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Firefighter in Tinton Falls attend in RIT training classes Firefighters in Tinton Falls attended a multiple day program on Rapid Intervention Team training. The class included a classroom session covering R.I.T. Awareness, then two days of hands-on instruction and scenarios. Firefighters from Tinton Falls Fire Company 1 and Wayside Fire Company were in attendance. The training was held at the Middletown Fire Academy and was provided by All Hands Fire Equipment and Training, located in Neptune, NJ.


Medivac flies two from Sussex County rollover A rollover on a rural road in Northwest New Jersey sent two occupants to the Morristown Medical Center's trauma unit by medivac and a third to Newton Medical Center by ambulance. The one vehicle MVA on Fairview Lake Road came to rest on it’s crushed roof. All three of the occupants were able to selfextricate and crawl to the side of the road. First arriving Stillwater Rescue called for mutual aid due to the number of patients. After initial triage and treatment at the location, backup units arrived from Fredon, Hampton and Blairstown's North Warren EMS to assist.


Several rescues made at Elmwood Park hotel fire A fire at the Red Carpet Inn in Elmwood Park caused heavy damage. Just before 1:30 p.m. on April 16th, Elmwood Park fire companies were dispatched to 204 Route 46 East for a JUMP TO FILE# 041614102 reported fire. Arriving first due Chief of Department Scott Muttel confirmed a working fire in a ground floor room. As Elmwood Park companies began to sign on the air, all units had very low manpower. A call for mutual aid was made, bringing a ladder truck from Garfield (Elmwood Park truck out of service) to the scene. A second alarm was transmitted, bringing additional mutual aid to the scene from Saddle Brook, Fair Lawn, and companies also from the city of Clifton. Several people were rescued as smoke and fire began to extend to the upper floors of the threestory motel. All sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene. The fire extended to the lobby area and flashed over with fire venting out the front of the building. As interior crews began to report deteriorating conditions, companies were evacuated from the building. A third alarm bringing companies from Maywood, Rochelle Park and a FAST team from Wallington were brought in A mini gun was put into operation to the fire room from the outside to knock down the fire. Eventually, firefighters were able to return inside after a strate-


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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty New Jersey: Joseph Edward Bove, III, 53 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 13, 2014 Death Date: March 13, 2014 Fire Department: Spotswood Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter and ex-fire chief Bove responded with his fire department to a report of a smell of gas at a home in a multi-unit residential housing complex. After shutting off the gas and clearing the incident, Bove went home and shortly thereafter collapsed from a cause of injury still to be reported. Firefighter Bove was treated and transported to the Old Bridge Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

Massachusetts: Michael R. Kennedy, 33 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 26, 2014 Death Date: March 26, 2014 Fire Department: Boston Fire Department Initial Summary: While operating in the basement of a burning multiple unit residential structure, Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy died from injuries sustained when they became trapped by fire conditions. Investigation into the fatal incident, which also injured many other firefighters and several police officers, continues by local authorities.

Alabama: Wayne O'Neal Jeffers, 64 Rank: Captain/EMT Incident Date: March 15, 2014 Death Date: March 16, 2014 Fire Department: South Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Within 24 hours of responding to a motor vehicle accident with the South Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department, Captain Jeffers passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Massachusetts: Edward J. Walsh, 43 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: March 26, 2014 Death Date: March 26, 2014 Fire Department: Boston Fire Department Initial Summary: While operating in the basement of a burning multiple unit residential structure, Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy died from injuries sustained when they became trapped by fire conditions. Investigation into the fatal incident, which also injured many other firefighters and several police officers, continues by local authorities.

Indiana: Tom D. Stevens, Sr., 59 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: March 16, 2014 Death Date: March 17, 2014 Fire Department: Bright Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: Several hours after returning home from an emergency response call with the fire department, Assistant Fire Chief Stevens suffered an apparent heart attack. Responders from the Bright Fire Company were summoned and treated Chief Stevens then transported him to the Mercy Harrison Medical Center (Harrison, OH), where despite all efforts he succumbed to his injury.

West Virginia: George Underwood, 64 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: April 2, 2014 Death Date: April 2, 2014 Fire Department: Lake Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Chief Underwood responded to a call of localized flooding that was affecting residential properties in the community. While attempting to clear a blocked culvert with a hose line, Underwood fell ill and collapsed at the scene from an apparent heart attack. Chief Underwood was treated by responders and transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

Pennsylvania: Edwin J. "Lance" Wentzel, 57 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 16, 2014 Death Date: March 17, 2014 Fire Department: Youngwood Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While participating in a search operation along railroad tracks for a missing woman, Firefighter Wentzel was struck and killed by a train. Investigation by authorities continues into the fatal incident.

West Virginia: Hugh Ferguson, 52 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: April 21, 2014 Death Date: April 21, 2014 Fire Department: Damon Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While working to establish a water supply at the scene of a vacant residential building fire, Fire Chief Ferguson collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Fellow responders immediately rendered assistance to Ferguson and transported him by Life Flight to the Memorial Hermann Hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

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NJ Deputy Chiefs Association holds Black Sunday Seminar UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

It became known as Black Sunday. Three FDNY firefighters killed in the line of duty at one fire in the Bronx and another member killed operating at a fire in Brooklyn. Never, in the long history of the New York City Fire Department, did they lose members at two separate fires, until January 23rd, 2005. A fourth member died years later from injuries sustained from that Bronx multiple alarm. In April, the New Jersey Deputy Fire Chief's Association presented the Black Sunday Tragedy Seminar at a school in Kearny with guest speakers, retired Deputy Chief Joseph DiBernardo of Division 6 and Firefighter Eugene Stolowski of Ladder Co. 27. Six members of Ladder 27 were trapped in an upper floor inferno in an O.M.D. and all jumped out windows. Three lost their lives. Years later, Firefighter Joseph P. DiBernardo also lost his life as a result of injuries sustained on Black Sunday. Deputy Chief DiBernardo is founder of the Lt. Joseph P. DeBernardo Memorial Foundation, and spoke about his son's life and injuries that resulted in his death. This foundation, which is 100% non-profit, works with smaller fire departments helping them purchase and/or train with life saving ropes. The deputy chief said there is no such thing as a routine fire. “We train to save lives,” he said. “Let's save our own.” The lecturers made a point that firefighters before us made the supreme sacrifice to obtain the firefighting gear we now have today. Today's firefighter's job includes improving firefighting conditions. Firefighter Stolowski first described to the attendees the duties of engine, truck and rescue company members in the FDNY, and then he provided a detailed description of what happened that day. Deputy Chief DiBernardo and Firefighter Stolowski held the groups’ attention with every word. The funds received for this seminar went to benefit the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation, the FDNY Family Transport unit and the New Jersey Deputy Chief's Association. The deputy chief's association hopes to make the safety seminar an annual event, which would include inviting vendors to display their firefighting and life-saving products. “Our calling is to save people's lives,” said retired Belleville Deputy Chief Chuck Aughenbaugh, Jr., who is the founder of this organization. “How can we improve?” said Kearny Chief Steve Dyl, local fire department host. “What can we do better?” Personal protective gear was on display thanks to members of the fire departments of Kearny, Jersey City, North Hudson and Teaneck. Firefighter Stolowski's battle-scarred helmet was also there. Welcoming the attendees and clos-

ing the seminar was the duty of Jersey City 3rd Battalion Chief Charles Lind, Jr., who is the association's northern district regional vice president. An honor guard was provided by the Newark and Jersey City Fire Pipes and Drums. In addition, the Bell & Siren Club and Gong Club provided refreshments in the morning and for the break. Chief Dyl and the Kearny Board of Education were of invaluable assistance making the safety seminar a reality. Visiting firemen were also invited to the Kearny Exempt Hall for lunch at the end of the program. DOWNS: A 77-year-old woman died in a fire at the Somerville Senior Citizens complex, March 26th, as a result of smoking a cigarette and using oxygen, Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano said. UPS: Asbury Park firefighters rescued a 76-year-old woman from her burning apartment on the fifth floor of a high rise apartment building on Sewall Ave., acting Battalion Chief Richard Dreyer said. The woman was found in her bedroom and was rescued after firefighters battled the living room fire that extended out the building's balcony. The sprinkler system kept the flames inside the apartment until firefighters could extinguish the living room fire, then rescue the woman from the bedroom, Dreyer said. DOWNS: Four Paterson firefighters were taken to the hospital after falling through a floor and into a basement while they fought a four alarm fire, March 31st, that seriously damaged two three-story buildings at E. 23rd Street and 10th Avenue. The firefighters were taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center with injuries that were not considered to be serious, Fire Chief Michael Postorino said. UPS: Abraham Pitre has been promoted to fire chief in Perth Amboy. DOWNS: A 16-year-old Garfield boy was arrested on April 2nd on charges he threw a glass soda bottle at a passing fire engine, nearly blinding a female firefighter whose eyes were cut by broken glass. Engine 2 was responding to a report of a possible fire at Wal-Mart, March 28th, when the bottle struck. Firefighter Victoria Kovacs suffered corneal abrasions when the rear jump seat window of the cab shattered, propelling bits of glass into both eyes that required hospitalization. An investigation by detectives and school resource officers led to the arrest, police Captain Darren Sucorowski said. UPS: The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management supplied Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) in four communities with disaster response utility trailers, in April. The communities receiving the trailers include West Orange, Lakewood, Aberdeen Township/ Matawan and Little Ferry. Each trailer is equipped with a generator, basic medical supplies, lighting equipment, tools, tents and evacuation support equipment. The trailers are funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. DOWNS: One person was killed during a fire at the Travel Inn on Route 38, Lumberton, April 4th. The fire


Members of the New Jersey Deputy Fire Chief's association with FDNY Deputy Chief Joseph DiBernardo and Firefighter Eugene Stolowski at the Black Sunday seminar in april.


FDNY Firefighter Eugene Stolowski, left, and Deputy Chief Joseph DiBernardo after the seminar that held the attendee's close attention.

was reported about 8:50 a.m. by Evesham Firefighter Matthew Hempel who was driving past, on his way to the Burlington County Fire Academy, when he saw heavy smoke coming from the motel. He stopped and alerted residents in the building. Hempel entered the burning room with two Lumberton police officers, Sgt. Nicholoas Peditto and Ptl. Chris Cheesman. The three succeeded pulling the victim from the room, but the man was later pronounced dead at the scene. Hempel was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. The two police officers were not injured, authorities said. UPS: Upper Saddle River fire crews working with mutual aid from Mahwah quickly freed the lone occupant of a Mercedes that had careened off Route 17 and landed on top of cars parked in an auto dealership, April 8th, authorities said. DOWNS: A 32-year-old Jersey City woman suffered burns on a third of her body during an early morning fire at

the Dixon Mills complex on April 2nd. Firefighters found the woman in the hallway and removed her, according to spokesman Bob McHugh. The victim was taken to St. Barnabas Burn Center. The fire was confined to her fourth-floor apartment, Mc Hugh said. UPS: The New Jersey Recreation & Parks Association honored the New Jersey State Firemen's Mutual Benevolent Association with their Board of Trustees Award for the “Sandy Ground Project.” This association represents over 700 recreation agencies throughout the state. This is the first award of its kind due to the exceptional nature of the efforts of the FMBA. In response to Hurricane Sandy and the shooting at Sandy hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the FMBA committed to rebuilding playgrounds in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut in honor of the lives taken at Sandy Hook Elementary. Recognizing that playgrounds would be one of the last priorities in Hurricane ravaged communities, and seeking a way to

memorialize the lives of those young children and teachers, this undertaking was created. Each playground is assembled by volunteers including state firefighters and their friends and family. Volunteers from around the country have lent a hand. Currently, there are seven completed playgrounds in New Jersey. DOWNS: A 56-year-old Blairstown woman was airlifted to St. Barnabas Burn Center, April 2nd, as the result of a fire in her Four Corners Road home. Out of her house, she attempted to go back into rescue a cat, but police would not let her, Warren County Fire Marshal Joe Lake said. A firefighter reportedly rescued the cat, and while conducting an investigation Lake found other cats alive at the damaged home. The fire was deemed accidental and attributed to a wood burning stove. - CoNtiNuED oN pagE 10

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UPS: The Carteret Fire Department will receive nearly $2 million in corporate and non-profit grants to buy vehicles and renovate fire headquarters. Mayor Dan Reiman announced the grant information. Of the funding, $830,000 comes from the Carteret Haz-Mat Funding Association. BP Amoco will pay $230,000 and the Carteret Business Partnership will pay $800,000. DOWNS: A Weehawken dock collapsed on April 3rd and damaged a 27-foot North Hudson Regional fireboat. Marine-Engine Co. 3 members found the boat around 8 a.m., April 4th, tied up to the dock on the Hudson River that collapsed sometime during the night, Fire Chief Frank Montagne said. The weight of the dock pushed part of Marine 2 into the river and caused it to take on “quite a bit of water,” Montagne said. UPS: The City of Hackensack has donated a 1985 Mack pumper to Bergen County for use as an instructional tool at the county's fire academy in Mahwah. DOWNS: In Wall Township, firefighters recovered the burned body of a 76-year-old woman from her Newman's Allaire Road dwelling on April 6th. The victim suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, which may have hampered her escape from the fire, according to the victim's niece. UPS: A Smartphone app is now being used in Linwood that lets volunteer firefighters know where their members are, and if they are going to respond to an alarm. DOWNS: After an April 7th meeting of the Barnegat Township Committee, the Pinewood Estates Volunteer Fire Co. was disbanded. The resolution to close the company and have their members assimilated into Barnegat Volunteer Fire Co. 1 was added to the agenda following a closed session shortly after the meeting began. The Pinewood Estates station was opened in 1971 as part of the Pinewood Estates mobile home community. Its firefighters were responsible for covering the outlying western area of the township, which

later included the Brighton at Barnegat mobile home community. Township Administrator David Breeden said the township “could no longer afford two fire departments,” announcing that the Barnegat VFC Co. 1 would immediately become the only company in town. UPS: The Newark Fire Department Historical Association will hold their 47th annual Antique Fire Apparatus Parade & Muster on Sunday, June 1st, along Washington Park at Washington St. and Washington Pl. Refreshments, mugs and shirts will be available and a small flea market will be located in the park. To participate, contact Firefighter Rich Mackey at DOWNS: A 76-year-old woman died as the result of a fire in her Carlyle Court home in Carlstadt on Easter Sunday. A toaster oven attached to an extension cord is believed to have caused the fire, authorities said. UPS: A recent charity hockey game between the Elizabeth police and fire departments at Warinaco Park Ice Rink raised money for the Children's Specialized Hospital. DOWNS: Three unoccupied beach front condos in Sea Isle City were destroyed by a raging fire on April 18th. No one was injured. UPS: Cookstown Fire Chief Charles Wilkins was named VFW Post 6590 District Firefighter of the Year for over 30-years of dedicated service to the community. DOWNS: Eight people were displaced from a Newark-Pompton Turnpike duplex in Little Falls, April 17th, and two firefighters were injured when a fire tore through the two-story structure. The seriously injured firefighter, from Company 4, was hurt when the front porch collapsed on him, Assistant Chief Ron Cordero said. He was taken to St. Joseph's Regional Medical center for treatment of a broken leg. UPS: In February, firefighters skied for charity in the 27th annual New Jersey Firefighter Ski race in Vernon. Over 40 teams competed to raise money for the St. Barnabas Burn Unit.

DOWNS: Brush trucks from Pennsville and Elsinboro Fire Companies were destroyed in a large brush fire that burned along Salem's west side on April 13th. Firefighters were inside the fire area when the wind suddenly shifted and the fastmoving flames overcame the vehicles. “The men were able to get out, but the vehicles weren't,” said Salem City Councilman Charles Hassler. UPS: In March, Newark Fire Captain Orlando Alvarez and city resident Billy Faria received awards from the city for their efforts to save residents from a 2013 fire in a Lafayette Street OMD, which endangered the lives of numerous residents. DOWNS: Five firefighters and a resident were injured when the deck they were standing on collapsed after a chimney fire at a Jan Court home, April 8th, in Montvale. Firefighters were wrapping up after they extinguished fire when the rear deck gave way, authorities said. UPS: Middlesex Borough firefighters will celebrate the delivery of a new Emergency One pumper and truck with a dual wet down at Mountain View Park, JFK Blvd., on August 16th starting at noon. DOWNS: Brush and forest fires plagued New Jersey during April. There were five major fires starting on April 24th in Ocean County burning hundreds of acres of forest. One incident, called the “Continental Fire,” started near Pinewald Road and Berkeley Avenue in Berkeley Township and burned over 300 acres. It also prompted the evacuation of more than 600 nearly homes. Residents were able to return to their homes on April 25th. A brush fire on April 10th burned 250 acres near the Raritan Center industrial park in Edison and sent huge columns of black smoke into the air. Several brush fires were ignited on April 19th as a train carrying the Easter Bunny made its way on an excursion through Phillipsburg and Pohatcong Township. One firefighter from the state forest fire service fell and suffered a dislocated hip while fighting one of the fires, said Huntington Volunteer Fire Company Chief Peter Pursell.


Half acre wildfire contained in Marlboro marlboro, nJ. B10 forest fire crews with the help of the morganville fire company stopped a fast moving wildfire behind homes on conover road on April 12, 2014. this is the second brush fire in this area in the past month.


Rollover in River Edge on April 6, 2014 at 7:30 a.m., Hackensack police received a call of an mVA rollover on route 4 west. Hackensack fire and police were dispatched to the scene. first arriving officers determined that the crash was actually in river Edge and that jurisdiction was notified. the driver of the car was removed to a local hospital. injuries did not appear to be life threatening. Hackensack personnel assisted river Edge until the scene was clear. the roadway was reopened within thiry minutes. RON JEFFERS

A "loom up" of smoke could be seen for miles as 250 acres of brush burned in Edison on April 10th.

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Newton firefighters battle third alarm Newton, NJ. Around 2:00 p.m. on April 12th, Newton Fire was dispatched for a possible bedroom fire on Lawnwood Avenue. Chief 810 reported heavy smoke showing from a two and a half story structure and called a second alarm for Andover Township’s R.I.C and one additional engine. Engine 802 immediately pulled a handline to the first floor. Tower 804 arrived on the C side, reported heavy fire, and started ventilation operations.

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Chief 810 reassigned Andover Township to assist interior operations and pull a second attack line. A third alarm was dispatched, bringing one engine from Fredon, one engine from Hampton, one engine from Branchville, one ladder from Sussex, and a replacement R.I.C. from Sparta. The fire was declared under

control shortly before 3:00 p.m. All occupants and pets escaped unharmed and no injuries were reported. Lakeland EMS and Newton EMS provided on scene rehab. Andover Boro, Frankford, and Stillwater were assigned to station coverage. Newton Police, Newton OEM, Red Cross, JCPL, and Sussex County Fire Marshal Car 1 also assisted on scene.

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Fast moving brush fire in Byram Township Byram Township, Sussex County, NJ. As the afternoon of April 4th, hit it's peak burning time, a fire was reported in Byram Township along Route 206 on Cat Swamp Hill. The fast moving fire in cured grass ran up the hill and over into the Tilcon Quarry. Firefighters from Stanhope, Andover Boro, and the New Jersey Forest Fire Service assisted. The State Forest Fire Service also dispatched their aircraft to the scene to assist. Lakeland First aid and Rescue Squad also assisted with rehab of firefighters. A total of nine acres burned.


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Wyckoff fire claims family pets A two alarm fire caused significant damage to a home in Wyckoff on April 6th, injuring three residents and reportedly leaving two family pets deceased. The fire, which began about 3:30 a.m. in an upstairs room, had heavy fire venting from several windows on arrival of the first due units. A second alarm was sounded, bringing mutual aid from six departments to the scene and additional to cover the town. An aggressive interior attack kept the fire damage to the second floor and attic, and smoke and water damage to the first floor. The fire was placed under control in about one hour. Three residents were treated for smoke inhalation, but none were considered serious. A dog and a bird reportedly succumbed to the smoke. The cause is under investigation.

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Edison handles 250 acre brush fire On April 20, 2014, the Edison Fire Department along with numerous other mutual aid companies battled a large brush fire in the Raritan Center section of town. Smoke could be seen from Staten Island. The fire in an industrial area of town was propelled by high wind in the area and was also deeply embedded in marshland and inaccessible by vehicle. Fire companies from numerous other municipalities assisted in containing the fire, which ultimately required water drops by helicopter.

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Smoke continues to pour from the charred single-family dwelling gutted by intense flames.

Kenilworth responds to fully involved house fire Kenilworth, NJ. A family was displaced and lost everything on the early-morning of April 19, 2014 after an intense fire gutted their South Michigan Avenue home. The Kenilworth Fire Department was dispatched around 2:50 a.m. for a reported house fire. Firefighters arrived on scene and found heavy fire engulfing a one and a half story single-family dwelling with an exposure problem on the D-side. In addition, the front lawn and a vehicle in the driveway were burning. Two-two and a half inch hand lines were deployed to attack the intense flames and protect the nearby two-story home that was

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starting to smoke from the heat. A defensive attack was set up with the two hand lines due to the heavy volume of fire present. Once the bulk of the flames were knocked down from the exterior, additional hand lines were advanced to make entry into the home to extinguish remaining fire and conduct searches. Searches were negative as all family members were able to escape unharmed. A total of two supply lines and six hand lines were placed in service to battle the blaze. All visible fire was knocked down within 20

minutes and declared under control shortly after. The home sustained heavy fire damage throughout and was deemed uninhabitable. The occupants are being assisted with finding temporary shelter. Mutual aid fire departments from Roselle Park, Union and Springfield assisted at the scene, while Mountainside, Garwood and Fanwood covered the town during the incident. The cause and origin of the blaze is being investigated by the Union County Fire Investigation Team, but appears to be accidental in nature. - KEITH ADDIE

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Flames take control of the attic at the E. Pine St. blaze.

Millville fire displaces two Millville, NJ. A stubborn blaze in a single-family dwelling left the two occupants homeless and killed three pets. Millville firefighters were dispatched to a dwelling fire in the 100 block of E. Pine St., on April 13th, at 2:23 p.m. Engine 34, under the command of Captain Michael Lippincott, arrived on the scene to find a two and a half story, wood-frame, brick veneered dwelling with heavy smoke showing from the second floor of the A and B sides. Seeing the smoke laying across the street on the way in, E-34 dropped a five inch supply line at a hydrant and laid in. Hearing the initial size up, Cumberland County 911 Center transmitted a working fire and Squad 98 was dispatched. Chief Kurt Hess arrived on the scene and, at 2:29, ordered a re-call of off-duty personnel. Captain Lippincott and crew advanced a one and three quarter inch line through the front door and were met with heavy smoke down to floor level. They advanced a line up the stairs and encountered heavy fire. While they were battling the fire from the interior and making good headway on the second floor, the fire was rapidly gaining headway in the attic. A second line was stretched as a backup. Chief Hess, seeing the rapid spread of fire in the attic, ordered a second alarm at about 2:40. He ordered the interior crew to evacuate the building and went to a defen-

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sive operation placing a blitz-fire in service. The second alarm brought Vineland, Station 2 and Rosenhayn, Station 29 to the scene and Laurel Lake, Station 13 to cover Millville’s station. Ladder pipes operating from Vineland L-2 and Millville L-35 and a deck gun from E-34 were placed in service to quell the flames that had gained complete control of the attic causing it to begin collapsing into the second floor. Hand lines were moved to the D side to protect the exposure which was in danger. Chief Hess declared the fire under control at 5:50 and crews remained on the scene until 7:46. The two occupants were not at home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries to firefighters reported. Two cats and a dog did perish in the fire. The dwelling is considered to be a total loss. Thirty-seven fire and EMS personnel responded with three engines, two ladders, a rescue and 2twoambulances. Cumberland County Fire Police responded for traffic control. The Salvation Army Canteen provided food and drinks. The Red Cross responded to the scene, but their services were not needed. - JOHN CARR

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Marcelo Aguirre, Jay Campbell, Mike Welsh

MONOC paramedics honored for lifesaving 911 call Wall, NJ. On March 31, 2014, MONOC Paramedics Mike Welsh and Marcelo Aguirre were honored along with other first responders at the Fair Haven First Aid Squad for a lifesaving 911 call that they responded to. 59-year-old Jay Campbel,l of Fair Haven, collapsed in his home back in January and suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Fortunately for Campbell, a quick response by Po-

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lice with an AED, Fair Haven Volunteer First Aid and MONOC paramedics, he was resuscitated quickly, prior to arriving at the hospital. Mr. Campbell, his wife and two children thanked all of the first responders, who saved his life that night. Campbell said that it brought

tears to his eyes when he thought about all that had been done that night to save his life. “January fifth, that’s my new birthday, “Campbell told the squad. Today, Mr. Campbell is still recovering from his ordeal, but plans to help organize a CPR class for borough residents in the near future to hopefully help others. - SCOTT MATIN


Paterson firefighters put a two and a half inch line and a rainbow into operation to knock down the fire at a second alarm on April 20th.

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Little Falls fireman turns 100 and celebrates 75 years of service Little Falls, Passaic County, NJ. "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." baseball great Lou Gehrig said those words back on July 4, 1939, to a crowd of 62,000 who attended at Yankee Stadium. That very same year a young man joined the Singac Volunteer Fire Com- JUMP TO FILE# pany in Little Falls, 032914107 New Jersey, and now 75 years later the fire department’s most senior member, who is on of the nation's oldest active firefighters, has turned 100 years old. Chief Vincent Dransfield was honored by his fellow firefighters and family, who celebrated his 100th birthday today. He was presented with many gifts, and a framed recognition from Congress, another from the White House, and the governor for his years of dedicated service with Engine Company 3, where he is still an active member. He rose to the position of department chief back in the 1960's. "It was in my blood when I first joined," said Dransfield, "I don't play golf. I don't play baseball. My favorite thing is firefighting." At the party held at his beloved firehouse on Main Street, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. presented the centenar-

ian with the letters of recognition and kind words and praise for his many years of volunteerism, while his two granddaughters looked on with pride. Some of the firefighters shared stories and spoke of his years of service. It was a packed house at his birthday party. They also unveiled a large plaque at the entrance dedicating the apparatus bay to former Chief Dransfield. "This is a real dedicated individual," Congressmen Pascrell said. "His mind is sharper than my mind. I'll tell you that right now. We owe a tremendous thank you Vincent for what you mean to us and what you mean to Little Falls," he added. Longtime brother firefighter Michael Burke said that Chief Dransfield "Was always a leader and he's still a leader, he continues to provide guidance to the younger firefighters and monitor the department's finances", he said. He went on to say "Even at 100, Dransfield is a healthy man. He's the first guy that I ever knew that got better with age. He's like a fine wine," Burke said. If you ask Chief Dransfield about firefighting on this day, I am sure he would say... I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. - TODD HOLLRITT




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Division A control burn in Section 3 Green-Fredon Township, Sussex County, NJ. Section 3 held their first control burn this year at Whittingham Wildlife Management Area. This area has not been burned in years. Crews worked into the night to burn 50 acres of grassland. Once the fuels dry out again, crews will return to finish the burns.


Fall victim in Little Egg Harbor sends one to trauma center At 12:45 p.m. on April 12th, Station 70 along with Great Bay EMS (Squad 85) were dispatched for a fall victim, who fell off a ladder from a height between 12'-20' with unknown serious injuries. MONOC 716 was the medic unit. Assisting at the landing zone was Station 52. The patient was flown to a trauma center to be treated for injuries.


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Chief's of Newark’s Second Division responded to fires in a Checker station wagon.


Newark Engine 1 used this American La France pumper. The NFD Historical Association will hold their 47th annual antique fire apparatus parade & muster on Sunday, June 1st starting at 10:30 a.m. at Washington Park, Washington Street and Washington Place. Old and new apparatus are invited to attend.


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Paterson battles another multiple alarm fire As commuters battled rush hour traffic, Paterson firefighters battled another multiple alarm fire that tore though two large homes in the North end of the city.Paterson firefighters were dispatched to the area of East 23rd St and 10th Ave for a reported structure fire. A working fire was transmitted, along with a quick second alarm soon after. Heavy fire was showing on the first floor and extending to the roof of a large corner 25x60 three story frame.

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The fire quickly spread into the attic and began to vent though the roof, as it also started to extend into the Bravo exposure. Command transmitted a third alarm as ladder pipes were put into operation just after the evacuation tones were sounded for the main fire building. As crews went into defensive

operations on the main fire building, crews still attempted an interior attack on the Bravo exposure. Heavy black smoke started to fill the first floor and extend into the attic area. Smoke started to push heavier and conditions deteriorating as command evacuated the exposure building. Just as members made their way out, a Mayday was transmitted when a firefighter fell though the first floor into the basement. Firefighters re-entered the building, as well as the assigned RIT

team, and were able to rescue the firefighter who was able to exit the building on his own. Exterior operations had knocked down the bulk of the fire in the main fire building, but heavy fire on all floors and though the roof of the exposure caused a General Alarm to be transmitted. Only a small walkway separated the Bravo exposure and the new Bravo 1 exposure. Firefighters used a two and a half inch hand line to protect the exposure with help from

ladder 2's water way. The fire, which was knocked down under two hours, consumed two homes with minor damage to a third. Four minor injuries were reported to firefighters. Mutual aid was provided from Totowa, North Haledon, Fair Lawn, Garfield, Saddle Brook, Little Falls, Passaic and Clifton at the scene. The fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS


Blairstown tackles structure fire Blairstown, NJ. As the Blairstown Hose Company was holding a drill at their station on April1, they were toned out for a structure fire. Crewed up and on scene in less then ten minutes, firefighters observed smoke coming out of the front of the one family home and the attic windows. As they stretched out and charged the lines, the flames poured out of the rear family room leading to the deck. An investiga-

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tion by the Warren County Fire Marshal Joe Lake believes it was accidental and attributed to a wood burning stove. Chief Darren Occhiuzzo called an all hands and requested mutual aid from surrounding townships in Warren and Sussex Counties. Hope, Stillwater, Knowlton, Fredon, Green, Allamuchy and Moun-

tain Lake responded with over 50 personnel. The woman-owner escaped the blaze, but went back in to save her cats, but not before suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. She was treated by Blairstown’s North Warren EMS, transported to the Blairstown Airport, where she was then flown to the Saint Barnabas Burn Center. All the cats were saved. - BOB HALBERSTADT


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Carlstadt post office damaged by fire Carlstadt, N.J. A post office named after a borough volunteer firefighter killed in Iraq suffered damage after a multiple-alarm fire on April 24th. Shortly after 1:30 a.m., the fire JUMP TO FILE# department was 042414105 toned out for a report of smoke coming from the roof of the post office at 331 First Street. Police arrived first to report heavy smoke coming from the roof of the two-story structure that housed an electrical supply business on the top floor and the post office on the ground floor. The first arriving chief radioed in a working fire which was followed by a second-alarm. Thick low-banking smoke covered the mostly residential neighborhood as mutual aid fire companies began rolling in. Firefighters began an interior attack, but as conditions started to deteriorate apparatus air horns sounded and they were ordered out. No one was in the building when the fire broke out, officials said. Fire in the roof area dropped down to the top-floor taking charge of the upper story and flames broke through the roof. A defensive attack began which included tower ladders, a ladder pipe and deck gun. After about two hours, the master streams had knocked down most of the flames inside the building. Several firefighters were injured, but no serious injuries were reported. One firefighter fell down a stairway and was treated at Hackensack University Medical Center. MDR Electrical Supply, Inc., above the post office, was heavily damaged and the ground level post office was flooded from firefighters hand-lines and master streams. Borough officials declared the building unsafe.

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After the fire was extinguished, employees were allowed back in to retrieve some mail and anything salvageable, before the structure was shut down. Officials said a private contractor had been doing work on the roof on April 23rd. In addition, there was minimal mail reported in the post office that was named after Firefighter Michael Schwartz. The bulk of the local mail delivery had not yet arrived. Local mail was being rerouted to the

East Rutherford post office and mail delivery to street addresses in Carlstadt would not be affected, according to George Flood, a spokesman for the Postal Service. Mutual aid companies that operated at the scene included WoodRidge, Hasbrouck Heights, Moonachie, Rutherford, East Rutherford, Wallington, Little Ferry and Passaic. - RON JEFFERS


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Midland Park fire injures two An early morning fire, apparently aided by propane tanks exploding, caused extensive damage to a home in Midland Park on April 3rd. The M.P.F.D. was dispatched at about 3:30 AM to 288 Erie Ave. and on arrival found heavy fire venting from the “A” and “D” sides of the structure. A second alarm was quickly called followed shortly by a third alarm. Small explosions were heard at the height

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Wall, NJ. MONOC is pleased to announce that they have just received a full three year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) for their air medical transport program. MONOC is one of only 165 accredited agencies throughout the United States to have received this prestigious honor. CAMTS is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care and safety of the transport environment for services providing rotor wing, fixed wing and ground transport systems. CAMTS first enacted its Accreditation Standards in 1991, which were developed by its member organizations as well as with extensive public comment and input. The Standards are the core element to the CAMTS program, which declares that the highest priorities for medical transport services companies are "patient care and safety of the transport environment.” The process for accreditation examines all aspects of operations, from management to medical protocols to flight operations.

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This accreditation gives MONOC the distinction of being the only ambulance service in the United States to have received all five of the industry’s most coveted accreditations. MONOC is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS), the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED). Vince Robbins, MONOC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said “MONOC recognizes the importance of industry accreditations and their positive effect on patient safety, quality of care and patient outcomes. The communities that we serve can be assured that they are getting world class care utilizing industry established best practices.” - SCOTT MATIN

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Major New Jersey wildfire consumes 1,600 acres


Division A Section 3 second burn at Whittingham Green-Fredon Township, Sussex County, NJ. After a weekend of heavy rain, the fields dried so firefighters could take advantage. Firefighter burned around 75 acres until dark.

Washington Township, NJ. On Sunday, April 6, 2014, at about 3:28 p.m., NJ Forest Fire Service, Division B fire towers picked up smoke north of Batsto Village, in Wharton State For- JUMP TO FILE# est, Burlington 040814117 County. This was the start of the 1,600 acre "Devious Mount Wildfire". The closest air tanker based at Miller Air Park, Bravo 3, was then launched within minutes. Upon arrival, Bravo 3 reported the fire "was in the middle of nowhere". And, he was going to drop on the hottest part of the fire. After his first drop, he then attempted to guide the responding trucks in. Bravo 3 went onto make multiple drops throughout the day and assist crews on the ground. A second air tanker, Charlie 2, arrived shortly after. As it turns out, this fire was in a very remote area not effecting any homes or roadways. It was then decided to go to an "indirect attack" and burn-out the area from existing dirt roads. After a large burn-out operation throughout the night, the fire was declared 100% contained the next day on April 7 at 4 p.m.


Night-time firing operations during the 1,600 acre "Devious Mount Wildfire" in Wharton State Forest on April 6th

The gusty winds died down and humidity was much higher, allowing crews to strengthen containment lines. Most large wildfires in the United States are named for the area in which they start. Usually a geographical location, local landmark, street, lake, mountain, river, etc. In this case, the point of origin was off of Devious Mount Road. Initial resources on day one were 40 firefighters, seven engines, two tractor plows, two air

tankers (SEATs) and one type 3 helicopter for observation/command. Because of a weather phenomenon known as "temperature inversion", heavy smoke drift blanketed through most of Central and Northern New Jersey as well as to New York City on day two, April 7. There were no injuries and the fire is under investigation.

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Robyn Clancy prides herself on, among other things, customer service, attentively working with a diverse group of clients. She is there to guide them through the mortgage process, answering questions, phone calls and emails, while providing support whenever they need it. She wouldn’t have it any other way because Clancy’s work is her passion and nothing means more to her than her contributions to the Heroes Mortgage Program. Sun Home Loans and 1st Responder converged to create the Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program. It is dedicated to serving the mortgage Robyn needs of the firefighter, police resClancy cue and EMS community, providing discounted fees, first-rate customer service and low interest rates not available to the general public. For Clancy, working with these brave men and women is a privilege. After all, they provide her with much of her inspiration for the work she loves and performs so well. Clancy will always be dedicated to the firefighters who came to her aid when her house in Fairlawn, N.J. burnt down on Feb. 24, 2011. At the time, Clancy was on crutches following hip and knee surgery, and barely made it out of the inferno alive. One of her lasting memories is seeing a volunteer firefighter on his way to work stop, get out of his car and run into the blaze to make sure everyone was safe. “It still blows my mind,” Clancy said. “Everyone is running out and they are running in. To just see how hard those men and women work, it makes me want to work so hard for them. Sometimes, they need help like I needed help. I spend my days trying to give back. My mission is to find loan solutions that suit their individual needs. They are in good hands with me because I treat them like family.” Clancy was touched by gestures by the Fairlawn Fire Dept. after her home was destroyed. At the time, her mom was battling cancer in a local hospital, and died less than a month later. Firefighters brought Clancy meals, gift cards and clothes, and even put her up for a few nights in a hotel. Talk about a lasting impression. Every time she works with someone in the emergency services community, she can’t help but think of those grueling times, which were eased by the special people from the Fairlawn Fire Department that helped her. Clancy goes out of her way for her Heroes Mortgage Program clients, especially when it comes to credit issues, finding a way to help them get approved for a mortgage. As proud as Clancy is to serve them, Sun Home Loans is proud of her.

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North Brunswick battles stubborn house fire North Brunswick, NJ. Two residents were displaced on March 28, 2014 after a stubborn fire spread throughout their home, causing severe damage to the single-family dwelling. All three North Brunswick fire companies responded at 9:30 p.m. to 580 2nd Ave. for the reported basement fire, after the occupants heard a pop, and discovered smoke filling their home. Firefighters arrived on scene and found the one-story wood-frame dwelling charged with smoke with heavy heat on the first floor. A working fire was transmitted and a hand line was advanced to the basement through the rear exterior Bilco doors, where heavy fire conditions were found. There was no direct access to the basement through the interior of the home.

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Just as the suppression crew entered the basement, fire flashed out the windows on the B/C-corner of the house. A second hand line was advanced to the first floor as the fire quickly entered the walls and spread up to the attic space. Conditions started to deteriorate, forcing all interior crews to evacuate the building and set up a defensive attack. Two elevated master streams were set up along with several additional hand lines to battle the flames from the exterior until the bulk was darkened. Once interior conditions improved, firefighters were able to re-enter the building and conduct

overhaul and extinguish hot spots. The fire was declared under control in approximately an hour. There were no reported firefighter injuries at the scene, but both of the occupants were transported to a local hospital for evaluation and were treated and released. The residents are being assisted by the Red Cross with finding temporary shelter. North Brunswick fire companies handled the blaze, while mutual aid fire departments from surrounding towns covered all three fire company stations. The cause and origin of the fire is being investigated by North Brunswick Township fire officials, but it appears to have started somewhere in the basement.

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The Goodwill Hose Company of the Belmar Fire Department responds to calls with Engine 87-3-76, which is serving in its second life. Engine 87-3-76 is a 1989 Hahn 1500-gpm and 500-gwt. It originally served with Port Monmouth Fire Company in Middletown, NJ.

East Brunswick Fire District # 1 spent time at their April monthly drill to train firefighters on emergency radio procedures and entanglement scenarios. Firefighters had to navigate a course with several obstacles while in full PPE and with blacked-out SCBA masks. The course required individuals to search off of a handline while navigating over unstable floors, rendering aid to a downed firefighter and ultimately advancing through a prop rigged with multiple obstacles and entanglement hazards. At each obstacle, firefighters were required to demonstrate proper emergency radio procedures for the specific situation they encountered, focusing on urgent and Mayday transmissions.

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Glenwood Pochuck welcomes seven new EMTs

Netcong conducts live fire training drill at Hunterdon County Fire Academy

Vernon, NJ. The Glenwood Pochuck Volunteer Ambulance Corps is pleased to announce that seven of its members have completed certification to become New Jersey emergency medical technicians (EMTs). The diverse group of new healthcare providers includes high school and college students as well as veterans and retirees. Congratulations to Matthew Harper, George Arnot, Tammy Benanti, Melanie Stoltenborg, Carol Carmody, Steven Kurza, and Craig Carmody for earning your certification as emergency medical technicians. The Glenwood Pochuck Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Vernon Township Ambulance Squad provide emergency medical services to the people of Vernon Township, NJ.

This morning members of Netcong Fire Department trained at the Hunterdon County Fire Academy on different live fire scenarios. Through several evolutions, we simulated kitchen fires, basement fires with balloon frame extension to the second floor and bedroom fires on both the first and second floor while searching for multiple victims trapped. Overall, it was a great experience and another valuable training session.


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Laugh your way to the bank with a stand-up comedy fund-raiser


ATV accident in Eagleswood Township sends one On April 19th, an ATV accident was reported behind the Sea Pirate Campground in Eagleswood Township. Squad 85 on location requested medics plus a medevac for a serious leg injury. Southstar was the ship. Stations 52 and 70 were dispatched for the landing zone behind Station 52. The patient was transported to a local trauma center and the accident was under investigation by NJSP.

Who needs to laugh more than the Fire Companies ---the first responders who deal with dangerous circumstances each and every day? There’s an innovative concept for fund-raising developed by Joey Novick, who is a stand-up comedian and the Fire Commissioner in his hometown: Stand-up comedy shows. Fire companies can get much-needed laughs and profit financially as well. Novick's company, ComedyWorks, provides all-star headline comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and the Tonight Show. Novick’s been producing comedy shows since 1977, and has experience producing shows with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry The Cable Guy, and Tim Allen. "The comedians were very funny, and very professional," wrote Mark Bruhmuller, Fire Chief of the Churchtown Fire Company of New York. “Joey Novick did an excellent job. Everybody loves to laugh, and it's a great deal of fun." ComedyWorks produces more than 300 shows a year, almost 150 of those for emergency service organizations. The money these shows can

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raise varies, depending on things like the number of tickets sold, how they're priced, the amount spent on promotion and whether food and drink are available. "Mostly companies produce shows in their own facilities, which may hold 300–400 people," says Novick. "We'll put together a show for them that will bring in comedians from major comedy clubs, with a headliner from HBO, Comedy Central, or the Tonight Show. The feature performer will be someone who's headlined the comedy circuit: Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comedy Store. The host of the show will be a comedian who's very high-energy, like a gameshow host, to get the audience warmed up. A triple headliner show!” The Somerset Fire Company of New Jersey produces two fundraisers a year through ComedyWorks. "We've done about ten shows so far, and it's been great," says Mike Rein-

beck, who coordinates the shows for the 65-member volunteer department. "A friend of mine who had used Joey told me, 'This guy books really good acts.' So, we did the first show, everything was great, and we've been doing shows with Joey ever since." "I find their people to be very funny," agrees Adam Hubney, chief of the Atlantic Highlands Volunteer Fire Department in New Jersey, which books comedians through ComedyWorks for its annual dinner. "We have a professional comedy club in our county, and the quality is just as good." Comedy Works provides a 30-page ‘How-To’ guide that assists organizations through the comedy show production and warns of mistakes to avoid. "We make sure they follow everything in the guide," says Novick. "If a company has never done this before, it gives you everything from you need to know. We make sure that things get done right. Clients who follow the guide always do very well and tend to make money.” For information on Comedy Works, call 1 (888) 782-4589, go to or e-mail

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Allamuchy firefighters become certified ice rescue technicians Allamuchy Township, NJ. On Saturday, March 29, Allamuchy firefighters conducted their ice rescue practical to become certified ice rescue technicians. During the practical, firefighters donned their ice rescue suits and made entry onto the thinning ice to practice several rescue techniques. Instructors of the class reviewed several ways to rescue and different scenarios the department may encounter. Due to the warming temperatures, the ice conditions were perfect for challenging ‘real-life’ scenarios – cracking and breaking all around.

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Excavator extrication after quarry rock slide On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 2:17 p.m., Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Company #1 Belle Mead (Somerset County Station 45), Company #2 Blawenburg (Somerset County Station 46), Hillsborough Rescue Squad (Somerset County Squad 79) JUMP TO FILE # along with Mont- 041114115 gomery EMS (Somerset County Squad 47), were dispatched to the Gibraltar Rock facility located on the eastern side of the Sourland Mountain Preserve for an extrication call. A Silver Valley Drilling and Blasting employee, who was working in the main quarry pit, was trapped within the cab of his excavator as a result of a rock slide including a massive boulder, which fell and entrapped the worker. Station 45 Chief Jeff Huxley was first on location and set up incident command. Additional first responders were immediately called in for added resources, manpower and technical rescue operations. Joining agencies included, Hillsborough Office of Emergency Management, Somerville Technical Rescue (Somerset County Squad 54), Mercer County Technical Collapse Rescue (Mercer County Task Force 801) and Hunterdon County Technical Task Force Rescue, which is comprised of rescue technicians from Clinton First Aid and Rescue (Hunterdon County Squad 45), Flemington - Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad (Hunterdon County Squad 49), Whitehouse Rescue (Hunterdon County Sq. 22) and members from Hunterdon County Office of Emergency Management. Medical support was provided by the Somerset Medical Center's Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU). Federal representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) were also on location. First responders from Stations 45, 46 and 79 began extrication upon arrival. Multiple hydraulic tools were in operation from trucks Rescue 45, Heavy Rescue 79 and from portable power units. The rescue was hindered by the victim’s lower body extremities being pinned by twisted metal and the excavators positioning with the fallen boulder. Due to the complexity of the extrication and the need to work safely in the hot zone of the rock slide, it took approximately two and a half hours to free the victim. Once the injured worker was freed from the excavator, he was airlifted via New Jersey State Police Special Operations Aviation Bureau NorthSTAR to University Hospital in Newark. The cause of the accident is under investigation by officials. - RICH KOCSIS



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Safe Ladder Operations Part 3 When carrying tools up a ladder, the number of tools carried should be limited to one, and consideration to size and weight must also be given. If it is too bulky or heavy, another method should be deployed for accomplishing the task such as use of an aerial platform or hoisting the equipment by use of ropes. When climbing a ladder with a tool, the tool should be slid or pushed along the beam, remembering that there is a compromise to your safety, as you do not have a good grasp on the ladder with the hand-holding the tool. Overloading of ladders should be avoided. The newer ladders give detailed information on the weight loading permitted on the ladder and all personnel should comply with this information. The rule of thumb has always been one firefighter on a straight wall ladder and one firefighter per section on an extension ladder, and it is still a good rule of thumb. When more than one firefighter is climbing a ladder, a tenfoot distance between firefighters should be maintained. There rarely is a reason for firefighters to be bunched up on a ladder unless affecting a rescue. In a rescue situation, it is advisable to place another ladder immediately adjacent to the first ladder and have a second rescuer assist from the second ladder. This will provide for better control of the victim and a safer environment for all concerned. The last thing you would want to do is have a ladder collapse or lose control wherein everyone falls to the ground. It has happened! Flat roof operations require the use of a minimum of two ladders placed at opposite locations of the building in order to provide for alternate means of escape should one exit route become blocked. Ladders placed to flat roofs should extend a minimum of three feet above the roofline so they may be readily visible and accessible for firefighters operating on the roof. It is a good practice to paint the last couple of feet on the top of the ladders in a bright or fluorescent color to enhance their visibility. Painting the tip also makes it easy to tell the fly from the butt when the adrenalin is rushing or for those who may have difficulty discerning the top from the bottom. When working on a peaked roof, a roof ladder with hooks should be used. The hooks should be opened and the ladder slid up the roof into position, followed by a test pull of the roof ladder to ensure the hooks have secured to the ridge and the ladder is firmly in place prior to using. A roof ladder should extend from the ridge to beyond the eaves if at all possible. In the event there is a roof collapse, the ladder will maintain its position rather then falling into the open-

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ing. Once again work from the windward side so that fire and smoke are blown away from you, not towards you. Getting on and off the ladder are two critical periods in the use of ladders. When climbing onto a roof, fire escape, etc. make sure where you intend to go is stable and will support you prior to transferring to the location. Feel with one hand or a tool to check for sturdiness, follow this by placing one foot slowly onto the roof while increasing the pressure. If it appears to hold your weight, move the second foot onto the roof, followed by releasing the grip on the ladder with your other hand. At any point in the transition, should the roof feel insecure, get back on the ladder. Always be sure there is floor or roof where you intend to go, and be careful when attempting roof access on some of the older buildings in the downtown areas. Many have high parapet walls in front with a big drop to the roof, therefore look before leaving the ladder. In addition, you will be faced with having to find another way down from the roof if you haven’t been injured from the fall. Regular maintenance of all ground ladders is required and they should be thoroughly checked, including rungs, pulleys, and halyards. Annual testing in accordance with NFPA Standard 1931, Design and Verification Tests for Fire Department Ground Ladders is recommended. Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless! - HENRY CAMPBELL



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LDH/water tender drill On April 6th 2014, a joint exercise with the Suburban Chief's Association LDH/Pipeline (taskforce) and the Middlesex County Water Tender Taskforce was held. Fire companies and departments from five counties particiUMP TO FILE# pated in the exer- J040714108 cise. In all, ten engines where used in the LDH pipline, 11 engines from water tender taskforce, 14 water tenders, two engines and a quint were utilized at this simulated fire. Over two hundred firefighters and over twenty fire police officers were operating at this exercise. All units on these two taskforces reported to the staging area at the Monroe High School at 8:00 a.m. All units were checked in and given a briefing. Suburban Chief's Association LDH laid out a mile of five inch hose. The simulated fire was located in Thompson County Park in Jamesburg/Monroe Township in Middlesex County. The goal was to deliver 1900 gpm from the LDH, which was supplied by the water tender taskforce. The water tender taskforce had a water supply point with Cranbury Fire Co. as the draft en-

gine, and Spotswood Fire Department as the transfer engine. In addition, Avenel and Monroe #3 engines were the reserve engines. Adeliphia Fire Company's tractor trailer tanker was the nurse tanker. Fill site #1 was at Jamesburg Fire station, where Monroe Fire Company #1, Madison Park Fire Company, and Edison Fire Department engines set up a fill site. Fill site #2 was on the east side of the high school, where Cheesquake, Brookview, and North Brunswick Co. #2 set up a fill site. Fill Site #3 was on the west side of the high school, where South Amboy, and East Brunswick District #1 set up a fill site. Water tenders from Middlesex County included Monroe Fire Department #3, Helmetta, Cranbury, Plainsboro, and South Old Bridge Fire Co. Water tenders from Monmouth County included Morganville Independent, Morganville Volunteer Fire Company, Adelphia, Manalapan, and Millstone Township. Water tenders from Mercer County included East Windsor Fire Company #1 and Hopewell Boro. The water tender from Burlington County included Chesterfield Hose Co. Surburban Chief's LDH included engines from Middlesex County, where Monroe District #2


(Applegarth), Plainsboro, and Cranbury E-48-3. Engines from Monmouth County included Millstone Township and Hope Fire Co. of Allentown. Engines from Mercer County included East Winsdor Fire Company #1, East Windsor Fire Company #2, Hightstown, West Windsor Fire Company #1, and Princeton Junction. At the simulated fire, Jamesburg's quint and engine as well as an engine from Englishtown (Monmouth County) were operating. The Mercer County Sheriff

Field Communication unit was on location, as well as the Mercer County Fire Police Taskforce (various fire companies) as well as the Keyport Fire Patrol (Fire Police). The Suburban Chief's Association LDH coordinators, the Middlesex County Water Tender Taskforce leaders, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Mercer County Fire Coordinators were on location.The regional fire coordantor from the State Division of Fire Safety was also on location. The exercise was a great success. The water tender taskforce

was able to supply 1400 gpm for over two hours. The water tenders moved over 208,000 gallons of water, 70 refills were performed, and 82 loads were delivered to the water supply point, which had four drop tanks in service. As with all drills, small issues were noted and will be addressed. A thanks goes out to all departments, companies, fire police, and agencies who helped out on the exercise. - JOHN RIETH


Commercial township training Port Norris (Station 11), Mauricetown (Station 12) and Laurel Lake Fire (Station 13) Companies gathered at the Haleyville Mauricetown School for ladder training. Members were instructed on the proper techniques of raising 24' and 28' ground ladders as well as operating an elevated platform to perform ventilation.

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FF1 moves to new corporate headquarters in New Jersey Sparta, NJ. FF1 Professional Safety Services has been on the search for a new and permanent location for their corporate headquarters and it has finally been found! 34 Wilson Drive in Sparta, NJ will be the new official headquarters for FF1 and this will be an easy transition for the staff and customers as the new building is about 1,000 feet away from the current office. Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) is the “Go Live” date for the new facility which will especially cater to the Service and Apparatus Division of FF1. “The company is expanding every year,” said Jonathon Van Norman, Owner and President at FF1 Professional Safety Services “we have literally outgrown every office we have been in. It was time to find a big place with the option of expansion and this new building has me very excited!” The old facility had only 4500 sq feet and the new headquarters will allow us to house over a dozen administrative staff members with 10,000 sq feet. The most appealing part of the new facility is the warehouse space. “We could barely fit a van, let alone a fire truck” said Jason Van Norman, Vice President and General Manager at FF1, “we can now bring in a truck, turn it around and still fit a second piece of apparatus and not impede the service team.” One of the biggest changes with the new headquarters will be not having a walk in showroom immediately. “We love that 1st responders can walk into our stores, grab what they need and be on their way,” said Bryan Crawford, Retail and Marketing Director, “the new




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building is incredible, we are absolutely looking for ways to reopen the showroom in the near future”. For now, customers who are used to walking into the Sparta Showroom can head just 15 minutes south to the Roxbury Showroom. Customers needing service on parts and products will be able to drive to the rear of the new HQ and speak directly with our Service Team on site. Founded in 2005, FF1 Professional Safety Services is a premier provider for Fire, EMS & Police supplies across New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The company offers a wide range of products and services including MSA, Fire-Dex, Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Mustang Survival, Zodiac Milpro, 5.11 Tactical, All American Hose, and MUCH MORE! FF1 also offers a fully staffed Service Division certified to handle gas meter calibrations, flow testing, small engine repairs, hydrostatic testing and the list goes on! We also have a Training Division filled with dozens of experienced firefighters and certified instructors. Founded by an experienced firefighter and chief, we serve the First Responder community with unprecedented levels of experience and efficiency. At FF1 Professional Safety Services you’ll also discover knowledgeable service from a sales team of former firefighters, police and EMS professionals. We have stood in your boots, we know what you need. - FF1 ProFessional saFety services

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North Wildwood Fire Department’s Water Rescue 271 is this 1994 Am General Hummer converted in 1998 at the Rock Island Arsenal. As you may see by its appearance it was once a military vehicle. Some of its features and inventory include an inverter, personal floatation devices, a rescue surf board, rope bag, and hand fire extinguisher.


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The book is a compilation of photos that were shown in Firehouse Magazine as well many that were submitted, but were not used. These are all high quality photos submitted by many photographers from across the country. The photos are divided into seven groups: Wildland Fires, Aerial Operations, Highway Fires, Commercial Fires, High Rise Fires, Residential Fires and Roof Operations. Each chapter has a brief explanation for the layman to understand particulars about the category. The photos are of varying sizes ranging from small to two pages in width. The fires are both in large and small cities and towns. Most of the wildland fires and in California. One can almost feel the heat in many of them! The book is dedicated to all firefighters and the photographers who capture their battles later to be printed for the world to see. It is a book well worth the cost!


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signing the waiver to allow EMTs to administer Narcan to help reverse the potentially fatal effects of opioid intoxication. If not fatal, an opioid overdose can cause devastating brain injury. In essence, “time is brain.” Because EMTs, who provide basic life support (BLS), often are first to reach patients. It makes sense to equip them with such a life-saving tool.

We stand ready to work with the governor, his staff and Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd in developing training and implementation guidelines for this new policy. With such a tremendous need for early intervention during this state’s heroin crisis, we can’t afford to wait. - HOWARD MEYER

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FF1 becomes the exclusive Fire-Dex dealer for State of New Jersey Sparta, NJ. FF1 Professional Safety Services announced the expansion of their dealer partnership with Fire-Dex to now cover the entire state of New Jersey. “The relationship between FF1 and Fire-Dex has come a long way in just a few short JUMP TO FILE # years,” said 040414111 Jonathon Van Norman, owner and President at FF1 Professional Safety Services “we have grown exponentially in Northern New Jersey and now Fire-Dex has given us the opportunity to bring the very best in PPE to the southern part of the state!” “Fire-Dex is thrilled to be expanding our partnership with FF1 to now cover the entire state of New Jersey,” said Brett Jaffe, President & CEO at Fire-Dex. “FF1's commitment of service to their customers aligns perfectly with the fundamental values and culture at Fire-Dex. Based on their track record in the northern part of the state, we are excited about the future of Fire-Dex and FF1 in southern New Jersey.” Fire-Dex already has a loyal customer base in portions of southern New Jersey from a previous distributor and we want to make this transition seamless. The primary focus will be meeting with the existing customers and introducing them to the high standards that FF1 brings each and every day. About FF1 Founded in 2005, FF1 Professional Safety Services is a premier provider for Fire, EMS & Police supplies across New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The company offers a wide range of products and services including MSA, Fire-Dex, Mustang Survival, Zodiac Milpro, 5.11 Tactical, All American Hose, and much more! FF1 also offers a fully staffed Service Division certified to handle gas meter calibrations, flow testing, small engine repairs, hydrostatic testing and the list goes on! We also have a Training Division filled with dozens of experienced firefighters and certified instructors. Founded by an experienced firefighter and chief, we serve the First Responder community with unprecedented levels of experience and efficiency. At FF1 Professional Safety Services you’ll also discover knowledgeable service from a sales team of former firefighters, police and EMS professionals. We have stood in your boots, we know what you need. About Fire-Dex For over 30 years, Fire-Dex has been a leading manufacturer of protective firefighting clothing, emergency response apparel, premium quality NFPA hoods, gloves, helmets and boots. - FF1 Professional Safety Services

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L-R: Orange Captain Jamie Anderson and Firefighters Kevin Livingston and Marquis Bonds pose with the department's recently acquired 1994 KME pumper that will be used as a back-up piece. The lime colored rig saw original duty with the U.S. Navy.

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Linden battles third alarm fire One civilian rescued a four year old child from heavy fire conditions, as smoke and fire lit up the sky in Linden during a third alarm on East Saint Georges St. As the sun set in Union County, Linden firefighters were dispatched to 1228 East Saint Georges St for a reported structure fire with numerous calls reporting the fire. A second alarm JUMP TO FILE# was transmitted as 032814114 units arrived on scene. Command saw flames and smoke shooting from the rear of the 75x75 two story brick building. Firefighters attempted an aggressive interior attack as heavy black smoke pushed from the second floor apartments. Two tower ladders were set up to be put into operation. As conditions began to deteriorate, and access to the rear of the building was limited, command evacuated the building and transmitted the third alarm. Two tower ladders and multiple hand lines were stretched in attempt to knock down the heavy fire. While crews were battling a third alarm, a second fire was reported on West Saint Georges St. for fire in a commercial building. A second alarm was transmitted, but the fire was placed under control quickly due to the fire being contained by the sprinkler system. Now that mutual aid crews had one fire under control, firefighters made an aggressive exterior attack on the third alarm fire, allowing crews to re-enter the building and knock down remaining fire in the building. A collapse in the rear of the building, due to heavy fire conditions, was confirmed but crews continued to douse the remains with water. It took firefighters just under two hours to place the fire under control. No injuries were reported, however one resident was rescued by a neighbor. The fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS


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Honoring a first responder’s legacy of generosity Mahway, NJ. To Mike Drozd of Mahwah, saying no was never an option, not if a friend needed his roof fixed in the middle of a storm, or if his community’s ambulance company needed a driver. JUMP TO FILE# Mike, a fire inspector 040214108 for the Township of Mahwah, was also a volunteer firefighter with the Mahwah Fire Department. And when he learned that his community ambulance company needed help, he became a volunteer driver for Mahwah Ambulance and Rescue Squad Co. # 1. He also was a pipe sergeant with the Bergen County Firefighters Pipe Band. When Mike was killed in a motor vehicle accident in 2008, it was no surprise that his wife, Pam, who is also a volunteer firefighter in Mahwah, carried out his wish to help others even in death. Mike became a tissue donor, helping as many as 58 people. Tissue donation can give others the gift of sight, or help an injured soldier walk again, or allow a burn victim to survive devastating injuries. Mike’s wife, Pam, spends much of her free time helping NJ Sharing Network spread the message that organ and tissue donation can save and enhance lives. NJ Sharing Network is the nonprofit organization responsible for recovering organs and tissue in New Jersey for the nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents who are waiting for a life-saving transplant. She also honors Mike’s legacy by lacing up her sneakers and walking with her 5K team members each June at NJ Sharing Network’s 5K Walk/Race in New Providence. “When we participate in the 5K, we honor Mike’s generosity and keep his legacy alive,” said Pam, the captain of Team “I Am Drozd.” The team comprises family members on both sides, as well as friends, including many who knew Mike from his work as a volunteer firefighter. Most recently, her husband’s likeness was displayed on a “floragraph,” an artistic portrait created with natural materials, on the 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade Float. Mike was among 81 donors honored on the float at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. Tens of thousands of spectators saw the float on the parade route and millions more from around the nation watched on television. Pam traveled to Pasadena to participate in the event, which she described as a life-changing experience. “I consider myself very fortunate that I was able to honor my beloved husband Mike and all those associated with organ, eye and tissue donation during this iconic American event,” Pam said upon her return. She was moved that the float honored Mike and also spread the life-saving message of organ and tissue donation. She recalled the poignant moment when the parade judges awarded the Donate Life Float the top “theme” award.

“During judging, hundreds of people associated with the float stood in absolute silence, waving to the float riders and walkers, our theme song playing in the background. We watched as the judges evaluated every detail of our float. Then it happened. One judge paused, looked at us, then the float, and then wiped a tear from his eye. Wow! Our message had been received.” Pam continues to address groups to tell Mike’s story as a way to get more people involved with the 5K and spread the life-saving message of organ and tissue donation to honor her husband’s legacy of generosity. To learn more and sign up for the 5K, and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit or call NJ Sharing Network at 1-800-742-7365. - CHLOE MILLER PROVIDED

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Little Silver gets its first aerial ladder The featured apparatus for Little Silver is the first and the last! It is the first aerial device for the Little Silver Fire Department and it is the last Sutphen aerial delivery for Emergency Equipment Sales & Service. Fire Chief Pete Giblin tells us that they decided on their quint due to the homes growing in size and the new height restrictions after Hurricane Sandy. A special thanks goes to the LSFD for submitting to me an updated photo showing the aerial ladder sign, which was added after I had taken the initial photo at the dealer. I was not aware that a sign was going to be added. Specifications on this vehicle include a Monarch chassis with a six seat cab and Cummins ISX, 500 hp. diesel, a Hale Qmax, single-stage 2000 gpm pump, Pro Poly 500 gallon water tank, 75 foot aerial ladder and a Smart Power 10 kw generator. Last month, we featured Aberdeen Township’s new SVI rescue also sold by Emergency Equipment Sales & Service. Specs on that vehicle include a Spartan Gladiator ELFD chassis with Cummins ISX, 500 hp diesel, and 10 seat cab, Hale 2CBP high pressure pump (100 gpm @ 300 psi) with the reel in the front bumper, UPF 200 gallon water tank, 18 foot stainless steel, walk-in rescue body, 36 foot overall length, a Harrison 15 kw generator, Sierra 9000 A-2, 5000 psi air booster and Warn 9,000 pound portable winch with four receivers. Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: In Atlantic County, a Saber pumper for Northfield and an Impel PUC pumper for Cologne in Hamilton Township. For Long Branch (Monmouth County), a Velocity 75 foot aluminum ladder quint. For Hackensack an Arrow XT 100 foot heavy duty RM and for Carteret (Middlesex County), an Arrow XT foam pumper and Arrow XT 75 foot heavy duty aluminum ladder quint. Pierce deliveries include to Elizabeth, an Arrow XT foam pumper with Snozzle (featured at FDIC), an Arrow XT pumper, an Arrow XT 100 foot heavy duty ladder and a Ford F-550 dry chemical unit with utility body. Pompton Lakes (Passaic County) received a Ford F-550 mini pumper and in Burlington County, Hainesport’s Saulsbury pumper/tanker was refurbed with an Arrow XT chassis and Cinnaminson District 1 received an Impel PUC pumper. The ambulance division of First Priority Emergency Vehicles received the following orders: For the Roselle Fire Department (Union County) a Marque Type I on a Ford F-450, 4 x 4 chassis. For Jet Ambulance in Clifton (Passaic County), two Road Rescue Transmedic Type II’s on Ford E-350 chassis, for the West New York EMS (Hudson County), a Braun Type III on a Ford E350 chassis. And for Lakewood Hatzolah (Ocean County), a First Priority Renaissance Remount of a Chevrolet 4500 chassis under a Braun Chief. They delivered a First Priority Renaissance Remount of a Chevrolet G3500 under a Wheeled Coach modPlease 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

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Jersey City L-12, 2013 e-one Cyclone ii, 100 foot RM with 10 kw generator


Little Silver L-2391, 2014 Sutphen Monarch, 2000/500 75 foot with 10 kw generator. it is their first aerial piece. it was sold by emergency equipment Sales & Service.

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Jersey City Special ops. unit, 2012 Spartan Metro Star/Rescue 1 with 35 kw generator. it was sold by new Jersey emergency Vehicles.

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Lambertville e-17-4, 2012 pierce arrow Xt, puC 1500/750/25 with 10 kw generator. it was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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West new York eMS, a-18, 2013 Ford e-350/Braun Signature Series. it was sold by First priority emergency Vehicles.

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one of two 2013 Freightliner M-2/Wheeled Coach type 9 pediatric MiCu's at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at RWJ, new Brunswick. they were sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC ule to Aaron Medical Transport in Lyndhurst (Bergen County.) Their apparatus division received an order from Marlboro District 3 (Monmouth County) for a KME interface pumper on an International 7400, 4 x 4 chassis with a crew cab. Specs include a MaxxForce 9, 330 hp diesel, International Diamond Logix Multiplex System, Federal Camera dual camera system, Darley LSP, 1250 gpm singlestage pump, Foam Pro 2002 foam injection system, 750 gallon poly water tank, 20 gallon foam tank, KME 3/16 inch Flex aluminum body, Hansen International roll-up doors, Smart Power 6 kw hydraulic generator and FRC Spectra scene lighting. They delivered to Morris County, a Custom Works reel truck on a Freightliner, M2-106 two-door chassis. Specs include a Cummins 6.7L, 300 hp diesel, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Cus-

tom Works aluminum flat bed body, installation of customer supplied hose reels, Audiovox back up camera system, underbody aluminum skirt compartments and a Honda 6500 watt gasoline generator. This truck has yet to be assigned. It is the third reel truck built by Custom Works for the Neptune System. They are also prepping a KME custom walk-in heavy rescue for the Borough of Point Pleasant (Ocean County.) Specs include a Predator LFD chassis with 22 inch raised roof, seven seat cab, Cummins ISX 15, 500 hp diesel, Allison 4000 EVS transmission, 22 foot walk-in KME 3/16 inch aluminum body, painted Hansen roll-up doors, Holmatro pump system, on-board air cascade system, 25 kw Onan hydraulic generator, Will Burt Night Scan light tower (FRC 900 watt-HIR lights) and FRC 12 volt LED scene lighting.

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north arlington e-2, 2012 KMe predator 2000/750 with 10 kw generator. New Jersey Emergency Vehicles delivered the following: a heavy duty Rescue 1 rescue with 20 foot non-walk-in body and upper storage, on a Kenworth T370 chassis to the Minitola Volunteer Fire Compnay, in Buena Borough, Atlantic County; a P.L. Custom Medallion 170 ambulance on a Ford E-450 chassis to the Union Fire & Rescue in Titusville (Mercer County) and a P.L. Custom Classic 170 Type I ambulance on a Ford F-450, 4 x 4 chassis to the Ringwood VAC in Passaic County. Firefighter One has sent us this announcement: FF1 Professional Services will have a brand new Ferrara Cinder MVP Multi Vocational Pumper demo

unit from May 18–June 12th. This truck has a 208 inch wheelbase, 34 foot, 8 3/8 inch length and 10 foot 4 ¼ inch overall height. The Cinder extended medium MVP, six seat cab has an 8 inch raised roof and is 3/16 inch thick aluminum. The lower part of the cab is notched for crosslays. Under the cab is pike pole storage. It has Bostrom seats and Smart Dock SCBA brackets. It has a 750 gallon water tank and over 560 cubic feet of storage making a cost effective first due apparatus that no department should be without! - Continued on page 58

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Members of the Rahway Fire Department stand by their new Spartan ERV pumper.


Local children examine North Hudson Firefighter Scibetta's (right) gear and equipment as Captain Alvarado, of Engine Co. 4, stands by during the annual Passover ceremony on 34th Street in Union City.


On duty members of the Union City Police EMS stand by one of their ambulances. From L to R: EMT’s E. Rios, P. Ruiz, A. Lazo, F. Melendez and R. Arauma.


Retired Buffalo Fire Commissioner Mike Lombardo (second from right) relieved Gong Club cook Bob Bozewski (second from left) on a Saturday night in April preparing the weekly fire buff's dinner. Buffalo Fire Lt. Ken Sikora (left) and his father, and B.F.D. shops employee, Rich (right) provided back-up.


Warren County Fire Marshal Joe Lake at the command vehicle directing emergency personal at a structure fire in Blairstown.

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Little Falls firefighters battle afternoon blaze Heavy fire tore though a two and a half story duplex home on Thursday afternoon, injuring one firefighter and displacing 8, in Little Falls. Little Falls firefighters were dispatched to 188 Newark Pompton Turnpike, also known as Route 23, for a reported structure fire. Command arrived on scene to find heavy fire showing from the first floor of a two and a half story duplex and heavy smoke showing from the second floor. Engine companies arrived on scene and stretched multiple handlines to the front and rear of the building to knock down the heavy fire. Due to heavy fire conditions, the roof of the front porch collapsed on a firefighter. Emergency crews were able to rescue the trapped firefighter, who was transported to the hospital with a broken leg. Firefighters went back to attack

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the fire that had extended to the second floor. Due to the porch collapse, the front of the house was inaccessible, so crews made entry though the rear of the house and though windows on the first and second floors. In under an hour, crews had the main body of fire knocked down and was checking for extension. The fire appeared to be knocked down with only light traces of smoke showing, firefighters found fire in the attic. Within minutes, conditions started to deteriorate, as smoke started to increase in the attic and push smoke down though the second floor windows. Air horns blew from multiple fire trucks as evacuation tones sounded due to heavy smoke pour-

ing out of the attic area. Firefighters from ladder 4 climbed the ladder to an attic window in the front of the house that had been boarded up. Firefighters, with the use of a pike pole, removed the wood from the window as thick black smoke billowed from the window. Exterior lines and ladder pipes were set up and put into operation as fire broke though the roof sending black smoke though the area once again. In only minutes, the roof had burnt away and the main body of fire was knocked down for good. It took firefighters two hours to bring the fire under control. Mutual aid from Cedar Grove, Wayne, West Paterson and the county air truck from Paterson assisted on scene. The fire still remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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LODD memorial held for Firefighter Jeffrey Scheuerer, NJFFS Clinton, Hunterdon County, NJ. On Friday, March 28, 2014, the NJ Forest Fire Service Section A 7/8 Association organized a memorial at the site of Jeff's last call, a short year ago. Jeff's fellow firefighters, friends, and family gathered under a light rain at the site of the memorial to honor and help remember him. Speakers from the NJFFS and Readington Volunteer Fire Company welcomed and thanked those in attendance, and each agency's spiritual leader gave words of encouragement to all. Summing up Chief Rathborne's words, "This Sucks; but time to keep calm and chive on". Section Warden Harold Ryan gave the following, very moving words: “A year ago today, I picked Jeff up at his house. ‘Morning Jeff, how are you?’ ‘Morning, just fine’ is all he said. ‘Want to stop at the store?’ ‘Sure’. ‘Help me put these signs up?’ ‘I can.’ Jeff was a silent person.

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Then, at 11:30 that day, he was silenced forever. Even though Jeff was quiet, he was a listener. He learned quickly by listening. He knew when to get involved and what to do by listening. And as he listens today, he knows he is loved, respected, and missed. And he will never be forgotten.” The bagpipes played Amazing Grace. The troops were called to attention. A salute was ordered and Taps played one more time. Thank you to all who attended and be sure to watch for progress on the memorial as Spring turns into Summer. Donations to help make the memorial possible, as well as progress updates and fundraising activities can be followed at -BUCKY BUCHANAN

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Woodlynne E-1731, a 1992 E-ONE Cyclone with 1250 gpm pump and 500 gallon water tank, formerly saw service with the Jackson Township FD in Monroe County, PA

Contact the apparatus sales team at FF1 to schedule your demo today and take a look at the heavy duty line from Ferrara Fire Apparatus! Campbell Supply Co., LLC reports that they delivered the Wheeled Coach ambulance to Wyckoff (Bergen County) and three of the seven ASAP Medstat 500 mini ambulances of the UMDNJ EMS Task Force 1. They are assigned to the Montclair Ambulance Unit (Essex County), Brick Township Police EMS (Ocean County) and the West Milford EMS (Passaic County.) They are prepping the Freightliner/Spartan ERV foam truck for

Bayonne (Hudson County) and their former Spartan ERV demo tanker which has been purchased by the Washington Valley Fire Company in Warren Township (Somerset County.) Specs include a Freightliner 114SD chassis with a Cummins ISL, 400 hp diesel, Hale DSD 1250 gpm pump, two 1 3/4-inch crosslays, one 2 1/2inch dry lay, stainless steel plumbing, aluminum body with 3000 gallon stainless steel jacketed poly elliptical water tank, three electric actuated dump valves with telescopic chutes, two rear direct tank fills, rear suction hose storage compartments, Zico electric actuated portable tank rack and Whelen 900 Series 12 volt LED scene lights.

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Belleville received a 2014 E-One 2000-gpm/500-gwt/100- The Matawan F.D. has converted this former 1999 Dodge foot quint with a 10 kw generator 4WD water department truck into a special operations unit, equipped with portable pump, generator, and assorted tools and equipment.

The East Dover Fire Company of the Toms River Fire Department placed in service Ladder 2865, a 2014 Pierce Arrow XT with a 2000gpm, 400gwt and 100'ft ladder. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.





Sparta Truck 2 has been assigned a 2014 E-One HP100 Paterson Fire Department just placed into service Spe- Deptford Fire Department recently took delivery of a model 2000-gpm/500-gwt/100-foot quint cial Ops 1 (water rescue) a 1987 AMG. 2014 KME Panther/Predator Pumper with 2000 gpm pump and 750 gallon water tank from First Priority Emergency Vehicles




Middlesex Borough placed into service a 2013 Ford F- Toms River Fire District #1 recently took delivery of two The Little Silver Fire Company recently took delivery of 250 support unit. new chief vehicles for two companies in their district. Ladder 2391, a 2013 Sutphen 2000/500 with a 75' ft midmount ladder, sold by Emergency Equipment Sales & Service.



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Jackson Engine 5501 placed into service a 2014 Pierce Arrow XT 1500-gpm rescue-pumper that carries a Hurst high pressure tool and Harrison 10 kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.


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Propane truck overturned On April 17, 2014, a propane truck overturned on Route 23 near 519 in the Northern part of Wantage. The driver suffered a minor injury and was transported to Newton Hospital. The truck was carrying approximately 9,000 gallons of propane, but not believed to be leaking. Some power lines were also damaged. Route 23 in both directions was closed for some time while the truck was off loaded. The Wantage Fire Department Colesville Company as well as Wantage First Aid and Sussex Fire and EMS Departments were on hand.


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Flames consume on Easter morning in Paterson Paterson, NJ. A wind-swept, fast-moving fire destroyed Easter for a Totowa Avenue neighborhood, consuming three buildings and leaving 11 people homeless. Shortly after 9:30 a.m., Battalion 3 discovered heavy fire coming from 374 Totowa Avenue and radioed in for a box assignment and second-alarm. The three-story wood-frame building contained a liquor store on the ground floor with apartments above. Flames were already spreading to the B and D exposures that were separated by small alleys, with burning embers blowing across the street. A huge column of black smoke rose into the sky, visible from as far

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away as Manhattan. A third-alarm was transmitted plus a special call for addition units. This included Hawthorne Tower 2 that was used as part of the defensive attack. The B building possessed a shipping company on the first-floor with apartments above and the D building had a laundromat on the ground floor with dwellings above. Fire quickly took charge of all three and a defensive attack was established. Overhead power lines obstructed some aerial operations, but two tower ladders and a ladder pipe

were set up on the B and D sides with a deck gun from Engine 7 on the A side. There was debris burning on the sidewalk on the opposite side of Totowa Avenue as firefighters repositioned Ladder 3, and buildings and vehicles were covered with ashes. The roofs of the structures, plus portions of the rear walls collapsed covering up pockets of fire. A demolition company had to be called in to begin their work so firefighters could reach the hot spots to completely extinguish the fire. One civilian was treated for smoke inhalation and two firefighters suffered minor injuries, according to officials. - RON JEFFERS


Structure fire in Piscataway At 5:31 a.m. on Easter Sunday, the Arbor Hose Co. #1 was dispatched to a working fire at 110 11th St in Piscataway. The building was a metal fabrication warehouse. Other piscataway fire companies were also on scene to assist with putting the fire out. CHRIS TOMPKINS

Heavy smoke showing in the roof


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Vehicle News




Picatinny Arsenal Engine 14 has been assigned a 2014 Cinnaminson received a 2014 Pierce Impel P.U.C. model Metuchen Engine 1 has been assigned a 2014 Pierce Pierce Saber 1500-gpm pumper equipped with a Harri- 1500-gpm pumper that is equipped with a Harrison 10 Saber 1500-gpm/750-gwt/40-gft pumper sold by Fire & son 6 kw generator. kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services. Safety Services.



Elizabeth Engine Co. 5 will be assigned a Pierce Arrow XT 2000-gpm/750-gwt/300-gft pumper equipped with a 65-foot Snozzle aerial waterway. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.


The Brooklawn Fire Department (Camden County) re- The Leonia Fire Department recently completed concently took delivery of a 2013 KME Predator Panther verting this 2001 Ford/PL Custom former borough ampumper with a 1250 GPM pump and 750 gallon water bulance into a Field Communications unit tank, sold by 1st Priority Emergency Vehicles


Wayne Community Fire Co. 1 placed into service a 2014 Ford F5504WD 350-gpm/300-gwt B.R.A.T. sold by Fire & Safety Services.


MVC in Little Egg sends one to the hospital Just after 9 a.m. on April 1st, a three car crash happened on Route 9 and Otis Bog Road in Little Egg Harbor. LEHPD found a truck on top of one of the vehicle’s hoods and the other in the middle of the roadway. Police requested EMS for a head injury. Squad 85 responded with two rigs and requested the fire department to secure the vehicles. Station 71 was dispatched. One person was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation by LEHPD.


The Orange Fire Department recently acquired this 1994 KME 1250-gpm/750-gwt pumper to be used as a back-up piece. It saw original duty with the US Navy.

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Unloading donated recliners at the Green Brook First Aid squad building.

Green Brook Fire-EMS has a reason to recline Green Brook, NJ. Volunteers with the Green Brook Fire-EMS still carry vivid memories of that day 15 years ago, when Hurricane Floyd ripped through the town and filled their headquarters with ten inches of rainwater. The recliners that had been used for squad meetings were destroyed and discarded, as the volunteers began the task of remodel- JUMP TO FILE # ing the building on 042214106 Greenbrook Road. Luckily, at the time, a local furniture store now out of business stepped in to donate some replacement recliners. All was well, once again. But after 15 years of day-to-day use, those once pristine recliners faced the hands of time. Will Schafer, owner of the new Ashley Furniture Home Store in Green Brook, heard the need. As part of his grand opening, he donated three new leather recliners to the 50member squad, to officially kickstart a recliner replacement campaign. Schafer, who recently dropped off the brown leather recliners at the squad building and placed them prominently in the front of the room of old, worn recliners, said the company philosophy is to learn about local need and figure out a way to give back. “Not only do we have a welcome new business in town,” said Darlene Breen, EMS Chief of Green Brook Fire-EMS, “but they’re already becoming active citizens and are willing to help us.” “Our team is so gracious of Ashley’s donation,” she added. “We always work to promote Green Brook’s local businesses and it means a lot that they turned around and helped us when we needed it.” - JONATHAN JAFFE


Elizabeth FD Ladder Co. 1 received a new Pierce 100 ft. rear mount aerial. The new apparatus will replace a 2006 American LaFrance/LTI 100 ft rear mount. After some training the new apparatus will be placed in service. The current ALF will then be a reserve aerial.


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Members of H.C. Pierce Hose Co. 3 in Middlesex Borough pose with their 1983 Mack/1997 E-One Glider kit 1500-gpm pumper.


North Hudson Firefighter Jose Guti is offered a box of Passover hand matzos for Engine Co. 4's fire standby during the Passover burning ceremony on 34th Street, Union City, April 14th.


Members of Middlesex Borough Lincoln Hose Co. pose with Engine 21's 2009 Smeal Sirus model 2000-gpm pumper.


Middlebush Fire Company (Franklin Township Somerset County) Firefighters Brian Richard and Tom DelCasale pose with their old tanker on April 6th 2014 at the Middlesex County water tender drill. Tanker 44-4 will be replaced soon with a brand new water tender.


Kenilworth Captain Tony DeLuca takes a break after operating in the bucket at a house fire on South Michigan Ave.

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Dwelling fire for Downe Township Fire-Rescue


On April 15, 2014 at 7:30 a.m., crews were alerted to 7 Budney Ave in Fortescue. Tender 39-11 reported heavy smoke and fire showing from the A, B, C sides and roof. Captain Cliff Higbee established command, reported exposures, and requested a second alarm. The crew from Tender 39-11 stretched two-one and three quarter inch hand lines. One was placed in service on the B side to protect the exposure. The second was utilized to protect the D side exposure. Engine 39-02 placed third line in service on the D side. Port Norris Tower 11 vented the roof on the A/B side. Bridgeton Ladder 705 sent it’s crew to aid with fire attack and ventilation. A fill site was established at the Newport Station to supply ten-

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ders. Three members attempted an interior attack from the D side. However, minimal gains were made due to high winds pushing fire toward the crew as well as structural instability. Operations shifted to exterior attack only at that point. Cedarville Tender 17-11 supplied manpower and acted as a nurse tender supplying Engine 39-02 and Tender 39-11. Mauricetown Engine 12-01 was requested to establish a second fill site for tenders at the marina. Fairton Tenders 16-02, Dividing Creek 18-11, and Rosenhayn 29-11 shuttled water from fill sites to the fire

scene. Millville Squad 98 and Lawrence Township Squad 38 remained on scene for EMS coverage and rehab of fire personnel. The fire was placed under control at 8:27 a.m. Extensive salvage and overhaul was necessary. The scene was turned over for the investigation at 12:05 p.m. Both exposures received minor damage. The residence was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and no injuries to fire personnel were reported. In all, over 60 personnel utilizing two engines, one tower ladder, one ladder, five tenders, three rescues, and two ambulances were in service for this incident. - JOHN MARCUCCI



Paterson battles second Easter Sunday multiple alarm Just hours after putting a three building general alarm fire under control, flames swept through a vacant home on the other side of the city requiring a second alarm response by the Paterson Fire JUMP TO FILE# Department. 042114128 With most members back in quarters taking a well deserved break after an Easter morning fire had all on duty PFD members working, a report of fire was received at 4:20 p.m. Companies responded to 989 E. 24th St. and arrived to a vacant two and a half story

frame with heavy fire on the first floor and extending up. Members advanced lines and soon had the bulk of the fire knocked down, but the fire was traveling through the walls of the balloon frame structure and heavy smoke was soon pushing from the attic. Members were withdrawn and outside lines were put into service from all sides of the home. Once the fire was knocked down, companies reentered for overhaul. Several firefighters were injured, two of them required transport to the hospital for back injuries. The cause is under investigation. - BILL TOMPKINS

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