Chief of Department Tom Feeney consults with Assistant Chief Peter Silver. This was Chief Feeney's last fire as Chief. Photo by Ilene Morris
On April 9 at 9:01 a.m., the Syosset Fire Department was alerted by Firecom for a telephone alarm report of a building fire at 8243 Jericho Turnpike, near the intersection of Woodbury Road.
While enroute to the scene, Chief of Department Thomas Feeney observed a large column of smoke in the sky in proximity to the address and advised the Syosset dispatcher to transmit a Signal 10 - the code for a working building fire.
Within minutes, Chief Feeney arrived on scene, with Assistant Chief Peter Silver, who reported fire in an unoccupied beauty salon on the west side of the building. The chiefs were joined by Assistant Chief Robert Kaplan, followed quickly by Syosset Engines 583, 584 and 585 and Ladders 582 and 5816. They were joined at the scene by paramedic response unit 5896, ambulances 5891 and 5893, as well as Syosset's Fire Police units.
Facing a significant fire in a commercial structure, Chief Feeney quickly called for three additional mutual aid Ladder companies to the scene, as well as additional mutual aid units to cover the District. Despite an aggressive interior attack with three hoselines, the fire quickly spread into the cockloft - a common space below the roof line that transverses an entire building - significantly increasing the fire load and related damage to the building. In response, Chief Feeney moved to a defensive operation and requested three additional Engine companies to the scene.
The fire was brought under control shortly after 11 a.m., with 100 firefighters operating at the scene, including 10 mutual aid units from 9 area fire departments, in addition to the seven pieces of apparatus from the SFD. There were no injuries reported at the scene.