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Nutley, NJ - At approximately 12:40 P.M. on the afternoon of January 18th, Nutley Fire Department was dispatched to 320 Park Avenue on a reported house fire. At that time, Lyndhurst Assistant Chief Nicholas Haggerty, who happened to be a few blocks away, arrived and transmitted a confirmed working fire to Nutley dispatch.

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Double Fatal House Fire Under Investigation in Nutley Nutley, NJ - At approximately 12:40 P.M. on the afternoon of January 18th, Nutley Fire Department was dispatched to 320 Park Avenue on a reported house fire. At that time, Lyndhurst Assistant Chief Nicholas Haggerty, who hap- JUMP TO FILE# pened to be a few 011920105 blocks away, arrived and transmitted a confirmed working fire to Nutley dispatch. Assistant Chief Haggerty reported visible fire showing from the second floor of the residence, along with reports of multiple people trapped. A passerby entered the burning home and was successful in removing one occupant. As Nutley Fire units arrived a request for mutual aid was issued, bringing an engine company from Lyndhurst to the scene. Additional out-of-town companies from Belleville and Bloomfield came on the working fire assignment. Nutley companies assisted by Lyndhurst Engine 1 entered the home to search for additional victims. The remaining victims were located and removed from the structure. They were transferred to awaiting fire department and EMS crews who attempted lifesaving efforts. The massive fire extended to the attic from the second floor as truck companies vented the dense smoke and flames shot through the roof. Firefighters were withdrawn from the structure as command chose to take up a defensive posture. Once all companies were confirmed out, Nutley Ladder 1's ladder pipe was placed into operation. Sadly, the two victims who were removed from the structure succumbed to their injuries later at a local area hospital. Mutual aid companies from Belleville, Bloomfield and Lyndhurst assisted on scene along with others who responded to rotate crews. Lyndhurst Rescue 4 was requested to the scene to assist with cascade operations. EMS units from North Arlington and Nutley also responded. The incident is being investigated by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.




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Joseph Parkin, Sr., was a fireman in the city of Paterson from 1957 to 1982. He also served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.


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Fireman Parkin passed away on January 27th at the New Jersey Fireman's Home in Boonton. He was 95-years-old.


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Netcong Firefighters Battle Third-Alarm Netcong, NJ - On Sunday, December 22nd at approximately 6:47 A.M., Morris County Communications Center dispatched Netcong Fire and Stanhope-Netcong American Legion Ambulance Corps (SNALAC) to 48 Main Street in Netcong on a reported activated commercial fire alarm. Upon arrival, Netcong Chief 1 advised County Dispatch that he had visible fire showing from the exterior of a three-story mixed occupancy structure and requested a re-dispatch for a confirmed working fire, as well as a second-alarm as fire conditions began to worsen. Flames began to spread rapidly and shortly thereafter, Command requested a third-alarm to be struck, bringing in numerous Mutual Aid agencies from Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties to the scene and for station coverage. At approximately 8:30 A.M., units reported having water issues and a draft site was set up from


JUMP TO FILE #010320111 nearby Lake Musconetcong. Numerous master streams and aerial devices were put into place to help contain the fire and protect nearby exposures. Command reported that the fire was placed under control at approximately 12:29 P.M. An excavator was requested to the scene to assist in overhaul and checking for hot spots. Overhaul was completed at 5:36 P.M. The scene was turned over to Police at 5:52 P.M., almost 11 hours after the initial dispatch. The cause of the fire is under investigation by members of the Netcong Fire Prevention Bureau, Morris County Prosecutor's office, and the NJ State Fire Marshal's office. - MIKE STEINBERG

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Colorado: Kenneth Jones, 46 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 7, 2019 Death Date: December 7, 2019 Fire Department: Summit Fire & EMS Authority Initial Summary: On Saturday, December 7, 2019, at approximately 0200hrs., Firefighter Kenneth Jones responded to a multi-residential structure fire. Jones had climbed to the roof of the five-story building in search of access to the fire when he fell off of the structure. He was immediately transported to the hospital where he passed away. Pennsylvania: Michael Christopher Malinowski, Sr., 40 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 2, 2019 Death Date: December 3, 2019 Fire Department: Morton-Rutledge Volunteer Fire Company Station 13 Initial Summary: On Monday, December 2, 2019, at approximately 2000hrs., Captain Michael Christopher Malinowski responded to a call of reported downed wires and trees. After returning to the station, he complained to his fellow firefighters that he wasn’t feeling well. The next day, Tuesday, December 3, 2019, while at work, he became ill and was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away a short time later from an apparent heart attack.

New York: Michael Cardinale, Sr., 63 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 18, 2019 Death Date: December 18, 2019 Fire Department: East Farmingdale Fire Company Initial Summary:On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at approximately 1140hrs., Firefighter Michael Cardinale, Sr., responded to a vehicle crash. After returning to the station, he went upstairs to the sitting area. Approximately 25 minutes later, a fellow firefighter found him

unresponsive and immediately performed life-saving efforts to revive him. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Missouri: Charles "Chuck" McCormick, 30 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: January 5, 2020 Death Date: January 5, 2020 Fire Department: West Peculiar Fire Protection District Initial Summary: On Sunday, January 5, 2020, at approximately 1104hrs., Firefighter Charles “Chuck” McCormick responded to a residential structure fire. When Firefighter McCormick entered the structure, the floor collapsed and he fell into the basement. He was rushed to the Belton Regional Medical Center where he later passed away from the injuries he sustained in the fall.

Maryland: Otis L. Isaacs, Jr., 73 Rank: Assistant Engineer Incident Date: December 28, 2019 Death Date: December 29, 2019 Fire Department: North East Fire Company Initial Summary: On Saturday, December 28, 2019, Assistant Engineer Otis L. Isaacs, Jr., was fixing a break on a fire engine and was on stand-by for two responses. While on stand-by, he assisted with a function the fire department was having that evening by setting up tables and chairs. He returned to the station the next morning, Sunday, December 29, 2019, to work on another fire department vehicle. When he returned home late that morning, at approximately 1130hrs., he suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away.

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A Fire Department Ceremony With National Attention UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

The Jersey City Fire Department added 15 new members on the morning of January 14th during a ceremony that attracted local and national media personnel. The City Council Chambers in City Hall was standing room only as family, friends, city officials and first responders gathered to see the new firefighters sworn in by Mayor Steven Fulop and Chief of Department Steven McGill. Among the new recruits was the son of Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen, Sam Springsteen. His parents and family members watched with pride as he was sworn in. Sam, 25, is the youngest of Bruce and Patti Scialfa's three children. Sam has previously served as a volunteer firefighter in the state. As usual, the department's ceremony was professional in every way, leaving good memories of this important day for recruits and their families. The recruits were led into the chambers by the Fire Department Honor Guard and the Jersey City Firefighter's Pipes and Drums Emerald Society. The Springsteen rookie wasn't singled out during the swearing-in, he was just one of the new recruits. “This is my son's day,” The Boss said after the ceremony. “We're very proud of him.” In reference to his completed training at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, Sam Springsteen said, “It wasn't easy.” These new members also received EMT training. Chief McGill pointed out that the Fire Department now has its first two sisters on the job. Battalion Chief Constance Zappella stood with her sister, Francesca, as she took the oath. Francesca had served the city as a police officer for three years. “If I hadn't seen how much she loved her job I don't think I would've switched over,” Francesca said of her battalion chief sister. The Fire Department now has 666 members protecting the city of nearly 200,000. Mayor Fulop was proud of the fact that the city no longer has a “brown out” policy, that closed as many as five fire companies on a shift when manpower was low. The other new appointed firefighters are: Thomas McFarlane, John Bramley Jr., Conor Keim, Shane Richeal, Jason Garrison, Omar Soto, Sean Brady, Connor Wujciak, Angel Ortez, Francis Degnan, Richard Ferment, Andrew Crilly and Luke Gibbons. DOWNS: The Fairfield Animal Hospital was the victim of a 3-alarm

fire on Jan. 4th. No staff or animals were inside the building at the time of the fire. UPS: On Jan. 5th, Paterson firefighters rescued a 38-year-old woman who said she'd been trapped in a clothing donation bin for 2 ½ days. The apparently homeless woman stated that she was reaching into the bin behind a Broadway apartment building when someone pushed her in. Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale said that was not likely. It was the third time in two years that the same woman had to be rescued from a donation box. DOWNS: Fire units from Piscataway's six fire companies responded to a roof fire on Titworth Pl., involving the central heating and cooling plant, at a Rutgers University campus building, Jan. 3rd. UPS: Glen Rock's first dog park was recently opened. It is dedicated to the 300 search and rescue dogs who took part in recovery efforts at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. It is privately funded through donations and grants, including a $5,000 grant from the Greater Bergen Association of Realtors. The park's vendors, Phil Gulmy of Glumy Construction and Brian Houseworth of Han Fence Company, have contributed much of their work on a pro bono basis, according to The Ridgewood-Glen Rock Patch. DOWNS: A Union firefighter was treated at St. Barnabas MC for second degree burns on his ears and burns on his neck after battling a 2alarm fire at a Stecher Ave. dwelling, Jan. 7th, according to Fire Chief Mike Scanio. UPS: New firefighters in Gloucester are Ryan Holmes, Charles Sanderson IV and Jack Driscoll. DOWNS: Smoke and flames broke through the roof of the 35XXXV Gentlemen's Club in Sayreville, Jan. 10th. The club was open when the fire broke out, but there were no injuries, according to Fire Chief Jonathan Magaw. UPS: A rescued pit bull in Millville is the first of its kind in New Jersey to become an arson-detection K-9 officer, officials said. Hansel the pit bull and Millville Firefighter Tyler Van Leer are now partners. Hansel was rescued from a dogfighting ring in Canada when he was seven-weeks old. The K-9 made his way to the Throw Away Dogs Project-a group that takes rescued dogs and turns them into working dogs. DOWNS: Three Newark firefighters were injured while battling a 2-alarm fire in a two-story vacant commercial building on South Orange Ave., Jan. 10th. The fire extended to a second vacant building. One firefighter was taken to University Hospital for treatment of a minor head injury and released. The other two were treated at the scene by EMS and remained on duty, officials said. UPS: In January, Newark donated a 1987 E-One 110-foot rear-mount aerial ladder, with assorted equip-


Jersey City's new firefighters with Battalion Chief Ken Simone, bottom right, in City Hall before they were sworn in.


Rookie Firefighter Sam Springstein with his family, Fire Chief Steven McGill and Mayor Steve Fulop.

ment, to the Dominican Republic. The donation was made to Fire Chief Juan David Garcia of the San Jose de los Llanos, a municipality of the San Pedro de Marcoris Province, in the DR. DOWNS: A conflagration roared through several buildings, that included a pair of apartment complexes under construction, in downtown Bound Brook, Jan. 12th. One Bound Brook firefighter was treated for a sprained ankle. The fire also involved two dwellings and an electronics store, officials said. UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in Teaneck are: Brian Jaeger, John Haak, Joseph Di Mauro, Christopher

Naylis, Kyle Erick, Sebastian Rollo, Cameron Scott, John Campbell and Alex Kneisler. DOWNS: A 76-year-old man was found dead as the result of a fire in his Raven Rd. home in Colts Neck, Jan. 13th. Firefighters tried to enter the home upon arrival but the heavy fire condition kept them back from an immediate entry, officials said. UPS: New firefighters in West Orange are: Anthony Williams, Matthew De Sacia, Fethnat Ni Shuileabhain and Anthony Torrisi. DOWNS: A mother and her 7year-old son died as the result of a fire in a Park Ave. home in Nutley, Jan. 18th. A 74-year-old man was

also injured, according to officials. The mother and son were pronounced dead at Clara Mass MC, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Jersey City are Dave Budinick, Jeffrey Walter, Daniel Dornacker, David Myers, Nicholas Vecchio and John Bellezza. DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire damaged several businesses on Washington St., Bloomfield, Jan. 21st. A large column of smoke could be seen for miles, causing traffic delays on the Garden State Parkway. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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New Jersey artist Ed May completed his artwork for the year with Saddle River's new Engine 1131. His "Last of 2019" message was added to a beautiful mural on the sides of the rig's cab. You always have to inspect his work for hidden messages!


Water Supply 101. The water is supposed to come out of the fire hydrant and not from the cracks in the sidewalk!

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Bloomfield Battles a Fourth-Alarm Bloomfield, NJ - A smoky four-alarm fire gutted a large twostory retail and office building in downtown Bloomfield on January 21st, leaving many without employment, but causing JUMP TO FILE# no serious injuries. 012220101 Just before 8:00 A.M., the BFD was dispatched to the intersection of Washington and Glenwood Aves. for the report of a fire. Arriving quickly from Fire Headquarters a couple of blocks away, first-in units had smoke showing from a two-story approximately 75’ X 150’ brick building containing about eight businesses on the first floor with offices on the second floor. The fire appeared to have started in the basement and was spreading upward. An additional 2 and 1 was requested as several lines were stretched and the roof was vented. Members opened up, but the fire was ahead of them. A second-alarm was sounded at about 9:00 A.M., and as conditions continued to deteriorate, a third-alarm was transmitted and all members were withdrawn from the building. Two elevated master streams were put into operation, as well as a deck gun and several multi-versals. Fire showed from the roof as the smoke condition turned lighter, then went back to black. Eventually the multiple lines knocked the fire down. A collapse zone was established when some leaning was observed on the Glenwood Ave. side. Finally at about 11:00 A.M., some mutual aid units began to be


released and the fire was placed as probably will hold. Units remained at the scene for an extended period hitting hot spots and establishing a

fire watch. The cause is under investigation. - BILL TOMPKINS


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These Heroes Are Not Sandwiches Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Fernando Villicana

In the fire service we are loaded with priorities and important choices. One of the issues of Time Magazine offered a list of 20 people they considered to be heroes of the last 100 years. Some of those names I recognized and possibly agree could be considered heroes, names like Billy Graham, Anne Frank, Helen Keller, Mother Teresa, and the American G.I.. Still others listed I question their being called heroes; Marilyn Monroe, Bruce Lee, or the Kennedys. I guess it would depend upon your definition of the word “hero”. Still others were names that I didn’t recognize and had to look them up to see what they were known for. Names like Emmeline Pankhurst, Bill Wilson, or Harvey Milk. If I were to ask you who your heroes were, what names would you give me? Would I recognize any of those names? How do you define the word hero? I have my own definition, but I had to look up the word in a dictionary just to see how “they” define what a “hero” is. Of course, just as each of us may have different ideas or definitions, the dictionaries I looked in had different definitions. Webster’s dictionary says that a hero is “a man of distinguished valour or intrepidity”. Then, of course, I had to look up “intrepidity”. It means, “fearless bravery in danger”, “undaunted courage”. Good definitions, I think. Then, in Cody’s Merriam-Webster dictionary, a hero is, “one that is much admired or shows great courage”. Finally, in my Random House college dictionary a hero is defined as,

“a man regarded as having heroic qualities and is considered a model or ideal” and “a small loaf of Italian bread”. It is interesting to me how our definitions of hero have been modified over the past half century. We have gone from “fearless bravery in danger” to “one that is much admired” and “a small loaf of Italian bread”. For some reason, we had been putting the “hero” label on people who could play sports, sing songs or act on TV or in the movies. But who are your heroes? *True heroes aren’t the ones rushing for touchdowns, they are the men and women who are rushing to the scene of a burning building, or a traffic collision – willing to risk their own lives to save the life of someone else. *True heroes are not recognized because they wear baseball uniforms, they are recognized as the men and women in Fire, Police and EMT uniforms. They are the ones who are wearing the uniforms of our various branches of the military. *True heroes aren’t the people who take center stage at a concert, they are the ones taking classes in their spare time so that they are trained to the best of their ability when they come to your aid. *True heroes aren’t the ones wearing gold medals on their chests, true heroes are the ones with the badges on their uniforms. *True heroes aren’t the modern day pop stars driving around in their big limousines, they are the officers driving around in emergency vehicles that promise to “protect and serve.” True heroes are those who serve the citizens of the city that they work for and place themselves in harms way each and every day. These Heroes Are No Sandwiches.


Dog Perishes in Kearny Second-Alarm Kearny, NJ - Kearny firefighters battled a fast-moving secondalarm fire that claimed the life of one dog and sent residents fleeing from the home late Tuesday evening, January 14th. Firefighters were called to the area of 130 Stuyvesant Avenue with multiple calls for a reported house fire shortly before 11:00 P.M. Upon arrival heavy fire was venting from the rear and front of a large two-and-a-half story home.

JUMP TO FILE #011520110 Crews secured a water supply and stretched two attack lines to make a push on the fire. The fire had already extended into the attic and was venting through the roof. All members were ordered to evacuate the building and a second-alarm was transmitted. Multiple exterior lines and

a deck gun were put into operation to hit the fire. Firefighters then once again entered the building to knock down any remaining fire. Crews had difficultly accessing the third floor due to fire damage. The fire was knocked down just over an hour later, and a few minor injuries were reported. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. - CHRIS TOMPKINS


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Upper Saddle River Engine 1231, a 2000 KME 1500/1000, assists with longer stretches needed to supply the water required to battle the Mahwah 5th-alarm on 12-25-19.


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Ups & Downs Continued from Page 8

UPS: The South Plainfield Fire Department's 125-year-old self-winding wall clock has been restored and put back into service in the firehouse. The clock originally hung in the original firehouse on Hamilton Ave., and it was an integral part of the old street box system, according to their Facebook page. The clock has not run since the pull box system was removed around 1986. This clock is part of the department's history and the members are happy that it is back in service. DOWNS: An adult and child were killed in a dwelling fire on Jill Court, Edison, Jan. 22nd. One victim died at the scene and the other was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, but could not be saved, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Of-

fice. A dog also perished. UPS: Thomas Harrington and Gary Keyser were recently honored by the Cedar Knolls Fire Department, in Hanover Twp., for 50-years of active service. Harrington served as chief from 1981-1983 and served as fire commissioner in District 3. Keyser was instrumental in bringing the first aid squad forward, became an EMT in 1969, and he also served as captain. He has served on the Board of Commissioners and was chairman, Keyser is also a department historian. DOWNS: Forty apartments were damaged, but no one seriously injured, as the result of a 3-alarm fire at the Buttonwood Village apartment complex in Gloucester Twp., Jan. 21st.


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Assistant Chief Kyle Kovacs and Ex-Chief James Kovacs present a plaque to Harry.


Members of Truck 4 and city officials present Ernie with a plaque at his home.

Two Garfield Ex-Chiefs Recognized for 60 Years of Service

Garfield, NJ - During the annual installation of officers in Garfield on January 2nd, the city recognized two members for reaching 60 years of service to the department. Ex-Chief Harry Yukimik of Engine Co. 2 and Ex-Chief Ernie Roslin of Truck Co. 4 were presented with plaques.

Fair Lawn, NJ - Fire raced through a vacant Fair Lawn home late in the afternoon on January 8th. At around 4:45 P.M., companies were dispatched to 8-35 Oak on a reported house fire. Arriving Assistant Chiefs Kearny and Salvini confirmed a working JUMP TO FILE# fire, which was re- 010820110 dispatched. Within minutes of arrival a second-alarm was struck, bringing mutual aid units to the scene. The rear of the home was heavily involved which extended to all floors of the structure. A thirdalarm was struck, bringing additional out-of-town units to the scene. Due to the heavy fire conditions all firefighters were removed and a defensive operation with Tower 1's ladder went into operation. As the heavy fire was knocked down companies reentered the home for final extinguishment. The fire was knocked down in about an hour and it was declared under control not too long after by Chief of Dept., Steve Solcov. Mutual aid from Saddle Brook, Glen Rock, Elmwood Park, Hawthorne and Paramus assisted on scene while companies from Garfield and Rochelle Park covered at Plaza Rd. firehouse. - DAMIEN DANIS


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Captain Fera, Chris Stone, Erin Matthaey, and President Cappiello.

EMS Volunteers Recognized in Keansburg Keansburg, NJ - At a small get together on Saturday, January 11th, the Keansburg Fire Department Emergency Medical Service recognized two of their volunteer members for going above and beyond the call of duty and excellence in all areas of the EMS. This includes drills, calls, fundraising, motivation and more. Member Chris Stone was named 2019 Outstanding Member of the Year, and EMT Erin Matthaey was recognized for her outstanding work and dedication. The Keansburg EMS is comprised of all volunteers and covers a one-square-mile municipality

JUMP TO FILE #011220110 with roughly 12,000 residents and over 4,000 households. For the 2019 calendar year, KEMS responded to 1,674 emergency calls of which 1,190 were transported to local hospitals. Additionally they have not missed a single call since December 12, 2018 bringing that streak to 396 straight days without requiring mutual aid due to lack of manpower as of the date and time of this post.

Outstanding Member of the Year award.



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Recognized for 51-years of service by the South Bergen Fire Chief's Association were, holding their awards (L to R): Joseph "Ike" Ivanicki, Sr. (Wallington), Neil O'Hara (Rutherford), Ron Phillips (Wood-Ridge), and Tony Gatto (Saddle Brook).

Veteran Firefighters Recognized in Bergen


Beachwood FD Makes Special Delivery to Firemen’s Home Beachwood, NJ - In December, members of the Beachwood Fire Department made a special delivery to the New Jersey Firemen's Home in Boonton, bringing their Past Chief Donald Wienser his firetruck. Chief Wiesner was a long time manager of the home representing Ocean County. He is currently a guest, residing in this facility which is a nursing home for firefighters. Attached to the home is a fire museum that Chief Wiesner helped create when he was on the board of managers. Chief Weisner's truck is a 1936 American Lafrance unit that originally belonged to the Irvington FD that Chief Wiesner purchased and restored in the 1970's, making it a reserve piece for Beachwood FD. Chief Wiesner donated the truck to the firemen's home and it will now be proudly displayed in their museum.

Secaucus, NJ - The first meeting of the South Bergen Fire Chief's Association for 2020 was conducted at the quarters of Secaucus Engine 4 and Ladder 1, January 8th. A standing room only crowd filled the meeting hall. The meeting was called to order by President Anthony Chidodo. Other officers present included 1st Vice President Scott Mutell, 2nd Vice President Bryan Hennig, Treasurer Robert Ordway, Secretary Chris Assenheimer and Chaplain Mark Tomko. In addition to members, several

JUMP TO FILE #011020105 guests were present representing other fire service related organizations, such as the New Jersey Firemen's Home. The usual business was covered, as well as information on cancer awareness and mutual aid. In addition, the growing Meadowlands Fire Department is now part of the group as well as in South Bergen mutual aid. This department, with added responsibilities of the Amer-

ican Dream complex, was assigned a mutual aid zone. Five members were recognized for 50-plus years of volunteer service to their fire department and community. Those members were Joseph “Ike” Ivanicki, Sr. (Wallington), Ron Phillips (Wood-Ridge), Tony Gatto (Saddle Brook), and Neil O'Hara (Rutherford). Joseph Ivanicki addressed the audience and said, “Being a volunteer is the greatest thing a person can do.” - RON JEFFERS

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Engine 1 from the Ocean City NJ Fire Department is a 2016 Pierce Saber with a 1500-GPM pump and 500-gallon tank.

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Spring makes Jack Frost green with envy… FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

But why would Jack Frost be so jealous of Spring? Oh I don’t know, maybe it's because the vegetables and herbs he murdered are all coming back to life like a bunch of delicious, green zombies! Ok, maybe I took it a little too far with the zombie thing. It’s just that I get really excited thinking about all the green starting to sprout up, some of the first being fresh herbs. They make a dish pop more than any other garnish and when properly used, can separate most home cooked meals from those found in restaurants. Details like the use of fresh basil as a garnish for your

pasta or fresh rosemary on roasted potatoes can take your food to the next level, much more so than using the stale dried stuff that has been sitting in the back of your cabinet for 3 years. Fun fact: I actually found Paprika in my mom’s house from 1983, the year I was born! All joking aside, fresh herbs add so much flavor and nutrients to a dish without adding extra fat or calories. But it also comes at a cost. Some recipes only call for a scant amount, which can inevitably lead to the rest eventually rotting away in the crisper. If your soft fresh herbs like parsley, basil or cilantro are starting to wilt, soak them in ice water for 20 minutes and they should perk right up. But if that doesn’t work, blend them into a sauce like the aptly named Green Sauce. My first experience with Green Sauce was at a restaurant I

worked at in Manhattan, where we served it with rotisserie chicken. It’s bright, tangy flavor cut through the richness of the chicken perfectly. Under the command of Chef April Bloomfield, we wasted NOTHING! It was a whole animal butcher shop/restaurant so we were very conscious about using all the scraps from the animals and vegetables. This ethos has stayed with me ever since. In my version of Green Sauce, I use whatever herbs I have lying around. Sometimes it may be only cilantro, and others cilantro, basil and parsley. It is one of those “good on everything” recipes that

pairs exceptionally well with grilled chicken. And while grilled chicken breast would certainly do just fine, why not take it up a notch and grill a whole spatchocked chicken. If you are not familiar, spatchcocking is a technique which involves removing the backbone and flattening the bird out. This allows the chicken to cook at a more even rate, meaning the legs will cook at roughly the same time as the breast. It also cooks faster than if kept whole due to the more even heat distribution. And finally my favorite reason, crispy skin! The fat is able to render out much better this way, which results in more

skin getting more crisp. Now spoon some of that bright, healthy Green Sauce over top and you have one helluva meal! I wanted to really showcase Spring in this recipe so I served the chicken with peas, as this is when they are in season. But I actually prefer the frozen kind because they are packed at the height of their freshness, consistently sweet and quite frankly, much more convenient than shelling your own. I guess just using peas, whether frozen or not, is enough validation that Spring is finally here. Till next year Jack! Stay safe, eat well!



Chicken: 1 - 4lb. Whole Chicken, *spatchocked 2 tsp. Salt EVOO



NJFFS Conducts Control Burn in Mystic Island

Mystic Island, NJ - Because this past winter was a rainy one with not much snow, NJFFS got a head start with control burns. On January 29th, NJFFS was in the Mystic Island area burning a small patch of overgrowth. These type of control burns get rid of the dead leaves and branches that can cause the rapid spread of a forest fire/brush fire. It also reseeds the area, as fire will help trees and other plants release seed onto the ground.

*Place the chicken on a cutting board, breast-side down with the legs facing towards you. Dry with paper towels. Using kitchen shears, cut along one side of the back bone staying as close to the spine as possible. Cut along the other side of the spine and remove, reserving for stock. Flip the chicken so the breasts face up. Using your palms, press down on the bird to flatten it out. If time allows, place the flattened chicken on a wire rack on a pan. Season all sides with salt and place in fridge skin-side up overnight. Green Sauce: 4 Cups of Mixed Fresh Herbs such as Parsley, Mint, Cilantro, Marjoram, Basil 1 Garlic Clove Juice of 1 Lemon 1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt 1 Tbs. Capers Pinch of Chili Flakes, to taste 1 Tbs. Salt ½ Cup EVOO Farro: 2 Cups Pearled Farro, *pearled farro cooks faster than whole 2 Cups Frozen Peas ½ Onion, chopped 6 Cups of Water or Chicken Broth

EVOO Salt, to taste Juice of 1 Lemon Optional: Crumbled Goat Cheese and Chopped Pistachios Procedure: Chicken:

-Turn on grill to medium, leaving the center burner(s) off. While the grill preheats for 15 minutes, take the chicken out of fridge and rub skin with EVOO.

-Place the flattened chicken skin-side down on the middle of the grill. There should be no fire directly under the chicken. -Grill for 20-30 minutes, flip to skin side up and cook for another 20-30 minutes or until the internal temp on the thigh is 165° F. Green Sauce:

-While the chicken cooks,

place all the Green Sauce ingredients except the EVOO in a blender or food processor. Buzz the ingredients until smooth and with the motor running drizzle in the EVOO. Taste and adjust seasoning, set aside. Can be done a day in advance. AJ FUSCO

Farro with Peas:

-In a large saucepan, heat a drizzle of EVOO over low heat. Add the chopped onions and a pinch of salt. Sweat the onions until translucent without browning. Add water or chicken broth and bring to boil. Add a generous pinch of salt and the farro. Cook according to package. When the farro is almost done, add the peas. -After the farro and peas are drained well, add back to the saucepan with lemon juice and drizzle in some more EVOO. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve at room temperature with crumbled goat cheese and pistachio.

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(L to R): Lt. and Councilman Jin Yhu, Lt. Alex Naylis, Capt. Brian Morgan, Chief Chris Reilly, Deputy Chief Evan Kutzin, Mayor John Kramer, Lt. Tom Shine, (not shown Lt. Steve Cooke).

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Ex-Chief of the Wood-Ridge FD and current South Bergen Mutual Aid Coordinator Chief Ron Phillips, left, with his son Ron Jr., also an ex-chief of the Wood-Ridge F.D. The senior has 50-plus years of service, plus 40-years as a South Bergen mutual aid coordinator. Ron, Jr., has 21-years of service.

Old Tappan, NJ - The Old Tappan Volunteer Fire Department installed its Officers for 2020. The Department’s Line Officers, the Officers who lead the members of the Department in the Fire Attack, are: Chief: Chris Reilly; Deputy Chief: Evan Kutzin; Captain: Brian Morgan; Lieutenant: Alex Naylis; Lieutenant Jin Yju; Lieutenant Tom Shine; and Lieutenant Steve Cooke. In addition to their primary duty of directing the Department during fire fighting operations, the Line Officers are responsible for planning the drills (training) that members of the Department will undertake during the year, ensuring

JUMP TO FILE #011420106 the maintenance and upkeep of the Department’s apparatus and equipment, and keeping abreast of the latest trends in firefighting, especially the phenomenon of Modern Fire Behavior. The Department also selected its Administrative Officers for the coming year. The Administrative Officers are responsible for the Department’s property, finances, public relations and business matters. Serving as President is Tom Jung, as Vice President Mark Fiedler, Secretary duties will be preformed

by Jim Butler, the Treasurer is Artie Lake and Dave Kiel will serve as Financial Secretary. The Old Tappan Volunteer Fire Department provides Fire Protection to the Borough of Old Tappan without payment for its members services on a 24/7, 365 days a year basis. The Department is always looking for new members. If you are an Old Tappan resident in good health, willing to undertake the 6month night-time training course entitled Fire-Fighter I, please visit the Department at its Quarters any Monday night at 7:30 P. M. to get more information. - BILL AUTH

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Jersey City Battalion Chief Constance Zappella, left, with her sister, Francesca, who was sworn in as a city firefighter on January 14th. Chief of Department Steven McGill noted that these are the first two sister firefighters in FDJC history. Francesca served the city as a police officer for three years. BILL TOMPKINS – WWW.BTFIREPHOTOS.COM

Hackensack Ladder 3, a 1992 Simon-Duplex/LTI 106’ tiller with a 500-GPM pump and 200-gallon tank, was originally Garfield Truck 4, now back home while on loan to GFD Truck 4. The rig moves into position on mutual aid to Lodi at a 3rd-alarm fire.

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Boonton Township Chief Kyle Spicer operates a handsome 2017 Chevy Tahoe.


In Middletown Township, Belford Engine Co. 1 ran with a 1942 Mack 1000-GPM/750-GWT pumper.


In Parsippany, Lake Hiawatha Car 4 is a 2016 Chevy Tahoe assigned to Chief Steve Colantoni.



Wharton Chief Kyle Door answers alarms in a 2013 Chevy Tahoe.


Brookside Chief Nick Witczak operates this 2019 Chevy Tahoe.

Wood-Ridge used this 1956 American LaFrance 1000-GPM/250-GWT pumper, with pump panel on the officer's side. This was a popular ALF feature at the time.

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Steven Cassiello is sworn in as Lodi's new chief for 2020. His father Bobby has held the position in the past on two separate terms.

Members of Clifton Engine Co. 5 with their new Pierce Arrow XT 1500-GPM pumper, (L to R): Lt. Angelina Tirado, and Firefighters Ryan Laurice and Joseph Mautone.


Bobby Ventura of Engine Co. 202 is installed as 2020 Chief of Department for the Borough of Wallington (for the second time), on January 4th.


Saddle Brook Ex-Chief Tony Gatto accepting a plaque from the South Bergen Chiefs Association on his 50 years of service during the January meeting in Secaucus.



1st Responder News N.J. Editor, Ron Jeffers, second from left, was named an Honorary Life Member of the South Bergen Fire Chief's Association for his service and dedication to the organization and support of the New Jersey Fire Service, at their January meeting.


On January 1st, Bogota Mayor Chris Kelemen conferred the Oath of Office on Bogota Rescue Officers: President Daniele Fede, Chief Wayne Sorge, Deputy Chief Paul Cordoro, Captain Raul LeBron and Lieutenant Robert Foster.

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Lyndhurst Assistant Chief Nicholas Haggerty operating in Nutley at the scene of a house fire on Park Ave., January 18th.



Effective on February 1st, Jersey City Deputy Chief Gregg Lallo, left, retired after serving the city for nearly 39-years. On his last tour, at Fire Headquarters, he told firefighters that he had worked with, "such distinguished men and women." He continued, "You never disappoint me."

At their January meeting, Fritz Rethage, 2nd from left, of "The Gazette," was named an Honorary Life Member of the South Bergen Fire Chief's Association for his long-time and continued support for first responders. "The Gazette" covers South Bergen municipalities. RON JEFFERS


Bobby Chavasta, Jr. being installed as Elmwood Park's Chief for 2020. His father, Bobby Sr., was chief in the early 90's.


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Chief Alex Coulter and members of the Cape May FD welcome Honorary Member Justin Mattes.

Cape May FD Welcomes New Honorary Member Cape May, NJ - The Cape May Fire Department recently welcomed a new Honorary Member, 1st Responder News Correspondent Justin Mattes. Chief Alex Coulter, along with Deputy Chief Rick Lundholm and the members presented Mattes with a helmet and a duty shirt. Justin has been covering the Cape May Fire Department for 1st Responder News for over a year now. A highlight for him was being featured on the front page for an article he wrote about a house fire back in August of 2019. This is the second department to present Justin with a helmet. Before moving down to Cape May, Justin was a life-long resident of Woodcliff Lake. He supported the fire department ever since he was in high school. Right

Mattes's Cape May FD helmet.

JUMP TO FILE #120619125 before Justin moved, Chief George Lucia presented him with a helmet and made him an honorary member of the Woodcliff Lake Fire Department. Justin is very proud to be part of two wonderful fire departments. "It's official, I’m an honorary member of Woodcliff Lake and now Cape May Fire Departments!! BOTH departments treat me like a brother, nephew and in a few cases, an "uncle". I will continue to support these departments the best I can. It really is a dream come true," Justin shared on a Facebook post. - JUSTIN MATTES


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This month’s Little Big Guy is from Franklin Township in Hunterdon County. It is the Quakertown Fire Company’s Brush 91-81, a 1991 Ford F-350 4x4 having a five-speed transmission and a diesel engine. It is a pickup body with FD conversion. Specs and inventory include a Waterous 360-GPM pump, 300-gallon water tank, forestry reel and forestry pre-connected crosslay, float dock strainer, hand tools, fire rake, Rattan brooms, pitch forks, chain saw, long tools, an AED and a Ramsey 8,000pound winch.


Quakertown's Brush 91-81, 1991 Ford F-350 with FD conversion. It has a 360-GPM pump, 300-gallon water tank and 8,000-pound winch.

"My name is Matthew Plew and I'm a volunteer firefighter for Brunswick Fire Company No.1 in Upstate New York. I've been a firefighter for almost 7 years now, following in my dad's footsteps, who is the chief of my department. This tattoo means a lot to me. Firefighting is a huge piece to my life and has been for many years. My hardwork and dedication to my community, and becoming a firefighter 7 years ago was the best thing I ever did."

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Quick Second-Alarm in Demarest

Demarest, NJ - Demarest firefighters made quick work of a smoky second-alarm fire in the early morning of January 5th. A request for the fire department was dispatched around 12:30 A.M. for a reported house fire at 15 County Road. Demarest PD arrived and reported heavy smoke in the area. Demarest Chief Motta arrived on scene to find a large two-and-a-half story home with heavy smoke showing. A second-alarm was transmitted on arrival. Interior crews located the fire in the basement and stretched three handlines to knock down the fire within an hour. Firefighters remained on scene with overhaul and ventilation. The fire is under investigation.


Three Alarms Struck at Apartment Fire in East Windsor East Windsor, NJ - Firefighters were called to 41 Abbington Drive on the afternoon of January 18th for reports of a structure fire. On arrival, crews found fire in a two-story garden apartment with a working fire in a bathroom. A second-alarm was struck. Firefighters confirmed entrapment with fire through the roof. A third-alarm was struck at 12:26 P.M.


Warehouse Fire Goes to Four Alarms in Ridgefield Park Ridgefield Park, NJ - At 5:47 P.M. on the evening of January 15th, the Ridgefield Park Fire Department was dispatched for a reported fire in the loading dock of a commercial occupancy on Industrial Avenue. Heavy smoke on arrival greeted UMP TO FILE# first due chiefs and J011620112 a working fire was transmitted, bringing a Bogota ladder to the scene. Crews located a heavy smoke condition from one of the tenant spaces in a large one-story commercial building. Chief of Dept. Antola Car 1 transmitted the second-alarm. Heavy smoke and fire conditions extended above the sprinkler system, forcing companies to trench cut the roof in order to cut off the fire. An additional four alarms were struck, bringing more mutual aid to the scene. The fire was placed under control about one-and-a-half hours later. Mutual Aid units operating on scene included Bogota Engine & Ladder, Teaneck Engine, Hackensack Ladder & MSU, Little Ferry Engine, Englewood Engine, Bergenfield Ladder , Ridgefield Park VAC and Box 54. Stand by companies included Cliffside Park Ladder Palisade Park Engine and a Bergenfield Engine. - DAMIEN DANIS


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Bogota, NJ - On January 9th, a large two-and-a-half story frame dwelling was saved from serious damage thanks in part to an observant Bogota Police Officer who noticed smoke as he was passing by. The BFD was toned out for the fire at about 10:30 P.M. Units pulled up to a smoke condition from the second floor and attic. It was quickly determined that the structure was under renovation and unoccupied. An electrical fire was discovered on the first floor with the flames extending upward. A second-alarm was transmitted, bringing Ridgefield Park Ladder 1 in as the FAST team. Two lines were stretched into the front door as the roof was laddered and windows vented. The fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes with no reports of injuries.

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In December, 2019, Lodi Engine 615 was assigned this 1990 Pierce Lance 1500-GPM/1000-GWT pumper that saw original duty as Rochelle Park Engine 1. Engine 615's regularly assigned veteran 1992 Seagrave apparatus was decommissioned.

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Beachwood Fire Department members take a photo with the winners of their Fire Prevention Poster contest. The contest was for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Beachwood Elementary School. A winner was selected for each of those grade levels. The winners and their families visited the fire station were their posters were proudly displayed.

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Three Alarms Struck at Fairfield Animal Hospital Fairfield, NJ - On January 4th at about 9:00 P.M., the Fairfield Fire Department was summoned to the Animal Hospital of Fairfield at 428 Fairfield Road. Police confirmed a working fire and flames were venting out the roof as fire units arrived. A second-alarm was called for. JUMP TO FILE# After determin- 010720101 ing there were no staff or animals in the structure, lines were stretched and the roof was accessed. The heavy fire was knocked down quickly, but the fire was in multiple areas of the cockloft. A third-alarm brought more manpower to open up as the smoke condition continued. It took about two hours to fully extinguish the flames and declare the fire under control. No injuries were reported and the cause is not determined yet. Fire units from North Caldwell, Pine Brook, West Caldwell, Bloomfield, Lincoln Park, Cedar Grove, and the West Essex Rescue Squad assisted Fairfield at the scene. - BILL TOMPKINS


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New York’s Rescues VIDEO REVIEW

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This five DVD set is sold for the above price and is activity recorded for all five of New York City Fire Department’s rescue companies. Each company has its own DVD. All are 60 minutes with the exception of Rescue 5, which is 45 minutes. We will be presenting each DVD separately for this first review of Rescue 1 and the next four. For the review of Rescue 1, the coverage starts off in late 1997 and

1998. There is brief narration, however radio traffic can be heard so the viewer has a better idea of what is going on. It starts off with clips of various incidents in which the company operated with “Rescue Me” sung in the background by Fontella Bass. This goes on for a few minutes followed by a brief talk by a firefighter who has about 16 years in the department and has been assigned to Rescue 1 for the past six months. He describes the many types of calls the rescue company trains for and answers, and the many different types of diversions that make up the city. All of the action is in Manhattan where the unit is stationed. There is a fifth-alarm, a third-alarm and an all-hands, as well as horrendous accidents, a building collapse just before New Year’s Eve of 1997 (near where the ball would drop), and some training thrown in. The coverage is action packed but there is also some firehouse life scenes, such as preparing for a meal. I feel it is a good representation of the company and its pride all feeding to the interest of the viewer, especially if he or she is a fire buff with interest in the FDNY.


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This 9/11 Memorial is located in the gardens on the grounds of the Cape May County Municipal Complex in Cape May Court House, NJ.

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Pediatric Burn Requires MEDEVAC in Little Egg Harbor Twp.

Little Egg Harbor Twp., NJ - Just before 9:30 A.M. on January 20th, Great Bay EMS was dispatched for a burn victim. Once on scene EMS Captain requested a MEDEVAC. West Tuckerton and Mystic Island Fire Departments were dispatched and set up a landing zone at the local high school. LEHPD also responded. ALS was MONOC 716. Hackensack 2 was the Ship and had a 15 minute ETA once lifted off. After about 15 minutes on the ground, the patient was airlifted to a nearby trauma burn center for treatment.


Bogota, NJ - At 10:19 P.M. on January 9th, a call reporting a structure fire at 70 Chestnut Avenue was received by the Bogota Fire Department. Ridgefield Park Fire Department was called to assist and the fire was extinguished at 10:51 P.M. The cause is under investigation. Pictured is Mike Englehardt of Hook & Ladder venting the attic.

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Union Historical Fire Society Annual Allentown Spring Melt Marketplace to be Held April 18 & 19, 2020 Allentown, PA - Get ready for the annual “Spring Melt” Fire Antique Memorabilia and Marketplace and the 32nd Annual Firematic Antique Auction. The auction will be held on Saturday, April 18th with the marketplace to follow on Sunday, April 19th at the Agri-Plex at Allentown, PA Fairgrounds. Auctioneer Donn Zalewski has lined up another exceptional auction this year. Premier collectors/authors James and Sandra Piatti have contributed some outstanding items to the auction this year. You can view many of the items included on the auction website. Visit www.donnandassociates.com. NEW THIS YEAR IS A FRIDAY PREVIEW TIME from 12pm to 3pm on April 17th and a NEW AUCTION START TIME OF 8am on the 19th, preview from 7am to 8am. You can contact Donn directly by phone: 216-780-4821 or email: donnDRZ22@aol.com with any questions or to inquire about adding items to the auction. On Sunday, April 19th at 9am, the doors open to the largest fire antique and memorabilia marketplace in the United States. Attendees come from all over the country, Canada, the U.K and France, as well as from Pennsylva-


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JUMP TO FILE #020420105 nia and the surrounding states. Anything fire department related can be found gathered in one place at this show. There is something for everyone, including new and used apparatus on display. Admission is a contribution to the Union Historical Fire Society of $5.00 to the Auction and $10.00 to the Marketplace. Children under 12 admitted free. Refreshments are available all weekend and parking is free. Because this is an indoor show, the weather is never a problem. Vendors are always welcome. Keep in mind the show is limited to fire related items ONLY. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, visit our website at www.unionhistoricalfiresociety.co m or contact Tom & Cheryl D’Arcangelo at 631-348-3787 or email darcantq@gmail.com with your questions. The UHFS assures you there will be a great selection of vendors and merchandise this year. Mark your calendar and we hope to see you in April. - CHERYL D’ARCANGELO

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Wallington Truck 201, a 2002 Seagrave 100’ rear-mount with a 2000-GPM pump and 500-gallon tank, prepares to go to ladder pipe operation on mutual aid to Lodi.

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


Two-Alarm Basement Fire in Passaic


This patch belongs to the Holland Twp. Fire Department, located in Hunterdon County, NJ.

Passaic, NJ - Quick work by Passaic firefighters was able to knock down a basement fire before extensive damage was done to a home in the Passaic Park section of the city on January 6th. Fire units responded at about 3:00 A.M. to 48 Terhune Ave., and found a working fire in the basement of the two-and-a-half story frame dwelling. A second-alarm was transmitted, bringing the rest of the on-duty city rigs to the scene. Lines were stretched and the home was vented. All occupants had exited the structure before FD arrival. The fire was extinguished in less than a half hour. The home was checked for extension. With none found, units began to be released. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation.

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A Visit to Burlington County

Author’s Note: In the last column two mistakes were printed. One which stated that Cape May Court Hose was in Lower Township when it is actually in Middle Township. The other was that the Tri Boro FAS was in Ocean City when it should have said Ocean County. This particular Tri Boro squad is in Seaside Park. Once or twice a year I visit Burlington County to update myself on new apparatus and ambulance deliveries. One of our readers, a friend of mine, is employed by Burlington County and collects new units after they are in service. He is a great asset to me for this column. Burlington County, as you may know, is the largest county in area in our state, stretching from the Delaware River on the west, clear across to the Atlantic Ocean on the east. This month’s selection is not all of what I have from the county, but all I could fit for this issue. Others will be featured in future columns as time goes by. One of the changes in the county is in Burlington Township where a white paint scheme was adopted for all new apparatus. There are two here. So the blue shade of Beverly Road apparatus is now a thing of the past, as well as that of the relief Fire Company which was white and red. Also featured is a pumper/tanker from Medford Lake with lettering above the tandem rear wheels stating that the 3,000-gallons in the tank is of lake water. A Sutphen pumper in Eastampton Township has a top-mount/side-mount pump panel. It is a Sutphen design that has been catching on with some of their more recent deliveries, Moorestown Engine 11 is a new Pierce PUC pumper and in the same station is a fairly new Freightliner/Horton medium duty ambulance. The crew took a “Faces” photo which was featured in a past issue. The last vehicle featured is a P.L. Custom Type III ambulance for the Willingboro EMS, submitted by New Jersey Emergency Vehicles. Each month when they send in their report they attach at least one delivery and I am using it here to acknowledge their kindness. In dealer news, Fire & Safety Services has made the following Pierce deliveries: to Evesham (Burlington County), a Velocity combination walkin/non-walk-in heavy duty rescue; to Washington Fire District 1 (Warren County), a Freightliner 3,000-gallon tanker; to North Brunswick FC 1 (Middlesex County), a Saber pumper and to Fairfield Township (Essex County), an Arrow XT PUC rescue pumper. Pierce orders include for Freehold Township Fire District 1 a Velocity 100-foot midmount tower; for Tinton Falls Fire District 1 an Impel pumper (both Monmouth County); for Bristol-Meyers Squibb (Middlesex County) an Enforcer PUC pumper; for Cedar Grove (Essex County) an Enforcer PUC pumper; for the Rio Grande FC in Middle Township (Cape May County) an Enforcer PUC pumper; for Readington Township (Hunterdon County) Please send any comments or news tidbits you might have about Apparatus of the Month to us at 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street. New Windsor, NY 12553. Or you can e-mail them to Apparatus@1stResponderNews.com.

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

The Easthampton FC, E-3411, 2019 Sutphen Monarch 2000/1000/25 A/25 B and 6-kw generator. It was sold by Blaze Emergency Equipment. JOHN M. MALECKY

Relief FC in Burlington Township Unit 3038, 2018 Freightliner M2, 106/Marion Body with 15 kw generator, air cascade system and 10-ton winch. JOHN M. MALECKY

Moorestown E-11, 2019 Pierce Impel PUC 1500/1000 and 8 kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.



Independent FC, Burlington Township R-3018, 2016 Pierce Velocity 500/500 with 35 kw generator and five-ton winch. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services. Moorestown First Aid & Emergency Squad A-3191, 2018 Freightliner M2/Horton Model 623F. It was sold by VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists.


Medford Lakes T-3716, 2018 Kenworth T-370/E-ONE, 1000/3000 with 10-inch dump valve. JOHN M. MALECKY

a Velocity 100-foot mid-mount tower; for Washington Township an Enforcer top-mount pumper and for Franklin Lakes an Enforcer pumper (both Bergen County); for the City of Vineland (Cumberland County) an Enforcer 107-foot tandem axle Ascendant ladder and for Springfield (Union County) a Velocity PUC pumper. The EMS division of First Priority Group delivered to Old Bridge (Middlesex County), a Demers TSE Ford Transit Type II ambulance and to On Time Ambulance in Roselle (Union County), two First Priority Renaissance Remounts on Ford E-450 chassis. They have received orders for two Braun Chief XL ambulances, one on a Ford F-

450 chassis for Old Tappan (Bergen County), and one on a Ford E-450 chassis for Roxbury (Morris County). Defender Emergency Products has delivered to Valley Medical Transport in Pine Brook (Morris County), a Medix transit Type II ambulance on a Ford 250 MR Transit chassis. Specs include a 3.7L, Ti-VCT gas engine, all aluminum interior, high capacity updraft HVAC and a Ferno Stat-Trac cot mount. Blaze Emergency Equipment reports that they will be performing all service work for First Priority Emergency Vehicles (KME rep.). Absolute Fire Protection has delivered to Lanoka Harbor in Lacey Town-

Willingboro EMS A-1692, 2019 Ford E-450/P. L. Custom Medallion. It was sold by New Jersey Emergency Vehicles. PROVIDED

ship (Ocean County), an E-ONE Typhoon stainless steel pumper. Specs include an MFD chassis, Waterous CSU 2000-GPM pump with top-mount panel, 1000-gallon water tank, Akron foam eductor and 30-gallon Class “B” foam tank. They have delivered to West Orange (Essex County), a Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance on a Ford E350 chassis and have received an order from Parsippany Township Fire District 1, Mounty Tabor (Morris County) for

an E-ONE Typhoon low hose bed pumper with a Waterous pump and CAFS. As we bring this column to a close we received word that the REV Group has purchased the Spartan ER Fire Apparatus manufacturer from Spartan Motors for $55 million cash. REV also owns E-ONE, KME and Ferrara. By the time of our next column you should have additional information from other sources.

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