Busy Day For BFD

Posted on August 2, 2017

Bergenfield’s Bravest had a busy day on Wednesday At 01:18 hours members of Alert Fire Company were requested to 137 Williamson Road for a CO detector sounding.  Upon arrival of the FD, no levels of CO were determined to be present and the alarm was reset by the homeowner prior to arrival. Units returned at 02:08 hours when the alarm sounded again. This time a detector malfunction was discovered. The homeowner was advised to replace the detector. 


At 03:05 hours a general alarm was sounded for an odor of burning in the basement of 105 Hickory Ave. Units discovered that the homes water heater malfunctioned and leaked causing a flood in the basement. The floodwaters reached a surge protector that was sitting on the floor of the basement and began to short out the unit and create a burning odor. The surge protector was removed from the home. Units operated for 30 minutes before returning. 


At 12:30 Hours an Engine was requested was requested by Mid-Bergen Mutual Aid to stand by at Teaneck Fire Headquarters while they operated at a house fire on WendelPlace. Deputy Chief Naylis responded along with Engine 745 under the command of Lt. Kneisler and 3 firefighters. Shortly after arriving at Teaneck’s headquarters the engine was directed to the fire scene. Members were assigned to conduct secondary searches of the fire building. After completing their assigned tasks, the engine returned to Teaneck’s headquarters to continue standing by. 


While the engine was standing by in Teaneck, a general alarm was sounded at 13:17 hours for a fire alarm sounding at the Transfiguration Academy on Bradley Ave. It was quickly determined the alarm system was activated due to a malfunction. Units picked up within 20 minutes. 


At  13:47 hours Central Dispatched requested the Bergenfield FAST unit to respond to a fire in New Milford on Evergreen Court. Deputy Chief Naylis responded along with Ladder 742 under the command of Captain Kirsch and a crew of 4 firefighters. Members stood by until being released approximately 30 minutes later.  


While members were putting the apparatus and equipment back in service from the previous calls, another general alarm was sounded at 14:51 hours for an odor of smoke in the area of 132 North Prospect Ave.  Deputy Chiefs Naylis and Saito were on scene within 2 minutes and observed smoke emanating from the chimney and roof ridgeline.  Crews forced entry into the unoccupied home and determined a fire was within the homes walls. A working fire assignment was requested bringing a New Milford FAST unit, Dumont Engine and Rescue, and Englewood Ladder to the scene. A Teaneck engine, Dumont engine, and Tenafly Ladder stood by at Alert firehouse to provide the borough with coverage. On scene crews were put to work venting the roof space and opening the interior walls to check for fire extension. Due to the extensive amount of opening up and overhaul that needed to be facilitated, Teaneck and Tenafly were relocated to the fire scene. An additional engine from Cresskill and a Ladder from Ridgefield Park were requested to backfill Alert firehouse. While units were backfilling an additional alarm was received at 13 Hallberg Ave.  Captain Kneisler and the mutual aid companies handled that alarm. Units remained on scene until 17:00 Hours. 


At 18:14 hours a general alarm was sounded for a return trip to 132 North Prospect Ave. A small ember was smoking on the second floor that was noticed by the board up company who was in the process of securing the home. Members opened up the areas effected previously by fire and completely overhauled the areas. A Dumont engine was requested for coverage while BFD units were handling. Units were cleared by 19:00 hours.  


No injuries were suffered at any point during any response throughout the day. All residents are reminded that the Bergenfield Fire Department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we are just a phone call away.