Car Fire


At 10:56 this morning, the Cresskill Fire Dept received a report of a truck fire in the driveway on Hoover Drive. The fire was extinguished within five minutes of arrival and there was no damage to the residence.

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Cresskill Fire Dept. to Flush Hydrants


The Fire Department will be flushing hydrants starting Wednesday, June 25th from 10 am to 3pm Monday through Friday.
Flushing removes the sediments from the water mains and also allows an inspection of each hydrant to verify proper operation.
Sometimes, during the flushing process, a yellow, brown or reddish tint may appear in the water. This is from harmless mineral deposits that settle in the water mains. Flushing the fire hydrants may stir up these deposits, sometimes causing discoloration of the water.
Residents are advised to check their water for signs of discoloration before doing laundry. If laundry appears stained, keep the articles wet and rewash them using an iron-removing compound. Do not use bleach on stained laundry as bleach will “set” the stain.
If you notice discoloration in the water, let the COLD WATER run until it clears before doing laundry. This usually takes less than five minutes. If the water does not clear up within five minutes, call Cresskill Fire Headquarters at 201 568-0030.
It is important to remember that your water is completely safe to drink at all times during the hydrant flushing program. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause but this helps us to ensure all the hydrants are working properly. This will help to keep you safer and keep your insurance rates lower. If you have any questions or concerns in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the office of the Fire Chief.

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101st New Jersey / New York Firemen’s Convention


On Friday June 6th, the Cresskill Fire Department hosted the 101st New Jersey / New York Firemen’s Convention at the Cresskill Community Center. Below are pictures of Chief Ulshoefer addressing the crowd and the Cresskill Fire Department Honor Guard.

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Two-alarm fire on E. Madison Ave


Cresskill firefighters respond to a two-alarm fire on May 26, which damaged a house on East Madison Avenue and destroyed its garage before being put out.

Fire officials have yet to determine a cause for the two-alarm fire that destroyed the garage of a two-story home at 194 East Madison Ave. on May 26.

The fire caused extensive damage to the room next to the garage and the garage, which contained no cars in it at the time. The three or four members of a family who lived at the location have since moved to live with family elsewhere after the fire, Fire Chief Chris Ulshoefer said.

The fire originated in the garage and extended to the second floor, according to Ulshoefer.

The call came in 2:56 p.m. and within three minutes of the receipt of the alarm, the first company came and the fire was extinguished in roughly 20 minutes.

“The company made an aggressive attack on the fire, knocking it down quickly,” Ulshoefer said.

The family was home at the time and one resident tried to stop the fire with a garden hose, which delayed notification to the Fire Department, Ulshoefer said.

A ladder truck from Tenafly, an engine from Dumont and a fast team from Demarest, which is available in case a firefighter needs rescuing, were on hand.

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Community Helper Day


Members of the CFD participating in Community Helper Day (recognizing those who help in the community) at St. Therese School


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Employment Opportunity


***Posting for Monday April 21, 2014.***
BOROUGH OF CRESSKILL is hiring Per Diem Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s).

Application available at

Cresskill Borough Hall,
67 Union Avenue, Cresskill, NJ

Between the hours of 9:00 am and 4 pm.

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2014 Fire Officers


The following 2014 Fire Officers were sworn in on January 1, 2014, by Borough Clerk Barbara  Nasuto.

Assistant Chief-James Lyons

Captain- Kenneth Soule

Lieutenant- James Leclercq

Lieutenant- Brett Petillo

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Cresskill FD achieves better insurance rating


Cresskill Firefighter William Oliver flushes out a fire hydrant on Madison avenue. Officials announced and discussed the improved ISO score at the Sept. 18 mayor and council meeting. DANIELLE PARHIZKARAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Cresskill Firefighter William Oliver flushes out a fire hydrant on Madison avenue.
Officials announced and discussed the improved ISO score at the Sept. 18 mayor and council meeting.

CRESSKILL — The Fire Department’s Insurance Services Offices rating moved from 4 to 3, after its change to a hybrid department, reflecting a better standard of fire protection in the borough.

“When we went to a combined department, this offered the protection that you really need,” said Mayor Benedict Romeo referencing the borough’s switch to a department consisting of both volunteer and paid firefighters. The move went into effect in March 2012.

For the past three decades, Cresskill’s ISO rating was a Class 4, which is good, Fire Chief Chris Ulshoefer said, but having a level 3 is better. He said Cresskill is now one of 54 fire departments, out of 683 in the state, to be classified as a Class 3.

“The better the fire department, the better protected a building is from damage and loss,” Ulshoefer said.

“If we didn’t have that combination department, we would not have gotten the ranking,” Councilman Hector Olmo said. “It’s a good thing to have in general. It reinforces that the fire department that you have is doing a good job.”

The ISO ratings are calculated on a scale of one to 10, with one being the best and 10 being the worst.

The fire department took a series of actions, including flushing fire hydrants, inspecting buildings, and completing extensive drills, all of which helped to garner the higher ranking, Ulshoefer said.

“For us it’s showing and reinforcing that our decision to go to a combination paid department has been reinforced, it’s showing that the department is able to do their job,” Olmo said. “It makes us feel that we made the right decision.”

“The hard work, dedication and pride of our members have paid off,” Ulshoefer said.

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Cresskill names the four fire officials who will serve full time


Firefighter William Oliver, Fire Chief Chris Ulshoefer, Firefighter James Lyons, and Firefighter Matthew Bickford were chosen to be the paid members of Cresskill’s new hybrid fire department.

CRESSKILL — Borough officials at the Feb. 29 mayor and council meeting announced the four fire officials who will serve fulltime in the department.

The officials, Chris Ulshoefer, chief; and firefighters James Lyons, William Oliver, and Matthew Bickford, started March 1 in their new, fulltime role.

The naming of the fire officials completes the governing body’s effort to transform the all volunteer department into a partially paid operation.

“This is going to be a professional department,” Mayor Benedict Romeo said.

Ulshoefer, who is currently serving as the chief of the volunteer department, previously held paid positions as a firefighter in Englewood for 10 years. For 18 years, Ulshoefer has been a fire fighter for both paid and volunteer departments.

“It’s a great feeling. I look forward to the future and the progression of the Fire Department,” said Ulshoefer. “One of the things now is that you are guaranteed a fire engine during the day when yesterday you were not guaranteed to respond to your house. When you call 911, you know you’ll get a fireman.”

The Fire Committee, consisting of three council members, Hector Olmo, John Brennan, and Jim Cleary, who is also the fire commissioner, helped with the interview process.

The idea for the partially paid fire department came from the slow response times to calls and a shortage in manpower during the day.

Romeo had said that it was not uncommon to equipment arriving on the scene at times of 10, 12, 17 and 27 minutes after the call was received at headquarters.

Letters had been written by the past two chiefs, Ulshoefer and Neil Hartmann, asking for more help in responding to calls and saying there was not enough adequate protection.

“As time went on, we were down to the same three to four men showing up during the daytime,” Romeo said previously in early February.

$240,000 was allocated to cover the salaries and benefits of the four paid officials, Romeo had said.

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