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DAMIENDANIS SADDLE BROOK, NJ - A propane-fueled fire burned a shed to the ground in Saddle Brook while spreading to another shed and a house during the early afternoon of September 24th. At 12:09 P.M., a general alarm was dispatched on a reported structure fire at 91 Birk Street. -

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MEMORIAL BOARD If your departm ent has photos you would like to see in our “M emorial Board” feature please up­ load them on our website w w w .lRBN .com or email them to Lindsey@ lstR esponderNews.com

Jeff Richards Was a Popular and Loved Firefighter There was a photo posted on Facebook of a young boy in fire­ man's boots, that were almost up to his waist, standing in front of West New York Truck l's old Seagrave tiller, at the Tyler Place fire­ house. At a very early age, his dream was to become a firefighter. Jeff Richards accomplished his goal and retired in 2020. On 9-11-22, Firefighter Richards, 54, lost his hard fought battle with cancer. “You could always count on him for a wisecrack or a question­ able meal. On the fire ground there was no one more reliable or dependable,” was a quote from the North Fludson Fire officer's Facebook page. As a young man, Richards be­ came an auxiliary firefighter in West New York. That was an old Civilian Defense position that was popular since WW II. Fie, and many other young men, became volunteer/auxiliary firefighters that rode the apparatus and as­ sisted career members at fire scenes. This was the beginning of what would become a profes­ sional career in public safety for many that joined. Taking civil service tests, Richard first became a West New York police officer. Fie served his hometown in that position for seven-years. FTis father, Tom, is a retired detective. In 1997, he ac­

complished his goal as a fire­ fighter with the WNYFD. In 1999, his department became part of the newly established North Fludson Regional Fire & Rescue, along with four other municipalities. Fie couldn't get enough of the fire service, and related jobs. When he and his family moved to Brick, he became a volunteer with the Laurelton Fire Company. In addition, he has part-time fire service related jobs with PL Cus­ tom and Fire & Safety Services. Fie was a popular person in all of his positions. “A funny, caring guy, with a totally sarcastic sense of humor that lit up the room,” said his brother Tim, a captain with the North Fludson depart­ ment. Richards enjoyed cooking, but took his firehouse ribbing. “Flis favorite seasoning was burnt,” said Captain Brian Stahl on his Facebook page. Outside of the fire service, his greatest joy was his wife, Gael, and daughters Molly and Bridget. Flis brother added, “Fie loved being a firefighter, not because of the title, but because of the nature of the job, getting out there and doing something about it.” Yes, to know him was to love him. - RON JEFFERS

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M o n tc la ir B a ttle s a Second Alarm MONTCLAIR, NJ - No in­ juries were reported as a fire caused extensive damage to all floors of a large two-and-a-half story home in Montclair on Sep­ tember 25th. • Fleavy fire was venting from the J ump to file# 'B/C' corner of the 092622110 first floor as fire units arrived at 192 Inwood Ave. at 1:00 RM. after receiving ■ » multiple calls re­ porting the house fire. Lines were quickly stretched in the front door and crews soon had the visible flames knocked down, but the fire was extending upwards within the walls of the older structure. A sec­ ond-alarm was transmitted for ad­ ditional manpower. Two cats were removed by firefighters during searches. The smoke condition improved on the first and second floor, but was pushing out of the attic. Addi­ tional lines and much opening up, and soon the smoke lessened. The fire was placed under control in just over one hour. Mutual aid at the scene was provided by Bloomfield, West Orange, East Orange, and Clifton.

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Alabama: Jeffrey Ray Wyatt, 49 Rank: Chief Incident Date: April 4,2022 Death Date: April 4,2022 Fire Department: McAdory Area Fire District Initial Summary: On Monday, April 4,2022, Chief Jeffrey Ray Wyatt worked a shift at the firehouse in which he complained to his col­ leagues of having difficulty breathing. When he arrived home after his shift he walked up the stairs and set his briefcase down. He then fell back down the stairs when he suffered a massive heart attack. A family member found him approximately 45 minutes later and was mshed to Medical West Health Center where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.

Alabama: Freddy C. Reeves, 85 Rank: Acting Chief Incident Date: March 3,2022 Death Date: March 25,2022 Fire Department: Ward Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Thursday, March 3, 2022, Acting Chief Freddy C. Reeves was at­ tempting to put out a grass fire when his pants caught fire and he was injured. When other firefighters arrived on the scene, they helped in fighting the fire. Acting Chief Reeves then drove approximately 5 miles and brought back a fire apparatus to continue fire suppres­ sion operations. When an ambulance arrived, Acting Chief Reeves was transported to a local hospital and then to the bum center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. His condition improved and he responded to treatment. However, Acting Chief Reeves subsequently became increas­ ingly ill after responding to treatment and passed away from his injuries on Friday, March 25,2022. New Mexico: Timothy Williams, 54 Rank: Probationary Firefighter Incident Date: April 3,2022 Death Date: April 4,2022 Fire Department: Eddy County Fire and Rescue Initial Summary: On Sunday, April 3,2022, Probationary Firefighter Timothy Williams was working at the Atoka fire station cleaning apparatus and checking equipment. After ar­ riving home, he began to experience chest pains. He was mshed to the hospital and passed away on Monday, April 4,2022, from a heart attack. Nebraska: Darren D. Krull, 54 Rank: Chief Incident Date: April 7,2022 Death Date: April 7,2022 Fire Department: Elwood Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Thursday, April 7, 2022, Chief Darren D. Krull was a passenger in a Ford Expedition, driven by the Phelps County Emergency Manager. They were enroute to a wildland fire, when they were struck head on by a water transfer tank, ap­ proximately 8 miles of Arapahoe on Highway 283. Chief Krull was mshed to the Chambers Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The Phelps County Emergency Manager was transported to the hospital and listed in stable but critical condition. Fire and smoke in the area caused zero visibility conditions on the roadway at the time of the crash. Investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Ohio: Philip M Wigal, 35 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: April 11,2022 Death Date: April 11,2022 Fire Department: Town and Country Fire District Initial Summary: On Monday, April 11, 2022, Lieutenant Philip M. Wigal responded to the scene of a vehicle accident on 1-71 southbound. While at the scene, a trooper was performing an administrative inventory of the crash vehicle while Lieutenant Wigal was completing documentation for their report. At approximately 3:59 p.m., while finishing these tasks, a southbound commercial vehicle struck the left rear of the fire apparatus, the patrol vehicle and the vehicle involved in the initial crash. Lieutenant Wigal was pro­ nounced deceased at the scene. Arizona: Brendan Bessee, 24 Rank: Firefighter/EMT Incident Date: April 8,2022 Death Date: April 8,2022 Fire Department: Salt River Fire Department Initial Summary: On Friday, April 8,2022, Firefighter/EMT Brendan Bessee was driving an ambulance responding to a 9-1-1 call, with a co-worker. They turned left off of McDow­ ell RD, onto Beeline Highway. After crossing the southbound lanes they were hit by a semitrack going north. Firefighter/EMT Bessee was pronounced deceased at the scene. The coworker was rushed to the hospital and is listed in critical condition. Investigation into the incident is ongoing. Pennsylvania: Isaac David Hassen, Sr., 69 Rank: Chief Incident Date: April 14,2022 Death Date: April 15,2022 Fire Department: Hope Fire Company Initial Summary: On Thursday, April 14, 2022, Chief Isaac David Hassen, Sr. re­ sponded to an EMS call at a residence. After arriving home, he experienced a medical emergency and was taken to the hospital that evening. On Friday, April 15,2022, he passed away from cardiac related issues.


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A Hometown Hero Organizes V olunteers to Serve Community

Notes from Ron Jeffers

Ed Hill is a project manager in commercial construction. He is very community oriented, and he wanted to bring back the sense of community with today's youth. Hill is a scouting volunteer, and his pro­ gram functions as a venue for Boy Scouts, Venture Crew, Explorer Post and Cub Scouts in touch with their community. With older vehicles, his program was organized in 2016. In the event of a natural disaster, large-scale in­ cident, people displaced from their homes or at civic events, his crew will mobilize and feed first respon­ ders and victims. Hill has created MERK: Mobile Emergency Response Kitchen. MERK is a volunteer organization which gives scouts and their parents and other adults a firsthand experi­ ence in helping others. Juveniles between the ages of 12-18 and adults participate. The group has assembled a mo­ bile kitchen, utilizing a 1985 GMC van, to use for emergency situations and civic events. Hill said the inde­ pendent organization is totally funded by donations. The MERK works with the Office of Emer­ gency Management to meet all of their qualifications and standards, he added. Hill said their canteen truck started life as a Snap-On tool truck, and it later served as an emergency canteen unit in Wisconsin. A car­ penter by trade. Hill said volunteers assembled the kitchen area inside of the truck which included scouts. The interior features such items as grills, wanning oven, deep fat fryer, etc. It also canies a tent. Hill was able to acquire many pieces of commercial cooking equipment. Upon being asked, “What are you going to do with all the equipment?” His answer, being

a fan of “M*A*S*H, was MERKMobile Emergency Response Kitchen. “This program engages youth in paying attention to the world around them while supporting those faced with circumstances of cata­ strophic proportions,” is stated in the MERK brochure. It adds, “This allows the scouts and their parents/adults to see firsthand how their work will benefit others, while teaching teamwork, as they form lasting bonds with friends and fam­ ilies.” The organization has a run list of many events with an older, noncanteen-vehicle. This encompasses many civic events, with a few fire scenes. Hill and company are ready to respond to major fire and emer­ gency scenes if needed, and sum­ moned. According to Hill, the new canteen truck officially went into service on September 11th. Still new to assisting first responder units, he is seeking advice on how to respond. Bergen County Execu­ tive James Tedesco, an ex Chief of the Paramus Volunteer Fire Depart­ ment, plans to assist him with this task. Currently for deployments. Hill has listed 201-419-8152. On the afternoon of September 10th, the MERK vehicle was the center of a good old fashion fire service wet down along East Fire­ house Lane in Paramus. Gene Faatz, owner of the Orange Lantern Saloon, provided space for an awards ceremony and his business was open for refreshments. Fire and rescue squad apparatus entered the lot and sprayed water on the new canteen truck. During the wet down, a cere­ mony was held where scouts and civic leaders were recognized for their support of MERK. County Ex­ ecutive Tedesco praised Hill and his work to “help mold and shape the youth.” In addition, Tedesco gave Hill a personal donation of $500 to help with the organizations ex­ penses. Ed Hill has been involved in scouting since 1966 when he joined the Paramus Cub Scout Pack 248. In 1989, he started as a Den Leader in Pack 250. His three grandchil-

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dren are currently active with the scouts. In 2021, Hill was recognized by New Jersey State Representative Josh Gottheimer with the Fifth Dis­ trict Hometown Hero Award. DOWNS: An estimated 39 Newark residents were displaced from their Clifton Ave. homes due to a 3-alarm fire on Sept. 3rd. The fire appeared to have started in an aban­ doned building and spread to two neighboring homes, officials said. UPS: Austin “Vic” Bauer has been promoted to battalion chief in Elizabeth. Zachary Muse was pro­ moted to captain. DOWNS: A fire on Sept. 7th forced the temporary closure of two businesses and damaged apartments above, on Millburn Ave., in Millburn, officials said. UPS: In September, the Belmar F.D. received a $223,571 federal grant to purchase new SCBA equip­ ment. DOWNS: Four Jersey City fire­ fighters and six tenants suffered res­ piratory issues and eye irritation from a chemical irritant spray that was released inside a four-story Bergen Ave. apartment building. Sept. 13th. The fire department was dispatched to a strange odor call, of­ ficials said. A large emergency re­ sponse included the fire department's haz mat and decon units, police and O.E.M. units. A city spokesperson said the odor was cited as bear mace that was some­ how released on the fourth-floor. UPS: On September 9th, Newark Captain Day on Cobbs was dis­ charged from the Burn Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Cen­ ter where he was treated for injuries that he received battling a 3-alarm apartment building fire on August 13th. He was greeted by a line-ofblue as his fellow firefighters and officers saluted the captain as he left the hospital. DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire on Union St. in Irvington, Sept. 20th,

involved the 4th floor of an occu­ pied apartment building, and then flames spread to the 5th floor, offi­ cials said. Firefighters rescued some residents from fire escapes on the upper floors, but most occupants were able to get out on their own. UPS: Six Paterson firefighters teamed up to rescue a 53-year-old woman that was struck by a jitney bus on Me Bride Ave., Sept. 14th. Engine Co. 7 and EMS 7, led by Captain Steve Ali, responded to the accident, according to Chief of De­ partment Brian McDermott. Fire­ fighters found the victim alert and oriented, but she was trapped under­ neath the frame of the bus that was resting on her hip. Citing the intense pain inflicted on the victim. Captain Ali made the decision to have fire­ fighters manually lift the bus and free the woman. She was then trans­ ported to St. Joseph's M.C. DOWNS: One firefighter was taken to a local hospital for evalua­ tion after operating at a dwelling fire on Barbera Dr. in Holmdel, Sept. 21st. The occupants of the home safely evacuated their house, police said. UPS: New probationary firefight­ ers in Hackensack are Kevin Petry, Mateo Mendoza, Matthew Voorhis, Joseph Buttafuoco and C. William Raimondo. DOWNS: A fire involving a West Cliff St. dwelling in Somerville claimed the life of a 68-year-old woman. Sept. 25th, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office re­ ported. Firefighters located the woman inside the home and at­ tempted lifesaving measures, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. UPS: Bloomfield Fire Captain Carl Mercado was recently recog­ nized for his professionalism, edu­ cation and technical achievements, plus his community service efforts by attaining the designation of Fire Officer from the Center for Public

Safety Excellence. The title is shared with only 660 other fire offi­ cers internationally, according to “Tap into Bloomfield.” In addition. Captain Mercado recently retired from the Navy Reserves as a Chief Petty Officer. DOWNS: Fire damaged a modu­ lar private school on Cross St. in Lakewood on Sept. 27th. The fire occurred in the early morning hours, and the modular was not occupied, officials said. UPS: On September 27th, the Passaic F.D. honored a 9-year-old boy who is battling kidney failure. Antonio Garcia Cardozo's dream of becoming a Passaic firefighter came true when he was sworn in as an honorary member by Mayor Hector Lora and given customized turnout gear. Firefighters then conducted a drill where Antonio helped put out a controlled fire at a training facility, in the presence of firefighters from all over Passaic County. The Make a Wish Foundation assisted in mak­ ing Antonio's dream become a real­ ity. His father, Matias Garcia, donated his own kidney to his son, he said. DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire de­ stroyed the gymnasium and dam­ aged other sections of the Ewing Senior Community Center on Sept. 30th. Fire department tankers were called to the scene from Pennington, Hopewell and Washington Crossing, Pa., as a precaution, officials said. UPS: Members of the Perth Amboy F.D., working with the Red Cross, AmeriCorps and PARTNER, conducted their 2022 Sound the Alarm campaign throughout the Gateway neighborhood. Sept. 24th. They reached over 200 residents with fire safety information and completed the installations of 147 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, according to a Facebook post.


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Shed Fire Extends to M u ltip le Exposures in Saddle Brook SADDLE BROOK, NJ - A propane-fueled fire burned a shed to the ground in Saddle Brook while spreading to another shed and a house during the early afternoon of September 24th. At 12:09 RM., a general alarm was dispatched on a reported struc­ ture fire at 91 Birk Street. As Chief Jason Sabini signed on the air, a large column of smoke was visible and a working fire assign­ ment was assigned which brought addi­ tional companies from Elmwood Park and Rochelle Park to the scene. The chief arrived on scene to find the home, nearby the Garden State Parkway, on a dead-end street. A fully involved shed had already extended to a second shed and the rear of a private dwelling. During the early stages of the fire a propane tank let go. Lines were stretched from Engine 1 to knock down the fire, which took approximately 30 minutes. Mutual aid at firehouses in cov­ erage came from Lodi, Garfield and Fair Lawn. The Saddle Brook Vol­ unteer Ambulance Corps also re­ sponded. No injuries were reported, and the Saddle Brook Fire Preven­ tion Bureau is investigating the cause.. - DAMIEN DANIS

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APPARATUS IN ACTION If you have photos you would like to see in our Apparatus in Action feature please upload them on our website w ww .lstResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@ lstR esponderN ew s.com .

RON JEFFERS BILL TOMPKINS - WWW.BTFIREPHOTOS.COM East Orange's brand new Tower 2, a 2022 Rosenbauer Commander mid-mount tower ladder, arrives in on mutual aid to a two-alarm fire in Montclair on September 25th.

Standing with North Hudson staff Deputy Chief Daniel DeOrio, right, are the newly promoted members of the department. (R to L): Chief David Donnarumma, Battalion Chief Glen Gavin, and Captains Gary Colombo and Kevin Todd.

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DAMIEN DANIS Middle Township firefighters contained a house fire to the attic at 247 Rte. 47 on the afternoon of September 14th. Companies from Green Creek, Rio Grande and Villis responded to the scene. No in­ juries were reported. Covering companies at firehouses came from Cape May Court House, Erma and Goshen. The fire was knocked down within 30 minutes.

NORTH BERGEN, NJ - Mem­ bers of the North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue, municipal and state officials, family and friends, assem­ bled at the Waterside Restaurant on September 20th for the promotional ceremony of four members of the department. The promotions included a new Chief of Department for the regional force that is responsible for fire and emergency situations within Union City, North Bergen, West New York, Weehawken and Guttenberg. David Donnarumma was pro­ moted to Chief of Department. Glen Gavin rose to battalion chief, and Gary Colombo and Kevin Todd are

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the new captains. Chief Donnarumma started his career in 1992 with the former North Bergen Fire Department. He was sworn in as chief by North Bergen Mayor and State Senator Nicholas Sacco. After the new chief was sworn in, he presided over the oath of office to Battalion Chief Gavin and Captains Colombo and Todd. Chief Donnarumma said there were too many persons to thank for his success, but he did have to single out two. His first captain, when he

was assigned to Engine Co. 4, was Joe Zavardino. “He led me to the path of success,” said Donnarumma. He treasures their friendship. In ad­ dition, retired Chief of Department Frank Montagne, also a former NBFD member. The retired chief “tutored me through my career, and still today.” He also thanked his fam­ ily for all of their support. Safety of members and the pub­ lic is the forefront of everything we do, the new chief stressed. Protect­ ing the public in any and all emer­ gencies. - RON JEFFERS

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A Thanksgiving Message Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Fernando Villicana

Thanksgiving is quickly ap­ proaching, a time most of us will be gathering together with our family and hopefully we will re­ member to do more than eat a meal and watch football or make a mad dash for the mall. The Thanksgiving Holiday gives us the perfect opportunity to express thanks to God for all the blessings of the year and to transform our lives from complaining and dis­ satisfaction to lives of joy and gratitude.

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Thanksgiving is a good holi­ day for us to turn the corner and become grateful people. Psalm 118:1 says, “Give thanks to the Lord fo r he is good, his love endures forever " Being a grateful person can INCREASE YOUR PERSONAL HAPPINESS. Most of us think that our hap­ piness is determined by our cir­ cumstances. If I asked you, on a scale of one to ten how happy you are right now, you might say, “Well, I’m about a 2 or 3 on the happiness meter because of my circumstances.” We’ve been taught that our happiness is somehow dependent on how well things go for us. But really our happiness is determined by attitude. It is really in how we see things. The apostle Paul wrote these words from prison (yes prison). "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say it rejoice. " (Philippians 4:4). Paul was happy despite being in prison - how, he learned to thank God in everything he did. It was really his perspective on life. A young woman wrote her mother from college: "Dear Mom: Sorry I haven’t written sooner. My arm really has been broken. I broke it, and my left leg too, when I jumped from the second floor of my dormitory...when we had the fire. We were lucky. A young serv­ ice station attendant saw the blaze and called the Fire Department. They were there in minutes. I was in the hospital for a few days. Paul, the service station attendant, came to see me every day. And be­ cause it was taking so long to get our dormitory livable again, I moved in with him. He has been so nice. I must admit that I am pregnant. Paul and I plan to get married just as soon as he can get a divorce. I hope things are fine at home. I’m doing fine, and will write more when I get the chance. Love, Your daughter, Susie.

ROBERT CONNELL Engine 1 in building.

8 Paterson Firefighters Hospitalized After Engines Collide PATERSON, NJ - Eight Pater­ son firefighters were hospitalized after Engines 1 and 5 collided at the intersection of Broadway and Straight Street while responding to a fire that would escalate to 3alarms, September 10th. The firefighters were trans­ ported to St. Joseph's University Medical Center. Three were listed in critical condition. They were in stable condition at the hospital with

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"non-life-threatening" injuries. Chief of Department Brian McDer­ mott said in an interview several hours later. The apparatus were en route to a fire involving the Targets Close­ out store at 141 Main Street, about a half-mile away from the accident

scene. Engine 1 struck the side of a Golden mango supermarket and Engine 5 was stopped by a tree. The collision was under inves­ tigation. The Main Street fire was also under investigation. Prelimi­ nary finding suggested that it may have been started with lithium bat­ teries in the store, officials said. -RON JEFFERS

PS. Mom, None of the above is true. But I did get a "C" in Sociology and flunked Chemistry. I just wanted you to receive this news in its "Proper Perspective!" Happiness is really determined by our perspective in life not by circumstances. If we learn to be grateful people despite circum­ stances that will greatly improve our happiness.

ROBERT CONNELL Engine 5 into tree w/Eng. 1 in background.

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The President Park Fire Company in Sayreville has placed into service the company's first aerial ladder. Truck 5 is a 2022 Pierce Arrow XT model 2000-GPM/500-GWT/75foot quint. It has six seats, three low cross lay beds, swing-out tool board and a 6 kW generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

The Sayreville Fire Department has placed into service a High Water unit designed mainly for water and ice rescue incidents. It has a 1984 Boyertown Auto Body Works body mounted on a 1987 AM General chassis. It was originally a military command post vehicle.

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This year, the Sayreville F.D. placed into service a water-rescue apparatus, designated Rescue 3. The 1998 GM/PL Custom unit saw original duty with Perth Amboy EMS, and it was re-painted by Maco Trucking of Keyport.

In Piscataway, New Market Engine 662 has been assigned a 2022 E-One Typhoon model 2000-GPM/780-GWT unit with a cab that has seating for six and a storage cab­ inet. It has right side and rear cameras, low rear hose bed, extend-a-gun monitor, tool box and two cross-lay beds. It was sold by Absolute Fire Protection Co.

RON JEFFERS RON JEFFERS In Middletown Township, Lincroft Engine 201 received a 2022 E-One Typhoon 1750GPM/750-GWT/30B-GFT top-mount pumper, with an eight man cab. In addition, the cab has front and side airbag protection, plus corner warning lights. There is a hy­ draulic ladder rack, roll-out tool-tray, two speed-lay beds and a front "jump line." It was sold by Absolute Fire Protection Co.

Scotch Plains Engine 1681 is now in service with a 2021 Pierce Enforcer 2000GPM/1000-GWT pumper. The cab has six seats and a storage cabinet. There are two cross lay hose beds and a cross lay "Little John" ladder storage space. It also car­ ries three hard suction hoses. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.


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In the Township of Washington, Tower Ladder 41 has been assigned a 2022 Pierce Velocity 2000-GPM/300-GWT/100-foot Ascendant model platform. Ground ladders are stored in a torque box, the bucket possesses two monitors, and it carries an 8 kW Harrison hydraulic generator.

In Lower Township, Town Bank Tower 61 received a 2022 Pierce Velocity PUC model 1500-GPM/400-GWT/40-GFT/100-ft. platform. It has a six-man cab with a storage cab­ inet.

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Lakewood Engine 5 placed into service a 2022 Pierce Enforcer 1250-GPM/700-GWT Hawthorne Engine 4 has been assigned a 2022 Spartan 2000-GPM/750-GWT pumper pumper with Husky 3 single-agent foam system. It has a flat cab roof with seating with a 10-man cab, booster reel located under the rear hose bed, tool box behind a for six members, and there is a booster reel on the officer's side of the apparatus. It compartment door, roll-out tool draws, speedy dry hopper, 6 kW generator, and many was sold by Fire & Safety Services. more features. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co.

DAMIEN DANIS East Orange has established Tower Co. 2 with the addition of a new Rosenbauer North Wildwood Vol. Fire Co. 1 has taken delivery of this 2022 Ferrera Cinder pumper Commander 100-foot mid-mount platform. It has an 11-inch raised roof, six-man cab, with 1750-GPM/750-GWT. "Max Force" front bumper and a 6 kW generator. It was sold by Defender Emergency Products Sales & Services.


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RON JEFFERS Long Valley Chief Russ Dore operates a 2020 Chevy Tahoe.

Jack de Rosset collection Hasbrouck Heights Engine 2 operated with this Seagrave pumper with enclosed cab.

RON JEFFERS Blairstown Chief Mark Slater's 2017 Chevy Tahoe is equipped with a front mounted "SuperWinch."

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RON JEFFERS The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has assigned two Ford 650/Century/Miller Industries combination emergency tow-fire suppression trucks to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee. Features include a reel with 150-feet of 1 3/4" hose (that hooks up to a standpipe for water supply), extrication tool, one SCBA, fire extinguishers and absorbent.

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PROVIDED FRANK ROBINSON Maya Valdes began work as a North Hudson fire dispatcher on September 17th. Her father, North Hudson 2nd Battalion Chief Moises Valdes, right, said that she started her career almost 27-years to the day that he was appointed to the former Union City FD.

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PEMBERTON TWP., NJ - At approximately 3:00 PM. on Septem­ ber 13th, the Task Force was dis­ patched to the area of 100 Lakehurst Rd. to assist EMS (Capital Elealth). Upon arrival it was discovered that a subject had jumped off of the dam into the spillway basin. Initial crews utilized a 35’ extension ladder to make patient contact while Lad­ der 1815 put its aerial device in serv­ ice over the edge of the dam as a high point. Upon initial assessment of the patient, medics were added and a helicopter was on stand-by. This type of rescue warranted a tech-

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rah where Cooper Health Aeromed­ ical were awaiting to take over pa­ tient care and transport to a nearby trauma center. Mutual aid/assistance came from: Pemberton Twp. PD, Good Will Fire Co., Westampton Twp. Emergency Services, Capital Health, Virtua Micu Paramedics, Joint Base Mcguire Dix Lakehurst FD, Cooper Air Medical, and the BC Tech Res­ cue. - PEMBERTON TWP. VFD

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JOHN M. MALECKY In Hudson County, the Weehawken Volunteer First Aid Squad has a new Malley ambulance. It is shown here with the New York City mid­ town skyline in the background.

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The Senior Buff ON THE BOOK SHELF by John Malecky

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and Ladder 103 of the East New York section in Brooklyn), and also from Rescue 4 which covered the Borough of Queens. Get your­ self comfortable as you start be­ cause before long you will be at the edge of your chair while read­ ing of the runs from unbelievable to unimaginable! Some may give him credit for driving into such a bad neighborhood to get to the sta­ tion while others will think he is just plain crazy for doing the same! In any event, it may surprise you to know that he was not alone and that sometimes there was a waiting list for a particular day or night caused by other buffs want­ ing to ride. (Note: In the October book re­ view there was a typo stating that the author was “not” deceased. It should have stated “now” de­ ceased.)

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? If you have photos you would like to see in our Where are they Now? feature please upload them on our website www.lstResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@lstResponderNews.com.

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Driverless Semis Are Tested on Public Roads “This technology isn’t a ques­ tion o f if but when. ” Pilot programs for fully-au­ tonomous trucks are racking up hundreds of miles on public high­ ways in several states, primarily throughout the sunbelt, where favor­ able weather conditions and friendly regulations encourage testing. Examples: TuSimple, the first automated trucking company to go public, hauls “freight from Phoenix to Tucson every day in autonomy,” Jim Mullen, chief administrative and legal officer, told Fortune mag­ azine. Waymo, initially the technol­ ogy brain behind Google’s automated vehicle program, re­ cently announced that it would test Freightliner semis on public free­ ways across Dallas and Phoenix. And Plus, another provider of self­ driving truck systems claims it has tested its autonomous trucks in 17 states. No need to panic quite yet, however. Nearly all road tests of fully-automated semis today include a human safety driver in the cab, ready to take the controls if some­ thing goes wrong. But the ultimate goal remains: Driverless robot trucks on U.S. roads within the next decade or sooner. “From our view — and what seems to be the broader industry — this technology isn’t a question of if but when,” Andrew Culhane, chief strategic officer for Tore Robotics, told the trade publi­ cation FleetOwner.

Weighing the Pluses and Mi­ nuses Supporters of turning over the wheel of a semi to a computer say this will make our roads safer. They point out that human error causes most highway crashes, including an average of 4,000 people killed each year in truck accidents since 2016. Business interests see driverless freight hauling as key to addressing supply chain issues and a national shortage of truck drivers. Trucking companies see big profit in replac­ ing drivers with computers that can run a truck for 17 hours straight without a break. But many safety experts say NOT SO FAST, questioning whether we should test 80,000pound trucks alongside the driving public. Case in point: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administra­ tion is now looking into TuSimple after a tractor-trailer using the com­ pany’s driverless technology suddenly veered off an Arizona

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What Happens I f There’s a Crash? One other significant wrinkle yet to be ironed out by regulators and lawmakers is the question of li­ ability: Who is responsible if a dri­ verless truck is involved in a crash that causes injuries or deaths? Is it the company that manufactured the autonomous truck? Is it the com­ pany that programs, installs, and monitors the driverless technology? Is it the trucking company that owns the truck? Is it all three? These are pivotal questions as the legal action required to bring a claim against a truck manufacturer, or a software company is much more complex than pursuing the trucking company.

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BRIELLE’S NEW SEAGRAVE BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF A GOOD FRIEND Photographing Brielle’s most re­ cent Seagrave pumper brought back memories of when I photographed their older 2003 Seagrave pumper. The older one was sold by Ernie Derby, who was a very good friend of mine. He passed away in Septem­ ber of 2018. At the time of the sale, Ernie maintained an office in Manasquan named Central Jersey Fire Apparatus, which sold both Sea­ grave and Aerialscope Inc. in Mon­ mouth and Ocean Counties. Prior to that he worked in different dealer­ ships, and when his office was closed he worked for other dealers. At all times he helped me get photos of his sales for this column. Rest in peace my good friend! The new pumper is a Seagrave Capitol model. Brielle is in Monmouth County. In other photos this month, also in Monmouth County is Sea Girt’s Ferrara Cinder pumper. The members refer to the color of this pumper as Artie White. Also in the same county is a new E-ONE Ty­ phoon top mount pumper from Lincroft in Middletown Township. Next are a couple of Pierces, one an Arrow XT quint for Bridgeton in Cumberland County, and the other a Velocity pumper at Point Pleasant Beach Fire Company 2 (Ocean County). Another photo is the South Old Bridge Spartan ER pumper (Middlesex County), and finally a Rosenbauer Warrior pumper from Hillside in Union County. In dealer news. New Jersey Emergency Vehicles has made two PL. Custom ambulance deliveries. One is a Classic Type 1 on a Ford F550 chassis to the Clifton FD (Pas­ saic County) and the other a Medallion Type III on a Ford E-450 chassis to the Brielle FAS (Mon­ mouth County). Campbell Supply Co., LLC re­ ports they have delivered to the Edi­ son Division of Fire (Middlesex County) a Spartan ER pumper. Specs include a Metro Star MFD chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab. Hale Qmax 1500-GPM pump, 750gallon water tank and Harrison 6 kw generator. They received an order from the Colts Neck FC 1 (Mon­ mouth County) for a Spartan ER pumper. Specs include a Metro Star MFD chassis, 10-inch raised roof cab, Waterous CSU 2000-GPM pump with top mount panel and 1000-gallon water tank. Fire & Safety Services has re­ ceived the following Pierce orders: for Sayreville/Engine (Middlesex County), a Velocity 100-foot midmount Ascendant platform and three Enforcer pumpers; one each is for Clifton, Woodland Park (both Passaic County) and the other for Salem City, (Salem County). They have delivered two Enforcer 75-foot quints with steel ladders. One went to Bridgeton (see photo) and the other to Vineland (both Cumberland Please send any comments or news tidbits you might have about Apparatus of the Month to us at 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street. New Windsor, NY 12553. Or you can e-mail them to Apparatus@lstResponderNews.com.

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Brielle E-79, 2022 Seagrave Capitol 1750/750. It was sold by Seagrave Sales & Service.

Point Pleasant Beach E-4301,2021 Pierce Velocity 2000/750/20 and 8 kw generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

JOHNM. MALECKY JOHNM. MALECKY Sea Girt E-44-75, 2021 Ferrara Cinder, 2000/1000. It was sold by Firefighter One, LLC.

County). Absolute Fire Protection reports that West Milford (Passaic County) FC 2’s E-ONE eMax squad pumper is nearly complete and should be at the dealership next month. Firefighter One, LLC has re­ ceived an order from the Country Hills FC in Bridgewater Township (Somerset County) for a Ferrara mini pumper on a Ford F-550 chas­ sis. Specs include a heavy duty ex­ truded aluminum body, 500-GPM Waterous CLVK, PTO pump and 300-gallon water tank. They also re­ ceived orders for two General Truck Body High Water Rescue Units, both on Acela chassis. One is a 4x4 model for the City of Paterson fea­ turing a military style body with canopy, graphics to match the rest of the fire department vehicles and an upgraded Hi-Viz scene light pack­ age featuring a 65-inch brow light, two 12-inch mini brows on the cab side and two on the rear. The second is a 6x6 model for the Wayne Town­ ship OEM featuring an all aluminum high water body with canopy and custom grey/blue paint scheme (both Passaic County). Their ambu­ lance division received two orders.

One is a Road Rescue Ultramedic Type III for the Neptune Township EMS (Monmouth County). Specs include a Ford E-450 chassis with 10-inch cab-to-body extension, 170inch module, Wlielen LED light strips on the module entry doors, flip-up recessed rear step bumper, Per4Max Safety System, LED Flex lighting in all exterior compart­ ments, ergonomic slide-out tray for stair chair storage, multiplex electri­ cal system, Whelen ALL M-Series exterior waming/scene lighting and a custom paint and graphics scheme to match the existing fleet. The sec­ ond is a Wheeled Coach Medic Type III for the Tri-Boro FAS (Morris County). Specs include a Ford E450 chassis with Big-Tex front grille guard, 170-inch module, 74-inch in­ terior headroom, three-inch drop skirts on both sides of the body, Duraseam doors with power door locks, heavy duty slide-out trays, ducted HVAC system, restocking/inventory style interior cabinet doors, custom storage tower at head of the squad bench, Whelen LED lighting package, inverter, CoolBar front HVAC and custom graphics pack­ age.

Old Bridge Township, South Old Bridge FC E-27, 2022 Spartan ER Metro Star 1500/750/6 kw. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC.

JOHNM. MALECKY Hillside E-1, 2021 Rosenbauer Warrior 1500/750/40. It was sold by New Jersey Emergency Vehicles.

___ JOHNM. MALECKY Bridgeton L-7,2022 Pierce Arrow XT, 2000/500/75 ft. and 10 kw gen­ erator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.


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