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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This past Sunday, members of the Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department took part in the Tunnel to Towers Race in New York City honoring former FDNY Stephen Siller who on 9/11, while on his way to play golf on his day off, took his gear from his car on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and ran through the tunnel with the extra 75 pounds of gear to the Manhattan side to help others trapped in the World Trade Center. This race not only honors Siller, but also the 342 other FDNY Firefighters (343 in total) 37 Port Authority Police, 23 NYPD Officers and 8 EMT’s … 411 Emergency Responders in total that were killed in action during the attacks on 9/11. This was the second time in two years that Middlebush has attended and participated in the event, with multiple Officers and Firefighters in attendance to run or walk the course. This year we had a number of members run in full gear (some had done it last year as well) which meant that they trekked the 3.5 miles with full turnout gear on (minus the boots) … pants, jacket and helmet … even gloves! The remainder of the post below will detail our day and the general feeling of the event …
This past Saturday, on 9/24/16, Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department held their Annual FREE safety fair and open house to the public. The event featured activities to learn, such as learning about fire and smoke inside of a smoke house run by our members, learning what a firefighter looks like when dressed in full gear and on air as well as other ways to prevent fire or know what to do in case it affects them personally. In addition to learning experiences, there was tons of fun activities to do as well, such as the huge Fire Station Bounce House, Face Painting, T-Shirt making, Sand Art, Spin Art and other games! When a child completed their ‘passport’ of all their activities, they were able to take a prize as well as enter in the running to win a day trip to Diggerland, which is a hands on construction themed adventure park suited for and enjoyed by children and adults!
While the kids were having fun, parents could talk with Active Firefighter and Ladies Auxiliary Members as well as take a look around the station and look at the apparatus and of course indulge on some of the delicious food that was offered, such as Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs, French Fries, Chicken Fingers, Cotton Candy, Popcorn and ICEE’s!! New this year was the ‘Little Fire Truck’ that kids and their families could board for a stroll around the parking lot … but watch out for the water flow station … they may get you with some water 🙂
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.