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.
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.
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.
April 16th, the Upper Saddle River Fire Department held it’s 71st annual awards dinner. A huge thank you to LT. Brandon Bach for planning this event, and making it a huge success. Congratulations to all the award recipients, and thank you to all who attended. It was a good time had by all! The award recipients were as follows, Presidents Award: Ryan and Chris Younes, Chiefs Award: Greg Pink. Also, Ex-Chief John Schianchi was presented his Ex-Chief Badge. Congratulations to all!
At 1:43am on Sunday, the USRFD was dispatched to assist the Saddle River FD set up a medivac landing zone while their crews, alongside Allendale FD rescue operated at the scene of a motor vehicle crash. Chief Vierheilig, Asst Chief Rauch, and Engine 1231 responded and set up the LZ on a field in Saddle River. Once the helicopter touched down, the patient was loaded in and it took off to a local trauma center. Once clear, all units returned. Later at 4:16 pm the USRFD was dispatched to a home on Overbrook Road for a reported chimney fire. Chief Vierheilig called into service immediately and requested a ladder truck out of Ramsey. USRPD and Chief Vierheilig arrived on scene to find heavy smoke coming from the chimney. Engine 1232, Tanker 1233, 2 Ramsey Chiefs and, Ramsey Ladder 442 all responded. Crews used fire extinguishers to extinguish the fire, and overhauled the fire box in the fire place. Once the fire was extinguished the home was turned over to the homeowner and units returned. Thanks Ramsey, New Jersey Volunteer Fire Department for the assist!
Last night, at 10:18 PM, the USRFD was requested to a home on Hidden Glen for a tree that went through a window. Chief Vierheilig, Asst. Chief Rauch, Rescue 1242 and Engine 1232 responded and boarded up the window for the resident. Once the window was boarded up, the crews returned back to headquarters.