50 and 60 Years of Service


Congratulations George Wodowski, Butch Franklin and Frank Gluckler on their years of service!

George Wodowski 50 years of service- George joined the HFD in 1969, and has been an active member ever since. In 1977 George started his climb up the chain of command as third lieutenant and was named Chief of the department in 1982. In 1988 George started the cadet program which is still going strong today.

Butch Franklin 50 years of service- Butch joined the HFD in 1969, since 1969 Butch has maintained an average attendance of 80%. In 1973 Butch started his climb up the chain of command as third lieutenant, and served as Chief of the department in 1978 and 1979. Butch has been named fireman of the year 3 times, more than any member in HFD history. Butch was also named chairman of the Hillsdale fire department carnival in 1995 and has been successfully running it ever since.

Frank Gluckler 60 years- Where do we start with this one? Frank joined the HFD in 1959, and at 94 years old Frank is still an active member and is our primary fire comm operator. In 1966 Frank was elected third lieutenant and Chief of the department in 1973. Frank Served as Drill Master between 1962 and 1997 winning 6 best overall trophies in the NJ & NY Association Parade, Exempt President 1976 &77, Exempt Secretary in 1998 to the present, Relief Association President 1986 thru 2005, and Fireman of the Year 1989. Frank Created the Rudy Appeld Award of the NJ & NY Association in 1985 and was the recipient of it in 2010.

Thank you Chief Wodowski, Chief Franklin, and Chief Gluckler for all you have done for the borough of Hillsdale.

Emergency Services Open House

We would like to thank everyone who came out to see the Police, EMS, and Fire Department today. It's always a pleasure getting to meet and greet with all the members of the community and to shed some light on the servies we provide. Please join us next year for cider, donuts, and some interesting demonstrations!


Recruitment Open House

The Hillsdale Fire Department welcomes any interested parties to visit the fire house at 6:30pm on Tuesday April 24th on the second floor for an open recruitment session. Long-time members as well as officers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. We encourage anyone who may be remotely curious about either the fire service or the ambulance corps please stop by. The community needs more volunteers! 

HFD Working Fire and The Importance of Fire Alarms

At 12:10 pm HFD was dispatched for an activated fire alarm. Upon the arrival of our Sr. Capitan Kelley he reported heavy smoke coming from the second floor bedroom and immediately upgraded the call to a working fire. Engine 33 and crew arrived on scene and were advised the fire was in the bathroom and quickly stretched a hose line into the building and extinguished the fire before extending anywhere else in the house. Engine 34 came in as our 2nd due engine company picking up our water supply along with Rescue 36 as an acting truck company.

Due to the home having smoke detectors the fire department was notified and had time to respond before the fire had time to extend any where else in the house. Thus proving the importance of smoke alarms and how the save lives and homes.