Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Company #1 - Flagtown

Happy Thanksgiving - 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014  Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving from all of us here at Flagtown Fire/Rescue!



Stay Safe on Thanksgiving

Monday, November 24, 2014  As Thanksgiving approaches, Flagtown Fire would like to remind everyone to take precautions when preparing your feast.

If you are frying your turkey this year, there are several important things you must remember.  First, ensure the turkey is fully defrosted and completely dry.  Second, please do not overfill the frying container with oil.  Third, remember to wear protective clothing such as oven mitts and long sleeves and long pants to protect from hot oil splashes.  Fourth, lower the turkey in the fryer slowly to minimize any splashes.  Fifth, and most importantly, please fry the turkey outside and away from your deck or any other flammable objects.

For the items that are being cooked on the stove top, as always, ensure all pot handles are turned inward toward the back of the stove to prevent accidental spilling.

Accidents do happen.  Should a fire occur in your oven, leave the oven door closed and call 911 immediately.  If a grease fire occurs on the stove top, please do not attempt to extinguish it with water.  This will only make things worse.  First call 911 and then use an ABC Dry Chemical fire extinguisher.  These are sold at most home improvement stores.

Stay safe and enjoy your time with loved ones!



Vehicle Fire - Riverside Drive

Friday, November 21, 2014  On Friday November 21 at 0700 Stations 36 and 48 were dispatched to Riverside Drive for the report of a motor vehicle fire near a barn.  As a precaution, due to the exposure presented by the barn, 36 Chief Foelsch, contacted County Dispatch and requested Station 37 and Tanker 38 be added to the assignment.  36 Assistant Chief Lachowski arrived on scene, established command, reported a fully involved pickup truck, and confirmed close proximity of the fire to a large pole barn.  Engine 36 arrived on scene followed closely by Tanker 36 and Brush 36.  Chief 36 arrived on scene and assumed command with Assistant Chief 36 taking operations.  Crews from Engine 36 pulled the 1¾” bumper line and quickly extinguished the fire.  The barn was checked for extension with negative findings.  All units cleared the scene at 0738.



New Brush Truck Arrives

Thursday, November 20, 2014  Today Station 36 received delivery of our new brush truck built by 1st Attack Engineering out of Waterloo Indiana.  This vehicle is replacing our current 1989 Ford F-350 brush truck which has served Flagtown Fire well.  We are all excited to update the brush fleet!

The new rig is a 2014 F-450 conversion kit that is much lighter than our current truck and will be able to pull the department’s trailers easily. This truck is better suited to our response areas. The new truck will be able to more easily gain access to farm fields, down railroad tracks, and other locations our current truck can't go. The truck comes with updated features and more space for water rescue and wild land firefighting operations.

We would like to thank the Board of Fire Commissioners for the purchase and also thank the men and women who worked so hard to create this specialized vehicle. We are positive this truck will serve the citizens Hillsborough for the next 20+ years!



Structure Fire - Van Fleet Road Readington Township

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 

Wednesday November 19th was a busy day for Flagtown Fire and the Hillsborough Fire District.  The day began at 1116 when Stations 36 and 37 were dispatched to a routine activated fire alarm at the Claremont Estates on Auten Road.  Soon after clearing from that call, Stations 36 and 37 were dispatched again.  This time to Victoria Court at 1243, for a struck natural gas line which was leaking gas.  Crews cleared that scene at 1336.  Less than an hour later at 1433, the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to the Day Spa at Hair Plus on Amwell and 206 for a dryer fire.  Minutes later at 1441 the Flagtown Fire RIT and Tanker 36 were dispatched mutual aid to Van Fleet Road in Readington Township for a fully involved structure fire.  While enroute, Station 36’s assignment was upgraded to a full response.  Upon arrival, Assistant Chief Lachowski and Ladder 36 immediately went to work.  Ladder 36 took the front lawn and began aerial water operations.  In addition, two attack lines were pulled from Ladder 36.  An 1¾" hand line was stretched to the delta side for interior/exterior attack on the garage and a 2½” was stretched to the alpha side and connected to a portable monitor (Blitzfire) for exterior attack.  Both lines and the aerial water way flowed CAFS.  Ladder 36 also supplied Ladder 22.  Tanker 36 participated in the tanker task force and supplied over 6000 gallons of water to help bring the fire under control.  Approximately 6 hours later at 2022 all 36 units cleared the scene.  Arriving back at Station 36, crews worked for approximately 2 more hours cleaning equipment and ensuring the trucks were back in service and prepared for the next emergency.



Congratulations Eric and Crystal DeCicco on the Birth of Their Twins

Sunday, November 16, 2014  Flagtown Fire would like to congratulate Eric and Crystal DeCicco on the birth of their beautiful twins.  On Sunday November 16th, 2014 at 9:03am Cooper was born weighing in at 4lbs 9 oz.  Avery was born a minute later at 9:04am weighing in at 5lbs 7oz. Mom and babies are doing well.  Welcome to world Cooper and Avery!



Congratulations Scott Weiss for Earning the Rank of Eagle Scout

Saturday, November 15, 2014  Flagtown Fire would like to congratulate Scott Weiss for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.  Scott entered the Cub Scouts as a Tiger Cub in September of 2002 when he joined Den 5 of Pack 1776.  Over the next 12 years, he progressed through Cub Scouts, to Webelos, to Boy Scouts.  Scott officially earned the rank of Eagle Scout on July 7th, 2014.  He was awarded a town proclamation by the Mayor on October 28th, 2014 and had his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony on Saturday November 15th, 2014.  Congratulations Scott!



Wire Down with Fire - East Mountain Road

Thursday, November 13, 2014  On Thursday November 13th at 1518 Stations 36 and 48 were dispatched to East Mountain Road for a wire down with a small fire.  Brush 36 and FM 10-D arrived to find a primary wire down and arcing in the driveway of a residence.  PSE&G was notified immediately and Brush 36, Mini Pumper 37 and Forestry stood by until the power was cut.  Once power was cut and area deemed safe by PSE&G, crews extinguished the small spot fires that remained.  All units cleared shortly after 1630.



Honoring Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 11, 2014  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 our members who have served or are currently serving to defend our country and our way of life.

Chuck Brogan      –    Army
Joe Brogan          –    Navy
Tony Dorsa          –    Army
Briton Douglas     –    Army
Lindsey Krahn     –    Air Force
Joey Giarrusso    –    Marines
Jimmy Kemp       –    Marines
Kevin Klink          –    Marines
Rob Slovik           –    Army
John Spellman    –    Navy
Joe Suhr             –    Air Force
John Suhr           –    Army
Sean Taylor        –    Marines
Paul Thomas       –   National Guard
Greg Villano        –    Army



Live Fire Drill/Fire Police Training

Sunday, November 9, 2014  Saturday November 8th was a busy day for Flagtown crews. The day started early with RIT (FAS Team) crews participating in live burns with our fellow brothers from Country Hills. Members were involved in live burn evaluations and demonstrated rescue procedures. Other members of Flagtown participated in day 2 of their Fire Police training at Station 37. Classroom, table top and live practicals were done to certify responders for traffic situations. Even though it's the weekend, members are always willing to train to better themselves! 



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