The Truck 7 WET DOWN and BLOCK PARTY is just 3 weeks away! Join in on the fun June 9th 2-6 pm when we will commission Truck 741 for availability to service. In long standing tradition, neighboring fire departments will arrive to anoint our new fire apparatus with fog streams (no foam)…Live entertainment by Black Diamond Band, delicious food, craft beer from Defiant micro-brewery, commemorative cups, T-shirts and special merchandise for sale… plus lots of fun for the kids – games, a dunk tank and a bouncy house. You may pre-purchase 50/50 raffle tickets Tuesday evenings after 7:30 pm at headquarters. DON’T MISS OUT! Everyone is invited!
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Dear Ho-Ho-Kus Neighbor:
In June, the Ho-Ho-Kus Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate the arrival of Ladder Truck 741 – a long-term investment in public safety that further bolsters the capabilities of the town’s professionally trained volunteer firefighters. To mark the occasion, the department will host a “celebratory wetdown” – a ritual first adopted by firefighters a century ago to celebrate the arrival of new horse-drawn wagons.
We hope you’ll be able to join us on Saturday, June 9th, when fire departments from neighboring towns will help “commission” our new apparatus, anointing it with water sprayed from their own fire engines in a non-stop parade of fun, laughter, foam and water. The day also will include live music, raffles, giveaways, food, beverages, and games. We’ll provide additional event details over the coming weeks.
Ladder Truck 741, which can pump 1,500 gallons of water a minute, more than doubles the amount of safety and rescue equipment that we can carry on board. More importantly, with its 109-foot aerial platform, we’ll be able to reach homes previously beyond the 75-foot limit of the 25-year-old truck it’s replacing. In small northern New Jersey towns like Ho-Ho-Kus that have few high-rise structures, a ladder truck’s vertical limit is rarely tested. However, horizontal reach is critical, particularly in neighborhoods where homes are set far off the road.
With the new truck, we’ll be able to do an even better job in protecting life and property – continuing the department’s century-long tradition of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone who lives and works in Ho-Ho-Kus should be proud of what we’ve built together. Because of your financial support, we can look ahead to a future as one of the most advanced fire departments in New Jersey.
After all, the Ho-Ho-Kus Volunteer Fire Department is nothing more than a select group of your neighbors: professionally trained firefighters who share your pride in Ho-Ho-Kus. Last year alone, we responded to 175 calls, in addition to hosting the annual fire-prevention open house, fire-safety demonstrations at local schools, the holiday tree lighting ceremony, and Santa’s December candy-cane tour.
Money raised at the upcoming wetdown will go toward such activities — funding ongoing training, new fire gear and equipment, and community events.
To defray the cost of the celebration itself, we’re offering several tiered sponsorship levels. For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact Ho-Ho-Kus Fire Chief Keith Rosazza at 201-446-6484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, please mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing you on June 9th!