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Fire damages Rochelle Park restaurant in strip mall A fire roared through a Rochelle Park strip mall in the early morning hours of February 3rd. Just after 12 a.m., Rochelle Park police eceived a SPEN message from Paramus Police reporting a building with fire coming from it at the corner of Rochelle Avenue and West Passaic Street. Several 911 calls from drivers were also taken reporting a fire at Ted's Deli. First arriving Chief Dave Brown, also a DPW employee who was salting streets due to snowfall, was just down the block when the run came in. He confirmed a working fire in Maguro, a takeout sushi restaurant. A request for mutual aid was made to Saddle Brook for a engine and a FAST team to the scene along with an additional engine from Maywood and a tower ladder

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from Paramus. First arriving Engine 2 stretched two CAFS lines into the business. Engine 1 took the rear of the building and went to work with hand lines from the rear. The Rochelle Park truck (using the old Saddle Brook snorkel) supplied manpower. Heavy fire conditions inside the restaurant vented out the front of the building as heavy smoke and fire spread into a shared ceiling space. The fire eventually vented through the roof. An extra truck from Saddle Brook was called to the scene to set up at the exposure B side for possible use. Firefighters took three hours to fully extinguish the fire, One of the reasons was that the fire spread

thorough voids in the ceiling. The fire was contained to the sushi restaurant. Nearby Ted’s Deli sustained smoke, water and minor fire damage, but was saved. One firefighter sustained minor burns. He was treated and released from Hackensack University Medical Center that evening. The preliminary investigative report from the Rochelle Park Fire Prevention Bureau indicated that the fire was accidental and electrical in nature. The sushi restaurant was totally gutted and destroyed and the rest of the mall sustained smoke and heat damage. Additional mutual aid from Lodi, Elmwood Park and Fair Lawn covered at Rochelle Park fire headquarters. Paramus Rescue arrived also to assist on scene. BOX 54 provided rehab and refreshments during the snowy evening. - DAMIEN DANIS



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Gouldtown, NJ. Flames tore through a single family dwelling, displacing a family of seven and injuring one firefighter in the Gouldtown section of Fairfield Township, Cumberland County. At 6:08 p.m., on February 17th, Gouldtown, Fairton and Bridgeton were dispatched to the 1000 block of Buckshutem Road for a dwelling fire. Millville was added to the assignment after the Cumberland County 911 Center reported numerous calls for a working fire. Gouldtown E-1501 found heavy fire showing from the C/D corner of a one story wood frame dwelling. E-1501’s crew took a two inch line through the front door to cut off the fire, but they were unable to make much headway due to the strong wind pushing the fire through the house. This being a rural non-hydrant area, additional companies were called. Those responding were: Rosenhayn, Seabrook, Cedarville, Mauricetown and Lawrence Twp., Bridgeton, Fairton and a life support unit. The fire spread rapidly through the first floor of the dwelling and into the attic. As the fire grew in intensity, crews were ordered out of

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the building. The fire was declared under control at 9:03 with crews remaining on the scene until 10:47 p.m. A Fairton firefighter received a minor injury when he exited the building through a front window. He was transported to South Jersey Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Damage to the dwelling was extensive in all areas. An investigation into the cause and origin is being conducted by the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s office and the New Jersey State Police. A total of four hand lines and eventually a blitz-fire were put in service. Approximately 75 fire and EMS personnel responded with four engines, one ladder, five tenders, one rescue/air cascade and four ambulances. The Salvation Army Canteen Unit and Southern Shore Chapter of the Red Cross assisted. - JOHN CARR

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Rank: Captain Incident Date:01/22/2013 Death Date: 01/22/2013 Fire Department: Owego Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Edward Franz Initial Summary: The Owego Fire Department Company #3 responded to a mutual aid call. While performing interior attack on the structure, Captain Porcari and another firefighter fell through the floor of the structure. Both firefighters were transported to separate facilities. Captain Porcari succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival to the hospital. The other firefighter received burns and remains in serious condition.

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Rank: Firefighter Incident Date:11/27/2012 Death Date: 11/27/2012 Initial Summary: Firefighter Martin passed away while participating in a first responder training program at the Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute. Martin, an employee of PPL Susquehanna, was employed at the PPL nuclear power plant in Salem Township and was part of the company's on-site fire brigade. During a SCBA portion of the training, Martin required medical assistance. The on-site trainer began to administer CPR and a college official called 911. An ambulance transported Firefighter Martin to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center where he succumbed to his injury. Investigation into the incident continues by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: Feb 15, 2013 Death Date: Feb 16, 2013 Fire Department: Bryan Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Randy McGregor Initial Summary: While battling a blaze at a Knights of Columbus Hall, Lieutenant Wallace became trapped inside the structure. He notified others on the scene by radio, stating he was low on air. Lieutenant Pickard, accompanied by two other firefighters, entered the building to rescue Lieutenant Wallace. During the rescue, the roof collapsed. Lieutenant Wallace died at the scene and Lieutenant Pickard was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries. Both firefighters died from burns sustained in the collapse. The two other firefighters involved are in stable but serious condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Texas: Bryan, Eric Wallace, 36 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: Feb 15, 2013 Death Date: Feb 16, 2013 Fire Department: Bryan Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Randy McGregor Initial Summary: While battling a blaze at a Knights of Columbus Hall, Lieutenant Wallace became trapped inside the structure. He notified others on the scene by radio, stating he was low on air. Lieutenant Pickard, accompanied by two other firefighters, entered the building to rescue Lieutenant Wallace. During the rescue, the roof collapsed. Lieutenant Wallace died at the scene and Lieutenant Pickard was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries. Both firefighters died from burns sustained in the collapse. The two other firefighters involved are in stable but serious condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Pennsylvania: Summit Hill, Claudia Sokol, 55 Rank: Fire Police Officer Incident Date: Feb 21, 2013 Death Date: Feb 22, 2013 Fire Department: Diligence Fire Company No.1 Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Shawn Hoben Initial Summary: Fire Police Officer Sokol suffered a medical emergency while on traffic control duties at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Thursday and passed away Friday evening, February 22. Tennessee: Church Hill, David Schnepp, 43 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: Feb 24, 2013 Death Date: Feb 24, 2013 Fire Department: Carter's Valley Fire Departmentt Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Michael Yates Initial Summary: A short time after fighting a brush fire Sunday evening, February 24, Firefighter Schnepp passed away from a cause still to be determined. Incident Location: Pending Michigan: Mattawan, Nate Fruin, 22 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: Feb 26, 2013 Death Date: Feb 26, 2013 Fire Department: Mattawan Fire District Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Terron McLean Initial Summary: Firefighter Fruin was responding to a structure fire when he fell ill from a cause still to be determined. Shortly after leaving the station, Fruin's partner, who was driving, called to report the medical emergency. He then pulled over to the side of the road, and according to reports, Fruin went into cardiac arrest. Other responders stopped and rendered aid, but Firefighter Fruin succumbed to his injury.

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Madison firefighters working to save a part of history UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

Firefighters in Madison maintain a profound respect for the history of their department, the members who served before them and their firefighting apparatus. Recently, they were able to track down one of their veteran pumpers and now have the opportunity to buy it back from a private collector to preserve this classic unit where it started its firefighting career. The fire department, established in 1881, currently has 14 career and 25 active volunteer members and answer some 1,200 calls annually. On July 22, 1920, a large fire destroyed several barns after a lightning strike. The barns were owned by Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge. A few horses were killed in the fire, including her favorite. After the fire, it was determined that Madison's fire equipment was inadequate for that time period. Geraldine decided to do something about that. Geraldine was the youngest daughter of William A. Rockefeller, Jr. She married Marcellus Hartley Dodge, President of the Remington Arm's Company, and in 1916 they purchased an estate in Madison. Geraldine had a great love of animals and her community and she became a great benefactress of Madison and the surrounding communities. Geraldine offered to purchase a new pumper for the fire department. Ahrens Fox was considered the “Cadillac” of fire engines in the 1920's and it was decided to purchase a unit from this manufacturer. A “P4” model pumper with 1300 gpm capacity was built at the cost of $18,000. The new Engine 1 was delivered in 1921 and its arrival was celebrated with a parade attended by 10,000 people, including fire chiefs from larger northern New Jersey cities. Engine 1 protected the town for over forty years. Geraldine also purchased 1941 and 1958 Mack pumpers for the MFD and contributed to the purchase of Ladder 1's 1930 Ahrens Fox city service truck. Madison Firefighter Joe Longo was trying to track down the 1921 Fox. In July, 2012, local apparatus buff Pete Eisele visited the firehouse with a collection of old photos. Eisele is the editor of “Callboard,” the newsletter of the Antique Fire Association of New Jersey (AFANJ). Longo inquired about the 1921 pumper. Shortly thereafter, Eisele informed Longo that the Fox was privately owned and located in Ware, Mass. Eisele set up an appointment and on July 22, 2012, Chief Lou DeRosa and seven firefighters went on a road trip to see it. They were amazed at how well the 91 year old rig looked and it was in good running condition. The Fox was sold to Ashley, Pa., and after three years there it was sold

to Harrah's in Reno, Nevada for display in an antique auto collection. When Harrah's collection was auctioned off in 1983, it passed into the hands of private owners. The local firefighters inquired if the Fox would be available for sale and at what price. The owner was set on a $150,000 price tag. A committee was formed to purchase the rig, consisting of MFD members, local residents and members of the Madison Historical Preservation Committee. A month after their trip to Massachusetts, local firefighters received permission to bring the pumper back to New Jersey. It has been loaned to the MFD for about a year to help raise money to buy her back. On September 21, 2012, firefighters traveled to Ware with a flat bed truck supplied by Eagle Towing of Whippany, at a “huge discount.” They brought the rig home and immediately went to work cleaning it up. The committee received permission to remove “Ashley” lettering and put “Madison Fire Department” back on the hood. Eddie May, a well known gold leaf artist, was contacted and he removed the old lettering and added Madison graphics. He donated his time and materials. In addition, Somerset Hills Auto Restoration of Basking Ridge cleaned up the old veteran for the cost of their supplies. The kick-off fundraising event was held in town on October 6, 2012, with T-shirts and 50/50 tickets sold to begin the long task of reclaiming their rig. In Mrs. Dodge's memory, the committee decided to name the Fox “Geraldine,” and the committee is now known as “The Friends of Geraldine.” Additional fundraising events are scheduled for the spring and summer. The committee has a 501C 3 notfor-profit account set up, and donations can be made to The Friends of Geraldine, Madison Public Safety Complex, 62 Kings Road, Madison, N.J. 07940. You can find additional information at and The Fox currently sits proudly in one of the apparatus bays at the firehouse with its 21st Century colleagues, and still fit for duty! DOWNS: As a fire consumed a vacant Aldo Drive home in the Silverton section of Toms River, February 1st, a car and a piece of fire apparatus collided within minutes of the call, Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said. No one was injured. UPS: Eatontown has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide fire services for Hurricane Sandy-displaced Fort Monmouth residents. Oceanport has also signed the same agreement for temporary residents on its side of the property. DOWNS: A fire at the landmark Athena's Diner apparently started when workers replacing a roof ignited it with a propane torch on February 1st. UPS: New firefighters in Hackensack are John Parisik, Dan Riley, Tim Burns, Michael Rainville and Seth Brown. DOWNS: An East Orange man


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died on February 4th in a fast moving, stubborn fire in a North Oraton Parkway dwelling. The victim was found on the first floor several feet away from the rear of the house where the fire is believed to have started, Deputy Chief Christopher Weiss said. UPS: Washington Township will receive a $363,952 SAFER grant to add two firefighters to its roster, paying their salary and benefits for two years. DOWNS: Six people were injured when a car collided with a Bernardsville Fire Company ambulance, February 4th, near the entrance of the Bernardsville Train Station on Route 202. Two women in the car and four firefighters were taken to Morristown Medical Center for treatment, according to Fire Chief Randy Steinhope. The ambulance was responding to a fire alarm call. UPS: In Maplewood, Michael Dingelstedt has been promoted to fire chief. Joseph Callahan was promoted to deputy chief and William Heerwagen, Jr., to captain. DOWNS: A 70 year old Neptune man was found dead in a home destroyed by fire on February 6th at 121 The Plaza, officials said. The man died from smoke inhalation and was found on the first floor of the house, said Charles Webster, spokesperson at the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. UPS: Trenton firefighters pulled a woman from the second floor window of her burning Dickerson Street home, where she was trapped on February 8th. According to “The Trentonian,” firefighters from Rescue 1 and Ladder 4 rescued the 34 year old victim. Battalion Chief Henry Gliottone said the woman did sustain injuries and was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center before being sent to the burn center at St. Barnabas in Livingston. DOWNS: A crane being used to remove pieces of a tree on Woodland Ave. in Haddonfield, February 7th, toppled over. A tree trimmer working more than two stories above the

ground was thrown onto the roof below and suffered a fractured leg. In addition, the operator of the crane was trapped in the listing vehicle for more then an hour because of a power line that had been torn down by the crane's boom. Fire Chief Joseph Riggs said firefighters used a ladder to reach the injured worker on the roof. The crane operator was not injured, but wasn't able to exit the cab of the crane until the electric line draped across the boom was secured. UPS: In Tewksbury Township, the Oldwick Fire Company was named the township's Citizen of the Year of 2012. The award is in recognition of the many contributions made by individuals and groups over the years that benefit all township residents. According to the proclamation, during Super Storm Sandy Oldwick firefighters were recognized for “going above and beyond in serving the community.” DOWNS: A fire that broke out on February 9th at a Ferndale Road home in Paramus is believed to have been caused by the sun beaming through a window and onto a mirror, which then focused a powerful beam onto a pile of clothes, officials said. UPS: Members of the New Jersey FMBA union are remembering the victims of December's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut by building a playground to honor each one in a community recovering from Hurricane Sandy. New Jersey and New York will get ten playgrounds each and Connecticut will get six. Each playground will link the two tragedies with the shared name Sandy to create memorials for recovery and hope. New Jersey firefighters built three playgrounds in Mississippi, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and developed a lasting relationship with an elementary school there because of a teacher who is a New Jersey fire captain's niece. After Sandy, schoolchildren in Waveland, Miss., where one of the playgrounds was built, organized a toy drive for the New Jersey victims. A truck load of toys arrived in time for the holi-

days along with a video from a girl thanking firefighters for caring enough to build new places for children to play. DOWNS: A seven year old boy and a 52 year old man died after a fire severely damaged an apartment building on Main Street in the Flanders section of Mount Olive Twp., February 18th. Firefighters were able to rescue a nine year old girl from a rear bedroom, according to Fire Chief Frank Zeller. He said the child was not breathing when firefighters got her outside, but they revived her. Firefighters found the boy and man, believed to be his step-father, in the bathroom with the boy in the bathtub and the father lifeless and slumped over him, Zeller said. Rescue workers tried to revive the boy, but were not successful. The early morning fire was caused by a space heater hooked to improperly altered wiring, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said on February 19th. There were no operating smoke detectors either. UPS: The Oldwick Fire Company will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Plans call for a parade and picnic on June 1st. DOWNS: The death of a 38 year old Camden woman, February 8th, who was found inside a burning home, has been ruled a homicide. Camden County prosecutors say the victim was stabbed multiple times before being severely burned in the fire in an abandon home that appears to have been intentionally set. UPS: Matt Notorangelo has been promoted to fire captain in Teaneck. New fire lieutenants are Mike Keenan and Tim Moots. DOWNS: In Upper Freehold, firefighters found a woman's body in a Monmouth Rd. home after a fire consumed the dwelling in February. UPS: The Jersey City Fire Department will receive a $640,000 Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) for fire apparatus equipment. - continued on page 10

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Millville firefighters battle Mulberry Street blaze Millville, NJ. At 9:21 p.m., on February 18th, Millville firefighters were dispatched to the intersection of 5th and Mulberry Streets for a dwelling fire. As Engine 30, under the command of Captain Doug Hallquist, approached the area considerable smoke was seen prompting Captain Hallquist to lay in with a five inch supply line. As the engine pulled past the front of the building, located in the 500 block of Mulberry St., heavy fire could be seen showing from the first and second floors in the rear of a two and a half story wood-frame dwelling with exposures on the B and D sides. At the report of a working fire, the Cumberland County 911 Center dispatched Millville Rescue Squad for an ambulance.

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Captain Hallquist had his crew stretch a two inch line between the fire building and the B exposure and another line went to protect the D exposure. As additional firefighters arrived on the scene, a line was taken though the front door to attack the fire in the rear. Chief Kurt Hess saw that the fire had gained too much headway and because the building was vacant, he pulled the interior crew out and went to a defensive mode. Chief Hess then recalled off-duty personnel to the scene. Ladder 32, Rescue 34 and Engine 35 arrived on scene. E-35 connected to a hydrant and supplied a five inch line to L-32. A

fourth handline was put in service and L-32 prepared for master stream operation. The balloon construction of the old house allowed the fire to quickly run the walls and attic. The fire was declared under control by Chief Hess at 11:50, but because of the extensive overhaul required, crews were on the scene until 1:38 a.m. The fire building sustained very heavy damage, but there was no damage to either exposure and no injuries were reported. Thirty-one fire and EMS personnel responded with two engines, a ladder, a rescue and two ambulances. The cause and origin is under investigation. - JOHN CARR

DOWNS: A 52 year old Holland Township woman and the family dog and cat succumbed to a fierce fire that raced through an old stone farmhouse on Hawks Schoolhouse Rd. on February 10th. Firefighters went through a second story window and brought out Charlie and Susan Nash. “They were both unconscious when we got them out,” said Fire Chief Steve Underhill. Susan later died. An 11 year old boy, who was taken by helicopter to Lehigh Valley Burn Center later died from his injuries. UPS: An alert nine year old girl is credited with getting people to quickly leave their burning Pine Village Inn Motel in Pemberton Townhip on February 26th. Nicole Gimignani was watching TV and smelled smoke and then saw smoke coming through the floor and the outlets. Nicole alerted her mother and they started running through the motel knocking on doors, screaming, “Get out! Get out!” Fourteen occupants escaped from the two alarm fire. The Red Cross found shelter for all of the fire victims. DOWNS: In Haddon Heights, firefighters battled a fire that consumed an apartment complex on White Horse Pike, February 23rd, after a report of an explosion. Two civilians were taken to the hospital with injuries, officials said. Some 65 area firefighters operated at the scene. UPS: Little Ferry H&L Co. 1's firehouse was officially reopened on February 27th, a day before the company celebrated its 92nd birthday. The Main Street firehouse took on four feet of water, destroying the kitchen and apparatus bay area, due to Sandy. Besides local firefighters, repair work included a joint effort by Rebuilding Together Bergen County, a non-profit organization, with various civic organizations and businesses that have joined together after the disaster. DOWNS: In Monroe Township, an explosion and fire destroyed a trailer home, injuring the lone occupant at Colonial Estates, on February 25th. According to a neighbor, the occu-

pant managed to walk outside following the explosion and explain that he had been replacing a propane tank for a heating device. UPS: The North Hudson Regional Fire Department hired 30 new firefighters on February 28th, with two more to be hired to comply with a SAFER grant. This is the largest group appointed by the regional department since its inception in 1999, and all of the new appointees are veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. DOWNS: An explosion blew out several windows of a split-level home on Fox Trail Rd. in Sparta, February 28th, and a 26 year old woman suffered burns as a result. The woman was home alone and escaped the burning house. She was flown by helicopter to St. Barnabas Medical center, officials said. UPS: As a dwelling fire was being fought on Ester Ave., Teaneck, on March 2nd, Firefighters Greg Wagner and Corey Goodall rescued the upstairs family's dog, finding him cowering under a pile of clothes in the attic, said Battalion Chief Joe Birchtold. The five residents escaped and were treated for smoke inhalation at Holy Name Medical Center. DOWNS: Dozens of East Orange residents were evacuated on February 28th as utility crews searched for the source of a gas leak that may have sparked a fire that destroyed a dwelling on William St., authorities said. Two occupants and two firefighters were injured as a result of the fire. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation and another ran out of air and was forced to jump from a first-floor window, fracturing his right ankle, Deputy Chief Christopher Weiss said. UPS: Tuckerton Fire Co. 1 will received a $68,400 in AFG funding for new equipment. The money will help to upgrade SCBA gear, according to Fire Chief Lee Eggert. DOWNS: At least six boats went up in flames on the morning of February 28th at a marina in Long Branch. Investigators believe the fire was sparked by an explosion in one of the boats.

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Structure fire for LBI A little after 8:00 a.m. on February 13th, Stations 46,15 and 51 were hit out for a reported structure fire on W 11th St. Police found heavy smoke coming from the structure. A box alarm was struck, bringing companies from throughout the island. Station 47 also arrived from the mainland for their FAST team. The fire was knocked down within thirty minutes and crews remained on scene for overhaul. One dog was still inside the structure. Crews found the dog, gave it oxygen and transported it to a vet hospital for evaluation. The fire is under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshals office.

At 4:55 a.m. on February 14th, AVFD was dispatched along with AVAC BLS for a car versus train in the east train lot behind the A&P shopping center. Assistant Chief 940 and rescue responded with the engine shortly behind it. Units arrived on scene to find BLS and ALS assessing the driver of the vehicle. Rescue went to work opening up the fencing to the train tracks, securing the vehicle and removing the patient from the vehicle. The engine’s crew pulled a protection line in the event of any fire activity.

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MVA sends one to trauma center in Little Egg Harbor Sometime after 4:00 p.m. on February 6th, an MVC occurred on Stage Road in Little Egg Harbor. When police arrived, they had one patient still inside the vehicle. That person was unconscious. Police requestedthe fire department to extricate the victim. Station 71 was toned out on the assignment. EMS Squad 85 requested a medivac. The landing zone was set up at the local high school. Southstar arrived within 15 minutes and transported the patient to ACRMC Trauma. Part of Stage Road was closed for about three hours as the accident was investigated.

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Extrication needed in Hackensack Engine 1, Rescue 1, Deputy 2 and HUMC EMS operated at South River and Moonachie Road at a MVA with entrapment on February 27th. One person was extricated from the vehicle involved and transported to Hackensack UMC for evaluation. Companies completed extrication in less than ten minutes. Public service electric was requested to check the guide wire that the vehicle came in contact with after the accident. Hackensack police handled the investigation.


Conditions began to deteriorate quickly and a defensive operation established.

Over a dozen residents escape Jersey City inferno Jersey City, NJ. As fire quickly tore through two three story woodframes home and damaged a third two story dwelling, over a dozen people escaped unharmed with the clothes on their backs into the freezing weather. Fire companies responded to Bayview Avenue, near MLK Drive, shortly before 4 a.m on Thursday, February 7th. Heavy fire was consuming one three story structure with extension into the exposure. Second and third alarms were quickly transmitted. As conditions began to deteriorate, a defensive operation was established and a fourth alarm struck by Deputy Chief Mike Terpak.

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The members of Tower Ladder 4 managed to set up their boom between overhead power and service lines in front of the fire building. Captain Ken Simone and the crew from Ladder 12 set up their rig in a vacant lot off of MLK Drive for a ladder pipe operation to cover the rear of the structures, which was heavily involved in fire. Flying embers and low banking smoke covered the neighborhood, including the Hudson County extension of the NJ Turnpike. In addition, ice

formed quickly in the streets creating an additional hazard for firefighters. It took nearly two hours to bring the fire under control. Two firefighters were transported to Jersey City Medical Center with non-lifethreatening injuries. The Red Cross was notified to set up accommodations for 14 adults and four children. The Gong Club canteen served hot drinks and water to firefighters who thanked the group for their early morning response. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the fire department's investigation unit. - RON JEFFERS

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First female exempt firefighter in history of South Plainfield We would like to recognize a new member of the South Plainfield Exempt Fireman’s Association, Ms. Keisha Caroll, as the first female member in the history of our organization. Ms. Caroll earned her membership after completing the required number of years of service, based on her participation in the South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Dept. She will be enrolled in the New Jersey State Exempt Fireman’s Association and will join the ranks of men and women across the state, who have honorably served their communities. Ms. Caroll is an active member of the fire department and continues to serve in our community with pride and determination. We are proud to have her as a member and compliment her on a job well done.


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Icy hot chicken coop fire for Flanders Flanders, NJ. As the ice started to melt, a medium size chicken coop fire was reported to Mt. Olive Twp dispatch. On arrival, the coop was already on the ground and well away from any exposures. The coop was on top of an ice covered driveway and had switch backs to add to the problem. A Budd Lake engine was on scene. The Flanders 4x4 brush truck shuttled water.


Sayreville blaze damages several units in apartment building Sayreville, NJ. No injuries were reported as a fast moving fire in the Winding Wood apartment complex left several units destroyed on February 3, 2013, displacing up to 24 people from eight families. The Sayreville Fire Department was dispatched at 2:52 p.m. to building 105 on Winding Wood Dr. for a reported fire. Firefighters found heavy fire coming from apartment 3A and quickly spreading to others. Several hand lines were stretched and the roof was ventilated to ensure the fire wasn’t spreading horizontally across the roof line. An aggressive attack was

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made on the fire and was knocked down before it consumed the entire building. Although the bulk of the fire was knocked down quickly, eight apartments ultimately suffered fire, smoke and water damage. The units were deemed uninhabitable by the Sayreville Building Department. The fire was declared under control at 3:37 p.m., but firefighters remained on scene conducting overhaul in all affected apartments.

Sayreville Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross are working to find temporary shelter for the displaced residents. All Sayreville companies along with East Brunswick District #1 were on scene to bring the fire under control. The Morgan and Sayreville Rescue Squads were on scene to provide rehabilitation for emergency personnel. The cause of the blaze is being investigated by Sayreville Fire Marshal Kevin Krushinski, but it appears to be accidental in nature. - KEITH ADDIE


Somers Point working car fire Somers Point, NJ - Just before 1:30 p.m. on February 26th, the Somers Point Fire Department was dispatched to the Bank of America drive thru for a reported vehicle fire. First arriving units confirmed a heavily car fire next to the building. Firefighters stretched a one and three quarter inch hand line as the second due unit arrived and stretched a second line. Crews quickly knocked down the main body of fire as other members checked for extension to the bank. The fire was brought under control within 15 minutes; however, crews remained on scene for overhaul. No injuries were reported as the driver and child escaped unharmed.


Help...We can’t stop! Blairstown, NJ. At 9:30 a.m. on February 14th, a call came into the Warren County Communications Center of an erratic box truck heading north on Route 94 in Blairstown. The out of control vehicle was crossing the double line, riding on the shoulder, hitting guard rails, signs, it went onto private property hitting a snowbank and then ran head on into a van. The passenger in the trucks' passenger seat was yelling we can't stop. The truck continued another 50 feet and hit a utility pole. Local police and emergency personnel arrived within minutes and discovered the wrecked vehicles in the center of town. The driver of the van was taken by medevac to Morristown Medical Center by Air One. The truck occupants were taken by the Blairstown Corps. to Newton Medical Center.

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Firefighters evacuate Somerset shopping center On February 11th, firefighters were alerted to a strong smell of gas by an off duty Franklin Police Officer. Bridgewater Police dispatched the Green Knoll Fire Company to the Somerset Shopping Center at 11:30 a.m. Assisting Green Knoll on the call was the North Branch Fire Department. The first arriving Fire Chief was greeted by a very strong odor of gas at the Fit Zone gym. Three customers were still in the gym and ordered to evacuate. With the arrival of Bridgewater police officers, an investigation showed that the smell of gas was also prevalent in the Eastern Mountain Sports and Modell’s Stores. Bridgewater Police assisted in the evacuations of

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those stores as well. Upon arrival of firefighters, an interior investigation with gas meters proved that gas was indeed present and actively flowing into the Fit Zone gym. Assisted by Bridgewater Township Fire Official Phil Langon, firefighters located the feed line to the gas meters at the rear of the structure and secured the source of the gas. PSE&G technicians arrived shortly after the gas was secured. Concerned that there may be another feed line leaking gas into

the rooftop air handlers the utility requested that a ladder truck be dispatched to the scene to transport technicians to the roof to investigate. Green Knoll Fire Company’s ladder truck is currently out of service pending repairs from Hurricane Sandy related damage. Raritan was dispatched to assist in the ladder operations. As the gas utility was investigating the rooftop air handlers, Firefighters ejected any residual gas in the stores with fans. Firefighters were on scene for two and a half hours. Repairs were made and the stores reopened. - DAVID HICKSON

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Vehicle fire extends to house in Mahwah Shortly after 1 p.m. on February 26th, Mahwah Companies 1, 2, 3, 4 and EMS 1 were dispatched to the fully involved vehicle fire that was in close proximity to a residential dwelling. First arriving Battalion 1 confirmed that the fire had extended to the alpha-delta corner of the home. At that time, the call was made for a FAST team from Ramsey. Engines 117 and 217 worked together to set up a water supply and interior lines to knock down the main body of fire. Tower 2 set up to go to the roof to assist with ventilation and check for any extension. Ladder 4's crew met up with the interior engine companies and began assisting in finding the fire in the ceilings. An engine from Suffern (NY) also responded and assisted inside. Units from Allendale and Wyckoff assisted with covering the township while they operated on scene.


Rochelle Park chief of dept Dave Brown is a DPW employee. On February 3rd, he was first due with his salt truck to a working fire in a strip mall. He was salting roads during a snowfall.

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Deptford all hands bedroom fire Deptford, NJ. On February 13, 2013 at around 3:30 a.m., Deptford Station 9-3 was dispatched to 278 Somerset Rd. for a reported dwelling fire. Deptford police were on scene with smoke showing and reported a working fire. Gloucester County Communications dispatched the all hands, bringing in Quint 9-4, RIC Team 9-1 and 9-2 and BLS units. Battalion Chief 9201 reported a two story split level dwelling with smoke showing. All residents were accounted for and they reported a rear bedroom on fire. Engine 933 secured a water

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supply and operated an inch and three quarter handline as crews also opened up. The fire was held to the area of origin. Crews had the fire under control in 20 minutes. Utilities were secured and Deptford Fire Marshals office was on scene for the investigation. Units cleared the scene around 6:00 a.m. - CONSTANTINE SYPSOMOS


Paterson firefighters save apartment building Early on the morning of February 24th, Paterson firefighters battled a two alarm fire that could have easily left dozens of people homeless, but thanks to their efforts, all residents will soon return. The first alarm came in about 6:45 a.m. for a fire at 120 Auburn St, an older four story brick OMD. Smoke was visible from the roof on arrival with residents evacuating. A

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search found flames in the compactor chute extending up to the roof and into the cockloft. A second alarm was transmitted. Members quickly opened up and knocked down the flames before they could take possession of the cockloft. The

fire was able to be placed under control in about one hour. Utilities were shut down to the building and many windows were broken, but after some relatively minor repairs, all residents should be able to return soon. One person was transported to the hospital suffering breathing difficulties. - BILL TOMPKINS


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Storm preparations for your firehouse Most people heeded the evacuation warnings that were given, but as usual there were those who remained behind thinking they could ride it out and be safe. They were wrong and placed emergency responders’ lives in jeopardy in order to rescue them. STAYING T h e SAFE pager has just opened and b r o a d c a s t s Chief Henry Campbell the following message, “The Weather Bureau has issued a tornado and severe thunderstorm warning for the area between the hours of p.m. and 9 p.m. There is a potential for heavy rains, nickel sized hail and winds in excess of 60 miles per hour with the potential for flooding in low lying areas. Should a storm hit in your area, you should immediately report to your fire station.” Will the damage from the storm be minor and last an hour or less? Or will there be major damage to your community requiring emergency duty lasting a day or possibly extending into weeks. As you respond to your fire station in compliance with the storm message, you should feel secure in knowing your family is prepared, but how about your fire station. Is it prepared to handle an extended operation? If not, it should be. Does the fire station have the capability to house (sleep) the number of members who have reported for duty? When any extended emergency requires you to go on long term (more than a day or two) emergency response and standby, it will require the feeding and housing of the firefighters and EMS personnel responding to the numerous and varied calls. Living and working out of the fire station for prolonged periods of time requires preparation and if you aren’t or haven’t prepared, you should. Any of the aforementioned storm scenarios can be encountered by most communities at any time, then add the potential terrorist threats, hazmat or WMD’s and the potential for flu and related medical epidemics, the realization of having your fire station prepared for extended operations is important. Having a standby source of electricity with a sufficient fuel supply to provide electric power to the fire station is very important should power fail. Portable radios and pagers will require charging; along with maintaining basic communication links within the fire station and dispatch. It is also important to note where you can obtain additional fuel for the standby generator system if needed, gasoline, diesel or propane. A full service kitchen with an adequate supply of food, coffee, drinks, water and needed staples along with disposable paper products and utensils is required. The quantity in supply will be dependent upon the number of firefighters you foresee having on hand in an

emergency for a minimum of three to five days, or possibly longer. Your best food supply would be the commercial sized (large) cans of prepared foods and with a backup electric supply, you can also safely store frozen foods. Most of these commercial meal type items can be purchased from the local supermarket or big box discount supply houses beforehand and will only require heating prior to serving when needed, even if no firehouse chef is available. Additional food supplies may be obtained initially at local supermarkets and merchants, but if it is an extended operation with power outages, their food stock will deplete rapidly and restocking may take days or longer. During an extended period of emergency operations, you may be very limited as to what you will be able to obtain locally during the emergency. Having some basic provisions on hand and replacing them annually is the way to go. You can use last year’s food stock products for an after meeting or drill meal, donate them to a local food pantry or whatever innovative way you choose while you replenish it with a fresh supply. Rest for the weary firefighters is another priority. Does your fire station have sleeping accommodations and how many can it accommodate? If you don’t have sleeping accommodations or need a larger area, can you establish them by setting up a specific area or room that can be used solely for the purpose of firefighters catching some “shut eye.” You may have to split a large meeting room by installing movable room dividers and separating the room during an emergency. Once you have a designated sleep area, you will need cots, blankets and pillows to provide the basics for a good sleep. Individual members should bring a personal grooming kit and a sleeping bag if they have one. Individual sleeping bags can be used with the cots and eliminate the need for blankets and sheets. In extended operations rest is important as the novelty, adrenaline rush, and excitement will quickly wear off, and a place to rest will become a must. Throughout periods of high activity it would be wise to assign four to six firefighters per apparatus and to have those remaining firefighters/EMT’s be designated the off duty (rest) group. After a certain period of time, four to eight hours, the groups can exchange allowing for all personnel to have a rest period. It is important that everyone get their proper rest and an officer should be responsible for seeing that all firefighters comply with their assigned rest period. Lack of rest often leads to unsafe acts, which in turn leads to injuries. Don’t forget personal hygiene and shower facilities will make the stay more livable and healthy for all! Being prepared for long term emergency operations is taking proper proactive action and will help keep all safe while providing service to your community. Till next time, Buckle Up, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Two structures burn in Orange Orange firefighters battled a two alarm fire on February 15th that destroyed a pair of vacant dwellings, but caused no serious injuries. The fire started shortly before 1:00 a.m. at 135 Central Place and by the time fire units arrived, the flames had jumped to the exposure building. A second alarm was transmitted on arrival, bringing mutual aid companies to the scene. A major collapse of the original fire building occurred, but all firefighters were out of the way. One ladder pipe and several lines had the heavy fire knocked down in about one hour.


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Sam Manzo made custom uniforms Saverio “Sam” Manzo, 93, owner of Manzo Uniform Company on Monticello Avenue in Jersey City, passed away on February 4th. He was a well-known and beloved figure in Jersey City for several decades. Through the 1970's, he made custom tailored uniforms for police officers and firefighters in Jersey City as well as other Hudson County departments and beyond. Sam worked in his father's uniform store that he opened in 1915 when he arrived in the U.S. from Italy. He worked as a tailor in the store until his father's death in 1958,

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when he took over the business. “He always made sure you looked sharp and presented yourself well to the department,” said Jersey City Police Chief Tom Comey. He was known for his friendly smile and greeting when you entered the store. He was also known for his dazzle when talking to customers who complained that their uniforms weren't done on time, wearing his measuring tape around his neck. He

kept a little book in his pocket with a list of customer's names, uniforms and how much they owed him. He was a life-long baseball fan and helped found the Lodi Old Timer's Club, where he lived since 1952 and coached little league teams. “Sam the Man” is survived by four adult children, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Phyllis, who passed in 2008. - RON JEFFERS


West Tuckerton structure fire At 11:24 a.m., a reported structure fire was reported on Plantation Drive in the Atlantis section of Little Egg Harbor Township. 7100 arrived on scene and founds a one story home fully involved. 7100 requested his second alarm. Station 72, Station 70, Station 47 (RIT), Station 421 (Bass River, Burlington County) and Squad 85 were requested. 7101 using two-one and three quarter inch lines went to the front. Engine 72 also used two lines. Station 70 provided water for the engines and manpower. The fire was knocked within an hour, due to the high winds. Crews remained on scene for many hours for overhaul. No one was home at the time and no one was injuried. The fire is under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshals office.


School bus extrication drill On Sunday, November 18, 2012, Station 22 Rescue and Station 31 of Readington Township participated in a joint xchool bus extrication class/drill held at 31 Fire. The drill consisted of classroom and practical training. The instruction team was from Somerset County Emergency Services training academy. The East Whitehouse Fire Department would like to thank the Readington Township Board of Education for the donation of the school bus.

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Three boats burn at Hudson River marina Weehawken, N.J. A row of boats were consumed by fire and sent a huge cloud of black smoke high over the metropolitan area on February 18th. North Hudson Regional fire companies were dis- JUMP TO FILE # patched to a 021813124 reported boat fire at the Lincoln Harbor Marina, off of Harbor Boulevard, just before the department's 7:30 a.m. shift change. First due Engine Co. 3 reported smoke in the sky as they turned out of their 19th Street firehouse. When firefighters arrived at the scene they found two pleasure boats fully involved and extending to a third. The boats ranged in size from approximately 32 feet to 42 feet. First due engine companies had long hose stretches to reach the boats. Engine Co. 4 dropped a five inch supply line and drove down an adjacent enclosed pier opposite the fire, which was supplied by Squad 1 at a hydrant. Engine 3 hooked up to a standpipe system, for two water supplies. Due to the high winds, slippery conditions due to ice forming in the 28 degree weather, protection of the docks from burning, people occupying nearby boats and long hose stretches, Deputy Chief Mike Cranwell transmitted the second and third alarms for additional manpower. Firefighters evacuated several occupied boat as flames consumed the boats. Cabins on the boats began to melt down on the vessels creating


Foam was used for final extinguishment.

deep seated fire. Firefighters used handlines from the dock as Marine 2 moved into position, but the low tide made fire boat operations impossible. Additional marine units responded to the fire for possible use which included Jersey City Marine 1, and FDNY Marine 1 Alpha, Marine 3 and 6. There were two land RIT teams and the FDNY supplied a marine FAST team. A call for available foam from North Hudson firehouses was made to complete extinguishment. Jersey City sent Engine Co. 10, a foam pumper, and the Quick Attack unit, but they were not needed after they arrived. The Weehawken Department of Public Works supplied rock salt to spread over the docks which became very treacherous

Firefighters approached boats with living quarters to check for occupants and escorted them through the smoke to land. A foam line was established after numerous cans of foam were delivered to the scene. Other firefighters used hooks to open up the boats to reached deep seated fire. The fire was declared under control at 10:19 a.m. by Deputy Chief Cranwell. Firefighters managed to contain the fire to the three original boats that were burning when they arrived. Units from the D.E.P. and U.S. Coast Guard were also on the scene by this time. The Gong Club canteen truck reported to the scene and set up on Harbor Blvd. serving firefighters hot drinks throughout the morning. - RON JEFFERS


Budd Lake double pin, double fly Budd Lake, NJ - Just as afternoon rush hour started, a two car MVA on the corner of Route 46 and Wolfe Road halted traffic for hours and sent two drivers to the hospital. Both drivers were pinned. The driver of the car was heavily entrapped and took multiple sets of tools to free. Both drivers were flown to nearby trauma centers. The highway was closed for the investigation. Budd Lake First Aid, Flanders Fire and Hackettstown Hospital EMS assisted.


A heavy column of smoke covered the metropolitan area as three pleasure boats burned at the Lincoln Harbor Marina.


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Wind driven fire displaces residents HOBOKEN, NJ – Two buildings were heavily damaged on February 17, 2013, after a fire that was fueled by strong winds quickly spread from one building to another, displacing three residents. Hoboken firefighters were dispatched just before 3 p.m. to 72 Madison JUMP TO FILE # St., which is right 021813128 down the street from one of their firehouses for a reported fire. When firefighters arrived, the rear of a two-story multiple dwelling was engulfed in flames and threatening a neighboring three-story similar dwelling. The fire quickly spread up the back of the building to the top floor and started to consume the roof, severely weakening the roof rafters. Multiple hand lines were deployed and an aggressive attack was made on the fire until a partial roof collapse in the original fire building forced firefighters to temporarily evacuate the building. The fire had also advanced into the exposure building and was traveling the cockloft. Hand lines were deployed into the exposure building and the fire was cut off before it spread any further. Once the bulk of the fire was darkened in the original fire building, firefighters commenced interior operations to extinguish remaining fire and conduct overhaul. The fire caused significant damage to 72 and 74 Madison St. and were both deemed uninhabitable, although 74 Madison St. had been vacant since Hurricane Sandy hit the area. Several witnesses stated that an explosion was heard during the blaze, which was later determined to be a barbecue grill propane cylinder on the second floor balcony. The release of the propane cylinder helped fuel the intense flames in addition to the high winds. Several nearby homes were evacuated and the block was cordoned off during the incident due to heavy smoke blanketing the neighborhood. One firefighter suffered minor smoke inhalation, but was treated and released at the scene. Hoboken and Jersey City firefighters battled the blaze, which was declared under control around 4:00 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - KEITH ADDIE

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Possible arson in South Old Bridge The South Old Bridge Volunteer Fire Company District #3 was dispatched to a report of a fire in a two and a half story, vacant residential dwelling. Upon arrival of the first engine, the house was heavily involved with flames showing out of division two and the roof. An exterior attack brought the fire under control in approximately 30-45 minutes. There were no injuries reported. Second alarm mutual aid companies operated at the scene with third alarm companies providing station coverage. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the District #3 Bureau of Fire Prevention.



Early morning fatal fire in Flanders Flanders NJ - Just before the sun rose on February 18th, the Flanders Fire Department was dispatched to an apartment fire on Main Street just down from their firehouse. On arrival, the two story apartment house was well involved on the Bravo side. There were reports of people trapped on the second floor. The first engine in pulled a woman from the burning building and she was flown to Morristown Trauma Center. Two other people were taken from the Charlie side in unknown condition. Extensive mutual aid was called to the scene and to cover stations.

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Paterson Deputy Chief Martin Krupinski retires Paterson, NJ. On February 5th, after 28 years of coming to the call of those in need, Deputy Chief Martin Krupinski is putting down his helmet and hanging up his turnout coat for the last time. He is moving on to the next stage of his life, retirement and more time with family. Although he is leaving, Chief Krupinski’s legacy remains after a short time with the West Paterson Volunteer Fire Department.

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In 1985, Marty began his career as a firefighter and soon moved up to the rank of captain of Engine Co. 3, located on Trenton Ave. He was soon promoted to the position of battalion chief and most recently deputy chief of the department. In tthe later years, he was stationed at Engine Co. 6 and Rescue

2 on Getty Avenue at the "Southside" firehouse, where the well attended party in his honor took place. It acknowledged almost three decades of faithful service to the city and the brother and sister firefighters he enjoyed leading on countless alarms, fires and calls of every kind imaginable with a very busy urban department in northern New Jersey. - TODD HOLLRITT


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Spring into “Team Fitness” FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson


Early morning fire in North Bergen North Bergen, NJ. An early morning fire rocked a quiet residential neighborhood shortly before 6 a.m. on February 28th. North Hudson fire companies were dispatched on a report of a fire at 12076th Street, and upon arrival Engine Co. 13 found flames venting out the second-floor rear windows of a two and a half story occupied wood-frame dwelling. Residents of the home ran out to safety and 3rd Battalion Chief Dominic Rovito transmitted the second-alarm. The building was

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separated from nearby dwellings by an alley on the B side and a driveway on the D side. As flames rose into the attic and broke through the roof, a thirdalarm was struck by Deputy Chief David Curtis. Ladder Co. 4 opened up their ladder pipe as flames vented out of the front attic window. The rising column of smoke at-

tracted several TV news helicopters that were up to cover the morning rush hour. The fire was declared under control at 7:07 a.m. by D.C. Curtis. Neighbors said they believe three families lived in the building. This multiple-alarm was the start of a busy morning for the North Hudson Regional F.D. At 11:00 a.m. the Department swore in 30 new firefighters at a ceremony in Schaetzen Park.

We have discussed the benefits of group fitness many times in the past. Quite simply group fitness is a great motivator and compliance booster. Working as a team comes naturally to members of the fire service, so it’s a good fit. The arrival of Spring is a perfect time to take training as a group one step further. It’s a great time to get outside. The weather can be a factor at times, so you have to have a backup plan for this. A simple indoor circuit does the trick. How ‘bout getting organized? It can be as simple as designating time(s) to walk or jog as a group. Walking or jogging as a group is a fun and easy way to exercise together. It doesn’t require any equipment and you can change the route often. Through a park - the beach? Change it up! You can go totally recreational with games of ‘ultimate frisbee’ (touch football style) or even revert to your old school

days with ‘field day” like activities. Think - relay races, obstacle courses, tug ‘o’ war, etc.) Setting up a volleyball court or organizing softball or basketball games work great. You can play games within your department or make arrangements with nearby departments to participate along with you. There are leagues out there. Either way, why not give it a shot? You can even create your own version of the combat challenge. Make an obstacle course consisting of four to six “duty” related activities and train or compete for times and accuracy on a regular basis. This is one of my favorites because of its functionality. Getting fit and improving your work skills at the same time is a great combo. Go for it! Start, by getting a few members excited about your idea. Conduct a survey with a few proposed activities and also ask members for their suggestions. Check with”the powers that be” to make sure officers/administrators are “on board” and for guidelines. Post sign-up sheets on bulletin boards - make announcements at meetings/drills and get something going. Be sure all participants receive physician’s approval, and let the games begin! - LORI HODGKINSON


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Saddle Brook house fire injures one On January 30th at 3:45 p.m., Paramus Police contacted Saddle Brook Police and reported a possible house fire at 116 Oxford Ave with an unconscious male inside. The fire department was dispatched for a building fire. The reports of a victim added the Saddle Brook Ambulance Corps and Paramedics to the scene. The male occupant of the house was outside the home upon the fire department’s arrival with injuries.

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Arriving Assistant Chief Doug Habermann confirmed a working house fire with fire showing. First arriving companies encountered heavy fire showing from the Bravo side of the residence. Engine 1 was first due and stretched a hand line in to attack the fire. Ladder 3 arrived shortly after

along with Engines 4, 3 and then the rescue. Fire conditions extended to the top floor as hand lines were put into place. Rochelle Park Rescue 1 was called to the scene for their FAST team while additional mutual aid engine companies from Garfield and Fair Lawn covered empty Saddle Brook firehouses. Elmwood Park stood by with their ladder truck. - DAMIEN DANIS


Independence Township Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Shawn, wife Jen and big sister Emma welcome the birth of Jonathan on January 23, 2013: future fireman and possible fourth generation chief of the family.

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East Franklin holds installation On January 5, 2013 East Franklin Fire Department held their annual Installation of Officers Dinner at the Imperia Banquet Hall in Somerset with over 150 guests. After dinner was served, a slideshow summarizing the department in 2012 was shown. Dr. Joseph Apuzzio swore in the officers of the new fire line. The department honored their members for exceptional dedication and service to the fire company and the surrounding community for the year 2012. Chief Dan Krushinski received a Gold Chief’s ring for serving thirteen consecutive years as chief. The most prestigious award given the past six years to the fire officer who best exemplifies the qualities of


leadership and performance in memory of Fallen Brother Kevin Apuzzio was awarded to Craig Miller. The Lou Agg Spirit of Volunteerism award was given to ExChief John Braido; Fire Officer the Year was Brandon Shannon and the Vincent Sidotti award was awarded to Peter Archibald and Rob Mattei. East Franklin Fire Department would like to thank not only their members who received awards, but everyone else for their continuing dedication to the department and community they help to protect. - DANIEL KRUSHINSKI

Nutley faces challenges at house fire Bitterly cold temperatures, gusty winds and water supply problems were among the problems faced by Nutley and Belleville firefighters at a house fire on February 17th. With temperatures in the teens and winds gusting over 40 mph, the NFD responded to 151 Columbia Ave. for the report of a working fire. First due units found a working fire in the basement of a one and a half story frame dwelling. A call

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Firefighters rescue dog At 5:15 Wednesday, January 30, 2013, North Branch Fire Chief Dave Hickson received a request from Bridgewater Police. The dispatcher asked if there was anything they could do for a report of a dog that had fallen through the ice on the North Branch of the Raritan River between Branchburg and Bridgewater. North Branch Fire, with a specialized swift water rescue team has the personnel and equipment to handle this highly unique call. North Branch immediately called in the help of Bridgewater’s Green Knoll Fire Company for mutual aid. Green Knoll’s elevated platform ladder truck has the ability to span outward to “pluck” the animal out of the water while keeping rescuers safely on dry ground. Unfortunately for the first Rresponder and incident commander, Deputy Chief Mike Russoniello, the rescue was not that simple. The access to the animal was hundreds of feet off of the roadway to the rear of 170 Meadowview Road. When Russoniello found the animal, it was clinging to the edge of the thin ice approximately 40 feet into the river in a six foot pool of running water. The dog was described as a mix of a black lab and a rottweiler. The large animal had been in the water for approximately 30 minutes and was in great distress. Russoniello, with the help of North Branch and Green Knoll firefighters, moved all of the necessary equipment to the river’s edge. The equipment included ropes, dry suits, ladders, lighting and a stokes basket. Russoniello performed as the team leader. His plan was to tether two rescuers to crews on land and spread ladders across the frozen river to evenly distribute their weight over a greater span to reduce the chance of becoming victims themselves. The plan, although dangerous was well thought out and effective. Russoniello assisted by Firefighter Rob Sinibaldi, set out on the ladder system and got within four

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feet of the tired desperate animal. With a tool used by animal control officers to lasso animals, Russoniello was able to grab the animal and put it into the stokes basket to bring it back to shore. At shore, the Green Knoll Rescue Squad supplied blankets and towels to dry the animal and a North Branch firefighter wrapped it in a turnout coat to keep it warm. Russoniello and Sinibaldi went above and beyond the call of duty to save this suffering animal. The animal was not wearing a collar and at the time of the rescue, no person was at the scene to claim it. Somerset Regional Animal Shelter transported the dog to Animerge in Raritan. The dog was in hypothermia, but Veterinarian Barbara Guy was able to warm the dog and and bring it back in excellent condition The dog was also checked for a microchip, which it did have. The dog was reunited with it’s family. North Branch Fire handles a large flood plain area in both Branchburg and Bridgewater. The specialized swift water rescue team has had countless successful “human” rescues, but this is a first for the team. The team often joins forces with the Branchburg Rescue Squad swift water team during large water rescue events. In these events, animals are often rescued, but they are with their owners in a semi-controlled environment. Deputy Chief Russoniello and Firefighter Sinibaldi are both dog owners. When asked to perform this challenging rescue, neither one batted an eye. Thanks to their dedication and the staff on shore that supplied support, a family is reunited with their dog today. Units on scene included North Branch Fire, Green Knoll Fire, Green Knoll Rescue Squad, Somerset County Regional Animal Shelter and Bridgewater PD. - DAVID HICKSON

Who needs to laugh more than the Fire Companies ---the first responders who deal with dangerous circumstances each and every day? There’s an innovative concept for fund-raising developed by Joey Novick, who is a stand-up comedian and the Fire Commissioner in his hometown: Stand-up comedy shows. Fire companies can get much-needed laughs and profit financially as well. Novick's company, ComedyWorks, provides all-star headline comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and the Tonight Show. Novick’s been producing comedy shows since 1977, and has experience producing shows with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry The Cable Guy, and Tim Allen. "The comedians were very funny, and very professional," wrote Mark Bruhmuller, Fire Chief of the Churchtown Fire Company of New York. “Joey Novick did an excellent job. Everybody loves to laugh, and it's a great deal of fun." ComedyWorks produces more than 300 shows a year, almost 150 of those for emergency service organizations. The money these shows can

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raise varies, depending on things like the number of tickets sold, how they're priced, the amount spent on promotion and whether food and drink are available. "Mostly companies produce shows in their own facilities, which may hold 300–400 people," says Novick. "We'll put together a show for them that will bring in comedians from major comedy clubs, with a headliner from HBO, Comedy Central, or the Tonight Show. The feature performer will be someone who's headlined the comedy circuit: Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comedy Store. The host of the show will be a comedian who's very high-energy, like a gameshow host, to get the audience warmed up. A triple headliner show!” The Somerset Fire Company of New Jersey produces two fundraisers a year through ComedyWorks. "We've done about ten shows so far, and it's been great," says Mike Rein-

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Fire poster contest On Wednesday, February 13, 2013, Fire Director Fateen A. Ziyad, Fire Chief John G. Centanni, Newark Public Schools Director of Visual & Performing Arts James P. Sheeley, and Supervisor of Visual & Performing Arts Jacqueline R. Rocker-Brown announced the winning entries of the City of Newark’s Annual Fire Safety Poster Contest during a ceremony in the Newark Public Schools’ 9th Floor Conference Room in Newark’s downtown. Each year the Newark Fire Department partners with the Newark Public Schools for this annual con-

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test, which began during Fire Prevention Week in October 2012 and continued through December. The contest challenges students from kindergarten through grade 12 to create posters that offer messages on fire prevention and safety. The theme for this year’s contest was “Have Two Ways Out.” Here, Director Ziyad (second row, center), greets winning participants. - dAVId LIPPMAN

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NJ State First Aid Council officers take oaths for 2013 Berkeley Heights, NJ. New Jersey State First Aid Council (NJSFAC) leaders took their oaths of office for 2013 during an installation ceremony at the Berkeley Plaza on January 13th. The following individuals were sworn in: President Howard Meyer (New Providence), Northern Area Vice President Cyndy Reardon (Bloomingdale), Central Area Vice President Joseph G. Walsh, Jr. (Neptune), Southern Area Vice President Bryan Platt (New Egypt), Treasurer Ken Weinberg (Pittstown), Assistant Treasurer


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East Rutherford Firefighter Kevin Felten, of Engine Co. 3, checks the ladder pipe operation on his company's quint during a recent multiple-alarm fire.


Hoboken Captain Maria Diaz gives directions to one of her crew at a three alarm fire on 2-17-13.


Jersey City Captain Ken Simone, of Ladder Co. 12, thanks the members of the Gong Club canteen truck for their early morning response to a 4th alarm on Bayview Avenue, February 7th.


Secaucus Fire Department chefs assembled at Hook & Ladder Co. 1 bright and early on February 10th to prepare breakfast to support the annual Ladies Auxiliary St. Valentine's Day fund raising event. L-R: Lt. Bill Heaney, Firefighter Frank Baer, Captain Dave Hardy, 2nd Lt. Larry (Doc) Marciano and Ex-Chief Raymond Cieciuch.


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Harrison fire displaces thirty residents


East Newark sets up their ladder pipe.

Flames threatened the row of six dwellings.

Harrison, N.J. A multiplealarm fire tore through two attached single-family dwellings in a row of six homes on Warren Street on February 25th, displacing 30 residents. At about 7 :15 p.m. Harrison firefighters were dispatched to a reported kitchen fire at 207 Warren Street, near South Second Street. When Engine 3 arrived, fire was already venting out of the rear topfloor windows of the two-story structure. A second-alarm for mutual aid companies to assist the understaffed HFD was transmitted. Units from Kearny and East Newark reported to the scene and immediately went to work. A interior attack was made, but flames quickly rose up duct work and dominated the cockloft area of this home and 205. As conditions started to deteriorate, and defensive attack was set up, and as third alarm was struck sending Jersey City Engine 5, 15, Ladder 9 and Battalion 4 to the scene. In addition, a recall of off duty Harrison firefighters was made and they responded with Engine 1 and Ladder 1. Engine 3's deck gun was placed into operations as the flames moved to the front of the structure and through the roof. East Newark Ladder 3's ladder pipe was also set up and put to work. Kearny Ladder 1 was moved into a rear parking lot to use a ladder pipe to work on the heavy fire blowing out of the rear of the dwelling. In addition, Jersey City Ladder 9 moved up from under a NJ Transit-Amtrak railroad bridge for another ladder pipe to protect the eastern attached dwellings. The flames shot up next to the railroad bridge, visible to evening commuters as the trains passed by. It took about two-hours to confine the stubborn fire by approximately 60 firefighters. Eight apartments were evacuated, ac-

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cording to officials. No one was reported injured during the height of the blaze; however, nearly three hours later a resident walked into the Harrison Senior Center, where a temporary shelter had been set up by O.E.M., and complained of smoke inhalation. An ambulance was dispatched to assist the man. Jersey City fire companies were released after 10 p.m. and East Newark at 11:40 p.m. Harrison terminated the incident at 12:23 a.m., February 26th. At the scene, a resident said his mother was cooking and “saw smoke coming through the walls.” Residents of the dwellings involved all self-evacuated to safety as fire units arrived. - RON JEFFERS


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Orange and Montclair battle evening house fire



A full response from the Orange and Montclair Fire Departments fought a dwelling fire on the border of both cities on February 7. Shortly before 10:00 p.m., Montclair fire units were dispatched to 450 Orange Rd. followed shortly by Orange firefighters to the same address. The MFD arrived first and reported a smoke condition from a large two and a half story frame. Orange units soon arrived and both departments initiated the attack. A working fire was discovered in the basement with the flames extending to the first floor. Lines were stretched and the structure vented,

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but the fire was traveling through the balloon frame dwelling. As the smoke condition intensified and fire was visible from the second floor, the decision was made to go defensive. Members were withdrawn and exterior lines were put in operation and Montclair set up for ladder pipe operations, but to soon became apparent that water pressure was going to be a problem. A request was made to the water company for more pressure, but the reply was that the

pressure in the area was maxed out. Longer stretches helped, and soon several handlines and intermittently a deck gun and ladder pipe operated. Flames eventually broke through the roof. A major collapse of the A-D corner of the structure occurred which helped provide access to the interior flames. Operations continued to well after midnight before the fire could be placed under control. It was eventually determined that the structure was in the Orange City limits. No serious injuries were reported. - BILL TOMPKINS

US Fire Administration releases 2012 firefighter fatality statistics EMMITSBURG, Md. – The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announced today a provisional total of 83 onduty firefighter fatalities in the United States as a result of incidents that occurred in 2012, the same number of firefighter losses as in 2011. The 83 fatalities were spread across 34 states. Pennsylvania and North Carolina experienced the highest number of fatalities with nine firefighter deaths each. New York had six firefighter deaths, including the most recent tragic shooting deaths of two firefighters in Webster. California and Texas, each with five firefighter deaths, were the only other states with five or more firefighter fatalities in 2012. Heart attacks or stroke were responsible for the deaths of 41 firefighters (49%) in 2012. This single year total is a near average proportion of firefighter deaths

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from heart attack or stroke over recent years. This nature of fatal injury has remained relatively constant, while others, on average, have been reduced during the past decade. Eleven on-duty firefighters died in association with wildland fires, the same as 2011 and 2010. The single cause of injury seeing more than a four-fold increase in firefighter deaths during 2012 was vehicle collisions (including aircraft), with 18 deaths. These 2012 firefighter fatality statistics are provisional and will likely change somewhat as the USFA contacts state fire marshals to verify the names of firefighters reported to have died on duty during 2012. The final number of firefighter fatalities will be reported in USFA's annual firefighter fatality report, expected to be available by July. - US Fire Administration


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Firefighter extinguish a burning piece of cornice.

Explosion and fire destroy two Hoboken dwellings Hoboken, NJ. Neighbors on lower Madison Street, who were hit hard by flood waters during Sandy, were again shaken when they heard a loud explosion and then flames coming from the back of a wood-frame dwelling on February 17th. “It went really quick,” said a neighbor. Shortly before 3 p.m., Hoboken fire companies were dispatched to the location, around the corner from Ladder Co. 2's quarters, and found heavy fire extending up a rear deck of a dwelling and spreading. Two buildings were involved, 74 Madison St., a three story and 72, a two story wood-frame. One was occupied

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and one was boarded up since Superstorm Sandy, according to a neighbor. A huge column of black smoke rose over the city that was visible in the Meadowlands, as all six city companies reported to the scene. Burning flying embers, and wind gusts of up to 35 mph, created another hazard, as firefighters worked in below freezing weather. Low banking smoke also made firefighting difficult. Numerous handlines were put into operation. Ladder 2 was un-

able to set up its aerial ladder due to numerous overhead power lines. Ground ladders were placed up against the structures. Jersey City dispatched Engine 5, 17 and Ladder 3 directly to the scene for additional manpower. The FDJC Mask Service Unit also responded to fill air bottles. The fire was declared under control around 4 p.m. by Battalion Chief Palmisano. City officials opened Connors School on nearby Monroe Street to provide a temporary shelter for the evacuees. One resident was treated for minor smoke inhalation.




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Smoke in strip mall in Mansfield Township A call for a smoke condition in the Riverside Plaza strip mall on Route 57 prompted a response from police, fire and EMS in Mansfield Township, NJ. Units arrived and found a salon in the mall had smoke coming out of it's ventilation system. Units evacuated the entire mall and began investigating where the smoke was coming from. Mutual aid was summoned from the Hackettstown Fire Department for an aerial unit due to the heavily pitched roof, where firefighters could not access. The Warren County Fire Marshal's office also assisted in the investigation. It was found that a heating unit may have created the smoke. No injuries were reported and units cleared within two hours of the initial call.

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A three alarm fire tore through a two family home in Totowa on February 22nd, taking the life of a small dog, but causing no serious injuries to residents. The fire started about 9:45 p.m. in the first floor rear of 70 Lincoln Ave., and JUMP TO FILE # by the time firefight- 022513105 ers arrived, flames were venting out of a window on the B side of the structure and extending up to the second floor and attic. The heavy fire was knocked down quickly, but the smoke condition continued to intensify. An aggressive interior attack was able to get the upper hand and the fire was able to be placed under control in just over one hour. One firefighter was transported to the hospital and two others were treated at the scene. BILL TOMPKINS


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Early morning fire in Orange claims three Orange, NJ. Just after 1 a.m., on February 17th, Orange Firefighters responded to a house fire on Reock St. when a police officer on routine patrol found the building fire. Orange Police Officer Ada Vasquez was on routine patrol when she smelled smoke, investigated the area and located the fire. Vasquez was joined by fellow police of- JUMP TO FILE # Anthony 021713101 ficer Holmes and they were able to rescue one man from the building prior to the fire department’s arrival. When Orange firefighters arrived, heavy fire conditions were showing from the top floor of the vacant multiple family dwelling. Several hand lines were deployed and firefighters knocked down the main body of fire in minutes. During search operations, they found three adult males, who succumbed to the fire. All four of the men were believed to be squatters who were living in the building. The Essex County Prosecutors office along with Orange Police and fire departments are investigating the cause of the blaze. Preliminary reports are that the men were possibly using a some sort of cooking or heating device. The blaze is currently under full investigation. No other injuries were reported at the scene. The West Orange Fire Department responded to the scene to assist Orange firefighters. - ADAM ALBERTI

Hoboken and Jersey City firefighters teamed up to extinguish a fire at Sims Pump Valve Co. on Park Avenue, Hoboken, February 26th, amid heavy rain. The nearby Malibu Diner and a Park Avenue occupied multiple dwelling were briefly evacuate as a precaution. It was believed propane tanks were inside the burning one-story building and could ignite, according to officials. There were no injuries reported.


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This month we feature Special Operations Unit 189 from the Ridgewood Emergency Services in Bergen County. This vehicle recently had a chassis remount done by New Jersey Emergency Vehicles, replacing a 1996 GMC chassis with a 2012 Ford F-450 Super Duty 4 x 4 chassis. The nine foot Tri Star Fire Apparatus body is a 2006 vintage. The truck is primarily used for scene lighting and road closings but also carries first responder and dive equipment. It has a five seat cab and the body has a rear roll-up door. Features and equipment include a Harrison eight-kw generator, two Honda twokw generators with a floodlight each, four telescoping floodlights, an electric cord reel, traffic cones, portable stop signs and other traffic control signs, saws and an attachment for a snow plow.


Right rear view of Ridgewood's Special Operations Unit 189 show rear roll-up door.


Two alarm house fire in Tuckahoe Around 10:30 p.m. on February 28th, the Tuckahoe Fire Department, along with Mamora and Seaville, were dispatched to the area of 590 Route 50 for a reported house fire. Dispatch advised command that multiple calls were coming in for heavy fire in a two story dwelling. As command arrived, heavy fire was through the roof and a second alarm was transmitted, along with mutual aid for tankers. As units arrived on scene, draft ponds were set up on Route 50 and Mamora's tower backed into the driveway to set up. As a water supply was established, crews went into exterior operations with one tower ladder and multiple hand lines. Tankers from Bellplain, Mamora, Dennisville, Tuckahoe and Seaville shuttled water as crews knocked down the heavy fire. The fire was brought under control in an hour and no injuries were reported. The fire remains under investigation.


Allamuchy responds to tractor trailer MVA On February 25th at around 2 a.m., Allamuchy firefighters responded to Route 80 West for a reported tractor trailer accident, truck into the woods. Upon the arrival of first due units, the semi was found off the embankment with the trailer hung up on the guardrail. Two lanes of the highway were shut down as firefighters secured the truck and helped rescue personnel aid the driver. Units remained on scene until DOT arrived, as well as three heavy wreckers.

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Perth Amboy Engine 2 will be assigned a 2013 Pierce Cecil Fire Company, Monroe Township, Rescue-Pumper The Erma Volunteer Fire Company of Lower Township Arrow XT 1500-gpm/750-gwt pumper sold by Fire & 2958 is a 2013 Spartan ERV 750 Gal/1500 GPM sold by in Cape May County recently took delivery of their new Safety Services. Paul Sickler of Campbell Supply Co. Engine 6230.




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Garwood, NJ. Several people were left homeless, but escaped unharmed after an early morning ďŹ re tore through their two family home on February 23, 2013. The Garwood Fire Department was dispatched just before 4:00 a.m. to 255 Second Ave. for a reported structure ďŹ re. When ďŹ reďŹ ghters arrived, heavy ďŹ re was showing JUMP TO FILE # from the ďŹ rst oor 022413107 windows on the A/D corner of a twostory dwelling. The chief on scene quickly transmitted a second alarm, bringing in mutual aid departments. A water supply was established and a hand line was advanced through the front door where ďŹ reďŹ ghters encountered heavy ďŹ re that was quickly spreading up the exterior of the house to the second oor and roof. The ďŹ re on the ďŹ rst oor was able to be knocked down, but heavy ďŹ re conditions became evident on the second oor. Additional hand lines were stretched to the second oor to attempt an aggressive attack and extinguish the fast moving ďŹ re, but the roof quickly became involved. The interior crew continued to battle the blaze from the second oor, but was withdrawn from the structure when the roof became consumed in ames and started to collapse. Master streams were set up, including two- two and a half inch hand lines and a ladder pipe from Cranford as operations were switched to a defensive mode. Exterior streams owed for approximately 25 minutes until the bulk of the ďŹ re was knocked down. FireďŹ ghters were then able to resume interior operations with hand lines to extinguish remaining hot spots. The blaze took approximately two hours to bring under control, but ďŹ reďŹ ghters remained on scene well after that conducting extensive overhaul and wrapping up equipment. The home sustained signiďŹ cant damage, including a total roof collapse and was deemed uninhabitable. The two families are being assisted with temporary shelter and clothing. Multiple mutual aid ďŹ re departments from Union County responded to the scene to assist and cover the town during the incident. The cause of the ďŹ re is being investigated, but it appears to have started in the ďŹ rst oor apartment.

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Two towns names “Wood” In Bergen County, there are actually seven towns that have the name “wood” in them. It is either in the front, at the end or in the middle. Two of those towns have interchangeable names…almost. The difference in the two names is in a hyphen. Wood-Ridge is a borough of just under 1.1 square miles and Ridgewood somewhat north of Wood-Ridge, is a village of 5.8 square miles. Both can be accessed from State Highway 17. Wood-Ridge has a volunteer department whereas Ridgewood has a career department with a volunteer backup. Wood-Ridge has one station. Ridgewood has two. Both received a new ladder truck this past year. Each truck has a pump, but does not have a water tank. Wood-Ridge received a 2012 Sutphen 104 foot mid mount aerial with a 2,000 gpm pump and 10 kw generator. It replaced a 1988 American LaFrance Century 2000, 100 foot rear mounted aerial, the first in the state after the manufacturer went back into business. Ridgewood received a Pierce Arrow XT 95 foot mid mount platform with a 1500 gpm pump and 10 kw generator replacing a 1991 Pierce Arrow 105 foot rear mounted aerial. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services. Ridgewood has changed from yellow apparatus to a white over red. Both towns now have identical colors. Ridgewood also recently received a Pierce Saber pumper Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: For Elizabeth (Union County), an Arrow XT foam pumper with a snozzle and a dry chemical unit on a Ford F-450 chassis. For the Cape May Court House Fire Company in Middle Township, an Impel “FR” pumper. The FR stands for “forward raised roof” which starts further forward closer to the driver/officer area. For Maple Shade (Burlington County), a Velocity 54 foot Squirt refurb and remount. Pierce deliveries beside Ridgewood include a Freightliner M2 112 dive rescue truck for the Parsippany-Troy Hills Rescue & Recovery (Morris County) and a Kenworth T-800 dry side tanker for Tuckahoe in Cape May County. The fire division of First Priority Emergency Vehicles reports the following KME orders: For the County of Morris, a CBRN heavy duty rescue for a hazmat unit on a Freightliner M2106 chassis with a Cummins ISB, 360 hp diesel, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Whelen NFPA LED lighting package, 18 foot heavy duty 3/16” aluminum, walk-in rescue body ROM roll-up compartment doors, climate control for the body, interior cabinetry, dry erase boards, fume hood, and Onan 25 kw pto driven generator. For PBF Energy, Paulsboro Refinery (Gloucester County), a 4000 gallon foam tender on an International 5900 tandem axle chassis with two-door cab, MaxxForce 13, 430 hp diesel, Allison 4000 EVS transmission, Code 3, NFPA LED lighting package, 3/16” aluminum tanker body, and Fire Lion FP4, 300 gpm pto driven pump. Also, for the Township of Branchburg (Somerset County) to go to the North Branch Volunteer Fire Company, a Predator quint with MFD chassis and 10 inch raised roof. Specs include a Please send any comments or news tidbits you might have about Apparatus of the Month to us at 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street. New Windsor, NY 12553. Or you can e-mail them to

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Voorhees Twp. Squad-66, 2011 Spartan ERV Gladiator Evolution, 2000/750/50/10 kw/9000 pound winch and Will Burt Night Scan. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co. LLC.

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Voorhees Twp. L-66, 2011 Spartan ERV Gladiator Evolution, 2000/300/100 foot with 10 kw generator. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co. LLC. Cummins ISX12, 500 hp diesel, Allison 4000 EVS transmission, Whelen NFPA LED lighting package, Hale Qmax, 2000 gpm pump, 300 gallon water tank, 3/16” aluminum body, ROM roll-up compartment doors, Onan 10 kw hydraulic generator, 115 feet of Alco-Lite ground ladders, 79 foot aerial ladder with 750 pound tip load and TFT Monsoon, electric monitor and nozzle. Their ambulance division has delivered three McCoy Miller Guardian Type II’s. Two went to Cardinal Ambulance in Totowa and one to A & M Ambulance in Clifton (both Passaic County.) Also delivered was a First Priority Renaissance Remount of a GMC 3500 chassis under a P.L. Custom module to Spotswood EMS (Middlesex County.) Millville Fire Department (Cumberland County) received a First Priority utility/support unit on a Ford F-450 crew cab chassis. Ambulance orders include two

McCoy Miller Guardian Type II’s on Ford E-350 chassis, one for All American Ambulance in Paterson (Passaic County) and the other to People Transport in Old Bridge (Middlesex County.) Sea Bright First Aid Squad (Monmouth County) ordered a First Priority Renaissance Remount of a Ford F-450 chassis under a Road Rescue Ultramedic module. Neptune City (Monmouth County) received a Ferrara Intruder 2, 1500/500 pumper. Campbell Supply Co. LLC has two Spartan ERV pumper orders. One is from the Far Hills-Bedminster Volunteer Fire Department in Somerset County and is for a rescue pumper on a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis with seven seat cab that has interior compartments. Specs include a Cummins ISX, 500 hp diesel, Hale 1500 gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, 50 gallon Class B foam tank, Holmatro rescue tools and 10 kw Harrison generator. They protect both areas plus Route 287


Jackson Twp. FAS, Amb. 226, 2011 Ford E-450/P.L. Custom Medallion 170. It was sold by New Jersey Emergency Vehicles. and Somerset Airport. Also Rahway in Union County ordered a 1500 gpm pumper on a Spartan Metro Star LFD chassis with 10 inch raised roof cab. They delivered to the Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (in conjunction with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital) in New Brunswick (Middlesex County), two Wheeled Coach Type 9, medium duty mobile Pediatric Intensive Care Units on Freightliner M2 chassis. Specs in-

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East Rutherford Firefighter Kevin Felten, of Engine Co. 3, checks the ladder pipe operation on his company's quint during a recent multiple-alarm fire.


Hoboken Captain Maria Diaz gives directions to one of her crew at a three alarm fire on 2-17-13.


Jersey City Captain Ken Simone, of Ladder Co. 12, thanks the members of the Gong Club canteen truck for their early morning response to a 4th alarm on Bayview Avenue, February 7th.


Secaucus Fire Department chefs assembled at Hook & Ladder Co. 1 bright and early on February 10th to prepare breakfast to support the annual Ladies Auxiliary St. Valentine's Day fund raising event. L-R: Lt. Bill Heaney, Firefighter Frank Baer, Captain Dave Hardy, 2nd Lt. Larry (Doc) Marciano and Ex-Chief Raymond Cieciuch.


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Candidates with previous insurance experience, home inspection or firefighting background preferred to perform commercial and residential insurance inspections. Forward resume to: NEIS, Inc., Attn: Lee Surridge, 908 So. Meriden Rd., Cheshire, CT 06410. Fax: 203-271-7921 or email:

Emergency Apparatus Sales Position Open Campbell Supply Co. District Sales Manager Please send your resume to: or fax to 908-791-3101


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