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Secaucus, N.J. - Three members of local family lost their home and a pet cat perished when fire completely consumed their two-story wood-frame, corner dwelling along Myrtle Avenue on Christmas.

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Westampton works MVA On the afternoon of December 11th, Westampton Township Emergency Services Squad 2723, Ambulance 2781 and Chief 2700 cleared from a motor vehicle accident on Burrs Road in the area of Roberts Drive. Thankfully the driver was not injured. Burrs Road was soon reopened.

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Vineland fire displaces family Vineland, NJ. A family of eight was displaced by a fire that caused extensive damage to their home on December 5th. At 7:05 p.m., Engines 61, 62, 22, Ladder Tower 6 and Ladder 2 along with Vineland EMS, were dispatched to the 3000 block of S. Main Rd. for a dwelling fire. While companies were enroute, the Cumberland County 911 Center upgraded the assignment to a working fire box based on numerous calls. The upgrade brought Engines 11, 21, Millville Engine 34 and Ladder 4 to the scene. Engine 31 covered Station 1 and Engine 53 covered Station 2. Rescue 5 responded for a cascade assignment. Ladder 2 was first on scene under the command of Acting Officer Craig Cavagnaro and found a two and a half story wood-fame dwelling with heavy fire showing from the first floor on the D side and extending to the second floor. Engine 22 laid a five inch supply line to Ladder 2. Ladder 2’s crew stretched a one and three quarter inch line through the front door and attacked the fire knocking down much

JUMP TO FILE #120615102 of the visible flames. A primary search was conducted which proved negative. Station 4 Deputy Chief Brandon McDonald arrived and assumed command. Two additional one and three quarter inch lines were pulled to the first and second floors by Engine 22’s crew along with another to the D side exterior. Ladder Tower 6 set up on the A/D corner and opened the roof. Engine 61 laid a five inch line to Ladder Tower 6. Crews were battling the flames on the first and second floors, but the fire was traveling through open spaces in the walls and ceilings. Ladder Tower 6 reported heavy fire in the attic. Also, smoke conditions on the first and second floors on the B side were worsening. Command ordered an evacuation of the building. Ladder Tower 6 went in service with both master streams. Once the

bulk of the fire had been knocked down, crews re-entered the building to attack the remaining flames and conduct a secondary search which proved negative. Two firefighters were transported to Inspira Medical Center by Vineland EMS for evaluation. The fire was declared under control at 9:01with the last apparatus leaving the scene at 11:34. A total of 71 fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and covered stations along with Cumberland County Fire Police who assisted with traffic control. The house was occupied at the time of the fire, but all occupants escaped uninjured. The Red Cross is providing assistance to the five adults and three children. The Salvation Army Canteen provided refreshments to firefighters. The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation by the Vineland Fire Department’s Fire Investigation Unit.

- JOHN CARR

DAMIEN DANIS

NJMFPA Christmas Breakfast On December 20th The New Jersey Metro Fire Photographers Association annual Christmas Breakfast took place at the Hilton in Ridgefield Park. Club President Scott Wentworth welcomed members to the yearly tradition. This year, the club had a guest speaker Paul Dansbach ex-chief of Rutherford and current fire official spoke as to how our photographs impact social media and the fire service. Paul has supported the club for many years and has been a friend of many members of the club. On this day, it was decided that he be made an honorary member.


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Fire displaces family Sussex Borough, NJ. Firefighters battled a multi-alarm fire in the Alpine Village complex at 4 Center Street. Units from Sussex Fire & EMS, Wantage Fire Departments as well as the State Police were on scene. There was one minor injury. the patient was taken to Saint Clare’s Division at Sussex by the Sussex Fire Department EMS unit. Initial reports stated that several apartments were rendered uninhabitable and at least ten people were displayed. As firefighters fought the fire, holiday lights and decorations could be seen in the windows.

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Kentucky: Terry “TC” Culver, 65 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: November 12, 2015 Death Date: November 24, 2015 Fire Department: Calvert City Fire Department Initial Summary: While responding to a fire call, Assistant Fire Chief Culver became ill with heart attack like symptoms causing him to fall from a piece of fire apparatus onto a concrete floor. Culver was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries almost two weeks later. The nature and cause of fatal injury is still to be reported.

Kentucky: Zachary Chase Clevenger, 30 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 4, 2015 Death Date: December 5, 2015 Fire Department: Estill County Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Clevenger worked a structure fire in the evening of December 4th returning home near midnight. Clevenger was found unconscious by his wife in the morning and emergency assistance was summoned. All efforts to revive Firefighter Clevenger were unsuccessful and he passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Illinois: Mark Zielinski, 49 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: December 4, 2015 Death Date: December 4, 2015 Fire Department: Matteson Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Zielinski responded to a medical incident for a male who was in cardiac arrest at a local retail store. While performing CPR on the patient, Firefighter/Paramedic Zielinski suffered a medical emergency. A second ambulance was summoned and Firefighter/Paramedic Zielinski was taken to Franciscan St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields where, despite all efforts, Zielinski passed away from a reported cardiac related injury. California: Scott Carroll, 48 Rank: Captain Incident Date: November 28, 2015 Death Date: November 30, 2015 Fire Department: City of Oxnard Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain Carroll fell ill while working a duty shift that had included one cooking fire and two EMS calls. Carroll left the station for his personal physician’s office and then home to rest where, two days, later he was found by his wife having suffered a fatal brain aneurysm.

Wisconsin: Lawrence “Larry” W. Millard, 56 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 11, 2015 Death Date: December 11, 2015 Fire Department: Endeavor Moundville Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Millard was struck by a passing vehicle as he was directing traffic while the department was on the scene of a motor vehicle crash on U.S. I-39 at mile post 99.5 in Marquette County. Firefighter Millard was rushed by ambulance to a hospital in Portage then flown to the University of Wisconsin Trauma Center in Madison, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Illinois: Daniel V. Capuano, 42 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: December 14, 2015 Death Date: December 14, 2015 Fire Department: Chicago Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Capuano died from injuries sustained in a fall down an elevator shaft while operating with fire crews in heavy smoke conditions inside of a burning warehouse building. Capuano was quickly removed from the building and into a waiting ambulance then taken to Christ Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The cause of the fatal fire incident remains under investigation by local and state authorities. New York: Jack H. Rose, 19 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 19, 2015 Death Date: December 19, 2015 Fire Department: Mount Marion Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain Rose responded with members of his fire department to a mutual aid response call for a reported chimney fire. According to the fire department, when firefighters arrived on scene they observed fire coming from the ground floor. An entry team of firefighters from the Mt. Marion Fire Department entered the basement to extinguish the fire. During the interior firefighting operation, Captain Rose became separated from his team. Rose was quickly located by fellow firefighters and removed from the basement. Once outside, Captain Rose became unresponsive and firefighters initiated lifesaving measures. Captain Rose was treated by paramedics at the scene and transported by DIAZ Ambulance to the Health Alliance Hospital-Kingston Broadway Campus where efforts to revive Rose continued. In spite of all life saving measures, Captain Rose eventually succumbed to his injuries.


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Talented firefighter keeps busy by building more models UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

In the late 1990's, Rocco Venezia spent a year building a large replica of a 1925 Seagrave pumper for his two-year-old grandson, Nicholas, that was very detailed and squirts water! Now in his 80's, Rocco keeps busy between working as a school crossing guard in Westwood and building things in his shop. His grandson is too old for the toy, but Rocco loves to build and use his imagination, so he recently completed the assembling of a fire chief's car. Back in the 1990's, he saw a 1925 Seagrave pumper in a calendar and got the idea to build a model of that rig for his grandson. With four granddaughters, the retired self-employed tile installer, and Northvale volunteer firefighter, planned to build a model fire truck if he was ever blessed with a grandson, for his enjoyment. His imagination and talent led him to use such items as a baby crib, faucet handles, a lawn mower, aluminum cans, plus a hand truck for the chassis. Plenty of red paint and gold leaf tape were the finishing touch. Rocco's son, Anthony, was a North Bergen firefighter when the Seagrave was built. Now, Anthony is Chief of the First Battalion, Group 2, with the North Hudson Regional Department that was organized in 1999. When his father told him that he planned to build a car, Anthony recommended building a fire chief’s car. Enough said! The car, which took about a year to build, was constructed with items such as a go-cart motor and chassis, soup and dog bowls for hub caps, plus scrap auto body parts. Rocco would go through scrap metal and parts at Rich's Automotive Auto Body Specialist, in Emerson, where he was allowed to take unwanted material to build his car. Rocco purchased a damaged canoe, for a good price, and cut it up to make the front end of the car. The model resembles an auto of the late 1930's to early 1940's vintage, but Rocco didn't model it after any particular vehicle. There are working fire extinguishers mounted on both sides on the running board, working lights and a bell. Of course, the final touch was red paint, gold lettering and striping. There are even crossed battalion chief trumpets on the sides. Is that because his son is a battalion chief? The car was proudly displayed in the 2015 North Hudson fire officers and firefighters 16th Annual Santa Parade traveling down Bergenline Avenue on a trailer for kids and adults to enjoy. Rocco sat in the comfortable seat of his creation and proudly waived to the crowd from 85th Street in North Bergen, through Guttenberg and

West New York, and ending on 32nd Street in Union City. The trailer was pulled by a North Hudson battalion chief's vehicle driven by his son, Anthony, along with Rocco's son-inlaw, Deputy Chief Chuck Thomas, as a passenger. In addition, the “red car” participated in the Westwood holiday parade. The 1925 Seagrave is now proudly on display at the New Jersey Firemen's Home museum in Boonton. Where will the fire chief’s car “respond” to in the future? What is the next project? Rocco is building a Plymouth Roadster. So far, it's not fire department related! DOWNS: A firefighter was injured by falling debris fighting a fire in a Chestnut Hill Drive dwelling in Denville, Nov. 30th. A neighbor was taken to Morristown Medical Center for smoke inhalation after he entered the home to pull out the family dog, officials said. The dog was not injured. UPS: Madison first responders teamed up to save a man's life after he collapsed on Main St., Nov. 25th. Four police officers arrived, followed by Firefighters Brian Tappan and Thomas Boyland, and they noticed the 71-year-old man was not breathing. They quickly started lifesaving efforts which included CPR and an Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) detected shock was required, Fire Chief Lou DeRosa said. Ambulance Squad members Samatha Kozak and John Drew participated in the life-saving actions. “They got his heart started again and they brought him to Morristown Medical Center, where he is recovering, “ Chief DeRosa said. DOWNS: A 60-year-old man who died, Nov. 30th, in a one-alarm fire at a Journal Square senior building in Jersey City, was blind and in poor health, according to building residents. The fire was confined to the victim's fifth-floor apartment and was the result of a cooking accident, officials said. The man had died before firefighters arrived, according to city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill. UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in Montclair are Anthony Virgil, JaQuan Scott, Jeff Testa, Kevin O'Brein and Steven LoVecchio. DOWNS: A gunman dressed in dark clothing and a ski mask robbed a poker game being held at a Union Beach firehouse, Dec. 5th, police said. The actor displayed a gun and fled with $3000. Someone had rented out the Union Ave. firehouse to host a card game, Police Chief Charles Ervin said. UPS: A family dog is credited with saving the lives of occupants in a South Read Ave. dwelling in Runnemede on Dec. 4th. The 2 a.m. fire reportedly started in the basement and spread quickly. The family dog began barking to wake up the homeowners and both got out safely, officials said. DOWNS: Teaneck police found illegal drugs, Dec. 3rd, after responding to a dwelling fire on Lindberg Blvd., officials said. Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire and while inside a police officer saw marijuana, prescription pills and wax folds used

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L-R: Rocco Venezia, with his son Anthony and son-in-law Chuck Thomas, prepare the model chief's car for the North Hudson firefighter's 16th annual Santa Parade down Bergenline Avenue on December 13th.

to package heroin, Police Chief Robert Carney said. The two residents were taken into custody. A search warrant was executed and the findings of the search included four pounds of heroin, 16 pounds of marijuana, package material, etc. UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Bayonne are Vincent Parlavechio and Brian Kaczka. DOWNS: A Monroe man has been charged with burglary and intentionally setting a fire on Winslow Rd. that destroyed a home, township police said. The actor was identified through a police investigation. UPS: Newly promoted battalion chiefs in Newark are M. Ciottaiello, D. Rodriguez, K. Reilly, T. Gay, R. Coco, J. Osorio, C. Daniels, R. Urena, O. Arce, A. Maresca Jr. and J. Brown. DOWNS: After a Neptune City man started up a 1970 Volkswagon Bug convertible that he recently restored, he observed smoke coming out of the hood. By the time firefighters arrived, on Dec. 7th, it was fully involved. UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Newark are J. Fenn, W. Echols, M. Fresse, N. Moreno, R. McNair, R. Cooper, T. Harrison, M. Al-Mutazzim, R. Mackey, H. Newkirk, H. Sims, W. Daniel, J. Ruiz, D. Cobbs, E. Collado, J. Trainello and C. Wolf. DOWNS: A fire in a detached garage, Dec. 9th, caused “multiple rounds” of ammunition to explode in Parsippany, but no one was injured, according to Police Captain John Weiner. The homeowner told the “Daily Record” that “we are hunters.” Fire units from Lake Hiawatha, Rockaway Neck and Boonton responded to the scene. UPS: In Montclair, Rob Duncan and Brian Wilde were promoted to deputy fire chief. Joseph Bates was promoted to captain and new lieu-

tenants are William Morrison, Kevin Stoute and David Hill. DOWNS: Hillsborough Rescue Squad Paramedic James V. Maguire, 57, died in the line of duty on Dec. 7th. Maguire had responded to a call near his home on Dec. 6th and performed CPR for an extended period of time. Less than 20 hours later, he apparently suffered a heart attack, the squad announced. Maguire was a Somerset County sheriff's officer and then served as a police officer with the Hillsborough Police Department from 1984 until his retirement in 2008. The former Marine joined the Hillsborough Rescue Squad in 1979 and was active with it ever since. UPS: In Bridgeton, Jack Justice has been promoted to fire captain and Anthony Brago and Mike Hitchner to lieutenant. DOWNS: A multiple-alarm fire ripped through a Pennsauken auto body repair shop on Dec. 9th. Fire Chief Joseph Palumbo said work was being done to a vehicle in Performance Plus at the time of the fire. Firefighters arrived to find flames through the roof. UPS: Mike DeMartini has been promoted to deputy fire chief in Maplewood. New captains are Edward Nugent and Rick Salkwoski. DOWNS: The old firehouse at the Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove, which served as a fire and police station, has been demolished to make way for a residential development. DOWNS: The old firehouse at the Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove, which served as a fire and police station, has been demolished to make way for a residential development. UPS: The Salem County Fire Academy recently hosted an open house and live fire demonstration using the academy's newly installed industrial firefighting prop to simu-

late fires routinely seen in the petrochemical and chemical industries, as well as simulating scenarios that could be found in facilities utilizing or dispensing LP or natural gas. The props were donated by SUNOCO Logistics Eagle Point refinery and were originally utilized to train their refinery firefighters and firefighters in West Deptford Twp. DOWNS: A 37-year-old man was flown to St. Barnabas Burn Center on Dec. 8th after he was seriously injured in an early morning dwelling fire on Maple Lake Rd. in Butler, police said. A 60-year-old woman received burns to her hands and was taken to Chilton Hospital for treatment. A Butler firefighter was also injured and treated at the hospital for a head injury. UPS: Newly appointed firefighter/EMT's in Maplewood are Bobby Tretola and Steve Cassiello. DOWNS: Four firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a dwelling fire on Hillside Place, South Orange, Dec. 19th, and were treated and released at St. Barnabas Hospital, Deputy Chief Daniel Sullivan said. UPS: Hackensack firefighters delivered Christmas gifts for dozens of children who attend a program for youth in need, on Dec. 15th. Firefighters purchased gifts for 50 children ranging from three months to 17-years-old, who attend Youth Consultation Services programs in the city. DOWNS: Falling debris struck a Jersey City firefighter, knocking him out, while battling a three-alarm fire in a mixed occupancy building on Communipaw Ave., Dec. 19th, officials said. The firefighter was taken to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 16


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Sparta accident kills one Sparta, NJ. Sparta Police, Fire Department and EMS responded to a reported fatal head-on collision on Route 15 South near police headquarters Tuesday night, December 8th. The accident occurred about 11 p.m. New Jersey State Police, paramedics from Saint Clare's Hospital and the Ogdensburg Fire Department were reported to be on scene. The accident occurred on the highway between the exit for County Route 517/Sparta Bypass and Blue Heron Drive. The accident investigation was reported by 511nj.org to have closed all southbound lanes of the highway. Detours were in effect as of 1 a.m.

WESTVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Bittersweet for Westville This morning was a bittersweet day, November 29th. Members spent the better part of Sunday morning stripping down Ladder Company 736 as she will be heading off to her new home with the Willow Grove Fire Company in Salem County this afternoon. She was sold in preparation for our new aerial which, is currently finishing up production. Ladder Co. 736, a 1991 E-One has served us exceptionally well, taking us to many fires over the years. She will be missed, however we are looking forward to the new truck’s arrival.


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Passaic firefighters battled a two-alarm fire on the evening of December 16th. The blaze was reported around 10:15 p.m. at 106 Passaic St. Companies were originally dispatched for a reported basement fire. As Acting Battalion Chief Benelli arrived, he observed smoke showing from the rear of the building. The fire building was a three-story building with a bodega on the first floor and apartments above. The fire was located within an exhaust fan in the bodega on the ground floor and extended through the walls to the upper floors The fire was quickly knocked down in about 30 minutes. The cause remains under investigation. Authorities believe the fire was electrical and started accidentally. There were no injuries. The blaze displaced approximately 20 residents.

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Fair Lawn handles MVA with extrication

On December 19, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., Fair Lawn Police, Fire Heavy Rescue and Ambulance responded to the scene of a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Plaza Road and Berkshire Avenue. Extrication was required to remove one of the victims from her vehicle. Both drivers were transported to Hackensack University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

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Old times The Collingswood Fire Department and the retired members get together every year for a Christmas breakfast to celebrate the year's accomplishments and relive "old times". This year was no exception to the fun times, entertainment and war stories.


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UPS: When waitress Liz Woodward picked up the tab for two firefighters after serving them breakfast at the Route 130 Diner in Delran last July, she never imagined the gesture would lead to much more than a thank you. The firefighters, Paul Hullings and Tim Young, stopped at the diner after Hullings spent 12hours battling a warehouse fire in Woodward North Brunswick. brought the two a check with words instead of numbers that read, “Thank you for all that you do, for serving others and for running into the places everyone else runs away from.” The firefighters later discovered that the waitress was trying to raise money to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van for her father, who is paralyzed. The firefighters helped increase the “Woodward Strong” fund raising campaign from $30,000 to $80,000, and reached many more people including representatives from Mobility Ventures LLC. Executive Vice President Pat Kemp said the company decided to donate a fully wheelchair-accessible MV-1 to the Woodward family. DOWNS: A bedroom fire in Hamilton sent a woman to the hospital, Dec. 19th, with minor burns to her fingers and toes, officials said. Firefighters were able to remove the woman from the East State St. apartment and she was transported to a local hospital. UPS: The Kearny Fire Department recently purchased animal-sized oxygen masks. Once all members are trained, the department plans to equip each apparatus with a kit, according to Fire Chief Steve Dyl. DOWNS: The church rectory of the St. Demetrius Church in Carteret was seriously damaged in a Dec. 21st fire, officials said. UPS: After a two-year absence, the Barnegat Township Volunteer Fire Company is bringing back it’s junior firefighter program. The program gives local high school students, ages 16 and 17, a first-hand look at the various aspects of firefighting in hopes they will one day become volunteer company members. DOWNS: Eight employees felt sick due to the effects carbon monoxide at a Clinton St. dry cleaners in Paterson, Dec. 28th. Four were taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, because their carbon monoxide levels were so high, officials said. There were no carbon monoxide detectors in the building. UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in Edison are Kenneth DiFrenza, John Hansen, Joseph Horezga, Brian Jones, Kilijanski, Jason Mitchell and Nicholas Sacco. DOWNS: A three-story-high mulch pile that caught fire on Dec. 28th kept Passaic firefighters busy overnight and into the following day. The pile was about 30-yards by 50yards, according to Battalion Chief Luis Sanchez. Firefighters used master streams, including a tower ladder, and backhoes to move the mulch to get to its center on the property of a commercial landscaping company on

Howe Ave. UPS: A Jersey City firefighter who died a day after Christmas, 2014, was posthumously promoted to the rank of captain on Dec. 11th, with his family present. City officials said James Woods would have been promoted had he not died after completing a 24hour shift the day before. Also promoted to captain were J. Batt, R. Baykowski, M. Budinick, G. Drennan, Gamutan, D. Healy, V. Manchist, O'Keefe, M. Rios, J. Shastay and T. Tarrant. Promoted to battalion chief were Stephan Drennan and Michael Nickerson. DOWNS: A 55-year-old man, who Upper Saddle River police say set himself on fire in his back yard on Christmas Eve, died from burns on Dec. 29th. Police found an “accelerant” and an “ignition device” at the scene, and witnesses observed the man in the backyard of his residence fully engulfed in flames, according to Detective Lt. Ed Kane. UPS: The Englewood City Council plans to purchase eight to ten new SCBA face masks for firefighters each year over the next four years to comply with new state standards, said City Manager Tim Dacey. DOWNS: An Asbury Park house, where a hoverboard exploded, was deemed uninhabitable, according to the landlord. The self-balancing scooter burst into flames and shot across the living room, of the onestory structure, while it was being charged. According to the landlord, one of the renter's sons grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the fire. Firefighters arrived to find the smoldering device in pieces inside the house, on Dec. 28th. UPS: Trenton firefighters will soon begin wearing bulletproof vests to protect themselves when they double as medics. The vests were approved as part of the fire union's new contract. Trenton EMS personnel have been wearing vests for years. Fire units have been responding to emergency medical calls as first responders since 2008. DOWNS: According to “The Record,” the Bergenfield Fire Department plans to report a smoking hoverboard to the federal Consumer

Product Safety Commission after being called to a West Central Ave. home on Dec. 27th. The motorized scooter started smoking after the resident had been using it and then placed it into the garage, according to Fire Chief Jerry Naylis. “It was sitting in the house and it just started smoking, “ he said. Firefighters were able to dismantle part of it and turn off the motor, the chief said. At least one wire was broken. Naylis cautions residents to make sure their hoverboards are turned off and keep an eye on them. UPS: The Montvale Borough Council has approved an appropriation of $5.1 million for the construction of a new firehouse. DOWNS: An elderly woman died after a fast-moving fire involved a Higginsville Rd. home in Readington on Jan. 2nd. Authorities said the intense flames and smoke initially prevented first responders from entering the house, but they were able to enter a short time later and found the woman's body. UPS: Michael Cahill has been promoted deputy fire chief in Ventnor City. DOWNS: One person died as the result of a dwelling fire on Pershing Rd., Clifton, on New Years Day. UPS: John Smisloff was recently promoted to fire captain in Hamilton Township. DOWNS: A fast-moving fire severely damaged the former St. Mark's Church in West Orange on New Years Day. The chuch was built in 1827. UPS: Pat Manning is the newly hired firefighter/EMT in Plumsted Township. DOWNS: North Hudson Squad 2 was involved in a MVA at 36th St. and New York Ave., Union City, on New Years Eve, responding on a full assignment alarm. UPS: Rick Byrne has been promoted to fire chief in Plumsted Township. DOWNS: On New Years Eve, an elderly man accidentally drove his car through a display window at the Bergen Blvd. Auto Zone store in Fairview. EMT's said there were three non-life threatening injuries.

MARTY PELTA

Elmwood Park handles house fire On December 23, 2015 at 4:30 p.m., Elmwood Park Vol Fire Department, under the command of Chief Mike Pressler, responded to a working house fire on Falmouth Ave. First arriving police units reported smoke coming from the basement windows of the unoccupied dwelling. Mutual aid was called to the scene from Central Bergen Mutual Aid of which Elmwood Park is a member. Elmwood Park Volunteer Ambulance Corps stood by at the scene. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Trash truck fire in Evesham RON JEFFERS

A Chevy Impala crashed through a display window at the Bergen Blvd. Auto Zone store in Fairview on Dec. 31st.

Evesham Fire-Rescue tackled a trash truck fire on the morning of December 14th. Crews were challenged by the hydraulic fluid tank continuing to boil after fire extinguishment. Prior to this, EMS handled eight early am EMS calls and were then on their way to a motorcycle accident.


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ROMAN ISARYK JR.

Single car MVC sends two to trauma center

Just after 1030 am a MVC happens on MM 59 on Route 9 in Bass River Twp. New Gretna Fire Co with Great Bay EMS are dispatched for the job. Medic Unit from Atlantic Care was assigned the ALS job. Crews requested a Medevac for a 8 year old who was a restrained passenger in the back seat of the vehicle. The Driver was driven to the Trauma Center. Unknown what type of injuries both had. Causes of the MVC is under investigation by NJSP.

TJ CARROLL

House fire in 84’s local Gloucester Township, NJ. Just before 1 a.m. on Tuesday, December 22nd, Station 84, Station 82 (Chews Landing Fire Department) and Gloucester Township EMS were dispatched to Dearborne Avenue for a dwelling fire. GTEMS arrived and reported smoke showing from a one-story dwelling. 8401 (Chief Vannoni) confirmed the report and found fire showing from the C side on his 360. Ladder 84 took the front of the building, while Engine 821 laid in and pulled an attack line. The fire was quickly knocked and placed under control.

Ocean Gate firefighters hit the exterior fire at the Anchor Inn in Ocean Gate.

MICHAEL FLORES

Structure fire at the Anchor Inn in Ocean Gate Ocean Gate, NJ. On Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 8:08 a.m., the Ocean Gate Fire Dept (Station 37) was dispatched to a structure fire with entrapment at 400 Ocean Gate Ave. better known JUMP TO FILE# as the Anchor Inn. 121315109 Upon arrival of 3700, Chief Geoff Barger, found a heavy smoke condition with active fire on the exterior of the building's dining room. He immediately requested Stations 17 and 20 dispatched for extra hands. The owner of the Anchor Inn, along with Ocean Gate police officers and a couple of witnesses started to extinguish the fire. Within moments, first due Engine 3701 arrived and set up a water supply. Firefighters grabbed a one and three quarter inch pre-connect hose and along with additional help provided by the Bayville, the crews went to work. The fire was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries involved in the fire. The cause of the fire is being investigated and will be determined by the Ocean County Fire Marshal's Office. According to the Anchor Inn's Facebook page, they will be open this evening at the bar area, and expect to open the dining area in just a few days. The Anchor Inn is a big supporter of local fire, EMS, police, and other community organizations. - MICHAEL FLORES

MICHAEL FLORES

Members of the Bayville Fire Department assist at a structure fire in Ocean Gate, NJ at the Anchor Inn


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CONSTANTINE SYPSOMO BOB HALBERSTADT

Pickup hits utility pole Parts of Frelinghuysen in Warren County were without power after a pickup truck knocked down a utility pole in the 500 block of County Route 519. The truck went down a small embankment. The pole blocked all access to Rt. 519 between State Park Road and Ridgeway Avenue for several hours. The Hope Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 7:45am. When they arrived, they noticed a transformer leaking in the middle of the road and had the Warren County Communications Center dispatch the Hazmat team for clean up. They were no injuries to the driver, who was alone in the truck.

Early morning basement fire in Deptford

Deptford Township, Gloucester County, NJ. Just after 6 a.m. on December 19, 2015 Deptford Fire Department Stations 9-4 and 9-1 were dispatched for a dwelling fire in the New Sharon section of town. County Communications advised units of a basement fire. Captain 9102 arrived on scene at a two story single family dwelling with smoke showing, requesting the box be filled. The box brought in the remainder of District 9, RIT 5-1, utilites, and cover companies. Units operated on a basement fire and the fire was under control at around the 20 minute mark. The Deptford Fire Marshal’s office was on scene for the investigation. No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross provided assistance to the homeowners.


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A 1963 Chevy battalion chief' station wagon at the scene of a smoky Lloyds Department Store fire on Newark Avenue, Jersey City, on July 27th, 1964.

North Arlington Truck 3's 1956 Seagrave, right, and Lyndhurst Truck 1's 1951 American La France, operate at a Schuyler Avenue bowling alley fire in North Arlington on February 15th, 1961. PROVIDED

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In the fall, the Jersey City Fire Department loaned the Gong Club a 2003 Ford Explorer, former Deputy Chief' unit, to utilize at fire scenes while the organization's canteen truck was out for refurbishment.

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South Amboy 1st Assistant Chief John Kelly responds to fires in a 2005 Ford Explorer.

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Midweek “Routine Booster” FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

Winter is here and many of those New Year’s resolutions have fitness routines in full swing. Having that routine is surely a good thing. It’s keeping you focused. It’s keeping you on track and chances are it’s working. Well, as often as we say “change is good”, we conversely say “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. So while your routine is working, maybe you can hang on to it, but tweak it enough to keep it from becoming stale. I am a big fan of having it all! Your workout may be a good one. It may contain all the right things in all the right amounts. To top it off - if you are still doing it, chances are it’s comfortable, convenient and working. Giving it up in the interest of change may not be the answer right now. But in the interest of prevention - here’s a midweek ‘routine booster’ designed to give you the best of both worlds. I have my clients swapping this in for one of their ‘full body’ workouts’ in the middle of the week. They get to keep all the stuff they love, all the stuff that works, but their routine gets a facelift before it gets stale. Their minds and bodies are responding to the change with new energy and physical results. It appears to be a terrific combination of staying on track and enjoying a fresh start. Give it a try. Chances are it will do the same for you. Here’s a sample format… We begin as always with a 3-5 minute gentle warm-up of walking cycling or any low level cardiovascular activity. We move on to 30 seconds of push-ups (or chest exercise) and alternate with 30 seconds of squats (or other leg/quadriceps exercise). This first sequence is repeated a total of three times. Movement is at a somewhat brisk pace without sacrificing

proper form and alignment. Once this sequence has been alternated a third time, we move on to sequence #2, which is one arm rows (or any upper back exercise) and lunges (or leg curls or any leg exercise with hamstring involvement). Again, each is performed for 30 seconds alternating between the two exercises. After repeating the sequence three times we move on to the third sequence. The third sequence combines upper body and cardiovascular exercise. Each upper body exercise is performed for 30 seconds and alternated with cardio for one minute. Exercises include shoulder press for 30 seconds, bike one minute – bicep curls 30 seconds, bike one minute – triceps extensions 30 seconds, bike one minute. As in the previous sequences we repeat the entire sequence three times. For those without a bike, any cardio will do from a treadmill, walking in place, jump rope, jumping jacks, knee lifts etc. (The bike worked great because we kept the dumbbells nearby and lifted them while still seated on the bike – then went right back to pedaling after each exercise.) We round out the routine with three abdominal exercises (we vary them from workout to workout) and one set of lower back extensions. There were times that clients did cardio workouts separate from this routine and in that case we alternated shoulders, biceps and triceps with abdominal exercises instead of the cardio. Cool-down is three minutes of gentle walking followed by full body stretches. The entire session including warm-up, cool-down and stretches is usually 30 minutes maximum. Remember, all exercises may not be suitable for all participants. Observe all rules regarding safe and suitable intensity. Be sure to have your physician’s approval before beginning any exercise routine.

Additional fitness columns from Lori Hodgkinson can be found on our website at www.1rbn.com

Clifton second alarm damages home Clifton firefighters with assistance from neighboring departments battled a two alarm blaze that was able to be controlled before the flames consumed the home on December 17th. The fire at 143 W. 1st Street was reported shortly after 8:00 a.m. The first JUMP TO FILE# arriving unit re- 121715116 ported smoke pushing from numerous windows. A second alarm was transmitted as an apparent heavily involved basement fire was discovered in the balloon frame structure. Companies attacked the fire in the cellar and opened up on the upper floors. Flames momentarily vented out a B side basement window, threatening a nearby garage, which connected to another dwelling. The seat of the fire was located and knocked down and members were able to open up above the basement to prevent extension. One resident was reported to have been transported with unknown injuries. The fire was placed under control in about one hour. - BILL TOMPKINS

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EVESHAM FIRE-RESCUE

Donations to children in need Volunteer and career members of Evesham Fire teamed up with the members of the Evesham FOP to purchase over $15,000 worth of toys for children in need. The monetary donation was made by a business owner in Evesham, who wishes to remain anonymous. Toys will be distributed at an upcoming dinner we host for the families. Residents were asked to advantage of the Evesham Holiday Wishes Program also running in town and make a toy, food or new clothing donation.

WESTVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Small bathroom fire

At 3:25 a.m. on December 16th, District 8 (National Park) was dispatched along with Quint 51 from Gloucester City and Ladder 626 from West Deptford for a dwelling fire on Wesley Ave. 801 (Chief Gismondi) arrived and reported he had a light smoke condition in the residence. The crews from Rescue 738 and Engine 812 arrived and found a small fire in a trash can in the bathroom. The fire was promptly extinguished with a water can and the house was ventilated by Quint 51. The fire is being investigated by the Gloucester County Fire Marshals Office.


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Home in North Plainfield destroyed North Plainfield, Somerset County, NJ. On Sunday, December 27th, a blaze in North Plainfield destroyed a home on Somerset Street in the early morning hours. Firefighters arrived at 365 Somerset Street to heavy fire on the second floor and immediately

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Terrorism, Still A Threat, Part II STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

The ink had hardly dried on the last column, “Terrorism, Still a Threat” when it stuck its’ deadly face into the San Bernardino, California community on Wednesday, December 2. Two terrorists, acting in a matter of minutes, killed 14 people and injured another 20 gathered in a conference room for training and a holiday party. Later the same day, the two terrorists, after engaging police in a vehicle chase and shootout, were shot and killed by police. Were these the only terrorists in our country, or are there more? The answer is quite simple, there are more. Both homegrown and imported, operating alone or with others, determined to force us to capitulate to their ideals. So far they have failed therefore they continue sporadic attacks across the country, requiring all Americans to remain ever vigilant. “If you see something, say something”. For those in fire and EMS, you must maintain your training and coordination with local law enforcement agencies in our communities to stay updated as to incidents involving Active Shooters. Active shooters may be terrorists or just crazed individuals bent on killing for one reason or another. In the end, there may be any number of dead and wounded individuals, with the wounded in need of immediate medical assistance. Since the Columbine shooting in 1999, law enforcement agencies have changed their response strategy and tactics relative to active shooters, and they continue to do so today. A major change that took place is that there is almost an immediate response and entry into the building, where there is an active shooter. The police no longer stage and await SWAT teams. First arriving police officers have been trained and are expected to make immediate entry in an effort to neutralize any suspects. In doing so, this will enable faster medical response for injured individuals. There is no doubt that, in doing so; police officers place themselves in extreme danger in order to reduce the loss of life. Many Americans, including some emergency service personnel, feel they live in small communities that could not and would not ever be a target for terrorist activity, only big cities would be targets. Not so, terrorist activities can occur in any size community and any location, urban or rural. Terrorism causes fear, and fear spreads across the nation no matter

the size of the community the event occurred in, therefore all emergency responders must be prepared to safely respond and to act. In light of the San Bernardino shooting, the Department of Homeland Security has posted on it’s web site information and links that provide valuable information for first responders for keeping them safe. I encourage you to review, study, and pass on the information to fellow first responders. The following is excerpted from that page: “DHS Resources Available for Active Shooter Preparedness and Response Efforts; Materials to Help Raise Awareness and Strengthen First Response Efforts With the chilling rise in public mass shootings – exemplified by the devastating incidents in San Bernardino and Paris – the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other government agencies have released a broad range of resources to help first responders enhance active shooter preparedness and response efforts. The materials, which include videos, webinars, free online courses and literature, are available through the Active Shooter Preparedness Web Page, Active Shooter and Complex Attacks Resource and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Active Shooter website. Mission Manager users are encouraged to upload pertinent materials into their document libraries for team readiness or community outreach/PR efforts (see links below). The San Bernardino incident occurred shortly after the horrific Paris attacks in which multiple casualty events occurred simultaneously. Complex attacks such as the Paris massacre require a preplanned, integrated response among multiple agencies, including enforcement, fire and rescue personnel, and EMS across multiple jurisdictions. To help prepare first responders for complex, simultaneous attacks here in the U.S., the DHS Office of Health Affairs (OHS) released its Active Shooter and Complex Attacks Resource” (PDF, 236 Kb). The document was also distributed to emergency management personnel via the Dec. 3 issue of the EMRISAC newsletter. Additionally, the DHS also launched the Active Shooter Preparedness Web Page to help prepare first responders and the “whole community” for active shooter situations.” The link to the web page is: https://www.missionmanager.co m/dhs-resources-available-for-active-shooter-preparedness-and-response-efforts-materials-to-help-rai se-awareness-and-strengthen-coordination-among-first-responders Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Mayor and Fire Commissioner George Fosdick, left, congratulates Chief Lauer after taking the oath for a second term.

New company captains, who were available to make the meeting, were sworn in.

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Ridgefield Park’s new fire officers sworn in Ridgefield Park, N.J. This Bergen County village gets a head start on swearing in their new volunteer fire officers for the next year with their installation occurring in December. Family, friends and fellow firefighters gathered at Village Hall on the evening of December 8th for the annual event. Chief of Department Michael T. Lauer, who was sworn in for another term, provided village officials with his annual report. As of this date, firefighters answered 386 calls. Those responses included 24 structure fires, 23 vehicle fires and 19 mutual aid calls. The fire department spent a total of 13,713 hours on fire related work, of which 6,896 hours was directly related to fire calls, another 5,416 hours in drills and training, plus members have com-

JUMP TO FILE #120915117 pleted over 2,000 hours in basic and advanced fire training at the Bergen County Fire Academy. Chief Lauer was also pleased to report the addition of 12 new members. In addition, Engine 4 placed into service a new Sutphen pumper. Mayor and Fire Commissioner George Fosdick was reminded by outgoing Assistant Chief John Malool that they both spent a total of 40-hours of firefighting training when they joined the department. Now, new recruits put in 180hours of training. Fosdick added that the men and women of the department are willing to serve “365, 24/7,” and are committed to help friends,

neighbors and strangers. “It's a great calling,” he said. Chief Lauer's assistant chiefs are James VanDerTulip and John Antola Jr. Engine 1 officers are Captain R. Stauffer and Lieutenants B. Graves and P. Arciuolo. Engine 2 officers are Captain T. Wilson and Lieutenants M. Flynn and W. Black. Engine 3 officers are Captain S. Byrnes and Lieutenants D. Jump and T. McGee. Engine 4 officers are Captain R. Burke and Lieutenants S. Mack and R. Wagner. Truck 1 officers are B. O'Grady and Lieutenants J. O'Grady Sr. and N. McCoy. Truck 2 officers are Captain S. Rodriguez and Lieutenants W. Lynn and M. Wood. - RON JEFFERS


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MUTUAL AID GORDON WREN

In my November column, I wrote about a fatal structure fire that Central Nyack Fire Chief Mike Healy responded to. Chief Healy arrived on the scene within a few minutes after dispatch and found a working fire in what appeared to be a wellmaintained building, typical of any one-family suburban dwelling. In actuality, the former onefamily house had been converted illegally for a three-family occupancy. Chief Healy sent firefighters into the burning building because there were reports of a female resident trapped inside. Search and rescue evolutions, particularly before the fire was brought under control, can be very dangerous and confusing. In this case, even more so because the building had been converted without building permits; and there were numerous violations that one would not find in a normal floor plan for a legal onefamily house. I am not sure if it is due to the economy in our area of New York State with the high cost of living or a lack of strong enforcement of the building and fire codes, but in any case, we are experiencing a proliferation of illegally converted buildings in many areas of our county. In many cases, no fines are ever levied or very small ones, which do not act as a deterrent. Regardless of the reasons, illegal landlords appear to be making so much money that they feel comfortable continuing to invest in the conversion of large numbers of buildings, with little threat from local government. They create revenue flows, consisting of mostly cash with no

leases and frequently rented to undocumented tenants, who do not complain to the authorities. In recognition of the weakness of the legal system to effectively prohibit the spread of these illegal conversions, we have encouraged the formation of civic groups. We as citizens have substantial power in civil court and otherwise to affect positive changes. These groups have been ferreting out illegal structures by sometimes going street by street looking for illegal buildings and reporting them to the proper government enforcement agencies. These groups then follow the cases in meetings at local Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Boards, as well as court hearings. For controversial cases, they can fill a Hearing Room to full capacity, supplying speakers on the topic. They can also follow the court cases, taking notes on the proceedings and objecting or going to the media when a dismissal is considered or a small fine for a major violation is levied. These groups are highly effective, particularly when working with the local fire departments. They are making life very uncomfortable for the bad guys, who put our firefighters and residents in tremendous danger. It is also very satisfying to see successful prosecutions and large fines imposed upon unscrupulous slum landlords who jeopardize the safety of others for their own greedy financial benefit. If you would like more information on how to get a group started in your coverage area, feel free to give me a call at 845-3648933 or e-mail me at wreng@co.rockland.ny.us

Chief Michael Dingelstedt, Firefighter Alan Bamdas, Deputy Chief Walter Nugent and Deputy Chief Joseph Callaghan. KEITH ADDIE

Maplewood Fire Department holds annual awards ceremony Maplewood, NJ. The Maplewood Fire Department held their annual awards ceremony at town hall to recognize members of the fire department and a Maplewood resident for her extraordinary efforts performed over the last year. A Civilian Award was presented to Maplewood resident Sophia in recognition of her selfless acts of kindness and concern towards children under EMS care. Sophie saved her own money to purchase stuffed animals to keep on Rescue 36 for children, who suffered an injury or sickness that warranted a transport

JUMP TO FILE #120215105 to the hospital. An Administrative Award was presented to Firefighter Alan Bamdas and Deputy Chief Walter Nugent for their efforts in keeping all of the latest technology being used by the department up to date and operating properly. An Administrative Award was presented to Firefighter Joseph Alvarez for his efforts in sharing his vast knowledge of the fire service

with the members of the department by conducting various training exercises in the firehouse. A Group Effort Award was presented to Deputy Chiefs Joseph Callaghan and Michael DeMartini, Captains Kevin Hayes and Rick Salkowski and Firefighters Dennis Wuest and Joseph Alvarez for their efforts performed on May 30, 2014 at a building collapse on Maplewood Ave. in which a construction worker was pulled from the debris and survived. - KEITH ADDIE

ALL IN THE FAMILY

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Ridgefield Park ex-Chief John Antola, left, congratulated his son, John Jr., after being sworn in as an Assistant Chief during the December fire officer's installation at Village Hall.


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George Welch, Jr. Memorial Award

North Hudson Battalion Chief James Corso (holding plaque) received the George Welch, Jr. Memorial Award at the 28th annual Christmas Wrapping Party on December 19th. The late Firefighter Welch's mother (to Corso's right) and the other original organizer, retired Captain Jim Lemke (on Corso's left) presented the award to B.C. Corso for his participation and dedication for making the firefighters visits to sick children and seniors, along with Santa and gifts, a time of some holiday cheer at area hospitals during a difficult time in their lives. Former award winners also took the stage to congratulate Corso. The program was started by members of the former North Bergen Fire Department before the 1999 regionalization.

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JOSEPH WITTENBERG

Adler Joseph is a future firefighter getting hands on training from Firefighter George Probasco VI, with East Pennsauken Fire Department. His grandfather is Firefighter Joseph T. Wittenberg

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Jenn and Mike Rogalski and their son Tommy greet Santa as he rides his sleigh, guided not by eight tiny reindeer, but the Fire Chief's car


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Paterson fire leaves family homeless before Christmas A two alarm fire forced a Paterson family from their home a week before Christmas, but aggressive firefighting was able to keep the flames from spreading. Firefighters were dispatched to 928 E. 19th St. at 12:23 a.m. on December 17th. Heavy fire was venting out of the rear from the first floor to the attic. The exposure building on the

JUMP TO FILE #121715105 “B� side was about one foot away and an extreme exposure hazard. Lines were quickly stretched to all floors and a second alarm was transmitted. The visible fire was quickly knocked down and companies began to overhaul. The fire was

able to be placed under control in about one hour. No serious injuries were reported. The exposure building received only radiant heat damage, but the main fire building was deemed uninhabitable, leaving a family of four homeless. - BILL TOMPKINS

RON JEFFERS

After Hasbrouck Heights fire companies arrived at a local bagel store for a smoke alarm activation, in January, 1st Responder News correspondent Damien Danis assisted an elderly woman cross the street after she enquired, "What's in?"


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Three alarm fire leaves families homeless Belleville firefighters battled a late night fire this past Saturday, December 5th in the Silver Lake section of the township, bringing firefighters from area departments to assist controlling the blaze. 911 calls were received at 10:36 p.m., reporting smoke coming from the building at Heckel and Lawrence Streets. Battalion 4 arrived on scene at 63 Heckel Street and reported smoke and fire showing from a two story ordinary building, with extension to a frame building next door. Truck 1 and EMS 1 personnel were first to arrive, and had to stretch a hand line to the second floor to attack the fire. Firefighters attempted searches off the line, but were pushed back by high heat and blinding smoke. Engine 2 provided a water supply from a nearby hydrant and hooked up to the pump on the quint. Then, they established a secondary water supply for the engine. Mutual aid was called from Bloomfield and Nutley Fire Departments, filling out the first alarm assignment. Simultaneously, a second alarm was transmitted, requesting a task force of two engines, one truck and B/C from Newark Fire to the scene. The structure was an ordinary brick, two stories in height, with one apartment on each floor. The fire was well advanced upon arrival, and extending into the second floor of a two story wood frame structure to the left of the original fire building.

JUMP TO FILE #121015106 Newark engine company stretched a backup line to the second floor. However, crews could not advance, and sensing advanced fire conditions, the incident commander ordered an evacuation and a switch to defensive operations. As companies retreated, the entire cockloft flashed over. Radiant heat could be felt across the street by a large crowd that had gathered to watch. A third alarm was transmitted, bringing a West Orange engine, North Arlington engine, Montclair truck, and Belleville engine 1 (staffed with recall personnel). A special call above the third alarm brought a truck company from Cedar Grove to the scene. Coverage at headquarters for the township was provided by Maplewood and Kearny engines, as well as a Millburn truck company. The fire was fought from the exterior, with several two and a half inch and one and three quarter inch hand lines, portable monitors, and elevated master streams from the Montclair and Newark truck companies. Firefighters were able to limit damage to the exposure building to the second floor and stopped fire spread into the cockloft of that building. After a prolonged attack, the fire was brought under control at approximately 12:30 a.m. Companies were rotated out of rehab, and released from the

scene. The fire was completely extinguished by 2:00 a.m. After the fire was brought under control, Millburn truck company was sent to the scene to assist with exterior overhaul of the soffit. A collapse zone was setup due to total collapse of the roof and noticeable deterioration of the upper brick wall sections of the building. No civilians or firefighters were injured as a result of the fire. Red Cross was called to assist the

families displaced from both the fire building and the exposure. Both buildings were declared uninhabitable after the fire. The original structure sustained severe fire damage, and the exposure moderate fire damage upstairs, and water and smoke damage downstairs. The fire is under investigation by members of the Belleville Fire Investigation Bureau, and the Essex County Prosecutor Office

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Arson Task Force. The cause of the fire undermined at this time. This fire occurred one week after another multiple alarm blaze one block away, at 86 Belmont Avenue. The fires are not believed to be related at this time. The cause of the Belmont Avenue fire is still under investigation. - SCOTT WENTWORTH

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Laugh your way to the bank with a stand-up comedy fund-raiser

CHERRY HILL FIRE DEPARTMENT

Hazmat at Kennedy Memorial

Companies were dispatched to Kennedy Memorial Hospital for a hazardous materials assignment, which was a result of the overheating and off-gassing of a battery back-up system in the basement of the facility on December 21st. The incident was stabilized within an hour and no occupants or patients were affected.

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Hasbrouck Heights Assistant Chief Rob Knobloch, left-front row, and Chief Pat Hayes, with officers of the HHFD on Borough Hall steps after their New Years Day swearing-in ceremony.

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 www.comedyworks.org or e-mail joeynovick@earthlink.net.


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Christmas Day tragedy strikes in Secaucus Secaucus, N.J. Three members of local family lost their home and a pet cat perished when fire completely consumed their two-story wood-frame, corner dwelling along Myrtle Avenue on Christmas. Three firefighters also made a rapid retreat from the roof when flames blew out of the windows and extended passed the rooftop. Volunteer firefighters had their holiday plans disturbed when they were toned out at 2:53 p.m. for a reported structure fire. Responding members also received a radio report of an oven fire in the basement. When units arrived, fire was venting out of a rear basement window flaring up to the first-floor. A working fire was transmitted by Battalion Chief Carl Leppin, bringing North Arlington Ladder 3 as the mutual aid FAST truck to the scene. Firefighters reported to command that they had the main body of fire knocked down in the basement, but fire was extending up the walls in the balloon frame structure. Members operating on the first-floor reported feeling extreme heat in the hallway. A re-tone was sounded for all available members to report to the scene followed by a second-alarm that brought Jersey City Engines 5 and 9, Ladder 2 and Battalion 3 to the scene. Low banking smoke filled the neighborhood and heavy smoke was visible from the street pushing

JUMP TO FILE #122815101 out of windows, a vent and air conditioner on the first-floor. As black smoke rose above the street, three members of Tower Co. 2 had reached the roof with a saw to open up. Suddenly, flames vented out of windows on the A and D sides of the ground floor and extended beyond the roof level. In a dramatic period of minutes, the members went to the corner of the dwelling and climbed down a ground ladder to safety. The evacuation tones were also sounded. A third-alarm was struck bringing Kearny and Lyndhurst fire units to the scene. Exterior lines were used as well as Tower 2's master stream on Myrtle Avenue and a deck gun from Engine 3 that hit the C and D sides. Low banking smoke would block out firefighters from view in the street and in the bucket of Tower 2, with only flashing warning lights visible. Firefighters went back into the building, but were called out again. Part of the roof had caved in and flames would flare up and break through the remaining roof area around the 5 p.m. period. Residents in the neighborhood brought out cases of water and home cooked food for firefighters, who left family and friends to serve their community. Later, the Gong Club canteen truck was summoned.

One asset for firefighters was the 62-degree temperature on this overly mild Christmas. The fire was declared under control at 6:27 p.m. by Chief of Department Bryan Schoch. Only one firefighter needed medical care from smoke inhalation at a local hospital. No other injuries were reported. Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, also a volunteer firefighter with Engine Co. 3 and ex-chief, said

the fire might have originated from a 35-year-old electric stove, which was under investigation. Firefighters kept the fire to one structure on this narrow street and close homes separated by about ten feet. Had lines were used to stop flames spreading to the wood-frame dwelling on the B side. An 87-year-old woman lived in the home for 62-years, most recently with her son and grandson.

Due to the poor condition of the home, a demolition crew was called in and by 11:40 p.m. their work had been completed. Before it was over, local residents were talking about how to collect and contribute clothes and other necessities for the burned-out family in this close-knit community.

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Tower 2 members use ladder to climb down to the street as flames began to reach roof level.

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Hackensack firefighters purchase gifts for kids On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, members of the Hackensack Fire Department IAFF Locals 2081 and 3172 purchased gifts for 50 children, ranging in age from three months old to 17 years old. They are all part of... the Youth JUMP TO FILE# Consultation Serv- 121515108 ices (YCS) of Bergen County, which is located in Hackensack. Most, if not all, of these kids do not have parents, or they have been taken away from their parents. Members of the department wanted the children to be in the holiday spirit and were glad to assist (YCS) with this toy drive. Without our drive, these kids would not have received presents for Christmas said (Justin Derevyanik state delegate of IAFF Local 3172) the look on the kid’s faces when they received their gifts will be priceless. Hackensack Fire Department would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday. - JUSTIN DEREVYANIK

A member of North Hudson Engine 4 checks for debris in the eye of Firefighter Jason Sibani, right, which he cleaned out with a cup of water, while they were operating at a multiple-alarm fire in an Oak Street dwelling in Weehawken, December 29th.


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Elizabeth firefighters race Santa to deliver holiday cheer Elizabeth, NJ. With just days to spare, Elizabeth firefighters completed their yearly holiday benevolence. Every step of the way, at each ward's tree lighting, at each special improvement district's tree lighting, firefighters encountered a jolly man in a red suit, and even gave him a ride on a fire engine on a few occasions. This man, affectionately known at Santa Claus, brought smiles to the children of the city and inspired members to continue his work throughout the month. FMBA Local 9 started the season off by donating toys to Ryan's toy Roundup held again at Suspenders Restaurant and Pub. This yearly event honors the life of Ryan Faella, the late cousin of Local 9's members, Edward Sisk IV and Nicholas Sisk. "This is always a great event to start the season with because it honors a member of our extended firefighter family and puts into perspective what this season of giving is all about," said Vice President David Bialas. The toys from Ryan's Toy Roundup are donated to multiple charities in Elizabeth and around Union County For the second year in a row, members worked with Missionaries on a Mission to provide bicycles to children in the community. This program also honors a member of Local 9's extended firefighter family, late Elizabeth Police Department Detective Edward Gray, father of Local 9 member Mark Gray. During his career with EPD, Det. Gray provided raffle tickets to children in the community for a

JUMP TO FILE #122815103 chance to receive a bicycle during the holidays. The children of the organizers of this event grew up benefitting from the kindness of Det. Gray and that is why Missionaries on a Mission continues this program today. Cerise Simmons, President of Missionaries on a Mission, stated, "We are blessed and thankful for the work that your members do for our organization and the community," During times of tragedy and need, Local 9 usually meets Rev. Joseph Adair in his capacity as the city's relocation officer working hand in hand to respond to the needs of the city's residents. This year, Local 9 decided to partner with his church, the Second Macedonia Baptist Church, to help fund their yearly dinner for city residents in need. President Michael Guarino stated, "Rev. Adair's church has done so much for members of this community, especially in the wake of the recent house explosion in the city, that we are happy we can help them accomplish their mission this holiday season." This week, members donated holiday dinners of ham, mashed potatoes, and carrots; or chicken stuffing, and green beans or eighteen families at St. Joseph's Social Center. Vice President Bialas said, "While children think of Santa during the holiday season, adults in Elizabeth can't help but think of Sister Jacinta Fernandes and the work that she does to help those

Local 9 members delivering a donation of toys at Ryan's Toy Roundup

less fortunate not just during the holidays, but every day of the year." Members also worked with Second Ward Councilman Nelson Gonzalez to help two families in his war. "Councilman Gonzalez has always been a great supporter of our city's firefighters and Local 9's members, and when he identified families having hardships this year, we never thought twice about providing assistance," said President Guarino. These families received gift cards to Shoprite to help them during the season.

While Local 9's holiday benevolence has been completed just in time for Christmas, they still have events planned for when the weather becomes season appropriate and temperatures begin to drop. Members will again be working with Trooper Reinaldo Cruz and the state chapter of the National Black State Troopers Coalition to provide coats to children in need in our Elizabeth Public Schools. Members will also be taking their yearly trip to the New Jersey Firemen's Home in Boonton to

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bring some cheer to the residents, including former Elizabeth firefighters, to share stories about the fire department past and present, and make a donation of toiletries and personal effects that the residents can use on a daily basis. In January, Local 9 will be making a donation to Trinitas Pediatric Program during Assemblywoman Annettee Quijano's 5th Annual Three Kings Day Celebration. - Elizabeth FMBA Local 9

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Single vehicle into a pole Earlier this morning, December 7th, companies were dispatched to Route 130 in the area of River Drive for a motor vehicle crash. BLS 739 arrived and had a single vehicle into a utility pole. Rescue Company 738 arrived and operated with hydraulic cutters to remove the drivers side B post to allow BLS access to remove the driver. BLS 739 and Inspira ALS providers transported the occupant to a local hospital for evaluation.

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North Hudson F.D. Secretary Kimberley Kingsbury marched down Bergenline Ave. for half of the firefighter's Christmas parade and then decided to ride the rest of the way refilling buckets with candy as the walking firefighters passed them along to kids in the crowd.


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Elmwood Park handles house fire

On December 23, 2015 at 4:30 p.m., Elmwood Park Volunteer Fire Department, under the command of Chief Mike Pressler, responded to a working house fire on Falmouth Ave. First arriving police units reported smoke coming from the basement windows of the unoccupied dwelling. Mutual aid was called to the scene from Central Bergen Mutual Aid of which Elmwood Park is a member. Elmwood Park Volunteer Ambulance Corps stood by at the scene. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Parked car receives damage

Early Saturday morning, December 19th, Westampton Township Emergency Services Squad2723 and Ambulance2781 responded to an accident at Holly Lane and Bloomfield Drive. A parked car was hit with significant damage, but luckily no serious injuries.

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Accountability tags Chaplain's Corner

In Union County the Linden Fire Department has in service this Quick Attack Foam Unit. Mounted on a 2014 Ford F-550 XLT Super Duty 4 x 4, extended cab chassis it has a Reading body and was assembled by Absolute Fire Protection. Features include 275 gallon foam totes, two foam generators capable of 10,000 CFM, an NF Gladiator triple foam nozzle, TFT Monsoon deck gun, a Lift Moore eight ton crane, two floodlights and a rear Thieman tailgate.

Didymus McHugh

Back in the 1990’s, my fire department started using accountability tags. Each person was assigned a number that was engraved on two tags. We were to wear these tags on our gear. We were to put one tag on the apparatus and the other at the assignment of your work. The idea was that when things got bad, and everyone got evacuated from a building, they could tell which person was missing, if any. When the evacuation signal was sounded or transmitted, firefighters are to evacuate and P.A.R. is to be taken, to see who if anyone, is missing. This system was devised because the incident commander is held accountable for every individual on the scene. What happened to us when we are not on the scene? Where do we tag in? Who are we accountable to and who is accountable for us? What are you accountable for? We are held accountable for our actions, words and deeds, even though we did not tag in to an apparatus. We as individuals are held accountable for ourselves in society. We are accountable. The first reported accountability that I have seen was that Adam and Eve were held accountable, to God, for eating the forbidden fruit. Also Cain was held accountable, to God, for murdering his brother. (Cain had even asked God, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”) We may not like to think of it but

we are responsible for our deeds, actions and words. You may think that you do not need to be accountable because you have not physically murdered anyone. There are times when just saying, “my bad” does not cover things. When were you not truthful? When did your words or actions hurt someone, if they put their trust in you or not? It states that each of us is to give an account of himself to God. Do you know that the disciples were sent out in two’s? Talk about the first two in two out before the fire service. Well, it was done for a few reasons. First, when there are two people one can encourage the other. Second, if anything happens to one, the second can take care of the first. Third, accountability. If the two were given an assignment, they were accountable to make sure that the task was performed as it should have been. This made sure that no one was freelancing. We know how important it is not to freelance. If we are married or in a relationship, we hold each other accountable, especially with the most intimate details. If we hold our children accountable for what they say or do, should we also set the example since we ourselves are accountable? Search your own hearts and see what actions you did that may seem questionable. Accountability is so strongly tied in with ethics and caring for people. You may get away with certain actions in the “now” but you will be held accountable for it, in the “future”.

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Members of Mrs. Solan's third grade class from Academy of Our Lady of Grace with their trophy, with Father Peter Sticco, left, Fire Inspector Pat Buglione, right, and Mayor Vincent Bellucci, in suit.

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Fairview Public School #3 winners pose with, L-R: Fire Inspector Pat Buglione, Board of Education President Diane Testa and Mayor Vincent Bellucci in back row.

Fairview fire prevention poster winners honored Fairview, N.J. Once again, the Fairview Fire Department and Fire Prevention Bureau sponsored its Annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest for third grade students in the borough. The 2015 theme was, “Hear the beep where you sleep.� Contest winners received a ride through town in a fire truck and a class trophy presented by Mayor Vincent Bellucci and Fire Inspector Pat Buglione. In addition, all participants were honored with a pizza party at their school with firefighters. Public school winners came from Public School #3 and Ms. Whalen's class. The poster was submitted by Elene Diaz, Leslie Garcia and Liliana Campis. Mrs. Sloan's class at Academy of Our Lady of Grace was recog-

JUMP TO FILE #120215103 nized by a poster done by Sabastian Delgado. The court chambers at Borough Hall was filled with proud parents and students on the evening of November 30th to be recognized for their talents. Winning fire prevention posters adorned the side walls of the chambers. The trophies were presented to the students and photos taken with both the first-place winners and runner-up winners. Students and teachers beamed with pride over their accomplishments in fire safety. - RON JEFFERS


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Resuscitation efforts in North Hudson

North Hudson firefighters attempt to resuscitate a victim removed from a burning Oak Street home in Weehawken as local EMT's moved the victim on stretcher to an ambulance, on a rainy December 29th morning.

Mystic Island battles car fire

Just before 9 a.m. on December 27th, Mystic Island Vol. Fire Co. was dispatched for a car fire in the driveway of a residence on W. Calabreezway. Little Egg Harbor Police were first on scene and confirmed the working fire. 7200 had 7211 pull two lines from the truck. Crews made quick work ofknocking down the fire. No one was injured and the fire was contained the vehicle.


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Vehicle News

River Edge Company 1 has accepted delivery of a 2015 Roxbury Township Fire Company 2 took delivery of a Joint Base Maguire, Dix, Lakehurst 2015 Int./KME Pierce Saber 1500-gpm/500-gwt pumper, designated En- 2015 KME Predator pumper with 2000 gpm pump, and 1250/4000 tender gine 3, sold by Fire & Safety Services. 1000 gallon tank. It was painted in the fire company's new color of black over red and sold by Greg Matthews of 1st Priority Emergency Vehicles of Manchester. RON JEFFERS

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Joint Base Maguire Dix in Lakehurst, NJ 2015 Oshkosh West Orange Ladder 1 has been assigned a 2015 Pierce The New Jersey Transit Police received a 2015 FreightUHP320/3000/420F Arrow XT 100-foot rear mount aerial ladder sold by Fire liner/Pierce emergency service unit sold by Fire & & Safety Services. Safety Services. JOHN RIETH

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Chester Volunteer Fire Company #1 members con- Runnemede Fire Department in Camden County took Union Engine Co. 2 has been assigned a 2015 Pierce Veducted their final inspection on their new Rescue 5, a delivery of a 2015 KME Panther 79' Quint. locity 1750-gpm/750-gwt/150-gft pumper sold by Fire & 2015 Pierce Impel heavy duty rescue. Safety Services. EVAN WEBSTER

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If your department recently accepted delivery of new apparatus, send a posted nicely lit photo to The Ocean City Fire Rescue will soon be placing into service twoidentical 2015 Pierce Saber 500/1500 pumpers as Engine 1 and Engine 2.

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Chief Michael Dingelstedt, Firefighter Joseph Alvarez and Deputy Chief Joseph Callaghan at Maplewood Fire Department’s annual awards ceremony

Congratulations to new Career Firefighters Mike Wolfschmidt, Robert LeBrun and Nick Dipaolo who were sworn in on December 8th. WTES

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On Tuesday December 15, 2015 members of the Hackensack Fire Department IAFF Locals 2081 and 3172 purchased gifts for 50 children, ranging in age from 3 months old to 17 years old.

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Local 9 members with Missionaries on a Mission President Cerise Simmons with bicycle donations

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Trucks from Monmouth and Union Counties

This month, we decided to bring you some random but interesting apparatus from Monmouth and Unions Counties. Other interesting units from both of these counties will follow as the months go by. The Monmouth trucks are from Wall, Township, Tinton Falls and Neptune City. The Union County vehicles are from Elizabeth and Plainfield. One of the Elizabeth photos is of an ambulance that sustained a damaged patient module. A replacement module of the same vintage was supplied by the dealer. This module was from a bariatric unit, a vehicle specially equipped to transport obese patients. Hence this remount is the opposite of the usual type which is a new chassis under an older patient module. In dealer news, Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce deliveries: To Lambertville (Hunterdon County), a rescue with 12 foot body on a Ford F-550 chassis, to Union Township (Union County) a Velocity pumper, to River Edge (Bergen County) a Saber pumper, to the Bradley Gardens Fire Company in Bridgewater Township (Somerset County) a Velocity pumper, and in Passaic County the City of Paterson received five Arrow XT pumpers and the Macopin Fire Company in West Milford received a Saber Encore rescue. Pierce orders include an Enforcer pumper for Westfield (Union County), an Arrow XT 105 foot aerial for Montclair (Essex County), an Arrow XT pumper for Secaucus (Hudson County) and a mini pumper on Ford F-550 chassis for Franklin Township in Warren County. New Jersey Emergency Vehicles delivered four P.L. Custom Medallion Type III ambulances to University Hospital in Newark (Essex County.) All are either demos or stock units that were on the property and all are of different design. Two are on Chevrolet G4500 chassis and two on Ford E-450 chassis. Other P.L. Custom deliveries include a Medallion on a Ford E-450 chassis to the Bridgeton Fire Department (Cumberland County.) This vehicle differs from the rest of their fleet in that it is painted white and is a Type III rather than a Type I. The Elmwood Park Volunteer EMS (Bergen County) received a remount of a Medallion onto a Ford E450 chassis and the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad (Hunterdon County) received a Medallion 170 on a Ford E-450 chassis. First Priority Emergency Vehicles apparatus division delivered a KME Predator Panther pumper to Roxbury Engine 2, Roxbury Township (Morris County.) Specs include an MFD chassis with 136.5 inch cab with 16 inch raised roof and six seats, Cummins ISL 9, 450 hp diesel engine with Jake Brake, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Hale Qmax, 1500 gpm pump with top mount panel, four-inch LDH discharge, two 2 ½-inch rear discharges, two 1 ¾-inch speedlays, 1 ½-inch front discharge, three-inch Please send any comments or news tidbits you might have about Apparatus of the Month to us at 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street. New Windsor, NY 12553. Or you can e-mail them to Apparatus@1stResponderNews.com.

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Wall Township Fire Company 1 (West Belmar) Squad 76, 2015 Seagrave Marauder II 2000/750 with a 10 kw generator. It was sold by Emergency Equipment Sales & Service. John M. Malecky

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Neptune City E-3576, 2012 Ferrara Intruder, 1500/750/10 with a 10 kw generator.

Elizabeth Fire Department EMS-6, 2008 Ford F-450/ 2008 Road Rescue Ultramedic bariatric ambulance. The module is remounted from another ambulance. It was sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles. John M. Malecky

Tinton Falls E-36-180, 2015 Pierce Velocity PUC, 1500/700/40 with 15 kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Elizabeth Fire Department, EMS-74, 2011 Ford F-450/Stahl, rehab/decon and MAB support Unit.

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Tinton Falls R-36-186, 1997 Peterbilt 357/E-ONE with a 30 kw generator and six-ton winch. It was sold by Absolute Fire Protection. John M. Malecky

deck gun discharge and one-inch booster reel above pump. It has a 1000 gallon water tank, 3/16 inch KME aluminum 162 inch Challenger body with 29 inch compartments, roll-up doors, driver’s side full height and depth compartments, officer’s side full height/split depth compartments, ladders stored next to water tank on right side access by rear door, hard suction hose stored behind rollup doors accessed from rear through individual doors, 94 inch wide hose bed with two dividers and a Gen Pro

six-kw diesel generator mounted over the pump. They received two KME orders. The first is for the Fanwood Fire Company in Union County. It will be a Predator Panther pumper with LFD chassis having a 148.5 inch cab with six seats, 10 inch raised roof can and a transverse compartment behind the rear doors. Specs include a Cummins ISL 9, 450 hp diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Waterous CSU 1500 gpm pump with side mount panel, special Stokes basket

Plainfield Squad-1, 2015 Spartan ER, Metro Star IPS, 1500/500 with 15 kw generator. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC

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and back board storage above the pump, four-inch LDH discharge, two 2 ½-inch rear discharges, two 1 ½inch crosslays above the pump, 1 ½inch front bumper discharge, 750 gallon water tank, 12 gauge C3R12 stainless steel KME 162 inch Challenger body with 29 inch compartments, unpainted roll up doors, driver’s side full height/depth compartments, officer’s side full height/split depth compartments, lad-

ders stored next to right side of water tank, access from rear door, four storage compartments in rear wheel wells for eight spare SCBA cylinders and extinguishers, 94 inch wide hose bed with three dividers and eight FRC Spectra LED scene lights on cab and body. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 62


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Flanders firefighters help Santa fill his train with toys Flanders, NJ. On December 5, 2015, Flanders firefighters helped Santa and an escort of U.S. Marines load a boxcar with toys for local underprivileged children. It was the first of two toy collections firefighters conducted for the U.S. Maine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. JUMP TO FILE# It’s the seventh 120715108 year that firefighters and emergency medical providers at the Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad have worked with the Toys for Tots program and rail workers from the Morristown and Erie, Norfolk and Southern, and New Jersey Transit railroads. The train rolls up on tracks that run next to the Flanders firehouse. Firefighters joined with rail workers to form human chains passing toys up into the boxcar. There, they were counted and stored for the ride back to the Marine’s warehouse. About 500 toys were collected at the fire station. The collection of toys will continue, said Kevin Dolan, treasurer of the Flanders Fire Company Association and the firefighter, who coordinates Santa’s activities. “Santa’s train came a little early this year,” said Dolan. “Fortunately, people can still drop new, unwrapped toys off at the firehouse for the next couple of weeks. The Marines will collect them the week before Christmas. We’ll also be picking up more toys on Dec. 19.” That’s the day Santa returns to Flanders, riding a fire truck around town, greeting local kids and collecting more toys. Last year, an ambulance following Santa was full of toys by the end of the “Santa run.” Santa is happy to visit children with special needs if parents let him know ahead of time. “This is something everyone looks forward to doing all year,” said Dolan. “We all have a good time and it puts a smile on Flanders’ kids’ faces when Santa visits. It also helps other area kids when they get a toy through the Toys for Tots program. Many of us are parents, and we get our children involved in this charity. Some kids, who rode around as Santa’s elves a few years ago, now are firefighters with their own kids helping with the toy collection.” The Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad has driven Santa around town since the 1960s, when members escorted Santa from a local airport to a local service club’s annual Christmas meeting. The route gradually expanded

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to cover more of the growing town. Today, the airport is gone – it was in the area of St. Andrews Court and Wright Court -- and the event has evolved into one anticipated by local children. “The Flanders Fire Company #1 serves the community in a variety of different ways, not just responding to calls for help,” said Doug Fenichel, president of the Association, the organization that handles the business affairs of the department. “Helping Santa is a way to have some fun and help local children. It’s another example of what our fire company is about: Neighbors helping neighbors.” The Flanders Fire Company and Rescue Squad No. 1 provides fire protection and emergency medical services to residents and

businesses in Flanders and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. It is made up of about 45 members who receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues and emergency medical services. The fire company, which is always looking for new members, operates a fire engine, a tower truck, a rescue/pumper, a brushand-foam truck, three ambulances, a multiple-casualty unit and a mass decontamination unit. In addition, the fire company offers public education services including lectures, demonstrations, training and a trailer that safely simulates a smoke-filled home. - DOUG FENICHEL

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Chief Michael Dingelstedt, Captain Kevin Hayes, Captain Rick Salkowski, Firefighter Dennis Wuest, Firefighter Joseph Alvarez, Deputy Chief Michael DeMartini and Deputy Chief Joseph Callaghan of the Maplewood Fire Department

Members of the Bayonne Fire Canteen pose with their recently refurbished 2001 Ford rehab van that was donated to the organization by Mc Cabe Ambulance, of that city.

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We had a great time on November 26th at the annual District 36 versus District 37 Thanksgiving Football Game! We are very thankful for the brotherhood that we all share!!

Local 9 members delivering eighteen holiday dinners to St. Joseph's Social Center

Members of the Cliffside Park Fire Department prepare for their two-day Christmas tour around the borough passing out candy and good will to residents. In addition, the housing and hospital visits are a tradition that is taken most seriously by local firefighters.

Stone Harbor Fire-Rescue held its annual pictures with Santa. A great time was had by all. What could be better than Santa, trains, and fire trucks.

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Chimney fire evacuates house in Blairstown

A small chimney fire on Hope Road in Blairstown was quickly put down by the Blairstown Hose Co. without much damage to the interior. The family was able to return to their dwelling with no injuries to either the fireman or the occupants.

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It's a sign of the times. Santa's elf's are required to wear traffic safety vests while delivering gifts to local residents, as this busy elf did in Cliffside Park during the holiday season.


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Secaucus Lt. Anthony Smenthowski Jr., of Tower Co. 2, operates under thick smoke during a December 25th dwelling fire on Myrtle Avenue.

Belleville Captain Scott Wentworth directing a mutual aid ladder company during a multi alarm fire in Belleville on Heckel Street on December 5th. DAMIEN DANIS

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Cliffside Park Fire Lt.,and Knights of Fire member, Mike Ayala participated in the North Hudson Christmas parade with his beautifully maintain motorcycle pulling a sleigh filled with characters and gifts.

ELIZABETH FMBA LOCAL 9

President Michael Guarino helping a family in the Second Ward with assistance from Councilman Nelson Gonzalez

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Clifton Acting Chief of Department Kevin Mc Carthy directs operations at a two alarm fire in the city on December 17.


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All hands dwelling in Runnemede

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Service award in Madison Park

On the evening of December 7th, prior to our December company meeting, we were visited by a representative from the NJ State Exempt Fireman's Association. He was here to present the Leonard Minkler Service Award for 2015 to our President, Frank Giacalone. Unbeknownst to Frank, he was nominated for the award by members of our department based on his unwavering dedication to the department, and as a member of the exempt firemen. We are very happy and proud of Frank in this accomplishment and would like to thank the NJ Exempts for coming to present this prestigious award to someone who well deserves it. Thank you for your continued dedication to the department Frank.

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The other order is from the Shrewsbury Fire Company (Monmouth County.) It will be a Predator 100 foot midmount aerial platform quint with a LFD, 148.5 inch cab, 10 inch raised roof, eight seats and a transverse cab compartment behind the rear doors. Specs include a Cummins ISX 15, 500 hp diesel engine, Allison 4000 EVS transmission, Waterous S100, 2000 gpm single-stage pump, fourinch discharge, three-inch deck gun discharge with Elkhart Vulcan monitor, two 1 ½ -inch crosslays with 2 ½inch crosslay above the pump, 2 ½-inch front bumper discharge, 300 gallon poly water tank, 3/16 –inch aluminum KME tandem axle body with 11 compartments, Amdor roll-up doors, 208 feet of ground ladders stored behind hinged doors at rear, six storage compartments, in the rear wheel wells for eight spare SCBA cylinders and extinguishers, dual hose chutes, Onan 10 kw hydraulic generator, two electric rewind cord reels with 225 feet of cord each, two FRC 215 watt, 12 volt LED fixed lights on each side of the body, six Whelen M9, LED scene lights on cab and body, KME five-section aerial platform, with two Akron monitors (one each electric and manual) each with two 2 ½-inch discharges under them for off platform work. The plat-

form has a three in one attachment (roof ladder, parapet mount, Stokes mount and lifting capability.) It also has a breathing air system with two 4500 psi, 444 cubic foot cylinders and six FRC LED 120 volt lights (one each front, under, on each side and two telescopic at the rear. Their ambulance division delivered the following: eleven Mercedes Sprinter/Demers Type II’s to Cooper Health System EMS in Camden (Camden County), a Ford E-450Demers 164MX Type III to Maple Shade First Aid Squad (Burlington County) and a Ford E-450/Braun Chief XL Type III to Lakewood Hatzolah EMS (Ocean County.) Ambulance orders include eight Road Rescue Transmedic Type II’s on Ford E-350 chassis for Atlantic Health System EMS, a Type III Renaissance Remount of a Braun Express module onto a Ford E-350 chassis for Capital Health Systems EMS in Trenton (Mercer County) and a Braun Super Chief medium duty on a Freightliner M2 extended cab chassis for the Demarest Ambulance Corps. (Bergen County.) Absolute Fire Protection reports that the Avenel Fire Company in Woodbridge Township (Middlesex County) ordered a E-ONE E-Max rescue pumper on a Typhoon chassis. It will have a 1500 gpm pump, 530 gallon water tank and a three tool HRT system

Task Force 7 was dispatched to 34 S Read Ave for a reported house fire around 1:45 a.m. on December 4th. 701(Chief Moriarty) arrived on location to smoke showing from a one JUMP TO FILE# story frame single 120915100 family dwelling, police reporting a basement fire. Quint 75 conducted a 360 of the dwelling and stretched a one and three quarter inch hand line into the front door on a confirmed basement fire with extension the the first floor. Quint 75's crew attempted to darken down the fire on the first floor while trying to find the basement access. 702 (Deputy Chief Loverdi) assumed fire operations. Squad 32 established the water supply to Quint 75 and advanced the second hand line to the basement from the "C" side. Ladder 32 and Quint 91 searched, ventilated, and assisted with the fire attack. Squad 75 assisted with the fire attack and provided lighting to the scene. Rescue 82 and Quint 51 acted as the RIT teams. Due to rapidly changing conditions and a compromised first floor B side, the companies were ordered out of the house. The bulk of the fire was knocked down from the exterior and transitioned back to the interior attack. The fire was placed under control in about 40 minutes with no reported injuries. Special thanks to Utility 81 for providing the cascade services and Squirt 21 for providing a cover while we were on scene. The fire is under investigation

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by the Runnemede and Camden County Fire Marshal's Office. There were no working smoke detectors in the dwelling. The homeowner was alerted by the family dog at which point she was confronted with smoke and exited the home.

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The worth of our training as an Alliance really showed at this fire. All the companies knew their assignments upon arrival, completed the assignments at hand, and overcame obstacles when confronted. - ANTHONY DOLCE

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Pete Donatello Sr. South Bergen Zone 3 Mutual Aid Coordinator and his son Pete Jr. Assistant Chief of the Rochelle Park Fire Department after a mutual aid fire in Lodi

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Unusual rescue call for Hopatcong bravest

Just before 10:00 p.m. on January 5th, as temperatures neared single digits in northern New Jersey, Hopatcong Company 3 was dispatched for a pontoon boat stuck on the ice. The lake had just started to freeze over now that winter actually started showing up this year and the owner of the boat thought he could get it out in time. Fortunately for him, 150 feet of rope and a winch attached to Company 3's brush/mini attack truck and a 6' hook brought the stranded ship to shore. This may be a first for the department as far as a boater being stuck in ice, but this department is well equipped and trained for handling ice rescues of any nature!

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Armor-Tuff Fire House & EMS Flooring announces the installation of a NEW Armor-Tuff Supratile Floor at the Colorado Springs Fire Department in Colorado Springs, CO. Captain Bill Hull and Firefighter Eric "Rudy" Ruettinger said, "We have been happy with the flooring in the kitchen, gear room, lounge, bathroom, and hallway, and the way it's working out. Thank you for helping to make our fire house a safer place." The Armor-Tuff Supratiles are a worry-free, problem-free flooring system that is easy to maintain and easy to clean. The tiles stand up to the rugged abuse and the wear and

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Scaffold collapse in Hackensack sends seven to hospital

Crews from Hackensack Fire and Hackensack Medical Center worked the scene of a makeshift scaffold that collapsed and sent workers falling to the ground. Seven workers were sent to the hospital. Two were in critical condition. Law enforcement and OSHA also responded to the scene for investigation.

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Fire & Safety Services employee Mike Lorenson, left, was presented the company's 2015 Golden Axe Award by President David L. Russell, for exemplarily customer service and technician support, during the organizations Christmas party in December.

North Hudson Fire Captain Steve Wojtowicz, left, and Trooper J. Harrison get ready to lead the North Hudson firefighters Christmas parade down Bergenline Avenue on a warm December 13th.

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Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer thanks Plainsboro Fire Lt. Jerry Byrnes and Firefighter Josh Bloom for bringing the fire company's tanker to Hoboken for a standby assignment during a water emergency caused by a major water main break.

187 students recently graduated from the Firefighter I class at the Bergen County Fire Academy.

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Local 9 members with Rev. Joseph Adair at the Second Macedonia Baptist Church

Dr. Denis Onieal, left, Deputy Administrator of the United States Fire Administration, presented Conni Spellman, Chief of the Gong Club, a Certification of Recognition for 65 years of exemplary service supporting the firefighters and officers of the Jersey City Fire Department and Hudson County fire departments, during the organization's celebration on December 10th.


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Pictured are Roselle Park Fire Department Deputy Chief Jim Smith and his dog Samson, Firefighter Edward Kotwica, Roselle Park EMS EMT Kim Reagan, and EMT Lisa Malave, Detective Richard Cocca DETECTIVE RICHARD COCCA

Roselle Park first responders receive pet O2 masks from the Canine Company After reading an article in 1st Responder Newspaper, Detective Richard Cocca contacted the Canine Company. The Canine Company provides pet oxygen masks to first responders through a donation program called “Project Breathe�. These are not your regular oxygen masks. They are oxygen masks for pets. Company Representative Debra Bennetts provided Roselle Park with five pet oxygen mask kits. The costs of the kits are approximately $100 each. One kit will go to each fire house, EMS station,

JUMP TO FILE #120215107 and the police department. It is estimated that as many as 150,000 pets are killed each year in house fires, many as a result of smoke inhalation. Back in 2012, the Roselle Park Police/Fire/EMS responded to an active house fire on Westfield Ave. A cat was rescued from the fire, suffering smoke inhalation. Police used a regular oxygen mask on the cat, which was not as ef-

fective as the new kits we now have. With the new kits, we will now have the ability to effectively treat cats and dogs on scene, so they have a better chance of surviving smoke inhalation. Roselle Park would like to thank the Canine Company for the generous donation. To date, the company has donated over 11,500 masks to first responders. Roselle Park Police will be the first police department in Union County to carry the masks. - RICH COCCA

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Secaucus Tower 2's 2014 Rosenbauer 1500-gpm/88-foot platform gets ready to set up for tower ladder operation as flames began to vent out of the first floor windows of a Myrtle Avenue home in December. This is the first 88-foot model assembled by Rosenbauer.

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Hasbrouck Heights Fire Chief Pat Hayes (2nd from left) and Assistant Chief Robert Knobloch were sworn in for their 2016 term by Mayor John "Jack" De Lorenzo (5th from left) on January 1st.

Secaucus Rescue 1 Firefighter Bobby Morrison monitors the radio as his bottle is changed at a third alarm on Christmas Day.

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Historic church consumed in West Orange

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Promotions in Passaic

The Passaic Fire Department on the afternoon of December 30th held a promotion ceremony in city hall. Members being promoted were Christopher Di Bella to Battalion Chief, John Hayowyk to Captain and John Tuohy to lieutenant .

A spectacular three alarm fire ripped through the former Saint Marks Episcopal Church in West Orange early New Year’s Day, leaving nothing but the outer walls standing. The church, a large three story tall JUMP TO FILE # stone church was 010216105 constructed in the 1820’s, before West Orange existed as a town. It once was the Saint Marks Episcopal Church until 2004, then was vacant to about a year ago. It is now occupied by the Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Church. West Orange firefighters were dispatched at about 5:00 a.m. to the church at 13 Main St. Heavy smoke was showing from the rear of the structure and additional alarms were quickly transmitted. Flames spread from the rear to the front sanctuary area. As the roof burned off, a heavy ember condition from the heavy timber rafters climbed into the night sky. An ember patrol was set up on the roof of the exposure “D” building, but it was about 100’ away and there was no extension. Ladder pipes from West Orange, East Orange, and Millburn’s tower were put into operation as well as a deck gun and several handlines. The church manse on the “B” side, a large 2 ½ story frame was protected by hose lines. As the sun began to rise, the heavy fire was darkening down. The fire was able to be placed under control in about three hours, but the exterior operations continued most of the morning. No serious injuries were reported. Investigators are attempting to determine a cause. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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SHIP BOTTOM CHRISTMAS PARADE

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North Hudson mourns brother North Hudson firefighters are mourning the sudden passing of Firefighter Alexander Banoff, 47, of Engine Co. 13, Group 2, in December. Banoff was originally a member of the West JUMP TO FILE # New York Fire De- 123015102 partment before the North Hudson Regional department was established in 1999. Husband of Andrea and father of Courtney and Alexa. He is also survived by his mother, Nancy. His father, Alexander Banoff Sr., retired as a West New York fire captain and passed away earlier in the year. - RON JEFFERS

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