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-one members have proudly served the department as Chief. Numerous members have served the department for decades, including one who has served for over 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 116 calls during 2020. 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 8 drills in 2020. The Junior Department held 19 drills in 2020. Activities included: Call response, training, 35 meetings and 17 community events (lower than a typical year, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic).
In addition to responding to a variety of calls and monthly training, the MLVFD also kept busy with sponsoring or participating in community events. Some 2020 events include: 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 following usual events were cancelled due to COVID: the annual Memorial Day parade, Little League parade, Mountain Lakes Day, 4th of July.
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.
For more information about how to join, visit our “Become a Volunteer!” page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Events 2022-2023
We are so excited for what’s to come in the next several months! Between our holiday events, and open house, there are so many opportunities to get involved and to learn more about the MLVFD. Keep an eye on our website and social platforms (Facebook and Instagram) for more information as we get closer to each event.
Town-wide Santa Tour December 17, 2022: Beginning at 11:00 AM, Santa will be touring Mountain Lakes with the MLVFD. Listen for sirens!
Santa Gift Distribution December 18, 2022: Beginning at 11:00 AM, Santa and the MLVFD will be delivering gifts to the boys and girls of Mountain Lakes. COMPLETE THIS FORM to add your house to his list.
Junior Department Car Wash Date TBA: More information is to be announced.
Annual Open House Date TBA: Join us for our Annual Open House! Tour our trucks and learn more about our services! More information is to be announced.
The Mountain Lakes Volunteer Fire Department Adopt-A-Hydrant program is launched!
You can (still) adopt a hydrant!
The winter months bring concerns to the Mountain Lakes Volunteer Fire Department. Winter storms that bring heavy snow along that make it hard to almost impossible to quickly identify and use fire hydrants in an emergency. Important minutes are lost when firefighters need to shovel out a hydrant for water supply to fight fires. National studies show that for firefighters to find and access an obstructed hydrant can take 5-10 minutes once we arrive on scene. The Volunteer men and women of the Mountain Lakes Fire Department, your neighbors, do their best to clear hydrants in town. However, with over 230 hydrants it takes days to finish the task. We are calling on our residents and businesses to help us keep hydrants clear in order to provide you with the emergency services everyone wants.
When you adopt a hydrant the “adoptee’s” name will be placed on the hydrant.
Responsibilities of adopting a hydrant
- Keep 3-foot clearance on all sides of the hydrant
- Report damaged hydrants
- Keep free of brush and leaf piles
Click here for the hydrant map link.
The adoption form is located here: Adopt-A-Hydrant Form