Welcome to Highlands Fire Department
The Highlands Fire Department is an all Volunteer Organization that proudly protects an estimated 5,000 people living in an area of one square mile. Located in Highlands, NJ we operate out of one station that protects a primarily residential area. The department consists of 50 members, but is always looking to grow. The department was founded in 1900 and is composed of two companies Columbia Hose Company No. 1 & Star Hook and Ladder Company No. 2. We answer structure, brush, car and boat fire calls along with motor vehicle extrication.
Some fireplace safety tips
Use a metal or glass fireplace screen to keep sparks from hitting nearby carpets or furniture.
Keep kindling, paper, and décor away from fireplaces and wood stoves. ... See MoreSee Less
As colder temperatures are forecasted.
Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn - including furniture, blankets, curtains, and paper products
Choose space heaters that turn off automatically if they tip over.
Purchase and use only space heaters that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
It's that time of year again! Who is excited to enter our Grand 50/50!? Every dollar from these 50/50's go to supporting our completely volunteer organization and keeping you safe with up to date equipment and training.
Please contact any member of HFD to purchase a ticket or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note we take venmo and PayPal for a no contact COVID-19 free transaction. ... See MoreSee Less
From the Mayor,
Borough of Highlands Mayor’s Proclamation
WHEREAS, the Borough of Highlands is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting Highlands; and
WHEREAS, fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the locations where people are at greatest risk from fire; and
WHEREAS, home fires killed more than 2,630 people in the United States in 2017, according to the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®), and fire departments in the United States responded to 357,000 home fires; and
WHEREAS, cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States where fire departments responded to more than 173,200 annually between 2013 and 2017; and
WHEREAS, two of every five home fires start in the kitchen with 31% of these fires resulting from unattended cooking; and
WHEREAS, more than half of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves; and
WHEREAS, children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire
WHEREAS, Highlands residents should stay in the kitchen when frying food on the stovetop, keep a three-foot kid-free zone around cooking areas and keep anything that can catch fire away from stove tops; and
WHEREAS, residents who have planned and practiced a home fire escape plan are more prepared and will therefore be more likely to survive a fire; and
WHEREAS, working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half; and
WHEREAS, Highlands first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education; and
WHEREAS, Highlands residents are responsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes; and
WHEREAS, the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme TM, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” effectively serves to remind us to stay alert and use caution when cooking to reduce the risk of kitchen fires.
THEREFORE, I Carolyn Broullon, Mayor of the Borough of Highlands do hereby proclaim October 4-10, 2020, as Fire Prevention Week throughout the Borough, and I urge all the people of Highlands by checking their kitchens for fire hazards and using safe cooking practices during Fire Prevention Week 2020, and throughout the year and to support safety activities and efforts of Highlands Fire Department. ... See MoreSee Less
PRESS RELEASE HIGHLANDS FIRE DEPARTMENT
As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, Highlands Fire Department reminds residents:
“Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™
04 Oct 20 – Highlands Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”
Highlands Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.
“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” said David Parker Highlands Fire Marshal. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”
Highlands Fire Department wants to share safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.
• Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
• If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
• You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
• Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
• Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention please visit www.highlandsfiredepartment.com, www.highlandsborough.org, or www.fpw.org. ... See MoreSee Less
Hazardous Weather: Excessive heat with daytime highs in the 90s, and maximum heat index values near or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, for most of the area. In addition, during the worst of the heat wave (Sunday through Tuesday), overnight low temperatures may not get below the mid 70s,
Starting this weekend and continuing through the middle of next week. The worst of the heat wave looks to be on Monday. ... See MoreSee Less
It's the time of year when we love to celebrate. Please take into consideration "The Dangers of Consumer Fireworks".
www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-BRkvWGatg&feature=youtu.be ... See MoreSee Less
7 months ago
The Highlands FD reminds you to Stay Safe and Stay Home. If you must go out please wear a mask and social distance. ... See MoreSee Less
Good job Chief
8 months ago
Our thoughts and prayers are with Passaic FD this morning on the loss of a member who passed away from complications of COVID 19. ... See MoreSee Less
Serving Our communities is not without risk and sometimes the price for that service is terrible. The lord holds a place for those who in their chosen profession depart life as they serve.
If you are quarantined (mandatory or self imposed) in your home or business due to possible or confirmed COVID-19 exposure, PLEASE notify 911 when you call and advise the dispatcher. If you have a fever, cough, or any flu-like symptoms, PLEASE let the dispatcher know as well.
We also ask that you place a sign/note on your front door to alert our firefighters, EMTs, and law enforcement officers to take infection-prevention precautions before entering your home or business. We need to protect our crews so that they will be able to continue to meet the emergency needs of the community.
Elsewhere, there have been entire fire companies quarantined after they have responded to quarantined homes and were not alerted before entering. Those first responders are now unavailable to help anyone for at least 14 days.
In our department we CANNOT afford to have this happen and being VOLUNTEER we do not want to have to take it home to our families.
Thank you for understanding!
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Thank you all so much for your service .. Stay safe