Field Fire on East Mountain Road

Shortly after noon on Tuesday July 19,  the Hillsborough Fire District was dispatched to a large fire on a farmer’s field on East Mountain Road.  Also responding were Montgomery Station 45 and several New Jersey Forest Fire units.    The fire covered several acres of land and damaged some farm equipment.

Photo by Mike Lemonie

Photo by Mike Lemonie

Andrew Hodossy Completes Firefighter 1

Congratulations to Firefighter Andrew Hodossy for successfully competing the 190 hour New Jersey Firefighter 1 course.   The Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA) held its Spring 2016 Firefighter graduation at the Auten Road Intermediate School at 7:00 PM on Thursday July 14, 2016.   Before standing room only in the school’s assembly hall, elected officials, academy staff, instructors, family, chiefs and cheering department members congratulated 47 Firefighter 1 students and 14 Firefighter 2 students.   Andrew Hodossy of the Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Co #3 received his certificate from Chief Mike Murphy.
Chief Mike Murphy awaits presentation

Chief Mike Murphy awaits presentation

Chief Mike Murphy presents firefighter Andrew Hodossy with his certificate

Chief Mike Murphy presents firefighter Andrew Hodossy with his certificate

Chief Mike Murphy and firefighter Andrew Hodossy stand in front of SCESTA apparatus

Chief Mike Murphy and firefighter Andrew Hodossy stand in front of SCESTA apparatus

Chief Mike Murphy and Lt Ken Johnson pose with firefighter Andrew Hodossy in front of SCESTA apparatus

Chief Mike Murphy and Lt Ken Johnson pose with firefighter Andrew Hodossy in front of SCESTA apparatus

Hillsborough Fire Company # 3 Class of 2016

Congratulations to Hillsborough Fire Company # 3 members regarding their academic achievements.

Matt Wells earned his baccalaureate from the University of Scranton (Scranton, PA). In pursuit of his goal of becoming a physical therapist, Matt was accepted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Saint Francis University (Loretto, Pennsylvania) and will continue his journey this summer.

Alex Glass-Hardenbergh earned his baccalaureate from Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) with a major in Mechanical Engineering.  This summer, Alex will intern at IBM in New York City and in the fall Alex will return to Lehigh University to complete a second degree in Finance.

Mike Lemonie earned his baccalaureate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, Florida) with a major in Unmanned Aircraft Systems and minor in Homeland Security and Human Factors.  In June, Mike traveled to Thailand for three weeks and over the summer Mike will be pursuing employment to fly unmanned aircraft systems.

Shaun Consentino graduated from Hillsborough High School and will attend East Carolina University (Greenville, North Carolina) majoring in Environmental Engineering.  Shaun will also be joining the Army ROTC at ECU.

Andrew Hodossy graduated from Hillsborough High School and will attend Raritan Valley Community College and then plans to attend technical school for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC).  In June, Andrew completed Firefighter 1 and is looking forward to the July 14th Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA) graduation.

Sean Boland earned a diploma in Criminal Justice from Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School.  Sean will attend Raritan Valley Community College and will major in Criminal Justice.  Sean also plans to attend firefighter 1 at SCESTA this fall (August 15th).

Firefighters Host Gigi’s Playhouse

On Friday evening July 1, Hillsborough Fire Company # 3 had the pleasure of hosting Gigi’s Playhouse.  Attendees tried on firefighter gear, used a fire hose, and had dinner with the firefighters.

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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.


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.


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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