Events and Happenings

Easter Sunday Oven Fire

This afternoon Mahwah Fire received a call about a potential oven fire. Fire Co’s 1 & 2 responded to the scene and found that lucky the fire had been contained to the oven and self extinguished As a precautionary measure, we removed the oven from the residence and inspected the surrounding areas to ensure that there was no lingering danger. We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to check their smoke detectors regularly and to have a fire extinguisher readily available in case of emergency. Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Night Dive Drill

For our Wednesday night (3/22/23) drill, we took to the Ramapo river for some practice night diving in current. Not only did our divers get more time in the water (which they are always happy about) but they worked on perfecting a new search technique that will allow the divers to methodically search a body of water, even with a decent current.

Edison Road Entrapment

At 7:45 this morning (02/23/23), Mahwah FD stations 1, 2, and 4 were dispatched to the intersection of Edison Road and Leighton Place for a motor vehicle accident between a garbage truck and a box truck, with the box truck driver being trapped in the vehicle. This is the third entrapment for Rescue 1 in the last 45 days, with the previous 2 entrapments happening just six days apart. Like clockwork, the firefighters of Station’s 2 & 4 deployed a protective hose line and assisted, while the firefighters of Co 1 went to work extricating the driver. Despite the driver’s legs being tightly trapped by the crushed-in cab of the truck, the driver was freed and turned over to Mahwah EMS in just under 13 minutes.

Residential Lock-Out

Early last night firefighters from CO’s 1 and 2 were dispatched to the unusual call of a resident locked inside their apartment. After assessing the locking mechanism it was determined that the deadbolt had detached from the lock mechanism while in the locked position, firmly preventing the door from being opened. Utilizing Tower 2, Co 2 firefighters entered the third floor apartment through the balcony door, which was thankfully opened by the resident inside. Once at the locked door they began working on the lock from inside the apartment while Co 1 firefighters worked on the outside. After a bit of tool work by firefighters on both sides of the door working in tandem, the deadbolt was slowly worked out of the locked position and the door was opened with next to no damage. Not only did this free the resident but left them with a fully functioning door that …

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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.

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