by Fritz Rethage · Posted May 25, 2006
The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department conducted its Annual Inspection at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2006.
Department personnel were in full dress uniform. The equipment and new headquarters were presented for inspection and Department personnel were available to answer any questions.
The public had an opportunity to view the new crash/foam truck donated by the Port Authority in February 2006.
The event was attended by representatives of the Port Authority including Susan Baer, Manager of Newark and Teterboro Airports, Paul Bolognese and Ken Lucianin, Teterboro Airport, NJ State Senator Joseph Coniglio and local officials, as well as Fire Chiefs from mutual aid towns.
The program began with the presentation of the Honor Guard, Pledge of Allegiance, and Department Secretary, Thomas Rubino, conducting Roll Call.
Fire Department Chaplain, Fr. Joseph Pickard, provided the invocation.
Mayor Ronald R. Jones, Fire Commissioner Thomas Meli, Senator Coniglio and Fire Chief Joseph Taylor Jr. made comments.
This was the second inspection in the new facility since "The Big Fire" in 1999. Interim inspections had been conducted at the Masonic Lodge and the temporary headquarters on Central Avenue.
In 2005, these volunteers responded to over 1,000 ambulance calls and approximately 500 fire department calls.
The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department operates with 58 members, including EMS and Juniors. Its rolling stock includes two pumpers, 110 ft. ladder, heavy rescue truck, crash/foam truck, two ambulances and three chief SUVs.
These assets are owned by the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, but maintained by the volunteers.
The Department conducts only one fund raiser a year, with the proceeds providing training, supplies, etc.
Every firefighter must receive 20 weeks of basic firefighter training and every EMT receives 22 weeks of basic training.
Many members continue extensive advanced training in the areas of search and rescue, vehicle operation, incident command, hazardous materials, first responder, mass decontamination, etc. The Department conducts continuing training on a regular basis.
The Department is contracted to provide fire and ambulance service to Borough of Teterboro, and has done so for over 50 years.
The Department is a member of the South Bergen Chiefs Mutual Aid Association which helps to coordinate multi-department responses to large-scale incidents.
Zone 2 includes Carlstadt, Little Ferry, Moonachie, Wallington and Wood-Ridge. These departments are also all volunteer.
The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department also has a Junior Fire Department for those between 16 and 18 years of age. They offer on-scene support, but are not permitted to enter burning buildings.
In 2001, the community voted to establish a Length of Service Award Program, (LOSAP) for all emergency service volunteers.
LOSAP is designed to serve as a tool in helping our Borough retain well trained volunteer firefighters and ambulance squad members.
LOSAP serves as a financial incentive to encourage current volunteer members to remain active until reaching retirement age, and hopefully attract and entice new volunteers to serve our community.
The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department was established in 1896. ###
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