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Egg Harbor Township Fire Companies Cardiff and Farminton were dispatched to Deliah Rd in the area of Wescoat Rd. Command found a Ford F350 with a trailer against a guardrail and a Honda Civic pinned underneath it. Command requested mutual aid from Atlantic City International Airport to assist with the entrapment.

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Early morning rollover in Clarksboro On March 14th at 4:20 a.m., East Greenwich Township Fire & Rescue, Gloucester County EMS Unit 82-35 and Underwood Hospital Paramedic Unit LS-1 were dispatched to Kings Highway and Cohawkin Road for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment. A vehicle lost control, striking three utility poles, snapping two in half and took out a trafďŹ c signal be-

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fore coming to rest on its roof. Rescue Co 1918 and Deputy 19 went into service assisting the BLS unit with removing the patient from the wreckage. Engine Co 1911 was directed to handle the landing zone for the helicopter.

GC BLS 82-35 and Life Support 1 transported the patient by ground to Cooper Trauma Center for further evaluation. Crews stood by for the rest of the day assisting with trafďŹ c control while Verizon and county highway repaired the damages. The station went available 12 hours later.

Rescue assignment The North Hudson Fire Department dispatched a rescue assignment to the 3500 block of New York Avenue, Union City, on the morning of March 15th, to assist a worker who suffered a panic attack while working on the roof of a onestory building. L-R: Deputy Chief Dave Curtis, 2nd Battalion Chief John Halpin and Captain Luis Melendez comforted the man before he was taken down to the street and check out by city EMT's.

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Dead hydrants hamper Totowa firefighters Totowa firefighters were left with temporarily just using tank water after they encountered two dead hydrants at a fire on March 8th. Totowa units were dispatched at 9:07 a.m., during a heavy snowfall, for a report of fire at 100 Greene Ave. Heavy fire was showing from several windows on both floors of the one and a half story frame structure on arrival of the first rigs. Mutual aid was immediately called. Two of the hydrants hit for supply lines were dead. Longer stretches were needed and additional companies were called to help with water supply. The water problem was soon solved. Several lines were advanced and the heavy fire was quickly knocked. Companies opened up on both the inside and outside to hit any remaining pockets of fire. The fire was under control in about one hour. One resident received minor smoke inhalation, but refused treatment. No other injuries were reported.

Landing zone in Mystic Island Little after 1:00 p.m. on March 5, Station 72 was toned out for a landing zone set up. SouthStar was the ship coming in. Squad 85 requested the medivac for a person with a severe leg injury. 7210 arrived on location followed by Engine 72. SouthStar landed within eleven minutes from the original dispatch. The patient was loaded in the bird and is transported to the trauma center.


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Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date:March 3, 2013 Death Date: March 3, 2013 Fire Department: Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Assistant Fire Chief Curt Burmeister Initial Summary: Fire Chief Morrison was operating at the scene of a brush fire when he collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Morrison was treated by fellow responders on scene and en route to a hospital where he passed away from his injury. Incident Location: 500 Block of Knotts Island Road

Illinois: Christopher Brown, 39 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 5, 2013 Death Date: March 5, 2013 Fire Department: Hudson Community Fire Protection District Fire Dept. Info: Dan Hiter Initial Summary: ncident Description: Firefighter Brown was working with other responders on a multiple vehicle accident on Interstate 39 when a southbound semi-tractor trailer lost control and slid into the accident scene killing Brown and injuring several others. Investigation into the fatal accident continues. Incident Location: Interstate 39 (MM6) near Hudson, IL Texas: Donald Mize, 62 Rank: Firefighter Cadet Incident Date: Mar 6, 2013 Death Date: Mar 6, 2013 Fire Department: League City Volunteer Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Brad Goudie Initial Summary: ncident Description: Firefighter Cadet Mize was cooling down after the training exercise at the department's training facility when he fell ill from a cause still to be determined. Mize was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injury. Incident Location: Fire Department Training Field, 911 North Kansas AVE, League City, TX

Georgia: Lonnie Nutt, 49 Rank: Firefighter Engineer Incident Date: Mar 7, 2013 Death Date: Mar 7, 2013 Fire Department: Marietta Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Jackie Gibbs Initial Summary: The Marietta Fire Department was responding to a motor vehicle accident. Firefighter Engineer Nutt was the driver of the responding apparatus accompanied by two other firefighters. After arriving on the scene, the firefighters were performing aid to the injured motorist when Firefighter Engineer Nutt collapsed. Aid was immediately given and Firefighter Engineer Nutt was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The cause of death is still to be determined. New York: George A. Turner, Jr., 60 Rank: Captain Incident Date: Mar 8, 2013 Death Date: Mar 8, 2013 Fire Department: Jericho Fire Department Fire Dept. Info: Carl E. Johnson Initial Summary: Captain Turner passed away from an apparent heart attack while responding to a motor vehicle accident. Incident Location: Long Island Expressway (I-495) South Carolina: Michael L. Broz, 58

Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: Mar 10, 2013 Death Date: Mar 10, 2013 Fire Department: Mattawan Fire District Fire Dept. Info: Tres’ Atkinson Initial Summary: Firefighter Broz passed away from injuries sustained when his personally owned vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree while he was responding to an outdoor fire in the Francis Beidler Forest. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Broz was reported to have been wearing seat restraints at the time of the accident. Incident Location: Vicinity of Francis Beidler Forest


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North Hudson firefighters presented Gene Watson (second from left) with the George Welch Award in 2009 for his time and dedication playing Santa Claus for area children.

Remembering Eugene “Santa” Watson, Public Safety Mechanic Eugene Watson, 62, was employed by the North Bergen Public Safety Department serving as a mechanic in the shops, which also repairs and maintains fire apparatus for the North Hudson Regional Fire Department. He passed away on March 15th. Better know as Gene, he wore a gray beard and took great pride in playing Santa Claus for children during the holidays with his own personal Santa suit. In 2009 he re-

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ceived the annual George Welch Award at the North Hudson Christmas wrapping party for his years of dedication playing Santa and visiting children in area hospitals. Many firefighters also appreciated how he entertained their children during the wrapping parties, which was the highlight of their night.

In addition to shop duties, he also responded to emergency scenes with support vehicles to assist at fire scenes or other incidents. For many years, Gene worked two full-time jobs to support his wife and five children. He was known for his mild manner, and always offered to help a stray animal that roamed into the shops. He will be missed by many. - RON JEFFERS

Belmar’s St. Patrick’s Day parade draws huge crowds Belmar, NJ. The annual Saint Patrick's Parade began at North Boulevard in Lake Como and continued to 6th Avenue and Main Street in town. Thousands of people lined up along the mile long route, sometimes standing five to ten deep enjoying the festivities. Officials said that roughly 120,000 people attended. That's about 30,000 more than last year and may be a a record turnout.


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Trapped firefighters rescued by brothers in Kearny UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

An early morning fire on Devon Street in Kearny, January 20th, sent occupants of a three story woodframe dwelling running out of the building with the clothes on their backs. Several firefighters were also injured as the result of an interior collapse, but quick action by their brothers rescued them. Squad 2 arrived and reported smoke showing on the top floor, and they were lining in. The company radioed Deputy Chief Robert Osborn that the fire appeared to have extended into the cockloft. A secondalarm was struck. Crews requested more manpower to open up walls and ceilings, and a third alarm was transmitted, bringing mutual aid units to the scene. As the third alarm companies were responding in, fire took possession of the cockloft and the chief ordered all members out of the building. After master streams were shut down, firefighters re-entered the structure. As members stretched a hose line to the third floor, the top floor landing was “clear a day,” said Firefighter Mike Janeczko, of Engine Co. 4. “No heat, no fire, and next to no smoke.” The officers of Engine's 1 and 4 went into the apartment on the right. Squad 2's officer and hose line were getting ready to go into the apartment on the left with Janeczko. Suddenly, the 1 and 4 officers came out of their apartment and Janeczko heard, “We have to get out of here!” Firefighters started to evacuate the top floor. A little bottleneck was created in the stairwell as other members were coming up the stairway. On the second floor landing, Firefighter Andrew O'Donnell was telling guys to get out. Captain Dye and Firefighter Kartanowicz were struggling to take out their hose line. As Janeczko bent down to help them, he felt a gust of wind behind him. He turned around and heard Kartanowicz calling for help. He could not see Captain Dye, but knew he was behind him somewhere. Roof and ceiling material had collapsed and the debris was on top of the firefighter and captain and on fire. Firefighter O’Donnell was on the radio transmitting a “Mayday,” informing the incident commander that firefighters were trapped due to a collapse. Firefighter Janeczko grabbed a “corner” that covered Captain Dye. “This felt like a piece of heavy plywood along with 2 x 6 and sheetrock or plaster, which was about 6 or 8 feet long, and I stood on its side,” Janeczko said. He grabbed Captain Dye and pushed him in the direction of Firefighter O’Donnell, who assisted him out. Firefighter Kartanowicz was yelling and after Janeczko went up about two steps, he saw Kartanowicz's boots first. Firefighter Janeczko reached into the pile of debris and grabbed the trapped

firefighter, who in turn grabbed onto Janeczko. He was removed from the debris and taken down to the first floor, where other members assisted him out of the burning building. Captain Dye and Firefighters Kartanowicz and Janeczko were all taken to area hospitals and treated for nonlife-threatening injuries and they are all back to duty. DOWNS: Summit firefighters responded to a call of a woman with a foot caught in an uncovered water valve in the middle of busy Springfield Avenue, March 3rd. Battalion Chief Richard Locke said the valves are used to shut off the water to the buildings in the downtown area. The woman was crossing the street and her right foot got caught and her leg slipped down into a hole that was about four feet deep. She was wearing Ugg-styled boots. After trying a number of different methods to free the victim's leg from the valve, rescue workers used laundry detergent mixed with some dish soap and that did the trick. She was then evaluated by the Summit Rescue Squad. UPS: The Somerdale Fire Department will receive $119,700 in AFG funds that will be used to purchase and replace SCBA. DOWNS: A fire destroyed a maintenance structure at the Camp Winnebago boy scout facility in the Marcella section of Rockaway Township on March 8th. There was no water supply in the area and mutual aid tankers were called in. To add to the problem, one of the tankers slid off the road in the snowstorm, blocking the only entrance to the camp for a period of time until it could be removed by a heavy duty wrecker, officials said. A tanker shuttle brought water from underground cisterns located about a mile away. UPS: Bianca Bonner, 9, surprised attendees at a fundraiser to help her family at Flanders Fire & Rescue Squad headquarters, March 9th, by attending. Bianca suffered serious burns in the recent fire that killed her brother and stepfather. She was rescued and resuscitated by firefighters and first aid squad personnel. When she came to the squad's quarters with her mother, Carmella Moustafa, she could only whisper, said squad spokesman Doug Fenichel. Through those whispers, she offered her thanks. On the day of the fire, Lt. Nick Petonak of the Budd Lake First Aid Squad had taken Bianca, unconscious, from the three firefighters who first entered the home, Fenichel said. Petonak helped the victim breath on her own, then transported her to a waiting helicopter and provided initial treatment for her burns. She was taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center. The squad collected about $3000 in cash and $1,500 in gift cards, plus several items of clothing, Fenichel said. DOWNS: A father and his two children were hospitalized with burns when an intense fire raced through their Bay Berry Road home in Bridgewater on March 11th. All three were transported to St. Barnabas Medical Center UPS: Hillsborough Chief Fire Marshal Christopher Weniger has earned the Professional “Fire Mar-

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Kearny Firefighter Mike Janeczko, of Engine Co. 4, rescued two fellow members who were trapped by burning debris in January

shal” title from the Commission of Professional Credentialing after completing three years of study and documenting activities. Weniger is one of only 52 fire marshals worldwide and the first and only fire official to hold the title in New Jersey. DOWNS: A Trenton firefighter suffered a leg injury and was removed by stretcher after battling a two alarm fire in an abandoned West Ingham Street duplex on March 4th UPS: Well Fargo Insurance and The Firemen's Fund Insurance Co. presented a $5,593 grant to the Madison Fire Department on March 14th. The grant funds strap-free docking stations for SCBA. DOWNS: A two alarm fire destroyed a Trenton duplex and sent three firefighters to the hospital on March 15th. Firefighters were hampered by low water pressure and operating on narrow Church Street, officials said. UPS: New deputy fire chiefs in Orange are Ralph Gamba, Joseph Zuppa and Guy DeVincentis. DOWNS: Kearny and North Arlington firefighters dumped nearly 270,000 gallons of water on a fire that started at a 20 foot high mulch pile at a Kearny landfill on March 4th, officials said. UPS: New fire captains in Orange are Joseph Trezza, John Petroccia, Elvin Padilla Jr., Scott Rothenberger and Joseph Antonucci. DOWNS: A two alarm fire involving new townhouses under construction in Garfield is believed to have been caused by a faulty propane heater that construction workers were using to keep the unfinished interiors warm, according to Fire Chief John Kopacz. The March 19th fire appeared to have started in the center of a row of 14 units and spread quickly because fire walls hadn't been installed yet, Kopacz said. Eight of the units were destroyed and a ninth was

heavily damaged UPS: The Riverton Fire Department received $5,550 in AFG funds for operations and safety. DOWNS: A two alarm fire in a Lincoln Ave. home in Newark, March 13th, injured one firefighter and killed two dogs and a chicken. UPS: The Cinnaminson Fire Department will receive $152,000 in AFG funds to invest in new equipment and training. DOWNS: A 79 year old disabled man was killed in a March 19th fire that involved his Edgeview Road house in the Cliffwood section of Aberdeen. UPS: Twin W First Aid Squad in West Windsor donated an ambulance to the Sandy Hook unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. DOWNS: Bayonne ladder companies were unable to fit their rigs into tiny dead end Trembley Court, March 21st, as a dwelling fire escalated to four alarms and displaced 17 residents in two buildings. In addition, there were no fire hydrants on the block. Firefighters had to stretch lines from hydrants around the corner on East 16th St. UPS: New battalion chiefs in Hoboken are Joseph Turner, David Buoncuore and Jason Cassesa. New fire captains are Christopher McGlinchy, Joseph Piccicinni, Daniel England, Andrfew Markey, Richard Marsh, Gregory Ferrante, Robert O’Connor and Andrew Marone. DOWNS: The first of several water main breaks in Hoboken started around 4:30 a.m., March 28th, at Eighth Street and Willow Avenue that led to water pressure problems. Shortly after 11:00 a.m., a new rupture was reported in a 30 inch main at 14th and Willow. According to a spokesman for United Water, the first water main was about 80 to 100 years old. Fire Chief Richard Blohm said tankers were called in from surround-

ing areas. The Hoboken Fire Department received many water flow alarms from buildings throughout the city as low pressure triggered the sprinkler sensors. UPS: The Wyckoff Family YMCA chose the Wyckoff Fire Department for its 10th Annual William E. Boye Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes the fire department's members for their “selfless commitment of time, energy and resources to the residents and businesses of Wyckoff,” according to YMCA Director of Public Relations Kris Pepper. The Wyckoff Y is creating an ad journal, of which 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Wycoff Fire Department. DOWNS: Retired Passaic Fire Chief Louis Imparato, 68, who helped craft a federal law that has provided billions of dollars in grants to fire departments nationwide, died of an apparent heart attack on March 11th. He served 36-years on the Passaic Fire Department, the last 12 as chief. In hailing the chief on his retirement in 2003, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. recalled how the Firefighter Investment and Response Enhancement, or FIRE, Act, which provides grants to fire departments for equipment, training and fire prevention programs, came to be. At a public safety meeting, the chief asked the congressman why the federal government spent nearly zero dollars supporting our nation's 32,000 career, volunteer and combination fire departments? Pascrell had no good answer and began to investigate. Together, they drafted the FIRE Act. Chief Imparato also had a hand in the subsequent Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Resources, or SAFER, Act, which was co-sponsored by Pascrell and provides grants for the hiring of firefighters. - continued on page 10


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Garfield blaze destroys townhouse under construction A fire burned through a row of condos still under construction at a Garfield apartment complex early morning hours of March 19th. At 4:52am firefighters were dispatched for a working fire at 950 River Dr. arriving police officers confirmed a working fire with fire show- JUMP TO FILE # ing on the top floor 031913115 of a unit of condos under construction. Heavy fire was already venting through the roof on arrival of chief John Kopacz. Firefighters had limited access the scene because of the location with it being in the unfinished area complex. Engine 2 under Capt James Kovacs direction arrived first due and began to stretch lines as chief's decided to make this a defensive attack. Due to a very limited access driveway and road no apparatus was positioned in front of the building in fear of collapse. All apparatus was staged in a drive way which made operations difficult. During the initial stages of the attack of the fire large propane tanks used to supply heaters to dry wet dry wall t were in front of each unit and had to be protected by lines. During operations water supply issues arose calling for mutual aid engines from Saddle Brook and Elmwood Park to the scene. An additional tower ladder from Saddle Brook was called to the scene but could not operate because of the location of the building. The fire ground was difficult to navigate due to a earlier snow storm and unpaved roads. As additional water supply was established companies began operating with numerous outside lines several ground monitors and truck 4's ladder pipe. A total of 7 out of 12 units were destroyed or

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UPS: North Plainfield firefighters set a new record shaving heads to benefit cancer research for kids in their 10th annual St. Baldrick's event. A total of 163 heads were shaved and they raised more than $107,000, March 23rd, for the St. Baldrick's Foundation for Children's Cancer Research. DOWNS: A three alarm fire raced through five row houses on West Side Avenue in Perth Amboy, March 29th, displacing 45 people.UPS: An Assistance to Firefighters Grant of $193,500 has been awarded to the Garfield Fire Department. Funds will go to the purchase of 43 SCBA and other equipment. DOWNS: Jeffrey Scheuefer, 35, a Readington volunteer firefighter and a member of the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service, died on March 28th from injuries after being struck by a car on Route 629 while participating in a controlled burn near Round Valley Reservoir, said Hunterdon County Prosecutor

Anthony Kearns. “According to our preliminary investigation, it appears that a heavy smoke condition associated with the controlled burn was present at the time of the crash may have caused reduced visibility when a shift in the wind occurred,” said Kearns. UPS: The Skyline Lake Volunteer Fire Company in Ringwood has been awarded $25,698 in AFG funds for operations and safety. DOWNS: An early morning fire destroyed a Park Street home in Hackensack and severely damaged another, displacing four families on March 17th. The homeowners, asleep on the first floor of the dwelling when the fire started, roused the second floor tenants and they all escaped, officials said. Police received the initial call as a fight. The house where the fire originated did not have a working smoke detector, according to Lt. Justin Dereuyanik, the P.I.O. The Hackensack Fire Department has a program that provides free smoke detectors to residents who cannot afford them, he said.

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damaged by the blaze. Almost three hours the fire was declared under control by chief of dept John Kopacz. Mutual aid from Saddle Brook, Elmwood Park, Lodi and Maywood covered the city. Box-54 also responded to the scene . A call also was made to the Bergen county

Arson Squad. The building would eventually be raised because of its conditions. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Special thank you to Garfield chief of dept John Kopacz with assistance in this article. - DAMIEN DANIS

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Brookview Volunteer Fire Company practices ladder bailout training On Monday, March 18th, members of the Brookview Volunteer Fire Company worked with the instructors from the Piscataway Fire Academy to practice bailout techniques. Firefighters ran through several evolutions to fine tune the skill of quickly evacuating a room via a window onto a ladder placed at the edge of the window sill.

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Fair Lawn O.E.M. Coordinator Wendy Demeraski (left) with her father, Walt, an Ex-Chief of Department, worked together at a recent multiple alarm ďŹ re in the borough.

The Stewartsville Volunteer Fire Company of Warren County responded to a call of a dryer fire in Greenwich Township shortly after 4:30 p.m. on March 4, 2013. When Chief Joe Mecsey arrived on scene, nothing was showing from the exterior. Upon entering the residence, there was smoke. By that time, the fire was quickly spreading and he called for a box alarm. Stewartsville was assisted by Lopatcong, Harmony, Franklin, Bloomsbury and Washington Boro as well as Greenwich and Lopatcong EMS and police. Two firefighters were treated and released, one for smoke inhalation and the other for a fall off a ladder.


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Backdraft injures mutual aid firefighters at Harrison blaze Harrison, NJ. As local residents were preparing for a St. Patrick's Day parade up Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard North on a sunny Sunday, fire rocked this West Hudson neighborhood and later firefighters were injured as a result of a backdraft. Around 11 a.m. on March 10th, a police officer noticed smoke coming from a restaurant in a building on the boulevard, at Davis Street, and radioed in a fire. Police evacuated area residents. A congregation of about 50 people above the restaurant were attending services at Inglesia de Dios “Lus y Vida,” and heard people screaming fire, and they self-evacuated. A column of black smoke rose into the sky, visible for miles. A Newark fire unit radioed in the smoke condition and inquired if Harrison had a fire. The Harrison Fire Department arrived and quickly called for mutual aid, bringing in units from Kearny and East Newark. Firefighters made an interior attack in the restaurant, but fire had already spread above them and into the residential exposure next door on the boulevard side. At the time, officials believed the fire was gas fed and summoned Public Service Gas to the scene. As the flames broke through the roof and threatened a duplex dwelling on the Davis Street side, additional mutual aid was called bringing in fire companies from Jersey City, North Arlington, Lyndhurst and Secaucus. About an hour into the fire, a backdraft occurred, blowing smoke and flames out of the Rodgers and Davis sides of the corner mixed occupancy building, knocking firefighters to the ground and out of the building. The blast sent pieces of glass flying into the air. Five Jersey City firefighters, including a battalion chief, were injured and taken to Jersey City Medical Center. They were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Fire Captain Robert Jaeger, of Ladder Co. 9, was treated for a concussion, lacerations to his face and burns to his ears. Third Battalion

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Chief Kenneth Ratyniak was treated for bruises and cuts to his face, Jersey City Fire Director Armand Roman said. Firefighters Scott McDermott and Joseph Healy, of Ladder Co. 9, suffered a back injury and concussion respectively. Firefighter Gary Onorato suffered smoke inhalation and was held overnight at the hospital, Romans said. Firefighters were ordered out of the burning corner building due to the immense heat building up inside the structure, Director Roman said. As they were coming down the stairs, the explosion occurred, blowing off their air masks and helmets and threw them onto the street, according to the Director. Master streams were set up including ladder pipes from Kearny Ladder 1, Jersey City Ladders 9 and 12, North Arlington Ladder 3, East Newark Ladder 1, Lyndhurst Tower Ladder 1 and a deck gun from Harrison Engine 3. Some in the crowd seemed more concerned with the status of the parade that was detoured around the fire and passed through the three West Hudson municipalities. The fire was declared under control at 4:24 p.m. The Red Cross was called in to assist approximately 17 displaced residents. The Gong Club canteen truck diverted from Jersey City parade duty and responded to the fire to serve refreshments to the worn out firefighters. The NJ Division of Fire Safety and ATF personnel were called in to conduct an investigation into the cause of the blaze. During an interview by News 12 New Jersey, Harrison Mayor Raymond McDonough thanked the firefighters from all of the towns that responded, including his six on-duty members. “They're the best,” said the mayor. “Without the firemen, what would we do?”

Fire consumes the roof of the mixed occupancy structure.

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Jersey City Chief of Department Rivers checks on Firefighter McDermott before he is transported to the hospital.

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One home destroyed, three damaged in Hackensack Hackensack Fire Department received a call from Hackensack Police reporting smoke and fire with possible people trapped at 433 Park St. Engines 4, 5, 2 and 1 along with Ladder 1 and Rescue 1 responded under the command of D/C Pawlick. Pawlick reported smoke and fire on the first floor D side, requesting a fast team from Teaneck, an off duty truck and engine recall and safety officer. Engine 4 stretched a one and three quarter inch handline to begin attacking the fire on the first floor. The ladder company began to vent the roof and began searches on the first floor. Rescue 1 began searches of the second floor. All searches were negative. Engine 2 stretched a two and a half inch line to protect 435 Park St. Command reported fire extending to 435 Park street and ordered Engine 1 to bring an additional water supply off Passaic St. to the scene. Engine 5 stretched a one and three quarter inch into 435 Park St., while Engine 1 stretched a two and a half inch line into the basement of 433 Park St. Teaneck stretched a two and a half to the driveway of 433 Park St to protect exposure 429 Park St. Command transmitted a second alarm, bringing Ladder 2 and Bogota Engine 1 to the scene along with a additional FAST team from Ridgefield Park. Ladder 2 began to ventilate the roof and attic of 435 Park St. Due to rapidly deteriorat-

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ing conditions and heavy fire now showing on the second floor, command evacuated the original fire building. Several two and a half inch handlines were placed into service and began to knock down the heavy fire. Companies were still operating in 435 Park St. and beginning to extinguish fire on the second floor and attic. Companies reentered 433 Park St. and began to extinguish some of the fire on the second floor. Companies were met with heavy heat and fire. Fire was rapidly extending now to the attics of 433 and 435, causing conditions to rapidly deteriorate again. Command ordered the evacuation of both buildings. Bogota Engine 1 and Hackensack Engine 1 placed a portable master stream to the rear of 433 Park S. Ladder 1’s ladder pipe was placed in service along with numerous exterior two amd a half inch handlines. Ladder 2’s ladder pipe was also supplied by Ridgefield Park. With all of the fire knocked down, companies were unable to reenter 433 Park St. due to the roof collapse into the second floor. Companies entered 435 Park St., began overhaul and extinguished hot spots. With the fire placed under control by command, it was determined by the building department that 433 Park St. had to be

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torn down due to structural instability. Companies remained on scene during demolition and assisted residents with gathering items from their homes. One resident and one firefighter received minor injuries. Residents displaced by the fire were relocated by the American Red Cross.

APPARATUS IN ACTION If you have photos you would like to see in our Apparatus in Action feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

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Edison Engine 4 operating at a salt storage garage fire on New Durham Rd.

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North Arlington Engine 1 hits a hydrant to relay pump at a fivealarm fire on Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. in Harrison.


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FACES To see your action shots in the newspaper upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

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Paterson third alarm is deemed suspicious A three alarm fire tore through a vacant structure in Paterson on March 6th, PFD Combustibles, and police are investigating the suspicious blaze. Paterson units were dispatched to 117 Spruce St. shortly before midnight. Heavy fire was showing from the second and third floor windows of a vacant, boarded-up three store frame dwelling. Occupied structures, attached on the B side and very close on the D side were severely threatened. A

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second alarm was transmitted, followed shortly by a third. An interior attack on the original fire building was initiated, but members were soon withdrawn and operations went defensive as conditions deteriorated. Exterior streams were put into operation as keeping the fire contained to the fire building became the main focus.

Truck 1’s tower and several handlines were operated to hold the flames and protect the exposures. The heavy fire was knocked quickly and the fire was able to be placed under control in about one hour. It was reported that one person was arrested by police and another was being sought in connection with the fire. Various fire and police agency’s are investigating. No serious injuries were reported. - BILL TOMPKINS

RON JEFFERS

Jersey City Captain Jimmy Early, Jr., of Engine Co. 9-Group C, takes a blow while operating at a 4th alarm in a row of dwellings in March. The captain has over 30-years on the job.

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Jefferson knocks down working shed fire Lake Hopatcong, NJ. On March 7 at around 4 p.m., Jefferson Township Fire Company 1 and 2 were dispatched to 79 Nolans Point Road for a reported shed fire. Heavy black smoke was seen a mile away, indicating a working fire. Upon arrival of Company 2's chief, he confirmed a well involved shed fire, in addition to two cars and two boats. A full response was requested from fire company 1, as well as manpower and

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tankers from Mount Arlington, Roxbury and Picatinny. Jefferson Fire Company 2 was first on scene and stretched 2, inch and three quarter lines to attack the blaze. As tankers from responding mutual aid arrived, additional hand

lines were put into operation to control the blaze. Firefighters began overhaul operations after about 30 minutes to extinguish any hot spots. Mutual aid was released after about an hour and all Jefferson units were cleared shortly after. Three other vehicles were also damaged in the blaze and the cause of the fire is under investigation. - JAMES BESSEMER

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Tuckerton structure fire Just after 12:00 p.m. on March 16th, a 911 call was taken for a house filling up with smoke. Tuckerton Police arrived to find a home with a heavy smoke condition. Station 50 found the source of the fire in the laundry room. Crews pulled a one and three quarter inch line to the inside the residence and quickly knocked down the fire. A resident was home at the time of the fire, but no one was injured. Fire crews also saved two cats from the home. The fire is under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshals office. EMS was provided by Quality.

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Controlled burn season under way For the last few weeks, residents may have noticed some smoke in the sky. Well it’s that time of year when the NJFFS starts their controlled burn season. Some people ask why they do this. Well, they are removing the fuel on the ground to help prevent forest fires. After some time when the trees drop their leaves, they pile up along with branches that have fallen. After removing the fuel from the ground, larger fires become less likely. Therefore, for the next few weeks, the NJFFS will continue to do this throughout the state.


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If you have photos you would like to see in our “NJ Gigs” feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

If you have photos you would like to see in our “NJ Memories” feature, please upload them to our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

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Mendham Borough uses a 2011 Chevy Tahoe painted black with a red stripe.

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Hoboken H&L Co. 3 members pose with their 1922 American LaFrance Type 17-6 tractor drawn 75-foot spring-raised aerial ladder on Clinton Street.

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Mount Olive Fire Marshal Fred De Toro Jr. operates a Chevy Tahoe.

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Sayreville Fire Inspector Johnathan Magaw uses a 2008 Ford Ranger.

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Glen Gardner Chief Rich Mupo answers alarms in a 2005 Dodge Durango.

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Division A Forest Fire cuts through the elements Allamuchy, NJ. Division A Forest Fire Service held their field day for S-212 Power Saws on March 16th and 17th with students braving freezing temperatures and two inches of snow and showing their skills. The field day was for a class S-212 Power Saws, which consisted of three days of classroom and two days in the field. 25 firefighters were accepted into this class. After completion of this class, firefighters will be qualified as Faller A’s.

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Route 22 MVC in Bridgewater At approximately 2:30 p.m. on March 4th, North Branch and Green Knoll firefighters were alerted to a motor vehicle collision with a stuck door on Route 22 West in the area of Milltown Road. The patient was not complaining of any injuries, but she could not get out of the car due to damaged sustained by the accident. A car had pulled to the side of Route 22 to use a cell phone when another car travelling westbound struck the parked vehicle. Although both vehicles sustained major damage, all drivers and passengers refused medical attention. Firefighters had the door open within minutes and the scene was cleared within the 15 minute mark.


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RJ and his son Jay Paul, known for their alligator catching skills, joined the show in season two. Although the producers were only looking for one new “Swamp Person,” RJ wouldn’t do the show without his son Jay

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Lucky 13th year sponsoring the Burn Foundation This year, the Burn Foundation was lucky to get their thirteenth year of support by Fire & Safety Services, Ltd. and Pierce Manufacturing. “Pride of the Fire Parade” is this year’s theme by artist Joseph M. Getsinger which is financially supported by President David Russell of Fire & Safety Services, Ltd. They have come through for the 13th consecutive year and are dedicated to aiding the Burn Foundation and support artist Joseph M Getsinger. This year’s theme is the “Pride of the Fire Parade” which is the first image created by Burn Foundation Artist Joseph M. Getsinger utilizing the Wildwood, New Jersey Firemen’s Convention Parade at the conclusion of the Firemen’s Convention on Saturdays. Getsinger explained, “For about the last five or six years, I have been photographing the parade from different locations. Although I have taken hundreds of pictures, nothing really struck me or inspired me to do a painting until now. After the September 2012 Fireman’s Convention, I went to the end of the parade for a change in hopes of capturing the right picture. I spoke with a gentle-

man with a fire-police vest on, who was in the street greeting the trucks as they ended the parade and keeping onlookers from walking in front of the fire trucks. As he was watching the parade his grandson walked up to him, he put his hand on his grandson’s shoulder and “Blam” that was it, a Rockwell moment. Coincidentally, one of the oldest Pierce fire trucks from the Farmington Volunteer Fire Company of Egg Harbor Township was passing at that time and got captured in the photograph. I was able to capture the pride of the fire parade, which was this man’s grandson and all the firefighters fire trucks on display. This will take a lot of time to get right on canvas, but it will look great when finished. We will also be able to personalize the front of the Fire Truck to whoever orders a print.” President David Russell did not hesitate for the thirteenth straight year to commit to fully support the Burn Foundation and the artist. Fire and Safety Services, Ltd. started supporting the Burn Foundation of Philadephia, Pa. in 2001 with President William Russell. The artist advised, “Fire and Safety Services, Ltd., have always been great about the sponsor-

ship and my artistic choices. They have allowed me to choose the image for the year even when sometimes it didn’t represent a “Pierce” fire truck. They are truly great sponsors and supporters of the Burn Foundation. God Bless them.” You will enjoy the new image when you arrive at the Burn Foundation booth, get your raffle ticket for a #1 Giclee’ canvas or a chance at one of 25 prints of “Pride of the Fire Parade” and purchase the new 2013 design for the Collector Pin, which has been a very popular item to collect and also support burn survivors through the Burn Foundation. Let’s make this a banner fundraising year for the Burn Foundation. They really need your support to help burn survivors of which many are firefighters. Thanks again for the 13 years of dedicated service to the Burn Foundation through the Sponsorship efforts of David Russell, of Fire & Safety Services, Ltd., and Pierce Manufacturing. See you in September. God Bless the Burn Foundation, God Bless our Troops and God Bless America

WATERWAY IN NORTH NEW JERSEY INITIATIVE Waterway Inc, the nation's number one fire hose and ground ladder testing company have welcome Bob Cowan and Jim Ford to be their newest North Jersey franchisees. Bob Cowan, Bachelor of Science from Jersey State College, recently retired as Battalion Chief of the Elizabeth Fire Department where he served 31 years. His last assignment was the Head of the Training Division. After retiring, Bob found his passion was to bring top level service and safety to firefighters. His son Tim, an Elizabeth fire fighter, will be joining the team to help ensure quality and liaison between the franchise and the local departments. Jim Ford who, until recently, ran his own highly successful inspection company, Amspec LLC has 35 years of experience in the industrial testing industry. He believes that quality control is important above all else and strives to ensure higher standards in testing by using only NSIT certified equipment. His mission is to ensure that all pressure and vacuum gauges, stop watches, and all other measurement instruments are properly certified. His son, Jim Ford Jr. will round out the North Jersey franchisee team by bringing his own managerial experience as well as mechanical and technical skills. Cowan and Ford's mission is to bring ISO certified testing to fire chiefs and companies everywhere. Their attention to detail and quality of service is beyond compare and they strive to make life easier for the chiefs, volunteers, and business owners in New Jersey. "I've watched Waterway expand its network steadily over the last few years and felt that I could leverage my experience and knowledge of Fire Departments in North Jersey with the outstanding testing service the Company offers," Bob said. The inception of this newest location will bring the number of Waterway franchisees to eighteen, distributed throughout the Eastern Seaboard, the mid West, Texas, Florida and New Mexico.


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Division A Forest Fire preparing for the season ROBERT SOMES

Fire damage to the outside of the house

Saint Patrick’s Day exterior dwelling fire in Fords On the afternoon of St. Patrick’s Day, the Fords Fire Company (Woodbridge Township Fire District 7) and Woodbridge Township EMS were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the area of the intersection of Fairfield Avenue and King George Road in the Fords section of Woodbridge Township. Engines 7-1 and 7-2 arrived to find a small exterior fire being worked on by a passerby with a fire

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extinguisher. Engine 7-1 stretched a single one and a half inch line to finish extinguishing the fire and crews checked the interior of the structure for extension. The fire was contained to the outside wall and siding of the house.

A Woodbridge Fire Department (District 1) fire inspector was called to the scene for the investigation and Hopelawn Engine Company (District 8) Engine 8-2 covered Station 7 until all Fords fire units had picked up and returned to quarters. The fire is believed to have been accidental in origin and there were no injuries on scene. - ROBERT SOMES

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Byram with the trickey chimney fire Byram Twp, NJ. Things were quiet on the lake front of Lake Mohawk Sunday afternoon, March 3rd, when Byram Fire received a call of a chimney fire at 702 Birch Parkway. Almost at the furthest point of town, Sparta was called in to assist. On arrival, heavy smoke was puffing from the blocked chimney. Firefighters laddered the house and tried to use a chimney chain to unclog the chimney. After almost an hour, the chimney was unclogged and smoke could move freely.

Budd Lake, NJ - The annual Division A District Wardens meeting was held Saturday, March 3rd at the Budd Lake firehouse. The meeting prepares the district wardens for the upcoming season and also a safety refresher. Members of the Trenton staff also bring up-to-date information to the firefighters.


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FACES To see your action shots in the newspaper upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

RON JEFFERS

Jersey City 4th Battalion Chief Steve McGill operated at a two alarm fire in a vacant paint factory on Suydam Avenue, March 23rd.

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Netcong’s RIC team responds into Roxbury Just after midnight on March 2nd, Netcong's RIC team was dispatched to 5 East Mapledale Avenue for a reported house fire. Upon arrival, Netcong's RIC team staged in the driveway on the Alpha/Bravo side of the residence. After checking in with operations, it was reported that the fire was successfully knocked down as a result of Roxbury's rapid response. All Netcong units were released just a short time after. No injuries were sustained at the scene.

RON JEFFERS

North Hudson Captain Glen Gavin (left) and Firefighter Jason Sibani, of Engine Co. 4, stand by with a hose line during the annual Passover ceremony at 34th Street and New York Avenue, Union City, on March 25th.

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North Hudson Firefighter Anthony Racioppi, of Engine Co. 9, spent his last tour before retirement at a mutual aid four alarm fire in Jersey City on March 27th.

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STILL IN SERVICE If you have photos you would like to see in our Still In Service feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

RON JEFFERS

In Mendham Township, Brookside Engine Co. 1's Fire Support 5 is a 1977 Ford/Wendel utility vehicle.

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ON THE LITER SIDE If you have photos you would like to see in our On the Liter Side feature please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

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Edison Engine 8 was at the township DPW during a fire that destroyed a large salt storage garage on March 18, 2013, but it was not involved in the suppression efforts. Engine 8 sat dormant with an "Out of Service" sign hanging in the windshield, while other apparatus worked the job. CHRIS TOMPKINS

East Orange battles third alarm fire Shortly before 7 a.m. on March 17, the East Orange Fire Department was dispatched to 310 Halsted St for a reported structure fire. As units arrived on scene, they encountered a large two story frame with heavy fire conditions in the rear. Command called for a second alarm and then a third shortly after. First arriving units attempted an interior attack, but

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were pulled out of the building due to deteriorating fire conditions. As crews went into exterior operations, multiple hand lines were stretched into the exposure. One ladder went into operation as Irvington Ladder 42 arrived on scene and was put into service.

With two ladder pipes and multiple hand lines in operation, crews were able to knock down the heavy fire within an hour. The fire was brought under control as crews remained on scene for an extended period of time for overhaul. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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Heavy entrapment with fatality in Egg Harbor Township Egg Harbor Township Fire Companies Cardiff and Farminton were dispatched to Deliah Rd in the area of Wescoat Rd. Command found a Ford F350 with a trailer against a guardrail and a Honda Civic pinned underneath it. Command requested mutual aid from Atlantic City International Airport to assist with the entrapment. The driver of the pickup truck self-extricated. The driver and one passenger had to be extricated from

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the vehicle. The last victim, the front passenger, was heavily entrapped in the front seat, where the front wheel of the pickup was resting ontop of her leg. Firefighters, using the jaws of life and cutters, removed the door and roof as medics tried to stabilize the patient. A heavy duty tow truck

was called in to lift the pickup truck off the car, so the patient could be removed from the car. The extrication took just over an hour to complete, but crews remained on scene for clean up. Deliah Road was closed for over three hours. The front passenger was later pronounced dead at the hospital. No other word on the conditions of the remaining patients. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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An antique firetruck from the Orange Fire Department, Engine 524, attended the parade.

61st Annual West Orange Saint Patrick's Day Parade West Orange, NJ . The heritage of the West Orange Parade goes back over 50 years ago. It’s a tradition that continues due to the hard work of two organizations that are still involved today, the IrishAmerican Society of the Oranges and the Frank O’Hara Association. The parade is now organized and attended by children and grandchildren, who have roots that trace back to those early generations.

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With its first parade in 1951, it continued to grow in size and popularity. By 1974, the parade grew so much that it expanded its route and preceded from township hall to the full width of Main Street. The event has now become the preeminent parade in the State of New Jersey. Few can match its

unique combination of family atmosphere, dignity, class and size. This parade still attracts thousands of spectators, marchers and bands including local Irish-American groups in addition to fraternal, community and school groups. Many local fire departments and pipe bands attended the parade and marched south along Main Street. - TODD HOLLRITT

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Working shed fire in Buena The Landisville and Minotola Fire Companies of Buena Borough were dispatched shortly before 3 p.m. for a reported structure fire at 113 West Weymouth Rd. Command arrived on location and reported a 10x15 shed fully involved in the rear of the structure. Minotola Squirt 11-23 arrived on scene and stretched a one and three quarter inch hand line as Landisville Engine 11-10 laid a dry supply line into the scene. Crews quickly knocked down

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Netcong High School student among 34 lifesavers honored by the 200 Club of Morris County Morristown, NJ. A Netcong High School student, who also is a volunteer firefighter, is among 34 firefighters, police officers and emergency medical services providers being honored by the 200 Club of Morris County at the Club’s 41st Annual Valor & Meritorious Awards Dinner on April 25, 2013. Each year, The 200 Club of Morris County honors local police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services providers, who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. For 2012, nine incidents resulted in eight valor awards and 26 meritorious awards. An act of valor is an extraordinary event in which a person puts his or her own safety aside to perform an act of courage above and beyond the call of duty. Very often, the person’s own life is in danger. The Meritorious Award also notes an extraordinary act, but the responder has not necessarily placed his or her own well-being at risk. “These individuals truly have put their lives on the line for the people of Morris County,” said Jack Van Orden, president of the 200 Club. “They put it on the line for us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You don’t always think about it, but they make it safer for all of us and we owe a great deal of gratitude to them. This is one small way that we can honor them for putting their lives at risk for us. We are so very happy and honored to be able to recognize these individuals for their dedication and service.” Receiving Valor Awards this year are: Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician James A. Blair and Firefighter Troy N. Pehowic of the Madison Fire Department. The pair responded to a fire in an apartment building and entered the building without a hose line to search for a trapped 20 year old woman. They found and rescued her and her dog. Sgt. James C. DiStasio, Patrolman Joseph Farina and Det. Reginald C. Goode, of the Mount Arlington Police Department, saved the driver of a car who travelled off the road and into the woods, crashing into a tree and catching fire. The trapped driver was removed from the burning car by officers, who then rendered care. East Hanover Police Officer Jesse M. Novalis entered a burning house without protective equipment or breathing apparatus, located a disabled elderly man and dragged him to safety. Police Officer Keith R. Flaherty and Cpl. Ryan Plumb, of the Netcong Borough Police Department, twice entered a burning apartment without breathing apparatus or protective clothing in an unsuccessful attempt to rescue the occupant.

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Meritorious Service Award winners include: Netcong Firefighter Shannon Fluke, a student at Lenape Valley High School, who successfully removed a foreign body from a classmate’s airway. The choking student was turning purple when Fluke was alerted to the emergency. New Vernon First Aid Squad EMTs Barbara C. Coulter, Donna M. Gandy, Capt. Diane Hinds, James P. Miller, Dr. Fred M. Palace and Laura M. Scaff; and Patrolman David C. Achenbach, Sgt. Mark Giansanti and Patrolman Erik Heller, of the Harding Police Department resuscitated a 60 year old postal carrier, who experienced cardiac arrest while driving his delivery truck. Paramedics from Medic 3 also assisted. Mendham Township Patrolman James Arnesen, Sgt. Ross Johnson, Det. Daniel R. Taquinto and Patrolman Scott Weaver responded to an incident at the height of Superstorm Sandy in which a tree fell on a pick-up truck, killing the driver and front passenger. Officers removed two children in the backseat of the truck and protected them as tree limbs and other debris fell around them. They then helped volunteers of the Mendham First Aid Squad transport the victims of the crash to Morristown Hospital. What is usually a ten minute drive took nearly 90 minutes. State Trooper Albert H. Kim and two members of the Netcong Borough Police Department, Cpl. Joseph A. Matits and Special Police Officer Class II Jay S. Reilly, worked for almost five hours to track down a distraught young man and talk him out of committing suicide by jumping from a bridge on to Interstate 80. Patrolman Jay R. Hardy and Sgt. David J. Jara from Chester Borough Police Department and Cpl. Christopher Cavanaugh, Patrolman Michael Henry, Chief Wayne A. Martini, Patrolman Stephen Notte, Patrolman Gregory C. Smith and Sgt. Ronald N. Totams from Chester Township Police Department fought the winds, rain and debris of Superstorm Sandy to investigate a major natural gas leak, and evacuate those in danger from the leak. They rescued one resident who was trapped by falling debris and downed wires. Madison Patrolman James C. Cavezza responded to the same apartment building fire as Firefighters Blair and Pehowic. Before their arrival, Cavezza made entry into the building to evacuate residents. He also played a key role in determining where the woman who was rescued was hiding. - DOUG FENICHEL

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Storm Preparations for your Firehouse, Part III As I write this final column on storm preparedness, it is snowing and the weather forecast is calling for 4 to 8 inches of snow overnight and through most of tomorrow. Just another weather event in the northeast, or shall I say in the United States. T h e s t o r m y weather is STAYING not limited to the northeast, SAFE as the entire country con- Chief Henry Camptinues to be bell battered by hurricanes, tornadoes, rain storms and flooding, snowstorms, ice storms, and blizzards. Take your pick depending on what region of the country you are located in you will have to respond and perform under some very trying conditions brought on by the weather. If a storm impacts your area it can create a lot of problems in a short period of time. Some you can be prepared for, others you will have to come up with a plan in order to resolve the problem. The washout of roads and bridges, or the temporary closure of local roads, blocked with fallen trees, poles, power lines, snow and ice, flooded roadways, and abandoned vehicles all of which may make it impossible for emergency apparatus to pass. What alternate routes are available? Will some sections of your response area be isolated? Would an adjoining fire department be better able to respond into that area? If so, make the necessary notifications to put them on standby. The need for alternate response vehicles may arise for other than the chiefs 4 wheel drive vehicle. There may be a need for additional all terrain 4 wheel drive vehicles, boats, or snowmobiles that may be pressed into service as emergency response or transport vehicles. Well in advance of using any members equipment or vehicles, contact your department’s insurance carrier for their direction and guidance prior to implementing any such use. It is recommended that you do not use any vehicles, etc. that are not or cannot be covered by the departments insurance carrier. The availability of fuel for apparatus and power tool equipment during any prolonged emergency operation is a priority. Where and how you obtain your apparatus fuel may vary dependent upon location and or size of department or community. Larger departments may operate their own fuel dispensing

facility at certain fire stations, others may report to town, village, or city highway department facilities to obtain fuel. Lastly, there are those departments that procure their apparatus fuel at local gas stations. Whatever method you use to obtain apparatus fuel there are a few important points that should be resolved prior to any extended emergency in your community. They include are you on a priority list for fuel during emergencies, can you obtain fuel at night, will someone come out to fuel your apparatus when operating for long durations of time at a specific location (fire scene) etc. Prior to the storms arrival, all department vehicles fuel tanks should be topped off along with requesting a fuel delivery to top off your stations storage tanks. Do you live in the Snow Belt? If so, does your department have full sets of tire chains for all the apparatus and department vehicles, or do you depend solely on drop down type chains. The drop down chains can perform quite well when the vehicle is underway and the roads have been plowed, but for deep snowfalls, unplowed roads and drifting snow, you can’t beat a full set of tire chains that have been properly installed. There is no guarantee that you will get through in the worst of snowstorms, but you will know that you did all you could to arrive at the emergency scene. The use of local fire stations for public shelters during extended periods of emergency operations should be avoided whenever possible. When a fire station is in full emergency mode operation with apparatus and firefighters constantly on the go, and other firefighters trying to get some rest, housing the public can only create problems relative to sheltering and providing the basics of life. In many smaller communities the fire station may be the only point of refuge, especially at the onset of an incident. In those circumstances there should be a plan in place to accommodate the public without detracting from the department’s ability to conduct emergency operations. Arrangements should be made early on to try to establish a better location for sheltering purposes. The International Association of Fire Chiefs has an excellent document on storm preparedness that all departments should review. It is the “Model Procedures for Response of Emergency Vehicles During Hurricanes and Tropical Storms” that can be viewed and downloaded at: http://www.iafc.org/files/safetyApp _IAFCmodelProcedsVehiclesInHurricanes.pdf Till next time, Buckle Up, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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

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

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

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Early morning Bridgewater blaze hospitalizes three

JOHN W. CARR

Firefighters work to make entry on the A side.

Vineland firefighters battle structure fire, dogs perish Vineland, NJ. Just before 4:30 a.m., on March 1st, Engines 11 and 61, Ladder Towers 1 and 6 along with Vineland EMS were dispatched to a dwelling fire in the 500 block of Pear Street. Before companies arrived on the scene, the Cumberland County 911 Center reported receiving numerous calls for a structure fire at the rear of a dwelling and struck the all hands, adding Engine 22 and Ladder 4 to the box assignment and E-31 covered headquarters. Captain Mark Cifaloglio was first on the scene and reported heavy fire showing from the B, C and D sides of a one story wood frame building approximately 50 feet x 20 feet. He ordered E-61 to secure a hydrant and lay in with a five inch line. E-61’s crew, under the command of Lt. Tony Saltar, stretched a two and a half inch line to the B side followed by a one and three quarter inch line to the D side. There were several outbuildings and a dwelling that presented exposure problems, but suffered no damage. The fire building was sur-

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rounded by fences on several sides that presented obstacles to the attack. As additional crews arrived, a three inch line to a blitz-fire was put in service. Chief Robert Pagnini placed the fire under control at 5:18 and crews cleared the scene at 8:52. The building, a former venetian blind company, but now used only for storage had a lean-to attached to the rear. That was where ten dogs were kept. All dogs, three adult and seven puppies, died in the blaze. Fifty three fire and EMS personnel responded with three engines, two ladder towers, one ladder and one ambulance. Damage to the building was significant. The fire, which appears to have originated in the lean-to on the C side, is under investigation by the fire department. - JOHN CARR

On Monday, March 11th, Green Knoll firefighters along with the District 3 Fire Companies of North Branch and Country Hills were dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 455 Bayberry Rd. at 4:11 a.m. First arriving Chief James Vitale of the Green Knoll Fire Company was on location within minutes. The Chief was greeted with a large volume of fire and a report that all occupants had fled the badly burning dwelling. The first arriving firefighters from Green Knoll were met with a daunting task. The large volume of fire was complicated by sparking, live electrical lines that were feed-

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ing the home. As the lines continued to spark as a constant reminder of the danger, the firefighters quickly worked to contain the blaze while staying safely away from the arching wires. Green Knoll set up their platform ladder truck and sent out hand lines around the structure. Green Knoll Engine 109 laid a 1500 foot supply line down Bayberry Road from Foothill Road. The family, in the home at the time of the fire, consisted of a father and two children.

All three suffered burns from the fire and were treated at the scene by the Green Knoll/Martinsville Rescue Squad. All were transported to St. Barnabus Burn Center. Firefighters remained on scene for approximately two and a half hours. Units on scene included Green Knoll, North Branch, Bradley Gardens and Country Hills Fire Companies, Green Knoll/Martinsville Rescue Squad, Bridgewater Police, Bridgewater Fire Official and Somerset County Mutual Aid Coordinator. - DAVID HICKSON

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Members of Mount Laurel Company 2, Platoon B, pose with their new KME heavy rescue truck. L-R: Firefighter Tom Cimino, Lt. Dan Opizzi, and Firefighters Mark Jenkins and Bob Hass.

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Lt. Paul Parzanese and Firefighter/EMT William Off of Engine 259 Citywide of the Winslow Township Fire District

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East Newark Firefighter C. Fernandes takes a breather on the front bumper of East Newark Engine 701 after operating a hand line at a five-alarm fire on Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. in Harrison on March 10, 2013.

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Four alarm fire tears through Jersey City dwellings Jersey City, N.J. Fire raced through a row of attached threestory ordinary dwellings on Belmont Avenue, March 27th, leaving 23 residents displaced from seven homes, sent a captain to the hospital and one firefighter suffered an electrical shock. The fire, at 27 Belmont, was reported after 11: a.m., and, when 4th Battalion Chief Steve Mc Gill arrived, he found heavy fire showing from the first floor, racing up the stairwell. A second-alarm was then transmitted. The fast moving fire also extended up the walls and into the cockloft to 25 and 29 Belmont. Firefighters were sent to the rear of the buildings with a ground ladder to remove a civilian from a one-story roof. According to Fire Director Armando Roman, a school teacher from nearby School 12 told him that he watched a man jump out of a third-floor rear window to escape the fire. Roman was told the resident hung onto wires, then dropped down. The third and fourth alarms were transmitted by Deputy Chief Lallo as flames spread through the cockloft, vented out rear windows, and sent a huge column of black smoke up into the sky. All line battalion chiefs in the city were also called to the scene. A defensive attack commenced on the original fire building and truck companies made trench cuts on the roof, which helped prevent the extension

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of fire. According to Roman, one firefighter received a shock when he touched an electrical outlet. He was checked by EMT's at the scene and returned to duty. A captain complained of chest pains and was transported to Jersey City Medical Center. Roman said that as many as 100 firefighters operated at the scene, which included units from North Hudson on the 4th alarm. It was declared under control at 3:02 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire department's investigation unit. Roman said they have confiscated a gasoline can that was found near the front door of 27 Belmont. The American Red Cross reported that 10 families were affected, 23 people in all. Several pets were also removed from the buildings. - RON JEFFERS

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Dramatic rush hour rescue at Bridgewater Mall On March 15th, 2013 at 3:44 p.m., Bridgewater Police received a 911 call for a report of a women who was trapped underneath the pedestrian bridge in the area of Route 22 and Bridgewater Commons Mall. Initial reports were unclear of the nature of the accident and exact location. Bridgewater Police advised of a motor vehicle accident underneath the pedestrian walkway, east of Macy’s at the Bridgewater Commons Mall. They immediately requested fire and rescue dispatched. Green Knoll Fire Chief James Vitale found a heavily damaged car upside down on its roof and underneath the pedestrian bridge with a female patient, heavily entrapped and seriously injured. Vitale requested the services of North Branch Fire for assistance in the rescue and Country Hills to secure a safe landing zone for the NJ State Police medevac helicopter. Firefighters, working side by

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side with Bridgewater Police Officers and Somerset Medical Centers Mobil Intensive Care Unit secured and cut the vehicle away from the patient. Firefighters were hampered with several obstacles. The vehicle hit a guard rail and was launched through the air and landed approximately 75 feet off of the roadway and down a 15 foot embankment. The proximity of the vehicle was too far away to reach with truck mounted rescue tools. Green Knoll firefighters lowered a portable hydraulic generator and “Jaws of Life” to perform the extrication. The firefighters had the patient safely removed from the vehicle within ten minutes. After removal, the Green Knoll/Martinsville Rescue Squad worked with the medics to assess

the patients injuries. The severity of the injuries warranted transportation to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center Trauma Unit via helicopter. Country Hills Fire Company had a challenge on their hands handling the medevac landing zone. The mall was very crowded and filled with onlookers. Deputy Chief Charles Springer working with Bridgewater Police cleared a location within the parking area of the mall and landed the helicopter. Onlookers witnessed a dramatic and well-coordinated rescue performed with police, fire and rescue personnel. Units on scene included the fire departments of Bridgewater District 3 of Green Knoll, North Branch and Country Hills, Bridgewater Police, Green Knoll/Martinsville Rescue Squad, Somerset MICU and NJ State Police medevac. - DAVID HICKSON

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In Hunterdon County, the East Whitehouse Fire Company in Readington Township operates this brush truck designated 31-81. It is a 2004 Ford F-350 XL, Super Duty 4 x 4 pickup. A body company mounted the skid which has a 300 gpm pump, 250 gallon water tank and 50 gallons of foam. It has a 150 foot 1 ¾ inch preconnect and a 250 foot, one-inch booster line on the reel.

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Firefighters injured at Elizabeth five alarm blaze Elizabeth, NJ. Five alarms were needed to bring a fire under control that spread from one building to another, leaving several residents homeless and three firefighters with non-life threatening injuries. Elizabeth firefighters responded on March 9, 2013 around 7:30 p.m. to 58 Third St. for a reported structure fire. Heavy fire was showing on arrival from the second floor and attic of a two and a half story wood frame mixed occupancy and threatening a three story wood frame apartment building in close proximity on the B side. Hand lines were stretched inside to the second floor where firefighters encountered heavy fire conditions. The fire was knocked down quickly on the second floor and an additional hand line was advanced to the attic to extinguish the fire that extended from the second floor. All visible fire was knocked down in the original fire building within 20 minutes, but heavy fire extension in the exposure building was being reported on the third floor. A second and third alarm was transmitted for heavy fire conditions present in the cockloft of the exposure building. Several crews advanced hand lines to the third floor and roof in an attempt to prevent the fire from spreading the entire length of the building. A fourth alarm was transmitted

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and master stream operations were prepared as conditions started to deteriorate in the cockloft and fire started to show through the roof. A trench cut was made in the roof and skylights were vented while interior crews vigorously pulled ceiling on the third floor to cut the fire off. Once the roof was vented and ceilings were pulled, hand lines were in place to extinguish the fire before it advanced any further. The fire was able to be held in check and was darkened shortly after. A fifth alarm was transmitted to bring in fresh companies to relieve crews that were operating inside and running low on air. Both buildings suffered significant damage, which forced many residents to seek temporary housing. The fire was declared under control around 9:45 p.m. Mutual aid fire departments from several surrounding Union County towns responded to assist at the scene and cover the city during the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Elizabeth fire officials. - KEITH ADDIE

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Rockaway firefighters battle smoky two alarm blaze Rockaway, NJ. At around 11:55 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2013, Rockaway Borough firefighters were called to respond to the TD Bank at Route 46 and Franklin Ave. for a fire alarm activation. While enroute, Rockaway Borough Fire Chief Sam Passarella advised Morris County dispatch of a large column of black smoke showing in the distance. The dispatcher advised that they were just starting to receive calls for a building fire at Mc Williams Forge at 387 Franklin Ave. Chief Passarella advised the dispatcher to strike the second on alarm on arrival. Upon arrival, heavy black smoke was showing from the large mill building. Chief Passarella was advised from employees that the fire involved a machine that hold molten metal and that oil ignited and was burning inside the building. At this time, the Morris County Foam Task Force was activated by County Coordinator Jack Alderton. Rockaway firefighters immediately began an attack on the fire to

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keep it from spreading. Several hand lines were placed in operation and the fire was held in check by using foam. The fire was under control with 20 minutes of the first arriving engine. Mutual aid responded to the scene from Dover, Rockaway Twp, Denville, Picatinny Arsenal, and Boonton Fire Departments. The Foam Task Force was canceled due to the fire being knocked down. Employees from the McWilliams Forge Fire Brigade attempted to extinguish the fire prior to the fire departments arrival. One employee suffered smoke inhalation and was transported to the hospital. No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Smoke from the fire could be seen from ten miles away during the height of the fire.

On Sunday, March 10th, North Branch firefighters were dispatched to an alarm activation at Mid-State Lumber located at 200 Industrial Parkway around 3 p.m. During the response, North Branch Chief Hickson could see a large plume of smoke coming from the area. A second alarm was dispatched for the smoke condition. Upon arrival, a large volume of smoke was coming from the building and the automatic sprinkler system was activated. This brought on a third alarm. First due engine on scene from the Readington Fire Company cut the lock to the back gate and forced

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entry to the large warehouse. The firefighters were faced with a large volume of smoke and fire. With blackout conditions, the firefighters had second and third crews ventilate the building to help locate the seat of the fire. An interior investigation found a tractor trailer on fire inside the structure with a load of synthetic decking material on the trailer. The truck was parked next to racks filled with lumber. The fast acting firefighters sent

in two attack lines and started battling the blaze. Using firefighting foam, the fire was quickly extinguished. Firefighters contained the blaze to the tractor trailer. Water damage to the office area was the result of the sprinkler system activation. Firefighters remained on scene for 90 minutes. Responding units included North Branch, Green Knoll, Readington, Whitehouse, Far Hills, East Whitehouse, Bradley Gardens and Country Hill Fire Companies. Branchburg Police, Rescue Squad. -DAVID HICKSON

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Firefighters raise money for fire victims, welcome a special guest Flanders, NJ. Two weeks after pulling a nine year old girl from a fire that killed her brother and stepfather, Flanders firefighters and emergency medical technicians raised almost $4,500 for the family in a day of activities at their firehouse. The surprise highlight of the day was a visit from Bianca Bonner, the little girl they rescued. On February 18, firefighters and EMTs from Flanders and surrounding towns responded to an apartment fire shortly after 4 a.m. They arrived to find heavy fire coming from the apartment with flames as high as the building itself. Told people were still inside, three firefighters, Capt. Kevin Elms, Lt. Pat Piserchio and Firefighter Greg Widzemok, made an immediate attack on the fire, pushing through the flames to find Bianca and bring her out. Unfortunately, Bianca’s brother, Cristiano, 7, and step-father, Hesham Moustafa, 52, died in the fire. On March 9th, 65 people filled the center engine bays at the Flanders firehouse, dancing to thumping music and exhortations of Zumba instructor Ana Norton of Chester. It was part of a daylong, three-prong effort by firefighters to help the family. Firefighters collected new clothing and gift cards for the family from a stream of well-wishers who stopped by. And people wandered through a safety fair in the firehouse’s main bays, learning about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and learning how to develop and practice escape drills. But everything came to a halt when Bianca and her mother, Carmella, surprised everyone by walking into the firehouse. Firefighters hugged and joyously posed for pictures with Bianca. Carmella and Bianca thanked everyone for their service. Lt. Nick Petonak of the Budd Lake First Aid Squad joined the group when he heard Bianca was

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visiting. Petonak is the Budd Lake first-aider, who took unconscious Bianca from the three firefighters and knelt on the icy ground with her, helping Bianca breathe on her own before transporting and providing initial treatment for her burns her to a waiting helicopter that took her to St. Barnabas Hospital. Bianca and her family then made a grand entrance to the Zumbathon. Music was stopped. An announcement was made. And big bay doors rose over the heads of the Zumba dancers as the little girl, her mother and an entourage of firefighters walked into the hall. At first shy and clinging to her mother, Bianca was swallowed up in hugs from family and friends. Before long, however, Bianca danced and talked with well-wishers. For the firefighters who rescued her, seeing Bianca and her mother was an overwhelming experience they struggled to define. Piserchio called it breathtaking and Elms called it a true miracle. Widzemok said the moment ranked with his marriage and the birth of his own two daughters. “It’s unbelievable,” said Widzemok. “It’s got to be one of the top four moments of my life. It’s just incredible.” By day’s end, firefighters raised almost $3,000 in cash through the Zumba dancing and donations, another $1,500 in gift cards and collected lots of new clothes, all of which were handed to the family, who lost everything in the fire. “We may be volunteers, but nobody ever got a bigger paycheck than we did when Bianca walked into our firehouse,” said Kevin Dolan, treasurer of the Flanders Fire Company and the firefighter who operated the engine that brought Bianca’s rescuers to the fire.

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The Millville Fire Department placed into service this Green Twp. has accepted delivery of a Pierce Saber The Neptune City Fire Department recently accepted de2013 Ford F350 known as Utility 39 1500-gpm/970-gwt/30-gft pumper sold by Fire & Safety livery of their new engine. Engine 3576, is a 2012 FerServices. rara 1500/750.

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Mount Laurel has placed into service a KME heavy res- Mount Laurel has been assigned a county O.E.M. Mack Closter received a 2013 Pierce Arrow XT 1500-gpm/300cue that also has a 500-gpm pump/500 gwt/30 gft, sold Granite/KME foam tender with 4000-gallon UPF Poly gwt/95-foot mid-mount platform sold by Fire & Safety by First Priority Emergency vehicles. tank and a 250-gpm rotary gear pump. Kidde/National Services. Foam designed the system, installed by KME.

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The Goodwill Hook & Ladder Company of Freehold ac- Mount Laurel Engine 32 has been assigned a KME 1500cepted delivery of a 2012 ERV Gladiator 100ft mid-mount gpm/600-gwt pumper with 6-man cab, sold by First Priplatform with a 2000gpm and 300 gallon water tank. It ority Emergency Vehicles. was sold by Campbell Supply Company

Garfield Truck 4 received this 2012 Spartan ERV. The new truck has a 1500 gpm pump, 200 gallon water tank, 100ft pre piped aerial, 10 man cab, pre piped deck gun. The unit was sold by Campbell Supply Co.

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Plainfield Engine 2 has been assigned a 2013 E-One Ty- North Hudson has placed into service a 2013 Chevy 4- Fort Lee Company 4 has placed into service a 4WD Ford phoon model 1500-gpm/500-gwt/30B gft pumper. door pick-up truck support unit. F-550/Omaha Service Body support service unit equipped with pumps, six generators and haz-mat and decon supplies.


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This is a 58 minute DVD that contains 11 scenes responded to by the District of Columbia FD & EMS. They took place between December, 2009 through July of 2011. Broken down, they consist of seven working ďŹ res in which special calls were made at three, three second alarms and one third alarm. The ďŹ rst incident is a second alarm in a vacant apartment house of ordinary construction. Light smoke shows above the roof, aerials are raised and truckmen use saws to cut window bars on the lower oor. Handlines later advance into the building. The next is a working ďŹ re in a two story dwelling at night. Truckmen again use saws to cut window bars. Fire is seem on the ďŹ rst oor. A working ďŹ re in a restaurant is next. Heavy ďŹ re is seen coming from a roof structure (possibly where HVAC equipment is.) Crews raise ground ladder to ascend. The scene switches to ground level and when it returns to the roof, the ďŹ re is out. A working ďŹ re in an underground transformer is the next incident with heavy ďŹ re showing from below street level. FireďŹ ghters protect an exposure, which is a high rise building as the smoke hugs the facade as it ascends. The ames eventually die down. A large crash truck shows up from the airport afterward. Next is a third alarm in an apartment building in which numerous occupants are trapped. Heavy ďŹ re is showing through two large window openings at the corner of the eighth oor of a nine story building. A ďŹ reďŹ ghter rides an aerial up to rescue an occupant and a second aerial is brought into play for more of the same. A second alarm in a row of frame dwellings appears from the 1st oor window char that it was fully involved upon arrival. It seems to be extinguished but the second oor is still fully involved. A ladderpipe is set up on the “Aâ€? side (front of building) and a deck gun operates on the “Bâ€? side (right) which is on a side street. It appears that the ďŹ re does not extend to other attached occupancies. An Amtrak engine is smoldering in the next incident, which is a working ďŹ re with special call. FireďŹ ghters wet the car down. Next is a working ďŹ re in a twostory vacant house, the second story being an attic. The ďŹ re appears to be knocked down and smoldering until ames appear around the rooine. Truckee’s pull off siding to reveal ďŹ re reappearing in the attic. A working ďŹ re next is at a frat house at the George Washington University. The building looks to be ordinary construction and smoke is showing at the roof. Fire then shows through the roof. Truck

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companies cross ventilate via windows. The rear porches of several frame row dwellings require a second alarm in the next incident. Heavy ďŹ re shows at one point. Handlines are used from both front and rear. The last incident is a working ďŹ re with special call for an Amtrak locomotive at a station. Light smoke is seen coming out of the cab and on the roof. Seems to be a transformer ďŹ re. The car is pulled out of the station where further operating can take place. As with DVD’s of this type, they make for good viewing and critique. The scenes are all described as they start with regard to the date, location, number of alarms and brief description a to what is on ďŹ re. Apparently, the DCFD ofďŹ cers from sergeant and above wear white helmets. In most FD’s, it would make it appear that there are many chiefs, but not so.

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I’ll have 6,000 GPM please! I’ll have 6,000 GPM please! That’s finished foam I mean! That is the rating for the National Foam Balanced Pressure Foam System on the 2012, 4,000 gallon foam tanker built by KME on an International ProStar chassis, for the Middlesex County Fire Marshal’s Office. This is accomplished by two sixinch right side discharges with a nominal flow of 2,000 gpm (discharge flow range of 2,500 gpm), two threeinch discharges with a nominal flow of 500 gpm (discharge flow range of 600 gpm) and a four-inch deck gun pipe with a nominal discharge flow of 625 gpm and a discharge flow range of up to 625 gpm. Part of the UASI Program, it is quartered in Carteret. Some specs include an International MaxxForce 13, 430 hp diesel engine, Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission, Fire Lion FP-4 foam transfer pump, UPF foam tank, Akron StreamMaster, 2,000 gpm deck gun and Whelen LED, NFPA warning light package. The Carteret Fire Department, as it was explained to me, will retain their E-7 which is a 1985 GMC Topkick/National Foam pumper with a 1250 gpm pump and 1000 gallon foam tank. It originally served at the BASF plant in Pasadena, Texas. Since that time it has been refurbished in 2001 and 2008. The new foam tender was sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles. Also featured this month and sold by them is an EMS, CBRNE Hazmat Support unit on a 2012 International TerraStar chassis with a body by Custom Works. Delivered in January of this year, it is part of the Elizabeth Fire Department in Union County. Some specs include an International MaxxForce 7, 300 hp diesel engine, 12 foot non-walk-in body with roll up doors, Real Power 15 kw generator, electric awning, three lane TVI Decon Shelter with hot water heater and air conditioner, MSA Multi Gas and ToxiRAE multi gas detectors, decon equipment (pools showers, etc.), decon PPE for responders, redress kits for 100 victims and rehab equipment. From their fire apparatus division, FPEV reports the following KME orders: For the South Old Bridge Fire Company, Old Bridge Township (Middlesex County), a pumper on a Severe Service XMFD chassis with flat roof cab and six seats, Cummins ISL-9, 450 hp diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission, FRC Evolution 12 volt scene lighting, Waterous CSU, 1500 gpm singlestage pump, UPF, 750 gallon water tank,, 149 inch, 3CR12 stainless steel KME/Flex body and R.O.M. roll-up doors. In Ocean County, the Borough of Point Pleasant ordered a heavy duty rescue on a Predator LFD chassis with 22 inch raised roof cab, seating for seven, Cummins ISX15, 500 hp diesel engine, Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission, 22 foot walk-in KME 3/16 inch aluminum body, painted R.O.M. roll-up doors, Holmatro pump system, on-board air cascade system, 25 kw Onan hydraulic generator, Will Burt Night scan light tower with FRC 900 watt HIR floodPlease 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.

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Middlesex County OEM 2012 International ProStar/KME 4,000 gallon foam tender stationed in Carteret. It is rated for 6,000 gpm of finished foam. It was sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles. John M. Malecky

Plainsboro T-49, 2010 E-ONE Cyclone II 2000/300/100 foot with 10 kw generator. It is the HP-100 model.

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Elizabeth FD EMS CBRNE Special Ops. unit. It is a 2012 International TerraStar/Custom Works with 15 kw generator. It was sold by Fire Priority Emergency Vehicles.

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Howell Twp., Freewood Acres FC, 2010 Ferrara Inferno 2000/750/40B/20A with 20 kw generator. It is an MVP model.

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E. Orange E-1, 2011 Spartan/Crimson (now Spartan ERV), 1500/500. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC.

lights and FRC LED scene lighting. From their ambulance division they made the following deliveries: Cranbury First Aid Squad (Middlesex County) received a First Priority Renaissance Remount of a Chevrolet 4500 under a P.L. Custom module. JETS Ambulance in Clifton and All American Ambulance in Paterson (both Passaic County), each received a McCoy Miller Guardian Type II on a Ford E-350 chassis. Also, the Chilton Memorial Hospital EMS in Pequannock (Morris County) received a McCoy Miller 142SE Type III on a Ford E-350 chassis. They received an order from

Rocket Medical in Wayne (Passaic County) for a McCoy Miller Guardian Type II on a Ford E-350 chassis. New Jersey Emergency Vehicles delivered to the Monmouth County Sheriff OEM, a special operations unit. Originally made as an emergency purchase in November of 2012 after Hurricane Sandy, the demo came back for additional work for paint, graphics and upfits. Specs include a Spartan Gladiator chassis with six seat cab and 20 inch raised roof, Cummins ISL, 425 hp diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission, 20 foot Rescue 1, nonwalk-in aluminum rescue body with upper body storage and hydraulic lift

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(Forward Roof), PUC pumper. In Essex County, the Borough of Roseland ordered an Impel PUC pumper. Deliveries include in Sussex County, a Saber medium duty Encore rescue to Vernon Township and a Saber pumper to Green Township. Closter (Bergen County) received an Arrow XT mid mount platform and Perth Amboy (Middlesex County), an Arrow XT pumper. - JOHN MALECKY


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SHOTS FROM AROUND THe STATe To see your action shots in the newspaper upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

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John Morrison (center) was sworn in as a member of the Secaucus Fire Department before the regular council meeting of March 12th. Mayor Michael Gonnelli (left), an ex-volunteer fire chief himself, informed the council that Morrison comes from a long line of firefighters in his family. He also praised Morrison who, as a probationary firefighter, was the chauffeur of first-due Engine 2 during a recent working fire and got water quickly and handled the pump operations during the incident. He explained that he will be a value to the department.

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Town of Boonton Fire Chief Carl Wendt giving his rapid intervention team orders via radio at a multiple alarm fire in Rockaway Borough.

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Assistant Chief Todd Rudolff in command at a chimney fire on March 3rd

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North Hudson firefighters use handlines on three burning boats.

Kearny Chief of Department Steve Dyl (left) and Jersey City Chief of Department Darren Rivers are interviewed by the news media at the Harrison multiple-alarm fire on Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. East, March 10th.


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Branchburg fire traps elderly victim On March 4, 2013 at 2:28a.m., North Branch firefighters were dispatched early for a smell of smoke in a residence in the 1400 block of Magnolia Dr. in Branchburg. Deputy Chief Mike Russoniello and Chief Dave Hickson soon arrived on scene. Russoniello found a light smoke JUMP TO FILE # condition in a second 030413112 floor condominium. He found a ground floor condominium with a yellow glaze in the windows and heavy smoke inside. With this discovery a second alarm was struck. Branchburg Police assisted the fire department by evacuating the multi-tenant, three story building. The first arriving North Branch engine arrived shortly after the second alarm was struck. Firefighters Rand Milton, Jay Hennessey and Mike Zangrillo were met with a demanding task. There was a working fire within the structure and it was unknown if anyone was home. The crew forced entry to the structure and went to work. Greeted with a well involved fire in the kitchen area that was quickly spreading to the rest of the structure, Firefighter Milton stayed with the hose line to contain and start extinguishing the fire while Firefighters Hennessey and Zangrillo searched for potential victims. The firefighters found an elderly female victim, who had apparently fled from the flames by going into the bathroom and closing the door. Overcome with smoke, the victim was unconscious and seriously burned to the face and hands. The firefighters quickly moved the victim to fresh air and found that she was breathing on her own, but still unconscious. Due to the severity of the burns and the smoke inhalation, a decision was made to air lift the patient to the Burn Center at St. Barnabas via helicopter. Country Hills Fire Department handled the medevac landing zone while North Branch continued to extinguish the blaze. The fire was declared under control within one hour. The fire was contained to one condominium unit and the residents were allowed to return to their homes. Units on scene included the Bridgewater District 3 Fire companies of North Branch, Green Knoll and Country Hills; Bradley Gardens and Readington Fire Companies, Branchburg Police, Branchburg and Whitehouse Rescue Squads, Somerset County Mutual Aid Coordinator. The victim was in critical condition at the Burn Center. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Branchburg Fire Officials Office. - DAVID HICKSON

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