Firefighters Operate at Stubborn Mulch Fire in Medford
By JOHN WALTHERS, Senior Correspondent | October 11, 2020 | NEW YORK
Story No. 101320117
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosYaphank FD's ladder operates at a mulch fire in Medford on 10/11/20, with water being supplied by Medford FD's tanker.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosMEDFORD FD BRINGING IN MORE WATER TO SUPPLY TO THE TOWER LADDER.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosFIREFIGHTERS FROM HOLTSVILLE FD AT THE SCENE OF A MULCH FIRE IN MEDFORD SUNDAY OCTOBER 11TH 2020.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosYAPHANK FD PREPARES TO TAKE THE FIRE MARSHAL UP TO CHECK OUT THE SITUATION.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosADDITIONAL CREWS FROM MUTUAL AID DEPARTMENTS ARRIVING ON THE SCENE.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosMEDFORD AMBULANCE STAGED ON SCENE TO ASSIST AT A RECENT MULCH FIRE.
Medford, NY - On Sunday, October 11th at about 3:30 P.M., the Medford FD was activated for a report of a mulch fire at Your Yard Materials on Cedarhurst Ave., off Addison Pl.
On arrival, Medford’s Chief found a large pile of mulch burning into the landscaping yard. Based on the size of the pile and the lack of hydrants close to the fire location, the chief requested that Fire-Com activate mutual aids to the scene.
The first resources to be requested to the scene were for ladders from Farmingville and Yaphank, followed by Manorville and Middle Island for tankers which would be used to supply the ladders. Multiple engines were also dispatched to the scene to shuttle water to supply the tankers.
Responding departments included Medford (multiple engines), Yaphank (1 engine and 1 ladder), Manorville (1 tanker), Middle Island (1 engine & 1 tanker), Farmingville (1 ladder and 1 engine), Holtsville (1 engine to the scene), Ridge (1 tanker), Hagerman (1 engine and 1 ladder), and North Patchogue who stood by for Medford.
Firefighters operated into the evening hours, dousing the mulch piles with water from above while heavy machine operators turned over the pile to minimize any hotspots. The Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal was on scene to assist as well as to investigate.
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.