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Borough of Maywood
Volunteer Fire Department

News Archive 2008


August 15 Training
After a long wait, four of Maywood's newest members, Patrick Gildea, Hector Hernandez, Michael Sabat, and Michael Van Rensalier, have started their training at the Bergen County Fire Academy.

August 5 National Night Out
The entire Fire Department and the Fire Police participated in the National Night Out at Memorial Park where all the Department's equipment was on display. Plans had called for Protection Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 to set up a shower, using the aerial ladder, for the kids. The weather refused to co-operate and the event was cancelled to the disappointment of the kids. Overall a good time was had by those participating in, and those attending the events.

July 4 Indepedence Day
This year for the first time in memory, the Fire Department, Fire Police, and the First Aid and Emergency Squad joined together in hosting the traditional after parade refreshments give away. The festivities started with the Fire Department Inspection at Fire Department Headquarters, 15 Park Avenue. This was followed by assembling for the parade with numerous other parading Fire Departments at the Peerless Fire House on West Hunter Avenue. After a long parade from Hunter Avenue to Memorial Park all the Fire Departments returned to West Hunter for the traditional refreshments given out to parade participants and the general public.

July 3 Fireworks
On 3 July all companies responded to Memorial Park to provide fire watch while the Fire Police provided traffic and pedestrian contol for a spectacular fireworks display. Their presense was greatly appreciated when, during the grand finale, they had to respond to a small fire started by glowing embers. Firefighters spread out through the nearby properties ensuring that there were no other burning embers scattered around.

June 21 Peerless Wetdown
Peerless Engine Co. No. 2 celebrated their 100th Anniversary as well as holding a wet down for their new Pierce Arrow XT Engine. Many Fire Departments participated by christening the new Peerless Engine. The Oradell Fire Department christened the new engine with a generous supply of foam which was also enjoyed by the children playing in it.

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October 23
At 1330 hours Rescue 23 and Engine 18 were dispatched to the front of 71 West Pleasant Avenue for the MVA rollover with the driver trapped. Rochelle Park Rescue 1 was dispatched per protocol. The driver of the vehicle was removed within ten minutes using the Hurst Tools to remove the roof. All units cleared in thirty minutes.

October 8-14 National Fire Prevention Week
Maywood Fire Department and the Fire Prevention Bureau conducted Fire Prevention Day at all Maywood Schools on Ocober 12th.

During Fire Prevention Day at Maywood Avenue School, firefighter Brian Kieferle and Sparky the Fire Dog visited Sixth Grade Teacher Amanda Casamento and her students. After conducting a fire drill, an assembly was held discussing the importance of fire safety, while also discussing the responsibilities and tools of a firefighter. Ms. Casamento volunteered to dress up in full turnout gear, much to the delight of her students.

October 11
While Engine 19 remains out of service (115 days so far this year), the Fair Lawn Fire Department is the latest department to help us out. Chief Scott Osback has graciously allowed us to borrow Engine 5 until further notice. Our sincere thanks go out to Fair Lawn Company 3 and Chief Osback.

October 5
A at 0604 hours, Companies were dispatched to Lydecker Manor Retirement Home for the activated fire alarms. While enroute, building management called the police desk to advise of a fire on the first floor with a heavy smoke condition. Based on this report, a mutual aid engine from Rochelle Park was requested (Engine 19 still out of service). Chief Mohring arrived on scene with heavy smoke showing from the rear of the structure, but with the fire reported to be out. Truck 17 crew found an electrical fire confined to the boiler that was extinguished with a dry chemical extinguisher by building management (Good Work Acker!) Rochelle Park Engine 1 assisted Rescue 23 with the second due procedure, however both units were redirected to Verizon in Rochelle Park for the activated alarm. Units operated at Lydecker for just over an hour.

September 25
Companies participated in the department drill tonight at the Bergen Mall in Paramus practicing lifeline search and firefighter rescue in a unoccupied section of the basement of Century 21. Our thanks to Paramus Chief Kevin Sheehan for the use of the building.

September 19
Just before 2pm, the general alarm was dispatched for the reported kitchen fire. With Engine 19 out of service, Chief Mohrning made an immediate request to the City of Hackensack for one engine to the scene. Upon arrival, a slight smoke condition was evident. Hackensack Engine 4 arrived first due and made the investigation, determining it to be an over fire with no extension. While Hackensack and Maywood operated, Paramus Engine 4 was dispatched to Linclon Avenue for the tree fire.

September 15
About a dozen members from the Maywood Fire Department attended the New Jersey State Firemen's Association Convention at Wildwood, NJ. During the convention, the delegates overwhelmingly voted to keep the Fireman's Home in Boonton open and provide death benefits to Junior Firefighters. While sight seeing after the convention, a pizza making class was attended by 17A and 19B (our thanks to Domino's Pizza in Wildwood).

September 13
After 78 days this year, Paramus Engine 22 was returned to it's home. Once again, our thanks go out to Engine Company 2 and Chief Sheehan

September 12
Truck 17 covered the south end of Paramus for five hours while a 2nd alarm assignment worked a fully involved diner fire in the north end.

September 11
Members participated in the town 9/11 ceremony at Memorial Park. Truck 17 proudly displayed the American Flag 102 feet in air. We will never forget those that lost their lives on 9/11 and we keep those that protect our nation in our prayers.

September 10
Members from Truck 17 attended a Rope Rescue Class held at the Bergen County Fire Academy. A variety of scenarios were taught, specifially focussing on the rescue harness that most Truck 17 members have on their gear.

September 8
Engine 18 was requested Mutual Aid to Rochelle Park for the gas odor/spill along Passaic Street. Rochelle Park units, along with Maywood Engine 18 and Saddle Brook Engine 2 checked buildings for elevated gas readings and attempted to locate the source of the leak. Engine 18 opearted for 45 minutes.

September 7
While the Paramus Fire Department operated a 2nd alarm assignment at the Bergen Mall for a working fire, Truck 17 provided coverage. While acting at Paramus Truck 4X, the crew responded to one call at Paramus Catholic High School for the activated fire alarms. Truck 17 provided coverage for just over 2 hours.

September 6
"Maywood Police to the Maywood Fire Department, respond to 15 Park Avenue for the odor of something burning at the police desk." At 2230 hours, the general alarm was sounded for Police Headquarters. Upon investigation with the Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC), Truck 17's crew located a faulty computer monitor. All units returned to service in 30 minutes.

September 4
Rescue 23 and Engine 19 were dispatched to Route 17 south in the area of the Hess Station for the overturn with entrapment. Upon Engine 19's arrival, the victim was removed by police officers from Paramus, Maywood, Rochelle Park, Lodi, and Bergen County Police Departments. This accident was the result of a carjacking that originated in Paramus with a subsequent police pursuit on Route 17.

August 22
Companies were dispatched for the brush fire in the area of 186 E. Central Avenue, however upon arrival, the fire was actually located on the railroad tracks behind the DPW building on East Hunter Avenue. Engine 19 operated the booster line for 30 minutes while Truck 17 overhauled the railroad ties and other debris.

August 5
At 1827 hours, the general alarm was sounded for the "Heavy smoke coming from the house" on Byron Place. Patrol arrived with heavy smoke showing and updated fire units. Upon further investigation by the fire department, it was determined that the homeowner was using their fireplace to discard some old papers.

July 18
Around 10pm, a severe line of storms passed through town. Heavy rain, Strong winds, and frequent lightning lasted for over 45 minutes. When it was all said and done with, Police Headquarters was struck by lightning and was suffering from communications problems, numerous trees were down on houses, wires down, flooded roads, and the activated fire alarm. All companies conducted a block by block investigation to determine storm damage. At the end of the storm standby, companies investigated over 25 different incidents and operated for over three hours.

July 17
Truck 17 drilled tonight with the Rochelle Park Fire Department at South Bergen Jointure School. Basic search and fire attack was practiced as a combined department since Rochelle Park is an automatic response during weekdays due to the life hazard at the school.

July 4
The annual July 4th parade was held with numerous mutual aid departments participating. During the annual celebration back at 30 West Hunter Firehouse, fire department members served 1500 hot dogs and around 1000 cans of soda in under 2 hours to the citizens of Maywood. Congratulations to Engine 19 for winning the trophy for the annual chief's inspection.

June 30
Maywood Engine 19 covered the borough of Lodi for fire coverage while the Lodi Fire Department conducted the swearing in of it's new officers and chiefs. Congratulations to the new chief 610 - Steven Moravick. We look forward to working with you over the next year!

June 18
Engine 19 was requested mutual aid to Elmwood Park to cover their town while they operated at a working house fire on VanRiper Avenue and a roof fire at Marcal Paper Products. After providing coverage for an hour, Engine 19 was released from their assignment. Shortly thereafter, Truck 17 was requested to respond to Marcal Paper Products in Elmwood Park for the rekindle of the roof fire. The Truck provided manpower and operated for thirty minutes before being released.

June 16
Rescue 23 was requested mutual aid to Rochelle Park for a one car rollover on Route 17 northbound. Upon calling in service, Rochelle Park advised Rescue 23 that they would be the primary rescue. Upon arrival, one vehicle was on it's roof with one occupant trapped. Rescue 23 perfomed the extrication in under 10 minutes and assisted EMS packaging the victim for transport to Hackensack University Medical Center.
August 15 2008
Training
August 5 2008
National Night Out
July 4 2008
Independence Day
July 3 2008
Fireworks
June 21 2008
Peerless Wetdown