FEMA Grant Awarded For New Equipment

ORADELL, NJ – Friday, July 31, 2015 – The Oradell Fire Department announced today that they will receive a 2014 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $160,000. The grant will help fund new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), replacing current units that are 20 years old.

A 100% volunteer department, the Oradell Fire Department is comprised of nearly 60 men and woman serving the suburban New Jersey town, which is home to more than 8,000 residents. As the department relies on both internal and external funding such as donations and grants to maintain the safety of themselves and others, the contribution of new SCBAs is an important resource that will positively impact the department and the lives they protect.

SCBAs provide air to firefighters in all situations such as structure fires and hazardous situations. This apparatus will also provide protection from other respiratory exposures linked to cancer and other diseases. The previously used equipment lacked many of the newer safety and protection features that the new equipment will possess.

“We are truly honored and especially grateful to receive this grant from FEMA. It was a long time in the making,” said Joe Gothelf, Lieutenant, Oradell Fire Department, who along with Lieutenant Jeff Kaplan helped secure this award. “The new equipment will be critical to better serving our community and ensuring the safety of our members and for that, we are thankful to our federal government representatives and the Department of Homeland Security for granting us this award.”

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

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Structure Fire – Columbia Street, New Milford

Late Friday night, Tower 21 and Car 203 responded to the 700 block of Columbia Street in New Milford for a structure fire at an apartment complex.  Car 203 assumed the Operations Sector while Tower 21 searched the apartment for any possible victims and vented the structure by removing windows in the apartment and opening a hole in the roof.  Oradell units were on scene for about 90 minutes.

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Structure Fire – Woodland Ave, New Milford

After returning from an oven fire on Amaryllis Avenue in Oradell earlier this afternoon, Car 202, Car 203, Tower 21, and Engine 23 were dispatched to a reported fire on Woodland Avenue in New Milford.  Tower 21 arrived on scene and assumed the role of “first due truck” performing a search for victims and venting the structure to remove smoke and other toxic gases from the structure.  Engine 23 performed overhaul, secured the gas and electrical utilities, as well as provided additional manpower for other tasks due to the high summer time temperatures today.

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Photos: http://www.brettsfirephotos.com/2015-Structure-Fires/071915-New-Milford-NJ-Basement/

Media Coverage: http://cliffviewpilot.com/basement-fire-destroys-new-milford-home/

Motor Vehicle Crash with Injuries

At 13:50 today Oradell Car 20 and Engine 24 responded to the intersection of Forest Ave and Ridgewood Ave for a two car head on crash with multiple injuries.  Engine 24 stretched a protection line and assisted the EMS units on scene.  A small engine fire had been knocked down by first arriving Police units using a dry chemical extinguisher.  A total of 5 injured persons were transported to the hospital.  Units operated about 1 hour.

Other news coverage of this event: Cliff View Pilot

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Small Fire at Borough Hall

Earlier this morning, the fire department responded to the Oradell Borough Hall for an odor of smoke in the building.  Initial investigation found light smoke through out the first floor.  Upon checking the air conditioning equipment in the basement, a small fire was found inside one of these units and was quickly extinguished.

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