Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company #2

October meeting highlights

Tuesday, October 7, 2014  October Meeting highlights-
Once again, a very active meeting was held with multiple members receiving awards and advancements
First, Chief Paterno gave out black helmet shields to Firefighters White, Borisenko and Phuongthong signifying they have completed their probationary requirements and are now interior firefighters
During the membership reports, 3 new members were given their first readings followed by former Junior Captain, Mark Pagano, receiving his second reading allowing him to move from Junior firefighter to active regular member.

Years of Service awards were given to the following members-

Mohammed Khashab (10 years)

Charles Bonnell (20 years) 

Bill Melenchuk Jr for 65 years of continued service!
Shannon Paterno was voted into the company  and given her decorative helmet to be hung in the member's area.

Congratulations to all!!



Mutual Aid Structure Fire

Sunday, September 28, 2014  0628 hours, Station 37 was requested to standby in quarters while companies in Montgomery Township operated at a residential structure fire at 49 Meadow Run Drive.  As their units arrived, Engine 37-2 was requested to move up to the scene.  Car 37 and Engine 37-2 arrived and were assigned to searches.  Crews performed primary searches above the garage, secondary searches of the basement and division 1 followed by tertiary searches of Division 2.  Units remained on scene until approximately 0930 hours. 



NFPA Fire Prevention Week

Tuesday, September 23, 2014  Fire Prevention Week will occur from October 5-11, 2014.  The theme this year is focusing on smoke detectors within your home and testing them regularly. 

We will be coming around to the various schools and day care centers during the majority of October and educate the kids on fire safety within their home. 



1st Alarm Chimney Fire

Monday, September 22, 2014  At 2116 hours, Station 37 responded into Flagtown's primary on Beekman Lane for the reported chimney fire.  First arriving Chief units from 36 and 37 advised of smoke showing with flames coming out of the top of the chimney.  Investigation showed a small fire located and contained within the chimney with no extension.  Significant heat was noted within the attic spaces but no fire extension was found.  Units cleared up within 2 hours. 



Mutual Aid Standby Assignment

Monday, September 22, 2014  Station 37 was requested at 1725 hours to stand by in quarters.  Crews from Stations 36 and 48 were relocated to a 2nd alarm structure fire in Readington Township, Hunterdon County.  Crews stood by with no further incidents being assigned.



Car into retention pond

Saturday, September 20, 2014  At 2330 hours this evening, Station 37 was alerted to the area of Route 206 and Hillsborough Road for the reports of a vehicle in the retention pond.  Arriving units found an SUV in the retention pond with all occupants out of the vehicle.  No injuries were reported and crews stood by until the vehicle was removed and secured.



9/11- 13 years later

Thursday, September 11, 2014  Words from Ex-Chief Nick Speciale who was the Chief of Station 37 from the year 2000-2001.

The events 13 years later are still fresh in my mind everyday.  Being the Chief of 37 during the time when the fire service was in complete turmoil due to the events of 9-11 is something you would never wish on any fire officer. Hillsborough 37 firefighters were ready to go and do whatever needed to be done.  Understanding the severity of this incident and immediate dangers to follow.  At no time did anyone back down.  I remember when the first plane hit the towers I was in the chiefs car and my cell phone was ringing off the hook.  It was from our firefighters asking to go into NYC and support the FDNY.  Again it was not the right time and we could not just leave our community during this time.  As we manned our firehouse I spoke to some of the officers and said everyone is too stay here and no one goes.  One of the hardest orders given during my time as Chief.  But 13 years later that was probably one of the best command decisions ever made.  Once I got my hands around the incident and found out how many of my brother firefighters from my Engine Company in Freeport were missing and unaccounted as they responded with their FDNY companies did it finally hit home on how intense this situation is.  I ended up losing 5 brothers that day. Once again my brothers from 37 reached out and wanted to go to LI and staff our quarters as we left for NYC. I remember telling Assistant Chief Kelly - "Clancy everyone is to stay in Hillsborough"..Pat it is a complete mess here and unsafe. As a very good officer he followed the command.  So now as I sit here 13 years later and look back on this event all I can say is that Hillsborough Fire 37 is one of the best companies in the fire service.  Firefighters not afraid to place themselves in harms way for others.  A dedicated group of fire officers learning and leading at the same time to make sure we stay proficient in our jobs and roles in the fire service.  So advise from this old Exchief to the up and comings in the fire service.. Listen to those around you.. Learn from those that know the job.. follow your orders from the officers giving them and get home safe after every call and remember we are a family!

Thanks Guys!

Exchief Speciale

We remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

Gone, but NEVER forgotten



September meeting highlights

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  We welcome Chris and Zack Johnson as new Junior members. We also congratulate James Bartok as being appointed as the new Junior Captain. Mark Pagano received his black helmet tonight as well as a first reading for his regular membership. And finally, congrats to AJ Bocchino for being voted in as a regular member and completely off probation.



Activated Alarm Turns into 2nd Alarm Fire

Tuesday, August 19, 2014   On Tuesday April 19th at 2345 hrs, Station 37 was dispatched to 4 Jill Ct. for the fire alarm activation. Chief 37 (Paterno) arrived on-scene with an unknown odor in the air and alarms sounding, and quickly upgraded the assignment to a District box. As crews from Engine 37 were performing a 360 of the large warehouse building, light smoke was determined to be coming from the roof on Side "C". The engine crew gained access to the roof area and found smoke coming from a rooftop air handler, and once power was secured to the unit the smoke condition increased. Operations had Ladder 38 setup on the B/C corner and requested the crew from Engine 36 to gain entry to the unit. Interior crews reported smoke throughout the unit with active water flow from the sprinkler system, and based on that information command upgraded the assignment to a 2nd alarm on Box 3702. As interior crews were searching for the seat of the fire they encountered various hazardous materials throughout the warehouse and their gas meters were indicating low oxygen and high LEL readings. Operations quickly called for an evacuation of the structure, along with a water supply from Engine 36 and Engine 48 as well as a 2.5" line off Ladder 38. Crews re-entered the structure and located a small fire involving a laboratory room device that was knocked down by the sprinkler system, with unknown hazardous substances nearby. All initial crews were quarantined upon exiting the building and a decontamination operation was setup from Engine 36 along with monitoring by EMS supervisors. Representatives from the Somerset County HazMat team responded and performed secondary readings of the conditions inside to determine specific hazards that were present. The chemical(s) involved were found to be not harmful and all companies cleared the scene by 0245 hrs. Additional units on the 2nd alarm from Millstone Valley, Montgomery #1, and Manville stood by at the scene for manpower, along with Hillsborough EMS, Hillsborough OEM and Somerset County HazMat. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Hillsborough Bureau of Fire Safety. Chief 37 (Paterno) had the command, Deputy 37 (Bartolucci) had operations, Chief 48 (Davis) had accountability and Assistant 36 (Lachowski) had the interior.



Smoke from a Townhouse

Tuesday, July 29, 2014   On Tuesday July 29th at 1845 hrs, the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to 8-8 Cardinal Lane in Station 37's primary for the report of smoke coming from a townhouse. AC 37 (Shaffer) arrived with command and reported nothing evident. DC 37 (Bartolucci) assumed operations and reported food on the stove with smoke throughout the structure. Engine 372 and Tower 37 arrived with full crews, conducting searches and providing ventilation. Command scaled the assignment back to Station 37, and all units cleared the scene by 1920 hrs.



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