Why do Firefighters break windows?
Firefighters break windows for two reasons. It is a way for them to escape in case the fire becomes to intense and it allows the very intense heat and gases to escape.
Is a Firefighters turnout gear fireproof?
Unfortunatly it is not, but it does protect them to a certain extent from the heat.
How long can a Firefighter stay in a fire with an Air Pack on?
Airpacks vary in size but typically only 10 minutes of "working time" and 5 to 7 minutes of "escape time".
Has the Bayport Fire Department ever had a Firefighter die in the line of duty?
Since 1891 the Bayport Fire Department has lost only one member in the line of duty. Joseph "Scotty" Farrell pasted away while on active duty during a fire in 1991. Glen Wilkenson (LT, Eng 238 FDNY) was killed in the line of duty on 9/11/01. Lt. Wilkenson was a resident of Bayport and was about to join. Both Mr. Farrell and Lt. Wilkenson have been made Honorary Members.
Actually no it is not. In the United States there are about 31,114 Fire Departments and about 1,082,500 Firefighters. Of the total 31,114 fire departments in the country, 22,636 are all volunteer; 4,848 are mostly volunteer; 1,602 are mostly career; and 2,028 are all career. That means that there are 804,200 volunteer firefighters in the US.
If you have a fire or life threatening emergency, call 631-472-4411. This number goes directly to the Bayport Fire Department Communications and Dispatch Center. They also have the capability to dispatch Community Ambulance which provides EMS for Bayport. The 911 System follows a series of steps before the Bayport Fire Department is contacted. Considering that 911 handles the entire county, sometimes they get very busy.
Without Question, Volunteer Firefighters are trained just as well as paid firefighters. In fact the training never stops. After the first year of the Fire Academy and in house training, serveral Drills are held per month. Volunteer and Paid Firefighers are both professional firefighters. The only differences are the paycheck and shift work.
BFD Firefighters are notified via two methods. Voice Pagers that when activated give the type of alarm and location. The Second is the Air Raid Sirens. Currently there are three sirens in Bayport. The Sirens are generally not used late evening and overnight except in certain circumstances. While this system may seem antiquated, they are a necessity. They alert the public to an emergency both fire, natural, and homeland security.
The Chief is incharge of the Fire Department (elected by the dept and approved by the BOFC) followed by his two assistants. Captains and Lieutenants are incharge of the companies or general membership. The Chief (and other officers positions) is an annually elected position. Currently the Chief of the Department is Robert Fleming (since 2015).
This all depends on the vehicle and is up to the Fire District. The Bayport Fire Department takes very good care of all of the Fire Districts equipment. Typically a Fire Engine, Rescue Truck and Ladder Truck is replaced every 20-25 years. Our Brush Truck and Water Rescue Truck are both over 30 years old and have been refurbished. Chiefs Vehicles are usually replaced every six to eight years. A new water Rescue Truck was delivered in 2006 and Our Rescue truck was replaced in 2010. In 2012, the department/district took position of a new engine, 3-14-3, for Engine Company.
New York State authorizes, with the permission of the Chief of the Department, any active firefighter to display a blue light while responding to an emergency. In 2016, NYS Governor Cuomo signed into law a revision to the States "Move Over" Law and "Blue Light" Law which now requires vehicles to yield the right of way to responding first responders displaying a blue or green flashing light.
Of course! The Red Devils are the name of the Sports teams of the Bayport Fire Department. Currently The Red Devils have a very active Softball and Horseshoe team. In the Past the Red Devils have had a Drill team, bowling team and basketball team! The Red Devils Drill team has performed all over New York State as well as Las Vegas!
In accordance with the Dept of Homeland Security, it has been recommended that Fire Departments no longer sell or give away patches, Shirts or Jackets that resemble "official" clothing or uniforms. The Department, Companies and sporting teams usually have shirts that are available to the general public. If you are interested, please write, email or call the BFD for more info. If you are a member of a Police, EMS or Fire Department we may be able to make an exception to the recommendation.
The Fire Police members are authorized under the Chief of the Department to protect the scene of an emergency and any roadway leading to that scene. They are also authorized by the Suffolk County Sherrif's office as Peace Officers during times of emergencies.
The Bayport Fire Department has no authorization to rent out or allow people or entities to use the Fire House for any reason. The Firehouse and it's associated equipment is owned by the Bayport Fire District. Any requests for usage must be made through the Board of Fire Commissioners for the Bayport Fire District. The Bayport Fire Department does own a building and park however this is private property and not opened for public use.
No. The Fire Department and Fire District does not issue and/or approve public permits of any kind. Permits for events like this are issued by the Town of Islip. Once the Town of Islip issues permits of this kind the Fire Department and Fire District are notified of the event.