September 18, 2016 8:33 pm admin
by Warren Horst
The Flying Dutchmen Drill Team of the West Sayville Fire Department continued its winning ways on Friday evening, August 26, 2916, when the team chalked up its fifth tournament victory of the season by capturing the 86th annual running of the Islip Town Volunteer Firemen’s Association Drill in Central Islip.
As usual, the drill, open only to volunteer fire departments in Islip Town, featured five additional contests not normally run on a week to week basis making it a greater challenge to prepare for while expanding the opportunity for all entrants to put up point-earning runs. Hosted by the hometown fire department for the past thirty-sixth years at its training facility on Wheeler Road, the Flying Dutchmen amassed fifty-one points out of a possible sixty-five to coast to an easy win with an eleven point edge over of the second place Central Islip Hoboes. The Islip Town championship title has been won by West Sayville eighteen times since the Central Islip Fire Department began hosting the tournament annually in 1981 and twenty-two times since the drill was first run eighty-six years ago.
The Bay Shore Redskins and Islip Wolves tied for third place overall with thirty-five points apiece while the East Islip Guzzlers rounded out the top five finishers with seventeen points.
The Flying Dutchmen started the night out on top of the leader board with a first place run in the Three Man Ladder contest (6.38 seconds) but slipped to a three point deficit overall by the end of the fourth event. That quickly changed with a first place, 9.05 second effort in C Ladder, five contests in to the drill, which tied the team for first place overall at that juncture. When the first hose contest was over, West Sayville again moved to sole possession of the top spot on the leader board with a 12.73 second effort in C Hose. This gave the team a two point lead which steadily grew as the night went on. By the end of the Efficiency contest, with two events still to run, West Sayville had clinched the overall victory having an eleven point lead by then.
The Flying Dutchmen scored their remaining points by placing first in B Hose (8.05 seconds), Motor Pump (6.16 seconds), Efficiency (8.93 seconds) and Efficiency Replacement (24.71 seconds); second in the Combination Hose and Pump (14.88 seconds) contest; third place in Individual Ladder (4.44 seconds), B Ladder (6.64 seconds) and Motor Hose No. 2 (18.23 seconds); and, fourth in the Dummy (21.18 seconds) and Buckets (24.72 seconds) contests.
With the tournament win team member Richard Quenzer joined a small, but growing group of fellow Dutchmen with his 100th drill victory while competing with the team. Those who already enjoy that honor, in the order of the most wins, include Frank R. Miller, Sr., Gary A. Schaum, Robert Marra, Frank R. Miller, Jr., Michael Marra, Allen Newhouse and Ryan Huguenin.
The 2016 Islip Town Champions are 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 David Banks, Kristy Banks, Kevin Candido, Louis Christensen, Brian D’Onofrio, Patrick Garrett, William Hothan, Ryan Huguenin, Casey Johnson, Frank R. Miller, Jr., Robert Noonan, Richard Quenzer, Joseph Quenzer, Douglas Quenzer, Gary A. Schaum, Daniel Tenney and Ryan Tenney.
Flying Dutchmen Drill Team members Michael Marra and Billy Hothan hand off the 125-pound dummy to Danny Tenney in the Motor Hook & Ladder No. 2 (Dummy) contest so he can slide down the ladder and carry the “simulated victim” to a safe haven during the annual Islip Town Drill on August 26 in Central Islip. (Photo by Kim Versheck)
West Sayville Flying Dutchmen Drill Team members ready the hose line for the water rushing towards them as nozzleman Michael Marra readies to hit the target seventy-five away at the Islip Town Drill at Central Islip on August 26. (Photo by Kim Versheck)