RANDOLPH,NJ- Three members of the Randolph Fire Department recently completed one of the Morris County Fire Academy’s more extensive firefighting classes, accomplishments that were praised by their chief last week.
Firefighters Tom McAndrew, Jr., Chris Noraski and Keith Stoeber were honored by Randolph Fire Chief Steven Cohrs in a presentation that took place at last week’s Randolph Township Council meeting.
These men completed Firefighter 2 training at fire academy, said Cohrs, noting the training teaches skills and knowledge needed to function under general supervision.
Firefighter 2 students learn how to function safely and effectively as a member of a firefighting team, said the chief. Successful students are trained to perform firefighting activities while maintaining direct communication with a supervisor,” he said.
McAndrew joined as a firefighter in 2009, said Cohrs. He serves at Station 4, better known as Ironia. To acknowledge his firefighting work in Dover, McAndrew was given an exceptional duty award at the department's last installation dinner, said Cohrs.
"It was a unique opportunity, a unique award for such a young man," he said. "It was very well deserved."
McAndrew was elected lieutenant this year, said Cohrs. He said McAndrew is also a member of the training committee that reviews new training opportunities.
Noraski joined as a firefighter in March 2013 and serves in Shongum, said Cohrs.
He said Noraski has been actively pursuing firefighter education with additional classes like Operation Outreach to be a driver and operator of the fire equipment. Noraski serves on the training committee and the membership committee that brings in new members who are mentored through the process, said Cohrs.
"Interestingly enough, company five - being our smallest station - has a shortage of officers," said Cohrs. "Chris stepped up and did some work here (on the training committee) too."
Stoeber joined the department in August 2014, said Cohrs. He said Stoeber, who lives in Mount Freedom, previously served as a firefighter for five years in Amwell Valley.
In other news, township Manager Stephen Mountain addressed township Councilman Mike Guadagno's idea for a medication prescription drop-off box for old medication. Mountain said he spoke to Police Chief David Stokoe and to Guadagno about the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recommendation to have the box in an place that is open 24 hours, seven days a week.
"We don't want it to just be sitting out there at any point in time without it being monitored," said Mountain.
The police station was ruled out because Randolph no longer has a 24 hour, 7-days-a-week manned police headquarters since it gave up having a local dispatcher, said Mountain.
Guagadno said many people in town do not know Randolph has two collection dates for old prescriptions.The program is called Operation Take Back and it is scheduled for April 30, which is the town's Clean Community Day for spring.