Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Farmingdale, East Meadow, Massapequa and Levittown school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
With the quest to craft the Farmingdale Schools’ 2014-2015 spending plan underway, the Board of Education met on Feb. 26 to discuss the financial well-being of the District; a topic that the support—or lack thereof—from New York State will have a very direct impact upon.
Superintendent of Schools John Lorentz discussed how New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year is slated to include additional financial support for school districts; however, Lorentz said the increase in aid is still far short of what Farmingdale needs to ensure its standards of learning are kept intact going forward.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
On an uncharacteristically beautiful, Feb. 23, the local running community responded in a big way. Between 450 and 500 people showed up at the Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale for the annual Winter Fun Run co-sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone (center) recently attended the Farmingdale Firehawks Football Luncheon at Carlyle On The Green in Farmingdale. The Farmingdale Hawks players ages 5 to 13, along with their coaches, parents and team moms all attended the luncheon to show their support and receive annual awards. Pictured behind the players from left to right are Board Members Bob McCormic and Tim Greco, Village Trustee Patricia A. Christainsen, Village Trustee Cheryl Parisi, Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto, President Bob Dentato, Councilman Macagnone, Vice President Regina Mott, and Board Members Mike Ippolitti, Andrew Frigerio, and Steve Licata.
— Submitted by The Town of Oyster Bay