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.
It is with deep regret and sadness that the Centereach Fire Department announces the passing of Life Member Charles W. Shea, Jr. Charles was an active life member of the department and spent many years in Engine Company 1 where he was known for his expertise as a training chauffeur and pump operator of the departments larger apparatus.
We are greatly saddened by the loss of Charles and offer our commiserations to his loved ones at this time.
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.
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.
On September 11th, the Centereach Fire Department hosted their annual 9/11 memorial ceremony. 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Each year the department invites the local community to attend the remembrance ceremony.
Music was performed by the Centereach High School Choir and refreshments followed at the end of the ceremony.
Thank you to all of the members of the community who attended.
Color Guard beginning the ceremony
Color Guard Left to Right FF. Thomas Losquadro, FF. Anthony King, FF. Vito Graziano & FF. Joseph Westenberger
FDNY FF Thomas Doyle speech during the ceremony.
Sunday, June 26th, Centereach, NY.
The Centereach Fire Department would like to thank the local community for attending and helping contribute to the Red Cross Blood Drive, hosted today at the Centereach Fire Department headquarters. Today, the local community and members of the department helped donate 39 pints of blood for the Red Cross.
Each day approximately 36,000 pints of blood are needed throughout the US and every two seconds someone in the US needs blood.
A Suffolk County Firefighter and Chief of Department needs a local hero to become a life-saving match!
Chief of Springs F.D Dave King, is in need of a perfect bone marrow match. To find out more, see the below information and please come down. It takes 2 minutes to register and a non-invasive cheek swab!
Saturday, June 4th
540 Roanoke Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901
Let’s Help Our Brother, Chief Dave King of the Springs FD Find his Life-Saving Match!
It takes a cheek swab and 2 Minutes to sign up…
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”.
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.
Left to Right Members: Anthony King, Vito Graziano, Cathy Padro, Pat Finnerty, Matt Gehm, Theresa Reynolds, Nick Canessa