Monthly Calls
MonthFire Rescue

Tot Finder Stickers

Should I use a "Tot Finder" sticker in the window of my child’s room?

This is a great question and one that often brings about controversy when answered. We at the KFD prefer to teach a proactive, quick response to fires. The use of these decals could provide a false sense of security for your family.

Through various public education programs, we begin educating children at a very young age about the basics of a home escape plan. Children are taught the importance of responding quickly to a smoke alarm, knowing two ways out of each room, crawling low in smoke and having a meeting place outside their home. Children may feel that by having this decal on their window, it will be okay to stay and wait for the fire department and this isn’t the message we are trying to teach them. They need to learn the importance of getting out of the house as quickly as possible and staying out!

There are other reasons why the use of these stickers is not recommended. One reason being that when children grow up and move away from home, or change bedrooms in the house, the decal remains in the window. Perhaps the room has been converted to an office or den and is no longer a bedroom at all. This places firefighters at undue risk by directing them to search for a child when in fact there are no children in that room or living at home.

Another reason why the decals are not recommended is because it provides a vulnerable spot for your home. The decals could act as a signal to unwanted individuals directing them to the location of your children.

Finally, it is important to understand that when the fire department responds for a fire, the firefighters are trained to perform a systematic search of the entire house. If firefighters were to first look for windows containing a Tot Finder decal, and search only those rooms, precious time is wasted. If you have decals in your home, Kenilworth Department recommends you remove them. Then get your family together and take the time to develop a fire escape plan indicating two ways out of each room and a meeting place outside. Be sure you have at least one smoke detector on each level of your home and remember to test them every month. Once you have a plan developed, you need to practice it to be sure everyone knows what to do. You can make it more interesting by blocking an exit with a sign stating that a particular exit is blocked by smoke or fire so family members will have to use their second way out.

Use this information to make your home a safer place. Then tell a friend or a neighbor so they will know what to do in the event of a fire. If you have any questions regarding your home escape plan, please call the us and we will be happy to answer them.



Linden Storage Warehouse Fire Goes to 5 Alarms

Monday, December 31, 2012  By Seth Augenstein/The Star-Ledger
A five-alarm blaze collapsed part of a self-storage facility in Linden and left one firefighter hurt early on New Year’s Day, officials said. The fire, which sparked sometime after 1 a.m. today, burned about 30 percent of the Uncle Bob’s Self Storage units on Allen Street, according to Deputy Fire Chief John Traub. Traub said the fire began in the center of the complex, and spread easily through units that were lined with combustible materials, including propane tanks and painting materials.“You name it, it’s in there,” he said. Firefighters gained control of the raging blaze around 6 a.m., but were still dousing hot spots with water around 9 a.m., according to Traub. The fire department didn’t leave the scene until close to noon today, officials said, and one firefighter suffered a shoulder injury while battling the blaze. At least 11 rescue agencies responded to the fire, according to Traub, who said the aluminum and concrete compartments in the storage units were not airtight — and provided a pathway for the fire to travel across units.“Once there’s fire, it goes across from one unit to the other,” he said. The center of the complex suffered a partial collapse during the blaze, according to Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Dooley, and several parts of the building suffered heavy water, fire and smoke damage.

Kenilworth Truck 3 responded to the scene as part of the 4th alarm 
Union County Fire Mutual Aid assignment. Truck 3's crew was assigned to relieve the initial interior attack crews operating handlines on the second floor of the warehouse.Truck 3 also assisted with the extensive overhaul of the structure.

Click images to enlarge
for original article and more photos

News 12 New Jersey. Kenilworth Truck 3 crew prepares to enter the structure.

News 12 New Jersey. Kenilworth Truck 3
      crew prepares to enter the structure.

News 12 New Jersey

News 12 New Jersey


Brothers Helping Brothers

Thursday, December 27, 2012  Our brothers from Feuerwehr Dettingen / Erms - Löschgruppe 1, Germany organized a fund drive to benefit the First Responders affected by Hurricane Sandy. German Firefighter Sven Doster made the long trip across the Atlantic to personally present the Seaside Heights Fire Department with a silver plate and the funds raised by his Fire Department. 

Pictured are Firefighter Doster (center), escorting Firefighter Doster are Kenilworth Firefighter Randy Levchuk (left) and Kenilworth Captain Brian Howarth (right). The inscription on the plate reads "WE CARE."

A stirring gesture of good will and a poignant example of the "Brotherhood of Firefighting."



Toys for Tots 2012 - Another Huge Success

Wednesday, December 19, 2012  Support for our Toys for Tots drive 2012 was again tremendous. We were able to collect and deliver over 700 new unwrapped toys to the United States Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program. There are lots of smiling kids out there because of your support. Thank You!



Auto Body Shop Blaze in Elizabeth Reaches 7 Alarms

Photo by Bill Tompkins

Photo by Bill Tompkins

Tuesday, December 18, 2012    By Richard Khavkine/The Star-Ledger
Firefighters are battling a 7-alarm blaze in a commercial building in Elizabeth. The building, at 7th and Court streets, houses Portuguese Auto Repair and Express Trailer Repair. Elizabeth Fire Chief Thomas McNamara said the fire started shortly before 4:30 a.m. Companies from throughout Union County and Newark, as well as two New York City Fire Department ladder companies from Staten Island, are at the scene. "We have the fire surrounded," he said. There have been no injuries, he said. City, county and state fire personnel will work to determine the cause of the fire once it is extinguished and safe to do so, McNamara said.


Kenilworth Engine 4 played a water supply support role, helping to deliver water to the master streams of the ladder companies operating above the fire. No one was hurt. The fire is out. Great job by the Elizabeth FD and first arriving Mutual Aid Units.
Over 25 surrounding towns including the FDNY covered or operated at this incident.

CLICK for Video
CLICK for Photos of the incident by Bill Tompkins
CLICK for original story on



Superstorm Sandy Shore Relief Drive

Friday, November 2, 2012 

The Kenilworth Fire Department would like to thank the citizens of Kenilworth for their overwhelming generosity, support and response to our call for Jersey Shore relief supplies. In less than 36 hours we were able to collect, sort, box and deliver a full truckload of coats, winter hats, gloves, socks, clothing, toothbrushes, toothpaste and hand tools directly to the heart of Seaside Heights and Toms River. Thank you to everyone who came out to help and a special thanks to Access Self Storage of Kenilworth for donating the use of their truck. We know for certain that that truckload made a huge difference.

We remain in direct contact with Jersey Shore first responders. As of right now our contacts are not requesting new supplies, we are standing by and will get them what they need when they request it. 

We would also like to thank Borough Hall and the people of Kenilworth for their support of our efforts before, during and after Superstorm Sandy. Neighbors helping neighbors - that's what it's all about!

We hope that everyone's lives are returning back to normal. 
Please stay safe, we'll be there when you need us,
The Officers and Members of the Kenilworth Fire Department and Rescue Squad



Interested in Joining Us?

Thursday, September 13, 2012  The Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad is always looking for dedicated citizens to join our ranks and become EMTs and/or Firefighters.The KFD will train all qualified applicants. Any Kenilworth resident or non-resident 16 years of age or older, living within an approx two-mile radius of the Kenilworth border interested in becoming a member of the Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad can Click here for an application and send it to:

Kenilworth Fire Headquarters
Recruitment Division
491 Washington Ave
Kenilworth, NJ 07033

For more information contact Fire Headquarters (908) 276-3791


above FIRE HQ

above FIRE HQ


Three-Alarm Fire Guts Union Home

Saturday, June 30, 2012  By Jack Durschlag - 
A quick-moving three-alarm structure fire Saturday on Laurel Avenue in Maplewood turned dangerous when firefighters were forced to evacuate and the home was almost completely destroyed, fire officials said Sunday.
When firefighters first arrived at 86 Laurel Ave. around 6:30 p.m., they were greeted with heavy smoke and fire conditions, according to Maplewood Fire Capt. Joe Callaghan.
“We attacked the fire through the front door,” Callaghan said, but shortly after entering the home, firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to find the source of the fire and discovered the fire read white, meaning it was “really hot.” Firefighters determined the blaze was a basement fire.
A short while later, firefighters retreated from the home after they saw the stairs collapse into the basement and realized all the floors were compromised.
Firefighters then began to fight the fire outside the residence with the help of firefighters from Union, Irvingston, South Orange and Millburn. In all, 25 firefighters were involved in fighting the blaze.
Callaghan said Maplewood took control of fighting the fire incident Commander Mike DeMartini in charge. However, a check of the address found the residence was actually in Union and they took over control of the firefighting efforts. There were no residents in the house at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Kenilworth Truck 3 was directed to the scene by Union County Fire Mutual Aid Dispatch. Kenilworth Truck 3 was assigned as the RIC Team for the duration of the incident.

Article by Keith Addie



4-Alarm Fire Collapses Cranford Home

Sunday, June 24, 2012  By Ryan Hutchins/The Star-Ledger
CRANFORD A four-alarm fire burned through the attic and second floor of a home on North Avenue West Sunday, authorities said.
The fire took upwards of three hours to get under control, and it collapsed much of the single-family home’s roof before it was extinguished, Cranford Fire Chief Leonard Dolan said. No one was injured by the blaze, but a firefighter was treated for what appeared to be heat exhaustion.
Around 5:30 p.m., the home’s residents called to report the fire, the chief said. They had been seating on the porch and heard a popping noise.
Two engines arrived within three minutes of the call, but the flames were already reaching out the second-floor windows and beginning to extend to the attic, Dolan said.
“We had a collapses of most of the roof area — half or three quarters of the roof collapsed into the third floor,” Dolan said.
It wasn’t until after 8 p.m. when the fire was declared under control, and personnel remained at the scene until 11 p.m. putting out hot spots and cleaning up, he said. Fire departments from around Union County responded to assist the Cranford crews.
It was unclear if the home could ever be inhabited again, the chief said. The fire burned through the attic and second floor, and the first floor sustained smoke and water damage.
The family that lives in the house — three or four people — are staying with relatives, Dolan said.

Kenilworth Engine 4 crew was assigned to a line/blitz fire in the rear of the structure. Then enteried the structure for suppression and overhaul on the attic division later in the incident. by Keith Addie original article/video



Fire Rips Through Commercial Building in Union

Friday, June 8, 2012  BY KEITH ADDIE    
1st Responder Network    

UNION, NJ –  A roofing company just off of Route 22 was severely damaged after a fast moving fire tore through a portion of the building, sending thick black smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles.

The Union Fire Department responded around 11:20 a.m. to 925 Ball Ave., Sanders Roofing Company for a reported fire. Upon arrival, the rear of the building was engulfed in flames and rapidly spreading. Firefighters stretched several 2 ½-inch hand lines and set up a ladder pipe to start battling the intense flames from the exterior. As hand lines were being stretched, acetylene and propane tanks were exploding inside the building, forcing firefighters to keep a safe distance.

Exterior master streams flowed into the building as heavy fire quickly consumed the roof, causing a major collapse. The bulk of the fire was knocked down within 30 minutes, but pockets of fire remained under the collapsed roof and debris. Firefighters were later able to advance hand lines inside to hit remaining hot spots.

A demolition crew was summoned to the scene to pull apart sections of the building to access hard to reach areas that were still smoldering. It appears the entire building will need to be razed due to the extent of structural damage.

The fire was declared under control around 12:35 p.m., but crews remained on scene conducting extensive overhaul and wrapping up equipment until approximately 3:00 p.m.

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection Agency and Union County Haz-Mat were on scene to monitor the air and water run-off due to hazardous materials present inside the building.

A nearby strip mall that sits on Route 22 and other surrounding buildings were spared any damage. Hand lines were protecting the strip mall in the beginning of the incident due to the intense radiant heat.

Route 22 eastbound was closed for several hours and westbound suffered major delays, causing a traffic nightmare for commuters in the area of the busy highway.

There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries at the scene.

Mutual aid fire department from Kenilworth, Elizabeth, Summit, Hillside, and Cranford assisted at the scene, while other Union County fire departments covered the township during the incident.

The cause of the fire is being investigated, but it appears to have started in an outside pile of debris in the rear of the building.

Kenilworth Squad 2 was assigned as the RIC Team.

PHOTOS by Keith Addie
ARTICLE First Respsonder Broadcast Network



Search for news stories :

Select Year Select Month
Select Category Enter Keyword