Firefighters Participate in Bailout Training

For the third consecutive Saturday, members of the Hillsborough Fire District took time out of their busy schedules to train with the new Sterling Bailout System. The bailout system is deployed when a firefighter cannot exit the structure that is on fire by the interior stairs, and there is no ladder at the window. This occurs when a firefighter gets into that position while searching for victims on the fire floor or above the fire, which is the most dangerous place to be.

Thank you to the firefighters for their commitment to their town and their commitment to their safety training!

Thank you to Pat, Doug and Pete, our instructors.

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Search and Rescue Drill

During the evening of Monday August 1, Station 38 firefighters participated in a search and rescue drill at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy. In total darkness, our firefighters had to crawl through a maze to search and find victims.  To accomplish this, they had to negotiate through small openings in the walls, navigate through a collapse zone and crawl down a hallway with wires hanging down from the ceiling that posed an entanglement hazard. This is why we  always enter a structure in teams of two.

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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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Photos by Ken Johnson


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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