Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company #2

2 Fires on Easter Weekend for Station 37

Monday, April 21, 2014   The dedicated volunteers of Station 37 had a somewhat busy holiday weekend, running seven calls between Friday and Sunday night. On Saturdayafternoon at 1715 hrs Station 37 was alerted to the area of Old Somerville & Hamilton Rds for the reported mulch fire behind a house. Deputy 37 (Bartolucci) arrived shortly after and advised of smoke showing from the rear of the house with extension to the decking. Chief 37 (Paterno) arrived, assuming the command and upgraded the assignment to a district response. Mini-Pumper 37 arrived and took the rear yard, knocking down the fire with the booster line while crews from Engine 37 & Engine 372 proceeded to overhaul the charred decking and check the interior for extension. Crews from Station 36 (Hillsborough #1) handled a CO alarm on Bateman Way in our primary while our units were committed at the deck fire. 

On Easter Sunday at 2045 hrs the Hillsborough Fire District was alerted to 14 Dubois Rd. in 37's primary for the report of heavy black smoke coming from the basement of a house. Lt 37-2 (Crater) arrived within a minute and upgraded the assignment to a working basement fire on Box 3703. First-arriving officers made entry and found a smoldering fire with heavy fire and smoke damage throughout the basement, knocking down the remaining fire with water cans and performing overhaul. Station 37 responded to the blaze with two engines, one truck, the support unit and the mini-pumper along with 25 members. The cause of the blaze is currently under investigation by the Hillsborough Twp Bureau of Fire Safety. All units cleared the scene by 2230 hrs.



Oklahoma City Bombing

Saturday, April 19, 2014  On this day in 1995, a truck bomb exploded within a federal building located in Oklahoma City.  This incident left 168 people dead and hundreds more injured. 

Keep all those lost and affected in your prayers today!



Car Wash & Flower Sale

Saturday, April 19, 2014  The members of Hillsborough Vol. Fire Co. #2 and Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank all patrons and businesses who helped support our recent fundraising efforts. It was a busy and successful holiday weekend for all our volunteers, and we greatly appreciate your generosity and support.

Thank you.



National Telecommunicators Week

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  We would like to take this opportunity to thank and recognize the individuals that are not often seen but always heard.  The 911 telecommunicators of Somerset County Communications as well as Hillsborough Police work just as hard, if not harder, as the men and women they work with to keep safe.  Thank you for all you do day in and day out. 




Saturday, April 12, 2014  This week, Ex-Chief Pat Buckley and Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Buckley traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to attend the annual Fire Department Instructor's Conference. Both members attended multiple lectures on various aspects of the fire service. 



Coop Fire on Valley Rd.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014   At 1010 hrs on Wednesday April 26, Stations 37 and 36 were dispatched to the address across from 71 Valley Rd. in 37's primary for the reported fire in the backyard. Chief 37 (Paterno) arrived in minutes confirming a working chicken coop fire approx 20 feet from the dwelling. Due to the windy conditions today the assignment was upgraded to a district response. Deputy 37 (Bartolucci) held the fire in check with a can until Engine 372 arrived and deployed their bumper line for extinguishment. Command scaled back the assignment to just Engine 372 & Ladder 36, and after short overhaul all units cleared the scene by 1040 hrs.



1st Alarm Assignment - Box 3703

Saturday, March 22, 2014   On Saturday March 22nd at 2239 hrs, the Hillsborough Fire District was alerted to 205 Columbia Commons in Station 37's primary for the reported smoke in the building. District officers arrived within minutes to find confirmed smoke throughout a 2-story middle of the row townhouse. Command upgraded the assignment to a full first alarm, bringing in Station 28 (Millstone Valley) for the FAST team and putting covers into empty Hillsborough stations. Crews stretched multiple dry lines and laddered the exposures, finding some smoke in the adjoining attic areas.Station 42 (Manville) was requested to the scene for manpower due to the amount of exposure units that needed to be checked for the source. After a thorough investigation crews traced the source of the smoke back to a furnace in the original residence. The smoke was ventilated and all crews were clear of the scene by 2355 hrs. Chief 37 (Paterno) had the command, Deputy 37 (Bartolucci) had operations, Asst. 37 (Shaffer) had manpower and Chief 36 (Folsch) had the interior.



2nd Alarm on Box 3703

Saturday, March 15, 2014  On Saturday March 15th at approx 1750 hrs the Hillsborough Fire District was alerted to a working structure fire at 488 Auten Rd. in 37's primary. Station 37 units, just clearing a call on New Amwell Rd, responded within seconds. Chief 37 (Paterno) arrived with smoke showing from the roof of a middle-of-the-row 2-story townhouse and soon thereafter requested the 2nd alarm as conditions worsened. Heavy fire was found in the attic area of unit 3C, but thanks to an aggressive attack by all fire crews on-scene, damage was limited to just a few units in the one townhouse building. Fire was knocked down by 1805 hrs and marked under control by 1830 hrs. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Hillsborough Township Bureau of Fire Safety. Asst. 38 (Kazar) had operations, Asst. 37 (Shaffer) had manpower, Deputy 37 (Bartolucci) had the interior and Capt. 36 (Dizzy) had the roof division. Units on the assignment: 37 (Hillsborough #2), 36 (Hillsborough #1), 38 (Hillsborough #3), 48 (Neshanic), 28/26 RIT Strike Team (Millstone Valley & Elizabeth Ave), 42 ( Manville), 45 (Montgomery), 30 (Finderne), 79 EMS (Hillsborough) and Hillsborough OEM.



Working Fire on Box 3702

Thursday, February 27, 2014  At 1816 hrs on Thursday February 27th, the Hillsborough Fire District was alerted to 1248 Millstone River Rd. in 37's primary for a working shed fire behind a house. 37-C1 (Chief Paterno) arrived with heavy smoke showing from a large shed approx 120' from the house. Brush 37-2 arrived first and took the neighboring driveway, stretching it's booster line over the fence and into the yard for initial suppression, while the crew from Engine 37-2 positioned themselves in the roadway and sent their crew to assist. Tanker 38 arrived and took the other neighboring driveway, stretching a 1.75" line to the rear of the house to assist with suppression. Additional crews from all district stations assisted with suppression, overhaul and checking of the neighboring houses for extension due to significant ember problem from the high winds. The fire was knocked within 20 mins and crews remained on-scene for another 40 mins completing overhaul. All units cleared the scene by 1915 hrs.



1993 WTC bombing- We Remember

Wednesday, February 26, 2014  21 years ago today, 6 terrorists made their first attempt to take down the Twin Towers in New York.  A yellow box truck was parked in the parking deck below 2 World Trade Center and a 1/2 ton of bombs exploded causing a crater 100 feet deep and 200 feet wide.  6 people lost their lives and 1,000 more were injured.  Thankfully, the buildings stood tall, the only damage caused was the loss of power and damage to the PATH station underneath the parking deck. 

We remember those that lost their lives today and those that were injured during this first terrorist attack on United States soil. 



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