25 Years Later a Moment of Silence for Captain Dayton

Published on November 25th, 2013 by in Updates

Today at 10:22 am the audible horns in Port Washington will go off to mark a moment of silence for Captain Robert H. Dayton of Flower Hill Hose Co. #1 of the Port Washington Fire Department.

25 years ago, today, while commanding a search and rescue team at an apartment fire on Main Street, he became trapped and ran out of air. Due to the intense heat and smoke, repeated efforts to rescue Lieutenant Dayton were unsuccessful. He was later pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital. The Nassau County Police Homocide Squad and Fire Marshall’s Office later ruled the cause of the fire to be arson.

Lieutenant Dayton attended Schreiber High School and later studied computers at Nassau Community College. He joined Flower Hill Hose Co. #1 at 18 years old. In addition to serving as a volunteer in Port Washington, he was also a professional firefighter with the Fire Department, City of New York, assigned to Engine Company 287 in Elmhurst, Queens. He was posthumously promoted to Captain of Flower Hill Hose Company #1.

The Port Washington Fire Department continues to mourn the loss of Captain Dayton. In 2010 the Town of North Hempstead renamed Haven Avenue, where Flower Hill Hose Co. #1 is located, Captain Robert H. Dayton Way.

Captain Dayton's Funeral Procession Down Port Washington Blvd.
Captain Dayton’s Funeral Procession Down Port Washington Blvd.
Captain Dayton with Family

Media Coverage: 

Dayton Way: A Street Honoring One of Port’s Bravest 
Port Washington Patch – March 3, 2010

A Flag Waves at Weber In Tribute to a Hero
Port Washington News – June 1, 1989

Port Fire Department Thanks Community 
Port Washington News – December 15, 1988

Fireman’s Death Caused by Arson 
Port Washington News – December 8, 1988

Main Street Blaze Ends In Tragedy 
Port Washington News – December 1, 1988

L.I. Fire Company Mourns Its First Loss in Action in 40 Year
New York Times – November 28, 1988

When the Fire Closed In
Newsday – November 28, 1988

Firefighter Dies in Blaze 
Newsday – November 27, 1988

A Queens Firefighter Dies Fighting L.I. Fire
New York Times – November 27, 1988

 

PWFD Blood Drive

Published on October 2nd, 2013 by in Updates

Please support the PWFD by making a blood donation!

Our next blood drive is:

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

at

Flower Hill Hose Company
12 Haven Ave, PW
(Across from the PW LIRR station)

30 minutes of your time spent donating gives someone another chance at life. Dinner will be served to all those who attempt to donate.

 

 

 

 

***IMPORTANT NOTICE***

Published on July 16th, 2013 by in Updates

IT HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION THAT SOMEONE IS SOLICITING DONATIONS BY PHONE, REPRESENTING THE PWFD. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE PWFD DOES NOT SOLICIT ANY DONATIONS BY PHONE. THE PWFD DOES SEND OUT A MAILING SOLICITING DONATIONS IN OCTOBER OF EACH YEAR. PLEASE ADVISE YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS. THANK YOU. *PWFD BOARD OF DIRECTORS*

 

2013 Road Runner Raffle Tickets!!!

It’s almost racing season, which can only mean one thing; raffle tickets are now for sale! Tickets are only $50 each.

Print this form out for more information. 

If you’re not familiar proceeds from the annual Road Runner raffle ticket sale go towards funding the PWFD Road Runners Drill Team. This is the most popular raffle in town so make sure to buy yours early. Simply click the link above, print out the form, and mail it in.

$15,000 in Cash Prizes

1st = $10,000
2nd = $2,500
3rd = $1,000
4th = $500
5th = $300
6-10th = $100 each
There are many more winners and special drawings, check the form out above for more information.

 

Flemming Building Fire

Published on March 22nd, 2013 by in Uncategorized

At around 1:26pm on March 14th, 2013, the PWFD initiated signal 10 procedures for a working structure fire on 1 Herbert Ave.

Detectives from the Nassau County Police Department have determined the fire started due to workers on the roof improperly using blow torches.

Special thanks to all of the neighboring departments who assisted the PWFD in fighting the fire and covering Port Washington.

 

Media Coverage of the Fire:
 CBS – Detectives: Roofers Started Fire That Torched Port Washington Building 

 Patch – Fire Causes Major Disruption by Train Station

The Island Now – Fire Departments Aid in Port Washington Blaze 

 

New Year’s Eve Signal 10

Published on March 12th, 2013 by in SIGNAL 10

At around 3 p.m. on December 31st, 2012, the Port Washington Fire Department responded to a working house fire in the Village of Sands Point.

The Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department provided mutual aid to the scene with a F.A.S.T. team and ambulance. The Roslyn Highlands Fire Company and the Plandome Fire Department provided standby coverage for Port Washington during the incident.

 

Mutual Aid to Great Neck

Published on January 25th, 2013 by in SIGNAL 10

On the night of 18 December to 19 December 2012 the PWFD provided a mutual aid FAST truck, 8522, to the Great Neck Alert Fire Company. The Signal 10, working fire alarm, was transmitted around 2015 on the 18th. The building was a house under construction on Bayport Lane in Great Neck.

A FAST, firefighter assist and search team, is a form of a rapid intervention crew intended to aid or help other firefighters in trouble. Mutual aid was also provided by the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department, Fire Department City of New York, and the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company.

 

Wayne H. Wink Jr., Trains with the PWFD

Published on January 23rd, 2013 by in Training

This past summer the PWFD was joined by Nassau County Legislator Wayne H. Wink Jr., of the 11th Legislative District, at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy.

Training both in Port Washington and at the Fire Service Academy is a regular part of a volunteer firefighter’s duties. The Fire Service Academy in Bethpage allows for firefighters to train, in live burn evolutions, in buildings ranging from high-rise towers, commercial shopping centers, MTA rail-road cars, and tractor trailers.

 

 

Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive, Today November 15th!

Published on November 15th, 2012 by in Updates

Fire Medic Company #1 will be holding a relief supply drive, today November 15th,  in order to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Items can be dropped off between 5pm and 9pm,  at Fire Medic Company #1 located at:

65 Harbor Road
Port Washington, NY 11050
(located between Mill Pond and the Tennis Academy, across from the PW Sewer District)

Items Needed:
Cleaning Supplies
Work Gloves
Baby Food
Pet Food
Non-perishable food
Serviceable blankets, bedding, and clothes (winter wear particularly)
Personal Hygiene Items
Children’s Toys

 

Residential Kitchen Fire

Published on July 30th, 2012 by in SIGNAL 10

On the afternoon of July 30th, 2012 the PWFD responded to a house fire.

The fire was quickly knocked down and a dog was rescued from the building.

Mutual aid was provided by the Manhasset-Lakeville  Fire Department.