Byram firefighters rise to the occasion

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:13

    BYRAM-The Byram Township Volunteer Fire Department, along with members from the Jefferson Fire Department, Picatinny Arsenal hazardous material team, and the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety K-9 Arson Unit all converged upon the Byram Firehouse on Route 206 last Saturday. However, their goal was not to respond to an emergency, but rather to promote fire prevention and safety. As part of an open house, the fire facility displayed each and every facet of its workings to the community. Visitors witnessed first-hand just how much force a fire hose can release when, during a demonstration, firefighters knocked over cones in the firehouse parking lot. Simulations of motor vehicle extrications and ice rescues also gave spectators a sneak peak into the work of local firefighters. In addition, a re-creation of a smoke filled room was used to show the proper precautions children should take in a real life situation. "It's important to be aware of these things because you never know when you're going to need it," said Scott Deana of the Byram Fire Department, who brought his two sons to the event. Fire equipment and trucks were on display, along with pictures of the Byram firefighters during actual emergencies. The five-hour event also included members of the Lakeland Emergency Squad, who performed blood pressure readings free of charge.