Summer Marine Operations

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The Port Washington Fire Department conducted a marine focused drill on Thursday August 27th, 2015. Members from all four companies practiced on a variety of skills and equipment relevant to marine operations. All firefighters had the opportunity to practice using portable pumps to draft water from Hempstead Bay and flow water through handheld attack lines. 85M1,… Continue Reading

2015 Department Elections


The PWFD is proud to introduce a new Chief of Department and Department Officers. Brian Waterson, of Atlantic Hook and Ladder Company #1, was elected to the position of Chief of Department. Bryan Vogeley, of Flower Hill Hose Company #1, was elected to the position of 1st Assistant Chief. Thomas Golden, of Protection Engine Company… Continue Reading

Signal 10: Garage Fire


On Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, the PWFD was alerted for a General Alarm: House Fire at 11:10pm. Ladder 8519, belonging to Atlantic Hook and Ladder Co. #1, was first to arrive on the scene. On arrival they encountered thick smoke conditions bellowing from the two-car garage. Upon further investigation, firefighters found a running vehicle engulfed… Continue Reading

PWFD Welcomes New Chaplain


On March 2nd, 2015, the Reverend Dr. Charles R. Vogeley, became the Port Washington Fire Department’s newest Chaplain. Rev. Dr. Vogeley, known affectionately as “Pastor Charlie,” has served Port Washington since 1975 when he was ordained and installed as the Lutheran Church of Our Savior’s Pastor. A full biography for the Rev. Dr. Vogeley is… Continue Reading

We Remember Fire Medic Sowle

Fire Medic Sowle

Today please observe a moment of silence for Fire Medic member Ingrid Sowle. 25 years ago, February 19th, 1990. She was tragically killed in the line of duty while operating at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Roslyn West Shore Road. We will never forget! Today the PWFD continues to honor her sacrifice… Continue Reading

A Moment of Silence for Captain Dayton

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On November 26, 1988, 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… Continue Reading

Flemming Building Fire


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… Continue Reading

New Year’s Eve 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… Continue Reading

Mutual Aid to Great Neck

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… Continue Reading

Wayne H. Wink Jr., Trains with the PWFD

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… Continue Reading