Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Fire broke out in a residence on Carteret Road during the late afternoon of Tuesday, January 25th. 2 teenagers were home at the time and discovered the fire. They contacted Emergency services by dialing 9-1-1 as they safely evacuated the house.
Allendale Police was alerted and responded, arriving on scene to find heavy black smoke emanating from the home's 2nd floor. Allendale Fire was dispatched and responded quickly, as they were answering another alarm in the downtown business district at the same time. Chief Dave Baez (930) arrived on scene shortly thereafter, observing the same conditions as the police officers, and requested a 2nd alarm for mutual aid. AFD's Engine 932 and Ladder 941 arrived, with the engine locating on a hydrant across the street from the house while 941 backed into the property's driveway. Crews quickly began stretching hose lines and placing ground ladders while a crew dug out the hydrant buried in the snow bank. Captain Ryan Shute, FF's Brian Alvarez and Rich Shinnick, with the help of Allendale Police Officer Terry Lawler, stretched a 3 inch hose through the deep snow up to the front door, where the crew connected a gated wye and an inch-and-a-half hose line to use as their attack line. By this time, a water supply was just about established, and the crew advanced into the large house up to the 2nd floor with their hand line. The crew observed heavy fire consuming 2 bedrooms and spreading quickly into and down the hallway in both directions. They opened up and quickly knocked down the hallway fire and aggressively pushed into the doorway of the two adjoining bedrooms, knocking down the bulk of the fire. Crews from Engine 935 and Rescue 942, armed with thermal cameras, hooks and other tools, marched in ahead and began to open up the walls and ceilings, searching for and finding hot spots in the immediate areas. Outside, crews deployed a ground ladder and put 941's aerial ladder into service to access the roof area to inspect for any fire spread. Because of these initial aggressive actions taken by the crews, further fire spread was prevented and the rest of the house was spared, though there was extensive water and smoke damage throughout. No injuries were reported.
The incident eventually went to 3rd alarm status for manpower purposes, due to the large, complex layout of the home, buried hydrants, and the deep snow to trudge through. Mutual aid was received from Wyckoff, Ramsey, Waldwick, HoHoKus, Saddle River, Fair Lawn, and Saddle River Valley Rescue. Allendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps provided a rig at the scene.
To view additional photos of the incident, go to www.CPTFireGroundPhotos.smugmug.com.
Conditions early in the incident
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The Allendale Fire Department announces that on January 13th during the borough's annual reorganization meeting, the Mayor and Council appointed and swore in Hans Cunningham as Allendale's OEM Director, effective immediately. Mr. Cunningham replaces ex-Police Chief of Allendale Bob Herndon who served the position for many years but relinguished upon his retirement.
Cunningham, who also serves as the fire department's Association President, a position held since 1999, has been an Allendale resident since the mid-90's, and a member of the fire department for the same amount of time. His leadership and insight into Allendale's Emergency Services will serve as a basis for his new position. The department congratulates Hans on his appointment and wish him the best of luck for this year and beyond.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The Allendale Fire Department announces for the year 2011 they will be led by Chief 930 Dave Baez, who previously held the position back in 2000-2002. Assistant Chief 940 will be manned by Ernest Cassidy, who served as Chief back in 1982-1983. Ryan Shute was appointed as Captain 950 by Chief Baez. Thomas Smith was elected as Captain 960. Pat Varsolona was appointed as Lieutenant 961 by Chief Baez. The Lieutenant 962 position is currently vacant.
On the administrative side, Hans Cunningham continues to serve as Association President, a position he has held since 1999. Vice President will be served by Kevin Cronin for the 3rd year in a row. The Corresponding Secretary is George Higbie, who has served this position pretty much forever. Recording Secretary will be Jon Fisher, a member since 2004. The Treasurer is Ernest Cassidy, who has served in this capacity for the past 10 years.
Good luck to the 2011 officers.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Jan. 5: smell of smoke in residence on Stonefence Rd
Jan. 6: natural gas odor in residence on Arcadia Rd; residential fire alarm on Arcadia Rd,
Jan. 14: Engine 95 mutual aid to Ramsey for smoke in commercial building; reported smoke issuing from residence on Brookside Ave; commercial fire alarm on West Allendale Ave.
Jan. 15: Engine 95 mutual aid to Saddle River for fire alarm on Boroline Rd; carbon monoxide alarm in residence on Arcadia Rd
Jan. 17: P.D. assist in Orchard Park (still alarm per Chief 940)
Jan. 18: residential fire alarm on East Crescent Ave
Jan. 19: fire alarm at high school
Jan. 22: smoke condition in residence on Wilton Dr.
Jan. 23: chimney fire in residence on Park Ave.
Jan. 24: residential fire alarm on Myrtle Ave.
Jan. 25: commercial fire alarm on W. Allendale Ave; working house fire on Carteret Rd.
Jan. 29: 3 residential fire alarms: Franklin Tpke; Sawyer Ct; Allen St.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Dec. 1: reported truck fire on West Orchard; Engine 932 mutual aid to Saddle River for fire alarm on Boroline Rd
Dec. 3: smoke condition in commercial bldg on West Crescent; residential fire alarm on Beresford Rd
Dec. 4: Engine 932 mutual aid to Ramsey for lift assist
Dec. 5: residential carbon monoxide alarm on MacIntyre Lane; residential carbon monoxide alarm in Orchard Park; residential carbon monoxide alarm on Cebak Ct
Dec. 10: residential carbon monoxide alarm on Arcadia Rd; gas leak in commercial structure on West Allendale Ave.
Dec. 15: burning odor in residence on Beechwood Rd.
Dec. 17: residential utility emergency on Brookside Ave.
Dec. 19: residential carbon monoxide alarm on Cebak Ct.
Dec. 21: motor vehicle crash on Brookside Ave
Dec. 22: residential fire & carbon monoxide alarms on Paul Ave
Dec. 24: residential carbon monoxide alarm on Cebak Ct; fire alarm at police station
Dec. 25: public utility emergency on Oakwood Rd
Dec. 27: residential oven fire on Franklin Tpke
Dec. 28: Engine 932 mutual aid to Saddle River for fire alarm on Boroline Road; Engine 935 mutual aid to Waldwick for fire alarm on Prospect Ave.
Dec. 29: burning odor at the nursing home; residential alarm activation on Cebak Ct.; fire alarm at Brookside School; residential fire alarm on Butternut Rd.
Dec. 30: Engine 935 mutual aid to Wyckoff for burning odor in a residence on Windham Ct.
USR condo fire 11-15-10
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Nov. 1: large brush fire in rear of residence on Oak St; residential carbon monoxide alarm on Dale Ave.
Nov. 3: commercial fire alarm on Franklin Tpke; activated fire alarm at high school; commercial fire alarm on West Allendale
Nov. 4: residential fire alarm on West Crescent
Nov. 7: commercial fire alarm with smoke condition on Franklin Tpke
Nov. 10: Rescue 942 mutual aid to Glen Rock for house fire
Nov. 11: Engine 935 mutual aid to Ramsey for house fire
Nov. 15: Engine 935 mutual aid to Upper Saddle River for condo fire; burning odor in commercial structure on West Allendale
Nov. 16: Rescue 942 mutual aid to Saddle River for large fuel spill; burning odor in residence on Crescent Pl.
Nov. 17: residential fire alarm on Oakwood Rd.
Nov. 20: residential carbon monoxide alarm on Gloria Dr.; fire alarm activation at nursing home
Nov. 21: lift assist with AVAC at residence on Cebak Ct
Nov. 22: brush fire up against residential structure on Woodland Ave.
Nov. 25: assist AVAC at trauma call at residence on Schuyler Rd; Engine 932 mutual aid to Saddle River for fire alarm at Residence Inn
Nov. 26: residential carbon monoxide alarm on Cebak Ct; commercial fire alarm on West Allendale Ave.
Nov. 28: suspicious odor in residence on West Maple Ave; Engine 932 mutual aid to Ramsey for residential structure fire.
Nov. 29: residential utility emergency on Newton Pl; residential fire alarm on Butternut Rd
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Oct. 1: residential carbon monoxide alarm on Nadler Ct
Oct. 6: commercial fire alarm on Pearl Ct
Oct. 7: reported vehicle fire on East Allendale
Oct. 8: residential carbon monoxide alarm on Walnut St
Oct. 9: commercial fire alarm on West Crescent; residential fire alarm in Rio Vista
Oct. 11: residential fire alarm on Donnybrook
Oct. 15: 1 engine mutual aid to Saddle River for commercial fire alarm on Boroline Rd.
Oct. 20: residential fire alarm on Franklin Tpke.
Oct. 21: residential carbon monoxide alarm on Cebak Ct.
Oct. 28: commercial fire alarm on West Crescent
Oct. 29: commercial fire alarm on West Crescent; commercial fire alarm on West Allendale Ave.
Oct. 30: residential fire alarm on Franklin Tpke; brush fire in rear yard of residence on Stonefence Rd
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The annual open house was held this evening to promote Fire Prevention Week. Kids in attendance were treated to doughnuts, apple cider and movie, Kids also were invited to test their extinguishing skills by flowing water through a "real" fire hose. Rescue 942 was on display on the front apron.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Sept 15: 1 engine mutual aid to Ramsey for water leak in residence
Sept. 16: 1 engine mutual aid to Ramsey for residential fire alarm
Sept. 17: 1 engine mutual aid to Ramsey for commercial fire alarm X3
Sept. 18: Ladder 941 mutual aid to Ramsey for commercial fire alarm; wires burning on side of structure on Frank. Tpke; 1 engine mutual aid to Ramsey for commercial fire alarm
Sept 19: Ladder 941 mutual aid to Ramsey for commercial fire alarm; 950 mutual aid to Ramsey for commercial fire alarm
Sept. 22: 2 engines mutual aid to Saddle River for washing machine fire on Boroline Rd
Sept. 27: residential fire alarm activation on Homewood Ave; smoke condition in nursing home
Sept. 28: commercial fire alarm on Pearl Ct.
Sept. 30: utility emergency on W. Crescent and Park Ave; second utility issue on W. Allendale Ave
Monday, September 6, 2010
On August 17th and the 24th, Allendale Fire personnel attended a two night lecture and practical on Vehicle Extrication practices. Among other things, this class preached the basics of scene safety, as well as the basic principles of gaining access to patients involved in motor vehicle crashes. The practical portion of the class enabled our members to utilize our "Jaws of Life" and other life-saving tools off of our rescue truck, as we cut through metal, sawed through glass, and spread doors and dashboards. Our members gained a better perspective and basic foundation of life-saving techniques through the information learned throughout the training class.
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