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.

See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/fire-destroys-garage-of-home-1.1029168#sthash.I5st9ALU.dpuf

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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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Cresskill Emergency Management: Storm Alert

Through the coordination of the Cresskill Office of Emergency Management Borough departments have initiated storm planning. Based on information received as of Monday January 20th, the local emergency planning group would like to relay the following:
1. Storm snow totals are estimated to be between 8-12 inches for our area.
2. High winds will affect visibility with whiteout conditions possible.
3. The storm will be around 18 hours long.
4. The heaviest snowfall of 1” to 2” per hour will occur late this afternoon into tonight.
5. Snow will lessen early Wednesday morning
6. Severe wind chills and extreme low temperatures will follow the storm.
7. As of this time no regional shelters are scheduled to be open. This may change Wednesday morning.
8. Personnel assigned to staff the local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) have been placed on standby for possible deployment.
9. All Borough Departments have adequate resources staged and have completed their storm preparations.
10. The Borough would like to remind everyone, Borough Hall is designated as a warming shelter if necessary. Information regarding the use of this facility can be directed to the Cresskill Police Department at 201-568-1400.
Storm Safety Tips And Advisories:
• Driving conditions throughout the night will be extremely hazardous. The Cresskill Police requests residents to remain off the roads during this high hazard period.
 Cars parked in owners driveway partially into the street will be ticketed for impeding plowing operations.
• Do not start or use generators inside any structure.
• If temporary space heater use is needed use only electric type heaters and make sure a 3’ area around the unit is kept clear of combustibles. Turn the units off when leaving the room.
• If heating your home with your fireplace please take precautions to ensure this is done safely and responsibly.
• Please listen to local media outlets for storm updates.


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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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Post ID 93


On January 3rd the Officers and Members of the Cresskill Fire Department kicked off RED (Remember Everyone Deployed) Shirt Friday. Members on and off Duty will be wearing red shirts every Friday to show support for our troops and recognize their sacrifices for this great nation.

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Fall Back


Are you ready to “fall back” this weekend? Daylight Savings is also a great time to check your smoke alarms to make sure the batteries are fresh. http://bit.ly/18P7LyF

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Open House

The Cresskill Fire Department held an open house October 20th.

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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.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/227176431_Cresskill_FD_achieves_better_insurance_rating.html#sthash.uBEKAOcK.dpuf

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