For Second Year, Roseland Firefighters to Take on "Fight for Air Climb" 55 Staircase Challenge to Raise Funds for American Lung Association
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
ROSELAND, NJ - For the second year, the Roseland Fire Department will once again be participating in the American Lung Association's annual “Fight for Air Climb" in an effort to raise money for the association's education and outreach programs. On Saturday, March 21, a team including Roseland's Assistant Chief Rich Loveless, Lt. Matthew Popola, Firefighter/EMT Barry Bachenheimer, and Firefighters Perry Lee and Andy Vogel, will join hundreds of other tri-state area firefighters in the unique "vertical road race" fundraising event which will take place at the 57 stories tall One Penn Plaza, in New York City. The skyscraper will challenge climbers to make their way up to the top of the building through 55 staircases made up of 22 steps between each floor.
"Think 55 floors are bad enough?
Anyone interested in making a donation to support the Roseland team’s fundraising efforts for the American Lung Association may do so online here.
Roseland Fire Department
Fire Chief: Kent Yates
300 Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ 07068
The Roseland Fire Department is an all-volunteer department consisting of 41 members whose primary mission is to provide professional fire and rescue services to the Borough of Roseland. The department is celebrating its 102nd year of service and responds to approximately 250 calls per year.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization dedicated to saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The organization provides support and education for those living with asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and fights external threats to lung health.
West Essex Communities Ready to Share the Joy of the Holidays with Christmas and Menorah Lightings, Songs and Games
WEST ESSEX, NJ - Area towns throughout West Essex are getting ready to ring in the holidays. All are invited to the many local Christmas Tree and Menorah lightings, and are welcome to join in the games, carols and hot chocolates which are sure to keep everyone warm this chilly December.
Wednesday, Dec. 3
Santa is scheduled to arrive at the Caldwell Fire Department at 4:30pm, parade throughout the neighborhoods and end up at 5pm on the Caldwell Green just in time for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Following the tree lighting, everyone is invited to gather inside the Caldwell Fire House where refreshments will be served, music will be provided by DJ Joe Garamella and there will be a Holiday Auction with many prizes. The auction will be held to benefit the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Dept. Children’s Education Fund.
Sunday, Dec. 21
10:30am and on
Beginning at 10:30am, the Caldwell Fire Department will drive through every street in town with Santa on board handing out candy canes. They will also be collecting non-perishable items for the Caldwell Food Bank.
Sunday, Dec. 21
From 10am until about 5:30pm, the Fairfield Fire Department will be driving Santa around for a happy ride through all of the streets in Fairfield.
The North Caldwell Fire Department will make sure Santa makes a grand entrance on one of their trucks while also giving out candy canes. The North Caldwell Boy Scouts will serve hot chocolate and cider and live music will be provided from DJ Legendery. For a special treat this year, the Dapper Dans of Harmony barber Shop Quartet will entertain the guests with a salute to the troops. In addition, the North Caldwell Girl Scouts will be accepting new, unwrapped, toys for their annual toy drive. Gifts are needed for boys and girls ages 8-15 years old.
Saturday, Dec. 20
Throughout the day, the North Caldwell Fire Department will give Santa a tour of the borough while greeting the children who come out to wave. The department asks that anyone who has a child with special needs please call 973-228-6437.
The evening begins at 6:15pm with a performance from the Roseland Methodist Church Bell Choir. The bells will be followed with Christmas music until the 7pm tree lighting and the arrival of Santa Claus. Following the lighting, the borough hosts a reception with Santa which includes music and dance and refreshments.
Tuesday, Dec. 16
140 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland
On the first night of Chanukah, the mayor and council take part in a celebration for the Festival of Lights. Starting at 6:15pm, Rabbi Kasowitz will begin by blessing the Menorah, followed by the lighting at 6:30pm. Singing, dancing and a reception with refreshments will then take place inside the Borough Hall.
Sunday, Dec. 21
3:30pm to 9pm
Santa will be riding through the streets of Roseland on a Roseland Fire Engine, accompanied by a festive holiday truck, music, and lots of elves in turnout gear. Weather permitting, the parade will start on Laurel Avenue at 3:30pm and continue through the town, visiting every street. The parade completes on Passaic Avenue at approximately 9pm. Listen for the sirens and come out and wave!
Sunday, Dec. 14
10:30am and on
The Verona Fire Department will make their way through all of the township streets with Santa on board; be sure to listen for the sirens to know when he's close by.
ROSELAND, NJ - The Roseland Volunteer Fire Department is inviting the West Essex community to officially welcome their newest Fire Fighting Rescue Pumper at a wetdown this Saturday, Sept. 6. The free event will be held at their firehouse from 3pm to 10pm and all are welcome. Seating with tables and chairs will be inside of the firehouse in case of rain.
The station is located at 300 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland.
Tickets are not required for the occasion; the event will include unlimited drinks and roast beef sandwiches, hot-dogs and salads available through the purchase of a mug. In addition there will be entertainment from a DJ.
Glass Mug ~ $12
Plastic Mug ~ $8
T-Shirts bearing this logo will also be available for sale for $15.
The new rescue pumper, a 2013 Pierce Impel PUC 1500/600, arrived in Roseland last fall and is still brand new. The department has named it "Squad 2" and requested its purchase after an older outdated model was retired. The new apparatus allows for faster deployment of equipment and resources than the older models. The pumper holds six department members and has within it rescue tools such as the "jaws of life."
Earlier this year, Roseland Fire Captain Doug Yates gave West Essex Now a tour of all that the new rescue pumper offers.
A wetdown is a ritual celebrated by many rescue departments during which a new vehicle is put into commission by anointing it with water sprayed by another rescue apparatus. At Saturday's wetdown the traditional hose fights are expected to take place as neighboring fire departments arrive to anoint the new engine. All guests will be able to get a closer look inside the vehicle as well.
Roseland Volunteer Fire Department
300 Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, New Jersey 07068
The Roseland Fire Department is an all-volunteer department consisting of 39 members who operate out of a single station in Roseland. Their mission includes providing fire and rescue services to the Borough of Roseland, 24 hours a day.