On friday night August 4th members of the Centereach Fire Department attend the Long Island Ducks salute to Emergency Responders night at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip. Centereach was one of the departments that were welcomed onto the field for the opening ceremony and national anthem. Thank you to the Long Island Ducks baseball club for honoring us and all the brave Emergency Responders across Long Island.
It is with deep regret to announce the passing of Life Member, Ex-Chief, Past Commissioner Laurence “Jerry” McGrath . Jerry McGrath has been a member of the Centereach Fire Department for over 50 years. Joining the Department in 1967, McGrath was originally assigned to Rescue Company # 1. He moved up into the Officer ranks in 1970 as Lieutenant of Rescue Co. 1. In 1972 he was elected the 1st ever Captain of the newly formed Engine Company 3 which he held the rank in both 1972 & 1973. Following the rank of Captain he held the rank of Assistant Chief from 1975 – 1979. In 1980 he was elected Chief of the Department. Following the Chief ranks McGrath ran for Fire Commissioner which he served One 5 year term from 1983-1987, he also served as Vice-President of the Centereach Fireman’s Benevolent Association. The members of the Department are very saddened by the loss of a great man, a great leader and brother firefighter. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Rest Easy Chief, you will not be forgotten.
Heat Wave: More than 48 hours of high heat (90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) and high humidity (80% relative humidity or higher) are expected.
Heat Index: A number in degrees Fahrenheit that tells how hot it really feels when relative humidity is added to the actual air temperature. Exposure to full sunshine can increase the heat index by 15 degrees.
Heat Health Hazards
Heat Cramps: Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms caused by heavy exertion. Signals are abdominal and leg muscle pain. Loss of water and salt from sweating causes cramping. Relief can be firm pressure on cramping muscles, or gentle massages to relieve cramping.
Heat Exhaustion: This condition is less dangerous than heat stroke. It usually occurs when people exercise too heavily or work in warm, humid places where body fluids are lost. Signals include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness and exhaustion. If symptoms occur, get the victim out of sun, and apply cool, wet cloths.
Heat Stroke: This condition is also known as sunstroke, which can be life threatening. Body temperature can rise and cause brain damage; death may result if not cooled quickly. Signals include hot, red and dry skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse, and shallow breathing. Relief for lowering body temperature can be with a cold bath or sponge.
Sunburn: Redness and pain; in severe cases, swelling of skin, blisters, fever, and headaches. Sunburn hampers heat dissipation. Ointments can be a relief for pain in mild cases. A physician should see serious cases.
Slow down on strenuous activity and exercise, especially during the sun’s peak hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exercise should be done in the early morning between 4 to 7 a.m.
Eat less protein and more fruits and vegetables. Protein produces and increases metabolic heat, which causes water loss. Eat small meals, but eat more often. Do not eat salty foods.
If possible, stay out of the sun and stay in air-conditioning. Sunburn slows the skins ability to cool itself. The sun will also heat the inner core of your body, resulting in dehydration. If you must go outdoors, when the in the sun wear sunscreen with a high sun protector factor rating (at least SPF 15) and a hat to protect your face and head.
Dress appropriately. When outdoors, wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing that will cover as much skin as possible. Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects the heat and sunlight and helps maintain normal body temperature. Cover as much skin as possible to avoid sunburn and over-warming effects of sunlight on your body.
Stay indoors as much as possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, out of the sunshine. Even in the warmest weather, staying indoors, out of the sunshine, is safer than long periods of exposure to the sun.
If your home is not air-conditioned, go to a public building with air conditioning each day for several hours. Air-conditioned locations are the safest places during extreme heat because electric fans do not cool the air. Fan do help sweat evaporate, which gives a cooling effect.
Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water (at least 2-4 glasses of water per hour during extreme heat), even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician. Salt causes the body to retain fluids, resulting in swelling. Salt affects areas of your body that help you sweat, which would keep you cool. Persons on salt-restrictive diets should check with a physician before increasing salt intake.
Never leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car or vehicle during periods of intense summer heat. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach over 140 degrees Fahrenheit quickly. Exposure to such high temperatures can kill within a matter of minutes.
Make a special effort to check on your neighbors during a heat wave, especially if they are elderly, have young children or have special needs.
People Who Should Be Aware
Elderly persons and small children are mostly affected.
Persons with weight or alcohol problems are very susceptible to heat reactions.
Persons on certain medications or drugs.
Monitor those at high risk. Infants and children up to four years of age are sensitive to the effects of high temperatures. They rely on others to regulate their environments and provide adequate liquids.
People who are 65 years of age or older may not compensate for heat stress efficiently, and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature. People who are overweight may be prone to heat sickness because of their tendency to retain more body heat.
Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications for conditions such as depression, insomnia or poor circulation, may be affected by extreme heat.
Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children need much more frequent watching.
Energy Conservation and Power Outages
Power outages are more likely to occur during warm weather, when utility usage is at its peak. To avoid putting a strain on the power grid, residents are urged to conserve energy to help prevent power disruptions.
Set your air conditioner thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.
Only use the air conditioner when you are home. If you want to cool your home before you return, set a timer to have it switch on no more than a half-hour before you arrive.
Turn non-essential appliances off.
Only use appliances that have heavy electrical loads early in the morning or very late at night.
Summer is here and we have some pool safety
Unfortunately, it takes just seconds for a child to drown. Drowning is the leading cause of death in many states for children under the age of five. Most of these children drown in their own backyard swimming pool, but others drown in buckets, bathtubs, toilets, dog water bowls, canals and ponds. Small children are top-heavy, and they don’t have the upper body strength to lift themselves out of one of these dangerous situations. Even if the child survives the incident, they are often left with permanent brain damage.
Drowning and near drowning can be prevented, and you can help! Anyone involved with the supervision of children needs to be aware of the dangers associated with any body of water. Below are important tips to prevent needless tragedies.
Know where your children are at all times
Use an approved barrier to separate the pool from the house
Never allow children to be alone near a pool or any water source, no exceptions!
Have life-saving devices near the pool, such as a pole/hook, or flotation device
Keep large objects such as tables, chairs, toys, and ladders away from pool fences
Post the 9-1-1 number on the phone
Do not allow children to play near the pool and store all toys outside the pool area
If you leave the pool area, always take the children with you
Always have a “designated child watcher”
Learn to swim
Never swim alone, or while under the influence of alcohol or medications
Never swim when thunder or lightning is present
Never dive into unfamiliar or shallow bodies of water
You can’t stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect you and your family.
If you live in coastal areas at risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to begin preparing yourself for hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 each year.
Please follow these important hurricane preparedness tips from CDC:
- Preparing for a Hurricane: Take basic steps now to ensure your safety should a storm hit.
- Emergency Supplies You Will Need: Stock your home and your car with supplies.
- Make a Plan: Create a family disaster plan.
- Avoid Flooded Areas : Take precautions before, during, and after a flood.
- Prepare to Evacuate: Never ignore an evacuation order.
- Protecting Older Adults: Understand older adult health and medical concerns.
- Protecting Pets: Ensure your pet’s safety before, during, and after an emergency.
- Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning after the storm: Place generators outside at least 20 feet from any door, window, or vent.
- After a hurricane: Learn how to avoid injuries and make sure your food and water are safe.
After you have read these tips, please review the other resources available on the CDC Hurricanes website.
CDC strongly recommends that you print all important resources before a hurricane strikes. Power outages during and after a hurricane can prevent you from accessing information online when you most need it. Preparing now can help keep you and your family safe
On Sunday June 25th the Centereach Fire Department Juniors presented the colors for the Centereach High School Graduation Ceremony. We are very proud of our Juniors for stepping up for the presentation the colors for the 2017 Graduating class. Several of our current Juniors also graduated from Centereach High School this weekend. Congratulations to all, we would like to wish them as well as the rest of the Class of 2017 on your Graduation and we wish you the best in your future.
June 18th through June 24th is Firefighter Safety Stand Down Week. We would like to thank all our brave Firefighters as well as our fellow Brother & Sister Firefighters for all that you do. We know everyone who volunteers puts in long hours and sleepless nights taking care of the needs of our community and with the mutual goal of meeting our Department’s mission. We know that you’re dedicated, we know that you care, and we also know that you don’t get the amount of thanks that you deserve most of the time. Once again thank you for all you do, stay safe and see you on the fireground.
-Centereach Fire Department, Chiefs Office
May 21st through May 27th 2017 is National EMS Week. We would like to thank our brave Volunteers and Professionals who respond 24/7 365 to help others in need of medical attention. Last Year Centereach Fire Department responded to over 2,000 EMS alarms.
Brookhaven Town Councilman Kevin J. LaValle
Centereach Fire Department
Farmingville Fire Department
Ronkonkoma Fire Department
Selden Fire Department
invite you to participate in the New York State
Citizens Preparedness Corps Training Program
Tuesday, March 28th 2017 6:00 PM
Selden Fire Department
44 Woodmere Place
Selden, NY 11784
All participants must register in advance at www.prepare.ny.gov
On October 15, 2016 the Centereach Fire Department held their annual Fire Prevention Open House for the community. Over 500 Community residents were in attendance. “It was great to see such a turnout from the community and see them willing to learn fire prevention and fire safety from their local Fire Department which gives us a great opportunity to educate the community on fire safety in the event of an emergency”. Said Chief Robert Corley.
During the event, firefighters demonstrated the extinguishing of a dryer fire as well as how they extricate a victim from a car accident. Suffolk County Fire Rescue Services supplied their Fire Prevention smoke maze for the day. This allowed residents to navigate the trailer under smoke conditions to highlight the safety of having a working smoke detector. This year’s fire prevention theme is centered on having working smoke detectors which can save a life by giving those inside an early warning. In addition to demonstrations, attendees were also provided many other fire prevention safety tips, kitchen safety, exit drills in your home, stop drop and roll, etc.
The Centereach Fire Department would like to remind you to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and make sure they are in proper working order. Early warning of a fire could be the matter of life and death.