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Paterson, NJ - Paterson firefighters were highlighted on A&E’s “Live Rescue” as they battled a four-alarm fire, November 18th. Film crews caught the action as fire units were dispatched at about 10:00 P.M. to 239 Rosa Parks Boulevard.

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Paterson Firefighters Battle Four-Alarm Blaze Live on TV Paterson, NJ - Paterson firefighters were highlighted on A&E’s “Live Rescue” as they battled a four-alarm fire, November 18th. Film crews caught the action as JUMP TO FILE# fire units were dis- 111919116 patched at about 10:00 P.M. to 239 Rosa Parks Boulevard. A steady rain was falling as first arriving companies had a twoand-a-half story, vacant, frame dwelling with heavy fire in the rear and a serious exposure problem on the 'B' side, a row of similar occupied dwellings with very little separation between them. A second-alarm was transmitted as companies made a push into the fire building. The fire was well advanced and conditions continued to deteriorate. When a collapse occurred on the 'C' side, members were withdrawn. A third-alarm was called for as the fire extended to the 'B' exposure. Companies made a stand and held the fire from further extension. A tower ladder was set up in a parking lot on the 'D' side and went into operation. Multiple lines had the visible fire quelled, but due to the instability of the original fire building, companies remained exterior. A fourth-alarm was sounded for manpower as it became apparent that this would be an extended operation. About a dozen residents from four families in the exposure building were displaced, but no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. All Paterson companies and several mutual aid units fought the blaze while additional mutual aid covered the empty Paterson firehouses.



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Early-Morning Blaze Hits Firefighter’s Home in Mullica Twp. Mullica Twp., NJ - Early Monday morning, November 11th, Mullica Township fire crews were dispatched to a dwelling fire at 14 Jean Court. As firefighters were arriving, it was learned that this house belonged to one of their members. On arrival, crews found the attached garage fully involved, as well as two cars that were in the driveway. Firefighters quickly got to work and laid hoses to extinguish the fire, which had began extending to the house. Multiple departments from throughout Atlantic County responded to the scene, or covered stations that were working at the fire. Departments that responded included Elwood, Sweetwater, Nesco, Egg Harbor City, Hamilton

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New York: Robert H. Bush, 49 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 19, 2019 Death Date: October 19, 2019 Fire Department: Homer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Robert Bush fell ill during fire department training. Other firefighter department members immediately provided medical assistance to Firefighter Bush and then transported him to a local hospital. Despite revival efforts, Firefighter Bush passed away at the hospital. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined. Alabama: Michael Johnston, 45 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 18, 2019 Death Date: October 18, 2019 Fire Department: Equality Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Michael Johnston was driving the Equality Volunteer Fire Department’s 2004 GMC water tender when it overturned while responding to a brush fire. Firefighter Johnston was ejected from the truck in the single-vehicle accident and pronounced deceased at the scene from the injuries he sustained.

Washington, DC: Alex Graham, 48 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 24, 2019 Death Date: October 27, 2019 Fire Department: DC Fire and EMS Department Initial Summary: On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Firefighter Alex Graham was conducting pump testing at the D.C. Fire and EMS Training Academy, when he suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019, from an aortic dissection.

Wisconsin: Brian Serdynski, 38 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 19, 2019 Death Date: November 2, 2019 Fire Department: Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department Initial Summary: On 10/19/2019, Firefighter Brian Serdynski suffered a heart attack while at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. He was transported to a hospital where he was treated and then released on 10/21/2019. In the very early morning hours on 11/02/2019, Serdynski was having difficulty breathing. First responders from Union Grove-Yorkville and Kansasville fire departments responded to Serdynski’s home and immediately administered medical care. Despite their efforts, Serdynski was pronounced deceased at his home.

Florida: Dwain S. Bradshaw, 41 Rank: Assistant District Chief Incident Date: November 6, 2019 Death Date: November 6, 2019 Fire Department: Escambia County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at approximately 0350hrs, Assistant District Chief Dwain S. Bradshaw of the Beulah Fire Station of Escambia County Fire Rescue responded to a fatal motorcycle accident. While at the scene, he was struck by an 18-wheeler log truck. Chief Bradshaw was immediately airlifted to the Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, where he passed away. Chief Bradshaw also served as the District Chief of the Escambia County Fire Rescue Station #1 in the community of Bellview.

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Bergenfield Student Conducting Fire Service Project UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

Matthew Polandick is a senior at Bergenfield High School. The community active student loves the fire service. He is a junior fireman with the Prospect Fire Company, in town. In addition, he is a life scout with Troop 1345 in Dumont, and he is currently working on a mission. “For my Eagle Scout project, I am collecting surplus fire equipment...that will be donated to a needy fire department in Greece,” he said. So far, he has succeeded in collecting a lot of fire items for his project. Equipment is stored in his garage and in a storage room at his firehouse. Matthew listed articles that he has accumulated so far. They include: coats, pants, boots, ladders, thermal imaging cameras, nozzles, hose, scene lights, radios, pike poles, SCBA frames and masks, gear bags, gear racks, and different adapters and hose appliances. The junior fireman is working on a contact in Greece with local firefighters. He is still collecting equipment and can be contacted at mpolandick@bergenfieldfd.org or 201-560-6618. DOWNS: A King George Rd. dwelling in Pennington was heavily damaged by a fire, Oct. 30th. The house was fully involved when units arrived. Several people were injured. A person working at the home for a contracting company was taken to a local hospital and treated and released, officials said. UPS: Michael Weber has been promoted to fire chief in Maplewood. DOWNS: A Hanover woman has been charged with arson for starting a car fire in her home's garage, in Oct., according to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. The investigation concluded that the fire was started by the woman in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The home and other residential units were damaged by the fire. The woman made statements at the scene taking responsibility for the fire, the prosecutor's office said. Her husband sustained non-lifethreatening injuries. UPS: In Teaneck, John Annillo has been promoted to fire lieutenant. Brendan Smith is the township's new firefighter. DOWNS: Nearly 50 firefighters from 5 companies responded to a dwelling fire on Franklin Ave. in the Leonardo section of Middletown Twp., Nov. 4th. UPS: Hoboken firefighters saved a man's life when they pulled him

from the Hudson River, Nov. 6th. Using their fire boat, firefighters found the man north of Pier C in the water, in a semi-conscious state. Captain Ronald Richards and Firefighters Nicola Ratto and Colin Nisbet used a ground ladder and life ring to rescue the victim, according to officials. DOWNS: On a training walk with a dog, a seeing-eye instructor spotted a fire on Maple Ave., in Morristown on Nov. 4th. The fire was believed to have started in a recycling bin in an alley between a law office and an apartment building, Chief Robert Flanagan said. Julie Siragusa spotted the fire at the bin on the side of the house. “From the time I saw it to the time I called, maybe 15 seconds, the whole house was on fire,” she said. Siragusa joined her training partner and another woman knocking on doors to alert residents of the fire at 6-10 Maple Ave. Chief Flanagan said the fire made its way “up the side of the entire structure” into a third-floor apartment. The fire extended into the attic and “the whole length of the building.” The law office building sustained exterior damage to one side, he said. UPS: New firefighters in Springfield are Ronald Werner and Austin Bucossi. DOWNS: Two people were killed after a fire consumed a home on Sheridan St., in Jamesburg, Nov. 6th. UPS: New firefighters in Maplewood are Khaleel Thomas, Alexander Chamberlin, Anthony Pafumi and Patrick Murray III. DOWNS: A man armed with knives barricaded himself in an apartment on Chestnut Ave. in Teaneck, Nov. 4th, before setting it on fire, authorities said. He was tasered by police and taken to Holy Name MC for evaluation. The man was charged with multiple crimes, according to a police statement. UPS: Mike Vogal has been promoted to deputy fire chief in Linden. New captains are Jason Lozzi and Robert Clark. Kevin Schulhafer was promoted to lieutenant. DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire tore through a multi-family dwelling on Westfield Ave. in Elizabeth, Nov. 6th, displacing 20 residents. Several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution as flames and a heavy column of smoke consumed the building. Officials said the fire started in the back of the dwelling and spread up to the roof. UPS: Jorge Arriaga has been promoted to deputy fire chief in New Brunswick. DOWNS: A fire believed to have started in an attached garage spread to a Scenic Hills home in Blairstown, Nov. 4th. Two adults escaped but two cats remained missing, officials said. A third cat was rescued from the burning building by Knowltown Fire Chief Mike Mulligan. UPS: New fire captains in New


Bergenfield High School senior and junior firefighter, Matthew Polandick, with firefighting items he has collected for his Eagle Scout project.

Brunswick are Chris Stellatella, Michael DeLutio and Collin Thomas. DOWNS: A woman sustained burn injuries in a fire that involved a ranch-style home on Westbrook Lane in Hampton, Nov. 5th. The home's five occupants were able to escape. UPS: Promoted to the rank of fire lieutenant in New Brunswick, recently, were Rusty Litterer and Nick Recine. DOWNS: Two people were killed when a car crashed into the second story of a Toms River business on Hooper Ave., Nov. 10th. Officials said a red Porsche was traveling at a high rate of speed when it lost control, hit a center median and went airborne across lanes of traffic and into the second story. UPS: On Nov. 7th, Englewood's 1911 Engine 1 returned to the city's firehouse. It was donated back from the family that had been storing it for years. Hopefully, restoration of the first motorized apparatus will begin soon. DOWNS: A firefighter and a police officer were injured in a 3alarm fire that involved a Washington St. apartment building in Bloomfield, Nov. 7th. Officials said a police officer was treated for smoke inhalation and a firefighter suffered an electrical shock, and he was treated at the scene. UPS: In November, Enrique Vazquez was promoted to fire captain in Jersey City. DOWNS: A fire that started in

the garage area of a township firefighter's Jeans Court home extended to the house, leaving it a complete loss, on Nov. 13th. According to Elwood Volunteer Fire Company Chief Anthony Tomasco, there was no water source at the scene so tankers were called in to assist. UPS: In November, the Lakewood Board of Fire Commissioners announced that the fire district will be hiring 16 additional career firefighters over the next two fiscal years. Eventually, there will be a total of 32 career firefighters. They will compliment the district's volunteer firefighting force of 70 active members. DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire involved a Neptune Ave. dwelling in Jersey City, Nov. 13th, and spread to three other homes, officials said. Two arriving police officers attempted to enter the home to alert occupants, but they were forced out by heavy smoke. They were treated for smoke inhalation. UPS: Monroe Twp. Fire District 3 broke grounds for its new firehouse on Schoolhouse Rd., Nov. 12th. The new 13,000-square-foot, one-story building will possess four bays. It will include space for EMS. DOWNS: A wind-driven fire destroyed a waterfront mansion on the Delaware Bay in the Villas section of Cape May County, Nov. 12th. The house is listed at more then 3,300-square-feet, according to property records. UPS: A woman and her baby were rescued by Passaic firefighters

during an apartment fire on Henry St., Nov. 14th. The fire broke out on the second-floor and arriving firefighters received reports of a mother and child trapped on the third-floor. There was a heavy smoke condition showing. A firefighter was able to make his way to their apartment and bring the two through the stairwell, past the fire, and out to the street, according to Chief of Department Patrick Trentacost. The firefighter covered the pair with a blanket to protect them. Both were examined by EMTs at the scene and declined to be taken to the hospital, against advice of emergency personnel, the chief added. DOWNS: A 26-year-old special needs man was killed as the result of a fire at a McCandless St. apartment in Linden, Nov. 18th. Arriving units found heavy fire and smoke on the 2nd floor, officials said. UPS: Members of Hasbrouck Heights Pack 17 Webelos learned the basics of providing first aid to an injured person from Hackensack Fire Lt. Michael Thomasey, in November. Eight boys attended the session. Lt. Thomasey is a father to one of the scouts. The group learned first responder skills, which is required for their Webelos rank. DOWNS: A 2-alarm fire raced through a Franklin Ave. home in Pequannock, Nov. 19th. All occupants and pets escaped the home and there were no injuries, officials said. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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Heavy, Fast-Moving Fire Consumes Home in Bogota Bogota, NJ - A call to report a house fire on River Road was received at 8:15 P.M. on November 13th. Upon arrival of the Bogota FD at 8:17 P.M., there was heavy fire showing out of multiple windows in the rear of the first floor area, and after 15 minutes there was a partial JUMP TO FILE# collapse in the rear 111519113 of the structure. At 9:05 P.M., the fire was knocked down and the FD was in the process of overhaul and checking for hot spots. The fire was brought under control at 9:30 P.M. and declared out by 10:00 P.M. The cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation at this time. One firefighter was treated at the scene for a minor hand injury. Bogota Fire Chief Alex Breuss was in charge of the fire scene. Mutual aid companies from Hackensack, Teaneck and Ridgefield Park as well as Box 54 were at the scene, while Little Ferry, Bergenfield and Englewood covered the borough at Bogota's station. - EJ RODE




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Accepting the award on FF Kevin Karros' behalf was his wife Jeannie Karros and his daughter Cathy Rork. (L to R): FF Paul Licsauer, Fire Marshal (Ret.)/Fmr. Deputy Chief Jack J. Murphy, Mrs. Cathy Rork, Mrs. Jeannie Karros and Fire Chief John Biondi.

200 Club of Bergen County Honors Leonia FF Kevin Karros for 50 Years of Service Bergen County, NJ - At the recent 200 Club of Bergen County 2019 Awards Dinner, Firefighter Kevin Karros was posthumously bestowed the John R. Rinaldi Special Recognition Award for his 50 years of service to the Borough of Leonia. Firefighter Karros, a U.S. Army veteran, was renowned for the “quality of work” he put into the various apparatus purchase committees and


Bailey Burke from Hamilton Fire Co. in Neptune Township is a three-year Firefighter/EMT.

JUMP TO FILE #112019102 oversaw every fire engine spec detail. These quality assurance tracts he learned as a practicing industrial engineer. He was the lead project manager on assembling two field communications units that would serve the

East Bergen Mutual Aid Group and response to many task force requests within the County of Bergen, as well as to the WTC on 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy in Ocean County. One of his loves was the preservation of the Department's 1955 Ward LaFrance Quad that is still operational today. - JACK MURPHY

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Ups & Downs Continued from Page 8

UPS: On Nov. 23rd, Pequannock Fire Co. 2 members along with local officials, family and friends attended a ceremony in front of the firehouse. A portion of Oak Ave. was dedicated in the name of late Fire Chief Edwin Verhage. He was a member of Company 2 for 65years and he served as chief for 20years. DOWNS: During a three-hour broadcast of A&E's “Live Rescue,” Paterson firefighters battled a 4alarm fire on Rosa Parks Blvd., that was broadcast on national television. Flames spread to an adjacent building and left about 15 people displaced, officials said. UPS: FDNY EMT Liam Glinane, also a member of West Milford Co. 4, was released from Mount Sinai Hospital, Manhattan, Nov. 27th. He suffered a stroke while on duty. FDNY and West Milford members attended the hospital walkout. EMT Glinane was escorted by Lt. Raymond Wang, who was discharged on Oct. 30th after suffering a separate life-threatening medical emer-

gency when responding to provide medical care to EMT Glinane. “Today I consider this our new FDNY Thanksgiving,” said Chief of EMS Lillian Bonsignore. “We almost lost two of our heroes, people who have spent their lives dedicated to other people, and today that was given back to them.” DOWNS: Answering an alarm at an apartment building near Claremont & North Fullerton Ave.'s, Nov. 23rd, Montclair firefighters found flames coming out of the balcony areas of all four floors, in the rear of the structure. Firefighters used ground ladders to rescue several occupants from the fire escapes, authorities said. UPS: Members of the New Milford Fire Department participated in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as handlers for the Smokey the Bear balloon, Nov. 28th. DOWNS: A fire that officials believe began in the duct work above a stove, damaged Albert's Cafe Amici on Sycamore Ave., Ho-HoKus, Nov. 21st.

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The City of Cape May is located at the southern tip of Cape May County in New Jersey. It's nicknamed "America's Oldest Seaside Resort". Cape May City Fire Department is referred to as "Station 51".

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New Jersey Firemen’s Home Wins Prestigious Award Boonton, NJ - The New Jersey Firemen’s Home has been selected as a Bronze Medal recipient in the 1st Annual New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) A n t i m i c r o b i a l JUMP TO FILE# S t e w a r d s h i p 111019105 Recognition Program (ASRP). The staff, along with Generation Pharmacy and the RASA Consultant Group, has worked arduously throughout the past year to establish a recognized program of antibiotic stewardship. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines Antibiotic Stewardship as a set of commitments and actions designed to “optimize the treatment of infections while reducing the adverse events associated with antibiotic use.” NJDOH along with the CDC in 2018 recommended that all nursing homes in the country take steps to improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics. The bronze medal indicates admirable practice in these areas. They were graded on the areas of Leadership, Commitment, Accountability, Drug Expertise, Action, Reporting, Tracking and Education. Mr. Hugh Flood, the Superintendent of the New Jersey Firemen’s Home stated, “The efforts of our staff and consultants since 2018 have been impressive, and we are honored to have been

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among the few selected to receive this award. We hope to build further upon this award in 2020.” This medal will be rewarded at a ceremony on December 5, 2019


at the New Jersey Hospital Association. - STEVEN CATENA

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Jersey City firefighters quickly knocked down flames that consumed a vacant dwelling on Terhune Ave., November 14th.

Flames Consume Dwelling in Jersey City Jersey City, NJ - Flames rolled out of a vacant three-story dwelling on Terhune Avenue, November 14th, where people in the neighborhood said squatters are known to occupy. Around 10:00 A.M., city fire companies were operating at an outside fire a few blocks away, on MLK Drive. Then, Box 841 was transmitted for a fire reported on Terhune Ave., near Fowler Avenue. Upon arrival at the Terhune Avenue box, flames were consuming the second and third floors of the structure, with extension to adjacent homes. Second and third alarms were rapidly ordered. An interior attack changed to defensive as conditions worsened. Despite the heavy volume of fire,

JUMP TO FILE #111519101 flames were knocked down in rapid order. By the 30-minute mark, all visible fire was knocked down and companies were opening up to locate hot spots. Seven people were temporarily displaced from adjacent homes. They were assisted at the scene by the city's O.E.M and the Red Cross. In addition, the Gong Club canteen was on hand for firefighters. Arson investigators were on the scene to inspect the building for a cause. - RON JEFFERS

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You say potato, and I say potahto… FORK & HOSE CO. ROMAN ISARYK JR

a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

In the firehouse, there is what I like to call the “Firehouse Standard”. This meal consists of a steak, potatoes and a vegetable, and rarely does anyone ever oppose it being on the menu. You have your protein, carbs and fat to help keep the crew satiated. There are many variations on this. Some may prefer rib eyes, some stick to the budget friendly London broil and others celebrate special occasions like promotions with a nice rib roast. When it comes to the potatoes, it usually ends up being mashed, roasted or baked. While

everyone has their preference, nothing compares to simple and delicious roasted potatoes. When done right, they are crispy on the outside while still creamy on the inside. And like most things culinary, the simple isn’t always the easiest. A dish is only as good as its ingredients. When it comes to something as simple as roasted potatoes, making sure you use the right ones is key. Not all potatoes are created equal; there are actually different uses for the many different kinds. Potatoes fall into two categories, waxy and starchy. Waxy potatoes are exactly as they sound, waxy and usually “shiny” on the exterior. They contain more moisture than starch varieties and are ideal for wet cooking techniques, which include boiling and steaming. New potatoes, fingerlings and Red Bliss are all waxy

potatoes. Starchy potatoes contain, well…more starch of course. They are ideal for dry cooking techniques such as baking, frying and roasting, which because they don’t involve water, can be considered dry cooking. But here is the catch, this recipe involves both wet AND dry techniques! So therefore we need to use a potatoes idea for both, enter the Yukon Gold (or white potato). The Yukon Gold is considered all-purpose because it can be cooked so many ways. In this recipe, we par cook them in salted, boiling water first. This creates a cooked-through, creamy center while also seasoning it from the inside out. After, they are drained and then roasted in olive oil, allowing the exterior to get crispy and delicious. The best of both worlds! Stay safe, eat well!



2 lbs. Yellow Potatoes, scrubbed 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil Optional: 2 Sprigs of Rosemary or Thyme 3 Garlic Cloves, whole and skin-on Procedure:

- Preheat oven to 450°F


Four-Car MVC in Little Egg Harbor Sends One to Trauma Center Little Egg Harbor, NJ - Just after 4:00 P.M. on November 27th, a motor vehicle crash was reported on Center Road and Mathistown Road. Once on scene, EMS command requested a Medevac for an unconscious person. West Tuckerton and Mystic Island Fire Departments were assigned the job and the landing zone was set up at Pinelands Regional High School. Great Bay EMS transported the patient to the landing zone, where Southstar was waiting with less than a 15 minute ETA after lift off. After landing, the patient was transported to the nearest trauma center.

-Cut the potatoes into even size shapes. Place in a pot, cover with cold water by 1”. Add the salt and turn the burner on high. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer.

-Cook the potatoes until the outside starts to look “fluffy”, or is just barely knife tender, approximately 7-8 minutes. Drain the pota-

toes gently into a colander and give a gentle shake or two to roughen up the exterior. Let steam dry in the colander for 10 minutes. -Add the olive oil to a baking pan along with herbs and garlic if using. Gently add the potatoes, stir to coat. Place the pan in the oven and cook for about 45 minutes, stirring and flipping

every 15 minutes. The potatoes are done when they are golden brown and crispy. AJ FUSCO

*Par-boiling the potatoes creates a creamy center while allowing the exterior to get crispy. When you stir and flip the potatoes, rotate the pan when you place back in oven to cook evenly.

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Appropriately Named Business in Fair Lawn Suffers Fire Damage

Fair Lawn, NJ - On November 9th at approximately 1:15 P.M., the Fair Lawn FD responded to a report of smoke in the building at 97 Lincoln Ave., a fireplace and hearth supply store appropriately named "LIGHT MY FIRE". Responding units under the command of Chief Jake Mamo found a smoke condition on arrival and located a working fire in the walls of the store. There were no injuries reported and damage was held to a minimum. Fair Lawn Volunteer Ambulance Corps was on scene to provide assistance if needed. Lincoln Ave. was closed for approximately one hour, with traffic control provided by Glen Rock and Hawthorne Police Departments.

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Seeing double? Two Ladder 8's? These two trucks operated at a 3-alarm fire at Terhune & Fowler Avenues in Jersey City, November 14th. The foreground Ladder 8 is a 2004 E-One that is now a spare unit and was being used by Ladder Co. 11. The new Ladder 8, behind, a 2019 E-One 100-foot, rear-mount model, was also operating at the scene.


Clifton Second-Alarm Damages Home Clifton, NJ - A two-alarm fire, apparently started by a hair dryer, caused significant damage to a home in Clifton on the morning of November 26th. Fire units were sent to 132 E. Clifton Ave. at ap- JUMP TO FILE# proximately 9:15 112619141 A.M. for the report of a fire. Smoke was issuing from the attic and eaves of a two-and-a-half story frame dwelling as companies arrived. Flames were venting from an attic window in the rear as lines were advanced up the interior stairs. A second-alarm was sounded. The roof was vented as heavy smoke pushed from a dormer on the 'D' side. Heavy fire prevented any advancement to the rear of the attic as flames continued to show from the rear window. Exterior exposure lines were put into operation on both sides of the fire building. The decision was made to pull members out of the structure so the flames could be knocked down with a two-and-a-half inch line from the rear yard. Members returned to an interior attack and soon had the fire quelled. No injuries to residents or firefighters was reported. Flames had caused extensive damage to the rear of the attic and consumed the roof above, but firefighters were able to keep the rest of the structure to just smoke and water damage. - BILL TOMPKINS


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Our Little Big Guy for this month is from the Wanaque Fire Department in Passaic County. It is designated Gator 1 and was placed into service in early 2019. It's a John Deere Gator with a Wildland Warehouse conversion. Features include a removable Wick 100/4H, 55-GPM pressure pump with a Honda engine, 75-gallon water tank, forestry reel with 100-foot of hose, gas engine, storage basket at the front, Stokes/equipment tray at the rear, flexible suction hose, seating for four and a 3500pound winch.

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Totowa and West Paterson Perform Rescue of Holiday Light Parade Totowa, NJ - The West Paterson and Totowa Fire Departments, with less than a month to plan and advertise, hosted their first Holiday Light Parade on Saturday, November 30th. When Wallington FD cancelled their annual event due to rising costs and fewer volunteers to help with planning, the two Passaic County towns decided to combine efforts and save the traditional North Jersey event. Registrations quickly grew to over 130 fire apparatus, private vehicles and floats, and with incredible support between the two towns, police departments, road departments, EMS and the County of Passaic, the parade became a reality! Huge crowds formed along Union Boulevard, Totowa Road and McBride Avenue the evening

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JUMP TO FILE #120119110 of the event. The parade even weaved through side streets filled with residents in Woodland Park. The parade was strictly a charity event and all vehicles entered in it were asked to bring unwrapped toys for donation that will be going to underprivileged children within Totowa and Woodland Park. Organizers even asked parade spectators to donate unwrapped gifts as well. Gifts were collected all along the parade route and placed into Santa’s sleigh. Any gifts leftover after distributing to the local community will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Wanaque's Gator 1, 2019 John Deere/Wildland Warehouse with 55-GPM removable pump and 75-gallon water tank. A storage basket and the winch are in the front.



Right/rear view of Wanaque's Gator 1 shows the forestry reel and the Stokes/equipment tray.

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Fairmount Chief Dave Steinel answers alarms in this 2018 Chevy Tahoe.


In Long Hill Twp., the Millington Fire Company maintains this 1956 Oren 750-GPM pumper, built on a Corbett chassis.


Middlesex Chief David Bird operates this 2016 Chevy Tahoe.


Norwood Chief Kevin McLaughlin answers alarms in this 2017 Chevy Tahoe/10-75 Custom unit.

Parsippany OEM Director Eric Hubner utilizes this 2019 Ford Explorer. RON JEFFERS


In Warren Twp., Washington Valley Co. 4 proudly maintains this 1949 Mack 750-GPM/500-GWT pumper with updated body work by Lembo.

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Fairview Students Recognized for Fire Prevention DAMIEN DANIS

Smoke Detectors Alert Rochelle Park Residents to Fire

Rochelle Park, NJ - Smoke detectors are being credited for saving residents from a house fire at a Rochelle Park home on November 17th. At around 8:00 A.M., firefighters were dispatched to 344 Rochelle Avenue for a report of smoke detectors sounding. On arrival, Assistant Chief Joe Defalco had smoke and reported a fire in the basement of the home. Engine 1 stretched a hand line to the basement to quickly knock down the fire, which was contained to a small area of the basement. One firefighter was treated at the scene for a minor injury. Mutual aid from Hackensack and Maywood assisted on the scene while companies from Lodi and Saddle Brook covered at fire headquarters.

Fairview, NJ - The borough fire prevention bureau and local firefighters participated in the 9th annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest, in October. It was open to third grade students of the public and parochial schools. This year's theme is, “Not every hero wears a cape. PLAN and PRACTICE your ESCAPE!�. The grand prize winners received a ride through town on Truck 2's aerial ladder apparatus. In addition, all participants received a pizza party in their school with firefighters. The winning posters were displayed in the new Borough Hall building. On November 18th, the students, parents and teachers

JUMP TO FILE #112019103 were invited to La Fortuna Restaurant to receive their trophy honor and enjoy a meal, courtesy of the firefighters. Their posters were also on display at the restaurant. Fire Official Dennis Licameli, Fire Inspectors Pat Buglione, Kristian Vera and Fire Chief Vincent Bellucci welcomed the guests at the restaurant. This program was instituted by Inspector Buglione, and it is one of his pet fire prevention projects. He served as the master of ceremony, welcomed all, and hoped that knowledge acquired by

students would be passed on to their parents. He added that winning posters were chosen by artwork and the theme. Ms. Weston's 3rd grade class, at Public School 3, won 1st Place for a public school. The winning poster was submitted by Nermeen Mahanna, Emily Lares and Steisy Cahvec. Mrs. Hernandez's 3rd grade class at Academy of Our Lady of Grace also won a 1st Place award submitted by Alejandro Abut. Students and teachers posed for photos with their trophy as proud parents took their photos. - RON JEFFERS

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Crews Battle Stubborn Three-Alarm Fire in Irvington Irvington, NJ - Irvington firefighters battled a stubborn thirdalarm fire on Springfield Ave. in a three-story, mixeduse building late Tuesday night, December 3rd. Firefighters were JUMP TO FILE# dispatched to the area 120419105 of Springfield Ave. and Bruen Ave. for a reported fire just before 10:00 P.M. Upon arrival, heavy fire vented from the front of the taxpayer and was extending to the second floor. First arriving engine companies were advised to use their deck gun, and a second-alarm was transmitted shortly after as fire extended to the second floor. Handlines were stretched to the second and third floors, and crews chased fire in the walls on all floors and eventually into the cockloft. Command ordered all members off the roof and an aggressive interior attack was able to bring the fire under control. A third-alarm was later transmitted as the fire was brought under control within two hours. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS


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On November 21st, four members of the West Paterson Fire Department graduated from the Passaic County Fire Academy. Chief of the Department, Paul Salomone, Jr., is shown with Firefighters James Mulroony, Thomas Ficcara, Steven Spies and Charles Derrot.

Gong Club member Jim Fay was part of the crew that served Jersey City firefighters coffee and hot chocolate after they knocked down a 3-alarm fire on Terhune Ave., November 14th.


Hamilton Twp. (Mercer County) Fire District #6, Station 16 'D' Platoon members, (L to R): FF/EMT Dave Jurado, Captain/EMT Mike Balog, and FF/EMTs Kelly Montesano and Frank Barkosky with Engine 16, a 2018 Pierce 1500-GPM pumper.


On November 12th around 2:00 P.M., a car on Main St. in Bogota backed over the sidewalk and smashed two windows of a hair salon. Robert Foster (right) and Captain Raul Lebron of Bogota Rescue were called out to board up the damage.



Jersey City Firefighter Tom Sullivan comforts a cold and wet kitten that survived a 3-alarm fire on Terhune Avenue, November 14th.


Members of Bayonne Engine Co. 6 with their new Pierce Enforcer 1500-GPM pumper, (L to R): Captain Randy Geis, and Firefighters Matthew Gillen and Joseph Young.

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This DVD is one hour and 38 minutes in length. It's a classroom presentation by Ron Kantermann, who at the time was chief of the Wilton, Connecticut Fire Department. Ron has a colorful history with the fire service for over 40 years. It included serving with the New York City Fire Department, working as a chief with a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company, and let’s just say that his resume is so long that you will just have to read about him on the back of the DVD jacket and be impressed. In any event, here is a colorful speaker with a wealth of knowledge and

experience. I met him in person when in 1996 he wanted to get a new pumper in Fire Engineering’s Apparatus Deliveries Column (which I am the author of), and I was thoroughly impressed with him. So I recommend this classroom session to you so you can expand your knowledge and stay safe. The class addresses combatting fires in commercial buildings by using construction design and building fire and detections systems. The talk addresses survivability profiling, firefighting accountability, safety culture, risk profiling, SOP’s, SOG’s, work, active fire protection and challenges to firefighters. Though it appears to be a lengthy presentation, the time goes quickly and my attention was kept on the subjects taught and discussed. It brought back memories of my time in the fire service and the knowledge about standpipe and sprinkler systems, other suppression systems and fire detection systems. I noted new technology now in place, which was not during my career. It confirmed my decision not to review most textbooks as I become a dinosaur and progress marches on! There are a number of visual aids that accompany this presentation, as well as explanations of the theory and performance of the systems. It's a DVD well worth the modest cost.

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East Vineland Vol. Fire Co. Tanker 1222 is a 2001 Freightliner/semi 8000-gallon tanker with a 650-GPM pump.

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Ocean Fire Company No.1 in Point Pleasant Beach operates Rescue 4203, a 2000 Ford F-450/Seawell mini rescue. Before being placed into service, it was repainted green-over-black to match the rest of the fleet. It formerly served with the Fallston Fire Company in Maryland.

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West Orange Battles Blaze in Autobody Shop

West Orange, NJ - On Friday, November 22nd, the West Orange Fire Department was dispatched to 429 Valley Road for a fire at FDR Autobody, located right next to Headquarters. The fire, which was reported shortly after 11:00 A.M., had spread across the basement of the auto repair shop. Firefighters stretched numerous handlines and quickly knocked down the blaze. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is being investigated.


Mystic Island Firefighters awaiting the arrival of Southstar at a recent landing zone call in Little Egg Harbor. (L to R): Engineer Mike Coover, Lt. Jesse Doberenz, FF Mike Silvers, Capt. Shawn Hope, and FF Cliff Corbet.

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Teaneck Fire Department Runs Health Fair Teaneck, NJ - On Saturday, November 9th, the Teaneck Fire Department in New Jersey held a health fair from 9:00am to 1:00pm. They had dieticians from the local supermarkets (Inserra Shoprite), a meal delivery service (Eat Clean Bro), various departments from Holy Name Medical, someone to talk about mental health (me), and Captain Richard Burchell was talking about cancer and the proper way to take care of gear. Captain Burchell, their training officer, was also going over new procedures that the department was going to start implementing. There was Dan Kim, a paramedic from Holy Name Hospital, who was talking about and demonstrating CPR and AED; even some of the children from department members were practicing their CPR skills. The event was attended by a good number of their officers and chiefs as well. The type of buy in that the department showed indicated to me that there is going to be success with what was brought up. I was invited to discuss the mental health issues, critical incident stress, substance abuse, suicide, and stress management. There was a lot of information that was shared and I could see that some of the information that I was presenting, some people were hearing for the first time. The main thing was that we were reducing the stigma of mental health by education and starting discussions about the topics. Do you realize that 20% of the population in the US have mental health issues, and I just saw something that stated that it's 85% of emergency services workers? I was glad to see that Teaneck Fire Department cares for their department enough to start talking about the issues that so many

JUMP TO FILE #112519102 people gloss over. Most people do not want to see or admit the things that emergency services workers see. Emergency services workers put themselves in harms way to serve the public, physically and mentally. Do you realize that many people ask an emergency responder what their worst call was? Did you know that the question retraumatizes that responder? They may have a hard time dealing with the call and it took them a long time to deal with it, and someone innocently asks the question that may retrigger their PTSD or stress. Just because an emergency worker retires does not erase all that they saw or have to deal with; some of the calls continue to replay in their mind. A smell may retrigger the emotions and thoughts they previously had. Each year, line of duty deaths are usually around in the 80's and "reported" suicides are around 100. Remember that the word reported means that the number is only a portion of the real number. Also, if an emergency responder takes their life because of the stress that they have seen in their career, it is not counted as a line of duty death. Currently, the New Jersey State Attorney General's office is rolling out a Resiliency Program for law enforcement and when that's in place, they will be rolling it out for fire and EMS. There is to be at least one resiliency officer in each law enforcement agency. They are to provide training to each officer and then be a resource not only for people within their own department, but anyone who reaches out to them in the state looking for resources. -CHAPLAIN THOM MCCOY

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The Germania Fire Company still operates this 1990 International/S&S tanker with a 1250-GPM pump and 3000-gallon tank.

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NEW YEAR - RENEWED PURPOSE Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Fernando Villicana

It is a new year again! 2019 is behind us, 2020 is here and we all get a fresh start. Lots of people aren’t really crazy about the idea of newness. But newness has the capacity of opening new opportunities, like the fulfilling of our purpose. This is probably one of the most rewarding feelings we as mortals can feel. This is especially true to those in all aspects of the Emergency Services. We are often placed in the unique situation of actually being able to understand the true sense of satisfaction this brings one. But are we not designed to fulfill a much bigger purpose? Was not God's plan for us to fulfill the purpose of a Christian and thus fulfill His purpose? Each tool used in the Fire Service has a specific purpose. Just this past week I responded to a well involved single-family residence fire. The homeowner told us that their family dog was still in the house. The Incident Commander immediately assigned an Engine Company to search the home for the dog. After the dog was rescued and resuscitated, the PIO told the news media that it would have taken much longer to locate the dog if it had not been for a new type of thermal imager that they had just put into service. Again, the tools and equipment serve a specific purpose. God means for us to find joy in fulfilling our purpose in life. Just as there is a satisfying rightness when a good tool is used for exactly the right purpose, there is a wholesome goodness when progress is made toward being

who we were created to be. Good deeds are good not only because they are right, but because they contribute to the fulfillment of our purpose. But what is the purpose for which we were created? One answer is that we are called upon to show forth His goodness through us. Jesus taught, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). As we enter a new year, may we also enter into a renewed purpose. We never really know exactly what the New Year will holds for us. But Christians are familiar with the language of newness: At the end of our story, the One seated on the throne says, “I make all things new.” Happy New Year.

Past Captains and Captain Fera (rear) of the Keansburg EMS.


Keansburg EMS Wins Asbury Park Press Reader’s Choice Award Keansburg, NJ - Every year the Asbury Park Press asks their readers to select the Best of the Best in Monmouth County in four different categories: Eating and Drinking, Entertainment, People and Services and Shopping. The Keansburg Fire Department EMS, for several years in a row, has been selected as the winner of the Ambulance Squad division out of over 50 municipalities. EMS Captain Jacob Fera stated, "We are once again both thrilled and humbled by the recognition." He went on to say, "Keansburg is a small town with a big heart and our dedicated group

JUMP TO FILE #111119100 of volunteers deserves all of the credit." The Keansburg FD EMS is an all-volunteer agency that covers a one-square-mile municipality with over 10,000 full time residents, 4,300 households, and a Summer population boom that can reach an additional 15,000 guests according to the 2018 census estimate. It's also noteworthy to state that the Keansburg EMS has not missed a single call (not requiring mutual aid) due to lack of man-

power since December 12, 2018. As stated in their November 1, 2019 report, they have gone 324 days since a missed call and answered 1,417 requests for service. Keansburg EMS has been nominated as Ambulance Squad of the Year and Captain Fera has been nominated as Administrator of the Year by the New Jersey office of EMS and they will be attending the National Conference on EMS awards ceremony on November 15th at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City. - STEVEN CATENA


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In Egg Harbor Twp., Scullville VFC Ladder 1535 is a 2018 Kenilworth Engine 63 is a 2019 Pierce Saber 2000-GPM Leonia Engine 2 has been assigned a 2019 KME 2000Pierce Enforcer 2000-GPM/107-foot Ascendant model unit with a 6-man cab, coffin-style compartments and a GPM/750-GWT pumper with 6-man cab, three safety camera set up and hard suction hose signs. It is painted quint, sold by Fire & Safety Services. 6 kW generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services. the traditional "Leonia red" color. RON JEFFERS






Freehold Twp. District 1 has accepted delivery of a 2019 Pierce Velocity 2000-GPM/3500-GWT/50-"A" GFT pumpertanker, possessing a 6-man cab, hydraulic ladder rack and 8 kW generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

The Port Authority of NY & NJ operates this 2018 Spartan 1500-GPM/1000-GWT/2000 AFFF/500-lb. Purple K/28foot Boomer apparatus at the George Washington Bridge, assigned to quarters in Fort Lee. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co.

The Port Authority of NY & NJ bridge and tunnel agents utilize this 2018 Ford F350/Structural Metal Fabrications truck as a HazMat unit at the George Washington Bridge. It operates from the Fort Lee side.

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Car Fire Extends to Home in Teaneck Teaneck, NJ - Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire early Wednesday night, November 27th, as a car fire extended to a house on Tilden Avenue. Teaneck firefighters were dispatched to 594 Tilden Ave. for a car fire in close proximity to a home. Minutes later, police units arrived on scene to a fully involved car fire with extension to one home and impeding another. A second and third alarm were quickly transmitted, bringing in mutual aid from Hackensack, Englewood, Bogota, Bergenfield and Ridgefield Park. The quick alarms were due to possible entrapment and fire damage to another home. Multiple hand lines were stretched to attack the car fire and also into the structure where fire had extended into all floors on the

JUMP TO FILE #120419104 'Bravo' side of the home. Fire on the first and second floors was quickly knocked down, however fire extended into the attic and basement. Firefighters were evacuated from the home temporarily as exterior lines hit the fire from the outside until crews re-entered the home. The fire was knocked down within 30 minutes, but crews remained on scene checking for extension. A search found that no residents were home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. - CHRIS TOMPKINS


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Jersey City Ladder Co. 8 placed into service their new E-One 100foot, rear-mount aerial ladder on October 28th. Since then, the rig has seen a heavy load of fire action in the Greenville section of the city. Here, Ladder 8 operates at a 3-alarm fire at Terhune & Fowler Avenues, November 14th.


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Protect Yourself and Your Party Guests this Holiday Season Holiday Cheer Turns to Gloom as Drunk Driving Spikes

One too many toasts can prove deadly during the holidays if partygoers choose to drink and drive. The long Thanksgiving weekend has become the deadliest holiday of the year, propelled by an increase in alcohol sales and drunk driving. During the 2017 holiday season alone, 1,143 people were killed between Thanksgiving Eve and New Year’s Day. Throwing a Festive Fete

Spreading cheer and giving thanks with your loved ones are what the holidays are all about. Keep guests safe with these tips for responsible hosts: -Stay in control: If you choose to serve alcohol at your party, stay within your own limits to set a good example for guests. -Choose a reliable bartender or hire a professional: Don’t let underage guests drink alcohol. Consider putting away alcohol 90 minutes before the end of your party. Offer non-alcoholic beverages in addition to other drinks. -Watch your guests: Arrange rides for any guests who appear to be intoxicated. If they insist on leaving, take their keys and ask a sober guest for help getting them home. -Provide snacks: Food can slow the absorption of alcohol and reduce the peak level of alcohol in the body by about onethird. -Do not pressure guests to drink: Social pressures can be overwhelming. Your guests should feel comfortable not drinking. And never serve alcohol to guests who are visibly intoxicated. Host Liability and Dram Shop

If you are hosting a party or attending a holiday event at a restaurant or bar, there are certain states that consider the host liable if a guest is overserved. “Dram shop” laws refer to laws governing commercial establishments that sell and serve alcoholic beverages to people who are visibly intoxicated, or to minors, who go on to cause injury or death to third parties.

JUMP TO FILE #120519100 However, it isn’t only commercial establishments that are covered by liability laws. In some states, a host who throws a party can be held accountable if a tipsy guest gets behind the wheel after leaving. For example, many state laws allow the victim of a DUI accident to sue and recover damages from a social host when: -The host provided alcohol to a “visibly intoxicated” guest -Circumstances indicated that serving the guest alcohol created an “unreasonable risk of foreseeable harm” -The host failed to take reasonable measures to prevent the harm caused; and,

-The guest got into a car accident and negligently caused property damages or injuries to another person. In some states you may not be liable if a guest over the age of 21 causes damages, but you ARE liable if you provide alcohol to someone under 21. Dram shop and social host liability laws vary widely state to state. For more information, learn about your state’s dram shop and social host liability laws by visiting h t t p s : / / w w w. i i i . o r g / f a c t statistic/facts-statistics-alcoholimpaired-driving - BAGOLIE FRIEDMAN INJURY LAWYERS


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Some Trucks from Morris and Ocean Counties

Last month we showed apparatus from Bergen County in the northern corner of the state, and the month before we showed rigs from Salem County in the southwest corner of the state. This month we converge a little in each direction to show some Morris and Ocean County apparatus. Featured in Morris County is one rescue truck from Lincoln Park and three apparatus from Rockaway Township, namely Green Pond and Hibernia. Green Pond is a corporation of over 400-acres and has a lake community within it. The volunteer fire department was started in 1974 with used apparatus, but the current apparatus was purchased new. There is also a separate first aid squad with one ambulance, which is housed at one end of the fire station. Green Pond E-71 is a 2006 Pierce Contender. The Contender when first introduced was an entry level model available in both custom and commercial chassis. The next model up was the Saber, available in custom chassis. As time went on, the Contender model was discontinued and the Saber now is the entry level platform. The commercial Contender model was also discontinued, but Pierce apparatus is still available with commercial chassis. Green Pond Tender 71 is a Fouts Brothers, a brand that is not common in our state. Fouts started out building tankers using commercial tractors. There is no dealer in the state, as they sell factory direct. This tender has an Elkhart Stinger deck gun, an AH Stock, Newton 12-inch dump valve with a swivel and a 3,000-gallon Fol-da-Tank. The Hibernia Fire Company placed in service in 2018 a KME Panther pumper (Engine 11). In Ocean County, the Beach Haven Fire Company, located in the southern part of Long Beach Island, replaced a 1992 Pierce Arrow 85-foot Snorkel quint with a 2019 Spartan ER rear-mount platform quint, essentially going from a rear-mounted platform to a front-mount platform. It has a Gladiator LFD chassis 515 hp diesel engine, Waterous CSU, 2250-GPM pump, UPF 400-gallon water tank, two TFT Monsoon monitors and a FLIR camera on the platform. It has no generator. Next is from Manchester FC.1 and is Rescue 3217, a 2009 Spartan Gladiator Evolution/Rosenbauer/Central with a 300-GPM pump, 300-gallon water tank, 20-gallon foam tank, 30 kw generator and a 9,000-pound portable winch. Finally, the Laurelton FC in Brick has T-2305, a 2017 KME Predator, 2000/300 with a 102-foot tower and a 10 kw generator. In dealer news, Firefighter One reports that Ferrara Fire Apparatus is completing a Cinder pumper for Frankford (Sussex County), and in production is an Ultra heavy rescue for the City of Wildwood (Cape May County). They also have delivered 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.

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

Hibernia FC E-11, 2018 KME Panther 2000/1000/30 and an 8 kw generator. It was sold by the First Priority Group. JOHN M. MALECKY

Green Pond FC, E-71, 2006 Pierce Contender 1250/100/40 and a 6.5 kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.


Beach Haven Tower-15, 2019 Spartan ER Gladiator, 2250/400/100foot. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC.



Green Pond FC T-71, 2019 Kenworth T-4/Fouts, 2000/3000 and 12inch rear dump valve.

Laurelton FC Tower-2305, 2017 KME Predator, 2000/300/102-foot and 10 kw generator. It was sold by the First Priority Group.



Lincoln Park R-204, 2018 Spartan Gladiator/Rescue 1, 30 kw and 9,000-pound portable winch. It was sold by New Jersey Emergency Equipment.

five McCoy Miller Type 1 ambulances to St. Clare’s. New Jersey Emergency Vehicles has made two P.L. Custom Medallion Type III ambulance deliveries. One was to Atlantic Health and the other to the Borough of Edgewater in Bergen County. They are on Ford E450 chassis. Also, the City of Elizabeth Fire department EMS (Union County) received two P.L. Custom Classic Type 1 ambulances on Ford f550 chassis.

Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: two Enforcer pumpers (one for Westfield in Union County and one for Bellmawr in Camden County); in Essex County an Arrow XT pumper for Nutley and two Ford F-550 ESU light rescues for the NJ Transit Police; in Bergen County, an Enforcer rescue for Closter, an Arrow XT pumper for Mahwah and for Harrington Park, an Impel 107foot Ascendant quint and Ford F-550 mini pumper; in Monmouth County,

Manchester Township, FC.1, R-3217, 2009 Spartan Gladiator Evolution/Rosenbauer/Central 300/300/20 with 30 kw generator and 9,000-pound winch. JOHN M. MALECKY

an Enforcer pumper for Neptune District 1, and an Enforcer heavy duty rescue pumper for Eatontown;in Atlantic County, an Arrow XT 100-foot rear-mount platform, an Enforcer PUC pumper and an Enforcer pumper all for Somers Point, and an Arrow XTR 100-foot Ascendant mid-mount tower for Pleasantville City; an Enforcer 107-foot Ascendant tandem axle aerial for Spotswood (Middlesex County); a Saber top-mount pumper for West Milford (Passaic County);

and an Enforcer pumper for Green Township in Sussex County. Pierce deliveries include an Enforcer pumper to Bayonne (Hudson County), an Arrow XT pumper to Lake Hiawatha FC in Parsippany-Troy Hills (Morris County), an Enforcer pumper to Saddle River (Bergen County), and a Saber pumper to Kenilworth (Union County). - CONTINUED ON PAGE 42

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Absolute Fire Protection reports that they have delivered an E-ONE Typhoon stainless steel rescue pumper with right side pump controls to Stanhope (Sussex County), and a Typhoon stainless steel CAFS eMax pumper to the Holland FC in Holland Township (Hunterdon County). They are prepping for Plainfield (Union County) a Typhoon low hose bed pumper for Engine 3. They have received an order from the Community FC in Middletown Township (Monmouth County) and the Port Reading FC in Woodbridge Township (Middlesex County) for a Typhoon rescue pumper each. Blaze Emergency Equipment earlier this past year delivered a Sutphen Monarch pumper to the Easthampton Township Fire Department (Burlington County). It has a 15-inch raised roof cab, 2000-GPM pump with top-mount/side-mount panel, 1000-gallon water tank and two 25-gallon foam tanks with “A” and “B” foam, and a 6 kw generator. They received an order from the Rainbow Lakes FC in ParsippanyTroy Hills Township (Morris County) for a Sutphen Monarch pumper with a 56-inch Extreme Duty cab. Specs include a 10-inch raised roof, seating for six, Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax 1500-GPM pump with topmount panel, 1000-gallon water tank, 50-gallon foam tank, Zico electric ladder rack, roll-up com-

partment doors, 10 kw Smart Power generator, Command Light CL light tower, and FRC scene lights. VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists has delivered to the Brigantine FD (Atlantic County), a Horton 553 Type III ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis. Emergency Equipment Sales & Services apparatus division has received an order from the Buena Vista Township FC in Newtonville (Atlantic County), for an HME pumper. Specs include an 1871-W chassis stainless steel body, 1750GPM pump with top-mount panel and 1200-gallon water tank. Their ambulance division received an order from Morningstar Transport Services of Plainfield (Union County), for an F.R. Conversions Type II ambulance on a Dodge Ram ProMaster chassis. In other news, Mullica Township (Atlantic County) has purchased West Atlantic City’s 1997 KME pumper with 55-foot FireStix waterway. It has a 1250-GPM pump and 600-gallon water tank. It is expected to be assigned to the Nesco fire station. Logan Township (Gloucester County) was expecting delivery of an E-ONE pumper. Defender Emergency Products received an order from Atlantic City (Atlantic County) for a Rosenbauer pumper. It will have a Commander chassis stainless steel body Cummins L9 diesel engine and Waterous 1500-GPM two-stage pump.

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Ridgefield Park Truck 2 working a three-alarm fire at 594 Tilden Avenue in Teaneck, November 27th.


Three-Alarm Hi-Rise Fire in Paterson Paterson, NJ - Three alarms were transmitted as fire consumed an apartment in a hi-rise OMD on November 14th. At about 10:45 P.M., the alarm was transmitted for a fire at 125 Presidential Blvd., a large 16-story residential. Units from Northside Firehouse across Temple Ave. arrived quickly and observed visible fire from the 13th floor on the 'C' side. A second-alarm was transmitted as companies advanced.

JUMP TO FILE #111519115 Police and firefighters assisted numerous residents fleeing the fire. Two lines were stretched through the apartment and put into operation. A third-alarm was called for as flames were venting out of the balcony and threatening to auto-expose to the floor above. The heavy fire was knocked

down within 10 minutes. Searches and overhaul continued as heavy smoke still issued from the apartment. The fire was placed under control shortly before midnight, with no reported injuries to residents. Two police officers were treated for smoke inhalation. The cause is under investigation.


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