August 7, 2016 8:14 pm admin
This year is a special one for the West Sayville Fire Department as it begins the 125th year of service to the communities of Oakdale and West Saville.
From the first meeting of the West Sayville Hook & Ladder Company on October 1, 1891 in Dingman Van Popering’s general store that once stood where the Headquarters station presently does, to the fourteen hundred and fifth (1,405th) meeting convened in January 2016, it has been a storied history. The department has grown from just a single two story building housing a hand drawn ladder cart and a handful of volunteers to a two station operation with a fleet of thirteen primary response vehicles, another half-dozen ancillary units and 123 members that responded to over 500 emergencies last year.
As part of a year-long celebration of its 125th anniversary Chief Lucus Domingo proudly announces the West Sayville Fire Department will be hosting the 2016 Islip Town Volunteer Firemen’s Association Parade on Saturday, August 13, 2016. The event will feature fire departments, musical units, affiliated organizations and fire apparatus from throughout the Town of Islip and will be immediately followed by a block party to the rear of the Headquarters station at Montauk Highway and Cherry Avenue in West Sayville.
The celebratory procession will line up on Rollstone and Division Avenues and, at six o’clock in the evening, proceed out onto Brook Street heading in an easterly direction. It will continue to Saxton Avenue, turn south on Saxton to Montauk Highway, then head west until reaching the Headquarters property opposite Cherry Avenue where it will end.
In order to accommodate the movement of the larger pieces of fire apparatus along the parade route, Chief Domingo is asking for the cooperation of the community by refraining from parking on these roads between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on the day of the parade.
The West Sayville Fire Department will be providing garbage bags to each of the participating organizations lining up along the side streets at the starting point of the parade. Personnel will be going through the neighborhood immediately after the parade to collect these bags as well as pick up any litter that may not have been properly disposed of. A second pass will be made through the area the following day to ensure nothing was overlooked.
Please join in our celebration and recognize the volunteer emergency responders of the Town of Islip by coming out to view the parade. Enjoy the sounds of the talented fire department bands, admire the sharp marching of the volunteers and let the kids take in the sights and sounds of all sizes and kinds of pumpers, ladder trucks, rescue vehicles, ambulances and specialized units. Afterward, light refreshments will be available at the Headquarters station for all too enjoy.