Glen Rock Fire Department

GRFD in the News!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 23:00 In case you missed it, CBS 2 News featured a story last night regarding a Borough Ordinance to clear snow from fire hydrants.   The ordinance generally requires that residents clear the snow around any hydrant on their property within 24 hours of a snow fall.   Clear access to a hydrant saves critical time in the event that the GRFD needs to establish a water supply.  Kudos to Chief Jennings for his outstanding appearance on camera! The link to the story is below: 



Remember to Shovel Those Hydrants!

Sunday, February 8, 2015 17:15 Remember to clear out a path around the fire hydrant in front of your house.  And if your neighbor is out of town or otherwise unable to dig out theirs, lend a hand.  The GRFD has been going around digging out hydrants, but with so many in the borough, we need the helps of residents to ensure all hydrants are exposed and accessible.  In the event of a fire, establishing a water supply from a hydrant is a critical step in allowing the GRFD to extinguish the fire in as expeditious manner as possible.  Thanks in advance to all borough residents for their assistance in this important matter!   



GRFD Battles Maple Ave Structure Fire

Sunday, February 1, 2015 11:28 In a continued busy stretch, the GRFD responded to a report of a working fire in an attached garage on South Maple Ave.  Chief Jennings (830) observed a column of heavy black smoke as he approached and called for a second alarm.   The second alarm brought an additional engine from Ridgewood and two additional engines from Fair Lawn to the scene as well as an engine from Midland Park to standby in Glen Rock Fire Headquarters.   Chief Jennings also requested an additional engine from Hawthorne to the scene.  Fair Lawn Engine 4 acted as the Rapid Intervention Team.

On arrival, Engine 831 (Lt. Sellitti) took the hydrant at the corner of Rodney and Maple and stretched their 4" supply line down Rodney street.   A 1 3/4" handline was strecthed to suppress the fire in the garage.  Fair Lawn Quint 2 streched an additional 2" handline off Engine 831.   

Ridgewood Engine 35 took the hydrant at the corner of Maple and Glen Ave and stretched a 1 3/4" handline through the front door of the house to extinguish the fire that extended from the garage into the kitchen.  Ladder 832 (Capt. Aguilar) conducted search and ventillation activities on the second and third floors.  An additional 1 3/4" handline was stretched from Ridgewood Engine 35 to the second floor.  

Engine 833 (Lt. Flannery) and Rescue 834 (Lt. Jennings) also responded to the scene and assisted with ventillation, salvage, utility control and overhaul.   Special thanks to all mutual aid companies that provided invaluable assistance. 

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GRFD Members Standby During Winter Storm

Monday, January 26, 2015 20:00 Members of the GRFD reported to fire headquarters at 8pm on Monday night to standby in quarters during the storm.  Members came in tow with pillows, blankets and warm slippers.  Special thanks to the Glen Rock Board of Ed for donating their unused food from the cancelled Board meeting.   Additional thanks to Ex-Chief Sellitti for making a delicious breakfast on Tuesday morning.   Chief Jennings released the members from standby at approximately 730 am on Tuesday.    



GRFD Participates in Extrication Drill with Hawthorne FD

Monday, January 19, 2015 19:30 The GRFD participated in a mutual aid extrication drill with the Hawthorne FD.  The drill was conducted at Hawthorne Rescue 5's Quarters.  Participating members used a variety of saws, cutters and spreading tools to remove all the doors and roof of a Ford Explorer.  In addition a ram tool was used in combination with a spreader to displace the dash of the vehicle.  Chief Jennings, Asst. Chief Zanotti, Capt. Aguilar, Lt. Burbano as well as FFs Azzopardi, Montgomery, Sasek and D'Onfrio all participated in the drill.  Special thanks to Hawthorne FD Rescue 5 and Engine 4 for being great hosts.



GRFD Extinguishes Prospect Street Kitchen Fire

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 19:36 The GRFD responded to a reported house fire on Prospect Street.   On arrival, Chief Jennings (830) observed smoke and fire eminating from the kitchen located at the rear of the home.   Assistant Chief Zanotti (840) acted as operations officer.   Engine 831 (Lt. Jennings) laid a supply line from a hydrant on Prospect Street and extended an 1 3/4" handline into the structure.   Ladder 832 (Lt. Flannery) checked the structure for extension and assisted with ventillation, salvage and overhaul.   Engine 833 (Capt. Aguilar) also checked for extension both in the basement and attic spaces.  The fire was contained to the kitchen area without any further extension.

Near the conclusion of the fire, Central Dispatch advised of a home on Harding Rd reporting issues with their boiler.   Engine 833 responded from Prospect Street and Chief Jennings requested an Engine from Ridegwood as well to respond to Harding Rd.   Special thanks to the Ridgewood FD for their assistance.     




GRFD provides Standby Coverage to Hawthorne

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 01:29 The GRFD stood by at Hawthorne Fire Headquarters in the cold early morning hours while Hawthorne battled a working fire.   Rescue 834 (Capt. Aguilar) and Chief Jennings (830) responded.  The fire began in a two story detached garage and was fully involved.  The Hawthorne FD, with on scene assistance from Wyckoff and North Haledon, managed to contain the fire to the garage notwithstanding the close proximity of multiple residential exposures.  In addition to the GRFD, Prospect Park also provided standby coverage.   

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GRFD Holds 2015 Installation Dinner

Saturday, January 3, 2015 19:00 The GRFD held its annual installation dinner at the stately Macaluso's on Rea Avenue in Hawthorne.  The oath of office was administered by Mayor Van Keuren to the following officers: Chief - Thomas Jennings; Assistant Chief - Arthur Zanotti; Captain - Mike Aguilar; Lieutenants - Mike Jennings, Pete Flannery, William Burbano and Kevin Sellitti; President - Bruce Rigg; Vice President - Joe Felt; Treasurer - Sarah Sexton; Secretary -- Maurice Lemieux.  Good food and drink was enjoyed by all in attendance.   Best of luck to the officers in 2015! 



GRFD Responds Mutual Aid to Fair Lawn Working Fire

Friday, January 2, 2015 15:00 The GRFD provided mutual aid assistance to the Borough of Fair Lawn.  Ladder 832 (Lt. Sellitti) and Chief Jennings (830) responded to the residential structure located on 5th street.  The Fair Lawn FD encountered heavy fire in the rear of the home driven by strong winds.   Ladder 832, supplied by a Fair Lawn engine, assisted with fire suppression in the rear of the structure.   Saddle Brook FD also responded to the scene with standby coverage provided by Elmwood Park and Rochelle Park.  The fire took approximately two hours to bring under control.   Unfortuantely, the family's dog and cat perished in the blaze.

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GRFD Responds to Working Fire on Boulevard

Thursday, December 25, 2014 20:27 The GRFD responded to a reported living room fire on the Boulevard.   On arrival, Asst. Chief Jennings (840) found smoke and fire showing from the first floor.   A second alarm assignment was requested, bringing additional engines from Hawthorne and Ridgewood as well as a FAST team from Fair Lawn.   Midland Park provided standby coverage at Glen a Rock HQ.   

Engine 831 (Lt. Jennings) took the hydrant at the corner of Lincoln and the Boulevard and stretched a handline to the structure.  Ladder 832 (Lt. Burbano) checked the house for extension, assisted with ventilation and secured utilities.   Engine 833 (Capt. Aguilar) established operations and provided additional interior support.   Rescue 834 provided additional manpower at the scene.   Chief Maurice (830) assumed command on arrival.  

Special thanks to all mutual aid companies for their invaluable assistance.   



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