Recognizing the increasingly negative impact the local opioid epidemic has had on the community, the North Massapequa Fire District has partnered with YES Community Council in Massapequa to host an informative seminar on the subject on Thursday, June 1 at 7 PM at North Massapequa Fire Department headquarters, located at 1000 Broadway in North Massapequa. “The time for action is now,” North Massapequa Fire Department Chief Fred Ferrara said. “Unfortunately we respond to an excessive amount of overdoses due to opioids like heroin and prescription pain killers like Oxycodone and we have had to save peoples’ lives through the administration of Narcan,” Chief Ferrara said. “Narcan is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and can reverse an overdose.” Chief Ferrara said he strongly believes in the necessity to better educate the public as to the dangers inherent with these drugs, as well as preventative measures and support services available. “Making this information available to our local community will be an important first step in significantly reducing the impact this epidemic has created,” he said. To that end, Commissioners from the North Massapequa Fire District have reached out to the YES Community Counseling Center, which is based in Massapequa and Levittown, to conduct an informative seminar on the opioid epidemic, which will be held in the fire department’s community meeting room. YES, under the leadership of Executive Director Jamie Bogenshutz, has been providing important support services to the community for more than 40 years. Its mission is to increase awareness about personal and community issues, prevent and treat substance abuse, and to promote healthy families and a safe community. “YES has an extensive out reach program, which will be a perfect fit to lead our educational effort on the state of the opioids problem, nuances to substance abuse and the availability of treatment,” Fire Commissioner Ralph Raymond said. “YES and the fire service have a lot in common, overseeing the welfare of our local residents. We are so proud to partner with this outstanding organization and look forward to reaching out to our community and saving lives together.” Commissioner Jack Smalley said he hopes residents will take advantage of this informative seminar. “People should not feel hesitant about joining this seminar, because it’s everybody’s job to address this problem head on,” Commissioner Smalley said. “Education really is a vital component in providing a remedy to this crisis.” For more information and to register for the seminar, residents should contact the North Massapequa Fire Department’s website at www.nmfd-660.com or call the Chief’s office at 516-579- 0900. Seating is limited, so it is important to register as soon as possible. “I hope to see everyone on June 1st,” Chief Ferrara said. “Let’s resolve this critical issue together.”
<img class="margin-right: 20px; alignleft wp-image-2214 size-medium" src="https://i0.wp.com/nmfd-660.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/North-Massapequa-Fire-Department-Unveils-New-Heavy-Rescue-Unit-664-at-Wet-Down-Ceremony-300×225.jpg?fit=300%2C225" alt="North Massapequa Fire Department Unveils New Heavy Rescue Unit 664 at Wet Down Ceremony" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/nmfd-660.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/North-Massapequa-Fire-Department-Unveils-New-Heavy-Rescue-Unit-664-at-Wet-Down-Ceremony.jpg?resize=300%2C225 300w, https://i0.wp.com/nmfd-660 our website.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/North-Massapequa-Fire-Department-Unveils-New-Heavy-Rescue-Unit-664-at-Wet-Down-Ceremony.jpg?w=1000 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” data-recalc-dims=”1″ />The North Massapequa Fire Department’s Engine Company 3 recently held a dedication ceremony for its new heavy rescue unit 664. The ceremony, which included district officials, department members, the clergy and invited guests from the community, took place on a beautiful Sunday afternoon behind the North Massapequa Fire Department’s Station 2 building on Hicksville Road. The truck bears a commemorative plaque in honor of late Commissioner and Ex-Captain John J. Erickson, a 42 year member of the North Massapequa Fire Department and Friendship Engine Company 3, who was widely respected throughout the fire service and the community. The ceremony included a champagne wet down conducted by Erickson’s wife, Lucille and son, Richard, who is an Ex-Chief of the Department. The ERV Heavy Rescue, made by Spartan, is equipped to handle a multitude of emergencies including vehicle extrication, stabilization and also can serve as a mobile command unit. The rig is logistically and ergonomically well designed and features exceptional versatility in the field for responding firefighters. It offers multiple seating options, rehabilitation, planning and preparation, and command configurations.
The North Massapequa Fire Department will be hosting the organization’s Semi-Annual Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registration on Monday, April 27, 2015 at the North Massapequa Fire Department’s Headquarters (1000 Broadway in North Massapequa, New York) from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. “Months of harsh weather has really taken its toll on our local blood banks. Now is the time to unite in an effort to replenish supplies,” North Massapequa Fire Department Chief Kevin B. Mauro said. “Blood need to be on the shelves prior to demand, because one accident victim may require dozens of pints of blood. We appeal to all those eligible to participate. If you have family members or friends who are willing to donate, please ask them to also support our effort.” Chief Mauro said the members of the North Massapequa Fire Department take pride in hosting this important drive. “It allows the entire community to join forces with North Massapequa firefighters in saving lives,” he said lexapro pill. “The blood drive is open to the public and all eligible donors are welcome. It is a great opportunity to do something heroic.” Blood donors are also asked to consider joining the bone marrow registry, which may, in the future, help save the life of someone in need of bone marrow. A representative from NUMC blood services will be on hand to explain the bone marrow registration process. Hospitals use hundreds of pints of blood each day to meet the needs of Long Island’s patients. Giving blood is always in season, and what better way to make a difference than by helping someone in need. “People should always donate whenever they can,” Chief Mauro said. “Your life saving gift of blood is essential to help offset periods of peak demand, when supplies can drop drastically, with little notice.” Donating is quick and easy and is an entirely safe procedure. All materials used during the process are sterile, disposable and used only once…by you. There is no danger of contracting any disease, including AIDS. The pint of blood you donate will never be missed by your body, which manufactures an equivalent amount in 24 hours, but it could mean the difference between life and death to one or more recipients. When broken down into component parts, one single pint of blood can help save up to three lives. To qualify as a blood donor, a person must be between the ages of 17 and 75 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood within the last 56 days. The fire department will provide food and refreshments for everyone who attends the blood drive. For more information, residents can contact the fire department by calling (516) 579-0900. Residents can also go online at www.NMFD-660.com. “Remember, many people are counting on you to give blood,” Chief Mauro said. “April 27th is your opportunity to help save a life. Remember, blood cannot be manufactured. It can only come from the generosity of donors.”
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