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Fire Department Battles House Fires

Firefighters contend with snow, frigid conditions

The beginning of the new year has proven to be a busy one for Floral Park firefighters. In addition to the normal large volume of medical-aided cases that the Rescue Company handles, the fire department has responded to motor vehicle accidents, carbon monoxide alarms, gas leaks, and several major house fires.

In addition to these alarms, the department has been placed on two snow standbys; all in less than a month’s time. During most of these calls, firefighters have operated in frigid temperatures and significant snowfalls.

On Saturday, Jan. 4 at approximately 12:33 p.m., the fire department was dispatched to 61 Violet Ave. for a report of a bedroom fire. Upon arrival of 2nd Assistant Chief Brian Naughton, a working fire was transmitted to responding units.

Firefighters encountered a fully involved attic fire which began to burn through the roof. Due to an aggressive attack by members, the fire was contained to the attic of the residence. However, the residence did sustain other damage due to the extinguishment efforts. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. The fire department was assisted by neighboring departments as part of their mutual aid procedure.

Then on Thursday, Jan. 23 shortly after 7 p.m., the fire department was dispatched to 263 Whittier Ave. for a report of a house fire. A member who happened to be in the area arrived on scene quickly and reported a working fire. Second Assistant Chief Naughton arrived on scene moments later and transmitted a working fire to responding units. Heavy smoke was observed pushing out of the “cape” style residence with fire reported to be on the second floor of the house.

Upon arrival of the first-due engine and ladder companies, members went right to work to attack the fire. Firefighters initially had to overcome several frozen fire hydrants in the area.

The fire, which reportedly had been burning for some time unbeknownst to the resident, traveled up the inside of the walls and into an attic “void” space. Firefighters attempted an aggressive interior attack on the fire, but due to the fact the fire was well advanced on arrival and the difficulty accessing it, the fire started to burn through the roof.

Due to the volume of fire and concerns about the structural integrity of the house, a decision was made by the Command Post to remove members from the house and began an exterior attack on the fire. In extremely icy conditions, firefighters used a tower ladder and numerous hand lines to douse the fire.

The roof and façade of the house did ultimately collapse shortly after members were removed.

After a lengthy operation, the fire was placed under control.

One Floral Park firefighter was transported to Winthrop University Hospital for treatment of a minor injury.

Once again, the Fire Department was assisted by neighboring departments.

The cause of both of these fires is under investigation by The Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office. The Floral Park Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to once again remind residents of the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home.

An easy way to remember to change the batteries is to do so when you change your clocks for daylight savings time. If you can’t remember when you last changed your batteries, change them now. The cost of a few batteries is all it takes to ensure the safety and well-being of you and your loved ones.

Residents are also reminded that they are required to dig out fire hydrants if they have one in front of their home. It is vital that firefighters can easily locate and access hydrants in the event of a fire emergency. This also reduces the chances of a hydrant freezing.

News

On March 29, women were invited to attend the second annual Women’s Symposium, Education to Entertainment: A Morning of Learning, Listening and Laughter, sponsored by the Floral Park Lions Club in collaboration with District 20k2. Through the generosity of the Sewanhaka Central High School District and Floral Park Memorial High School principal Dr. Kathleen Sottile and staff, the school hosted the event for the second year.

Women’s positions and responsibilities are constantly changing and there is an ongoing necessity to provide women with a forum by which to address these and other demands. The symposium concentrated on many current issues in 16 diversified and enlightening workshops.

The Sewanhaka Central High School District School Board adopted the 2014-15 proposed budget last week. The proposed budget total for the 2014-15 school year is $175.3 million, a budget increase of $3.52 million from last year. The tax levy increase is set at 2.1 percent. The budget vote will take place on May 20.

The current projection for state aid in 2014-15 is $29.2 million in the state legislative budget, a slight increase from last year ($27.8 million).

“There was a budget-to-budget state aid increase of 5.2 percent,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said.


Calendar

Women’s Club Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 16

North End Civic Association To Meet

Thursday, April 17

Blood Drive

Friday, April 18



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