Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano along with the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office, the Fire Service Academy and the Nassau Technical Rescue Advisory Committee (NTRAC) announce the distribution of $149,000 in equipment this Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at 9am at the Nassau County Public Safety Center, located at 1194 Prospect Avenue in Westbury.
This new equipment was purchased with New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) grant funds after a successful application was submitted by the Nassau County Fire Marshal and the Fire Commission. The funding is administered by the DHSES but is approved by the Federal Government through the FY2013 Technical Rescue and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Grant Program.
The Nassau Technical Rescue Advisory Committee was created and is sponsored by the Fire Commission to provide first responder departments and agencies operating in Nassau County with assistance in utilization of technical rescue equipment and resources through advice, incident management assistance and coordination of the aforementioned resources, as well as obtaining operational, educational and administrative support. The NTRAC participating agencies will also provide direct technical rescue response services to the citizens of Nassau County. The NTRAC is composed of highly trained members of the Volunteer Fire Services from Bethpage, Freeport, Massapequa, Elmont, North Bellmore, Port Washington, Manhasset-Lakeville fire departments, as well as a group of departments that have created the “Southwest Task Force” which include Rockville Centre, Hempstead and Malverne.
The importance of the NTRAC receiving this necessary equipment is illustrated in a recent event which occurred on July 26th, 2015 when the NTRAC was alerted and assisted the Great Neck Fire Department when a tree fell and partially collapsed the 2nd floor of a house trapping a female resident under the tree in her bed. Working together the various Departments of NTRAC along with the Great Neck Fire Department they successfully freed the woman, who survived and is now recuperating.
The Fire Marshal’s office will be distributing the equipment purchased by Nassau County via the grant funding to the member Departments of the Nassau Technical Service Advisory Committee. The equipment includes seven specialized chainsaws with diamond tip chain blades for cutting concrete and 82 various pieces of equipment for use in “shoring” and securing collapse areas and underground trenches for rescues of that nature. Some of the equipment types are hydraulic struts, and pumps, pulley’s, tripods, braces, clamps, etc.