It is with deep regret the Centereach Fire Department announces the passing of Life Member & Ex-Chief Nick Potito. Nick Potito joined the Centereach Fire Department in 1966, a charter member of Engine Company 3 he would go onto become an Lieutenant in Company 3 and would serve as Captain in 1985 & 1986. He later moved up to the rank of Assistant Chief which he served from 1986 to 1988 and elected Chief of the Department in 1989 & 1990. We are saddened by the loss of our Chief and fellow brother firefighter and send the deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Rest East Chief you will not be forgotten.
On Saturday, November 4th 2017 Centereach Fire Department Company #3 will be holding its annual Comedy Night. Will be located at Centereach Fire Department Headquarters Tickets $40 per person includes Dinner Buffet , Desert & Beverages. For tickets contact Centereach Fire Department Company # 3 (631) 588-0118. Doors Open 6:30 PM. Get your tickets now they go fast.
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.
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
Blood Drive Information
Centereach, NY, Centereach Fire Department will be hosting an American Red Cross sponsored Blood Drive on Saturday, June 10th from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM at 9 South Washington Avenue, Centereach, NY 11720, the firehouse headquarters.
Members of the local community and surrounding areas are encouraged to attend the event and share with their friends and family.
Every 2 seconds, someone in the US needs blood. Every day approximately 36,000 units of blood are needed in the US. Blood donating is a quick and easy process and could help save a life.
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.
The Centereach Fire Department, it’s officers and members would like to wish a safe and
Happy New Year to all. 2016 saw the department respond to 3335 emergency calls including fire and EMS. This number saw an increase when compared to previous years.
The Centereach Fire Department successfully hosted their annual Holiday Light Parade with Santa on Saturday, December 17th. This year, thousands of Centereach residents utilized the Facebook Live video feed to “track Santa”, allowing them to remain in doors longer and see when the trucks are close by.
The fire department appreciates the amount of attention and publicity our annual Santa run gets and we have all enjoyed seeing such a large turn out from the residents of Centereach.