Allendale Fire Dept

A mutual aid request, an alarm, an odor and a large fuel spill to start September

Friday, September 11, 2009  Tuesday Sept 1 Ramsey requested an Allendale engine to the scene of a working fire in their town. Engine 935 responded with 6 firefighters along with Chief 930. Crews assisted their Ramsey brothers for approximately 90 minutes.

On Sept 2, a fire alarm at Allendale Liquors required the intervention of Engine 932 and Ladder 941, along with Chief 930. Crews found that wine had dripped into an alarm head to be the cause. A report was taken and all units returned to quarters.

A resident on West Allendale reported a burning odor in her home, prompting the response of Allendale's Bravest on Sept. 4.  Engines 932 and 935, Ladder 941 and Chief 930 all responded in on the box assignment. Crews performed an exhaustive search of the structure as well as surrounding properties and found no sign of fire. However a haze and strong burning odor persisted, and all units shifted their attention to the nearby industrial park where the haze and odor were strongest. Crews checked all area buildings and came up empty. All units were returned by 930 shortly thereafter.

A large fuel spill from an undetermined source on Forest Road on this date required approximately 30 bags of speedy dry and mutual aid assistance from Mahwah FD's HazMat team. Crews were on scene for 90 minutes cleaning up the mess.

Rescue 942 at hazmat incident

Rescue 942 at hazmat incident


2nd half of August Fire Runs Breakdown

Friday, September 11, 2009 

On Friday the 21st Engine 932, along with Chief 940 Dave Baez, handled a fire alarm activation at the Asian Cuisine. Crews investigated and found there to be an electrical issue in the establishment. An electrical inspector was requested and assisted. FD units took up and returned a short time later.

The following day (22nd) Wyckoff FD requested mutual aid for a basement fire in their township right over the border off Brookside Ave. Engine 932 and Chief 940 both responded. Meanwhile Wyckoff Fire units arrived on scene and determined a fire was extinguished by the homeowner, and determined there was no extension. 932 and 940 arrived on scene just as Wyckoff Command downsized the incident, returning all incoming mutual aid.

A fire alarm at a residence on MacIntyre Road was handled by Chief 930 and Engine 932 on Monday the 24th.  Crews determined that water dripping from the floor above into a smoke head to be the cause.  All units cleared 30 minutes later.

Early the next morning another fire alarm activation at Brookside School was set off by a faulty detector. Crews from Engine 932 handled the incident. Later the same day Waldwick FD requested station coverage during an incident in their jurisdiction. While enroute Engine 935 was cancelled due to Waldwick's determination that the incident was under control and their apparatus were being placed back into service.

On Thursday the 27th all heck broke loose in Oakland. NORCON requested an engine from AFD to respond to Oakland Fire headquarters for station coverage. Engine 935 took the call and stood by for approximately an hour while Oakland battled 2 simultaneous house fires. Fortunately both fires were small enough to be quickly handled. Kudos to our brothers to the far north.

Finally a gas leak on the 31st at a residence on West Crescent prompted a response by Chief 930, Engine 932, Ladder 941 and Rescue 942. AFD units stabilized scene safety while PSE&G worked to stop the leak. Units were released approximately 45 minutes later.



August off to a Quiet Start

Wednesday, August 19, 2009  The month of August has yielded 6 calls thus far.

On Sunday the 2nd, Dispatch toned out the F.D. for a fire alarm activation at the Asian Cuisine.  Engine 932 responded and determined water leaking on the alarm panel set the alarm off.  Later that day the FD was dispatched to residence on Cateret Road for an electrical problem.  Chief 930, Engine 932, Ladder 941 and Rescue 942 all responded to investigate. Crews found a panel of electrical switches to be faulty and promptly disconnected the panel.

On Friday the 7th, Dispatch toned out the FD for a reported smell of gas within a residence on Mallinson. Engine 932 and Ladder 941 responded for the investigation. All gas-related appliances were checked with negative findings.  A sewer backup was suspected and the Water Department  was requested to the scene.

Burnt toast at a residence on Linda Drive was the culprit for a fire alarm activation. Chief 930 responded for the report.

On Monday the 17th,  Allendale Police received an alarm activation at Brookside School. Crews from Engine 932 and Ladder 941 performed a walk-through and found an activated head in one of the hallways. The alarm was subsequently restored and all units took up.

Later on the 17th, Engines 932 and 935, Ladder 941 and Rescue 942, along with Chief 930 all responded to an alarm on Wilton Drive.  Crews determined the alarm to be accidental in nature and all units returned.



Another dumpster fire

Thursday, July 30, 2009  PD dispatched AFD to Village Pizza in the A&P shopping complex for a reported dumpster fire in the rear of the structure. 960 and Engine 932 responded to the fire while an alarm activated at a Park Ave residence was reported. Chief 930 re-directed to the Park Ave address along with Engine 935.

At Village Pizza, a small dumpster containing cardboard was inadvertently set ablaze when an employee mistakenly dumped ashes from the wood burning fireplace used in the restaurant. Employees made a good faith attempt to douse the flames with buckets of water as the FD responded in. The trash line was stretched  and placed in operation to soak the contents of the container. Brief overhaul ensured all fire was out and all  contents were thoroughly wet down. Engine 932 was placed back in service and rerouted to Park Ave.

On Park Ave, crews from 935 checked the structure from top to bottom with negative findings. It was thought the brief power outage in the area may have caused the alarm activation. Both engines were returned to quarters by 930 after a 20 minute investigation.



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Week of July 26: More storms, more fun!

Sunday, July 26, 2009  Tuesday July 28:  Another storm, another run for the fire department. This time a wire burning atop a telephone pole on Brookside Ave required scene security to be provided by Engines 932 and 935 as well as Rescue 942. Brookside was shut down between Mallinson and West Crescent as per Chief 930 for about 40 minutes. Orange & Rockland arrived and assisted in fire extinguishing. The scene was then turned over to O&R so they could make necessary repairs, and all AFD units returned to quarters.

On Wednesday the 29th NORCON requested an Allendale engine to locate in Wyckoff Co. 1 as per 2nd alarm protocol. Engine 935 handled the assignment while Wyckoff units investigated a smoke condition in a high-occupancy life hazard building in their jurisdiction. No runs were tallied during their 1/2 hour layover.



Congratulations to latest Fire Academy Graduates!

Saturday, July 25, 2009  On Friday July 24 in Hackensack, 4 Allendale Fire Department members were graduated from the Fire 1 class of the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Academy. Congratulations to:

Dana Rago

Rich Schinnick

Dan White

Victoria Pope

Job well done, fellow brother and sister firefighters! The department is fortunate to have a new wave of active firemen and women such as you join our staff. Good luck, stay low, and be proud!



Week of July 19: More thunderstorm fun

Sunday, July 19, 2009  A motor vehicle crash on the 22nd at the intersection of West Crescent and Franklin Turnpike required the services of Rescue 942 to contain a subsequent fluid spill. Engine 935 provided fire suppression should it be needed while Chiefs 930 and 940 coordinated the incident.

More thunderstorms rocked the area, producing a lightning strike close to a house on Oak Street the evening of Friday the 24th. Engine 932, Ladder 941, Engine 935 and both Chiefs all responded in for the assignment. 932's crew encountered a strong electrical burning odor with a slight haze upon entry, necessitating the stretching of a handline to the front door from 932 as a precaution.  Though no actual strike to the house was found, it was determined the lightning must have bounced off the few trees in the rear yard, somehow traveling to the house and causing a switch box to smolder. Further searches of the entire house resulted in negative findings, the homeowners were advised of the switch box and after 50 minutes of on-scene time all apparatus returned to quarters.

A fire alarm the next afternoon (Saturday 25th) was handled by Engine 932. Dust from contractors working inside a house on Hillside Ave set off the alarm accidentally. A report was taken and the engine returned to quarters.



Dumpster fire handled with 1 engine

Tuesday, July 14, 2009  During the early morning hours of Tuesday July 14th Engine 932 and Chief 930 responded to a reported dumpster fire near a residence on Trotters Lane. One line was stretched and operated to extinguish the blaze. Crews sifted through the contents of the container to ensure total extinguishment. 932 returned to service a short time later.

The rest of the week the FD responded to 4 additional calls.

Thursday July 16 was a busy one for AFD.  An activated alarm in a commercial building on Pearl Court in the Industrial Park was handled by Engine 935 and Ladder 941. Crews determined the alarm was accidentally set off by an electrician working inside the building. All units returned to service shortly thereafter. Later this day an activated alarm prompted the response of Engines 932, 935 and Ladder 941 to a residence on East Allendale. Dust created by contractors working in the basement was determined to be the cause, information was taken and all units assigned returned to quarters. Finally, at 11:34pm NORCON requested an Allendale engine to standby at Upper Saddle River's Fire headquarters while USR battled a working structure fire in their town. Engine 935 responded with a crew of 7 to provide the coverage. Chiefs 930 and 940 also responded as well. No runs were logged during the 40 minute coverage period.

 An activated alarm at a residence on Dale Ave was caused by smoke from a barbeque grill drifting through an open window and setting off a detector on Saturday July 18.  Engine 932 handled the incident.



Mutual Aid to Saddle River for MVA

MVA Route 17 Saddle River. Rescue 942 and Squad 952 assisted.

MVA Route 17 Saddle River. Rescue 942
      and Squad 952 assisted.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009  A serious motor vehicle crash involving a landscaping truck towing a trailer occurred on Route 17 in Saddle River on Wednesday July 8th. Saddle River Fire Command and SRV Rescue Command requested our assistance in containing a large fluid spill as a result of this accident.. Rescue Co. 942 and Squad 952 with the HAZMAT Trailer in tow responded to the scene. Allendale crews spent over an hour on scene for this incident, utilizing 50 bags of speedy dry.



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