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2018 Fanwood Fire Department Christmas Event Schedule

 

Santa's Fanwood Visit!

Santa will be visiting Fanwood this year on Saturday, December 15th.

Santa's elves are busy getting ready, listen for the sirens on the 15th!

 

2018 Christmas Tree Sale Successful at LaGrande Park, trees are sold out!

The Fanwood Fire Department and Lions Club would like to thank everyone who came out and purchased a tree.

Santa will visit Fanwood on December 15th
Santa will visit Fanwood on December 15th
The 2018 Lions Club and Fanwood FD tree sale has completed. Thanks to all who purchased a tree!
The 2018 Lions Club and Fanwood FD tree sale has completed. Thanks to all who purchased a tree!

10/17/18 - Fanwood Firefighter Joe Route Named Volunteer of the Month

 

Congratulations to Firefighter Joe Route, who was named by the Fanwood Town Council as Volunteer of the Month in our borough.

 

Mayor Colleen Mahr presented Joe with a sketch of the Fanwood Train Station commemorating his award.

 

Joe has been a firefighter since 2005 and currently leads the FFD Relief Fund, which is designed to help firefighters in need.

 

Joe's son Nick, who is currently away at college, is also a volunteer. He is an EMT with the Fanwood Rescue Squad.

 

Congratulations Joe!


10/21/18 - Truck brings down pole on 1st Street

 

A driver snapped a telephone pole while maneuvering his semi in a parking lot on First Street.

 

Several local residents were without power until late into the night.

 

There were no injuries.


10/21/18 - Fanwood 5K and Superhero Fun Run

 

Runners who participated in Sunday's 5k and Superhero Fun Run events ran under a large American flag hanging from the ladder extended on Ladder 1 on LaGrande Avenue.

 

It was a cold morning, but there was a good turnout and everyone had fun.


10/9/18 - Fire Safety at School 1

 

Fanwood Fireman Doug Germinder held a fire safety lesson at School 1. This included teaching "stop, drop and roll".

 

Firefighter Germinder also geared up to demonstrate how firemen would appear when searching in a home. This helps children understand that in an emergency, there is a friendly fireman behind the mask and gear who is there to help.

 

A few days later, the students also had a visit at Fanwood Fire Headquarters, where they were given demonstrations of the apparatus and fire gear.


9/22/18 - Annual Coin Toss

 

Fanwood FD held it's annual coin toss on Saturday. We were stationed at North Ave and Hetfield, and South Ave and Martine.

 

We appreciate the amazing generosity and many positive comments we received from the community. 

 

Thank you for your support.

 

We'd also like to thank Fanwood Bagel for providing bagels.


9/8/18 - Serving Fanwood Residents... including Man's Best Friend! 

 

On Sept 8th at 4:00 AM FFD was called to a Fanwood home for a dog in distress. Stella is an older, blind, diabetic pet who is loved by her family. She was trapped in the legs of a metal chair, and even worse, injured herself more by trying to bite her way out.

 

First on scene was Chief John Piccola, who led the effort to free the dog from a tricky entrapment. The dog was released from the chair in minutes, and returned to her relieved family.

 

The resident expressed her thanks to our Chief and the entire department, as was mentioned on the borough's Facebook page (see image).

 

Great job chief! 


8/2018 - Assorted Calls

 

The Fanwood Fire Department had a busy August 2018 month. Calls included a basement fire in Scotch Plains, and several wire/transformer fires.


8/7/18 - National Night Out

 

The Fanwood Fire Department participated along with the Fanwood Police and Rescue Squad at National Night Out in LaGrande Park.

 

Although rain was threatening, many residents came out and enjoyed the free food and activities.

 

(photos courtesy of Tom Kranz)


- 6/18/18 - New Firefighter Graduates - 

The Fanwood Fire Department added three new members who graduated from the Union County Fire Academy. 

 

New recruits face 5 challenging months of Monday, Wednesday and Friday night classes, all day Saturdays and some Sundays.

 

We congratulate Vinny Biancho, Mike Colineri and Matt Ridge. Great job guys!

(l to r) FF Matt Ridge, Chief John Piccola, FF Mike Colineri, FF Vinny Biancho
(l to r) FF Matt Ridge, Chief John Piccola, FF Mike Colineri, FF Vinny Biancho

- Memorial Day Weekend 2018 - 

The Fanwood Volunteer Fire Department was proud to participate in this year's Fanwood and Scotch Plains Memorial Day activities.

 

Photos courtesy of Tom Kranz, John Mooney and Jonathan Joshua

Fanwood Fire Dept - Memorial Day Parade 2018
Fanwood Fire Dept - Memorial Day Parade 2018
Fanwood Car 1, Engine 7, Ladder 1 and Engine 8 crossing the Martine Avenue bridge
Fanwood Car 1, Engine 7, Ladder 1 and Engine 8 crossing the Martine Avenue bridge

5/21/18 - MVA - Car Into Tree

 

A car heading northbound on Martine Ave near the intersection of Herbert Ave crossed into the southbound lane, then hit a tree.

 

Engine 7 and Ladder 1 responded. Crews assisted with patient assessment, safely securing the vehicle, and cleanup.

 

The driver was transported to a local area hospital.

MVA- South Martine - Car Into Tree
MVA- South Martine - Car Into Tree

5/18/18 - Restaurant Kitchen Fire

 

Fanwood FD assisted Scotch Plains FD at an early morning fire at a restaurant on Park Ave in downtown Scotch Plains.

 

FFD was dispatched at approximately 1:30 AM. Engine 7, Engine 8, and Ladder 1 responded.

 

The fire was contained to the kitchen but there was smoke damage throughout the building.


5/15/18 - Heavy Rain and High Winds

 

A strong storm with high wind gusts swept through Fanwood on Tuesday evening.

 

Several areas around the borough were left without power due to downed wires. 

 

Fortunately there were no injuries.

Beech Ave - A large tree was felled by high winds, snapping a telephone pole and bringing down power lines and a transformer.
Beech Ave - A large tree was felled by high winds, snapping a telephone pole and bringing down power lines and a transformer.

4/25/18 - Knights of Columbus

Annual Shield Awards 

 

Fanwood and Scotch Plains Police, Fire and Rescue Squads were recognized at the annual Shield Awards presented by the Knights of Columbus at St. Bartholomew's Church. 

 

Assistant Chief Steve Szanto accepted the award for all FFD members, and noted the ongoing successful partnership between the Fanwood and Scotch Plains Fire Departments.

Members of FFD with the K of C Grand Knight at the 2018 annual Knights of Columbus Shield Awards - from  left - Grand Knight McQuillan, FFs Padulsky, Gorman, Asst Chiefs Szanto and Zawodniak, FFs Route, Weisglass, Ridge, Green (photo by Tom Kranz)
Members of FFD with the K of C Grand Knight at the 2018 annual Knights of Columbus Shield Awards - from left - Grand Knight McQuillan, FFs Padulsky, Gorman, Asst Chiefs Szanto and Zawodniak, FFs Route, Weisglass, Ridge, Green (photo by Tom Kranz)

3/29/18 - Rollover - Montrose and Martine

 

Fanwood Fire was dispatched to a vehicle rollover at Montrose and Martine Thursday evening. Firefighters arrived to an SUV on its side with an entrapped victim.

 

Crews from Engine 7 and Ladder 1 stabilized the vehicle and safely removed the patient. 

 

The patient was treated at the scene by the Fanwood Rescue Squad and released. 


3/20/18 - South and Terrill - Extrication

 

The Fanwood Fire Department extricated a man from his vehicle after he lost control and rolled over at the intersection of South Ave and Terrill Road.

 

Firefighters needed to remove the roof of the vehicle to safely extricate the patient.

 

The man was transported by Fanwood EMS to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Extrication at South Ave and Terrill Rd
Extrication at South Ave and Terrill Rd

3/3/2018 - Damaging High Winds

 

The Fanwood Fire Department spent most of the day on Saturday responding to wires down, flooded basements, and trees falling - several causing major damage to homes. Details to follow...

High winds caused significant damage in Fanwood
High winds caused significant damage in Fanwood

3/1/2018 - Structure Fire - Crestwood Rd, Scotch Plains

 

FFD was dispatched to assist Scotch Plains FD at a house fire on Crestwood Road. Units arrived to a well-involved fire on both floors. Details to follow...

Structure Fire - Crestwood Road
Structure Fire - Crestwood Road

2/16/2018 - MVA w Injuries

 

At approximately 6:00 AM on Friday FFD was dispatched to an MVA with three vehicles on Terrill Road near Midway.

 

Five people were hurt and several were taken to area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries.

 

FFD provided extrication support, assisted with patient removal, and cleared debris and leaking fluids from the roadway.

 

Both directions of Terrill Road were closed for about an hour.


1/22/18 - Combined Drill w Scotch Plains FD

 

The Fanwood FD participated in a drill with Scotch Plains FD at 2 homes on Terrill road that were to be demolished.

 

Drills included - forcible entry, searching for victims, wall breaches, self-rescue, ladder operations, and roof operations including ventilation.

 

Thanks to the SPFD for the invitation to participate in this event.


1/20/18 - Annual Dinner Dance

 

The Fanwood Fire Department and Rescue Squad held their annual Dinner and Awards Presentation at the Westwood in Garwood.

 

The following awards were presented:

 

- Top Call Pct for 2017 -

     Officer - Chief John Piccola

     FF - Tony Grasso Jr

 

- Active Service Awards -

     Company Pres Rick Regenthal - 40 yrs

     Asst Chief Steve Szanto - 20 yrs

     FF Bill Mauer - 15 yrs

     FF Jimmy Drewes - 15 yrs

     FF Dan Piccola - 10 yrs 

     FF Tony Grasso - 5 yrs

     FF Zach Weisglass - 5 yrs 

 

- New Life Members (25 yrs of active service) -

     Company Pres Rick Regenthal - 40 yrs

     FF Jeff Downing - 37 yrs

     Chief John Piccola - 37 yrs

     Ex-Chief Dave Clausen - 33 yrs

     FF Bruce Padulsky - 26 yrs


1/2/18 - Midway Ave Basement Fire

 

January 2nd, at 1600 hours, the Fanwood FD was dispatched to Midway Ave to a reported basement fire.

 

Scotch Plains FD was dispatched to fill the box and a truck from N Plfd was requested to the scene.  Fire was under control within 45 minutes in 15° temperatures.

 

A cover assignment was assigned to Fanwood Fire headquarters to cover Fanwood and Scotch Plains. No injuries we're reported!