PFD boat now stationed at Mascot Dock
Pictured are deputy chief Nick Greco, chief Joe Arabia, Patchogue Fire Department firemen and commissioners with mayor Paul Pontieri and trustees Lori Devlin and Jack Krieger at Mascot Dock.

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PFD boat now stationed at Mascot Dock

Story By: NICOLE ALLEGREZZA
6/7/2018


After years of shuffle, the Patchogue Fire Department recently moved their fire and rescue boat to an “ideal” location for increased response time. According to deputy chief Nick Greco, the fire rescue boat was stationed at Sandspit Marina last summer. This year, the boat has been moved to Mascot Dock, located at the end of South Ocean Avenue. The move, according to chief of the department Joe Arabia, will increase response times by about eight to 10 minutes from when originally docked at the Fire Island National Seashore building located down the river, and about six to eight minutes from last year’s Brookhaven Town Sandspit Marina location, during their approximate 25-30 calls on the water per year. Greco said after talking with the Village of Patchogue, the mayor and the board approved the move a few months ago. Now he said he wants to notify residents as to why they might see it docked at that location. The new location, he said, is more centralized and is now the only boat at the dock, allowing the firemen to more quickly deploy. He estimates the boat can deploy within approximately four to six minutes from activation. “The amount of water emergencies on the bay have increased every year due to an increase in boating traffic,” he said, explaining the need for the move, and also referencing mutual aid calls. Patchogue Bay, he said, is also an emergency landing spot for JFK Airport, and Patchogue Fire Department personnel are also often the first responders at the scene for any emergency at Davis Park and Watch Hill during the off- and regular season.