Welcome to Franklin Lakes Fire Department :
Founded in 1924, the Franklin Lakes Fire Department has served the residents of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey for 90 years. This all volunteer department responds to all fire and rescue calls within the Borough as well as providing mutual aid to neighboring communities. The Franklin Lakes Fire Department protects nine square miles and a residential population of 11,000. This mostly residential coverage area also consists of some industrial and commercial establishments. Also, Interstate 287 and County Highway 208 run through the Borough as well as two major corporate headquarters complexes are located within the first due area.
The department responds out of two firehouses located strategically within the Borough; Headquarters located on the north side of town and the Southside Firehouse which covers the south. The current apparatus fleet consists of three engines, one squad engine, one aerial truck, one tanker, one air and light unit, one support vehicle and two Command vehicles. The Franklin Lakes Fire Department responds to approximately 500 fire and rescue calls per year.
Franklin Lakes Fire Department
Photo Of The Day for Thursday, June 05, 2014
Tuesday turned out to be a busy day for the volunteers, starting at 1631 hours communications dispatched one engine to responded mutual aid to Mahwah to stand by Fire Company 4. The brothers in Mahwah were battling a multi alarm condo fire and requested their fire houses to be back filled. Engine 334 (OIC FF Comitto) with 6 responded. While the fire stand by was taking place, communications dispatched the fire department at 1803 hours to a private dwelling on Colonial Road for the smell of smoke in the home with a smoke condition. Chief Dodd (330), Asst Chief Bohny (340), Ladder 342 (OIC FF Devenney), Engine 334 (OIC FF Comitto), Engine 331 (OIC FF Steestra), and Oakland Engine 1031 responded. Crews arrived and determined there was an issue with a new oven, crews isolated the problem and performed ventilation before clearing. On the way back to to covering Mahwah,Engine 334 discovered a head on collision at the intersection of Franklin Ave and Colonial Road. While the Engine assessed the situation Asst Chief Bohny called the MVA in. Ladder 342 and Res3cue responded to the scene. Crews utilized their first responder skills assessing patients in both cars while securing the scene until BLS and ALS arrived. The patients were transported to the hospital via FLVAC and Valley Ambulance. Crews cleared within 40 minutes of the crash. Engine 334 went back to Mahwah to stand by and stayed for coverage untill 2200 hours.
As the snow started to fall on Saturday morning communications dispatched the fire department for one engine to respond into Wyckoff for a structure fire. Wyckoff had a fully involved barn fire in Company 3′s first due and transmitted a 2nd alarm. Chief Dodd (330), Asst Chief Bohny (340), and Engine 331 (Capt Donch) responded with 6 and arrived on scene right after Wyckoff Company 3′s first due engine. Crews stretched a 2.5 inch line and had the first water on the fire. Crews operated on scene 3 hours before being released. Great job to all operating on scene.
With the potential for significant snow fall and high winds for this weekends storm, the fire department would like to remind residents to prepare accordingly. Prepare now with food, water, and other provisions along with medical supplies in case of an emergency. For residents taking medication make sure you have enough medication to last throughout the storm and into next week. If you loss power during the storm and have a generator do not run the generator inside your home. Running a generator in your home will cause dangerous carbon monoxide to build up quickly in your home, even if the generator is run for a short time. Also the Borough will be busy clearing roads throughout the storm and after, so please stay home and do not go out driving unless it is absolutely necessary. In case of an emergency do not hesitate to call 911 for whatever reason. Finally it is a reminder to all residents that a borough ordinance is in affect to shovel any hydrant that is on your property or place of business following the snow storm. In the event of a fire, fire fighters can not waste time shoveling out a snowed in hydrant, please shovel a radius of 5 feet around the hydrant.
This Tuesday at the Mayor and Council monthly meeting two members were sworn in as Probationary Fire Fighters. Nick Touma graduated from the Jr Fire Fighter program and Austin Strauss was sworn in as a new member. Nick rides the Truck out of Headquarters and Austin rides the Engine out of South Side. Congrats fellas, stay safe and train hard!
This past Thursday morning communications dispatched The Fire Department to respond to the Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve for a deer trapped on the ice. Fire fighters arrived on location and found a deer about 100 yards off shore trapped with a broken leg. Fire fighters utilized the ice rescue sled to reach the deer and bring it back to shore. However the deer did not survive the ordeal once brought to shore. With the winter weather coming and ice freezing over on the many lakes and ponds in Franklin Lakes, The Fire Department reminds all members of the public to stay off frozen bodies of water. You never know how thick the ice is and a tragic event could occur if people are not careful. Great work to the crews operating on scene.
This Monday night at drill crews were out around town replacing missing or damage hydrant stakes. Hydrant stakes are the reflective flag that is attached to the hydrant to make the hydrant visible from a distance, or if brush and snow cover the hydrant. With the winter months approaching quickly the Franklin Lakes fire department would like to remind home owners to clear snow, ice, or debris 5 feet around the hydrant. This is a borough ordinance, during a true emergency time is critical and crews cannot be delayed due to an obstructed fire hydrant. If you have a contractor that services your property please instruct them to clear around the hydrant. Finally if you have a fire hydrant on your property, or if you see one driving around town without a hydrant stake or a damaged hydrant stake please advise the fire department of the location (street address) so we can service the hydrant.