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Maplewood, NJ - It was deja vu all over again as another inferno at an Avalon apartment complex raged out of control on February 4th, sending smoke and fire high into the night sky and eventually reaching six-alarms. - See full story on page 16

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Single car in the fast lane that was struck by a beam.

JOHN PECORARO

MVA in Paramus Shuts Down Route-17 Paramus, NJ - Shortly before 6:00 A.M. on February 22nd, Paramus Rescue, along with Engine Companies 2 and 4, Paramus EMS1 and 2 and EMS-8, were dispatched to a reported motor vehicle accident on Route-17 southbound in front of the Garden State Plaza. The initial accident occurred on Route-17 northbound when a tractor-trailer became disabled in the middle lane and was struck by another flatbed tractor-trailer that was carrying steel construction beams. One of the beams struck the vehicle traveling in the southbound lane. All responding units were directed to respond northbound in the southbound lanes for immediate

JUMP TO FILE #022217100 access. Paramus Rescue Chief Pecoraro was first on scene and found a single car in the fast lane with extensive damage to the driver's side of the vehicle and the driver trapped. Rescue-7 responded with minimum manpower, followed by Rescue-9. Rescue Chief Pecoraro requested Mutual Aid from Rochelle Park Fire Department for their rescue truck. Engine-2 arrived on scene and stretched a protection line as an EMT from the Engine Company got into the vehicle for head stabi-

lization. The patient was trapped by both the driver's side and passenger's side doors, which had folded down. Rescue-7 arrived and the crew removed the roof of the vehicle for access to the patient. Once the doors were removed, the patient was able to be removed from the vehicle up and out. The Rochelle Park FD arrived on scene and assisted in patient removal. The patient was then turned over to ALS and BLS and transported to Hackensack University Medical Center for further treatment. - JOHN PECORARO

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Morning Car Fire on Garden State Parkway Beachwood, NJ - At approximately 11:30 A.M. on February 13th, the Beachwood, Toms River and Pine Beach Fire Departments responded to a working car fire at milepost 80.7 northbound on the Garden State Parkway. The fire was brought under control quickly, but leaking fuel from the gas tank presented a challenge.

Tractor-trailer lost it's load after striking a disabled truck in the middle lane.

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Firefighters from several Hunterdon County Fire Companies quickly knocked down the chimney fire that became a third-alarm in Alexandria Twp.

Hunterdon County Firefighters Respond to ThreeAlarm House Fire in Alexandria Twp. Alexandria Twp., NJ – On February 10th at 9:00 P.M., fire departments in Hunterdon County were dispatched to a Level-2 Box Alarm for a chimney fire at a private residence on JUMP TO FILE# County Road 579. 021117103 Dispatch had advised responding units that the occupants were evacuating the dwelling. First arriving units from Quakertown Fire Department Station-91 reported that there were flames visible and the fire had spread to the exterior of the structure. They requested the call be upgraded to a Level-3 Box Alarm, calling in more stations. This also activated several tankers/tenders to respond, as there were no fire hydrants in the area. In addition to battling the blaze, responding apparatus were confronted with access issues, as the fire building was located down a narrow, 340-foot-long driveway leading off County Road, which connected to another narrow lane that was over 1100-feet-long. Adding to the situation was the

accumulation of snow and ice on each side of the pavement, which only allowed the apparatus to stage in a long, single-file line. This required many of the fire crews to make the long trek on foot to get to the fire ground, all while carrying the equipment needed to fight the fire. The fire was quickly knocked down by the initial two hand-lines that were put into operation. There appeared to be extensive damage to a bedroom on the second-floor, attic and roof in one part of the building. No injuries were reported during the incident. All emergency services units were cleared from the scene around 11:45 P.M. Some of the responding agencies to the fire scene were the NJ State Police Perryville Station, Quakertown Fire Dept. and EMS Unit (Station-91), Clinton Fire Dept. (Station-45), Annandale Hose Company (Station-46), High Bridge Fire Dept. (Station-14) and Quakertown EMS (Squad-41). Several other fire departments were called to cover for the departments at the fire scene. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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Indiana: Richard Rehm, 55 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 24, 2016 Death Date: December 24, 2016 Fire Department: McCordsville Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While responding to an early morning alarm call, Firefighter Rehm’s privately owned vehicle became stuck on an active railroad crossing. A short time later, Rehm was struck and killed by a passing train.

South Carolina: Amy Dimmery, 34 Rank: Probationary Firefighter Incident Date: January 2, 2017 Death Date: January 2, 2017 Fire Department: Marion Rural Fire Department Initial Summary: Probationary Firefighter Amy Dimmery responded to a motor vehicle accident (MVA) call on January 2, 2017 reported at 1515hrs. Units cleared the scene at 1600hrs. Before making it back to their home, she and her husband, also a firefighter, were involved in a MVA. Firefighter Amy Dimmery was entrapped and response personnel began resuscitation efforts upon their arrival. Firefighter Amy Dimmery was taken by Marion Medic 10 to Carolinas Hospital in Marion and died as a result of her injuries shortly after arriving. As of January 3, 2017, her husband, Firefighter Freddie Dimmery remains in McLeod Hospital in serious condition. Pennsylvania: Donald Leroy "Sarge" Brenner, Jr., 67 Rank: Chief Engineer/Firefighter Incident Date: December 24, 2016 Death Date: January 4, 2017 Fire Department: Speedwell Engine & Hose Company Initial Summary: While operating at the scene of an automobile accident on December 24, 2016,

Chief Engineer/Firefighter Brenner was found slumped over the steering wheel of a fire engine. Brenner was found to be in cardiac arrest and was hospitalized in critical condition where he succumbed on January 4, 2017.

Alabama: Tracy O. Sanders, 44 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: January 13, 2017 Death Date: January 13, 2017 Fire Department: Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While conducting official fire department business, Chief Sanders was stopped in the department's rescue truck on Alabama Highway 77 preparing to make a left-hand turn when she was struck from the rear by a tractor-trailer. The rescue unit was forced into oncoming traffic where Chief Sanders was struck again and her vehicle was forced off the roadway and into trees lining the east side of the highway. Members from the Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding agencies arrived on scene and began to treat Chief Sanders. She was then transported to Anniston Regional Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries at approximately 1434hrs.

Wisconsin: Rodney “Tiny” Menne, 53 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: January 10, 2017 Death Date: January 10, 2017 Fire Department: Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: At approximately 0200hrs, several hours after a fire department meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Rodney “Tiny” Menne was discovered deceased from a heart attack by another Eldorado firefighter at the Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department.


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ON THE LITER SIDE If you have photos you would like to see in our “On The Liter Side” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

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When necessary, a police officer can commandeer a civilian auto in the performance of his duty. North Hudson "Comm. Tec." F.F. Rafael Peralta (center) seems to have commandeered a North Bergen PD supervisor's car as a command post during a transformer fire, live wires down and blackout incident on Tonnelle Avenue, February 20th.

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Hasbrouck Heights Truck Co. 1 sports a mutual aid radio designation of "617." In the firehouse, the company has a "Keep Back 617 Feet" sign in honor of their rig.

DID Y OU K NOW

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Drunk Driver Crashes Through Utility Pole and Rolls Over in Mansfield Mansfield Twp., NJ – On February 8th, emergency crews were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash at 12:32 A.M. on Main Street in the Port Murray section of the township. Police arrived on the scene to find a Honda Accord on it's roof by the front steps of the McCrea Memorial United Methodist Church. The driver was already out of the vehicle. The Honda was traveling north on Main Street when the driver apparently lost control on a righthand curve in the roadway, sending the car across the opposite lane before it crashed through a utility pole on the left side of the

JUMP TO FILE #021717124 road, splintering it into two pieces. The car then continued, going back onto the roadway, rolling over and coming to a rest on it's roof off the right side of the roadway in front of the church. The driver of the Honda was transported to Hackettstown Medical Center by the Mansfield Rescue Squad with minor injuries. He was later issued several summonses, including DWI. Main Street was closed between Hoffman Road and Cherry Tree Bend Road during the inci-

dent. The roadway was opened back up at 2:10 A.M. There was a small power outage as a result of the broken utility pole. Jersey Central Power & Light replaced the pole later in the day. Responding to the crash were the Mansfield Township Police Department (Patrol-28), Mansfield Rescue Squad (Squad-28), Mansfield Fire Department (Station-28), Tri County Fire Department (Station-29) and Butler Park Fire Department (Station-27). The Mansfield Township Police Department is handling the investigation. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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It’s estimated that over 95% of structural fires in Detroit are due to arson, which is fifty times the national average.

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New Jersey Fire Chief Living the Dream Promoting Safety Education UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

After serving for 30-years as a firefighter in Weehawken and the North Hudson Regional Fire Department, Anthony Avillo continues to serve the Fire Service on a national basis. Locally, he was recently named director of the Monmouth County Fire Academy and deputy fire marshal. Nationally, he continues to travel the country to speak on fire safety topics, and he authors books and columns in various publications. Avillo rose to the rank of deputy chief in the North Hudson department which covers some of the most densely populated and congested municipalities in the country. Additional credits include possessing a bachelor's and master's degree in fire science, and serving as an adjunct professor at New Jersey City University. The retired chief is a member of the advisory boards of FDIC International and Fire Engineering, as well as an FDIC instructor. His other Fire En-

gineering duties include co-hosting a monthly radio program with Wallingford, CT Battalion Chief Jim Duffy on Fire Engineering Blog Talk radio, called “Fireground Strategies and Other Stuff from the street.” As the title suggest, these guys are down-to-earth speakers to their Brothers and Sisters in the Fire Service. Avillo's latest project has been completed. He has co-authored a book with retired North Hudson Chief of Department Ed Flood, called “Full Contact Leadership,” due out in May. A new DVD, called “Control of Fireground Operations,” was released in January. A third edition workbook for fireground strategies was released last November. He authored “Fireground Strategies, Third Edition" in 2015. His New Jersey duties have included serving as an instructor with the Bergen County Fire Academy from 1990-2013 and an instructor in Monmouth County starting in 2011. You can also read his monthly column “Training Notebook,” in the “FMBA Bulletin.” Avillo recently said of his accomplishments that he is “living the dream.” His first “probe” firefighter, Mark Lorenz, now a North Hudson battalion chief, said of D.C. Avillo, “He gives his all to the job, and off

RON JEFFERS

North Hudson Deputy Chief Anthony Avillo operating as the incident commander at a two-alarm commercial building fire in North Bergen on August 14th, 2014.

the job, for the Fire Service.” DOWNS: On Jan. 29th, a Maplewood fire company responded to a Van Ness Court apartment to check on the well-being of a resident, officials said. Upon entering the apartment, they discovered three unresponsive adults. They were pronounced dead at the scene and a triple homicide investigation began, according to Essex County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly. UPS: While enjoying a meal at Jo Jo's Tavern, off-duty Mercerville firefighters teamed up to save a life. Moments after they heard a waiter say “hey, hey, hey!”, Firefighters Chris Tozzi, Brian Pfeiffer and Alec Martin came to the assistance of a man who had collapsed and they began CPR. When the victim left on a stretcher he was talking, Tozzi later said. DOWNS: One person was killed as the result of a 3-alarm fire on Judy Court in Old Bridge on the morning of Jan. 31st. An elderly man was rescued by firefighters as he dangled from a 2nd-floor window, officials said. He was taken to a local hospital and treated for burns and smoke inhalation. The person who died was found in a downstairs den. UPS: After placing four new ambulances into service, Union City donated an older unit to the Union City Hatzola Ambulance Squad. DOWNS: A Pleasantville man was seriously burned during an early-morning fire in a Sixth Ave. condominium, Jan. 30th. Firefighters rescued the victim from the ground floor, rear, officials said. UPS: During a 2-alarm fire in a 12-story apartment building on Irvine Turner Blvd., Feb. 2nd, Newark firefighters located an elderly man on the 9th-floor hallway suffering from smoke inhalation, officials said. The victim was removed from the building and transported to University Hospital by EMS. DOWNS: A Jersey City firehouse was the victim of a thief for the second time in a week, Feb. 1st, and police say the actor used fire gear she stole to impersonate a firefighter and rob a nearby bodega. Firefighters were inside of the Ocean Avenue firehouse when the 48-year-old woman stole turn-out gear and a hand light from a rig parked outside. Police say the woman later entered a bodega at Kennedy Blvd. & Grant Ave. and told people to leave the building due to a gas leak. The store owner said the woman had a “big knife” and stole “a bunch of lottery tickets” before fleeing. Police spotted her on Orient Ave. and arrested her in an alleyway. A police report indicated that the woman is homeless. UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in Englewood are John Herrman and Gabriel Perrone. DOWNS: Two Paterson firefighters were treated at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center as the result of a 2-alarm fire in a 37th St.

dwelling, Feb. 1st. “Conditions deteriorated real fast,” said Deputy Chief William Henderson. “We had a couple guys that had to come out of the window to regroup.” Six residents were displaced. UPS: Firefighters and police officers teamed up to rescue an 81-yearold bedridden woman from her burning home in Deptford Twp., Feb. 5th, according to NJ.com. DOWNS: A multi-million dollar, 22,000-square-foot mansion built in 2002, was destroyed by fire in Colts Neck, Feb. 1st. The building, off Cedar Ave., was fully involved when the first units arrived. UPS: In Teaneck, Joseph Berchtold was promoted to deputy fire chief, Joseph Zbierski to battalion chief and Richard Burchell to captain. New lieutenants are Kevin McCall and Paul O'Connor. DOWNS: A Lakewood liquor store was completely destroyed by an early morning fire, Feb. 4th, on Ocean Ave. UPS: Dominick McClain has been promoted to fire chief in North Wildwood. Michael Blizzard has been promoted to captain. DOWNS: A Budd Lake firefighter was hospitalized Feb. 3rd after battling a fire in a Park Place law office in Mount Olive Twp. Firefighter Bryan Puterbaugh was hospitalized with minor injuries and later released. UPS: New firefighters in Teaneck are Evan Costanza, Jessie Sylva, William Heaney and William Lynn. DOWNS: In Ocean Twp., two 18year-old men suffered burn injuries Jan. 16th, after the gasoline with which they were lighting in a fire pit caused an explosion, officials said. UPS: New firefighters in New Brunswick are David Toole, Derek Merrill, Eddie Lee, Elter Waymer and Edgardo Rivera. DOWNS: A 64-year-old Toms River woman died as the result of a fire that consumed a Fiddlers Rd. home on Feb. 14th. A 67-year-old male resident was found in the back yard, suffering from burns to his hands after he attempted to get to the woman. A firefighter suffered second-degree burns during one rescue attempt, officials said. UPS: Jersey City firefighter recruits in training worked with the Jersey City Shovels Program, shoveling and clearing snow at dozens of senior's homes, after the Feb. 9th snowstorm. DOWNS: A marina fire damaged over a dozen boats and sent a huge column of smoke into the sky at the Seaport Inlet Marina on 5th Ave., Belmar, on Feb. 14th. UPS: New firefighters in Clifton are Samantha Kirk, Andrew Van Woudenberg, William Hughes, Dean Schwaner and Felix Ventura. DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire at an abandoned Linden warehouse Feb. 15th, caused the suspension of NJ Transit service for hours. Hazardous materials were reported to be burning in the warehouse on West Elizabeth St. UPS: The volunteer fire company

in Holland Township has received a donation of two sets of pet oxygen masks from Canine Company. Chief Thomas Welch requested the donation after learning about Canine Company's campaign to get the lifesaving masks to first responders in communities where the company does business. DOWNS: A woman was killed in a dwelling fire on Nelson Circle, East Brunswick, on the morning of Feb. 17th. UPS: Ex-Fire Chief Michael Lauer will take over as Ridgefield Park's Emergency Management Coordinator after Doug Hansen retires. Fire Inspector Richard Bartlott, Jr. will take over fire marshal duties. DOWNS: Newark F.D. Deputy 1's vehicle was involved in a twocar MVA and rolled over at Central Avenue and First Street, Feb. 18th, while responding on a full assignment. EMS transported the chief, aide and an occupant of the civilian vehicle to the hospital for treatment. UPS: In February, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise signed an executive order to create a public safety academy. The new academy in Secaucus will train law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMTs, and will operate in connection with the Hudson County Community College. It is expected to open in 2018. DOWNS: Two Ridgewood firefighters were injured Feb. 20th while operating at a dwelling fire on Prospect St., Glen Rock. “They actually went through the floor into fire,” Glen Rock Fire Chief Tom Jennings said. “Two of our members (GRFD) pulled them out to safety when they went through the floor.” Both members were taken to The Valley Hospital for treatment, Jennings said. The chief added that it looked like the fire had been burning for a while before units arrived. UPS: Hopatcong police and firefighters teamed up to rescue a fisherman who fell through the ice on Feb. 19th. P.O. Edward Janosko and FF Wade Crowley both jumped into the lake wearing ice rescue suits to keep the fisherman afloat until he could be rescued. Other firefighters pulled the fisherman from the water and he was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, police said. DOWNS: A small plane crashed on Avenue E in Bayonne, Feb. 19th, but there was no damage beyond several parked cars and knockeddown power lines, officials said. The 56-year-old pilot was injured, but not seriously, and there was no fire. City officials said during a news conference that the pilot of the Piper PA-28 aircraft encountered a problem near the Statue of Liberty and he appeared to be planning an emergency landing. Fire Chief Keith Weaver said the plane was upside down and mangled when firefighters arrived. He credited his members for doing an “excellent job” rescuing the pilot. The victim was listed in stable condition at Jersey City Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said.


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This Mitsubishi Eclipse crashed and rolled over on Harmony Brass Castle Rd. in Washington Twp. on Friday, February 3rd. BEACHWOOD VOL. FD

Occupants Escape Serious Injury in Warren County Rollover Crash Washington Twp., NJ – On February 3rd, Washington Rescue Squad (Squad-83), along with Washington Boro Fire Department (Station-83), Washington Township Fire Department (Station-76) and Paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center (EMS-2), were dispatched to a rollover crash with the vehicle smoking at 12:32 P.M. The driver and passenger of a Mitsubishi Eclipse escaped serious injury when their vehicle crashed and rolled over after losing control

units that there was no fire and all occupants had already self-extricated from the car. The two occupants, a male driver and female passenger, were checked and treated at the scene by Washington Rescue Squad, but did not go to the hospital. The Paramedics were canceled while en-route. The Washington Township Police Department is handling the investigation.

JUMP TO FILE #020317126 on the curve by Hartman's Corner Road as they were traveling westbound on Brass Castle Harmony Road. The car went off of the roadway on the right side of the curve, crashing into a guide-rail and then a utility pole before rolling over and landing in it's roof in a culvert. When police arrived at the scene, they advised responding

- RICHARD MAXWELL

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Leaf Fire Spreads to Residence in Beachwood Beachwood, NJ - At approximately 1:15 P.M. on February 21st, the Beachwood and Pine Beach Fire Departments responded to the 500 block of Halliard Avenue to what was originally reported as a pile of leaves on fire in the rear yard of a residence. Police officers arrived on scene to find the back of the home on fire. The fire department quickly extinguished the fire, with damage being held to the rear of the home and minor smoke damage to the interior. The Beachwood First Aid Squad assisted at the scene and the fire is under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshal's Office. KEITH ADDIE - NJFIREGROUNDPHOTOS.COM

South Plainfield, NJ - Colonia Firefighters Michael Garrett, Anthony Giardina and Randy Garrett at a garbage transfer station fire in South Plainfield.


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Ridgefield Park Firefighters Battle Two-Alarm Basement Fire Ridgefield Park, NJ - On the late evening of February 4th, Ridgefield Park firefighters battled a fire in a large vacant home that was under construction. The fire began in the basement and spread to the floors above, eventually going to two-alarms. At around 11:30 P.M., Ridgefield Park firefighters were disJUMP TO FILE# patched to 101 Ho- 020517115 bart Street for smoke showing from the home. Within minutes, RPFD's Chief arrived on scene, reported that he had smoke showing from the third-floor and transmitted the Working Fire. Firefighters arrived on scene, stretched an attack line though the first-floor and attempted to locate the seat of the fire. Members noticed that the fire originated in the basement and stretched a second line just as a second-alarm was transmitted. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire, but they chased fire in the wall on both the first and second floors before bring the fire under control. It took firefighters under one hour to knock down the fire. Mutual Aid from Bogota, Hackensack, Teaneck, Little Ferry and Englewood assisted on the scene. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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Firefighters Respond to Call at Office Building in Hunterdon County Union Twp., NJ – On February 9th at 9:13 P.M., several northern Hunterdon County Fire Departments were dispatched to a Level-3 Box Alarm at the Foster Wheeler building, a large three-story commercial office building, located on Frontage Road. The caller reported seeing flames on the JUMP TO FILE# third-floor. 021117101 First arriving units reported that there were no flames visible, but there was an odor detected on the third-floor. Firefighters utilized several thermal imaging cameras in an attempt to locate the source which was eventually determined to be from a light fixture. All emergency services units were cleared from the scene around 10:30 P.M. Responding units included the NJ State Police (Perryville Station), Pattenburg Fire Dept. (Station-25), Clinton Fire Dept. (Station-45), Annandale Hose Company (Station-46), Quackertown Fire Dept. (Station-91), High Bridge Fire Dept. (Station-14), Bloomsbury Fire Dept. (Station-43), Califon Fire Dept. RIT (Station-44), Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad (Squad-45) and Pattenburg Rescue Squad (Squad-25). - RICHARD MAXWELL

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One Hundred Years of Valor, Rescue Company 1 New York City Fire Department ON THE BOOK SHELF

by John Malecky

One Hundred Years of Valor, Rescue Company 1 New York City Fire Department By Paul Hashagan Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 e-mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $42.50 This is a hard covered book measuring 8 ½ x 11-inches, with 224 pages. It is the first hundred years history of FDNY’s Rescue Company-1. The author is a retired New York City firefighter who spent 20 of his 25 years of service with Rescue1. He is also the author of "FDNY: The Bravest, an Illustrated History 1865-2002." When I first saw this present book, I had my doubts about reviewing it for two reasons. The first reason was that there would not be a need to persuade a reader to buy this book because the FDNY is a favorite among firefighters and buffs alike worldwide. The second reason was because my backlog was such that I felt it may be sold out by the time the review was printed, but I spoke with the author and he assured me that it did not matter when the review was published and that there would most likely be additional printings. So with that said, here we go! The book has been put together so adequately that it is a no-brainer to want to read it and find it meaningful. The company was organized

to address difficult situations besides fires where specialized skills of the crew would mitigate emergencies that become more common than one would expect. I had also once heard that that the company was organized to rescue firefighters such as a modern day RIC would be expected to do. The book is divided into 11 chapters, each essentially covering a decade. Beyond that are galleries of their apparatus through the years, photos of members and an appendix which lists company commanders, firehouses, company awards, unit citations and medals awarded to members of the company. The book has an abundance of photos from old to new. It has pictures of members placed near the stories of their heroism, as well as those who gave their lives in the lineof-duty. Some of the stories of heroism are unbelievable! The only breaks in the coverage of each decade are when one incident ends and another begins, so if the reader needs to put the book down for any reason, he or she would have to try and find a page that ends a sentence. A few minor typos appear due to printing, but none detract from the stories. There is one point I wanted to make which may cause the reader to think there is a typo and that appears on page-105, where a new style rescue truck is shown and mention is made that it did not have a walk-through body. This refers to the face that the cab was separate from the body. The former models had a body in which the cab was incorporated and permitted passage to the body from it, not that the newer truck bodies were non-walk-ins. The newer truck featured on page-105 was two doors, so the crew had to ride in the body. This is about all I will have to say! The book speaks for itself. Another job well done Mr. Hashagen, and those who helped him.

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ALL IN THE FAMILY If you have photos you would like to see in our “All In The Family� feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

Heavy fire conditions at 200 Boyden Ave. in Maplewood.

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Inferno Lights Up Sky in Maplewood

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Colonia Firefighter Randy Garrett stands alongside his son, Firefighter Michael Garrett, during a Mutual Aid assignment in South Plainfield.

Maplewood, NJ - It was deja vu all over again as another inferno at an Avalon apartment complex raged out of control on February 4th, sending smoke and fire high into the night sky and eventually reaching six-alarms. At 1:36 A.M., the Maplewood Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Springfield Ave. and Boyden Ave. for a reported structure fire. The crew of Engine-32, stationed across the street from the call, quickly confirmed a working fire at 200 Boyden Ave. as they pulled out of their station. Heavy

JUMP TO FILE #020517112 fire engulfed the four-story section of the complex that was still under construction. A second and then a third alarm were transmitted as heavy fire conditions forced crews to set up for exterior operations on arrival. In total, seven aerials, two ground monitors and numerous handlines helped contain the fire to the initial section of the complex. Firefighters performed interior attacks on the

completed sections of the complex to help prevent any extension. Over 24 Mutual Aid companies from Essex, Union and Hudson Counties assisted the Maplewood Fire Department at the scene and also covered the city throughout the night until the fire was brought under control. Firefighters would remain on scene for most of the next day, hitting hot spots under piles of rubble. One firefighter was treated for a minor injury. The fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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Pearl River Home Severely Damaged by Fire Pearl River, NJ - On Wednesday, February 1st, members of the Pearl River Fire Dept. battled a structure fire that severely damaged a multi-family home. First arriving units were able to make quick headway of the fully involved first-floor while also stopping extension onto the second and third floors. The blaze was extinguished in a little over two hours with help from Nanuet, West Nyack, Nyack and Orangeburg. Montvale stood-by during the incident.

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HazMat Responds to Chemical Spill at Warren County College Washington Twp., NJ – On February 14th, emergency services personnel were dispatched to Warren County Community College on State Highway 57 at 4:56 P.M. for the report of a spill in one of the chemistry laboratories. Reports indicated that someone had spilled the JUMP TO FILE# c h e m i c a l 021517111 "Bromine" in one of the labs. The spill caused the main campus building to be evacuated and ultimately resulted in the closing of the college. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bromine is a liquid when at room temperature that has a brownish-red color with a bleach-like odor. Breathing in Bromine gas could cause coughing, trouble breathing, headaches, irritation to the mucous membranes (inside your mouth, nose, etc.), dizziness and/or watery eyes. If Bromine liquid or gas comes in contact with skin, it could cause irritation and burns. Other sources indicate that Bromine vapors are very toxic with inhalation. After getting geared up in protective suits, gloves, boots and breathing packs, members of the Warren County Hazardous Materials Team (Station-22) entered the building at 5:55 P.M. to start their work in the laboratory. The team exited the building at 6:20 P.M. after completing their work. HazMat Team Chief Tom Nigro (2260) indicated that the spill had been neutralized by team members and that the school would need to bring in a contractor to clean it up. No injuries were reported and the school remained closed for the rest of the evening. Responding to the incident were the Washington Township Police Department (Patrol-76), Washington Township Fire Department (Station-76), Washington Boro Fire Department (Station-83), Washington Rescue Squad (Squad-83) and Warren County Hazardous Materials Team (Station-22).

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Two Warren County HazMat Team members enter the Warren County Community College to deal with a Bromine spill in one of the labs.


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Passaic Fire Requires Four-Alarm Response Passaic, NJ - Two houses suffered extensive damage as as a four-alarm fire broke out on the east side of Passaic in the early evening hours of Feburary 1st. At around 8:40 P.M., calls came into Passaic Dispatch for a reported fire at 163 Harrison Avenue. Minutes later, police arrived on the scene and confirmed a working basement fire. As fire crews arrived on-scene, the fire began to spread to the upper floors, as well as to the exposure on the "Delta" side. Passic Chief

JUMP TO FILE #020317102 Trentacost arrived on the scene and ordered a second-alarm for heavy fire in (two) two-and-a-half story frame dwellings. Firefighters rushed to stretch lines and make an aggressive interior attack on both structures but the fire load was too great and crews were forced to evacuate. A third-alarm was transmitted and followed with a fourth-alarm

as firefighters set up for defensive operations. Heavy fire consumed the attic of the main fire building, which eventually collapsed into the third-foor. One ladder pipe, one deck gun, two blitz guns and numerous hand-lines worked for over two-hours to bring the fire under control. One resident was rescued upon firefighters' arrival. Mutual Aid was provided from numerous departments in the area. The fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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Afternoon Vehicle Fire in Beachwood Beachwood, NJ - At approximately 3:45 P.M. on February 8th, the Beachwood and Pine Beach Fire Departments responded to a vehicle fire at the intersection of Mermaid Avenue and Maple Street. Upon arrival, units found a well-involved engine compartment fire that progressed into the passenger area of the vehicle. The fire was extinguished quickly and there were no reported injuries. The fire is being investigated by the Ocean County Fire Marshal's Office and the Beachwood Police Department. BILL TOMPKINS – WWW.BTFIREPHOTOS.COM


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MEMORIAL BOARD

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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Westville, NJ - On Monday, January 23rd, Westville FD members joined their brothers from National Park Fire Department and assisted in the final farewell of Lieutenant James Oxley. Lt. Oxley, or "Pop Ox" as he was affectionately called, will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Westville FD was honored to assist with the services.


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Little Falls Chief Jack Sweezy, Jr. responds to fires in a 2011 Chevy Tahoe.

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Chatham used this squad unit, with booster, built on a 1946 Ford chassis and body work completed by TASC in 1948.

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The Lodi Office of Emergency Management uses this 2004 Ford Explorer that saw original duty as a fire chief's unit.

Westfield uses this Dodge 4x4 as a staff vehicle.

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The Beach Haven First Aid Squad operates this 2013 Ford Explorer.

Absecon Engine 2 used this Chevy/Pirsch pumper.

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Blaze Causes Extensive Damage to Millville Vacant Dwelling Millville, NJ – Wind driven flames ripped through a vacant dwelling early on February 16th, causing extensive damage. At 9:01 A.M., Millville firefighters and the Millville Rescue Squad were dispatched to the 600 block of N. 4th Street for a JUMP TO FILE# dwelling fire. 021617110 E-34, under the command of Captain John Wettstein, was first on the scene and found a two-and-a-half story, wood-frame dwelling with heavy smoke showing from the "C" side, chimney and the eaves on both the "C" and "D" sides. Captain Wettstein immediately ordered a Working Fire dispatch which recalled offduty personnel. It was quickly determined that the dwelling was vacant; however, primary and secondary searches were still performed, with no occupants being found. Captain Wettstein and his crew stretched a one-and-threequarter inch line and entered the building through a front door. The crew encountered heavy fire on the first-floor/"D" side. A fiveinch line was hand stretched to a nearby hydrant and as additional personnel arrived, two more oneand-three-quarter inch lines were deployed. Acting Chief Christine Tonetta then ordered a secondalarm. Responding on the extra alarm were Rosenhayn (Station29), Vineland (Station-2) and Downe Twp. (Station-39). Heislerville (Station-25) covered Millville’s station. After the heavy fire on the first-floor was knocked down, the crew made it to the second-floor which initially appeared fairly clear; however, the flames had made their way through the walls into the second-floor and attic of the balloon-framed dwelling. Fire was showing on the exterior wall and lower roof on the "C" side and the wind was causing havoc with controlling the blaze. Millville’s Ladder-35 crew opened the roof which allowed interior crews to make the attic. Vineland’s Ladder-2 crew opened the roof at the rear of the building. Acting Chief Tonetta declared the fire under control around 10:00 A.M., with crews remaining on the scene until 12:30 P.M. A total of 32 fire and EMS personnel responded to the blaze. No injuries were reported. The fire, which originated on the firstfloor/"D" side, caused heavy damage and is under investigation by the Millville Fire Department.

Fire takes hold of the attic at this N. 4th Street blaze.

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- JOHN CARR

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Harmony Fire Department Snuffs Out Chimney Fire Harmony Twp., NJ – At 11:05 A.M. on February 3rd, the NJ State Police (Washington Station), Harmony Township Fire Department (Station-23) and Oxford Rescue Squad (Squad-39) were dispatched to a working chimney fire at a residence JUMP TO FILE# on Belvidere Road, 020317129 also known as County Route 519. The homeowner was home at the time of the incident. The fire was contained to the chimney and fireplace, but firefighters proceeded to stretch a one-and-a-half inch line up to the attic from the garage to check for any extension. The fire department cleaned the chimney out with a brush and inspected it to ensure that all of the fire was extinguished prior to clearing the scene. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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In 2017, the Union City shops converted this 2003 Ford F550/Odyssey police emergency service truck into an EMS Special Service Unit. It will be used for mass causality incidents and tow a strike force trailer. Union City EMS units answered over 10,000 calls in 2016.

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Blackwood Fire Co. FF Recognized During Black History Month

Gloucester Twp., NJ - On February 27th, members of the Blackwood Fire Company were in attendance at the monthly council meeting where they recognized outstanding civic duty during Black History Month. One of Blackwood Fire Co.'s own members, Firefighter Dave Honey, was the recipient of a very well deserved award. Pictured are former Chief Curtis Phillips, Firefighter Jim Cape, Firefighter Will Shrader with Andrea Shrader and son Tyler, Chief Joe Cipriano and Firefighter/Commissioner Warren Stout. Not present in the picture, but in attendance was former Chief Carlin. Congratulations Dave!

Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso shares his insights on emergency services leadership during his “Step Up and Lead” training seminar, held in Clinton on February 11th.

Emergency Service Personnel Converge in Clinton to Learn How to “Step Up and Lead” Clinton, NJ – On Saturday, February 11th, 135 representatives from EMS, Fire, Police, Police Explorers, corporate emergency response personnel, as well as local politicians from across the tri-state JUMP TO FILE# area, participated in 021417106 a day-long leadership training event that was held in Hunterdon County. The nationally renowned seminar "Step Up and Lead," was hosted by the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad's EMS Training Center and the Hunterdon County EMS Chief's Association. Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso, the seminar presenter, is a career firefighter from Kearny, NJ. Chief Viscuso is also a nationally recognized instructor, speaker and author. The training seminar included discussions on several extremely critical areas of emergency service leadership. Through a collection of stories, lessons and action steps, Chief Viscuso held the interest of the students throughout the day. The main topics discussed during the seminar included Leadership Traits, Leadership Skills and Customer Service. Important subject areas such as mentoring, critiquing others, delegating, administrative tasks, dealing with insubordination, conducting a post-incident analysis, building morale and many others were covered during the training seminar. The goal of the seminar was to help the attendees develop their own personal leadership skills and traits that would enable them to excel in their chosen field of

Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso speaking to attendees during the seminar.

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NJ EMTs are able to receive 6.5 elective Continuing Education Units for attending the training seminar. - RICHARD MAXWELL


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Two-Alarm Basement Fire in Cresskill Cresskill, NJ - Firefighters took a beating on February 11th trying to locate a stubborn basement fire that was thankfully able to be contained before spreading to the upper floors. F i r e fi g h t e r s were dispatched JUMP TO FILE# around 9:40 A.M. 021117102 for the reported basement fire. Cresskill's Chief arrived on scene to find smoke showing and confirmed a Working Fire. A re-tone for a Structure Fire was given, as well as a request for Mutual Aid to respond to the scene from Dumont, Tenafly and Demarest. Once on scene, a water supply was established and handlines were stretched up the long driveway. Crews then made entry through the front door. Heavy brown smoke pushed from the front door and garage area as crews were experiencing difficulty in locating the entrance to the basement. Minutes later, Mutual Aid companies arrived on scene and stretched additional handlines into the structure in an attempt to locate the source of the fire. It took firefighters some time to get water on the fire, but once the source was found, the fire was able to be extinguished quickly. During the fire, all members were told to evacuate the home and regroup to conduct an accountability of all firefighters. A secondalarm was called and additional Mutual Aid was requested to the scene due to the fire requiring intensive labor. It took firefighters under one hour to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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In Union County, Summit’s Special Service Unit is this 2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty with a Stahl body that has a rear lift gate. It is a 4x4 chassis and has a five seat cab with rear spotlights. It carries 14 spare SCBA cylinders, medical equipment, miscellaneous tools, a hand fire extinguisher and a lockout kit.

Fire venting on the third-floor apartment.

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Three-Alarm Blaze Hits Historic Building in Downtown Madison Madison, NJ - At 4:48 P.M. on Sunday, February 19th, an automatic commercial fire alarm was received for a building located at 45 Main Street in Madison. There were two commercial stores on the first-floor and the two floors above that are residential apartments. First arriving units reported seeing some smoke coming from a third-floor window. A second-alarm was sounded, bringing in Mutual Aid from Florham Park, Chatham, Morris Township and Cedar Knolls Fire Departments. Firefighters were met by heavy fire in one of the third-floor apartments. Given the size of the initial fire and location of the building (which is in the heart of Madison's downtown historic district), a third-alarm was transmitted, bringing in additional Mutual

JUMP TO FILE #022717102 Aid from the Morristown, New Vernon, Morris Plains, Chatham Township, Whippany and Green Village Fire Departments. The East Hanover and Summit Fire Departments responded and stood-by in Madison's Fire Headquarters. In all, approximately 75 firefighters responded to the fire, which was brought under control within about 70 minutes. Fire crews remained on the scene performing overhaul and investigating the cause and origin of the fire until 11:29 P.M. There were no injuries reported.

Summit's Special Service Unit, a 2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty, 4x4 with a Stahl body.

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Right/rear of Summit's Special Service Unit shows lift gate down.

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High view of smoke venting from the third-floors.


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NJFFS member with the drip torch.

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NJFFS Controlled Burn Season Underway Tabernacle, NJ - The NJFFS was busy in February as they started to conduct controlled burns throughout the state. The reason for these burns is to help prevent forest fires. By burning the forest floor, all of the dead leaves and branches that have fallen over the years won't be able to fuel a brush fire. This year, the NJFFS is looking to burn 10,000-20,000 acres and has until the end of March to complete the burns. The controlled burn also helps with re-seeding the

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JUMP TO FILE #022017103 forest by causing pine cones on the trees to explode, which then release seeds for new trees to grow. Forest fire season might be a busy one this year because of the lack of rain and snow this past Winter. There has already been a forest fire in Ocean County that burned over 500-acres. - ROMAN ISARYK

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Station-75 of the Point Pleasant Fire Department is located in Ocean County, NJ.

Firefighters Battle Pesky Fire at South Plainfield Garbage Transfer Station South Plainfield, NJ – Dozens of firefighters battled a stubborn three-alarm blaze on February 20th at a garbage transfer station, resulting in a lengthy and taxing operation. The South Plainfield Fire Department was dispatched to 2101 Roosevelt Ave. around 7:45 P.M. for a reported sprinkler water flow activation. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy smoke emanating from the building with a large pile of garbage burning approximately 50-feet deep inside the building. A water supply was established and several two-and-a-half inch hand lines were deployed to flow water on the deep seated fire.

JUMP TO FILE #022217121 South Plainfield Truck-57 extended its bucket through the thick smoke and front bays of the building and flowed an additional master stream. Several attempts were made to operate heavy equipment inside to move the garbage around and extinguish the fire, but the heavy smoke forced the operation to cease. Once master streams were flowing for an extended amount of time, the smoke subsided and heavy equipment was able to be utilized for removing the garbage to extinguish remaining hot spots.

It took approximately 65 firefighters from South Plainfield, New Market, North Stelton, Colonia, Iselin, Metuchen and Plainfield just over five hours to bring the fire under control. The Middlesex County Haz-Mat team also responded to the scene in case there was any hazardous materials involved. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire. One firefighter sustained a minor injury and was treated and released by EMS at the scene. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the South Plainfield Fire Prevention Bureau. - KEITH ADDIE

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South Plainfield Engine-56 pumps several hand lines as firefighters attempt to extinguish the large pile of burning garbage.


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Operating Power Tools Safely STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

Power tools have just about replaced the use of manually (muscle power) operated tools not only in the home and industry, but also in the fire service. Life sure has gotten easier, including in the emergency services. Imagine, there are people who have never known anything other than a power driven screwdriver! The dictionary defines a tool as “a device, such as a saw, used to perform or facilitate manual or mechanical work.” What that means is that a tool is meant to make the job or task at hand easier and if it isn’t making it easier, you are probably using the wrong tool, or using it improperly. In the fire service, we now have an assortment of portable power tools which can be operated by a variety of power sources. These power sources include electric or battery operated, compressed air and/or hydraulically operated tools. Whatever the power source, there is no doubt that they make the task at hand easier and faster to accomplish; but they must also be maintained and operated in a safe manner or they can become dangerous devices, especially in the hands of the untrained. Tools can seriously injure or even kill the operator, or others, when not properly maintained or used. All emergency responders who use power tools must learn to recognize the hazards associated with the different types of tools and the safety precautions necessary to prevent those hazards. Therefore, some precautions are required when using power tools. First and foremost, we must read the owner’s manual and instructions that came with the tool. It is also recommended to let the salesperson or manufacturer’s representative give a training session on the proper and safe use of the tool. Learn the proper application, limitation and potential hazards of the tool and operate the tool at all times according to the manufacturer's instructions. Follow the instructions; do not cut corners and do not remove any built in safety devices and controls. Then, follow up with your department training program where

members can get some additional hands on training before placing the tool in service. Knowing how to start the tool and how to stop the tool is important. I know all of this is pretty basic, but all members who will use the tool should attend the training session. This will help prevent unsafe practices and future problems. Whenever using any power tool, personal protective clothing must be worn along with eye, respiratory and hearing protection if required. Select the correct tool or tools for the job at hand and never use a tool or attachment for something it was not designed to do. Don’t expect more from a tool than it can deliver and never operate a tool you have not been trained to operate. Concentrate on the work at hand when operating power tools, using two hands to control the tool and never looking away from your work. Sometimes the use of power tools under certain situations may require the use of another firefighter as a guide. Should you become distracted, or if someone or something enters the work area, immediately shut down the power tool. Never overreach and maintain your footing and control of the tool at all times. If you feel you are losing your grip or stability, shut the tool down and reposition. If operating at night or under limited light, provide adequate scene lighting to maintain adequate visibility to safely operate the power tools. After each emergency, all tools used should be cleaned and inspected, ensuring that they are in safe operating condition and ready for the next emergency. Power tools make our everyday tasks much easier and enable us to accomplish many feats in a short period of time, but they also require respect. Most accidents and injuries that occur do so quickly and are usually from lack of concentration or firefighter inexperience with the tool. Accidents can happen to the experienced (over-confident) firefighter just as easily as to a newer firefighter. Being aware of your surroundings, not letting your guard down, expecting the unexpected and operating within the parameters of your training and the manufacturer’s instructions, should result in a safe operation. Like most accidents, accidents with power tools are preventable. Till Next Time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Three-Alarm House Fire in Glen Rock Glen Rock, NJ - Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire in a single-family home on the night of February 20th. Shortly after 7:30 P.M., Glen Rock firefighters were dispatched to 506 Prospect Street for a reported house fire. JUMP TO FILE# Heavy smoke was 022017112 showing from the front door as units arrived on scene and a second-alarm was quickly transmitted. Hand-lines were stretched through the front door in an attempt to locate the seat of the fire, which was burning in the basement. As mutual aid companies arrived on scene to assist Glen Rock firefighters, command transmitted a third-alarm for additional manpower. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack with (two) one-and-three-quarter inch lines as smoke filled the first-floor. A Mayday was transmitted 20minutes into the fire for a firefighter down with unknown injuries. The firefighter was quickly removed, treated by EMS at the scene and transported to the hospital. It took firefighters under one hour to bring the fire under control. No additional injures were reported. Mutual Aid from Ridgewood, Fair Lawn, Midland Park and Hawthorne assisted on scene. The fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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Five Hunterdon County FD’s Take Part in Electrical Hazard Awareness Table-Top Drill

PETE MONACO, NJFFS

Local and State Forest Fire crews mop-up along State Route 35 after a 13-acre wildfire in Keyport.

13-Acre Wildfire Threatens Structures in Keyport

Clinton, NJ – On February 20th, 105 firemen from five northern Hunterdon County Fire Departments came together at the Clinton Fire House (Station-45) to participate in a special, joint table-top JUMP TO FILE# training drill. The 022117101 two-hour drill, Electrical Hazard Awareness Program, was presented by Al Saharic, a retired safety specialist form the Jersey Central Power & Light Company. Al is also the father of Lebanon Boro Fire Chief, Kevin Saharic. In 1961, Al developed the Electrical Hazard Awareness Program while working for JCP&L to

address safety hazards first responders face when dealing with calls involving power lines. He has presented his program to Police, Fire and EMS personnel all over JCP&L’s New Jersey service areas since it's inception. Al utilizes a model mock up that simulates the power lines you would find on any normal street. It has a series of small utility poles which are wired to a transformer that he plugs into the wall receptacle. The transformer replicates the voltage found on utility poles, but Al emphasizes that it is nowhere near the amperage used on the “real” wires. By using a metal toy fire truck, police car, tractor and bucket truck, along with people made from hot dogs and pipe cleaners, he showed that the electricity will arc through

the people and equipment under varying situations. Al also demonstrated how the electricity will be conducted through many items and fire equipment, even using a piece of “rubber” from a fireman’s boot to show that the electricity went right through it. Discussions were held about the precautions that the firemen should take when dealing with downed wires, pole fires, transformer explosions, house fires and the electric service lines. The five fire departments that participated in this training drill were Clinton (Station-45), Lebanon Boro (Station-18), Annandale Hose Company (Station46), High Bridge (Station-14) and Quakertown (Station-91). - RICHARD MAXWELL

Keyport, NJ - On the afternoon of Saturday, February 25th, the Keyport Fire Department responded to the report of a brush fire off of Clark Street. Arriving crews found an out-ofcontrol, wind-pushed marsh fire that was spreading rapidly and approaching industrial buildings in the area. Mutual Aid and the NJ Forest Fire Service were then requested to the scene. Route 35 was also shut down for about one hour. Structure protection was set up as State Forest Fire crews burned-out unburnt fuel along Route 35. Homes and outbuildings were threatened for a short time along Luppatatong Ave., resulting in some damage to fences along the wood line. The fire was contained within about one hour.

Acronyms Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

In the fire service, there are plenty of acronyms. We put on our PPE and SCBA. We lay the LDH and grab our TIC. We have SOG's and SOP's. We use ICS so that we know who the IC is and the PIO on every scene. We may need the CISM team after a bad call and also would want to call in the LAST team to help if we have an LODD. If we call a mayday, we are to use LUNAR, then we take a PAR and sent in the RIT. We have so many abbreviations and I would like to introduce another one to you for your personal life. The acronym is F.R.O.G. Usually this congers up the thoughts of a little green amphibian that we may have tried to catch in our younger years, or watching Sesame Street, or the Muppets. There are plenty of times when we go through life and may feel overwhelmed by a situation. This may be losing a job, being diagnosed with something, going through a divorce, detox or depression, or the death of a friend or relative. Each person has their own

part that they may think they cannot handle. Sometimes we may feel like we are in a house doing a search in all the smoke and darkness, and we have come to the end of our search rope, but still need to continue the search, furthest that the rope can go and we have no light to see where we are going. We need to remember that as we go through our personal challenges, there is always one that we can turn to...God. We may be Catholic, Christian, Jew or Muslim but we can rest assured that we can always turn to God. God is always there for you. People say that God does not give us more that we can handle. Well, I saw a sign that said "God helps us handle what we are given". There are many Scriptures that reassure us of God's presence in times of need and also how He will never leave, nor forsake us. But these are only words, unless we get to know and trust God. We should always remember that we can F.R.O.G., Full Rely On God. Something tells me that as I tell you this, you may think it is nonsense, but something also tells me that you'll think about this, when you see that little green guy. Stay encouraged. Stay safe. God cares about you. -Didymus McHugh

Al Saharic, a retired safety specialist from the Jersey Central Power & Light Company, presents the Electrical Hazard Awareness Program he developed in 1961 while working for JCP&L to five northern Hunterdon County Fire Departments.

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Al Saharic demonstrates how electricity will conduct through a piece of “rubber” from a fireman’s boot. RICH MAXWELL


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PETE MONACO, NJFFS

Manalapan, NJ - During the first week of February, New Jersey Forest Fire crews began prescribed burning projects around the state. Pictured is NJ Forest Fire Service B10 crews conducting a prescribed burn in Monmouth Battlefield State Park on February 3rd.

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Active and exempt members stand in front of new KME pumper "Engine-2," during a dedication ceremony with past Chief Joseph Letizia (seated).

South Vineland Fire Company Dedicates New Apparatus Vineland, NJ – On Tuesday, February 7th, over 50 members, friends and relatives gathered at the South Vineland Fire Company (Vineland Fire Department Station-2), for a dedication ceremony of their newest piece of firefighting equipment – a 2016 KME pumper. President Karl Anderson and District Chief Robert Cresci led the event where the station’s past chiefs and assistant chiefs unveiled a pewter-colored plaque affixed on the firetruck, memorializing the dedicated service of past Chief Joseph Letizia. Chief Cresci said "Joe served in many capacities over his 49 years in Company-2 on both the executive and operational sides of the organi-

JUMP TO FILE #020917101 zation, most importantly including his 13 years as Chief.” Joe and his late wife, Lois, were very instrumental in the company’s annual circus fundraiser, which was very successful over the last 52 years. Upon his retirement as Chief, Joe continued to dedicate his time and service to the residents of Vineland and his second family at the fire company, which Chief Cresci described as “what dedication truly is.” The 2016 KME pumper joins the City of Vineland Fire Department’s fleet as “Engine 2," a twin to “Engine 6,” which is housed at Station-6 in

center-city Vineland. The truck committee led by Station-1 District Chief Jim Hoffman is comprised of career and volunteer firefighters who worked tirelessly to ensure that a balance between needs and budget constraints were met. Engine-2 replaces Engine-22, which will be refurbished and reassigned to another station within the city. Following the ceremony, past Chief Letizia, his family, friends and station members were invited to join for dinner at the Fire Company’s annual “Old Timers Dinner," a longstanding tradition that dates back nearly 100 years at Station-2. - RYAN FEASTER

OLD & NEW

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On February 4th, Secaucus Engine-4 placed into service a 2016 Pierce Arrow XT 2000-GPM pumper (left), that replaced a 1996 KME 2000-GPM model. The KME has been designated as the department's spare engine.


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Washington, NJ - On Wednesday, February 15th, Chief Bob Kerschner of the Washington Emergency Squad (Warren County Station-83 Rescue), invited the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad's REHAB team in for a joint drill, as well as a "show and tell" of their REHAB unit. The REHAB unit is used at long-term incidents such as fires, major motor vehicle accidents, hazardous materials incidents etc., to monitor the health of fellow responders working the event. The drill included an overview of the specialized equipment carried on this vehicle, policies and procedures, Medical Unit flow processes and working an effective REHAB program. Under the guidance of REHAB Team Leader Ben Hagan, FD members Captain Doug Gimson, EMT/FF Adam Hett and EMT/FF Andrew Cline, set up the equipment utilized including shelter, heating and air conditioning, lighting and tracking supplies.

The REHAB unit was made possible because of a competitive grant process through the Hunterdon County Department of Public Safety in 2012. It was part of a county-wide program that equipped this unit, (as well as it's twin, which is with the Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance and Rescue Squad), with the supplies needed to shelter responders while on a medical break from the incident. The funding included an inflatable tent, heating & air conditioning, blood gas monitors and the truck itself. Through their participation with the NJ EMS Task Force, additional supporting equipment was also received, making it truly a regionally available response vehicle. Clinton's REHAB team appreciated the opportunity to share with WES members and leaders, and they look forward to continued cooperation on large scale incidents and training with them.

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First Responders Honored for Rescuing Pets from Burning Home Raritan Twp., NJ – Let's step back in time to 12:30 P.M. on New Year’s Eve in 2016 when firefighters and EMS were dispatched to a house fire on Quail Ridge Road in the Township. No one was home at the time of the fire, but the family pets were inside the home. Firefighters JUMP TO FILE# worked for over 022517101 one hour to get the fire under control and during their firefighting efforts, they were able to rescue all three pets, including a dog and two cats, from the burning structure. The third pet to be located, a cat, was found huddled down in the basement behind the furnace. EMS crews quickly provided life sustaining oxygen to the dog and two cats with specially designed masks for animals. The pets were then transported to a local animal emergency hospital where they were treated and eventually returned to their grateful owners. Now fast forward to this year on February 24th, when a press conference was set up by Public Relations Director Bob Tucker from ADT Security Services, and held in the driveway of the burntout Quail Ridge Road home, owned by John and Kathy Suchorsky. The Suchorsky’s have an ADT fire and burglar alarm system in their home, which sounded when the fire broke out on New Year’s Eve in 2016. The press conference brought together some of the first responders, ADT personnel and homeowners' John and Kathy Suchorsky, to meet and honor all

who were involved that day, but the one who stole the show was "Riley," the family’s Golden Retriever, who showed no ill signs from his ordeal on New Year’s Eve. Members of the Raritan Twp. Fire Department, including Steven Wetter who was Fire Chief the day of the fire, along with members of the Flemington-Raritan Rescue Squad and the Clinton Rescue Squad, were on-hand to participate in the event. A special moment during the ceremony was when the Suchorsky’s met with Bob Deurr for the first time. Bob was the ADT dispatcher who placed the emergency call to the Hunterdon County 911 communications center from the ADT control center in Rochester, New York. Bob was presented with ADT's Life Saver award during the ceremony. Lynn Costlow, Senior Vice President of ADT, presented the Raritan Twp. Fire Department with a donation check in the amount of $5,000 from ADT. John and Kathy Suchorsky donated $1,000 to the Fire Department while their two daughters donated $500 to the Fire Department and $500 to the Rescue Squad. During the ceremony, members of the Rescue Squad demonstrated how the oxygen “pet masks” are used on dogs, along with an explanation on how they differ from ones used on people. It is important to get these specialized oxygen masks into the hands of first responders to help our furry friends in need, as ADT statistics indicate that 500,000 pets die in house fires every year.

Fire ripped through the Suchorsky’s residence on Quail Ridge Road on New Year’s Eve in 2016.

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"Riley," the Suchorsky family's Golden Retriever, was rescued by firefighters and resuscitated by EMTs.

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Firefighters rescued and resuscitated two pet cats and a dog from the burning home.

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Firefighters Faced with Numerous Challenges in Edgewater Edgewater, NJ - Edgewater firefighters, along with units from Fort Lee and Englewood Cliffs, were able to overcome several obstacles as flames struck a vacant structure on February 14th. Fire units were dispatched shortly before 3:00 A.M. to 31 Casta JUMP TO FILE# Lane and the first 021417109 challenges were immediately apparent. The fire building was a three-story in the front and a twostory in the rear, and built on the steep grade of the Palisades Cliffs. Also, the structure did not have a street in front of it. It was located between the dead-ends of Casta Lane and Yorkville Drive. Both of these streets were very steep deadends. Temperatures were in the 20’s, so any water that flowed down these steep streets froze quickly, making footing treacherous. Ground ladders needed to be used to access the front of the building from the “D” side. Even with these obstacles, firefighters were able to keep the flames from extending to the adjacent occupied homes, despite the collapse of most of the roof and a large part of the rear wall. The fire took about two hours to control. No injuries were immediately reported and the cause is under investigation. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Members of Elizabeth Engine Co. 2 with their new Pierce Arrow XT 2000-GPM pumper. JOHN W. CARR

Firefighter’s Home Burns in Vineland Vineland, NJ – Shortly before 7:00 A.M. on February 27th, flames ravaged the home of a Vineland volunteer firefighter, causing extensive damage. The family was home at the time of the incident, but were alerted of the fire by their dog and therefore able to flee the house with no injuries. District Chief-2 Robert Cresci overheard chatter on the police radio of a possible house fire on Holmes Avenue. Cresci, who lives nearby, headed toward the area and could see a column of dark smoke. He contacted Cumberland County 9-1-1 dispatch and advised them of a working fire. County stated that they were already in the process of dispatching companies. Vineland firefighters were dispatched out at 6:45 A.M. to the 800 block of Holmes Ave. for a dwelling fire. The initial box and working fire box were dispatched simultaneously. Companies responding included Engines 11, 61, 31 and 2901 (Rosenhayn), T-6, Ladders 4 and 2 from Vineland, a Ladder from Forest Grove (43-5)

JUMP TO FILE #022717130 Gloucester County and Vineland EMS. Vineland E-53 covered Station-3 while Malaga (43-4) Gloucester County covered Station6. District Chief Cresci was first to arrive on the scene and found heavy fire in the rear of a one-story, wood-frame dwelling that had a garage and breezeway attached, with fire extending into the house. E-61 was ordered to lay in with a five-inch and pull a three-inch line with a Blitzfire to the rear in an attempt to cut off the rapidly spreading flames. Captain Tony Saltar was in command of T-6 and ordered 61’s crew to stretch a one-and-threequarter inch line to the front and make entry. A two-and-a-half inch line was pulled to the rear to assist the Blitzfire crew. E-11 arrived and its crew pulled a backup one-andthree-quarter inch line to the front door to assist 61’s crew. L-4’s crew

raised ground ladders and opened the roof. The flames had made their way into the kitchen, but were kept from extending any further. A one-andthree-quarter inch line was placed in service in the rear for overhaul. The blaze was declared under control by District Chief Cresci at 7:25 A.M. The last company cleared at 10:53 A.M. A shed and garage were destroyed by the fire. The breezeway had heavy damage while the kitchen sustained some fire damage. Smoke damage was throughout the house. The fire appeared to have originated in the garage area. The Red Cross was not needed, as the family would be able to find lodging on their own. A total of 68 fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation. This is the fourth fire in the past 10 years to cause serious damage to a Vineland firefighter’s home.

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Enjoying 70-degree weather in February, members of Elizabeth Engine Co. 8 pose with their new Pierce Arrow XT pumper.

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Vehicle News

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On January 26th, Hasbrouck Heights Truck Co. 1 placed into service a Spartan-Sirus/Smeal 2000-GPM/500GWT/105-foot quint, sold through New Jersey Emergency Vehicles.

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In North Brunswick, the Maple Meade Fire Company has placed into service a 2016 Seagrave 1750-GPM/750-GWT pumper with a cab that has seating for six and two storage compartments.

The Elizabeth Avenue Fire Company of Franklin Twp. District-1 has accepted delivery of a 2017 Pierce Arrow XT haz-mat unit. Some features include a command zone, electric awning and 10-KW hydraulic generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Raritan Borough received a 2017 Pierce Saber/PUC Clifton Engine Co. 6 will be assigned a 2016 Pierce Hillside Truck-1 has been assigned a 2016 E-One Tymodel 1500-GPM/850-GWT pumper, sold by Fire & Arrow XT 1500-GPM/500-GWT pumper with a Harrison phoon model 1500-GPM/480-GWT/20-GFT/75-foot quint, Safety Services. 6-KW generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services. sold by Absolute Fire Protection Co.

Old Tappan Tower Ladder-63 has been assigned a 2016 Secaucus Engine-4 has placed into service a 2016 Roselle Engine-1 has been assigned a 2016 SpartanER Pierce Arrow XT 2000-GPM/300-GWT/100-foot platform, Pierce Arrow XT 2000-GPM/750-GWT/20A-GFT/50B-GFT 1500-GPM/500-GWT/40-GFT pumper, sold by Campbell Supply Co. sold by Fire & Safety Services. pumper, sold by Fire & Safety Services.

Montclair Truck Co. 2 has been assigned a 2016 Pierce Irvington Engine Co. 4 has been assigned a 2016 Fer- The Wharton Fire Department recently received a 2016 Arrow XT model 105-foot rear mount aerial ladder, sold rara 1500-GPM/500-GWT pumper, possessing a five- Pierce Saber Pumper. It has a 2000-GPM pump and 750by Fire & Safety Services. man cab with storage cabinet. GWT. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.


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West Paterson Engine-3 Honors Recently Retired Firefighters

Woodland Park, NJ - West Paterson Volunteer Fire Co. 3 recently hosted a gathering of former and present firefighters at the firehouse in Woodland Park. A retirement party celebration was held to honor Deputy Chief Marty Krupinski and Battalion Chief Robert Poloniak, who both recently retired from a long career with the Paterson FD. Both men served for many years as volunteers with West Paterson Engine-3 (the "Ridge Runners"), before becoming firemen in the neighboring department. Marty served with Paterson Engine-3 as Captain and Robert with Ladder-1 after they began their career in the Paterson Fire Department, later attaining the rank of Chief. They both have well over 30 years in the fire service. Many members of this volunteer fire company have gone on to successful careers over the years.

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Pine Beach, NJ - On February 27th at approximately 7:00 A.M., crews from the Pine Beach and Beachwood Fire Departments responded to Vista Park to set up a Landing Zone for Beachwood EMS, who was responding to a call in Pine Beach.


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Members of the Roselle Fire Department stand by their new Spartan ER pumper. (L to R): Capt. Carne, FF Hudak, Capt. Pearson, BC Breden and FF’s Perez, Stephens, Rittinger, Palmer, Pinkney and Benkovich. JOHN M. MALECKY

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Passaic Chief of Department Patrick Trentacost in command at a four-alarm fire involving three Harrison Street dwellings in February.

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Officers and members of the Cliffside Park Fire Department posed for a group photo in February, before their evening installation dinner. This was the third attempt for the Winter photo. In 2015, members lined up for the photo and it began to snow. In 2016, a multiple-alarm fire in a commercial building cancelled the photo session. This time, the photo was taken and there was time to put this, and other group photos into the evening's photo presentation.

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Members of the Irvington Fire Department stand by their 2017 Ferrara Cinder pumper assigned to Engine 44. From L to R: Chief of Department Antonio Gary, FF Cruz, Capt. Durish, A/Lt. Franz, FF's Roundtree, Jackson, Nixon, Miller, Capt. Delima and FF's Zignoli and Burke.

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During February's monthly meeting at the Bogota Fire Department, Firefighter Charles Bestafka was awarded a plaque for 45-years of service. FF Bestafka is still an active member in the department.


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Green Village Gets First Aerial Piece

This past year, the Green Village Volunteer Fire Department in Morris County placed in service their first aerial ladder truck, a quint built by Sutphen Fire Apparatus. The following reasons were given for this move: it complements and augments the aerial pieces in surrounding towns and provides a shorter, maneuverable truck with quick setup time which the larger platforms do not have because of their larger, heavier vehicles. It also addresses the hazards of newer construction materials prominent in structures being built in the jurisdiction. Finally, it replaces a standard pumper with two door cab, hereby providing more seating and increasing versatility by having a mid-mount aerial ladder design with a rear, traditional access hose bed, not readily available with a rear. In dealer news, First Priority’s EMS division reports the following ambulance orders: for Paterson (Passaic County), two Demers MXP150 4x4’s on Ford F-450 chassis and for Atlantic Health, two REV Transits and a First Priority Renaissance Remount of a Chevrolet G4500 SCTU. Ambulance deliveries include to the Maplewood FD (Essex County), a First Priority Renaissance Remount of a Ford F-450 4x4 chassis under a Road Rescue module; to the Cheesequake VFAS (Middlesex County) a First Priority Renaissance Remount of a Chevrolet G4500 chassis under a Braun module; to the Lakewood Hatzolah (Ocean County), a Braun Chief XL on a Chevrolet G4500 chassis and to the Moonachie FAS (Bergen County), a Demers MXP170 on a Ford F-450 4x4 chassis. The apparatus division reports two KME deliveries: the first is a Predator Panther pumper to Fanwood (Union County). Specs include an LFD (148.5inch) cab with six seats, 10-inch raised roof, transverse compartment behind rear cab doors, Cummins ISL 9, 450-HP diesel engine, Waterous CSU, 1500GPM single-stage pump with side mount panel. Special Stokes basket and backboard storage above the pump, four-inch LDH discharge officer’s side, (two) 2 ½-inch rear discharges, (two) 1 ½-inch crosslays above the pump, a 1 ½inch front bumper discharge, 750-gallon water tank, 12 gauge C3R12 stainless steel KME 162-inch Challenger single axle body with 29-inch compartments, roll-up, painted compartment doors, driver’s side full height and depth compartments, officer’s side full height/split depth compartments, ladders stored next to the water tank on right side accessed from rear door, four storage compartments in rear wheel wells for eight spare SCBA cylinders and extinguishers, 94inch wide hose bed with three dividers, no generator and eight FRC Spectra LED scene light on cab and body. The second is a Predator Severe Service pumper on a tandem axle chassis to Upper Saddle River (Bergen County). Specs include an LFD (141.5-inch) cab with six seats and a 10-inch raised roof, PAC TRAC tool mounting boards on each side of rear wall seats, Cummins ISX15, 600-HP diesel engine with Jake Brake, Hale Qmax 1750-GPM singlestage pump with side mount enclosed panel, six-inch Hale Master intake valves on each side suction, four-inch discharge on officer’s side, with fivePlease 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.

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Irvington E-44, 2017 Ferrara Cinder 1500/500. It was sold by Firefighter One Professional Safety Services.

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Green Village Q-2, 2016 Sutphen, 2000/500/50/75-foot with 6-KW generator. It is their first aerial.

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Lodi Hose 2, E-614, 2016 Spartan ER, Gladiator 2000/1000 with 15KW generator. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC. JOHN M. MALECKY

Green Village Rescue 5, 2000 E-ONE, Cyclone II, 35-KW, air cascade and 6-ton winch. It makes for a nice compact unit. It was sold by Absolute Fire Protection. JOHN M. MALECKY

Emerson Squad 28, 2015 Ferrara Igniter, 2000/500 with 20-KW generator and portable winch. It was sold by Firefighter One Professional Safety Services.

Lodi Truck 1, 2007 Pierce Velocity, 2000/250 with 15-KW generator and 100-foot platform. It was the first Velocity ordered in NJ and was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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inch Storz adaptor, 2 ½-inch discharge on driver’s side rear body panel, (two) 2 ½-inch speedlays forward of the pump with slide-out trays, special compartmentation above and below the speedlays, Akron Deckmaster electric monitor, 3000-gallon poly water tank, (three) 10inch round pneumatic dumps (one rear and two side in the tandem fender panel), four-inch Akron electric direct tank fill on rear of body, 2 ½-inch Akron manual direct tank fill on rear of body, 3/16-inch aluminum 213-inch body, driver’s side low compartments with single high side compartment forward, officer’s side full height/depth compartments, Ziamatic two arm Quic-Lift portable tank storage system recessed on driver’s side of body, ladders mounted in the hose bed on the officer’s side, (two) 8-foot length of lightweight suction hose mounted in a special compartment above the speedlays, ROM painted roll-up compartment doors, six FRC Spectra 900 12-volt scene lights on cab and body, Hi-Viz 72inch wide LED 12-volt brow light and an Onan 6-KW hydraulic generator mounted above the pump. Defender Emergency Products reports

that they have two Rosenbauer apparatus' on order. One is a light rescue with walk-in body on a commercial chassis for Manitou Park in Berkeley Township (Ocean County), and the other is a rescue pumper on a Commander chassis for Hopewell in Mercer County. They are prepping the mid-mount platform for New Brunswick (Middlesex County). Absolute Fire Protection has delivered the E-ONE Cyclone II pumper to the Colonia FC in Woodbridge Township (Middlesex County). Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: in Burlington County, Maple Shade ordered a Velocity 95-foot mid-mount platform and Medford Township has ordered an Impel pumper and an elliptical tanker on a Peterbilt chassis. In Hudson County, Kearny ordered an Arrow XT pumper and an Arrow XT 95-foot mid-mount platform. They have delivered to Franklin Township’s Elizabeth Avenue FC, an Arrow XT combination walk-in walk-around hazmat/rescue truck and to Raritan Boro, a Saber pumper. Both are Somerset County. Campbell Supply Co., LLC reports

Westwood Engine 1, 2016 KME Predator Panther, 1500/500.

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the following Spartan ER deliveries: to the Roselle FD in Union County, a pumper on a Gladiator LFD chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab, Cummins ISL, 450-HP diesel engine, Hale Qmax-XS 1500-GPM pump, Hale Foamlogix system, 500-gallon water and 40-gallon foam tanks and a Smart Power 6-KW generator. To the Pennington Fire Department (Mercer County), a 100-foot rear mounted platform with a Gladiator MFD chassis, 10-inch raised roof cab, Cummins ISX, 550-HP diesel engine, Spartan Advanced Airbag Protection system, Extreme Duty interior, Hale Qmax 200-GPM pump, 500-gallon water and 40-gallon foam tanks, Whelen LED scene and warning lights and a Harrison 10-KW generator. To the Erial FC in Gloucester Township (Camden County), a Star pumper with a 28-foot Boomer on a Gladiator LLFD chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab, Spartan Advanced Air Bag Protection system, Cummins ISL 450-HP diesel engine, Extreme Duty interior, Waterous CSU, 1500-GPM pump, 750-gallon water and 50-gallon foam

tanks and a Smart Power 15-KW generator. The Boomer has a 1000-pound lift capability, can flow 1000-GPM and has two pre-connect tips and six FRC Spectra Max LED scene lights.

Campbell has also delivered an ASAP 800 EFI, 40-HP Polaris trail rescue to the Atlantic Highlands FAS in Monmouth County. It has an enclosed cab, a 4500pound Multi winch and LED scene and warning lights. The Sea Isle City FAS (Cape May County), received an ASAP 800 EFI, 40-HP Polaris Med-Stat ambulance with 4-KW Onan generator, heat and air conditioning, 450-pound Multi winch and LED scene and warning lights. It fits a full size Stryker cot. They have received an order from the Livingston FD (Essex County) for a Spartan ER Star pumper on a Metro Star MFGD chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab, Cummins ISL 450-HP diesel engine, Spartan Advanced Air Bag Protection system, Extreme Duty interior, Waterous 1500-GPM pump and a 500-gallon water tank.


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Second-Alarm Blaze at Vineland Hotel Injures Two Vineland, NJ – An early morning multi-alarm fire on February 24th injured one occupant and a police officer, and heavily damaged 28 units of a hotel. At 1:39 A.M., Station-6 firefighters were dispatched to the Ramada Inn, located in the 2200 block of W. Landis Ave., for an alarm system activation. E-61 and Tower-6 responded. Upon arrival, Captain Tony Saltar found a two-story, woodframe hotel with nothing showing from the front. He went to the rear of the structure and found medium smoke showing from a second-floor end unit and ordered a Working Fire box. Responding on the working box were Engines 11, 31 and 42, Ladder-2 and E-2901 from Rosenhayn, as well as Vineland EMS and Vineland Police. E-61’s crew stretched a oneand-three-quarter inch line to the second-floor unit and knocked down the flames. Prior to the crew’s entry, the window had blown, allowing the fire to extend into the attic via the soffit. Firefighters' Rob Strain and Matt Haught raised a ground ladder to the second-floor unit adjacent to the fire unit and rescued two occupants from the window who were preparing to jump to safety. As additional fire and police personnel arrived, primary searches were conducted and occupants were alerted to evacuate the building. E-11 dropped a five-inch line from Landis Ave. to the rear of the building to supply E-61 while Ladder-2’s crew opened the roof. Other firefighters attempted to breach the second-floor ceiling to cut off the fire spread. The fire had taken control of the attic and was spreading rapidly, forcing firefighters to evacuate the building and roof. Chief Robert Pagnini arrived on the scene and ordered a secondalarm along with special calls for additional apparatus and personnel. Apparatus from all six of Vineland’s stations responded to the scene. Additional companies responding included Millville Rescue, Port Norris, Gouldtown, Cumberland, Heislerville, Hopewell Stow Creek and Mauricetown. Gloucester County companies that responded were Malaga and Forest Grove. E22 laid a five-inch line to supply L4 while E-53 laid a five-inch line to supply L-2. Numerous hand-lines were deployed and at the height of the blaze, two ladder pipes were operated. Chief Pagnini declared the fire under control at 4:19 A.M., with the last company clearing the scene at 7:28 A.M. Nearly 100 fire, police and EMS personnel responded to the scene. One occupant from the unit of origin was taken to the hospital for burns and smoke inhalation, and one police officer was treated

JUMP TO FILE #022417121 from smoke inhalation after helping to alert occupants. The main fire damage was in the attic, the unit of origin and the roof area, but there was extensive smoke and water damage to 28 units in total. Master streams and a fire wall prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the building. Approximately 28 occupants were displaced. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Vineland Fire Department Investigation Unit. - JOHN CARR

Crews working on the "B" side.

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ACTION SHOTS FROM AROUND THE STATE

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With four tours left before retirement, North Hudson Battalion Chief Nick Sico (center), inspects a burned out Hudson Avenue apartment in North Bergen on February 25th.

A stubborn four-alarm fire involved three Harrison Street dwellings in Passaic on February 1st, displacing some 20 residents. Over 120 firefighters from Passaic and Bergen County departments operated at the scene.

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Hunterdon County firefighters on scene of a house fire in Alexandria Twp. on February 10th discuss the situation at hand.

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Passaic Lt. Jim Kovacs of Engine Co. 3 prepares to descend via ground ladder while operating at 165 Harrison St. on February 1st.

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Vineland's Ladder-2 working the "D" side of a vacant dwelling fire in Millville on February 16th.


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BLACKWOOD FIRE CO.

Blackwood, NJ - During their annual installation banquet held on Saturday night, February 4th, the Blackwood Fire Company marked the end of an era. Past Chief Jay Pantalone hung up his bunker gear for the last time after 50-years of active service in the company. Chief Pantalone's leadership was instrumental in making the department what it is today. Blackwood Fire Company presented Chief Pantalone with this helmet as a small token of their appreciation for all that he has done during his time in the company.

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DRILLS/TRAINING

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Montague, NJ - On Saturday morning, February 18th, Montague firefighters gathered with members of the Blue Ridge Rescue Squad to conduct smoke training in a house on Route 206.

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Clark sets up their Tower Ladder in an adjoining property to extinguish the flames from an elevated master stream.

Firefighters Handle Accessibility Issues at Vacant Building Fire in Linden Linden, NJ – NJ Transit and Amtrak trains were suspended in both directions on February 15th while firefighters battled a threealarm vacant building fire right along the railroad tracks, causing major delays for the evening commute. The Linden Fire Department responded on a full assignment shortly after 10:00 P.M. to 1001 West Elizabeth Ave. for the reported structure fire. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and fire was showing from the rear of the building. Several water supplies were established and long hose stretches were required to gain access to the building, which had very limited accessibility.

JUMP TO FILE #022217108 Large diameter hose lines surrounded the building, along with an elevated master stream from Clark’s Tower Ladder to darken the heavy fire that was impeding on nearby trees along the railroad tracks. The flames eventually penetrated the roof and threatened power lines running parallel to the railroad tracks. A collapse zone was set up around the perimeter as the 100-year-old building started to crumble. The Union County Haz-Mat team was notified to respond and monitor the water runoff and air

quality, as the building was known for being contaminated with various hazardous materials over the years. The fire was declared under control in approximately two hours, but firefighters remained on scene through the night and into the next morning hitting hot spots and wrapping up frozen equipment. There were no injuries reported at the scene. Some of the Mutual Aid fire departments that responded to assist were Rahway, Elizabeth, Clark, Garwood and Roselle Park. The cause of the fire is being investigated by Linden fire officials. - KEITH ADDIE

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Smoke can be seen in back of the house.

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Members of the Building Committee pose with a cardboard likeness of Lt. Jason Stott, who is currently on deployment with the U.S. Army.

Blackwood Fire Co. Officially Dedicates Station

Blackwood, NJ - Blackwood Fire Company officially dedicated the renovation and addition to their Central Avenue Station during a ribbon cutting ceremony held on Saturday, February 4th. Station-84 thanked the members of the Building Committee, the commissioners of Gloucester Township Fire District-4, their local elected leaders and all others who worked so hard to make this day a reality for them.

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