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National Volunteer Appreciation Week; Chair Officers

Digital PatchToday marks the start of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. To celebrate we will be posting articles on our blog to highlight our members and their contributions to the department starting with our Chair Officers.

The Highland Park Volunteer Fire Department Inc., just like any other corporation is run by Chair Officers. These Officers include President and Ex Chief John Byrne, Vice President and Ex Chief Hector Malave, Secretary and current Captain Peggy Brookes, Treasurer Joe Romano, and Financial Secretary and Ex Chief Mike McMahon. It is these individuals who spend countless hours keeping all of the departments affairs in line ensuring that all business is handled in accordance with our bylaws. They oversee the departments finances and are involved in the planning of all major public events. Thank you Chair Officers for your hard work!

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: or call Chief Jay Littman at 732-672-9879.


March Training

On Tuesday March 29, 2016 members of the Highland Park Fire Department gathered for their monthly training. This months training brought us to the New Market Fire Department to attend the Kevin Apuzzio Memorial Seminar presented by Chief Danny Krushinski and other members of the East Franklin Fire Department who where on scene the day they lost their brother FF Kevin Apuzzio in the line of duty. FF Apuzzio lost his life on April 11, 2006 while making a rescue at a working structure fire. During the seminar Firefighters discussed their experiences from that day and lessons learned from it. It was an eye opening lecture for all involved that even when everything is done right, things can still go wrong and the many things that can be done to minimize the risk of injury or death. Thank you again to the New Market Fire Department for hosting this seminar and to Chief Krushinski and your men for an excellent night of training.

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“Train as if your life and your partner’s life depends on it”

Rescue on Raritan


This morning at 0752HRS, The Highland Park Volunteer Fire Department was called to 227 Raritan Ave. to assist the First Aid Squad with removing a resident from the basement of the residence. The resident, while leaving their apartment on the second floor, had fallen through the stairs into the basement. The firefighters on scene, led by Chief Littman, assisted the Squad with removing the resident by utilizing a backboard and rope rigging. They safely removed the resident through Bilco doors in the front of the building. The resident was then transported to a local hospital. After that, the firefighters were made aware of more residents on the second floor that could not leave the apartment because of the collapse of the stairwell. The firefighters utilized ground ladders to remove the rest of the residents from the windows. Another great job by the firefighters of Station 37!