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Mutual Aid to Valley Stream

 Story and Photos by Ex-Captain Steve Grogan


At about 12:45 in the afternoon of Sunday, March 18, 2007, a resident frantically approached Lynbrook Fire Chief Keith Festa as he was leaving the Tally-Ho firehouse on Horton Avenue.  The resident pointed to heavy smoke across the street and up the block inside Valley Stream.   Chief Festa notified the members of Tally-Ho Engine 3, and they drove up the block looking for the fire.  They found a fire at 11 Lynn Court just as the Valley Stream Fire Department was broadcasting a house fire at that location.      

The first fire truck from Valley Stream was Engine 342, the actual sister company of Tally-Ho, which responded from their nearby firehouse on Brooklyn Avenue.  Engine 342 took the hydrant a half block away from the burning house.   Engine 342 members and Tally-Ho members working together stretched two attack lines to the burning house.  Tally-Ho took the second line in.   Lynbrook’s Truck Company also responded to the scene on a mutual aid and set up its tower ladder in the driveway on the side of the house.  They used their bucket to put firefighters on the roof to vent the fire. 

The two attacks lines were sufficient enough to attack a fire that had spread from the basement up the walls into the attic of this small one story home.  The fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes.  Lynbrook was at the scene for about hour.  The fire was blamed on a faulty oil burner.

Chief Festa said that Lynbrook firefighters, by helping our brother firefighters from Valley Stream, helped to quickly extinguished the fire and keep the fire damage to a minimum.   

02/21/17 10:00

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