Ex-Chief Fulmino Recognized at Township Committee Meeting

At the Hillsborough Township committee meeting on May 10, 2016, Mayor Frank DelCore  presented Ex-Chief Christian Fulmino with a plaque thanking him for his service as chief of Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company # 3 from 2013 through 2015. Committeeman Greg Burchette was also on hand for the presentation.
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Hillsborough Firefighter Completes Marine Recruit Training

Congratulations to Hillsborough Fire Company # 3 firefighter Tyler Skolnik who recently completed U.S. Marine Corps training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. Tyler joined Hillsborough Fire Company # 3 as a junior firefighter in February 2011 at the age of 16.  At the age of 18, he became a full firefighter and graduated from the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy.  Prior to joining the Marine Corps, Tyler had studied at the University of New Haven.

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Structure Fire on Amwell Road

The Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched at 2:51 am on Friday April 8 to a structure fire at 724 Amwell Road.  Station 38 units that responded were Car 38, Ladder 38 and Rescue 38.

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Thank You Dinner

Hillsborough Fire Company # 3 firefighters attended a thank you dinner at Thomas J. Kavanaugh VFW Post 2290 in Manville Saturday April 2. The dinner was organized by Charity Events Group to thank firefighters who battled the large warehouse blaze in Hillsborough back in February.  Fire Companies received copies of a Joint Legislative Resoution commending the firefighters for their actions in extinguishing the fire.  The resolution was sponsored by Senator Christopher Bateman and General Assemblymen Jack Ciatterelli and Andrew Zwicker and signed by President of the Senate Stephen Sweeney and Speaker of the General Assembly Vincent Prieto.

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Junior Vehicle Fire Drill and Specialty Nozzle Drill

On Thursday March 31, Hillsborough Fire Company # 3 junior firefighters learned about the uses and drilled on the Piercing and Cellar (a/k/a Breslin Distributor) nozzles. The juniors learned vehicle fire basics and practiced vehicle forcible entry on a locked hood and trunk using the irons and window punch and witnessed forcible entry with a K12.

The Junior Firefighter Program meets every Thursday evening at the Woods Road fire house.  Over the past several weeks, the junior firefighters have drilled on hazardless brush fires, basement pump outs, master streams, dumpster fires and practiced donning SCBA.
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Annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner

A good time was had by all at Hillsborough Fire Company # 3’s annual Saint Patrick’s afternoon dinner at the firehouse. Thanks to Elmer’s Catering for the delicious food. The dinner also included an Irish soda bread contest with submissions by Rae Artz, Sue Coyle, Colleen Marvits, Debbie Murphy and Mike Murphy. Congratulations to the winner — Colleen Marvits.

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Thank You

On February 11, the Hillsborough Township Fire District was dispatched to a reported fire at the Somerville VA Depot in Hillsborough. When members heard the initial call, they did not think that the fire that they were responding to was going to turn into something of such a large magnitude. When members were leaving their homes, their places of work and their families, they could see a huge plume of black smoke in the distance. Everyone knew from that point on that they were going to be battling a fire that they had never battled in their careers and may probably never battle again. 

Before first arriving units got to the scene, crews and members were already faced with a wind driven fire with sustained winds of 30 mph and inadequate water supplies for the size of the fire. However, all Hillsborough Township Fire Companies put their heads together, looked out for one another, battled the sub-freezing temperatures and ultimately extinguished one of Somerset County’s biggest fires in history, all while protecting many other buildings, infrastructures and businesses in the immediate area. We could not have done this all without the continuing support of our community, local businesses, township committee, police department, rescue squad and lastly the residents of Hillsborough Township and the surrounding areas. 

As we write, Hillsborough fire companies are still responding back to the scene for hot spots, in which small pockets of fire are still emerging, but are not causing any threat to our beautiful community. The members of the Hillsborough Township volunteer fire companies put in countless, sleepless and cold hours for three consecutive days to protect our fine community. But as previously stated, we could not have done it without you. There are way too many people to thank, to call out specific individuals and businesses, but we are aware and grateful of the community’s selfless acts of generosity during these very trying days. This includes donations of cookies, hand warmers, hats, gloves and most importantly food and coffee to keep us driving forward.

Being a volunteer firefighter, one does not expect thanks or recognition for their hard work, but during these harsh days we appreciate everything that everyone has done. The real thanks goes out to the loved ones of the firefighters that were out there battling this “beast.” Our wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, daughters, sons, family and friends who were watching the fire from their living room TV sets, as news helicopters swarmed from above, nervously wondering about our safety, with no immediate means of communication to us.

In addition to everyone else who sent their gifts, thoughts and prayers, the members of the Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company #3, (Woods Road) would like to personally thank the Hillsborough Township Fire Marshall’s Office, the Hillsborough Rescue Squad, the Hillsborough Police Department, the Hillsborough Township OEM, the surrounding fire companies and rescue squads that came into our town to assist us, the New Jersey State Fire Marshall’s office, our families, friends, and lastly the other three Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Companies. Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company #1 (Flagtown), Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Company #2 and the Neshanic Volunteer Fire Company. The real meaning of brotherhood and comradery was displayed during these hard times and without your members understanding the meanings of those two valuable words, we couldn’t have done it together. It is an honor to serve beside you all every day and every call.

We, the members of the Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company #3 (Woods Road), would like to thank everyone involved ifor their thoughts, prayers, donations and shows of support these past days. Hillsborough Township has always been served by volunteer fire companies, a fact that we take pride in.  We remain dedicated, committed, and determined to protect our residents and those that pass through this great town. You are the reason why we do what we do and will continue to do what we do.

With warm regards and thanks,
The Members of the Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company #3 (Woods Road), Station 38

Motor Vehicle Accident

Hillsborough Fire Companies # 2 and # 3 and the Hillsborough Rescue Squad were dispatched at 3:36 pm on February 15 for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on Millstone River Road.  Fire company personnel assisted the Rescue Squad with the extrication of one individual

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Fireplace Fire With Extension

The Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched at 7:01 pm to 590 Township Line Road in Station 38’s primary area for a chimney fire.  Station 38 Assistant Chief was first to arrive and reported that the fire had extended from the fireplace to the adjoining wall of the residence.  The fire was extinguished and the last unit left the scene at approximately 10:00 pm.

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Massive Warehouse Fire

The Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched at 2:54 pm on Thursday February 11 to a warehouse fire on Route 206.  The fire quickly expanded to multiple alarms as high winds and a poor water supply resulted in rapid expansion of the fire.  The first seven photos below show the progression of the fire during the first hour or so of the fire call.

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Hillsborough Fire Company # 3 Holds 2016 Installation Dinner

Hillsborough Fire Company # 3 and the Hillsborough Fire Company # 3 Auxiliary held their 2016 Installation dinner on Saturday January 31, 2016. Officers for both organizations were sworn in by Hillsborough Mayor Frank DelCore.

Service awards were presented to:

  • Sam Rozycki – 5 years
  • Alex Glass-Hardenbergh – 5 years
  • Michael Lemonie – 5 years
  • Seth Freund – 5 years
  • Michael Murphy – 15 years
  • Manfred Nowacki – 30 years

 

Other awards and presentations were:

  • Badge to new member Shaun Consentino
  • Member of the year to Charles Nuara
  • Perfect drill attendance: John Klena
  • Most work details attended: 3 way tie: Christian Fulmino, Ken Johnson, Rick Artz
  • Top responder: Rick Artz
  • Junior firefighter of the year – Shaun Consentino
  • Firefighter of the year – Sam Rozycki

 

President Seth Freund presented an award to outgoing President Andrew Fingerhut for his service.  Outgoing Chief Christian Fulmino was presented with thank you plaques for his three years of service as Chief by incoming Chief Michael Murphy and by Fire Commissioner Charles Nuara.

Additional pictures are available for viewing by going to the photo gallery section of this website.

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Hillsborough Fire Company # 3 Fire Line

Hillsborough Fire Company # 3 Executive Line

Hillsborough Fire Company # 3 Executive Line

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Hillsborough Fire Company # 3 Auxiliary Officers

Charles Nuara (left) receives Member of the Year award from outgoing president Andrew Fingerhut

Manfred Nowacki (second from right) receives 30 year service award

Charles Nuara (left) receives Member of the Year award from outgoing president Andrew Fingerhut

Charles Nuara (left) receives Member of the Year award from outgoing president Andrew Fingerhut

Sam Rozycki (second from left) receives Firefighter of the Year award

Sam Rozycki (second from left) receives Firefighter of the Year award

Outgoing Chief Christian Fulmino (right) receives service award from incoming Chief Michael Murphy

Outgoing Chief Christian Fulmino (right) receives service award from incoming Chief Michael Murphy


Additional pictures are available for viewing by going to the photo gallery section of this website.

Shaun Consentino Completes Fire School

On Thursday January 21, members of Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company # 3 joined new firefighter Shaun Consentino to congratulate him on his successful completion of Firefighter I at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy.  The graduation ceremony was held at Auten Road Intermediate School in Hillsborough.

Chief Mike Murphy presented Shaun with his many certificates earned over the 190 hour course spread over four months while junior firefighters Boland, Hodossy and Santos and firefighters Horowitz, Marvits, W. Johnson and K. Johnson applauded.
Picture left to right are Lt. Ken Johnson, Chief Mike Murphy, Firefighter Shaun Consentino, Firefighter Walt Johnson and Firefighter Roy Horowitz.

Pictured left to right are Lt. Ken Johnson, Chief Mike Murphy, Firefighter Shaun Consentino, Firefighter Walt Johnson and Firefighter Roy Horowitz.

Pictured left to right are Chief Mike Murphy, Jr. Firefighter Sean Boland, Firefighter Shaun Consentino, Jr. Firefighter Andrew Hodossy and Lt. Ken Johnson.

Pictured left to right are Chief Mike Murphy, Junior Firefighter Sean Boland, Firefighter Shaun Consentino, Junior Firefighter Andrew Santos, Junior Firefighter Andrew Hodossy and Lt. Ken Johnson.