Josh Chase

2022 Call Totals

Now that 2022 has ended and 2023 has begun, Co1 Firefighters look back on the past year and prepare for the year to come. In 2022, our firefighters, who are 100% volunteer, responded to 478 calls for service, which was roughly a 20% increase from the year before. These calls were not only in our community but also in our neighboring towns, counties, and states. Just as it’s been for over 100 years, the volunteer firefighters of Fire Co1 are ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Boonton Recovery

As 2022 ended and 2023 began, Co1’s dive team, along with teams from Parsippany Rescue and Recovery, Ringwood Underwater Search and Recovery, Morris County Sheriff, and the Boonton Fire Department spent the holiday weekend working to recover two ice fisherman who had unfortunately drowned when the ice gave way. After an exhaustive search one victim was recovered Saturday night (New Years Eve), but the search for the second victim was halted due to rapidly deteriorating weather conditions and difficulty in accessing the dive site by flashlight and portable lights. Not to be deterred, the search was resumed the next day and divers were able to recover the second victim (New Years Day). As with all other recoveries we are involved in, the members of the Co 1 Dive Team extend their condolences to the families of the lost.

Airmount Road fire

Mahwah firefighters quickly put down a fire in the walls of a local home, saving the vast majority of the residence from damage.

Drill Night: Auto Extrication

Last night the members of Co1 drilled on auto extrication. Different evolutions were practiced from the newest techniques to going over old school techniques like lifting the dash with the spreaders, chains and creating a highpoint. As the sole Rescue Company in the Township, the members of Company 1 constantly train to stay sharp in these skills.

Tree Lighting Festival

Tonight, Mahwah’s Emergency Services along with numerous other supporters brought Santa to the township’s tree lighting festival held at Co1’s firehouse. It was great spending time with our community and getting to meet Santa. Don’t forget on December 11th Co1 will be escorting Santa around the Cragmere section of town. So if you hear sirens, come outside to wave!

November Calls For Service

This November Company 1 firefighters responded to 38 calls for service Airboat Request – 1Dispatched Structure Fire – 2Down Utility Wires – 1EMS Assist – 3Extrications – 4 Fire Alarms – 20Gas Leak – 5Mutual Aid Request for Fire – 1Vehicle Fire – 1 As always, the volunteer firefighters of Company 1 are ready to respond 24 hours a day 7 days a week

Holiday Season Events

With the Thanksgiving weekend winding down, Co1 firefighters have started our holiday season prep. First, we’d like to thank a few of our members that donated time to make a new red “1” for our firehouse, and thanks to Beacon Building Products for some supplies. Events for your calendar: The town tree lighting is December 4th and has been restored to it’s original location at Co1. The festivities start with a parade at 5pm from Co2 to Co1 followed by the tree lighting by Santa. Dec. 11th, Co1 firefighters will be escorting Santa around the Cragmere section of town. So if you hear sirens, come outside to wave!

October 2022 Calls For Service

This October Company 1 firefighters responded to 49 calls for service. CO ALARM – 1DISPATCHED STRUCTURE FIRE – 4DIVE TEAM – 1EMS ASSIST – 3ELEVATOR RESCUE – 2EXTRICATION – 4 FIRE ALARM – 20GAS – 10MUTUAL AID FIRE – 2MUTUAL AID AIRBOAT – 1VEHICLE FIRE – 1 As always, the volunteer firefighters of Company 1 are ready to respond 24 hours a day 7 days a week

Drill Night: Air Chisels

For this week’s drill Co1 Firefighters practiced their skills with the air chisels. These are pneumatically powered chisels that can quickly cut through metal. These are not typically used on extrications but can be very useful to quickly cut through most metal parts found in vehicles. Along with working with the air chisels, our new members also learned how to use the slid hammer, or the “Bam-Bam-Tool” as we call it. This is an old school manually operated extrication tool that with the right operator is still useful today. Think you would like to join us? Stop by Wednesday nights at 730 or emails us at info@mfdco1.org Images may not be used by any media outlet without prior permission from Mahwah Fire Rescue Co #1.

Upper Saddle River Entrapment

Early this morning firefighters from Co1 along with our colleagues from Ramsey Rescue and Upper Saddle River responded to Lake Street for a motor vehicle accident with an entrapped driver. After arriving, firefighters found a pick up truck on its side and began the task of extricating the driver. Firefighters were able to successfully extricate the driver from the truck and allow EMS to transport them to an area hospital.

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