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 Monday night at drill crews were out around town replacing missing or damage hydrant stakes. Hydrant stakes are the reflective flag that is attached to the hydrant to make the hydrant visible from a distance, or if brush and snow cover the hydrant. With the winter months approaching quickly the Franklin Lakes fire department would like to remind home owners to clear snow, ice, or debris 5 feet around the hydrant. This is a borough ordinance, during a true emergency time is critical and crews cannot be delayed due to an obstructed fire hydrant. If you have a contractor that services your property please instruct them to clear around the hydrant. Finally if you have a fire hydrant on your property, or if you see one driving around town without a hydrant stake or a damaged hydrant stake please advise the fire department of the location (street address) so we can service the hydrant.
For the second time this month the Franklin Lakes fire department found themselves fighting another car fire, this time on Interstate 287 North. Chief Dodd (330), Squad 332 (LT Devenney) with 5, and Engine 331 (FF Ritz) with 3 responded. Chief Dodd arrived on location first and reported a well involved car fire off to the side of the road. Squad 332 arrived on scene and made quick work of the fire while Engine 331 assisted and gave the Squad extra water. Crews cleared the scene in about 20 minutes, after clearing the call the fire desk advised all units of multiple calls reporting the smell of gas in the area of Pulis and Phelps and also in the area of Court street and Franklin ave. Units responded and both calls were unfounded.
At 0928 hours Tuesday morning communications dispatched the fire department to respond for a car fire at the Beckon Dickson parking garage. Chief Dodd (330), Asst Chief Bohny (340), Squad 332 (FF Jost), Engine 331 (FF Piccoli), Engine 335, and Ladder 342 responded. Crews were met with one car fully involved and another car starting to catch fire on the top deck of the garage. After crews improvised on the hose stretch they made quick work of the fire. Great work to all those on scene.
At 0021 hours on Tuesday morning communications dispatched the fire department for 1 engine to respond mutual aid to The City of Paterson to cover the city while they fought a 7 alarm fire. Asst Chief Bohny (340) and Engine 331 (Capt Donch) with 8 responded to the River Side firehouse. Asst Chief Bohny was acting Battalion 2 while Engine 331 was acting Engine 5. Crews remained in the city for over 12 hours logging in 3 calls for service that included 2 possible house fires and a fire alarm activation.
This week the local Boy Scout Troop came to visit South Side firehouse. Res3cue was on hand to provide lighting while the scouts learned all about fire fighting and had the chance to see the SS rigs up close. Capt Jay Donch, Fire Fighter Brian Dalton, and Fire Fighter Jack Halbach were there to lend a hand.
The tour A crews recently caught some work this past Tuesday. In the afternoon communications dispatched the fire department to respond mutual aid to Wyckoff for a working fire. The crews from Wyckoff were battling a fully involved detached garage fire and requested a 2nd alarm. Asst Chief Bohny (340) and Squad 332 (LT Chazen) with 5 responded to call. Crews assisted Wyckoff with fire suppression and overhaul operations and stayed on scene for about an hour.
At 1757 hours communication dispatched the fire department for Tanker 341 to respond to Kearny at Exit 15W NJ Turnpike North for a Tanker truck fire. Asst Chief Bohny (340), Tanker 341 (LT. Chazen) with 3, along with a task force from Mahwah and Fort Lee responded to the call. The task force supplied Kearny’s foam tender operations at the fatal fire. Crews operated for over four hours before they cleared returning to the borough around 2230 hours.