At 11:00pm, the Oradell Fire Department was dispatched to the 600 block of Ridgewood Avenue in Oradell, for a reported fire, initially reported by an Oradell Firefighter via 911. Car 20 and Car 202 arrived on scene first to find a working fire in the back room of a home.
Squad 22 arrived next on-scene, stretched an attack line, and began the initial knock down of the fire. Tower 21 searched the home for victims while Engine 23 stretched a second attack line through the front door.
A 2nd Alarm was transmitted also bringing New Milford, River Edge, and Paramus Fire Departments to the scene. The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes.
Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”
Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, the Oradell Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
“In a fire, seconds count,” said Captain Brian Bonte. “Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
On Monday evening and all day Tuesday, the Oradell Fire Department provided coverage in the north end of Paramus along with other municipalities while the Paramus Fire Department attended wake and funeral services for their departed brother, Ex-Chief Shawn M. Benson.
Congratulations to our five members who graduated from the Bergen County Fire Academy Friday night. These volunteers have spent two nights over the last seven months attending training at the academy. Congrats again!
Pictured Below (L to R): Capt. Brian Bonte, Lt. Joe Gothelf, Lt. Joe Lomoriello, Rick Larkin, Alec Wasserman, Dan Erben, Wil Thorn, and Jared Levine