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Perth Amboy Ladder 2 extends the bucket for crews to open up the exterior wall and expose the hidden fire.

SUV fire extinguished Family displaced in Perth Amboy fire quickly Oradell firefighters quickly extinguished a fully involved SUV fire on the morning of March 4th. The fire was reported at about 9:30 a.m. at the parking area of 680 Kinderkamack Rd. Two engines handled the call with no reported injuries.

Perth Amboy, NJ. Firefighters were able to extinguish a concealed fire in an exterior wall on the early morning of March 5, 2014 before it extended to the interior, leaving the outside of the duplex home heavily damaged. The Perth Amboy Fire Department responded around 3:50 a.m. to 102 Pearl Pl. for a reported fire after a resident woke up to an odor of something burning and discovered a smoke-filled bedroom. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from a second floor bathroom window on the Bside of a two-story wood-frame dwelling. Two hand lines were deployed, one to the first floor and the other to the second floor, where a heavy smoke condition was en-

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countered, but no visible flames. The interior crews started to open up the walls to search for the source of the smoke and revealed fire traveling the void space in the wall. Ladder 2 personnel placed the bucket into operation and started to open up the wall from the exterior and also found fire in the roof of an overhang. Crews continued to open up and had the fire extinguished within 25 minutes and were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the attic space. Extensive overhaul was necessary to ensure that all hot spots were extinguished. The fire was de-

clared under control within an hour. The home sustained significant damage and was deemed uninhabitable. One family was displaced as a result of the fire and is being assisted with temporary shelter. There were no civilian injuries, but one firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated and released. Mutual aid fire departments from Keasbey, Hopelawn, and South Amboy assisted at the scene, while Avenel and Sayreville covered the city during the incident. The cause of the fire is being investigated by Perth Amboy fire official, but does not appear to be suspicious in nature. - KEITH ADDIE

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Two alarm fire in Wantage On March 25, 2014, firefighters were alerted to a two alarm house fire at 4 Spring Hollow in Wantage. Firefighters from Sussex, Colesville, Bemerville, and Branchville Fire Departments as well as the Wantage First Aid Squad, the NJ State Police and the Sussex County Fire Marshal responded to a two alarm house fire at around 14:45 p.m. Unfortunately, a 72 year old woman was found deceased in the home.

It is with deepest regret that the Union Historical Fire Society must announce the passing of Michael Kush. He passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2013 of complications from bone cancer. Mike was Mr. Spring Melt! He has been the Chairman of the Spring Melt committee for over 20 years. He organized the event, did the mailings, corresponded with the vendors, set-up and broke down the hall, and handled the payments and receipts. During those 20 years, he raised the funds that supported the daily operations of this organization and enabled us to donation $200, 000 to local burn centers. The event will not be the same without him. Mike understood the seriousness of his illness. He worked with UHFS President Joe Landy and Spring Melt Co-Chairman Tom D’Arcangelo to ensure that Spring Melt would continue in his absence. President Landy has appointed Tom D’Arcangelo as the Spring Melt Chairman and has every confidence that the show will go on!!! Tom has been a vendor for over 20 years, a past chief in Long Island, New York, and has worked with Mike on Spring Melt for many years. Although we will miss Mike tremendously, the Union Historical Fire Society will continue to run the preeminent firematic show in the United States, support the Burn Foundation, and interact with other

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clubs in the area in his name. Mike was also the Membership Secretary for the Union Historical Fire Society for over ten years. His tireless efforts kept the membership for this organization relatively constant. Michael Kush was a career firefighter. He served with distinction as a firefighter with the Allentown Fire Department for 23 years and retired as a lieutenant. Prior to his work as a firefighter, Mike served his country in the United States Army. Mike is survived by his wife, Martha, who is also an active member of the Union Historical Fire Society, and his daughter, Jill and her husband David Johns. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Amanda, Teriane, David, Michael, and Tessa, and great-granddaughter, Gwen. Funeral services were held on December 26, 2013 at the Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem, PA. A memory tribute may be placed at . In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Union Historical Fire Society, 2729 Redington Road, Hellertown, PA 18055. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of grief. - UNION HISTORICAL  FIRE SOCIETY

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Mississippi: Dwight Hilton, 57 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 1, 2014 Death Date: February 1, 2014 Fire Department: East Central Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Hilton suffered a fatal heart attack while fighting an outdoors fire that was threatening homes in the area. According to officials, the cause of the fire is under investigation and may have been intentionally set in several locations. Ohio: Bruce A. Stayner, 49 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: February 3, 2014 Death Date: February 4, 2014 Fire Department: Scioto Township Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Stayner fell ill at home within 24 hours of responding to a mutual aid structure fire call. Stayner was transported to the Grady Memorial Hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack. Indiana: James Joseph Knesek, Sr., 59 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: February 8, 2014 Death Date: February 8, 2014 Fire Department: Munster Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Chief Knesek passed away at home from an apparent heart attack several hours after responding to a motor vehicle accident. Texas: William Scott Tanksley, 40 Rank: Fire Rescue Officer Incident Date: February 10, 2014 Death Date: February 10, 2014 Fire Department: Dallas Fire Rescue Department Initial Summary: As road conditions in Dallas began icing over and visibility was hampered by mist and fog, Fire Rescue Officer Tanksley was operating at the scene of an auto accident which occurred on a bridge in Southwest Dallas. Tanksley was setting road flares to warn motorists of the accident when he was reportedly struck by a passing vehicle and fell a significant distance off of the bridge to the ground below. Responding EMS personnel attempted resuscitation efforts en route to the hospital where Fire Rescue Officer Tanksley was pronounced dead. Arkansas: Dennis Channell , 54 Rank: Fire Captain Incident Date: February 9, 2014 Death Date: February 10, 2014 Fire Department: Poyen Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Captain Channell fell ill during or soon after responding to a medical call. Captain Channell passed away in the hospital the following day from a reported stroke. New York: James C. Wilber, 58 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 9, 2014 Death Date: February 9, 2014 Fire Department: Franklin Fire Department Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Wilber suffered an apparent cardiac event while responding to a motor vehicle accident call. Wilber was transported by the Unadilla Emergency Squad and Cooperstown Medical Transport to the Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney where he succumbed to his injury a short time later. Arkansas: Jake Harrell, 34 Rank: Pilot Incident Date: January 31, 2014 Death Date: January 31, 2014 Fire Department: Arkansas Forestry Commission Initial Summary: Following almost two weeks of searching for a missing single-engine Cessna 210 Centurion, Civil Air Patrol located the crash site and a National Guard helicopter crew confirmed that the pilot, Jake Harrell, was deceased and likely killed upon impact. Harrell, an experienced pilot, went missing while flying a regularly scheduled fire detection flight throughout west Arkansas. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by local, state, and federal (NTSB) authorities. Florida: Roger Dale Tome, 71 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: February 10, 2014 Death Date: February 10, 2014 Fire Department: Kennedy Space Center Fire and Rescue Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Tome passed away

from an apparent heart attack several hours after completing his shift which included department mandated physical training. New Jersey: Gregory D. Barnas, 57 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 28, 2014 Death Date: February 28, 2014 Fire Department: Wallington Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Barnas died of injuries sustained when he fell from the roof of a burning commercial structure (restaurant) while, according to reports, he was working to ventilate the building. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by authorities. Tennessee: Jerry Campbell, 61 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 1, 2014 Death Date: March 1, 2014 Fire Department: Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry Initial Summary: While at a work center and preparing to deploy to a wildland fire incident in the Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee, Firefighter Campbell fell ill from an apparent heart attack. According to reports, Campbell's condition suddenly deteriorated and he passed away from his injury while being prepared for air transport to the hospital. Ohio: Steven Joseph Knaus, 47 Rank: Firefighter First Class Incident Date: February 28, 2014 Death Date: February 28, 2014 Fire Department: Willowick Fire Department Initial Summary: Several hours after coming off of a shift that included four emergency responses, Firefighter Knaus was discovered in his vehicle located in the driveway of his home and in cardiac arrest. Knaus was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injury. New York: Kevin J. Bristol, 48 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: March 3, 2014 Death Date: March 3, 2014 Fire Department: Peekskill Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Bristol passed away at home from an apparent heart attack several hours after coming off shift during which he worked one or more emergency responses including a kitchen fire. Arizona: Bobby Mollere, 61 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: March 8, 2014 Death Date: March 8, 2014 Fire Department: Hellsgate Fire Department Initial Summary: While performing a Wildland Pack Test, Lieutenant Mollere collapsed on the Payson High School track. Fellow firefighters on scene initiated a medical assessment and found Mollere in cardiac arrest. The EMTs and Paramedics began advanced life support immediately on scene. Lieutenant Mollere was transported to the Payson Regional Medical Center where resuscitative efforts continued until he passed away. Alaska: Jeffery Bayless, 51 Rank: Senior Captain Incident Date: March 7, 2014 Death Date: March 7, 2014 Fire Department: Anchorage Fire Department Initial Summary: Senior Captain Bayless collapsed during Rules Of Air Management (ROAM) training. Crews on scene began immediate treatment and Senior Captain Bayless was transported to Alaska Regional Hospital where he later passed away from a nature of fatal injury still to be reported. Michigan: Jamie A. Peite, 43 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: March 4, 2014 Death Date: March 5, 2014 Fire Department: Ironwood Township Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While participating in pumper training at the fire department, Fire Chief Peite began to not feel well but thought it was not serious. While attending classes at the University of Wisconsin-Superior the following morning, Peite suffered a heart attack. Fire Chief Peite was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injury.

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When Gregory Barnas and Bill Stagg were 10-years-old, their bicycles collided. The young boys got into an argument until they revealed to each other that they were both going to a fire! Later in life, they both became volunteer firefighters in their hometown. Jersey City Fire Captain Steve Rykola, of Squad Co. 4, was discussing how people describe a recently deceased person as a “nice guy.” In describing Captain Barnas, 57, the squad captain said he was “really a nice guy.” These are just two of the many stories about “Barney” that were discussed at his wake. He was known by his friends as Barney. He had a love for the fire service since his youth and became a junior firefighter in his hometown of Wallington as soon as he was old enough. He gave that close-knit community 42-years of service. His circle of fire service friends were many. In Wallington alone, his service included rising through the ranks of the volunteer fire department and served as chief in 1997. He was a member of the Wallington Emergency Squad, a fire inspector and fire official, South Bergen Chiefs Zone 2 President in 1997, currently captain of Truck Co. 1 and safety officer. In addition, he was an instructor and evaluator for the Bergen County Fire Academy. He was appointed to the Jersey City Fire Department in 1985 and held the rank of captain with Ladder Co. 6. He was also on the battalion chief's list. When he was on “vacation,” that did not exclude firefighting. His family has a summer home in Pennsylvania where he volunteered his service with the Waymart Fire Department. Talk about a wallet filled with I.D. cards! He was due in at work in Jersey City on the morning of February 28th, but that didn't stop him from answering an early morning alarm of fire with his Wallington comrades. His two volunteer firefighter sons, Kevin and John, also answered the alarm for a fire in a Paterson Avenue restaurant. While venting the roof, Captain Barnas fell off and went into cardiac arrest. EMT's desperately performed CPR as he was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, but they could not save him. Kevin and John were at his side, along with many other local firefighters and members of the F.D.J.C. Kevin was appointed to the F.D.J.C. last year. Wallington is a popular town in the fire service community. The South Bergen fire departments are as close-knit as the community; and, they are quick to answer mutual calls to assist each other, and cross the Passaic River into Passaic County. Everybody knows everybody and many hang out together. Barney's children were infants and they were with their mom and dad at the Wildwood convention. The convention where the Wallington members took

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Captain Barnas answers his last alarm winning the first place trophy for best comedy team in the parade very serious. Fire companies from several states look forward to the Wallington Fire Department’s annual holiday parade in November. Yes, Barney worked the parade too. A good time is always had by all. A close-knit community now in mourning. Several thousand firefighters, EMT's and police officers formed a sea of blue on the morning of March 7th to say goodby to someone who earned the title of “hero.” A fleet of Jersey City police motorcycles were part of the escort with all Wallington fire and emergency squad units, Jersey City Ladder 6 and apparatus from Waymart, Pa. Numerous bagpipers and drummers played before the casket that was transported on the state's 1957 Mack caisson unit, operated by Newark Firefighter Rich Mackey, as they pulled up to Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in the captain's home town. His white Wallington Chief of Department helmet and black F.D.J.C. Ladder 6 captain helmet were both mounted on the back of the Mack. The signs on the doors of the caisson pumper were made by well know apparatus artist Ed May, who has his shop in Wallington. An emotional May, known for leaving little messages in his work, inscribed on the corners of the signs: “R.I.P. my good friend.” Firefighters lined up from several states, active and retired. One of Barney's first battalion chiefs in his career job, Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent of the U.S. National Fire Academy and retired F.D.J.C. Chief of Department, was in attendance. Retired Buffalo Fire Commissioner Mike Lombardo, with close ties to Jersey City and the Gong Club since the 1970's, also lined up in uniform. After mass, Captain Barnas took his last run as the Mack and the funeral procession went around the corner to Truck Co.' 1's quarters, with his sons riding the back step. John was presented with his father's Ladder 6 helmet and Kevin received the white chief's helmet. His wife, Patricia, received the flag that covered his coffin and a traditional fire service trumpet. The captain's last alarms were transmitted over the radio by Jersey City and Wallington dispatchers. “Barney was a giant,” Jersey City Deputy Chief Michael Turpak said, at the eulogy. “He was a role model. He was somebody we all wanted to be.” There is an expression: “The good die young.” In January, we lost Cliffside Park Firefighter Cosmo Paris in the line-of-duty. In February, Captain Barnas. There must be a need for their talents, generosity and good spirits on the other side. “We got this.” UPS: Three new Kearny firefighters are James Burgos, Kenneth Immersi and Mark Isabella. DOWNS: Members of the West Grove Fire Company are mourning the death of First Assistant Engineer Mike Predmore, 55, who passed away in March after a short illness. He joined the company in 1990 and


captain Barnas on his last run passed the Municipal Building with his sons John (left) and Kevin riding with him on the back-step.

in his capacity as engineer, he was responsible for the care and maintenance of the apparatus. He had a special attachment for the company's antique known as “Elsie,” a 1928 Hale pumper. Predmore had received word that the Hale Company planned to show off Elsie at their display at the national Fire Department Instructors' Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, in April, and he had planned to take it. Every year, Predmore would dress up as Santa Claus and ride on a fire truck for area children. He would get out of the apparatus, sit on the bumper, and listen to children telling him what they wanted for Christmas. Last December, there was a serious crash and Predmore showed up to rescue two children in his Santa costume after a neighborhood visit. UPS: Hundreds of people joined Hanover and area firefighters, police officers and others on March 3rd to show 12-year-old Kaitlyn Okolita she is not alone in her fight against a form of brain cancer. More than $30,000 was raised and about 250 people were sporting bald heads in solidarity for Kaitlyn. The Hanover Twp. PBA Local 128 and FMBA Local 109, along with the Cedar Knolls Fire Department and Whippany Fire Company, organized the fundraiser in which people could raise money and show support by shaving their heads. Additional fundraisers are planned. For updates, follow the Facebook page at . DOWNS: Spotswood Firefighter and Ex-Chief Joseph Bove, 53, died hours after responding to a gas leak on March 13th. He served with the department for some 25-years. Several hours after the incident, Bove collapsed while at home and was taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center. He worked for Johnson & Johnson for 23-years and was chief of the fire brigade there, according to Fire Chief William Andrew. He also owned a masonry company. Bove was the first fire chief to serve for three consecutive years from 1994 to

1996. A final alarm was transmitted at the Enterprise Hook & Ladder Company, on Main Street, on the morning of March 18th as fellow firefighters from the area and the community bid fair well to their former chief. “He was a great guy,” said Captain Kevin Meade. “A fun guy. He was always a help. He was always there to get involved and do things.” UPS: An ordinance passed at a March meeting of the Mayor and Alderman in Boonton set aside $21,315 to purchase 50 new pagers and chargers for firefighters. Many of the pagers currently in use are 20 to 30years old, officials said. DOWNS: Four family members died when a fire consumed their 28 Grant Ave. home in Jersey City on March 6th. Fire units got to the scene eight minutes after the call came in, after they mistakenly were dispatched to 27 Grand St., Mayor Steve Fulop said. The dispatcher taking the call heard “Grand” instead of “Grant” from a panicked caller, Fulop said. UPS: Off-duty Trenton EMT Dan Tote ran into a burning South Broad St. dwelling, March 7th, and ushered out a family, including a baby, officials said. Tote was driving past when he saw smoke coming from the three-story building. While calling the dispatcher on his cell phone, Tote ran into the building, pounded on the door to alert residents, officials said. The fire went to a second-alarm. DOWNS: A gas leak and subsequent explosion leveled one house and damaged dozens of others at a suburban townhouse development in Ewing, March 4th, killing one resident and injuring several workers, authorities said. The events leading to the explosion began with a contractor working to replace electric service to the house that later blew up, officials from PSE&G said. Around noon, the utility got a call that the contractor had damaged the gas line. Crews were repairing the line about an hour later when, PSE&G spokeswoman Lindsey

Politi said, “there was an ignition.” UPS: Pemberton Township's Good Will Fire Company will receive a $101,000 SAFER grant. DOWNS: Sea Bright is still feeling the effects from Hurricane Sandy. The firehouse was deemed “substantially damaged” and members are no longer operating out of the building, officials said. Fire Chief Chad Murphy said they are waiting on the borough's building department to issue a letter, which is expected to say the building will be condemned. Once the letter is issued, FEMA will decide either to pay for the repair or rebuilding of the fire house, the chief said. The fire company has relocated two units-one to Highlands and one to North Long Branch, and leaving one in town that will be stored under a tent, Murphy said. A temporary facility will also be set up for the crew. UPS: South Orange will receive a $339,600 SAFER grant that will be used to hire two new firefighters. DOWNS: The historic Peacock's Country Store in the Ringoes section of East Amwell was destroyed by fire on February 28th. The building, which had apartments and a deli, dates back to 1840, according to a local firefighter. UPS: Ho-Ho-Kus firefighters and EMS crews rescued a 77-year-old man who slipped down an embankment of rushing Ho-Ho-Kus Brook, March 18th. Working on the steep slope above the racing waters of the brook, firefighters and EMS rescuers placed the victim on a backboard and pulled him up with a rope haul system, officials said. DOWNS: A two-alarm fire at the Bellmawr Manor complex on Kings Highway, in Bellmawr, damaged eight units and displaced 19 people, March 1st. UPS: Scott Schmidt has been promoted to fire captain in Ridgewood. The new lieutenant is John Judge. - continued on page 10

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Cold house fire in Clinton Township Clinton township, Hunterdon County, NJ. on one of the coldest windiest night of the year Clinton township Fire Department was called to 46 Country Club Drive for a reported house fire. on arrival, the chief reported fire out the windows. the ranch style house rapidly became well involved and forced firefighters to make a defensive attack. at that time, a second alarm was struck.

DOWNS: Two Berkeley Township firefighters were injured, March 15th, when a ceiling at a Holiday City home collapsed while they were operating at the fire. The ceiling caved in on Manitou Park Firefighter Chris Applegate. Pinewald Pioneer Fire Chief Bill Dasti was injured as he attempted to extricate Applegate, police said. UPS: New firefighters in Ridgewood are Timothy Bombace, Brian Kelly and Daniel Kostro. DOWNS: Another tradition was terminated on March 31st when the 89-year-old Delaware Gardens Volunteer Fire Company in Pennsauken was closed. The company, which boasted 30 members in the 1990's, now possessed four active members. Those four will join 12 other volunteer firefighters at Station 2. UPS: During a fire in a two-story Asbury Avenue home in Asbury Park, March 13th, city Firefighter Michael Mautner found a samll dog in the corner of a first-floor room and brought the animal out to safety. “So we gave it oxygen, then everybody jumped in the ambulance and we took it to Garden State Animal Hospital, where it is doing fine and will be kept for a couple of days,” Fire Chief Kevin Keddy said. Occupants of the home were out of the house when firefighters arrived, officials said. DOWNS: One man died and two others managed to escape a house fire on East Avenue in the Mullica Hill section of Harrison Twp. (Gloucester County), March 19th. UPS: Paterson firefighters successfully secured a white poodle mix trapped on a cliff at Garret Mountain Reservation and carried it to safety on March 24th. They tried to get the dog with a ladder from below, using dog biscuits and snares but, after nearly three hours, sent down two men to secure the animal in a harness and hoist it to safety. The dog had made its way

45 to 50 feet down the side of the mountain into a crevice about 20inches wide, according to Battalion Chief Brian McDermott. DOWNS: A cigarette discarded in a stuffed chair touched off a fire that killed four people at the Mariner's Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant Beach, March 21st, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. Eight others were injured in the fire. UPS: Some 45 teams of firefighters and emergency response personnel participated in the New Jersey Firefighters Ski Race at Mountain Creek Ski Resort in Vernon Twp. this winter. The 27th annual event raised funds for the Burn Center at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. DOWNS: A custodian's cigarette was blamed for a fire that gutted James Monroe Elementary School in Edison on March 22nd. The custodian was issued a summons accusing him of smoking in a public building, officials said. UPS: New Brunswick Firefighter Victor Ortega was recently recognized as FMBA Local 17 Firefighter of the Year for all of his work within the community. DOWNS: Four buildings at River St. and Sixth Ave. were set to be demolished after a wind-whipped fire destroyed the wood-frame structures and had residents fleeing in panic on March 26th. Some 100 city firefighters responded, helped by units from Passaic, Bergen and Essex counties, to operate at the scene or cover Paterson. Two firefighters and several civilians were treated for minor injuries and about a dozen dogs were rescued from the buildings, officials said. UPS: Marshall Babington has been appointed to the Morristown Fire Department. DOWNS: An ornamental cross on a Union City church caught fire, March 12th, but authorities are blaming an electrical box, not an act of God. The fire, at First Reformed

Church on New York Avenue, caused minimal damage, authorities said. UPS: William Hasko has been promoted to deputy fire chief in Linden. DOWNS: A three-alarm fire tore through the nationally-known House of Cupcakes on Witherspoon St., Princeton, March 19th, damaging the business and sending 41 residents out of six upper apartments. UPS: It's not official, but Vincent Dransfield proudly claims he is the nation's oldest active firefighter. He was honored on March 29th during a party organized by his brother Little Falls firefighters-less than 24-hours after becoming a centenarian. “I have 75 active-duty years with Little Falls,” he said. He joined the department in 1939, when firemen used horse-drawn apparatus. Dransfield, who served as chief of department for seven years in the 1960's, still answers calls. He usually will relieve pump operators. Michael Burke, president of the L.F.F.D., said Dransfield is at the firehouse every day and takes care of a lot of paperwork as part of his duties. DOWNS: In March, an 81-yearold woman died one day after a fire broke out in her unit at the Laurelton Gardens complex in Brick, authorities said. UPS: New fire captains in Linden are Salvatore Principato, Christopher Ward, Bryan Kostrey, Peter Dente, Andrew Cinebell and Michael Vogel. New lieutenants are Jason Holobinko, Ronald Montes De Oca, Michael Fernandes and Christopher Rooney. DOWNS: March 17th marked the end of an era in North Hudson. The regional department decommissioned the last piece of Mack fire apparatus. In addition, this was the last piece of apparatus from the former Union City Fire Department. The 1989 Mack/Ward 79 1500-gpm model was worn out by age and work. There are still pieces of apparatus on the roster from the other four municipalities that make up the regional department, both in front-line and reserve status.


Firefighter injured Elizabeth blaze It took three alarms to battled an afternoon blaze in a large two & half story occupied wood frame dwelling on Union ave. RON JEFFERS

Firefighters stripped the hose bed of North Hudson Reserve Engine 17, the last Mack apparatus on the NHFD's roster. It originally served as Union City Engine 1.

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Maywood hit with arson fires Maywood, NJ. Early on the morning of March 2nd, Maywood firefighters were dispatched to a report of a garage fire in the Maybrook Apartments. A working fire in a detached row of garages was located and lines stretched to knock the fire down. As this was being accomplished, a second alarm of a fire was received about a block away on Windsor Court. This was also a garage fire, but the garage was not detached, it was on the bottom floor with the apartments above. Lines were broken down and companies responded to the second fire. Rochelle Park was called in

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with an engine and rescue to assist. Both fires were quickly extinguished, but a smoke condition was present on all floors and attic area of the second fire. After checking extensively with the thermal imaging camera, it was determined that there was no extension of fire to the apartments. Both fires were deemed to be intentionally set and an investigation is under way. No serious injuries were reported.

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36th Annual Nutley Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Nutley, NJ. The long green line stretched down the center of Franklin Avenue, renamed Brendan Gill Boulevard. Another fantastic St. Patrick's Day Parade took place in Essex County. This was the 36th annual year when so many fire departments marched proudly with marching bands, police departments, EMS and rescue squads in attendance. This is the very first parade of the season, also one of the best in many ways. The history of this St. Patrick's Day Parade is as rich and diverse as America itself. With a mix of local Italian and Irish residents in the town, Nutley’s parade has swelled to over 1,000 participants and numerous bands.

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Roxbury tackles working structure fire with Netcong On March 5th at approximately 1:58 a.m., Netcong's RIC team was requested to respond to 512 Atlas Road, in the Landing section of Roxbury for a confirmed working structure fire. On scene, units found heavy fire and smoke coming from the front of a small home. Netcong units staged on the Alpha Bravo side of the structure and observed Roxbury crews as they fought to extinguish the fire. It was said the owner of the home had exited safely and that their were no other occupants inside the home, except for a family cat. The fire was soon knocked down and crews began overhaul. Unfortunately, it was then that the owner’s cat was found deceased.

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Intense blaze destroys Edison elementary school Edison, NJ. Dozens of spectators including teachers, students and parents stood in shock outside James Monroe Elementary School on the evening of March 22, 2014 as they witnessed a devastating fire ravage the school that has been creating memories for so many children for JUMP TO FILE# 032314109 50 years. Edison firefighters were dispatched just before 8:00 p.m. to 7 Sharp Rd. for a reported fire alarm activation. Upon arrival, companies found heavy smoke showing and fire that appeared to be concentrated in the center of the building, near the library and school offices. Hand lines were deployed to make an attempt on an aggressive interior attack, but crews were forced to evacuate the building shortly after and transition to a defensive operation due to the heavy volume of fire. Multiple water supplies were established from different sides of the building to feed engines and tower ladders that were set up to battle the intense flames that were consuming the roof from above. Several exterior hand lines and elevated master streams continued to flow for hours before the bulk

of the fire was darkened and brought under control. Companies continued to flow water from the exterior throughout the night onto the burned out smoldering shell to extinguish hot spots. Multiple areas of the roof and wall collapsed resulting in an unstable building. Firefighters rotated in and out of rehabilitation during the extended operations. A fuel truck was summoned to the scene to re-fuel apparatus as their tanks ran low. There are nearly 500 students who attend the elementary school on a daily basis and will need to be relocated to other schools within the township. The Edison Board of Education stated that it’s not going to be a problem easily solved due to an already overcrowded school district. Other options are being explored such as moving the displaced students to Middlesex County College for the remainder of the school year. The school was not occupied at the time of the fire. A dozen firefighters suffered smoke inhalation while operating at the scene and were treated and released. Mutual aid fire departments from surrounding towns including Metuchen, South Plainfield, Highland Park, Woodbridge Township, Piscataway Township, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, and


Old Bridge Township responded to the scene to assist and cover the township during the incident. Fire departments were rotated throughout the night and early

morning to relieve firefighters, who were operating for hours. The fire is being investigated by Edison detectives, the Middlesex County Fire Marshal’s Office,

and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office to determine - KEITH ADDIE


Vineland commercial structure fire


Vineland, NJ. Quick action by Vineland firefighters limited damage to a commercial building this morning. At 9:02 a.m., on March 19th, Stations 6 and 1 and Vineland EMS were dispatched to a commercial structure fire in the 1800 block of South Delsea Dr. (Route 47). Vineland EMS was first on the scene and reported heavy smoke showing from two story commercial structure. Lt. Tony Saltar and his crew from Engine 61 laid in from a hydrant with a five inch line and stretched a two and a half inch line through the front door. At 9:12, an

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all hands was transmitted followed by a second alarm for additional personnel ordered by Chief Robert Pagnini. This brought apparatus from Stations 4 and 1 to the scene with Stations 3 and 5 performing cover assignments. A one and three quarter inch line was taken to the second floor, where crews opened walls and floors to attack the flames that were working their way through this old wood frame structure consisting of offices on the first floor and a vacant

apartment on the second floor. At 9:40, Chief Pagnini declared the fire under control. The last apparatus cleared the scene at 11:16. A total of thirty eight fire and EMS personnel responded to the blaze with four engines, three ladders, Damage was confined to the bathroom, hallway and ceiling areas on the A/D corner and the floor and walls on the second floor, D side. The cause of the fire, that originated in the first floor bathroom area is under investigation. No injuries were reported. - JOHN CARR

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Mobile home in Lodi destroyed by blaze As they were on their way to a funeral for a fallen brother firefighter, Lodi firefighters along with mutual aid companies fought a fire that destroyed a mobile home at Park Place and Oak Street in the Riverside Trailer Court. Around 7:30 a.m. on March 8th, Lodi firefighters were preparing for the funeral of Gregory Barnas of Wallington. Heavy fire quickly engulfed the trailer and severely damaged a second trailer. Lines were put into operation from Engine 615, which made it down the tight street. Lodi Engines 612 and 615 fought the fire along with engines from Maywood and Garfield and a ladder from Saddle Brook. The fire was under control in about 20 minutes. All firefighters were returned to service quickly to attend the funeral, arriving before it began. The fire appeared to have been caused by a space heater, Chief of Department Keith Buinning said.

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Edison Engine 14 operating a deck gun in front of a six alarm elementary school fire on Sharp Road.


West Keansburg Engine 33 operating at a structure fire on Phyllis St. in Hazlet Township.

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Flames vent out of the top-floor of Exposure D.

Five alarm fire guts Central Avenue buildings Jersey City, N.J. When firefighters answered Box 424 at 12:21 a.m., March 28th, they were greeted with smoke pouring out of a produce store at 333 Central Avenue., located in the heart of the business district for the Heights section of the city. Hampering JUMP TO FILE# the initial fire attack 032814109 were roll down security gates, which are common for businesses along the avenue. Third Battalion Chief Robert Daly struck a second-alarm upon his arrival. Firefighters gained entry into the store on the ground floor of a three-story wood-frame structure that displayed the original name of the building and year “1895” on its facade. They began an aggressive attack forcing their way in and knocking down flames. To complicate matters, all of the windows above the store on the A side had been removed from the facade and covered with aluminum siding. Smoke was now showing in Exposure B, an attached vacant threestory building, and Exposure D, an attached three-story structure containing two stores on the ground floor and apartments above. Approximately eight people were evacuated from the apartments. As conditions worsened, Deputy Chief Kevin Stewart transmitted a third-alarm at 12:40 a.m. Numerous hand lines were advanced into the buildings and saws were used to get through security gates. Aerial ladders were raised on both sides of the fire buildings. Heavy fire vented out of the rear, where firefighters stretched hose lines into narrow alleys to gain access and protect exposures. As conditions got worse, members were ordered out of the original fire building. Fourth and fifth alarms were later sounded for additional resources. Fire extended to the B and D exposures, where firefighters opened up and knocked down fire. As the exterior attack was being conducted on the original building,


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DPW garage fire in Norwood Heavy black smoke could be seen over the blue skies of NE Bergen County, as heavy fire ripped though a DPW garage in the Borough of Norwood. Without going too far for confirmation, Norwood police officers just had to look out their rear windows to see heavy fire showing from a 30'x110' aluminum garage. Just before 5 p.m. the Norwood Fire Department was dispatched to 453 Broadway in the rear of the police station for a confirmed structure fire. Command arrived on scene and transmitted the second alarm for heavy fire showing from four bay doors of the DPW building. Norwood Engine 361 was first on scene and went into exterior operations as they put their deck gun into operation. Multiple handlines were stretched and mutual aid companies arrived on scene.

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Companies had to deal with limited water as companies emptied their hose beds down Broadway. Multiple DPW trucks and equipment burned inside the building as the fire caused the roof to collapse. Firefighters were able to knock down the bulk of the fire within an hour; however, due to gasoline, oil and other chemicals in the building, New Milford Hazmat was requested to the scene to help with the clean-up. Mutual aid from Harrington Park, Haworth, Closter, Demarest and Old Tappan. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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the front wall collapsed onto the sidewalk, but no members were injured. Smoke was then visible from the cockloft area of Exposure D-1, a large corner commercial structure housing a Rite Aid drug store. This building, at the corner of Lincoln Street, was formerly occupied as a Woolworth's store. Truck companies opened up and hose lines were put into place to control the spread of fire in the roof area. With the city stripped of fire companies, units from other Hudson departments, plus two task forces of units from Essex County re-located to local firehouses. Units from Essex County making the trip included fire companies from Belleville, Bloomfield, East

Orange, West Orange, Montclair, Millburn, Nutley and Irvington. Jersey City Ward D Councilman Michael Yun is part-owner of the fire building, and he responded to the scene. He praised firefighters for their efforts. The residents from 335 lost everything. “The building is thoroughly destroyed,” said D.C. Stewart. A woman who resided in 335 was thankful that she and all other occupants got out, but she was sad over the loss of her pet bird and cat. As the sun rose, 333 was a pile of smoldering debris. The multiple-alarm was declared under control at 3:44 a.m. - RON JEFFERS


On Tuesday March 4, 2014, the Roseland Fire Department engaged in a forcible entry training drill held at the Essex County Fire Academy in Cedar Grove. Pictured are Assistant Chief Perry Lee working the irons with his daughter, Firefighter Ann-Marie Lee.

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Paterson firefighters battle third alarm Smoke could be seen for miles as Paterson firefighters battled a third alarm fire that consumed two homes and damaged two others. Just around 1:15 p.m., Paterson firefighters reported heavy smoke and fire that could be seen blocks away. As Engine 4 arrived, crews found two-three story frames with heavy fire and smoke showing from both buildings. Exterior operations, including one deck gun, two ladder pipes and

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multiple hand lines to knock down the fire. One rescue was made on arrival from a rear deck on arrival. A third alarm was eventually transmitted as the heavy fire was knocked down, but not before embers caused two roof fires on neighboring homes. The roof of 84 Auburn Ave and 171 Fair St caught fire as

firefighters battled fire in the original fire building. Both exposures were quickly knocked down by mutual aid companies. The fire was knocked down within an hour, but companies remained on scene for extensive overhaul. Mutual aid was provided by North Haledon, Hawthorne, Passaic, Garfield, and Little Falls at the scene. The fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

Prescribed burn at Monmouth Battlefield State Park Manalapan, NJ. New Jersey's winter weather finally broke with temperatures reaching into the 50's. And with that, a perfect time for the annual winter/spring prescribed burning, which had been delayed this year due to the extended winter weather. B10 crews of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service treated the grass fields at Monmouth Battlefield State Park on Saturday, March 8th and Sunday, March 9th. More prescribed burning is planned for the 2014 burning season, which normally ends March 15 but has just been extended to April 1, 2014 due to the harsh winter. For more information on prescribed fire, visit the B10 web site at or the official state forest fire page at


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Firefighter needs assistance On Tuesday, March 4th in Ewing Township, there was a major gas explosion with fire. Upon arrival we found three houses fully involved in fire with numerous other houses damaged due to the explosion. The house closest to the explosion that did not burn was the one that was most heavily damaged, belonged to Ewing Township Firefighter, active member and past Lieutenant of West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company Dan McManimon and his family, including his father, Jim McManimon who is the Business Administrator for Ewing Township as well as an active Fire Police Officer also with West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company. Their house was blown off of the foundation, walls were bowed, windows blown out, furniture thrown about and will have to be razed. The worst part of this whole story is Jim was home at the time of the blast. By some complete stroke of luck, Jim was in the basement watching TV when the blast occurred. It was the solid cinderblock below grade walls that saved him from the blast. Jim was able to gather his bearings after being thrown from the recliner and crawl upstairs and out of the house. Dan was assigned to Ewing Township Station 32 and was the driver on the second due engine to this assignment and set up his truck including squirt device only feet from his house in order to fight the

fire, knowing all along that his father was home at the time of the blast and was still unsure if his father was accounted for. It wasn’t long before Danny found out that his father was safe and out of the house. The McManimon family lost everything and they are starting all over again. The members of West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company are reaching out to our brothers and sisters around the county to see if any fire company can render any assistance to help Danny, Jim and their family get back on their feet? They need everything from clothes to toiletries to food. If your fire company is willing to help with any donations of actual items, monetary donations, gift cards or anything they could really use the help, please contact West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company President/Deputy Chief Chris Hoarn. If you have any questions please contact Chris or you can send donations directly to him at the firehouse and he will get them to the McManimon family. We thank you for your assistance in this matter and helping Jim and Danny gets a jump start on rebuilding their lives. Chris Hoarn President / Deputy Chief - President/ Deputy Chief Chris Hoarn


Paterson second alarm made difficult by cold and wind A strong wind gust that brought the wind chill factor below 0 degrees, added challenges to Paterson firefighters as they fought a two alarm fire on March 13th. At 3:21 a.m., a full assignment was sent to 283 Atlantic Street for a reported basement fire. Units arrived and immediately stretched to attack the flames, but fire had already extended into the walls and were spreading up. A second alarm was transmitted for addi-

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tional manpower. The fire eventually made the attic area and through the roof. The high winds fanned the flames and the decision was made to go defensive. A ladder pipe, a deck gun and several handlines were put into service and soon had the fire knocked down. Companies prepared to re-enter the building, but

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Belmar 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade 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 to see 10,000 marchers which included 21 pipe bands, five high school bands, one grammar school band, one Mummers band, one string band and 15 floats as well as many local area fire departments The threat of yet another Winter storm did not keep the crowds away, and the snow and rain held off until after the parade was done, as the luck of the Irish would have it!


Seaside Heights hosts annual Ocean County, St. Patrick’s Day parade Seaside Heights, NJ. The Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade brought some good luck to a shore town that needs all the luck it can get, after suffering the Sandy superstorm and then a tragic boardwalk fire. Thousands of people flocked to the famous town and lined the streets of Seaside Heights and Seaside Park for the parade. With warm temperatures and bright sunshine, it was a perfect day! The parade route traveled along the Boulevard between Seaside Park’s J Street and Hancock Avenue in Seaside Heights. Many local fire departments attended and supported the event. The party lasted into the night like it was a mid-summer evening.

Some common sense safety practices with ladders begins with don’t do anything on a ladder you wouldn’t do on the ground. Use the right length ladder for the task at hand. It should go to where you want it to without you having to hug the ladder or to lean back in fear that it will slide down the face of the building. Try to position the ladder on level ground whenever possible, dig out a little dirt if you have to, or reposition it. Remember the ladder basics for proper positioning and climbing, you should be able to grasp the rung in front of you at shoulder level with your arms fully extended with your feet at the butt of the ladder. Common sense should tell you if the ladder angle doesn’t look right, it most likely isn’t right, then reposition the ladder. The ladder should be firmly butted on the ground and, or secured at the top with a rope or nylon strap to insure it doesn’t slip. Remember, once you secure the ladder from the top, it will be out of service for use elsewhere should a ladder emergency arise. When there are only two firefighters deploying a ladder and making entry into the structure, one firefighter can butt the ladder as the other firefighter climbs the ladder. Once the firefighter climbing the ladder has reached his objective, entered a window or is on the roof, that firefighter can grasp the fly of the ladder, holding it secure while the other firefighter climbs to his position. Reverse the procedure when returning to the ground. Climbing of the ladder requires one to be looking straight ahead or up, and maintaining contact with the ladder, moving only one hand or one foot at a time. Don’t concentrate on the climbing, as it generally comes naturally. When unsure of the window or roof height, use extension ladders, they cover any mistake. Remember 24-footer for the second floor and the 35-footer for third floor and roof you should have it made. If you have to overreach or overextend when working off of a ladder, reposition the ladder or get a longer/shorter ladder; it saves falling off and becoming a casualty. Additional safety points to consider when working with ground ladders include the caution that metal ladders, and all other ladders when wet, conduct electricity. When placing ladders or climbing ladders, be observant of overhead wires and avoid coming into contact with them. Also remember, aluminum siding conducts electricity so be careful when using and placing ground ladders if there is an electrical problem within the structure.

STAYING SAFE Chief Henry Campbell

When placing ladders at a working fire, try not to place ladders above windows or door openings on lower floors where the fire may vent from and cut off your return route. Do not break overhead windows from a ladder placed below them. The ladder should be placed to the windward side of the window, and a little above so that when the glass is broken it will fall harmlessly to the ground. Prior to breaking any glass, make sure no one is operating

where the falling glass can endanger him or her. Should windows have to be taken out by use of ground ladders, the ladder should be dropped into the glass window and the removing hand contact with the ladder. If your hands are on the ladder, there exists the potential of the broken glass sliding the beams and resulting injury to the firefighter. Whenever a firefighter is to work from a ladder, they must secure a “leg-lock” on the ladder or use a safety belt. A leg lock is taken on the side opposite from which you will be working. Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless! - HENRY CAMPBELL

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Lacey Township structure fire MIKE HEILBRONN

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Just after 1:00 p.m., on March 11th, a fire was reported on the 1400 block of Pershing Ave. Station 60 was dispatched along with Stations 61, 17, 36 and Lacey EMS. 6000 arrived on scene and found a fully involved attached garage with exposure to the residence on the D side. The fire did make it into the attic, but was held to that area on structure 2. Crews using two-one and three quarter inch lines and had the main fire knocked down within 30 minutes. Crews remained on xcene to hit hot spots. No one was injured. The fire is under investigation by the Ocean Co Fire Marshals office.

East Brunswick, NJ. On the afternoon of March 10th, emergency services personnel from East Brunswick Township were requested to respond to a motor vehicle accident on Route 18 Southbound in front of the Brunswick Square Mall. Units arrived to find a three car motor vehicle accident taking out the left lane of the highway. Firefighters from East Brunswick Fire District #1 worked to secure the vehicles and control fluid leaks while EMTs from TransMed EMS treated several patients for minor injuries.

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Firefighters rush to the aid of a 57 year old man, who fell through the ice at Horseshoe Lake in Roxbury Township.

Roxbury firefighters rescue man who fell through ice Roxbury firefighters rescued a 57 year old township man, who fell through the ice at the township’s Horseshoe Lake on Eyland Ave. The man ran onto the ice to retrieve his dog, who also fell through the ice. The dog was able to free himself, but the man was unable to. When police arrived, they found the man clinging to the ice and attempting to extricate himself; however, he was unable to pull himself out of the hole.

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Police and several firefighters threw rescue ropes to the man from the shoreline; however, they could not reach the man. Two firefighters from Roxbury Fire Co. # 1 arrived in ice rescue suits and raced out to the man. The firefighters secured the man with a flotation device and assisted him onto the ice rescue

sled. Within minutes the man was pulled to shore where awaiting EMS and paramedics evaluated the man. Roxbury Fire and EMS Companies 1 and 2 responded to the scene. A back up ice rescue team from Randolph also responded to the scene. The victim was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

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EMS community loses 20 year veteran EMT's offered a final salute to Byron Forte, 42, who served in the emergency services field for 20years. His sudden passing was a shock to the EMS community in Hudson County. Forte was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University Paramedic Science program and Upsala College. He began his lifesaving career as a volunteer EMT in West New York and rose to the rank of captain.

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He also worked with the Union City Police EMS Division, North Bergen EMS, Jersey City Medical Center EMS and Meadowlands Hospital EMS. In addition he was an emergency room technician at Palisades Medical Center. Forte was a rescue worker at the World Trade Center

on 9/11, and he operated at numerous mass causality incidents in Hudson County. Area medical personnel and police units participated in a funeral procession from Jorge Rivera Funeral Home in North Bergen to St. Lawrence Church in Weehawken, March 19th, for a funeral mass and a final goodbye to a dedicated lifesaver. - RON JEFFERS

Volunteer chief honored by local VFW On March 15, 2014, Chief Charles "Buddy" Wilkins was honored by VFW Post 6590 as District Firefighter of the Year. Upon receiving this award, he was also notified that as the district winner, he was submitted to the state level and won the state Firefighter of the Year. Buddy has been a volunteer firefighter with the Cookstown Volunteer Fire Company Station 381 since 1981. In the 90s, he served as 1st assistant chief for a number of years. After returning to the rank of firefighter, he worked his way back up through the ranks and now has begun his ninth year as chief. He is highly respected throughout the community and with all of the mutual aid companies. He has put in years of dedication and we couldn't be more proud of him to receive this honor.


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Brookview firefighters start the training session led by Progressive Rescue by learning the best way to breach a wall

Firefighter survival training On Monday, March 24th, several firefighters from the Brookview Volunteer Fire Company (East Brunswick Fire District #3) participated in a firefighter survival course run by Progressive Rescue. Firefighters spent several hours practicing wall and floor breaching techniques that were designed to give members confidence is extricating themselves from potentially high-risk, lifethreatening situations. Crews worked through several evolutions and needed to demon-

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strate proficiency in quickly and efficiently finding a way to get from one room into another without the use of doors or windows. Firefighters ended the training session by scaling a wall and ultimately working through a breached floor in an effort to simulate an escape from a compromised basement. - MIKE HEILBRONN

Vernon Township, Sussex County, NJ. The slopes were packed at Mountain Creek Friday, February 28th as firefighters skied for charity in the 27th annual NJ Fire- JUMP TO FILE# 022814130 fighter Ski Race. Over 40 teams competed to raise money for the St. Barnabas Burn Unit. After the race, firefighters retreated to the lodge for a buffet, refreshments, and of course stories of the day. - WILLIE CIRONE


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Quick knock saves dwelling On Friday, March 21, 2014, at 3:26 p.m., Engine 3301, Engine 3202, Tender 3111, and Squad 34 were dispatched to Old Deerfield Pike for a reported dwelling fire. 3336 (Station 33 Lieutenant) found a large two story dwelling with heavy smoke showing from the rear of the dwelling and requested the working fire box. This added Tender 2911, Tender 1502 to the scene and Engine 2101 to cover Station 33. Engine 3301 established command and stretched a line to the rear of the dwelling.

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It was found to be a large attached rear porch on fire with exposure to the rear of the dwelling. Tender 3111 hooked into Engine 3301. Crews from Engine 33, Tender 31, and Engine 32 made a quick knock on the fire preventing it from spreading to the home. All units on the working fire box were recalled except for Tender 2911.

The only damage to the residence was some melted siding due to the heat. No injuries were reported on scene. Crews remained on scene for approximately 45 minutes before clearing back to station. The local fire marshal and the New Jersey State Police were on location and are investigating the cause. Engine 3301 cleared the scene at 4:42 p.m.


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Second fire of night for Paterson With a large part of the on duty firefighters working a nearby second alarm, a fire broke out inside Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson. At 4:27 a.m. on March 13th, a response of mostly mutual aid companies discovered a working fire in two rooms in an area of the hospital that did not have patient rooms. Some equipment was burning, but was contained by sprinklers until firefighters completed extinguishment. The area suffered extensive damage, but patient care was not affected, and there was no need for patient evacuation. The cause is under investigation.

On March 13th, the Clinton Fire Department responded at 8:45 p.m. to Country Club Drive for a reported fire on the outside of a house. Clinton Fire Chief Walter Dorf arrived to find heavy fire at the rear of the house with heavy winds spreading the fire across the roof. The fire was placed under control within an hour of the call with units remaining on scene for three hours. Fire departments from Annandale, High Bridge, Quakertown, Glen Gardner, Whitehouse Station and Raritian Township assisted at the scene and covered stations. Clinton EMS, Clinton Police, Hunterdon County Fire Coordinator, the New Jersey Fire Marshals office and Clinton Public Works also responded. The fire is being investigated by Clinton Police and the Hunterdon County Prosecutors Office Fire Investigation unit.

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


Bed Bath and blowing Beyond in Flanders Flanders, Morris County, NJ. As employees reported to work at Bed Bath and Beyond Thursday morning, March 13th, they found a haze and the smell of smoke. Flanders and Budd Lake Fire Departments responded, one of the roof top heating units was tripped. Conditions outside were blizzard like with winds gusting 45 mph with snow mixed in. As firefighters made their way to the roof, they found the unit, which was on fire and was almost out. The rubber membrane separated from the main roof and was catching the wind like a sail over ten feet into the air. The membrane snapped the gas lines from the heating units. Netcong Fire Department was also called to assist. The fire was extinguished and the gas shut off.

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

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

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

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Two buildings burn in Passaic Tricky truck fire in Blackwood Blackwood, Camden County, NJ. An MVA on Route 42 in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township also turned into a truck fire. The pick up, after hitting the guardrail, burst into flames. Many attempts were make to put the fire out with fire extinguishers, but the fire was well past that stage. The driver was taken to a local hospital.

Passaic firefighters with mutual aid from Passaic and Bergen County companies, kept a bad fire from getting worse on Saturday March 15th. At about 11:30 p.m., units were dispatched to Columbia and Van Buren for a report of a fire. On arrival, firefighters found a rear porch of 218 Columbia Ave. fully involved and flames extending to the exposure building on Van Buren St. A second alarm was transmitted and mutual aid called to the scene. Companies commenced an interior attack on both buildings, but were

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forced to go defensive on the exposure building as fire took possession of the attic area and broke through the roof. The fire on the rear porch of the original fire building was quickly knocked down, but flames had entered the cockloft. Members remained inside opening up and hitting the fire and saving the structure. A ladder pipe and several handlines were operated on the

exposure building and were able to keep the flames from spreading further. After the heavy fire was knocked down, companies returned to an interior attack and completed extinguishment. The fire was able to be placed under control in less than two hours and mutual aid began to be released. About fifty residents were left homeless, but no serious injuries were reported. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Paterson battles vacant afternoon house fire


Ice rescue training in Wanaque Over the weekend of March 28-29, the FF1 Professional Safety Services Training Division spent time with the Wanaque Fire Department on Ice Rescue Operations Level training. Training was led by Scott Warner, Joe Lang and Brian Rathbone from FF1.

Around 3:30 p.m. on March 25th, Paterson dispatch received multiple calls for a reported structure fire in the area of Dixon Ave and Ramsey St. Paterson's Engine 7 reported a black cloud of smoke across the river while en route. JUMP TO FILE # As units arrived 032514125 on scene, heavy smoke was showing from the second floor of a vacant two and a half story house with exposure problems on the Delta side. Firefighters attempted an interior attack as heavy fire started to vent from the second floor windows. With conditions starting to deteriorate, evacuation tones were sounded and a second alarm was struck. Tower Ladder 1 and a deck gun from Engine 2 were put into operation, along with hand lines, to knock down the heavy fire that had already extended, and started to break though the roof. As exterior lines knocked down the bulk of the fire, crews reentered the building to extinguish hot spots and overhaul. The fire was knocked down and placed under control within two hours. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation. CHRIS TOMPKINS


Ten left homeless after overnight fire in Millville


Millville, NJ. A two alarm fire tore through a four unit apartment house; destroying the house, and forcing its occupants into the cold night air. Had it not been for one of the occupants coming home late and discovering the fire and waking up the sleeping occupants, things could have been a lot worse. At 2:33 a.m., on March 13th, Millville firefighters were dispatched to the 100 block of Cedar Street for a dwelling fire. Cumberland County 911 Center advised responding firefighters that police and EMS were on location reporting a working fire. Engine 34, under the command of Captain Doug Hallquist, arrived on the scene and found heavy fire showing from the first and second floors, rear, on the B/C corner and heavy smoke throughout the entire two and a half story wood-frame structure. Captain Hallquist and his crew stretched two-one and three quarter inch lines to the rear of the dwelling while Ladder 32 laid a five inch line from a nearby hydrant to E-34. At about 2:50, Chief Kurt Hess ordered a second alarm recalling off-duty personnel and bringing Vineland (Station 2), Rosenhayn (Station 29) and Millville Rescue

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Squad to the scene and Laurel Lake (Station 13) to cover Millville’s station. The flames were fanned by a steady wind of over 30 mph that pushed the fire from the rear to the front of the dwelling. The temperature was 23 degrees and water began to quickly freeze making footing treacherous in areas. Crews eventually put three-one and three quarter inch lines, a two and a half inch line and a blitz-fire in service followed by a ladder pipe. E-30 pumped a supplemental five inch line to E-34. Chief Hess placed the fire under control at 4:30 and crews remained on the scene until 8:45. Thirty-eight fire and EMS personnel responded with three engines, two ladders, a rescue and an ambulance. No injuries were reported. Investigators believe the fire originated in the kitchen of a firstfloor apartment. The Southern Shore Chapter of the Red Cross provided assistance to the ten occupants. - JOHN CARR

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Volunteer Community Organization MUTUAL AID Gordon Wren

Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m., I was notified that a non-fire department community volunteer organization was responding to a report of an oven fire in one of our communities. The fire department was never dispatched. This incident was the latest of several reports of this organization responding to fires and motor vehicle accidents. The group itself was formed many years ago to assist individuals who had a flat tire, needed a jump start, locked their keys in their car or needed other non emergency assistance, a great and certainly worthwhile volunteer service. It appears that some local residents now call their non-emergency number rather than dialing 911 for fires and other emergencies. Unfortunately, it appears that the organization’s leadership has decided to respond to actual emergencies that traditionally were handled by the local police and fire departments. Two years ago, we became aware of a municipality that purchased a mini pumper and equipment truck with taxpayer dollars and gave it to another volunteer non-fire department. This organization started responding to dumpster, brush, trash and oven fires. This well-meaning group of volunteers was not organized as a fire department and responded to fires without turnout gear or selfcontained breathing apparatus. Photographs were forwarded to me showing these non-firefighters utilizing booster lines on room and content fires, and one incident in particular showed a volunteer standing on top of garbage in a 40-yard, roll-off dumpster in his wingtip shoes,

white shirt and absolutely no personal protective gear as he directed a hose stream into the burning materials. I thought of how many times we have encountered empty propane tanks, flammable liquids and other hazardous materials in burning dumpsters. At one point, we met with the leaders of the municipally-funded group and gave them a presentation on the danger of inhaling smoke and all of the dangerous substances that it contains; to no avail. We also suggested that they join the local volunteer fire department if they were interested in firefighting. We then filed a complaint with Public Employee Safety & Health (PESH), who sent inspectors to investigate and concluded that they had no jurisdiction because this was not a fire department/government organization; even though taxpayer dollars were utilized to purchase the fire apparatus and the equipment on it, heh??!!!!!!!! So, we then filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) since it was clear that OSHA’s regulations were being violated. After a few months, OSHA too concluded that they had no jurisdiction because the organization was not a private business – heh??!!!!!!! So, since they are the only two organizations to enforce OSHA’s regulations, we are out of options and the organization continues to fight fires without the mandatory equipment and training. Firefighting is inherently dangerous; eventually one of these well meaning individuals will get hurt or killed, despite the local volunteer fire department’s best efforts to keep them from placing themselves in very dangerous situations.

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Battle of the Badges


Driver airlifted after extrication. A charity hockey game between the Elizabeth Fire Department and the Elizabeth Police Department drew a packed crowd at Warinanco Park Ice Rink with all the proceeds going to the Children's Specialized Hospital. The Elizabeth Police Department won the game 8-5 claiming the title to this years game.


Passaic County Emerald Society 2014 St. Patrick’s Tour Yet again in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day, on Monday March 17, 2014, the Passaic County Emerald Society made their annual "Pub Crawl” performing at many of the local establishments in and around northern New Jersey. For the Emerald Society’s members, this has become a time honored tradition, bringing the sights and sounds of pipes and drums right into the crowds and performing for them. The group formed in 1998, is a volunteer non-profit organization made up of firefighters and police officers from area departments in the county. They perform in the spirit of all departed brothers and good friends. The band proudly marches in many parades and ceremonies. They are proud of their Irish heritage and diligent to their service to Passaic County.

Car wraps around tree, driver airlifted On Saturday March 1, 2014, at 8:12 p.m., Engine 3104, Rescue 3221, and Squad 34 were dispatched to Highway 77 in the area of Olivet Road for a motor vehicle crash. County Dispatch advised responding units that it was reported to be one vehicle into JUMP TO FILE # a tree with un- 032214103 known injuries. 3442 (Squad Asst Chief) arrived first due, found one vehicle wrapped around a tree, with the driver heavily entrapped, and requested for a medical helicopter to be dispatched. Life Support 7 was added to the assignment as well. BLS 3426 began to assess the patient. Engine 3104 established command. Rescue 3221 arrived shortly after and began to extricate the patient. Rescue 3221's crew popped the driver's door, removed the B post, and removed the driver side rear door to gain access to the patient. Engine 3104's crew stretched a hand line during extrication for precautionary measures. Medevac 5 landed at the scene in a nearby yard. The patient was extricated within 11 minutes and quickly tended to by BLS/ALS and the flight crew. The patient was transported to a local trauma center with serious injuries. The New Jersey State Police were on location and are investigating into the cause of the accident. All units were clear of the scene at 9:21 p.m. - WAYNE PAOLLILI JR

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General alarm fire in Paterson destroys five homes


Heavy winds hampered firefighters in Paterson as heavy fire tore though five homes in the North end of town. Multiple calls poured into dispatch requesting the fire department to the area of 6th Ave and River St for a large fire in multiple homes. A full box was dispatched to the area, as crews started to respond, black smoke and flames could be seen from a distance. A second alarm was transmitted prior to the arrival of the fire department. As command arrived on scene, a third alarm was transmitted as heavy fire and smoke vented though three, three story frames, with extreme exposure problems. One of the fire buildings was the scene of a third alarm a month earlier. Crews set up ladder pipes as firefighters stretched hand lines into exposure buildings to keep the fire from extending.

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As winds gusted over 35mph, conditions started to deteriorate for Paterson firefighters as other fires in the area were being reported. Mutual aid companies, not only dispatched to the scene of the original fire, but also to a second alarm fire two blocks away at 116 East 15th St. Fair Lawn, Totowa, Clifton and other mutual aid companies battled heavy fire and explosions in the rear of a commercial building. A second alarm was transmitted for the second fire as other small fires were reported in the area. All fires were knocked down and placed under control within an hour; however, the original fire continued to burn out of control. The fire in the matter of a hour had already consumed four buildings with extension to two others.

Exterior operations, with two tower ladders, two ladder pipes, two deck guns and multiple hand lines, worked on knocking down the heavy fire in five-three story buildings as crews were inside the next exposure keeping the fire from spreading. Firefighters had to deal with multiple collapses as the two original homes collapsed in the rear. Crews remained on scene for multiple hours to bring the fire under control with the help from surrounding towns. Hawthorne, Little Falls, North Haledon, Passaic, and Woodland Park assisted at the original fire. Multiple Bergen and Passaic County towns assisted on other fires and station coverage in the city. No injuries were reported and all fires remain under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

Father’s Day, The Forgotten Fire VIDEO REVIEW Video reviews by John Malecky

Father’s Day The Forgotten Fire By Fire Line Video Productions Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800522-8528 E-Mail: Support@firep o l i c e - e m s . c o m Price: $29.95 (DVD) This DVD is 40 minutes in length. Though many of us still remember this fire, it is worth reviewing for those who may not. It was Father’s Day of 2001, June 17th. At 2:19 p.m., a phone alarm was called in for a fire in a store, followed by a verbal alarm to Squad 288, which was taking up from a minor hazmat incident not

far away. It was a two story commercial structure with dwellings above. The fire worsened as time went on with “popping” noises reported coming from the basement. The DVD picks up the scene after a collapse had occurred and a fourth alarm was sounded bypassing a third alarm. The scene is a mass of rubble and structure with handlines, ladderpipe and tower ladder operating. As the time progresses more handlines are stretched. Radio traffic saturates the background! An army of firefighters can be seen desperately trying to control the fire and support those who are in search of missing members. This force is mixed in with members of EMS and the police. The fire building was on Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, Queens. The tractor-drawn collapse rescue unit arrives and members go to work to assist in the search. One of the trapped members is located and


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removed during this footage. The scene is complete devastation but everyone in attendance is busy! I have to commend the videographers who did an exceptional job in bringing the viewer every possible angle that could be achieved in covering the operation. At times smoke shroud the scene, but they wait it out until the smoke lifts. A number of high ranking officers can be seen here including First Deputy Commissioner Feehan and Battalion Chief Ray Downey both of whom lost their lives three months later on 9/11. In fact many of the members in attendance here lost their lives that day as well! Probably due to the heavy loss on 9/11, this Father’s Day tragedy was called “The Forgotten Fire.” But like 9/11, may we never forget the three firefighters who lost their lives this day, Harry Ford and Brian Fahey of Rescue 4 and John Downing of Ladder 163! May you continue to rest in peace!

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Where is spring? North Hudson Command Technician "Chip" Ficken covers up during an all hands fire in West New York in 25degree weather on St. Patrick's Day.


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Bust your routine with the 15 minute medicine ball workout FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

These days, it appears more and more fire service personnel are becoming increasingly diligent with their exercise routines. That’s an awesome trend and I hope the numbers continue to grow. The majority of those I speak to are having success and plan to continue. I’d have to say one of the most common requests I am receiving from these individuals is for a simple routine buster. This is not a new topic for us. As we have previously discussed, remaining diligent is essential, but can lead to boredom and stagnation of results. We have covered many ways to change your exercise routine. As much as I’ve explained the importance of varying the frequency, intensity duration and choice of activities/exercises, it appears most people just want me to tell them exactly what to do. So here is a full-body workout to throw into your schedule once a week for the next month or so. Use it in place of one of your fullbody workouts weekly. If you don’t have a full-body workout (and are training different muscle groups each day) select the exercises from the workout that train those muscle groups and substitute the medicine ball in place of the free weights or machines. Select a medicine ball with a weight that allows you to perform all repetitions correctly and with proper alignment while still challenging yourself physically. Most of my clients use a ten lb medicine ball, but based upon your physical condition the ball may range anywhere from 5-15 lbs. Challenge yourself, but be smart! Chest-Medicine Ball Chest Press. This exercise replaces your typical chest/bench press. Upper back-Medicine Ball Bent-over Row. In standing position, flex forward 90 degrees at the hips so that your back is flat. Knees are slightly bent, arms are holding medicine ball and are extended downward. Pull medicine ball to chest. Shoulders-Overhead Shoulder Press. Can be done seated or standing. If standing, be sure knees are slightly bent. Start with the medicine ball in front of you at chest level (elbows bent – ball somewhat tight to your body) and extend overhead to near straight arm position. Bicep-Medicine Ball Bicep Curls. Stand with knees slightly bent holding the medicine ball in front of you with arms extended downward. Keeping elbows in at your sides flex at the elbow and curl the medicine ball to chest level (as you would in a barbell bicep curl).

Triceps-Medicine Ball Overhead Triceps Extension. Can be done seated or standing. If done standing, be sure knees are slightly bent. Hold medicine ball overhead. Keeping elbows up and shoulders stationary (close to your ears/head) flex the elbows to bring the ball down behind your head. Legs-(Quadriceps, Gluteals, low back) Medicine Ball Squats. Perform a squat with the ball at chest height, overhead or extended downward in front of you. Legs-(Hamstring) Medicine Ball Bridge. Lie on your back. Knees are bent and both feet are on top of the medicine ball. Arms are extended to the sides at shoulder height with palms facing downward. Lift the hips and low back off the floor and hold in the “UP” position for a second. Abdominals-Seated Medicine Ball (Russian) twist. Sit holding the medicine ball at chest level and somewhat close to your body (elbows bent). Keeping hips fixed rotate only at the waist as far as you can (keeping ball in front of your chest) and then to the opposite direction. You can pause in the forward facing (start) position between rotating to each side if you are more comfortable. Abdominals-Medicine Ball Crunch. Lie on your back, feet flat on the floor, knees bent. Hold the medicine ball overhead and perform a crunch (keeping low back on the floor). How to use it-After a 3-5 minute warm-up of light cardiovascular activity, perform each exercise for a total of 30 seconds. Do as many repetitions as you can during the 30 seconds without using momentum or sacrificing proper form or alignment. Remember to work at an intensity level suitable to your current fitness level. Progress to the next exercise with little or no rest. After completing all of the exercises – rest for 30 seconds then repeat the entire sequence a total of three (3) times. Be sure to stay hydrated, by sipping water. Conclude with a cool-down followed by stretching for each muscle group. Variations-Alternate the upper body exercises with a leg or abdominal exercise. (Do the routine in this order: chest press, squat, bent-over row, seated twist, shoulder press, bridge, bicep curl, crunch, triceps extension). You can increase intensity by gently releasing the ball (at the top of each movement) and catching it during each repetition. You are not throwing the ball, just opening the hands and releasing it so that it is briefly airborne). Additionally; you can alternate each medicine ball exercise with 30 seconds of cardiovascular exercise for greater variety, intensity and duration. Please Note. All exercises are not suitable for all individuals. Be sure to consult with your physician and receive medical clearance before beginning this or any exercise routine.


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One sent to trauma center Ship Bottom, NJ. Just before 1030 a.m. on March 20th, an MVC on Bay Terrace and West 14th Street in Ship Bottom Township required a medevac (MONOC 1)for one person with a serious head injury. Assisting EMS was MONOC Medic 716 along with Station 49 and 46. The accident is under investigation by the Ship Bottom Police Department.


Passaic quickly extinguishes store fire A fire in a retail store in Passaic was knocked down before it could spread along a row of similar businesses on March 14th. Shortly before 8:30 a.m., Passaic firefighters responded to 11 Hoover Ave. after a store owner opened the store and found a smoke condition. Fire units arrived as heavy smoke pushed out of the front of the store and the one next to it. A second alarm was called for as companies found heavy fire in the rear of the business. A line was put into operation as trucks cut several vent holes in the roof. The big line knocked the fire down before flames took posses-

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sion of the cockloft. Many renovations over the years made opening up and finding hot spots a labor intensive task. The fire was placed under control in about one hour with extensive damage to the main fire store, relatively minor damage to the adjoining café, and several others receiving some smoke damage. The cause is under investigation. - BILL TOMPKINS


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Fire at Hindu Temple in Country Hills Bridgewater District Three Fire Companies had a busy Sunday on March 16th. Enroute to the Somerville St. Patrick's Day Parade, units were dispatched into the Country Hills section for a report of a JUMP TO FILE# smoke condition in 031914106 a second floor condo unit in the 3700 block of Graham Court. A r r i v i n g quickly on scene, Country Hills Chief Charles Springer put North Branch Firefighters into action to investigate the smoke. Firefighters found plastic burning in a dishwasher and quickly removed the hazard. As units were clearing up from this scene, Bridgewater Police alerted the district of a second call in the Green Knoll section in the 1000 block of Route 202/206 Southbound. Multiple calls of heavy black smoke coming from a second floor unit of a multi-unit residential dwelling on the site of the Hindu temple were received. Green Knoll Chief James Vitale was first on scene within minutes on Sunday, March 16th. He confirmed a working structure fire on the second floor of the dwelling with all occupants accounted for. Interior crews from Green Knoll and North Branch made quick entry and searched for the seat of the fire in zero visibility conditions. The fire had vented through the roof and started a secondary fire to the rear of the dwelling involving patio furniture. Firefighters found the seat of the fire in the kitchen area and were able to contain it with two hand lines. The unit became unin-


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habitable with heavy fire, smoke and water damage. Also on scene and assisting with overhaul and RIT were the Country Hills and Bradley Gardens Fire Companies, Green

Knoll/Martinsville Rescue Squad and Bridgewater Police. Total time in service for both fires was one hour and 22 minutes - DAVID HICKSON

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Mayor Quintana presents the proclamations to the recipients. From left: Chief Centanni, Bill Faria (Mr. Faria’s son), Billy Faria, Mayor Quintana, Capt. Alvarez, and Acting Director Stewart.

Fire Heroes Ceremony 2014 in Newark On Thursday, March 20, 2014, Mayor Luis A. Quintana, Acting Fire Director James W. Stewart, and Fire Chief John G. Centanni honored Newark Fire Capt. JUMP TO FILE# Orlando Alvarez and 032114115 East Ward resident Billy Faria yesterday for their efforts to save Newark residents in a September 2013 fire, by presenting them with proclamations in a City Hall ceremony. In his office, Mayor Quintana, Acting Director Stewart, and Chief Centanni recognized Capt. Alvarez and Mr. Faria for their actions during a fire at a multi-story dwelling at 298 Lafayette Street, on September 10, 2013, which endangered the lives of numerous residents, in front of their families, and firefighters under Capt. Alvarez’s command. - DAVID LIPPMAN

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Hazlet restoration company damaged in blaze Hazlet, NJ. A restoration company was heavily damaged on the morning of March 16, 2014 after a fire erupted inside the building. The business, PuroClean that occupies the building, is a company that specializes in restoring properties that had been damaged by fire, smoke, mold, and flooding. JUMP TO FILE # F i r e f i g h t e r s 032014110 from Hazlet Township responded at 11:24 a.m. to 8 Phyllis St. for the reported structure fire. The chief arrived on scene and found a one-story commercial building heavily charged with thick black smoke and heavy fire showing from the A-side out the front door and windows. Additional resources were immediately summoned to assist at the scene and cover the town. Several two and a half inch and one and three quarter inch hand lines were deployed to extinguish the fire that started to engulf the wood overhang on the front of the building. The bulk of the flames were knocked down within 20 minutes and held to the one section of the building, although the entire business sustained some kind of smoke damage. Firefighters were able to prevent the building from being a total loss and had the blaze under control within an hour. Extensive overhaul and ventilation were necessary due to the significant fire damage and size of the building. There were no reported firefighter injuries at the scene. Unfortunately, the company that provides restoration services for so many people that have been affected by similar events will need to provide services for themselves to recover from this blaze. It is unknown whether items in the building were able to be salvaged. Fire companies from Hazlet, North Centerville, West Keansburg, Union Beach, Keyport, and Matawan helped battle the blaze, while additional fire companies from nearby towns covered the township during the incident. The cause and origin of the fire is being investigated by the Hazlet Township fire official’s office, but does not appear to be suspicious in nature.





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Garfield firefighters put to work Just before 10 a.m. on March 28th, the Garfield Fire Department was dispatched to 89 Pleasant Avenue for a house fire. Command arrived on scene to find a one and a half story ranch with smoke show- JUMP TO FILE # ing from the base- 032814113 ment. A working fire was transmitted as units continued to arrive on scene. Engine 3 arrived on scene and stretched a one and three quarter inch hand line to the basement. As crews began to attack the fire in the basement, fire started to vent from the basement windows on the Charlie and Delta sides. With additional crews remaining on scene, smoke started to increase and darken on the first floor as the fire started to extend. Crews in the basement reported water problems and an evacuation tone was sounded and par was conducted. Ladder 4 members laddered the roof and cut vent holes. Firefighters re-entered the home to knock down the bulk of the fire. Wallington was put to work, so Paramus Truck 4 was requested to the scene as the new fast team. The fire was knocked down within an hour. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation.


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Newer vehicles in Cliffside Park Within the past few years, the Boro of Cliffside Park in Bergen County has received some new vehicles for emergency services. Cliffside Park EMS, licensed under the fire department, received ambulances in 2011 and 2013. Both are Type III Braun Chief XL’s on Ford E-450 chassis, which were sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles. CPA-3 is a 2011 and CPA-1 is a 2013. Also in 2011, the fire department received a Pierce 100 foot tractordrawn aerial with an Arrow XT tractor, replacing a 1979 Seagrave 100 foot tractor-drawn aerial which formerly served Ridgefield Park. The Pierce tiller (Ladder 1) has a 6 kw on-board generator, a Honda 2 kw portable generator and a rack for storage of 24 spare SCBA cylinders. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services. First Priority Emergency Vehicles made the following deliveries: a Ford F-550/First Priority light rescue/deluge unit to the River Plaza Fire Company in Middletown Township (Monmouth County), five Road Rescue Transmedic Type II ambulances on Ford E-350 chassis (three to the Millville Rescue Squad in Cumberland County and two to AmBuCar, Jersey City in Hudson County, a GM 3500 First Priority Renaissance Remount under a Braun Raider module for Old Bridge Township EMS (Middlesex County), a GM 3500 First Priority Renaissance Remount under a Wheeled Coach module to Aaron Medical Transport in Lyndhurst (Bergen County) and a Braun Signature Series Type III on a Ford E-350 chassis to the West New York EMS (Hudson County.) Ambulance orders include three Road Rescue Transmedic Type II’s (two to Responsive Medical Transport in Toms River, Ocean County and one to All American Medical Transport in Clifton, Passaic County.) The Linden Fire Department EMS (Union County) ordered a First Priority Renaissance Remount of a Ford E-450 chassis under a Road Rescue module. The Oakhurst First Aid Squad (Monmouth County) ordered a Road Rescue UltraMedic on a Ford E-450 chassis. The following KME’s are being prepped at their Fire Apparatus Division: For Deptford’s Blackwood Terrace station (Gloucester County), a Panther pumper with MFD chassis. Specs include a 10 inch raised roof cab, Bostrom seating for six, Cummins ISL, 450 hp diesel, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Whelen NFPA LED lighting package, Hale, Qmax, 2,000 gpm single-stage pump, top mount panel, 750 gallon poly water tank, KME 304L, stainless steel 152 inch Flushback pumper body, R.O.M. roll-up doors, Harrison 8 kw hydraulic generator and FRC Focus scene lighting. Also for the Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department in Franklin TownPlease send any comments or news tidbits you might have about Apparatus of the Month to us at 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street. New Windsor, NY 12553. Or you can e-mail them to

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Cliffside park L-1, 2011 pierce arrow Xt 100 foot with 6 kw generator. it was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Blawenburg Rescue 46 engine, 2009 e-one Cyclone ii, 1500/400/40 with 20 kw generator and six-ton winch.

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Cliffside park eMS, Cpa-3, 2011 Ford e-450/Braun Chief XL. it was sold by First priority emergency Vehicles.

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Far Hills-Bedminster, e29-101, 2013 Spartan eRV gladiator, 1500/750/50 with 10 kw generator. it was sold by Campbell Supply Co. LLC.

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Cliffside park eMS, Cpa-1, 2013 Ford e-450/Braun Chief XL. it was sold by First priority emergency Vehicles.

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aberdeen twp. district 1, 2014 Spartan gladiator eLFd/SVi, 100/200 with 15 kw generator and portable winch. it was sold by emergency equipment Sales & Service.

ship (Somerset County), a 4200 gallon custom tender. Specs include an MFD Severe Service TA chassis with 16 inch raised roof, Roll-Tech Advanced Occupant Restraint System, Cummins ISX15, 500 hp diesel, Allison 4000 EVS transmission, Hale DSD, 1250 gpm single-stage pump, fiberglass

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Blawenburg e46-107, 2013 e-one Cyclone ii, 2000/1240/40 with 15 kw generator and trays to store 15 foot sections of hard suction hose.

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The Arbor Hose Co. 1 of Piscataway, NJ recently drilled with their brothers from neighboring Possumtown Fire Department


Cliffside Park "Chef of Department" Frank Poerio spent a Saturday in March preparing a firehouse St. Patrick's Day dinner for members and their families.


Belleville Chief of Department Robert Caruso, left, is interviewed by the media after a multiple-alarm fire on Washington Avenue in March.



Deputy Chief Jack Egan (left) runs operations as Chief James Vitale (right) runs incident command on March 16th at a Hindu temple

Jersey City Battalion Chief Griese takes a break at a third alarm on a frigid morning.

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Local Heroes Taking Advantage of Program Benefits

Local hero glad he learned about the Heroes Mortgage Program With three children and another on the way in June, Ron Salzano and his wife contemplated buying a new home. However, after consulting with the Heroes Mortgage Program, he came to the conclusion that refinancing might work better financially. Saving him money on his monthly mortgage payment. Or, in this case, a lot of money. By refinancing with the Heroes Mortgage Program, Salzano said he saved about $700 per month on his mortgage. That’s a lot of extra income for a hard-working gentleman with a growing family. “To save that kind of money is a big deal,” Salzano said. “and the process was very straight forward. There were no catches. It was well thought out and very streamlined. It was to the point and I’m glad I found out about it.” The Heroes Mortgage Program is dedicated to serving the mortgage needs of the firefighter, police rescue and EMS community, providing discounted fees, first-rate customer service and low interest rates not available to the general public. At only age 31, Salzano is already a decorated veteran of the Bergen County Police


Department, with 11 years experience in the field. He serves as the deputy coordinator of the office of emergency management. Salzano also is a member of the Bergen County Police scuba team, working in water search and recovery. In addition, Salzano is a key member of Bergen County’s traffic incident management team, which works with traffic flow during accidents and emergencies. He served as a volunteer with the Wallington Fire Department from 2000-08. Talk about a

hero: Salzano certainly fits the bill. However, he remains humble about his various accomplishments, and burgeoning career. “I’ve been very fortunate in my career because of my background as a volunteer firefighter and experience in EMS an rescue,” Salzano said. “In my time with Bergen County, my horizons have been broadened. There are a lot of opportunities to advance yourself. Every day is a new adventure.” 1st Responder and Sun Home Loans teamed up to create the Sun National Bank Heroes Mortgage Program. To participate in the program, firefighters, police officers, rescue and EMS personnel must verify their active or retired status within the emergency services community. The program is open to both paid and volunteer members and provides the kind of first-rate customer service these brave men and women deserve. ------Sun National Bank Home Loans and 1st Responder Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing Lender.

Heroes Mortgage Program If you are a member of the emergency services community and are currently paying more than 4.25% interest on your mortgage, give us a call or email today for a free analysis to see if you can benefit from our program. Please act quickly before interest rates rise again.


Heroes Realty client more than happy to refer family member David Ciliento, a respected and experienced real estate salesperson with Heroes Realty, helped Carlos Villar purchase a home in Lodi, N.J. last October. The process was a seamless one, from initial inquiry through closing. Of course, Villar was pleased with Ciliento’s professionalism and customer service, and everything else Heroes Realty has to offer. Four months after working with Ciliento, Villar paid him a meaningful compliment: He referred his sister, Melissa Villar, to Ciliento and Heroes Realty. Ciliento helped her buy her first home. “I appreciated that gesture so much,” said Ciliento, who has worked as a realtor for 11 years. “The fact that Mr. Villar would do something like that was very rewarding for me and for Heroes Realty. He had told us we did a great job, but to give a referral to a family member, well, that means a lot.” Like her brother, Villar praised Heroes Realty, created to provide heroes who serve our communities every day with a variety of enterprising real estate services. Heroes Re-


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countability, integrity, ethics and service. Villar, a clerical associate at Hackensack University Medical Center, utilized Heroes Realty to purchase a beautiful condominium in Passaic, N.J. She proudly closed on Feb. 10. “It’s a big step. I’m very excited,” Villar said. “Everything my brother told me about the Heroes Realty was right. It was excellent. I’m definitely excited that I was referred to the Heroes Realty program and I will refer Mr. Ciliento to my friends and family as well.” Whether you are looking to purchase a new home, sell the one you are in for the best price possible, or are even looking to rent or lease a quality home or apartment, Heroes Realty has opened its doors to provide personal real estate services to all of the Heroes in our community. Heroes Realty is dedicated to the longterm success and financial well-being of all of our clients. We understand how hard you work and the sacrifices you and your family make every day. That’s why Heroes Realty’s

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EMT’s L. DeBari and A. Lazo of the Union City Police EMS stand by their newly remounted ambulance with a new chassis.

Members of the Rahway Fire Department pose with their new Spartan-ERV 1500gpm pumper.



Firefighters from East Brunswick's Brookview Volunteer Fire Company recently participated in a firefighter survival class run by Progressive Rescue.

Members of the North Hudson Fire Department attended a party for twenty retired members in March.



On duty members of the Summit Fire Department stand by their new Spartan ERV pumper. L to R, Lt. Jeff Hudkins, Firefighters Matt Klapper, Brian Harnois, Mike Cook, Rich Stagaard, Tom Murray and BC Don Nelson.

Firefighters Ted Wagner, Roy Wagner, and Scott Kivet from Plainsboro Volunteer Fire Co. pose with new Tanker 49, which they bought from the Franklinville. This rig is a 1990 Peterbilt/S&S 2000/3500 tanker-pumper. It will be lettered soon.

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New Jersey Forest Fire Service just placed into service Rahway Engine 3 has been assigned a new Spartan-ERV Ramsey Engine 432 has been assigned a 2013 Pierce this 2012 Dodge 3500/Reading/NJFFS 4x4 250 1500-gpm/750-gpm-30-gft pumper with 6 kw hydraulic Arrow XT 1500-gpm/750-gwt pumper sold by Fire & gpm/250gwt generator sold by Campbell Supply Co. Safety Services.




Chief Michael Einhorn of the Iselin Chemical Hook & Jersey City received an E-One 100-foot rear-mount aer- Elizabeth Engine 3 has been assigned a Pierce Arrow Ladder Fire Department will be responding to calls in ial ladder sold by Absolute Fire Protection Co. XT 1500-gpm pumper sold by Fire & Safety Services. his new 2014 Chevy Tahoe command vehicle.




In 2014, East Orange placed into service this 1991 Sea- Pompton Lakes received a Ford F-550 4WD/Pierce 400- Summit Engine 2 has been assigned a Spartan-ERV grave 100-foot rear-mount aerial as Ladder 3. It was ac- gpm mini-pumper sold by Fire & Safety Services. Gladiator model 1500-gpm/750-gwt pumper with foam quired from Highview, KY. system and 10 kw hydraulic generator, sold by Campbell Supply Co.


Elizabeth Ladder Co. 1 received a Pierce Arrow XT 100foot rearmount aerial ladder possessing a Harrison 8 kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Hasbrouck Heights Chief of Department Pat Hayes assist victims of a 2-alarm fire that occurred at their Ottawa Avenue home on March 24th.


Paterson Engine Co 1 Captain Manny Rivera tries to take off a frozen coat at a recent multiple alarm


McCabe Ambulance EMT’s Alexis Zamboanga and Walter Olenhaus stand by Med-4, a 2013 Ford F350/AEV Traumahawk ambulance.



East Greenwich Twp Fire and Rescue: Lt Terry Ballinger, Courtney Mann, Dan DiMarcello, Lt Drew Bain, Edward McMahon, and Butch Myers pose after returning from a MVC extrication involving a car vs dump truck. The incident was rookie Dan DiMarcello's first extrication call.

Jersey City Battalion Chief Rob Daly checks in at the command board at a three alarm fire in the city.

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

-Continued from page 54 Fire & Safety Services received the following Pierce orders: For Jersey City (Hudson County), an Arrow XT 95 foot mid mount platform and a Saber pumper. For Northvale in Bergen County, an Arrow XT stainless steel pumper and for the Township of Clark (Union County), two Velocity FR, heavy duty rescue pumpers. Jersey City took delivery of an EONE Metro 100 rearmount aerial which will go to Ladder 12. Specs include a Cyclone II chassis, Cummins ISX, 500 hp diesel, Smart Power 10 kw generator, brow lights above the cab windshield and scene lights on the body. We have additional specs on the Blawenburg pumper in Somerset County. They include a Cyclone II chassis, Cummins ISX, 500 hp diesel, Waterous CSU, 2,000 gpm pump, 1240 gallon water and 40 gallon Class “A” foam tanks, Waterous Eclipse 200 CFM foam system, Smart Power 15 kw generator, Will Burt 6,000 watt light tower, trays for 15 foot lengths of hard suction hose, Hurst tools and two Hannay electric cord reels. New Jersey Emergency Vehicles delivered a P.L. Custom Medallion

ambulance on a Ford E-450 chassis to the North Brunswick First Aid & Rescue Squad (Middlesex County.) Manasquan in Monmouth County ordered a Toyne pumper on a Spartan Metro Star LFD chassis. Specs include a Hale 1500 gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, low height hose bed, stainless steel body, hydraulic ladder rack and a 10 kw hydraulic generator. Campbell Supply Co. LLC reports that they delivered a Spartan ERV pumper to the Grenloch Fire Company in Washington Township (Gloucester County) and are prepping a Wheeled Coach ambulance for the Wyckoff Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Bergen County. They received an order from the Plainfield Fire Department (Union County) for a Metro Star pumper with an IPS design. Specs include an ELFD cab with 20 inch raised roof, Cummins ISL, 450 hp diesel, aluminum body, Hale 1500 gpm pump, UPF 500 gallon water tank and a Harrison 15 kw generator. They also received an order from Wayne Township (Passaic County) for a Wheeled Coach medium duty ambulance on a Freightliner M2, extended cab chassis. It will have a 179 inch module and Whelen LED lighting.


Full box assignment for Kearny brush fire Kearny, NJ. Kearny firefighters worked for about one hour to control a brush fire that burned along Route 280 on March 27th. A full box assignment was requested by Deputy Chief Osborn and they were able to keep the flames from threatening any structures.



Condo fire in Mahwah On the morning of March 3, 2014, Engine 935, Chiefs 930 and 940 responded mutual aid into the township of Mahwah for a condo fire off of Ramapo Brae Lane. Engine 935's units assisted with side Charlie operations opening up and overhauling hotspots along side Ramsey units. Initial Mahwah units made a push; however, due to the fire load the unit switched over to an exterior attack. Shortly thereafter, a collaspe of the second floor occurred.

Passaic second alarm damages two buildings A two alarm fire destroyed two buildings in the late evening hours of March 15th. The fire originated in a fourfamily house at 218 Columbia Ave. around 11:25 p.m. and spread to 82 Van Buren St. Arriving companies found a rear porch heavily involved at the Columbia Ave. building extending to the Van Buren building. A quick second alarm was struck. At one point, companies were withdrawn from both buildings

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due to fire conditions. Firefighters re-entered the Columbia Ave. building, but the Van Buren Street building was still heavily involved with fire venting through the roof. One ladder pipe was put into operation by Ladder 2 as well as numerous outside lines. The fire was under control around 1 a.m. No injuries were re-

ported to any firefighters or occupants. The fire appears to have originated in the rear of the Columbia Ave. building. A car was also destroyed that was parked in the driveway. Mutual aid from Paterson, Clifton, East Rutherford and Wallington assisted at the scene. - DAMIEN DANIS

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Millburn Battalion Chief and Essex County Mutual Aid Coordinator Scott Latona mans the command post during a 4-alarm fire in Belleville on March 28th.


Passaic Battalion Chief Joe Cajzer works at a two alarm fire in a row of stores on March 14th


District Warden Jim Good at a recent brush fire in Byram Twp.



Cliffside Park firefighters conduct overhaul operations after knocking down a rear-porch fire that extended into the dwelling at 332 Palisade Avenue on March 26th.

Clifton Deputy Chief Mulligan in on mutual aid to Passaic on March 14th.

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Randolph and Denville ice rescue teams drill together Randolph, Morris County, NJ. Firefighters cut through over a foot of ice on Randolph Lake on March 2nd to practice their ice rescue skills. This joint drill went over all of the possible scenarios and equipment that might be used.


Hazlet Engine 14 operating at a structure fire on Phyllis St. in Hazlet Township.


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Netcong dryer fire At 12:45 p.m. on March 8th, Netcong Fire Department was dispatched to 115 Ledgewood Avenue, apartment B for a reported dryer fire. Chief 2 reported smoke showing. Engine 1 stretched a line to the front door. Once inside, a small electrical fire inside the dryer was found. Crews used a chemical extinguisher to extinguish the bulk of the fire and very little water to ensure minimal damage to the home. There were no injuries sustained at the scene.

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