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Downtown Passaic buildings go up in flames Passaic, NJ. Fire companies from two northern New Jersey counties converged on the downtown section of the city on November 13th as flames ripped through three mixed occupancy structures, leaving some 100 residents homeless. Luckily, there were no injuries to residents or firefighters. At around 8:40 p.m., city fire companies were dispatched to the area of 20-24 Broadway and found flames venting out of the top floor of a two story building containing a food market on the ground floor and dwellings above. Fire was beginning to extend to exposure D, a three-story mixed occupancy structure. The battalion chief struck a second alarm on arrival and summoned mutual aid. Ladder Co.'s 1 and 2 were told to prepare for aerial operations. In all, four buildings suffered damage. Residents of the buildings evacuated into the street in 30 degree weather. They watched their homes burn before the city transported them to a senior center for shelter. Heavy fire consumed the twostory structure and extended to the upper floors and roof area of expo-

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sures D, and D-1, a similar three story mixed occupancy structure. Officials believe the fire may have been fueled by a natural gas line inside the food store about 40 minutes after the business closed. Arriving firefighters also observed a wall of fire coming from a gas meter inside the store. There was no explosion, but firefighters had to back away until Public Service utility workers arrived and turned off the gas, Chief Patrick Trentacost said. As flames broke through the roof of the buildings and lit up the evening sky, a defensive attack was established that included two tower ladders, one ladder pipe and a deck gun. Mutual aid fire companies that operated at the scene included units from Clifton, Paterson, West Paterson, Wallington, Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Saddle Brook, Totowa and Little Falls. Moonachie EMS responded with their rehab truck and set up a tent in the street, down the block from the fire, with

portable heaters for emergency workers to use during the long duration fire. The Box 54 Club from Teaneck also responded with their canteen truck. About five hours into the incident, firefighters located a dog in one of the apartments and brought it out to safety. A second dog was reported to have crawled out of one of the buildings and was scooped up by a city firefighter. Both animals appeared to be in good shape and were taken to an animal shelter until they could be reunited with their owners, a couple that returned from work to find their building in flames. The American Red Cross was helping relocate residents by offering cash assistance and temporary lodging in hotels. City, county and state officials were investigating the cause of the multi-alarm fire. The row of buildings, each with its own facade, date back to around 1910, according to officials. They were a historic part of the city, but on the following evening crews demolished the remains of 22 and 24 Broadway.





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Ohio: Leroy Murphy, Jr., 56 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 18, 2013 Death Date: October 20, 2013 Fire Department: Gettysburg Rural Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Murphy responded to a fire call involving farm equipment while on duty with the Gettysburg Rural Fire Department. The following morning, Murphy fell ill while teaching at a local fire academy. Firefighter Murphy was treated and transported to the hospital but passed away a short while later from an embolism. Kentucky: Arlie "Pooh" Hill III, 37 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: August 30, 2013 Death Date: October 27, 2013 Fire Department: Whitley City Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Hill and his brother-in-law, Lt. Adam Stephens who is also a firefighter with Whitley City Fire Department, witnessed a fire in a residence near Hill’s home. After reporting the fire to which their fire department also responded, the two initiated a search of the home. While inside the structure, the firefighters were caught by rapid fire progress and injured. Stephens suffered fewer injuries and was able to rescue Hill from the burning home. Lieutenant Hill succumbed to his injuries, severe burns, after nearly two months in the hospital. Pennsylvania: Blaine E. Wildnauer Jr., 58 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 2, 2013 Death Date: November 2, 2013 Fire Department: Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Wildnauer suffered an apparent heart attack while assisting with loading a patient into an ambulance at the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

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Imagination runs loose in Cliffside Park UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

Cliffside Park Firefighter Cosmo Paris enjoys building things, and he especially loves the holidays. The fall and winter seasons will be no different this year, as Paris keeps creating. Three weeks before Halloween he completed his latest project-a model of a tractor drawn aerial ladder equipped with black cat and other characters that are mounted on his front lawn. Several years ago this talented firefighter, with the assistance of several other handy CPFD members, built a replica of Cliffside Park Engine 3's squirt engine, known as “Mini-3.” This model was on display in front of Borough Hall for Christmas and also attended several parades. Mini-3 is now on display at the fire museum at the New Jersey Firemen's Home in Boonton. Paris was entertaining the idea of building a tiller, similar to the Pierce truck he is assigned to, for quite a while. As he routinely drove past a fruit market and noticed discarded baskets, his imagination kicked into action again. “I wondered what I could do with those baskets,” he said. He challenged himself to make a tiller. He made a drawing in his kitchen and used his spare time, and made time, to make his project a reality. He started collecting fruit and vegetable baskets and put them in his two rear garages. His “work shop” is either in the cramped garages or out in the driveway. One garage also contains a classic 1971 Mercury Cougar. It took about six months to complete his tiller. The cab and trailer sections of the model are made with the crates. Lumber was cut up to make the aerial ladder and PVC pipes used for the telescoping waterway. Yes, the aerial and waterway extend. Paris says it's a 16-foot aerial ladder. Orange rope lights are used for aerial walk-way lighting. The red and blue “light bar,” made with the help of dollar store vinyl baskets, also lights up for night time operations. Dessert cups are used for headlights, and water bottle caps became lug nuts on the wheels, made from round shaped baskets. Bottle caps also came in handy for dashboard controls. The cab and tiller seats are made from smaller size round shaped baskets that holiday characters sit in. A cookie tray came in handy for the front grill. And, yes, it is painted black over red, just like CP-Ladder 1. “I had to wing it,” Paris said in reference to the size of the model and collecting parts. He just did his thing as time went on. He used Ford emblems with a black background and covered “Ford” with “Paris” and placed them at the same locations on the cab where the real Pierce nameplates are located.


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Some toy parts did come in handy such as the steering wheels for the tractor and tiller, plus working horns at both ends! He even has lime and orange color safety chevrons on the rear, under the tiller seat. Paris gives credit to Paul Storelli for spending some six hours working on the day the model was placed “on duty” detailing parts and lettering, and mounting the tiller on the front lawn. The cross on the doors contains “Scare Crow Fire Dept.” and the truck is designated Ladder 1313. After Halloween, the tiller was re-assigned to Christmas duty and the characters on the rig, including a Pirate for the tillerman, were replaced by a new tour of Christmas personnel. The Cliffside Park volunteer firefighter of 17 years is always using his imagination. “No matter what you do, you still don't have enough,” he said. “You can always detail more.” DOWNS: An elderly couple were killed as a result of a fire in their Woodland Park home on Overmount Ave., October 28th. The woman, 74, was found lying unconscious at her front door when firefighters broke through the entrance of the smoke-filled house. Her husband, 76, was found upstairs. Despite efforts to revive the couple, both were pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center. UPS: Clifton Deputy Chief Michael Allora and Firefighter William McCarron received the Fire Department's Meritorious Service Award, in October, for helping retired fire Lt. Donald Schwarz, who was pinned beneath a large oak tree that fell on Pershing Rd. the night Sandy struck. Schwarz was responding to a woman he heard screaming. Allora and McCarron found Schwarz seriously injured,

with broken ribs and head trauma, and pulled him to safety amid a chaotic scene of downed trees and power lines. The firefighters thought Schwarz might not survive, but he recovered after a stay of several weeks at a local hospital. DOWNS: Trenton firefighters battled an early morning four alarm fire in a vacant warehouse on Taylor St., October 26th. The 100x200 building was fully involved upon arrival of first companies, according to Battalion Chief Ron Kostyu. UPS: Ocean County Fire Marshals John Pasola and Michael Marks were in downtown Lakewood, October 29th, when they saw black smoke coming from a restaurant on Clifton Ave., according to Fire Chief Todd Stark. They called for fire companies and evacuated the building. There was an apartment above the business and the marshals went upstairs and rescued two women who lived there. DOWNS: A fast moving fire ripped through the St. Cyril Church on Jacquet St., October 28th, in Perth Amboy. Officials said the fire appeared to have started in the middle of the church and quickly went through the roof. UPS: Clifton firefighters rescued a 96 year old man, October 31st, from his burning apartment in a high rise senior citizens housing complex. Fire Chief Vincent Colavitti Jr. said a pile of debris caught fire and blocked the door to the man's studio apartment in the Daughters of Miriam Center building on Hazel St. A crew of firefighters had to take the door off its hinges to evacuate him while another company extinguished remaining flames, the chief said. The victim was taken to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center for smoke inhalation and possible burns. DOWNS: The body of a 53 year old East Hanover woman, who died after suffering fire related injuries,

was found on October 28th behind a Phyldan Rd. home, according to the Morris County Prosecutor's office Several agencies are investigating the fire and the death. UPS: Dan Thorn has been promoted to fire captain in Cranford. DOWNS: A six alarm fire drew firefighters from 17 departments to converge on Skyline Dr. in Oakland, November 1st, which completely leveled a home surrounded by woods and set back hundreds of yards from the road. The structure was heavily involved in fire when the first units arrived, officials said. Firefighters had to stretch hose lines a long distance in order to access water supplies. No one was home at the time. UPS: New Morristown firefighters are Omar White and Curtis Ott. DOWNS: A pet dog perished and two residents were trapped in an early morning house fire in the Hewitt section of West Milford on November 4th. According to Police Captain Richard Fiorilla, the two occupants were trapped in a secondfloor room “due to heavy smoke and fire.” West Milford Police Officer Anthony Frassa found an extension ladder on the property that he used to climb up to the residents and help them down to safety, according to the captain. UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in Nutley are Ryan Lucas, Michael Ferraro and Alan Nardiello. DOWNS: A Vineland resident and pet dog were killed, November 4th, after a fire tore through a home on Independence Dr. The building was heavily involved in fire when fire units arrived, officials said. UPS: The new firefighters in Cranford are Gary Merwede, Doug Petschow and Matt Steitz. DOWNS: Ridgewood High School was evacuated on November 4th in the wake of a small electrical fire.

UPS: New firefighters in Trenton are: K. Beyrouty, R. Delgado, R. Dooley, G. Espinal, S. Fanning, Q. Heading, B. Jones, K. Jones, D. Mendez, N. Migliacci, K. Ninaltowski, B. Roberts, R. Rodriguez, S. Seiber, J. Silva, A. Tucker and N. Washington. DOWNS: A three alarm fire on Green Village Rd. in Madison, November 5th, tore through the top two floors of an apartment building that was under renovation, Fire Chief Lou DeRosa said. Due to the high volume of fire, DeRosa said firefighters “went defensive right away” and requested mutual aid. UPS: New firefighters in New Brunswick are: J. Bornheimer, J. Seelinger, G. Bonura, G. Reid, J. Bonura, J. Howard, C. Yarbrough, M. Blackwell and J. Otero. DOWNS: Layoff notices went out to five Pleasantville firefighters in November. City officials say they're forced to make cuts due to major budget shortfalls, combined with losing UEZ public safety funding and the expiration of their SAFER grant-which they decided not to seek again. The city is also looking at the possibility of outsourcing EMS services, which are currently provided by the fire department. UPS: Forty two cats, three dogs, two tarantulas, a goldfish and a ball python were rescued by police officers from an early morning fire at the Denville Animal Shelter on Morris Ave., November 9th, Captain Paul Nigro said. Police arrived first to answer a fire alarm call and found heavy smoke coming from the shelter's isolation room, Nigro said. Firefighters quickly contained the fire and all animals were moved out of the shelter to a DPW building. - continued on page 12

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Woodland Park blaze quickly under control Man and dog perish in Vineland fire Vineland firefighters battle the blaze on the B/C corner.

West Paterson firefighters, with a mutual aid truck from Totowa, quickly knocked down a early morning fire on Squirrelwood Road in Woodland Park on November 17th. The fire, which started shortly after 3:00 a.m., was held to a wall on a rear enclosed porch. After opening up and extinguishment, the fire was placed under control in about a half hour with no reported injuries.

Vineland, NJ. A raging fire tore through a home killing a man and a dog. Vineland firefighters from Stations 5, 2 and 6 along with Vineland EMS, were dispatched at 6:05 p.m. on November 4th for a dwelling fire in the 5700 block of Independence Road, reported to be working. Cumberland County 911 Center was receiving multiple calls and upgraded the assignment to an all hands bringing mutual aid from East Vineland and Landisville stations from Atlantic County and Station 23 (Cumberland) from Cumberland County. Engine 53 was first to arrive and found a one story, wood-frame dwelling heavily involved. The initial attack was defensive, with two

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one and three quarter inch lines followed by a three inch blitz line. The fire was in a non-hydrant section of the city. E-22 laid 750 feet of five inch line to the intersection of Union and Independence Roads for water supply and a filling station was set up at the nearest hydrant located at Hancebridge Road and Venezia Avenue. The owner’s vehicle was in the driveway and neighbors reported that he probably was home. Once the fire was partially under control, firefighters entered the dwelling and began searching for the owner. It wasn’t until later in the

evening that the bodies of a man and a dog were found. Forty seven fire personnel and two EMTs responded with five engines, three tenders, one ladder tower, a rescue and an ambulance. Rosenhayn (Station 29) covered Station 2 and Station 1 covered Station 6. Chief Robert Pagnini placed the fire under control at 7:04 and the last apparatus left the scene a 10:41. Investigators from the fire and police departments remained on the scene for several hours more and returned in the morning. The cause and origin of the fire that destroyed the house has not yet been determined. - JOHN CARR

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Wharton with the quick knock down Wharton, NJ. The Wharton Fire Department was called to a house fire not more than a block from their fire house. On arrival, flames were coming out from two windows on Division 2. Mutual aid was called to assist with this call. No injuries were reported and the fire was kept to the room of origin. JOHN M. MALECKY

An artist constructed and donated this collection of fire truck parts which was placed in front of Lambertville's main station on Route 29. Their 1923 Ahrens Fox antique pumper is parked in the background.

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The Pequannock Township First Aid and Rescue Squad held their Annual Installation Dinner at The Tides Estate, North Haledon, New Jersey on Friday, November 15, 2013.

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DOWNS: A four alarm fire on November 6th kept Long Branch and area firefighters busy at the DPW yard on Atlantic Ave. Trees, branches and leaves collected from city streets caught fire around 2 p.m. The head of the city's DPW, Fred Migliaccio, said the fire started in a 150x75 foot pile of reclamation or brush. “It's contained to the DPW lot,” he said. “The fire department did a good job of containing it.” UPS: Florence Fire Marshal Brian Richardson returned to work in October after a nearly 18 month recovery from injuries he sustained while operating at a tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 195 in May, 2012. An explosion ripped the truck's rear

door off its hinges, striking Richardson in the head. His gear apparently save his life. He has no sense of taste and smell, and he struggles with limited vision in his right eye, but goes about his daily work of fire inspections, equipment maintenance and bureau management. He is also the fire department's mechanic. DOWNS: A middle-aged woman was found dead after a November 12th fire on Shore Dr. in Highlands. A dog and cat also died, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. UPS: Joshua Wing was sworn in as a career firefighter in Morris Township in November. DOWNS: An evidently disturbed man set his Trenton home on fire, then climbed atop the third floor

Wantage First Aid remove a simulated victim.

Wantage and Sussex first responders hold MCI drill Members of the Wantage Township First Aid Squad along with members of the Sussex Fire and EMS, Wantage Fire Department and Hamburg EMS as well as the New Jersey State Police in cooperation with the Office of Emergency Management from both Wantage and the County Sheriff’s Department conducted an Emergency exercise simulating a fire and explosion at the High Point High School.

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Some 27 students gave up a Saturday to assist by playing victims with varying types of injuries from minor to life threatening. By all accounts, the drill was a great success. - DAVID BURNS


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roof carrying a child on November 17th, officials said. The young girl was rescued by firefighters from the roof when the man inexplicably went back inside the smoke-filled building, Battalion Chief Frank Fanning said. When firefighters brought him out, he began to fight them and had to be subdued. “He was cuffed by police before they put him on the gurney,” Fanning said. UPS: Madison, Boonton and Denville Fire Departments earned top rankings in Morris County. They received 2013 Best of the Best Fire Departments in Morris County awards. DOWNS: A roofer working on a West 4th Street home in Bayonne, November 20th, shot himself in the knee with a nail gun and had to be taken off the roof via tower ladder. The man's injuries prevented him from getting off the roof of the twostory home by himself, so firefighters used a tower ladder to rescue him. UPS: Plainfield firefighters rescued an unconscious man from a North Ave. apartment in one of two fires reported two minutes apart on November 19th. At the four story apartment building fire, firefighters found a man unconscious in a fourth floor apartment and brought him out to safety, Deputy Chief Jeffrey Courtney said. He stated that emergency responders revived the man, who suffered smoke inhalation but did not require hospital treatment. DOWNS: The employees of TV station WWOR were surprised when a truck burst into flames in the driveway of the Secaucus TV studio building on November 13th. The driver pulled into the driveway and called for help. The box truck was destroyed by flames. UPS: After a fire broke out in a Deerfield Rd. home in Wayne, November 20th, Captain Mike Rossi, of Fire Co. 3, who lives near by, encountered black smoke pushing from the front door. A resident advised Rossi that a dog and a hamster were still in the house. Rossi, without any protective gear, crawled through the first-floor living room to search for the family dog, which he was able to save. Unfortunately, the hamster did not survive. MEMO: At press time, Cliffside Park Firefighter Cosmo Paris transformed his Halloween hook & ladder truck in front of his home into a Christmas unit-H&L 12-25. The ladder truck now has holiday logos and Christmas charters riding on the apparatus. Merry Christmas to all!

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Roxbury firefighters battle two alarm fire in motel Roxbury, NJ. Around 7:30 p.m., Roxbury firefighters were dispatched to 1140 Route 46, Roxbury Circle Motel, on a reported motel room on fire. Upon arrival, heavy smoke was showing and a working fire was confirmed in Room 47. Firefighters Rob Guido, Brian Foote and Greg Montrose stretched the first hoseline to the motel room as it flashed over. They quickly made an aggressive interior attack and

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knocked the fire down within minutes. A second alarm was transmitted, bringing additional companies to the scene. Firefighters overhauled and checked for extension. The fire was held to the room of origin, however other rooms suffered smoke damage. The fire was

under control within 20 minutes. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Roxbury Police and Roxbury Fire Prevention Bureau. No injuries were reported. Roxbury EMS set up a firefighter rehab area and monitored the firefighters. Mutual aid responded to the scene from Netcong as the R.I.T and Mine Hill for a Ladder Company.

Quick knockdown in Park Ridge Park Ridge firefighters responded to Valentino's Restaurant on Spring Valley Road just after 3 p.m. on November 20th for a reported structure fire. Units arrived on scene to find a large two and a half story restaurant with smoke showing. Crews stretched a one and three quarter inch through the main door and found a fire in the basement. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze within 30 minutes. Mutual aid companies assisted with overhaul and ventilation. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation.

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Most emergency trucks are now known as rescue trucks. Boonton's current rig is known as Salvage & Rescue. It is a 1986 Mack MC/Saulsbury model.

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How’s Your Driving? Last year across the United States, 25,580 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes. This figure includes those firefighters and emergency responders who are killed annually while responding to an emergency call, be it in an emergency response vehicle or their own personal vehicle.

STAYING SAFE Chief Henry Campbell

The good news is that there has been a steady decline over the past ten years in the annual road death toll thanks to the many safety upgrades in vehicles, stricter law enforcement, and better driver awareness. Annually in the fire service, we have an average of five firefighters killed in motor vehicle crashes. When was it last that you reviewed your states drivers manual or commercial vehicle operators manual, or taken a safe driving course? I hope you do it often and on an annual basis. Are you familiar with the rules of the road? Interpreting signs, signals and warning devices? Do you practice defensive driving when you are behind “the wheel?” Driving is a full time job no matter what the reason for driving; commuting, business, vacation, responding to and from an emergency. Driving requires concentration and observation which requires most of your time, while leaving little room to be involved in any other task or function, including conversation. Road hazards can appear in a fraction of a second, and if you haven’t been paying attention you may become involved in a crash or other type incident involving a motor vehicle, making you or someone else a statistic. So let’s have a Safe Driving Refresher. The first thing we should be interested in is what the causes of vehicle crashes are. For starters the top three are drunk driving, speeding, and distracted driving. These are the three we hear the most about. Other causes of motor vehicle crashes include weather, reckless driving, failure to comply with traffic control devices, young and inexperienced drivers, tailgating, improper lane changes, driving while drowsy, and road rage. The simple thing with drunk driving is if you are going to drink, don’t drive; conversely, if you have to drive don’t drink. Speeding is something many of us do, it may only be five miles above the posted speed limit, but those extra five mph may be enough to get you involved in a crash. The more you increase your speed, the greater the chance you have to be involved in a crash. The faster you are going, the more distance you will need to safely stop or avoid any road hazards. Today, distracted driving has become an increased source of crashes as more and more people become involved

with distractions while driving, cell phones, texting, checking on children in the back seat, applying make-up or shaving, eating, or involved in conversation and just about anything else you can think of. Many people drive as if they are in the living room of their homes, interested in everything and everyone around them. Unfortunately, driver concentration is far more important than any of the distractions that take them away from being a good defensive driver. Constant observation of the road ahead and around your vehicle far outweighs answering a cell phone call. Many times as emergency responders, we hear the drivers involved in a crash explain that they have no idea how the crash occurred. Well, either they do know and they are not willing to tell, or they were so distracted by doing or concentrating on something else that they really don’t have any clue as to what happened. Whatever the cause of the crash, if you were the driver at fault, you can be charged with a variety of driving and motor vehicle violations that could cost you financially in fines and, or, possibly being sentenced to imprisonment. Whenever you get behind the wheel of your own personal vehicle or an emergency vehicle you should always be alert, cautious, while you drive defensively, and responsibly; driving as your life, and the life of others with whom you share the road, depends upon it. There are many hazards and emergency situations that can be encountered while driving and one must be aware of what they are and how to quickly react in order to prevent serious injury or death to you, your passengers, or vehicles and their occupants. We will continue next month. Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Madison blaze damages apartments being renovated An apartment building in Madison that was nearing completion of a major renovation, was heavily damaged in a three alarm fire on November 5th. Shortly after 11:30 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to 39 Green Village Road. Heavy fire was venting from the roof area of the large four story H type OMD. With the building unoccupied, operations went defensive immediately. Additional alarms

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were called for, as long stretches were needed to supply the master streams. Eventually, four elevated master streams, a deck gun, and several handlines were used to knock down the heavy fire before companies were able to enter the structure for overhaul and final extinguishment.

Most of the roof was burned away, and fire had dropped down to the top floor in several places, but the lower floors appeared to have just suffered extensive water damage. No serious injuries were reported. The fire was placed under control in less than three hours and firefighters cleared the scene at about 6:30. The cause is being investigated. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Millstone uses this 2012 Chevy Tahoe with PL Custom utility box as a utility-support unit.


Basking Ridge Engine 2 has this Ford “C” model/Ward LaFrance pumper.


Ramsey Assistant Chief Gregory Hewitt answers alarms in the 2009 Chevy Tahoe. Ramsey's chief vehicles now have red stripes, replacing green stripes.


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Broken pipe at church On November 17th, Arbor fire was dispatched for a broken sprinkler main in the United House of Prayer Church at Rushmore Ave and W 4th. Engine 642 and Unit 649 determined that the break was not able to be shut down from inside the church. The water was shut down at the street by NJ American Water. The fire department placed multiple portable pumps in place to remove about six inches of water from the basement. Unit 648 and Utility 645 also assisted with pump operations.

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Fall from a ladder sends one to trauma center Just after 11:30 a.m. on November 3rd, Squad 85 was dispatched for a fall victim in the Parkertown section of Little Egg Harbor. EMT’s requested medics and a medevac for a person who fell from a ladder. MONOC 716 arrived with PennStar was the ship. Station First Responder Unit was also on scene. Parkertown Volunteer Fire Department) along with Eagleswood

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Volunteer Fire Department set up the landing zone at a nearby school. The patient was then turned over to the flight crew, loaded in the helo, and flown to a trauma center with unknown type injuries. - ROMAN ISARYK


RVCC crash injures student One student was injured during a mid-day single vehicle accident on the grounds of Raritan Valley Community College on October 30th. North Branch and Green Knoll Fire Companies along with Branchburg Police and rescue squad were dispatched to a report of an overturned motor vehicle with entrapment and injuries. North Branch Rescue 49 confirmed that a single vehicle accident resulted in a car still on its

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roof with a patient entrapped upside down, still belted in the driver’s seat on the college access road just off of Lamington Rd. Working quickly to stabilize the vehicle for the safety of the patient and the rescuers, North Branch and Green Knoll firefighters had the patient extricated from the vehicle and on a backboard for

transport to the hospital within five minutes. Branchburg Rescue Squad transported the patient with non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation by the Branchburg Police Department. Fire and Rescue units remained on scene for approximately 45 minutes while the police remained on scene to continue the investigation. - DAVID HICKSON


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Officers and members of the Cliffside Park Fire Department pose with the memorial stone for Firefighters Philip Ferraro and Michael Chormanski at Fire Headquarters before attending mass.


Deborah O'Prandy, left, presented Firefighter Mike Ferraro with his late father's helmet at the memorial breakfast as Chief of Department Brian Martone looks on.

Cliffside Park holds fallen firefigher memorial Cliffside Park, NJ. Never forget those who served before us, and especially those who gave the supreme sacrifice. On the morning of November 3rd, Cliffside Park firefighters, local officials, families and friends participated in a memorial for those who gave their lives in the line of duty. It was 40 years ago November 4, 1973, when career Firefighter Philip Ferraro and volunteer Firefighter Michael Chormanski gave their lives while battling a smokey fire on Palisade Avenue. Firefighter Danny King was killed in November 2000, when he was involved in a collision with a bus responding to the firehouse to answer an alarm. In 1973, a fire consumed a mixed occupancy building that housed the Founders Bar and dwellings. Firefighters Ferraro and Chormanski were friends and lived in the same building. Ferraro was on duty and responded in the fire department ambulance to the scene, and Chormanski also responded. The partners were disoriented in the smoke-filled basement while battling the blaze and they ran out of air, as flames took charge of the building. Both members were later recovered after the flames were knocked down. Memorial monuments now adorn the front of fire headquarters for their fallen brothers. Truck 2's tower ladder possesses a memorial on the truck for Firefighter King. Firefighters and community

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members attended a memorial mass at a local church and then assembled at the new senior citizens building across the street from fire headquarters. Members of the Ferraro, Chormanski and King families were all in attendance. Fire Official Frank Poerio turned chef of department for the morning and prepared breakfast. Firefighter Ferraro's son, Mike, was seven years old when he lost his dad. He followed in his father's footsteps and became a volunteer firefighter in the borough in 1984. In 1987, he was appointed as a career member of the C.P.F.D. When the career department was disbanded in 1999, he became a career firefighter in Ridgewood, where he still serves today. Deborah O'Prandy attended the memorial. She addressed the gathering at the senior center and explained how her late husband, Donald, chased the Cliffside Park fire trucks as a youth and made friend with local firefighters. When he was old enough, he joined the volunteer department and rose through the ranks to Assistant Chief. In her possession was Firefighter Ferraro's helmet. She presented this helmet to Firefighter Ferraro's surprised and emotional son. The helmet is home. - RON JEFFERS

Early Sunday morning, November 17th, as the light rain went away and the fog rolled in, the Rockaway Township Fire Department hosted a large scale drill next UMP TO FILE to the Rockaway J#111913114 Mall. In an abandoned ACME food store, equipped with six large smoke machines, fire chiefs simulated a drill with fire in a building in the middle of a strip mall with victims trapped. Multiple departments from Morris County, including Rockaway Township companies, Rockaway Borough, Randolph, Wharton, Denville, Picatinny Arsenal, Lake Hopatcong and more attended the drill. Companies staged in a parking lot across from the mall and responded to the scene as each alarm was transmitted. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke within the building and were unable to find the seat of the fire. First arriving companies performed searches in the building looking for victims and other incoming companies established water supplies, protected exposures, and performed roof operations. The drill lasted two hours as all firefighters helped others and themselves during this learning - CHRIS TOMPKINS


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Multi alarm in Elizabeth On November 4th at about 4:00 p.m., crews arrived at 608 3rd Avenue in Elizabeth to find a well involved three story structure. Many area companies battled JUMP TO FILE # this five alarm fire. 080713101 Several firefighters and one civilian were transported to a local hospital. Al l injuries appear to be non-life threatening. The Red Cross was brought in to assist the displaced residents. The cause and origin of the fire are currently under investigation. - RUSS HEDGE


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Survival training for Neptune firefighters JOHN MALECKY

Unit 17-59 of the Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance & Rescue Squad is a technical rescue truck. It is a 1985 Chevrolet/Ranger that was a military rescue that served in the Gulf War. It was gotten from the NJ OEM IN 1995 and the squad members converted it (painting, lettering and lights.)


Crews tending to patients in triage and transport.

Gloucester County first responder drill at Rowan University Tech Park Campus First responders in Gloucester County participated in a Mass Casualty Incident drill on Saturday, November 2nd on the campus of Rowan University in Glassboro. The event took months of planning and was held at Rowan's South Tech Park actually located in neighboring Mantua Township. Hosted by Rowan University's EMS squad, the drill involved an occupied school bus motor vehicle accident. The drill tested MCI scene management skills as well as inter-agency cooperation among the county's resources. EMT's and

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paramedics with the assistance of police and fire professionals were able to triage and transport all of the patients before the "one hour" mark of the drill. They were being observed by GCEMS personnel as well as state task force members and local school administrators. During the debrief session, the need for the involvement of school personnel in an incident involving children and their inevitably concerned parents was discussed.

Agencies participating in the drill were Rowan University EMS, Gloucester County EMS, Inspira Health Network Paramedics, Rowan University Police, Deptford ESU, Westville Fire Department, Pitman Fire Department, Mantua Fire Department, Ewan Fire Department, On Time Ambulance Service, Harrison Twp Police, Mantua Twp Police, Woolwich Police, and the Gloucester County Mobile Command Unit. - MATTHEW SPADARO

On October 21st, firefighters with Neptune Fire Department's Unexcelled Fire Company participated in Survival Training. Each firefighter navigated through a challenge course that contained a maze, tight entry and exits, sharp redirection, small crevices, and a wire entanglement area. Firefighters were to complete the course within 15 minutes.


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Brick Twp. firefighters save the life of two year old during Seaside fire In the early hours of the Seaside Boardwalk fire on Thursday, September 12, 2013, as mutual aid was being dispatched from all over Ocean County, The Breton Woods Fire Company Station 21 was initially dispatched as a cover assignment for The Seaside Heights Fire Department Station 44 prior to being committed to firefighting operations which lasted through the night. Engine 2121, under the command of Safety Officer Tom Thieme, responded with a full crew to stage at Station 44. While staging, only for a short time, Seaside residents, Miguel and Jen Santana, approached the front of the fire house and police department carrying their two year old daughter, unconscious and in respiratory arrest. Firefighter/EMT James Mullen and Firefighter James Rocco immediately assessed the child and began rendering aid. Driver/Operator Fred Poppe Jr. and Safety Officer Thieme ran into the police department to alert the Seaside Heights Police Department of the emergency unfolding out front and to have EMS and paramedics dispatched. The remainder of 2121’s crew, Ex-Chief Jeffrey Cymansky and Firefighter Richard Moriarty assisted by retrieving the oxygen and

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Westbrook, CT., Tower 1's 1975 Mack/75-foot Aerialscope tower ladder saw original duty in Willingboro, N.J.


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jump bag from the engine. First Responder EMT’s from Tri-Boro EMS, BLS Ambulance from Island Heights EMS and paramedics from MONOC responded and treated the child. The two year old, Savannah Santana, was revived on scene by Firefighters Mullen and Rocco, but went back into respiratory arrest once in the rig. She was revived a second time

in the rig by EMS and paramedics without having to be intubated and transported by Island Heights EMS and MONOC paramedics to Community Medical Center in Toms River. Mr. and Mrs. Santana brought Savannah by Station 21-1 on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, in good health, to thank the firefighters for helping to save her life. For their efforts, all members of the crew were awarded the Lifesaving Award. - DAVID OSTARTICKI


This 1994 Seagrave Marauder pumper is in service with the National Park Service at the Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Unit, formerly saw service at the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park in California. Engine 74-75 was received in 2011. It has a 1250 gpm pump with top mount panel, 500 gallon water tank, two 20 gallon foam tanks and a portable 5 kw generator.


Serving in its 2nd life, Engine 3431 responds to calls with Ridgeway Fire Company of Manchester Twp. Engine 3431 is a 1989 Spartan/ American Eagle with a 2000gpm and 500 gallon water tank. It used to serve Breton Woods Fire Company in Brick Twp


A quick knockdown in Maywood Maywood firefighters with mutual aid from Rochelle Park, Saddle Brook, and Hackensack quickly had a fire in a home with “Colliers Mansion” conditions knocked before any serious damage was done to the structure. The fire was reported at about 6:00 p.m. on November 16th at 28 Coles St. Smoke was issuing from the second floor on arrival. Several lines were stretched, windows vented, and the roof opened and progress was quickly made on the fire. The fire was able to be placed under control in less than a half hour. One person was reported to have been transported with smoke inhalation. The cause is under investigation.


The Port Monmouth Fire Company of Middletown Twp. responds to brush fires with Brush 163. Brush 163 is a 1978 Dodge Power Wagon with a 250 gpm and 250 gallon water tank. It originally saw service with Lincroft Fire Company.

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New Jersey Heavy Hackensack to use old Garfield Fire, The 1970’s truck 4 as reserve ladder VIDEO REVIEW Video reviews by John Malecky

New Jersey Heavy Fire, The 1970’s By Advanced Print and Video Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 Price: $29.95 (DVD) This DVD is 52 minutes in duration. It covers four fires. Two are in Jersey City, one in Newark and one in Linden. All fires are at night so visibility is nil. There is no narration. The date of the incident is given and a basic description of what is on fire. The back of the jacket lists the four scenes, but is out of sequence with the footage. The first incident is at the United Chemical Company in Jersey City. It is a third alarm which occurred in June of 1978. There is no information as to what chemicals are burning. We just see a building heavily involved in fire. The building might actually be vacant, but that is not known. Firefighting forces seem to be

covering exposures while keeping a distance. Despite their being no flareups, the tactic is still best for the safety of the firefighters. The next fire is a fatal one in Newark in which there were four fatalities. Firefighters are seen carrying them to ambulances. The building appears to be a multiple dwelling. This occurred in February of 1978 on East Kinney Street. York Street in Jersey City is the scene of the next fatal fire, which claimed seven lives. The videographer again focuses in on firefighters removing fatalities to awaiting ambulances. This is also a multiple dwelling and looks like it may be a brownstone type some of which are in that neighborhood. It took place in January of 1979. The title on the video says York “Avenue,” but the street sign in which the camera focuses says York “Street.” There is no York Avenue in Jersey City anyway, though there is a New York Avenue! The last incident is a massive refinery fire in Linden, which is not far from Newark. It took place in March of 1979. Keeping a safe distance and using a telephoto lens, the fire which seems to involve a pipeline at least, is brought closer to the viewer. There is no other information as to what is burning. With many of the videos this column reviews, the lions share are in large cities in other states. This one reminds us that there are serious fires in New Jersey as well!

Members of the Hackensack Fire Department have been training over the last few weeks on Garfield's old truck 4. Hackensack needed a long term loaner, which would serve as a re- JUMP TO FILE serve ladder, while #111313112 we are in the process of purchasing a new ladder. Garfield Chief John Kopacz and the City of Garfield were willing to help. Hackensack Fire Department would like to thank the City of Garfield for the loan of the truck. The training has been vigorous with the ladder. Members have been trained by DC S. Kalman and Lt. Peter Rocco with assistance from Keith Nicoliello ( FDNY Ladder 30), Erik Enersen (Acting DC Englewood FD), Pete Giannuzzi ( Lt. Englewood FD) John Kopacz ( Chief Garfield FD) and John Malool (Ex. Chief Ridgefield Park FD). The members from other departments were asked to help because of their experience with operating a tractor drawn ladder. The training will contiune for a few more weeks before the truck is placed in reserve status. - HACKENSACK FIRE DEPARTMENT HACKENSACK FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Secaucus relocated during remodel Secaucus Washington Hook & Ladder Co. 1 members are occupying an unused building at the local inspection station until a new extension is constructed and remodeling work to the existing structure is completed at the unit's County Avenue firehouse. Also re-located into this structure are Engine 4, Tanker 6 and small boats. State and local officials worked together to make this temporary firehouse possible.

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Maplewood Firefighter Chris Ariemma, Firefighter Connor Hamilton, Firefighter James Richardella, Firefighter Dennis Wuest, Firefighter Ciro D'Urso, Deputy Chief Mike Weber and Captain Bill Heerwagen at the Middlesex County Fire Academy on October 28, 2013.


Edison Firefighter J. Gross heads out to take a breather after conducting overhaul in the attic at a house fire on Glenville Rd.


Saddle River Firefighters on duty wore T Shirts with pink writing for Breast Cancer Awareness month.



Probationary firefighter Tim Burns and Rob McClintock Jr. at a recent multi unit drill on master streams

Secaucus Deputy Chief Bryan Schoch communicates with his members during a mutual aid fire in East Newark on October 26th.

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Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce honors first responders Vineland, NJ. Over 100 attended an event to say thank you and honor Vineland’s police, fire and emergency medical service personnel on November 1st at Merighi’s Savoy Inn in East Vineland. Since 2000, the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce had been sponsoring an annual awards dinner for the fire department only. This year, it was decided to do an event that would merge the three first responder organizations into one social get-together. Food was provided as were gifts for each first responder, along with door prizes. Department chiefs were presented with a certificate honoring their respective departments.


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Firefighters practice their craft during drill Flanders, NJ. About 60 firefighters practiced a variety of techniques used to find and rescue victims and save their own lives in an all day training exercise on November 17th. Hosted by the Flanders Fire Company No. 1 and Rescue Squad with assistance from the Budd Lake, firefighters from Flanders, Budd Lake, Chester, Roxbury, Netcong and Stanhope moved through a series of JUMP TO FILE # exercises in three 111813111 buildings. The training exercises included wide angle searching, cutting holes in roofs to allow smoke and gasses out of the building and breaking through walls to escape from a room. EMS personnel from Flanders, Budd Lake, Roxbury, Chester and the Morris County EMS Task Force also were on scene. The Country Barn, a furniture store that operated for many years in a converted barn and two houses on either side will be demolished in a couple of weeks. Before those old structures are torn down, the company allowed firefighters to practice their techniques. Firefighter-instructors filled the barn with white, non-toxic fog as firefighters searched for a victim on two levels. In one of the former homes, firefighters searched for victims of a makebelieve fire while other crews ventilated the building by cutting holes in the roof. In the third home, firefighters practiced making entry through windows and

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escaping from fire by cutting holes in walls, crawling through and by being lifted to safety by holding on to a charged fire hose. Flanders Fire Chief Frank Zeller said firefighters had opportunities to practice techniques they can’t usually practice and to work together in circumstances where they could stop, compare notes and learn from each other. “It’s unusual to find a place where we can learn and practice techniques because some of these tactics are, by definition, destructive,” said Zeller. “In addition, this gives us an opportunity to work with our mutual aid companies in an environment where we can stop the action to discuss it and learn

Bob Stanton (center) with sons Matt and Seaon of the Marmora Fire Department in Upper Township, Cape May County, NJ.

from each other.” Fire apparatus filled the Siemens parking lot and lined Clover Hill Road and some side streets. Zeller apologized for any inconvenience, but said the drill makes it easier for firefighters to work together in an emergency. He added that the fire companies involved in today’s event are the same ones that respond to Flanders when local first-responders need help.. “We want people to know that we’re out here honing our skills so we can serve them better,” said Zeller. - DOUG FENICHEL

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Outstanding EMS action by a youth


The Lambertville FD Union Fire Co. 1 owns and maintains a 1923 Ahrens Fox Model M-S-4 pumper. It has a 900 gpm Piston pump and 60 gallon water tank. This unit is fully restored to showroom condition and is proudly displayed in the Main St. firehouse.

Marissa Sampson, age 9, has been assisting the volunteer members of the Upper Township Rescue Squad since she was an infant. Marissa has volunteered to be a patient so the members could train on specialized equipment. This included training on how to secure a child into a car seat, then securing the seat to the stretcher. She has helped with applying a backboard to a pediatric patient and removing the patient from a school bus. Marissa is now assisting to teach children on what to know when you need to call 911. Marissa

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has been a great asset in our continuing training and has been an excellent patient. She has also assisted with fundraising events while being an excellent student and playing sports. On November 15, 2013 Marissa received an award at the New Jersey Office of Emergency Services awards Dinner for “Outstanding EMS action by a Youth” - DONNA HAUGEN


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Edison firefighters make quick knock on house fire Edison, NJ. Firefighters responded and quickly extinguished an afternoon fire on October 28, 2013 that left a home heavily damaged. The Edison Fire Department was dis- JUMP TO FILE patched around #102913109 12:35 p.m. for a possible house fire at 54 Glenville Rd. Central dispatch advised all responding apparatus that police were on scene confirming a working fire. Upon arrival of firefighters, heavy smoke was showing throughout a one story ranch-style single family dwelling. A water supply was established and a hand line was deployed to the front door as the smoke started to thicken. The hand line was advanced through the front door where the suppression crew encountered heavy fire conditions venting out the rear of the

house. The bulk of the fire was darkened quickly, but areas of the roof and garage showed signs of some extension. A second hand line was advanced into the storage-filled garage to ensure that all fire was extinguished. Searches were conducted throughout the home during suppression efforts with negative results. All visible fire was extinguished within 20 minutes and declared under control shortly after. Firefighters remained on scene to conduct extensive overhaul in the rear of the home and the roof area, which suffered heavy fire damage. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported at the scene. The home was deemed uninhabitable by the Edison Building Department. Edison firefighters were able to handle the incident, while mutual aid fire departments were summoned to cover fire stations until apparatus cleared the scene. The cause and origin of the


Residual smoke continues to show in the roof as firefighters start to overhaul and extinguish hot spots.

blaze is being investigated by the Edison Fire Prevention Bureau. - KEITH ADDIE

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Perth Amboy church destroyed in three alarm blaze Flames swept through a ninety year old church building in Perth Amboy on the morning of October 28th, leaving the building just a gutted shell but causing no serious injuries. Shortly before 1:00 a.m., a passing pedestrian noticed smoke showing from the SS Cyril & Methodius National Catholic Church at the corner of Jacques and Jefferies Streets and called 911.

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When firefighters arrived minutes later, heavy fire was pushing from the roof and steeple of the large wood frame structure. With the building unoccupied at the time, operations immediately went defensive and additional alarms were called for. The roof came in and embers became a concern.

Eventually, three elevated master streams and several ground monitors and handlines were put into operation and were able to hold the flames to the original fire building. Numerous mutual aid companies assisted at the scene and covered the empty firehouses. The fire was able to be placed under control in about two hours. - BILL TOMPKINS

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR My name is Sam Guskind, and I am a member of Boy Scout Troop 145 in Clark, NJ. My current rank is that of Life Scout and the next rank I will be working to achieve is that of Eagle Scout, the highest award available in scouting. One of the many requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout is to organize and complete a community service project and I must demonstrate both my leadership and organizational skills. The project I propose to complete is to build a monument in front of the Clark firehouse dedicated to the victims of the 911 tragedy. This project will have a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. My father has been a Clark firefighter for the past 27 years, so I feel it is a true honor and privilege to take on such an undertaking. One part of the project is raise funds to purchase the materials needed to construct the monument and so I am writing to you today to solicit funds. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Please make all donations payable to BSA Troop 145 c/o Jan Guskind 14 Lincoln Blvd 2nd Floor, Clark NJ 07066. This project is not just meant for the innocent people who perished in the attacks, but also for the brave men and women who went in to save them. My sincere hope is that monuments and memorials such as this will remind future generations not of the horror of those attacks but the bravery of those who responded to the calls. And those men and women should be remembered for the rest of history. And, this benefits the Clark Fire Department by honoring those who have fallen and their families. We are dedicating this memorial in September 2014, so please feel free to come to the ceremony and help honor those who have fallen as well to the members of the Clark Fire Department who manned fire stations throughout New York City during this horrific event and their time volunteered at the Staten Island Landfill. Sam GuSkind Life Scout

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One more family enjoying the holiday season in new home thanks to mortgage program The other banks told Pete and Celeste Graziano no, they told them that their credit wasn’t good enough to obtain a mortgage. “So long, have a nice day.” However, the couple, married for 25 years, did end up buying their first home with the help of the Heroes Mortgage Program. Not only did the program help fulfill the Graziano’s dream, it helped them every step of the way, from initial inquiry to closing, with any questions or concerns the hard-working family had. “We heard about it down in Baltimore at the Fire Expo,“ Celeste Graziano said. “My husband said ‘Why don’t you call this place and see if they can get us a mortgage?’ I got in touch with them. They were just wonderful to work with. It’s a great program. They went above and beyond for us when the other banks wouldn’t.” The Graziano family is special, indeed. Pete, Celeste and their two children, Michele, 24, and Mike, 20, all serve with Richland Township (Pa.) Fire and Res-

Call 973-615-9745 For More Information cue. Pete Graziano began serving ten years ago and the rest of the family followed. “My husband really got us into it,” Celeste Graziano said. “When we moved to Quakertown, the kids were little and we didn’t know anybody. He always wanted to belong to a fire company. He got really involved. I thought if he was going to be there, I was going to be there. The kids wanted to do it, too.” 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program. This enterprising initiative provides firefighters and other members of the emergency services community, the brave men and women, who risk their lives for us every day with an exclusive mortgage opportunity that provides discounted fees and low interest rates. The Heroes Mortgage Program

continues to flourish, helping firefighters buy their first house, purchase the home of their dreams and get better mortgage rates with a refinance. Most importantly, the Sun National Bank delivers unmatched customer service and attention to every client. Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, the Heroes Mortgage Program is offered exclusively, providing personal service, benefits and rates not normally available to the general public. To receive more information about the program and its benefits, contact Steven Testa at or call 973615-9745. Sun National Bank Home Loans and 1st Responder Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing Lender.


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Edison Firefighter R. Comello overhauls the roof at a house fire on Glenville Rd.


Bill Orlandi, center, a firefighter from Minehill helping at fire in Wharton.


North Hudson Deputy Chief David Curtis (center) gives instructions to his men during a three alarm apartment building fire on Park Avenue, Weehawken, on November 2nd.



West Paterson Assistant Chief Mike Muccio mans the command post at a working house fire on October 28th.

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

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Roselle business damaged in three alarm blaze DAMIEN DANIS

Three alarm house fire in Hasbrouck Heights A three alarm fire destroyed the top floor and attic of a house on Springfield Avenue on October 29th.The blaze broke out just after 5:40 p.m. when firefighters were dispatched to 313 Springfield Avenue on a report of smoke comeing from a home. Chief of Department Rich Giarratana confirmed a working fire on the second floor. Fire was venting out windows on the second floor extending to the top JUMP TO FILE #103013104 floor and attic. A second alarm was quickly made, bringing mutual aid companies to the scene. Heavy smoke was visible from the top floor and fire eventually vented out a front window of the home. Additional lines were stretched to the top floor to knock down the fire. Third alarm companies, who were covering at the firehouse, were brought to the scene to assist. Overhead power lines made it difficult to raise and operate truck companies, but great positioning of Hasbrouck Heights Truck 1 and Lodi Tower 613 were able to overcome those obstacles. The fire was knocked down in about one hour. The fire was confined to the bedroom on the second floor and finished attic. Mutual aid from from Carlstadt, Lodi, Moonachie, Wallington, Wood-Ridge, South

Hackensack, Little Ferry and East Rutherford assisted on the scene while other units covered at fire headquarters. The Moonachie Rescue Squad fire rehab unit was on scene for rehab. No injuries to occupants were reported. - DAMIEN DANIS

Roselle, NJ. Firefighters battled a stubborn fire on November 11, 2013 that heavily damaged a section of a local trucking business that has been a fixture in town for many years. The Roselle Fire Department was dispatched just before 3:30 a.m. to 144 11th Ave. for a reported structure fire after a passerby noticed smoke pouring out of the building. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and fire showing in a rear storage area of a onestory commercial building. A water supply was established and several hand lines were advanced to the building that sat back off the roadway making access with apparatus a challenge. The fire was battled from a de-

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fensive mode as the fire quickly traveled up into the roof area. The bulk of the fire was extinguished from the ground, but two tower ladders were placed in service to gain access to the roof that was burning in different areas. Several holes were cut in the roof to expose the fire that was running the roof rafters and was extinguished with an elevated master stream and hand lines from below. All visible fire was extinguished in approximately an hour and was declared under control just before 5:00 a.m., but crews remained on scene until sunrise con-

ducting overhaul and hitting remaining hot spots. The building was unoccupied when the blaze started and there were no reported injuries at the scene. The building and the items being stored inside, including a motorcycle were deemed a total loss. Mutual aid fire departments from Cranford, Linden, Elizabeth, Roselle Park and Kenilworth were summoned to assist at the scene, while other Union County fire departments stood by at Roselle fire headquarters during the incident. The cause and origin of the blaze is being investigated by Roselle fire officials. - KEITH ADDIE

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Montclair battles house fire

Tri-State fire in Branchville Branchville, NJ. Firefighters and equipment from three states battled this fire at 15 Mill Street. The Willco Heating Company located in downtown Branchville used the three buildings for supplies and storage. The city water system was stretched to it's limit. Tenders were called to assist with these heavy timber buildings.

A stubborn two alarm fire caused extensive damage to a large home in Montclair on November 17th, but caused no serious injuries.Companies arrived at about 8:30 p.m. at 231 Orange Road to heavy smoke issuing from a large two and a half story frame dwelling. A second alarm was transmitted bringing all Montclair units as well as ladder companies from Bloomfield and Cedar Grove. The fire appears to have originated in the basement and quickly traveled up the walls. An interior attack was initially attempted, but the flames began to show from several areas on all floors and the decision was made to go defensive. All firefighters were withdrawn and a long duration exterior attack was commenced. One ladder pipe and several handlines operated as the fire consumed the attic area and left a large part of the roof missing. After several hours, all visible fire was extinguished and the fire was placed under control. Overhaul went on for much longer.

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Families displaced, pets perish in North Plainfield blaze North Plainfield, NJ. Two families were displaced and three dogs perished on November 17, 2013 after a fast moving blaze ravaged their home, forcing the families to seek temporary shelter. The North Plainfield Fire Department responded to 90 Grandview Ave. around 11:00 a.m. for a reported house fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found flames showing from the alpha and bravo side windows on the first floor. A hand line was advanced through the front door where heavy fire conditions were encountered by the suppression crew. The bulk of the fire was darkened quickly on the first floor, but flames had already extended into the walls and up to the attic of the two and a half story balloon-frame home. Several additional hand lines were stretched to multiple location of the home as fire quickly spread throughout all floors. The flames intensified on the second floor and conditions rapidly deteriorated, forcing all personnel to evacuate the building and switch to a defensive operation. Exterior hand lines surrounded the home and hose streams were directed through windows to extinguish the flames that were now starting to engulf the attic space. North Plainfield Truck 1 set up in the driveway and placed the ladder pipe in service to extinguish the fire that was weakening the roof and causing a partial collapse. The roof rafters started to

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sag and the flames that were consuming the attic eventually broke through. An elevated master stream was used along with exterior hand lines to knock down the fire showing through the roof. Once the majority of the flames were darkened, firefighters continued to chase fire in void spaces for a few hours before the fire was placed under control around 3:00 p.m. Firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time conducting overhaul and extinguishing hot spots throughout. There were no injuries reported at the scene. The American Red Cross was notified to assist the families with temporary shelter. The home was completely gutted and deemed uninhabitable Mutual aid fire departments from Green Brook, Watchung, Plainfield, Warren and Bound Brook assisted at the scene. EMS units from North Plainfield, Green Brook, Watchung, Somerville and JFK Hospital provided rehabilitation for emergency personnel operating at the scene. The cause and origin of the fire is being investigated, but it appears to have started on the first floor. The blaze does not appear to be suspicious and is being ruled as accidental in nature. - KEITH ADDIE



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Woodland Park house fire claims elderly couple Woodland Park, NJ. Just after midnight on October 28th, Woodland Park Police received a report of heavy smoke in the area of Overmount Avenue and Morley Drive. First arriving officers found smoke coming from a home at number 45. Fearing a backdraft, they awaited fire units. Chief of the Department Paul Salomone Jr. transmitted a working fire in a one and a half story residence. He was soon followed by Truck 2, Engine 1 and Engine 3. As smoke pushed from the structure, crews quickly went to work forcing entry into the front door. Firefighters discovered a woman in the living room and pulled her from the home. Two hose lines were advanced as a primary search continued to look for occupants and the fire itself as Engine 4, Rescue 1 and Squad 2 arrived. It was deemed a well involved basement fire as an interior line worked its way downstairs in zero visibility. Search crews operating on the

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second floor found the husband in an upstairs bedroom. He was removed and the couple were administered CPR by firefighters and EMS personnel. Despite the valiant efforts of the first responders, both occupants perished from smoke inhalation in the early stages of the fire. The blaze extended from the basement into a dining room and then the first floor rear kitchen well before entry was made by firefighters. As the flames were extinguished and interior walls were opened up to take care of hot spots, the extensive overhaul began before the fire was placed under control. Little Falls dispatched one engine company to the scene as a second alarm was transmitted, along with Paterson's cascade unit to fill SCBA bottles. Two long time borough residents in their 70's perished in the fire that morning, in a tight knit


community where the West Paterson volunteer fireman and the local residents all know one another, its never easy. It was the first loss in a fire by the department in

many decades. The fire was ruled electrical wiring in basement had started the blaze. Smoke detectors were so melted in the fire it could not be

determined if they were operational. - TODD HOLLRITT

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Funeral held for retired captain Funeral services were held on Friday, October 4, 2013 for Retired Fire Captain Charles W. Thornton. Charles, who served 27 years with the US Air Force and Reserve. He was a retired senior master sergeant and served as a crew chief for the B52 Bombers during the Vietnam War. Charles was associated with Mercerville Chemical Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1 for 43 years and a life member. He served as a career firefighter for 29 years with Hamilton Township Fire District No. 2, Mercerville, and was a retired captain, fire inspector and deputy

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chief of the volunteers. During his service as an active firefighter, he responded to 4411 fire calls. As a volunteer, he served as Captain 12-4 (1985), Captain 12-3 (1986 through 1990), Deputy Chief 12-2 (1991 and 1992), and Deputy Chief 12-1 (1993 through 1996). On the executive side of the fire company, he served as financial secretary, vice president, and president. Charles was a charter member of Hamilton Township Prefessional

Firefighters Association, FMBA Local 84 and later as Fire Officers Local 284. Burial was with full military and fire department honors. Charles was honored with many commendations and the merit award while serving with the USAF. In addition, he received many firefighting awards, including the Valor Award, Distinguished Commitment Award, Driver of the Year, Fireman of the year and many outstanding member awards. - BOB SHERMAN

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Mike Burzichello and team accepting the "People's Choice Award".

Trenton Fire Department Cook-Off Known for their culinary skills, six Trenton Fire Department chefs’ and their teams got together for a friendly cook-off last night to help raise money for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. The event, JUMP TO FILE # hosted by F.M.B.A. 112413101 Local 6 and 206, was held at a local American Legion hall and also served as a qualifier to select a chef, who will represent the department in a state wide cooking competition in December. Friends, family and co-workers came out to support their favorite chef and sample the food prepared by all the teams. The panel of judges consisted of the city council president, a local business owner, and the director of the soup kitchen. In addition, there was the “People’s Choice Award”, where everyone in attendance was able to vote for their favorite dish. Steve Rosati of Rescue Co. No. 1 was chosen as the overall winner with the “People’s Choice Award” going to Mike Burzichello also of Rescue Co. No. 1. The event also raised $3,000 for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. - GARY SZABO

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Fairview Fire Inspector & Battalion Chief Pat Buglione (right) presented the 2013 Fire Prevention Poster Trophy, private school section, to Ms. Verbitski's 3rd grade class members from Our Lady of Grace School. Fire Official John Mesisca (center) looks on.

Awards presented to poster winners The Fairview Fire Prevention Bureau and and Fire Department jointly sponsored their annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest and presented awards to the winners, which included a ride JUMP TO FILE around town on En- #111913100 gine 3 and Truck 2's apparatus, a pizza party, and a trophy presentation. The contest is open to all third grade students of both Public School #3 and Our Lady of Grace School. The students were invited to draw posters reflecting the NFPA fire prevention theme of the year, "Preventing kitchen fires." The winners of this year’s contest from Our Lady of Grace school received their trophy at the November council meeting. The winners from Ms. Verbitski's class are Luca Phillipy, Alexa Cirkinyan and Christopher Martone. The winners from P.S. 3 will receive their trophy at the December council meeting. The winners from Mrs. Tarabokija's class are Eman Muqbel, Iris Mayan and Shirley Vega. The winning posters are on display at the Fairview Public Library. Local fire officials have been very happy with the enthusiasm displayed by third grade students over the years. Fire officials gave lectures in the schools about kitchen fires and how to prevent them. Many parents report that their children bring home what they have learned. And of course, the ride on a fire truck! In speaking of the posters, Fire Official John Mesisca said, "The kids put their hearts and souls into it." - RON JEFFERS

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Cumberland County technical rescue training Bridgeton, NJ. Members of the Cumberland County Technical Rescue Team received special training on trench rescue techniques the last week of October. Thirty-one fire personnel from Bridgeton, Mil- JUMP TO FILE lville, Vineland and #110213112 Wildwood Fire Departments participated in the 40 hour training program held in Bridgeton and hosted by the City of Bridgeton and the Bridgeton Fire Department. Bridgeton Public Works Department dug and backfilled the trenches. Completion of the Awareness Trench Rescue 1 and 2 Program certifies the participants as Trench Rescue Technicians. Only one day was devoted to classroom instruction. The remaining four days were labor intensive hands-on training. The program covered straight trenches, and T and L trenches. According to Paul Shropshire, Chief of Special Operations for Cumberland County, the cost of the training was covered by funds from a Homeland Security Grant and took nearly two and a half years for the application process and scheduling to be finalized before the training took place. Three instructors from Texas A & M Engineering Extension Service provided the training and the county provided a safety officer.


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There’s something about white paint Fire trucks painted white always gave me a clean, pristine impression! I have tried to research the origin of white paint used on fire apparatus but have been unsuccessful. I know that there is always a story behind how apparatus painted different from traditional colors came to be, but white is one of those traditional colors along with red. I dug deep to pick out white apparatus that had never been in this column before. It was not easy because there just are not many white rigs out there today! But, I hope you like these choices. The first two are from Holland Township up in Hunterdon County. They are a Pierce pumper and a tanker. Lawnside Borough in Camden County is next with a KME top mount and a Ferrara quint is next from Freewood Acres in Howell Township (Monmouth County.) East Brunswick of Middlesex County follows suit with a Ward LaFrance antique pumper and an EONE rescue and finally Estell Manor City in Atlantic County is represented by a Grumman pumper. In dealer news, Emergency Equipment Sales & Service LLC reports the following: The delivery of a Sutphen 3500 gallon tanker on a Freightliner SD114 chassis (first of this model chassis for a Sutphen fire apparatus), to the Jacobstown Fire Company, North Hanover Township (Burlington County.) Some specs include a stainless steel body, LED warning light package, Hale 1250 gpm midship pump, two crosslays, rear dump valve, Detroit DD13, 450 hp diesel engine, Zico electric port-a-tank lift and Amdor roll-up compartment doors. They are prepping a Sutphen 4000 gallon elliptical tanker on a Kenworth T-800 chassis for the Forest Grove Fire Company in Franklin Township (Gloucester County.) Specs include a 500 hp Cummins engine, Hale 1500 gpm Side Kick pump with stainless steel plumbing, front discharge, right side four-inch discharge, electric dump vales on sides and rear, stainless steel body, LED warning light package, LED scene light package, hose beds on each side above compartments and custom SCBA compartments in wheel wells. They received an order for a Seagrave custom rescue pumper for the Vincentown Fire Company in Southampton Township (Burlington County.) The vehicle was purchased through the NJ State Contract and features an all stainless steel heavy duty cab, pump, body and sub-structure. The chassis is a Marauder II, 141 inch, full tilt cab with 10 inch raised roof, 24 inch extended bumper, barrier (short) doors, Cummins ISL9, 450 hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax 1500 gpm pump, stainless steel plumbing, 750 gallon water tank, 50 gallon foam tank, Command Light tower above pump, upper compartment storage, rear ladder storage, hydraulic generator, hydraulic reels and Whelen LED warning lights. Woodbridge Township District 12 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 OF THE MONTH A look at what’s new with apparatus around the state with John Malecky

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Freewood Acres Fire Company, Howell Township, 2010 Ferrara Inferno 2000/400/77 ft. with 15 kw generator.

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Holland Townshp E15-3, 2010 Pierce Impel, 1500/1000 with 10 kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Holland Township T-15, 2013 Freightliner/Pierce 750/2200. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Independent Fire Company, East Brunswick, R-84, 1987 Spartan Metro Star/E-ONE with 12 kw generator and air cascade.

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Lawnside Boro E-22, 2005 KME Predator, 1750/750 with 10 kw generator. (Colonia) in Middlesex County ordered a 2000 gpm E-ONE top mount pumper with a 780 gallon water tank on a Cyclone II chassis. West Windsor in Mercer County received an HP-75 quint on a Cyclone IIX chassis and a 2000 gpm pumper with CAFS and a 1280 gallon water tank is being prepped for Montgomery Township District 2 (Somerset County.) Sea Isle City received a Ferrara 1500/500/40 pumper on an International DuraStar chassis with two door cab. Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: For Evesham

in Burlington County an Arrow XT 100 foot platform (no pump) and an Arrow XT 105 foot heavy duty aerial. For Tenafly (Bergen County), an Impel heavy duty rescue with nonwalk-in body. For West Caldwell (Essex County), an Impel pumper, for Clifton (Passaic County) an Arrow XT pumper and for North Plainfield (Somerset County), a Saber pumper. Pierce deliveries include a Velocity PUC, 105 foot aerial to Mendham Borough (Morris County), an Arrow XT PUC pumper to Seaville Fire & Rescue and a Velocity PUC pumper to Town Bank (both Cape May County)

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Estell Manor City E-1253, 1991 Grumman 1250/1200 with 4 kw generator. and to Roseland (Essex County) an Impel PUC pumper. First Priority Emergency Vehicles reports the following ambulance deliveries: Three McCoy Miller Guardian Type II’s on Ford E-350 chassis. Two went to People Transport in Old Bridge (Middlesex County) and one for A & M Medical Transport in Paterson (Passaic County.)

To the Cape May City Fire Department went a Braun Chief XL on a Ford E-450 chassis and to Vernon Township EMS, (Sussex County) went a Braun Signature 4 x 4 on a Ford F-350 chassis. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 58

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The tradition of a tillered ladder at Rutherford Truck Co. 1 has been terminated with the delivery of a 2013 Pierce Arrow XT 100-foot rear-mount model sold by Fire & Safety Services.




Kingwood Twp recently took delivery of a 2013 Freight- Mountainside Engine 2 placed into service a 2013 Sparliner M2-112/KME Eliminator tanker with a 1250 gpm tan ERV 1500-gpm/750-gwt/30-gft pumper sold by pump and 3300 gal tank, sold by 1st Priority Emergency Campbell Supply Co. Vehicles of Manchester, NJ.



Woolwich Fire Company’s Engine/Tender 2513is a 2013 Seaville has accepted delivery of a 2013 Pierce Arrow Deptford Fire Department, Battalion 92 took delivery of E-One engine/tender with 2450 gallons of water, 30 gal- XT/PUC model 1500-gpm rescue-pumper sold by Fire & a 2013 Chevy Tahoe, outfitted with a full led Code 3 light lons of foam, and 2000 gpm pump. Safety Services. bar and LED’s throughout the vehicle.




Logan Township Fire Department, District 18, Station 18- Oakland received a 2013 Pierce Velocity 2000-gpm res- The Jacobstown Fire Company of North Hanover Twp 3 took delivery of a 2012 Rosenbauer 78ft Viper Quint, cue-pumper sold by Fire & Safety Services. recently put into service Utility 4618. Utility 4618 is a on a Spartan Gladiator cab. 2012 Ford F-450/Knapheide 250 gpm and 300 gwt. Work was completed by EES of Trenton NJ.

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Brooklawn Fire Company, Station 34- 4, took delivery of a 2013 KME Panther pumper with a Cummings 375hp diesel motor and an Allison EVS 3000 automatic transmission sold by 1st Priority Emergency Vehicles

The Mendham Borough Independent Hook & Ladder Company placed into service a 2013 Pierce Velocity 1500-gpm/105-foot quint equipped with a Husky Foam System.

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Lakewood Township EMS receives K-9 Oxygen Grant The Lakewood Township Department of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has received a K-9 Grant from the EmmaZen Foundation, California, to purchase four K-9 oxygen kits, valued at $250.00. The pet oxygen masks, used for K-9 injuries of service dogs and personal pets, are special masks that fit over a dog’s snout, providing a high flow of oxygen while trained personnel try to resuscitate the canine animals and service dogs from a fire or from an injury. Scott Carter, EMS Chief, said, “The grant will allow us to standardize each township ambulance and first responder unit with pet rescue kits. The rescue kit provides the medical staff with the ability to provide emergency oxygen therapy to any size animal that becomes injured as the result of a residential fire, high carbon monoxide Readings or in the line of duty with our Medical SRT unit.” These rescue kits will work in conjunction with the medical equipment already on the township ambulances and emergency services support unit (ESSU) to provide high quality resuscitative care to animals in a time of crisis. The EmmaZen Foundation accepts do-

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nations from individuals and businesses. About the EmmaZen Foundation: The EmmaZen Foundation, a national organization, focuses on pet safety and emergency response to service animals (K-9) and personal pets. The Foundation is nationally sponsored and collects donations from individual and business associates who give back to the community in which they live or work. This giveback is because people understand that it is estimated that 92 percent of all dogs and cats will experience an emergency during their lifetime. According to The American Animal Hospital Association, 25 percent more animals could be saved if just one pet first-aid technique were applied prior to them getting professional veterinary care. - SCOTT CARTER

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

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

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

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North Haledon equipped and trained with firefighter escape systems Firefighters with the North Haledon Fire Department were equipped with the Petzl EXO Personal Escape System and the RIT Class 2 Harness. Training was conducted on November 16 and 17 at the Passaic County Fire Academy in Wayne. While most firefighters attended the one day Basic End User training class, several others attended the multi-day Trainthe-Trainer. The new trainers can now provide refresher training to their fellow members and teach the Basic End User class to new firefighters as they join the department. The Firefighter Escape Systems, Harnesses and Training classes were provided by All Hands Fire Equipment & Training based in Neptune.

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Workplace violence prevention for emergency services personnel According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, EMT's are assaulted on the job more often then police officers. Statistics show eight out of every 1000 EMT's will be assaulted this year while working; compared to two out of every 1000 police officers. After situational debriefings and investigations into each incident; we have seen repeated patterns and behaviors and conclude that it was the EMT or paramedic who unknowingly escalated the situation. The current basic and advanced EMT education program does not include the importance of verbal and none verbal communication skills. It also lacks the important message of just how effective empathic listening can be when dealing with potentially hostile patients.

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Scene safety and awareness is drilled into the depths of our souls during EMT school and central communications is great at staging us out of the area until Police arrive and secure the scene. But, what happens when it's just you and your partner in the ambulance transporting a patient; when most assaults occur? In 2012, Lourdes Health System of Burlington County implemented a Crisis Prevention Education program and sent several nurses and EMT's to become Crisis Prevention Institute certified instructors. Lourdes wanted to better prepare and prevent it's EMT's and emergency room nurses

APPARATUS OF THE MONTH A look at what’s new with apparatus around the state with John Malecky

- continued from page 54 The Morris County Sheriff’s Office received a First Priority ESU truck on a Ford F-550 4 x 4 chassis. Ambulance orders include a First Priority Renaissance Remount of a Horton module onto a Ford E-450 chassis for the Meadowlands Hospital EMS in Secaucus (Hudson County) and a First Priority Renaissance Remount of a Braun Chief XL module onto a GMC 4500 chassis for the Lakewood Hatzolah EMS (Ocean County.) Their apparatus division reports two KME orders: For Dennis Township District 2 (Cape May County), a Panther pumper on an MFD chassis with five seat cab and 16 inch raised roof. Specs include a Cummins ISL, 450 hp diesel, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Class 1 Multiplex Electrical System, Whelen NFPA-LED emergency lighting package, Waterous C-20, 2000 gpm single-stage pump with top mount panel, Akron 95 gpm foam educator, 1000 gallon poly tank, 3/16 inch KME Challenger body with roof top compartments, ROM roll-up doors, Zico single arm HD hydraulic ladder rack, Harrison 15 kw hydraulic generator, FRC quartz scene lights and a Command Light “Knight” tower. Also, for Union County, a Custom Works reel truck on a 2014 Freightliner M2-106 two door chassis. Specs include a Cummins 6.7L, 300 hp diesel, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Custom Works aluminum flat bed body, installation of customer supplied hose reels, Federal NFPA-LED emergency lighting system, Audiovox back up camera,underbody aluminum skirt compartments and a Honda 6500 watt gasoline driven generator. This will be the third hose reel truck that Custom Works has built to participate in the Neptune Sys-

tem. The following two vehicles are being prepped for delivery: For the Navasink H & L Company of the Borough of Red Bank (Monmouth County), a 103 foot KME aerial on a Predator chassis with seven seat LFD cab and 10 inch raised roof. Specs include a Cummins ISX12, 500 hp diesel, Allison 4000 EVS transmission, Whelen NFPA-LED lighting package, KME 3/16 inch, aluminum, rear mount ladder body, Onan 35 kw direct drive pto generator, two Hannay 240V cord reels, 240V FRC Spectra LED scene lighting, 4-section KME steel AerialCat straight ladder, Multiplexed ladder operating system, Akron StreamMaster “XT” electric monitor at tip, Store Front Blitz Nozzle and 115 feet of ground ladders. Also for the North Branch Fire Company in Branchburg Township (Somerset County), a 79 foot aerial quint on a Predator MFD chassis with 10 inch raised roof cab. Specs include a Cummins ISL, 450 hp diesel, Allison 300 EVS transmission, Whelen NFPA-LED lighting package, Hale Qmax, 2000 gpm pump 400 gallon water tank, KME 3/16 inch aluminum body, ROM roll-up doors, Onan 10 kw hydraulic generator, 115 feet of ground ladders, 750 pound tip load on aerial and TFT Monsoon electric monitor and nozzle. Campbell Supply Co., LLC delivered to the Mountainside Fire Department in Union County, a Spartan ERV pumper on Gladiator chassis. Specs include a Cummins ISX12, 450 hp diesel, Waterous CSU, 1500 gpm pump, UPF 750 gallon water tank, 30 gallon foam tank, Elkhart 125 gpm, Class “B” in-line foam educator and a Harrison 6 kw generator. - JOHN MALECKY

from becoming part of the statistics. In September of 2013, Lourdes EMS Captain Steve Stevenson and Chief Robert Sposato got the approval from New Jersey OEMS that the Crisis Prevention Program they are certified to teach is worth six CEU for NJ State EMT's. The Crisis Prevention Institutes nonviolent crisis intervention program has been taught to human service providers across the globe. The course is taught to provide for the best possible care, welfare, safety and security of everyone involved in a crisis situation. Participants include health care workers, mental health, education, social welfare, residential services, security, law enforcement and corrections. - STEVE STEVENSON


Vehicle extrication drill Firefighters from the Brookview Volunteer Fire Company in East Brunswick spent time at a recent drill to fine tune skills on vehicle stabilization and extrication. Members rotated through various scenarios that focused on using struts to stabilizing a car on its side as well as roof-removal.


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