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Hillsborough Fire District companies, along with tankers from Readington and Montgomery #1, participated in a water supply drill Thursday September 29. Initial water flow to Ladder 38 was provided by a nurse tanker nursing which was subsequently transitioned to a dump site and tanker shuttle operation. Engine 37 provided primary water supply to Ladder 38, Engine 38 provided water transfer, Engine 36 operated as the fill engine. Five tankers (36, 38, 48, 45, 32) provided water at a rate of 300-400 GPM during nurse operations and increased to just over 1000 GPM average during shuttle with a peak flow of about 1500 GPM. Everyone worked very well to achieve the goals.
Hillsborough Fire Company # 3 (Station 38) held its annual 9-11 memorial ceremony on Sunday afternoon September 11, the 15th anniversary of the attacks. The ceremony included attendance by local dignitaries, including Congressman Leonard Lance. Additionally, Hillsborough firefighters, EMS and police personnel read the names of the first responders that perished on September 11, 2001.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.