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Mansfield, NJ - Workers at Donaldson Farm, located in Warren County, were gearing up for a busy weekend on September 9th when a fire broke out in their barn around 5:00 P.M. The fire quickly spread, sending a black, thick column of smoke into the air, which could be seen from miles away.

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Flanders, NJ - On the night of September 5th, firefighters from Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad extricated the driver of a small sports car that ran under a guardrail on Route-206, near the south entrance to the Overlook (Oakwood) Apartments. Firefighters used saws, hand tools and hydraulic rescue tools to cut the guardrail so that they could gain access to the driver's side of the car and then proceeded to cut off both the door and roof of the car. The driver was removed from the vehicle, and treated and transported by emergency medical technicians from Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad, as well as paramedics from Saint Clare's Hospital. Mount Olive Police are investigating the accident.

Paterson, NJ - Four alarms were transmitted as flames threatened to travel down the block in Paterson on September 25th, but determined firefighters were able to hold the fire before it extended further than it already had. JUMP TO FILE# Shortly before 092716103 4:00 P.M., Paterson units were dispatched to 343 Hamilton Ave. for numerous calls reporting a working house fire. On arrival, units found that a long, two-and-a-half story, vacant dwelling was heavily involved, and flames had already spread to both closely packed occupied exposures. A second-alarm followed and shortly after, a third-alarm was transmitted as lines were laid in and put into operation. A ladder pipe was placed to vent the exposure roof and a tower was moved into position, but could not be utilized due to numerous overhead wires. A deck gun was operated from a parking area in the rear of the structures. Exposure lines were also operated. Operations went defensive quickly on the original fire building, but members worked inside on both exposures. Flames consumed the secondfloor and collapsed part of the roof of the original fire building. Heavy smoke pushed from the attic of the Exposure-4 structure, but members were able to knock the fire down. Firefighters were also able to keep extension to the Exposure-2 building to a minimum. As some of the walls bowed out, outside streams knocked down the loose bricks. After about one hour, all visible fire was knocked down. A fourth-alarm was sounded for units into staging. One firefighter was reported

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A firefighter carries a pet bird outside to safety that was rescued from the Exposure-4 building.

as being transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. No civilians were injured and a pet bird was rescued from the Exposure-4

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Fire Destroys Barn in Mansfield Mansfield, NJ - Workers at Donaldson Farm, located in Warren County, were gearing up for a busy weekend on September 9th when a fire broke out in their barn around 5:00 P.M. The fire quickly spread, sending a black, thick column of smoke into the air, which could be seen from miles away. The fire soon went to three alarms. There was a stock pile of hay inside of the barn, causing problems extinguishing the fire. The barn was set very far back from the roadway, so long LDH hose lays had to be made.


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Pennsylvania: Charles E. Horan, 61 Rank: Safety Officer Incident Date: September 19, 2016 Death Date: September 21, 2016 Fire Department: North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While preparing to leave home for a response call to assist law enforcement gain access to the roof of a building, Fire Safety Officer Horan tripped and fell, suffering a severe injury. Safety Officer Horan was treated by fellow responders and transported to the hospital where, despite all efforts, he succumbed to his injuries several days later.

Delaware: Christopher M. Leach, 41 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: September 24, 2016 Death Date: September 24, 2016 Fire Department: Wilmington Fire Department Initial Summary: In the early morning hours of September 24th, Wilmington firefighters were dispatched to a burning brick row home on the 1900 block of Lakeview Road. Soon after arrival, believing that there were still residents trapped in the home, firefighters entered the structure. While searching the interior, several firefighters fell through a collapsing floor killing two of them: Lieutenant Christopher M. Leach, 41, and Senior Firefighter Jerry W. Fickes, 51. Two other firefighters were critically injured but reported to be in stable condition. The family in the home at the time of the fire, including six children, managed to escape through the back of the residence. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. Investigation into the fatal fire continues by local, state, and federal authorities. Delaware: Jerry W. Fickes, 51 Rank: Senior Firefighter Incident Date: September 24, 2016 Death Date: September 24, 2016 Fire Department: Wilmington Fire Department Initial Summary: In the early morning hours of September 24th, Wilmington firefighters were dispatched to a burning brick row home on the 1900

block of Lakeview Road. Soon after arrival, believing that there were still residents trapped in the home, firefighters entered the structure. While searching the interior, several firefighters fell through a collapsing floor killing two of them: Lieutenant Christopher M. Leach, 41, and Senior Firefighter Jerry W. Fickes, 51. Two other firefighters were critically injured but reported to be in stable condition. The family in the home at the time of the fire, including six children, managed to escape through the back of the residence. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. Investigation into the fatal fire continues by local, state, and federal authorities. Missouri: Sean McMullin, 46 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: September 24, 2016 Death Date: September 24, 2016 Fire Department: West County EMS & Fire Protection District Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Sean McMullin was found unresponsive while on-duty at West County EMS & Fire Protection District Station 2. Fellow responders initiated lifesaving efforts, but were unsuccessful. The nature and cause of McMullin's fatal injury have not been reported.

New York: Michael J. Fahy, 44 Rank: Battalion Chief Incident Date: September 27, 2016 Death Date: September 27, 2016 Fire Department: Fire Department City of New York Initial Summary: Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy was struck and killed by debris when a 2-story private residence under investigation for an illicit drug manufacturing operation exploded. Firefighters had first responded to a report of a gas smell at the location and found the drug lab, notifying police, but the house exploded before the situation could be fully assessed and mitigated. The fatal incident remains under investigation by authorities.


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Promotions and Impending Retirement in Newark UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

It's always a happy day when first responders are rewarded with a promotion. Their energy to better educate themselves to be better at their profession, their service to the public safety field and the community are rewarded. Such was the case on September 9th when twelve members of the Newark Fire Department rose in ranks. It is also an emotional time, after being part of such a dedicated group and family, when it is time to retire. All of these emotions were felt at this ceremony, held at Calvary Gospel Church, on Lyons Avenue. First, Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambeose presided over his first fire department promotional ceremony after serving 30-years with the Newark Police Department. He used to watch city firefighters battle blazes from the warmth of a radio car, he stated. Now, he sees firefighting in a whole new light, as their boss, observing their actions at fire scenes with his new responsibilities overseeing both police and fire departments. He stated he has more respect for the “family” that is the fire department. Fire department members have a “passion,” he continued. The director also admitted that at one time he had a desire to become a firefighter, but doesn't like heights! For Chief of Department John Centanni, it was his last promotional ceremony before his retirement at the end of September. His speech was filled with emotion as he prepared to end his career as a firefighter and start a new beginning in retirement. He relayed to the newly promoted members to keep learning, protect all people under your command to the best of your ability, protect and serve the City of Newark, and God Bless the N.F.D. Mayor Ras J. Baraka informed the group that a promotion does not create a leader. Leadership is accomplished by those who accept the responsibility. Be “exemplary,” he said. He continues, “These ranks make them our fire division's leaders, role models and mentors. I call upon each one of them to lead by example, not just for the fire division, but for out entire city, to inspire our residents, youth and entire nation.” The promotions come several months after 34 new firefighters were sworn in as members of the N.F.D., serving with the state's largest city. New deputy chiefs are: Raul Malave III, John Sicignano, Michael Kormash and Alfonse Carlucci. New battalion chiefs are: Anthony Barisciano, James Kupko and Gerrell Elliot. The new captains: Juan Palleija, Brett Yskamp, Marshall Richardson, Dennis Koslecki and Vincent Barisciano. Deputy Chief Richard Gail

served as Master of Ceremonies and the Fire Division Honor Guard and N.F.D. Pipe and Drum Guard participated in the Presentation of Colors and The National Anthem, sung Detective Maysa Washington. A new beginning for some and a healthy and long retirement for Chief Centanni. DOWNS: Five children and twenty adults were displaced as the result of a fast moving 3-alarm fire in a row of homes on Yale Ave., Jersey City, Sept. 5th. UPS: New firefighters in Nutley are Peter Fox, John Algeri and Michael LaCorte. DOWNS: An 85-year-old woman and her dog died as the result of a fire at the victim's Coleman Lane home in Hopewell Twp., on Sept. 2nd. UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in Belleville are Ibn Curry, Vincent Wolf and Wolfang Maldonado. DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire, effecting five buildings on Mt. Prospect Ave., Newark, left more than 50 people homeless on Labor Day. UPS: Perry Coker and Cameron Fickling-Rone have been appointed to the Margate Fire Department. DOWNS: A woman died in her apartment as the result of a Sept. 6th fire on Miller Ave., Elmwood Park. The roof of the building caved in before firefighters could extinguished the blaze, officials said. The woman's body was found inside on the second-floor. UPS: Anthony Tiller has been promoted to deputy fire chief in Westfield. Robert Sawicki was promoted to battalion chief and new lieutenants are Thomas Ryan and Michael Duelks. Newly appointed firefighters are Bryan Crawford, Ryan Dullea, Steven Long and Dan Genovese. DOWNS: Ten people were left homeless and five firefighters injured as the result of a Ventnor Ave. fire in Atlantic City involving an apartment building, September 8th. An off-duty firefighter is being credited with rescuing a woman and a cat. UPS: New York Giants Odell Beckhman Jr. and Victor Cruz paid their respect to the victim's of 9/11 by wearing patriotic commemorative cleats as the Giants hosted the Dallas Cowboys in the Meadowlands, Sept. 11th, despite NFL warnings that players would be fined for wearing the unsanctioned foot wear. Beckham's shoes portrayed the twin towers, while Cruz's had a fire apparatus theme featuring his late father's engine number. His dad was a Paterson firefighter before his death in 2007. The fine for the first offense is $6,076. DOWNS: A predawn fire severely damaged a Fourth Ave. home in Bradley Beach, Sept. 11th, and damaged two others. UPS: The Jersey City Fire Department received $8.4 million in SAFER funds that will allow the city to hire 16 new firefighters and retain 45 who were hired through a $6.8 million grant in 2013. Part of the funding will go towards EMT training for 19 firefighters.

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Newark Chief of Department John Centanni (3rd from left) with Mayor Ras Baraka and Director Anthony Ambeose, and four new deputy chiefs, during a September promotional ceremony.

DOWNS: An office building on East Water St., Toms River, burned for two-hours, in August, igniting a stash of ammunition somewhere inside, officials said. Early in the fire, members had to be moved away from the building as ammunition ignited. “It was popping for a whilefor a good ten minutes, there was rounds going off,” District 1 Fire Chief John Gonzalez said. Police said an investigation determined that the building's owner is a competitive shooter and there were approximately 100,000 rounds of ammo stored within the building. UPS: Camden received $5.2 million in FEMA funds to hire 27 firefighters. In 2011, the department laid off 60 members to cut costs. DOWNS: A mother and her two sons were seriously injured in a Sept. 15th fire that destroyed their Carteret home. Firefighters arrived to find the 85-year-old mother and her two sons, ages 58 and 61, lying on the front lawn, officials said. All three were taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center. UPS: In Bloomfield, Kevin Nelson has been promoted to deputy fire chief. New captains are Richard Rannou, Wojciech Masiak and Fredrick J. Mamay. DOWNS: A 19-year-old man has been charged with setting a fire to his former home on Wegman Parkway, Jersey City, that destroyed a total of three dwellings, displaced 20 residents and injured four firefighters on Sept. 18th. Officials say Matthew Nathan, who had been evicted from his apartment, broke into the unit using a ladder and set two bags of clothing on fire, around 3 a.m. UPS: In September, Jersey City Deputy Chief John Alston Jr. and Firefighter Kevin Rayside presented a certificate of appreciation to Susan Alexander and Rudy Landman of Tech-Grass, Inc., of Jersey City, for the work they donated for the 9/11 memorial garden at the Newark Avenue firehouse. Juan Ospina and family also received a certificate for the floral display around the firehouse.

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Chief John Centanni takes a seat after making an emotional speech during his last promotional ceremony as leader of the state's largest city fire department.

DOWNS: Hamilton Twp. firefighters evacuated Nottingham High School on Sept. 15th due to a noxious odor. Hamilton District 2 Chief Chris Tozzi said firefighters quickly located the source as roofing material being applied to the school's roof. The workers got the material too close to an intake vent, Tozzi said. UPS: The village of Ridgefield Park re-named a stretch of Euclid Ave., in front of the firehouse, in memory of Leonard Hatton Jr., a life-long resident and long-time volunteer firefighter, who died on 9/11. Hatton was an FBI special agent and member of Hook & Ladder Co. 1. DOWNS: Five families were displaced and two firefighters injured following a fire at the Society Hill condo complex in Basking Ridge, Sept. 12th. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries when a ceiling collapsed on them, officials said. UPS: Christopher Mead has been has been appointed to the fire department in Ridgewood. DOWNS: In Manasquan, Fire Marshal Chris Barkalow said Chief Engineer Daniel McCann III, of

Wall, “fell ill after training last night (Sept. 16th) while at home and was unable to be revived.” McCann was a 27-year veteran who served with Manasquan Hook & Ladder Co. 1 and a former EMS captain in Kearny. UPS: The Hoboken F.D. will receive more than $169,000 in AFG funds to improve safety and operations. DOWNS: Riverton Truck 24 was rear-ended, Sept. 22nd, at Broad St. & Union Landing Rd., Cinnaminson. One person in the striking vehicle was seriously injured, officials said. No one on board the apparatus was injured. UPS: A $5-million federal grant will be used in the hiring of 36 new firefighters in Elizabeth. DOWNS: A fast-moving fire destroyed a dwelling on Standish Place in Stewartsville, Greenwich Twp., on Sept. 26th. The fire was accidentally started by a hot riding mower in the garage, Warren County Fire Marshal Joe Lake said. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 22


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Two Homes Consumed in Paterson Second-Alarm Paterson, NJ - An overnight fire on October 7th in Paterson, gutted a vacant structure in Paterson and extended to an occupied dwelling before being brought under control. The PFD responded at about 3:15 AM to 199 12th Ave and on ar- JUMP TO FILE# rival found a vacant 100716110 2 ½ story frame dwelling with fire throughout and extending to a similar occupied structure on the “B” side. A second alarm was transmitted as lines were laid and big water was brought to bear on the original building as well as the exposure. The original building quickly collapsed into a pile of burning sticks. The exposure building contained fire that had possession of the second floor and attic. Empty lots on both sides kept the flames from spreading further. Vinyl siding on several homes across the street was melted by the intense heat. The blaze took more than three hours to be placed under control with units remaining at the scene throughout the morning. There were no reported injuries and the cause is under investigation. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Fall from Scaffold Sends One to Trauma Center Little Egg Harbor, NJ - Just after 2:00 P.M. on September 17th, the Little Egg Harbor PD, along with Great Bay EMS, were dispatched to a residence for reports of a patient who fell from a scaffold. EMS arrived on-scene and requested additional medics, as well as a Medevac for an unconscious male. Mystic Island Volunteer Fire Co. was dispatched to set up the landing zone. PennStar II was the ship and had a 12 minute E.T.A. once dispatched. The patient was loaded into the Medevac and transported to a local trauma center for further treatment.

Firefighters Battle Flashover in Lyndhurst Lyndhurst, NJ - Shortly after commencing an interior attack at a borough home, a ball of fire pushed out of the front door and down an exterior staircase, forcing operations to go defensive. At 10:19 P.M. on September 15th, firefighters were dispatched to 851 Pennsylvania Ave. for a report of a house fire. On arrival, flames were visible from several windows and through part of the roof of the one-and-a-half story frame dwelling. A second alarm, followed shortly by a third, was transmitted because to the volume of fire and the lower manpower due to the Wildwood Convention.

JUMP TO FILE #091916112 Lines were stretched into the front door and through a side door via an exterior staircase. The fire flashed and all members were withdrawn to hit the flames from the exterior. A second attempt was made at an offensive attack, but after little progress was made and part of the roof collapsed, members were withdrawn again. A master stream from Lyndhurst’s tower, a deck gun and several hand-lines were put into operation and were successful in

knocking down the bulk of the fire. The fire was placed under control at 11:21 P.M., but overhaul lasted hours more. One resident was treated for smoke inhalation he received as a result of making several trips inside of the home to save some computers before firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but is initially not considered to be suspicious. About 35 firefighters from Lyndhurst, North Arlington, Rutherford and East Rutherford operated at the scene. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Quick Knock Down in Ridgewood

Ridgewood, NJ - A Ridgewood home was damaged in a twoalarm fire on September 11th, but Ridgewood and mutual aid firefighters were able to contain the flames before any serious damage was incurred. The fire apparently started on a rear deck at 39 Corsa Terrace shortly after 11:00 A.M., and traveled up a rear wall into the attic. A second-alarm was sounded, bringing Glen Rock, Waldwick and Ho-Ho-Kus firefighters to the scene. Members had the fire extinguished and under control by 12:18 P.M. No injuries were reported.

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Rush Hour Fatal Train Crash in Hoboken Hoboken, NJ - A commuter train on the Pascack Valley Line from Spring Valley, N.Y., slammed into a bumper block, jumped the tracks and landed on the platform in front of the waiting room of the historic Hoboken ferry terminal and train station, during the morning rush hour on September 29th. One person was JUMP TO FILE# killed instantly and 100316101 over 100 more were injured, creating a mass casualty incident. The train, with four passenger cars, reportedly left Spring Valley at 7:23 A.M., making stops at various Bergen County trains stations while en-route to its final destination in Hoboken, one of the busiest commuter points in the metropolitan area. At approximately 8:45 A.M., the crash occurred, creating a loud boom noise that witnesses initially thought was an explosion. The station's canopy came down on the train, support beams were damaged and power lines down. Commuters were thrown out of their seats and lights went out. Passengers said that the train did not appear to slow down as it entered the station, on Track-5, where the speed limit is 10-mph. Passengers began helping each other escape from the wreckage. Commuters waiting for trains, along with NJ Transit workers, ran to the injured people's assistance. The roof of the lead car was crushed by the terminal's canopy and passengers crawled out to the platform. In the other cars, passengers broke through emergency windows to get out of the train. Rick Ciappa, a safety inspector for NJ Transit, was working in the station when the crash occurred and ran to help victims. “I think most people who got hurt weren't on the train,” he said. “They were going by, having their coffee, going to the PATH, going to the ferry.” Hoboken first responders were on the scene almost immediately, according to people in the area. Firefighters went to work and reported to command that the engineer was trapped. Assignments were designated to fire officers with certain responsibilities, and their rescue efforts were performed quickly and efficiently. A state-wide UASI response was quickly ordered, bringing in fire department personnel and specialized equipment from various municipalities, as well as police emergency units from NJ Transit, Port Authority and the state police. The Hoboken Volunteer First Aid Squad turned out with their special mass casualty units and summoned mutual aid ambulances from surrounding counties. A triage area was set up at the bus terminal end of the

station. Ambulances from as far away as Essex and Union counties pulled up to the scene and were used. Witnesses said that there was confusion and power lines everywhere. The power was shut down to the station as quickly as possible. Hoboken fire radio reported “all out,” referring to train passengers, at 9:37 A.M. In less than one hour, all victims were out of the train and being treated by EMS, or at area hospitals. Patients were taken to Hoboken University Medical Center, just a few blocks away. It was reported that some commuters walked to the hospital on their own. Others were transported to the Jersey City Medical Center, a Level II trauma center. At an afternoon press conference, Governor Christie said that the train was traveling “at a high rate of speed and crashed through all of the barriers, into the terminal.” The governor praised first responders and commuters who came to the aid of the injured. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also praised emergency personnel and said, “First responders did a magnificent job. We've had our hands full in the North East,” he continued. “When we work together, there's nothing we can't accomplish.” The victim who was killed was a 34-year-old Hoboken woman who was not on the train, but standing on the platform waiting for a train. She was hit by falling debris, according to officials at the command post. During the incident, restaurant owners and managers brought food and water out to passengers and first responders, in the tight-knit city. Food items, coffee and cases of bottled water were walked over to the Gong Club canteen truck that was stationed on Hudson Pl., close to the entrance of the landmark terminal. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will serve as the lead investigative agency into the cause of the crash. At a later press conference, Bella Dinh-Zarr of the NTSB, stated that the investigation may take seven-to-ten days. The station's canopy landed on top of the controlling car, hindering acquisition of an outward facing video. In addition, due to the age of the building, there may be asbestos present. The locomotive was at the end of the train, where one recorder was obtained by investigators. Recorder information from the controlling car will be collected when the damage is cleared and it is safe to examine the car. Officials went on to say that there was no automated safety system to stop the train. The 48-year-old engineer was released from the hospital later in the day and was reportedly cooperating with investigators. - RON JEFFERS

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Staying Safe from Electrical Hazards II STAYING SAFE

Chief Henry Campbell

Upon arrival at a fire or emergency scene where downed or arcing wires or any other form of an electrical problem is involved, a good action would be to request the local power company to respond to the scene. Having the power company respond to all working structure fires is a good practice, should you need them, they will either be on scene or in route, a definite advantage. If the electrical hazard poses a threat to personnel or operations, a defensive posture is to be maintained until the hazard has been eliminated. If aerial devices, ladders, or hose streams are to be used in the vicinity of overhead wires or transformers, adequate placement distances should be maintained to prevent coming into contact with the wires or electrical devices. As soon as possible, utility service should be turned off at the gas meter or propane tank and the electrical panel servicing the involved area or structure. A department member trained and knowledgeable in performing such a task usually can accomplish this and it will also prove valuable in the cause and origin determination. Just screwing out fuses and dropping them on the floor, or turning circuit breakers off just won’t do. Turn the mains off by pulling or removing the main fuses and leaving all the circuit breakers or circuit fuses in their present positions as found. In some instances where it is unable to reach the electric panel, the utility company will have to disconnect service at the pole or underground service point, and may eventually do it at major fires. Remember that during overhaul and opening of ceiling walls and floors you may encounter electrical wires, outlets, and fixtures; therefore the power should be off before starting overhaul procedures. When responding to motor vehicle crashes where electricity and downed wires are involved caution is

required. No approach to the vehicle or its occupants should be made until any electrical hazard has been removed. To attempt extrication of trapped victim(s) is foolhardy and should never be attempted no matter who the victim may be. In the event of a pole and wires down, obtain the pole number from another pole other than the one involved in the accident, don’t go walking under the involved pole. Surely the power company will find the location. You are there to do all you can do to rectify the problem, but never lose site of the fact that you did not create the problem, your safety comes first. Risk always has to be evaluated as to what will be gained, and when up against 13,000 volt wires, defer to standing fast until the electric power has been shut down. “Killing the power” is the responsibility of the power company. Emergency response personnel should never attempt to pull electric meters, cut wires, or pull pole fuses or circuit breakers. Secure the scene and await the arrival of the power company. During storms when wires are down in numerous locations, it may require longer waits before response from the power company arrives. The use of fire police, local, or state police to secure the scene may be required in order to place equipment and personnel back in service and available for additional response. Never leave the scene of any type hazard that you have responded to unprotected, you are responsible until you have transferred the hazard to another agency, the power company, or it has been eliminated. One last thought for those departments that respond to flooded basement calls, remember most electric panels are located in the basement. Generally they are above the depth of the flooding condition, but checking the depth of the water before beginning your pumping operation is important. Looking from the outside before wading into the water and confirming the location of the electric panel with the homeowner will enhance your safety. Till next time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Rochelle Park ex-Chief Keith Danis reminisces about the late Doug Watson, who also served as fire chief, at a memorial held in his honor at Fire Headquarters on September 25th.

Memorial Held in Rochelle Park for Ex-Chief Doug Watson Rochelle Park, NJ - On September 25th, members of the Rochelle Park Fire Department, along with members of neighborhood departments and friends, assembled at Fire Headquarters to attend a memorial service for a beloved former fire chief, Doug Watson, who recently passed away at the age of 62. Watson lived most of his life in the township and served with the volunteer fire department for some 30years. He served as Chief of Department from 1994-1995. Watson was also well known in the fire buff world. He was a member of the New Jersey Metro Fire

JUMP TO FILE #092816105 Photographers Association and hosted many of the organization's monthly meetings at the firehouse, in the same room where his memorial was held. He would be behind the counter, preparing and serving coffee and refreshments to the group. NJMFPA founding member and past president, Rich Wolfson, was in attendance. Doug was a frequent visitor to Wolfson's store, Home of the Bravest, located in Lodi, in the 1980's. Many firefight-

ers from various departments met each other there for the first time and friendships were quickly established. Ex-Chief Keith Danis welcomed the assembly and reminisced about his fellow firefighter and friend. Reverend Kevin Coffey conducted the memorial service. Photos of the ex-chief and turnout gear were on display in the firehouse. Ex-Chief Watson was a dear friend and served his community with pride. - RON JEFFERS

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Glenn saying goodbye to those in attendance.

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Gloucester County Communications Dispatcher Retires Gloucester County, NJ - After 31 years of service, on September 29th at 6:01 P.M., Gloucester County Communications Dispatcher Glenn Roemmich, also known as Dispatcher-5012, signed off radio for the last time. For his final send off, a dozen emergency apparatus' lined the driveway of the Communications Center to say farewell. Glenn, however, is not quite done serving the residents of his community. He continues to serve the Paulsboro Fire Dept. as Asst.

JUMP TO FILE #100516108 Fire Chief-1702. Glenn is also known for his singing voice and has performed the National Anthem at the NJ Fireman's Convention in Wildwood for the last several years. Everyone in the emergency services across Gloucester County wishes Glenn Godspeed and good wishes on his retirement! - EDWARD J MCMAHON

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Building in Atlantic City Spreads to Two-Alarms Atlantic City, NJ - On the hot day of September 8th, Atlantic City Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire that was reported just before 9:30 A.M. First units on-scene reported heavy fire showing from a building that contained a food market as well as apartments, and reJUMP TO FILE# quested a second- 090816103 alarm to be struck. Crews initially went inside to fight the fire but evacuation tones were hit shortly after, pulling everyone out of the building. Crews then went to a defensive operation. After making some progress, crews went back inside to knock down the rest of the fire, but heavy smoke conditions caused a second evacuation order to be given. The fire then flashed at the second-floor. Crews used two-and-a-half inch lines to knock down the fire before finally being able to get inside and do some major overhaul operations. A city-wide recall was ordered to call in all off-duty firefighters. Crews remained on-scene for some time. No residents were injured, but one firefighter was taken to the Atlantic City Division to be checked out for an unknown injury. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - ROMAN ISARYK

Firefighters working a defensive operation.

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Firefighters Save Woman from House Fire

Hackensack, NJ - During the early hours of Sunday, September 4th, members of the 2nd-Platoon responded to 60 Kansas Street for an activated fire alarm. Companies worked their way up the stairwell to the 6th-floor and found a smoke condition coming from an apartment. Companies stretched a two-and-a-half inch hand line as Ladder-1 forced the door open to the fire apartment. Ladder-1 was met with heavy smoke in the apartment and began a primary search. During the search, Ladder-1 members Captain John McMorrow and Mike Greco located and removed a female victim to the hallway, where Rescue-1 and Engine-1 assisted with treatment of the woman before turning her over to EMS. She was transported to Hackensack UMC for further treatment. Another occupant on the 7th-floor was found but refused medical aid. Great work by all who operated in saving a life!

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Deptford, NJ - Chief Gerald "Jerry" Ryan passed away on August 30, 2016; he was 86-years-old. Jerry served in the US Army from 1949 to 1952. Following his service, Jerry married and moved to the Oak Valley section of Deptford Twp., where he joined the Oak Valley Fire Co. (Deptford Twp. Station 9-1). Jerry faithfully served with Oak Valley for 59 years, with 16 years as Chief. Jerry stayed active after his retirement with the Deptford Fire Police. On a beautiful September morning, Jerry was taken to his final resting place with firefighter honors. God speed Chief Ryan, 9101 is off radio.


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Lodi 2nd Assistant Chief Archie Dowson responds to fires in this 2011 Ford Expedition black "red car," that saw original duty with the police department.

Demarest used this 1958 Mack "B" model pumper.

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Orange Engine 2 operated with this White combination chemical-hose apparatus.

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Woodcliff Lake Deputy Chief Dan Schuster answers alarms in a 2013 Chevy Tahoe.

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UPS AND DOWNS - CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8

UPS: Fire department promotions in Bayonne include Timothy Coughlin to battalion chief and Michael Petrakian and Brian O'Sullivan to captain. Eoin Mara is the new probationary firefighter. DOWNS: A man in family court for a hearing involving his wife apparently scooped white powder out of his pocket and threw it at the woman in the Hudson County Administration building, Oct. 6th. Jersey City firefighters, in hazmat suits, entered the court room and, after running several tests on the substance, it was determined to be nontoxic, officials said. UPS: The Wood-Ridge mayor and council honored Firefighter John Heflich for his 50-years of service during a meeting in September. DOWNS: A gas explosion leveled houses on Goshen St., Paterson, on Oct. 4th. Fifteen firefighters and three police officers, who had just finished clearing people from houses, were taken to hospitals with damaged hearing and other injuries. All were released by the next morning, officials said. Captain Arthur Woods, of Rescue Co. 2, suffered a ruptured ear drum. Between 9:20 a.m. and the explosion time of 9:24 a.m., firefighters cleared a dozen people from houses, including a disabled woman who needed to be carried out. A woman in 16 Goshen slammed the door in a firefighters face, and rescuers had to break down the door to get her out. Almost as soon as she was removed, the house exploded, Capt. Woods said to news people. City firefighters praised Battalion Chief Rathbone for his command of the evacuation, saying he stationed

most of his members to either side of the houses and made sure no one used radios or door bells that could caused a spark. UPS: In Robbinsville, Dan Schaffener has been promoted to fire chief. DOWNS: The cause of an explosion at a Wayne Ave. duplex in Trenton, Oct. 5th, is under investigation. Deputy Chief Robert Tharp said a systematic demolition will be done to allow for secondary searches and investigative work. Two people were injured and about a dozen displaced. UPS: Elizabeth Engine Co. 6 moved into new quarters at 472 Catherine St., Oct. 4th. The new building is located on the site of an old firehouse that was originally the quarters of Engine Co. 9 (1929), and later Rescue Co. 1. This firehouse has four-fold doors instead of the normal overhead doors. DOWNS: A man was found with serious burns on his hands when Harrison firefighters extinguished a brush fire near West Hudson Park on Oct. 5th. They found the victim sitting on a mattress, Fire Captain Henry Richard said. He was treated by firefighters and medical personnel and taken to the hospital. UPS: Franklin Lakes police and firefighters worked together to rescue a kitten trapped in a storm drain on High Mountain Rd., Oct. 1st. The kitten was taken to a local animal hospital and believed to be in good health. DOWNS: Westampton Squad 27 was involved in a MVA with a van on the NJ Turnpike extension in Florence Twp., Oct. 8th. UPS: In September, Matthew Mitchell, Kevin Becker and Bill Crockett were promoted to the rank of fire captain in Kearny.

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The Cheesequake Fire Department recently received a 2016 Sutphen aerial tower for Truck 204. It sits here next to its predecessor, a 1989 Sutphen aerial tower.

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The Green Village Fire Department replaced their Engine 2, a 1993 International/E-ONE pumper with Quint 2, a 2016 Sutphen SL-75 foot aerial ladder. It is their first aerial ladder truck.

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Newly promoted fire captains in Kearny are, L-R: Matthew Mitchell, Kevin Becker and Bill Crockett.

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Hackensack Firefighters Attend International Assocation of Firefighters Memorial Hackensack, NJ - On September 17, 2016 members of the Hackensack Fire Department IAFF locals 2081 and 3172 attended the 30th annual International Association of Firefighters Fallen Fighters Memorial, located in Colorado Springs. This year, 123 members' names of the IAFF from the United States and JUMP TO FILE# Canada were added 092016104 to the memorial for passing away while performing in the line of duty. Among the members added this year was Hackensack Firefighter Dennis Walker. Dennis served as a firefighter for 29 years with HFD and during his time, he was a true firemen's fireman, always with a smile on his face and doing his best to assist his brothers in anyway possible. During his 29 years of service, Dennis received numerous citations for valor, which included 2008 "Firefighter of the Year" and the Bergen County 200 club's John R. Rinaldi award for recognition of outstanding service and dedication. After the events on 9/11/2001, like many others, Dennis spent countless hours as-

sisting in the recovery efforts at ground zero. Because of his exposure to many unknown substances, Dennis was diagnosed with bladder cancer. During his treatment, Dennis fought a very hard battle, trying his best to keep his family and fellow brothers in high spirits, assuring them that he would beat the cancer. Unfortunately, Dennis lost his battle and passed away on June 15, 2011. This year, because of his cancer being linked to 9/11, he was recognized as a line-of-duty-death. His wife Beth, along with her family, Dennis' brother and retired HFD Lieutenant James Walker, his nephew Firefighter James Walker Jr., along with other members of HFD, attended the service at the IAFF memorial. Captain Justin Derevyanik (IAFF local 3172 delegate) said that you could always rely on Dennis to show up and assist any brother that needed help. Dennis also loved to talk about the New York Rangers. During the service, Dennis' widow was presented with an IAFF flag by his nephew in recognition of his service as a firefighter. Rest in peace Dennis, you are missed by all! - JUSTIN DEREVYANIK

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The Knowlton Fire Department recently placed this 2001 Emergency One pumper into service. It has a 1500-GPM pump, 720-gallon water tank and 30-gallon foam tank. It also has a Wilburt Light Tower. This engine originally served the Greenwich, CT Fire Department.

When Disaster Strikes Chaplain's Corner Fernando Villicana

It is one thing to witness disaster on TV or hear about it from somewhere in another part of the world, but this is where first responders live. As well trained as we are, as often as we respond to such a wide variety of emergencies, even for us in the fire service, there is a whole different dimension to disaster when it strikes so close to home or hits your life. So often in the midst of a crisis we want answers, yet even answers can’t change what has happened … so we need something MORE than just answers. Has anyone left us a blueprint in how to face a tragedy? How do we deal with tragedy as godly people who believe in a good God? There is a man named Job that faced a terrible personal tragedy, a man who lost his children in a terrible accident, a man who also had few answers, so what sustained him?

The example of Job shows us a path through tragedy, while it doesn’t give us all the answers, it does point us to the one who can sustain us. Job 1:22 (NLT) In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. When we can’t find solutions to our questions, we can find a Savior for our catastrophe. What could possibly give a sense of security in the face of death and disaster? For someone with no belief in God there is nothing but sorrow and loss! For someone like Job however that had a trust and belief in God there were other possibilities -faith, eternal security and an ongoing relationship with God. How do you handle a terrible disaster? Getting through a disaster begins long before one ever hits. The best way to handle unforeseen crisis is be strong before one ever comes. A sponge when squeezed can only give off whatever it had absorbed just before it was squeezed. If Christ lives in you now it will be His presence that is released in you when life and circumstances squeezes you. Blessings, Pastor Fernando Villicana Fire Service Chaplain

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Baby Rescued at Newark Third-Alarm Fire on 9/11 Newark, NJ - Around 3:30 P.M. on September 11th, Newark fire companies responded to 376 Ferry Street for reports of a fire. Heavy fire on the third-floor greeted first-due companies. During the JUMP TO FILE# early stages of the 091216138 fire, firefighters rescued three adults, a baby and a dog from a third-floor balcony, located on the Ferry Street side of the building. A second-alarm was struck, soon followed with a third-alarm. The building housed a ground floor restaurant and apartments on the upper floors. Heavy fire took possession of the top floor as firefighters went to a defensive attack, using three ladder pipes, two deck guns and several hand lines to knock down the heavy fire. The third-floor was completely destroyed, with the roof bearing down on the top floor. One firefighter suffered a minor injury. A total of 30 people were displaced and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. - DAMIEN DANIS

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Maplewood FD Holds 9/11 Ceremony on 15th Anniversary Maplewood, NJ – Members of the Maplewood Fire Department, along with township residents and officials, held a 9/11 ceremony to dedicate a newly renovated memorial and to remember those who were lost 15-yearsago on September 11, 2001. The 9/11 Memorial is located JUMP TO FILE# on Springfield Ave., 092216100 in front of the Hilton Branch Library, and stands as a remembrance of all the first responders and civilians, including residents from Maplewood and South Orange, who perished in the terrorist attacks. The original memorial was built at the same location fiveyears-ago and consisted of a damaged piece of steel from one of the World Trade Centers, but needed a major makeover. Members of the Maplewood Fire Department, FMBA Local-25, decided to gather some ideas from the firefighters and design a new memorial. Over several months, the memorial was designed and ultimately handcrafted by the firefighters themselves. The end result of the new memorial was extraordinary and could not have been possible without the dedication and donations provided by the following individuals and local businesses: Members of FMBA Local-25 provided many hours of labor and funds for miscellaneous expenses; Maplewood PBA Local44 and Retired Chief Wayne Crowell, Sr. donated monetary funds; Mark Carelli provided the architectural drawing; Harrington Services provided the demolition of the old memorial and footings for the new memorial; Maplewood DPW provided assistance with dumping the excavated soil and concrete; LTD Nursery donated all of the pavers and the plantings; Leon’s Sod donated the sod; ZO Landscaping donated the mulch; Site One Landscape Supply provided a discount on the landscape lighting; Union Stone provided cleaning, restoration, labor and miscellaneous materials; D’Urso Landscaping, Inc. provided the equipment, labor and miscellaneous materials; DMI Construction provided the labor and miscellaneous materials and Custom Vehicle Solutions provided the welding of the steel. The Maplewood Fire Department, FMBA Local-25, is thankful for all of the time and donations provided and are very proud of the new memorial that clearly states “NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN."

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Maplewood FMBA Local-25 President Gregg Giordano addresses the audience during the 9/11 ceremony.

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Maplewood firefighters who attended the 9/11 ceremony pose during the unveiling of the newly renovated memorial.


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Cheesequake has placed into service a 2016 Sutphen Princeton Ladder 60 has been assigned a 2016 Pierce Princeton Rescue 60 has been assigned a 2016 Pierce 2000-gpm/500-gwt/100-foot quint, featuring a wide Arrow XT 2000-gpm/500-gwt/75-foot quint, sold by Fire Arrow XT 200-gpm rescue-pumper, sold by Fire & Safety bucket with two monitors. & Safety Services. Services.

Neptune Township O.E.M. received a 2016 Spartan/Res- Woodcliff Lake Squad 7 has been assigned a 2016 In June, the North Hudson Regional F.D. acquired this cue 1 unit, with primary duties for hazardous material Pierce Enforcer 2000-gpm rescue-pumper sold by Fire & 1988 Pierce Arrow 1500-gpm pumper from the Clark F.D. incidents and for special operations. Safety Services. It is used as a spare unit. RON JEFFERS

In Greenwich Twp., the Stewartsville Fire Company received a 2016 Freightliner M2 model/Pierce 1000gpm/3000-gwt pumper-tanker, sold by Fire & Safety Services. RON JEFFERS

RON JEFFERS

RON JEFFERS

Recently, Lambertville Rescue 17's 2012 Pierce Arrow XT Bordentown Engine 3223 has been assigned a 2106 PUC 1500-gpm apparatus upper cab area was painted Pierce Enforcer 2000-gpm pumper, sold by Fire & Safety black to match other department units. In addition, the Services. front grill was repainted black with "Rescue 17" lettering. RON JEFFERS

RON JEFFERS

Westfield Engine 4 received a 2016 Pierce Enforcer Ventnor City Truck 1 will be assigned a 2016 Seagrave Dover has received a 2016 Pierce Enforcer 1500-gpm 1500-gpm/750-gwt pumper, sold by Fire & Safety Serv- 100-foot tractor drawn aerial ladder, sold by Emergency pumper, sold by Fire & Safety Services. ices. Equipment Sales. RON JEFFERS

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ON THE LITER SIDE

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LITTLE BIG GUYS If you have photos you would like to see in our Little Big Guys feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

RON JEFFERS

In New Jersey, at the end of a rainbow, you may find people having a good time at an old fashioned wet down. This one occurred in Montvale on September 24th.

JOHN M. MALECKY

NWS, Earle, mini pumper, 2015 Ford F-550/Pierce 115/350/40A with an E.J. Metals Skid.

The Naval Weapons Station at Earle (Monmouth County) has in service this mini pumper. It is a 2015 Ford F-550XL, Super Duty, 4 x 4/Pierce, with an E.J. Metals skid unit. It has a 115-GPM pump with an attack line connected within the compartment that is opened. It has a 350-gallon water and 30-gallon Class "A" foam tank, a high pressure foam line on a reel, a Forestry hoseline, Warn six-ton winch, hand tools and hand extinguishers.

TAYLOR HAINES

East Greenwich, NJ - The fire departments of East Greenwich Twp., Woolwich Twp. and Harrison Twp. make up Task Force-67. Recently, local creamery "Latteria" created an ice cream in honor of their hometown heroes. "Task Force-67" ice cream is mint flavored, with plain M&M's and Oreo cookie pieces. The three fire companies recently met at the creamery to try out the initial batch. It was not only popular with the firefighters, but with the public as well. Within two hours, all 10-gallons of the first batch was sold out!

JOHN M. MALECKY

Left/rear view of Earles's mini pumper shows open compartment with preconnected attack line.


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Ambulance Lineup & New Excellance Dealer

Each month we report on apparatus and ambulance orders and deliveries from participating dealers and manufacturers. Apparatus news and photos outnumber those of the ambulances, but this month we are reserving our photos strictly for ambulances. While many may feel that all ambulances look alike with regard to each type, there has to be other factors which result in many brands remaining in business. In a sense we are saluting EMS for the jobs they do including support services. Just like the medics on the battlefield and the corpsmen on the sea, they are the backbone on the fireground when it comes to medical support for fallen emergency service workers and civilians. For that we recognize them with their transport vehicles. Emergency Equipment Sales & Service, the Seagrave dealer for our state has embarked on marketing Excellance ambulances which are built in Madison, Alabama. EES&S previously had offered a different brand of ambulance but has a new salesman dedicated to their ambulance division. Excellance while not a common name in our state, has provided ambulances to some agencies in the past such as UMDNJ. They build type 1 and III ambulances, specialty vehicles and do remounts. In dealer news Emergency Equipment Sales & Service has delivered a Seagrave 100 foot tractor-drawn aerial to Ventnor City in Atlantic County. It has a Cummins 500 hp diesel engine, a 500 pound tip load on the aerial, TFT Monsoon ladderpipe, FRC and Whelen lighting and an Onan 10 kw generator. They have delivered a Seagrave Marauder II pumper to Little Falls (Passaic County.) When delivered it still had artwork to be done and tool mounting. They are prepping a Marauder II pumper for the Squankum FC in Howell Township (Monmouth County.) Blaze Emergency Equipment has received their first Sutphen order! It is a custom pumper for the Ridgeway VFC 1 of Manchester Township (Ocean County.) It will have a sidetop mount pump panel like the pumper presently in Cliffwood in Aberdeen Township. This concept provides protection and visibility for the operator comparable to a traditional top mount panel but without adding 22 inches to the vehicle wheelbase. Specs include a 73 inch long cab with 15 inch raised roof, Cummins ISL-9, 450 hp diesel engine, Hale Qmax 2000 gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, stainless steel plumbing, electric valves, six-inch front intake, six preconnects, prepiped deck gun, Smart Power 8 kw hydraulic generator, two Hannay electric cord reels, extreme low hose bed (42 inches from the ground with a capacity of 1500 feet of five-inch LDH and two beds of 500 feet of 2 ½-inch hose), Zico electric ladder rack and two-tone black over white paint with matte finish. Firefighter 1 Professional Safety Services has delivered the Ferrara Cinder pumper to Goshen in Middle Please send any comments or news tidbits you might have about Apparatus of the Month to us at 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street. New Windsor, NY 12553. Or you can e-mail them to Apparatus@1stResponderNews.com.

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A look at what’s new with apparatus around the state with John Malecky

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Naval Weapons Station, Earle, Rescue 52, 2015 Ford F-450, XL.SD/Wheeled Coach.

Carteret EMS 1 & 2, 2016 Ford F-450/Horton 4 x 4 Model 457.

JOHN M. MALECKY

Port Reading FAS, A-15 & 16, '2016 Ford E/Osage Warriors.

JOHN M. MALECKY

Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad A-45-56, 2016 Ford E-450/P.L. Custom Medallion. It was sold by New Jersey Emergency Vehicles. JOHN M. MALECKY

UMDNJ A--314, 2016 Mercedes Benz Sprinter/Demers. It was sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles.

JOHN M. MALECKY

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North Bergen EMS-6, 2016 Chevrolet G3500/Medix, RP 90. Township (Cape May County.) Defender Emergency Products report that they have an order from New Brunswick (Middlesex County) for a Rosenbauer 100 foot mid mount platform. It has a Commander 4000 chassis, Cummins ISX 15, 500 hp diesel engine and a 10 kw Onan generator. The ambulance division of First Priority Emergency Vehicles has delivered a Braun Chief XL on a Ford E-450 chassis to the Roxbury EMS (Morris County) and a First Priority Renaissance Remount of a Ford E350 chassis under a P.L. Custom module to the Atlantic Health System EMS. They have received the following orders: for Middlesex Hatzolah EMS a Demers MXP 150 on a

Ford F-350 chassis. Also the Roselle Park FAS (Union County) and the Pequannock FAS (Morris County) each ordered a Braun Chief XL on a Ford F-450, 4 x 4 chassis. Holiday City EMS in Berkelely Township (Ocean County) ordered a First Priority Renaissance Remount of a Ford E-350 chassis under a P.L. Custom module. Fire & Safety Service reports the following Pierce deliveries: to the Erma FC in Lower Township (Cape May County), an Arrow XT heavy duty recue pumper, in Middlesex County an Arrow XT 95 foot mid mount platform to Perth Amboy and a Saber pumper to the Holmes Marshall FC in Piscataway, a Velocity tanker/pumper to the Mystic Island

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West New York EMS-19, 2014 Ford E-350/Braun Signature Series. It was sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles.

FC in Little Egg Harbor (Ocean County), an Enforcer pumper to Bordentown District 2 (Burlington County), an Enforcer pumper to the Town of Dover (Morris County), a Velocity pumper to New Providence (Union County) a Saber dry side

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Cleveland Fires, Volume 14 VIDEO REVIEW

Video reviews by John Malecky

Cleveland Fires, Volume 14 By S & J Video Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, Suite #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1800-522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-police-ems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $24.95 (DVD) This is a 60 minute video which features eight fires in Cleveland, Ohio during 2009. Four fires are second alarms and four are box alarms. There is no narration aside from what the viewer may hear from fireground radio transmissions, however by

going to the FSP website the viewer can see a list of the fires which is accompanied by some additional information. To watch the video itself, the viewer will only see the location of the fire, the date and if it is a second alarm. Unless one knows the streets the Cleveland, the location is of little or no help! This is however very exciting video of firefighting. Five of the fires involve vacant houses but one of the five communicates to a commercial building. The first fire is a second alarm in a mixed occupancy building with storefronts on the ground floor and heavy fire on the second floor which is a dwelling. The stores have security roll up doors and the truckies must use saws and tools to access through them. Handlines and ladderpipes are used as the fire worsens. The vacant houses are going

good with heavy fire conditions that spread. Most have attics which the fires make their way to. Firefighters use outside tactics for safety reasons but in some cases entry is made with a handline.. One second alarm coverage opens up with the fire building already collapsed but still very much burning. The fire has spread to another multi-story building which appears to be commercial. Just about all of the fires occur at night so it is not always easy for the viewer to size up the buildings. The last fire, a second alarm involves a large two story building with a string of stores attached or adjacent which go for a block. In all cases fires are fought with handlines and streams from aerial ladders and/or platforms. The CFD performs valiantly in handling these incidents.

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EDWARD J MCMAHON

East Greenwich Twp. Fire and Rescue recently arrived at their station to find a sticky situation. Construction on an old house next to the station had forced a colony of honey bees to relocate. Unfortunately, they chose to relocate to a fire hydrant right in front of the station. It was thought that the bees would move on in a few days, but that didn't happen. Rather than destroy the colony, a local bee keeper was brought in to humanly remove the bees. The queen was put into a portable bee hive in hopes the rest of the colony followed. It took about four hours, but it worked, the bees were removed and will be pollinating farms in and around East Greenwich next summer.

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BUDDY SHOT

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Chief Maloney of Budd Lake Fire Dept. and Rob Kirshner from the NJ Forest Fire Service working a recent barn fire in Mansfield.

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Division Supervisor Mike Reed of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service and Safety Officer Willie Cirone from the Florida Forest Fire Service working Division "C" of the Pioneer Fire in Boise National Forest.

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Newark, NJ - In September, the Patriot Flag II (50 Lbs - 30 X 62 foot) toured the United Sates in honor of all the fallen from 9/11/01. On September 16th, the event could be seen in Newark at the Clinton Ave. Fire JUMP TO FILE# Station, located at 100716114 360 Clinton Ave. The Newark companies involved were Engine-10, Ladder-5 and Rescue-1, as well as members of the Newark Fire Honor Guard. History of the event:

Beachwood FD's Capt. William Hopson, LT. Kevin Hrudowsky and LT. Jayson Yaprem at a recent live burn drill, held at Toms River Fire Academy. BEACHWOOD FD

WHAT: The PATROT FLAG II (50 Lbs - 30 X 62 foot) will tour the United Sates in honor of the fallen on 9/11/01. It also represents the resolve of AMERICANS and our quest to live free. A message is conveyed: WE STILL STAND UNITED AND WE ALWAYS WILL. The flag also honors the public safety personnel on the job today willing to risk their lives for others. And the Armed Forces of America that are, and have in the past preserved our freedom. We have partnered with an organization titled: ?We The Kids? to provided school children to assist with the flag displays. WHERE: It will proudly fly in Cities throughout AMERICA hosted by local Fire and Police Departments Military Units and Veterans Groups: 50 States in FIVE YEARS. It will be displayed in front of every State Capitol Building at a minimum and at other selected locations during the tour. WHEN: It will begin in San Diego Sept 1st and then it will travel to the East Coast to be displayed in the 3 locations of the at-

tacks on America and The Free World. Then every month for 5 years beginning Sept 15th 2015, the flag will be shipped to a different city/state via Commercial Airliners as an HONOR FLIGHT with the pilots and flight crew. WHY: To promote PATRIOTISM and two words and a statement; NEVER FORGET/Keeping

the memories alive. HOW: This project is managed as a grassroots effort by citizens and public safety personnel. This project was conceived by a California Firefighter/Paramedic and a retired FDNY Lieutenant, both Patriotic Americans. PROVIDED

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ALL IN THE FAMILY

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Elizabeth Deputy Chief Lathey Wirkus, left, with his son Patrick, who is a member of Rescue Co. 1 and also serves as a lieutenant with the Union Township Emergency Medical Unit.

Nutley V.F.D. ex-1st Assistant Chief Jack Sicigano, left, with is son John, after the latter was promoted to deputy chief in the Newark Fire Department.

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Brother firefighters Ricky and Mark Rutkowski at a recent live burn drill, held at Toms River Fire Academy. (Photo-bombing in cab of truck is driver/operator Bob Tapp.) BEACHWOOD FD


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FACES OF NEW JERSEY’S EMERGENCY SERVICES

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Two Bogota firefighters recently graduated from the Firefighter One Course, with a ceremony held at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack. Bogota's newest firefighters are Donn Stofan and Evan Schroer. (L to R): Firefighter Evan Schroer, Deputy Chief Joe DiMauro and Firefighter Donn Stofan.

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The Hamilton Township Fire District No. 7 Board of Fire Commissioners have recently promoted Firefighter Donald Snedeker to Captain.

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Hamilton Township Fire District No.7's "C" Platoon, Captain Raymond Pierce, Firefighters/EMT's Jim Lombardo, Brian Clarke and Nick Silverstro pose with Tower-17.

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A graduation ceremony was held on September 23rd at the Bergen County Fire Academy in Mahwah. Graduates included a total of 133 Firefighters, both career and volunteer. This was the second graduation for Bergen County Fire Academy for 2016. Congratulations to the grads!

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Paterson Deputy Chief Ryan Murray directs operations at a multiple alarm job on September 25th.


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FACES OF NEW JERSEY

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Secretary of the New Jersey State Fire Chief's Association, Chris Assenheimer (Left), presenting outgoing President Judson Moore (right), with a Chief's bugle and plaque from the State Fire Chief's Association. The plaque reads: "Presented to Chief Judson Moore, with Admiration on a Job Well Done," from your Chiefs. Incoming President William Newberry said that "Chief Moore was one of the nicest gentleman he ever met. President Moore made a number of positive changes to our organization that were very beneficial."

The Maplewood Fire Department unveiled their new 9/11 Memorial on September 11th and held a ceremony to remember all those who were lost 15-years-ago in the terrorist attacks. Pictured is Maplewood Tour-1 standing at the newly renovated 9/11 Memorial. KEITH ADDIE - NJFIREGROUNDPHOTOS.COM

Outgoing President of the New Jersey State Fire Chief's Association, Judson Moore (right), presenting incoming President of the New Jersey State Fire Chief's Association, William Newberry (left), with the President's gavel at the convention center during the Fire Chief's Convention, held in Wildwood on September 15th. President Moore said that "Mr. Newberry will do an outstanding job for our Association during his next two years as President." NANCY MOORE

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President of the New Jersey State Fire Chief's Association, Judson Moore (right), shaking hands with President George Heflich of the New Jersey State Firemen's Association to welcome President Heflich to the annual Chief's Convention, held in Wildwood on September 15th. "President Heflich is a friend of our Association," said President Moore.

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Sussex County First Responders and residents attended a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the Sussex Community College to mark the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. Pictured are members saluting while the Honor Guard marches by them.


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At the time of this writing they were prepping nine other trucks. Pierce orders include in Hamilton Township (Atlantic County) an Enforcer PUC pumper for the Mays Landing FC and an Enforcer pumper for the Mizpah FC, a Saber pumper for Hopatcong (Sussex County), an Impel pumper for the Florence Fire District (Burlington County) and a Saber pumper for the Village of Ridgewood (Bergen County.) Absolute Fire Protection reports

that the Manitou Park FC in Berkeley Township (Ocean County) has ordered an E-ONE 78 foot quint on a Typhoon chassis. Specs include an XLFD cab, Hale Qmax 2000 gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank, side stacker hose bed,750 pound tip load on ladder, 2 to 1 safety factor and a Smart Power 10 kw generator. They have delivered the Typhoon foam pumper to Newark (Essex County), the 78 foot Typhoon quint to Milltown and the E-max pumper to Avenel in Woodbridge Township (both Middlesex County.) New Jersey Emergency Vehicles

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5-5-5 Firefighter Fitness Part II: The “How” By now you have had enough time to come up with some “whys”. But in case you haven’t, just take a look around during your next shift change or ride in the rig; those are your “whys”. In my last article, I promised you a “how to”; well, JUMP TO FILE# sort of anyway… 072016125 See, the “how” in fitness can be even more complicated than the “why” and because we are firefighters, we tend to make that “how” even more complicated than it needs to be, right?! So maybe this time around we will spend some more time focusing on the “how not’s” rather than the “how to’s,” which surprisingly, may actually be a bit harder. First and foremost, there is no quick and easy fix. If you want to make this work, if you want to do it for yourself, for your family and for your crew, you better plan to be in it for the long haul. Sure, a 28-daychallenge will work, especially one that provides you with what meals to eat, what you should drink and how you need to work out. It’ll work even more so for someone who has been primarily sedentary. But what happens on day 29??? You either re-up your “challenge,” attempt to create on your own the same magic that just occurred, or

it’s back to life as you knew it before. No matter what you see on TV or read in a trade magazine, there is no quick fix, and that’s the hardest pill to swallow. Of course there is still a huge market of products, promising rapid results and ultimate changes. There are even some geared specifically to emergency services personnel. They might look pretty and flashy, or claim to “simulate” real-life training conditions, but here’s a tip; you don’t need them! Do they help? Sure, especially to the person whose just starting out. But over time, what happens to these gimmick products? They end up in a pile on the floor, in the corner, not getting used. Mrs. Pip will tell you that I too, have fallen victim to the next greatest fitness craze, but I call it research so it’s ok; right?? And please, let’s not forget about the thousands of training “styles” that are out there. You can pick from pretty much anything; Fire Fit, Cop Fit, EMS Fit, X Fit, Jump Fit, Box Fit, Planet Fit, You're Fit, I’m Fit, or Whatever Else Fit. Regardless of which you choose, you’re at least picking to be fit, right?! You see, that’s part of the “how” that 555 Fitness focuses on: YOU. It all starts with you and your commitment to bettering yourself, both physically and mentally. The current wave of negativity sweeping through the fire service is

the “look at me” phenomenon, which is allowing the “haters” to take control. These individuals tend to speak from their recliners and say that the only reason we are working out is to look good physically, even when year-after-year, the leading killer of firefighters is still from cardiac related incidents. Remember, you are never just working out. You are training for life, your life, and for those who you respond with, those who are waiting for you at home, and those who you swore to protect. So, where’s the best place to start you may ask? Chances are if you’re still reading this article, you already know the answer to that question. You start by getting up. You start by moving around. YOU are the “how.” Even with the examples I gave above, it’s all you. Every one of them will work for you, but YOU need to make them work and here’s a pro tip; it’s not going to happen overnight. I’m sorry, but fast results, they don’t just come. It’s just like respect within a firehouse; it’s earned. Each and every day that I train, I’m earning my results. Now I’ve told you about the “why” and I’ve told you about the “how.” Next time, I’ll start to talk more about the “how to’s” of fitness in the firehouse. Till then, Train Hard Do Work Stay Safe. - Robert "Pip" Piparo

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Wildwood, NJ - The Firemen’s Convention in Wildwood, New Jersey on Saturday, September 17th was a nice day for visitors. The crowd got a little more than they expected today for their dedicated support of the Burn Foundation. David Russell, President of Fire & Safety Services, and John McCann, Administrator for the Burn Foundation, started drawing the winners from the yearly drawing of donations received by the Convention attendees in the early afternoon. The artist, Joseph M. Getsinger, announced the winners of the drawing to the crowd. They started with winner #25 for a signed and numbered limited edition print of this years featured image, “Enemy of Fire.” A large crowd stood by, waiting for their name to be called so they could yell out from the crowd that they were a winner. The names came out from all over NJ and PA, until the last name, which was to win the grand prize, a framed Giclee’ canvas print #1 of the “Enemy of Fire.” That winner was Joe Siano of Keansburg, NJ., valued at $1,500.00. The other winners of a $59.00 limited edition, signed and numbered print of “Enemy of Fire” by artist Joseph M. Getsinger were: Joe Siano (Top Winner) of Keansburg, NJ; Bob Pittinger – no address listed; Kathy Gonzalez of N. Wildwood, NJ; Harold Bane Jr. of Leonardo, NJ; Matt Steinthal of Egg Harbor Twp., NJ; Kevin Sullivan of Bridgewater, NJ; Sandra Dinahill of Stanhope, NJ; Louise Lizza of Fairfield, NJ; Sandy D’Alessandro of Bangor, PA; Shawn Malave of Egg Harbor Twp., NJ; Pat Devlin -no address listed; Russ Snyder of Hawthorne, NJ; Jerry Gaul of Oreland, PA; MacDonald – no address given; Tom Norgard of Little Egg Harbor, NJ; Joe Martinez of Pt. Elizabeth, NJ; Jason Wanku of Hazlet, NJ; Don Ebersole of Somervale, NJ; Bruce Gallagher of Budd Lakes, NJ; William Roberts – no address given; Bill Scullion -no address given; Janice Beebe - no address given; Terri Whildin of

JUMP TO FILE #101216103 Belmont, NJ and Rich Douglas of Wrightstown, NJ. (Note: If your name was included on this list but you haven’t received a phone call or a print, please call Burn Foundation Administrator, John McCann, at 215545-3816.) The artist, anticipating that no one from the crowd would win, (which he was correct about), brought along 29 extra signed and numbered “Enemy of Fire” prints for a second drawing, just for the crowd who were waiting so patiently to win. Joe announced a second drawing and the crowded donated an extra dollar to get into this unexpected second drawing and distribution of more prints. Woodbury Heights Fire Chief Thomas “Raggs” Radcliff was asked to assist in the second draw of the winners for the second drawing and as a volunteer, he volunteered to do it. Twenty-nine prints were distributed to attendees, including Matt Levine of North Brunswick, NJ; Brian Naulty of Eastampton, NJ; Glen Harding of Piscataway, NJ; Butch Multauski of Brooklawn, NJ; Scott Grier, Bubby Burke of Philadelphia, PA; Mike Flores of Ocean Gate, NJ; Joe Malysko of Neptune, NJ; Kelly Popowych of Aberdeeb, NJ; Howard Kramer of Little Egg Harbor, NJ; Kenny Schmertz of North Caldwell, NJ; Deborah Ugrovics, Terry Burke of Media, PA; Stacy Malysko of Neptune, NJ; Tim Franco of Fairlawn, NJ; Cathy Henderson of Boontown, NJ; Katie Hanley of Flemington, NJ; Chris Wingate of Winslow, NJ; Vickki Gray of Williamstown, NJ; Matthew Scull of Galloway Twp., NJ; Jim Henderson of Rockaway, NJ; Robert T. of Dover, DE; Lanell Myers of Williamstown, NJ; and the big winner of four of the prints was Brandon Volk of Woodbury, NJ. The crowd went wild hearing Brandon Volk’s name called four times. Before the last name was drawn, Joe

announced, “The last winner isn’t Brandon Volk,” and then mentioned the last name. At the end of the day, the total came to over $17,112.00, not counting some of the checks turned over from fire departments that donated funds, such as Cinnaminson and Palmyra Fire Departments, who raised over $400.00 just for this event. John Egenstafer individually raised $112.00 in the Cumberland County area. We appreciate all of the effort every year by firefighters and their families, donating funds at the gate and prior to the event. Collector pins of “Enemy of Fire,” also went well this year. Many thanks go to the Burn Foundation Board Members and volunteers who covered the entry gates, collecting needed funds for the Burn Foundation and burn survivors (see photos). We also want to thank President David Russell of Fire & Safety Services, (www.f-ss.com), who not only sponsored the artwork and artist (for 16 years), but also covered the cost of the raffle tickets. Many thanks also go out to the other sponsors who made this year happen, including: Ed Munin from The Frame Shop in Sewell, NJ who donated the frame for the 1st prize, Chip Lille from Choice Marketing (www.choicecustomcards.com), who donated the “Enemy of Fire” collector cards and John Cortese of Vangoghagain.com who donated the Giclee’ Canvas print, which was the top winning prize. Last but not least, President Bill Eachus of BC&B Graphics in Pennsauken, NJ who did a great job printing both the prints and raffle tickets in a timely fashion so that we could have them for this fundraiser. Without the support of all the aforementioned businesses and Burn Foundation volunteers and supporters, there would be no funds raised at the Firemen’s Convention for burn survivors. Thank you and God Bless you all! - JOSEPH M. GETSINGER


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