Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Fire Safety Duty Day

    Wednesday- 16-August was the 4th day of the Bogota Junior Police Academy. The Cadets spent part of their Duty Day learning about Fire Prevention. This took place in Olsen Park with members of the Bogota Volunteer Fire Department. The Squads were assigned to three different stations. One was the smoke hose, on loan from the Teaneck Fire Dept. Inside was a simulated kitchen to show safety issues in the average home. Some of the advice given was how pots and pans should be placed on a hot stove to prevent accidents. Also, where a home Fire Extinguisher should be placed to be found in an emergency. Along with maintaining smoke and CO-2 detectors with fresh batteries.
     The next station was to see the variety of gear and equipment used by modern fire depts. The Cadets heard about what each piece of equipment was used for, and how it can help save lives.
    The final station consisted of two squads in a hose competition. This was to move a suspended barrel to over their opponents. This would be done with spray from fire hoses. The Cadets learned how to hold and direct the spray of water to the target. This also showed how to work as a team. One Cadet would act the caller, to tell the other where to aim the hose, and to move forward or back. Another Cadet would control the nozzle, on how much water would come out. The rest of the squad help maintain the hose and listen for the caller’s instructions. The need for teamwork was re-reinforced when the nozzle slipped out of the hands of the lead Cadet. The Cadets’ action of alerting Fire Officers of the situation and controlling the rest of the hose, until the water was shut-off. After everyone was checked out by the medic the competition restarted. This continued with the squad with the most victories being declared the winner. This achievement went to Delta Squad.
     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 go to: or call; 201-342-1736 ext. 2007. There is also a meeting the 1st Wednesday 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:

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