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Serious crash on route 347 in Smithtown


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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. 

Structure fire in Setauket


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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. 

Driver in Jeep takes out hydrant, wall and tree in Commack


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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

Driver loses control and lands in Commack 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


Motor vehicle crash in Centereach 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.

High Angle Rescue Rescue in Nesconset


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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 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. 


One trapped in Kings Park overturn


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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. 


Car vs tree in Hauppauge


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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 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. 


Active killer drill held at Smithtown HS East


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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. 


Centereach goes to house fire in Selden


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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

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 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.


One injured in Kings Park house fire


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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

Overturn in Centereach


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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.

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.


Fire damages Commack 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.


Multiple Departments assist at Selden Fire


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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.


Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Centereach


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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.


Small fire causes damage to Hauppauge 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


Driver crashes vehicle into 7-11 in Centereach


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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 handles a 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.


Vehicle Pedestrian with Medivac in Ronkonkoma


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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. 


Truck fire in Hauppauge


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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


Woman seriously injured in Smithtown 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. 


Nissequogue sends their tanker to large mulch fire in Setauket


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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


Hauppauge, Ronkonkoma & Nesconset send crews to Lakeland Fire


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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


Fatal crash in Hauppauge


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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


House fire in Hauppauge


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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

 

Small fire at Sunrise Assisted Living in Smithtown


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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. 


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

Serious collision in Centereach


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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.


Commack Fire and Ambulance respond to East Northport fire


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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.

Car transporter takes out pole, burning wires, traffic jam ensues


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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

Working house fire in Kings Park


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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. 

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. 

Victim airlifted from Commack MVA


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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. 

Motorist seriously injured in Kings Park crash


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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.

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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

Centereach sends engine to Selden fire


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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.

Early morning fire in building 44 at the Kings Park 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.

Small fire at Nesconset 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 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. 

Numerous township depts respond to East Northport fire


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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. 

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.

Vehicle fire in Centereach


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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.

Hauppauge sends RIT to Central Islip Fire


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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.

Motor vehicle collision in Hauppauge


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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.

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.

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

Another car hits a Smithtown 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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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. 

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.

Working fire in Setauket

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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.


Motorcycle crash in Smithtown

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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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One seriously injured in Lake Grove Motor vehicle 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 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 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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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.


Car hits building in Smithtown


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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.

Heavy Rescue at Browns and Nichols in Nesconset


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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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MVA on Route 347 in Nesconset.


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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.

FD rescues ducklings from Sewer


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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. 

Small fire at John Harvards 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.

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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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.

Early morning house fire in Centereach


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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.

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 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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Brush Fire In Centereach


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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.

2 car 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.

Small fire at Hauppauge 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. 

Hauppauge RIT goes to Central Islip fire.


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1136 hours. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 74 East Halley Lame off Hawthorne Avenue. Units arrived to find an active fire in a single story wood frame private dwelling. Crews went to work and mutual aid was requested from the Hauppauge Fire Department for a RIT, 

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Car slams into Smithtown 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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Commack sends a covering engine to Huntington FD


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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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Commack covers for Dix Hills during house fire


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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 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.

Heavy Rescue and fire at Nesconset crash

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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.

Working fire in Ronkonkoma


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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.

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. 

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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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Click on the link below for surveillance video

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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

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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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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.

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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

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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


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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.

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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. 

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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. 

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. All photos are the property of and ©The original 40. Do not use without his permission.



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.

Click the photo above for more pictures from the scene.

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. 

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. All photos are the property of the original40 and are not to be used without his permission.

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

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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.

Photo by Ken Okvist

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.

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. All photos are property of the 40. No permission is granted to use them anywhere.

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

Click on the picture above for more from the scene.

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. 

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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Photos courtesy of Ron Monteleone. Do not use without his permission.

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.

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

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.


Click on the photo to see more pics from the scene.

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.

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. All photos courtesy of Ron Monteleone and are not to be used without his permission.

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.

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

Photos by the 40.

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.

Click the photo above for more pics from the scene. The dense fog did not help with the quality of the photos.

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.

Note: I do not know who's picture this is so if its yours, let me know and I will credit you or take it down.

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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. 

Click on the photo above to see more pics from the scene on David's site.

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.

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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.

FDNY Fire Marshal dies in crash on way home from work.


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1840 hours. FDNY Fire Marshal Martin McHale, known as "Woody" to his friends was killed in a single car crash, about a block from his home on 84th Avenue in Hollis Hills, Queens. The FDNY released a statement saying that Fire Marshal McHale suffered a massive heart attack resulting the crash. McHale was transported to North Shore University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Fire Marshal McHale was 50 years old and leaves behind a wife and twin sons.

McHale was the 2007 recipient of the FDNY Martin Scott Medal for solving a 2005 arson for hire case where a woman involved in a love triangle paid a hit man to torch her lovers home.

Photo above from DNAinfo.com. Click on it to see additional photos from the scene and of FM McHale.

RIP Brother.

We mourn with West Webster after 4 of their members are shot at a structure fire.


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The West Webster New York Fire Department is located on the shore of Lake Ontario in Monroe County. When Tropical Storm Sandy wreaked havoc on Long Island, members of their department along with many others came down to the island to lend a hand. As many of you who follow this blog know, the West Webster Fire Department was detailed to Mastic Beach. 

At approximately 0530 this morning, their fire department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire that had already auto exposed to a structure at 191 Lake Road. When units arrived, they were ambushed by a gunman who's name will never appear on my site. Two firefighters, Mike Chiapperini and Tomas Kaczowka were shot and died at the scene. Mike Chiapperini was also a Lieutenant in the Webster Police Department. He was also named West Webster's Firefighter of the year two weeks ago and he had finished his NYS Fire Investigator course earlier this year. Tom Kaczowka was a member of the department for just over a year was also a 911 dispatcher.

Firefighter Theodore Scardino was shot in the shoulder and the knee, and firefighter Jospeh Hofstetter was shot in the pelvis. Both were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital. A fifth individual, off duty police officer John Ritter of the Greece Police Department was hit by shrapnel as he drove past the scene on the way to work. 

With all of this evolving, the car fire spread to the house at 191 Lake Road, then to 7 others, all of which were destroyed.  Once police confirmed that the shooter was dead, area fire departments were able to go to work and extinguish the fires. All visible fire was extinguished by nightfall and searches began for more victims. The shooters sister lived in the same house and is now missing. 

In 1981, the shooter was convicted of bludgeoning his grandmother with a hammer at the same location as todays tragedy. He served 17 years in prison, being released on supervised parole in 1998. 

There was a candlelight vigil at the West Webster Fire Department on Gravel Road at 1730 hours. 

Click the photo above to be taken to the West Webster Fire Department Website. If they have a fund setup for the families, please donate to it.


If you listen to the fire department audio below, you will hear the true professionalism that these guys displayed during this incident. I am not sure which victim is firefighter 312 but his constant and unbelievable calm and courageous demeanor in spite of being shot multiple times and remaining in the line of fire, is a testament to the class of these guys. They are all true heroes. I wish them both a speedy recovery and god bless all of those involved. 

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Hauppauge Engine 3 stops to remember the victims of Sandy Hook during santa run.


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During Hauppauge Fire Department Engine Company 3's Santa run, members and their families took time out to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. This photo was taken in front of the Pines Elementary School. Nice job guys.

Long Island firefighters support Newtown Ct


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The shooting in Newtown Connecticut has had a profound affect on us all and has left many wanting to do something to support the community and our brother firefighters. This morning, a contingent of over 60 motorcycles from the Nassau County Fire Riders Motorcycle Club, Riders Of Fire Motorcycle Club, Red Knights Motorcycle Club as well as members from the Hauppauge Fire Department, New Hyde Park Fire Department, Port Washington Fire Department and Centereach Fire Department traveled to Newtown to pay their respects to the community. They were welcomed by Chief Bill Halstead of the Sandy Hook Fire Department. Chaplain Robert Henrichs of the Nassau County Fire Riders led a prayer service in front of the memorial at the Sandy Hook Firehouse. After visiting with the brothers, each of the attendees placed a memento from their department on the memorial.


Unusual rescue in Smithtown


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1601 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to the Greenbelt trail area behind Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace off Route 111 in regards to a subject pinned under a tree. Units arrived to find that a tree had fallen on an adult female, pinning her leg. An ALS ambulance was requested from the Nesconset Fire Department while crews went to work to free her. Using chainsaws, shovels and airbags, the tree was lifted and the victim removed. She was then packaged and transported to the hospital.


Ronkonkoma MVA Ronkonkoma Ave @ Express Drive South.

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The Ronkonkoma Fire Department responds to a multi vehicle MVA on Ronkonkoma Avenue at Express Drive South. Units arrive to find no pin, but multiple aided. Mutual aid ambulances were requested from the Holbrook Fire Department and the Lakeland Fire Departments. All patients were transported to local hospitals.


Man found dead on Centereach street


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0053 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched along with Suffolk Police to Park Street and Rustic Road in regards to an adult male lying unconscious in the roadway. Units arrived to find that the subject appeared to have been hit by a vehicle and was deceased. As no one reported hitting anyone in the area, police are treating this as a hit and run. 

If anyone has any information on this, please call the SCPD 6th precinct detectives at 631-854-8652.

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2028 hours. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Gnarled Hollow Road at Old Town Road. Units arrived to find an overturned vehicle. The subjects all self extricated, were evaluated and transported.

35 vehicle wreck on the LIE in Ridge leaves one dead


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Click on the photo above to be taken to Rob Garafalo's Website for more great photos from the scene.

1430 hours. The Ridge Fire Department was activated for an MVA with overturn and fire on the LIE at the William Floyd Parkway. Units arrived to something thats probably never been seen out here before-an accident involving 35 vehicles including tractor trailers, with some vehicles overturned, others burning and multiple people trapped. Ridge Chief of Department John Mirando III took command of the scene and along with his 3rd Assistant Chief, put his crews from 5-22-10, ambulance 15 and ambulance 16 to work. Mutual aid was requested from the following departments:

Center Moriches ambulance 5-4-16 and Chief 31

Coram FD -Foam unit 5-6-11

East Moriches FD-5-7-4

Gordon Heights 5-9-3 and ambulance 5-9-17

Mastic FD 5-12-3

Middle Island FD ambulances 5-15-15 and 5-15-17

Manorville FD units 5-16-2, 10, Chiefs 31 and 32

North Patchogue FD ambulance 5-17-17

Farmingville FD ambulance 5-18-16

Brookhaven National Lab FD unit 5-20-4

Selden ambulance 5-25-17

Yaphank FD units 5-30-5, 5-30-8, 5-30-9, 5-30-15, 17, chief 30 and chief 32

Mastic Ambulance sent 5-38-17

Mastic Beach Ambulance sent 5-39-19

Manorville Ambulance sent ambulances 5-40-17 and 5-40-18

Stony Brook University Hospital sent ALS ambulances to the scene.

South Country Ambulance sent ambulance 5-42-17, 5-42-18, 5-42-19

East Moriches Ambulance sent ambulance 5-47-18

Patchogue Ambulance sent 5-49-18

Sound Beach FD sent ambulance 5A-6-16 and chief 30

Rocky Point sent chief 5A-7-30

Wading River FD sent ambulance 6-3-16 and chief 30

Medford ambulance sent one unit.

In total, 35 vehicles were involved, one woman was killed and 33 others were transported to three hospitals. One victim, a Suffolk Corrections officer, was medivac'd to Stony Brook Hospital. At least three crews used extrication tools to free victims from vehicles. The New York State DEC responded to the scene, Suffolk FRES and Suffolk Police sent their mobile command units. Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals sent their haz-mat team to the scene. Units remained on the scene until approximately 0900 hours on Thursday December 20th.

Note: If I missed any units, please let me know and I will happily add them. Whats here is all I had.

Hopefully, I will have some pics to post soon.

Bus vs SUV in Hauppauge


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The Hauppauge Fire Department and CI-Hauppauge Ambulance were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Veterans Highway at Motor Parkway. Units arrived and found a collision involving a coach bus and an SUV. FD units had to cut the female passenger out of the SUV and she was then transported via ambulance to a local hospital. Due to the extent of her injuries, a crime scene was established by SCPD.

Photo by David Cook.

Stony Brook MVA with overturn on Route 347


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1157 hours The Stony Brook Fire Department was dispatched to an MVA on Route 347 near Lakeside Avenue. Units arrived to find one vehicle on its side with the occupant trapped within. Members went to work and removed the roof. The patient was extricated packaged and transported to Stony Brook Hospital.

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


Multiple Tech rescue teams head to Brentwood after truck slams into house.


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2045 hours. The Brentwood Fire Department is dispatched to a report of a vehicle into a house on Pineaire Drive and Jackson Avenue. When units arrived they found that a MTA truck had slammed into a house causing a partial collapse and extensive damage. According to police, the crash happened when the MTA truck was hit by another vehicle. The driver lost control and hit the house. The operator of the other car fled the scene on foot and was arrested a short time later and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and DWI. The Commack, Hauppauge and Nesconset Fire Departments were called for the tac rescue equipment in an effort to shore up the house which was knocked off the foundation. Unfortunately for this family, it was determined that the house could not be made safe and it was demolished.

There were no serious injuries.

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

Santa runs everywhere


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The Smithtown, Nesconset, Kings Park, Saint James, Mastic Beach and Ronkonkoma Fire Departments held their annual santa runs today. The weather wasn't too bad so the spectators were out in mass along the routes. Click the photo above for pics from all of the different runs. 

Thanks to all who let me use their pictures.

Click on the picture above for more photos

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A short video of the beginning of the Smithtown Fire Departments 33rd annual Holiday Parade.

Subject burned at Commack bagel store


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The Commack Fire Department and Commack Ambulance were dispatched to a structure fire at the Bagel Chalet-36 Veterans Highway. Units arrived to find an adult male employee with burns to his shoulder. The subject stated that he was cooking eggs on the flattop when a can of cooking spray that had somehow fallen behind the grill exploded. The burns were the result of the ensuing flash fire. The victim was transported to Stony Brooks burn unit by CVAC. The Commack Fire District Fire Marshal and Smithtown Fire Marshals Office are investigating.


Fatal overturn in Hauppauge


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0339 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department and Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp were dispatched to an MVA on Holiday Park Drive  and Cardinal Lane. Arriving units found a 1999 Jeep that had left the roadway, crashed into a communication box and a large tree stump and overturned landing against the curb between 67 and 71 Cardinal Lane. All of the occupants had self extricated except one who had been partially ejected. That subject was pronounced DOA at the scene. The other four victims were transported to the hospital via ambulances from Commack, Central Islip Hauppauge ambulance and a Smithtown Fire Department ambulance.

The 31 year old driver of the Jeep was arrested by police and charged with DWI, driving while impaired by drugs and for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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

Photos by the other 40

Small fire in the basement of Smithtown Nissan


The Nesconset Fire Department responds to an activated fire alarm at Smithtown Nissan at 535 Middle Country Road. 3rd Assistant Chief John Martins arrives to find a fire in a basement compressor room. The fire is quickly extinguished using portable extinguishers. Crews checked for extension and vented the building. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation and follow up.


Automatic alarm saves yet another building


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0445 Hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department responded to Contract Pharmaceuticals at 160 Adams Avenue in regards to an activated fire alarm. On arrival, crews noted smoke coming from the building and the sprinkler system operating. Entry was made into the building where members found a fire in an electrical rotary screw vacuum. The fire fused a sprinkler head above the machine and the sprinkler system suppressed the fire. Units removed power from the machine, overhauled and ventilated. 

The Hauppauge Fire District Fire Marshal and Smithtown Fire Marshals Office's are investigating.

Illegal truck on Parkway slams into overpass


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In spite of numerous height restriction signs, flashing warning lights and other notification devices, another tractor trailer wandered onto the Sagtikos Parkway. Unfortunately, the driver only realized that his truck was far to high to make it under the overpass for the Northern State Parkway AFTER his trailer was destroyed. State Police, Commack FD and Commack Ambulance all responded to the scene but other than the police issuing the driver summonses and some debris cleanup, no other action was necessary.

Photo By Marshall Rothman

Subject dies after Mastic Beach explosion


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1316 hours. Suffolk's 911 call center took multiple calls reporting explosions in the area of Aspen Road and Lakeview Drive in Mastic Beach. Suffolk Police arrived first and while he was confirming the fire, explosions could be heard in his radio transmissions. The Mastic Beach Fire Department was activated along with Mastic Beach Ambulance. Units were advised that there was at least one victim with burns. Due to the continued explosions and heavy column of smoke, mutual aid was requested from the Brookhaven Fire Department for a RIT and the Mastic Fire Department for an engine to the scene. When Mastic Beach units arrived, they encountered a vehicle and trailer burning along with flammable liquids on the ground and in drums behind 123 Whittier Drive. 

The lone victim was found on the ground with serious burns to much of his body. He was packaged and a medivac requested with the LZ being Saint Judes Church. The Center Moriches Fire Department was called to cover the LZ. Once the ambulance arrived at the church, it was determined by the flight medic that the victim was not stable enough to fly in the helicopter so he was transported to the hospital via ambulance.

The fire was quickly extinguished with hand lines off of tanker 5-13-4.  At the time of the fire the victim was using a gas powered saw to cut up a decommissioned 2000 gallon fuel tank. The sparks from the saw blade, ignited vapors in the tank causing it to BLEVE. One of the tanks end landed approximately 30 feet away.

The Suffolk County Police Departments 7th Squad is investigating. OSHA, the NYSDEC and the Mastic Beach Fire Marshals Office are also involved.

Update: 12-17-12. The victim, Patrick Rooney, succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.

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

Natural gas leak at the Smithaven Mall


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1018 Hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a natural gas leak at Sears in the Smithaven Mall. Units arrived to find that a contractor installing drainage for the mall, struck a 4 inch gas line on the exterior east side of the building.  The area was isolated by SCPD and Fire Police units while Engine 2 took up a defensive position near the auto center. Crews metered the stores in the mall, adjacent to the area of the leak while a moderate wind dispersed the escaping gas vapors. 

Keyspan arrived over an hour after being requested and then took another 45 minutes to shut down the gas via valves on 347 and Middle Country Road. All FD units secured from the scene shortly after noon.

The Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office was notified for follow up.

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

Photos by JARB

Car Fire on the LIE Service Road in Ronkonkoma

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0908 Hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on the Long Island Expressway between exits 61 and 62. SCPD initially took one call on it and had difficulty locating it. A few minutes later the 911 phones lit up with 18 calls reporting a vehicle fire on the South Service Road by Exit 60. FD units arrived to find an involved red sedan. All occupants were out and the fire was extinguished without incident.

Photo courtesy of Mike Kalamaras

MVA with pin in Centereach


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1412 hours The Centereach Fire Department was activated for a bravo MVA on Middle Country Road at the intersection of Smithtown Polk Blvd. The medic unit was first in and advised that he had a four car MVA with confirmed pin and an unconscious occupant. Tac Rescue 14 arrived and went to work while Assistant Chief Anderson requested two additional ambulances for a total of four patients. Heavy Rescue 4 rolled in to assist and Fire Police handled traffic. Once the victim was extricated, she was packaged and transported to Stony Brook Hospital. All units were back in service within 30 minutes.

2nd MVA for Hauppauge -overturn with pin


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1653 Hours. Hauppauge Fire Department and CI-Hauppauge Ambulance respond to an MVA on Wheeler Road at Fairview Place. Units arrived to find a four car MVA with one vehicle, a van on its side. The vans occupant was extricated by FD and SCPD personnel. Four occupants of a Toyota Camry, which was destroyed, all complained of minor injuries, The three passengers were transported along with the operator of the van to the hospital by CI-Hauppuage Ambulance personnel. The driver of the Camry was arrested and transported to the 4th precinct. The other two vehicles sustained minor damage and the occupants refused medical attention.

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Multi-vehicle MVA in Hauppauge


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1327 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department responds with CI-Hauppauge Ambulance to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Veterans Highway at the Long Island Expressway. Units arrive and find a crash involving seven vehicles. None of the parties involved were pinned and all injuries were minor. While EMS dealt with the victims, FD crews stabilized and secured the vehicles. All units were back in service within XXX minutes.

Photo courtesy of Buff n Stuff.

Mastic Beach goes to work on Cranberry Drive


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2309 hours. The Mastic Beach Fire Department was activated for a reported structure fire in the vicinity of Cranberry Drive and Dogwood Road East. While en-route, Chiefs Ubaldo and Grover were advised by FRES that PD was on scene and advising that there was an active fire in a vacant dwelling. The Chiefs arrived shortly thereafter and encountered a 1 1/2 story vacant wood frame dwelling with fire showing from every opening and through the roof. Mutual aid was requested from Brookhaven FD for a RIT and Mastic for an engine to the scene. A 2 1/2 was stretched to the street side of the building while an 1 3/4 went to exposure 4. Units had to deal with live wires down and a compromised stairwell to the upper level and holes in the ground level floor. 

There were no injuries and all FD units left the scene by 0100 hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Mastic Beach Fire Marshal and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad.

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


Hauppauge RIT goes to CI fire


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hours. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to 45 Adams Road in regards to a report of a fire in a vacant structure. Units arrived and advised of smoke showing and then confirmed that they had a working fire in a single story wood frame private dwelling. The Hauppauge Fire Department sent a RIT to the scene and the Islip Terrace Fire Department sent a covering engine to CI's headquarters.

The fire was confined to one room of the building and all units were back in service within an hour. The Islip Town Fire Marshals Office and Suffolk Police Arson Squad are investigating.

Photo courtesy of Joe Felder.

Truck fire on the LIE in Ronkonkoma


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1354 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on the Long Island Expressway at exit 60. Units arrived to find a a tractor trailer burning on the eastbound shoulder just east of the Ronkonkoma Avenue overpass. All eastbound lanes with the exception of the HOV were temporarily closed for FD units. The fire was quickly extinguished without incident. 

Photo by Gary Stadler.

Commack sends an engine and truck to fatal Brentwood fire


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0645 hours. The Brentwood Fire Department was toned out for a residential structure fire on Fairdale Drive off Wicks Road. Units arrived to find fire venting out almost every front and rear window and through the roof of a single story wood frame dwelling. Multiple hand lines went into operation and mutual aid was requested from the Commack Fire Department for a RIT, however they went right to work on arrival. Commack also sent an engine,  Dix Hills sent an engine and the replacement RIT to the scene, East Brentwood sent an engine and Bayshore sent a covering engine. The fire is under investigation by the Suffolk Police Homicide Squad, Arson Squad, Islip Fire Marshal, Brentwood Fire Marshal. Suffolk County Fire Marshals sent a K9 unit to the scene as well.

Click on the photo above to see more pics from the scene.

Photo above from J. Pedota. All others by Kerry Kets

MVA with car fire on the LIE in Commack


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0521 hours. The Commack Fire Department responds to a report of an MVA with vehicle fire in the westbound lanes of the LIE at the Sagtikos Parkway. 2-11-30 arrived and confirmed that he had a two car collision with an involved auto. 2-11-13 and 2-11-4 operated at the scene with Chiefs 30 and 33.

There were minor injuries related to the MVA, the fire was extinguished within 15 minutes and the road reopened just after 6. The vehicle was a total loss.

Thanks to Marshall Rothman for the photo.

Hauppauge, Ronkonkoma, Nesconset all head to fire in Lakeland.


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0755 The Lakeland Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire in the Nob Hill North Condo Complex on Richmond Boulevard. Units arrived and reported that they had a working fire. Mutual aid was requested from the Hauppauge Fire Department for an engine, Ronkonkoma Fire Department for a RIT, Central Islip FD for an engine and Nesconset FD for their aerial ladder. The Bohemia Fire Department was called to send a covering engine but could not field a crew. Holbrook then sent an engine to cover, picking up an automatic alarm in the process. Sayville Community Ambulance sent a rig to cover but it was moved up to the scene and CI-Hauppauge sent a covering ambulance. The fire was confined to two condo units and was placed under control at 0901 hours.  The origin and cause of the fire is under investigation by the Town of Islip Fire Marshals Office and the SCPD Arson Squad.

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

Photos courtesy of Desirea Bouton

Cars collide, one overturns and lands in Lake Grove restaurant parking lot


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2117 Hours. The Centereach Fire Department took a call of an MVA at the intersection of New Moriches Road and Route 347. Units arrived to find a multi vehicle accident with one of the vehicles on its roof in the parking lot of John Harvard's Brewhouse. All of the victims self extricated so while crews stabilized the vehicles, EMS treated the victims. One was transported by ambulance to Stony Brook, the other was arrested and transported via PD to the 4th precinct.

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone. You are not permitted to use them in any way without his express permission.

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

Kings Park Fire Department holiday parade route.


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For more information, click on the flyer above to be taken to the Kings Park Fire Department website.

Fire Marshals call the bomb squad to Smithtown Walgreens.


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1211 hours. While on routine patrol a Smithtown Fire Marshal was notified by a civilian of a suspicious package in the parking lot of Walgreens at the corner of Terry Road and Route 347 in Smithtown.  The Fire Marshal observed three tightly taped tubes with metal on the outside. The area was cleared, a perimeter established and Suffolk County Police were notified, 

Police Officers from the Emergency Services Section arrived on scene and after evaluation, requested their robot.  SCPD Bomb technicians used the robot to inspect and manipulate the packages, and used a portable x-ray device to determine the package contents.  The packages were examined and deemed inert.  The incident is under investigation by numerous units within the SCPD. 

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


Centereach sends an engine to commercial job in Selden


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0710 hours. The Selden Fire Department tapped out a commercial structure fire at the Cash For Gold Store at 1110 Middle Country Road. Units arrived to find fire rolling out the front of a single story wood frame structure. Two hand lines were stretched and while crews went to work, mutual aid was requested from the Coram Fire Department for a ladder, Farmingville Fire Department for a RIT and the Centereach Fire Department for an Engine.

The fire was knocked down and placed under control within 20 minutes. There were no injuries. 

The origin and cause of the fire is being handled by The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office and the Arson Squad.

Photo by David Rubin. Click on the photo above for more pictures and a video from the scene.

State Police Pursuit ends with MVA at Sunken Meadow Park Toll Plaza


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0041 Hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on the Sunken Meadow Parkway at the Toll Plaza for the state park. Units from East Northport and Northport were covering for Kings Park and arrived to find a two car crash, with one of the vehicles being a state police cruiser. Reports indicate that a State Trooper attempted to stop the vehicle on the Southern State Parkway in Valley Stream but the suspects fled and were pursued until pitted just before the plaza on the parkway. A Trooper and one suspect were treated at the scene and then the driver was arrested on numerous charges. 

Photo by Joe Senese.


Saint James takes a turn covering in Long Beach


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The Saint James Fire Department sent ladder 4-3-7 to cover a tour for the Long Beach Fire Department today. 

Ronkonkoma Fire Dept Annual Parade of Lights will be 12-15-12


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Smithtown Fire Department Christmas Parade will be 12-15-12


My office created this promo video for the Smithtown Fire Departments annual Holiday parade.  Smithtown's Parade is December 15th and they are collecting food for the Smithtown Food Pantry at each of their 3 planned stops. For more information, watch the video above or visit their website. Check the local newspapers in the coming weeks for the route guide.

If any Smithtown township department wants one for your parade, contact me ASAP. There is no cost and the spots will run on here, the towns two televisions stations, our Facebook, youtube foursquare and twitter accts.


House fire on Hyacinth Lane in Ronkonkoma


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1752 Hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department is dispatched to 22 Hyacinth Lane off Holbrook Road in regards to a reported house fire. 5-24-31 arrived confirmed that he had a fire in a 2 story wood frame structure. While crews went to work with high pressure lines, mutual aid was requested from the Holbrook Fire Department for a ladder, Holtsville Fire Department for a ladder, Farmingville Fire Department for a RIT. Nesconset Fire Department sent an engine to cover the district and Centereach sent an ambulance to cover. Ronkonkoma operated with 5-24-12, 5-24-7, 5-24-6 and 5-24-11. The fire was held to the boiler room and kitchen and was under control within 20 minutes.

One firefighter was was transported to Stony Brook Hospital for evaluation.

Photo by David Cook

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Commack sends RIT to Brentwood house fire.


1141 Hours. The Brentwood Fire Department was dispatched to 28 Winfield Avenue. Units arrived to find a fire in a 2 story wood frame private dwelling. Lines were stretched through the front and side doors of the house and crews went to work on the fire, which had already extended from the ground level into the attic. Mutual aid was requested from Commack for a RIT (they ended up going to work), Bayshore and Central Islip stood by at Brentwood's HQ. 

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

Photo courtesy of Joe Felder.

Hauppauge-car hits pole, driver flees and is hit by car.


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2038 Hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to activated fire alarm at 1818 Pacific Street. While en-route the Fire Marshal and Assistant Chief Furuno came upon a single car motor vehicle accident-car vs. pole at the South Service Road of the Long Island Expressway on Wheeler Road. The vehicle was unattended as the driver fled the scene. Shortly thereafter, Suffolk Police and Central Islip-Hauppauge Ambulance were dispatched to a pedestrian struck on the Eastbound side of the Long Island Expressway near Wheeler Road. PD arrived and requested rescue on a rush for an adult male with a serious head injury. According to police, the subject that was struck by the vehicle on the expressway was the driver of the vehicle that slammed into the pole on Wheeler Road. The subject who lives in Brentwood, was issued two summons by police for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

The police investigation continues.

Small fire at Dowling College Dorms in Mastic.


0300 Hours. The Mastic Fire Department was dispatched to phone alarm reporting a structure fire at the Shirley campus dormitory of Dowling College at 1302 William Floyd Parkway. Units arrived and found a pile of clothing burning in one of the dorm rooms. Prior to the arrival of the fire department, occupants had knocked the fire down with a dry chemical extinguisher. FD crews extinguished the remaining fire, overhauled the area and vented.  

There were no injuries and all units were back in service at 0434 hours.

Setauket house fire on Shadetree Lane


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1709 Hours. The Setauket Fire Department was called to respond to a report of a residential structure fire at 7 Shadetree Lane off Sycamore Circle. Arriving units encountered a very heavy fire condition in a garage attached to a private dwelling. A master stream was deployed along with multiple hand lines. Centereach Fire Department sent a RIT and Port Jefferson sent an engine and a truck. Units had to deal with a partial collapse of the 3/4 corner of the building due to the fire. Crews had the fire knocked down in just under an hour and all units were back in service by 2000. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad.

Kings Park truck does another 24 hours in Long Beach.


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With the Long Beach Fire Department left with only an engine after Tropical Storm Sandy, Fire Departments from all over New York State have been covering for them in 24 hour shifts. Kings Park sent ladder 4-1-7 to work with the Sound Beach Fire Departments Engine 5A-6-1. The tour was a quiet one with only an elevator rescue and a wires arcing call.

Click on the photo above to see more pics of the devastation in Long Beach.

Refrigerator sparks kitchen fire in Smithtown

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2157 Hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to 11 Chester Street off Terry Road on a 911 call reporting a house fire. On arrival, crews encountered a fire in the kitchen on the ground level of a two story wood frame private dwelling. With all occupants out of the building, a line was stretched and the fire was quickly extinguished. The truck company opened up the walls and ceilings to check for extension and ventilated the house using both mechanical means and natural openings. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office responded out, conducted an investigation and determined that the fire was a result of a malfunction within the refrigerator. There were no injuries and 1st Assistant Chief Steve Sussino was the OIC.

Overturn tractor trailer on Sunrise Highway in Mastic


2130 Hours. The Mastic Fire Department and Mastic Ambulance Corp were dispatched to a report of an overturned tractor trailer on Sunrise Highway at the Oak Avenue Exit Ramp. Units arrived and found a 10 wheeled tree service truck on its side on the ramp. The driver had self extricated and suffered minor injuries.  While EMS dealt with the victim, FD units secured a leaking fuel tank. SCPD Motor Carrier was called to check the truck for violations.

Click on the photo above to be taken to the On Scene Photography website. There are additional photos there from this and other incidents around the county.

Ronkonkoma stands by in Island Park


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The Ronkonkoma Fire Department sent engine 5-24-6 to cover for the Island Park Fire Department along with Coram Engine 5-6-12 and Blue Points Tower Ladder 5-2-3. Suffolk Departments have been taking turns covering for the Island Park and Long Beach Fire Departments, both of which were devastated by Tropical Storm Sandy

Car hits the Teachers Federal Credit Union Bldg in Mastic


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1109 Hrs. The Mastic Fire Department and Mastic Ambulance Corp were dispatched to an MVA reported as a vehicle into the Teachers Federal Credit Union Bldg on the William Floyd Parkway near Roberts Road. PD arrived and initially reported that a subject was pinned in the vehicle but, gave ESU a disregard shortly thereafter. The occupants of the vehicle were treated and transported to Brookhaven Hospital by Mastic Ambulance 5-3719. All units cleared from the scene at 1131.

Coram Ambulance involved in MVA in Centereach


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0928 Hours. A Coram Fire Department ambulance was involved in an MVA at Nicholls Road and Route 25 in Centereach. Coram's ambulance was heading to a call in their district from Stony Brook Hospital when their rig was sideswiped by a vehicle on Route 25. The rig was heavily damaged and could not continue on to the call but injuries were all minor.


Ronkonkoma handles MVA-overturn on the LIE


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1538 Hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to an MVA with reported overturn in the westbound HOV lane of the Long Island Expressway between exits 59 and 60. Units arrived and found no pin and all parties involved sustained minor injuries.

Photo by Kenny Epp via FB.

Part of Nichols Road renamed for Joe Debernardo


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Yesterday, In a somber but fitting ceremony, a section of Nicholls Road from Route 347 to Fox Hunt Lane in Setauket was officially renamed the Lt. Joseph DiBernardo Memorial Highway. Joey died on November 22, 2011 from an accidental overdose of pain medication. As most know, Joey was a firefighter in Setauket and was a career firefighter in the FDNY assigned to Rescue Company 3. On January 23, 2005 in what became known as the Black Sunday, Joe, along with five other firefighters were pinned down by fire in an illegally altered apartment on the 4th floor of a tenement building on East 178 Street in the Tremont section of the Bronx. With no other options, the firefighters were able to find a window and baled out. Lt. John Bellew and Lt. Curtis Meyran were killed instantly. Firefighter Brendan Cawley, Firefighter Jeff Cool, firefighter Eugene Stolowski and Lt. DiBernardo all survived but suffered massive injuries that required multiple surgeries and years of rehabilitation. While his injuries kept him from returning to active duty in the FDNY, Joey never stopped giving to the fire service. He spent countless hours training firefighters all over the world. 

In a separate ceremony at the quarters of Rescue 3 this morning, a memorial plaque was unveiled in Joeys name.  Joseph DiBernardo leaves behind his parents, Joseph, Sr. and Barbara, along with his sister, Carolyn, her husband, and baby daughter. He may be gone, but may he never be forgotten. Click on the image below to view a news piece on Joe from WPIX in NY.

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Suffolk Cops/firemen revive subject in Hauppauge


1405 Hours. Suffolk Police Officer/Smithtown Fireman Victor Frederico and Police Officer/Paramedic/Hauppauge Fireman Tom LaFemina responded along with the Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance to an office building on Motor Parkway in regards to a report of a subject in cardiac arrest. When Frederico and police officer Eric Coquinco arrived, they found a 57 year old male lying in the hallway. The subject was in cardiac arrest and CPR was started. When Paramedic LaFemina arrived, he started ALS and was able to bring the subject back. The victim was transported by CI ambulance to Southside Hospital. 

Car slams into IBEW Hall on Motor Parkway in Hauppauge


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0912 Hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department and Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance Corp were dispatched to an MVA in front of the IBEW Local 25 Building at 370 Motor Parkway near Kennedy Drive. Units arrived to find that after the crash, the operator of one of the vehicles lost control and crashed through the front of the building, stopping in the office area.  Thankfully the adult and two children in the vehicle suffered minor injuries and the person that normally sat in the area destroyed by the car, was late for work.

A Smithtown Fire Marshal was called to the scene and he in turn notified the Smithtown Building Department. There was significant damage to the interior of the building but no structural damage. The car was removed by a private tow company.

Click the picture above for more photos from the scene.

Kings Park house fire on Ninth Avenue


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1821 Hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was called to respond to 114 Ninth Avenue of of Shirley Drive in regards to a structure fire. 1st Assistant Chief Dan Guilfoil was walked across the street from his own house and radioed that there had been a fire on the upper floor of the house which was knocked down by the occupant prior to his arrival and that there was still a moderate smoke condition in the building. When units arrived, they checked for extension and ventilated the building. Fire damage was confined to a bedroom on the upper level of the two story house.

A Smithtown Fire Marshal was called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. The Fire Marshal found that the occupant dumped what he believed were spent and extinguished cigarette butts into a plastic garbage pail in his computer room earlier in the day. At some point, the occupant smelled smoke and after a quick search of the house discovered the fire. The occupant deployed a dry chemical fire extinguisher, effectively extinguishing the fire. The occupant then called 911. 

LESSONS LEARNED: 

1-DO NOT DISCARD SMOKING MATERIALS INTO COMBUSTIBLE TRASH RECEPTACLES UNLESS YOU ARE CERTAIN THAT THEY ARE OUT. WETTING THEM FIRST WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA.

2-MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER IN YOUR HOME. THE EXTINGUISHER SHOULD BE READILY ACCESSIBLE AND YOU SHOULD KNOW HOW TO USE IT. IF YOU DON'T, CALL YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

3-WE DO NOT CONDONE TRYING TO FIGHT A FIRE YOURSELF BUT IF YOU DO, KNOW WHEN ITS TIME TO GIVE UP. IF YOU DEPLOY THE EXTINGUISHER AND ITS NOT EFFECTIVE, CLOSE THE DOOR TO THE FIRE AREA AND GET OUT. IF YOU ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY SEEING AND BREATHING, CLOSE THE DOOR TO THE FIRE AREA AND GET OUT.

Centereach sends an engine to Selden house fire.


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1424 hours. The Selden Fire Department was toned out for a reported house fire on Sunset Avenue near Blue Point Road. Chief of Department Tony Ryan arrived first, encountering heavy fire that had self vented out numerous windows of a 25X30 single story wood frame private dwelling. Chief Ryan advised his first due to pickup a hydrant and stretch in and also that he had a colliers mansion type condition within. Two hand lines were stretched but units had to make entry through the rear of the house due to hoarding conditions within. The roof was vented and power terminated at the meter. Farmingville sent a RIT, Centereach sent an engine to the scene and Coram sent an engine and ambulance to cover the district for the duration. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad.

Click on the photo above to be taken to the website www.onscenephotography.smugmug.com. Chris has loads of pics on his site from this and many other fires and incidents.

Commack sends RIT to Dix Hills fatal fire.


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16:50 hrs. The Dix Hills Fire Department responded to a reported house fire with occupant trapped on Lauren Avenue near Fuller Street. Dix Hills units arrived and confirmed a working fire. Commack FD was requested for a RIT and Commack Ambulance for a rig to the scene.  Prior to the arrival of the fire department, the owner of the house, a 62 year old male, was found unconscious and removed by a civilian that also resided within the house. The victim, identified by Suffolk Police as Kenneth Horadnitsky was pronounced dead at the scene.  The fire was contained to one room and quickly extinguished. The fire is not deemed suspicious and is under investigation by the Suffolk Police Homicide and Arson Squads.


Fire in Smithtown Condo complex


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1113 Hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to 156 Hidden Pond Circle off Route 347 in regards to a report of a structure fire. Units arrived to find smoke and fames pushing out the exterior of the building. A working fire was transmitted and Chief of Department John Hansen assumed command. Mutual aid units from Nesconset and Hauppauge went to the scene and Saint James and Kings Park covered the district for the duration of the incident. The fire was contained to one dwelling unit. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is handling the fire investigation. The cause of the fire is not suspicious.

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

Tree contractor killed in Nissequogue.


A South Carolina tree trimmer was killed, after a broken limb struck him in the head in Nissequogue. 36-year-old David Freberg, of York, South Carolina, was attempting to trim a fallen tree behind 42 James Neck Road when it snapped back and hit him. Freberg who owns a company called Patriot Tree Service had been in New York for two weeks with his father in law and several others helping with the recovery.  Freberg, who was born and raised in upstate New York, leaves behind his wife of nine years Dawn and three young children, ages 7, 2 and 9 months.

Mr. Freberg was transported to St. Catherine's Hospital by Saint James Ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.

Thursday's accident was the third storm related death in Smithtown. Last Tuesday, a Centereach man was killed when a tree he was clearing, fell on him behind the Hauppauge Palace Diner or Route 347. A homeless woman was killed when a tree fell on the tent she was living in in a wooded area of Commack during the storm.

Police are investigating the incident.

This photo is from the Facebook Page of Dawn Freberg. A memorial fund has been setup in Mr. Freberg's memory. If you'd like to donate, the address is: South Carolina Bank and Trust-P.O. Box 768 York, South Carolina 29745.

100 gallons of fuel oil leaks in Nesconset basement


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1909 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a home on Eklund Boulevard in regards to an oil leak. Units arrived and found that a 275 gallon home heating oil tank in the basement of the house had been filled earlier in the day and was now leaking from the bottom of the tank. Crews placed a rubber pad over the leak and using ratcheting straps, secured it in place. This slowed but did not stop the leak. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office responded and took additional measures to stop the leak, but not before an estimated 100 gallons had spilled onto the basement floor, contaminating everything in the room.

The homeowner was advised to contact a licensed cleanup company and her oil contractor responded out, drained the tank and replaced it.

This might be a good time to check your tank for rust and soft spots. 

House fire on Dillmont Drive in Smithtown


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1833 Hrs. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke in the house at 7A Dillmont Drive off of Meadow Road. Units arrived and encountered a fire in the den of the house. Mutual aid was requested from Kings Park and Hauppauge to the scene while the Saint James Fire Department covered the district. The fire was confined to the room of origin and is under investigation by the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office. 

The Marshall Tucker Band brings donations to Mastic Beach


While performing at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in South Carolina on November 8th, members of the Marshall Tucker Band asked concertgoers to bring donations to the concert which they in turn would transport to Long Island for distribution as part of the relief effort for Tropical Storm Sandy. 

Concert goers by the hundreds brought whatever they thought would be needed.  Some fans donated cleaning supplies, rakes, and shovels, while other fans gave clothing, blankets, toothpaste and shampoo. In addition, The Marshall Tucker Band loaded up a rental truck with 3,000 blankets which they also brought up.

A representative of the group contacted the County Executives Office to ask where supplies were needed. County Executive Steve Bellone recommended Mastic Beach due to the extensive devastation. Mr. Bellone then put the band in touch with the Red Cross to arrange for the delivery.

Members of the band personally delivered the much needed supplies to the village today where it was distributed to those that needed it. The remaining items were sorted and distributed to other areas on the island where it was needed. 

Big thanks to the Marshal Tucker Band for giving. You guys rock!


3 Poisoned by carbon monoxide in Nesconset.


1933 Hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to 8 Fifth Street off Shenandoah Blvd. Units arrived and found that the occupants of the home had been running a gas fueled generator in the attached garage, filling the house with CO. A propane fueled barbecue and a charcoal barbecue were also in the garage but were not in use at the time of the incident.  The generator was shutdown, the house ventilated via natural and mechanical means and the three occupants were transported via Nesconset ambulances to Saint Charles Hospital for treatment of CO poisoning.

Garage Fire in Nesconset


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1323 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 26 Tulip Street between Nichols Road and Eklund Boulevard. Units arrived to find an approximately 20 X 50 barn type structure fully ablaze in the rear yard. With fire impinging on the residential structure, Assistant Chief James Keane called for large caliber hand lines for suppression and to protect the exposure. Mutual aid was requested from the Ronkonkoma Fire Department for an engine to the scene, Centereach for a RIT, Lakeland FD for a ladder to the scene, Saint James for an ambulance, initially to cover the district but they were then moved up to the scene. Smithtown FD sent an engine and an ambulance to cover the district The Stony Brook Fire Department was requested for an ambulance but could not provide one so Nissequogue FD was requests. While en-route, Nissequogue was diverted to cover an EMS call in Saint James.

Units operated for approximately 2 hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office.


Car slams into Panera Bread in Smithtown


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At approximately 0930 hours, the operator of a vehicle lost control and slammed into the front of the Panera Bread at 399 Route 347 in Smithtown. The victim was not injured and damage to the building was confined to the glass and stone facade. The vehicle was pulled away from the building and a Smithtown Building Inspector issued an order to have the affected area saved off and repairs made. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office and Suffolk Police Department handled the investigation.


House fire on Lakeview Drive in Mastic Beach


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The Mastic Beach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a kitchen fire at 146 Lakeview Drive off of Pine Road. On arrival, they found that there had been a minor electrical issue in the house but no fire. Simultaneous to this, members noticed smoke pushing out of the house across the street and a working fire was transmitted. Mastic Beach crews quickly knocked down the fire confining it to the basement. Brookhaven sent a RIT and Mastic an Engine but neither unit was put to work.

The cause of the fire is not suspicious and is under investigation by the Mastic Beach Fire Marshals Office.

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1129 Hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 15 Mannes Street near Lake Park Street. Assistant Chief Mike Ianuzzi arrived to find the electrical service burning on the house. With the house still energized and LIPA refusing to give any ETA, the Chief transmitted the working fire and brought in mutual aid from Centereach Fire Department. Units were forced to stand by until power could be terminated. Once that was accomplished, the fire was extinguished. 

Damage was confined to a small portion of the house and all units secured from the scene within 90 minutes.

Man clearing trees in Smithtown hit and killed by one


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1054 Hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched on an EMS alarm reporting a male with a head injury to the rear of the Hauppauge Palace Diner on Route 347 at Route 111. Units arrived to find Nicholas Lourikas, 66, of Centereach, unconscious with a severe head injury, the result of being struck by a tree that he was clearing. 

Suffolk County police said Lourikas was working with another person cutting down storm-damaged trees with chain saws behind the diner. . Lourikas was transported to St. Catherine of Siena Hospital via Smithtown ambulance where he was pronounced dead. 

Nesconset Electrical fire


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0908 Hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to 7 Walter Drive in regards to a reported structure fire.  Chief of Department Tom Downs arrived and confirmed that he had a fire on the west side of the house. Mutual aid was requested from the Ronkonkoma Fire Department for an engine to the scene, Centereach for a RIT, Lakeland for a ladder, Smithtown for a standby engine and Saint James for a standby ambulance. As the fire involved the live electrical service to the building, it was extinguished using dry chemical extinguishers. All mutuals were cancelled while still en-route and LIPA was called to the scene to drop the service. 

The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

Kitchen fire on Forest Avenue in Nesconset


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1507 Hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was called to respond to a report of a residential structure fire at 13 Forest Avenue off of Browns Road. First Assistant Chief Doug Sneider arrived to find smoke showing, then quickly updated all units that the fire had been knocked down by the homeowner. Units stretched a hand line to complete extinguishment and overhauled the kitchen. 

A Smithtown FIre Marshal was requested to determine the cause of the fire. Saint James FD sent an engine to cover the district for the duration of the alarm. 

The fire was found to have started on an electric stove in a ground level kitchen. Just prior to the fire, electrical service had been restored to the house after Tropical Storm Sandy. Unfortunately, the homeowner had placed combustible materials on the stove during the time that she had no power. To make matters worse, unbeknownst to the homeowner, one of the stove burner power knobs was in the "on" position. When utility crews re-energized the house, the stove burner heated and ignited the combustible materials. The fire extended from the stove to the surrounding kitchen area. The homeowner arrived home and found the house on fire. She entered the house with a garden hose and was able to knock down the fire and rescue her rabbit. She reentered the house a second time in an attempt to find her cat but was escorted out by a Suffolk Police Officer. Had it not been for the Police Officer, the homeowner may not have made it out a second time. Sadly, the cat was found deceased under the kitchen table by the fire department.

LESSONS LEARNED: Keep combustibles off of your cooking appliances, make sure that your cooking appliances are turned off and DO NOT RE-ENTER A BURNING BUILDING-REGARDLESS OF THE REASON.

Multiple structures burn behind a Smithtown home.


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1918 Hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to 10 Rosalia Court off Hallock Avenue in regards to a report of a structure fire. Units arrived and found three large accessory buildings burning in the rear yard with the fire impinging on the residential structure. Nesconset Fire Department was called for a RIT, Kings Park FD for an engine and an ambulance and Hauppauge FD for an engine. The fire was placed under control by Chief of Department Hanson at 1952 hours but due to the extensive overhaul, units did not clear from the scene until 2137 hours. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is being investigated by the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office.


Homeless woman found dead in tent in Commack


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Tropical Storm Sandy claimed a life in Commack when a homeless woman living in a tent on a LIPA right of way was crushed by a falling tree. Suffolk Police say that Anne Marie Dolan, age 57, was killed when the large tree fell into her camp and onto the tent.

One of Ms. Dolan's friends who knew she was homeless, set out to find her during and after the storm. At approximately 3PM, she found the tent, which is located on the Iroquois gas pipeline right of way, approximately 200 yards from the parking lot of Cafe 454 on Veterans Highway, she called her husband. When he arrived, they looked inside, discovered the body and called police. Ms. Dolan was pronounced dead at the scene. Strangely, while there are hundreds of trees in the area, the only one that fell was the one that hit the tent.


Working house fire on Elder Drive in Commack


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0447 Hours. The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to 3 Elder Drive in regards to a structure fire. First due Assistant Chief Andy Babajko encountered heavy fire venting out both levels in the rear of the two story wood frame structure. The Kings Park Fire Department was requested for a RIT but they were put to work on arrival and Hauppauge brought in as the RIT. East Northport sent an engine to cover the district and CVAC  handled EMS at the scene, transporting one adult female to Stony Brook Hospital with burns. The incident commander was Chief of Department Kirin Keane.  The fire was placed under control within an hour and all units were released at 0658.

The investigation into the cause of this fire was handled by the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad. It was determined that the female occupant, after re-fueling her generator, was cleaning her gasoline cans in the kitchen sink. Vapors from the containers were ignited by a candle nearby that she was using for light.


Propane leak on Cresthill Place in Smithtown


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1319 Hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a gas leak at 3 Cresthill Place in the Village of the Branch. Units arrived and determined that there was a problem with a 200 pound propane cylinder in the rear yard. The tank was supplying fuel to a pad mounted generator, which due to Tropical Storm Sandy, was running. The generator was shutdown, FD units evacuated the surrounding houses and tried to find the source of the leak. The tank was shut down, meter readings were taken and the house was vented. A Smithtown Fire Marshal was also requested.

The Fire Marshal remained on scene until a technician from the gas company arrived. All fittings, valves, piping and the tank itself were checked and found to be leak free. The tank was also found to be empty at that point. As the hazard was mitigated, the scene was turned back over to the property owner.

All units secured from the scene at 1410 hours.

Mastic Beach gets some much needed relief-from 380 miles away


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The Mastic Beach Fire Department took on some welcome assistance from our neighbors to the North. The West Webster Fire Department, which is on the South side of Lake Ontario near Rochester, in Monroe County, sent Pumper 124 (Pictured above), a 2005 Pierce 1000 GPM 4 wheel drive rig with a 500 gallon tank and onboard foam. The Sharon Springs Fire District sent Engine 1522, a mini pumper and their specialized 4 trac ATV and the Cobbleskill Fire Department sent utility truck 5063. The Sharon Springs and Cobleskill Fire Departments are located in Schoharie County about 40 miles east of Cooperstown. These departments were part of a larger deployment of upstate mutual aid companies to Suffolk County. They arrived on Tuesday the 30th and remained in Mastic Beach for 48 hours.

Click on the photo above for more pictures of their rigs.

 

Mastic Beach handles car fire on Grassmere Drive


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1541 hours. The Mastic Beach Fire Department was called to respond to the intersection of Grassmere Drive and Homecreek Drive in regards to a vehicle fire.  Units arrived to find the passenger compartment burning on a 1992 Buick Regal.  The fire was extinguished without incident and there were no injuries.

Bogota Road is 2nd worker in an hour for Mastic Beach


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2238 hours. While simultaneously working a major operation with numerous other agencies to remove residents stranded in their flooded homes during Tropical Storm Sandy, and finishing up a working fire in the central part of the district,  the Mastic Beach Fire Department was dispatched to 32 Bogota Road in regards to a 911 call reporting a structure fire. Units arrived and advised that they had a working fire in a vacant building. The fire was quickly extinguished, the house overhauled and units went back to evacuating residents. The fire has been deemed an arson and is being investigated by the Mastic Beach Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS FIRE, PLEASE CONTACT THE SUFFOLK POLICE ARSON SQUAD AT 631-852-6000 OR

  • Via phone: Please call (800) 220-TIPS to submit anonymous tips.
  • Via text message: You can send tips anonymously by texting SCPD and your message to CRIMES (274637).
  • Via Email: Please visit www.tipsubmit.com to send anonymous tips.

Washington Drive fire is first of two in Mastic Beach during the evacuation


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2238 hours. While working a major operation with numerous other agencies to remove residents stranded in their flooded homes in the south and east ends of the village, the Mastic Beach Fire Department was dispatched to a vacant house on Washington Drive in regards to a reported structure fire. Units arrived and encountered fire within the building. The fire was quickly extinguished, the house overhauled and units went back to evacuating residents. The fire has been deemed arson and is being investigated by the Mastic Beach Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS FIRE, PLEASE CONTACT THE SUFFOLK POLICE ARSON SQUAD AT 631-852-6000 OR

  • Via phone: Please call (800) 220-TIPS to submit anonymous tips.
  • Via text message: You can send tips anonymously by texting SCPD and your message to CRIMES (274637).
  • Via Email: Please visit www.tipsubmit.com to send anonymous tips.

Mastic Beach rescues dozens of residents who initially refused to leave


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Portions of the village of Mastic Beach were ordered evacuated on Sunday-prior to the storm. While many heeded the order, others did not. The Mastic Beach Fire Department started receiving calls for help from people trapped in their flooded homes when the tide came in yesterday afternoon. A command post and staging area was setup at Mastic Beach Fire Headquarters. Mastic Beach deployed their two GI's, their brush truck and their boats. New York States USAR Swift Water Rescue Team responded as did the NYS DEC, Brookhaven Town and manpower and equipment from the Mastic, Brookhaven, Ridge, Middle Island, Selden and Wading River fire departments. Once the victims were removed, they were brought to the command post, evaluated and then transported by Brookhaven Town busses to shelters.

The operation was completed at approximately 0200 Hrs. 

Basement fire in Lake Grove


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Brandy Lane in Lake Grove. Units arrived to find a fire the basement apartment of a two story wood frame structure.  A hand line was stretched and the fire was quickly knocked down but not before causing extensive damage to the basement.  Crews overhauled and vented the structure and then took up and responded in to cover for the Hicksville Fire Department in Nassau County.

The Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office responded to this scene, conducted an investigation and determined that the fire was a result of improper use and placement of candles. As a result of Tropical Storm Sandy, there was no power to this home. As such, the tenant lit numerous small tea light candles and placed them on paper napkins in various locations within the basement. Said tenant had gone out to his car to charge his cell phone and when he returned, he found that his couch was on fire. Thankfully he closed the exterior door when he exited the building which slowed the spread of the fire down and probably saved the rest of the house.

The property owner was transported to Stony Brook Hospital by Centereach Ambulance after complaining of chest pains.

FD's respond to hundreds of calls in the 24 hours that Sandy stopped by.


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Fire departments throughout the areas impacted by Tropical Storm Sandy responded to thousands of calls in the past 30 hours. These included wires down, trees on houses, trees blocking roads, structure fires, alarms, carbon monoxide detector activations, people trapped and medical emergencies.

The combined total of alarms handled by the fire departments covering Smithtown, Lake Grove and Mastic Beach were just under 600. 

Two cars burn on Laurelton Drive during storm


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As the Mastic Beach Fire Department was evacuating residents trapped in their homes, they took a call for vehicles burning on Laurelton Drive near Hickory. Unfortunately the water in this area had risen to over 4 feet with the tide still coming in. Deeming it too dangerous to get to them, there was no life hazard and since they were no where near any structures, the vehicles were left to burn and the fire departments continued to evacuate the residents.

Toddler medivac'd after fall from a 2nd floor window


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1330 Mastic Beach Ambulance, Fire Department and Suffolk Police were called to 73 Lombardy Drive in regards to a 911 call reporting that a two year old female had fallen out of a two story window. Units arrived, evaluated the victim and requested a helicopter to transport. A landing zone was setup up at the Smiths Point Marina on John O'hara Drive. The child was transported to the LZ by ambulance and flown to Stony Brook for treatment. All units were back in service by 1420 hours.

Day 5 at Houlihans


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The Centereach and Selden Fire Departments ended a weeks worth of training by conducting live burns at the old Houlihans Restaurant in Lake Grove. Over the course of 5 hours, five live burns were conducted allowing teams to rotate between RIT, search and suppression and overhaul operations.  The juniors also got a chance to work with live fire on the exterior of the building. Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene.

Day 4 at Houlihans. Selden joins Centereach for search and RIT training


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The Centereach and Selden Fire Departments conducted search and RIT drills within the vacant restaurant in preparation for Saturday's live burn. The building was smoked out and teams took turns searching for and extricating down members. Walls had to be breached to reach the "victims" who were trapped in collapsed areas. Selden members also worked with their aerial and put some of their members through roof operations. 

Click on the photo above for more pics from scene.

Smoke detectors do work

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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a home on Sarah Drive in regards to an activated fire alarm being reported by a central station. Units arrived to find that the ground level of the house was filled with smoke due to a burned pot of food that was left unattended on the stove. When the smoke detectors activated, the occupants of the home were alerted to the fire, extinguished same by covering the pot and removing it to the exterior of the structure. FD units used positive pressure ventilation to vent the house. All units were back in service within 30 minutes.

In summary, this was not a serious incident but it should serve as a reminder. Food should never be left on the stove unattended, covering a pot of burning food is an effective way to extinguish it and smoke detectors are critical in saving life and property.

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


CI-Hauppauge Ambulance MVA with overturn


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0124 Hrs. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to Dorado Circle ant Veterans Highway in regards to a motor vehicle accident with overturn involving a Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance. While returning from a call, CI ambulance 3-26-19 and another vehicle collided at the intersection. According to police, the ambulance was in the right lane when the driver attempted to make a U-turn at the intersection. A Toyota in the left lane hit the drivers side rear corner of the rig causing it to roll onto its side. The two members suffered minor injureis and self-extricated. The driver of the civilian vehicle was also injured. Another CI ambulnace transported their members to the hospital and the civilian was transported by an ambulance from the Commack Ambulance Corp.

Click the photo above for more pics from the scene.

Day three of live training at Houlihans


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The Centereach Fire Department continued to take advantage of a rare opportunity to conduct live training in a vacant commercial building. Yesterday members performed team search drills in the smoked out restaurant. Todays drill was multifaceted. Crews prepped the building for the upcoming live burn exercises, probies spent time working with the sprinkler system while other members opened up the roof. Tomorrow members will continue to prep the building for the live burn and then they will run through multiple RIT scenarios.

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

Centereach Fire Department annual open house is this Friday


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The Centereach Fire Department will be holding their annual fire prevention open house this Friday, October 26th from 5-8PM. There will be hands on activities for the kids, a chance to check out all of the fire apparatus, tools and equipment. The Suffolk County Sheriffs Department will be on hand fingerprinting and issuing child identification cards as part of Operation Safe Child. The smokehouse will be up and running, there will be other live demonstrations and refreshments will be served. 

Come on down, meet the people that protect your community and take away some knowledge that just may save your life!


Hauppauge covers Central Islip during house fire


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2358 Hrs. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to 55 Beech Street between Elm Street and McKinney Avenue in regards to a house on fire. Units arrived to find a very heavy fire condition in a two story wood frame private dwelling. Mutual aid was requested from Islip Terrace for a RIT and Hauppauge to cover the district. Due to the volume of fire, at one point all members were withdrawn from the interior and a defensive attack was initiated using the tower ladder and a 2 1/2. Command placed the fire under control within approximately 40 minutes.

Photo via 125 in Groupme.

Pedestrian struck and killed by train in Saint James


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1220 Hrs. The Saint James Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Railroad Avenue at Lake Avenue. Units arrived and found that an adult male had been struck and killed by an eastbound train at the Saint James Railroad Station. The victim was pronounced at the scene and the incident was turned over to the MTA police department for further investigation.

Train service on the Port Jefferson Branch was restored just after 1430 hours.

Ex wife of police officer killed on LIE found dead in Centereach home


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The Centereach FIre Department was dispatched to a residence on Robert Drive in regards to an unconscious adult female. Units arrived and were advised by police that the victim was deceased in the downstairs apartment. FD units took up without transporting and the house was declared a crime scene. The victim, 39 year old Christine Bregante had been divorced from Police Officer Joseph Olivieri for some time and was not the mother of his children. Ms. Bregantes death came on the day of her ex-husbands funeral just a few miles away in Ronkonkoma.

Police are investigating but are consider the death non-criminal.

Wake and funeral for NCPD officer killed on LIE held at the Ronkonkoma Fire Department.


After a weekend wake at the Ronkonkoma Fire house on Portion Road, thousands of police officers from close to 100 different agencies throughout the tri-state area, as well as firefighters and other officials paid their final respects to Police Officer Joseph Olivieri today. The funeral mass was held at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Ronkonkoma, which was Olivieri's hometown as a child. Reverend Michael Maffeo presided over the mass. Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale eulogized Olivieri.


PO Olivieri was killed after being hit by a car on Thursday morning while investigating a motor vehicle accident on the Long Island Expressway in North Hills. Officer Olivieri grew up in Ronkonkoma.Police Officer Olivieri is the third of four Nassau County Police Officers to die in the line of duty within the last 20 months. Michael Califano was also killed on the LIE and Geoffrey Breitkopf who was gunned down by friendly fire. All graduated from the same academy class in 1998. Nassau ESU Officer Arthur Lopez was shot and killed during a traffic Stop yesterday (October 23, 2012) on the Nassau Queens border.

Police Officer Joseph Olivieri was interred  at the Holy Sepulcher Cemetary in Coram.

Click on the photo above to be redirected to the Sachem Patch for more photos covering the funeral.


Haz-Mat call in Hauppauge


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The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to 430 Wireless Boulevard in regards to a report of a drum marked as containing hazardous materials lying in the woods.

Units arrived, evaluated the situation and determined that while the drum may at one point have contained hazardous materials, it was empty. The business owner contacted a waste hauler and the drum was removed from the property.

Plane Crash in Moriches Inlet in Mastic Beach.

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The Mastic Beach FIre Department was dispatched to a report of an aircraft crash in Moriches Inlet approximately 9 miles East of Smith point Park. Chief of Department Robert Ubaldo arrived and assumed command requesting mutual aid for divers, boats and EMS from the Mastic, Brookhaven, East Moriches. Hagerman, Rocky Point, Wading River, Hampton Bays and Westhampton Beach Fire Departments, Mastic Beach ambulance and Mastic Ambulance. Suffolk Police and the United States Coast Guard were also on station. 

Rescue attempts were heroic yet futile as the aircraft first landed against jetty rocks preventing civilians first on scene from opening the cockpit of the plane. The plane then sank and rested upside down in approximately 30 feet of water. 

At approximately 1710 hours, the fire department operation ended and Suffolk Police took full control of the scene for the recovery phase.

If anyone has photos that they would like me to post here for them ,please shoot me an email.



Natural Gas leak shuts down Main Street Smithtown


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The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to 43 Main Street in regards to a gas leak. On arrival, the Chiefs were advised that the building owner had been digging up the sidewalk to repair a water main and ruptured a natural gas line. FD units shut down Main Street from Maple Avenue to Elm and crews evacuated the buildings in the area. Smithtown and Hauppauge Fire Department members monitored the explosive limits in the buildings, Suffolk Police shut down the area to pedestrian and vehicular traffic and an EMS staging area was setup on at Maple and Main.

National Grid responded to the scene but crews were not able to immediately find the shut off for the building. National Grid personnel trnched down and manually clamped off the gas line at the rupture site. With the hazard mitigated, 43 Main Street was ventilated and readings were again taken in all of the surrounding buildings. air quality levels were within normal limits and the residents and business owners were permitted to reoccupy at approximately 1600 hours.

During the course of the incident, a Smithtown Fire Department vehicle was struck by a civilian vehicle on Maple Avenue near Ma Bell Lane. No Fire Department personnel were injured but the civilian vehicle operator was transported to Saint Catherines Hospital.

The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is investigating the incident.

Click the photo above for more pictures from the scene.

Yet another alligator captured-this one in Nesconset


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Police were called to respond to Lilly Pond Park in Nesconset in regards to an alligator sighting.  Units arrived but had SCPA Lieutenant Ray Galoppi entered the water and after a brief struggle, was able to capture the 33-inch long American Alligator and bring it to shore. The gator appeared to be in good health and was taken to the Second Chance Wildlife refuge in Farmingville.

Centereach trains at the old Houlihans


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With demolition of the old Houlihans restaurant at 4000 Middle Country Road slated to begin at the end of next week, the Centereach Fire Department took advantage of the opportunity and began training in the building this morning. After the interior was prepped for all of the upcoming drills, Station 2 crews worked with the fire alarm and sprinkler systems. Members took turns removing and replacing sprinkler heads, identified the system components, drained and refilled the system and observed flow patterns of different types of heads.  

Upcoming drills at the site will include live kitchen suppression system operations, hood and duct system construction and FD operations, fire and smoke evolution in protected (sprinkler) vs unprotected areas, breaching, ventilation tactics, roof ventilation, forcible entry, collapse and confined space operations, RIT and search and rescue. 

Houlihans is being demolished to make way for a Millers Ale House. Millers expects to be open in the spring of 2013.

Click on the photo above for more pics showing the building and training.

Garage fire in Commack


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1815 Hrs. The Commack Fire Department responds to report of a structure fire on Peppermint Road off Marshmallow Drive. Units arrive and find a small fire in the garage of a two story wood frame structure. The fire was extinguished and damage was confined to the garage.  The house was ventilated and all units were back in service in under an hour.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office and Commack Fire District Fire Marshal.

 

Heavy Rescue at Route 25 and Holbrook Road


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Middle Country Road at Holbrook Road. Units arrived to a two car collision with two injured parties. Rescue 14 went to work and the drivers door of one vehicle was removed to facilitate the removal of one victim. Both subjects were packaged and transported to Stony Brook Hospital by ambulance.

Click on the photo above to be redirected to the Centereach Fire Department website for more pics from the scene.



6 transported from Centereach MVA


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Centereach FD responds to an Motor vehicle accident on Portion Road near Avenue B. Units arrive to find a three car collision with a total of six injured parties. 3 ambulances from Centereach as well as one from the Ronkonkoma Fire Department were used to transport the victims. The Saint James Fire Department sent an ambulance to cover another call in the district during this incident.

Click on the photo above for more pictures from the scene. All photos are property of Ron Monteleone and are not be used anywhere else without his permission.

LIE Overpass renamed in honor of Firefighter Richard Nappi


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On Saturday October 13, 2012. The Country Road 83 (North Ocean Avenue) overpass to the Long Island Expressway was officially renamed the FDNY Lieutenant Richard Nappi Memorial Bridge. A ceremony was held at the Farmingville Fire Department Headquarters after which, the sign shown above was unveiled on the Expressway. 

At the time of his death Rich Nappi was a volunteer firefighter in the Farmingville Fire Deparmtent, an instructor at the Suffolk County Fire Academy and a Lieutenant in FDNY Engine 237 in Brooklyn. While operating at a 3rd alarm on Flushing Avenue in Bushwick on Monday April 16th, 2012, Lieutenant Nappi fell ill. He was removed from the building by other members and transported by EMS to Woodhull Hospital. Lieutenant Nappi passed away at the hospital. 

A bill to rename the bridge was sponsored by State Senator Lee Zelden and State Assemblyman Dean Murray. Governer Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on January 20th of this year.

Lieutenant Nappi is survived by his wife Mary Anne, daugehter Catherine and son Nicholas. Rich Nappi had ties to Smithtown as he spent part of his childhood living in Nesconset and attended High School East.

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

Photos courtesy of Ron Monteleone and are not to be used anywhere else without his permission.

Sanitation worker struck by vehicle in Mastic Beach


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0854 Hrs. Mastic Beach Ambulance and Mastic Beach Fire Department respond to a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident on Allanwood Drive between Sportsman Court and Oakwood Drive. Units arrived to find that a sanitation worker had been struck by a vehicle while bringing trash cans to/from the back of the truck. The 49 year old victim suffered serious injuries and a medivac was requested. EMS units cancelled the chopper and transported the victim via ambulance to Brookhaven Hospital.


Hauppauge handles vehicle fire on the LIE


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2037 Hrs. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on the westbound LIE between exits 57 and 56. Units arrived to find a 1997 Jeep Laredo burning on the shoulder. The two occupants were out of the vehicle and uninjured. The crew from engine 3-8-11 stretched a line and quickly extinguished the fire. 

Thanks to double G for the picture.

Car fire in driveway damages Nesconset house and garage


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1536 Hrs. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire in front of 43 Saint James Parkway. 3rd Assistant Chief John Martins was first due and reported that he had an involved auto in a driveway between a house and a detached garage with fire extending to both and to a fence on the other side of the car. The Chief also had to contend with burning fuel running down the driveway into the street. 

Engine 4-4-5 was first due and the crew stretched two handlines. Burning fuel, the burning vinyl siding on the house and garage was quickly extinguished, then the brothers dealt with the car fire. 4-4-3 was 2nd due, dropping a dry line at a hydrant on the way in. The crew from Engine 3 assisted with extinguishment and overhaul. Damaged was confined to the exterior of the house, the garage, a fence and the vehicle. A sander was requested from the town to deal with the fuel in the roadway. There were no injuries.

The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is investigating the cause of the fire. 

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


Centereach T-Bone on Middle Country Road


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Middle Country Road at New Moriches Road in Lake Grove. Units arrived to find a two car collision with minor injuries and no entrapment. The victims were transported to Stony Brook Hospital by ambulance while speedy dry was applied to the roadway by fire police personnel. All units cleared from the scene within 20 minutes. Assistant Chief Derrick Anderson had command.

Nesconset holds annual fire prevention open house


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The Nesconset Fire Department held their annual fire prevention open house today. The weather was great which helped the turnout. Visitors went through the fire departments safety trailer, learned how to stop drop and roll and were able to tour the fire departments apparatus. On display were the fire departments SCUBA equipment, extrication equipment. medical equipment and so much more. There were live demonstrations showing how to deal with kitchen fires, explaining the different types of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as free blood pressure screening.

Members of the fire department demonstrated their extrication skills and the fire extinguishing prowess.

Saint James trains at Mankuski Park


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The Saint James Fire Department held their Sunday morning drill at Mankuski Park, working through live fire evolutions in the residential building. During the course of these types of drills, members hone their skills in communications, hose handling, search and rescue, ladder operations, ventilation and of course team work. 

The Town owned facility is used year round by the 7 fire departments that protect the town as well as a few of the neighboring departments.. Mankuski Park has been in place since the 70's and there are a multitude of different training scenarios on the site including a two story residential burn building, a three story tower burn building, a vehicle fire pad, confined space mockup, forcible entry door prop, roof simulator and a maze trailer.

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

Car vs. Pole in Nesconset-Pole wins


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2218 Hrs. The Nesconset Fire Department was called to respond to a motor vehicle accident with a report of a car vs pole with overturn and subject pinned on Middle Country Road at Highway Place. Suffolk Police arrived first and confirmed that a subject was injured and trapped. Nesconset FD arrived find a a heavily damaged Honda SUV that had overturned but landed wheels down with an adult male occupant within. Chief of Department Tom Downs put the crew of 4-4-9 to work removing the passenger side doors  and put the tool to work-removing the passenger side door to allow medics to package and remove the victim.

The subject was transported by 4-4-6B to Stony Brook Hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

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

House fire in Setauket


2040 Hrs. The Setauket Fire Department handled a residential structure fire. Fire was reported to be in the 2/3 corner of a house at 369 Old Town Road off Linda Street. Terryville sent a RIT and Port Jefferson FD covered the district for the duration.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office.

Photo by Dennis Whittam.

Carbon Monoxide scare at Saint James Health Care Facility


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The Saint James Fire Department was dispatched to the Saint James Health Care Center on Moriches Road in regards to a report of carbon monoxide inthe building. Units arrived and found a problem with one of the two heating systems and shut it down. In addition to his own departments apparatus and EMS responding, Chief of Department William Theobault requested ambulances from the Centereach, Stony Brook, Nesconset, Nissequogue and Smithtown Fire Departments. All occupants of the building were evaluated by fire service medical personnel and meter readings were taken in the building. No injuries were reported and all units were released just after 1500 hrs.

Setauket Fire Department holds their annual open house


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The Setauket Fire Department held their 20th annual open house today. The event ran from 11-3 at the Nicholls Road station. FD personnel gave tours of the apparatus and the station, trained folks in the use of fire extinguishers, performed a vehicle extrication, demonstrated their new bailout systems, and the Suffolk Police were on hand to fingerprint and issue child id cards. If anyone has additional details, pictures to share or anything else in regards to this, I would love to put them up here. Shoot me an email.


Hauppauge members qualify on personal escape systems


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The Hauppauge Fire Department spent most of Saturday training members on the use of their newly issued personal bailout systems. These rope and harness systems (I am over simplifying this here allows a firefighter that has become trapped in a building to anchor to something within a room and then bail out the window to safety. 

New York State passed a law mandating these systems for all firefighters (again, I am simplifying here) after the "Black Sunday Fire" in NYC on January 23, 2005 where two firefighters died after being forced to jump from a 4th floor window of a tenament building on East 178th Street in the Morris Heights Section of the Bronx. Lt. Curtis Meyran and firefighter John Bellew died from their injuries, while firefighters Brendan Cawley, Gene Stolowski, Joseph DiBernardo and Jeff Cool barley survived, sustaining massive injuries that left several of them in the hospital for months. Joe DiBernardo passed away at his home in Miller Place as a result of his injuries in November of last year.

As of now, the Hauppauge, Centereach and Nesconset Fire Departments have fully deployed the devices. Smithtown and Kings Park are in the process while the remaining departments are still evaluating different systems

Early morning worker in Mastic


0417 Hrs. The Mastic Fire Department was activated on a 911 call from a resident on Broadway stating that a house was on fire behind his. Units were advised enroute that the police were on scene at 58 Lexington Road confirming a working house fire with all occupants out. Mastic responded with 5-12-1, 2,9,10, Mastic Beach sent a RIT with units 5-13-3 and 6 and Brookhaven went with 5-3-9 and 5-19. Shirley Ambulance stood by at the scene with two ambulances and Mastic Ambulance with 1 bus. There were no injuries and all units were back in service by 0715 Hrs. 

No injuries were reported and the house suffered extensive damage. The cause of the fire in under investigation by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad.

Photo by Harold Jacobs. (Photo metadata is off a bit).

Room and contents fire in Commack


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The Commack Fire Department was dispatched in regards to a 911 call reporting a structure fire on Commack Road near New Highway. Commacks Fire Marshal Joe Digiose was first in and advised that he had smoke showing from a two story wood frame private dwelling. Digiose and other members made entry into the ground level apartment and encountered multiple mattresses and other contents of a bedroom burning. 

The fire was quickly extinguished and fire damage was confined to the room of origin. The cause of the fire was investigated by the Commack, Smithtown and Huntington Fire Marshals Offices and deemed the fire accidental.

Kings Parks Chief Guilfoil goes over the edge!


On Friday October 12, Kings Park Fire Department 1st Assistant Chief Dan Guilfoil will be going "Over the Edge" for the New York Chapter of the Special Olympics. Danny will be rappelling 13 stories off of the tower at Nassau Community College in Garden City. For his efforts, Chief Guilfoil has raised $2000.00 for this great cause. For more information, click the photo above to be taken to the NY Over the Edge website. GOOD LUCK CHIEF!!

Fire Marshals shut down Commack restaurant


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The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to the To Fu Restaurant on Jericho Turnpike. Arriving units found a smoke condition in the building, the result of an improperly vented meat smoker. While ventilating the building, Commacks Fire Marshal Joe Digiose noted numerous fire violations and requested assistance from the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office.

After a full life safety inspection was performed, the building was shut down due to an excessive build up of grease in the kitchen, in the duct work and on the roof, a malfunctioning fire alarm system, numerous issues with the sprinkler system, broken fire exit doors and at least a dozen other violations. The Fire Marshal requested a Building Inspector from the Town and additional violations were issued. 

The restaurant will stay closed until all of the violations that pose an immediate threat to life and safety are corrected.

Kayaker rescued in Mastic Beach


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1448 Hrs The Mastic, Mastic Beach and Brookhaven Fire Departments along with Mastic Beach ambulance, Suffolk Police sector, Marine and aviation units and the US Coast Guard were dispatched to a report people in distress in the water at the end of  Locust Drive at Riveria Drive. Once on station, a Suffolk Police helicopter quickly located the thress subjects (mother, father and 4 year old child). THrough a combined effort by the mastic Beach FD,  Suffolk Police marine and aviation and the US Coast Guard, all of the subjects were rescued ad brought back on shore. None of the subjects were injured, but all were evaluated by EMS at the scene. All units were back in service in just under an hour.


Ronkonkoma, Hauppauge and Nesconset head to fire in Lakeland


1336 Hrs. The Lakeland Fire Department requested mutual aid from the Hauppauge (RIT), Ronkonkoma (engine) and Nesconset (ladder) Fire Departments for a house fire at 220 WIldwood Road. After a fast knock down of a small kitchen fire in the 1/2 corner and no extension, the fire was placed under control and all mutuals were recalled while still enroute.


Child turns on stove causing small fire in Kings Park


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1118 Hrs. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a home on Maple Road in regards to a 911 call reporting smoke in the basement. 1st Assistant Chief Dan Guilfoil was first in and determined that he had a stove fire that had been extinguished by the homeowner. Engine 4-1-1 arrived and members checked for extension and vented the house. 

The was a result of a young child playing with the stove. With October being fire prevention month, this is a great time to remind everyone that kids should not be left unattended in a kitchen. Thankfully, there were no injuries and no real damage to this home. 

Car fire on Ramando Lane in Smithtown


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2129 hrs. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire in front of 15 Ramondo Lane (Company 5 area). 2nd Assistant Chief Tim Murphy was first in and advised of an involved auto. Chief Murphy operated with engines 4-2-1 and 4-2-2 and Heavy Rescuse 4-2-9. The fire was quickly extinguished with out incident.

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Mastic Beach Fire Department Open house to be October 21, 2012 at 10AM


The Mastic Beach Fire Department will hold their annual open house on Sunday October 21st 2012 starting at 10AM. For more information, click on the fire department patch above to be taken to their new website.

Mastic is turning into an exotic pet dumping ground

This Boa Constrictor was recovered in Mastic on Oct. 10, 2012. (credit: Suffolk County SPCA)


In the latest of what is becoming a trend, someone abandoned a three foot boa constrictor in Mastic. According to police, the snake was left in a fish tank on the side of Mastic Road near Roberts Street. When found, the snake was quite lethargic and according to the SCPA, had an infection of some sort near its tail. The snake was transported to a sanctuary for rehabilitation. Had it not been found, the snake would not have survived in the cool temperature. 

Boa's are natives of South America and can grow to be 10 to 15 feet long and weigh 20-30 pounds. They do bite but are not venomous. The bulk of their diet consists of small birds, mice and other small rodents, although as they get bigger, they will eat lizards rabbits, chickens and guniea pigs.

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Mastic Fire Department Fire Prevention Day is Sunday 10-14-2012



The Mastic Fire Department will hold their annual fire prevention open house on Sunday October 14th from 11AM until 2PM. Their firehouse is located at 1080 Mastic Road. Stop on down as the information you take with you may just save your life. For more information click on the information above to be taken to the Mastic Fire Department website.

Illegal renovation work behind Saint James building sickens 3


1338 hrs. The Saint James Fire Department was called to respond to 7 Flowerfield Road in regards to multiple victims feeling ill from an unknown odor in the building. Units arrived and quickly determined that victims were being exposed to carbon monoxide and exhaust from a bobcat being used behind the building. The machine operator was ordered to shut down and the fire department evaluated a number of people.

A Smithtown Fire Marshal was called to the scene and he in turn notified the Building Department of the unauthorized work. 

Kings Park handles small fire in ROCA bldg at KPPC


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2350 Hrs. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at the ROCA building which is located on East 3rd Street on the grounds of the Kings Park State Hospital. The was confined to a small area of a bedroom. Chief of Department Mark O'Brien requested a Fire Marshal from Smithtown, a representative from NYS and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad. The building is a sober house and is one of only two on the property that are still in use.

There were no injuries.

Victim Medivac'd from Commack crash


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1327 Hrs. The Commack Fire Department and Commack Ambulance Corps responded to a motor vehicle accident on the Sagtikos Parkway near Pulaski Road. On arrival units found one victim with serious injuries and heavily pinned after the car hit a tree. EMS personnel stabilized the victim while FD units removed the roof. A medivac was requested from SCPD with the landing zone being on the parkway at the toll plaza. The Kings Park Fire Department covered the LZ. The victim was flown to Stony Brook Hospital.  All units cleared from the scene.

Photo by KK via GM

Another alligator found in Mastic


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For the 5th time in less than a week, an alligator has been found abandoned on Long Island. And for the 2nd time this week, one of those gators has been in Mastic. At around 2AM this morning, a patron noticed a plastic tub in the parking lot of Applebees on the corner of Montauk Highway and the William Floyd Parkway. When they opened the tub, they found an approximately 3 foot alligator. The gator was not faring well in the cold weather and was transported to the Selden Animal Hospital by police. 

Hauppauge Fire Department holds open house


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Roughly 400 people took advantage of the nice weather and stopped down to the annual fire prevention day at Hauppauge Fire Department's headquarters. Highlights of the day included an auto extrication, fire sprinkler demonstration, the smoke house and a flashover demonstration.

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

Kite surfer rescued off of Short Beach


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The Smithtown Township water rescue preplan was activated at approximately 1430 hrs on a report of three subjects in distress off Short Beach near the mouth of the Nissequogue River. The Kings Park, Nesconset, Northport and East Northport Fire Departments assembled and launched from the Bluff while the Saint James and Nissequogue Fire Departments went to Short Beach. The Smithtown Bay Constables launched a boat as did Suffolk Police. A Smithtown Park Ranger and the Nissequogue Police Department sector car went to Short beach. Suffolk Police sector cars also went to Short Beach and a police helicopter launched from MacArthur Airport.

Suffolks Marine Delta Boat was first to arrive on station and removed three subjects from the water. As it turned out, there was only one victim. The other two subjects were on shore, saw him and swam out to help. All three were taken by police boat back to Short Beach where they were evaluated by EMS.

All other units cleared from the scene by 1450 Hrs.

Centereach handles an early morning car fire


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0549 Hrs. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to Route 347 near Moriches Road on a 911 call reporting a vehicle fire. Chiefs Corvaia and Anderson arrived and advised that they had an involved auto on Moriches Road. Engine 6 was first in and quickly extinguished the fire with a handline. THe fire was confined to the engine compartment and forward portion of the passenger compartment. The driver claimed that she had picked the car up from a repair shop earlier in the day and was experiencing problems just prior to the fire. All units were back in service by 0645.

Click on the photo above to be taken to more pics from this incident on the Centereach FD website.

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone and are not to be used without his permission.

Four transported to the hospital after carbon monoxide alarm sounds


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2243 Hrs. The Mastic Beach Fire Department and Mastic Beach Ambulance were dispatched on a 911 call reporting an activated carbon monoxide detector in a home on Mayfield Drive. Mastic EMS evaluated and transported an adult female and three juveniles to the hospital while the fire department checked the house for CO. After an extensive search of the house with multiple meters, no hazard was found. As a matter of routine, the Mastic Beach Fire Marshal was called to respond and follow up. 

Centereach deals with a basement fire on Somerset Street


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2218 Hrs. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to 41 Somerset Street on a 911 call reporting a house fire. A second call reported a fire in a basement.  Chief of Department Stephen Corvaia was first due, confirmed that he had a fire in the basement of a single story private dwelling and had the fire retoned as work. Engine 6 grabbed the hydrant and supplied engine 12. Two handlines were stretched off of 12 and one operated. Crews made easy work of the basment fire. A RIT was requested from the Selden Fire Department and district coverage from the Ronkonkoma Fire Department for an ambulance and an engine.

One occupant was transported via ambulance to Stony Brook Hospital. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Departments Arson Squad.

During the incident, Ronkonkoma's standby engine and Selden's Chief of Department handled an automatic fire alarm at Starbucks.

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. All photos were taken by Ron Monteleone. They are not to be used without his permission.

Small fire at Whole Foods in Lake Grove


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1654 Hrs. The Centereach Fire Department and Lake Grove Fire Marshal were dispatched to an automatic fire alarm at the Whole Foods Store on New Moriches Road. Units arrived and found the store evacuated. Management advised that there had been a fire in the mens bathroom that was already extinguished. An investigation by the Fire Marshal found that an adult male (believed to be homeless) thought that it would be a good idea to dry his wet socks in the cafe microwave oven (yes the same one that some of you heat food in), while he enjoyed a tasty cup of coffee. Unfortunately, the individual cooked the socks a bit too long and they started burning.  The subject took his socks from the microwave and brought them into the bathroom to extinguish the fire the sink. Needless to say, smoke from the burning socks activated the bathroom smoke detector. Once he thought the fire was out, he threw the charred mess into a garbage pail.

The subject then exited the bathroom, sat down and proceeded to finish his coffee while watching all of the commotion.  He then got up and exited the store without drawing anyones attention. There was no damage to the store. The store was ventilated via natural openings and was back in business within 30 minutes. 


Fatal motor vehicle accident in Commack


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0926 Hrs. The Commack Fire Department and Commack Ambulance Corp responded to a motor vehicle accident on Vanderbuilt Motor Parkway, east of Commack Road. Units arrived a found a collision involving a truck and a car at the entrance to one of the shopping centers. The occupant of the car was removed in cardiac arrest and transported to Good Samaritan Hospital. 

Haz-Mat in Nesconset sends one to the hospital


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1348 Hours.  The Nesconset Fire Department was activated for a HAZMAT incident with one reported victim.  Upon arrival, Assistant Chief James Keane confirmed one victim with respiratory complaints, and requested a response from the Smithtown Fire Marshal's Office and the Islip Town Hazmat Team.  The victim was removing a 1950's refrigerator from the basement of the house when the refrigerant line broke and began leaking Sulfur Dioxide into the structure.  Sulfur Dioxide is a volatile substance commonly used for household refrigeration prior to the introduction of Chlorofluorocarbons such as Freon.  Sulfur Dioxide is liquefied under pressure, but presents an inhalation hazard when exposed to air.  The chemical has an IDLH of 100 ppm and is heavier than air.  

First Responders from the Nesconset Fire Department treated the victim and transported him to St. Catherine's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Firefighters from the Nesconset Fire Department, along with Suffolk County Police ESU, and an Islip Town Hazmat Division Chief entered the structure wearing SCBAs.  They were able to remove the refrigerator from the structure, stop the leak, and ventialte the structure.  Firefighters then remained on scene and continued to perform air sampling until readings fell below dangerous levels.  

No additional injuries were reported during this incident.  The incident is under investigation by the Town of Smithtown Fire Marshal's Office.  

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

American Alligator found on Mastic Beach lawn.


10:11 Hrs. A Moriches Drive resident noticed something odd in his flower bed this morning. When he went to take a closer look, he was quite surprised to find that it was an American alligator like the one above. The quick thinking occupant, took a plastic bin and trapped the roughly 3 foot long gator with it until police arrived. The reptile was captured and transported to a local pet store. 



Sunday Training in Centereach


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Sunday drill in Centereach was a busy one. Man vs. Machine, heavy rescue, impalement and probie drills filled the training field. Even a few of the brothers from the Mastic Fire Department took part. There was a lot going on, close to 50 attendees and all of the training was great. Click the picture above to see all of the photos.

Subjects arrested for stealing fuel oil from vacant Mastic Beach homes.


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Thanks to the dilligence of two Mastic Beach Code Officers, a 42 year old adult male arrested and charged with stealing fuel oil from tanks in the yards of vacant homes in Mastic Beach. At approximately 1800 hrs, while on routine patrol, the two officers, spotted a white Isuzu Ryder rental truck parked on Maywood Drive. One of the officers recognized the truck from a prior incident approximately a week earlier. In the first incident, the officers had spotted the truck on Cranberry Drive late one evening. The officers approached the vehicle operator and when asked, he stated that he was at the house working on the boiler. The officers suspected something at that point but had no complainant or other information so they took down the information and ordered the truck driver to leave the area.

During the second incident, the officers noted that there were multiple oil tanks in the back the truck and a pump was being used to siphon fuel oil from a tank at the location (which was a vacant house). The officers requested identification from the subject and requested assistance from SCPD. Unit 715 arrived and after further questioning, learned that the subject was from New Jersey. The suspect then stated that he were hired by a property management company to drive out to Mastic Beach and siphon oil from tanks on abandoned properties.

The subject then admitted to stealing the fuel oil from vacant houses and then trying to sell it to other residents. The suspect and his 12 year old son were transported to the 7th precinct. The Mastic Beach Fire Marshal and Suffolk Police Motor Carrier Safety unit were both contacted. Motor Carrier issued a number of summons to the suspect and the truck was impounded.



The two were observed by the officers who were on routine patrol

Fatal hit and run in Smithtown


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0454 Hrs. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a male lying in the roadway on Route 347 near South Plaisted Avenue. The call was quickly upgraded to a cardiac arrest by arriving Suffolk County Police units.  Smithtown Fire Department was cancelled en-route and the victim pronounced DOA at the scene. Police quickly determined that the deceased was the victim of a hit and run. Detectives from the 4th squad as well as units from the crime lab and crime scene section responded. An arrest was announced by police at approximately 1300 hrs.

Photo above was taken by Newsday reporter James Carbone and appears on Newsday.com. Click the photo above to take you to their website.


Commack sends RIT To Brentwood house fire.


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1750 Hrs. The Brentwood Fire Department was disptached to a report of a residential structure fire on Orient Avenue. Arriving units encountered a fire on the ground level of a two story colonial vacant private dwelling. Handlines were stretched and an agressive interior attack was initiated. Commack FD was requested for a RIT, East Brentwood FD for an Engine and Central Islip FD for an Engine. Three firefighters were injured and transported via ambulance to Southside Hospital.  The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Brentwood Fire Marshal, Islip Town Fire Marshals and Suffolk Police Arson Squad.

Fire destroys Centereach home.


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2201 Hrs. Suffolk 911 operators took multiple calls reporting a house on fire at 41 Forest Road off of North Washington in the Centereach Fire District. Chief of Department Stephen Corvaia advised that he could see the fire while en-route and had the alarm re-toned as a working fire. On arrival, the Chief encountered heavy fire throughout the ground level and attic area of a single story wood frame dwelling. Multiple handlines were deployed off Engine 6 and Quint 5. Mutual aid was requested from the Selden Fire Department for a RIT and EMS. The Nesconset Fire Department covered the district with an ambulance, handling one call in the process and the Ronkonkoma Fire Department sent an engine to CFD HQ to cover. 

A number of firefighters and at least one civilain were treated at the scene and then transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office, the Suffolk County Police Departments Arson Squad and the Suffolk County Fire Marshals K-9 unit. While it has not been deemed the cause of this fire, the electrical service to this house had been cut by LIPA in the days prior to the fire and the occupants were reportedly using a generator for electricity. The house is a total loss.

All mutual aid units were released at 2345 and all Centereach units secured from the scene by 0100 hrs.

Click on the picture above for more photos from the scene. As always, if you use any of my photos, please give this website credit.

Vehicle fire extends to building in Mastic.


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0834 Hrs. The Mastic Fire Department was toned out for a vehicle fire at 895 Montauk Highway near Ormond Place. Units arrived to find a fully involved SUV that was backed into a parking spot right in front of a row of stores. The fire had already communicated to the building-extending into a bakery, so Assistant Chief  Greg Amato had it retoned as a working structure fire. Chief Amato requested mutual aid from Brookhaven (Engine) and Mastic Beach (RIT). No injuries were reported and damage was substantial to the facade, the roof and the bakery. The Brookhaven Fire Marshals are investigating.

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

Nesconset FD goes to work on Galahad Lane.


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2151 Hours. The Nesconset FD was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting smoke coming from house on Galahad Lane near Browns Road. An ex-chief passing the scene arrived with SCPD and reported back to 4-2-0 that there was fire through the roof and out the back of the house. While Nesconset units were inbound, Chief Tom Downes activated the preplan bringing mutual aid in for a RIT from Centerach, a ladder from Lakeland and and an engine from Ronkonkoma. Saint James and Smithtown sent units to cover the district for the duration. With some initial confusion as to whether the occupant of the house was at home, 3rd Assistant Chief John Martins arrived, forced entry and did a quick search of the single story wood frame structure.  Thankfully no-one was at home.

An 1-3/4 was stretched to the front door off of 4-4-2 followed by a 2-1/2 of the same Engine. Both lines were put to work and companies confined the fire to the kitchen, dining room and the attic. Ladder 4-4-7 was deployed for a short period of time to soak down the burning roofing materials.  Crews from Lakeland and Ronkonkoma handled ventilation and overhaul.

10 cats died in the fire but another was found and revived by FD units. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office along with Suffolk Arson is handling the investigation into the cause of the fire. Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

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

Fatal Motorcycle accident in Mastic


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1826 Hrs. The Mastic Fire Department and Mastic Ambulance Corp were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle at the intersection of Floyd Road and Essex Circle. Units arrived and found the motorcycle operator unconcious. A medivac was requested but the victim went into cardiac arrest and was transported via ambulance to Brookhaven Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Suffolk Police 7th Squad Detectives are investigating.

Photo taken by Fire News Staff and appears on Newsday.com. Click on the photo to be taken to their site.

Setauket FD-Working fire on Robin Court.


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The Setauket FD was dispatched to 3 Robin Court off Pond Path on a telephone alarm reporting a structure fire, further described as an explosion in the garage. Units arrived and confirmed a fire in the garage of a two story wood frame colonial private dwelling. 

While crews went to work on the fire, mutual aid was requested from Stony Brook (engine), Selden (RIT), Centereach (engine), Port Jefferson, Terryville, Saint James (EMS) and Nesconset (EMS) Fire Departments. 

Two handlines were stretched, one operated and crews made quick work of the fire. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office is investigating the fire. 

Photo by Pablo Batallas-Facebook.

Commack handles pin job on Commack Road.


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The Commack Fire Department and CVAC were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Commack Road near Crooked Hill Road. Units arrived and encountered a two vehicle collision with one vehicle then striking a utility pole on the South side of the street. The occupant of the vehicle that struck the pole was stabilized then extricated by FD and SCPD ESU. The victims from the other vehicle were not trapped but suffered injuries. All were transported via ambulance to area hospitals.

Photo taken by Peter Walden and appears on the Commack Patch Website. Click the picture above to be taken there for their story and more photos from the scene.

Vehicle Fire in Nesconset


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0849 Hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on Smithtown Boulevard near Lake Avenue. 1st Assistand Chief Doug Sneider was first in and advised of an involved auto.  A handline was stretched off of engine 4-4-2 while engine 4-4-3 and rescue 4-4-9 stood by. Assistant Chiefs Keane and Martins as well as the 4-4-80 and an ambulance were also on scene.

There were no injuries reported. 

Click the photo above for more pictures from the scene.

Kings Park, Commack head to Greenlawn house fire


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0520 Hours. The Greenlawn Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 200 Cuba Hill Road. Units arrived to find a heavy fire condition with fire venting through the roof of a two story wood frame private dwelling. While companies went to work, mutual aid was requested from the Centerport, East Northport, Huntington, Huntington Manor, Commack, Kings Park and the Dix Hills Fire Departments as well as Commack Ambulance.

Four occupants of the building were treated for smoke inhalation and two firefighters were treated for minor injuries at Huntington Hospital.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Huntington Town Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad.

Photo via Groupme.

Ronkonkoma responds to dog attack


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The Ronkonkoma Fire Department dispatched an ambulance to Hounds Town USA on Garrity Avenue in regards to an adult female with injuries resulting from a dog bite. Upon arrival, they found four females that had been attacked by a pit bull. The women sustained bites to the legs and arms and were all treated then transported to Stony Brook Hospital via ambulance. None of the injuries were reported to be life threatening. 

When the FD arrvied, the dog had already been put back in its cage. According In an interview with CBS Rews Radio 880, the facilitys owner Michael Gould stated that the dog will be confined for 10 days to be tested for rabies and then the owner will have to decide whether to euthanize the dog or place the animal in a sanctuary.

Photos and videos wanted


PHOTOS AND VIDEOS WANTED. 

Do you have or know of photos or videos from a call posted on this site or in one of my areas? If so, I would love to post them. I can't be everywhere and photos certainly improve the quality of the site and help tell the story, so if you or your friends have pictures or video, give me a shout and I will get them on here and give you full credit.

Police investigate another shooting in Mastic Beach


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Suffolk Police are investigating a deadly shooting that took place early Thursday morning on Bogota Road in Mastic Beach. The adult male victim, who has not been identified, was transported in cardiac arrest by Mastic Beach Ambulance but was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Photo is by James Carbone and appears on Newsday.com. Click the picture to be taken to their site.

9-11 Memorial service at the Centereach Fire Department

Roughly 300 people attended the annual 9-11 memorial service at Centereach Fire Department Headquarters. The service included the unveiling of the new memorial which includes a piece of steel from the trade center. The memorial was unveiled by the families of Port Authority Police Officer James A Nelson and Cantor Fitzgerald employee Matthew T. O'Mahony, both of whom lived in Centereach.

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Another predawn vehicle fire in Mastic


0331 hours. The Mastic Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on on Cumberland Street near Pawnee Avenue. Units arrived and found an involved auto in the driveway of a private dwelling. The fire was quickly extinguished and all units were back in service just before 0500.

If anyone has photos, please pass them along to me.

SUV slams into truck in Lake Grove


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0703 Hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to New Moriches Road North of Middle Country Road for a motor vehicle accident with possible entrapment. Units arrived and encountered an SUV with its front end buried under the rear of a garbage truck and the lone occupant pinned. The victim was stabilized and then FD units removed the doors on both side and displaced the dashboard so he could be extricated.

Chief of Department Stephen Corvaia operated with Tac Rescue 14, Heavy Rescue 4, Engine 6, Fire Police 10+11. Chiefs 31 and 33 were also on scene and the victim was transported to Stony Brook Hospital by Ambulance 16.

For more photos from the scene, click on the picture above.

Ronkonokma handles another car fire on the LIE


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1416 Hours. Ronkonkoma Fire Department is dispatched to a vehicle fire on the LIE on the LIE. Units arrived to find an involved auto on the shoulder. There were no injuries. Hopefully more information and photos will be forthcoming.

Photo by Rob Garofalo and appears on Newsday.com

Missing fisherman found in Caleb Smith State Park.


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1220 hours. 76 year old Dr. Jerome Nadler went missing on Monday while fly fishing at Caleb Smith State Park.  Dr. Nadler was found by a SCPD K9 unit after an extensive multi-day search and rescue operation led by NYS Parks PD.  Other agencies assisting in the search were NYS Forest Rangers, Civil Air Patrol, SCPD, and the Smithtown Fire Department.  Mutual aid was requested from township fd's but cancelled prior to arrival.  Smithtown FD transferred the patient to SCPD Aviation for transport to University Hospital Stony Brook. Mr. Nadler endured multiple torrential down pours, thunderstorms and had thousands of bug bites all over his body.

House fire in Hauppauge



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1319 hours. As thunderstorms ripped through the area, most of the township fire departments were handling back to back calls. Hauppauge Fire Department was out on Autumn Drive dealing with live wires down when Chief of Department Germaine was advised by 4-2-0 that they were taking calls for smoke in a house on Roosevelt Blvd.  With LIPA on scene of the first job, units were sent to the 2nd alarm. Chief Germaine was first due and advised that he had smoke showing. Shortly thereafter he had Smithtown retone the alarm as a working fire, stating that he had a fire in the basement. 

Units quickly knocked the fire down but the house was a collyer's mansion so overhaul and searches were extended operations. Nesconset sent at RIT to the scene, Central Islip sent an engine to the scene, CI_Hauppauge responded to the scene and Lakeland covered the Hauppauge Fire District for the duration. There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Islip Town Fire Marshals Office and the Hauppauge Fire District Fire Marshals.

Photo by CW Schwalbe.

Truck fire in Smithtown


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1318 Hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire on Middle Country Road near Plaza Drive. Units arrived and found a truck burning on the westbound shoulder. Traffic was shutdown in both directions while a handline was stretched off of Engine 4-2-2. The fire was quickly extinguished without incident.

There were no injuries.

Photo by Kevin Henchey

Small fire in Centereach home


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2300 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a home on Stanley Drive on a telephone alarm reporting a fire within. Units arrived and encountered a smoke condition in the two story private dwelling. The source of the smoke was found to be electrical equipment burning under a fish tank in the living room. Luckily, the fire shattered the fish tank above it and the water from same extinguished the blaze. The Fire Department unsed fans to clear the house of smoke. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

There were no injuries.

Propane leak causes evacuation of Nursing home in Center Moriches


1610 hours. The Center Moriches Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm to the Cedar Lodge Skilled Nursing Center on Forwein Road. The complainant stated that there was a strong odor of gas in the building. Units arrived and determined that gas was leaking from a 500 pound propane tank buried next to the building. Engine crews stretched two handlines and went to work dispersing the gas vapors while the incident commander made a decision to evacuate the building and requested mutual aid from 17 surrounding departments.

75 patients were evacuated from the 100 bed facility. 14 critical care patients who were on oxygen were transported to 4 area hospitals. The remaining residents were taken to the Center Moriches High School on the By-Pass where the gymnasium was converted into a temporary shelter.

Once the building was evacuated, crews remained on scene while workers from the gas company attempted to stop the leak at the tank. When this failed, a decision was made to burn off the gas. This was done in conjunction with the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office. The gas was ignited at approximately 1945 and the burn off took approximately 3 hours. 

At 2312, the Incident Commander placed the job under control. After readings taken within the building showed no LEL, residents were permitted back in the building. There were no injuries and the incident is under investigation by the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals Office.

The following fire departments operated at this incident:

Center Moriches FD

Mastic FD

East Moriches FD


The Following Ambulance companies operated at this incident:

Coram FD EMS

East Moriches Ambulance 

Flanders Ambulance

Mastic Ambulance

Mastic Beach Ambulance

Medford Ambulance

Middle Island FD EMS

North Patchogue FD EMS

Ridge FD EMS

Riverhead Ambulance

Shirley Ambulance

South Country Ambulance

West Hampton Ambulance

Yaphank FD EMS

Wadng River FD EMS


Story and photos by Bill Renzetti-Ex Chief of the Center Moriches Fire Department


Electrical problem smokes up Lake Grove home.


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While operating at an automatic alarm at the Golfsmith Store on Middle Country Road, Centereach Dispatch advised the incident commander that he was taking a second call for smoke in a house on Craig Court. Captain Max Mayzus continued to operate with the engine on scene and diverted all other incoming units to the second call. 

Units arrived and encountered a light smoke condition on the upper level of the building. Members searched the house and found that the source of the smoke was a defective HVAC unit in the basement. Power was removed to the AC unit at the breaker and the homeowner was advised to contact a qualified repair company.

Chief of Department Stephen Corvaia operated with Chiefs 31, 32 Engine, 12, Engine 6, Engine 9, Rescue 4, Ladder 5 and Fire Police. Units were up from the scene in 20 minutes.

Natural gas leak in Lake Grove


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2000 Hours The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to Building 3 at the Lake Grove Apartments on a telephone alarm from an occupant reporting that her carbon monoxide detector was sounding. Units arrived and found what appeared to be an active gas leak in the building. Units evacuated the builidng and entered with meters. The problem was found to be with a defective gas oven/cooktop unit on the upper level. Due to the age and condition of the gas valve behind the stove, FD personnel were unable to shut it down. Keyspan was requested, responded out and shut it down. 

The building was ventilated and then closed up and meters again run through. The results were readings within normal limits. All occupants were alloved back in the building and FD units took up.


Homeowner is burned in Lake Grove house fire.


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1850 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department is dispatched to a home on Lido Blvd in Lake Grove on a phone alarm reporting a structure fire. Units arrive and find a fire in a bedroom. The occupant of the home had been alerted to the fire by a smoke detector in the hallway outside of his sons bedroom. Upon entering the room, he encountered a fire along the west wall. . The occupant suffered 2nd degree burns to his leg when he tried to pull some of the burning debris from the fire area but he was still able to dump a dry chemical extinguisher on the fire-effectively containing it to the area of origin. 

The Fd completed extinguishment, overhauled the area and checked for extension. In spite of the severity of his burns, the subject refused medical attention and stated he would go to his own doctor.

The cause of the fire was determined by the Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office to have been a non metallic zip-type extension cord that was compressed between a piece of furniture and the outlet it was plugged into. The circuit breaker protecting the outlet did trip twice but the homeowner reset it both times. It was after the second time that he discovered the fire.

The smoke detector and quick thinking homeowner minimized the damage from this fire and saved the house proving that smoke detectors and portable fire extinguishers do save lives. 

Haz-Mat in Kings Park


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The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a subject overcome by fumes in a Main Street building. Units arrived to find that an  adult male had been cleaning the floor of his apartment with Muriatic Acid without proper ventilation. The subject was transported to St. Catherines Hospital by Kings Park Ambulance. Chief of Department Mark O'brien requested a Smithtown Fire Marshal and the Town of Islip Hazardous Materials team (The Town of Smithtown does not have a team). When those agencies arrived, they advised the fire department to dilute the acid with water and vent the building.

Units cleared from the scene in less than an hour.

Commack RIT goes to Brentwoods house fire


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The Brentwood fire department was dispatched to a structure fire on Hewes Street off Chapel Hill Drive. Units arrived and encountered a fire in the rear of a two-story wood framed colonial structure. Police officers were already on scene and had escorted two subjects from the building. Others report that the two subjects had self evacuated but then re-entered the house to find their dogs (who had escaped the building on their own). Neither of the victims were injured but both cops were treated for smoke inhalation at Southside hospital. Commack Fire Department provided the RIT.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Town of Islip Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad.

Photo by Tom McGrath

Hauppauge heads to CI for house fire.


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2117 Hours. The Central Islip Fire Department took in a reported house fire on Nicole Avenue off Birch Street. Units arrived to find heavy fire rolling out the front of a single story wood frame private dwelling. Islip Terrace was called for a FAST and Hauppauge Fire Department to cover the district for the duration. To complicate things members had to work around a collapsed cesspool in the rear yard. 

There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is being investigated by the Town of Islip Fire Marshals and Suffolk Police Arson Squad.

Fire Marshals and Bay Constables work Operation Shield in Smithtown


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For the third year in a row, Fire Marshals and Bay Constables from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety took to the water and marine interests in the Town of Smithtown. Units patrolled the waters of Smithtown Bay, the Nissequogue River, Stony Brook Harbor and the Long Island Sound out to the state line. Foreign flagged vessels were inspected and specialized monitoring equipment was employed to check town property including the marinas, LIPA oil platform and other areas. Operation shield takes place numerous times a year throughout the country and partipating agencies include state and local police, the United States Coast Guard and a multitude of other state and federal agencies.

Boat slips under dock at the Kings Park Bluff


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For the second time this week a boater lost to the wild currents at the Kings Park Bluff and watched as his boat was swept under the dock. With no way to free the boat on their own, the Town of Smithtown Bay Constables were called, responded and then requested the services of the Kings Park Fire Department. Using brush unit 4-1-8, members attached a winch cable to the boat pulling it out from under the floating dock and out of the water.

There were no injuries and all units were back in service within an hour.

Roll off container fire in Centereach


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1820 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a dumpster fire in the rear of 54 South Howell Avenue. Units arrived to find an 40 yard dumpster loaded with tree stumps, branches and construction debris burning in large commercial lot that runs from Horseblock Road to the West to South Howell Avenue on the East. Chief of Department Steve Corvaia had the First due engine hit a hydrant and supply engine 9 so they could deploy their deck gun. Fire Police was ordered to close Horseblock Road to keep people from running over the 5 inch supply line.

Due to the amount and type of material in the dumpster, FD units comandeered an excavator that was on the site and used it to pull the material out of the container. 

Units operated at the scene for just under 3 hours.  


Second water rescue in four hours at the Kings Park Bluff


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20:54 hours. For the 2nd time in 4 hours, the Kings Park Fire Department, Suffolk Police and Smithtown Public Safety were dispatched to the Bluff on Old Dock Road in regards to a water rescue. This time the reporting party stated that they witnessed an adult male jump into the water. The complainant also stated that the tide appeared to carry the subject into the Nissequogue River. 

Units arrived and confirmed that the subject was seen entering the water. Kings Park Fire Department launched their boat and requested mutual aid to the Bluff from the Saint James, Stony Brook , Northport, West Islip (hovercraft and dive team, Bayshore (West Islip Dive team support unit),Nesconset (Dive team), Smithtown (manpower) and Hauppauge (manpower) Fire departments. The Nissequogue Fire Department was dispatched to Short Beach which is on the other side of the river. The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to the Sunken Meadow State Park to search the shoreline. The Hauppauge Fire Department was sent to Riveria Drive and the Greenlawn Fire Department covered Kings Park for the duration of the incident. Commack Ambulance was also called to the Bluff.

As per protocol, The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office sent a Fire Marshal to the Bluff and another to Short Beach to Liase between the Fire Departents, the town assets and the Police Department. In addition to the Fire Marshals, the Department of Public Safety dispatched two boats  and multiple Park Rangers to the scene. The Nissequogue Police Department was sent to Short Beach and the Suffolk County Police Department sent a boat, a helicopter and multiple sector cars to the scene.

After an approximately 25 minute search the subject was located by FD personnel. The adult male was uninjured and stated that he had gone for a swim. He was ordered out of the water and issued a summons by the Smithtown Park Ranger for swimming in a posted no swimming area.




Water rescue in Kings Park



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1648 Horus. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to the Bluff on Old Dock road in regards to vehicle in the water. A Smithtown Park Ranger was in the upper lot when the call was dispatched and was on scene immediately. The Park Ranger determined that everyone was out of the truck and uninjured. The subject advised the Park Ranger that his intent was to back his truck down the boat ramp so he could load his kayak into the bed. He stated that when he hit the brakes the truck slid on the algae and he could not stop it-thus ending up submerged.

The Kings Park Fire Department attempted to winch the truck out but was unable to. A tow truck contacted by the vehicle owner also tried and alomst ended up in the water as well. The Smithtown Fire Marshals office had a Marshal on scene as per water rescue protocol and he requested a payloader from the Parks Department. The payloader pulled the vehicle from the river and believe ito ot not, the owner drove it away. No fuel or other fluids spilled from the truck so no other action was necessary.


Vehicle fire in Mastic


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0502 hours. The Mastic Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on Meadowmere Avenue. While en-route, units were advised that police were on scene with a fully involved auto in a driveway of a private residence. The fire was confined to the vehicle. The Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office and Suffolk Police Arson Squad are investigating.

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Car fire snarls traffic on the LIE in Ronkonkoma


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1510 hours: The Ronkonkonkoma Fire department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on the LIE between exits 60 and 59. Units arrived to find a vehicle with a fire in the engine compartment 5-24-4 and 5-24-7 operated and Lakeland Fire Department was also on scene. There were no injuries.

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

Pin job in Hauppauge


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0843 Hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department and CI-Hauppauge Ambulance were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Expressway Drive South at MacArthur Blvd. Units arrived to find a three car MVA with one driver pinned. The operator of the vehicle pictured was pinned and suffered a serious head injury. Once stabilized by EMS, she was extricated by FD personnel. The operators of the other vehicles claimed to be uninjured and refused medical attention.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. All units operated under the command of Chief of Department Ray Germaine.

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Road crew severs gas line in Kings Park


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A road crew doing drainage improvements hit a gas line on Twin Oaks Drive near Robin Lane in Kings Park. The 4-inch main which ran under the roadway was hit by an excavator at approximately 1020 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was called to respond and monitored the area until a Keyspan crew arrive and shut the gas.  There were no injuries and all emergency units secured from the scene at 1144 hours.

The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is investigating the incident.

Small plane crashes in Brookhaven


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Just before noon, the Brookhaven Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a plane having crashed into a dumpster on Helene Drive.  While en-route, Brookhavens 1st Assistant Chief reported that he had a large columun of smoke and on arrival, confirmed that a small plane had crashed into a tree and a dumpster landing upside down in the roadway. One victim was pronounced DOA at the scene while two others were medivac'd to Stony Brook hospital with severe burns and other injuries. One of the two, a 60 year old female from Goshen NY, died later at Stony Brook Hospital.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire in the fuselage of the Socata TB10 with foam and the colladeral fires in the rear of two homes on the block with a handline. Brookhaven Fire Department was assisted at the scene and with the landing zone by the Yaphank and Ridge Fire Departments. EMS was handled by Shirley and Mastic Ambulances. The crash scene is approximately 1 mile north of Brookhavens Calabro Airport. 

Click on the Youtube link below to listen to the audio from this incident.  Note, the photo in the Youtube video is not from this crash but the audio is. It is not my audio. Click on the Newsday Link to view their story and photos.

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Roll off dumpster found burning in Lake Grove


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21:05 The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to Building 19 in the Lake Grove Apartments in regards to multiple callers reporting smoke in the building. The Lake Grove Fire Marshal was first in and quickly determined that the smoke was a result of a dumpster fire buring behind an office building located at 2758 Middle Country Road (which is just north of the apartment complex). Engines 6, 12 and fire police were redirected to this location and the fire was quickly extinguished with an inch and three quarter handline. Although the dumpster was close to the building, the fire was extinguished with no extension.

All units were back in service within 30 minutes. The fire department OIC was 2nd Assistant Chief Borkowski.

The Lake Grove Fire Marshal is investigating.


Contractor strikes a gas main in Saint James


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At approximately 1230 hours, FD units from Saint James, Nesconset and Smithtown responded to Oscars Restaurant on Route 25A after a contractor severed a buried natural gas main. Engine crews set up and operated handlines to disperse the gas vapors while other units evacuated and monitored explosive levels the surrounding buldings. Once Keyspan crews arrived, the gas was shutdown, traffic was allowed to resume on 25A and all of the affected buildings were permitted to reopen. All emergency units cleared from the scene by 1400 hours.

Roof collapse in Hauppauge injures one.


2049 Hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to LNK International on Arkay Drive in regards to a report of a male that fell through the roof of the building. Units arrived and found that a 32 year old male had been working on the roof when it collapsed underneath him. The victim fell approximately 16 feet to the concrete floor below. The victim was stabilized and transported by Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance to Southside Hospital for treatment. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office as well as a representative from the Smithtown Building Department responded out to the scene to handle the investigation.


MVA in Hauppauge


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1916 Hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department and CI-Hauppauge Ambulance were called to respond to an motor vehicle accident with possible entrapment and overturn on Wheeler Road near the North Service Road of the Long Island Expressway. Units arrived to find a two car MVA with one vehicle on its side being held up by another. Members quickly stabilized the vehicle and then addressed a minor fuel spill. No heavy rescue was required and the injuries were all minor.

Photo by 3840.


Fatal propane explosion in Brentwood


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The Brentwood and East Brentwood Fire Departments were simultaneously dispatched to Prospect Drive in regards to multiple calls reporting an explosion. Units arrive to find a single story wood frame structure that was completely destroyed by the explosion and numerous victims including a 14 month old child in need of assistance.  With no fire to deal with, BFD and EBFD members assisted by technical rescue units from the Hauppauge and Commack Fire Departments and Suffolk Police ESU thoroughly searched for anyone trapped. In all six people were removed from the building and before the incident was over, a total of 14 people would be transported to area hospitals. One victim was airlifted to Stony Brook Hospital 

Additional mutual aid was provided by the Wyandanceh, Deer Park, Melville, East Northport, Bay Shore, Islip, East Islip, Islip Terrace, Central Islip, Lakeland, Holbrook, West Islip, Sayville, Centereach, Smithtown and Nesconset Fire Departments.

The investigation into the cause of this blast which has been traced back to propane tanks on the property, is being handled by the Suffolk County Police Departments Homicide and Arson Squads as well as the Brentwood Fire Department Fire Marshal and the Islip Town Fire Marshals Office.

The Islip Town Building Department responded out and condemned at least one of the homes next door to the explosion site. Islip Town DPW sent heavy equipment to the scene to assist with debris removal during the investigation.

Photo above is courtesy of and property of K2M Photography. Click the picture to see more photos from the scene. 

Boat fire in Mastic Beach


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At approximately 1721 Hours, the Mastic Beach Fire Department was called to respond to the marina in Concourse East at Smith Point Park for a boat fire. Units arrived to find a fully involved boat. The fire had already extended to the bulk head and the brush around it.  Mastic Beach units fought the fire from land and launched Marine 1 to do battle from the water. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk Police Departments Arson Squad.

Photo by Frank Sarno.

Fire damages a Chinese restaurant in Lake Grove


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At approximately 2039 hours, the Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to an activated commercial fire alarm at 2840 Middle Country Road in Lake Grove. While en-route, the Chiefs and the Lake Grove Fire Marshal were advised by the dispatcher that he received a second call reporting an active kitchen fire. 

Units arrived to find a fire in the rear of the Top Stop Chinese Restaurant located at the east end of a single story multiple occupancy. The fire was being contained by the automatic sprinkler system and the business owner had already dumped a dry chemical extinguisher.  Arriving Units extinguished the remaining fire and checked for extnsion before shutting down the sprinklers. Fire damage was confined to the kitchen of the restaurant but three stores sustained minor to moderate smoke damage.

Once the area was overhauled and LIPA removed the meter, FD units replaced the fused sprinkler head and restored the system-allowing the remaining stores, including Uncle Joes restaurant to reopen.

The fire damaged store was shutdown and posted as unsafe by the Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office. The Fire Marshal also conducted the origin and cause investigation and determined that the fire was accidental.

It should be noted that this restaurant was cited for serious and numerous fire violations by the Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office a few months ago. The Fire Marshal credits the abatement of these violations which included sprinkler system problems, ceiling issues and other violations with limiting and containing the spread of the fire.

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Attic fire in Nesconset


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1457 Hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house on fire on Old Nichols Road. 4-2-0 advised that they were taking multiple calls including one from a Hauppauge firefighter that was on scene reporting smoke coming from the house.

3rd Assistant Chief John Martins was first in advising that he had smoke showing. Engine 4-4-5 arrived shortly thereafter. Members stretched an inch and three-quarter handline to the front door while others searched for the fire.  The fire was located in the attic and was extinguished with the single handline. As part of the pre-plan, Lakeland, Ronkonkoma and Smithtown Fire Departments were called to the scene. Smithtown was diverted to cover the district while Ronkonkoma and Lakeland were turned around en-route.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office and is being classified as accidental.


Structure fire in Setauket

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At approximately 1037 hours, the Setauket Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting a house fire on View Road. Arriving units encountered a basement fire.  All occupants had self evacuated with their pets and were uninjured.

Firefighters quelled a heavy fire in the basement of a home on View Road in Setauket Wednesday night in approximately an hour and a half.

The owners of the home and their dog evacuated the house safely before emergency crews arrived. No serious injuries were reported.

Public information officer Larry Hall said the fire started in the far corner of the basement underneath the garage, but said the cause is under investigation. Stony Brook, Centereach and Port Jefferson Fire Departments sent units to the scene while Terryville FD and Stony Brook Ambulance covered the district for the duration of the incident. Port Jefferson Ambulance also sent an ambulance to the scene.

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


Haz-Mat incident at the Suffolk County Crime Lab


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The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to the Suffolk County crime lab on North Drive in regards to a chemical spill. Units arrived and were advised that approximately one quart of picric acid crystals had spilled inside of a cabinet. Suffolk police and ESU officers were on scene and Chief of Department John Hanson requested the  Suffolk County Fire Marshals and Islip Town Haz-Mat.  The spilled product with is used for what is known as the Christmas Tree stain and for urine detection. 

Picris acid is highly toxic. It is a class 1.1D explosive and a flammable solid (based on its water content) It is highly explosive and was used extensively in bombs and grenades during World War I.  Anhydrus Picric acid is similar to TNT.Picric acid attacks common metals (except for aluminum and tin) creating explosive salts which are shock sensitive. Bombs, mines and grenades had to be coated with tin or ashpatim to prevent the picric acid from contacting the metallic shell.

Picric acid is friction sensitive so even opening the cap on an old container with dehydrated picric acid in it can cause an explosion. Picric acid was also used in early days to treat malaria, trichinosis, herpes, small pox, as an antiseptic and for burn injuries. It was also used to dye silk and wool yellow. 

In this incident, the acid was neutralized and then removed for disposal by Suffolk Police ESU. No injuries were reported and all units cleared from the scene in approximately 90 minutes.

Truck fire in Hauppauge

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8/4 0259 Hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on The North Service Road of the Long Island Expressway in the vicinity of Wheeler Road. Units arrived to find an 18 wheeled dump truck burning.  Hauppuage operated with units 1,3 and 14 under the command of chiefs Furuno and Oliver.  According to the Hauppauge Fire Marshal, the fire was the result of overheated brakes. The fire was confined to the trailer. 

Taxi burns on the Centereach/Selden Border

Centereach Fire Department was activated for a vehicle fire on Middle Country Road near Smithtown Polk Blvd. Chief of Department Stephen Corvaia was first in and advised of an involved auto in the middle of the road. Units 5-5-12 and 5-5-6 responded in and extinguished the fire The vehicle (a taxi cab) was a total loss.

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Basement fire in Centereach

22:32 Hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting a fire in a residential structure on Avenue B near Crossover Road, which is in the Southeast end of the District. Chief of Department Stephen Corvaia was first in and advised that he had smoke showing. After a quick size up, Chief Corvaia dertermined that he had an active fire in the basement and transmitted the working fire. Units arrived and the fire was quickly knocked down and extinguished.  One firefighter suffered an ankle injury at the scene and was transported by ambulance to Stony Brook Hospital. The Farmingville Fire Department sent a FAST to the scene.

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

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Commercial fire in Commack

The Commack Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting a structure fire at a shopping center known as Commack Corners. Chiefs arrived at the building which is located on the South East corner of Commack Road and Jericho Turnpike, and found a fire in a rear room of the Nationwide Vision Center.  Kings Park sent a FAST to the scene, and East Northport covered the district for the duration of the incident. Commack Ambulance stood by at the scene. Units operated under the command of Chief of Department Kieran Keane, confining the fire to the vision center. The surrounding stores suffered minor smoke damage.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office, Commack Fire Department Fire Marshal and the Suffolk County Police Departments Arson Squad.

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