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
The past two weekends saw the members of the Franklin Lakes Fire Department along with mutual aid departments deploy the rescue boats for swimming events at the Indian Trail Club. Marine 1 and 3 were deployed to provide assistance to any swimmer in distress for the Swim-a-thon and the Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Triathlon. Between both events the fire department and mutual aid departments pulled about 10 swimmers from the water who were in distress or could not finish the swim. Lead by Fire Fighter Mike “Skippa” Mitail, both events went by smoothly. Thank you to our mutual aid departments for assisting us, and thank you to the members for getting up early on a Saturday to assist in the event.
Pictures to follow shortly
Taken from Oakland Fire Department Website.
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Oakland Volunteer Firefighter, Kevin McMackin, who passed away suddenly on Sunday evening. Kevin has been a member of the OVFD since October of 2011 and he was also a 1st Lieutenant and Training Officer on the John Robert Walker Memorial Oakland Volunteer First Aid Squad.
Kevin was a dedicated volunteer who has served the community of Oakland in the most exemplary fashion and he will be sorely missed by his brother and sister Firefighters as well as all the members of his First Aid Squad.
Services for Kevin will be as follows:
The Family will receive friends on Friday June 12th at Vander Plaat Funeral Home located at 257 Godwin Ave, Wyckoff, NJ at the following times:
2:00pm – 4:00 pm
Service of Remembrance beginning at 3:30pm
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Emergency Service Tribute will begin at 7:30pm.
Following the Wake Service, a procession that will include Oakland EMS, Oakland Fire Department as well as support from Franklin Lakes and Wyckoff’s Fire Departments will travel through Oakland traveling on Hiawatha Blvd. passing Company 2 and continuing down Hiawatha onto to Franklin Ave. From Franklin Ave the procession will turn onto Ramapo Valley Rd continue to Yawpo Ave making a right onto East Oak Street then turning left on Ramapo Valley Rd proceeding to Lawlor Drive.
Please note that Lawlor Drive will be closed in both directions beginning at 9:00 PM to allow for the procession to pass uninterrupted.
A celebration of Kevin’s life will immediately follow at the First Aid Building. There will be no Funeral.
We ask the residents of Oakland to please be patient with us during the procession so that we may honor the life and memory of one of the most dedicated young people our Town has even known.
On May 8th the Pompton Lakes Volunteer Fire Department fought a structure fire at the residence of one of their own. Pompton Lakes Fire Chief Ronnie Fusaro’s house was the one a blaze and suffered significant damage and in showing the true meaning of brotherhood a fundraising event is being held to support a brother in need. Organized by the Oakland Fire Department, the night will be one of fun and support. If you can’t attend donations are welcome please contact OFD Bob Knapp firstname.lastname@example.org or Jack Longa email@example.com.
On Wednesday afternoon communications dispatched the volunteers for a MVA with entrapment on Franklin Avenue between Circle Ave and Iron Latch Road. Asst Chief Bohny (340), Res3cue (Capt Pianettini ) with 4, Engine 331 (FF Mitail) with 2, and Utility 337 responded to the scene along with FLPD and the FLVAC. Two vehicles had a head on collision with one driver needing to be extricated from the vehicle. Asst Chief Bohny was in command of the scene and the crews from Res3cue and Utility 337 put the tools to work and had the driver out in about 20 minutes Engine 331 stretched an attack line as a pre caution, great work to the crews working on scene.
This past Monday night drill the volunteers from both The Franklin Lakes Fire Department and The Oakland Fire Department participated in a joint MVA drill. Leading the drill was Franklin Lakes training officer Brian Comitto, both departments went over new vehicle industry standards for safety and discussed various methods to approaching a accident scene. After a class room session was complete both departments went out side and put what they learned to the test on donated vehicles. Both departments will be drilling together over the next several weeks on vehicle extrications and stabilization techniques.
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.