Budd Lake Fire Holds Gas Leak In Check

Posted on July 16, 2012

Recently the Fire Department responded to Elias Dr. for a gas main struck. Firefighters found a four inch gas line was struck by a contractor Engine 53 stood by as the gas company responded and repaired the line.

Firefighters Respond To Rt. 80 For A Single Car Crash

Posted on July 16, 2012

Recently the Fire Department responded to Rt. 80 West for a single car crash Car 51 and Squad 56 responded and assisted EMS with removing three people from the car and then cleaned up the scene as First Aiders transported the victim’s to a local hospital.

Firefighters Respond To Rt. 46 For A Multiple Car Crash

Posted on July 16, 2012

Recently the Fire Department responded to Rt. 46 at Naughtright Rd. for a three car crash. Car 51, Squad 56 and Tactical 55 responded and assisted EMS and Medics with patients and cleanup of the highway. Three people were transported by First Aiders to area hospitals with non-life threating injuries.   

Budd Lake Firefighters Train With Hackettstown Fire

Posted on July 16, 2012

Budd Lake Firefighters recently trained with firefighters from Hackettstown Fire Company on Rapid Intervention Crews (RIC) taking turns rescuing firefighters in trouble in a large building. Crew’s practiced different techniques in getting firefighter out trapped situations the drill lasted around two hours all took away some great training.     

Mt. Olive Hosts Large Deacon Drill

Posted on July 16, 2012

Wednesday night, June 6, was a first time event for local Police, Fire & Rescue.  At the Morris County Transfer Station, the Military, State, County, and Township participated in an aggressive homeland security drill involving a suspicious package. Three attack Blackhawk Helicopters from the Army National Guard in Lakehurst, commandeered by Lt. Col. John Sheard, simulated a bio hazardous event threatening our area in the form of a dirty bomb.  Coordinating this operation was his brother Robert Sheard.  As an overview, Fire Chief Brad Evans of the Budd Lake Fire Department explains that his department determines the course of actions during such an event.  For this exercise, the NJ State Police ROIC is contacted, that’s the central reporting system, and they request the aviation assistance.  This drill begins with a response to a Homeland Security event due to a so called ‘dirty bomb’, in NYC.  A dirty bomb implies a device that is designed to release something harmful upon detonation.   Two military Blackhawk helicopters are called to transport 8 passengers to Mt.Olive Township, NJ in order to conduct decontamination procedures after encountering dirty bomb material in the emergency activity in lower Manhattan.  This intense and extremely complex simulation involved a Blackhawk landing at Morris County MUA’s facility for decontamination of the craft and personnel due to contact with the potentially hazardous substance.  The Blackhawk craft replaces what many knew as the ‘Huey’. One helicopter proceeded with decontamination after exposure to the hazardous material of the bomb. Utilizing a blanket of spray foam, the second Blackhawk simulated significant mechanical problems that then resulted in a forced landing with a crash involving a fire. A blanket of spray foam is used.  The spray foam, which consists of water and soap suds, contains the flames, and workers donned in Level B suits, rescued and removed the passengers.  Due to the nature of this simulation, these suits, which come with masks and protect from bio hazardous materials and chemicals, are very hot to wear, and were required to extract the pilot and personnel. The deacon site was attended to by EMS and law enforcement to ensure safety and assistance to the passengers, and the handling of the necessary details to make safe the Blackhawks.  Using a wash off center and showers for removal of dangerous residue, areas for triage, treatment, and transport were designated for anyone injured or harmed.  Should such a situation ever exist in reality, the Transfer Station on Gold Mine Road in Flanders would be the actual place our protective services would congregate and do their work.  A third Blackhawk helicopter airlifted an investigative team which assembled to oversee the chopper crash.  When landing these aircraft, the pilots routinely circle to understand the complete area and then touch down.  It is quite a site. The air movement created by the propellers stirs a wind force capable of disabling someone too close by, and the debris set in motion and the whipping of the leaves on the trees is just as seen in a movie. Four separate divisions officially joined forces for the drill, law enforcement, military, local fire/rescue. Participating were Netcong, Hackettstown, Budd Lake, Flanders/Mt Olive, Washington Township, Brookside/Mendham, Roxbury Fire.  The EMS teams were squads from Flanders, Budd Lake, Hackettstown, Hackettstown Hospital, Lakeland, Stanhope, and Fairmont.  The Army National Guard participated with 25 members.  Law Enforcement established traffic control in the area, provided security and crowd control, and worked with the Military accident investigation team. The northern half of the state is now working on procedures for response, all are very aware that safety is paramount.  The February 2014 Super bowl will be hosted not far away.  Previously there has not been a plan in place for aviators and civil support by the National Guard.  When the drill was over, there was a review of lessons learned, and highlights were captured for future training.  Approximately 100 people participated in the drill; all are wiser, prepared, and ready. 

Story by Theresa - NJ Media

Mt. Olive Carnival 2012

Posted on July 19, 2012

The Budd Lake Fire Department participated in this year’s carnival at Turkey Brook Park from Wednesday to Sunday working the beer garden as well as fire protection for the fireworks show on Saturday night. Members worked shifts all week in the beer garden as well as selling there 50 / 50 tickets till it was time for the fireworks Engine 53, Tender 57 and Brush 98 from Flanders were in the field making sure no fire sparked up in the field. A great time was had by all hope to everyone next year.

Cement Truck Goes Off Road

Posted on July 19, 2012

Wednesday afternoon July 18th during a severe thunder storm a cement truck traveling east on Rt. 46 lost control and crashed into a brick pillar and landed in the middle of a front lawn. Car 51 and 52 along with Squad 56 and Rescue 77 secured the truck as heavy rain and lighting made crews take cover. The driver was not injured but the truck lost its front axle and had to be towed out by a heavy wrecker. As the scene was secured an auto wrecker shop next door was found to have a tow truck leaking fuel from the trucks saddle tank Tac 55 was called to the scene and assisted with clean up. To top off the afternoon a car pulled up to the scene and told EMS 62 that they were having chest pains EMS 62 transported the person to Dover hospital. Crew’s finial returned to dry out after around two hours.