Fair Lawn Fire Chief Commends Membership on Sandy Response
Fair Lawn Fire Chief Eric Reamy penned a memo to Fair Lawn's volunteer firefighters for their work during Superstorm Sandy.
Fair Lawn's emergency service volunteers went above and beyond in their response to Superstorm Sandy (You can read an article about it, here). As a result, Fair Lawn Fire Chief Eric Reamy penned a memo commending his membership on their service:
The storm that hit our area beginning on October 29 was unprecedented in size and severity. In the days after the first wire came down, the Fair Lawn Fire Department responded to over 100 emergency calls for service as well as countless non-emergency public assist calls and carbon monoxide alarms. We responded on mutual aid to several surrounding towns, and were a part of the first Bergen County Task Force to provide assistance to central New Jersey, specifically the Toms River Fire Department, whose resources were stretched to the limit by storm damage and flooding.
As Chief, I asked the members of this Department to sacrifice their time and to extend an extra effort far beyond a normal week in Fair Lawn, and I was not disappointed. Requests were made of us, sometimes on very short notice, and we never failed to provide the necessary assistance.
Whether it was emergency mutual aid to a fire scene in Saddle Brook, covering Glen Rock while they honored a deceased member, assisting Little Ferry, Moonachie and Carlstadt after the flood, or participating in Trunk or Treat with the children of Fair Lawn so that they could celebrate Halloween in a safe, secure and fun way. As firefighters, you remained on stand-by, sleeping in the firehouses, away from your own homes and families during the storm, as well as spent countless hours assisting in the recovery efforts in the Borough after the storm. You stepped up as members of the Fair Lawn Fire Department and did what needed to be done, without question or doubt.
As proud as I am to be Chief of the Fair Lawn Fire Department, I am humbled and honored to have witnessed the unselfish service and devotion to duty that I saw before, during and after Hurricane Sandy.
Thank you all for your assistance and sacrifice.
-Eric J. Reamy