Oradell Fire Department Receives Grant from Wells Fargo

ORADELL, NJ – Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 – The Oradell Fire Department was awarded a $1,000 grant on October 29th by Wells Fargo to support the organization’s mission of firefighter training.

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. The department relies on both internal and external funding such as donations and grants to maintain the safety of themselves and others.

“We are truly grateful for Wells Fargo’s support. With this Community Connections grant award, we hope to continue our commitment of providing superior training opportunities for our firefighters said Jon DeStefano, Treasurer of the Oradell Volunteer Fire Department.

The grant was awarded as part of Wells Fargo’s Community Connections program, which provides local branch managers the opportunity to make a $1,000 charitable contribution on behalf of Wells Fargo to a nonprofit of their choice.

Wells Fargo’s Northern New Jersey region branches distributed a total of $139,000 in grants to support nonprofit groups – $1,000 for a nonprofit identified by each store manager.

“This breakfast offers us with the unique opportunity to show our sincere appreciation and celebrate the heroes in our communities,” said Fred Bertoldo, Wells Fargo’s Northern New Jersey region president. “The Oradell Fire Department was entirely chosen by our local branch team members, who witness and experience first-hand the positive and lasting impact the organization has made in their neighborhood where many of them and our customers live and work.”

The Community Connections program offers Wells Fargo store managers the opportunity to provide additional grants to local nonprofits of their choice in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. A total of $139,000 in Community Connections grants were awarded to non-profit groups at the October 29 breakfast event in Northern New Jersey.

About The Oradell Fire Department:
The Oradell Fire Department responds to approximately 400 calls a year including structure files, fire alarms, vehicle accidents, water rescue incidents, and public service requests, day or night. The Department has had the responsibility of developing a master plan for fire protection, fire suppression, fire safety education, and fire prevention for the entire community of businesses and residents. The department was established in 1897.

Website: http://www.oradellfire.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/oradellfire
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OradellFireDepartment

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 12,800 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

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Welcome to Fire Prevention Week 2015!

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.
  • Call the fire department from outside the home.

Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP

Congrats to our Fire Academy Graduates

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

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September 11th – Never Forget

After 14 years, we still remember the events of September 11th, 2001 and how that day has changed our lives forever.

In the photo below, Engine 23 was photographed while in Fort Lee, NJ on 9/19/01, prepared to assist fire department resources in New York City.
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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.

Official Press Release: Click Here

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