Jan
6
2017

2017 Officers Sworn In

Last night, the 2017 firematic officers were sworn in at the mayor and council meeting. Pictured L-R: Chief Erik Vierheilig, Assistant Chief Lawrence Rauch, Captain Brandon Bach and, Senior Lieutenant Nico Brusco. Congratulations to the others sworn in tonight, as well as the award recipients.

2017 Swearing In

Dec
2
2016

2017 Officers Elected

Congrats to the 2017 USRFD Fire Officers:

Chief Erik Vierheilig
Asst Chief Larry Rauch
Captain Arman Fardanesh
Lt Brandon Bach
Lt Nicolas Brusco

Good luck in the coming year!

Nov
23
2016
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!

IMG_2828 IMG_2843 IMG_2823 IMG_2822 IMG_2819 IMG_2816

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.

1230 New.jpg3  1230 New1230 New.jpg2

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.

Hackensack Ford2Hackensack Ford Hackensack Ford3

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.

13315218_1087110934693573_8846059434858847438_n 13321628_1087110994693567_5401260180499167834_n 13321972_1087110904693576_7959143033631961796_n 13325721_1087113971359936_8493676920026652780_n 13335673_1087110914693575_2022386942926132766_n 13339500_1087110924693574_864599559384794093_n

Jun
3
2016

New Lieutenant Sworn In!

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

Nico