On April 2, 2016, the Islip Fire Department Rescue Squad held a celebration at fire headquarters to mark its 75 years of service as well as hold a ceremonial wet down of new Ambulance 3-4-3. The Islip Fire District, along with the help of Senator Boyle’s office, purchased a 2015 Ford F450 4X4 Braun Chief XL Type I ALS Ambulance.

The Islip Fire Department chose to honor ex-Chief Richard Ackerson, Sr., a 59-year member of the Islip Fire Department, by dedicating this new ambulance to him. Ex-Chief Ackerson was the first member of the Islip Fire Department to achieve 50 years of service to the Rescue Squad (top, right). He was presented with a plaque by Rescue Captain Jared Gunst, which will be remade in bronze and permanently affixed to this new vehicle. Chief Ackerson also received commendations and proclamations from Senator Boyle’s office, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter as well as town Councilwoman Trish Bergin-Weichbrodt and Councilman Steven Flotteron, Legislator Tom Cilmi, and a representative from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s office.

Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman Frederick Herrmann presented the keys to this new vehicle to Rescue Squad Captain Gunst, and ex-Chief Ackerson officially christened the vehicle breaking a bottle of champagne over the bumper following the ceremonial wet down.

Special thanks to the staff of Braun Ambulance Cooperation, Nassau Fire Apparatus, Ferno, M. Norris and Sons, JMR Graphics, and Telecom Communications Inc., for their work on the vehicle.

(Bottom, right): Commissioner Michael Leo presents Senator Boyle’s representative with a plaque thanking the Senator for his support to first responders across New York State, especially in Islip.

-Fire News photos by Kevin Parkan; story by Jared Gunst