On Saturday April 16, 2016, at approximately 8:26 p.m., Manhasset-Lakeville F.D. Company 3 was dispatched to the intersection of South Middle Neck Road and Great Neck Road for a reported car fire. Deputy Chief Mazurkiewicz (8703) was the first to respond and was advised by M-LFD dispatch that he was receiving multiple calls for a fully involved vehicle fire. Deputy Chief Mazurkiewicz arrived on scene and confirmed a fully involved car fire, and added Company 4 to the call. E8735 and E8740 both responded and extinguished the fire.
On April 7, 2016, the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department elected new Department officers. Scott Garrigan completed his term as Chief of Department and was presented with his Ex-Chief’s helmet by newly elected Chief of Department Mark Kiess. Chief Kiess (8701) will serve as the Chief of Department for 2016-2017. His Deputy Chiefs for 2016-2017 are: 1st Deputy Christopher Pisani (8702), 2nd Deputy Brian Stone (8705), 3rd Deputy Craig Gobbo (8704) and 4th Deputy William Mazurkiewicz (8703).
Also at this meeting, Michael Ward from Company # 5 completed his term as President of the Department and Konata Ragin of Company # 3 was sworn in as the new Department President. John Nash of Company # 2 was elected to the position of Vice President, Robert Fener of Company # 4 was elected to the position of Sergeant at Arms, Michael Fener of Company # 4 was elected to the position of Treasurer and Mitchell Levine of the Ambulance Unit was elected Department Secretary. Also elected were Brian Levings of Company # 4 to the position of Assistant Treasurer and Denis McGee of Company # 1 to the position of Judge Advocate.
On Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, at approximately 7:17 p.m., M-LFD Companies 1 and 2 were dispatched for an automatic alarm in Zone 2. Deputy Chief Kiess (8701) was the first to respond and was advised that a member of the department was on scene reporting a smoke condition in the basement of the home. With this information, Deputy Chief Kiess requested Company 3 be added to the initial assignment. Upon the chief's arrival, a heavy smoke condition was found in the basement and the first floor of the home. A working fire was transmitted, and the M-LFD Ambulance Unit was requested to respond to the scene. The crew from Q8728 along with Deputy Chiefs Pisani (8702) and Gobbo (8704) were able to locate the main body of fire on the first floor of the large private home. Once the fire was located, a Signal 10 was transmitted and the Port Washington Fire Department responded to the scene with a FAST.
The crew of E8712 stretched an 1 3/4'' hose line into the home and began to extinguish the fire. A second hose line was stretched, however it was not operated. Due to the size of the home, and heavy smoke condition from the fire, units stayed on scene for several hours venting the smoke and high levels of carbon monoxide that were present in the home.
On Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, at approximately 5:39 p.m., M-LFD Companies 3 and 5 were dispatched to a reported car fire on the Eastbound LIE between Community Drive and New Hyde Park Road. Upon the arrival of the first due units, a fully involved car fire was located in the vicinity of Community Drive. The crews from Companies 3 and 5 worked to extinguish the fire, and all units were released within a half hour.
On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, the American Legion Post 304 of Manhasset held their annual awards night for local first responders. This year, Firefighter Charles "Chuck" Karen of Company #2 was posthumously given the award of Firefighter of the Year in recognition of his years of dedicated service to the community. Firefighter Karen succumbed to 9/11 related cancer from his work as an NYPD Officer in November, 2015.
M-LFD Ambulance Unit EMT-CC Joseph Toole was honored as the EMT of the Year. Joe is currently serving as president of the Ambulance Unit and is attending medical school.
On Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 11:38 a.m., M-LFD Company 5 was dispatched to the Eastbound Long Island Expressway at New Hyde Park Road for a reported car fire. Deputy Chief Stone (8705) was the first unit to respond and arrive at the scene and advised that he had a fully engulfed car fire. E8758 arrived on scene minutes later and stretched their front trash line to extinguish the fire. The vehicle caught on fire while it was being towed, and the tow truck operator was able to remove it from his truck before it was fully involved. The Nassau County Department of Public Works was called to the scene at the conclusion of the incident to sand the roadway as ice had formed from the water used to extinguish the fire.
On Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 10:44 p.m., Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Companies 2 and 5 were dispatched to 45 Willets Pond Path in North Hills for a reported fire coming from the fire place of a home. Deputy Chiefs Kiess (8701), Pisani (8702), and Stone (8705) all responded within minutes of the alarm and were advised by M-LFD Dispatch that he was now receiving automatic alarms from the two adjoining homes and that Albertson Assistant Chief 801 was on scene reporting a heavy smoke condition in the area as well as coming from the home. Deputy Chief Kiess arrived on scene moments later and transmitted a "Signal 10" for a working fire in the basement of the house. This added Company 1, The Ambulance Unit and Rescue 8730 to the initial alarm, along with the New Hyde Park Fire Department as a FAST Team.
Engine 8758 was the first engine to arrive at the scene and stretched an 1 ¾'' hose line into the front door, while the crew of Quint 8728 began to vent and search the fire building as well as conduct searches of the adjoining homes on the exposure sides. After knocking down the fire in the living room, the crew from E8758 made an aggressive push into the basement and knocked down the main body of fire. A total of 3 hoselines were stretched, and 2 were operated to extinguish the fire, which extended to the first floor of the home and caused the floor to partially collapse.
Due to the extremely cold temperatures and heavy volume of fire, all five Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Companies as well as the Ambulance Unit operated at the scene, and the Garden City Park Fire Department was also called for an additional unit to respond to the scene.
The cause of the fire in under investigation by the Nassau County Fire Marshal's Office, and all units were released from the scene by Deputy Chief Kiess by 2 a.m
On Sunday, January 10th, at about 8:20AM, both the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department and the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company were dispatched to East Shore Road, in the vicinity of the Kensington Pool for an overturned truck. Upon the arrival of units from both departments, a United States Postal Service box truck was found to have overturned onto its side. The driver of the truck was able to extricate himself and was evaluated by EMS crews at the scene for further injuries. Crews from both M-LFD and GNVFC worked side by side to contain a diesel fuel leak from the truck's ruptured saddle tank until the arrival of the Nassau County Fire Marshal's Office Hazardous Materials Division. East Shore Road remained closed for several hours as a result of the crash. All units were released from the scene within forty minutes by Chief of Department Scott Garrigan (8703)
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