Allendale Fire Dept

End of Sept / Start of Oct

Tuesday, October 6, 2009  After a quiet 7 day cooling off period, Allendale's Bravest was pressed into duty again for their services.

On Sept 30, a fire alarm activation at Brookside School was handled with 2 engines and the ladder company along with Chief 930.  No cause was found after an extensive search of the building. All units cleared after approximately 90 minutes of on-scene time.

A fire alarm at a residence on Myrtle Ave on Oct 1 was handled by Engine 935 and Capt 960.  A new heating system firing up for the first time was determined to be the culprit.  A report was taken while the system was taken out of service. All units returned to service a short time later.

Later on Oct 1 a resident on Cambridge Dr complained of a burning odor in their basement.  Engines 932 and 935, Ladder 941 and Chief 930 responded. Crews from the first-in engine deployed the thermal imaging camera and their gas meter as a precaution to find the cause of the odor. Halfway down the basement stairs the gas meter's alert system went bananas, receiving readings of well over 200 parts per million (ppm). Crews were ordered out of the house and to go on air before continuing their primary search. Command (Chief 930) requested PSE&G to respond to the scene. Upon completion of the search, crews reported readings of 430 ppm on their meter but no visible sign of smoke or fire. Electric fans were placed into service to vent the house before the PSE&G rep could begin his investigation. It was determined that the boiler was malfunctioning and a small gas leak from the hot water heater was the cause. All AFD units cleared after about 90 plus minutes.

During the evening of Oct 2, Mahwah Fire Dept requested an engine to standby at their Company 1 firehouse due to a working fire at the Doubletree Inn on Route 17.  Engine 935 with a crew of 8 responded for the assignment. No runs were logged during the hour-plus coverage.



Post Convention runs keeping AFD Bravest busy

Wednesday, September 23, 2009  On Sept 21, a burning odor in the area of a residence on Waibel Drive prompted AFD to be dispatched to investigate. Engine 932 and Ladder 941 responded with 11 firefighters, along with Chief Dave Walters (930). An extensive search of the house and surrounding area proved negative. All units cleared within 30 minutes.

A large fluid spill on West Crescent Ave the morning of Sept 22 was handled by Engines 932 and 935 as well as Ladder 941. The fluid, which was determined to be transmission fluid, extended from the traffic light at Brookside Ave all the way up to Franklin Turnpike, up the Turnpike into Ramsey where the truck was later stopped. Crews spent a little more than an hour spreading 20 bags of speedy dry to eliminate the hazardous condition.



Convention "Stay-back Crew" kept busy

Wednesday, September 23, 2009  The annual NJ State Firemen's Convention was held from the 17th until the 20th in Wildwood, and was attended by many of Allendale's firefighters and their families. The "stayback crew" were kept busy for the duration of the the weekend thanks to their agreement to assist Ramsey FD with all calls between the 2 towns.

Starting on the 16th, Engine 932 and Chief 930 responded to an alarm activation on Brookside Ave caused by unattended cooking. A report was fielded by the engine officer and all units became available thereafter.

On the 17th AFD were dispatched to 3 calls. Engine 932 responded to the Holiday Inn Express in Ramsey to assist in a fire alarm investigation. Fire crews determined a dusty head was at fault and went back in service. While returning to headquarters, Ramsey Assistant Chief J. Dougherty witnessed a wayward car hop a curb and plow right into the Dunkin Donuts building on Franklin Turnpike. The impact caused the gas line feeding the building to rupture, creating a major gas leak. Chief Dougherty requested all returning units from aforementioned fire alarm to respond in on a rush, struck a 2nd alarm for the incident and put PSE&G on a rush. Fire crews stabilized the immediate area, evacuated the building and parking lot while rerouting traffic away from the established "hot zone". PSE&G reps responded a short time later and temporarily stopped the leak until their reinforcements arrived to facilitate proper repairs. The incident was downsized a short time later.

Later during the evening, just after returning from drill, dispatch toned out AFD for a light fixture fire in a boiler room in the rear of Northern Highlands. Engine 932 and Ramsey Engine 431 both responded. Capt R. Shute (960) and Ramsey's Capt 470 handled command post duties while fire crews performed incident mitigation procedures. All crews were back in service within 30 minutes.

On Friday the 18th Ramsey FD was banged out for a burning odor at a residence in their jurisdiction. Engine 932 responded in on the automatic arrangement, but all responding apparatus were cancelled enroute by  Ramsey Command due to insufficient evidence of any such report.  Later the same day Engine 932 responded to a residence on Oxford Ct in Ramsey to assist with an alarm activation investigation. Crews performed a walk-through with the thermal imaging camera which yielded negative results. A report was taken and all crews returned to service inside 30 minutes. Finally, to complete the trifecta, Engine 935 handled yet another run to Ramsey for another fire alarm. Contractors working in a commercial structure created a dusty condition therefore setting off the alarm. Crews took a report upon confirmation of the cause and alarm reset and returned to service.

On Saturday the 19th an alarm at a commercial establishment on Route 17 in Ramsey was handled by Engine 932 and Ramsey FD units. A search of the structure yielded negative results and all units cleared from the scene a short time later.



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!



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