On Saturday evening, with dusk soon to arrive, the wind rising and temperatures dropping, rescuers put their own lives on the line to save three men whose boat, a 34-foot Chris Craft, had struck rocks in the challenging waters of Plum Gut off Orient Point. READ
Marlando Williams was just settling in upstairs at his home when he heard a loud bang from the garage Friday afternoon.
At first, he and his wife, Sandra, were confused about what caused the noise until he ran downstairs and opened the garage door. Inside was a wall of black smoke obscuring a flickering fire. READ
For hours upon hours every year, local volunteer firefighters train for worst-case scenarios. They prepare for smoke-filled houses and out of control fires. They drill again and again how to handle each type of emergency call — hoping they won’t have to answer one anytime soon.
Nearly a year ago, on Jan. 29, 2015, that kind of worst-case scenario training was put to use. READ
For the first few years after Eagle Hose Company No. 4 was founded in October 1915, its members fought fires by pulling a two-wheeled cart with a hand-powered pump hose around the streets of Polish Town.
Local fire districts have released proposed 2016 budgets, which are all set to be discussed at public hearings on Tuesday, Oct. 20. READ
Firefighters on the scene of Saturday’s brush fire in Flanders. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)
Firefighters in Flanders have been growing increasingly frustrated over the current condition of the woods there, which they say makes it difficult — and dangerous — to respond to and contain wildfires.
That frustration came to a boiling point during a fire in the Flanders woodlands Saturday that led to three brush trucks’ being damaged. Local fire chiefs then aired their grievances to RiverheadLocal.com, which published a story about the situation Sunday.
The biggest complaint concerns felled or dying oak trees, the result of a massive die-out that happened around 2008.
News-Review report from October 2009. (more…)
A state audit of the Flanders Fire Districts finances found no discrepancies in the money paid out by the district, but warned that district procedures and records weren’t “adequate” to prevent errors or irregularities.
The district says they have already changed their policies to comply with all of the state’s suggestions.
Flanders Fire Department volunteers fighting a much fire Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)
Firefighters were called to extinguish a brush fire hidden in the woods of a Northampton area golf course Tuesday afternoon.
Flanders, Riverhead, and East Quogue departments were all called to the Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club off County Road 31 about 3:45 p.m., said Flanders Fire Chief Joe Petit. (more…)