New Hyde Park Memorial Day Parade
Saturday, May 25
"For love of country they accepted death..." -James A. Garfield
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
By: RICHARD TEDESCO The Island Now, New Hyde Park Herald
All the New Hyde Park Fire Department vehicles and firefighters that arrived at the New Hyde Park Road School last Thursday only made it appear that there was an emergency inside.
Instead, the firefighters were there to perform a vital, but non-emergency mission - giving life-saving lessons to the students about what to do in emergencies.
“We’re giving them tips on how to get out of their home safely, that sort of thing,” said New Hyde Park Fire Department Assistant Chief Paul Sokol.
October is fire safety month and the firefighters sought to teach the grade schoolers the importance of safety and about what firemen actually do, according to Road School principal Peggy Merenghi.
“The kids are fascinated by it. They learn there’s more to it than shooting water at a building,” Merenghi said.
The kids had an opportunity to walk through the cabs of a pump truck and a bucket truck, and stand inside the bucket and ask questions about how all the equipment works. They received a primer on some of the techniques and equipment used on the rescue truck, and had questions answered about the some of the equipment.
One third grader immediately knew that an axe was for breaking down doors that might be locked in an emergency situation.
“It’s really cool,” Jordan, a third grader with eyes wide, said as he emerged from the cab of one truck.
Third grade teacher Dominique Dunn said another aspect of the firemen’s visit was to teach the children “not to be afraid, to realize what it’s about and know the firemen are here to help us.”
The New Hyde Park Road School visit was the third stop the New Hyde Park volunteers had made this month, bringing messages of fire safety to elementary schools in the area, including the Hillside Grade School and the Trinity Lutheran School.
During each visit, they gave students a Fire Safety coloring book, which showed illustrations of firemen wearing their equipment and included lessons about the emergency number to call at the fire department. The book provided do’s and don’ts in fire emergencies - crawl low to exit rooms; never hide in a closet - as well as instructions on how to perform the drop and roll move if their clothing catches fire.
“I tell them it’s homework, that they have to color it with their parents,” Sokol said, adding that the information is also beneficial for parents to review.
Sokol said he enjoys how attentive the children are and the many questions they ask.
“They take it very seriously and they enjoy it,” Sokol said. “If I can leave an impression on them, that can save their lives.”
Sunday, September 16, 2012
From The New Hyde Park Herald by Rich Tedesco
After 50 years in the New Hyde Park Fire Department, Edgar Teepe can’t even estimate how many fire or rescue calls he’s answered.
Teepe, 69, continues to respond to respond to rescue calls these days as a driver, and figures he’s answered more than 5,000 calls in the last nine years since retiring from KeySpan.
“All I do now is drive the ambulance,” the two-time firefighter of the year said modestly.
In addition to department service and emergency medical service awards, Teepe was also recognized in 2010 with the Town of Hempstead Firematic Service Award.
He said the recognition he received is primarily due to the varied service he’s rendered, not because of any exemplary incidents.
But on Saturday Teepe was honored for what his peers consider exemplary service at a New Hyde Park Fire District dinner where he was made an honorary chief.
“I’m very honored to have been here this long and for the fire district to make me honorary chief. I never thought I’d be here this long,” he said.
New Hyde Park Fire Department Chief Robert Von Werne said Teepe continues to serve a vital role in the local fire service.
“After 50 years of service, Honorary Chief Teepe continues to be a tremendous asset to the New Hyde Park Fire Department,” Von Werne said. “In addition to his duties as Fire Department secretary, Chief Teepe regularly drives our ambulances to rescue calls. Chief Teepe has literally driven thousands of residents to area hospitals over the years. His level of participation and dedication to the Department and community are unmatched.”
A New Hyde Park resident since his parents moved there in 1950, Teepe joined Protection Engine Company 2 at age 18 shortly after graduating from Sewanhaka High School.
“When I turned 18, I got on the list. I had friends who were members ways back when,” he said.
He said his interest in fire fighting was sparked years before, when he watched the New Hyde Park volunteers in action as a youngster.
“I guess like all the kids, I used to follow the fire trucks. I used to go to fires on my bicycle,” he recalled, finding the fire locations posted in the alarm boxes.
Last week, Teepe marked the 50th anniversary of being sworn into the department on Sept. 4, 1962. He was chief driver in the Protection company in 1966 and 1967, and quickly rose in the ranks, becoming second lieutenant in 1969, first lieutenant in 1970 and serving as captain in 1971 and 1972.
Teepe is currently treasurer of the fire department’s subscription committee and has served as department secretary since 1991 in his latest stint in that position. He also served as department treasurer in 1979 and 1980.
He’s also secretary/ treasurer of the department’s Termites drill team, a unit he’s been involved with since 1964.
Teepe joined the New Hyde Park Fire Department Police Unit in 1981 and the following year was elected captain, a position he still holds today.
After his term as Protection company captain, he decided to move into emergency medical service after responding to a multiple-injury auto accident on Mother’s Day in 1972. A station wagon with seven people in it was struck head on that night on New Hyde Park Road by a car with its heads lights off.
“I still remember seeing them putting people in the ambulance and thinking, ‘There’s nothing I can do’,” Teepe said.
Teepe said he decided then to get trained as an emergency medical technician. He took advanced medical training and continued in that role until 1998, when work commitments prevented his taking a refresher course. With that training, to be able to use a defibulator and administer drugs intravenously. He said he’s been able to save more than one person in cardiac arrest over the years.
“It’s worked a couple times. More often than not, it doesn’t,” he said.
While obtaining a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Adelphi University, followed by a master of science degree, Teepe started working at the Brooklyn Union Gas Company as a file clerk in 1963. He eventually retired in 2003 as principal financial analyst overseeing the $3 billion pension fund for the KeySpan companies.
He said the most memorable fire he participated in started when he leaving work one Friday just two years after he became a volunteer firefighter. Announcements on the Long Island Rail Road train he was on said all trains were going no farther than Floral Park due to a fire in New Hyde Park.
Jumping in his car, which he regularly parked at the Floral Park station, Teepe sped to the scene of the Victory Container fire on Plaza Avenue, arriving at 6 p.m. At midnight, he said he was relieved from duty at the scene. But he returned the following day, spending that Saturday and Sunday with firefighters from his own department and neighboring departments battling the smoldering blaze.
“It was a huge plant and they probably had 1,000 rolls of paper stored out in the yard,” he recalled.
Tepee said he returned to the scene throughout the following week, as the rolls of paper kept on sparking new fires until they were eventually removed from the scene.
Apart from that fire, Teepe recalls a couple of epic lumber yard blazes and rescues too numerous to recount.
He said he’s witnessed quantum leaps in technology over the years, from rubber suits to fire retardant protective gear and air tanks. The Protection Company’s pump truck when he joined could spray 7,500 gallons of water per minute, while its current pumper puts out twice that capacity. The only radios in those early days were in the trucks, while mobile radios and cell phones are primary communication tools today.
Apart from the technical changes, his motivation in the fire service has also evolved. There was a sense of excitement in his early years of fire fighting, he said. But that has given way to a deeper motivation related to his service in the First Presbyterian Church of New Hyde Park, where he is an ordained elder.
“Years ago, it was mostly just fire calls and the thrill. To keep going, especially with rescue calls being 75 to 80 percent of your calls, something else has got to keep you going.” Teepe said. “I would hope that’s part of it.”
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Sunday, April 29, 2012
Trio of New Hyde Park Firefighters Honored by Nassau County
From New Hyde Park Patch
By Patch Staff
Ex-Captain John Waldron, Firefighters Maura and Carton receive Medals of Valor.
New Hyde Park Fire Department Ex-Captain John Waldron and Firefighters Anthony Mauro and Sean Carton were recently honored by Nassau County for their actions relating to a fire in the basement of a home on Sixth Avenue on February 4, 2011.
Carton received the Silver Medal of Valor, a class II award which recognizes a firefighter for placing themselves at great personal risk at the Nassau County Fire Commission Annual Fire Awards Ceremony this past Wednesday night at the Nassau County Legislature. Waldron and Mauro received the county’s highest honor, the Gold Medal of Valor.
After a fire started in the basement of the home, six fire fighters became trapped while attempting to extinguish the blaze when a sudden burst of flames knocked them all to the ground.
Waldron, along with the third gold medal recipient, Joseph Canosa from Floral Park, helped Carton to safety. Carton then informed his fellow firefighter about the location of New Hyde Park fire fighter Max Devane, aiding that rescue effort.
Fire departments from Bellerose Terrace, Floral Park, Garden City Park, New Hyde Park, Mineola, Meacham Avenue, Franklin Square, Carle Place and Manhasset-Lakeville responded to the scene.
About 150 people and fire fighters attended the ceremony.
“Each and every day, firefighters wake up and respond to emergencies with a single goal: protecting the public, rarely with concern for their own public safety,” County Executive Ed Mangano said. “Heroism, valor and sacrifice are just three words to describe their dedication.”
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Fire Service Academy - Frequenly Asked Questions
I need to take a certain class. How do I find out when the next class is starting?
Check the calendar on the FSA website at www.veebfsa.org . As registration for classes open they will also be announced at www.nassaufdrant.com as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Is a class I want full/closed?
Check the calendar on the FSA website at www.veebfsa.org . Closed classes will also be announced at www.nassaufdrant.com as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.
How long do I have to makeup a class that I missed?
The FSA policy states that you have one year to makeup any class that was missed in order to receive a certificate. This is due to the fact that course curriculum changes over time. Makeup classes can not been done in excess of one year. The entire course must be taken again.
When/where can I do a makeup night for a missed session?
Check the calendar on the FSA website at www.veebfsa.org
Do I need to register for a makeup night?
For any classroom sessions you just need to show up. For any hands-on classes, i.e. RIT, Ropes, Vehicle Extrication, etc. you should call the administrative staff at the academy between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM to make sure there is room in the class for you.
What do I have to do when I attend a makeup class to make sure I get credit?
You can obtain a Curriculum Make-Up Form from the Instructor on the night you make up the class or you can download the form from our website’s “FSA Forms” section. You must fill the form out and have the instructor sign it at the end of the class. Fax the form to the FSA at 516-572-8607 the next day or as soon as possible. Keep your copy of the form until you have received your certificate. *** Submit your make-up form to the chief's office. ***
I did the make-up for a class, but I lost my makeup sheet. How can I prove I was there?
It is your responsibility to fax the form to the FSA. Make sure you also sign the class attendance sheet on the night you make up the class. Without a signature or your makeup sheet there is no proof you were there and you will not receive credit.
I just completed my class, how long until I receive my certificate? Please allow approximately two weeks for all paperwork to be finalized, certificates to be printed and mailed to your Chief.
I need to take a makeup exam. What do I do?
You have one year to take a makeup exam but you should take it as soon as possible. You must call the administrative office at 516-572-8600 to schedule the exam.
Can I register myself for a class?
No. Members must be registered by a chief or by the chief’s authorized training officer.
I want to register for a class, but can’t make Night 1. Can I start on Night 2?
It is highly recommended that you not miss any nights, especially night 1. That being said if you must miss night 1 in some cases it is permissible. It is never permissible to miss night 1 of Primary Firefighting.
I need a specific class, but don’t see it posted anywhere on your website calendar. How do I find out when it’s being offered again?
Certain classes are only offered upon request. In that case the chief/training officer should contact Chief Hughes at the FSA to request the class.
When is the next Primary class?
Primary Firefighting is offered twice per year. The course runs 12 weeks. The first session begins in April and the second begins in late June/early July. Registration for Primary and Combo classes usually begins on March 1st.
What gear do I need to bring to Primary Firefighting (also Combo) class?
Full PPE including SCBA must be brought to EVERY class.
Can I get college credit for my FSA classes? How does that work?
The NCFSA has undergone an extensive evaluation by the University of the State of New York, National Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI). Currently PONSI recommends the following courses for college credits: Essentials of Firefighting (2 credits), Primary Firefighting (1 credit), Hazardous Materials First Responder – Operations Level (1 credit), NYS Introduction to Fire Officer (2 credits), Principles of Instruction (1 credit), Vehicle Accident Extrication (1 credit), Apparatus Operator – Aerial Device (1 credit), and Apparatus Operator – Pump (1 credit). NOTE: If Essentials of Firefighting and Primary Firefighting are both complete (4) four credits may be awarded. A Transcript Request form can be found on our website at
Can I take a class hosted by another department?
You can be registered for any County-Wide course that is hosted by a Nassau department. You can not be registered for any course that is a single department elective without prior approval from that Chief of Department.
It might rain/snow tonight. Will classes be canceled?
We fight fires in the rain and the snow. We train in the rain and the snow. Do not call the academy to ask if classes are canceled. On the rare occasion that classes are canceled you will be notified via the FSA website and county-wide notification via Firecom. Announcements will also be made via the Nassau FD RANT website as well as the FSA Facebook and Twitter pages.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Marist College is proud to announce a special academic partnership for all career employees and volunteers of New York State fire departments. The goal of this partnership is to provide a high-quality education and professional development services to fire service volunteers and career employees in achieving their professional goals. As a result of this partnership, individuals volunteering or employed by departments as defined by New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control will have the opportunity to receive special tuition benefits for graduate and adult undergraduate degree programs offered at the Marist College main campus in Poughkeepsie, our satellite locations in New York City, Albany, or online.
Visit Marist College online for more details.
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