At 20:50 on August 31, 2011 the PWFD was activated for a General Alarm Building Fire at 200 Port Washington Boulevard. When PWFD units arrived the fire had spread to two buildings at the Elderfields Historic Preserve. Chief Cole (8500) transmitted a SIGNAL 10 (Working Structure Fire) upon arrival.
Engine 8513 from Protection Engine Co. #1 was the first of three engines to arrive. Rescue 8522 and Floodlight 8518 responded as well. The fire was quickly knocked down with minimum damage to the historic structures.
The Elderfields Historic Preserve is a four acre property owned by Nassau County. The main house dates back to the 17th century.