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MASSIVE FIRE DESTROYS MARCAL PAPER MILLS IN ELMWOOD PARK

DAMIEN DANIS

Elmwood Park, NJ - Firefighters battled a massive multiple-alarm blaze at the Marcal Paper Mills on the evening of January 30th as temperatures plummeted into the single digits. Fire companies responded just after 5:00 P.M. to find fire in one of the complex's warehouses.

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Massive Fire Destroys Marcal Paper Mills in Elmwood Park Elmwood Park, NJ - Firefighters battled a massive multiple-alarm blaze at the Marcal Paper Mills on the evening of January 30th as temperatures plummeted into the single digits. Fire companies responded just after 5:00 P.M. to find fire in one of the complex's warehouses that contained large paper JUMP TO FILE# rolls used to make 020219111 toilet paper, paper towels and tissues. The fire quickly extended to at least six other buildings in the complex, including the main four-story mill building that displayed the plant's iconic red sign for years along Route 80. On his arrival, Chief of Department Mike Sulick Jr. reported that he had fire in three interconnected buildings in the complex. As heavy fire rapidly extended throughout the adjoining warehouses, he quickly struck second and third alarms, bringing in mutual aid companies to the scene. The 45,000-square-foot distribution warehouse was completely destroyed in less than 90 minutes as it began collapsing onto itself. Crews also fought back flames in a second building as propane tanks began igniting, sending explosions and balls of fire into the frigid night sky. The softball-sized flying embers ignited fires at several nearby homes and businesses, reaching as far away as the roof of Borough Hall. Several mutual aid units were put on brand patrol in the neighborhood surrounding the complex. Five homes were also evacuated along Chamberlain and Paterson Avenues. Battling a fire this size under favorable conditions would be bad enough, however, the bitter cold temperatures of 10-degrees with wind chills below zero made it even more challenging. According to fire officials, water from master streams supplied by Saddle Brook, Garfield, Wood-Ridge, Wayne, Elmwood Park, Maywood, Paterson and others was freezing before it could even reach the fire. "What’s not freezing is blowing away from the fire. The wind is just brutal," fire officials said. Water was drafted from the Passaic River by several companies, as water supply was a major issue due to several frozen hydrants. Fire apparatus had to be repositioned several times during the incident due to the building's collapse. A demolition crew also responded to the scene to assist in overhaul and hitting hot spots. Mutual aid from Bergen, Passaic, Essex and Hudson Counties assisted at the scene and/or covered and worked rotating shifts for several days following the blaze. The Bergen County Office of Emergency Management provided light towers and port-a-johns. The Elmwood Park FD Ladies Auxiliary, Saddle Brook Vol. Ambulance Corps fire rehab unit and Box-54

also operated on scene. The Elmwood Park Elks Lodge, located just up the street from the fire scene, provided hot meals for firefighters while they worked. No serious injuries were reported to any firefighters or civilians, and all Marcal employees were accounted for. The NJ State Fire Marshal's Office, along with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office and ATF

are investigating the fire. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy viewed the fire scene a few days after the blaze along with fire officials. There were several reports that the wind-blown smoke from the blaze showed up on radar from as far east as Islip in Long Island, more than 60 miles away. Also, Newark Airport reportedly delayed flights after pilots said the smoke was

blocking their view of the runways. Several fires have damaged the factory in the past, including a second-alarm just earlier that month, one in February of 2017, and a massive blaze back in 2012. About 90percent of the complex covering about 30-acres was destroyed by this most recent blaze. Firefighters feared that a big fire like this would happen sooner or

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later, and after it did, it was far worse than anyone could have imagined. The factory had been there for about 80 years, with an estimated 500 people employed. (Author's note: A special thank you to the Elmwood Park FD for their assistance with this article, and for access to the fire ground.) - DAMIEN DANIS

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Newark, NJ - Several businesses were destroyed at a twoalarm fire in Newark on February 2nd. Heavy fire was showing through the roof of a one-story commercial building as first-due units pulled up at 864 Clinton Avenue. The approximate 75’ X 150’ building on the border of Irvington contained a limousine company and a hair salon in the front, and a truss roof covered garage in the rear. Both Newark and Irvington companies initially responded, but Irvington was released when it was determined that the fire was in Newark. A second-alarm was transmitted as firefighters put four ladder pipes, a deck gun, a multi-versal, and several hand lines into service to knock down the flames. Companies were able to control the fire in about one hour. There were no reported injuries and the cause is being investigated.

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Mississippi: Dustin Grubbs, 34 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 3, 2018 Death Date: November 3, 2018 Fire Department: Magee Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While driving his personal vehicle to the fire station to respond to a structure fire, Firefighter Dustin Grubbs was involved in a motor vehicle accident. During the accident, the vehicle left the road during a turn, hit a light pole and flipped over. Grubbs passed away on scene from the injuries sustained. South Carolina: Dennis Straight, 59 Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: November 7, 2018 Death Date: November 7, 2018 Fire Department: Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Assistant Chief Dennis Straight was directing traffic at an accident scene on the onramp to Highway 5 from the northbound lane of Highway 521 when he was struck by a vehicle. Life-saving efforts were administered on scene and Straight was then transported to Springs Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Michigan: Michael Lubig, 46 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 8, 2018 Death Date: November 12, 2018 Fire Department: Detroit Fire Department Initial Summary: During his 24-hour shift on Nov. 8, 2018, Firefighter Michael Lubig led a crew as acting Sergeant for Squad 4 during which he responded to three fires and one medical incident. Toward the end of his shift, Lubig suffered a medical emergency and was transported to Henry Ford Hospital. On Nov. 12, 2018, Lubig passed away from the injuries sustained. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

Ohio: Daniel J. Lucius, 33 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 15, 2018 Death Date: November 15, 2018 Fire Department: Carroll Township Fire and EMS Initial Summary: While responding to an emergency medical call, Firefighter Daniel Lucius was involved in an accident when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a pond. Emergency responders quickly responded to the accident scene and were able to pull Lucius from the submerged vehicle. Lucius was transported to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton, Ohio, where he was pronounced deceased from the injuries sustained. New Jersey: Michael Galay, 71 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: November 21, 2018 Death Date: November 22, 2018 Fire Department: Green Knoll Fire Rescue Initial Summary: On 11/21/18, Firefighter Michael Galay responded to smoke and a fire alarm activation at an office building. He returned from the incident and proceeded to assist several firefighters at Station 1 with the arrival of a new engine company. Galay then went home, where, on the morning of 11/22/18 at approximately 0645hrs, his wife attempted to wake him and found him unresponsive. CPR was administered and Galay was transported to the hospital where he died a short time later. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.


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Firefighters Become Part of Active Shooter Incident Teams UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

In response to the increase of active shooter incidents throughout the country, many first responder agencies are forming active shooter teams. The Hudson County Office of Emergency Management, through a UASI grant, has obtained and distributed rescue task force equipment to certain municipal agencies. Jersey City, North Hudson and Bayonne have received similar equipment. The North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue has organized a Rescue Task Force. Firefighters are trained and outfitted to respond to hostile incidents in coordination with law enforcement and EMS agencies to provide tactical emergency casualty care and rapid extrication of victims to safety. The goal is to increase the survival rate of victims. North Hudson Battalion Chief Al Pratts, Chief of Rescue Services and Rescue Task Force (RTF) Coordinator, said members of his department have been trained to the instructor level for in-house training. RTF companies and EMS units in certain municipalities have received equipment to carry out this mission. The fire department works with local law enforcement and EMS personnel and conduct periodic drills. The object is to triage, treat and remove victims under security of assigned police officers. Active shooter task force kits have been distributed to RTF companies. Response kits include personal protective gear and medical aid equipment. This includes various blood control devices such as tourniquets and trauma dressing. Helmets, goggles and bullet resistive vests are provided, as well as “go stretcher” devices. This equipment can also be used for more common emergency incidents in the area, such as motor vehicle accidents and cliff rescue incidents. The NHRF&R has a departmental training program for its members and participates in annual active shooter drills with police departments within the North Hudson response area. Hopefully, the equipment will never be used at an active shooter incident, but first responders must be prepared for such emergencies. DOWNS: A 62-year-old man was killed in a Lamont Rd. dwelling fire in Burlington Twp., Jan. 10th. He was found in the bathroom and was later pronounced dead, Lt. Jim Sullivan said. UPS: The East Franklin Fire Department has received a FAST Board to assist with rescue operations. The Firefighter Assistance Search Team

Board was acquired through a program where FAST Rescue Solutions, LCC reaches out to departments that have lost members to basement fires. East Franklin Firefighter Kevin Apuzzio died in 2006 while trying to save a fire victim. Eric Allen, the CEO of FAST Rescue Solutions, stated the FAST Board was created for a vastly different standard between rope rescue, which is a stable or semi-stable situation where someone needs to be moved from one place to another with minimal impact to them, and be removed as quickly as possible to medical assistance. DOWNS: A local woman was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Jan. 14th, after her vehicle collided with Hamilton Engine 18, that was responding to an emergency, officials said. UPS: The Trenton F.D. has new smoke detectors, gas monitors and carbon monoxide detectors thanks to a contribution from Marathon Pipeline, LLC. DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire raced through four attached dwellings on Colonial Ave., Trenton, Jan. 15th. Seventeen people were displaced. UPS: Ridgefield Firefighter John LaFrance was recently recognized for his 30-years of service. He is also active with the Pink Heals program. DOWNS: A Newark woman was in critical condition, Jan. 15th, after being rescued from a fire at a Sunset Ave. home. The woman and a man were both rescued from the building and taken to area hospitals, officials said. A pet dog died in the fire. UPS: Ridgewood firefighters rescued a worker who fell approximately 20-feet off a ladder into the basement of a home under construction on North Monroe St., Jan. 21st. The victim was removed via stokes basket and taken through a window to EMS personnel, officials said. The worker was transported to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, in Paterson, with complaints of back, leg and hand pains, Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke said. DOWNS: Flames involved a home on Kingspark Court in Evesham Twp., Jan. 13th, and homes on either side also caught fire, officials said. UPS: Collingswood firefighters entered the freezing waters of the Cooper River, Jan. 21st., to rescue a dog that fell in the ice. Two firefighters went out to attempt to cross the ice and retrieve the dog, but it was too thin to support their weight, according to Fire Chief Keith Davis. They had to jump into the ice using axes as they swam out to reach the canine. DOWNS: A 2-alarm fire badly damaged a home on Ridge Rd. in Roxbury and forced a family of four out into the cold, Jan. 20th. The fire began in the garage and spread to the home, Fire Official Mike Pelleck said. UPS: Chris Callan was promoted to Chief of the Cherry Hill Fire Department on January 3rd. DOWNS: The B.H. Furniture

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Members of North Hudson Rescue Co. 1, with Battalion Chief Al Pratts (center), display RTF equipment. (L to R): Firefighters John Latham and Glen Harney.

store, on Black Horse Pile in Egg Harbor Twp., was seriously damaged by a fire, Jan. 22nd. Fire units from all five township companies operated at the scene. UPS: Belleville's new fire chief is John Olivieri. Chief Robert Caruso retired after 38-years of service. DOWNS: A cellphone charger in a power strip is believed to have ignited a 2-alarm fire in a Fresh Ponds Rd. dwelling in South Brunswick, Jan. 23rd. UPS: Congratulations to Teaneck Fire Captain Don Wynne Jr. who retired on Jan. 29th. After 55-years, there will no longer be a Wynne in the TFD. The captain's father, Don Wynne Sr., retired as Chief of Department in 1989. Captain Wynne was hired in 1983. DOWNS: An elderly couple was killed as the result of a fire that tore through their Atlantic Ave. home in Wall Twp., Jan. 28th. UPS: Englewood firefighters rescued a cat that was stuck in a car's engine block area, most likely to keep warm, on a cold Jan. 28th morning. A resident heard a cat crying, said Fire Captain Michael Marino. Firefighters found the animal wedged deep in the engine compartment. They used a floor jack to lift the car. One firefighter slid under the vehicle to push the cat up while another grabbed the cat's hind legs and pulled “Stanley” out to safety. The cat was not injured. DOWNS: At least 17 vehicles caught fire on the upper deck of the parking garage at Terminal C at Newark International Airport, Jan. 31st. Flights were not impacted. UPS: New firefighters in Teaneck are C. Harris and D. Sorrenti. DOWNS: An occupant and pet were killed in a Wayne home as the result of a 3-alarm fire, in January. UPS: A horse was rescued from a burning barn in the Whitehouse Station section of Readington Twp.,

Feb. 1st., and was not injured, authorities said. DOWNS: Dozens of vehicles stacked on racks were damaged by a fire on a lot at 700 Federal Blvd. in Carteret, Feb. 3rd. The fire began in one of the cars on the rack and spread to others. Smoke could be seen for miles. UPS: New firefighters in Clifton are J. Bednarz, N. Favata, M. Ramirez, J. Hammaker, E. Vazquez Jr., B. McCarthy and W. Englehardt. DOWNS: A 14-year-old boy was in critical condition after he fell into the canal in Cadwalader Park and was rescued by Trenton firefighters, Feb. 3rd. He was flown to Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, police said. UPS: New firefighters in Montclair are Rocco Marzullo, John Autorino and James Firebrace. DOWNS: An 81-year-old man was killed and his wife hospitalized as the result of a dwelling fire on Bailey Ave. in Maple Shade, Feb. 5th, authorities said. A pet dog also perished. The man's wife was rescued by firefighters and she was transported to Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphoa, according to police Lt. Jeffrey Hoch. UPS: New Morristown firefighters are William Hoferer, Peter Dwyer and Daniel Whitehead. DOWNS: Two people were injured, including one critically, at a Cleveland Ave. dwelling in Riverside, Jan. 25th. A Delran police officer was treated for smoke inhalation. UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Morristown are Philip Barter, Dominic Prizzi and Gregory Blekicki. DOWNS: In January, a fire in a Demarest Place garden apartment complex in Maywood, was believed to be ignited by a candle, officials said. Ten residents were displaced and two apartments were described as a total loss. UPS: Robert Strain has been pro-

moted to fire lieutenant in Vineland. DOWNS: About three-hours after a 3-alarm fire was placed under control, Kearny firefighters were sent to the Bridge Street bridge on the Harrison-Newark border for a man who was threatening to jump into the Passaic River, Feb. 5th. The man did jump into the river at 3:25 a.m., officials said. Fire boats from Kearny, Newark and Bayonne were there to pull the man from the water, Kearny Fire Chief Steve Dyl said. Kearny is part of the New Jersey Regional Fire Boat Task Force. UPS: Edward Mullen, a fourthgeneration Perth Amboy public servant, was sworn in as fire chief, Feb. 5th. Mullen's great-grandfather, Edward J. Muller Sr., served with the fire department for 50-years, including as fire chief in 1953. His grandfather, Edward J. Mullen Jr., was a city police officer for 40-years and rose to chief of police. His father, Edward R. Mullen, served with McClellan Engine Co. 3 in the 1970's and currently is an ex-chief of the Iselin Volunteer Fire Company, with more than 40-years of service. DOWNS: Old peppermint oil in the basement of Paterson School 10 caused the school's evacuation and sent a teacher to the hospital, Feb. 7th. Students and staff were moved to School 18. UPS: A Sutphen aerial tower from the Colonial Fire Company, Princeton, was recently donated to a Nicaragua fire department. DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire severely damaged a vacant townhouse that was under renovation on Emerald Lane in Foxborough Village, Old Bridge, on Feb. 7th. One firefighter suffered a foot injury and was taken to a local hospital. UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Perth Amboy are: Daniel Arroyo, Davis Vazquez and Frank Reyes.


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Cliffside Park FD Says Goodbye to One of Its Dearest Members Cliffside Park, NJ - He was a quiet guy who loved his town, the fire department and, of course, the Christmas holiday season. Cliffside Park volunteer Firefighter William “Captain Christmas” Killinger was one of the most active and popular members of the department. He left us on January 26th. JUMP TO FILE# His full-time job 020119107 was with the borough's parks department. If he wasn't there, the hard working volunteer could be found at the firehouse involved with various projects. He was serving as both the department's president and head of the local relief association at the time of his death. Billy, as he was better known, was the volunteer chief of department from 1988 to 1992. He was also former president of the East Bergen Mutual Aid Association and was part of the East Bergen repelling team. The 37-year veteran of the CPFD loved the holidays. He was the main man responsible for setting up the department's Christmas tours, hospital and apartment building visits and decorating the firehouse, borough hall and the apparatus. On his own, he purchased a large inflatable holiday bear, that was towed around town and the North Hudson parade, on a trailer pulled by a chief's gig. Children, and their moms, were excited to see the novelty and got their cameras out when the bear passed by! He was a mild mannered man, but when it came to the holiday details, he was like a drill sergeant! As a matter of fact, the night before he was stricken, he presided over the department's monthly business meeting on Thanksgiving Eve. After the meeting, some members were ready to don their Christmas costumes, jump aboard Engine 4, and head for a visit with Santa to see children in a high-rise apartment building. When a routine alarm came in, he shouted out, in the firehouse filled with members, that no one on the holiday tour better jump on a rig, as they had their Christmas appointment to fill! He then drove Engine 4, with the holiday characters, on his last holiday detail. “He was always the person, that if you needed something, he would without hesitation take care of it,” said Ridgefield ex-Chief Peter O'Connor. Billy was also described by fellow members as “a friend to the old timers and a father figure to the young ones.” Not only did firefighters from East Bergen turn out for the wake and funeral, but many firefighters' wives and children paid their respects to a long-time friend. To sum it up, retired career fire captain Glenn Marvel said, “In his quiet, civil way, he made a difference in the lives of many.” - RON JEFFERS

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In 5-degree weather, Cliffside Park firefighters offer a final salute to ex-Chief William Killinger as his final alarm was transmitted over the radio at Fire Headquarters, January 31st.

Firefighter ("Captain Christmas") Billy Killinger begins the department's holiday tours with the mini-pumper.

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Collyer’s Mansion Fire in Wayne Claims Resident Wayne, NJ - Wayne firefighters faced many challenges as they battled a fire that claimed the life of a man and his dog on January 31st. The initial dispatch went out at about 8:00 P.M. for flames showing from a house at 965 Ratzer Road. Temperatures were in the single digits with a wind chill below zero. Heavy fire was showing from the 'D' side of the one-and-a-half story frame dwelling that sat well off the road. The first-due engine pulled up the driveway and stretched to ad-

JUMP TO FILE #020119108 vance inside. Debris blocked entry and a search could not be completed. Second and third alarms were transmitted as the flames spread. Several lines operated from the outside to knock down the visible fire, and then opened up and vented to hit any pockets of fire. The fire was placed under control in about one hour. Members were then able to

slowly advance, removing the debris as they went. The man and his dog were located shortly after. The cause is under investigation, but it has not been determined if the house had electricity or heat, as approximately one dozen propane tanks were removed from the structure by firefighters. There were numerous slips and falls, but no additional serious injuries were reported. All five Wayne Fire Companies fought the blaze. - BILL TOMPKINS

Maywood Rescue 23, a 1995 International/Simon LTI medium rescue, lights up the scene of a two-alarm fire in the borough. The rig originally served Haworth. BILL TOMPKINS – WWW.BTFIREPHOTOS.COM

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Kearny Engine 3's 2018 Pierce Arrow XT model 1500-GPM topmount pumper operates at a smoky 3-alarm fire on Devon Street, February 4th.


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Crews Battle Fire and Ice in Beach Haven

Beach Haven, NJ - Just before 12:00 P.M. on January 31st, a structure fire was reported in the Beach Haven section of Long Beach Island. As crews went responding dispatch notified them that multiple callers were reporting smoke showing from the residence. Upon arrival, crews had heavy fire showing from the 'A' and 'B' sides of the structure, with exposure to the 'B' side. A second-alarm was quickly transmitted. Ship Bottom, Beach Haven, Stafford (R.I.T), and Surf City Fire Departments responded. Crews used one-and-three quarter, and two-and-a-half inch lines as well as aerial units to knock the fire down within an hour. Crews fought the fire in 15-degree weather with a wind chill in the single digits. Firefighters remained on scene for a few hours to hit hot spots. There were no injuries reported, and the fire is under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshal's Office.

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Flames consume the five stories of a Linwood Park apartment complex in Fort Lee, on St. Valentine's Day.

St. Valentine’s Day Disaster in Fort Lee Fort Lee, NJ - As scores of people planned for a Valentine's Day dinner, including volunteer firefighters in the East Bergen county area of this densely populated municipality of Fort Lee, or simply getting home from work, flames and thick smoke covered the area near the approach to the George Washington Bridge, February 14th. Around 4:00 P.M., borough firefighters were toned out to a reported fire at 3011 Edwin Avenue. A fire dispatcher notified units that he could see smoke showing from the “A” side of a five-story ordinary occupied multiple dwelling on one of the municipality's surveillance cameras. Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke in the street of this building that contains 45 units. The fire was reported in the basement and a hand line was stretched to that area. Firefighters reported an unusually small and narrow basement that led into a crawl space area. As they began to knock down flames, the floor of the ground floor apartment collapsed in front of them. Smoke was rising to all five floors. Many residents heard the

JUMP TO FILE #021519101 smoke alarms, discovered smoke in the hallways, and self-evacuated. Firefighters were also seen on fire escapes conducting searches and assisting residents. Flames quickly raced up voids in the structure to the roof and eventually vented out windows on all floors and through the roof. Mutual aid was summoned from surrounding fire departments, plus EMS units. Firefighters encountered water pressure problems during the incident, and long lines of LDH were stretched to area fire hydrants. As flames took control of the structure, an evacuation order, and a PAR, was conducted. Master streams and exterior hand lines were pressed into use. The master streams included tower ladders from Fort Lee and Englewood; ladder pipes from Fort Lee, Leonia and Ridgefield; plus a squirt from Cliffside Park. Flames lit up the evening sky, visible for miles. Eventually, parts of

the roof and floors of the various floors collapsed in pancake style. The structure, known as part of the Linwood Park apartment complex, are two similar structures separated by a fire wall. The northern side was saved with the help of this fire wall. The fire left residents scrambling with little or no possessions and their pets. Local officials transported fire victims to a nearby senior center where help was available, including from the Red Cross. People were seen taking food and clothing to the center for the residents. After a period of severe cold weather, this holiday evening saw temperatures in the 40's and little if any winds; a blessing for firefighters. Several firefighters were reported injured, but they were not life-threatening. It was also reported that there was no injuries to residents. The fire was placed under control a 8:58 P.M., with fire companies operating throughout the night to extinguish pockets of fire. - RON JEFFERS

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Two-Alarm House Fire in Washington Township Claims a Life Washington Twp., NJ - On Monday night, January 20th, during frigid single-digit temperatures and after returning from a chimney fire on the north side of Washington Twp., the Fairmount Fire Co., Long Valley Fire Co., Schooleys Mt. Fire Co., Long Valley First Aid Squad, Califon Fire and Chester Fire for the RIC, and Pottersville Fire Co. and Lebanon Twp. Fire Co. for tenders, responded to Pickle Road for a reported first-alarm structure fire. Units responded within one minute from dispatch. Fairmount's Chief arrived first and confirmed a fully involved house fire with extension to a large barn 20-feet away from the house. A five-inch line was laid up the driveway to feed the scene from a fire hydrant at the end of the driveway. Fairmount Engine 2-1 deployed a Blitz Fire Deck Gun and the prepiped deck gun with CAFS on the apparatus and knocked down the barn fire. A second-alarm was re-

JUMP TO FILE #013119114 quested, bringing Budd Lake Fire in for RIC, Oldwick Fire for station coverage, and Chester Fire, Pottersville Fire and Califon Fire for manpower. The Morris County OEM also responded with MAB 5 (warming bus) and heaters for the firefighters to keep warm as they switched out from working. The house was a total loss, and unfortunately there was a victim found inside. The Washington Twp. Police, assisted by the Morris County Sheriff's Office and Morris County Prosecutor's Office, are conducting an investigation. More information will be forthcoming. Fire units remained on scene until 10:30 A.M. the next morning as they assisted in the recovery of the victim. - DAVE STEINEL

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Bayonne Residents Lose Their Homes in 5-Alarm Blaze

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Bayonne, NJ - Flames rapidly raced through several wood-frame dwellings, sending a huge cloud of black smoke over the Peninsula City that could be seen for miles, on February JUMP TO FILE# 2nd. Local officials 020419124 said three homes were destroyed and 28 residents were displaced. Fire companies responded to Andrew Street shortly after 12:00 P.M. and encountered flames and smoke on the block. The rapidly moving flames effected two and three story dwellings at 82, 84, 86 and 88 Andrew Street. Firefighters had water problems which included frozen fire hydrants. Long stretches of large diameter hose ran for blocks to acquire the proper water supply for the many hand lines used by firefighters, along with two tower ladders and one ladder pipe. During the initial stages, as members were making a search on the second floor of one of the structures, flames raced up the stairwell. They closed the apartment door and radioed an urgent message for a ground ladder to be set up in the rear and escaped via a window. An evacuation order soon followed. Later on, the buildings experienced roof collapses and parts of the exterior walls came down. Live power lines were also a problem until the utility company shut off power to the block. In all, a total of five alarms were sounded. That brought the city's 10 fire companies to the scene. Additional units that fought the fire included Jersey City Engines 13, 19, 22 and 8, Ladders 4 and 8, Battalion 2 and a deputy fire chief assigned to

Flames consume the cockloft of one of the dwellings as city firefighters maneuver Tower 2's bucket around New Jersey's famous overhead power lines.

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O.E.M. Units that operated at the scene from the North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue were Engines 1 and 9, Ladder 1, Battalion 1 and Safety 1. Some of the Jersey City engine companies set up on 17th Street, behind the fire buildings, and utilized hand lines through alleys and backyards. Master streams on Andrew Street included Bayonne Tower Ladder 2, Jersey City Tower Ladder 4, and a ladder pipe from Bayonne Lad-

der 3. It took several hours to control the flames, as the temperature hovered around the freezing mark. Officials said two people were taken to the hospital as a precaution. On this cold afternoon, the Bayonne Fire Canteen Unit and the Jersey City Gong Club set up their rehab units on opposite sides of the fire for the exhausted firefighters. - RON JEFFERS


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WORKING FACES

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Kearny Deputy Chief Joe Mastandrea, center, discusses operations during February 4th's 3rd alarm with (L to R): Safety Captain Mike Janeczko, Deputy Chief Robert Osborn and Chief Steve Dyl.

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Hamilton Twp. (Mercer County) Chief 19, Mark Antozzeski, confers with Captain 16, Nicholas Buroczi, at a recent basement fire in Hamilton.

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(L to R): Bayonne Deputy Chief Bill Bartos and Chief of Department Keith Weaver at the command post during the 5-alarm fire along Andrew Street, on a cold February 2nd.

2019 Line Officers from front to back: Chief of Department Reilly, Deputy Chief Kutzin, Captain Morgan, and Lieutenants Naylis, Yhu, Shine and Cooke.

Old Tappan Vol. FD Installs Officers for 2019 Old Tappan, NJ - In January, the Old Tappan Vol. Fire Department installed its line and administrative officers for 2019. The line officers, whose task it is to lead the members of the department in the fire attack, are: Chief of Department Chris Reilly, Deputy Chief Evan Kutzin, Captain Brian Morgan and Lieutenants Alex Naylis, Jin Yhu, Tom Shine and Steve Cooke. The department’s administrative officers, who are responsible for the department’s business and legal affairs and financial matters, are: President Frank Mazza, Vice

JUMP TO FILE #012819124 President Tom Jung, Secretary Jim Butler, Treasurer Artie Lake, and Financial Secretary Dave Keil. Chief Reilly and his line officers wish to remind all Borough residents of the following: 1. Call 911 to report a fire or other emergency in Old Tappan; DO NOT call the department’s business line or the Borough Hall. 2. The Old Tappan Vol. FD is just that, VOLUNTEER. Its members are not paid. They are people

who have their own jobs to work, who volunteer their time to get the required training to fight fires, and who then respond to fires and other emergencies in Old Tappan. 3. The department is always looking for new members. If you are between the ages of 15 and 35 and would like to join us, please visit us at our Quarters at 231 Old Tappan Road any Monday night between 7:30 P.M. and 9:30 P.M. and tell us of your interest. - BILL AUTH

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Fair Lawn Engine 3's 2018 Spartan 1500-GPM top-mount pumper, left, has replaced a 2001 Spartan/Saulsbury 1500-GPM model, now designated as Engine 5.


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A pile of burned paper blocks out most of the Marcal logo, where Elmwood Park Chief Mike Sulick, Jr., spent many hours in early February. EP-5 is a 2016 Chevy Suburban.

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In Warren Township, the Washington Valley Fire Company operated this FWD pumper.

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The brutally cold weather lasted for several days after the Marcal fire. South Hackensack's 2004 Dodge Durango support unit at the scene, with plenty of ice in the area. It was originally an assistant chief's vehicle.

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Moonachie Chief Justin Derevyanik's Chevy was used to tow out frozen hose from the Marcal scene in order for Teaneck firefighters to utilize the Bergen County Thawing Unit on the frozen equipment.

As well as the cold, rock salt dust attached to many pieces of fire apparatus during the cold spell. A New Jersey State Fire Marshal Dodge Ram 1500 model did not escape that dust, while attending the Bayonne 5th alarm on February 2nd. RON JEFFERS

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The Washington Valley Fire Company also used this Mack tractor-drawn tanker, known as A-11.

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The West Tuckerton FD held an Ice Rescue drill on February 2nd. A lot of water has frozen over recently because of the cold temperatures, so this was the perfect time for some training. Selected crew members played the victim while other members became the rescuers. Members got a little taste of what it's like to rescue someone in the icy waters. Although ice rescues don't happen often here, with cold winters like this you have to be prepared for it.

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As the victim struggles, the other rescuer jumps in to assist.

Dogs Rescued from River Vale House Fire River Vale, NJ - A two-alarm fire, apparently caused by smoking materials on a rear terrace, caused significant damage to a large home in River Vale on February 13th. The alarm for a working fire was transmitted at about 8:15 P.M. for 65 Pascack Avenue. The firstdue unit arrived to heavy fire in the rear of a large two-and-a-half story frame dwelling with flames extending above the roof. Mutual aid was immediately called as members stretched lines and com-

JUMP TO FILE #021419113 menced a search. The home was found to be unoccupied except for two family dogs that were safely removed. The River Vale tower was set up on the 'A' side, and Hillsdale’s tower was positioned on the 'D' side. Despite the heavy fire that was consuming the attic and burning off the roof, members continued to work offensively to knock

down the flames. All heavy fire was knocked down in less than one hour with heavy damage to the second floor and most of the roof collapsed. The first floor sustained extensive smoke and water damage. No exposure buildings were affected. Mutual aid from Hillsdale, Westwood, Emerson, Old Tappan and Park Ridge assisted at the scene. Teaneck Box 54 was called in for refreshments and rehab. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Kearny Fire Leaves Six Families Homeless Kearny, NJ - Fire and lowbanking smoke covered the intersection of Devon Street and Midland Avenue on the evening of February 4th, as fire raced up the walls of an occupied three-story, wood-frame corner dwelling, leaving six families homeless. The fire alarm was transmitted shortly after 9:00 P.M., and there was smoke in the street as the first fire companies arrived from the Midland Avenue firehouse. There was a fire in the basement, and firefighters began knocking fire down; however, flames were already racing up the walls and eventually to the top-floor and cockloft area. “We had a difficult time,� Deputy Chief Robert Osborn said. It was a labor intensive operation, pulling walls and ceilings to hit the fire. As the fire intensified and flames vented out of top-floor windows, an evacuation order was sounded. Master streams were set

JUMP TO FILE #020519107 up on this corner which included Engine 4's deck gun and ladder pipes from Harrison Ladder 1 and North Arlington Ladder 3, plus Kearny Tower 2's stream. This caused low-banking, blinding smoke to cover the neighborhood. Additional fire companies that operated at the fire scene included Belleville Engine 2 and Jersey City Engines 9 and 17, Ladder 11, Battalion 4 and the Field Training Officer. The fire was called under control shortly before midnight, and some mutual aid companies began to be released around 1:00 A.M. The residents all self-evacuated and there were no report of injuries. The Jersey City Gong Club set up opposite the fire building to offer rehab services. - RON JEFFERS

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Heavy smoke and hidden fire in the walls and cockloft challenged firefighters during the Kearny 3rdalarm on Devon St., Feb. 4th.

Flames break through the Devon Street OMD in Kearny, Feb. 4th.

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Stubborn flames break through on the upper floor and cockloft area during the Devon Street 3rd-alarm in Kearny, Feb. 4th.

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At Arbor Hose in Piscataway Township (Middlesex County), Unit 144 is a 2011 Polaris XP Ranger 4x4 with a Kimtek Firelite Transport package. It has a gasoline engine, two seats, an estimated 125-GPM Honda pump, ½-inch reel, 50-gallon water tank, Foam Pro system with a 5-gallon cell and a foam spray nozzle.

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Beachwood FD Receives 2018 Ocean First Grant Beachwood, NJ - The Beachwood Fire Department is proud to announce that we are one of the recipients of the 2018 Ocean First Foundation Fire Department Grant. The Department used the funds, which were received in December, to purchase 2019 complaint training materials for our CPR/AED training program. "A huge THANK YOU to the Ocean First Foundation for once again selecting us as a recipient of their grant. Because of their generosity we are able to purchase much needed, modern CPR mannequins and CPR training materials. This equipment will directly provide critical life-saving training to our entire membership,” said Captain William Hopson, Training Officer for the Department. "We greatly appreciate Ocean First's direct investment in local

JUMP TO FILE #021319107 communities such as Beachwood. The training our members will receive will benefit our Department and the citizens we protect everyday,” added Captain Hopson. “We are very proud to be a partner with Ocean First and fully support their local community outreach efforts.” Under the Volunteer Fire Department and First Aid Squad Grant Program, eligible agencies can receive $500 annually. Since the grant's creation in 1997, the Ocean First Foundation has provided over $970,000 all to LOCAL squads and departments. Thank you for selecting us again this year! -BEACHWOOD VOL. FD

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Nutley Ladder 1 received a 2018 Pierce Arrow XT 107-foot Ascendant model rear-mount aerial ladder, sold by Fire & Safety Services.

Growing up, I craved nothing more than a hot bowl of soup to warm me up. Sure, some may have come out of a red and white can, but that didn’t matter to me as a kid. Now that I'm older, I truly appreciate a well made soup using quality ingredients and technique. All too often I see recipes which result in everything being put in together at the same time. The problem with this is that it doesn’t allow the building of layers of flavor. Dry spices “bloom” when

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A Third-Alarm in Paterson Amid Layoff Threats Paterson, NJ - With politicians threatening to lay off 89 firefighters, Paterson firefighters successfully controlled a labor-intensive blaze that could have easily spread and destroyed a large apartment building on January 27th. Fire units were first dispatched for a fire alarm at about 3:30 A.M., which was quickly upgraded as police units reported flames showing at 120 Ward Street, a large four-story brick OMD. Heavy fire was showing out of two windows on the third floor as companies arrived. A secondalarm was sounded, as many resi-

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JUMP TO FILE #012819119 dents needed to be evacuated. Lines were stretched to the third and fourth floors. Truck companies went to the roof and vented. Members had a line on the fire quickly and the visible fire was knocked down. Smoke continued to vent from the fire apartment, the fourth floor and from the roof. A third-alarm was transmitted for manpower. Companies opened up on all floors and soon had any pockets of

fire extinguished. The fire was placed under control in about one hour. One resident reportedly had nonlife-threatening injuries. Other occupants of the apartment building were temporarily housed at the YMCA building next door and at the Center City Mall across the street to keep them out of the cold. Hopefully politicians will learn from this incident the need for sufficient manpower at fires. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Egg Harbor Twp., NJ - Just after 1:30 P.M. on January 22nd, a building fire was reported at 6736 E. Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township. Crews arrived and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the building. Egg Harbor Twp. Fire Dept. responded and a second-alarm was quickly struck out. Mutual Aid from Pleasantville, Somers Point and Galloway Twp. were called in, as well as EMS from EHT. Crews used LDH and four ladders to make a strong attack on the fire. Firefighters were pulled out of the building at one point as the roof began to collapse, forcing them to go defensive. The main body of fire was knocked down within 30 minutes, and the fire was declared under control two hours later. Crews remained on scene to conduct overhaul. The fire is under investigation by the Fire Marshal's Office. No injuries were reported. PAUL SCHAETZLE

Flames consume the front of 53 Magnolia Avenue, Jersey City, as Engine 5 and Ladder 6 arrive, February 3rd.


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Multi-Department Search & Rescue Drill Conducted in Bergen

MARTY PELTA

Driver Leaves Roadway, Strikes House in Fair Lawn Fair Lawn, NJ - On January 17th, Fair Lawn Police, Fire and Vol. Ambulance Corps responded to a one-car MVA on Plaza Road and Brighton Place. The elderly female driver was driving northbound on Plaza Road when she lost control of her vehicle and left the roadway, driving across three lawns of homes before crashing into a house. Public Service Gas Division was called to the scene for the odor of gas, as the vehicle hit the part of the house where the natural gas line started. The driver and her young grandson, who was seated in the rear seat, were transported to local hospitals with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

BUDDY SHOT

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Edgewater, NJ - On the morning of January 27th, Edgewater firefighters hosted a multi-unit, multi-department drill at a large, and vacant, cinema for search and rescue purposes. Several weeks earlier, local JUMP TO FILE# firefighters con- 012819112 ducted their own drill at this location. Assistant Chief Tom Jacobson said other firefighters in the area heard about the drill and expressed interest in participating in another exercise for their respective departments. Units assembled at the building, where several of the cinemas were filled with blinding “smoke” for the search and rescue exercises, using the necessary tools. In addition, there were FAST team procedures, plus CPR instructions were offered by Edgewater EMS members. Fire departments that participated included Fort Lee, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Hackensack, Teaneck, Leonia, Ridgefield and Wood-Ridge. Teaneck's Box 54 Club was on hand for rehab purposes, and the Hackensack MSU filled empty air bottles. The large cinema is planned to be demolished in the near future to make way for a mix of commercial and residential structures that are growing all along the waterfront from this borough, south through Hudson municipalities to Jersey City. Firefighters walked away from the training with positive remarks about the drill's learning experiences. As one senior officer told his young members, “Mistakes are made here. Firefighting is a never-ending business of new challenges. Learn at drills to be proficient at the real emergency."

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Silverton Fire Co. Firefighter/Medic Rob Leach and Firefighter Michael Sceppaguercio on Engine 2911 at a recent drill.

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Members of Fairview Engine 1 and Truck 2 begin a search during the cinema drill in Edgewater.


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Two Alarms Struck at Elmwood Park House Fire Elmwood Park, NJ - Quick work by Elmwood Park firefighters kept damage to a borough home minimal on January 16th. A basement fire, believed to be caused from clothes too close to the furnace, was reported at about 7:30 A.M. at 10 Beechwood Avenue. Smoke was showing on arrival at the frame dwelling. A line was quickly stretched into the front door to find the seat of the fire. A second-alarm was transmitted. The fire was soon found and extinguished. A fan was set up to vent the structure and members checked for any extension. None were found and some units began to be released. The structure suffered smoke and water damage, but only minimal fire damage. No injuries were reported.

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Silverton Firefighter Dan Dickman and Captain Chris Silva at a recent structure fire, general alarm assignment, in Toms River Fire District #2.

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Maywood Faces Freezing Temps and Hoarding Conditions at Apartment Fire Maywood, NJ - Firefighters battled bone-chilling temperatures and stiff winds while dousing a garden apartment complex fire that was apparently ignited by a candle on the evening of January 20th. JUMP TO FILE# At approxi- 012119118 mately 9:30 P.M., Maywood fire companies were dispatched to Demarest Place on a reported fire. Assistant Chief Matt Riener arrived and confirmed smoke showing from the second floor of building #12 in the Maybrook Garden Apartments. He then transmitted a working fire. As firefighters made entry into the fire apartment severe hoarding conditions were encountered, making it difficult for them to operate. A request for mutual aid was made by Chief of Department Jack McManus, bringing in outof-town units to the scene. Lines were stretched from Engines 18 and 19 into the original fire building and an exposure. Due to the fire and the amount of items in the apartment, the floor began to bow and split length wise. Chief McManus withdrew firefighters from the building for a short time. Two apartments were a total loss and nearly a half-dozen others were severely damaged, displacing 10 residents. Overhaul operations included a backhoe to go through burnt wet debris that was piled up in the front of the building. Mutual aid from Hackensack, Paramus, Rochelle Park and Saddle Brook assisted on the scene

while companies from Lodi and Garfield covered firehouses. The Saddle Brook Vol. Ambulance Corps fire rehab unit also operated on scene. No injuries were re-

ported to residents or firefighters.

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A Word On Integrity Chaplain’s Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

After having served many years in the Fire Service, I can think back at some of the most outstanding peers and supervisors I have worked with. Some I admired for their reputation on the job (their job skills), others for their ability to lead well, and some for the way they treated the people they worked with. But I would have to say that one of (if not the) most important attribute is integrity. What comes to mind when you hear the word integrity? Having integrity and speaking with integrity is a huge plus to all who seek a quality relationship with another person or group of people. For the past 30 years they’ve done an annual “Most Admired Men” list in America. While presidents and politicians and stars and athletes have come and gone, one man has been on that list every year for the last 30 years – either number one, number two or number three. His name…Billy Graham. Why is Billy Graham’s name on the list of the most admired men in America for over 30 years? Because there are very few people in America who live with rock-solid integrity. What is integrity? Integrity is composed of three different activities – telling the truth, keeping your word, and practicing what you say you believe. The Bible has a lot to say about these three qualities. Proverbs 17:7 (GN) “Respected people do not tell lies.” True leadership is built on one thing - trust. It’s difficult to follow somebody you don’t trust. And all trust is built on truth. So, if you don’t tell the truth nobody trusts you, and if nobody trusts you, nobody’s going to want to follow you (home, marriage, work, church…). Why is it that when we look around in our society many of our leaders are held in low esteem? Because they don’t tell the truth, because they don’t keep their word, because they don’t practice what they say they believe. In other words, they lack integrity. Proverbs 25:14 (GN) “People who promise things that they never give are like clouds in a wind with no rain.” If you want to be a person of lasting legacy, you’ve got to keep your word (even little things). Studies have shown that the number one cause of resentment in children is parents who don’t keep their promises. Is it easy to live with integrity? No. That’s why you need God’s help.

You need to make as your prayer this next verse. Psalm 101:2 (LB) “I will try to walk a blameless path but how I need Your help especially in my own home where I long to act as I should.” A good definition of success (relationally speaking) is having those who know me best, respect me most. To me that’s success. It’s easy to impress people from a distance. But real integrity is when those who know you best respect you the most.

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Two-Alarm Fire Held in Check at Wanaque Commercial Building Wanaque, NJ - A two-alarm fire threatened a large older commercial building on Sunday, January 13th in Wanaque. Quick work by Wanaque firefighters and mutual aid companies were able to keep the flames from spreading. The late afternoon fire at 207 Ringwood Ave., a large frame building that housed sev- JUMP TO FILE# eral occupancies 011519108 including a day care and a liquor store, started in a vacant part of the structure and had heavy fire venting out of the 'A' side on arrival. A call for mutual aid companies was put in as the fire spread to the roof area. Lines were able to hit the fire in the empty business and extensive opening up commenced. With no further extension, the fire was placed under control in one hour and mutual aid companies were able to be released. No injuries were reported and the cause is being investigated. - BILL TOMPKINS

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On January 27th, we had a special visit at our station from a family who wanted to thank us for what we do. The Colangelo family dropped off fresh baked chocolate chip cookies for our members as part of a "Random Act of Kindness" initiative started by our Beachwood Elementary School. The cookies were delicious and we are grateful that they thought of us.

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Harrison Ladder 1's new Pierce Arrow 100-foot, tractor-drawn aerial ladder operated at its first multiple-alarm fire on February 4th. The smoky 3-alarm fire occurred on Devon Street in Kearny.


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covers all of The Bronx and some of Manhattan. It is now quartered back in The Bronx. The footage explains the number of fires they responded to this particular week, all of which are all-hands to multiple-alarms. The viewer will not only travel to the assignments, but they will see some firehouse routines. They will travel to West New York, NJ for a general alarm which involved two large buildings of ordinary construction. The fire went through the roof of both buildings and was fought by several fire departments. This was before the consolidation of Union City, Weehawken, Guttenburg, West New York and North Bergen into the North Hudson Regional Fire Rescue Department. You will also see a Jersey City truck company and their rescue unit at the scene, as well as an aerial from Cliffside Park operating. This town is in Bergen County, just north of Hudson County. Back to New York City and running rampant to fires during this week will give you your money’s worth and help you to appreciate the workload of the New York City firefighters.

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FACES OF NEW JERSEY’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

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Members of Jersey City Squad 4 "take up" from a 2-alarm fire on Magnolia Avenue, Feb. 2nd. (L to R): Firefighters Chris Erwin and Matt Finnerty, Captain Anthony Klocko, and Firefighters John Calderone and Francisco Pereira.

Fair Lawn Firefighter John Lyons has been a member of Engine Co. 3 for 51-years, and he served as Chief of Department in 1990. He is still active. "It's in your blood," he said. "You don't want to give it up."

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In January, members of the Cliffside Park Vol. Fire Department that were available for the promotional ceremony at Borough Hall, posed for a photo. The entire list of new officers are: Chief Gregory Yfantis; Deputy Chief Brian Martone; Battalion Chief Charles Diaz; Captains Michael Hook, Gian Vargas and Tamer Abdallah; and Lieutenants Jonathan Stern, Enes Hoti and Daniel Baxter.

RON JEFFERS

During January 2nd's Borough Council meeting, the 2019 Line Officers of the Beachwood FD were officially sworn in. Congratulations to Chief Roger Hull, Asst. Chief Dennis Allen, Captain William Hopson, and Lieutenants Kevin Davison and Joseph Gugger.

RON JEFFERS

At the Bogota senior center on January 3rd, the three officers of the Bogota Rescue Squad were sworn in by Mayor Chris Kelemen. They are: Deputy Chief Guy Argenziano, Chief Wayne Sorge and Captain Leann Cordero. EJ RODE

Nutley firefighters pose with Ladder 1's new Pierce Ascendant model 107-foot, rearmount aerial ladder. (L to R): Firefighters Alan Timchak, Matt Serrani and Mike Diacheysn.


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FACES OF NEW JERSEY’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

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Edgewater firefighters that assisted conducting the drill at a local vacant cinema for other Bergen County fire departments posed for a group shot at the conclusion of the exercises, January 27th.

Paterson Firefighter Herman E. Irving (left), with FMBA Local 2 President Kyle Hughes and Cod McDermott. Firefighter Irving received an award for Black History Month by Council President Davila.

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1st Responder News NJ Editor Ron Jeffers takes a photo of Jersey City Squad Co. 4's crew before they take up from a 2nd alarm on February 3rd.

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Before "taking up" from the multi-unit drill in Edgewater, January 27th, members of Fairview Engine 1 and Truck 2 stopped for a group photo.

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Hamilton Twp. (Mercer County) HTFD #9 - Station 19 Captain/EMT Joe Muzzille with Firefighters/EMTs Pat O'Reilly, Chris Tyminski and Apparatus Operator/EMT Erick Devita, pose with Engine 19-2, a 2012 Seagrave 1500-GPM Pumper.

Saturday is usually old timers day at the Jersey City Gong Club for a get together (talk about the horses) and dinner. On a cold February 2nd, a Bayonne 5-alarm fire was added to the itinerary. (L to R): Ron Jeffers, Frank Bohrman, Jim Fahy, Jack Calderone, Mike Phillips and Jim Carey. Kneeling is Bob Bozewski and inside the truck is Paul Schaetzle.


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Harrison firefighters pose with their new Pierce Arrow XT 100-foot, tractor-drawn aerial ladder before beginning a ladder pipe drill.

Belleville FD Promotes Two New Battalion Chiefs Belleville, NJ - The Belleville Fire Department recently promoted two new Battalion Chiefs. Scott Wentworth and Frank Papaianni were sworn in on February 21st at city hall. Also promoted were William Hands and Scott Dopont to Captain, and Brian Salmon and Steve Salzer to Lieutenant. Andres Herrera, Joseph Lelinho, Timothy Roberts and James Judge are the department's newly hired firefighters.

APPARATUS IN ACTION EJ RODE

The Bogota-Ridgefield Park Rotary Club recently donated $2,000 to purchase fire hydrant markers/reflectors so that hydrants can be spotted at night and during snowstorms. Pictured holding a marker is Fire Chief Alex Breuss and ex-Chief Tony Culmone; behind them are rotary members Bruce Martin, Ken O'Donnell (Treasure), Wayne Boyd (President), Andre Lam (Secretary), Tony Riscinti and Hans Thadithil.

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Members of Jersey City Ladder Co. 6 take a blow after operating as the first-due truck company at a 2-alarm fire on Magnolia Ave., Feb. 3rd. (L to R): Firefighter Matthew Weisman, Captain Anthony Wolleon, and Firefighters Johnathan Jedziniak and Jeremiah Healy.

Former Rochelle Park Engine 1, recently replaced by a new KME, is now running as Maywood Engine 19 as their rig undergoes repair work. The 1989 Pierce, with a 1500-GPM pump and a 1000-gallon tank, was first-due at an apartment fire on January 20th.


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Silverton Fire Company, Toms River Fire District #2's new squad company 2913 pump testing at the training center.

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Jersey City Engine 19's 2007 American LaFrance 1500-GPM/500GWT pumper operates at a 3rd alarm for Box 917, on Garfield Avenue, January 2nd.

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New Milford Fire Department Engine 32's crew pose for a quick picture after a recent run.


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Beachwood Homeowners’ Pets Perish in Structure Fire

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Jersey City firefighters conduct overhaul operations after quickly knocking down flames at 53 Magnolia Avenue, Feb. 3rd.

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Kearny Chief of Department Steve Dyl (L), and Deputy Chief R. Osborn, at the scene of a three-alarm fire on February 4th.

Beachwood, NJ - At approximately 10:30 A.M. on January 18th, the Beachwood and Pine Beach Fire Departments responded to the report of a structure fire in the 200 block of Windward Avenue. Upon arrival UMP TO FILE# of emergency per- J021319108 sonnel, a well involved kitchen fire was found that was spreading through the home and into the attic. A second-alarm was requested which brought a ladder from the Manitou Park FD and an R.I.T. team from the Pinewald FD, along with Ocean County Fire Coordinators to assist Beachwood Command. The Bayville FD provided apparatus for a coverage assignment for the Boroughs of Beachwood and Pine Beach. The fire was under control in approximately 15 minutes. No one was injured during the fire, but sadly, the homeowners' pets perished. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshal's Office and Beachwood Police Department. We thank all of the mutual aid fire companies that provided assistance, as well as the Beachwood First Aid and the other EMS units who were on scene or provided coverage during the incident. - BEACHWOOD VOL. FD

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A Tale of Two Quints This month we focus on two quints from fire companies in Middletown Township (Monmouth County), who heretofore did not have aerial ladders. One is for the Brevent Park Fire Company, which lost its 65-foot Telesqurt at a fire, and the other is for the Port Monmouth Fire Company. Due to two truck committees planning for two districts, the two apparatus do not have the same specs. For whatever reason each committee came to their conclusion and this column is not in a position to comment one way or another. In short, just enjoy the photos of each. Also featured is an x-military tactical truck obtained by Brevent Park in 2012. Another quint featured is East Franklin’s in Franklin Township (Somerset County), and this also is the first aerial ladder in this fire company. Livingston’s Spartan ER pumper is featured which replaced a 1996 Mack MC/Saulsbury pumper and two units in Florence Township, a pumper and ambulance, complete our apparatus display for this issue. In dealer news Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: In Monmouth County, a Velocity pumper for the Centerville FC in Hazlet, the state’s first 100-foot Acsendant mid-mount tower on an Arrow XT chassis for the Gordons Corner FC, and a Velocity dry side tanker for Freehold Township District 1. In Hudson County, a 100-foot mid-mount Ascendant tower on an Arrow XT chassis and an Enforcer pumper, both for Bayonne. In Bergen County, an Ascendant mid-mount tower on an Arrow XT chassis for New Milford. In Middlesex County, a Saber pumper for North Brunswick FC 1 and an Arrow XT heavy duty rescue with walk-in body for Perth Amboy. In Essex County, an Arrow XT PUC pumper for Fairfield and in Cape May County, an Arrow XT tanker/pumper for Seaville. Pierce deliveries include two Saber pumpers to Montclair (Essex County), an Enforcer Snozzle to Phillipsburg (Warren County), an Enforce PUC pumper to the Keasbey FC in Woodbridge Township (Middlesex County), and in Camden County, two Enforcer pumpers to Pennsauken. Firefighter One reports that the Paterson (Passaic County) heavy rescue is now in production. It has an Igniter chassis and extruded aluminum body with roll-up compartment doors. Absolute Fire Protection has received an order from Teaneck (Bergen County) for two E-ONE Typhoon squad body pumpers. Campbell Supply Co., LLC has delivered to the Middlebush FC in Franklin Township (Somerset County), a Spartan ER Star Series pumper on a Gladiator LLFD chassis. It has a 2000-GPM pump, 750-gallon water and 40-gallon foam tanks. They have received an order from the Woodbury Heights FD in Gloucester County for a Star pumper. Specs include a Metro Star LFD chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab, Cummins L9, 450-hp diesel engine, Allison 4000 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

East Franklin FC in Franklin Township (Somerset County) L-27, 2018 Pierce Enforcer, 2000/500/75-foot. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Middletown Township, Brevent Park FC, 31-2-91, 2017 KME Severe Service, 2000/450/79-ft., 6-kw generator. It was sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles.

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Livingston Engine-1, 2018 Spartan ER Metro Star 1500/500. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC.

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Middletown Township, Port Monmouth FC, 31-9-91, 2017 KME Severe Service, 2000/450/79-ft. 6-kw generator. It was sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles.

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Florence Township E-4011, 2018 Pierce Impel, 2000/750/30 with 10kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Middletown Township, Brevent Park FC, 31-2-94, 1991 AM General x-military truck with 500-gallon water tank. It was acquired in 2012.

EVS transmission, Hale Qmax 1500GPM pump with side-mount panel, 1000-gallon water tank, Harrison Falcon 10-kw generator, Will Burt light tower and Whelen LED scene lighting. First Priority Emergency Vehicles apparatus division has made three KME deliveries. Ramsey (Bergen County) received a mini pumper on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis. Specs include a Darley LSM 1000-GPM pump, 300gallon water tank, 120-inch aluminum body with painted finish roll-up doors,

ladder and hard suction storage, but no generator. Hawthorne (Passaic County) received a custom pumper on a Predator X-LFD chassis with 22inch raised roof cab. Specs include a Waterous CSU, 2000-GPM pump with side-mount panel, 750-gallon poly water tank, 3/16 inch aluminum 165inch Flushback body with painted rollup doors but no generator. A unique feature is a slide-out pre-connect hose line module under the hose bed. Lastly, the Township of Irvington (Essex County) received a 103-foot

Florence Township A-4081, 2017 Ford E-450 AEV Traumahawk ambulance. It was sold by VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists.

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rear-mount aerial on a Predator MFD tandem axle chassis. It has a 6-kw Onan hydraulic generator and roll-up doors. No pump or tank. First Priority’s EMS group made two ambulance deliveries. One of two Demers MX170’s on Ford E-450 chassis to the Inspira Health Network in

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Crews Stop Fire from Destroying Home in Wyckoff Wyckoff, NJ - Wyckoff firefighters, along with mutual aid companies, battled a working fire in Wyckoff on December 15, 2018. The early morning blaze had heavy fire venting out of the rear of the home and extending to the attic as units arrived. An aggressive attack was able to stop the fire from destroying the JUMP TO FILE# home. The fire was 121818105 controlled within one hour, and no serious injuries were reported. Mutual aid units at the scene included Hawthorne, Oakland, Midland Park, Waldwick, Franklin Lakes, Mahwah and Allendale. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Brothers of Hasbrouck Heights Engine One Have a Successful Year of Activity Hasbrouck Heights, NJ - At the end of 2018, the Hasbrouck Heights FD ended over 100 years of company tradition by voting in a new structure for the department, a ‘One Department Format’, to be started in 2019. Engine One, whose formation started in 1896 as one of the original charted companies for the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, has continued to be an active member of not just the department, but the community as well; 2018 was one of our most ambitious years. We started 2018 with our traditional company toast at the Annual Installation Dinner in January, welcoming members and honorariums a chance for good wishes for the company. Under the guidance of our Chief Angelo Roccamo, Captain Tim Moots, Lt. Bernie Valente, Secretary Justin Watrel and Treasurer and former Chief Chris Semenecz, we planned an ambitious year of activities and involvement in the department. February started with our Eighth Annual Chicken Parm Dinner and Drill for those company and department members who attended our drill night. Dinner is something all members look forward to; it's a chance to spend time over a good firehouse meal after a long night of drilling. May brought us involvement in the Annual HHFD Department Inspection, where during a long rain storm, Engine One stood proud behind our chief. Even though it rained all evening, Engine One was in her prime, all cleaned and polished for the council to inspect her. In the first week of June, we held our 11th Annual Engine One Barbecue, which was open to all department members and their families. Over 50 people attended the event on the eye of Barbecue Chairman Justin Watrel and grill masters Tim Moots and Bernie Valente. It was a warm sunny evening of good food, a lot of laughs and comradery. It wasn't just all parties and get togethers as we did our share of fire and ambulance calls with members, assisting in Little Ferry, Lodi and Wood Ridge mutual aid calls as well. It's amazing how the Brotherhood of Bergen County sticks together when the need is there. We try to assist where we can and our members were very active in the department. In October, we welcomed back our 80-year-old bell that had once stood on the original engine. It was repaired by the company who had cast it. It was repaired, chromed and engraved back to its

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JUMP TO FILE #012819122 original glory thanks to the efforts of Captain Tim Moots. We also created our first teeshirt in years, with a fiery pumpkin motif. Our truck colors are orange, black and white and for years a small pumpkin stood on our dash. The pumpkin symbolizes through its vines the spirit of growth and friendship. The symbol of the Jack-O-Lantern stems from the spirit of “lighting our way into homes with good spirits”, which are the back-bone of our brotherhood. (The tee-shirts are being sold on our blog site, Engineonehasbrouckheightsfiredepartmentnj@wordpress.com for a fundraiser.) We also voted back into office Chief Angelo Roccamo from Engine One as chief to represent the new department format. In December, we ended the

year’s activities with a successful brunch that was open to company members and their families, and our honorees. It was a wonderful afternoon of good food and drinks as we toasted the holiday season. Over 40 people attended the event, cooked by Brunch Chairman Justin Watrel. The Annual ‘Santa Around Town’ was the last event for the year, which includes Engine One's tradition of breakfast at the firehouse and decorating the truck for the parade. Our members look forward to the event and the role it plays in the community. As our 122-year tradition ends, new traditions will form under the umbrella of a new organization. The Hasbrouck Heights FD will continue to shine with new officers and formats. We welcome in formation of a new department with much hope and energy. - JUSTIN WATREL

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

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They received two orders. One for two Demers TSE Transit Type II’s for the Long Branch FAS (Monmouth County), and one Braun Liberty on a Ford F-450 Super Cab chassis for Englewood Hospital (Bergen County). Blaze Emergency Equipment has made two Sutphen deliveries. The first is to the Netcong FC 1 and is an SP 70 mid-mount tower/platform. Specs include a custom designed low profile height (9-foot, 10-inches), Monarch cab with six seats, Cummins L9, 450-hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax 2000-GPM pump, 400-gallon water tank, Harrison 6-kw hydraulic generator and 92-feet of ground ladders. The other is a custom pumper to the Whiting FC in Manchester Township (Ocean County). Specs include an eight seat long Monarch cab with 15-inch raised roof, custom “Scene View” side-mount/top-mount pump panel (like the Ridgeway pumper), Cummins ISL 9, 450-hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax 2000-GPM pump, 1000gallon poly water tank, Hale Foamlogix 5.0 system, 50-gallon integral foam tank, 24-inch formed steel extended front bumper, 8,000-pound portable winch with four receivers, five-inch front and rear intakes, four 2 ½-inch discharges (two at sides and two in rear hose bed), two fourinch LDH discharges, four-inch prepiped deck gun, three crosslays (one 2 ½ and two 1 ¾-inch), pre-con-

nected front bumper discharge, booster reel, Zico electric ladder rack, Will Burt NS10, 6000 light tower, two Hannay electric cord reels, Smart Power 10-kw hydraulic generator and 12V Whelen scene lights. Defender Emergency Products reports the following deliveries: to McCabe Ambulance in Bayonne (Hudson County), a Medix RP 90 Type II on a Ford E-350 chassis; to the Aura FC in Elk Township (Gloucester County), a Rosenbauer Commander pumper. Specs include a Cummins 450-hp diesel engine, extended front bumper with Hurst and other rescue tools, Hale Qmax 1500-GPM pump, 1000-gallon water tank, Foam Pro System with 30-gallon tank, 10-kw generator, Will Burt Night Scan, air cascade with two fill stations and rescue style body, and to the Silverton FC in Toms River Township (Ocean County), a Rosenbauer Commander rescue pumper with a Cummins 450-hp diesel engine, extended front bumper with E-draulic rescue tools with power outlets, Seon 360 video system, Half 8FGR 2000-GPM midship pump, 750-gallon water tank, 6-kw Harrison generator and all walkway and bumper surfaces with Line-X Black. An avid reader reports that Winslow Township in Camden County has ordered three E-ONE pumpers, and that the Tacoma FC in Deptford (Gloucester County) ordered an E-ONE rear-mount aerial.

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Hoarding Conditions Hamper Paterson Firefighters Paterson, NJ - Paterson firefighters' jobs were made nearly impossible as they faced a fire in a home that was packed with debris halfway to the ceiling on January JUMP TO FILE# 16th. “Smoke in the 011619109 area” was transmitted at about 3:30 A.M. as units responded to several calls of a fire at 55 Highland Street. Flames were visible from both the first and second floors as companies arrived. Members tried to initiate an interior attack on the possibly unoccupied structure, but were unable to make entry safely due to items and refuse piled inside. A second-alarm was transmitted for manpower. The only exposure problem was on the 'D' side. Several exterior lines knocked down the visible flames, but smoke continued to vent from the home. With the exposure protected, some companies were released in under two hours, but several units remained for an extended time to attempt a complete extinguishment. - BILL TOMPKINS

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