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
Over the course of the past year The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department has seen 4 junior members take the oath to serve. At the December Council meeting at Borough Hall, latest junior member Tyler Braun was sworn in. Tyler will be riding out of South Side fire house, good luck and stay safe Tyler!
The fire departments junior program allows teenagers the opportunity to drill, train, and ride calls starting at age 16. Though they won’t be fighting fires until they are 18, the junior program is a great way for a teenager to give back to the community and be apart of something positive. Junior members train and learn under the watchful eyes of the senior fireman and learn what the brotherhood is all about. Many of our current members including our Chief started as junior members with the department. If your son or daughter is interested in becoming a fire fighter or yourself is interested, stop by Fire Headquarters any Monday night at 7:30pm for more information.
This past Sunday December 14th, the residents of Franklin Lakes got an early visit from Santa with the help of the fire department. Members of the fire department escorted Santa throughout the borough before he arrived at Fire Headquarters to greet the children.
The tradition of The Santa run at the fire department has taken place for decades with much effort taking place each year to get the fire house decorated and the gifts ready for the day. Members were at the fire house Friday night setting up and from 9am-6pm on Sunday assisting with Santa operations and the clean up afterwards. Each member gave up their Sunday away from watching football, spending time with their family, or just relaxing to spread the Holiday cheer to our neighbors. Since our incorporation in 1924 our slogan has always been neighbors helping neighbors and that continues 90 years later. Great job to all the members and their significant others for running the event and great job to Brian Dalton and Timmy Lemin for spear heading the event.
This past Monday night drill the Volunteers had the honor of escorting Santa from the North Pole to Borough Hall for the Franklin Lakes Holiday Lighting Ceremony. Santa was on hand greet the children at the event and their families to spread the holiday cheer. Santa will return to Franklin Lakes again before Christmas this Sunday, December 14th to be escorted around town by the fire department starting at 11am. Santa will then be at Fire Headquarters on Bender Court from 2-5pm to have pictures taken with the children at our firehouse winter wonderland.
During the December meeting the Fire Department voted for the 2015 Fire and Company officers. The results are as followed-
Chief of the department Ryan Dodd, Asst Chief Chuck Bohny, Captains Tom Pianettini and Jay Donch, and Lieutenant Max Chazen.
President Tom Donch, Vice President Jim Webb,Treasurer Ken Steenstra, Corresponding Secretary Brian Dalton,Recording Secretary Joe Gallup,Financial Secretary Steve Linz
Congratulations gentlemen and best of luck in 2015
This past Saturday the members of the Franklin Lakes Fire Department took part in the 13th annual Wallington Holiday Parade. The parade brings Fire and EMS departments from NJ, NY, and PA to the tiny town with apparatus decorated in holiday lights and décor to kick off the holiday season. Ladder 342, Res3cue, Utility 344, and Marine 3 all participated in the event. And we are happy to report the Marine 3 won 2nd place for best boat in the parade.
This year however was different, with Wallington firefighters remembering their fellow brothers who they lost this past year. Greg Barnas, a Wallington Ex Chief, Wallington Captain, and career Captain with Jersey City Ladder 6 died fighting a restaurant fire when he fell from a roof performing ventilation operations in February. Later that year his son John Barnas, who was an Engineer with Wallington Engine Company 2 passed away from complications from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Each were honored with banners and helmet fronts draped on the Wallington’s Fire apparatus leading the parade. The crowds that came out to see the parade and remember the fallen were one of the biggest the event has ever seen and it was estimated that over 200 Fire and EMS apparatus took part in the parade
The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting Santa on Sunday, December 14 from 2-5 pm. Santa will be driven around town from 11 am until his arrival with Mrs. Claus at the Bender Court Firehouse. Gifts will be given to all boys and girls who come out to have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
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.