Large Effort Made by North Caldwell Fire Department and Scouting Troops to Shovel Out Snowed-in Fire Hydrants

Credits: Karen Dow

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - On Sunday afternoon, the North Caldwell Fire Department gathered to locate fire hydrants which had been buried in the recent snow storms. Assisting them in their efforts were members of North Caldwell's Boy Scout Troop (BSA # 1) and West Essex Troop (BSA# 59) along with teenage boys and girls from West Caldwell's Venture Crew 59.  

According to North Caldwell
Fire Chief John D'Ascensio, a large group of approximately 40 scouts, parents and firefighters, under the guidance of Borough Engineer Frank Zichelli, rode throughout the borough on town vehicles in search of trapped hydrants. 
"It was task that was made a lot easier this time than in past years due in part to the efforts of two Eagle Scouts – Joseph Abate and Brian Wlodawski," D'Ascensio commented. "Both of these Eagle are also firefighters. Joseph plotted the location of every fire hydrant via GPS and Brian converted that to maps for us. Frank Zichelli allowed us the use of the borough’s backhoe and one of firefighters who is also a DPW employee utilized the backhoe to expose the ones along Mountain Avenue."

West Caldwell's Venture Crew 59   Credit: Karen Dow

Volunteers Welcome
The North Caldwell Fire Department is happy to welcome new members. For further information contact: 
North Caldwell Fire Department
Chief: John D’Ascensio
134 Gould Avenue
North Caldwell, NJ


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