Welcome to Fire Prevention Week 2017
Consider this scenario: It’s 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” works to better educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it.
In support of Fire Prevention Week, the Oradell Fire Department encourages all households to develop a plan together and practice it. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home.
NFPA and the Oradell Fire Department offer these additional tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:
- Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
The 11th Annual Oradell 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk is sponsored by the Oradell Kids Foundation in partnership with the Oradell Volunteer Fire Department to support our schools, library, and parks. Whether you would like to compete for a medal & prizes, model a healthy lifestyle for your children, or just enjoy the family festival, there is something for everyone!
- Chip timing and scoring by BEST Racing Systems
- USATF certified course / sanctioned race / 500 Grand Prix Points
- Access to indoor facility throughout for check-in through awards, if necessary
- Fast and flat, well-marked course
- Medals, Trophies & Awards for Top Finishers, 5 year age groups, Residents, Fire/Police/EMS, Teams
- T-shirt guaranteed for pre-registered
- Mile clocks
- DJ, Post Race Refreshments
- Rain or Shine Event
Today Ex-Chief Kahill and FF Vanvalkenburgh finished up an intense 40 hour course (ERD1) with Notheast Public Safety Divers. Today’s drill in the Monksville Reservoir included removing masks while switching to alternate air sources and performing search patterns. Members from Mahwah, Ringwood and Parsippany also participated.
On behalf of the Oradell Volunteer Fire Department, we would like to thank the residents and businesses of Oradell for the generous support of our 2016 Fund Drive.
We are asking for your donation again this year.
The Oradell Fire Department is a 100% volunteer organization donating our time and skills to assist the residents, businesses and visitors of Oradell. The department is made up of your friends, neighbors and coworkers who spend many hours training and responding to calls for assistance.
In 2016 we responded to 328 fire and rescue related emergencies. While we hope you never need us, rest assured we are here 24 hours a day to serve and protect you and your family.
Thank you for your continued support.
Today members of Oradell FD outfitted Engine 23 with 5″ supply hose. A big departure from how we normally conduct business. This is the first 5″ Engine in the Departments history. We have never needed large diameter hose because of our proximity to the Water Pumping Facility but as a progressive Department we march on.