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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!

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!

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.

Rolled Over Tractor Trailer

Last night Fire/Rescue Co1 along with Fire Co’s 2, 4, Mahwah EMS, and Police responded to Route 287 for a rolled over tractor trailer. After arriving on scene emergency crews removed the driver who was then transferred to EMS for evaluation and transport to an area hospital. Images may not be used by any media outlet without prior permission from Mahwah Fire Rescue Co #1.

Drill Night: Airbags

For this week’s drill Co1 firefighters practiced their skills with our high-pressure airbags. These are typically used to lift an object when used in conjunction with cribbing. Our task for the drill was to safely lift a shipping container from both ends, and then secure it with cribbing. This is an important skillset that requires coordination between different teams while using equipment that we do not get use that frequently. 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.

Mutual Aid To Upper Saddle River

Yesterday evening Mahwah Fire Companies 1, 2, 3, and 4, alongside firefighters from the surrounding area responded to Upper Saddle River for a fully involved house fire. Once on scene Company 1 firefighters established an initial water supply and then performed various tasks along the fire scene in support of the overall operation. After several hours the fire was fully extinguished. Images may not be used by any media outlet without prior permission from Mahwah Fire Rescue Co #1.

Airboat Responds to NY

This morning Co1’s airboat, Marine 1, responded to Wurtsboro, NY to assist another Fire Department who had gotten their airboat stuck deep inside of a marsh while searching for a missing kayaker earlier that morning. Thankfully, the lost kayaker was found and evacuated, though suffering from exposure. It took approximately five hours to get the stranded airboat free.

Tower Ladder Operations

For tonight’s drill, Co1 Firefighters practiced their skills drafting and pumping to a tower ladder. This is a difficult task because of the higher pressure required to push the water up the aerial, and in the case of Ramsey’s Tower 441, there was no onboard pump to assist. While our pump operators were practicing this other firefighter learned how to use and operate the ladder.  Thank you to our colleagues at Ramsey FD who allowed us to use their tower ladder and also Fire Co3 who assisted in the operation. Think you would like to join us? Stop by Wednesday nights at 730 or emails us at info@mfdco1.org

Dive Drill: Tender & Contaminated Water

This weekend several new members of Co1’s Dive Team completed their Tender and also Contaminated Water training, both of which are essential training for all members of our dive team. With these certifications our new members can now help with most non-diving related tasks an also decontaminate the divers after their dive. Think you would like to join us? Stop by Wednesday nights at 730 or emails us at info@mfdco1.org

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