RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph Mayor Joanne Veech, Township Manager Steve Mountain, and the entire Township Council conducted their annual inspection of the fire department on a recent Sunday afternoon. Randolph Fire Chief Steven Cohrs and Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Moschella led the visits through the department houses in town.
Chief Cohrs explained, “What we do is conduct an annual review of each of the four fire houses. We look at fire apparatuses, review changes that have occurred, and talk about opportunities for improvement at each of the stations.”
After taking a tour of all four houses, the group gathered back at the Shongum firehouse, where they assembled every member of the Randolph fire department for a formal inspection. The department members were in uniform and were presented to the Mayor and the Council.
Mayor Veech expressed admiration for the group, stating, “All of these men and women are volunteers, and are not paid in anyway whatsoever. We as a community need to support them, not only financially when they have fundraisers, but also with our time. We always need more men and women to volunteer.
Veech addressed the department members, and thanked them for their commitment, dedication, and service to the community.
Chief Cohrs explained why they chose to assemble at the Shongum Fire House, stating, “The reason we are doing it here at Company 5 is because I am the standing Fire Chief and this is my home station. We rotate this ceremony based on whatever the home station is that the current chief is from.”
After the presentation the group headed up to Piccatinny Arsenal for a dinner, presentations, and awards. Some visiting Fire Chiefs from neighboring towns were invited to join the ceremony.
“While we are out, other fire departments will be covering for us,” Cohrs was quick to point out. “Mendham and Chester are coming in tonight, and Dover and Parsippany are also aware of our evening out.”
“They are all prepared to respond to any fire call we have so that we can go out for the evening of awards and enjoy ourselves without having to be concerned. We reciprocate when they have their events, so it is something that is very well-established in the community.”
Mayor Veech added, “The volunteers around here wearing the white hats have over 500 hours of training. That is a heck of a lot of time beyond their normal lives that they have dedicated.”
I just want to say as the Mayor, that people should know their volunteers, and support them however you can. Buy your Christmas tree at the firehouse, come to pancake breakfast, go to casino night. Those are some of the things we can we all can do to help this group that does so much for us.”