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A three alarm fire on the morning of January 9th destroyed a home in the city of Passaic. The fire was reported around 7:30 a.m as companies were dispatched to 214 Summer Street on a reported structure fire.

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Stafford second alarm structure fire On a very cold and windy day Stafford Vol. Fire Co with Barnegat Vol. Fire Co. battled a two alarm structure fire on January 18th. Calls came in just after 1:00 p.m. for a structure fire on E. Bay Ave. Barnegat Chief 1100 arrived on scene and found a well involved detached garage with exposure to the B and C side of the main house. Stafford Fire arrived and set

JUMP TO FILE #011815113 up their engine and a ladder in front of the structure. Barnegat was needed for manpower. Lacey Vol. Fire Co was dispatched as the RIT and set up in front of the structure. Crews using a number of hand lines had the main body of fire

knocked down within 20 minutes. The fire was declared under control in under an hour. No injuries were reported and crews remained on scene for overhual. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshals office. EMS was provided by Stafford EMS.

Blackwood removes door to access patient Rescue 84, Engine 841, Engine 842 and Gloucester Township EMS responded to a multi-vehicle crash with entrapment at the Black Horse Pike and Lakeland Road on December 30th. Crews removed the driver's door to remove the patient.



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East Dover Co. 4's 1990 Ford F-350 4WD/Reading/Havis-Shield Equipment Co. brush fire unit is still serving the community.

On January 21, members of the Pennsauken-Collingswood Fire Prevention Bureau attended the 6ABC Operation Save A Life event at the Philadelphia Fire Academy. They collected smoke detectors that both departments will provide to our residents free of charge.

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cats and dogs on scene, so they have a better chance of surviving smoke inhalation. Roselle Park would like to thank the Canine Company for the gener-

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After reading an article in 1st Responder Newspaper, Detective Richard Cocca contacted the Canine Company. The Canine Company provides pet oxygen masks to first responders through a donation program called “Project Breathe”. These are not your regular oxygen masks. They are oxygen masks for JUMP TO FILE # pets. Company Rep- 120215107 resentative Debra Bennetts provided Roselle Park with five pet oxygen mask kits. The costs of the kits are approximately $100 each. One kit will go to each fire house, EMS station, and the police department. It is estimated that as many as 150,000 pets are killed each year in house fires, many as a result of smoke inhalation. Back in 2012, the Roselle Park Police/Fire/EMS responded to an active house fire on Westfield Ave. A cat was rescued from the fire, suffering smoke inhalation. Police used a regular oxygen mask on the cat, which was not as effective as the new kits we now have. With the new kits, we will now have the ability to effectively treat


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Wallington FD swears in new chief

Wallington fire department held their annual swearing in of their 2016 officers at the Park Row firehouse on Saturday, January 9th. This year’s chief of the department is Chief Anthony Rispoli. Standing from left to right in the photos are his wife Jennifer, his mom Elaine holding the bible and his father Louis while Mayor Mark Tomko administered the oath of office.

Camden City battles three alarms The battalion arrived on-scene at a 100 x 200 vacant building with fire though the roof on January 10th at 17th and Federal in Camden City. Multiple ladder companies operated on scene and the blaze went to three alarms. The cause of the fire is under investigation by local officials.

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Texas: Stacy A. Crawford, 47 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 19, 2015 Death Date: December 19, 2015 Fire Department: Navarro County Emergency Initial Summary: While involved in training exercises at the fire station, Firefighter Crawford suddenly became unconscious and collapsed. Resuscitation efforts were begun by fellow responders and Firefighter Crawford was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

North Carolina: Sidney "Sid" Winer, 92 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 20, 2015 Death Date: December 15, 2015 Fire Department: No. 7 Township Fire Rescue Initial Summary: Firefighter Winer was involved in a motor vehicle collision on October 20th, 2015, while riding in department's Ford F150 returning from picking up equipment. Another vehicle pulled out directly in front of the department's truck. Winer sustained serious fractures to both feet as a result of the collision which totaled the department's truck. As a result of the injuries he sustained, Firefighter Winer's right leg was amputated just below the knee on December 3rd, 2015. Firefighter Winer was in the rehabilitation center at CarolinaEast Medical Center when he succumbed to his injuries on December, 15th. Mississippi: Willie B. Ratliff, 66 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 21, 2015 Death Date: December 21, 2015 Fire Department: City of Clarksdale Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Captain Ratliff was found deceased in the firehouse by fellow firefighters from an apparent heart attack shortly after participating in fire department physical training at the fire station.

Pennsylvania: Louis “Pop Pop” Patti, 67 Rank: Fire Police Officer Incident Date: December 6, 2015 Death Date: December 22, 2015 Fire Department: Warwick Township Fire Company 1 Initial Summary: Fire Police Officer Patti passed away on December 22, 2015, from a CVA injury suffered minutes after returning home from a vehicle extrication response call on December 6, 2015.

Ohio: Patrick R. Wolterman, 28 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 28, 2015 Death Date: December 28, 2015 Fire Department: Hamilton Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Wolterman died from injuries sustained when he became trapped in a residential structure fire. According to initial reports from the media and fire department, firefighters responded to the fire at 0112hrs and upon arrival observed heavy smoke coming from the home. Firefighters had been advised that the house may be occupied with two elderly residents and at 0117hrs entered the home to search for any residents and began an interior attack on the fire. At approximately 0120hrs firefighter Wolterman fell from the first floor into the basement and firefighters transmitted a "Mayday" alert calling for help. Firefighters quickly located and rescued Firefighter Wolterman and performed life saving measures while en route to Fort Hamilton Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The fatal fire incident remains under investigation by local and state authorities. Michigan: Charles C. Adams, Jr., 47 Rank: Firefighter Trainee Incident Date: January 2, 2016 Death Date: January 2, 2016 Fire Department: Spring Arbor Township Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Trainee Adams was participating in search and rescue training at the local fire academy. He became ill and momentarily lost consciousness. Displaying heart attack-like symptoms, he was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Firefighter Trainee Adams passed away at the hospital later that evening from a cause yet to be determined. Illinois: Kenneth K. Harris, 56 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: January 11, 2016 Death Date: January 11, 2016 Fire Department: Village of Oak Park Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Harris finished his shift on 01/11/16 at 0730hrs. During this shift, Harris responded to multiple incidents with the last incident being at 0615hrs. At approximately 2030hrs that same day, Harris suffered a cardiac arrest while at home and passed away from injuries sustained.

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Miracle on Hudson survivor proud of NJ’s first responders UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

On January 9, 2009, tech sales manager Dave Sanderson wrapped up his business in Brooklyn sooner than expected and caught an earlier flight from La Guardia Airport bound for his home in Charlotte, N.C. Moments after departure, US Airways Flight 1549 collided with a flock of geese, crippling both engines on its initial climb. Within a 30 minute time period, the plane landed in the middle of the Hudson River, all passengers and crew were rescued, and Sanderson was entering the emergency room at Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen. Sanderson has never forgotten all who participated in his rescue and medical treatment on a day that changed his life forever. On January 19th, Sanderson returned to PMC for a book signing, and he spoke to a room full of admirers, medical personnel and first responders. The night's proceeds from “Moments Matter-How One Defining Moment Can Create a Lifetime of Purpose,” went to the PMC Foundation to assist hospital programs. Joseph G. Burt, PMC Foundation executive director said of Sanderson, “He doesn't forget the care givers.” “People in New Jersey do one thing really well-Respond,” Sanderson said at the book signing. “I feel very passionate about the people in New Jersey.” One dollar of all future proceeds from the book will be donated to the American Red Cross. Sanderson has a goal to raise $1 million for the Red Cross. Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, assisted by his first officer, Jeff Skiles, successfully landed the aircraft in the river, opposite Weehawken and mid-town Manhattan, and saved the lives of 155 passengers and crew. In the Hudson, Sanderson heard the voice of his late mother say, “If you do the right thing, God will take care of you.” So, he stayed behind to help those who needed assistance get out of the plane. When he reached the exit, there was no room on the wing for him to stand and no room on a boat, as people were being rescued. He assisted others and got off the plane as water rose up to his waist in 36 degree water. He swam to the closest ferry and was pulled up to safety. “The real heroes of the day were the first responders,” Sanderson said to the group of people at Palisades Medical Center in January. Emergency crews from the FDNY, NYPD, and US Coast Guard responded as well as units from the North Hudson Regional Fire Department and numerous po-

lice and EMS units from the area on the New Jersey side. The first to reach the plane were the New York Waterway ferries, followed by FDNY Marine 1-Alpha and North Hudson Marine 1. You couldn't ask for a better location for a water landing where the ferry terminals are located, and they all rolled in to do their part. North Hudson firefighters boarded one of the ferries and went out to assist. The way the plane was positioned and the closest point to shore determined where victims were taken-New York or New Jersey. The left side was facing New York and the right, New Jersey. First responders radioed ahead to the New Jersey side reporting Sanderson's condition. He was in the water for several minutes. When the ferry hit shore, there were three people waiting for him-two local EMT's and a man from the American Red Cross with a blanket. Sanderson was carried to a triage center at the ferry terminal. He was stripped of his clothes and heard his EMT, Heather, say, “I'll be right back.” He later learned that his helper was North Bergen EMT Heather Bailey. A man asked for his name, date of birth, and placed a card on his right ankle. This reminded the victim of the 1970's TV show, “M*A*S*H,” and he thought he was dying. Heather returned to take his BP and after a 190/120 reading, he was moved STAT and taken to Palisades Medical Center, North Bergen, where he said 20 or 30 people were waiting just for him. He was diagnosed with hypothermia, and it took five hours to warm up. Out of 150 passengers, only two people stayed in overnight in the hospital-Sanderson and Barry Leonard. Leonard was the first passenger out when the evacuation order was given. He jumped into the water and fractured his sternum. Leonard made it a point to check on Sanderson at PMC, as did many federal, state, and Port Authority officials. The Sunday following the plane crash, Sanderson realized his new mission in life. He went to his church, where everyone wanted to talk to him-a walking miracle. He was asked to speak. At the church breakfast the following week, 600 people showed up to hear Sanderson. In the years since the plane crash, Sanderson has traveled to places like Fort Hood after the shootings, Oklahoma after the tornadoes, and to speak to North Carolina Superstorm Sandy victims. “I've had the chance to talk with people who go through crisis. It's often the families who are forgotten, and the Red Cross was there taking care of my family. That's why I speak so passionately for the Red Cross. That's where my miracle turned into my mission,” Sanderson said. Ironically, on the evening that Sanderson held his book signing at PMC, the same North Hudson Fire Department tour was on duty that responded to the plane crash. Many

Dave Sanderson, third from left, with L-R, North Hudson Deputy Chief Dave Curtis, Battalion Chief Robert Morrison and Palisades Medical Center Foundation Executive Director Joseph G. Burt at the January book signing.


members have since retired, been promoted or re-assigned to another shift. The incident commander on the N.J. side, North Hudson Deputy Chief Dave Curtis, was on duty. The chief, along with off-duty Battalion Chief Robert Morrison, who was working as a captain on the day of the crash landing, were present and Sanderson signed their books and thanked them again for their service. Sanderson is the managing partner of Dave Sanderson Speaks Enterprises. His thought and leadership have made him an internationally sought-out speaker. After he spoke at the hospital, Sanderson showed the assembly a ten minute preview, or “World Premier” as he called it, of a film on the plane landing that may be shown on PBS-TV this summer. In addition, a movie on Flight 1549 had been made starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood. It has a September 9, 2016, release, according to Sanderson. Also, at the conclusion, PMC Foundation Executive Director Burt presented Sanderson with a travel bag gift for his future traveling. Dave Sanderson is a very religious and down-to-earth guy. He never forgot his doctors’ names, Heather and all of those on the New Jersey side who came to his immediate aid. Sanderson tells people that they not only can survive a personal crisis, but they can thrive afterward. DOWNS: One person died as the result of a dwelling fire on Pershing Rd., Clifton, on Jan. 1st. UPS: North Caldwell Fire Lt. Lee Sutherlin received a Special Recognition Award at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center's 28th Annual Valor Awards, Dec. 2nd. Sutherlin was honored for his actions on May 21, 2015, when he responded to an odor

of natural gas call. Despite extremely high readings, the front door was forced and, wearing SCBA, the lieutenant made entry. He located an unconscious elderly woman on the floor, lifted her up, and carried her out to medical personnel for treatment. DOWNS: A woman died when flames raced through a Higginsville Rd. home in Readington Township on Jan. 2nd. UPS: The Angels of God Clothing Closet received its largest donation in the Pitman-based charity's history with the delivery of nearly 1,200 jackets and coats in December, through the efforts of the Washington Twp. Fire Department. The coed program for teens runs through the Boy Scouts of America to encourage service projects. Erik Wolf, the fire department's explorer's program adviser, advertised throughout the township that the fire department would pick up coats during its “Santa Runs” when Santa rides the department apparatus through neighborhoods. “When you see Santa come down, bring your coats,” he said. They totaled 1,193 coats. The closet's founder, Katelyn Darrow, now a college freshman who started Angels of God when she was 12, along with 15 explorers and senior firefighters sorted the coats by size and gender, in time to arrange one coat for every child receiving toys from Angels of God. DOWNS: A 56-year-old man was seriously injured, Jan. 2nd, when a gasoline container he was pouring into a 50-gallon drum exploded, dousing him with the burning fuel, Wayne police said. The drum apparently had a smoldering fire of wood and building debris inside it, which caused the gasoline to ignite and the container to explode, according to police Captain Laurence

Martin. Due to the severity of his burns, the man was taken to the burn center at St. Barnabas Medical center in Livingston. UPS: Christopher Di Bella has been promoted to battalion chief in Passaic. John Hayowyk was promoted to captain and John Tuohy to lieutenant. DOWNS: A 39-year-old woman who was burned in a Linden dwelling fire, January 4th, later died of her injuries. The woman was found burned and unconscious on the kitchen floor of a second-floor apartment on West St. Georges Ave., according to Fire Chief Joseph Doolye. The victim was airlifted to the St. Barnabas burn center, where she died as a result of her injuries, the chief said. UPS: John Huges was honored for his 30-years of service as a volunteer firefighter, including 21 in Wayne, by the New Jersey Devils as the team's Hero of the Game, on Jan. 5th. A member of Packanack Lake Fire Company, he has served the department in every capacity, including chief. Hughes works as a foreman for the Wayne Department of Public Works. DOWNS: Authorities are investigating a pair of small fires set at Immaculate Conception Church, in Somerville, on New Year's Eve. The two fires were discovered by a parish priest in the church's sacristy and he quickly extinguished both and called police, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. UPS: Michael Errichiello has been appointed to the Lakewood Fire Department. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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2016 Rutherford chiefs

On January 6th, the Rutherford Fire Department installed their new chiefs for 2016. 2015’s Outgoing Chief Graig Scott finished his term with his end of year report. Then, 2016 Chief of Department Kelcey Keeler took his oath. Afterwards, Deputy Chief Chris Seidler as well as Assistant Chiefs Jason Fram, Scott Koen and Robert Van Winkle took the oaths for their positions.


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Chief Barger awards Roy Voss 2015 Firefighter of the Year



Avenel Fire Department swears in 2016 officers

Avenel, NJ. The Avenel Fire Department held a ceremony on January 10, 2016 at their firehouse to swear in the 2016 line and executive board officers. 2015 Chief Frank D. Boyle was presented with his ex-chief's plaque, while 2016 Chief Jerry Sternesky addressed his new line officers and wished them the best for the upcoming year. 2015 President Chris Neroda was presented with his past president's plaque, while 2016 President Frank Strain addressed his new executive board and wished them the best for the upcoming year. All officers were sworn in by Board of Fire Commissioners Vice President John Mitch.


Appreciation plaque awarded to Bayville Fire Company

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John E Knyff received his 25 years of service award


Ocean Gate Fire Company holds annual dinner

Ocean Gate, NJ. On Sunday, January 17, 2016, the Ocean Gate Fire Company held its annual installation and awards dinner at Golda's Anchor Inn in Ocean Gate. Operational officers for 2016 are Chief Geoffrey Barger, Assistant Chief Juan Chico Alicia, Captain Christopher Larsen, Lieutenant Erik Batykefer, and Engineers Larry Murray and Riley Applegate. The 2016 administrative officers installed are President Erik Batykefer, Vice President John Serpica, Treasurer Christopher Larsen, and Secretary "for life" Sarah Grant. Thank you and appreciation

JUMP TO FILE #011816109 awards were presented to Station 17 Bayville Fire Company, Station 38 Pine Beach Fire Company, Ocean Gate Volunteer EMS, and to Frank and Caas Golda, owners of the Anchor Inn. Ex-Chief John E. Knyff earned his 25 years of service award. Finally, firefighter Roy Voss was presented with the 2015 Firefighter of the Year Award. Congratulations and good luck to all in the coming year. - MICHAEL FLORES

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Overnight New Year’s fire

Evesham Fire-Rescue crews tackled a house fire overnight on the morning of January 1st, on Plymouth Drive shortly after midnight. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Reports that it was caused by fireworks have not been substantiated.

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Three alarm fire, with Mayday On Monday, January 11, 2016, units from the Newark Fire Department responded to Bergen Street for a fire. Once on scene, command upgraded to a second alarm and then a third alarm shortly after. During this fire, there was a Mayday call for a firefighter down. RIT was activated and removed the downed firefighter successfully. There is no update on the firefighter at this time.


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DOWNS: An early-morning fire destroyed a home on Shauger Terrace, Hardyston, and sent three people to the hospital, on Jan. 5th. In addition, a firefighter was taken to Newton Medical Center for a shoulder injury after falling through a burning deck, according to Fire Chief John Giannone. UPS: New fire captains in Elizabeth are Shawn Herman and Alvin Vega. DOWNS: Two residents and a police officer were treated for smoke inhalation after an apartment fire on Baldwin Rd., Parsippany, on Jan. 6th. Newly appointed fireUPS: fighters in Nutley are John Algieri and Michael La Corte. DOWNS: An early-morning three-alarm fire heavily damaged the Station Restaurant and Bar in Bernardsville on Jan. 8th. UPS: Newly appointed firefighter/EMT's in Maplewood are Kevin Hebert and Anthony Fortunado. DOWNS: Authorities said a January 4th chimney fire in a Plumsted Twp. home exposed a large marijuana manufacturing operation. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, but during a search they allegedly found a growing site in the garage, officials said. They said 129 marijuana plants were uncovered, along with various chemicals and other products apparently used as part of the growing operation. Two men, who authorities said live in the home, were arrested. UPS: Totowa Firefighter Valentine Cholminski was recently honored during a borough council meeting for his 60-years of volunteer service with the department. He has been a member of the Lincoln Hose Company since 1955. Cholminski is a retired PSE&G engineer. DOWNS: Four residents of a Palisade Avenue dwelling in Union City were sent to the hospital, Jan. 5th, after they were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes. Two of those victims were found unconscious by another resident. Two of the residents were admitted and in stable condition at Hoboken University Medical Center, officials said. Two police officers assisting at the scene who complained of dizziness and head pain were also treated at the hospital. UPS: At a recent ceremony, Roselle Firefighters Wendell Williams and Robert Palmer were both honored by the Roselle Chamber of Commerce as 2015 Roselle Firefighter of the Year. DOWNS: One person died and four others displaced after a fire involved a Fletcher Ave. dwelling in Oradell on Jan. 9th. UPS: The Maple Shade Fire Department was given two new snow blowers from resident Joe Walters, in honor of his grandfather, Carl Heilmeier, who was a fireman and life member. They will be used to help clear the sidewalks of life members and older members of the

fire department who often assist on calls. DOWNS: Three Burlington City residents were injured in a fire that involved at least four row houses on St. Mary St. and forced the closure of a nearby elementary school, on Jan. 15th. UPS: In January, Union County Freeholder Alexander Mirabella presented a resolution to Nelson “Rocky” Carle of Roselle Park congratulating him on celebrating 50years of active service with the RPFD. DOWNS: An early morning three-alarm fire destroyed a historical building containing the Hillcrest Tavern & Coach Room on Broad St., Bridgeton, on January 18th. The tavern was built in 1782 as a place to stop for people traveling on Kings Highway, which was a stagecoach route that traveled from Trenton to Cape May, according to Cumberland County's website. UPS: Firefighters from the Mercerville and Nottingham Fire Companies, in Hamilton, rescued a man from his burning Tarheels Rd. garage on Jan. 17th. The victim suffered burns and smoke inhalation and was taken to Capital Health Regional M.C. in Trenton, officials said. DOWNS: A five-alarm fire ripped through two attached threestory buildings on Broadway, Bayonne, January 19th, leaving them severely damaged. The endurance of numerous firefighters from eight municipalities was tested in an “exhausting” battle, in below freezing temperatures, Fire Chief Gregg Rogers said. A pet dog was rescued by firefighters during the blaze. UPS: Paterson swore in thirty recruit firefighters on Jan. 25th. after their training period was completed. Another 19 recruits are scheduled to begin training in February, officials said. A $7.9 million federal grant will pay the salaries of the 49 firefighters during their first two years on the job. DOWNS: A rescue squad member with longtime ties with Warren and Sussex Counties died, Jan. 16th, of a heart attack after answering a crash call that involved his 19year-old daughter, officials said. Eskill “Scott” Danielson, 49, served on the Lakeland Rescue Squad. He responded to the call on Route 206, at the border of Byram Twp. and Andower Borough and helped the squad treat his daughter and the occupant of the other vehicle. Danielson traveled to Newton Medical Center to check on his daughter and while in the waiting room suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed, officials said. Danielson was a captain at the Warren County Communication Center and a member of the Warren County Hazardous Materials Response Team. In addition, he was in his third term on the Andover Borough Council, and he was active in the borough's emergency management. UPS: James Brindle was promoted to deputy fire chief in Hillside.

DOWNS: Five businesses and five apartments were heavily damaged as the result of a four-alarm fire on Florence Ave., Irvington, on Jan. 13th. Two firefighters were injured battling the fire in freezing temperatures and strong winds. Firefighters did manage to rescue a pet cat. UPS: Michael Hanlein was recently promoted to fire captain in Hillside. DOWNS: A mother and two children died after a carbon monoxide incident in Passaic on January 23rd, caused by snow blocking a car tail pipe. Emergency units were dispatched to a call of three unresponsive people inside a car in Sherman St. All were transported to St. Mary's Hospital where the mother and son were pronounced dead. The daughter was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson where shed died days later. Police say the father told the mother and children to wait in the car as he tried to dig it out from two-feet of snow. UPS: Jesus Castano has been appointed to the Morristown Fire Department. DOWNS: A three-alarm fire left six Cherry St. residents homeless on Jan. 24th in Elizabeth. After 27inches of snow fell on the city and icy weather conditions caused the incident commander to request additional alarms to bring in more resources, Fire Chief Thomas McNamara said. UPS: Patrick O' Shea has been appointed to the Dover Fire Department. DOWNS: A garbage truck exploded after catching fire on Fitzrandolph St., in Hamilton, on Jan. 26th, and blasted a hole in the

front of a nearby house. No injuries were reported. One of the truck's four natural gas tanks exploded in the fire and rocketed into the home. Hamilton Firefighters Leonard Pope and Steve Lykes had just pulled a female from the rear of her home when the explosion occurred, officials said. UPS: Greg Stagaard was recently promoted to battalion chief in Union. DOWNS: Thirteen people were displaced after a three-alarm fire tore through a Summer St. dwelling in Passaic on Jan. 9th. UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Union are Dean Ferdinandi and David Zeh. DOWNS: A January 27th fire displaced an Old Tappan family and two firefighters suffered minor injuries. Firefighters initially tried to make their way into the basement, but found the stairs had already burned and had to pull out when the living room floor collapsed, Deputy Fire Chief David Keil said. UPS: New fire lieutenants in Union are Christopher Steitz, Richard Becker and Gerald Dipisa. DOWNS: A two-alarm fire raced through a split-level home on Sutton Ave. in Totowa on Jan. 25th. UPS: New firefighter/EMT's in Union are Brian Shanahan, Troy Rohrmoser, Sean Flannery, Robert Miller, Michael Amato, John Chua and Eric Hamilton.

DOWNS: Guests were evacuated, January 28th, from the Holiday Inn on Route 46 in Totowa when a fire broke out on the roof of an adjoining commercial building, officials said. The fire caused smoke in the hotel's restaurant. The fire appeared to be caused by roofers working with a propane torch, Fire Chief Vincent Marciano said. UPS: In December, the student council of the Livingston School in Union organized a “Cookies for Courage” event and collected cookies from students and staff to give to the police station and firehouses. This was to show their appreciation for all that they do for the community. DOWNS: A fire started in the furnace room of a Holly Dr. home in Upper Saddle River, Jan. 29th, and spread to the first-floor, Fire Chief Erik Vierheligig said. About 50 firefighters from Upper Saddle River, Saddle River, Mahwah, Ramsey, Allendale and Waldwick were called. UPS: John Niland has been promoted to deputy fire chief in Hackensack. Mike Thomasey was promoted to lieutenant. DOWNS: The January Blizzard of 2016 took a toll on firefighters battling blazes, digging out fire hydrants and finding difficulty in their responses due to the weather conditions and parked vehicles sticking out into the lanes of traffic.

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Snow piled up on sidewalks and into the streets and vehicles parked into the lane of traffic didn't help North Hudson Ladder 1, which tapped a commercial truck on the 600-block of 38th Street in Union City, January 28th.

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Garfield Fire Department swears in new chief of the department

On January 7th, the Garfield Fire Department swore in their new officers and new chiefs of the department. This year’s department chief is James Kovacs. Seen standing with him from left to right are his sons James, Kyle, his granddaughter Katarina holding the bible, daughter Victoria and his wife Anne Deputy. Mayor Joseph Delaney gave the oath of office. As you can see, all of Chief Kovac’s family is in the fire service including his son James, who is an ex chief. His son, Kyle, was swore in that night as captain of Company 2 with his daughter, Victoria, a lieutenant.

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Vehicle suspended in trees Blackwood Fire Company Station 84 responded to its first call of the new year just before 4 p.m. on Friday, January 1st. Crews were dispatched to Blackwood-Clementon and Erial Roads for a reported car that went through a guardrail on Route 42 and was overturned in the trees with entrapment. 8401 (Chief Vannoni) reported the patient had self-extricated and Rescue 84 and Engine 841 stood by for the tow truck. RON JEFFERS

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A bitter cold fourth alarm in Irvington As temperatures dropped and wind chill factors hit the single digits, Irvington battled a blaze that threatened to consume a half block long building as well as neighboring structures on January thirteenth. The Irvington JUMP TO FILE# Fire Department was 011316113 dispatched to 147 Florence Ave. shortly before 2:00 a.m. for a fire at the Headquarters Sports Bar & Grill. This was one of seven business occupancies in the large two story building. Apartments were on the second floor. Heavy smoke was pushing from the front of the bar and flames venting out the rear and extending up. A second alarm was transmitted followed shortly by a third. Members attacked the flames on both floors and trucks opened the roof. All companies were withdrawn for a short while as heavy fire rose into the night sky and from the front of the structure causing a partial cornice collapse. Two ladder pipes were put into operation and two other elevated streams were made ready. Handlines were also working on the A and C sides. The flames jumped a fire wall and it appeared that the entire structure was doomed. But, companies returned to an offensive attack, opening walls inside and cutting another trench cut and were able to halt the spread. The fire was placed under con-

NIOSH safety advisory for translucent corrugated roof panels STAYING SAFE

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trol shortly before 5:00 with fire damage to three businesses and seven apartments, and the rest of the structure uninhabitable. No injuries were reported to any residents. Sev-


eral firefighters received minor injuries mostly due to slips and falls on the ice covered streets and sidewalks. - BILL TOMPKINS

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On November 20, 2015, NIOSH issued a safety advisory for the fire service. This safety advisory was issued after a firefighter fell through a corrugated roof panel and subsequently died from his injuries. The following information is taken directly from the NIOSH safety advisory and can be downloaded from the NIOSH web site and printed for distribution and posting: Please inform your membership. Translucent corrugated roof panels may contribute to increased fall risk during roof operations. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that all fire departments immediately take the following actions to reduce the risk of firefighters being injured or killed while operating on roofs that contain translucent corrugated roof panels: • Ensure that all firefighters, company officers and chief officers are aware of and are trained to recognize translucent corrugated roof panels. • Establish policies and procedures to ensure that firefighters do not walk or stand on translucent corrugated roof panels. • Ensure firefighters immediately inform the incident commander and other firefighters when translucent corrugated roof panels are identified. • Ensure firefighters follow safe roof operating practices including sounding the roof, having enough ladders for safe exit and always wearing the proper PPE, including self-contained breathing apparatus. The NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program is currently investigating a July 15, 2015 firefighter line of-duty-death that illustrates the hazard to firefighters when operating on roofs containing translucent corrugated panels. These panels are designed to transfer natural light and heat into a building's interior and in some cases may be painted or tinted to blend in with the existing roof. These panels are designed in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and may be difficult to recognize, especially at night. Preliminary findings indicate that these panels are typically not designed to be walked upon, will not support the weight of a firefighter (with or without personal protective equipment and tools), and may degrade when exposed to UV, water and other chemicals. These roof panels can be found in a variety of buildings including, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, storage buildings, restaurants, carports, canopies, barns and covered walkways in both commercial and residential settings. Circumstances of the incident under investigation by NIOSH On June 28, 2015, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a 46-year-old career firefighter/engineer was seriously injured, and eventually died, when he fell through a translucent corrugated roof panel while his crew was searching the roof for fire extension from an exterior

dumpster fire. The fire department was dispatched for a report of a multi-family commercial structure fire. The first arriving crews found a fire burning in a dumpster located against the exterior wall of a 300 feet x 60 feet, one-story, metal frame commercial building located in a warehouse district. The first arriving crews pulled the dumpster away from the building and quickly extinguished the fire using tank water. Scorch marks on the exterior wall near a window raised the possibility of fire extension inside the building. The incident commander directed crews to force entry into the building and search for fire extension and occupants. He also directed a truck company to ladder the roof and search for fire extension. Four firefighters climbed onto the roof, where one used a thermal imager to check for signs of fire extension while the other three, including the firefighter/engineer, sized up the roof conditions. While operating on the roof, the firefighter/engineer stepped on a translucent corrugated roof panel and fell approximately 17 feet onto a concrete floor. The firefighter was seriously injured and died 17 days later on July 15, 2015. This fire department experienced a similar incident in 2012 in which a translucent corrugated roof panel broke under the weight of a firefighter who fortunately did not receive a serious injury. A NIOSH investigation report of this fatality providing additional details about the incident and recommendations for preventing falls through these types of roof panels will be available at a later date. NIOSH would like to bring this information to the attention of all U.S. fire departments; firefighters; fire service trainers; building officials; local, city and state authorities having jurisdiction and building code organizations. Translucent corrugated roof panels are widely used across the United States. Fire departments should identify structures within their jurisdiction that have translucent corrugated roof panels and include this information in pre-incident plans. This information should be shared with mutual aid departments and added into the caution notes of CAD dispatch systems where possible. Incident commanders should strongly consider the risk benefit analysis of permitting rooftop operations on identified buildings. Firefighters may not be aware of and may not fully appreciate the hazards and risks associated with these panels. Firefighters should always inform the incident commander and other firefighters when translucent corrugated roof panels are identified and should not walk or stand on them. Firefighters should constantly sound the roof to gauge structural integrity and changes in roof construction. Translucent corrugated roof panels can be difficult to identify and seldom have frames or other features that identify their location. References NIOSH [2004]. NIOSH ALERT: Preventing Falls of Workers through Skylights and Roof and Floor Openings. Cincinnati OH. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2 0 0 4 - 1 5 6 . Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Passaic home destroyed in blaze


Three fires in one evening

Rescue Company 738 was dispatched to three reported dwelling fires in Gloucester City over the span of about five hours on the evening of January 20th, two of which were working fires going all hands. The first was in the 200 block of King Street. The second working fire was for an apartment fire in the 50 Route 130 complex. The rescue company arrived and assisted Ladder Co. 32 with ventilation and securing utilities to the building. The other box alarm came between the two “jobs� and was a small heater fire. Over the course of the night, the members staffing Rescue Company 738 operated for approximately four hours.

A three alarm fire on the morning of January 9th destroyed a home in the city of Passaic. The fire was reported around 7:30 a.m as companies were dispatched to 214 Summer Street on a reported structure fire. Fist due companies found heavy fire on the first floor of the two-story private dwelling. A reported JUMP TO FILE # kitchen fire was rap- 010915103 idly extending through the home. A second alarm was struck by Battalion Chief BiBella bringing the rest of the city companies to the scene. Heavy fire took control of the first floor which had been divided into apartments narrow hallways hampered firefighting. The fire extended to the top floor, as conditions worsened all firefighters were evacuated from the building. Outside lines and Truck 1's tower ladder went into operation to knock down the fire. A few firefighters suffered minor injuries and were treated at St. Mary's Hospital. A house next door on the exposure bravo side suffered water and smoke damage The Red Cross is working relocate the displaced residents. Investigators were on scene most of the day investigating the cause of the fire. Mutual aid from Wallington,

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Apartments burn above Station Restaurant in Bernardsville SAMANTHA HERCEG, NJFFS

Annual prescribed burning at Monmouth Battlefield State Park Manalapan Township, NJ. Once again, B10 crews of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service conducted annual prescribed burning at Monmouth Battlefield State Park on January 6, 2016. In all, 175 acres were treated with more to be burned in the near future.

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Bernardsville, NJ. Firefighters from Somerset and Morris Counties battled a stubborn three-alarm fire on January 8, 2016 that heavily damaged a restaurant and apartments, displacing up to 20 residents. The Bernardsville Fire Company responded at 2:17 a.m. to 45 Mine Brook Rd. for an activated fire alarm. Police officers arrived on scene and found smoke emanating from the apartments above the Station Restaurant and started to evacuate the residents. Firefighters arrived shortly after and found fire conditions on the second and third floors. Sev-

JUMP TO FILE #010816104 eral hand lines were deployed to extinguish the fire that was also traveling through several void spaces. Four aerial ladders were placed in service surrounding the building in the event the flames spread, but elevated master streams were never needed. The fire took approximately two hours to bring under control and caused significant damage to the building. The building is a historic landmark in the downtown area and was saved from total dev-

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North Plainfield Engine Two operated at a 2 alarm fire in Green Brook on January 15, 2016.

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Bridgewater Township Fire District #2 welcomes new engine and ambulance 2015 was a busy year for the fire commissioners of Bridgewater Township Fire District #2 as they worked to purchase two new pieces of apparatus. Commissioners Debra Brown, Chris Ireland, Joe Langon, Gloria Langon, and John Marsigliano were very fortunate to have the support of truck committees from two departments that provided invaluable assistance in the planning of these well thought out vehicles. Working alongside Chief Robert J. Hanlon, II and 1st Lieutenant Jeffrey Taylor, Bridgewater Fire District #2 welcomed a 2015 PL Custom ambulance on August 21, 2015. This ambulance went into service on August 23, 2015 and will be used by the Bradley Gardens First Aid & Rescue Squad to answer calls in Bridgewater, New Jersey. On December 11, 2015,

JUMP TO FILE #010516111 Bridgewater Fire District #2 accepted delivery of a 2015 Pierce Velocity Pumper. Throughout the entire building process, Fire District #2 was grateful to have the guidance of Chief Frank Ur, Deputy Chief Phil Langon, and Captain Chris DeLorenzo. After a lot of hard work from their department’s members, their new squad went into service on December 20, 2015 and will be used by the Bradley Gardens Volunteer Fire Company to answer calls in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Bridgewater Fire District #2 Board of Fire Commissioners wishes both the departments all the best with their new vehicles and continued safety for all our responders.


North Plainfield Engine 2 mutual aid into Green Brook On January 15, 2016 a North Plainfield Fire Department Engine Company responded to the scene of a structure fire on Deer Run in Green Brook Township. The fire was well advanced with a head-start before it was reported. In fact, North Plainfield responders radioed dispatchers saying the fire was visible from the Somerset Street overpass while

JUMP TO FILE #011816112 they were en route to another emergency call before any other report or dispatch for the fire. At the fire scene North Plainfield firefighters operated with several neighboring towns to bring the fire under control quickly.

A North Plainfield Fire Department ambulance also responded to the fire scene to assist EMS operations. All of the fire departments at the scene made efficient and quick work of a well advanced and challenging fire. - ROBERT BEATTIE

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New Year ushers in new leadership at Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad The New Year ushered in a new line of leadership at the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad. For 2016, Life Member and experienced EMT, Bill Mount is the squad's new chief. Mount has served as captain for the previous two years. EMT Lance Hubeny, who has served on the line in the past, is the JUMP TO FILE # squad’s new captain. 010316108 And Jerry Pandolfo, who had been chief for the past two years, is the new 1st lieutenant. On the executive side, Paul Sully, a life member, remained president of the all-volunteer organization. Life Member Walter Curry, the squad treasurer for years, became the vice president. Ray Stoever, who was 1st lieutenant in 2015, is the new treasurer. And Janet Nolan, who served as secretary in 2015, will continue in that position in 2016. The AHFAS is an all-volunteer emergency medical and rescue

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In 1977, Secaucus Firefighters Billy Sallick, of Company 2, was captured in the bucket of the unit's Snorkel with Firefighter Stanley Palmers operating at a block long general alarm fire in Union City, which made the cover of "Fire Engineering" magazine.


Roof fire at Ferrell Industries RON JEFFERS

On Christmas Day, 2015, Firefighter Sallick's grandson, Matt Bienkowski, also of Company 2, left, operated in Tower 2's bucket with Lt. Anthony Smentkowski, Jr., again under heavy fire, involving a dwelling in town.

On January 8th, firefighters were dispatched to 3900 South Clinton Ave in South Plainfield at Ferrell Industries. Upon arrival, South Plainfield Fire Department had a fire on the roof. Mutual aid from Piscataway and Plainfield assisted at the scene. The fire was contained to the roof. Middlesex County Haz Mat responded also.

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Two firefighters injured at Belleville house fire Two firefighters were injured while battling a house fire in Belleville on January 9th on Union Avenue. At around 3:45 a.m., Belleville companies were dispatched to 264 Union Ave for a reported house fire. As Battalion 1 arrived on scene, he reported fire showing on the first and second floors on the B side of the dwelling. The fire extended JUMP TO FILE # through the walls 012316100 and reached the second floor and the attic space of the home. As the fire was knocked down on the first floor, heavy fire was reported on the second floor by interior companies. Heavy smoke began to push from the top floor. The roof was vented as companies reported heavy smoke and heat. The fire eventually vented through the roof as units were evacuated from the building. Truck 1's ladder pipe went into operation to knock down the fire on the top floor. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries, and one firefighter was transported to a hospital. The blaze took over an hour to bring under control. Mutual aid arrived from Bloomfield, Nutley, West Orange and North Arlington Fire Departments, while others covered at fire headquarters. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it doesn't appear suspicious at this time, as per fire officials. The blaze was believed to have started in the kitchen due to an appliance. The fire left three people temporarily displaced. - DAMIEN DANIS

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Waiting for the call CHAPLAIN’S CORNER Pastor Fernando Villicana

”…in the last days mockers will come with their mocking…saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming?’” (2 Peter 3:3-4). Some shifts feature long periods of waiting. The trucks have been washed; grass cut; supplies on the med units inventoried; the station is clean. And we still wait. Waiting for the next call. It’s easy to get sleepy. One thing for sure: the next call will come, it is inevitable. We

don’t know when, what address, or how serious. It may even be a false alarm. Having to wait in no way lessens this reality: the alarm will sound, and we will respond! Peter writes that we’re in a season of waiting on the Lord’s return. Jesus promised that, one day, He will return to establish a kingdom of righteousness here on earth. Our New Testament reveals over 300 references to the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some laugh and blow it off. “Ha! Where is He?” Don’t be lulled into spiritual sleep. Waiting in no way lessens this truth: Jesus will come. Be alert. Be ready!



An afternoon house fire in Totowa Firefighters from West Paterson and Little Falls assisted Totowa as they fought a mid-afternoon house fire on January 25th. The dispatch for the working fire at 136 Sutton Ave. was at about 3:30 p.m. Heavy fire was venting from the two bay garage under the home as the first to arrive police units pulled up. Two officers and a neighbor helped a 71 year old woman and her

JUMP TO FILE #012716112 21 year old grandson from the home before arrival of firefighters. The first arriving fire units had the flames already extending up the front of the home and into the attic prompting the call for assistance. Nearby fire hydrants had to be dug out to establish a water supply, but it was reported that this time

there was no delay on battling the fire. It took about one hour to knock down the flames, but members remained at the scene for an extended time performing overhaul. The woman was transported to the hospital as a precaution, but no serious injuries were reported.


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Cardio workout blues? “Break it up to wake it up!” FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

It's not Spring yet, but we're getting there. January and February are in the rearview mirror. We are in the homestretch when it comes to avoiding/beating the Winter blues. One way to get a step closer is to break-up/change up your current cardio workouts. Even the smallest of changes can do the trick. Presently I have my clients breaking their cardio workouts into four quarters and inserting several basic exercises in between. It breaks the monotony and makes the cardio more manageable and enjoyable. They report time seems to pass more quickly and there is a notable positive change in their bodies. We use the first two minutes

of the first quarter to gradually warm-up before reaching the usual speed/pace. After completing the first quarter we insert twenty push-ups, twenty squats and twenty crunches. The exercises are performed as quickly as possible, with no rest and without sacrificing proper form or alignment. Next it's a return to cardio for another 25% at the usual pace, followed by the push-ups, squats and crunches. Then we get right back to that cardio and a third bout of the exercises. We complete the final quarter then move into a cool-down and full-body stretch. The sample uses one exercise each for the upper-body, lowerbody and abdominals, but you may prefer to substitute them to suit your needs. All guidelines regarding intensity and duration apply. Remember to have your physician's approval before beginning any exercise program.


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Lyndhurst ex-Chief John Monaco drove the Lyndhurst Fire Department's 1920 American La France pumper in the Newark muster parade in 2011.

Lyndhurst Ex-Chief John F. Monaco, Sr. mourned The fire service was in John Monaco's blood. He was a third generation Lyndhurst fireman, and served his department in numerous positions. John passed away in January at the age of 86 while still active with the department, serving as treasurer for Hill Company 3. John joined the Lyndhurst Volunteer Fire Department's Company 3 in 1952 when he was 24. He was a dedicated firefighter and served as Chief of Department from 1966 to 1967, Fire Commissioner from 1978 to 1985, and currently treasurer. John was the owner of Plaid Motors, which he established in 1968, along with his wife, Hilda.

JUMP TO FILE #012516109 For over 48 years he worked in the shop. Alongside him were his sons, Frank, John and Robert and later, his grandson, John III. In 1979, he was awarded Fireman of the Year and Outstanding Fireman by the American Legion, as well. In addition, he served the Relief Association for over 40 years and he was a member of the New York-New Jersey Fireman's Association. In 2002, he celebrated 50 years of active service and was honored by the Township of Lyndhurst by



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naming a street in his honorMonaco Place. In honor of his father, Frank, and to John, fire headquarters was re-named Monaco Headquarters in 2005. His father served the department for 60 years. John had a collection of fire service memorabilia and took care of his pride, the Lyndhurst Fire Department's 1920 American La France pumper. He would proudly drive the classic rig in parades and musters. His dedicated service to the community and the Lyndhurst Fire Department will be missed. - RON JEFFERS

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Public safety expert, 1st Responder contributor passes away suddenly while serving his community E. Scott Danielson, 49, of Andover Boro, died suddenly while serving his community as an EMT on an automobile accident response in Byram Township on January 16th. He served for over 35 years with the Lakeland Emergency Squad and was the immediate past chief. Professionally, Scott was recognized as an expert in public safety communications and had man- JUMP TO FILE # aged the Warren 011816111 County 911 Center for over ten years. He joined the center when it opened decades ago and rose through the ranks. He was also a member of the county Hazardous Materials Response Team. He had previously served the Sussex-Morris Regional, Bernardsville, Morris County and NJ State Police communications centers. Scott was serving his third term on the Andover Borough Council serving the town also as emergency management and 911 coordinator. He had been a firefighter on the Andover Borough Fire Department and a deputy district warden with the NJ Forest Fire Service. Scott graduated from Lenape Valley RHS and attended Sussex County Community College studying criminal justice and EMS. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with BSA Troop #276 and Explorer Post #231 in Byram. He graduated from the Sussex County Police Academy as a special officer with Byram Police Department and completed the intense Certified Public Manager Program through Rutgers. Scott was an expert in the field of police/fire/EMS grantsmanship having successfully acquired several million dollars in funding for communications equipment and fire and EMS vehicles in Sussex and Warren Counties. When asked to help, he couldn’t say no. He was a frequent writer/contributor for First Responder News.


His stories were succinct and covered both EMS and fire incidents as well as various events. An avid sports fan, he followed NASCAR, the Yankees, the Miami Dolphins and the NJ Devils. He followed his children as they carried on the family sport - competitive bowling. Scott leaves his loving family: His wife Tammy Lynn (nee Sweller), son USAF SSGT Aaron and his wife Kelly of Pemberton and daughters Amanda Lynn and Alycia Marie at home. He was the son of Eskil “Skip” and Judy Danielson of Byram and son-in-law of Donna Sweller of Newton. Scott is survived by brother Kevin and his wife Cindy of Hackettstown and brother Eric and wife


Debbie of Andover Township. He also leaves nephews Kyle, Patrick, Matthew and Ryan. Arrangements were through Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown. Viewing was held on Wednesday, January 20th from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm. Services were at the funeral home on Thursday at 10:00 am with interment to follow at Locust Hill Cemetery in Dover, NJ after “Last Call” at the Lakeland Emergency Squad building on Rt. 206 in Byram Twp. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Lakeland Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 311, Andover, NJ 07821.




The staff of 1st Responder Newspaper would like to express our deepest condolences. E. Scott Danielson was a pillar in the emergency services community and will be missed by all. Rest in peace brother.

New chiefs in Saddle Brook On the evening of January 9th, a new chief and assistant chief were sworn in for the year 2016 in Saddle Brook. Thomas Dickman of Engine Co. 1 took the oath as chief of department and Christopher Sloma of Hook and Ladder Co.1 became the assistant chief. Also during the yearly installation dinner, the company officers for 2016 for Engine Co. 1, 2 and Hook and Ladder were installed. Outgoing Chief Douglas Habermann received commendations for his two years of service. "Congratulations and thank you to all our volunteer firefighters for the outstanding service they provide to our community," said Mayor Robert White.

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Fire breaks through roof

Fire breaks through the roof of a Meade Avenue dwelling in Passaic during a 2-alarm fire that severely damaged the wood-frame dwelling on January 30th. Wallington Engine 2 and East Rutherford Truck 1 also operated at the scene.


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EMS crews care for the surviving cats that were rescued.


More than 20 cats perish in Perth Amboy house blaze Perth Amboy, NJ. More than 20 cats perished and at least two dozen were resuscitated on January 11, 2016 after a fire broke out in a home that was housing up to 40 cats to be put up for adoption. The Perth Amboy Fire Department was dispatched at 1:11 p.m. to 745 Barry Ave. for a reported fire. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire showing from the rear of the one-story home with an exposure problem on the D-side. Firefighters opened the front door to advance a hand line inside and witnessed several cats fleeing from the home under their feet, many being disoriented. The hand line was advanced to the kitchen area, where heavy fire

JUMP TO FILE #011516102 conditions were encountered. The flames were already self-venting out the rear windows when firefighters made entry. The bulk of the fire were darkened quickly, but several hot spots remained throughout the area. There was no one home at the time the fire broke out. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. Several cats were unable to exit the home alive, but the others that were rescued or exited on their own were cared for by EMS crews on a neighboring lawn utilizing special

oxygen mask systems. The surviving cats were later transferred to Perth Amboy animal shelter for additional treatment. The home was heavily damaged and deemed uninhabitable. The neighboring home sustained some damage to the vinyl siding due to the radiant heat, but the residents were not displaced. Mutual aid fire departments from South Amboy, Hopelawn and Keasbey assisted at the scene. The NJSPCA is conducting an investigation along with Perth Amboy fire officials to determine how many cats were inside the home and the cause of the blaze. - KEITH ADDIE


Several officers were treated by EMS for smoke inhalation at a fire in Oradell on January 9th.

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Cherry Hill firefighters get creative


Smoke showing for Westville

earlier this evening, January 20th, the Task Force 5 (gloucester City) box was struck for a reported dwelling fire in the 200 block of King Street. Battalion 504 arrived with smoke showing from the dwelling, striking the all hands. Squad Co. 51 operated a one and three quarter inch water line on the first floor and extinguished the main body of fire. Rescue Company 738 arrived second due and was ordered to stretch a second line to the second floor and check for extension. extension was negative and the crew assisted Quint 51, venting the second and third floor. The rescue company was released after about 90 minutes of work.

Cherry Hill B-Platoon firefighters from Engine 22 put together a training prop, which simulates a company involved in a structural collapse. In scenarios, members found themselves trapped in a JUMP TO FILE# basement after get- 012816112 ting dropped down in a lean-to floor collapse. The companies self-rescue, working as a team, using only the tools and equipment they would normally be carrying inside of a fire. They also simulated that one member (in this case a hose dummy) was injured, incapacitated and needed to be brought up out of the collapse by the rest of the crew. Companies from throughout the Cherry Hill Fire Department have been rotating through the exercise. Successfully completing it requires great teamwork and perseverance in order to overcome various entanglement hazards, a steep slippery incline, and a very physically demanding operation. - CHeRRY HILL FIRe DePaRTMeNT



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Commendations in Union City

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Lillo takes helm of Ridgewood Emergency Services Anthony Lillo took the helm as director and chief of Ridgewood Emergency Services on Jan. 9. Lillo, 57, was sworn in by Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn at the Departments annual installation dinner. Lillo's emergency services career began in 1991 and he joined Ridgewood Special Operations in 1999. Lillo, an EMT, has served in various leadership positions during his tenure, most recently as deputy chief. Chief Lillo has worked with Ridgewood Central Dispatch and has extensive background in computer disaster recovery and disaster management as a project manager. He is enrolled in the Certified Public Managers Program at Rutgers University. Chief Lillo succeeds Brian Pullman who retired after serving as director and chief of Ridgewood Emergency Services for 10 years. Robert Greenlaw, the founder, director and chief of emergency services for 25 years, praised Pullman's commitment and service saying he helped make the organization what it is today. Pullman joined Ridgewood Emergency Services in 1993. In addition to Lillo being named director

The actions of Fire Control Dispatcher/Supervisor Richard Grome were vital to the apprehension, arrest, and prosecution of an individual for reporting dozens of malicious false alarms over the course of the past JUMP TO FILE # two years in Union 020116109 City. In his capacity as a supervising fire dispatcher, Mr. Grome took the initiative to analyze data and identify a pattern of malicious false alarms. He researched multiple incident reports and compiled relevant facts, which he forwarded to Director Andrew Scott who then alerted the Union City Police Department. Relying upon his evidence provided by Mr. Grome, the Detective Bureau apprehended the perpetrator who confessed to calling in multiple malicious false alarms. Mr. Grome is acutely aware that in a densely populated urban community, such as Union City, a rapid response of firefighters to a building fire is essential in order to save lives and property. North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue knows all too well that seconds count in saving lives. Therefore, on the first alarm assignment the closest five engine companies, two ladder companies, rescue company, deputy chief, battalion chief, safety officer and command

technician promptly respond to every report of a building fire. Malicious false alarms needlessly divert these valuable assets from their assigned districts and deprive those neighborhoods of fire protection. The consequences of a delayed response to a simultaneous fire in these neighborhoods created by a malicious false alarm might well prove lethal. Furthermore, the response of fire apparatus to a malicious false alarm needlessly places the safety of firefighters, motorists, and pedestrians at risk when first responders hasten through our streets. Mr. Grome displayed extraor-

dinary personal initiative, ingenuity and resourcefulness to alleviate this affront to public safety. Mr. Grome's experience and intuition convince them that some miscreant was depriving our citizens of valuable fire protection. He was motivated not only by a sense of duty, but by an unfailing commitment to ensure that the highest quality of fire protection is provided to the community. In January Dispatcher Groom received a departmental commendation for his dedicated work. NHRF&R PHOTO


JUMP TO FILE #011216126 and chief, the other officers were announced during the installation dinner. The 2016 officers include: Deputy Chief Ryan Savaria; Medical Director Dr. Bob Lahita; Public Information Officers Richard Breining and Bob Krane; EMS Captain Murray Yang; EMS Lieutenants John Baker, Brendan Fischer, Emily Benjamin and James Bigos; Special Operations Captain John Epperlein; Special Operations Lieutenants Mike Butler, Eric Frielink, Lee Anderson and Steve Chiesa; Teens in Emergency Services (TIES) Captain Corrine Scarpa; and TIES Lieutenant Kevin Scarpa. In 2015, Ridgewood Emergency Services responded to 1704 requests for assistance. This amounts to 19,236 hours donated by the volunteers to the Village of Ridgewood on active duty. It does not include time spent on training, meetings, meeting and event preparation. A cost savings of over $1 million dollars to the Village of Ridgewood. - BOB KRANE

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Westville battles lunch time blaze During the noon hour on Monday, January 25, 2016, District 6 was dispatched for a reported ewelling fire in the 600 block of Lynne Avenue. Ladder Co. 626 arrived on scene reporting a working fire and requesting the all hands, which brought Engine Company 733 to cover Station 6-3 (Colonial Manor). While Engine Company 733 was relocating to Station 6-3, command requested they respond into the scene. Once on scene, Engine Company 733 assisted with securing utilities as well as extinguishing fire in the basement level and attic space of the home. The engine company crew was released after approximately 90 minutes of work.

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Rollover for Palisades Park

Palisades Park firefighters dropped Speedy Dry at the scene of a roll-over MVA at East Edsal Blvd. & Broad Ave. on January 18th.


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their mission. The video brings you through many stops throughout the trip, the many bicyclists who joined them when riding through and the hospitality shown them in many different ways. One thing realized is that when you become a firefighter you join a brotherhood, which is recognized wherever you go. I say the word brotherhood, but extend that meaning to the many female firefighters as well. The video has to be seen to appreciate the team’s efforts and reception in all of the stops along the way. In Albuquerque, NM one of them noticed that there was a pole hole in the restroom so that firefighters could hit the floor safely if they were using the room when a call came in rather than running to one in another room or taking the stairs. Their stops included Shanksville, Pennsylvania where one of the planes landed that fateful day and to the Pentagon where another one landed, before ending expedition to New York City.

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2015 Chief Jerry Pandolfo, AACC Director Helen Marchetti and AHFAS President Paul Sully were on hand when the AHFAS dropped off hundreds of food items collected during the Squad's annual Santa Runs.


Report of smoke in the residence Hardwick, NJ. A report of smoke in the residence brought out fire departments from Blairstown and Stillwater on a cold January night. On January 15th after an inspection revealed a problem in an electric panel was discovered as the cause, it was checked out and disconnected. Both departments returned to their stations without further incident.


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Residents donate food items during Atlantic Highlands First Aid’s Santa Runs Atlantic Highlands residents opened their cabinets and donated hundreds of non-perishable food items as part of the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad’s annual “Santa Runs” events. The items, which were collected by Santa and his elves during the four-day event, were delivered the AACC Food Pantry in Atlantic Highlands by AHFAS Chief Jerry Pandolfo and President Paul Sully. Residents responded to the AHFAS’ request for donations by meeting Santa with bags and boxes of food and other household items. The donations all go directly to help area residents in need. “The response from residents to the food drive has been overwhelming,” said 2015 Chief Jerry Pandolfo. “A lot of local families will be helped because of the generosity of the residents during the ‘Santa Runs,’” said President Paul Sully. For the past several years, the AHFAS incorporated a food drive into the annual “Santa Runs,” which feature squad elves helping bring Santa throughout the borough. During the trips, Santa travels with the assistance of AHFAS ambulances using a specially built sleigh. Along the way, Santa spends time with children posing for pic-

JUMP TO FILE #010316107 tures, listening to holiday lists and providing a little joy during the holiday season. The “Santa Runs” are an annual mission by the AHFAS to engage with the community during the holiday season. Each night squad members head out with Santa, who is accompanied by sirens and holiday music. As in past years, residents were able to track Santa’s progress on Facebook and Twitter, with several posting pictures of Santa and their children. This year the “Santa Runs” got special assistance from Atlantic Highlands Mayor Fred Rast, Highlands Councilman Roy Dellosso, and Gordon and Kate Saunders. The AHFAS is an all-volunteer emergency medical and rescue services operation that operates on the generous donations from the borough and its residents. For information on how you can become a part of this dynamic organization call (732) 2918118 or check out the squad’s website at Follow the AHFAS on Facebook and Twitter. - RICHARD HUFF

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Heavy fire on New Years in Clifton Clifton firefighters were met with heavy fire conditions on New Years Day as fire consumed a two story home. Just before 2 p.m., Clifton dispatched began to receive multiple calls for flames showing from a home. Clifton deputy transmitted a 2nd alarm while en route. Engine 6 arrived on scene to find the

JUMP TO FILE #010216107 first floor fully involved. Two lines were stretched as an aggressive interior attack was performed. Searches were delayed due to the heavy fire load. It took firefighters less than a half an

hour to knock down the heavy fire. Extensive overhaul was performed and any remaining hot spots were extinguished. No injuries were reported. The Passaic County Prosecutors Office and Arson K-9 was requested to the scene - CHRIS TOMPKINS


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Stay Safe Out There

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In Essex County, Utility Unit 8 of the North Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department is this 2013 Ford F-550 Super Duty 4x4 with a Sanchez body. It has a Hale HPX 300 portable pump with a range of 200-460 gpm, a 250 gallon water tank and a 10 gallon foam tank with a Scotty foam system. It carries two 200 foot three-inch supply lines, a 1 ¾-inch dead load, 300 feet of one-inch forestry hose and foam line of 150 feet of 1 ¾-inch hose. Other equipment includes a one-kw Honda generator with a floodlight, long handle tools, two Indian tanks, a chain saw, hand extinguishers and SCBA.

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Every CFR, EMT and paramedic is taught about scene safety in their basic classes — if it doesn’t look safe, don’t enter and wait for police to secure the scene. Unfortunately this basic rule, while still very wise, isn’t enough anymore. An alarming number of EMS personnel have been attacked on duty, sometimes at a scene and sometimes in the ambulance itself. This scourge of violence is happening in cities and suburbs, it happens throughout the state, the nation and even the world. Just recently on December 11, a Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS, Australia) paramedic was pummeled during a call resulting in serious facial injury requiring stitches and bruising to the upper part of his body. According to a Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson, “In the past few years, we have noticed an unfortunate increase in the number of assaults on our staff by both patients and bystanders. … It’s a serious issue that affects all first responders, health workers and emergency services personnel.” In response to the increasing numbers of violent attacks, all QAS paramedics undergo Situational Awareness For Everyday Encounters (SAFE) training. The purpose of ‘SAFE’ training is to: • Promote professionalism and the use of good practice; • Identify the need for continuous threat assessment, risk minimization and situational awareness; • Enhance safety and a safe working environment; • Promote the use of tactical communication skills in the safe and effective resolution of workplace issues and conflict incidents; and • Identify and promote the need for QAS officers to report incidents of workplace violence and/or assaultive behavior. Right here in America, we’ve witnessed horrifying attacks on our EMS personnel: Jan. 2009, Cape Vincent, NY, Volunteer EMT Mark B. Davis was shot and killed by a man he was treating in a residence; May 2005, Tulsa, OK, Oologah paramedic Emily O’Banion was beaten and stabbed by a drug-seeking attacker; July, 2006, Madison County, NC, a paramedic was shot in the chest by a patient. Ambulance personnel routinely encounter patients under the influence of drugs or alcohol, EDPs, emotional family members

and bystanders. EMTs and paramedics are hit, bitten, kicked, some have weapons pulled on them, some have been fired upon or had bricks and other projectiles thrown at them… and it is well known that many incidents are not even reported. Because of the number of mentally incapacitated patients, many times due to intoxication, drug interactions, and other illnesses, many EMTs and paramedics consider the risk of assault to be just “part of the job”; casual complaints made by newbie EMS personnel about a patient who got out of hand are frequently dismissed and responders who are groped by patients (both sexes) often get teased. A high level of acceptance has caused the growing problem to go relatively unnoticed with only the tragedies getting mass media coverage. No first responder should be put at undue risk or made to accept physical harm as a routine part of the job. In December 2015, NYS Governor Cuomo signed into a law a bill that will help protect emergency medical service paramedics or technicians; Senate Bill S. 4839 amends a previous law “to provide stronger protection for emergency medical service paramedics and technicians, who, while performing their assigned duties, are attacked by individuals who intend to cause bodily injury to these public servants.” The new law makes it a felony to physically attack EMTs or paramedics no matter what the intent. Leaders of EMS organizations need to encourage (and support) personnel to report all incidents of violent behavior. Agency administrators also need to provide more training for members (both volunteer and paid) to safely handle situations and defend themselves when necessary. There are a few organized courses available that could be considered; one such program is Defensive Tactics for EMS (DT4EMS) which was recently renamed Escaping Violent Encounters for EMS and Fire (EVE4EMS/Fire) teaches practical skills for defusing, avoiding and escaping purposeful violence while appropriately managing medical patients demonstrating physical manifestations. Staying safe is more than just donning gloves and eye protection. Proper training would mandate a financial outlay, but one that could save the lives of the EMS personnel who are helping to protect our communities; municipalities could help subsidize these programs for non-profit EMS. It’s worth the investment.

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One person killed in Oradell fire A garage fire in an Oradell home claimed the life of one person on January 9th. Firefighters were dispatched at 9:49 a.m. to 647 Fletcher Ave. and units arrived quickly to find heavy smoke and fire venting from a two bay garage located under the residence. Police officers had done a brief JUMP TO FILE # search before arrival 011216107 of the fire department with several officers having to be treated for smoke inhalation. A second alarm was immediately called for, bringing in units from New Milford, River Edge and Paramus to the scene. The fire was knocked down in less than fifteen minutes with only smoke and water damage to the living area, but the garage suffered extensive damage and that is where the fatality was located. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit was called to the scene to assist in the investigation, but initial reports do not consider the fire suspicious. No other serious injuries were reported, but four other occupants were displaced - BILL TOMPKINS

East Rutherford Firefighter Kevin Felten (left), of Truck Co. 1, consults with his brother Mike, the Chief of Department, while operating at a mutual aid fire in Passaic on Jan. 30th.


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FR. Kevin Coffey will be starting his 19th year as chaplain with the Rochelle Park Fire Department. He is most known to the members of the department as " THE REV".

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Newfield’s pumper has first Spartan APU In Gloucester County, the Borough of Newfield placed in service the first Spartan ER pumper with an APU (auxiliary power unit.) It is the first one in the state that Campbell Supply, LLC delivered. This pumper has the ability to automatically shut down the main engine while allowing the APU to start up routinely. The unit can be retrofitted to new and existing engines and chassis. The APU is compact and has low maintenance costs. There are three options, 12 volt, eight-kw and 16 kw. It can heat and cool the cab as well as charge the batteries. It automatically shuts down the main engine when auto locks are met. It uses approximately 2/3 the fuel consumption. Campbell made the following Spartan ER deliveries. The first of three Legend pumpers went to the Edison Division of Fire (Middlesex County.) It has a Freightliner M2-112 four door chassis with a Detroit DD-13, 370 hp diesel engine, Hale 1500 gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, Honda 6 kw generator, LED scene lights and an Elkhart 7400 Scorpion EXM, electrically controlled monitor. To Winslow Township (Camden County), they delivered a rescue/pumper on a Metro Star ELFD chassis with 10 inch raised roof cab, Advanced Protection System, independent front suspension, Cummins ISL, 450 hp diesel engine, Telma retarder, aluminum body, Waterous 1500 gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, 20 and 50 gallon foam tanks, one-touch CAFS, Harrison 15 kw generator, Smart storage compartments, Will Burt light tower with four Akron scene star LED lights, three hydraulic and one air reel. Two vehicles went to the Borough of Ringwood (Passaic County.) The first went to the Stonetown Fire Company and is a Star pumper/tanker on a Gladiator EMFD chassis with a 10 inch raised roof cab, Cummins ISX, 550 hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax, 1500 gpm pump, 2500 gallon water tank and a Smart Power 6 kw generator. The second went to the Erskine Lake Fire Company and is a Star pumper on a Metro Star EMFD chassis with a 10 inch raised roof cab, Cummins ISL, 450 hp diesel engine, Waterous CSU, 1500 gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank, Smart Power 6 kw generator and a low hose bed. Wheeled Coach ambulance deliveries include to the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad (Passaic County) a medium duty on a Freightliner M2, extended cab chassis. Specs include a V-MUX electrical system, Hurst tool system, Vanair generator, electronic privacy windows, Mermaid environment cabinet, two Hannay electric reels, Stryker power load system and a custo9m locking drug drawer. To the Union City Police EMS (Hudson County), two Type III’s on Ford E350 chassis, custom paint and logos, Federal Signal lighting package, six point seat belt system and Ferno stretchers and Star-Trac load system. This brings their total to four Wheeled Coach units. The Mannington Fire Company (Salem County) received a Type I on a Ford F-450 chassis. It has a liquid spring Please send any comments or news tidbits you might have about Apparatus of the Month to us at 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street. New Windsor, NY 12553. Or you can e-mail them to


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Cinnaminson R-2013, 2014 Pierce Impel, 1500/700/50 with 15 kw generator and 4.5 ton portable winch. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

Newfield E-4812, 2013 Spartan ER Metro Star 1500/750/50/ with 12 kw APU. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co. LLC. John M. Malecky

Kingwood E-16-2, 2008 International 7400/KME 1500/750/20 with 10 kw generator

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Berkeley Twp. Hazmat 8537, 2010 International DuraStar/Custom Works with 25 kw generator. It was sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles.

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Lacey Twp. EMS, A-238, 2010 Ford F-450/Horton

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Pinewald Pioneer FC, Berkeley Twp. E-2013, 2011 International 7400/Toyne, 1000/750 interface pumper.

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suspension, custom module extension, Alcoa aluminum wheels and hubs, custom paint and logos Stryker Power Load equipped and six point seat belt system. In Bergen County, the Upper Saddle River Volunteer Ambulance Corps received a medium duty on a Freightliner M2 chassis having a liquid spring suspension system, custom graphics, Stryker Power Load System, Optronics ground lights, On-Spot tire chains and an electric step. Also in Bergen County, Campbell re-

ceived an order from the Saddle River Fire Department for a 103 foot rear mount Star aerial ladder on a Gladiator LLFD chassis with 10 inch raised roof cab with a 7-inch trench, Advanced Protection System, Cummins ISX, 600 hp diesel engine, Waterous 2000 gpm pump, 650 gallon water tank, Harrison 10 kw generator and a 500 pound tip load and ladder rung illumination. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 62

Vineland T-6, 2012 Sutphen 2000/300/100 foot with 10 kw generator. It had been sold by Emergency Equipment Sales & Service.

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Members of the Mount Olive Fire Marshal's Office investigate a structure fire at JCC Metrowest Camp Deeny Ribeck

Flanders firefighters stop fire at local camp Flander, NJ. Flanders firefighters stopped a fire in a building at the JCC Metrowest Camp Deeny Ribeck Thursday night, January 7th, before it could do significant damage. No one was hurt in the fire, which was reported at about 5 p.m. in a JUMP TO FILE# building that houses 010816100 a photo lab. Firefighters arrived at the facility on Flanders-Netcong Road to find flames shooting up from one corner of the building, but quickly knocked down the fire. The blaze was contained to that corner of the building. Fire Chief Michael McDermott said accessing the building, which is in the back of the camp complex, was a challenge due to a lack of roadways and construction. He praised firefighters for quickly extinguishing the fire before it could spread further. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Mount Olive Township Fire Marshal’s office and the Mount Olive Police Department. No damage estimate was given. The Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad was assisted by the Budd Lake Fire Company, Budd Lake First Aid Squad, and firefighters from Chester, Hackettstown and Netcong.


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Members of Jersey City Ladder Co. 8, the first-due truck at a multiple alarm on Bergen Avenue in January, take a break after the fire was extinguished. L-R: Captain Len Rybicki, and Firefighters Julio Ortiz, Bobby Anthony, Matt Costello and Bryan Giannecchino.


Members of Jersey City Engine Co. 9 prepare to take-up after operating at a multiple alarm in January. L-R: Firefighters Joe Scalone, Vinnie Vida, Paul Razzoli and Mark Smith.



Members of North Plainfield Engine Two taking a break after helping knock down a two alarm fire in Green Brook Township. L-R Firefighter Shane Bell, Firefighter AllenMichael Smith, Callman/Firefighter Frank Merrill, Captain Robert Beattie

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Members of the Bogota Rescue Squad pose with their 2001 International 4900/Sauls- Hamilton Township Fire District's No.3 (Rusling Hose) and No. 6 (White Horse) career bury rescue truck. L-R: President Rob Foster and members Steve Vogt and Paul firefighters pose with Truck 13 and Engine 16 after a training session. Rusling Hose Captain Steve Kraemer, Firefighters Jeff Peoples, Nick Caparbi, Jeff Barlow. White Cordero. Horse firefighters Mike Kiernan, Mike Balog and Captain Joe Troyano with mascot Otis Rusling.

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Third alarm house fire in Passaic A three alarm response was used to hold a heavily involved house fire in Passaic from spreading to a nearby home and to keep everyone safe on January 9th. Heavy fire was pushing from the first floor front windows and door as Passaic firefighters arrived at 214 Sum- JUMP TO FILE# 011216109 mer Street around 7:30 a.m. The fire building was a large two and a half story frame dwelling that had been divided into apartments. A similar structure on the B exposure was separated by only about one foot and was severely threatened. All residents were confirmed out of the building, but the flames spread quickly and soon extended to the second floor and attic. A second and third alarm was transmitted as heavy smoke covered the area. At one point heavy fire vented out of the windows on the B side up against the exposure building. An exposure line was put into operation and members monitored conditions in the exposure building. Exterior operations on the original building included a master stream from Passaic Truck 1 and multiple handlines. After almost two hours, most of the fire was knocked down with only smoke and water damage to the exposure building. The original fire building was gutted, leaving about eight people homeless. No injuries to residents were reported. Several firefighters received minor injuries. The cause is under investigation, but is believed to have started in the kitchen - BILL TOMPKINS

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Jersey City Deputy Chief's Aide, Chris Fink, checks with residents of a Bergen Avenue apartment building that was the scene of a 2-alarm fire on January 20th.


Newly appointed Lieutenant Jimmy Woods Jr. (Woody) of Wallington Rescue 204, works at a third alarm in neighboring Passaic on January 9th.


Jersey City 2nd Battalion Chief Pete Griese, left, and Captain Lenny Rybicki, of Ladder Co. 8, review operations conducted at a 2-alarm fire in a Bergen Avenue OMD on January 20th.


Gong Club Chief Connie Spellman (in truck) serves Jersey City firefighters that battled a 2-alarm Bergen Avenue apartment fire on a cold December 20th. The "Gong Wagon" is back after being outof-service for several months for upgrade work on the vehicle.


Passaic Chief of Department Pat Trentacost direct members making a push in the front door at a three alarm fire on January 9th.

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Wyckoff deals with heavy fire and the elements


Defender becomes NJ's leading Rosenbauer dealer

Defender Emergency Products Sales & Service established its presence in Brick, New Jersey. Located in the heart of Herbertsville, Defender Emergency Products Sales & Service is proud to bring the Rosenbauer name to the area. Defender has seen many changes over the years and has proven their capability of restructuring quickly and efficiently.

Defender Emergency Products Sales & Service, had become an American LaFrance Dealer just three years prior to their abrupt closure. After American LaFrance’s closure, De-

fender Emergency Products took on the daunting task of supplying American LaFrance chassis parts in the attempt to keep American LaFrance and Condor Trucks running, safely on the roads, for the life of the trucks. “People felt betrayed and abandoned, we wanted them to feel that someone was there for them and that we would help keep these trucks in safe running condition, and we will continue to do so. Now that we are comfortably seated in that position, we can focus our efforts once again in a venture to improve our capabilities in offering our customers the all around “one stop shop” experience as we have in the past. We’ve been looking forward to being able to sell Fire Apparatus again, and we are

JUMP TO FILE #012516112 tinued to burn and eventually collapse. A master stream from the tower as well as several handlines were able to hold the flames from spreading to any near-by structures including the main residence. All heavy fire was knocked down in under one hour and what was left of the structure was overhauled. No injuries to firefighters or residents were reported. Initially, the cause may be connected to some renovations being done to the building, but the investigation continues. After picking up, firefighters returned to their respective firehouses for blizzard stand-by. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Defender Emergency Products Sales & Service, is expanding its leading Fire Truck Sales, Service and Parts Division, and has become New Jersey’s leading Rosenbauer Dealer.

Just as the “Blizzard of 2016” was beginning its onslaught, the Wyckoff Fire Department was faced with a fully involved barnsized garage on January 23rd making operations much more difficult. After being alerted by a neighbor, firefighters were dispatched to 789 Highview Drive at about 5:30 a.m. Heavy snow had been coming down and the area was quickly being covered by a blanket of the white stuff. Heavy fire and smoke were venting from a detached large two story garage with an attached workshop. The fire building was set back behind the main residence and surrounded by trees. Tower 241 pulled up the driveway and set up. A second alarm was transmitted, bringing multiple neighboring departments to the scene. Firefighters were soon covered in snow as the building con-

even happier that that company is Rosenbauer.” – Jim Lepore, President. President, Jim Lepore, a long time firefighter and Fire Commissioner himself, with their team of Sales, Service and Parts Technicians, most of whom are firefighters as well, along with EVT certifications and impressive backgrounds, bring exceptional expertise to this company and this field. “There is no substitute for experience,” This focus has fueled the company’s drive to innovate in providing all your Fire Apparatus needs and services, and has resulted in a superior solution and unique relationship with all their clients.

KIMTEK UTV Transport Skid units now offered on W.S. Darley website

ORLEANS, VT; February 1, 2016—W.S. Darley’s e-commerce website now features the KIMTEK® MEDLITE® and FIRELITE® line of transport skid units custom designed for UTVs. The addition of KIMTEK's products on the Darley website provides customers with more options for purchasing UTV-based skid units specifically designed for off-road EMS, medical, and firefighting applications.

KIMTEK President Kimball Johnson said, “I am pleased that one of our long-term strategic goals was reached this year with the addition of KIMTEK products into the larger line of products sold by W.S. Darley and Co. since 1908." Noting that loyal Darley customers can now buy KIMTEK products direct through, a website Mr. Johnson said is trusted throughout the industry, he added, "This development is another milestone in a long, successful relationship between W.S. Darley and KIMTEK.” Visitors to will find

KIMTEK's FIRELITE Transport at and KIMTEK's MEDLITE Transport at KIMTEK posts record sales Sales of KIMTEK UTV and pickup truck-based skid units topped a record 465 units shipped in 2015. Posting a gain of over 10% from the previous year, KIMTEK is poised for another record year in 2016. The company attributes this growth to successful relationships with vendors, high quality products, and excellent service before, during, and after the sale.

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Motor vehicle crash for Collingswood

On Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 11:05 p.m., Collingswood Squad and BLS 16 responded to a motor vehicle crash. They arrived to find a vehicle had taken down a pole, traffic light and some wires. The squad company called for PSE&G and State DOT to assist in the remediation. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Passaic third alarm after the blizzard Passaic firefighters along with mutual aid units were able to hold flames from spreading to nearby buildings as they also contended with large piles of snow left by the “Blizzard of 2016.� On January 24th, as the first day of cleanup from the blizzard was coming to an end, Passaic firefighters were dispatched to 141 Hope St. at about 9:30 p.m. Heavy smoke and flames were visible on arrival from the second floor and attic of a large two and a half story frame dwelling.

JUMP TO FILE #012616102 A second alarm was called for as lines were stretched and water supply established. Luckily, the hydrants in this area had been cleared by firefighters earlier in the day, but getting around the stuck cars and mounds of snow was difficult. A third alarm was transmitted as fire took possession of the attic and members were pulled out of the building, but were able to return to

an offensive attack shortly. The fire was able to be controlled in just over one hour with no extension to the close exposures. Two firefighters and one resident were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Occupants on the first floor were displaced. It was reported that the second floor and attic were vacant. The fire is under investigation. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Vehicle News

Union City Police Emergency Service Unit Trucks 1 and 2 received 2015 Ford-550/Specialty Vehicles. RON JEFFERS


Iselin house fire leaves one occupant with burns

The Flemington-Raritan First Aid & Rescue Squad recently refurbished BLS 49-55 a 2002 Ford Braun Type lll Ambulance. The unit was fitted with a new paint scheme, and a cab remount on a 2015 Ford chassis. EVAN WEBSTER

Iselin, NJ. A Woodbridge Township resident sustained minor burns on January 18, 2016 after a fire broke out in the basement of their home as they were eating lunch. Firefighters battled the blaze along with frigid temperatures and wind. The Iselin #9 and Iselin #11 Fire Departments were dispatched just before 12:30 p.m. to 242 East Iselin Pkwy for the reported fire. Firefighters arrived on scene and found heavy smoke and fire showing from the basement of a one-story single family home with extension to the first floor. A hand line was advanced through the side door where the quickest access to

JUMP TO FILE #011916103 the basement was located. Upon entering, the interior crew was able to darken the bulk of the fire before it consumed the entire home. Additional hand lines were stretched to different areas where hidden pockets of fire were located. All visible fire was extinguished within 30 minutes and declared under control shortly after. Extensive overhaul was needed throughout the basement and first floor.

Despite the bitter cold weather conditions, there were no firefighter injuries reported at the scene. The occupant who suffered the burns was treated by EMS personnel on the scene. Mutual aid fire departments from Colonia, Fords and Hopelawn assisted at the scene, while Avenel covered Iselin #11 firehouse and Port Reading covered Iselin #9 firehouse. The cause of the fire is being investigated by Iselin fire officials, but appears to have started in the basement. - KEITH ADDIE


The Flemington-Raritan First Aid & Rescue Squad recently refurbished their 1992/2015 Mack/E-One Heavy Rescue. Technical Rescue 495 received a new paint scheme as well as new LED warning and head lights. EVAN WEBSTER

The Raritan Township Fire Company recently placed into service this 2015 Pierce Arrow XT Tower ladder 300/1500/100’ as Tower 21. EVAN WEBSTER


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


Fire & Safety Services received the following Pierce orders. In Morris County, a Saber FR pumper order was placed for the Borough of Wharton and an Impel Ascendant 107 foot ladder for Parsippany-Troy Hills Fire District 5. Paterson in Passaic County ordered an Arrow XT TDA. Lambs Terrace Fire Company in Gloucester County ordered an Enforcer Ascendant 107 foot PUC ladder. The Chesterfield Township Fire District (Burlington County) ordered an Enforcer Encore rescue and the Raritan Borough in Somerset County ordered a Saber PUC pumper. Pierce deliveries include in Cape May County, two Saber pumpers to Ocean City and a Quantum pumper/tanker to Rio Grande in Middle Township. Chester Borough/Chester Township (Morris County) received an Impel HDR with non-walk-in body and West Orange in Essex County received an Arrow XT 100 foot aluminum ladder. In the photos is a Pierce Impel rescue pumper for Cinnaminson. They received a second similar unit in the same order, but it is designated an engine and has no portable winch. 1st Choice Fire Equipment made two E-ONE deliveries in Gloucester County. The first went to Westville and is a Metro 100 foot quint on a Typhoon chassis. Specs include an LFD chassis with six seat cab and barrier free doors. It is low profile at ten feet ten inches even with a prepiped waterway. It has an 11 foot underslung jack spread and can be short jacked to one side. Rear fold-out Zico ladders provide rear turntable access on both sides. It has a 2000 gpm Hale pump and a 500 gallon water tank. There are two 1 ¾ and one 2 ½-inch crosslays and a 1 ¾-inch front bumper line. It has high compartmentation on both sides (six separate compartments) with roll-up doors, wheel well sleeves with seven tubes for spare SCBA cylinders and hand extinguishers, 15 feet of ground ladders, a supply bed for 600 feet of four inch hose via a hose chute behind the right side high side compartments (as per FD spec.) It has LED quartz lighting on the cab and body. They are 100% E-ONE, this being their fourth in 25 years. Clayton received their first ever EONE. It is an e-Max pumper on a Typhoon chassis with a LFD cab having six seats, 12 inch vista roof and barrier free doors. Powered by a Cummins 450 hp diesel, it has a front bumper extension with center mounted hose bin for twin 1 ¾-inch hand lines and front suction with a stainless steel swivel in a left side storage bin. The e-Max body style provides a 750 gallon water tank while maintaining full depth compartments on both sides as well as rear compartments for an excess of 700 cubic feet of storage space. All have roll-up doors. Over the high side compartments are four coffin compartments. The normal speed lay area over the pump was converted to compartmentation providing a large, full width traverse compartment. There are seven wheel well tubes for SCBA/hand extinguisher storage and ground ladders as well as pike poles are stored under the hose bed. The pump is an EONE/Darley 1500 gpm with right side LDH discharge and two rear 2 ½-inch

discharges. A remote controlled TFT deluge gun is mounted in the dunnage area at the front of the hose bed along with a Harrison 10 kw hydraulic generator. The cab roof has a four head, 6,000 watt light tower. Dual head LED quartz lighting is at the four corners of the body and two dual head eyebrow lights are also featured. New Jersey Emergency Vehicles delivered two P.L. Custom Medallion ambulances. One is a remount onto a Ford E-450 chassis, which went to the Delran Emergency Squad (Burlington County.) The other is a new unit on a Chevrolet G4500 chassis and went to the River Edge Volunteer Ambulance Service (Bergen County.) FF1 Professional Safety Services made the following Ferrara deliveries. To the Fords Fire Company in Woodbridge Township (Middlesex County) a HD-77, three-section heavy duty ladder on a Cinder Chassis. It has a Hale Qmax 1750 gpm pump and 500 gallon water tank. In Essex County, East Orange received an LP-102 rear mount aerial ladder on an Inferno chassis. It has an extruded aluminum body. Also delivered is a pumper on a Cinder chassis with a Hale Qmax 1500 gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank and an extruded aluminum body. The City of Orange received a custom rescue pumper on a Cinder chassis having a Hale Qmax 1750 gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank and an extruded aluminum body. Lastly, they also received a 102 foot rear mount aerial ladder on an Inferno chassis with an extruded aluminum body. The apparatus division of First Priority Emergency Vehicles received the following KME orders. In Salem County, for Woodstown-Pilesgrove Township, Reliance Fire Company, a 79 foot aerial ladder quint on a Predator Panther chassis with MFD 136.5 inch cab having six seats and a flat roof. Specs include a side curtain and frontal air bag safety system, Cummins ISL 9, 450 hp diesel engine, Allison 300 EVS transmission, Waterous, CSU, single-stage 1500 gpm pump, side mount panel, six-tin front suction with 180 degree swivel, four-inch LDH discharge, 1 ½-inch front bumper discharge, two 1 ¾ and one 2 ½-inch crosslays, 500 gallon poly water tank, aluminum KME aerial body, ROM roll-up doors, wheel well storage for eight SBA cylinders and hand extinguishers, 750 pound tip load on the three-section aerial, prepiped, pinnable waterway with 1500 gpm flow, two rear “H” frame outriggers with 14 foot jack spread and two downriggers behind the cab, 164 feet of ground ladders, Harrison 10 kw hydraulic PTO generator, two Hannay electric cord reels, four FRC Spectra 120 volt, 215 watt LED fixed lights (two each side) and two FRC Spectra 120 volt, 215 watt LED potable lights on top of the body. In Camden County, there are two orders. The first is for the Ancora Psychiatric Hospital. It will be an International 4400 top mount pumper. It has a four-door chassis with a five seat cab (four SCBA seats.) Specs include an International MaxxForce 9, 330 hp diesel engine with engine exhaust brake, Allison 300 EVS transmission, Waterous CXV 1500 gpm

single-stage pump, three-inch discharge with five-inch Storz adaptor, three-inch deck gun discharge, 2 ½inch rear discharge, two 1 ½-inch crosslays, 1000 gallon water tank, KME 152 inch Legacy, aluminum body with 29 inch deep compartments, Amdor roll-up doors, driver and officer side full height/split depth compartments, ladders stored through the water tank access from rear door, two wheel well storage compartments for six SCBA cylinders and hand extinguishers, two lengths of hard suction mounted one on each side of the body and Weldon 12 volt scene lights on the body. The other order is for the Lindenwold Fire District and it will be a 60 foot articulating/telescoping water tower mounted on a Predator Severe Service chassis with an LFD 141.5 inch cab with six seats and a 16 inch raised roof. Specs include a transverse cab compartment behind the rear doors, side curtain and frontal air bag safety system, Cummins ISX, 12, 450 hp diesel engine with Jake Brake, Allison 4000 EVS transmission, Hale Qmax, 2000 gpm pump, side mount

panel, six-inch gated front inlet, fourinch discharge, four rear body discharges (two each 1 1/2 and 2 ½-inch), two 1 ½-inch crosslays, two 1 ½-inch front bumper discharges, one-inch rear booster reel, 500 gallon water tank, KME Flex, 3/16 inch aluminum body with 29 inch deep compartments, unpainted roll-up doors, driver and officer side full height/split depth compartments, ladders stored next to water tank on right side accessed through a door, 14 inch wide coffin compartments on each side of body, wheel well storage for eight SCBA cylinders/hand extinguishers, slide out absorbent bin in rear wheel well, 72 inch wide low hose bed (five feet from the ground) with four dividers, Harrison 10 kw hydraulic, PTO generator, CMW electric cord reel, four FRC Spectra Max surface mount 120 volt LED fixed lights (two each side of body), FRC Spectra Ma5, 12 volt LED lights above each cab front door, HiViz Firetech 12 volt 72 inch long brow light above the windshield and a KME High Reach extendable turret model AT-60 articulated water tower with a fixed lower section and a telescopic

upper section with a working height of 60 feet. Their ambulance division has made the following deliveries. They delivered to Atlantic Health EMS, two First Priority Renaissance Remounts. One is a Ford E-450 chassis under a Horton module and the other is a Chevrolet G3500 under a Wheeled Coach module. Atlantic also received eight Road Rescue Transmedic Type II’s on Ford E-3450 chassis. In Mercer County, Ewing Twp. EMS (received a Braun Signature Type I on a Ford F-350 4 x 4 chassis. Lawrence Twp. EMS received two Road Rescue Transmedic Type II’s on Chevrolet Express chassis. Ambulance orders include four First Priority Renaissance Remounts. The first is a Ford E-450 chassis under a Road Rescue module for the Union County EMS, next a Dodge 4500 under a Braun Chief XL for the Sparta EMS in Sussex County (second unit) and lastly are two Ford E-350 chassis under P.L. Custom Sentry modules for Atlantic Health EMS.

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