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Ridgefield, NJ - One man was taken to the hospital and listed in stable condition, June 17th, after an explosion rocked an Abbott Avenue home, and leveled it to the ground. Around 11:25 A.M., homes shook in the quiet neighborhood, sending numerous first responders to the scene.

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Resident Dies Following House Explosion in Ridgefield Ridgefield, NJ - One man was taken to the hospital and listed in stable condition, June 17th, after an explosion rocked an Abbott Avenue home, and leveled it to the ground. Around 11:25 JUMP TO FILE# A.M., homes shook 061819109 in the quiet neighborhood, sending numerous first responders to the scene. An off duty police officer, who lives in the neighborhood and had his portable radio with him, called the explosion in to his communications center. Police Chief Thomas Gallagher said 14 police officers responded. Quickly arriving, the officers heard a noise at the rear of the home. A male resident was calling for help. The off duty officer, P.O. Cigercioglu, said he and other officers lifted up a large plank of wood and responded to his calls. They observed the man and told him that the house was on fire and he'd have to crawl toward them to get out. He was then assisted by the officers to safety. Some officers used fire extinguishers to hold back flames as the victim was being removed. The fire department was dispatched to a reported house explosion with one person unaccounted for. They then received word that the occupant was out and he had told police that no one else was in the building. A column of black smoke rose above the home, attracting news helicopters. Firefighters called for Public Service Gas to respond, with a rush, to shut down the dwelling's gas supply. Firefighters set up water curtains to wet down the exposing dwellings. There was a field of debris that covered neighborhood houses, and parked cars were damaged. “We had to hold off fire suppression operations due to a gas leak,” Deputy Fire Chief Dave Brierty said. “Once the gas leak was taken care of by PSE&G we were able to extinguish the fire.” The neighborhood buildings reportedly suffered minor damage. The power was shut off in the area during firefighting operations. The injured occupant was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center and was reported to be in stable condition. One firefighter was transported to the hospital and treated for heat exhaustion. Two police officers also suffered minor injuries. Local firefighters were assisted by fire units from Cliffside Park, Palisades Park and Leonia at the scene, after a second-alarm was struck. When the gas was shut down, firefighters extinguished the flames and began removing piles of debris to extinguish deep seated flames. The cause of the explosion was under investigation by local, county and state officials.


Neighborhood homes were protected by firefighters, after the explosion leveled the dwelling.

As a follow up, on June 18th, the “Daily Voice” reported that the victim of the explosion died from his

injuries. Mark Schallack, 48, lived alone in the home and suffered burns to 80 percent of his body. From

Hackensack University Medical Center, Schallack was flown to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Liv-


ingston, where he died.


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Ex-Chief of Wallington F.D. Passes Wallington, NJ - It is with deep regret that the Wallington Fire Department announces the passing of former Fire Chief and life member of Park Row Hose Co. #203, William "Benny" Kullaf III. A lifelong resident of Wallington, Benny entered eternal life on June 5, 2019. Benny was a graduate of Wallington High School's Class of 1975. He was a member of the Wallington Junior Fire Department from 1973-1976, serving as a Lieutenant and Captain. He also served as Vice President and President of Co. #3 for six years, and was currently the Engineer for the company. In 2010 he served as Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief and Chief of Department. Benny was also a former member of the Wallington Emergency Squad and Wallington Exempt Firemen Association, where he served as a Past President, and a member of the Wallington Fire Department's Comic Team.

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Two Alarms Called at Bogota House Fire Bogota, NJ - At 4:36 P.M. on June 9th, firefighters rushed to get hoses to the second floor of 143 East Fort Lee Road to extinguish a fire that broke out in a small room. A secondalarm was sounded on arrival, bringing in the Ridgefield Park FD to assist. Two occupants escaped the home prior to FD arrival and were transported by BLS for minor injuries. Bogota Fire Chief Alex Breuss was in charge of the scene. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Pictured is Lt. Jack Dunn of Engine 3. JAMES WOOD SR.

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Arkansas: Michael Watkins, 75 Rank: Driver/Engineer Incident Date: April 21, 2019 Death Date: April 24, 2019 Fire Department: Northeast Lakeside Fire Department Initial Summary: On April 21, 2019, Driver/Engineer Michael Watkins was responding to a brush fire when he suffered a heart attack. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away on April 24, 2019. Florida: Brad Gregrich, 30 Rank: Firefighter/EMT Incident Date: April 14, 2019 Death Date: April 27, 2019 Fire Department: Desoto County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: On April 14, 2019, while on-duty at the fire station, Firefighter/EMT Brad Gregrich complained to his co-worker that he wasn’t feeling well, with a headache and feeling tired. The next morning, returning home after his shift, Firefighter/EMT Gregrich was still ill. His wife transported him to the hospital. The hospital then released him after an evaluation. He returned home but became unresponsive and 9-1-1 was called. He was rushed back to the hospital where he suffered a major stroke and never regained consciousness. He passed away at the hospital on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Illinois: Kody Vanfossan, 24 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 5, 2019 Death Date: May 5, 2019 Fire Department: Christopher Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Kody Vanfossan responded to a multi-alarm two-story vacant structure fire in Christopher, Illinois. Upon arrival, heavy smoke could be seen coming out of the top floor of the structure. Vanfossan, along with a second firefighter, began an interior attack on the fire. An additional firefighter later called for the two firefighters to exit the building. As the two firefighters started down steps in the rear of the building, the steps collapsed. While the second firefighter was able to make it out of the building, a Mayday was issued for Vanfossan. Vanfossan was recovered

from the building and placed into an ambulance where he was pronounced deceased. Investigation into the incident continues. Wisconsin: Mitchell F. Lundgaard, 36 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 15, 2019 Death Date: May 15, 2019 Fire Department: Appleton Fire Department Initial Summary: On May 15, 2019, firefighters from the Appleton Fire Department, the Appleton Police Department, and the Gold Cross Ambulance Crew, responded to a medical emergency at the Valley Transit Center in downtown Appleton, WI. While treating the patient, the situation escalated into shots being fired, striking Firefighter Lundgaard, a police officer, and a bystander. Aid was immediately rendered to Firefighter Lundgaard and he was rushed to the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton, WI. Despite all lifesaving efforts, Lundgaard passed away from the injuries he sustained from the shooting. Investigation into the incident continues.

Pennsylvania:William Norman Franck, 81 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: May 12, 2019 Death Date: May 12, 2019 Fire Department: Willow Street Fire Company Initial Summary: On May 12, 2019, Firefighter William N. Franck was performing scene safety at a motor vehicle accident. While at the accident, he suffered a CVA. He was immediately taken to Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA, where he passed away a short time later.

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Never-Off-Duty Bluecoats Revive Woman UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

Cops and firefighters are never really off duty-not even in retirement. There is something in their blood. A recent example of this duty occurred during a softball game at Commons Field in Paterson, May 25th. Paterson Firefighter John Molina, of Engine Co. 5, was coaching his 10-year-old daughter's softball team, at first base. As he headed to the dugout during the fourth inning, he observed a woman spectator gasping for air before losing consciousness and slumping over. Firefighter Molina, a six-year member of the department, then rushed to her and discovered that she “didn't have a pulse.” “Her lips were turning blue,” he added.

Retired Paterson police Lt. Washington Griffin was watching the game and he teamed up with Molina to revive the 50-year-old woman. Molina said he blew air into the victim's lungs, while Griffin did chest compressions. The woman's pulse resumed, and paramedics arrived and put her on a ventilator. She was then transported to St. Joseph's University Medical Center. Officials say the woman's condition stabilized at the hospital. Responding firefighters who assisted in the resuscitation were Captain Kevin Evans, and Jose Ochoa, Michael Pareja, Timothy Dawson Jr., Luis Sevillano and Tyshawn Hawkins, according to the report. Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale praised the off-duty firefighter and retired lieutenant for their quick actions. Fire Chief Brian McDermott noted the “likeminded” cooperation between members of the city's fire and police departments. DOWNS: A parking deck at a North Bergen shopping plaza partially collapsed as the result of a dump truck that broke through the


Paterson Firefighter John Molina, of Engine Co. 5, along with retired city police Lt. Washington Griffin, teamed up to revive a woman that "didn't have a pulse," in May.

upper level due to its weight. There were no injuries at the 8101 Tonnelle Avenue location, officials said. The truck fell through the hole with the cab facing upward in a common area where no cars were parked at the time. Crews from PSE&G, Suez, North Bergen police and North Hudson fire crews operated at the scene all afternoon. UPS: A new firehouse is being built on the old site of Ventnor Heights Station 2, in Ventnor. The city awarded a $3.1 million contract to have the structure built. DOWNS: More than two dozen third-graders at Jersey City's School 15 were exposed to pepper spray and were treated at local hospitals, May 22nd. An 8-year-old girl who had a small pepper spray container on her keychain accidentally sprayed it, according to Public Safety Director James Shea. He added that up to 45 students were potentially affected to various degrees. The fire department's haz-mat unit operated at the scene. UPS: In May, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce named Deputy Chief Fred Kingston Firefighter of the Year for his dedication to the community. DOWNS: Fire damaged a Hutter St. home in Saddle Brook, May 14th. A woman and her cat were removed to safety by police, officials said. Fire Chief Chris Sloma said the cause is under investigation, but suspects the 2-alarm fire was gasfed. UPS: Recently, the Montclair F.D. donated old PPE to the 911 Fund which gets this equipment to fire departments in countries that are less fortunate and unable to acquire new gear. DOWNS: A 22-year-old woman died following a May 16th fire in a Grove St. dwelling in North Plainfield, officials said. Another resident was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and non-lifethreatening burns to the back of his neck. UPS: Newly promoted battalion chiefs in Trenton are Mark Augustin and David Rosen. DOWNS: A multi-alarm fire in South Dennis was fought with the use of a tanker relay operation, due to the lack of fire hydrants near the Dennisville one-story dwelling, on May 18th. UPS: New fire captains in Trenton are: Juan Rivera, Robert Bland, Robert Buzzetta, Elwood Benner, John Snee, Frank Fanning III, Wayne Wolk, Mark Palumbo, Ryan Aquilino, Hiram Santiage and Domenick Stillitano. DOWNS: Paterson firefighters used extrication tools on an expensive Ferrari 488 Spider after it collided with a pole at Pearl & Carroll Streets, May 18th. The $300,000 vehicle had to be cut open in order to rescue the driver. It was believed the driver lost control of the vehicle at a high speed, resulting in the crash,

officials said. UPS: A group of some 30 students volunteered to put a new coat of paint on fire hydrants in Bloomfield during a May weekend. DOWNS: A Hackettstown police officer and firefighter were injured as the result of a fire that left two Route 57 homes uninhabitable. The police officer suffered from smoke inhalation and a firefighter suffered a minor injury that was treated at Hackettstown Medical Center, according to Sgt. Darren Tynan. UPS: Newly promoted EMS chiefs in Trenton are Kirk Everett and Jason Machusak. DOWNS: Three firefighters were rescued from inside a burning Camden County dwelling on Fairway Ave., Lawnside, May 26th. Officials said the stairway partially collapsed when the three were headed to the seat of the fire in the basement. One firefighter managed to pull the other two members to safety. There were no reports of injuries. UPS: Newly promoted EMS captains in Trenton are: Grady Griffin, Benjamin Tredrea, Joshus Diamond and Michael Weeks. DOWNS: An SUV caught fire in the driveway of a Central Ave. home in Sea Isle City, May 23rd, and the flames quickly spread to the garage and then to the home, officials said. The home was destroyed. UPS: The Adelphia Fire Company recently received a donation of three pet oxygen mask kits from Canine Company. DOWNS: A resident of an Island View Ct. OMD, in Bayonne, was taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center and treated for smoke inhalation and burns as the result of a 2-alarm fire, May 25th. “They (firefighters) were able to extinguish the fire quickly and ensure that numerous occupants of the 18-unit building were safely evacuated,” said acting Fire Chief William Bartos. UPS: David Parker has been promoted to fire chief for the Picatinny Arsenal Fire & Emergency Services. DOWNS: Lightning caused a house fire on Galloping Hill Rd., Holmdel, on May 29th, officials said. UPS: In May, Sal Barraco was promoted to deputy fire chief in Elizabeth. Dale Arthur is the new battalion chief. Promoted to captain were Giovanni Cerullo and Patrick Wirkus. DOWNS: One firefighter suffered a minor injury as the result of a dwelling fire on Hopping Rd. in the Belford section of Middletown Twp., May 27th. UPS: Paterson firefighters are used to battling fires in vacant buildings where they have fought previous fires. “It's the norm,” said Fire Chief Brian McDermott. City officials are trying to address the problem by using about $730,000 in federal housing funds to buy construction equipment that city employees will use to demolish unsafe,

vacant and abandoned structures. The federal government has worked out an arrangement that will allow Paterson to buy the equipment with federal money. The US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) declared that the city would be permitted to acquire “construction equipment that can be used for demolition of unsafe structures,” according to a resolution pending before the City Council. DOWNS: A fire that destroyed an abandoned house at North Church Rd. & Park Dr., in Hardyston, June 1st, was considered suspicious, Sussex County Fire Marshal Virgil Rome said. UPS: Firefighters rescued a man who somehow got stranded on the Newton Creek dam in Oaklyn, June 4th. Firefighters used a rope and a ladder to hoist the man to safety. Firefighters from Mount Ephraim, Audubon Park and West Collingswood Heights assisted. DOWNS: A 59-year-old man died and three others were taken to the hospital following a carbon monoxide incident at a Chestnut Ave. home in Bernardsville, June 13th. UPS: Newly promoted deputy fire chiefs in Paterson are Luis Cruz, John Bradle and Matthew Hyman. DOWNS: At least one business was destroyed as the result of a fire in a structure that contains five different auto-related establishments, on Squankum-Yellowbrook Rd., in the Aldelphia section of Howell twp., June 13th. UPS: Recently promoted to battalion chief in Paterson were Joseph Henderson, Jose Molina, Michael Trommelen and Michael Cleenput. DOWNS: A man set fire to his Pemberton home and stabbed his brother after an argument, June 8th, authorities said. The actor was charged with aggravated arson, aggravated assault and weapons offenses. UPS: New fire captains in Paterson are: Ryan Higgins, Michael Hascup, Leonardo Acosta, Tyshawn Hawkins, Thomas Gander, Anthony Selby, John Howe and Robert Tierney. DOWNS: Authorities said a poll worker arriving to work for the June 4th primary election drove her car through a Totowa firehouse that was being used as a polling site. Shortly after 5 a.m., the poll worker reportedly pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake as she pulled into the lot of Rescue 4's quarters. The vehicle surged forward, crashing through the wall of the building. The accident left a large hole on the side of the structure. Cinder blocks and cement dust were strewn around the building, but poll workers sat at their stations during the election. In true New Jersey fashion, the polling station continued to function and everyone had their chance to voteat least once!


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Summertime and the living’s is the cooking! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco


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The heat of the summer begs for easy, quick, no-cook recipes. With this time of year we also get to enjoy the bounty of fruits, vegetables and herbs that thrive in the July and August months. My absolute favorite is the tomato, when they smell and taste like a tomato is supposed to. Nothing irks me

more than seeing those dull pink “tomatoes” that seem to be in season all year round on the shelves in the supermarket and taste no better than a piece of plastic. If you can’t get your hands on garden-fresh produce, look for brightly colored tomatoes that smell ripe. I like cherry tomatoes for this recipe in particular because their size makes them perfect for either garnish or as a salad on their own. Cherry tomatoes are also usually very sweet, which is balanced out by the acidity of the lime and heat of the jalapeno. After buying the tomatoes, I do not like to put them in the fridge

because I feel like it alters their texture and doesn’t allow them to ripen further. Instead, I prefer to leave them on the counter top, in a brown bag if possible. And when cutting any tomatoes, it's best to use a serrated knife. These cut through them much better without crushing them, which typically happens with a regular knife, especially a dull one. This quick recipe is perfect to put over grilled steak, use as a taco topping, add to a salad or toss with some pasta for an easy no-cook pasta “sauce”. Just make sure to buy the best produce you can, or better yet, grow your own!


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This DVD is about 50 minutes in length and was taken after 9/11. It visits different aspects of how 9/11 affected people in its aftermath. It covers a story of a New York City firefighter who made a heroic rescue and later had to leave the job due to an injury. He was off the job during 9/11 and suffered emotionally from not being able to respond to it. He would put on his turnouts and go down to the scene to help out with

the recoveries until the operation was terminated. Another story briefly touches on a widow of one of the firefighters, how she recalled their wedding day and remembered their good times. The Newark, NJ Fire Department is focused on and how they remember their brother’s sacrifices. It shows the NFD in action and also shows them going to schools and teaching small students about fire safety and what to do if they should be exposed to fire in their home for instance. Another story is about a volunteer ambulance corps in the borough of Queens who lost their ambulance at 9/11, but even worse, lost an 18-year-old member who was so dedicated that he joined as a junior cadet at the age of 14. This was a truly tragic story, especially as his mother tells of how much he wanted to help people. This coverage is touching. The disc that I have has a voice that is not quite lined up with the facial expressions of those being interviewed and in the beginning the reporter’s voice is muffled somewhat by the voices of those working the operation.

16 oz. Package of Cherry Tomatoes ½ White Onion, finely diced 1 Jalapeno, seeded and finely diced (if you prefer extra spice, leave the seeds in) 1 Lime, zest and juice Small Bunch of Fresh Cilantro, chopped Salt, to taste Procedure:

-Put the diced onion in a small bowl, cover with cold water. Place in fridge while preparing the rest of the ingredients. This helps mellow out the astringent onion flavor. -Halve the tomatoes (serrated knife works best), combine in a bowl with jalapeno, lime zest and juice and a pinch of salt.

Toss to combine.

Season with a pinch of salt, toss to combine and taste. Adjust seasoning accordingly. AJ FUSCO

-Remove the onion from fridge and drain well. Add onion and cilantro to the bowl with tomato mixture.

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Some of the fire damage at the rear of the building.


Rescued Woman Airlifted to St. Barnabas Medical Center ROBERT CONNELL

Multiple Cars Burn at Second-Alarm in Paterson

Paterson, NJ - On Friday, May 24th at 1:35 P.M., the Paterson Fire Department was dispatched to a reported car fire. When Engine 4 arrived at the scene, they reported a one-story brick garage fully involved with exposure issues; a lot with 12 cars on fire. The working fire assignment was requested by 3rd Battalion Chief Cruz which was followed quickly with the transmission of a second-alarm, requested by Chief of Department McDermott upon his arrival. Engine 4 used the deck gun and knocked down the fire in the garage.

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The Fire Department at Merck Labs, Rahway, displays their “Never Forget� mural on the back of Engine 2, supporting remembrance of 9-11.

Guttenberg, NJ - A 26-year-old woman was found unresponsive in a ground floor hallway during a fire racing through the rear section of a two-story, woodframe dwelling on 70th Street, May 20th. At 6:15 P.M., JUMP TO FILE# North Hudson fire 052219105 units were initially dispatched to the area of 69th Street and Bellevue Avenue for a reported dwelling fire. Flames were venting out of the rear first-floor windows and extending to a rear porch area, visible from 69th Street. Fire Control then began receiving calls for 70th Street. Special Police Officer Jaber said he ran to the scene from his walking post and located the fire building at 67-70th Street. He assisted a man out of the building and retrieved two pet dogs. There was heavy fire in the rear of the structure at the basement and first-floor levels at that time. Firefighters located the woman in a hallway, Fire Director Jeff Welz said. The victim was unconscious but breathing when she was carried out and treated by firefighters and EMTs at the scene, he added. She was initially taken to Palisades Medical Center and then airlifted to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. The victim was in critical condition with smoke inhalation and severe burns, officials said. The fire building was attached to a wood-frame dwelling on the 'B' side. A rear extension of that structure suffered melted sidings. The dwelling on the 'D' side was separated by a very narrow alley. Deputy Chief Anthony Venezia ordered a third-alarm for additional


Firefighters advanced hand lines to the rear of the structure to knock down the seat of the fire.

resources. The heavy fire was extending up the rear of the building and threatening exposures on both sides. In addition, accessing the rear of the building was difficult in the densely populated neighborhood. Hand lines were put into place and the flames were knocked down. After a period of cold and rainy weather, the temperature was 84

humid degrees on this afternoon. A crew with the Gong Club canteen responded to the scene with a large supply of bottled water. The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Hudson County Arson Task Force and the Guttenberg police. - RON JEFFERS

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Passaic Firefighters Make Quick Stop

Passaic, NJ - On June 5th at approximately 12:00 P.M., the Passaic FD was dispatched to 11 South Street for the report of a fire. Chief Trentacost arrived on scene and notified incoming units that they had a fully involved garage. The fire was held to a first-alarm assignment, using three engines and a ladder. There were two lines stretched, one of which was used to protect the exposure. One firefighter was sent to St. Mary's Hospital for heat exhaustion.


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A passing police car wasn't exempt from water during the Franklin Township (Sussex County) wet down for their new Sutphen pumper.

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Keansburg & Forest Hills Teams Earn Top Titles at Keyport First Aid Cadet Competition Keyport, NJ - Teams of young emergency medical services providers from Keansburg Fire Department EMS and Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps earned top honors at the 6th Annual Keyport First Aid Cadet Competition, held June 8th at Keyport High School. Keansburg Fire JUMP TO FILE# Department EMS 061119111 won in the advanced category, while Forest Hills (Team A) took the title in the basic skills competition. “This event is so awesome for these kids,” said David Goodwin, the cadet advisor for Keansburg Fire Department EMS. “It really challenges them so they can prove to themselves that more or less they can handle the skills that they’re being taught. And it’s also just bringing camaraderie between each of the groups. When guys get called out, everyone cheers them on, ‘Good luck, good luck’. Just the interaction between the kids and seeing that is great.” Forty-one teams representing emergency medical service providers throughout the tri-state region participated in the competition, which consisted of a series of skills competitions to test their basic and advanced capabilities. Competitors participated in skill events such as taking a patient’s vital signs, handling cardiac arrests, CPR, splinting, patient assessment and removing patients from motor vehicle wrecks. Some of the teams were participating for the first time; and nearly 50 competitors arrived the night before and camped out in large tents. “Some of the students are surprising. Their knowledge, how they handle themselves, how some of them are taking a leadership role,” said Ken Krohe, Chief of Keyport First Aid, who heads up the competition. Krohe said he was also happy to see the competitors interacting with each other and happy about participating in the competition. “Listening to the cheers before they go out, when they’re announced and just seeing the smiles on their faces when they come out,” Krohe said. Matt Phillips, the cadet advisor from Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance in Long Island, said the Keyport event marked his team’s first competition. “They’re getting not only the joy of fellowship with the other people, but learning to put their skills into place in a competitive atmosphere,” Phillips said. “They’re having fun,” Phillips said, “and just learning more about EMS through other people and this experience.” When not competing, competitors were able to explore assets and experience equipment from the New Jersey EMS Task Force and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.

The competition was open to youth members of emergency services organizations and was sponsored by Keyport First Aid and the EMS Council of New Jersey. “It is so wonderful to see such a great turnout for this event. I am so proud of every one of you,” NJ EMS Council President Barbara Platt told attendees. “It has grown just into this big event and it’s something our kids look forward to,” said Goodwin, who oversees the program with fellow Keansburg members Stacy Smallze, Anthony Cappiello, Jackie Huynh, James Hynes, Dan Lindberg and Alyssa Christiana. “They enjoy coming here and we enjoy bringing them to it,” Goodwin said, "and not just the competition side of it, but the simulation vehicles and letting them do things that they wouldn’t normally get to do back at the squad necessarily.” That said, the competition can be just as challenging for the adults watching their competitors go through the skills tests, Goodwin said. “It’s nerve wracking on the instructor side, because you see them sometimes struggling in a certain spot where they know they need to do something, but they can’t think of it,” Goodwin said. “And you want so bad to just be like that’s it and tell them, and you can’t do that.” In addition to the Keansburg and Forest Hills top wins, Keyport First Aid (Team B) earned 2nd place in the basic competition, while Forest Hills (B) took third. In the advanced competition, Cranford First Aid (Team C) took second and Cranford (Team A) earned third. Hazlet First Aid & Rescue Squad was presented with the Grand Prize Judges Award. Already, teams are planning to return for next year’s events. “We plan on coming next year, it’s great for the kids, it’s great for the adults to work together and learn through networking,” Phillips said. That’s satisfying for Krohe and the large team of volunteers who come together to plan and stage the competition. He also said it was nice seeing some of the same advisors and cadets return year after year because that tells him they think it’s a worthwhile event. Krohe said after a short break the team behind the competition will begin planning for next year’s competition, and start thinking about what they might change for next year. “Hopefully, this is the future of EMS,” Krohe said looking at the various teams before him at the competition. “Many will be some sort of EMS provider. Whether it’s a paramedic, an EMT, some of these kids are going to be doctors, nurses, so hopefully this will help their career along.” - RICHARD HUFF

Keansburg FD EMS cadet team took 1st place honors in the advanced competition.



Competitors from around the tri-state region participated in the day-long event at Keyport High School.


“Hopefully, this is the future of EMS,” said Ken Krohe, Chief of Keyport First Aid who heads up the competition.

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Mike Marquis, Vice President of Rescue 1 Sales, retired after a successful 36-year career with PLCB.


PLCB Rescue 1 Sales VP Retires with 36 Years of Successful Service May 31st marked the last day for Mike Marquis, Vice President of Rescue 1 Sales, here at P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. (PLCB), and the beginning of a welldeserved retirement. JUMP TO FILE# Mike is capping off 053019105 a 36-year successful career here in Manasquan. Over the years, Mike grew with the company, working first as an electrician, followed by developing our graphics department, then as a contract coordinator, and finally as the driving force behind our Rescue 1 division. Initially sold as PL Custom Emergency Vehicles Rescue Trucks, Mike and Bud Smock developed the rescue division into what is now known as Rescue 1. Formalized with that name in 1985, Mike became synonymous with the Rescue 1 Extreme Duty brand of rescues, command centers, haz-mat, and other specialty purposed emergency vehicles produced under the Rescue 1 moniker. Under his watch, Rescue 1 has grown to enjoy a solid reputation as a custom manufacturer of Extreme Duty rescue trucks. Mike became intimately involved with each unit that was built here, developing strong relationships with our

customers. In discussing his retirement date, Mike said, “I have seen Rescue 1, and by extension, PL Custom, expand into new markets. The Rescue 1 brand has made tremendous strides and I look forward to watching the continued growth. Now I am looking forward to focusing on family and fishing. I have met and worked with many great people over these past 3+ decades, from customers, sales reps, vendors, and fellow employees. It has been a great career and I know that our past will shape our future.” Today’s fire and emergency vehicle manufacturing industry is filled with daily personnel changes and company acquisitions. Just as PLCB remains a privately held, family-owned company today, Mike’s continuity with our Rescue 1 division is in stark contrast to the prevailing industry trend. We look forward to hearing stories from Mike of his well-deserved retirement and know that he looks forward to spending time with his wife, Irene, his two sons, Michael and Matthew, and his dogs, Bro and Dude. On behalf of all of us here in Manasquan, we wish you all the best! - CHAD NEWSOME

Harrison Truck Co. 1 used this 1964 Pirsch 85-foot, tractor-drawn aerial (TDA) ladder.



Now known as Ladder 1, the new Harrison truck is a 2018 Pierce Arrow XT 100-foot TDA, with the upper cab painted dark silver metallic and the aerial ladder painted charcoal metallic.

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In June, the Union City Police Department held an active shooter drill in conjunction with Rescue Task Force members from the North Hudson Regional FD and EMS units from Union City, North Bergen, West New York and Weehawken. City teachers and students also participated.


Porch Fire Significantly Damages Robbinsville Home


Here, firefighters and EMTs prepare to remove a "victim" with a police escort.


A "shooting victim" is assisted by Union City EMTs as they remove her from the building with police protection.

Robbinsville, NJ - On Sunday, May 19th at 4:03 P.M., Hamilton Township Squad 12, Tower 17, Engine 19 and Hamilton Duty Chief 17 John Retalis were dispatched as mutual aid to 3 Andover Place in Robbinsville for reports of a fire on the balcony. Robbinsville Squad 40 and Monmouth JUMP TO FILE# County Engine 8281 052919108 also responded. Arriving Chief Retalis established Command and reported a multi-story apartment with fire showing from the deck, and a heavy smoke condition. Tower 17 arrived and made entry into the apartment. Squad 40 arrived and stretched the initial oneand-three-quarter inch handline to the second floor apartment where the bulk of the fire was. Squad 12 arrived and established a water supply and the crew stretched a second line into the building. Primary searches were negative in the apartment and all exposures. Tower 17’s crew laddered the building with ground ladders and the aerial. Engine 19 arrived and its crew made entry into the apartment. Interior crews pulled ceilings and opened up to expose heavy fire in the attic area. Retalis called the “ALL HANDS” and requested the second-alarm, bringing in Hightstown Ladder 41, West Windsor Engine 43, Princeton Junction Truck 44, Monroe-Squad 57, East WindsorR142, Burlington County Engine 2612, Princeton Special Services 168, Canteen Signal 22 and ambulances from RWJ Hospital, East Windsor and Robbinsville.

Upon arrival of Robbinsville Chief Daniel Schaffenter, Command was transferred. Also responding was Mercer County Fire Coordinator Chad Reed. Due to the extreme heat with temperatures in the high 80’s, crews were rotated in and out. All firefighters were assessed by BLS upon their exit from the fire building. East Windsor set up a rehab area for fire-

fighters. One resident and one firefighter were transported to RWJ Hospital. Fire Marshal 40, Brian Johnson, investigated the scene. Hamilton Fire Police assisted Robbinsville PD with traffic control. The fire was placed under control at 4:42 P.M., with units on location until 7:10 P.M. - ROBERT SHERMAN


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CONGRATULATIONS Eastampton Fire-Rescue on the delivery of their new Sutphen Pumper!


• Sutphen Custom Monarch Cab & Chassis • Aluminum Body • Sutphen 73” Long cab with a 15” raised Roof • Scene View – Side Mount / Top Mount Pump Panel • 2000 GPM Hale QMax Pump • Cummins ISL 9 – 450 HP engine

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This faithful 1967 Chevy, lettered as an Assistant Chief's vehicle, served the Kearny Fire Department as a staff car into the late 1990's.


The Union Fire Company of Frenchtown used this Hale pumper.


Hamilton Township District 4 members operated this Seagrave ladder truck.



Kearny Car 1 is a Ford Explorer utilized by Chief of Department Steve Dyl.


Cheesequake Car 200's 2017 Ford Expedition is operated by Chief Chris Kuinlan.


Keasbey Chief Luis Montalvo answers alarms with this 2013 Chevy Tahoe.

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Cape May, NJ - The Coast Guard Training Center (TRACEN) held their annual open house on Saturday, May 4th. The event was established in 2015 to celebrate Cape May County being designated as a proud Coast Guard community. Festivities included search and rescue demonstrations, tours of the training center, a museum exhibit and a life-saving station program.

Crews work to extinguish the structure fire.

Local businesses and other community groups came out to support the event. TRACEN, located on Munro Avenue, houses several buildings where recruits go through a rigorous eight-week training program before being assigned to various Coast Guard facilities throughout the country. The Coast Guard base has its own

emergency services, which include police and fire departments consisting of two engines and an ambulance. The fire department, identified as Station 59, responds to calls around the training facility and can be called for mutual aid purposes throughout Cape May County. - JUSTIN MATTES



The United States Coast Guard has its own police and fire departments to respond to emergencies within the training center.


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Fire Rips Through Pine Beach Home Pine Beach, NJ - At approximately 6:00 P.M. on June 1st, the Pine Beach Fire Co. was dispatched to the 100 block of Tudor Avenue for a reported garage fire. While members were getting ready to respond, Pine Beach PD Officers on scene reported a fully involved garage fire with extension into the house. Assistant Chief Cabrera (3810) was in Command and called for a second-alarm assignment, bringing in Bayville Vol. FD, Beachwood Vol. FD, Manitou Park Vol. Fire Co., Pinewald Pio-

JUMP TO FILE #060219101 neer Fire Co., Toms River Fire Co. 2 and Toms River FD Co. #1. We would like to thank Beachwood Emergency Medical Services and South Toms River EMS for providing rehabilitation services to units on scene, as well as Frankie’s Pizza for donating food for everybody after the call. - PINE BEACH FIRE CO.


Hamilton Twp. (Mercer County) Station 16 members, (L to R): Captain Mike Balog with "B" Platoon Firefighters John Doyle, Ryan Kucjak and Apparatus Operator Jeff Barlow, pose with Engine 16.


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Hamilton Twp. (Mercer County) Station 19 members, (L to R): Captain/EMT Aaron Heller, Firefighter/EMTs E.J. Esperanza, Matt Joiner and Eric DeVita, pose with Engine 192, a 2012 Seagrave 1500-GPM pumper.



EMTs Nikki Johnson and Jim Plagge stand by their 2018 Horton medium duty ambulance. They are members of the Moorestown First Aid and Emergency Squad.


Retired Deputy Chief Kevin Hancock (L) and Honorary Battalion Chief Dr. Thomas Dayspring were presented with the Chief John Stagg Meritorious Service Award for their contributions and service to the Paterson Fire Dept. at the PFD Annual Memorial Service, held on June 2nd.


Ridgefield Deputy Chief Dave Brierty radios in a report during the dwelling explosion and fire incident on Abbott Avenue, June 17th.


Captain Scott Parkin of Rescue 2 Group 4 is retiring after 30 years of service to the residents of Paterson. His last official day was Friday, May 31st. (L to R): FF Marwin Torres (R2), Capt. Scott Parkin, 1st Battalion Chief Charlie Gander, FF Rob Zeidler (R2), and FF Dave Leporini (R2).

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South Hackensack Chief Jerry D’Amico checks progress with a T.I.C. at a multiple-alarm in WoodRidge on May 17th.



Car Versus Tree in Pine Beach N.M.F.D. CO. 1 PHOTOGRAPHER

On May 7th, the New Milford FD responded to a reported car fire in the 400 block of Madison Ave. Crews confirmed a working car fire upon arrival and quickly extinguished the flames.

Pine Beach, NJ - On the afternoon of May 22nd, Pine Beach Fire Co. Engine 3811, along with Beachwood EMS and South Toms River EMS, were dispatched to the 600 block of Springfield Avenue for a car that crashed head-on into a tree. The driver of the truck and another patient were both transported to the hospital by responding EMS agencies with non-lifethreatening injuries.



The first-ever 911 call in the United States happened on February 16, 1968, in Haleyville, Alabama. It wasn’t until 1999 that Congress directed the FCC to make 911 Little Ferry Firefighter Steve Iurato hits hot spots that flared up inside a burning auto body shop in Wood-Ridge, May 17th. RON JEFFERS

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Hillsborough Township Fire Company 1 (Flagtown) operates Unit 36-142, a 1989 Ford F-350, 4x4/Reading with 250-GPM pump and 250-gallon water tank. Features include a one-inch booster reel, forestry line, extinguishers, SCBA, a 7 ½-ton winch, safety cones, shovels, saws and other tools.

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Hillsborough Township Unit 36-142, 1989 Ford F-350/Reading 250/250 with 7 1/2-ton winch.

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Cedar Knolls Engine 35 has been assigned a 2019 This year, Cresskill placed into service a 1983 Mack/1998 Millburn Brush 51 is a 2018 Ford F350 4WD/Danko 250Pierce Saber 1500-GPM/750-GWT/25-GFT pumper, sold E-One Cyclone TC 1500-GPM/500-GWT glider kit appa- GPM/200-GWT unit that is used for brush and parking deck fires. ratus that saw original duty with the Middlesex F.D. by Fire & Safety Services. RON JEFFERS

Passaic recently acquired this 2001 Seagrave 2000- At Teterboro Airport, Port Authority Rescue 51 is a GPM/500-GWT pumper that saw original duty as 2018 Oshkosh Striker model CFR. Features include a Hawthorne Engine 3. It will be used as a reserve unit. 1500-GPM pump, 210-gallon foam tank and 500-lbs. of Purple K. ADAM ALBERTI

Paterson accepted delivery of a 2019 Ferrara Igniter model walk-in style rescue with extruded aluminum body, that contains transverse compartments, portable winch with four receivers, Harrison generator, poly rub rails, and many other features.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Want to Serve With Pride, Integrity and Tradition: Listen to Those That Came Before You After a recent fire while back at the firehouse, I began thinking of an old-timer at my firehouse who had died a few years ago; “The Old Buzzard”, as he was affectionately known. He served our organization very proudly and always conducted himself in an honorable manner. Always doing what is best for the fire company and never putting himself first. He never looked for recognition for all the good that he did. He actually vehemently despised the notion of being acknowledged over all other members, even though he deserved to be. All he ever wanted for his efforts was for the fire company to continue to prosper. I learned a lot from him through the years. His death got me thinking about how he conducted himself personally and within the firehouse. With him, the two seemed as one. There was never a persona that he transformed into when he entered the firehouse. He was always cordial, kind and genuinely interested in everyone’s well-being. And I mean everyone. When I first joined the fire company, I joined with a block of six young guys all about the age of eighteen. We were young and eager. Some members saw us as a threat, wanting to take over. We were, at one point, described as “an element” that we would eventually dissipate. The truth was that we just wanted to fight fires, serve the community and have a place to belong. The Old Buzzard saw us for just that. He appreciated our enthusiasm and encouraged us to stay as long as we’d like to contribute. Four of us eventually served as Chief, so his instinct was pretty good. But it was how he could relate to every age group that walked through the doors that made him a special figure for all of us. He never huddled with the rest of the “old-timers”, secluded from all others. He treated every member with the same respect no matter how young and inexperienced. He was willing to talk with any one member. He would convey his experiences and knowledge to anyone who would listen. These often came in the form of stories. History of our fire company that was told to him, he would tell to us. I heard many of the same stories repeated, and repeated, over time. At some point I may have rolled my eyes and thought to myself, “oh boy, here comes the story from back in the day of when they had to push the engine downhill each time before they could get it started.” And sometimes I may have teased him a bit

by trying to say the next line of his stories before he did. But eventually I stopped and listened… again. I would look to see who else is listening to his story, maybe hearing it for the first time. I would look to see which older member had the respect to politely sit through the story again and see which young kid had the appreciation for what was being said. The Old Buzzard is not unique to our firehouse. Every firehouse has one. I would even say our firehouse is fortunate enough to still have a few. Our “old-timers” impart experiences and knowledge

that serves well on the fire scene or in our personal lives. I hope every firehouse has one half as good as ours. Stop and listen to yours every now and again. You’ll never know when the last chance will be that you’ll have with them. Now the Old Buzzard's stories, are our stories. His experience and knowledge that he gave to us, is now ours. What we choose do with it is up to us. Maybe, one day, we'll be lucky enough to turn into an "Old Buzzard" ourselves. - DAVID BOEHNING

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Before we get into the reporting I want to correct two minor mistakes and clarify a statement. The first is to say that the Borough of Winona is in Gloucester County and not Camden County, and the Jackson Township Fire District 2 with the E-ONE Typhoon with HP-75 aerial is Cassville rather than Whitesville. Lastly, my wording may have been misleading. The Cecil brush truck (Gloucester County) was paired up with Ocean City’s rear-mount in the same sentence which could have led the reader to believe that it was in that same county. Ocean City is in Cape May County. Some notes on this month’s photos start with two new Rosenbauer in the Silverton Fire Company in Toms River Township (Ocean County). The fire company was due to replace a pumper and a dedicated rescue truck (with no pump or tank). With two other rescue trucks in the township, they decided that they did not need a dedicated rescue truck replacement, but instead decided on a rescue style pumper (with pump and tank), which would serve as either a pumper or a rescue at the incident commander’s discretion. The Timberwolf 4x4 pumper that they had was traded in for a custom pumper to better address the future development of the district. In other photos there is featured East Brunswick’s Independent Fire Company’s new Pierce Enforcer pumper and New Brunswick’s new Engine 1, a Ferrara Cinder pumper with the same major specs as their older Engine 5. Also featured from Middlesex County is Kingston’s KME PRO pumper. The PRO is a competitor to the Pierce PUC, E-ONE eMax, Ferra MVP and Spartan IPS to name a few. In Franklin Township (Somerset County), Middlebush’s Spartan ER pumper is featured and from Burlington County, Palmyra’s new Pierce Velocity midmount aerial wraps up this month’s gallery. Before we get into dealer news I saw a news story today in which the City of Paterson with HUD funding leased a Kumatsu hydraulic excavator for demolishing heavily fire damaged structures. It is assigned to the fire department and will help reduce the fire load, especially of vacant, damaged buildings in which the city has many. In dealer news, Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: for the City of Elizabeth (Union County), an Arrow XT pumper; in Somerset County, for Hillsborough Township FC 3 (Woods Road), an Impel heavy duty rescue pumper and for Company 1, (Flagtown) an Enforcer 3,000-gallon tanker. In Montgomery Township, a Velocity 100-foot platform for Belle Mead and for Blawenburg, an Enforcer pumper. In Cape May County, Stone Harbor ordered an Impel pumper. Pierce deliveries include a Saber pumper to Manville (Somerset County), an Enforcer PUC pumper to Runnemede (Camden County), and an Enforcer pumper to Saddle Brook (Bergen County). Campbell Supply Co., LLC reports the following Spartan ER orders: for Please send any comments or news tidbits you might have about Apparatus of the Month to us at 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street. New Windsor, NY 12553. Or you can e-mail them to

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

New Brunswick Engine-1, 2019 Ferrara Cinder, 1750/750. It was sold by Firefighter One.


Silverton E-2931, 2019 Rosenbauer Commander, 2000/750 with portable winch. It was sold by Defender Emergency Products.


Kingston E-3, 2019 KME Predator PRO, 1500/750/30 with 6 kw generator. It was sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles.


Silverton Squad 2913, 2019 Rosenbauer Commander, 2000/750 with 6 kw generator and portable winch. It was sold by Defender Emergency Products. JOHN M. MALECKY

Middlebush FC, Franklin Township E-44-1, 2019 Spartan ER Metro Star 2000/750/40 with 10 kw generator. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC. JOHN M. MALECKY


E. Brunswick, Independent FC E-803, 2019 Pierce Enforcer 2000/750/30 and 6 kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

Wyckoff (Bergen County), a Star pumper with Gladiator ELFD chassis, 10-inch raised roof cab, Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, APS, extreme duty front bumper and interior, Waterous CSU 2000-GPM pump, 750-gallon water tank and FRC lighting. For Washington Township (Gloucester County), Whitman Square ordered a Star pumper with Gladiator LFD chassis, 10-inch raised roof cab, Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, APS, extreme duty front bumper and interior, Hale 1500-GPM pump, 750-gallon water tank and Whelen scene lighting. The Breton Woods FC in Brick (Ocean County), ordered a 75-foot quint with a Gladiator MFD

chassis, 10-inch raised roof cab, Cummins L9, 500 hp diesel engine, APS, extreme duty interior, Hale Qmax 1500-GPM pump, 500-gallon water tank, Harrison 8 kw generator and Camera in view 360 (4) Cam Bird’s Eye View System. The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office has ordered a Mobile Forensics Unit. Built by E.V.I. on a Ford Transit HR 3500 chassis, it will have three work stations, two 32-inch TV monitors, a 6 kw Onan generator, day/night surveillance camera system and Whelen lighting. They have delivered to the Edison Division of Fire (Middlesex County), a Special Operations Unit. It has a Freightliner M2, 106

Palmyra L-8015, 2018 Pierce Velocity 100-foot with 10 kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.


chassis, Cummins L9 diesel engine, 22foot Morgan box body and a Maxon 2500-pound capacity galvanized lift gate. They are prepping for the City of Bayonne (Hudson County), a Spartan ER extreme duty Star pumper. It has a Metro Star MFD chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab, Cummins L9, 400 HP diesel engine, 177-inch wheelbase, 10foot five-inch overall height, extreme duty Black Line-X finish in cab, 21-inch front bumper extension, APS, rear view camera, Waterous CMUC20, 1500GPM pump, 500-gallon water tank, Akron Hi-Riser deck gun, Trident air primer front suction and main pump

body, (two) 1 3/4-inch and (one) 2 ½inch crosslays, (all 200-ft.), rear hose bed bay-1: 300-feet of 2 ½-inch/bay-2: 1000-feet of five-inch/bay-3: 600-feet of three-inch/250-feet of 1 ¾-inch. New Jersey Emergency Vehicles has delivered the following P.L. Custom ambulances: two remounts of Ford E450 chassis, one to Hawthorne Volunteer Ambulance (Passaic County) and the other to Fair Haven FAS (Monmouth County); and two Medallions on Ford E-450 chassis, one to the Flemington-Raritan FA & RS (Hunterdon County) and the other to the Delanco ES (Burlington County).

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Saddle Brook Engine 1, a 2003 Pierce Quantum with a 1250-GPM pump, 740-gallon water tank and 40-gallon foam tank, supplies several hand lines at a house fire in the township.



Little Ferry Engine 306, a 2006 Seagrave 2000-GPM/500-GWT pumper, operated in heavy smoke at a multiple-alarm fire involving a Wood-Ridge auto body shop, May 17th.

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Lyndhurst Engine 1, a 2018 Pierce Velocity, puts its 75’ stick to the roof to vent at a working house fire in the township.

Saddle Brook, NJ - On the sunny afternoon of Sunday, June 9th, the Saddle Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps. held a dedication ceremony for their new Ambulance 3, a 2019 Ford-Horton. The rig is dedicated to the memory of past member Eugene Egan, who served 57 years with the corps. A wet down of the new unit was taken care of by companies of Saddle Brook FD Engines 1 and 4. After the short ceremony, all in attendance were invited to check out the new rig and refreshments were provided.

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Hasbrouck Heights Donates Turnout Gear to F.D. in Dominican Republic Hasbrouck Heights, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department was recently going through their equipment as they prepared to update and buy new turnout gear for their firefighters. All of the old turnout gear JUMP TO FILE# had to be decommis- 061919104 sioned because of its age, but because a lot of the gear was still in good shape, they wanted to try and find another department that needed it. Seventeen full sets of turnout gear were washed, dried and folded by members as they searched for a department to donate to. Third year member of the Hasbrouck Heights FD, Miguel Gonzalez, who is originally from the City of Santiago in the Dominican Republic, worked with Second Assistant Chief Tim Moots and inquired about sending the gear down to their fire department. Working with the city, the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department agreed to donate the 17 pairs of turnout gear to the Santiago Fire Department, who needed and were grateful to receive the additional equipment. On March 22nd while attending a conference in New York City, Mayor of Santiago, Abel Martinez, along with his personal secretary, Felix Rodriquez, and the Director of Public Relations, Jose Ferreras, visited Hasbrouck Heights and stopped by the fire department to accept the donation. During their visit, Firefighter Gonzalez gave the dignitaries a tour of the firehouse where they were able to look over all the equipment. Members of the department also gave a demonstration of how the “Jaws of Life� is used. Mayor Martinez was presented with a personalized department shirt by Fire Commissioner and Councilman Ron Kistner and Second Assistant Chief Tim Moots. The donation was greatly appreciated by the Santiago Fire Department, as they did not have enough turnout gear for every member of their department. A special thank you goes to Firefighter Gonzalez and Second Assistant Chief Tim Moots for spearheading this donation and showing what true Brotherhood is like in the fire service.


Members of the Santiago FD with their newly donated turnout gear.


Members of the Hasbrouck Heights FD with dignitaries of Santiago, Dominican Republic.

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Passaic Engine Co. 1's crew with their 2018 Spartan 1500-GPM pumper, (L to R): Captain Adam Alberti and Firefighters Kevin Cooke and Cesar Reyes.


Wallington Deputy Chief Robert Ventura takes a blow after crews knocked down a fire in the rear of a Stein Avenue dwelling, June 15th.


Retired fire Captain Joe Parkin, Sr., 95, the oldest living Firefighter in Paterson and a WW2 veteran, is pictured with his sons, retired Battalion Chief Joe Parkin, Jr. (left) and Captain Scott Parkin (Rescue 2). Pictured behind the Parkins are members of Rescue 2 Group 4, (L to R): FF Marwin Torres (R2), FF Dave Leporini, FF Kelly Powell (Eng.3), and FF Rob Zeidler (R2).


Cedar Knolls career members pose with their new Pierce Saber 1500-GPM pumper. (L to R): Chief of Department Chad DiGiorgio, Lieutenants Frank DeSimone and Connor McGuinness, and Firefighter/EMTs David Sulpy and Shawn Waldron.


Paterson Deputy Chief Ryan Murray and his son, Owen, attend the fire department's annual memorial and award ceremony, in June.

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Connecting in a Crisis Chaplain’s Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

We are all appalled whenever we respond to, or hear about another active shooter incident. Many of these incidents seem to take place at our schools. But what happens once a first responder leaves the scene? The crisis continues on in our hearts and minds. Those who have had loved ones lost or injured during a disaster have to deal with the lingering effect, sometimes for years to come. Critical Incident Stress Management becomes a necessary journey for those who respond to emergencies day in and day out. It has been determined that first responders experience a cumulative affect over time. When everything is up in the air, when it’s all in crisis and chaos, what can good people do? “When the foundations are being destroyed what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3) If you were to ask God that question He would say two words: “Worship Me” (Focus on Me). The Bible says in 1 Chronicles 16:11 (TEV) “Go to the Lord for help and worship Him.” It is in the crisis, in the chaos, in the confusion, when we feel crushed that we need most to focus on God. But how do you do that? How do you worship God in a tragedy? How do you keep your eyes on Jesus when they’re full of tears? How do you connect with God in a crisis? 1. TELL GOD HOW YOU FEEL. In the Bible we read that Job (who suffered so much loss) is brutally honest with God. He tells God exactly how he feels. “I can’t be quiet. I’m angry. I’m bitter and I have to speak.” (Job 7:11) God can handle your questions and your anger. “Cry out in the night. Pour out your heart like water in prayer to the Lord.” (Lamentation 2:19) After you tell God how you

feel... 2. ASK GOD FOR STRENGTH AND HELP. When your heart is breaking and when you’re confused and when you’re angry because of a tragedy, don’t turn away from God, turn toward God. “Look to the Lord for strength.” (Psalm 105:4 NIV) David said: “I can lie down and go to sleep and I can wake up again because the Lord gives me strength.” (Psalm 3:5 NCV) The first sign of stress in a tragedy is you can’t get to sleep. When you’re under stress your mind won’t stop. You can’t turn it off. You toss and turn. You can’t stop thinking about it. You grieve. You’re angry. You’re upset and you can’t get any sleep. God says, “You know why? Because you’re not trusting in My strength.” He says, “I'll give you the strength to get a good night’s rest if you’ll just trust Me.” God is waiting to strengthen you. He’s waiting to strengthen our nation as we go through these times of trouble. The third step is... 3. KEEP FOCUSED ON GOD AND HIS PROMISES. There are 6000 promises of God in this book that God says, “Here’s what I promise to you if you’ll just trust Me.” “By trusting Me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. (Wouldn’t you like to be deeply at peace in a crisis?) In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. Count on it! But take heart! I have conquered the world.” (John 16: 33 Msg) There’s only one thing that will give you the stability you need to go through life and that is to be connected to the creator who made you. “Those who worship God will be encouraged.” (Psalm 69:32 TEV) 4. TURN BACK TO GOD. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)


Beachwood Responds to Hazmat Incident Beachwood, NJ - At approximately 5:00 P.M. on May 18th, the Beachwood FD responded to the report of a propane leak at a residence in the 900 block of Surf Avenue. Units arrived to find that the homeowner struck a large propane tank that was buried in his yard. The leak was controlled but could not be contained. Due to the large volume of propane leaking, the Berkeley Hazmat team was requested and responded. Several homes in the area were evacuated by Beachwood Police, and Surf Avenue was shut down. A flare operation was established by the Hazmat team and the propane in the tank was burned off. Beachwood EMS and Mayor Ron Roma also responded to assist and offer support at the scene. Units cleared at approximately 10:00 P.M.

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Every Memorial Day after the veteran's ceremony, Cliffside Park firefighters host a barbecue for the veteran's organization and local citizens at the firehouse. Comfortable weather made for an enjoyable day for all involved. Getting the food ready, (L to R): Pete Killinger, Chief Greg Yfantis, Anthony Lupica and Mike Hromin.

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Paterson FD Holds Annual Memorial & Awards Ceremony Paterson, NJ - The Paterson Fire Department held its annual memorial and awards ceremony at Fire Headquarters, June 2nd. Chief of Department Brian McDermott welcomed all who attended, including Congressman William Pascrell, Mayor Andre Sayegh, council members, freeholders, and city and area firefighters as well as Police Chief Troy Oswald, to honor and remember the 31 members of the department that made the Supreme Sacrifice, since 1865. In addition, awards were given out to members for their life-saving actions and bravery in the line-of-duty.




Beachwood F.D. Auxiliary Member’s Home Burns Beachwood, NJ - At approximately 11:00 A.M. on May 21st, the Beachwood FD responded to the report of a structure fire in the 1100 block of Spar Avenue. Upon arrival heavy fire was located on the south side of the residence that was spreading into the attic and roof structure. The fire had damaged a vehicle in the driveway and was also beginning to spread to the neighboring home. The Pine Beach FD responded automatic aid on the initial alarm.

JUMP TO FILE #062019110 A second-alarm was transmitted that brought assistance from the Manitou Park, Bayville, Pinewald and Toms River Fire Departments. No one was injured during the fire. One pet was rescued while one pet was unaccounted for. While on scene it was determined that the residence belonged to one of our auxiliary members

who was not home at the time. The fire was brought under control in approximately 40 minutes and the house sustained heavy damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Beachwood PD and Ocean County Fire Marshal's Office. The Beachwood First Aid Squad and Mayor Ron Roma assisted and offered support at the scene. - BEACHWOOD VOL. FD


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