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    Flying Dutchmen Win 2016 Firematic Competition Season Opener at Lindenhurst
    July 4, 2016 5:48 pm  
    Flying Dutchmen Win 2016 Firematic Competition Season Opener at Lindenhurst

    The West Sayville Fire Department’s Flying Dutchmen Drill Team kicked off the 2016 firematic competition season vying among fifteen volunteer fire departments from Nassau and Suffolk Counties for top honors in the annual Long Island Invitational Drill hosted by the Lindenhurst Fire Department on June 4, 2016.

    Their efforts were well rewarded at the day’s end when a combination of five first place and three second place finishes in the eight-event drill gave the Flying Dutchmen an impressive thirty-seven total points for first place overall, thirteen points ahead of the second place Central Islip Hoboes and eighteen ahead of the third place Piston Knockers of North Lindenhurst. The Islip Wolves and Copiague Yellowbirds finished fourth and fifth overall with eleven and one-half and eight and one-half points respectively.

    The near perfect performance by West Sayville resulted from first place contest runs in B Ladder (5.13 seconds), C Ladder (8.82 seconds), C Hose (12.86 seconds), Motor Pump (5.64 seconds) and Buckets (21.07 seconds) and second place efforts in the Three Man Ladder (6.38 seconds), B Hose (8.12 seconds) and Efficiency (9.40 seconds) contests. Particularly impressive out of this array of first and seconds was the first place in B Ladder, the eighteenth consecutive year the Flying Dutchmen won that contest.

    The Lindenhurst drill win is the nineteenth time the team has emerged as victors since the competition was first run in 1961. The Flying Dutchmen are the winningest team of this particular tournament and presently boast a better than one in three win ratio at Lindenhurst.

    The Flying Dutchmen will be competing again in the upcoming weeks at the annual Suffolk County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Drill hosted by the Bay Shore Fire Department at 9:00 a.m. on July 9, 2016 at the Central Islip Fire Department’s training facility on Wheeler Road and the Riverhead Fire Department Invitational Drill on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 12-noon on the south side of Old Country Road (CR 58) east of Pulaski Street.

    The 2016 Long Island Invitational Drill Champion Flying Dutchmen drill team is coached by Frank R. Miller, Sr., Robert Marra and G. Scott Schrader; led by Captain Michael Marra and Lieutenant Chad Leigh-Manuell; and, comprised of Kristy Banks, Kevin Candido, Louis Christensen, Patrick Garrett, William Hothan, Ryan Huguenin, Casey Johnson, Frank R. Miller, Jr., Robert Noonan, Richard Quenzer, Joseph Quenzer, Gary A. Schaum, Daniel Tenney and Ryan Tenney.


    The 2016 Long Island Invitational Drill Champion Flying Dutchmen pose with their cache of trophies earned at the season’s opening competition at Lindenhurst on June 4, 2016. (Photo by Kim Versheck)

    Poised to spring into action as the trucks rolls off the starting line n the Motor Pump contest at the Long Island Invitational Drill at Lindenhurst on June 4, 2016, the Flying Dutchmen display what it takes to post a first place run of 5.64 seconds. (Photo by Kim Versheck)

    Submitted by: Warren Horst

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