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This is home of the Suburban Fire Marshal blog. The purpose of this site is to provide real time and accurate fire news and information for the Smithtown Township and the Village of Lake Grove in NY.

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Garbage truck fire in Lake Grove

Posted 11/11/2019

1229 Hours. Centereach Fire Department is dispatched to a vehicle fire at Middle Country Road and Dietz Avenue in Lake Grove. The Lake Grove Fire Marshal was first in and advised of an active fire in the refuse compartment of a garbage truck on Dietz Ave, just north of Middle Country Road. While the FD was en-route, the Fire Marshal ordered the driver to move the truck to the opposite side of the street as it was parked under utility and electric lines. Engine 6 was first in and stretched on the fire. Engines 7 and 2 followed shortly thereafter and the crews of same assisted with the line and handled overhaul after the garbage was dumped in the street. FD personnel operated for approximately 30 minutes. There were no injuries.

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Vehicle fire at 730 Veterans Highway in Hauppauge

Posted 11/8/2019

1836 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department responds to 730 Veterans Highway in regard to a car fire. Crews find a 2008 Honda Accord burning in the parking lot. The fire was extinguished without incident. he lone female occupant was uninjured.

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Sams Garage burns in Ronkonkoma

Posted 11/7/2019

1234 hours. Ronkonkoma, Lakeland, Nesconset and Farmingville Fire Departments are dispatched to Sams Garage at 105 Portion Road at Ronkonkoma Avenue in regard to a vehicle reportedly on fire in the building. Units were on scene quickly and advised of heavy fire throughout the building. Ronkonkoma firefighters immediately tied into numerous hydrants and deployed multiple master streams. Additional mutual aid was requested from the Selden Fire Department, Holtsville Fire Department, CI-Hauppauge Ambulance from the Holbrook Fire Department for an engine and a quint and the St. James Fire Department for a ladder,  The fire was brought under control within 90 minutes but units remained on scene into the evening. The building was a total loss and had to be torn down to allow the fire department to completely extinguish the fire. Fire Marshals from the Town of Brookhaven and Detectives from Suffolk PD Arson are investigating the causeNewtons Garage was built in 1923 for Sumner Newton and his brother Dick, both sons of E. Hollis Newton. Photos courtesy of T. Murphy Jr, J. Gonzales, the Diaz's, Stringer News, The Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society, Facebook  and Groupme.

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Matthews Wish Toy Drive in Progress

Posted 11/5/2019

 

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Commack sends ladder truck to assist Dix Hills with a roof rescue

Posted 11/4/2019

1425 hours. Dix Hills Fire Department is dispatched to a private residence in regard to a subject in cardiac arrest on the roof of a private dwelling. Units arrived, confirmed the arrest and requested a ladder from the Commack Fire Department to assist. The victim was removed from the roof and transported to the hospital by Dix Hills FD ambulance.

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Car vs. Building in Commack

Posted 11/4/2019

0804 hours. Commack FIre Department and CVAC respond to Commack Road in regard to a traffic collision. Units arrive to find that a vehicle hit Deli Beer and Soda at 223 Commack Road. Damage and injuries were minor. 

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Centereach Fire Department Life Member Robert Bloom passes at 101.

Posted 11/3/2019

 

It is with deepest regret the Centereach Fire Department announces the passing of 60 year Life-Member and Honorary Deputy Chief: Robert Bloom.

Robert Bloom became a member of the Centereach Fire Department on January10th 1959 and was assigned to Engine Company # 2. He was a dedicated member of the Department from the start, serving as a firefighter, radio & telephone operator, was one of the first Emergency Medical Technicians’ in the Department and at one point was qualified to drive all fire apparatus and ambulances.

Bob would go on to serve in multiple officer ranks first becoming a Lieutenant in Company 2 serving from 1962 –1967, followed by Captain in both 1969 & 1970. In 1971 he became a member of Hook & Ladder Company # 1 serving as Lieutenant in 1973, Captain in 1974, and Lieutenant once again in 1975. The Hook & Ladder Company merged with Rescue Company 1 in 1976 to become Emergency Company 1 (now Rescue Co. 4). Bob remained an active firefighter until the late 1980’s before transferring to Fire Police Company.

In 1966 in addition to serving as a line officer in the department Bob was responsible for organizing the Centereach Fireman’s Benevolent Association which he served as President for 28 years through 1994. He was also responsible for organizing multiple Department blood drives. Over the years he received many awards for his years of dedicated service to the Department Including Captains awards & High Point awards from Rescue Company & Fire Police Company. In 1988, Bob received the Department high point award for responding to the most alarms for the department, and in 1984 the Department held its only “roast” in his honor, where he received multiple awards from all the companies, the Chiefs office and front the Fire Commissioners.

In 2001, after over 40 years of service, Robert Bloom was appointed to the rank of Honorary Deputy Chief by a unanimous vote of the members of the Department for his many years of service and dedication.  

At the 2009 Installation Dinner he was honored for 50 active years of service and was the guest of honor of the dinner receiving multiple awards and proclamations’ for his dedicated service. Bob would also receive an award for 55 years of active service at the 2015 dinner.

Bob was an active member for 56 years into his late 90’s remaining a social member at department events. In 2018 the department celebrated his 100th birthday, surprising him with a cake and singing happy birthday after the September department meeting.

At the 2019 installation dinner Bob was awarded the Christian Huber Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifetime of dedication to our Department and to the community.

We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our dear fellow firefighter, friend and bother Bob, His many years of dedicated service to our community will never be forgotten, and we send our deepest thoughts and sympathies to his friends and family members.

Bob Bloom was predeceased by his wife Muriel. They have three children, Ronald, David and Keith as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren, Rest Easy Chief.

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MCI Drill in Central Islip

Posted 11/2/2019

Today Central Islip-Happague Volunteer Ambulance Corps. In conjunction with Central Islip Fire Department and the Ambulance Corps of Islip Township conducted a Multi-Agency Mass Causualty Incident Drill. The drill was a multi vehicle incident which included a school bus on the grounds of the old Central Islip Hospital. The drill started at 0800 hours at the Islip Town Fire Museum with a briefing of the drill and a show and tell of the equipment and training on bleeding control , Communications , rehab and a walk through of equipment. At 11:30 am the hands on portion of the drill took place on the college grounds. Also involved in the drill were Suffolk County Fire / Rescue , Suffolk County EMS and Suffolk County Police Aviation.

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Crash with pin at Wheeler Road and Veterans Highway in Hauppauge

Posted 11/1/2019

0743 hours The Hauppauge FIre Department responds with CIHVAC to a traffic collision at Wheeler Road and Veterans Highway. Units arrived to find a crash involving two vehicles, with the occupant of one trapped within. Heavy Rescue 3-8-9 and Engine 3-8-13 operated at this scene under the command of Assistant Chief Brett Martinez. CI-Hauppague Ambulance and an Ambulance from Brentwood Legion transported both of the female drivers.

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Overturn with injuries in Islandia

Posted 10/31/2019

0025 hours. CI Fire Department and Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance were dispatched to a report of a traffic collision on Motor Parkway near Hawthorne Street. Units arrived to find that a passenger vehicle left the roadway, struck a utility pole, coming to rest on its side. All of the occupants had self extricated. CIHVAC handled the transport while CIFD secured the vehicle. The scene was then turned over to SCPD. 

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Traffic Collision at Burr and Larkfield in Commack

Posted 10/31/2019

1150 hours, Commack Ambulance was dispatched along with the Commack Fire Department to a traffic collision at the intersection of Burr Road and Larkfield Road. Upon EMS arrival crews found 2 vehicles one of which left the roadway and hit a building.  CVAC crews determined that there were no injuries in this crash. FD personnel secured both vehicles and turned the scene over to SCPD.

Photo Credit: Driver/EMT Brittany Ross

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Wires come down and burn in Smithtown

Posted 10/29/2019

2027 hours.  Smithtown Fire Department was activated for wires down call on Terry Road near North Avenue. Crews responded and found a primary power line burned through which caused 3 separate fires along Terry Rd. PSEG responded and had to completely cut power to the area so members could safely extinguish the fires. Units operated on scene for 45 minutes under the command of Chief 4-2-32. As a result of this incident, the St. James Fire Department was called to respond and remove numerous people from stuck elevators at an assisted living facility on Lake Avenue in Nesconset. There were no injuries. 

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Single vehicle crash on the Sunken Meadow Parkway

Posted 10/29/2019

1530 hours. Commack Ambulance and Commack Fire Department were dispatched to a report of a car into woods on the exit ramp of the Sunken Meadow State Parkway. Units arrived to find that a passenger vehicle left the roadway, coming to rest along the woods line. Commack FD personnel extricated the occupant from the vehicle while EMS personnel stabilized. CVAC then transported the patient to Southside Hospital with minor injuries.

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Multiple crashes in Commack

Posted 10/22/2019

CVAC responded to two motor vehicle accidents today. The first was on Old Commack Rd and Scholar Lane a vehicle struck a pole cracking the pole in half, both occupants of the vehicle had minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The second was on Townline Road and Hubbell Street. Two cars were involved in a motor vehicle accident. A driver from one of the vehicles was taken to the hospital for evaluation of non life threatening injuries. The scene was turned over to SCPD for further investigation.

Information and photos are from the CVAC Faceboook page

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Crash with overturn and heavy rescue in Hauppauge

Posted 10/22/2019

1035 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department and CIHVAC respond to a traffic collision at Veterans Highway and Motor Parkway. Units arrive to find a collision involving two vehicles, one of which was on its side. Crews stabilized and removed the driver from that vehicle while other FD personnel worked to cut the driver of the other vehicle out. Units 3-8-9,3-8-1,3-8-11,3-8-13,3-8-10 operated at the scene. 

 
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Smithtown Fire Department holds their open house

Posted 10/20/2019

The Smithtown Fire Department held another successful Fire Prevention Day event today. The turnout was great, the lessens taught were invaluable and everyone had a great time. 

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Multiple Crashes keep Commack busy.

Posted 10/20/2019

On Sunday October 20th, Commack Ambulance handled two Motor Vehicle Accidents. The first was a reported vehicle into the woods on Crooked Hill Road in the vicinity of the Walmart. Upon the arrival of units they found that the operator of the vehicle was not injured and the scene was turned over to SCPD for further investigation.

Later in the afternoon CVAC responded to a report of an overturned vehicle on Old Commack Rd, units found a single vehicle on its roof, with two people self extricated from the vehicle with minor injuries. Both patients were taken to area hospitals with non life threatening injuries.

Story and photos via CVAC Facebook Page

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Hauppauge Fire Department open house is Sunday October 6 from 12-3

Posted 10/6/2019

The Hauppauge Fire Department held their annual open house today from noon-3PM

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Working fire on Calvert Avenue in Lakeland

Posted 10/6/2019

0356 hours. Lakeland Fire Department responds to a report of a house fire at 150 Calvert Avenue off Express Drive South. Suffolk PD is first on scene and advises of an active fire in a bedroom. Engine 3-13-3 arrives and confirms the fire, requesting Ronkonkoma and Bohemia to the scene. The fire was placed under control within 20 minutes. Suffolk Police Arson Detectives are investigating as a matter of routine. 

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CVAC shares their skills with the community at Commack Day

Posted 9/29/2019

A contingent of members of the Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp were on hand at Commack Day at Hoyt Farm Park. Members showed off their equipment, explained their mission, taught CPR and provided invaluable information to the community. While a number of members were at Commack Day, they also had a responder and ambulance at Commack High School for the football game today in case of any medical emergencies. The CVAC in house crews handled 13 alarms, 9 of which were during both the football game and Commack Day.

Great Job by CVAC! Dedication to their community at its finest. 

Photo credit: Renee Rant and Kris Kosic

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