How To Use A Fire Extinguisher

Posted on April 1, 2015

A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority for residents is to get out safely.

Extinguisher Safety Tips
Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.
To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
- Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side. For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.
- Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory.
- Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.
- Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled.
- If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately. Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape.
- Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.

Person Struck By Javelin

Posted on April 4, 2015

At around 11:45 Rescue 1 was dispatched to Ramapo College for a person who was struck by a javelin during a track meet. Rescue 1 cut the javelin so that the patient could be placed into an ambulance and transported to an area hospital.

John Kelly

Posted on April 6, 2015

It is with our deepest regret that we announce the passing of Former Assistant Chief John Kelly. We will keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Member since 1980

Tricky Tray In 2 Weeks

Posted on April 10, 2015

Our second annual tricky trey is in 2 weeks (4/24). There are still some tickets left if you haven’t gotten yours yet. There will be many opportunity’s to win prizes of all types, including a 50/50 raffle last year’s winner won over $400. Refreshments will also be served.  For more information contact Tim Tedesco at (551) 265–1114 or by email

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Posted on April 15, 2015

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “Invisible Killer” because it's a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the Unites States die every year from accidental nonfire-related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators. Other products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces.
Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission
Know the symptoms of CO poisoning
Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission
Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know that they are being exposed. The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without the fever). They include; headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness
High level CO poisoning results in progressively more severe symptoms, including:
-Mental confusion
-Loss of muscular coordination
-Loss of consciousness
-Ultimately death
CO Alarm Installation
- Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- Install and maintain CO alarms inside your home to provide early warning of carbon monoxide.
- CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each separate sleeping area, on every level of the home, and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards.
- For the best protection, have CO alarms that are interconnected throughout the home.
- When one sounds, they all sound. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height. Combination smoke-CO alarms must be installed in accordance with requirements for smoke alarms.CO alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms and vice versa.
- Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and the sound of CO alarms.
CO Alarms: Testing and Replacement
Test CO alarms at least once a month and replace them if they fail to respond correctly when tested. The sensors in CO alarms have a limited life. Replace the CO alarm according to manufacturer’s instructions or when the end-of-life signal sounds.
Know the difference between the sound of the CO alarm and the smoke alarm, and their low-battery signals. If the audible low battery signal sounds, replace the batteries or replace the device. If the CO alarm still sounds, get to a fresh air location and call 9-1-1 or the fire department.
To keep CO alarms working well, follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.

Tricky Tray In 1 Week

Posted on April 17, 2015

Our second annual tricky trey is in 1 week (4/24). There is still time to get your tickets if you haven’t gotten yours yet. There will be many opportunity’s to win prizes of all types, including a 50/50 raffle last year’s winner won over $400. Refreshments will also be served.  For more information contact Tim Tedesco at (551) 265–1114 or by email

March 2015 Call Break-down

Posted on April 19, 2015

This month Company 1 responded to a total of 23 calls. There were 2 working structure fires, 1 technical rescue,  1 request for the airboat, 1 CO alarm, 6 fire alarms, 1 search and rescue, 2 smells of gas/smoke, 1 call for wires down, 2 mutual aid requests, and we were dispatched to 7 structure fires.  

Ramapo Reservation Brush Fire

Posted on April 19, 2015

Last night Engine 117 (OIC 161 Drejman) and RS-1  along with companies 2, 4, 5, mini-pumper's and brush units from Ramsey, Hillburn and The New Jersey Forest Fire Service responded to a brush fire at the Ramapo Reservation. After roughly 2 hours Mahwah units returned to quarters. 

Hillburn Technical Rescue

Posted on April 26, 2015

At around noon today Rescue 1 (OIC BATT 1) was dispatched to Hillburn NY for a technical rescue. After arriving at the staging area in front of Company 5, Rescue 1 was informed that a person on a dirt bike was injured deep in the woods. Several Rescue 1 members then headed to the person in RS-1. After driving in as far as the trail allowed, Rescue 1 along with members from Company 5 and Hillburn FD hiked rest of the way to inured person. When they reached the person, he was packaged into a stokes-basket and carried back to the vehicles where he was treated by EMS and then transported out of the area to an ambulance and then to an area hospital.
Responding Units: Mahwah Rescue 1, Mahwah FD Company 5, Mahwah EMS, Hillburn FD, Rockland County Technical Rescue Team, Ramapo EMS, Ramsey Rescue