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APPARATUS IN ACTION If you have photos you would like to see in our Apparatus in Action feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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The Jersey City Mask Service Unit, a 2018 Ford F550/1st Priority rig, is ready to fill air bottles after firefighters brought a Hague Street dwelling fire under control on February 25th.

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Garfield Truck 4, a 2012 Spartan/Crimson 103’ tiller with a 1500GPM pump and a 200-gallon tank, hits hot spots with its ladder pipe at a second-alarm, February 26th.

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West Berlin Ladder 22's 2018 Pierce 2000-GPM/500-GWT/105-foot quint operated at a multiple-alarm apartment fire in Lindenwold, Feb. 13th.

Firefighters work in a dangerous environment every single day. They knowingly risk their lives in service to others and their community as part of the job description. Their willingness to protect us in the face of unthinkable danger is part of what makes them heroes. Firefighters understand the risks of the flames and deteriorating buildings. They have seen their colleagues suffer burns, broken bones and the complications caused by smoke inhalation. While we all know and acknowledge running into a burning building is dangerous, firefighters are often exposed to life-threatening hazards that are not as obvious. One of the most-deadly hidden dangers is not presented by the fire, but by one of the tools these brave men and women are provided to fight it. Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is a fire suppressant found on most fire trucks and at fire training facilities. It is a humanmade chemical designed to coat and suffocate a fire, depriving it of oxygen. While AFFF Foam may be an effective fire suppressant, it also may contain perfluorooctane acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). These perand polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are part of a large family of dangerous man-made chemical

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compounds that are known carcinogens – meaning we know they can cause cancer. These substances can accumulate and remain in the human body for long periods of time. It is this long-term exposure that creates an increased risk of various deadly cancers, including pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, leukemia, testicular cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. For men and women fighting fires, the harmful chemicals can be orally ingested, absorbed through the skin or inhaled. These dangers are now welldocumented. The U.S. Fire Administration now cautions that fire departments should replace older AFFF stocks with fluorine-free foam solutions. It advises handlers of these dangerous chemicals to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and a self-contained breathing apparatus. It also advises firefighters to shower within one hour after returning to the station or home, among other warnings. Despite these relatively new warnings and awareness, the manufacturers of AFFF have known of these dangers for years and know-

ingly exposed our nation’s firefighters to these cancer-causing substances - putting profits over the safety of our heroes. “If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after being exposed to AFFF firefighter foam, you may have a claim against the manufacturers and should seek counsel,” Ms. Liakos of Bond Legal said. If you have been exposed to AFFF firefighter foam on the job and developed cancers or other side effects, contact Bond Legal to discuss your potential claim for justice and compensation at 866927-1261 or intake@bondlegalgroup.com. Cancers caused by PFAS Some potential cancers that are caused by PFAS chemicals in AFF: Bladder Breast Colon/Rectal Kidney Leukemia Lymphoma Liver Neuroendocrine Pancreatic Prostate Ovarian Testicular


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Water was needed quickly and even though legally parked, this car made it difficult for Saddle Brook Engine 2 to get and deliver the wet stuff at the Garfield 2nd alarm on March 1st. As always, the members were able to overcome.

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High Winds Hamper Efforts at Garfield House Fire Garfield, NJ - A furious fire engulfed one home and damaged another in Garfield on the evening of March 1st. At approximately 10:00 P.M., Garfield Police HQ began receiving numerous calls for a fire at 53 Scudder Street. As Chiefs arrived, fire was visible on the first and second floors of a two-story dwelling. Engine 5 arrived first due and attempted to make an interior attack. Members were met by heavy fire on both floors. Due to the high winds, the fire had extended to a neighboring home. Companies were evacuated due to the significantly wind-driven fire and a high tension wire coming down in front of the fire building right next to Engine 5. PSE&G was called on a rush to kill arcing power lines. As additional engine companies arrived they reported several frozen dead hydrants. Frigid winds blew steadily at more than 20 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 40 mph as heavy fire quickly consumed the two homes. Companies operated with an exterior attack using numerous outside lines, one deck gun and Truck 4's ladder pipe, keeping the fire to the two buildings without any other fire spread. Companies had a good knock

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down on the blaze after a little over an hour-and-a-half. As firefighters re-entered the main building to complete searches and douse flame pockets, two cats were safely removed and reunited with their owners. The fire was declared under control shortly before midnight by Assistant Chief EJ Morano. No injuries were immediately reported, but one firefighter suffered a minor injury. The Red Cross responded to provide temporary lodging, food and clothing, as the fire displaced 20 or so residents. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Arson Investigation Unit was summoned to conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire. Mutual aid from Lodi, Saddle Brook, Wallington and Elmwood Park assisted on scene, along with the Moonachie Rescue Squad fire rehab unit. Stand by companies from Rochelle Park, Maywood, Lodi and Passaic covered during the incident. (Author's note: Thank you to the Garfield fire prevention for assistance with this article.) - DAMIEN DANIS

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Being a member of a haz-mat team is just what the title implies: hazardous duty. Added to the job is maneuvering a large tractordrawn haz-mat rig around the narrow and congested streets of Jersey City and Hudson County. Jersey City firefighters moved their rig back into a driveway for a "K" style turn on a tight portion of Tonnelle Avenue, after being released, and leaving a fire scene in North Bergen, Feb. 16th.

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Illinois: Leo W. Werner, 67 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 9, 2020 Death Date: December 10, 2020 Fire Department: Scales Mound Fire Protection District Initial Summary: On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at approximately 2200hrs, Captain Leo W. Werner responded to a medical call at a residence. After returning home, he suffered an apparent heart attack and passed away shortly after midnight on Thursday, December 10, 2020. Texas: Randy Robinson, 64 Rank: Captain Incident Date: November 15, 2020 Death Date: December 17, 2020 Fire Department: Fort Worth Fire Department Initial Summary: While on duty, Captain Randy Robinson contracted COVID-19 at the fire station.

He passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020, from the virus. Wisconsin: David Jerald Tomlinson, 71 Rank: Firefighter/Fire Inspector Incident Date: November 11, 2020 Death Date: December 6, 2020 Fire Department: Poynette-Dekorra Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter/Fire Inspector David Jerald Tomlinson contracted COVID-19 while performing fire inspections for the department. Alabama: Donald Downs, 69 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 17, 2020 Death Date: December 9, 2020 Fire Department: Saragossa Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On November 17, 2020, Firefighter Donald Downs, while attending mandatory training for the fire department, contracted COVID-19 from attendees at the exercise. He passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from the virus. Pennsylvania: Lee Witman, 88 Rank: Chief Emeritus/Firefighter Incident Date: December 6, 2020 Death Date: December 11, 2020 Fire Department: Colonial Park Fire Company Initial Summary: Chief Emeritus/Firefighter Lee Witman, while performing in-station duties, contracted COVID-19. He passed away on Friday, December 11, 2020, from the virus. Pennsylvania: Edward Hine, 79 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 13, 2020 Death Date: December 16, 2020 Fire Department: Colonial Park Fire Company Initial Summary: Firefighter Edward Hine, while performing in-station duties, contracted COVID-19. He passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, from the virus.


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New Jersey Has Lost A “Firefighting Royalty” UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

He was called “Firefighting Royalty,” by a fellow firefighter. He was a popular guy. A great husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, firefighter, leader and friend. Larry Rauch, 78, who held many titles, and largely well known around the state as coordinator of safety programs at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute, passed away in February. Larry served our country in the US Navy for four years. As a 50year resident of Upper Saddle River, he served in every fire department position and held the rank of fire chief for five separate terms, making him the longest serving chief in the history of that volunteer department. In 2018, he was the oldest active fire chief in New Jersey. While in the Navy, he was on the destroyer that scooped up John Glenn after his Project Mercury space capsule, “Friendship 7”, landed east of Grand Turk in the Bahamas, in 1962. Later in life, he traveled to Israel to train firefighters from Western Galilee on handling flashover incidents. His titles were many. This included serving as a Bergen County fire coordinator, past president of the NJ-NY Volunteer Firemen's Association, Upper Saddle River Relief Association, Exempt Association, the Northwest Bergen Mutual Aid Association, and he was a member of the NJ State Fire Chiefs Association. He also gave his time to the Bergen County Juvenile Fire Prevention Program. Larry was predeceased by his loving wife, Sherry, who passed away in December, 2020. They were always together, where it be at ceremonies or fire and emergency scenes. A true definition of a loving couple. The couple retired and moved to Manchester in 2019. With the fire service forever in his blood, he joined the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Company where he was able to serve his remaining years with his son and grandson. He was a highly respected fire chief and educator. With much respect among his many fire service friends, he was lovingly known as Larry. In the Bergen County area, if you were in a conversation and the name Larry came up, firefighters knew who you were referring to. At his funeral, Larry was described as, “always about service to others,” and he could “always be counted on.” “The Bergen County Fire Service

is far better for Chief Rauch's service,” said Rutherford Fire Official Paul Dansbach, on Facebook. “Larry's love for the fire service is surpassed only by his love for his family.” UPS: On behalf of the fire department and EMS personnel, Wallington Fire Chief Chris Sinisi thanked all who donated to the Department Food Drive on Feb. 27th. All donations were dropped off at the Wallington Presbyterian Church Food Pantry. DOWNS: A fire destroyed a Wantage three-bay auto repair shop and several vehicles when one of the vehicles being serviced caught fire, Jan. 26th, NJ State Police Sgt. Philip Curry said. UPS: This year, the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps is celebrating 50-years of service. DOWNS: Fire raced through an Ocean City amusement park on Jan. 30th. The fire started at Playland's Castaway Cove. No one was inside the area buildings, O.C.F.D. spokesman Doug Bergen said. There did not appear to be structural damage to the boardwalk, initially. UPS: On Jan. 29th, Middletown fire units were sent to a Warren Pl. dwelling for a reported dryer fire. First Assistant Chief John Waltz arrived and witnessed an off duty Union Beach police detective and township Firefighter Matt Deickmann rescue an elderly woman, as they emerged from a heavy smoke condition in the building. The homeowner was treated for smoke inhalation. DOWNS: A 41-year-old woman was found stabbed in a Camden apartment after firefighters extinguished a small structure fire on Jan. 30th, officials said. Firefighters and paramedics attempted CPR. The victim was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, authorities said. UPS: The Sea Isle City council has introduced an ordinance that would establish a “duty crew” program for volunteer firefighters. The periods would cover weekends, nights, during the summer and other peak times. Each firefighter would be eligible for a stipend not to exceed $150 per month. DOWNS: A Haddon Twp. man was killed as the result of a fire at the Haddon Hills Apartments, Jan. 28th, officials said. UPS: Two young men were rescued from the freezing waters of the Round Valley Reservoir by South Branch Emergency Services in Hunterdon County, Jan. 30th, after their small boat capsized. The South Branch Emergency Services is a combination of the former Clinton and High Bridge EMS agencies. DOWNS: A 61-year-old man died as a result of a fire in his North Walnut St. apartment in East Orange, Feb. 1st. Firefighters found the unconscious resident on the kitchen floor with a small stove on top of him, officials said. The man was

pronounced dead at the scene at 5:36 a.m. UPS: Michael Sawicki has been promoted to battalion chief in Westfield. DOWNS: A man died in a car fire when it ignited as he was revving the engine in an attempt to get his SUV out of a snowbank in Losen Slote Creek Park, Little Ferry, on Feb. 3rd, officials said. UPS: On February 3rd, the following members of the Paterson Fire Department were promoted to the rank of provisional deputy chief: Lamar Colclough, Charles Gander and Jason Macones. DOWNS: One person was found dead as the result of a dwelling fire on Beacon Ave. in Ewing, Jan. 28th. UPS: Brian Piccola has been promoted to fire captain in Westfield. DOWNS: One person died when a car burst into flames after crashing into a parked car on New York Ave. in Jersey City, Jan. 27th. It is believed the driver lost control and crashed, officials said. UPS: Newly promoted battalion chiefs in Paterson are: Alejandro Narvaez and Kevin Evans. Promoted to provisional battalion chief are: George Perez and Steven D'Arco. DOWNS: A Newark man suffered burns when his lit cigarette ignited an oxygen tank at his Mount Prospect home, Feb. 6th, authorities said. EMS transported the victim to the hospital for treatment of burns to the face. UPS: A mother and her young son were rescued by Elmwood Park first responders after they fell through the ice and into the Passaic River, near Elmwood Park Marina on Jan. 4th, officials said. Elmwood Park Police Chief Michael Foligno jumped into a kayak supplied by a witness to the accident. When the chief reached the two, he said they were seconds from going under. Two borough firefighters, in wet suits, were able to get to the kayak and tie a rope to same. Other responders on the shore were able to pull the kayak back to safety. The victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment. DOWNS: Six passengers of a NJ Transit bus were extricated by Teaneck firefighters after the bus collided with a Jeep and then struck a utility pole on Teaneck Rd. & Ward Pl., Feb. 8th. Injuries were not considered serious, according to Police Chief Glenn O'Reilly. UPS: In January, 44 recruit firefighters from local departments were part of opening day for Union County's new fire/EMS training academy, in Linden. The center has opened in a building that formerly housed Union County's Juvenile Detention Center. The recruits are from Hillside, Linden, Rahway and Union. DOWNS: On Feb. 9th, an unoccupied warehouse burned for several hours on Main St., Pleasantville, causing nearby residents to be evacuated. The building

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Chief Larry Rauch, wearing one of his many "hats," as Bergen County Mutual Aid Coordinator.

is located behind retail stores and next to the local housing authority senior high-rise and other apartment buildings. The building contained auto parts and tires. Some residents had to be assisted out of an apartment building by firefighters using ladders because the main entrance was in the back near the warehouse, officials said. Numerous area fire companies answered 4-alarms that were transmitted. UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Paterson are: Ryan Ackerman, Robert Sabia, Andrew Estrella, Mark Roth, Andrzej Kalath, Keith Eickhorst, Michael Payne, Louis Mantilla, Domenico Brigati and Frank Petrelli. DOWNS: Two children were killed in a fire that raced through a Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. dwelling in Jersey City, on Feb. 10th. Firefighters were met with heavy fire and smoke. Making a search, they located two children, ages 11-yearsold and 8-months-old, officials said. According to the county prosecutor's office, the 11-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. The infant was rushed to JCMC, but could not be revived. Mayor Fulop told reporters that the children's mother ushered another child out of the apartment to safety, but the door locked behind them, leaving the other two inside. Officials added that the 11-year-old attempted to save the infant, but was later found in the hallway of the apartment's second floor. UPS: Scott Boyer has been appointed to the Westfield Fire Department. DOWNS: A man's body was

found in a car parked in a detached garage that burned behind a Seger Ave. home, in Clifton, Feb. 10th. An investigation was ongoing, officials said. UPS: On Feb. 14th, Bayonne fire units were sent to an industrial accident at Global Terminals on Port Jersey Blvd. Firefighters found a heavy-duty container lift, used to move shipping containers, tipped over onto a stack of containers. The operator was trapped inside and unable to self-extricate, officials said. Members of Tower Ladder 2 safely removed the operator. He was taken to Bayonne Medical Center with reported minor injuries. DOWNS: A member of Erskine Lake Fire Co. 1 died from an apparent heart attack shorty after he participated in a drill. Firefighter John Jonker, Sr., 80, collapsed after returning home on Feb. 16th, authorities said. Jonker was a member of the fire company for 55-years. UPS: Area firefighters were permitted to use a house set to be demolished by its owner, in the Loveladies section of Long Beach Twp., to conduct a drill. Firefighters from High Point (Harvey Cedars), Surf City and Barnegat Light participated in the Feb. 13th exercise. “We asked the new homeowner if we could use it for our drills, and he said we could,” said High Point Fire Co. Lt. Craig Coddington. He added that a smoke machine was used to simulate what firefighters experience when entering a burning building. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 12


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FIREFIGHTER PROFILE If you have photos you would like to see in our Firefighter Profile feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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On February 15th, South Amboy city officials and members of the fire department, along with family, gathered at Independence firehouse to honor W. Thomas Kross for 50 years of service in the South Amboy Fire Department. After graduating Perth Amboy High School in 1958, Mr. Kross enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps., later moving to South Amboy with his wife, Judy. Mr. Kross then joined the Independence Engine and Hose Co. SAFD in 1971 and went through the officer ranks, serving as Captain in 1985. Mr. Kross also served as department photographer and a member of South Amboy Fire Police (Middlesex County). Mr. Kross was active with the Middlesex County Fire-

man's League, bowling a perfect game of 300 in 1992. Mr. Kross also coached for the South Amboy Little Fellas and is a member of American Legion Post 62. Tom and Judy are the parents of three children, grandparents of 6 grandchildren and great grandparents of three great grandchildren. Mayor Fred Henry presented Mr. Kross with a Mayoral Proclamation, and Company President Mike Toth presented a token of appreciation from Independence Engine and Hose Co. Also present were Councilman Brian McLaughlin, Fire Chief Andrew Bielak and Assistant Chiefs David Szatkowski and John Dragotta.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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Paterson Firefighters Battle Three-Alarm Blaze Paterson, NJ - Paterson firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze early Saturday morning, February 27th, that displaced 49 residents and damaged two buildings. Firefighters were dispatched to 30 North 7th St. for multiple callers reporting a working fire. Engine 4 arrived within minutes and advised they had a working fire on the second floor with possible exposure problems. Battalion 3 arrived shortly after and confirmed a working fire with fire showing from two windows on the second floor 'Delta' side and ex-

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tending into the 'Delta' exposure. A second-alarm was then transmitted, bringing two additional engines to the scene. Companies made an interior attack, however were quickly withdrawn from the building due to deteriorating conditions. A third-alarm was then transmitted as all companies went into a defensive attack on the original fire building and an interior attack on

the exposure building. Heavy fire consumed the top floor and burned through the roof, sending embers a block away. One ladder pipe and multiple handlines operated for over an hour to contain the fire. Command advised all companies to set up a collapse zone as several collapses occurred within the building, and an exterior roof awning collapsed. One minor injury was reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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Pine Grove North End Fire Company in Pennsylvania now operates a 2007 Seagrave 2000/900/100 F. The unit once served in the Hillsborough, NJ Fire Department.

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North Hudson Battalion Chief Al Pratts, right, and his brother-in-law, Jersey City Firefighter Gus Domecq of Engine Co. 14, operated at a multiple-alarm fire and haz-mat incident on Tonnelle Ave., North Bergen, Feb. 16th.


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Ups & Downs Continued from Page 8 DOWNS: A woman was found in a lifeless condition as Jersey City firefighters conducted a primary search during a fire in a Clerk St. dwelling on Feb. 18th, officials said. The victim was later identified as Dorothy Bellinger, 84, a retired city police officer. Firefighters were met with a heavy fire and smoke condition on the second-floor of the two-story home. The victim was found in a second-floor bedroom. Bellinger joined the JCPD in 1963 and retired in 2000. She also served as a Lafayette Ward F committee person, according to NJ.com. UPS: The Vineland Fire Department will receive $39,171 in AFG funds for department upgrades. DOWNS: One man was killed and 12 people displaced as the result of a 3-alarm fire that tore through four homes on Elm St., Trenton, on Feb. 20th. UPS: The Port Republic Fire Department will receive $4,761 in AFG funds. DOWNS: One person is dead as the result of a fire at the Sunrise Garden Apartments on Fort Sumpter Rd. in Pennsville, Feb. 13th. Arriving units received word of two people trapped inside the building. Making a search, firefighters found two men inside and took them out of the building. One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. The other man was not injured, they added. UPS: In February, Stephanie Bagniewski was appointed to the Springfield Fire Department. The first career female member in the history of the department, she received the Battalion Chief Ken Nocera Memorial Award for Outstanding Excellence from the Union County Fire Academy. DOWNS: One man died and another was in critical condition after they were poisoned by carbon monoxide at a Louis St. dwelling in Camden, Feb. 13th, officials said. UPS: On Feb. 23rd, Camden firefighters discovered a homeless woman during a primary search of a burning vacant Pine St. dwelling and removed her to safety, officials said. DOWNS: A man became trapped in a burning Manalapan home and died, Feb. 17th, in the Covered Bridge section, officials said. UPS: The Red Bank F.D. will receive $3,477.14 in AFG funds to purchase PPE and other supplies. DOWNS: Firefighters removed one person from a burning Lowell St. home in Carteret, Feb. 23rd,

who later died, according to borough spokesman Jon Salonis. UPS: The Fair Haven F.D. will receive $12, 862.21 in AFG funds that are designed to help fire departments respond to the COVID19 pandemic, officials said. DOWNS: A fire raced through four North 6th St. dwellings in Newark on Feb. 20th. One firefighter suffered a cut to his face and one resident was injured after jumping out of an upper window from the building where the fire began, according to Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose. UPS: This year, Little Ferry H & L Co. 1 is celebrating 100-years of service to the community. DOWNS: Three Jersey City firefighters were injured battling a 2-alarm fire at a Hague St. dwelling on Feb. 25th. Three families were displaced. The injured members were taken to JCMC for treatment and released. UPS: As part of Arcadia Publishing “Images of America” series,“Trenton Firefighting” is now available. It traces the evolution of the Trenton F.D. from its formation with the first volunteer fire

company in 1747 to present day. It was written by Meredith Havens Fire Museum Board of Trustee member Michael Ratcliffe. There are nearly 200 photos from the archives of the fire museum and the Trenton Free Public Library. The price is $20.00, with proceeds directly supporting the fire museum operations. It can be acquired by mail at: Meredith Havens Fire Museum, c/o Dennis Keenan, 217 Kensington Ave., Trenton, N.J. 08618. Add $3.25 for handling. It can also be obtained at the T.F.D.'s clerks office and Trenton Firemen's Federal Credit Union, both at 244 Perry St. It is also available at Continental Fire & Safety, 2740 Kuser Rd., Hamilton. DOWNS: First responders answered a call to a Paterson Ave. home in Midland Park, Feb. 12th, and found out that the resident had set a small fire to try and melt snow and ice. Police said the man had poured about a half gallon of gasoline on a gravelly two-feet by two-feet square section of his backyard. A neighbor called police after smelling something burning.

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A command post was quickly set up as firefighters cautiously size up the fire condition at a North Bergen supply company fire on February 16th.

Chemical Fire in North Bergen North Bergen, NJ - North Hudson firefighters responded to a reported fire, with hazardous materials involved, at White Cap Construction Supply along the 1500 block of Tonnelle Avenue, February 16th. Fire units were dispatched at 10:05 A.M., with Fire Control reporting to the responding units that the business informed them of chemical materials inside the structure. Smoke was protruding from a large bay door and sprinklers were in operation when they arrived. Firefighters conversed with employees to identify products in the structure that were believed to be burning, at the command post that was quickly set up near the entrance to the property. Deputy Chief Mike Falco ordered a second-alarm and special called the Jersey City HazMat unit to the scene. “Highly flammable chemicals” were said to be involved. Firefighters located two pallets of material that were burning inside the building. Sprinklers kept the fire in check and several hand-lines were stretched and put into operation. In

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addition, long stretches of large diameter hose were dropped between pumpers and Squad 2 hooked up to a fire hydrant on busy Tonnelle Avenue. The southbound lanes of the road, also known as US Routes 1 & 9, were shut down for emergency apparatus. Jersey City HazMat 1 and 2 responded to the scene, under the command of 3rd Battalion Chief Rich Gorman, and assisted in chemical identification as well as taking air quality readings. No injuries were reported. North Bergen EMS stood by at the scene, and a crew from the Gong Club set up their canteen truck on Tonnelle Avenue. They also supplied bottled water at the command post. The Department of Environmental Protection and Hudson Regional Health were notified of the situation. The fire was declared under control shortly after 11:00 A.M. - RON JEFFERS

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No one can resist the temptation of Buffalo Sauce! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

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Newark Multiple-Alarm Lights Up the Morning Sky Newark, NJ - A spectacular three-alarm fire in the Ironbound Section of Newark gutted a large mill building before dawn on February 16th. Fire units were sent to the area of Miller Ave. and Avenue A for numerous reports of a fire at about 5:45 A.M. Truck 5 reported smoke in the area, but could not locate the source. A short search found the fire several blocks away at 225 Emmet St., a four-story brick commercial 100' X 80' building with fire out all windows on multiple floors. A second-alarm was immediately sounded, followed quickly by a third. Multiple master streams were put into operation, which soon produced water supply problems. A cold rain fell as companies worked to contain the fire to the original fire

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building. The rain helped quell the embers that erupted as the roof came in. Eventually four ladder pipes, three deck guns and handlines operated and the intensity of the flames diminished. Companies were able to keep the fire from spreading. There were no reported serious injuries. The fire was placed under control shortly after 10:00 A.M., leaving nothing but the outer walls of the structure. Mutual aid companies from Essex and Hudson County were called in to cover the Newark firehouses. - BILL TOMPKINS

You are sitting in your local watering hole, and a server walks by with a plate of Buffalo wings. The smell is intoxicating, and no it’s not the beer you are drinking. The combination of peppers, vinegar and butter create the perfect combination of heat, savory and sour. Your mouth starts to water and you cannot resist the temptation to order a dozen…or two. I am sure we have all been there. It is, to me, one of the best examples of flavors coming together to form the perfect sauce.

Makes 4 burgers Ingredients: Chicken Patties: 1 lb. Ground Chicken 1 Carrot, peeled/rough chopped 1 Celery Stalk, rough chopped ½ Yellow Onion, rough chopped 1 Egg ¼ Cup Buffalo Sauce 1 Cup Breadcrumbs Buffalo Sauce: 1 Cup Hot Sauce 3 Tbsp. Butter, cubed

1 Head Boston Lettuce, leaves separated Optional: Chives for garnish Procedure:

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floor, stovetop and everything in between. And let’s be honest, it’s not the healthiest thing in the world. As you probably have figured out by now, I love taking unhealthy dishes and putting a healthier spin on them, while keeping them delicious. This is one of those recipes, Buffalo Chicken Burgers! In this recipe I use lettuce as a bun to lower the carbs, but feel free to use a traditional bun if you so please. There is also a bleu cheese yogurt sauce which, when compared to traditional bleu cheese dressing, adds extra protein and lowers the calories. This is a great recipe for the grill now that the weather is warming up. Hope you enjoy… and remember, stay safe, eat well!

BUFFALO CHICKEN BURGERS W/ BLEU CHEESE YOGURT SAUCE ON LETTUCE “BUNS”

Bleu Cheese Yogurt Sauce: 1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt ½ Cup Crumbled Bleu Cheese 1 tsp. Worcestershire 1 tsp. Garlic Powder 1 tsp. Lemon Juice Salt/Pepper to taste

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The roots of Buffalo sauce and in particular, the Buffalo wing, are rooted in myth and lore. The most popular, and arguably most true, is that they were born out of necessity in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY. A place which I have yet to visit, but will, hopefully, before I kick the bucket. Now at this point you are probably assuming this is a recipe for Buffalo wings. Unfortunately it is not, but it is however a recipe for something inspired by the almighty wing. There are times when I absolutely crave those familiar flavors but would rather not go through the trouble of deep frying in my home or firehouse. The smell of frying chicken, although good, can linger around a little longer than I like. It also creates a mess if you are not careful. Oil almost always manages to find its way to the kitchen

-For the buffalo sauce: Heat hot sauce in a small saucepan over low heat. When the sauce starts to simmer, add the butter and stir until combined. Set aside to cool. -For the bleu cheese sauce: Combine the yogurt, worcestershire, bleu cheese, garlic powder, lemon juice in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper.  Stir to combine. Taste and adjust season-

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ing. -For the chicken burgers: Add the carrots, celery and onion to a food processor and buzz until minced (mince with a knife if needed). Sauté the carrot mixture in a sauté pan with a drizzle of EVOO and a pinch of salt until soft, 2-4 minutes. Set aside to cool. -In a large bowl, combine the cooled carrot mixture, egg and ¼ cup of the cooled Buffalo sauce.  Stir until combined. Add the ground chicken, and mix with your hands just until combined.  Add the bread crumb and mix in gently with your hands. Do not overwork

the mixture or it will toughen up the burgers. Form 4 equal sized burger patties, place on a sheet pan. IMPORTANT: refrigerate for 10-20 minutes to allow burgers to set up.  -Heat up a cast iron pan, sauté pan or grill on medium heat.  Add a drizzle of EVOO and cook burgers 4-5 minutes on one side without moving. Flip and cook an additional 4-5 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165°F. -Assemble burgers on lettuce “buns”, drizzle with Buffalo sauce, a dollop of Bleu cheese sauce and chives. 


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Palisades Park Chief John Mantone, center, checked in with Bergen County Mutual Aid Coordinator Rodney Wagner, left, and Ridgefield Chief John Hoffman, during a 2-alarm fire on Oak St., Ridgefield, Feb. 22nd.

Heavy Fire Engulfs Mixed-Use Building in Garfield Garfield, NJ - Shortly before 11:30 P.M. on February 26th, Garfield fire companies were dispatched to 42 Maple Street on a reported structure fire. Arriving Assistant Chief Morano confirmed a working fire in a multi-family, mixed-use building at the corner of Palisade Ave. and Maple St., with the correct address of 228 Palisade Avenue. A re-dispatch was made on the confirmed working fire. As police officers arrived they evacuated nearby exposure buildings. With two Garfield engines out of service, a call was made to Lodi and Saddle Brook for engine companies to respond to the fire scene. Heavy fire was showing on the second floor rear of the three-story building, which houses Sud's City

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Laundromat with apartments above. Utility and power lines were also involved due to the heavy fire conditions venting out of the building. Hand lines were put into operation by Engine 1 from the interior and Engine 3 from the exterior. As heavy fire conditions took over the rear of the building during the early stages, portions of the building started to collapse and a van that was parked next to the building became involved. Soon after the evacuation of the fire building, heavy fire vented through the roof. Numerous outside lines went into operation, along with master streams from Garfield and Elmwood Park ladder

trucks to knock down the heavy fire. The fire was finally declared under control at 1:49 A.M. by orders of Assistant Chief EJ Morano. A firefighter sustained a broken ankle after falling down stairs, while another suffered an unknown minor injury. Mutual aid from Elmwood Park, Lodi, Saddle Brook and Wallington assisted on scene, and Box-54 for rehab set up operations. Companies from Passaic, Rochelle Park and others covered Garfield firehouses during the incident. The cause of the fire wasn't immediately determined. This rounds out a busy time for Garfield, as they have had several structure fires in the past few weeks. - DAMIEN DANIS

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North Hudson firefighters, along with Union City police and EMTs, came to the aid of a driver who knocked over a fire hydrant at 6th St. & Kennedy Blvd., Feb. 26th.

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Firefighters quickly knocked down a fire that appeared to have started in the garage area of an Oak Street dwelling in Ridgefield, during a brief snow storm on February 22nd. Borough firefighters were assisted by units from Cliffside Park and Palisades Park. Firefighters assisted two elderly residents from the home. They had to be relocated due to the damaged caused by the fire.

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Members of Lindenwold Ladder 63 operate at an extra-alarm fire involving The Landings at Pine Lake Apartments, Feb. 13th.

Hudson County Fire Departments Receive Standpipe Training Hudson County is the smallest county in the state of NJ and the fourth most populous among NJ’s 21 counties. As of 2019, approximately 672,000 residents occupy 46-square-miles, which equates to 14,555 people persquare-mile, making Hudson the most densely populated county. Many JUMP TO FILE# of these residents 021221100 live in multiple dwellings greater than seven stories. Jersey City alone has over 200 hi-rise buildings, with over 15 hi-rises exceeding 500-feet in height. Due to these challenges the Jersey City Fire Department has increased their response to a report of smoke or fire in a hi-rise building to 4 Engine Companies, 4 Ladder Companies, 1 Hi-Rise Unit, 1 Rescue Company, 3 Battalion Chiefs and 1 Deputy Chief. Hudson County is protected by eight fire departments, six of which are career and two are volunteer. Each department has their own operations to meet the needs of their communities. Hi-rise firefighting is very complex and labor intense. With the influx of these new hi-rise buildings there was a need to standardize equipment, operations and response plans within the county. With the assistance of a State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSP), funded through the Hudson County Working Group (HCWG), standpipe equipment was purchased to equip all 49 front line engine companies within the county. This new equipment included 2’’ hose with 2 ½’ couplings, smooth bore nozzles, digital standpipe flow meters, new standpipe equipment bags and various tools and adapters. The goal of this project was to standardize hi-rise firefighting equipment in Hudson County. During the months of October and November, the Jersey City Fire Department hosted standpipe training at the vacant 10-story Montgomery Street housing projects. Jersey City Deputy Fire Chief Robert Daly, assisted by retired Kearny Fire Chief and current Hudson County Mutual Aid Coordinator Steve Dyl, conducted a street class on the newly issued equipment. Engine companies from throughout the county fire departments rotated on all tours assembling at this location for a four hour standpipe training session. Training included understanding various threads, adapters and stretching 2” hose from a standpipe outlet on the 5th floor up the 6th floor. Companies were able to flow water, which enabled partic-

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Jersey City Deputy Chief Robert Daly goes over newly issued equipment during a high rise drill with Hudson County firefighters in a vacant Montgomery St. project building.

ipants to understand GPM flows and nozzle reactions. By flowing water in an actual high rise, participants were able to become proficient in understanding the information provided by the digital standpipe flow meter. Water supply was delivered by one engine hooking up to the nearby fire hydrant and laying an LDH supply line to an engine company supplying the standpipe on the first floor of the former apartment complex. Additionally, “High Rise Orientation” classes were held at the quarters of Secaucus Engine Co. 4 and Ladder Co. 1, where classroom space is available. These classes were given by retired Jersey City Deputy Fire Chief Mike Terpak, who is now a national speaker on fire safety topics. In all, some 120 fire officers and firefighters participate in these training sessions. In early 2021, “Command and Control for High Rise Firefighting” is planned for all fire officers in the county. This will be followed up by “Strategy and Tactics for High Rise Firefighting” later in the year and 2022. Additional practical operations at Montgomery Street are

planned for 2021. Inter-operable challenges in Hudson County include various hose threads among the eight fire departments. Currently there are four different hydrant steamer threads, two different 2 ½’’ threads with half of the departments using New York Corp and half using National Standard Thread. Additionally, there are two different 1 ½’ threads with seven departments using National Standard Thread and one using an FDNY 1 ½”thread. Through previous SHSP grant funding, all engine companies throughout Hudson County were supplied with hydrant wrenches and adapters to enable them to open and connect to every hydrant in the county. Hudson County fire departments have recognized some of the many challenges that are facing their departments and are using grant funds to overcome these issues. The members of the Hudson County Fire Departments welcomed the training with great enthusiasm and were eager to respond to the challenge.


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

Last month I featured Brush 1 of the Berlin Borough Fire Department. This month I am featuring Utility 21-1 of the same department. I try to alternate a truck with a pump and then a truck without a pump. This month I am focusing on a 1995 Ford F-350 XL 4x4 with a Reading body. It is a Fire Police vehicle that has a gasoline engine and a five-seat cab. Its inventory consists of gas keys, safety cones, horses to block off streets, cribbing, a dewatering pump, pigs to corral spills, a shovel, tarp, flares and chainsaws.

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Englewood Battles a Second-Alarm Englewood, NJ - Flames tore through an unoccupied home in Englewood on a very cold February 10th morning, destroying the structure, but causing only one reported injury. Arriving shortly after 3:00 A.M., after being delayed due to an incorrect address, companies had heavy smoke and fire showing from the first floor of a two-and-a-half story frame and rapidly extending upward. A second-alarm was sounded. An attempt was made at an interior attack, but the home was deemed unoccupied and much of the floor was missing and companies went defensive. Truck 1’s tower was put into operation as

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flames broke through the roof. Multiple handlines from the front and rear also hit the deep seated fire. Later on, Tenafly’s Tower 2 was set up and worked the 'A/B' corner. Heavy smoke continued to issue from the building for an extended time as members also fought the ice and cold. One member was transported to the hospital with an ankle injury due to a fall on the ice. No other injuries were reported. Teaneck, Hackensack and Tenafly assisted at the scene.

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Berlin Borough Utility 21-1, 1995 Ford F-350/Reading Body, operated by the Fire Police.

- BILL TOMPKINS

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Right/rear view of Berlin Borough's Utility 21-1 shows safety cones, dismantled horses and other equipment.

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NEW JERSEY MEMORIES

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Belleville Battalion Chief Scott Wentworth answers alarms in this 2010 Chevy Tahoe.

JOHN A. CALDERONE

Lambertville operated this squad truck built on a Chevy chassis.

RON JEFFERS

Perth Amboy Car 5, used by the duty incident commander, has been assigned a 2020 Chevy Tahoe.

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Saddle River Assistant Chief Mitch Kaufman uses a black 2016 Chevy Tahoe.

RON JEFFERS

Formerly used as Division 1, North Hudson's 2008 Chevy Trailblazer was reassigned as staff Car 9 in March, 2020.

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In Jefferson Township, Hopatcong Co. 2 operated with this rescue unit built on an International chassis.

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Malibu Burning ON THE BOOK SHELF by John Malecky

Malibu Burning The Real Story Behind L.A’s Devastating Wildfire By Robert Kerbeck Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 Email: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $16.99 This is a soft cover book measuring 6" x 9", with 250 pages. It has 22 chapters plus a prologue and an epilogue. It is a great book about horrific stories and experiences! The thing that makes this book different than most books about fires is that the author, his family and his house survived this fire, the worst in L.A. history, and the chapters are about residents, businessmen and others and what their experiences were during this period, which started on November 8th of 2018. You will get a perception of what they endured and how the fire was handled by the firefighting agencies who battled it. You will read about horror, tragedy, heroism and perseverance. You will come

to know that not everyone who lives in the Malibu areas are wealthy people, in fact it is the opposite. You will read however how some celebrities, such as Nick Nolte, lost his house while he was filming a movie in Europe! You’ll read about the organization of Engine 271 and the story behind that. You will read about to what extreme homeowners will go to protect their property, especially when tall trees of types prone to fast burning surround them and how far embers can travel and spread flames. You will read about death and human interest stories, especially when it came to animals, both as pets and those running free. Just about all of these chapters cover these experiences compiled through interviews by the author who happens to be a writer. He himself put in countless hours trying to help others in all kinds of ways. There is one chapter where the fire department tries to address questions and complaints from displaced residents and people devastated by this fire. I cannot write enough about these stories in the limited space that I have, but each chapter tells a story that the reader will empathize with and there are no cookie cutter stories. When I was on the job I expected to go to fires and we took many as routine. But many times I did empathize and thought how devastated and depressed I would be if the fire I was at was my own home! Each chapter is separate in itself and this book is worth reading!

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Midland Park Building Fire Midland, NJ - Midland Park firefighters made quick work of a two-alarm fire that caused damage to a business and the apartments above late Tuesday night, February 2nd. Firefighters were called to 202 Franklin Avenue for a reported structure fire. On arrival, command reported smoke showing from the 'Delta' side of the structure and from the second floor. A

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working fire was transmitted and an initial attack line was stretched to the first floor, as well as an additional line to the second floor. The fire was contained to the 'A/D' corner of the structure, which appears to have started near the electric panels and spread up

the wall. A second-alarm was transmitted for manpower as firefighters chased pockets of fire in the ceilings and walls. Mutual aid from Wyckoff, Ho-Ho-Kus and Waldwick assisted on scene with manpower. No injuries were reported, and the fire was brought under control within an hour. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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Cliffside Park brothers, Anthony Lupica, Jr. (with saw) and Carl Lupica, make a vent hole during a fire in an Oak St. dwelling in Ridgefield, Feb. 22nd.

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In East Rutherford, the Meadowlands F.D. has placed into service this 1997 E-One 1250-GPM/750GWT pumper as Engine 2. It saw original duty in Essex Fells.


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Morganville FD received a new 2021 Spartan ERV Rescue Pumper on 2/26/21. The new rescue pumper has a 1500-GPM pump, 785-gallon tank/30-gallons of Class A foam, and is a full rescue truck and a NFPA Class A pumper/NWCG Type 1 Engine. Ryan Bailey of Campbell Supply Co. is shown delivering the new rig to ex Chief Robby Smith (truck committee chairmen), Chief Roy Anderson, Deputy Chief Ryan Keyes, Commissioner Robert Holmes, Capt. Rob Clarizio, Lt. RJ Smith, Firefighter Matt Nelson, and Engineer Chris Cleary.

FRANK SAIA

Meeting at a recent job in Lindenwold were, (L to R): West Berlin Fire Co. Chief Joseph Jackson, Westmont Fire Chief Dan Devitt and retired Westmont Chief John Medes.

RON JEFFERS

Anyone familiar with New Jersey Metro Fire Photographer's Association founder, Rich Wolfson, can appreciate this photo if they attended the many annual photo nights, in the past. Wolfson showed some powerful photos during the "He's my Brother," song. Here, Cliffside Park Lt. Thaier Abdallah consults with Ridgefield Chief John Hoffman during a mutual aid fire on February 22nd in the chief's borough.

RON JEFFERS

Teaneck Deputy Chief, and Bergen County mutual aid coordinator, Joe Berchtold, uses his tablet at the command post during a multiple-alarm fire involving a commercial building on Industrial Ave. in Ridgefield Park, Feb. 24th.


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Englewood Fire Chief Erik Enerson and Bergen County MAC 12 John McLaughlin (Former EFD member) at the scene of a two-alarm fire in the city, February 10th.

Lindenwold Captain Maldonado involved in overhaul operations at the apartment complex fire of Feb. 13th.

Saddle Brook Fire Chief Polizzotti assists Garfield FD at a 2nd alarm fire at 53 Scudder St., on 3-1-21.

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Union County Mutual Aid Coordinator, Chief John Lestarch, left, and Mountainside Chief of Department, Anthony Pecorelli, at the command post during a multiple-alarm fire in a Cedar Ave. dwelling, January 29th.

Moonachie Chief Justin Derevyanik assisted the Carlstadt I.C. acquire resources during a mutual aid fire at a commercial building on Washington Ave., Feb. 15th.

Carlstadt Deputy Chief John Harr was the incident commander at a multiple-alarm fire involving a large area of roofing material along a Washington Avenue commercial building on Feb. 15th.


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Love, love, love Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

For the past 12 months, we have been going through some major events. We have started with the covid virus; that one event can be a challenge in itself. Add to it the demonstrations that we have had for various civil unrest. Add to that a very interesting and emotional presidential election. Also child, elder, domestic and other abuse has been on the rise, and so has been depression and suicide. Do you remember the old game with a camel? On a camel there were two bags and the object was to see how many straws that you can put into the bags and then the camel would finally break the back. Each one of us has our own packs, on our figurative backs. There is only so much that we can take and I have been seeing the kicking the dog scenario. Some people may be getting frustrated from being confined in the house or apartment, people’s employment may be in jeopardy or they may have challenges dealing with the new technology or procedures, each person has some of the common stress and some think that they are the only person going through their challenges. Well, people may be looking for an outlet, no matter what. The person may not know how to constructively release stress, so they may look for the figurative dog to kick. They may know or feel that the dog will not do or say anything back to them. As you have been seeing, we are going through so much together. People have been lashing out on one another, when they would never have even thought of it before. People are destroying things, when they would never have done anything like that in the times before this pandemic. I am pretty sure that most religions promote loving one another and helping one another. So how can we reduce a lot of the stuff that’s going on? How about putting yourself in the other people’s shoes? How about talking with the other person and not just shouting offensive things? How about showing concern for those hurting or looking for a voice? I still believe that people are good and the heart to care for one another is there. Many of us

would not do the work that we do or do outreach in the community, if we did not care for people. During the movie “Independence Day”, Judd Hirsh refers to John Lennon, from the Beatles, where John Lennon wrote the song “all you need is love”, and that John was a very smart man. If we loved one another, would we attack each other? Would we destroy property? Would we deface property? This is not expressions of love. How about coming together with respect and voice your opinions and listen to the other persons opinion? Wow, there is the difference. Many people want to voice their opinion PERIOD. They want to voice their opinion but nobody else in this world matters but them. I listen to many people who do not believe what I believe. They may not think the way that I do. I may not think the way that they do. We still get along. In the Bible, Jesus was asked what the greatest law was. Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” I ask you to please look at those verses. It says “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Does anyone see any qualifiers? Does it state that they have to be the same color? Same religion? Same sexual orientation? From the same country? What other qualifiers do you want to put up? It says “Love your neighbor as yourself”, pretty simple to me. How many of you have spoken to strangers in your life? Everyone has. It is through talking with and getting to know strangers that we develop friendships and may get a spouse out of it or a best friend. I know that it sounds so simple but let me ask you, how easy is it for you to love your family? You may have that one person that is really difficult or gets on your nerves, but you are still there for them. So, try the same thing for someone who is not your relative. We can not only show love for someone in word but also as we talk with them. Someone I was speaking to express how they were talking to someone. I heard the words that they were using and I understand that they were frustrated, but I heard words that did not express love. Many of us will recognize parts of First Corinthians chapter 13, especially during wedding ceremonies:

"If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." Let the phrase "if I do not have love, I am nothing" sit with you for a while. How many people actually have love, especially for those who are not within your inner circle? Do you show love to strangers or your enemies? Sure, it is easier to love people that look like us, talk like us, or have some of the same interests but do we love people who are not like us. Are we willing to love people who think differently than we do? Are we willing to love people of different occupations? Other religions? "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." Love is kind. It does not dishonor others. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil. It always protects, always hopes, always perseveres. These phrases give us something to think about and also to measure our love by. How are we and society at loving, according to this teaching? Are you willing to forgive? Do you sit there with a book and keep track of how many times someone has messed up, according to your rules? This action only creates more bitterness. If you need something to keep track of, keep track of the good that people have done, what people do for you without asking, or when people give you a hug. We should not be watching to make sure that the scales are balanced. Do you think this might be where the phrase "I'll get even with you" comes from? Throw away the scales, the records or whatever and just care for people. I can never get even with all those who have showed me encouragement, kindness, caring, compassion, or brought me joy. I can only try to pay it forward and put all that into people that I experience each day. We never know what kind words or actions will do to a person's day. Please continue to show that you care for all. Also remember that you can raise someone up or tear them down with your tongue.

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"Chief, I have the feeling someone keeps staring at me!"

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"Is it July yet?" That might have been on the mind of Cliffside Park Lt. Thaier Abdallah after operating at a mutual aid fire on a snowy February 22nd.


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Crews Respond to Partial Building Collapse in Washington Boro Washington, NJ - Just after 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 2nd, Washington Fire was alerted for a reported building collapse. R e s p o n d i n g JUMP TO FILE# units recognized that 030221113 they would potentially need a technical rescue team and the Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force was alerted (Heavy Rescue 36-5, Heavy Rescue 49-5, Heavy Rescue 22-5, Tower Ladder 17 and Hunterdon County OEM). The team's services were not required and the assignment was held to Washington Boro Fire and local resources to secure utilities and the area. No injuries were reported. - JACKSON PYLE

JACKSON PYLE

Tower 83 operating at the scene of a collapse in Washington Boro on March 2nd.

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JOHN A. CALDERONE

Green Brook firefighters lined up in front of Fire Headquarters on the day of Jack de Rosset's funeral to honor his memory.

COVID Takes Another Fire Service Asset He loved every aspect of the fire service. He was a volunteer firefighter, apparatus salesman, organized firematic flea markets and was co-owner of a store that features model railroad and fire apparatus items. In January, Jack de Rosset died after battling COVID-19. Jack started out as a junior firefighter with the Green Brook V.F.D. while he was still in high school. He served as an active member for 35-years, and was a member of the Green Brook Exempt Firemen's Association. He had a passion for fire apparatus. He collected apparatus models, photographs, and he would go on trips to photograph apparatus, himself. In addition, during his years he was a fire apparatus salesman for companies including General, HME, Smeal, Central, Toyne and Rosenbauer. Many fire apparatus buffs and railroad fans share the same interests. For over 30-years, Jack was co-owner of The Model Railroad Shop on Vail Avenue, in Piscataway. The quaint old building is filled with scale model trains and accessories along with scale model fire apparatus and magazines related to both hobbies. Green Brook was well known by firefighters and firematic collectors. Green Brook firefighters were the host of an annual firematic flea market in November,

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before the days of eBay. Organization leaders included Jack, who ran around with a clipboard making sure vendors got their correct tables and seeing that things were running properly. In the 1980's, the firehouse meeting hall was packed with people looking for that certain toy, helmet, apparatus parts, photos, tee shirt, and much more. It was a November reunion for many firefighters and collectors, knowing that this was the last meeting event before winter. It became so popular, that the vendor tables extended to the apparatus floor, downstairs. Jack was also named an associate member of the New Jersey Metro Fire Photographers Association, for his loyal support of the group. He is survived by his wife, Rita. Editor of “Fire Apparatus Journal” magazine, John A. Calderone said of Jack de Rosset, “His advice was a critical factor when we were forming 'Fire Apparatus Journal'.” Another great contributor to the fire service will be long missed. - RON JEFFERS

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Solar Panel Fire on Roof of Commercial Building in Ridgefield Park Ridgefield Park, NJ - On February 25th, while returning from a run on Route 80, Hackensack Rescue 1 and Engine 2 saw flames coming JUMP TO FILE# from the roof of a 022521112 commercial building below Route 80 in Ridgefield Park. The address of the fire building was 300 Industrial Avenue. Companies preceded to the scene advised the building occupants there was a fire on the roof. Companies gained access to the roof and found solar panels on fire on the roof. Rescue 1 and Engine 2 used dry chemical fire extinguishers to hold the fire in check while Ridgefield Park companies arrived on the scene. Hackensack companies remained on the scene and assisted in overhaul. - JUSTIN DEREVYANIK

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STILL IN SERVICE

OLD & NEW

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

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

NICHOLAS LENCZYK

RON JEFFERS

Elmwood Park Truck Co. 4's 2020 Pierce Velocity 2000-GPM/300-GWT/100-foot Ascendant model platform, left, recently replaced the company's 1996 Simon-Duplex/LTI 2000-GPM/100-foot model.

On 2/11/21 in Colts Neck Twp., (Monmouth County), a Box Alarm structure fire response was transmitted, bringing out neighboring communities and Colts Neck FD Stations 1 and 2. Wayside Fire/Rescue/Tinton Falls Fire Co. No.1 responded as the RIT, Freehold Independent for an engine, Marlboro Fire District 1 for an engine and tanker, and several other EMS units, Colts Neck Fire Police, and Monmouth County Fire Marshal's Units responded. Marlboro Twp. District 1 responded with their old reliable 1986 Hahn pumper/tanker (with 1500-GPM pump, 2900-gallon tank, and 100-gallons of foam), known by county identification numbers 28 (Marlboro Twp.), 1 (Station 1), 96 (pumper/tanker unit). Although the unit was not active at the scene when witnessed, it has seen its share of fire over 35 years of frontline service for the community of Marlboro and neighbors such as Colts Neck, who also have three tankers of their own. There are no plans to retire in the near future, as it is in excellent shape and well taken care of by members of the department. The sounds of its Detroit motor will purr for years and generations to come.


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Two Alarms Struck at Fire in Newark Supermarket Newark, NJ - Newark firefighters had a busy night battling four fires within 24 hours on February 15th, and the second one of the tour would be a JUMP TO FILE# two-alarm fire in a 021621102 supermarket in the west side of the city. A full box was dispatched around 10:15 P.M. for a reported fire at 910 18th Ave. On arrival of FD, fire and smoke were visible from the 'Bravo' side of the one-story 100'x75' commercial building. The fire, located on the west side of the building, was burning through the roof and involving AC units on the roof. All members would be removed from the roof and building, and companies would go to an exterior attack. A second-alarm was also transmitted. One ladder pipe and multiple handlines were put into operation and the fire was held to the 'B/C' corner of the building. No injuries were reported and the fire took just over an hour to bring under control. - CHRIS TOMPKINS CHRIS TOMPKINS WWW.BTFIREPHOTOS.COM


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Select Apparatus from Bergen County; FF1 Adds Another Ambulance Last month we travelled south. This month we go up north to Bergen County. I may have mentioned this in the past, but if not, this county has the most fire departments in the state (about 70) and all but six are volunteer. Of the apparatus featured this month are oneof-two E-ONE rescue pumpers from Teaneck, a Rosenbauer pumper and Pierce rescue from Tenafly, a KME pumper from Leonia, a Road Rescue ambulance from Wood-Ridge, a Pierce pumper from Ridgefield and a Spartan ER pumper from Wyckoff. In dealer news, the REV Group has named Firefighter One as the exclusive Wheeled Coach ambulance dealer for the state. New Jersey Emergency Vehicles has delivered the following P.L. Custom ambulances: the City of Rahway ES (Union County) and Fairview FAS in Middletown Township (Monmouth County) each received a Medallion Type III on Ford E-450 chassis. Upper Deerfield EMS (Cumberland County) and Haworth VAC (Bergen County) each received a Classic Type 1 on Ford F-550 chassis. Defender Emergency Products has delivered to the Bayview VFC in Galloway Township (Atlantic County), a Rosenbauer pumper. Specs include a Commander chassis with 6-seat cab, Cummins 450 hp diesel engine, Hale 1500-GPM pump, Foam Pro 1600 system, 3/16 inch aluminum body and 1000-gallon water tank. Absolute Fire Protection has delivered two E-ONE Typhoon rescue pumpers. One went to the Community FC in Middletown Township (Monmouth County), and the other to the Port Reading FC in Woodbridge Township (Middlesex County). VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists has delivered three U.S. Truck Body box trucks on Freightliner M260 chassis to the NJ EMS Task Force. The apparatus division of First Priority Emergency Vehicles has delivered a KME commercial pumper to the Pioneer Hose FC in Brick Township (Ocean County). Specs include a Freightliner M2, 106, 4x4 chassis with four-door cab, 158-inch aluminum body with roll-up doors, Hale DSD 1500GPM pump, 750-gallon poly water tank, 25-gallon Class “A” foam cell, and a Harrison 6 kw hydraulic PTO driven generator. Campbell Supply Co., LLC has delivered to Morganville in Marlboro Township (Monmouth County), a Spartan ER classified as a full rescue truck, Class “A” pumper/NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) Type 1 engine. It has a 1500-GPM pump, 780-gallon water and 30-gallon Please send any comments or news tidbits you might have about Apparatus of the Month to us at 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street. New Windsor, NY 12553. Or you can e-mail them to Apparatus@1stResponderNews.com.

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

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Tenafly E-1, 2020 Rosenbauer Commander, 2250/500. It had been sold by New Jersey Emergency Vehicles.

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Leonia E-2, 2019 KME Severe Service 2000/750. It was sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles.

JOHN M. MALECKY

Tenafly R-1, 2014 Pierce Impel with 30 kw generator and 9,000 pound winch. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Ridgefield FC , E-4 2020 Pierce Enforcer, 1500/750/40-gallon Class "B" foam tank. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services. JOHN M. MALECKY

Wood-Ridge A-907, 2019 Ford F-450/Road Rescue Ultramedic. It was sold by Absolute Fire Protection.

JOHN M. MALECKY

JOHN M. MALECKY

Teaneck Squad 23 is one-of-two E-ONE Typhoon rescue pumpers, 1500/780. They were sold by Absolute Fire Protection.

Wyckoff E-235, 2020 Spartan ER Gladiator, 2000/750. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC.

Class “A” foam tanks. It was not fully lettered when delivered. Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: for Evesham (Burlington County), an Impel 107-foot Ascendant aerial; for Town Bank in Lower Township (Cape May County), a Velocity 100foot PUC platform and for the City

mouth County). Firefighter One has delivered a Ferrara pumper and two rescues. The pumper is a Cinder model and went to Summit (Union County). Specs include a Hale Qmax 1500GPM pump, 600-gallon water and 100-gallon foam tanks, 188-inch wheelbase, front intake, 1 ½-inch front bumper jumpline, two cross-

of Bridgeton (Cumberland County), an Arrow XT 75-foot steel ladder. Pierce deliveries include a Velocity PUC pumper to Springfield Township (Union County), a Velocity 100-foot Ascendant mid-mount platform to the Independent FC in Freehold Township and an Enforcer pumper to Holmdel (both Mon-

lays, three rear discharges (two 2 ½ and one 1 ½-inch), and a rearmounted FRC Spectra telescoping floodlight. The two rescues went to the NJ EMS Task Force in Neptune (Monmouth County). Specs include a Cinder chassis with 194-inch wheelbase Whelen brow and scene lights, Onan 8 kw generator and a Hannay reel.


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