PLLFD Memorial Day Service and Breakfast

Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department invite all:

Your invite from Point Lookout - Lido Fire Department

Your invite from Point Lookout – Lido Fire Department

MONDAY MAY 26, 2014 AT 10AM


Event: PLLFD 2nd Community Meeting


The Point Lookout – Lido Fire Department Commissioners are holding the second public outreach meeting Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Point Lookout Firehouse.

Synopsis of last meeting:

Fire Commissioner Weitz and Others Awarded Firematic Medal


Congratulations to Commissioner Steven Weitz and all the other Town of Hempstead Honorees awarded the Firematic Medal!
Special mention to the Island Park FD for actions during Superstorm Sandy!

From the Town of Hempstead:

Heroes of Sandy and Life-Saving Rescues Among Honorees at Hempstead Town’s 2013 Firematic Award Ceremony

With the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaching, heartbreaking memories of devastation, tragedy and frustration are returning to the hearts and minds of those who experienced the wrath of the Superstorm. Amidst the destruction were tales of courage, chivalry and heroism, including the perseverance of a group of Island Park firefighters who fought through several feet of floodwaters and high wind gusts to rescue their neighbors from a fast-moving fire.

These brave men and women from the Island Park Fire Department were among 33 first responders honored by Supervisor Kate Murray and the Town Board during Hempstead Town’s annual Firematic Service Awards held at Town Hall. The 33 honorees represented 15 fire departments across America’s largest township.

Recipients were honored for various deeds, including life-saving rescues and acts of valor within the communities they serve.

“Heroes rise to the occasion, especially in times of adversity,” Murray said. “Tonight, we celebrated stories of heroism and benevolence, and expressed gratitude to the fine citizens that protect their neighbors each and every day.”

Other honorees include a chief of the East Meadow Fire Department who performed lifesaving CPR on a neighbor’s 10-month-old infant, and a member of the Point Lookout/Lido Fire Department whose quick actions saved a fellow firefighter.

The following 33 individuals were awarded the Town’s Firematic Medal for their distinguished service as members of the volunteer fire service community:

East Meadow Fire Department

Chief Walter P. Griffin, Jr.

East Rockaway Fire Department

Ex-Captain Patty Seifert

Floral Park Fire Department
Ex-Captain William Bedell, Jr.

Franklin Square and Munson Fire Dept.

Firefighter/EMT Justin Pons

Freeport Fire Department
Ex-Chief Julius Ellison

Island Park Fire Department

Former Captain Jason Cruz
1st Assistant Chief Anthony D’Esposito

Former Captain Chris Downs

Firefighter Joseph Garone

Firefighter Ryan Gaynor

Firefighter Sean Gaynor

Firefighter Thomas Gaynor

Firefighter Matt Graci

Captain James Miotto

Firefighter Karlton Nurnberger

Former Chief Ronald Nurnberger

Firefighter Michael Ostrander

Probationary Firefighter Marc Penetto

Firefighter Louis Quilca

Lieutenant Margaret Rodriguez

Captain James Sarro

Captain Kathryn Silliman

Firefighter Carlos Zapelli Jr.

Lakeview Fire Department

Ex-Chief Heather Senti

Levittown Fire Department

Captain Frank Cacioli

Firefighter Joseph DeSimone

Firefighter Nicholas Mouzakes

Lynbrook Fire Department

Honorary Chief William Myers

Mineola Fire Department

Ex-Chief and Warden Louis Santosus Jr.

Point Lookout/Lido Fire Department
Ex-Captain Steven Weitz

Rockville Centre Fire Department

Honorary Chief Thomas E. Cook

Seaford Fire Department

Ex-Chief Fred Roth

Westbury Fire Department

Ex-Chief Patrick Cody

Woodmere Fire Department

2nd Assistant Chief Benjamin J. Nelson

Opinion: Today’s Firehouse Bond Vote

Vote in the Fire District Bond Issue, Today, Tuesday, Jul;y 9,2013

Vote in the Fire District Bond Issue, Today, Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Point Lookout FD Headquarters and Lido Firehouse from 4PM-9PM

You know what they say opinions are like, so stop reading now if you’d rather not know mine.

I want to thank the numerous people I met and talked with about this issue on both sides: who shared their opinions, comments, and knowledge and participated in this discussion. Its obvious people Continue reading

Flyer: Save Ye Old Firehouse


Someone pointed out these “vote no” / petition flyers and were available at the post office.

What do you think?

Has anyone called the number?

I invite both pro and con comments.

Related posts :

Fire Dept $7 mil Plans
Fire Dept Open House #2, at Lido Firehouse

Fire Dept Open House #2, at Lido Firehouse

Lido Point Lookout Fire District had their  Lido Firehouse open house on Thursday June 6, 2013

Lido Point Lookout Fire District had their Lido Firehouse open house on Thursday June 6, 2013

On Thursday evening June 6, 2013 the Lido – Point Lookout Fire District met with residents at their second open house, this time at Lido Firehouse.

Click this link for up to date information directly from;
Lido Point Lookout Fire District.

Once again Commissioner Andy Richter led the discussion. Like he had in Point Lookout two nights before, he explained to residents what the project is about how much it’s going to cost and what’s involved.

Simultaneously Chas Thompson and Jack Paz were presenting at the homeowners association at the Lido Townhouses.

Elevation Drawings of proposed New Lido Fire House by Architect Frank G Relf

Elevation Drawings of proposed New Lido Fire House by Architect Frank G Relf

The meeting was attended by about 40 residents including members of the Lido Dunes and Lido Homes Civic Associations.

You can see my previous post for most of the details:

Fire Dept $7 mil Plans


He spoke of the Sandy related flooding at Lido that wiped out their critical systems heat and generator etc. that they were running on space heaters through most of the winter.

He explained that this is not the original plan, developed over the last ten years; this is the evolved plan since Sandy.

The original plan was limited to:

  • no work at Lido,
  • tearing down Ye Old Firehouse,
  • put up a $4.2 million third firehouse in its place.

Economics, reassessments and then Sandy changed all that.

The new plan is “spreading the 7 million over 3 properties- that was a number similar to the original plan for 2 properties”.  The new plan downsizes the new building at Ye Olde Firehouse, to basically records storage, offices that will no longer exist inside the new main headquarters firehouse if the ambulance is going to fit there, and a conference room/command center for emergencies, with all savings now going into Lido Firehouse expansion and renovation.

Additionally, he defended the shower rooms and upgraded restrooms at HQ, that took some flack from Point Lookout residents saying: “frankly, its disgraceful when our young people respond to medical emergencies or are crawling in god knows what, and we ask them to take whatever bodily fluids they get on them or whatever else they deal with home to their family to shower at home” after a call.  He also explained the “bunk rooms” are flexible-designed to be used for other purposes at any given time. 

In further reference to efforts to defeat the measure and save Ye Olde Firehouse, Andy sternly told the crowd: “I don’t need anyone telling me about fond memories at Ye Olde Firehouse.
I was there. They weren’t.”

He also told the group: “I will answer any questions. Find me at the firehouse, I will tell you fact. ”

After the presentation questions were taken.

First, Lido Dunes Civic member Addi Quinn said “(helping residents during the aftermath of superstorm Sandy) You made it very clear it was Point Lookout AND Lido, not just Point Lookout”.  She went on to add, “I care more about this firehouse than where I am going to have a christening.”

Lido Dunes Civic Association Vice President Mike Fichtelman said, “We appreciate all the hard work. My opinion is this is not alot of money.
They are spending $50 million next door (Long Beach Boardwalk etc) so people can ride bicycles. This is about life and death and about people getting up at 2am to save our lives. This is not alot of money. ”

Greg Nahan, from Lido Homes Civic said “I wanted to do something to help. The Fire Dept needs to be attracting the younger generation.

“We do have our functions here,” he said of the spartan room we were in. “It would be helpful to the team you have here, can this room be upgraded to be more than it is?”

Andy said some small work is already planned for the sparse room, it was open for discussion, but the funds would have to come from somewhere.

Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce leader Richard Zampella spoke of the fact that people on fixed incomes and the younger generation are finding it hard to afford to live here.  He alluded to dwindling membership from younger people in town.

Andy said the younger generation needs to step up and become more involved in the fire department. Their membership is needed.

A little later some of the younger members of the District arrived and were introduced as the next generation of  the Department, to the applause of the crowd.

Sean Gibson, Josh Littlefield and Harrison Weitz, the "Next Generation" of Volunteers from Point Lookout - Lido Fire

Sean Gibson, Josh Littlefield and Harrison Weitz, the “Next Generation” of Volunteers from Point Lookout – Lido Fire Department

Another resident asked how come a bond, and not a grant from FEMA was needed. It was explained, after some chuckles, the department has tried for federal grant money before and only an incredibly small number of firehouses get money nationwide from FEMA. We were knocked out in the first round. He did say over recent years, they had applied for numerous grants and had received over $700,000 in grants that paid for most of the pumper truck and other things.


It was asked what would happen if they did end up getting money from Sandy etc. They said rather than lowering the amount you would pay annually, any amounts received, once paid, would retire the bonds sooner.

Lido Dunes Civic Association's Mike Fichtelman spoke :"This is not alot of money"

Lido Dunes Civic Association’s Mike Fichtelman spoke :”This is not alot of money”

Commissioner Richter said “We were going to save it (asking for a bond issue rather than general fund and grants covering expenses) for when we really needed it.  Now we believe we really need it and we need your support.
“The ultimate answer rests with you coming out and voting that this is a worthwhile endeavor”.