Welcome to Franklin Lakes Fire Department :
Founded in 1924, the Franklin Lakes Fire Department has served the residents of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey for over 80 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
From the Volunteers at the Franklin Lakes Fire Department we would like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. For those of you traveling this holiday please drive carefully and arrive safely at your destination this year.
At 2132 hours communications dispatched The Volunteers to another mutual aid Engine call to The Township of Mahwah. The brothers in Mahwah’s Company 5 district were battling a fully involved house fire that was under construction. Engine 331 (OIC FF Piccoli) responded with 6 to stand by at Mahwah Fire Company 4. During their two hour stand by no calls were logged before Engine 331 returned to town.
At the Council meeting November 12th, Mayor Frank Bivona issued his Volunteer award to Ex Mayor and current Tour B Ladder342 chauffeur Tom Donch Sr. This award is given to members of our community who have consistently have gone above and beyond just volunteering their free time. Tom Donch has served the Fire Department for 40 years and has risen to the rank of Captain and is currently serving as our Company President. Congratulations Mr. President on a much deserved award.
The meeting also saw the swearing in of our newest junior member Anthony DeCotiis. Anthony will be responding out of Fire headquarters and will also be training with the department to prepare him for the academy.
The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Departments Junior program is a great way to get teenagers involved in their community. Teenagers are able to join at age 16 and are able to train and run calls with the department until they are eligible for the Fire Academy at age 18. Though junior members cannot fight fires and will just be able observe on fire calls, they will be exposed to what life is like to be a fire fighter. Many of our current members have started off in the junior program and have been with the department for over 10 years. If your teenager or yourself are interested in becoming a fire fighter stop by Fire Headquarters any Monday night at 7:30pm for more information
At 1413 hours Thursday November 6th, communications dispatched the fire department for an activated fire alarm at the Indian Trail Club. While the volunteers were responding to the firehouse, Franklin Lakes Police made it to the scene first and began investigating the alarm. Upon arrival of patrol it was quickly noticed that heavy smoke was coming from a side entrance of the main dining hall building. At this point Ladder 342 (OIC LT Bohny) was signing into service with a crew of 3 and heard the update from patrol for a working fire at the Indian Trail Club. Lieutenant Bohny requested a 2nd Alarm assignment for a working fire which brings in Wyckoff Tower Ladder, Oakland Engine, Midland Park Engine, Mahwah Engine Tanker, and Waldwick Fast team to the fire scene. Engine 331 (OIC FF Ritz) signed into service with a crew of 5 and went right to work due to the fire scene being right across the street from South Side fire house. Engine 331 hit the hydrant and laid a supply line to the building, firefighters Mitail and Dalton stretched an inch and ¾ attack line and forced entry to the Bravo side of the building where the smoke was coming from. Ladder 342 arrived on scene and LT Bohny established command as the Engine Company was making quick work of the fire. Moments later Chief Dodd (330) and the rest of the Franklin Lakes assignment arrived on scene along with the 2nd Alarm companies to assist in fire ground operations.
The fire started in a laundry room and was held to the dryer unit due to the sprinklers holding the fire in check. Because of the sprinklers and a quick response by the fire department minimal damage occurred and damage was held to the dryer unit and the surrounding area of the laundry room. A great job to the first in crews for making quick work of the fire and it shows that there is no such thing as a routine alarm.
At 0227 hours on Sunday morning communications dispatched the volunteers for a mutual aid call to Mahwah. Our brothers in Mahwah were fighting a 2 alarm structure fire at Victoria Lane in the Fardale section of town and requested an engine from Franklin Lakes. Engine 331 (OIC Capt Donch) responded with 4 and were instructed to go right to the scene for manpower. Engine 331 laid 1300 feet of 5inch supply line as a secondary water source and the crews went to work performing overhaul and salvage operations. Crews worked until the sun came up with the Engine returning to town around 0700 hours. Great work to all companies operating on scene to get the fire quickly and safely under control.
Later in the day at 1100 hours communications dispatched the volunteers again for another Mutual Aid Engine call. This time it was to North Haledon to stand by at their fire headquarters while they worked at a 2 Alarm blaze near William Paterson University. Engine 331 (OIC Capt Donch) responded with a crew of 6 and stood by with Hawthorne Tower 2 at North Haledons firehouse for 2 hours until being released.
Great job to the South Side crew running the mutual aid calls for this month. So far November is looking to be a busy mouth for the volunteers. The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department is always looking for new members to join the ranks. Our junior program starts at age 16 with teenagers being able to train and learn from members until being eligible to be probationary members at age 18. If your son, daughter, or yourself are interested in volunteering to be a fire fighter, stop by any Monday night at 7:30PM at Fire Headquarters on Bender Court or South Side Fire House on Franklin Lakes Road for more information. Photos credit to BBN, Larry Kohan, and Wyckofffire.com
Fire prevention week in October is when the members of the Franklin Lakes Fire Department go around town to the various elementary schools and pre schools to educate children on fire safety. Members bring with them one of the departments fire engines to the school to let the kids see, demonstrating to the kids what a fire fighter looks like in full gear, educating the children on fire safety at home, and there is even a special appearance by Sparky The Fire Prevention Dog. This year again was a great success and the children enjoyed our demonstrations.
On Friday October 24th Res3uce was brought down to Colonial Road School to take part in the annual trunk or treat Halloween event. Due to the adverse weather the past couple years and the need for children to safely trick or treat, trunk or treat was created to provide children with a safe means of enjoying the Halloween season. Though this year weather will permit trick or treating, the trunk or treat event still took place and had another successful year. Members brought down our new rescue truck for all of the kids to see and to hand out candy to the children. Thank you to Max Chazen, Mike Piccoli, Mike Jost JR, and Jack Halbach participating in the event.
The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Old Timers Dinner was extra special this year, it marks the 90th anniversary of the Departments founding of serving the residents of Franklin Lakes. Brought up at the September meeting the Old Timers Dinner committee wanted to do something special for this year’s beefsteak dinner. The idea was to turn the Fire Headquarters into a museum of history that reflected the Fire Departments volunteering history for the past 90 years. In the weeks prior to the dinner the apparatus bay was repainted to give it a face lift. This project was competed with many active members lending a hand but was spear headed but LT Chuck Bohny. In the days and hours before the dinner all members of the department took part in cleaning the meeting room and membership area, along with setting up the apparatus bay with old pictures and our antique fire apparatus for our guests to enjoy later in the night. Although all the members took part in setting up for the night the Old Timers dinner committee was lead by Captain Jay Donch, Brian Dalton, Ken Steenstrea, and Joe Gallup.
The Old timers Dinner is meant to celebrate past present members while recognizing those who have made milestones in their career with the Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department. During the full swing of the party Company President Tom Donch and Chief of the Department Ryan Dodd presented those with the 5 year stripes of service to the department. The members receiving there stripes were 5 year members Brett Devenney, Joe Gallup, Omar Elrafei, Brain Dalton, and Mike Piccoli. The 10 year stripe was awarded to Mike Fahy, Chief Ryan Dodd, Steve Broek, Justin Marchelle, and Tim Lemin. The 15 year service award was given to Dan Kern and Bob Payton. The 20 years of service was given to Ex Chief Denny Knuble and Brian Lass. The 25 years of service was given to Ex Chief Chris Donch and finally 40 years of service was given to President Tom Donch. Overall the dinner was a huge success with all of the past and current members enjoying the dinner into the late hours of the night exchanging stories of the old days and stories of current fire incidents. It was a great night of brotherhood and a great way to celebrate the fire departments 90th anniversary. Job well done boys and here is to another 90 years of service to the residents of Franklin Lakes!!!
Special thanks to Taylor rental who donated the high lift to assist in painting the apparatus bays and also donating all of the tables and chairs for our dinner. Thank you to Brianna Foster Photography for taking the pictures that night and also thank you to our brothers at the Wyckoff Fire Department for covering our town while we enjoyed the night. As always the Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department is always looking for new members to join our ranks, stop by the fire house any Monday night at 7:30 PM for more information.
The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department is currently in full swing with its Pump Operators course being taught by Technical Fire Services. This extensive 6 week long course is to prepare the current drivers trainees for their up coming Wings Test. The Wings test is administered to the fire fighters to demonstrate their knowledge of streets, hydrant locations, water holes, fire apparatus, and the water pumps on the apparatus. Once a fire fighter completes and passes the Wings Test he is then able to fully operate all of the departments 7 fire apparatus. Updates and photos of the current Pump Operators course will follow in the up coming weeks.
Monday, March 10, 2014 In order to help us keep track of the solar panels in town, part of what the town has done is create an online registration that automatically gets sent to the FD when registration are completed. Please follow the link below to register your solar equipment.
A new state law, Assembly Bill A-266 (S-507), was approved on January 17, 2014, to help protect New Jersey firefighters’ safety when responding to emergency calls at buildings with solar panels.
Owners of any building or structure that has a solar panel system installed are now required to provide a written notice to the local fire department indicating:
- The year the solar panels were installed
- The property owners’ names; the building address
- The names of the owners and addresses of any adjacent properties served by the solar panel system.
All owners of buildings, excluding one or two family residences, with a solar panel system installed will also be required to place an emblem on the front of their buildings notifying firefighters of the system, as directed by the Commissioner of Community Affairs. The law further requires that municipal agencies, upon the issuance of a permit to install or modify a solar panel system, file a copy of the permit with the local fire department.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Chief of Department