Rescue 5A2-6 - 2007 American LaFrance

Measuring in at 38.5’ long and weighing 68,000 pounds, this walk-in heavy rescue is truly a versatile do-it-all rig. Having heard the rig was well equipped, I asked the truck committee chairman “okay, let’s make this easy - what doesn’t it have?”...“SCUBA equipment, that’s it” was the response. Rescue 6 acts as not only a heavy rescue but also as a command post, mutual aid FAST (Firefighter Assist & Search Team) and the primary response vehicle for Setauket’s technical rescue team which is an active participating member of the Brookhaven Technical Rescue Taskforce, a group of departments within the 5th Division providing joint equipment & manpower response for technical rescue incidents within the 37 fire districts of Brookhaven Town. Originally planned for delivery in 2006, the department put the project on hold when the truck committee chairman, an FDNY firefighter, was seriously injured during one of two fatal incidents occurring on the infamous “Black Sunday” (January 23rd, 2005 when three FDNY FF’s suffered a LODD at two separate incidents). Despite his urging to move forward, as a sign of respect for his commitment to the rig’s design, the department opted to await his return to allow him to complete the project he had put some much effort into - the impressive capabilities of this rig are a testament that it was well worth the wait.

Rescue 6 is equipped for all types of rescue operations including:

Command Post - UHF/low band/800 Mhz/marine band radios & a lap top

Vehicle/Machinery - Holmatro rescue tool system, (40) 4x4 cribs, hand/air powered tools, (3) sawzalls

Marine/Ice - (4) cold water survival suits, 12’ Avon inflatable boat with 15 HP motor

High-Angle - 1,500’ of rescue rope, (10) Class III harnesses, (10) personal gear bags, assorted rigging hardware, (2) Stokes basket, SKED, LSP half back immobilization device

Confined Space - supplied air cart capable of supplying four rescuers up to 300’ each, (4) supplied air respirators, hard wired communications, (4) multi-gas meters for atmospheric monitoring

Collapse - Stanley hydraulic power system (believed to be the only one on Long Island) with pavement breakers, 10” concrete ring saw & 12” concrete chain saw, USAR search cameras, torches, heavy rigging, and other collapse tools including 10 1/4”, 7 1/4” & 5 1/4” saws, (2) hammer drills & nail guns

Truck Co./FAST - (4) Partner saws, (1) Ventmaster chain saw, thermal imager, standard truck co. tools









Ladder 5A2-1 - 2009 KME Aerialcat 100’/2000 gpm/300 gal.

Brush 5A2-3 - 2008 Ford F350/Setauket Fire District 150 gpm/200 gal.

Engine 5A2-14 - 2000 Emergency One 2000 gpm/750 gal.

Special thanks to FF’s Brian Yoos & Joe DiBernardo for their assistance in arranging this photo shoot, positioning the rigs & providing background information.

1895 Gleason & Bailey Hook & Ladder (Ramsey FD)

The department’s first apparatus, a combination hook & ladder that could be pulled by hand or horses was placed into service in 1911. As Setauket’s original rig was long gone, when the department celebrated its’ 100th anniversary in 2009, they invited the Ramsey (NJ) Fire Department to attend the muster & parade with their 1895 Gleason & Bailey hook & ladder which bears a striking resemblance to their original rig. In true fire service fashion in support of the brotherhood, the Ramsey FD traveled over 80 miles to Long Island to participate in the celebration of Setauket’s milestone anniversary. The rig was on display during the muster and later participated in the parade pulled by a team of horses.

Organized in August 1909 as the East Setauket Hook & Ladder Co., the department purchased ladders following a carnival in October 1909 before purchasing a combination hook & ladder (which could be pulled by hand or horses) in 1911. After several name changes over the years, the department became known as the Setauket Fire Department in 1949.

Present day, the department’s volunteers respond from three stations providing Fire, Technical Rescue & ALS level EMS transport to a 28 square mile district (including 30 miles of beachfront on the Long Island Sound). Serving the hamlets of Setauket & East Setauket, the Village of Old Field & portions of Stony Brook, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Lake Grove & Centereach, the department protects a daytime population of 90,000 in a diverse group of target hazards including University Hospital at Stony Brook (the Level 1 trauma center for Suffolk County), 90% of Stony Brook University and two heavily traveled roadways (one with a daily average of 35,000 vehicles) among many others.

Copyright 2010 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2010 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2010 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2010 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2009 Tom Rinelli