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TWO MULTIPLES IN TWO DAYS FOR FAIR LAWN

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For the second time in two days, Fair Lawn firefighters were faced with a fire requiring additional alarms to quell the flames. The morning after a two-alarm fire caused significant damage to a restaurant, a three-alarm response was called for as heavy fire greeted first arriving companies on August 19th.

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Allamuchy Fire Stops Early Morning Laundry Room Fire

Allamuchy Firefighters responded to Panther Valley Golf & Country Club at around 3:45 A.M. for a third floor fire alarm activation. 91-70 arrived on location first with alarms sounding, and began doing a 360 investigation. As engine 91-61 went responding, 91-70 updated dispatch of a smoke condition coming from the 2nd floor at the rear of the country club, requesting a redispatch of 91 Fire, as well as a 1st alarm assignment. Engine 91-61 arrived and stretch a 1 3/4" line to the back room and forced entry to the structure. A well involved dryer fire was located and quickly extinguished by first due crews, containing the fire to the room. Firefighters were clear of scene by 5:30 A.M.

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In Wall District 2, the Glendola Fire Company still uses this old faithful 1989 Hahn 1750-GPM/750-GWT pumper.

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50+ Homeless in Paterson Fourth Alarm A four alarm fire destroyed or damaged five buildings in Paterson on August 27th, leaving over fifty residents homeless, but causing no reported injuries. Paterson fire units were dispatched shortly before 2:30 A.M. to 77 Mill St, a threestory frame build- JUMP TO FILE# ing with a store on 082720110 the first floor and apartments above. This structure was in the middle of a row of similar attached buildings that ran most of the block. Heavy smoke was visible as companies responded. Heavy fire was consuming the rear of the fire building as units arrived. Flames were spreading to the exposures and residents were at windows on the second and third floors. A Second alarm was transmitted as ladders were placed to rescue the occupants. Lines were stretched in the front door and to the rear yard. As heavy fire took full possession of the rear of the fire building and some collapses occurred, all members were backed out and operations went defensive. A third alarm was called as the fire continued to additional buildings in the row. Three elevated master streams were put into operation from three sides of the fire buildings as well as numerous hand lines in the front and rear. This was able to halt the advance of the fire. An additional alarm was transmitted for addi-

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tional resources. All visible fire was knocked down within two hours, but units remained at the scene well into the daylight hours. The cause is under investiga-

tion. Mutual aid from Passaic, Prospect Park, and Haledon assisted at the scene. - BILL TOMPKINS

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At around 10:30 P.M., Allamuchy Firefighters were dispatched to a barn fire. 91-60 arrived on scene first, confirming a working fire, requesting mutual aid from several departments to respond on the first alarm fire. 91-61 arrived shortly after dropping the 5" supply line at the end of the driver way, utilizing the "rural hitch" for water supply. When on location, firefighters immediately began surrounding the blaze with hand lines to protect live stock and crop exposure, as well as additional barns. Tanker 91-71 arrived directly behind 91-61 to sup-

JUMP TO FILE #082420114 ply water, and shortly after, mutual aid arrived to lend a hand with additional water and support overhauling the structure. No injuries were reported during the extent of the incident, and there were no animal casualties. Unfortunately a large barn with several pieces of farming equipment were lost in the blaze. Firefighters were clear of scene by 3:00 A.M. - JAMES BESSEMER


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New Jersey: Ronnie Cordero, 61 Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: April 1, 2020 Death Date: April 22, 2020 Fire Department: Little Falls Fire Department Initial Summary: On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Assistant Chief Ronnie Cordero drove the fire department apparatus to a service call at a residence. During that call, the crew came in close contact with the homeowner who stated that his son tested positive for COVID-19. He also stated that he had just returned from the hospital with COVID-19 related symptoms. The following day, the homeowner was transported by EMS to the hospital where he tested positive for the virus. Some of the EMS and fire personnel that Assistant Chief Cordero came in close contact with during this call and other responses were then tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. Assistant Chief Ronnie Cordero was hospitalized on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, and passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, from the disease. West Virginia: Russell K. Roberson, 42 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 21, 2020 Death Date: June 21, 2020 Fire Department:Iaeger Vol. Fire Department Initial Summary: On Saturday evening, June 20, 2020, firefighters from the Iaeger Volunteer Fire Department, as well as several other departments, responded to the scene of a residential fire. On Sunday, June 21, 2020, firefighters again responded to the same residence for a possible rekindle. While at the scene, Firefighter Russell K. Roberson evacuated a home owner from a second residence that had started to burn. He became ill and while being transported to the hospital, passed away. The cause of his death has not yet been determined. Missouri: Ron Wehlage, Jr., 40 Rank: Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Incident Date: June 27, 2020 Death Date: June 30, 2020 Fire Department: De Soto Rural Fire

Protection District Initial Summary: On Saturday evening, June 27, 2020, Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Ron Wehlage, Jr., responded to a residential fire. After his work duty ended on Sunday morning, June 28, 2020, he returned home. On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, he did not show up for his next shift. Someone was sent to check on him and found Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Wehlage deceased at his home from an apparent heart attack. Individuals attempted to contact Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Wehlage on Sunday, June 28, 2020, but all attempts were unsuccessful. West Virginia: Jason Cuffee, 27 Rank: Firefighter/Medic Incident Date: July 19, 2020 Death Date: July 20, 2020 Fire Department: Charleston Fire Department Initial Summary: At approximately 2330hrs., on Sunday, July 19, 2020, Firefighter/Medic Jason Cuffee was working at the Charleston Fire Department, Station 3. When he failed to respond to a call, his coworkers became concerned and went to check on him. They found Firefighter/Medic Cuffee unresponsive. They immediately performed CPR, and was then transported to the hospital where Firefighter Medic Cuffee was pronounced deceased in the early morning hours of Monday, July 20, 2020. The cause of his death has not yet been determined.

Georgia: Justin Robinson, 50 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 14, 2020 Death Date: July 21, 2020 Fire Department: Haralson County Fire Departmen Initial Summary: On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Firefighter Justin Robinson was at the scene of a motor vehicle accident performing extrication of injured patients. While at the crash site, he went into cardiac arrest. Crews immediately initiated life saving measures and Firefighter Robinson was transported to the local hospital, where he passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.


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Sad Time for Paterson F.D. During a Challenging Year UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

On July 2nd the Paterson Fire Department held a large promotional ceremony at Fire Headquarters. Those promotions included new deputy and battalion chiefs, captains, a Chief Communications Operator, a Chief of Fire Apparatus and a Supervising Mechanic. Also on the day, the Fire Department re-established the rank of Assistant Fire Chief. Gabriel “Gabe” Aboyoun, 60, was promoted to the re-established rank, making him the number two man in the 205-year-old career fire department. He also continued with his Office of Emergency Management responsibilities. On August 19th, Assistant Chief Aboyoun died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Towaco. Chief Aboyoun graduated from Don Bosco Tech, in Paterson, in 1978. He lived in the city for most of his life before moving to Towaco. He was a member of the P.F.D. for 28-years. As a firefighter he was assigned to Engine Co.'s 6 and 7. “His dedication and devotion to the Department, City, Community and the Fire Service was second to none,” said Chief of Department Brian Mc Dermott. The assistant chief was described as having a kind heart and humor, and he cared about his community and his firefighters. He was always willing to help anyone in need, “at the drop of a hat,” Chief Mc Dermott continued. Mayor Andre Sayegh said he felt pride in promoting Assistant Chief Aboyoun. Aboyoun was cited for bravery on several occasions, and he was among the P.F.D. members who responded to the World Trade Center

9/11 attacks. “Gabe Aboyoun was what every firefighter should aspire to be,” said NJ FMBA President Eddie Donnelly.

UPS: Perth Amboy firefighters completed a successful rope rescue operation after an injured worker was trapped in a hole about 20-feet down in a secured trench, on Smith St., Aug. 25th. Members of Special Operations descended into the hole to treat the victim. A rope system was set up for hauling, and the man was packaged into a stokes basket and removed from the hole. The worker was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said. All safety precautions were already in place when units arrived, that made the rescue operation fast and efficient. DOWNS: On July 31st., a fire destroyed two liquid glue tanks at Holland Manufacturing in Succasunna, Roxbury Fire Investigator Mark Sylvester reported. The tanks held “hot melt” adhesive used by Holland which manufacturers tape and other products. UPS: Donald Peterson was sworn in as Elizabeth's 15th Chief of the Fire Department, August 3rd. DOWNS: During Tropical Storm Isaias, a Maywood firefighter was injured when a tree fell onto an engine while operating on Hammell Pl., authorities said. Medics put the firefighter in a neck collar before taking him to Hackensack University Medical Center. UPS: Chris Boyler has been promoted to deputy fire chief in New Brunswick. DOWNS: More than a dozen people were displaced as a result of a fire in a three-story dwelling on South 11th St., Newark, July 31st. Firefighters located two occupants inside the building and helped them escape, officials said. Other residents self-evacuated. UPS: Frederick Schatzman has been promoted to fire captain in New Brunswick. David Wiklanski is the new lieutenant. DOWNS: Firefighters from sev-

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All city fire companies assembled at St. John’s Cathedral for Assistant Chief Gabriel “Gabe” Aboyoun's funeral, in August.

eral departments battled a smoky fire at the Reckitt & Benckiser manufacturing plant, off Route 206 in Hillsborough, Aug. 3rd. All employees evacuated. Two firefighters were treated for heat exposure, police said. UPS: In Secaucus, Firefighter John Reilly, of Engine Co. 3, received the Knights of Columbus Fireman of the Year Award. DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire involved three Cianci St. buildings in Paterson, Aug. 3rd. Effected were six businesses and 19 apartments, officials said. About 50 residents were displaced. UPS: The Hoboken Fire Department has secured AFG funds totaling $122,000 to modify the city's four firehouses with new diesel removal systems. DOWNS: Four Paterson firefighters were briefly hospitalized after an explosion and fire at a large-scale synth pot lab, in the basement of a Illinois Ave. dwelling, Aug. 6th, officials said. The members were evaluated and released from St. Joseph's Regional M.C. after they inhaled noxious fumes, Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale said. An investigation was under way and the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office was notified. UPS: The 200 Club of Monmouth County has awarded $91,750 in college scholarships to 81 students from 64 first responder families within the county. DOWNS: Firefighters from Roselle and Elizabeth removed the body of a woman found in the Lake at Warinanco Park in Roselle, Aug. 10th. The Union County police and the county medical examiner's office were investigating, officials said. UPS: The Hackensack F.D. has been awarded $510,783.64 in AFG funds. This grant will allow the H.F.D. to implement a fire training program in conjunction with the fire departments of Teaneck and Englewood, officials said. The program focuses on firefighter safety and survival. The funds allow each department to send every member to a 3-day intensive training program and will cover tuition, fees, and overtime costs associated with attendance. DOWNS: Firefighters immediately began surrounding a fire involving a large barn with hand lines, Aug. 8th, to protect live stock, crop exposure and other barns in Allamuchy. The fire was located on Shades of Death Rd., State Police Sgt. L. Peele said. UPS: Princeton appointed Michael Yeh as its new Director of Emergency & Safety Service, on Aug. 10th. Yeh will oversee fire prevention, housing inspection and the fire department. DOWNS: One man died in a fire involving a housing complex for disabled residents in Tewksbury Twp., Aug. 16th, officials said. UPS: At the August 10th borough committee meeting, Madison Mayor Bob Conley presented volunteer ambulance corps member Jack Luts

with the Mayor's Hero Award for his 60-years of service to the community. DOWNS: A dozen people were taken to the hospital after a NJ Transit bus rear-ended another transit bus, sending it into a guardrail on the ramp from the northbound NJ Turnpike to east bound Route 495 in Secaucus, Aug. 17th. Ten passengers and both drivers were hospitalized, officials said. Port Authority Tunnel & Bridge agents had to cut off the doors and spread the stairwell to get to the injured on the bus that veered off the road. Ambulances from North Bergen, Union City, Palisades MC and Jersey City MC responded. UPS: In August, Passaic County authorities announced the arrest of Yanit Valdez, 37, with two counts of second-degree aggravated arson and four counts of third degree aggravated assault. This after an Aug. 3rd fire on Cianci St., Paterson, that displaced 60 residents, plus four city firefighters were treated for minor injuries. DOWNS: A fire in a State St. dwelling in Washington Twp. (Warren County), Aug. 19th, sent one resident to the hospital and also resulted in minor injuries to two firefighters, officials said. UPS: Known as, “The man, the myth, the legend,” Jersey City Captain Vic Petrucelli, of Rescue Co. 1, began his 39th year on the job, in August. DOWNS: Three-alarms were transmitted for a fire in a large

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dwelling on Morris Ave., Summit, Aug. 20th. Units from several mutual aid departments operated at the scene. UPS: Tom Verdino was sworn in as fire captain in Jersey City on Aug. 20th. DOWNS: A huge fire tore through the Somerville Parc Apartments on James St., Somerville, Aug. 21st. Flames consumed the roof of the structure, that was under construction. UPS: Clark firefighters rescued a person stuck on the roof of a commercial building on Central Ave., Aug. 18th, that suffered a medical emergency, officials said. DOWNS: A SUV collided with a truck carrying boxes of bees in Franklin Twp. (Gloucester County) on Aug. 23rd, at Main Rd. and Harding Hwy. The driver of the SUV was trapped in his vehicle and more then 50 boxes of bees spilled out onto the highway, officials said. Several of the boxes broke open and bees began to swarm first responders. Crews wore special suits with hoods to protect themselves while working to free the trapped driver. Firefighters also doused bees with water to protect working medics and fellow firefighters. The driver was extricated and taken to Cooper University Hospital in critical condition. A beekeeper was called and worked at the scene to contain the bees and get them back into boxes. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 12


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IN SERVICE If you have photos you would like to see in our In Service feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Wharton Fire Department operates a 2008 Pierce Arrow XT 2000/300/95' Tower Ladder.

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Two Multiples in Two Days for Fair Lawn

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For the second time in two days, Fair Lawn firefighters were faced with a fire requiring additional alarms to quell the flames. The morning after a two alarm fire caused significant UMP TO FILE# damage to a restau- J082020104 rant, a three alarm response was called for as heavy fire greeted first arriving companies on August 19th. At about 7:00 AM, a fire was reported at 14-05 Ellis Ave. Heavy fire was involving the rear of a 2 ½ story frame dwelling from the first floor and extending over the roof. Engine 3 made a quick hit on the flames with their deck gun then companies advanced inside. The fire had extended into the second floor and attic. Companies made a hard push and soon had the heavy fire knocked down. Intermittent heavy rain blanketed the area as companies overhauled the structure. The fire was placed under control in under one hour. There were no reported injuries and the home was reported to be unoccupied at the time of the fire. Elmwood Park, Hawthorne, Glen Rock, and Saddle Brook assisted at the scene. - BiLL TOMPKINS

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North Hudson firefighters wet down fire extension in a 2 1/2 story wood frame, balloon construction, dwelling on Palisade Ave., Weehawken, on August 19th.

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Ups & Downs Continued from Page 8

UPS: The Prospect Park Fire Department has been awarded $166,666.67 in AFG funds for the purchase of SCBA. DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire involved a Continental Ct. dwelling in Lanoka Harbor, Aug. 23rd, that killed a pet dog. First responders were able to evacuate the residents from the home, officials said. UPS: As many as 35 members of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, up to 10-person crewshave been sent to other states to battle wildfires. This is part of a national system which draws on resources from other states. They are currently deployed to places like Colorado, Nevada, Montana and California. DOWNS: Madison Volunteer Firefighter Carl Weisgerber passed away in August. He joined the Hook & Ladder Company in 1969, and he was past president of that company as well as a volunteer line officer. He was part of the “team” that helped bring back to Madison, and restoring, the department's 1921 Ahrens Fox pumper, known as “Geraldine.” UPS: Retired Wildwood Fire Chief Daniel Speigal received the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Firefighter 2020/2021 Award before a city commission meeting on

Aug. 27th. According to a release, this is the first time anyone from New Jersey has received this award. DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire gutted two East Second St. dwellings in Clifton and injured one firefighter and displaced about nine people, Aug. 30th, officials said. UPS: It was recently announced that regional Assistance to Firefighter Grant funds have been awarded to six Essex County fire departments. Funding will include training for 100 fire officers to obtain Fire Officer 1 Certification, and another 100 firefighters will receive rapid intervention training. The departments involved are: Belleville, Bloomfield, East Orange, Nutley, Orange and West Orange. DOWNS: One employee of the Mall at Short Hills was treated and released from a local hospital after a small explosion, Sept. 1st, General Manager Jamie Cox said. “There was an incident in an electrical room caused by an arc,” he said. UPS: Members of Cedar Grove South End Fire Co. 3 have moved into their new firehouse on Newark-Pompton Ave. The twostory building has an assembly hall and large backup generator.

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Cedar Grove South End Fire Co. 3's new firehouse on NewarkPompton Ave.

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Blaze Rips Through Fair Lawn Restaurant A predawn blaze tore through a Fair Lawn restaurant on the morning of August 18, 2020. The two-alarm fire broke out on the ground floor of the Davia Restaurant and extended to the roof. A driver passing by reported JUMP TO FILE# smoke coming from 081920101 the restaurant at about 4:45 A.M. As companies were responding, arriving chiefs observed heavy smoke issuing from the building. A re-tone of the alarm was made confirming a working fire. First due companies began to force entry and stretch lines were met with high heat and heavy smoke. A second alarm was struck bringing a FAST team from Saddle Brook to the scene and cover units. The fire began ro run the walls and made its way to the roof area where it eventually vented out the roof. An additional ladder truck was called to the scene from Glen Rock to set up in the rear of the building to assist. The main body of fire was was knocked down in about an hour. The fire was declared under control about 90 minutes later by Chief of Dept. Solkov. A cause was not immediately determined and no injuries were reported. The interior of the restaurant was heavily damaged. The fire was held to the restaurant with no extension to any of the exposures. Mutual aid companies from Paramus, Elmwood Park and Hawthorne covered at the Plaza Road Firehouse. - DAMIEN DANIS

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The firefighters made sure the burning post toppled away from private property.

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Piscataway in Middlesex County, New Jersey was pummeled by the rains and winds of Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. The day certainly was a busy one for first response units and PSE&G. There were multiple power outages, flooded roadways, downed tree limbs and errant wires to contend with. Thanks to the alert eyes of a UPS driver heading down Thornton Lane in Piscataway Township, flames shooting out from a street lamp post in front of one of the private homes was called in to the local fire depart-

JUMP TO FILE #080720115 ment. Within minutes the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Co. District 4 was on scene to control and break down the pole fire and make sure that no private property was put in jeopardy. Because of the busy day and multiple incidents throughout the Township, PSE&G was unable to turn off the power at first, but members of the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Co., with a ladder truck and engine, went to work to successfully

contain the live-electric fire. The Deputy Chief was also on scene. North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company District 4 provides fire protection and emergency response services to the Piscataway community. The Fire Company's mission is to prevent the loss of life and property. In addition to responding to fires, this all-volunteer department also responds to medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents, rescue calls, and incidents involving hazardous materials. - CHELLE CORDERO

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The New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs Association in cooperation with the Bergenfield Fire Training Center held a hands on class on ladder techniques and forcible entry instruction to junior and probationary firefighters from several departments on August 9th. Retired Jersey City BC Charlie Lind, Orange DC Frank DeAngelis, Paterson DC Mike D’Arco, and Bergenfield past Chief Jerry Naylis shared their vast knowledge to the next generation of firefighters.

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Belleville Engine Co. 2's firehouse is located in the town's business district on Washington Avenue, a.k.a. The Avenue. The new Ferrara pumper let's the community know that they are from "The Ave."


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LITTLE BIG GUYS If you have photos you would like to see in our Little Big Guys feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

The Burlington Township Fire Department changed their colors to white. Utility 3028, shown here is from the Beverly Road station which prior to the color change had light blue apparatus. This vehicle is a 2014 Ford F-450 4 x 4 with a Knapheide body with ROM roll-up doors. It was assembled by DeJana. It has a 8.5 kw generator, two cord reels, portable floodlights, a smoke ejector, tripods, a cooler, sawzall, hand fire extinguishers, a BLS jump kit and a smoke detector kit.

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Burlington Township Utility 3028, 2014 Ford F-450/Knapheide with assembly by DeJana. It has an 8.5 kw generator.

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Early Morning Restaurant Fire in Cresskill Cresskill firefighters battled a fire at a local restaurant early Tuesday morning, August 18th, causing extensive damage to the kitchen area. Firefighters were requested to 15 East Madison Ave, The Farmhouse Restaurant, around 4:30 A.M. for a smoke alarm sounding. First arriving units found smoke showing from the side door and a working fire was transmitted. Dumont, Demarest, and a FAST Team from Tenafly assisted on scene as crews entered a door on the bravo side of the restaurant into the kitchen. The fire was quickly located and knocked down. Firefighters opened up and vented while checking for any extension. The fire was knocked down under a half an hour. No injures were reported.

Right/rear view of Burlington Township's Utility 3028

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Congratulations to Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Company on the delivery of their new Sutphen Custom Pumper Features Include:

• 2020 Sutphen Monarch Chassis

• FRC Foam System

• Cummins L9 450 HP

• Whelen Emergency Lighting

• 56” Cab, 10” raised roof • Stainless Steel body

• Hale Qmax 1500 single stage • 1000 gal water

• 10KW Smart Power Generator • FRC Scene Lighting • Zico ladder rack

• 50 gal foam

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FACES OF NEW JERSEY’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

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Hamilton Township Fire District #3, Truck Company 13 Lt. Joe Pushman, Driver/Operator Mike Sanna, Sideman Jeff Peoples, Tillerman Brandon Leese & Fire Commissioner Gil Lugossy pose with Truck 13.

Members of Jersey City Engine Co. 11, from the "Western Slope" in the Heights section of the city, with their new Pierce Enforcer 2000-GPM pumper. L-R: Captain Kevin Kulnis, and Firefighters Peter Radomski, Scott Paladino and Brandon Raymond.

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Members of Perth Amboy's Rescue 1 stand by their new Pierce rescue truck. From L to R: FF's L Gonzalez and J. Fazio, Captain R, Bunten and FF D. Bonilla.

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Members of Bayonne Tower Ladder 2 with their new Pierce Ascendant model 100-foot platform. (L to R): Captain Bob Bartos and Firefighters Kenny Sugrue and Ryan Lucas.

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North Hudson 1st Battalion Chief Al Salvesen, right, discusses a building's construction with 2nd Battalion Chief Al Pratts, after firefighters knocked down an all hands fire in a Seventh St. dwelling in North Bergen, Aug. 20th.

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Members of the Bogota Rescue Squad were kept busy clearing roadways of fallen trees from storm Isaias. Pictured is Deputy Chief Paul Cordero.


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ACTION SHOT If you have photos you would like to see in our “Action Shot” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Early Morning House Fire In Wood-Ridge

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After an afternoon of handling numerous calls due to Tropical Storm Isaias, North Hudson firefighters responded to a structure fire at 811-12th St., Union City, shortly after 6 p.m on August 4th. Firefighters opened up the walls to get to the seat of the flames. It was believed that the fire had started between the second and third floors, in the rear of this three-story mixed use building. The labor intensive fire required a third-alarm on this humid evening.

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Tenafly Engine, a 2020 Rosenbauer Commander pumper sits next to their 1994 Seagrave pumper which was assigned to Engine 2. The Seagrave is being purchased by East Orange.

A pre-dawn fire damaged a Wood-Ridge home on the early morning of August 16th. At 2:29 A.M., firefighters were dispatched to the area of 346 Wood-Ridge Ave for a reported fire. Chief of Dept. Mike JUMP TO FILE# Cribben arrived on 081620103 scene and observed smoke and fire coming from the home at 347 Wood-Ridge Ave. As companies arrived on scene they had fire on the B side of the dwelling that apparently began on a deck of the home. The began extend to the home and a second alarm was struck bringing mutual aid to the scene. Additional manpower was needed on the scene so a third alarm was transmitted. The exposure building a private dwelling suffered heat damage. Firefighters had the knocked down within 45 minutes before it was officially placed under control shortly after 4 A.M.by orders of Chief of Dept Cribben. Mutual aid who assisted on scene came from Hasbrouck Heights, Carlstadt, Moonachie, Lodi, Little Ferry, Secaucus and Wallington. Additional EMS units also on scene assisting Wood-Ridge came from Carlstadt EMS, Moonachie First Aid & Rescue North Arlington EMS, Hackensack Mask Service Unit, Hackensack Meridian Health EMS and Hackensack Meridian Health Paramedics. Companies standing by at fire headquarters were Rutherford, East Rutherford, Garfield and Elmwood Park. The cause of the fire is under investigation. One firefighter was transported to the hospital as a precaution. - DAMIEN DANIS

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NEW JERSEY GIGS If you have photos you would like to see in our “NJ Gigs” feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Watchung Chief Al De Sandolo answers alarms in this 2018 Chevy Tahoe with custom work by 1st Priority. Car 601 is a gray “red car.”

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In West Deptford Twp., the Colonial Manor Fire Association utilized this Ford rescue-haz-mat unit.

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New Milford Chief of Department Bill Mury operates this 2016 Ford Expedition.

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The Edgewater Fire Prevention Bureau uses this 2014 Ford Expedition, known as EW-12.

Off at a mutual aid fire in Moonachie, South Hackensack Car 400’s Chevy Tahoe is assigned to Chief Carmine Maceri. RON JEFFERS

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Deal Unit 6185 was a 1969 Chevy/Swab special unit equipped with a 4-bottle air cascade unit.

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Vehicle News

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On August 12th, North Hudson Squad 1 was assigned a new Ferrara 1500-gpm/500-gwt rescue-pumper. Equipment includes extrication tools and active shooter gear. It is located in the 2nd Battalion, in Union City.

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The Kingston VFC of South Brunswick District 3 has placed into service a new KME 1500-750-gwt pumper. Inventory includes extrication equipment, a light tower, swing-out tool boards and an Onan generator.

In Toms River District 2, Silverton Fire Company Squad 29 is a Rosenbauer Commander 2000-gpm/750-gwt, with pump panel behind a roll-up door. It carries assorted tools and a 9000-lb portable winch with four receivers. It was sold by Defender Emergency Products.

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Trenton Engine Co. 9 has been assigned a new KME Ridgewood Engine 31 has been assigned a 2020 Pierce In Toms River District 2, Silverton Fire Company Engine 29 1500-gpm/600-gwt pumper. Saber 1500-gpm/500-gwt with a five-man cab. It was sold is a new Rosenbauer Commander model 200-gpm/750-gwt rescue-pumper with a six-man cab and 9000-lb portable by Fire & Safety Services. winch. It was sold by Defender Emergency Products.

Asbury Park has placed into service a 1999 Seagrave 100-foot rear mount aerial ladder that saw previous duty as FDNY Ladder 137, and it also saw duty in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

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In Brick, the Herbertsville Fire Company has placed into service a 2019 Seagrave Marauder model 2000-gpm/500gwt/20-gft pumper with a cab that has seating for six and two storage compartments. There is also a rear mounted booster reel, hydraulic ladder rack and Harrison generator.

Asbury Park Engine 75 is a 2019 Seagrave Marauder model 2000-gpm/500-gwt pumper. It has a six-man cab, low rear hose bed, booster reel and three cross-lay hose beds.

Hawthrone Truck Co. 2 has been assigned a 2020 Pierce Velocity 100-foot platform with a 2000-gpm single-stage pump , 300-gallon water tank and a Cummins X15, 600hp engine. The aerial ladder and bucket are painted blue metallic. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Say it with me now...KEEN Wah! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

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No. Stelton Vol. Fire Co. Dist. #4 responded to Thornton Lane, Piscataway

So in case you missed it or didn’t know, quinoa is pronounced KEEN-wah. If you have been living under a rock, you wouldn’t know that this ancient “grain”/superfood has become extremely popular over the last few years. And while its popularity is in its infancy here in the United States, historical evidence puts its domestication for human consumption 34 thousand years ago in Peru and Bolivia. But perhaps its biggest misconception is that it isn’t actually a grain at all. In fact, quinoa is the seed from a flowering plant in the amaranth family. It is more closely related to spinach than say rice. Because of this, it is a gluten-free food, which makes it

Serves 2-4

perfect for those with gluten allergies. Many recipes that contain grains such as wheat, rice and barley can easily be substituted with quinoa. They even make quinoa flour for baking! So now that we have the pronunciation down, let’s talk about cooking with quinoa. In the firehouse, I have found that it's hit or miss when it comes to putting out a successful meal using this delicious ingredient. Those who haven’t tried it are often reluctant just based on the name alone. And some just don’t like the texture, like when one of my partners said it felt like he was eating sand, which I find to be a little bit of an exaggeration. The great thing about quinoa is that while it certainly has its own flavor, it is mild enough to “play well in the sandbox” with other flavors, sort of like rice. It is delicious on its own, cooked in some chicken stock or seasoned water, but using it in other ways is where I find it to be more accessible to others

who may have not tried it. I have used it successfully in casseroles and stir-frys, but one of my favorite applications is to use it as a stuffing, like in this recipe for stuffed acorn squash. And it is seasonally versatile as well. While this acorn squash recipe is perfect for the fall, a cold quinoa salad with cucumber and tomato is delicious for the summer. Maybe use it in a Spring quinoa bowl with peas, lemon and mint. Or how about using it as a base for beef stew in the winter?! Seriously though, you get the idea. And besides its versatility, it is extremely healthy. In fact, a 2017 study in the Journal of Nutraceuticals and Food Science found that when compared to other cereals like wheat, corn and barley, quinoa has more protein and a greater balance of essential amino acids. Not only is it a good source of protein and fiber, it is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is no wonder this crop was so important to the Incan people!

QUINOA-CHICKEN SAUSAGE STUFFED ACORN SQUASH

Ingredients:

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Paterson Engine 2, the first in the city’s move to Ferrara apparatus, a 2019 Cinder model with a 1500 gpm pump and a 500 gallon water tank. E-2 supplies Ladder 2’s bucket at the scene of a 3rd alarm in a vacant mill.

2 Acorn Squash, cut in half horizontally, seeds and stringy flesh scooped out. ½ lb. Chicken Sausage, casing removed ½ Apple, seeded and chopped ½ Onion, chopped 1 Garlic Clove, diced 4 Sage Leaves, diced 1 tsp. Paprika 1 tsp. Ground Cumin 3/4 Cup Dry Quinoa, cooked according to package 3/4 Cup Shredded White Cheddar Cheese, reserve half for garnish Salt, to taste EVOO Optional: Finely chopped chives for garnish

• Add the cooked quinoa to the sausage mixture and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning.

• Preheat oven to 400* F

• While the squash is baking, cook the quinoa according to the package and brown the sausage in a drizzle of EVOO in a medium saute pan. Using a slotted spoon, remove cooked sausage and set aside in a bowl.

• Place squash on a foil lined sheet pan, cut side down. Roast for 25 minutes or until soft. Remove from the oven.

• Add the garlic, sage and spices to the pan and cook until fragrant. Remove the onion-apple mixture and add it to the cooked sausage.

• Garnish with chives and serve.

Procedure:

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Fair Lawn Truck 1, a 2007 KME 95’ mid-mount tower sets up for possible aerial operation at a two alarm restaurant fire in the borough on August 18th. The fire was controlled before defensive operations were necessary.

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• Trim both ends of the acorn squash off. Cut the squash in half horizontally and scoop out the seeds and stringy flesh. Drizzle with EVOO and a pinch of salt.

• In the same pan, add the onions and saute until lightly browned. Add the apples and saute until the apples start to soften.

• Add half of the shredded cheddar to the mix and stir. Place the cooked squash on the same sheet pan cut side up. Stuff with quinoa-sausage mix, top with more cheese and bake for another 15 minutes or until the cheese is browned.


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FIREFIGHTER, From Rookie to Chief ON THE BOOK SHELF

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This is a soft cover book measuring 6 inches by 9 inches and has 164 pages plus nine pages of black and white photos. The author at present will be 95 years old this year. He joined the London Fire Brigade in 1950 and retired in 1983 after rising from rookie to chief and then inspector. There are 13 chapters of interesting reading starting with a chapter before the fire service and building on each subsequent chapter which was memoirs of each rank that he held. I believe that he may have had intended to address British readers

because there is no glossary to explain many terms used by the British fire service which different from the United States fire service. Nevertheless it is a colorful read especially trying to figure out what certain terms or titles may mean. Sometimes I had to go to the search engine of my computer to find a definition here and there. Add to that the jargon spoken by the English much of which Americans may describe as slang, and you have interesting stories. Although he spent his career in many assignments in many different types of areas, he explains about his experiences battling fires and emergencies of all kinds. He does not dwell on many of these calls some of which were tragic and others at times humorous. We must not forget fire station routines and atmospheres of comradery which are always fun to read about and those can be found in the book. One of this things which amused me the most is how the British could take a noun or verb that Americans would be familiar with and present with another word or term. In those cases I would say to myself, “Yeah I guess you could call it that also!” In any event I believe this is an interesting book to read for anyone who has the time. The photos are at the end of the book and are mostly group photos or presentation. He and his late wife are in one photo. She is credited with being an important inspiration to him when he did his writing. He now resides in Spain.

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Little Falls Firefighter, Erik Holzach, of Great Notch Company 4 providing mutual aid at a fourth-alarm fire in Clifton on East 2nd St. on August 30th.


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Woman and Dog Killed in Englewood Fire Englewood firefighters battled a two alarm fire in a detached garage apartment, where one woman and her dog perished in the fire Monday evening. Firefighters were called to the area of 77 Grove St for a reported fire in a garage after the caller reported seeing smoke from the structure around 10pm. First arriving units found heavy smoke showing from the converted one story garage and reports of entrapment. A second alarm was quickly transmitted as firefighters had a long stretch to the rear of the Grove St resi-

JUMP TO FILE #083120100 dence. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the blaze and prevent any further extension. One woman and her dog were unable to escape and succumbed to their injuries. No additional injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is to believed to have started from a cigarette. Mutual Aid assisted on scene and covering the city. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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Firefighter Muresan and Firefighter Maguire load the dirty turn-out gear into the P.P.E. washing machine.

Millburn Fire Department Awarded Grant from The Leary’s Firefighter Foundation In December, the Millburn Fire Department received a grant from the Leary’s Firefighter Foundation for two new PPE washing machines and one new PPE dryer. The grant being awarded to us is a huge step for the Millburn Fire Department to better protect themselves from cancer and other toxins that collect on our gear. Our over 20-year-old washing machine was located at our Station 2. In order to wash our gear after a fire or other exposure, we had to bring the gear up in vehicles increasing and spreading the contamination. Now with the Leary’s Firefighters Foundation help we have washers and dryers at both our Headquarters and Station 2. The new machines also allow us to do more sets of gear and PPE equipment, allowing us to get our gear back

JUMP TO FILE #083120115 into service quicker. The locations that we have the new washing and drying equipment also have separate entrances that allow us to take our soiled and contaminated gear and equipment directly to the machines without having to bring it through the station. In addition to these machines we have also started policies where Turn-out gear is not allowed in living or working quarters. Because fire boots are one of the most heavily contaminated parts of our P.P.E We also carry on all of our apparatus a bucket, garden hose with nozzle, a large brush, and a bottle of Dawn soap. This is our decontamination kit, that is used by

members after a fire or hazardous material incidents. After the fire or incident and before getting in the apparatus, members are required to scrub and wash their boots to lessen the contaminating of the apparatus. In addition to the above equipment in the bucket, available to members is a container of sun screen that members may use when working or training in the sun. With the Covid-19 Crisis we have also been able to assist the Police Department and the Millburn-Short Hills First Aid Squad with washing their P.P.E. For more information about how you can help the Leary’s Firefighter Foundation and how they can help you, visit their web site at https://learyfirefighters.org/ - ADAM BRENNER


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Footprints on the Heart Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

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The Six Flags Great Adventure Fire Department operates this 1991 Grumman pumper that once served with the Millstone Valley VFD. It has a 1500 gpm pump with the pump panel at the left/rear and has a 1000 gallon water tank, 30 gallon foam tank and a 15 kw generator.

Bob Long

It is not the what that is important but the who. I feel like I spent my life around a firehouse all my life, at least since I was two years old. I may not remember everything about every time that I was there, but I remember how my uncles made me feel. They spent time with me and I cannot for the life remember what we did, except the feeling around Christmas and the summer picnics. But the uncles made sure that they spent time with the children and made our time special. The other day I noticed some children who were being lifted up by their parents so that they could see the fire engine through the windows. I pulled the engine out of the bay. I showed the boys around the engine and turned on the lights. The boys were so happy. When I got home I saw a large toy fire truck that I was going to get rid of. I brought it down to the station to give to the boys. After a few days, the family came back and I asked the parents if I could give it to the boys. The parents agreed and then it all happened. Their faces lit up with smiles and their eyes were so wide open. One of the boys stopped whatever he wanted to do and got down on his knees and starting playing with the toy right on the driveway. The family will never remember who I am. They may not remember what town but they may remember the feeling that they had while they were with me for a short time. When we spend time with the children, they may not remember us but they may remember the feeling. Kids may remember that firemen make them happy. They may remember the care that a police officer had for them. The lol-

lipop that he would always get from the doctor for a great check up. People will remember the time that you spent with them. You may have listened to someone who was having a really bad day. You may have helped the little old lady down the street, bring in her trash cans. The veteran who may be in the veterans’ home may not remember your name but they know that they like you. I remember my mentors in life and how I was appreciative for their time and their constant words of encouragement and caring they had for me. I remember how some teachers were caring and became friends of my family. I remember my friend in Georgia who always made time for me and my daughter. I cannot remember everything that we did but I can remember how they made me feel. People may not always be with us but the impression that they leave on our life will always be there, be it positive or negative. There is a saying that I heard, I forget where it comes from, we are blessed to see everyone. Some people bless us when they come into the room and others bless us when they leave the room. What kind of impression are you leaving? Are we the type of people that leave footprints on someone’s heart and they always want to have those footprints? When I teach new chaplains, a question that is always asked of them is “how do you know that you have made a difference with the person that you were with?” The answer is that we never know what type of impression we have on anyone’s life. The conversation and time that we spend with people are the seeds that we are planting. We may never see the harvest of those seeds but we are not supposed to. Stay safe,

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FACES OF NEW JERSEY’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

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North Hudson Captain Shevlin, left, and Firefighter Rodriguez take advantage of hydraulic ventilation spray to cool off after battling a smoky 3-alarm fire on 12th St., Union City, August 4th.

EJ RODE

Members of the Bogota Fire Dept were kept busy answering calls of damage caused by storm Isaias throughout the borough. Pictured are Firefighters Ryan Smith and Joe DiMauro of Engine Company 1 taping off the roadway because of the live downed power lines on Park Place and River Road.


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North Hudson acting Deputy Chief Al Pratts gives instructions during as 3-alarm fire on 12th St., Union City, August 4th.


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FACES OF NEW JERSEY’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

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Elmwood Park Assistant Chief Rob Bruce and members of Rescue 1 assisting at a fourth-alarm fire at 15 East 2nd St on August 30th.

Jersey City firefighters were dispatched to a smoke coming from an auto call at Barrow St. & Newark Ave., Aug. 8th. Members of Engine Co. 5 assisted two ladies that pulled over with an apparent hose problem-no fire.


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Author’s note: Two issues ago a USAR collapse unit was featured from the North Hudson Regional Fire Rescue. It has an LDV body. It was noted that LDV was a Pierce company. I was recently informed that currently LDV is now a stand alone company and no longer part of Pierce. For this month we will just do some random picks to support our advertisers. First is a Type 1 Horton model 623 ambulance on a Ford F-450 4 x 4 chassis from the Verona Rescue in Essex County. This was one of the Essex County vehicles we did not have room to show last issue. Next is a Pierce Saber pumper from Ridgewood in Bergen County quartered at the substation. It replaces a Saber that was there previously. Next are two Pierce’s from Bayonne in Hudson County. One is an Enforcer pumper delivered and the other a mid mount 100 foot Ascendant platform. They were delivered many months apart.. Totowa (Passaic County) has an EONE quint now, replacing a older quint which had a shorter ladder. Lawnside (Camden County) placed a Spartan ER in service which runs as an engine or a squad. It has the IPS design which rivals the PUC, MVP, PRO and e-MAX of other brands. Finally the Hope Fire Company serving Allentown and Upper Freehold Township (Monmouth County) has a Sutphen Monarch pumper. Specs include an Extreme Duty 73 inch cab with 10 inch raised roof, Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax 1500 gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, 30 gallon foam tank, Akron foam eductor, Will Burt Night Scan XL200 light tower, Smart Power 6 kw generator, Whelen lighting, fender triple bottle storage with oil dry hopper and 246 cubic feet of usable compartment space. In dealer news VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists has received two orders for Horton ambulances. One is from the Mount Laurel EMS (Burlington County) involving a stock remount of a 2019 Ford E-350 chassis and in Monmouth County the Wall Township Police is the other for a 2019 Horton 553 on a Ford E-450 chassis. Horton deliveries include a 2019 553 on a Ford E-450 chassis (remount) to Lacey Township EMS (Ocean County), a 2019, 553 on a Ford E-450 chassis to Sea Isle City EMS (Cape May County) and a 2019, 553 on a Ford E-450 chassis to the City of Vineland FD (Cumberland County.) Firefighter 1 reports the following Ferrara deliveries: An Inferno pumper to the Bayway Refinery in Linden (Union County.) Specs include a 6,000 gpm rear mounted U.S. Fire Pump, 900 gallon foam tank and extruded aluminum body. Also the North Hudson Regional Fire Rescue (Hudson County) received a Cinder pumper with extruded aluminum body, Waterous CSU single-stage 1500 gpm pump and 500 gallon water tank. Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: two Enforcer 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 Apparatus@1stResponderNews.com.

APPARATUS OF THE MONTH A look at what’s new with apparatus around the state with John Malecky

Bayonne TL-2, 2020 Pierce Arrow XT 100 foot Ascendant platform. It has an 8 kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

JOHN M. MALECKY

Verona Rescue Squad R-7, 2020 Ford F-550, 4 x 4/Horton 623. It was sold by VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists

JOHN M. MALECKY

Totowa T-1, 2020 E-ONE Cyclone, 2000/500 with 100 foot aerial and 10 kw generator. It was sold by Absolute Fire Protection.

JOHN M. MALECKY

JOHN M. MALECKY

Ridgewood E-31, 2020 Pierce Saber, 1500/500. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services

Boro of Lawnside Squad 272, 2020 Spartan ER Metro Star, IPS with 1500 gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank and 15 kw generator. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC. JOHN M. MALECKY

JOHN M. MALECKY

Bayonne E-6, 2019 Pierce Enforcer 1500/750. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

pumpers, one for Barnegat (Ocean County) and one for North Haledon (Passaic County.) Pierce deliveries include an Enforcer 107 foot single axle Ascendant aerial to Tuckerton (Ocean County), an Enforcer pumper to Westfield (Union County) and an Enforcer PUC pumper to Bellmawr (Camden County.) Campbell Supply Co., LLC reports a Spartan ER order for the Blackwood FC in Gloucester Township (Camden County.) Specs include a Gladiator LFD chassis with 10 inch raised roof cab, Star Series design, Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax 2000 gpm pump with top mount panel, 750 gallon water and 20 gallon foam tanks and an FRC Turbo Foam System.

They are prepping at the Spartan, Ephrata, PA plant a rebuild of a Spartan/Saulsbury pumper from Wayne Township FC 1 (Passaic County.) Recent deliveries include an EVI support unit to Randolph Township FC 5 at Shongum Mountain (Morris County.) Specs include a Ford F-550 XLT, Super Durty 4 x 4 chassis with four door cab, Ford Power Stroke 6.7L diesel engine, 12 foot non-walk-in body with ROM doors, 6.5 kw Honda generator, Will Burt Night Scan Chief, Whelen scene lights and two FRC tripod floodlights. Also delivered is a Spartan ER pumper to Whitman Square in Washington Township (Gloucester County.) Specs include a Gladiator LFD chassis, Cummins L9,

Allentown E-8276, 2018 Sutphen Monarch 1500/1000 with 6 kw generator. It was sold by Blaze Emergency Equipment. JOHN M. MALECKY

450 hp diesel engine, Hale DSD 1500 gpm pump, Pro Poly 750 gallon water tank, six-inch front and rear intakes, Akron Apollo deck gun and Whelen scene lighting. The color of the vehicle is Robin’s Egg Blue. Blaze Emergency Equipment has delivered a Sutphen pumper to the Rainbow Lakes FC in ParsippanyTroy Hills Township (Morris County.) Specs include a Monarch chassis with 56 inch cab, 10 inch raised roof, Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, stainless steel body, Hale Qmax, 1500 gpm

pump, 1000 gallon water and 50 gallon foam tanks, FRC Foam System, Smart Power 10 kw generator, FRC scene lighting and a Zico ladder rack.. New Jersey Emergency Vehicles has made the following P.L. Custom ambulance deliveries: Two Medallion Type III’s on Ford E-450 chassis. One went to the Lakewood FA & ES (Ocean County) and the other to the Belvidere Ambulance Corps. (Warren County.) Also the Keansburg FD, EMS received a remount onto a Ford E-450 chassis.


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