On Wednesday evening, January 25th, 2017 before standing room only the Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Company #3 (Woods Road) attended the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy (SCESTA) Firefighter 1 Graduation for fall 2016 at Auten Road Intermediate School (ARIS) to congratulate new firefighters Andrew Santos and Sean Boland. For their effort, determination and dedication to the 190+ hour course over 5 months they earned state and national accreditation and will now serve their community for years to come. See photos of Chief Mike Murphy presenting Andrew Santos and Sean Boland with their certificates while being congratulated by the Chief, Captain Tom Marvits and Lieutenant Seth Freund. Also in attendance cheering on Andrew and Sean were Ex-Chief and Fire Commissioner Charlie Nuara, firefighter and Vice President Roy Horowitz and Lieutenant Ken Johnson as well as their families
Andrew Santos and Sean Boland successfully completed Firefighter 1 at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy. This 190 hour program, which started mid-August and ended four months later in December, taught them the basics of fire science, engine and truck operations, ventilation, forcible entry, hazmat, first aid, survival tactics and other skills. Andrew and Sean will be ceremoniously presented their certificates for several N.J. State Certifications and N.J. Pro Board and IFSAC accreditation on Wednesday January 25, 2017 at 1900 in the Auten Road Intermediate School (281 Auten Road) gymnasium.
Through a letter dated December 22, 2016 (pictured below), the Breast Cancer Research Foundation thanked Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Company # 3 for funds raised by firefighters for breast cancer research. Fire Company # 3 members were joined by firefighters from the other Hillsborough Fire Companies in this fund raising effort.
Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company # 3 recently elected its slate of officers for calendar year 2017. They are as follows:
|Deputy Chief||Daniel Kazar|
|Assistant Chief||Sam Rozycki|
|2nd Lieutenant||Matthew Hand|
|3rd Lieutenant||Seth Freund|
|Chief Engineer||Edward Kovach|
|Vice President||Roy Horowitz|
|1 Year Trustee||Edward Kovach|
|2 Year Trustee||Ronald Yoder|
|3 Year Trustee||Robert Francolini|
|4 Year Trustee||Carmine Nuzzolo|
|5 Year Trustee||Tim Coyle|
Hillsborough Township Fire Company # 3 concluded calendar year 2016 with 243 fire calls. The Company’s top responders along with the number of calls made are:
|1 (tie)||Rick Artz||182|
|1 (tie)||Manfred Nowacki||182|
|3 (tie)||Kenneth Wetzel||160|
|3 (tie)||Timothy Coyle||160|
|9 (tie)||Michael Murphy||104|
|9 (tie)||Robert Francolini||104|
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Photos by Ken Johnson