2016 Pierce Enforcer Engine Build Process

Follow along as we get updated weekly on the process of the build of our new engine.  We are expecting to take delivery in the fall!  Check here and our Facebook page for info on a future wetdown!

Welcome

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Woodcliff Lake Volunteer Fire Department web site! The purpose of our web site is to educate and inform you about the vast array of services, and the highly trained and motivated personnel that make up the Woodcliff Lake Fire Department. 

The Woodcliff Lake Fire Department puts a lot of emphasis on pride, professionalism, and safety. Our department is proud of the opportunity we have to serve our community, and we have set our goals high in order to provide the best fire/rescue service for the citizens of Woodcliff Lake. 

As you browse through our website, and learn more about the Woodcliff Lake Fire Department, you will discover that a lot has changed since the days of the horse drawn steamer and bucket brigades. A modern fire department is at the forefront of technology. The Woodcliff Lake Fire Department develops and uses the most up to date and state of the art equipment and methods available. It therefore demands much from those who are members of the department. The fire service also offers a life of rewarding public safety service to the community and opportunities for advancement. The citizens of Woodcliff Lake expect and deserve the best possible service from the fire department.  

Thank you for becoming familiar with who we are and what we do ...we're YOUR Woodcliff Lake Fire Department. 


Sincerely,

George Lucia Jr. 
Chief 

2016 Pierce Enforcer Engine Build Process

Posted on July 16, 2016

Follow along as we get updated weekly on the process of the build of our new engine.  We are expecting to take delivery in the fall!  Check here and our Facebook page for info on a future wetdown!

Community Reacts To Council's Decision

Posted on February 27, 2015

Here are two Letters to the Editor of the Pascack Valley Community Life in reference to the vote against replacement of the Woodcliff Lake Fire Department's 25 year old fire engine:

 


http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/opinion-letters-to-the-editor/letter-urge-council-to-reconsider-fire-truck-decision-1.1278066

http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/opinion-letters-to-the-editor/letter-disappointed-with-vote-for-fire-truck-1.1273821

 

We thank the community for all of their support!

 

 

Woodcliff Lake officials vote down request for fire truck

 

FEBRUARY 11, 2015    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015, 8:20 AM

 



 

Members of the Woodcliff Lake Volunteer Fire Department left Council Chambers Monday night disgruntled after the governing body denied approval to pay for what firefighters say is much-needed new pumper.

On Feb. 9, the council voted down a resolution 4-2 to authorize the town's Chief Financial Officer Harold Laufeld to prepare a bond ordinance to buy the engine.

"[I'm] extremely disappointed," said Deputy Chief Dan Schuster to the council before he and a handful of firefighters who were present that evening left abruptly after the vote.

The pumper was something the fire department has stressed it needed for months, as it was passed its 25-year life-expectancy and has concerns with safety. On a tour of the fire department in November, Schuster and Capt. Rob Kuehlke showed the council its 1989 Pierce Lance Arrow, which they were seeking to replace with a 2014 Pierce Arrow XT, which has LED lights, seatbelts and front and side airbags, among other amenities. The new pumper, Schuster said, was slated to cost $615,000, and excludes an additional $45,000 or $50,000 in needed equipment.

"We really felt we did our due diligence with our presentation," said Schuster in a phone interview after the meeting.

The deputy chief added that given dwindling membership, the department has to "do more with less people." Currently, he said membership in the borough is "OK." However, the borough's fire department has roughly 50 members, a mere 12 to 15 of which are Woodcliff Lake residents.

Department heads said previously that they were planning to purchase the pumper online via the Houston-Galveston Area Council - which awards contracts made available to local governments throughout the nation - by mid-summer to train before the inclement months. Council members Jacqueline Gadaleta and Eric Bloom voted in favor of the new pumper, which they saw as a good investment.

"Although it's a big spend, we really can't put a cost on human life," said Bloom after the meeting.

Gadaleta, who is the fire department's liaison, agreed.

"We should put the safety of our firefighters and residents first and foremost," she said. "It is not a want of the fire department it is a need and a necessity for all of our safety. How many men and women would get up at all hours of the night to fight fires and save people? Not many. These people deserve the utmost safety and a new fire truck."

While the Republicans did not give a reason for their decision that evening, councilmen Corrado Belgiovine and Tom Panso said after the meeting that they wish to finish budget talks before determining capital expenditures. Panso added that all other departments, including the police, public works, seniors and Tri-Boro Ambulance Corps have also placed requests for vehicles in the upcoming budget.

"Once the operating and capital budgets are set, we will then look at our short-term and long-term needs, and set up a schedule for replacement based on affordability and urgency," Panso said.

For Mayor Jeffrey Goldsmith, their decision was a "mistake."

"They deserve the truck," he said of the department after the meeting. "This is not a want, this is a need."

Despite the decision, the mayor and council said they hope to have the resolution back on the agenda "in the near future." Schuster said he would prefer the council not hold off for another year for the new engine, given the added strain on the department's other one, which provides first-due service.

"We feel it's pretty urgent," he said.

Email: albrizio@northjersey.com

 

January Recap

Posted on February 1, 2015

 

While we didn't run a large volume of calls in January, we certainly stayed busy with some serious incidents. The FD was alerted to an MVA with Entrapment on 1/12 on Broadway. With assistance from the Hillsdale FD, we were able to remove the patient and get him on the way to the hospital for treatment.  We were requested twice into Montvale, once for a working basement fire, and also for a fire on the second floor of a home. Both were 2nd Alarm fires, and both were extinguished rapidly, saving the homes. On the night of the 1/21, the WLFD was requested to respond into Edgewater for a multiple alarm fire with Truck 75. 8 members, including both Chief's, operated for about 8 hours, helping to extinguish the fire and protect surrounding buildings. 

 

WLFD Asking For New Engine

Posted on November 20, 2014

 

NOVEMBER 20, 2014    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014, 12:31 AM

 



 

Members of the Woodcliff Lake Fire Department are asking the borough council for a new fire engine and equipment.

At a work session meeting on Nov. 12, Deputy Chief Dan Schuster and Capt. Rob Kuehlke informed the governing body that the fire department is in need of a new pumper, which they demonstrated with a visual presentation through a tour of the borough firehouse on Pascack Road that night.

The department's current engine — a 1989 Pierce Lance Arrow — is past its life expectancy, which is between 20 and 25 years, Schuster said. Fire officials are seeking to replace it with a 2014 Pierce Arrow XT, which is up-to-date in technology with LED lights and provides optimum safety with front and side airbags. The pumper, which they had tailored to meet the needs of the department, is roughly $620,000, and they plan to purchase it on HGACBuy.com. The Houston-Galveston Area Council is a regional council of governments in Houston, Texas, which awards contracts made available to local governments around the country.

The department also informed Woodcliff Lake officials that they are in need of an additional $50,000 to $60,000 in equipment, which includes saws, a thermal imaging camera, gas detector, radios and miscellaneous tools to name a few, Schuster said.

Fire officials are seeking to receive the new fire pumper by mid-summer of next year so that the department can commence training before the inclement months.

The decision is something Mayor Jeffrey Goldsmith said the borough council would have to be made by early next year and was one he was onboard with.

"It's all about public safety [and] safety for firefighters," he said.

Email: albrizio@northjersey.com

 

2011 Officers

Posted on January 17, 2011

The Woodcliff Lake Fire Department is proud to announce their 2011 Fire Officers.  Chief: Jared Shapiro, Deputy Chief: George Lucia Jr., Captain: Holly Campbell, Captain: Dan Schuster, Lieutenant: Alex Kaplan, and Lieutenant: Nick McGavin.