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Woodstown, NJ - In the early morning hours of February 19th, the Reliance Fire Dept. Station 12, along with Alloway Fire Dept. Station 19, Daretown Station 16, Salem City RIC 6-3, Woolwich Twp. Station 25-1, and Fenwick EMS, Squad 6 were dispatched to 32 Maple Ct., the American Legion Ambulance Assoc. of Woodstown, for a reported working building fire. - See full story on page 12

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"Teddy" reunited with his owner.

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Paterson Battles Third-Alarm Dwelling Fire Paterson, NJ - Three alarms were transmitted in Paterson as a pre-dawn fire damaged two buildings on 12th Ave. on February 16th. At about 5:30 A.M., a full assignment was dispatched to 37 12th Ave. for several reports of a fire. On arrival, heavy fire was visible in the rear of the large two-and-a-half story vacant frame dwelling, and flames were severely threatening the “D” exposure building, a similar occupied home. A second-alarm was transmitted as companies worked to access the boarded up building and stretch lines to protect the exposure.

JUMP TO FILE #021618101 Companies made a push in, but were withdrawn so the heavy fire could be knocked down from the outside. The visible fire was extinguished quickly and members returned to offensive operations. Soon, all fire was quelled on the first and second floors, but extension to the attic proved difficult to reach. Members reported that the attic was heavily compartmentalized for illegal occupancy and even included a bath-

room. Extensive opening up was able to locate the pockets of fire, and soon conditions improved. A third-alarm was transmitted for manpower for the extensive overhaul. The original building was severely damaged and the exposure building had some moderate fire, smoke and water damage. No serious injuries were initially reported. The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office was called in to assist with the investigation. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Madison Firefighters Rescue Dog Trapped in Dry Well for Four Days Madison, NJ - On February 14th, Madison Fire Department received a call reporting a dog trapped in a hole under a deck. When firefighters arrived, they found a dog trapped in a seven-foot dry well. Firefighters decided that the only way to retrieve the dog safely was to make entry. A re-alert was dispatched for more manpower for a confined space rescue, which Madison firefighters are trained to perform. The decking material was removed and a full confined space evolution was followed, including air monitoring and scene management. Rigging was set up for entry and one firefighter was able to retrieve the dog. The whole event took place in 45 minutes. "Teddy," the beagle, was in the hole for four days, and other than being hungry and dehydrated, was in good spirits and is doing fine today.

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Washington Twp., NJ - The New Jersey State Police fly out a trauma victim in early February in Warren County. Washington Rescue Squad (Rescue 83) transported the victim to the landing zone that was set up by Washington Township (Station 76) and Washington Boro (Station 83) Fire Companies in the lot next to the Township Fire Department's building.


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Late Night Blaze Severely Damages Fair Lawn Home Fair Lawn, NJ - A fire broke out that severely damaged a Fair Lawn home on the evening of Febuary 10th. At 11:28 P.M., a general alarm was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 87 Pomona Avenue. Arriving chiefs found heavy smoke showing from a one-story home. A re-dispatch was made on a confirmed working fire. Residents were safely evacuated from the home as the fire was located in the basement. A secondalarm was struck, bringing a FAST team from Saddle Brook to the scene and companies from Elmwood Park, Hawthorne, Paramus and Glen Rock to cover at firehouses. Quint 2 arrived first-due and stretched lines into the basement of the home and to the first-floor.

JUMP TO FILE #021118115 The fire worked its way up to the first-floor of the home, pushing heavy smoke. Eventually, heavy fire vented out the front of the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no injuries were reported. The blaze was declared under control at 1:05 A.M. by order of Chief of Department Marc Palmieri. Authorities are trying to determine what caused the fire, but it does not appear suspicious. Thank you to the FLFD for assistance with this article. - DAMIEN DANIS

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Wood-Ridge, NJ - The Knights of Columbus in Wood-Ridge held its first-ever "Night of Honors" event on February 10th. William Bergner (left) is captain of the Wood-Ridge Fire Department and was selected by his fire chiefs as "Firefighter of the Year". LT. Mike Donato (right) was selected as EMT of the year.

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Minnesota: Jeffrey A. Vollmer, 40 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 19, 2017 Death Date: December 19, 2017 Fire Department: Mayer Fire and Rescue Department Initial Summary: Captain Jeffrey A. Vollmer passed away at home from an apparent cardiac arrest several hours after participating in non-classroom training of a nonroutine strenuous nature at a local community center.

New Jersey: Craig A. Maull, 71 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 19, 2017 Death Date: December 21, 2017 Fire Department: Haddon Fire Company #1 Initial Summary: Firefighter Craig A. Maull responded to a dwelling fire call on 12/19/2017, but his apparatus was recalled while enroute. Upon returning to quarters, Maull mentioned to other members that he wasn't feeling well, but declined medical assistance and later went home. Firefighter Maull missed additional calls later, which was uncommon for him, and members were unable to contact him by phone or email. Family and department members went to his home on 12/21 to check on Firefighter Maull and found him deceased (from a heart attack). *Additional police follow-up shows extensive evidence that Firefighter Maull passed away sometime between the evening of 12/19 and morning of 12/20. New Jersey: Frank Matagrano, 75 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 13, 2017 Death Date: December 13, 2017 Fire Department: New Milford Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Frank Matagrano suffered cardiac arrest inside the fire apparatus while it was responding to an emergency call on

12/13/2017. His fellow crew members immediately initiated CPR and utilized an AED to successfully regain his pulse. He was transported to a local hospital, where he remained hospitalized for continued care. Doctors determined that Firefighter Matagrano suffered a stroke which caused his cardiac arrest. He never regained consciousness, and subsequently passed away on 12/23/2017 in the hospital.

Kansas: Jason Garrett, 46 Rank: Firefighter-Paramedic Incident Date: December 26, 2017 Death Date: December 26, 2017 Fire Department: Kansas City Kansas Fire Department Initial Summary: Fellow responders discovered Firefighter-Paramedic Jason Garrett deceased in the firehouse bunkroom when he did not appear for a morning response call. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined by authorities. Oklahoma: Jeffrey S. White, 53 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: December 26, 2017 Death Date: December 26, 2017 Fire Department: Oklahoma City Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Jeffrey S. White succumbed to complications from a medical condition on December 26th, 2017. Lieutenant White was assigned to Fire Station 36 in southeast Oklahoma City where he was when the episode began. White was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he later passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury to be determined.


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Community-Based First Response Program in Jersey City UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

Jersey City is the first in the nation to participate in a communitybased first response program, according to officials. United Rescue is modeled after Israel-based Hatzalah, and the program was put into active service in 2015. About 200 people have finished classes to participate and there are about 80 active members, according to a “Jersey Journal” report. When there is an emergency in the area, a United Rescue volunteer will receive an emergency message through the GPS-enabled mobile app. With every minute critical for an ill person, such as having a heart attack, volunteers arriving at a scene a few minutes before a career emergency worker can be critical. Member Greg Kyle was a few blocks away when he received word of a woman in cardiac arrest on Christmas Day. He got into his car and drove to the woman's house. Volunteers are able to work their own schedules. “I checked, there was no breathing, no pulse,” Kyle said. “So, I immediately started chest compression.” Kyle started CPR before career first responder units arrived. Officials say Jersey City has one of the highest survival rates for residents who go into cardiac arrest. Recently, Jersey City Medical Center program coordinator Joshula Otero has been able to acquire a car for its responders to use. According to Mayor Steven Fulop's Facebook message: “The technology links into our 9-1-1 system to map when a trained volunteer is closer to the call and can arrive quicker than an ambulance because of proximity. It alerts the volunteers by phone, routes them, and also routes the ambulance. This program has greatly reduced response time and has saved lives here in Jersey City.” DOWNS: An elderly couple died as the result of a fire that consumed their Sherman Ave. home in Teaneck, Jan. 28th. The dwelling was fully involved when firefighters arrived and flames extended to a nearby home. UPS: Injured Newark Firefighter Paul Leber checked out of Tessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Feb. 1st., and returned home to continue his recovery. He was given a ride home in his rig. Leber was injured battling a commercial building fire in December. DOWNS: Popcorn smoldering in a microwave oven caused the evacuation of hundreds of people, including prisoners, from the Hudson County Administration Building, Jan. 29th, in Jersey City. Officials said popcorn being heated triggered the alarm and a recorded message broadcast throughout the building

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A United Rescue volunteer, right, assisting at the scene of an emergency on a January day in Jersey City. A vehicle, at left, was recently acquired by the Jersey City Medical Center United Rescue program coordinator.

ordering the evacuation. UPS: Captain James Kirsch retired after 30-years of service as a career firefighter in Bergenfield. He retired as the first career officer in the BFD. DOWNS: A fire spread to three homes along the 400-block of South 20th St., Irvington, on Feb. 1st. UPS: Firefighters rescued two people after their car crashed into a lake in Hamilton on Feb. 3rd, leaving them trapped in the submerged car for about 15 minutes in frigid conditions, officials said. Divers from the Trenton FD's marine rescue unit pulled both people from the vehicle and they were rushed to a Trenton hospital, according to Trenton Battalion Chief Clifford Willever. DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire on Grant Ave., Jersey City, Jan. 31st., critically injured one man, and an infant was hospitalized after being rescued from the dwelling. The infant needed to be resuscitated by first responders, Chief Steve McGill said. UPS: In February, Millville firefighters received life-saving awards for their actions during a New Year's Eve fire in an East Broad St. dwelling. FF Patrick Weztstein received a Medal of Meritorious Service; FF Ryan Grandy received a medal of Courage; FF Kevin Quay, Scott Haley and Captain Christine Tonetta a Medal of Gallantry. DOWNS: A 5-year-old boy and a man died in a fast-moving fire on Commerce St., Perth Amboy, Feb. 2nd. UPS: On Feb. 12th, Camden Fire Captain Buddy Eckert returned home after suffering a serious injury at a fire scene, two weeks earlier. “I had a concussion, traumatic

head injury, and it knocked me out, and I had lost some vision there for a while. I couldn't see for a few hours,” he said. “Cooper Hospital staff was unbelievable and I was transferred to McGee Rehabilitation,” he continued. Doctors say he still has a little way to go before returning to work. DOWNS: A fire that tore through three Flemming Ave. homes in Newark, Feb. 3rd, displaced 12 families. Officials believe the cause of the fire was a space heater. UPS: On Feb. 14th, Madison firefighters responded to a report of a dog stuck in a “confined space.” The dog was down some seven-feet in a well next to a home. Firefighter Bruce Barrios made entry and was able to rescue the dog. The K-9 was dehydrated after being down in the well for about four days, but appeared to be in good spirits, according to officials. DOWNS: A Jersey City firefighter was injured battling a 3alarm fire on Myrtle Ave., Feb. 4th. The firefighter fell more than ten feet and he was taken to JCMC. He did not appear to have any broken bones, according to officials. UPS: The Paterson FD will acquire four new ambulances for $800,000, officials said. Funds will come from the federal Community Development Block Grant Program. Fire Chief Brian McDermott said the fire department handled 37,000 ambulance runs in 2017. The PFD EMS units also serve a number of surrounding communities. DOWNS: A 73-year-old man was killed in a fast-moving fire that involved a Brinkerhoff St. dwelling in Ridgefield Park, Feb. 7th. UPS: The Mizpah Vol. Fire Company named Ben Graham, 3, who is battling cancer, an honorary firefighter on Feb. 11th. Firefighters

surprised Ben at his Salem County home shortly after he returned from treatment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Chief Jay Davenport II said. DOWNS: Three Kearny families were displaced by a 2-alarm fire that damaged a Belgrove Dr. dwelling in Kearny, Feb. 3rd. UPS: The 57th street firehouse in Bayonne, built in 1927, will be closed for approximately six months while it undergoes renovations. Improvements include a new apparatus floor, new windows and improved interior lighting. DOWNS: A Trenton man jumped from a second-floor window of a burning Monmouth St. building, Feb. 6th, before firefighters arrived, officials said. The victim made his way to the nearby Rescue Mission Shelter, where staffers called for an ambulance. UPS: Benny Valdera and Ian Mueenzenberger have been appointed to the Haddon Heights Fire Department. DOWNS: Six people were injured when a car crashed into a dwelling at Vauxhall Rd. & Pine Ave., Union, on Feb. 9th. UPS: Miguel Valdera was recently appointed to the Winslow Twp. Fire Department. DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire tore through a row of five dwellings on Colonial Ave., Trenton, displacing 20 people on Feb. 12th. UPS: An elderly woman was rescued by Wayne firefighters from her room at the Summer Hill senior facility, in February, while her furniture burned. A couch was on fire and the sprinklers activated when she was located, Commissioner John Wozniak said. Firefighters Sam Shakkour, Tony Czapka and Pete Albanese removed her from the room and Firefighter Dan Kiefte

carried her outside, Wozniak said. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment. DOWNS: Five residents were evacuated and a dog died following a fire in a Harrison St. home in Clark, Feb. 13th. UPS: Robert Byrnes has been promoted to fire captain in Bergenfield. DOWNS: Five people escaped uninjured from a burning Grand Ave. home, Jan. 27th, in Hackettstown. The fire spread to an adjacent home. UPS: Millburn Fire Chief Robert Erchavia has been named president of the Essex County Fire Chiefs Association. DOWNS: The American Legion Ambulance Association building, along with five ambulances, were destroyed by fire on the morning of Feb. 19th. Four duty members escaped, unharmed. UPS: Wildwood firefighters recently completed training in tactical emergency casualty care, known as TECC, according to Fire Chief Daniel Speigel. DOWNS: A cemetery worker became trapped in the grave he was digging by an 800-pound concrete vault cover that fell on top of him at Hanover Cemetery, in Hanover, on Feb. 20th. A spokesman said the vault cover “fell in” and pinned Peter Ferencze at the bottom of the open grave. Police, firefighters, EMTs and DPW workers rushed to the scene and shoveled the dirt from the top of the cover, then manually lifted the cover using straps. The cover was raised high enough to free the victim, officials said. Ferencze was treated at the scene and transported to Morristown Medical Center.


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Early Morning Fire Consumes House in Bethlehem Twp. Bethlehem Twp., NJ – Firefighters from several northern Hunterdon County Fire Companies were dispatched to a Level 3 Box Alarm 4202 around 6:10 A.M. on Sunday morning, February 11th. First arriving units at the Turkey Hill Road residence reported a fully in- JUMP TO FILE# volved structure 022118104 fire. The over 3200square-foot house is situated over 560feet from the roadway. Firefighters had to deal with an ice-covered driveway and yard around the building. In addition, it was raining at the time of the fire. Pattenburg and Bloombury each had an engine up by the house. A 550-foot long five-inch supply line was laid from the street up the driveway to Pattenburg’s pumper. Tankers/tenders hooked up to the line at street level and pumped water up to the trucks by the house. Pattenburg’s engine was feeding (one) two-and-a-half inch and (two) one-and-a-half inch handlines in addition to supplying water to Bloomsbury’s engine. Bloomsbury was feeding (two) two-and-a-half inch and (three) one-and-a-half inch handlines. All firefighting efforts were exterior operations. There was a large propane tank that was reported to be leaking on the “C” side of the building which prompted the dispatching of the Hunterdon County HazMat Team. The Hunterdon County West Tanker Task Force was activated to supply water, as there are no fire plugs in the area. Clinton Fire Department set up a fill station with an engine at a fire hydrant at the intersection of State Highway 173 and Main Street in Bloomsbury to re-fill the tankers, which is about three-and-three-quarter miles from the fire scene. There were no reported injuries. Pattenburg Rescue Squad had set up a REHAB station for the firefighters just off the driveway near the fire ground. Firefighters were still on the scene past 11:00 A.M. They were called back to the scene for rekindles at 3:03 P.M., and again at 5:48 A.M. the next day. Responding to the fire were the NJ State Police (Perryville Station), Bloomsbury FD (Station 43), Pattenburg FD (Station 25), Milford FD (Station 92), Holland FD (Station 15), Kingswood FD (Station 16), Quakertown Fire Co. (Station 91), Glen Gardner FD (Station 12), Clinton FD (Station 45), Hunterdon County Fire Coordinators (Station 86), Pattenburg Rescue Squad (Rescue 25), and Hunterdon County HazMat (Station 86).

RICH MAXWELL

Firefighters from several northern Hunterdon County Fire Companies were dispatched to a working house fire around 6:10 A.M. on 2/11/18 on Turkey Hill Rd. in Bethlehem Twp.

- RICHARD MAXWELL

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ON THE LITER SIDE

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RON JEFFERS

It's tough enough getting through the tight and congested New Jersey streets, but even harder when you place a company back in service, and they have to get out passed other apparatus! Jersey City Engine 10 gently passed by other rigs while leaving a multiplealarm on Palisade Avenue, in February.

RON JEFFERS

Apparently, James Wood, Sr. enjoys an unusual position to photograph apparatus, as seen here with Passaic Engine 1's new Spartan pumper.

Burned Ambulances still inside the bays.

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Woodstown Ambulance Suffers Devastating Fire Woodstown, NJ - In the early morning hours of February 19th, the Reliance Fire Dept. Station 12, along with Alloway Fire Dept. Station 19, Daretown Station 16, Salem City RIC 6-3, Woolwich Twp. Station 25-1, and Fen- JUMP TO FILE # wick EMS, Squad 6 022418104 were dispatched to 32 Maple Ct., the American Legion Ambulance Assoc. of Woodstown, for a reported working building fire. Units responding were advised that EMTs at the station were reporting smoke from the bays, and now heavy fire showing with multiple explosions going off, with everyone out of the building. 12-10 arrived to a onestory commercial building with heavy fire showing throughout and requested the second-alarm struck. This added Pennsville Ladder 5, Elmer RIC 21, Deepwater Engine 7, Salem City Canteen 6 and Salem County Fire Police to the call. At the 10 minute mark, command reported the building fully involved, with crews performing exterior operations only. Multiple hand lines and master streams were put in service to knock down the heavy fire. Crews worked well into the morning, extinguishing the remaining fire. Monroeville Tender 17-5 and Pedricktown Tender 3 were also dispatched to the scene. Although all six ambulances were heavily damaged or destroyed, all crew members were thankfully able to safely evacuate the building. Our thoughts are with the

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members of the Woodstown Ambulance Squad during this tragic time. The cause of the fire is under investigation by state and local offices. The Elmer Ambulance Corps and

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Laurel Lake Fire Dept. have donated BLS units to the Woodstown Ambulance for the coming weeks. - EDAN DAVIS


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Two-Alarm Fire Damages Home in Clifton Clifton, NJ - Two residents were injured, one with burns, after a two-alarm fire damaged a home early Saturday morning, February 10th. Shortly after 9:00 A.M., the Clifton Fire Department was requested to respond to 35 Coppola Ct. for a reported fire in the garage. As the first chief arrived on scene, he reported heavy fire showing from a two-car attached garage with extension to the house and a car. A second-alarm was quickly transmitted. First-due units established a water supply and stretched multiple lines to the garage and through the front door.

JUMP TO FILE #021018102 EMS was requested to the front of the building for a burn victim who was then transported to St. Barnabas Burn Center. The fire was knocked down within 30 minutes. Another victim was treated for smoke inhalation. Command also requested an additional engine and truck to the scene, which was provided by Montclair and Passaic. The fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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How’s Your Rubber Band? Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

There is a demonstration of resiliency that shows our resiliency, our sense of bouncing back is like a rubber band. After we experience a traumatic event or something stressful, we need to look at if we come back to the same place where we started, like a rubber band that has been stretched. We stretch the rubber band and release it and watch it go back to where it started. The more intense the pressure and/or the longer the pressure, the less were are going to go back to when we began, just like the rubber band. The more and more that we are stretched without our coping skills and self-care skills, we can snap like that rubber band. Our coping to stress starts long before we ever respond to any emergency call. It starts with the relationships that we develop, how well we are trained, what we do to relax and what we do to seek joy. It includes understanding what the signs of stress are. Some people show stress some different ways, but most are the same. Do you know who you can talk with? A friend, chaplain, crisis team....Who do you have? What do we do when we are in the middle of the crisis? On a scene, we may not have time to remove ourselves from the scene. We can remove ourselves from the scene. We can try tactical breathing exercises, to bring our breathing under control and our pulse. There was an incident that I was about to go in with a partner but I could see that his mind was someplace else. I asked him what was going on. He said that I was the only one that noticed. We had a quick discussion and went on with our assignment. Yes, I could have just gone in with him and not dis-

cuss it, but it came to me "Two in, two out" and I wanted to make sure it would be two out. A few minutes to address someone's stress can make a big difference on the overall scene. What about after the scene? Do you exercise when you are stressed? Do you pray, do yoga, go for a bike ride? There are so many things that people do. Jesus after feeding 5,000 people, made the disciples get into a boat and go ahead of him and dismissed the crowds. "After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone." Matthew 14:23 See, we may all need some time alone to do self-care. I do not think that anyone is immune. Even God rested on the seventh day. If we do not treat our stress and take hold of it, we can have psychological issues, or physical issues, like a heart attack. We need to reduce as much stress that we can. When I was on a Hazmat team, we had physicals annually to make sure that we were in shape. When we went to a scene, we had our vital signs checked before and after entering into the hot zone. When we came out, we had a certain amount of time for our vitals to come within ten percent of our baseline. If we did not stabilize, we got a ride to the hospital, no negotiations. Resiliency may include running, eating healthy, playing with your kids, etc. We all need to take care of the stress and how it affects us. If we do not handle the stress, it will handle us. How do you feel about having a heart attack? Don't want one? Find a constructive way to deal with it. If you do not know how to build resiliency, you can always talk to people trained in crisis intervention. They are trained with a bunch of ideas. Stay safe, Didymus McHugh

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Ridgefield Park House Fire Kills Occupant Ridgefield Park, NJ - One man is dead and a firefighter injured after a three-alarm fire tore through a home in Ridgefield Park in the early morning hours of February 7th. The fire broke out at 110 Brinkerhoff Street just before 12:45 A.M. Arriv- JUMP TO FILE # ing chiefs found the 020718126 home heavly involved. A second-alarm was quickly struck, bringing mutual aid units from Little Ferry, Bogota, Bergenfield, Hackensack and Teaneck to the scene. The singlefamily dwelling was rapidly consumed by heavy fire on all floors. The lone occupant of the home was unaccounted for and presumed to be inside, but heavy fire conditions kept firefighters from making a search. When fire vented through the roof, Ladder 1's master stream was put into operation along with two blitz fire mini guns and numerous outside hand lines. As the heavy fire was knocked down, firefighters were able to enter the home to perform a search for the occupant and found a deceased man in a bedroom on the second-floor of the house. According to Fire Chief VanDerTulip, this is the town's first fire fatality dating back to the 1990s. A firefighter that suffered a slip-and-fall injury was taken to the hospital for treatment. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, but the investigation is ongoing and being conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Arson

Squad, Bergen County Sheriff's Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Ridgefield Park Police Department. Additional mutual aid from Ridgefield and Teaneck Box 54 operated.

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Thank you to the RPFD for assistance with this article and access to the fire ground. - DAMIEN DANIS


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Firefighter Decontamination Isn’t Just for HazMat Incidents Anymore Hunterdon County, NJ – Twenty-five years ago, dirty turnout gear hanging in your fire station locker, or the firefighter with a sooty face signified a tough and aggressive firefighter, and was once a badge of honor. Fast forward to today we now know better, that JUMP TO FILE# “dirty” turnout 022318103 gear, which is designed to protect a firefighter, now poses a hazard to them and their families. This is because of an increasing risk of exposure to cancer-causing carcinogens while fighting fires. This risk is requiring new protocols to protect the firefighters who wear that gear. These new protocols are ever evolving and kick in before the firefighter even enters a fire building. When firefighters are preparing to enter a structure fire, steps must now be taken beyond just wearing a turnout coat, helmet, and donning an air pack. It must also include making sure that all exposed skin is protected and covered. These carcinogens attach themselves to the turnout gear like hitchhikers and cross contaminate everything the gear comes in contact with. Additionally, it can give off toxic fumes for days or weeks after a fire. The “dirty” gear can contaminate the interior of apparatus, lockers, etc.; basically anything it touches. How many volunteer firefighters throw their “dirty” turnout gear in their car or truck after a fire? Now there is an exposure risk to anyone that sits in that seat later; this could be you or even your kids. Upon exiting these carcinogen laden smoke-filled environments, firefighters are encouraged to go through a “decon” process that was once reserved for hazardous materials incidents. This decontamination process involves a pre-rinse, flushing the gear with water while it is still on the firefighter, followed by scrubbing the gear, air packs, helmets, and any other surfaces to remove the particles of soot with soap and water. Then, a final flushing with water to rinse everything off. After the decon is complete, the gear is removed, and the neck and face are wiped down with cleansing wipes. Some studies have shown that this simple scrubbing process, with soap and water, can decrease contamination by up to 85%. This procedure will not neutralize or eliminate carcinogens, it just washes them off the items. It is now being suggested that

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Firefighters at a recent building fire in Hunterdon County go through a post-fire “decon” process to wash off soot and possible cancercausing carcinogens that were picked up while conducting interior firefighting operations. Here, they are being flushed with water during the pre-rinse phase.

this gear be bagged and isolated in a separate compartment for the ride back to the fire station. Gear is then washed in commercial grade washing machines. Additionally, firefighters are encouraged to shower as soon as possible before returning to their homes. The whole process of clean-up may take 24 to 48 hours, depending on the cleaning equipment available at each fire company. The National Volunteer Fire Council addressed the decontamination issue in the August 25, 2015 article, “How Do I Clean My Protective Coat and Trouser?” by Patricia Freeman of Globe Manufacturing, which outlined the steps you need to take in cleaning your PPE. In her article, she stresses you must remember that turnout gear features three-piece layering and multiple components, and consideration must be taken for each individual layer and component when deciding how to clean them. The CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health conducted a multi-year study to see if firefighters have a higher risk of cancer and other causes of death due to job exposures. The study took place over the three-year period between 2010 and 2013 and included 30,000 firefighters from three fire departments: Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The results, released in 2016, showed that firefighters have more cancer

deaths and cancer cases than expected. High on the list were digestive, oral, respiratory and urinary cancers. In addition, there were about twice as many malignant mesothelioma cases than expected. The International Association of Firefighters says cancer is now the leading cause of death among firefighters. Their association held a special Cancer Summit on February 1st of this year in Buna Vista, Florida to bring the issue to light. What has caused this drastic change? The byproducts in the smoke from building fires have become much more toxic over the years. As more synthetic chemicalbased materials are burning, they are giving off carcinogens in their smoke. Some of these include: acrylonitrile, arsenic, benzene, polycyclic hydrocarbons, cadmium, chlorophenols, chromium, carbon monoxide, dioxins, ethylene oxide, formaldehyde and vinyl chloride, which have been proven or are believed to cause cancer. This is why air packs are worn, but combine these carcinogens with open skin pours from sweating and exercise, the chemicals seep into the firefighter’s body, making pathways to the bloodstream and body tissues. Recently here in Hunterdon County, firefighters from numerous agencies were dispatched to a working fire in a 14,000+ squarefoot industrial building in Union

Township. The facility was closed at the time of the fire. It is a mixed-use building consisting of business offices on two floors in one portion, with storage and four truck service bays in the other part of the building. Firefighters had to enter the structure from various points to locate the fire due to the heavy smoke conditions. The fire was located and contained to a garbage truck that was inside the repair facility part of the building. Extensive firefighter activities took place in the acrid, dark smoke that had filled the building. One of the fire companies involved, Quakertown Fire Company, had recently placed field decon kits on their apparatus in order to get the process started on the scene. Their company conducted a night of training for over 30 of their members on the procedures to take to on proper PPE decontamination. “Firefighting is a dangerous job that presents many risks, but a proactive approach can reduce the risk of cancer and that’s what our objective is,” said Chief Bradley Patkochis of the Quakertown Fire Company. After the fire was under control, firefighters that exited the building went through the initial decontamination process. This was the first time this type of decontamination process was conducted for firefighters in the County after they were exposed to smoke in a structure fire. Plans are that this process will become a standard

practice after more training is conducted on the topic and policies are put in place. (For more details on the above fire, jump to story #022318102 on www.1RBN.com.) The National Fire Protection Association has a standard dealing with maintenance of turnout gear, NFPA 1851, “Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting,” 2013 Revision. It also establishes minimum requirements for the inspection, care and cleaning of all protective ensemble elements covered by NFPA 1971. The cost of this approach can be steep, especially for rural fire companies. In-station showers, specialized washing and drying machines, along with multiple sets of turn-out gear for each firefighter, can run in the tens of thousands of dollars. “Our firefighters are our greatest resource and taking additional steps to reduce the risk of cancer is the least we can do. It is a change in mindset and while the steps are quite intense, it is the least we can do,” said Chief Patkochis. I would like to thank Chief Patkochis of the Quakertown (NJ) Volunteer Fire Company for his assistance in writing this article and his enduring commitment to firefighters' safety. - RICHARD MAXWELL


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Clifton Battles Second-Alarm During a Downpour Clifton, NJ - A steady rain fell on February 25th as Clifton and mutual aid companies fought a twoalarm fire in a house being renovated. The Fire Department was dispatched at about 5:00 A.M. as JUMP TO FILE# the police attempted 022618126 to locate the source of a heavy smoke condition in the north part of the city. The heavy rain was holding down the heavy smoke, making finding the cause difficult. After a couple of minutes, a fire in the rear of 50 Olympia St. was located. Fire was on the first-floor and extending up to the second-floor and attic. A second-alarm was transmitted. Four lines were stretched and the main body of fire was knocked down quickly. Smoke continued to vent from the second-floor and attic as companies opened up the walls to extinguish the hidden fire. After about an hour, the smoke condition dissipated and the fire was placed under control. No injuries were reported. The structure was not occupied, as renovations were being done. The cause is under investigation. Paterson and Montclair assisted at the scene and Teaneck FD Box 54 was requested for rehab. - BILL TOMPKINS

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North Hudson Fire Promotions Plus 37 New Recruits North Bergen, NJ - The North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue swore in 37 new firefighters during a ceremony at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen on February 13th. This is the largest class of recruits to be hired by the regional department that was organized in 1999. Another historic JUMP TO FILE# moment for the de- 021418104 partment was the swearing in of the first female firefighter, Lisa A. Napier. The NHRF&R covers the municipalities of Union City, North Bergen, West New York, Weehawken and Guttenberg. In addition, four members were promoted to higher ranks. Representatives of the five municipalities that comprise the regional department were on hand, along with fellow firefighters, families and friends. Chief of Department Frank Montagne swore in the new recruits and administered the promotional oath to the four members. Nicholas A. Prato was promoted to battalion chief. New fire captains are Joseph B. Gobin, Peter Mancini and Timothy P. Richards. They were sworn in individually, with the families present. The new recruits were sworn in as a group, and later received their badges, individually, from Chief Montagne. All of the new firefighters are military veterans. Their training was overseen by Battalion Chief Alider Pratts, a US Marine veteran, himself. Chief Montagne addressed the audience, stating he was proud that the department has hired some 100 veterans in recent years. They served their country and now continue to serve as North Hudson firefighters, he added. Chief Montagne told the recruits that they are part of a young and aggressive department. “Be a self-starter,” the chief said. “Be aware of your surroundings. No incident is routine.” “Welcome to the North Hudson family,” he concluded.

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Newly promoted North Hudson officers in the foreground are, (L to R): Captains Peter Mancini, Joseph Gobin, Timothy Richards, and Battalion Chief Nicholas Prato.

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Crews Battle Port Norris Vacant Dwelling Fire Port Norris, NJ - In the early morning hours of March 1st, the Port Norris Fire Dept. Station 11, along with Mauricetown Station 12, Laurel Lake Station 13, Downe Twp. Station 39, JUMP TO FILE# and Laurel Lake 030218102 EMS Squad 13 were dispatched to the area of Lincoln St. and Brown St. for a reported dwelling fire. 11-31 arrived with a two-anda-half story dwelling with heavy fire throughout, and requested the working fire box filled. This added Dividing Creek Station 18, Leesburg Station 26, and Rehab 13 to the call. Approximately 20 minuets into the call, command reported partial collapse of the building. Crews worked well into the morning to bring the fire under control. The house was vacant and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - EDAN DAVIS

Firefighters working to extinguish the fire.

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Picatinny Arsenal Chief Jeremy Rebok operates a 2014 Dodge Durango.

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Monroe Township Chief 57, Chief Jim Carbin, answers alarms with a 2010 Chevy Tahoe.

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Fourth-Alarm Strikes Three Paterson Buildings Paterson, NJ - A vacant home at 518 Summer St. was heavily involved in the rear as Paterson firefighters arrived at about 9:00 P.M. on February 7th. The flames were spreading to the occupied homes on both sides and JUMP TO FILE# with how closely 020818105 packed the homes in the area are, additional alarms were quickly transmitted. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack on all three buildings, containing the flames to primarily the attic areas of each, and keeping the fire from spreading further. The fire took over three hours to control, as many hot spots lingered. All Paterson fire units operated, as well as several mutual aid companies. The cause is under investigation by the Paterson Fire Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. Sixteen residents were reported to have been displaced, but none were injured. One firefighter was transported to Saint Josephs Medical Center with unknown injuries. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Spring Has Sprung, Fire Up the Grills! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to take the covers off the grills!! I use mine all year round, but not nearly as much as when the weather gets warm, especially at the firehouse. Grilling is great because we tend to make our meals a little healthier by using less fat, more vegetables and less processed food. It also results in less dishes, and who doesn’t like that in the firehouse?!? Besides the usual suspects of

hamburgers and steaks, I like to change it up once in a while and one of my favorites is grilled chicken gyros. It is a great way to incorporate healthy, flavorful ingredients into your firehouse cooking. A simple marinade, some fresh toppings and a delicious Tzatziki sauce is all you need for this soon to be firehouse favorite! When it comes to a marinade, they all usually share the same types of ingredients. You need some sort of salt, such as kosher/sea salt, soy sauce, worcestershire, etc., a fat to help carry fat soluble ingredients into the meat, olive oil being the most popular, and finally, an acid to help tenderize the meat. In this case lemon is perfect, but just be careful not to marinate it too long, as the meat

will break down into “mush”, not good. But the star of the show is the Tzatziki sauce, a traditional Greek condiment usually consisting of Greek yogurt, cucumber, lemon and fresh herbs. When it comes to yogurt, a lot of people think the low/no fat versions are healthier, but I disagree. Usually in order to make up for flavor they add extra garbage, such as sugar to make it more palatable. I also feel that when you use full fat products, you tend to use less of it because it is more “filling”. And like they say, fat is flavor! Tzatziki is not just good for gyros, but also great on fish, grain bowls and basically anything grilled. Give this recipe a shot!

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(L to R): Jersey City Chief of Department Steve McGill, Deputy Chief Anthony Della Rose and 3rd Battalion Chief Robert Forenza discuss operations at a Palisade Avenue 2-alarm fire on Feb. 11th.

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-Grate the cucumber into a colander, let drain and put into a towel and squeeze as much moisture out as you can. Put the cucumber and remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.

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In Manchester Township (Ocean County), the Ridgeway Fire Company operates Special Response Unit 3457. It is used by the Fire Police, the dive team and does EMS assists. It is a 2006 Ford E350/McCoy Miller which once served as a Type II ambulance with MONOC. Some of the inventory includes horses for crowd and traffic control, safety cones, water for rehab, SCBA, road flares and extra walkie talkies. It has a squad bench and transports the dive team.

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Ridgeway's Special Response Unit 3457, 2006 Ford E-350/McCoy Miller is a former MONOC Type II ambulance now used by the Fire Police, dive team and for EMS assists.

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Resident Charged in Paterson Arson Paterson, NJ - A resident of a Paterson apartment building was charged with intentionally setting a fire in a closet in his basement apartment on February 4th. At about 1:00 A.M., Fire Alarm sent out a dispatch for a fire at 50 Clinton Street. Units from Northside Firehouse, two blocks away, arrived quickly to smoke showing from a three-story, 11-unit apartment building. A second-alarm was transmitted as searches were made and companies advanced lines. Two frozen hydrants prompted a third-alarm for water supply and manpower. The fire was located in the basement and quickly extinguished. The upper floors required

JUMP TO FILE #020518114 venting due to the heavy smoke. The fire was placed under control in about one hour, with fire damage to two apartments in the basement and smoke damage throughout. A joint investigation by the Paterson Fire Department, Paterson Police Department, and the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office quickly indentified the individual and charged him with Aggravated Arson and Creating a Risk of Widespread Injury. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Two dozen members of the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department and Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad’s joint Ice Rescue Team spent the morning of January 23rd training for ice and cold-water rescues at the Long Branch Ice Boat & Yacht Club in Long Branch, N.J. Team members trained to save people who have broken through the ice, or fallen into the cold water, using special cold-water rescue uniforms and a new ice rescue sled that allows members to safely move on dangerous, unsafe ice to reach victims who are in the water. “It went very well,” said AHFD Chief Brian Sheehan. “We learned a few things.”

The drill was coordinated by Sheehan, AHFD Deputy Chief, Beau Marolis and AHFAS Chief Lance Hubeny.

Traditionally, team members use the Atlantic Highlands harbor for such training. However, Sheehan said the Long Branch Ice Boat & Yacht Club had a perfect setting for the drill and the club has a tie to the AHFD through ex-Chief Tim Gaffey. Gaffey’s uncle is a long-time

member of the organization.

Sheehan said the club’s area had flat, six-inch thick ice, which provided a realistic setting for the training. It’s also similar to the kind of settings in which people could venture onto the ice thinking it’s safe, only to fall through.

During the drill, team members incorporated special ice rescue equipment, which allows them to go onto unsafe ice, get into the water, and then safely remove people from life-threatening situations. Members got into the water to portray victims, while others executed the rescues using ropes, floats, and the ice rescue sled. They also shared ice rescue skills and techniques with members of the Long Branch Ice Boat & Yacht Club, who in turn shared some of their knowledge with the first responders.

“This is important training because of the resources we have available and our location to the harbor and the shoreline,” said Sheehan. “We were able to practice for something that could happen here.” - RICHARD HUFF

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Hamilton Firefighters Battle Two-Alarm Fire Hamilton Twp., NJ - On Saturday, January 27th at 2:00 P.M., Hamilton Stations 13, 15, 16 and 19, along with Hamilton Duty Chief 12, Christopher Tozzi, were dispatched to Reeger Avenue for a reported house fire. Station 13 Chief Steven Kraemer responded from a previous fire. On arrival, Kraemer observed heavy fire showing on the firstfloor of a duplex with heavy smoke throughout. Kraemer established Command and requested the "ALL HANDS" and a full firstalarm assignment. Chief 12, Tozzi, arrived and had Operations. Additional units responding on the first-

JUMP TO FILE #022618116 alarm were Engine 18, Squad 12 and Truck 14. Command requested a secondalarm for additional personnel, bringing in Tower 17 and Robbinsville Squad 40 as RIT. Engine 16's crew entered the dwelling with a one-and-three-quarter inch hand line through the front door and attacked the fire. Engine 15's crew assisted with a backup line. Overall, four hand lines were stretched, with three in service. Truck 13's crew conducted a

thorough search for occupants. All searches were clear. The fire was contained to the first and second floors, with no extension into adjoining property. Crews checked for extension in the walls and extinguished hidden pockets of fire. The fire was placed under control at 4:01 P.M. Hamilton Fire Police assisted with traffic control. Units were on location until 5:48 P.M. The fire was investigated by Hamilton Fire Marshals Scott McCormick and Michael Danbury. - BOB SHERMAN

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Power Strip Causes House Fire in Hackensack Hackensack, NJ - On Friday, February 2nd, members of the 3rd platoon responded to 95 South Prospect Avenue. Engine 2 confirmed the working fire when leaving their quarters. On arrival, Engine 2 had heavy fire in a bedroom on the second-floor showing out of the JUMP TO FILE# windows. Engine 2 020618112 placed a line in service. Engine 4 arrived and stretched a second line. Ladder 1 and Rescue 1 arrived and began searches and ventilation. Engines 1 and 5 arrived and assisted with additional hand lines and ventilation. The fire was knocked down in 10 minutes. Companies continued to work and brought the fire under control. Englewood ladder and a Teaneck FASTt team also assisted at the scene. Hackensack volunteer BLS transported one occupant with burns to the hands to Hackensack UMC. Hackensack fire prevention is conducting the investigation, which concluded that the fire started in a power strip in the second-floor bedroom. - JUSTIN DEREVYANIK

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Franklin Lakes Extinguishes Two-Alarm Fire Franklin Lakes, NJ - Two alarms were needed to battle a house fire on McCoy Road in Franklin Lakes on Tuesday afternoon, February 20th. Around 2:30 P.M., firefighters were dispatched to 715 McCoy Road for a confirmed house fire with heavy smoke and fire showing. A full second-alarm was transmitted as crews arrived on scene to find fire showing from the front and rear of the house and extending to the second-floor. Two handlines were stretched and knocked down the heavy fire from the front door to make a push into the home. Fire on the first-floor was quickly knocked

JUMP TO FILE #022118106 down and then firefighters made their way to knock down any fire that had extended to the upper floor and attic. Truck companies made their way to the roof and cut multiple vent holes as additional companies assisted in overhaul. The fire was knocked down within 30 minutes. No injures were reported. Mutual Aid from Oakland, Wyckoff, Mahwah and Waldwick assisted on scene. The fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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Saddle Brook House Suffers Major Fire Damage Saddle Brook, NJ - Saddle Brook Fire Department was dispatched to a reported shed fire at 191 Hayes Drive at 8:55 A.M. on February 17th. Police units arrived first to report that the back part of the house and detached shed were fully engulfed in flames, and the occupants were safely out of the residence. While enroute, Assistant Chief Joe Polizzotti viewed a large column of smoke in the distance and struck the second-alarm. Engine 1 arrived and put lines into operation on the shed and the home. Due to the heavy fire conditions, siding on exposure "D" began to melt, causing minor damage to the structure.

JUMP TO FILE #021818101 Engine 4 laid a supply line to Engine 1 and stretched additional hand lines. A fire was discovered in the basement, as well as the first and second floors by interior crews. As companies reported the fire on the first-floor knocked down, second-floor crews had a heavy fire condition. The attic had fire venting out of the "D" side top floor. An additional engine from Fair Lawn and an additional ladder truck from Rochelle Park were requested to the scene. Due to the fire conditions in the attic, companies were

withdrawn from the second-floor so that deck guns from Saddle Brook Engines 1 and 4 could be put into operation to knock down the heavy fire. The fire appears to have started in a detached shed and spread to the home. The home suffered major damage and is uninhabitable. Additional mutual aid that operated on the scene came from Elmwood Park for a FAST team, and a Paramus engine. Companies from Garfield, Lodi and Maywood covered firehouses. The Saddle Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps operated their fire rehab unit. - DAMIEN DANIS

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This is a soft cover book measuring six-inches by nine-inches and has 72 pages. The author is a semiretired Roman Catholic priest who serves in Massachusetts. Through the years, he has served in many different cities in the state and he writes about his experiences in those assignments. To read the nine chapters and epilogue was to me like reading about a volunteer firefighter because Father Thomas is well versed in fire terminology and lingo. He

details his fires and incidents in ways that you feel you are there with him. His field of operation so to speak is not limited to only serving firefighters, but to minister and pray for those unfortunate souls that firefighters encounter and seek his blessing to help set a person or a family at ease after a horrid experience. These incidents could be accidents, drug related calls and other medical calls to which they responded. The reader can very easily get exhausted comprehending his running around at times of his own volition. That also takes into consideration all kinds of weather. A number of the stories are rather sad, while others are heartwarming. One of the incidents included is the Worchester Fire that took six firefighter’s lives. Another is a fire involving a large Catholic church that consumed 30 blocks in Fall River. There is a photo section of four pages of color and black and white pictures of a plane crash, the church fire and a dramatic rescue of an elderly lady from the attic of her dwelling to name a few. This is an inexpensive book that is well worth the while to read and identify with the duties of a chaplain and the good and bad times they have to minister through.

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Paterson Multiple Causes Building Collapse Paterson, NJ - A five-alarm fire in the downtown business district of Paterson consumed one building, causing it to collapse and damaging another on February 5th. Units were dispatched at about 11:30 P.M. to 268 Main Street, a three-story Boost Mobile Store with apartments above. Heavy smoke was showing on arrival. Companies gained entry and located the fire in the basement. Lines were stretched, but the fire was traveling through the walls and as the smoke condition intensified, members were ordered to withdraw. Additional alarms were transmitted as the attached buildings on both sides were threatened and there was very limited access in the rear.

JUMP TO FILE #020718117 For several hours, conditions remained the same with heavy smoke issuing from the structure, but no fire showing. Multiple lines operated on the Main Street side, along with a tower ladder and ladder pipe. A line was stretched into the exposure "B" building to control any fire extension. Hawthorne Truck 2 set up in a parking lot on the "C" side. The deep-seated fire continued to burn, weakening the structure. At about 2:00 A.M., a cracking sound was heard and the original fire building collapsed onto itself. A quick PAR confirmed that all

members were accounted for. Operations continued for hours longer as the outside streams held the damage to 268 Main Street, with smoke and water damage to the exposures. One firefighter was reported transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. Twenty residents were left homeless, but none were injured. The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office was called in to assist in the investigation. An interesting side note: There were four Paterson ladder trucks on the scene, the three on-duty trucks and spare Ladder 3 that is on loan to the Passaic FD and was the mutual aid truck that responded. - BILL TOMPKINS

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It is replacing their 1978 Mack CF model Fire Truck, that has a 1000-GPM and a 1000-gallon water tank. “The Mack has served the company well,” said Fire Chief Wesley Garrison.

The 40-year-old Mack was ordered by Harmony Fire Company on February 2, 1977 and delivered to them a year later on February 2, 1978. It was built just over the river by Mack Truck’s Fire Truck Division in Pennsylvania. The Mack was originally painted white from the factory, with Mack white JX-8002. A few years back, the truck’s body was refurbished and repainted fire engine RED. As we all know, Mack no longer

manufactures fire trucks; Mack Trucks produced fire apparatus from 1911 until 1990. Their new Pierce Saber will serve the company well now and in future years. It will be assuming the designation of Engine 23-61, which was previously assigned to the old Mack. A special aspect of the new truck is that it is four-wheel drive with a short wheelbase. This design feature will allow the truck to be able to maneuver up the long, narrow, sometimes dirt driveways to residences and farms in the company’s response area.

The Harmony Township Fire Company is an all-volunteer department that was established in 1951. The fire department is a first response agency, which means they respond to all types of emergency calls, including car accidents, medical EMS calls, water rescue calls, and of course fire calls. The members of the department are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Currently, there are 32 active members in the department. The

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Harmony Twp., NJ – February 2018 – The Harmony Township Volunteer Fire Company, also known as "The Fire Fighting River Rats", got a late Christmas present. Their four-wheel drive 2018 Pierce Saber fire truck, equipped with a 1250-GPM pump and 500-gallon water tank arrived at the firehouse.

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company’s primary response area is all of Harmony Township and portions of neighboring White Township. Additionally, they respond to countless mutual aid calls throughout Warren County.

Merrill Creek Reservoir is in their response area. Merrill Creek Reservoir is a 650-acre reservoir surrounded by a 290-acre Environmental Preserve and 2000 additional acres of woods and fields.

Harmony Township is located in the far eastern region of the Lehigh Valley in Warren County and covers about 24-squaremiles, with a population of a little over 2,600 people. The Harmony Fire Company works closely with Harmony Township officials and would like to thank the Mayor and Township Committee for purchasing the new fire truck. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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"I’m Seth Winters, I’m 27-years-old and I’ve been a firefighter for 10 years. I’m with the Fountain Hose Company 1 in Ansonia, CT. I’ve had the tattoo for about 2 years now. It has a lot of meaning to me because I’m a third generation firefighter in my family. The idea for this tattoo came to me when my parent's house unfortunately burned to the ground and my father actually had to fight his own house fire. We all went in after looking for anything salvageable, but unfortunately all our family photos and everything was gone except for a picture of me and my father in a frame with the firefighter prayer. It was a little burnt, but nonetheless it was there, and it inspired me to get this tattoo done."

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Driver Injured After FedEx Truck Rolls Over in Union Twp. Union Twp., NJ – A FedEx home delivery truck that was traveling southbound on Perryville Road traveled off the road, striking a tree, and then rolled over onto its side around 4:25 P.M. on February 22nd. The driver was injured in the crash JUMP TO FILE# and had to be trans- 022218133 ported to Hunterdon Medical Center by Pattenburg Rescue Squad. Initial dispatch reports indicated that the driver was pinned inside the vehicle, which was found not to be the case upon arrival of First Responders. The crash occurred about a half of a mile north of the Cooks Cross Road intersection. Responding to the crash were the NJ State Police (Perryville Station), Pattenburg Rescue Squad (Rescue 25), Quakertown Fire Co. (Station 91), and Paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center (EMS 1). - RICHARD MAXWELL

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Second-Alarm Fire Damages Home in Bergenfield Bergenfield, NJ - Residents were able to escape uninjured from a two-alarm fire that caused extensive damage to the rear of an Elder Avenue home on February 16th. Firefighters were called to a possible house fire JUMP TO FILE# 021718105 at 86 Elder Ave. just after 9:00 P.M. Chief Naylis reported smoke in the area and a working fire to be transmitted. Heavy smoke and fire pushed from the rear of the home as a second-alarm was transmitted, bringing mutual aid from Englewood, New Milford, Dumont and Tenafly to the scene. The fire was mainly contained to a large room in the rear of the home where fire vented out of multiple windows. Two lines were stretched through the front door and aggressively knocked down the fire as additional crews vented the roof. The fire was knocked down within 30 minutes, however firefighters remained on scene preforming overhaul and checking for any extension. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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Clinton, NJ - May 15, 2016 - I was sorting through and organizing my photo files, and came across this fire that occurred prior to my involvement with 1st Responder News. So, I thought I would pass photos of it along, as they're worth sharing. This was a multi-alarm fire on a Sunday morning. It involved a 136-year-old large, two-story building. There were four Tower/Ladders in operation. High Bridge Vol. FD's (Station 14) Ladder 14 was

set up in the street in front of the building; Clinton Vol. FD's (Station 45) Tower Ladder 45 was set up in the street on the "A-B" corner; Lebanon Boro Vol. FD's (Station 18) Ladder 18 was set up in the parking lot on the "B" side of the building, and Annandale Vol. Hose Company's (Station 46) Tower Ladder 46 was set up in the lot to the rear of the building on the "C" side. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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Second House Fire in Three Days for Saddle Brook Saddle Brook, NJ - Saddle Brook firefighters faced two house fires within three days of each other, with the second occurring only two blocks from the scene of the first one. Just after 11:30 A.M. on February 19th, Saddle Brook firefighters were dispatched to 576 Spruce Avenue for a reported working fire. When Chief of Department Chris Sloma arrived on scene, the rear of the house was heavily involved. A second-alarm was transmitted by the Chief, bringing mutual aid units to the scene. In-

JUMP TO FILE #022018128 town companies responding from the south side of town had a delay in getting to the scene because of a freight train that cut the town in half. As companies started to arrive, not only was there fire in the rear of the home, but fire had also extended to the first and second floors, as well as into the attic and basement. The house was severely damaged, especially in the rear of the

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home where the fire is believed to have begun. The roof had partially collapsed due to heavy fire conditions in the attic. No injuries to any firefighters were reported. Mutual aid from Elmwood Park, Rochelle Park, Fair Lawn and Garfield assisted on the scene, as did the Saddle Brook Vol. Ambulance Corps. Companies from Lodi, Maywood and Paramus covered firehouses. Firefighters also rescued three dogs from this fastmoving blaze. - DAMIEN DANIS

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Union Twp., NJ - At 4:40 P.M. on Sunday, February 4th, the Hunterdon County Communications Center dispatched a Level 3 Box Alarm for several fire companies to respond to a working fire in an industrial building on Frontage Road in the Township. The building is occupied by Republic Services, a waste disposal company, which was closed at the time. An office worker, who came into work in his office, discovered smoke in the building and called 9-1-1. Firefighters were presented with a 14,000+ square-foot industrial building of mixed use. The company’s business offices took up two floors in the left portion, while storage and four truck service bays were in the right half of the building. Firefighters had to enter the structure from various points in an attempt to locate the origin of the fire. They were hindered by heavy smoke conditions throughout the building. A roof hatch was forced open to help ventilate some of the smoke from the building. Fire commanders on scene upgraded the fire to a second-alarm, bringing in more apparatus and manpower. Clinton Fire Department’s Tower Ladder 45 set up in the front driveway of the building on side “A” so access could be made to the roof. Clinton’s Engine 45-1 and Quakertown’s Engine 91 set up on each end of the driveway, supplying water to the tower ladder and the two handlines that were stretched into the front door of the building. A five-inch supply line was laid to the pumper out at the fire plug on the street, over 550feet away, to feed the engines and

JUMP TO FILE #022318102 tower ladder. Meanwhile, High Bridge’s Ladder 14 had set up in the rear of the building on side “C” by the truck service bays, making access to the roof from the rear of the building. Additionally, two handlines were pulled from the ladder to attack the fire in the truck bays. Clinton’s Engine 45-2 laid over 425-feet of five-inch supply line from the street, which they hooked up to the pump on High Bridge’s ladder. Firefighters had to cut through one of the large metal overhead doors to gain access to the repair facility in the rear part of the building, where the fire was eventually located. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to a garbage truck that was inside one of the service bays. The burning truck had created acrid, dense smoke that filled the building. In addition to utilizing the fire hydrant on Frontage Road, the Hunterdon County North Tanker Task Force was activated to help supply water if it was needed. Frontage Road was closed between Ruplles Road and Perryville Road during the fire. There were no reports of any injuries. The Clinton and Pattenburg Rescue Squads had set up a REHAB station in a neighboring parking lot so that firefighters could be checked out and given a break. After the fire was under control, firefighters that exited the building went through newly established procedures to decontam-

inate their turnout gear, scrubbing them with soap and water to remove the soot which contains cancer-causing carcinogens. (For more information on this topic, jump to story #022318103 on www.1RBN.com.) The last of the fire companies had cleared the scene by 6:35 P.M. The scene was then turned over to the investigators. The Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office and State Fire Marshal handled the investigation of the fire. Responding to the fire were the New Jersey State Police (Perryville Station), Pattenburg Fire Co. (Station 25), Clinton FD (Station 45), Annandale Hose Co. (Station 46), Quakertown Fire Co. (Station 91), Califon FD's RIC Team (Station 44), High Bridge FD (Station 14), Lebanon Borough FD (Station 18), Hampton FD (Station 13), Whitehouse Fire Co. (Station 22), Bloomsbury FD (Station 43), Milford FD (Station 92), Lebanon Township FD (Station 19), Oldwick Fire Co. (Station 24), East Whitehouse Fire Co. (Station 31), Fairmount Fire Co. (Morris County Station 34), the Hunterdon County Fire and EMS Coordinators (Station 86), Pattenburg Rescue Squad (Rescue 25), Clinton Rescue Squad (Rescue 45), High Bridge Rescue Squad (Rescue 14), Paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center (EMS 1), Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office, and the NJ Division or Fire Safety. Some of these companies responded as part of the North Tanker Task Force. - RICHARD MAXWELL


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Members of North Hudson Ladder Co. 4 (Group 4) presented their officer, Captain Tom Tormey (3rd from left), with a retirement plaque during a firehouse lunch in January. He served for nearly 30-years, starting his career with the former Union City Fire Department. With the captain, (L to R): Firefighters Frank Phillips, Scott Morrison and Al Amaro.

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Cliffside Park Chief of Department Dave Martone listens to a progress report during a 2-alarm fire on Anderson Avenue, Feb. 26th.

High Bridge Deputy Fire Chief Mark Brong at the scene of a recent building fire.

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Instead of chipping in for a retirement plaque, North Hudson Firefighter and Command Technician John Percuoco (left), requested that Group 4 members donate to St. Jude's. On January 28th, he received a check for $500.00 from Safety Captain Dan Mc Eldowney (2nd from left), as well as a shovel for a Shovel the Bull award! The 25-year veteran started his career with the former North Bergen Fire Department. RON JEFFERS

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Three Buildings Consumed by Newark Multiple-Alarm Newark, NJ - A quick spreading fire that required a threealarm response tore through three homes on a frigid February 3rd, leaving 33 residents without a home, but causing no serious injuries. The fire started shortly before 2:00 A.M. at 122 FlemJUMP TO FILE# ing Avenue. Heavy 020518109 fire was showing from the rear and the stiff wind was pushing the flames to the exposures. Additional alarms were transmitted as companies worked to stop the spread of the fire. A coating of ice soon blanketed the area, causing several falls resulting in minor injuries to some firefighters. Operations went defensive as the rear of the buildings became heavily involved, producing some collapses. Companies were able to surround the structures on three sides thanks to the side street and a large parking lot in the rear. Members opened up the exposure building to prevent further spread. The fire was placed under control by 5:00 A.M. The Arson Unit is investigating, but a space heater is believed to be the cause. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Firefighters Put Quick Knock on Two-Alarm House Fire in Tewksbury Twp. Tewksbury Twp., NJ - Shortly after 4:30 P.M. on January 31st, the Hunterdon County Communications Center dispatched a Level 3 County Box Alarm at a residence on Church Street. Township Police quickly arrived on scene, reporting flames coming from the JUMP TO FILE# second-floor. The 020318100 fire call was upgraded to a FirstAlarm. Lebanon Boro Fire Chief Kevin Saharic, Chief 18, was the first fire officer on scene assuming incident command, upgrading the call to a Second-Alarm. Additionally, the East Tanker Task Force was activated for a water supply as there are no fire plugs in the area. Oldwick’s Engine 24-1 was the first engine on scene, setting up on the street in front of the residence. Lebanon Boro’s Ladder 18 quickly followed and set up in the driveway on the fire side of the building, the "B" side Division-2. An initial exterior attack was made with hand lines, quickly followed by an interior attack on Division-2. Tankers set up the drop tank on Church Street at the intersection of Miller Avenue where Fairmount’s Engine 34-62 drafted from to feed the fire ground apparatus. Tankers from the Task Force rotated through filling the drop tank with water. At 5:07 P.M., the Fire Chief advised County Communications that the fire was out and that extensive overhaul operations were starting. The fire was contained to a bedroom on the second-floor and the roof over that room. Other portions of the home suffered water and smoke damage. No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no reports of any injuries. The REHAB center for the firefighters was set up by the EMS Squads across the street in the parking lot of the Zion Lutheran Church Education Building. One of the resident’s cats that was rescued from the house was revived by fire and EMS, who utilized one of the pet oxygen masks that had been donated to several of the fire companies in the beginning of January by a Clinton Township resident. (For more information about that, jump to story #12618102 on www.1RBN.com.) Church Street was closed to normal traffic between CR 517 and Cold Brook Road during the fire. The last fire unit cleared the scene at 7:02 P.M., turning it over to the Township Police. This two-alarm fire drew in fire companies from three counties. Responding to the call from Hunterdon County were: Readington Fire Co. (Station 32), Tewskbury Township PD (Patrol 24), Readington Township PD (Patrol 22), Oldwick Fire Co.

Firefighters from three counties responded to a 3-Alarm fire at this Tewksbury Twp. residence in Hunterdon County on January 31st.

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(Station 24), East Whitehouse Fire Co. (Station 31), Lebanon Borough FD (Station 18), High Bridge FD (Station 14), Califon FD (Station 44), Quakertown Fire Co. (Station 91), Three Bridges Fire Co. (Station 33), Annandale Hose Co. (Station 46), Whitehouse Fire Co. (Station 22), Hunterdon County Emergency Management Fire & EMS Coordinators (Station 86), Tewskbury Rescue Squad (Rescue 24), Whitehouse Rescue Squad (Rescue 22), Clinton Rescue Squad (Rescue 45), and Hunterdon County Medical Center’s

MICU (EMS 1). Responding from Morris County was Fairmount Fire Co. (Station 34). Responding from Somerset County were: Pottersville Fire Co. (Station 63), North Branch Fire Co. (Station 49), and Peapack–Gladstone Rescue Squad (Rescue 51). Some of the responding agencies were assigned to cover assignments for those that were at the fire scene. - RICHARD MAXWELL

A Firefighter and EMTs work to revive a cat that was rescued from a house fire on Church St. in Tewksbury Twp. on January 31st. They successfully saved the cat utilizing one of the pet oxygen masks that had been donated to several of the fire companies in the beginning of January by a Clinton Township resident. RICH MAXWELL FOR LEWIS MOORE

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Quick Work by Ridgefield Park Firefighters at Commercial Building Fire Ridgefield Park, NJ - Ridgefield Park firefighters made quick work at a second-alarm fire in the loading dock area of a commercial building on February 3rd. Around 9:30 P.M., Ridgefield Park police were called to 300 Industrial Ave. for a burglar alarm JUMP TO FILE# sounding. After 020718129 searching the exterior of the building, a fire alarm began sounding, bringing the fire department to the scene. Upon arrival of FD Chiefs, smoke began to emit from the structure. A working fire was transmitted as pallets burned inside the structure. Companies stretched multiple lines, secured water supplies, and gained access through the roll up doors. A second-alarm was transmitted, bringing in mutual aid from Hackensack, Teaneck, Bogota, Little Ferry and Bergenfield to the scene. Firefighters were able to knock down the heavy fire quickly with little extension to the building, however extensive overhaul was needed to extinguish pockets of fire within the piles. No injures were reported and the fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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MEMORIAL BOARD

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SUV Crashes Into Mansfield Twp. Creek Mansfield Twp., NJ - A Lexus RX350 was traveling eastbound on State Highway 57 when it left the roadway and crashed through a couple of mail boxes, a row of shrubs, and ended up in a creek on Sunday night, February 18th. The crash occurred just past the intersection of River Court at 10:36 P.M. Just before going into the creek, the SUV squeezed between a utility

JUMP TO FILE #022218130 pole and a fence post. Initial reports indicated that the driver was injured, but he did not go to the hospital. He appeared uninjured from the crash, but was transported from the scene by Township Police.

SH 57 was reduced to one lane with alternating traffic for east and west cars. The scene was cleared by all units around 11:35 P.M. Responding to the crash were the Mansfield Township PD (Patrol 28), Mansfield Rescue Squad (Rescue 28), Tri-County Fire Co. (Station 29), and Mansfield Fire Co. (Station 28). - RICHARD MAXWELL

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Beachwood, NJ - It is with the deepest regret that the Beachwood Fire Department must announce the passing of Arline Backus. Arline was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary Unit, having served for over 30 years. She was a big part of the Department family and will be missed tremendously. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time.

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From 1603 until 1867, Japanese firefighters fought fires in a “different” kind of way. They wet themselves with hoses so they would be less flammable (causing their uniforms to weigh up to 75 pounds). They used hooks on poles to try to pull the buildings down and smother the fire. They believed preventing the fire from spreading was more important than saving the burning structure itself. Only five percent of all recorded fires which happened in Japan for centuries resulted in death, seemingly proving their methods.


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Some Union County Apparatus

This month we travel to Union County for a selection of apparatus. Featured here is a new E-ONE quint for Hillside, and a converted ambulance used as a tactical unit. Another E-ONE platform is featured for Plainfield. They have since received a newer pumper which will be featured in a later issue. Scotch Plains and Fanwood both received new pumpers and Scotch Plains has since received a new platform, which also will be featured in a future issue. Scotch Plains surrounds Fanwood. Cranford has a new rear mount platform which replaced an older one, and Westfield’s substation has a new engine. Another new arrival from last year is Squad 2 of Berkeley Heights, a 2017 Pierce enforcer PUC with 2000-GPM pump, 710-gallon water and 40-gallon foam tanks, and an 8-kw generator. It has been photographed and will appear in a future column. We have received some news involving the southern half of our state. In Cape May County, the West Cape May FC bought a 1998 E-ONE Cyclone II 2000/750 pumper and a 1994 E-ONE Cyclone 100-foot rear mount tandem axle with 500-GPM pump and 300-gallon water tank, both from the Oakmont FC in Haverford Township, Delaware County, PA. These replaced the Pierce Arrow rear mount formerly of Cape May Courthouse and the Freightliner/3-D pumper. Also in Camden County, West Berlin FC of Berlin Township sold their 2002 Seagrave 100-foot rear mount to Darby FC 1, Darby Boro, Delaware County, PA. Westmont FC in Haddon Township received a new Seagrave Marauder II Hydro Force Squrt with a 60-foot boom, which can throw 1500GPM. It has a 2000-GPM pump and a 500-gallon water tank. In dealer news, Fire & Safety Services reports on the following Pierce orders: an Enforcer HDR with nonwalk-in body for Woodland Park (Passaic County), two Enforcer pumpers for Pennsauken (Camden County) and Enforcer PUC pumper for Avalon (Cape May County), and an Enforcer pumper for the Cheesequake FC in Old Bridge Township (Middlesex County). Pierce deliveries include an Enforcer HDR with non-walk-in body to Neptune Township (Monmouth County), an Enforcer pumper to the Belleplain FC in Dennis Township (Cape May County), and a Saber 4x4 pumper to Harmony Township in Warren County. New Jersey Emergency Vehicles reports the following P.L. Custom ambulance deliveries: Three Medallion Type III’s on Ford E-450 chassis, (two to the City of Clifton in Passaic County and one to the Carneys Point Fire Department & Rescue Squad (Salem County), and a Classic Type 1 on a Ford F-450 chassis to the Florham Park Memorial FAS in Morris County. Campbell Supply Co. LLC reports Spartan ER orders. The Edison Division of Fire (Middlesex County) has tagged on two additional pumpers to the original order of three. Specs include a Spartan Metro Star MFD chassis, 10-inch raised roof cab, Hale 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.

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Hillside Truck-1, 2017 E-ONE Typhoon 1500/480/75' with a 3-kw generator. It was sold by Absolute Fire Protection.

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Cranford Truck-1, 2017 Pierce Velocity 2000/300/100' with 10-kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

Plainfield Truck-3, 2017 E-ONE Cyclone II 95-foot platform with 6kw generator. It was sold by Absolute Fire Protection.

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Fanwood E-7, 2017 KME Predator Panther, 1500/750. It was sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles.

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Scotch Plains E-1884, 2017 Pierce Enforcer 2000/750/50 with 6-kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Hillside Tac-1, 1994 International 4700/Road Rescue. It has a 2-kw generator and was a former ambulance.

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Qmax 1500-GPM pump, 750-gallon water tank and a Harrison 6-kw generator. They will have a 173-inch wheelbase and a 29-foot overall length. The Port Authority of NY & NJ has ordered a Star Tanker for the George Washington Bridge. Specs include a Gladiator MFD chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab, Hale 1500GPM pump and a Hale HPX 300-B18 portable pump for pump & roll capability, Accumax Multi Point 3150 foam system, 1000-gallon water and 2000-gallon foam tanks, Harrison 8kw generator and a 28-foot Boomer with a 1000-pound lift capacity, 1000GPM unrestricted water flow and six Havis Shields scene lights.

They have delivered a pumper and mid-mount platform to Passaic. The pumper is a Metro Star with a 1500GPM pump and 700-gallon water tank. The mid-mount is a Gladiator with a 93-foot platform and a 10-kw generator. Other delivered vehicles include pumpers to Freehold (Monmouth County), Atlantic City Airport (Atlantic County), Millburn (Essex County), and a Boomer to Sea Isle City (Cape May County). Being prepped is a pumper for Livingston (Essex County), and a CAFS pumper for Randolph (Morris County). - CONTINUED ON PAGE 62

Summit T-1, 2017 Ferrara Inferno 100-foot with a 10-kw generator. It was sold by FF1 Professional Safety Services.

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Annandale Hose Company Holds Annual Awards Banquet Clinton Twp., NJ - On February 3rd, the Annandale Hose Company of Clinton Township held their annual banquet at the Beaver Brook Country Club in the Township. In addition to Fire Company members, invited guests included members from their JUMP TO FILE# mutual aid partners, 022318105 Clinton Township’s Mayor and Council, members of the Clinton Township Police Department, along with other special guests. During the banquet, the firefighters celebrated 2017's accomplishments, recognizing members for years of service, top 10 responders, including highest percentage award, chief’s awards, and the coveted Firefighter of the Year. The following members were recognized for their years of service with the Annandale Hose Company: 5 Years of Service: FF/EMT Conner Beaton, FF/EMT Brandon Emery and Lt. Charles Vaden 10 Years of Service: FF John Lertola and FF John Gorman 20 Years of Service: Lt. Fred Schutts 30 Years of Service: Ex-Chief Steve Williams Life Member Status was bestowed upon: Chief Robert Emery, FF Vincent Plakotaris and Ex-Chief Steve Williams The Top 10 Responders for 2017 were: FF Charles "Chip" Riddle - Highest Percentage Award, Lt. Charles Vaden, Lt. Fred Schutts, FF Steve Milne, FF Wyatt Vaden, FF Adam Bettelli, Lt. Tom Zakszewski, FF Brandon Bundt, FF Tom Kantorski and FF Colby Williams Chiefs Awards: Ex-Chief Randy Emery and Ex-Chief Martin Peverley Firefighter of the Year: Lt. Fred Schutts The Annandale Hose Company also presented a special recognition award to the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad and Clinton Fire Department for their 50th & 125th Anniversary, which was celebrated by a joint parade in June of 2017. A good time was had by all in attendance! - RICHARD MAXWELL

Firefighter of the Year was awarded to Lt. Fred Schutts, pictured between Chief Robert Emory and President Marc Strauss. Fred also received his 20 years of service award.

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A special recognition award went to the Clinton Fire Dept. and Clinton Rescue Squad who celebrated their 125th & 50th Anniversaries in 2017. (L to R): Chief Robert Emory, President Scott Wintermute CDFD, Chief Frank Setnicky CFAARS, and President Marc Strauss. RICH MAXWELL

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A Washington Emergency Squad's rig got left out in the snow. A problem faced by many Squads when all the trucks won't fit in the building, some just have to be left outside in the elements. A storm dumped over seven inches of the white stuff across Warren County on February 17th & 18th.

Raritan Twp.’s OEM Deputy Coordinator Frank Veneziale and Deputy Fire Chief Keith Paradiso at the Incident Command Post dealing with a sulphuric acid spill on River Road on February 26th.

Sulphuric Acid Leaking from TractorTrailer Closes River Rd. in Raritan Twp. Raritan Twp., NJ - A tractortrailer transporting sulphuric acid leaked some of its contents onto River Road on Monday afternoon, February 26th. The truck left a slick of acid that was a little over one-half of a mile long, from the intersection of Walter E Foran Boulevard south, up to the yard of Rinchem Company Incorporated, 55 River Road. The placard’s 4-digit ID Number was 1830 for sulphuric acid. Initially, the amount of acid that was spilled onto the road surface and parking lot was undermined. Fire-

JUMP TO FILE #022718101 fighters, who were among the first on the scene, took quick action and immediately requested the Hunterdon County HazMat Team to respond, and started to close the roadway. River Road was closed between Walter E Foran Boulevard and Case Boulevard, about a mile-long section of the road. HazMat crews started the cleanup process and were still on the scene six hours later.

Responding to the incident were the Raritan Township PD (Patrol 21), Raritan Township FD (Station 21), Hunterdon County HazMat (Station 86), Raritan Township Office of Emergency Management (Station 21), New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Three Bridges FD's tanker (Station 33), Flemington Raritan Rescue Squad (Rescue 49), Raritan Township Fire Police (Station 21), and Flemington Fire Police (Station 49). - RICHARD MAXWELL

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HazMat workers deal with a sulphuric acid spill on River Road around 1:00 P.M. on February 26th. A truck left a slick that was a little over one-half of a mile long leading up to the yard of Rinchem Company Inc., 55 River Road.


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NJ Forest Fire Service Prescribed Burning Underway

Manalapan, NJ - The New Jersey Forest Fire Service seasonal prescribed burning program is underway statewide. The annual program reduces wildfire risk by burning the buildup of potential fuels, such as undergrowth, leaves, branches and pine needles on forest floors. Prescribed burns will continue through the end of March, weather conditions permitting. Pictured is B10 crews of the NJ Forest Fire Service treating one of the many fields at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan on February 21st.

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Firefighter 1 Class Graduation Ceremony Held in Ocean County Beachwood, NJ - The Beachwood Fire Department proudly congratulates Firefighter Jordan Lavundi on his successful completion of the Firefighter 1 course at the Ocean County Fire Academy. During a graduation ceremony held on January 25th, FF Lavundi was also the recipient of the Eugene T. Furey Award for Excellence, which was presented by the 200 Club of Ocean County. The Eugene Furey Award is presented to the one graduate who demonstrates outstanding achievement and practical excellence for their performance in the classroom and on the drill ground. Congratulations FF Lavundi on your outstanding achievement. We would also like to congratulate the entire Fall of 2017 Class and the other award recipients. The graduates are: Azeez A. Olayanju- Barnegat Light FD; Jordan W. Lavundi- Beachwood FD; Jacob R. Whelan- Bayville FD; Michael P. Ruby Jr- Lanoka Harbor FD; Douglas M. Lisiewski-

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Lavallette FD; Andrew P. SparesManchester FD; David J. McKayPine Beach FD; Ashley E. Stanfield- Seaside Heights FD; Emily Ann Peraria- Ship Bottom FD; Jake D. Lloyd- Whiting FD; Zachary C. Mickendrow- Whiting FD; and Christopher A. BonnerOcean County Prosecutor’s Office. Other award recipients were David J. McKay of the Pine Beach Fire Department, who received both the Academic Award and the Chief Michael A. Davenport Sr. Award. Christopher Bonner of the Prosecutor‘s Office received the Father Mychal Judge Leadership Award. Congratulations to all, and good luck as you embark on your careers as firefighters! - BEACHWOOD VOL. FD

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Dumpster Fire in Hackensack Hackensack, NJ - On January 31st, Hackensack Engines 1 and 4, along with Ladder 1 and Deputy 1, responded to 106 Frederick Street for a fire in a dumpster truck. The fire was quickly knocked down and overhauled by the companies on scene. No injuries were reported.

PL Custom Emergency Vehicles Announces South Florida Emergency Vehicles (SFEV) as New Addition Manasquan, NJ - February 28, 2018 - P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. (PLCB) is pleased to announce the addition of South Florida Emergency Vehicles (SFEV) to its growing family of distributors. SFEV will be providing sales and service to emergency services providers in the State of Florida. In addition to providing sales and service for PL Custom Emergency Vehicles, SFEV will be able to provide remounting and specialty conversions through PLCB as well. “South Florida Emergency Vehicles is pleased to announce that we are the new representatives for PL Custom Emergency Vehicles in the state of Florida.” David Stonitsch of SFEV went on to say that, “PL Custom will provide us a high-quality line of ambulances. They are based in Manasquan, NJ, and have been in business since 1946. We feel that this will be a great addition to our Sutphen line of Fire Apparatus. Since SFEV is a family business, we felt it was

JUMP TO FILE #022818108 important to align ourselves with family owned manufacturers. Sutphen and PL Custom both are family owned manufacturers and do business in a family-oriented atmosphere. Please contact us for your ambulance needs and let us show you the difference in dealing with family.” According to Chad Newsome, National Sales Manager for PLCB, “David Stonitsch and his team at SFEV are a great addition to our growing dealer network. At a time of great turmoil in our industry, PLCB sees great value in partnering with a company that shares its commitment of focusing on the needs of our customers, dealers, and employees. On behalf of all of us here in Manasquan, we wish to express our thanks to South Florida Emergency Vehicles for joining our family!” P.L. Custom Body and Equip-

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BUDDY SHOTS

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Members of the New Jersey Metro Fire Photographers Assoc. recently visited Boston. During the trip, they went to the Hotel Vendome Fire Memorial. The Hotel Vendome Fire was the worst firefighting tragedy in Boston history. Nine firefighters were killed when part of the building collapsed on June 17, 1972. The Hotel Vendome was on the southwest corner of the intersection of Commonwealth Ave. and Dartmouth Street. PROVIDED

People flooded the streets of Philadelphia Sunday night, February 4th, to celebrate the Eagles' big win over the New England Patriots. However, these celebrations were not isolated to Philadelphia and spread across the region and country. The Hammonton Independent Volunteer Fire Company, Station 2 (Hammonton, NJ), celebrated with a party for their members and families, as well as a bit of noise from their apparatus after the Philadelphia Eagles became Super Bowl Champions!

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Two-Alarm Electrical Fire Damages Building in Hackensack Hackensack, NJ - On Monday, February 12th at 4:26 A.M., members of the 4th platoon responded to a second-alarm fire at 240 Lodi Street. Fire headquaters received a 9-1-1 call from a person stating that he saw smoke in the area of Lodi and McKinley Street. A full assignment was dispatched with Engines 1, 2, 4 and 5, along with Ladder 1, Rescue 1 and Deputy 4. Upon arrival of D/C K. Kalman, he reported fire coming from the roof area and transmitted a SecondAlarm, bringing a Teaneck FAST team and Englewood truck to the scene, and truck and engine recall. Upon arrival of the companies,

JUMP TO FILE #021218117 Engine 1 stretched a two-and-ahalf inch handline into the front door and began extinguishment of fire in the officer area. Engine 5 stretched a backup line to assist Engine 1. Engines 2 and 4 established water supplies and Engine 4 placed its deck gun into service to knock down the exterior roof fire. Ladder 1 and Rescue 1 forced entry through the roll-up doors for additional access to the fire area and conducted primary searches. Additional handlines were

stretched and the fire began to darken down approximately 20 minutes after the arrival of companies. Command requested Engine 3, Ladder 2, South Hackensack Engine 1 and Bergenfield Air unit to the scene to assist in extensive overhaul of the fire building. The fire was placed under control by command at 6:04 A.M. Hackensack Fire Prevention conducted an investigation and found the cause to be electrical on the first-floor in an outlet behind a refrigerator. No injuries were reported. - JUSTIN DEREVYANIK

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Saddle Brook Ex-Chief Doug Habermann takes a break during a house fire on Hayes Drive, February 17th.

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Englewood Truck 2, a refurbished (originally lime) 1995 E-One 110’ rear-mount sets its stick to the fire room in on mutual aid to Hackensack on February 2nd.


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Firefighters carry one of the exhaust fans to ventilate Clymer Village in Lopatcong Twp. on February 3rd, after a smoke condition caused the evacuation of the senior residence building.

Smoke Condition Causes Evacuation of Senior Residence in Lopatcong Lopatcong Twp., NJ - At 2:44 P.M. on February 3rd, Firefighters and Police were dispatched to a fire alarm at the Clymer Village senior residence on Red School Lane. Upon arrival, a slight smoke condition was present on the second-floor. This caused an evacuation of the entire building, which required bringing in neighboring Fire Companies and Police Departments. The cause of the smoke was quickly found and the building was ventilated with exhaust fans. Once the building was clear, all of the residents were allowed to go back to their apartments. There were no injuries reported during the incident. The Clymer Village is an 82,000-square-foot, three-story senior residence building. It is owned

The EMS division of First Priority Emergency Vehicles reports the following ambulance orders: Four Demers MXP150's on Ford F-450 4x4 chassis for the City of Paterson FD (Passaic County), a Demers MXP170 on a Ford F-450 4x4 chassis for the North Stelton FD (Middlesex County), and a Braun Liberty on a Ford F-450 chassis with extended cab for Englewood Hospital & Medical center (Bergen County). Deliveries include four Demers MXP150’s on Ford chassis with extended cabs to JFK Hospital, a Braun Signature on a Ford F-350 4x4 chassis to the Fanwood EMS (Union County), and a First Priority Renaissance Remount of a Braun Chief XL onto a Ford E-450 chassis to the Middletown EMS (Monmouth County). Their apparatus division has received two KME orders. First is for the

Hibernia FC in Rockaway Township (Morris County) for a pumper on a Predator Panther MFD chassis having a 16-inch raised roof cab, Waterous CSU 2000-GPM pump with topmount panel, Pneumax Platinum 200 CFM CAFS, 1000-gallon poly water and 30-gallon Class “A” foam tanks, 3/16-inch aluminum 158-inch Flx body with a low hose bed, painted ROM roll-up doors, and a Harrison 8kw hydraulic PTO generator. The other is for the Collings Lakes FC in Buena Vista Township (Atlantic County) for a pumper on a Predator Panther MFD chassis with a 10-inch raised roof cab, Hale Qmax 1750-GPM pump with top mount panel, 1000-gallon poly water tank, 3/16-inch aluminum, 158-inch Flex body, Ziamatic dual arm hydraulic overhead ladder rack, side body mounted hard suctions, brush finished ROM roll-up doors and a Harrison 8kw hydraulic PTO generator.

They have delivered to the Hazlet Fire District 1 (Monmouth County) a custom pumper on a Predator Panther MFD chassis with a 16-inch raised roof cab, Hale Qtwo 2000-GPM twostage pump with side mount panel, a 1000-gallon poly water tank, 12 gauge C3R12 stainless steel 140-inch Flex body with 94-inch wide hose bed, enclosed ladders and hard suctions, brushed finished ROM roll-up doors and an Onan 10-kw hydraulic PTO generator. A unique feature is the 29foot two-inch overall length with a 1000-gallon water tank. FF1 Professional Safety Services has received an order from the Wildwood Crest FD (Cape May County) for a Ferrara Cinder MVP rescue pumper. It will have a 1750-GPM pump and 500-gallon water tank. It will replace two vehicles.

JUMP TO FILE #022118103 and operated by the National Church Residences based in Upper Arlington, Ohio. They operate over 340 communities across the country. Responding to the alarm were the Lopatcong Township PD, Lopatcong Township FD (Station 74), Pohatcong Township FD (Station 75), Lopatcong Township Rescue Squad (Rescue 74), Lopatcong Township Fire Police (Station 74), Greenwhich Township PD (Patrol 98), Pohatcong Township PD (Patrol 75), and Phillipsburg PD (Patrol 94). - RICHARD MAXWELL

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Lebanon Twp. Holds Annual Fire & Ice Event

Lebanon Twp., NJ - The Lebanon Township Recreation Committee held their annual Fire & Ice Winter Madness Festival at the Memorial Park off of West Hill Road on February 3rd. The event was open to all township residents. The evening was kicked off at 5:00 P.M. with the lighting of the Christmas tree bonfire. The Lebanon Township Fire Department, Hunterdon County Station 19, was on hand to control the bonfire. In addition to the bonfire, there was tailgating, ice carving demonstrations, s'mores, hot chocolate, music, food trucks, sledding, etc. The event was postponed from the original date of January 13th due to high winds. The Festival is sponsored by the Lebanon Township Recreation Committee and the Friends of Memorial Park.


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