On Wednesday evening, Chief 20 and Engine 23 were requested to respond to Elmwood Park, to cover their Company 4 firehouse while they were heavily engaged with firefighting operations at the Marcal Paper Plant. Shortly after arriving on-scene, Oradell was redirected to the scene with the River Edge Fire Department, to help establish a new water supply, drafting water from the Passaic River. Oradell worked with fire departments from River Edge, East Newark, Paramus, and Fort Lee, to get water to a Wayne Tower Ladder for fire suppression nearly 4000′ away.
Drafting and relay pumping is not the easiest nor the most glamorous task on the firegound on a 4 degree night, but water supply is one of the most critical tasks to be completed at any large fire.
At 11:45 hours, Oradell was requested to respond to Canterbury Lane in New Milford for a working fire. A fire on a deck had extended into the interior of a condo complex. Chief 20, Chief 201, Engine 23, & Squad 22 responded to the scene to assist with searching for victims, laddering, fire suppression, and overhaul. The incident was escalated to a 3rd Alarm, bringing several additional departments to the scene before the fire was brought under control.
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On Tuesday around 18:00 hours, the fire department was dispatched to the 200 block of Kinderkamack Road for a reported house fire which was quickly confirmed by Oradell Police, who also advised of an occupant possibly trapped inside.
Oradell Squad 22 was the first arriving unit, secured a water supply and stretched an initial attack line to the front of the structure to begin knocking down the fire. River Edge Ladder 1 arrived on-scene shortly after (already out on another alarm) and quickly worked to get a ground ladder around the rear of the building where a trapped occupant was reported to be located. Members of Squad 22 and Ladder 1 were able to successfully remove the trapped occupant from a roof in the rear of the building.
Several mutual aid companies operated on-scene to bring the fire under control within two hours.
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The fire department was alerted late Sunday night of reported structure fire in the 300 block of Demarest Avenue. Car 20 arrived first on-scene, reported smoke showing from an attached garage and requested the “working fire dispatch” bringing additional mutual aid units to the scene and to cover our firehouse. Squad 22 deployed the first attack line to quickly knock down the bulk of the fire. Extensive overhaul was performed to check for any fire spread. Units operated on-scene for about two hours.
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.