Written by John Blascovich Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00
The Plandome Fire Department began its 100th year of protecting and serving the Village of Plandome with its annual Installation ceremony on April 2. Sadly, the meeting began with a moment of silence for Ex-Chief Lou Trapp, a 51-year member who passed away on Easter Sunday. After Treasurer Bill Miller presented his report, Secretary John Runge reviewed the previous year’s activity. Plandome ended the year with 110 active members, an impressive achievement in a village with less than 450 homes. The department responded to 85 incidents during 2012, more than a 20 percent increase over the previous year, partially driven by severe weather and partially by a record 16 Mutual Aid calls in support of other departments in the 8th Battalion.
After these reports were approved and recorded, Chief Kevin Murphy congratulated members for various achievements during 2012, including members serving as officers of firematic organizations and two members who received external recognition: Ex-Chief Roger Goodwin, who was designated Firefighter of the Year by Nassau County, and Robert Erb, who was named Firefighter of the Year by Manhasset Post 304 of the American Legion.
Robert Ottaviano, a director of the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), a special guest, presented a 50-year service certificate to Alan Hein, and a 100th Anniversary Certificate to the Plandome Fire Department.
Fire Commissioner Ray Herbert then administered the Oath of Office to the Fire Police, followed by the elected officers: Chief Kevin Murphy, 1st Deputy Peter Burger, 2nd Deputy John Furlong, Sr. Captain Paul Becker, Captain Thomas Carroll, 1st Lieutenants Sean Byrne and Rob Saville, 2nd Lieutenants Brian Hampton and Bob Kane, Secretary John Runge and Treasurer William Miller.
Chief Murphy then reviewed some of the key events and accomplishments of last year, highlighting a 15 percent increase in membership, a big improvement in getting firefighter physicals up to date, the successful response to a house fire last November, and several weekends of support provided to neighborhoods in Long Beach as part of the clean up after Hurricane Sandy.
The Chief then discussed goals for 2013, including several new initiatives designed to improve training and readiness in the department’s Centennial Year.