Chief Riggs, Asst. Chief Trotman , Lt. Poliafico (dad) and Joseph
Commissioner Neal Rochford, Director of Public Safety and Joseph
In recognition of our Fire Departments continuing efforts to promote Fire Prevention, Haddon Fire Company No. 1 is pleased to announce a "Citizens Award" given earlier tonight to Joseph J. Poliafico, an 8 year old Haddonfield resident. The award is in recognition of his quick and decisive action in reporting a house fire to the Fire Department on Sunday, August 25, 2013. The fire was contained to the front porch area of a home on Hopkins Avenue and extinguished by the Fire Department utilizing their compressed air foam system.
At the time, Joseph Poliafico was outside in his yard and saw smoke coming from his neighbors house. He decided to look closer to make sure everyone was OK. Realizing that the house was on fire, he immediately ran to find his parents and to alert the Fire Department via 911. His dad was then able to notify the homeowners ( they were home at the time, in the back of the house, and unaware of the fire in the front of the house). The family and their pet dog safely evacuated the home.
Due to Joseph Poliafico's willingness to explore further and fast action to help notify the Fire Department, the fire was extinguished before it extended into the house. Fire Officials anticipate that his action was instrumental in helping to protect and save his neighbors property.
Haddon Fire Company No. 1 encourages all residents to always immediately report suspicious conditions, without hesitation.
Commissioner Neal Rochford, Director of Public Safety was in attendance and invited Joseph and his family to attend the next commissioners meeting so they could also recognize his effort.
The cause of the fire was related to repairs and construction on the front porch and deemed accidental by the local Haddonfield Fire Official.
A Guide to Avoiding False Alarms
Researchers Estimate 94-99% of Home Security Alarms are False
In the early 2000s, police officers in Seattle were responding to 25,000 alarm calls per year, with a 97% false alarm rate. Similarly, each year in Oakland, the police department responds to more than 20,000 false alarms. Researchers from Temple University estimate that between 94-99% of all burglar alarm activations turn out to be false. The resources required to respond to false alarms cost municipalities millions of dollars per year.
On March 23, 2013, five members of Haddon Fire Company took part in a GoRuck Challenge. Advertised as an 8-10 hour, 15-20 mile "guided tour" of Philadelphia, the Challenge is led by an ex-special forces veteran and carries the mantra of "under promise, over deliver." Throughout the Challenge, the team of 30 is tasked with working together to accomplish missions and military-inspired challenges - all while each member carries a backpack filled with 6 bricks, ultimately weighing 40-45lbs. The challenge is designed to break down the individual physically and mentally in order to help them surpass their own perceived limitations. The ultimate goal of the challenge is to bring 30 strangers together to work as a team to overcome adversity and objectives as a unit of one. After nearly 14 hours, and 20 miles, the members of GoRuck Challenge Class 467 returned to the base of the Art Museum steps, earned their GoRuck Tough patch and became proud members of the GoRuck Family. Haddon Fire Company No. 1 congratulates Lt. Jeff Mirabello, FF/Driver Brian Poliafico, FF/EMT Mike Carmody, FF Jason Kolbe and FF David Berrigan for a job well done. For more information about the GORUCK Challenge, please visit www.GORUCK.com. Proceeds from these challenges benefit The Green Beret Foundation.
HFC Running Team Participates in Adrenaline 5k
The Haddon Fire Company No. 1 running team participated in the 8th Annual Haddonfield Adrenaline 5k Run on March 16th. The race, which leads participants throughout the borough of Haddonfield, is USATF certified and serves as the MidAtlantic 5K Championship. Several of the HFC running team members set new personal records, and two even ran the full race in bunker gear while carrying an American flag and a high-rise pack. The Haddon Fire Company running team was started by Lt. Jordan to encourage firefighters from Haddonfield to focus on their health and fitness. The team quickly grew from 4 firefighters to 20 as a result of his team coordination efforts. Congratulations to everyone who participated this past weekend.
Ladder 141 Responds to Haddon Heights Fire
On the afternoon of Saturday, February 23rd, Haddon Fire Company No. 1 was dispatched to Haddon Heights to assist with an apartment building fire with a report of a possible explosion. Upon arrival, Ladder 141 went into fire suppression operation with their main ladder and helped extinguish the fire. Crews remained on scene for several hours before being released.
Keep Christmas Trees Watered
<iframe width="480" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AZk4vIXCnc8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>This video demostrates the difference between a dry christmas tree and a properly watered tree
Four Haddonfield Firefighters Graduate the County Fire Academy
Karl Foote, Dan O'Brien, Sai Yerrapathruni and Dan Katz
Haddon Fire Company No. 1 is pleased to announce the graduation of four new volunteer firefighters. Those graduating from the 168 hour Firefighter I training course at the Camden County College Regional Fire Training Academy on Friday December 7, 2012 are Firefighters Karl Foote, Sai Yerrapathruni, Dan O'Brien and Dan Katz.
In addition, the four firefighters were awarded a Company Citation at the graduation ceremony for their continuous acts of leadership, teamwork and devotion to Company pride during the training.
All of the graduates are local Haddonfield residents and recently made the commitment to volunteer their time as Firefighters in Haddonfield. Haddon Fire Company No. 1 continues to seek applicants for membership and is currently interviewing 2 new candidates for volunteer firefighter positions.
Haddon Fire Company No. 1, the 2nd oldest volunteer Fire Company in continuous service in the United States of America, currently consists of 40 volunteer firefighters serving the Borough of Haddonfield and our neighboring communities.
Shown in attached photo (left to right): Firefighters Karl Foote, Dan O'Brien, Sai Yerrapathruni and Dan Katz
The Haddon Fire Company No. 1 running team won 1st place in the 11th annual 5k Heroes to Hero 5K run/walk in Gloucester City, NJ, earlier today. Eighteen volunteer firefighters from Haddonfield along with several of their family members participated in the annual race, in remembrance of 3 firefighters killed in the line of duty on July 4th, 2002. The top Haddonfield finishers were Lt. Craig Jordan, Captain Joseph Walls and Firefighter Brian Plodizyn, all with record setting times. Their combined scores were the best out of all other competing Fire Departments. The Haddon Fire Company running team was started by Lt. Jordan to encourage firefighters from Haddonfield to focus on their health and fitness. The team quickly grew from 4 firefighters to 20 as a result of his team coordination efforts.
At approx. 5:56 July 22 2012, Haddon Fire Company No.1 responded to a reported house fire at 125 Prospect Road in Haddonfield, NJ. Upon arrival, Asst. Chief Sam Trotman found a heavy fire condition in the back of the dwelling on the 1st and 2nd floor. The dwelling fire was immediately upgraded to a Task Force Assignment with an automatic response from several neighboring fire departments (Cherry Hill, Haddon Heights and Westmont). Firefighters encountered heavy smoke conditions inside the home while attempting to extinguish the blaze and found that the fire had extended from the back porch area, up the back wall of the home and had entered into the attic space on the 3rd level. The fire was extinguished using Haddonfields compressed air foam extinguishing system, which uses a combination of water, air and foam to quickly extinguish fires.There was extensive fire damage to the exterior siding of the home and the entire attic area. In addition, the extreme heat from the fire caused the vinyl siding on the adjacent neighbors home to melt. That home was also soaked down to keep it from catching fire. The property owners were not home at the time of the fire, however, their 2 dogs had to be rescued. Both dogs were located and carried out of the burning home by firefighters. Local neighbors cared for the dogs until the homeowners arrived. The fire was placed under control in approx 35 minutes. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the local Haddonfield Fire Official with the assistance of the Camden County Prosecutors Office fire investigation unit
Photos by John Axford
1411 Crew at work on a vehicle fire 6/21/12
HFC Welcomes 4 New Members 6/14/12
Haddon Fire Company No. 1 is pleased to announce the appointment of four new firefighters in Haddon Fire Company No. 1 . They were officially "sworn-in" by Director of Public Safety Commissioner Edward Borden at this evenings Borough Commissioners meeting.
All four firefighters are Haddonfield residents and all joined after expressing an interest in helping our fire department and our community.
The following is a summary of each new firefighter:
1. Daniel Katz - Redman Avenue. Dan grew up in Haddonfield and went to HMHS. He played soccer in Haddonfield and attended McGill University in Montreal. He is currently an EMT and works part-time on Moorestown ambulance. He also works at Camden County College as a tutor. His parents are Harold and Margaret. Dan visited the station on Fire Prevention Night and decided to apply for part-time employment as an EMT and also to join HFC as a new firefighter.
2. Karl Foote - Westmont Avenue. Karl gaduated from Cherry Hill West High School and then graduated from University of Hartford with a Bio-Medical Engineer degree. He is currently working in his family business with his father at Foote Financial in Cherry Hill NJ. Karl responded to a recent ad in the local paper for new firefighter membership and decided to apply.
3. Dan O'Brien - Hawthorne Avenue. Dan graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, NJ and attended Rowan University. He graduated with a BA Degree in Communications and obtained an MBA at Temple University. He works for IBM in Product Marketing. Dan recently stopped and helped extinguish a small porch fire in his neighborhood which further peaked his interest in joining Haddon Fire Company No. 1
4. Sai Yerrapathruni - Kings Highway West. Sai attended Saint Ignatius High School in India and the National Institute of Technology in Calicut, India. He also received a Master of Science at Penn State University. He is a business manager for Entact Environmental Company, in Cherry Hill NJ. Sai also responded to our ad for new firefighter members.
Blood Drive Held in Honor of Paul Hartstein
May 23, 2012 Camden County, NJ (May 22, 2012) – A blood drive is being held on Friday, June 1st at Bellmawr Fire Hall 29 Lewis Avenue in Bellmawr, NJ 08031 from 9 AM to 9 PM in honor of Paul Hartstein. Paul Hartstein was the chief fire marshal for Camden County and has over 45 years of fire service. Hartstein had one of his kidneys removed in 2007 and was subsequently diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, a lethal form of kidney cancer when untreated, in his remaining kidney in 2010. His kidney disease caused Hartstein to suffer low red blood cell counts and constant bleeding. He has received blood transfusions at several hospitals in New Jersey during his ongoing cancer treatment. During his recovery process, Hartstein used approximately 40 units of blood and blood products. “I never imagined that blood transfusions would become part of my everyday life,” said Hartstein. “It is because of the generosity of blood donors that I and many others can fight for their life.” A limited number of appointments are available, so Click Here and enter sponsor code (02215637) or call 1-800-RED CROSS and make your appointment today! Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in PA and NJ), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate. To get breaking news and updates follow the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region on twitter @ARCPennJersey
Garage Fire- Potter Street Haddonfield NJ 05-18-2012
At 7:05 on 5/18/2012, Haddon Fire Company No. 1 responded to a reported garage fire in the rear yard of a triplex at 56 Potter Street in Haddonfield, NJ. The fire was originally reported to be in the vicinity of Snowden Avene and Haddon Avenue (near the Acme market). The fire department was quickly diverted by Haddonfield Police to the actual address on Potter Street. Upon arrival, they found that the reported garage was actually an old two-story historic "barn style" garage structure which housed seven antique cars and several motorcycles. The entire second floor and roof system was engulfed in flames. Firefighters from Haddonfield and Cherry Hill Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire utilizing Haddonfields compressed air foam system (C.A.F.S.) and water. While extinguishing the fire, the firefighters were able to remove and save six of the cars and one motorcycle from the blaze, all with little or no damage. One pickup truck and one motorcycle were destroyed. The fire was placed under control in less than 30 minutes and there were no reported injuries. Westmont Fire Company assisted with overhauling the building and Lawnside Fire Company sent a Fire truck and firefighting crew to the Haddonfield Station to cover the rest of the town while Haddonfield firefighters were committed to the fire scene. There was heavy smoke from the fire though-out the downtown Haddonfield business district. Smoke from the fire could be seen from as far away as Philadelphia and Moorestown NJ. The cause of the fire is undetermined and is under investigation by the Camden County Prosecutors Office and the Haddonfield Police Department. The Haddonfield Police , Camden County and Cherry Hill Fire Police assisted with traffic control on Potter Street at Kings Highway and at the intersection of Ellis Street.
Fire photos are provided by Camden County Fire Photographer John Axford
HFC Car Fire Training
On Thursday, March 29th, members of Haddon Fire Company traveled to Camden County’s Emergency Services Training Center in order to use their car fire simulator. Firefighters, assembled in teams of 4, took turns rotating through multiple live-fire evolutions. This marked the second time that Haddon Fire Company traveled to the Training Center this month. The first time was on March 15th when they trained on building and dwelling fires utilizing the Center's burn building.
Haddonfield Firefighters are Marathon Men
Haddonfield volunteer firefighters Brian Plodizyn and Brian Poliafico reached a milestone, or maybe you could call it a 26.2-milestone, on November 20 by completing a marathon. Since making their commitment a year ago, they have accomplished what less than one percent of the population can, run a 26.2-mile race.
To read the entire article go to www.http://haddon.patch.com/articles/haddonfield-firefighters-are-marathon-men#photo-8540792
Haddon Fire running team takes 2nd place in the 10th Annual Heroes to Hero Run
Crew from Squad 1413 operating in Camden NJ
Old 1413 Still Rollin Along
Lola is a 1983 American LaFrance Century Series Pumper owned by Red Hot Fire Truck Events, LLC. Lola was purchased from the Haddon Fire Company in Haddonfield, NJ. This fire engine brings smiles and laughter to children of all ages every weekend. There is nothing like the sound of a Detroit 6V92 humming along!! ENJOY!
3/29/2011 Fire on West Summit
Haddon Fire Company No. 1 and Task Force 14 (Cherry Hill Fire Department and Haddon Heights Fire Department) responded to a reported dwelling fire at 256 W. Summit Avenue in Haddonfield at 12:24 PM today. Upon arrival, there was a smoke condition coming from the roof area of the attached side porch of the dwelling. Fire Crews were able to quickly cut openings in the roof and facia/soffit areas and used compressed air foam to extinguish the fire. There was no fire extension into the main portion of the home, however there was considerable amounts of smoke throughout the 2nd and 3rd floors of the single family dwelling. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Camden County Fire Marshals Office, and is likely related to contractors use of equipment to remove paint. There were no reported injuries.
3/25/2011 Fire on King's Highway
Haddon Fire Company No.1 and Task Force 14 (Cherry Hill Fire Department and Haddon Heights Fire Department), responded to a reported building fire at 229 E. Kings Highway in Haddonfield at 11:04 AM Friday morning. The structure is a 3 story "middle of the row" historic brick office building located in the downtown business district-across from the Haddonfield Municipal Hall. The office buildings are also located next to the Historic Indian King Museum. Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and intense heat and had to use Thermal Imaging Cameras to locate the fire in the walls and ceilings between the 1st and 2nd floors of the building. They then extinguished the rapidly spreading fire utilizing advanced compressed air foam and water. The fire was placed under control in less than 1 hour. The building sustained significant damage to all 3 floors, however, there was no apparent damage to either attached office building or the Indian King Tavern. Significant smoke damage was observed in all 3 buildings.
Additional assistance from Barrington Fire Department, Audubon and Westmont Fire Company was provided at the scene and the remainder of the town of Haddonfield was covered by Lawnside, Pennsauken and Collingswood Fire Departments. Under this mutual aid plan, the surrounding Departments provide support and assistance to each other during emergency situations.
The fire forced the closing of Kings Highway East from Grove Street to Haddon Avenue for approx. 2 hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Camden County Fire Marshal’s Office. No injuries were reported.
Haddonfield Running Team Takes 1st Place
Firefighters from Haddon Fire Company No. 1, Haddonfield NJ, competed in the American Lung Association2011 Fight for Air- Stair Climb in Center City Philadelphia last Saturday. A team of 12 volunteer firefighters from Haddonfield, each wearing full firefighter gear (coats, pant, boots and helmets-weighing an estimated additional 50 pounds) , participated in the event and climbed the 50 stories (totaling 1082 steps) of the Bell Atlantic Tower high rise office building on Arch Street.
Fight for Air Climbs are unique fundraising events for the American Lung Association. They typically occur in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve climbing multiple steps. Sometimes called a "vertical road race", teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race, with each participant challenging themselves, racing against other people, or as a great way to be active and meet new friends. The race helps raise awareness for the 35 million Americans who suffer from lung disease including asthma, COPD and lung cancer.
The first responders- wearing gear division has local fire departments compete against each other while wearing their protective fire fighter clothing. Some firefighters also wore their SCBA breathing equipment and carried 50 foot lengths of hose and hand tools to simulate realistic conditions if they were called to fight a fire on the upper floors of a high- rise building.
The Haddon Fire Company team was the third largest company participant (behind only Philadelphia Fire Department and Cherry Hill Fire Department) and included Assistant Chief Sam Trotman, Lieutenant Jeff Mirabello, President Butch Brees, and Fire Fighters Mike Miller, Brian Plodizyn, Brian Poliafico, Joe Dunn, John Princiotta, Chris Kolbe, Jason Kolbe, Mike Carmody, and Mike Bortnowski.
Taking the very difficult challenge one step further, 8 of the 12 Haddonfield fire fighters also competed in the first responders challenge, a second climb competing against local police, fire, and EMS personnel while wearing running clothes (no gear). All 8 completed this additional event raising their climbing total to 100 stories on Saturday morning.
Haddon Fire's fastest stair climber, Lieutenant Jeff Mirabello, finished the race in 8 minutes and 25 seconds, an amazing rate of over 2 steps per second while ascending the 700 vertical feet.
Haddonfield Firefighters were able to raise over $3,500 in donations to help the American Lung Association in their efforts to improve lung health and prevent lung disease.
Haddon Fire Company No. 1 proudly congratulates its members for participating in the event, supporting this very worthwhile cause, and demonstrating the proper fitness, health and conditioning of firefighters protecting our community.