Centereach Fire Department Teddy Bear Clinic

Over the course of the last two weeks, members of the Centereach Fire Department took part in their annual Teddy Bear Clinic for the Middle Country School Pre-Kindergarten Classes. This is the second year that they have participated and have gone to both Unity School as well as North Coleman School, which are located within the Centereach Fire District. Middle Country School District also contains two schools in Selden’s Fire District, which were visited by volunteers from Selden’s Fire Department.
During the visit, the children learned how to call 911 in the event of an emergency. They also learned the importance of proper hand washing and how to clean and bandage a small cut. Many of the children had never seen an ambulance before and were quite nervous, however changed their minds when they realized it wasn’t scary at all. “The opportunity to educate children in the community is something our members look forward to each year. It gives our EMS members a chance to share their knowledge and educate the community. A majority of our calls are EMS related and it’s important the community not just associate us with fire response.” says Chief Corley.
Jessica Byers, EMT at the Centereach Fire Department was one of the many who participated this year. “One little girl was so scared. She said that the ambulance was so big and she was so little. I love doing these events. That little girl walked away that day and wasn’t afraid anymore”.
The Centereach Fire Department is eager to participate next year in the Teddy Bear Clinic at the Middle Country School District. It is a rewarding experience for both the children as well as the volunteers.

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Robert Wood 1943-2016

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It is with deep regret and sadness the Centereach Fire Department announces Life Member & Ex-Captain: Robert Wood of Rescue Company 4, has answered  his last alarm, Robert Wood a member of the Department since 1970. He held the rank of Captain in Hook & Ladder Company 1 in 1975 & 1976 the company’s last Captain before their merger with Rescue Company.  Robert Wood was also a Military Veteran and a retired New York City firefighter with the FDNY.  We are greatly saddened by our loss our brother firefighter and send our sympathy & condolences to his family.

Centereach Fire Department Recognized by Stony Brook University Stroke Team

On May 24, 2016 the Stony Brook University Stroke Team held its annual Stroke CME and Awards night at the Three Village Inn in Stony Brook. The night was meant to award those departments which provided excellent care to Stroke patients by getting them to the hospital quickly enough to administer tPA, a drug with the potential to save a Stroke victim. During this awards dinner, Centereach was recognized for three separate Stroke patients.

All three awards given to the Centereach Fire Department were for patients receiving tPA in less than 45 minutes from activation. One of those patients was received at the hospital in only 21 minutes. This is a new record which was previously held by Stony Brook University Hospital EMS with 23 minutes. Present at the awards dinner was one of the patients who was transported by Centereach Fire Department while having a Stroke. The patient attended with his wife and thanks to the prompt care of the department has no deficits from his Stroke.

“We always like to think we make a difference in the lives of our patients, however seeing it right before your eyes tonight as this gentleman came over to thank us is the best feeling. We really can make a difference” said Commissioner Joseph Losquadro, a Paramedic who transported one of the recipients of tPA. The Centereach Fire Department will continue to provide excellent care to all of the patients they encounter. Commissioner Losquadro added “We are truly thankful for this award, but more than that we are thankful the patients received the care they needed”.

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Centereach Fire Department Participates in Touch-A-Truck

On Saturday, May 21, 2016 the Centereach Fire Department participated in the Middle Country Public Library’s Touch-A-Truck event. The event is for children and adults of all ages to explore trucks they may not get the chance to see up close and personal. This year’s Touch-A-Truck was comprised of vehicles from law enforcement, commercial and industrial companies, rental companies, ambulances and fire apparatus.

The Centereach Fire Department sent its volunteers from Company 1, Company 2, Company 3, and Rescue Company with Ambulance 18 and Engine 6. Participants in Touch-A-Truck were allowed to climb in both vehicles and learn about the equipment used for both fire and ambulance response. Asst. Chief Max Mayzus accompanied the volunteers.

“This is a great opportunity for children to become familiar with fire department apparatus before they encounter them on an emergency. It is important that children are not afraid of our apparatus or our members and this is a fun way to go about teaching them” says Asst. Chief Mayzus. The Centereach Fire Department routinely participates in Touch-A-Truck events which occur in the confines of their district and is looking forward to their next event.

 

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Left to Right Members: Anthony King, Vito Graziano, Cathy Padro, Pat Finnerty, Matt Gehm, Theresa Reynolds, Nick Canessa

Centereach FD EMS takes 2nd place in Sim Wars

As part of EMS Week for 2016, the Centereach Fire Department participated in Sim Wars, an event sponsored by Northwell Health. Sim Wars is a double-elimination competition that challenges clinical healthcare teams to compete against each other in simulated patient scenarios. The teams are rated in areas such as teamwork, communication, and clinical decision making skills. The winner is decided on by an audience response system.

The participants from the Centereach Fire Department competed in two semi final rounds and advanced to the final round where they took second place. This team has never used a simulation mannequin before and navigated the challenge with ease. “When faced with new challenges our volunteers know how to adapt and overcome” says Chief Corley. “We are very proud of our members”.

During Sim Wars, the team competed against various other teams from not only Suffolk and Nassau counties but from New York City as well. Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners Frank Rudilosso also expressed his enthusiasm for the win. “On behalf of myself and the rest of the Board of Fire Commissioners we extend our sincere congratulations to the team on a job well done”. The Centereach Fire Department plans to take the Sim Wars challenge next year as well and hopes for a first place finish.

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Photo Left to Right: Cathy Padro, Raymond Catapano Jr., SariAnn Holst, Theresa Reynolds

 

EMS Week 2016 Wrap Up

On Friday, May 20, 2016 as EMS Week comes to a close the Centereach Fire Department held a Department wide Training EMS Jeopardy, Medical Emergencies which included basic packaging and transporting of patients which was a timed contest and then the night concluded with a fun filled pie eating contest. Following the Training, the Centereach Fire Department enjoyed some dinner donated by Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings of Centereach.

 

As a volunteer at the Centereach Fire Department, know that there is not a single day that goes by where hard work and dedication is not appreciated. Centereach volunteers are there when the community needs them, whether it is to apply a bandage to a child’s scraped knee, or to hold the hand of a new widow as the rest of the crew works feverishly to save a life. When that alarm goes off in the dead of night and they rise to the occasion, knowing someone is in need of assistance, it is appreciated more than they know and more than they are told.

 

The Centereach Fire District would like to thank the Volunteers for their dedication and commitment to their community for responding to over 3,000 alarms for 2015. Centereach Fire District Chairman Frank Rudilosso stated the Fire Department has always been an important part of the Community and it’s dedicated members are proud to serve and protect.   A special Thanks goes to EMT Lauren Gleason for putting the extra effort in organizing such a great and exciting week stated Asst. Chief Robert Corley. Lauren passion for EMS does not go unnoticed. As a Chief I am very proud of the men and woman who protect the Centereach Community  I could not ask for more passionate EMS providers

 

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Centereach FD Celebrates EMS Week

 

On Monday, May 16, 2016 the Mobile Emergency Response Vehicle (MERV) was brought to Centereach Fire Department by Suffolk Fire Rescue.  Volunteers from the Department were able to walk through the MERV as well as get information on how to request it, what it provides, and when it can be useful to the Department.  Following the MERV tour, the Centereach Fire Department enjoyed an ice cream social with ice cream and toping donated by East End Sign Design as well as Ralph’s Italian Ices of Mastic.

 

The Centereach Fire Department has many other activities planned for EMS week, including a trivia night with raffles and prizes along with food donated by Buffalo Wild Wings and White Castle.

 

As a volunteer at Centereach Fire Department, know that there is not a single day that goes by where hard work and dedication is not appreciated. Centereach volunteers are there when the community needs them, whether it is to apply a bandage to a child’s scraped knee, or to hold the hand of a new widow as the rest of the crew works feverishly to save a life. When that alarm goes off in the dead of night they rise to the occasion, knowing someone is in need of assistance, it is appreciated more than they know and more than they are told.

 

The Centereach Fire District would like to thank the Volunteers for their dedication and commitment to their community for responding to over 3,000 alarms for 2015.

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