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Woodbridge Promotes two captains and two lieutenants

The Board of Fire Commissioners of Woodbridge Township Fire District 1 promoted two Lieutenants to the rank of Captain and two Firefighters to the rank of Lieutenant. The members of Local 290 would like to recognize Captain Michael Balog, Captain Robert Minkler Jr., Lieutenant Stephen Weber and Lieutenant David Hines. Congratulations and good luck to all!

Woodbridge Fire District 1 Swears in first career chief

The Board of Fire Commissioners of Woodbridge Fire District 1 made history on Friday, May 12, 2017. Charles Kenny, a veteran of the Woodbridge Fire Department for more than thirty years, rose through the ranks and has been provisionally promoted to the rank of Chief of the Department. This promotion makes Provisional Chief Charles Kenny the first Career Fire Chief in Woodbridge Township. The membership of Local 290 applaud the decision by this Board. Congratulations Chief Kenny!

Port Reading Firefighters Renovate Kitchen

PRFD Station 2 would like to thank R.S. Marble and Granite, Inc. of Port Reading for their generous donation of granite.
PRFD Station 2 would like to thank R.S. Marble and Granite, Inc. of Port Reading for their generous donation of granite.
The members of Local 290 would like to extend our appreciation to R.S. Marble and Granite of Port Reading for their generous donation of granite for the island and countertops for the newly renovated kitchen at Port Reading Fire Station 2. The members of Local 290 worked together to renovate the kitchen by removing old outdated appliances and installing commercial cookware that was donated by Buckeye Pipeline in Port Reading. The end result is a fully functioning kitchen that will serve the members for years to come.

Autism Awareness Month

Members and supporters of Local 290 selling T-Shirts for Autism Awareness
Members and supporters of Local 290 selling T-Shirts for Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness month concluded with members and supporters of Local 290 attending the annual POAC (Parents Of Autistic Children) Walk in Sewaren today. There we were able to sell some of our remaining t-shirts to promote awareness and to raise money for POAC. This we raised more than $2,000 for the group. The members are proud to have shown our support and we are glad to see the funds go to a worthy cause. Keep up the great work POAC!!!

Local 290 Boosts Autism Awareness

Help Local 290 support Parents Of Autistic Children (POAC) by purchasing your shirt today!
Help Local 290 support Parents Of Autistic Children (POAC) by purchasing your shirt today!

The members of Local 290 will be sporting these shirts all throughout April to boost Awareness of Autism in our communities. These shirts are also available for sale to the general public. If interested, please contact Bob Paul via phone or email. His information is on the image. All proceeds will go to support the Parents Of Autistic Children (POAC). POAC has played a vital role in the community training teachers, first responders, administrators, paraprofessionals and most importantly, the parents themselves. For more information on POAC or how to get involved, click here.

T-Shirts for a cause – get your’s today

Breast Cancer Awareness Month T-Shirts
Breast Cancer Awareness Month T-Shirts

The 2016 Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts have arrived. T-Shirts are available for sale to anyone interested in purchasing one for $15. Sizes range from adult small to adult extra large. Please email us with your name, telephone number and size. We will call you as soon as possible. All proceeds go towards breast cancer research. Get your's soon and show your support. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is only 10 days away.

Preparing for Tropical Storm Hermine

Tropical Storm Hermine With Tropical Storm Hermine on the horizon, the members of IAFF Local 290 ask that you take a moment to review some safety tips. Tips for Preparing Your Home
  • Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
  • Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
  • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
What to do 18-36 Hours Before the Storm
  • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
What to do 6 Hours Before the Storm
  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.
  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
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National Burn Awareness Week

National Burn Awareness Week is February 1 - 7, 2016. The purpose of this week long observance is to share a common burn awareness and prevention message. Each year, over 450,000 burn injuries occur in the United States with young children and older adults most at-risk. Between 2007 and 2013, the proportion of burn center admissions due to scald burns increased from 29.8% to 33.7% nationwide. These scald injuries are preventable.


  • Set your water heater at 120 degrees F/48 degrees C or just below the medium setting.
  • Use a thermometer to test the water coming out of your bath water tap.
  • Run your hand through bath water to test for hot spots.
  • Use back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so children cannot pull them down.
  • Use oven mitts when cooking or handling hot food and drinks.
  • Stir and test food cooked in the microwave before serving. Open heated containers away from you from back to front.
  • Keep children away from the stove when cooking by using a safety gate for younger children and marking with tape a 3-foot “no-kid zone” for older children.
  • Keep hot drinks away from the edge of tables and counters and avoid using tablecloths and place-mats.
  • Use a “travel mug” with a tight-fitting lid for all hot drinks.
  • Never hold or carry a child while you have a hot drink in your hand.
For more information on how to stay safe, please visit #FlashSplash