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On a cloudy Sunday morning, just as the rain began to move out of the area, heavy smoke billowed from two houses at a third alarm in Garfield. Just before 9 a.m., calls began to enter 911 dispatch for a reported fire at 103 Jewell St. First arriving police units encountered heavy fire between two-two story homes. - See full story on page 16

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Jersey City Battalion Chief (Ret) and run organizer Matt Ferro

23rd Annual Carlos Negron Run Sunday morning October 11, 2015 was a beautiful morning in Liberty State Park in Jersey City for the 23rd annual Carlos Negron 5K Run. With a chill in the air, it was perfect weather for the 137 participants. Carlos Negron was a Jersey City firefighter, who was killed in the line of duty March 20, 1993 at a third alarm fire. The run was created by friends and brother firefighters in memory of Carlos, and raises money for the St Barnabus Burn Foundation. Ali Cisse came in as the first male overall with a time of 19:22. Cyteria Jenkins came in as the first female overall with a time of 23:05. Runners ranged in age this year from nine (Sydney Cariero)

JUMP TO FILE #101215114 to 89 (Bill Welsh). The Jessica Ryan 2 mile Health walk is held in conjunction with the Negron Run, and after both events wind down, there is a kiddie dash for the little ones. All kids receive a medal for participation. This year's medals for the runners were presented by Dr. Denis Onieal, Deputy US Fire Administrator, and former Jersey Fire Department Deputy Chief, assisted by run organizers Matt Ferro and Paul Schaetzle. - CONNI SPELLMAN

Sayreville firefighters extinguish fire involving several vehicles Sayreville, NJ. Several vehicles and a storage shed went up in flames on October 19, 2015 after a fire ignited in a salvage yard behind Universal Auto Body. All Sayreville fire companies responded around 12:30 p.m. to 2036 Route 35 North for a reported unknown type fire in rear of an auto body shop. A large column of thick black smoke filled the clear skies as apparatus were approaching the scene. Upon arrival, firefighters found four to six vehicles involved in fire along with a nearby storage shed. Accompanied with the flames and black smoke were several explo-

JUMP TO FILE #102415106 sions due to gas tanks and propane cylinders failing from the heat. Melrose Squad 3 arrived on scene, established a water supply on Route 35 and dropped a feeder line down a long driveway to access the rear yard. Several hand lines were deployed and advanced towards the area involved as the flames intensified from the explosions. Once the hand lines were placed in operation, the bulk of the fire was darkened within a half hour. Several areas continued to burn due to the

flammables involved, resulting in foam operation being set up to extinguish the remaining fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported at the scene. The incident was handled by Sayreville companies, but mutual aid fire departments were summoned to cover the town until apparatus cleared the scene. The cause of the fire is being investigated by Sayreville Fire Marshal Kevin Krushinski, but it appears to have started in a pile of junked vehicles near a storage shed. - KEITH ADDIE

Four families left homeless in Secaucus


The condos at Harmon Cove in Secaucus were hit with another fire, the fourth in three years, this time leaving four families displaced on September 26th. The Secaucus Fire Department was dispatched shortly before 10:00 p.m. to 131 Sunset Key and arrived to heavy fire on the third floor and flames through the roof of a three story frame condo building containing four residences. An interior attack was initiated, but firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire as well as some collapses and the operation went defensive. One tower ladder, one deck gun, and several handlines were

JUMP TO FILE #092815129 able to hold the fire to the original building. North Arlington was called in to assist at the scene and other units covered the empty firehouses. The fire was placed under control in about two hours with no extension to adjoining structures. Several firefighters were injured fighting the fire, but none was considered serious. The cause is under investigation. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Rescue training with IAFF Local 3610

On October 29th, West Windsor Professional Firefighters and the Plainsboro Fire Company practiced extrication skills on an old senior transport bus, which was decommissioned several years ago. Access paths were created through the sides as well as the displacement of the dash and front seat area to simulate removing the passengers as well as the driver. Each company operated in one area and shared their progress with the other companies for the purposes of comparing techniques.

Closter battles second alarm fire

Closter firefighters were requested for a working fire at 496 Closter Dock Rd shortly after 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, October 10th. Heavy fire and smoke vented from a one and a half story frame under construction. A second alarm was requested as crews set up for defensive operations. As mutual aid arrived on scene, master streams were in operation knocking down the heavy fire. Within fifteen minutes of arrival, the heavy fire was knocked down and crews entered the home to knock down any remaining fire and check for extension. No injures were reported, however an arson investigator was requested for the fire being suspicious. The fire remains under investigation.

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Missouri: Larry J. Leggio, 43 Rank: Fire Apparatus Operator Incident Date: October 12, 2015 Death Date: October 12, 2015 Fire Department: Kansas City (Missouri) Fire Department Missouri: John V. Mesh, 39 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 12, 2015 Death Date: October 12, 2015 Fire Department: Kansas City (Missouri) Fire Department

Initial Summary: Fire Apparatus Operator Larry J. Leggio and Firefighter John V. Mesh died from injuries sustained in a structural collapse while working at the scene of an apartment building fire. Multiple units were dispatched at 1927hrs on initial calls that indicated fire visible from the structure; additional units were dispatched as the incident escalated, with a full second alarm requested shortly after arrival. Tactical assignments were made, including establishing a Rapid Intervention Team, and crews began operating to effect fire suppression and occupant rescue, rescuing multiple occupants by ladder prior to deteriorating conditions and forcing a shift to defensive operations. Evacuation was ordered at 1952hrs. At approximately 2007hrs, a collapse was reported on the east side of the building. Two MAYDAY calls were received from the collapse area, indicating firefighters in urgent distress; four firefighters were reported trapped by the collapse. The Rapid Intervention Team witnessed the collapse and held their ground for no more than 10 seconds until Command ordered them to effect the rescue. They located, uncovered and removed several firefighters from the immediate area. The first ambulance transporting a firefighter departed the scene at approximately 2013hrs, arriving at Truman Medical Center (TMC) approximately five minutes later. A second emergency transport left the scene at approximately 2021hrs with arrival at TMC five minutes following. Both those firefighters, Fire Apparatus Operator Leggio and Firefighter Mesh, were pronounced dead at the hospital after paramedics, nurses and doctors had attempted to revive them. A third firefighter was transported to University of Kansas Medical Center at 2023hrs and a fourth transported non-emergency to St Luke’s at approximately 2027hrs; their condition is still to be reported. The cause of the fatal fire is being investigated by local, state, and federal authorities.

Tennessee: Antonio Smith, 46 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: October 6, 2015 Death Date: October 7, 2015 Fire Department: Memphis Fire Department Initial Summary: Fewer than 24 hours after responding to an emergency call with the Memphis Fire Department, Fire Lieutenant Smith was found deceased near his residence inside of his personal vehicle. The nature and cause of Lieutenant Smith's fatal injury are still to be reported. Ohio: Charles “Chuck” Horning, 54 Rank: Captain Incident Date: October 13, 2015 Death Date: October 13, 2015 Fire Department: Townsend Township Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Captain Horning was found deceased, slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle, approximately eight hours after responding to a fire call with his fire department. The nature and cause of the fatal injury is still to be determined.

New Jersey: Gerald "Bear" Celecki, 70 Rank: Fire Police Officer Incident Date: October 14, 2015 Death Date: October 14, 2015 Fire Department: South Amboy Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Police Officer Celecki collapsed while directing traffic at an emergency incident. Celecki, who was also chief of the Middlesex County Fire Police, was treated on-scene by fellow responders and transported to the hospital but succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Texas: Larry O'Neil , 58 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 25, 2015 Death Date: October 25, 2015 Fire Department: Lone Camp Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter O'Neil was responding to an emergency medical call in a fire department vehicle and had just arrived on-scene when fellow responders noticed that he had become ill. Firefighter O’Neil was removed from the vehicle, provided medical assistance, and transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to a nature and cause of injury still to be reported but thought to be cardiac related.

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Eight New Jersey heroes recognized for their sacrifice UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

Each October, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters, who died in the line of duty during the previous year. This October, eight firefighters from New Jersey were part of the tribute in Emmitsburg, Md. Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. The Foundation's mission is to honor and remember America's fallen firefighter heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives. The Foundation is expanding the national memorial site in Emmitsburg to create the first permanent national park honoring all firefighters. Jersey City Fire Captain Gregory “Barney” Barnas, 57, gave his life while battling a restaurant fire in his capacity as volunteer captain of Truck Co. 1 in Wallington on February 28, 2014. His childhood dream was to be come a firefighter and he served in many fire service capacities including serving in the local fire prevention bureau, as an instructor and evaluator and he was also a member of the Wallington Emergency Squad. When he was on vacation, he joined the volunteer fire departments in Waymart and Browndale, Pa. Joseph E. Bove III, 53, became a volunteer firefighter in Spotswood, rising through the ranks to become chief of department. He was the first chief to hold three terms. He saved lives-one in a car accident. Bove had his own successful contracting company. He died on March 13, 2014. Richard L. Choate, 67, managed a data center for the Bank of New York and he was also a commercial flight instructor. His commitment to helping others brought him to the Byram Township Fire Department, where he held the positions of president, secretary and lieutenant, and completed just shy of 25-years of public service. He died on September 8, 2014. Christopher J. Hunter, 38, joined the Cinnaminson Fire Department as a junior firefighter when he was 16. He became a career member in 1998 and served in the rank of lieutenant. He loved to learn new techniques and was always reading and researching to advance his skill set, and share this knowledge with his fellow firefighters. He received many awards including the CPR Life Save Award and Career Firefighter of the Year. Lt. Hunter received a Meritorious Service Award from the 200 Club of Burlington County for his role in rescuing an

Alzheimer's patient from a burning apartment building. He died on November 15, 2014. Robert C. Meyer, 54, was a volunteer firefighter with Belford Engine Company in Middletown and Union Hose Fire Company in Union Beach. He loved being of service to both communities. He drove a tractor-trailer for United Parcel for many years. On July 8, 2004, he was driving his truck on the New Jersey Turnpike when he came upon a bad accident. He assisted State Trooper Alexander Tezsla in pulling a trapped dump truck driver from his burning vehicle, for which he was given the Carnegie Award for Heroism. He died on June 8, 2014. Cosmo Paris, 59, became a volunteer firefighter in Cliffside Park in 1998. He loved to serve his community and played Santa Claus during the CPFD's Christmas tour and at children's shelters, retirement homes and for various other organizations. He was a kindhearted man who went out of his way to help others. He was pet friendly, and every animal he interacted with knew he was harmless and took to him immediately. He took pride in making crafts out of everyday recycled materials. He made a replica of a CPFD pumper, named “Mini 3,” along with a few of his department brothers. Mini 3 was on display in front of Borough Hall for the holidays as well as used in parades before he donated it to the New Jersey Firemen's Home. For the last holiday season of his life, he built a mini-tiller like CPFD's Ladder 1. It was on display on his front lawn, first for Halloween and then Christmas with the appropriate characters riding on the tiller. Cosmo, aka “Dig it,” died on January 8, 2014. Arthir E. Treon, 62, joined the Town Bank Volunteer Fire Department in 1975. He rose through the ranks and served as chief of department from 1995-2009. Artie received various awards and commendations too numerous to recount. He was a chief fire academy instructor for the Cape May County Fire Academy. He retired in 2007 as a lieutenant in the Cape May County Sheriff's Office after 25years of service. He then began working for the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management, where he held the position of deputy coordinator. He died on November 19, 2014. James J. Woods, 44, joined the Jersey City Fire Department in 1999 and would have been promoted to captain in March 2015. He requested assignments to the busiest units, including Engine 22 and Rescue 1. His last assignment was at Engine 14/Haz-Mat 1 as a firefighter/hazardous materials emergency response technician. He received many awards for bravery and heroism, including Firefighter of the Year. He died on December 26, 2014. DOWNS: An elderly Perth Amboy woman suffered life-threatening burns over 80 percent of her body following a fire in her Cham-

The memorial page dedicated to Captain Gregory "Barney" Barnas in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation memorial service program. Barney gave his life battling a restaurant fire in his home town of Wallington. RON JEFFERS

berlain Ave. apartment, Oct. 5th. Fire Chief Abraham Pitre said he pulled up to the building and heard smoke detectors sounding and, as he entered the 24-unit building, he was hit with a blast of heat and then fire. He grabbed an extinguisher to put out the fire in the bedroom. Firefighters pulled out a woman, who was treated by EMS personnel before being transported by helicopter to St. Barnas burn center. UPS: Three of the five volunteer fire companies on Long Beach Island have saved more than $100,000 by making a joint purchase of new SCBA for their members. The three companies are Ship Bottom, Surf City and the High Point Volunteer Fire Company in Harvey Cedars. DOWNS: In October, the Trenton Fire Department began a reduction of manpower on three engine companies from four to three in an effort to reduce overtime, a union official said. According to the “Trenton

Times,” the plan calls for Engine Co.'s 1, 3 and 10 to ride with crews of three. To compensate, ladder companies will be dispatched on engine calls. Engines 1, 3 and 10 are housed in quarters with a ladder company, which rides with four members. UPS: New Milford Fire Co. 2 celebrated their 100th anniversary with a parade and party on the field behind borough hall on Oct. 3rd. Beginning in the 1960's, Company 2 firefighters participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade by walking with the massive Smokey Bear balloon through New York City streets. The balloon was retired from the parade, but breakfast still is dished out at the firehouse each Thanksgiving morning. DOWNS: A fire destroyed a duplex unit in the Leisure Village West section of Manchester on Oct. 2nd. Another unit was left uninhabitable due to fire damage. Residents of

both were displaced. UPS: On Oct. 11th the annual Carlos Negron Memorial 5 K Run was held at Liberty State Park, with proceeds from the race going to the St. Barnabas Burn Foundation. Jersey City Firefighter Negron made the ultimate sacrifice operating at a three alarm fire in 1993. DOWNS: Officials were investigating a fire that broke out, Oct. 6th, in Saint Mary's Elementary School in Middletown. Dozens of people were evacuated from evening activities after the fire ignited in a large storage room. UPS: The Bayonne Fire Department was awarded $295,000 in AFG funds for new protective gear. DOWNS: A Bayonne Fire Department Special Operations SUV was involved in a MVA at Avenue E and 52nd St. on Oct. 13th. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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Wood-Ridge garage fire damages home ROBBINSVILLE TWP FD

Health and Safety Day The Robbinsville Township Fire Department particpated in the Children's Health & Safety Day at BAPS on Sunday October 25, 2016

Wood-Ridge, NJ. A garage fire caused damage to a house on Jefferson Street. Wood-Ridge firefighters were alerted of the fire just after 8 p.m. on the evening of October 21. A passing police officer discovered the fire and got the homeowner out. Arriving Chief Ron Phillips JR had heavy fire showing from the ground level garage extending through the house. Engine 902 was ordered to use their deck gun to quickly knock down the heavy fire so they can make a push inside.

JUMP TO FILE #102215113 A request from Wallington for a FAST was made. A second alarm was also made, bringing units from Hasbrouck Heights, Moonachie, Carlstadt and Little Ferry. Additional hand lines were stretched into the home. Fire was showing on the C exposure side where the vinyl siding of a neighboring house melted. Lines worked inside to knock down the fire on the

first floor and in the attic area. A car in the garage still continued to burn. Firefighters stretched a foam line to the garage to combat the car that was still burning. The fire was completely extinguished in about a 1/2 hour. Additional mutual aid from South Hackensack, Lyndhurst and Rutherford covered at fire headquarters. A car that was in the garage is the possible origin of the fire. - DAMIEN DANIS

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UPS: Linden firefighters recently helped a 12-year-old boy, who was bullied at school. In October, Jonathan Moran was bullied on a school bus trip and kids made fun of his sneakers, plus name calling, officials said. When he got off the bus, the youth was assaulted. Linden firefighter/EMT's were sent to a fight on a bus call. They drove Jonathan home after treating him. “We came back from the call, and it just struck a chord in my heart, and I was telling the guys what happened,” said Firefighter/EMT Brian Pastor. “We decided to get the kid some shoes.” The firefighters surprised Jonathan, who has autism, by giving him new sneakers, a tee shirt, socks and a wooden American flag. “A negative turned into a positive thing,” said Firefighter/EMT Danny Diaz. “He's a little bit more outgoing. He was so happy. His mother said he's more talkative.” DOWNS: A fire seriously damaged a third floor classroom at School 4 in Paterson on Oct. 15th. No one was injured and the cause was under investigation. UPS: In October, Mantua Firefighter Shawn Layton was named Fireman of the Year by the Exchange Club of Mullica Hill. Layton is the most active firefighter in the history of the Mantua Twp. Fire District, responding to the most district incidents than any other member. DOWNS: Two people died in a single-family dwelling fire on Wright St., Pleasantville, Oct. 16th.

UPS: In Manasquan, police, firefighters and EMS personnel teamed up to rescue a man who fell off the end of the Manasquan Inlet jetty, Oct. 19th. The rescue took more than one hour because the victim was located at the very top of the north jetty, Fire Chief Ed Hill said. DOWNS: Persons unknown, pretending to be representatives of the Lincroft Fire Company in Middletown, are calling township residents under the guise of raising money for the fire department. The Lincroft Fire Company does not solicit funds over the telephone, the fire company said. UPS: On the morning of Oct. 19th, Jersey City Medical Center Tour Supervisor Ralph Bravo caught a whiff of smoke and found a dwelling fire on Bostwick Ave. He called it in to his dispatcher, ran into the house and got two residents out, Bravo said. When firefighters arrived, fire and smoke was showing on the top floor. DOWNS: A three alarm fire that gutted the historical Poile Zedek synagogue, in New Brunswick, Oct. 23rd, “Appears accidental,” officials said. City firefighters were dispatched around 4:20 p.m. and fought the fire for several hours, with mutual aid companies. It was under control by 8 p.m. UPS: An additional firehouse has opened at Picatinny Arsenal, creating a new fire company for the facility. After renovations to the Dutch-Colonial structure, the fire company was expected to become operational on Nov. 1st. The building was selected by Fire Chief Ron Guidetti after an assessment of the fire-related risks based on Army

standards. A total of 16 firefighters were hired to help fill the ranks of the new unit. The hiring brings the department strength to 48, officials said. DOWNS: A fire killed a 44-year-old woman at an apartment complex on Robinson Court, Bridgewater Twp., Oct. 26th. When police and firefighters arrived, they forced entry into a heavy smoke-filled dwelling, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. Once inside, they located the victim who was unresponsive on the living room floor. Crews attempted CPR and she was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset, where she was later pronounced dead. North Branch Fire Chief David Hickson said no other residents of the complex were injured. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. UPS: Members of the Bayonne Fire Canteen, firefighters and city officials dedicated a new van on Oct. 25th. The group of volunteers provide food and other aid to emergency personnel during disasters. The van was donated by McCabe Ambulance to the group in 2013 and refurbished to accommodate firefighters and victims at the scene of emergency situations. The truck was dedicated in the honor of Michael Burke, a Bayonne EMT and canteen member, who died two years ago in a motor vehicle accident. DOWNS: An elderly Boonton man was badly burned in a dwelling fire on Lorraine Terrace, Oct. 20th. A search discovered the man who “had burns throughout his body,” Fire Chief Mike Sulpy said.

UPS: In Linden, Joseph G. Dooley has been promoted to fire chief. Joseph Stanley was promoted to lieutenant. DOWNS: An early morning fire destroyed two Longfellow St. homes in Carteret, Oct. 17th, and displaced three-families. One firefighter suffered a minor arm injury. UPS: In Cranford, Daniel Czeh has been promoted to fire chief. Promoted to captain were Brian Ingraham and Leo Schaffer. New lieutenants are John Dillon, Chris Vollero, Arthur Anderson, John Di Paolo and Matthew Lubin. DOWNS: A family dog died in a fire that gutted a Leslie St. home in Wall on Oct. 23rd. The residents were not home at the time of the fire, officials said. Glendola, West Belmar and South Wall fire companies operated at the scene. UPS: During a kitchen fire on West 24th St., Bayonne firefighters forced their way into the home and found a woman unconscious on the floor in the living room and removed her from the building. She regained consciousness outside and was taken to Bayonne MC, Fire Chief Greg Rogers said. DOWNS: A three alarm fire heavily damaged two mixed occupancy buildings at Jewell and Market St.'s, Garfield, on Oct. 25th. A dozen apartment dwellers were displaced that lived above a beauty shop and convenience store. Nine residents were taken to local hospitals and treated for smoke inhalation, Sgt. Mike Marsh said. UPS: New firefighters in Cranford are Patrick Dolan, Tim Meyer, Carmen

Giordino, Mark Wills and Robert Moran. DOWNS: Four people were displaced after a fire at their 49th St. home in Pennsauken, Oct. 28th. UPS: Robert Eichhorn has been promoted to battalion chief in Roselle and Adam Herrel to captain. New firefighters are Wendell Williams and Adam Herrel. DOWNS: A fast-moving fire damaged three stores at the Carriage Square center in West Long Branch on Oct. 31st. Authorities said it apparently started in the ceiling of one business and spread to two others. UPS: New firefighters in Elizabeth are M. Okpych, R. Beirne, D. Velazquez, C. Hernandez, T. Dimino, W. Fischer, E. Fox III, B. Fischbach, J. Coates and T. Sheehan. DOWNS: South Amboy Firefighter Gerald “Bear” Celecki, 70, died on October 14th after responding to an alarm. Celecki was on the odor of gas call at a home on Parker Avenue when he apparently collapsed in the street, officials said. He was directing traffic before other firefighters found him on the ground. Paramedics tried to revive him, but he died a short time later at Raritan Bay Medical Center. Celecki grew up in Perth Amboy and moved to South Amboy in 1985. He served as a volunteer firefighter for more than 50years. He worked with a number of units including Progressive Fire Company in South Amboy and McClellan Engine Company in Perth Amboy. At the time of his death he served as chief of the Middlesex County Fire Police.

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Vehicle extrication skills

On October 8th, members trained on vehicle extrication skills along with members of National Park Fire Department. Members worked to refine skills in door and roof removal as well as dash rolls.

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Check presented to Burn Foundation

At last months Firefighter’s Convention in Wildwood, Firefighter/EMT Bob Riley Jr. and his father, Ret. Firefighter/EMT Bob Riley Sr. presented a check for $5,000 to representatives for the Burn Foundation. This money was generated from our annual Burn Foundation Golf Tournament, held in July.

Weather leads to NJ EMS Task Force Emergency Preparedness Expo postponement Due to overwhelming concern for the safety of attendees planning to travel to the 2nd Annual New Jersey EMS Task Force Emergency Preparedness Expo, the event was postponed until early 2016. The weather pattern combined with the uncertain impact of Hurricane Joaquin disrupted travel for that weekend and into the next week. Already areas of New Jersey were experiencing some street flooding, making local travel challenging. The NJ EMS Task Force Emergency Preparedness Expo planning committee is in the process of scheduling a new date and will provide additional information in the near future.


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Fall Foliage Muster and Memorial

Frankford, NJ. Several local Sussex County Fire Departments were on hand at the Sussex County Public Safety Academy for the Sussex Fall Foliage Muster on Sunday, October 11th. Also honored as part of fallen firefighter were eight firefighters, who died while serving Sussex County residents his past year. Members from the Sussex Borough Fire Department led by Chief Jake Little were the Honor Guard for the event.

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Fast moving fire destroys two frames in Garfield

Heavy fire in two frames

On a cloudy Sunday morning, just as the rain began to move out of the area, heavy smoke billowed from two houses at a third alarm in Garfield. Just before 9 a.m., calls began to enter 911 dispatch for a reported fire at 103 Jewell St. First arriving police units encountered heavy fire between two-two story homes. With all residents evacuated, the fire began to spread though the second floor and roof of 103 Jewell St and threatening 105 Jewell St. Minutes after calls reporting the fire came in, fire department units arrived on scene and immediately stretched lines and estab-


JUMP TO FILE #102515111 lished water supplies. A second alarm was transmitted, bringing mutual aid from Saddle Brook, Elmwood Park and Wallington. Firefighters attempted an interior attack on the main fire building, however without making any headway, evacuation tones were sounded and a third alarm was transmitted. Two tower ladders and one ladder pipe were placed into operation along with two deck guns and multiple handlines to try and contain

the fire. Crews were set up to protect the Bravo 1 exposure as heavy fire consumed the second floor of the main fire building and the Bravo exposure. Over an hour into the fire, with the heavy fire knocked down, a collapse of the Bravo exposure pushed firefighters back as master streams knocked down remaining hot spots. It took firefighters over an hour to bring the fire under control. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS


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Apartment fire for Blackwood At about 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7th, Station 84, Station 82 (Chews Landing Fire Department), Ladder 62 (Pine Hill Fire Department) and GTEMS were dispatched to the Autumn Ridge Apartments for a reported apartment fire. Engine 83 (Blenheim), Engine 86 (Erial), Quint 85 (Lambs Terrace) and Rescue 93 (Dept- JUMP TO FILE# ford) were added due 102915114 to multiple 911 calls reporting a kitchen fire. 8401 (Chief Vannoni) arrived and reported a four-story apartment building with light-smoke showing. Interior crews reported a small kitchen fire with no extension and the assignment was scaled back to Ladder 84, Ladder 62 and Engine 821. The fire is under investigation by FM 84. - BLACKWOOD FIRE COMPANY

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Season of Change EMS ISSUE


Emergency Medical Services have consistently evolving protocols in the quest to provide superior prehospital care for every patient. In the past few months, significant updates have included the re-introduction of tourniquets, far less reliance on backboards, and updated AHA CPR guidelines. Some of these guidelines have already been put into practice, but it is up to the individual agency to ensure that all providers are updated and utilizing new protocols in a timely fashion. Key updates regarding tourniquets: Tourniquets have always been a part of practice, but were generally reserved as the “last resort” in potentially life threatening bleeds. Under the update, attempts to control bleeding begins with a sterile dressing and direct pressure; hemostatic dressings can be applied directly to the site in severe or arterial bleeds and covered with sterile dressings before applying direct pressure. Elevation and pressure points are no longer advised if bleeding is not controlled with direct pressure. If the wound site is accessible for tourniquet use (i.e.: extremities), then a tourniquet may be used as the first-line of treatment to control bleeding. Recent studies have suggested that patients experience better outcomes in cases of severe bleeding when tourniquets have been used properly and applied quickly. When applying the tourniquet, follow manufacturer’s guidelines and always apply the tourniquet proximal to the wound site. Do not remove the tourniquet once it has been applied unless instructed to do so by medical control. Monitor the wound site for signs of profuse bleeding through the dressings. The tourniquet should be tight enough to prevent distal pulses. If bleeding is still not controlled, a second tourniquet should be applied ap-

proximately one to three inches proximal to the first. One of the contraindications of using a tourniquet except as a last resort is if the patient has a Hemodialysis catheter/AV fistula in the limb. Key changes regarding the use of backboards: Healthcare providers will assess high or low risk spinal injury patients to determine whether spinal motion restriction or traditional spinal immobilization is recommended. Studies have shown that there are negative effects of prolonged spinal immobilization on a hard backboard including increased pain, higher risk of aspiration and skin ulcerations. Spinal motion restriction can include the use of a cervical collar and securing the patient to an ambulance stretcher. The purpose is to reduce the patient’s movement and prevent further injury to the spine. All patients suspected of spinal injury need to be assessed and monitored for signs of altered mental status, complaints of pain, and numbness or tingling of extremities. The highest level of medical personnel caring for the patient will make the determination regarding the use of a cervical collar or not. Key updates in CPR guidelines: The American Heart Association has issued new 2015 guidelines for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation for both the professional and the layman. There are slight, but important changes to all levels of CPR and for all ages. The most significant for BLS healthcare providers administering adult CPR includes minimum and maximum rate of compressions, previously 100+ per minute now becomes 100 to 120 per minute; depth of compressions was at least twoinches and is now no less than twoinches and no more than 2.4-inches; breathing and pulse should be assessed at the same time in order to minimize the time to initiate compressions and breaths; and limit interruptions in chest compressions to less than ten seconds for assessments, transport or other distractions. The compression/breath ratio remains 30:2 however if an advanced airway is in place, one rescue breath should be given every six seconds while continuous chest compressions are being delivered.

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Carteret firefighters a make quick knock on mobile home fire Carteret, NJ. No injuries were reported on October 4, 2015 as firefighters quickly extinguished a mobile home fire in the West Carteret section of town. The Carteret Fire Department was dispatched just after 3:00 p.m. to 1501 Blair Rd. for a reported mobile home JUMP TO FILE# fire after a neighbor 102415102 stepped outside and discovered smoke coming from the structure. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy black smoke emanating from the front door. A water supply was established and a hand line was advanced to the interior, where the bulk of the fire was located in the kitchen. The flames were darkened with just the one hand line, while searches and ventilation were being conducted. A second hand line was stretched to the front door as a precautionary, but was never placed in service. The fire was declared under control within a half hour. No one was home at the time of the fire. The mobile home suffered severe damage, displacing the occupants, who are seeking temporary shelter. Mutual aid fire departments from Colonia, Hopelawn and Woodbridge assisted at the scene, while other surrounding fire departments covered the town during the incident. The cause and origin of the fire is being investigated by Carteret fire officials, but it appears to have started in the kitchen on the stove top. - KEITH ADDIE


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Cliffside Park's 1925 American La France Type 45 triple combination engine was pump testing five days after it was shipped to the borough on January 22, 1925.


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Toms River District 1 Chief James Golden answers alarms in a 2008 Ford Expedition.


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Barn fire knocked down by Mahwah

The Mahwah Fire Department was dispatched on October 5th around 7 p.m. to a reported barn fire in the Fardale section of town. First arriving police officers updated fire units that the barn was fully involved and no occupants were inside. Stations 1-4 were dispatched with Ladder 4 and Tanker 425 arriving first to knock down the fire. Engine 217 supplied water from a nearby hydrant while Engine 115 supplied tools and manpower to overhaul the structure. Thank you to our neighboring Wyckoff Fire Department for also responding. All units cleared around 9 p.m. with no injuries reported.


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Toms River Emergency Services donates to Ocean of Love Every year Toms River Fire Department, Toms River Police Department and the Toms River EMS Department participate in 105.7 The Hawk’s Ocean of Love Billboard Radiothon. Last year, a Police Sergeant’s son was diagnosed with cancer and now this year a firefighter’s one year old daughter is battling cancer. Ocean of Love has helped our families in the emergency services field so much during the past couple years, we have come together

JUMP TO FILE #102515107 as one to support Ocean of Love Billboard Radiothon. Toms River Emergency Services includes Toms River Fire Co. #1, Toms River Fire Co. #2, Ocean Beach Fire Co. #3, East Dover Fire Co. #4, Silverton Fire Co #1, Pleasant Plains Fire Co. #1, Toms River Police Department and Toms River Township Career EMS. Together we have pulled all

the firefighters, police officers and EMTs to raise a total of $9500. Toms River Police Officer Hutton, Toms River Fire Captain Calvo and Toms River EMT Schlapfer along with two of our courageous children battling cancer presented the check of $9500 to Andy Chase atop the 105.7 The Hawk’s Billboard on October 22nd. You can always donate to Ocean of Love on their website - DREW CALVO


Crash off Turnpike into the woods Rescue Company 738 and BLS 739 responded to the NJTP at milemarker 15.4 SB for a single vehicle crash into the woods on October 17th. Upon arrival, companies had no entrapment and three occupants requiring medical attention. All patients were transported to a local hospital and fire department resources stood by to assist the NJSP. Also on the box was Engine Co. 921, GCEMS BLS unit and Inspira Medical ALS.


First aid at fire prevention

On October 16, the Roosevelt First Aid Squad participated in the Fire Prevention Week program at the Roosevelt Public School. Captain Jack Rindt and 1st Lt. John Vo show students how to take vital signs.

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Lodi blaze destroys two multi-family homes

About a dozen residents were left homeless as an intense fire tore through two structures in Lodi on October 20th, leaving one in danger of collapse. Firefighters were dispatched at about 4:00 a.m. to 61 River St., a two story brick multiple dwelling. By the time the first unit arrived, heavy fire was venting out multiple windows on the second floor and was extending to the exposure “B” building, a large two and a half story frame duplex. Live wires had also fallen to the street in front of the fire building, limiting access. A second alarm was transmitted

an issue. Long stretches were required to larger mains to supply the need. After knocking down the heavy fire, companies re-entered the exposure building to hit hot spots, but the original fire building operations remained defensive due to the structural integrity. The fire was able to be placed under control in about two hours. No residents or firefighters were injured. The cause is believed to be electrical in origin based on statements from the residents.


JUMP TO FILE #102015107 followed shortly by a third. Companies went defensive on the original fire building once it was determined that all occupants were out. A offensive attack was commenced on the exposure building, but fire soon took full possession of the attic and began to drop down, so members were pulled from the structure. The Lodi tower was put into operation as well as multiple handlines and water supply soon became




Ridgewood Emergency Services supports Breast Cancer awareness Ridgewood Emergency Services volunteers wore special pink uniform shirts throughout the month of October as part of it’s annual campaign to raise awareness about Breast Cancer. Volunteers used the Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign to encourage members of the public to take steps to help detect the disease in its early stages, including self-exams and regular mammograms. While a lot of progress has been made in increasing awareness about breast cancer and the benefits of early detection, there is still a long way to go in combating the disease.


Annual hayride On October 17th, the Roosevelt Volunteer Fire Company held their third annual hayride. EMT Allie Michell manned the wagon while Firefighter Brendan Powers drove the tractor.

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Shown accepting the awards at KME's National Sales Meeting left to right are Kevin Todd, Doug Burrell, Skip Stinger, Bill Powell, Fred Hundt and Pat Sullivan

First Priority captures KME National Sales Awards For the fifth consecutive year, KME has feted First Priority Emergency Vehicles with awards recognizing its sales performance in the New Jersey marketplace. This year, First Priority's sales achievements were recognized with both the prestigious Summit and Pinnacle Awards, placing First Priority in the top tier of KME dealers nationwide. Commenting on the achievement, Skip Stinger and Mark Chai, First Priority's Fire Apparatus Sales Managers noted, "We appreciate the recognition of the hard work

JUMP TO FILE #101915118 put in by our sales team serving the fire apparatus needs of the Garden State's firefighting community. Everyday across New Jersey, KME fire apparatus dependably respond to fire and rescue hazards of all types, and we are proud to be part of this valiant effort". Bob Freeman, President of First Priority noted, "These awards are emblematic of the customercentric and team-oriented culture at

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Fire prevention with Westville

On October 15th, Westville Fire Department members took the opportunity to educate the children at Parkview School on Fire Safety as part of our annual Fire Prevention Week activities. Students also had a chance to tour the fire trucks and practice home evacuation drills in the Smoke House, which was provided by the Gloucester County Department of Emergency Response and staffed by members of the Gloucester County Fire Marshals Office.


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High School CPR training for 5000 students


Carteret Engine 6 operated on October 4, 2015 at a mobile home fire on Blair Rd., where a quick knock was made by firefighters.


Melrose Engine 3 operating at a fire behind an auto body shop on Route 35.


Garfield Truck 4, a 2012 Spartan/Crimson 1500-200-103' TDA, operating at a third alarm fire in town.

New state laws in New York and surrounding areas require CPR training to complete high school. Your agency (fire, EMS or hospital) can partake in this training and make inroads into your schools and communities. Your personnel can make a profound impact on young people, an impact that could pay dividends for years. In my case, my employer, a hospital group managed to train over 5000 students in 17 different schools over the period of a year. A mother and father, who suffered the terrific loss of their grown son were the impetus for our challenge, and helped make it possible. Combined efforts, not only on my part as an instructor and coordinator but along with Kim Crowley, Cherie Garrison and Brian McGrath; we led the programs along with instructor aids, who had been trained specifically for the CPR events. Initial ground work was laid by reaching out to local high schools and explaining what the program was about. There was no cost to the schools involved. Amazingly, not every school contacted agreed to come on board for the training! The 17 schools that did agree were scheduled and staff and equipment plans were made for the dates. Staffing considerations: Programs were run under the Heart Association or AHA “Friends and Family” curriculum and classroom oversight. AHA recommends a ratio of instructional personnel to students of no more than 6:1. For the most part, our programs were run under the direct supervision of training center instructors and facilitators filling out the balance of the needed staff. Equipment: The high school programs were run only as adult “hands only” programs. This limited our needs for equipment to just basic adult manikins.

JUMP TO FILE #102915101 Since we did only the compressions, we didn’t need face shields or masks. The more manikins you can provide, the more people you train in the same rotation. As an example, we typically brought with us 30 to 40 adult manikins. Doing a single rotation switch, we could teach groups as large as 80, by having the groups take turns on the manikins. A single AED (defib) was brought to each class as part of the demo. AV considerations: Without a doubt the biggest single issue in nearly every class venue was the ability to not only project the video, but hear the audio that goes with it. A few schools had dedicated IT/AV professionals on staff for such events that could reliably set up the video presentation. If teaching in an auditorium, as an example, a “TV-on-a-cart” simply will not work (no matter the size). The audio from such a set up wouldn’t fill the space either. If going the projection route, be sure to check in advance if the projector will be bright enough to fill the screen, and that any natural sunlight wouldn’t wash out the screen. If using a laptop to drive the video, be sure to check that your laptop will link up with your intended projector and that the DVD will play with the installed player applications, in advance! Be forewarned of using other people’s computers, especially if you’re used to one type of device and are using a different one for the first time (ie. Apple users and PC users). Best bet is to conduct not only a pre-class walk through, but testing the intended AV equipment. Venue considerations: Auditoriums/gyms can work, keep in

mind the above cautions. Using a classroom or library can be viable, but keep in mind, the last thing you need in your teaching space is chairs! It may seem counter intuitive, but the point of the exercise is to have your students do chest compressions for the maximum about of contact time possible while they’re with you. It’s been proven many times, the more hands-on experience, the higher the likelihood of skills retention. Skip the chairs altogether and get your student on the floor with the manikins! Best advice, always do a walkthrough a week or more in advance of your training, scope out the intended room space. Time considerations: Friends and Family, Adult only- should take less than an hour, with two rotations and a brief discussion about 911 and AED use. In one example, we taught an entire regional high school (all grades: freshman through seniors) in one day. We started at the beginning of the school day with the first period and ran through all eight school periods using a 50 minute CPR class period, allowing time for class changes between sessions. We used several dozen staff and about 80 manikins in several locations in the school: gym, library etc. Conclusion: With the recent addition of New York to the list of states mandating CPR training to (high school) graduation rules, there are many opportunities for your EMS or fire agency to link up with local schools to not only train an entirely new generation of responders, but get your organization in contact with the public. If you have questions on setting up classes like we did, you may contact the author at - DOUG HAVILAND

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Reflections Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh


A quick knock down in Paterson A quick and aggressive attack by Paterson firefighters was able to keep damage to two buildings from being beyond repair, but the fire did leave more than two dozen temporarily displaced on October 11th. Firefighters were dispatched shortly after 8:00 p.m. to 110 E. 22nd St. for several rep[orts of a fire. On arrival, heavy fire was venting from the rear second floor and attic of the large two and a half story frame dwelling and was

JUMP TO FILE #101215110 spreading to the exposure “D” building, a three story frame OMD. A second alarm was immediately transmitted as lines were stretched. A third alarm was sounded as the need for manpower was apparent. Members were able to make a quick hit on the seat of the fire in the original fire building as well as

the fire that extended to the exposure building. Extensive opening up and overhaul was required on both buildings before the fire could be placed under control in less than one hour. One firefighter was transported with injuries due to falling debris, but no civilian injuries were reported. The Prosecutor’s Office was called in for investigation. - BILL TOMPKINS


This time of year, we are so busy running around. We are decorating the station and the fire apparatus for the holidays and getting ready to take Santa around for the children. Then, there is the gathering of your fire company members and a party at the station also. Oh, we forgot to mention the family. We need to pick up the presents for the children and the rest of the family members and the relatives that we may see once a year. Then comes the thought of the actual day. Do you dress up? Whose house will you celebrate at? Is it your parents’ house or your spouse’s relatives? Or, do you go to Aunt Jenny’s house or a friend’s house? Have you thought about the less fortunate? Have you bought them anything? What about the homeless? Do you really know who they are? How many veterans are homeless? Have you decided to work and feed some people? Or bring joy to those who have nobody? Just look at your members or retired members or those in the firemen’s home or local nursing home. Have you taken time to be still and just be with God?

Maybe it is time to thank God for all the blessings in your life. We forget God said that He will take care of our needs, not wants, but needs. Have you thanked Him? Yes, I understand that we go through hard times, but did we learn something from that, become stronger or more compassionate? Have you reflected and truly looked in the face of people who need help? Do you really know if it is God in disguise? Let us remember what the holidays are really about. Miracles. For Christians, it is about the miracle of our Savior being born, as a man. For the Jews, it is the miracle of the Hanukkah, which was a miraculous military victory, but a tiny cruse of oil proved more miraculous and enduring in the memory of the Jewish people. Let us reflect on the miracles that we have seen in the past year. Who lived after a bad car accident or survived a fire, or a fall, that by all means should have been dead? We do not always notice the hand of God at work around us. I challenge you to do as Psalm 46:10 states and “be still and know that I am God”. He is always here for you, not just when things seem to fall apart. Kiss your loved ones. Let them know how much they mean to you and keep coming home to them after your calls. Express now to people how much they mean to you. You will also light up their day. Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Stay safe.

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Fire Prevention Week program Jersey City Engine 5 participated in the Jersey City Columbus Day Parade


On October 16, the Roosevelt Volunteer Fire Company presented a Fire Prevention Week program to the Roosevelt Public School. Pictured: Firefighter John Lenart shows members of the second grade class the inside of the fire engine.

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Roosevelt purchases Wall’s 1993 KME pumper

The officers and members of the Roosevelt Vol. Fire Co. would like to thank everyone for their continued support. RVFC hosted alot of fundraisers over the last three years, which included pasta dinners, egg hunts, pancake breakfast, hay rides, comedy shows and Santa's delivery. Their hard work really paid off. The company raised enough money to purchase this 1993 KME Pumper from Wall Twp. Chief Archer said 'The hard work and perseverance of the company, shows that we can accomplish almost anything".

Take the “pressure” off! FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

On the heels of Halloween and Thanksgiving and the busy holiday season fast approaching, many of us are soon to abandon our regular exercise routine. Unfortunately, in many cases fitness routines are replaced with poor eating patterns laden with sugar, salt, cholesterol and fat. Less exercise and increased food consumption is a double whammy! Many of us are well schooled in the danger of consuming excessive amounts of high fat food. Although it is important to limit the amount of fat you consume, many of us are unaware of the negative effects a diet high in sugar and salt can have on our weight and our health. One such negative effect is high blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure has long been linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke and more. Before you trade in your exercise program for a holiday season of poor eating, consider the long term consequences. A recent client presented as overweight, and newly diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension). His physician not only recommended weight loss, but also wanted to prescribe multiple medications. Since this was a recent diagnosis (which did not present at a doctor’s visit in previous months) the physician agreed to give the client an opportunity to manage his blood pressure on his own. (Please note,

this decision can only be made by a physician and is dependent on the severity of the hypertension and condition of the individual.) Although it is possible to wean off medication as blood pressure is managed over time, in many cases blood pressure medication continues long term and sometimes lifelong. My client (Bob) wanted to avoid medication if possible, so he set out to manage his blood pressure naturally. The physician cleared him for mild to moderate exercise (based upon the individual), and sent him on his way with an appointment to return in three weeks for reevaluation. Upon first interview with Bob, I learned that a typical breakfast for him was a sugared cereal and a glass of chocolate milk. Lunch (since he was on the go) was typically pizza, a hot dog or sometimes a soup and sandwich. Additionally, on average there were two to three glasses of iced tea or other soft drink per day. Snacks were often chips, pretzels and an occasional candy bar. Dinner, was much better, a lean meat – starch and a vegetable. Alcohol consumption was occasional. Since, bodyweight, as well as sodium, caffeine and alcohol consumption (and of course saturated fat and cholesterol) all significantly affect blood pressure, Bob’s daily food/beverage choices seemed the best place to start. Along with a mild exercise program, Bob agreed to make some dietary changes. A dietician can be of significant benefit, so after checking with one, here is what we managed to workout. The sugary cereal at breakfast was replaced with shredded wheat or oatmeal (read the label, zero sugar


Mystic Island and Tuckerton work on a natural gas drill

On October 14th, Mystic Island Volunteer Fire Department with Tuckerton Fire Department worked on a joint natural gas drill at the Ocean County Fire Academy. Crews worked together on hose advancement and over all teamwork.

zero sodium). Bob added a ½ of a banana and ¼ cup of (raw, unsalted) almonds. The chocolate milk had to go (sugar and caffeine). Instead, he had a cup of decaf coffee with just a splash of flavored creamer (less than 1 gm saturated fat, zero sodium, zero cholesterol and 2.5 gms sugar). He also added a multi-vitamin daily. His mid morning snack was an orange. Lunch was more typically grilled chicken or turkey on light bread (sodium is only 70mg/slice as opposed to most breads which contained closer to 200mgs/slice). The bread didn’t seem to taste much different, was really just a bit thinner than most, which probably accounted for the lower calories and sodium content. Later day snacks were unsalted popcorn or ¼ a cup almonds. Dinner remained pretty much the same. He paid more attention to portion sizes and avoided prepackaged foods or canned vegetables since they are all loaded with sodium. Evening Snack was a “Healthy Choice” brand fudge bar. Please note these are merely a few examples of what worked for him. His diet contained a wide variety of foods. Your dietary choices should be tailored to your needs. Bob originally thought soup and salad was a healthy meal, but the labels show most canned soups contain over 600 mgs of sodium in just one serving. Many of the salad dressings are high in fat and contain 350700mgs of sodium in just two tablespoons. That doesn’t leave room for much else if you are looking to stay between 1500 and 2300mgs of sodium per day. (see the DASH eating plan, a dietary plan for reducing blood pressure at The sugary soft drinks had to go. Bob now drinks plenty of water and naturally flavored seltzer. An occasional soft drink can be tolerated, but

consuming two, three and sometimes four per day had him exceeding recommended sugar levels. Exercise, was four days per week for 30 minutes. Considering hypertension, workouts were mostly cardiovascular in nature. We avoided overhead lifting, used light weights and did lots of circuit training. After three weeks Bob dropped ten lbs. I know we typically recommend a weight loss of only two lbs per week, but calculations showed that Bob had dropped more than four lbs of water (as per measured on a bioelectrical impedance scale) and a little more that five lbs of fat. That had him well within recommended levels. His high sodium diet had him retaining a great deal of water and reducing his sodium intake released a good amount of water. He returned to the doctor and his blood pressure had dropped enough for the Dr. to grant him a few more weeks of self management. (Remember, the physician, and only the physician can safely make this determination.) After three additional weeks, Bob dropped another seven lbs (for a total of 17 lbs). His blood pressure was within normal range and the physician deemed no medication necessary at this time. Bob had been consuming far too much sugar, which was keeping extra weight on him. His sodium content had him retaining far too much water. Originally, the Dr. would have prescribed a diuretic along with an antihypertension medication, but Bob’s weight loss brought him success on all counts. Presently, as this holiday season approaches, he continues to lose weight, at a somewhat slower rate. Bob will check in with the dietician for further recommendations and eventually some maintenance advice. His blood pressure and weight are within healthy ranges. He is still

medication “free”. He continues to exercise, and we constructed a plan to fit his holiday schedule. As of our last workout, he reports that he is not going hungry and is not feeling deprived at all. By reading the labels, he has been able to make better choices and avoid unnecessary food traps. He has worked some of his favorite, and less healthy food choices into the mix, but has limited portions and also managed to find tasty satisfying versions. Next time you are in the food store, pick up a few of your favorite foods and read the label. Check the fats, and saturated fats. Compare the sodium and sugar levels. Not only will you be surprised how high some of them are, I bet you will also notice a significant difference in many brands of the same product. Be sure to pay close attention to serving size as often they are much smaller than we think. For more information on label reading go to: For more information on daily sugar intake go to: wsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm4 55837.htm For more information regarding sodium intake go to: For further information on reducing blood pressure through nutrition go to: for the “DASH” diet I referred to earlier. Get your holiday exercise plan in place and by January you can be enjoying a Happy Healthy New Year! More than ever, a physician’s approval is the place to start.

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History of FDNY Rescue Operations Seminar coming to Neptune Township


A seminar titled "The History of Rescue Operations in the FDNY" is coming to Neptune Township on November 14th. The seminar will feature FDNY Rescue 1 Firefighter Paul Hashagen (retired). Paul is also the author of several books, including the newly published book One Hundred Years of Valor - JUMP TO FILE # FDNY Rescue 102715113 Company 1 19152015. The seminar is being presented by All Hands Fire Equipment & Training. Due to the popularity of this class, a larger venue was needed so Neptune firefighters at the Shark River Hills Firehouse graciously offered their facility. Seminar description: They were a company of men, proven firefighters hand-picked from hundreds of volunteers. Organized in 1915, for the past century, the firefighters of Rescue Company 1 dangled from ropes, dove underwater to rescue those in peril or ventured where no one else could. Based on his book, “100 Years of Valor: Rescue Company 1”, FDNY 1915 – 2015, respected author and retired member of Rescue Company 1, Paul Hashagen will recount how these firefighters han-


Author of "One Hundred Years of Valor - Rescue Company 1 19152015", FF Paul Hashagen.

dled explosives, dangerous chemicals, and controlled toxic leaks in cellars, sub-cellars and in the holds of ships. Their stories are many, their impact impressive and their motto is “OUTSTANDING!” The seminar will be on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Shark River

Hills Firehouse at 200 Brighton Avenue in Neptune for $25.00 *Purchase and have Paul sign your copy of “ One Hundred Years of Valor Rescue Company 1” at this event. Seating is limited. You can register online at - DONALD COLARUSSO


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Stafford Volunteer Fire Co. hosts their 2015 Open House On a nice Fall night, the residents of Stafford Twp. came out to the Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company’s 2015 Open House. There were prizes to be handed out for posters, which local children completed in local schools. Atlantic City Electric Co. demonstrated the dangers of electricity. Children enjoyed rides on the fire trucks and Sparky the mascot was there as well was Smokey the Bear. All of the kids had the chance to use a hose on a mock house fire along with taking a tour of all of the Stafford fire trucks.


Orange Acting Chief of Department James Rothenberger, left, and his nephew, Firefighter Dominick Rothenberger, working together on an October afternoon.

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Residential sprinklers Laugh your way to the bank with versus firefighter safety a stand-up comedy fund-raiser STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

On August 13th, the New York City Council passed legislation that requires the installation of automatic fire sprinklers in pet stores that house animals for 24 hours. The deadline for compliance is December 2016. The councilman sponsoring the bill, Councilman Corey Johnson was quoted as saying the sprinklers will save the lives of animals and firefighters who attempt to rescue them. Contrary to Mr. Johnson’s concerns for firefighters, on August 19, the New York State Codes Council, after extensive lobbying by the construction and realtors association, failed to adopt requiring the installation of residential sprinklers in all new one and two family homes. The Code will still require residential sprinklers in wood frame construction that exceeds two floors above grade. Needless to say, this was a disappointing defeat for the New York fire service, which had waged its own lobbying campaign in support of the requirement. Executive Director Jerry DeLuca of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) commented, “I am deeply disappointed that in voting to remove residential sprinklers from the statewide building code, members of the Code Council have chosen to put profit ahead of safety.” On October 13, the Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned the residential sprinkler requirement that required the installation of residential fire sprinklers in all newly constructed homes in excess of 4500 square feet. The Builders Association of the Twin Cities had initiated the appeal of the requirement by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry claiming the 4500 square foot size was an arbitrary figure and unsupported. The Minnesota Court issued the following statement: “We are mindful today that we are declaring a rule adopted by an administrative agency of the state invalid. We do not do so lightly, but rather thoughtfully and unanimously. Nevertheless, we are bound to apply the law.” The executive director of the Builders Association of the Twin

Cities also issued a statement: “Safety is the highest priority of Minnesota builders, and we are proud that new homes in Minnesota are among the safest in the nation. The sprinkler mandate would not have changed that safety record, but it would have made homes more expensive for Minnesota families. The Court’s decision to invalidate the sprinkler rule confirms what the public, legislature, and code experts have overwhelmingly stated all along, the sprinkler mandate is arbitrary and not supported.” A few key issues in the debate over residential fire sprinklers is the additional cost for purchasing a new home requiring sprinkler installation when most homes require smoke detectors which do an excellent job in alerting the residents to exit the home in a timely and safe manner. Also, that the older homes will not be required to have sprinkler systems thereby presenting a greater loss of life hazard than the newer constructed homes. I don’t think so! The modern constructed homes burn faster and hotter due to contents and materials and the collapse dangers are increased by the use of truss construction in floors and roofs, posing an increased life hazard to firefighting personnel. The answer to this issue is for firefighters to operate from exterior positions, avoiding any possibility of being trapped in a collapse. Over the past few years, the concern for firefighter safety has increased due to the economic climate of the nation. The reductions in staffing in many municipal departments and the decrease in volunteer firefighters could be offset to some degree by the installation of fire sprinklers in the home. It would seem that with the reduced number of firefighters, there would be a far greater justification for residential sprinklers. If all the newly constructed homes that have been built over the past 25 years had been required to have residential sprinklers installed, maybe we could face the present economic crisis and firefighter cutbacks feeling a little more secure about the safety of firefighters and the people residing in those homes. New York City Councilman Corey Johnson was concerned with not only saving lives of animals, but firefighters also. Till next time stay safe and God Bless!

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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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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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South Amboy Fire Department celebrates 125 Years of Service

South Amboy's Honor Guard leading off

Saturday October 3, 2015 was a dreary day, yet plenty of spectators lined the streets of South Amboy to celebrate the Fire Department's 125th Anniversary. With a JUMP TO FILE# nor'easter on Friday 100615102 and the threat of Hurricane Joaquin on Sunday, parade goers lucked out with a dry afternoon. Fire departments from all over the state came to participate, including Booton from the northwest, to Freehold from the South. There were bagpipers, antique cars, and marching bands as well. After the parade, hamburgers and hotdogs were served up, live music, and a great time was had by all. - CONNI SPELLMAN

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Blood & Fire Vendetta Firefighter suffers heart attack at Elmwood Park house fire ON THE BOOK SHELF

by John Malecky

Blood & Fire: Vendetta By K.M. Bozarth Available from Price: Paperback $15.43 Kindle: $3.43 I read this book, which is soft cover measuring 5 ½ inches by 8 ½ inches. It has 24 chapters within 209 pages and is the first of what is to become a series of novels by this author. The author has been a firefighter since the year 2000 and has worked in volunteer and paid fire departments in Burlington County, New Jersey. This county is New Jersey’s largest in area and spans from the Atlantic Ocean to the Delaware River, which sepa-

rates the state from Pennsylvania. The book is fiction, but is based on her personal experiences. Being a female, one can imagine the obstacles she faced within her career working in what for many years was considered a “man’s job.!” In a very unbiased way, she writes about being treated differently by different individuals in her crew and in the department, particularly by an officer in command of her company. She is married and her husband has a different public safety type job. Both go through trying times from the demand of their jobs in which PTSD can become a by product. For her character, she takes you through station life, training sessions and emergency calls and helps you develop the imagery of being right there in their midst. It is a good read for both genders, whether you are an emergency service worker or not.

A firefighter went into cardiac arrest at an Elmwood Park house fire on the evening of October 29th. Just before 5:30 p.m., companies were dispatched to 9 Halstead Place on a reported house fire. While still en JUMP TO FILE # route Battalion chief 103015115 Scott Mutel observed a heavy smoke column in the distance. Upon arrival, a working fire was made as he had heavy fire on the exterior of the home extending to the first and second floors. A second alarm was quickly transmitted, bringing mutual aid from Saddle Brook, Fair Lawn, Clifton and Garfield to the scene. As chief of Department Mike Pressler arrived, a second reported structure fire was dispatched. Mutual aid units were diverted to the location to find out it was a false alarm. While crews were making an interior attack at Halstead Place, a firefighter started to feel sick and appeared to have a cardiac issue. After the firefighter made it outside, he received CPR and EMT'S used defibrillators. He was quickly rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center. Heavy fire was now reported in the attic of the duplex-style home. Truck companies made two roof vent holes. Heavy black smoke was pushing through the vent holes followed by heavy fire. Interior firefighting still remained as all the fire was now in the attic. Ceilings were pulled to expose

the fire, so hose lines could be placed into operation. The rapid spread of the fire had to do with strong winds, which fanned the flames into the interior. The fire was extinguished about an hour into the operation. A few other injuries were suffered by firefighters, but all were minor in nature and were treated on the fire ground by EMS personnel.


Additional mutual aid from Lodi, Rochelle Park, and Maywood were on standby at the Blvd firehouse. The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Arson Squad was called to the scene for an investigation into the cause of the blaze. - DAMIEN DANIS

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AVFD receives pet masks

The Allendale Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the Canine Company for their generous donation of pet oxygen masks. We are now equipped to provide better care for our four legged friends. The company has also donated decals that homeowners can use to notify first responders of the pets in their home.


Scott Campbell, president of Campbell Supply Co. LLC stands with his daughter and sons at their open house on October 10th. All are employees. From L to R Mason, assistant administrator; Scott; Emily, accounts payable, and Spencer, assistant administrator.

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Avenel Engine 5-4 operated on October 30, 2015 at a garbage truck fire on Cragwood Rd.


South Plainfield Fire Department Engine 2 at the South Amboy 125th Anniversary Parade

Allamuchy firefighters extricate one at Interstate 80 crash On October 19, 2015 at around 8:38 a.m., the Allamuchy Volunteer Fire Department was alerted for an MVA with ejection and possible entrapment on Route 80 westbound at milemarker 15. As re- JUMP TO FILE# ports came in 102215102 confirming the situation, Assistant Chief 91-70 requested mutual aid from Hope (38 Fire) and Blairstown (46 Fire). Rescue Engine 91-63 arrived on scene to find four parties injured outside the vehicle and one party trapped in the rear of the car. As ALS checked the patients, the crew from 91-63 proceeded to remove the roof and passenger side door of the vehicle, assisted by crews from Heavy Rescue 91-75. As crews from Hope and Blairstown arrived, they began assisting with the roof removal, as well as a rear passenger seat. The trapped patient was successfully removed from the vehicle and all patients were transported to Pocono Medical Center via multiple BLS units from 95, 46 and 78 rescue. All units cleared the scene after the vehicle was loaded on the wrecker at 10:08 a.m. - JAMES BESSEMER


The remains of an Acura SUV being loaded. One party was trapped in the rear of the vehicle.

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Morgan Engine 1 operating out on Route 35 at a fire behind an auto body shop.



Morgan Hose Engine 1 at the South Amboy 125th Anniversary Parade

In Readington, the Whitehouse Fire Company placed into service a 2015 KME 2000-gpm/1000-gwt/20gft pumper, left, replacing a 1992 Spartan/E-One 1500-gpm/1000-gwt model.

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22 years of service

The New Jersey State Association of County Fire Marshals President Henry Stryker III presented an award, on behalf of the association to Burlington County Fire Marshal Michael Reed for his 22 years of service to the Burlington County Fire Marshal’s Office. Fire Marshal Reed retired on September 1, 2015.



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Eight alarms and 400 displaced in Passaic Passaic, NJ. Fire raced through the top-floor and roof of a five-story ordinary “H” shaped apartment house sending residents running to the street for safety with little or no possessions, leaving pets behind and putting numerous fire departments in the area to work. At 8:33 p.m., a full assignment was dispatched to 280 Gregory Avenue for a report of a fire in a fifthfloor apartment, with numerous phone calls being received by fire dispatch. Battalion Chief Lou Sanchez observed the fire condition, life hazard and size of the structure and transmitted a second-alarm upon arrival. That was shortly followed by a thirdalarm. The building contained some 60 apartments. It was later confirmed by investigators that an alarm system wasn't working when the fire broke out, leaving residents to pound on doors to alert each other before running out of the apartment house. City spokesman Keith Furlong said investigators determined that “no alarm system activated before or during the fire,” although they are not sure why. Furlong said the city last inspected the building in July, after a water leak damaged the alarm. He said a private company repaired the alarm system and tested it. Interior crews advanced hand-

JUMP TO FILE #102215103 lines to the top floor and knocked down some fire, but flames were already above them in the ceiling and through the roof. Conditions rapidly deteriorated and an evacuation order was sounded, as master streams were set up. The building is located at the corner of Broadway, and master streams quickly covered the “A” and “D” sides as well as a ladder pipe on the “C” side, set up in a lot. A P.A.R. was conducted and all members were accounted for. In addition, a collapse zone was established. Huge flames and black smoke covered the sky as news helicopters converged over Passaic, and a large Rite Aid parking lot opposite the front of the building filled with residents, spectators, and eventually emergency vehicles. Flames traveled from the wing on the Broadway side and spread across the entire structure. Master streams pounded the flames, which included a Passaic tower ladder, plus ladder pipes from Passaic and Pompton Lakes on Gregory Avenue, plus a Passaic ladder pipe and deck gun on Broadway, and a Clifton ladder pipe and Wayne tower working the “C” side. In addition, East Rutherford's

tower was at the corner of Gregory and Broadway. After it's initial operation, Clifton Ladder 3 was repositioned out of the established collapse zone. Three city firefighters were injured and taken to a local hospital. That included one with neck burn injuries and one, who was injured when a portion of the ceiling fell on him. There were no reports of injured residents, many of whom were reported to be senior citizens. Residents were sent to a nearby school and the Red Cross was called

in for aid. Rehab and EMS areas were set up in the Rite Aid parking lot. Rehab was assigned to the Moonachie Ambulance Squad and the Teaneck Box 54 canteen truck also provided refreshments. In all, eight-alarms were sounded, bringing in numerous fire companies from Passaic and southern Bergen County to the scene. After midnight, crews re-entered the building to knock-down heavy fire still flaring inside apartments. The fire was declared under control at 2:23 a.m. by Chief of Department Patrick

Trentacost. Furlong added that although investigators have not determined the exact cause, it has been ruled “accidental.” In addition to the fire departments already mentioned, fire companies also known to have responded came from Paterson, Wallington, Carlstadt, Rutherford, Little Falls, Totowa, Hawthorne, North Haledon, Pompton Lakes, Bloomingdale and Wanaque. RON JEFFERS


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Monument dedicated to fallen firefighter

On Saturday, October 10th, the Wallington Fire Department had their annual inspection at Truck Company 201. At that time, the Mayor and Council went over the trucks and equipment and toured all three firehouses. Also on this day, a new monument for Captain Greg Barnas, who was killed in the line of duty while fighting and fire on February 28th 2014, was unveiled. Mrs. Patty Barnas and her sister-in-law, Diane Weiss, did the unveiling. The monument was donated by Truck Company 201, Secaucus Truck 1, and Brian Warner from Warner and Wozniak Funeral Service. The monument is made from black granite and weighs around 700 lbs.

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Facelift to North Branch’s bay doors


Dog trapped in storm drain

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Collingswood Squad 16 and Ladder 16 responded to Belmont Ave in the area of Newton Creek for a dog that was trapped in the storm drain. Crews worked to remove the grate from the street and lowered a ladder down to gain access. The dog was lifted and carried up to the street. Police made contact and returned the dog to his owners several blocks away. The dog did not appear to be injured.

The North Branch Fire Company, which serves the citizens of Bridgewater and Branchburg Townships in Somerset County, recently put a “Facelift” to their bay doors. The Company’s doors were in disrepair for years and were an eyesore for all who passed the Station, which is located just East of Raritan Valley College on Route 28. Through a combination of private donations and saving a small amount of the company’s budget

JUMP TO FILE #100915101 for the upgrade, the company decided to reface the doors with a vinyl graphic rather than replace the doors. This financially prudent upgrade turned into a beautiful celebration of America and it’s selfless heroes. With an American flag background, the firefighters, who raised

the American flag on 9/11 in NYC are on the left while the Marines and Navy Corpsman, who raised the American flag after the battle of Iwo Jima are on the right. The firefighters of North Branch Fire are extremely patriotic and want to share their love of Country and those who serve it with the graphic. - DAVID HICKSON

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Lakewood Brush 6409, 1953 International M61, 6 x 6 water tender converted by the LFD in 1973 to a brush unit, is still in service. It has a 400 gpm Hale pump with Wisconsin engine, a 1000 gallon water tank and a 10 ton winch.


This vintage Dover NJ pumping unit was on hand at the Fall Foliage Muster and Memorial in Sussex County on October 11th.

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Fire Prevention Week Fire Prevention Week continued with Westampton Township Emergency Services Firefighter/EMT Dave Shaw talking to kids about fire safety.

Tuckerton called out for landing zone set up

On October 10, 2015, the Tuckerton Fire Department was dispatched for a landing zone assignment at Bay Avenue Park. Command requested West Tuckerton to assist. Quality called for a medevac for a person, who fell from a unknown height. PennStar II received the assignment and had a ten min ETA. MONOC 716 was also assigned. The patient was transported to a local Trauma Center.


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Ladder goes into operation for first time North Hudson's new Tower Ladder 3 went into operation at a fire for the first time on the morning of October 18th. The fire involved an abandon two-story "X rated" building on Kennedy Blvd. near 56th Street, West New York

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Jersey City Columbus Day Parade includes Italian Firefighter of the Year On Saturday, October 10, 2015, spectators lined the streets of Jersey City to watch the Columbus Day Parade. Among the participants was the Italian Firefighter of the Year Jason Greco, from the Jersey City Fire Department. The JCFD contingent also included members of the Honor Guard led by Chief (Ret) Jack Farrington and Engine 5.


"Not hitting this hydrant" Avenel firefighters battled a garbage truck fire on Cragwood Rd., but had to find an alternative hydrant to establish a water supply due to the nearest hydrant being in close proximity of the burning truck.

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Bogota, N.J. Fire Chief Mike Brophy, Firefighter Joseph DiMauro Jr. who just graduated Firefighter 1 course, he is a member of Engine 1 Company, Battalion Chief Joseph DiMauro Sr,

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Members of the Hammonton Fire Department, Company 1 and Company 2 participating in Fire Prevention on October 8th


Members of East Orange Rescue Co. 1 with their veteran 2005 Spartan/Hackney apparatus. L-R: Captain Bill Kingston, and Firefighters Terence Thornton and Damon Johns.


Avenel Firefighter Matt Mizak adjusts his equipment before returning to operate at a garbage truck fire on Cragwood Rd.

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First Priority expands its KME Territory

It was at the FDIC in 2010 that KME Fire Apparatus announced that First Priority Emergency Vehicles would become their dealer for most of the counties of New Jersey. The area covered included all counties with the exception of Hudson, Essex, Bergen and Passaic. These counties have now been added and PFEV’s territory covers the entire state. Four additional salesmen have been added to handle the coverage. FPEV’s apparatus division delivered to Bayville Fire Company in Berkeley Township (Ocean County) a KME Predator Panther pumper. Specs include a medium four-door 136.5 inch cab with six seats and 10 inch raised roof, barrier shortened cab doors, Cummins ISL 9, 450 hp diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Waterous CSU, 1500 gpm single-stage pump, four-inch LDH discharge on officer’s side pump panel, 2 ½-inch hose bed discharge, two 1 ½inch and one 2 ½-inch crosslays above pump, 1 ½-inch front bumper discharge, 1000 gallon water tank, 3/16 inch aluminum. 158 inch Flex single axle body with 29 inch compartments, un-painted roll-up compartment doors, driver’s side full height/full depth compartments, officer’s side full height/split depth compartments, ladders stored next to the water tank on the right side accessed from the rear, four storage compartments in the rear wheel wells with storage for 11 spare SCBA cylinders and extinguishers, 94 inch wide hose bed with two dividers, two hard suctions stored inside the body behind the roll-up doors and hydraulic tools stored in the front bumper. The ambulance division reports the following orders: a Ford E-450/Demers MX 164 for Maple Shade Township (Burlington County), a Road Rescue Ultramedic with custom dual squad bench interior on a Ford E-450 chassis for Hightstown (Mercer County) and four Sprinter/Demers Type II’s for UMDNJ. They delivered a First Priority Renaissance Remount to Hampton in Hunterdon County and two Braun Express on GMC G3500 chassis to Old Bridge Township (Middlesex County.) Absolute Fire Protection received the following E-ONE orders: For Dunellen (Middlesex County) an E-Max rescue pumper on a Cyclone II chassis with an extended 80 inch cab. Specs include a Waterous 1500 gpm pump. 750 gallon water tank, 304L stainless steel body, roll-up doors, FRC scene lights, Will Burt Night Scan, six seat cab with rear storage compartments, Cummins ISL 9, 450 hp diesel engine, recessed front suction, galvannized frame rails, cross members and battery boxes, Akron electric deck gun and a Harrison 6 kw generator. For Hoboken (Hudson County) a Metro 110 foot aerial on a single axle Cyclone II chassis with medium cab. Specs include a low travel height of 10 feet, 11 inches, roll-up doors, six seat cab, FRC scene lights and Amdor pathfinder LED climbing lights. Fire & Safety Services report the following Pierce orders: for the City of Pleasantville (Atlantic County) a Saber pumper; for the Bordentown Fire District 2 (Burlington County) an Enforcer pumper and for the Holmes Marshall FRC in Piscataway Township (MiddlePlease 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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Jersey City Police Emergency Service, ESU-1942 and 1943, 2012 Ford F-550/EVI. They were sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC.

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Morganville E-28-3-77, 2015 International 7400/KME 1250/750/20 and 6 kw generator. It was sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles. Jersey City Police Emergency Service, ESU-0711, 2010 Ford F550/Lenco Bearcat armored vehicle for extreme incidents.

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Wildwood City E-38, 2014 E-ONE, Typhoon, E-Max, 1500/500/78 feet and 8 kw generator. It was sold by 1st Choice Fire Apparatus.

Pleasant Plains E-3401, 2013 Spartan Gladiator/Rosenbauer 2000/750/40 with 10 kw generator

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N. Plainfield E-501, 2014 Pierce Saber, 1500/750. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services. sex County) a Saber pumper. Pierce deliveries include a Velocity PUC heavy duty rescue with non-walkin body to the Belle Mead Fire Company in Montgomery Township (Somerset County), an Impel 75 foot aluminum aerial to Pequannock (Morris County), a Saber pumper to Bloomfield (Essex County), an Enforcer PUC pumper to Strathmere (Cape May County) and an Enforcer pumper to the Deepwater Fire Company in Pennsville (Salem County.) Emergency Equipment Sales & Service has delivered to Lawrence Township (Mercer County) a Seagrave Apollo II

105 foot rear mount platform for the Slackwood Fire Company. It has a Cummins 500 hp diesel engine, an Allison 4000 EVS transmission, 141 inch stainless steel cab with six seats, 2000 gpm Hale pump, 500 gallon water tank, stainless steel body with full depth compartments, FRC lighting, Onan 10 kw hydraulic generator, Hannay cord reels, Akron moinitor, heavy duty steel ladder and 1250 pound platform payload. They received an order from Little Falls in Passaic County for a Seagrave Marauder II custom pumper. It will have a 141 inch stainless steel cab with six

E. Orange L-3, 1991 Seagrave 100 foot rear mount with 4 kw generator. It is used as a spare and is originally from Highview, KY.

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seats, Cummins 450 hp diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, stainless steel body, Waterous 1500 gpm twostage pump, 500 gallon water tank, stainless steel plumbing and FRC 12 volt LED lighting. New Jersey Emergency Vehicles delivered several P.L. Custom ambulances. The Rahway Emergency Squad (Union County) received a Medallion 100 on a Ford E-450 chassis, Brick Township Police EMS (Ocean County), received two Classic 147 Type I’s on Ford F-350 chas-

sis, in Monmouth County, the Asbury Park Fire Department received two Medallion 100’s on Ford E-450 chassis and the Howell Township First Aid & Rescue Squad No. 1 received two Type III ambulances remounted on Ford E450 chassis. In Burlington County, Westampton Township Emergency Services took delivery of a Type III ambulance remounted on a new Ford E-450 chassis.

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(Pictured L to R: Samantha Cole, Dr. Mark Merlin, Howard Meyer, Molly Perini, Dr. William Tansey)

MONOC Medical Director honored by NJ State First Aid Council Wall, NJ. MONOC is proud to announce that Dr. Mark A. Merlin, MONOC System Medical Director, was honored with Dr. William Tansey, Cardiologist and Executive Committee Member for Mission Lifeline, by the New Jersey State First Aid Council on October 16, 2015 at their annual convention this year in Parsippany, NJ. JUMP TO FILE # Drs. Merlin and 102815103 Tansey were honored for their efforts bringing the American Heart Association: Mission Lifeline and NJ First Aid Council together to develop chest pain protocols for New Jersey’s Basic Life Support volunteer community. Dr. Merlin and Dr. Tansey presented the keynote address at the New Jersey State First Aid Council convention discussing cardiac emergencies and unveiling the new chest pain protocols to be used throughout the state. MONOC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Vince Robbins, said “We are extremely proud of Dr. Merlin. He has brought a superior level of medical oversight to our EMS operations and promotes the best evidence based clinical care, breaking new ground on a regular basis. Our patients are the beneficiaries of MONOC’s cuttingedge emergency medical care under Dr. Merlin’s guidance.”


Wanamassa Fire Company attended the recent Family Fun Day at Cedar Village.

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Members of North Hudson Tower Ladder 3 "take up" after a minor fire in Union City in October. L-R: Captain Al Pratts, Firefighters Pat Cowan, John Warth, and Andre Godoy kneeling.


Melrose Lieutenant Anthony Mercado operating at a fire behind an auto body shop on Route 35. KEITH ADDIE - NJFIREGROUNDPHOTOS.COM


North Hudson 2nd Battalion Chief Bob Morrison, left, and Union City Police Officer Seminaro comfort a woman who was the victim of an unattended cooking incident in her Hudson Avenue apartment on October 16th.


Garfield, NJ Truck Co. 4 firefighter William Peterson Jr operating at a recent multiple alarm fire


Sayreville Chief Vincent Waranowicz operating at a fire behind an auto body shop on Route 35.

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The quarters of Jersey City’s Engine 8 is the home to this little big guy, a UASI quick attack foam unit. It is a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup equipped with a 500 gallon foam tote and two turrets with National Foam nozzles and two five-inch intakes. It carries alcohol resistant and hi expansion foam and related equipment for foam delivery.


Passaic fire leaves one with third degree burns On the morning November 1st around 5:00 a.m., the Passaic Fire Department was dispatched to 29 Ann St. on a report of fire. This came in as they were cleaning up from an earlier fire on Dayton Ave. Their mutual companies responded to the scene, which included Wallington, East Rutherford, Carlstadt, Paterson and Totowa Fire Departments. A patrol unit arrived on the scene to find a one story commercial with heavy black smoke coming from the bay door.

JUMP TO FILE #110115104 When the officer arrived, he found a male victim on the ground. It appeared he had second and third degree burnm covering his body. A Medevac helicopter was caled to transport him to St. Barnabas Burn Center in Livingston. - JAMES WOOD, SR.

EMS Council of New Jersey elects officers for 2016 Right rear of foam quick attack unit at Jersey City Engine 8's quarters.

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Sayreville, NJ. The membership of the New Jersey State First Aid Council, now “doing business as” the EMS Council of New Jersey (EMSCNJ), has elected the volunteer emergency medical service organization’s officers for 2016. Central Area Vice President Joseph G. Walsh, Jr., of Neptune, will replace current President Howard Meyer of Berkeley Heights, who is stepping down after three years of service. John Butterweck of Morganville will assume the Central Area Vice President post. EMSCNJ officers elected for 2016 are: · President Joseph G. Walsh, Jr. (Neptune) · Northern Area Vice President Cyndy Reardon (Bloomingdale) · Central Area Vice President John Butterweck (Morganville)

JUMP TO FILE #102915102 · Southern Area Vice President Phil Wien (Maple Shade) ·Treasurer Ken Weinberg (Pittstown) ·Assistant Treasurer LeRoy Gunzelman (Somerville) ·Secretary Barbara Platt (New Egypt) ·Membership Secretary Sue Meyer (Berkeley Heights) Installation of officers will take place during the group’s Jan. 23, 2016 general membership meeting. The 86-year-old nonprofit EMSCNJ represents 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with nearly 300 rescue squads throughout the state. - SYLVIE MULVANEY

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Fire prevention in Willingboro Members of Willingboro Fire Department's C Platoon visited the Kiddie Kastle Daycare in October so the kids and staff could see Engine 1612.


Westampton responds to Turnpike accident Westampton Township Emergency Services Squad 2723 and Chief 2700 responded to an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike southbound at milemarker 39 on October 21st. Southbound delays started at Exit 5. Endeavor Emergency Squad assisted.

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Stone Harbor battles truck fire Stone Harbor Fire-Rescue was dispatched to 95th and Third Avenue for a truck fire on September 22nd. The fire was well involved upon arrival of Engine 1335. Two lines were placed in service and the fire was quickly extinguished. Stone Harbor responded with 25 firefighters.


NJFFS Section B10, new wildland Engine B25 (ex-B10) is a 2008 Ford F450 4x4, 250 gpm/250 gal water tank, based in Morganville, NJ

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NEW JERSEY FIRST AID COUNCIL CONVENTION Photos by Heather Pillsworth, Managing Editor

Door pop needed by Thorofare


Thorofare Fire Company's Rescue-Engine and Engine 614 cleared a MVC on Mantua Grove Road by Interstate 295 on the evening of October 9th. BLS 82-45 arrived and requested a door pop. Rescue-Engine 613 arrived and went into service with hurst tools and wound up removing the side of the vehicle. Extrication was completed in under ten minutes. All 6-1 units were clear in 46 minutes.

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Flames engulf garbage truck in Avenel Avenel, NJ. A driver was able to escape unharmed on October 30, 2015 after the garbage truck he was operating ignited into flames, leaving the vehicle a total loss. The Avenel and Colonia Fire Departments responded around 2:35 p.m. to 11 Cragwood Rd. for a reported well involved garbage truck fire after Avenel Fire Inspector Dan Mizak noticed smoke and flames coming from the vehicle while driving in the area. Firefighters arrived on scene and found the cab fully involved with flames impinging on the waste container. Engine 5-4 went into operation with a two and a half inch and one and three quarter

JUMP TO FILE #071513129 inch hand line to extinguish the intense flames that were threatening the diesel fuel saddle tanks. Hydraulic lines behind the cab failed quickly from the heat and caused the fire to intensify even more. Colonia Engine 12-3 arrived on scene and dropped a feeder line from down the street to Engine 5-4 due to the nearest hydrant being in close proximity to the burning truck. The bulk of the fire was darkened in approximately 15 minutes and declared under control shortly

after. Middlesex County Haz-Mat was summoned to the scene to evaluate the water run off due to the failed hydraulic lines. Colonia and Avenel operated at the scene for an extended period of time hitting stubborn hot spots and conducting extensive overhaul, while mutual aid fire departments from Fords and Iselin #11 covered the town during the incident. The cause of the fire is being investigated by Avenel Fire Official Cory Spillar, but appears to be accidental in nature. - KEITH ADDIE


Search and rescue drill

West Milford Search and Rescue and Passaic County Search and Rescue operated recently on a joint drill in Norvin Green State Forest.


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East Orange Engine Co. 1 has been assigned a 2015 Fer- Whitehouse Fire Company 1 in Readington Township rerara Cinder model 1500-gpm/500-gwt pumper, sold by cently took delivery of a 2015 KME Predator pumper FF1. with 2000 gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, and 20 gallon foam tank. It was sold by 1st Priority Emergency Vehicles of Manchester, NJ RON JEFFERS


In Old Bridge Township, Madison Park Engine 402 has been assigned a 2015 Spartan-ERV 2000-gpm/500gwt/50-gft rescue-pumper with features that include a portable winch, remote controlled deck gun and 10 kw generator. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co. RON JEFFERS

Deepwater Engine 7-1 received a 2015 Pierce 1500-gpm In Woodbridge Township, Avenel District 5 has placed This NJ Mass Care Response Unit, a new Spartan/Respumper with eight-man cab and four rear discharge into service a 2015 E-One 200-gpm/300-gwt/HP-100 plat- cue 1 model, has been assigned to the Monmouth gates, sold by Fire & Safety Services. form sold by Absolute Fire Protection. County Sheriff's Office. RON JEFFERS





Memorial service during convention Chaplain Robert Ossler spoke at the memorial service during the New Jersey State Fire Chief’s Association convention in Wildwood, NJ on September 17, 2015. Chaplain Ossler also serves as Chaplain of the Millville Police Department and Millville Fire Department in Cumberland County, New Jersey. Chaplain Ossler has extensive experience in the fire service as a

JUMP TO FILE #071513129 retired career firefighter for the Chicago Fire Department. Mr. Ossler is the visitation pastor for the Cumberland County Community Church in Millville, NJ. - JUDSON MOORE

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Halloween Open House Brendan Powers, Stuart Faunce, Smokey the Bear (Tim Curry) and Matt Lawson at the Roosevelt Volunteer Fire Company Halloween Open House on October 31, 2015.

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KIMTEK Targets Improved Fire, EMS, and Police Rescues with New Facility

KIMTEK Corporation, Vermontbased makers of MEDLITE® and FIRELITE® transport skid units, celebrated the opening of its second production facility in September. Attended by company employees, vendors, community members, and special guests representing the fire and rescue manufacturing industry, the event marked an expanded focus on fire, EMS, and police rescue markets by the company founded in 1984 by Kimball Johnson, holder of numerous U.S. patents and founder of the Westmore, Vermont Fire Department, for which he also served as fire chief. KIMTEK moved into the new facility, located in Orleans, Vermont, in May with plans to expand research, design, and production of its lines of off-road patient evacuation and fire suppression units within the domestic and international medical, fire, and rescue communities. According to Mr. Johnson, the addition of the new facility triples the space now available for company operations. The original Westmore facility will continue to house office and warehouse space as well as provide additional room to expand the company's new product design and engineering pursuits. KIMTEK office headquarters have been relocated to the Orleans facility. Darley CEO notes KIMTEK's growth and sound corporate culture Special guest and speaker Paul C. Darley, president and CEO of W.S. Darley & Co., of Illinois, manufacturers of Darley water pumps and fire apparatus, delivered remarks at the ceremony. Mr. Darley applauded the tenyear relationship between the two companies, and specifically noted that KIMTEK Corporation has grown significantly in a market that has not grown much in the last ten years.

"We're very pleased to be a small part of your success and growth,"

Mr. Darley told the assembly. "I'm a big believer that culture is what sets aside a company from all the others. You need a culture with a leader such as Kimball who gets it... who understands people, understands his customers, understands his employees, and who understands where the market is going. And with the innovative, high quality products produced here, he has actually created new markets."

Mr. Darley also recognized the family-based core values that their companies share, obvious to him, he said, while meeting company employees during his visit. He emphasized the two companies' similarities as family-owned businesses.

Mr. Johnson said the strong relationship with the Darley team has helped KIMTEK become the company it is today. He also spoke of his appreciation of company employees, some of whom are actually relatives but all of whom he thinks of as family. He recognized his workforce as consisting of committed public servants, and said, "We're celebrating the ribbon-cutting of our new facility, but in reality we are celebrating our employees and our families, for without them, none of us would be standing here today." Roots of leadership in R&D Mr. Johnson purchased the Orleans facility to expand production of the company's full line of MEDLITE® and FIRELITE® transport skid units, products he designed when, as fire chief, he saw firsthand the need for affordable, flexible transport in remote rescue locations. In fact, KIMTEK Corporation was founded as a research and development company dedicated to advances in life safety technology in the fire sciences. Today KIMTEK is the largest producer and marketer of ATV, UTV, and compact pickup truck-specific skid units for public safety agencies in the

United States. Custom designed for off-road emergency service vehicles, KIMTEK's slide-in medical, fire, and rescue skid units are now in service in all fifty states, the Department of the Interior, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. Its ever expanding global presence is cemented with units in service for U.S. Embassies, the Department of Defense, and all branches of the U.S. Military. A certified GSA (General Services Agency) contractor, KIMTEK transport skid units are also widely used in first response for large industrial plants, mining operations, and for seashore, sports stadium, racetrack, and other recreational venues. According to Mr. Johnson, among the advantages of the new and bigger facility is a streamlined, spacious production area, improving workstation assembly and packaging efficiency. With help from a dedicated in-house machine and tool center, KIMTEK's production area stays ahead of updates in equipment technology and quickly meets its markets' growing demand for custom, specialized products. Known for exceptional quality construction and top-of-the-line

components such as pumps from Darley and Pacer, Hannay reels, and Scotty foam systems, KIMTEK's transport units are made in America. Mr. Johnson says the company's leadership in the marketplace is due to big vision and small details. "We insist on installing all aluminum tubing and diamond plate on the chassis, and we never cut corners," he said.

Protecting the protectors The needs of first responders are as varied as the terrain within their jurisdictions. Mr. Johnson sees opportunities for custom skid units nearly everywhere he goes. Some of the new products KIMTEK has in prototype are for beach rescues and specialized police team response. Mr. Johnson's plans may also include providing more accessories options to customers, simplifying their procurement of routine items such as strainers, suction hose, and nozzles. "Assuring customers of the superior quality and reliable delivery they expect from KIMTEK is paramount in all our plans for the future," he said.

A company keenly familiar with adapting to the fast-changing specifications of ATV and UTV markets, KIMTEK consistently meets needs specific to first re-

sponders with top quality, easy-touse components and attention to ergonomic details, such as installation of sturdy, stainless steel grab bars and non-slip texturing on component grips. Always aiming to support first responders as well as their mission, KIMTEK works with industry specialists to deliver options that professionals report are needed in the field. One recently launched series of new skid units features an ultra high pressure FoamPro® Turbo Stream® foam concentration injector system, specifically requested by fire professionals for UTVs and pickup trucks. After 31 years in business and expansion into a large, new manufacturing facility, KIMTEK is poised for even greater growth. "Our new space means we can indeed better explore new products serving new markets," Mr. Johnson said. "New units custom designed for military and law enforcement applications are in the works right now." The company expects to conduct field tests on these and other prototypes in development in 2016. More information about KIMTEK may be found at

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Wallington Firefighter Kevin Barnas takes a blow after battling a dwelling fire on Wadsworth Street, November 2nd.



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TRANSCAER 2015 Northeast training tour Conrail Oak Island Rail Yard, Newark, NJ. On Thursday, October 15th, Dow Chemical and TRANSCAER® conducted their 2015 Northeast Training Tour at the Conrail Oak Island Rail Yard in Newark. The day-long training event class was taught by instructors from TRANSCAER. The intense technical training is recognized by CHEMTREC and other national hazardous materials training organizations. The 2015 training event is sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company who has teamed with Axeon, Benjamin Moore, Crestwood, CSX

JUMP TO FILE #071513129 and Conrail Railroads, DANA Transport, Kuehne Company, Quality Distribution Inc., and Sunoco Logistics. The “one of a kind” rail industry training prop train cars were also present. The train cars consist of tanker cars and box cars a containing mobile classroom. Bakken Crude Oil Rail “Emergencies and Response” was the featured training topic presented to the students. Rail Car Anatomy and Tank Truck Emergencies Demon-

strations were the first two classes of the seminar. First responders learned about “capping kits” and participated in leak mitigation using the training props. Firefighters learned about toxic inhalation materials, which require a special response and mitigation action. Firefighters from many New Jersey organizations were invited to attend and trained together. Newark and Elizabeth Fire Departments sent a large number of fire fighters to the training. - STEPHEN BARRETT

Yesterday morning, we experienced a structure fire that should have been fairly routine, but turned out to be anything but routine. At 7:47 a.m., the Central Nyack Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a possible structure fire. Central Nyack Fire Chief Michael Healy responded immediately from his home. Chief Healy is a veteran firefighter with 45 years as a firefighter, one of our long time fire instructors with 20 years in the chief ranks. Chief Healy arrived on the scene and reported heavy smoke and fire showing from the first floor of a two-story wood frame residential building. The fire building appeared to be a typical one-family residence in good condition, with a manicured front lawn and flower beds. The chief noticed a large number of civilians in front of the building and was told by one of them that a handicapped person was trapped. When he asked where, the resident responded, "upstairs." Six firefighters were immediately sent to search the second floor above the fire; and despite a thorough search of the sprawling second floor, no victim was located. While the search was underway, the fire was being attacked and quickly knocked down. Within a few minutes, Chief Healy received a radio transmission from his son Shawn (another son, Mike was also at the scene) saying they had found the victim on the first floor. It was apparent that the victim was deceased. There was no way that she could have been rescued due to her location in the most involved area of the fire. As the smoke cleared, it became apparent why the "upstairs" comment had been made. This former one-family home had been illegally converted to a four-family multiple dwelling and did not meet the codes for a multiple dwelling.

The cellar had been converted to house two separate apartments. One of the tenants living in the cellar had made the statement about the victim being trapped "upstairs." The firefighters also discovered separate apartments on the first and second floors. Conditions in the cellar were particularly dangerous to the residents and any firefighter attempting to enter it. To gain entrance to the larger cellar apartment, one had to bend over to go through an approximately 4'6" opening. Firefighters observed bedrooms with no windows and no second means of egress with only one exit for both apartments. In addition, there were very low ceilings; the gas fired boiler and hot water heater were illegally installed in a bedroom; tiny cellar windows were the only ones in the cellar apartments, and they had air conditioner units in them; no working smoke or CO detectors were found, and numerous other violations were noted. When the chief and the investigators looked at the overall situation, everyone agreed that it was a miracle that only one resident had died. If the fire had started a few hours earlier or in the cellar, the tragedy could have been much worse with numerous residents trapped. This fire is just one of many we have experienced in illegally converted buildings throughout our county. Thousands of residents are residing in substandard housing. In this case, experienced fire fighters were sent to search above a working fire based upon information from a well meaning resident, who should not have been living with others "downstairs" in a cellar that is not considered habitable space as per state codes. An experienced chief and quality firefighters helped this one from going very bad. In recognition of the major hazards to our firefighters and residents (in this case several children, including a one-month old infant), we have created an Illegal Housing Task Force and have been working with civilian groups to attack the problem. I will write more on this very effective method for addressing illegal buildings next month.

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North Hudson responds to another gas leak For the second time in three weeks North Hudson firefighters responded to a high pressure gas leak on the 500-block of 43rd Street, Union City, and evacuated homes and businesses. The October 16th leak was caused by private contractors working in the neighborhood.


The Jamesburg Fire Department now runs with a 2015 Chevy Yukon.

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Fire Prevention at Beachwood Elementary School On October 5, 2015, the Beachwood Fire Department visited the Beachwood Elementary School for Fire Prevention Week. Captain William Hopson put on an excellent presentation to two assemblies of students and teachers explaining the history of fire prevention, and this year's theme of having smoke detectors in every bedroom. Chief Roger Hull, Asst. Chief Dennis Allen, Firefighter Mark Rutkowski, and Fire Police Officer Douglas Davison assisted with

JUMP TO FILE #102915103 the demonstrations that went over our equipment and apparatus. The fire department would like to thank Principal Kelly Josberger and her staff for coordinating our visit, as well as all of the wonderful teachers and students we met yesterday. - BEACHWOOD VOL FD


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Plainfield has established Squad Co. 1 with the delivery of this 2015 Spartan-ERV 1500-gpm/500-gwt rescue-pumper sold by Campbell Supply Co.

2004 KME 75’ Aerialcat Quint For Sale Detroit Series 60 500 HP @ 2100 RPM, Allison HD4060P Transmission, 10 KW Harrison Hydraulic Generator 1,750 GPM Hale QMAX Pump (11/14 Cert.) 710 GWT 20 Gallon Foam Cell (Poly) • 43,900 Miles Unit is currently in service & availability is negotiable Sealed bids should be sent to: Union Fire Company No. 1 35 W. Louther St. Carlisle, PA 17013 • Attn: Engine 241 Bids Bids currently being accepted and will be opened 12-8-15. For information or inspection contact: Deputy Chief John Quirk, Email:


West Milford Company 4 accepted delivery of a 2015 Pierce rescue unit equipped with light tower and 35 kw generator, sold by Fire & Safety Services.


In Montgomery Township, Belle Mead Rescue 45 received a 2015 Pierce Velocity PUC model 1500-gpm/400-gwt/30-gft rescue-pumper sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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For Sale First Priority Renaissance Wheeled Coach CitiMedic Type III on a 2014 Chevrolet G 3500 Diesel Chassis $101,995. LonPlate Fllor, FPEV RCT Electrical System Whelen M Series LED Emergency Lighting, Eberhard Handles Exterior Compartment Bedliner Paint, Interior LED Lighting And Much More!!! For additional information or photos, email or call 732-657-1104.

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Congratulations Township of Bloomfield

• Delivered in September 2015 • Sold by, Gregg Cariddi

Pierce Enforcer PUC Pumper • 70” Chassis with 10” Raised Roof (Seats 6) • Cummins ISL9 380 hp Engine • Pierce PUC 1500 GPM Single Stage Pump • Allison EVS3000 P Automatic Transmission • Husky 3 Single Agent Foam System • 750 Gallon Poly Tank • Job #28647 • Delivered in October 2015 • Sold by, Sam Squire

phone: 800-400-8017

Congratulations Strathmere Fire Company



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1st Responder New Jersey December Edition  

1st Responder New Jersey December Edition