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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Inspections

29-May-2019
 On Monday-27-May the Emergency Services Organization of Bogota held their annual inspections. This was held in front of Borough Hall on Memorial Day morning.  Bogota Mayor Chris Kelemen and members of Council were given tours of the equipment used by the Bogota Volunteer Fire Department and Volunteer Rescue Squad. The Fire Department is made up of four different Companies. Hook and Ladder Co. #1 and Engine Co #1 are based in the W. Broad Street Firehouse. Hose Co #2 is housed in the Central Ave. Firehouse. With Engine Co. #3 located in the West Shore Ave Firehouse. Rescue Squad #46 is station in the Kennedy Emergency Services Building located on W. Main St. 
   The elected officials started with the Fire Department and moved from one piece of apparatus to the next. At each stop members of that company explained what the job was of their apparatus. The Firefighters shown off the wide range of equipment each vehicle carries for use. Items ranges from the air tanks and face mask used when the firefighter need to entry a smoke fill building. When explaining this type of situation the officials were also shown the high intensity flashlight, and locating device on each set of turnout gear use. 
   A variety of power and hand tools were on display. This included standard axes and pikes to circular and chain saws.  It was explained that the use hand tools were for simple entry into building and rooms, with the pikes being used to remove surface from walls and ceiling. The official were also told that the power tools are used to more aggressively open up solid surfaces. It was explained, at times, firefighters will be deployed to a roof of a structure to create vent holes in order for the smoke to escape. The Mayor and Council were also were shown other equipment needed to insure the effectual operation of a modern Fire Department. Everything from high capacity fans to the different sizes of nozzles and hoses were put on display and explain the reason and uses for each. 
  From time to time the politician stopped to asks question about a piece of equipment. Sometimes this was done out of the need to learn more about how something should be used. Other times it was to hear that the equipment the Government has purchased with taxpayer money is being used properly. Both the Mayor and Council asked if there is a need for something new or to be replaced. The Firefighters would also share their thoughts on how the items purchase for use are working out.  They also informed the Mayor and Council that much of their equipment has a limited life use. They thanked the members of the Governing Body for the replacement of outdated equipment. They also mentioned which items will soon be forced to be retired from use. The elected officials also heard about the hours of training, practice, and maintenance  that are performed to keep all the equipment at the highest level of usability. 
   After all the inspection for the Fire Department finished all the Company members gather at the Firefighter monument in Borough Hall Park.  They took part in a service that is held to remember those members who have passed away. 
  The Mayor and Council then move on to learn about the duties performed by Rescue Squad #46. While some tools and equipment were similarly to the Fire Dept. others were special to the Rescue Squad.  One obvious apparatus that stood out the Marine Rescue  46 craft. This is their watercraft they use to perform rescues on the Hackensack River or on the Overpeck Creek. The Rescue Squad  vehicles come equipped with lights to illuminate night emergencies. They are called to assist both the Fire and Police Department when needed. They also have building supplies to secure a building if extensive damage has occurred. There is also a number of generators on each apparatus including the vehicle themselves. 
 The Bogota Fire Department, and all the other Emergency Service Companies in Bogota are now currently recruiting new members to become volunteers. This is open to anyone Female or Male who are at least 18 years of age , and are residents of Bogota as well as Ridgefield Park, Teaneck ,and Hackensack.  Training, and equipment will be provided. There is also a Junior Firefighter program open to young Women, and Men who at least 16 years of age. A Junior Firefighter will also receive training , and be a part of the support system to the Firefighters themselves. 
For more information about volunteering please to: http://www.bogotafire.org/  or call; 201-342-1736 ext. 2007.  There is also a meeting the 1st Wed. of each month at the W. Broad St. Firehouse from 7:00-8:00p
To Volunteer for any of these Departments please visit them at the following site;
Bogota Volunteer Fire Dept:  http://www.bogotafire.org/
Bogota Rescue Squad: BogotaRescue@gmail.com
Bogota Auxiliary Police Dept:  http://www.bogotapolicedept.org/#!auxiliary-police/c46n


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