Westwood Volunteer Fire Department

Westwood Volunteer Fire Department Westwood Fire Department - 100% Volunteer Since 1894 On February 10, 1894, a group of concerned citizens from the borough organized themselves into a volunteer firefighting unit known as Continental Hook and Ladder.
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Named as the first chief of the Fire Department was Genest Ottigon, affectionately known as "Pink Whiskers" for his stylish red beard, a trademark of the day. Westwood's first piece of apparatus was a hand drawn hook and ladder outfitted with ladders, buckets, axes, hooks, crossbars and rope - everything the modern firefighter of the day would need to meet any situation the fire scene might present. WFD Horse TeamWestwood resident George T. Brickell donated a parcel of land on Center Avenue for the construction of a firetruck house. Long before water hydrants were in use, Gary Cronk, whose stable was located across from the first firehouse, used his horses to pull the firewagon, (as seen in one of the great photographs in Westwood's archives; pictured to the right). In years to follow, Westwood was to see the addition of a water system through which water mains with hydrants were installed on the principal streets of the community. With the advent of the new water system, the call for new equipment was met with the purchase of a two-wheel hose reel and 500 feet of hose. By 1910, the Continental Hook and Ladder Company had seen the addition of two companies, whose members were transfers from the Hook and Ladder itself. On April 24, 1909, the Borough Council approved the transfer of twenty eight members of Continental Hook and Ladder to a newly formed fire cOld WFD Firehouseompany, Westwood Hose Company No. 1. Following the passage of a new fire ordinance in March, 1910, a second hose company, Continental Hose Company No. 1, was formed on April 6, 1910. The twenty two members of this new company were also Hook and Ladder transfers. As a provision of the ordinance, Westwood Hose Company was ordered to reorganize under the name of Westwood Hose Company No. 2. The reorganization gave the Westwood Fire Department the configuration that has lasted to this day. The spring of that year also saw the addition of "Prince and Belle" - a new team of black fire horses (no record of a wetdown exists). The original firehouse was torn down in 1928 and the land turned over to the borough. At the site the town erected the Municipal Building which housed the Police Department, Municipal Court, and Fire Department. On July 19, 1935, the Westwood Fireman's Ambulance Service went into operation with 20 members covering the entire Pascack Valley (another Westwood first). The ambulance was owned and operated solely by the firemen. This tradition was to continue until 1973, at which time membership was opened to all Westwood residents forming the Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which to this day provides exemplary emergency medical care to the residents of the borough. In praise and memory of its deceased members, the Westwood Fire Department in 1953 dedicated the Firemen's Memorial Park using the first fire bell as its centerpiece. The name of each deceased member from 1894 to date, is inscribed on the monument. Annually, the Memorial Committee visits the graves of each deceased member to place department and exempt flags. This tribute is only a partial reminder of the proud tradition of the Westwood Fire Department and its members both past and present. In 1994, the department celebrated their 100th Anniversary by hosting the Annual NJ/NY Firefighter's Convention and Parade. At this time, members adopted the slogan "We honor those who came before us." A tribute to every member who had previously served within the department. The phrase is inscribed on several of the department's apparatus to this day. A few years later, the Municipal Building, which now only housed the fire department, was torn down to make way for a brand new fire headquarters. The department was temporarily housed in a metal garage located next to the Westwood Department of Public Works. The garage was properly coined the nickname the "Tin House". After several financial and weather-related setbacks, the department finally moved into their new state-of the art facility in August 2005. Today, the Westwood Fire Department boasts over 70 members operating department equipment including: one 1998 Aerialscope/Spartan 95-foot tower ladder, a 1993 Swab/Mack 1500 gpm rear mounted pumper, a 1994 Swab/Mack 1500 gpm mid-ship pumper, and 2007 Rescue 1 rescue truck; fire inspector and chief's cars. The Department has such modern-day cares as the high-rise Westwood House senior citizen home, the Pascack Valley Hospital, an expanding business district and industrial park, as well as its overwhelming concern for the residential community. Donating thousands of hours per year, the Westwood Fire Department continues to this day to display its proud and unremitting dedication to duty, friendship and community that began that fine day in February, 1894.

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As we enjoy our summer weekend this Saturday evening we ask that you all keep the Rice family in your prayers tonight. T...
06/13/2021

As we enjoy our summer weekend this Saturday evening we ask that you all keep the Rice family in your prayers tonight. Timmy Rice, long time Paramus and Hackensack firefighter, lost his battle with cancer this morning and was taken from us too soon. Many of our members knew Tim and we’re good friends with him. Even if some of the members never knew him, he is still our brother. Tim was a great man with a lot of knowledge and enthusiasm in the fire service. He will be deeply missed by everyone. Rest easy Tim we’ll take it from here. #timmystrong

As we enjoy our summer weekend this Saturday evening we ask that you all keep the Rice family in your prayers tonight. Timmy Rice, long time Paramus and Hackensack firefighter, lost his battle with cancer this morning and was taken from us too soon. Many of our members knew Tim and we’re good friends with him. Even if some of the members never knew him, he is still our brother. Tim was a great man with a lot of knowledge and enthusiasm in the fire service. He will be deeply missed by everyone. Rest easy Tim we’ll take it from here. #timmystrong

RIP
06/12/2021

RIP

06/09/2021

Yesterday was a busy day for the fire department. Starting around 7 am the department was dispatched for an activated fire alarm. Then later in the evening a massive storm rolled through our area creating dangerous conditions throughout the town. We were dispatched to multiple calls at once like wires down, and fire alarms. One of these calls though was a reported house on fire from a lightening strike. Crews immediately started responding to this incident and confirmed a fire in the attic of the home. Engine 1 laid in a supply hose line and quickly stretched an attack line to the second floor. The truck company along with mutual aid units from Hillsdale were able to open up the walls and make sure there was no more fire extension. After the fire was over and units cleared the scene, the department still responded to more fire alarms and another possible lightening strike, which safely was nothing. Good job by all yesterday and we are always proud to protect and serve the residents of Westwood.

On Friday June 4th at 4:45 p.m., the fire department was dispatched to the K-Mart plaza for smoke coming from the plaza ...
06/05/2021

On Friday June 4th at 4:45 p.m., the fire department was dispatched to the K-Mart plaza for smoke coming from the plaza sign. Engine 1 and the truck pulled up simultaneously and went right to work. While the engine company shut power off to the sign the truck company put the bucket up to extinguish the smoldering embers inside. Good job by all.

On Friday June 4th at 4:45 p.m., the fire department was dispatched to the K-Mart plaza for smoke coming from the plaza sign. Engine 1 and the truck pulled up simultaneously and went right to work. While the engine company shut power off to the sign the truck company put the bucket up to extinguish the smoldering embers inside. Good job by all.

05/30/2021

Remember, tomorrow starting at 8 a.m. sharp the fire department will be marching up from the firehouse to fireman's park and will then conduct our annual Memorial Day services. If there is anyone that will not be able to attend, we will also be streaming our service live on Facebook.

Timeline Photos
05/27/2021

Timeline Photos

Pascack Valley Medical Center recently donated four AED (automated external defibrillators) to the Westwood Fire Department. The AED’s will be used to help keep community members safe in the event of cardiac arrest.

AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It's a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. It is estimated that about 1,700 lives are saved in the United States per year by bystanders using an AED.

We are happy to say that this year things are going to start to feel back to normal! This upcoming Monday is Memorial Da...
05/24/2021

We are happy to say that this year things are going to start to feel back to normal! This upcoming Monday is Memorial Day and the department this year is going to be able to hold our regular scheduled services. Due to the Pandemic last year only a limited number of our members were able to attend and we encouraged people to watch our service via Facebook live. This year though our department will be out in full force to honor and remember all those who dedicated their lives to protecting our Borough. We still ask that if anyone does attend the Fire Department's service that they maintain social distancing, and if not vaccinated, please wear a mask.

We learned of some sad news this more as our brothers and sisters from New Haven,CT, lost one of their own this morning....
05/12/2021

We learned of some sad news this more as our brothers and sisters from New Haven,CT, lost one of their own this morning. They were fighting a residential house fire around 1:00 a.m. This firefighter did their job to the fullest as they along with there crew were able to save the residents of the structure. Unfortunately conditions in a fire can change so rapidly, bad things can happen. The Westwood Volunteer Fire Department sends its condolences to the NHFD and hopes that other memebers that were hurt during this fire make a full recovery. Rest easy our brother, will take it from here.

We learned of some sad news this more as our brothers and sisters from New Haven,CT, lost one of their own this morning. They were fighting a residential house fire around 1:00 a.m. This firefighter did their job to the fullest as they along with there crew were able to save the residents of the structure. Unfortunately conditions in a fire can change so rapidly, bad things can happen. The Westwood Volunteer Fire Department sends its condolences to the NHFD and hopes that other memebers that were hurt during this fire make a full recovery. Rest easy our brother, will take it from here.

Today is National Firefighter Day and our department would like to thank all those, volunteer or career, for their time ...
05/04/2021

Today is National Firefighter Day and our department would like to thank all those, volunteer or career, for their time and dedication to protecting the lives of others when there is danger. Lets also appreciate our own local residents that volunteer their time with our department. Thanks guys!

Today is National Firefighter Day and our department would like to thank all those, volunteer or career, for their time and dedication to protecting the lives of others when there is danger. Lets also appreciate our own local residents that volunteer their time with our department. Thanks guys!

04/25/2021

Crews extinguished a large dumpster fire earlier this evening on woodland ave.

Today members trained on an acquired structure, taking down ceilings and training on air management.
04/11/2021

Today members trained on an acquired structure, taking down ceilings and training on air management.

03/28/2021
Yesterday was a devastating day in the fire service. Our department along with every other fire department in the United...
03/24/2021

Yesterday was a devastating day in the fire service. Our department along with every other fire department in the United States lost a brother. Jared Lloyd from the Columbian Engine Co. #1 of Spring Valley New York made the ultimate sacrifice saving the lives of others. A father of 2 boys and a devoted firefighter, Jared went into this burning building thinking to come home and tell his sons how he saved the day, but in the end our brother was called home to God. Here in Westwood we have a saying, “We Honor Those Who Came Before Us”. It’s a saying that no matter if it’s the loss of a fellow Westwood firefighter or any other firefighter, we follow this motto till the day we die. The Westwood Volunteer Fire Department will honor Jared’s life and his legacy forever; ready easy our brother we’ll take it from here.

Thank you everyone!!!
03/20/2021

Thank you everyone!!!

Today is Volunteer First Responder Day in Westwood! Show your appreciation of our volunteers on both the Westwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Westwood Volunteer Fire Department by commenting on their pages. Feel free to save the attached image and use it in your post. 
Thank you to all our volunteer first responders for all you do for our Westwood community!

03/14/2021

BUSY MONTH OF FEBRUARY FOR THE WESTWOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT

Fire Chief Michael Griffin Sr. reports that the Westwood Fire Department was called 26 times for emergency assistance during the month of February 2021. Chief Griffin reports that none of the calls turned out to be serious fires.
These 26 emergency calls, two fire department work/maintenance details, two training events and two details to clear snow from around fire hydrants required over 400 hours of volunteer time.
The Westwood Fire Department was called three times to neighboring towns assist Fire Departments under the mutual aid agreement. One incident in each town to Emerson, Park Ridge and Hillsdale.
The Fire Department was called three times to assist local Emergency Medical Service crews.
Automatic fire alarms were received eleven times in February. Although no fires existed at any of these incidents, a full fire department response is required. Firefighters check the entire building to determine if an actual fire exists. Seven of these automatic alarms were caused by malfunctioning detectors. Two of the alarms were caused by area power outages. No cause for the alarm activation was found at one of the calls and cooking smoke set off alarms at another incident.
Four fire department responses were for Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms. Carbon monoxide, CO, is an odorless and colorless gas given off by improperly burning heating or cooking equipment. It can be fatal at high levels. Again, each of the CO calls required a full fire department response. Fire crews check the entire building with meters and determined that one alarm was for workers testing equipment in a building. A power outage caused one response. A CO detector malfunction was found at another call. At one incident slight readings were found. The occupancies were turned over to PSE&G gas technicians for further investigation.
A stove malfunction caused one response in February for a gas problem. The FD shut the gas to the stove and turned the scene over to PSE&G gas techs.
The Westwood Fire Department was also called to what was believed to be a car on fire. After the FD responded and checked the situation it was determined that no car was actually on fire.
The Westwood Fire Department and Fire Prevention Bureau would like to point out that as we move into spring, this is the time of year when you can “Spring Clean” certain fire hazards in your home.
Very important on this list are working smoke detectors in your home. Fire departments nationwide explain that one way to remember to change the batteries in your smoke detector is to change the batteries when you change your clock in the spring and fall. “CHANGE YOUR CLOCK….CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES”, please take a few minutes to do so.
Take the time to go through the attic, basement, or cluttered closets and donate, recycle, and/or throw away any unneeded, accumulated items such as newspapers, magazines, packaging, boxes, and clothing, all of which become potential fire hazards when stored in large quantities. Never store combustibles close to the water heater or furnace. Three feet away is a good rule of thumb.
While often overlooked, not cleaning the clothes dryer vent can pose a significant fire hazard. When the highly combustible lint accumulates, it reduces the airflow, which can increase the temperature enough to ignite it!
Test all windows, not only to ensure that their locks are working properly, but that they can be quickly and easily opened from the inside, should you need to use one as an emergency exit. In many situations the window is your second way out if the first way out (a door) is blocked by fire or smoke.
This article was submitted by the Westwood Fire Department. Any Fire Department related questions can be e-mailed to [email protected] or by calling 201-664-0526. The fire prevention bureau can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 201-664-7100 ext 308.

Crews did a good job today assisting the Park Ridge Fire Department.
03/14/2021

Crews did a good job today assisting the Park Ridge Fire Department.

This morning is a very sad day in the fire service. We learned this morning that our brother from Upper Saddle River, Ch...
02/22/2021

This morning is a very sad day in the fire service. We learned this morning that our brother from Upper Saddle River, Chief Larry Rauch, passed away. Chief Rauch was very well known and respected throughout Bergen County. We as a fire department honor Chief Rauch’s legacy and work. He will be forever missed. Rest easy our brother, we will take it from here.

This past Wednesday, members took some time to show the local Boy Scouts around the firehouse and teach them what it’s l...
02/21/2021

This past Wednesday, members took some time to show the local Boy Scouts around the firehouse and teach them what it’s like to be a fireman. The kids were able to hold some of the equipment we use, learn what each rig’s purpose is and what kinda gear we wear. We had a great time showing them around.

Today was way to nice to past up a good wash of the first due engine.
02/21/2021

Today was way to nice to past up a good wash of the first due engine.

Today was way to nice to past up a good wash of the first due engine.

Here is our monthly press release to the local paper take a look!WESTWOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO TWENTYONE ALARMS I...
02/10/2021

Here is our monthly press release to the local paper take a look!

WESTWOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO TWENTYONE ALARMS IN JANUARY 2021

The Fire Chief Michael Griffin Sr. reports that the Westwood Fire Department was called 21 times for emergency assistance during the month of January 2021. Chief Griffin reports that none of the calls turned out to be serious fires.
These 21 emergency calls, two fire department work/maintenance details and one training required over 300 hours of volunteer time.
The Westwood fire Department was called to assist the Emerson Fire Department under the mutual aid agreement once and received assistance on one occasion from the Emerson Fire Department.
Automatic fire alarms were received seven times in January. Although no fires existed at any of these incidents, a full fire department response is required. Firefighters check the entire building to determine if an actual fire exists. A variety of situations caused these alarms. Two of the alarms were set off by cooking smoke. No cause for the alarm activation was found at two of the calls. Alarm malfunctions caused two fire department responses and workers in the building set off alarms on another occasion.
Four times the fire department responded to investigate incidents when citizens smelled natural gas. At these calls fire crews respond and check the area or building with meters. A small gas leak was found at one home near the water heater. Firefighters shut the gas and turned the situation over to PSE&G gas technicians. At three other calls no gas was present. And the fourth call a gas leak was found in the street. This scene was turned over to PSE&G gas crews.
Two fire department responses were for Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms. Carbon monoxide, CO, is an odorless and colorless gas given off by improperly burning heating or cooking equipment. It can be fatal at high levels. Again, each of the CO calls required a full fire department response. Fire crews check the entire building with meters and determined that one alarm was for workers using gas powered equipment in a building. No cause was found at the other call. The occupancies were turned over to PSE&G gas technicians for further investigation.
Additional responses were for a caller who thought steam from a dryer was smoke and callers smelling smoke which, after investigation, turned out to be burned food and dust from a ventilation system.
The Westwood Fire department reminds readers that after the recent snowfall fire hydrants may be covered in snow. Please assist area fire departments by clearing ice and snow from around fire hydrants in your neighborhood. The hydrants are needed to fight fires which may include your property. When fires break out time is of the essence. Fire fighters must find hydrants closest to the fire. Time taken to find and dig out fire hydrants covered with snow takes away from the effort to extinguish the fire. Please clear three feet in all directions around the hydrant.
This article was submitted by the Westwood Fire Department. Any Fire Department related questions can be e-mailed to [email protected] or by calling 201-664-0526. The fire prevention bureau can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 201-664-7100 ext 308

Some of our members were out earlier this morning shoveling and clearing out hydrants around town. Please remember to cl...
02/02/2021

Some of our members were out earlier this morning shoveling and clearing out hydrants around town. Please remember to clean your local hydrant out for the fire department so in case of an emergency there is no delay. Just remember we are volunteer and try to shovel out as much hydrants as we can on our free time but we can’t do them all. P.S. shout out to the people who we saw already had their hydrants cleared out in town great job!

Some of our members were out earlier this morning shoveling and clearing out hydrants around town. Please remember to clean your local hydrant out for the fire department so in case of an emergency there is no delay. Just remember we are volunteer and try to shovel out as much hydrants as we can on our free time but we can’t do them all. P.S. shout out to the people who we saw already had their hydrants cleared out in town great job!

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