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Farmingdale Basement Blaze:

YouTube Video Puts Farmingdale On the Map

While many enjoyed a relaxing sabbatical, this holiday season, the Farmingdale Fire Department was hard at work. On Dec. 28, firefighters were called to a blaze at 11 Vernon Street that emerged from inside the basement of the house. 

 

Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Tortoso was the first to arrive. Storming into the first floor of the house, Chief Tortoso secured the building, making sure nobody was trapped inside.  

 

At the scene, Fire Squad 924 Captain Ryan Tortoso led his crew to stretch a hose line to the back of the house, where the bilco doors were left open in order to vent out the smoke.

 

Capt. Tortoso said the nozzle team made an aggressive attack towards the basement to locate, confine and extinguish the flames. 

 

Because of the think clouds of smoke billowing out from inside the basement, Capt. Tortoso—equipped with a thermal imaging camera—noticed the basement had been subdivided into an apartment. 

 

Based on this, firefighters with Ladder Company 926 were able to open up the walls to check for any fire extension in the basement to the first floor. 

 

“It got warm inside the basement, but we knew we had to make an aggressive attack to save the rest of the house and whatever we could in the basement,” Tortoso said.

 

Farmingdale Firefighters, along with mutual aid assistance from East Farmingdale, South Farmingdale, Bethpage, Plainview, Massapequa and North Massapequa Fire Departments, successfully put out the fire and prevented it from spreading any further. 

 

“All companies did a great job at this fire,” Capt. Tortoso added.

 

Investigators with the Nassau County Fire Marshall’s office later determined that the fire originated from an electrical surge, after power was restored from a local outage. 

 

Strapped with a helmet-cam, 19-year-old volunteer fireman John Senia was able to capture the nozzle team’s attack on film. 

 

The next day, Senia posted the 23-minute video onto YouTube, and in just over a week’s time the video garnered over 11,000 views. 

 

“I think it’s great the amount of views it’s getting,” said Capt. Tortoso. “The views and comments we have been getting nationwide have been very positive and show how training reflects upon our daily operations.”

 

Tortoso also said that it is the responsibility of a firefighter to protect themself, their fellow firemen, civilian life, and property when in the face of a fire. 

 

“We’re getting a lot of credit for it,” said Senia, about the rising popularity of his YouTube video. “I’m happy to be around such a great group of guys and that the whole operation ran as smoothly as it did.”

 

According to Senia, the video shows people just how much the department’s weekly training exercises have paid off and captures the type of outcome that every firefighter strives for. 

 

“Saving the house, like we did... that is the outcome we should be having,” he said.

 

Senia currently attends Nassau Community College, where he studies fire science with the hope of one day joining the ranks of the New York City Fire Department. 

News

At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

 

If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Sports

Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 

 

—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 


The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.

 

Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


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