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Year 2014
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Mission Statement:

"The Berkeley Heights Fire Department is an organization committed to the life safety and preservation of property for all who reside, work, or travel through our township. The Berkeley Heights Fire Department pledges that its members will provide the highest level of emergency services, fire protection, technical rescue, and fire prevention outreach to the public twenty four hours a day, three hundred and sixty-five days a year. It is our goal to continue with our century long tradition of service each day by being the most reliable, dedicated, and effective fire department for the Township of Berkeley Heights."



News

Fire At Alcatel Lucent - April 15, 2013

At 7:05 am the Berkeley Heights Fire Dept was dispatched to a reported fire in building #4 at Alcatel Lucent. Upon arrival it was discovered that the fire was confined inside a vault used for testing equipment. Building 4 was evacuated. Assistance was required from the New Providence, Stirling, Summit, Cranford, Springfield and Westfield Fire Dept's. The fire was quickly brought under control.

Mutual Aid to Elizabeth - April 10, 2013

Engine-4 responded to Elizabeth early this morning to cover the City with a Kenilworth Tower Ladder, Roselle Park Engine and a Millburn Engine while the Elizabeth FD battled a 4 alarm fire that took the life of 1 resident and injured another. Department's that assisted Elizabeth at the scene where Union, Linden, Newark and Maplewood. Seven firefighters were injured.

FDNY Seminar - April 6, 2013

Capt Esposito, Lt English, and FF's Schaumberg, Hogan, and Robbins attended the 31st Annual FDNY Lt Curran NY Burn Center Seminar today. Presentations included the Queens Boro Commander during Hurricane Sandy, Capt Morris from FDNY Rescue 1 on heavy vehicle rescue ops, Chief Spadafora on loft fires, and FF Eugene Stolowski on the Black Sunday fire.

Truck Fire Rt. 78 - April 4, 2013

At 6:08am this morning Chief Padovano, Engine-4, Squad-1 and New Providence Engine-1 responded to a Trailer Fire which also started a small brush fire on Interstate 78 West west of Diamond Hill Road. The fire took about 20 minutes to extinguish.

BHFD Eagle Scouts - March 11, 2013

The Berkeley Heights Fire Dept. would like to congratulate Cadetís Andrew Krasny & Matt Allegra on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Pictured from left to right, B/C Jim Hopkins, Cadetís Matt Alegra & Andrew Krasny, Mayor Joe Bruno, Capt Jan Chwiedosiuk

Ice Recuse Training - March 6, 2013

This past weekend members of the Berkeley Heights Fire Dept participated in Ice/Cold water Rescue training. Stirling Fire Co, hosted the class. Team Lifeguard Systems out of Shokan N.Y. Instructed. Day 1 members were taught the dangers of ice and cold water rescue, including how to treat victims suffering from Immersion hypothermia and how to safely re warm victims. Day 2 included Stations that where set up at Stirling Lake utilizing a fire hose filled with air to simulate ice. Members put on the special suites that will protect rescuers from cold water and utilized the type of equipment that we hope to purchase soon. With this training we will be prepared with the right equipment, procedures, mutual aid communications, and contingency plans. This can make the difference between life and death on the part of both victim and rescuer. Since Hurricane Irene the Berkeley Heights Fire Dept has been involved in 5 water rescues including a recent ice rescue where 2 victims were rescued from the Passaic River. Long Hill First Aid Squad was on scene throughout the 2nd day assisting the Firefighters with rewarming and monitoring vital signs Cold water carries heat away from the body 25 times faster than air of the same temperature. It is important that anyone attempting a ice or cold water rescue understands the dangers involved. Often rescuers become victims themselves only adding to the emergency.

Cadet Lenny Franchino - March 1, 2013

Cadet Lenny Franchino, Began Firefighter-1 at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, This 150-hour course is designed to meet the requirements of NFPA std. 1001, Professional Qualification for Firefighters. Once completed these members will become certified Firefighter-1 with the N.J. Division of Fire Safety. This course shall provide the student with the knowledge and skills to operate at an emergency scene under direct supervision. The course includes 50 3-hour lessons in: fire behavior, safety, ladder skills, hose skills, SCBA skills, forcible entry and ventilation, salvage, hazardous materials awareness and operational, and fire attack.

Firefighter Adam Uanis - February 25, 2013

Firefighter Adam Uanis has started Firefighter-2 at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, This 108-hour course is designed to meet the requirements of NFPA 1001, Professional Qualifications for Firefighters and the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety Firefighter II certification regulations. This course shall provide the student with the knowledge and skill to operate at an emergency scene with minimal supervision. This course includes 36 3-hour lessons in structural fire attack, flammable liquids and gases firefighting, foam operations, confined space and technical rescue awareness, low angle rope rescue, motor vehicle extrication, firefighter survival (FAST-RIT), basic first aid and Incident Management System 200.

Lt. English Rad/Nuke Training - February 16, 2013

Lieutenant Tom English recently traveled to Mercury, Nevada home of the Nevada National Security Site for training on how to respond to an incident involving a radiological or nuclear incident. The course provided an instruction regarding the fundamentals of radiation, health effects, recognition, and terrorist use of radiation and radiological material. LT English participated in hands-on experience with radiation fields while learning the basic operation of radiation detectors and dosimeters. The week long training also covered how to use these instruments to conduct surveys of personnel, vehicles, facilities, and outdoor areas. This course was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency/National Preparedness Directorate (FEMA/NPD) U.S. Department of Homeland.

Fire Fighter 1 - February 15, 2013

(from left to right) Cadet's Mike Lipere, Joe Loaiza, Matt Allegra and Andrew Krasny. Began Firefighter-1 at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, This 150-hour course is designed to meet the requirements of NFPA std. 1001, Professional Qualification for Firefighters. Once completed these members will become certified Firefighter-1 with the N.J. Division of Fire Safety. This course shall provide the student with the knowledge and skills to operate at an emergency scene under direct supervision. They will also be instructed in Hazardous Materials Level 1: Awareness and Operational,. The course includes 50 3-hour lessons in: fire behavior, safety, ladder skills, hose skills, SCBA skills, forcible entry and ventilation, salvage, hazardous materials awareness and operational, and fire attack.

Water Rescue - February 3, 2013

Last night the Berkeley Heights Fire Dept was dispatched for a reported person in the water in the Passaic River. Rescue-1 located the victimís, a man and a woman approx. 1000 feet west of Summit Ave on the Long Hill side. New Providence Fire Dept was requested with their water rescue unit to the scene. The victims were rescued about 1 hour after their call to 911, fallen trees had made the rescue difficult. We would like to thank the agencies that responded to make the operation a success. New Providence Fire, Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad, Berkeley Heights Police, Summit Fire, Plainfield Fire, Warren Fire, Long Hill First Aid Squad, Chatham Twp Police, Long Hill Police, Union County Fire and EMS Mutual Aid Coordinators and the Berkeley Heights Fire Ladies Auxiliary

Water Rescue - February 3, 2013

Members from Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Chatham Township Fire Dept's this past Sat and Sun completed 2 days of practical training for Vehicle Rescue Operations. This is a 32 hour course which gives these members the knowledge and skills to rescue victims of motor vehicle collisions that are trapped in their vehicle. The class was conducted at Berkeley Heights Fire Headquarters. Roadwayrescue.com instructed. We would like to thank Defalco's Towing for providing vehicle's for the class.
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Last Updated: January 9, 2014