Allendale Fire Dept

Prom Weekend DUI Wreck Demo at NHRHS

Friday, April 17, 2015  Earlier today units operated at a staged Prom Weekend DUI crash in the parking lot at Northern Highlands Regional High School for the junior and senior classes. The event was narrated by Chief T. Smith who described the incident and what was going on. The scenario featured three vehicles involved, one vehicle simulated a fatality, another had a family involved, and the third had a driver with a severe injury. Allendale Police units were on scene demonstrated arresting the driver who was under the influence. Assistant C. Stricker had command of the incident while units began operating. The occupant of one vehicle was extricated by Rescue 942's crew alongside Upper Saddle River Fire Department Rescue 1242's crew and then the patient was turned over to Allendale Ambulance Corps - AVAC crews. The second vehicle was worked on by members of the Ho Ho Kus and Saddle River Fire Departments. NJSP NorthStar and Valley ALS also made an appearance simulating the need for rapid patient transport...more photos to follow...



Task Force 1 is coming to AVFD

Monday, March 30, 2015  August 1st and 2nd AVFD will be hosting the Vehicle Rescue class presented by Ryan McCormick of Task Force 1. Make sure to sign up and be part of this training opportunity. The weekend will consist of a lecture and practical evolutions spanning the entire weekend. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.



March Training

March 4th, members attended the Bergen County Fire Academy for flashover training. Members had the opportunity to become more aware of the signs of flashover and demonstrate the effectiveness of combating the high heat and rapid change conditions.

March 5th, members had the opportunity to take the Emergency Vehicle Operator class presented by Instructor Sulcov of the Bergen County Fire Academy. The class discussed many important aspects of driving vehicles during emergency situations and the basics preventative vehicle maintenance.

March 20th,  members took part in a two part seminar on initial engine company operations. The first half was an introduction to the new TFT hydrant valves by Ex-Chief R. Shute. After Captains Rubino and Policht conducted a round table discussion on a variety of videos on YouTube. Members practiced first due size up considerations and discussed how certain scenarios would be applied with our operations.

March 24, Chief 940 and Rescue 942 (Captain 960) traveled up to Upper Greenwood Lake to participate in an ice rescue drill alongside West Milford Fire Cos. 3 and 5. The night began with an overview of ice operations and then personnel conducted multiple rescue scenarios. After members went back to Co. 5 for a brief critique of the session and a light dinner. A huge thank you to the brothers and sisters of the West Milford FD for the hospitality.

Throughout the month the junior program has been busy. They have been constantly out training on establishing water supplies, setting up ground ladders, and memorizing the rigs. In the upcoming months under direction of junior advisor Captain Rubino they will begin to learn all the basics of Engine and Truck work.



Save the date! Engine 935 Wetdown!

Friday, March 13, 2015  *Save the date! Engine 935 Wetdown will be September 12th, 2015, 4pm to 9pm. Details to follow.* 

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Engine 935 Responds into Mahwah

Tuesday, March 3, 2015   Early this morning Engine 935 responded into the Township of Mahwah for the working townhouse fire. The engine crew assisted on scene with extinguishing pocket fires and overhaul alongside additional mutual aid from Ramsey, New Jersey Volunteer Fire Department and Suffern Hook and Ladder units. When initial Mahwah Fire Department units arrived they found a heavily involved townhouse unit with fire showing.



Engine 935 Responds into Saddle River

Tuesday, March 3, 2015  Chiefs 930, 940, and Engine 935 responded into Saddle River for the reported fire in a private dwelling. Saddle River Fire units arrived to find an electrical fire with extension to the surrounding area. Mutual aid units from Waldwick, NJ, Upper Saddle River, and Borough of Ho Ho Kus Fire responded and assisted on scene.



February Training

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Throughout the month of February members have been extremely busy with the newly revamped training program. Early in the month the department hosted Instructor John Dixon's "Leadership Exemplified" which discussed the vital aspects of leadership that must be applied to the fire service as well as every firefighter's personal lives.

As the month progressed members had the opportunity to participate in multiple ice rescue drills. The first one took place at the Red Barn in town and Chief T. Smith explained the basics of the equipment and operations of ice rescue. Shortly after members conducted live drills with AVAC on scene for personnel rehab.

A couple days later members were back out on the ice at the mutual aid drill which was hosted by the Waldwick Fire Department. Members conducted multiple evolutions and familiarized themselves with equipment from Waldwick, Wyckoff, Oakland, and Ridgewood. There were multiple EMS agencies at the site to provide rehab as needed.



Rescue and Engine handle Entrapment

Saturday, February 21, 2015  Shortly after returning from the ice rescue drill site in Waldwick, units were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash with entrapment on East Allendale Ave. Chiefs 930, 940, Captain 960, Rescue 942 (961), and Engine 932 responded to find a two vehicle incident with one person trapped. Units removed one patient from the vehicle, assisted AVAC with packaging, and secured both vehicles.



Rescue Responds into Saddle River for the Overturned Vehicle

Wednesday, February 18, 2015  Rescue 942 was requested into the Borough of Saddle River for the reported overturned tractor trailer with entrapment on the East Allendale exit from Route 17 southbound. Upon arriving on scene units were updated that the patient was able to self-extricate himself from the overturned cement truck. The roadway was shut down while Rescue 942 remained on scene with Chiefs 1130, 1140, Engines 1132, and 1131 to secure the vehicle and control leaking fluids.



Final Alarm for Ex-Chief George Higbie Jr.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015   On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015, Ex-Chief George Higbie Jr., 77, was laid to rest after passing in his sleep on Jan. 28th. George Higbie Jr., was a life member, former president of the Northwest Bergen Mutual Aid Association, and a retired Allendale DPW superintendent. In more recent years he was known as the voice of Station 9 where he operated the radio desk for every incident including standing by with members during winter storm Juno just two days before. Ex-Chief Higbie also served the United States by joining the US Navy in 1955. Then in 1962 he joined the Allendale Fire Department where he would served as Chief from 1973 to 1974 and then from 1979 to 1981. He was also a multi year recipient of the firefighter of the year award as well as a recipient of the department's valor award that was presented to him for saving a life when the town hotel burned in the late seventies. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him and the department. Thank you to all who assisted us during the week including the Ramsey Fire Department, Paramus Truck 1, and West Milford Engine Co. 3.



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