This winter has been long and challenging for all members of our community. The members of the Saltaire Volunteer Fire Company would like to welcome back the community with breakfast to thank and acknowledge the community for it's continued support following Superstorm Sandy.
Though the firehouse is still under renovation from damage sustained from the storm, the members will provide a light breakfast on Sunday May 26th from 8am-11am. This is also an excellent time to learn more about what we do, see how our equipment and apparatus operate, and get information on how you can become a member!
We look forward to seeing you!
The Village of Saltaire Fire Marshal will inspect homes throughout the Village during the 2013 summer season. Please see the attached inspection notice for fire safety requirements and contact information for the Fire Marshal if you should have any questions.
The SVFC is seeking members of the community to serve as Volunteer Firefighters, EMTs and Auxiliary members. No experience is needed and all training is provided!
Firefighter and EMT courses are offered year round.
Those interested in serving as Firefighters are now able to join as Exterior only Firefighters. Contact us to learn more about this new opportunity!
If you have any questions about joining and to receive a membership applications, please send an email to email@example.com or call (631) 583-9507
The Village of Saltaire has outlined specific steps and actions
required prior to re-energizing your homes. LIPA has also
provided information to assist you. It is recommended that
Saltaire homeowners review the information provided by LIPA (PDF linked below) and the
requirements of the Village of Saltaire to minimize the risk of fire due
to compromised electrical wiring or components.
Chief J.R. Rieger
We would like to thank the Saltaire community, particularly in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, for your support of the Saltaire Volunteer Fire Company and all of the hard work and efforts of our volunteers in 2012.
Wishing everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year – Stay Safe.
In spite of the storm, the SVFC Holiday Party will take place in the Firehouse on Saturday, December 15th, at 12 noon. This may be a little different from previous years given the current situation, but there will be plenty of Holiday food and fun, and Santa will be making his usual appearance.
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Fire Company has been in a state of readiness. I'm proud of the hard work and dedication of our membership to help ensure the safety of the community.
We are well underway replacing the equipment and supplies that suffered water intrusion. Our ambulance, pumpers and other vehicles are and have been ready to go. The attention of our members is getting back to the training and skills building that is a constant part of the fire and rescue service.
Fire remains our biggest hazard. Please take care to follow the required actions and recommendations outlined by the Village Administration. Home electrical inspections are recommended even if your home doesn't have a red sticker. Propane tanks floated freely during the storm, many of the copper tube connections feeding into the homes were damaged. Please have them inspected prior to using propane gas.
Volunteers are always needed. For more information please stop by and ask any member.
Finally, all of us at the Saltaire Volunteer Fire Company want to extend a special thank you to community members for their support.
As the Village prepares to allow homeowners to visit the community and inspect their homes, the Fire Company would like to remind everyone to review and follow the procedures established by the Village for your safety. Those procedures can be found on http://www.saltaire.org/reentryprocedures.pdf
Over the past several days, the Fire Company volunteers have been:
- Cataloging and detailing the damage done to our equipment due to water intrusion
- Checking and rechecking our pumpers
- Ordering supplies and coordinating replacement equipment
- Dedicating hours securing and collecting propane tanks around the Village
- Preparing for and standing by while the Village electrical service is reestablished
- Looking forward by planning our 2013 training dates at the Academy and in the field
A special thanks to the Village staff for their relentless attention to detail and hard work to bring the Village back to this point.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy the volunteers of the Fire Company has made good progress on it's two core objectives:
- - Operational Readiness
- - Helping the Village prepare for the eventual restoration of electrical service to homes by securing propane tanks, particularly the 100 pound cylinders that are the energy source for many homes.
We are in coordination with Fire Island Area Command, which is the Incident Command center for all of Fire Island. Our vehicles have all returned to the community. It should be noted that the availability of sufficient water to suppress a fire and the condition of some walks displaced by flooding contribute to an environment severely impacting our readiness for both Fire and EMS response.
Your volunteers have worked hard to locate, shut off and secure many 100 pound tanks, some found under homes and walks. We have made significant progress in this dirty and hazardous effort. The Fire Company will continue this effort and is working closely with Village Maintenance, Security and Administration.
Good progress has been made, however, the logistics to get our volunteers out to the community and the Nor'easter scheduled to arrive today are just some of the challenges we are overcoming.
I thank all the volunteers, the Village staff and administration for their relentless efforts.
Chief JR Rieger
We have all been impacted by Hurricane Sandy including the Fire Company. In the wake of the Hurricane, the Fire Company is returning our trucks to Saltaire and our members are working to restore the fire house to operational status so that we may respond to emergencies and has established a number of priorities.
The two main objectives are to ensure the Fire Company is able and ready to respond and assist the Village administration in its efforts to return Satlaire to a safe environment. Our second objective is to prepare the Village for the eventual restoration of electrical service to homes.
The Volunteers of the Fire Company have been going door to door throughout the Village, assessing hazards, namely: 1) that the LIPA electrical service connection to the house is intact. 2) That the Main Breaker within homes are off. 3) Ensuring that propane tanks are secured, are turned off and not compromised.
As you have heard from the Village Administrator and the Mayor, Saltaire and Fire Island are truly not safe at this time. The number of trees down and the damage to walks and other Village infrastructure make it very challenging if not impossible for us to respond to emergencies presently.
The Fire Company is very thankful and greatly appreciates the efforts of all the agencies, the Village Maintenance Department and all the Fire Departments that are involved for their hard work and effort in restoration.
We also want to thank the Volunteers of the Fire Company for their work to date and thank you our residents for your patience while we continue to make the Village safe again.
A tremendous amount of work has been done; regrettably there is more work to do.
Chief JR Rieger