Q. How do I test my smoke detector?

A. Every smoke detector has a test button usually near the center of the detector. Press and hold the button for a few seconds. If the detector is working correctly the alarm will sound for a few seconds and then reset. Remember to replace batteries every six months (when we change our clocks is a good reminder) and be certain that the detector is free of dust and debris as this could give a false reading. Every level of your home should have a detector in good working order with special attention to areas where you sleep.  Follow manufacturers instructions.

Q. Does the Old Tappan Vol. Fire Dept. fill or empty pools?

A. No.

Q. Why do so many apparatus respond for what appear to be simple incidents?

A. The Old Tappan Fire Dept. is dispatched according to information received from 9-1-1 operators.  Firefighters are prepared to deal with the worst case scenario. Discovering that we need more units once we have arrived at a scene could often lead to loss of life or property. We have learned from experience that it is better to have too much help than not enough. Some of Old Tappan's most devastating fires originated as an activated alarm.  A structure fire requires a number of people to do all of the assigned tasks. Firefighter teams are assigned to certain responsibilities such as fire extinguishment, search and rescue, ventilation, salvage, safety and accountability and rapid intervention in the event a firefighter becomes trapped or injured.

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