CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF SERVICE.
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 boroughâ€™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 youâ€™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 Santaâ€™s Express, collecting gifts for USMCâ€˜s Toys for Tots, hosting the United States Marine Corps Recruit Family Day and our annual Open House. We also host the Firemenâ€™s Carnival â€” 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.
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Drop off your child's gift at Fire HQ Dec.14 or 15th, 10am-4pm
KFD Santa's Express delivery to your home - the week of Dec. 16-20th, between 6-9pm
(Your exact delivery date will be assigned when you drop off your child's gift)
Gifts will be delivered to the children by Santa riding aboard one of KFD's Fire Engines the week of Dec. 16-20st between 6pm and 900pm. IMPORTANT: Due to growing townwide participation- we will no longer accept LARGE GIFTS (they won’t fit on the sled). Please keep the gifts small, ie: a dvd, a video game, an action figure or doll, a board game, etc. Also nothing FRAGILE – Santa’s elves sometimes get too excited and turn into klutzes. KENILWORTH RESIDENTS ONLY PLEASE. ONE SMALL GIFT PER CHILD.
KFD SANTA’S EXPRESS IS FREE, BUT WE ASK YOU TO REMEMBER THE LESS FORTUNATE AND PLEASE bring a small unwrapped toy with you when you drop off your child’s gift. Kenilworth Fire HQ is an official USMC Toys for Tots drop site. If you are not participating in Santa’s Express you can still drop off Toys for Tots now through DEC. 16th, 2013. THANK YOU!
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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.
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
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.
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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
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 njfiregroundphotos.com. Thanks Keith!
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Some photos of a routine car fire on Market St. No injuries to report.
June 1, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
KENILWORTH — 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.______________
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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