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Sunday Extrication Drill

Today the firefighters of Rescue Co.1 trained on our Griphoist and Tuflex Roundslings. These tools will greatly increase our capabilities to raise, lower, and stabilize heavy loads; specifically vehicles in awkward positions. Today’s focus was a basic understanding of the tools, and performing a controlled roll of a vehicle on its side. In addition to training on the new tools, firefighters also learned to perform a new extrication technique, “cracking the egg”. This technique gives us another way to safely remove a patience from an overturned car. Think you would like to join us? Stop by Wednesday nights or email us

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.

Drill Night: Hose Advancing

At last night’s drill, Company 1 firefighters practiced their skills with advancing a hose and then extinguishing a fire. Think you would like to join us? Stop by Wednesday night at 7:30 or email us at

Rescue at the Reservation

This evening Rescue 1, Fire Co 2, Mahwah EMS, Mahwah PD, and the Bergen County Sheriff responded to the Ramapo Reservation for an injured hiker. The hiker, who had injured her leg and was unable to walk, needed to be carried off the trail and brought down the mountain via UTV.

Tam O Shanter Drive Fire

At around 3:30 this afternoon Mahwah Fire responded to Tam O Shanter Drive for a basement fire. After arriving on scene fire Company 1’s crew entered the home and found that the fire was deeply seated in the basement and first floor. The fire was isolated and extinguished with help from our mutual aid partners, preserving a majority of the home from damage.

Drill Night: Standpipe Operations

For tonight’s drill Company 1 Firefighters practiced their skills with operating hose that was attached to a standpipe. Thank you would like to join us? Stop by Wednesday nights at 7:30 or email us at

Air Boat Responds to Englewood

Company 1’s air boat is currently responding to Englewood **************** This evening Company 1’s air boat, Marine 1, responded to Englewood to assist with removing the smoke from a large warehouse after a fire.

Throwback Thursday: Our First Heavy Rescue Truck

Did you know that the former Rescue 1 GMC started with humble roots in 1964 when it was originally purchased by the Union City Fire Department. Later Mahwah Fire purchased the truck as the townships first ‘heavy rescue’ rig. It was then obtained from a fire equipment supplier by NBC’s production company for the 1989/90 ‘True Blue’ TV series. The production company transformed it to the tune of $75,000 to its unique look for the TV series. It also appeared in ‘Ransom’ and later in ‘The Siege’ and ‘Daylight’ (don’t blink) in 1998.

Throwback Thursday: Ice House Fire

Photo from Randy Sterbinsky: The building is ‘the old ice house at Winters Pond, Halloween night. Don Vilmar drove 3 cars out of this barn under the protection of hose lines! Something out of Hollywood! It’ll always be engraved in my mind as I witnessed it as an officer’