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Apr 9, 2012 5:12 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Local Firefighters Rush To Help In Brookhaven Brush Fire

Apr 11, 2012 1:12 PM

“In 1995, it was very, very fast moving—a lot faster than this was,” Chief Pierson said. “That one created its own wind and was moving so fast that you had to chase it to catch up to it, so everything was a little more haywire. This one was slower, and they knew where it was going, so we could position ourselves to fight it and protect houses.”

The firefighting efforts this time around were also intricately coordinated by Suffolk County Emergency Services, with all of the dozens of fire departments involved answering to the same coordinators.

“They had their act together a lot better this time than back in ’95,” said Amagansett Fire Chief Mark Bennett. “It was very well coordinated. Back then, we just went up there and drove around—if you saw fire, you stopped and put it out.”

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God Bless our local fiiremen/women. May they get the job done safely for all.
Thank you to the entire rescue teams and volunteers.
By harlee24 (7), southampton on Apr 9, 12 5:42 PM
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Ditto. Hopefully this fire will not involve a radiation contamination component.
By PBR (4947), Southampton on Apr 9, 12 5:45 PM
Gotta love our volunteers!!! Hope you all stay safe while you are keeping the communities safe!!!!!
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Apr 9, 12 6:18 PM
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Thank God for all our dedicated volunteers! Praying that they all remain safe and are able to get this "monster" under control soon.
By Proud of our volunteers (5), Southampton on Apr 9, 12 7:08 PM
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Praying all of our firefighters stay safe and get control of these fires! Very scary situation!
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Apr 9, 12 8:12 PM
There were some big charcoal-y pieces of ash on my front walk and back patio late this afternoon. I saw the North Sea brush truck heading out at about 5 pm and later noticed the Southampton one in the parking lot of the fire house on Hampton Road. Looked as if it had just come back as I thought I glimpsed a few firemen in turnout gear resting on the ground near it.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Apr 9, 12 9:47 PM
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The brush truck that you noticed, that was at hampton road was on standby. In the event that a brush fire were to start in southampton.
"It's Brush fire season, no open burns"
By Unkown Local (18), southampton on Apr 12, 12 4:42 PM
Thank you to all that are helping extinguish this monster blaze. Be safe!
By bchgrl83 (52), Westhampton Beach on Apr 10, 12 6:07 AM
Has the fire in Bridgehampton been put out?
By btdt (449), water mill on Apr 10, 12 10:52 AM
Thank God there wasn't any parades going on!
By patrickstar (67), hampton bays on Apr 10, 12 2:09 PM
FUI ? Firefighting under the Influence !! Heehee !
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Apr 11, 12 2:54 PM
Glad that fire is out and the injuries the firemen sustained were not life threatening. Hope it rains soon!
By Rich Morey (370), Brooklyn on Apr 11, 12 12:03 PM
What was the origin of the fire? The article mentions where, but not how, it began. Or did I misread the article? Thank you firefighters. Without your help and dedication for generations the East End would be a wasteland.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 11, 12 1:01 PM
Thank you to all of our firefighters!!!! Great job once again!!!
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Apr 12, 12 10:15 AM
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