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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

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.

During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.

While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Calendar

Floral Park Memorial PTSA Fall Fest Fundraiser

Friday, November 21

Buy A Meal, Wag A Tail

Saturday, November 22

Hanging of the Greens and Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, November 23



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