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Smithtown FD-Gas leak on Route 347


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1043 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a reported gas leak in the construction area of Route 347, west of Terry Road. Units arrived to find that the operator of a backhoe had severed a two inch natural gas line on the North side of the road at the intersection with Helen Avenue. Mutual aid was requested from Nesconset FD for an engine and manpower to the scene and from Kings Park FD to send an engine to cover at Smithtown FD HQ. The area and surrounding houses were evacuated, traffic was shut down in both directions and PSEG was requested on a rush. Once PSEG arrived, the gas was shut down, using a buried valve on the South side of the street. FD personnel confirmed that the surrounding houses were clear of gas and are area was reopened just before 1300 hours. 

Port Jefferson FD-House fire on Village Woods Road


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0437 hours. The Port Jefferson Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Village Woods Road off East Broadway. Responding Chiefs were advised that 911 was taking multiple calls reporting an active fire. 2nd Assistant Chief Todd Stumpf was first to arrive and advised of a working fire in a single story private dwelling. Mutual aid was requested from the Terryville, Coram and Mount Sinai Fire Departments to the scene and for the Setauket Fire Department to send an engine to cover to Port Jefferson FD. Port Jefferson Ambulance also responded to the scene. The fire was placed under control within an hour and all firefighters were cleared from the scene by 0615 hours. There were no injuries and the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals are investigating. 

Photo is the property of Andrew Tetreault and is not to be used without his permission.


Smithtown FD-Rash of nuisance fires on Greenbelt Trail


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1720 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched on a smoke investigation in the area of Dorchester Road and Buxton Way. Units arrived and after an extended search found a deep seated brush fire in the Greenbelt trail area between Steven Place and Bow Drive. Crews stretched approximately 1400 feet of hose into the woods to reach the fire. Assistant Chief Kevin Fitzpatrick requested a 2½ stump jumper from Nesconset FD to assist. Unfortunately, due to the marshy terrain, the brush truck became stuck. Nissequogue was called for their 5 ton GI and the Town of Smithtown Highway Department was called for a payloader. Crews cleared a path using chainsaws and the Payloader pulled Nesconset’s rig out. During this incident, the Smithtown Fire Department had six other alarms. The Hauppauge Fire Department handled a gas leak for them and Smithtown crews handled the rest. The Nesconset Fire Department had two other alarms while out with Smithtown, both of which they covered. 

All units cleared from this scene just after midnight. Unfortunately, the fire department has been called back to this area numerous times since for additional fires and Fire Marshals are now monitoring the area. 

Photo courtesy of the 40.

Smithtown FD Overturn on Route 347 in Smithtown


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1723 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on Route 347 near Hallock Avenue. Units arrived to find a crash involving three vehicles, one of which had overturned, blocking all of the westbound lanes. All of the victims were removed, packaged and transported by ambulance to the hospital. Smithtown FD was called back to this same area for another crash at 1813 hours. This time, a motorcycle was involved. There were no injuries and all units returned to service. 

Photo Courtesy of Fred Friedman via the Smithtown FD website. Click on the photo above to see more photos of this incident on their website. 

Selden FD-House fire on Hallowell Lane


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0818 hours. The Selden and Centereach Fire Departments were dispatched to a report of a house fire on Hallowell Lane off Holly Hill Lane in the Selden Fire District. Chief 31 arrived and advised that he had an active fire in the garage of a private dwelling. Mutual from Coram for a ladder, Centereach sent engine 2, Farmingville, Terryville sent an ambulance to standby. One line was stretched and operated. 

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Commack FD-Carbon Monoxide issue sends 10 to the hospital


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1522 hours. The Commack Fire Department was dispatched along with Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps to 37-39 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway in regards to a carbon monoxide detector activation with subjects feeling ill. FD and EMS units arrived to find 20 people reporting carbon monoxide exposure like symptoms. Fire Department personnel evacuated a number of stores and crews entered the building to locate the source of the problem. Commack Ambulance began patient assessment, calling for ambulances from Deer Park, Dix Hills, North Babylon, East Brentwood Greenlawn, Kings Park and  Smithtown. A Field Physician was called in to evaluate all of the patients. The doctor determined that 9 victims should be transported and the other 11 could be treated and released from the scene. The source of the carbon monoxide was found to be a defective water heating unit in a hair salon. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office was called in and is handling the investigation. 

Centereach FD-Car fire in the Smith Haven Mall parking lot.


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle burning in the parking lot of the Smith Haven Mall. Units arrived to find an active car fire in the North parking lot near Sears. Two engines arrived quickly and the fire was extinguished using one hand line. Two vehicles in adjoining spots sustained very minor damage. 

Photo courtesy of the Original 40. 

Commack FD-Contractor electrocuted while trimming trees


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The Commack Fire Department was dispatched with Commack Ambulance to a report of a man electrocuted in a tree on Roberta Lane. Units arrived to find a 39 year old male deceased up in a tree. The victim had been trimming a tree, when, police say that one of his safety lines made contact with a high tension line.  FD personnel accessed utilized ladder 1 to extinguish a fire in the tree and waited for PSE&G to terminate power to the area. Suffolk Police are handling the investigation. Click on the photo above for more information via Newsday. 

Photo via Stringer News Service. Click on the photo above to view the incident on Newsday.com

Hauppauge FD-Car fire on Oser Avenue


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The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on Oser Avenue near Parkway Drive South. Fire Marshal unit 3-8-40 arrived and advised of an involved auto. Crews arrived and quickly extinguished the fire without incident.  Traffic was tied up in the area for the duration of the incident. There were no injuries. 

Photo courtesy of the Original 40

Smithtown FD-Crews respond to fire alarm and find shooting victim


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The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to an activated fire alarm at the Hypnosis 8.0 Lounge on Main Street. Units arrive to find  a chaotic scene with water flowing from a broken sprinkler pipe and an adult male with a gunshot wound. The chief requested an ambulance as well as Suffolk Police and a Smithtown Fire Marshal. The victim was transported to the hospital and FD personnel shut down the sprinkler system. The scene was then turned over to the PD and the Fire Marshal. 

Photo courtesy of the 40

Hauppauge FD-Fire with multiple burn victims at the Hyatt Hotel


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1655 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to an activated fire alarm at the Hyatt Hotel on Motor Parkway. Shortly thereafter and based on a 911 call reporting a fire in the building with at least one burn victim, 4-2-0 re-toned the alarm as a structure fire with burn victims. Units arrived and confirmed that there had been a flash fire within an electrical equipment room on the arrivals floor of the building. Crews from Central Islip Hauppauge Community Ambulance arrived and tended to the victims. A medivac helicopter was requested, but could not fly due to the weather. Firefighters located the fire area and confirmed that the fire was out and had not extended. 

Assistant Chief Stephen Feron operated with 4 engines, the ladder and heavy rescue. FD personnel setup fans to evacuate the smoke. FD personnel searched the building to confirm that no one was trapped within the elevators or anywhere else. Due to electrical issues resulting from this incident, the hotel was evacuated and remained closed until repairs were made. The Central Islip Fire Department sent an engine to Hauppauge FD Headquarters to cover for the duration of the incident. The hotel was allowed to reopen the next day.  The incident is under investigation by detectives from the 4th precinct and OSHA.

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla

Setauket FD-house fire


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0251 hours. While their neighbors to the East (Port Jefferson FD) were battling a large fire in a condo complex , the Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire with a burn victim on Carriage Lane. Units rolled up on a heavy fire condition the ½ corner of a single story occupied wood frame private dwelling. Crews picked up a hydrant and stretched multiple hand lines to attack the fire in a bedroom, which extended up into the attic. Mutual aid from Nesconset FD for an engine, Saint James FD RIT, Stony Brook FD-2 engines, Centereach FD for a ladder, The Selden Fire Department sent an engine to Station 3 on Nichols Road. Smithtown FD sent an engine to Setauket, Ronkonkoma FD sent an ambulance to Station 3. Holtsville sent an ambulance to the scene.

One elderly occupant was transported with burns. One firefighter suffered a leg injury.

Photo courtesy of Dawn Siedlewicz

Hauppauge FD-Vehicle Fire on Veterans Highway


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1606 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on Veterans Highway near Route 111. Units arrived to find an involved auto in the parking lot of 5 Guys Burgers. Crews from engine companies 3 and 4 quickly extinguished the fire. The 2003 Honda was a total loss.

There were no injuries.

Photo courtesy of the original 40

Brentwood FD-House fire on 3rd Sreet


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1214 hours. While covering for the Brentwood Fire Department, who was operating at a commercial structure fire with haz-mat, crews from Hauppauge and Islip Terrace were dispatched to a reported structure fire on South 3rd Street off North Thompson Drive. Units arrived to find an active fire in the basement of a single story wood frame private dwelling. A water supply was quickly established and lines stretched on the fire through the interior. Mutual aid was requested for a ladder from the Islip Fire Department, and a ladder from the Bay Shore Fire Department. Brentwood freed up an engine from the other incident, sending them to the scene. Dix Hills sent an ambulance to the scene. Crews made quick work of the fire. The house was searched and ventilated. There were no reported injuries. The fire is being investigated by the Suffolk Police Arson Squad and Fire Marshals from the Town of Islip.

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla 

Brentwood FD-Fire on Cleveland Avenue


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1046 hours. The Brentwood Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 9 Cleveland Avenue off Pine Aire Drive. Units arrived to find a trailer, multiple vehicles burning, piles of debris burning and fire extending to a commercial building. While units stretched on the fires, a request for an immediate response from PSEG was put in, as down and live power lines were impeding the operation. The Islip Town haz-mat team was requested due to chemicals burning within the trailer. Islip Terrace sent a ladder to the scene, Bayshore sent a ladder to the scene, Islip FD sent an engine to Brentwood’s headquarters to cover, and the Hauppauge FD sent a ladder to standby. As you will see from the next story, the standby companies caught a house fire as well. Once the fire was extinguished, the haz-mat team identified, contained and neutralized the chemicals. The Suffolk County Decon Strike team responded to support the haz-mat team, as did ambulances from Brentwood Legion, East Islip FD EMS, Bay Shore-Brightwaters and Dix Hills FD. Islip Exchange Ambulance sent their Special Operations/Rehab unit. 

The Brentwood Fire District Fire Marshal, the Islip Town Fire Marshals and Suffolk Police Arson Detectives were all on scene.

3 firefighters suffered minor injuries.

All fire and EMS units cleared the scene at approximately 1600 hours. 

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla

Nesconset FD-crash with overturn in the parking lot on Alexander Avenue


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1908 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Route 347 at Alexander Avenue. Units arrived to find an overturned Jeep. The occupants were already out and denied any injuries. FD personnel secured the vehicle, while EMS dealt with the occupants. 

Bill Pfeiffer photo. 

Nesconset FD-Overturn on Nichols Road


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The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Old Nichols Road near Nancy Lane. Units arrived to find an overturned sedan on the shoulder. The occupants were already out of the car. EMS treated and transported one subject. FD personnel secured the vehicle and cleared the fluids from the roadway.

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone.

Hauppauge FD-Vehicle fire on the Long Island Expressway


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1355 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department responds to a vehicle fire on the LIE near route 111. Units arrive to find a Jeep buring on the HOV shoulder of the eastbound lanes between 55 and 56. Engine 3-8-4 and Rescue 3-8-9 operated. The fire was extinguished without incident. There were no injuries. As expected, traffic was tied up in the area during the incident. 

Photos courtesy of the original 40

Smithtown FD-Crash with injuries on West Jericho


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1638 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Jericho Turnpike, west of Old Willets Path. Units arrived to find a crash involving two vehicles in the east bound lanes. No extrication was required but two subjects were treated and transported to the hospital via ambulance. FD personnel secured the vehicles and applied speedy dry to the roadway. Click on the photo above to see more pictures from the scene on the Smithtown FD website. 

Photo courtesy of Jeff Bressler-Smithtown FD PIO.

 


Selden FD-basement fire on Magnolia Drive


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In the late night hours of May 24th 2016 the Selden Fire Department was activated for a reported residential structure fire on Magnolia Drive. Upon arrival, Chief Michael Matteo 5-25-30 was met with an active fire in the basement of the home. Dispatch was advised to reactivate for a working fire and mutual aid was requested from Terryville, Centereach, Coram & Farmingville. Multiple attack lines were stretched and the fire was quickly knocked down by first due units. Firefighters safely removed 3 cats from the home, no injuries were reported. Command requested a Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal to the scene for an investigation.

Story and photo courtesy of Bryan Lopez


Setauket FD-Motor vehicle crash on Marburger Drive


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The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Marburger Drive. Chief Paul Rodier arrived to find that a vehicle had left the road way and struck a tree. All of the occupants had self extricated. EMS treated and transported, while FD personnel secured the vehicle. Once that was done, the scene was turned over to Suffolk Police.

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone.

Centereach FD-Smoke condition at Sears


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The Centereach Fire Department was activated for a structure fire at Sears in the Smith Haven Mall. The caller, a volunteer firefighter from a neighboring department reported that the store was quickly filling with smoke. Units arrived to find a smoke condition on the ground level of the building. Mutual aid was requested from the Nesconset Fire Department for a ladder to the scene. Sears employees had already evacuated the store, so crews entered to search for the source of the smoke. Centereach and Nesconset aerials were both deployed so crews could check the roof. The source of the smoke was located in a mechanical room on the upper level of the building, where a machine belt had overheated and ignited, sending smoke through the HVAC system. The air handler was shut down and the store ventilated using fans.  Once the smoke had cleared, the store was inspected by the Lake Grove Fire Marshal and the cleared to reopen. There were no injuries.

Centereach FD-Fatal fire on Minerva Lane


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a reported explosion and fire on Minerva Lane off Helen Street. Arriving units encountered a basement fire that had already extended up into the ground level and attic. Members were advised that there may be a subject still within. Crews made entry into the basement from the exterior stairs and quickly located an adult male on the floor. The victim was removed and transported to the hospital by ambulance. Crews from Centereach and Selden fought the fire from within, but then backed out due to a partial collapse. Suppression continued from the exterior via hand lines and Farmingville FD’s ladder, until the fire was knocked down. Crews then went back in to finish the job. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department sent an engine to cover. The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital. The fire is being investigated by Detectives from the Arson and homicide squads as well as by Fire Marshals from the Town of Brookhaven. 2nd Assistant Chief Gary Schor was the initial incident commander. 1st Assistant Chief Robert Corley arrived later and assumed command. 

Click on the photo above to view video from the scene. 

Bryan Lopez photo and video

Hauppauge FD-Early morning overturn on Simeon Woods Road


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0342 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched with Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance to a motor vehicle crash on Simeon Woods Road between Kings Highway and Rabro Drive. Crews arrived to find an overturned 18 wheel dump truck across two lanes. The driver had self extricated and denied any injuries. FD personnel secured the vehicle and confirmed that there were no fluids spilled, then turned the scene over to the police department.

Photo courtesy of the original 40.


Nesconset FD-Deck collapse on Lake Avenue


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At approximately 1504 hours, Suffolk Fire Rescue activated the Nesconset Fire Department for a report of a subject injured from a fall off a deck on Lake Avenue near Wilson Street. While en-route, EMS was advised by 4-0-0 that this incident was actually a deck collapse with injuries. Units arrived to find that an approximately 12X12 foot section of wood deck that had been attached to the upper floor of a two story dwelling, had collapsed. Four adult males had been on the deck at the time and all sustained very minor injuries. EMS evaluated the victims while FD personnel insured that the area was stable. A Fire Marshal from the Town of Smithtown was on scene and in turn notified the Town Building Department. 

Nesconset FD-multiple trucks burn on Smithtown Boulevard


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2257 hours The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire in the vicinity of Smithtown Boulevard and Gibbs Pond Road. 2nd Assistant Chief AJ Anderson was first to arrive, finding two box trucks burning to the rear of 309 Smithtown Boulevard. Chief Anderson had 4-0-0 re-tone the alarm and requested an ambulance for subject with injuries. The first engine stretched in and hand lines were stretched ion the fire. Crews extinguished the fires and overhauled while EMS treated and transported an adult male who had been living in one of the trucks at the time of the fire. Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety are investigating. 

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. You are free to repost but you must credit this website. 

Centereach FD-house fire on Kejaro Court


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1649 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a building fire in the vicinity of Hammond Road and Middle Country Road. Additional calls came into the 911 system and the exact location was found to be on Kejaro Court. Crews arrived to find heavy fire within a single story private dwelling. An aggressive attack was mounted with multiple hand lines. The Selden Fire Department sent an engine, the Farmingville Fire Department sent a RIT and the Ronkonkoma Fire Department sent an engine and ambulance to Centereach headquarters to cover. The house was a total loss but there were no injuries. Fire Marshals from the Town of Brookhaven and arson detectives are investigating.

Photo courtesy of Bryan Lopez.


Photo courtesy of Bryan Lopez

Nesconset FD-Vehicle fire on Pine Drive


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1016 hours. The Nesconset, St.James and Ronkonkoma Fire Departments were activated for a house fire on Pine Drive off Townline Road (Nesconset Fire District). Nesconset Chief of Department James Keane was first due and quickly cancelled all mutual aid, advising of a vehicle fire in a driveway with no exposure problem. Members stretched a trash line off Engine 4-4-1 and make quick work of the fire. There were no injuries and the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is investigating. 

Centereach FD-Overturn on Middle Country Road


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1256 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on Middle Country Road near Woodland Road. Units arrived to find a multi-vehicle crash with one of the vehicles overturned. There were no serious injuries and no one was trapped. FD personnel secured the vehicles and EMS treated and transported the victims. 

Hauppauge FD-Crash with pin on Engineers Road


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1505 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched with Central Islip Ambulance to a motor vehicle crash on Engineers Road. Units arrived to find that a full size van had left the roadway and hit a tree. The lone occupant suffered minor injuries but was trapped in the vehicle. FD personnel used hydraulic tools to open the drivers side door. EMS treated and transported the victim. 

Hauppauge FD-Head on crash at Vets Highway and Lincoln Blvd


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1013 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was activated with Central Islip/Hauppauge Community Ambulance to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Veterans Highway and Lincoln Boulevard. Units arrived to find a collision involving two passenger vehicles. No extrication was required. EMS handled the injuries while FD personnel addressed spilled fluids and debris on the roadway. All units were clear from the scene within 30 minutes. 

Hauppauge FD-Subject injured in explosion on Hoffman Lane


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0811 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched with Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance to a hazardous condition with injuries on Hoffman Lane. Units arrived to find that a subject was injured when a metal can of firestop insulation he was holding exploded. The adult male sustained serious injuries due to the impact of the exploding container. The victim was transported to the hospital via ambulance. An investigation found that the subject was heating the cans as he believed it would make the product easier to apply. The containers are clearly marked “Extremely Flammable” and the instructions sheets warn not to expose to heat. The safety data sheet for this product clearly indicates that the container may burst if heated. 

SAFETY TIP:
When using any product that is applied from a container under pressure, you should read all of the instructions very carefully. This applies to everything from cheese spread to foam insulation. Take a second to read the label. It could save your life. 

St. James FD House fire on 5th Street


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1903 hours. The Saint James and Nesconset Fire Departments were activated on a telephone alarm reporting a residential structure fire on 5th Street near Cambon Avenue. Units arrived to find an active fire in a bedroom of a single story private dwelling. Lines were stretched in through the front door and firefighters extinguished the fire. The house was overhauled and the fire area protected until the Fire Marshal arrived. Mutual aid was provided by the Smithtown, Stony Brook, Nissequogue, Ronkonkoma, Centereach and Kings Park Fire Departments. There were no injuries and all units were back in service within 2 hours. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is investigating. 

Photo Courtesy of Ron Monteleone.

Centereach FD-All kinds of burning on Horseblock Road


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0846 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Horseblock Road. Units arrived to find an outside fire involving brush, rubbish, pallets, a vehicle, the contents of a number of metal storage containers and at least one shed. First Assistant Chief Robert Corley took command and after a quick size up, requested mutual aid from the Selden and Farmingville Fire Departments. Crews operating multiple lines off numerous rigs put the fire out within 2 hours. Crews also dealt with an over pressurized propane tank. The tank was cooled until the relief valve closed. Fire Marshals from the Town of Brookhaven are handling the investigation. There were no injuries.

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam

Setauket FD-Shed fire on Spaulding


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1453 hours. Setauket Firefighters were dispatched to a report of an outside fire on Spaulding Lane off Seward Lane in Stony Brook. Units arrived to find a ten foot by ten foot shed burning in a yard. Chief Bill Rohr had personnel stretch a handline and the fire was quickly extinguished without incident. A Fire Marshal from the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office responded to the scene to investigate.

Photo and information courtesy of Dennis Whittam

Nesconset FD: Brush fire at the Armory


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The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a brush fire at the Armory on Smithtown Boulevard. Units arrived to find a large area of brush burning in the wooded hiking trail area on the south end of the park. Nesconset sent their stump jumper, their brush truck, 2 engines and the heavy rescue with manpower. Lakeland and Nissequogue FD’s sent their stump jumpers and St. James FD sent an engine to Nesconset FD HQ to cover. Crews operated for 30 minutes. There were no injuries. A Fire Marshal from the Town handled the investigation. 

Lakeland FD: House fire on Breeze Avenue


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Lakeland Fire Department was dispatched to a telephone alarm reporting smoke in a dwelling on Breeze Avenue. The first due units had nothing visible from the exterior, but once they made entry, they found a fire in the basement of the two story house. The alarm was re-toned as a working fire, bringing in a ladder from Nesconset and an ambulance from Ronkonkoma. The fire was quickly placed under control and units operated for about an hour.  There were no injuries. Islip Town Fire Marshals are investigating. The Bohemia Fire Department sent an engine to cover for the duration of the incident. 

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla. 

Commack FD-Vehicle fire inside Town park


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1938 hours. The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on Laurel Drive near McArthur Blvd in the Pines area. Units arrived to find a pickup truck burning within Laurel Drive Park. People using this facility have to park on Laurel Drive as this is a very small park, but the operator of the vehicle drove through a service gate and into a wooded area along the south end of the park. According to Suffolk Police, a neighbor removed the driver of the vehicle prior to the arrival of any emergency units. According to Newsday.com, the driver of the vehicle was arrested and charged with felony driving while intoxicated. There were no injuries. Park Rangers and Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety were also on scene.

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla.

Brentwood FD-Structure fire on North Thompson Drive


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The Brentwood Fire Department responds to a report of a residential structure fire on North Thompson Drive off Pineaire Drive. Units arrived to find an active fire in a two story wood frame private dwelling. While crews searched and stretched in, mutual aid was requested from the Bay Shore Fire Department for an engine to the scene, Commack Fire Department for a RIT, West Islip FD to the scene and East Brentwood FD to cover. Crews dealt with a heavy fire condition on both floors and in the attic. At one point all units were pulled out of the building due to a roof collapse.  The fire was brought under control within an hour and all units cleared from the scene approximately an hour later. Suffolk Police Arson Detectives are investigating. 

Photo courtesy of Ken Bradbury-Deer Park Fire Photos. Click on the photo above to go to their gallery of photos from this fire.

Ronkonkoma FD-overturn on Ronkonkoma Avenue


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The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Ronkonkoma Avenue near Carlson Road. Units arrived to find an overturned sedan. The occupants had self extricated and suffered minor injuries. EMS transported while FD secured the vehicle. 

Photo courtesy of Buff N Stuff.

Commack FD-vehicle fire in Millers Ale House parking lot


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The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on Veterans Highway near the entrance to the Sagtikos Parkway. Units arrived to find a fully involved passenger vehicle. The vehicles owner reported that while driving, he saw smoke and fire under the dashboard so he pulled into the parking lot. There were no injuries.

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Setauket FD car fire on Nichols Road


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The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on Nichols Road at the entrance to Stony Brook University. Units arrived to find an active fire in the engine compartment of a passenger vehicle. Crews extinguished the fire without incident. There were no injuries.

Hauppauge FD-Crash with overturn on the LIE


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The Hauppauge Fire Department responded with Central Islip/Hauppauge Ambulance to a motor vehicle collision on the LIE. Units found the crash on the eastbound exit ramp at exit 55. There were two vehicles involved, one of which had overturned, but landed back on the wheels. EMS treated the occupants and FD personnel secured the vehicles. All units went back in service within 30 minutes. 

Photo courtesy of the Original 40

Nesconset FD-pedestrian struck and killed at Browns and 347


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2115 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched with Suffolk Police to a report of a vehicle vs. Pedestrian at Browns Road and Route 347 Units arrived to find that a pedestrian crossing 347 had been struck by a Jeep. FD EMS personnel transported the victim to stony Brook. The victim was pronounced deceased at the hospital. 

Hauppauge FD-Car fire on Old Nichols Road


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The Hauppauge Fire Department responds to a report of a vehicle fire on Veterans Highway near Motor Parkway. Units arrived to find an involved auto in the parking lot of the Gulf Gas station on the North side of Veterans Highway at Motor Parkway. Hauppauge operated with three engines. All units were back in service within a hour. 

Photo courtesy of the Original 40

Nesconset FD-Crash at 347 and Middle Country Road


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The Nesconset Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle collision at Routes 347 and 25. Units arrived to find a crash involving two vehicles. With no one trapped, FD personnel secured the vehicles and applied speedy dry while EMS packaged and transported the occupants of both cars. The scene was then turned over to Suffolk Police. 

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone.

Centereach FD-Basement fire quickly extinguished on Rego Avenue


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house filling with smoke on Rego Avenue. Assistant Chief Robert Corley was first in and after confirming that there was an active fire in the basement of a single story private dwelling, requested a re-tone for additional manpower. A line was stretched into the house to extinguish the fire and another was stretched to extinguish fire that had vented out a basement window igniting the vinyl siding and extended to a van parked near it. Crews overhauled the area and the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals were requested to respond. 

There were no injuries.

Nesconset FD-house fire on Summit Drive


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1516 hours. The Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety (4-0-0) dispatched the Nesconset Fire Department to a report of a structure fire on Summit Drive off Rhoda Avenue. Assistant Chief John Martins was first to arrive and after a quick size up, confirmed that he had a working fire and that all occupants were accounted for. The mutual aid plan was implemented, bringing in units from the Saint James, Ronkonkoma, Smithtown, Hauppauge, Lakeland and Centereach Fire Departments. Four hand lines were stretched and crews went to work on a stubborn basement fire that had extended into the ground level and attic of the single story ranch. The fire was placed under control just before 1700 hours. There were no injuries but a number of cats perished in the fire. The cause of the fire is being investigated by Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety and Detectives from the Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad. 

Photo courtesy of Joanne Murray

Commack FD- Vehicle crash with overturn and fire on Verleye


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The Commack Fire Department was dispatched with Commack Ambulance to a motor vehicle crash on Verleye Avenue. Units arrived to find that a vehicle left the roadway, hit a tree and overturned. The lone female occupant self extricated just before the vehicle started burning. The vehicle was fully involved when FD personnel arrived. The fire was extinguished and the driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. 

Photo courtesy of David Reiff

Commack FD-Car slams into tree on Motor Parkway


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The Commack Fire Department and Commack Ambulance Corps were dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Motor Parkway near Shinbone Lane. Units arrived to a find that a Mazda sedan had left the roadway and crashed into a tree. FD and EMS personnel extricated three subjects from the vehicle and transported them to the hospital. 

Photos courtesy of Evan Rolla. 

Nesconset FD- Early morning house fire on Sewanhaka Avenue


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0551 hours. The Nesconset, St James and Ronkonkoma Fire Departments were dispatched to a residential structure fire on Sewanhaka Avenue in the Nesconset Fire District. Units arrived to find an active fire in the basement of a single story wood frame bungalow. Two lines were stretched and the fire was quickly extinguished. The Hauppauge and Lakeland Fire Departments also sent units to the scene and the Centereach Fire Department sent a crew to cover the district for the duration of the alarm. 5 occupants were transported by ambulance to the hospital for evaluation. The cause of the fire is being investigated by Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety. 

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam

Ronkonkoma FD-Crash results in damage to bagel store


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1230 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Main Street. Units arrived to find that an SUV had crashed into the storefront of Bagel Brothers at 315 Main Street. FD personnel secured the vehicle and the storefront while EMS treated the vehicle operator and a number of people within the store. All of the injuries were minor. 

Photo courtesy of Buff N Stuff

Setauket FD-Vehicle fire on Wireless Road


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The Setauket Fire Department responds to a report of a vehicle fire on Wireless Road near Route 347. Units arrive to find an active fire in the engine compartment of a BMW Z4 sedan. The fire was extinguished without incident and there were no injuries. 

Photos courtesy of OnScene Photography. Click the link to go to a gallery of photos from this fire. 

Kings Park FD-House fire on Narcissus Road


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2338 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was toned out for a residential structure fire. First Assistant Chief Tim Clark was first in after a quick size up, advised of a working fire in a single story bungalow. Mutual aid was started from the Commack and Smithtown Fire Departments. Crews stretched two hand lines into the house and the fire was extinguished. The house was searched, and ventilated and the fire area overhauled. The East Northport Fire Department sent an engine and an ambulance to cover the district for the duration of the incident. Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety are handling the investigation. 

Commack FD: Car into a house on Marshmallow


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The Commack Fire Department was dispatched along with Commack Ambulance to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Marshmallow Drive. Units arrived to find that a small Honda had left the roadway and crashed into the front entrance of a two story house.FD personnel used the jaws to extricate the occupant of the vehicle and then removed the vehicle from house with the winch on 2-11-9. FD personnel then shored up and secured the building. The lone occupant was transported to the hospital via ambulance. No one within the home was injured. 

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla

Brentwood FD-House fire during St. Patricks Day parade


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The Brentwood Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Pear Street off Freeman Avenue. As Brentwood was out of service for their annual St. Patricks Day Parade, covering units from Commack FD (truck) and Center Moriches FD (engine) were first in. Center Moriches Chief reported an active fire on the ground and upper floor of a two story wood frame private dwelling. Hand lines were stretched of engine 5-4-1 and Commack Ladder 1 was put to work. Central Islip FD sent an engine to the scene and Islip FD also sent a FAST. The Bay Shore FD sent units to Brentwood FD to take over the standby duty. There were no injuries and the scene was turned over to Suffolk PD Arson Detectives and Town of Islip Fire Marshals.

Photo by V. Zupo

Setauket FD-Crash with overturn on Nichols Road near Pond Path


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The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on Nichols Road near Pond Path. Units arrived to find a two vehicle collision with one of the vehicles on its side. All of the occupants had self extricated. One subject was transported to Stony Brook Hospital via ambulance. 

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone. 

Central Islip FD: House fire on Vanderbilt Avenue


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The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Vanderbilt Avenue. Arriving units encountered a heavy fire condition in a single story wood frame garage with extension into a single family private dwelling. Crews laid in and stretched lines off engine 3-7-4. Mutual aid was requested from Hauppauge for a RIT.

Photo Courtesy of Ken Bradbury

Central Islip FD Fire in a multiple dwelling on Allyn Drive


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Central Islip FD was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Allyn Drive. Units arrived to find an active fire on both floors of a two story wood frame multiple dwelling. While crews stretched in, mutual aid was requested from the Brentwood, Hauppauge and Islip Terrace Fire Departments. Multiple hand lines were used to extinguish the fire. Suffolk Police Arson and Islip Town Fire Marshals were on the scene.

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla.

Kings Park: Engine trouble forces pilot to land on the beach at Sunken Meadow


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The pilot of a Cessna 152 on a training flight out of Republic Airport reported engine trouble and advised air traffic control that he was going to be landing on the beach off the Coast of Smithtown. A Suffolk Police helicopter was in the air and was advised by MacArthur Airport tower of the issue. The tower lost contact with the plane but the police helicopter quickly advised that they had located the aircraft and that it was upright on the beach between Sunken Meadow State Park and the Kings Park Bluff. Units from Suffolk Police, NYS Park Police and the Town of Smithtown Bay Constables all responded to the scene. The police helicopter landed and their medic confirmed that there were no injuries. The Smithtown Harbormaster arrived next and confirmed that there was no hazard. The incident was turned over to the NYS Park Police and the FAA. 

Selden FD-Fire in a Thai Restaurant is quickly extinguished


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The Selden Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a commercial structure fire at 1310 Middle Country Road near Park Hill Drive. Units arrived to find an active fire in the Tao’s Fusion Restaurant located in a multiple occupancy strip mall. Mutual aid was requested from the Centereach Fire Department and the fire was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries and the fire was confined to the kitchen area of the restaurant. The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office. 

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone

Setauket FD overturn with fire on Nichols Road


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The Setauket Fire Department responded to a Motor vehicle collision with overturn on the southbound side of Nichols Road at the entrance to Stony Brook University. FD personnel extinguished the fire and transported two patients to Stony Brook University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Photo and information courtesy of Ron Monteleone.

Kings Park FD-3rd fire in building 93 in as many days.


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The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to yet another fire in Building 93 of the former Kings Park State Hospital. Units arrived to find contents burning on the ground level. One hand line was stretched and the fire was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries. The NYS Park Police and Suffolk Police Arson are continuing the investigation into these fires. 

Commack FD & CVAC-School bus crash on Townline Road


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At approximately 1600 hours, the Commack Fire Department and Commack Ambulance Corps were dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle collision at Townline Road and Scholar Lane. Units arrived to find a crash involving two vehicles, one being a school bus. Injuries were minor and there were no students on board. FD personnel secured both vehicles, EMS handled patient care and the scene was then turned over to Suffolk Police for their investigation. 

Photo courtesy of Anthony Napoli

Kings Park FD-Another fire in building 93


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The Kings Park Fire Department responds to a report of a fire in Building 93 at the old State Hospital. Crews find a contents/rubbish fire on the ground level. One line is stretched and the fire is extinguished without incident. Fire placed under control within 15 minutes. Suffolk Police Arson and NYS Park Police are investigating. 

Mini Indy evolution run at Mankuski Park


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Hundreds of firefighters from across Suffolk County took part in the annual Suffolk County Mini Indy training series. Mankuski Park was again host to one of the evolutions. This year was basement fires. Other hands on classes were held at Hagerman FD, Selden FD and at FRES. It was a cold day but the training was invaluable. 

Hauppauge FD-Plane down in the industrial park


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1511 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of an aircraft down in the area of 225 Marcus Blvd. Units arrived to find a small airplane (a Cirrus SR22) on the lawn of the Pall Corporation. The two occupants had self extricated and had sustained only minor injuries. FD personnel secured the aircraft while Suffolk Police shutdown all traffic in the area. According to the pilot, while traveling to Republic Airport in Farmingdale from Rhode Island, the engine failed. the pilot states that he then deployed the onboard parachute and the plane landed. Click on the photo above to view security footage of the planes landing. 

Photo courtesy of the Original 40

Kings Park FD-Fire in building 93 at KPPC


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The Kings Park FIre Department was dispatched to a fire in Building 93 of the old Kings Park State Hospital. Units arrived to find a fire in the elevator shaft. Kings Park, Commack and Smithtown Fire Departments operated on scene. East Northport Fire Department sent an engine to cover. The NYS Park Police and Suffolk Police Arson Detectives are investigating.

Ronkonkoma FD-Brush fire on Avenue C


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On March 3rd 2016 the Ronkonkoma Fire Department was activated for a reported brush fire in the power-lines to the rear of Avenue C. First commanding officer on scene Chief Eric Cook advised incoming units of a large area of brush burning and directed them to the best access of the fire. First due engines quickly contained the fire, and extinguished it without further incident. 

Photo and information courtesy of Bryan Lopez

Centereach FD-Garage fire on Avenue B


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While operating at a fully involved house fire in Lake Grove, the Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a second structure fire on Avenue B off Portion Road. Ronkonkoma Fire Departments Squad 6 was standing by in Centereach FD headquarters and was first in, advising of a working fire. Crews stretched in and made quick work of a fire in an attached garage. Centereach Assistant Chief Robert Corley had command and operated with Ronkonkoma’s engine and two Centereach engines. The fire was placed under control within 20 minutes. There were no injuries and the scene was turned over to the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office for their investigation. 

Photo and information courtesy of Bryan Lopez. Click on the photo to view video footage from the scene.

Ronkonkoma FD Car vs pole with overturn in Lake Grove


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The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash in the 700 block of Hawkins Avenue in Lake Grove. Units arrived to find that a vehicle had left the roadway, struck a utility pole and overturned. The lone occupant had self extricated and sustained only minor injuries. Crews stabilized the vehicle and transported the subject to the hospital. Suffolk Police kept the road closed for about 6 hours while utility crews replaced the pole. 

Photo courtesy of Buff N Stuff

Centereach FD-Vacant Lake Grove house burns again


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Parsnip Pond Road near Moriches Road in Lake Grove. Assistant Chief Max Mayzus was first to arrive and advised of fire throughout a two story vacant private dwelling. Due to the heavy fire condition and imminent collapse, units operated with hand lines and master streams from the exterior. The Nesconset Fire Department was called for manpower and the Ronkonkoma Fire Department sent an engine to CFD headquarters to cover the district. The fire was knocked down within 90 minutes but due to a collapse of the roof and upper level, a payloader from the Town of Brookhaven had to be brought in to pull the building apart. This allowed the fire department to extinguish the remaining pockets of fire. All units secured from the scene just before 0400 hours. There were no injuries. While operating at this fire, Centereach FD (with Ronkonkoma FD) also handled a working house fire on Avenue B and a cardiac arrest. This fire along with another fire at this location back in August of 2015 is being investigated by the Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad, with assistance from the Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk County Fire Marshals Office. If you have any information on this or any other fire at the Lake Grove School, please call police at 1-800-220-TIPS. 

Kings Park FD-Trailer fire on Old Northport Road


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The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a trailer fire at the Huntington Landfill on Townline Road. Units arrived to find a trailer burning in a yard owned by Pioneer Paving. As this is in the Kings Park Fire District, Commack FD passed the call over to them. A line was stretched off of engine 2-11-4, while all other units were staged out on the road. Crews extinguished the fire and overhauled the area. Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown handled the origin and cause investigation. 

Be a part of history. Photos, videos and information wanted.


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Fire Guts the House owned by Fred Abinet on Jericho Turnpike Smithtown 4-27-1952

The  Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety Technical Services Unit is working on a documentary in conjunction with the 350th anniversary of the Town of Smithtown. The Ken Burns style program will detail the history of the fire service in the Smithtown Township (Covering the Commack, Hauppauge, Kings Park, Smithtown, Nesconset, Saint James and Nissequogue Fire Departments as well as Commack and CI-Hauppauge Ambulance Corps) through interviews, photos and video. We are looking for photos, video, old fire audio and information from ceremonies, events, parades, fires, memorable plane, train, boat or vehicle incidents, training, carnivals, etc, from the 1930s through this year. If you have photos that you would like to have included, please contact Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Andrew Brofman via phone, text or email (ABrofman@smithtownGTV.org). Photos can be accepted via email, or photos, slides and negatives can be scanned at the Department of Public Safety office or at a place of you’re choosing. All original photos will remain with you. Upon completion of the project, the show will air on the Town’s two television channels. All contributors will be listed in the show credits. You will also receive a copy of the final production on DVD. In addition, there will be an online interactive database where visitors can click any date on an interactive calendar to see what historic events took place involving the township fire departments. This is an unprecedented project that will serve as a comprehensive history of the fire service in the Town. To date, we have received over 4500 photos, with more being added every day. So if you have a story and some photos that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you. 


Smithtown FD-House destroyed in early morning blaze


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The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire on Roundabout Road off Landing Avenue. Units arrived to find a fully involved two story private dwelling, that had already partially collapsed. After confirming that the occupants were not at home, Chief of Department Tim Murphy ordered his units to deploy the tower ladder and large landlines. Mutual aid was requested to the scene from the St. James Fire Department, the Nissequogue Fire Department and the Nesconset Fire Department. Crews battled the fire in torrential rain, finally bringing the fire under control at approximately 0530. Due to the collapse and the instability of the structure, Chief Murphy requested that the Town send a payload to the scene to pull the remains of the building apart. Firefighters fully extinguished the fire by 1000 hours. Arson detectives along with Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety are investigating the cause of the fire.

There were no injuries. The house was a total loss. 

The Hauppauge Fire Department sent a unit to cover the Smithtown Fire District for the duration of the incident. 



Hauppauge FD-Brush fire in front of the Hampton Inn


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The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a reported brush fire in front of the Hampton Inn Hotel at 1600 Veterans Memorial Highway. Units arrived to find a small area of rubbish and mulch burning along side the sidewalk of the property. Firefighters under the command of 3-8-31 used two booster lines to extinguish the fire. Units took up shortly after. 

Photo and story courtesy of Evan Rolla

Ronkonkoma FD-Crash with overturn


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In the early morning hours of Wednesday January 6th 2015 just before 6:30am the Ronkonkoma Fire Department was alerted for a motor vehicle accident with reported overturn on Ronkonkoma Avenue in front of the Carvel. Upon arrival Chief Tim Blewett advised incoming units the drivers of both vehicles were able to free themselves but needed medical attention. Additional fire units arrived soon after and secured both vehicles. The drivers of both cars were transported to Stony Brook Hospital for their injuries via a Ronkonkoma ambulance.

Photo and information courtesy of Bryan Lopez

Kings Park FD-2nd fire strikes laundromat


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0825 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a reported commercial structure fire at 75 Main Street. Units arrived to find smoke pushing out of a single story building housing a laundromat. Crews stretched in and quickly knocked down an active fire involving numerous clothes dryers. Firefighters opened up and ventilated to insure that the fire was extinguished. Smithtown Fire Marshals handled the investigation and followup. 

Kings Park FD-Vacant cottage burns on State Hospital grounds


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0513 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Upper Dock Road near Old Dock Road. Units arrived to find heavy fire in building 18. Smithtown sent an engine to the scene, Commack sent a RIT, East Northport FD and Commack Ambulance Corp covered the district for Kings Park. Due to the instability and dilapidated condition of the structure, firefighters fought the fire front the exterior. The Chief requested an excavator from the Town of Smithtown to pull the building apart so the fire could be completely extinguished and the remove the hazard the remains of the building presented. 

Building 18 consisted of three separate houses (units A, B and C) that housed a total of seven families. They were built in 1939 on the site of the former women’s cottages. The buildings were finished and occupied in 1941 as staff housing. The buildings were vacated when the hospital closed. 

This fire is being investigated by Fire Protection Specialists from the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control. 

Hauppauge FD-Commercial structure fire on Adams Avenue


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0838 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a reported commerical structure fire at 170 Adams Avenue. Units arrived to find the building evacuated and an active fire within the manufacturing area of Superior Washer and Gasket Corporation. FD personnel tied a supply line into the sprinkler system, which did not activate due to the successful use of numerous dry chemical extinguishers and a garden hose, which kept the fire in check. Firefighters stretched a hand line and quickly extinguished the remaining fire. The fire was confined to an overhead dust collection unit. The Brentwood Fire Department sent a RIT, East Brentwood Fire Department sent an Engine, Central Islip FD sent a ladder. The Smithtown Fire Department sent a unit as did Commack FD and Commack Ambulance. This is the 2nd fire at this location this year. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Smithtown Fire Marshals office and the Hauppauge Fire District Fire Marshal.

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla

Ronkonkoma FD-Vehicle Fire on the LIE


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0633 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on the LIE between Exits 60 and 61. Units arrived to find an involved auto on the eastbound shoulder near exit 60. The fire was extinguished without incident. 

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Commack FD-Commercial building fire at 380 Moreland Road


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The Commack Fire Department received a call for a reported structure fire at Global Stone Marble Granite 380 Moreland Road at approximately 1502 hours on Tuesday, December 29th 2015. Commack Dispatch [2-11-0] advised responding chief 2-11-32 [Chief Carnevale] of a shed on fire with propane tanks within. Shortly after he arrived 21 [On Scene] and immediately transmitted a working fire [13-35.] First due engine 2-11-13 quickly established a water source and stretched a 2-1/2" hand-line and made an aggressive exterior attack. Truck company crews set up on the exposure 3 side of the building and immediately placed the tower ladder into operation. At this time nearly 6 propane tanks took off. Mutual aid was requested from the Smithtown, Kings Park, Dix Hills, and Brentwood Fire Departments. The fire took close to 30 minutes to bring under control. There were no reported injuries and the fire is under investigation by Fire Marshals from the Commack Fire District and The Town of Smithtown.

Story and photo courtesy of Evan Rolla. 

Ronkonkoma FD-Motor vehicle collision on Portion Road


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On December 29th 2015 the Ronkonkoma Fire Department was alerted for a motor vehcile accident at the intersection of Portion Road & Holbrook Road just before 3pm. Upon arrival Chief Eric Cook was met with a two vehicle accident with one car that had jumped the sidewalk and hit a wall. Chief Cook advised incoming units neither of the drivers were trapped in the vehicle. Crews arrived soon after and secured both vehicles. One driver was transported to Stony Brook University hospital for his injuries via a Ronkonkoma ambulance.

Photo and information courtesy of Bryan Lopez

Centereach FD-5 injured in Holbrook Road crash


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2335 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on Holbrook Road near Windsor Street. Units arrived to find a head on crash involving two vehicles. Prior to the arrival of FD personnel, a neighbor had extinguished a small fire in one of the vehicles. EMS personnel packaged and transported 5 subjects from crash to the hospital. Suffolk Police arrested the driver of one of the vehicles, charging him with driving drunk. Click the photo above to view the SCPD press release.

Photo courtesy of Bryan Lopez

Centereach FD-Fire in a bathroom at the SmithHaven Mall


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to an automatic alarm at the SmithHaven Mall. Units arrived to find an orderly evacuation in progress and were advised that there had been a minor fire in bathroom in the Ruby Tuesday wing. FD personnel found that the fire had been extinguished prior to their arrival. Once the light smoke condition cleared, the fire alarm system was reset and the mall was reopened. The fire is being investigated by the Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office and the Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad. 

Nesconset FD-Mulch fire on Montclair Avenue



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1700 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke in the area of Montclair Avenue and Middle Country Road. After a quick search, a large pile of mulch was found to be burning inside a Town of Smithtown yard on Montclair Avenue. With no nearby water source, a tanker was requested from he Nissequogue Fire Department and a payload was called in from the Town to pull the burning material apart. Crews operated for approximately an hour. There were no injuries and the scene was turned over to Park Rangers and Fire Marshals from the Town. 

Hauppauge FD-Brush Fire on Oser Avenue


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The Hauppauge Fire Department responded to a reported explosion and smoke in the area of Oser Avenue and Marcus Boulevard. Units arrived to find a brush fire burning to the rear of 145 Oser Avenue. The fire was quickly extinguished and all units were back in service within 40 minutes. 

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla

Smithtown FD-Trent Lane house destroyed by fire.


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0330 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Trent Lane. Units arrived to find a well involved two story wood frame structure. All of the occupants had safely evacuated the building and were evaluated by Smithtown FD EMS. Chief of Department Tim Murphy established command and had incoming units go right into an exterior operation. Smithtown’s tower ladder was setup and multiple hand lines were deployed to work the fire and to protect the exposures. Mutual aid was provided by the Hauppauge, Kings Park, Saint James and Nesconset Fire Departments. The house was a total loss. A family pet is still as yet unaccounted for. The fire is under investigation by the Suffolk Police Department Arson Squad and the Town of Smithtown Fire Marshals Office. 

Central Islip FD-Basement fire on Pine Cone Lane


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0203 hours. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire at 29 Pine Cone Lane in Islandia. Units arrived to find smoke pushing out of a two story private dwelling. Crews stretched in and searched, quickly locating the fire in the basement. The fire was quickly knocked down, the area overhauled and the building ventilated. The Hauppauge Fire Department sent a RIT and Central Islip Hauppauge Community Ambulance stood by at the scene. The Nesconset Fire Department also sent an ambulance to the scene. There were no injuries. Suffolk Police Arson Squad Detectives are handling the investigation. The Islandia Village Fire Marshal was also on scene.

Photo courtesy of Joey Gemellaro

Hauppauge FD- Car hits pole on


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1636 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Townline Road near Brooksite Drive. Units arrived to find that a passenger vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole in front of 444 Townline Road. The lone occupant self extricated and was treated at the scene by Central Islip Hauppauge Community Ambulance for minor injuries. Suffolk Police kept the road closed until PSEG arrived and stabilized the wires. 

Photo courtesy of the original 40 

Hauppauge FD-Crash with PIN on Motor Parkway


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1341 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched with Central Islip Hauppauge Community Ambulance to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Motor Parkway and Express Drive North. Units arrived to find a collision involving a commercial van and a Mercedes SUV. FD personnel removed the drivers door of the van to facilitate the removal of the driver. The occupants of both vehicles were packaged and transported by ambulance to area hospitals. 

Photos courtesy of the Original 40

Commack FD-Overturn on


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The Commack Fire Department was dispatched with Commack Ambulance Corp to a motor vehicle collision on Indian Head Road. Units arrived to find a crash at the entrance to the Sunken Meadow Parkway, involving two vehicles, one of which had overturned. FD personnel secured the vehicles, while EMS evaluated, packaged and transported the victims. None of the injuries were life threading. 

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla. 

Brentwood FD-House fire on Somerville Street


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1945 hours. The Brentwood Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire on Somerville Street. Arriving units encountered heavy fire venting out of the upper portion of a vacant single story private dwelling. While crews attacked the fire, mutual aid was requested from the Commack Fire Department for a ladder, East Brentwood from an engine to the scene, Islip FD for a ladder, West Islip for a RIT and Bay Shore FD to cover. Suffolk Police Arson is handling the investigation. Islip Town Fire Marshals were also on scene. 

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla.

Nesconset FD-Crash at Lake and 347


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0903 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to an motor vehicle collision on Route 347 at Lake Avenue. Units arrived to find a crash involving two vehicles. One vehicle left the roadway and hit a tree in the northeast side of the intersection. FD personnel and Suffolk Police ESU used hydraulic tools to extricate the lone occupant of that vehicle. The occupants of the other vehicle had self extricated. Both victims were transported by ambulance to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Kings Park FD-Crash on 25A near Woodfield Avenue


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The Kings Park Fire Department responded to a reported heavy rescue Sunday evening on November 1st 2015. Responding unite arrived on scene to find a 2 car MVC with 1 vehicle into the woods and negative entrapment. Firefighters secured the vehicles while EMS evaluated 2 patients. 2 RMA's were secured and units were up shortly after.

Photo and information courtesy of Evan Rolla

Smithtown FD-Fire at Stone Bridge Country Club.


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The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to an activated fire alarm at the Stone Bridge Country Club maintenance building. Smithtown FD units arrived to find heavy fire throughout the upper level of a two story commercial building. The upper level had already partially collapsed so FD personnel went right into a defensive operation. Mutual aid was requested from the Hauppauge Fire Department for an engine and a ladder and the Nesconset Fire Department for a ladder. Crews operated master streams from the Smithtown and Hauppauge Fire Department aerials, while additional hand lines were stretched and operated in the lower portion of the building. While the upper level of the building (which contained approximately 75 golf carts) was a total loss, firefighters were able to contain the fire to one area of the lower level. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation by Suffolk Arson and the Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety. 

Kings Park FD-Fatal Motorcycle crash


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0655 hours. The Commack Fire Department and Commack Ambulance were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on Indian Head Road. According to Suffolk Police, an adult male was operating a Suzuki motorcycle southbound on Indian Head Road and struck a Chevy Venture that was attempting to make a left turn onto Somers Lane. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The operator of the Chevy was transported to the hospital and then charged with Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle. Indian Head Road was closed for an extended period of time while police conducted their investigation. Click on the photo above to read Suffolk County Police Press Release.

Hauppauge FD-Fatal Crash on Motor Parkway


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1315 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on the North Service Road of the Long Island Expressway at Motor Parkway. According to Suffolk Police, a Honda traveling north on Motor Parkway collided with a tractor trailer traveling westbound on Express Drive North. The lone occupant of the Honda was extricated and airlifted to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the tractor trailer was transported via ambulance to Southside Hospital. Click on the photo above to read Suffolk County Police Press Release 15-644283

Nesconset FD-Car fire on Route 347 near Southern Blvd


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0939 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire with subjects trapped within, on Route 347 between Southern Boulevard and Lake Avenue. Assistant Chief John Martins was first in and advised of an involved Mercedes on the westbound shoulder, just west of Lake Avenue. Chief Martins checked and confirmed that the car was not occupied. Engine 443 arrived shortly thereafter, followed by Engine 441. Crews stretched one line and quickly extinguished the fire. There were no injuries and the road was reopened within 25 minutes. 

Halloween Safety Tips


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National data from the U.S. Fire Administration data shows 10,300 fires typically occur during the three-day period around Halloween, resulting in  25 deaths, 125 injuries and $83 million in property loss. During Halloween this year, the Lake Grove Fire Marshal and Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety want to remind revelers to never forget basic fire safety rules and pay close attention to candles, decorations, and costumes. It is also important to remember fire safety while visiting haunted houses.

Halloween by the numbers
  • Decorations were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 900 reported home structure fires per year. 
  • Nearly half of decoration fires in homes occurred because the decorations were too close to a heat source. 
  • These fires caused an estimated average of one civilian death, 41 civilian injuries and $13 million in direct property damage per year.
  • Forty-one percent of these incidents were started by candles; one-fifth began in the living room, family room, or den


Keep Halloween safe with a few fire safety tips:

Choose a costume without long trailing fabric. This can cause a child to trip or may touch flames in jack-o’-lanterns or other decorations. If you make your own costume, use materials that won’t catch on fire easily if they come in contact with heat or flame.

If your children wear masks, make sure eyeholes are large enough to allow unobstructed views.

Give your children flashlights or glow sticks so they can see where they are walking.

Keep decorations away from candles, light bulbs or heaters.

Consider using flameless candles or glow sticks in your jack-o’-lantern. It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a jack-o’-lantern. If you use a flame candle, use extreme caution and never leave them unattended. 

When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace matches or a long-nozzled candle lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters and such high-traffic areas as doorsteps, walkways and yards.

Keep exits clear of decorations.

Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

Remind children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their faces with their hands, and rolling over and over.)

When attending a Halloween party, look for ways out of the home/venue and plan how you would get out in an emergency.

Hauppauge FD-Chief injured in crash


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1117 hours. An Assistant Chief from the Hauppauge Fire Department was injured when his vehicle was hit by a Nissan SUV on Route 111, within the fire district. According to Suffolk Police, an adult female traveling northbound on Wheeler Road in an SUV, struck the Chevrolet Suburban being operated by the Chief, which was headed south. Upon impact, an 11 year old passenger of the Nissan was ejected and suffered serious injuries. That subject was transported via ambulance to the hospital and, according to police, was admitted in critical condition. The operator of the Nissan, her other two passengers and the Chief were all transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Click on the photo above to view the Suffolk County Police Department Press Release on this incident. 

Nesconset FD-Car fire on route 347


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1208 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on Route 347 near Town Commons Drive. Chief of Department James Keane was first in and advised of a fully involved auto on the eastbound shoulder near the Highway Department Cut. Engine 441 arrived shortly thereafter, stretched a line of the front and quickly knocked the fire down. A severed fuel line and a full tank of gas complicated things as burning fuel traveled down 347 and into the storm drain system that runs west to Terry Road. Chief Keane had 400 re-tone for a 2nd engine to the scene. 443 arrived and the crew picked up a hydrant. A foam line was established off of 441, but the fuel fire persisted.  During the incident, a vapor explosion occurred in one of the storm drains. The Smithtown Fire Department was requested for additional foam, and sent two engines with manpower. A second foam line was established and put to work. Fire Marshals from Smithtown were on scene and along with the Town of Islip Haz-Mat Team, monitored conditions in the drainage system and prepared to offload the remaining fuel from the vehicle. This proved unnecessary as the remaining fuel burned off and the fire was finally extinguished. NYS DEC and DOT were called to the scene to handled the cleanup. 

There were no injuries and all units cleared from the scene just after 1400. 

Centereach FD-House fire on Hunter Lane


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1944 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Hunter Lane. Assistant Chief Max Mayzus was first in and advised that he had heavy smoke pushing out of the eaves. Chief of Department Henry Borkowski arrived shortly thereafter, assumed command and advised the dispatched that it was a working fire. Crews picked up a hydrant and stretched into the basement, while ladder 5 set up out front. Selden FD sent an engine to the scene and Ronkonkoma FD sent a RIT. The fire was located in the basement and extinguished without incident. The building was searched, vented and overhaul completed. Chief Borkowski placed the fire under control at approximately 2030 hours. The Farmingville Fire Department sent an ambulance to CFD HQ and they were dispatched to a call shortly thereafter.  Fire Marshals from the Town of Brookhaven are investigating. 

Photo courtesy of Bryan Lopez

Hauppauge FD-Car fire on the LIE


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The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on the LIE near Exit 57. Units arrived to find an involved auto on the right shoulder on the westbound side, west of the exit 57 off ramp. Assistant Chief Wind handled the incident with engine 3-8-4. 

Photo courtesy of Mike Zaleski

Smithtown FD-Truck crashes into building on Route 111


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The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on Route 111 near 347. Units arrived to find that passenger vehicle collided with another car and a landscaping truck pulling a trailer. The impact resulted in the truck leaving the roadway and hitting a portable light trailer then crashing into the Spirit Halloween store at 526 Route 111. There were no injuries to the occupants of any vehicle or to anyone within the store. FD personnel addressed a fluid leak in the truck and insured that the building was in fact evacuated. Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety and a Town Building Inspector were called to the scene to follow up. 

Hauppauge FD-fatal crash on Jericho Turnpike


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The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched along with Commack Ambulance to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Jericho Turnpike near Old Willets Path. Units arrived to find a crash involving a Ford F350 and a Hyundai Sonata in front of 894 West Jericho Turnpike. Commack Ambulance personnel tended to the victims, while firefighters stabilized the vehicles. Smithtown Fire Department sent an ambulance to the scene to assist. Jericho Turnpike was closed from Wedgwood Drive to Old Willets Path until approximately 1300 hours for the police investigation. According to Suffolk Police, the driver of the Hyundai was pronounced dead at Stony Brook Hospital. Click on the photo above to view the police department press release. 

Hauppauge FD-Small smoky fire in the Arbors on Express Drive South


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0521 The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to an activated fire alarm at the Arbors on Expressway Drive South. Units arrived to find an active fire in an air conditioner in one of the sleeping rooms. While staff continued to evacuate the occupants from the area, firefighters put the fire out with extinguishers. With a heavy smoke condition within, crews used smoke ejectors to clear the building. There were no injuries. Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance, Central Islip FD and East Brentwood FD all responded to the scene but were not needed. 

Nesconset FD-Car into building on Smithtown Blvd


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1251 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Smithtown Boulevard near Chestnut Street. Units arrived to find that the operator of a vehicle was attempting to park when the vehicle jumped the curb and hit the storefront of a Vape Shop. The driver was not injured and actually drove the vehicle home. Damage to the building was cosmetic. Fire Marshals and a Building Inspector from the Town of Smithtown were on scene.

Bay Shore FD-Driver slams into bagel store on Main Street


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2303 hours. The Bay Shore Fire Department and Bay Shore Brightwaters Ambulance were dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on West Main Street. Units arrived to find that a vehicle had crashed into the Bagel Cafe. Chief Ippolito activated the Islip Town Tech Rescue Task Force, bringing units from Hauppauge, Islip, Bohemia, Brentwood and East Islip FD’s to the scene. With the occupant out of the vehicle, crews evaluated the damage, removed the vehicle and shored up the affected area. According to news 12, the driver attempted to  avoid police when he saw them on the road and crashed into the building. The driver was arrested and charged with DWI and driving without a license. Click on the image above to be redirected to the News12 Article. Apparently, this is the 2nd time in about a year that this store has been hit by a vehicle. 

Photos courtesy of Chief John Ippolito

Ronkonkoma FD-Crash with overturn on the LIE


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0205 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was activated for a motor vehicle accident with reported overturn, on the eastbound side of the Long Island Expressway in the HOV lane near exit 60. Suffolk County Police highway patrol were the first units on scene and advised fire-rescue that both occupants of the vehicle were self extricated. The crew of rescue 8 arrived and secured the vehicle. The driver was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for his injuries.

Photo and information courtesy of Bryan Lopez

Centereach FD-Man sets self on fire in vehicle


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2323 hours. While in the parking lot of 2150 Nesconset Highway, a Police Officer from the 6th Precinct spotted a 42 year old Centereach man that had been reported missing earlier in the evening. Police say that the officer had a conversation with the subject but when a relative of the subject arrived, the man reentered his vehicle, proceeded to pour a flammable liquid on his lap and lit a match. The police officer pulled the man out of the vehicle through the passenger door and extinguished his burning clothing by rolling him on the ground and smothering the flames with a sweatshirt. Although this call was in the Centereach Fire Department, due to a miscommunication with the address, the Stony Brook Fire Department was dispatched. Stony Brook FD crews extinguished the vehicle fire while Centereach FD treated and transported the victim and the police officer. 

Information above was obtained from SCPD Press release 15-604908

Photo courtesy of Stringer News

Centereach FD-Strip mall facade damaged by electrical fire.


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While taking an ambulance out for service, a Centereach Fire District employee spotted smoke pushing from the facade of 2758 Middle Country Road off Hawkins Avenue. Units responded, opened up the facade from the exterior and by pulling ceilings within a hair salon. Once the fire was exposed, it was quickly extinguished with a handline. The store was ventilated and electrical service was shut down. The Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office is investigating. 

Ronkonkoma FD-Kitchen fire on Creighton Avenue


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1648 hours. The Ronkonkoma and Nesconset Fire Departments were dispatched to a structure fire on Creighton Avenue. Units arrived to find an active fire in the kitchen of a single story wood frame private dwelling. A hand line was stretched and crews quickly knocked down the fire. The building was vented and the fire area overhauled. Fire Marshals from the Town of Brookhaven are handling the investigation. 

Ronkonkoma FD-Multi-vehicle crash on the LIE


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The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to crash on the LIE near Hawkins Avenue. Units arrived to find a multi vehicle collision on the East bound side, under the Hawkins Avenue Bridge. Firefighters removed both drivers side doors on one vehicle to allow EMS personnel to safely extricate the occupants. All victims were transported to the hospital via Ronkonkoma FD ambulances. 

Photos courtesy of Buff N Stuff.

Smithtown FD-Pedestrian struck and killed on Route 111


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2033 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Route 111 near Maple Avenue. Units arrived to find that an adult male had been struck by a vehicle. The victim was fatally injured and not transported. All FD units went back into service. According to Suffolk County Police, a 43 year old St. James man was driving the vehicle that hit the victim. That subject was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. The vehicle involved in the crash has been impounded by police for a safety check.  For more information, click on the image above. 

Ronkonkoma FD-House hit by lightning in Lake Grove


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1815 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to report of a house hit by lightning on Olive Street in Lake Grove. Crews arrived to find a small area on the exterior of the house burning. The fire was quickly extinguished and the area opened up to check for extension. The interior of the house was searched also searched but no additional damage was found. The Lake Grove Fire Marshals Office was called to the scene to investigate. The fire was a result of a lightning strike. Although there were a number of people within the house at the time, there were no injuries.

Bryan Lopez photo. 

Centereach FD-Driver crashes into another vehicle then hits building in Lake Grove


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1456 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Middle Country Road near New Moriches Road. Responders arrived and found a crash involving two vehicles, one of which then struck a concrete cover pillar in front of the Raymour and Flanigan Store at 3147 Middle Country Road. The driver was unable to exit the vehicle on her own as the drivers door was up against the pillar. Firefighters removed her via the passenger side of the vehicle. She was then transported to the hospital via ambulance. The other vehicle was parked and unoccupied at the time of the crash. The Lake Grove Fire Marshal was called to the scene to determine if there was any structural damage. 

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Ronkonkoma FD-Crash with pin on Portion Road at Ronkonkoma Avenue


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1126 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to an MVC on Portion Road near Ronkonkoma Avenue. Units arrived to find a collision involving two vehicles. The crew of rescue 8 removed the drivers door on one of the vehicles to allow EMS personnel to extricate the driver. All of the victims were transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. 

Information and photo courtesy of Bryan Lopez

Smithtown FD-Motor vehicle crash ends with one vehicle in the water


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0853 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Route 25A near Somerset Drive. Units arrived to find that one vehicle had left the roadway, overturning and landing in a small pond. The driver was trapped but stable. FD personnel from Smithtown and Kings Park used a small boat to access the vehicle and then removed the occupant. She was then stabilized and transported by ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries. Suffolk police divers assisted a towing company with removal the vehicle. 

Nesconset FD-overturn on Middle Country Road


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1240 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Middle Country Road, west of Lake Avenue. Units arrived to find a vehicle overturned in the middle of the road. The lone occupant of the vehicle had self extricated. EMS personnel transported the victim to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Central Islip FD-House fire on Lexington Avenue


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1548 hours. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire on Lexington Avenue off Church Drive. Arriving units found smoke pushing out of a two story wood frame private dwelling. Crews quickly searched the building, locating the fire in a bedroom on the upper level of the house. A hardline was stretched in through the rear of the house and another through the front door and the fire was quickly extinguished. The fire area was overhauled and the house ventilated. The scene was then preserved for Islip Town Fire Marshals and Suffolk Police Arson Detectives. There were no injuries. Central Islip-Hauppauge Community Ambulance was on scene. The Hauppauge Fire Department sent a RIT and Islip Terrace FD for an ambulance.

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Kings Park FD-Second fire on the grounds of the psychiatric center in less than 8 hours


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For the 2nd time today, the Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on the grounds of the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center. Chiefs arrived to find that ground level front of Building 7 was burning. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and searched for any victims. The scene was then turned over to Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown and the Suffolk County Arson Squad. 

Kings Park FD-Another nuisance fire at the State Hospital


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1320 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire near building 93 of the old Kings Park State Hospital. Units arrived and after a brief search, found a rubbish fire on the ground level of building 92. Crews had to force entry to gain access to the fire. Once inside, the fire was quickly extinguished with a hand line. Chief of Department Dan Guilfoil operated with one engine, heavy rescue 4-1-9, fire police, an ambulance and Commack ladder 2-11-14. Units were back in service within 40 minutes. The scene was turned over to NYS Park Police. 

West Islip FD-Vehicle crashes into building


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2230 hours. The West Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Higbie Lane near Udall Road. Units arrived to find that the driver of a  2010 Maserati lost control, left the roadway, crashing into Higbie Bagels then continued through the front of the Flavor Crisp Chicken store next to it. With the driver pinned in the vehicle, West Islip FD crews went to work to extricate and to stabilize the structure. Mutual aid was requested from Islip Fire Department and from the Hauppauge Fire Department for their collapse units. The driver was removed, packaged and transported the hospital with non life threatening injuries. The Town of Islip Fire Marshals responded and in turn contacted the Town Building Department. Police impounded the vehicle for a safety check and are continuing to investigate. 

Photo courtesy of Jared Gunst.

Kings Park FD-Fence company crew hits natural gas line on Springbriar Lane


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The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a natural gas leak on Springbriar Lane. Units arrived to find that a fence contractor severed a gas line while digging a post hole. FD personnel evacuated the house and monitored atmospheric conditions. PSEG was called and upon arrival, the serviceman quickly located and shut the gas at the street valve. FD and PSEG personnel then rechecked the house and surrounding area to confirm that there was no hazard. FD personnel took up, turning the scene over to the Town Fire Marshals Office and PSEG. 

Kings Park FD Natural Gas line struck on Heather Drive


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1207 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a natural gas leak on Heather Drive off Twin Oaks Drive. Units arrived and found that contractors working for Cablevision, had severed an underground gas line in front of 31 Heather Drive. While Suffolk police shut down the street, Assistant Chief Tim Clark had his personnel monitor gas levels in the surrounding properties. Once PSEG arrived, the gas line was traced out and shut down at the curb box. Once FD personnel were confident that there was no longer a hazard, the scene was turned over to PSEG and Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown. There were no injuries and all units were back in service within 40 minutes. 

Hauppauge FD-Crash with entrapment, overturn and fire on the LIE


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0201 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched along with Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance to a report of a motor vehicle collision on the Long Island Expressway near Veterans Highway. Units arrived to find a crash involving four vehicles on the eastbound side just west of Veterans Highway. One vehicle was fully involved, another was overturned and the driver of another was pinned within. Crews went to work, extinguishing the fire and extricating the driver of a flatbed tow truck. EMS tended to all of the victims, none of whom had life threatening injuries. All were transported to the hospital via CIHVAC. 

Smithtown FD-Haz Mat at Speedway on Route 347 at Route 111


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0548 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department responds to a report of a fuel spill at the Speedway Gas Station on Route 347 at Route 111. Units arrived to find that subjects intent on fueling a pleasure boat, inadvertently stuck the fuel nozzle into a fishing rod port. They then proceeded to introduce approximately 30 gallons of gasoline into the bilge portion of the boat. Smithtown FD shut down the station and a request was made for the Hauppauge Fire Department to respond to pump out and recover the fuel. FD personnel removed the fuel via a drain plug on the bottom of the boat. The product was secured and the station manager was ordered to have it removed by a licensed hauler. The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office was also on scene and handled the follow up. 

Photo courtesy of the Original 40

Brentwood FD-Garage burns on Bailey Avenue


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1007 hours. The Brentwood Fire Department was toned out for a residential structure fire on Bailey Ave off Stein Drive in North Bay Shore. 1st Assistant Chief Michael Derbyshire arrived and advised of heavy fire in a garage attached to a private dwelling. There was also a vehicle burning within the garage and fire was impinging on propane and acetylene tanks. Crews stretched multiple lines on the fire and to protect the house. The Bay Shore Fire Department sent an engine company to the scene and the Islip Fire Department sent a RIT. Brentwood Ambulance was also on scene. The garage was a total loss but thanks to the aggressive work of firefighters, the house was saved. The cause of the fire is under investigation by detectives from the Suffolk Police Arson Squad, Fire Marshals from the Town of Islip and the Brentwood Fire District Fire Marshal. The Commack Fire Department sent an engine to Brentwood FD HQ to cover the district for the duration of the incident. 

Photo courtesy of Ryan Schroeher

Ronkonkoma FD-House fire in Lake Grove


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2253 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire on Washburn Street. Units arrived to find an active fire on the rear of a two story house under construction. Crews stretched landlines and quickly extinguished the fire without incident. The Lake Grove Fire Marshal and Suffolk Police Arson Detectives are investigating. 

Hauppauge FD-Driver crashes vehicle into building


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2318 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Marcus Blvd in the industrial park. Units arrived to find that the operator of a passenger vehicle drove the car over a curb and into a commercial building at 135 Marcus Blvd. There were no injuries. FD personnel checked the building utilities, shut down the fire sprinkler system, which was damaged, and requested a response from the Town of Smithtown Fire Marshals Office and Building Department. 

Hauppauge FD-Crash with overturn on Veterans Highway


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1144 Hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department and Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance Corp responds to a collision on Veterans Highway near Lincoln Blvd. Units arrive to find a crash involving a small car and a pickup towing a camper. The camper was overturned and blocking all eastbound lanes on Veterans Highway. With no entrapment, FD personnel secured all of the vehicles while ambulance crews attended to the victims. All injuries were minor. Suffolk Police ESU officers uprighted the camper and cleared the roadway. 

Photos courtesy of the Original 40

Smithtown FD-Fire at Insignia


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Suffolk FRES took numerous calls reporting a fire at 610 Route 347 in Smithtown. Assistant Chief Mike Landrigan was first to arrive, advising that there had been a fire in a large natural gas fueled fire place on the east side of the building. Crews shut downtime gas and extinguished the remaining fire. Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety responded to the scene and determined that the fire place self ignited, which then ignited the weather cover that was placed over the unit the night before. It was the thick acrid smoke from the burning cover that motorists saw when they passed by. An order was issued to have the unit repaired prior to re-use. As there was no damage to the building, the restaurant opened at their usual time.

Commack FD-Carbon Dioxide emergency at Millers Ale House


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The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to a report of numerous subjects feeling ill at the Millers Ale House on Veterans Highway. Arriving FD and Commack Ambulance personnel were met by a manager of the restaurant who advised that some of the employees that had been inside the building were not feeling well. EMS personnel evaluated the victims while FD personnel donned full protective gear and entered the building with their metering equipment. The source of the problem was found to be a carbon dioxide leak in one of the beer coolers. The carbon dioxide system was shut down and the building was ventilated. FD personnel then metered the building again, finding no issue. The equipment was locked and tagged out and the manager was ordered by Smithtown Fire Marshals to have the equipment repaired and certified prior to reusing. The restaurant was permitted to reopen shortly thereafter. 

Hauppauge FD-MVC on Old Willets Path


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The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Old Willets Path. Units arrived to find a head on collision involving two vehicles on Old Willets, near McKay Drive. FD personnel went to work to extricate the occupants of both vehicles, while EMS personnel from Central Islip Hauppauge Community Ambulance and the East Brentwood Fire Department stabilized the victims. Once they were removed, the injured were all transported to the hospital. 

Hauppauge FD-Early morning vehicle fire on Dale Lane


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0243 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on Dale Lane off Hubbs Avenue. Units arrived to find a fully involved crossover type vehicle in a driveway near a private dwelling. An inch and three quarter line was stretched and the fire was extinguished. The vinyl siding on the house and a PVC fence sustained damage as did another vehicle that was parked relatively close to the burning car.  Hauppauge operated with 2 engines and all units were back in service within 40 minutes. Detectives from the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad are investigating. 

Commack FD-Deck fire


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The Commack Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Scholar Lane. Units arrived to find a small fire on a wood deck attached to the rear of the house. The occupants had extinguished most of the fire prior to the arrival of FD, so personnel wet the area down, overhauled and secured the scene for the Fire Marshals. Commack Fire District Fire Marshal and a Fire Marshal from the Town of Smithtown responded out to handle the investigation. An improperly discarded cigarette is believed to have been the cause. 

Ronkonkoma FD-Large brush fire on Avenue C


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1249 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of wires down and burning in the vicinity of Avenue C and 4th Street. Units arrived to find a football field sized area of brush burning along the high tension lines. Chief of Department John Santoli operated with  Engine 5, engine 10 and brush 15.  The fire was completely extinguished within an hour. 

Photo courtesy of Tom McGrath

Setauket FD-Fatal vehicle fire on Nesconset Highway


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0503 hours. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on Nesconset Highway. Units arrived to find an involved auto on the center median between Arrowhead Lane and Old Town Road. FD units extinguished the fire at which time an elderly female occupant was found deceased within. Suffolk Police impounded the vehicle and are continuing to investigate. Click on the photo above to view the Suffolk County Police Department Press Release on this incident.


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1832 hours. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Birchwood Avenue in the Village of Poquot. Units arrived to find heavy fire in a single story wood frame cottage.  Stony Brook FD was requested for an engine, Selden FD for a RIT, Port Jefferson FD for a ladder and Terryville FD for an engine. Crews picked up hydrants, laid in and Setauket engine 8 used their deck gun to quickly knock down the fire, which was impinging on two adjacent small cottages. Two hand lines were stretched and operated. Once the fire was knocked down, searches were performed. Chief of Department Tom Makarius placed the fire under control at 1918 hours. The building was a total loss. The Centereach Fire Department sent an engine and Port Jefferson VAC sent an ambulance to Setauket FD HQ for the duration of the incident.  The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals and Suffolk Police Arson detectives were called to the scene to investigate. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. 

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam

Nesconset FD-2 critical in Middle Country Road crash

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1904 hours. The Nesconset and Centereach Fire Departments were simultaneously dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash with fire and heavy rescue at the intersection of Middle Country Road and Moriches Road in Lake Grove. Units arrived to find a wreck involving a pickup truck and a sedan near the west entrance to the Smith Haven Mall. The pickup was on its side and the occupants were trapped within. Personnel from both departments and well as from Suffolk Police ESU, began what was to be a lengthy and complicated extrication of the two victims. Both were transported via ambulance to Stony Brook Hospital in critical condition. The two occupants of the other vehicle were also transported to the hospital by ambulance. Click on the photo above to view the Suffolk County Police Department press release regarding this incident. 

Photo courtesy of David Rubin

Smithtown FD-Serious crash on Route 347


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2040 hours. Two Suffolk County Police Officers were out with the occupants of a 2013 Hyundai Sonata on the Westbound shoulder of Route 347 near Route 111 when their police vehicle was hit by a 2001 Toyota Corolla. The impact pushed the police car into the Hyundai resulting in injuries to the officers and the two adults that they were interviewing. The police officers were transported via ambulance to St. Catherines hospital, treated and released. The two adults from the Hyundai, suffered serious injuries and were both flown by police helicopters to Stony Brook Hospital. The Smithtown and Hauppauge Fire Departments handled the extrication, EMS and transport. According to Suffolk Police, the driver of the Toyota Corolla was arrested at the scene for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operation of a vehicle when approaching a parked, stopped or standing authorized emergency vehicle. Click on the photo above to view the Suffolk County Police Press Release that the above information was obtained from.


Setauket FD-Small fire at SUNY Chemistry Building


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2003 Hours. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to an activated fire alarm at the Chemistry Building on John S. Toll Drive at SUNY. Campus Fire Marshals were first in and advised of a smoke condition within the building. Setauket Chief of Department Tom Makarius requested mutual aid from Stony Brook FD for an engine and Port Jefferson FD for a ladder. As units arrived, crews were assigned to search the building. The source of the smoke was found to be a burning computer in a ground level classroom. Personnel confirmed that the fire was extinguished and ventilated the building. There were no injuries. 

Photo courtesy of Andrew Tetreault-Fully Involved Photo

Ronkonkoma FD-Old Lakeshore book store burns


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1744 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Lakeshore Road near Lincoln Road. Units arrived to find a fully involved vacant one story structure with partial collapse. Crews stretched off Squad 6 and quickly extinguished the fire. The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals and Suffolk Police Arson Squad are handling the investigation. Nesconset responded with an engine as part of an automatic mutual aid plan. Farmingville FD sent an engine to Ronkonkoma HQ to cover and Holtsville FD sent an ambulance to cover. All units were back in service within 90 minutes. 

Bryan Lopez photo. Click on the pic to view his Youtube video of the fire. 

Central Islip FD-House Fire on Applegate Drive


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The Central Islip Fire Department was called to respond to a reported house fire on Applegate Drive. Units arrived to find an active fire in a single story private dwelling, a detached garage and a small shed. Multiple handlines were stretched as mutual aid was requested from the Brentwood FD for a truck, Hauppauge FD for an engine and Islip Terrace FD for a RIT. The Islip Fire Department sent an engine to CI to cover for the duration of the alarm. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation by CI-Hauppauge Ambulance.  The fire was placed under control within 40 minutes. The Town of Islip Fire Marshals and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad are handling the investigation. 

Photo courtesy of the Duff

Centereach FD-Another vacant Lake Grove School bldg burns


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2124 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Parsnip Pond Road off Moriches Road in Lake Grove. The Lake Grove Fire Marshal was first in and advised dispatch of a heavy fire in a two story vacant building. Engine 6 arrived, picking up a hydrant on Moriches Road. Personnel immediately took a defensive position, using master streams to knock down the fire. Chief of Department Henry Borkowski arrived and assumed command, requesting mutual aid from the Nesconset Fire Department for a RIT and the Ronkonkoma Fire Department for an engine. Stony Brook and Selden FD’s provided coverage for the district for the duration of the incident. The fire was brought under control within an hour. FD personnel secured from the scene by midnight. The Lake Grove Fire Marshal, Suffolk County Fire Marshal K-9 Section and Suffolk Police Arson Squad are handling the investigation. There were no injuries. Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. 

All photos by the 40

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0918 hours. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a carbon monoxide emergency with victims at Fratelli’s Bagel Express on Bennett’s Road. Arriving units encountered elevated readings within the building and numerous subjects feeling ill. While crews worked to locate, isolate and mitigate the problem, EMS crews began evaluating the victims. Mutual aid was requested for ambulances from Port Jefferson VAC, Stony Brook Fire Department and Stony Brook University volunteers. In total, 13 subjects were evaluated and 12 transported to area hospitals. The scene was turned over to the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office.  

Hauppauge FD. House fire on Robin Drive


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0814 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Robin Drive off Gull. Units arrived to find an active fire in a two story wood frame private dwelling. Chief if Department Eugene Oliver had the first due stretch two hand lines into the house and instructed 4-2-0 to activate the preplan. Commack FD sent a RIT, Central Islip FD sent their ladder, Smithtown FD sent XX and Nesconset FD sent an engine and chief to cover Hauppauge for the duration of the incident. With fire through the roof, crews went to work trying to gain access to the attic. This proved difficult due to exploding ammunition and an extensive amount of combustibles being stored within the space. The fire was brought under control within 45 minutes. Commack Ambulance transported 3 of the occupants to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. Once the fire was extinguished, the scene was turned over to the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office. A joint investigation was conducted by the Fire Marshals, the Hauppauge Fire District Fire Marshal and Suffolk Police Arson. The fire is not considered suspicious at this time. All units secured from the scene by 1200 hours. 

Photo by Mitchell Stonebed

Hauppauge FD-Early morning vehicle fire on Pinedale Road


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0450 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on Pinedale Lane off Village Drive. Units arrived to find an active fire in the engine compartment of an unoccupied pickup truck in the roadway. The fire was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries and the vehicle was not being operated at the time of the fire. The fire investigation was handled by the Hauppauge Fire District Fire Marshal. 

Photo by the original 40

Smithtown FD. House fire on Marquette Drive


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0210 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department took multiple calls reporting a house fire on Marquette Drive off Howell Drive. Units arrived to find heavy fire throughout a two story occupied private dwelling. Chief of Department Tim Murphy arrived and confirmed that all of the occupants were out of the house. Chief Murphy immediately ordered crews to deploy multiple large caliber handline’s to knock the fire back and to protect the surrounding houses. Simultaneous to this, the four occupants of the house were being treated by FD EMS. Three of the occupants were transported to the hospital via Smithtown FD ambulances and Kings Park FD ambulance. Once ladder 7 arrived on scene, the aerial was pressed into service and the operators utilized both of the master streams. In addition to Kings Park FD (ambulance to scene, ambulance and engine to cover), additional mutual aid was provided by the St. James Fire Department (engine and ambulance to the scene), Nesconset Fire Department (RIT), Hauppauge FD (engine to the scene), Centereach FD (ambulance to the scene) and Nissequogue Fire Department (ambulance to the scene), Ronkonkoma FD (ambulance to scene-cancelled while en-route). Part of the house collapsed shortly into the firefight. Chief Murphy requested heavy machinery from the Town of Smithtown Highway Department to pull the remainder of the house apart so crews could fully extinguish the fire and to knock down what remained so as to remove any possible collapse hazard. The Highway Department responded with an excavator and a pay loader. The fire was placed under control at XX hours. Units did not clear from the scene until approximately 1230PM. 

An investigation into the cause of the fire is being handled by the Suffolk Police Arson Squad, Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety and Fire Marshals from Suffolk County FRES. 

Photo above provided by Jeff Bressler-Smithtown FD PIO. Click on the photo to be taken to the Smithtown Fire Department website for more information and pictures of this fire. 

Kings Park FD. Vehicle crash lands one car inside the Park Bake Shop


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0354 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Main Street near Pulaski Road.Units arrived to find a collision involving two vehicles. One of the vehicles, an SUV, had left the roadway, and crashed into the Park Bake Shop at 112 Main Street. Numerous occupants of the vehicles involved in the initial crash were evaluated and transported to the hospital via Kings Park FD ambulance. A lone employee was in the bakery at the time of the crash, but was uninjured. FD personnel operating under Assistant Chief John Gallo, secured the vehicles and insured that there were no fuel leaks or other hazards within the building. A Fire Marshal and a Building Inspector from the Town of Smithtown were both requested and responded to the scene.   


Kings Park FD. Tree falls on house during storm


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0551 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a tree down onto a house on Woodland Drive. Units arrived to find that a large branch had broken from a tree landing on and causing damage to the roof of a two story private dwelling. With no injuries, Assistant Chief Clark requested a response from the Town of Smithtown. A Fire Marshal and a Building Inspector both responded to the scene. Damage was found to be minor to the house and the property owner was advised to contact a tree removal service and his insurance company. There were no injuries.

Nesconset FD-Report of a commercial building burning


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1942 hours. The Nesconset, Saint James, Smithtown and Ronkonkoma Fire Departments were activated for a reported commercial structure fire in the vicinity of Fifty Acre Road and Sammis Street (in the Nesconset Fire District). Units arrived and noted a smoke condition but had difficulty locating where it was coming from. After a search of the area, a rubbish fire was found within cement cesspool rings within the secured Highway Department yard on Montclair Avenue. The fire was quickly extinguished, all mutual aid units were released and the scene was turned over to Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety. 

Saint James FD-Fast and furious storm leaves a mess in its wake


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A fast moving storm rolled across Long Island in the early morning hours on August 5th, leaving in its wake uprooted trees, downed wires, utility poles and transformers, flying furniture and prop and a number of fires. Many of the islands fire departments were out handling multiple calls and working with the utilities, towns and villages to clear the streets. In Saint James, fire damaged both a house and a detached garage on Sunny Road, after primary wires were pulled down by a falling tree (see related story). A number of roads in the Township and up in Setauket became impassable due to situations like what you see above. Highway crews could not remove trees that were entangled in or touching electric wires so roads stayed closed until PSEG was able to cut power to the affected wires. PSEG Haz-Mat crews were out cleaning up spills from downed transformers while other crews were working to replace poles and restore power. Fire Marshals from the Town and village were out making sure that any houses or commercial structures damaged by falling trees were safe to enter. There were no reported injuries or deaths in the Town of Village of Lake Grove. 

Saint James FD. House fire on Sunny Road


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0502 During the height of the quick moving and powerful thunderstorm that moved through the area, the Saint James Fire Department was dispatched to a number of wires down calls. One of the calls was on Sunny Road, reporting that a large tree fell, taking primary wires down with it. The complainant stated that the wires were now burning in the yard across the street.  St James firefighter\Suffolk County Fire Marshal Kevin Peterson, who lives in the area was first on scene and advised incoming units over the radio that in addition to wires down and burning, he had an active fire in an occupied private house as well as in a detached garage next to it. Peterson then went to forcibly enter the house to rout the occupants, but when he came in contact with the front door,  he received an electrical shock that knocked him off the steps. He was able to get back up and alert the occupants who then fled the house without injury. 

Firefighters from Saint James and Nesconset FD’s had to contend with limited access to the scene due to the tree down and had to work cautiously around the burning, live primary lines on the lawn. Crews stretched hand lines were stretched into both buildings and the fires were extinguished. The house sustained heavy damage while damage to the garage was moderate. Fire Marshal Peterson and one Saint James Firefighter who sustained an injury while responding, were both evaluated by EMS. The firefighter was transported to the hospital, treated and released shortly thereafter. 

Once PSEG arrived and shut down power, firefighters extinguished the remaining fire on the lawn. Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown were called in to handle the investigation and the Smithtown Highway Department responded out, removed the tree and reopened the road. The Fire Marshals brought a Building Inspector to the scene to evaluate the damage. 

All units cleared from the scene by 1100 hours. 

Centereach FD-Playground behind Eugene Auer School burns again


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a brush fire behind the Eugene Auer School on Wing Street in Lake Grove. Units arrived to find a fire on the playground. While the fire was quickly extinguished, the damage was extensive. The Lake Grove Fire Marshal and Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad were notified. Unfortunately, this is the 3rd time that this playground has been damaged by fire in the past 10 years. 

Update: Two subjects have been arrested in connection with this fire. 

Kings Park FD-Fire at KPPC Bldg 7


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1457 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched on a phone alarm reporting a fire in Building 7 of the Kings Park Psychiatric Center. After forcibly entering the area, Chief of Department Dan Guilfoil confirmed that there appeared to be a fire in the loading dock area. FD personnel forced entry into the building and extinguished the fire, confining it to the roof assembly. Kings Park and Commack Fire Departments operated while the Smithtown Fire Department provided the RIT. All FD personnel returned to quarters within an hour. The scene was turned over to detectives from NYS Parks Police, Fire Protection Specialists from NYS OFPC and the SCPD Arson Squad. 

Ronkonkoma FD-Crash with PIN on Smithtown Blvd


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The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Smithtown Boulevard near Schoolhouse Road. Assistant Chief Kevin Murray was first in and advised of a multi car crash with a subject trapped. The victim was stabilized by EMS, extricated by the crew from Rescue 8 and transported to the hospital. 

Information and photo courtesy of Bryan Lopez.

Centereach FD-Man hit by car after crashing motorcycle on Moriches Road


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0135 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Moriches Road, south of Middle Country Road. Units arrived to find a seriously injured adult male lying on Moriches Road According to a Suffolk Police Department press release, the victim was seriously injured after he lost control of his motorcycle and was struck by a driver who fled the scene. Police say that the victim was riding his 2004 Suzuki motorcycle northbound on Moriches Road, south of Jericho Turnpike, when he lost control of the bike and ended up lying in the road. He was then subsequently hit by an SUV that fled the scene, police said. Police also stated that the victim was dragged approximately 800 feet by the SUV.

The victim was transported by the Centereach Fire Department to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries.

Centereach FD-Overturn with ejection on Nichols Road


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1553 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Nichols Road near Middle Country Road. Units arrived to find a vehicle overturned on the center median. The operator was out of the vehicle, having been ejected. FD personnel checked and secured the vehicle while EMS packaged and transported the victim. The scene was turned over to Suffolk Police. The road was closed for several hours for their investigation. 

Photo courtesy fo Ron Monteleone. 

Smithtown FD-Crash at 111 & 347


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1917 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched with Suffolk County Police to a motor vehicle crash at Routes 111 and 347. Units arrived to find a crash involving three passenger vehicles on Route 111, south of 347. FD personnel quickly extinguished a fire in the engine compartment of one vehicle while EMS personnel packaged and transported numerous victims, one of them being a child who sustained serious injuries. According to Suffolk police, the driver of one vehicle, a Chevy Impala was heading south on Route 111 when his vehicle struck a Toyota minivan that was also traveling south. Police say that the Chevy Impala then veered onto the shoulder, over a curb and into the parking lot of the Hauppauge Plaza, striking a parked vehicle. The driver of the Impala was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. According to police, he was transported to the hospital for observation and will be arraigned at a later date.  

To view the Suffolk County Press Release, click on the image above. 

Hauppauge FD-Fatal overturn on the Long Island Expressway


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1610 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched along with Central Islip Hauppauge Community Ambulance to a report of a motor vehicle crash on the LIE near exit 57. Officers from Suffolk Police Highway Patrol were first on scene and reported a crash involving two vehicles, one of which had rolled over multiple times. Police requested rescue and FD on a rush as there were victims trapped. FD personnel arrived and went right to work, removing the roof and some of the doors on a Chevy Trailblazer to facilitate the extrication of the victims. According to Suffolk Police, the 24 year old female driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The two passengers were extricated and transported via ambulance, one with serious injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured. 

According to a Suffolk County Police Department press release, the deceased, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer in the HOV lane of the eastbound Long Island Expressway at approximately 4:10 p.m. As she approached exit 57, she crossed over the HOV lane buffer and drove across an additional three lanes of travel.  Her vehicle struck a 2013 Hyundai that was in the far right lane of travel. 

The driver, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. 

Once the victims were removed and transported, FD personnel took up, turning the scene over to Suffolk Police for the investigation.

Photo by Evan Rolla.

Lakeland FD-House fire on Uncas Street


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2147 hours. The Lakeland Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 186 Uncas Street. Units arrived to find an active fire in the basement of a single story private dwelling. Lines were stretched while mutual aid was requested from the Nesconset Fire Department for an engine to the scene, Ronkonkoma FD for a ladder to the scene, Centereach FD for an ambulance to the scene and Bohemia FD provided an engine and Central Islip-Hauppauge Ambulance sent an ambulance to cover the district for the duration of the incident. The fire was knocked down and placed under control within an hour. Suffolk Police arson detectives and the Town of Islip Fire Marshals were called to the scene to investigate. There were no reported injuries. 

Photo: Bryan Lopez. 




Centereach FD-July 4th fire house fire


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1519 The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a dryer fire in a residence at 124 Horseback Road. Units arrived to find an active fire venting out of the basement windows. A working fire was transmitted by Chief of Department Borkowski and a mutual aid request made to the Selden Fire Department for an engine, Farmingville FD for a RIT and Ronkonkoma FD to cover the district. 
Crews pushed into the basement and encountered heavy fire in a number of rooms. While the fire was being extinguished, other members ventilated and conducted a search for victims. The fire was knocked down within 20 minutes and the under control was transmitted within 40 minutes. There were no injuries. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office is handling the origin and cause investigation. 

Photo: My man Tyler B. 

Commack FD-Crash with overturn on Commack Road


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1038 hours. The Commack Fire Department was dispatched with Commack Ambulance to a report of a motor vehicle crash near the intersection of Commack Road and New Highway. Units arrived to find a single vehicle that left the roadway, overturned and hit a tree, caving in the roof structure. FD personnel went to work to remove the lone occupant from the vehicle. The extended and complex extrication took approximately 30 minutes. Once access to the victim was gained, she was removed and transported to the hospital via CVAC ambulance. 

Photo and information credit: Evan Rolla

Smithtown FD-Overturn on River Heights


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1923 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash near the intersection of River Heights Court and River Heights Drive. Units arrived to find that a small sedan struck a fire hydrant and overturned. With no one trapped in the vehicle, EMS personnel treated and transported the occupant. Firefighters uprighted the vehicle and addressed a fluid leak. All units were back in service within 40 minutes.

Photo Credit: Evan Rolla

Hauppauge FD-Helicopter transports subject with severed fingers to hospital


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1239 hours. Suffolk Police and Central Islip Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance were dispatched to a report of an adult male with a hand injury on Barnaby Court off School House Lane. Units arrived and found a subject with amputated fingers. The patient was stabilized by EMS and a Suffolk Police Helicopter was requested for transportation to the hospital. The Hauppauge Fire Department and Suffolk Police secured a landing zone in the south parking lot of the Hauppauge High School. The victim was transported from the scene to the LZ by ambulance then transferred to the helicopter for the quick flight to the hospital.

Photo credit: Original 40

Kings Park FD-Shooting on Old Dock Road


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2339 hours The Kings Park Fire Department was called by Suffolk County Police to the scene of a shooting at a house on Old Dock Road. Once FD units were cleared to enter the scene by PD, an adult male subject was treated, packaged and transported to the hospital via ambulance. According to a Suffolk County Police Press release, the victim was shot in the leg during a robbery. The press release further states that a teenaged suspect was taken into custody in regards to this incident on July 3rd by detectives from the 4th Precinct in Hauppauge. Click here to view the Suffolk County Police Press Release. 

Kings Park FD-Small fire in KPPC Building 93


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0101 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on the grounds of the old Kings Park State Hospital. Units arrived and after a quick search, the fire was located in Building 93 on The Boulevard, across from the old Firehouse. Crews made entry through the north side of the building and began searching for the fire while other personnel stretched a 2-1/2 up an interior stairwell.  The fire was located on the 6th floor and extinguished while still confined to one large room. The building was searched and no victims were found.  The East Northport Fire Department sent a FAST, Northport FD sent an engine to cover. The Commack and Smithtown Fire Departments sent their ladders to the scene. FD units operated for approximately 90 minutes. The scene was then turned over to the NYS Park Police and OFPC Fire Protection Specialists. 

Ronkonkoma FD- 4 car crash with overturn on Patchogue Holbrook Rd at Express Drive North.


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On June 29th 2015 the Ronkonkoma Fire Department was activated for a motor vehicle accident with reported overturn at the intersection of Patchogue Holbrook Road & Expressway Drive North. Chief Jon Santoli 5-24-30 was the first commanding chief on scene and was met with a 3 vehicle MVA & confirmed the overturn. Chief Santoli advised incoming units of negative entrapment. The crews of Rescue 8 and Squad 6 secured the vehicles. All 4 of the departments ambulances were used and a total of 6 patients were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for their injuries. Nesconset Fire Department was mutual aided for an ambulance to stand-by at Ronkonkoma fire headquarters.

Photo and information by Bryan Lopez.


Centereach and Farmingville FD’s-MCI bus multi vehicle crash drill


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The Centereach and Farmingville Fire Departments conducted a joint hands on MCI crash drill at Centereach FD station 3 this morning. Approximately 40 members of the two departments, including juniors, worked the drill which simulated a school bus with passengers that was hit by a passenger vehicle. That vehicle overturned, causing the school bus to overturn, coming to rest on three other vehicles that had been traveling in the opposite direction. Operating with Centereach Light Rescue 14, Centereach Heavy Rescue 4, Farmingville FD Heavy Rescue 8 and Farmingville Engine 3, crews went to work stabilizing multiple victims within each vehicle and then extricating. Personnel honed their team building skills while working with the spreaders, rams, cutters, various hand tools, pneumatic tools and torches. The drill took four hours and was a great learning experience for all involved. Click on the photo above for more pics from the drill. 

All photos by the 40. 

Ronkonkoma FD-Crash with overturn on Hawkins Avenue


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In the late night hours of June 25th 2015 the Ronkonkoma Fire Department was activated for a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Hawkins Avenue and Expressway Drive North. First Chief on scene, Kevin Murray (5-24-32) was met with a two vehicle crash, with one of the vehicles  overturned. Chief Murray further advised that everyone was out of the vehicles. The crew of rescue 8 arrived and secured the vehicles. Suffolk County Police emergency services units assisted on scene by up-righting the overturned vehicle. Both drivers were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for their injuries via a Ronkonkoma ambulance. 

Photo and information by Bryan Lopez.


Ronkonkoma FD-Contractor hits natural gas line while installing fence


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The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a natural gas leak with fire at 38 Sankys Path off Birch Court. Units arrived to find that a contractor installing a fence post in the front yard struck a plastic natural gas line supplying the house. There was no fire, but there was a minor gas leak. Assistant Chief Eric Cook had FD personnel stretch a precautionary line off engine 10 while the crew of squad 6 metered the area. National Grid crews responded out, pinched off the line and the hazard was mitigated. All units were back in service at 1058 hrs. 

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LESSON: This incident occurred because the person doing the work failed to call 811 for a mark out as required. This could have been a lot worse. If you are going to dig, whether you think you have gas or not, CALL 811 before you dig!


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Hauppauge FD-truck hits deer on LIE off ramp


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0454 hours. In what is becoming far too common around here, a deer jumped out in front of a pickup truck on the westbound off ramp from the Long Island Expressway at exit 55 in Hauppauge. FD and EMS units arrived to find that the deer had gone through the windshield of a full size pickup truck. The driver of the vehicle sustained serious facial lacerations  and was transported to the hospital via ambulance.  Use caution folks, deer are everywhere in Smithtown.

Photo courtesy of the Original 40

Centereach FD-Car hits laundromat on Middle Country Road


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The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Middle Country Road near Wood Road. Units arrived to find that a vehicle in the parking lot struck the Laundromat at 2594 Middle Country Road. The impact caused minor damage to the storefront glass and framing, but there was no structural damage. EMS evaluated the operator and FD personnel secured the building and the vehicle. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office and Building Department were notified. 

Photo Courtesy of Buff N Stuff

Ronkonkoma FD-MVC with Medivac on the LIE


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The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on the LIE between exits 59-60. Units arrived to find a single vehicle that appeared to have hit the center divider and possibly the guard rail on the shoulder before coming to rest in the roadway near the westbound exit 60 off ramp. While EMS evaluated and stabilized three occupants of the vehicle, ESU and FD personnel removed the roof and extricated the victim. One subject was then transported via helicopter to the hospital. Two other subjects were transported via ambulance. FD units took up and the scene was then turned over to SCPD for their investigation. 

Photo courtesy of Lisa Anderson

Kings Park FD-Overturn on Bread and Cheese Hollow Road


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Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Bread and Cheese Hollow Road near XXX. Units arrived to find a single car that had overturned in the rain, leaving the roadway and crashing into a stone wall. The driver had self extricated prior to FD arrival. EMS personnel transported the victim to to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. The vehicle was stabilized and FD personnel turned the scene over to PD.

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla. 

Smithtown Man hit in the head with a molotov cocktail


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2312 hours. Suffolk Police and Commack Volunteer Ambulance were dispatched to a report of subject injured at a residence on Winston Drive in the Smithtown Pines. Cops arrived on scene and determined that an adult male had been struck in the head with what appeared to be a Molotov Cocktail. The victim sustained what police describe as a minor head injury and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Police continue to investigate.

Commack FD-AC unit burns on the roof of Dollar Tree


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1358 hours The Commack Fire Department responded to a report of a commercial structure fire at the Dollar Tree at 5018 Jericho Turnpike. Chief of Department Andy Babajko was first on scene and advised of smoke coming from the roof. Firefighters found and active fire in a roof mounted air conditioning unit and the associated duct work.The fire was quickly extinguished and the building vented. There were no injuries and all of the occupants of the store had safely evacuated.  The Dix Hills and East Northport Fire Departments provided mutual aid. 

Photo and information provided by Evan Rolla. 

Kings Park, Hauppauge, Smithtown & Centereach FD’s take part in mega antique apparatus event


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The Long Island Antique Fire Apparatus Association put together one of, if not the largest gathering of antique fire apparatus and equipment ever on Long Island. Over 50 pieces of apparatus spanning 1856-1980’s were photographed and put on display at Field 8 in Heckscher State Park.  Kings Park was there with their 1926 American LaFrance pumper, the Hauppauge Fire Department proudly displayed their 1925 American LaFrance pumper and their 1942 Chevrolet Brush Truck. The Smithtown Fire Department brought out their 1941 Mack and the Centereach FD showed off their 1939 Sealand pumper. It was a great day and the first of what will hopefully become bigger and better. There are a lot more departments in Nassau and Suffolk that have antique apparatus that were not able to attend. This was a great event and kudos to Tom Rinelli for making it happen. Click on the photo above for more pics from the event. 

All photos courtesy of the 40. Feel free to use them but please credit this website.

Commack FD-Overturn on Old Northport Road


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The Commack Fire Department was dispatched with Commack Ambulance to a report of a tractor trailer that overturned on Indian Head Road near Old Northport Road. Until arrived to find a crash involving a tractor trailer and a full sized van. The van was on its side and the occupant had self extricated. EMS personnel treated one injured subject and FD personnel secured the van and cleared fluids from the roadway. 

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla.

Nesconset FD-Overturn on Route 347 snarls rush hour traffic


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0819 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Route 347 near Browns Road. Units arrive to find a multi vehicle collision with one car having overturned, landing upright on the center median guardrail. The crew from 4-4-9 popped the drivers door on the vehicle to free the occupant. Injuries were minor to all parties and ambulance 4-4-6A handled the transport. All units were back in service within 30 minutes. 

Photo courtesy of Ken Peluso

Nesconset FD-Crash with overturn on Smithtown Blvd at Rosevale


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0651 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Smithtown Boulevard and Rosevale Avenue. Crews arrived to find a two car collision with one vehicle on its roof. FD personnel extricated the occupant and transported to the hospital. All units were back in service within 30 minutes. 

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone

Centereach FD-newest probationary firefighters go hands on at Mankuski Park


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Centereach Fire Department’s newest probationary firefighters capped off their eight week in house training program with hands on live fire training at Mankuski Park today. Firefighters Joe Westenberger, Alex Recchion, Shane Fitzpatrick & Andy Gonzalez worked alongside their senior brothers and sisters, honing their skills in forcible entry, hydrant hook up, search, fire suppression and ventilation. The “probies” still have to take and pass the much more extensive Firefighter I course before they will be certified as interior firefighters. Nice job and best of luck to you guys.

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

Centereach FD-Automatic alarm leads to CO emergency


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2108 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched on a telephone alarm reporting an active fire alarm in building 5 of the Lake Grove Apartments. Arriving crews forced entry into the apartment and found an active carbon monoxide alarm. A second CO detector was found to be sounding in the basement of the building. FD personnel metered the building and found elevated levels of CO throughout. All of the residents were evacuated and evaluated by EMS personnel. FD crews then conducted an extensive search of the building to determine the source of the CO. The problem was traced to a malfunctioning clothes dryers in the basement of the building. The Lake Grove Fire Marshal and a tech from Keyspan confirmed the problem. The units were disconnected and Keyspan capped the gas service to prevent any future use of the devices. FD personnel ventilated the building with fans and once readings were within permissible levels, the occupants were permitted to return. All emergency personnel cleared from the scene by 2330 hours. 

Smithtown FD-One critical after rollover on Jericho Tpke in Smithtown


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1911 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Route 25, East of Caleb Smith State Park. Arriving units found that a 2000 Honda Accord left the roadway, struck a light trailer, a fire hydrant and a fence then overturning on the westbound shoulder of the road across from 564 West Jericho Tpke. Smithtown FD personnel tended to a number of subjects, all of whom were out of the car. A Suffolk Police helicopter was used to transport one of the victims to Stony Brook Hospital, another went by ambulance. Route 25 was closed in both directions from Old Willets Path to Meadow Road unit 0110 hours for the police investigation. If you have any information about this crash, please call the 4th Squad at 631-854-8452.

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Smithtown FD-Motorcycle crash victim medivac’d to Stony Brook


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1404 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of an motor vehicle crash on Landing Avenue near Eckernkamp Drive. Units arrived to find a crash involving a motorcycle and a car. FD EMS personnel tended to the victims and a helicopter was requested to transport the motorcycle operator to Stony Brook Hospital. Suffolk Police and units from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety secured the parking lot of the Landing Avenue Country Club as a landing zone. The victim was packaged and relocated to the landing zone by ambulance then flown to Stony Brook Hospital. FD units took up and turned the scene over to Suffolk Police for their investigation. 

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Nesconset FD responds to a report of a crash with ejection on Southern Blvd


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1227 hours. While returning to quarters from an MVC on Old Nichols Road, Nesconset FD units were advised of another reported crash with ejection on Southern Boulevard at Middle Country Road. Arriving crews found an injured subject in the roadway on Southern Blvd near Sider Lumber Way. The victim was packaged and transported to the hospital via ambulance. Suffolk Police are investigating. 

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Nesconset FD-Crash on Old Nichols Road and Smithtown Blvd


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1227 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of an MVC on Smithtown Boulevard near Old Nichols Road. Units arrived to find a two car collision in the Nichols Road entrance to the Ace Hardware shopping center. Assistant Chief John Martins requested heavy rescue 4-4-9 to the scene and the crew popped the drivers door on one of the vehicles to allow EMS personnel to remove the victim. One subject was transported to the hospital by ambulance with non life threatening injuries. All FD units were back in service within 20 minutes. 

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Smithtown FD-severed fuel tank has to be pumped off.


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1328 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a car leaking fuel in the parking lot of the Stonebridge Country Club on Raynors Way. Arriving units found an active leak that they were quickly able to control. The Hauppauge Fire Department was requested to respond with their pneumatic pump and the contents of the tank were syphoned out and into an approved container. Units operated on scene for approximately 90 minutes. 

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla

Hauppauge FD-Vehicle fire in hotel parking lot


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0714 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire in the parking lot of the Hyatt Hotel. Units arrived to find an active fire in the engine compartment of a 2009 Nissan Altmia. One line was stretched and the fire was extinguished without incident. This is the second fire in an Altima in Hauppauge this week. There were no injuries. 

Hauppauge FD-MVC with vehicle fire on the LIE


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1740 hours. While taking up from a vehicle fire on Veterans Highway, Hauppauge FD units were notified over the air of a crash on the Long Island Expressway. 3-8-11 responded from the substation, while 3-8-1 took it in from the other alarm. Units arrived to find a crash in the HOV lane on the westbound side of the LIE between exits 56-57. Two vehicles were involved and one of the vehicles was on fire. All of the occupants had self extricated and were attended to by Central Islip-Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance personnel. FD personnel extinguished the car fire without incident, however the vehicle was a total loss. The Central Islip Fire Department was also dispatched to this alarm but they were cancelled while en-route. 

Photo courtesy of the Original 40. Do not use without his permission. 

Hauppauge FD-vehicle fire on Veterans Highway


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1704 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire on Veterans Highway. Units arrived to find a fully involved Nissan Altima on the Eastbound should of Vets just east of the Northern State parkways. Chief of Department Eugene Oliver had the crew from first due engine 3–8-3 stretch an inch and three quarter line on the fire. Engine 3-8-14 was next in and gave their water to engine 3. 3-8-1 was 3rd in and the crew assisted with overhaul. The vehicle was a total loss. As crews were picking up from this alarm, they were dispatched to an MVC on the LIE. When units arrived, they found one of the vehicles involved in the crash, burning. More on that incident can be found above this one. 

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. Feel free to use them on Facebook, but please credit this website. 

All photos by the 40.

Hauppauge FD-Aided case quickly turns to carbon monoxide emergency


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1405 hours. Central Islip-Hauppauge Ambulance was dispatched along with Suffolk Police to a report of a subject feeling sick at 30 Davids Drive in the Hauppauge Industrial Park. Upon entering the building, carbon monoxide detectors worn by the ambulance crew went into alarm. Crews backed out, zeroed the meters and re-entered. The meters went into alarm a second time. CIHVAC personnel and Suffolk Police ordered the building evacuated and the Hauppauge Fire Department was called to the scene. While FD personnel investigated to find the source of the CO, EMS personnel evaluated 30 employees. 17 of those evaluated were transported by ambulance to area hospitals. Mutual aid ambulances were provided by the Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp, the Brentwood Legion Ambulance Corp,  the Smithtown Fire Department and the Dix Hills Fire Department. Suffolk County dispatched their MERV but it was cancelled en-route. None of the injuries were life threatening. All units cleared from the scene by 1600 hours. 

Fire Marshals from the Hauppauge Fire District and the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety were on scene, handling the investigation and following up to insure that a number of violations were corrected.  Great job by the CIHVAC crew!!

Photo by Zack Fleiss

East Northport-Fire at Adult home.


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0744 hours. The East Northport Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Birchwood Adult Home on Clay Pitts Road. Units arrived to find an active fire in an occupied 10X20 cottage to the rear of the main building. The fire was quickly knocked down with on handline and placed under control at 0807. Kings Park and Commack sent units to the scene, Northport sent an engine to cover. The Town of Huntington Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation along with Suffolk Police Arson Squad Detectives. 

Hauppauge FD-Car carrier overturns on Route 111


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1318 hours. Suffolk Police were dispatched to a report of an overturned vehicle on Route 111 at the LIE in Hauppauge. Units arrived to find an overturned vehicle transport trailer overturned on the on the southbound side of the street. The vehicles that were on the trailer were also overturned in the roadway. There were no injuries but the Hauppauge Fire Department was requested for numerous fluid spills. The entire intersection was shut down and numerous tow trucks were brought in to upright all of the vehicles and clear the scene. Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. 

Photos courtesy of the Original 40. Do not use without his permission.

Memorial Day Parade on Main Street in Smithtown


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The annual Smithtown Memorial Parade kicked off at noon on Monday May 25th at Routes 111 and Main Street. The Smithtown and Hauppauge Fire Departments were well represented, marching along with bands from the Hauppauge and Smithtown School Districts, town scouting troops, soccer clubs and others.  Other town fire departments marched in parades in Kings Park and Saint James. Click on the photo above for more pics from the parade.

All pics by the 40. Feel free to use them on Facebook but please credit this website. If you have pics of any other parades that you would like to share, please email them to me and I will happily post them here. 

Centereach FD-Memorial Day house fire on Noel Drive


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1249 hours. The Centereach and Selden Fire Departments were dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire on Noel Drive off Market Street in Centereach. Units arrived to find a heavy fire condition on the exterior  and in part of the attic area of a two story private dwelling. Numerous hand lines were stretched and mutual aid was requested from the Ronkonkoma Fire Department for a RIT and the Nesconset FD to cover. Crews pushed into the house and were able to confine the fire to the north side garage and attic areas. Assistant Chief Robert Corley had command and the fire was placed under control at 1335 hours. The fire is being investigated by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office and Detectives from the Suffolk Police Arson Squad. 

Kings Park FD Brush fire along the railroad tracks


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1345 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department responded to a reported brush fire along the LIRR tracks in the area of Johnson Ave North and Pulaski Road. Units arrived and faced 4 separate areas of small fire. Access was gained through Johnston Ave South and North. Trains were shut down due to fire department activity and the fire was brought under control shortly after.

Story and photo by Evan Rolla. Do not use without his permission

Nesconset FD-Truck takes down wires on Summerfield Drive


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1230 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of wires down and smoking on Summerfield Drive off Decatur Lane. Units arrived to find that a truck traveling down the street had taken down telephone, cable and fiber optic cables. Additionally, due to the stress on numerous utility poles alone this stretch, the power lines running to a number of houses were pulled off, with at least one arcing on the house. The operator of the truck had just dropped a dumpster and failed to lower the rails, which came in contact with the overhead wires. There were no injuries and all FD went back into service when PSEG arrived. 

Photo courtesy of Mike Miller

Centereach FD-Shed fire on Drake Road at the stroke of midnight

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0000 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Drake Road. Units arrived to primary electric lines down and burning along with two sheds behind 39 Clarkson Road. Chiefs 32 and 33 operated with 3 engines and a truck. 

Smithtown FD-house fire on Brilner Drive


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0803 hours. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire on Brilner Drive off Dale Lane. Units arrived to find heavy smoke pushing from a single story wood frame private dwelling. Chief of Department Tim Murphy had 4-2-0 retain the alarm as a working fire and the mutual aid plan was activated. Members stretched two lines in through the front door and made a tough push into a heavy fire condition within the basement. The Hauppauge FD sent a RIT to the scene but they were put to work on arrival. Nesconset FD sent a RIT in their place. The Saint James FD was requested for an engine to cover Smithtown, but they were re-directed into the scene. The Kings Park Fire Department sent an engine and an ambulance to Smithtown FD Headquarters to cover. FD personnel did a great job keeping this fire confined to the basement. There were no injuries and the fire was place under control within an hour. Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety are handling the origin and cause investigation. 

A great reminder came out of this fire. The homeowner stated that when he smelled smoke, he went down the open interior stairway to the basement door at the bottom. He stated that he felt the door and it was hot, so he didn’t open it. This simple action may not have only saved his life, but it certainly helped contain the fire within the basement. 

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. If you have any that you would like to see here, send them my way and I will be happy to post them. 

Photos courtesy of the Original 40. Do not use without his permission. 

Hauppauge FD-Serious crash on LIE requires medivac


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1726 hours. The Hauppauge FIre Department was dispatched to a report of an MVC on the LIE between exits 55 and 56. Responding companies found a serious crash involving an SUV and crossover and a pickup truck, on the eastbound side at exit 56. Medical personnel from the FD and from CI-Hauppauge Ambulance Corp tended to the victims while other members along with SCPD ESU, put the tools to work, opening up the vehicles to allow for extrication. One victim was flown via SCPD helicopter to Stony Brook Hospital, the others were transported via ambulance to area hospitals. Once the victims were removed, FD personnel addressed a large fluid spill then turned the scene over to Suffolk Police Highway Patrol, detectives and crime scene units. The eastbound lanes of the LIE remained closed for hours during the investigation. 

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Suffolk Fire Marshals honored for accelerant detection work


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At a meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature on Tuesday May 12, 2015, Suffolk County Fire Marshals Brett Martinez and Don Lynch along with the K-9 partners, were recognized for their dedication and commitment to fire and arson investigation. Fire Marshals Lynch and Martinez are two of approximately 50 ATF certified canine teams across the country. Fire Marshal Martinez holds the unique distinction of being the longest serving ATF certified ADC handler in the United States. 

Brett was initially trained and certified in 1991. Brett's first dog was a black lab named Ember. Ember served from November 1991 until March 1999. When Ember retired, canine Cinder took her place.  During her tenure, Cinder assisted in the investigation of over 300 fires in Nassau and Suffolk and was also mobilized by the ATF to a fire in Reno Nevada. . In March of 2006 Fire Marshal Lynch was trained and certified by the ATF. He was partnered up with a black lab named LP. Together they worked a multitude of fires, including a number of homicide cases in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Don and LP were mobilized by the ATF in November of 2008, responding to assist at a church fire in Springfield Massachusetts. This fire was a direct result of the election of Barack Obama as President and is recognized as the first biased crime resulting from the election of an African American President in United States history. As a result of their work on this case, Don and LP were recognized by the US Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. LP was the first canine to ever receive this award.

Cinder was retired in November of 2007 and Brett was immediately paired up with his new partner Jul.  LP retired in 2012 and Don rectified with his new partner Tiana. Last year, Brett was recognized by the ATF as the longest running ADC in the history of the Accelerant Detection Canine Program. Both teams are still kept busy in the county and outside the state. Brett and Jul worked a fire with the ATF in Rhode Island and Don and Tiana were brought in to a quadruple fatal fire in Schenectady in March (See story posted on this site on March 10th).  

Four of the five Suffolk County ADC’s came from the Guide Dog Foundation in Smithtown. Labrador Retrievers that do not make the cut as guide dogs, are screened by the ATF for their programs. If after being evaluated by ATF agents, dogs are found suitable for investigative work, they are trained at an ATF facility in Virginia then paired up with their human partners for additional training. 

Congratulations to Fire Marshal Brett Martinez and FIre Marshal Don Lynch.

Terryville FD-Joline Road house gutted in mid morning fire


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1054 hours. The Terryville Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 185 Joline Road. Units arrived to find heavy fire already venting from all four sides and the roof of a wood frame hi-ranch. Mutual aid was requested from Selden FD for a RIT, Coram for an engine and Port Jefferson for an engine. Crews stretched in knocking down a good portion of fire in the building. As conditions, deteriorated, the line was backed out and an exterior attack was mounted. A portion of the roof collapsed shortly thereafter. Crews operated multiple hand lines and an aerial was also used to safely battle the fire. Command placed the fire under control at 1213 hours. The Setauket Fire Department sent an engine and Port Jefferson Ambulance sent a bus to cover Terryville for the duration the incident. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries and were transported via ambulance to area hospitals. Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals and Suffolk Police Arson Squad handling the investigation

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam and the Terryville Fire Department

Centereach FD-Small deck fire


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0935 hours. Centereach and Selden Fire Departments were dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 172 Smithtown Polk Blvd in Centereach. While en-route, units were advised that 911 was taking multiple calls in regards to this. Chief 33 arrived and advised that he had a deck fire to the rear of the structure. The fire had already been knocked down by neighbors. A booster line was stretched off engine 2 and the remaining fire was quickly extinguished without incident. The area was overhauled and the scene was turned over the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office. 

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Central Islip FD-morning house fire on Broadlawn Drive


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1015 The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 27 Broadlawn Drive off Park Row. District Fire Marshal Chris Probst was first in and advised of a fire in the basement of a 2 story wood frame row house. Lines were stretched in while mutual aid was requested from Hauppauge Fire Department for an engine to the scene, Islip Terrace for a RIT and Brentwood for a ladder to the scene. The East Brentwood FD sent an engine to cover, but they were redirected to the scene. The Bayshore Fire Department also sent an engine to the scene and the Smithtown Fire Department sent an engine to cover at CIFD.  Central Islip Hauppauge Community Ambulance was also on scene. The fire was knocked down within 20 minutes and units operated on scene for approximately two and a half hours. Detectives from Suffolk Police Arson and Fire Marshals from the Town of Islip will handle the origin and cause investigation. 

Photo courtesy of Ken Bradbury (DeerParkFirePhotos)

Commack FD-Fatal single vehicle crash on Old Commack Road


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0702 hours. The Commack Fire Department and Commack Ambulance Corps were dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Old Commack Road near Pinetree Court. Units arrived to find that a 2013 Honda Civic had left the roadway and struck a tree. The lone occupant of the vehicle, a 42 year old male, was pronounced dead at the scene by the the Suffolk County Medical Examiners Office. All FD and EMS units went back into service. The road remained closed for a few hours so detectives could process the scene. 

East Northport FD-Mothers day house fire


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0959 hours. The East Northport FD was dispatched to a report of a house fire at 6 Cordell Place. Units arrived and found heavy fire venting out of a single car garage of a one story private dwelling. Commack Fire Department was requested for an engine to the scene, Kings Park for a RIT and the Northport FD to cover. Crews stretched a line into the house, effectively keeping the fire from extending further than the kitchen and living room. Personnel operated a second line out front knocking down the fire and cooling propane tanks that were venting. Personnel pulled ceilings while 2-10-2 was extended to allow members to safely open the roof from the exterior and making it easier for the interior hose team to complete extinguishment in the building. All of the occupants escaped without injury. The  Suffolk Police Department Arson Squad is investigating the fire.

Photo courtesy of Kenneth Nowak.

Nesconset FD-Single car crash requires heavy rescue


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1003 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Smithtown Boulevard near Rosevale Avenue. Units arrived to find that a taxi had left the roadway and was in a wooded area. Assistant Chief John Martins had his personnel stabilize the patient and remove the drivers door. The victim was extricated and transported to the hospital via Ronkonkoma FD ambulance.

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone. 

National Arson Awareness week is May 3-9


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Every year the U.S. Fire Administration gathers and share information to raise awareness of arson and/or juvenile fire setting. This years theme is “Accelerant Detection Canines-Sniffing Out Arson”. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), began training Accelerant Detection Canines (ADC’s) in 1986. These dogs are trained to detect a variety of ignitable liquids that could be used to start a fire. Handlers attend a five week training course at the ATF canine training center in Front Royal Virginia. The first accelerant detection canine was Mattie, a labrador retriever trained by the Connecticut State Police with assistance from the ATF. Dogs have an incredible sense of smell. According to Forensic Science Central, humans have roughly five million sensitive cells within our noses. The average dog as 200 million sensitive cells in their noses. Dogs also have what’s known as a Jacobson’s organ in the roof of their mouth (humans don’t) that allows the dogs to “taste” a smell. Canines detector odors directly from the source or from residual scents (odors which persist in an area after the original source is no longer present). It is said that a dog’s sense of smell is around 100,000 times more acute than a human’s). 

There area approximately 50 ATF certified canine teams across the country. Suffolk County currently has two accelerant detection canines’s in service. Suffolk County Fire Marshal Brett Martinez is the longest serving ATF certified ADC handler in the United States, first becoming an ATF Certified Accelerant Detection Canine handler in 1991. As part of the training by the ATF, the canine teams must commit to a five year memorandum of agreement in which the ATF can bring the teams where needed as part of the National Response Team. Most recently,  Suffolk County Fire Marshal Don Lynch and his canine Tiana, spent ten days last month with the ATF at a quadruple fatal fire in Schenectady, NY. (See story posted on this site on March 10th). 

In 1988, The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) began utilizing canines in fire investigation. The first two OFPC dogs were trained in 1988 at the Atlantic City New Jersey  police academy. Since then, OFPC has run the eight week course at the State Fire Academy in Montour Falls, NY. 

Accelerant detection canines are motivated, accelerant detection tools. These dogs transform from a loving per to an arson detection tool as soon as the handler puts on the food/reward pouch. Handlers will often walk the dog through a crowd at a fire scene. If the arsonist is in the crowd, the dog will alert to the smell of the accelerant on his or her clothing, shoes or body. An ADC can cover an entire fire scene in about 30 minutes. It can take us humans days to do what the dog does in minutes.

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Photo above: Suffolk County Fire Marshal Don Lynch and Canine Tiana give a demonstration at the Centereach Fire Department open house. 

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Nesconset FD-Brush fire extends to two portable car ports on Cedar Avenue


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1536 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a brush fire on Cedar Avenue off Seawanhaka Avenue. Arriving units found brush and two metal and canvas carports and their contents burning to the rear of 10 Cedar. The officer of engine two had 4-0-0 reactivate this as a working structure fire, bringing mutual aid in from the St. James and Ronkonkoma Fire Departments. The Suffolk County Haz-Mat Team was also requested as was a Smithtown Fire Marshal. The fire was quickly extinguished  prior to the arrival of the mutual aid companies and hazmat team. The over pressure valves on a propane tank and an acetylene tank both opened due to the tanks exposure to the fire. Once the tanks cooled, the valves closed and the hazard was mitigated. The area was foamed as a precaution and all units cleared from the scene. There were no injuries. 

Photo courtesy of Joanne Murray. 

Coram FD- house fire on American Avenue


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1610 hours. The Coram Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire at 73 American Avenue. Arriving units had fire showing out of a single story wood frame private dwelling. Two hand lines were stretched and mutual aid was requested from the Selden Fire Department for a RIT, Middle Island FD for a ladder to the scene, Gordon Heights FD for an Engine,  Miller Place FD for an engine and Mt. Sinai for an Engine. Selden FD was put to work and Medford replaced them as the RIT.  One firefighter was transported with minor injuries. There were no other injuries. The Centereach Fire Department sent an engine to Coram FD HQ to cover for the duration of the incident. The incident commander placed the fire under control within an hour. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation into the cause of the fire. 

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone. 

Setauket FD-Large brush fire on Route 347


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1741 hours. Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a brush fire on Nesconset Highway between Arrowhead Lane and Old Town Road. Arriving units found a large area of brush burning. Setauket operated with three brush trucks and Terryville was requested for a brush truck as well. Crews operated for about an hour. No structures were damaged and there were no injuries. 

Photo courtesy of Andrew Tetreault

Kings Park-Man falls down cliff face at Callahans Beach


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The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched along with Suffolk Police and both Park Rangers and Bay Constables from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety, to Callahans Beach in regards to a report of a male who either fell or jumped off the cliffs above the beach. Units arrived to find an adult male on the beach near the base of the stairs. The subject was injured, but amazingly, despite the 70 foot fall, the injuries were minor. The subject was packaged into a stokes by Kings Park EMS and then carried up the long staircase to a waiting ambulance. Park Rangers are continuing to investigate. 

Photo courtesy of Marion Carzolla

Central Islip FD-Fire in a vacant house on Storey Avenue


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2330. The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 41 Storey Avenue off Pineville Road. Units arrived to find fire showing out of a two story vacant wood frame dwelling. Due to the large volume of fire, crews mounted an exterior attack. The Hauppauge Fire Department sent a RIT and an engine to the scene. Brentwood FD was requested for a ladder to the scene. Once crews knocked the fire down, they moved into the building to search and complete extinguishment. There were no injuries. Once the fire was out, the scene was turned over to Suffolk Police arson detectives and the Islip Town Fire Marshals. 

Centereach FD-Early morning house fire sends four to the hospital


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0317 hours. The Centereach Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire at 36 Forest Road off North Washington Avenue. Assistant Chief Max Mayzus was first in advised dispatch of a working fire in a two story wood frame private dwelling. Simultaneous with the arrival of the FD, police and a neighbor were in the process of removing an adult male from the house via a 2nd floor window. While crews from Engines 12 and 2 stretched hose lines into the house, mutual aid was requested from Selden FD for a RIT and ALS ambulance to the scene and from Stony Brook FD for an ambulance to the scene. Ladder 5 and engine 6 arrived shortly thereafter and assisted with suppression, search and ventilation. Personnel searched the building and confirmed that all of the occupants had escaped. FD personnel removed a dog from the house. A 2nd dog was found deceased within the house. EMS treated six civilians, transporting 4 to the hospital. A police officer was transported with a hand injury and a fire fighter was transported with minor injuries. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals and Detectives from the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad are handling the fire investigation. 

Photo courtesy of Stringer News. Click the photo above to go to their website.

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The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Express Drive South and Hawkins Avenue. Units arrived to find a two car collision involving a car and an SUV. The SUV was on its side and the driver was trapped within. Chief of Department John Santoli had EMS personnel stabilized the victim in the overturn while the crew from Rescue 8 and SCPD ESU put their hydraulic tools to work, removing the roof so the patient could be extricated. The occupants of the 2nd vehicle self extricated. All three victims were transported via ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries. 

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Nesconset FD-House fire on Old Nichols Road


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1051 hours. The Nesconset, Saint James and Ronkonkoma Fire Departments were dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire on Old Nichols Road between Gibbs Pond Road and Roy Drive. Nesconset 2nd Assistant Chief AJ Anderson was first in and advised of an active fire in a garage on the ground level of a two story wood frame private dwelling. The first due engine from Nesconset dropped two hand lines then picked up a hydrant on Roy Drive. While additional mutual aid was requested from Centereach for a RIT and Lakeland for a Ladder to the scene, crews from Nesconset and Ronkonkoma FD Squad 6 stretched in and quickly extinguished the fire. St. James FD handled RIT duties and Centereach FD was cancelled while en-route. The house was searched and ventilated and the fire area overhauled then protected for the Fire Marshals. The Smithtown Fire Department sent an engine and Saint James sent an ambulance to cover Nesconset for the duration of the incident. There were no injuries and all units were back in service within 90 minutes. Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety are investigating the fire. 

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2302. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on the LIE. Units arrived to find a collision involving 3 vehicles on the eastbound side of the expressway between 60 and 61. While EMS crews evaluated the victims, FD personnel from 5-24-8 removed the roof and doors on one vehicle to allow for patient extrication. 

Click on the photo for more photos from the scene. All photos courtesy of Bryan Lopez.

Smithtown FD-Brush fire in Weld Park


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1737. The Smithtown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a brush fire in Blydenburgh Park on Veterans Highway. Units arrived but were unable to locate anything. Chief of Department Tim Murphy released all units. Shortly thereafter, 4-2-0 received a number of calls reporting a brush fire in Weld Park off Brooksite Drive. FD units encountered a heavy smoke condition in the area but were unable to locate the source. A helicopter was requested from Suffolk Police to try and find the fire from above. Meanwhile FD crews entered the park from a number of side streets off Brooksite and eventually located the fire in the middle of the park. The helicopter arrived a short time later and confirmed that there was only one fire. Mutual aid was requested for brush trucks from Kings Park and Commack Fire Departments. The Nesconset Fire Department sent an engine to cover Smithtown for the duration of the incident. Once the fire was extinguished, the scene was turned over to Fire Marshals from Suffolk County FRES and The Town of Smithtown. 

Centereach FD-Overturn on Nicholls Road


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The Centereach and Selden Fire Departments were both dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Nicholls Road near the entrance to Suffolk Community College. Units arrived and found a single vehicle that was overturned on the center median. The occupant sustained minor injuries had already exited the vehicle. As the call was in Selden’s district, they handled it and Centereach was given a disregard. 

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone

Ronkonkoma FD-Police cruiser hit by tractor trailer on the LIE


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0445 hours. The Ronkonkoma FD was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on the LIE between exits 59 and 60. Units arrived to find that a Suffolk Police Highway patrol vehicle had been struck by a tractor trailer on the eastbound side of the expressway near the exit 60 off ramp. Suffolk Police ESU was already on scene and removed the drivers side doors. FD personnel extricated the police officer and transported him to a police helicopter. The officer was flown to Stony Brook hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The Expressway was shut down until approximately 0730 for the investigation.  The truck driver was not injured. 

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Ronkonkoma FD-Driver just misses house in Lake Grove crash


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2234 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a MVC on Hudson Avenue. Units arrived to find that a late model BMW let the roadway ending up against a house in the side yard of 204 Hudson Avenue. The two occupants had already self extricated, were evaluated by EMS and refused medical attention. FD personnel secured the vehicle and turned the scene over to Suffolk Police. 

Photo courtesy of Bryan Lopez.

Dix Hills FD-Large brush fire on the Edgewood Property


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1334 hours.The Dix Hills Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a large column of smoke in the vicinity of Euclid and Commack Road. The Deer Park Fire Department was also dispatched to a report of a brush fire in their district just south of the Dix Hills location. Responding units quickly determined that they had a very large brush fire on the NYS Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve.  While the two departments teamed up and unified their command at the Deer Park FD North house on Commack Road, mutual aid was requested from the West Islip FD for a GI, Wyandanch FD for a GI, North Babylon FD for a GI, West Babylon FD for a GI, East Northport FD for an engine and a BRAT, Commack FD for a brush truck, Islip Terrace FD for a GI, Melville FD for a brush truck, East Islip FD for a GI, Babylon FD for an engine, Bethpage FD for a GI, Nesconset FD for a GI, Great River FD for a GI, Lakeland FD for a GI, West Sayville FD for a GI, Sayville FD for a GI, Smithtown FD for a brush truck, Holbrook FD for a GI, Bohemia FD for a GI, Holtsville FD for a GI and Bayport FD for a GI. Greenlawn sent an engine to cover Dix Hills and they were replaced a few hours later by Huntington Manor FD. Islip Exchange sent an ambulance to cover for Dix Hills. The Bayshore Fire Department sent a ladder to cover for the duration.

All visible fire was knocked down by 1630 hours. Units operated on scene until approximately 1830 hours. In total, approximately 6 acres burned. There were no injuries.

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Saint James FD-Barn burns, causing damage to neighboring home


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2234 hours. The Saint James Fire Department was dispatched on a report of a small shed burning at 45A Roseville Avenue. Units arrived to find a single story 20X20 foot wood barn, loaded with firewood, that was fully involved and had already collapsed. The fire had extended to some brush, wood and PVC fencing on the north side of the property. The heat from the fire was melting the siding on a house adjacent to this property, but one block over, so Chief of Department Ed Springer Jr. requested activation of the mutual aid plan in case there was extension to the interior. The Nesconset Fire Department sent an engine to the scene, the Smithtown Fire Department sent a ladder to the scene, the Stony Brook Fire Department was requested for a RIT, Centereach FD sent a covering ambulance to HQ and the Nissequogue FD sent an engine to the scene. Stony Brook University EMS also sent an ambulance to cover. Crews stretched lines on the fire and a line was stretched to protect the exposure on Wexford Court. The fire was knocked down within 30 minutes. There were no injuries and due to the efforts of FD personnel, there was no damage to the interior of the exposure. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Smithtown Fire Marshals Office and Suffolk Police Arson Detectives.  Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene.

As always, thanks to Ron Monteleone for the photos. 

Nissequogue FD-vehicle driven into Smithtown Bay

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1046 hours. Smithtown Public Safety Bay Constables, Park Rangers, Nissequogue Police and the Nissequogue Fire Department were dispatched to a reported vehicle in the water on Long Beach Road. Arriving units found a Nissan sedan fully submerged approximately 25 feet off the east boat ramp at the Long Beach Marina. Nissequogue FD Lieutenant George Gavaris entered the water to secure the vehicle and check for occupants. At around the same time, responding Smithtown Park Rangers noticed an adult male walking across the parking lot. After a quick interview, it was determined that he had been the sole occupant of the car at the time it entered the water. The subject was transported back to the scene for further questioning by police. FD personnel removed the vehicle from the water using the winch on Engine 4-5-5. Once it was secured, the incident was turned over to Bay Constables, Nissequogue Police and NYS DEC Police. There were no injuries. 

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

All photos courtesy of Junior Delfurino. Do not use without his permission. 


Hauppauge FD. Truck driver nearly killed by falling tree


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1132 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle accident at Wheeler Road and Veterans Highway. Units arrived to find that a very large tree had fallen over due to heavy rain, completely destroying a box truck that had been traveling north. The tree, which had been at the corner of Wheeler and Grissom Way,  struck the truck just behind the passenger compartment sparing the drivers life. FD personnel secured the truck. The driver was not injured. SCPD kept the road closed until the tree and the vehicle could be removed and the road cleared. 

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

Photos courtesy of the original 40

Ronkonkoma FD-Crash with pin on the LIE


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2148 hours. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on the Long Island Expressway between exits 60 and 61. Units arrived to find that a single vehicle had struck the center divider on the westbound side of the LIE, just west of Exit 60. Numerous SCPD Emergency Service units were already on scene and in the process of removing the drivers door. Once that was done fire and EMS personnel extricated the occupant and secured the vehicle. The driver was transported to the hospital via ambulance. Click the photo above for more pics from the scene.

Photos and information by Bryan Lopez. 

Hauppauge FD. Trucks backs into Carvel Store resulting in structural damage


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0943. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a report of car vs building at 553 Veterans Highway. Units arrived to find that a tractor trailer had backed into the side of the Carvel Ice Cream Shop. Personnel quickly confirmed that there were no injuries or threat of a collapse. The Town of Islip Building Department was requested and will handle the followup. 

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


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

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

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

Nesconset FD-Outside fire extends into house, damages neighboring house


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1427 hours. The Nesconset, Ronkonkoma and St. James Fire Departments were dispatched to a report of a house fire on Mayfair Avenue between Townline Road and Smithtown Boulevard. Ronkonkoma Fire Departments squad 6 was first due, with the officer advising, that he had an outside fire that has extended into #90 Mayfair Avenue, with an exposure problem at 88 Mayfair Avenue (one house to the north). Mutual aid was requested from the Hauppauge Fire Department for a RIT, the Smithtown Fire Department for an engine and a ladder, the Nissequogue Fire Department for an engine and an ambulance and the Centereach Fire Department for an ambulance to the scene. Numerous hand-lines were stretched to attack the fire and to protect the exposure. Ronkonkoma’s tower was put into service so the roof could be opened. The fire was placed under control within an hour and all FD personnel cleared from the scene by 1730. 

One civilian was transported to the hospital for treatment. FD personnel removed numerous cats from within the house, two were in cardiac arrest but thanks to the dedication of crews on the scene, they were both revived.  The Stony Brook Fire Department was requested for an ambulance to cover the district. They were then re-directed to the scene and the Lakeland Fire Department replaced them as the covering department. Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety were at the scene, investigating the cause of the fire. 

Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. Photos courtesy of the Original 40, 5540 and Bryan Lopez. Do not use without credit.

Click on the link below to view some video shot by Bryan Lopez. 

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If you are reading this article and live anywhere within the State of New York, please take a minute to read this as we need your help. New York State is poised to adopt the 2015 International Residential Code. This book is law when it comes to building and and two family homes. One of the key elements of this version of the code is that it requires the installation of residential sprinkler systems in all NEW one and two family homes. This is something that the fire service in New York has been pushing for for over 20 years. These systems save lives by quickly containing a fire while its small, giving everyone within the house a chance to safely escape. Fires in new homes burn differently than they do in a home built 20 years ago. Modern construction techniques and lightweight materials now used result in fires that spread faster and burn hotter. Open floor plans, Truss floors and roofs and vinyl siding are just a few of the systems that we see in houses built in recent years that exacerbate fire conditions and give occupants much less time to escape. Residential fire sprinklers are an inexpensive system that save lives and reduce property damage. 

Please take a minute to click on the photo above. It will take you to a page on the NYS Fire Chiefs Association website. There you can support this code update and protect yourself, your neighbors and firefighters by sending a letter of support for the adoption of this code to the NYS Code Council. All you have to do is fill in your name and address-nothing more. It will take you less than a minute. 

Thank you for your support. 


Ronkonkoma FD-Small fire at Hertlin House


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1257 hours. The Ronkonkoma and Nesconset Fire Departments were dispatched to a commercial automatic fire alarm at the Atria Hertlin House, an assisted living facility at 675 Portion Road. Responding units were advised that dispatch took a 2nd call reporting an extinguished fire on the 2nd floor. Units arrived to find that employees of the facility had evacuated all residents and personnel from the 2nd floor and extinguished a small lint fire in a clothes dryer. FD personnel confirmed that the fire was extinguished, checked for extension and ventilated the building. There were no injuries and damage was confined to the dryer vent. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals were called to the scene to follow up.

Ronkonkoma FD- EMS and SCPD revive 3 adults who overdosed


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Its an unfortunate reality but a fire or EMS agency within the Township or Village will be dispatched to at least one overdose every day. At 1617 hours, the Ronkonkoma Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a carbon monoxide emergency with victims on Kirby Lane off Smith Road. Crews arrived and found three adults unconscious within the house. The subjects were removed from the house by FD personnel and officers from SCPD,  and it was quickly determined that they had overdosed. EMS personnel administered Narcan and all three quickly regained consciousness. FD personnel transported the subjects to the hospital. Great job by the Ronkonkoma Fire Department and Suffolk Police. 

Nesconset FD Dump Truck overturns, driver arrested


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1955 hours. The Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Locust Street. Units arrived to find a dump truck on its side on the roadway. While police searched for the operator of the vehicle, FD personnel worked to contain leaking fuel and other fluids from the truck. A Fire Marshal was requested from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety and when he arrived, he requested a response from the Town of Smithtown Highway Department and the New York State DEC. Suffolk Police requested a response from Motor Carrier Safety. Crews stopped and contained the leaking fluids and a heavy duty wrecker was brought in to upright the vehicle. At one point the operator of the truck returned to the scene. After confirming that he was not injured, he was arrested by police and transported to the 4th precinct. Police issued numerous summons and the truck was impounded for a safety check. The Smithtown Highway Department cleaned the roadway, which was then reopened. 

Selden Fire Department-Condo’s burn on Vista View Drive


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1445 hours. The Selden and Centereach Fire Departments were dispatched to a report of a structure fire on Vista View Drive off of County Road 83. Selden’s 3rd Assistant Chief was first in and after a quick size up, confirmed that he had active fire in the walls of an occupied two story wood frame multiple dwelling. With his units en-route, additional mutual aid was requested from the Coram Fire Department for a truck, Terryville Fire Department for an engine, Medford Fire Department for an engine, Farmingville Fire Department for a ladder, Holtville Fire Department for a ladder, Gordon Heights Fire Department for a RIT, Setauket Fire Department EMS and the Ronkonkoma Fire Department for an engine to cover. Crews stretched three hand lines into the building, while truck companies opened up the walls and ceilings to expose the fire. Due to water pressure issues, Chief of Department Mike Matteo requested that the water authority increase the water main pressure. The fire was placed under control within an hour and units remained on scene to overhaul and mop up. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and were transported to the hospital via ambulance. Four units within the building were damaged. Fire Marshals from the Town of Brookhaven are handling the investigation. 

Photo courtesy of David Rubin. For more pics of this incident, click on the photo above to be taken to Davids website.

Setauket FD-smoke investigation at Chilis Restaurant


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0825 hours. The Setauket Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke in the building at the Chilis Restaurant-280 Pond Path off Nesconset Highway. Units arrived to find an odor of burning electrical equipment but no obvious fire. The building was searched top to bottom and with no fire found, the scene was turned over to LIPA. The Stony Brook Fire Department was also dispatched as an auto mutual aid. 

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam



Dix Hills FD-House fire destroys home. Man in critical condition, 2 firefighters injured


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2325. The Dix Hills Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Kenmore Street. Arriving units encountered a heavy fire condition in the rear of a one story wood frame private dwelling. During the primary search of the building, personnel found and removed an adult male from the interior ground level hallway. The man, who was in cardiac arrest was revived by EMS crews then transported via ambulance to a local hospital. Mutual aid was requested from the Deer Park Fire Department for a RIT (they were put to work on arrival), Commack Fire Department to cover the district, Greenlawn Fire Department for a RIT, Huntington Manor Fire Department for an engine, Melville Fire Department for an engine and North Babylon Fire Department. Brentwood Legion Ambulance and Wyandanch Wheatly Heights Ambulance send ambulances to the scene. Three hand lines were stretched, two operated. The fire was placed under control within 40 minutes. Suffolk Police Arson Detectives are handling the investigation into the cause of the fire. One Dix Hills firefighter was transported with a hand laceration and another was treated for smoke inhalation.

Photo by Jared Gunst

Hauppauge FD-Serious crash on Wheeler Road requires medivac


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1649. The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched with Central Islip-Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Wheeler Road near Veterans Highway. Units arrived to find that an SUV traveling east on Wheeler struck a utility pole, a tree and another vehicle then rolled numerous times, landing on the passenger side, in the middle of the intersection of Veterans Highway and Wheeler Rd. The lone occupant was still in the vehicle and appeared to have sustained serious injuries. While personnel went to work with the tools, Assistant Chief Gene Oliver ordered one of his 2  engine companies on scene to stretch a line and to address a large amount of fuel leaking from the vehicle. The East Brentwood Fire Department sent an ALS ambulance to the scene. Due to the extent of injuries to the victim, she was transported via ambulance to the Hauppauge High School then flown by helicopter to Stony Brook Hospital. Suffolk Police declared the area a crime scene so the road was closed for a few hours for their investigation. Click on the photo above for more pics from the scene. 

Update: According to a Suffolk Police press release, prior to this crash, police officers had tried to pull the operator of this vehicle over on Kurt Lane, police say that she was driving erratically and crossed over the lawns of several houses to get back onto Route 111. Shortly thereafter she lost control and hit the utility pole, a tree and another vehicle at Wheeler Rd and Veterans Highway. 

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0630. The Hauppauge Fire Department along with the Central Islip-Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance Corp were dispatched to a report of an MVC on Veterans Highway between Lincoln Blvd and Wheeler Road. Units arrived to find a single vehicle rollover in the westbound lanes near Lincoln Blvd. With the driver trapped, the crew from Heavy Rescue 3-8-9 put the tools to work. Suffolk Police ESU arrived shortly thereafter and assisted with the extrication. The lone occupant was removed from the vehicle, packaged and transported to the hospital via ambulance 3-26-19.  ESU uprighted the vehicle and cleared the roadway. 

Commack FD-Motor vehicle crash with entrapment on Jericho Turnpike


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1454 hours. Commack Fire Department and Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp were both dispatched to a reported MVC in front of 3023 Jericho Turnpike. Units arrived and found a two car collision with the driver of one vehicle trapped within. Chief Of Department Andrew Babajko ordered the crew from Rescue 9 to deploy the jaws to remove the trapped driver. Firefighters from R9 and E12 removed the drivers side door and secured both vehicles. The victim was transported to a near by hospital and units took up shortly after. 

Photo and information courtesy of Evan Rolla.

Central Islip FD-Fire destroys house on Julie Crescent


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2215 The Central Islip Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire in the vicinity of 68 Julie Crescent off Lowell Avenue. Chief 33 was first in and advised of heavy fire throughout a two story wood frame private dwelling (#71) . Engine 3 grabbed a hydrant and laid in. 2 lines were stretched while mutual aid was requested from Islip Terrace FD for RIT. The Terrace was put to work on arrival so East Islip FD was requested for a RIT. The Hauppauge Fire Department was requested for a covering engine. Due to structural instability and the extent of fire, command pulled all members from the building and mounted an exterior attack. The Lakeland Fire Department was requested for a ladder to the scene. Central Islip and Lakeland deployed their aerials to knock the fire down. The fire placed under control within 2 hours. Suffolk Police Arson detectives are handling the investigation into the cause of the fire. 

Photo courtesy of Jared Gunst

Kings Park FD-Vehicle hits house then overturns on lawn.


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1634 hours. The Kings Park Fire Department was dispatched to Rosewood Road and Cypress Drive in regards to a MVC. Assistant Chief Tim Clark arrived to find that a vehicle had left the roadway on Rosewood striking a house and some landscaping then overturned on a lawn on Cypress Drive. Chief Clark ordered the crew of heavy rescue 4-1-9 to remove the drivers side door, B-post, the rear passenger door and to displace the steering wheel to allow EMS to free and extricate the driver. The crew from engine 4-1-3 stretched a precautionary line and the crew from 4-1-2 evaluated the damage to the structure. The lone occupant was packaged and transported to the hospital via ambulance.  

Terryville FD-House fire on Broadway


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1433 hours. Terryville Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Broadway, north of Rt 347. Chiefs arrived to find smoke coming from the basement of a private dwelling. Lines sere stretched but crews had difficulty locating the seat of the fire due to the configuration and dangerous conditions within the basement.  Once the fire was located, it was quickly extinguished. Primary searches were conducted and personnel recovered a deceased dog. There were no other injuries. Mutual aid was provided by the Setauket Fire Department for a RIT, Port Jefferson FIre Department, and the Mt. Sinai Fire Department. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals are handling the fire investigation.

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam


Hauppauge FD-Sprinklers minimize yet another fire in a commercial building


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The Hauppauge Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial automatic fire alarm (CAFA) at 170 Oser Avenue. Responding units were advied that the building owner, who was notified of the alarm by his central station monitoring company, checked his surveillance cameras remotely and could see fire in the building. When crews arrived, they found smoke coming from the building and the fire sprinkler system operating. Personnel made entry and after a quick search the fire was located in some mechanical equipment. The fire sprinkler system suppressed most of the fire and crews finished the job with a booster line. The building was searched and vented, then turned over to Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown and the Fire District for the investigation. 

This is the 2nd fire within 2 weeks in Hauppauge where sprinklers did their job (See March 11 story). Sprinklers save lives and property. Both of these businesses were able to resume operations within 24 hours. 

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla.

Centereach FD-House fire on Dorn Place


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

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam

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


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

Ronkonkoma FD Two die in MVC on Union Avenue


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

Photo courtesy of Cameron WIlken

Setauket FD-House fire on Tallmadge Gate


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

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam.



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

Selden FD-House fire on Adirondack Drive


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

Photo courtesy of Dennis Whittam

Brentwood FD-House fire on Oriole Place


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

Centereach FD-Carbon Monoxide incident at Lake Grove Restaurant


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

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

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

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

Ronkonkoma FD-Large rubbish fire on Avenue A


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

Central Islip FD-House fire on Wilson Blvd


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

Photo courtesy of Charles A Murphy

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Setauket FD-Vehicle crashes into building


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

Photo courtesy of Bryan Lopez. 

Ronkonkoma FD-One seriously injured in crash on Hawkins Avenue


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

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

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

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

Kings Park FD-Extrication required at Pulaski Rd crash

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

Photos courtesy of Evan Rolla

Commack FD-Vehicle fire in Hauppauge Rd parking lot

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

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla. 

Smithtown FD-Fatal crash on Route 25A

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

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

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

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Commack FD-Sprinklers extinguish fire in restaurant

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

Hauppauge FD-Sprinklers extinguish fire in commercial building

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

Commack FD-Natural Gas Leak on Jericho Turnpike

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

All units cleared from the scene at 1545 hours. 


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Suffolk County Fire Marshal K9 assists ATF and Schenectady FD

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

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

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

NYS Fire and Building Laws (codes) are terribly outdated


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted here with permission of the author-Jeffrie Wilkinson

Farmingville FD-Rekindle on Lenore


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

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

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


Farmingville Fire Department-House fire on Lenore Lane


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

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


Smithtown FD-Attic Fire on Forest Lane

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

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

Ronkonkoma FD-House destroyed in late night fire


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

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

You Tube Video is below.


Centereach FD-Small electrical fire in Macys

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

Ronkonkoma FD-MVA on Ronkonkoma Avenue

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

Photo courtesy of Ben Cohen 

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


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

Photo courtesy of Kyle Profit.

Suffolk County Annual "Mini Indy”

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

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

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

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

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


Ronkonkoma FD-Early morning vehicle fire on Ronkonkoma Avenue

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

Photo courtesy of Joanne Murray

Centereach FD-Commercial building fire in Lake Grove

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

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

East Brentwood FD-Commercial building fire on Suffolk Avenue


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

Photo courtesy of John Scollo

So whats the difference between photoelectric and ionization smoke detectors?

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

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

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

So which device is better?

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

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

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

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

New Technology now enhancing detectors: 

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

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

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

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

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

Digital devices with wifi interconnectivity.

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

 

Terryville FD-Fire damages school district building

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

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone. 

Hauppauge FD-Snow loading results in damage to 2 homes

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

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

Northport FD-House fire in Fort Salonga

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

Setauket FD-Small stubborn fire at SUNY Physics Bldg

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

Note: Photo is from previous incident. 

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

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

Photo Courtesy of Dennis Whittam

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

Centereach FD-Overturn on New Moriches Road in Lake Grove


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Centereach FD-House fire on Dawn Drive in Centereach


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Kings Park FD-Fire rips across Landview Drive home


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

Smithtown FD-House fire on Calico Tree Road


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


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


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

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

Centereach FD-Back to back crashes-one rollover


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

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone. 

Ronkonkoma FD-Small fire at the Shell Station


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



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


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

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

Hauppauge FD-Electrical equipment burns on building

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

Click on the photo for more pics from the scene. 

Centereach FD-MVC with overturn

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

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Centereach FD-Three car crash on Middle Country Road


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

All units cleared from the scene within 20 minutes. 

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone 

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

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

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Nesconset FD-Vehicle fire on Route 347

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

Click on the photo for more pics from the scene. 

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

Hauppauge FD-Overturn on Motor Parkway

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

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Hauppauge FD-Vehicle Fire on the LIE.

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

Photo by Kyle Capanzano

Centereach FD-vehicle accidentally driven into new Lake Grove building

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

Setauket FD-Car fire on Nichols Road

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

Photo courtesy of Anthony Salvatore Italiano

Heater safety reminder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NEVER use the oven or stove to heat your home!

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

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


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

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Ronkonkoma FD-Pickup truck fire

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

Photo courtesy of Bryan Lopez. 



Calling all Citizens! Please shovel hydrants!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Central Islip FD-House fire on Casement Avenue

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

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

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

Centereach FD-Small fire at Whole Foods in Lake Grove

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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Watch the Pix 11 News piece on Joe DiBernardo 


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

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Another story by PIX 11

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



Click below to read the NIOSH report on this fire. 

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Lakeland FD-House fire on Easton Street


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

Photo by Nickolas Lewis. 

Ronkonkoma FD-Quick stop saves house


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scene photo courtesy of Bryan Lopez

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

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

Keith Jansen Photo

Nesconset FD-Head on crash on Middle Country Road

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

Photo by Ron Monteleone

Nesconset FD-Haz-mat incident in Vineland Street home


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

Hauppauge FD-Woman arrested after crashing vehicle in house.

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

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

Photo by Evan Rolla

Setauket FD-Kitchen fire on Hargrove Drive

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

Setauket FD-Small electrical fire in house on Settlers Way

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

What a difference a door makes-in a fire

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

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

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

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Bedroom doors should be kept closed. 

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

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

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

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

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

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


Commack FD-Early morning house on Hayrick Lane

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

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

There were no injuries.

Township Depts send ambulances into NYC to assist the FDNY

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

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

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

Photo by Jamie Johnson


Black Ice wreaks havoc on Town and village roads

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

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

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

 

Smithtown FD-Early morning crash in requires heavy rescue

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

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

Photo by Jeff Bressler-Smithtown FD PIO

Centereach FD-Tractor Trailer overturns on Ozark Street

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

Click on the photo for more pics from the scene. 

All photos by Ron Monteleone. 

Nesconset FD-House fire on Browns Road


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

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

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

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

Photos by Conrad Miller. Do not use without his permission

Central Islip FD-house fire on East Beech Street

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

Photo courtesy of Karen Bouse-MAM

Lakeland FD-house fire on Motor Parkway

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

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

Smithtown FD-Automatic alarm turns to work.

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

Hauppauge FD-Small kitchen fire in Hauppauge

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

Setauket FD-Motor vehicle accident with overturn

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

Photos by Ron Monteleone. 

Nissequogue FD-crash on Spring Hill Road.


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

All units were back in service within 45 minutes.  

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

Centereach FD-First working house fire of the year.

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

Photos courtesy of Ron Monteleone. 

Central Islip FD-House fire on Storey Avenue

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

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

Central Islip FD-house fire on Vita Drive

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


Saint James FD-House fire Fifty Acre Road South

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

This fire is a great reminder:

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

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

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

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


Year end totals for the Town and Village Fire Departments

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

Commack FD-Vehicle fire on the Sunken Meadow Parkway

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

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


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

Photos and video by Kurt Becker. 

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

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

Photo by Stringer News Service via Twitter. 

Hauppauge FD-Early morning MVC with entrapment


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

Setauket FD-Christmas Tree fire destroys home in Old Field


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

Photo courtesy of Andrew Tetreault

Selden FD-Christmas eve day house fire on Buckskin Lane

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

Smithtown FD-quick knock down of fire in commercial building

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

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

Lakeland FD-house fire on West First Street

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

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Smoke detector recall-PLEASE READ THIS!!

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

Three different models of smoke alarms are affected by this.

  They are listed below:

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

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

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

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

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

Santa Run/Parade pics from around the town and village

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

Setauket FD-House fire on Gallo Court


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

Photo courtesy of the Reverend Nicholas Paul Guma.

Centereach FD Santa Run is today at 4PM

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Nesconset FD Santa Run will be on December 20th


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Hauppauge FD Engine 3 Santa Parade is December 20th

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

Kings Park FD Christmas Parade is December 20th

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Nesconset FD-Small fire in the American Eagle store

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nesconset FD-House fire on Lake Avenue South

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

Photo courtesy of Kurt Becker. 

Brentwood FD-house fire on Garnet Drive

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

Nesconset FD Holiday Fair is December 14th

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


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

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

Enjoy the parade.



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

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***PARADE ENDED AT 1650 HOURS***

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

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

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

SUNFLOWER RIDGE

MORNING GLORY DR

ARBOR FIELD WAY

WISTERIA LN

SWEET BRIAR PATH

ENGLISH IVY LN

WISTERIA LN

ARBOR FIELD WAY

MORNING GLORY DR

BETTY ANN DR

TREE RD

MILBURN RD

LUCILLE RD

BRUCE DR

GLATTER LN

DAVE LN

FAIRWAY DR

GREEN PL

LINK LN

PROVIDENCE DR

HANCOCK CT

CONSTITUTION WAY

CORNWALIS RD

WASHINGTON AVE

UNIVERSITY DR

YORKTOWN RD

HAMILTON RD

POND PATH

CAMPUS DR

LEDGEWOOD CIRCLE

COBBLER LN

DAREMY LN

POET LN

GRADUATE CT

FIELDHOUSE AVE

DIPLOMA PL

VARSITY BLVD

HOMECOMING PL

STADIUM BLVD

ROBERT CRESCENT

23RD ST

STUYVESANT

STURROCK WAY

SUNBURY LN

SYCAMORE CIRCLE

SHELBOURNE LN

SHADETREE LN

SHAWMONT LN

STRATTON LN

SYCAMORE DR

SPENCER LN

STANDISH LN

SKYLARK LN

SPENCER LN

SEDGEWICK LN

SPAULDING LN

SAYWOOD LN

SANDSTONE LN

SEWARD LN

SANFORD LN

SEABROOK LN

SUSSEX LN

SEVILLE LN

SHETLAND LN

SHEPPARD LN

STOCKTON LN

OXHEAD RD

BALLAD LN

BARKER DR

BENTLEY LN

BOTANY LN

BONNIE LN

BEAVERDALE LN

BLUEBERRY LN

BUCKNELL LN

BALFOUR LN

BLACKWELL LN

BARNWELL LN

FOX HUNT LN

HASTINGS DR

HASKELL LN

HOPEWELL DR

HARGROVE DR

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

Ronkonkoma FD Parade of Lights is December 13th

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Courtesy of Stephen Thomas. 

Ronkonkoma FD-MVA with heavy pin on Patchogue Holbrook Road

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

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

Setauket FD-One critical in MVC on Marktree Road


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

Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are investigating.

Smithtown FD-Bedroom fire sends two to the hospital


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

Photo courtesy of Evan Rolla. 

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

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Centereach FD Pancake Breakfast is December 7th

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Centereach FD-Vehicle burns in restaurant parking lot

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

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


Northport FD-Fatal house fire on Theron Place

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

Photos by Stephen Peters


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


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

Click on the photo for more pics from the scene

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


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

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Nesconset FD-Vehicle fire on Alexander Avenue

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

Photo courtesy of James Cotty Jr. 

Nesconset FD-Overturn on Jefferson Street

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

Commack FD/CVAC-Two more PIN jobs in Commack

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

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

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

Setauket FD-Overturn with entrapment on Route 347

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

Click on the picture for more photos from the scene. 

Photos courtesy of Andrew Tetreault and Bill Xikis. 

Commack FD/ CVAC respond to yet another heavy rescue

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

Suffolk Police closed the road while they handled the investigation. 

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

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


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


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

Nesconset & Saint James divers drill in Lake Ronkonkoma

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


Kings Park FD-Thanksgiving day fire damages row of stores

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

Photo courtesy of TomKP

Nesconset FD-MVC with fire on Lake Avenue


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

Photo courtesy of Aceman

Kings Park FD-Early morning house fire on Lou Avenue

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

Photo courtesy of Casey Valez

Brentwood FD-house fire on Carroll Street


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

Photo courtesy of Ken Bradbury.

Hauppauge FD-Overturn with ejection on Express Drive South


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

Click on the photo for more pictures from the scene.

Photos courtesy of the Original 40

Nesconset FD-MVC with car hitting pedestrian and building


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

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

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


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

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

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



Smithtown FD responds to MVC with a car into the building

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

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


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

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

Nesconset FD-Vehicle fire in Smithtown Blvd parking lot

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

Photos by Jason Sachs.

Saint James FD suffers LODD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hauppauge FD 5 injured in crash on Old Willets Path

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

Photo by the original 40. 

Commack FD-Collapse unit responds to Huntington Manor incident

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

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

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Centereach FD-Fire in vacant dwelling on Jay Road

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

Ronkonkoma FD-Car fire in driveway of Clearly Road home

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

Photo by Tom McGrath. 

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

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


Kings Park FD-Pedestrian struck and killed by train.

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

Lakeland FD-Commercial building fire on Raynor Avenue

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

Photo courtesy of Nick Lewis. 


Ronkonkoma FD-Motorcycle crash on Express Drive North


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

Commack FD hosting Texas Hold’em night.


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

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


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

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

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

Smithtown FD holding Comedy night on November 8th


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

Smithtown FD-Serious crash on route 347


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

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

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

Setauket FD-Structure fire on Spencer Lane


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

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

Photo by Ron Monteleone. 

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


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

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

Photos by Regina Vandault

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

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

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Halloween Safety Tips


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Costumes

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

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

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

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

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


Trick or Treating

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

-Trick or treat at well lit houses.

-NEVER enter a strangers home.

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

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

-Watch for cars that are backing up or turning. 

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

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


Driving

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

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

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

-Enter and exit driveways and alleys with caution

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


Treats

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

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


Decorations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Centereach FD Open House is a huge success.

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

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

Another great year. Nice job. 

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

Photos by the 40 and by Pat Finnerty.


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

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

Photo courtesy of R. Monteleone.

Interesting Facts about fires provided by the NFPA

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

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

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

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

Smoking is a leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.

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

Smoke alarms

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

Escape Planning

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

Cooking

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

Heating

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

Smoking materials

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

Electrical

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

Candles

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

Nesconset FD-High Angle Rescue on Greis Avenue


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

All units were back in service within 30 minutes.

Photo courtesy of Timothy Bourne.

Selden FD makes quick work of house fire


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

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


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

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

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


Setauket Fire Department Fire Prevention open house is 10/17


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


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


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


Hauppauge FD/CIHVAC Car vs tree on Old Nicholls Road


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

Photo courtesy of the Original 40.

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


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

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

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

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

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


National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

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

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


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


Selden FD-house fire on Gladys Street


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

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

Photo by David Anselmo. Do not use without his permission

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


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

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

Photos by the Suburban 40. 


Corn Mazes-Safety, first and foremost.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo from the Macomb Daily 2010

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

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Commack FD Fire Prevention Day

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


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


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

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Centereach FD-Crash with Overturn on Joan Avenue


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

Hauppauge FD-Vehicle fire on the LIE


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

Photo courtesy of the original 40.


Commack FD-Fire results in extensive damage to strip mall


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

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

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


Selden FD-Fire in condo complex on Skyline Drive


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

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


Centereach FD-Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Middle Country Road


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

Photos courtesy of Ron Monteleone.


Hauppauge FD-Small fire causes damage to Islandia building


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

Photo by the original 40


Centereach FD-Driver crashes vehicle into 7-11

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

Photo by Ron Monteleone.


Governor Cuomo Proclaims Annual Firefighter Appreciation Day and Fire Prevention Week


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Hauppauge FD Open house held on 10/5/14

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

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

Photos courtesy of the Original 40.


Nissequogue FD Open House


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

Photos by Keith Jansen


Its Fire Prevention week!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Centereach FD Motor vehicle crash on 347 at Moriches Road


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

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Subject arrested at scene of motor vehicle crash in Nesconset


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

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

 

Ronkonkoma Fire Department open house


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

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

Photos courtesy of Jimmy Wilcken and Brian Cook.


Ronkonkoma FD-Vehicle Pedestrian with Medivac on Express Drive North


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


Hauppauge FD-Truck fire in parking lot off Veterans Hwy


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

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


Quogue Fire Department trains at Mankuski


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

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

Photos by Bob Fambrough


Smithtown FD-Woman seriously injured in Landing Avenue Crash


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

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


Setauket FD-Large mulch fire on Sheep Pasture Road


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

Photo courtesy of 4-5-30


Lakeland FD-House fire on Express Drive North

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

Photo courtesy of Tom Kirklava


Hauppauge FD-Fatal crash on Veterans Hwy at Wheeler Road


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

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


Large scale drill held at MacArthur Airport


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

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

The following agencies took part in one capacity or another:

LI MacArthur Airport Crash Fire Rescue

Ronkonkoma Fire Department

Bohemia Fire Department

Lakeland Fire Department

CI Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance

Sayville Community Ambulance

West Sayville Fire Department

Sayville Fire Department

Bayport Fire Department

Nesconset Fire Department

North Patchogue Fire Department

Exchange Ambulance of the Islips

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Patchogue Ambulance

Farmingville Fire Department

Brentwood Legion Ambulance

Holtsville Fire Department

Islip Terrace Fire Department

Hauppauge Fire Department

Bayshore Fire Department

Patchogue Fire Department

Central Islip Fire Department

Smithtown Fire Department

Saint James Fire Department

Brentwood Fire Department

East Islip Fire Department

Islip Fire Department

West Islip Fire Department

Good Samaritan Hospital

Brookhaven Memorial Hospital

Stony Brook Hospital

Huntington Hospital

Medford Fire Department 

Bellport Fire Department

Medford Ambulance

Commack Ambulance

South Country Ambulance

Selden Fire Department

Kings Park Fire Department

Yaphank Fire Department

Dix Hills Fire Department

Mastic Ambulance

Coram Fire Department

Stony Brook Fire Department

Bayshore Brightwaters Ambulance

Setauket Fire Department

Shirley Ambulance

Holbrook Fire Department

Suffolk County FRES

Suffolk County Police

Suffolk Medical Examiners Office

NYS Health Department

Photo by Bob Fambrough


Hauppauge FD-House fire on Swallow Lane


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

Photo Courtesy of Emma Sammis

 

Smithtown FD-Small fire at Sunrise Assisted Living


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


Setauket FD-Working Fire at SUNY Stony Brook


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

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

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


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

Photo courtesy of Ashley Bucher.


East Northport FD-House fire on Greenvale Drive


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

The Suffolk County Police Departments Arson Squad is investigating.

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

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


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

Photo courtesy of Ed Masiello

Kings Park FD-House fire on Main Street


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

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

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

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

Centereach FD-Dumpster fire at the Smith Haven Mall


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

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

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

Commack FD/CVAC-Victim airlifted from Veterans Hwy crash


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

All units were back in service by 0215 hours. 

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


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

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

Brentwood FD-Another abandoned state hospital warehouse burns


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

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

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

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

Photo by Chris Chaich

Selden FD-house fire on Franklin Avenue


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nesconset FD-Small fire at Tutor Time

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

The Smithtown Fire Marshals Office is handling the investigation.

Photo by Ron Monteleone

Kings Park FD handles vehicle fire on Sunken Meadow

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

East Northport FD-House fire on Barnett Place


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

Saint James FD responds to vehicle in the water


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

Centereach FD-Motorcycle MVA in Lake Grove


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

Photo by Ron Monteleone.

Centereach FD-Vehicle fire on Avondale Drive


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

Ron Monteleone photo.

Central Islip FD-house fire on Boulevard Avenue


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

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

Hauppauge FD-Motor vehicle collision on Lincoln Blvd


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

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

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

Centereach FD-Fire destroys Lake Grove School North Dormitory


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

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

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

Centereach FD-Fire damages Lake Grove home


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

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

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

Smithtown FD-Another car vs. building


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

All units secured from the scene by 1530 hours. 

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


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

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

Centereach FD-Contractor hits natural gas line in Lake Grove


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

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

Setauket FD-house fire on Bay Road East

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

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

Saint James and Nesconset Fire Departments train at Nassau County FSA


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

Photo by Ron Monteleone

Central Islip Man arrested for attempted arson in Commack


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

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

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

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


A bit of thanks


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

Huge thanks to:

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


Smithtown FD-Motorcycle crash on Middle Country Road

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

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Centereach FD-One seriously injured in Lake Grove motorcycle crash

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

Photos courtesy of Marsha O'Neill.

Centereach FD trains at Mankuski


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

2 boater distress calls investigated in Kings Park


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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of David Rubin

Record rainfall wreaks havoc on Long Island


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

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

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Centereach FD-Vacant Lake Grove School building destroyed by fire


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

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


Smithtown FD-Car hits East Main Street Bldg


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

Albert Sansona Photo.

Nesconset FD-Heavy rescue at Browns Rd and Nichols Rd


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

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Nesconset FD-MVA on Route 347


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

Photo by Ron Monteleone.

Centereach FD rescues ducklings from sewer near the Smith Haven Mall


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

Centereach FD-Small fire at John Harvard’s Brewhouse


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

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

Centereach FD-Gas leak at Fairway Market construction site


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

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

All units secured from the scene within 90 minutes.

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Centereach FD-Motorcycle crash in Lake Grove


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

Ron Monteleone photograph.

Centereach FD-Early morning house fire on Catalina Court


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

The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals are investigating. 

Photo courtesy of Ron Monteleone.

Nesconset FD-3 Injured in Lake Grove crash


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

As always, thanks to Ron Monteleone for the photo.

Centereach FD-house fire on Noel Drive


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

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Centereach FD-Brush Fire on Noel Drive


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

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

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

Centereach FD-2 vehicle collision in Lake Grove


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

Photo courtesy fo Ron Monteleone.

Hauppauge FD-Small fire at apartment complex


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

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

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Smithtown FD-Car slams into medical building

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

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

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Huntington FD-Commercial building fire on NY Avenue


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

Joey D Groupme photo.

Dix Hills FD-House fire on Millet Street


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The Dix Hills Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 128 Millet Street North off of O