Highland Park Volunteer Fire Department was called upon to provide Mutual Aid to a large brush fire in Old Bridge on Sunday, November 24, 2013. Over 40 Engine Companies from three different counties along with other resources were called upon to assist the fire spread and ensure it did not get to any homes or businesses.
HPVFD Engine 1 rolled out with under the command of E-1 Captain Tim Langan with Assistant Chief Marc Robinson and Firefighters Mark Borquist, Adam Rebacz, and Eli Ben-Haim. After meeting at the staging area in Old Bridge, Captain Langan was named Commander of Division F with Engine Companies from Highland Park, South River, Arbor Hose, North Stelton, and Miltown all working under the command. Division F protected exposures and worked with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service to keep back lit fires in check on Washington Avenue.
Due to the large nature of the brush fire, and the amount of resources needed to protect the surrounding area, the National Incident Command System was utilized. Division F was one of 10 divisions spread around Old Bridge to contain the fire and protect lives & property nearby. Tanker 51 from Navy Weapons Station Earle was also added Division F to supply water to the engines.
A great job to all the Firefighters & Emergency Services personnel who responded, protected and best of all, kept everyone safe.