Friday, April 19, 2024

Frelinghuysen Township Volunteer Fire Company Answers its First Call

It didn’t take long for the newly minted Frelinghuysen Township Volunteer Fire Company, Station 84 to get its first call. 

Less than 48 hours after the department was cleared for service by the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety, Frelinghuysen first responders answered a call for a car that ran off the road and struck a building on Route 94 in the Marksboro section of the township early March 3. 

The driver, who was not injured, had swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway, said a report from the department. 

The car was towed from the scene and the building, and an overhang was inspected for safety. 

While not a particularly notable alarm by first responder standards, this was a historic call for the Frelinghuysen fire department as it was the first time it was dispatched to an emergency. 

Two years in the making, the department got its accreditation and was deemed ready to be called into service at 12:01 a.m. on March 1. It’s the first fire department in New Jersey to be built from the ground up, according to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety. 

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.