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
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
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 It’s about that time to start enjoying fire pits again! For safety’s sake, take these precautions before striking the match. Never place a pit closer than 10 feet from anything flammable, including your house and overhead tree branches. With gas pits, make sure all vents are clear to avoid smoky flare-ups. When burning wood in bowl-shaped fire pits, keep the sticks no longer than three-quarters of the bowl’s diameter. Always keep a garden hose and a fire extinguisher close by in case of flare ups. Never leave a fire pit unsupervised and always extinguish the fire/embers. Thank you and stay safe!
Sunday, April 27, 2014 To the Residents of Franklin Lakes,
Numbering your house and mailbox provides the Police, Ambulance Corps and Fire Department a quick and easy way of locating your home. If they are not numbered, please add this task to your weekend to do list, it will help us identify your home from the street.
Chief of Department