The first stair climb held to support the mission of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was held on September 11, 2005 when five Colorado firefighters convened at a high-rise building in downtown Denver to climb 110 flights of stairs in memory of their FDNY brothers who were killed in the terrorist attacks of 9-11. The following year, twelve firefighters participated, representing four fire departments from the metro Denver area. Each subsequent years, attendance grew, until it was capped at 343 participants in 2008.

Since its beginning, the Denver 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb has evolved into a much anticipated annual events, and generated interest from individuals across the country who hoped to adapt the format and host an event in their cities. In 2010, the original Denver team partnered with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to create a template that would enable coordinator to successfully replicate a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb anywhere in the United States.

National Fire Prevention Week this year will culminate with the National Stair Climb. This year’s stair climb is unique in that the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation has expanded the scope of the tradition to also remember all of America’s fallen firefighters, and is the first event of its kind to take place in New York City with the support of the FDNY.

On October 10, 2015, eight members of the Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1, as well as some of their family members travelled to Citi Field in New York to take part in the this year’s Stair Climb Event.  Combined, they were able to raise $2,300 in total donations in support of the event. JTFD1 members who participated, dressed in full turnout gear including an air pack and climbed a total 2,200 stairs which is equivalent to the 110 story climb up the WTC which the FDNY members would have made on 9-11. Family members who made the trip, also participated in the event by completing the climb in regular clothes. It was a grueling climb and took most members approximately two to three hours to complete. Upon completing the climb, each member rang a bell and announced the name of the firefighter which they were climbing in honor of. Some chose the firefighter ahead of time, others who did not were assigned a firefighter at the time when they initially checked in that morning.

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Flashover Training

Jtfd1 Hard at work in a 1200 degree room to ensure we keep you safe. A team of people enter a room on fire and watch the characteristics of how a flashover occurs, it not for the faint of heart.  As you can see in the photo below the fire was hot enough to melt hose.  Special Thanks to Bergen Fire Acedemy for allowing us to train at your facility.

Below is the definition of what a flashover is. 


Flashover by definition is “the sudden involvement of a room or an area in flames from floor to ceiling caused by thermal radiation feedback.”1 Thermal radiation feedback is the energy of the fire being radiated back to the contents of the room from the walls, floor, and ceiling. This radiation of energy to the contents of the room will raise ALL the contents to their ignition temperature. When the contents of the room suddenly and simultaneously ignite, this is flashover. This simply means that flashover is a temperature-driven event. It requires that the fire’s energy be radiated back to the contents to produce a rapid rise in temperature and simultaneous ignition. Flash over indicates that the fire has grown to the fully developed stage.

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Au Pair Fire Safety Training

The annual Au Pair Fire Safety Training was hosted by Fire Co. 1 on Sunday March 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

They were welcomed to the fire house by Lt. Kevin DeBlasio.

The Class has been hosted by the township fire companies and run by the township official since March of 2009.


Au Pairs attending this year’s class currently reside/work for families in Warren, Sussex, Morris and Passaic counties.

The Au Pairs this year are from Mexico, Colombia, Germany, Austria,  France, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Australia, Thailand to name a few.

There were over 30 participants.


They learned about having 2 ways out, a home escape plan, a meeting place, the need for smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

The watched the FIRE IS video segment about ‘Fire is Smoke and Gas’ by Dr. Frank Field and the NFPA video on Fire Power.

This particular group also had 2 members that are fire fighters in their respective countries and got to talk with members of company 1 on fire fighting.

They also had a chance to try on firefighting equipment and see the apparatus as can be seen in the pictures.

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New Line Officers for 2015

Hello Jefferson Twp 2015 is here and its time to announce the newly elected officers and they are as follows-

  • Chief – Guy Bakera
  • Asst. Chief – Gerry Brown
  • Captain – Rich Boonstra
  • Lieutenant – Kevin Deblasio
  • 1st Engineer – Raymond Cabrera Sr
  • 2nd Engineer – Jeremy Reed
  • 3rd Engineer – Dave Wetzel
  • 4th Engineer – Evan Woods

JTFD1 would like to give thanks to our 2014 officers for a great job and keeping the residents of Jefferson Twp safe.

Thank you and be safe in 2015.

Big Thanks to Service Concrete

Thank you to Service Concrete for your generous donation for our dumpster pad.




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