Aug
2
2016
Jul
11
2016

Fire vs Police Softball Game

Yesterday, the USR Police faced off against the USR Fire during their first annual softball game. The score was close throughout the game, entering into the last inning tied when the fire department pulled ahead for a 14-11 win. Perfect weather, lots of laughs and a great time had by all! Stay tuned for info on the rematch next year!

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Jul
1
2016
Jul
1
2016

New Chief’s Vehicle Has Arrived

Recently, the USRFD took delivery of Car 1230, a 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe incident command vehicle. The unit is outfitted with SoundOff Signal lighting, Kenwood radios and carries firefighting gear, extinguishers and other lifesaving equipment.

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Jul
1
2016

Remembering Our Bergen County Brothers

When firefighters responded to the Ford dealership on River Street in Hackensack 28 years ago, they did not know how deceptive the blaze would prove to be, nor how ill-equipped they were to fight it. They did not know that five of them would not survive.

That fateful day, July 1, 1988, the firemen rushed inside to knock down a fire they thought to be like any other they’d faced.

After 35 minutes, the dealership’s 60-ton bow-truss roof collapsed, killing three firefighters. Two others were trapped inside, radioing for help, but they could not be rescued before their air ran out.

It was one of the deadliest fires in Bergen County history, and it marked a turning point not only for Hackensack, but for fire service across the U.S. The Ford fire spurred reforms in safety, training and equipment, and highlighted the dangers of truss roofs in a fire. The lessons of Hackensack are now studied in firefighter classrooms from coast to coast and have been written into textbooks. Those lessons, experts say, certainly have saved lives.

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Jun
6
2016

USRFD hosts North West Bergen Mutual Aid Field Day

Saturday was a very busy day for not only the volunteers of our department, but also for departments from our mutual aid. The USRFD hosted the North West Bergen Mutual Aid Association’s annual field day. Congratulations to Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department for taking home first place for the best time in all events. After cleaning up and as the volunteers were just getting home from their all day event, the USRFD was called for service within the borough. First was for a broken water pipe which Chiefs 1230, 1240 and Engine 1232 handled, then later in the evening Chief 1240 and Rescue 1242 handled a fire alarm caused by an unattended culinary disaster. Great job to all the teams who participated in today’s events! See you all next year in Waldwick! And a huge thank you to (CPT Fire Ground Photos) http://CPTFireGroundPhotos.Smugmug.com for being there to take these amazing pictures.

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Jun
3
2016

New Lieutenant Sworn In!

Last night, USRFD firefighter Nico Brusco was sworn in as Lieutenant of the fire dept. Congrats Nico!

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May
2
2016

Prayers for Our Brothers

 

 

Richard Sheltra (Souce: Pineville Volunteer Fire Department)

 

 

 

Richard Sheltra (Souce: Pineville Volunteer Fire Department)

PINEVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

A 20-year-old firefighter was killed while battling a fire in the Pineville area Saturday night.

He has been identified as Richard Sheltra. He served as a volunteer firefighter for three years.

Pineville and Charlotte fire crews responded to the three-alarm fire on Pineville-Matthews Road at 9:03 p.m. to the Countryside Plaza.

“We saw him get pulled out. They tried the CPR, and we thought he had made it,” said Ctephanie Savoie, who was working in one of the buildings a few doors down at the time of the fire.

While responding to the fire, Sheltra was found in distress by other firefighters and was removed from the building. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

“This is a very sad day for our department, in particular the Pineville community, as we mourn the passing of a friend a brother and very dedicated volunteer,” Pineville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Michael Gerin said. Sheltra is survived by his mother, father and sister.

In the last year, Sheltra received awards for Rookie of the Year and Most Training Hours from the department.

A Charlotte firefighter was also hurt in the blaze. No civilians were injured in the fire.

The Charlotte Fire Department sent its Mobile Command Post to the scene of the fire to assist the Pineville Fire Department with their investigation.

Apr
22
2016

Back to Back Afternoon Runs

Yesterday, the USRFD was requested to back to back emergencies. First, at the Extended Stay on Route 17 for a reported brush fire. Chief Vierheilig and Engine 1232 (OIC FF Andrews) responded. Crews extinguished the fire with a booster line. While clearing the brush fire, dispatch called the USRFD for service again for a possible run away boiler at a home on Fox Hill. Chief Vierheilig, Engine 1231 (OIC FF Redmond) and Engine 1232 (OIC FF Andrews) responded. Crews checked and shut system down. PSEG was contacted and told to respond. Once clear, all units returned to HQ.

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Apr
18
2016

Sugarkane Performs

A special thanks to the band Sugarkane for performing at our annual dinner on April 16th.  The band performed free of charge as a thank you to the Upper Saddle River Fire Department who allows the band to practice at the firehouse whenever it is needed.

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