Got a junk car taking up space in your driveway or collecting dust in your garage? The Upper Saddle River Volunteer Fire Department would love to take it off your hands.The fire department is seeking donated cars that can be used for training exercises, and not only will they remove it for you, you’ll receive a tax deduction for your contribution, Chief Erik Vierheilig said.
The vehicles will be used for extrication training exercises being offered to volunteer firefighters from Upper Saddle River during the upcoming months. Essentially, they create mock accident scenes and let the firefighters hone their techniques on removing people.
To donate an auto, call the fire department at 201.327.0285 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fire Chief Safety Tip of the Month from Chief Erik Vierheilig
This month we feature carbon monoxide safety tips. In the month of April, the USRFD responded to 16 calls for service, four of which were carbon monoxide calls. In the past two days we responded to two more, one of which could have been deadly had the resident not had a carbon monoxide detector. The USRFD stresses the importance of installing and testing carbon monoxide detectors in the home.
Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide. Here are some helpful hints to keep you and the family safe in your home.
The USRFD responded to three calls for service this evening. The first came in at 6:46 pm for a reported power line down on Lake Street at the horseshoe bend. Chief Vierheilig arrived on scene to find a power line arcing on ground and a tree into the remaining power lines on fire as well. Asst Chief Rauch, Engine 1232, Engine 1231, and Rescue 1242 assisted USRPD to close down the roadway and await O and R arrival.
At 6:50pm, a CO alarm activation came in at a home on Stoneledge Road. Engine 1232 was redirected to take in the call. The crew checked the home with the meter which resulted in zero readings.
As units were assisting USR DPW setting up barricades on Lake Street, a fire alarm activation came in at 1 Lake Street. Engine 1232, Tanker 1233, and Chief responded. The building was checked and no problem found. All units were clear from their respective calls at 8:10pm.
A great job by the volunteers as it was a busy two days.
Tonight, the FD responded to two calls for service. The first call came in at 8:26pm for a tree down next to a home on Meadowbrook Road. Asst Chief and Engine 1232 responded. Crews identified a power line down and requested O and R to respond to clear the tree and repair the line.
At 9:41pm, the FD was sent to a home on Arrowhead Drive on an activated CO alarm. Crews investigated with meters detecting high reading throughout the home. PSEG was requested to respond. A faulty hot water heater was shut down and home ventilated.
Great job by the volunteers! 100% volunteer 24/7/365!