Montauk Fire Department Corner: March 2024

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Hello all and welcome to this month’s Montauk Fire Department Corner. I trust and hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that you are all getting through the winter in Montauk as comfortably as possible.

January is the month when we at the Montauk Fire Department complete all of our mandatory training requirements. These include training in blood/airborne pathogens, HAZMAT, and sexual harassment. The training takes place at our headquarters during the January department fire school. As always we are happy that we had almost 100% attendance for this important training. Those who missed it will be able to make it up at the June fire school. I’d like to thank Ed Schnell of Company No. 3, who conducted the bulk of this training and assisted with the audio and visual aids.

Congratulations to Steve “Puck” Dolan on being named the Grand Marshal of this year’s Montauk Friends of Erin Saint Patrick’s Day parade. The parade this year will be held on Sunday, March 24th starting at noon. I look forward to the officers, men and women of the Montauk Fire Department being in the line of march to support Puck and the Montauk Friends of Erin.

On a similar note, the Montauk Friends of Erin hosted a BINGO night at the Montauk Fire House in late January. By all indications it was a successful fundraiser as was the pasta dinner hosted by the Montauk School PTA in January. A good time was had by all.

On Monday, February 5, 2024, at approximately 8:30 a.m., members of the Montauk Fire Department responded to Fishers Cottages, East Lake Drive, Montauk. Upon arrival we found the cottage closest to Lake Montauk fully on fire. Over twenty firefighters/EMT’s and ten pieces of fire and EMT apparatus responded to the location. Additionally, members and equipment from Amagansett Fire Department were requested through our mutual aid agreement, as were members of the East Hampton Fire Department, who stood by at our Fire House. The fire was brought under control in a relatively short period of time. I am happy to report that there were no injuries. I want to thank our brother and sister firefighters from Amagansett and East Hampton Fire Departments who came to assist us. It’s nice to know that we can count on them, and that they can count on us when the need arises. I also want to thank the officers, men and women of the Montauk Fire Department who helped extinguish this fire in a safe, professional and efficient manner.

That’s it for this month’s edition of Montauk Fire Department Corner. I hope everyone can make it to this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade to enjoy another nice day in Montauk.

      ~ Ken Glogg, Chief, Montauk Fire Departmet