Allendale Fire Dept

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.



Engine 932 Responds to Edgewater

Thursday, January 22, 2015  Last evening Chief 930 and Engine 932 responded into Edgewater to assist at a multi alarm apartment complex fire. The engine crew worked alongside Wyckoff's engine crew on the charlie side of the complex. In addition to operating multiple lines; Engine 932 relay pumped from Wyckoff Engine 234 to Upper Saddle River Engine 1231 who was supplying Ramsey Tower 442.



2015 Officer Sworn into Office

Wednesday, January 7, 2015   Last evening the officers of the department were sworn into their respected offices at the council meeting by the borough's first female mayor Liz White. Congratulations to Chief T. Smith, Assistant Chief C. Stricker, Captains J. Rubino III, R. Policht Jr, and Lieutenant K. Furman. 



Rescue and Engine handle MVC

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 

Earlier today Captain 960, Rescue 942, and Engine 932 responded to a motor vehicle crash during the snow fall. Units arrived and controlled the hazmat spill from the vehicles.



Toys for Tots 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014  The department collected 1,732 toys this year as part of our annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots Drive. We would like thank everyone who donated. We would also like to specifically thank the sisters from Theta Phi Alpha Sorority from Ramapo College, Mahwah Fire Company 4, Terrie O'Connor Realtors, Waldwick Lions Club, The Holiday Observers, and Bill Scharf.



SOC Discussion

Friday, November 21, 2014  Tonight Lt. R. Policht Jr. presented a discussion revolving around unique scenarios where rescue company operations are required. The presentation included topics such as ring removal, impalements, and other entanglements. After members had the opportunity to conduct a practical ring removal evolution.



Toys for Tots 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014  Its that time of year again! The toys for Tots Truck is out in front of the firehouse! Don't forget to stop by and drop off some toys for less fortunate children! The Marine Corps Reserves toys for Tots has allowed many families with children who cannot afford gifts this year enjoy those special moments of their young children smiling after receiving a new toy. Last year we brought in about 1,273 toys that were donated! Help us beat our record from last year! Donations can be dropped off at any time until December 14th. Any questions email



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