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Station 60 bids farewell to Captain James “MONGO” Ivins On Friday, September 13, 2013, members of the Forked River Fire Department and many Ocean County firefirefighters said farewell to James “Mongo” Ivins. Mongo, as he was known to all his friends passed away suddenly at 46 years old on September 7th. Jim was a life member of the Point Pleasant Borough Fire Department and currently a Captain (6030) with the Forked River Fire Department Station 60. Jim was also a Fire Instructor with the Ocean County Fire Academy where he had a direct impact

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joined the Junior Firefighter program in Forked River where they were able to work side by side during training, station details and calls. Jim dedicated so much to helping others from working with the Boy Scouts, to educating young firefighters, always the first one to volunteer for the community education details or working around the station house. Mongo will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to know him. - CHRIS FREEMAN


Orange firefighters battle attic fire Orange firefighters responded to 247 Duane St for a reported structure fire. Units arrived on scene to find a large two and a half story frame with smoke showing. A working fire was struck as engine company members stretched lines through the front door to make an interior attack. While crews were inside, heavy fire started to vent though the attic and eventually though the roof. All members were evacuated from the building as Engine 3 put their deck gun into operation to knock down the heavy fire. Crews re-entered the building and knocked down the remaining fire in the attic. The fire was brought under control within an hour. South Orange and West Orange assisted Orange firefighters at the scene. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation. STATION 60

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Idaho: Mark T. Urban, 40 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 27, 2013 Death Date: September 27, 2013 Fire Department: Boise Smokejumpers - Bureau of Land Management Initial Summary: Firefighter Urban, a smokejumper for the Bureau of Land Management, died from injuries sustained while performing a proficiency jump. Investigation into the fatal incident continues. Michigan: John Allison, 51 Rank: Chief Incident Date: October 7, 2013 Death Date: October 14, 2013 Fire Department: Mason County Rural Fire Authority Custer Fire Department Initial Summary: On October 7, Chief Allison responded with his fire department to a personal injury auto accident as a mutual aid request. After assisting in extricating the victims and providing medical care, Chief Allison and the fire departments remained on scene to assist the Mason County Sheriff's Office in conducting an accident investigation. After clearing the scene, Chief Allison returned to the department and assisted other personnel in restocking the trucks to put them back in service. In addition, because an accident victim was the wife of a fellow firefighter, Chief Allison stayed at the fire department for a while with other members for a debriefing discussion. The following day, October 8, Chief Allison was at home and stated to family that he was not feeling well. That evening, Chief Allison suffered a cardiac event. Even though family members and fellow responders immediately took actions to revive Chief Allison after his collapse, he never regained consciousness. Chief Allison was transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital before being transferred to a hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. Chief Allison later passed away on October 14, having never recovered from the cardiac event on October 8.

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Secaucus firehouse expanding to meet new needs UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

Secaucus is an ever-growing community with new residential structures being built, major highways, and it serves as a major commuter center. The town hosts 18,000 residents in a little over sixsquare-miles, but many more people are employed or pass through the municipality every day. Thus the need for proper public safety protection. The department has acquired a fire-rescue boat and a new rescue truck and tower ladder are on order for the volunteers. Washington Hook & Ladder Co. 1's quarters is about to expand to meet the needs of the town's future. On the morning of October 6th, community leaders, firefighters and friends gathered at the County Avenue firehouse for a ground breaking ceremony. A dwelling adjacent to the firehouse's north side was acquired by the town and torn down. The public safety building will now expand to hold more equipment plus meeting, training and day rooms. In addition, there will be a captain's room and exercise section. The building will have an exterior stairwell for training and standpipe operations. Another feature will be be a “training window” for ground ladder training. Instead of Engine 4's apparatus being tucked into a bay on the Lincoln Avenue side of the building, where the rig is right up against the wall, all units will now have more spacious bays exiting on County Road. The firehouse will contain Engine 4, Ladder 1, Reserve Engine 5, Tanker 6 and small rescue boats. The work is expected to be complete in the summer of 2014. The current firehouse has been gutted out to be modernized with communication to the new addition now under construction. Until the work is completed, the company firefighters will operate out of a building at the motor vehicle inspection station a few blocks north of their quarters. The building is not being operated by motor vehicles at this time. State and local officials worked together to allow this structure to be used as a temporary firehouse. Firefighters are working to make the structure more livable for their duties. Mayor Michael Gonnelli, an exfire chief, welcomed the ground breaking participants and said this was the first new firehouse in town since the 1960's. He added that the developers of the Xchange at Secaucus Junction donated a large portion of the funds to make the addition possible. The mayor mentioned the new apparatus on order and a recently acquired fireboat to meet the grow-

ing needs of his community. Along with the mayor and council members, Fire Chief William Sallick, Deputy Chief Bryan Schoch and Captain David Hardy greeted the assembled persons. The Project Committee members are Chief Sallick, Deputy Chief Schoch, Battalion Chief Frank Prezioso, Captain Hardy, Lt.'s Bill Heaney and Larry Marciano and Ex-Chief's Charlie Opalach and Raymond Cieciuch. The architectural firm of Vandermark & Minervini drew the plans for the project and MAST Construction is the project manager. DOWNS: Six maintenance workers were exposed to dangerous ozone gas at United Water's treatment facility in Haworth on September 24th. A leak was detected during routine maintenance and the ozone system was shut down, a spokesman said. Emergency protocols were put into effect to contain the incident rapidly. Fire units, EMS and the Bergen County HazMat team also responded. The workers were examined at the scene and declined further medical treatment, Lt. Michael Gracey said. UPS: On October 3rd, Commander John Humphreys, of the VFW Cardiff Memorial Post 8098, presented members of the Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company with a check for $1,000. Fire Chief Rob Winkler said it would help the Egg Harbor Township fire company offset its expenses in rebuilding its quarters after it sustained serious damage following an arson fire in August. DOWNS: An elderly Maplewood man was severely burned in a fire on the third-floor of a Curtis Place home on September 26th. Firefighters located the victim in a bedroom during a search and removed him from the burning building, officials said. He was taken to Saint Barnabas Burn Center for treatment. UPS: Kevin Calavitti has been promoted to fire captain in Passaic. Elvis Morales is the new lieutenant. DOWNS: Thirteen people were injured, three critically, in a MVA on October 4th, that ended with a car trapped between a NJ Transit bus and an SUV in Atlantic City. Three people in the car were extricated by city firefighters. The accident occurred at Virginia and Arctic Avenues. UPS: The Westwood Council recognized Firefighter William Quinn this summer for his work with the Bergen County Juvenile Fire Prevention Program, of which he is a charter member. The BCJFPP educates children and teens in an effort to dissuade them from starting fires. They have educated more than 2,000 children and celebrated their 25th anniversary this year. DOWNS: Someone has repeatedly broken a siren used to alert Washington Township volunteer firefighters of an emergency in Bergen County. The siren is located in the woods to the south of Kennedy Drive. It has been repaired and re-disabled four or five


attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the county avenue firehouse in Secaucus included LR: deputy Mayor John Bueckner, deputy chief Bryan Schoch, architect anthony Minervini, Fire chief Bill Sallick, captain dave Hardy and Mayor Mike gonnelli.

times over the years, according to Fire Chief Jamie Powell. Repairing the siren has become more difficult because someone dumped dirt on the unpaved path used to access it, according to Fire Director Tom Sears. “You probably have one disgruntled resident who's doing it,” Council President Steve Cascio said. UPS: Two men delivering furniture on Spring Avenue, Oakland, on October 10th, rushed into a burning home and helped a grandmother and two young girls out of a smokefilled second-floor apartment. The fire was contained to a living room and was extinguished within 15 minutes, said Fire Chief Curt LeRoy. The heroes want to remain anonymous, said Peter Lambeseder, the owner of DOWNS: The Samsung Electronics America building on Challenger Road in Ridgefield Park was evacuated on October 16th due to a smokey car fire in a parking lot connected to the building. The fire spread to two other cars, said Fire Chief Richard La Tour. He stated about 200 people were evacuated from the building when fire alarms went off and the sprinkler system was activated. UPS: Toms River Fire District 1 recently scored an ISO (Insurance Services Office) rating of 3, improving from its 4 rating that the district has had for the past several years. DOWNS: A gasoline tanker truck overturned on Route 206 in Andover, October 17th, seriously injuring the driver of the vehicle that

was struck and spilling thousands of gallons of gasoline. The seriously injured driver of the passenger car involved in the accident was taken to Newton Medical Center before being transported to the trauma center at Morristown Medical Center, Sussex County Sheriff Michael Strada said. UPS: The New Jersey State Fire Prevention and Protection Association recognized the Bayonne Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau and the Bayonne Board of Education for fire protection safety. Students in the district have won three of the past five fire prevention poster contests and seven Fire Bowl competitions. The Board of Education and the Fire Prevention Bureau have worked together for several decades in offering fire safety programs. DOWNS: About thirty people were evacuated from the Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center, October 15th, after a minor electrical fire, Fire Chief James Pedley said. The patients were transported to other facilities in the area. The cause appeared to be electrical, the chief said. UPS: Edison hired 14 new firefighters. A federal grant will pay for ten new firefighters from October, 2013, to the end of 2015. DOWNS: Thirty-four employees of Cuisine Innovations, in Lakewood, suffered dizziness, shortness of breath and chest pains after a gas leak in the industrial food freezing company on Lehigh Ave., October 17th. The cause of the leak of carbon dioxide and nitrogen was not

immediately determined, officials said. UPS: The Exchange Club of Mullica Hill presented Harmony Fire Company Firefighter Hal Brown with its first Gloucester County Firefighter of the Year award. In nearly five decades as a volunteer firefighter in Harrison Twp., Brown, 62, has held numerous positions in his company, including chief, president, secretary, treasure and commissioner. Chief Matt Cardile said Brown has been a mentor for generations of firefighters and called him “the father of the firehouse.” DOWNS: Firefighters spent the afternoon of October 21st battling a fire at Cape May Used Auto Parts in Lower Township. Shop owner Bob Cummiskey said a simple accident escalated out of control. “I was removing a tank from a vehicle and it fell and hit a drop-light,” he said. That's when Cummiskey said the drop-light burst into flames. He and two other people inside the building had to evacuate immediately. UPS: Off-duty North Hudson Battalion Chief Mike Giacumbo alerted residents that their Hillsdale home had caught fire, after he was passing by on Pascack Road on October 19th. The two-alarm fire started in the chimney and quickly spread up the side of the home, damaging the second-floor master bedroom, Fire Chief Jason Durie said. - continued on page 10

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DOWNS: A Union City man doused his ex-girlfriend and the home they shared with their two children with gasoline, October 18th, but he was arrested by police before he could create an inferno, officials said. Police say Edwin Cornejo-Flores and his ex-girlfriend were involved in a dispute when the man took a red gasoline can and doused the inside of the 28th Street apartment, as their two children played in the backyard of the mutli-family building. When the ex-girlfriend confronted the man, he threw gasoline on her as well, police said. The woman then fled to a nearby beauty salon and asked people there to call police. When police arrived, Cornejo-Flores was outside the building and he was arrested without incident. UPS: In Long Branch, Alfred Guzzi was promoted to fire lieutenant. David Phillips has been hired as a new firefighter. DOWNS: A Hopatcong man was severely injured in a fire after he fell

asleep with food cooking on the stove, October 20th, authorities said. The victim was airlifted to St. Barnabas Medical Center's burn unit, where he was placed in the intensive care unit on a ventilator. UPS: Long Branch Ex-Chief John F. Kiely had special feelings for Branchport Hose Company's 1971 Mack R model pumper and after it was replaced by a new rig, plans were made to preserve the handsome veteran apparatus. The 1000-gpm rig was refurbished in 1984 by RSI, and when it was placed out-ofservice, it was stored in the city. Kiely, who was chief in 1976, had the Mack refurbished at his business, J.F. Kiely Construction of Long Branch, as a personal project and donation. The water tank was replaced and a hydraulic lift hose bed floor added. The main function of the veteran now is to serve as a funeral rig giving deceased members of this department, and surrounding communities, a final run. Upgrades to the rig include new diamond plate, new booster hose and warning lights, plus a wood ground ladder.

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West Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Co. (Station 71) hosted a dual housing for their new 2012 Pierce apparatus. Fire departments From Ocean, Burlington, and Atlantic Counties showed up for this event. There was a parade that that started at the local high school and ended at 71’s building. The vehicles were then pushed into the station by the members of the local fire company. Afterwards, there was a celebration at the fire house for the people of the township to come out and see the trucks. Members of Station 71 planned this event for almost a year and it showed as everyone had a great time.

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Tuckerton structure fire At 10:50 a.m. on October 2, a 911 call came in reporting a working fire on the 600 block of Pine Avenue in Tuckerton. 5000 requested a second alarm immediately with heavy fire coming from the C side of the structure. Crews from 50-21 hooked up to a hydrant and pulled two-one and three quarter inch lines. Mutual aid arrived from Stations 71, 52, and72 with 421 as the RIT team. Crews had the fire knocked down within 15 minutes, but crews remained on scene for some time for overhaul. No one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshals office.

Clifton MVA injures two On October 1, 2013 at 1:30 p.m., a three vehicle motor vehicle accident on Route 20 northbound sent one person to the hospital and another had a complaint of pain in his leg. The Clifton Fire Department, Ladder 3 and EMS responded and secured the scene, transporting one driver to St Joseph's Hospital in Paterson. Members of Ladder 3 disconnected the batteries on the vehicles and spread fluid absorbent on the roadway. Injuries to the driver did not appear to be life threatening.

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Aerial rescue for Plainsboro Plainsboro firefighters were dispatched to West WindsorPlainsboro High School North on a report of a student stuck approximately 50 feet high on physical education climbing course. Tower 49 removed the student, who was uninjured.


Allendale hosts fire prevention open house On Saturday, October 12, 2013, the Allendale Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Fire Prevention Day and Open House. AVFD also kicked off its recruitment by promoting new members to join and volunteer in the community. This year, residents and others had the opportunity to tour the firehouse and operate a hose line on a model home with "fire through the roof". In addition, attendees were

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and displayed one of their ambulances to the public. Finally, the department held a rescue demonstration in which a "motor vehicle crash had occurred" and AVFD and AVAC operated together to extricate a patient. The day was packed with fun activities and great information for everyone. - ROBERT POLICHT


Tractor trailer overturns on LBI Just after 11:30 a.m. a tractor trailer overturned between Central Ave and Long Beach Blvd. The truck was fully loaded with debris from a construction site. The truck driver was the only one injured with non-life threating injuries. Ship Bottom Fire Department along with Surf City were on scene for some time. Equipment was brought in to unload the truck so it could be uprighted. There were some lane closures for about approximately four hours. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the local police.


Pin with hazmat in Budd Lake Budd Lake, NJ. Just after midnight on October 24th, a car traveling eastbound on Route 46 left the roadway, striking a traffic light post. The driver's feet were heavily pinned in the small compact car. He was also carrying ten gallons of kerosene. Some of the kersone and other fluids from the car almost made their way to a nearby stream. Mt. Olive Emergency Services worked to free the driver, who was flown to Morristown Trauma Center.

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Our Little Big Guy this month is the marine support unit from the Perth Amboy Fire Department in Middlesex County. Known as Car 12, it is a 2005 Ford F-250 XL Super Duty pickup truck with a 120 gallon diesel fuel tank and a substantial amount of hose. It is used in conjunction with their MetalCraft Marine fire-rescue boat which is berthed at the Raritan River. The boat is available to the county.


Waldwick fire injures three A three alarm fire left a home in Waldwick uninhabitable and injured two firefighters and a elderly resident on September 30th. Waldwick firefighters were dispatched shortly after 1:30 a.m. to 46 W. Prospect St. and on arrival found fire venting out two win- JUMP TO FILE dows in the rear on #093013127 the second floor of the two and a half story frame. A second alarm was called for, followed by a third. Heavy smoke pushed throughout the structure and flames extended into the attic area before they could be knocked down. Extensive overhaul was necessary before the fire could be placed under control at bout 3:00. Ramsey, Ho-Ho-Kus, Saddle River, Allendale, and Wyckoff assisted at the scene and Franklin Lakes and Upper Saddle River covered the town. The fire is not considered suspicious. - BILL TOMPKINS


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Campbell Supply celebrates new facility with open house In 1967, Whitman (Woody) Campbell never could have predicted where the company he started in his Edison home would be in 2013. On October 11th and 12th, Campbell Supply Company, Inc. held their open house at their new facility at 1015 Cranbury South River Road in South Brunswick. This facility is located just off Exit 8A of the New Jersey Turnpike, making it easily accessible for all Campbell Supply customers. The Open House included tours of their state of the art facility that encompasses over 90,000 square feet of space, sitting on over 16 acres of property with 40 full service bays, multiple lounges for departments, tractor trailer drivers, recreational vehicle customers and employees. Scott Campbell, President and CEO of the Campbell Companies, took over the second generation company in 1987. Since then, the company has seen extensive growth and the need for this larger facility. The business began in his father’s home in 1967, moved to a small one room office in Jamesburg, and then to Route 130 in Dayton. In 1969, success brought the business to a facility in Perth Amboy. Only 18 months after that facility began seeing business, they once again needed to expand to meet the extensive needs of their customer base. In June of 1990, Campbell Suppoly relocated to a 7000 square foot facility, also in Perth Amboy. Sadly in 1993 and during a very successful time period for the business, Woody Campbell passed away. Scott Campbell assumed ownership and the position of President with Chuck Yeoman as his Vice President. In 1999, the Freightliner franchise was added and John Craft came on board as Vice President and CFO. Growth within the company soon brought them to where they are today, their new state of the art facility in South Brunswick, NJ. In doing so, they closed both Edison locations and the South Plainfield facility. In order to open the new location, they also purchased a Freightliner business located only two miles away. “Those people turned out to be very nice people,” stated Scott Campbell. “We employ them. They are here. The husband runs the warehouse and Donna is our HR person. They have a son that we employ at our parts counter and they had four other employees that we brought over.” 125 employees call home to the South Brunswick facility, with over 180 employees at all locations. “But, it didn’t happen overnight. We had five employees. We had ten employees. It sounds like it is a lot and it is. But its not like it happened overnight. We just grew and grew and grew.” Also employed within the company are Campbell’s children, Emily, Spencer, and Mason. Scott Campbell stated, “We broke ground on December 14th. It took 264 days from shovel in ground to move in. We had aerial photos taken every month.” Those photos were proudly displayed at the Open House in October.

The early photos showed a greenhouse that was taken down by hand to be rebuilt as new on a different property. Care was taken for the property and especially for customers and employees. The human side of the business truly shows in the layout of the building. Although the company has grown over the years, Campbell put a lot of thought into the comfort of his employees and customers. Located on the second floor is office space for Campbell Supply as well as break rooms, showers, and 40 lockers for mechanics and technicians. Also available for Freightliner customers is their own cafeteria and lounge with full amenities including NetFlix and WiFi, showers, laundry facilities, and a barbershop. A future pet park is also planned. The employee breakroom is set up similiar to a 50’s diner. 27 TV’s were installed throughout the building and were set up for digital messaging and advertisements as well. Although the company is moving more toward teleconferencing to cut down on airfare and travel costs, their impressive conference room can host very large groups. According to Campbell’s first outside sales representative and long time friend, Ted Jensen, Campbell’s corner office has been “introduced often as the Oval Office.” Displayed proudly are numerous New York Yankees items that Campbell has collected over the years. But, “I did not bring all of my Yankee stuff yet,” stated Campbell. He’s still trying to fit everything in. Campbell Supply services customers of Sparton ERV, Emergency Vehicles Incorporated (EVI), Freightliner, Wheeled Coach, Sprinter and ASAP.








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Union City Engine 4's 1966 FWD 1250-gpm high pressure fog apparatus was the first diesel pumper in Hudson County, and it was originally assigned to Engine Co. 5. It is seen operating at a general alarm for Box 422 at Schultz Plumbing Supply Co. on Bergenline Avenue, April 17th, 1977, before it was disconnected from the hydrant and moved to a safer position.


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Saddle Brook Engine 3 operated this 1955 Ahrens Fox engine ahead model pumper.

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Successful mission continues for heroes mortgage program after two successful years Two years ago, 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program. The mission? It was simple. Provide firefighters and other members of the emergency services community, the brave men and women who risk their lives for us every day, with an exclusive mortgage opportunity that provides discounted fees and low interest rates. Mission accomplished. The Heroes Mortgage Program continues to flourish, helping firefighters buy their first house, purchase the home of their dreams and get a better mortgage rate with a refinance. “We knew the Heroes Mortgage was a good idea when we developed it, but we had to still introduce it to the public,” said Joe Belsito, Publisher of 1st Responder. “We were confident from day one and, rather quickly, we started receiving positive feedback from clients. The program took off and we couldn’t be more proud, considering who we are serving, the hard-working people who risk

their lives for us every day.” Over the last two years, the Heroes Mortgage Program has had the pleasure of working with some special individuals. Ernesto Acuna works two weekly 24-hour shifts as a firefighter/paramedic with the Gainesville (Fla.) Fire Rescue Department. And that’s not all. Acuna, 42, also puts in two 12-hour shifts as a paramedic at a local hospital. Talk about dedication. With so much going on, Acuna didn’t have time to be tied down with paperwork during his search for a mortgage. Not a problem. “It made a big difference and made my life a lot easier,” Acuna said. When she and her husband applied for a home mortgage, Lori Yukniewicz admitted being intimidated by the seemingly endless paperwork. However, Heroes Mortgage clients enjoy unmatched customer service and attentiveness throughout the process, from their initial inquiry, to closing. Yukniewicz’s husband, Logan, has been a volunteer with the East Whitehouse (N.J.) Fire Department

for six years, so they took advantage of the Heroes Mortgage Program. The couple sang the praise of the mortgage staff, how helpful they were, and always available. “That’s what we pride ourselves on,” said Steve Testa, an executive vice president with Sun National Bank. “Our customer service, along with our competitive rates, are part of the reason why the Heroes Mortgage Program has been such a success. We are proud of all we have accomplished so far and will only look to build on it.” Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, the Heroes Mortgage Program is offered exclusively, providing personal service, benefits and rates not normally available to the general public. To receive more information about the program and its benefits, contact Steven Testa at or call 973-6159745. Sun National Bank Home Loans and 1st Responder Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage fi-

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Heroes Realty launches in New Jersey Providing personal real estate service to emergency services


hether you are looking to purchase a new home, sell the one you are in for the best price possible, or are even looking to rent or lease a quality home or apartment, Heroes Realty has opened its doors in New Jersey to provide personal real estate services to members of the emergency services community. Heroes Realty specializes in representing its clients in all of their transactions and works extremely hard to bring the best value possi“We are ble. Their overriding misextremely sion is to exceed their excited about client’s expectations and to opening our perform at the highest levels of accountability, infirst branch in tegrity, ethics and service New Jersey that one can expect. and establishing “We are extremely exquality cited about opening our relationships first branch in New Jersey and establishing quality rethroughout the lationships throughout the state.” state with realtors who keenly understand the sac- MARTIN KACZMARCZYK rifices made by heroes in Broker/Owner our community,” said MarVolunteer Fire Chief tin Kaczmarczyk, who in addition to be being the broker-owner for Heroes Realty is also a volunteer fire chief himself. “The realtors who are a part of Heroes Realty are determined to not only provide the absolute best in customer service, but to also bring back enhanced value to our clients because of the experience we have and the relationships we have developed.” Because of their positions in the community, all members of the emergency services community, law enforcement, military, hospital and healthcare community and teachers should be given extra consideration on all of the transactions they embark upon according to Kaczmarzyk. “We have a solid team in place, but we expect to grow quickly throughout the state as word of this program and its tremendous benefits spread,” said David Ciliento who is an agent-owner as well as a K-9 Sheriff’s Officer. “To that end, we are currently interviewing to bring on additional real estate professionals.” Buying A Home

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Selling your house can be an extremely stressful time in your life, filled with confusion and questions. What is my home worth? Will the company I select to list it with really work hard to help sell it? Are there small things I can do to improve it that will bring additional value? Heroes Realty agents can help you with answers to those questions and provide the personal service that a hero should expect to receive. Not only is Heroes Realty committed to helping you find the best price for your home, but they will list it for only 4% (which is lower than most national agency’s fees)

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Paterson home damaged by fire As firefighters responded to a reported structure fire shortly after 5 p.m. on October 19th. A large column of black smoke could be seen from a distance. Engine 5 and Ladder 3 arrived at 575 East 27th St to find a two and a half story frame with JUMP TO FILE heavy fire showing #101913104 from the second floor windows and threatening exposures on the Bravo and Delta sides. A working fire was transmitted as Engine 5 members stretched multiple lines and made an aggressive interior attack on the first floor and second floor. Ladder 3 set up for ladder pipe operations. As additional companies arrived on scene and a water supply was established, second due companies checked both exposures for extension. With heavy fire continuing to show from the second floor and extended into the attic, command ordered everyone to evacuate the building and transmit a second alarm. One ladder pipe and multiple hand lines went into operation, knocking down the heavy fire on the second floor and attic. Crews on occasion would shut down master streams to locate the remaining fire in the building. It took crews a little over an hour to bring the fire under control, however, crews remained on scene for extensive overhaul. No injuries were reported at the time and the fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS


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Former Little Falls Assistant Chief Francis “Frank” Bender passes Little Falls, NJ - The Little Falls Volunteer Fire Department mourns the loss of a dedicated firefighter and veteran. Chief Bender served the fire department for more than 50 years and the U.S. Army between 1957 and 1959. As a member of Great Notch Co. 4, he served 18 years as Assistant Chief. In later years, he served Enterprise Co. 2, where he was active with the Township's Fire Prevention Bureau for over 20 years as inspector. Always dedicated and active with the department, he most recently served as a Safety Officer at fire scenes at the age of 78. Current Chief of the Department Jack Sweezy said, "Chief Bender was a fireman's fireman, a chief's chief, but most of all, he was well respected." This was spoken at his funeral, where over 100 firemen attended a memorial service.

House damaged by fire in New Milford Heavy fire spread though a two story house Friday night, October 18th, in New Milford, only blocks from one of their stations. Around 8:15 p.m., New Milford Fire Department was dispatched to 57 Summit Avenue for a reported structure fire. First arriving units found smoke showing, but no visible fire. Crews stretched two 1.75 inch hand lines though the front door as they were met with heavy fire conditions. The fire, which started in the kitchen, quickly spread to the second floor and vented out two windows in the rear. Evacuation tones were sounded, removing all members from the building as an exterior attack was made on the heavy fire. Firefighters were quickly able to knock down the heavy fire, as crews re-entered the building to extinguish the remaining fire. Members remained on scene as mutual aid companies assisted with overhauling. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation.

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OSHA estimates that over five million workplaces in the United States would be affected by the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). These are all those

Who needs to laugh more than the Fire Companies ---the first responders who deal with dangerous circumstances each and every day? There’s an innovative concept for fund-raising developed by Joey Novick, who is a stand-up comedian and the Fire Commissioner in his hometown: Stand-up comedy shows. Fire companies can get much-needed laughs and profit financially as well. Novick's company, ComedyWorks, provides all-star headline comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and the Tonight Show. Novick’s been producing comedy shows since 1977, and has experience producing shows with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry The Cable Guy, and Tim Allen. "The comedians were very funny, and very professional," wrote Mark Bruhmuller, Fire Chief of the Churchtown Fire Company of New York. “Joey Novick did an excellent job. Everybody loves to laugh, and it's a great deal of fun." ComedyWorks produces more than 300 shows a year, almost 150 of those for emergency service organizations. The money these shows can

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workplaces where employees, a total of approximately 43 million of them, could be exposed to hazardous chemicals. Included among these five million workplaces are an estimated 90,000 establishments that create hazardous chemicals; these chemical producers employ almost three million workers. The revised Hazard Communications Standard's (HCS) total costs an estimated $201 million a year on an annualized basis for the entire United States, is the sum of four major cost elements. 1. OSHA estimates that the cost of classifying chemical hazards in accordance with the GHS criteria and revising safety data sheets and labels to meet new format and content requirements would be $22.5 million a year on an annualized basis. 2. OSHA estimates that training for employees to become familiar with new warning symbols and the revised safety data sheet format under GHS would cost $95.4 million a year on an annualized basis. 3. OSHA estimated annualized costs of $59 million a year for management to become familiar with the new GHS system and to engage in other management-related activities as may be necessary for industry's adoption of GHS. 4. OSHA estimated annualized costs of $24.1 million for printing packaging and labels for hazardous chemicals in color. OSHA expects that the modifications to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will result in increased safety and health for the affected employees and reduce the numbers of accidents, fatalities, injuries, and illnesses associated with exposures to hazardous chemicals. The GHS revisions to the HCS standard for labeling and safety data sheets would enable employees exposed to workplace chemicals to more quickly obtain and to more easily understand information about the hazards associated with those chemicals. In addition, the revisions to HCS are expected to improve the use of appropriate exposure controls and work practices that can reduce the safety and health risks associated with exposure to hazardous chemicals. OSHA estimates that the revised HCS will result in the prevention of 43 fatalities and 585

injuries and illnesses (318 non-lostworkday injuries and illnesses, 203 lost-workday injuries and illnesses, and 64 chronic illnesses) annually. The monetized value of this reduction in occupational risks is an estimated $250 million a year on an annualized basis. OSHA estimates that the revised HCS will result in savings of $475.2 million from productivity improvements for health and safety managers and logistics personnel, $32.2 million during periodic updating of SDSs and labels, and $285.3 million from simplified hazard communication training. OSHA anticipates that, in addition to safety and health benefits, the revised HCS will result in four types of productivity benefits: (1) for chemical manufacturers, because they will need to produce fewer SDSs in future years; (2) for employers, in providing training to new employees as required by the existing OSHA HCS through the improved consistency of the labels and SDSs. (3) for firms engaging in, or considering engaging in, international trade. OSHA is requiring that employees are trained on the new label elements (i.e., pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and signal words) and SDS format by December 1, 2013, while full compliance with the final rule will begin in 2015. OSHA believes that American workplaces will soon begin to receive labels and SDSs that are consistent with the GHS, since many American and foreign chemical manufacturers have already begun to produce HazCom 2012/GHScompliant labels and SDSs. It is important to ensure that when employees begin to see the new labels and SDSs in their workplaces, they will be familiar with them, understand how to use them, and access the information effectively. The above information has been extracted from the OSHA web site and for more information go to: and Hazardous chemicals will always be hazardous and require extreme caution when being handled, but human error and industrial error and mistakes will continue and require response from emergency responders. Therefore, all emergency responders should receive instruction and training on the new GH System and the changes impacting their response and the handling of hazardous chemicals. Familiarization will not occur overnight but will eventually lead to a safer and unified response environment for all. Till next time stay safe and God Bless!

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raise varies, depending on things like the number of tickets sold, how they're priced, the amount spent on promotion and whether food and drink are available. "Mostly companies produce shows in their own facilities, which may hold 300–400 people," says Novick. "We'll put together a show for them that will bring in comedians from major comedy clubs, with a headliner from HBO, Comedy Central, or the Tonight Show. The feature performer will be someone who's headlined the comedy circuit: Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comedy Store. The host of the show will be a comedian who's very high-energy, like a gameshow host, to get the audience warmed up. A triple headliner show!” The Somerset Fire Company of New Jersey produces two fundraisers a year through ComedyWorks. "We've done about ten shows so far, and it's been great," says Mike Rein-

beck, who coordinates the shows for the 65-member volunteer department. "A friend of mine who had used Joey told me, 'This guy books really good acts.' So, we did the first show, everything was great, and we've been doing shows with Joey ever since." "I find their people to be very funny," agrees Adam Hubney, chief of the Atlantic Highlands Volunteer Fire Department in New Jersey, which books comedians through ComedyWorks for its annual dinner. "We have a professional comedy club in our county, and the quality is just as good." Comedy Works provides a 30-page ‘How-To’ guide that assists organizations through the comedy show production and warns of mistakes to avoid. "We make sure they follow everything in the guide," says Novick. "If a company has never done this before, it gives you everything from you need to know. We make sure that things get done right. Clients who follow the guide always do very well and tend to make money.” For information on Comedy Works, call 1 (888) 782-4589, go to or e-mail

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Water main break in Belleville Belleville, NJ. Belleville Fire Department assisted with a 12 inch water main break at Clare Mase Hospital. A 1,500 foot hose lay was used to feed the hospital water until the main could be repaired. Two water tenders from Morris County stood by until pressure was restored.

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Hazlet presents numerous checks Hazlet recently presented checks to several foundations. Front row, left to right: Rosemary DeMichele (NLF), Anna Barney (Deborah Hospital), Tom O’Neill (St. Barnabas Burn Center), Michael Beslanovitz (Board of Fire Commission), Andy Bace (STARS), Barbara Ronchetti (R.A.I.N.E), Bob Baumann (Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation), John Beslanovitz (Hazlet Fire Commissioner who accepted for St. Jude)

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Middle row, left to right: Joe Belasco (Hazlet Mayor), Beth DeMichele (NCVFC), John Gilgannon (NCVFC), Harriet Gerbereux (Deborah Hospital), Cliff Moore (Keyport IHOP), Ali Van Schaack, Russell Longill (NCVFC), Corey Hannuacker (NCVFC), Tom Hyer (Hazlet Fire Company), and Scott Aagre (Ha-

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Brookview conducts live burn drill Firefighters from the Brookview Volunteer Fire Company (East Brunswick Fire District # 3) spent a recent drill night working on Engine Company Operations at the Middlesex County Fire Academy. Crews ran through three evolutions simulating fires throughout the Academy's taxpayer burn building.

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West Milford firefighters on the run Up to 30,000 plus runners made their way from Brooklyn to the World Trade Center on September 29, 2013 following the path that hero Firefighter Stephen Siller took on September 11, 2001. The annual 3.5 mile run raised an estimated $2 million for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and drew participants from around the world. Siller, a father of five from

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Staten Island was a member of the FDNY. He raced to the World Trade Center through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel with all of his firefighting gear on the day of the terrorist attacks. He died attempting to save lives. His family established the foun-

dation in his honor back in 2002 and has raised more than $35 million for many causes including helping wounded US military soldiers. A team of West Milford firefighters from Engine Company's 4 and 5 made the annual run, some with their firefighting gear on. It was a great day in NYC for a great cause. - LIAM GLINANE


East Brunswick Fire District # 1 training Firefighters from the Old Bridge Volunteer Fire Company, East Brunswick Fire District # 1, spent time practicing hoseline advancement at a recent training exercise. Members took turns stretching a number of different hose-lays while also practicing the teamwork involved in moving hose-lines through challenging areas.

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Community bids farewell to Paramedic/FF Lawrence Leonard Rio Grande, NJ. A community came together to say a final goodbye to a local paramedic and firefighter. Lawrence E. Leonard, was struck and killed by a vehicle after he was leaving his shift as a paramedic with Atlanticare EMS, while traveling home on his motorcycle, Leonard struck a deer, he stopped to render aid to the deer, and was struck by an oncoming vehicle which did not see him in the roadway. Police, Fire, EMS, and military personnel were on hand for a

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memorial service at the Rio Grande fire hall. A large number of friends and fellow members of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club were also present for the memorial. Coworkers remembered Leonard, as a kind, caring, and gentle person, who treated others with nothing but compassion even through their toughest time. Leonard was also noted for his

enthusiasm to want to help anyone in need. Leonard worked as an EMT with Atlanticare EMS prior to obtaining his paramedic certification. He was also a member of the Middle Township Rescue Squad, Rio Grande Rescue Squad, and Stone Harbor Fire & Rescue. Following the memorial service, Leonard was given a "last ride" to the Middle Township Rescue Squad, where his "last call" was given. - RON BAILEY

Rollover with entrapment On Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 10:53 a.m., the Far Hills Bedminster Fire Department, Far Hills-Bedminster First Aid Squad and Somerset Medical Center ALS Unit 682 were dispatched to Interstate 287 southbound at milemarker 23.9 for an auto accident with possible entrapment. Upon arrival of Chief Eric Murphy, command was established and confirmation of an SUV on its side with one victim trapped was provided. Engine 29-101 arrived, stabilized the vehicle and performed a roof flap to remove the patient from the vehicle. One, one and three quarter inch handline was

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stretched as a precaution due to the vehicle smoking. One victim was transported ALS to the hospital. The Far Hills-Bedminster Fire Department responded with Engine 29-101, Rescue 29-151 and Command Vehicle 29-161. The Far Hills-Bedminster First Aid Squad responded with Ambulance 29-52 and Somerset Medical Center responded with ALS unit 682. - ERIC MURPHY



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West Paterson handles car into building Woodland Park, NJ. An accident on Rifle Camp Road sent a car crashing into a nearby office building. The result of a two car motor vehicle collision occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on October 15th. It was reported that a car traveling on Overmount Av- JUMP TO FILE # enue went through 101613100 a stop sign and struck another car that was traveling north on Rifle Camp Road. West Paterson Fire Department was dispatched, Engine Company 3 was the first to arrive, as the firehouse is located adjacent to the complex. The car that was traveling down Overmont Avenue jumped the curb and struck the building. It had caught fire in the engine compartment and partially entered the building through a large plate glass window and struck an elevator shaft. Luckily, nobody was in that portion of the building at the time. But, thick black smoke was filling the office complex forcing an evacuation. Firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control and began checking for extension, assessing structural damage. The building at 365 Rifle Camp Road has two stories of office space above a ground-level parking lot. No injuries were reported. A borough construction official inspected the building and deemed it safe for people to return to their offices. - TODD HOLLRITT

On Septembe 6th at about 1:30 p.m., Roseland Police and State Police received calls for an overturned tractor trailer leaking oil. Upon arrival, it was determined the tractor trailer was carrying raw sewage and the driver of the truck was still inside the cab with injuries. Roseland Fire Department began extrication and called for assistance from the Livingston Fire Department. Upon completion of extrication, the driver was transported to UMDNJ by members of the Roseland First Aid Squad with ALS on board. The entrance ramp to Route 280 East from Eisenhower Pkwy in Roseland was closed. Nutley Haz-mat was requested to the scene and was assisting members of the Roseland Fire Department.

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Millstone Fire District 1 members pose with their 2008 Pierce Velocity 2000-gpm pumper. L-R: Lt. Mike Maloney, Firefighters Tim Byrne, Stephanie Carbin, Keith Buckman and Darrell Reilly.

Standing by Mount Laurel Foam 36 are members L to R, FF's M. Macarthur, J. Bennett, Jr. and S. Callahan



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West Tuckerton 7105 at their dual housing of their 2012 Pierce apparatus



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Brick Township Volunteer EMS recently put into service Mahwah Co. 5 has placed into service a 2013 Sutphen The Ramsey Rescue Squad placed into service a 2013 Ambulance 162. Ambulance 162 is a 2010 Ford F-450/ 1500-gpm/1000-gwt pumper that features 4WD Hydraulic six-seat Polaris Ranger 900 ATV. PL Custom. It was originally a demo unit for PL Custom Traction Assist. It was sold by Tim Moots. in Manasquan NJ

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B10 District Warden Harry Davis works on an area littered with storm-damaged downed trees on October 21st

East Brunswick wildfire contained at two and a half acres East Brunswick, NJ. Crews from Section B10 of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, with the help of Brookview Fire JUMP TO FILE Company, con- #102413100 tained a deepseated brush fire on October 21, 2013. This fire was burning in a remote area near Farrington Lake, behind the Elks Lodge. Heavy turfing conditions were being reported due to the very dry conditions in the duff layer making the fire difficult to extinguish. Many storm-damaged trees also made fighting this fire difficult. The fire was finally contained at two and a half acres and crews were back on Tuesday to continue working hot spots. This fire will be monitored until sufficient rain falls over the area. - PETE MONACO


Lakewood Fire Company #1 of Lakewood Twp. still runs Tanker 6408 to calls in town. Tanker 6408 is a 1981 Hahn with a 1500 gpm, 2650 gallon water tank, 90 Class B Foam Tank, 30 Class A Foam Tank. It also has a PTO pump on board that can pump 400 gpm.

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East Orange recently acquired this 1989 Hahn 1500-gpm pumper as Reserve Engine 6. It saw original duty in Point Pleasant Beach.



Cherry Hill’s former Foam 13, which previously served in Fairfax County, VA, now serves Pennsauken Township at Station 4. It is a 1990 White-GMC/CNF with a 1500 gpm pump and a 1500 gallon foam tank. CIRONE PHOTOS

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Wildwood Crest's Q-439, a 2001 E-ONE Cyclone II 75 foot with 2000 gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank and 8 kw generator, once served with the McKinley Fire Company in Abington Township, PA

Sussex County Fire Academy held their Annual Fire Truck Muster at the academy on Sunday, October 13th. Over two dozen apparatus were on display. A bounce house for the children and displays for adults were also on hand.

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Air Med 1 lands in Fair Lawn On Wednesday, October 15th, Hackensack University Hospital medivac helicopter Air Med 1 came to Fair Lawn. Fair Lawn Rescue Squad hosted a presentation for emergency services personnel at their building and were given a video presentation of the operation of Hackensack's new Aid Med 1 helicopter. Air Med 1, based at Greenwood Lake Airport, gives the residents of this area and those within approximately 100 miles a chance for more rapid transportation to a medical facility when needed. Air Med 1 is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to serve residents of the greater metropolitan are.

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One injury in Piscataway On October 14, 2013 at approximately 7:20 a.m., Arbor Fire Engine 643 responded to the scene of a car versus pole on West 7th Street in Piscataway. One minor injury was reported.


MVA for Hackensack On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 6:45 a.m., DC-3, Engines 1 and 2, Rescue 1, and Hackensack UMC BLS and ALS operated at a three car MVA involving a NJ Transit bus and an overturned van. The accident occurred on Route 80 West near Wxit 64. One person was injured and transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Engine 1 remained on scene to address fluid spills and await a towing company to remove the van.

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Division A hosts open house Andover, NJ. Division A held it's annual open house on the weekend of October 12th at their main headquarters on Route 206 in Andover. Fire prevention materials, learning games for the children, and of course, Smokey were all on hand. The high point of the day were the water drops made by the Forest Fire helicopter. Over a hundred attended this event, which lasted into the afternoon.

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Cliffside Park Ladder 1's 2011 Pierce tiller, with stick up, under the George Washington Bridge in October displaying pink lights for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


First due at The Bridge is Fort Lee Engine Co. 1 with their 2005 Pierce Dash pumper. The George Washington Bridge displayed pink lights during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


No greater love than within the brotherhood On March 22, 1986 while buffing a fire in Newark (NJ) at Station 1446 at 8:55 a.m. for a Signal 11 plus an additional Signal 9 fire, located at 424 So. 18th. Street., I was walking around with my son Ken at the fire. We came up to Newark’s Engine 18. I asked the driver, Firefighter Greg Sereico, if Ken could sit in the rig for a picture. He said sure “but wait”, and he put his helmet on Ken’s head. I took JUMP TO FILE # the picture. 100213110 Greg, Ken and I got to be great friends over the years. Greg became Ken’s mentor. Every visit to Newark, we would visit Greg. Greg and his wife Debbie came to Buffalo to attend the Fireman’s Ball, visited Niagara Falls, and even buffed the Buffalo Fire Department. In 1997, Ken got appointed to the Buffalo Fire Department, and on September 16, 2013, when Ken got promoted to Lieutenant, Greg now a Battalion Chief with the Newark Fire Department, surprised him by traveling to Buffalo with his wife Debbie, to attend the promotion ceremony. That evening Greg and Debbie took Ken, his daughter Liz, my wife Sandy and I to Chefs Italian Restaurant for a celebration dinner. During the meal, Greg presented Ken a gift. As Ken opened the package, his eyes lit up! It was the Newark Engine 18 helmet that Greg put on Ken at the fire the first time they met 25 years ago! Greg said, “You know what this helmet means to me. That’s how much our friendship means to me now”. There is no greater love to a firefighter than to give his prize helmet to someone he respects! - RICH SIKORA


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Kids were able to use a 1inch Fast Attack Line off of the new truck and shot at flame targets with Assistant Chief Dan Wolf.

Dividing Creek Fire Company holds open house On October 5th 2013, the Dividing Creek Fire Company held an open house. This year, they celebrated 75 years of service to the town of Dividing Creek. The fire JUMP TO FILE company originally #100813109 started in April of 1938 and that year they had a small carnival to celebrate. “We felt we should celebrate our birthday with those who support us, the town folks.” The company celebrated the delivery of their newest truck, a 2013 KME Freightliner tender/pumper. This truck replaces their 1985 tender. The old tender carried 2500 gallons of water and two firefighters. The new tender carries 3000 gallons of water and a total of five firefighter with four of them with air packs on. We incorporated fire prevention materials like hats, crayons, and booklets for the children. There were also pamphlets with fire safety information. Chief Mark Harris and Firefighter Duane Donoflio custom built a house for the children to use an actual fire hose, a one inch fast attack line, off of the new truck to hit flame targets that would fall away when hit. A dunk tank was also on hand from Laurel Lake Fire & Rescue. - DANIEL WOLF


Saddle Brook's tower performed “donuts” around Rochelle Park's new American LaFrance platform during Rochelle Park Fire Department's wet down ceremony in October.


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Hampton Boro, NJ. Hampton Boro Fire Company was dispatched to a house fire on Main Street Wednesday morning, October 23rd. On arrival, heavy fire was showing from the Bravo side. JUMP TO FILE # Mutual Aid was 102313121 dispatched to assist with this large wood frame dwelling. The fire appears to have started in the basement and made it's way up to the attic through the balloon frame construction. No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. - WILLIE CIRONE

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Paramus Engine Co. 4 has accepted delivery of a 2013 The Middlesex County Haz Mat Unit accepted delivery Roseland accepted delivery of a 2013 Pierce Impel KME 1750-gpm/500-gwt/30-A-gft pumper with an eight- of a 2013 Ford F550/Rescue 1 "ďŹ rst-out" response vehi- P.U.C. model 1500-gpm rescue-pumper sold by Fire & man cab. cle. Safety Services.




Sayreville Engine 7 has placed into service a 2013 This year, Carteret placed into service a 2008 Pierce Maple Shade received a 2013 Pierce Velocity 1750-gpm Pierce Dash P.U.C. model 1500-gpm/720-gwt/30-A gft Dash 2000-gpm pumper as Engine 6. It was acquired pumper with a "Squrt" remounted from a former piece of pumper sold by Fire & Safety Services. from the West End Fire Co. of Phoenixville, Pa. department apparatus.



Bogota Ladder 1's formerly white colored 1993 E-One The Lanoka Harbor Fire Company #1 of Lacey Twp re110-foot rearmount aerial has been refurbished by the cently put into service Rescue-Engine 6113. Rescue-Ensame company and now sports black over red colors. gine 6113 is a 2013 Spartan MetroStar/Marion with 1500gpm, 500 water tank and 20 gallon foam tank.

Keasbey Fire Department of Keasbey, NJ has taken delivery of a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe with a First Priority Emergency Vehicles Deluxe Fire Command Conversion Package.





In Lower Township, the Town Bank V.F.C. received a Kearny has acquired a Ford F-350 4WD/Knaphede/Intera The Ramtown Fire Company of Howell Twp recently put 2013 Pierce Velocity P.U.C. model 1500-gpm pumper Plastic Products Quick Attack Vehicle through Port Se- into service Utility 19-4-88. Utility 19-4-88 is a 2012 GMC sold by Fire & Safety Services. curity funds. Sierra 2500. Their old utility van was donated to Union Beach Fire Department.

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The Ramsey Rescue Squad now operates this 1999 The Ramsey Rescue Squad placed into service this 2009 The Ramsey Rescue Squad also acquired this 2000 Ford Freightliner FL-106/Rescue 1 unit that saw original duty Freightliner/2007 Seagrave box unit that was formerly a F350 4WD unit from the former Saddle River Valley Reswith the Saddle River Valley Rescue Squad. That unit Saddle River Valley Rescue Squad unit. cue Squad. merged with Ramsey's squad in 2012.

NJFAC election results Somerset, NJ. Members of the New Jersey State First Aid Council (NJSFAC) re-elected the volunteer emergency medical service organization’s current officers for another term in JUMP TO FILE # 2014 during their 102413104 October 9-13, 2013 annual meeting at the DoubleTree Somerset Hotel and Conference Center here. Results of the vote were as follows: President Howard Meyer (Summit) Northern Area Vice President Cyndy Reardon (Bloomingdale) Central Area Vice President Joseph G. Walsh, Jr. (Neptune) Southern Area Vice President Bryan Platt (New Egypt) Treasurer Ken Weinberg (Pittstown) Assistant Treasurer LeRoy Gunzelman (Somerville) Secretary Barbara Platt (New Egypt) Membership Secretary Sue Meyer (Summit) Installation of officers will take place during the group’s general membership meeting in January. The 84-year-old nonprofit NJSFAC represents more than 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with 300-plus first aid and rescue squads throughout the state. - PROVIDED

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FF1 is New Jersey’s new Ferrara dealer Firefighter One LLC (FF1), is a premier provider of high quality first responder products and services. Founded in 2005 by an experienced firefighter and past chief, Firefighter One serves the first responder community with unprecedented levels of experience and efficiency. Their growth and expansion into not only equipment, but professional services, has led them to take a big step and rebrand the company. On September 12, 2013, Firefighter One LLC is now known as “FF1 Professional Services.” Also in 2013, FF1 became the official dealer for Ferrara Fire Apparatus in New Jersey. The partnership adds a long list of premier vendors that FF1 Professional Safety Services works with each and every day. The following is a release from Ferrara: Ferrara Fire Apparatus of Holden, Louisiana is pleased to announce the addition of FF1 Professional Safety Services of Sparta, NJ as their new authorized dealer for the state of NJ and northeastern PA. With three locations on NJ; Sparta, Succasunna and Hazlet, FF1 is able to provide excellent customer service throughout the entire territory. “We’re extremely excited to have an energetic organization like FF1 join our dealer network,” said President/CEO Chris Ferrara. “Through their outstanding service and knowledge of their customers, FF1 has achieved a high level of success with each line of equipment they carry. “We believe they’ll have the same experience with Ferrara Fire Apparatus. Along with apparatus and equipment sales, FF1 Professional Safety Services has a fully certified service, training division and retail branch of the sales division. The service team is trained to service all TNT Rescue tools, do flow testing and calibrating of MSA air packs and gas meters, hydro static testing and much more. The training division covers the entire state educating from basic fire attack to confined space or swift water rescue. The three storefronts offer a wide variety of apparel from 5.11 tactical, tools and equipment from Streamlight, Akron Brass, Whelen and Boston Leather uniform brass from Smith & Warren and much more! Absolute Fire Protection reports that Bogota’s Ladder 1, (Bergen County), a 1992 E-ONE Hurricane 110 foot rearmount has been refurbished by E-ONE. Also in Bergen County, Tim Moots has delivered to Mahwah Fire Co. 5, a 2013 Sutphen Shield pumper featuring an Add-A-Drive, hydraulic controlled four-wheel-drive system with Traction Assist. Specs include a 1500 gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, 6 kw generator and a 450 hp Cummins engine. Still in production is a Sutphen pumper for the Cheesequake FC in Old Bridge Township (Middlesex County.) New Jersey Emergency Vehicles delivered to the Phillipsburg EmerPlease 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

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Burlington twp. e-3022 (Beverly Road), 2012 pierce impel, 2000/750/50. it was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Hightstown Rescue 41, 2010 Ferrara intruder with 25 kw generator and 2 1/2-ton winch.

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Mountainside e-2, 2013 Spartan eRV gladiator, 1500/750/30 with 6 kw generator. it was sold by Campbell Supply Co. LLC.

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Mahwah e-5, 2013 Sutphen Shield 4 x 4, 1500/1000/6 kw. it was sold by tim Moots.

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north arlington e-2, 2012 KMe predator, 2000/750 with 10 kw generator.

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avenel-Colonia Fa-6, 2010 Ford e-450/Road Rescue ultramedic. it is a former demo sold by Fire priority emergency Vehicles. gency Squad in Warren County, a P.L. Custom Medallion 80, Type III ambulance on a 2012 Ford E-350 chassis. Campbell Supply Co. LLC reports the following orders: a Spartan ERV pumper for Wyckoff (Bergen County.) Specs include a Gladiator LLFD chassis with eight seat cab having a 10 inch raised roof, Cummins ISX 12L, 500 hp diesel engine, stainless steel body, Waterous CSU 2,000 gpm pump and 600 gallon water tank. Wyckoff’s Ambulance Corps ordered a Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance with a Chevrolet chassis, 170

module and having a 153 inch wheelbase. In Egg Harbor Township (Atlantic County) the Farmington Volunteer Fire Company ordered a Spartan ERV Star pumper with a Metro Star LFD chassis having a 10 inch raised roof cab, Waterous CMU, 1500 gpm pump with top mount panel, 750 gallon water tank, 30 gallon foam tank and 25 kw Smart Power generator. - Continued on page 61

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Southard FC, Howell twp. Rescue 86, 2012 Spartan gladiator/Rescue 1, 35 kw generator and portable winch. it was sold by new Jersey emergency Vehicles.

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NJ Editor Ron Jeffers, left, presented Scott Campbell with a framed cover of a recent edition of Fire Apparatus Journal magazine with Cherry Hill's Spartan ERV tender on the cover, during Campbell Supply Co.'s open house at the new 16 acre facility in South Brunswick. The business handles Spartan ERV, Wheeled Coach, Freightliner, Sprinter and ASAP off-road specialty vehicles.


Newark Fire Department Battalion Chief's John Sicignano (left) and Gregory Sereico (right) present newly promoted North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Robert Morrison


Standing by Mount Laurel Engine 32 are members L to R Lt. M. Vansielous and FF’s G. Nichols and S. Oatman.



Six Flags Firefighters Stan O'Brien (left) and Joe Franciose pose with their 1991 HME/Grumman 1500gpm pumper.

The Howell Fire District 1 Uniformed Fire Division wears pink hoods for the month of October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness. Pictured from left to right are Firefighter Parent Roe, Firefighter Brad Levitzki, Firefighter Craig Lewis, and Lt. Michael Capper.

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Six Flags Engine 5801's 1991 HME/Grumman 1500-gpm/1000-gwt pumper saw original duty with the Millstone Valley F.D.


Early morning structure fire brings Netcong into Mt. Arlington Just after midnight on September 30th, Netcong's RIC team was requested into Mt. Arlington for the working structure fire at 25 Windemere Ave. On scene, their RIC team packaged a down firefighter with a leg injury and carried him to the ambulance along with Mt. Arlington Police. Crews staged on the A/D corner of the structure. Mt. Arlington units were quick to knock down the fire and made a great stop. Crews completed overhaul and units were released soon after. Picatinny was also on scene as a second RIC team.



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North Branch firefighters receive valor awards

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Dividing Creek Fire Company’s 1948 Diamond T along with Engine 18-01, a 1995 4 guys Freightliner 1000/1000.

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Flames and Smoke Visible A Firefighter’s Tale By D.S. Lliteras Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-Mail: Price: $17.95 This book is soft cover measuring 5 ½ inches by 8 ½ inches. It has an introduction followed by 193 pages within 37 chapters. The story is about a firefighter serving in the Richmond, Virginia Fire Department. The story opens with a house fire and the author responds to it on a engine company. Before the brief chapter is over, the author is sidelined with chest pains and later he is transported to the hospital. He has had a heart attack and is admitted. We jump to the last chapter to where he is about to go home the following day. However, between the first and last chapter, the author relives his career, writing to us about his

years of service. He takes us not only through working fires, but about firehouse routines, procedures, firehouse life, missed meals, inspections, explaining the duties of engine and ladder companies which he rode on both in his regular station and while filling in at others, including as a fill in driver/pump operator. He also writes about rookies, acting captain, the safety officer, salvage and overhaul and work cycles, medical calls, etc. He bounces back and forth to his hospital stay and his unusual roommate. Read about the roommate’s diagnosis. It might just be something you never heard of. He writes about some lingo, which might be common in Richmond, but may not be in other fire departments. One is a “Zone Car” which after reading about it, I imagine it is a paramedic supervisor. Another is a “smoke cutter” which appears to be a handlight, possibly a personal one. Another is the word “destriced” which is used once having to do with a serious car fire. I believe I may have come across it in another chapter, but the computer does not recognize it so it could be one of his own selfmade words meaning trashed, destroyed or something along that line. In any event, the chapters as you can see are short, but interesting and presents as a good read!

The Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation presented eight New Jersey firefighters with the prestigious Valor Award and honored more than 50 additional firefighters during the 26th Annual Valor Awards held on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at May- JUMP TO FILE # fair Farms in West 102513104 Orange. Each year, the Burn Foundation, established in 1987 to support The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas, New Jersey’s only certified burn treatment facility, recognizes firefighters, policemen, and additional health care professionals from throughout New Jersey for their heroic endeavors on and off the line of duty. Honorees are nominated by respective departments and selected by a committee of peers. North Branch Firefighters Jay Hennessey, Mike Zangrillo and Rand Milton were recipients of the Valor Award at the event. On March 4, 2013 at 2:28 a.m., North Branch firefighters were dispatched for a smell of smoke in a residence in the 1400 block of Magnolia Dr. in Branchburg. Within four minutes of dispatch, North Branch fire chiefs arrived on scene to investigate. They found a light smoke condition in a second floor condominium. Investigating the origin of the smoke, they found a ground floor condominium with a yellow glaze in the widows and heavy smoke inside. With this discovery a second alarm was struck for help. Branchburg police arrived shortly thereafter and assisted the fire department by evacuating the multi-tenant, three story building. The first arriving North Branch engine had a full crew and arrived shortly after the second alarm was struck. The interior crew which consisted of Firefighters Jay Hennessey, Mike Zangrillo and Rand Milton were met with a demanding task. There was a working fire within the structure and it was unknown if anyone was home. The firefighters forced entry to the structure and went to work. Greeted with a well involved fire in the kitchen area that was quickly spreading to the rest of the structure, Firefighter Milton stayed with the hose line to contain and start extinguishing the fire while Firefighters Hennessey and Zangrillo searched for potential victims. The firefighters found a 68 year old female victim, who had fled from the flames by going into the bathroom and closing the door. Overcome with smoke, the victim was unconscious and seriously burned to the face and hands. The firefighters quickly moved the victim to fresh air and found that she was breathing on her own, but still remained unconscious. Due to the severity of the burns and the smoke inhalation, a







decision was made to airlift the patient to the Burn Center at St. Barnabas in Livingston NJ by using the NJ State Police Medevac Helicopter. After a two month stay at the Burn Center, the victim was discharged. Along with the Valor award, the three firefighters also received recognition by the NJ State Legis-

lature and were presented with written proclamations thanking them for their heroic efforts. All three firefighters are still active with North Branch Fire and Firefighter Mike Zangrillo has since become a police officer and will be graduating soon from the Police Academy. - DAVID HICKSON

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Second alarm in Norwood Norwood firefighters were called to 23 Meadow Lane for a reported car fire in an attached garage on October 25th. Command arrived on scene with a car on fire inside the garage extending to another vehi- JUMP TO FILE # cle also inside the 102513107 garage. Units arrived on scene and stretched lines to the garage to extinguish the heavy fire in the ground level garage before it extended into the home. Firefighters had the fire under control within a half an hour, but remained on scene to put out hotspots and overhaul. No injuries were reported. Mutual Aid was provided by Closter, Harrington Park, Old Tappan, Northvale and Tappan, NY. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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Ramsey Tower Ladder 441's 1983 Mack/75-foot Baker, equipped with Stang gun mounted on the roof, still faithfully serves the municipality.


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In supporting and promoting Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October, the career and office staff of the Deptford Fire Department are wearing pink shirts every Friday during the month of October.


Two Mack buffs, Olivia Alberti of Succasunna (left) and Goeffrey Wetherhold of Allentown, Pa., spent a Sunday in October photographing apparatus in Ramsey.


7101 at the West Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Company, Station 71, dual housing



Steve Gluck, Sandra Cirone and Smokey take a minute out for a photo at the New Jersey Forest Fire Service open house in Andover, NJ.

West Paterson firefighter and 1st Responder Correspondent Todd Hollritt takes a break after battling a fire in the borough.

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Connie Zappella, who in 2011 became the Jersey City Fire Department's first female Captain, was the Italian Firefighter of the Year in this year's Columbus Day parade. She rode in the parade on a 1931 Ward LaFrance. CONNI SPELLMAN

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Allendale handles van fire At approximately 3:10 in the afternoon on September 30th, 2013, Allendale Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the rear of Mezza Luna for a truck fire. Upon arrival of Chief 930, it was confirmed as a van fire near the rear of the restaurant with possible exposure issues. Upon arrival of Engine 935, Lt. T. Rubino pulled a line with Firefighter K. Furman and prepared for an attack as Firefighter/EMT R. Policht conducted a 360 of the area and checked the exposure and confirmed that the high heat hadn't breached the exterior stairwell. As the first line was in operation Truck 941 arrived and pulled a second line to assist with overhaul and continued to extinguish the smoldering contents in the rear of the vehicle.

The Wanamassa Volunteer Fire Company in Ocean Township (Monmouth County) ordered a Spartan ERV Star pumper with LLFD chassis, Cummins ISX, 500 hp diesel, Waterous, CSU 2000 gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, 40 gallon foam tank, One Touch CAFS and Harrison 15 kw generator. The Hudson County Office of Emergency Management ordered a 4500 gallon, dual pumping system fuel tanker designed for fuel deliveries to emergency scenes and to towns for major events. It will be an Amthors tank on a Freightliner M2106 chassis. The Port Authority of NY & NJ ordered a Police ESU truck to be built by EVI on a Ford F-550 chassis. It will have a 10 foot aluminum rescue body, ROM roll-up doors, Whelen scene and emergency lighting and a six-ton Ramsey winch. The River Vale Ambulance Corps

(Bergen County), ordered a Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance on a Chevrolet chassis, having a 153 module and a 139 inch wheelbase. First Priority Emergency Vehicles Ambulance Division made the following deliveries: Five Road Rescue Transmedic Type II’s, one to A & E Ambulance in Clifton and four to Cardinal Ambulance in Totowa (both Passaic County.) Also, three First Priority Renaissance Remounts. One is a Ford E450 chassis under a P.L. Custom module to the Meadowlands Hospital EMS in Secaucus (Hudson County), a Chevrolet G3500 under a Braun Express Type III to Capital Health System EMS in Trenton (Mercer County) and a Chevrolet CK3500, Type 1 under a Road Rescue module to the Elizabeth FD EMS (Union County.) A Braun Signature Type I on a Ford F-450, 4 x 4 chassis went to Vernon Township EMS (Sussex County.) Orders include a Braun Chief XL Type I ambulance/rehab unit on an In-

ternational TerraStar chassis for Maple Shade EMS (Burlington County) and two McCoy Miller Guardian Type II’s on Ford E-350 chassis for People Transport in Old Bridge Township (Middlesex County.) Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: In Burlington County, an Impel pumper for Relief Fire Company, Burlington Township Fire District 1, for Palmyra Boro an Impel heavy duty rescue pumper and for Mansfield Township a Quantum heavy duty rescue. High Bridge Boro (Hunterdon County) ordered an Arrow XT, 75 foot rearmount with aluminum ladder and for the River Road Fire Company in Piscataway Township (Middlesex County), a Velocity 100 foot platform. They delivered a Velocity with a 54 foot Squrt refurb and remount to Maple Shade in Burlington County. - JOHN MALECKY

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Burn Foundation sells out tickets and raises $23.6K in Wildwood, NJ On September 14th, the drawing commenced for the top winner of the raffle sales to raise funds in Wildwood, NJ for the Burn Foundation. The artist, J o s e p h Getsinger, was there selling raf- JUMP TO FILE # fle tickets up to 100413117 the 1:00 p.m. deadline. Burn Foundation Board Chairman John McCann was present with Fire & Safety Services, Ltd., President David Russell, sponsor for the thirteenth “lucky” year, to pick the 25 winners from the raffle entries. Twenty four tickets were drawn for the limited edition signed and numbered prints, “Fire Parade” by artist Joseph Getsinger. The last raffle ticket drawn was for the framed #1 Giclee’ canvas print. The big winner was Robert Wilson of Port Republic, NJ. Robert is a past fire chief, firefighter, and a member of the NJ Forest Fire Service. When the tally came in for the funds received it was $23,600 including ticket presales by the artist Joseph Getsinger. Artist John Egenstafer of Bridgeton, NJ who volunteered, assisted in raffle ticket sales and sold a huge amount of collector pins on Saturday. Roy Burnham, who was the fire police guy in the print was on hand to meet visitors and raffle ticket purchasers at the Burn Foundation booth, dressed exactly as the print depicted. He was the celebrity for the day and enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks Roy! In addition “Atlas Flasher” donated pens for the raffle tickets. It is interesting to note that the fluorescent orange cone in the painting was one of theirs. Thanks to the Five Mile Beach Committee for securing and counting the funds collected during the raffle sales. Joe Getsinger was able to recruit able body Burn Foundation supporters to russle up some funds prior to the Wildwood fundraising event. The top single amount raised before the convention was from Fran Ferry of Rolferrys in Brooklawn, N.J., a year round supporter of the Burn Foundation. Many thanks go out to BC&B Graphics, Inc. President Bill Eachus Jr. who not only superbly printed the “Fire Parade” prints, but also printed the raffle tickets, which of course was paid for again by our generous sponsor: Fire & Safety Services, Ltd. President David Russell. There was a lot of attention this year given to this image.

Many raffle buyers approached the artist at the booth and mentioned each of the prints they owned included in this new image. Burn Foundation collector pins were also flying out of the booth to those who wanted a remembrance of the fundraiser and the art. The collector cards supplied by Choicemarketing,, Chip Lillie to support the Burn Foundation in their fundraising efforts got into many hands who stopped at the Burn Foundation booth. Each person who purchased a collector pin also received a Choicemarketing card. Artist Joseph Getsinger has supported the Burn Foundation for over 33 years with his fire art. His email is and EBAY store is at: He still continues to support the Burn Foundation through sales on EBay by automatically donating a percentage of each sale directly to the Burn Foundation through Mission Fish on Ebay. You too can automatically donate funds to the Burn Foundation when selling on EBay. When you list on Ebay to sell an item, you can donate any percentage of the sale to the Burn Foundation through Mission Fish. You are just a click away from helping the victims of burns and those survivors. It just doesn’t have to be a fire related item, you can designate any percentage of your sale to go directly to the Burn Foundation. You don’t even have to write a check, it is automatically done, and at the end of the year you can write off the donation. Burn Foundation: ( A Philadelphia based organization, which supports the greater Delaware Valley through education and support of five regional Burn Centers. God bless the Burn Foundation, our Troops and God bless America. Last but not least, a great thanks to the fine staff from the 1st Responder Newspaper, who did a wonderful job supporting the Burn Foundation and the artist in the printing of the image and article, which many people complimented in the paper. What will be next year’s image? We’d like to hear from you. So, email the artist with your suggestions at: If your idea is used, you will receive ten signed and numbered prints from the artist. If you have a very unique photograph, the artist can create into a painting, you will receive credit on the print and twenty-

five signed and numbered prints of that image. About a week and a half after the convention, artist Joseph Getsinger met with Robert Wilson and his wife and turned over the top prize to them. They were very happy to receive their prize. What a great couple. Robert is a clammer by trade and promised some little necks to the artist when he’s in the Port Republic area. The artist will take him up on that. PROVIDED


Roy Burnham depicted in painting, Burn Foundation Chairman John McCan with Sponsor President David Russell of Fire & Safety Services


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