Farmingdale Fire Department

Organized in 1892, the department was formed through the combination of Hook, Ladder & Hose Co. (1886) & the Water Witch Engine & Hose Co# 1 (1889) and served the area known as “Hardscrabble” (currently the Village of Farmingdale) and Central Park (present day Bethpage). The department covers a 1.2 square mile area of residential homes & a “downtown” commercial area with 60 volunteers responding to 1,000 alarms annually providing Fire, Rescue & ALS level EMS transport.

Engine 921 - 1989 Spartan/FMC 1500 gpm/500 gal.

Engine 923 - 1993 Spartan/Saulsbury 1500 gpm/500 gal.

Ladder 926 - 1986 LTI Olympian 110’ Rear Mount

After 24 years of service, this rig was replaced with a 2010 Pierce 105’ tandem axle rear mount aerial.

Squad 924 - International 4x4/Emergency One 500 gpm/500 gal.

Equipped with a Holmatro combi-tool, this rig formerly responded to motor vehicle accidents & brush fires. The functions of both this rig and the GMC/Saulsbury rescue shown below were consolidated in 2010 with the arrival of a Pierce Velocity rescue pumper.

Special thanks to Asst. Chief Ken Tortoso, Capt. Patrick Tortoso, Capt. Todd Sexauer & Lt. Ryan Tortoso for their tremendous hospitality and assistance with photographing these rigs.

Rescue 928 - 1989 GMC/Saulsbury

This rig is equipped with a full complement of Holmatro extrication tools.

“The Water Witch”, 1858 Button & Blake Hand Drawn Pumper

Farmingdale has a rich history including operating horses until 1889. They still maintain their original 1858 Button & Blake hand drawn pumper known as “The Water Witch”. As the story goes, the highly superstitious people of that time considered anything out of the ordinary “bewitched”. As this rig astonished its’ own builders with the volume & distance it could throw water (225 GPM), the name “Water Witch” was bestowed upon the rig & the company. It’s longest mutual aid “run” (literally) was to the neighboring community of Breslau (present day Lindenhurst) located four miles away - while that response today would be minimal, imagine pulling this massive rig by hand four miles to the scene, then having to hand pump it as well!!