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History of the Lyndhurst Fire Department
 
The Lyndhurst Fire Department was formed in the early part of the 20th Century as a volunteer department. Carl Oltman, Jack Marnett, F.A. Rothgery, and George Frank were among the early fire Chiefs. Long-time Chief William Kingzett ran the department from the 1941 through its transition to a full-time department, and into the 1970's when he retired and was replaced by Chief Steve Roth in 1973. Chief Roth was instrumental in the formation of the first paramedic service in the Hillcrest area as well as the purchase of the Department's first aerial apparatus, a 1977 Sutphen. He also worked to increase the staffing of the department to seven firefighters per shift. Upon the retirement of Chief Roth in 1980, Captain Walt Munich performed the duties of Acting Chief until Joe Sweeney was promoted to Chief in 1981. During Chief Sweeney's tenure as Chief two new Pierce fire engines were purchased, the Sutphen aerial was eventually replaced by a Pierce 100' aerial. Two fully equipped paramedic squads are also in service at all times. When Chief Sweeney retired in 1998 Chief Pat Murphy took over the reins. He was able to get the shift complement increased to eight men per shift and replaced a 1990 rescue squad with a newer model. The latest in fire technology, a thermal imaging camera, was purchased in 2001.
 
 
Early records show that the Lyndhurst Fire Department used to respond to less than 100 calls per year. That number has increased each year and now we respond to about 2000 calls per year. The types of calls we respond to include working structural and vehicle fires; grass, leaf, brush, and trash fires; service calls such as lock-outs and smoke detector checks; emergency medical calls; and false alarms.
 
Emergency medical services offered by the department have expanded from basic first aid and oxygen administration which was the norm in the 1950's , 60's, and 70's to cardiac monitoring, advanced airway management, and drug administration. The paramedics of the department are required to attend over eighty hours of continuing medical education over a three year period.
 
Technical rescue services such as high angle rescue, water rescue, trench and confined space rescue, and other specialty rescues are provided by the Hillcrest Technical Rescue Team.
 
Mutual Aid is given and received within the Hillcrest area and occasionally beyond.
 

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