Islip Fire Department

Tactical Rescue Team

Islip’s Tactical Rescue Team was formed in 1998 when the former Rope Rescue and Scuba/Water Rescue Teams were combined. At that time the team also assumed responsibility for all heavy rescue emergencies, which had previously been handled by the Rescue Squad. When it was formed, the team was equipped with a vintage 1977 GMC Step Van, which carried the Scuba gear and a converted 1987 Chevrolet/P&L ambulance/heavy rescue truck that carried the vehicle extrication and confined space/high angle equipment. The latter had previously served the Rescue Squad. When placed in service in March 1998 the teams new Pierce Quantum was outfitted to carry the extrication, scuba, confined space and high angle equipment allowing the team to carry all of its tools on a single rig. A trailer was later added to carry the lumber and equipment required for collapse emergencies. Early in 2002 the team became the first volunteers in Suffolk County to be certified in the use of chemical protective clothing (CPC). During 2003 the Islip Fire Department assumed the responsibility for one of several CPC trailers deployed by the Suffolk County Department of Fire Rescue & Emergency Services (FRES).

Today the team’s 20 members train in numerous specialties that include:

  • Confined space emergencies
  • High angle emergencies
  • Building and trench collapse
  • Water emergencies including Scuba
  • Ice rescue
  • Vehicle extrication
  • Hazardous materials

The apparatus currently assigned to the Tactical Rescue Team includes a 1998 Pierce Quantum Series Heavy Rescue Truck that is designated as 3-4-14, and operates from Headquarters. The team also operates a 1996 23-foot, Zodiac Hurricane rigid hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) that is powered by a pair of 90 hp Mercury outboard engines and equipped with a firefighting pump. A smaller 14 foot Starcraft aluminum boat is also assigned. During the boating season unit 3-4-26 is kept in the water at a Town of Islip dock on Maple Street.

Heavy Rescue 3-4-14 - 1998 Pierce Quantum

New Fire Boat Christened Into Service

Saturday, June 11, 2016  On Saturday, June 11th 2016 the Islip Fire Department held a ceremonial wet down and dedication service at the Islip Town Docks on Maple Street to christen our new fireboat 3-4-26. The new fireboat is a 32' vessel capable of SCUBA and surface rescue, marine firefighting, and medical services at the advanced life support level. This vessel is vital to the departments ability to provide the highest level of assistance and safety to the people who frequent the waters in and around the Islip Fire District. This boat replaces a 23' rigid hull inflatable zodiac that the department far outgrew and was unsafe for our members to operate on. Today with the assistance of the East Islip, Bay Shore, and West Islip Fire Departments 3-4-26 was wet down in the canal. The keys to the boat were officially turned over by BOFC Chairman Fred Hermann to the Islip Fire Department Chiefs Office who then passed them off to Marine Division Leader Nick Antonelli. After being blessed by department chaplain Bruce Daly the boat was then christened by having a champagne bottle broken on the bow. It was an honor to have the boat christened by Gina Lieneck and her daughter Danyelle. Gina's daughter and Danyelle's sister Brianna Lieneck was tragically killed in a boating collision in the Great South Bay on August 17th 2005. Brianna was only 11 years old when she lost her life. Her mother Gina was critically injured in that same accident and was transported by Islip Fire Department crews on board the former 3-4-26 from the scene. Gina and her family continue to advocate for boating and marine safety and helped in our acquisition of this vessel. We thank the Board of Fire Commissioners, the Boat Committee, Chiefs Office, USCG, Islip Town Harbor Patrol, the residents of the Islip Fire District, our neighboring fire departments as well as Silver Ships Incorporated who built this vessel.  




Tactical Rescue Team Featured as spotlight of article

Friday, June 1, 2012  Boating Times, a long island maritime magazine is featuring this article spotlighting the Islip Fire Departments Tactical Rescue Team. This article highlights the water rescue service performed by the team.

This article and all photos were submitted by Angela Tarnok Rocchi, wife of volunteer firefighter Joseph Rocchi. Please see the below link for the actual article.






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