About The Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department
The Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department covers ten square miles and has a residential population of over 44,000, and more than three times that amount during the work week. Within the district there are two major hospitals, an industrial park, three high schools, seven middle and elementary schools, numerous shopping centers, houses of worship, office buildings and stores, major access highways and our Town Hall. We also cover over two miles of shorefront.
In 2009, the M-LFD responded to over 2,050 incidents, including over 1,230 house or structure calls, 820 ambulance calls, and various other emergencies including brush fires, electrical wires and car or truck fires. This also includes motor vehicle accidents, which at times required the use of the fire department's heavy rescue units.
To properly protect the diverse district life and property, the district supplies its 255 all-volunteer fire department members with the latest in fire fighting and rescue equipment. In addition to the new fire vehicles, the district over the last few years has purchased or leased operational
equipment such as thermal imaging cameras for all the companies; Hurst tools "Jaws of Life" for the two heavy rescue and highway companies; radios; air packs; and advance life support systems on the two ambulances and budgeted for all chief's cars.
New equipment has also been purchased for behind the scenes maintenance of district operational equipment. The new hydraulic lift system installed at our district maintenance facility allows our mechanics to perform routine tune-ups and special repairs to equipment that would have otherwise been sent out to more costly service centers. The cascade system allows our maintenance department to refill the air bottles used by fire fighters in heavy smoke filled environments to be filled safely and quickly. This reduces the turn around time that bottles can be
put back into service. They presently service 150 air packs and 150 spare bottles.
Training of the fire district staff, as well as the volunteer firefighters, is provided through the Nassau County Fire Service Academy, conferences and symposiums and professional associations. It is funded through the district education budget and education records on all district and fire department staff is kept at the district headquarters.
Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Emergency Phone Number
If you see flashing blue lights on a vehicle driving behind you, that is a volunteer fire department member responding to an emergency. Please be kind and give them the courtesy of the road.
Alarm Company Notifications
Many alarm system installers mistakenly indicate that our residents are served by other local fire departments (such as New Hyde Park, Port Washington or Great Neck) rather than the fire department you are actually being protected by. If you receive a water bill from the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District, then please make sure your alarm company has in their system that your residence is served by the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department. If you are unsure whether you live within the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire District, please call (516) 466-4435 to verify your address.
Many times, alarm companies will notify 911 or a different local fire department instead of contacting our dispatchers directly for alarm activations. Alarm companies notifying the incorrect agency is a very common issue we encounter, especially for residents living in Great Neck because there two other fire department that serve the Great Neck peninsula. It is very important to make sure that your alarm company knows to contact us directly at (516) 466-4411. When the incorrect agency is contacted by an alarm company, your emergency call needs to be redirected to the proper one. Notifying the incorrect agency delays any sort of response in an emergency. Making sure that you have the correct fire department name and phone number listed with your fire alarm company will save precious minutes in an emergency situation.
We urge all residents living within the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire District to call their fire alarm company today and make sure that you have the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department listed as your fire department and (516) 466-4411 as the fire department phone number. Again, if you are unsure whether you live within the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire District, please call (516) 466-4435 to verify your address.
Fire Hydrants & Their Adopted Owners
Residents living within the boundaries of the Manhasset-Lakeville Water/Fire District are asked to please maintain the area around any and all fire hydrants that are located on their property. A minimum of 3 feet in all directions must be maintained around fire hydrants in order for fire department members to operate them properly. This means fire hydrants for 3 feet in all directions must be clear of plants, trees and shrubs, debris, construction materials, vehicles and any other objects that would prohibit fire apparatus from being able to secure a fire hydrant.
In the winter months, residents should make it a point to shovel snow away from fire hydrants and in the spring/summer months trim shrubs, plants and trees on their property. Allowing shrubs, plants and trees to overgrow or allowing snow to cover your "adopted" fire hydrant makes it extremely difficult to locate these vital pieces of firefighting equipment.
Precious minutes count when responding to fire emergencies and the cooperation of our vigilant residents will help us locate hydrants faster during someone's time of need. It is very important that all fire hydrants are visible from the street, so that responding fire apparatus can immediately locate, hook-up and operate them accordingly. HELP US HELP YOU.
In addition, please contact the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District at (516) 466-4416 should you suspect any unauthorized use of fire hydrants.