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TEMPS HIT NEARLY 100-DEGREES AS FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE PASSAIC THIRD-ALARM

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Passaic, NJ - A three-alarm fire broke out in the late afternoon of July 20th at 302 Howard Avenue in Passaic. Around 5:30 P.M., companies arrived to find heavy fire on the second floor of the home and a second-alarm was quickly struck by Battalion Chief Colavitti.

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Numerous Injuries and Traffic Nightmare Involving a DPW Truck Union City, NJ - “Send everyone!”, was the call from an unmarked police unit on Palisade Avenue, after the city official observed a city garbage truck crash over barriers and plummet, cab first, down to the I-495 depressed highway, under the Palisade Avenue bridge. Twelve people were injured when the bright orange Department of Public Works garbage truck was involved in a major accident that began in front of the main post office at Palisade Ave. and 30th Street, July 3rd. This caused a traffic nightmare in North Hudson and New York City during the holiday week. The truck driver later said to the media, “I lost the brake.” The truck struck several vehicles at the intersection. It then continued to knock down obstacles that included a light pole and clock tower, and then it crashed through the barrier above I-495 westbound and landed on the highway, up against a stone wall. The knocked-down clock tower stopped working at 12:56 P.M. This all occurred a short distance from the helix leading to the Lincoln Tunnel. This accident was described as “bizarre” by a local TV news station. One TV reporter said he constantly travels on the route, the main conduit of the Linclon Tunnel, to go to and from stories and to commute. According to a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman, the truck struck a passing Bolt Bus that was traveling on Route 495. An auto stopped in front of the bus had a metal bar through the windshield, stopping just shy of the driver. Emergency units were sent to the intersection and the highway below. The North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue dispatched a rescue assignment to the scene. Those units were initially dispatched to the intersection above the depressed highway where there were many victims inside the struck autos that needed extrication and medical assistance. An amateur video shows other drivers coming to the aid of the two city workers in the cab of the truck to assist them in getting out of same. They were also helped by city police Sergeants Rubin Rodriguez, David Dunlay and P.O. William Vanderhost. Port Authority Bridge and Tunnel emergency agents from the Lincoln Tunnel also assisted with victims on the highway. Along with the North Hudson fire units, city and area ambulances raced to the 30th Street in-

JUMP TO FILE #070819113 tersection where they assisted victims out of several crushed vehicles. North Hudson fire companies also worked with emergency crews on 495. After extricating some people at street level, Rescue Co. 1 and other units, under the command of Deputy Chief Anthony Venezia, reported to the depressed highway under the Palisade Avenue bridge. Firefighters assisted in stabilizing the truck until it could be removed. The victims were taken to three area hospitals. A local official said they were all in “stable condition.” Emergency units that also reported to the scene for assistance included the Hudson County Sheriff's accident investigation unit, and police from the Port Authority, Weehawken, North Bergen and West New York. Responding medical crews included Weehawken, North Bergen, McCabe Ambulance and the Jersey City Medical Center. Bus routes were shut down going to and from Manhattan. Representatives from the Department of Transportation and engineers also reported to the scene. Four heavy duty wreckers were used to upright the garbage truck, with one operating on the depressed highway and three from the streets above. This was accomplished around 5:00 P.M. The incident was also being investigated by accident specialists during this time. Due to the duration of the incident on a warm and humid afternoon, the Jersey City Gong Club canteen was called to the highway to supply water and wet towels to first responders and towing crews. The westbound highway was opened around 7:00 P.M. Miraculously, no one was killed in the densely populated area. The truck driver, Eulalio Diaz, was released from the hospital a day later. In addition to three injured ribs, he suffered a fractured arm and lacerations to the head. “It got accelerated and I couldn't control it,” he told a local TV station. “I couldn't stop.” That confirmed witness reports that he was seen standing in the cab in an effort to press the brake pedal harder. “I tried to cushion the blow the best I could with the little time I had.”

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Crushed cars with victims inside, downed poles and debris confronted first responders who arrived at the MVA on Palisade Ave. in Union City, July 3rd.

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The city DPW truck crashed through a gate along the Palisade Ave. bridge and fell onto I-495.

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North Hudson firefighters and Union City EMTs work to treat and extricate victims.

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Temps Hit Nearly 100-Degrees as Firefighters Battle Passaic Third-Alarm Passaic, NJ - A three-alarm fire broke out in the late afternoon of July 20th at 302 Howard Avenue in Passaic. Around 5:30 P.M., companies arrived to find heavy fire on the second floor of the home and a second-alarm was quickly struck by Battalion Chief Colavitti. Due to fire extending to the attic JUMP TO FILE# of the home and in- 072119101 terior reports of the ceiling starting to collapse, firefighters were ordered to back out of the structure and conduct an exterior operation. As master streams from Passaic Truck 1 and East Rutherford Truck 1 from the rear were in operation, along with multiple outside hand lines, the rear roof collapsed. It took nearly three hours to knock down the blaze, with firefighters remaining on scene for several more hours to douse hot spots. No injuries were reported. According to responders, the residents of the home were away on vacation at the time of the blaze. The exact cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but Passaic firefighters say the extremely high temps from a heat wave over the weekend contributed to the blaze. The local Jewish community in Passaic aided firefighters working on scene by bringing them cold water bottles and light snacks to help keep their energy up. Mutual aid responded to the scene from Clifton, Paterson, East Rutherford, Rutherford and Wallington, while companies from Totowa, Woodland Park, Prospect Park, Haledon and Little Falls covered at firehouses.

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Florida: Barry Boulton, Sr., 67 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: May 7, 2019 Death Date: May 7, 2019 Fire Department: Plantation Fire Department Initial Summary: On May 7, 2019, Lieutenant Barry Boulton, Sr., collapsed after completion of a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) drill. Resuscitation efforts were immediately rendered to Boulton who was then rushed to the Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, FL, where he passed away from cardiac arrest. Idaho: Charles Alan Ruffing, 53 Rank: Senior Firefighter/Driver Engineer Incident Date: May 21, 2019 Death Date: May 21, 2019 Fire Department: Boise Fire Department Initial Summary: Senior Firefighter/Driver Engineer Charles Ruffing, who had been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder, was found deceased in Boise Fire Department Station 6 as a result of a suicide.

Missouri: Christopher Moore, 42 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: June 7, 2019 Death Date: June 8, 2019 Fire Department: Maryland Heights Fire Protection District Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Christopher Moore was on duty at the fire station on Thursday, June 6, 2019, and Friday, June 7, 2019. He responded to several fire and EMS calls during his 48 hour shift. He complained of not feeling well in the late morning of Friday, June 7, 2019, and was relieved of duty to go home and rest. He stated that he was going to follow-up with his personal physician. He was found deceased Saturday morning, June 8, 2019, at his residence. Investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Alabama: Jared Wayne Echols, 35 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: June 17, 2019 Death Date: June 17, 2019 Fire Department: Springville Fire & Rescue Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Jared Wayne Echols was participating in a recruit training exercise in Anniston, AL. While at the training, he became ill and was immediately transported to the RMC Hospital in Anniston, where he passed away a short time later. Investigation into the incident continues. Firefighter/Paramedic Echols was also an active member of the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Springville, AL. Mississippi: Todd Lanthrip, 53 Rank: Acting Captain Incident Date: June 12, 2019 Death Date: June 13, 2019 Fire Department: Mathiston Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain Lanthrip responded to an automobile accident on the evening of June 12, 2019. He returned home after the response. At approximately 0130hrs the morning of June 13, 2019, he became unresponsive. Attempts by his wife and first responders were unsuccessful and he passed away. Maryland: Michael "Mike" Powers, 70 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: June 25, 2019 Death Date: June 25, 2019 Fire Department: Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Michael Powers responded to the scene of a fatal vehicle accident. While at the scene, he collapsed and suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately transported to the Frederick Memorial Hospital where he passed away a short time later. Investigation into the incident continues.


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Jersey City Firefighters Honor a Good Friend UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

On June 21st, the Jersey City Fire Department honored their own at the annual Meritorious Award Ceremony, at City Hall. Firefighters were recognized for their courage, experience, and life-saving actions. These actions range from fire scene rescues, as well as a scaffold collapse, trench rescue and medical emergencies. The person who was at the center of it all was not a career firefighter, but a loyal friend of the FDJC. Gregory Green, 65, was rescued by firefighters from a burning home when he was 10-years-old. Later, his father took him to the Communipaw Avenue firehouse for a visit. That's when the house was the home of Engine Co. 20 and Truck Co. 5. Both of those companies are gone now, and the house is currently occupied by Rescue Co. 1 and Squad Co. 4. The rest is history. He has spent the past 55-years hanging around that firehouse and watching after his friends, or his second family at his home-awayfrom-home, as he puts it. Over those 55-years, Gregory would respond to fires in his neighborhood and support his Brothers. He would line up empty and full air packs and assisted them in many ways at fire scenes. Back in quarters, he would help fill those empty air bottles and looked after the house when firefighters were out on routine calls. He was an expert at handling the SCBA, and he was the unofficial department Mask Service Unit, before the FDJC activated such a unit! When he wasn't at the firehouse, he was employed by the Jersey City Medical Center, assisting with patient transport. Green is a cancer survivor; however, is battling other health issues.

His friend, Battalion Chief Steve Drennan, transported him to City Hall where he was to be honored. Before the firefighters awards were given out, Gregory was honored by Chief of Department Steve McGill and Mayor Steven Fulop and named Honorary Deputy Fire Chief. He received a badge and ID card. In addition, he was given a photo of himself that was part of a previous department yearbook. Gregory was sitting in the front row during the ceremony with family members. As firefighters came forward to receive their awards, they all turned and offered Gregory a salute and/or hand shake. During the ceremony, it was noted that FDJC Chaplain James Pagnotta is retiring from his church duties after 50-years, but he will stay on as the department chaplain. He has performed this duty for 43years. The chaplain was presented with an official fire department jacket that he will use at fire scenes. Back to Gregory, city firefighters stop by at his rehab center, in the Heights section of the city, and check up on him and let him know he is in their hearts. “They took him in and they nurtured him and loved him,” sister Theresa Brown said. “And, because of that, he knew that he was loved. They became his second family.” “He is one of my most favorite people in the world,” said B.C. Drennan. DOWNS: A fire that started in a Sea Isle City shed, on June 16th, engulfed a fuel tank and fishing boat on 43rd Place. Firefighters from seven departments responded and evacuated neighboring homes during the fire, officials said. UPS: Anthony Tiller has been promoted to fire chief in Westfield. DOWNS: Harrison firefighters recovered the body of a 30-year-old man from the Passaic River, July 4th. Authorities said the victim worked at a popular Ridgefield Park pizzeria and reportedly attended a soccer game earlier. UPS: Christopher Connolly has been promoted to fire lieutenant in Teaneck. DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire on S.

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Jersey City fire officers and firefighters at City Hall to receive their life-saving awards.

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Gregory Green receives his Honorary Deputy Chief's badge from Chief Steve McGill and Mayor Steven Fulop, left, as his buddy, Battalion Chief Steve Drennan, looks on.

10th St., Newark, caused several families to lose their homes, June 15th. UPS: The Asbury Park City Council recently approved an ordinance allowing the city to enter into a contract to buy property at 929 Asbury Avenue to become the city's new fire & EMS headquarters. The 3-story building is now used as a warehouse and has 6,000-squarefeet on each floor. Officials hope to use the existing structure and convert it to a firehouse. DOWNS: In June, a 17-year-old was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, arson and criminal mischief, after authorities accused him of killing a dog by setting it on fire in Newark. UPS: Firefighters in Toms River used CPR to revive a cat that lives at the Harbor Front Condos after a cooking fire broke out in one of the apartment units, in June. The cat had stopped breathing, according to a release from the township's fire prevention bureau. DOWNS: Two people were injured when a 3-alarm fire occurred in an Oakland St. apartment building in Red Bank, June 23rd. One of the injured was a firefighter. His injuries were reported as “heat related.” UPS: The After Hours Lifeguard Emergency Response Team helped rescue a man from the ocean, June 30th, officials said. Margate City firefighters were sent to the Rumson Avenue beach for a report of a person in distress in the ocean. First responders located a man on a boogie board unable to get to the shore line. Three lifeguards used a rescue paddle board and two swimmers with a rescue torpedo to make the rescue.

DOWNS: A family of four was displaced after a fire at their North Black Horse Pike home in Gloucester Twp., June 26th. UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in Union are: James Hannon, James Ellmer, Daniel Norris, Michael Sanford, Ryan Tevnin, Nicholas Watson, Alexander Lapilusa, Patrick Scanlon, James Holmes and Justin Fernandez. DOWNS: Blairstown and area firefighters responded to a fully involved barn fire on East Crisman Rd., June 23rd. UPS: New firefighters in Cranford are: Mike Kniazuk Jr., Adrian Taberna and Matt Kiamie. DOWNS: The famed Hobby's Delicatessen & Restaurant in downtown Newark was damaged by fire on July 1st. The deli recently served as a backdrop for the filming of the “Soprano's” prequel movie. UPS: Shaun Quirk has been promoted to battalion chief in Millburn. DOWNS: A 5-alarm fire burned through a row of Paterson dwellings along Summer St., June 25th, leaving scores of people homeless and firefighters injured. A Red Cross official said 51 people in 13 families received Red Cross assistance for temporary lodging and other needs. UPS: Mark Bagniewski has been promoted to fire lieutenant in Cranford. DOWNS: Four firefighters were injured and a dog was killed as the result of a 3-alarm fire involving a Liberty St. dwelling in Passaic, July 6th. Three firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and one received a laceration to his arm. UPS: Two elderly women were rescued by Atlantic City firefighters from the marsh off West End Ave.

after their kayak ran aground, July 3rd. Firefighters used a drone to assist in the rescue operations. DOWNS: A blind man who resided in a Wayne Ave. home, in East Orange, died as the result of a fire in the building. Two other residents managed to escape while the victim had to be removed by firefighters, officials said. David Swiney was declared dead at the scene. UPS: Retired Paterson Firefighter Luis Vega has been appointed to the city's Youth Guidance Commission by Mayor Sayegh, so he can continue what he has done for many years with his time and talent to uplift children. DOWNS: A fire in two E. 16th St. dwellings in Bayonne displaced 39 people, July 10th, officials said. The fire started in a garbage can between the two homes and spread to both. Three firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion. UPS: A young pit bull was rescued from the Saddle River by Garfield firefighters, July 12th. The dog broke free to chase geese and got swept up in the current of the river, officials said. A rescue boat was launched and the dog was found east of the Midland Avenue bridge. Firefighters were able to grab him using a dog snare and returned Rocky Balboa to his owner. DOWNS: In July, the city of Trenton closed Engine Co. 8's century-old firehouse, on Stuyvesant Ave., due to concerns over its structural soundness, officials said. Engine 8 has been relocated to Engine 9's quarters on West State St. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 10


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The Beachwood FD regrets to announce the passing of Past-Chief Harold "Ray" Durbin. Chief Durbin passed away on the morning of June 18th in Florida after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Ray served with the Beachwood FD from 1963-1979, working his way through the ranks to serve as our Chief from 1977-1978. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Durbin family. Rest easy brother, we got it from here.

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In 1948, the first defibrillation took place in an operating room on a patient undergoing lung surgery. When the patient’s heart stopped, the surgeon performed internal massage on the man’s heart while a make-shift defibrillator was rigged. Operating room workers hooked two copper electrodes to an examining lamp, touched the other ends to the man’s heart, and shocked it into normal rhythm.

Paterson, NJ - Three two-anda-half story frame dwellings were destroyed and an additional one was damaged as flames extended along the closely spaced structures in Paterson on June 25th, prompting a five-alarm response. The initial dispatch was at approximately 1:30 A.M. for a fire reported at 480 Sum- JUMP TO FILE# mer Street. Flames 062519110 had already extended to the exposures as companies arrived. A secondalarm was quickly transmitted, followed shortly after by a third. Heavy fire involved the rear of three buildings and vented out of multiple windows on the second floor of two of them. Flames jumped to the attic of a fourth home as companies attempted to halt the spread. As the heat and humidity began to take a toll on firefighters, the incident reached five alarms before 2:30 A.M. The original fire building was fought defensively while the other three were mostly an offensive attack. Two elevated master streams and multiple two-and-ahalf inch lines were able to hold the flames to the four structures. The fire traveled through the attic areas and burned the roof off of three of the fire buildings. Most of the flames were darkened down in less than two hours. No civilian injuries were reported, however six firefighters suffered heat related injuries. Forty eight residents were reportedly displaced. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. - BILL TOMPKINS

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“Sweet Heat Shrimp”

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UPS: Asbury Park firefighters rescued a baby duck that fell into a storm drain at Main St. & 7th Ave., July 15th. Firefighters responded to the call and found a distressed mother duck nearby and removed the storm drain cover to reach the duckling. The baby became frightened and tried to flee into the pipes, Fred Bates of the APFD said. Firefighter Peter Keeshan pulled a nearby manhole and blocked the duckling from continuing down the pipe. He chased the duckling back to Captain Robert Fahnholz, who had jumped into the storm drain. Fahnholz lifted the duckling to safety and it waddled off with the mother and three other babies. DOWNS: A sub-contractor employee hired by Verizon to work at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pequannock became trapped up to his waist in dirt and rubble after a trench collapse behind the building around 9 a.m., July 8th. As he was digging a trench at a utility pole, a retaining wall caved in, according to police Captain Dan Comune. First responders were concerned about the man's circulation as time passed. Crews used metal panels to stabilize the trench, and the victim remained conscious. At noon, the crews extricated the man and he was taken to St. Jospeh's UMC in Paterson. UPS: Rick Myers has been promoted to fire captain in Roselle. DOWNS: On July 10th, Kearny firefighters responded to a fire at the same chlorine plant that was the scene of a May multiple-alarm, on Jacobus Ave. The Jersey City HazMat unit was called to the scene. UPS: On July 20th, a crew of 20 firefighters from the New Jersey Forest Fire service boarded a plane for Alaska to help battle the Grouse Creek fire. Around the time that they arrived, an estimated 7,750-acres was burning in the community of Rampart. This is the first time the NJFFS has sent firefighters to

Alaska, according to Assistant State Fire Warden Stephen Maurer. DOWNS: Plumes of black smoke rose from a boat fire at Frank S. Farley State Marina in Atlantic City, July 17th. Firefighters knocked down the flames on the small boat docked at the marina near the Golden Nugget. UPS: On July 4th, and his 79th birthday, PBS aired a segment featuring Bob Halberstadt as New Jersey's oldest graduate of the state's Firefighter 1 course. The former paper delivery driver retired at the age of 72. At 54, he joined the Blairstown Ambulance Corps as a volunteer EMT, and he remains an active member. In January, he learned that Blairstown Hose Co. 1 would be starting a Firefighter 1 class, the first state-mandated class, and he enrolled. He graduated in June and will remain a probationary member through November. Blairstown Ambulance Corps Captain Brian Walsh described Halberstadt as an asset to both agencies. With his EMT status, he safely helped deliver a baby boy when he noticed a man stopped in the Holland Tunnel, in 2000, while Halberstadt was on his way to work. That baby is now in college. DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire raced through a century-old mansion on Norwood Ave., West Long Branch, July 16th, that was the former home of the late mayor Henry J. Shaheen, officials said. UPS: A duckling that got trapped in a storm drain on Berkeley Ave., Bloomfield, was rescued by firefighters, in July. They lifted the grate and climbed down and retrieved the duckling. DOWNS: Lightning was blamed for starting a fire at an inactive landfill off of Bergen Ave., Kearny, on July 17th. Twenty tarps that were used in the capping of the site caught fire, officials said. Flames could be seen for miles.

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FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

This dish came together one day when I needed something quick, flavorful and healthy. Normally I try to steer clear of shrimp when cooking in the firehouse. The last thing you want to do is have a run come in while cooking, and have to reheat shrimp upon returning to the station. Overcooked shrimp reminds me of that piece of gum you have been chewing for way too long, rubbery and flavorless…in other words, not good!

Newark Liberty International Airport's (EWR) Mobile Communications Center is one-of-three identical LDV/Freightliner units operated by the Port Authority of NY & NJ at its three major airports. The unit features four slide out sections with various cameras and communications equipment.

a kick. You can find it in most grocery stores now, probably right next to Sriracha coincidentally. Hoisin is a Chinese sauce made from a combination of fermented soybean paste, garlic, chiles, vinegar, sesame oil, and some sort of sweetener. Think of it almost like Chinese BBQ sauce! However, it's very potent in flavor so use much more sparingly than you would American BBQ sauce. It's most commonly used in Cantonese cooking on Peking Duck, which is delicious if you've never tried. When combined with the Sambal, you end up with a sauce that hits those salty, sweet, spicy notes that we all love. This would be killer on some wings too….just sayin'

SAMBAL-HOISIN SHRIMP WITH BOK CHOY FRIED RICE Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

For Shrimp: 1 lb. Shrimp; peeled and deveined 3 Cloves of Garlic, minced 2” Piece of Fresh Ginger, grated or minced Small Bunch of Fresh Basil, leaves picked 3 Scallions, thin sliced ½ C Hoisin Sauce 2 Tsp. Sambal Oelek Sauce (usually found next to Sriracha) 1 Tbs. Canola or Vegetable Oil For Bok Choy Fried Rice: 3 C Rice, *see note below 8 Heads of Baby Bok Choy, sliced into 1” pieces 1 Tbs. Soy Sauce ¼ Canola or Vegetable Oil 1 Clove Garlic, minced *Day-old rice works best for stir fries. If you don’t have day-old rice, cook a batch and spread out on a sheet pan to cool for at least an hour. Procedure:

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But sometimes in life, you need to take a gamble and roll the culinary dice. Luckily this time it paid off with uninterrupted cooking and a delicious meal. Sambal and Hoisin are not words often heard at the firehouse kitchen table, but this recipe is sure to change that. Sambal, particularly Sambal Oelek, is a chile sauce originating from Southeast Asia. It's made with hot red chiles, salt and some vinegar, and quite honestly I think it's more versatile than the more popular Sriracha sauce. It definitely packs some heat but isn’t overpowering and allows the chile flavor to shine. You could definitely use it on its own but I find it used best when mixed into sauces, marinades, mayo or anything else that needs

For the Shrimp: -Combine all the ingredients in a ziplock bag or bowl. Stir/shake to combine. Add shrimp and let

marinate for 30 minutes to an hour. Remove from marinade and set aside.

-Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat, add a few drizzles of oil. Carefully add the shrimp to the pan, flipping as needed to cook through and just until they turn pink. Remove the cooked shrimp, toss with some of the basil and scallion and set aside.

For the Rice: -Clean out the pan or heat another large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the oil, followed by the bok choy. Stir the bok choy until it just starts to wilt. Add the garlic and then the rice. Continue stirring while the rice starts to crisp up a bit. Add the soy sauce. Serve the fried rice, topped with the shrimp and more basil and scallion. AJ FUSCO


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Cliffside Park Mayor Gerald Calabrese swears in Austin Katchen as fire chief for the day, as his family and Chief Greg Yfantis look on. RON JEFFERS

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Mom’s Lecturing Pays Off After Son Rescues Friend from Drowning Duluth, MN - All the years of telling my son "everything that can go wrong will, so be prepared," recently paid off. I stopped by his house as he was leaving with friends on June 27th to go cliff diving. I gave him a hug, and normally I would give a short lecture but I didn’t this time. I knew that I have instilled in him to have fun and live life, but to always be cautious and prepared. My normal lecture goes something like "don’t drown please, it would be bad for business!". All joking aside, what happened that day is something he will never forget. My son called me and said, "Mom, I just saved my friend's life in 200 feet of water! Everyone was cliff jumping so I stayed in the water so that if something happened to anyone I would be close by." When his friend jumped and attempted a double, he opened up

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Cliffside Park Firefighters Provide Special Day for Young Resident Cliffside Park, NJ - The regular monthly business meeting of the CPFD was expedited on the evening of July 17th in order to give a young resident a special treat that he and his family will never forget. Austin “AJ” Katchen has been battling cancer, which is now in remission. AJ and his family and friends showed up at the firehouse for a special honor. First, AJ was greeted by Chief of Department Greg Yfantis and department members. The family

JUMP TO FILE #071819101 was also greeted by Ridgefield Firefighter John La Falce, representing Pink Heals of Bergen County. La Falce gave AJ some gifts, before he was sworn in as fire chief for the day by borough Mayor Gerald Calabrese. Fire Commissioner Dana Martinotti was also present. After taking the oath, Chief Yfantis took AJ and his family for

a ride in his chief's car. He was followed by Engines 3, 5 and 6, filled with firefighters, that traveled through the borough. That's excitement for kids of all ages! Back at the firehouse, refreshments were served. The Katchen family presented the CPFD with a plaque to show their appreciation. It included the words: “We thank you for celebrating AJ and treating our family to a day and experience that will never be forgotten.” - RON JEFFERS

late and knocked himself out. Brody Fleming was just a few feet away. Realizing immediately that there was a problem, he dove under, grabbed his friend and got his head above water. He then found out that his instincts were right and his friend had completely passed out. The friend eventually came to and would make a full recovery. Had Brody been even just a few feet further away, his unconscious friend would have sank straight to the bottom. I am so proud of Brody for not just being in the right place at the right time, but for purposely putting himself there! - CONNIE SYLVESTER

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A future firefighter points to the apparatus that he likes as the TriCounties parade begins. RON JEFFERS

Tri-Counties Fire Association Muster a Big Hit Jamesburg, NJ - This annual antique fire apparatus and flea market has been, and continues to be, a huge success among those who love fire trucks. This was evident by the participants and a larger-than-normal amount of apparatus photographers, from several states, that showed up on the blue sky Sunday morning of June 23rd. Over 50 pieces of firefighting apparatus arrived to be displayed, parade and pump. The muster is held at Thompson County Park, where there is a large parking area for lining up rigs for display purposes, and another parking area for drafting. This association is photographer friendly, and understands the serious apparatus photographers' request. As the rigs drive into the park, the morning sun is at the right angle to stop and pose the rigs for photos before they sign in. There is also a sign, supplied by the organization, that tells drivers to stop for photographs. After checking in, the rigs are lined up in the parking area and prepare for the parade through Jamesburg. Kids, young and old, ride the rigs with lights flashing and sirens sounding. Others enjoy the procession going by and taping same. Back in the park, members of the Jamesburg Fire Department set up a refreshment stand. This includes a breakfast menu for those who arrive early, and the usual hamburger and hot dog lunch is also provided. In addition, there were plenty of vendors under the trees offering fire related items. After the parade, the rigs return

JUMP TO FILE #062519111 to the parking area and the judging begins. Some apparatus operators by-pass the judging and report directly to the lake for drafting. An added treat this year was a ladder pipe operation performed by a 1978 Maxim tiller that saw original duty in Holyoke, Ma. The rig is owned and operated by Camden Fire Captain Joel Bain and his son, Joel, Jr., also a city firefighter. Some of the newer visiting rigs that caught the attention of apparatus enthusiasts (besides the Maxim tiller), included a 1959 Crown pumper from Valley Center, Ca.; an open cab 1960 American LaFrance pumper lettered “Clonbur;” and a white colored 1953 Mack pumper that was a Civil Defense unit in Irvington. In addition, there was a 1949 Ford/Approved, lettered “Warren Grove,” that saw original duty as a city of Philadelphia hose and booster wagon. It is currently operated by the New Jersey Fire Museum & Fallen Firefighter's Memorial. Many operators of apparatus, that spanned numerous decades and are either privately or fire company owned, received a trophy to take home. Once again, Tri-Counties President Dave Burns and his committee that includes Dave Napier, Greg Kennedy and Gary Avazier, and the entire organization, deserve another big, “Well done!”. - RON JEFFERS

A beautiful 1916 Ford Model T, from the Niagra Fire Company, goes through the judging. RON JEFFERS

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Besides hose lines and deck guns, water balloons were part of the arsenal supplied by Paramus Engine 3 at the wet down for Elmwood Park Engine 3 and Rescue 2, July 13th. RON JEFFERS

Two-Alarm Fire Destroys Ridgefield Home Ridgefield, NJ - Ridgefield firefighters battled a second-alarm fire that gutted a home on Elm Avenue during the early morning hours of Saturday, June 22nd. At 4:15 A.M., firefighters were dispatched to 665 Ray Avenue for a possible structure fire. Within two minutes, Ridgefield police arrived in the area and confirmed a working house fire at 616 Elm Avenue. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire showing from the rear of a one-and-a-half story frame, and smoke showing throughout. A second-alarm was transmitted on arrival, bringing mutual aid from

JUMP TO FILE #062219100 Palisades Park, Cliffside Park and Fort Lee to the scene. Firefighters stretched an attack line through the front door and were immediately met with hoarding conditions. Ladder 1 was assigned to the roof for vertical ventilation. An aggressive interior attack was made and the fire was quickly knocked down on the first floor, however flames had already extended into the attic. Evacuation tones were sounded as heavy fire and smoke

began to vent from the roof. All members stretched additional lines and set up Ladder 1 for aerial operations. Once the heavy fire was knocked down in the attic, crews re-entered the house to extinguish any remaining fire from the interior. It took crews a little over one hour to bring the fire under control. Hackensack's Air Unit also assisted on scene, filling bottles. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

WOMEN IN FIREFIGHTING Bayonne FF Ben Lopez of Station 4 proudly displays his mustache which he says is of no particular style, yet it's unique unto itself. JOHN M. MALECKY

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What's wrong with this picture? It looks like Elmwood Park Engine 2's Pierce Quantum has a lettering problem. The photo is a photo of the reflection of the rig from an office building during Engine 3 & Rescue 2's wet down, held in July.

Meet FF Janine Lennon. She is a per diem firefighter in both Kingston and Plainsboro Fire Departments, as well as a volunteer in Plainsboro.

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Fair Lawn Police Officer Alerts Unaware Driver that Vehicle is on Fire

Fair Lawn, NJ - On July 4th at approximately 3:20 P.M., a car being driven by an elderly man was traveling westbound on Morlot Avenue when it suddenly caught fire. Driving behind the elderly man was Fair Lawn Police Officer Luke Hintzen who observed the flames coming from the bottom of the car. Officer Hintzen quickly pulled the vehicle over and removed the driver, who was unaware that his car was on fire. Heavy flames took control of the vehicle shortly after. Fair Lawn Fire Companies 1 and 3, under the command of Assistant Chief Steve Sulcov, responded to the scene and quickly extinguished the fire, which completely destroyed the car. Fair Lawn Vol. Ambulance Corps responded to check out the driver, who was uninjured but shaken up a bit from the incident. He was then transported home by ambulance corps personnel.

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Vehicle News

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This year, Union Squad 4's 2012 Spartan/Crimson 1500GPM/28-foot boom rescue pumper's white roof was repainted red. The traditional color is back and matches the new Pierce engine and truck color that also share the same firehouse.

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Union Ladder 1 is a 2018 Pierce Arrow XT 2000- Union Engine Co. 1 has been assigned a 2018 Pierce En- Bordentown has placed into service a 2018 Pierce 2000GPM/300-GWT/107-foot Ascendant model quint, sold by forcer 1500-GPM/750-GWT pumper, sold by Fire & GPM/500-GWT/107-foot Ascendant model quint, sold by Fire & Safety Services. Safety Services. Fire & Safety Services.

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Meadowlands FD Squad 1's 2001 Ford open-back utility has been replaced with a 2018 Stahl enclosed box. Equipment includes extrication and forcible entry tools, rams, saws and extra tools, portable generator, back-in SCBA, stokes basket, foam cans, etc.

The Jersey City Mask Service Unit is now operating with a new Ford F550/1st Priority unit that has a three-bottle fill station, carries 66 spare bottles and possesses an Onan 7.5 kW generator.


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During Swimming & Boating Season, All-Volunteer NJ Underwater Recovery Team Stands Ready Milford, NJ - In his 20 years as a member of the all-volunteer Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit (GSURU), Capt. Frank Nester has never found a drowning victim who was wearing a life jacket. “The allure of JUMP TO FILE# the water is large, 062119108 but the danger of drowning is underplayed,” Nester said recently, as his team geared up for warmer weather and the start of swimming and boating season. “We don’t teach our kids to respect the water as we should.” Since 1960, the all-volunteer water rescue and dive recovery team has responded to hundreds of water-related emergencies, rescued trapped flood victims from homes and cars, recovered drowning victims, assisted law enforcement agencies with underwater evidence searches, and provided water safety assistance at numerous community events. Team members teach water and ice rescue and boating classes to the general public and other public safety agencies, and offer instruction on water safety to local schools upon request. Based in Hunterdon County, NJ, the GSURU responded to nearly a dozen calls in 2018, six of which were searches for bodies, Nester said. The group’s approximately two dozen members, including a handful of women, are responsible for obtaining their own SCUBA training and gear, and receive no compensation for their efforts. The GSURU does not bill for services and receives no government funding; it relies strictly on support from the community. Other calls last year were for emergency standbys, such as triathlons, which sometimes attract “hobbyists” who can be underprepared for the grueling swimming leg of the race, according to Nester, a GSURU life member. “Our dive team is in boats on the periphery, suited up,” he said. “We call it ‘Ready 20’ - ready to splash in in 20 seconds. “Water rescues have to be made when the rescuers are already on scene,” Nester said, adding that if a victim is not found within 45 minutes, it usually becomes a recovery effort. That’s typically when the GSURU receives a call. “We are the bench, so to speak,” Nester said. “It’s the worst day in a family’s life when their loved one goes missing, but at least there’s closure when we recover the body. There is no joy.” According to the unit’s current safety officer, Greg Mactye, a 37year member, most of what the group does is related to recovering drowning victims. “Early and late in the season es-

pecially, the main danger is cold water, which means hypothermia and drowning subsequent to overturned boats and falls overboard,” said Mactye, a former EMT and Water Rescue Team Leader with the Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad. “The two most dangerous times of year for boating incidents are late fall and early spring, when the air is relatively warm, but the water temperature is in the mid40s. “It strikes everyone, whether you know how to swim or not,” he said, stressing that inner tubes and inflatable rafts are no substitutes for life jackets, even for strong swimmers. Mactye’s specialties are boat handling and safety, and he holds instructor certificates in a number of water-rescue disciplines. Affectionately known as the “curmudgeon in residence,” he was at one time the youngest federally certified boating safety instructor in the Somerville, NJ branch of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Much has changed since the GSURU began nearly 60 years ago. “Back in the 1940s and ‘50s, the standard in recovering bodies trapped below water was to drag the bottom of the water with grappling hooks or use dynamite,” Nester said. “Those were less than ideal techniques.” What hasn’t changed is the dearth of groups nationwide offering the skills and services provided by the GSURU. Pennsylvania, for example, has only one similar organization dedicated solely to underwater recovery, he said, adding “there is no national agency that blesses what we do.” Training for the GSURU takes 3-6 months and not everyone needs to be a diver, Nester said. There is always room for boat operators, spotters, line tenders (of the search lines tethered to the divers), EMTs and firefighters, and even individuals to assist with paperwork, fund raising and publicity. Most GSURU members have been affiliated with the group for many years, with little turnover in membership. “It takes a unique personality to do what we do,” Nester said. “It’s not for everybody.” Some people are surprised the group includes approximately a half-dozen women. “It’s a finesse pursuit,” Nester explained. “It doesn’t require a brute strength.” One of those women is Sunny Longordo, the unit’s first female captain and its current president, who helped institute the policy of assigning a specific GSURU member to act as a designated family liaison when a victim’s relatives are on the scene of an extended search. “Often this is discussed and encouraged in water-rescue and underwater recovery seminars, but few teams actually do it,” Lon-

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Then and now: GSURU members' equipment spanning 100 years.

gordo said. “Frequently, family members who converge on a search location feel helpless, ignored and out of the loop while so much is occurring around them.” Assigning a specific GSURU team member to communicate with a single family representative helps create a bond between the two groups, results in better communication regarding what to expect during the search, and often leads to lasting friendships and connections, Longordo said. The GSURU’s annual Seafood Festival is 1-6 p.m. Saturday, July 20th at the Clinton Elks Picnic Grove, 211 Sidney Road, Pittstown, NJ 08867. The unit’s members use the event as a fundraiser, as well as an opportunity to mingle with and thank community members for their support. For more information on the

Ice rescue training, Merrill Creek.

GSURU and the Seafood Festival, visit http://www.gsuru.us. The GSURU is a member of the 90-year-old nonprofit New Jersey State First Aid Council, now doing business as the EMS Council of New Jersey, which represents 260+ EMS agencies and approximately 17,000 EMS volunteers throughout the state. SIDEBAR: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10 people in the U.S die each day from unintentional drowning. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages 1-14 years, according to CDC statistics. Nester and Mactye offer these water-safety tips: -Respect the water; don’t un-

derestimate its powerful potential. -Swim in designated areas only, when lifeguards are present. -Swim with a buddy. -Always tell someone where you’re going. -Avoid areas with moving water, especially after heavy rainfall. -If boating/rafting/tubing, always wear a life jacket, even if you are a strong swimmer. -If you are caught in a current, swim with it, parallel to land, until you are out of it; fighting the current will only exhaust and likely kill you. -Avoid alcohol use when swimming, boating, or around water in general. - SYLVIE MULVANEY

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In June, the Tri-Counties Fire Association held another successful antique fire apparatus muster at Thompson County Park in Jamesburg. Besides providing food and refreshments, local firefighters brought "J-5," their 1956 Mack 750-GPM/500-GWT pumper, to the show.

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Bayonne uses this Chevy Tahoe for Special Operations.

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Englewood's Tour Command answers alarms in this 2016 Ford Expedition.

In East Brunswick Fire District 1, Old Bridge Chief Andrew Drozdowski operates this 2017 Chevy 4x4 model. RON JEFFERS

Also in attendance at the Tri-Counties muster was this beautifully restored 1953 Mack 750-GPM/300GWT Civil Defense pumper that saw duty in Irvington. It is owned by Garry Steitz of the Union Twp. F.D.

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This is the support logistics unit of the Jersey City Office of Emergency Management. It is a 2014 Ford F-550 with a Stahl body. The driver refers to it as a “mobile tool box.� Besides logistics, it is used for field repairs. Some of the inventory includes a 2-kw portable generator, hand tools (both battery operated and pneumatic), chocks, cribbing, padding, portable lighting, a jack, jack stands, programmable message board, traffic and diversion and light caution tape.

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Jersey City OEM's Support Logistics Unit is a 2014 Ford F-550/Stahl.

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This tattoo was submitted by Bruce Gallagher, retired EMS Captain and current Chaplain of Flanders Fire & EMS in Morris County, New Jersey. Regarding its concept, Bruce said, "The top of the tattoo is FFD and the bottom is 1987, when I started my career. The left side is my coat number 39 and the right side is my daughter's number 211, Chelsi Gallagher."

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Side view of Jersey City OEM's Support Logistics Unit shows opened compartments and lift gate.


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FFs Robert Ronan, Jimmy Migliaccio, Nicholas Buroczi and Steven Erickson.

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City Councilmembers, (L to R): 5th Ward Councilman Luis Velez, 6th Ward Councilman Al Abdel-Aziz, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Council President Martiza Davila, 4th Ward Councilwoman Ruby Cotton, and Councilwoman at Large Dr. Lilisa Mimms.

Paterson Honors Congressman Bill Pascrell

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Captains David Snyder, Lamar Hicks, Christopher Conti and Damien Cooke.

Paterson, NJ - In this tough city, the new fire headquarters structure on McBride Avenue was built with federal funds secured by Congressman Bill Pascrell. On June 24th, the firehouse was renamed in his honor. Pascrell is a life-long resident of the city and served as its mayor. He was also a history teacher. Pascrell has been in Washington, D.C. since 1997. The congressman is a well known friend to the Fire Service. Pascrell authored and introduced the FIRE Act in 1998, authorizing federal support for the Fire Service to purchase equipment, provide training and hire personnel. In 2000, his work led to the

JUMP TO FILE #062519115 creation of the Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program and, threeyears later, the SAFER Act, helping maintain safe staffing levels. These projects have allocated more that $12.5 billion to local fire departments, including more than $29 million for Paterson. Over 200 people assembled at fire headquarters for the ceremony. It was estimated that over 30 New Jersey fire chiefs joined in. “No person has given more for Paterson than he has,” said Mayor Andre Sayegh. Paterson Fire Chief Brian Mc-

Dermott said that Pascrell cares not only about Paterson firefighters, but also for all those who courageously serve across the country. “What's more important is the people that you don't see here today," McDermott continued. “There are many whose lives were saved because of the funding.” Pascrell also serves on the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. “I have always been in awe of our firefighters,” Pascrell said. “Their every day heroism is what inspired me to try and help fire departments in every community in our great nation.” - RON JEFFERS

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FFs Matthew Sanders, Jose Ceballos, Jason Peters and Kenneth Stout.

Hamilton Twp. Fire District #8's Swearing-In Ceremony

Hamilton Twp., NJ - The Board of Fire Commissioners from Hamilton Township (Mercer County) Fire District #8's Colonial Fire Company recently held a formal swearing in ceremony for their career firefighters. The Oath of Office was administered by Fire Commissioner Michael Kashella.

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In Hazlet Township, North Centerville’s Rescue 39-2-35, a 2004 Spartan Advantage/Rescue 1 heavy rescue, once served with the now disbanded Hazlet Township Light & Heavy Rescue.


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(L to R): Ridgefield Deputy Chief Dave Brierty shows firefighting gear to borough Councilman Jim Kontolios and Mesta Chios Mayor Manolis Vournous at Company 2's quarters, July 15th.

Ridgefield Generosity Extended to Greek Firefighters

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On the morning of June 21st, Pine Beach Engine 3811 responded to the 500 block of Cedar Ave. for a reported oven fire. Units arrived and found a burnt pizza box inside the oven. While on scene, the crew got a special thank you from "Jellybean," a new friend and thankful resident.

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Ridgefield, NJ - “It's all about the Brotherhood,” said Ridgefield Deputy Fire Chief Dave Brierty. On the afternoon of July 15th, borough officials, volunteer firefighters and local residents assembled at Engine and Rescue Co. 2's firehouse, off of Bergen Boulevard, to meet officials representing the Republic of Greece and offer their generosity. Members of the fire department gathered some out-of-date firefighting turnout gear, for New Jersey standards, to donate to a poor fire service in Greece. This included turnout coats and bunker pants, boots, hoods, helmets and gloves. The mayor of the municipality of Chios, Manolis Vournous, was on hand to thank the New Jersey officials for their donations to the Vol-

JUMP TO FILE #071719100 unteer Forestry Fire Association. The connections between Ridgefield and Mesta Chios are local. Ridgefield Councilman Jim Kontolios comes from the Greek town, and there are residents of the borough that came from that area or have relatives there. Deputy Chief Brierty said local officials had heard that the Greek firefighters have been fighting blazes without proper gear and equipment. They have been battling fires in civilian clothes. The gear may be outdated by local standards, but can still be useful in protecting fellow fighters in another country.

Mayor Vournous said he has a goal of obtaining appropriate equipment for his firefighters. He also was honored by the caring people on “the other side of the ocean.” The mayor said he understood the brotherhood of firefighters, even “a half-a-world away.” The “connection with Ridgefield is important.” Representatives from the Borough of Ridgefield, including Council President Russel Castelli, Bergen County and the state were on hand for the ceremony. They exchanged proclamations and small gifts. “True Brotherhood expands worldwide,” said D.C. Brierty. - RON JEFFERS

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Known as the “The City Where 911 Began,” Haleyville, Alabama, holds a 911 festival every year that honors all police, fire, and emergency personnel

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Before Jersey City's new Ford F550/1st Priority Mask Service Unit was officially placed into service, it was used to fill air bottles at a 3-alarm fire on Gates Avenue, in April.


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Working House Fire in Lodi Contained to Top Floor Lodi, NJ - At 5:38 A.M. on the morning of July 22nd, Lodi Fire companies were dispatched to 26 Ave. D for a reported structure fire. The first arriving chief confirmed a working fire located on the top floor of the home. Engine 615 arrived first and JUMP TO FILE# stretched hand lines 072219123 to the inside, making a quick knock down.No injuries were reported and the fire is currently under investigation by the Lodi Fire Prevention Bureau. Mutual aid from Saddle Brook with an engine, Wallington with a FAST team and Hackensack with the BC air truck assisted on the scene. Companies covering at fire headquarters came from Rochelle Park, Wood-Ridge and Garfield. Firefighters returned three hours later to extinguish a minor flare up of smoldering debris. - DAMIEN DANIS

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Into the Fire ON THE BOOK SHELF

by John Malecky

Into the Fire By Edric Kennedy-Macfoy Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 e-mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $12.99

This is a hard cover book measuring 6 ½ inches by 9 ½ inches with 224 pages. It is the memoirs of a London firefighter who put 13 years on the job. Now you may say that it seems like he left the job early and that would be the case, but the author did see his share of action, a selection of which is written about here. He is single, lived with his mother and had a younger brother. There is also a brief mention of a daughter. He worked at many different fire brigade stations in some different capacities and his accounts make for interesting reading, especially when it has to do with the different lingo spoken between the American and British

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languages. There are explanations to the reader for certain terms and then there are others that you can pretty much figure out. He explains the command levels as well as the types of apparatus that they use. His calls, or “shouts” as they refer to them as, are diversified from comical, like the swan rescue to the very tragic like the poisoning of two children by their mother. But the most tragic is a fire that involved a large hi-rise residential building which resulted in many deaths and injuries. His input with this fire was not the initial fire attack but rather the overhaul, mop up and recovery which affected him so deeply that combined with other gruesome work that he was called to do collectively caused him to eventually leave the job. There are a lot of details in the descriptions of the operations within the 17 chapters. I sympathize how a firefighter could psychologically suffer. After all, other than in initial training, one does not know what it is like to be in a burning building with minimal to no visibility, unless he or she experienced it within their own home or a building that they had been in. The same goes for medical calls involving the seriously injured or dead! This is a book worth reading! It is one in which a person contemplating a career in the fire service would find enlightening!

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Maywood ex-Chief Dave Pegg, left, and his son, Firefighter Michael Pegg, attended the 31st Hackensack Fire Department memorial services, July 1st.

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IN SERVICE

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FACES OF NEW JERSEY’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

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Jersey City firefighters battled a 2-alarm fire in a Mallory Avenue warehouse under demolition, July 10th. The HHH weather was a factor, and the Gong Club canteen operated at the scene for 6-hours.

Members of Bayonne F.D. Engine 4 take a break while training with their new Spartan ER pumper. (L to R): FF D. Ruiz, Captain M. Petrakian, FF Z. Mackiewicz, Battalion Chief of Training R. Klezcynski, and Deputy Chief of Operations S. Peterson.

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The Beachwood FD would like to congratulate their newest firefighters, Brian Sutera Members of Jersey City Ladder Co. 6 traveled to Paterson on June 24th to participate and Alyssa Fleming, who graduated from the Ocean County Fire Academy on June in the ceremony renaming the city's new fire headquarters building in honor of Congressman Bill Pascrell. (L to R): FF Rolan, FF Rayside, Capt. Bauer, and FF Petillo. 27th and received their Firefighter 1 and 2 certifications.

Hamilton Twp. FD Chief 16 Richard Kraemer, and Chief 13 Steven Kraemer, discuss operations at an all-hands kitchen fire, June 7th.

Jersey City Fire Department Chaplain James Pagnotta, left, received a new department jacket to continue his 43-years of service as chaplain, at the FDJC's annual award ceremony, June 21st.


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Vehicle News

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All-Hands Kitchen Fire in Hamilton Twp.

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Meadowlands TAC-1 is a 2018 Polaris Ranger/Fire Lite Transport 95-GPM/90-GWT/5-GFT emergency unit.

Hamilton Twp., NJ - On June 7th at 4:17 P.M., Engine 14, Squad 12, Engine 16, Truck 13 and Duty Chief (13) Steven Kraemer were dispatched for a reported house fire on Lynwood Avenue. E14, under the direction of Captain Harold Summers, arrived to report a one-and-a-half story, woodframe, single-family dwelling with smoke showing. E14 stretched 200-feet of one-and-three-quarter inch hose line to the front door that was open. Crews had zero visibility upon entering the residence. Chief Kraemer (13) requested the “All Hands� assignment and balance of first-alarm where Engine 15, Engine 18 and Tower 17 were dispatched. Chief 16, Richard Kraemer, arrived to assist. Crews found a fire on the first floor in the kitchen and were able to confine it to the kitchen area. Crews remained on scene to remove burnt items and ventilate the dwelling. Fire Marshal 17, Scott McCormick, investigated. Hamilton Fire Police assisted with traffic control.


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FACES OF NEW JERSEY’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

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Members of the New Jersey Deputy Fire Chief's Association were in attendance at the Hackensack F.D. memorial services held on July 1st, along with many area fire officers and firefighters. Pictured at the memorial monuments after the ceremony are, (L to R): retired BC James Weiss (Newark); BC Robert Morrison (North Hudson); retired BC Charles Lind Jr. (Jersey City); retired BC Craig Bierbaum (Union); retired Lt. Len Coyman (Hackensack); Chief Lou Venezia (Bloomfield); DC Marty Lutz (Belleville); and retired DC Robert Kearney (Teaneck). RON JEFFERS

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Passaic Battalion Chief Kevin Colavitti directs operations at the scene of a three-alarm house fire in the city on July 20th.

Wishing Paterson Deputy Chief Kevin Hancock (right) good wishes upon his retirement are, (L to R): Deputy Chiefs Ryan Murray and Pablo Delvalle. ROBERT CONNELL

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Wyckoff Fire Chief Tim Burke, incident commander, at the rear of his command vehicle.

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Hamilton Twp. FD Squad 12 Captain, Kevin McElroy, working at the scene of a recent kitchen fire.


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Three Swimmers in Keansburg Saved with Some Unusual Help Keansburg, NJ - The volunteer emergency medical service personnel of the Keansburg Fire Department had an extraordinarily busy Fourth of July holiday, responding to 29 calls for emergency assistance in their small one-square-mile borough. One call, which had a very happy ending, occurred right before the holiday fireworks began while they were stationed at the entrance of the fishing pier. The Keansburg Fire Department, that night under the direction of ex-Chief Scott Smit, and Keansburg EMS commanded by Captain Jacob Fera, received a call for three swimmers in distress located far out into the Raritan Bay. Witnesses on the scene stated that the first swimmer was out too far and was exhibiting signs of distress. Two good Samaritans began swimming towards the victim, and shortly after Ptl. John Murray of the Keansburg Police Department entered the water and began swimming out with flotation devices. Captain Fera, while on his way back from a previous EMS call, went to the area on the beach where the distressed swimmers were reported to be last seen. The captain illuminated the area with his emergency lights and high beams, creating a point of reference for the rescue boats. Calls for assistance were made to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit, as well as Middletown and West Keansburg water rescue units, and the United States Coast Guard, Sandy Hook Division. With the sun quickly fading behind the horizon, EMS 1st Lt. Stacy Smallze made the quick decision call to head over to a professional Wave Runner Team who came for some fun in the sun and the fireworks display. Without any hesitation, the Wave Runner operators leapt into action with Lt. Smallze riding on one of the four-passenger machines and EMT Thomas MacDonald on the second four-passenger, along with a third teammate on a two-passenger. All of their machines have been highly modified for top speed and peak performance. Lieutenant Smallze maintained radio communication with the incident commanders who were on the shoreline keeping eyes on the swimmers in distress and Patrolman Murray. Quickly arriving to the location of three exhausted swimmers, the teamwork between the Fire and EMS personnel, Ptl.

JUMP TO FILE #071019100 Murray, and the three Wave Runner racers took effect as they plucked the swimmers and police officer from the Bay and delivered all four back to dry land. Congratulations go to EMS 1st Lt. Stacy Smallze, EMT Thomas MacDonald, and Patrolman John Murray for their meritorious service to the community, its visitors, and friends of the emergency services. Additional special thanks goes to The Hudson River Squad, Sports Watercraft Racing Team out of New York City. - STEVEN CATENA

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Keansburg Emergency Medical Service Lt. Stacy Smallze and EMT Tom MacDonald pictured with members of The Hudson River Squad, Sports Watercraft Racing Team out of New York City.


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Radiation and Crisis Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

In our life, we can learn lessons from our Radiation classes or how it was known in the days of Civil Defense, "Radiological Defense." When dealing with radiation we were taught about time, distance and shielding. We can survive some doses of radiation, when we are given it a little at a time and not that much over a few years. We can survive some radiation if we are far enough from it. How many of us were effected by the radiation from Japan when they had their problem? We also see that when we go for an X-ray, they put the lead apron on us before the technicians move behind their shielding. We also use the same recipe in fighting fires. We are in the heat of the battle for a certain time, usually one or two cylinders of air, then its time for rehab. We have distance that we are from the fire, because some are hotter than others. And we have shielding of our turnout gear and the hosestream. The water acts as our shield as we are in the battle. Back in the days of coats and pull up boots and Fireball gloves, we really understood the shielding that water could provide. With Ems, you have the exposure to the patient and shielding of what bloodborne pathogen

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PPE you are using. If we look at that and apply it to crisis, or disaster or bad stuff in life, I am sure that we can all handle the little stresses in life. We can handle the button that comes off our shirt or running out of coffee. But once in a while we need to remember the importance of exposure. We use time, distance and shielding when dealing with toxic people in our lives. We only speak to them when we need to. Time of Exposure. We may wave to them from across the parking lot and not go into detail when we talk with them, keeping them at a Distance. We may communicate with the person by use of only certain methods or we may use someone else to be their point of contact. Shielding. Granted we are supposed to love our enemies and we may have some people that just drain energy from us. When Christ was in the crowd of people, He was able to feel energy leave when the woman just touched the hem of His garment. Other times his disciples shielding Him by keeping the crowd away, at certain times. We all need to keep our strength and energy up for the things that are valuable in life, like sitting down with the person who is truly in pain and needs someone with compassion. May the Lord bless you and keep you and may you be shielded from the toxic people. Stay safe, Didymus McHugh didymus-mchugh.com

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Bayonne’s new Engine 4, a Spartan ER pumper (right) sits next to it predecessor, a 2001 American LaFrance Eagle pumper.

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Saddle Brook Engine 2's solid red 2019 Pierce Enforcer 2000-GPM top-mount pumper, left, has replaced a 1997 Pierce Lance 2000-GPM top-mount pump panel model.


Hackensack Fire Department: “Never Forget” Hackensack, NJ - City firefighters and officials, along with area firefighters, family and friends, gathered at Fairmont Memorial Park on July 1st for the 31st memorial ceremony honoring those who died in the line-of-duty, as well as the members who have passed since the last gath- JUMP TO FILE# 070319110 ering. The memorial is set on this date to remember those members that were killed at the Ford dealership fire in 1988. They are Captain Richard Williams, Lieutenant Richard Reinhagen, and Firefighters Steven Ennis, William Krejsa and Leonard Radumski. “Never forget,” is the department's motto. The memories of these men, and their sacrifice, are passed on to the younger members. Alarm #1177, on River Street, is in the minds and hearts of all city firefighters. Chief of Department Thomas Freeman said that firefighters don't consider themselves as heroes. “They are simply doing their job,” he said. “When he returns home you might hear him say, 'It was a tough shift' or 'I'm beat',” the chief continued. They seldom talk about themselves, but may tell a story about a Brother firefighter and what he accomplished, he added. Firefighter William Krejsa's widow, Clara, was on hand as she has been for 31 memorials. After the services, she was escorted to the monument representing the five fallen men by her son-in-law Craig Bierbaum, a retired Union battalion chief. She was surrounded by active and retired firefighters. “Each of us carried on to make the job safer for all, every new guy that came on was aware of your sacrifice, and ultimately to Never Forget,” said retired Lt. Frank Pinto, Jr. on his Facebook page. - RON JEFFERS

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Hackensack FF William Krejsa's widow Clara, center, has attended all 31 memorial ceremonies for her husband and his Brother heroes. She was escorted to the memorial by her son-in-law, retired Union Battalion Chief Craig Bierbaum, and surrounded by firefighters.

On July 15th, West Tuckerton Fire Co. hosted a Hose Advancement Drill. With temps near 90-degrees, what better way to cool off than by doing some training with water. Mystic Island, Parkertown and Tuckerton Fire Departments also participated.

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Updates at Merck Labs/Rahway; Two Dealers Have New Products

In 1928, 25-years after the Rahway, NJ facility opened, George Merck understood the needs of his growing “chemical facility” plant and started the company’s first in-house fire brigade with a handful of dedicated volunteers who worked other jobs in the facility. The first piece of equipment purchased was a 1928 Model “A” Ford to transport personnel, gear, hose and fire extinguishers. Ninety-one years after, the site still has a volunteer emergency response team but has also added a career work force of eight Emergency Life Safety Technicians (ELSTs) and four full ELST supervisors. The fire department and ELST group is responsible for emergency response to fires, EMS, hazardous materials and confined space. The ELST group is also responsible for maintaining all of the fire protections systems, including fire extinguisher inspections and testing on all suppressions equipment. The current department has 18 volunteers and eight career staff. Special thanks goes to Fire & EMS Chief Dean C. Manente for the above information. In the photos is Merck’s new Engine 2, which replaces a 1996 Pierce Saber pumper that was transferred to their Kenilworth facility. Also shown is both sides of their new Freightliner/Pierce rescue unit and their Horton ambulance. The other photos include Wayne Township Co. 1's Spartan ER platform, Millville’s KME pumper and Newark’s 110-foot aerial, which was one-of-three in the order. In dealer news, Emergency Equipment Sales & Service has announced an agreement to serve as area Sales and Service Center for HME Ahrens-Fox Fire Apparatus. HME apparatus is built in Wyoming, MI. They will serve the entire state plus eight counties in Pennsylvania. EES is positioned to facilitate parts procurement and service for any existing HME Ahrens-Fox apparatus, HME chassis including those rebadged by other manufacturers (Grumman, Ferrara, etc.), and Ahrens-Fox apparatus. HME Ahrens-Fox maintains a large parts inventory and full records for all current products, prior products still inservice and also antique apparatus by Hendrickson and Ahrens-Fox. EES is finishing up Seagrave orders and has delivered a Seagrave Marauder pumper to Thorofare FC 1 in West Deptford (Gloucester County). It has a Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, stainless steel body, and a Waterous CMU, two-stage 2000-GPM pump. The other dealer is Campbell Supply Co., LLC who has added Lake Assault Boats to its products. Lake Assault Boats, built in Superior, WI, offer hydraulic bow doors, side dive doors, high capacity pumps, versatile work platforms, and high performance quickplaning hulls which reduce response times and increase performance, ensuring crew safety. In other Campbell news they have delivered a stock Spartan Extreme Duty Star pumper to the City of Bayonne (Hudson County). It 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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Merck Labs Squad 1, 2017 Ford E-450/Horton Model 553C ambulance.

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Merck Labs E-2, 2018 Pierce Enforcer 2000/250/350 and 10 kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Millville E-36, 2018 KME Predator Panther, 2000/750. It was sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles.

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Newark L-5, 2018 E-ONE Cyclone 110-foot. It is one-of-three placed in service. It was sold by Absolute Fire Protection. JOHN M. MALECKY

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Merck Labs R-5, 2018 Freightliner M2, 106/Pierce with 25 kw generator, Will Burt Night Scan and two awnings. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

has a Metro Star chassis, 21-inch severe duty bumper, APS, Cummins ISL, 400 hp diesel engine, 167-inch wheelbase, six-seat cab with raised roof, Waterous CMUC20, 1500-GPM two-stage pump with side-mount panel, 500-gallon water tank, high strength aluminum construction, right side ladder storage, ER Smart Storage with SCBA storage and Whelen scene lighting. First Priority Group’s EMS Division reports the following ambulance orders: in Bergen County, 15 Demers MXP150 Type 1’s on Ford F-450 chassis for Hackensack Meridian Health-JFK Hospital, a Braun Liberty Type 1 on a Ford F-450 Supercab 4x4 chassis for Engle-

wood Medical Center, a Braun Liberty Type 1 on a Ford F-450 4x4 chassis with gas engine for Hillsdale EMS and a FPG Renaissance Remount Type 111 on a Ford E-450 chassis for Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck. Also, a Braun Signature Type 111 on a Ford E-350 chassis for Metuchen EMS (Middlesex County), a Demers MXP150 Type 1 on a Ford F-450 Supercab 4x4 chassis for Par-Troy EMS in Parsippany Township (Morris County), two Braun Express Type 111’s on Ford E-350 chassis for the Union City EMS (Hudson County), an FPG Renaissance Remount Type 111 on a Ford E-450 chassis for the Beachwood EMS and a Demers MX170 Type

Wayne Township Tower 1, 2018 Spartan ER Gladiator, 2000/300, 100foot and 10 kw generator. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC.

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111 on a Ford E-450 chassis (both Ocean County), an FPG Renaissance Remount Type 1 on a Ford F-350 4x4 chassis for the Union County EMS (Union County), an FPG Renaissance Remount Type 1 on a Ford F-450 4x4 chassis for the Middletown EMS (Monmouth County), and three FPG Renaissance Remount Type 111’s on Ford E-350 chassis for Inspira Health. Ambulance deliveries include a Braun Liberty Type 1 on a Ford F-450 chassis to Avenel-Colonia FAS in Woodbridge Township (Middlesex County), two Demers TSE Transit Type II’s to Long

Branch EMS (Monmouth County), two Demers MXP150 Type 1’s on Ford F450 4-door, 4x4 chassis to the Morris County OEM, a FPG Renaissance Remount Type 111 on a Ford E-450 chassis to Pleasant Plains (Ocean County), and a FPG Renaissance Remount Type 111 on a Ford E-450 chassis to the Endeavor Emergency Squad in Burlington City (Burlington County).

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EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT

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VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists reports the following ambulance deliveries: an AEV DR-92 on a Ford E-350 chassis to the Washington Township Ambulance & Rescue Squad Association (Gloucester County), a Horton 603 Type 1 on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis to the Dover FD (Morris County), and an AEV DR-92 on a Ford E-350 chassis to the Belleplain Emergency Squad (Cape May County). Blaze Emergency Equipment has received two Sutphen orders. The first is for the Germania FC in Galloway Township (Atlantic County) and is for a 3500-gallon pumper/tender with a Kenworth T-800 chassis. Specs include a Cummins ISX 15, 500 hp diesel engine, Hale Side Kick 1250-GPM pump, elliptical water tank with full stainless steel wrap, two pre-connected crosslays, two 2 ½-inch discharges at the pump panel, one four-inch rear discharge, two rear five-inch direct tank fills equipped with Firemens Friend valves, three Newton Kwik-Dump valves, 3500-gallon Porta Tank with Zico electric rack, five full depth compartments, custom wheel well storage for SCBA packs (2), SCBA cylinders and extinguishers and Spectra scene lights. The second is

for Lower Alloways Creek in Salem County and is for a custom pumper. Specs include a Monarch 73-inch cab with 10-inch raised roof and eight seats, Cummins L9 450 hp diesel engine, Waterous two-stage 2000-GPM pump, 1000-gallon poly water tank, 24-inch extended front bumper, six-inch front intake, four pre-connects, pre-piped deck gun with TFT Extenda-Gun, two rear discharges, low hose bed, two fourinch discharges (one officer's side and one rear), 200-foot booster reel, Onan 6 kw hydraulic generator, one Hannay electric cord reel and nine Spectra scene lights. Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: in Bergen County, an Enforcer pumper for Waldwick and a Saber pumper for Ridgewood; in Atlantic County, a Saber dry side tanker for the Elwood FC in Mullica Township; and for Harrison (Hudson County), an Enforcer pumper. Pierce deliveries include a Saber pumper for Washington Boro (Warren County), and an Enforcer pumper for Cran-

ford (Union County). Defender Emergency Products has delivered to the NJ Sports & Exhibition Authority a Medix RP90ES, Type III ambulance on a Ford E-350 chassis. Specs include an ASA electronic camera system, Whelen LED lighting, auxiliary heating system, EVS Child Safety Seat and a Ferno STAT TRAC cot mounting system. They have two orders for RP-90 ES ambulances on Ford E-350 chassis. One is for 25 units for the RWJ Barnabas EMS and the other is for one unit for the North Bergen EMS (Hudson County). New Jersey Emergency Vehicles has delivered the second USAR crew carrier to the state police. It has a Freightliner M2, 106 chassis with a 10-foot three inch walkin/Rescue body. Other deliveries include two Medallion Type III ambulances on Ford E-450 chassis. One went to the Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance in Morris County, and the other to the Fair Lawn VAC (Bergen County)..

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Two MVAs on Same Day at Same Intersection in Pine Beach Pine Beach, NJ - Early on the evening of July 15th, Pine Beach Chief 3800, Engine 3811 and Rescue 3803 responded to the intersection of Motor Road and Pennsylvania Avenue for a JUMP TO FILE# motor vehicle acci- 071519114 dent with entrapment. Upon arrival units put tools to work, removing the driver of one vehicle. Beachwood Emergency Medical Services and Bayville EMS transported two patients to Community Medical Center. Beachwood Vol. Fire Department was also on scene assisting in securing the other vehicle during the extrication. This was the second MVA that occurred on this road that day. At approximately 8:05 A.M., Unit 3811 responded to assist with the first accident at the same intersection. - JOSEPH DIEHL

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Bill Signed Into Law Further Protects First Responders TRENTON – On July 8th, Governor Phil Murphy signed A4882 and S716 into law, which will enhance protections for first responders, including those who volunteered JUMP TO FILE# for 9/11 rescue, re- 072619103 covery, and cleanup efforts at World Trade Center sites. “Thousands of courageous volunteers put their lives on the line in order to save those affected by the devastation of 9/11,” said Governor Murphy. “We will never forget their selfless acts of heroism, just as we will always be grateful for the first responders who put their lives on the line for us every day. Today we send a clear message to all of our heroes: We have your back. I am proud to sign legislation that will ensure the health benefits and compensation that these incredible men and women deserve.” A4882, also known as “the Bill Ricci World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery, and Cleanup Operations Act,” is named after Lieutenant Bill Ricci, a professional firefighter in Clifton, Passaic County, who volunteered to

serve at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Lieutenant Ricci was ineligible for an accidental disability retirement under previously existing law. However, through this act, members and retirees who volunteered for 9/11 rescue, recovery, or cleanup operations, like Lieutenant Ricci, will be eligible to receive accidental disability retirement. This act will also create an exception to the normal five-year filing requirement for 9/11-related operations. S716, also known as “the Thomas P. Canzanella First Century First Responders Protection Act,” is named after Deputy Chief Thomas P. Canzanella, a former Hackensack firefighter and advocate who served at Ground Zero after 9/11. Deputy Chief Canzanella, who was an IAFF state representative, passed away from a heart attack at the age of 50. In 2016, Governor Christie absolute vetoed a previous version of this bill. Under previously existing law, first responders and firefighters had the burden of proving causation for their illnesses, which often required a significant expense of time and resources. This new law reforms New Jersey’s workers’

compensation law to create a rebuttable presumption of coverage for public safety workers for certain illnesses. For firefighters, those with seven or more years of service who suffer an injury, illness or death caused by certain types of medical conditions would not be required to demonstrate causation or exposure before receiving medical benefits and financial compensation. Other first responders, including first-aid or rescue squad members, police, corrections officers, nurses, medical technicians, and other medical personnel, are also not required to demonstrate causation of illnesses, but are required to provide evidence of exposure. “The Labor Department works hard to ensure that workers receive all the benefits they are entitled to under the law, and this is especially true for our first-responders,” said New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Robert AsaroAngelo. “I’m proud to see that New Jersey’s brave men and women on the front lines, who run toward danger to keep the rest of us safe, will now have access to benefits if they become sick or disabled as a result of their heroism on 9/11, and will be taken care of

in any future emergency.” “I am glad that the lawmakers were able to come together on this so quickly to help us,” said Lieutenant Bill Ricci, City of Clifton Firefighter. “It’s great how there were changes made on the fly to help more people as they became aware of the need. Hopefully, only a few will require this legislation, but it’s here now to help all that need it." “My family is so honored and so grateful to stand here today. It’s been a very long 12 years without him but to see that this work is going to help so many people is just so powerful,” said Allison Canzanella, daughter of Thomas P. Canzanella. “And, I’m just so proud to be his daughter every single day. Thank you.” “Today, with the signing of the “Thomas P. Canzanella 21st Century First Responders Protection Act,” Firefighters, first responders, public safety workers, and their families in New Jersey will benefit in the event of an injury, illness or death in the performance of their duties,” said Dominick Marino, President of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey. “On behalf of the PFANJ Executive Board, its members, and their families, I want to thank As-

semblywomen Quijano and Senator Greenstein for sponsoring and working to get the “Thomas P. Canzanella 21st Century First Responders Protection Act” passed and thank Governor Murphy for signing it into law.” “The IAFF is proud to see New Jersey recognizing the dangers of occupational cancer our members encounter,” said Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters. “The “Thomas P. Canzanella Twenty First Century First Responders Protection Act” will help care for fire fighters who are sick as a result of doing their duty of protecting their community.” “It is time that we the citizens of New Jersey protect our police and fire as they protect us. The signing of these 2 bills is a beginning of this endeavor,” said Robert Fox, President of the New Jersey State Fraternal Order of Police. “I thank the Governor, the Assembly, and the Senate for their actions to get these bills signed into law.” (To read more visit www.1RBN.com and jump to story #072619103) - PROVIDED


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(L to R): Ridgefield Park Assistant Chief John Malool, Fire Commissioner George Fosdick, Chief John Antola, Jr., and Assistant Chief Rodney Wagner welcome all to the traditional ceremony.

Independence Day Tradition Continues in Ridgefield Park Ridgefield Park, NJ - On a warm and humid July 4th morning, village firefighters donned their blue uniforms for the fire department's annual inspection and awards ceremony. Local officials, family and friends gathered at the Memorial Bell on Euclid Avenue. Chief of Department John Antola, Jr. welcomed all as the traditional event commenced at 8:00 A.M. sharp. Assistant Chiefs Rodney Wagner and John Malool were also present. The chief gave a status report on the department, which included the number of alarms answered and improvements. The department now possesses a boat, which on its first run a few days earlier, assisted in the rescue of a man in the Hackensack River. “We are critical of ourselves, and continue to improve ourselves,” he said. The chief also mentioned the department's cancer awareness; and, sanitary wipes are now on board each rig for members to use to remove toxins. In addition, a second protective hood has been provided for each firefighter. Firefighters received recognition, which included service awards. This included: 55-years, George Fosdick and Jospeh Alberque; 50-years, Carl Vettloff; 45years, John Antola, Sr., John

JUMP TO FILE #070819114 Tumon and John Malool; and 40years, Richard Solimine. Fire Commissioner and Mayor George Fosdick said that this was his 39th time standing at the podium. “It is my honor to associate with so many good people, and fire people,” he said. “This nation was built on volunteers-to serve others. You carry on a tradition of those who came before you, and you must not fail.” He added that setting a personal higher standard is the secret of success. Set new goals. After the awards were presented, inspectors began their detailed inspection of apparatus, equipment and uniforms. When that was complete, a breakfast break for all, and then the parade along Main Street. The day was complete when trophies were awarded to the winning companies that were inspected. Truck Co. 2 took home the Commissioner's trophy for first place in the apparatus inspection.

Light smoke vents from windows after the main body of fire is knocked down.

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Wyckoff Handles Two-Alarm House Fire Wyckoff, NJ - On June 24th at approximately 8:15 A.M., the Wyckoff Fire Department was dispatched to 301 Brookside Avenue for the report of a fire. Alert neighbors observed smoke showing from the windows of the home and quickly called the fire department to report it. The house was vacant at the

JUMP TO FILE #062519122 time due to a burst water pipe in a second floor bathroom. The residents were staying in a nearby hotel while a remediation company was working to restore the house. Wyckoff Ambulance re-

sponded and passed out water to the working crews due to the heat. Mutual Aid was received from several surrounding communities. Chief of Department Tim Burke was the incident commander, and there were no injuries on the scene. - MARTIN PELTA

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