Dinner Dance – October 28th, 2017 – Zeris Inn
In Memoriam: Tom Miller
It is with deep regret that the department announces the passing of Life Member and Past Chief Tom Miller. Tom joined the MLFD in 1989 and was an active member for twenty years. Tom served as Asst. Chief in 2002-2003, Deputy Chief in 2004-2005 and Chief in 2006- 2007. Tom’s three children also served in the Jr. Fire Department. Tom was a friend to many members of the department over the years and he will be missed.
About the Fire Department
In 2016, the Mountain Lakes Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 100th anniversary. Over the years, hundreds of residents of Mountain Lakes have proudly served the department and the community. The first Chief of the MLVFD, William Lewis, served from 1916-1926. Since then, thirty members have proudly served the department as Chief. Numerous members have served the department for decades, including one who has served for fifty-seven years. For nearly fifty years, the Mountain Lakes Volunteer Fire Department has also had an active junior fire department consisting of high school juniors and seniors.
The Fire Department responded to 135 calls during 2016. These calls included structure fires, car fires, brush fires, weather related emergencies, and providing assistance to our mutual aid departments and the police department. The Senior Department held twenty-eight drills in 2016. The Junior Department held twenty-one drills in 2016. Call response, training, meetings and other department activities accounted for over 5,600 person-hours.
In addition to responding to a variety of calls and monthly training, the MLVFD also kept busy with sponsoring or participating in over 30 community events. Some events include the annual Memorial Day parade, Little League parade, Mountain Lakes Day, 4th of July, visiting the pre-schools and Wildwood School during fire prevention week, the Christmas tree lighting, and escorting Santa Claus around town on the fire engine during the Christmas season.
The Mountain Lakes Volunteer Fire Department is always in need of eager volunteers to serve the community. The members of the department are your friends and neighbors. Please consider joining us today!