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Troop 613 Tours
The tour was led by former Fire Chief Christian Semenecz First Assistant Fire Chief Angelo Roccamo and Fire Department Secretary Thomas Rubino. Also present were firefighters Joe Fehl, Mark Waring, and EMS member Liz Waring.
Chris provided an overview of the 54 volunteer men and women who operate two engine companies, ladder company, rescue company and ambulance squad.
In 2004, the Department responded to 500 fire and emergency calls and 1,090 ambulance calls.
The tour began in the bay area with Engine Number One -- where the equipment side doors were opened and a presentation of the equipment and its use was made -- such as the axe, ropes, hose nozzle, etc.
Firefighter Joe Fehl and Mark Waring and EMS member Liz Waring put on their turnout gear as Chris explained the purpose of each detail.
Each Daisy had a chance to walk through the firefighters transport compartment. Then each child was allowed to sit in and inspect Engine One's drivers seat.
Yes, they were allowed to turn on the lights. No, they could not turn on the siren.
The next vehicle to be inspected was the hook and ladder. Semenecz first provided an overview of the vehicles purpose and that company's activities. He let the Daisies inspect the equipment compartments, and let a few sit in the "jump seats."
A review of the ambulance activities was presented. The stretcher was pulled out and set up so that each child could lie on it. Afterwards, the Daisies each walked through the ambulance.
The tour led to a review of "Old Engine One."
All of the Daisies entered the "Rescue Truck." Chris discussed its mission. In addition to the heavy rescue equipment, the vehicle also serves as the Departments field communications and command post.
Behind the trucks are the Fire Chief's office, Department Officer's room, additional storage and equipment rooms to include the "air tank" refilling station, "radio room" that works in conjunction with the "Rescue Truck" communications, and a bunk room for when the Department is on stand-by.
The Daisies were led upstairs and saw the conference/training room, the kitchen, and exempt meeting room.
Upon the conclusion of the tour, the Daisies were given pencils and a Sparkys coloring book.
For more information about the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department go to: www.hasbrouck-heights.net/hhfd
To arrange a tour for your organization, please
contact the Fire Chiefs office at 201-288-0082.
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