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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

These days Long Island residents are trying to save a buck whenever and wherever they can, especially when it comes to property taxes. To try and lend a helping hand, Republican Sen. Kemp Hannon and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano recently teamed up for a property tax exemption workshop at the Farmingdale Public Library.

 

Communications Director Randolph Yunker with the Nassau County Department of Assessment explained that the workshops, which are held throughout the year in various communities, are a collaborative effort to bring the Nassau County Department of Assessments operations from Mineola to different communities, such as Farmingdale. He added that applications were on-hand in case any attendees were first-timers or pursuing a renewal of an existing exemption. 

If you stopped by the Farmingdale Public Library this past week, perhaps you noticed all of the paintings and art pieces currently on display. For the entire month of July, the library will feature the many styles of artist/poet Ruth Lawrence.

 

“I’ve been exhibiting for quite a few years,” said Lawrence, “I am always happy to show my work.”

 

Lawrence, 87, of East Meadow, said she first began painting at just 12 years old. She recalls, at the time her sister had been dating someone who worked at an art supply store, and had gotten her some oil-based paints as a present. 


Sports

Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament. 

July 6

Farmingdale Greendogs 7 - Seaford Vikings 6 (8U)

 

Syosset Cubs 18 - Plainview Hawks 1 (12U)

Runners and walkers from Farmingdale and all over Long Island and beyond are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5 Kilometer courses on Long Island at the Saturday, August 9th Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint.

 

The Run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The leading Nassau County law firm of Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello has signed on to be the new lead sponsor of the event, with partner John Dunne and his wife planning on running the 5K distance. The Lynbrook Runner’s Stop will be back as the presenting sponsor.  


Calendar

Wounded Warrior Dinner - July 16

Youth Council Concert - July 17

Roller Rebels Tryouts - July 19


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