Avenel Fire Department

Avenel Fire Department The Avenel Fire Department is a proud combination volunteer/career department that has proudly been serving the residents of the 5th fire district since 1913.

Operating as usual

We never forget 🇺🇸Bless the 343 FDNY firefighters and countless others that loss their lives this day 20 years ago.
09/11/2021

We never forget 🇺🇸

Bless the 343 FDNY firefighters and countless others that loss their lives this day 20 years ago.

We were recently shared a post that we would like to share with all of you... "Hi! I live in Colonia and was evacuated f...
09/03/2021

We were recently shared a post that we would like to share with all of you...

"Hi! I live in Colonia and was evacuated from my home with my children Wednesday night. My six year old was scared to death, he thought our house was going to float away!!! These wonderful men made a scary situation so much better!!! Smiling, joking, making us all feel at ease in a terrible situation while still doing their job of keeping us safe.... Don't know their names or if they are even from Perth Amboy, but I remember them saying something about being on the fire department there.... if anyone knows them please share with them....." - Lisa LoPrimo

Captain Dan Mizak (pictured furthest back) alongside 3 Perth Amboy firefighters made this families night, eased the worried child and safely evacuated them!

Way to go Captain Mizak and the members of Perth Amboy Fire Department for you heroic actions in the evacuation process and for putting your lives on the line for the residents! The members of AFD are very proud of you.

Pictures 2&3 were from a video posted by a resident who these same members already secured onto the truck. It shows how high the water truly was in the area but also how it didn't slow down our members or any of the responders on scene!

It's posts like these that brighten our days and make us proud to keep serving our residents.

Now that everything has seemed to finally calm down for our members, we'd like to give you a recap of the last 2 days. M...
09/03/2021

Now that everything has seemed to finally calm down for our members, we'd like to give you a recap of the last 2 days.

Members of the Avenel Fire Department went non stop since about 6pm Wednesday night to about 6am this morning handling various types of emergencies stemming from Hurricane Ida. In total we answered just shy of 50 calls for service in those 48 hours ranging from water rescues, evacuations, flooded basements, structural collapses, fire alarms and small electrical fires.

We are proud to share some of the following information:

AFD rescued approximately 10-15 people from submerged cars in flooded waters whether it was from a residential street or one of the underpasses in town.

We safely evacuated numerous families (Approximately 50 residents) from the Ideal trailer home community who were trapped inside as their steps were compromised and unable to get out of their unstable trailers. No injuries were reported to any civilians during those efforts.

Members handled a small electrical fire in a warehouse and two minor electrical shorted fires in basements also concluding with no injuries to any civilians or members.

AFD with the combined efforts of Perth Amboy Fire and Police Department, Woodbridge Police Department, Woodbridge DPW and town EMS units were able to safely evacuate approximately 100 residents from McFarlane Road, Brookside Court and the Queens Gardens apartments to safety. There was also no injuries to civilians or any members during those incidents.

Members responded to three basement collapses and were able to safely evacuate families from those houses. No injuries to report.

If you can see the common sentence in each of those briefings state,
"NO INJURIES TO ANY CIVILIANS OR MEMBERS DURING THIS INCIDENT"
We are very proud of our members as well as the many other members from the various departments stated above for working efficiently, effectively, bravely and tirelessly together to ensure all the residents in trouble were brought to shelter safely and unharmed.

& lastly to the residents of the 5th Fire District. Thank you for staying patient with us as we navigated through the town to assist you in any manner. Your support and encouragement throughout the days truly made our job easier. We take great pride in serving and assisting you and we will always be one call away. Please stay safe during all the clean up efforts.

**pictured below is members safely rescuing an individual who was trapped on Avenel Street in the fast moving water rising water**

Today members were honored with a visit by Army Veteran Greg C. Washington and his walking partner Tanya, both West Poin...
09/01/2021

Today members were honored with a visit by Army Veteran Greg C. Washington and his walking partner Tanya, both West Point Graduates who are approximately 3/4 of the way through their 1,800 mile walk from Mound Bayou Mississippi to West Point Military Academy in New York. They started their journey on April 29th, 2021 and plan to step foot in West Point on September 11th, 2021 on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Greg and Tanya are doing this walk to bring awareness to Veteran Su***de which is an ongoing battle being faught by many veterans stateside today. With his hope, he plans to limit the number of suicides amongst our Veterans and bring awareness to as many people as he possibly can.

Greg and Tanya, it was truly our honor to meet you both today and we wish you much success on this walking journey. Thank you for your service to this country. Keep up the great work 🇺🇸

"Start Your Journey to Heal"

If you would like to learn more about Greg follow him on Facebook and/or Instagram
Greg C. Washington
or visit gregcwashington.com

Greg C Washington

Through the years the firehouse has received many donations whether it be the Tinman firefighter statue you see outside,...
08/30/2021

Through the years the firehouse has received many donations whether it be the Tinman firefighter statue you see outside, a handmade wooden thin red line American flag or even a plate of delicious brownies and cookies. All are handmade and homemade with love and care from the citizens that we go out and protect day in and day out.

Today, Avenel resident Richard Nilla stopped in and gifted us with a painting that he did of the firefighters raising the flag on the rubble of the fallen World Trade Centers. Truly a magnificent piece of art that will proudly be hung on a wall in our firehouse for all our members to see especially as we come up on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11.

Richard, the members truly thank you for this amazing work of art that you painted. We can't wait to display it. It's reasons like this why we truly love being part of this great Avenel family!

Through the years the firehouse has received many donations whether it be the Tinman firefighter statue you see outside, a handmade wooden thin red line American flag or even a plate of delicious brownies and cookies. All are handmade and homemade with love and care from the citizens that we go out and protect day in and day out.

Today, Avenel resident Richard Nilla stopped in and gifted us with a painting that he did of the firefighters raising the flag on the rubble of the fallen World Trade Centers. Truly a magnificent piece of art that will proudly be hung on a wall in our firehouse for all our members to see especially as we come up on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11.

Richard, the members truly thank you for this amazing work of art that you painted. We can't wait to display it. It's reasons like this why we truly love being part of this great Avenel family!

This morning members conducted a roof rescue simulation. This drill has been done and posted before, but this time we tr...
08/29/2021

This morning members conducted a roof rescue simulation.
This drill has been done and posted before, but this time we tried to simulate real world encounters and a few challenges that needed to be overcome.
The only side of the building the ladder could access was a side parking lot which of course had a vehicle parked in the ideal area for the truck to access the roof and have clearance on the ground to land the bucket. The decision to nose in was made so that the ladder would reach the roof, be able to clear the building & the vehicle in the lot, and reach the ground off the side of the truck.
Once in position, stabilization was started and it was found that one jack would land halfway on a curb. The crew needed to improvise and set up solid cribbing along the curb for full support of the jack. Once stabilized, the ladder was flown to the roof, the stokes basket with a “patient” secured and brought to the ground.

Picture 1 shows the positioning of the truck. Picture 2 shows the cribbing to accomplish stabilization. Pictures 3 & 4 show the crew in ascending to the roof and after with the secured "patient" in the stokes secured to the bucket. Pictures 5-7 show the completed mission with the ladder narrowly fitting between the corner of the building and clearing the vehicle.

Last night, members were dispatched to Douglas Avenue for a reported vehicle fire. Units arrived to find a fully involve...
08/28/2021

Last night, members were dispatched to Douglas Avenue for a reported vehicle fire.
Units arrived to find a fully involved cab of a dump truck. Crews extinguished the fire and performed overhaul operations.

Fire is under investigation by the Avenel Fire Prevention Bureau.

The members of the Avenel Fire Department are saddened to learn of the passing of active Middlesex County Haz-Mat Lieute...
08/27/2021

The members of the Avenel Fire Department are saddened to learn of the passing of active Middlesex County Haz-Mat Lieutenant Donald J. Trout in the line of duty.

Our members have learned a lot when it came to the Haz-Mat profession thanks to the incredible knowledge that Lt. Trout brought to us on the numerous amounts of scenes we worked along side him on. A true gentleman, an incredible professional and a loss that is going to be felt for a while by our members.

To the members for the Middlesex County Haz-Mat team, we send our most sincere condolences and our thoughts and prayers are with you all, his family and everyone who was honored to have known him. The Avenel Fire Department is here for you guys.

Rest In Peace Lieutenant Trout. You work here is complete, we'll take it from here.

Middlesex County Firefighters Association/IAFF Local 3451

The statement from Middlesex County Haz-Mat:
"It is with deepest regret and sorrow that the Middlesex County Hazmat Unit reports the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant Donald J. Trout earlier this morning while responding to a call for service. Lieutenant Trout was with the Unit since 2002 and previously served as the Supervisor for “A” Shift. Recently, Lieutenant Trout was named as the Unit’s Training Officer. Lieutenant Trout was a member of IAFF Local 3451- Middlesex County Firefighter’s Association. He held several positions within the Local including a term as President. Information regarding the arrangements will be forwarded as it becomes available."

The members of the Avenel Fire Department are saddened to learn of the passing of active Middlesex County Haz-Mat Lieutenant Donald J. Trout in the line of duty.

Our members have learned a lot when it came to the Haz-Mat profession thanks to the incredible knowledge that Lt. Trout brought to us on the numerous amounts of scenes we worked along side him on. A true gentleman, an incredible professional and a loss that is going to be felt for a while by our members.

To the members for the Middlesex County Haz-Mat team, we send our most sincere condolences and our thoughts and prayers are with you all, his family and everyone who was honored to have known him. The Avenel Fire Department is here for you guys.

Rest In Peace Lieutenant Trout. You work here is complete, we'll take it from here.

Middlesex County Firefighters Association/IAFF Local 3451

The statement from Middlesex County Haz-Mat:
"It is with deepest regret and sorrow that the Middlesex County Hazmat Unit reports the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant Donald J. Trout earlier this morning while responding to a call for service. Lieutenant Trout was with the Unit since 2002 and previously served as the Supervisor for “A” Shift. Recently, Lieutenant Trout was named as the Unit’s Training Officer. Lieutenant Trout was a member of IAFF Local 3451- Middlesex County Firefighter’s Association. He held several positions within the Local including a term as President. Information regarding the arrangements will be forwarded as it becomes available."

The Avenel Fire Department has lowered its colors in honor of the servicemen who lost their life in Afghanistan yesterda...
08/27/2021

The Avenel Fire Department has lowered its colors in honor of the servicemen who lost their life in Afghanistan yesterday.

Our sincere heartfelt condolences go out to them and their families as well as their comrades during this difficult time.

We will never forget them and their sacrifices for this great nation 🇺🇸

Earlier this morning crews responded to the Comfort Suites hotel for a reported fire alarm activation. Upon arrival crew...
08/26/2021

Earlier this morning crews responded to the Comfort Suites hotel for a reported fire alarm activation.
Upon arrival crews were met with a heavy smoke condition on the first floor by the elevator room with moderate smoke also on floors 2-5.

An apparent elevator malfunction that heated up the hydraulic oil tank seemed to be the cause. Crews ventilated and no injuries to report.

Thank you to Colonia FD for the mutual aid assist.

Colonia Volunteer Fire Department

08/25/2021

In 2013 we celebrated our 100th Anniversary where we had a big celebration honoring our current members as well as our former members who made AFD what it is today.
With that we made flags honoring all the Ex-Chiefs of the department. Below is a list of the names to which we still have unclaimed flags:

1913-15 Joseph Szabo
1916-19 John Hacker
1920-21 Joseph Utassy
1924 Louis Kromer
1925 Henry Luskie
1927 Anthony Galaida
1929 Caril Neir
1931 Otto Toepfer
1933 Charlie Mezera
1934 Charles Flynn
1935 John Tjorhelund
1937 George Hackett
1938 William Kuzmiak
1939 Edward Kennedy
1941 George Ruff
1943 Hiram Tuttle
1944 William Russell
1945 Albert Ramon
1947 George Kovack
1948 John Anacker
1950 Andrew Galisin
1953 Rubin Greco
1954 Herman Steinbach
1955 Andrew Peterson
1956 Jacob Essig
1957 John Tomas
1958 Wallace Melville

If you or anyone you know are a family member of any of these members, please email Company President Chris Neroda at [email protected]

Thank you and please pass this along!

Truck 5-2-5 proudly hanging Old Glory for a veteran motorcycle run that started in Virginia and will conclude at the Wor...
08/21/2021

Truck 5-2-5 proudly hanging Old Glory for a veteran motorcycle run that started in Virginia and will conclude at the World Trade Center 🇺🇸

Truck 5-2-5 proudly hanging Old Glory for a veteran motorcycle run that started in Virginia and will conclude at the World Trade Center 🇺🇸

Earlier this week, our crew went out training with Truck 5-2-5 to flow at a negative angle into a simulated warehouse do...
08/20/2021

Earlier this week, our crew went out training with Truck 5-2-5 to flow at a negative angle into a simulated warehouse door opening that has a deep seated fire or a taxpayer with open window access on the front side. On top of the negative angle flowing, crews had the front outriggers nearly fully extended to make sure the truck was level.

Great job by our members always training for the next call. With a lot of warehouse and taxpayer style buildings in our first due, it's always key to train in every fire attack possible.

E-ONE Fire Trucks (Official Site)

08/14/2021

Engine 5-4 and Truck 5-2-5 responding lastnight to a residential fire alarm!

Video submitted by Danny Mizak Jr.

Today members along with the Woodbridge Police Department, Mayor John McCormac and Council Members Cory Spillar & Lizbet...
08/07/2021

Today members along with the Woodbridge Police Department, Mayor John McCormac and Council Members Cory Spillar & Lizbeth DeJesus came together in support of the David's Touch Foundation annual motorcycle run in honor of David, a 9 year old boy who passed away in 2005.

"Since his passing, David’s mother and foundation president, Jenny, has continued to demonstrate her son’s enduring love of life and enthusiasm through this non-profit organization. 100% of the proceeds raised by the event will benefit terminally-ill children and their families.

For more information, ways to donate and to learn more about David, visit www.davidstouch.org - follow David’s Touch on IG and like on Facebook!"

Avenel Firefighters battle 2 fires in occupied multi-family dwellings yesterday evening and assist on a water rescue dur...
07/30/2021

Avenel Firefighters battle 2 fires in occupied multi-family dwellings yesterday evening and assist on a water rescue during the storm.

Yesterday at approximately 1620 hours, members were dispatched to the Woodbine Gardens apartment complex for a reported smoke condition. Units arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the exterior of the building and located a small fire in the wall of the bottom floor apartment. Quick knock down held it to the initial apartment. Colonia FD assisted on scene.

Shortly after clearing, at approximately 1805 hours members were dispatched out to the Peach Street complex for a reported smoke condition. While approaching smoke was scene from the structure and Woodbridge PD confirmed there was smoke on multiple floors. Crews made entry and located heavy smoke and fire conditions in the ceiling of one of the 2nd floor apartments with extension up to the 3rd division. A first alarm was transmitted bringing multiple companies to assist.
A tremendous stop by the crews held the fire to only the 2 apartments and prevented further spread throughout the remainder of the building.

While operating at the Peach Street fire, our members in house and the standby company handled a water rescue call. Crews located all occupants to be out of the vehicle and assisted them out of the water.

Thank you to all the mutual aid companies, fire coordinators and EMS personnel for their assistance.

Both fires are currently under investigation by the Avenel Fire Prevention Bureau.

Great work AFD members! Busy day but the training and teamwork prevailed once again.

**photos provided by off duty personnel and All County News video***

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Tell Billy I said hello....
HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL THE FIRE FIGHTERS
Hope everyone in the AFD is doing good. I have a question i want to replace all my smoke detectors do you have a brand/model tyat tou recommend? Thank you
Hey there! Is it possible to ask for a birthday wave for my daughter today? We live a few blocks away! Not sure if that’s something you guys can do, we understand you’re busy!!! Thank you!
A big thank you for making my Granddaughters’ day! They were over the moon excited to see your entourage of shiny fire trucks, and having the Easter Bunny wave to them!
Thank you AFD! You truly brought the holiday spirit this year.
Thank you for escorting the Easter Bunny down Ella Avenue 😍🐇🐰 such a nice thing to do for our town. 💛
HAPPY EASTER!!!
Thank you....HAPPY EASTER!!!
Thank you for the visit!!!