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Waterway was started in 1989 by Ed Okinsky, a Firefighter in New Jersey with the Department of Defense. Over the past 20 years Ed has tested, developed, and refined the equipment and testing process we currently utilize. Since 1989, Waterway has tested over 70 million feet of fire hose. Ed continues to this day testing hose in South Jersey, along with multiple franchises across the Unites States. Waterway is the only hose testing company in the USA that has attained an ISO-9001 Quality Management certification.

Waterway Long Island is owned and operated by the Schuman family, a family with a deep history, tradition, and pride in Long Island's fire service. Three generations have served as members of the Wantagh Fire Department since 1953. Steve has been a member since 1976 and served as chief from 1993 through 1999, including during the department's 100th anniversary. Steve Jr. has been a WFD member since 2004 and is also a career firefighter in the FDNY. Both Steve & Steven Jr. are currently assigned to Wantagh Engine 692 following in the footsteps of Ex-Chief Harold Schuman, who also formed Nassau Fire Apparatus Service in the late 1960's.


What fire-fighting family would be complete without it's own fire engine? We proudly own Chemical 3, a 1930 Model A Ford Fire Engine which was once an original piece of Wantagh FD apparatus. It is frequently seen at local parades, shows, weddings, and recently completed a 2-year exhibit at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum at Mitchell Field.



We are extremely conscientious, customer-service oriented, and committed to providing quality service to the local departments. We are on every job, know what you expect, and personally guarantee your satisfaction. We frequently see our customers and apparatus we have worked on at local firematic events and are always available for questions, suggestions, and support. You are not going to get that type of dedication and service with an out of state company, or by commissioned salesman. But don't take our word, we encourage you to ask any of our customers.

Members of:

Fire Chiefs Council of Nassau County
Long Island Antique Fire Apparatus Assoc.
Society Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus America(SPAAMFAA)
Nassau County Firefighters Museum

New York State Association of Fire Chiefs


Long Island Emergency Vehicle Technicians Assoc.

Association of Fire Districts of New York


We appreciate your business and are proud to support:

Nassau County Association of Fire Districts

Suffolk County Fire District Officers Association

Westchester County Association of Fire Districts

New York State Association of Fire Districts

Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund

Firefighters Cancer Support Network

Drill Team Radio- Suffolk County VFP-DTCA





We can now provide field repairs of LDH hose. No need to send hose out and wait for it to be repaired and re-tested. Upon authorization, if a length fails testing, in most cases the length can be repaired by removing the defective section and re-attaching coupling according to manufacturers specs. The hose is then retested and placed back in service immediately! We also carry new replacement couplings if needed. Contact us for more info.


Will your hard suction work when you really need it? We now provide the NFPA required dry-vacuum testing of hard suction hose. Contact us for more infomation and a free estimate.


Powerpoint presentation now available for Commissioners / Chiefs / Officers / Village Officials to show why it is beneficial to have Waterway test your hose

Call us to schedule before the testing season begins. 

2012 Events:

To better serve you, make sure to visit us at these shows:

Lt. Andy Fredericks seminar @ Westchester Marriott Saturday February 4, 2012, 7:30AM-1:00PM 

Long Island Fire-EMS Mega Show @ Nassau Coliseum February 25-26, 2012 - NEW Booth # 124

NYS Chiefs @ Turning Stone June 14-16, 2012 - Outside exhibit # 102

Baltimore Fire Expo July 18 - 21, 2012 - Booth # 247

AFDNSY Education Conference and Vendor Expo - Ellenville NY - Novemeber 1-4, 2012


 If you have any equipment to donate to the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, please contact us and we will gladly pick it up at your firehouse.

Featured Photo:

We will randomly post photos of interest of a job we recently completed. Check back often and maybe you will see your department!

  This bed held a mile of 5" . That's a lot of hose to pack!

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