September 25, 2016 8:24 pm admin
by Warren Horst
This past Labor Day weekend saw the Flying Dutchmen Drill Team of the West Sayville Fire Department cruise to their sixth tournament victory of the 2016 firematic competition season and add yet another title to their accomplishments this season, Suffolk County Total Points Champions.
Competing against eighteen other volunteer fire departments from Nassau and Suffolk Counties at the Hagerman Fire Department’s training facility on September 3, the Flying Dutchmen placed in five of the eight events competed to earn a total of twenty-two points for their day’s efforts, six ahead of the Islip Wolves and Bay Shore Redskins who tied for second place honors with sixteen points apiece. The North Lindenhurst Piston Knockers ended in fourth overall with fourteen points and the East Islip Guzzlers fifth with a point count of thirteen.
West Sayville took an early lead after the second contest, B Ladder, and, from that point on, was at the top of the leader board for the balance of the day. The Flying Dutchmen fended off an initial challenge from Bay Shore midpoint in the drill when their lead was cut to just one point and, two events later, when both Islip and Bay Shore crept within four points. In the end, West Sayville had the tournament win wrapped up before the Buckets contest began with a seven point edge over their nearest competitor. It was the team’s 173rd tournament victory since going to its first firematic competition in Greenport in 1892.
Along with the prestige of earning the 2016 Suffolk County Total Points title, the team’s seventeenth since the season points were first tallied in 1974, the Flying Dutchmen rose to the top in four of the eight individual contest total points for the year; Three Man Ladder, C Ladder, B Hose and Motor Pump. The top spots in the remaining four events were shared between North Lindenhurst (two), Central Islip and Islip.
The West Sayville team earned its points with first place finishes in B Ladder (5.11 seconds) and C Ladder (9.20 seconds) and a trio of second place efforts in the Three Man Ladder (6.31 seconds), B Hose (8.16 seconds and Motor Pump (5.82 seconds) contests.
The 2016 Labor Day Drill and Suffolk County Total Points 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 team members Daniel Tenney and Joseph Quenzer concentrate on stretching out the hose line while aiming to trip a target over twenty-five feet in front of them during the Efficiency contest at the annual Labor Day Weekend Drill hosted by the Hagerman Fire Department on September 3. (Photo by Kim Versheck)
As their teammates rush to mount the ladder in the Buckets Contest at the annual Labor Day Weekend Drill hosted by the Hagerman Fire Department on September 3, West Sayville Flying Dutchmen Brian D’Onofrio and Ryan Tenney in the foreground plunge their five-gallon fabric buckets into the water trough and head off to the ladder where they will hand them off for passing up the ladder and ultimately dumping in a fifty-gallon barrel atop twenty-foot high arch. (Photo by Kim Versheck)