Welcome to Franklin Lakes Fire Department :
Founded in 1924, the Franklin Lakes Fire Department has served the residents of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey for 90 years. This all volunteer department responds to all fire and rescue calls within the Borough as well as providing mutual aid to neighboring communities. The Franklin Lakes Fire Department protects nine square miles and a residential population of 11,000. This mostly residential coverage area also consists of some industrial and commercial establishments. Also, Interstate 287 and County Highway 208 run through the Borough as well as two major corporate headquarters complexes are located within the first due area.
The department responds out of two firehouses located strategically within the Borough; Headquarters located on the north side of town and the Southside Firehouse which covers the south. The current apparatus fleet consists of three engines, one squad engine, one aerial truck, one tanker, one air and light unit, one support vehicle and two Command vehicles. The Franklin Lakes Fire Department responds to approximately 500 fire and rescue calls per year.
Franklin Lakes Fire Department
Photo Of The Day for Thursday, June 05, 2014
With the school year upon us and parents dropping off their children, it is important to note that no parent should park in any fire department parking spaces or park along the fire zone at fire headquarters. In the past, parents dropping off or picking up their children at FAMS have parked in parking spaces for emergency services only or have blocked the fire zone completely. The Franklin Lakes Fire Department is 100% volunteer. The fire houses are not staffed and members respond in their personal vehicles from home to a call. During an emergency call the firefighters responding to fire headquarters should not have to worry about parking at the fire house. In the event of an emergency time is of the essence. Fire lanes and parking spaces must be clear for a timely response for firefighters. These areas and spaces are clearly marked with yellow lines and no parking signs. This includes the 3 parking spaces to the right of the bus stop with the sign stating “Parking for Fire Personnel Only”, the parking lot in the rear of fire headquarters, and finally the spaces in between the commuter lot and the FLVAC with a sign stating “Parking for Emergency Personnel Only”.
In the event a vehicle is found blocking fire dept parking, or the fire lane, Franklin Lakes Police will be notified and the appropriate actions will be taken. Help us help you by allowing us to respond in a timely manner. It could be you or your loved one we are going to help.
At 2100 hours communication requested the volunteers to respond to a residence on Old Mill Road for a person stuck in a tree. A tree climber was practicing repelling techniques when his equipment failed leaving him stuck 50 feet above the ground. Chief Dodd (330), Asst Chief Bohny (340), Ladder 342 (LT Devenney) with 4, and Res3cue (Capt Panitinni) with 3 responded to the run. Ladder 342 had to back onto the lawn to the rear of the property to reach to trapped climber. Once the ladder set up crews had the climber down shortly. Crews operated on scene for 30 minutes before clearing the call.
At 0920 hours Tuesday morning Ladder 342 was requested to respond to Oakland, the OLPH for a reported fire on the roof of the church’s school. Chief Dodd (330), Asst Chief Bohny (340), and Ladder 342 (Capt Pianettini) with 4 responded. Chief Dodd and Asst Chief Bohny arrived on locating just as the Oakland rigs were arriving with Chief Dodd assuming the initial command. The fire was due to overhead electrical wire insulation burning and landing on the roof of the church’s school. The fire was put out before any OFD or FLFD units arrived and the crew from 342 assisted with checking for extension in the building. Crews operated for about 30 minutes before being released by Oakland command.
It is with deep regret that we learn of the sudden passing of Mahwah Ex-Chief Ed Sinclair. Ed was a life long resident of Mahwah and served as the DPW supervisor, he was a former chief of the Mahwah fire department, and was very active in the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sinclair family and our brothers at the Mahwah fire department.
At 2058 hours Wednesday night communication dispatched the fire department for Res3cue to respond mutual aid to Oakland at 287 north for a tractor trailer roll over. Oakland Chief 1030 requested mutual aid after reporting a tractor trailer vs. a car on 287 N at The Ramapo Valley River Bridge with the trailer of the truck flipped over the bridge into the water.
Chief Dodd (330), Asst Chief Bohny (340) and Res3cue (Capt Pianettini) with a full crew responded. Chief Dodd went to the command post to assist with logistics while Asst Chief Bohny and Res3cue were sent to Roosevelt field to search under the bridge to asses the situation down below. Shortly after the arrival of the FLFD, Oakland command also requested Franklin Lakes Utility 344 to respond for lighting. Utility 344 (OIC Ex-Chief Kohan) with 4 responded and assisted with lighting at the scene on the highway. Due to a large fluid spill, Oakland Command requested hazmat from BergenCounty, Mahwah, a Rescue from Fair Lawn, and a Rescue from Wyckoff to respond to the scene. Crews operated on scene for just under 2 hours before Oakland command released the units from FranklinLakes.
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This past Monday and Tuesday The Franklin Lakes Fire Department along with The Oakland Fire Department, The Wyckoff Fire Department, and The Wallington Fire Department Dive Team participated in water rescue drills. With recreational boating and boat rentals now being held at the reservoir it was critical to address the possibility of a water rescue situation at The Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve. Monday night was a class room exercise where plans and tactics were discussed on how to implement a rescue at the nature preserve and the function of the dive team was addressed by the Wallington Fire Department Dive Team.
On Tuesday and practical exercise was performed with all mutual aid towns getting on the water and deploying the dive team. All of the agencies were shown the various paths and water ways of The Nature Preserve along with potential hazards that could occur during a water rescue. Great work to everyone coming out and drilling and excellent job to Captain Jay Donch for taking the lead on the drills.
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This past week the volunteers spent two mornings attending summer camps at High Mountain Road Elementary School and at The Colonial Road Elementary School. Firefighters demonstrated to the children what a firefighter looks like in full gear, how to fight fire with a fire hose, and finally got a grand tour of Ladder 342 and Squad 332. Headed by fire official Dalton the kids had a blast learning about what our volunteer firefighter do and enjoyed seeing the rigs.
The past two weekends saw the members of the Franklin Lakes Fire Department along with mutual aid departments deploy the rescue boats for swimming events at the Indian Trail Club. Marine 1 and 3 were deployed to provide assistance to any swimmer in distress for the Swim-a-thon and the Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Triathlon. Between both events the fire department and mutual aid departments pulled about 10 swimmers from the water who were in distress or could not finish the swim. Lead by Fire Fighter Mike “Skippa” Mitail, both events went by smoothly. Thank you to our mutual aid departments for assisting us, and thank you to the members for getting up early on a Saturday to assist in the event.
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Taken from Oakland Fire Department Website.
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Oakland Volunteer Firefighter, Kevin McMackin, who passed away suddenly on Sunday evening. Kevin has been a member of the OVFD since October of 2011 and he was also a 1st Lieutenant and Training Officer on the John Robert Walker Memorial Oakland Volunteer First Aid Squad.
Kevin was a dedicated volunteer who has served the community of Oakland in the most exemplary fashion and he will be sorely missed by his brother and sister Firefighters as well as all the members of his First Aid Squad.
Services for Kevin will be as follows:
The Family will receive friends on Friday June 12th at Vander Plaat Funeral Home located at 257 Godwin Ave, Wyckoff, NJ at the following times:
2:00pm – 4:00 pm
Service of Remembrance beginning at 3:30pm
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Emergency Service Tribute will begin at 7:30pm.
Following the Wake Service, a procession that will include Oakland EMS, Oakland Fire Department as well as support from Franklin Lakes and Wyckoff’s Fire Departments will travel through Oakland traveling on Hiawatha Blvd. passing Company 2 and continuing down Hiawatha onto to Franklin Ave. From Franklin Ave the procession will turn onto Ramapo Valley Rd continue to Yawpo Ave making a right onto East Oak Street then turning left on Ramapo Valley Rd proceeding to Lawlor Drive.
Please note that Lawlor Drive will be closed in both directions beginning at 9:00 PM to allow for the procession to pass uninterrupted.
A celebration of Kevin’s life will immediately follow at the First Aid Building. There will be no Funeral.
We ask the residents of Oakland to please be patient with us during the procession so that we may honor the life and memory of one of the most dedicated young people our Town has even known.
On May 8th the Pompton Lakes Volunteer Fire Department fought a structure fire at the residence of one of their own. Pompton Lakes Fire Chief Ronnie Fusaro’s house was the one a blaze and suffered significant damage and in showing the true meaning of brotherhood a fundraising event is being held to support a brother in need. Organized by the Oakland Fire Department, the night will be one of fun and support. If you can’t attend donations are welcome please contact OFD Bob Knapp firstname.lastname@example.org or Jack Longa email@example.com.