Rescue operations following the aftermath of Ida.

Franklin Fire District 1 operated throughout the storm and the days following, performing water rescues and answering calls for service. Pictured is units operating at School House Road x Weston Canal Road. Our Marine units, supported by helo operations, rescued 36 people from Zarephath and Pizza n’ Pasta in Manville.

Photo credit: Andrew Mills | NJ Advance Media

Life Member/Past President/Ex-Commissioner Don Sweeney in Need of Assistance

Don Sweeney, a life member/past president of Somerset Fire & Rescue, and ex-commissioner of Franklin Fire District 1, recently suffered a serious accident and still remains in the ICU. His prognosis is good but the recovery will be long and difficult. Don is a husband, father, and has always been active in the community. A gofundme has been created to support the Sweeney family in their time of need, any assistance will be greatly appreciated!

Weekly Training Recap – 3/5/2021

This week, our duty crews reviewed dive operations. They are very manpower and equipment-intensive. Members practiced assisting divers getting dressed, search patterns, utilizing our underwater communications system.

In addition to fire suppression, Somerset Fire & Rescue performs technical and water rescues for Franklin Fire District 1 and neighboring communities. If you’re interested in joining our team, send us a message to find out more about our membership process!


Training Recap Thursday – 2/25/2021

This week, during our nightly duty crews, members conducted training on our Tripod system. It is a versatile tool that can be utilized in many different ways depending on the situation, such as during a confined space or rope rescue. Members refreshed their knowledge of where the equipment is located on the apparatus and how to set it up efficiently.