Franklin Lakes Fire Department

Welcome to Franklin Lakes Fire Department :

Founded in 1924, the Franklin Lakes Fire Department has served the residents of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey for over 80 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
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04.14.14 Simulated Basement Fire

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 

04.14.14 Monday Night Drill

Property owners gave the fire department permission to perform training on their house scheduled for demolition.  This live exercise is valuable because it provides real world practice and immediate feedback of our fire response procedures, forcible entry, search and rescue and fire suppression operations.

The simulation was a basement fire with confirmed entrapment.  A smoke machine completely filled the basement resulting in zero visibility.  

The family was able to watch us rescue the simulated victim through the smoke and darkness by looking through a thermal imaging camera.  We were very proud to conduct our training and have the family watch us do our job. 

Without neighbors helping neighbors this type of training would not be possible.  The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department would thank this special family for their support. 

Tanker 341, Engine 331, Engine 335, Ladder 342, Rescue 333 and Tanker 341 responded to the scene.



Blood Drive for a brother in need

Sunday, April 13, 2014  Please answer this call and support a brother in need. Saving lives is in our blood...



Running for a Cause

Sunday, April 13, 2014  Dr. Larry Grogin a former FLFD Firefighter started his 250 mile charity run from Franklin Lakes to Boston today. Larry is raising money to benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. After he arrives in Boston Larry will also run 26.2 miles in the historic Boston Marathon. We were proud to support Larry and escort the beginning of his journey.



New Solar Power Registration Regulations

Monday, March 10, 2014  In order to help us keep track of the solar panels in town, part of what the town has done is create an online registration that automatically gets sent to the FD when registration are completed.  Please follow the link below to register your solar equipment.

A new state law, Assembly Bill A-266 (S-507), was approved on January 17, 2014, to help protect New Jersey firefighters’ safety when responding to emergency calls at buildings with solar panels.

Owners of any building or structure that has a solar panel system installed are now required to provide a written notice to the local fire department indicating:

1. The year the solar panels were installed
2. The property owners’ names; the building address
3. The names of the owners and addresses of any adjacent properties served by the solar panel system.
All owners of buildings, excluding one or two family residences, with a solar panel system installed will also be required to place an emblem on the front of their buildings notifying firefighters of the system, as directed by the Commissioner of Community Affairs. The law further requires that municipal agencies, upon the issuance of a permit to install or modify a solar panel system, file a copy of the permit with the local fire department.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Ryan Dodd
Chief of Department



Change your Smoke Detector Batteries

Sunday, March 9, 2014   To the residents of Franklin Lakes,

The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department is reminding you this Sunday, March 9th, when you “spring forward” and change your clock one hour ahead; change your smoke detector batteries. This simple step can save lives.

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery has been recognized as America’s most effective fire safety campaign, helping families keep safe should fire strike.

Working smoke alarms double a family’s chances of surviving a home fire. This program helps to reminds people how important it is to maintain working smoke detectors. Each fall when you change your clocks back to Standard Time, remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Fire Safety Checklist

  • Install a smoke alarm on each level of your home, including the basement. Consult your fire department for proper installation locations.

  • Test and vacuum your smoke alarms once a month dust and cobwebs can impair sensitivity.

  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarms once a year.

  • Install CO (carbon monoxide) detectors in the sleeping area.

  • Check flashlight batteries. Always keep a working flashlight near your bed, in the kitchen, basement, and family room in the event of a fire, use a flashlight to signal for help.

  • Install fire extinguishers. Be sure to install a fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen and know how to use it.

  • Make sure your children know and understand fire safety. Children are at double the risk of dying in a home fire, because they often become scared and confused during fires. Show your children where smoke alarms are located. Make sure they recognize the smoke alarm’s sound and understand that a sounding smoke alarm signals a home fire

  • Plan and practice your escape routes. Identify at least two different escape routes and practice them with the entire family.

Thank you,

Ryan Dodd
Chief of Department
Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department



Fire Fighter Tom Donch Recognized for two CPR Saves

Sunday, February 9, 2014  Captain Jeremy Donch presented his father, Fire Fighter Tom Donch letters of Commendation from Governor Christie and Mayor Bivona for two CPR saves in 2013.

In one situation Fire Fighter Tom Donch was golfing with friends when one of them collapsed from a massive heart attack. The second patient fell unconscious from a heart attack at borough hall before a town meeting.

Tom happened to be in the proximity of both individuals in their moment of need. Due to his quick actions and relying on his training Tom Donch helped revive both men. After accepting his Commendations Tom reported that each of them had recovered and are feeling well. Great Job Tom!



President Jim Webb Honored

Sunday, February 9, 2014  Ex-Chief Jim Webb was honored by Chief Ryan Dodd, Ex-Fire Prevention Chief Jack Willer, Fire Fighter Brian Commito and Mayor Frank Bivona for his exemplary 26 years of service as the Franklin Lakes Fire Department Association President. Governor Christie acknowledged Jim Web's service with a proclamation.

Jim is the first Association President to receive the lifetime title of Association President Emeritus. The Franklin Lakes Fire Department is grateful and fortunate to have Jim as a cornerstone of our organization. Jim will continue to offer his leadership, dedication and guidance as Association Vice President.

Special thanks for your unfaltering dedication to our department. Your brother fighter fighters and the community are better today because of your efforts.



New Ordinance Requires Clearing Snow around Fire Hydrants

Sunday, February 9, 2014  A new ordinance regarding the clearing of snow around fire hydrants was adopted at the Mayor and Council meeting on Tuesday, February 4. Ordinance 1581 requires property owners to clear snow and/or ice within five feet of fire hydrants. The removal of snow and/or ice shall be completed within 12 hours of daylight after the snow has formed or fallen on or around any hydrant.

Fire hydrants in town have been identified with a hydrant stake. The hydrant stakes serve to mark the hydrant for first responders in the event of a true emergency and the hydrant is needed. We are asking all residents to please keep the hydrant stakes attached to the hydrant and to not remove them. If the hydrant in front of your home or business does not have a flag stake on top that extends above the hydrant, please contact the Fire Department at (201) 891-5736



Chief Knubel Honored for his Service

Sunday, February 9, 2014  Chief Ryan Dodd, Association President Tom Donch and Vice President Jim Webb presented Chief Knubel with a ceremonial Fire Fighter Trumpet, a plaque and his Chiefs Helmet as a token of appreciation for his three years of leadership.

The Chief, Line Officers, Association Officers, Delegates, Fire Fighters and dignitaries honored Chief Denny Knubel for his three years of service as Chief of Department.



Flash Over Training

Sunday, February 9, 2014  Flash over training Bergen County Law & Public Safety Academy

Training Officer Brian Comitto along with Fire Academy Instructors conducted a live burn exercise in a "flash over" container to educate new firefighters about these dangerous conditions.

The firefighters and trainers were inside the container during the live burn.

Flash over is one of the most-feared phenomena among firefighters. Firefighters are taught to recognize rollovers and flash overs and avoid back drafts. We train extensively to recognize the conditions and take appropriate precautions. A firefighter has about two seconds to evacuate a flash over environment, even if wearing proper fire fighting gear



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