WARREN, NJ -  The Warren Township Committee extends its appreciation and congratulates the Warren Township Fire Department under the leadership of Chief Michael LoSapio for the period 2012 through 2014.  It also thanks the Assistant Fire Chiefs for 2014:  Mark Russo, Mt. Bethel;  Ben Gaiser, Community;  Mike Dalton, Washington Valley and Mike Montross, Mt. Horeb.  Chief LoSapio and his team are to be congratulated for their accomplishments.
 
Mark Russo succeeds LoSapio as the new Chief with the team of Assistant Fire Chiefs:  Mike LoSapio, Mt. Bethel; Ben Gaiser, Community;  Charles Bogden, Washington Valley and Chris Young, Mt. Horeb.
 
 
Chief LoSapio stated, “It's been an honor and a privilege to lead the members of the Warren Township Fire Department and I thank you for the opportunity. Chief Russo will continue to make Warren Fire Department a progressive, effective, and highly skilled group of firefighters ready at a moment’s notice. I ask that you all show him the same support and respect as you've shown me over the last 3 years and I thank you for that.”
 
The following endeavors were achieved under the direction of Chief LoSapio and his team:
 

• Purchased, installed and deployed new Fire Department Information reporting software and launched personnel and training modules as well. 
 
• Installed a fresh-air SCBA compressor + refill station - eliminating the need to take the Rescue truck out of service to be refilled at an offsite location.
 
• Purchased the first-round of Holmatro Rescue tool upgrades (and retired equipment approaching 20 years of age).
 
• Purchased 3 Thermal Imaging cameras (Engine 3, Chief Car and Ladder Truck) and retired the first township purchased Thermal Imaging Camera (circa 1997). All primary response vehicles have a "modern" thermal imaging camera.  These cameras help detect fires hidden in walls and ensure firefighting safety.
 
• Standardized AEDs - purchased AEDs for every primary response vehicle such that ALL AEDs in the department are 100% identical. 
 
• Received delivery of the Ladder Truck housed at Washington Valley Fire Company.
 
• Updated radio equipment to insure that all primary apparatus have a Somerset Trunked Mobile radio and can communicate with ANY department in the county which is vital during mutual aid responses.
 
 
• Purchased (and soon to be delivered) Microsoft Tablet PCs for each fire apparatus which will improve the timeliness of reporting.
 
• With the assistance of the Warren Township Public Works Department, improved the maintenance of Township Fire Equipment.
 
• Purchased 20 CO meters and distributed them to fire officers and top responders to help combat the growing number of Carbon Monoxide Alarm activations. 
 
• The most important dollars spent by the Fire Department was for training. The department utilized contract classes from well-respected instructors, sent firefighters to the National Fire Academy, Wildwood and Harrisburg conventions, Baltimore Fire Expo and more. The firefighters became active members in the Northern County Mutual Aid Association and participated in a few large-scale drills. 
 
• Responded to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath.  
 
• Established annual SCBA fit testing and forced the entire department to take physicals.
 
• Purchased and installed an emergency backup generator for Mt. Bethel, Community, and Mt. Horeb firehouses.
 
“While the above seems like so much, there is so much more to go” said Chief LoSapio. 
 
The Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chiefs and all Firefighters of the Warren Township Fire Department are all volunteers.  The members study, train and drill to ensure a safe response to all fire scenes in Warren Township.
 
Residents interested in joining the Warren Township Volunteer Fire Department can visit the firehouse or call the Chief’s office at (908) 753-8000, extension 271.