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Help Us Help MDA

MDA_IAFFLarge_Logo Local 290 will be hosting our annual Bowl-A-Thon to raise money and awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters across the country raise money for this cause every year and in Woodbridge Township, it's no different. The Bowl-A-Thon will be held at the Woodbridge Bowling Center on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 1pm-4pm. The cost per participant is only $20. The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has supported MDA for more than six decades with steadfast drive and uncommon caring! As the Muscular Dystrophy Association's largest national sponsor, the IAFF fuels MDA's mission to save and improve the lives of people affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS and other diseases that severely limit strength and mobility, helping them live longer and grow stronger. This event is family friendly and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  Public donations are always appreciated and Corporate Sponsor ship is available. For more information, please contact: local290publicrelations@gmail.com Directions to Woodbridge Bowling Center  

Members deliver gifts of hope

Captain DeLeo, Firefighter Tom Nebus, Firefighter Joe Eugenio
Captain Paul DeLeo, Firefighter Tom Nebus & Firefighter Joe Eugenio deliver gifts to hospitalized children this holiday season
  Members of IAFF Local 290 visited Saint Peters Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ and delivered gifts to the more than twenty five children who are not able to be home this holiday season. While most people will spend time with their extended families this holiday season, these children will spend them with their nurses and doctors. The holiday season is a time for sharing the joys of the season as well as giving what we can to those in need. The members of Local 290 hope that the gifts provide some much needed light during the children's darker hours. For more information or to make a donation to this annual initiative, please contact: Woodbridge Township Firefighters Association, Local 290, Attention: Children's Holiday, 418 School Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Cooking Safety on Thanksgiving Day

ThanksgivingSafety_Infographics_1_R2 According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires on Thanksgiving Day. A cooking fire is three times more likely on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. “Most fires on Thanksgiving occur between noon and 4:00 p.m. – the peak cooking hours,” says IAFF Local 290 President, Keith Repace. “A lot of those fires can be easily avoided by staying alert and in the kitchen while cooking.” Many home cooking fires are caused by unattended equipment, abandoned material, a heat source left too close to flammable materials, product misuse and cooking equipment that is not properly turned off. The use of turkey fryers – which use a large amount of cooking oil at high temperatures – also poses a significant danger and can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends seeking out grocery stores, specialty food retailers and restaurants for preparation or using new “oil-less” turkey fryers. If you have a cooking fire, go outside and call 9-1-1 for the help of your local fire fighters. Thanksgiving is also a high time for cooking related burns. To prevent scalds and burns, cook on back burners and make sure all pot handles are turned inward so children don’t come into contact with them. Appliances that get hot, such as toaster ovens, should also be well out of a child’s reach. Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried. According to the American Red Cross, home fires are the single most common disaster across the nation. The members of IAFF Local 290 urge you to cook with caution and wishes you a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Simulated Tank Fire Training

Members of Local 290 with the Port Reading Fire Company & Colonial Pipeline Facility Staff
Members of Local 290 with the Port Reading Fire Company & Colonial Pipeline Facility Staff
On Sunday, November 15, 2015, the Port Reading Fire Department and Colonial Pipeline hosted a training event that simulated a Full Surface Tank Fire at the Port Reading facility.  The training was a perfect platform to showcase the capabilities of the Williams Ambassador 2000 x 6000 gallon-per-minute hydro foam nozzle with special foam proportioning jet pumps and a Neidner 7.25 inch high volume industrial supply hose – equipment purchased for the Port Reading Fire District by Colonial Pipeline. Members of the Port Reading Fire Company, Woodbridge Fire Department, Woodbridge Township Office of Emergency Management and the Colonial Pipeline Emergency Response and Security Team attended this training. The members of Local 290 would like to recognize Captain Paul DeLeo for his hard work and dedication in procuring funds to purchase the Williams Ambassador 2000 x 6000 gallon-per-minute hydro foam nozzle with special foam proportioning jet pumps from Colonial Pipeline.
PRFD Captain Paul DeLeo with Colonial Pipeline's Anthony Ventimiglia and PRFC Captain Harry Triantafillidis
PRFD Captain Paul DeLeo with Colonial Pipeline's Anthony Ventimiglia and PRFC Captain Harry Triantafillidis
District 1 and District 2 train together at Colonial Pipeline
District 1 and District 2 train together at Colonial Pipeline
 

Congratulations On Your Retirement

Woodbridge Hilliard Moran Zullo Retirement Dinner (47)

Mayor John McCormac congratulates the retirees

Captain Daryl Zullo - Port Reading Fire District 2

Lieutenant Robert Hilliard Jr. - Woodbridge Fire District 1

Captain Jeffrey Moran - Woodbridge Fire District 1

From all the brothers of Woodbridge Township Firefighters Association I.A.F.F. Local 290, we would like to wish Jeff, Daryl and Bobby a happy, healthy and fulfilling retirement. Your knowledge and dedication to the Woodbridge and Port Reading Fire Departments will be missed but never forgotten.

Good luck, Godspeed, but never Goodbye.

Change Your Clocks – Change Your Smoke & Carbon Monixide Alarm Batteries for Daylight Savings Time

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Woodbridge, NJ - Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Woodbridge Township IAFF Local 290 fire fighters remind you to not only change your clock for Daylight Savings Time but the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, too.

 

Saving your life can be as simple as changing your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries twice a year and replacing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every seven to ten years. Special smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are even available for those who are deaf or hearing-impaired.   

 

The NFPA reports that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Research has also demonstrated that photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective at warning people of smoke from smoldering fires than ionization smoke alarms. With earlier warning, people have more time to escape a burning structure and call to 9-1-1. 

 

Your local fire fighters recommend installing a dual purpose smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of every bedroom and on each floor of your home.   

 

You should also install carbon monoxide alarms in your home and check them once a month. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless and poisonous gas.  

 

More than 2,300 people die each year in home fires. Having a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm that works 24 hours a day greatly increases your chance of survival if your home catches on fire.   

 

In the case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1 for the help of your local fire fighters.