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
Nikolai Pokrovsky, A.K.A Boris has been a member of the Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department for the past two years. He has been very active within the department responding to fire calls, participating in drills, and helping out with fire department functions and today he leaves to serve with the United States Army. Nikolai will be training at Fort Stewart Georgia for infantry training for the next 3 years, a dream he has been waiting for a long time coming. He comes from a military family with his father also serving in the Army. Good luck Boris and stay safe, we will be awaiting your return and keep a spot on the first due ready for you!
As is every year the members of the fire department participated in the Franklin Lakes Memorial Day Parade. Each year the department attends the parade and the service after to remember the men and women in our nations armed forced that gave their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy today. Following the Franklin Lakes parade members attended the Wyckoff parade and the department also attended the Oakland parade. Though Memorial Day Weekend is seen as an unofficial kick off to the summer season, it should be remembered that the holiday is for reflection and thanks to those that have served this country. Thank you to our veterans and God Bless America.
The volunteers at the Franklin Lakes Fire Department had an eventful holiday weekend. On Saturday Morning Communications dispatched the fire department for a possible structure fire at a private residents on Spruce lane, communications advised the fire department that the resident called 911 and stated his fire alarm was going off and the house was filling with smoke. Ladder 342 (LT Devenney) with 4, Engine 331 (FF Ritz) with 3 responded, Ladder 342 arrived within minutes with LT Devenney assuming the initial command. Upon investigation it was determined that the cause of the smoke was a bagel that was left cooking for too long in the microwave. The structure fire turned out to be a structure-bagel and units cleared the scene quickly.
Sunday was uneventful until 1915 hours when communications dispatched the fire department to respond to the rear of a home on Feather lane for a large fire threatening a home. Chief Dodd (330), Asst Chief Bohny (340), Engine 331 (FF Piccoli) with 3, Ladder 342 (LT Devenney) with 5, Tanker 341 (LT Chazen), and Engine 334 (FF Rollo) with 2 responded. Upon arrival of the Chief’s it was determined that a 30 by 30 foot area was on fire and the order was given for Engine 331 to stretch an attack line. As Engine 331 was getting water on the fire Ladder 342’s crew arrived to assist with overhaul operations. Tanker 341 arrived and supplied the extra water needed and Engine 334 assisted the Ladder crew with over haul operation. Crews stayed on scene packing up for about an hour before crews returned to the fire house.
Finally on Monday crews ran one call to a home on Huron road for an activated fire alarm. Asst Chief Bohny (340), Ladder 342, and Engine 331 responded to the alarm. It was an accidental activations and crews returned to the fire house a short time later.
This weekend had a total of ten members attend extra training courses to better serve the residents of Franklin Lakes. Four members attended Res-Q-Jac Stabilization training at the Bergen County Fire Academy on Saturday; the 8 hour course was hands on training on stabilizing vehicles that have been involved in MVA. Over six evolutions were performed on vehicles ranging from sedans to dump trucks with members training with other departments from all over the east coast.
Six members spent the entire weekend attending training in Maine to participate in The FOOLS International training course. The training consisted of live fire evolutions; fire attack, forcible entry, and vent enter search operations. Each group will teach what they learned to the rest of the department over the next couple of weeks on Monday night drills. As always The Franklin Lakes Fire Department is looking for new members to join our ranks, stop by either Fire Headquarters or South Side fire house every Monday night starting at 7:15 for more information.
With the recent string of warm dry weather in the area the fire department has responded to various fires related to the weather. On Sunday April 19 Communications dispatched the fire department to respond to Lurie Lane for a construction dumpster on fire in the road way. Chief Dodd (330), Asst Chief Bohny (340), Engine 331 (FF Ritez) with 4, Squad 332 (LT Devenney) with 5, and Engine 334 responded to the call. Upon arrival of Chief Dodd it was determined that construction dumpster was on fire in the driveway of a home under construction. Engine 331 arrived shortly after and stretched an attack line to the dumpster and made quick work of the fire. Squad 332 arrived as water was getting on the fire and crews performed overhaul operations. Crews cleared the scene 30 minutes later.
On Thursday night April 29, Communications dispatched the fire department to respond to the rear of a private residence on Birch Road for a brush fire. An area of 15 by 15 yards of brush were burning 300 feet behind the home and threatening a stone wall. Chief Dodd (330), Asst Chief Bohny (340), Engine 334 (LT Devenney) with 5, and Tanker 341 (Capt Donch) responded to the call. 334 arrived on scene and stretched an extended attack line to the fire while Tanker 341 supplied the extra water. 334’s Crews performed fire attack and overhaul operations and cleared the scene in about an hour.
With the weather getting warmer and many of us enjoying the warm nights outside, it is important to remember safety when operating outdoor fire pits and chimineas. Fires should be at least 15 feet from any combustible material such as leaf piles, decks, and your house. The fire should be no larger then a 3 foot area and always have a fire extinguisher or hose on hand in case of an emergency. Never use accelerants such as lighter fluid or gasoline to start or continue a fire. Be sure to fully extinguish your fire ensuring all embers are out and there is no heat coming from the remains. Finally never hesitate to call 911 to summon the fire department if your fire turns into an emergency, fire doubles in size every minute and it is critical that the fire department respond as quickly as possible. Always be safe when enjoying a fire outside of your home this spring and summer.
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.