Islip Fire Department

Hook & Ladder Company No. 1

Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 was the first company in the Islip Fire Department. It was organized in 1880 and incorporated along with the Islip Fire Brigade in 1881. The company’s first hook & ladder apparatus was purchased from F. W. Munckelwitz of Sayville at a cost of $170.00 and delivered to its newly constructed truck house on May 31, 1880. Its ladder and bucket were painted black, and the running gear and frame red, and it was striped with gold. The two-story truck house was constructed at a cost of $252.00.The newly formed Islip Fire Brigade answered its first fire alarm at an unoccupied shanty on November 3, 1880. In February 1918 the Department’s Board of Directors signed a contract for a Robinson Motor Hook and Ladder truck with Chemical Tank. Although the delivery was scheduled for that August the truck was delayed because material had been frozen due to the “Great War”. The apparatus was finally shipped on March 17, 1919. Hook & Ladder Company acquired new Maxim truck in 1937 and 75-foot Pitman snorkel joined the fleet in 1964. A city service truck was added in 1976 and the snorkel was replaced by a 100-foot Grumman Aerialcat rear-mount tower ladder in 1985. Today Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 is authorized 48 members and operates two trucks.

Company Officers
Captain - 
Thomas Farrell
1st Lieut - 
Sean Pyatt
2nd Lieut - Peter Miele
Secretary - William McKeever
Treasurer - Robert Powers

The apparatus currently assigned to Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 includes a 2010 Ferrara Inferno low profile equipped with a 77-foot heavy aerial ladder designated as 3-4-5 and operates from Fire Headquarters. A 75-foot LTI mid-mount Tower Ladder, which is mounted on a Spartan Gladiator chassis was delivered in November 1998 and entered service in February 1999. It is designated as 3-4-11 and is assigned to Station No. 2.

Truck 3-4-11 - 1998 LTI/Spartan 75' Tower

Truck 3-4-5, 2010 Ferrara Inferno 77-foot heavy aerial ladder.



Ladder 3-4-5 wetdown ceremony

Sunday, October 30, 2011  On October 30th 2011 the Hook And Ladder Company #1 christened the new Ladder 3-4-5 with a ceremonial wet down. The new 2010 Ferrara Inferno low profile equipped with a 77-foot heavy aerial ladder entered service a few months ago and just received its inauguration. Ex-Captain Ronald Pfuhl Jr was behind the wheel for the trucks wet down ceremony. Ladder 3-4-11 along with the assistance of the Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department as well as Engines 3-4-1 and 3-4-2 performed the service. The Chiefs and Board of Fire Commissioners presented the vehicle to the company officers. Maureen Dineen, the wife of sitting Captain and truck committee member Vincent J Dineen broke the champagne bottle on the bumper of the truck to finish up the services. The truck was only made possible by the dedicated work of the truck committee. (Photos by John Ippolito Jr and Jeremy Isaacs) JG  




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Hook & Ladder Company No. 1

Thomas Farrell   

Sean Pyatt   
1st Lieutenant

Peter Miele   
2nd Lieutenant

William McKeever   

Robert Powers