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Emergency-Response Restoration Services in Wayne

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Firefighters putting a fire out in a window. SERVPRO of Wayne is ready for your fire damage emergency call.

SERVPRO of Wayne is a Phone Call Away from Rapid Disaster Cleanup at (973) 546-4977

Wayne, New Jersey’s history begins in 1694 with the land surveying and speculation of Arent Schuyler. Schuyler was tasked by the British with investigating rumors of French-led rebellion among the local Lenape tribespeople. However, the Lenape proved to be a peaceful agrarian tribe in a fertile river valley.

In 1695, Schuyler and many others, including Samuel Bayard and Anthony Brockholst, decided to invest in the land and eventually purchase it as British territory. At the end of the year, the first township settled on the newly purchased 5000 acres of land was dubbed New Barbadoes Township. The area would not be incorporated as Wayne until April 1847. The historic Schuyler-Colfax House on what is now Hamburg Turnpike still stands today as a museum and a testament to centuries of Wayne area history.

Notable people from Wayne include:

  • Retired United States Army North commanding general Major General Guy C. Swan III
  • Members of the band Dramarama, including founding member and bassist Chris Carter, singer John Easdale, keyboardist Theodore Ellenis, guitarist Mark Englert, and drummers Ronny Machuga and Jesse Farbman
  • A-list actress and “Queen of Jazz-Rap” Dana Owens, also known as Queen Latifah
  • New York Jets tight end Chris Pantale
  • Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Kathy Wakile and Danielle Staub
  • Paterson State alumnus Steve Lamprou

Wayne’s Revolutionary History

New Barbadoes Township, which was part of Saddle River Township by the 18th century, was nearing a century in age by the American Revolution. The Wayne area played a key role for prominent figures in the American Colonial Army, including:

  • George Washington, who formed his headquarters at Dey Mansion in the summer and autumn of 1780 and resided there with Alexander Hamilton
  • Anthony Wayne, the town’s namesake and the fifth Senior Officer of the United States Army, whose military tactics earned him the nickname “Mad Anthony”
  • Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette, a French nobleman and officer who aided American forces during such instrumental battles as Yorktown and Gloucester

Today, the Dey Mansion is a museum dedicated to preserving a unique and crucial moment in the American Revolution’s history. While it usually hosts a bevy of programs year-round, it is currently closed in response to public health concerns.

Marquis de Lafayette’s residence, the Van Saun House, is currently a private residence but is a well-preserved display of Colonial architecture. It was posted for sale as recently as January 2019 and was sold by March of 2020.

Other Revolutionary War sites for American history buffs to visit include the Wayne Public Library’s Boulder Monument, the Colfax Family’s burial plot, and the site markers for two encampments along Two Bridges Road near the Passaic River.

The Wayne Fire Department

Dealing with fires in any community is an unforeseen challenge that has a wide-reaching impact. In Wayne, fire suppression is carried out by five volunteer companies: Community Fire Company Number 1, Property Owner League Fire Company Number 2, Pompton Falls Fire Company Number 3, Preakness Fire Company Number 4, and Packanack Lake Fire Company Number 5. Each company operates independently, but the department is headed by a Fire Commissioner appointed by the mayor and elected by the firefighters.

The fire department structure is comprised of volunteer service members, with those among the most skilled belonging to the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT). SERT members take care of the most daunting tasks in a fire situation, including rescues in close quarters and other high-risk scenarios.

Both the fire department and First Aid Squad are open to new volunteers. Besides saving the community in taxes and protecting the community, active volunteer emergency service staff receive the following benefits:

  • Passaic County educational facility tuition reimbursement for volunteers and their families
  • Annual clothing allowance
  • Access to LOSAP, an annual $1350 annual deposit in a tax-deferred income account for employees who meet the necessary point requirements
  • Free access to local swimming facilities

Training for fighting is done in-house after new members have passed firefighter I and II courses at the Passaic County Fire Academy. Applicants for the department must be between ages 18 and 45, pass a background check and a physical, and live in Wayne for at least six months.

What Factors Does SERVPRO Consider When Planning Wayne Fire Damage Cleanup?

SERVPRO performs fire damage cleanup and restoration for Wayne properties that conform to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s (IICRC) guidelines. Restoration industry standards require mitigation teams to carefully plan their cleanup to minimize property loss and increase restoration potential.

When planning the best course of action for a fire damage situation, SERVPRO teams consider the following:

  • Is there water damage from fire suppression? If so, this needs to be mitigated first. Not only can moisture allow mold and microbes to increase, but it can also make soot corrosive
  • What residues are present? Burnt soils can have different characteristics that can add additional challenges to cleaning. Proteins in meat require different cleanup methods from burnt electrical appliances or charred dining chairs
  • Are damaged items repairable, or is replacement necessary? While repair is a feasible option for many materials in the home, some materials, such as drywall or laminate flooring, would be safer and more cost-effective to replace than repair. SERVPRO professionals coordinate with homeowners and insurance adjusters to determine the most suitable options to return homes to a preloss state

SERVPRO also performs building and repair services for fire-damaged homes, including HVAC system cleanup, hardwood flooring repairs, roof repairs, and painting.

SERVPRO of Wayne provides restoration services that make homes look and feel, “Like it never even happened.” Property owners can call the team at (973) 546-4977 at any time of the day or night for their mitigation needs.

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