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Fire Marshals, firefighters police officers and federal agents train at the former Courtesy Inn in Commack.

Posted 1/12/2019

Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety and the Commack Fire Department were handed a unique opportunity when the owners of the former Courtesy Inn, donated the buildings for training. After extensive planning and setup over the course of a few weeks, Fire Marshals used ten rooms in the motel, each with a different fire scenario. On Saturday and Sunday (January 5th and 6th) firefighters from the Commack FIre Department burned all of the rooms in the two buildings one at a time and extinguished the fires. The rooms staged by the Fire Marshals were then secured.

Fire Marshals, police officers arson detectives from around the state as well as Federal Agents were invited to come and investigate the fires. During the course of the week investigators took advantage of the training, including explosive and K-9 accelerant detection teams from Suffolk, Nassau, the FDNY, Westchester County and from a number of Federal agencies. The week culminated with the fire department burning two of the three buildings on the property to the ground on Saturday January 12th. . 

This type of fire investigation training is very rare outside of a government facility like a state facility or the National Fire Academy. In total well over 100 people took advantage of the opportunity to improve their fire fighting and investigation skills.

























































































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