It is with deep sadness the Chiefs Office announces the sudden passing of Firefighter Ray Sipel Jr. Rays father is also an ex captain of Huntington Manor. Please keep the Sipel family in your thoughts and prayers. Wake and funeral arrangements for Firefighter Ray Sipel Jr. are as follows. Wake Friday, December 26th 2-4 P.M. and 7-9 P.M. M.A. Connell Funeral Home 934 New York Avenue Huntington Station. Fire Department Service Friday night 8 P.M. Funeral Service Saturday, December 27th, 10 A.M. Saint Peters Church 11 Ogden Court Huntington Station N.Y.
Monday, September 15, 2014 Kidde Recalls Smoke and Combination Smoke/CO Alarms Due to Alarm Failure
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 On Thursday September 11th the Huntington Manor Fire Department will be holding two services to remember the events and victims of the attacks on our country. The first service will be held at Fire Headquarters starting at 7:45 AM. This service will last to approximately 10:28 AM the time the second tower fell. A candlelight vigil will be held at 7:30 PM at Peter Nelson Park on Oakwood Rd. Peter was a Huntington Manor Fire Chief and also a member of F.D.N.Y. Rescue Company #4 who made the ultimate sacrafice that day. All members of the community are welcome to attend either or both services.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Today we honor Richard “Rev” Holst who on September 9th, 2009 answered his last alarm in the line of duty. Richie is missed everyday by his wife Noreen and his brother and sister firefighters at Huntington Manor. Here is an article on Rich which was printed in Newsday.
As the Huntington Manor Fire Department’s chaplain, Richard Holst was known to many firefighters only by his nickname, “Rev,” the man you turned to in times of stress and grief.
Sunday, the fire department grieved for Holst, along with hundreds from across the region, as they attended a firehouse wake for the 31-year veteran, who died Wednesday of natural causes on a fire call.
The Huntington Station chaplain, who was 60, lay in repose at the department’s headquarters, dressed in his blue uniform with white gloves. At either end of the coffin stood two firefighters at attention throughout the wake. Grim-faced firefighters slowly approached the coffin in pairs. They knelt before it and then stood up slowly, raising a white-gloved right hand to their brow, a final salute.
A tall, solidly built man with a crew cut, Holst had a light touch as a lay chaplain, said colleagues who elected him to the position time after time for 25 years.
Being a chaplain meant attending countless wakes and funerals, counseling traumatized firefighters and paramedics, and making house calls on the sick and bereaved. “He lived his life as a chaplain,” said Edward Billia, the department’s associate chaplain. “He believed in it.”
Holst, a retired National Grid worker, died outside a fire at the Uber Cafe on Depot Road in Huntington Station, police said. He was not involved in putting out the fire, but he suddenly collapsed while helping to coordinate efforts, officials said.
As a sign of mourning, the Huntington Manor Fire Department placed two ladder trucks outside to hold aloft a large American flag. Purple and black bunting was placed above the fire house’s front door. A digital sign outside the fire house informed motorists and passersby of Holst’s passing. “Rest in peace, dear brother,” it said.
The Huntington Manor Fire Department will be celebrating our 111 th Anniversary with a Fireman’s Fair and Parade from Tuesday July 15th thru Saturday July 19 th. The Fair will take place at the Stimson Middle School and Peter Nelson Park on Oakwood Rd, Huntington. The hours are 7 PM-11 PM daily and 5 PM-12 AM on Saturday. The Parade is Wednesday July 16th at 7:30 PM. There will be Amusement Rides, Games of Skill, Gambling, Food and Live Music. Fireworks Wednesday thru Saturday night at 9:30PM.
Sunday, December 29, 2013 13:38 Huntington Manor Firefighters responded to a reported house fire at 6 Dianne Crest in Huntington on Sunday afternoon. Arriving first, Assistant Chief Frank McQuade confirmed a working fire with a 2 story private dwelling fully involved in flames. First due Engine 2-4-3 was ordered to secure a hydrant and stretch two 1 3/4 lines to the front door. Under the command of Chief of Department Fred Steenson Jr, assisted by Chief Mcquade and 3rd Assistant chief Jon Hoffmann firefighters began to attack the fire. Complicating the operation was a ruptured gas line to the house that contributed to the rapid spread of the fire. Approximately 60 firefighters using 7 pieces of equipment had the fire under control in about 50 minutes. Manor was assisted at the scene by Huntington Fire Department and Huntington Community First aid Squad provided an ambulance stand by. Melville Fire Department stood by at Manors Headquarters. Town fire Marshall’s were called to investigate the cause of the blaze however it is believed to be accidental at this time.
Photos Ron Schankin
FDAction shots Alex Vansantvoord
Thursday, December 12, 2013 16:18 On Thursday afternoon at 16:18 hours the Huntington Manor Fire Department responded to a working house fire located at 5 East 20th Street in Huntington Station. Units were confronted with a 2 story private dwelling that was heavily involved in fire. Under command of 1st Assistant Chief Frank McQuade an interior attack was attempted but due to the collapse of a rear setback all units were pulled out of the building for an exterior attack. 3 lines were used to control the fire before firefighters could re enter the building. Manor was assisted at the scene by Huntington and Greenlawn Fire Departments. One firefighter was transported to Huntington Hospital with a burn injury by Huntington Community First Aid Squad. Town of Huntington Fire Marshals and S.C.P.D. Arson squad are investigating the cause of the blaze.
Photos by Ron Schankin
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 21:23 On Tuesday August 13th at 21:23 hours the Huntington Manor Fire Department was activated for a structure fire at 92 Columbia Street in Huntington Station. While en route the manor dispatcher advised the chiefs he was receiving numerous phone calls for this address. 3rd Assistant Chief Jon Hoffmann arrived and transmitted the 35 with heavy fire out the exposure 3 side of a 2 ½ story private dwelling. Under the command of Chief of Department Fred Steenson Jr. an aggressive interior attack was started. The crew from first due Engine 2-4-3 stretched a 1 ¾ line to the front door. 1st due ladder 2-4-8 set up their ladder and started venting the building and searching for any occupants that might have been in the house. Crews from 2nd due engine 2-4-9 stretched a 2nd line to back up Engine 3’s line. The fire was quickly knocked down and all searches were negative. The Huntington Fire Department was on scene for rapid intervention along with Huntington Community First Aid Squad who provided a rescue stand by. Greenlawn Fire Department stood by at Manor’s HQ. The Town of Huntington Fire Marshall and Suffolk Police Arson Squad were requested to respond to determine the cause of the fire but it was believed to be accidental. A total of 60 firefighters with 3 engines 2 ladders 1 heavy rescue and fire police responded to the blaze. All units were back in service by 23:00 hours.
Photos by Ron Schankin http://websites.firecompanies.com/hmfd/photos/?album=51&gallery=48
On Friday afternoon July 26, 2013 at approximately 14:40 hours, the Huntington Manor Fire Department dispatcher received numerous calls for a structure fire at Tilden Car Care Center, located at 800 New York Ave. in Huntington Station. Arriving first on scene 3rd Assistant Chief of Department Jon Hoffmann (2-4-33) was confronted with a heavy fire load from the exposure 1 (front) and exposure 2 (left side) of the building. He immediately requested mutual aid from Huntington Fire Department for a ladder and engine and Greenlawn Fire Department for an engine to the scene. First arriving Engine 2-4-3 picked up a hydrant on New York Ave and dropped a 5 inch supply line. Crews from the engine stretched (2) two and a half inch lines and began an attack. Due to the heavy volume of fire and numerous autos inside the shop it was determined this would be an exterior attack. Tower Ladder 2-4-7 set up for operations on the exposure 2 side. Engine 3’s deck gun was also put into operation making a total of 3 master streams attacking the fire. Due to the burning cars, propane, acetylene, oxygen, gasoline and other flammables in the building a foam operation was put into place. The electric lines feeding the building burned through sending live wires to the ground also hindering fire operations. It took approximately 100 firefighters from the three departments to bring the fire under control. The Huntington Community First Aid Squad transported an employee of the auto shop with burns to his arm to Huntington Hospital and several firefighters were treated at the scene by Community for heat related complaints. Dix Hills Fire Department provided a standby at Manors Headquarters. Chief of Department Fred Steenson Jr. (2-4-30) declared the fire under control at 16:04 and all units were up at 16:49. The Town of Huntington Fire Marshall and Suffolk County Police Arson Squad were also called to the scene. A total of 6 cars and the building were destroyed in the blaze, however the cause of the fire appears to be accidental.
H.M.F.D. Photos by Ron Schankin http://websites.firecompanies.com/hmfd/photos/?album=49&gallery=46
Sunday, July 14, 2013 11:18 AM While setting up for our annual fair, the Huntington Manor Fire Department dispatcher received a call reporting a possible structure fire at 303 Nassau Road in Huntington Station. Arriving in 3 min Chief of Department Fred Steenson Jr confirmed the working fire with heavy fire blowing out the rear of the house. Assisted by 1st asst Chief Frank McQuade and 3rd asst Chief Jon Hoffman an interior attack was established. Due to the volume of fire and high heat and humidity mutual aid was requested from Huntington and Halesite Fire Deparments. Melviile Fire Department stood by at Manors quarters and Huntington Community First Aid Squad provided ambulance coverage at the scene. All units were back in service by 1 PM.
Photos by Ron Schankin http://websites.firecompanies.com/hmfd/photos/?album=48&gallery=45