Welcome to Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Co. # 3

Our mission is “ to provide a comprehensive emergency service designed to enhance our community through fire prevention, public education and emergency response. We are dedicated to protecting life, property and the environment ”. We are an entirely volunteer force and are one of three fire companies located in Hillsborough Township. In addition, Neshanic Volunteer Fire Company, located in Branchburg Township, also provides coverage to a primarily rural section of Hillsborough.  

We are now hosting birthday parties. For information, see our Birthday Party page.

 

Golf Outing Monday June 6  Email golfouting@hillsboroughfire3.org for application and information

Apr
9
2016

Hillsborough Firefighter Completes Marine Recruit Training

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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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Apr
8
2016

Structure Fire on Amwell Road

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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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Apr
5
2016

Thank You Dinner

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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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Mar
31
2016

Junior Vehicle Fire Drill and Specialty Nozzle Drill

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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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Mar
20
2016

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

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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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Mar
14
2016

Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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On Sunday March 13, members of the Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company .# 3 (Station 38) attended the annual Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
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Mar
4
2016

Firefighters Receive Student Thank You Messages

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The members of Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company # 3 appreciate the “Thank You” cards received from students at Hillsborough Elementary School for firefighter efforts at the warehouse fire on February 11.IMG_1649

Feb
15
2016

Thank You

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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
Feb
15
2016

Motor Vehicle Accident

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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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Feb
14
2016

Fireplace Fire With Extension

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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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