On Saturday, May 21st, 2016, at approximately 12:18 a.m., Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Companies 1, 2, 3 and the Ambulance Unit were dispatched to 94 Bridge Road in Manhasset for a reported structure fire. Chief of Department Kiess (8701) was the first unit to respond and was advised by M-LFD dispatch that he was receiving multiple calls for a fire in the rear of the house at 94 Bridge Road in Manhasset. Chief Kiess arrived at the scene at transmitted a Signal 10 for a working fire, with a heavy volume of fire visible in the rear of the residence, on the second floor.
The crew of the first due Engine, 8712, along with the crew of E8735 stretched two hose lines into the interior of the home and performed an aggressive interior firefighting attack after the crew of Q8728 located the main body of fire. While operating inside the home, it was discovered that the fire was well advanced in the attic of the home, and had spread across the entire house. The interior attack crews were ordered to evacuate the building after a large portion of the roof began to collapse. Q8728 set up their master stream, and multiple hose lines were positioned around the home to begin an extensive exterior attack. At this point M-LFD Companies 4 and 5 were requested to respond to the scene with TL8744 and E8758. TL8744 was set up on Park Woods Rd and began using their master stream to assist with extinguishing the extremely large volume of fire.
Chief of Department Kiess placed the fire under control at 2:24 a.m., and all units were released from the scene at 4:38 a.m. In addition to the numerous M-LFD units which operated at the scene, the Port Washington Fire Department responded to the scene and stood by as a FAST Team.
On May 18, 2016, at 1:25 p.m., M-LFD Companies 3, 5, and the Ambulance unit were toned out for an overturned truck with possible entrapment on the West bound LIE between New Hyde Park Rd., and Community Drive. Ex-Captain Chen was first on scene and advised there was an overturned construction truck on the center median, negative entrapment but an active fuel leak. Deputy Chiefs Stone and Gobbo were on scene moments later as was Rescue 8730 and Squad 8759. The driver of the truck was transported to NSUH by NCPD EAB. The crews of 8730 & 8759 were able to slow the fuel leak and dyke a storm drain to prevent the runoff from going in. There was a small fire in the cab area which was quickly extinguished by the crew of 8759, and Nassau County Hazmat was called for a diesel fuel and hydraulic oil spill. New York State DOT was also requested for a sander and pay-loader to sand the roadway and pick up the full load of blue stone that was spilled on the eastbound side. Deputy Chief Mazurkiewicz, HR8730, and Ambulance 8767 were relocated from the scene to another MVA at Northern Blvd. and Pickwick Road. All units were released from the LIE at 2:20 p.m., except Deputy Chief Gobbo and E8735 who remained on scene by while the truck was righted.
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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.All units were released from the scene by 10pm.
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.