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Please read this article from Newsday regarding fundraising scams targeting volunteer fire departments.
The Hauppauge Fire Department does not use a fund raising company (we do it in house), we will not call you, we will not text you, we do not take credit card donations and we do not sell merchandise.
Our fund drive involves direct mailing from us to our residents and all donations should be sent directly to us at 855 Wheeler Road, Hauppauge, NY 11788, never to a third party.
We may also leave a reminder notice with a pre addressed return envelope on your door that gets mailed directly to us. Our members are not authorized to accept donations from you in person.
If you receive a suspicious solicitation claiming to be from the Hauppauge Fire Department or you have a question or if you have been solicited by a suspicious fund raiser on our behalf please let us know. You can call 631 265 2499 Ext 126 and leave a message. Your call will be returned. Try to obtain as much information as possible including the solicitor's phone number, name and the name of the company.
District Manager Carl Thomas is making sure the various projects underway remain on schedule. The renovations to the air room are close to completion with the installation of the bottle rack and the painting of the floor. Also proceeding is a drainage improvement project on the South side of Fire Headquarters. Photos by Fire Marshal Gottlieb.
At about 9:23 PM on July 27th were were alerted for a mutual aid to the Smithtown Fire Department for a structure fire on South Avenue. Engine Company 3 (3-8-13) responded to the scene with Chief Furuno. Engine Company 4 (3-8-4) responded to Smithtown's Main House to standby. All Hauppauge units were released from the alarm at 10:38 PM.
On July 13 a group of our firefighters attended Flashover Simulator training at the Suffolk Fire Academy. This is dangerous, live fire training, that teaches firefighters to recognize deadly flashover conditions.
A flashover is a transitional phase of a fire that happens between the growth stage and the fully developed stage. During a flashover, all the objects within a space are heated to their ignition point due to thermal radiation feedback. Auto ignition of all the contents, including the smoke, occurs in the room almost instantaneously, and the entire space is consumed by fire.
The temperature range in a room when flashover occurs lies somewhere between 900 and 1,200 degrees F. The heat produced by flashover is not survivable for more than a few seconds, even when wearing full PPE and SCBA. If you survive such an event, you’ll likely be severely burned. Without protective gear your odds of survival are nil.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is also present at every fire, and it’s a contributing factor to flashover as well. The auto-ignition temperature of CO is 1,128 degrees F, similar to temperatures found during flashover. Therefore, there’s a real possibility that flashover conditions may exist or could rapidly develop during interior operations at any fire. Without an understanding of and ability to recognize flashover conditions, fire personnel are at great risk of serious injury or death.
For the homeowner this means having properly installed, working and maintained smoke detectors in your home. Smoke detectors can help you get out of a fire alive and before the fire reaches flashover conditions. Smoke detectors can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Photos by Chief Mendola.
At our May 7th Installation dinner FF Larry Kunzig of Engine Company 1 and Ex-Captain Joe Saladino of Engine Company 4 were honored for their 40 years of service to the Hauppauge Fire Department. Due to the ongoing supply chain shortages the actual awards were delayed until earlier this month. On Monday, July 11th both members received the award from Chief Furuno, Chief Crean and Chief Mendola.
In addition to his 40 years with Hauppauge, FF Kunzig was a member of the Bethpage Fire Department.
We congratulate both members and thank them for their continued service to the community.
At about 1:36 PM on July 7 we were alerted for a car fire in front of 366 Veterans Highway. Engine Companies 3 and 4 responded to the scene to find a fully involved BMW. Assistant Chief Mendola was in command of the scene. Photos by Fire Marshal Gottlieb.
Lithium Ion batteries have become very common in most households. While very useful, they can pose a significant fire hazard. Here are some safety tips from the NFPA.
It is with profound sadness that the Chief's Office announces the Line-of-Duty Death of Ex-Chief Stephen A. Feron of the Truck Company. Chief Feron passed while operating at a training exercise with the Suffolk County Urban Search and Rescue Team on Saturday.
We extend our deepest condolences to the Feron and Fallona families. We also thank the Central Islip Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance Corps. for transporting Chief Feron to the Medical Examiners Office as part of the dignified transfer. We would like to thank all of our neighboring fire departments for their show of respect this afternoon during the transfer to the Medical Examiner.
Chief Feron was a second generation Chief of Department in Hauppauge serving from 2018 until 2019. His father, Stephen B. Feron, served as Chief of Department from 1985 through 1988.
Following an extensive search involving numerous candidates the Board of Fire Commissioners is proud to announce that former Commissioner Carl Thomas has been appointed as the new District Manager, filling a position held by Tom Farrell. Carl, besides being a former Commissioner, is a senior member of the Hauppauge Fire Department, serving with Engine Company 3. He has an impressive background that will best serve the residents of the Hauppauge Fire District.
Matt Curtiss has been acting as interim District Manager and will assist Carl as he gets up to speed with his new position.
Carl had been a Commissioner with the Hauppauge Fire District but resigned his position upon being notified that he had been hired as the new District Manager.
We wish Carl well in his new position with the District.
Annual pump testing for our engines and the Quint were conducted at fire headquarters, supervised by District Employee and Ex-Chief Gene Oliver.
Photo by Fire Marshal Gottlieb.
At 4:10 PM on Friday, June 3rd, we were alerted for a natural gas leak in a building at 115 Engineers Road. Chief Furuno, Fire Marshal Gottlieb, Heavy Rescue 3-8-9 and Engine Company 3 responded.
It was determined that a forklift had knocked down a space heater, causing a significant gas leak in the building. We secured the gas main, ventilated the building and notified National Grid so they could make repairs and restore gas service.
It is important to note that this incident could have had disastrous results because the occupants of the building delayed notification to the fire department. This could have resulted in a serious explosion and fire in a commercial structure.
We strongly urge people in this type of situation (a natural gas leak) to evacuate and immediately notify the fire department. Whether it is a large commercial structure like this one or a residence - if you smell gas, call us. Delaying that call could have catastrophic consequences.
Photo by Chief Furuno.
After two years without a Memorial Day Parade in Smithtown, it was great to be marching down Main Street again. This years parade was made possible because the Smithtown Fire Department stepped in as the sponsor after the former sponsor declined to hold a parade this year. It was a beautiful day and a great day.
Following the parade we were back at our Fire Headquarters for our annual Memorial Service sponsored by the Benevolent Association.
The Marines have landed at Hauppauge High School.
The United States Marine Corps. was at Hauppauge High School today for a recruitment drive. They set up a display including pull up bars, an ammo box lift challenge, Hummer military vehicles and a bomb disposal robot. They gave away free t-shirts and water bottles. In addition, all in attendance were treated to a performance by the United States Marine Corps. Band.
A flyover by 3 Marine helicopters had been planned but due to questionable weather that had to be cancelled.
Chief Crean was present with our members as well as members of Explorer Post 660.
Despite the clouds everyone had a great time.
Photos by Fire Marshal Gottlieb.
The driver of a tour bus, without passengers, thought he smelled something burning while traveling Eastbound on the Long Island Expressway. He pulled over to investigate and discovered that his bus was on fire. Responding units found a fully involved bus fire. Engine Companies 1, 3 and 4 responded with a total of 5 pumpers as well as a mutual aid engine from the Central Islip Fire Department. It took around 4,000 gallons of water to extinguish this fire and two of our engines had to go to a hydrant on the service road, re-fill their water tanks and return to provide more water.
On a hot, sweltering Sunday, our members were at the Suffolk County Fire Academy for live fire training at the class "A" (residential) structure. Members from all 4 companies worked this drill despite the heat. Chief Furuno was in command of the drill. Photos courtesy of Chief Crean.
In honor of Armed Forces Day we treated the Veterans at the Arbors of Hauppauge to an afternoon barbecue. Our members, along with members of Explorer Post 660, brought in the grill, food and beverages for our veterans. We served the traditional hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixings and deserts. Chief Crean made a batch of pulled pork as well.
We were honored to have NYS Senator Mario Mattera stop by to meet with the veterans, two of whom served in World War 2.
We would also like to thank Donato Panico of Panico's Community Market in Smithtown and Heros 4 Our Heroes for donating the hot dogs and hamburgers.
God Bless America and God Bless our Veterans.
On May 18th at about 3:10 PM we were alerted for a vehicle fire on the Long Island Expressway Westbound between exits 57 and 56. Arriving units found a fully involved 2014 Jeep Wrangler. This was a very difficult fire to extinguish due to combustible metals and burning fuel. Extinguishment required the use of foam. There were no injuries from this event.
While Companies 1 and 4 were taking up from the vehicle fire, there was a multi vehicle accident on the adjoining North (Westbound) service road. Our members rendered medical aid until the arrival of EMS units.
Assistant Chief Crean was in charge of both events. Photos by Fire Marshal Gottlieb.
The Hauppauge Fire Department is proud to sponsor Explorers Post 660. Many members of Post 660 go on to become full members of the Hauppauge Fire Department.
For Explorer membership information please click on the Explorers tab under "Companies".
OUR 2022 RESIDENTIAL FUND DRIVE CONTINUES.
REMINDER NOTICES HAVE GONE OUT. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DONATED PLEASE ACCEPT OUR THANKS AND
DISREGARD THE REMINDER.
ALL DONATIONS SHOULD BE MAILED DIRECTLY TO US AT:
HAUPPAUGE FIRE DEPT. - RESIDENTIAL FUND DRIVE
855 WHEELER ROAD, HAUPPAUGE, NY 11788.
BE CAUTIOUS OF SCAMMERS SOLICITING FUNDS ON OUR BEHALF.
THE HAUPPAUGE FIRE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT SOLICIT DONATIONS BY TELEPHONE OR IN PERSON .
We have added the ability to order and pay for an engraved 9/11 brick at our memorial. Simply click on the link, follow the instructions and you can leave a lasting tribute for a loved one. For more pictures, visit our 9/11 Memorial Page. NOW IS THE TIME TO ORDER A BRICK IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT INSTALLED BY THIS YEAR'S 9/11 CEREMONIES.
THE DEPARTMENT CALENDAR HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE MEMBERS ONLY PAGE.
EXPLORER POST 660 INFORMATION AND APPLICATION HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE EXPLORERS PAGE UNDER "COMPANIES"