Maplewood Fire Department


Tuesday, October 24, 2017  Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery Firefighters know the importance of home fire safety. That's why the Maplewood Fire Department encourages participation in the semi-annual home fire safety program called: Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery Sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Energizer brand batteries, the program urges you to adopt a simple lifesaving habit: Change ALL of your Smoke Alarm / CO Alarm batteries when you change your clocks. Change your Smoke Alarm / CO Alarm batteries The Maplewood Fire Department encourages you to change Smoke Alarm / CO Alarm batteries at least once each year, but recommend twice a year each time you change your clocks. An easy way to remember is to change these batteries when you change your clock. This year the clocks are being set back one hour at 2:00 a.m. on November 5, 2017. Replace old batteries with fresh, high quality batteries to keep your Smoke Alarms / CO Alarms ready to protect you all year-long. Some newer style Smoke Alarms contain a 10-year sealed lithium battery that does not require changing each year, but should be replaced after 10 years. Check Your Smoke Alarms / CO Alarms After inserting fresh batteries in your Smoke Alarm / CO Alarm, make sure the Alarm is working by activating the safety test button. The Maplewood Fire Department recommends that you test all of your Smoke Alarms / CO Alarms at least once each month. If you have any doubt regarding the working condition of a Smoke Alarm / CO Alarm, we recommend you replace it. Count Your Smoke Alarms / CO Alarms The Maplewood Fire Department highly recommends that you have a properly functioning Smoke Alarm in every sleeping room in addition to the hallway within 10 feet of those rooms. If sleeping rooms are on an upper level, a Smoke Alarm should also be installed in the center of the ceiling directly above the interior stairway. It's best to have at least one working Smoke Alarm on every level of your home, including the basement and family room. In addition, a CO Alarm is required to be installed within 10 feet of all sleeping rooms. To assure optimal protection and avoid false alarms, your Smoke Alarm and CO Alarm must be mounted properly. You'll find simple instructions included with every Smoke Alarm and CO Alarm you purchase. Should questions remain, we encourage you to visit or contact us for help. Clean your Smoke Alarms / CO Alarms Help your Smoke Alarm / CO Alarm remain sensitive and ready to protect you by gently using a vacuum cleaner once a month to remove dust and cobwebs. If your Smoke Alarms / CO Alarms have been accidently painted or contaminated, replacement may be necessary. Retire your old Smoke Alarms / CO Alarms! Smoke Alarms / CO Alarms work every minute of every day. After millions of sensing cycles, they should be retired. Replace your Smoke Alarms with new devices every 10 years and CO Alarms after 5 years.



Remembering 9-11

Monday, September 11, 2017   Members of Platoon 2 take a moment to have a photograph taken at the 9-11 Memorial on Springfield Ave. to remember the lives that were lost 16 years ago in the terrorist attacks. The memorial was hand built by members of the Maplewood Fire Department last year.



Captain Rick Salkowski gets promoted to Deputy Chief

Tuesday, June 20, 2017   Captain Rick Salkowski was sworn in to the rank of Deputy Chief at a ceremony held at the municipal court building.



Dedication of New Ambulances

Saturday, May 20, 2017  The Maplewood Fire Department recently placed two new ambulances in service, which were blessed and dedicated at a ceremony held in front Maplewood Fire Headquarters on Dunnell Rd. The blessing was given by the fire department Chaplain Father Jim Worth from St. Joseph’s Church in Maplewood. The dedication was attended by Mayor Victor DeLuca, Deputy Mayor Nancy Adams, Committeeman Greg Lembrich and daughter Caroline Lembrich, Chief Michael Dingelstedt along with several members of the fire department.

            The ambulances are designated as Rescue 36 and Rescue 37 and respond out of Maplewood Fire Headquarters by the department’s EMTs. Rescue 36 is a remounted 2005 Road Rescue Ambulance onto a 2016 Ford F450 4-wheel drive chassis. The refurbishment consisted of the removal of the patient compartment from a 2005 Ford F350 2-wheel drive chassis. The refurbishment, including the change from a 2-wheel drive to a 4-wheel drive vehicle benefits the fire department and residents of Maplewood in the winter months during inclement weather. The remounting had an estimated cost savings of $100,000 versus purchasing a brand new ambulance.

            Rescue 37 is a brand new 2017 Braun Ambulance on a Ford F450 4-wheel drive chassis.  This ambulance replaces the 2012 Chevy Ambulance that was destroyed from fire inside Maplewood Fire Headquarters on September 27, 2015.

            Both ambulances will be utilized on an alternating basis and will respond to an estimated 1500 – 2000 EMS calls a year.



Firefighter Christopher Ariemma gets promoted to Captain

Tuesday, January 17, 2017   Firefighter Christopher Ariemma was sworn in to the rank of Captain at a ceremony held at town hall.



Thanksgiving Baskets donated for Maplewood families

Monday, November 21, 2016       Seventeen Maplewood families are being provided with a full Thanksgiving dinner and will have the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season thanks to the generous donation of food from FMBA Local 25, the Maplewood Firefighter’s Union, PBA Local 44, the Maplewood Police Union, and the Stop & Shop of South Orange.

     The FMBA and PBA both provided the funds to purchase items such as canned cranberry sauce, stuffing, rice, pie, cake & corn muffin mix, pasta, and bottles of apple cider. The Stop & Shop, with the help of store manager Joe Heiser, donated all of the turkeys and Stop & Shop gift cards.

     The items were gathered by Stop & Shop employees, and picked up and delivered to town hall by members of FMBA Local 25 and PBA Local 44. Once the food was delivered, the Thanksgiving baskets were assembled and distributed to the families to enjoy on Thanksgiving.



Platoon 4 conducts Res-Q-Jack training

Friday, October 28, 2016   Platoon 4 conducted Res-Q-Jack training utilizing two vehicles that were rolled over at the DPW yard.



9-11 ceremony held at newly renovated memorial

Sunday, September 11, 2016   Members of the Maplewood Fire Department, along with township residents and officials held a 9-11 ceremony at the newly renovated memorial to remember those who were lost 15 years ago in the terrorist attacks on September 11th.



Maplewood 9-11 Memorial renovations complete

Saturday, September 10, 2016   The Maplewood 9-11 Memorial is complete and just in time for a ceremony to be held on September 11th.



Renovations started on Maplewood 9-11 Memorial

Wednesday, August 24, 2016   The construction phase of the 9-11 Memorial renovations has started.



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