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
This past Tuesday Council meeting saw another resident take the oath of office and was sworn into the fire department. Michael Burgio was sworn in and will being riding out of South Side firehouse. Michael will be a probationary member and will attending the Fire Academy starting in the summer. This summer will see 8 Franklin Lakes firefighters attend the Fire Academy for their Fire 1 training, once their training is complete and they are 18 years old they will be regular riding members performing full firematic duties. Congrats Michael and good luck!
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At 1454 hours Communications dispatched the fire department for one engine to respond to Wyckoff for a working structure fire. The brothers from Wyckoff were battling a 2 alarm fire in a large private dwelling in Company 3’s first due across from Sicomac Elementary School. Squad 332 (LT Chazen) responded with a crew of 4 and assisted with overhaul and salvage operations. The Squad remained in Wyckoff for about 2 hours before returning to Fire Headquarters.
The last couple of weeks have been slow for the Franklin Lakes Fire Department, that seamed to change fast Tuesday morning. The tour A crews had an early and busy day running a total of 6 calls for service. At 0600 hours Communications dispatched the fire department for an Activated fire alarm at a private residence on Navaho Trail Drive. Asst Chief Bohny (340), Ladder 342 (CAPT Pianettini) with 3, Engine 335 (FF Piccoli) with 3, and Tanker 341 (Dalton) Responded on the alarm. Crews checked the home and determined to be an alarm malfunction, the homeowner was advised and units released.
Not too long after the volunteers had their morning cups of coffee Communications hit the tones again at 0750hours to respond back to Navaho Trail Drive for the reactivation. Asst Chief Bohny (340), Ladder 342 (LT Devenney) with 2, Engine 335 (LT Chazen), and Tanker 341 (FF Dalton) responded. Again crews checked the home and it was determined to be an alarm malfunction. As units were backing into the fire house Communications gave a radio report of possible smoke coming from the roof of a home on Colonial Road between McCoy Road and Rt 208. Asst Chief 340, Ladder 342, and Engine 335 responded as other members were responding to the fire house. Asst Chief Bohny and Ladder 342 arrived in the area at the same time and found a home with smoke coming from the roof line. An investigation reviled it was a boiler vent and that all was in order with the home. Just before clearing Colonial Road, Communications again sent over a radio report of a CO alarm activation at the road department. Once again Asst Chief 340, Ladder 342, and Engine 335 responded. The cause of the alarm was due to an alarm malfunction and all units cleared quickly.
As crews were taking off their gear and signing in for the calls Communications again dispatched the fire department to respond to Stop and Shop off Franklin Avenue for an odor of gas outside the building. Asst Chief 340, Ladder 342, Engine 335, and Squad 332 responded to the call. Crews checked the area and it was determined the odor was coming from the deli area of Stop and Shop. Crews made sure there was no danger to customers or employees and turned over the incident to PSEG.
Finally later on in the afternoon Communications dispatched the fire department to respond to a private residence on Franklin Lakes Road, crews checked the home and no signs of smoke or fire were discovered. Great work to those running all over town all day and keeping the borough safe.
As of March 8th you may see Franklin Lakes and Oakland fire trucks responding throughout town to calls as part of a 3 month trial program. The program will have fire apparatus and command vehicles from Franklin Lakes and Oakland respond to each others towns from the hours of 6am-6pm Monday-Friday. These time of day is when most of the volunteers from both towns are working their everyday jobs and are unable to respond. By having both fire departments respond will increase safety for fireman and provide a better service to the public at the same time. However it should be noted that only on calls for automobile accidents, legitimate fires, haz-mat situations, major gas emergencies, and commercial fire alarms will warrant a response from both towns. These calls require more man power and are more labor intensive and therefore additional equipment is needed. The calls for residential fire alarms and Carbon Monoxide alarms, which make up the bulk of both towns call volume, will not have an automatic mutual aid response. At the end of the trail period an evaluation from the leadership of both departments will determine if this will continue for the future and if needed to make any changes to the response guidelines.
At 0815 hours communication dispatched the fire department for one engine to respond to Indian Hills High School to assist Oakland with setting up a landing zone for a Medivac. A student suffered head trauma in an accident in gym class that required the student to be airlifted to the hospital. Assist Chief Bohny (340) and Engine 331 (LT Devenney) with 4 responded. While responding Oakland command canceled the Engines response and the volunteers returned to quarters shortly after.
The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department would like to remind all residents that when you change your clocks to also check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change your batteries in all your alarms and also check the dates of each of the detectors. If the detector is more then 5 years old you should have it replaced. If you have an alarm system that is hard wired and goes to a central alarm station have a service tech come service your alarm system to make sure your alarm system is functioning properly. Having an up to date well maintained system could possible save your life in the event of an emergency at your home.
The week started off Tuesday with communications toning out the volunteers at 0319 hours to stand by Mahwah Company 4. The brothers from Mahwah where battling a 3 alarm condo fire in Company 1’s first due, Engine 331 (LT Chazen) responded with 4 and stood by till 5000 hours.
On Wednesday communications dispatched the fire department for the Engine to return Mahwah Company 4 again to stand by. This time Mahwah was battling a 2 alarm vacant dwelling fire in Company 3’s first due. Asst Chief Bohny (340) Engine 331 (LT Chazen) with 5 responded and stood by for about 2.5 hours.
Finally on Friday at 1400 hours communications dispatched the Engine to respond to Hobby lane in Oakland to the scene of a working house fire. Asst Chief Bohny (340) and Engine 331 (LT Chazen) with 4 responded. Asst Chief Bohny was the first on scene and established command and requested a 2nd alarm for a working fire. Oakland Engine 1031 and Oakland Tower 1041 arrived at the same time and went right to work. Franklin Lakes Engine 331 was the 3rd due piece and hit the hydrant on Franklin Ave and supplied Oakland Engine 1031. The crews from Franklin Lakes performed primary searches on division 2 and assisted with overhaul operations. Crews worked on the fire for 4 hours before returning to the fire house. Great work to all those on scene.
The weekend was a busy one for the volunteers including academy training, runs during the snow storm, and the ladder going to Haledon.
Saturday morning started off at 0815 hours with members from the department going to Bergen County Fire Academy to drill on the live fire roof vent simulator. Training officer Comitto and Lieutenant Devenney lead the group on various cutting methods and using different saws to cut with. Each member got significant time on the simulator while junior members got a chance to observe and learn from senior fireman. Crews trained on the simulator for about 3 hours before packing up and heading back to the borough.
While members were returning from training, Communications hit the tones for an activated water flow alarm at a commercial building on Commerce Street. Asst Chief Bohny (340), Ladder 342 (OIC Comitto) with 4, Engine 331 (OIC Dalton) with 3, Squad 332 (OIC Hine) with 2, and Utility 344 (OIC Ritz) responded to the call. Asst Chief Bohny arrived on location and established command reporting contractors on scene. The cause of the alarm was due to workers setting off the system by accident and units returned to quarters shortly after.
As snow was falling later in the day communications alerted the fire department to a motor vehicle accident, car vs. plow truck, with possible entrapment. Asst Chief Bohny (340), Capt Donch (349), Res3cue (LT Devenney) with 4, Engine 331 (LT Chazen) with 5, Squad 332 with 4, and Utility 337 responded. Upon arrival of Asst Chief Bohny and Capt Donch the update was given that there was no entrapment but a Haz Mat condition with 40 gallons of hydraulic fluid from the plow truck leaking onto the road. Units arrived and secured power to the vehicles and applied speedy dry to contain the fluid spill. The Bergen County Haz Mat team responded to assist with clean up of the spill. Units remained on location for 2 hours before returning to the fire house.
Sunday morning started early at 0330 hours with Asst Chief Bohny (340) and Ladder 342 (OIC DeNicola) responded to Haledon to stand by Company 1 while our brothers from Passaic County fought a 4 alarm fire. 340 and Ladder 342 cleared Haledon around 0800 hours. At 1010 hours Communications hit the tones for a water flow alarm at the horizons building number 2. With the high occupancy of the building, automatic mutual aid from Wyckoff and Oakland was added to the assignment. Asst Chief Bohny (340), Ladder 342 (LT Devenney), Engine 331 (Capt Donch), Wyckoff Tower 241, and Oakland Chief 1030 and Oakland Engine 1031 Responded. Units determined the system self charged due to a malfunction and the fire department cleared about 45 minutes after. During that call another call came in for a transformer fire by the Market Basket, Oakland Engine 1031 handled the call.
Finally at 1730 hours communications hit the tones for an activated fire alarm on Oak lane. Ladder 342 (LT Devenney) with 4 and Engine 331 (LT Chazen) with 5 responded to the alarm. The alarm was set off due to cooking and all units cleared shortly after. Great work to those responding to calls this weekend.