Police & Fire

How the Millburn Fire Department has Changed Since 9/11

millburn fire department battalion chief edward wade III Credits: jason cohen

MILLBURN, NJ- A fireman’s job will never be the same after Sept. 11, 2001. The amount of training and preparation that is now required by fire departments in N.J. has increased immensely because of that horrific day.

Millburn Fire department Battalion Chief Edward Wade III said the events on Sept. 11 have put an emphasis on the way they do certain things now.  Wade, who has been a fireman for almost 40 years, said he never imagined having to know how to deal with radiological or chemical incidents. But, there is always change and it helps people grow and become stronger, he said.

 Ultimately, the philosophy of simply running into a building or home has changed, he said. Firemen need to take a step back, assess the situation and see if they are dealing with any chemicals, Wade said.

Sign Up for E-News

“Our instincts are to rush in and save the people as quickly as we can,” he said.

Since the attacks on 9/11, the fire department has increased its partnerships with surrounding communities and Homeland security. More importantly, they are part of the Urban Area Security Initiative, which was formed as a result of 9/11 and is made up of agencies working together to respond to a possible terrorist  threat.  It is in Morris, Union, Middlesex, Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties. Throughout the year, there are several UASI training courses.   

“We all heard of radiological incidents, but when we were initially trained in radiological response and lockdown, I found that very interesting,” he said.

The Millburn Fire department is also the lead agency for decontamination for people who have been in a biological or chemical incident. Furthermore, they are part of a county team that does decontamination and they have one engine that contains those materials.  

Although they received training from Homeland Security on how to use the new radiological monitoring equipment, it was a big adjustment at first, Wade said.  

“You had never dealt with this equipment,” he said. “We never really had the need to.” However, all of his staff embraced the equipment and the training, he said.

The department is also now part of a foam initiative, which allows them to have enough fire foam available if there is an attack on an oil refinery or oil storage facility.

Looking ahead to the future, Wade feels the community and the fire department are in a safe and better place. Maintaining a balance between everyday things and training is vital, he said.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Millburn/Short Hills

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory thru Sunday for Millburn Township

June 30, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ —  A heat wave rolling into the area is expected to last through Sunday, with the National Weather Service (NWS) calling for a heat advisory for Millburn Township through 12:00 pm Sunday. However, an excessive heat watch runs through Monday evening. 

According to the NWS, the heat index values are projected in the mid to upper 90s today and ...

Millburn Police Issue Multiple Summons Based on Outstanding Warrants

July 17, 2018

On July 11, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Shanahan stopped a 2014 Honda Accord on Millburn/Vauxhall for speeding. The investigation led to the arrest of 22 year old Lyes Yakoubi of Jersey City on an outstanding traffic warrant out of West Windsor. Mr. Yakoubi was issued a summons and released with a new court date.

On July 11, 2018 Millburn Police Sergeant Delrusso observed a 2007 Acura MDX on ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.



To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, July 21, 12:30 PM

CycleBar Livingston, Livingston

Bike for the Bean

Giving Back Health & Wellness


Sat, July 21, 7:30 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, SHORT HILLS

Solid Gold with Bobby Valli at Par 440

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink


Mon, July 23, 9:00 AM

Millburn High School, Millburn

DevKit App Development Summer Camp


Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

Eliminates Prior Approval for Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Medications; Counseling Options to be Expanded

TRENTON, NJ – The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...