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Don’t Forget To Clean Around Your Hydrant

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Jan 232016
 

For several years we’ve told you how important it is to completely clear any fire hydrant near your home.

This is not just to make it easy on the fire department in the event of a fire, but for you and your property.

The Fire Marshal’s office released this graphic to show you what an appropriate clearing entails.

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POSTPONED: EARS Presents A Fire & Winter Pet Safety Program In Orange

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Jan 232016
 

If you have Cablevision, you are familiar with Coyote the EARS search and Rescue dog.

If you have Cablevision, you are familiar with Coyote the EARS search and Rescue dog.

Due to the Fire Department activating for storm preparedness, this event is going to be POSTPONED. It will be rescheduling shortly so please stay tuned!

Come join members of the Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS) for a Fire & Winter Pet Safety community event at Station 1 of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department, 625 Orange Center Road on Saturday, January 23, from 12 – 4 p.m.

This program is open to everyone, and all ages are invited to attend! We’ll have displays, hands-on demonstrations, handouts, a multimedia presentation, and more!

Agenda:

12:00pm – 1:30pm
Interact with the EARS Team, learn about pet first aid and safety, check out the Animal Ambulance, try your hands on animal rescue gear, and get tips on keeping your pets happy and healthy.

1:30pm – 3:00pm
Our Director of Operations, Jon Nowinski, will give a multimedia presentation on winter hazards, preparedness for emergencies, and fire safety with pets. The program will include information on toxicity, protecting pets from the cold, how to make sure you are ready for pet emergencies, tips on keeping your home safe in the colder months, and more. At the end of the presentation there will be a demonstration of special pet oxygen masks used in responses to fires involving pets. There will also be an audience Q&A.

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Following the presentation, join us for some refreshments and an opportunity meet members of the EARS Team. Find out more about our organization and our work. And learn how you can get involved as well!

The presentation is free, but donations are appreciated to help support EARS!  For more information, contact us at [email protected] or call 203-872 – PAWS

Originally Published on: Jan 13, 2016 @ 11:51

 

First Fire Call of 2016 Was Unusual and Intense

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Jan 012016
 

A sample photo of what happens when water hits a magnesium rich fire.

A sample photo of what happens when water hits a magnesium rich fire.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department is equal to any paid fire department out there. The men and women train hard and participated in weekly drills to stay on top of all the changing technology and methods needed to deal with different types of fires and building materials, both structures and vehicles.

Early this morning, the fire department received its first call of 2016, a car fire at Maplewood Assisted Living on Indian River Road.

An SUV caught on fire and that fire extended to the car parked next to it. Both cars were totaled.

The car the was most involved in fire was a BMW SUV, which contains a lot of magnesium parts. Once magnesium is heated to a certain temperature it burns, and when water is applied the fire intensifies.

The cars were parked on a hill in the parking lot and the gasoline from the SUV was leaking as the tank was failing from the fire.

Firefighters and the Highway Department had to protect the storm drains, and make sure the gasoline did not catch fire as it was going downhill.

They had to use foam to extinguish the fire and suppress the gasoline vapors.

The Highway Department provided a payloader full of sand to build berms to contain it and absorbent pads were placed to absorb the fluids.

Thanks to the excellent work of these dedicated volunteers in an intense situation, there was no damage to the building, the waterways were protected, and nobody got hurt.

Fire Marshal Tim Smith and the DEP were on scene offering their services during this call.

Firemen’s Carnival Fun and Games For a Good Cause

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Aug 012015
 

IMG_6375Friday night was a beautiful night for the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival.

Come out today between Noon and Midnight.

Free Children’s Raffle during the matinee.

Fireworks at 10:45 p.m.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Big Raffle, top prize is a $5,000 Visa Gift Card.

Step up for the 50/50 raffle $2 per ticket – half the pot goes to the winning ticket holder and half goes to the OVFD. Friday’s biggest prize winner brought home $172. The more people that participate, the higher the amount you can win.

Proceeds from the Raffles, Main Food Tent, Firemen’s Satellite Food Tent (near the fence on Orange Center Road) and fire department sponsored games, go to support the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

 

Why Are There Firefighters in My Neighborhood?

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Jun 102015
 

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 8.04.04 PMIf you see fire trucks in your neighborhood and firefighters going door-to-door, don’t worry, nothing is wrong, they’re just there making it easy for you to obtain raffle tickets for the annual Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival.

In past years, the firefighters were able to mail the tickets and residents would return the stubs along with a check. But then, last year, the postal service said “No, you can’t do that.” and the fire department took a big hit.

This year’s top prize is a $5,000 Visa Card, second prize $4,000 … and 8 other desirable prizes to win, all for the cost of a $5 raffle ticket.

The proceeds go to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for their expenses, such as, equipment and training.

So when you see the firemen coming to your door, grab your wallet and a pen and buy as many tickets as you can to help them out and show that you appreciate these highly trained volunteers for their service to the community.

Two Local Runners Are Top Rockin’ Road Race Finishers (with update)

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Jun 062015
 

IMG_9145The Annual Race Brook Rockin’ Road Race only attracted 101 registered runners.

Event Chairman Melissa Nicefaro did a phenomenal job advertising it, so why the low turnout?

In past years, the Rockin’ Road Race was a wildly popular event and a great fundraiser for Race Brook School. Unfortunately, nowadays every time you turn around someone else is sponsoring another 5K, which takes away the interest from these established fundraising road races.

The town also seems to have gone Golf Tournament crazy, so will there be a Rockin’ Road Race next year? Only time will tell.

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This is what Melissa Nicefaro had to say in response on our Facebook page:

Yes, it is unfortunate that runner turnout has dropped. What that says to us is it may be time to add something new to make our event stand out from the others. We’re starting to brainstorm ideas for next year’s big event (did you really think we wouldn’t have a seventh annual?!? You should know us better than that!!)

For now, instead of focusing on a lack of runners, I’m choosing to focus on the fact that it was a spectacular day for the RBS community.

The sixth annual Rockin Road Race was a huge accomplishment for over 100 runners and an additional 100 walkers and fun-runners. That’s something to smile about.

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Still, it was a great day to compete in a 5K.

First to cross the finish line was Jeffrey Townsend, 43, of Woodbridge, who ran a 6:05 minute mile with a time of 18:53.

Orange resident Sarah Smeriglio, 17, was the first female to cross the finish line at a pace of 7:33 per mile, coming in at 23:23.

Members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department left their own pancake breakfast fundraiser this morning to raise the American Flag for the start of the race.

 

Volunteer Firefighters Honor Their Own On Memorial Day

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May 262015
 

IMG_5111On Memorial Day, more and more residents are attending the ceremony at the gazebo and service at the cemetery.

But the best kept, yet highly visible, secret in town is the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s memorial ceremony on the town green which takes place after all the other events have ended.

The firefighters walk from Station 1 on Orange Center Road down to the OVFD Memorial Stone at the end of the green.

The department chaplain says a prayer, then the chief and other members read the names of their brothers who have died.

This is always a solemn occasion, and well done.

Home Was A Total Loss, But It Could Have Been Much Worse

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May 242015
 

A view of the rear of the home and the propane tanks. (courtesy of Art Williams)

A view of the rear of the home and the propane tanks. (courtesy of Art Williams)

The devastating fire that destroyed a beautiful raised ranch on Derby Milford Road in a very short time on Saturday actually could have been much worse.

There was a danger right around the corner, that our volunteer firefighters were warned of before they arrived yet they still jumped right in and did their job. The danger — two giant propane tanks — in plain sight at the rear of the home as the fire poured out of the structure.

Imagine the injuries (or worse) that firefighters could have suffered if the tanks exploded.

Thankfully, there were no injuries.

The remaining structure continued to sizzle through the night and firefighters stood watch until about midnight to make sure no hot spots re-ignited.

Blessing of Engine 34 at Fire Station 2 Sunday Afternoon

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Apr 252015
 

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Orange Fire Station #2

On March 4, the Orange Fire Department took delivery of a 2014 Smeal pumper with a 1,500 GPM pump and 1,000 gal tank of water. The new Engine 34 will replace the old 1987 truck.

Chief John Knight announced this at the Annual Firemen’s Dinner.

On Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. the OVFD will have the new truck blessed at Fire Station #2 on the Boston Post Road, and then take a department photo as they celebrate their 90th anniversary of serving the community.

 

Orange Volunteer Firefighters Pass The Boot, Get Some Loot

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Apr 042015
 

IMG_8053If you were out and about today (Indian River Road/Marsh Hill Road area) you may have seen fire trucks lining the road and firefighters in the street holding boots.

For a few hours early this morning and afternoon the Orange Volunteer Fire Department held a boot drive to raise money for the department.

Drivers, both Orange residents and out-of-towners, were generous and made the firefighters’ efforts well worth the time.