Monday, May 31, 2021

Fire Department Insecption

     On Monday-31-May the Bogota Volunteer Fire Department held their annual inspection  for the Mayor and members of Borough Council. This was held on Larch Ave in front of Borough Hall before the Remembrance Ceremony.  The Department’s rolling stock lined up with each Company member standing next to their vehicle in their dress uniforms. Each Fire-Fighter also had their turn-out gear ready to be looked at. Fire Chief Kenneth Kalman escorted  the elected officials to view each Company.  The Companies are  Hook and Ladder #1, Engine #1, Hose #2, and Engine #3. Also ready for inspection was Bogota Fire Rescue #1 .  This is a “new” vehicle for the Bogota Fire Dept, which was purchase from the Teaneck  Fire Dept for $1.00. This will serve as a back-up vehicle to transport personal and equipment when need. It will also be used when a non-fire response is called for. 
   The Mayor and Council members met and thanked each Company members for their service  to the Borough. Then they were given a tour of each vehicle, by the Company Captain. They learned what is the role of each vehicle in various emergencies situations. They also were shown the equipment on each vehicle being told what it is and how it is used.  The elected officials asked the some which were quickly answered. Some of the more note worthy question Council Members asked were:  How is the Department preparing for the influx of taller building in the area. This was answered by saying that the Firefighter have already been going through training with larger Departments, like Hackensack, to answer the call to assist in large structure  emergencies.  This includes larger and stronger hoses that have been purchased by Bogota that can be used in the Borough , and other town, if needed. Another question was when Hose #2 is replace can the existing equipment be used in the new vehicle, when put into service. They were told that the design of any new truck will be made to fit the current equipment in stock. 
    Then the Mayor and Council asked the Firefighters what equipment is in need of replacement or upgrade. This answer was the newer, lighter, and easier to handle equipment that is now available would be appreciated, and allow for the Department to maintain the high standard they have show over the years. 
   After the inspection were complete all the members, of the department, assembled around the Memorials in Borough Hall Park. They were lead in a moment to remember those members lost while answering a call. This was lead by Father Joseph D’Amico from St. Anastasia Church in Teaneck.
  The Bogota  Volunteer Fire Department, and all the other Volunteer 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 go  to:  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 Department please visit them at the following site;
Bogota Volunteer Fire Dept:

Bogota Rescue Squad:              

Bogota Auxiliary Police Dept:

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