James Warnet

James is a third generation firefighter with almost 20 years of service, and is a current fire Lieutenant for Mahwah Fire Rescue Co #1 as well as a lead SCUBA diver and supervisor for the Co #1 dive team.

Dive Team Recovers Cell Phone

On Sunday, June 6th, the Co # 1 Dive Team received a call from Mahwah PD asking if our divers were available to search for a cell phone a Mahwah resident had just lost in Winter’s Pond, right under the bridge. Happy to help, we offered to deploy a diver to quickly check under the bridge in the area the resident thought the phone went, hoping for a quick find. The ambient temperature was over 90-degrees that day, so we limited operational time for diver safety. After submerging, the diver discovered that the base of the spillway dam under the bridge was packed with over a foot of branches and silt, making searching difficult. Despite searching for over 30 minutes, the search was called off in favor of coming back later in the week with more resources. On Wednesday, June 9th, the full dive team assembled for our regular drill …

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MFD Co#1 Divers Complete UCI Course

This past weekend, a few MFD Co#1 SCUBA divers completed Mike Berry’s renowned Underwater Criminal Investigator course through his certification agency UCI Divers. Widely considered the gold standard UCI course, the four day program represents Mike’s thoroughly impressive 40 year career in law enforcement and recovering evidence underwater. As members of the North Jersey Regional SCUBA Task Force, the MFD Co#1 dive team combines resources with other dive teams around Bergen County to offer the highest degree of service to our residents. This certification means MFD Co#1 divers use their extensive dive skills to assist law enforcement in prosecuting cases where evidence is tossed in the water.

December 2019 Calls For Service

This December the volunteer firefighters of Company 1 responded to 32 calls for service 1 Runaway Boiler 1 Carbon Monoxide Alarms 5 Dispatched Structure Fires 1 Dryer Fire 1 Extrication 15 Fire Alarms 5 Gas Leaks 1 Smell of Smoke 1 Working Fire As always, the volunteer firefighters of Company 1 are ready to respond 24 hours a day 7 days week.

2019 Calls For Service

As 2020 begins volunteer firefighters of Company 1 invite you to see all the calls for service that we responded to during 2019. This year the total was 426, which was an increase of nearly 20% from the previous year. The majority of these calls took place within our township, but we also responded to the neighboring towns to help out our fellow firefighters and their residents.  1 Animal Rescue 5 Runaway Boilers 8 Brush Fires 5 Burning Smells 4 Burning Utility Wires 2 Chimney Fires 1 Citizen Assist 17 Carbon Monoxide Alarms 22 Dispatched Structure Fires 3 Requests For The Dive Team> 1 Down Tree 1 Dryer Fire 24 EMS Assists 2 Electrical Issues 10 Elevator Rescues 9 Extrications 197 Fire Alarms 3 Fuel Spills 51 Gas Leaks 4 Grill fires 1 Kitchen Fires 6 Mutual Aid Requests For A Fire 1 Mutual Aid Requests for a Rescue 2 …

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Franklin Turnpike Fire

Yesterday just before 5am Mahwah Fire and many additional firefighters from the surrounding area responded to Franklin Turnpike for a large fire inside of a commercial building. The first arriving firefighters found the fire had extended through the second floor and roof. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and ensured that it had not spread to the neighboring businesses.

Christmas Tree Fire Safety

As Christmas comes closer Mahwah Fire is reminding everyone to keep your tree watered. Each year over 200 homes experience a fire that started with their Christmas tree. As this video from NIST and the NFPA shows a fire in a dry tree can spread to the entire room in as little as 1 minute. Mahwah Fire is reminding everyone to keep heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, and lights at least 3 feet away from your tree.

November 2019 Calls for Service

This November the volunteer firefighters of Company 1 responded to 31 calls for service  2 CO Alarms 1 Dispatched Structure Fire 4 EMS Assists 1 Extrication 13 Fire Alarms 4 Gas Leaks 1 Mutual Aid Request For a Fire 3 Smoke Conditions 1 Smell Of Smoke 1 Vehicle Fire As always, the volunteer firefighters of Company 1 are ready to respond 24 hours a day 7 days week.

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