Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company #2

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.



Station 37 Members Finish Extrication Training

Saturday, July 26, 2014   Almost two dozen members of Station 37 have now completed extrication technical-level training after several sessions of Extrication Awareness, Extrication Operations and Extrication Technician. Extrication tools are on order and will be delivered in the next few weeks, and membership is eager to get them mounted and put in-service on Utility 37 (aka Support 37). The line officers would like to express their thanks to the membership who dedicated several days to complete this level of training in anticipation of our future needs.



Small Fire on Box 36-48

Monday, July 21, 2014  On Monday July 21st at 1420 hrs, the Hillsborough Fire District was alerted to 806 River Rd. in Station 36's primary for the reported kitchen fire. Ac 38 (Kazar) arrived on-scene advising a moderate smoke condition inside. Crews from Engine and Ladder 36 arrived to find a small fire on the stove with some extension to the cabinets above, which was quickly extinguished using a water can. Engine 372 provided ventilation and manpower when they arrived on the scene. All units cleared the scene by 1530 hrs.



Small Plane Crash

Wednesday, July 16, 2014    On Wednesday July 16th at 1015 hrs, Stations 37 & 38 were dispatched to the rear of 270 Sunnymead Rd in Station 37's primary for the reported small plane down with entrapment and possible fire. Chief 38 arrived on-scene within minutes and confirmed a small plane down at the rear of the address with an active fuel leak. EMS quickly requested medivac for the victim, with a landing zone to be established at the nearby airport. Due to the location of the crash and the terrain, access was restricted to off-road vehicles which were on-scene from Stations 37, 36 and 28. The victim was quickly extricated and transported to staging where the determination was made by EMS personnel to cancel medivac and transport instead by ground to a local trauma center. All units cleared the scene by 1200 hrs, and later returned with Brush 372 to assist with the removal of the plane. Chief 38 (Fullimino) had the command, FM 10-A (Weniger) had operations and DC 37 (Bartolucci) had staging.



District Response on Box 37-03

Friday, July 4, 2014   On Friday July 4th at 0050 hrs, the Hillsborough Fire District was alerted to the area behind 18 Deanna Dr in Station 37's primary for the reported fire. Chief 37 (Paterno) arrived on-scene with minutes and found a fully-involved shed, pickup truck, dumpster and fence. Engine 37 arrived and put two lines into operation, assisted by crews from Engine 372, Ladder 38 and Ladder 36. All fire was extinguished quickly and all units were cleared by 0130 hrs.



Car vs Bus on Farm Rd.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014   On Wednesday June 18th at 2310 hrs, Station 37 was dispatched to the intersection of Triangle Rd & Farm Rd for the accident with possible entrapment. After finding nothing at that location, Chief 37 (Paterno) and DC 37 (Bartolucci) arrived with a car into the rear of a bus on Farm Rd near Robin Rd. Confirming entrapment and serious injuries, paramedics requested medivac to fly for at least one of the victims. Engine 37 and Support 37 arrived and stretched a dry line to the crash scene which Engine 372 and Mini-Pumper 37 setup a landing zone at Station 37. Medivac was cancelled shortly thereafter and the victims were transported by ground to Robert Wood Johnson Trauma Center in New Brunswick. After providing lighting for the accident analysis team, all Station 37 units cleared the scene by 0400 hrs.



Firefighter 1

We are proud to acknowledge the following members who have successfully passed all exams and practicals for Firefighter 1.

Firefighter 1 is the first step in any firefighter's journey and marks the beginning of his/her career in the fire service. This year is a milestone for the fire service in New Jersey. The Spring 2014 Firefighter 1 class completed over 150 hours of training and will become the first class in New Jersey to receive the nationally recognized Pro Board Certification.

Congratulations to the following members of Station 37:

Maksim Borisenko

Sean Ismaili

Mark Pagano

Shannon Paterno

Mike Phuangtong

O'Ryan White



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