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The Kenilworth New Jersey Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad


The Borough of Kenilworth, New Jersey, established a volunteer fire department in 1913. Today a century later, the KFD continues to be a dedicated group of volunteer citizens who provide Fire, Rescue, EMS, and community services to the residents and business owners of Kenilworth.  We operate two Engines (Eng. 4, Eng. 2), one Rescue/Pumper (Squad 2), one Tower Ladder (Truck 3), a Rescue (Squad 1), and two ambulances (Rescue 1 & 2).

Kenilworth is a suburban community of approximately two square miles with a population of about 7,800. The KFD is responsible for protecting the borough’s residential property, a busy hotel, and numerous manufacturing facilities and businesses. Additionally, our department is tasked to handle emergency incidents on the Garden State Parkway and Route 22, both of which are busy, multi-laned highways. Also within our primary response district is the large business complex of Merck, a major pharmaceutical company.

The Kenilworth Fire Department participates in the Union County Fire Mutual Aid system. Being centrally located within Union County, the KFD is often called upon to provide Mutual Aid responses for fire and other emergencies in many of the surrounding towns.

Throughout the course of the year and countless hours of training you’ll also find us involved in numerous community events. These include Fire Prevention Week programs for grade school children, delivering gifts around the holidays on our KFD Santa’s Express, collecting gifts for USMC‘s Toys for Tots, hosting the United  States Marine Corps Recruit Family Day and our annual Open House. We also host the Firemen’s Carnival — an annual Kenilworth summertime tradition.

The Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad responded over 1,700 emergency calls in 2012. None of this would be possible without your continued support.
Thank you!

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Fireworks ignite at Kenilworth house fire

Wednesday, January 1, 2014  By KEITH ADDIE Senior Correspondent 1st Responder Network

KENILWORTH, NJ – Fireworks may have played a part in a three-alarm fire on January 1, 2014 that heavily damaged a single-family home and gave the appearance of Independence Day to responding firefighters.

The Kenilworth Fire Department was dispatched just before 1:00 a.m. to the corner of Kenilworth Blvd. and Epping Dr. for the reported house fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire in an attached garage of a large two-story dwelling with extension to the living area and a vehicle parked in the driveway. Not only were firefighters faced with heavy fire conditions, but also an arsenal of fireworks present in the garage detonating and shooting out of the garage doors into the street, causing an additional safety concern.

A water supply was established and hand lines were advanced to the garage and interior of the dwelling as the fire was spreading to the first floor and auto exposing to the second floor directly above the garage. A second water supply was needed due to a defective hydrant, but suppression efforts were able to continue. The bulk of the fire was knocked down in the garage quickly, but active fire was present on the first and second floors where additional hand lines were stretched. Firefighters made a nice stop and were able to darken the flames that had extended from the garage before it consumed the entire living area. Ceilings and walls in the immediate area were opened up to ensure all hot spots in void spaces were extinguished.

All visible fire was extinguished in just over an hour and was declared under control around 2:25 a.m., but firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time conducting overhaul and wrapping up frozen equipment. The home was occupied at the time of the fire, but everyone was able to escape unharmed. One firefighter sustained a minor injury at the scene and was treated and released. The garage and immediate areas on the first and second floors suffered heavy fire damage, while the rest of the home sustained smoke and water damage and was deemed uninhabitable.

Mutual aid fire departments from Union, Roselle Park, Clark, and Scotch Plains were summoned to the scene to assist, while additional Union County fire departments covered the town during the incident. The exact cause of the intense blaze is being investigated by fire officials, but it appears to have started in the attached garage.




Change Your Clocks - Change Your Batteries (and check the expiration date)

Friday, November 1, 2013  It's Daylight Savings Time. It's also time to change the batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. While you're at it, also check the expiration dates on the units (Yes, the detectors have expiration dates.) If the units are old or expired, please replace them as soon as possible.



Three-Alarms on 21st Street

Sunday, September 22, 2013   By Steve Strunsky/The Star-Ledger   

KENILWORTH — A dog died and a firefighter was injured today in a three-alarm house fire in Kenilworth, officials said. The cause of the blaze on North 21st Street was under investigation, said Kenilworth Fire Chief Lewis Giordano. Giordano said the fire was reported at 12:04 p.m., and no people were home when firefighters arrived. He said the fire began in the basement of the three-story woodframe house, and spread to the first and second floor.About 40 firefighters from Kenilworth, Elizabeth, Union, Roselle Park ad Cranford responded to the blaze, which took about an hour to bring under control, Giordano said. An Elizabeth firefighter suffered a shoulder injury, he said.

Firefighters found the dog on the second floor. “It was actually alive when they got it out,” he said. “But it was taken to an animal hospital where it succumbed.”

Original Story NJ. Com



Mutual Aid to Seaside Boardwalk Conflagration

Thursday, September 12, 2013  By Tom Haydon/The Star-Ledger Seaside Park, NJ.

It is one of only three water cannon systems in the state, purchased with Homeland Security Funds in the event of an attack on the oil tank fields along Routes 1 and 9.

On Thursday the Neptune System, stationed in Union County, was deployed to battle the huge Seaside boardwalk fire, providing thousands of gallons per minute to pour on the blaze that destroyed four blocks along the iconic recreation area.

More than 30 firefighters from Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Linden, Roselle and Union Township brought all the components of the Neptune System to the fire scene Thursday, and drew water from the Barnegat Bay. "We had an Iron Gun that throws water 400 feet in distance and using 5,000 gallons a minute," said Elizabeth Deputy Fire Chief Lathey Wirkus, one of the Union County fire coordinators who went to the scene. Wirkus said the firefighting equipment was stationed at the edge of the blaze."Our tires were two feet away from the flames," Wirkus said. He said the system has a capacity to pump 15,000 gallons per minute. Morris County firefighters, who also have a Neptune System, brought their pump to the scene as a backup, Wirkus said. He said a third system is maintained in southern New Jersey.

Union County firefighters stayed through the night, working with the hundreds of other firefighters that came from across the state.Along with the water pulled out the bay, the system sucked out sea shells and fish, which fell across the ground when firefighters disconnected the hoses from the huge pumping system, Wirkus said. Filters prevented the shells and sea life from entering the pump."I (jokingly) told the guys, don't eat the fish," Wirkus said.

Original Story NJ. Com



Bail-Out Training

Sunday, July 28, 2013  On July 28th members of the KFD were each issued their own personal PETZL EXO Safety System. Training sessions were conducted by FDNY instructors at Elizabeth Fire Department, Trumbull Street Firehouse.

The Petzl EXO has quickly become an essential part of a firefighters personal protective equipment (PPE). This firefighter escape system proves the user with a quick and rapid means of escape from an untenable position.

Firefighters can become trapped on an upper floor, and face great dangers with limited means of egress. With the Petzl EXO, a firefighter can quickly anchor to a substantial object (window sill, wall stud, radiator pipe, etc.), move towards a window, and exit. The Petzl EXO and its auto-lock feature allows the user to descend to safety.

A unique feature of the Petzl EXO is that trained firefighters can deploy this system (God willing) in as few as ten seconds!

See the Petzel XO system in action 



Our 100th Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday June 30th over 500 town residents stopped by Kenilworth Fire Headquarters to celebrate the Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Department's 100th Anniversary. Families and their children were treated to an afternoon of free rides, games, hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy, a DJ, face painting, balloons, and fire safety demonstrations. A great time was had by all. Thank you everyone for your continued support! Photos by Keith Addie Thanks Keith!



Car Fire on Market St.

Saturday, June 1, 2013   Some photos of a routine car fire on Market St. No injuries to report.

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Working Fire on Market Street

Friday, May 31, 2013 

 — 0245hrs. KFD dispatched to a heavy smoke condition showing from a 1 story ordinary commercial occupancy on Market St. KFD Car 1, Car 4, Squad 2, Truck 3 and Engine 4 responding. 2 lines rapidly deployed and placed into operation. Fire quickly darkened down.
Thank you to all of the responding Union County Fire Mutual Aid companies for covering our 6.

Well done gentlemen.



Our 100th Anniversary Celebration

Kenilworth residents, mark your calendars. We're throwing a town-wide party.

Come celebrate our 100th Anniversary with us on Sunday, June 30, 2013  11am-3pm.

FREE: food and drink, rides, games, prizes, Dj, face painters, balloons, fire safety demos, tours, photos and FIRE TRUCKS! 

Bring the little ones this should be fun.



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