On Sunday April 17, 2016 members of the Highland Park Fire Department gathered for their monthly training. This month took the to the Middlesex County Fire Academy where our members along with members of the River Road Fire Department gathered for live fire training. They utilized the residential burn building to perform three evolutions. During these evolutions firefighters practiced hose line advancement, search and rescue techniques, pump operations, and the incident command system. It was a great day of training for all and a special thank you to the Highland Park Volunteer First Aid Squad for providing EMS at the academy and to the East Franklin Fire Department for providing in town coverage!
Today for National Volunteer Appreciation Week I’d like to talk about our newest Probationary Members. Currently Matt Flower, Tzvi Tietelbaum, and Ayodele Orlando-Price are our Probationary Members. These individuals will serve one year as a Probationary Member and during this time must maintain their call percentages, graduate from the Middlesex County Fire Academy with a Firefighter I Certification, attend Departmental Meetings and Drills, and attend Probationary Member Drills. The Probationary Member Drills are specially tailored to help develop these members into full fledged Firefighters. These members work extremely hard to complete their requirements and achieve their “Black Hat” and firefighter status. These three individuals so far show a lot of promise, good luck on the rest of your probationary period and thank you for joining our brotherhood.
Pictured above is Probationary Member Tzvi Tietelbaum
If you see a Volunteer Firefighter this week remember to thank them for their service, it’s the little things that mean the most! Or if you are interested in learning more about volunteering feel free to visit our “Volunteer” page at: http://hpvfdnj.com/volunteer/ or call Chief Jay Littman at 732-672-9879.
In today’s blog for National Volunteer Apreciation Week I’d like to showcase the Board of Trustees. These members of the department are responsible for all of the assets of the Highland Park Volunteer Fire Department Inc. These assets include everything from our 1919 American La France fire engine to our uniforms to the tables and chairs we sit at every meeting. They meet monthly prior to the departments business meeting to discuss the departments finances and give their recommendations on all expenditures. They also ensure that the departments assets are well maintained. The board of trustees is run by Chairman and Ex Chief Hector Malave. Other members that sit on the board include Ex Chief Larry Theil, Ex Chief Mike McMahon, Life Member Charlie Byrne, Life Member Pete Prodromo, FF David Seiden, with President John Byrne and Chief Jay Littman who sit in on the meetings. Thank you all for your hardwork and dedicated service. [Read more…]