DISTRICT MANAGER CARL THOMAS LENDS A HAND WITH THE PROJECT
Construction has begun on a new air room at fire headquarters to accommodate a state of the art air compressor system designed to fill our Self Contained Breathing Apparatus air bottles. The new unit will be replacing an older and smaller compressor.
A larger entry door is needed and we are adding a custom, through the wall, storage rack.
Photos by Greg Gottlieb.
Following an extensive search involving numerous candidates the Board of Fire Commissioners is proud to announce that former Commissioner Carl Thomas has been appointed as the new District Manager, filling a position held by Tom Farrell. Carl, besides being a former Commissioner, is a senior member of the Hauppauge Fire Department, serving with Engine Company 3. He has an impressive background that will best serve the residents of the Hauppauge Fire District.
Matt Curtiss has been acting as interim District Manager and will assist Carl as he gets up to speed with his new position.
Carl had been a Commissioner with the Hauppauge Fire District but resigned his position upon being notified that he had been hired as the new District Manager.
We wish Carl well in his new position with the District.
Annual pump testing for our engines and the Quint were conducted at fire headquarters, supervised by District Employee and Ex-Chief Gene Oliver.
Photos by Fire Marshal Gottlieb.
The Hauppauge Fire Department and Assemblyman Mike Fitzpatrick will host a blood drive at our Main Firehouse on Monday, July 18th from 2PM until 8 PM. Please see the flyer for more information.
Commissioners Munro and LaFemina joined members of the Hauppauge Fire Department for Memorial Day ceremonies following the Smithtown Memorial Day Parade.
As we prepare to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 21st, we recognize one of our own Commissioners, Tom LaFemina, for his many years of service with the United States Navy. God Bless all of our veterans.
Chairman Scott Munro was honored to receive an award from the Hauppauge Fire Department on the occasion of his 25 years of service as a Commissioner.
The Hauppauge Fire District and the Hauppauge Fire Department are proud to sponsor Explorers Post 660. Many members of Post 660 go on to become full members of the Hauppauge Fire Department.
For Explorer membership information please visit the Department web site at www.hauppaugefiredepartment.org. The Explorers tab is under "Companies".
Four members of the Hauppauge Fire Department and two members of the Central Islip Fire Department were honored at the April 21 Smithtown Fire Chiefs Council Awards Dinner. Commissioner LaFemina of Engine Company 3 and Ex-Captain Joseph Saladino of Engine Company 4 each received a Life Saving Award.
Assistant Chief Crean of Engine Company 3, Ex-Captain Gottlieb of Engine Company 1 as well as Firefighters Eric Leonard and Kenneth Degen of the Central Islip Fire Department each received Silver Medals for their valiant actions.
The Board of Fire Commissioners congratulates all of the recipients.
Commissioner LaFemina (R) joins Chief Crean and members of Truck Co, as well as Engine Companies 1,3 and 4 at a department heavy rescue drill. Members learned how to use the new Paratech equipment and the winch on 3-8-9.
The Board of Fire Commissioners approved the April 7th Department election results and appointed Kenneth Furuno as Chief of Department, Chris Crean as 1st Assistant Chief and Nicholas Mendola as 2nd Assistant Chief.
The newly completed gear room at the main firehouse has been placed in service by the District. The new gear room is OSHA and PESH compliant and is designed to protect the safety of firefighters, allowing them to safely put their gear on or take it off in an area away from potentially moving fire apparatus. Thanks to Fire Marshal Greg Gottlieb for the photos.
Former Commissioner Robert L. Wind is honored for his 6 years of service by Commissioners Zara, Thomas, Munro, Beltrani and LaFemina.
Commissioners Zara and LaFemina attended a combined elevator and escalator rescue training exercise on Sunday, March 5. The training was held in conjunction with the Suffolk County Police Department's Emergency Services Unit at the closed JC Penny store at the Smith Haven Mall.
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Scott D. Munro, Chairman of the Board
Joseph V. Beltrani, Commissioner
Thomas LaFemina, Commissioner
Louis Zara, Commissioner
Carl T. Thomas
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A fire district is a district corporation of the State, distinct from the municipalities in which it is located. It has the power to require the levy of taxes on real property and to borrow in its own name. Fire districts should not be confused with fire protection districts. A fire protection district is a geographical area of the town which is provided fire protection pursuant to a contract made by the town board on behalf of the fire protection district with a city, village, fire district or incorporated fire company.
The district is governed by an elected board of five commissioners. The fire company or companies within the district constitute the fire district fire department The fire department is headed by a chief and an assistant chief or chiefs. The commissioners are authorized to adopt rules and regulations governing all fire companies and the fire department. A few of the more populated districts may have a small force of paid firefighters. Each fire district is required to have a treasurer and secretary.
The Board of Fire Commissioners serve staggered five year terms, with one commissioner elected annually. Before entering upon the duties of their office, the commissioners must take an Oath of Office. Each year they elect one of their members to be Chairman. Special rules apply to the selection of commissioners for a newly established or consolidated fire district. A commissioner may not be a District Treasurer, Chief or an Assistant Chief of the fire department.
The commissioners are the governing body of the fire district and have numerous powers and duties. The most important include:
- Keeping the fire district spending within the statutory limitation;
-Auditing and approving payment of claims;
-Designating the banks to trust companies to serve as depositories for district funds;
- Authorizing investment of fire district moneys;
-Establishing a petty cash fund;
- Giving notice of the annual election by publication, determining additional hours that the election polls may be open, designating a chairman of election, inspectors and ballot clerks;
- Compensating election officials and in certain circumstances dividing the fire district into election districts;
- Appropriating, by resolution, at any time the proceeds of insurance received for the loss, theft, damage or destruction of real property if to be used or applied to repair or replace such property;
- Holding public hearings pursuant to law;
- Consenting in writing to the extension of the fire districts;
- Petitioning town boards to consolidate fire districts, or alter boundaries of a fire district.
In addition to the above, the board may hire an attorney to counsel and assist in the discharge of its official duties; may engage a certified public accountant or public accountant to audit the accounts and fiscal affairs of the fire district; May organize, operate, maintain and equip fire companies in the district. The board of fire commissioners may also construct and maintain an adequate fire alarm system and employ such persons as may be necessary to effectuate the objects and purposes of the district. The board has exclusive management and control of the property of the fire district. Annually, it prepares and files with the Budget Officer of each town in which the fire district is located, detailed estimates of the amounts of revenues to be received and expenditures to be made in the ensuing year.