May
31
2016

Search & Rescue – Sourland Mountain Preserve

Search & Rescue - 05-31-2016 - Sourland Mountain Preserve - Patch 001
On Tuesday May 31st at 1332 Flagtown Fire was dispatched to assist 79 Rescue in locating and retrieving a lost and injured hiker from the Sourland Mountain Preserve.  Crews from Brush 36, Ranger 36, Brush 36-2, and Ladder 36 arrived on scene, joined crews from Rescue 79, and began attempts to locate and treat the
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May
30
2016

Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day Maltese
On this Memorial Day please join Flagtown Fire in remembering our brave men and women who have laid down their lives to defend this great nation and our way of life. “…from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we
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May
28
2016

2016 Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Parade Hillsborough 2016 - Singer 008
On Saturday May 28th at 0900 Flagtown Fire participated in the annual Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade to honor our fallen service men and women. Special thanks to member Jim Petner for hosting our BBQ after the parade.
May
21
2016

Semi Quarterly Appratus Cleaning – Ladder 36

Ladder Detail - 05-21-2016 - Station 36 013
On Saturday May 21st at 0800 members of Flagtown Fire conducted their semi quarterly apparatus cleaning. Ladder 36 was stripped down, washed, and de-greased. Tools were painted and all equipment was inspected for damage and wear and tear from top to bottom. This was a 9 hour monumental under taking but as always it proved
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May
18
2016

Rookie Training – Stryker Lane

Rookie Training - 05-18-2016 - Stryker Lane 003
On Wednesday May 18th at 1700 members took Engine 36 out again to conduct rookie training.  Rookies were able to reinforce the previous day’s lesson for tying a hydrant this time with the engine laying in.  The day’s training also included deploying and operating the Blitzfire, operating the deck gun, and exterior hose operations with
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May
17
2016

Rookie Training – Stryker Lane

Rookie Training - 05-17-2016 - Stryker Lane 009
On Tuesday May 17th at 1700 members took Engine 36 out to conduct rookie training.  Rookies were taught the basics of establishing a water supply as well as deploying and repacking the bumper line, and exterior hose operations with a 1 ¾ hand line.  The exterior hose ops covered advancing the hose around obstacles, the
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May
16
2016

Flagtown Firefighter Pete Heitz Leaves For Air Force Basic Training

Heitz Pete 02
On Monday May 16th at 1000 Flagtown Firefighter Pete Heitz leaves for Air Force basic training. Pete will be heading to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio Texas for 8 weeks where he will complete basic training and graduate as an Airman First Class (E3). When basic training is complete Pete will head to
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May
5
2016

Knots Drill

Knots Drill - 05-05-2016 - Station 36 - Nancy 002
On Thursday Mary 5th during our regular work detail Flagtown Fire conducted a knots drill.  The drill covered common hitches and knots used in the fire service including the clove hitch, bowline, and the family of 8 knots.
Apr
30
2016

Special Ladder Detail – Amwell Road

Woodruff Birthday - 04-30-2016 - 652 Amwell Road 009
On Saturday April 30th at 1700 Ladder 36 traveled to member Bill Woodruff’s house to make an appearance at Rory’s 10th birthday party.  Happy birthday Rory!
Apr
24
2016

Brush Fire – Drost Lane

Brush Fire - 04-24-2016 - Drost Lane 001
On Sunday April 24, 2016 at 1318, Station 36 was dispatched to Drost Lane for the reported brush fire five feet from the house. Brush 36 arrived on scene and advised that the bulk of the fire was knocked down by the neighbor. Brush 36 crew utilized a booster line to finish extinguishing the fire
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Apr
24
2016

CAFS Training – Stryker Lane

Pump Training - 04-24-2016 - Stryker Lane 004
On Sunday April 24th at 1230 Deputy Chief Heider took some members out on Ladder 36 for pump and driver training.  Pump training focused on CAFS.  Later Brush 36 was also brought out for pump and driver training.
Apr
18
2016

Dryer Fire – Triangle Laundry

Dryer Fire - 04-18-2016 - 381 Triangle Rd 007
On Monday April 18th at 1220 the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to Triangle Laundry for a reported dryer fire.  Chief Fire Marshal FM-10A arrived on scene, established command, and confirmed a working fire.  District crews stretched lines interior and extinguished the fire and the crew from Ladder 36 performed overhaul.  Assistant Chief 36 took
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Apr
16
2016

RIT Call – Marion Drive Montgomery

RIT Call - 04-16-2016 - 31 Marion Drive Montgomery 002
On Saturday April 16th at 2056 RIT 36 was dispatched to a structure fire on Marion Drive in Montgomery Township.  Deputy 36 and Ladder 36 arrived on scene and staged on the lawn at the Alpha side of the structure.  36 Crews were reassigned and by command and began exterior suppression operations on the Delta
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Apr
15
2016

Brush Fire – New Centre Road

Brush Fire - 04-15-2016 - 201 New Centre Road 003
On Friday April 15th at 1610 Flagtown Fire responded to New Centre Road for a reported brush fire on the side of the road.  The crew from Brush 36 arrived and extinguished the smoldering material.  All crews cleared the scene at 1645.
Apr
14
2016

2016 Every 15 Minutes PSA

Every 15 Minutes - 04-14-2016 - Hillsborough HS 001
On Thursday April 14th, the Hillsborough Fire District and EMS 79 took part in the Every 15 minutes program held at the Hillsborough High School.  This event gives students a firsthand account of the dangers of drinking and driving.  The program simulates a 2 car MVA with serious injuries and 1 fatality that results from
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Apr
9
2016

Chimeny Fire – Thompson Close

Chimney Fire - 04-09-2016 - 2 Thompson Close - Guzy 001
On Saturday April 9th at 2112 Flagtown Fire responded with the Hillsborough Fire District to Thompson Close for a chimney fire. All unites cleared the scene at 2144.
Apr
8
2016

Structure Fire – Amwell Road

Structure Fire - 04-08-2016 - 724 Amwell Road - Bill 001
On Friday April 8th at 0248 the Hillsborough Fire district was dispatched to Amwell Road for a possible structure fire.  Captain 36-2 arrived on scene, established command, and confirmed visible fire on interior of the building on the Charlie side with smoke showing on the exterior.  Assistant 36 arrived on scene and Assistant 36, Deputy
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Apr
7
2016

Ladders Drill

Ladders Drill - 04-07-2016 - Hillsborough HS 024
On Thursday April 7th Flagtown Fire went to Hillsborough High School where Assistant Chief Lachowski and Captain Regiec conducted a ladders drill. The drill focused on raising and lowering ground ladders, proper ventilation techniques from a ladder, and use of the haul system in conjunction with a ladder to remove a fire fighter from an
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Apr
2
2016

Cub Scout Den 3 Visits Flagtown Fire

Pack 1776 Den 3 Visit - 04-02-2016 - Station 36 002
On Monday April 2nd the Cub Scouts from Den 3 of Pack stopped by to visit Flagtown Fire. Members showed the scouts the trucks and taught them a little about fire safety. Thanks for visiting guys!
Mar
26
2016

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt - 03-26-2016 - Station 36 023
In the morning of Saturday March 26th the Flagtown Fire kids gathered at Station 36 for our 2nd annual Easter Egg hunt.
Mar
24
2016

Denver Drill

RIT Drill - 03-24-2016 - Station 36 021
During our weekly work detail on Thursday March 24th Flagtown Fire conducted a RIT drill.  The drill focused on the Denver scenario where a firefighter had to be removed through a window from a tight hallway.
Mar
17
2016

Saws Drill

Saws Drill - 03-17-2016 - Station 36 001
During our weekly work detail on Thursday March 17th Flagtown Fire conducted a saws drill.  Shawn Lipani from Central Jersey Nurseries came to Station 36 to review best practices for maintaining and servicing our collection of saws.
Mar
13
2016

Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St Patty Day Parade - 03-13-2016 - Somerville - Foelsch 002
On Sunday March 13th Flagtown fire lined up to participate in the annual Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Mar
3
2016

Welcome to the World Kadence Marie Farley

Kadence Farley 002 Landscape
Congratulations Marshall and Jacqueline Farley on the birth of your beautiful daughter Kadence! Kadence was born on March 3rd, 2016 at 0245 and weighed in at 7lbs 5 oz. Welcome to the world Kadence Marie Farley!
Feb
28
2016

Congratulation Dave Foelsch

Dave Foelsch Degree Landscape
Congratulations to Dave Foelsch who just earned an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Emergency Services from RVCC! Nice job Chief!
Feb
27
2016

Firefighter Joey Giarrusso Joins Lyons Fire Department

Joey Lyons Start 005
Flagtown Firefighter Joseph Giarrusso began his new career this week as a paid federal Firefighter/EMT with the Lyons Fire Department Station 59. Joey joined Flagtown Fire in 2009 and quickly proved his worth to the department. In 2011 Joey left Flagtown for 4 years to defend our country as a United States Marine and served
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Feb
25
2016

Flagtown Fire Trains In The Flashover Simulator

Phase I Flashover Drill - 02-21-2015 - SCESTA 004
On Thursday February 25 Flagtown Fire held a drill in the Flashover simulator at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA).  While half the firefighters were inside experiencing the conditions that lead up to flashover including roll over, the other half practiced throwing ladders.  The groups then switched places.  All those who participated increased
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Feb
24
2016

Students Start Fire I

Misc 36 - 02-26-2016 - 001
Earlier this month, Firefighter Briton Douglas started Fire I at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA).  Flagtown Fire wishes Briton and all the other students at SCESTA all the best. New Jersey Firefighter I is a 190 hour course spanning 4 months.  It is a combination of classroom and hands on training where
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Feb
18
2016

A Thank You Message from the Flagtown Fire Chiefs

Structure Fire - 06-29-2015 - VA Depot - Taylor 018
We wanted to express our gratitude to all of Flagtown Fire for your professional performance at the VA Depot fire.  This thank you goes out not only to our firemen but also to our Associate members, and to the friends and family of our members who all threw in their time, energy, and support during
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Feb
14
2016

Chimney Fire – Township Line Road

Chimney Fire - 02-14-2016 - 509 Township Line Road 001
On Sunday February 14th at 1859 the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to Township Line Road for a reported chimney fire.  Assistant 38 arrived on scene, established command, and confirmed an interior fire around the fireplace.  Assistant 36 arrived on scene and took Operations.  Assistant 36 ordered the crews from 37 and 38 to pull
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Feb
4
2016

Ice Bridge Drill

Ice Bridge Drill - 02-04-2016 - Station 36 009
During our weekly work detail on Thursday February 4th Captain Regiec ran a mini drill to help the membership refamiliarize themselves with the operation and setup of our ice bridge.
Jan
30
2016

Reface of Station 36 Continues

Reface Firehouse - 2015-2016 - Station 36 003
Special thanks to firefighter Greg Kane for restoring a beat up dilapidated Flagtown Fire sign for the front of the firehouse. Refurbishing this sign is just the latest piece of the big project undertaken by Greg to fix up and modernize the look of the front of the firehouse. Nice job Greg!
Jan
29
2016

Congratulations Officer Boyda

James Boyda PD 001
On Friday January 29th Flagtown Firefighter James Boyda became one of our brothers in blue when he graduated the Philadelphia Police Academy. James was hired by the Philadelphia Police Department on May 26 2015. He completed his 8 month academy training and graduated with 37 others today. James will be headed to West Philly where
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Jan
28
2016

SCBA Confidence Drill

SCBA Confidence Drill - 01-28-2016 - Impact Training 008
On January 28th 2016 Flagtown Fire joined forces with !mpact Training to complete our annual SCBA Confidence and air management drill. Members participated in a 12 station 60 second circuit while in complete turn out gear and on air. Members were instructed to record their time when their vib alert went off so they may
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Jan
18
2016

Flagtown Fire Mourns the Loss of One of Our Own

Mike Merdinger
On Monday January 18th at 1341 Flagtown Fire/Rescue Life Member Mike Merdinger passed away. Mike joined Flagtown Fire in 1976. This year would have been Mike’s 40th year of service on our department. Mike also served Hillsborough in other capacities including the Township Committee, over 35 years on the planning board, the Township Municipal Utilities
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Jan
16
2016

Structure Fire – Amwell Road

Structure Fire - 01-16-2016 - 826 Amwell Road - Novak 001
On Saturday January 16th at 0240 the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to Amwell Road for a possible barn fire. As units arrived a fully involved barn fire was confirmed. Ladder 36 set up ariel operations and Chief 36 handled staging operations on Amwell Road due to an extremely narrow driveway. A Tanker Task Force
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Jan
9
2016

2015 Fireman of the Year

Installation Dinner - 01-09-2016 - Neshanic Golf Course 017
Congratulation to Firefighter Nick Patullo for being named Flagtown Fire’s 2015 Fireman of the Year! Nick was named Fireman of the Year at Flagtown’s installation dinner on January 9th. Over the past year Nick has shown his dedication to Flagtown Fire and gone above and beyond the normal duties of a fireman. Nick has undertaken
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Jan
9
2016

2016 Installation Dinner

Installation Dinner - 01-09-2016 - Neshanic Golf Course 021
On Saturday January 9th Flagtown Fire held it’s officer installation dinner at the Neshanic Golf Course. On Saturday January 9th Flagtown Fire held it’s officer installation dinner at the Neshanic Golf Course.
Jan
1
2016

Happy New Year

2016
appy New Year!  Wishing all of you a very happy, healthy, and safe 2016 from all of us at Flagtown Fire / Rescue!
Dec
31
2015

2015 Top Responders

Top 10 Responders - 12-08-2015 - Municipal Building 001
Congratulations to the 2015 Top 10 Responders! Thank you for your hard work and dedication throughout the year. Flagtown Fire had 352 calls in 2015.
Dec
31
2015

2015 Years of Service Milestones

Black Maltese
Flagtown Fire would like to congratulate the following members who reached a years of service milestone in 2015. Thank you for your service to our community and for your dedication to safeguarding the life and property of our neighbors. Randy Guerrera 45 Years Greg Kane 45 Years Mike Merdinger 39 Years Paul Thomas 35 Years
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Dec
25
2015

Merry Christmas

Christmas
Merry Christmas from all of us at Flagtown Fire / Rescue!
Dec
14
2015

2015 Year End Review

Year End Review - 12-14-2015 - Station 38 002
On Monday December 14th, Flagtown Fire joined the rest of the fire district at Station 38 for the annual year end review conducted by the Fire Marshals from the office of Fire Safety.
Dec
14
2015

Rest in Peace James Maguire

James Maguire Funeral - 12-15-2015 - St. Joseph’s Parish 006
On Monday December 14th Flagtown Fire joined other first responders from all over the state to pay tribute to our fallen brother, Hillsborough Rescue Squad Paramedic James Maguire.
Dec
12
2015

2015 Christmas Party

Christmas Party - 12-12-2015 - Station 36 - Karen 003
On Saturday December 12th, Flagtown Fire held its fourth annual Christmas party. Members and their families gathered at Station 36 to share in some good food, good company, and good times. Santa even made a special appearance! Santa rode in on Brush 36-2 to deliver presents to the firefighter’s kids!! A big thank you Captain
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Dec
12
2015

2015 Santa Run

Santa Run - 12-12-2015 - Hillsborough 005
On Saturday December 12th Flagtown Fire held its annual Santa Run. We brought Santa through Flagtown and the surrounding areas on our rigs to meet with all the Hillsborough children. Santa distributed candy canes, gifts, and Christmas cheer to all the good boys and girls. Thank you to all the Hillsborough residents for coming out
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Dec
7
2015

Happy Chanukah!

Chanukah
Happy Chanukah from all of us at Flagtown Fire / Rescue!
Dec
4
2015

Santa Lights The 2015 Hillsborough Township Christmas Tree

Tree Lighting - 12-04-2015 - Municipal Building 030
On Friday December 4th Flagtown Fire was asked once again to assist Santa in lighting the Hillsborough Township Municipal Christmas Tree. As always, Santa hitched a ride on Ladder 36 to come in and meet his fans and light the big beautiful tree. Santa then visited with all the children that came to see him.
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Dec
1
2015

Santa Will Light The Hillsborough Municipal Christmas Tree

Tree Lighting - 12-02-2011 - Municipal Building 009
Santa is coming to town this Friday! Santa will be at the municipal building this Friday December 4th to light the municipal Christmas tree. Afterwards he will meet with the children of Hillsborough so they can give him their Christmas list. Flagtown Fire will bring Santa to the municipal building at 7PM.
Nov
27
2015

2015 Santa Run

Santa Run - 12-06-2014 - Hillsborough 051
Hey Kids, great news! Santa has contacted our firehouse to let us know that he will be in the Flagtown area on December 12th and he wants to meet you. Santa’s reindeer are busy getting ready for Christmas Eve so we will be driving Santa around in our fire truck. We will be driving Santa
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Nov
26
2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving 2
Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving from all of us here at Flagtown Fire/Rescue!
Nov
14
2015

Live Burn – SCESTA

Live Burn - 11-14-2015 - SCESTA 009
On Saturday November 14th Flagtown Fire was joined by some members from Station 37 at Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA) to conduct live fire training.  Members ran through several iterations in the Class A burn building.  The initial scenario focused on knocking an involved room with water cans while other teams searched for
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Nov
12
2015

RIT Training At Station 28

RIT Drill - 11-12-2015 - Station 28 001
On Thursday November 12th Flagtown Fire went to Millstone Valley Fire’s House (Station 28) to participate in joint RIT training with Elizabeth Ave Fire (Station 26).  The 3 departments demonstrated their RIT packs and wide area search bags and then conducted joint training through several RIT scenarios which focused on downed firefighter location, packaging, and
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Nov
11
2015

Honoring Veterans Day

Veteran Maltese
Flagtown Fire salutes the brave men and women who have served or are serving in the United States Military. To all of those heroes who have ever put on our nation’s uniform we say thank you. A special thank you and recognition to those from our ranks. The names below represent a partial list of
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Nov
7
2015

Congratulations Pete and Alyssa!

Heitz Wedding - 11-07-2015 - Raritan Inn Califon 092
On Saturday November 7th Lieutenant Pete Heitz married his fiancé Alyssa. Congratulations to Pete and Alyssa from all of us! We all wish you many years of health and happiness in your new lives together.
Oct
29
2015

Flagtown Fire welcomes trick or treaters

Fireman Pumpkin
Stop by Station 36 between 430 and 730 Saturday night for some trick or treating!
Oct
26
2015

RIT Call – Robinson Court Bridgewater

RIT Call - 10-26-2015 - 3508 Robinson Court Bridgewater 002
On Monday October 26th at 0506 RIT 36 was dispatched to a structure fire on Robinson Court in Bridgewater Township.  Ladder 36 arrived on scene and staged on the lawn at the Alpha side of the structure.  Crews from Stations 49 and 32 extinguished the fire and performed overhaul.  RIT 36 was released and cleared
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Oct
24
2015

FDNY Firefighter Survival Course – SCESTA

FF Survival - 10-24-2015 - SCESTA 017
On Saturday October 24th members from Flagtown Fire joined members from Stations 37 and 48 at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA) for a fire fighter survival course taught by members of the FDNY.  Members were taught may rescue techniques that fit into 3 scenarios, self rescue, buddy rescue, and RIT rescue.  The
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Oct
23
2015

Smoke Condition – Amwell Road

On Friday October 23rd at 2200 Station 37 was dispatched to 450 Amwell Road for an activated alarm.  Assistant 37 arrived on scene, noticed a haze in the building, and upgraded the call to a district response.  Chief 36 arrived on scene, took operations, performed a 360, and reported a water gong alarm sounding on
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Oct
22
2015

Ladders Drill – SCESTA

Ladders Drill - 10-22-2015 - SCESTA 021
On Thursday October 22nd during our weekly work detail Flagtown Fire went to the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA) to conduct a ladders drill.  Members practiced rasing, lowering, and placing ground ladders.
Oct
19
2015

Structure Fire – Dunedain Street

Structure Fire - 10-19-2015 - 61 Dunedain Street - Novak 001
On Monday October 19th at 0417 the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to Dunedain Street for the report of a structure fire.  Chief 37 arrived on scene, established command, and reported heavy fire on the exterior garage wall on the bravo side of the building.  Ladder 36 arrived on scene and its crew immediately went
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Oct
1
2015

Fire Prevention Month

Fire Prevention Month - Oct 2015 - Woods Road School - Singer 005
October is Fire Prevention month for the Hillsborough Fire Marshal’s office.  During this month the fire marshals travel to the schools in Hillsborough to educate the students in fire prevention and fire safety.
Sep
28
2015

Structure Fire – Amwell Road

Structure Fire - 09-28-2015 - 722 Amwell Road 004
On Monday September 28th at 2358 the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to Amwell Road for a possible fire in a crawl space.  Catpain 36-2 arrived on scene, established command, and confirmed a fire in the wall on the Charlie side of the building.  Chief 36 and Assistant Chief 36 arrived on scene with Chief
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Sep
27
2015

Structure Fire – Bigley Road

Structure Fire - 09-27-2015 - 415 Bigley Road 006
On Sunday September 27th at 1253 the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to Bigley Road for a possible grill fire with extension to the residence. County Communications updated immediately stating they had received multiple calls stating the fire had extended to the entire rear of the structure. Chief 36 had box 36/37 struck and confirmed
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Sep
16
2015

Shed Fire – Auten Road

Structure Fire - 09-16-2015 - 260 Auten Road 013
On Wednesday September 16th at 1428 Stations 36 & 37 were dispatched to a residence off Auten Road for a possible shed fire. As units called responding, smoke could be seen in the air from the center of town. Chief Fire Marshal FM10-A arrived and advised of a working shed fire with extension to an
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Sep
11
2015

Anniversary of September 11th Attacks

Sept 11th
On this 14th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on our country, Flagtown Fire would like to take a moment to remember and recognize all those who lost their life that day.  The attacks took the lives of 2,753 people.  343 were our brother and sister firemen.  37 were Port Authority police officers and
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Sep
9
2015

RIT Call – Mettlers Road Franklin Township

RIT Call - 09-09-2015 - 100 Mettlers Road 001
On Wednesday September 9th at 1227 RIT 36 was requested into Franklin Township for an exterior electrical fire at a large industrial building. While enroute command advised the fire had involved an electrical room and sections of an interior maintenance area on the Huntington Life Sciences complex off Mettlers Road. Ladder 36 arrived and was
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Sep
7
2015

Congratulations DJ Rolle for Completing Your Probationary Period

Rolle Frontal - 09-07-2015 - Station 36
On Monday September 7th at our monthly company meeting Assistant Chief Tommy Lachowski presented Firefighter Dj Rolle with his black frontal. The black frontal signifies that firefighter Rolle has completed his probationary period and is now a fully active member.
Sep
4
2015

Flagtown Fire Members Leave For College

College
As the summer draws to a close Flagtown Fire would like to take a moment recognize all of our members who will be leaving for college.  We are proud of all of you and we know you will have another great year at school.  We wish you all the best. Seniors: Ryan Dusseau – Rutgers
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Aug
22
2015

2015 Annual Picnic

36 Picnic - 08-22-2015 - Marshal's House 023
On Saturday August 22nd, Flagtown Fire held its annual picnic.  Family and friends got together to share good food and good times.  There was plenty of eating, swimming, and karaoke.  As always, a big thank you goes out from all of us to the Farley family for once again hosting the picnic at their house. 
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Aug
22
2015

RIT Call – Memorial Drive Franklin Township

RIT Call - 08-22-2015 - 500 Memorial Drive Franklin 003
On Saturday August 22nd at 1240 Flagtown Fire’s Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) was requested into Franklin Township for a large industrial warehouse electrical fire.  Chief 36 marked up and responded immediately with Ladder 36 responding minutes later.  Chief 36 arrived and checked in with Chief 26 and a front line report was given to Ladder
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Aug
8
2015

Congratulations Scott Weiss for Completing Your Probationary Period

Weiss Frontal - 08-03-2015 - Station 36 001
On Monday August 3th at our monthly company meeting Chief Foelsch presented Firefighter Scott Weiss with his black frontal.  The black frontal signifies that firefighter Weiss has completed his probationary period and is now a fully active member.
Aug
5
2015

Open Burn – Three Bridges Road

Open Burn - 08-05-2015 - 327 Three Bridges Road 005
On Wednesday August 5th at 1655 Stations 36 and 48 were dispatched to Three Bridges Road for the reported open burn.  Deputy 36 arrived on scene, established command, and confirmed an approximate 20’x50’ open burn.  Brush 36 and Tanker 36 arrived on scene began extinguishment operations assisted by the crew from mini pumper 48.  Upon
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Jul
28
2015

Brush Fire – Lorien Place

Brush Fire - 07-28-2015 - 18 Lorien Place - Jeff 002
On Tuesday July 28th at 1550 Stations 36 and 37 were dispatched to Lorien Place for a reported smoke condition in the woods.  Assistant 37 arrived, established command, and confirmed a small brush fire approximately 50×30 in the woods.  Brush 36 arrived on scene and assisted with extinguishment.  All units cleared the scene at 1646.
Jul
25
2015

Search & Rescue – Sourland Mountain Preserve

Search & Rescue - 07-25-2015 - Sourland Mountain Preserve 002
On Saturday July 25th at 1321 while members were cleaning up from the district drill, Station 36 was dispatch along with Rescue 79 for an injured hiker in the Sourland Mountain Preserve on trail 10 or 11. Chief 36 responded and joined Asst. Chief 79 in ascertaining the patients location. Ranger 36 & 79 responded
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Jul
25
2015

Fireground Tactics Drill – SCESTA

Fireground Tactics Drill - 07-25-2015 - SCESTA 001
On Saturday July 25th at 0800 members from 36 Fire joined members from 37 & 38 Fire at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA) for our first District organized drill. Members practiced basic ladder operations, vent enter search, hose evolutions and completed a maze in black out conditions while being hung up on
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Jul
24
2015

Festival of Balloning – Solberg Airport in Readington

QuickChek Festival of Ballooning - 07-24-2015 - Solberg Airport Redington - Foelsch 005
On Friday July 24th Hillsborough Vol. Fire Co. #1 was requested by Readington Fire to assist them in standing by at the Annual QuickChek Festival of Ballooning at the Solberg Airport in Readington. Readington Crews staff the event for 3 days and often request assistance from local agencies so that thier members can take a
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Jul
23
2015

CPR Recert at Station 79

CPR Recert - 07-21-2015 - Station 79 002
On Thursday July 23rd at 1830 members from Flagtown Fire attended a 4 hour course at Hillsborough EMS Station 79 for CPR recertification.
Jul
22
2015

Ladder Stand By at North Brunswick Station 1

Ladder Standby - 07-22-2015 - North Brunswick Station 1 001
On Wednesday July 22nd at 1122 Ladder 36 was requested to stand by at North Brunswick Fire Station 1 to cover the town while crews from North Brunswick and surrounding areas continued to battle a very large warehouse fire on Livingston Ave.  Ladder 36 stood by at Station 1 for approximately 7 hours before returning
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Jul
21
2015

Tanker Drill – Branchberg

Tanker Drill - 07-21-2015 - Branchberg - Mike 005
On Tuesday July 21st at 1830 Tanker 36 participated in a Station 48 hosted Tanker Task Force drill in Branchberg.  Tankers from neighboring departments practiced water shuttle operations.
Jul
20
2015

Congratulations SCESTA Graduates

SCESTA Graduation - 07-20-2015 - Auten Road School 001
Congratulations to all the students who graduated from the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA) tonight.  And a special congratulations to the graduates from Flagtown Fire.  We are very proud of all of you. DJ Rolle           – Fire I Tyler Riordan   – Fire Officer I
Jul
19
2015

Search & Rescue – Sourland Mountain Preserve

Search & Rescue - 07-19-2015 - Sourland Mountain Preserve 011
On Sunday July 19th at 0835 Flagtown Fire and Rescue 79 were dispatched to the Sourland Mountain Preserve to locate and retrieve a hiker in distress with reported chest pain. Chief 36, Deputy 36, Brush 36 and Ranger 36 responded with Chief 36 taking command upon arrival.  Rangers 36 and 79 entered the preserve to
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Jul
18
2015

Drafting Drill – SCESTA

Drafting Drill - 07-18-2015 - SCESTA 022
On Saturday July 18th at 0800 Flagtown fire and Station 37 meet at Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA) to conduct a drafting drill.  Crews practiced drafting from a static water supply utilizing Engine 36 and Engine 37.  After pulling the draft the engines supplied Tower 37.  Water was flowed through deck guns, aerial
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Jul
10
2015

Structure Fire – College Hunks Hauling Junk

On Friday July 10th at 0828 the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to 178 Route 206 for the reported structure fire.  Ladder 36 arrived on scene along with units from Station 37 and the Fire Marshall’s office.  The crews from Ladder 36 and Station 37 joined the fire marshals on the roof to extinguished a
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Jul
4
2015

Happy Independence Day

Independence Day 7
Flagtown Fire would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Independence day.  For the freedoms that we all enjoy, our thanks go to the men and women who have served and are serving in all branches of the military.  We salute you!  Please take a moment today to thank a member of our military
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Jun
25
2015

Water Flow and Master Stream Drill

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During our weekly work detail on Thursday June 25th Flagtown Fire conducted a water flow and master stream drill at Sunnymead Road.  Engine 36 tied the hydrant establishing a water supply.  Engine 36 flowed through its deck gun and supplied Ladder 36 which flowed through its aerial waterway, 2 portable monitors, and a 2 ½”
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Jun
21
2015

Happy Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there from all of us at Flagtown Fire / Rescue!
Jun
18
2015

Congratulations Hillsborough High Graduate Tony Valentine

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Flagtown Fire would like to congratulate Anthony Valentine for graduating from Hillsborough High School!  In August Tony will be attending the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) where he will study to become a diesel mechanic.  We will certainly miss Tony while he is away.  We wish him all the best as he pursues his education and
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Jun
16
2015

RIT Call – Dreahook Road, Branchburg Township

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On Tuesday June 16th at 1908 RIT 36 was dispatched to Dreahook Road in Branchburg Township for a confirmed structure fire.  Chief 36, Deputy 36, and Ladder 36 responded.  Chief 36 arrived and did a quick 360 investigation to brief the FAS Team arriving shortly after on Ladder 36 of the scene situation.  RIT 36
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Jun
4
2015

Landing Zone Coverage – Foothill Acres

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On Thursday June 4th at 0022 Station 36 was dispatched to Dogwood Dr for landing zone coverage.  Chief 36 arrived on scene and observed tall grass and overgrown conditions at the proposed landing site.  Chief 36 communicated with county and the Northstar pilots and together it was decided a new landing site was needed.  The
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Jun
2
2015

Thanks Nick Patullo

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Thank you to Firefighter Nick Patullo for cleaning and organizing the station’s tool room!  Before Nick undertook this project the tool room had become a dumping ground for an assortment of equipment and tools.  Thanks to Nick the room is usable once again.
Jun
1
2015

Congratulations Michelle and Mindy on your Engagement

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The members of Flagtown Fire would like to congratulate Michelle Golder and Mindy Wolfmayer on their engagement!  Michelle and Mindy have been together for 2 and a half years.  Congratulations to both of you!  You two are a great couple and we all know you will have an amazing life together
May
31
2015

Water Rescue Drill and Demonstration

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On Sunday May 31st Flagtown Fire / Rescue participated in a multiple agency water rescue drill and demonstration in the Raritan Rive at the Dukes Parkway Park in Manville.  The public was on hand to watch as swift water rescue techs conducted rescue operations from the shore as well as from marine units. Agencies participating
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May
31
2015

Tanker Drill – Perth Amboy

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On Sunday May 31st Tanker 36 participated in a tanker taskforce drill in Perth Amboy.  There were 25-30 tankers participating from fire departments all over the area.  The purpose of the drill was to demonstrate the value of a water shuttle operation to supplement other sources of water in an urban environment.  Flow rates of
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May
27
2015

Happy Birthday Flagtown Fire!

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On Friday May 27th, 1938, 29 brave men came together to form Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Company #1. Happy 77th birthday Flagtown Fire / Rescue! “Never underestimate the power of a small group of dedicated individuals to change the world.  Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”  – Margaret Mead
May
25
2015

Happy Memorial Day

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On this Memorial Day the members of Flagtown Fire would like to take a moment to remember all of the brave men and women in our armed forces who gave their lives in service to our great nation.  They made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our way of life.  They gave up their today for
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May
23
2015

Multiple Calls During Memorial Day Remembrance

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On Saturday 5/23/15 the Flagtown Fire Company had a busy day. The morning started off with our members and apparatus attending the Hillsborough Township Memorial Day Parade to honor all those who have given their life in service to our country.  Toward the conclusion of the parade at 1114, Car 36, Brush 36, Engine 36,
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May
23
2015

2015 Memorial Day Parades

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Flagtown Fire will participate in two parades this Memorial Day weekend.  On Saturday May 23rd, Station 36 took part in the Hillsborough Memorial Day parade and on Monday the 25th, we will join Neshanic at their parade.  Flagtown Fire honors all our nation’s veterans and extends its heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all who have
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May
17
2015

Quarterly RIT Drill

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On Sunday May 17th Flagtown Fire conducted its second quarterly RIT drill for 2015.  Firefighters from Station 37 joined us.  The drill was run by Assistant Chief Lachowski and focused on Firefighter packaging and removal from a second story window with the use of an extension ladder and a haul system.  Crews received instruction on
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May
7
2015

Spring Cleaning at Flagtown Fire

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On Thursday May 7th Flagtown Fire started our weekly work detail 2 hours early to get some spring cleaning done.  Members took advantage of nice weather and came together to thoroughly clean the bays, throw out unneeded items, power wash the fence, and clean the apparatus.
May
5
2015

Structure Fire – Orlando Drive – Raritan Borough

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On Tuesday May 5th at 1130 Hillsborough Fire Companies 36 & 37 were dispatched mutual aid to Orlando Drive in Raritan Borough for a structure fire in a large abandon commercial structure.  Stations 36 and 37 responded while station 38 remained in town to cover Hillsborough.  Ladder 36 arrived on scene to find a very
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Apr
30
2015

Wildland Fire Drill

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During our weekly work detail on Thursday April 30th Lieutenant Perfette organized a classroom brush fire drill.  George Efinger from the NJ Forest Fire Service was brought in to provide instruction on wildland firefighting tactics and wildland urban interface structure defense.  The drill concluded with a hands on demonstration of the tools used in wildland
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Apr
25
2015

Congratulations Nancy and Jeff on Your Marriage

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On Saturday April 25th member Nancy Gulla married her fiancé Jeffery Murray.  Congratulations to you both.  We wish you many years of happiness together.
Apr
21
2015

Flagtown Fire Heads to FDIC

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Flagtown Fire sends Chief Foelsch, Commissioner Patullo, and Engineers Riordan and Guzy to take classes at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis Indiana.
Apr
19
2015

Brush Fire – Riverside Drive

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On Sunday April 19th at 1315 Station 36 and the Forestry Service were dispatched to Riverside Drive for a reported brush fire.  Crews arrived on scene to find a brush fire burning along the side of the road measuring approximately 20’x2’.  Crews worked to extinguish the fire and overhaul the area.  All units cleared the
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Apr
19
2015

Brush Fire – Zion Road

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On Sunday April 19th at 1201 Stations 36 and 48 and the Forestry Service were dispatched to Zion Road for a reported brush fire.  Crews arrived on scene to find a brush fire measuring approximately 50’x50’.  Crews worked to extinguish the fire and overhaul the area.  All units cleared the scene at 1256.
Apr
18
2015

Congratulations to Pete and Alyssa on Your Engagement

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The members of Flagtown Fire would like to congratulate Pete Heitz and his fiancé Alyssa Bohler on their engagement!  Pete and Alyssa have been together for 3 years.  Congratulations to both of you!  You two are a great couple and we all know you will have an amazing life together.
Apr
16
2015

Pump and Flow Drill – Strykers Lane

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During our weekly work detail on Thursday April 16th Flagtown Fire conducted a water flow and pump operations drill at Stryker Lane.  Engine 36 tied the hydrant establishing a water supply.  Engine 36 supplied Ladder 36 which conducted Aerial Operations and flowed an 1 ¾” CAFS hand line.  Lieutenant Heitz instructed rookie members in the
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Apr
16
2015

Brush Fire – Amwell Road

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On Thursday April 16th at 1639 Stations 36 and 37 were dispatched to the area Amwell Road for a possible brush fire.  Chief 36 arrived to find smoke showing in the woods behind Amwell Mall.  Chief 36 established command and due to the red flag warnings added Station 38′s brush unit.  Crews made access to
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Apr
16
2015

Outlet Fire – Merrit Drive

On Thursday April 16th at 0744, Stations 36 and 37 were dispatched to Merrit Drive to perform a fire investigation after the homeowner reported seeing a flame from an outlet when unplugging a device.  Chief 37 arrived on scene and assumed command from the Fire Marshals so Assistant 36 and FM 10B could enter the
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Apr
13
2015

MVC With Brush Fire

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On Monday April 13th at 1442 Stations 36, 48, and the Forestry Service were dispatched to Blackpoint Road for the report of a car into a utility pole with a transformer fire.  Units arrived on scene to find that the driver had self-extricated.  Command reported a car had struck and knocked down a utility pole
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Apr
6
2015

Mutual Aid – Engine Request To Station 18

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On Monday April 6th at 1552 Engine 36 was dispatched to Hunterdon County to stand by at Lebanon Borough’s (Station 18) Firehouse while they fought a very large brush fire in Tweksbury.  The crew from Engine 36 manned Station 18 for approximately 2 hours while the Lebanon firefighters brought the brush fire under control.  Engine
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Apr
5
2015

First Annual Easter Egg Hunt

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On Easter Sunday at 1000 Flagtown Fire held its first annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children of our members.  Coffee and Donuts were supplied for the members while the kids hunted for plastic eggs filled with small toys and candy in the yard.  We even had a special appearance by the Easter Bunny!  Thanks
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Apr
5
2015

Happy Easter and Passover

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, safe, and joyous Easter and Passover from all of us at Flagtown Fire / Resue!
Apr
2
2015

Ladders Drill

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During our weekly work detail on Thursday April 2nd Flagtown Fire ran a ladders drill at Hillsborough High School.  There were 2 stations.  At the first, members practiced raising, lowering, footing, and working on extension ladders.  At the second station members practiced maneuvering the aerial to gain proficiency and accuracy.  The night ended on the
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Mar
31
2015

Chimney Fire – Millstone River Road

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On Tuesday March 31st at 1902, the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to Millstone River Road for a reported chimney fire.  Chief 37 arrived on scene, established command, and confirmed a chimney fire with fire and smoke showing.  Crews from 36 and 37 fire entered the structure, extinguished the fire in the fire box, and
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Mar
31
2015

PD Assist – Playground Next to Municipal Building

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On Tuesday March 31st at 1631, Stations 36, 37, and Rescue 79 were dispatched to the playground next to the Municipal Building on South Branch Road to assist the Police Department in removing a child stuck in playground equipment.  Units arrived on scene to find a child with their legs stuck in a rubber swing. 
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Mar
24
2015

CPR Recertification

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On Tuesday March 24th, members of Flagtown Fire/ Rescue re-certified their CPR.  As first responders it’s important to be up on our skills and all members passed with ease.  Thank you to instructors Sean Mornoney, Christine Gwin, Rob Slovik, and Lori Voorhees for making the class fun while we learned valuable skills.
Mar
22
2015

Bailout Bag Certification

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On Sunday March 22nd, members from Stations 36 and 37 completed training and became certified on the bailout system we carry with our gear.  The bailout bag is used to provide a safe means of escape from a building if a firefighter becomes trapped and must exit the building through an upper story window.  The
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Mar
14
2015

Sprinkler Class – Chubb Loss Prevention Lab

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On Saturday March 14th members of Flagtown Fire joined by fellow brothers from Lyons Fire Department attended a class at the Chubb Loss Prevention Lab in Warren Township.  Members listened to a Loss Prevention and systems specialist explain how sprinkler systems operate under fire conditions and how crews can secure these systems after a fire. 
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Mar
14
2015

Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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On Saturday March 14th Flagtown fire lined up to participate in the annual Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Many companies were in attendance and a good time was had by all.  Flagtown sent Car 36, Brush 36 and Marine 36.
Mar
10
2015

Rest in peace Chief Ex Chief George Kavanaugh

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The members of Flagtown Fire would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Somerville Fire Department for the loss of Ex Chief George Kavanaugh.  Rest in peace Chief.
Mar
10
2015

MVC With Entrapment – Amwell & Woodfern

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On March 10th at 0625 Stations 36 and 48 along with Rescue 79 were dispatched the area of Amwell Rd and Woodfern for a single car crash. Assistant 48 arrived on scene and advised a single car into a pole with heavy entrapment. Medevac was also requested at that time. Chief 36 arrived on scene
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Mar
9
2015

Odor of Natural Gas

On Monday March 9th beginning at 1558, Stations 36 and 37 responded to multiple odor of natural gas calls along the 206 corridor from Gail Road (area of Dukes Parkway and Claudia Road) down to Hillsborough Transmission and as well as Falcon Road.  At one location, members from Stations 36 and 37 discovered natural gas
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Mar
9
2015

MVC With Entrapment – River Road

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On Monday March 9th at 1442, Stations 36, 37, and 48 were dispatched along with Rescue 79 to River Road for a reported overturned motor vehicle with entrapment.  Chief Fire Marshal Weniger arrived on scene, established command, and confirmed an overturned motor vehicle with heavy entrapment.  Rescue 79 began extrication operations with assistance from members
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Feb
16
2015

Students Start Fire I

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On Monday February 16th, Firefighter DJ Rolle started Fire I at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA).  Flagtown Fire wishes DJ and all the other students at SCESTA all the best. New Jersey Firefighter I is a 170 hour course spanning 5 months.  It is a combination of classroom and hands on training
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Feb
12
2015

RIT Drill

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During our weekly work detail on Thursday February 12th Flagtown Fire ran a RIT drill.  Members split into 2 teams and went through 2 scenarios.  Both started with searching for a downed firefighter in dark smoky conditions. In the first scenario, the team dealt with an air emergency and practiced connecting the RIT pack and
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Feb
5
2015

SCBA Refresher and Confidence Drill

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During our weekly work detail on Thursday February 5th Flagtown Fire ran an SCBA confidence and refresher drill.  Members reviewed the SCBA packs and our RIT pack.  Then members donned gloves and blacked out face pieces and were timed while they untangled and donned a pack.  The drill was a great refresher and confidence builder
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Jan
23
2015

RIT Call – Wellington Court Montgomery

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On Friday January 23rd at 1752, the Station 36 FAST was requested into Montgomery on a 1st alarm basement fire.  Montgomery arriving Chiefs found a 2.5 story wood frame, vast private dwelling with heavy smoke from the front door and heavy fire in the B/C corner.  Chief 36 arrived and did a quick 360 investigation
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Jan
16
2015

Structure Fire – Merrit Drive

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On Friday January 16th at 1919 the Hillsborough fire District was dispatched to Merit Dr. for a structure fire.  Chief 37 and Assistant Chief 37 arrived on scene with Chief 37 taking command and Assistant 37 confirming a fire in the basement.  Crews from Station 36 assisted in establishing a water supply to Engine 37-2
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Jan
14
2015

Cub Sout Pack 89 Den 12 Comes to Visit

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On Wednesday January 21st, Cub Scout Pack 89 – Den 12 came to visit Station 36 and learn about fire safety.  Firefighter Marshal Farley, Firefighter Tony Valentine, and President Jeff Singer gave the scouts a tour of Ladder 36 and Engine 36 and taught the scouts important fire safety lessons.  Everyone had fun and learned
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Jan
3
2015

Rest In Peace Bill Galaini

On Saturday January 3rd, Flagtown Fire / Rescue said their final goodbyes to life member Bill Galaini.  Bill became a fireman in 1951 and served as our President in 1959.  Our members stood watch at the funeral services and accompanied Bill to his final resting place in St. Bernard Cemetery.  Bill will be remembered as
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Jan
1
2015

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!  Wishing all of you a very happy, healthy, and safe 2015 from all of us at Flagtown Fire / Rescue!
Dec
31
2014

2014 Years Of Service Milestones

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Flagtown Fire would like to congratulate the following members who reached a years of service milestone in 2014.  Thank you for your service to our community and for your dedication to safeguarding the life and property of our neighbors. James Farley         -    45 John Spellman       -    40 Matt DeCicco         -    30 Mike Wesoloski      -   
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Dec
31
2014

Congratulations 2014 Top Responders

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Congratulations to the 2014 Top 10 Responders!  Thank you for your hard work and dedication throughout the year.
Dec
25
2014

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas from all of us at Flagtown Fire / Rescue!
Dec
22
2014

MVC – Overturned Vehicle – Dukes Parkway West

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On Monday, December 22, at 2322 hours Station 36 and Rescue 79 were dispatched for an overturned motor vehicle in the area of Dukes Parkkway West and Roycefield Road.  County dispatch advised responding units that accident was on Roycefield Road near River Road.  Chief 36 arrived on scene and established command.  Chief 36 advised motor
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Dec
21
2014

Rest In Peace Officers Ramos, Liu, and Kondek

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Flagtown Fire / Rescue would like to send a message of solidarity to the NYPD and the Tarpon Springs Police Department.  Our members extend their thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies to the families and friends of our fallen brothers in blue.  Rest in peace Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu of the NYPD and Officer
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Dec
18
2014

Thank You Gibraltar Rock

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Flagtown Fire would like to say thank you to Aidan Kilcoyne, Mike Kotlaez and Gibraltar Rock for their wonderful donation of turkeys to our firefighters!  This is the 4th year in a row, that Gibraltar Rock has donated turkeys to our members.  Thank you very much!
Nov
6
2014

RIT Drill

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During our weekly work detail on November 6th, Captain Eric Regiec organized and led a RIT drill for the members of Flagtown Fire. The drill focused on the deployment and operation of 3 new pieces of RIT equipment: A Rite Rescue System, a Scott RIT PAK 3, and a RIT Wheel. All three pieces of
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Oct
31
2014

Happy Halloween!

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Have a Happy and Safe Halloween from all of us at Flagtown Fire / Rescue! Stop by station 36 between 530 and 730 tonight for some trick or treating. Thank you to Norz Farm for donating the corn stalks to our firehouse.
Aug
18
2014

Students Start Fire I

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On Monday August 18th, Firefighter Anthony Valentine started Fire I at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA).  Flagtown Fire wishes Tony and all the other students at SCESTA all the best. New Jersey Firefighter I is a 170 hour course spanning 5 months.  It is a combination of classroom and hands on training
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Aug
16
2014

2014 Annual Picnic

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On Saturday August 16th, Flagtown Fire held its annual picnic.  Once again family and friends got together to share good food and good times.  There was plenty of eating, swimming, sports, and even a little karaoke. In addition to the the normal festivities we also celebrated 2 birthdays.  Flagtown Fire wishes very happy birthdays to
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Jul
31
2014

Marine 36 Preplanning at Duke Farms

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On Thursday July 31st at 1900, members from Flagtown Fire met with representatives of Duke Farms to preplan an access ramp that the estate graciously installed on their property for marine access to the river.  Ranger 36 was used to guide Marine 36 down to the river bank for a simulated launch.  Crews also preplanned
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Jul
26
2014

Medevac Landing Zone – New Centre and Orchard

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On Saturday July 26th at 1725, Station 36 was dispatched to the area of New Centre Road and Orchard Drive to secure a landing zone for a medevac.  Chief 36 arrived on location and spoke to Rescue Squad representatives to establish a location.  Engine 36 established a landing zone in the area of New Centre
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Jul
23
2014

Kitchen Fire – River Road

On Monday July 21st at 1421, the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to River Road for a possible kitchen fire. Assistant 38 arrived and advised he had nothing showing from the street but after a brief survey, had a heavy smoke condition from inside. Crews from Engine and Ladder 36 arrived and established the fire
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Jul
6
2014

Plane Crash – Sunnymead Road

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On Wednesday July 16th at 1027, Stations 37 and 38 were dispatched to the area of 270 Sunnymead Road for an Aircraft crash. Fire Marshal John Yanko arrived on scene first and advised responding units that there was a small plane down with confirmed entrapment of a single occupant. Shortly thereafter extremely wet and muddy
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Jul
5
2014

Structure Fire – Deanna Drive

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On Saturday July 5th at 0051, the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to Deanna Drive for a possible shed/structure fire with exposures.  Chief 37 arrived and confirmed a shed, truck, fence, and a dumpster on fire.  Chief 36 arrived shortly after and marked the plug for incoming units.  District units extinguished the fires, overhauled the
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Jul
4
2014

Happy Independence Day

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Flagtown Fire would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July. For the freedoms that we all enjoy, our thanks go to the men and women who have served and are serving in all branches of the military.  We salute you! Please take a moment today to thank a member of our
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Jul
3
2014

Heavy Rains – Storm Response

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On Thursday July 3rd from approximately 1900 – 2200 Flagtown Fire responded to multiple reports of wires and trees down due to high winds and heavy rains.  Crews from Station 36 closed multiple roads and secured safety areas until utility companies arrived on scene to conduct repair operations. Crews reported near blinding driving conditions with
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Jul
2
2014

The Somerset County 4-H Alpaca Club Visits Flagtown Fire

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On Tuesday July 1st, The Somerset County 4-H Alpaca Club visited the Flagtown Fire. Their fair theme this year is ‘Ignite the Green’ and they decided to honor this by bringing two of their alpacas Terroir and Kerner to take pictures with our ladder truck. The fair is August 6th, 7th & 8th.
Jun
26
2014

Gradulations Hillsborough High Graduates!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014 Flagtown Fire would like to congratulate Joey Spense and Scott Weiss for graduating from Hillsborough High School! In September Joey will be attending The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) where he will study Criminology. Scott will head off to Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) where he will be studying General Business.
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Jun
21
2014

June Quarterly RIT Drill

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Saturday, June 21, 2014 On Saturday June 21st, Flagtown Fire (Station 36) Millstone Valley Fire (Station 28) conducted dual RIT training together at the Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center. The topics covered in the drill were RIT pack, emergency radio communications, RIT radio communications, and mask change outs. Thanks to all who attended.
Jun
15
2014

Happy Father’s Day!

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Sunday, June 15, 2014 Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there from all of us at Flagtown Fire / Rescue!
Jun
7
2014

Cub Scout Bon Fire – Ann Van Park

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Saturday, June 7, 2014 On Saturday June 7th, Chief Dave Foelsch and Firefighters Scott Weiss and James Boyda stood by at the request of Township Cub Scouts at their ceremonial event. The Cub Scouts retired numerous American flags and participated in the passageway from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts while gathered around a small camp
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May
31
2014

Special Work Detail For Engine 36

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 On Saturday May 31st from 0900 – 1700, Flagtown Fire held its first apparatus work detail of the year. Chief Foelsch organized the work detail for the purpose of thoroughly inspecting and cleaning Engine 36 and its equipment. During the 8 hour work detail, members stripped all the equipment and hose
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May
30
2014

Oven Fire – Fellen Place

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Friday, May 30, 2014 On Firday May 30th at 2124 the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to Fellen Place for the reported oven fire. Chief 36 arrived on scene, established command, and reported the fire was out and the residence was well ventilated. Ladder 36 and Tanker 36 arrived on scene and sent crews interior
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May
29
2014

New Auxiliary Lights for Brush 36-2

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 Special thanks to Chief Engineer John Novak and Commissioner Nick Patullo for installing bed lights in Brush 36-2. These lights will prove invaluable during night operations.
May
29
2014

Tanker / Pumper Drill

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 On Thursday May 29th during our weekly work detail, Captain Regiec set up a mini Tanker / Pumper drill. The drop take was set up allowing Engine 36 to draft. A 1¾” hand line and the BlitzFire were deployed to flow water. The drill gave us the opportunity to demo some
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May
27
2014

Happy 76th Birthday Flagtown Fire!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Happy 76th Birthday to Flagtown Fire! On Friday May 27th, 1938, 29 brave men came together to form Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Company #1; Flagtown Fire / Rescue. “Never underestimate the power of a small group of dedicated individuals to change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
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May
26
2014

Happy Memorial Day

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Monday, May 26, 2014 On this Memorial Day the members of Flagtown Fire would like to take a moment to remember the brave men and women of our armed forces who gave their lives in service to this great nation. They gave their last full measure of devotion to defend our way of life. We
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May
25
2014

Camper Fire – Beekman Lane

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Sunday, May 25, 2014 On Sunday May 25th at 1013 Flagtown Fire was dispatched to Beekman Lane for a reported motor vehicle fire. While responding Chief 36 reported visible smoke from a distance and requested Station 37 for additional manpower. Chief 36 arrived on scene, established command, and reported a fully involved 20’ enclosed camper
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Apr
18
2014

Students Start Fire I

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On Monday August 18th, Firefighter Anthony Valentine started Fire I at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA).  Flagtown Fire wishes Tony and all the other students at SCESTA all the best. New Jersey Firefighter I is a 170 hour course spanning 5 months.  It is a combination of classroom and hands on training
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Mar
27
2014

Flammable Liquids Drill – May 15th

On Thursday May 15th Flagtown Fire will conduct a flammable liquids drill using the Phase I burn box at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA). The drill will start at 1930. Trucks will leave Station 36 at 1900. Please contact Captain Dziminski with any questions.
Mar
22
2014

Smoke Condition – James Town Commons

Saturday, March 22, 2014 On Saturday March 22nd at 2229, the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to James Town Commons for the reported smoke condition on the 2nd floor. Chief 37 and Chief36 both checked in service with Chief 37 arriving and having the command and Chief 36 taking interior operations. Chief 36 confirmed a
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Mar
16
2014

Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Sunday, March 16, 2014 On Sunday March 16th Flagtown fire lined up to participate in the annual Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Many companies were in attendance and a good time was had by all. Flagtown sent Car 36, Engine 36, Ladder 36, and Brush 36-2
Mar
15
2014

Structure Fire – Auten Road

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Saturday, March 15, 2014 On Saturday March 15 at 1750, the Hillsborough Fire district was dispatched to Auten Road for the reported structure fire. Chief 37 arrived on scene, established command and reported smoke showing from the roof of a middle unit townhouse. Assistant 38 took operations. Crews from station 37 made an interior attach
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Mar
15
2014

Parade Prep

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Saturday, March 15, 2014 On Saturday March 15th, the members of Flagtown Fire cleaned and prepared the apparatus for the Somerville St. Patrick’s day parade.
Mar
11
2014

Smoke Condition – Black Point Road

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 On Tuesday March 11th, at 0725 the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to Black Point Road for the reported smoke condition in a residence. Chief 36 arrived on scene and assumed command, while Chief 48 took Operations. Chief 36 confirmed a smoke condition in the residence and advised responding units of
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Mar
8
2014

Ladder 36 Stands by at Station 26

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 On Saturday March 8th, Flagtown Fire sent Ladder 36 with a crew to stand by at Station 26 District 1 held its Awards Ceremony.
Mar
8
2014

March Quarterly RIT Drill

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 On Saturday March 8, 2014 at 0900, the members of Flagtown Fire gathered at the firehouse for our 1st quarterly RIT drill of 2014. The drill centered on a “back to basics” theme and covered packaging techniques. Members practiced packaging and backboarding a downed fireman. Different techniques and options were discussed,
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Mar
1
2014

Mulch Fire – DPW Dump – Auten Road

Saturday, March 1, 2014 On Saturday March 1st Stations 36 and 37 were dispatched multiple times to the DPW dump for the reported Mulch Fire. On each occasion, Tanker 36 Supplied water to Engine 37.
Feb
28
2014

Mutual Aid Into East Amwell Township For Structure Fire

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Friday, February 28, 2014 On Friday February 28th at 21:19 Tanker 36 was dispatched as part of a tanker task force to Linderbergh Road in East Amwell Township for the reported structure fire. Tanker 36 participated in the water shuttle operations dropping 7 full loads totaling over 22,000 gallons of water by the time operations
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Feb
27
2014

Mini Size-up Drill

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 On Thursday February 27th at 2000, Assistant Chief Lachowski and Captain Regiec conducted a mini size-up drill at Station 36. The drill was facilitated using the Sims-U-Share software. Captain Regiec programmed several scenarios using several different building types. Members were able to see how the fire progressed in each scenario. For
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Feb
27
2014

Structure Fire – Millstone River Road

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 On Thursday February 27th at 1814 the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to Millstone River Road for the reported shed fire. Chief 37 arrived on scene, established command, and reported a 10×10 shed burning in the back of the property. The high winds exposed the residence on the property as well
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