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.
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
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.