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Kingwood Twp., NJ – First responders were dispatched to a Level 3 Box Alarm for a working structure fire on Tumble Falls Road at 9:51 P.M. on May 11th. Shortly after the arrival of the fire chief, a second-alarm was requested. The house was reported to be fully involved upon arrival of the first crews.

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TYING THE KNOT If you have photos you would like to see in our Tying The Knot feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

Please join us in congratulating Cedar Grove Deputy Chief Mike Grasso and his bride, Vicky!! The newlyweds "tyed the knot" on May 18th at Sacred Heart Church in Wallington. May their years ahead be filled with lasting joy.

FDNY Marine 1 provided a water display during the ceremony.

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Fire Boat Task Force Blessing of the Fleet Held in the Hudson NORTH END FIRE CO.

Weehawken, NJ - Fire boats that make up the newly created New Jersey Regional Fireboat Task Force (NJRFTF) assembled in the Hudson River for a Blessing of the Fleet, near the Chart House Restaurant, on May 1st. Local clergy took part in the blessing; a maritime tradition that originated in Mediterranean fishing communities. Federal and local officials were on hand to celebrate the creation of the task force. The first-of-its-kind shared services agreement was formed in September to better protect our busy waterfront locations. It began after a central communication center was organized to dis-

JUMP TO FILE #050318114 patch fire boats from the North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue's communications center in Union City. Fire boats from the participating departments passed the restaurant, one-by-one, as members of the clergy offered their blessings. FDNY Marine 1 (“Three Forty Three”) provided a water display during the blessing. As of the day of the ceremony, the task force had responded to more than 60 calls for assistance

and helped save lives. Participating fire departments are: Bayonne, Carteret, Edgewater, Elizabeth, Hoboken, Jersey City, Kearny, Linden, Newark, North Hudson, Perth Amboy and Secaucus. The NJ State Police, FDNY and NYPD marine units also answer calls in the area. They too were represented at the ceremony. The task force was described as a “great concept” by Captain Mike Day, commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York. “I couldn't be more proud of the people responsible for this,” he added. - RON JEFFERS

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North Hudson Director of Marine Services and Task Force Coordinator Captain Keith Gonyou, communicates with FDNY Marine 1 to commence the water display.


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Georgia: Stacey Leigh Boulware, 44 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 12, 2018 Death Date: March 12, 2018 Fire Department: Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services Initial Summary: Firefighter Stacey Leigh Boulware collapsed while on duty at Cobb County Fire Station 5. Firefighter Boulware was reported to having responded to two emergency calls and passing a fire department physical agility test in the hours prior to her falling ill. Boulware was treated by fellow responders then transported to Kennestone Hospital where, despite all efforts, she succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Texas: M.V. Hudson, 86 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 28, 2018 Death Date: March 10, 2018 Fire Department: New London Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter M.V. Hudson was injured in a fire tender (tanker) crash on the evening of February 28th. Hudson and two other firefighters were responding to a grass fire when the apparatus left the right side of the roadway and rolled over, badly damaging the cab and injuring all three occupants. The three firefighters had to be extracted from the vehicle and were rushed to the hospital. Two firefighters were subsequently released, but Firefighter Hudson died while in the hospital on March 10, 2018.

Louisiana: Allen Headley, 31 Rank: Firefighter-Operator Incident Date: March 16, 2018 Death Date: March 16, 2018 Fire Department: Plaquemines Parish Fire District # 2 Initial Summary: While on-duty at the fire station, Firefighter-Operator Allen Headley was found unresponsive in the fire station day room. FirefighterOperator Headly was treated by fellow responders and transported to the hospital but succumbed to a

nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Pennsylvania: Ivan Flanscha, 50 & Zachary Anthony, 29 Rank: Firefighters Incident Date: March 21, 2018 Death Date: March 22, 2018 Fire Department: York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services Initial Summary: Firefighter Ivan Flanscha and Firefighter Zachary Anthony were killed from a collapse at the scene of a multi-alarm fire that began the previous day. Fire crews were still onscene putting out hot spots that were flaring up nearly twenty-four hours later. Firefighters Anthony and Flanscha were transported to the hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. Two other firefighters injured in the collapse are reported to be in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Prior to the fire breaking out, the 150 year old multi-story structure, known as the Weaver Organ and Piano building, was being renovated into apartments. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by authorities.

Ohio: Rodney D. Baker, Jr., 47 Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: March 15, 2018 Death Date: March 16, 2018 Fire Department: Madison Township-Kunkle Fire Department Initial Summary: After attending an earlier fire department training meeting, Assistant Chief Rodney D. Baker, Jr., responded to a grass fire at 2229hrs on March, 15, 2018. Chief Baker (Chief 51) was first on scene as the commanding officer for the incident and was back in service at 2336hrs. The following day, while attending a family event, Chief Baker became ill and collapsed at 1638hrs. Family members trained in CPR immediately came to Chief Baker’s aid while the Pioneer Fire Department and Williams County EMS were called to the scene. Assistant Chief Baker was transported to Bryan hospital where, despite all efforts, he later passed away from a reported cardiac event.


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Fire Buff Community Loses a Good Friend UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

He loved all phases of the fire service. Although he lived in Buffalo, N.Y., he became part of the New Jersey fire service. Rich Sikora, 73, passed away in May. Sikora was active in his city and responded to fires with a Red Cross canteen truck to serve firefighters refreshments at major incidents. He was a retired employee of the BFD shops and the city's number one fire buff. His connection with New Jersey began in the late 1970's when members of the Jersey City Gong Club looked him up for a tour of his city before they attended a fire buff's convention in Canada. He provided his usual hospitality and red carpet treatment. Sikora was known for traveling to New York City to buff, but never came to the New Jersey side until he met the Gong Club group. In 1979, he made his first visit to Jersey City and the local buffs, where he found a home-away-from-home. Before long, he became a member of the local club. Rich came down to New Jersey several times a year, along with his son, Kenny, who was about 7-years old when he first traveled down with pop. Rich had a unique sense of humor and always kept the group laughing. There was still plenty of local fire action around, as the “War Years” began to slow down. Rich and Kenny were in attendance for many multiple-alarm fires in the northern end of the state. The cameras were out and cigars smoking! Yes, from Kenny, too. Rich loved all phases of firefighting, and his home is a museum filled with firematic items. You can find anything from models, patches, badges, posters, scrapbooks, apparatus name plates, and you name it. Some of the organizations he belonged to include the International Fire Buffs Associates (IFBA), Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire

Apparatus of America (SPAAMFAA), Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association, and many more. He was a Life Member of the Gong Club, and his son, Kenny, is also a member. It was not unusual to see that team driving the “Gong Wagon” to a fire scene while they were in town. The father and son team had a unique relationship that was more like best friends. They hung out and did many things together. It was a proud day for Richie when his son was appointed to the Buffalo Fire Department. Kenny was later promoted to lieutenant and recently to captain. The team loved New Jersey and they made many close friendships with firefighters and buffs in the Hudson, Bergen and Essex county areas. Rich and his wife, Sandy, were in attendance at the annual Newark Fire Department Historical Society's annual muster every June, with a table filled with firematic items for sale. He had plenty of extras in his collection. They also traveled down to Wildwood for the convention, every September. Family members also spent many Thanksgiving weekends in Jersey with friends. It was a weekend for Christmas shopping and taking in the Macy's parade. Rich enjoyed cooking, and would team up with Gong Club chef, Bob “Bozo” Bozewski, cooking up the regular Saturday night firehouse meal for members and visitors. Rich also had a close relationship with now retired North Hudson Apparatus Director, Pete Giunchini. He would visit the shops with his favorite food items and cook up a barbecue meal for the member's lunch time. He also made close friends in the Newark Fire Department, such as retired Battalion Chief Greg Serico. He had a special fondness for the FDNY's Super Pumper System and collected material on the system as well as models of the apparatus, that began in 1965. He saw the Super Pumper work at fires, and he was especially happy to see it one last time when it was transported to the SPAAMFAA national convention in Circleville, N.Y., in 2016. Sikora also enjoyed the simple things, such as sitting in front of the Gong Wagon, with the apparatus bay door open, watching the world go by, as he smoked a cigar. “This is what

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Kenny Sikora, left, and pop with the Super Pumper during a 2016 muster; one of Rich's favorite rigs of all time.

Rich Sikora, left, with his son, Kenny, now a Buffalo FD captain.

buffing is all about,” was his famous phrase. Along with his wife and son, Richie leaves behind his daughters: Karen, Kimberly, Kathleen and Kristen. Also, ten grandchildren and one great-grand daughter. An old-school fire buff, who dedicated his life to serve in and promote the fire service and it's members, is gone. There is a big void in the fire buff world, now. He will be remembered and missed for many years to come. DOWNS: At least 13 people were injured, two critically, after an explosion ripped through a Vernon Way home in the Port Reading section of Woodbridge, April 21st. UPS: Bayville Fire Chief Ken Anderson and Pinewald Fire Co. Lt. Brian Scott teamed up to rescue a woman after they responded to a “swimmer in distress” call, April 8th. The woman couldn't have held onto the bulkhead in the frigid waters of the lagoon by her Drake Dr. home much longer. When first responders arrived at the home, they found the woman holding her dog, barely able to cling to a bulkhead, officials said. Both men climbed over the bulkhead and entered into the water. Scott pushed the dog up to land and Anderson pulled the woman partially up on the bulkhead. Then they helped the woman and dog into the house. “If it were not for the quick response and actions of Chief Ken Anderson and Lt. Brian Scott, the victim would have succumbed to the effects of hypothermia and would have drowned in the frigid water,” according to the Bayville Fire Company's Facebook page. DOWNS: After Jersey City firefighters extinguished a car fire on 15th St., they found a dead man inside the vehicle, on April 20th. The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office opened an investigation into the incident. UPS: Newark officials unveiled plans for a new state-of-the-art police and fire training complex to be built on the former grounds of the William H. Brown Academy that would train

1,700 police and fire personnel annually. Once ground is broken, Mayor Ras J. Baraka said it should take about 18 months to finish the complex. DOWNS: A small plane crashed in a heavily wooded area near Greenwood Lake Airport, West Milford, May 2nd, killing the pilot and sparking a brush fire, officials said. UPS: Two of Carteret's older pieces of fire apparatus are being donated to Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, where they will be put into active service on the island still recovering from last year's hurricane. The donated units are a 2001 American LaFrance rescuepumper and 1998 American LaFrance 100-foot tower. DOWNS: Three people, including a police officer and firefighter, suffered smoke inhalation during a condominium fire at Cambridge Village in Parsippany, May 2nd. Two families were displaced. Firefighters used a ladder to rescue one man from the 2nd floor, according to police. Lake Hiawatha Fire District 4 Chief Chris Cleary entered the building and rescued a German Shepard from the 2nd floor, officials said. UPS: Retired Morristown Captain Richard Mikutsky has been appointed by Governor Murphy to become the Director of the Division of Fire Safety and State Fire Marshal. The vacated seat had been empty for the previous seven-years. DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire involving two Bergen Ave. dwellings in Jersey City, left 42 people homeless on April 23rd. Some residents reported their pets had died in the fire. At least one was pulled off of a balcony and rescued by firefighters. UPS: Firefighters from Rockaway Township's Marcella Fire Company rescued a woman from Splitrock Reservoir after her kayak floated away, April 28th. Firefighters responded in a launch boat to assist the stranded victim. DOWNS: More than 50 people were displaced following a fire in a condominium complex on Millennium Dr., in Willingboro, April 23rd.

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UPS: Smoke poured out of the back doors of the Brook Plaza shopping mall in Jackson, April 30th, and a 3rd alarm assignment turned out. As firefighters attacked the flames in the Always and Forever Engravings, Trophies and Awards store, other members forced open a door at Major League Exotic Pets. When they opened the door, a sugar glider possum ran out from the smoke. Firefighters retrieved the possum. Howell and Jackson members carried out more than a dozen cages and carriers containing animals. Included in the rescue were birds, lizards, guinea pigs and hamsters. They were placed in a nearby box truck for shelter, according to Jackson Company 1 Chief Tim Carson. The pet store sustained minor smoke damage. DOWNS: Hundreds of residents were forced out of their apartments, April 30th, when a 3-alarm fire occurred at one of the Harmon Cove high rise buildings in Secaucus. Damage was contained to a 4th floor apartment. Smoke filled the entire 25-story building, officials said. UPS: Firefighters rescued two women from a second-story window of a burning apartment building on Haddon Ave., Collingswood, May 8th. Firefighters found the women hanging out of the window and trying to get air as smoke billowed behind them, Fire Chief Keith Davis said. Firefighters used a ladder to help the victims escape. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes. DOWNS: A woman was airlifted from a Wildwood marina, May 9th, after suffering burns in a boat fire. Arriving firefighters found a dry-docked boat in flames and a woman lying on the ground, Deputy Chief Ernie Troiano said. The chief believes the victim jumped from the boat to escape the flames. She suffered “significant burns to both her legs.” The fire spread to two other boats and a condominium. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 14


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Old Bridge, NJ - South Old Bridge Fire District #3 of the Old Bridge FD, under the command of Chief of Dept., Bob Verney, hosted instructors from Mid Atlantic Rescue Sytems for their semi-annual rescue training event on Sunday, May 6th. Old Bridge held several different training evolutions, concluding with an overturned bus placed against trees. Other evolutions in-

cluded overturned autos. The training included use of struts to stabilize the vehicles to assist in safely removing occupants. The day of training was well received by the many members of the department who attended. Central Old Bridge Emergency Medical Service also attended the training. - MARTIN PELTA

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A pickup truck crashed into a utility pole on Rt. 46 in White Twp. on May 25th. The driver was flown to Morristown Medical Center and the truck was destroyed by the fire that erupted after the crash.

Driver Flown by Air Medical After Fiery Crash in White Twp. White Twp., NJ - The adult male driver of a pickup truck that crashed through a utility pole was pulled to safety on May 25th by a volunteer firefighter. The crash occurred on the westbound side of State Highway 46, just east of Sarepta Road, at 11:49 A.M. The firefighter was on scene moments after the crash and before any other first responders. He found the driver unconscious and carried him across the highway to the grass on the eastbound side of the four-lane highway to start rescue breathing and get him away from the crash site, which was now on fire. BLS and ALS crews arrived on scene shortly after to care for the driver, who was breathing on his own at that point. It was decided to have the driver flown by air medical to the trauma unit at Morristown Medical Center. He was transported from the scene by Belvidere Rescue Squad and paramedics to the landing zone set up at DMS Nutritional Products, located a little over a

JUMP TO FILE #052618100 mile from the scene on Macks Island Drive. Once there, the driver, who was alert and conscious, was transferred to the awaiting Atlantic Air One helicopter and flown to Morristown Medical Center. The pickup, which was pulling a landscape type trailer with a riding mower on it, was apparently traveling westbound on State Highway 46 just prior to the crash. The truck left the roadway, going off to the right, smashed a utility pole into two or three sections, and brought high voltage power lines and transformers down onto the truck and ground. The truck erupted into flames shortly after the crash, which eventually gutted the whole truck. Firefighters had to wait for Jersey Central Power & Light crews to arrive on scene and shut off the power to the downed lines before they could attack the fire.

The highway was closed off in both directions during the main part of the incident. The eastbound lanes were opened after fire crews and trucks cleared that side of the divided highway; the whole roadway was opened back up shortly before 2:00 P.M. A few hours after the initial call, firefighters were dispatched back to the area after another utility pole fell and brought power lines down, which started a small brush fire. Responding to the crash and landing zone were the New Jersey State Police( Washington and Hope Stations), Good Will Fire Co. (Station 21), Mountain Lake Fire Co. (Station 72), Knowlton FD (Station 41), Belvidere Rescue Squad (21 Rescue), Knowlton Rescue Squad (41 Rescue), and paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center (EMS 2). The New Jersey State Police, Washington Station, is handling the investigation of the crash.

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Instructors Dave Kirkwood and Rick Salkowski of Mid Atlantic Rescue Systems lecture members about the training evolution with the bus on its side against the trees.

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Instructor Salkowski explains the placement of the struts.

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Manatee County Fire Services Goes to the Dogs for Early Cancer Detection Manatee County, FL - They say that a dog is man’s best friend; well, soon he may be firefighters' best friend as well. With cancer rates soaring at an alarming rate, there is only so much a firefighter can do to reduce the risk of contracting this disease. Early detection is the key in battling it, and the answer might be only a sniff away. Last summer, while working a fire in California at the Modoc National Forest, I was having lunch with some paramedics from central California and they were talking about the dogs. I listened for a while and then asked what exactly they were talking about. To my surprise, they said they were talking about a program that their fire departments run once a year with dogs from Canada that sniff out cancer. I have to say at first I really thought they were pulling my leg (especially being that I'm originally from New Jersey), but as I listened, the story was more than believable with the dogs finding cancer in some of their firefighters. That night when I got back to camp, I called my wife and had her look up "Canada Cancer Dogs," and there it was. We decided that we were going to research it and run the program in Manatee County, Florida where we live. We gave Glenn Ferguson, owner of Canada Cancer Dogs, a

JUMP TO FILE #051518110 call to set up the program for Manatee County, which he explained my wife and I would now be project managers of. We needed an organization to sponsor the program, so I approached Manatee County Fire Academy, where I'm an instructor. We used the Academy and then traveled to firehouses for a two-week period to take samples. We opened the program to firefighters and their families, and around 300 samples were taken. The test starts with participants filling out a medical questionnaire, followed by each individual breathing into a mask for 10 minutes. (Participants pay $20 for the mask.) The masks are then mailed out to Canada for the dogs to test. Each mask is sniffed by at least four dogs that are about 96% accurate in detecting cancer. The dogs can find cancer cells at a very early stage, much sooner than conventional cancer testing. The Chicago Fire Department has been using this program for years, and even has a documentary out about it called “Walking Points”. For more information about the program and how you and your department can get involved, visit www.CancerDogs.Ca

The true heroes: Indie, Romeo, Buster, Jenkins and Ozzy helping with early cancer detection.

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Firefighters from Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue mask up to take the screening.

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Florida Forestry's Chris Taylor breaths into the mask for 10 minutes.

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Manatee County Project Managers, Willie and Sandra Cirone.


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Deadly Fire at Clifton Apartment Building Claims One Life

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Besides the standard logo on the door, Edison's three new Spartan pumpers have a tribute to Thomas Alva Edison on the sides of the cabs.

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There are currently over 1 million firefighters in the United States. About 750,000 of these firefighters are volunteers.

Clifton, NJ - CPR was being performed on a resident of a Clifton apartment building as he was put into an ambulance after being removed from his burning unit on May 23rd. Clifton units were dispatched at JUMP TO FILE# 7:40 A.M. for sev- 052418105 eral calls of a fire at 4 Greenbrier Court. The first unit from nearby Firehouse #5 initially reported nothing showing, but then quickly changed to a working fire when smoke was showing from the rear of the two-and-a-half story apartment building. A second-alarm was transmitted, with companies responding to the front of the building and the rear through a parking area. Members entered the apartment and during the initial search found an unresponsive man and removed him to the front courtyard. EMS started CPR and quickly loaded and transported the patient to the hospital. Two lines were stretched into the front door and the fire in the rear was rapidly knocked down. Members checked for extension in the apartment above and on the sides and found none. Smoke from the fire apartment and the apartment above was vented, and the fire was placed under control in less than one hour. No additional injuries were reported. On May 24th, it was reported that the resident passed away from his injuries. - BILL TOMPKINS

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UPS: Alan Brutosky has been promoted to fire captain in Passaic. New lieutenants are Robert Niessen and Jonathan Pearson. DOWNS: A Waldick woman died after she was pulled from her burning Van Court home, May 15th. The fire may have been started by an unattended candle lit during a power outage as the result of a storm, authorities said. UPS: Girl Scout Troop 11021 thanked local firefighters for what they do by providing dinner at Mays Landing Volunteer Fire Company Reliance Hall, April 15th, for members and their families. The dinner was mostly funded by the troop's cookie sales. They cooked and served about 60 people. DOWNS: One pet died and two firefighters were hospitalized in a dwelling fire in the Belford section of Middletown, May 17th. Firefighters found three pets inside, according to fire department spokesman Dennis Fowler. The “fire department utilized pet resuscitation equipment donated earlier in the year by Canine Company,” Fowler said. Two of the pets recovered, but the third “did not survive.”

UPS: Linden Fire Chief Joseph Dooley has been elected to the position of the new Fire/Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Environmental (CBRNE) chairman. DOWNS: A Clifton man succumbed to his injuries after a fire in his first-floor apartment on Market St., May 23rd. The 69-year-old was found unconscious in the apartment and taken to a local hospital. UPS: Five boaters in a small metal boat capsized, May 18th, not far from the Keansburg fishing pier. Crews from the FDNY and the Middletown Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. Middletown firefighters rescued two of the boaters and the FDNY grabbed the other three out of the water, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier. All of the victims were brought to the FDNY boat, which took them to the shore where EMS personnel were waiting. DOWNS: In May, Jersey City Engine 14 radioed in to Dispatch that they had a naked male EDP in front of their Palisade Avenue quarters, stopping traffic and trying to start a fight. Engine 14 and Ladder 7 were placed out-of-service, unable to respond, until police and EMS took care of the situation.

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Deputy Chief George Pedaline of the Belleville Fire Department was honored with a walkoff celebration for his last day of duty on Friday, April 27th. He leaves the department after 38 years of service. Family, friends, coworkers from the township, and other area departments joined him in an afternoon celebration.

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Deputy Chief Pedaline said, "38 years ago, my dad, a town police officer, told me to take the test for the fire department. I told him that I didn't want to be a fireman. He said if I didn't like it after a year, to leave. Well 38 years later, I’m leaving. I worked with a great bunch of guys over the years and had a lot of fun. I have to say, I’m going to miss it."


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Firefighters’ Quick Work Saves Home in Fair Lawn Fair Lawn, NJ - A quick response and extinguishment of an exterior fire kept damage to the rest of the structure to a minimum on May 20th in Fair Lawn. Fair Lawn fire companies were dispatched at about 9:15 P.M. to 8-18 Fern Street for a re- JUMP TO FILE# port of a fire. 052218118 Heavy fire was showing from the front of the structure that was being utilized as a group home. Initially believed to be heavy fire venting out the front door was soon realized to be a heavily involved front porch with flames extending up the vinyl siding to the second-story and roof eaves. A line was put into operation to knock down the fire. Companies checked for extension inside the home. Minor fire damage and moderate smoke and water damage was sustained on the interior. The fire was placed under control in less than one hour. One firefighter suffered a leg injury, but there were no reported civilian injuries. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Hunterdon County 200 Club Awards Six Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad Members for Merit Clinton, NJ - The 200 Club of Hunterdon County held its annual Valor and Merit Awards Banquet on Wednesday evening, May 2nd, at the Clinton Holiday Inn. Every year they recognize Hunterdon County’s first responders who go above and beyond the call of duty JUMP TO FILE# while performing 050618100 extraordinary service and/or risking their lives to save others. Included in this group are the Police Officers, State Troopers, Volunteer Firefighters, First Aid Squad Members, Sheriff's Officers, Prosecutor's Office personnel, and citizens of Hunterdon County. The 200 Club handed out 32 awards at the banquet for events that occurred in 2017 to members of the following organizations: Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Clinton Police Department, Pattenburg Rescue Squad, Clinton Twp. Police Department, New Jersey State Police, as well as recognizing the service of retired Chief of Police Sebastian Donaruma of Readington Township and retired Chief of Police Thomas Holmes from Tewksbury Township. Six members of the Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad received Meritorious Service Awards for two different events in 2017. The first incident involved a water rescue on Round Valley Reservoir on September 30th, which was featured in the article “Two Kayakers in Round Valley Reservoir Rescued by Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad”, published in 1st Responder News as story #102517108. The reservoir covers over three square miles and is approximately 180-feet deep, making it the deepest lake in New Jersey with a capacity of 55-billion gallons of water. Water temperature at the time of the rescue was 68-degrees. A little before 4:35 P.M., Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad was dispatched to Round Valley for a reported overturned kayak with people in the water and in distress. The Squad’s Marine Rescue Team support units and two rescue boats, along with two BLS units, arrived on location at the reservoir’s main boat launch on the northwest corner of the reservoir. Members launched rescue boats manned by Captain Chris Miller, Lieutenant Paul Smith, EMT/Rescue Tech Christopher Querry and EMT/Rescue Tech Benjamin Hagan. The Squad’s Chief, Frank Setnicky, set up on scene command. Hunterdon County Communications advised him that there was a blue and white kayak with two victims in red life vests unaccounted for. Water rescue teams, under the guidance of Lt. Smith, began a search of the reservoir just

(L to R): Chief Frank Setnicky, Rescue Captain Chris Miller, Lieutenant Paul Smith, EMT/Rescue Tech Benjamin Hagan, and EMS Deputy Chief H. Bucky Buchanan at the 200 Club of Hunterdon County annual Valor and Merit Awards Banquet in Clinton on May 2, 2018. RICH MAXWELL

off the south dam, moving east towards campers launch and the cove area. Finding nothing in the water there, the search began moving east from campsites diagonally across the water, searching all directions visually. Shortly thereafter, the first victim was located, found prone, hugging the capsized kayak. He was not able to move his arms, but was able to speak to the rescuers. He was helped into the Squad’s rescue boat with initial care conducted by EMT Querry, including rewarming with an emergency heat blanket. The first victim was able to tell rescuers that the other boater was last seen northwest of their location, treading water and wearing a life vest. A "Man Over Board" marker was activated in the GPS navigation system to secure the location where the first victim was found. Rescue boat crews began searching in the direction indicated above but nothing was found. They then began diagonal search patterns again to cover more area. Command told rescue crews that an item was spotted floating approximately 300-yards off shore from the main boat launch. While heading towards that location, the first victim and EMT Querry saw something bobbing in the water about 150-yards off shore towards the campsites. They found the second victim floating with only his head and upper shoulders above of the water. He was unable to speak coherently or move due to exhaustion. Rescue swimmers Hagan and

Querry quickly entered the water while Capt. Miller deployed the side retrieval netting. They were able to rescue the victim and get him into the rescue boat. Lt. Smith and Capt. Miller helped the swimmers back into the boat. Capt. Miller took on patient care of the second victim, who was cool to the touch, shivering and incoherent. Command was advised of the situation, who requested paramedics to be dispatched to the boat ramp. The life vest and clothing were removed from the second victim, and he was then wrapped in thermal blankets with heat packs. Both victims were taken to the boat launch where BLS and ALS crews took over care for them. They were then transported to Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Township. The second Marine Rescue Boat was detailed to make contact and recover the third boater, who was uninjured and on the shoreline on the opposite side of the reservoir. They also recovered the overturned kayak everyone was on. Captain Chris Miller, Lieutenant Paul Smith, EMT/Rescue Tech Christopher Querry and EMT/Rescue Tech Benjamin Hagan were all awarded with the 200 Club’s Meritorious Service Award for their actions in this rescue. The second incident involved a reported industrial accident on December 14th. At 9:03 A.M., Clinton Police Officers Jeffrey Ollerenshaw and Peter Tilstra, along with the

Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad, and Paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center were dispatched to 33 West Main Street where a 58-year-old construction worker had been run over by a trackhoe, causing a life-threatening crushing injury to his legs. The police officers arrived within minutes, followed by Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad members EMT/FF Shannon Giuliani and EMT Katherine Janecka. Patrolman Ollerenshaw and EMT/FF Giuliani immediately assessed the victim’s lower legs and found that a worker on scene had placed improvised tourniquets, using a dog leash and belt, on the patient’s legs. The first responders worked quickly and efficiently to replace both with proper tourniquets, one that Ptl. Ollerenshaw carried on his duty belt, and one from the Squad’s medical bag. Patrolman Tilstra helped to stabilize the patient and EMT Janecka assisted with assessment of any other injuries. Additional squad members and paramedics arrived on scene shortly after, continuing patient care. The victim was transported to a landing zone set up by Clinton and Quakertown Fire Companies a little over a half mile from the scene and flown to St. Luke’s Trauma Center in Bethlehem, PA, by NJSP NorthStar helicopter. Clinton Chief of Police Bred Matheis said shortly after the incident, "In all likelihood, if the officers weren't properly trained and

equipped with trauma equipment, including tourniquets and without their quick response and actions, the victim might not have survived the scene". EMT/FF Shannon Giuliani, EMT Katherine Janecka and Police Officer Jeffrey Ollerenshaw were awarded with the 200 Club’s Meritorious Service Award for their actions in this incident. Over 50 years ago, a Detroit businessman elicited generous responses when he asked 100 business friends to contribute $200 each to the family of a young local police officer who was fatally wounded in the line of duty. This selfless act was the beginning of the 200 Club. The 200 Club of Hunterdon County was established in 1976 as a New Jersey not-for-profit corporation to provide financial assistance to families of any police officer, fire, rescue, and emergency management personnel providing such services to the citizens of Hunterdon County who have lost their lives or become disabled in the line of duty. The Club stands ready at a moment's notice to provide assistance should the need ever arise. The Club is governed by an all-volunteer 15-member Board of Trustees. Officers of the Club include President Peter DeLoria, Vice President Frank Fuzo, Secretary Rich Reiner and Treasurer Les Hall. The Club currently has over 300 members. - RICHARD MAXWELL


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Firefighters Battle House Fire in Maywood During Storm Maywood, NJ - On the afternoon of May 15th, the Maywood Fire Department had one of those unusual runs. During a violent rain storm, like many municipalities, they got struck with high winds, lightning and rain. At around 5:40 P.M., the fire department was dispatched to the area of Elm Street and Terrace Avenue where a tree took down two poles, one landing on a house. Nothing was apparent, so Chief Tuttle released companies to handle other runs, except for the firstdue engine. Afterwards, the crew observed a very light smoke condition coming from the "A/B" corner of the structure where one of the

JUMP TO FILE #051518116 poles was laying. Further investigation revealed that the primary wire was energizing a gutter on the home, which was was starting to burn. A general alarm responded back to the scene, but then came the waiting game for Public Service to respond, as crews were busy all over the county tending to power line calls due to the storm. Companies eventually had to take precautionary action when the fire and smoke condition became heavy on the second-floor and attic.

Lines were stretched to the dwelling from Engine 18 as fire began to show in the eaves of the home. The fire was contained to the top floor of the home. Upon arrival of PSE&G, crews were able to complete the extinguishment. Mutual Aid from Hackensack, Rochelle Park, Saddle Brook and Paramus operated at the scene. Hackensack University Emergency Medical Services and Saddle Brook Ambulance Rehab unit also operated on the scene while an engine from Lodi covered the town. Thank you Maywood FD for assistance with this article. - DAMIEN DANIS

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Livingston Chief of Department Chris Mullin has been assigned a 2017 Chevy Tahoe.

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Union Fire Captain Gary Steitz, Sr. and his son, Matthew, a Cranford firefighter (not pictured), are restoring former Irvington's 1953 Mack Type 85 model 750-GPM/300-GWT pumper that was acquired by the I.F.D. through the Civil Defense program, post World War II.

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MEMORIAL BOARD If your department has photos you would like to see in our “Memorial Board” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

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Charles "Chuck" Augenbaugh, fifth from right, with officers, members and speakers, for the NJDFCA's 2014 safety seminar.

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The Wallington Fire Department held their annual memorial service/inspection on April 28th, at Truck Co. 201 that sits on the corner of Union Blvd. and Hayward Place. The corner was renamed "Greg Barnas Plaza" in memory of Captain Gregory Barnas. Captain Barnas, a career and volunteer firefighter, died on February 28, 2014 when he fell off a roof after he suffered a heart attack while fighting a working fire. Captain Barnas' wife, Patty, along with his son, Kevin, and the rest of the family were there for the unveiling of the new plaque that sits on Truck Co. 201's firehouse.

One of the original founding members of the New Jersey Deputy Chief's Association passed away in April. Charles “Chuck” Augenbaugh, 80, died after a long battle with cancer. The NJDFCA is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to safety, education and training. Chuck became the organization's first president in 1990, and he held that position for 25-years. He testified in Trenton on many fire service related issues to keep firefighters safe. He joined the Belleville Fire Department in 1958 and retired after 41-years of service with the rank of deputy chief. Augenbaugh served in the US Marine Corps and later earned a Bachelor of Science Degree at New York University. While on the job, he continued his education, earning a Master of Arts degree from Montclair State Col-

JUMP TO FILE #051418123 lege in education. He taught as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Jersey City State College and Passaic County Community College. Additional accomplishments included serving as President of the New Jersey Chapter of Fire Service Instructors, and he was a project director for New Jersey's Forest Fire Service. While serving on national committees for training and education in the fire service, Chuck was asked by Governor Kean to write a proposal for a statewide program involving training and education for New Jersey's Fire Service, which he developed and produced. During his tenure as president of the NJDFCA, Augenbaugh was

successful in having become a law of a statewide Fire Incident Command System for New Jersey. The law establishes a common management system for emergency situations in the state. He was also instrumental in making grants available for incident command boards and in getting NARCAN placed into ambulances and police cars. In his home, Chuck had boxes and boxes of research papers pertaining to fire service safety and education. The safety and welfare of firefighters was always on his mind, and he was always looking at ways to improve conditions. His dedication and passion serving New Jersey firefighters will be long missed. - RON JEFFERS

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Home Depot Donates Decon Bucket Kits to Hunterdon County Fire Departments Delaware Twp., NJ - In response to concerns about the safety of volunteer firefighters' exposure to cancer-causing carcinogens, the Home Depot of Flemington recently donated 30 Decontamination Bucket Kits to the Hunterdon County Fire Chief’s Association. (This issue was raised back in February in 1st Re- JUMP TO FILE# sponder News story 052918113 #022318103, titled “Firefighter Decontamination Isn’t Just For HazMat Incidents Anymore”.) Earlier in May, Jess Lomba, store manager of Home Depot, and Jon Glahn, from the tool rental department, met with representatives of the County Fire Chief’s Association at the Sergeantsville Volunteer Fire Company in Delaware Township. They delivered 30 Decontamination Bucket Kits to Ed Fleming, president of the fire chief’s association and Deputy Chief of Sergeantsville Vol. Fire Co., along with Chief Bradley Patkochis of the Quakertown Volunteer Fire Company, and Chief Rick Hendricks of the Stockton Volunteer Fire Dept. The buckets contain a garden hose, nozzle, Dawn dish soap, scrub brushes, spray bottle, cleaning wipes and a garbage bag. The materials can be used to scrub down (“decon”) the firefighters after being exposed to smoke during firefighting activities. The bucket kits will be distributed to all of the fire companies in Hunterdon County at the June Fire Chief’s meeting; each company will get one kit. They will be carried on their engines and used to scrub down the firefighters at the scenes. As mentioned in earlier articles, this is to help reduce their exposure to cancer-causing contaminates. The Hunterdon County Fire Chief’s Association has formed a new committee to deal with this issue, known as the Firefighter Cancer Awareness Committee. Committee members include: Chairmen Fire Chief Bradly Patkochis, Quakertown Volunteer Fire Company; Fire Chief Walter Dorf, Clinton Volunteer Fire Department; Fire Captain Scott Wintermute, Clinton Volunteer Fire Department; Fire Captain Steve Bardecker, Clinton Volunteer Fire

Department; and Deputy Fire Chief Ed Fleming, Sergeantsville Volunteer Fire Company. President Ed Fleming said, “The HCFCA would like to thank Flemington Home Depot for their generous support in donating all the DECON buckets and its contents. Home Depot is a great community supporter.” The Hunterdon County Fire Chief’s Association was established in 1951 and is made up of Chiefs and other line officers from the 30 volunteer fire departments that cover Hunterdon County. Flemington Home Depot employees Jon Glahn, David Fleming and Greg Casper, all from the tool rental department, put the "DECON" buckets together. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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Plainsboro, NJ – Plainsboro Township and the Plainsboro Fire Company will say thank you to Roy and Ted Wagner as they celebrate their 50th anniversary as firefighters in the township in events scheduled for May and June. The twin brothers will lead the Plainsboro Founder’s Day Parade on Sunday, May 6th, and receive a salute from some of the surrounding mutual aid companies with which they’ve worked for five decades. The fire company will honor them and their families with a private dinner in May, and state and local officials will salute them at the fire company meeting on Monday, June 4th. The Wagners joined the fire company on June 4, 1968, and 50 years later, they are still answering the call. Roy serves as Plainsboro’s Assistant Fire Chief and Ted serves as Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners and as a firefighter. When they became firefighters, Plainsboro was a rural, agricultural community that had a population of about 1,600 residents, and was mainly known for its farms, especially the Walker Gordon Farm on Plainsboro Road; and as the location of Princeton University’s James Forrestal Campus. Over the course of the 50 years that followed, the brothers played key roles in the leadership of the fire company and guided it as it grew and expanded with Plainsboro, which has become a business, pharmaceutical and healthcare center, and a busy suburban community. They both served as chief of the fire company and as line officers, and have been at or near the top of responding volunteers by number of calls every year since they joined. Roy and Ted followed their father, Ted Wagner, Sr., one of

JUMP TO FILE #050118117 Plainsboro’s first firefighters, into the fire company. Firefighting then became a family affair for their own families. Each has seen a son become Plainsboro fire chief. Other family members became firefighters and associate members, serving as assistant chief, secretary and committee chairs. When the brothers joined the fire company in 1968, Lyndon Johnson was in the White House and Richard Hughes was Governor of New Jersey. Since that time, nine presidents and 14 governors of

New Jersey have taken office. Even more striking, however, is Plainsboro’s transformation during the same time frame from a small, quiet farm town into a suburban community of more than 20,000 residents with thousands of garden apartment and condo units, townhouses, single-family homes, shopping centers, hotels and office complexes. The one constant through all of that change has been Roy and Ted Wagner responding to a fire dispatch from either the Walker Gordon Farm steam whistle, the fire company’s siren or today’s modern paging system.

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Teaneck, NJ - An occupant of a burning Teaneck home was safely removed by the first arriving company as heavy smoke and flames had him trapped on the second-floor on April 28th. Teaneck fire JUMP TO FILE# units were dis- 050118103 patched at about 9:00 A.M. to the area of Degraw and Morningside Avenues for a report of a home filled with smoke. Firstdue Engine 3 reported visible smoke from the eaves, then fire showing on the “B” side. Heavy fire in the basement was venting out of a side door and extending upward. After removing the trapped resident, lines were stretched through the side and front doors. A second-alarm was transmitted, bringing Hackensack and Englewood to the scene. Members made a push into the basement and were able to knock down the heavy fire. Flames extended to the first-floor and pushed smoke throughout the structure. Companies vented and opened up, and were able to halt the spread of the fire. Conditions slowly improved and the fire was able to be placed under control in less than two hours. No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported. Investigators were summoned to determine the cause. - BILL TOMPKINS

Plainfield Fire Division Battalion Chief David Jackson brought his daughter Maddie to hang with him and the crew on "Bring Your Child to Work Day", April 26th. She was able to go on a few calls and participated in several training events. David said that his daughter had the best time ever thanks to his guys on Platoon 1. Pictured is Lt. Landis and Maddie on Truck Company 3.

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WOMEN IN FIREFIGHTING

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Teaneck Probationary Firefighter Ashley Hahn of Engine Co. 1 heads back to the rig after being on the nozzle for the first time at a two-alarm fire on April 28th.

Bergenfield, NJ - A thirdalarm fire tore though a large three-story frame early Thursday morning, May 3rd, on Bergen Avenue in Bergenfield. Firefighters were dispatched to 107 Bergen Ave. around 1:30 A.M. for a reported outside fire in the rear. Police arrived on scene and updated dispatch that there was heavy fire showing from the first-floor. Bergenfield's Chief Naylis heard the updated info and transmitted a second-alarm while en-route. Once on scene, heavy fire vented from all sides of the struc-

JUMP TO FILE #050818118 ture and continued to spread. The first-due engine company arrived and stretched a one-and-threequarter inch handline to the "Bravo" side to protect the exposure as fire vented from the first and second floors. Ladder crews forced the front door as additional two-and-a-half inch and one-andthree-quarter inch lines were stretched and used to knock down the heavy fire from the exterior. Firefighters made a very ag-

gressive interior attack, knocking down the majority of fire before mutual aid arrived on scene. A third-alarm would be transmitted as all companies opened up and chased pockets of fire throughout the structure. The fire was knocked down in under 30 minutes, but crews remained on scene with overhaul. Mutual Aid from Tenafly, Dumont, Englewood and Teaneck assisted on scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

OLD & NEW

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Late Afternoon Fire Destroys Two Mobile Homes in Bass River Twp. Bass River Twp., NJ - Just after 5:30 P.M. on April 29th, a fire was reported in a mobile home community located in Bass River Township. Upon arrival, firefighters found two mobile homes fully engulfed in flames. Command requested mutual aid to respond from Ocean, Atlantic and Burlington Counties. Several one-and-three-quarter inch lines were placed into service. The bulk of the fire was knocked down within 20 minutes, and the fire was placed under control about one hour later. No one was injured, and the fire is under investigation by the Fire Marshal's Office.

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Livingston’s 2018 Engine 1 (left), a Spartan ER pumper, parked next to it predecessor, a 1996 Mack MR/Saulsbury pumper.


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NYC’s WPIX TV Honors Keyport EMS Volunteers as ‘Hometown Heroes’ Keyport, NJ – WPIX TV (PIX11), a New York City television station, recently featured the volunteers of the Keyport First Aid Squad during its April 18th “Hometown Heroes” segment. Citing the organization’s “amazing crew,” viewer Michele Rivera nominated the members of the 90-year-old all-volunteer squad for recognition. Reporter Lisa Mateo and her camera crew arrived early and spent several hours interviewing some of the nearly two dozen squad members on hand for the live show. Despite having only two days to prepare for the visit, it went off without a hitch, according to Chief Ken Krohe. “It was nice,” he said. “They spent a long time with us, asking lots of questions. They seemed genuinely interested and enthusiastic about what we do for the community.” Comprised of approximately 50 active riding members, 30 cadets and 18 auxiliary members, the squad provides 24/7 basic life support coverage of Keyport’s 1.5 square miles, as well as mutual aid for surrounding municipalities, when needed. Named “Outstanding Volunteer EMS Agency” during the 2014 New Jersey Statewide Conference on EMS, the Keyport First Aid Squad proudly supports a large, active cadet program, which is great for overall membership, Krohe said. “Half of our adult members are former cadets who remained with the squad,” Krohe said. The members, who range in age from an 11-year-old cadet to an 83-year-old driver, answer 1,300-1,400 calls annually and

JUMP TO FILE #050318113 staff special events. “We don’t turn anyone away,” Krohe said, adding that people who aren’t interested in hands-on patient care can always volunteer to help maintain the building or equipment, help plan events, assist with administrative tasks or find other ways to be helpful. “Everyone has a talent, and there’s something for everyone. “Volunteerism isn’t dead,” he said. “It’s all in how you manage a squad. You’ve got to put energy into it.” Keyport FAS maintains four ambulances and two rescue boats, and houses and operates the New Jersey EMS Task Force’s Medical Ambulance Bus. Krohe said Keyport’s members were thrilled to be recognized for all their hard work and showcase what they do. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from the TV segment,” he said with a chuckle. "Some people, when they’ve seen us around town, have made comments like, ‘Hey, you’re movie stars'!." The Keyport First Aid Squad is one of nearly 270 volunteer EMS agencies affiliated with the nonprofit EMS Council of New Jersey. Visit the link below to view a portion of WPIX’s coverage of the Keyport First Aid Squad’s “Hometown Heroes”: http://pix11.com/2018/04/18/ pix11-honors-the-keyport-firstaid-squad/

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In Middlesex County, the North Stelton Fire Company of Piscataway Township operates Brush 624, a 2001 AM General/Danko K-12 Series, H-1 Hummer. It has a Waterous CPK-2 300-GPM pump and a 300-gallon water tank. It has an Elkhart Sidewinder monitor mounted on the hood and a Warn 6,000pound front winch. Other features and equipment include a Central Tire Inflation System, Will Burt Night Scan, ROM roll-up compartment doors on the body, rear pump panel, a 1/ ¾-inch dead load, three-inch supply line, one-inch hose reel, fire rakes, a tool box, AED, BLS jump kit, saws, hand extinguishers SCBA, a handlight, folding ladder and back board.

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N. Stelton Brush 624, 2001 Am General/Danko H-1 Hummer, 300/300 with Elkhart Sidewinder on the hood and front winch.

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Bicyclist’s Journey from Key West to Canada Benefits First Responders Poughkeepsie, NY - A 70year-old US Army veteran has traveled up the east coast on a bicycle to raise money and awareness for veterans and first responders. Jerry Lachance of Sandown, New Hampshire started his cycling journey on April 9th in Key West and pedaled 2800 miles, all the way to the Pittsburgh, New JUMP TO FILE# Hampshire-Cana- 052218112 dian border, arriving on May 19th. The 23-year volunteer firefighter from the small New Hampshire town did the trip from Canada to Key West in 2016 and raised over $25,000 for Ride2Recovery, which is part of Project Hero. This year he decided to run the trip in reverse and has raised over $14,000 to date. Lachance has stressed that this trip, working with donors, is designed to give back to those who gave so much. Project Hero is an adaptive sports medicine organization that serves veterans and first responders, and is dedicated to helping those affected by PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and other deficiencies to achieve rehabilitation and recovery. They also build and provide adaptive bikes to physically challenged and injured veterans and first responders. The organization has also founded the Project Hero Institute for Mental Health to support clinical research programs. Lachance's trip ended at a firehouse along the route almost every night. On May 11th he started his day in Milford, Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River, and crossed the Hudson River, ending at the Arlington Fire District headquarters in the Town of Poughkeepsie, New York. The well-traveled cyclist was greeted by Captain Bill Steenbergh and his firefighters. The union representing the Arlington firefighters, IAFF Local

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2393 prepared a meal of steak and potatoes for their guest and fed him breakfast on Saturday before he departed for Canaan, Connecticut. The Vietnam veteran said that Project Hero, through his ride donors, hopes to provide funding for fire departments to purchase bulletproof vests. There has been a surge in violence towards firefighters and medics who are responding to calls. "When you have to wear a flak jacket to go on calls, there's a problem." Lachance intimated that he can't eliminate the danger, but Project Hero can attempt to provide an added level of safety. To follow the travels of Jerry Lachance or donate to his trip, v i s i t http://r2r.convio.net/site/TR?px=1 057650&fr_id=1181&pg=personal - TODD BENDER

Lachance (in cycling gear) with the Arlington firefighters, including Captain Bill Steenbergh.

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MEMORIAL BOARD

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Paterson Responds to Fully Engulfed Truck Paterson, NJ - A full assignment was dispatched for a truck on fire at 493 Main Street at 12:30 P.M. on May 18th, near the Route 80 overpass. The truck was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Engine 6 was assisted by Truck 1 to help extinguish and overhaul the blaze.

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On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Mountainside Fire Department laid to rest their former member, Robert E. Wyckoff. Born in 1937, Bob served the department as a 25 year member, filling various positions and taking the helm as Fire Chief on four different occasions. He was a life member of the New Jersey State Firemen’s Relief Association. Mr. Wyckoff was also the Chairman of the building committee for the new firehouse when it was built back in 1974, and chaired other committees to purchase new fire apparatus in 1978 and 1982. He possessed outstanding leadership qualities and was revered by many as one of the best members that the department had the pleasure to share company with. Rest in peace Bob!


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ON THE LITER SIDE

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ABC Emergency Department? A Pierce rear-mount ladder, designated as ABC Emergency Ladder 41, at the scene of a three-alarm fire in Belleville. The rig is actually a loaner to Nutley FD as they await the delivery of their new truck.

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Crews Battle Stubborn Fire in Ridgefield Park Ridgefield Park, NJ - Ridgefield Park firefighters battled a stubborn two-alarm fire late Monday night, April 23rd, that caused extensive damage to the top floor of the East Grand Avenue home. Shortly before midnight, firefighters were dispatched to 139 East Grand Ave. for a reported electrical fire in the wall. Two minutes later, a working fire was transmitted as heavy smoke was showing on arrival. Two hand lines were stretched off Engine 1, one through the front

JUMP TO FILE #042418104 door and the other to the rear of the house. As crews opened up, flames flared up in different locations between the first and second floors. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack, chasing fire in the walls up to the secondfloor and attic. Ladder companies vented the roof as engine companies opened up the walls on the second-floor.

Fire vented through the roof for a short time before interior crews were able to hit the bulk of the fire. Mutual aid from Bogota, Hackensack, Teaneck and Little Ferry assisted on scene in containing the blaze. The fire was knocked down within one hour. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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Newark is known for its fire activity, and there are many veteran E-One pumpers and trucks that have continued to protect this city over the years. This 1987 E-One 110-foot rear-mount aerial ladder still serves in a reserve capacity, and sports the former whiteover-lime department colors. Recently, the spare units were redesignated with 30 series numbers. Odd numbers indicate a truck, and this rig is Ladder 33.

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Ocean Grove Engine 54-3-76 is a 1986 Pierce Arrow 1000-GPM/500GWT pumper that is still faithfully serving the community.

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2018's Firefighter Level 1 Class Graduates from Toms River Fire Training Center Toms River, NJ - The Silverton Volunteer Fire Company congratulates the graduating Firefighter 1 class of the Toms River Fire Training Center fall class 20172018, especially Firefighter Brid- JUMP TO FILE# gette Badalis. Fire- 052318103 fighter Badalis was presented with the Milan "SPIKE" Baron Award for top recruit in the class based upon a combination of academic, physical fitness and practical evolution performance. The plaque at the training center reads: "In honor of Chief Baran's dedication to this academy and to his great love for training and education. This award is presented to one recruit in each Level 1 class for outstanding performance from a combination of high academic and practical scores. The following are members of Silverton that have received this award: Michael Willson (2002), Pete Sabey (2003), Gene Russo (2004), John Sullivan (2006), Maxwell Kenny (2013), William Carolan (2015), Jason Goldstein (2016) and Bridget Badalis (2018). Station 29 members are proud of the above members for achieving this top honor. - ROBERT SINNOTT JR

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FACES OF NEW JERSEY’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

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It was vendor's appreciation night at the May meeting of the New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs Association meeting, in Newark. The visitors were also named Honorary Members of the association. (L to R): 1st Responder NJ Editor Ron Jeffers, President Charles Lind Jr. (retired Jersey City BC), Secretary Frank DeAngelis (retired Orange DC), Vice President Marty Lutz (Belleville BC), Brendan Houllihan (The Fire Store), Todd Rudloff (FF1), and Geroge Fosdick and Peter Giunchini of NJ Fire Equipment.

Garfield Chief Mike Semanick and Assistant Chief Kyle Kovacs on mutual aid at a condo fire in Lodi on April 21st.

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North Hudson Firefighter Ray Colavito, 3rd from left, received his retirement badge during a firehouse lunch in his honor, April 30th. Colavito, who started his career with the former Union City Fire Department, served over 30-years. This now marks the first time since 1965 that there will no longer be a Colavito on the job. RON JEFFERS

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Members of New Brunswick’s Ladder 1 stand by their new Rosenbauer platform. (L to R): FF J.P. Limbach, Captain W. Borke, and FF’s A. Jaquez and D. Fields.

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Roselle firefighters stand by their new Engine 5, (L to R): FF’s R. Stotz, W. Benkovich and C. Ramirez, Captain K. Hudak, and BC R. Pulidore.


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FACES OF NEW JERSEY’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

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Mountainside Fire Chief Anthony Pecorelli leads the Mountainside Fire Department in the town's annual Memorial Day Parade on May 28th.

Members of Millburn Engine 51 pose with their new Spartan 1500-GPM pumper, (L to R): Captain Steve Jason, and Firefighters Jose Soto and Shane McAlinden.

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Hamilton Twp. Station 13 members, (L to R): Lieutenant/EMT Michael Kiernan, with Firefighters/EMTs Nick Caparbi, Michael Peoples and Dave Krueger, pose with Truck 13, a 2016 Pierce 100-foot ladder and Heavy Rescue Apparatus.

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Members of the Ridgewood Fire Department stand by their new Engine 35, a 2017 Pierce Saber. (L to R): FF M. Ramge, Lt. J Zales, and FF’s H. Vanwageningen, J. Kakolewski, C. Mead and B. Peacock.

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Members of the Voorhees Township Fire Department stand by their two Spartan ER pumpers. (R to L): FF’s M. McCaffrey and S. Young, Lt. C. Knighton, Jr. and FF’s N. Wojtkowsak, D. Conti and T. Milewski.

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Members of New Brunswick's 3rd Platoon pose with the department's new Rosenbauer 100-foot tower, on a sunny day in May.


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APPARATUS IN ACTION

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Hackensack Ladder 2, a 2003 Pierce 105’ rear-mount stick, is on a long term loan to Ridgefield Park Ladder 1, which is out for repair. It's shown here at the scene of a two-alarm fire in Bogota on April 22nd, one of several working fires the rig has responded to as RPFD Ladder 1. CHRIS TOMPKINS – WWW.BTFIREPHOTOS.COM

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Pre-Dawn Dwelling Fire in Paterson

North Hudson Tower Ladder 3 was dispatched to Kennedy Blvd. and 39th St., Union City, after a Hudson County traffic light pole collapsed onto busy Kennedy Boulevard at 39th Street, on the afternoon of May 16th. City police and county sheriff units shut down the boulevard in both directions, creating a traffic nightmare in the densely populated area, until debris could be removed and low-hanging overhead power lines were cleared. RON JEFFERS

Paterson, NJ - An early morning fire in Paterson destroyed a small vacant dwelling that was located in the rear yard of occupied dwellings on May 7th. Paterson firefighters were dispatched for smoke in the area at about 5:00 A.M. Heavy fire was located throughout a small two-anda-half story frame dwelling in the rear of 20 Seeley Street. Access to the fire building was difficult due

JUMP TO FILE #050718120 to limited space to get to the rear. Multiple lines were stretched through the narrow alleyways and put into operation. Flames on the first and second floor were quickly knocked down, but the fire in the attic continued. Crews made a push to access the attic, but a chimney

and partial roof collapse prompted a withdrawing of members and a switch to defensive operations for final extinguishment. The fire was held to a firstalarm. No serious injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation, but it is suspected that squatters may have been the reason. -BILL TOMPKINS

BUDDY SHOTS

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Hasbrouck Heights Ladder 617, a 2016 Spartan/Smeal 105’ rearmount stick, at the scene of a 2nd alarm in the Borough.

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Wallington Engine Co. 202's new 2017 Seagrave pumper operating at its first fire on April 29th at a commercial building located at 191 Paterson Ave.

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Maywood Chief Chris Tuttle and Garfield Assistant Chief EJ Morano on mutual aid in Lodi on April 21st.


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Vehicle News

In Woodbridge, Iselin Fire District 9 has placed into serv- Hillsboro Tower 37 is a new Pierce Velocity 2000- The Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad accepted delivice a new Seagrave 2000-GPM/500-750GWT pumper with GPM/100-foot platform, sold by Fire & Safety Services. ery of a 2018 Pierce Velocity heavy rescue, over 42-feet six-man cab and hydraulic ladder rack. long, sold by Fire & Safety Services. RON JEFFERS

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Edison has placed into service a second front-line res- In Greenwich Twp., Stewartsville Fire Co. 1 received a cue unit, known as Rescue 5. It is a new Ford F-550/1st new Pierce Enforcer PUC model 1500-GPM rescue-enPriority apparatus. A similar rig, known as Rescue 6, is gine, sold by Fire & Safety Services. a back-up that will be used to avoid wear and tear on this truck.

In Franklin Twp., the Griggstown Fire Company placed into service a 2018 Pierce Arrow XT PUC model 1500GPM/750-GWT/20 "A" GFT unit, sold by Fire & safety Services.

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Martinsville Engine 43-1 is a new Pierce Velocity 2000- Edison Engine Co. 6 received a 2018 Spartan six-man East Franklin Ladder 27 now operates with a 2017 Pierce GPM top-mount pumper with an eight-man cab and Har- cab 1500-GPM/750-GWT pumper, sold by Campbell Sup- Enforcer 2000-GPM/500-GWT/75-foot quint, sold by Fire rison 6 kW generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety ply Co. & Safety Services. Services. RON JEFFERS

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Former Newark Engine 5's 1995 E-One 1250-GPM/750- Edison Engine 2 has been assigned a new Spartan 1500GWT pumper has received upgrade work performed by GPM/750-GWT pumper, sold by Campbell Supply Co. Lembo Auto Body, including a new red paint job, and reassigned to Engine Co. 18.

New Brunswick Ladder Co. 1 has been assigned a Rosenbauer 100-foot platform with two monitors in the bucket and blue colored LED aerial ladder stairway lighting.

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Rochelle Park Engine 1 has been assigned a new 2018 KME Predator 1500-GPM/750-GWT/75-GFT "A" & "B" pumper, possessing an eight-man cab. DAMIEN DANIS

Firefighter Entry Level Classes and Mock Exams Physical Performance Test (PPT): July 28th Entry Level Written Classes: Book #1 August 12th Book #2 August 26th RON JEFFERS

Maplewood Engine 32 received a Pierce Arrow XT 1500-GPM/500GWT rescue-pumper with seating for six members, and it possesses an Onan 10-kW generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

Battalion Chief/2nd Level Captain Classes and Mock Exams August 1st Written/Oral Class - Great place to start August 6th Brannigan Breakdown August 13th Addendum/Booklets Breakdown August 20th Norman Breakdown August 21st Hazmat Breakdown Sept 22nd & Oct 1st Mock Exam #1

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Millburn Engine 51 has been assigned a new Spartan 1500GPM/500-GWT/25 "A" GFT/35 "B" GFT pumper, possessing a light tower and 10-kW generator. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co.

Livingston Engine 1 has been assigned a 2017 Spartan Metro Star model 1500-GPM pumper with 500-gallon water tank and a 173inch wheelbase. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co. RON JEFFERS


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Three-Alarm Blaze Destroys Belleville Dwelling Belleville, NJ - On May 14th just before 6:00 A.M., Belleville firefighters went to work at 64 Cortland Street. Units pulled up to find heavy smoke coming from the roof of a large two-story frame. The chief then requested a secondalarm. JUMP TO FILE# Mutual aid 051418125 from Nutley, Newark, North Arlington, Kearny and Bloomfield responded to the scene. A third-alarm was transmitted when the fire took over the second-floor, at which time the building was evacuated and firefighters went to defensive operations. The fire took more than two hours to bring under control. Essex, Bergen and Passaic County fire units all aided Belleville with the fire. There were no injuries reported, and the cause of the fire is unknown. - JAMES WOOD, SR.

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The Thin Red Line; The Flag and the Firefighter Chaplain's Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

During my career with the Los Angeles City Fire Department, each and every shift included the placing and lowering of our flag; a responsibility that could have easily become routine really had meaning for me. There was never a day where I raised or lowered the flag that didn’t come with a sense of awe and respect. The term “Thin Red Line” is a symbol used by fire departments to show respect for firefighters injured and killed in the line of duty. Many times during my career the flag was raised at half mast in recognition of our fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price. Throughout our nation, Firefighters and other Emergency Responders place their lives second to those they protect. They are forced to face their own fears and grasp for every ounce of courage to perform the necessary task. The American flag stands for so much more than some stars and stripes on a piece of fabric. To me, the American flag represents the freedoms we are given here in America. Those freedoms do not come without a price. There are thousands of men and women that are fighting to maintain these freedoms each and every day. You can disagree with the government, or the way America is run, but we should always respect those who fight (or have fought) for our freedom and well being, some of which fight in foreign lands and others who have responded to emergencies in the streets of our cities. Although we live in an imperfect world, most people would agree we live in one of the best countries in the world. We have freedoms that people in other countries dream of. Because of those freedoms, we should respect the American flag much more. By respecting the American flag, you are respecting the freedoms you are given, and respecting the people that fight to give us those freedoms.

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Wallington Knocks Second-Alarm

Paterson, NJ - Wallington firefighters along with mutual aid fought a second-alarm fire on April 29th at 191 Paterson Avenue. The blaze was knocked down within 30 minutes.


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New Jersey Heavy Fire VIDEO REVIEW

Video reviews by John Malecky

New Jersey Heavy Fire Newark, Jersey City and Linden, NJ The 1970’s By Advanced Print & Video Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, #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 is 60 minutes in length. It was reproduced by Fire Line Video Productions in 2002. It has four scenes on it which are also listed on the back of the jacket, however the scene numbers are transposed on two of the them. All of these incidents occurred at night. The first is in Jersey City and is a third-alarm at the United Chemical Company. You’ll almost expect to feel the heat in your easy chair while you watch it. It is rip roaring from one end to the other. Firefighters can be seen reversing their helmets to shield them from the heat! Most of the footage is from a distance due to the heat and probably the fire line. The next is in Newark and involves a residential building fire in which four perished. They can be seen being carried out and placed in ambulances. Crews can be seen using master streams to battle the fire. The next is a dwelling fire in Jersey City that took the lives of seven. They also can be seen being carried out. This “job” is along the same lines as the Newark fire. Finally is the Linden Exxon Oil refinery fire, which was a heavily involved inferno and again seen from a distance for obvious reasons. All of these incidents happened in the 1970’s and they brought back memories of the older apparatus that served their cities so well. For seeing plenty of fire, don’t miss out on this one!

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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The Ocean County Regional Urban Strike Team (RUST) recently conducted a night training exercise. The team is made up of Technical Rescue Teams from Toms River, Brick and Berkeley. The teams were given three scenarios to work through. The scenarios were built around skill sets that included shoring, concrete breaching, rigging, moving and lifting, and confined space. Operations were conducted at the Toms River Fire Academy USAR training area. Assisting with the exercise was Berkeley Hazmat, who conducted air monitoring for each scenario. Toms River First Aid stood by as the medical branch.

RON JEFFERS

This Lyndhurst DPW truck started life as L.F.D. Salvage 2. The 1997 GMC 3500/Stahl is currently used for maintenance and signal division work. It was replaced in 2002 with a mini-pumper. Township workers, who are volunteer firefighters, affectionately call the truck "Squad 2", and it has small decal lettering bearing that designation on the fenders.

ROBERT SINNOTT JR.

RON JEFFERS

APPARATUS FOR SALE

ROBERT SINNOTT JR.

2012 KME Panther Chassis. 22” Raised Roof, Seats 6 Refurbished Walk-In Rescue. Very low miles 3,015. Includes: Hurst 220 Volt Power Unit, Spreader, Cutter, Rams, Combi-Tool, Reels, Hoses, with a 35KW Generator. Asking price: $250,000 or best offer! Vehicle in very good condition. Please be adviced that the vehicle will not be available for sale until late December 2018 when our new apparatus is delivered. Contact: (732) 406-5630 or email: keasbeybofc4@yahoo.com.

Former Ridgewood's 1989 Pierce Arrow 1250-GPM pumper was recently acquired by West Orange and designated as reserve Engine 6.

APPARATUS FOR SALE

2005 KME EXCEL MFD Chassis. 10” Raised Roof, Seats 6 1500 GPM Hale Qmax Pump, 750 Gallon Water Tank, 8KW Generator. Stainless Steel Body. Two hard suction hoses. Asking Price: $145,000 or best offer! 9,058 Miles. Pump tested. 1124 hours. Please be adviced that the vehicle will not be available for sale until late December 2018 when our new apparatus is delivered. Contact: (732) 406-5630 or email: keasbeybofc4@yahoo.com.


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New Trucks for Voorhees: Campbell, FF1 and Defender Add Products Voorhees Township in transition has now become a municipal fire department with paid personnel seven days a week. For a number of years they leased apparatus, but the vehicles shown today have been purchased. The two pumpers are Spartan ER, Metro Star, IPS (Innovative Pump Solution) units with rescue style body designs. The IPS is Spartan ER’s equivalent to the Pierce PUC, EONE eMAX, Ferrara MVP and KME PRO. Their formerly leased heavy rescue has been sold, and these pumpers replace both it and their squad. They also purchased a 75-foot quint delivered last year and two Horton ambulances delivered this year. In dealer news, Campbell has added SVI Trucks to their list of products. Firefighter One has added McCoy Miller ambulances to their products, and Defender Emergency Products is now the state dealer for Osage and Medix ambulances. The apparatus division of First Priority Emergency Vehicles has delivered to Rochelle Park (Bergen County) a KME custom pumper with Predator MFD chassis, having a 10-inch raised roof cab, Waterous CMU-C20, 1500-GPM two-stage pump with top-mount panel, 750-gallon poly water 25-gallon Class “A” and 75-gallon Class “B” foam tanks, Waterous Eclipse CAFS with Advantus 6.0 foam pump, 3/16 inch aluminum medium Flex body, full height/split depth compartments on both sides, Ziamatic, single-arm hydraulic overhead ladder rack and painted hinged aluminum doors. There is no generator. They have received an order from the Kingston FC in South Brunswick (Middlesex County) for a KME Custom PRO pumper. Specs include a Predator X-LFD chassis with 22-inch raised roof cab, Hale DSD 1500-GPM pump with PRO compact pump pane, two speedlays mounted under the rear of the cab, 750-gallon poly water and 30-gallon Class “B” foam tanks, 125-GPM foam educator, booster reel mounted under the cab, 3/16 inch aluminum Long Flex body with full height/full depth compartments on both sides, roof top compartments, a pre-connect module at the rear of the body with removable hose trays, a second upper hose bed for LDH, painted ROM roll-up doors, Onan 6-kw PTO generator system and Will Burt LED vertical mast light tower. Blaze Emergency Equipment has made one Sutphen delivery and received a new order. Delivered to the Goodwill FC of Spring Lake (Monmouth County) is a pumper on a Sutphen Monarch chassis with 62-inch cab having a 10-inch raised roof cab and six seats. Other specs include a Cummins ISL 9, 400 hp diesel engine, aluminum body, a side mount panel for a Hale Qmax 1500-GPM pump, 100% stainless steel plumbing, five pre-connects, 500-gallon poly water tank, and FRC Spectra scene lights. It is 30-feet oneinch long. On order is a Sutphen pumper for Eastampton in Burlington County. Specs include a custom Monarch 73-inch cab with a 15-inch raised roof, aluminum 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 John M. Malecky

Pemberton Boro RE-19, 2018 E-ONE Typhoon, 2000/780 with 10 kw generator and 4-ton winch. It was sold by 1st Choice Fire Apparatus.

JOHN M. MALECKY

Voorhees Q-66, 2017 Spartan ER, Metro Star 1500/500 with 75-foot ladder and 6 kw generator. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC.

JOHN M. MALECKY

Squankum FC, Howell Twp., E-19-1-77, 2017 Seagrave Marauder II 2000/750 with 10 kw generator. It was sold by Emergency Equipment Sales & Service.

Voorhees rescue pumpers, 2017 Spartan ER Metro Star IPS models with 1500-GPM pumps, 500-gallon water tanks and 15 kw generators. They were sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC.

JOHN M. MALECKY

Voorhees A-6686, 2018 Ford E-450/Horton 553 Type III ambulance. It is one of two sold by VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists.

JOHN M. MALECKY

E. Brunswick Twp., Brookview FC R-902, 2016 Pierce Arrow XT with 35 kw generator, air cascade and 9-ton portable winch. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services. JOHN M. MALECKY

body, scene view-side mount top mount pump panel, Hale Qmax 2000-GPM pump, Foam Pro 2001, 2.6-GPM system, 1000-gallon water, 25-gallon each Class “A” and “B” foam poly tanks, Cummins ISL 9, 450 hp diesel engine, FRC Spectra scene lights, Smart Power 10 kw hydraulic generator, Zico electric ladder rack, 75-feet of ground ladders plus a folding ladder and hose loads of 1000-feet of five-inch, 800-feet of threeinch and 200-feet of two-inch. Fire & Safety Services has made the following Pierce deliveries: to Merck & Co. (Union County), an Enforcer pumper and an HDR with combination walk-in/non-walk-in body on a Freightliner chassis; to the Whitman Square FC in Washington Township (Gloucester Township), an Enforcer PUC 107-foot

Ascendant RM; to the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad (Hunterdon County), a Velocity HDR with walk-in body; to Maple Shade (Burlington County), a Velocity 95-foot mid-mount platform; to Hillsborough Fire District 1, a Velocity 100-foot platform, and to Martinsville in Bridgewater Township, a Velocity pumper (both Somerset County); to the Port Authority of NY & NJ, a mini pumper on a Ford F-550 chassis, and to West Orange, an Enforcer pumper (both Essex County); and to Stewartsville in Greenwich Township (Warren County), an Enforcer PUC pumper. Pierce orders include for Bergenfield (Bergen County), an Enforcer pumper and an Enforcer 107-foot Ascendant RM with no tank or pump; for Moorestown District 1 (Burlington

Squankum FC, Howell Twp., T-19-1-96, '96/'89 Mack RD.4 Guys 1500-GPM with 2000 S & S trailer and 6000-gallon Bluegrass tank.

JOHN M. MALECKY

County), an Impel PUC pumper; and for Belvidere (Warren County), a Saber pumper. New Jersey Emergency Vehicles has delivered two P.L. Custom Medallion Type III ambulances on Ford E-350 chassis in Monmouth County. One went to the Neptune EMS and the other to the Avon-By-The-Sea First Aid & Safety

Squad. VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists reports two Horton ambulance deliveries. In Gloucester County, the Township of Washington VAC received a Model 623 on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis, and in Atlantic County, the Longport FD received a Model 553 on a Ford E-450 chassis.


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Fire Destroys Home in Kingwood Township Kingwood Twp., NJ – First responders were dispatched to a Level 3 Box Alarm for a working structure fire on Tumble Falls Road at 9:51 P.M. on May 11th. Shortly after the arrival of the fire chief, a secondalarm was requested. The house was reported to be fully involved upon arrival of the first JUMP TO FILE# 052918116 crews. There are no fire plugs in the area, so the tanker task force was also dispatched. A "dump" site was set up on State Highway 29 at the intersection of Tumble Falls Road, which is west of the fire scene. Delaware Valley Volunteer Fire Company’s Engine 48 drafted out of the dump tank to supply the five-inch supply line that ran up to the fire scene over a thousand feet away. Tumble Falls Road has a very steep incline up to where the house is located from SH 29. Tankers from several fire companies took turns filling up the dump tank and then refilling at the fill site. West Amwell Fire Company set up their quint ladder in the street to put water on the house while other engines were in the driveway of the residence. A second dump location was set up just east of the scene by the driveway for the residence on Tumble Falls Road. A second supply line ran up the driveway that leads to the house, to an engine that was about 400-feet away. There were no reported injuries, and the fire was declared out at around 1:00 A.M. All fire units cleared the scene by a little after 2:00 A.M. Tumble Falls Road was closed during the incident, and the northbound lane of SH 29 was also closed at times. The fire is under investigation by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's office, NJ State Fire Marshal, and NJ State Police. The agencies responding to the fire were the New Jersey State Police Kingwood Station, Kingwood FD (Station 16), Stockton FD (Station 23), Sergeantsville Fire Co. (Station 47), Raritan FD (Station 21), Quakertown Fire Co. (Station 91), West Amwell FD (Station 26), Readington Fire Co. (Station 32), Milford FD (Station 92), Frenchtown FD (Station 11), Flemington FD (Station 49), Three Bridges Fire Co.

(Station 33), NJ Sate Forrest Fire Service, Amwell Valley Fire Co. (Station 48), Delaware Valley Volunteer Fire Co. (Bucks County, PA Station 48), New Hope Eagle Fire Co. (Bucks County, PA Station 46), Kingwood Rescue Squad (16 Rescue), Milford-Holland Rescue Squad (92 Rescue), Flemington Raritan Rescue Squad’s ASAP Unit (49 Rescue), Lambertville Rescue Squad’s REHAB (17 Rescue), Hunterdon County’s OEM Fire and EMS Coordinators (Station 86), Paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center (EMS 3), Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office (Patrol 89), and the NJ State Fire Marshal’s Office. Additional fire companies and rescue squads were called up to cover for companies at the fire scene. - RICHARD MAXWELL

West Amwell Fire Co. set up their quint ladder in the street at the scene of a two-alarm house fire on Tumble Falls Rd. RICH MAXWELL

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