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Protection Fire Company 1 Wins Wyckoff Fire Department's Annual Inspection Contest

Wednesday, March 16, 2016  Protection Fire Company 1 won the Township’s 57th annual Wyckoff Fire Department Inspection contest that was held on Friday, March 11, 2016 and concluded in an awards dinner ceremony the next night.

The Township Committee congratulated firefighters of Company 1 and Battalion Chief Scott Fisher on winning the contest. The Township is very fortunate to have so dedicated a group from all three fire companies who so unselfishly volunteer their time and energy to serve the entire community.

The Township’s volunteer firefighters spent many weeks dismantling, cleaning and repairing, if necessary, the fire pumpers and trucks of the three fire companies that protect the township, as well as all the equipment located on those vehicles. They also spent countless hours honing up on their firefighting knowledge in preparation for the annual Inspection.


A panel of six independent firefighting experts conducted the Inspection, which involves two segments. The first is a hand-on evolution where all three companies performed a firematic scenario similar to what they can face in real life. This year’s practical evolution was a simulated house fire at a location in town on the Monday evening prior to the Inspection.  The second segment is inspection of the fire apparatus and the knowledge of the firefighters. The annual contest provides an opportunity for the fire department to ensure that the township’s fire fighting equipment is in the best possible condition by conducting a thorough review of the fire trucks, equipment and the knowledge of the officers, drivers and firefighters of all three fire companies in the Township.


The inspection was conducted by a team of six inspectors: Lead Inspector Gregg Cariddi, Departmental Chief River Edge Fire Department; Inspector Kevin McCarthy, Deputy Chief Clifton Fire Department; Inspector Ken Schulz, Assistant Chief of the Wood-Ridge Fire Department; Inspector Jerry Naylis, Chief Bergenfield Fire Department; Inspector Tim Rice, Hackensack Fire Department and Paramus Fire Department Company 4; and Inspector Jerry Knapp, Chief of the Rockland County Hazmat Task Force.


The inspection is an intense competition between Wyckoff’s three fire companies as the firefighters were being tested on their skills and knowledge. The Wyckoff firefighters prepare by servicing, cleaning and revamping their apparatus and equipment a minimum of two nights a week for six to seven weeks prior to the inspection, and every night for the final two weeks before the inspection. They also study operational and safety procedures and policies in order to pass the oral examinations and respond to the various potential fire fighting scenarios presented by the inspectors.


The Township’s fire department is the only fire department in the State of New Jersey that conducts inspections of the condition of its fire apparatus and submits the fire fighting knowledge of its firefighters and officers to the evaluation of outside experts.


This year 11 of our firefighters completed training courses at the Bergen County Fire Academy:

Fire I Course:


  • Firefighter Ryan Noon              
  • Firefighter Shane Myers
  • Firefighter Peter Cascardo        
  • Firefighter Erick Regojo
  • Firefighter Chris Repetto           
  • Firefighter Ryan Pettit
  • Firefighter Dave Steinmetz        
  • Firefighter Heather Pruim
  • Firefighter Kevin Benhke
 

Fire II Course:

  • Mark Tanucilli
  • Evan Costanza
This year eight of our members participated in an in-house Engine Pump Operators Training Course. This extensive course helps prepare our members to be properly qualified drivers of fire apparatus during an emergency:


      • Stephen Kopshaw
      • James Viapiano
      • Alex Cascardo
      • EJ Lawler
      • Mark Tanucilli
      • Evan Costanza
      • Jesse Levine
      • Paul Kasabian
The following firefighters completed milestone years of firefighter service, which represents 415 years of service to the Township and residents of Wyckoff. The following were presented with “service stripes”:


5 Years of Service

  • William Jensen
  • Jesse Levine
  • Robert Sherwin



10 Years of Service

  • Lt. Stephen Kopshaw
  • Colin Bell
  • Kyle Bleeker
 

15 Years of Service

  • Battalion Chief Co. 1 Scott Fisher
 

20 Years of Service

  • Assistant Chief Tim Brock
  • Ex-Deputy Chief Company #1 – Joe Vanderplaat
  • Ex-Deputy Chief Company #2 – Brian Hendrickson
  • Ed Rieper
 

25 Years of Service

  • Ex-Deputy Chief Company #2 – Ron Alfano
  • Frank Francica
 

30 Years of Service

  • Lt. Scott Amantea
  • Ed Scott
 

40 Years of Service

  • Ex-Departmental Chief Company #1 – Howard Woodbury, Jr.
  • Ex-Departmental Chief Company #1 – Wayne Remo
  • Battalion Chief Company #2 – Fred Depken
  • Ex-Deputy Chief Company #2 – Kevin McCracken



Lou Graglia, Chief of Department


     



 

Thank You To Wyckoff Residents

Friday, March 11, 2016  The Wyckoff Volunteer Fire Department wants to thank all Wyckoff residents who adopted a fire hydrant and/or cleared snow away from fire hydrants this past winter. Your assistance was greatly appreciated.

A hydrant cleared of snow can be the deciding factor in a life-or-death fire emergency. We thank you for your continued support of the Wyckoff Volunteer Fire Department. 


Lou Graglia, Chief of Department







     



 

Wyckoff Fire Deparment Battles Highview Drive Barn Fire

Saturday, January 23, 2016 0528 As the Blizzard of 2016 was bearing down, the members of the Wyckoff Fire Department were dispatched to a reported structure fire. The call came in around 0528 hrs for a reported structure fire on Highview Drive. Chief Graglia (230) and Assistant Chief Tim Brock (240) signed into service. Upon the arrival of Chief Graglia, he confirmed a working barn fire with no extension to the residence. A Second Alarm assignment was requested to the scene, as well as a NORCON activation. Engine 233 (O.I.C. Captain Matt Tani) was first due on scene and established a water supply to begin an exterior attack. Other Wyckoff units who responded were Engine 234 (O.I.C. Ed Pettit), Engine 231 (O.I.C. Batt. Fred Depken), Tower Ladder 241 (O.I.C. Dave Murphy) and Rescue 242 (O.I.C. Captain Matt Capomaggi). Franklin Lakes, Midland Park, Oakland, Ho-Ho-Kus and Ramsey responded via mutual aid. The fire was placed under control in about an hour, with extensive overhaul. Mutual aid units were released around 0800 hrs and Wyckoff units around 0830 hrs. Good job to all companies, and all went home safe!  

See Link for additional pictures.

http://www.btfirephotos.com/2016/Wyckoff-1-23-16/




     



 

Santa coming to town

Monday, December 14, 2015  Wyckoff Fire Department will escorting Santa through the Township on Sunday, December 20, 2015.

As the holidays approach, the members will accompany Santa through your neighborhood. If any child, young or old, would like to greet Santa, he will be at the following locations at the scheduled times:


Protection Fire Company #1 


Trip 1
 1. Old Post Rd. & Shelbourne Dr. 5:00
 2. Patton Place & Woodbury Dr. 5:15
 3. Fairview Place & Old Woods Rd. 5:30
 4. Buena Vista Way & Over Look Dr. 5:45
 5. Wishing Well Rd. House # 628 6:00
 6. Covington Place & Taunton Rd. 6:15
 7. Concord Place & Fairfield Rd. 6:30
 8. Sparrowbush Rd. & Hartung Rd. 6:45
 9. Sunset Blvd. & Pathway Manor 7:00
 10. Martom Rd. & Van Houten Ave. 7:15
 11. Voorhis Ave. & Samuel Way 7:30
 12. Washington School Main Entrance 7:45


Trip 2
 1. Ralph Ave & East Stevens Ave. 5:00
 2. Hurley Ave. & Ridge Rd. 5:15
 3. Brook Rd. & Elmwood Place 5:30
 4. Deerfield Rd. & Midland Ave. 5:45
 5. Howard St. & Midland Ave. 6:00
 6. Morley Dr. & Dale 6:15
 7. Harding Rd. & Colona St. 6:30
 8. Godwin Dr. & Colonial Dr. 6:45
 9. Wiley Place. & Birch Parkway 7:00
 10. Pine St. & Joan Place 7:15
 11. Frost Ct. & Navajo Dr. 7:30
 12. Edgewood Ave. & Meadowbrook 7:45
 13. Beth Lane & Barrett Lane 8:00


Community Engine Company #2
  1.  Coolidge School   5:00 p.m.
  2.  Radcliffe St and Colegate Ave 5:30 p.m.
  3.  Lincoln Ave and Liberty  St  6:00 p.m.

  4.  Dartmouth St and Yale Ave. 6:30 p.m.


Sicomac Engine Company #3
  
  1.  Cedar Hill Shopping Center    4:00 p.m. 
  2.  Sicomac Engine Company      4:00 p.m.



   


 

Toys for Tots

Saturday, December 12, 2015   Good evening!

I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to the Toys for Tots Train today. Through the generosity of the communities we visited, we were able to collect over 14,000 toys. Because of this, the Toys for Tots program will be able to provide holiday joy to many local children.


As I took nearly 300 photos today, the easiest way to share them with you was to upload them to Dropbox. There is a folder for each of the locations the train stopped, so it should be easier to find photos of your group. I apologize as some of the photos came out blurry, but hopefully there are photos of your group that are usable. You can download these photos and use them as you see fit. The images can be found at the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/e0ohqbo32q1zdl0/AAB-CdtVt8suY_4-Svoyy-2ka?dl=0


If you have any difficulties accessing the photos on Dropbox, I have also uploaded them directly to a public album on my Facebook page. I have not yet finished captioning them, but hope to get that done this weekend. Feel free to share and tag the images: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10156209732820167.1073741876.544855166&type=1&l=0fa2c06d99


Additionally, images and updates on the collection will be posted to the following Facebook pages:
Operation Toy Train
Toys for Tots Train


Again, thank you so much for your generosity. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and hope to see you again next year!


Sincerely,
Angeline (Angie)
Toys for Tots Train - Volunteer Photographer






   


 

Wallington Holiday Parade

Saturday, December 5, 2015  On Saturday, November 28th Engine 235 and 236, had the opportunity to participate in the annual Wallington Holiday Parade.  Members spent a couple weeks preparing the apparatus.  Good job to all members that participated!! 

     



 

Toys For Tots Donations

Tuesday, November 17, 2015   The Wyckoff Fire Department is accepting donations for the U.S. Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots Foundation drive.Unwrapped toys may be dropped off at any firehouse Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m.

Members of the U.S. Marine Corps and Santa Claus will be on a train that will stop by Wyckoff to accept the donations Dec. 12 from 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

     



 

Garage Fire

Tuesday, October 13, 2015   The Wyckoff Fire Dept responded to a garage fire on wyckoff ave.  When crews arrived  they found a large garage fully involved.

https://wyckofffire.shutterfly.com/19992

     



 

WFD Holds Fire Prevention Open House

Monday, October 5, 2015  The Wyckoff Fire Department held its annual fire prevention open house at Protection Fire Co. 1, located behind town hall.  The event was well-attended.  Kids got to squirt fire hoses, ride on a fire truck, and crawl through a smoke trailer.




 https://wyckofffire.shutterfly.com/19837

     



 

WFD FAST Team Goes to Mahwah

Monday, October 5, 2015  The FAST team responded to 16 Jahn Ct in Mahwah for a barn burning.  




https://wyckofffire.shutterfly.com/19783

     



 
 
 

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