Liberty Corner Fire Company Earns First Place Trophies at Boonton Labor Day Parade August 31, 2013
Liberty Corner Fire Company earned two first place trophies at the Boonton Fire Department's Annual Labor Day Parade on Saturday, August 31: Best Appearing Tower Ladder, and Best Overall Aerial Device.
Led by Junior Captain Kyle Harcourt and Firefighter Robert Scaniello, Liberty Corner firefighters spent several weeks preparing 40-116, Liberty Corner Fire Company's 100 foot tower ladder. Great care went into cleaning and detailing every piece of the apparatus, from power washing the engine, pump, and under-carriage, to polishing the body and diamond plate. All tools, gear and equipment was inspected, cleaned and painted as needed. The results, in addition to maintaining morale and comeraderie at the fire station, are close inspection and maintenance of tools and equipment; gaining knowledge and experience of equipment use and locations; and of course, pride in one's company.
These two first place awards come after Liberty Corner Fire Company won first place for Best Appearing Aerial Device in Hillborough on June 13, 2013.
Liberty Corner Swift Water Rescue June 9, 2013
On Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 14:45, the Liberty Corner Fire Company and Liberty Corner First Aid Squad were dispatched to the Passaic River behind 55 Pond Hill Road for a water rescue. While en route, county dispatch updated that a kayak had overturned and one adult and one child were stranded in swiftly moving water.
First Assistant Chief Pete Aprahamian arrived on scene along with FF Rich Mikutsky and several officers from the Bernards Township PD. Chief Aprahamian established command and confirmed two victims in swift water clinging to several downed trees within the river. Chief Aprahamian requested the rescue and tower respond simultaneously. Due to the urgency of the situation, Chief Aprahamian, FF Mikutsky and Sgt. Glen Amerman, a Bernards Township Police Officer, commandeered a nearby kayak and life jacket from the banks of the river and entered the water to establish a position on an island closer to the two victims. The responders threw the life jacket to the adult as the child was already wearing one. The responders then tied a rope to the kayak and managed to guide it to the stranded adult. The stranded adult placed the child into the kayak. Aprahamian and Amerman used the ropes to guide the kayak back to Mikutsky. The same operation was repeated to rescue the adult. During this operation, firefighters from Rescue 40-151 and Tower 40-116 supplied additional life jackets, ropes and rigging and set up a rope system to assist in removing the adult victim from the water�s edge and both the child and the adult up the steep 100 ft. embankment. Both victims were brought safely up the embankment by fire company personnel to an awaiting ambulance from the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad.
It was through the well-coordinated efforts of the Fire Company, Police Department and First Aid Squad, that a tragedy was avoided. Only minor injuries were reported for the victims along with a few cuts and scrapes for the firefighters.
Please see related article at Basking Ridge Patch: Man, Granddaughter Rescued from Capsized Kayak on Passaic River
Bernardsville Fire Company is Victorious in Tri-County Firematics Competition
On Saturday, June 9th, local area fire companies participated in the Annual Tri-County Firematics Competition hosted by the Liberty Corner Fire Company. The annual competition is based on a series of simulated fire fighting activities. The goal is to successfully complete each activity, which consists of two hose events and one ladder event, in the least amount of time. Trophies are awarded for each of the three individual events and the team with the lowest time for all three events combined is declared the overall winner.
In what proved to be an exciting day, the Bernardsville Fire Company placed first in the single hose event, second in the ladder event, first in the double hose event and finished with the lowest combined time for all three events thereby taking home the first place trophy for the overall competition. The Green Village Fire Department placed first in the ladder event with Chatham Borough taking second place in both the single and double hose events. Chatham Borough also took first place in the mystery event with the Stirling Fire Department taking second place.
Fire Companies participating in this year�s competition were Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Chatham Borough, Far Hills-Bedminster, Green Village, Martinsville, New Vernon, Peapack-Gladstone and Stirling.
The Tri-County Firematics Association would like to thank this year�s sponsors - Fail Safe, Inc. (www.failsafeusa.com) provider of fire hose and ground ladder testing, Firefighter One (www.ff1.com) provider of fire, police and EMS supplies and Chatham Print & Design (www.chathamprint.com) provider of brochures, booklets and other printed materials and Paul Davis (www.pauldaviscompanies.com) a national network of full service water, fire and mold cleanup and restoration specialists.
Who We are
Comprised of 45 volunteers, the Liberty Corner Fire Company is responsible for providing fire and rescue service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to the Liberty Corner section of Bernards Township. In fact, we have been providing volunteer fire and rescue service to the Liberty Corner community since 1910.
As you may know, Bernards Township is divided into two main sections - Liberty Corner (in the southern portion of the Township) and Basking Ridge (in the northern portion of the Township). Within the Liberty Corner section of the Bernards, our fire and rescue service area is comprised of approximately 16 square miles (of the 26 square miles in Bernards Township) and over 6,500 residences and businesses. Therefore, if you live or work in the southern portion of Bernards Township, it is the Liberty Corner Fire Company that provides you with fire and rescue services.
In addition to protecting our community, the volunteers of the
Liberty Corner Fire Company are responsible for raising the majority of
the funds used to satisfy the fire company's annual operating budget.
Our volunteers work hard during the year to raise these necessary funds
through our Annual Fund Drive mailing, our holiday gift delivery and
the other fund raising
events we host each year. It is through the success of these fund raising efforts that we are able to provide the community with new and improved fire fighting and rescue equipment and our volunteer firefighters with the latest training in fire fighting and rescue techniques.
Please feel free to stop by and visit us at the Liberty Corner firehouse located at 95 Church Street (just west of the Liberty Corner school). Members can often be found at the firehouse on Monday nights (for training exercises) or late Sunday mornings (performing routine and preventive maintenance to the equipment). Additionally, please join us when we host our various events throughout the year such as our Memorial Day parade, our Fire Prevention Day and our Holiday parade to name a few. These events provide a fun and exciting way for you to visit the firehouse and meet the volunteers dedicated to protecting you, your family and our community.
We hope that you never need our services; however, if you do, rest assured that we will be there for you.