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 following Saturday, September 30th, was Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Free Safety Fair where we have activities, free food and a lot of hands on interaction with the public. Our stations include: Firefighter in Gear where kids get to learn what a Firefighter puts on all the equipment the use in a fire, a Smoke House where kids get to learn about smoke and how to escape if there is a fire in their home and the popular Firefighter in Action station where kids learn about fire apparatus and get to flow a real fire hose off an Engine! We also have surprise visits by Sparky the Fire Dog and Freddie the Fire Truck. The event was fantastic as usual and we had a great time opening our doors to the public and letting them get to see what how we operate. While we don’t have a video or pictures from this years event, to give you an idea … here is a video taken by the township at 2012’s event. Since 2012, we have continued to plus the event … having food, additional learning stations and so much more … all for free! Enjoy the video!
Last but not least, today October 7th, we had our District Inspection. Over the course of the last 4 days and nights our members worked diligently to clean and organize our entire station and all of our apparatus for inspection by the Board of Commissioners. Thanks to the hard work of all those who showed up during the work nights and days, we had an extremely successful inspection day!
In the next week or two, we will have some exciting news to share with everyone … looking forward to letting everyone in on the big news!