Our History

Our History
The original Mastic Chemical Company No. 1 Firehouse and Hall

The original Mastic Chemical Company No. 1 Firehouse and Hall

Early History

The history of the Mastic Fire Department starts with Mastic Chemical Company, which was formed by fifty-two men from Mastic and Moriches. Joseph Titmus was elected Chairman of the early meetings, being the only member with fire experience. Numerous meetings were held, and after some disagreement, separate units were started in Mastic and Moriches.

Subsequently, four men were elected sponsors for the Mastic Unit. They were Russell Ferrer, Anthony Tebbins, Harold Lukert and Thomas Eyton-Jones. The charter for the Mastic Chemical Company No. 1, better known as the Mastic Fire Department, was obtained from the State of New York on April 29, 1925. The Department started with a 1925 Brockway Chemical Pumper Truck and a Pierce Arrow. The contract was awarded to American LaFrance Apparatus Company for a chemical pumper on a 1925 Brockway chassis. There was a single 45 gallon chemical tank and two smaller 35 gallon tank. All water was discharged by soda and acid. The truck was delivered Around June in 1925.

The first officers of the Mastic Chemical Company were: Chief Thomas-Eaton Jones; Foreman Jud Barry; Assistant Foreman B.G. Hurley; Secretary Thomas Doyle; Assistant Secretary Charles Trywusch; Treasurer A.H. Tebbins; Directors Theodore Whitehead, B.G. Hurley and Fred Squires; Finance John Kitson.

In 1925, The Brooklyn Citizen Real Estate Company donated two lots in Section One, Mastic Park. This 40′ X 100′ parcel of land was the site of the first firehouse. The 24′ X 24′ building was built by members under the direction of Anthony Tebbins. The Materials were purchased and financed by Chapmans Lumber Yard in East Moriches. The materials were paid for by donations and efforts by the members at the end of the second year.

Funds were raised by a large community auction and dance in the summer of 1926, held at the Mastic Community Clubhouse. In the latter part of 1926 a meeting hall was added to the firehouse, with the construction again supervised by Anthony Tebbins. It was completed sometime in 1930. A 1923 Pierce Arrow Utility Truck and a 1923 Reo Utility Truck were later added to the roster.

In 1927 the Mastic Fire District was formed. All properties of the Mastic Chemical Company were turned over to the Fire District. After this point in time, the Mastic Chemical Company No. 1 would become known as the Mastic Fire Department. When the property was turned over to the Fire District, a contract was signed whereby the fire department was guaranteed to have a meeting room and recreation room at all times. Should this agreement ever be violated, the original 40′ X 100′ site would revert back to the Mastic Chemical Company Number 1.

On May 31, 1935 at 7:30pm the Mastic Firehouse was destroyed by fire. The cause was a faulty stove. The trucks were saved but all records and trophies were lost. On September 11, 1935, Thomas Eyton-Jones was awarded a contract to rebuild the firehouse.

Mastic Fire Department Emergency Vehicle circa 1950s

Mastic Fire Department emergency vehicle, circa 1950s with firefighters William Kick, John Rosato, Kurt Vogel, Joe Andrejack and Fred Schramm. (By Philip Trypuc, from the collection of Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library)

The First 50 years: 1925 – 1975

The years from 1925 to the 50 year anniversary in 1975 were well documented in our previous journal. Those years included fighting brush fires in Manorville for seven days, Duck Farm Fires, fires at a local church, businesses, Dana Estates, Patchogue Lace Mill Fire, Brookhaven, Mastic Beach, and many others.

Trucks were purchased to keep the fleet updated, including one of the first high-pressure fog pump sets on Long Island. Over the years, more Pumpers were bought with bigger tanks, longer wheel bases, and John Bean high pressure pumps with volume pumps as well. Water supply was a concern, and there were not many hydrants in our community for a long time. Additions to the buildings were completed, a new firehouse was built, and the “Fireman’s Field” opposite the Firehouse was purchased. The Drill Team known as the Whistlers was formed and won several trophies, one of the first Hurst Tools was purchased (“Jaws of Life”), the district purchased its first Chiefs car and, in 1975, we celebrated 50 years of community service…

The 75th Anniversary Committee was formed of dedicated volunteers:
Greg Amato, 2nd Lt. Michael Guarino, Kevin Moylan, 2nd Lt. Robert Bautista, Michael Hall Sr.,  Steve Ricchiutti, Ex-Chief Henry Behrens, Steve Januszkiewicz, Michael Stellato, 1st Lt. Chris Del Vecchio, Gary Lombardo, Ex-Chief Rudolph Sunderman Sr., Elsie Farina, Michael Malone, Chief Rudolph Sunderman Jr., Flavio Gaspari, Eugene Martucci, Ex-Chief Rick Van de Kieft, Captain Patrick Greene, Ex-Chief Charles Mineo, Ex-Chief Steven Zaglool.

More Highlights


  • MFD Tanker used in Toyota TV Commercial


  • Scuba Team Formed
  • Rebuilt Brockway returned to NYS Firemen's Museum in Hudson N.Y.


  • Dept. By-Laws are amended to provide for a dept. President & Vice-President


  • Substation on a North Service Road of Sunrise Highway dedicated


  • MFD Junior Fire dept. organized


  • Fatal Plane Crash at Brookhaven Airport
  • SCPD & MFD personnel save 6 victims at a house fire on Neptune Ave. in Mastic


  • F.D. Responds to call from SCPD for a shooting on Hounslow Road in Shirley which resulted in a fire from tear gas
  • House fire on Eleanor Ave results in the being the 1st burn patient at Stonybrook Hospital Burn Center


  • Commercial Fire next to Shirley Drugs on Montauk Highway
  • Hurricane Gloria


  • 13 calls on the July 4th Holiday


  • Multiple brush fires at Dana Estates
  • Fatal Railroad Accident-MFD responds to accident at William Floyd Parkway
  • 1st Fire District-Wide E.D.I.T.H. Drill held for Fire Prevention Week


  • First addition to Headquarters dedicated-added two drive through bays plus new radio room and generator room


  • 5-12-14 a new 95' Sutphen Aerial Platform placed in service


  • Fire in portable classrooms at William Floyd Elementary-early December
  • Asst. Chief George Zagool rescues young boy at house fire on Terry Drive in Mastic
  • Brush truck lost in Yaphank brush fire


  • First Fire Police Van placed in service
  • 1500gpm Pumpers 5-12-7 & 5-12-7 placed in service


  • First Christmas Tree Lighting-Mastic Park
  • Circus Hosted by MFD- provided by Beatty Cole Brothers
  • Plane Crash at Brookhaven Airport
  • Aerial & 5-12-9 respond to Mutual Aid call to Grover Boat Yard fire-Center Moriches


  • Mutual Aid to Brookhaven - Grucci Fireworks Factory Fire
  • 24 alarms on July 4th
  • Head Start Preschool fire - Lexington Road, Shirley
  • 2nd Fire Police Vehicle Placed in service
  • Tanker 5-12-3 rebuilt using a GMC Astro cab & Chassis


  • Sunrise Wildfires - MFD responds with brush truck, engines, tanker, and crews for fire duty and stand by coverage


  • First Scuba Team truck placed in service 5-12-8
  • National Aviation & Transportation Center opens at Brookhaven Calabro Airport, with classroom and admin buildings, protected by MFD


  • Third Fire Police Truck placed in service 5-12-80
  • Two story Garage Addition on Mastic Blvd. completed
  • Old Blue Lantern burns down Montauk Highway & Midland Ave.
  • First year for Balloon Festival at Brookhaven Airport-Fire Protection provided by MFD


  • “Back Hall” of Firehouse demolished to make room for new facility


  • Dedication of to Fire Headquarters
  • Rebuilt Mastic Memorial Monument on Montauk Highway rebuilt after being destroyed by motorist all in time for Memorial Day Ceremonies
  • MFD Santa shot with BB Gun during annual Santa Run
  • Major Fire at Jurgliewicz Duck Farm - 11 Departments respond on a Mutual Aid
  • “C” Rig donated to Brookhaven Firemens Museum


  • Mastic Fire Department responds to Ground Zero with an Aerial Tower and Heavy Rescue unit.


  • Kohls gas leak from underground tank on New Years Day, major evacuations


  • MFD hosts 1st Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser
  • Major House fire just as the Memorial Day Parade & Ceremonies were going to start


  • Dept. Responded to fully involved house fire-Maple Ave, Shirley
  • Dept. hold first annual Chili Cook-Off-Mastic Beach FD takes 1st Place


  • Dept. receives 2 new Personnel Transport Vehicles 5-12-6 & 7


  • Valentina Pizza Place Fire
  • Chief pulls man from burning building on Montauk Highway
  • Crew & Aerial Tower responds to cat in tree on cold winter night to help concerned residents


  • Chief & Crew with 5-12-14 respond to Smitty's Lumber Yard Fire on Mutual Aid to Mastic Beach
  • Manor House Fire-Montauk Highway Mastic
  • Mutual Aid to Center Moriches for House and Shed fire
  • Explorer Post 512 receives Best Youth Program Of the Year from FASNY
  • Underground Propane Gas Tank leak Boston Market-Handled with controlled burn off


  • Dept. Responds to working fire Ralph’s Italian Ices on Surrey Cir in Shirley.