Drill Night: Power Tools

On Tuesday 9/6/16, Middlebush Volunteer Fire members actively took part in a drill on the power tools that we have on all of our apparatus and the uses for each of these tools. The range of tools varies from the more common sawsall, to multiple types of chainsaws (for roof cutting and timber cutting), our K12 Rescue Saw to our Paratech Air Chisel tool.

We started out the evening going over all of the tools to ensure everyone knew what each tool was and what it’s primary use was. From there, we had participants examine the tools, taking the blades off to see how it was all put together and then putting them back in working condition. We also examined the accessories to the tools … K12 blades for different purposes (rescue, metal, wood and masonry) as well as sawsall blades (primarily metal and wood) and then of course all of the different attachments for the Paratech tool.

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Calling All Former Members and Their Family Members!

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As we move through our 2016, we have had the pleasure of celebrating our 100th Anniversary with the public on the 4th of July, with our after parade barbecue.  We followed that event up with a ‘Current Member’ picnic at the end of July where members and their families went to a picnic ground that had a number of fun activities for everyone to partake in .  Now, to cap off our Anniversary year, we are looking to have an event for all of our past and current members in the fall, held at the station celebrating our 100 years of service to Franklin Township … but we need your help!

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Save the Date: Middlebush Vol Fire’s Annual ‘Free’ Safety Fair!

Safety Fair Flyer 2016-1The date has been set … mark your calendars for September 24th, 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!

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Middlebush Vol. Fire Welcomes Four New Members

Over the past month, Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department has been fortunate to welcome four new members into our Station. Each new recruit was sworn in at our business meetings held in June & July and they are now officially probationary members.  Congratulations and welcome to Nick, Cecilio, Ian & Scott! The new recruits will start Firefighter I this fall at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy in Hillsborough, NJ. Best of luck to all of them and looking forward to seeing them on the rigs soon!

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Middlebush Fire Stands by for Medevac Landing

This morning, 7/15/2016, Middlebush Volunteer Fire in conjunction with the Franklin Township Police Department, assisted in clearing the landing zone and monitoring the landing of a NJ Medevac Helicopter at the corner of Amwell Road and Demott Lane.  We had a crew of 8 in attendance with multiple pieces of apparatus as well as a crew from the Middlebush Fire Police take part in this event.
Every year, the Franklin Township Police Department hosts the Police Youth Academy Class.  This program brings approximatley 30 young people, aged between 7th and 10th grade,  to the police station to learn the different aspects of law enforcement … you can learn more here.

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Welcome to the NEW Middlebush Fire Website!

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Hello, there everyone!  Middlebush Volunteer Fire Company welcomes you to the new and improved www.middlebushfire.com!  Over the past couple of years, we realized that the growing popularity in social media and website interactions have grown tremendously.  A few years ago we created and implemented our Facebook site, which has grown to be a huge success.  Some of you may have even tuned in to see a ‘Live Video’ on Faecebook of some drills over the past couple of months!  All of that said, we knew that it was time to update our website and make it easier to read, easier to navigate and most of all … easier to use, so more members can post and share the goings on of the department.

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Thank you for Celebrating the 4th of July With Us!

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We just wanted to say thank you to all the families who came out to celebrate the 4th of July with us this year and we hope that you all had a great time!  For those who were unaware, this is our 100th year of service to Franklin Township, so in addition to the parade, we had a fantastic 100th giveaway, as well as Burgers, Hot Dogs and some other fun treats.

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Mayday / Hose Evolution Drill – July 5th, 2016

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On Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 Middlebush Vol Fire Department held their monthly drill night.  The drill this month focused around the ‘Mayday’ SOG’s that we have in our district as well as a hose evolution with 2 crews … suppression and search.  Using our smoke machine, we filled the front engine bay at the station with smoke and created an obstacle course of furniture and other items for firefighters to navigate through.  In addition, during each hose evolution, the search team was looking to rescue our ‘victim’ from peril, buried somewhere deep in the smoke.

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Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department Celebrates this 4th of July!

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 5.40.44 PM2016 marks the 100th Anniversary for the Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department.  This historic milestone is founded in the community we serve, and we want to celebrate with those who have supported us so greatly over the past 100 years.

That said, on July 4th at 10am, we will be having our Annual 4th of July Parade, which will be followed by a celebration … see the larger flyer in this post for additional details.

We hope to see you all there!

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SCBA Confidence Drill at Station 44

On Tuesday June 7th, 2016, Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department hosted an SCBA Confidence drill at the station for all of it’s members to participate in.  The drill consisted of multiple stations, with different fire scene tasks that needed to be completed while on air.  The stations consisted of: low profile maneuvering, pulling a tangled charged hose line and flowing water, rolling one length of hose, using an ax (simulating forcible entry), reaching with a pike pole (simulating overhaul), starting a gas powered saw, walking 100 feet and then ascending and descending a ladder.  Once complete, we then checked each participants level of air left in their pack bottles and emphasized how important air usage is while on a fire scene.

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