The Glen Rock Volunteer Fire Department was formed in 1910, by citizens like you, to protect life and property. Since then it has remained a strong volunteer organization. All members are volunteers and work full-time jobs in addition to the time we give to volunteer. For more information, click the tabs below or visit our website at www.glenrockfd.org
Fire Facts & Safety
Any opportunities we have to work together - as a town - to keep fire calls to a minimum benefit both residents and the volunteers serving our Fire Department. Reducing the number of fire calls decreases the possibilities of the injury or even death of both residents and firefighters.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) 2010 Fire Estimate Summary Series:
- 76% of all fire injuries occur in residences and residential fires have the highest number of deaths and injuries per 1,000 fires
- Cooking is by far the leading cause of fires (40%) and the second leading cause of fires is heating (14%)
- The two leading causes of fatal fires - fires that result in civilian deaths - are smoking (18%) and unintentional or careless actions (14%)
- The leading causes of fires that result in injuries are cooking (26%), unintentional or careless actions (11%) and open flame such as candles, lighters, and matches (11%).
Visit the U.S. Fire Administration website to read the entire 2010 Fire Estimate Summary Series.
Here are some helpful tips for staying safe and avoiding dangerous situations:
- Smoke Detectors - Check your smoke detectors and change their batteries once per year. If any of your smoke detectors are more than ten years old, they need to be replaced!
- Furnace Safety - Have your furnace inspected by a qualified service company on an ANNUAL basis. This is especially important for oil-fired heating units. Not only will this help prevent fires, it will also help ensure your furnace is operating at peak efficiency.
- Dryer Safety - Clean the lint trap in your dryer frequently.
- Fire Drills - Practice family fire drills and teach your children where to go and how to react in case of a fire.
- Candle Safety - Use candles safely (read Safe Practices for Using Candles below).
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors - Install a carbon monoxide detector; preferably one that is hardwired to operate on house current and has a battery backup. The most important location for a carbon monoxide detector is outside the bedroom area. Proper placement of carbon monoxide detector is critical. Under NO circumstances should a carbon monoxide detector be placed in the furnace area. Read the installation instructions prior to placement. Remember carbon monoxide detectors, like smoke detectors, depend on working batteries! Replace batteries once a year.
Safe Practices for Using Candles
Candles are responsible for an estimated 23,600 residential structure fires each year and cause 1,525 civilian injuries, 165 fatalities, and $390 million in direct property loss. Most candle fires started when burning candles were left unattended. The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety offers the following advice for using candles safely:
- Position candles well away from flammable objects and materials, and well away from any possible contact by pets or children.
- Place candles on heat-resistant surfaces which will not transmit heat to the furniture or which they are placed. Ceramics work well for this purpose. Candles should also be placed in heat resistant bowls that will catch dripping wax, and secured in an appropriate holder so there's not the slightest possibility of the candle falling over, being blown over or knocked over.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Never light a candle in a situation in which you might fall asleep before blowing it out.
- When blowing out a candle, hold your index finger in front of the flame and blow at it. Air will flow around your finger, extinguish the candle from both sides, and prevent hot wax from splattering.
- Install a smoke detector in every room where candles are burned.
Candles are enjoyable, calming, and fragrant, but don't ever forget that when you burn them, you are dealing with fire. Always take proper precautions to prevent your enjoyable experience from turning into a disaster.
Tips To Help Prevent Leaf Fires
The Glen Rock Fire Prevention Bureau and the Glen Rock Volunteer Fire Department would like to remind you to take a few precautions this Fall to prevent leaf fires:
- Never park any vehicle on top of leaves. Doing so can cause your vehicle to ignite the leaves and in turn, ignite your vehicle.
- When you place your leaves at the curb, use your garden hose to wet them down. This will reduce the number of leaves blowing back on your property and reduce the chance of your leaf pile igniting. Drenching leaves in the latter part of the day, to greatly reduce the chance of them being ignited.
Fire Safety Tips for Choosing a College
Fire prevention does not stop once you step outside of your home. The tragic fire at Seton Hall in 2003 serves as a somber reminder of just how important a factor fire safety is when choosing a college. The Fire Prevention Bureau recommends the following when considering a college:
- Make sure the entire dormitory is protected throughout with both fire sprinkler AND smoke detection systems.
- Request a copy of the annual fire inspection certificate done by a local government agency.
- Request a list of current fires and the cause.
- View a list of fire drills.
Taking these few, relatively simple precautions in the beginning of your college search can help prevent a lot of pain and heart ache down the road and help to make your or your son or daughter's college experience as safe as possible.
Anyone interested in joining the GRVFD is encouraged to stop by the firehouse any Thursday evening after 7:30 pm, or call (201) 670-3987 and leave a message. If you have an interest in the fire service, you are encouraged to stop by!
Requirements for Joining the Glen Rock Volunteer Fire Department
The requirements for probationary membership with the Department are as follows:
- 18 years of age or older
- US citizen
- Possess a valid New Jersey driver's license
- Ability to complete all required training within the probationary period
All candidates are interviewed by the officers of the Department and are voted on by the members before they are offered membership. Those under 18 can also join as Junior Firefighters.
Member Time Commitment
There are several components that make up a member's time commitment to the Department:
- Attend weekly meetings (on Thursday nights)
- Attend required outside training
- Respond to calls when you are available
Members do not need to be available to respond to every call. However, they must maintain a monthly average which takes into account the number of calls, training and extra duty events.
At a minimum, all members must complete the Fire Fighter I course taught at the Bergen County Fire and Police Academy located in Mahwah. This course is available at night, 2 nights a week, and takes six months to complete. Additionally, twice a month, the Department conducts training drills to review equipment and standard operating procedures.
Members do not need to purchase their own equipment. The Borough provides turnout gear, equipment and pagers. Members also receive "dress blues" uniforms to wear to formal functions.
In addition to the benefits of joining the brotherhood/sisterhood of the fire service, members of the Department are eligible for:
- Participating in the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) - Glen Rock contributes to a retirement account in your name
- Free pool pass for the firefighter and his/her family
- Yearly clothing allowance
Additionally, throughout the year, the Department hosts several functions that bring members and their families together.
The Firematic Officers for the 2010 Glen Rock Volunteer Fire Department are:
- Tom Jennings, Chief
- Mike Maurice, Assistant Chief
- Jerry Naclerio, Captain
- Richard Gallagher, Lieutenant
- Mike Jennings, Lieutenant
- Joe Felt, Lieutenant
- Mike Aguilar, Lieutenant
The Company Officers for 2010 Glen Rock Volunteer Fire Department are:
- Bruce Rigg, President
- Matt Sellitti, Vice President
- Maurice Lemieux, Treasurer
- Scott Amos, Secretary
Here are three great ways you can support the Glen Rock Volunteer Fire Department:
- Donate - When we mail our fund drive letter, please consider contributing! All contributions are used to support the GRVFD and help ensure we remain a strong organization.
- Give us your old car - If you have a car you would like to get rid of, please consider donating it to us so that we can practice vehicle extrications drills using our "jaws of life" tool.
- Let us demolish your house - If you are knocking down your house so that you can rebuild a new one, please allow us the opportunity to practice forcible entry, search and rescue, and salvage techniques on the structure before you demolish it.
IF YOU NEED TO REPORT AN EMERGENCY, DIAL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
How Are Firefighters Alerted to Fire Calls?
When a 911 call is placed within our service area, it is automatically routed to a dispatch center. The dispatch center uses a voice paging system to alert members of the Glen Rock Volunteer Fire Department of the call. The page includes the location and type of incident.
Once the page is sent out, the Chief and Assistant Chief report directly to the scene and all available firefighters respond to the firehouse to get their equipment and trucks.
Additionally, sirens are activated throughout town to notify members and the community at large of a call. Members responding to a call drive to the firehouse in their personal cars. If you see a car with a flashing blue light, it is a member responding to a call. Carefully allow these cars the right-of-way.
In addition to Glen Rock volunteer firefighters, fire departments from neighboring towns might be called in to assist depending on the incident.
There Are Not Always Firefighters at the Firehouse
Unlike paid fire departments, volunteer fire departments, like Glen Rock’s, are not staffed 24/7. With the exception of meeting nights and other work details, there are not usually firefighters at the firehouse. Volunteers come as needed and return back to their homes and workplaces once the call has been answered.