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Double Rescue at Ramapo Reservation

This afternoon Mahwah Rescue along with Fire Company 2, Mahwah EMS, and the Bergen County Sheriff responded to the upper lake of the Ramapo Reservation for an injured hiker. After reaching the patient and assessing their injuries Mahwah Rescue deployed a small boat to reach the hiker. The hiker was then transported across the lake to EMS, who then brought them to an area hospital. While this was happening a park visitor alerted firefighters to a second injured hiker in another part of the park. After reaching them and assessing their injuries Mahwah Rescue set up a rope system to bring them safely down a very steep trail. After reaching the bottom of the trail the hiker was transported by Mahwah EMS to area hospital.

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Condo Fire

This evening Mahwah Firefighters and also additional firefighters from the neighboring towns responded to a fire at a condo complex in the Fardale section of town. Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze and overhaul the area.

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Throwback Thursday: Our First Fire Truck

The first equipment for the MFD was a Brockway fire truck that was acquired on September 18, 1915. Later in 1925 the department purchased its first modern truck, a Buffalo Larabie (pictured) with 500 gallon-per-minute triple combination pumps. As for the membership, Charles Winter became the first president and the Millard Cooper became the first Chief. Chief Cooper’s garage was used as the first firehouse located on Hillside Ave, right around the corner from our present location.

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Community Thanks

These are different times for all first responders, we need to go out and interact with the public every time 911 is called. Pandemic or not we respond. When we hear thank you it means a lot, today a young girl on a recent call made us a bracelet and note to say thank you. You are welcome!

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Throwback Thursday: Helicopter Firefighting

Remember when we had to call a helicopter to fight a fire? in April of 2017 Mahwah Firefighters were joined by our colleagues from Ramsey, Hillburn, and the NJ State Forest Fire Service while we battled a large fire at the Ramapo Reservation. Firefighters worked on the ground to contain the fire, eventually calling in the State Forest Fire Service who would bring specially trained Firefighters and equipment to fight this kind of fire. The video below shows some of this specialized equipment, in this case a helicopter.

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Ice Diving

This weekend members of Rescue 1’s dive team went to upstate New York learn how to safely dive under a frozen lake. Diving under the ice is an extremely hazardous task that requires specialized equipment and training that not all divers and dive teams are equipped for. This training allows our dive team to respond to emergencies, evidence recoveries, and other calls for service on the frozen lakes in our area.

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FBI K-9 Drill At Liberty State Park

Yesterday Company 1’s dive team along with the North Jersey Dive Task Force the spent the day at Liberty State Park providing dive support to the FBI and other any many other agencies during their K9 Maritime Drill. This drill was intended to get the dogs acclimated to moving boats while performing their duties. This was a large drill that included the FBI, Mahwah Fire, the North Jersey Dive Task Force, Lyndhurst Dive Team, Wyckoff Fire Dept, Parsippany Rescue and recovery, Jersey City FD, the Coast Guard, and many other agencies spread out across Liberty State Park, the Statue of Liberty and Randal’s Island.

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Drill Night: Night Dive

At this week’s drill Company 1 Firefighters practiced their diving skills at Crestwood Lake in Allendale. Calls for the dive team can come at any time day or night and our divers and dive tenders need to be proficient at night time operations. Think you would like to join us? Stop by Wednesday nights at 730 or emails us info@mfdco1.org

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