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Sep 15, 2010 10:14 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Road firehouse in Southampton Village demolished

Sep 15, 2010 10:14 AM

A hydraulic excavator ripped apart the Southampton Fire Department firehouse on Hampton Road in Southampton Village last week to make way for a larger, more modern and energy-efficient $5.9 million firehouse to be built in the same spot.

Workers from Augusiewicz Contracting, Inc., in Bay Shore razed the roof and gutted the building’s interior last Thursday, September 9, but left three outer walls standing until this week. Those walls contained asbestos, a carcinogen, and had to be dismantled and separated 
from the other demolition debris, according to Edik Ivans, project manager for Enviroscience Consultants, Inc., an independent consulting company 
based in Ronkonkoma. Mr. Ivans said his duty was to oversee the demolition to ensure that the walls were not compromised and that everything was being done in accordance with state law.

Certified asbestos handlers starting imploding the walls on Monday and expected to finish the work on Tuesday. The walls were knocked inwards and constantly sprayed with water to “keep the dust down” and prevent the “potential escape of any fibers,” Mr. Ivans said.

Regular construction debris was cleared from the site on Thursday and hauled to a transfer site in the Riverhead area, to be sorted for recycling, according to Mr. Ivans.

The asbestos-tainted debris was to be transported in specially lined trucks to a “controlled landfill” in Ohio, he said.

Last month, Southampton Village hired E&A Restoration, Inc., a Syosset contracting firm, to demolish the old firehouse. The village agreed to pay the company $71,500 to do the work.

Officials have not yet announced when they will break ground on the new firehouse. That project was approved by voters last fall.

In the meantime, firefighters will be operating out of their two other firehouses: one on Windmill Lane in the village and another on St. Andrew’s Road, just to the west of the village in Shinnecock Hills. In addition, some equipment is being stored at a facility on Flying Point Road, said Village Trustee Paul Robinson, who serves as commissioner to the Fire Department.

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it was not a backhoe it was excavator
By fdny7318 (60), Water Mill on Sep 9, 10 5:53 PM
Isn't the arm on the excavator called a backhoe?
By BOReilly (135), 27east Web Editor on Sep 11, 10 11:06 AM

It is an excavator, as it has many attachments like a pair of jaws, or a bucket and a "thumb".

Backhoes are normally smaller, and have a pair of extendable "feet" for stability, whereas the excavator in question has two feet, and a large blade at the rear for stablity, which will raise it's four tires off the ground.

It is a much more versatile, and specialized piece of heavy equipment.
Sep 11, 10 12:06 PM appended by Mr. Z
Almost forgot, the tires are if it is a "specialized commercial" type of excavator, and can be driven down the road. This one happens to rely on tracks for it's mobility.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 11, 10 12:06 PM
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I had equipment like that working at my house and the operator referred to it as a "track-hoe".

(I know it easily rhymes with something else that doesn't work as hard)
By sagstone (8), Sag Harbor on Sep 14, 10 12:48 PM
what a terrible video.......lol
By SirHampton (60), quogue on Sep 9, 10 10:44 PM
It would seem the real action, such as the swipes at the roof, are not available.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 9, 10 11:08 PM
Is this going to be it? The library got their new digs, then the cops got jealous and got their new digs, then the post-office felt left out and they spent umpteen millions and now the fireman need a new place. Is there anybody else for whom we need to purchase new headquarters?
By Sparkibew (28), southampton on Sep 10, 10 6:49 AM
Yup. The SVVA is looking pretty outdated... Southampton Town Hall was supposed to move and get a whole new look but that deal was squashed a few years ago - so instead they spent a ridiculous amount of $$$ on temporary trailers for the new court while they make up plans for a permanent court w/a tunnel from the police station. Gotta love those "shovel ready" projects
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Sep 10, 10 9:39 AM
Nature, the new fire house is a substation,not a main house. The project was approved by VILLAGE voters & a bond was floated. This is not a "shovel ready" project paid for by the feds.

The Hampton Road firehouse was outdated & unsafe. Trucks barely fit in it & there was no room for responders to get dressed without worrying about what truck was pulling out. As for the Ambulance HQ, its only 33 years old.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Sep 11, 10 8:54 AM
I never said it was a main house... nor did I say it was a shovel ready project... I was referring to other projects and other government expenditures.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Sep 12, 10 1:07 PM
Regardless, the Ambulance HQ is still dated for the community's present needs.

We were never really designed to handle this large a population in the firstplace, I mean, just look at the evolution of our roads for proof. When I was born, Majors Path had just been paved, and when I was in kindergarten, Rose's Grove did not connect to Deerfield. Moreover, most of Middle Line Hwy. wasn't paved until the 21st century.

Now that we have had the post 9/11 population explosion, we are ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 11, 10 12:15 PM
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5.9 million for a new beer drinking hangout...money well spent.
By OldMariner (1), Southampton on Sep 11, 10 10:20 PM
How ignorant you sound~~ Perhaps you will need these guys someday, then maybe your attitude will change!
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Sep 12, 10 4:14 PM
It's amazing how you and many others just like to complain. I wonder if you sit back and drink beer or maybe it's Dom Perion for you. I'd like to see you volunteer for the Fire Dept. It is a lot of work, it does take a lot of time, and sometimes they are out fighting fires till all hours of the night and day. Now if you and many others do not want to put up with those working restrictions then pretty soon you, and the locals, will find yourselves paying higher taxes because you will have a professional ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Sep 15, 10 8:53 PM
Yeah, thats all Firefighters do. Hang out and drink beer. They never train or do anything productive. And if your house catches fire at 3 am, they would never leave their bed to come help you. Or if you have a serious accident in your vehicle, they would never come out & extricate you. They just hang out and drink beer.

By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Sep 12, 10 8:24 AM
By fdny7318 (60), Water Mill on Sep 12, 10 5:26 PM
fdny7318-- Re-read... you misunderstood the post.
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Sep 13, 10 8:57 AM
FDNY 7318- My post was sarcastic.

I'm a member of both a company & a squad in the SFD. I don't hang at the firehouse to drink. Those days are long gone in Southampton, as there are in most districts.Todays volunteer is a professional.

I'm sorry if you were offended by my post.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Sep 12, 10 8:00 PM
This is very confusing. Draggeman, I thought you were being facetious to OldMariner. ?????
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Sep 12, 10 8:30 PM
Facetious. Sarcastic. FDNY was offended, erroneously. I apologized.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Sep 12, 10 8:39 PM
My friends rented a house next door to the ambulance station on Meetinghouse Lane for 2 years and I can tell you first hand that they definitely drank there! Just sayin...

Look we all love firefighters but cmon - did we really need a brand new firehouse and the new trucks to go with it? Did we really need those intricate stone carvings on the new addition to the school? The gravy train from real estate taxes won't last forever...
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 13, 10 5:05 PM
Yes, we need a new firehouse. It has been voted on and approved. These men and women are dedicated professionals, and the existing building was inadequate.

Stone carvings on the school addition are "off-topic."

Move on.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Sep 13, 10 7:30 PM
Volunteer Firemen & Ambulance members do know how to have a good time, as you appear to have observed. I can tell you for certain that they take the services they provide very seriously. If there is drinking going on, there is also a large and completely sober duty crew ready to respond to emergencies. When an entire department has a social event (once or twice a year) a stand by crew comes from a neighboring community. I can also tell you that there is a large and growing number of volunteers ...more
By METCOMedia (116), Hampton Bays on Sep 19, 10 3:32 PM
Thank You, PBR.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Sep 14, 10 9:27 AM
Was fdny7318 knocking North Sea Fire Dept or praising them I cant tell?
By Local dad (51), North Sea on Sep 15, 10 6:02 PM
I'm sad to see the old firehouse go. My father volunteered there for many, many years. While the volunteers may have tipped a few glasses, they were also dedicated professionals who willingly got up in the middle of the night or left their jobs to put out fires. I know my father was injured falling off a roof when I was a child, but did what he needed to to recover and even went back to volunteering. The Southampton Fire Department is a fine group of men (or at least it was when I lived there!!) ...more
By MovedOn (1), Southampton on Sep 20, 10 1:30 PM