On February 1, 2016 Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy and Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy presented certificates and medals to military veterans and active military members of the Hauppauge Volunteer Fire Department. The awards, presented on behalf of the Suffolk County Legislature, are meant to honor the service of the men and women who serve in our military.
On January 18th at approximately 1013 hours, the Hauppauge Fire Department was alerted for a motor vehicle collision at Veterans Memorial Highway and Express Drive North (LIE service road). Upon arrival it was confirmed that one vehicle had overturned with one patient entrapped in the car which was now resting on its roof. Hauppauge firefighters in conjunction with Suffolk County Police Emergency Services worked to free the victim from the wreckage. The patient was then transported to Stony Brook University Hospital via Suffolk County Police Helicopter, with serious injuries.
On December 5th, Engine Companies 1 and 4, along with the Truck Company held their annual Santa Parade, and escorted the Jolly Old Elf around Hauppauge visiting children along the way. These Santa Parades have become a staple amongst local fire departments during the holiday season. Countless hours of work go into these parades, but the excitement and joy in the faces of the children in our community is well worth the effort.
Santa takes a break with the firefighters to enjoy a quick photo
On December 19th, Engine Company 3 held their 32nd annual Santa Parade in the "Pines" and "Birds" section of Smithtown/Hauppauge. Once again, Santa took a break from his busy schedule to ride with our members to help spread some Christmas cheer and excitement to the community. In conjunction with Troy Caruso and his Hauppauge-based charity "Contractors for Kids", Santa was able to hand out hundreds of presents to children along the parade route. To conduct the parades and ensure the safety of the crowds that gather during them, some roads were temporarily blocked. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have incurred, but we thank you for your patience and understanding.
On behalf of the Chiefs, Officers and Members of the Hauppauge Fire Department, we would like to wish the entire community a happy and safe holiday season, a Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year.
As the cooler weather sets in, The Hauppauge Fire Department would like to clarify the difference of a legal recreational fire (outdoor fireplaces and fire pits), as opposed to illegal fires such as open burning of yard waste and bonfires. It is our intention to respect the ability for people to enjoy these recreational fires, but it is our responsibility to ensure that you do so responsibly.
Legal Recreational fires are defined in the NYS Fire Code and must meet the following requirements:
The fire must not be within 25 feet of any structure (house, deck, or shed constructed of combustible materials) or any combustible materials themselves, such as accumulations of dry leaves, mulch, bushes, etc.
All fires must be attended at all times until completely extinguished, with an extinguishing means ready and accessible. This includes garden hoses (turned on and capable of flowing water), a bucket of water, and of course an approved fire extinguisher.
The fire fuel area must be contained and be 3 feet or less in diameter and no more than 2 feet high.
Please understand that the Town or Village Chief Fire Marshal has the authority to restrict even legal fires as conditions permit. This includes weather conditions (high winds or extremely dry conditions), or conditions where the smoke from these fires becomes a nuisance to others. We also ask you to respect your neighbors and place the fire under the conditions listed above, but also consider the effect of the resulting smoke on others.
Please take a look at the official notification below from the Chief of the Hauppauge Fire Department, and for further information you can contact the Hauppauge Fire Department Fire Marshal's Office at (631) 265-2499 extension 122, or the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety at (631) 360-7553.
On Sunday October 4, The Hauppauge Fire Department held its annual Open House Fire Prevention Demonstration. Hundreds of residents stopped by to participate and learn some basic aspects of fire prevention practices, and also went home with some free handouts.
Among the demonstrations were a live-burn smoke detector demo which highlighted the importance of early detection in a fire, and how quickly a fire inside a structure can spread. Our Smoke House Demo trailer was also setup to allow children the chance to experience a smoke-filled environment and hot to escape. There were also several other demonstration including teaching children how to "stop, drop, and roll" in the event their clothing is on fire, how to actually dial 911, displaying the "tools of our trade" as well as a vehicle extrication demo simulating a car accident with a trapped patient.
In addition to the Hauppauge Fire Department, several other agencies were also in attendance, and we would like to thank them for taking the time to reach out to our community, and participate in our Open House Demonstration.
We would also like to thank the Ladies Auxiliary for providing light refreshments for the community, and to the hard-working members! Please visit this link for more information on Fire Prevention Week.
Captain Crean addressing the crowd
On Saturday September 26, the Town of Smithtown celebrated its 350th Anniversary with an Antique Parade down Main Street. Numerous organizations including the Hauppauge Fire Department took part in this celebration, and in the spirit of the occasion, our senior members wore replica uniforms that were worn in 1931 when the Department was organized. Also pictured is a replica banner donated by Chief Oliver and FM Gottlieb depicting the original name of our Organization, The Hauppauge Fire Company.
Thanks to CFM Andrew Brofman, and FF Beth Oliver for the pictures.