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
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.
Photo Left to Right: Cathy Padro, Raymond Catapano Jr., SariAnn Holst, Theresa Reynolds
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.
It is with deep regret that the Centereach Fire Department announces the passing of Ex-Chief Laurence Cornelius , chief of the Department 1960-61, charter member of Engine Co. 1(1956) Ex-Captain of Engine Co. 1(1957&58)
Ex-Chief Laurence Cornelius was a valued member of the department and dedicated his time and effort to the Centereach community.
The Centereach Fire Department would like to offer their deepest condolences to the family, friends and all those that knew Ex-Chief Laurence Cornelius.