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Going bald for a cause on St. Baldrick's Day

Not that I know of... but I do have one :)  (Mar 16, 2009 | post #12)

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Going bald for a cause on St. Baldrick's Day

Yeah I guess you're right. I could have "just" donated my money and sat back and said I did my thing. But instead, because I decided to do a little bit more, I was able to raise over $2500 for research into childhood cancer. God I pray that one of those dollars that was donated because I got my head shaved is the one funding the project that finds a cure. I don't need nor want your approval. I know I will sleep well with the knowledge that I didn't "just" do the minimum. I believe that God didn't put me on this earth to just take up space and absorb oxygen.  (Mar 16, 2009 | post #9)

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Deadly Selden co-op fire: minute by minute

Though this wouldn't apply to this fire in this community because I understand it was built many years ago, the following could help prevent tragedies such as this from occurring in the future. On Sunday, September 21st, the International Code Council (ICC) voted to approve a fire sprinkler mandate as part of the 2009 International Residential Code, requiring that sprinklers be included in all one- and two-family homes and townhouses built to the code as of Jan. 1, 2011. While the fire service has been fighting for too many years to have this type of code adopted it is now facing challenges. Unfortunately, this much needed protection, is facing a major opposition campaign from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). They are basing their opposition on the cost involved with installing such systems. This argument just doesn't stand-up. A 2007 U.S. Dept of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology "Benefit-Cost Analysis of Residential Fire Sprinklers" finds the added cost of the systems to be under $3000. If the cost of building an average house in the U.S. were $150,000, a $3000 sprinkler system would be a 2% increase in cost. And insurance premiums would likely be reduced resulting in the system "paying for itself" over several years. Please contact your local and state legislators and tell them that you want this code adopted. It will protect lives and property. http://www.bfrl.ni st.gov/oae/publica tions/nis...  (Feb 5, 2009 | post #8)

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Fire chief: Fire hydrant not at fault in Selden woman's d...

There is another issue which, if it were in place, may have saved this woman's life. On Sunday, September 21st, the International Code Council (ICC) voted to approve a fire sprinkler mandate as part of the 2009 International Residential Code, requiring that sprinklers be included in all one- and two-family homes and townhouses built to the code as of Jan. 1, 2011. While the fire service has been fighting for too many years to have this type of code adopted it is now facing challenges. Unfortunately, this much needed protection, is facing a major opposition campaign from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). They are basing their opposition on the cost involved with installing such systems. This argument just doesn't stand-up. A 2007 U.S. Dept of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology "Benefit-Cost Analysis of Residential Fire Sprinklers" finds the added cost of the systems to be under $3000. If the cost of building an average house in the U.S. were $150,000, a $3000 sprinkler system would be a 2% increase in cost. And insurance premiums would likely be reduced resulting in the system "paying for itself" over several years. Please contact your local and state legislators and tell them that you want this code adopted. It will protect lives and property. http://www.bfrl.ni st.gov/oae/publica tions/nistirs/NIST IR_7451_Oct07.pdf  (Feb 4, 2009 | post #40)

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Fire chief: Fire hydrant not at fault in Selden woman's d...

Evelyn - I have to vehemently disagree with your last sentence. Though it may not be 'your job' to see that the detectors are working properly, it is your job to see that you and your family are protected to the best of your ability. That being said, I'd like to ask you to please do yourself and your family a couple of favors: 1) Go to your local hardware store, Home Depot or Lowes and purchase your own smoke detector. There are good dual sensor (Photo/Ion) battery operated detectors available for under $50. Your life and your family's life are worth far more than that. 2)Contact your apartment buildings owners and the town fire marshalls office about the inoperable detectors in the building. Do so immediately and follow up any verbal conversation with a written letter detailing who, when and what was agreed to. Again, your life and your family's life depends on it. A fire doesn't care who was supposed to service the alarms. And dying because of smoke or fire that wasn't detected early is no way to make a statement about poor management of a home or apartment.  (Feb 4, 2009 | post #38)

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Commack fire chief rescues woman and dog

Good job! Proud to be a brother Chief! Stay low, stay safe!  (Aug 4, 2008 | post #17)

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Fundraiser will aid Holbrook soldier injured in Iraq

The hardcopy of Newsday has this sidebar which is omitted from the online. The Fundfaiser Where: Plattduetsche Park, 1132 Hempstead Tpke. Franklin Square 516_354_3131 When: 5 p.m. Cost: $10 @ door Live music, drinks, raffles, other fundraising chances Donate: Chistopher Levi c/o Holbrook Fire Department 390 Terry Blvd. Holbrook, NY 11741  (Jul 18, 2008 | post #17)

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Billy Joel plays first of 2 final concerts at Shea

Clarification, that's the train leaving Jamaica at 1:32am, gets into Huntington about 2:25am  (Jul 17, 2008 | post #47)

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Billy Joel plays first of 2 final concerts at Shea

Was there last night... And Billy Joel ROCKED the stadium! No problem with the sound in the first base line box seats. He played from about 8:20 to 11:30 straight. I recommend you take the train, 5:03 or 5:05 from Huntington and plan on getting home late... 1:32am from Jamaica. Hey, if that's too late for you, I'll gladly take the tickets off your hands :) And if not... enjoy the show!  (Jul 17, 2008 | post #46)

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Historic Cold Spring Harbor firehouse preserved, moved 30...

Kid, I've posted this to you before, do the Brotherhood a favor and drop the 'hero' attitude. The heroes are those Brothers who have gone "above and beyond." Also, look up the word 'humility' and try exercising it. You want to see a true Long Island hero? Check the story about Lt. Michael Murphy ( http://www.newsday .com/news/local/su ffolk/ny-murphy-me dal,0,3359909.stor y ) or any other Medal of Honor recipient ( http://www.cmohs.o rg/ ). I do the job because it's who I am. It's in my nature to try to help someone who needs it. And the only thanks I need are a handshake from a Brother or the resident after we've done our job. I don't have to remind them that we get up when they are sleeping. I just hope they are sleeping soundly knowing that there are people who will get up when needed to respond. Also, based on what I concieve is your level of maturity (or immaturity) I doubt whether you are one of the taxpayers who pay for us to provide these services. Be that as it may, as a Brother remember to "Stay low, Stay safe". "But there ain't no medals on my chest, a**holes,'cause I ain't no hero. I'm a fireman. We're not in the business of making heroes here." - Tommy Gavin on "Rescue Me"  (Jun 23, 2008 | post #4)

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2 Bay Shore firefighters honored with state award

Capt. & Lieut. congrats brothers !! Great job and well deserved recognition for you and the Brotherhood. Keep low, stay safe! Stand Tall !  (Jun 18, 2008 | post #5)

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Neighbors cover their ears over E. Farmingdale sirens -- ...

Thank you for your kind words. But please reserve the title 'hero' for those that have truly earned it. I'm just doing what I feel is right, having a good time doing it and feel great inside when I have been able to make a positive impact on a person's life.  (Jun 5, 2008 | post #82)

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Neighbors cover their ears over E. Farmingdale sirens -- ...

But Bob, you are wrong. I do realize it as I went through it myself with the residents of my district. And after a meeting with the residents and some compromises on both sides, the situation was resolved. Likewise, though there may be a "total disregard" (your words not mine) of the noise compliants. You are simply speculating about any complaints regarding excessive spending as the article states nothing about any such complaints. To me, it seems as if your have taken this issue to push your agenda of going to a paid or partially paid service.  (Jun 4, 2008 | post #62)

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Neighbors cover their ears over E. Farmingdale sirens -- ...

As a volunteer (not E. Farmingdale) we have stepped up to show our concern for the community, it's residents and those who pass through it. This has to go beyond manning the engines and trucks, to include looking out for what is in the best interest of all concerned. The issue with the siren can be resolved to the satisfaction of most (you'll never please everybody) if they all sit down and discuss it. This includes the fire department officials, fire district commissioners, and citizenry. Examine the issues: 1) Is there a need for the siren? Yes - it has a positive affect on the ISO rating of the department, as a secondary means of notification. 2) Does it need to be 130+ decibels? My guess is most likely not. Determine what is a necessary level to reach the area it needs to. Seems like there are multiple sirens in the district. Do they overlap in the areas in which they can be heard? 3) When does it NEED to be activated? This can only be determined by examining the department's protocols. Can the cycles be further shortened? Is it operated 24x7? If so, is that necessary? Or can it be limited to non-night hours when there is less likelyhood of noisy activities precluding a member from hearing their pager? Should it be activated on all alarms? Only on the initial dispatch? Or conversely, only on secondary dispatches such as a 13/35 (working fire) or signal 3 (more manpower required)? 4) Are there dead areas that the current pager dispatch isn't reaching reliably? Can this be resolved by adding a repeater or raising/relocating the antenna? Not that I am saying this to eliminate the siren but rather to more effectively notify the members. EFFD Brothers - I urge you to work towards a reasonable resolution of this issue. First out of concern for your residents and members. And secondly, to give (force) newsrag to write a positive piece on how we, the volunteer fire service on LI, do really care about who we have sworn to serve.  (Jun 4, 2008 | post #56)

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Centereach firefighter hurt in crash

Sorry Pitch but you are wrong here. NYS Vehicle & Traffic (V&T) Law Article 26, Section 1144 specifically states  (Jan 16, 2008 | post #57)

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"But there ain't no medals on my chest, a**holes,'cause I ain't no hero. I'm a fireman. We're not in the business of making heroes here." - Tommy Gavin on "Rescue Me"