SUNDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

Earlier this evening our members along with the New Milford Police Department were alerted to the 400 block of River Rd for a reported car vs building. Car 30 was the first arriving chief, established command and confirmed 1 Tesla protruding half way into a residential structure with a party trapped in the vehicle. Companies arrived on scene shortly after and started to stabilize the vehicle and stretch lines. Squad 36 used a winch along with shoring from Tower 31 to prevent the vehicle from falling into the structure any further. The regionals UASI Team was requested which brought specialized equipment from Hackensack, Paterson and North Hudson due to the building being unstable. A plan beteeen agencies was established to stabilize the vehicle, the home, extricate the trapped party and remove the vehicle from the home. Soon after the patient was removed from the vehicle after using rescue tools to remove the door and was placed in the care of Holy Name EMS. Companies worked along with a local tow to remove the vehicle from the structure and the utilities were secured. Units operated on scene for under 3 hours before becoming available.

Motor Vehicle Crash with Extrication

Just around 2:15am while most of you were sleeping, our members were leaving their beds to battle the single digits and high winds at a motor vehicle accident with a party pinned in the vehicle.

The crash occurred just east of New Bridge and Boulevard that left a debris field of well over a 100ft in both directions. Chief 301 arrived on scene and confirmed 1 party still trapped in the vehicle with both vehicles off the roadway. Command advised inbound companies when they arrived on scene the tools were going to work and to stretch a precautionary line. The patient was successfully extricated, packaged and turned over to Holy Name EMS. The vehicles were so badly damaged that two tow trucks had to physically winch the cars apart. Units operated on scene for 1 one hour.

While operating at the crash scene we were alerted to a additional call for service on Jordan rd. which 31 Truck and Dumont Fire Department handled.

New Milford Police Department

Dumont Volunteer Fire Department

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ELECTRICAL FIRE IN THE HOME

The department was alerted by Central Dispatch to a reported electrical fire in a home last night. Upon investigation by the first arriving companies it was reported the fire was out with a smoke condition inside. Companies found an electrical cord to a space heater that had been cut and taped back together to be the origin of the fire. The room was checked for extension on thermal imaging cameras, the area was wet down and the home was vented. Owners were back in their residence within the hour.

At this time we’d like to talk a little bit about fire saftey especially during the colder months.

Did you know there are approximately 45,000 electrical fires in homes a year, half of them being during the months of December, January and February. Here are some quick tips you can take to help prevent electrical fires.

When using a heating source such as a space heater plug the unit directly into an outlet not a extension cord.

Only plug one heater in per outlet.

Make sure the space heater is at least 3 feet from anything that can turn into a source for fuel to a fire.

Do not overload outlets extension cords or surge protectors.

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PREVENT FROZEN PIPES AND WATER DAMAGE

NMFD has responded to several burst pipe calls in the last 24 hours causing thousands of dollars in damages to neighborhood homes. Here are some simple tips to prevent frozen pipes in these frigid conditions.

Space heaters should never be left unattended.

Gas/Propane or other combustible gas space heaters should never be used indoors to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.

ENGINE TASK FORCE RESPONDS TO PASSAIC FIRE

As of 08:35 am Chief 30 and Engine 34 are operating in the City of Passaic at a multi alarm fire with the Tri-Boro South Task Force. Firefighters operated on location until being relieved at approximately 3pm.

60 YEARS OF SERVICE

Fire Company 2 member George Saigh was recently honored at our monthly meeting for having achieved 60 years of service to the New Milford Fire Department and Borough of New Milford. A plaque and proclamation was presented by Mayor Michael Putrino and Fire Department Council Liason Randi Duffie. Congratulations George!