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Fully Involved Car Fire in Lodi Lodi, NJ - An early morning car fire in Lodi destroyed one automobile and damaged another before being knocked down by Lodi firefighters. Shortly before 6:30 A.M. on November 27th, the LFD was dispatched to 492 Westminster Place for a car fire.

JUMP TO FILE #112717124 The car was completely involved on arrival, spreading to another parked next to it, and threatening a nearby garage, home,

and a retail building with apartments above. Members from Engine 612 and 615 stretched two lines and had the fire quickly knocked with no extension to any structures. No injuries were reported. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Downe Twp., NJ - Crews on E3901, T3911, R3923 and C3950 responded to Fortescue Road on October 26th for a working structure fire with two exposures; a two-and-a-half story occupied dwelling and a vehicle. Initial companies responding as mutual aid were Station 17 (Cedarville) for tender, Station 16 (Fairton) for cover and Station 11 (Port Norris) for RIC. Cumberland County Dispatch went to a working box because of multiple calls, which brought in additional crews from Station 18 (Dividing Creek) and Station 07 (Bridgeton). Squad 89 was on location for EMS. Crews were able to stop the fire before it entered the dwelling.

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Busy Halloween for Firefighters in Passaic County Passaic County, NJ - Halloween proved to be a busy one this year in Passaic County. Just before 5:30 P.M., Passaic units encountered a heavily involved garage at 11 Allen Street. The garage was set back and there were exposure issues on Parker Ave., but companies were able to contain the fire. No more than 30 minutes later, Clifton transmitted a secondalarm for 430 Clifton Avenue for a two-story private dwelling that was heavily involved on the second-floor. Additional engine companies from Bloomfield and Montclair assisted on scene. Later that evening, around 11:20 P.M., Passaic units fought another garage fire at 43 Ann Street. A quick knockdown kept the fire to the building that was right next to a three-story OMD which had no damage to it.

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California: Garrett Paiz, 38 Rank: Firefighter/Driver Incident Date: October 16, 2017 Death Date: October 16, 2017 Fire Department: CAL FIRE Initial Summary: Firefighter/Driver Garrett Paiz was killed in Napa, California, while operating an empty 1993 Kenworth water tender (tanker) when, according to the California Highway Patrol, the vehicle left the roadway on a curve and crashed through a guardrail down a ravine. Paiz, who died at the scene, was working on the Nuns fire burning in the hills above Oakville and was heading for a water resupply when the crash occurred near the bottom of a steep winding section of roadway called the Oakville Grade. According to initial reports, the roadway was closed for fire operations only at the time of the crash, and no other vehicles were involved. Firefighter/Driver Paiz, a native of the Coachella Valley in Southern California, and a volunteer firefighter with the Noel Fire Department in Missouri, was working as a contract firefighter with CAL FIRE at the time of his passing. The cause of the fatal incident remains under investigation by authorities.

New York: Ronald W. Hinkle, 71 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 17, 2017 Death Date: October 17, 2017 Fire Department: Loch Sheldrake Fire Department Initial Summary: On October 17, 2017, Firefighter Ronald W. Hinkle responded to a motor vehicle accident with the Loch Sheldrake Fire Company #1. Firefighter Hinkle was found later in the day at his home unresponsive. Fellow firefighters and other first responders attempted to revive Hinkle, but all rescue efforts failed. Firefighter Hinkle passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

New Jersey: Edward J. Frenenski , 31 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 23, 2017 Death Date: October 23, 2017 Fire Department: Stanhope Hose Company 1 Initial Summary: Firefighter Edward J. Frenenski was participating in vehicle extrication training during a fire department drill at the county fire training academy. While performing a practical evolution, he suffered an apparent seizure, and was immediately treated by FD and EMS personnel on scene. He subsequently went into cardiac arrest while being transported to a local hospital, and CPR was initiated. Hospital emergency room staff continued with life-saving measures to no avail. Firefighter Frenenski, a life-saving organ donor at the time of his passing, was pronounced deceased approximately 2.5 hours later.

New York: David E. Carr, 62 Rank: Firefighter-Operator Incident Date: November 3, 2017 Death Date: November 4, 2017 Fire Department: Brasher - Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter-Operator David E. Carr responded with his fire department on a mutual aid call to an industrial fire of 5,800 tons of burning wood pellets inside of a large metal warehouse. Firefighters, with the aid of the company president who brought in an excavator from another work site to tear down the walls and roof of the building, worked through the night to bring the fire under control. After being released from the scene, Firefighter-Operator Carr returned with his fire department to the firehouse to clean and put away equipment. Firefighter-Operator Carr then departed for home, where, later in the morning, he succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.


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Ridgefield Honors Fallen Firefighter Heroes UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

During the early morning hours of October 15, 1967, some 150 firefighters from the East Bergen area of Bergen County responded to a bowling alley fire on Anderson Avenue in Cliffside Park. Flames were racing across the lanes. As fire began to consume the entire structure, five firefighters from bordering Ridgefield were operating in an alley. Forty minutes into the alarm, there was a sudden roar of falling bricks that crushed these volunteer firefighters. Suddenly, five wives and 15 children didn't have a husband and a father. On the 50th anniversary of this tragedy, Ridgefield and Cliffside Park volunteer firefighters gathered at a firefighter's memorial, at Propect & Linden Avenues in Ridgefield, along with family, friends and area firefighters, to honor these brave men. “Their sacrifice will never be forgotten,” said Ridgefield Chief of Department Pete O'Connor. Officials placed wreaths at the monument and fire bell representing the five members. They were: Chief Gustave Genschon, ex-Chief James Lauria, and Firefighters Dominick Acquafaedda, James Edwards and Harry Brown. All but the chief were members of Company 2. On the morning of the fire, local resident Patti Stevens heard the commotion and walked to the fire. She witnessed the horror of what had happened and teary-eyed firefighters. As a singer and a poet, she went home and began to write a poem in memory of the fallen members called “Five Beneath A Wall.” Now in her 80's, she was escorted to the memorial by retired North Hudson Regional FD Battalion Chief Mike Oriente, a life-long friend. She was honored to read her poem to all in attendance. After the ceremony, which included bagpipes and a final alarm radio transmission, a procession of firefighters and apparatus proceeded to the local little league field, known

as the Five Firemen's Field, for a rededication and a softball game between Ridgefield and Cliffside Park firefighters. During the memorial ceremony, Bergen County Executive James Tedesco spoke to the assembly. Tedesco, himself, is a volunteer firefighter in Paramus. “This is what we do every day: We don't think about not coming home, we think about going to the fire and protecting people and their property. But we need to have a day like today to remember what those five firefighters gave.” “FIVE BENEATH A WALL,” by Poet Patti Stevens. A siren screeches through the night An urgent piercing call, All firemen rush to a flaming site Five fall beneath a wall.

The sky is filled with bright red flames That spell out Gus, Harry, Dominick and echoes James. One could almost hear as God made his call To the five beneath a wall. Each man was a husband, father of a child or two. Each was loved and respected, probably known by me and you. They will live on forever-in our hearts Standing straight and tall, And surely never to be forgotten These five beneath a wall.

Each time that you hear a siren That call out our men in blue, As you watch the engines rush through the night, Whisper a prayer or two. Ask God to protect those near and dear who answer every call, So that we may never see again FIVE BENEATH A WALL.

DOWNS: Edward J. Frenenski, 31, an active member of Stanhope Hose Co. 1, suffered a medical emergency, Oct. 23rd, as he took part in a vehicular extrication drill and died. Firefighter Frenenski had been an active member of the department since 2005. UPS: The Avalon V.F.D. voted to

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Ridgefield chiefs place a wreath at the firemen's memorial.

Poet Patti Stevens reads her poem, "Five Beneath A Wall," to the memorial assembly.

posthumously name John Ferguson IV the Assistant Chief of Department, in October. “The members of the Avalon Volunteer Fire Department wanted to recognize John for is achievements, his spirit of volunteerism that will endure in the Department for generations to come,” said Chief Ed Dean. Ferguson was named AVFD Firefighter of the Year in 2016. He passed away on Oct. 17th. DOWNS: The family-owned Schneider's Restaurant, serving customers since 1960 in Avon-by-the-Sea, was seriously damaged by a fire in October. UPS: Trenton firefighters rescued two dogs and a cat from a 3-alarm fire on Hamilton Ave., Oct. 28th. There were no occupants at home when the fire started, officials said. DOWNS: A Trenton ladder company and a Hamilton engine company collided at Passaic & Calhoun St.'s, Trenton, Oct. 28th., while both were responding to an alarm activation call. Eight firefighters from the two companies were all taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for observation and later released with nonlife-threatening injuries, officials said. The two pieces of apparatus were taken out-of-service. UPS: Firefighters from Annandale and Lebanon fire companies worked to rescue a doe that was trapped in a covered well, near Cokesbury Califon Rd., Nov. 4th. With the assistance of Clinton Twp. Police, the members used ropes and a stokes basket and freed the doe in about 45 minutes. DOWNS: Several Newark firefighters were injured while battling a 3-alarm fire involving two buildings on Sherman Ave., Nov. 1st. One captain suffered smoke inhalation and another was involved in a stairway collapse and was removed from the building by fellow firefighters. One firefighter received burns and another injured his ankle. All members were treated and released from the hospital, officials said. UPS: At the Brigantine City Council meeting of Nov. 1st, FF/EMT's Thomas Bordonaro Jr. and Chase Malia received a special presentation for their assistance in the emergency

delivery of a baby in the back of an ambulance, Sept. 22nd. DOWNS: A 76-year-old man was found dead behind the Nottingham Fire Company quarters, Nov. 1st. The man died of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. UPS: In November, the Allentown Borough Council approved the fulltime employment of two “Firefighter/Drivers” with Hope Fire Co. 1. The company is located on Route 526 in Upper Freehold Twp. and serves Allentown and UFT. The new employment was also approved by the township committee in Upper Freehold Twp. The new full-time firefighters are Kevin Hrudewsky and Patrick Donoher. DOWNS: Eleven people, including a Jersey City firefighter, were treated for carbon monoxide exposure, Oct. 26th, at a Harrison Ave., 16-family apartment building. Officials say a malfunctioning boiler may have been what caused the exposure. UPS: Two Ocean Twp. patrol officers rescued a child in a crib and another sleeping family member from a burning Maidenstone Dr. home on Nov. 7th. The officers spotted smoke around 3:35 a.m., officials said. P.O.'s Chris Clune and Arthur Barnek encountered the homeowner holding a small child and indicated that there was another child in an upstairs bedroom. Barnek ran upstairs and retrieved the child from her crib and went outside to safety. Clune began a search of the first-floor and found a sleeping family member and brought her outside, Lt. Timothy Torchia said. DOWNS: Thirty-one people were displaced after a fire involved several dwellings on E. 22nd St., Paterson, Nov. 6th. UPS: Newly appointed Jersey City firefighters are: J. Porcelli, M. Knaus, J. Decristofaro, B. Rodriguez, A. DelPiano, J. parreno, B. Knittle, H. Ortez, R. baldanza, M. Laurie, J. Delesky, T. Broderick, J. Zaucha, C. Pittaro, G. Domecq, F. Trombette, W. Stankiewicz, M. Gatti, J. Benitez, A. Lucero, D. Knaus, J. Rodriguez, K. Suthammanot, R. Wagner, B. Petillo, C. Green and M. Mullane. DOWNS: A 57-year-old woman

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spent over two hours in an abandoned underground septic tank before being rescued on Nov. 16th, police said. The Mullica resident fell 10-feet through a rotted cover into the tank and it took about 30-minutes for her son to hear her screaming, officials said. First responders began the process of removing her using ropes and braces. Fire units from the Nesco and Elwood sections of Mullica, plus Atlantic City, responded to the scene. The victim was flown to AtlantiCare Regional M.C., Atlantic City, to be treated. UPS: Volunteer firefighters of East Windsor Fire Co. 2 are celebrating 40years of service. Dick Cunningham, director of information for the company, created a 30-minute documentary telling the story of the department and its volunteers. The program has aired on Comcast channel 27 and Verizon channel 38. It can also be viewed online at the East Windsor Vol. Fire Co. 2 Facebook page. DOWNS: A 29-year-old off duty Jersey City firefighter was killed in an early morning MVA on Paterson Plank Road, Nov. 16th. Firefighter Matthew Nierstedt, a decorated US Navy veteran, was a backseat passenger in a vehicle involved in the two-car crash. His father is a retired JCPD deputy chief and an uncle, Rich Nierstedt, is a retired fire captain. UPS: John Hendershott has been promoted to fire captain in Vineland. New lieutenants are Michael Feaster and Terrence McManus. DOWNS: A fire caused by an exhaust fan in the bathroom of a River Rd. building, in Garfield, displaced residents living above the River Cafe & Grill, Nov. 15th. The second-floor fire extended into the attic. UPS: Dan Sullivan has been promoted to fire chief in Livingston. DOWNS: Seven people, including four firefighters were injured in a fire that ripped through a 3-story dwelling on S. 18th Ave., Newark, Nov. 20th. Firefighters rescued four people from the home, officials said. The injured firefighters were taken to University Hospital for treatment of what was considered minor injuries. - Continued on Page 14


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Paterson Ends Drought With Three-Alarm Vacant Dwelling Fire Paterson, NJ - With more than a month passing without a multiple alarm and very few working fires, Paterson faced a job that required a third-alarm response on October 31st. JUMP TO FILE# At about 2:00 110217102 A.M., multiple calls were received for a fire at the intersection of Auburn and Godwin. First arriving units were faced with heavy fire in the rear of a two-and-a-half story frame vacant dwelling extending to a similar occupied structure. A second-alarm was sounded. After the two residents of the occupied home were accounted for, and as conditions deteriorated, operations went defensive with one tower ladder, one ladder pipe and several handlines put into service. The flames were knocked down and the fire was able to be placed under control before 4:00 A.M. Both structures were severely damaged, but no injuries were reported. The cause is being investigated, but it is known that the fire started in the rear of the vacant building. - BILL TOMPKINS

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RVFD Junior Fire Academy.

ALAN HYMAN (RIVERDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT)

Riverdale Volunteer FD Successfully Hosts First Annual Junior Firefighter Academy Riverdale, NJ - Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department successfully hosted its first annual Junior Firefighter Academy on Saturday, October 21st at the firehouse. The Academy was attended by 11 recruits who are in grades 4 through 8. They were instructed and practiced on how to use a fire extinguisher, what it's like to use a fire hose, what to expect should they be involved in a fire and what to do. The fire simulation was done by smoking up an office (non-toxic theatric smoke was used). The recruits were instructed on checking the door for heat and smoke. They were

JUMP TO FILE #110217103 taught to use a second exit if available, and what a firefighter can use a hose for other than dousing water on the fire. If a firefighter enters a building and has trouble finding his way out, the firefighter can follow the hose back to the entrance. Riverdale Fire Department would like to thank the Pompton Lakes-Riverdale First Aid squad for attending the Academy and working with the recruits. During the week leading up to Jr. Fire Academy, Riverdale Fire Department also par-

ticipated in two additional activities. The department visited the Riverdale Elementary School and explained to the students the need to always have two ways out. The department also showed the children Squad 33 and gave them the opportunity to climb through the truck. The department also set up an exhibition at Home Depot in Riverdale and spoke to the children as they visited and handed out fire prevention information. Riverdale Fire Department will hold its next Fire Academy sometime in 2018. - ALAN HYMAN

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Sunday Morning Crash With Overturned SUV in Beachwood Beachwood, NJ - At approximately 10:45 A.M. on October 22nd, the Beachwood Fire Department, Police Department and First Aid Squad responded to a motor vehicle collision at Birch and Surf involving one vehicle on its side. As emergency units arrived, it was found that passing motorists stopped and safely assisted the occupant out of the overturned vehicle. Fire Department personnel secured the vehicles and removed hazards while the first aid treated the injured. Fire Police assisted with traffic control as the Beachwood Police investigated the accident.

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Newark FD Graduates 46th Recruit Class

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It looks like the Saddle River Fire Department's first aerial ladder apparatus has a new "truckee"? The "new member" and the new Spartan truck attended the Wallington F.D. Christmas parade on Nov. 25th.

Newark, NJ - The Newark Fire Department held a graduation ceremony on October 10, 2017 for its 46th Recruit Class. This class was the largest hired in the NFD’s history with 67 new Probationary Firefighters making it to graduation. With the exception of Live Burns, the class was trained completely at the Newark FD Training Academy by Newark Firefighters and Officers. Forty of these new Firefighters are being funded by a Federal SAFER Grant.


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UPS AND DOWNS - CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8

UPS: A new Willingboro firehouse will be built on the same corner where the current 60-year-old building stands at Chatleston Rd. & Kennedy Way. The building will soon be demolished and replaced by a 41,000-square-foot facility that will hold fire and EMS units. DOWNS: A 5-alarm fire displaced residents from 12 apartments on Ridgley Pl., Weehawken, Nov. 21st. Two police officers suffered smoke inhalation while evacuating residents. The fire involved three attached buildings and was described as “very labor intensive” by Fire Director Jeff Welz. UPS: In November, the Newark F.D. officers union distributed over 150 American made coats to the children of Louise Spencer Elementary School as part of Operation Warm. DOWNS: An adult and child were sent to the hospital after escaping from a dwelling fire on Linden Ave., Pleasantville, Oct. 24th. UPS: Students from Compass School House and Light Bridge both sent posters to the Westfield Fire Department, in November, to reach out and thank local firefighters for their service. DOWNS: Two offices in the Dorothy McNish Parent Center on Prospect Ave., Asbury Park, were

damaged by a fire on Nov. 4th.

UPS: Bill Killinger has been a volunteer firefighter in Cliffside Park since 1984. The holiday season is his special time of year. Killinger, also the president of the department, makes it his goal to have local firefighters celebrate the holidays and provide local children and seniors with Holiday cheer. The borough Parks Department employee sees that not only the rigs, but the firehouse and other borough areas are decked out for the season. Killinger sets up the schedules and handles the costumes worn by members during the fall events. Besides visiting hospitals and senior centers, he and fellow firefighters participate in parades. A Friday night-Saturday afternoon parade covers every street in the borough, including the many dead-end streets. Santa and his helpers pass out candy to awaiting children and parents. This is followed by the North Hudson firefighters parade down Bergenline Avenue. In addition, “Captain Christmas” (as labeled by this writer) takes Santa and company to several area high rise residential buildings to visit kids and their families. Not only Killinger, but many members of the CPFD take these holiday activities seriously and enjoy the exhausting schedule.

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Cliffside Park Firefighter Bill Killinger, a.k.a. Captain Christmas (second from left-standing), and his Christmas helpers, decorate apparatus and the firehouse for the upcoming Holiday events, in November.

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Several northern Hunterdon County Fire Companies responded to a Level 3 Box Alarm on Cherryville Hollow Rd., in Raritan Twp., on November 24th. The two-story garage building was fully involved upon arrival of firefighters.

Working Structure Fire in Raritan Twp. Raritan Twp., NJ – At 5:10 P.M. on November 24th, Fire Companies from northern Hunterdon County were dispatched to a Level 3 Box Alarm at a property on Cherryville Hollow Road in the Township. The initial dispatch advised that there was a barn fire. Township Police were first to arrive on scene, informing County Communications of the exact location of the fire. Incident Commander, Fire Chief Kevin Saharic (Lebanon Boro), was among the first firefighters to arrive on the scene and reported to communications a fully involved, large twostory garage. The building had a footprint of about 2500-squarefeet. Quakertown's Engine 91, one of the first engines on location, laid a six-inch supply line over 500-feet up the driveway to the fireground from the street. There are no fire hydrants in that area, so the South Tanker Task-Force was activated to supply water for the firefighting efforts. Arriving tender/tankers connected to a siamese wye adapter that was connected to the end of the six-inch supply line. The wye is equipped with flapper valves, allowing two tenders to alternate hook into the supply line at

JUMP TO FILE #112917100 the street level, maintaining a constant flow of water into the sixinch supply line. This is the same wye adapter discussed in Story #102517119, “North Hunterdon Fire Alliance Holds Rural Water Supply Drill at Quakertown’s Firehouse,” and the Drills/Training feature in the December issue of 1st Responder Newspaper. The tankers were filling up by the Hunterdon Medical Center where a "fill engine" was set up at a hydrant on Wescott Drive. From there, they ferried water back to the scene. Firefighters conducted an exterior attack from the very beginning due to the magnitude of the fire. Hand lines, along with master streams were in use on all four sides of the building. The size of the driveway prevented the use of aerial trucks. The tenders/tankers were filling up by the Hunterdon Medical Center where a "fill engine" was set up at a hydrant on Wescott Drive. From there, they ferried water back to the scene. The fill

site was located about a mile from the fire scene. Firefighters were on location for several hours before the fire was declared out, performing overhaul operations. Cherryville Hollow Road was closed to normal traffic in the area of the fire. Responding to the fire were Raritan Township PD (Patrol 21), Raritan Township FD (Station 21), Quakertown Fire Co. (Station 91), Lebanon Boro FD’s RIT Team (Station 18), Felmington-Raritan Rescue Squad (Rescue 46), Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad’s REHAB (Rescue 45), and Hunterdon County Fire Coordinators (Station 86). Tenders from the following companies responded as part of the taskforce: Quakertown Fire Co. (Station 91), Kingwood FD (Station 16), Stockton FD (Station 23), Sergeantville Fire Co. (Station 47), East Amwell FD (Station 48), and Bucks County, PA Station 46. The following companies were called up for cover assignments: Clinton FD’s Tower Ladder 45, Three Bridges Fire Co.’s Engine 33, and High Bridge Fire Co.’s Engine 14. - RICHARD MAXWELL


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Paterson Multiple Alarm Displaces 31 Residents Paterson, NJ - A three-alarm fire tore through one vacant and two occupied homes on November 6th, leaving 31 residents of the two occupied structures homeless, but causing no serious injuries. The initial dispatch was at about 6:30 A.M. for a fire JUMP TO FILE# at 661 E. 22nd 110617126 Street. Heavy fire was venting out of the original fire building and extending to the exposure buildings on both sides as companies arrived. A second-alarm was transmitted, followed shortly after by a third. Members worked to evacuate all the residents and set up water supplies to supply the elevated master streams and multiple hand lines. Initially, two people were unaccounted for, but were later located. The heavy fire was knocked down in about one hour, but heavy smoke hung low and prompted “smell of smoke” calls in Paterson and neighboring communities. A collapse zone was set up as several interior and roof collapses occurred. No serious injuries were reported. The original fire building is slated to be torn down, and the occupants of the exposure buildings will be displaced for an extended period of time. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Forked River Engine 6001 is still in service. It is a 1988 Pierce Dash with 1000-GPM pump and 750-gallon water tank. The cab is the early design of the Dash. The vehicle is quartered at their sub station. DAMIEN DANIS

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Manalapan Engine 26-2-77 is a 1989 Hahn 1500-GPM/1000-GWT model that still serves the community.

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The Marlboro Township Fire Company 1 still maintains this 1987 Hahn 92, 1500/3000 pumper/tanker.

At the Manalapan Township Fire Company 1, this 1989 Hahn pumper/tanker 26-2-95 is still in service. It has a Model 92 chassis, a 1500-GPM pump, 3000-gallon water tank and a 7.5-kw generator. JOHN M. MALECKY

Garfield, NJ - At 8:42 P.M. on the evening of November 14th, Garfield Police started to receive calls for a fire at 324 River Drive. As police units confirmed a working fire, companies were disJUMP TO FILE# patched. Arriving chiefs 111517110 found heavy fire on the top floor of a building that housed the River Café and Grill with dwellings on the upper floors. The fire, which was on the second-floor, extended to the attic area of the building. A general alarm confirming the fire was re-dispatched. As heavy fire took control of the top floor, a second-alarm was struck, bringing out of town assistance to the scene. Reports to command stated that there were firearms and ammunition on the fire floor. Engine 5 put their deck gun in operation to knock down the heavy fire so that an interior attack could be made. At one point, fire vented through the roof but firefighters kept an interior attack to knock down the heavy fire. The fire got into the walls used to support the rafters of the attic and extended back through the roof. Chief EJ Morano stated that companies had it under control within an hour-and-a-half. Mutual aid from Saddle Brook, Lodi, Elmwood Park and Wallington assisted on scene while out of town companies from Rochelle Park, Maywood, Wallington and Elmwood Park covered firehouses. The Saddle Brook Vol. Ambulance Corps fire rehab unit also assisted on scene. The fire was found to be caused by an exhaust fan on the second-floor and quickly extended

to the top floor. The second-floor residents of a home were displaced, but no injuries were reported. Thank you to Chief Morano for assistance with this article, includ-

ing information and access to the fire scene. - DAMIEN DANIS

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Closter unit 751's Chevy is ready for the Wallington Christmas parade.

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After Jersey City re-established Rescue Co. 1, a spare rescue truck was put together using a 1976 Mack former pumper that saw duty with Eng. Co.'s 2 and 22. In 1993, Island Body Works reconfigured the rear into a squad style truck.

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New Milford's Chevy chief's unit is decked out in holiday lights.

Fair Lawn's Ford has a reindeer bringing up the rear.

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This spare rescue resembled rescue and emergency squad trucks that were popular in around the 1930's through the 1960's, with open rear area.

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LAKELAND EMS

Plaque unveiling. (L to R): Past Chiefs Rourke Day and Debbie Reidmiller, reading the plaque. President Matt Jones looking on.

Lakeland Emergency Squad Dedicates Building in Memory of Past Chief E. Scott Danielson, EMT CPM

North Hudson firefighters wet down an area of the Palisades cliffs along Boulevard East, West New York, during a brush fire, November 25th.

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North Hudson firefighters, using equipment and lumber from the department's USAR Shoring Unit, stabilized a 20th Street dwelling in Union City, Nov. 14th, that an elderly man accidentally drove into.

Andover Twp., NJ - On Friday evening, October 27, 2017, the Lakeland Emergency Squad, which serves Andover Borough and Township, and Byram Township in Sussex County, ded- JUMP TO FILE# icated Station #2 in 110217101 Andover Township in memory of Past Chief E. Scott Danielson, EMT CPM. Scott succumbed to a heart attack while completing an MVA call on January 16, 2016. He was Lakeland’s first Line-Of-Duty-Death in the 77year history of the squad. He was 49-years-old and served the squad for 35 years, rising to chief in 2015. He was recognized by the National EMS Memorial in May of 2017. The dedication ceremony, emceed by Squad President Matt Jones, EMT, began with the raising of colors by squad sponsored Troop/Venture Crew #276, the National Anthem sung by Sussex County Community College vocalist Julia Richards and invocation by Chaplain Carl Lazzaro, EMT, Fredon Fire/Rescue. The president introduced state and local officials who attended. Of Scott, President Jones said: “This dedication will never compare to what Scott gave to his community, but it will allow us to immortalize what he meant to his squad, his family and his community…that Scott embodied what it meant to be an EMT.” Chief John Cubberly, EMT, introduced Scott’s family. The accident victim and daughter, Alycia Danielson, thanked Lakeland and the over 80 people attending for the honor for her dad. Scott’s father, Past Chief Skip Danielson, EMT, echoed Alycia and stated how much he missed Scott. Trustees/EMTs/Past Chiefs Debbie Reidmiller and Rourke Day unveiled a large plaque af-

fixed to the station. Debbie read the plaque with fervor. Chaplain Lazzaro gave a benediction and Piper Dennis Ryan, MICP, closed the ceremony with ‘Amazing Grace.’ Taps were played by Eagle Scout Christopher Rozek of Troop/Venture Crew #276. Scott was also an Eagle Scout through Explorer Post #231 and Troop #276. Scott’s career work was in emergency telecommunications. He rose to the rank of captain/director of the Warren County 9-1-1 Center after working for Hopatcong, Bernardsville, Morris County and NJSP in communications. He was a

talented telecommunications and fire police instructor, wildland firefighter with the Forest Fire Service, Andover Borough firefighter and borough councilman and OEM coordinator. He also regularly wrote for 1st Responder News. Attending the ceremony were: EMS personnel from Lakeland, Newton and Allamuchy-Green; firefighters from Andover Borough and Township, Byram Township, FDNY and the NJFFS as well as members of the Andover, Byram and Newton Police Departments. - ESKIL S.DANIELSON

Attendees included family members and a portion of the uniformed services personnel. LAKELAND EMS

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ALL IN THE FAMILY

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Brothers and sister of Harris Gardens Fire Co. (Union Beach, NJ), at a recent LDH Pipe Line Drill held in Long Branch, NJ.


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Arbor Hose Fire Rescue of Piscataway Township (Middlesex County) placed into service this as Tac1, a 2017 Ford F-550XL/Toyne midi pumper which doubles as a rapid intervention unit. It has a 4x4 chassis with a five-seat cab. The rear has a slide out tray for RIT equipment, rope bags, swift water rescue equipment, a K-12 saw, and four SCBA cylinders. It has a Hale DSD, 1000-GPM pump, two 1 ¾-inch crosslays, three-inch supply hose, UPF 300-gallon water and 25-gallon Class “B” foam tanks and an Akron 125-GPM foam system. Other inventory includes a Honda 6.5-kw gas generator mounted on top of the body, a Stokes litter, back boards, hose fittings, five donut roles of hose, Amkus rescue tools, Paratech airbags, cribbing and SCBA.

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Neighbors Alert Firefighters to Dumont House Fire Dumont, NJ - Dumont residents alerted firefighters Wednesday night, November 1st, when they noticed smoke showing from a vacant home across the street. Shortly after 10:00 P.M., Dumont firefighters were requested to the home across the street from 66 Romano Drive for smoke coming from the residence. Upon arrival of 210 (Chief Molinaro), a Working Fire was transmitted for smoke coming from the second-floor. Engine 3 arrived on scene and stretched a one-and-three-quarter inch line through the front door as Engine 5 secured a water supply and fed Engine 3. As firefighters entered the house, fire began self-venting through the roof. Crews pulled ceiling just inside the front door

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Arbor Hose Tac-1, 2017 Ford F-550XL/Toyne 1000/300/25B with 6.5 kw generator. It doubles as a RIT response vehicle.

and encountered heavy fire in within the kneel wall above the stairwell. Firefighters were able to quickly douse the fire and truck company members laddered the roof to open up. The fire was knocked down within 15 minutes, however firefighters remained on scene for several hours with overhaul and checking for any further extension. No injuries were reported. Mutual Aid from Tenafly, Cresskill and Bergenfield assisted on scene while New Milford and Haworth covered the town. The fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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Do You See What I See? by Chief Joel Miller

During this holiday season, social media should be a routine part of your department's holiday functions. This is a great time to showcase what your department is doing during this holiday season. Most departments are very active in the community during this time of year and your tax paying citizens would love to know that your department is spreading that ewell tide cheer. Below are just a few ideas of postings that can let your community see what you see.

-Crews having Christmas dinner. -Departments having their picture taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. -Videos of your department participating in a community food drive. -Live broadcast on social media promoting your department's toy drive. -Show off your department’s Christmas decorations. -Christmas parade pictures. -Building snowmen.

-Decorating the fire station. -Decorating the Christmas tree. -Showcase Santa Claus arriving to your town on the fire truck. -Post a demonstration video of how fast a dry christmas tree burns. -Videos where your crew members share holiday safety tips. -Videos of how to properly deep fry a turkey.

Using your crew members in safety tip videos allows your department to become a familiar face in the community. No matter how your department celebrates this holiday season, make sure you share all of the positive things your department does on social media for your community and others around the world to see. TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR DEPARTMENT AND ALL OF THE AMAZING THINGS YOU DO.

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East Orange Battles Early Morning Multiple East Orange, NJ - Shortly before dawn on October 31st, East Orange firefighters worked to keep heavy fire in two structures from spreading further. At about 6:15 A.M., the EOFD was dispatched to 115 Hollywood Avenue. Heavy fire in the rear of a two-and-a-half story frame dwelling was spreading to similar structures very close on both sides. An urgent request was quickly

JUMP TO FILE #110217106 made for a Signal 9 from adjacent Newark to respond as well as an additional FAST team from Orange to the scene. Flames jumped to the exposure building and soon, heavy fire was venting from the rear upper floors and attic of two frames.

All companies continued to operate offensively and were able to hold the fire from advancing further. Large trees, both in the front and rear, hampered access for ladders. Within about one hour, all heavy fire was knocked down and mutual aid units were able to be released after 8:00 A.M. There were no immediate reports of injuries. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Newark Fire Handles Three-Alarm Blaze Newark, NJ - On November 1st, Newark Fire responded to 150 Sherman Ave. and found a vacant two-and-a-half story frame heavily involved with fire extending to exposure "D," a large occupied three-story, three-family private dwelling. This fire went to a third-alarm, requiring about 70 firefighters to bring it under control. Four injuries occurred at this job. All injured members were treated and released.


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Santa works his way through the crowd, waving and shaking hands along his way to the Christmas tree in downtown Clinton during the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on November 24th.

Santa Arrives in Downtown Clinton Beachwood Handles on “Lulubelle” Parkway Car Fire BEACHWOOD VOL. FD

Beachwood, NJ - At approximately 4:00 P.M. on October 21st, the Beachwood Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle fire on the Garden State Parkway. Upon arrival, a heavily involved engine fire was found that had progressed into the passenger compartment. The incident occurred near Exit 80 and the fire was quickly extinguished with no reported injuries. The New Jersey State Police and Beachwood First Aid assisted at the scene.

Clinton, NJ – On Friday evening, November 24th, Santa arrived on Main Street aboard "Lulubelle," Clinton Volunteer Fire Department’s 1926 American LaFrance Pumper. They were escorted by an engine and other support vehicles with sirens blasting. Kids and adults alike waved to Santa as he approached the crowd at the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Santa climbed down off the rig and started to work his

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way through the crowd, waving and shaking hands along his way to the newly lit tree. Santa posed for photos with children and family members in front of the tree. A few kids took the opportunity to sneak a whisper to Santa letting him know what they wanted for Christmas this

year. Once everyone had a chance to see him, Santa climbed back up on Lulubelle so that Firefighter Bill Wintermute could drive him back to the North Pole. Santa was waving goodbye to everyone as they rode away. This is an annual event put on by the Clinton Guild and the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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Pink Heals for Breast Cancer Awareness

Numerous “Pink Heals” vehicles from Bergen and Passaic Counties, as well as one from the Westport, CT police department gathered under the pink lights of the George Washington Bridge on October 28th to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October.

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Firefighter Bill Wintermute drives Santa back to the North Pole on Lulubelle after his visit in downtown Clinton during the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.


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The Mary Christmas Chaplain's Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

Bible verse: Luke 1:46 And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, v47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. v48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. v49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. The words “I’m pregnant” never fails to attract attention. As a husband, a father and grandfather I’ve heard them spoken several times – three times by my wife and seven times by my own children. Usually when we hear these words “I’m pregnant” there is happiness attached to it. But not always: Sometimes it’s said in fear and uncertainty – perhaps the wrong time in life or an insecure future. Sometimes in anger, because the relationship occasioning the pregnancy carries with it the likelihood of becoming abandoned and having to face it alone and it becomes embittering. From joy to guilt, or from “happy to be” to “what will happen to me,” the full spectrum of emotions surrounds pregnancy. As you read the account of Mary, you’ll find that even in a drab, uninviting town called Nazareth, God brings a miracle. As proven over and over again, there is no place you can be in life where God’s grace can’t find you. The story of Mary is a story of how God is able to bring life into the most barren settings and bring hope into the most unpromising situations in your life. There’s no doubt the most popular Christian theme of Christmas is the birth of Jesus. But have we overlooked another miracle? Another truth of this whole picture is that God Himself can birth miracles in us as a way of life. The Christian life is one of miracles. The point: Just as God blessed Mary, he will bless us. You may say: “But there’s only one Jesus born.” Yes, that was Mary’s time – now it’s our time. There’s something inside of us just waiting to be birthed. A miracle, a blessing. The nativity is a story of people getting pregnant. Regardless of gender, age or circumstance – we are all pregnant! Pregnant with a miracle. This is what happens when the Mary Christmas is embraced by all of us. Heaven is still waiting to pour promise into earth’s most unlikely places. Are you in a place where it seems like nobody knows where

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you are? Or, are you doing relatively well but need a boost of spirit (renewing/refreshing). In any case, you are a prime candidate for a Mary Christmas. The God who chose a virgin girl as the avenue through whom He would miraculously give us the greatest gift of all - a Savior, is still at work today. In marriages, in child rearing, in hearts and minds, in business, relationships and even retirement. Where life or love, hope or strength, promise or patience have disappeared (or never been there in the first place), God comes to offer the Mary Christmas Miracle. Qualifying for a Mary Christmas doesn’t require a self-accomplished goodness. It only calls us to be open to a God-appointed grace.

Have a Merry Mary Christmas, Pastor Fernando Villicana, Fire Service Chaplain

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Rutherford Engine 4, a 2005 Pierce Arrow XT, prepares to put a deck gun in operation at a four-alarm brush fire in the Meadowlands in neighboring Carlstadt.


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The Beachwood crew operating at a structure fire in the East Dover section of Toms River on November 13th.

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Santa takes time out to pose for a photo with his helpers from Clinton Volunteer FD in downtown Clinton during the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on November 24th.

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Clinton Twp., NJ – The Lebanon Boro Fire Department (Station 18) conducted a nighttime live burn drill at the Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center on October 2, 2017. They performed hose advancement drills with teams of firefighters entering the building with charged handlines to extinguish fires that were burning in the smoke house. Separate runs were done for fires on the first and second floors. Addi-

tionally, they laddered the building to practice ventilation techniques utilizing existing windows in the building. Instructors form the training center were on hand to set up the scenarios, monitor the firefighters’ actions, and provide feedback after each run. Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad (Rescue 45) had a BLS unit standing by on the fire ground during the drill. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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Paterson, NJ - A two-alarm fire that originated as a brush fire before extending to trailers and a commercial building was controlled before any serious structural damage was sustained on November 4th. Fire units were dispatched to E. 31st Street and the NYSW tracks for a report of a brush fire at about 9:00 P.M. First-in units arrived to a large brush and rubbish fire that extended along the tracks for about 100-feet and was extending to a row of trailers that were

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fight the flames and check for extension. Command was quickly informed that the substances in the drums were not harmful. Members moved in and extinguished the fire in the trailers. Lines were also advanced into the large commercial building, but after the structure was able to be vented, the fire extension proved to be minimal. The fire was placed under control at about 11:00 P.M. with no injuries reported. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Vehicle News

In South Brunswick Twp. the Kingston Fire Co. placed this 1988 Spartan/3D 1750-GPM/1000-GWT/50-GFT pumper into service, this year. It saw original duty with the Monmouth Junction Fire Co. RON JEFFERS

Recently, Plainsboro had De Jana place a Knapheide The Marlboro Fire Company placed into service a 2017 utility body on this 1996 Ford F-350 chassis that saw KME 1750-GPM/1000-GWT/25A-GFT/50-B-GFT pumper original duty as a mini-pumper. It is used for water and that will carry an extrication tool. ice rescue, and de-watering duties. RON JEFFERS

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In South Brunswick, the Kingston Fire Co. operates a Plainsboro has placed into service a 2017 In Piscataway, the Arbor Hose Company placed into 2016 Spartan 2000-GPM/750-GWT/50-GFT pumper with Kenworth/Sutphen 1500-GPM/3500-GWT pumper- service TAC-1 with a 2017 Ford F550/Toyne 10006-kW generator, sold by Campbell Supply Co. tanker. It was sold by Blaze Emergency Equipment Co. GPM/300-GWT/25 "B" GFT unit that carries extrication tools and emergency medical items. RON JEFFERS

In South Brunswick, the Monmouth Junction Fire Co. has placed into service a 2017 Pierce Velocity 17501000-GWT/50-GFT pumper with 10-kW generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services. RON JEFFERS

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The President Park Fire Co. of Sayreville has placed into Hackensack Engine Co. 4 will be assigned a 2017 Pierce service a 2017 Pierce Arrow XT 2000-GPM/750-GWT/35- Arrow XT 2000-GPM/750-GWT pumper with a 5-man cab GFT pumper as Engine 6. It was sold by Fire & Safety and low hose bed. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services. Services. RON JEFFERS

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Quick Work in Lodi

Lodi, NJ - On a cold November 10th at 7:56 P.M., Lodi Fire units were dispatched to 24 Charles Street for a reported house fire. One minute later, Lodi Police units confirmed a Working Fire with fire showing from the top floor of a dwelling. The fire was quickly knocked down and contained to one room. There were no injuries reported. Mutual aid from Saddle Brook for an engine and Garfield for a ladder assisted on scene. The fire was under control in about 30 minutes by Chief of Dept. John Funk. The fire is under investigation by Lodi Fire Prevention.

Officers and members man the hot dog cart during the event.

JODI OHLENDORF

Paramus Rescue Continues Safe Halloween Tradition Paramus, NJ - Halloween is no joke at Paramus Rescue, located on Carlough Drive in the heart of the Borough Complex. Each and every year since the tragic events of 9/11, Paramus Rescue hosts a Safe Halloween event for the residents of Paramus. This community service is funded by generous donations and with the support of some local businesses. Preparation starts weeks in advance before Halloween, with members soliciting the local businesses for donations or contributions for the event. A week before the event, the members start with the transformation, from a Rescue Building to Club Rescue.

JUMP TO FILE #110217127 The 17th annual event was much larger in scope than the first event that was held back in 2001, with hundreds of hours being spent on the event instead of several hours, but the enjoyment by the children of the Borough is worth every minute spent. This year saw the return of Evan Greenberg, a DJ who comes all the way from Long Island, NY to play music at the event. He was unable to be here in 2016 due to a work conflict, but returned for his 13th appearance this year. He cer-

tainly kept the dance floor packed, and even the parents outside in the parking lot were rocking to the music. Parking was certainly at a premium this year with our DPW lot, the Life Safety Complex lot and Borough Hall all filled to capacity. The Paramus Police Department assigned a Special Officer to assist with traffic control, and the Squad made good use of its light towers to ensure the safety of the patrons that attended. We look forward to our next event in 2018, and hope to keep the tradition going as long as the parents and children attend! - JOHN PECORARO

Vehicle News GARY HEARN

Five-Alarm Blaze Displaces 12 Families in Weehawken Weehawken, NJ - On November 21st, dozens of firefighters battled a blaze in a Weehawken apartment complex that went to five-alarms and displaced twelve families. The fire apparently started around 9:30 A.M. in a kitchen at 11 Ridgely Place and flames quickly spread to two attached apartments. The fire was contained to the three buildings just before 11:00 A.M., but firefighters remained on scene for a while after continuing to fight the stubborn flames. Two police officers suffered smoke inhalation and were treated on scene. There were no injuries to residents.

The Melrose Fire Co. in Sayreville acquired this 1991 BMY military surplus 6x6 in 2016. Firefighters converted it into a High Water Rescue. This year, a CET skid was added and UPF 600-gallon water tank, converting the vehicle into a brush fire unit. RON JEFFERS


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ON THE LITER SIDE

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A Franklin Twp. firefighter checks the burning embers removed from a fireplace during a chimney fire on November 7th.

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Members of Elmwood Park Engine Co. 2 know how to have a good time and decorate their pumper for the annual Wallington Christmas parade at the same time; Incorporate having lunch and watching the game at the same time!

Franklin Twp., NJ - Township firefighters were dispatched to a report of a chimney fire at a residence on Garfield Court a little after 8:00 P.M. on November 7th. The Warren County Communications Center had received a call from the homeowners about the fire and advised them to evacuate the residence. Upon arrival of Fire Chief Sonny Read (57-60), he reported smoke and flames showing from the chimney, which was on the "D" side of the home. Franklin's Snorkel (5769), was directed to back into the driveway of the residence and "set up" to make access to the top of the chimney and roof. At the same time, firefighters entered the residence

JUMP TO FILE #110917100 and cleaned out the fire box of the fireplace, carrying the embers outside. There was an extension of the fire to a small part of the roof alongside the chimney which was extinguished and overhauled. Responding to the fire call were the New Jersey State Police (Washington Station), Franklin Township FD (Station 57), and the Fire Deprrtement's EMS Division (Rescue 57). - RICHARD MAXWELL

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Members of Pequannock Engine Co. 2 transform their Simon-Duplex/Saulsbury pumper into a "HESS truck" for the Wallington Christmas parade.

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Mr. & Mrs. Claus took time out to pose for photos with families before the start of the 16th annual Wallington Fire Department Christmas Parade on Nov. 25th. Officials stated there were some 2,500 participants and over 250 fire trucks; plus, local residents began the season with front yard tail-gate parties. With temperatures in the 50's, firefighters also conducted their own tail-gate parties in the streets while decorating their rigs.


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MADISON FIRE DEPARTMENT

Firefighters in Madison Battle Two-Alarm Fire in Unoccupied Home

Madison, NJ - A passerby discovered a morning fire on November 20th at 5:05 A.M. and quickly made the 911 call. Arriving units found the structure fully involved and immediately called for a second-alarm. About 40 firefighters from Florham Park, Morris Township, Whippany and Chatham assisted in the defensive attack. No one was home since the home was under renovation at the time, and there were no injuries.

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North Hudson Firefighter Scott Morrison of Ladder Co. 4 took it upon himself to repaint the bench in front of the Tyler Pl. firehouse in West New York, in the form of Old Glory. He was also instrumental in painting the apparatus bay door and the firehouse kitchen.

Saddle Brook Assistant Chief Chris Sloma and Chief Ton Dickman discuss operations while on mutual aid to Fair Lawn on November 21st. DAMIEN DANIS

Hamilton Township Fire District #7 (Station 17) Captain/EMT Ray Pierce with Firefighter/EMTs Brian Clarke, Nick Silvestro and Apparatus Operator/EMT Jim Lombardo pose with Tower 17, a 2005 Emergency One 95' Tower/Ladder. BOB SHERMAN JR.

Battalion Chief Jackson and Safety Officer Lieutenant John Reede discuss operations at a recent all hands fire in Plainfield, NJ.

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Members of Plainfield Engine Co. 4 with their new E-One Typhoon model 1500-GPM pumper. (L to R): Lt. Rich Carnegie, and Firefighters Patrick Revan and Abner Thelisma.

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Two-Alarm Vessel Fire in Leesburg Leesburg, NJ - On October 23rd, Engine 26-01 (Leesburg) and Tender 25-11 (Heislerville) were dispatched to a reported vessel fire. Dispatch advised that the caller reported a large vessel, on land, fully involved. 26-33 arrived on location with a large 90' Oyster boat fully involved and requested the secondalarm struck. This brought additional units from Mauricetown, Cumberland, Downe Township, Port Elizabeth, and Belleplain EMS to the scene. Crews worked well into the night bringing the stubborn fire under control and performing extensive overhaul. Laurel Lake EMS Rehab 13 was special called to the scene. Cumberland County Fire Police Sta. 87, Maurice River Twp. OEM and NJSP also assisted at the scene.

The next morning on October 24th, Engine 26-01 and Tender 25JUMP TO FILE #103117100

11 were dispatched back out to the same location for a possible vessel fire. Units arrived to find a small fire in the stern on the ship, quickly spreading throughout the hull. Command requested additional units from Mauricetown, Cumberland, Port Elizabeth and Belleplain EMS to assist at the scene. Crews quickly extinguished the bulk of the fire but remained on scene for sometime performing additional overhaul. No injuries were reported at either fire. - RICHARD LESWING

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Fire Strikes IHOP in Fair Lawn Fair Lawn, NJ - At 12:37 A.M. on November 22nd, a Fair Lawn Police Officer on his way to another call noticed heavy smoke coming from the IHOP JUMP TO FILE# restaurant at 37-13 Broadway. At 112217120 12:39 A.M., a general alarm was dispatched reporting the fire. First-due Assistant Chief Sulcov requested a second-alarm on arrival, reporting fire through the roof of the building. Engine 3 was first-due and stretched lines to the fire. With heavy fire spreading up the "B" side of the building, Truck 1 and Quint 2 set up their master streams to go into operation. Mutual aid from Saddle Brook for a FAST team arrived and Glen Rock's tower ladder was requested. As the exterior fire was knocked down, companies made their entry from the rear of the building to the second-floor with hand lines to knock down the interior fire. By 3:00 A.M., all fire was extinguished and the blaze was declared under control by Chief of Department Rinaldo. Special calls to the Fire Official and health department were made. Additional mutual aid from Elmwood Park and Hawthrone covered at firehouses. Two firefighters received minor injuries while battling the blaze. They were treated at the scene by the Fair Lawn Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The fire is is believed to have began in the kitchen area before extending up through the building. This is the second fire to strike the restaurant. Back in the late 1970's, a similar fire occured.

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New Trucks For Schools Recently, two county fire academies received a new apparatus and we are aware of a third that received a used pumper from a fire department. The new apparatus went to the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville and it is a Spartan ER pumper designated as Engine 1. It has a Metro Star chassis, 2000-GPM pump, 500-gallon water tank and 6-kw generator. It joins a small fleet of other apparatus, only one of which had been purchased new, and that is a 2006 Smeal aerial quint. They also have a 2011 Spartan/Rescue 1 special operations truck. The facility is 26-acres in area. The other apparatus was purchased for the Union County Fire Academy in Linden. It is a 2017 Pierce Saber 75-foot quint and is designated as Quint-1. It has a 1500-GPM pump, a 400-gallon water tank and a 6-KW generator. All I can tell you otherwise is that the facility is smaller than the one in Middlesex County. While putting this column together, it was learned that the Merchantville Fire Department in Camden County received a new Pierce pumper and sent their 1987 Hahn Model 92 pumper to the Burlington County Fire Academy. There are no photos at this time because the pumper had not yet been re-lettered. It has a 1750-GPM pump with top mount panel and a 1000gallon water tank. Two other photos featured this month are worth brief mention. One is Perth Amboy’s Rescue 95, a 1998 Rescue 1 built on a GMC T6500 tilt cab chassis. Originally it served with the city’s EMS and was later transferred to the fire department when EMS was disbanded and responsibility taken over outside of the public safety department. Rescue 95 responds to MVAs, other rescue type calls, and is used for fireground support. To a fire apparatus buff, it is a rare and interesting looking vehicle. Another one is the Elwood Utility 16-4, a 1997 Ford F-750 with a Knapheide body. This truck made several rounds serving at military bases, so it is best described in the photo as simply X-military. In dealer news, New Jersey Emergency Vehicles has delivered five P. L. Custom Classic Type 1 ambulances. Three (one 2016 and two 2017) went to the Elizabeth Fire Department EMS (Union County) and are on Ford F-450 chassis. In Bergen County, Wallington Emergency Squad’s is on a Ford F-450 chassis and Fort Lee Ambulance’s is on a Ford F-550 chassis and is a remount. Absolute Fire Protection is now the New Jersey Road Rescue ambulance dealer for sales and service. They also report the following E-ONE apparatus orders: In Bergen County, a Typhoon stainless steel pumper for Elmwood Park FC 3. It will have a 74-inch cab, top mount pump panel and low hose bed. Also, a Cyclone II stainless steel pumper for Paramus FC 3. It will have an 80-inch cab, top mount pump panel and low hose bed. East Windsor (Mercer County) has ordered an HP100 platform on a Cyclone II chassis with 68-inch cab, and in Middlesex County, North Brunswick FC 3 ordered an HPS105 steel aerial ladder on a Cyclone II chassis with 68-inch cab. Sparta (Sussex County) took delivery of a Cyclone II top mount, aluminum body pumper Please send any comments or news tidbits you might have about Apparatus of the Month to us at 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street. New Windsor, NY 12553. Or you can e-mail them to Apparatus@1stResponderNews.com.

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A look at what’s new with apparatus around the state with John Malecky

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Middlesex County Fire Academy Engine 1, 2017 Spartan ER Metro Star, 2000/500 with 6-KW generator. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC.

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Glendola FC, Wall Township, Q-52-2-90, 2017 Pierce Impel PUC 2000/500 with 107-foot Ascendant aerial. It is their first out unit. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

Union County Fire Academy Quint-1, 2017 Pierce Saber 1500/400 with 75-foot aerial and 6-KW generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety services.

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Little Falls Engine-2, 2016 Seagrave Marauder II 1500/500. It was sold by Emergency Equipment Sales & Service.

John M. Malecky

Perth Amboy Rescue 95, 1998 GMC T6500/Rescue 1 with a 5.5-KW generator.

John M. Malecky

Shrewsbury Tower 4590, 2017 KME Severe Service, 2000/300 with 100-foot platform and 10-KW generator. It was sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles.

John M. Malecky

and Hampton Township’s stainless steel Typhoon pumper is being prepped. Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: In Somerset County, the Green Knoll FC in Bridgewater Township ordered a Velocity pumper and 100-foot platform, and the Country Hills FC in Branchburg ordered an Enforcer pumper. In Union County, the County ordered a dry side tanker on a Freightliner 114SD chassis and Berkeley Heights ordered a pumper on a Freightliner M2 chassis. Roseland (Essex County) ordered a 107-foot Ascendant ladder (no pump) on an Enforcer chassis. Palmyra (Burlington

County) ordered a Velocity mid mount ladder. The Mount Tabor FC in Parsippany-Troy Hills (Morris County) ordered an Enforcer pumper with top mount panel. Pierce deliveries include an Impel pumper for the Florence FC (Burlington County), a Velocity 95-foot mid mount platform to Scotch Plains (Union County), an Arrow XT pumper for the Sayreville/Presidents Park FC (Middlesex County) and a Velocity pumper to Somerville (Somerset County). - CONTINUED ON PAGE 58

John M. Malecky

Elwood Utility 16-4, 1997 Ford F750/Knapheide with 7-KW generator and 10-ton winch. It is an X-military vehicle.


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Boston, Striking the Box VIDEO REVIEW

Video reviews by John Malecky

Boston, Striking the Box By Fireline Video Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 E-Mail: support@fire-policeems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $29.95 (DVD) This DVD was originally released by Advanced Print and Video in 2002. It is 90 minutes in length and covers eight Boston incidents between 2001 and 2002. Those incidents are listed in the ad found on the FSP website. Otherwise, they are shown at the beginning of the incident as you view the DVD. It involved two working fires with the rest being multiples between two and nine alarms. At the beginning of each incident is found the date, the location and the number of alarms. With a few exceptions, that is all that can be found. It is up to the viewer to figure out what is burning. The viewer can hear a narrator in a few of the incidents but not all are narrated. Most of the incidents occur at night and it is hard to make out the scene. Also, heavy smoke obscures the ability to size up a building and in one incident, the apparatus obstructs the view of the fire building because the videographer is on the ground at the same level as the vehicles. One 9 alarmer is of a fire at the Old Navy Yard and another at a high, windowless commercial or industrial structure. A fifth alarmer involves several wood frame structures which started in a 2 ½-story vacant one which became fully involved. A 4th alarmer at a three-story ordinary construction building of either commercial or industrial use, proved to be a stubborn one to fight. In all, the BFD put up a valiant fight. Those who like to view major fires would find this to be a good selection.

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

- CONTINUED FROM PAGE 54

The apparatus division of First Priority Emergency vehicles has the following KME orders: A Predator tandem axle pumper tanker on an LFD chassis for Pedricktown in Oldmans Township (Salem County). Specs include a Hale Qmax 2000-GPM pump with top mount panel, 2800-gallon poly water tank with A and B foam, 3/16 inch aluminum body with Rollup doors hydraulic ladder rack, Onan 10-KW hydraulic PTO generator and a unique feature where both front compartments are rescue style full height/depth on a tanker apparatus. Fredon Township (Sussex County) ordered a pumper on a Predator Panther MFD chassis. Specs include a Hale Qmax, 1500-GPM pump, 100-gallon poly water tank, Challenger 3/16-inch aluminum body with roll-up doors and no generator. Vineland in Cumberland County ordered a pumper on a Severe Service LFD chassis. Specs include a Hale Qmax 2000-GPM pump with side mount panel, 750-gallon poly water tank, 3/16-inch aluminum Flex Body with painted hinged doors and a Harrison 6-KW hydraulic PTO generator. KME deliveries include two units to Wanaque in Passaic County. First is a Predator Panther rescue on an MFD chassis. Specs include an 18-foot walk-around 3/16-inch aluminum rescue body with roll-up doors, roof top compartments, three winch receivers,

80,000 lumens light tower, two hydraulic reels and a Harrison 20-KW hydraulic PTO generator. The second unit is a pumper on a Severe Service 96-inch wide X-MFD chassis. Specs include a Waterous CMU 1750-GPM pump with top mount panel, 750-gallon poly water tank, 3/16-inch aluminum 96-inch FLEX Body with roll-up doors and no generator. Defender Emergency Products Sales & Service reports the delivery of a Rosenbauer 100-foot mid mount platform to the City of New Brunswick (Middlesex County). Specs include a five section galvanized platform with dual monitors, Commander chassis, 500-HP Cummins engine, Allison 400 EVS transmission, 6,000 PSI breathing air system, galvanized frame rails with lifetime warranty and remote wireless operation of aerial and platform. The Silverton FC in Toms River Township (Ocean County) has ordered a second Rosenbauer, this being a pumper. Specs include a Commander chassis with seven-seat cab, Hale 1500-GPM pump with top mount panel, 750-gallon water tank, three speedlays, ground ladders mounted in the body, wireless remote deck gun and front bumper rescue compartment. This will give Silverton a total of four Rosenbauers. Campbell Supply Co., LLC has delivered the Spartan ER 75-foot quint to Voorhees Township and is expecting their two IPS pumpers next month.

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North Hudson Captain Robert D'Antonio, right, returned a pet cat to its owner after a smoky 2-alarm fire involved a mixed occupancy building on Palisade Ave., West New York, Nov. 6th.


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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? If you have photos you would like to see in our “Where are they Now?” feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Firefighters Rescue Deer from Well in Clinton Twp.

Clinton Twp., NJ – On November 4th, Firefighters from Annandale and Lebanon Boro Fire Companies were dispatched by Hunterdon County Communications Center to a report of a deer that fallen into a well and could not get out in the rear of a residence on Cokesbury Califon Road. Upon Arrival, firefighters found a deer that was in about three to four feet of water in a well that was about four by five feet in size. Apparently, the deer had walked on the wooden cover of the well and fell through it into the water below. Firefighters used a rope to help control the deer and then lowered a Stokes stretcher down into the well in an attempt to lift the deer out. Well, the deer had other ideas. Once she was on the Stokes, it was just a short leap for her to be free of the confines of the well. The deer quickly got to her feet once on solid ground and ran off into the woods.

JOHN M. MALECKY

Union Beach in Monmouth County was hit very hard by Hurricane Sandy, which damaged not only buildings and homes, but fire apparatus as well. Fire Company 1 had received a 1993 International 4700/Saulsbury pumper after Defender Emergency Services did some work on it. It was originally from Exeter, PA. Recently, the pumper was sent to the Monmouth County Road Department and was replaced by this 1992 E-ONE HUSH pumper, originally from Tinton Falls FC 1 and later Roosevelt which disbanded their fire department. It has a 1500-GPM pump, 500-gallon water tank, 20-gallon Class “A” foam tank and a 3.5-KW generator.


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This tattoo was submitted by John Harriott, Sr. from Harris Gardens Fire Co. in Union Beach, NJ. When asked for details about the tattoo, he said: "Oldie but goody. One of the oldest tattoos from a member. Cause we have blue fire trucks. Thanks Ron W. for your service. I got it 1993 and Ronnie Wilson has been with the fire company for 25 years. When we got our first blue fire engine, it was called the "Blue Goose".

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Delivery Man Saves the Day in Teaneck Did you know the reason for dalmatians being used as the dog of choice for firefighters? It was due to dalmatians getting along well with horses (back in the day, firefighters used horse-drawn carriages), being adept at protecting the carriage and equipment while the firefighters were performing their duties, and being able to run alongside their carriages for lengthy periods of time. Nowadays, the dalmatian has shifted its role to more of a companion (obviously due to technological upgrades over the years).

Teaneck, NJ - A man making a bread delivery noticed a fire in a Teaneck Pizzeria early in the morning of November 2nd, possibly saving the business and many of the others in the common cockloft taxpayer. The alarm was transmitted at 5:30 A.M. at JERRYPIZZA located at 1203 Teaneck Rd., just a block away from Fire Headquarters. Thanks to the quick response of

JUMP TO FILE #110217126 firefighters and the delivery man noticing the fire in its early stages, firefighters were able to enter and extinguish the flames before major damage was done. Hackensack and Englewood assisted at the scene as members opened up and checked for any ex-

tension. Two restaurants and a barber shop adjacent to the pizzeria were checked and only had smoke damage. They were expected to open after a day or two. The pizzeria received moderate damage and was expected to be closed much longer. No injuries were reported and Teaneck Road was able to be reopened in about two hours. - BILL TOMPKINS


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Fairview P.S. 3 third grade students Valeria Ordon and Yasmin Amaya Guzman won first place poster for their school.

Fairview Students Receive Fire Prevention Poster Gratitude JOHN BARANIUK

The volunteer members of Randolph FD Battalion #4 (Morris County) show their dedication and the true meaning of available 24hrs a day for an emergency, no matter where you are!

Who am I? This year, former Secaucus Engine 4's 1996 KME was reassigned as reserve Engine 5. It has a new number "5" painted on the doors, but the Mars siren has the original number "4," to keep its original duty known.

Fairview, NJ - The Fairview Fire Prevention Bureau and the Fire Department sponsored their seventh annual fire prevention poster contest, in October. The contest is open to local 3rd grade students, with the winners receiving several enjoyable activities. This year's theme is “Every second counts-plan 2 ways out.” Each year students and teachers look forward to this project for educational and safety reasons, plus some enjoyment. Grand prize winners received a ride through town on Engine 1 and Truck 2. All par-

JUMP TO FILE #112217115 ticipants were honored with a pizza party at their schools with firefighters. On November 21st, students, parents and teachers participated in the awards ceremony at La Fortuna Restaurant, followed by food and refreshments. The posters were on display here, and will then adorn the walls at Borough Hall. Fire Inspector Pat Buglione presided over the ceremony. He

and Fire Official Dennis Licameli and Fire Inspector Kristian Vera presented the winners with their trophies. First place awards went to Ms. Weston's 3rd grade class from P.S. 3. The first place poster was submitted by Valeria Ordon and Yasmin Amaya Guzman. From the Academy of Our Lady of Grace, Ms. Huet's 3rd grade class received honors and the first place poster was submitted by Alexander Ronquillo. - RON JEFFERS

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Academy of Our Lady of Grace third grade student Alexander Ronquillo won first place fire prevention poster for his school.


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IN SERVICE

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FRANK ROBINSON

Carney's Point Fire Rescue now operates a 2017 Pierce Enforcer 1500/960/40F.

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First Freeze Brings a Paterson Multiple KEN SNYDER

This 2017 KME Predator 2000/800/300 foam pumper is used by the Deptford Fire Department.

OLD & NEW

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RON JEFFERS

Marlboro Engine 2's 1993 Spartan Marion 1500-GPM pumper, right, has been replaced by a 2017 KME 1750-GPM model.

JOHN M. MALECKY

Keyport’s new Truck 91, a 2017 Pierce Enforcer quint with 107-foot Ascendant aerial ladder parked next to its predecessor, a 1988 Seagrave 100-foot aerial which had a booster pump and 200-gallon water tank.

Paterson, NJ - As the temperatures dipped well below freezing for the first time this season, Paterson firefighters faced a difficult three-alarm fire that destroyed a vacant home and damaged an occupied one on JUMP TO FILE# 111317112 November 10th. Shortly after 7:00 P.M., a full assignment was dispatched to 522 14th Ave. for multiple reports of a fire. Flames were visible in the very narrow alley between the large unoccupied two-and-a-half story frame and a smaller home. Initially it was thought that rubbish between the two buildings was burning, but it soon became apparent that the basement of the larger building was well involved and the flames were venting out of a basement window and extending to the exposure building. A second-alarm was sounded. The fire building was well sealed with metal plates over the first-floor windows and doors, making access difficult. Once the coverings were removed, members advanced inside, but the fire was already in the walls of the balloon-frame building and extending upward. Heavy smoke covered the area and ice quickly formed as soon as any water touched the ground. Companies made a push on all floors from the mostly unaffected front of the building to the rear. Fire in the exposure building was knocked down and progress was being made, but as winds picked up, conditions began to deteriorate and the decision was made to go defensive. A thirdalarm was transmitted for additional manpower as members were rotated into rehab. One

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tower, one lapper pipe and several hand lines were operated until the fire was placed under control at about 11:00 P.M. Several firefighters were injured including at least

one that needed transport to the hospital for unknown injuries. The cause is under investigation. - BILL TOMPKINS


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Bergen County Pink Heals now operates a 1998 Spartan/RD Murray 1500-GPM pumper that saw original fire duty with the Paterson F.D. It's original color was white. RON JEFFERS

Raritan Township in Hunterdon County held their Annual Community Day on October 4th. Firefighters demonstrated fire safety by showing how quick a fire moves and how hot it really is. RICH MAXWELL

First Responders Demonstrate Skills at Raritan Twp. Annual Community Day

JOHN M. MALECKY

The Atlantic Highlands FD has placed into service a 1991 Mack MR/Saulsbury rescue truck as Rescue 85. It has a 35-kw generator and formerly saw service with the Adelphia Fire Co. in Howell Township.

Raritan Twp., NJ - Raritan Township in Hunterdon County held their Annual Community Day on October 4th, 2017. The day was filled with assorted activities and food for the whole family. The Raritan Township Fire Department (Station 21) conducted a demonstration on fire safety. They had a simulated living room built, complete with a couch, TV and other assorted items. They lit a fire in the back wall to show what would happen if an electrical outlet were to start a fire. There was a

JUMP TO FILE #102517110 timer running so that the crowd could see how far the fire progresses in a short period of time and how hot the flames really are. Within two minutes, the room was fully involved in flames and the intense heat could be felt by the crowd 30-feet away. The important safety tip they wanted to spread to the crowd was to get out and get out quickly in the

event of a fire. A little later on in the afternoon, the Flemington-Raritan Rescue Squad (Rescue 49) conducted a demonstration on vehicle extrication. They utilized the jaws and cutters to remove the doors and roof off of a vehicle while the driver was still in it. Once they had removed the roof, they explained and demonstrated to the crowd what the procedure would be to then remove the injured driver from the car. - RICHARD MAXWELL

FRANK ROBINSON

Exeter Township, PA operates a 1995 Seagrave 95' Aerialscope. The truck once saw service in Applegarth, NJ.

RICH MAXWELL

EMS demonstrated vehicle extrication and removal of an injured driver for a crashed car.


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