Monday, September 7, 2015

Vigilant Firefighters and EMTs Revive Soccer Player at Memorial Field

Contact: Josh Forst, Chief                                                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Telephone: 516-487-1086              
Email: jforst@gnfd.org

Vigilant Firefighters and EMTs Revive Soccer Player at Memorial Field

Great Neck, NY – September 7, 2015 – Shortly after 6:15 pm on Saturday, September 5, 2015, Vigilant Fire Company Probationary Firefighter Edwin Kokhabi was at Memorial Field on Fairview Avenue in Great Neck playing basketball with friends when he heard a woman screaming for anyone who knew CPR. Having learned CPR just two weeks earlier as part of his initial training, Kokhabi didn’t hesitate and ran over to help. When he arrived on the soccer field he found a fourty-six year old male lying face down. Feeling no pulse, Kokhabi’s instincts took over and he started giving chest compressions until the Nassau County Police arrived and took over from him.

At 6:21, the Vigilant Fire Company was officially notified for a male in cardiac arrest. Three minutes later, Vigilant Paramedic, Steven Blocker arrived, confirmed a patient in cardiac arrest, and immediately started advanced care. The ambulance was two minutes behind Blocker with additional personnel and First Assistant Chief Joshua Charry, another Paramedic was on scene shortly thereafter. Blocker, Charry, and the other members of the Vigilant Fire Company spent the next 15 minutes working in the middle of the soccer field shocking the patient’s heart four times before a pulse returned. They then transported the patient to North Shore Hospital in Manhasset where he is currently hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

When asked about his instincts, Kokhabi stated, “I just did what Firefighter Daniel Behnam taught me to do in training. It wasn’t just me, it was the Police Officers, the other members and Paramedics Charry and Blocker who did most of the work. They deserve the credit.” Upon hearing the story, Vigilant Chief, Joshua Forst said, “This event goes to show that any member of the community can join the Fire Company and make a difference immediately. Despite only being a member of the Fire Company for a month, Probationary Firefighter Kokhabi showed the type of instincts of a seasoned veteran member. Our members spend countless hours training for these moments and I am proud that Probationary Firefighter Kokahbi was able to positively affect the outcome by using his training.”

The Vigilant Fire Company is an all volunteer fire company which provides fire and heavy rescue services to the villages of Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Great Neck Estates, parts of Thomaston and the unincorporated area of the Town of North Hempstead on the Great Neck Peninsula.  The Vigilant Fire Company also provides all emergency medical services for the entire peninsula from the Long Island Railroad tracks north to the Long Island Sound.  Annually, the membership receives nearly 2,500 calls for emergency assistance.  To report a fire or medical emergency call 516-482-5000.  For other non-emergency questions call 516-487-1086 or email info@gnfd.org.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

NUMEROUS RESCUE AGENCIES WORK TO FREE TRAPPED RESIDENT IN GREAT NECK

Vigilant Engine & Hook & Ladder Co., Inc.
83 Cutter Mill Road Great Neck, NY  11021
Bus. (516) 487-1086
                                                               Fax  (516) 487-7216
                             Fire  (516) 482-5000








                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Josh Forst, Chief             
Telephone: 516-487-1086
Email: jforst@gnfd.org


NUMEROUS RESCUE AGENCIES WORK TO FREE TRAPPED RESIDENT IN GREAT NECK

Great Neck, NY – July 27, 2015 – Just after midnight, as most were sleeping soundly in their beds the dedicated volunteer members of the Vigilant Fire Company responded to a call for a person trapped in her bedroom under a tree that had fallen on her house. Vigilant EMS members responded and Vigilant Tower Ladder 8324 was “special called” to the scene to assist with size up and removal of the tree.




In addition to the fire department personnel from the Great Neck Vigilant and Alert Fire Companies on scene, Nassau County Police Emergency Service Unit personnel, and Emergency Ambulance Bureau technicians worked together the Nassau County Tactical Rescue Team and the Nassau County Fire Marshal's HazMat Team. The extrication took nearly 2 hours as members of the TRT worked to shore up the approximately 5000 lbs. fallen limb and help EMS members treat and remove the patient who was transported by Vigilant Ambulance 832 to a nearby hospital in stable condition. Vigilant Chief Josh Forst said, “It was a great example of how five different entities can work closely together and get one job accomplished.”




From 10 PM on July 26 until this call at midnight the Vigilant Fire Company responded to four calls for emergency help. A relatively busy night capped off with a very serious call for help.

The Vigilant Fire Company is an all-volunteer fire company which provides fire and heavy rescue services to the villages of Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Great Neck Estates, parts of Thomaston and the unincorporated area of the Town of North Hempstead on the Great Neck Peninsula.  The Vigilant Fire Company also provides all emergency medical services for the entire peninsula from the Long Island Railroad tracks north to the Long Island Sound.  Annually, the membership receives nearly 2,500 calls for emergency assistance.  To report a fire or medical emergency call 516-482-5000.  For other non-emergency questions call 516-487-1086 or email info@gnfd.org.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

VIGILANT FIREFIGHTERS PRESENT 2015 IELPI SCHOLARSHIPS

Text Box:  Vigilant Engine & Hook & Ladder Co., Inc.
83 Cutter Mill Road l Great Neck, NY  11021         
Bus. (516) 487-1086
Fax  (516) 487-7216
Fire  (516) 482-5000


Contact: Joshua Forst, Chief                                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Telephone: 516-487-1086
Email: jforst@gnfd.org


VIGILANT FIREFIGHTERS PRESENT 2015 IELPI SCHOLARSHIPS

Great Neck Plaza, NY – July 7, 2015 – Annually, the Vigilant Fire Company awards scholarships to students from Great Neck North and Great Neck South High Schools who have demonstrated exemplary volunteerism. The awards, named for Vigilant Chief Jonathan Ielpi who was killed on September 11, 2001, are given to graduating seniors who like Jon did, show a true commitment to community and service.

This year, Chief Joshua Forst, accompanied by Jon's mother Anne and Sisters Anne Marie and Melissa, were pleased to present the Jonathan L. Ielpi Scholarship to Probationary members Yalda Shamash and Aaron Ratner. Both Yalda and Aaron have given countless hours to the Vigilant Fire Company and the Great Neck community. Yalda will attend City University of New York in September and Aaron has chosen to attend the University of Delaware. “We are very proud of our members and lucky to count them among our ranks. Thank you for your service and for carrying on the legacy of our departed friend.” Said Joshua Forst, Chief of Department.





The Vigilant Fire Company is an all volunteer fire company which provides fire and heavy rescue services to the villages of Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Great Neck Estates, and parts of Thomaston and the unincorporated area of the Town of North Hempstead on the Great Neck Peninsula.  The Vigilant Fire Company also provides all emergency medical services for the entire peninsula from the Long Island Railroad tracks north to the Long Island Sound.  Annually, the membership receives nearly 2,500 calls for emergency assistance.  To report a fire or medical emergency call 516-482-5000.  For other non-emergency questions call 516-487-1086 or email info@gnfd.org.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

VIGILANT FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE WOMAN WHO FALLS FROM TRAIN TO TRACK BELOW

Contact: Josh Forst, Chief                                                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Telephone: 516-487-1086             
Email: jforst@gnfd.org

 Great Neck Plaza, NY – July 2, 2015 – Just before 5:45 PM tonight, as many prepared for the July 4th holiday weekend the dedicated volunteer members of the Vigilant Fire Company responded to a call for a woman who had fallen from a Long Island Railroad Train to the track below.

Upon arrival, Chief Joshua Forst found a 74 year-old woman under the train platform who had fallen while disembarking at the Great Neck Station. The patient was calm and complaining of minor injuries. While Chief Forst worked with the LIRR Movement Bureau and the MTA Police Department to ensure that power was off to the 750 volt 3rd rail and coordinate the rescue effort, the volunteer members descended to the track below to assess and extricate the injured woman. Second Assistant Chief Justin Sachmechi, Second Lieutenant Joseph Oginski, and Nassau County Police Department Emergency Ambulance Bureau Paramedic Matthew Gordon found the patient was conscious, alert, and had minor injuries. Their challenge would be extricating her from the tight space and removing her without further injury.

Within 35 minutes, the crew of three had secured the patient and were able to slide her under the train and lift her back onto the train and remove her from the original platform where she had intended to alight. The patient was transported in stable condition to North Shore Hospital in Manhasset for evaluation.

While this was happening, the Vigilant Fire Company also responded to a 14 year-old suffering from a seizure in Saddle Rock Estates, and a Carbon Monoxide Detector activation in the Village of Great Neck Estates.

The Vigilant Fire Company is an all volunteer fire company which provides fire and heavy rescue services to the villages of Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Great Neck Estates, parts of Thomaston and the unincorporated area of the Town of North Hempstead on the Great Neck Peninsula.  The Vigilant Fire Company also provides all emergency medical services for the entire peninsula from the Long Island Railroad tracks north to the Long Island Sound.  Annually, the membership receives nearly 2,500 calls for emergency assistance.  To report a fire or medical emergency call 516-482-5000.  For other non-emergency questions call 516-487-1086 or email info@gnfd.org.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Fire Safety Reminders - pre-Passover message


 
Vigilant Engine & Hook & Ladder Co., Inc.
83 Cutter Mill Road l Great Neck, NY  11021
Business      (516) 487-1086
Fax             (516) 487-7216
Emergency  (516) 482-5000

 


CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT                                                                                     

An open letter to the Great Neck Community:

After the horrible fire in Brooklyn this past Shabbat we have put together some information to help make your homes safer:

General Safety:
  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside of each bedroom and sleeping area. Make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home, including your basement.
  • Smoke alarms should be on the ceiling or high up on walls. Keep them at least 10 feet from the stove to cut down on false alarms. Follow manufactures guides on proper placement of carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Use interconnected alarms so when one sounds they all sound.
  • Test every alarm once per month by pressing the test button.
  • When you change your clock, change the battery in your smoke alarm as well as your carbon monoxide alarm.
  • Replace all carbon monoxide alarms every five years and all smoke alarms every 10 years.
  • Make sure all outlets in your residence are GFCI and inspect all electrical cords periodically for damage.

Cooking Safety: The majority of all residential fires start in the kitchen. Most home cooking fires involve the stovetop portion of the range. One-third of these fires result from unattended cooking.
  • Turn pot handles inward, facing the wall, to prevent burns caused by overturning or spills.
  • Never put water on a grease fire, use an extinguisher and call the Fire Department.
  • Have a pot lid and container of baking soda on hand to smother a pan fire. Do not  use water.
  • Treat burns immediately with cool running water and seek medical attention.
  • Designate ovens, stoves, and heat producing appliances as a “No Go” zone for children.
  • Position the blech so heat can escape from all sides without heating walls, cabinets, and counters.
  • Never put linens of any kind on top of your blech or stovetop.
  • Never cover oven vents with aluminum foil.
  • Never leave appliances which are turned on unattended and always check all electrical chords for damage.

Candle Safety: More than 33% of candle fires occur when candles are left unattended. Half of the people killed by candle fires in the home are younger than 20 years of age, with most of the victims between the ages of five and nine. Burns and fire burns are the leading cause of death in the home for children and young adults.
  • Use sturdy candleholders, with flame-protective non-combustible (glass or metal) shades or globes.
  • Place candles at least four feet away from curtains, draperies, blinds, kitchen cabinets, and bedding.
  • Secure hair and clothing, such as sleeves or aprons, from the flame when handling candles.
  • Light candles out of children’s reach and where they cannot be knocked over.
  • Never leave candles unattended and keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Use extra caution when lighting yahrzeit candles and keep them on a heat resistant surface away from flammable materials.

Pesach Safety:
  • Do not place candles in paper bags with chometz.
  • Keep candles away from all flammable materials. Use a flashlight to search for chometz in hard to reach places.

We highly suggest that each family makes a home escape plan and locate two ways out of every room. Families should have a fixed meeting place outside of the house to be able to account for everyone. If there are infants, older adults, family members with mobility limitations, and/or children who may not wake to the sound of a smoke alarm someone should be assigned to assist them in an emergency. Do not try to fight a fire yourself, get out and stay out. Make sure to close the door behind you (to rooms as well as the front/back door to your house) which will help limit fire spread.   Calling 911 will delay Fire Department response in Great Neck so know who provides fire and ambulance service to your house and make sure to know their direct phone number. If you have any questions about which department to call, feel free to email me your address at jforst@gnfd.org, and I will give you the proper number depending on where you live.

Fondly,

Joshua Forst
Chief of Department

Friday, March 13, 2015

Car Seat Installation

Often times civilians, residents of Great Neck and nearby towns visit the firehouse and ask about car seat installation. Unfortunately, at the Vigilant Fire Company, and in most fire houses in Nassau County firefighters do not install car seats. However, there are a number of places one can go to this service:

1) Nassau County Traffic Safety Board
100 County Seat Drive
Mineola, NY 11501
Daily- Appointment required
Contact - Christopher Mistron at (516) 571-1893

2) North Shore-LIJ Health System
Schneider's Children's Hospital
269-01 76th Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
1st and 3rd Saturday/Sunday of the month March the November 9 AM - 1 PM
Appointment required
Contact: Debora Riccardi at (718) 470-3352

3) North Shore-LIJ Health System
University Hospital at Plainview
888 Old Country Road
Plainview, NY 11803
Alternate Saturday and first Sunday of the month March thru November 9 AM - 1 PM
Appointment required
Contact: Rosemarie Ennis (516) 465-2500

4) Garden City Police Department
349 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
Appointment required
Contact: (516) 465-4121

5) Town of Hempstead Department of Public Safety
200 North Franklin Street
Hempstead, NY 11550
Wednesday 9 AM - 12 PM
Appointment required
Contact Sgt. Robert O'Brien at (516) 538-1900 ext 256

6) EAC SAFE START
175 Fulton Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11550
Thursday 9 AM - 5 PM
Appointment required
Spanish speaking technicians available
Contact: Mayra Portillo at (516) 292-7362

Please take advantage of these services for the safety of your precious cargo.