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Meeting Report - Jun. 2019

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Meeting Reports The regular meeting of LIEVT was held at the Wantagh Fire Dept. on June 27, 2019. This has become our annual barbeque. The chefs, wearing their LIEVT chefs' hats prepared a wonderful meal. The president, John Manetta, opened the meeting with a pledge to the flag and a moment of silence for our departed members and our troops overseas.

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John then introduced Brian Farrell who heads the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund. Brian is the brother of Terry Farrell who gave his life at 9-11. Terry was a member of FDNY as well as the Dix Hills Fire Department. We are starting the Danny Peluso Scholarship Fund and Brian volunteered to help us set this up. We have to name a committee, get our legal papers in order and open a separate checking or savings account. The Terry Farrell fund has chapters in twelve states and has given over $1,815M in grants and equipment they have collected to firefighters, their families and fire departments across the country. Nate Berry presented Brian Farrell with a wireless backup camera system from FRC.

The president asked Kit to read the minutes from the last meeting at the Seaford Fire Department - they were approved and accepted.

Barbara Connelly, the treasurer, distributed LIEVT jackets and backpacks to the members who had not received them. She presented our past president, Bill D'Alessandro with a plaque and gift in recognition of his service to the organization. She gave our webmaster, Nate Berry a thank you gift from the group.

The president introduced David Gindlesperger of Akron Brass to let our members get to know their new SAM system. David described SAM, a pump control system, what it does, and how it works. In a nutshell it promises to simplify pump operation and manages the Hale pump through control of integrated Akron electric valves as well as providing engine information and warnings. David brought a demo tabletop system with the three main pump panel components: a larger "control center" touch display, a smaller "pump controller" governor display, and the separate "twister" (an electronic throttle). He fielded a lot of questions about function, operation, service, and cost from the membership. There was a lot of excitement when he mentioned IDEX's stated plans to bring pump manufacturing back to the states possibly as soon as September of this year.

The president presented David Gindlesperger and the Wantagh Board of Fire Commissioners with framed certificates of appreciation.

The officers and members surprised Barbara Connelly with a birthday cake, a card signed by the members and balloons.

A raffle followed with a donation from Coastal Fire Systems.