Budd Lake Fire Department Morns The Loss Of Flanders Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief & Friend Tom Shields

Posted on June 2, 2011

Budd Lake Fire Department sends its Prayers and Thoughts to the Shields Family and our sister fire company Flanders Fire & Rescue on the loss of Assistant Chief & Friend Tom Shields

Thomas Shields, 42, of Flanders, NJ passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at St. Clare's Hospital in Denville, NJ. Tom was born on August 19, 1968 in Passaic, NJ. He lived in Flanders for the past 7 years and was previously from West Paterson, NJ. Tom owned and operated an Alarm Company called Security Controls, Concepts, and Designs. Tom was the Assistant Chief of the Flanders Fire and Rescue Company #1 and a past Lieutenant of the West Paterson Company #2. He also volunteered with the Boy Scouts. Tom enjoyed deep sea fishing and golf and loved going to Disney World with his family.

Tom is survived by his wife of 11 years Nicole Shields; his children Brandon and Gregory Shields; his parents Jack and Teresa Shields; his brother Jack Shields and wife Cindy and their children Meghan, Dan and Taylor of Bozrah, Ct; his Brother-in-Law Michael Petruzzi of Mays Landing, NJ; and his mother and father-in-laws Judy and Dennis Petruzzi.

The Budd Lake Fire Department will miss him the Township has lost a hero Rest in Peace Tom we will never forget.


Budd Lake Fights Surprise House Fire

Posted on June 5, 2011

Friday afternoon around one o’clock as the crew of engine 59 were leaving to pay their last respects to Flanders Assistant Chief Tom Shields the tones were dropped for a television set on fire outside the home at 47 Flanders Drakestown Rd. Engine 59 was just down the street and was on scene within a minute under the direction of Captain Dorlan and reported a working fire and that it was going through the roof and requested a second alarm. The crew stretched an inch and three quarter line and started to knock down the porch and first floor area. Chief Evans arrived with other units and started to set up a water shuttle do the lack of fire hydrants in the area. With the Flanders Fire Department out of service due to their funeral commitment for Chief Shields the Chester Fire Department was also dispatched for a full response. A ladder from Chester Fire arrived and went to work venting the roof as additional hand lines were put in place crews tried on two occasions to make in interior attack but were forced out due to heavy fire and water problems. After knocking down the bulk of the fire from the outside crew were able to go back in and extinguish the rest of the fire. The fire was brought under control within two hours. There was one firefighter injury he was treated at the scene and released. The mutual aid companies that assisted were not all the normal crews because there were stand by crews put in place for the Funeral detail that included Randolph, Rockaway Twp., Morris Plains and Chester Fire Companies Hackettstown and Netcong Fire were assigned as the R.I.C. companies. Several other companies were dispatched for the Tender task force and station coverage the mutual aid coordinate Chief Alderton was also on the scene to coordinate that effort. The fire is under investigation by the Morris County, Mt. Olive Police and the Office of The Fire Marshal.       

Budd Lake Assists Flanders With Trailer Fire

Posted on June 15, 2011

Tuesday morning June 14th calls came in for a trailer fire at the Morris County Transfer Station. Units arrived and had a trailer on the pad with smoke and flame coming from the middle of the trailer Squad 56 and Tower 96 set the tower over the trailer and Squad 56 secured a hydrant. The crews knocked down the fire and then the transfer station workers removed the trash and cleaned up the area. All companies were back in service within an hour.

Firefighters Train On Car Fires

Posted on June 30, 2011

Budd Lake Firefighters brush up on there car fire training at the Warren County Fire Academy. Crews took turns extinguishing fires under the watchful eye of the great instructors at the academy.