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Firefighters Battle Stubborn Apartment Fire for Hours FORT LEE, NJ - Flames and smoke dominated a five-story apartment building for hours, bringing in numerous fire, EMS, police and rehab units to the scene on a warm June 5th Saturday afternoon. Shortly after 3:30 P.M., borough firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire at the Knightsbridge apartment building, 2365 Hudson Terrace, opposite an entrance and exit route to the Palisades Interstate Parkway (PIP). Fort Lee and Palisades Interstate Parkway police were first on the scene and assisted in alerting occupants, as smoke alarms rang out. There was an initial report of a possible entrapment. One resident, returning home, said people were running out and shouting, “Fire, Fire!, Fire!”. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from windows on the second-floor, along the south side of the structure. A borough general alarm was sounded for all local fire companies to turn out. Firefighters began an interior attack as the fire and smoke conditions increased. Mutual aid began with a call for Edgewater Tower 1. Later, second and third alarms were transmitted and numerous special calls for additional resources, by order of Chief Bryan Drumgoole. Conditions began to deteriorate, with some ceiling collapse reports, and members were ordered out of the structure. Lowbanking smoke filled the area, as well as rolling across the heavily traveled PIP, where traffic slowed down while drivers observed the fire as they passed by. Flames traveled up all floors and into the cockloft. Ladder pipes were set up surrounding the building, and used from Fort Lee, Leonia, Palisades Park, Fairview and Ridgefield Park. In addition, there were tower ladder operations from Fort Lee and Teaneck, plus a squirt device from Cliffside Park. Twice, during the fire, a loud, thundering boom noise was heard.

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Once on the 'Alpha' side and once, later, on the 'Bravo' side. This was part of an interior pancake collapse of all floors to the ground level. Master streams continued to pound the fire. Stubborn, interior flames kept rolling into the night. Around 10:00 P.M., flames were shooting out of the top floor windows on the 'Alpha' side, where Teaneck Tower 1 and Fort Lee Ladder 1 were in operation. On this warm day, rehab stations were set up and bottled water and wet towels passed out to firefighters. Rehab operations included personnel from Fort Lee EMS and an Englewood Hospital and Medical Center mass care response. In addition, Teaneck's Box 54 Club set up a food and cold drink station south of the fire. This unit was relieved by the Jersey City Gong Club canteen, after 1:00 A.M. Officials said two volunteer firefighters were taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries. The Red Cross put up about a dozen families at local hotels and assisted other residents from the 36 units, according to Mayor Mark Sokolich. All residents of the building are safe and accounted for, except for one person who is believed to be out of the country, according to Mayor Sokolich. Fire departments that operated at the scene, not already mentioned, included Englewood Cliffs, Englewood, Ridgefield, Paramus, Bogota, Paramus, Hackensack and Bergenfield. Units continued to be called in for additional water supply and relief purposes. In addition, the Hackensack Mask Service Unit was also on the scene filling the many empty air bottles. The fire was placed under control at 1:25 A.M., June 6th.

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Aerial devices set up master streams as flames move up to all floors of the Fort Lee apartment building.

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Stubborn, deep-seated fire continued to burn in the building. Teaneck Tower 1 hits fire around 10:00 P.M.


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Pennsylvania: Edward P. Bookmyer, 60 Rank: Chief Engineer Incident Date: January 24, 2021 Death Date: January 30, 2021 Fire Department: Craley Fire Department Initial Summary: On January 24, 2021, Chief Engineer Edward P. Bookmyer was working on a piece of apparatus after returning from a fire call when he suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021.

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Madison FD’s Pride & Joy Turns 100-Years-Old UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

Firefighters in Madison maintain a profound respect for the history of their department and the members and fire apparatus that served before them. They protect some 18,000 residents with a combination career and volunteer fire department. After a lightning strike in 1920, fire destroyed several barns and several horses were killed, including the owner's favorite. The owner was Geraldine Rockfeller Dodge. She was the youngest daughter of William A. Rockefeller, Jr. She married Marcellus Hartley Dodge, President of the Remington Arm's Company. In 1916, they purchased an estate in Madison. Geraldine had a great love of animals and her community, and she became a great benefactress of Madison and surrounding communities. After the barn fire, it was determined that Madison's fire equipment was inadequate for that time period. Geraldine offered to purchase a new pumper for the fire department. It was decided that a powerful Ahrens Fox “P” model pumper with a 1300-GPM pump would be built for Madison at the cost of $18,000. The new apparatus, known as Engine 1, was delivered in 1921. It arrived to a huge parade. This apparatus served Madison for over 40-years. It was placed into reserve status in 1952. In later years, Geraldine purchased a 1941 Mack pumper (Engine 3) and a 1958 Mack pumper (Engine 2). She also contributed to the purchase of Ladder 1's 1930 Ahrens Fox. Geraldine was also responsible for the construction of the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building that opened in 1935 and served as a municipal complex and police and fire headquarters. In 2021, Firefighter Joe Longo got together with Chatham resident, and apparatus buff, Pete Eisele. Longo made it known that he was trying to track down the 1921 Fox. Eisele, a member of The Antique Fire Association of NJ (AFANJ), began an investigation. In a few weeks, Eisele notified Madison firefighters that he had located the Fox in Ware, Massachusetts. It was privately owned, and an appointment was set up for local firefighters to look at their old rig. Fire Chief Lou De Rosa and seven members of the department went on a road trip. The rig was in good running condition, and firefighters fell in love with this part of the M.F.D.'s history. The Fox was available for sale at a premium

price. Back home, a committee was established to raise funds that consisted of firefighters, local residents and members of the Madison Historical Preservation Committee. A month after the road trip, firefighters received permission to bring the Fox to New Jersey as a loan to help raise funds. The apparatus was brought back home via a flat bed truck courtesy of Eagle Towing of Whippany, with a “huge discount”. To be brief, fund raising events were held and a 501 not-for-profit account set up. When the Fox was brought home, firefighters went right to work cleaning and polishing their new project. The committee was given permission to add “Madison Fire Department” lettering back on the rig, which was accomplished by local artist Ed May. He donated his time and materials. The Ahrens Fox is now part of the Fire Department's roster as their pride and joy antique unit for all generations to appreciate. DOWNS: Ridgewood firefighters found the body of a 66-year-old woman in the first floor living room of her North Pleasant Ave. home, on the morning of April 26th. She had apparently left something unattended in her kitchen where the fire started and was overcome by smoke, according to “The Daily Voice.” The woman's four cats also perished. UPS: During a primary search of a burning Brace Ave. home in Perth Amboy, June 2nd, firefighters found a male resident in cardiac arrest. Firefighters removed the man from the building and performed CPR on the front porch. The victim regained a pulse by the time he was placed into an ambulance, according to authorities. DOWNS: Members of Fair Lawn Engine 4's hose team encountered heavy smoke due to burning tires and auto parts as they entered the front of a Fair Lawn Ave. mechanic shop, April 24th. Firefighters tried to force entry to a rear door but the top of the door was blocked by a loft/storage shelf and there was heavy clutter in the doorway, officials said. UPS: In April, the Verona Fire Department recognized Firefighter Rick Neale for his 40-years of volunteer service to the community. During his 40-years, Neale has served as lieutenant, captain, treasurer, ran the Color Guard and has been active in the annual Santa Sunday event. In addition, he has participated in fire prevention activities. He is currently the fire official for the Fire Prevention Bureau. DOWNS: One firefighter was hospitalized after operating at a fire in an Old Mountain Rd. dwelling in Clinton, which was set back far off the road on steep terrain, April 20th. Seven-hundred feet of LDH was dropped to reach the fully involved building. A total of four firefighters were evaluated at the scene with

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Madison firefighters with "Geraldine," the department's 1921 Ahrens Fox pumper, in 2013, after she came back home.

one hospitalized and later released, authorities said. UPS: Michael Thomasey has been promoted to fire captain in Hackensack. New lieutenants are John Parisik and Michael Martinelli. DOWNS: A man was seriously injured on May 1st when a fire ignited on a docked boat that then broke free from its moorings and floated down the harbor, in Wildwood, officials said. Fire units responded to Otten's Harbor at Dock St. where a 40-foot vessel was heavily involved in fire. A burn victim was treated by paramedics and later airlifted to Jefferson University Hospital Burn Center. UPS: Recent promotions within the Asbury Park Fire Department include Chris Barkalow to battalion chief, Carney Conklin to captain and Tee Gates to fire official. DOWNS: Firefighters from several departments operated at a fire in a Route 50 dwelling in Seaville, April 30th. Firefighters assisted several bystanders that were helping to rescue four children and one adult from a second-floor window of the fire apartment. Cut off by flames, it was the occupant's only means of egress, officials said. The adult was transported to Temple University Hospital Burn Center via helicopter. The four children were treated and released to a guardian by EMS personnel. One firefighter was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. UPS: New firefighter/EMTs in Asbury Park are Bett Mc Coy, Joe Annunziata, Rich Gabriel and Nicole Golden. DOWNS: A fire on Jackson Ave. in Wayne, May 3rd, killed three people that were trapped in the 1 ½

story wood-frame structure, officials said. A neighbor said she heard an explosion and found the house in flames. UPS: Middletown firefighters assisted in the rescue of an injured hiker trapped in the Hartshorne Woods in the Locust section of the township, May 1st, spokesman Dennis Fowler reported. Firefighters were dispatched to “provide technical rescue skills” and help with bringing the injured victim to safety. They were joined by Rumson First Aid Squad members. DOWNS: A May 4th fire caused extensive damage to a bathroom in Meenies Elementary School, in Vineland. The damage was expected to keep the students out of their classrooms until May 17th, officials said. The cause of the fire was under investigation, according to Fire Director Richard Franchetta. UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Rahway are Andy Marchia and Chris Hammel. DOWNS: Jersey City police and firefighters responded to a small fire and a disturbance at 18 Virginia Ave., May 6th, and found a 60-yearold woman in critical condition on the first floor. She later died at JCMC. Authorities were searching for the woman's 29-year-old son. They believe he was responsible for the murder, and that he also started a fire in the apartment. UPS: Lacey resident Nick De Benedetto, 12, with help from his friend Daniel Toner and his cousin Olivia Tramontano, raised $1,170 for first responders by setting up a lemonade stand in De Benedetto's front yard, two days in May. The donations were split between the Lacey Twp. Underwater Rescue & Recovery Team, the Lanoka Harbor

F.D. and the Lanoka Harbor EMS. DOWNS: According to Belleville officials, three firefighters were assisting with a return transport of a resident into her home when the rear deck of the house collapsed, May 10th. A total of seven people were injured, but officials said none of the injuries were life-threatening. UPS: The Somerville Firemen's Museum has re-opened its doors, in a restored 1888 firehouse at 15 North Doughty Ave., with new exhibits and recently found memorabilia. It is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, or by appointment. Donations are welcome. Their email address is sfdno3@aol.com . DOWNS: A Woodbine dwelling, on Adams Ave., suffered “significant damage,” as the result of a fire on May 9th. UPS: An old fashion rescue was executed by firefighters in Hopatcong as they rescued a cat that was stuck 35-feet up in a tree, on Musconetcong Ave., May 9th, officials said. Firefighters used an aerial ladder and returned the pet to its owner. DOWNS: Eight people were displaced following a fire in an aging apartment building on Main St., Phillipsburg, and spread to two adjoining apartment buildings, May 10th, officials said. UPS: Chad Miller is Ridgewood's new firefighter. DOWNS: A 56-year-old Hillside man died after a gasoline container exploded as he was pouring it into a backyard fire pit on May 10th, officials said. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 12


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Ups & Downs Continued from Page 8 UPS: Newark firefighters rescued the driver of an auto that went 20-feet down an embankment, after a collision with a truck on Route 78, May 18th. Firefighters took about an hour to free the man trapped in his vehicle. The victim suffered severe head trauma with multiple cuts. He was taken to University Hospital, officials said. “I commend the Newark firefighters for their selfless bravery and diligence in rescuing this victim,” said Public Safety Director Brian O' Hara. “Had it not been for their tireless efforts to extricate the victim, this incident could have resulted in a tragedy.” DOWNS: Anthony Citro, 41, was accused of setting fire to his Denville home after murdering his mother and leaving her inside, on May 17th, officials said. When police arrived, they found Citro outside the house with blood on his clothes, as smoke was showing from the Chestnut Hill Dr. East dwelling. Citro was charged with murder, arson and weapons-related offenses, according to a joint statement from the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, Morris County Sheriff's Office and the Denville P.D. UPS: An Allamuchy resident called the fire department for help when it was discovered that a sleeping fawn was underneath a parked car, on May 21st. Assistant Chief Rick Lomanaco pulled the baby deer from underneath the vehicle and placed it at a nearby deck for its mother to find, the department said. DOWNS: Firefighters located an unresponsive man on the third-floor of a burning South Avenue dwelling in Bridgeton, May 21st, and removed him from the building. He was pronounced dead after he was taken out of the structure, Fire Chief Todd Bowen reported. UPS: The Fire Science Department at New Jersey City University (NJCU) and the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety (NJDFS) have announced that NJCU now formally recognizes the level of training and education that firefighters receive while obtaining specific certifications issued by the NJDFS and will offer college credits for these certifications when firefighters pursue a degree in Fire Science. NJCU offers the only bachelor's degree in Fire Science in New Jersey and is ranked as one of the top Fire Science programs in the nation by Best Colleges and Affordable Schools. For more information, visit njcu.edu/fire . DOWNS: An elderly man was trapped after a fast-moving fire involved his East 23rd St. home in Paterson, May 16th, resulting in his death. The roof in the rear of the dwelling collapsed, officials said. UPS: New firefighters in Union Township are: H. Esteves, T. Jones, K. Costello, D. Di Fabrizio, J. Sullivan, C. Mendoza-Ryals, N. Wright, F. Popola, A. Primavera, C. Hubinger, M. Pierce, M. Esty, J. Siniscal, M. Policastro and T. Veloso-Lima.

DOWNS: Five people were injured as the result of a group home fire on Hickory La., in Medford Twp., officials said. Neighbors said a caretaker did all she could to get as many people out to safety. One person suffered serious injuries, it was reported. UPS: In May, Rochelle Park dispatcher La Falce was recognized by the mayor and township officials for his “outstanding service” during a house fire. DOWNS: A three-alarm fire involved the Colgate Paper Stock Recyclable facility in New Brunswick, May 17th. UPS: Hoboken EMT Thomas Molta reported that on May 28, 1971, the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps answered its first call. At approximately 1900 hours, the squad was dispatched to a General Alarm fire at Pier 5 for fire stand by duty. The squad has responded to over 250,000 calls for aid, since. DOWNS: Two Toms River residents escaped their burning Orchard Court townhouse, May 20th, but their two pet dogs and one cat died in the fire, officials said. UPS: Toms River Co. 1 (Station 25) celebrated its 125th anniversary serving the community with a parade and block party, in June. DOWNS: On May 13th, one of the buildings at the Royal Timbers' apartment complex, on Wild Oaks Court, was involved in fire. Fire units from Ship Bottom, Harvey Cedars and Beach Haven operated at the scene, officials said. Several families were displaced. UPS: Firefighters rescued several residents from a fire at the Grande Condominiums, on Natalie Rd. in Delran, May 27th, officials said. Occupants were on their third-floor balconies in the front and back of the building. Officials say at least one person had jumped from a balcony, and that victim was taken to the hospital and expected to recover. Firefighters used ladders to rescue the residents. DOWNS: Burlington County officials reported that one person was killed as the result of a dwelling fire on Broad St. in Florence, May 29th. UPS: A two-year-old boy was rescued from an upstairs bedroom during a fire involving a mixed occupancy building on Main St., Hackettstown, on June 1st. According to the Warren Hunterdon Daily Voice, a local police officer located the child on a bed and carried him outside to safety. Firefighters confined the fire to the attic area. The first floor contains the FrutiMex storage facility, which suffered minor water damage. The two apartments above were deemed uninhabitable. The cause of the fire and the unattended child were under investigation. DOWNS: A 75-year-old woman was killed in a mobile home fire off of Roosevelt Ave. in Carteret, May

31st. The mobile home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and they found the deceased woman inside, officials said. UPS: On June 3rd, members of Teaneck's 4th Platoon rescued 22 ducklings trapped in a catch basin in the Stop & Shop parking lot, as per the T.F.D. Facebook page. DOWNS: A Newark firefighter suffered second-degree burns to his ears and neck while operating at a 2alarm fire in the rectory of St. Lucy's Church on 7th Avenue, May 31st, officials said. Police, on patrol, called in the fire. One officer entering the smoke-filled structure to evacuate ten people. Officials said firefighters found a fire in a sun porch area in the rear of the structure which extended to the second floor and roof. UPS: A ground breaking ceremony was held at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah, June 4th, for a $16 million construction project to modernize the police and firefighting training grounds. The project includes construction of three buildings, a five- story commercial structure with a theater and mall, a two-story strip mall and a two-story home. Officials said the goal is to simulate real-world situations, such as fires and active shooter incidents. DOWNS: Two Bayonne firefighters suffered injuries during a fire that involved dwellings on W. 27th St., May 26th. A total of 13 occupants were displaced, officials said. Both firefighters were treated and released from the hospital. UPS: New fire captains in North Hudson are Mike Mitarotonda and Jose Izquierdo.

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Newly promoted fire captains in North Hudson are Mike Mitarotonda, (L) and Jose Izquierdo.

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and Maria fires. They involved the Los Angeles City, Los Angeles County and Ventura County Fire Departments with mutual aid from several departments from California and other western US states. At one fire I spotted a Type II engine from Albuquerque, NM. I found out later that many western states have agreements with California to furnish mutual aid when requested. It is an involved process, but worth learning about if you are interested. It also applies to firefighting aircraft, both fixed wing and rotary. One of the fires involved the area of the historic Bel Air fire in 1961, which was one of the worst, if not the worst wildland fire in the state’s history. Another fire in Ventura County occurred very near the President Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley. In the first fire, an engine company from Los Angeles County valiantly tries to prevent

wind-driven flames from involving a couple of nice homes. They are eventually backed up by a second engine company making their best effort as well; but the wind overcomes their tactics and eventually flames start to take the homes. Much of the footage involves wildfire suppression supported by fixed wing air tankers and rotary craft. Some of the fixed wing aircraft are huge, like commercial jet size. There was one fixed wing craft by CanadAir which I recognized as being one which is able to swoop down onto a lake for instance and take on water in its tank and they take off again to continue firefighting. There was no slouching here! Firefighters relentlessly fought using handlines from their pumpers and facing extreme heat. Even the videographer put in such a day that he admitted he had to rest from exhaustion, but promised to resume the next day!


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Wallington Emergency Squad Dedicates Ambulance to Past Member WALLINGTON, NJ - On May 16th, the Wallington Emergency Squad, along with the fire department, held a memorial service and dedication of their Ambulance 210 to past member and Ex-Chief, David Pinto, who passed away from COVID 19 last year on May 17th. David's wife Barbara, along with his son David, daughter Nicole, grandson David, daughterin-law Yvette, and Dave’s sister Jane, were all in attendance for the dedication, along with other towns who also attended the service to honor this hero. Barbara and her children were given a flag from Ex-Chief Mark Tomko (also a life member of emergency squad and Dave’s best friend). The flag was adorned with a picture of Dave. Captain of the emergency squad, Joanne Rubba, gave words on how Dave coached her when she joined the squad. She stated that he was a real inspiration to her and she always looked up to him for advice. The current chiefs of the department also presented gifts to the

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family members. Now inside Ambulance 210 is a plaque on the wall with Dave’s picture to overlook his fellow members on all their future calls. Dave's boss, along with other members of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (where Dave worked since 2005), were also proudly in attendance to remember a man that they all hold dear to their hearts. They also have a mural on a wall in honor of Dave and his two other colleagues who passed away from COVID 19. Pinto worked for 39 years as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, retiring in 2005. However, Dave always had to stay busy, so when he heard there was a job opening at the Meadowlands for an EMT, Dave jumped on the job. His love for saving people and/or aiding a person was immeasurable. - JAMES WOOD, SR.

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Paterson Third-Alarm Displaces Residents and Businesses PATERSON, NJ - The Sunday morning calm was shattered on May 2nd as a three-alarm fire spread throughout a building housing a Gyro Restaurant and a tattoo parlor on the first floor and multiple apartments on the second floor. Paterson units were dispatched shortly before 7:00 A.M. to 85 Berkshire Ave. for a report of a fire. Engine 2, arriving first from the firehouse two blocks away, reported a working fire in the rear of the twoand-a-half story frame approximately 20'X60' structure with a smaller two-and-a-half attached on the 'D' side. Rubbish up against the building behind a parked van was heavily involved. A line was quickly stretched and had the visible fire knocked down. Companies began opening up to

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check for extension. It soon became apparent that there was extension inside the building as smoke began to show from the eaves and windows. During the primary search the Captain of Engine 2 located two sleeping residents and assisted them out of the second floor apartment. A second-alarm was transmitted as companies worked to find the hidden flames. Truck companies vented the roof and smoke soon followed. Conditions continued to deteriorate as the smoke condition intensified from both floors and the roof, eventually erupting through all the openings in the roof. Companies inside were able to access the attic

area and knocked down the heavy fire. The smoke condition lightened except between the first and second floor in the middle of the 'A' side. Companies were able to open up and extinguish the flames. All members were withdrawn from the roof due to sagging. Conditions then improved greatly. A third-alarm for manpower was sounded so the building could be fully opened up. The fire was placed under control at about 9:00 A.M. Six residents were reported to have been displaced. There were no reported injuries to firefighters or residents. The fire department and Passaic County Prosecutor's Office are determining the cause. - BILL TOMPKINS

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For the July issue of 1RN, and in the spirit of Independence Day, we have a rig with country pride. In the Hillsborough Fire District, Woods Road Fire Company Engine 38's 2020 Pierce sports rear reflective safety striping in the form of Old Glory.

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Fairview Rescue 1's 1982 GM/Saulsbury apparatus, that has a 250-GPM pump, operated at the scene of a multiple-alarm fire on Broad Avenue, April 28th.


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Participants look over the vendor items for sale at the first annual Great Eastern Fire Flea Market hosted by the New Jersey Fire Museum members, May 8th.

A Fire Service Flea Market and Some Mental Therapy ALLENTOWN, NJ - After a year of being tucked away in homes, behind masks, and many other restrictions, May 8th was a day for area firefighters, collectors, apparatus buffs, and the like to get out and mingle with each other. It was a day to embrace what was once routine and taken for granted. On this Saturday, the New Jersey Fire Museum sponsored their first annual Great Eastern Flea Market, off of Polhemustown Road. Organizers say there were 53 vendors signed up for the event. In addition, they saw 550 participants come through the gate. A cabin fever extravaganza. Although there were threatening clouds, and showers along the route to Allentown, many participants showed up. Firefighters young and old, active and retired, got together. Many seeing each other and communicating for the first time in over a year. Items for sale included many different types of firefighting apparatus parts and accessories. Owners of antique fire vehicles were on hand

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looking for those items and exchanging notes. Also available were the usual items. Anything from tee shirts, toys, magazines and books, radios and pagers, fire alarm boxes, and more. In addition, there were several food vendors. No one was hungry! A chill in the air on this May day kept things alive and moving. Some firefighters were able to get a guided peek of the museum's antique apparatus inside of a large garage along the flea market section. Firefighters who operated on some of those rigs, or those who belong to departments that had those rigs, were impressed. They were happy to see such veterans of the fire service preserved. Manpower to assist with the museum's progress and restoring apparatus, as well as donations to keep these rigs in shape, are always welcome (www.njfiremuseum.org).

Third-Alarm in Woodland Park WOODLAND PARK, NJ - As a heavy rain fell across Northern New Jersey on May 28th, Passaic County firefighters battled a threealarm fire in Woodland Park that heavily damaged a plant that produced mulch and compost products. Shortly after 10:00 P.M., the West Paterson Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Andrews Drive for a report of a smoke condition. Companies arrived to heavy fire within a large two-story metal corrugated structure at Environmental Renewal at 27 Andrews Drive. The FD had been to the lo-

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cation in the past for outside fires, but now the building was involved. A second-alarm was transmitted as a defensive operation was initiated due to explosions from oxygen, propane, and acetylene tanks inside the building. Outside transformers also began to arc. A tower ladder was put into operation, although the bucket had to be repositioned several times due to the hazards. A deck gun and several outside streams were put into oper-

ation. Mutual aid began to arrive and the Totowa ladder was set up in a neighboring lot. A third-alarm was sounded, bringing units from across Passaic County to the scene and to cover the firehouses. The rain continued without letup as progress was slowly made on the fire. Members cut through the metal sides of the structure to gain access and further knock down the flames. The fire was placed under control at about 12:30 A.M. No serious injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation. - BILL TOMPKINS

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ROCKY POINT, NY - Meet Caitlin Thrash, cheerleader by day, firefighter by night!

moved up to the regular department around the same time she did.

Caitlin is not just your average young lady; she's an inspiration to many. Caitlin is a senior at Shoreham-Wading River High School, and in addition to her studies and being on the cheer squad at school, she also has other very important responsibilities.

When asked about whether the guys treat her differently because she's a female, she said they don't. She did however admit that some of the training can be a little tough so she has to work harder, but her friends and fellow department members are super supportive.

Caitlin is currently a probationary member in the Rocky Point Fire Department Company #3. She originally joined the fire service around the age of 14 when one of her neighbors, who is a chief in the department, struck up a conversation with her about the department's Junior Firefighter program. Little did she know that this would lead to bigger things.

Caitlin had her first working fire in April of this year and when asked if she was nervous about it, she said that though the heat was something to get used to, the training she had done prior in the Juniors Program and regular department definitely helped ease her nerves. The very next evening the department had another house fire and she saw some more action.

Now a few years later, Caitlin is one of just a handful of female members in the department, most of whom are EMTs. She joined the department as a probationary member in October of 2020. I was able to sit down with Caitlin recently to discuss her involvement in the fire service, as well as how she balances it all.

Though right now she is balancing her school, work and volunteer schedules, Caitlin plans on sticking with the fire service as a volunteer and eventually aspires to work her way up the ranks into being an officer.

Caitlin said she was originally a little nervous when she first joined the Junior Program a few years ago, but that changed after she built great relationships with the guys in the program, some of whom had

Caitlin's advice for any fellow women who may want to join the fire service but are nervous is to just try it, and if need be join with a friend. “The more women the better!”, says Caitlin. For her, she said it was one of the best decisions she ever made, and she has made many great relationships because of it.

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Rocky Point FD Co. 3 Probationary FF Caitlin Thrash is a senior at Shoreham-Wading River High School where she's also a cheerleader, but on nights and weekends she can be seen battling fire! Caitlin's pictured here at a working fire on April 10th.

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LITTLE BIG GUYS If you have photos you would like to see in our Little Big Guys feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

In Somerset County, Brush 28 of the Millstone Valley Fire Company in Franklin Township is this 2011 Dodge 3500 Ram pickup with a Kimtek skid. It has a Honda 350 GX portable

pump, 250 gallon water tank and Scotty foam system with 5 gallon cell. It has one-inch forestry hose on a reel, 1 ¾-inch wye with one-inch preconnect, and it tows a 2009 Kimtek Po-

laris Ranger 6 x 6 with a 150 gpm pump, 75 gallon water tank and five gallon foam cell. There is also a 16,000 pound Warn fixed winch, saws and forestry tools.

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Brush 28, Millstone Valley Fire Company, Franklin Township (Somerset County), 2011 Dodge 3500 Ram with Kimtek skid, Honda 350GX portable pump, 250 gallon water tank, Scotty foam system. It tows a 2009 Kimtek Polaris Ranger.

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Firefighters and officers from numerous departments attended the Neptune System water supply drills, that occurred for four days in May.

Fire Departments Participate in Neptune Drill Carlstadt, N.J. - On May 10th through the 13th, numerous fire departments participated in a Neptune water supply drill that was held at the foot of Paterson Plank Road in Carlstadt. The large pump, loaded on to a flat bed rolloff truck, and large diameter 12inch hose supplied by hose reel apparatus, can deliver some 700010,000 gpm at a major fire or water supply emergency. Many area firefighters, both career and volunteer, attended the drills during the four days, to educate themselves on the Neptune System, and to be aware of its service to local fire departments. The system is run by the Newark-Jersey City UASI region, in conjunction with the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety. Assets are housed with various fire departments. The drills were conducted with a strong presence of firefighters from Elizabeth,

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Union, Linden and the IMTT fire department from Bayonne. Four area canteen organizations split the days providing morning refreshments and lunch. They were the Gong Club, Bayonne Fire Canteen, Box 54 Club and the Bell & Siren Club. A large number of on and off duty firefighters participate in observing the operations of this unique system over the four days. In addition, at the May 10th meeting of the New Jersey Deputy & Battalion Fire Chief's Association, the drill was brought up and participation from the members and their departments was encouraged. - RON JEFFERS

Right/rear view of Millstone Valley Brush 28.


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Trapped Twice in Paterson Third-Alarm JOHN M. MALECKY

This 1989 Pierce Lance heavy rescue once was yellow and served with the Rocky Hill, CT FD. It's now black and is a recovery unit for Mike’s Towing and Recovery based in Branchburg. It has a 25 kw PTO generator, a Command Light and carries tools and equipment to support heavy duty tow trucks at rescue and towing incidents.

PATERSON, NJ - Initially trapped inside a burning building, 10 residents and rescuers found themselves trapped in a rear yard as flames spread to three dwellings on May 7th. Paterson fire units responded just after 3:00 A.M. to 104 Lafayette Street. Police units had arrived first and observed heavy fire from the rear of a two-and-a-half story frame with close exposures on both sides. The flames were venting out of the second floor and extending to the attic and roof of the original fire building, and extending to

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the exposure buildings on both sides. Police units removed 10 residents, including one that was handicapped from one building to a rear yard, but found themselves trapped there due to heavy fire conditions and a fence. Firefighters were notified of the situation and were able to cut the fence and allow all to escape. Flames broke through the roof

of the original fire building as a second-alarm was sounded. With the fire extending to both exposures, a third-alarm was transmitted. Companies operated in an offensive mode in all three buildings and were able to knock down the heavy fire in short order. All visible fire was extinguished by 3:45 A.M., and the fire was placed under control at 5:00 A.M. The fire was held to the three home, but a total of 17 residents were displaced. - BILL TOMPKINS

212 degrees JOHN M. MALECKY

Plainfield’s former Engine 2, a 2013 E-ONE Typhoon 1500/500/30 pumper, is presently assigned to Engine 3.

Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Fernando Villicana

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In Union County, the City of Plainfield has in service this 1990 International 4900/Hackney tactical support unit. They use it also as their back up rescue truck. It has a 7.5 kw generator. It formerly was part of the Union County Hazmat.

One of the many things I learned in the Fire Department Drill Tower was that at 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. One degree! When water turns to steam the expansion ratio is 450/1. 450 more effective than water at 211 degrees. Applying one extra degree of temperature to water means the difference between something that is simply very hot and something that generates enough force to power a machine. A beautifully uncomplicated idea that should feed our every effort. Consistently pushing us to make the extra effort in every task, action and every responsibility we undertake. 212 serves as a scientific/natural law and a spiritual law. It reminds us that seemingly small things can make tremendous

differences. In the lives of believers, this entire thought has a much greater outcome – salvation, eternal life, making a spiritual impact on the world that we live in. Let me ask and answer the question that most of you are/should be thinking about now: WHAT IS NEEDED TO REACH AND MAINTAIN THE BOILING POINT IN MY LIFE? What is needed to transform me into steam? 1. Position yourself over the heat source: Leviticus 6:12 (ESV) The fire on the altar shall be kept burning; it shall not go out. The priest shall burn wood on it every morning… Being Spirit filled and Spirit led is deliberate act of your will. If you want to go from a subdued, unenthusiastic, lukewarm existence to the boiling point (212) which produces steam - you will have to position yourself for it. Position yourself over the fire of God! 2. Be constant: 1 Chronicles 16:11 (ESV) Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Stay long enough for the fire to do its work. Be steady, stable and

unmovable when it comes to your dream or vision. Never allow yourself to be thrown off or removed by things you see around you (failure of people, administration, bureaucracy). 3. Maintain concentration and focus: Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Your efforts must be such as to harness the steam and focus it where it is needed. A laser beam can cut through several inches of steel. That laser is no more than concentrated light. The bottom line - do whatever necessary to raise your temperature. Let us ask God for help in moving from a simmer, to a boil, to steam which has the ability to produce power.


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Ridgefield Chief Anthony Santangelo responds to fires in a 2013 Chevy Tahoe, like this commercial building multiple-alarm in Fairview, April 28th. JOHN A. CALDERONE

Bloomfield Truck Co. 1 operated with a 1970 American LaFrance 100-foot tractor-drawn aerial ladder (TDA).

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Cliffside Park Chief of Department Greg Yfantis also responded to the Fairview commercial building fire, of April 28th, with his 2020 Chevy SUV.

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East Orange Truck 1 operated with a 1972 American LaFrance tractor pulling a 1956 American LaFrance trailer. RON JEFFERS

Linden L-9's Ford Excursion is used by the Training Division.

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The Irvington FD Training Division has been assigned this 2019 Ford F350 pickup.

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Mike Sena (left), owner of Mike’s Towing and Recovery based in Branchburg, stands by their recovery unit with Dirk Sheasley, their lead driver and Transportation Specialist.

Edison firefighters with Engine 11's 2018 Spartan 1500-GPM pumper are, (L to R): Captain Tom Aszman and Firefighters Phil McManus, Ian Evans and Chris Taylor.

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Members of Jersey City Ladder Co. 8 with their 2019 E-One Cyclone model 100-foot rear-mount aerial ladder, (L to R): Captain Kyle Conboy and Firefighters Omar Soto, Matt Costello and Phil Payne.

Hamilton Township Fire Division (Mercer County) Engine Company 14, "A" Platoon, (L to R): Captain Joseph Horn, and Firefighters Clint Cavallo, Robert Miller and Battalion Chief Patrick Sullivan, pose with Engine 14, a 2016 Pierce 1500-GPM pumper.

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The crew of Port Reading First Aid Squad’s FA-14, stand by their ambulance. (L to R): EMT-B Irene Free and EMT-B Jeremy Vargas.

Jersey City O.E.M. members stand with their special units: Community Resource Unit, Mass Care Shelter/Rehab Unit and Field Communications. (L to R): Timothy M. Lawrence Jr., Mark J. Miller, Ethan Riepe and Tyler Martinez.


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On May 12th, East Orange Engine Co. 2 went into serv- East Orange Engine 3 has been assigned a 1993 Spar- This year, Perth Amboy acquired a 1994 Pierce Lance ice as Quint 2 with the assignment of this 2020 Rosen- tan/Smeal 1500-GPM/500-GWT apparatus that saw orig- 1250-GPM/500-GWT/75-foot quint as a back up unit. It bauer 1500-GPM/500-GWT/75-foot quint apparatus. saw original duty in Harrington Park. inal duty with Dumont Engine Co. 3.

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In Newark, University Hospital's newest duty rescue unit is a 2020 Freightliner/Rescue 1 model. It carries extrication tools, power saws, and it has a 9000-lb portable winch. In addition, there are roll out tool trays and a large generator.

The NJ EMS Task Force operates this 2020 Freightliner/US Truck Body field hospital unit, known as Gatekeeper 1. It carries tents and 60 beds for the field. GK-1 is stationed at University Hospital in Newark.

The NJ EMS Task Force SOV 1 is a 2020 Ferrara rescue unit, stationed at Newark's University Hospital. It has four seats, roll-out tool trays and equipment draws, anchor points, Warn winch, Harrison generator and transverse compartments.

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This year, Perth Amboy acquired a 1994 Pierce Lance Montclair Truck Co. 1 has been assigned a 2021 Pierce 1500-GPM/1000-GWT top-mount pumper that is assigned Arrow XT 105-foot rear-mount aerial ladder. It has transas a back-up unit. It saw original duty in Green Township. verse compartments, roll-out tool trays, and it also carries extrication tools. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

Serving Readington and Branchburg Townships, the Readington V.F.C. has placed into service a 2021 Pierce Velocity 2000-GPM/100-foot Ascendant model platform, sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Jersey City's Office of Emergency Management has placed into service a 2021 Freightliner MT55/Morgan Olson/LDV vehicle assigned as the Community Resource Unit. After its delivery, it was quickly placed into service for COVID 19 vaccination duty. It can also be pressed into state-wide duty, if necessary.

Cedar Grove Engine 73 is now in service, in a new firehouse, with a 2021 Pierce Enforcer/PUC model 1500GPM/750-GWT/40-GFT pumper. It carries a large amount of equipment with roll-out tool board and trays, four coffin style compartments, plus an 8 kW generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

In Woodbridge Twp., Port Reading Engine 2-1 has been assigned a 2021 E-One Typhoon 2000-GPM/1000GWT/30-GFT top-mount rescue-pumper. It has a 9000-lb portable winch, light tower, extrication tools, 10 kW generator, and many more features. It was sold by Absolute Fire Protection Co.


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Irvington Engine 42 has been assigned a 2020 Ferrara Irvington Engine 41 is now in service with a 2020 Ferrara Edison Truck 2 has been assigned a 2019 Spartan 931500-GPM/500-GWT pumper. The cab has seating for five 1500-GPM/500-GWT pumper. foot mid-mount platform with an over height of 10' 8." It and a storage cabinet. was sold by Campbell Supply Co.

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South Hackensack Engine 403 has been assigned a 2021 Spartan 1500-GPM/750-GWT pumper that carries extrication tools and a 6 kW generator. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co.

The Cliffwood V.F.C. of Aberdeen Twp. has accepted delivery of a 2021 Pierce Enforcer 2000-GPM top-mount pumper. It has a six-man cab and carries a 10 kW generator.

Summit Engine 1 has been assigned a 2020 Ferrara 1500-GPM/600-GWT pumper. The cab has seating for four plus storage space, and it carries a Harrison generator.

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In Franklin Twp., Somerset District 1 has placed into serv- Also in Franklin Twp., Somerset Engine 8 is a 1998 Seaice a 2020 Seagrave 2000-GPM/750-GWT pumper. Ac- grave 1500-GPM/500-GWT/40-GFT unit that is a day time cording to members, this is the first Seagrave Capital duty rig, manned by fire marshals. It saw original duty as Engine 561. It was re-lettered Engine 8, this year. series engine to see duty in New Jersey.

In Franklin Twp., Somerset District 1's Utility 56 is a 2019 Ford F350/Monmouth Truck Body apparatus. It carries four SCBA and is used as a manpower unit, plus other duties.

See your NEW truck in this space! If your truck is new from a manufacturer or new to you, we want to feature it in our vehicle news section! Email a clear, outdoor, well-lit photo to us at: RON JEFFERS

In Parsippany, the Mount Tabor Fire District accepted delivery of a 2021 E-One Typhoon 2000-GPM/750GPM/30-GFT/CAFS apparatus assigned as Engine 13. There is a full size tool box mounted in a compartment on the chauffeur's side of the rig, roll-out trays, front Jump Line and a Task Force Tip Master Stream monitor. It was sold by Absolute Fire Protection Co.

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Mercer County, Hamilton Township Fire Division, Station 12's "C" Platoon: Captain Josue Garcia and Firefighters Michael Hodnicki, Jon Wiesemann and Ray Krajcsovics, pose with Hamilton's Res1cue.

Ridgefield Chief and Bergen County Deputy Fire Coordinator, John Hoffman, and Cliffside Park Chief of Department Greg Yfantis, discuss firefighting operations along the north wall of a burning commercial building on Broad Avenue, Fairview, April 28th.

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Members of Teaneck Squad 23 pose with their new E-One Typhoon model 1500-GPM rescue-pumper. (L to R): Lt. Paul O'Connor and Firefighters Dennis Schlereth and Cameron Scott.

The crew of Engine 2-1 of the Port Reading Fire District stands by their new E-ONE pumper. (L to R): Captain Anthony S. Terebetsky and FF Michael Dileo.

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Cliffside Park firefighters that operated at a mutual aid fire in Fairview, April 28th, take a quick blow before picking up equipment and returning to quarters.

Linden's new fire recruits take a break for lunch, supplied by the Bayonne Fire Canteen, during a Neptune drill in Carlstadt, May 11th.


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Fire and Smoke in Jersey City Keep Area Firefighters Busy in Two States JERSEY CITY, NJ - A multiple-alarm fire consumed piles of crushed cars at a scrapyard that burned for hours and sent smoke acrid odors over a huge area on the evening of May 24th, and overnight into the early morning hours. The fire at Sims Metal Management, off of Linden Avenue East, sent plums of dark smoke into the sky, covered the Statue of Liberty, and caused numerous alarms for smoke and strange odors to be transmitted throughout the city, plus other Hudson and Bergen communities. The Yonkers Fire Department also turned out for an outside smoke condition. Their dispatcher reported that numerous calls were being received throughout Westchester County. A second-alarm was transmitted, plus special calls for additional resources, including Haz

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APPARATUS IN ACTION If you have photos you would like to see in our Apparatus in Action feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Flames break through the northern wall of the Broad Avenue building in Fairview on the evening of April 28th. Several East Bergen mutual aid companies operated at the scene.

Commercial Building Burns in Fairview FAIRVIEW, NJ - A smoky fire in a large one-and-a-half story commercial building kept East Bergen firefighters busy; and, it also caused havoc with traffic due to the closing of a major artery, April 28th. Shortly before 7:00 P.M., local firefighters were paged out for a “working fire” at 165 Broad Avenue. In addition, Cliffside Park Ladder 1 was automatically dispatched as the FAST team, which is the procedure when there is a fire reported in Fairview. Arriving units were greeted with heavy smoke and flames coming from a window. Contents in the building included paper printing

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materials, propane cylinders and antique vehicles. A mix. Hand lines were stretched and Fairview and Cliffside Park trucks raised their aerial ladders to the roof for venting operations. An initial attack knocked down visible flames, but fire was also in the walls and roof areas. After some vent holes were cut on the roof, members were ordered off of same due to a truss roof construction. Low-banking smoke covered the area and flames later broke out

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Ridgefield Engine 4's 2019 Pierce Enforcer 1500-GPM/750-GWT/40GFT (Class B) pumper operated in low-banking smoke during a commercial building fire in nearby Fairview, April 28th.

along the northern wall. Members opened up the wall to extinguish the flames. Mutual aid companies that operated at the scene came from Ridgefield, Edgewater, Palisades Park, Leonia and Fort Lee. In addition, the Hackensack Mask Service Unit was called to fill the many empty air bottles. The Box 54 Club, of Teaneck, also responded for rehab purposes. By 9:00 P.M., mutual aid fire companies were beginning to pick up their equipment to return to their municipalities. - RON JEFFERS RON JEFFERS

Hackensack's Mask Service Unit Pierce was dispatched to a multiple-alarm fire on Broad Avenue in Fairview, April 28th, to fill numerous air bottles during a smoky commercial building fire.

STILL IN SERVICE If you have photos you would like to see in our “Still in Service” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

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Three Alarms Called at Union Beach Structure Fire UNION BEACH, NJ - Early on the evening of May 26th, Union Beach District 65 was dispatched for a working structure fire at 801 Central Ave. Command requested a box alarm. Within minutes Command requested a second-alarm and then a third-alarm. Units operating on scene were Union Beach FD, Hazlet stations 2 and 3, Keansburg Fire Co., Keyport FD, Matawan FD, Holmdel FD station 2, Tinton Falls FD, Sea Bright FD, Middletown Air Unit, various EMS squads and Mutual Aid companies for coverage.

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Fairview Engine 3, a 1988 Mack MC/Ward 79 pumper with a 1500GPM pump, 500-gallon water tank and a 50-gallon foam tank, at the scene of a two-alarm fire in a commercial building in April.


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Not all barbecue sauces are created equal! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco BILL TOMPKINS – WWW.BTFIREPHOTOS.COM

Second Multiple-Alarm of the Day for Paterson PATERSON, NJ - May 2nd is turning out to be a memorable day for Paterson firefighters. After battling a three-alarm fire shortly after dawn, at about 5:00 P.M., units were dispatched to 85 Temple Street just over a block away from Northside Firehouse after being alerted to the fire by a citizen that rang the firehouse door bell. Companies arrived quickly and faced a large two-and-a-half story multi-family frame dwelling with a working basement fire. A similar exposure building was less than three-feet away. A second-alarm was transmitted as flames broke through the rear of the fire building and extended to the exposure. A thirdalarm was sounded as heavy fire took possession of the rear of both buildings.

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Two elevated master streams, one deck gun and numerous handlines were put into operation to stop the spread of the flames. A fourth-alarm was transmitted for manpower purposes. The heavy fire was knocked down by 7:00 P.M., but operations remained defensive due to the stability of the buildings. One firefighter and one resident were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. About 24 residents were left homeless. All were being assisted by the Red Cross. The cause is under investigation. - BILL TOMPKINS

To lump all barbecue into one category would be doing it an extreme disservice. It is by far one of the most complex cuisines in the world. Its origins can be debated and dissected ten times over without ever fully understanding it. But rather than focusing on all aspects of it, let’s talk sauce. What makes BBQ taste so good is not one thing. It is a combination of quality meat, spices a.k.a rubs, smoke and sauce. And it is sauce that can arguably make the most noticeable difference between recipes. The most popular of all barbe-

cue sauces is the tomato-based kind, particularly Kansas City style. It is sweet, tangy and loaded with spices such as garlic and onion powder. Thick, almost syrup-like, from molasses and brown sugar, this type is the one found in most restaurants that serve anything “BBQ”. Most tomato-based sauces start with ketchup and then branch off in many directions with the addition of unique ingredients, particular to a region or style. Some other examples are Texas and St. Louis style, which tend to leave out molasses. These are thinner and less sweet than the Kansas City sauce. The ketchup-based sauces compliment most types of BBQ, whether it is beef, pork or chicken. When you get into North Carolina, which is predominantly hog, that is when vinegar-based sauces start to become popular. This is actually my

favorite style because I tend to like the way these sharp, spicy sauces cut through the fattiness of pork. By now you are probably thinking there couldn’t possibly be anymore styles of BBQ sauce. What if I were to tell you that South Carolina is known for a mustard base sauce? Yup, mustard. Traced back to the 18th century and the German settlers in the area, this type of sauce is perfect for pork. Typically it contains just a hint of ketchup, but the yellow mustard is the star if the show. In this recipe I wanted to make it a touch healthier by replacing the molasses and brown sugar often used with maple syrup. The result is just enough sweetness to balance out the acidity and spice from the mustard. Give this one a shot the next time you fire up the smoker!

MAPLE-MUSTARD BBQ SAUCE Yields 1 pint Ingredients: ¾ Cup Yellow Mustard ¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar 1 tsp. Salt 2 Tbsp. Ketchup 1 tsp. Hot Sauce ¾ Cup Maple Syrup Procedure: -Combine all ingredients well, taste and adjust seasoning. Set aside in the fridge.

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Extrication in Raritan RARITAN, NJ - On Sunday, May 2nd at 12:01 P.M., the Raritan Fire Department was dispatched to Route 206 North at Orlando Drive for a multiple-car MVA, with one patient entrapped. Deputy-52 arrived and confirmed a four-car MVA with one occupant pinned in their vehicle. Engine 52-1 arrived and began extrication while Engine 52-2 prepared for extinguishment and fluid containment. Extrication was completed at the 23 minute mark. Units on scene were Chief-52, Deputy-51, Engine 52-1, Engine 52-2, Raritan Police Department, Somerville Police Department and RWJ EMS.

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PATCH OF THE MONTH If you have photos you would like to see in our “Patch of the Month’ feature please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Kitchen Fire in Bergenfield Restaurant BERGENFIELD, NJ - Firefighters battled a kitchen fire that extended into the duct work of a takeout restaurant Friday night, May 14th. Shortly before 8:00 P.M., the Bergenfield FD was dispatched to 48 West Church Street for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival of Chief Kneisler, smoke was showing from the structure and a working fire was transmitted. A kitchen fire was discovered with extension to the exhaust and roof vent. Ladder 1 and Engine 1 arrived on scene and quickly knocked down the interior fire as well as any additional hot spots. Ladder crews opened up to check for any extension. The fire was under control within 30 minutes. Mutual aid from New Milford, Dumont and Tenafly assisted in covering the city. No injuries were reported.

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FF Maria Guzman of Engine 3 is one-of-three women in the Bayonne Fire Department.

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Rigs from Essex County; Fire & Safety Adds Vengeant Apparatus This month we revisit Essex County for some updates on apparatus. In the photos, Irvington received two Ferrara Cinder pumpers, one of which is featured. They now have three. Orange also has a second Ferrara Cinder pumper with another one and a 77-foot Igniter quint just delivered (see in dealer news). East Orange’s new Quint 2 is a Rosenbauer 78-foot Viper featured this month. University Hospital in Newark placed in service a Rescue 1 medium duty rescue on a Freightliner chassis. It has a 16-foot three-inch non-walk-in body with ROM roll-up doors. Also stationed at the EMS office is one-of-three Gatekeeper units of the New Jersey EMS Task Force. These trucks are basically moving trucks stored empty. When an MCI or other emergency is declared, these trucks are loaded with whatever equipment is needed and respond accordingly. The rear of this truck has a massive lift gate. The last two pumpers shown are Pierce Enforcers. One is in Verona and shares quarters with another Pierce, and the other is from the South End Fire Company in neighboring Cedar Grove. All three Cedar Grove stations now have Pierce apparatus. In dealer news, Fire & Safety Services has added Vengeant Apparatus to their arsenal of products. Based in Pennsylvania, this company specializes in building extruded, aluminum modules on Ford F-450 and F-550 chassis. They offer mini pumpers, mini rescues, utility trucks, brush trucks and command vehicles. For more information contact the dealer. They have received the following Pierce orders: for Absecon (Atlantic County), an Enforcer PUC Ascendant 110 platform from Pierce Stock, from Lakewood District 2, (Ocean County), two Enforcer pumpers, from the NJT Police (Essex County), three Enforcer HDR’s, (one SWAT support, one with rail gear and one Hazmat), and from East Brunswick Independent (Middlesex County), an Enforcer pumper. Pierce deliveries include an Enforcer pumper to the Cliffwood FC in Aberdeen Township (Monmouth County), and two Enforcer pumpers to Lakewood Fire District 1 (different specs from the two that were ordered for District 2). VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists reports that the Buena Vista Township EMS (Atlantic County) received a stock remount of Horton 623 ambulance onto a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis. Absolute Fire Protection reports that they have received two E-ONE 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

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New Jersey EMS Task Force Gatekeeper 1, 2020 Freightliner M260/U.S. Truck Body. It is one-of-three and is stationed in Newark. It was sold by VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists.

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Orange E-3, 2020 Ferrara Cinder, 1750/500/30. It was sold by Firefighter One.

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Irvington E-42 is one-of-two 2020 Ferrara Cinder 1500/500 pumpers delivered. It was sold by Firefighter One.

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East Orange Quint 2, 2020 Rosenbauer Warrior, 1500/500 78-feet. It was sold by New Jersey Emergency Vehicles.

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Verona E-10, 2020 Pierce Enforcer 2000/750. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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University Hospital, Newark, R-301, 2020 Freightliner M-112/Rescue 1 with 6 kw generator and 9,000 pound winch. It was sold by New Jersey Emergency Vehicles.

orders. One is for a Typhoon low hose bed pumper for the New Market FC in Piscataway Township and a stainless steel 3250 tanker on a Peterbilt chassis for Plainsboro (both Middlesex County). They are prep-

ping a Typhoon low hose bed CAFS pumper for Mount Tabor in Parsippany Township (Morris County) and an HP 75-foot aerial on a Typhoon chassis for Cassville in Jackson Township (Ocean County).

Cedar Grove E-73 (South End FC), 2020 Pierce Enforcer PUC, 1500/750/40 and 8 kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

Firefighter One has delivered two Ferrara apparatus to the City of Orange (Essex County). One is an HD77 quint on an Igniter chassis assigned to Engine 4 and the other is an MVP rescue pumper on a Cin-

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GSP Crash in Paramus Slows Traffic PARAMUS, NJ - Shortly before 11:00 A.M. on May 8th, Paramus police, firefighters and EMS, along with New Jersey State Police, responded to the Garden State Parkway on the southbound side near mile marker 164.4 for reports of a motor vehicle accident. Two southbound lanes of traffic were blocked during the incident. Four ambulances were requested the scene, but no serious injuries were reported.

ALL IN THE FAMILY If you have photos you would like to see in our “All In The Family” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Next to the monument, (L to R): Battalion Chief Kevin Colavitti and Joe Ivanicki.

New Monument Erected at Passaic Memorial Services PASSAIC, NJ - On May 10th, the Passaic FD held their annual memorial service honoring 12 members of the department that made the Supreme Sacrifice in the line of duty. The department has never had a monument to honor those brave men. Battalion Chief Kevin Colavitti and Lt. Joe Ivanicki decided it was long overdue to have something in place honoring those members. They took it upon themselves, with the blessing of Chief

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Patrick Trentacost, to create a new monument. Funds were raised, along with a generous donation by Warner-Wozniak Funeral Home of Wallington. The monument and new fiberglass flag pole was erected at Fire Headquarters on Hope Avenue. Now all members of the fire department, as well as family mem-

bers of those we have lost, will forever have a sanctuary to commemorate their sacrifice and service. After the services, the County Wide Emergency Services rehab/canteen unit provided refreshments for all who attended, and then later visited the late Lt. Tirado grave along with his family where they placed a wreath. - JAMES WOOD, SR.

IN SERVICE If you have photos you would like to see in our In Service feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Elmwood Park Ex-Chief Gary Ruglio and his son Matt stand by at a power line incident on Kipp and Rays Streets on June 6th.

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Lawnside Fire Company now operates a 2020 Spartan ERV 1750/500 as Squad 272.


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