Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Company #1 - Flagtown

Students Start Fire I

Monday, August 18, 2014  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 where students master the basics of fire fighting.

We know Tony will make us proud and look forward to his graduation in December.



2014 Annual Picnic

Saturday, August 16, 2014  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 Chief Dave Foelsch and Lisa Heider wife of Deputy Chief Everett Heider.

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.  A special thanks also to Michelle Golder for organizing and planning the picnic.  Thank you also to all those who helped set up and clean up.



Marine 36 Preplanning at Duke Farms

Thursday, July 31, 2014  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 other launch sites on the estate for proper and quick storm response.  We would like to thank the directors at Dukes Estate for assisting us in our preplanning and making our jobs a little easier!



Medevac Landing Zone - New Centre and Orchard

Saturday, July 26, 2014  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 and Ladder 36 secured a secondary site inside a neighborhood just off to the north of the scene in case the first site was too small.  Crews stood by blocking roads and performing crowd control until the patient was loaded and turned over to North Star crews.



Kitchen Fire - River Road

Wednesday, July 23, 2014  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 on the stove was out but crews needed to overhaul the area. Engine 37-2 crew arrived and assisted 36 crews with ventilation. All of the effected appliances were removed my FD and the scene was turned over to the building department. No injuries reported.



Plane Crash - Sunnymead Road

Wednesday, July 16, 2014  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 conditions were reported which were hampering responders from making access and 4 wheel drive vehicles were requested. Ranger 36 and Brush 36-2 were added to the box for all terrain support. Ranger 28 was also added by command. The patient was extricated quickly and transported by ground. Units remained on scene until secured by Officials on location while the investigation was completed. Later in the day at around 1430 Brush 36-2 was requested back to the scene to stand by with Brush 37-2 until the plane was removed.



Structure Fire - Deanna Frive

Saturday, July 5, 2014  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 scene, and stood by until the Fire Marshal’s office arrived for the investigation.  Overall the district had a fast knock and units cleared after operating for approximately 2 hours.



Happy Independence Day

Friday, July 4, 2014  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 military for their brave service in defending our freedoms.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776



Heavy Rains - Storm Response

Thursday, July 3, 2014  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 trees and limbs jeopardizing crew safety but all  personnel made it back to the station safely.



The Somerset County 4-H Alpaca Club Visits Flagtown Fire

Wednesday, July 2, 2014  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.



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