Over the past 10 months, members of the New Engine Committee, here at Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department have been meeting and diligently laying out what the new 44-1 Engine will look like and include. We have met with multiple apparatus vendors during this time and have analyzed what options are offered versus what we are looking for in our new apparatus. We have also painstakingly gone through each component of the apparatus, from door types (rollup or hinged) to discharge and intake options and have all come to an agreement for each of the options chosen. At that point, we waited to see what the vendors would come back with and make a decision from there, then gain approval from our Board of Commissioners on our decision. We are happy to say that we gained approval at last month’s Commissioners meeting and all appropriate documentation has been completed and submitted, so as of this morning, we were informed that our apparatus ordering process has begun.
First on the list was the Tunnel to Towers Race which took place on Sunday, September 24th. This was the 3rd Annual Trip to this amazing race by Middlebush Vol Fire Department and year over year, the number of attendees has grown! We first started with 10 of our members attending in 2015 and this year we were up to 16 attendees. Unlike the other years when the weather was cooler, this year Race Day temperatures reached 90 degrees so it was quite the experience, but we all thoroughly enjoyed the event. Our group left the Station at 5:30am and made it lower Manhattan around 6:30am … then we made our way to the ferry over, which took us over to the staging area, where we picked up our bibs and made our way to the start line. After the race, our group met at Merchant’s River House for some tasty, after race grub, and then took in the 9/11 memorial and pools before heading back to NJ. We even had someone photo bomb our group photo … absolutely hysterical! Enjoy some of the pictures below:
The date has been set … mark your calendars for September 30th, from 2pm to 6pm. On that date, Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting our Annual Free Safety Fair! Bring your friends and family to this fantastic event, where we open the doors to the public and have meet and greets with the Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department Firefighters, The East Millstone Rescue Squad and the Franklin Township Police Department.
There will be many stations with activities such as learning how to use fire extinguishers, a smoke house where you will learn about fire and how to escape safely, not to mention our FireFighter in gear station, where you can see all the equipment we put on before going into a fire, and of course our popular hose deployment and water flowing station where the kids and whole family can handle a hose line being pumped from one of our Fire Engines!
On Sunday 9/17/17, Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department covered a firework detail for a wedding taking place at the Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ. The fireworks were fantastic and the bride and groom as well as the guests shouted in joy after after the grande finale. After the fireworks were over, a request was made to the Officer in charge, to have the apparatus and firefighters come up to the venues main entrance for some photos. This was the first request we had of this type and no one wants to say no to a bride on her wedding day, so we happily obliged.
A benefit concert for Louie and Steve Hadju Nemeth will take place on Saturday June 17,2017 at Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department starting at 2pm. Louie and Steve were both life members of the organization and Louie was an Ex Chief of Middlebush, Fire District 1 Commissioner and member of Somerset Fire and Rescue as well. Earlier this year, we lost Louie suddenly and this event is a Fund Raiser for his family.
On March 11th, 2017 please join the Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department for our Annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner! As we have in the past, our amazing cooks will be preparing some delicious Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots … and of course we’ll have Irish Soda Bread. This year we’ve been able tolower the price by making the event BYOB. In addition, as in prior years, the ‘Heritage Irish Dance Company’ will be joining us Continue reading →
Everyone, due to the forecast for rain and snow throughout the day and night on Saturday, our Santa in the Park Event will now be held at the Station. That said, location is the only change in the event … Santa will still be there with toys for all the boys and girls , hot cocoa and cookies with be available along with some holiday tunes , classic movies and of course pictures with Santa! Please come on down and join us between 1-3pm and 5-7pm at:
21 Olcott Street
Somerset, NJ 08873
Hope to see you all there!
It’s almost that time of year … the air is getting chilly and brisk, decorations are starting to pop up around town and soon Holiday music will be playing on everywhere! What comes next … Santa Claus comes to town, at Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department’s 5th Annual Santa in the Park Event! Come on down to Thomson Park at the corner of Amwell Rd and South Middlebush Rd on Saturday December 17th, from 1-3pm or 5-7pm to get into the Holiday spirit with members from our department. There will be Hot Cocoa & Cookies, plenty of decorations, music will be playing and of course Santa will be waiting for all the boys and girls to see what they would like for Christmas. This year, the 5-7pm session will have a new and special ‘visual’ surprise for anyone who comes down to visit!
Over the past year, Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department has made some sweeping changes on the technology front. First we enhanced our Social Media presence from just Facebook, and now have a Twitter handle, Instagram handle and a YouTube channel. The next step was to upgrade our website infrastructure, going to a Google based platform for organizational collaboration and bringing the Departments Website in house and using newer and therefore easier technology to publish and update our site. The last piece of our technology upgrades was to put the most important information for our members at their fingertips, while also creating a forward facing information hub for the public to utilize in App form … and now it’s here!
Last week, Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department had an extremely busy week, as our Annual District Inspection by the Commissioners of Franklin Township Fire District 1 was to take place at 10am on Saturday morning 10/8/16. Inspection preparation work nights took place every night of the week with multiple members coming down to the station to perform tasks such as: cleaning of the apparatus, organization and cleaning of all cabinets on the apparatus, the review and painting/sharpening of any tools, engine bay clean up and organization and much more. Many members were able to contribute over those nights of work, but a big thanks goes out to those who showed up every night and Saturday morning. We were able to knockout all of the tasks that were pre-identified, as well as get some other things done that we had not anticipated or planned on. By the end of the final work night, the station looked squeaky clean, the apparatus looked fantastic and while everyone was exhausted, we were happy with the results of all the hard work.
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