Oct
30
2014

USRFD Fire Safety Tip of the Week

USRFD Fire Safety Tip of the Week:

Not only is this Sunday the day to set your clocks back an hour but it is also time to change your smoke detector batteries.

Did you know that most fire deaths are due to no smoke detectors in the house, or no working smoke detectors in the house. Make sure you maintain your smoke detectors properly to ensure you are properly alerted in the event of a fire, and can escape safely. A working smoke detector doubles a family’s chance of surviving a house fire.

It is recommended that you change your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings.

To learn more about maintaining your smoke alarms, check out this link from the NFPA.

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/fire-and-safety-equipment/smoke-alarms10603498_756270771110926_7475610555847110550_n

Oct
29
2014

USRFD Remembers Superstorm Sandy

Two years ago, Superstorm Sandy hit our area. The USRFD came together to assist the residents of USR during and after the storm. The professional volunteer firefighters of USR ran a total of well over 100 calls for service over a three day stand by period. Away from their families, crews stayed at the firehouse prepared to respond at a moments notice.

The USRFD, under the direction of Chief Larry Rauch, worked closely with the USR Police, DPW, and OEM to coordinate units to respond. Trees, wires, and utility poles down in roadways made it challenging to navigate the roadways, at times trapping apparatus and requiring crews to use chain saws to open a means of egress. Two reported house fires were quickly extinguished by crews during the storm as well.

The day following the storm, the USRFD was asked to join a mutual aid task force that was being deployed to Brick, NJ and then ultimately being relocated to Seaside Heights, NJ. USRFD Tanker 1233 and several members loaded up and convoyed down south with crews from Pascack Valley. Crews assisted with evacuations of several areas over a two day period after being released.

Again, we thank our volunteer firefighters for their dedication to protecting and serving the residents of USR!10350622_755762461161757_9086776220868210735_n 10346459_755762487828421_7290978803013540029_n 10374513_755762517828418_2127641138106930498_n