The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for our area. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected due to a combination of strong winds, low humidity, and dry fuels. Any fires that develop may quickly get out of control and become difficult to contain.
With that being said, the USRFD strongly advises against the use of chiminea, backyard fire pits, or any type of open burning. Embers from these types of fires can very easily ignite dry leaves or vegetation. Barbecuing in a grill, either propane or natural gas fed, is the only acceptable outdoor cooking method that should be used.
In the event of a brush fire, call the fire department immediately. Should you have any questions, please contact Chief Vierheilig of the USRFD at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us here on Facebook.
Over the past few days, members of the USRFD have been busy expanding the Station 12 Communications Room. The room was enlarged to allow for two operators to man the desk and it will feature a new custom made console, upgraded lighting, radios and computers, and six flat screen monitors. Great job by the members for their hard work. More photos to follow as progress is made.
Today, members of the USRFD in conjunction with USRVAC , Allendale FD PD and EMS, Saddle River FD, HHK FD and EMS and Valley MICU conducted a pre-prom mock fatal accident demonstration for the junior and senior students of Northern Highlands HS. USRFD members worked with AFD personnel to extricate a patient from one of the three vehicles. Great job by all who worked quick, efficient, and safe! Pictures from left to right: Lt LJ Lupinacci, Chief Erik Vierheilig, FF Joe Torres, Jr FF Greg Pink, and FF Andrew Dina.