Randolph Fire Company Holds Annual Open House
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 • 10:57pm
RANDOLPH, NJ- The weather cooperated for the annual Fire Prevention Open Houses at two fire Companies in Randolph on Oct. 12. Battalion Chief Michael Vanadia of Ironia Company No.4 explained that October is national fire prevention month, and this event is always a great kick off. Every year has a specific theme, and this year's is “Kitchen Fires.”
Many local residents came out with their children to visit the firehouse and learn about fire prevention. The kids were educated about the trucks that operate out of this firehouse. Lieutenant Ben Young explained “Each fire company in town has two engines that both carry a hose and water.” When asked specifically about any differences between the fire companies, he further explained “Ironia’s specialty is that they have a ladder truck and a brush truck for any off road emergencies. Millbrook’s Fire Company No. 2 specializes in heavy rescue.”
Ironia Fire Company No. 4 had stations set up for children to experiment with and enjoy. At one of the stations, they were allowed to use an actual hose with the help of Firefighter Tanner Costello. Many kids were surprised at the size and weight of the hose, especially when the water was turned on. They also simulated a car fire so that the crowd could watch them in action. It was manufactured smoke of course, but to the kids it appeared realistic. Children were also excited to get the opportunity to try on the firefighter’s uniforms. Fire trucks were open and on display allowing ample opportunity for kids to climb aboard. When finished experimenting with the equipment, there were hot dogs, soda, and a face painter for all to enjoy.
Fire prevention materials and educational literature was available to take home. The Chief and Lieutenants commented "It is great to see so many people come out." They added that it is important for the community to know “We do a lot more than fight fires. We are here for other needs and catastrophes such as Hurricane Sandy. Ironia responds to about 270 calls per year and there are about 550 in the whole department.”
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on Oct. 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871.
The Randolph Township Fire Department provides fire suppression, fire code enforcement and public education services to township residents. The department is served by over 125 volunteer firefighters who are accessible by pagers and provide 24-hour fire suppression services from four fire stations strategically located throughout the township. Additionally, the department maintains a Bureau of Fire Prevention which enforces New Jersey’s Uniform Fire Safety Code. The bureau’s staff includes a full-time Fire Subcode Official and two part-time fire inspectors.
The department’s four volunteer fire companies are as follows:
Millbrook located at 340 Route 10
Fire Company #3
Mt. Freedom located at 670 Millbrook Avenue
Ironia located at 331 Dover Chester Rd.
Shongum Mountain located at W. Hanover Avenue and Arrow Place
The Randolph Fire Department is looking for new members. Visit your local fire station any Monday night after 7 p.m. or e-mail the fire chief with your name, address and phone number for more information.