Montauk Fire Department Corner: September 2023

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Welcome to this month’s Montauk Fire Department Corner. I trust everyone had a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. I think we are all looking forward to a little bit more laid back time leading into the Fall season.

Speaking for the Officers, men, and women of the Montauk Fire Department, I am more than proud to say that we assisted in this year’s Wounded Warriors annual Soldier Ride. The Soldier Ride is both a fundraiser and a tool to raise awareness about our military Veterans who have sustained combat injuries in defense of our nation. The ride was held on Saturday, July 15th.  It began at the Amagansett Fire House with several hundred participants, including Disabled Veterans. Although the ride did not come out to Montauk this year, the Montauk Fire Department furnished our tower ladder truck to proudly display the American Flag as the soldiers and civilian participants rode underneath “Old Glory”. I would like to give special thanks to Firefighter Justin Raynor, who manned the tower ladder truck, for helping this to be a special day.

As you might be aware, the ranks of volunteers in Montauk and our surrounding areas are dwindling. The Montauk Fire Department is committed to continuously making an appeal for citizens of Montauk to step up and volunteer as a Fire Fighter, or Emergency Medical Technician.

To this end MFD hosted a general informational meeting for any persons interested in joining the Montauk Fire Department on Wednesday, August 30th at the Montauk Fire Department. I encourage everyone to learn what the men and women volunteers do to assist the community. If you have any questions about volunteering, please call (631) 668-5695 for further information.

Speaking of Fall, now would be a good time to take steps to help the Montauk Fire Department and the Town Police Department locate your home in case of emergency. Please make sure your home is marked clearly using these guidelines:

  • Post your house number directly on your house, apartment or garage, where it can be seen from your road, and visible up to 150 feet, from all angles
  • Your house number should be no less than 4 inches tall, in contrasting color from your house color

Clearly posted house numbers can save precious time should an emergency occur. Response time is critical. Seconds lost can mean the difference between life and death. Thank you for following these regulations.

This wraps up this month’s edition of the Montauk Fire Department Corner. Stay safe and please keep pulling over safely to allow emergency vehicles to pass by. See you next month.

                   ~ Ken Glogg, Chief, Montauk Fire Departmet