photos from the scene. 

Photos courtesy of Andrew Tetreault and Bill Xikis. 

Commack FD/ CVAC respond to yet another heavy rescue

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The Commack Fire Department and CVAC were dispatched to a report of an MVC at the intersection of Harned Road and Veterans Highway. Units arrived to find a two vehicle crash involving a cesspool truck and a Chevy Tahoe. One of the occupants of the Tahoe was pinned so while CVAC personnel stabilized the victim, Commack FD members put the tools to work, removing the doors and the roof. The victim was extricated and transported to a waiting Suffolk Police Helicopter that had landed on Veterans Highway, east of the scene, then flown to Stony Brook Hospital for treatment. 

Suffolk Police closed the road while they handled the investigation. 

First Photo courtesy of Kenny Nowak, the 2nd from Anthony DeTurris and the 3rd came anonymously.

Commack FD/CVAC handle 2 MVC’s overnight-1 fatal


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At 0232 hours the Commack Fire Department and CVAC were dispatched to a MVC on Wicks Path near Weldon Rd. Arriving units found a collision where the driver of one vehicle hit a parked car and overturned. The operator self extricated and was transported with minor injuries. 


At 0419 hours both agencies were dispatched to an MVC on Jericho Turnpike at Commack Rd. Units arrived to find a crash involving multiple vehicles, including a Lincoln Town Car and a Jeep. As per Suffolk County Police Press Release#14-695811, the driver of the Lincoln, a 42 year old male from Port Jefferson Station was pronounced dead at the scene by a PA from the Suffolk Medical Examiners Office. According to that same Press Release, the driver of the 2000 Jeep, a 38 year old male from Central Islip, was arrested and charged with DWI, after being treated at Huntington Hospital. The driver of the 3rd vehicle, was not injured. CVAC handled patient care and transport, FD units were not needed and took up. The Fire Department was called back to the scene later in the day when the police investigation was completed, to clear a large fuel spill.  

Nesconset & Saint James divers drill in Lake Ronkonkoma

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Members of the Nesconset and St. James Fire Departments held a scuba drill at Navy Seal Park at Lake Ronkonkoma. In addition to recovering a hand held radio that was lost during operations while searching for the drowned kayaker back in July, divers also came up with a pretty nice fishing rod and a whole lotta weeds! The best part is that the visibility has cleared up considerably. We now have about 5 feet of viz, the best that it has been since Hurricane Sandy. Time to get back in and resume video documentation of targets that we have located during the Lake Ronkonkoma Task Force side-scan survey project! Information and photos courtesy of Bill Pfeiffer. Click on the photo above for more pics from the drill. 


Kings Park FD-Thanksgiving day fire damages row of stores


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1800. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire on East Main Street and Ivy Road. Responding chiefs were advised that Suffolk Police were on scene with a fire in the building. Units arrived and confirmed a working fire venting through the roof in the San Remo Deli shopping center. While crews opened up, lines were stretched and mutual aid was requested from the Smithtown Fire Department for a RIT, Heavy Rescue and Fire Police. The Commack FD was requested for an engine to the scene. Commack was then requested for a ladder to the scene The East Northport FD sent a covering engine and an ambulance to Kings Park FD HQ but they were then redirected to the scene and assigned RIT duties. Northport FD was requested to fill the covering engine spot but they were redirected to the scene. Greenlawn FD then took the covering engine spot for the duration of the incident. The main body of fire was held to the Deli and vacant pharmacy but all of the stores sustained smoke and water damage. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries and were transported to the hospital via ambulance. All FD units cleared from the scene within 3 hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office and detectives from the Suffolk Police Arson Squad. 

Photo courtesy of TomKP

Nesconset FD-MVC with fire on Lake Avenue


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1805 The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a MVC at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Route 347. Units arrived to find a collision involving two vehicles, one of which left the roadway, struck a metal utility pole and was now burning. Engine 4-4-2 was first in and stretched a trash line on there fire. Engine 4-4-3, ambulances 4-4-6A and 6B, medic 80 and a mutual aid ambulance from Saint James operated at the scene under the command of 4-4-31. Victims were all packaged and transported and all units were back in service within an hour. A total of 3 patients were transported via EMS to area hospitals. 

Photo courtesy of Aceman

Kings Park FD-Early morning house fire on Lou Avenue

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0122. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the vicinity of Lou Avenue and Dawson Avenue. Chief of Department Dan Guilfoil arrived and transmitted a working fire at 5 Lou Avenue. Crews stretched 2 lines in on a basement fire while mutual aid was requested from the Commack Fire Department for a RIT. Commack’s crew was put to work on arrival and Smithtown was requested for a RIT. The East Northport Fire Department sent a covering engine to Kings Park FD HQ. The fire was quickly knocked down while the house was searched and vented. There were no reported injuries. Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown are handling the investigation.

Photo courtesy of Casey Valez

Brentwood FD-house fire on Carroll Street


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1210 hours. The Brentwood Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 41 Carroll Street. Crews arrived to find an active fire in a private dwelling with one person trapped. Lines were stretched while a search team entered the building. Firefighter Mike Allen (who is also the Assistant Chief Fire Marshal for the Town of Islip) and Firefighter Julio Lopez located and removed an unconscious elderly male from the building. The East Brentwood Fire Department sent a engine to the scene, the Central Islip Fire Department sent a RIT and the Hauppauge Fire Department sent a covering engine to Brentwood Fire HQ. The fire was quickly knocked down and there were no other injuries. The Town of Islip and Suffolk County Police Arson Squad are handling the origin and cause investigation.

Photo courtesy of Ken Bradbury.

Hauppauge FD-Overturn with ejection on Express Drive South


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0850 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department and CI-Hauppauge Ambulance were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on Express Drive South at Motor Parkway. Units arrived to find a 2 vehicle collision involving a van and an SUV, with one vehicle having rolled but landing upright. The driver of that vehicle was ejected through the windshield. FD units stabilized the vehicles and assisted ambulance personnel with packaging of the patients. CI-Hauppauge Ambulance transported to the hospital. All units were back in service within 40 minutes.

Click on the photo for more pictures from the scene.

Photos courtesy of the Original 40

Nesconset FD-MVC with car hitting pedestrian and building


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1211 hours The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash in the vicinity of Middle Country Rd and Astor Avenue. Responding units were advised that this was a vehicle vs pedestrian. Units were then updated that this was a vehicle that hit a pedestrian and then hit a building.

Units arrived to find that an SUV had hit an adult female and then struck a storefront. The pedestrian, was packaged and transported to the hospital. There were no other injuries and damage was very minor to the building. 

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Saint James FD says goodbye to Ex-Captain Richard Weisse Senior


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After wake services on Wednesday and Thursday and firefighters service on Thursday night, a Saint James Fire Department procession took Ex-Captain Weisse to Saints Phillip and James Church where a funeral mass was held on Friday morning. He was then laid to rest  at the Saint James Episcopal Cemetary. 

Richard Weisse played a large role in the Saint James Fire Department. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten. 

Click on the photo for more pictures from the procession and service. There is more information about Ex-Captain Weisse further down the newsfeed. 



Smithtown FD responds to MVC with a car into the building

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The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a MVC at 975 Jericho Turnpike. Arriving units found a crash involving a single vehicle that hit a bollard and the store front of a building in a strip mall. EMS attended to the driver and FD personnel evaluated the building. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office and Smithtown Building Department both responded to the scene. Damage to the building was minor.

Its that time of year again folks. Clean your chimney!


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1824 hours. Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire at 60 Hudson Avenue off Browns Rd. Assistant Chief Murray arrived and advised of a chimney fire. Crews extinguished the fire in the fire place and the chimney preventing any damage to the structure. The house was ventilated via windows and doors and crews were back in service within 30 minutes. 

This is a great reminder. Have your chimney(s) cleaned by a licensed and reputable contractor BEFORE you use them this season. Chimney fires can do significant damage to the chimney and can potentially extend into the the house itself. While your at it, check your smoke detectors!!

Nesconset FD-Vehicle fire in Smithtown Blvd parking lot


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2101 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on Smithtown Blvd near Nichols Rd. Arriving units found an SUV burning in the parking lot of Starbucks. Crews stretched and quickly extinguished the fire. There were no injuries and the vehicle was a total loss. Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene.

Photos by Jason Sachs.

Saint James FD suffers LODD

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Sadly, the Saint James Fire Department lost one of their own on Saturday. Richard Weisse Senior, a very active 42 year member and Ex-Captain, had spent the morning supervising the Juniors with their food drive and then responded with the department to an automatic fire alarm at Smithtown High School East. While returning home, he suffered some type of medical event. In spite of the tremendous response and effort by responding Saint James FD members, Ex-Captain Weisse passed into life eternal at Stony Brook Hospital. He was 59 years old. 

Richie Weisse was not just an Ex-Captain, he was a founder of the Junior Firefighters program, was a member of the Wildcats Racing Team and played sonata for the department every year. The fire department was his passion and his family was his pride and joy. Richie’s legacy will continue as his daughter Trish and son Rich Jr are both active members of the Saint James Fire Department. Rich also worked full time for the Kings Park School District.

Visitation will be on Wednesday November 19, 2014 from 7pm to 10pm and Thursday November 20, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm at the Saint James Fire Department Station 1 a 533 North Country Road in Saint James.

Firematic services will be Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8PM

Funeral Mass will be on Friday November 21, 2014 at 11:15 at Saints Phillip and James Church-339 Clinton Avenue in Saint James.  Burial to follow at Saint James Episcopal Cemetary.

Richie you will always be remembered and sorely missed. Rest easy, we’ve got it from here. RIP. 

Hauppauge FD 5 injured in crash on Old Willets Path


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1533 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department and Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Oser Avenue and Old Willets Path. Units arrived to find a single vehicle that left the roadway and struck a tree ending up back on the roadway. An ensuing fire was extinguished by a good samaritan using a dry chemical extinguisher. With a total of 6 victims within the vehicle, in addition to the two ambulances from CI/Hauppauge, mutual aid ambulances from the Kings Park FD, Smithtown FD, Islip Terrace Fire FD and East Brentwood FD were called to the scene. A medivac helicopter was initially requested but was cancelled en-route by EMS crews. All patients were transported to area hospitals. The scene was turned over to Suffolk Police detectives are investigating. 

Photo by the original 40. 

Commack FD-Collapse unit responds to Huntington Manor incident


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1208 hours. The Commack Fire Department was requested to send their collapse/TR unit to the Huntington Manor Fire District in regards to a subject trapped under a retaining wall at 1 Crabapple Court off Lenox Rd. Units were cancelled en-route as the subject was pronounced DOA at the scene. The incident was turned over police Huntington Town Fire Marshals and OSHA. 

Photo from Stringer News Service Twitter feed. Check out their website at www.stringernews.com or follow them on Twitter @stringernews for great coverage of Long Island Breaking News, weather and sports. 

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Centereach FD-Fire in vacant dwelling on Jay Road


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1144. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting smoke coming from a vacant house on Jay Road. Responding units were advised that Police were on the scene stating that the house was filling with smoke. Crews arrived grabbed a hydrant and stretched in. An engine and Chief from the Selden Fire Department was already on the road as per the daytime mutual aid plan. The fire was located within the basement and on the ground level and was quickly extinguished.  There were no injuries and the scene was turned over to the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office and Suffolk Police Arson Squad for the investigation. All FD units were back in service just before 1300. 

Ronkonkoma FD-Car fire in driveway of Clearly Road home


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0917. Ronkonkoma FD was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on Cleary Road. Assistant Chief Kevin Murray arrived and advised of an active fire in a van that was auto exposing to a structure. Chief Murray had the first unit in stretch two high pressure lines and crews went right to work. An inch and ¾ was also stretched to protect the exposed house. The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes. Aggressive work by the crews kept the fire from extending to the interior of the structure. One civilian was transported to the hospital with burns. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation. All units cleared from the scene at 0950 hours. 

Photo by Tom McGrath. 

Saint James FD-Driver crashes into 7-11 store.


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1420 Suffolk Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash at the 7-11 store on Lake Avenue in Saint James. Officers arrived to find that the operator of a vehicle, for reasons unknown, lost control of the auto and crashed into the front of the store. Thankfully, the portion of the building that was damaged is used for storage and was not occupied. Police requested a response from the Town of Smithtown Fire Marshals and for a Building Inspector. The building occupants were issued a notice to secure the area and to make necessary repairs. The sales area was not impacted by the crash and was permitted to remain open. The Saint James Fire Department also sent a Chief to the scene to investigate. 


Kings Park FD-Pedestrian struck and killed by train.


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0150 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a person struck by a train by the overpass to the Sunken Meadow Parkway. Arriving FD units were advised by police units on scene that the victim was deceased and that their services would not be required. All FD units took up and the investigation is being handled by Suffolk and MTA Police Detectives. 

Lakeland FD-Commercial building fire on Raynor Avenue

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1204 hours. The Lakeland Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 60 Raynor Avenue off South Second Street. Units arrived to find an active fire in a commercial building. Crews stretched in while mutual aid was requested from the Nesconset Fire Department for a ladder, Hauppauge Fire Department for a RIT, Ronkonkoma Fire Department for an engine and the Holbrook Fire Department for a covering engine. The fire was placed under control within 30 minutes. There were no reported injuries. The Suffolk Police Arson Squad is investigating. 

Photo courtesy of Nick Lewis. 


Ronkonkoma FD-Motorcycle crash on Express Drive North


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0011 hours. The Ronkonkoma FD was dispatched to a report of a Motor vehicle crash on Express Drive North near Ronkonkoma Avenue. Units arrived to find a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle.  Crews transported the victim to the hospital with what police report as serious injuries. 

Commack FD hosting Texas Hold’em night.


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Commack FD Engine Company 2 Fundraiser this Saturday, November 8th.

Commack FD sends R.I.T. to Brentwood fire on Hamilton Avenue


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1150 Hours. The Brentwood Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire at 25 Hamilton Avenue. Arriving units encountered an active fire in a vacant private dwelling. Crews stretched in and mutual aid was requested from the Commack FD for a R.I.T., the Bayshore FD for a covering engine and the East Brentwood FD for an engine to the scene. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and overhauled the structure. 

The  Suffolk Police Arson Squad and Town of Islip Fire Marshals are handling the fire investigation.

Photo courtesy of Ken Bradbury. Click on the photo to be taken to his smugmug site for more pics from the scene.

Smithtown FD holding Comedy night on November 8th


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A great night of comedy and a great cause. Tickets are $50.00 each. Contact the FD via email at SFDrestoration@gmail.com or call 631-486-0958.

Smithtown FD-Serious crash on route 347


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2054 hours. The Smithtown FD was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Route 347 east of Mt. Pleasant Road. PD units arrived first and requested heavy rescue on a rush as they had one subject trapped within the vehicle, which sustained extensive damage after hitting a tree.  PD also requested a medivac helicopter as a precaution.

FD units arrived and crews went right to work stabilizing and extricating the victim. Engine 4-2-4 setup a landing zone for the helicopter in the Meat Farms shopping center on the corner of Mt. Pleasant and 347. The victim was extricated, packaged and transported to the hospital via ambulance. The airship and all FD units were back in service within 30 minutes. Police kept westbound 347 closed for a few hours for their investigation. 

Photo by Jeff Bressler-Smithtown FD. Click on the photo above to be taken to the Smithtown FD website for more information and pics from the scene. 

Setauket FD-Structure fire on Spencer Lane


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2030 hours. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 35 Spencer Lane off Standish Lane. Chief of Department Todaro arrived and advised that he had an active fire in a garage attached to a two story private dwelling. A water supply was established while crews stretched into the house. Mutual aid was requested from Centereach for a RIT and from Stony Brook FD for an engine to the scene. The fire was quickly knocked down and confined to the garage.  

There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office. 

Photo by Ron Monteleone. 

Commack FD/CVAC-Driver in Jeep takes out hydrant, wall and tree.


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1514. The Commack Fire Department and Commack Ambulance were dispatched to a Motor Vehicle Crash on Veterans Highway at the Intersection with Valleywood Road. Crews arrived to find a Jeep that had left the roadway striking a fire hydrant, a tree and a wood retaining wall. CVAC Medics stabilized then transported the lone occupant to the hospital. FD units secured the vehicle. All units cleared the scene within 30 minutes. 

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. 

Photos by Regina Vandault

Commack FD/CVAC-Driver loses control and lands in swimming pool.

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1645 hours. The Commack Fire Department and Commack Ambulance were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Smiths Lane. While en-route, dispatch advised all responding units that this was a car into a swimming pool. When units arrived they found the scene above. The lone occupant of the vehicle, an adult male had already been removed by the homeowner. Commack ambulance evaluated then transported the victim to the hospital. Kudos to the homeowner for keeping a cool head. FD personnel state that after witnessing the incident, the owner jumped into the pool, dragged the floating vehicle into the low end and removed the driver. 

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Halloween Safety Tips


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Costumes

-When buying costumes, decorations and props, make sure that they have a label indicating that they are flame resistant or flame retardant. This goes for wigs and other accessories you might also use. 

-It gets dark earlier now so choose bright and reflective costumes for your children. Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat containers for greater visibility  Make sure costumes are properly sized to  prevent tripping.

-Choose face paint or makeup over masks to insure that your child’s vision isn’t obstructed. 

-If out after dark, be sure that your child has a flashlight or a glow stick.

-Make sure your child knows STOP, DROP and ROLL. Should their costume come in contact with an open flame, they should immediately STOP walking, DROP to the ground and cover their face, and ROLL around to extinguish the flames. 


Trick or Treating

-Children under the age of 12 should not be trick or treating at night alone. If kids are mature enough to be without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and they should trick or treat in groups. 

-Trick or treat at well lit houses.

-NEVER enter a strangers home.

-Stay on the sidewalks and avoid crossing through yards. Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks if available. If you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

-Teach your kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. 

-Watch for cars that are backing up or turning. 

-If you bring your pet along when trick or treating, be sure he/she is on a leash. A reflective leash is even better. 

-Watch for and be wary of dogs and other animals that you don’t know. 


Driving

-The most popular time for trick or treating is between 5-930. As Halloween falls on a Friday this year, it may even be later. Be especially alert during those times. 

-Slow down and be vigilant in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

-Take extra time at intersections, checking for kids crossing the medians, from between cars or off the curbs.

-Enter and exit driveways and alleys with caution

-Most importantly. Eliminate any distractions in your car and concentrate on the road.


Treats

-Sadly there are people out there that think nothing of trying to harm our children. Parents should inspect ALL candy and treats before they are consumed. 

-Discard any open or unwrapped treats that were not from people that you know well.


Decorations

-Avoid using candles as part of your decorations-both inside and outside of your home. Alternatives are battery powered candles and glow sticks. 

-When decorating your home or office, never block or obstruct exits, exit signs or emergency lighting. 

-When decorating your home of office, never overload outlets and do not use cheap zip-type extension cords. 

-Never decorate, cover or block a fire extinguisher. They should be readily accessible at all times.

-Before using lights and other decorations, inspect the cords and receptacles for damage. If they are worn or frayed, cut the plug off and throw them away (cutting the plug off prevents someone else from taking and using that decoration).

-Just as you would when at work or when shopping, have an exit plan when at a party. 

-This would also be a great time to check those batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. A dead detector will do nothing for you or anyone else in the event of a fire or CO incident. 

Centereach FD Open House is a huge success.

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The Centereach Fire Department held their annual open house today. The weather was great and so was the turn out from the community. Visitors were, among other things, able to tour the apparatus, get their faces painted, were taught to stay low while crawling through a maze and go through the new county fire safety trailer. The Suffolk County Sheriffs Department was on hand to issue child identification cards and The Suffolk County Police Department showed off their newest highway patrol vehicle-a Shelby Mustang. Visitors were able to take a ride on a fire truck and Suffolk Fire Marshal K-9 Tiana was there to show what she can do. FD personnel showed how they deal with vehicle extrication, a car fire and a structure fire. 

There were also free raffles for smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. 

Another great year. Nice job. 

Click on the photo above for more pics from the day. 

Photos by the 40 and by Pat Finnerty.


Centereach FD-Crash on Nichols Road leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

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0120 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was activated for a motor vehicle crash on Nichols Road, north of Middle Country Road. Units arrived to find a two vehicle collision, with both vehicles being full sized vans. One subject was ejected and DOA while two others were pinned in one of the vehicles. Centereach tac rescue 5-5-14 responded along with multiple ambulances. The Selden FD sent a heavy rescue and an ambulance. Suffolk Police ESU also responded. Centereach FD was called back to the scene at approximately 0530 for a wash down.

Photo courtesy of R. Monteleone.

Interesting Facts about fires provided by the NFPA

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As Fire Prevention week passes and Fire Department Open houses come to an end for the season, here are some interesting…and concerning statistics from the NFPA. Home fires

  • In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, $6.9 billion in direct damage.

On average, seven people died in U.S. home fires per day from 2007 to 2011.

Cooking is the leading cause home fires and home fire injuries, followed heating equipment.

Smoking is a leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.

Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2012, 8 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 44 deaths.

Smoke alarms

  • Almost three of five (60%) of reported home fire deaths in 2007 to 2011 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
  • In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 93% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 79% of the time.
  • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
  • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed, to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended. 

Escape Planning

  • According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
  • Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, more than half never practiced it.
  • One-third (32%) of respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. Only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!

Cooking

  • U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011, resulting in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 civilian injuries and $853 million in direct damage.
  • Two of every five home fires started in the kitchen.
  • Unattended cooking was a factor in 34% of reported home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Ranges accounted for the 57% of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
  • Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking and hot food and drinks than being burned in a cooking fire.
  • Microwave ovens are one of the leading home products associated with scald burn injuries not related to fires. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, two out of five of the microwave oven injuries seen at emergency rooms in 2011 were scald burns.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of home cooking fires, but these incidents accounted for 15% of the cooking fire deaths.

Heating

  • The leading factor contributing to heating equipment fires was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
  • Portable or fixed space heaters, including wood stoves, were involved in one-third (33%) of home heating fires and four out of five (81%) home heating deaths.
  • Half of home heating fire deaths resulted from fires caused by heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding.
  • In most years, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, fire deaths, and fire injuries.
  • Fixed or portable space heaters are involved in about 4 out of 5 heating fire deaths.

Smoking materials

  • During 2007-2011 smoking materials caused an estimated 17,900 home structure fires, resulting in 580 deaths, 1,280 injuries and $509 million in direct property damage, per year. 
  • Sleep was a factor in 31% of the home smoking material fire deaths.
  • Possible alcohol impairment was a factor in one in five (18%) of home smoking fire deaths.
  • In recent years, Canada and the United States have required that all cigarettes sold must be "fire safe," that is have reduced ignition strength and less likely to start fires.

Electrical

  • About half (48%) of home electrical fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment. Other leading types of equipment were washer or dryer, fan, portable or stationary space heater, air conditioning equipment water heater and range.
  • Electrical failure or malfunctions caused an average of almost 48,000 home fires per year, resulting in roughly 450 deaths and nearly $1.5 billion in direct property damage.

Candles

  • During 2007-2011 candles caused 3% of home fires, 4% of home fire deaths, 7% of home fire injuries and 6% of direct property damage from home fires.
  • On average, there are 32 home candle fires reported per day.
  • More than one-third of these fires (36%) started in the bedroom; however, the candle industry found that only 13% of candle users burn candles in the bedroom most often.
  • Nearly three in five candle fires (56%) start when things that can burn are too close to the candle.

Nesconset FD-High Angle Rescue on Greis Avenue


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The Nesconset Fire Department was activated for a report of a high angle rescue at 9 Greis Avenue off Steuben Blvd. Responding units were advised that a tree trimmer was entangled in his harness approximately 80 feet above the ground. Assistant Chief James Keane requested a tactical response from the Township, bringing the Hauppuage and Commack FD Technical Rescue Teams to the scene. Units arrived and immediately entered into a dialog with the adult male who by this point had been entangled in the tree for over an hour. The subject was uncooperative with FD units, stating that he would get himself down-and he did. Once on the ground, the subject refused any attention from the fire department and let the scene. 

All units were back in service within 30 minutes.

Photo courtesy of Timothy Bourne.

Selden FD makes quick work of house fire


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0733 hours. The Selden Fire Department was dispatched on a phone alarm reporting a residential structure fire at  3 Alice Court. Centereach started an engine to the scene on the initial alarm and when arriving units confirmed an active basement fire, additional mutual aid was requested from Coram for a truck, Farmingville for an engine and the Terryville FD for a covering engine. Two lines were stretched, one operated and the fire was confined to the basement and quickly extinguished. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals are handling the investigation.

Nesconset FD Fire Prevention Day is Sunday 10-19-14


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The Nesconset Fire Department held another successful fire prevention open house today. A few hundred people stopped by and took part in the station circuit. Stations included going through the smoke house, view a fire safety puppet show, practicing staying low and Stop Drop & Roll, W.H.A.L.E. (we have a little emergency) and the correct way to call 911. Other demonstrations included a live vehicle extrication drill, the correct way to deal with cooking and dryer fires and a live burn drill (a mockup of a living room was built and furnished). A small fire was started to show how quickly fire will spread throughout the room. FD personnel then showed off their skills by extinguishing the fire. 

The Fire Department SCUBA Team and a Bay Constable from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety showed off some of their equipment. Suffolk County Fire Marshal Don Lynch and K-9 Tiana gave a demonstration on their role in fire investigations and combatting arson. The new Suffolk County Emergency EMS  Response Unit was also on display. Nesconset Fire Police and EMS companies showed off their equipment and The Stony Brook Hospital showed their stuff and Stony Brook Hospital had folks on hand to answer questions. There were plenty of giveaways and all kids who successfully completed all of the stations were made official Junior Firefighters.

Click on the photo above for a few more pics from the event.


Setauket Fire Department Fire Prevention open house is 10/17


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Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend nor could I find any photos or other information but if you click on the logo above, you should be redirected to a video on the Setauket Fire District Facebook page. Looks like they had a great turnout. 


Kings Park FD-One trapped in overturn on Indian Head Road


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1418. The Kings Park Fire Department was activated for a motor vehicle accident on Indian Head Road near Bruce Lane. Assistant Chief Tim Clark was first in and advised that he had a single car crash and the vehicle is on its roof. Chief Clark also advised that he had subject trapped within. A re-tone of the alarm brought heavy rescue 4-1-9 to the scene. The victim was quickly extricated, packaged and transported by Kings Park ambulance to the hospital. 


Hauppauge FD/CIHVAC Car vs tree on Old Nicholls Road


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1329 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department and Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance Corp were dispatched to an MVA on Old Nichols Road south of Townline Road. Assistant Chief Gene Oliver and Fire Marshal Greg Gottlieb arrived to find that a vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a tree near 492 Old Nichols Road. As the incident was on the east side of the street, the call was within the confines of the Lakeland Fire District. The operator of the vehicle was transported via CI-Hauppauge Ambulance to the hospital for treatment. 

Photo courtesy of the Original 40.

Smithtown FD-House destroyed by fire for the 2nd time in 8 years


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1552 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 4 Welsley Lane off Route 111. Dispatchers took multiple calls on the fire and units advised that they could see the smoke from a distance. Chiefs 31 and 32 arrived, confirmed that they had a heavy fire throughout the building and a burning vehicle in the driveway. Assistant Chief Tim Murphy ordered incoming engine 4-2-5 to deploy the deck gun and large caliber hand lines upon arrival. The Hauppauge Fire Department was requested to the scene for a RIT, the Nesconset Fire Department for an engine to the scene, Kings Park for an engine to the scene, Commack for an engine to the scene, Nissequogue for an engine to the scene, Saint James FD for a covering engine to Smithtown FD Headquarters. The fire w and Commack Ambulance for EMS coverage. The fire was placed under control within 90 minutes and units remained on scene until just before 2000. The fire investigation is being handled by the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad. The house is a total loss. 

This is the second fire at this location. On December 6. 2006, another fire destroyed the house. (Picture below)

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The lone occupant did sustain burn injuries and was transported to Stony Brook Hospital for treatment.

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. 

Photos by The Original 40 and John Bates. Please Do not use anywhere other than Facebook without crediting this website. 


National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend


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The 33rd Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend is upon us. This is the weekend that the names of 107 firefighters killed in the line of duty will be added to the national memorial at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg Maryland. Over 5000 people are expected to attend including firefighters, family members, friends and federal officials. This annual event is held every October in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week.

You can stream todays (October 11th and 12th) events live to  your computer or mobile device. Just click on the image above to be taken to the feed. 


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1000 hours. The St. James Fire Department hosted an active killer deployment drill at Smithtown High School East.  The Suffolk County Police Department, Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services, Suffolk County EMS, and the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety joined the St. James Fire Department and eight other area fire departments in a drill to test unit deployment to an active killer, as well as patient extrication and casualty collection points.  The drill was held under direction of Mike Greyson, Chief of the St. James Fire Department, Assistant Chief of Patrol Stu Cameron from the Suffolk County Police Department, Ex-Commissioner Dave Fishler from the Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services, and Chief Bob Delagi from Suffolk County EMS. 


Selden FD-house fire on Gladys Street


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0750 hours. The Selden Fire Department was activated for a residential structure fire at 4 Gladys Street off of Bear Street. Units arrived to find an active fire in a two story wood frame private dwelling. While confirming that all occupants were out, Crews stretched and mutual aid was requested from Centereach for an engine to the scene, Coram for a RIT , Terryville for an engine and Farmingville for a covering engine. An aggressive attack was mounted and the fire, which had a hold on the basement through the upper floor, was safely extinguished. There were no injuries reported.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office.

Photo by David Anselmo. Do not use without his permission

Centereach FD-7 cars wrecked in Lake Grove parking lot crash


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1945 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash in the parking lot of John Harvards Brewhouse on Route 347 at New Moriches Road. Assistant Chief Max Mayzus arrived to find that an SUV had crashed, causing damage with two vehicles at the south end of one row and then another four vehicles at the north end of another row. As all of the vehicles were parked and unoccupied, the only injury was to the driver of the SUV. The subject was stabilized by EMS personnel and transported to the hospital via Centereach ambulance. FD crews pulled the remaining vehicles apart, applied absorbent materials to the fluids on the ground and secured the vehicles. All units were back in service within 40 minutes. 

Click on the photo above for more pictures from the scene. 

Photos by the Suburban 40. 


Corn Mazes-Safety, first and foremost.



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Fall is natures invitation to families to venture out to one of the many farms in Suffolk County or elsewhere to pick pumpkins, grab a fresh baked pie, taste some cider or bite into an ear of roasted corn. Its also that time of year when we look to conquer a corn maze or two. While a corn maze may not seem dangerous, the corn stalks are actually extremely combustible and thus present a potentially serious risk to life safety if the proper precautions are not taken.

After three unrelated but serious fires involving corn mazes in 2002**, many states have enacted specific legislation in an effort to prevent tragedies. These requirements are similar to those for haunted houses. They include requiring maze operators to provide safety instructions to all who enter the maze, have employees stationed on platforms in and around the maze to monitor conditions within and most importantly prohibit ALL open flames such as candles, gas-fired lanterns and smoking within or around the corn field. Limiting the number of people within the maze at any one time is also a requirement as is providing clearly marked fire zones and a functioning public address system that can be heard from within any part of the maze. Some of the larger maze operators employ emergency medical technicians, issue flashlights to guests at night and even grow a specific type of corn that stays green late into the year.

**All three incidents occurred within 30 days as follows:

In October 2002, a cornfield used as a parking lot next to The Amazing Maize Maze in Paradise, Pennsylvania caught fire as a result of the hot exhaust on a vehicle coming in contact with the corn fodder.. The cornfield had been mowed down that morning, to allow cars to park on top of the corn fodder. High winds fanned the fire which spread rapidly, consuming multiple vehicles. According to published reports, the parking area was approximately a half a mile off the roadway, which made access to the scene difficult. Tankers had to shuttle water to the scene and firefighters had their hands full trying to protect the exposures which included numerous vehicles and a farmhouse. Crews used tractors and tow trucks to remove unattended vehicles from the path of the fire. At the height of the fire 14 engine companies, 10 tankers, 5 brush units, 4 squads, 1 rescue and one air unit operated on scene. Crews were eventually able to establish a high volume water supply at which point master streams and big lines were deployed. A total of 31 vehicles were destroyed in the blaze. 

That same month, a fire that was deliberately set destroyed a straw maze on a farm near Toronto. .

“The incident raised concerns among fire officials and others, including the Canada Safety Council, about how well the public is protected. Immediately following the fire the Ontario Fire Marshal issued an Oct. 23 communiqué, Fire Safety for Amusement Activities on Farms and Other Sites, to provide direction to the fire service.”

Photo from the Macomb Daily 2010

Click on the photo to be redirected to a Youtube site showing a corn maze fire experiment

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Commack FD Fire Prevention Day

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The Commack Fire Department held their annual fire prevention open house on Friday October 10th from 6-9PM. Turnout was excellent and all in attendance left with some good information.


Kings Park FD-One injured in house fire on Primrose Lane


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1624 hours. While operating at a carbon monoxide investigation, Kings Park FD units were advised of a residential structure fire at 9 Primrose Lane off Jonquil Lane. Chief of Department Dan Guilfoil arrived to find an active fire in a single story wood frame private dwelling and a victim with burns out front. Kings Park FD EMS immediately attended to the burn victim while crews stretched two landlines to the front door. Mutual aid was requested from the Smithtown Fire Department for a RIT, they went to work so Commack provided the RIT. The East Northport Fire Department sent a covering engine and Commack Volunteer Ambulance sent a covering ambulance to Kings Park FD Headquarters. The burn victim was transported via ambulance to Stony Brook Hospital and the fire was placed under control within an hour.

Pete Kalfa photo

Centereach FD-Crash with Overturn on Joan Avenue


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1601 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at Joan Avenue and Simon Avenue. Arriving units a single vehicle crash with the car resting on its side after having hit a trailer parked on the side of the road. FD units stabilized the vehicle and evaluated the lone occupant of the vehicle. No one was transported and all FD units cleared from the scene within 30 minutes.

Hauppauge FD-Vehicle fire on the LIE


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The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire with a possible occupant trapped within on the Eastbound side of the Long Island Expressway between exits 56 and 57. Units arrived to find an involved auto on the shoulder. The occupants had exited the vehicle safely. Crews extinguished the fire without incident and were all back in service within 30 minutes.  There were no injuries. 

Photo courtesy of the original 40.


Commack FD-Fire results in extensive damage to strip mall


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2034 hours. The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a commercial structure fire at 314 Commack Road near Rensselaer Drive. Commack Chief of Department Pete Paccione arrived and and confirmed a working fire in a single story multiple occupancy building. While crews stretched in, mutual aid was requested from the Kings Park Fire Department for a RIT and East Northport for a covering engine. Commack Ambulance responded to the scene as well. The building is occupied by Ralph’s Ices, Nathan’s, Toxic Wings and Lorenzo’s Pizza. Damage to the Nathan’s and Ralph’s was extensive, including a partial roof collapse, but thanks to the aggressive efforts of the fire departments, the remainder of the building was spared. The fire was knocked down and the scene placed under control within 45 minutes.

The fire investigation is being conducted by the Commack Fire District Fire Marshal as well as the Suffolk Police Arson Squad. 

Photo courtesy of Andrew P. Welcom. Do not use without his permission.


Selden FD-Fire in condo complex on Skyline Drive


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0733 hours. The Selden Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 977 Skyline Drive in the Bretton Woods Condos (off Mooney Pond Road). Units arrived to find an active fire in the building. Assistant Chief Michael Matteo assumed command. While crews stretched in, mutual aid was requested from the Coram FD for a ladder and an ambulance; the Centereach FD for an Engine and an ambulance; the Gordon Heights FD for an Engine; the Ronkonkoma FD for a covering engine; Medford FD for a RIT, Terryville FD for a Ladder, and Farmingville FD for a Ladder. The fire was confined to one unit and was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries. Fire Marshals from the Town of Brookhaven are handling the investigation. 

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam. Don not use without his permission.


Centereach FD-Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Middle Country Road


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2103 hours. The Centereach FD was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Middle Country Road between Rustic Road and Oak Street. Arriving units found a multi-vehicle collision involving a Yamaha motorcycle and a Hyundai SUV. Crews quickly extinguished a small fire on the motorcycle and accessed all parties involved in the collision. Four subjects were packaged and transported via Centereach ambulances to Stony Brook Hospital. The motorcycle operator was pronounced dead at the scene. All FD units were back in service at 2133 hours. The road remained shut down for several hours while Detectives from the 6th Precinct and Crime Scene Section conducted their investigation. If anyone has any information relating to this accident, please call the 6th Squad at 631-854-8652.

Photos courtesy of Ron Monteleone.


Hauppauge FD-Small fire causes damage to Islandia building


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1715 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a fire to the rear of 15 Enter Lane in Islandia. Arriving units found a fire in a generator enclosure attached to the back of Mailman Inc. The fire had already been knocked down so FD units completed extinguishment, checked for extension and overhauled the area. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Fire Marshals from the Hauppauge Fire District and the Village of Islandia.

Photo by the original 40


Centereach FD-Driver crashes vehicle into 7-11


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0850 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Marktree Road near School Street. Units arrived to find that a vehicle had crashed through the front of the 7-11 store located at 115 Market Street. There were no injuries and damage to the building was confined to the glass storefront and some contents. FD units turned the scene over to Suffolk Police and the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office. 

Photo by Ron Monteleone.


Governor Cuomo Proclaims Annual Firefighter Appreciation Day and Fire Prevention Week


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Governor Cuomo Proclaims Annual Firefighter Appreciation Day and Fire Prevention Week

Honors New York firefighters on day of 17th annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today commemorated the 17th Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony by issuing two proclamations honoring the State’s career and volunteer firefighters. The proclamations mark October 7 as the annual Firefighter Appreciation Day, and October 5-11 as New York’s annual Fire Prevention Week. During today’s Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in Albany, nine brave individuals were added to the Memorial.

 

“Today we honor New York firefighters who time and time again put their lives on the line to help their neighbors and keep their communities safe,” Governor Cuomo said. “We also honor the memory of nine selfless individuals from across this state who paid the ultimate price in the line of duty. Their names will never be forgotten and will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.”

 

Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy said, “These extraordinarily brave individuals made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our state, and this dedication both remembers these fallen heroes and extends our appreciation to those that selflessly serve each day. Today we honor these firefighters who kept New Yorkers out of harm’s way as well as their families who were there for them every step of the way. Their bravery will never be forgotten, and New York State is eternally grateful for their fearless commitment to safety and service.”

 

Including the nine fallen firefighters whose names were added to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial today, there are now the names of 2,390 firefighters who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. This year’s additions are:

 

  • Thomas J. Burley, Firefighter, Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company, Niagara County, June 18, 2013
  • John M. Janos, Firefighter, Binghamton Fire Department, Broome County, April 6, 2013
  • Matthew J. Porcari, Captain, Owego Fire Department, Tioga County, January 22, 2013 
  • Timothy J. Lamere, Assistant Chief, Constable Fire Department, Franklin County, August 21, 2012 
  • Antonio C. Rodriques, Firefighter, Yonkers Fire Department, Westchester County, July 31, 2012 
  • Joseph P. DiBernardo, Lieutenant, New York City Fire Department, Bronx County, November 22, 2011 
  • Michael D. Sowich, Firefighter, New Hartford Fire Department, Oneida County, March 2, 2007 
  • Bernard E. Bauman, Firefighter, Laurelton Fire Department, Monroe County, August 27, 1952
  • Arthur E. Sink, Firefighter, Laurelton Fire Department, Monroe County, August 27, 1952

 

The Fallen Firefighter Memorial, dedicated in 1998, honors the memory and the valor of our fallen firefighters commemorated at the Memorial during Fire Prevention Week each year, as well as pays tribute to the over 100,000 New York State firefighters who put their lives on the line every day. Fire Departments statewide respond to approximately 1.8 million incidents each year, which represents approximately 5,100 incidents daily, 215 incidents per hour, and four incidents a minute. 

 

Senate Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos said, “The New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial is an everlasting symbol of our gratitude for our fallen firefighter’s valor and courage. This memorial now honors the names of 2,381 brave men and women who have lost their lives while trying to save others. And today we are adding nine more. I offer my sincerest condolences to the families and the respective fire departments of these brave men. Firefighters risk their lives every day to protect our communities, they deserve our admiration and respect for their bravery and heroism.”

 

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein said, "The brave firefighters who willingly risk their lives every day across New York rightfully deserve this special recognition. New York State is proud to commemorate the lives of those who serve a cause greater than their own in order to protect our families and communities. With this official designation, we applaud their continued heroism and remain fully committed to supporting them and their families."

 

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, “New Yorkers know the sacrifices that firefighters make for our communities, and these men and women are heroes in every sense of the word. They do not flinch in the face of danger and do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of our families and neighbors, and for that we are eternally grateful. The Fallen Firefighters Memorial allows us to pause and honor the bravery, sacrifice and service of these incredible heroes.”

 

Jerome M. Hauer, Commissioner, New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services said, “Firefighters are keenly aware of the hard and dangerous job that they train for every day and yet without hesitation, they are often the first responders on the scene of an incident that can put their lives in jeopardy. Today we honor the brave men and women who died protecting the lives and property of others and we once again show our appreciation to those who continue to serve the citizens of New York State.” 

 

Bryant D. Stevens, New York State Fire Administrator said, “Each year, we recognize one week in October as Fire Prevention Week and focus our attention to fire’s hazards and dangers. While this action is important, we as a society need to continue this focus so that it is in our minds and our actions every day of our lives. Fire is an ever present threat, and if each New Yorker realizes that they have the ability to reduce this threat though their knowledge and their behaviors, we will have a safer New York”

 

Chief Donald Corkery, President, New York State Association of Fire Chiefs said, "I join fellow fire chiefs and firefighters from across New York state in honoring our comrades who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the citizens of their communities. We honor the families of the fallen, as well as their brother and sister emergency responders who continue to serve each day."

 

Robert McConville, President, Firemen’s Association of the State of New York said, “Every year thousands of firefighters across the State respond to millions of emergency calls, placing themselves in harm’s way to come to the aid of their neighbors. Sadly, some never make it home. Today we pay tribute to those we have lost by honoring their tremendous sacrifice. They will never be forgotten.”

 

Michael McManus, President, New York State Professional Fire Fighters Association said, “The New York State Professional Fire Fighters honor our brave members who have paid the supreme sacrifice. We will never forget all those that went before us with great courage.”

Hauppauge FD Open house held on 10/5/14


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The Hauppauge Fire Department held their annual fire prevention open house this Sunday, October 5th 2014 from 11AM until 2PM. There were live demonstrations, vehicles and equipment were on display by the fire department, Central Islip/ Hauppauge Ambulance and Suffolk Police. The Suffolk County Fire Marshals K-9 Unit conducted a live demonstration. Turnout was heavy and some great information was provided in an effort to prevent fires before they start. 

Click on the photo above for more pics from the event. 

Photos courtesy of the Original 40.


Nissequogue FD Open House


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The Nissequogue Fire Department held their open house on Sunday October 5th from 1-3PM. The event was well attended and a lot of good information was provided. Click on the photo above for more pics from this event. 

Photos by Keith Jansen


Its Fire Prevention week!!!


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Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!"

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, the Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly. 

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

"In a fire, seconds count," said Fire Marshal Andrew Brofman said. "Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out."

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. 
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do. 
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button. 
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly. 
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it. 

All of the fire departments  will be hosting activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!" Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of working smoke alarms and testing them monthly.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in The Town of Smithtown and Village of Lake Grove, please contact the the fire department that would respond to a call at your home. To learn more about smoke alarms and "Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives", visit NFPA’s website at www.firepreventionweek.org. 

Centereach FD Motor vehicle crash on 347 at Moriches Road


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1805 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Route 347 and New Moriches Road. Lake Grove Fire Marshal 5-5-40 who was conducting a fire inspection in the area, advised incoming units that the collision was actually further west at the intersection of 347 and Moriches Road. Centereach operated on scene with 2 ambulances, 2 engines and fire police. SCPD units from the 4th and 6th precincts responded as well.  Crews rendered both vehicles safe then removed them from the roadway. Absorbent material was applied to the fluids that spilled onto the roadway. All parties involved in the crash refused medical and all units were back in service within 25 minutes. 

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Subject arrested at scene of motor vehicle crash in Nesconset


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1948 hours. Suffolk County Police arrested a Lake Grove man last night after it was determined that his license had been suspended or revoked 45 times. Fourth Precinct Patrol Officer Richard Regula was on patrol in Nesconset when he responded to the scene of a motor vehicle crash involving a vehicle and a motorcycle. The defendant was driving an unregistered 2002 Suzuki northbound on Old Nicols Road when his motorcycle collided with a 2000 Toyota at 6:55 p.m. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the defendants license had been suspended/revoked 45 times since 2001. These suspensions included 30 scofflaws on 13 separate dates. The defendant, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree. He also received 10 traffic-related summonses. 

All information above came from Suffolk Police Press Release 14-586673.

 

Ronkonkoma Fire Department open house


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The Ronkonkoma Fire Department held their annual open house on October 3rd from 5-9PM. There were demonstrations on kitchen safety, EDITH, fire extinguishers, Stop Drop and Roll as well as a live extrication drill and a live burn drill. As always, the event was well attended and a lot of great information was provided. 

Click on the picture above for more pics from the event. 

Photos courtesy of Jimmy Wilcken and Brian Cook.


Ronkonkoma FD-Vehicle Pedestrian with Medivac on Express Drive North


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0539 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Expressway Drive North and Hawkins Avenue. Units arrived and found that a subject had been hit by a vehicle and sustained serious injuries. EMS crews packaged the victim and transported to the Suffolk Police Aviation hangar at LI MacArthur Airport. The victim was transferred to a helicopter and transported to Stony Brook Hospital. 


Hauppauge FD-Truck fire in parking lot off Veterans Hwy


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1417 hours, The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire to the rear of 1393 Veterans Highway near Spartan Lane. Arriving units found an active fire in the rear of a box truck used for document shredding. The truck was in the parking lot of a multi story office building. Assistant Chief Gene Oliver had the crew from Engine 3-8-4 pick up a hydrant, then stretch a hand line. The fire was quickly knocked down and the mounds of paper were overhauled to be sure that all fire was extinguished. All units were back in service by 1515 hours and there were no injuries. Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene.

Photo courtesy of the original 40. Do not use without permission. 


Quogue Fire Department trains at Mankuski


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Members of the Quogue Fire Department ventured out to Smithtown for some hands on live fire training at Mankuski Park. The Chiefs led their crews through a number of scenarios in the three story tower, including hand line operations, search and rescue and ventilation.  

Click on the photo above for more pics from the drill. 

Photos by Bob Fambrough


Smithtown FD-Woman seriously injured in Landing Avenue Crash


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0225 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Landing Avenue near Cakewalk Terrace. Units arrived to find a single car had left the roadway and hit a tree. FD units determined that the driver was trapped in the vehicle and went to work stabilizing and extricating (with SCPD ESU). The driver of the vehicle, who police identify as a 22 year old female from Smithtown, was transported by ambulance to the hospital with what police identify as serious injuries. Smithtown FD operated at the scene with 4 Chiefs, Heavy Rescue 4-2-9, 2 engines and ambulance 4-2-61. Detectives from the Suffolk County Police 4th Squad ask that anyone with information on this accident call them at 631-854-8452.

Clicking on the photo above (J. Bressler Photo) will take you to the Smithtown Fire Department website where there are more pictures and information from this incident. 


Setauket FD-Large mulch fire on Sheep Pasture Road


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0531 hours. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a mulch fire at the Sheep Pasture Tree and Nursery on Sheep Pasture Road near Hulse Road. Crews arrived and found a large area of mulch burning. Setauket units arrived to find a deep seated fire in a large mulch pile. Payloader’s were used to open up the pile and since there were no hydrants nearby, the Nissequogue Fire Department was requested for their tanker. Nissequogue tanker 4-5-4 and Chief of Department Michael Groskopf responded to the scene. Crews  extinguished the fire and all units cleared from the scene by 0730 hours. 

Photo courtesy of 4-5-30


Lakeland FD-House fire on Express Drive North


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0153 The Lakeland Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting a residential structure fire at 4523 Express Drive North near Belle Avenue. Suffolk Police were first to arrive and confirmed an active fire in a single story private dwelling. Mutual aid was requested from the Hauppauge Fire Department for a RIT, the Nesconset Fire Department for a ladder to the scene, the Ronkonkoma Fire Department for an engine to the scene, Holbrook FD for an engine to the scene and Farmingville for an engine. Crews stretched multiple handline’s and the fire was knocked down within 25 minutes. Central Islip/Hauppauge Community ambulance and Sayville Community Ambulance sent EMS units to cover for the duration. All units cleared the scene at approximately 0315 hours. There were no injuries. The fire investigation is being handled by the Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad and the Town of Islip Fire Marshals Office. 

Photo courtesy of Tom Kirklava


Hauppauge FD-Fatal crash on Veterans Hwy at Wheeler Road


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2032 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department and the Central Islip-Hauppauge Ambulance were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Veterans Highway and Wheeler Road (Route 111). Units arrived and found a two vehicle collision with multiple injured parties. According to police a Toyota was traveling west on Veterans Highway and collided with a Ford turning left onto Route 111. The two occupants of the Toyota and the lone occupant of the Mustang were all transported to Stony Brook Hospital by ambulance. The 80 year old passenger in the Toyota died a Monday morning. FD personnel rendered the vehicles safe then turned the scene over to Suffolk Police. The roadway remained closed in all directions for a few hours while crime scene units worked the scene.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to call the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452.


Large scale drill held at MacArthur Airport


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Long Island MacArthur Airport conducted a training drill for a plane crash scenario this morning.

Firefighters, police officers, hospital and airport staff are participating in the drill, simulating an accident involving a large passenger aircraft. More than 50 volunteers assumed the role of passengers to help first responders practice triage, transport and passenger reunions.The “passengers" had simulated injuries applied with makeup prior to the start of the drill at 9:30 a.m. The drill lasted until about noon. The drill is conducted every three years as required by the FAA.

The following agencies took part in one capacity or another:

LI MacArthur Airport Crash Fire Rescue

Ronkonkoma Fire Department

Bohemia Fire Department

Lakeland Fire Department

CI Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance

Sayville Community Ambulance

West Sayville Fire Department

Sayville Fire Department

Bayport Fire Department

Nesconset Fire Department

North Patchogue Fire Department

Exchange Ambulance of the Islips

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Patchogue Ambulance

Farmingville Fire Department

Brentwood Legion Ambulance

Holtsville Fire Department

Islip Terrace Fire Department

Hauppauge Fire Department

Bayshore Fire Department

Patchogue Fire Department

Central Islip Fire Department

Smithtown Fire Department

Saint James Fire Department

Brentwood Fire Department

East Islip Fire Department

Islip Fire Department

West Islip Fire Department

Good Samaritan Hospital

Brookhaven Memorial Hospital

Stony Brook Hospital

Huntington Hospital

Medford Fire Department 

Bellport Fire Department

Medford Ambulance

Commack Ambulance

South Country Ambulance

Selden Fire Department

Kings Park Fire Department

Yaphank Fire Department

Dix Hills Fire Department

Mastic Ambulance

Coram Fire Department

Stony Brook Fire Department

Bayshore Brightwaters Ambulance

Setauket Fire Department

Shirley Ambulance

Holbrook Fire Department

Suffolk County FRES

Suffolk County Police

Suffolk Medical Examiners Office

NYS Health Department

Photo by Bob Fambrough


Hauppauge FD-House fire on Swallow Lane


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1251 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to 9 Swallow Lane off Cardinal Lane in regards to a report of smoke in the house. Units arrived and encountered an active fire in the basement of an occupied single story wood frame dwelling. As per their preplan procedures, a ladder was requested from the Central Islip Fire Department, Commack Fire Department for a RIT, Nesconset Fire Department for a covering engine and Smithtown Fire Department for an engine. The fire was extinguished quickly and all mutual aid companies were recalled while still en-route. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is investigating the cause. 

Photo Courtesy of Emma Sammis

 

Smithtown FD-Small fire at Sunrise Assisted Living


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2133 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to an activated fire alarm at the Sunrise Assisted Living facility at 30 Route 111. While en-route, Chiefs were advised by 4-2-0 that they were taking multiple phone calls reporting a fire in the ground level laundry room. Assistant Chief Kevin Fitzpatrick was first due and advised that there had been a fire in the laundry room. He further advised that the fire was out but there was a light smoke condition in the building. FD personnel confirmed extinguishment, ventilated the building and EMS evaluated all of the residents. The fire was placed under control within 20 minutes and all emergency units were clear from the scene within 45 minutes. There were no injuries. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is investigating. 


Setauket FD-Working Fire at SUNY Stony Brook


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1521 hours. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to investigate an activated fire alarm on John S. Toll Drive (campus of SUNY Stony Brook). Arriving units found fire venting out the 3rd floor of the 6 story Math Tower, located in the Academic Mall section of the campus. The alarm was re-toned as a working structure fire and mutual aid was requested from the Saint James Fire Department for an ambulance, the Stony Brook Fire Department for an engine, the Centereach Fire Department for an engine and an ambulance, the Selden Fire Department for a RIT,  the Terryville Fire Department for an ambulance and the Port Jefferson Fire Department for an engine. Port Jefferson Ambulance sent an ambulance, and the Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched for an engine to the scene but they were reassigned as a covering engine at the Nichols Road Fire Station. One victim was removed from the building by SUNY Fire Marshals. The first due engine fed the sprinkler system while crews stretched and search teams entered the building.  The fire was confined to an electrical room on the 3rd floor and was quickly knocked down. The scene was placed under control at 1630 hours. The victim and the two SUNY Fire Marshals were transported to the hospital for treatment. The fire was confined to an electrical equipment room.  NYS OFPC and SUNY Campus Police and Fire Marshals will handle the fire investigation.

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene.

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Do not use without his permission. info@fullyinvolvedphoto.com

Centereach FD-Serious crash at Nicholls Rd at South Coleman Rd.


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0800 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Nichols Road near South Coleman Road. While en-route Assistant Chief Max Mayzus was advised by Medic 81 that he was on the scene of a multi-vehicle collision with a subject trapped in an overturned vehicle and at least five other subjects with injuries. Mutual aid was requested from Selden for an ambulance and the call was re-toned as a heavy rescue and for an engine to the scene. The victim was stabilized and extricated by 0820. All of the injured were transported via ambulance. Centereach FD operated at the scene with 3 ambulances, light rescue 14 and engine 2. Selden’s ambulance was not needed and was released from the scene. While returning, Centereach asked Selden to handle a second MVA on Nichols Road, north of Middle Country. Selden Chief 32 operated at that scene with two of his ambulances. 

Photo courtesy of Ashley Bucher.


East Northport FD-House fire on Greenvale Drive


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0130 hours. The East Northport Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting a dryer fire at 47 Greenvale Drive. Arriving units advised of a heavy fire in an occupied two story wood frame private dwelling. Crews stretched in and mutual aid was requested from Greenlawn for a RIT. Greenlawn’s crew went to work on arrival and Commack FD was requested for the RIT. Northport was requested for a covering engine. Due to the extension of the fire into the upper level and a partial collapse of the attic, all FD personnel were pulled from the building. All members were accounted for and an exterior attack was mounted. An ambulance was requested from the Centerport and Dix Hills Fire Departments to the scene. An ALS ambulance from Commack responded to the scene. The fire was placed under control at approximately 0230. FD units were called back to the scene at approximately 0600 to extinguish a number of hot spots. A number of firefighters sustained minor injuries and were transported to the hospital via ambulance. 

The Suffolk County Police Departments Arson Squad is investigating.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Koch Do not use without his permission.

Nesconset FD-Car transporter takes out pole and wires on Middle Country Rd.


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1341 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of wires down and burning on Middle Country Road in front of the Kia dealership. Units arrived to find that a car carrier hit a utility pole. The pole snapped and the primary wires dropped and started burning. Traffic was shut down on Middle Country Road from Lake Avenue to Astor Avenue until early the next morning. 

Photo courtesy of Ed Masiello

Kings Park FD-House fire on Main Street


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2204 Hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched on a 911 call reporting a building fire on Main Street near Carlson Avenue. 8 Main Street. Assistant Chief John Gallo was first in and advised that he had an active fire in a two story private dwelling. The alarm was re-toned as a working fire with a mutual aid request from Commack FD for a RIT, CVAC for EMS coverage and Smithtown FD for a covering engine. 

Chief of Department Dan Guilfoil arrived and assumed command. Two handline’s were stretched and crews went to work. The fire was knocked down, all searches were complete and the fire was placed under control in just over an hour. One firefighter sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital via Kings Park Ambulance. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office and detectives from the Suffolk Police Arson Squad. 

Photo courtesy of Joe Sperber. Do not use without his permission. 

Centereach FD-Dumpster fire at the Smith Haven Mall


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1402 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting a dumpster fire behind TGI Fridays at the SmithHaven Mall. Units arrived to find an active fire in a roll off container near the old Ruby Tuesday Restaurant. Heavy Rescue 5-5-4 was used to pull the dumpster away from the building. Once that was accomplished, crews opened the container and deployed a portable monitor and a hand line to extinguish the fire. All units cleared from the scene within an hour. There was no damage to the building and no impact to the mall operation. 

The Lake Grove Fire Marshal responded to the scene to handle the investigation and followup.

Photo above was from a dumpster fire at the mall a few years ago. Members of the Nesconset Fire Department are seen operating. 

Commack FD/CVAC-Victim airlifted from Veterans Hwy crash


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0126 hours. The Commack Fire Department and Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Vets Highway in front of the Applebees restaurant near the Sunken Meadow Parkway. Units arrived to find that an adult male had been struck by a van and sustained serious injuries. Based on the injuries, the EMS crew decided to fly the victim to Stony Brook Hospital. A landing zone was setup by Commack FD and Suffolk Police in the Macys Parking Lot on Veterans Highway. 

All units were back in service by 0215 hours. 

Kings Park FD-Motorist seriously injured in crash on Route 25A


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2305 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Route 25A and the Sunken Meadow Parkway. Arriving units found a single vehicle crash with the vehicle overturned and in the woods, west of the Parkway. EMS personnel evaluated his injuries and a decision was made to medivac to Stony Brook. A helicopter from Suffolk Police was requested and FD personnel setup a landing zone at the Sunken Meadow State Park toll plaza. 

All FD units were clear from the scene within an hour.

Brentwood FD-Another abandoned state hospital warehouse burns


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For the second time in less than a week, a building was damaged by fire on the grounds of an abandoned state hospital. Shortly after 1900 hours, the Brentwood Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire on G Road, on the grounds of the Pilgrim State Hospital. Units arrived to find smoke pushing from a large two story vacant structure that formerly housed the Laundry plant. The alarm was re-toned as work and mutual aid was requested from East Brentwood to cover, Commack for a FAST truck and Central Islip for a RIT engine. On arrival, the crew from Commack was put to work.  Brentwood Legion Ambulance and Deer Park FD EMS were also on scene. 2500 feet of hose had to be dropped as there were no functioning hydrants near the building. The fire was extinguished within an hour and there were no injuries. 

Pilgrim State Hospital was created by the Legislature in 1929 and named for Dr. Charles W. Pilgrim, Commissioner of Mental Health in the early 1900s. The hospital officially opened for the care and treatment of patients on 825 acres with 100 patients transferred from Central Islip State Hospital on October 1, 1931. Nine months later, 2,018 patients were hospitalized at Pilgrim. The census rose to its peak in 1954, with 13,875 patients.

Pilgrim was the largest facility of its kind in the world when it was built. The hospital community was independent in that it had its own water works, electric light plant, heating plant, sewage system, fire department, police department, courts, church, post office, cemetery, laundry, store, amusement hall, athletic fields, greenhouses, and farm.

Over time, as increasing numbers of patients were able to be discharged and greater support and services became available in the community, the need for such large facilities to treat the mentally ill was diminished. Following the trend, Kings Park Psychiatric Center and Central Islip Psychiatric Center were consolidated and relocated to the Pilgrim campus in the Fall of 1996. The following Fall, those facilities were merged into Pilgrim Psychiatric Center under one name. Many of the vacant buildings were demolished and there are plans to build a small city and a rail terminal on parts of the property.

Photo by Chris Chaich

Selden FD-house fire on Franklin Avenue


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0952 hours.The Selden, Centereach and Coram Fire Departments were dispatched to a residential structure fire at 110 Franklin Avenue in Selden (part of a daytime mutual aid plan). Arriving units found an active fire in a two story wood frame private dwelling. Arriving units went to work and Assistant Chief Michael Matteo requested mutual aid from the Terryville and Farmingville Fire Departments. 

As I was busy at Kings Parks fire, I was not able to obtain any other info on this one. If anyone has more details, text, email or hit me up on Facebook. Thanks

Photo by Dennis Whittam. Do not use without his permission.

Kings Park FD-Early morning fire in building 44 at the State Hospital

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0649 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a brush fire across from Shanahans Bar on Old Dock Road. FD units arrived and found a heavy fire condition on the upper level and through the roof of Building 44 on the grounds of the Kings Park Psychiatric Center. Mutual aid was requested from Commack Fire Department for a RIT and for a ladder (their Tech Rescue unit would respond later), Smithtown for an engine, Northport for an engine and a ladder, Nissequogue for a tanker and East Northport for a covering engine to Kings Park FD. East Northport was redirected to the scene and the Saint James Fire Department sent a covering engine to KPFD. The Nesconset Fire Department sent a covering ladder to KPFD. The Centereach Fire Department was called to back fill for Saint James but was re-routed to a working fire in Selden. 

Kings Park Assistant Chief John Gallo ordered the engine from Smithtown to pickup a hydrant in front of the William T Rogers Middle School on Old Dock Road. They fed an engine from East Northport who in turn supplied Kings Park engine 4-1-2. Kings Park also picked up a second hydrant near building 93 and laid in. Kings Park ladder 7 setup and operated on the north side of the building, Northport ladder 2-9-7 setup and operated on the west side and Commack ladder 2-11-1 operated on the south side.   Once the fire was knocked down, a Highway Department excavator was brought in by The Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety to open up the upper level of the east side of the building. Once that was completed, the remaining fire was extinguished using 2-9-7.

EMS was provided by Kings Park, Commack Ambulance, Dix Hills FD and the Greenlawn Fire Departments. 

The fire investigation is being handled by Suffolk Police Arson, the Smithtown Fire Marshals and NYS OFPC.

Building 44 was called “The Store House” and is a two story masonry building that was constructed in the 1930s and was a storage warehouse for the psychiatric center. The building housed dry good, clothing, mercantile and cold storage areas. The building was abandoned in the late 1990s along with the rest of the center. 

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene.

All photos by A. Brofman. Do not repost or publish without credit.

Nesconset FD-Small fire at Tutor Time

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The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to an automatic fire alarm at the Tutor Time-740 Route 347. Arriving units encountered smoke coming from the building. A working fire was transmitted and engine from the Saint James Fire Department was requested to the scene. The fire was extinguished with a fire extinguisher and all units cleared from the scene within. The Smithtown Fire Department sent a covering engine to Nesconset FD headquarters. 

The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation.

Photo by Ron Monteleone

Kings Park FD handles vehicle fire on Sunken Meadow


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0914 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department responds to a report of a vehicle fire on the Sunken Meadow Parkway. Units find an involved auto in the southbound lanes near Pulaski Road. Chief of Department Dan Guilfoil handled the alarm with himself, Chiefs 31 and 33, Engine 4-1-4, heavy rescue 4-1-9 and fire police. Units cleared from the scene within 30 minutes. No injuries were reported. 

East Northport FD-House fire on Barnett Place


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1440 hours. The East Northport Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting a structure fire on Barnett Place off of Tideway Lane. Units arrived to find an active fire on the upper level and in the attic of a two story wood frame private dwelling. An adult female occupant, who sustained burn injuries, had already self evacuated and was attempting to extinguish the fire with a garden hose when the FD arrived. While crews stretched in, mutual aid was requested from the Commack Fire Department for a RIT. While en-route, Commack FD was reassigned to fire duty and the Greenlawn Fire Department was requested for a RIT. The Northport Fire Department sent an engine to the scene, Smithtown and Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp sent ambulances to the scene, The Kings Park Fire Department sent a covering engine to East Northport Fire Headquarters. The homeowner and two police officers were transported by ambulance. Three dogs were found deceased within the building. The fire was brought under control within 90 minutes.  The Suffolk County Police Arson Squad is handling the origin and cause investigation.

Saint James FD responds to vehicle in the water


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2143 hours. The Saint James Fire Department is dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at Mills Pond Road and Route 25A. While en-route, units are advised that a vehicle had left the roadway and was now in a pond on the southeast corner.  The call was reactivated as a water rescue, adding the Nesconset FD dive team to the alarm. A passing Smithtown Fire Marshal stopped at the scene and advised that the vehicle was in the pond but the operator was out, uninjured and was talking with Suffolk Police. With no FD services required, all units went back into service. 

Centereach FD-Motorcycle MVA in Lake Grove


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2019 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the parking lot of Staples/Sports Authority on Route 347 and Moriches Road. Units arrived to find a motorcycle accident on Moriches Road, just north of 347. Chief 33 had the dispatcher advise 4-0-0 that the incident was actually in the Saint James Fire District, and since Centereach units were already approaching the scene, they continued in. Centereach operated with an ambulance and an engine. One subject was transported to the hospital for treatment and all units were back in service within 30 minutes. 

Photo by Ron Monteleone.

Centereach FD-Vehicle fire on Avondale Drive


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0014 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on Avondale Drive near Alden Lane. Units arrived and found an active fire in a pickup truck. The fire was extinguished without incident. The owner of the vehicle was treated and transported to the hospital by ambulance 18.  A Fire Marshal from the Town of Brookhaven was requested to respond to investigate the incident.  All units were clear by 0147 hours. 

Ron Monteleone photo.

Central Islip FD-house fire on Boulevard Avenue


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0001 hours. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire on Boulevard Avenue near Spruce Street. The East Brentwood Fire Department was covering the district and responded. Arriving units advised of a heavy smoke condition in a single story private dwelling. Mutual aid was requested from the Brentwood, Islip Terrace and Hauppauge. While en-route, Hauppauge was redirected to CI Headquarters to cover the district, while the Brentwood Fire Department sent a covering engine to East Brentwood’s firehouse.  There were no injuries and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad is investigating.

Photo courtesy of Ken Bradbury. Do not use without his permission.

Hauppauge FD-Motor vehicle collision on Lincoln Blvd


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0855 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a fuel spill at Lincoln Boulevard and the Express Drive South. Arriving units found a two car motor vehicle collision with fluids leaking from both vehicles. There were no injuries. Suffolk Police ESU responded to remove one of the vehicles that was up on the guard rail. Absorbent material was applied to the affected area and all FD units cleared the scene.

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene.

All photos are courtesy of 3-8-40. Do not use without his permission.

Centereach FD-Fire destroys Lake Grove School North Dormitory


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1547 hours. While finishing up at the Hy Place fire, members noted a large column of black smoke off in the distance. A quick check of the surrounding departments found that none were working any alarms. Shortly thereafter, Centereach Fire Dispatch advised the Chief that they were now taking multiple calls for a fire at the Lake Grove School on Moriches Road. A Ronkonkoma Fire Department Chief and engine crew were leaving the scene to return to their quarters so they diverted to this call along with Centereach and Selden FD. Arriving units advised of a heavy fire condition on the first and second floors and in the attic of a two story masonry building. With fire already through the roof, ladders were requested from the Nesconset, Selden and Ronkonkoma Fire Departments. All three ladders were put into service as master streams along with a deck gun on a Ronkonkoma pumper and a portable deck gun. Multiple handline’s were also stretched. The fire was knocked down within three hours but extinguishment could not be completed so an excavator from the Town of Brookhaven was brought to the scene to pull the building down. Suffolk County FRES sent a light trailer to the scene. The Holtsville Fire Department sent a covering engine to 5-5-0. Mutual aid for Fire Police was provided by Farmingville and Selden. Mutual aid EMS was provided by the Terryville Fire Department. The Setauket Fire Department covered the Centereach Fire District for the duration of the incident, handling at least one alarm. A Fire Marshal from the Town of Brookhaven escorted the excavator to the scene and remained on site to assist. The building was knocked down, all remaining fire was extinguished and all units took up at 2338 hours. 

There were no injuries. The Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad are handling the investigation.

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. All photos by Allison Badel. Do not use without her permission.

Centereach FD-Fire damages Lake Grove home


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1400 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to 25 Hy Place off Bragg Drive on a telephone alarm reporting a structure fire. Arriving units encountered a heavy fire condition in a two story wood frame private dwelling. While crews stretched in, mutual aid was requested from Selden for an engine and Ronkonkoma for a RIT. Crews were pulled from the building For a short time due to a a roof collapse, and continued suppression operations from the exterior. Once the fire was knocked down, companies re-entered the building and finished the job.  FD personnel removed two dogs and two cats from the building. One of the cats was transported to the Centereach Animal Hospital for treatment The Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad are handling the investigation.

Click on the photos above for more pics from the scene. 

All photos by Dominick Gleason. Do not use without his permission

Smithtown FD-Another car vs. building


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1401 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident reported to be on Bellmeade Avenue, north of Main Street. Units arrived to find that the operator of a 2014 Mercedes Benz had backed into 11 Bellmeade Avenue causing structural damage. The adult female operator was uninjured and refused medical attention. FD personnel, a Smithtown Fire Marshal and a Town Building Inspector examined the building and found structural damage, as well as a damaged 275 gallon oil tank in the building. FD crews stabilized the oil tank and the Building Inspector determined that the vehicle could be moved. Once the car was pulled away, FD crews shored up the corner of the building as a precautionary measure. The Building Inspector posted a section of the building as unsafe and the owner was advised to make the necessary repairs. Interestingly enough, this building was the home of the Smithtown Fire Department back in the 1930’s and 40s. 

All units secured from the scene by 1530 hours. 

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Commack FD/CVAC-Hungry ambulance crew discovers carbon monoxide problem in Commack restaurant.


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2302 hours. Two on duty members of the Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp (CVAC) stopped to eat at the Applebees Restaurant at 105 Veterans Highway near Jericho Turnpike. EMT Justin Gau and EMT Kyle Page entered the restaurant and shortly thereafter, their portable carbon monoxide detectors went into alarm. The two ordered the evacuation of the building and requested a response from the Commack Fire Department. FD personnel conducted more extensive air sampling within the building, encountering sustained CO levels of between 80 and 250 PPM. FD personnel determined that a large water heater in the rear of the building was malfunctioning. The unit was shut down and the building ventilated until atmospheric conditions were within permissible limits. A number of employees that had been feeling ill were checked out at the scene but all refused transportation. A Fire Marshal from the Town of Smithtown also responded to the scene and will follow up to insure that the equipment is repaired or replaced.

Carbon Monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless so you may be exposed to it without realizing it. While low levels may not affect you, especially during short term exposures but when CO levels reach and remain at and above 70 ppm, symptoms become more noticeable and can include headache, fatigue and nausea. At sustained CO concentrations above 150 ppm, disorientation, unconsciousness, and death are possible. Kudos to both EMT’s Gau and Page on your quick thinking and professionalism. 

Centereach FD-Contractor hits natural gas line in Lake Grove


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1416 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a natural gas leak on Middle Country Road near Coles Drive. Arriving units found an active gas leak under an excavator. Fire Police from Centereach shut down westbound traffic and the side streets and Fire Police from the Stony Brook Fire Department shut down eastbound at Hawkins Avenue. A precautionary handline was stretched off of engine 2 while the crew of engine 6 took air samples in the surrounding buildings.  Keyspan arrived approximately 45 minutes later and shut down the gas. Once the surrounding structures were rechecked, all units secured from the scene. Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene.

Anthony SanDefalgo photos. Not to be used without his permission.

Setauket FD-house fire on Bay Road East

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1410 hours. The Setauket Fire Department was activated on a telephone alarm reporting a structure fire on Bay Rd East off Maple Road. Arriving units advised of an active fire in a vehicle and a singe story wood frame private dwelling. Mutual aid was requested from the Stony Brook Fire Department for an engine and the Centereach Fire Department for a RIT. Crews stretched multiple hand lines and went to work. Crews confined the fire to the garage and attic and to the golf cart in the driveway. The Port Jefferson Fire Department sent a covering engine to Setauket for the duration of the incident. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office is handling the fire investigation. There were no injuries. 

All photos are courtesy of and property of Dennis Whittam and are not to be used without his permission. 

Saint James and Nesconset Fire Departments train at Nassau County FSA


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After a classroom exercise at their firehouse earlier this month, the Saint James and Nesconset Fire Departments headed over to the Nassau County Fire Service Academy in Bethpage for some hands on training.

Photo by Ron Monteleone

Central Islip Man arrested for attempted arson in Commack


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Suffolk County Police yesterday arrested a Central Islip man for attempting to set three vehicles on fire in the parking lot of a bar in Commack earlier this year.

 Alexander Rivera, 35, was seen pouring gasoline over three vehicles in the parking lot of The Scene Restaurant and Lounge, located at 70 Motor Parkway in Commack, on March 16, 2014 at 2:40 a.m. Rivera, of 50 Hoffman Lane, fled the scene after being observed by a witness who was also in the parking lot at that time. 

 Arson Section detectives arrested Rivera last night at 8:06 p.m. and charged him with two counts of Attempted Arson. Rivera is being held at the Third Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip. 

All of the above information was contained in Suffolk Police Press Release 14-165105


A bit of thanks


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I just want to take a minute to thank all of those that have contributed photos to this site. I don’t take many pictures so the majority of what is posted here comes from you guys. 

Huge thanks to:

Ron Monteleone, Dennis Whittam, David Rubin, Craig Jackson, Greg Gottlieb, Andrew Tetreault, Vinny Diaz and to everyone else that has contributed. You guys make this site what it is and I really appreciate it.


Smithtown FD-Motorcycle crash on Middle Country Road

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1638 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident on East Main Street near Hemlock Drive. Units arrived and found a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle, in front of Saint Patricks Church. The victim was packaged and transported to the hospital by Smithtown EMS.

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Centereach FD-One seriously injured in Lake Grove motorcycle crash

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1014 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Middle Country Road and Stony Brook Road in Lake Grove. Suffolk Police were first to arrived and asked for a rush on EMS for a motorcyclist that hit the back of a pickup truck. The victim was packaged and transported to Stony Brook Hospital with serious injuries. 

Photos courtesy of Marsha O'Neill.

Centereach FD trains at Mankuski


The Centereach Fire Department held a live burn drill at Mankuski Park in Smithtown on August 18th. Crews honed their search techniques, hose handling, ventilation and even the Juniors got to try there hand using the fire simulator. Click on the photo above for more pics from the drill.

2 boater distress calls investigated in Kings Park


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2210 hours. While Suffolk Police divers continue to search Lake Ronkonkoma for the victim of Thursdays drowning, the Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to the Bluff in regards to a 911 call reporting a boat in distress in the Nissequogue River. Chief of Department Dan Guilfoil had his crews launch their boat while Suffolk Police Helicopter 4 scanned the river from above. After a thorough search, the incident was declared unfounded and all units returned to service. On Saturday, SCPD, Smithtown Bay Constables, the USCG and the Kings Park Fire Department responded back to the area in regards to another distress call. This time, it turned out to be nothing more than a child playing on a VHF marine radio. 

Multiple fire departments respond to Lake Ronkonkoma to search for drowning victim.


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1530 hours The Lakeland Fire Department was dispatched to the Brookhaven Town Beach on Lake Shore Drive in regards to a missing boater. Units arrived and determined that a subject had been in distress and was missing. Mutual aid was requested from the Ronkonkoma, Bayshore, Islip, Bayport, Patchogue, Nesconset and Saint James Fire Departments equipment and divers.

Crews searched the water for approximately 90 minutes before the Suffolk Police Marine Bureau took over.

UPDATE: The victims body was recovered by NYS Police on the morning of August 23rd.

Photo courtesy of David Rubin

Record rainfall wreaks havoc on Long Island


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Our area has been spared as the last three storms in the past month never made it this far east. There was no mercy today as almost 13 inches of rain fell in the area in the early morning hours. Numerous streets were flooded stranding cars and trapping motorists. The township and village fire departments handled close to 100 calls for service including water rescues, gas leaks, electrical emergencies, sink holes, motor vehicle accidents and fires. All roads within the Town and village were reopened by 8AM on Thursday August 14th. There were no deaths or serious injuries within the town or village. 

The photo above was taken on Browns Road in Nesconset. At the time of the photo, flood waters had already receded by about 4 feet. 

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Centereach FD-Vacant Lake Grove School building destroyed by fire


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2233 hours. The Centereach Fire Department dispatcher takes a 911 call reporting a brush fire on the grounds of the former Lake Grove School on Moriches Road. Knowing that there are numerous vacant structures on this property and hearing that the police don’t know if its a structure fire or brush fire, dispatcher Reynolds dispatches it as a structure fire. First arriving duty Lieutenant Joe Losquadro advises of a fully involved two story structure on the south end of the property. An exterior attack was mounted and crews brought the fire under control within 90 minutes. The deep seated fire could not be fully extinguished, so a Trac Excavator was brought in from the Town of Brookhaven Highway Department to demolish the building. Once this was accomplished, the remaining fire was suppressed. All units secured from the scene by 0430 hours. CFD returned to the scene at 0611 to extinguish a brush fire and a number of hot spots within the debris pile. The cause of the fire is under investigation by SCPD Arson and the Lake Grove Fire Marshal. 

All photos are the property of the 40. Do not use without permission.


Smithtown FD-Car hits East Main Street Bldg


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8-4-14 1003 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department is dispatched to 227 East Main Street in regards to a motor vehicle crash. Arriving units find a two vehicle collision with one of the vehicles (a Jeep Wrangler) having left the roadway and crashed into a vacant building.  The occupants of both vehicles self extricated. The operator of the Jeep was transported to the hospital by FD ambulance with minor injuries. The occupants of the other vehicle claimed that they were uninjured. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office responded to the scene and forwarded the information to the Building Inspector for the Village of the Branch.

Albert Sansona Photo.

Nesconset FD-Heavy rescue at Browns Rd and Nichols Rd


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1515 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Old Nichols Road near Browns Road. Units arrived to find a multi vehicle collision with a subject trapped in one car. 4-4-9 arrived and the crew went to work to remove the drivers side doors. Mutual aid was requested for additional ambulances from Saint James, Ronkonkoma and the Centereach Fire Departments. All victims were transported to area hospitals.

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Nesconset FD-MVA on Route 347


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The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 347 near South Hillside Avenue. Units arrived to find a collision involving two vehicles. Assistant Chief AJ Anderson advised incoming units that the operator of one vehicle was pinned and to deploy the “tool” on arrival. 4-4-9's crew arrived and went to work, removing the passenger side doors, allowing EMS personnel to package the victim for transport. All victims were transported to the hospital by Nesconset FD ambulance.

Photo by Ron Monteleone.

Centereach FD rescues ducklings from sewer near the Smith Haven Mall


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of an animal in a storm drain at the SmithHaven Mall. Units arrived to find that a number of ducklings had fallen through a sewer grate and were on the bottom. Crews were able quickly remove 3 of the ducklings but two others entered a pipe that attaches the basin to the much deeper sewer. A special call was made to borrow a members long handled clam rakes. Members were able to reach down and remove the remaining ducklings without incident. All of the birds were re-united with their mother. 

Centereach FD-Small fire at John Harvard’s Brewhouse


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The Centereach Fire Department took a phone alarm reporting a fire in the John Harvard’s Brewhouse at 2093 Nesconset Highway. A second call from the fire alarm central station reported an activated smoke detector in the building. Units arrived and found an active fire in a confined wall space on the exterior of the building. Management discovered the fire when the dining room started filling with smoke. The restaurant was safely evacuated by employees. Management had pulled the exterior sheathing away to expose the fire and then knocked it down with a dry chemical extinguisher. FD personnel wet the area down and checked for extension.  

The Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office is handling the fire investigation.

Centereach FD-Gas leak at Fairway Market construction site


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0940. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatching to a report of a gas leak in the DSW Plaza on Middle Country Road. Arriving units encountered an active natural gas leak caused by an excavator digging up the sidewalk in front of the new Fairway Market. 

All of the stores were evacuated and access to the property was controlled until PSE&G arrived and shut down the main. Once the gas was shutdown, metering was performed in all of the occupancies. Those stores were ventilated until readings were within normal limits. 

All units secured from the scene within 90 minutes.

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Centereach FD-Motorcycle crash in Lake Grove


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched along with Suffolk Police to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Pond Path near Elliot Avenue. Units arrived and found a heavily damaged motorcycle on the side walk with no one around. A search of the area led to the victim who sustained a head injury. He was packaged and transported via ambulance to Stony Brook Hospital.

Ron Monteleone photograph.

Centereach FD-Early morning house fire on Catalina Court


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a 911 call reporting a structure fire on Catalina Court off Lake Grove Street (east end of the district). Arriving units encountered an active fire on the upper level of the building. Mutual aid was requested as crews stretched into the two story wood frame private dwelling. The fire was knocked down rather quickly and without injury. 

The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals are investigating. 

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone.

Nesconset FD-3 Injured in Lake Grove crash


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The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to Moriches Road and Middle Country Road in regards to a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Units arrived to find a two car collision with three injured. The victims were stabilized, packaged and transported to the hospital by EMS.

As always, thanks to Ron Monteleone for the photo.

Centereach FD-house fire on Noel Drive


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1013 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was activated for a residential structure fire at 162 Noel Drive (Dawnwood Estates). Arriving units encountered fire already venting out the rear and side of the two story dwelling. Mutual aid was requested by Chief of Department Anderson from the Selden Fire Department for an engine, Farmingville FD for a RIT, Stony Brook FD for an engine and the Nesconset Fire Department to cover. Crews went to work on the fire, stretching two lines off engine 5-5-12. The fire was quickly extinguished without injury and the fire is under investigation by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad. 

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Centereach FD-Brush Fire on Noel Drive


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a brush fire on Noel Drive. Units arrived to find a large area of brush burning behind 161 Noel. Chief of Department Derek Anderson requested mutual aid response from Selden Fire Department for a Stump Jumper. Selden Fire Department also responded with a B.R.A.T 4x4 Brush Vehicle. Firefighters from Centereach Fire Department stretched hand line hoses into numerous backyard residences to keep the fire from reaching residential homes. Due to the effective work of all on scene, there was no damage to any of the houses. 

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene.

Photos and information provided by Andrew Tetreault-Fully Involved Photo.

Centereach FD-2 vehicle collision in Lake Grove


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1348 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a multi car motor vehicle accident on Middle Country Road near New Moriches Road in Lake Grove. Units arrived and found that that a motorcycle and car had collided and the operators of both vehicles sustained injures. The victims were stabilized and transported to Stony Brook Medical Center. 

Photo courtesy fo Ron Monteleone.

Hauppauge FD-Small fire at apartment complex


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0725 hours. Hauppauge FD was dispatched to a phone alarm reporting a fire at the Devonshire Apartments on Dorado Circle. Arriving units encountered a smoke condition both inside and outside the two story garden apartment building at #10. A quick search by members found the fire on an exterior deck. The fire had extended into a wall space and traveled up to the upper level. While crews stretched, mutual aid was requested from the Central Islip Fire Department for an engine and the Nesconset Fire Department for a RIT. The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries. 

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1136 hours. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 74 East Halley Lane off Hawthorne Avenue. Units arrived to find an active fire in a single story wood frame private dwelling. Crews went to work stretching in and quickly extinguished the fire. The Hauppauge FD provided a RIT and CI-Hauppauge Ambulance sent an ambulance.  There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Suffolk Police Arson Squad and the Islip Town Fire Marshals Office. 

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Smithtown FD-Car slams into medical building

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1634 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Middle Country Road near Terry Road. Units arrived to find that a Honda Accord had left the Middle Country Road and crashed through the north side of a one story medical office (300 Middle Country Road). Units extricated one subject that was pinned between the vehicle and an interior wall. Three other subjects, including the 75 year old driver of the vehicle and a nine year old boy were also removed from the building and transported to local hospitals via ambulance. None of the subjects sustained life threatening injuries. 

As part of Smithtown Fire Departments preplan, the Hauppauge, Commack and Nesconset Fire Departments sent their Technical Rescue units. Saint James and Kings Park sent ambulances and the Central Islip Fire Department sent a covering engine to Smithtown FD Headquarters. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office responded and in turn contacted the Village of the Branch Building Inspector. 

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Huntington FD-Commercial building fire on NY Avenue


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2329 hours. The Huntington Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a fire in a commercial building on NY Avenue near Fairview Street. Units arrived and confirmed an active fire on both levels of a two story occupied taxpayer. Mutual aid was requested from Huntington Manor for two engines and a truck, Syosset for a truck, East Northport for an engine, Centerport for an engine, Greenlawn for a RIT, Cold Spring Harbor, Melville and Halesite. Commack Fire Department sent a covering engine to Huntington Fire House. In all four ladders operated along with multiple large caliber handline’s. There was a partial collapse of the building and heavy equipment was brought in from the town to open the debris up and allow for extinguishment. At the time of the fire the building was occupied by a nail salon and an art shop with apartments above. 

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Dix Hills FD-House fire on Millet Street


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The Dix Hills Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 128 Millet Street North off of Otsego. Units arrived to find heavy fire in a large two story private dwelling. Deer Park for a Truck, Manor for a covering engine that was then moved up to the scene. In all units at the scene operated with 2 handline’s, 1 deck gun and two ladder pipes. Suffolk Police Arson is investigating. 2-11-13 covered the district for the duration of the incident.

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Nesconset FD Ex-Chief Ross Huffer passes


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0245 hours. Past Chief and 48 year member of the Nesconset Fire Department Ross Huffer has answered his last alarm. Chief Huff was on duty as the medical fly car operator (4-4-80) when he suffered a heart attack in his sleep. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to the scene but despite their best efforts, Chief Huffer passed into life eternal at Saint Catherines Hospital. 

The wake, viewing  and fireman’s service was held for Ross at the Nesconset Fire Department Headquarters on Gibbs Pond Road. Chief Huffer was interred at Calverton National Cemetary on Monday March 3rd. 

Photo by Dennis Whittam.

Nesconset FD-Heavy Rescue and fire at crash on Route 347

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The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at Terry Road and Route 347 (in Smithtown’s District). Arriving units found a two car collision with an active fire in one vehicle and a subject trapped in the other. Crews went to work extinguishing the fire and extricating the two victims from the other vehicle. All subjects were packaged and transported to area hospitals for treatment. 

Ron Monteleone photos.

Ronkonkoma FD-House fire on Ronkonkoma Avenue


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1702 hours. Ronkonkoma FD is dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 361 Ronkonkoma Ave between 3rd and Bergen Streets. Units arrived and found an active fire in a single story wood frame private dwelling.  Lakeland for a RIT. Nesconset for a covering engine and covering ambulance.

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Ronkonkoma FD mourns the loss of Jon H. Moos

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Jon Moos, 35 year member of the Ronkonkoma Fire Department passed into life eternal on January 29th 2014. A Department funeral was held on Saturday February 1st.  Ex-Captain Moos wife was presented with his 35 year membership award at their annual installation dinner on May 30th. 

Centereach goes to work on the south side.


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire at 21 Crossover Road off Avenue C.  While en-route, the chiefs were advised that the caller is reporting fire in the walls. Arriving units encountered a basement fire. While crews stretched, the alarm was re-toned and mutual aid was requested from the Farmingville and Ronkonkoma Fire Departments. While searching the building, Rescue Company Lieutenant Joe Feola and firefighters Melissa Garverick and Tina Reynolds found a puppy under a bed. The puppy was removed and will survive. There were no injuries and the fire is under investigation by the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office. 

Photo by Ron Monteleone. 

Setauket sends an engine to Terryville fire.


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2118 hours. The Terryville Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire at 17 Champlain Street off Dillon Avenue. Arriving units encountered an active fire on the upper level of a two story wood frame private dwelling. Crews stretched in and mutual aid was requested from the Setauket Fire Department for an engine to the scene, Port Jefferson FD for a RIT. The fire was quickly extinguished without injury. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation.

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1501 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Jay Road off Tree Road. Chief of Department Derrick Anderson was advised while en-route that they were receiving multiple calls and that it may be work. Chief Anderson arrived shortly thereafter and advised that he had fire showing out the front and rear of a single story wood frame private dwelling. Engine 2 was right behind the Chief and stretched a 2 ½ inch line to the front door and two 1 ¾ lines right behind it. Crews pushed in with the large line knocking down the fire on an outside porch, then inside the building. Chief Anderson operated with 3 engines, Rescue 9, multiple ambulances and Fire Police. The Selden Fire Department sent a RIT, the Farmingville Fire Department sent an engine to the scene and Ronkonkoma FD sent a covering engine and chief. Ronkonkoma handled an MVA-car into a pole, around the corner from the fire during the standby. There were no civilian injuries but one firefighter was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital with minor injuries. All units were back in service by 1630 hours. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals are investigating the cause of the fire. 

Click on the photo above for more pictures from the scene. All photos are the property of the 40 and are not to be used without permission. 

Setauket goes to Stony Brook house fire


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1329. While operating at another alarm, the Stony Brook Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 11 Shore Road off Main Street. FRES advised responding units that multiple callers were stating that they had smoke and flames visible. First in unit 5A-3-4 confirmed a working fire in a two story wood frame structure and the officer ordered two handline’s to the building. Mutual Aid was requested from Setauket for an engine to the scene and Saint James for an engine to the scene. The fire was placed under control within 25 minutes. 

Ronkonkoma goes to work


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1352 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting a structure fire on Hawkins Avenue near Wiggins Street. Chief of Department Blewett was first in and advised of an active fire on the upper level of 343A Hawkins Avenue-a two story mixed use structure. Engine crews stretched in and mutual aid was requested from the Lakeland Fire Department for a RIT and ambulance, Holbrook FD for an engine to the scene and Holtsville for a Ladder to the scene. The Nesconset Fire Department sent a covering engine and Centereach a covering ambulance to Ronkonkoma’s HQ. The fire was confined to two apartments and was extinguished within 20 minutes. Two subjects were evaluated by EMS on the scene.

The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene.

All photos are the property of Corey Lohr. Do not use without his permission.

Commack and Hauppauge go to Dix Hills for multiple house fires


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What started out as a motor vehicle crash involving a cesspool truck and a in-ground transformer ended up with multiple house fires on Randolph Drive in Dix Hills. The Dix Hills Fire Department was dispatched to multiple locations in the area of Randolph Drive after a cesspool truck hit an in-ground electrical transformer. The transformer, which was energized, remained lodged under the truck causing electrical problems in a number of houses on the block. . FD units arrived in the area and were advised by residents of smoke conditions in multiple private dwellings. While searching the block, they encountered active fires in two structures. Mutual aid was requested from the Commack Fire Department for multiple units, the Deer Park FD for an engine, the Melville Fire Department for a ladder to the scene, the Hauppauge Fire Department for an engine to the scene, the Greenlawn Fire Department to the scene, and the Huntington Manor to the scene with a quint. North Babylon and East Northport Fire Departments sent covering engines to Dix Hills Fire Headquarters. Commack Ambulance sent a unit as well.

Click on the photo above to be taken to the full story and more photos on the Dix Hills Fire Department website. 

House fire in Smithtown


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1610 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire down the street from their Main Fire house on Elm Avenue. Units arrived to find a moderate smoke condition pushing from the attic. 1st Assistant Chief Tim Murphy had 4-2-0 re-tone the alarm and requested a RIT from the Hauppauge Fire Department. Crews entered the single story dwelling, located the seat of the fire and quickly extinguished same with multiple pressurized fire extinguishers.  Units cleared from the scene within 40 minutes. The Smithtown Fire Marshals are handling the investigation.

Commack goes to East Northport fire


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1450 hours. The East Northport Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a commercial structure fire on Larkfield Road near Clay Pitts. Arriving units encountered a very heavy fire condition in the Larkfield Vacuum store on ground level of a two story 4000 square foot mixed occupancy. The Commack Fire Department was requested for 2 engines and a truck and the Northport FD for engine and Greenlawn for a covering engine. Multiple handlines were stretched to the ground and upper levels while crews searched and evacuated the twenty apartments. In all the fire caused damage to the three commercial occupancies on the ground level as well as to at least four apartments. Four people were transported to the hospital. The fire was brought under control in approximately 45 minutes. The Suffolk County Police Arson Squad and the Town of Huntington Fire Marshals Office are handling the investigation into the cause of the fire. Photo provided by 2-11-40.

4-0-0 now dispatching for Nesconset & Saint James Fire Departments.

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December 30th 2014 0000 hours. After a year of construction, 4-0-0 signs on the air as the new dispatch center for the Nesconset and Saint James Fire Departments. 4-0-0 is not a PSAP and thus, all 911 calls will be routed to Suffolk County FRES. Firecom will dispatch those calls with 4-0-0 then retoning right afterwards. All commercial automatic fire alarms will go directly to 4-0-0. 

A UHF merger of both departments as well as with the Nissequogue Fire Department is expected by September of this year. This will allow FRES to dispatch calls for all 3 departments on a single UHF frequency instead of on low band. This will eliminate the delay in dispatch that occurs when FRES has to wait for other departments to finish toning out their own alarms and will allow for better communications as the frequency is repeated and linked via microwave. 

All 3 departments will also merge onto one UHF “Operations’ channel, streamlining the operation, allowing the departments to work together without having to switch between frequencies and to standardize the frequency layout in all radios in all departments. This Operations channel will be used alongside the CAD system for signals, instructions for responding units, requests for other resources and for dispositions. All fireground operations will take place on simplex fireground channels. 

Working fire in Setauket


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The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched on a reported residential structure fire at 11 Thompson Hay Path off Route 25A. Units arrived and encountered heavy fire in a single story wood frame private dwelling. Multiple handlines were stretched and crews went to work on the fire and to protect the exposures. Mutual aid was requested from the Stony Brook Fire Department for a ladder, Selden FD for a RIT, Centereach for an engine to the scene, Terryville FD for an engine, Stony Brook VAC and Port Jefferson VAC both sent covering ambulances and Port Jefferson FD for a covering engine. The fire is being investigated by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office. 

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam. 

Centereach sends an engine to a Commercial fire in Selden


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0411 hours. The Selden Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 1198 Middle Country Road. Units arrived to find an active fire in a tanning salon at the east end of a row of stores. The alarm was re-toned and mutual aid was requested from Centereach for an engine, Coram for a truck and Farmingville for a RIT. Multiple handline’s were stretched and operated. The fire was quickly knocked down but not before causing extensive damage to the Tanning Salon and a Bagel store. No injuries were reported.

The fire is being investigated by the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad and the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office. The Suffolk County Fire Marshals Office is assisting in the investigation.

There is now a $10,000.00 reward being offered by the owners of these business for information leading to the arrest of the subjects responsible for this fire. 

Click this link for video of the fire from StringerTV

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IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS FIRE, PLEASE CONTACT THE SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE ARSON SQUAD AT 631-852-6150. ALL CALLS WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam

Small fire in Commack Laundromat


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The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in a Laundromat on Jericho Turnpike near Commack Road. Arriving units encountered a smoke condition and small fire in the rear of the building. Mutual aid was requested from the Kings Park Fire Department. A handline was stretched and crews quickly extinguished the fire. Damage was minor to the structure and contents. The Commack Fire District and Smithtown Fire Marshals Office are investigating.

Car crashes into Commack liquor store


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The Commack Fire Department and Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident On Jericho Turnpike near Kings Park Road. Units arrived and found a single car incident in which a Chevrolet Crossover tore through protective pollards and crashed through the front of a liquor store in the Northgate Shopping Center. The female driver and two employees in the store all refused medical attention at the scene.  The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office was called to the scene and in turn requested a representative from the Smithtown Building Department. 

On May 6th 1995, another car crashed into a store in this shopping center. In that incident, a Ford SUV drove through the front of a Lemon Tree Hair Salon and continued right through to the back of the store. The owner of the salon as well as three employees and two customers were seriously injured. Another customer sustained minor injuries. The driver and her children, aged 3 and 9 at the time, refused medical attention at the scene. It was after this incident, that the protective Bollards were installed. 

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Setauket FD sends a covering engine to Terryville for structure fire.


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1331 hours. While in the midst of their holiday parade, the Terryville Fire Department was tapped out for a structure fire on Greenhaven Drive. Engine 12 and an Assistant Chief broke off fromt the parade and responded to the call. Terryville dispatch advised the Chief that he was taking multiple calls, the entire department was diverted to the scene. Units arrived to find an active basement fire in a single story private dwelling. Mutual aid was requested from Port Jefferson FD for an engine to the scene, Selden FD for a RIT and Setauket for a covering engine.

The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation of this fire. 

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam

Get ready Nesconset, here comes Santa


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Here is the parade route for the Nesconset Fire Department holiday parade. Hopefully the rain will hold off and the weather will stay mild.

House fire in Kings Park


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2242 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire on Hawthorne Road in San Remo. Responding units were advised by 4-2-0 that they were taking multiple calls reporting smoke and fire in the house. Chief 4-1-32 arrived and advised of an active fire in a 1 ½ story occupied wood frame private dwelling. The working fire was transmitted and the Kings Park Engine and Ambulance were recalled from a standby for the Northport Fire Department. The Commack Fire Department was called for a RIT and the Smithtown Fire Department for an Engine. As Smithtown had numerous departments covering for them due to their holiday parade, the Nissequogue Fire Department was sent to the scene. Crews stretched a line and quickly suppressed the fire and completed their searches. Nissequogue FD was reallocated as a covering engine while en-route and sent to Kings Park Fire Headquarters.  There were no injuries and the fire is currently under investigation.

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Fire damages building at Landing Avenue Country Club


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The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a reported outside fire near the pro shop at the Landing Avenue Country Club. As the Hauppauge Fire Department was covering, their engine was first due. Units arrived to find an active fire that had extended into the building. Crews went to work, opening up to find the seat of the fire, which was then quickly extinguished. The Kings Park Fire Department was called for their ladder and for manpower. The fire is under investigation by the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office.

Note: this building was destroyed by a fire approximately 10 years ago.

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Matthews Wish 2013


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Matthew's Wish Toy Parade is coming and they need your help to make it a success!!! The last day for toy collection is December 14th at 2PM. That is also the date of the parade  All of the toys donated will be delivered to Cohen’s Children’s Hospital. Drop off locations are 

APPLE BANK - 138 Main St., Sag Harbor
GIGI KIDS - 48 Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays
ESSENTIAL CHIROPRACTIC - 204 Montauk Hwy., WHB
UPSKY HOTEL & RESORTS -110 Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge
BRENTWOOD FIRE DEPT MAIN HOUSE - 125 4th St., Brentwood
DECLAN QUINNS - 227 4th Ave., Bayshore
DOUGH BOYS PIZZA CAFE 1137 Deer Park Avenue, North Babylon, 
STUDIO TRIO HAIR SALON 109 N. Wellwood Ave Lindenhurst 

 If you need your toys picked up please contact me and I will pass the word along. Thank you all for your support. 

Please show your support. Visit and Like the Matthew's Wish FAcebook Page and get the word out. 



Centereach Fire Department Holiday parade is today and here is the route


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FIRST HALF ROUTE 4:00pm

LEFT on South Washington Ave

RIGHT on Middle Country Road

LEFT pm Mark Tree Rd

RIGHT into Walmart Parking Lot

RIGHT on Eastwood Blvd

LEFT on Middle Country Rd

LEFT on Selden Blvd

RIGHT on Washington

LEFT on Taylor Ave

LEFT on Hawkins Rd

LEFT on Hammond Road

LEFT on Stonehurst Circle North

LEFT on Hammond Road

LEFT on Dorn Place

RIGHT on Eisenhower Road

LEFT on South Kennedy Drive

RIGHT on Donwood Ave

RIGHT on North Coleman

RIGHT on Lake Grove Street

LEFT on Malibu Lane

RIGHT on Porpoise Drive

LEFT on Marlin Rd

LEFT on Tarpon Lane

RIGHT on Dolphin Drive

RIGHT on North Coleman 

RIGHT on Bonnybill Drive

LEFT on Esther Court 

LEFT on Laura Drive

RIGHT on North Coleman

LEFT on Middle Country Road

RIGHT on Joan Ave

RIGHT on Simon Ave

LEFT on Jonas Blvd

RIGHT on Mcneill Ave

LEFT on South Coleman Rd

CROSS OVER Nicholls Rd

RIGHT on Horseblock Rd

LEFT on Camelot Drive

LEFT on Song Sparrow Lane

LEFT on Shearwater Way

LEFT on Song Sparrow Lane

RIGHT on South Howell Ave

RIGHT on Hettys Path

LEFT on Blydenburgh Rd

RIGHT on Rondell Lane

RIGHT on Daell Lane

LEFT on Blydenburgh Rd

LEFT on Horseblock Rd

RIGHT on Route 25

LEFT on North Howell Rd

RIGHT on Domino Way

LEFT on Hammond Rd

LEFT on Stewart Circle S

LEFT on Hammond Road

LEFT on Avondale Drive

RIGHT on Winston Rd

LEFT on Vernon Lane

LEFT on Salem Rd

RIGHT on Milford Lane

LEFT on Elwood Rd

LEFT on Avondale Drive

RIGHT on East Court

RIGHT on Eastwood Blvd

LEFT on Saddle Lane

RIGHT on Tree Rd

LEFT on Bowdine Rd

LEFT on West Court Drive 

RIGHT on Tree Rd

LEFT on Garden Lane

RIGHT on Hunter Lane

RIGHT on Wagon Lane South

LEFT on Carl Court

LEFT on Norman Drive

RIGHT on Bernard Place

RIGHT on Barbara Drive

LEFT on Leonard Lane

LEFT on Tree Rd

RIGHT on Mark Tree Rd

RIGHT on 43rd Street

RIGHT on Morning Drive

RIGHT on Sunset Drive

LEFT on 43rd Street

RIGHT on Mark Tree Rd

LEFT on Linden Street

LEFT on Forest Rd

LEFT on Stanley Drive

RIGHT on Noel Drive

LEFT on Market Street

RIGHT on Dawn Drive

RIGHT on Middle Country Rd

LEFT on South Washington / Return to Head Quarters 

SECOND HALF PARADE ROUTE

LEFT on South Washington Ave

CROSS OVER Route 25 to North Washington Ave

LEFT FORK onto Oxhead Road

LEFT on Lynbrook St

LEFT on Hammond Lane 

RIGHT on Walnut St

LEFT on Crown Acres Rd

RIGHT on Sheridan Way

RIGHT on Wood Lane

RIGHT on Pond Path

LEFT on Morning Glory Drive

LEFT on Arborfield Way

LEFT on Wisteria Lane

LEFT on Pond Path

LEFT on Main Ave

LEFT on Jefferson St

RIGHT on Park Ave

RIGHT on Penn St

LEFT on Main St

RIGHT on Middle Country Road

RIGHT on Elliot Ave

LEFT on Pond Path

RIGHT on Tulip Grove Dr

RIGHT on Twisting Dr

LEFT on Lakeside Ave

RIGHT on Cherry Lane

RIGHT on Stony Brook Rd

LEFT on Forest Ave

RIGHT on Park St

LEFT on Sandy Court

RIGHT on Russet Lane

LEFT on Hallock Rd

RIGHT on Angela Lane

RIGHT on Carmela Lane

RIGHT on Vivian Lane

LEFT on Angela Lane

RIGHT on Hallock Road

RIGHT on Middle Country Rd 

LEFT on Parsnip Pond Rd

LEFT on Glenway Drive

RIGHT on Bea Street 

LEFT on Sarah Drive

LEFT on Longstreet Dr

LEFT on Sterling Dr

RIGHT on Wade Dr 

RIGHT on Hy Place

RIGHT on Brandy Lane

LEFT on Long Street Dr

LEFT on Hawkins

RIGHT on Middle Country Rd

RIGHT on Coles Drive 

LEFT on Glendale Lane

RIGHT on Reizen Lane

RIGHT on Tucker Lane

RIGHT on Dianne Ave

RIGHT on Lehigh Ave

RIGHT on Glendale Lane

LEFT on Coles Drive

RIGHT on Middle Country Rd

RIGHT on Lake Grove BLVD

RIGHT on Oak Street

LEFT on Woodland Blvd

LEFT on Washburn Street

RIGHT on Lake Grove Blvd

LEFT on Richmond Blvd

LEFT on Smith Lane

RIGHT on Helen Street

RIGHT on Audrey Lane

RIGHT on Park Street

LEFT on Smith Lane

LEFT on Rego Ave

RIGHT on Rustic Road

RIGHT on Marfo Lane

LEFT on White Birch Drive

CROSS OVER Rustic Rd to Chatham Woods Drive

RIGHT on Chatham Woods Drive

LEFT on Woodview Lane

RIGHT on Rustic Road

RIGHT on Charles Street

RIGHT on South Washington Dr

RIGHT on Robert Drive

LEFT on Stethem Drive

LEFT on Robert Drive

RIGHT on Holbrook Rd

LEFT on Hill Street

LEFT on Valley Street

RIGHT on First Street

RIGHT on AVE A

LEFT on Portion ROAD

LEFT on AVE B

LEFT at Crossover Drive

RIGHT on Clinton Ave

LEFT on Firdale St

RIGHT on Holbrook Road

RIGHT on Sanford Road

LEFT on Tudor Road 

CROSS OVER Holbrook Road to Lenore Lane

LEFT on Jacqueline Lane

RIGHT on Holbrook Road

RIGHT on Somerset Street

RIGHT on Pleasant Ave

LEFT on Charles Street

RIGHT on to South Washington / Return to HQ


Hauppauge sends RIT to 2nd Islandia job in 2 days


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1853 Hours. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire on South Bedford Avenue off Bergen Street in the village of Islandia. Units arrived to find a fire in a two story of a two story private dwelling. Crews stretched and went to work. The Lakeland Fire Department sent a RIT and the Hauppuage Fire Department sent a covering engine. The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Suffolk Police Arson Squad.

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Working fire in Commack


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1046 hours. The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a commercial structure fire on Commack Road near Genesee Drive. A second source called the firehouse and confirmed an active fire in a two story commercial structure. 

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House fire in Hauppauge


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The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched on a phone alarm reporting a structure fire on Veterans Highway near Grassy Pond Drive South. Units arrived and were advised by the occupant that the smoke detectors were going off and she smelled smoke. Crews searched the building and upon entering the basement, noted a moderate smoke condition and serious fire damage to the structure and contents. As the basement was well insulated, there was no interior stairwell and all other openings were closed tightly, the fire self extinguihsed when all of the oxygen was depleted. Fd units ventilated the building and checked for extension. No overhaul was necessary and no water was flowed. The fire is not considered suspicious and is under investigation by the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office and the Hauppauge Fire District Fire Marshal.

Hauppauge RIT goes to Islandia Fire


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The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a phone alarm reporting a structure fire on Dean Street off Old Nichols Road. Units arrived and advised of an active fire on the upper level of a two story wood frame vacant structure. Companies stretched three lines and went to work. A RIT was requested from Hauppauge and a covering engine from Islip Terrace FD.

Photo by CI Fire Department 

House fire in Kings Park


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0852 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire on Eugene Drive off Fifth Avenue. Units arrived to find an active fire in a two story wood frame private dwelling. While crews stretched and went to work, mutual aid was requested from the Commack Fire Department for a RIT, the Smithtown Fire Department for and engine to the scene, the East Northport Fire Department for an engine to the scene, the Hauppauge Fire Department for a covering engine, Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp for EMS and the Saint James Fire Department for a covering engine. The fire was placed under control within a hour and all units cleared the scene by 1030. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office and Suffolk Police Arson are handling the investigation.

Photo by Joe Sperber

Working fire in Centereach


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1627 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was activated for a residential structure fire on South Howell Avenue near Mariel Court. Captain Max Mayzus was first due and advised that he had an activate fire in a single story private dwelling. The alarm was retoned and mutual aid was requested from Selden FD for an engine and ambulance to the scene, Farmingville for a RIT and an engine to the scene and Ronkonkoma for a covering engine to quarters. Two lines were stretched and operated in the building. There were no injuries.

The fire is being investigated by the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office.

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone


Centereach Pancake Breakfast with Santa


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Centereach FD Engine Company 3 will host a pancake breakfast with Santa on December 8th 2013. The cost is $7.00 per person and seating times run every hour from 0800-1200. Call 631-588-0118 for reservations.

Quick stop saves Setauket home


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0302 hours. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire on Old Post Road off of Hulse Road. Units arrived and found an active fire in the walls surrounding one of the numerous fireplaces on the ground level. Mutual aid was requested from the Port Jefferson FD while crews stretched in and opened the walls. The fire was quickly suppressed and all units were back in service within 90 minutes. The fire building was of balloon construction and was constructed in the 1790’s. The Terryville Fire Department sent a covering engine to Setauket for the duration of the incident.

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam


Nesconset FD Santa Run will be December 21st.


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The annual Nesconset FD holiday Parade will be on Saturday December 21st. More details and route information to follow.

Guns drawn at Hauppauge overturn


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The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 111 and Rabro Drive. When units arrive, they encountered an overturned vehicle. Assistant Chief Gene Oliver advised dispatch that two subjects fled the vehicle but not before pointing a gun at bystanders. Both Suffolk and Riverhead Police arrived and are handling the investigation.

Centereach sends a covering engine to Selden


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0054 hours. The Selden Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 11 Bank Street off Old Town Road. Units arrived to find a fire in a two story private dwelling. Crews stretched in and mutual aid was requested from Terryville FD for RIT, Mt. Sinai for RIT as Terryville could not get out Coram FD for a Truck, The Centereach Fire Department was still operating at the Brentwood fire but sent a covering ambulance at Selden HQ. Middle Island sent a covering engine to Selden FDHQ

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam

Countywide response to Brentwood mulch fire


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1145 hours. The Brentwood Fire Department was dispatched to multiple reports of a fire in the area of Corbin Avenue. Units arrived to find a high wind fanned massive mulch and storm debris fire at Custom Earth Products-45 South 4th Street off Corbin Avenue. Mutual aid was immediately requested and crews went to work laying in and setting up master streams. A staging area was setup on Corbin Avenue at 4th Street and incoming units were assigned from there as needed. EMS command was at Brentwood Leigon Ambulance. During the course of the incident,  multiple aerial ladders were deployed. Deck guns on numerous engines were also used. At least one small out building also burned. The fire was placed under control by Brentwood command just after 1300 hours on Monday November 25th 2013.

During the course of this incident, an engine from Commack (2-11-1), East Brentwood (3-3-5) and Brentwood (3-2-18) were dispatched to a residential structure fire on Crescent Place off Brentwood Parkway. Units arrived and found an active fire on a deck, a fence and extending to a residential structure. Units quickly extinguished the fire and returned to service. Commack Ambulance transported one firefighter to Stony Brook Hospital.

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Mutual aid provided by:

BABYLON FD LADDER AND ENGINE TO SCENE

BAYSHORE LADDER AND FIRE POLICE

BAYSHORE AMBULANCE

BAYPORT FD

BLUE POINT FD LADDER

BRENTWOOD LEIGON

BROOKHAVEN FD-SAFETY OFFICER

CENTRAL ISLIP LADDER

CENTERPORT ENGINE

CENTEREACH FD LADDER

COMMACK FD TO SCENE

COMMACK VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE

CENTRAL ISLIP-HAUPPAUGE COMMUNITY AMBULANCE

DEER PARK FD STUMP JUMPER TO SCENE

DIX HILLS FD LADDER

EAST ISLIP FD BRUSH TRUCK TO SCENE

EAST BRENTWOOD FD

EAST NORTHPORT FD EMS

FARMINGVILLE FD LADDER

FLANDERS EMS

GORDON HEIGHTS FD

GREENLAWN FD AMBULANCE

GREAT RIVER BRUSH TRUCK TO STAGING

HAGERMAN FD

HAUPPAUGE FD ENGINE TO SCENE

HICKSVILLE EMS

HOLTSVILLE FD EMS

HUNTINGTON MANOR HEAVY RESCUE

HUNTINGTON COMMUNITY FAS

HUNTINGTON FD ENGINE

ISLIP TERRACE FD LADDER TO SCENE, 3-6-6

ISLIP FD LADDER

ISLIP EXCHANGE AMBULANCE

ISLIP TOWN HAZ-MAT

ISLIP TOWN FIRE MARSHALS

KINGS PARK FIRE POLICE, GI, ENGINE AND LADDER

LAKELAND FD ENGINE TO SCENE

MEDFORD AMBULANCE REHAB UNIT TO SCENE

MELVILLE FD ENGINE

MILLER PLACE ENGINE

NESCONSET FD FIRE POLICE, AMBULANCE AND LADDER

NORTH BABYLON ENGINE AND CASCADE UNIT

NORTH LINDENHURST FD

PLAINVIEW FD EMS

RIVERHEAD FD-GI

RONKONKOMA FD-ENGINE

SAYVILLE FD FIRE POLICE

SAYVILLE COMMUNITY AMBULANCE

SHIRLEY AMBULANCE

SMITHTOWN FD FIRE POLICE, AMBULANCE

SOUTHAMPTON AMBULANCE

SUFFOLK FRES-NUMEROUS ASSETS, MERV, COORDINATORS, FIRE MARSHALS, COMMUNICATIONS PERSONNEL.

ST JAMES FD EMS

STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE

TERRYVILLE FD ENGINE

WANTAGH EMS

WEST ISLIP ENGINE, TRUCK, FIRE POLICE

WEST BABYLON

WESTHAMPTON WAR MEMORIAL AMBULANCE

WYANDANCH ENGINE

WYANDANCH/WHEATLY HEIGHTS AMBULANCE

WEST SAYVILLE FD HEAVY RESCUE

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE DEPTS THAT WERE REQUESTED BUT COULD NOT FIELD A CREW

Photo courtesy of Mike Descalso

Smithtown’s Santa Run will be December 14th


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Fire damages sewage treatment plant in Ronkonkoma apartment complex


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0022 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at the Heatherwood Apartments-147 Lakeshore Drive. Units arrived to find a fire in a sewage treatment plant. Lines were stretched and mutual aid was requested from Holtsville (ladder), Holbrook (engine to the scene) and Lakeland (FAST) fire Departments to the scene. Nesconset sent a covering engine and Centereach a covering ambulance. The fire was placed under control within 20 minutes.

The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals are investigating.


Ronkonkoma goes to work on St James Road.


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The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire on St. James Road in Lake Grove. Arriving units encountered a moderate smoke condition in the house and found an active fire in the basement. High pressure lines, backed up by an inch and three quarter line were stretched and operated. The main body of fire was quickly knocked down. Overhaul was extensive as the fire extended into the confined ceiling and wall areas as well as into a crawl space and the attic. The Nesconset Fire Department sent an engine to the scene, the Centereach Fire Department sent an engine to the scene and the Holbrook Fire Department sent a covering engine to Ronkonkomas HQ. Holbrook handled a fuel spill on the LIE while covering. 

The Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office is investigating.

Photo courtesy of Dean Michaels

Woman pulled from burning car after crash



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1750 hours. Due to a location error, both the Nesconset and Centereach FIre Departments were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Middle Country Road. Units arrived to find a three car collision with a vehicle fire at the intersection of Middle Country Road and New Moriches Road in the Centereach Fire District. Responding units and a civilian removed an adult female from the burning vehicle. She was transported to Stony Brook Hosptial along with a number of other victims-including two police officers, by ambulances from both departments.  The fire was extinguished by the crew of Centereach Engine 2. The roadway was closed in both directions for three hours while crime scene and detectives worked the scene. Once that was completed the Village Fire Marshal was called in to mitigate fluid spills on the roadway and in a storm drain. The roadway was reopened by 2300 hours.

Photo by Angelo Slantorian

Structure fire in Hauppauge


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2030 Hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a phone alarm reporting flames coming out the windows of a two story commercial structure  located at 33 Kings Highway off of Route 111. Crews hit two hydrants and stretched two 2 ½ inch lines and two inch and three quarter line and went to work on the fire. Mutual aid was requested from the Smithtown Fire Department for an engine to scene, Nesconset for a RIT, Central Islip FD for a Ladder, Lakeland was requested for a covering engine but could not field a crew so Brentwood Fire Department was requested. While en-route, Brentwood was redirected to the scene and put to work. Nesconset FD was put to work and Commack was brought into the scene as the RIT. Saint James Fire Department was then brought in to cover the district. Central Islip-Hauppauge Ambulance covered EMS with additional ambulances being brought into staging on Route 111.

Photo courtesy of Pablo Battilas

Hauppauge RIT goes to Brentwood


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0639 hours. The Brentwood Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire with occupants trapped on Wisconsin Avenue off Stein Drive. Units arrived to find an active fire on the upper level of a 2 story wood frame private dwelling. The alarm was retoned and mutual aid was requested from Hauppauge for a RIT, Deer Park for a Truck and East Brentwood for an Engine.  The Bay Shore Fire Department sent a covering engine and the Islip FD a covering truck to Brentwoods Headquarters for the duration of the alarm. The North Babylon and West Islip FD's sent a covering ambulance to Brentwood Leigon Headquarters. Crews stretched multiple handlines and deployed the master stream off ladder 3-2-28. Damage to the building was extensive. One occupant was transported with burns and a Suffolk police officer was transported with smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Suffolk Police Arson Squad.

Photo courtesy of Laura Stagnitta.


BBQ fire damages deck in Commack


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The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Shelly Court. Units arrived to find a small portatble type LP gas fueled BBQ burning on an exterior deck. The fire was quickly extinguished and the tank cooled until the valve closed. 

There were no injuries and the fire is being investigated by the Commack Fire District Fire Marshal and the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office.

Photo by Jessica Steinmault

Driver crashes into Smithtown Building


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1613 hours. The Suffolk County Police were dispatched to 319 Middle Country Road in regards to an auto accident. Arriving units found that a vehicle had left the roadway and hit the site of an unoccupied medical office. The driver of the vehicle was not injured. The building sustained damage so the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office was contacted. A Marshal responded to the scene and in turn contacted the Village of The Branch Building Inspector. Once it was confirmed that the damage was to a non bearing wall, the vehicle was removed.  There were no reported injuries.

Photo by Theresa Fusco

Nassau County man arrested for allegedly impersonating a Fire Marshal


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A Merrick man was arrested Friday for impersonating a fire marshal and police officer in Garden City. According to Newsday, Detectives from the Garden City Police Department and Nassau County Police Arson/Bomb Squad said that Christopher Charles, who owns a fire restoration business, identified himself as a Fire Marshal when he met a victim whose home in Garden City caught fire on Oct. 31. He tried to get the victim to sign a contract that would allow his company to board up the house. 

Police allege that a day later, Charles identified himself as a Hempstead Police Officer when he called Garden City police to ask them for help in removing a car parked in front of the home that had caught on fire. Apparently, that vehicle was owned by a another restoration company. 


Charles is being charged with Criminal Impersonation 1st degree and Criminal Impersonation 2nd degree.He will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Clock on the patch above to head to the Newsday Article.


Serious MVA in Centereach


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0135 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in front of Aspen Total Fitness on Middle Country Road near North Coleman Road. Units arrived to find a two vehicle collision involving a Mitsubishi Galant and a Mercedes. Three subjects were transported to Stony Brook Hosptial-one in serious condition. The roadway was shutdown in both directions by Suffolk Police for the investigation and did not reopen until after 8AM.

Ronkonkoma handles car fire in Lake Grove


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1745 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire on Moriches Road near Longstreet Drive. 2nd Assistant Chief Mike Ianuzzi arrived and advised of an active vehicle fire in the driveway of 43 Moriches Rd. The fire was quickly extinguished and all units were back in service within 30 minutes.

Hauppauge sends an Engine to Bohemia fire


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1043 Hours. The Bohemia Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting a structure fire at 1400 Lakeland Avenue near Kitty Hawk Drive. Arriving units encountered an active fire in a two story commercial structure (the Knockouts Bar). Multiple handlines were stretched and mutual aid was requested from the Lakeland, Holbrook, Central Islip, Sayville, West Sayville, East Islip and Hauppauge Fire Departments. At one point, a partial floor collapse occurred resulting in a mayday message being transmitted. Crews quicky accounted for everyone and suppression continued. The fire was brought under control in less than an hour. 

The Islip Terrace Fire department sent a covering engine to Bohemias headquarters for the duration of the incident.

Photo courtesy of Kenneth Gunther.

Larger brush fire in Bill Richards Park


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1451 hours. For the 3rd time in as many days, the Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched back to Bill Richards Park on Veterans Highway (route 454) for a brush fire.  This time, arriving units found a much larger fire and Captain Jeff Hackett immediately requested mutual aid from the Brentwood FD for a stump jumper,  Lakeland FD for stump jumper, Hauppauge FD for two engines, Kings Park FD for an engine, Commack FD for 2 engines, Nesconset FD for an engine and Commack ambulance.  The Smithtown Fire Department operated with their brush truck, 3 engines, a heavy rescue and an ambulance.  Westbound Veternas Highway was shutdown so apparatus could tie into the hydrants located on the center median.  The Town of Smithtown sent a payloader from the Highway Department to cut in an access road and fire breaks. Suffolk Police provided aerial support-locating all of the areas of fire and directing units in and out.

The Saint James Fire Department sent a covering engine and an ambulance to Smithtown Fire Department Headquarters for the duration of the incident.  Bill Richard Park is owned by the Town of Smithtown. Bill Richards Memorial Park combined with the adjoining Blydenburgh County and New York State Celeb Smith Park encompass almost 1100 acres of woodlands that run from Jericho Turnpike to Veterans Highway and from Old WIllets Path to Brooksite Drive. This latest fire burned approximately 3 acres. There has never been a major fire in any of these parks and fires of any size here are rare.

The fire was placed under control in just under two hours and all units were clear from the scene at 1837. 

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2238 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a brush fire on Veterans Highway near Blydenburgh Park. Units arrived and after a search, the fire was found back in the north end of Bill Richard Town Park. With the only two stump jumpers in the town out of service, Assistant Chief Murphy went at the fire the old fashioned way. Engines entered the park through a fire road on Veterans Highway and crews stretched booster lines into the woods. The fire was extinguished within 90 minutes. 

Smithtown was dispatched back to the park at 0600 hours to handle a flare up. Mutual aid was requested from Hauppauge and 

Setauket FD runs fire scenario at Ward Melville


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The Setauket Fire Department along with the Three Village School District held a full scale fire/MCI drill at Ward Melville High School on Old Town Road. Units simulated a daytime fire in the school, stretching lines and removing victims.  Other participants in the drill were the Terryville Fire Department, Stony Brook Fire Department, Stony Brook University Ambulance Corp, Port Jefferson Ambulance Corp The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office and various factions of Suffolk FRES (Communications, coordinators, MERV etc).
Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam. For more photos from this and so many other incidents, click the photo above to check out his website http://nyfirephotos.zenfolio.com

MVA with PIN in Hauppauge


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1135 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Wheeler Road at the North Service Road of the Long Island Expressway. Fire Marshal unit 3840 was first in and advised that a door pop would be necessary. Chief of Department Furuno was the IC and operated with Heavy Rescue 9, Fire Police 10, Engines 3 and 1 . Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance handled the transport.

Fall back and check your detectors


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You will set your clocks back an hour for Daylight Saving Time, but did you remember to check your smokeand carbon monoxide detectors?
Daylight Saving Time is a great time to remind everyone to change the batteries on all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

To date, 1,905 people including 261 children have died in fires in the US THIS YEAR! 124 of those fatalities were in New York State. These statistics are alarming. 

If you can't reach your detector or otherwise need help, ask a family member, friend or a neighbor. Conversly, if you have a family member, friend or neighbor that you think could use a hand, it cant hurt to offer.


Commack sends RIT to Brentwood house fire.


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1302 hours. The Commack Fire Department was requested to send a FAST to a house fire on Sherman Street in the Brentwood Fire District. BFD units were on scene with multiple lines stretched, dealing with a heavy fire condition in a private dwelling. Commack unit 2-11-1 responded. The Islip Fire Department sent a covering latter, Bayshore FD sent an engine to the scene and Commack Volunteer Ambulance sent units to the scene. Photo courtesy of “Steve A”.


Car fire in Lake Grove


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1141 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on Sarah Drive in Lake Grove. First in Engine 5-5-2 advised of an involved auto in the street. The fire was quickly extinguished without incident. There were no injuries and the information was forwarded to the Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office for follow-up. Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone.

Vehicle fire in Hauppauge


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0931 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire at 250 Marcus Boulevard. Units arrived to find a vehicle burning in the parking lot of the UCP Health Center. Hauppauge unit made quick work of the fire. There were no injuries. DoubleG Photo.

Truck into sinkhole at old Bavarian Inn Site


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A dump truck removing debris from the demolition site of the old Bavarian Inn on Lake Ronkonkoma was damaged when the parking lot gave way underneath it. There were no injuries and the vehicle was removed by another piece of equipment on the site. Photo by Matthew Stephen.

Gas leak in Hauppauge


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0838 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a natural gas leak at 175 Commerce Drive. Units arrived to find a major gas leak in the street. FD units evacuated the surrounding buildings while isolating the area and monitoring atmospheric conditions. Mutual aid was requested from the Brentwood Fire Department for an engine to the scene, Central Islip FD to the scene Commack to the scene, Smithtown sent a covering engine to the scene. The Brentwood Fire Department was redirected to 100 Motor Parkway in regards to an activated fire alarm, an odor of gas and reports of numerous subjects sick. Commack Fire Department was redirected to 102 Motor Parkway in regards to gas in the building with numerous subjects sick. Central Islip Hauppauge ambulance evaluated numerous subjects at the scene. The leak was stopped by Keyspan at 0945 hours. PC Photo

Heavy Rescue in Nesconset


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0447 hours. While already operating at a commercial building fire in Ronkonkoma,  the Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to multi-vehicle motor vehicle accident on Smithtown Boulevard at Old Nichols Road. Units arrived to find that one of the vehicles left the roadway, struck a pole, overturned and landed upright in the parking lot of Ace Hardware. Crews went to work to extricate the victims. Three seriously injured subjects were transported by ambulances from Nesconset and Saint James to Stony Brook Hospital. Photo by Brian Fuchs


Ronkonkoma’s 2nd job of the night is commercial


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0311 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to their second reported structure fire of the night, this time in the vicinity of Ronkonkoma Avenue and Portion Road. Suffolk Police arrived shortly after dispatch and advised of heavy fire showing from a vacant building (the old Golden Villa Rest Home) at 58 Portion Road. Ronkonkoma units arrived and went straight to a master stream operation. Mutual aid was requested from Nesconset FD for a RIT and an ambulance to the scene, Centereach for an engine to the scene, Lakeland FD for a ladder, Holbrook FD for a covering engine and ambulance, Farmingville FD for an  engine to the scene, Holtsville FD for a covering engine and Saint James FD for a ladder to the scene. 

The building, which sustained damage in a previous fire was a total loss. The fire investigation is being handled by the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals and Suffolk Police Arson.

Units were called back to the scene at 0607 hours. Mutual aid was again requested from multiple departments to extinguish hot spots. Photo courtesy of Kevin Barattini.

Check out the video by Stringer News Service here: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRZp0tWZWLk


Nesconset Fd goes to work


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2348 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Marchant Drive off Middle Country Road. Arriving units advised of smoke coming from an occupied private dwelling. Chief of Department Downs recalled the standby engine that had just arrived at Ronkonkoma FD Headquarters and activated their preplan.

Saint James, Kings Park and Smithtown Fire Departments sent units to the scene while the Nissequogue Fire Department sent an ambulance to Nesconset Fire Department and the Hauppauge Fire Department sent a covering engine (3-8-4) and a Chief to Nesconsets main.

The small fire was quickly contained to a wall area behind a fireplace. One firefighter was treated for a leg injury.

The Smithtown Fire Marshals office is handling the investigation.

Ronkonkoma FD starts a busy night with a house fire


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2327 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire on Waltess Rd off the North Service Road of the Long Island Expressway. Arriving units encountered a fire in a single story occupied private dwelling. Mutual aid was provided by Holbrook and Centereach at the scene.. The Nesconset Fire Department sent a covering engine to Ronkonkoma Headquarters but they were recalled due to a structure fire in their own district shortly after arriving. (See related story). Photo courtesy of Buff N Stuff.

Mini-Indy Part 1 held at Centereach Station 3


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The Centereach Fire Department hosted the kickoff hands on event for the 2014 Mini-Indy series at their station 3. This event was a RIT challenge with numerous evolutions where teams were timed. Crews from Centereach, North Babylon, Smithtown, Deer Park, Mastic, Yaphank, Port Jefferson and Farmingville took part. If anyone can share the final scores/winners, I would be happy to post them here. Click on the photo above for more pics from the event.  

Centereach team search and elevator extraction training


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Property owners of the old Bally Total Fitness in Lake Grove stepped up yet again and offered the building for fire department training. Members of the Centereach Fire Department took advantage of the opportunity and conducted an elevator emergencies class and a large area search drill. About 40 members participated and both drills were a success. Photos by 40.

Click on the photo above for more pictures from the scene. 


Commack sends RIT to Brentwood Fire


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0208 Hours. The Brentwood Fire Department responds to a phone alarm reporting a fire at Eastern Resource Recycling Inc on Emjay Boulevard Unitsd arrived and found an active fire throughout the roughly 150,000 square foot building. Mutual aid was immediately requested and crews went to work, deploying master streams. Heavy machinery was brought in to pull the debris apart so the fire could be extinguished. This operation continued for four days. 

Over the course of the incident, mutual aid was provided at the scene and to cover the Brentwood Fire District from the Islip, Central Islip, East Islip, West Islip, Deer Park, Bayshore, Dix Hills, Bohemia, Wyandanch, Hauppauge, Blue Point, Sayville, East Farmingdale, Patchogue, North Babylon, Kings Park, Nesconset, Hicksville, Farmingville, Centereach, Holbrook, Ronkonkoma, Mastic St James, East Northport, Massapequa, West Sayville, Terryville, Medford, Greenlawn, Setauket, Nesconset, Smithtown, North Lindenhurst, Miller Place, Huntington Manor, Fire Departments. 

EMS requested from Coram, Brentwood Leigon, Central Islip-Hauppauge, Exchange Ambulance of the Islips, Melville Fire Dept, Wyandanch-Wheatly Heights Ambulance, Riverhead, Smithtown Fire Department, Mastic Beach Ambulance and Commack Ambulance.

The building is a total loss and is to be torn down, at which time the remaining fire will be suppressed.

Islip Town Fire Marshals, NYS DEC and Suffolk Arson detectives are investigating.

If I missed your department in the rundown, let me know and I will add it.

House fire in Ronkonkoma



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1114 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Caroll Avenue off Cedar Street. Arriving units arrived to find a smoke condition in a private dwelling. Crews found an active fire in a wall area behind a fireplace. As part of Ronkonkomas preplan, mutual aid was requested from the Lakeland Fire Department for an engine, Holtsville Fire Dept for a ladder, Holbrook FD for an Engine, Centereach FD for an Engine and Nesconset FD for a covering engine.

The area was opened up, the fire extinguished and the house was ventilated. Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals are handling the investigation.

Vehicle fire in Hauppauge


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0924 hours. The Hauppauge FD was dispatched to a report of a vehicle on fire at XX Lone Oak Path. Units arrived to find a 1994 Cheverolet Camaro burning in the driveway. Crews from engines 13 and 14 quickly extinguished the fire while Fire Police controlled the scene. There were no reported injuries and the Hauppauge Fire District Fire Marshal determined that the fire was accidental. DoubleG Photo

Unsafe use of a firepit leads to a house fire in Commack


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The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Verbena Drive near Hyacinth Lane. Units arrived to find an active fire on a wooden deck on the side of a single story private dwelling. A 20 pound propane cylinder had been exposed to the fire and was venting-thus feeding the fire. A line was stretched and the fire knocked down while the tank was cooled until the relief valve closed. The area was overhauled and the house checked for extension.

The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office handled the investigation and determined that the property owner had been using a fire pit just prior to the fire. High winds blew embers out of the pit and into combusible materials being stored on the wood deck. The homeowner was not monitoring the fire pit and was not alerted to the fire until the propane tank vented. By that time much of what was on the deck was consumed and the siding on his house was melting. There were no injuries and FD units cleared from the scene in under an hour 

Legal use of a fire pit requires the following:

1-Device (fire pit, chiminea etc) must be listed for use as such

2-Device must be in good condition, properly assembled with all of the screws, nuts and bolts in place and tight.

3-Device must be at least 15 feet away from any structure or combustible material

4-Device must have a properly fitting screen

5-Device should not be used when its windy

6-You should have a positive water source readily available and in the immedaite area of the fire pit

7-Never burn anything in the fire pit other than logs, sicks and branches

8-Never maintain a fire that cannot be fully covered by the screen

9-Never leave a burning fire pit unattended.


Commercial structure fire in Nesconset


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1648 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched on a 911 call in regards to smoke coming from 610 Middle Country Road. Suffolk Police were on scene stating that there was some sort of fire-possibly behind the building, but due to a locked gate, they were unable to investigate further.  Nesconset FD First Assistant Chief Doug Sneider was first due and confirmed that he had a smoke condition. Once his units arrived and made entry, he transmitted a working fire. Mutual aid was requested from the Smithtown Fire Department for a ladder, Saint James for a ladder, Hauppauge for a RIT, and the Nissequogue Fire Department for an ambulance. Multiple hand lines were stretched into the building and once the seat of the fire was located, it was quickly extinguished. Fire damage was confined to a section of Frankie M’s Auto Body. The fire is under investigation by the Town of Smithtown Fire Marshals Office. The Ronkonkoma FD provided a covering engine and Centereach provided a covering ambulance for the duration of the incident. 

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The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched on a phone alarm to 8 Conscience Meadow Path off Old Field Road in Old Field. The caller reported that the roof was on fire.  Units arrived and confirmed a fire in large colonial two story private dwelling. Mutual aid was requested from the Centereach Fire Department for a RIT and 5-5-2 responded. The Port Jefferson Fire Department was also requested for an Engine to cover.

Commack sends a covering engine to the Brentwood Fire Department


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0630 hours. The Brentwood Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 379 Hancock Street off Washington Avenue. Units arrived and advised of an active fire in a two story vacant private dwelling. The alarm was retuned and mutual aid was requested from the Bayshore Fire Department for an engine and truck, Islip for a truck and the Commack Fire Department for a covering engine to Brentwood FD Headquarters.  The Town of Islip Fire Marshals and SCPD Arson Squad are investigating.

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0742 hours. While investigating a gas odor or Cornell Drive, Commack Dispatch took a second alarm reporting a structure fire at 23 August Crescent off Fisher Road.  While units were responding, Suffolk Police advised that they had smoke and flames coming from the basement windows of a private dwelling. FD units arrived, confirmed the working fire and had dispatch activate the preplan. Brentwood sent a RIT to the scene and Kings Park was requested for a covering engine. Kings Park declined as they were working a motor vehicle accident. Smithtown was requested to replace Kings Park but they could not field a crew so East Northport sent an engine to Commack’s HQ. Crews stretched two hand lines into the structure, bringing the fire under control in 2-11-54 had command and the fire was extinguished one handline. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Commack Fire District Fire Marshal and the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office.

Hauppauge handles a truck fire


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The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to North Dorado Circle (off Veterans Highway) in regards to a report of a brush fire. Units arrived and found a fully involved box truck in an adjoining yard. The alarm was re-toned as a vehicle fire and Chief 31 operated with 2 engines and the rescue. All units were back in service within an hour.

Vehicle fire in Ronkonkoma


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1800 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to Union Avenue near Main Street in regards to a vehicle fire. Units arrived to find a car burning in the Waldbaums parking lot. The fire, which was confined to the engine compartment was quickly extinguished. Photo courtesy of Joanne Murray.

Centereach heads back to scene of last nights fire.


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched back to 21 Sunset Drive in regards to a structure fire. Units arrived to find that the fire had rekindled in a small area of the building. Units remained on scene for a while to wet everything down and overhaul. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department sent a covering engine to Centereach FD HQ. All units returned to service at 0204 hours.

Photo courtesy of Ed Nowman.

Fatal shooting in Setauket


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2049 hours. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to house on Upper Sheep Pasture Road in regards to a report of a subject shot. Once Suffolk Police confirmed that the scene was secure, EMS was able to enter, evaluate and transport an adult male with a bullet wound to the chest. 

EMS transported the victim to Stony Brook Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad is investigating and asks that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477 or the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392. All calls will be kept confidential.

Small fire in Centereach home quickly extinguished


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1328 hours. While units were out investigating an automatic fire alarm, the Centereach Fire Department was activated for a residential structure fire at 119 Wagon Lane West. Units arrived and found an active fire in one of the walls. A hand line was stretched, the fire was quickly extinguished, the area overhauled and the building ventilated. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals were called in to determine the cause.

Centereach operated with 2 engines, Rescue 4, Fire Police and EMS. All units were back in service at 1515 hours. 

Working fire in Centereach


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2340 hours. The Centereach Fire Department responds on a telephone alarm reporting an odor of smoke in the house next to 21 Sunset Drive. Units arrived and advised dispatch of an active fire in the basement of a single story wood frame private dwelling. Mutual aid was requested from Selden for a RIT, Farmingville for an engine and Ronkonkoma for coverage. The occupants of the house safely evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department, although one adult male was transported to Stony Brook with an arm injury.

The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office is investigating.

Have pics or video this fire you want to share here? Email them to lakegrovefm@me.com or send them via twitter @suburban40 

Photo courtesy of Ed Nowman.

Vehicle Fire on Middle Country Road in Smithtown


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A Smithtown Fire Marshal on routine patrol noticed heavy smoke and fire pushing from the engine compartment of a passenger vehicle on the side of the road in front of Saint Patricks Church in Smithtown. After notifying Smithtown Fire Dispatch (4-2-0) he approached the vehicle. The Marshal noted that the passenger compartment was filling with smoke and there was an adult male still sitting in the drivers seat. The Marshal ordered the subject to exit the vehicle and move off the roadway but the operator refused, stating that his car was not on fire. The Marshal escorted the subject from his vehicle and re-routed traffic around the scene. The Smithtown Fire Department responded with an engine and two chiefs. PJC Photo


Chemical spill leads to fish kill at Long Beach Marina


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1840 hours A boater using unauthorized chemicals to clean his boat on the ramp at Long Beach killed off a number of fish in the Nissequogue River. A Town of Smithtown Bay Constable on routine patrol noticed a white substance on the boat ramp. Upon closer investigation, he noted a number of dead fish floating in the water. A Smithtown Fire Marshal was requested to assist in determining what the substance was and how to deal with it. The Fire Marshal arrived and determined that the substance was a nonflammable boat hull cleaning agent. The Marshal requested an officer from the NYS DEC as well as a sander from the Highway Department.  The substance was neutralized and the area cleaned. The Smithtown Harbormaster and NYS DEC are continuing their investigation although it is NOT believed that the boat owner acted maliciously. PJC photo.

5 Year old dials 911 when mom collapses


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0654 hours. When her mom passed out due to a diabetic emergency, five year old Jillian Given didn’t panic, she just picked up the phone and dialed 911. The little girl very calmly told the police and Smithtown Fire Rescue dispatchers that her mom was unconscious on a bedroom floor. She gave the address (which she knew in spite of the fact that it was not her home) and her moms medical history, confirmed for them that her mom was breathing and stayed on the line until police and EMS arrived. Jillian told dispatcher James Hudson that she and her mom were at her grandmothers house and that she tried to call her dad but he did not answer.

Elisabeth Given, a registered nurse, was given glucose by responders but refused to be transported to the hospital. She later went to Stony Brook due to a head injury she sustained when she passed out.** Ms. Given states that she has continually educated her daughter about her condition and about what to do in an emergency. This training, coupled with Jillian’s quick thinking and demeanor brought help to her mom very quickly and gave rescuers the information they needed to immediately address her condition. 

Had it not been for little Jillian’s actions, the outcome would have been much different. Jillian will be honored Friday at the Cherokee Elementary School in Ronkonkoma where she is a student.

Clicking on the photo above will take you to one of many great websites that will help you educate your children about calling 911.

**Publicly disclosed by Ms. Given during interviews on television and to Newsday.



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Woman hits parked vehicle then flips in Mastic Beach


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1250 hours. The Mastic Beach Fire Department along with Mastic Beach Ambulance were dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Huguenot Drive near Flower Rd. Units arrived to find that an SUV had hit a parked car that rolled over, landing on its side in the middle of the street. The lone female occupant was removed from the vehicle by FD personnel, packaged by Mastic Beach EMS and transported to the hospital.

Mastic Beach FD operated with 5-13-30, 31 and 5-13-6. All units cleared from the scene within 20 minutes. Click on the photo above for more pictures from the scene.

All photos are the property of and © John Walthers. Do not use without his permission.

Overturn by Sachem High School in Ronkonkoma


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The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Smith Road near the entrance to Sachem High School. Units arrived to find a single car that left the roadway and overturned. The lone occupant had self extricated and was walking around. FD units safed out the car while EMS treated the victim. All units were back in service within 25 minutes.

Photo is the property of and  ©Ed Masiello. Do not use without his permission.

Hauppauge sends crew to working fire in Central Islip


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1402 hours. The Central Islip Fire Department was inundated with calls reporting a fire in the vacant firehouse on the old State Psychiatric Hospital property on Lowell Avenue near Juniper Street. 3-7-32 was first in and advised of a working fire. 3-7-30 was next in requested the Islip Terrace Fire Department for a truck (3-6-6), East Brentwood for an engine (3-3-1) and Hauppauge for a RIT (3-8-9). As part of the building had already collapsed, units went right to an exterior operation. Engines,1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 15. East Islip Fire Department initially sent a covering engine (3-5-4) to CIFD HQ but they were diverted to East Walnut and Lowell Avenue to handle numerous brush fires that were the result of this fire. Central Islip Hauppauge Community Ambulance stood by at the scene. Brentwood FD sent a covering engine (3-2-15) to CI FD Headquarters but they were diverted to assist with the brush fires and Lakeland then sent an engine to CI HQ for the duration. 2-2 ½'s and 2 ladders operated. Islip Town sent a Haz-Mat tech, Fire Marshal and heavy equipment to the scene. 

The building, which was built in the early 1900's, was a total loss. Suffolk Arson and Islip Town Fire Marshals are investigating.

The photo above is from Opacity.us. Click on it for more pictures from the scene.

1 dead in Mastic glider crash


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1109 hours. The Mastic Fire Department and Mastic Ambulance Corp were dispatched to a report of a plane crash on Titmus Drive near Ardmour Drive. Units arrived and found that a Schweizer SGS glider (similar to the one pictured above) crash landed on New York State DOT property. The lone occupant of the aircraft was pronounced dead at the scene. With no fire or other hazard, all emergency crews turned the scene over to Suffolk Police and were back in service within 20 minutes.

MVA on Middle Country Road in Nesconset


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The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on MIddle Country Road near Astor Avenue. Units arrived to find a two car MVA with one subject pinned. Nesconset operated with both ambulances, Heavy Rescue 9 and 4-4-80. All victims were packaged and transported to local hospitals with minor injuries.

Photo courtesy of and © Andrew Tetreault-Fully Involved Photo. Do not use without his permission.

Man vs. Tire leads to medivac on the Long Island Expressway in Ronkonkoma


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1510 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident on the off ramp from the LIE at Patchogue Holbrook Road (exit 61). Units arrived to find that a subject who had pulled his vehicle off the road to investigate a noise, was then hit by a tire that broke free from a passing tractor trailer. Suffolk Police state that the subject attempted to stop the tire from hitting his vehicle but the momentum knocked him to the ground. The victim sustained a serious head injury. Once he was packaged by Ronkonkoma FD EMS, he was medivac'd to Stony Brook by Pd helicopter. All FD units were back in service within 45 minutes and the scene was turned over to Suffolk Police.

Huge thanks to Ken Okvist for allowing me to use his photo. 

Centereach MVA on Nichols Road


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0652 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Nichols Road near Middle Country Road. Units arrived to find a multi-vehicle collision. One of the vehicles, a Jeep, had been pulling an enclosed trailer which overturned on impact. The occupants of both vehicles self extricated prior to the arrival of the FD. One driver was transported via Centereach Ambulance to Stony Brook Hospital with minor injuries.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Baranowski. Do not use without his permission.

Commack sends RIT to commercial fire in Brentwood


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0516 hours. The Brentwood Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire in a commercial building at 209 South Fehr Way off Cleveland Avenue. Arriving units encountered a very heavy fire in a single story commercial structure. Mutual aid was requested from North Babylon FD for an Engine to the scene, Wyandanch for an engine to the scene, Commack FD for a FAST, East Islip for a covering truck, West Islip for a ladder to the scene, Bayshore for a covering engine, Islip FD for an engine to the scene, Lakeland FD for a covering engine, Kings Park FD for an ambulance to the scene, Hauppauge for a covering engine and East Brentwood for a covering engine. EMS was provided by Brentwood Legion, Bayshore Brightwater's, Exchange Ambulance of the Islip's, Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance, Wyandanch-Wheatly Heights Ambulance, Sayville ambulance, the Lakeland Fire Department and the Kings Park Fire Department. FD units went right to an exterior attack, deploying multiple master streams and ladder pipes. During the course of the fire, a partial collapse of the exterior walls and the roof occurred, but there were no injuries. The Town of Islip brought in heavy machinery to demolish the building so the fire could be fully extinguished. The firefight continued through the morning and the incident was placed under control at 1230 hours.

Photo by Gary S. Do not use without his permission.

Burning lint leads to FD response in Lake Grove


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Vivian Lane in Lake Grove. Units arrived and found a very minor smoke condition in a two story private dwelling. The homeowner had already found and extinguished a small fire in a lint duct attached to her clothes dryer.  FD units checked to confirm that the fire was out, vented and monitored with meters.

While buff's would not consider this to be a newsworthy incident, it actually is since everything went right, there were no injuries and no damage to the house. 

REMINDER: 

Check and clean the lint out of your dryer and the entire length of vent tubing leading front he dryer to the outside vent. Clean out the lint, insure that the vent on the exterior of your house is unobstructed from within AND from any vegetation or otherwise. Also, do not leave your dryer running when your house is unoccupied. 

House fire on Diane Court in Nesconset


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1043 Hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting a structure fire at 8 Diane Court off of Southern Boulevard. 3rd Assistant Chief John Martins was first in and advised 4-2-0 that he fire showing from a single story wood frame private dwelling. 2nd Assistant Chief James Keane arrived shortly thereafter and assumed command, requesting a reactivation of the alarm and the implementation of their working fire preplan. While his crews stretched two hand lines, Hauppauge Fire Department was activated for an engine, Smithtown Fire Department for an engine, Saint James Fire Department for a ladder, and the Ronkonkoma Fire Department for an engine. The Centereach Fire Department sent a covering ambulance to Nesconset's Headquarters. Assistant Chief Martins and the hose teams entered the building and made an aggressive attack on the fire, quickly gaining the upper hand and containing the fire to the south side of the building. 

All of the occupants of the house had evacuated with their pets prior to the arrival of the fire department. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians and the fire was under control within 30 minutes. The Smithtown Fire Marshals office is investigating.

Photos courtesy and ©The40 and Kim Keating. Do not use without their permission. 

Subject struck and killed by train in Saint James


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1102 hours. The MTA Police Department was advised by the crew of the eastbound 1005 Port Jefferson train that a pedestrian walked onto the tracks and was struck at the Mills Pond Road crossing.  Suffolk Police and the Saint James FIre Department were dispatched as well. A head of the Harbor Police Officer was the first emergency unit on scene and advised that the adult male victim was deceased. All EMS units were cancelled and the scene was turned over to detectives from the railroad. The scene was cleared and the train continued on to Port Jefferson at 1225 PM.

Hauppauge handles complex MVA with PIN


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1600 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched along with the Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance Corp to a report of a motor vehicle accident on the South Service Road of the Long Island Expressway at Lincoln Blvd. Units arrived to find a two vehicle collision with a full size custom van on top of a mini van. Due to the instability of the vehicles, FD units had to first stabilize the flu size Chevy van using struts and cribbing. Once that was accomplished and the wheelchair bound victim and their aide were stabilized, FD units removed a door and extricated both. Victims from both vehicles were packaged and transported via CIHVAC to area hospitals. All FD units were back in service at 1648 hours. 1st Assistant Chief Eugene Oliver had the scene and operated with crews from Heavy Rescue 3-8-9, as well as engines 11, 13 and 14. 

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Smithtown Fire Dept handles car vs tree


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1330 While units were already in route to a medical emergency is the west end of the district, Smithtown Fire Dispatch advised the chiefs of a second alarm-a motor vehicle accident with overturn and ejection on Mount Pleasant Road near Sandalwood Drive. Captain Michael Clarke was first on scene and advised that he had a single vehicle that had crashed into a cluster of trees and that both occupants had self extricated.  Crews arrived, packaged the patients and stabilized the vehicle. Both victims were transported via ambulance to Stony Brook Hospital. Chief of Department Steve Susino was the OIC and operated with his Heavy Rescue, two ambulances and an engine.

Photo above is the property of and ©Joe Palazzo. For more pics from the scene click the photo above to be redirected to the Smithtown Fire Department website.

Saint James Fire Department drills with the LIRR/SCFA


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The Long Island Railroad hosted a train emergency exercise for the Saint James Fire Department. After a classroom lecture earlier in the week, FD units went hands on, simulating fires and large scale evacuations of the bi-level C3 cars. The drill was well attended and very informative. Sadly, 24 hours later, an elderly male was killed when he stepped in front of a train at the Mills Pond Road crossing.

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. 

All photos courtesy of and ©Joe Russo. Do not use without his permission.

House fire in Nesconset


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0352 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 128 Montclair Avenue, north of Middle Country Road. Units arrived and advised off an active fire win a two story wood frame structure. Multiple hand lines were stretched while mutual aid was requested from the Saint James, Ronkonkoma, Smithtown and Hauppauge Fire Departments.  Hand lines were advanced into the house and crews were able to hold the fire to the garage and a room above it.

No injuries were reported and the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is investigating the cause.

All photos are the property of and ©The original 40 and are not to be used without his permission.

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Multi car MVA on Route 347 in Smithtown

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1035 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 347 near Mount Pleasant Road. Units arrived to find a multi vehicle collision in the intersection. None of the occupants were pinned but Heavy Rescue 4-2-9 and a pumper were needed to clear fluids and debris from the roadway. Victims were transported via Smithtown Ambulance to the hospital. Chief of Department Steve Susino was the OIC.

Photos courtesy of Chris 

Man pulled from the water off Short Beach


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1717 hours. The Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety took a hotline call from a subject reporting that a kayak had overturned off Short Beach and the occupant was now in the water. Units from the Town Bay Constable, Park Ranger and Fire Marshal Divisions were dispatched along with the Nissequogue, Kings Park, Saint James and Nesconset Fire Departments. Nissequogue, Saint James and Nesconset's Dive Team responded to Short Beach with the Nissequogue Police Department. Kings Park FD, Northport FD, a Park Ranger and a Fire Marshal mustered at the Bluff, which is right across the river from Short Beach. Suffolk Police also went to the Bluff and a PD Helicopter was called in to search the area.  Shortly after arriving on station, the helicopter spotted the victim in the water. Kings Park's fire boat arrived just as the subject slipped below the surface. As he was suffering from hypothermia, the 23 year old victim could no longer use his arms and legs. FD personnel pulled him out of the water, wrapped him in blankets and took him to a awaiting ambulance at the Bluff. He was stabilized and transported to St. Catherine's Hospital. Due to the quick actions of the initial caller and all involved, the victim will recover. Great job by all involved.

Photos are the property of and ©The40 and are not to be used without his express permission. Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene.

Unusual rescue in Mastic Beach


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1700 hours. The Mastic Beach Ambulance Corp was dispatched to a report of a person unconscious at a residence on Huguenot Drive. Units arrived to fins a subject in cardiac arrest on the roof of a single story private dwelling. The EMS crews accessed the victim via ground ladder. The Mastic Beach Fire Department was requested for their aerial to take the victim off of the roof. Once that was accomplished, the subject was transported to the hospital via 5-39-19.

Photo courtesy of Jim Rugen.

Multi-vehicle pileup in Centereach


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2249 hours. While two ambulances were committed to a police standoff, the Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on Hammond Road near Kajaro Court. Units arrived and found a multi-vehicle accident involving four vehicles, three of which were stacked. According to police, the operator of one vehicle hit two parked cars and pushed them into a third. The driver was not seriously injured and was transported by EMS to the hospital.

All photos car ©Ron Monteleone Photography. Don't use without his permission.

Five hour Centereach standoff with police ends peacefully.


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1800 hours The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched for an EMS standby at the Jericho Elementary School on North Coleman Road. The request came from Suffolk Police who were handling a standoff with a 91 year old male in his home on North Coleman Road. According to police, the standoff came as a result of police responding to the house in regard to an ongoing dispute between neighbors. The standoff ended peacefully with the subject being taken into custody. All FD units cleared from the scene by 2200.

Hauppauge RIT goes to CI Fire on William Avenue


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1549 hours. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house on fire at 27 William Avenue off Pineville Road. Units arrived to find fire already venting out the upper level windows of a 2 story wood frame private dwelling. Crews stretched two hand lines while a RIT was requested from the Hauppauge Fire Department and an engine from the Islip Terrace Fire Department. Central Islip-Hauppauge Ambulance also responded to the scene. The fire was quickly knocked down and the fire placed under control within 25 minutes. 

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MVA in Ronkonkoma


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1230 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department responds to a motor vehicle accident on the Long Island Expressway. Units arrived to find a single car that slammed into the barrier wall impact protection at the eastbound exit 61 offramp. There was no pin and the vehicle operator was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Huge thanks to Buff N Stuff for the photo. Check out the Buff N Stuff Facebook page-its awesome.


Truck hits pole and overturns in Lake Grove


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2257 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 347 and Stony Brook Road. While en-route FRES also dispatched the Stony Brook Fire Department as the westbound lanes are theirs and eastbound is Centereach in that area. Centereach 80 car was first in and advised of a single car vs pole with overturn in Stony Brooks District. The vehicle operator had self extricated and appeared to have sustained only minor injuries. Centereach ambulance packaged and transported the victim to Stony Brook while Stony Brook uprighted the truck using the winch on their heavy rescue. Once the vehicle was moved, one lane was re-opened and the scene turned over to Suffolk PD.

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. All photos ©The40. No permission is granted to use anywhere. If you are in one and would like it, give me a shout and its yours. -This goes for the pics that were on Groupme as well.


Multiple Depts battle another fire at Lawrence Aviation in Terryville


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1522 hours. The Terryville Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Lawrence Aviation Industries site on Willis Avenue off Sheep Pasture Road in Port Jeff Station. Units arrived to find heavy fire in the large main building on the site. Mutual aid was requested from the Port Jefferson FD for a full department response, Setauket Fire Department for an engine and truck to the scene (sent their Gator as well), Selden Fire Department for a covering engine. They were then redirected to the scene. Selden FD also sent an ambulance to Terryville Station 1. Port Jefferson Ambulance, Mt Sinai Fire Department for an engine and ladder to cover but they were redirected to the scene. Coram Fire Department sent a truck and operated as RIT two. Miller Place Fire Department sent a truck and operated as RIT one. The Sound Beach Fire Department (who was also covering for the Blue Point Fire Department due to their installation) sent a covering engine to Terryville Station 1. Rocky Point sent a covering ladder to Terryville Station 1 and then later, an ambulance. Centereach sent an ambulance to the scene, Nesconset sent an ambulance to Terryville Station 1. Firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Brendan Pilkington, were able to contain the fire to the North end of the building, which housed the administrative offices. Once crews knocked the fire down with large caliber hand lines and master streams, heavy machinery was brought in from the Town of Brookhaven to demolish the building. Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals and Suffolk Police Arson Detectives are handling the investigation. Brookhaven Town also sent their command post. Crews remained on scene until just before midnight.

This location is a US EPA Reigon 2 Superfund Site. 

The site is now vacant but was founded in 1959 and manufactured titanium sheeting for the aeronautics industry. As a result of the companies disposal practices and leaking drums of chemicals on the site, in 1980 and 81, they were ordered by the State DEC and County to remove numerous drums containing chemicals, including trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene, hydrofluoric acid and nitric acid, acid and salt sludges, hydraulic oils and plant waste. This was ordered again in 1997. 

In 2004-5, the Federal EPA conducted a cleanup of the industrial portion of the site, disposing of hundreds of drums of hazardous waste, emptying and disposing of materials abandoned in chemical storage vats and the neutralization and stabilization of other waste materials. 

In 2009, just under 5 million dollars of US taxpayer money was allocated through ARRA funding to initiate an on-site ground water remediation in an effort to stop the continued migration of polluted underground water from beyond this site (which is surrounded by residential neighborhoods).  This project started in November of 2009 and was completed in September of 2010.  As a result of the contamination caused by this site, a second water decontamination plant was installed at the Old Mill Pond in November of 2010. That project was completed in November of 2011 and is also up and running. Gerald Cohen, the owner of Lawrence Aviation plead guilty in 2008 to charges relating to this site and was sentenced to a year in jail. 

LIRR had to suspend service for a few hours during the course of the fire.

Click the photo above for pics from the scene. All photos are the property of Dennis Whittam and ©NYFirePhotos. Do not use without his permission.

Overturn on Express Drive North in Ronkonkoma


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1506 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to the North Service Road of the Long Island Expressway at Half Circle Drive in regards to a motor vehicle accident. Units arrived and two car collision with one vehicle on its side The occupant was still within but not seriously injured. FD stabilized the vehicle and removed the roof along with SCPD ESU. The victim was transported to the hospital via ambulance.

Photo by Tom McGrath

Ronkonkoma Avenue MVA


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1807 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department responds to an MVA on Ronkonkoma Avenue at Division Avenue in regards to a motor vehicle accident with aided. Units arrive and find a two car collision. None of the occupants were pinned and a total of four were transported by ambulance to the hospital.

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RIP Frank Bernabeo-Past Commissioner & Past Chief of the Nesconset Fire Dept


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The Nesconset Fire Department lost one of their own on March 19th 2013. 
Frank Bernabeo was born in September of 1924. After a stint in the Navy, he joined the Nesconset Fire Department in 1949, working his way up through the ranks until he became Chief of Department in 1966-67. After his term as Chief was done, Frank ran for Commissioner in 1969, remaining on the board for 20 years.

In his younger day, Frank had his own business-Suffolk Auto Collision (at the site of the current Harbor Collision). He then built houses for a number of years before going to work for the Town of Smithtown-first in the Planning Department and then as the Superintendent of the Smithtown and Saint James Water Districts. Frank retired from the town in 1992. It was during this time that I first had the pleasure of meeting Frank. He had stopped at 7-11 in Saint James and his Water District vehicle was stolen from the parking lot. Although not assigned to the case, I set out to look for the car and within an hour, I had located it deep in the woods at the corner of 347 and Moriches Road (in what is now a housing development). The car was trashed but while itemizing the contents, I found tickets in the glove compartment to a New York Yankees game. After contacting the police department to handle the vehicle recovery, I went to see Frank. When I handed him the Yankee tickets, his face lit up and he was beside himself. From that day on we were friends. 

Frank is survived by his wife Lydia, daughter Joanne Sweeney and her husband John, his son James and his wife Joanne and 8 grandchildren. Frank is also survived by one brother, four sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Frank was laid to rest in Calverton National Cemetary. 

Frank, you were a true gentleman, an asset to the town, to the Nesconset Fire Department and to the people of Nesconset. Rest in peace my friend, you will be missed.

Click on the photo above for pics from the funeral procession and of Frank.

Huge thanks to Patricia Colombraro for the photo and for help with the information. Frank is pictured above with Judy Voigt.

Hauppauge goes to fire at Federal Courthouse in Central Islip


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1420 hours. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting a fire at the Alfonse D'Amato US Federal Courthouse on Federal Plaza. Responding units could see black smoke billowing off the roof from a distance and on arrival, 1st Assistant Chief Kevin MaAteer Jr transmitted a working fire. Mutual aid was requested from the Islip, East Islip, Brentwood and Hauppauge Fire Departments. Crews made their way to the roof of the 12 story 870,000 square foot building, supplied the buildings standpipe system and extinguished the fire. The fire was confined to rooftop air handling systems and was allegedly sparked by contractors welding. 

The Courthouse opened in 2000, has 23 courtrooms. It is the 3rd largest federal courthouse in the country and the largest building on Long Island.

Photo courtesy of Danielle Marie Mazzarone

Mastic Fire Dept automatic alarm leads to work


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1310 hours. The Mastic Fire Department was dispatched to an automatic fire alarm at 57 Maple Avenue. Units arrived to find an active fire in the kitchen of a single story wood frame private dwelling. The Brookhaven Fire Department was requested for a RIT. Mastic crews stretched in and quickly extinguished the fire.  Mastic Ambulance also responded to the scene. There were no injuries.

The Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office and Suffolk Police Arson Squad are handling the investigation

Photo courtesy of John Walthers.

Car fire in Centereach


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0940 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire in the vicinity of 2637 Middle Country Road near Coles Drive. Units arrived and found a fully involved vehicle in a yard behind a commercial building. Crews stretched a hand line and quickly suppressed the fire. A foam line was then deployed to complete extinguishment of the burning fuel on the ground. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Early spring brush fire in Mastic


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1632 hours. The Mastic Fire Department was dispatched on a smoke investigation on Franklin Court off Paul Drive. Arriving units encountered a large area of brush burning in a wooded area on the south side of Sunrise Highway near Titmus Drive. With no access from Sunrise, Chief of Department James Mickert had his units respond to Franklin Court and Paul Drive. Once in the woods, crews quickly extinguished the fire. Mastic operated with engine, brush truck and stump jumper. Units were back in service within 40 minutes.

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene.

All photos courtesy of Harold Jacobs. Do not use without his permission.

Fatal MVA in Ronkonkoma


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0236 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Express Drive North near Carroll Avenue. Units arrived and found a vehicle vs. Pedestrian. The victim was pronounced and the scene left to Suffolk Police. The driver of the vehicle, who lives in Lake Grove, remained on the scene and was arrested and charged with DWI. Ronkonkoma units were called back to the scene at 0818 hours for a wash down.

Search warrant executed on Mastic Beach house


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2000 hours. After numerous complaints of unsafe and unsanitary conditions, and no cooperation from the property owner, a search warrant was obtained for 294 Forest Road West in Mastic Beach by the Village Building Inspector. This location is a well known drug and gang house where police make arrests on an almost nightly basis. The Initial entry was made by Suffolk Police ESU, Gang officers, COPE and uniformed patrol officers. The four occupants of the house were all arrested. The Building Inspector and Fire Marshal then conducted their inspection. The house was found to be unfit for human habitation, placarded and can no longer be occupied.  A very docile pit bull was also found within the house. Town of Brookhaven Animal Control refused to respond out for the dog so a local rescue group took it. The property owner will have to appear in Mastic Beach Village Court to answer all charges.

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Mastic MVA results in double medivac


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2130 hours. The Mastic Fire Department and Mastic Ambulance were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at 1651  Montauk Highway near Etna Place. Units arrived and found a two vehicle collision at the Valero gas station. According to police, the driver of a pickup truck driving on Montauk Highway sideswiped a Nissan SUV. The driver of the Ford failed to stop and then hit a Dodge minivan head on in the parking lot of the gas station.  FD and EMS units treated and transported the pickup driver to BMH. The driver and one passenger in the mini van were also transported to BMH by ambulance.  The two other occupants of the mini van were medivac'd to Stony Brook by SCPD helicopter.

Setauket RIT heads to Port Jefferson fire


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1535 hours. The Port Jefferson Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 4 Red Barn Lane off West Broadway. A Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal was first on the scene and advised of a working fire in a 2 story wood frame private dwelling. Units arrived and crews stretched in. Mutual aid was requested from Setauket for RIT and additional engine, Mt. Sinai for an engine, Terryville for and engine and a truck and Miller place for an ambulance. During the course of the fire, crews had to deal with propane tanks that vented.  The fire was brought under control in under an hour. 

All photos by Dennis Whittam. No permission is granted to use any of them from this website. If you want one, contact him directly.

Centereach heads to Selden fire


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0922 hours. The Selden Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 103 Vista View Drive (Island View Apartments). Chiefs arrived and advised of a working fire. Mutual aid was requested from Farmingville a RIT, Coram for an engine, Terryville for a covering engine and ambulance and Centereach for a truck. Gordon Heights also sent a unit to cover. The fire was quickly extinguished with one hand line. No injuries were reported.

The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation.


Photo courtesy of David Rubin.

Fund raiser for Selden fire victims will be March 24th


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Spread the word brothers and sisters!

Lieutenant Michael Cosgrove Of The Selden Fire Department Truck Company 1 and his family lost there home to a fire on March 12 his family escaped the flames with little more then the clothes on there back.

Truck company 1 along with the Selden Fire Department will be hosting a spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction on March 24 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Selden Fire Department on Woodmere place in Selden Your Kind Donation of $15 for adults $10 for children will go a long way to help the family in there time of need.

Graphic above is from the Selden Fire District website.

Basement fire in Smithtown


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1921 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department is dispatched to a report of a basement fire at 837 Townline Road near Hoffman Lane. Units arrived to find a fire in the basement of a private dwelling. Crews stretched in while mutual aid was requested from the Hauppauge Fire Department for a RIT, Saint James for a covering engine and Kings Park for a covering 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. 

LESSON LEARNED: Read the product labels and follow the warnings. If it says use in a well ventilated area, do it. If it says flammable, consider that it's not just the product thats flammable, it's the vapors, they are carried through the air and can ignite by an ignition source on the other side of a room.  Shut off any potential source of ignition and ventilate the area when you are done with the chemicals. Store them properly with tight fitting covers and properly dispose of all soiled rags.

Click on the picture above for more photos from the scene.

All Photos by Craig Jackson-IDP Group Inc.  You have no permission to use any of these photos. If you want them, contact Craig directly at craig@inthedarkphotography.com 

Overturned school bus in Hauppauge


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0830 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department and Central Islip Hauppauge Fire Department were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in front of 299 Hoffman Lane near Motor Parkway. Units arrived to find a collision involving a Lincoln Town car being used as a taxi and a small school bus. The school bus was on its side but all of the students had already been removed. Two students and the driver of the taxi were transported to the hospital via CIHVAC ambulance with minor injuries. All FD units were back in service within 30 minutes.

Photo courtesy of Dave Banks.

House fire in Mastic


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The Mastic Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire in the vicinity of Bullard Street and Pawnee Avenue. Assistant Chief Greg Amato was first due and advised that he had a working fire at 35 Bullard Street. Mastic Beach was called for a RIT and 1st Assistant Chief Carlo Grover responded with units 3 and 8. Mastic crews quickly extinguished the fire in the basement of the single story private dwelling. There were no injuries. Mastic Ambulance Corp was also on scene.

Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals are investigating.

Photo by Harold Jacobs.

Selden Firefighter needs help after house fire


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The Selden Fire Department is asking for donations for the family of Lieutenant Michael Cosgrove and his family. The Cosgrove family home was heavily damaged after a vehicle was driven into their house, severing a natural gas line and igniting the escaping gas. Thankfully the family was not injured, but they lost almost everything.  According to the fire department, the immediate need is money and clothing as follows:

UPDATE: In lieu of clothing, it would be better to donate gift cards or money so that the family can get exactly what they need, when they need it.

Donations can be dropped off at Selden Fire Headquarters on Woodmere Place or mailed to PO Box 2345, Selden NY, 11784.


Mastic covers for Manorville during fatal house fire.


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0935 hours. 911 operators were bombarded with calls reporting a structure fire on Eastport Manor Road in Manorville.  Suffolk Police were first to arrive and reported that the two story house was fully involved. Manorville FD units lead by Chief 31, arrived, laid in with a five inch supply line and immediately took a defensive posture due to the heavy volume of fire throughout the building. The Center Moriches Fire Department sent ladder 5-4-6, chief 30 and an ambulance. The East Moriches Fire Department sent engine 5-7-4 and chief 31. The Eastport Fire Department sent engine 5-8-3, Chief 31 and Chief 32. East Moriches Ambulance sent their unit 16 and their 81 car, Manorville Ambulance was on scene with their chief and two rigs (17 and 19), Ridge Fire Department sent engine 5-22-6, 30 and 31 to cover for Manorville but they were diverted to the scene. Westhampton Beach Fire Department sent a RIT (unit 7-8-5), the Riverhead Fire Department sent 6-2-14 and Chief 30, Quogue Fire Department sent engine 7-7-1 and Chief 31 and the Mastic Fire Department sent a 5-12-9 and Chief 31 to cover Manorville's district for the duration of the incident. One female and a dog were found deceased in the house and an adult male was transported to the hospital.

Suffolk Police Homicide and Arson Detectives are leading the investigation assisted by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office. Brookhaven Fire Marshals also sent their haz-mat team and heavy equipment to remove apparatus that was stuck at the scene.

This location was the scene of a previous vehicle fire. During that incident, arriving firefighters were allegedly confronted by an adult male with a gun who refused to allow them access to the property. FD units left the scene.

According to Suffolk Police, there have been numerous other issues at this location in the past. 

Photo above is a screen grab from a video feed on longisland.News12.com. Check out their site for more information as this story continues to develop.

Missing Mastic Beach teen has been found.


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Alexis Schieferstein is from Mastic Beach and has been missing since 2230 hours last night and was wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt and gray sweatpants. If you know where she is or have any information, please contact her parents Kerri and Carmine or the Suffolk County Police Department.  Carmine is a member of the Mastic Beach Ambulance Corp so this REALLY hits home.  

Please keep an eye out for her and if found, contact the Suffolk Police and/or her parents at 631-522-8497. 


UPDATE:

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Alexis Schieferstein has been reunited with her family and is currently at her grandmother's home in Mastic Beach. Tri Hamlet News has just spoken to her father to confirm details and Alexis is glad to be back with her family, although cold and hungry. The family thanks everyone for their support.

Centereach sends RIT to working fire in Selden


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1915 hours. The Selden Fire Department is dispatched to Choate Avenue in regards to a structure fire. Units arrived and found that a pickup truck had crashed into the side of a two story house, severing a natural gas line. The escaping gas ignited setting the truck and house ablaze. The vehicles operator as well as an adult female and two young children escaped the fire without injuries. Mutual Aid was requested from Centereach for a RIT and an engine (engines 5-5-2 and 5-5-9), Terryville Fire Department for an engine to the scene 5A-4-12, the Coram Fire Department for a covering engine (5-6-2) and the Farmingville Fire Department for an ambulance. Centereach established a water supply while Selden crews stretched multiple hand lines. National Grid arrived at 1958 hours and shut down the gas and Selden's Chief of Department placed the fire under control five minutes later. All units were back in service by 2100 hours. The driver of the vehicle was arrested by Suffolk police and charged with DWAI.

Unfortunately this house belongs to a member of the Selden Firefighter. He was reportedly at the fire house when the call came in and responded with his department. Thankfully his family is safe. 

The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office was called in to handle the investigation.

Photo Courtesy of Dennis Whittam. Do not use without his permission.


House fire in Mastic Beach


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1219 hours. The Mastic Beach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke coming from a house in the vicinity of Westminster Drive between Pinetree Drive and Grandview Drive. Mastic Beach Ambulance 5-39-19 was first in and advised of smoke showing from the upper floor window at 51 Grandview Drive. 5-13-4 was the first due Mastic Beach FD unit. The crew stretched an inch and three quarter line and quickly suppressed a fire in an upper level bedroom. Chief of Department Mike Montella was the incident commander and operated with 5-13-4, 3 and 8.  The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office as well as Suffolk PD Arson were called to handle the investigation.

Photo courtesy of DeAnna Toronto.

2 pulled from the water in Kings Park


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1448 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was activated for a water rescue at the Kings Park Bluff at the end of Old Dock Road. Assistant Chief Tim Clark was first in and found two subjects in the water approximately 25 feet off shore. While the mutual aid plan was activated, members donned dry suits, swam out and brought both subjects onto shore. As the victims had been in the water for over 20 minutes, they were both suffering from severe hypothermia. An adult male was transported by Kings Park ambulance 4-1-63 to Stony Brook Hospital and an adult female was taken by Kings Park ambulance 4-1-62 to St. Catherine's Hospital.  A Town of Smithtown Bay Constable boat arrived at the same time as the fire department but it was easier to bring the victims on shore than onto the boat. 

As part of the mutual aid plan, the Saint James Fire Department was activated for their boat, Nesconset Fire Department for their Dive Team and Northport for an ambulance. The Town of Smithtown sends as many Bay Constable units as necessary, a Park Ranger and a Fire Marshal. Chief of Department Mark O'Brien was the incident commander. All units were back in service at 1546 hours.


Fatal MVA in Hauppauge


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0417 hours. The Hauppauge and Commack Fire Departments, as well as Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Veterans Highway in the vicinity of the Northern State Parkway. Units arrived and found that a single vehicle accident involving a Nissan Altima that left the roadway, overturned and landed in the woods on the center median of the eastbound side of Veterans Highway. Crews from Commack and Hauppauge Fire Department as well as SCPD ES 5 extricated the lone male occupant and CPR was started. 

A Suffolk Police helicopter was initially requested and Commack FD setup for a landing zone on Vets Highway at Lincoln Avenue, but as the victim was in cardiac arrest, the chopper was cancelled. The victim was transported via CVAC to Stony Brook Hospital.  All FD units were back in service by 0445 hours.


UPDATE: 3-15-13. According to Suffolk Police, the 47 year old victim of this accident died at Stony Brook Hospital this morning. The heading on this story has been changed from Serious MVA to Fatal MVA.

Photo by the original 40.

Car fire in garage extends to Kings Park House.


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1510 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 643 Landing Road off Rosewood Lane in San Remo. Assistant Chief Tim Clark arrived and advise that there was a vehicle burning inside of a two car garage on the ground level of the structure. When units arrived, members pulled the Chevy Blazer out of the garage then extinguished all of the fire with one inch and three quarter hand line. While the two story structure did sustain damage, quick and aggressive work of the fire department kept the fire from extending into the upper level and attic.  Smithtown Fire Department sent a RIT to the scene, Commack sent an engine to the scene and East Northport sent a covering engine to Kings Park Headquarters. The Northport Fire Department was requested for a covering ambulance but could not field a crew due to multiple calls of their own. The Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp sent an ambulance in their place. 

Kings Park transported the occupant of the house to Stony Brook where he was treated for smoke inhalation. There were no other injuries and all units were clear from the scene in about an hour. 

The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is handling the fire investigation.

Nesconset handles gas leak while covering for the Bayshore Fire Department


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1219 hours. The Bayshore Fire Department was dispatched to a natural gas leak at 67 Greenwood Road off Thomas Avenue. Nesconset engine 4-4-2 was covering for the department due to their St.Patricks Day Parade and responded. Upon arrival, the crew, found that an excavator struck a buried one inch natural gas line. While members stretched a precautionary handline, an additional engine was requested. The West Islip Fire Department sent Quint 3-17-6 and East Islip sent engine 3-5-3. Bayshore's first assistant chief also responded to the scene and assumed command.  The main was shutdown within 30 minutes and all units were back in service shortly thereafter. The Brentwood Fire Department sent a covering engine to Bayshore HQ during this incident.

Photo by Brian Nolan.

Limo burns at OK Petroleum


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1012 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire at the OK Petroleum gas station on Middle Country Road at Holbrook Road. Units arrived to find an engine compartment fire in a stretch limo. As most of the department was out of the district training, Assistant Chief Corley operated with the combined crews from Engines 6, 9 and 12. Fire Police 11, ambulance 15 and medic 81 were also on scene.

Photo courtesy of Frank Sarno.

Shooting in Lake Grove


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2039 hours. While still cleaning up from a vehicle pedestrian accident at Stony Brook Road and Middle Country Road, the Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of violence in progress on Stony Brook Road near Elkwood Street. Once police secured the scene (the suspects fled), EMS units rolled in and found an adult male that had been shot. The victim was packaged and transported to Stony Brook Hospital by Centereach ambulance 5-5-15. Stony Brook Road was closed for an extended period of time for the police investigation. Suffolk Police continue to investigate. If you have any information about this incident, please call Suffolk Police Crimestoppers hotline at 1-800-220-TIPS or send it via text message. Send "SCPD" and your message to CRIMES (274637). You can also submit a tip via email by going to www.tipsubmit.com.

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Lake Grove


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1944 hours. The Centereach Fire Department is dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 25 at Stony Brook Road in Lake Grove. Units arrived to find that a female pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle on Stony Brook Road just north of Route 25. The victim sustained non life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance 5-5-15 to Stony Brook Hospital.

NOTE: The fire departments covered on this website respond to hundreds of motor vehicle accidents every year. Thankfully, most of them result in only minor injuries. Whether an accident is covered on this website or not is not determined by the seriousness of the injuries, but rather on if there are photos and information available. 

Florida couple rescued from flood water in Mastic Beach


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0435 hours. The Mastic Beach Fire Department was dispatched to the Mastic Beach Marina on Riveriera Drive in regards to two subjects that were trapped in a vehicle by rising tidewater. Apparently, the couple had just arrived from Florida and as it was too early to stop at the house they were to visit, they decided to take a nap in their car by the marina. At some point they awoke and found themselves surrounded by over three feet of water. The couple evacuated the vehicle, got themselves to high ground and called 911. Unfortunately, they did not know exactly where they were and as the cell phone they were using had a Florida area code, police could not immediately pinpoint their location. At some point, the fire department and EMS were dispatched. Mastic Beach Fire Department crews used one of their boats, searched the area and found the couple who by now were suffering from hypothermia. Both were taken by boat to a waiting Mastic Beach ambulance and transported to Brookhaven Hospital. All units were back in service by 0515.


Smithtown Hess Station shut down due to collapse potential


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1425 The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office was called to the Hess Station at 522 Smithtown Bypass (Route 347) in Smithtown. Town Building Inspectors were on scene in regards to a complaint that the gas island canopy was damaged, no longer structurally stable and could therefore collapse or be blown over by the wind. A decision was made to order the station, which is on the NE corner of Routes 347 and 111, vacated and cordon it off until such time as engineers from Hess can respond out, evaluate the situation and make any necessary repairs.  

Van fire damages house in Hauppauge


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1146 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was activated for a vehicle fire at 7 Schubert Drive off of Ledgewood Drive in the Pines section of the district. Engine 3-8-3 was first due and advised of an involved van in a driveway adjacent to a private dwelling. Crews went right to work and extinguished the fire. The van was used by a floor refinishing contractor. The vehicle and its contents were destroyed. There was minor extension to the exterior of the house. 2nd Assistant Chief Gene Oliver had command and operated with 2 engines. There were no injuries.

The Hauppauge Fire District Fire Marshal has deemed the fire accidental.

Setauket assists Port Jefferson FD with waterfront building fire

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0921 hours. The Port Jefferson Fire Department was activated for a commercial structure fire to the rear of Danfords Hotel and Restaurant at 25 East Broadway (Main Street). Arriving units encountered a fully involved two story wood frame structure on the waterfront. Multiple large hand lines were stretched as well as a foam line. Mutual aid was requested from the Terryville Fire Department for an engine, Setauket for their Quint  RIT and inflatable boat, Miller Place sent an ambulance.  Mt. Sinai Fire Department sent a covering engine to Port Jefferson Headquarters. Port Jefferson Volunteer Ambulance was on scene handling EMS operations. The Port Jefferson Village Fire Marshal and Suffolk Police Arson Squad are handling the investigation into the cause of the fire. The building was a total loss.

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All photos are courtesy of Dennis Whittam. They are his property and no permission is granted to take them off of this website.

Smithtown Fire Marshals host part of Mini Indy drill at Mankuski Park.


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0800 hours. Upwards of 150 firefighters from the Centereach, Commack, Cold Spring Harbor, Coram, Deer Park, Hagerman, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Medford, Miller Place, Mt. Sinai, Nesconset, Port Jefferson, Ridge, Rocky Point, Selden, Springs, Terryville and West Babylon Fire Departments took place in the hands on portion of the Mini Indy training program today. Evolutions were held at Selden FD (live fire) Mankuski Park in Smithtown (Search, forcible entry and live fire), Hagerman FD (Thermal imaging techniques) and Centereach FD Station 3 (advanced vehicle extrication, man vs. machine and pump class). Approximately 40 firefighters turned out at our facility in Smithtown. After a short lecture in the tower, they were put through the maze trailer, the forcible entry door and then went to work dealing with residential fires in the "Class A" Building.

The Nesconset Fire Department provided the work engine and an ambulance. 

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Propane leak in Smithtown


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0854 hours.  The Smithtown Fire Department responds to 97 Croft Lane in regards to a phone alarm reporting a gas leak.  Upon arrival, crews met National Grid Employees, who were investigating an odor of gas complaint, but determined there is no natural gas service in the area.  Fire Department personnel, operating under command of Chief of Department John Hanson, encountered a strong smell of gas in and around the house.  They quickly determined that the source was a broken pipe leading from an underground 500 gallon LPG tank, serving both the house and a hot tub in the backyard.  Mutual Aid was requested for additional metering equipment  from the Hauppauge Fire Department. Crews stretched protective hand lines.  The tank was shut off at the main valve, and crews used fans to ventilate the house and crawl space, due to elevated explosive reading limits. No injuries were reported during this incident. All units returned to service by 1045 hours.   

The Smithtown Fire Marshal's Office responded to the scene and deemed the propane installation as unsafe for use. 

Another day, another MVA on the parkway in Commack


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1732 hours. The Commack Fire Department and Commack Volunteer Ambulance were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on the Northern State Parkway near the Sunken Meadow Parkway off ramp. Units arrived and found a single car roll over. Allegedly, the vehicle was sideswiped and flipped over the jersey wall, landing on its roof in the opposite lanes. The driver self extricated, was packaged by CVAC and transported to Good Samaritan hospital.

Photo by Noah Pilnick.

Hauppauge MVA with PIN


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1601 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department responds to a motor vehicle accident on the North Service Road of the LIE at Motor Parkway. Units arrive to find a two vehicle accident involving a Jeep and a mini van. SCPD ESU was already on scene cutting the doors on the jeep. When EMS arrived, the victims were stabilized, extricated and transported via CI Hauppauge Ambulance.

Photo by Tim Asbell

Commack sends a RIT to East Northport


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0946 hours. The East Northport Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 8 Wheeler Place off Ray Place. Units arrived to find a fire on the ground and upper level and in the attic of a 2 story wood frame private dwelling. The Northport Fire Department was requested for a RIT and Commack Fire Department for a covering engine. Northport was put to work and Commack reassigned as a RIT. Greenlawn FD was then brought in to cover the district. Three hand lines were stretched and operated. 2-10-32 was the OIC, all visible fire was knocked down within 30 minutes and the fire was placed under control within 45 minutes. Commack sent 2-11-33, 2-11-1 and 2-11-13 to the scene. Commack Ambulance also sent an ambulance to the scene. Unfortunately, two dogs perished in the fire.

SCPD Arson is handling the investigation into the cause of the fire.

Photo courtesy of Chris Chaich

Overnight house fire in Smithtown


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0322 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 2 Stengel Place off Somerset Drive. 2nd Assistant Chief Tim Murphy was first due followed by Chief of Department John Hansen who established command. Crews stretched a handline and forced entry into the basement apartment of a single story wood frame multiple dwelling, encountering a fire in a living room. During the primary search, a cat was found on the bathroom floor. It was removed from the building, revived and transported to an area animal hospital. All visible fire was knocked down within 10 minutes and command placed the fire under control 42 minutes into the alarm. Kings Park Fire Department sent an engine and 3 chiefs to the scene, Saint James sent a ladder and a chief to the scene while Hauppauge sent a covering engine and Nesconset a covering ambulance to Smithtown's Headquarters. One firefighter was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is conducting an investigation into the origin and cause of the fire.

LESSON: Smoke detectors sounded during the early stages of this fire, awakening the occupants who escaped without injuries.

All photos by the 40. Do not use without his permission.

Mastic FD handles LZ for police involved MVA in Brookhaven.


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2207 hours. Multiple 7th precinct police officers were dispatched to a report of a robbery in progress at the Dunkin Donuts on William Floyd Parkway in Shirley. One of the responding officers was hit by another vehicle on the Floyd at Victory Avenue. The officer and the driver of the other vehicle were injured so the Brookhaven Fire Department and Shirley Ambulance were dispatched. FD crews removed both drivers side doors to extricate the officer who suffered only minor injuries. He was airlifted to Stony Brook Hospital. The female of the other vehicle was transported by ambulance to Brookhaven Hospital with a leg injury. Mastic Fire Department covered the landing zone on the Floyd and Mastic Ambulance sent an ambulance to the scene.

Newsday reports that as a result of this accident, three suspects in the robbery, one reportedly armed, were able to flee.

Photo above taken by James Carbone and appears at Newsday.com.


 


Overturn on 347 in Smithtown


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2002 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 347 at Brooksite Drive. Units arrived and found that a corvette had left the roadway, colliding with a mini van parked in a restaurant lot-flipping the van onto its side. The driver self extricated prior to the arrival of the fire department. He was packaged and transported to the hospital by Smithtown ambulance. 2nd Assistant Chief Tim Murphy was the incident commander. 

Photos courtesy of Joe Palazzo (Check out the Smithtown Fire Department website at www.Smithtownfd.org). Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene.


Smithtown handles small fire in a large house


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1302 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a telephone alarm reporting a structure fire at 12 Thatch Pond Road off Round Pond Road. Chief of Department John Hansen was first in found that fire from a fireplace had extended out of the box and into the wall. Based on the size of the house (6700 square feet) and conditions within, Chief Hansen requested a ladder from Saint James and an engine from Nissequogue. Faced with a 200 foot uphill hose stretch to get to the house, crews went with a 2 1/2 leader line up the driveway then ran an inch and three quarter into the house from there and extinguished the fire. Damage was confined to the room of origin and there were no injuries. The Hauppauge Fire Department sent a covering engine to Smithtown's HQ.

The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation and follow up.


LESSON TO THE PUBLIC:

When the owner of this house discovered the fire, he opened all of his windows and put fans in to push the smoke out of the house. He meant well but this is NOT something that should be done and exacerbated the situation here. If you have a fire in your home close the door to the room thats burning ON YOUR WAY OUT. This gives you time to escape and slows the fires progression by containing it to that area. 

PLEASE DO NOT OPEN WINDOWS AND DOORS. If you discover a fire in your home, GET OUT, UNLOCK AND CLOSE THE DOOR BEHIND YOU AND DONT GO BACK INSIDE.

Double pin job in Ronkonkoma


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1739 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Express Drive North at Holbrook Road. Units arrived to find a two car collision involving two SUV's. Crews removed the roof and front passenger door of one vehicle to remove one occupant and the roof was removed and the dashboard was displaced in the other vehicle to free the driver. None of the injuries were life threatening and all of the victims were transported to Stony Brook Hospital.

Photo courtesy of Tom McGrath.

House fire in Nesconset


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2134 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was activated for a report of a structure fire in the vicinity of Smithtown Boulevard and Old Nichols Road. 911 advised that they were taking multiple calls and when 1st Assistant Chief Doug Sneider arrived he confirmed that he had a working house fire. While units stretched multiple hand lines to mount their attack, mutual aid was requested to the scene from Hauppauge for a ladder, Smithtown for a engine, Ronkonkoma for an engine, Centereach for an ambulance and Saint James for an engine. Crews made an aggressive attack as the fire rolled across the attic of the single story wood frame private dwelling, confining the fire to the area of origin and the attic. The fire was brought under control within an hour. Although there were no smoke detectors in the building, the two occupants escaped with their cat, unharmed. The house sustained extensive damage as a result of the fire.

The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office handled the investigation and determined that the fire was a result of an improperly placed kerosene heater.

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All photos by the 40 and and Craig Jackson (In the Dark Photography). if you want to use them for personal use, just ask me. No other permission is granted.


Hauppauge and Commack assist Brentwood with motel fire


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The Brentwood Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 650 Motor Parkway near Washington Avenue. Units arrived and encountered a very heavy fire condition in the two story Olympic Motor Lodge. Mutual aid was requested from the Brentwood Fire Department who was first due and stretched the initial attack line, Hauppauge Fire Department sent two engines,a heavy rescue and a ladder, Commack Fire Department for a RIT and ladder, Islip Fire Department for a ladder and Central Islip Fire Department.  Multiple inch and three quarter and two and one half inch hand lines were deployed to fight the fire which destroyed at least five units. 

The Brentwood Fire District Fire Marshal, Islip Town Fire Marshals and Suffolk Arson Squad detectives are handling the Investigation

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Photos by Greg Gottlieb.

Boat fire in Centereach


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1750 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was activated on a phone alarm for outside rubbish burning at 11 Pleasant Avenue off Middle Country Road. Units arrived and encountered a fully involved boat fire next to the structure. Although the boat was up against a house, crews quickly knocked it down, preventing any damage.  The boat was a total loss and the fire is under investigation by the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office. 

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All photos are the property of Ron Monetleone and you are to contact him for permission to use them. As always, a huge thanks to him for always allowing me to post his pics here. 

Setauket goes to Rocky Point house fire


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1033 hours. The Rocky Point Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 18 Cordwood Path off Southgate. Crews arrived and encountered heavy fire through the roof of a two story single family private dwelling. Multiple hand lines deployed to extinguish the fire. There was a partial collapse of the interior floors resulting in two members being trapped. One was rescued via aerial and the other landed in the basement and was assisted out. Thankfully both suffered only minor injuries. Members were pulled out while Middle Island put their ladder pipe to work. Mutual aid was requested and received from the Coram, Sound Beach, Middle Island, Mt. Sinai, Miller Place, Wading River, Selden, Setauket, Ridge, Yaphank, Medford, Port Jefferson and Terryville Fire Departments.

Photo by Dennis Whittam. No permission is granted to use them.

Car fire in Ronkonkoma


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2057 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department responds to 231 Carroll Avenue in regards to a report of a vehicle fire. Units arrived to find a fully involved SUV in the rear lot. The fire was quickly extinguished and the Arson Squad was called to the scene.

Photo courtesy of Buff N Stuff

Smithaven Mall evacuated after roof is found compromised.


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1335 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to the New York and Company store in the Life Style wing of the Smithaven Mall. Units arrived and found water pouring into the store from the roof. A Fire Marshal was immediately requested from The Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety and due to limited manpower, mutual aid was requested from the Centereach Fire Department to help pull ceilings, overhaul and salvage. While operating at the initial location, a number of other stores reported water coming in through their ceilings. Mutual aid for manpower from the Saint James Fire Department was requested to the scene to assist in those stores. During the operation in NY and Company, Assistant Chief James Keane felt that the roof structure had been compromised so the Fire Marshal requested a response from the Smithtown Building Department. While crews worked to control the flow of water, Building Inspectors declared that there was a separation in the roof deck, sagging, possible shifting and some truss damage from the excess snow load on the roof (over seven feet in some areas). Additional damage was noted in the ceiling in front of the Sears store and in an exit corridor near Sears. Based on this and on the fact that the Fire Marshal found that almost every exterior fire exit door was blocked with snow, all stores were ordered closed and the mall vacated until such time as the violations were cleared and an engineer determined the extent of damage to the roof assembly and put a plan in place to make repairs.

Additional mutual aid was requested for additional companies to assist with damage assessment in the building, evacuation of the building, fire police to control and route traffic out of the mall and two tech rescue teams were brought in, just in case there was a collapse.

The Suffolk Police Department sent ESU, multiple K-9 units and sector cars from three precincts to assist with the evacuation. The 4th precinct inspector as well and Chief of Department James Burke were also on scene.

I adult female was transported to Stony Brook Hospital by Lakeland Ambulance for cold exposure. All emergency units were clear from the scene, except for the Fire Marshal, at 1831 hours.

An Engineering firm hired by the Malls owners, responded out later that night and completed an assessment. A plan was put into place to removed the snow from the roof at which point repairs could be made where necessary. Once all of the fire exits, hydrants, fire department connections and knox boxes were cleared of snow, the mall itself was permitted to reopen. Each store was then inspected by Fire Marshals from Smithtown and Lake Grove. Once all of the violations were cleared in a store, they were permitted to reopen. By late afternoon on Wednesday, most stores were back in business and by Thursday, only two stores were closed.

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The following units were officially logged as involved in this incident.

Nesconset FD: 
Chiefs 30, 31, 32, 33, engines 4-4-2, 4-4-3, ambulance 4-4-6a, ladder 4-4-7, medic 4-4-80, heavy rescue 4-4-9, fire police 4-4-10.

Centereach FD: 
Chiefs 30, 33, heavy rescue 5-5-4, engine 5-5-7

Saint James FD: 
Chiefs 30, 31, 32, ladder 4-3-7, brush unit 4-3-8, engine 4-3-3,  

Ronkonkoma FD:
Chiefs 32, 33, ladder 5-24-11, engine 5-24-12, fire police 5-24-3

Smithtown FD:
Chief 32, engine 4-2-2, fire police 4-2-10 to the scene, covering ambulance 4-2-61 to Nesconset fire headquarters.

Stony Brook FD
1 Chief 5a-3-?, ladder 5a-3-?, 1 ambulance 5a-3-?

Stony Brook VAC:  
ALS ambulance 5-35-16

Kings Park FD:
Chiefs 30, 32, 33,  ladder 4-1-7 to Nesconset HQ, Fire Police 4-1-10, Engine 4-1-1.

Nissequogue:
Covering engine 4-5-5 to Nesconset Fire headquarters.

Hauppauge FD:
Chief 30, 3-8-9 and TRT unit 3-8-23.

Commack FD:
Chief 31, Fire Marshal 40, Tech rescue 2-11-7 and Tac rescue 2-11-8, TRT crew unit 2-11-16.

CI Ambulance:
1 ALS ambulance

Lakeland FD:
Chief 32, BLS ambulance 3-13-16, heavy rescue 3-13-6

Selden FD:
1 fire police

Coram FD:
Fire Police-Dispatched but cancelled en-route

Northport FD:
Fire Police 2-9-6 -cancelled en-route

East Northport FD:
Fire police-cancelled en-route

Terryville FD:
Fire police-cancelled en-route.

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Hauppauge handles 2nd snowplowing vehicle fire in 2 days


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The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on Mobrey Lane in the Pines. Units arrived to find an involved pickup truck that had been plowing a driveway.  Assistant Chief Eugene Oliver operated on scene with engines 3-8-14, 3-8-4 and 3-8-11.
The truck was a total loss.

Photo by the other 40.

Centereach caps a 64 run weekend with a house fire.


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0020 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 33 Hammond Lane off Linden Street. Units arrived to find fire in the wall around a fireplace with extension into the attic. Engine 5-5-2 was first due and although they had difficulty accessing the fire building and hydrant due to the roads not being plowed, they stretched in and went to work on the fire. Mutual aid was requested from Selden FD, Ronkonkoma, Setauket to the scene and the Nesconset Fire Department sent a covering engine to CFD Headquarters.
There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office.

Photo by Ron Monteleone. No permission is granted to use his photo.


Roof of the Smithtown Bowling Alley collapses


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1638 hours.  The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to the Smithown Bowling Alley on Landing Avenue in regards to an activated fire alarm. Units arrived to find that a large portion of the center of the building had completely collapsed, resulting in a natural gas leak and a water main break. The Bowling Alley was not occupied due to the storm, so there was no life hazard. Chief of Department John Hansen arrived and took command requesting LIPA, National Grid, the Water Authority, Smithtown Fire Marshals, the Building Department, and the MTA due to large amounts of water impinging on the rail bed.The Saint James Fire Department sent an engine to the scene and the Hauppauge Fire Department sent a covering engine to Smithtown's headquarters. 

The building has been deemed a total loss.


Dozens stranded in Lake Grove during Nemo


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As the storm clouds moved away from the area, FD units continued to try and deal with EMS and fire runs. Most ambulances, fire trucks and police units ended up getting stuck themselves and had to bug pulled out-some multiple times. While trying to navigate to Stony Brook Hospital with patients, FD units could not get up 347 due to roughly 30 vehicles of all shapes and sizes blocking the road in both directions. Complicating matters, many of the vehicles were occupied, some had run out of fuel and the occupants were suffering from cold exposure. A command post was established in the Parking Lot of Bed Bath and Beyond. Multiple ambulances were called to the scene and as each car was searched, the occupants were removed and transported to either the hospital or to the Nesconset Firehouse to warm up, eat and rehydrate. Heavy machinery came in from the State and town to clear the cars from the roads and get them reopened.

Thankfully,  There were no serious injuries and all units were cleared from the scene within 2 hours.

Photo by MW.

Car fire in Mastic Beach


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1519 hours. The Mastic Beach Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on Edwards Road between Knapp and Magnolia. Units arrived to find an involved auto in the street. 1st Assistant Chief Garlo Grover had the scene and operated with units 2, 4, 8 and 32. Middle Island ambulance 16 was also on scene as they were covering for Mastic Beach Ambulance. The vehicle was a total loss and the fire is under investigation by the Mastic Beach Fire Marshals Office.

Photo by Jim Rugen.

Student arrested for starting fire her dorm room at the Lake Grove School


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at the Lake Grove School. The Lake Grove Fire Marshal arrived and advised that the fire was out and FD services would not be needed. The Fire Marshal advised that he had a female in custody and requested the Arson Squad.  A 16 year old female was arrested for lighting some of her property on fire in her dorm room. She was transported to the 4th Precinct in Hauppauge for processing.

Setauket deals with stubborn fire at SUNY Sports Complex


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1121 hours. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched on an activated fire alarm to the Indoor sports complex on Stadium Drive and John S. Toll Drive on the campus of Stony Brook University. Chief of Department Dennis Mirante was advised enroute by Stony Brook Universtiy Fire Marshals that there was in fact a fire in a portion of the building under construction. 3rd Assistant Chief William Rohr took command of operations within the building. Mutual aid was requested from Stony Brook for an engine to the scene, Centereach FD sent a RIT, Terryville sent a truck and was put to work, Port Jefferson FD sent an covering engine, Saint James FD sent an ALS ambulance and Stony Brook University Ambulance was at the scene. This was an extended operation involving an area of the building that was under construction. Multiple hand lines were stretched Crews had to cut throw rebar and structural materials to get to and extinguish the fire. The fire was placed under control at 1305 hours and all FD units were clear from the scene by 1400.

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Photo above by Eric Vasquez. All others by Dennis Whittam. No permission is granted to use photos.

House in Smithtown burns due to improper disposal of ashes


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The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to Damian Court on a telephone alarm reporting a house fire. Units arrived to find a single story wood frame dwelling heavily involved. Both of the occupants had escaped without injury. Mutual aid was requested to the scene from Kings Park---Hauppauge stood by, Nesconset to the scene, Saint James to the scene, Kings Park to the scene. Commack

Setauket goes to work on Tree Road


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2206 hours. Setauket FD is dispatched to a phone alarm at 410 Tree Road off Bette Ann Drive. Units arrived and encountered a heavy smoke condition in a two story private dwelling. Mutual aid was requested from the Terryville Fire Department for an engine, Centereach Fire Department sent a RIT, Stony Brook. Crews searched the building and found the fire in the oil fired heating unit. The fire was extinguished and the building was searched and vented. Two cats were removed by members and revived by medics on the scene.

Overturn in Centereach


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1506 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was activated for a motor vehicle accident on Hammond Lane newer Laurel Street. Chief of Department Derek Anderson arrived to find a single car accident with the vehicle off the road, on its side and up against a house. The lone occupant had self extricated and refused medical attention. Crews rendered the vehicle safe and checked the house for structural damage. 

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One injured in early morning Hauppauge fire


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0100 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to 1465 Motor Parkway near Hoffman Lane in regards to a phone alarm reporting that the roof was on fire. Arriving units were advised by police that there was an active fire in a basement apartment and that all occupants were already out and accounted for. Crews stretched an  1 3/4 hand line and extinguished the fire-confining it to one room. Smoke damage was heavy to the basement apartment and the occupant of same was transported by CI-Hauppauge Ambulance with smoke inhalation. As per Hauppauge's preplan, Nesconset FD sent a RIT, Smithtown an Engine and Central Islip FD (who had just taken up from their own working fire, sent a covering engine to Hauppauge FD headquarters. Chief of Department Germaine was the incident commander. 

The Hauppauge Fire District Fire Marshal, Islip Town Fire Marshals Office and Suffolk Police Arson Squad are investigating.

Hauppauge and Commack send units to Brentwood fire


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1720 hours. The Brentwood Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 300 Wicks Road off Sherman Street for a reported structure fire. Assistant Chief Mike Derbyshire arrived and advised of a fully involved two story private dwelling.  Two hand lines were put to work and mutual aid was requested from Hauppauge for a RIT, Commack for an engine, East Brentwood to cover and West Islip to cover another alarm down in Brentwood's Company 4 area. The fire was placed under control in 60 minutes. 

The Brentwood Fire District Fire Marshal and Suffolk Police Arson Squad Detectives are investigating.

Photo by Robert Kuehn-Fire Marshal-Brentwood FIre District. Do not use without his permission.

Hauppauge handles chimney fire on Ridgefield Road


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1353 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to 426 Ridgefield Road off Northfield Road in regards to a phone alarm reporting smoke in the building. Crews arrived and found a chimney fire. Due to the heavy smoke condition within, crews had to open the walls and ceilings around the chimney to check for extension. The fire was extinguished with a Chimfex and a booster line. As per Hauppauge FD's pre plan, the Smithtown Fire Department sent an engine to the scene, Nesconset FD sent a RIT and Central Islip sent a covering engine to Hauppauge FD headquarters.
The Islip Town Fire Marshals Office was called to the scene and condemned the chimney.



Automatic alarm leads to work at Hauppauge warehouse.


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0134 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to an activated fire alarm at 60 Hoffman Avenue off Newton Place. Units arrived and reported nothing visible from the exterior. Using the Knox system, crews opened the building and were confronted with a heavy smoke condition within. Search teams entered the building and found that the sprinkler system was containing a fire in the warehouse area. The fire was quickly extinguished and the building ventilated. The fire caused extensive damage to a heating unit, a man lift and to materials being stored in one area of the building. Smoke damage was moderate throughout the building. Water damage was heavy in the warehouse area. In total, six (6) sprinkler heads fused and operated, effectively containing the fire to the area of origin. The Central Islip Fire Department sent a covering engine to Hauppauge Fire Department Headquarters for the duration of the alarm.

The Hauppauge Fire District Fire Marshal and Islip Town Fire Marshals Office handled the investigation.

Yet again, another automatic alarm that did its job. This is the 11th fire in the jurisdictions that I cover, in 6 months that was reported to the fire departments via automatic alarm. 

Icy roads send Hauppauge & Commack FD's out on simultaneous overturns


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2029 hours. The Hauppauge FD is dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Ledgewood Drive at Lone Oak Path. Units arrived to find a vehicle overturned. The occupants had already self extricated and were denying any injury. FD units took up shortly thereafter. The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to Indian Head Road at Somerset Drive for a motor vehicle accident. Arriving units encountered an overturned vehicle at that scene. The occupant had also self extricated and refused medical attention. All Commack FD units were back in service within 10 minutes.


Yet another fire caused by improper disposal of fireplace ashes


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1149 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house on fire at 14 Rosellen Court off Nichols Road. Arriving units found a deck on fire in the rear yard. The fire was quickly extinguished with a booster line and the burning sections of deck cut out and soaked down. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office was called in to investigate and determined that the fire was a result of fireplace ash that had been placed in a plastic bucket and left on the wood deck. The ash ignited the bucket and then the burning plastic ignited the deck. Thankfully for this homeowner, the winds were blowing away from his house which pushed the fire away. Any shift in wind direction would have resulted the the fire extending to the house.

This is the 3rd fire in just over a week resulting from fireplace ash being improperly disposed of.  Ash should be removed from the fireplace/stove and placed in a metal container. That container should then be filled with water and the ash stirred. Once the ash is soaked it can be poured into the trash. ASH SHOULD NEVER BE PLACED IN PLASTIC, PAPER OR OTHER COMBUSTIBLE CONTAINERS AND SHOULD NEVER BE STORED IN OR NEAR YOUR HOUSE. THESE ASHES CAN REMAIN HOT FOR DAYS, EVEN IN THESE COLD TEMPERATURES.

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Hauppauge covers Central Islip during fatal house fire


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0505 hours. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 23 Sycamore Avenue. Units arrived to find a heavy fire condition throughout a two story wood frame vacant dwelling. Units attempted to make entry but due to a collapse of the ground level floors, had to pull back. Once the fire was knocked down and units were able to re-enter the structure an adult male was found deceased in the basement. Islip Terrace sent a RIT and Hauppauge sent an engine to the scene. East Brentwood Fire Department sent a covering engine to Central Islip Headquarters. Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance also operated on scene.

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Fully involved house in Mastic


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0502 hours. The Mastic Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 339 Montauk Highway. Arriving units encounter a heavy fire condition throughout an approximately 100 year old balloon construction two story wood frame structure. Chief of Department James Mickert put units right into a defensive mode going to big lines and master streams. The Center Moriches Fire Department sent an engine to the scene, Brookhaven Fire Department sent an engine to the scene, Mastic Beach sent a RIT and East Moriches sent their tower ladder. Mastic Ambulance operated at the scene, Center Moriches also sent an ambulance and Fire Police to the scene. Mastic Beach ambulance sent a covering ambulance to Mastic, the Ridge Fire Department sent a covering engine to Mastic Fire Headquarters and Manorville Ambulance sent their rehab unit to the scene. The structure was a total loss. 

Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals and Suffolk Police Arson Detectives are handling the investigation.


Setauket Fire Dept covers for Port Jefferson during structure fire


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1337 hours. The Port Jefferson Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at the Port Jefferson Florist 408 Main Street near Maple. Units arrived to find a moderate smoke condition in a two story taxpayer (commercial building on the ground level with apartments above). Two hand lines were stretched and crews went to work, quickly extinguishing the fire and confining it to the store of origin. Mutual aid was requested from the Mount Sinai Fire Department for an engine and the Terryville Fire Department for their ladder. The Setauket Fire Department sent a covering engine to Port Jefferson Fire Headquarters. Port Jefferson VAC was on scene and Miller Place FD sent a covering ambulance to stand by at PJVAC HQ.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Port Jefferson Village Fire Marshal.

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Centereach handles early morning truck fire


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0635 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire at 49 Champlain Street off Clinton Avenue. Units arrived to find an Alliance Tree Service truck burning in a yard next to a dwelling. 2nd Assistant Chief Robert Corley had command and the fire was quickly extinguished. The truck was destroyed and some siding on the dwelling sustained some minor damage.  The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office is investigating.


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All photos property of Ron Monteleone.


Ronkonkoma pin job on the LIE.


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0327 hours. The Ronkonkoma FD is dispatched to a motor vehicle on the Long Island Expressway near Exit 61. Units arrived to find a single car collision with the occupants pinned in the vehicle. Crews removed the doors and roof of the car which allowed for patient extrication. All victims were transported to Stony Brook Hospital via Ronkonkoma's ambulance's.

Photo Courtesy of Tom McGrath.

Hauppauge and Commack both dispatched to MVA with overturn


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The Hauppauge Fire Department, Central Islip Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance, Commack Fire Department and Commack Ambulance were all dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Motor Parkway near the Smithtown Sheraton Hotel. Units arrived to find a two car collision with one vehicle overturned in front of 300 Motor Parkway. All of the occupants had self extricated and all injuries were reported to be minor. The victims were evaluated and transported to the hospital. The funny part is, the call was actually in the Brentwood Fire District.

Photo by Anthony Napoli Jr. 

PD involved MVA in Centereach


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2147 hours. For the 2nd time in less than 2 hours, the Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 25 at Nichols Road. Units arrived to find a two car collision involving sector 612 and a civilian automobile. All injuries were minor. It was alleged that the police officer observed a subject pass through a red light and went after them, striking another vehicle in the process. Centereach FD EMS transported the civilian and SCPD transported the police officer via another sector car.

Centereach sends an engine to Selden Gas leak


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1450 hours. The Selden Fire Department was dispatched to a natural gas leak in the vicinity of College Road and Palm Street. Arriving units encountered an active leak the result of a cesspool contractor that hit a line with a machine. While PD shut down the area to traffic, FD units stretched and disbursed the vapors while metering the surrounding buildings. Farmingville FD was called for an additional engine. Coram sent an ambulance to the scene, Terryville sent a covering ambulance to Selden HQ and Centereach sent a covering engine to Selden HQ.

Photo courtesy of David Rubin.

One dead in early morning Nesconset wreck


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0203 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Middle Country Road near Cambon Avenue. Units arrived to find a collision between an SUV and a front loading garbage truck. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene and FD units had to remove the drivers door to the garbage truck to free that driver, who was then transported to Stony Brook Hospital. Motor Carrier Safety and the Suffolk Police 4th Squad are investigating. According to police, this is the same carting company involved in the fatal accident in Commack last week. It is also reported that the driver in this accident was filling in for the driver that had been involved in last weeks accident. 

David Rubin Photo.

Centereach heavy rescue on Marktree Road at School Street


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2138 hours. 1st Assistant Chief Henry Borkowski notifies Centereach dispatch of a motor vehicle accident on Marktree Road at School Street. The Chief further advises that the victim is trapped in the car and the door must be removed. Chief of Department Anderson operated with Heavy Rescue 4, light rescue 14, engine 12, Engine 2, 3 ambulances and fire police. The victims were extricated by 2148, packaged and transported to Stony Brook Hospital.

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Truck slams into Smithtown pub


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1701 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle into the building at 197 Terry Road. 3rd Assistant Chief Mike Landrigan arrived and advised that he had a pickup that jumped the curb, went through the iron railings and into the building. All subjects had already exited the building and no-one, including the vehicle operator claimed any injury.  The truck was removed from the building and FD units applied absorbent onto the transmission and motor oil that leaked onto the roadway from the underside of the truck.

The Smithtown Fire Marshals were called to the scene and in turn requested a building inspector. An order was issued to demolish the damaged area to make it safe and secure the building immediately. In addition to Assistant Chief Landrigan, Smithtown operated with 1st Assistant Chief Sisino, Engine 4-2-4, Rescue 4-2-9 and ambulance 4-2-62. The vehicle was impounded by Suffolk Police for a safety check.

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Mastic goes to Brookhaven Fire


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1321 Hours. The Brookhaven Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 1182 Orchid Circle in the Atlantic Pointe Condo complex. Units could see the smoke from a distance and upon arrival 5-30-30 transmitted the working fire. Mutual aid was requested from the Bellport Fire Department for the RIT (5-1-3) and a Chief 5-1-31, Hagerman Fire Department an engine (5-10-1), Mastic Fire Department for tower ladder 5-12-14, North Patchogue Fire Department for an engine (5-17-2), Patchogue Fire Department for an engine (5-19-3) and a Chief (5-19-33), Yaphank Fire Department for engine 5-30-9 and 5-30-80, South Country Ambulance for 17 and 18.

All photos are courtesy of David Rubin and Dennis Whittam. Do not use without their express permission.

House fire on Kathryn Lane in Ronkonkoma.


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1229 hours. The Ronkonkoma FD was dispatched to a phone alarm reporting smoke and flames from a house at 3 Kathryn Lane off Hester Lane. 5-24-32 was first in and advised that the electrical service to the house was burning and had extended to the structure. The working fire was transmitted and a RIT from Lakeland was requested.  Crews went to work with two high pressure hand lines and the fire was quickly knocked down. LIPA was requested to terminate the service at the pole. The Chief placed the call under control within 15 minutes. Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals were requested to the scene to handle the investigation. 5-24-8, 5-24-6, 32, 33 and 11.

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All photos courtesy of David Rubin.

Mastic handles pin on Montauk Highway at Barnes Road.


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0644 hours. The Mastic Fire Department and Mastic Ambulance Corp responded to a motor vehicle accident on Montauk Highway near Barnes Road. Units arrived to find a collision involving a bus and a car with occupants trapped. Crews went to work, freeing the victim, who was then packaged and transported via Mastic Ambulance 5-37-18.  Mastic FD operated with 5-12-1, 5-12-6 and 5-12-80. Mastic Ambulance had units 5-37-81 and 5-37-18 on scene. All units were cleared by 0710 hours.

Sink hole damages one vehicle and forces shutdown of Mt. Pleasant Road in Smithtown


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As a result of the failure of a 12 inch water main, a portion of Mt. Pleasant Road between Daisy Lane and Cambridge Drive collapsed. One vehicle traveling down the street at the time wound up in the hole and the driver called 911. Suffolk Police and the Smithtown Fire Department responded to the scene, evaluated the victim, secured the vehicle and shut down the road. The Suffolk Water Authority is on scene making the repairs and expects the road to be reopened by nightfall.

Commack overturn on Cicily Lane


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1607 hours. The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle with reported overturn and pin. Units arrived on Cicily Drive and found a vehicle on its side with the occupant trapped within. Crews went to work and removed the roof to so CVAC members could get to the victim and package for transport. The lone occupant suffered minor injuries.

Thanks to Kieran Keane for the pic.

Overturn on Landing Avenue in Smithtown


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1134 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Landing Avenue near Oakside Road. Units arrived to find an overturned vehicle. The occupant had self extricated and refused any medical attention. All units took up and the scene was turned over to the Suffolk County Police Department.

Ronkonkoma MVA Pond Road & Forest View


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0912 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Pond Road and Forest View. Units arrived to find that a car struck a pole. The driver was not pinned and injuries were minor. The victim was transported to Stony Brook Hospital via ambulance 5-24-16. Assistant Chief Mike Ianuzzi had command and operated with 5-24-8, 16, 3 and 80.

Photo courtesy of Buff N Stuff.

MVA-Browns Road and Old Nichols Road Nesconset


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2030 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with heavy rescue on Old Nichols Road at the intersection with Browns Road. 2nd Assistant Chief James Keane was first in and advised of a two vehicle collision with no entrapment. Nesconset  used both of their ambulances to transport and Centereach FD provided an additional ambulance to the scene-also transporting a patient. The crews from Engine 2 and Heavy Rescue 9 applied speedy dry, rendered both vehicles safe and removed them from the roadway. All units cleared from the scene within 20 minutes.

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Leaking propane tanks lead to charges against Smithtown resident


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0921 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was activated for a report of a gas leak at 295 Rose Lane off Brooksite Drive. Chief of Department John Hansen arrived and found eleven 33 pound forklift type propane tanks leaking in the yard. The tanks, which were allegedly stolen by the son of the property owner had the relief valves sheared off as the subject was attempting to void the tanks of their contents so he could then sell them for scrap.

Crews went to work to stop the leaks using plugs and diking material, while metering the surrounding buildings. The Hauppauge Fire Department was requested for their heavy rescue with additional meters to assist Smithtown. The subject was charged by the Smithtown Fire Marshals with violating a number of sections of the New York State Fire Code and then transported to the 4th Precinct for questioning by detectives in regards to the stolen tanks. The investigation is continuing.



Hauppauge, Ronkonkoma and Nesconset go to Lakeland house fire.


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0718 hours. The Lakeland Fire Department signed on the air with a report of a house fire at 286 Fir Grove Road between Haven and Port Ave. On arrival, units encountered heavy fire on the ground and upper levels of a two story wood frame occupied private dwelling. Lines were stretched and mutual aid was requested from the Central Islip Fire Department for a RIT, Hauppauge Fire Department for an engine and truck, Ronkonkoma Fire Department for an engine and the Nesconset Fire Department for a covering engine. Units operated at the scene until approximately 1000 hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Islip Town Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad.

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Fatal motor vehicle accident in Commack


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0337 hours. Commack Ambulance Corp and Commack Fire Department were dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Jericho Turnpike near Siracusa Blvd. Units arrived at the scene and encountered a multi-vehicle crash involving a garbage truck and an SUV. The driver of the car was unconscious. EMS went to work on the victim while FD units removed the drivers side door so he could be extricated.  The victim, who was an off-duty Suffolk County Police Officer, was transported to St. Catherine's Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.


Kings Park handles dryer fire


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2110 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 45 Springmeadow Drive off of Old Commack Road. Units arrived to find an active fire confined to an electric clothes dryer. Chief of Department Mark O'Brien had the first engine in stretch a dry line to the front door while units extinguished the fire with water cans. The area around the dryer was opened up and very minor extension was found. As the dryer vented into the attic, that area was also checked and found to be clear. The dryer was removed from the building and the Smithtown Fire Marshals were called to the scene.

This is the 2nd fire in three days (both in Kings Park) where things went right, resulting in only minor damage to property and no injuries. This fire was a result of excessive lint that clogged the dryer vent. With the vent clogged, the lint then backed up into the dryer housing itself where it was ignited by the heating element. The occupant of the house happened to be in the next room when she heard a noise by the dryer. She noted smoke coming from the dryer. When she opened it, she did not see flames so she removed the clothing. At that point she was able to see a very small fire in the area of the heating element. She blew the fire out then checked the lint trap. When she removed the trap, she noticed that it was melted. She calmly placed it in the bathroom sink, wet it down, closed the dryer door and unplugged the dryer. She removed her children from the house and had her neighbor call 911. When the fire department arrived, the dryer was burning to the point where it was destroyed but the damage was confined to dryer and surrounding area. 

Reminders:

-Dryers cannot be vented into the attic. They must be vented to the exterior of the building.

-Do not leave dryers or any heat pro ducting devices on when the house is unoccupied or you are sleeping.

-Dryer vents/ducting should be properly installed as per the manufacturers instructions. This includes the pitch or angle of the duct work. This is critical as flat duct work allows for lint build up.

-Dryer ducts should be inspected at least once a year and cleaned when any lint build up is noted.

-If you encounter a fire in your home, remain calm, try and isolate the fire by closing a door to the room where the fire is located and GET OUT.

-Once safely outside, don't forget to call the fire department. If you don't call, then they will not come until someone else calls. 

-Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. If they don't work, change the batteries.

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Matthews wish continues to flourish


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Matthew McKinnon was an energetic young man who was full of life, love and generosity. Matthew also suffered from cancer and after a nine year battle, passed into life eternal at age 13 on January 16th 2011. Matthew was granted a wish by the Make a Wish Foundation. Instead of choosing something for himself, Matthews wish was to fill a tractor trailer with toys and deliver them to the hospital for all of the children. Sadly, Matthew did not live to see his dream come true, but thanks to an effort led by his mom Anne Marie as well as his family and friends, a toy drive in his honor has become an annual tradition.

While I never had the pleasure of meeting Matthew, his uncle, Mike Allen is a friend, Holbrook firefighter and fellow Fire Marshal in Islip Town, his uncle Robert Allen is a Brentwood Firefighter, his uncle Harold Allen is an Islip Terrace Firefighter and another uncle, Chris Allen is an ex-chief of the Brentwood Fire Department. According to Anne Marie, Robbie Allen came up with the idea of holding an annual "Matthews Wish Toy Parade" The first was held in 2011 and was a huge success.

On December 15, 2012, They held the 2nd Annual Matthew’s Wish Parade. Members from International Brotherhood of Bikers, Brentwood Legion Ambulance, Central Islip Fire Department, East Islip Fire Department, Holbrook Fire Department and Brentwood Fire Department came to show support and as a result, loads of toys were delivered to Cohen’s Children Hospital in New Hyde Park on December 22nd. According to the staff at Cohens, this was the largest donation of toys, books, games etc, that they have ever received. In fact, they also delivered toys to Stony Brook University Hospital and helped with the Hampton Hurricane Relief Fund.

This is an amazing charity that will continue to grow and could use all of our support. 

Click on the photo above for more pics from the parade.

All photos courtesy of Ron Monteleone.

Special Thanks To The Donation Drop Off Locations:

Out Of The Park Burger, 101 South Research Place, Central Islip, NY

Brentwood Fire Dept (main house), 125 4th Street, Brentwood, NY

Brentwood Fire Dept (east house on Broadway), 26 Fulton St, Brentwood, NY

Physical Therapy & Sport Services,1173-28 Vets Memorial Hwy., Hauppauge, NY

Essential Chiropractic, Dr. KJ Malone, 204 Monatuk Hwy., Westhampton, NY 

Suffolk County National Bank Locations
400 Merrick Rd, Amityville, NY
955 Little East Neck Rd., West Babylon NY
161 North Main Street., Sayville, NY
168 West Monatuk Hwy., Hampton Bays, NY
17 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 


To help Matthew’s Wish live on, donations can be sent to:

 Matthew’s Wish 
4  Pinewood Lane
Hampton Bays, NY 11946

You can also check out their Facebook page by clicking on Matthew's picture below

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UPDATE: 

From Matthews mom via her Facebook page:

I loved sharing his 1st Anniversary with his friends/family last year. It made a very difficult day just a bit more bearable. As seeing as we aren't off this year and I still wanted to do something special to honor him I came up with this idea:
I wanted to come up with something that really reflects MATTHEW. So I was thinking, we can wear either Blue or Yellow or both if you want as a special way to honor him on his 2nd anniversary in heaven on January 16, 2013. Those are the colors of his Breath Taking bracelet that he wore everyday. 
I would love it so much if you would also post pics of yourself and let me see what creative ways you guys came up with! Please don't hesitate to share a special moment/time that you had with Matt. I love reading those the most.

I personally will be wearing blue and yellow on the 16th in honor of this awesome young man that was taken from his family and friends far too soon, but left a lasting legacy for us all.


MVA with Pin in Brookhaven


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23:52 hours. The Brookhaven Fire Department and Shirley Ambulance Corp were dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Montauk Highway near Smith Road. Units arrived to find a two vehicle collision involving two SUV's. One vehicle, a 2012 Nissan, was on its side in a cluster of trees. The occupants of that vehicle were pinned with one seriously injured. Brookhaven FD crews from Rescues 3 and 4 as well as engine 2 and engine 9 went to work extricating the victims under the command of the Chief of Department. Shirley Ambulance requested mutual aid for an ambulance from Mastic Ambulance and the Mastic Fire Department was requested to respond to Brookhaven FD station 1 on Camp Upton Road to cover the medivac landing. Once the female victim was extricated, she was packaged and transported via EMS to the LZ and flown to Stony Brook Hospital.The male driver was transported via ambulance to Brookhaven Hospital where he was later arrested for DWI. 

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MVA with overturn in Ronkonkoma


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2300 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Ronkonkoma Avenue near Bergen Street. Units arrived to find a two vehicle collision with an SUV on its side. The occupants of both vehicles had already self extricated and refused medical attention.  All units cleared from the scene within 30 minutes.

Photo courtesy of Ben Cohen.

Setauket covers for Port Jeff Fire Dept during working fire.


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1830 hours. The Port Jefferson Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 24 Club Road off Lodge Lane in Belle Terre. Units arrived to find a heavy fire condition in a garage attached to a two story wood frame private dwelling. Crews stretched two lines and went to work but not before the fire extended into the dwelling. The Terryville Fire Department sent an engine to the scene, Mount Sinai Fire Department sent a RIT and the Setauket Fire Department sent a covering engine to Port Jefferson Fire Headquarters. Port Jefferson Ambulance covered EMS ops at the scene.

Photo above is courtesy of Dennis Whittam (www.nyfirephotos.com) Check out more pics on his website and Facebook Page.


Subject shot, then drives away and smashes into Mastic 711


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1933 hours. The Mastic Fire Department and Mastic Ambulance Corps were dispatched to the 7-11 Store at 1236 Montauk Highway near Madison Street. Units arrived to find that a vehicle had crashed into the front of the store causing minor damage. When crews went to check on the vehicle operator, they found that he had been shot.  The victim was in and out of consciousness. MVAC members stabilized the victim and transported him to Calabro airport where he was air lifted to Stony Brook Hospital for treatment.

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Kings Park FD handles fire caused by improperly discarded fireplace ashes


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1411 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of an explosion and fire on Carlson Avenue off Main Street. 3rd Assistant Chief Tim Clark arrived to find police officers attempting to extinguish a cluster of plastic garbage pails on the side of the house. As the fire was impinging on the side of the building, Chief Clark forced entry and encountered a heavy smoke condition within. FD units arrived and completed extinguishment, checked for extension and ventilated the building. 

An investigation into the cause of the fire was conducted by the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office. It was determined that the fire was a result of the homeowner dumping ashes that he had removed from his wood burning stove the night before, into one of the plastic garbage pails. As the ashes were still hot, they ignited the surrounding combustibles.  

Folks, there is an important lesson here. The homeowner had cleaned out the ashes last night. He did the right thing by placing them in a metal container and storing it outside the house. In spite of the fact that he waited 12 hours before dumping the ashes into the trash, there were still hot embers within. The proper thing to do would be to soak and stir the ashes prior to disposal. This house was saved by the quick actions of the fire department and cops but mainly because the exterior of the house was overlain with wood shingles. Had there been vinyl siding on this house, the damage would have been extensive.

Nesconset FD says goodbye to Chaplain George Voigt


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The Nesconset Fire Department said goodbye to one of their own on December 30th. Firefighter George Voigt, the department Chaplain passed into life eternal on December 28th after a long illness. Up until his death, George was an active member of the department. George joined the Nesconset Fire Department in 1968, serving in Engine Company 3 until the companies were re-structured, at which time he transferred to fire police, serving in both the Lieutenant and Captain positions.

George was a great cook and was always manning the grill or stove for department events. After retiring from Gristedes, George and his wife ran a successful catering business. George also 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 was predeceased by his wife about a year ago and is survived by a son James. Firematic services were on 12-30 at the Branch Funeral home and he was laid to rest at Pinelawn National Cemetary. The community thanks you for your service George and RIP.

Click on the photo above for pictures from the funeral. 

Photo above is courtesy of the Nesconset Fire Department.

Hauppauge RIT goes to fire in Central Islip


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1110 hours. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke coming from a vacant building at 41 East Halley Lane off of Hawthorne Avenue. Units arrived and confirmed a working fire. The Hauppauge Fire Department was requested for a RIT. Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance sent 2 ambulances to the scene. Crews stretched two lines and went to battle a fire on the upper level and in the attic.

Photo by Robby Miller.

Nesconset heavy rescue


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0647 hours. The Nesconset FD was tapped out for a motor vehicle accident on Route 347 near Route 25. Units arrived to find a two car collision in the eastbound lanes of 347 between South Hillside Avenue and Route 25. The lone occupant of one of the vehicles, a Honda sedan, was trapped in his vehicle. Crews used the jaws to remove the drivers door. The occupant was packaged and transported via ambulance to Stony Brook with  very minor injuries. 

SUV vs utility pole in Lake Grove


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2212 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was activated for a motor vehicle accident on Hawkins Avenue at Alex Court. Units arrived to find that the operator of an SUV left the road way, went through a utility pole and landed in a patch of trees. The driver, who was conscious, had self extricated and was lying on the ground behind the vehicle. After it was determined that the overhead wiring was secure, the victim was packaged and transported via 5-5-16 to Stony Brook Hospital. All units were clear from the scene within 20 minutes.

Click on the photo above for more pictures from the scene.

Kings Park man arrested after allegedly killing his grandmother


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0435AM . Suffolk Police and the Kings Park Fire Department respond to an EMS call for an unconscious female on Berg Avenue. Units arrive and find that the vicim is obviously deceased. After an investigation, a 25 year old occupant of the house was arrested and charged with  the death of his 82 year old grandmother. According to Suffolk Police, Clarence Newcomb is facing first degree manslaughter in the death of Kathleen Newcomb, who raised him since he was a young child. Police contend that the defendant suffocated the victim after an argument over what they were watching on television.

Newcomb is being held without bail.

PIN job in Centereach


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2317 hours. While operating at structure fire, the Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the vicinity of 190 Mark Tree Road. Units arrived and found a two car collision with the occupant of one vehicle trapped within.  Crews from Heavy Rescue 5-5-4 and Tac Rescue 5-5-14 used cutters and the jaws, removing the passenger side doors so EMS could package and remove the victim. The subject was transported to Stony Brook Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Click on the photo above for more pictures from the scene.

Photos are courtesy of Ron Monteleone and are not to be reused without his permission.

Vacant dwelling fire in Centereach


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2251 hours. The Centereach Fire Department took multiple calls reporting a structure fire on Middle Country Road in the vicinity of Horesblock Road. Chief of Department Steve Corvaia was first due, arriving to find a fully involved vacant single story dwelling and attached garage behind 1790 Middle Country Road. While units went to work, mutual aid was requested from the Selden Fire Department for a RIT and the Ronkonkoma Fire Department for engine to quarters.Selden had some trouble getting out right away so Ronkonkoma was diverted to the scene as a RIT and the Farmingville Fire Department sent a covering ambulance. Selden did send an engine to the scene. Three firefighters were treated for minor injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad. Anyone with information is asked to call the SCPD tips line.

Click on the photo above for more pictures from the scene. 

All photos are courtesy of Ron Monteleone and are not to be used without his permission.

Ronkonkoma MVA on Ronkonkoma Avenue


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1720 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to an MVA on Ronkonkoma Avenue near Hillcrest Avenue. Units arrived to find a 3 car collision with a victim trapped in one vehicle. Units went to work, stabilizing the car and removing the drivers side rear door. All victims were stabilized and transported to area hospitals.

Hauppauge sends covering engine to Central Islip for their 2nd fire of the day


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1823 hours. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to 88 Miller Avenue off East Suffolk Avenue in regards to a report of a structure fire. SCPD sector unit 417 arrived prior to the fire department and advised of a fire within and that all occupants were out of the building. FD Units arrived to find fire on the ground and upper level of a 2 story wood frame private dwelling. Multiple inch and three-quarter lines were deployed and operated. Lakeland Fire Department sent a RIT and Hauppauge, a covering engine to Central Islip FD headquarters. Central Islip Ambulance was also on scene and Islip Exchange sent a covering ambulance to CI.


Fuel spill at Commack Hess Station


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1048 hours:  Commack FD Dispatched to a report of a fuel spill on the corner of Jericho Tpke and Kings Park Road. Upon arrival, FD units found a large spill of gasoline, which occurred when a coupling on the hose from the tanker delivering gas to the station came loose.  Spill caused gasoline to flow into three storm drains. The Commack FD Fire Marshal and Smithown Fire Marshal on scene and requested a NYS DEC Spill Response Unit.

The DEC responded and worked with the tanker company to have a qualified company clean up the spill. A representative from the recovery company removed approximately 945 gallons of contaminated water from the site, along with five 55 gallon drums of solid waste, weighing approximately 1200 lbs.  All units cleared from the scene at 1630.


Hauppauge covers for Central Islip during house fire


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0747 hrs. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 20 Rossmore Avenue off Brightside Avenue. Arriving units encountered a fire in the basement on the ground level of a single story vacant structure.

Suffolk Arson Squad is investigating.

Ronkonkoma sends an engine to Farmingville Fire


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0347 hours. The Farmingville Fire Department was dispatched to a phone alarm at the Bald Hill Cultural Center. Units arrived to find a fire in an unoccupied Cody's BBQ and Grill (the old ski chalet building).  Mutual aid was requested to the scene from Holtsville, Medford (engine) Medford Ambulance Corp (ambulance) and Coram, while Ronkonkoma sent a covering engine to Farmingville's headquarters. The building, which was built in the 1960's sustained moderate to heavy damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office.

Click on the photo go to Rob Garafalo's website to see more pictures from the scene.

Mastic Beach Fire Department travels to Webster to for Murdered firefighters funerals


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A contingent of Mastic Beach Firefighters traveled up to Monroe County early Saturday morning to attend the funeral for slain West Webster Lt Mike Chiapperini. In spite of treacherous road conditions and a winter blizzard, everyone arrived safely. The funeral was held today at Schroeder High School. Thousands of firefighters and police officers from all over the US and from Canada were in attendance.

Click on the picture above to watch funeral coverage on the Rochester NBC News affiliate WHEC website.

Ronkonkoma MVA Hawkins and Express Drive North


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XXXX hours. Ronknonkoma Fire Department responds to yet another motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Hawkins Avenue and the North Service Road of the Long Island Expressway. Units arrived to find a two car collision. All occupants had self extricated, were treated and transported to Stony Brook Hospital.

Photo by Dan San Filippo

Overturned vehicle lands in Ronkonkoma yard


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1056 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Express Drive South and Laurel Street. Units arrived to find that a vehicle left the roadway, rolled numerous times, taking down a large section of fence before coming to rest on its side in a yard. The driver self extricated and denied any injuries. All units were back in service within 30 minutes.

Photo by Tom McGrath

Commack overturn


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1348 hours. The Commack Fire Department and Commack Ambulance Corps were dispatched to an MVA with reported overturn on Motor Parkway near Commack Road. Units arrived to find a 2 car MVA with one vehicle on its side. All occupants self extricated, were evaluated and one was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital.

Photo courtesy of Noah Pilnick.

Car fire in Mastic


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1516 hours. The Mastic Beach Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire at 68 Montgomery Avenue off Clifton Street. Units arrived to find an involved auto on the side of the house. A hand line was stretched off 5-12-3 and the fire was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries.

Click the photo above for more pics from the scene.

All photos by Harold Jacobs

Pedestrian struck and killed in Ronkonkoma.


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1705 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to Ronkonkoma Avenue at the LIE Express Drive North, in regards to a vehicle vs. Pedestrian. Units arrived to find that an adult male had been struck by an infiniti and was unconscious. THe victim was packaged and transported via ambulance to Stony Brook Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. 

The Suffolk County Police Departments 4th squad is investigating and asks that anyone who witnessed the accident call them at 631-854-8452

Plane skids off runway at McArthur Airport.



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0900 hours. Islip McArthur Airport CFR was dispatched to an aircraft that left the runway while taxiing. The plane was now stuck in the mud on the grass field. WIth no fire or obvious damage to the Southwest 737, all of the passengers were removed from the aircraft. Mutual aid was requested from a number of departments but all were cancelled except for Hauppauge, as they have high lift airbags that were to be used to lift the plane and allow it to be rolled back onto the runway.

FD units operated at the scene for approximately 8 hours, finally getting the plane back on the taxiway. The FAA is investigating.

Click on the photo above for more pictures from the scene.

Mastic and Mastic Beach respond to Brookhaven Fire.


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2019 hours. The Brookhaven Fire Department is dispatched on a phone alarm reporting a structure fire at 187 Robinwood Drive between Thornwood Drive and Smith Road. Units arrive to find fire showing on the upper level of a two story wood frame private dwelling. The Mastic Fire Department sent a RIT and Mastic Beach sent an engine. There were reports that a propane tank was found burning in the fire room. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad.

Commack sends a truck to Greenlawn fire


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0913 hours. The Greenlawn Fire Department was dispatched to 544 Elwood Road in regards to multiple reports of fire in a commercial building. Units arrived and confirmed fire on the roof of the Oak Tree Dairy. Greenlawn's engine 6 laid in and stretched while command requested mutual aid from East Northport for their aerial, Commack for one of their ladders and Dix Hills for an engine. The Centerport Fire Department sent a covering ambulance and the Huntington Manor Fire Department sent an engine to Greenlawn headquarters. Fire damage was confined to a generator room within the building and the roof.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Huntington Town Fire Marshal and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad.