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Ribbon Cutting for Dix Hills Fire Deptartment Training Facility

Pictured from left, are First Assistant Chief Robert Fling, Commissioner Todd Cohen, Councilwoman Susan Berland, Ex-Chief Richard Granahan and his son Thomas, 7, Commissioner Larry Feld, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Commissioner Robert Commisso, Commissioner Phil Tepe, Commissioner Mike Plumitallo, Chief Bill Stio, Second Assistant Chief Tom Napolitano, and Third Assistant Chief Alan Berkowitz. Photo by Steve Silverman.

Pictured from left, are First Assistant Chief Robert Fling, Commissioner Todd Cohen, Councilwoman Susan Berland, Ex-Chief Richard Granahan and his son Thomas, 7, Commissioner Larry Feld, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Commissioner Robert Commisso, Commissioner Phil Tepe, Commissioner Mike Plumitallo, Chief Bill Stio, Second Assistant Chief Tom Napolitano, and Third Assistant Chief Alan Berkowitz. Photo by Steve Silverman.

The Dix Hills Fire Department hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate their newly completed Training Facility on May 18, 2014.  State Assemblymen Andrew Raia and Chad Lupinacci, Town Council Members Susan Berland and Mark Cuthbertson, Fire Chief’s from neighboring fire departments, and community residents, joined with the department membership to commemorate the opening.

The new training facility simulates a typical Dix Hills house. It is a prefabricated 2,556-square-foot steel building, and consists of two floors and an attic. The facility was constructed some 600 feet behind Station #1 on Deer Park Avenue, and cost approximately $550,000. The building was completed in mid-April and the project was finished under budget. The Board of Fire Commissioners planned and budgeted for this purchase several years ago, and funding was set aside each year in a Capital Reserve fund. As a result, there will be no increase in fire district taxes resulting from this project.

The new training facility will provide the volunteer firefighters with a dedicated area to hone their skills, enhancing their ability to protect the community. Firefighters can safely train in this building in realistic conditions of hot, smoky, low visibility environments. Additionally it allows for greater flexibility in scheduling live fire training sessions, thereby reducing costs. Currently, the Dix Hills Fire Department can only attend such trainings at the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank, with limited scheduling availability. This means up to 40 members have to depart the area for extended periods of time, and could leave the community short of manpower in the event a major fire or emergency situation arises.

For the Dix Hills Fire Department, this building will serve as a major component in future trainings and will directly impact their ability to save lives and property within the community.

 

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