Allendale Fire Dept

AVFD Awarded Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation Grant

Monday, July 13, 2015  The Allendale Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation for their generous grant. The funds will be used to purchase 12 RIT system personal escape rope systems and train these members on the use of this equipment. These systems will allow our firefighters to safely bailout of a structure in the event that rapidly changing fire conditions cause immediate threat to a firefighter's life safety. Stay tuned for the full story and photos from the training sessions.



Crestwood Lake Water Search

Monday, June 29, 2015  Press Release from the Allendale Police Department:

On June 24, 2015 at 6:52pm, Allendale Police received a 9-1-1 call reporting a possible missing person at Crestwood Lake. Police were dispatched and spoke to two juveniles who stated that they were playing in the water with another juvenile and could no longer locate this swimmer. Allendale Fire Rescue along with Mahwah Rescue, Oradell Dive Water Rescue, Northwest Bergen Fire Mutual Aid Coordinators, Allendale Ambulance and Waldwick Ambulance responded as well. As fire rescue personnel were beginning their search of the water, police officers located the reported missing person who was safe and uninjured. The juvenile had left the park with his mother just prior to the initial report. The juveniles who made the initial report did not see their friend leave the water, therefore prompting the response. The Allendale Police would like to thank all agencies who responded and the Midland Park Police Department for their assistance.

Photos from AVAC and Mahwah Rescue 1.




Monday, June 22, 2015  On behalf on the officers and members of AVFD we would like to congratulate the class of 2015 including FF M. Pini, FF J. Shand, Probationary FFs J. Buttacavoli, J. Treimanis, Junior Captain C. Peluso, and all family members who graduated this past weekend.



NWBMA Field Day at SRFD

Saturday, May 16, 2015  Today members competed at the annual NWBMA field day that was hosted by Saddle River Fire Department. Crews placed 2nd in the Scott Scramble and Drafting events as well as 3rd in the search event. Congrats to Capts J. Rubino III, R. Policht Jr, FFs M. Hillman, M. Pini, Jr FFs C. Peluso, R. Heath, and Chauffeur R. Shute.



April Training

Monday, May 4, 2015 

Throughout April members have been busy getting ready for the arrival of Engine 935 and training on the basics of engine, truck, and rescue operations. Crews have worked on engine company operations including stretching lines and operating master streams. Crews also worked on basic truck and rescue company operations including setting up ground ladders and basic vehicle extrication.

Early in the month members went over the hill to the training center at Mahwah Fire Company 4. Crews conducted search and radio communication procedure evolutions. After members went through the mask confidence challenge course where they worked on aspects of firefighter orientation. Thanks to the Fardale Brothers for allowing us to use their facilities.



Rescue 9 Takes Home 2nd Place

Saturday, May 2, 2015 

Congratulations to this year's team consisting of Chief T. Smith, Asst. Chief C. Stricker, Captain J. Rubino, Lt. C. Kobovitch, FF S. Drejman, and FF J. Burns on placing second overall at Rutherford Rescue Co. 5's extrication competition. Congrats to Garfield (1st), Sparkill, NY (3rd), and to everyone else for participating.



Engine 935 Comes Home

Thursday, April 30, 2015 

This evening AVFD took delivery of their new 2015 Pierce Arrow XT Engine 935. The engine is a 8 man cab, 2,000 gpm pump, 1,000 gallon tank, and a custom double ladder rack body. Chief Smith welcomed guests and members, then officially baptized the rig. Thank you to all departments who came by to support our new engine, especially Waldwick, NJ Volunteer Fire Department and Wallington Co. 3. Also a huge thanks to (CPT Fire Ground Photos) for coming out.



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.



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