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EAST ORANGE, NJ - As Northern N.J. dealt with another day of the heat wave, with temperatures in the 90’ s during the day and only dropping to the 80’ s at night, East Orange faced a three-alarm fire in an OMD that claimed the life of a resident, sent five firefighters to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and left 18 families displaced on July 22nd. ■ S ee full story on p a ge 10

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Lodi Fire Department Ex-Chief Needs Your Help 48-year-old Lodi Fire Depart­ ment member and ex-Chief, An­ thony M. M aiolo, is a 24-year volunteer fireman for the B or­ ough o f Lodi in Bergen County, NJ. He is a diabetic/amputee suffering from end stage renal kidney fail­ ure, and is in need o f a kidney trans­ plant. Anthony is currently registered at three hospitals for the transplant; St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, Mt. Sinai in N ew York, and Hackensack University Hospital in Hacken­ sack. Anthony has proudly served his community for the past 24 years in many different roles, from Lieutenant, to Captain, to Assistant Chief, and then Chief o f the Department in 2011. He is currently the department secre­ tary and his company’ s secretary, and also sits on the Bergen County Fire Academy Advisory Board, all while still actively re­ sponding to calls. Anthony’ s twin children have both follow ed in his footsteps be­ com ing volunteers. His son, An­ thony Joseph, is rejoining the Lodi Fire Department to fight fires with his dad, and his daugh­ ter, Selena, rides EM S with the M oonachie First Aid Squad. Anthony just wants the chance to be able to continue doing what he does as a volunteer firefighter and as a father. He wants to be around for his family, who was recently blessed with the birth o f his nephew, Joseph Domenic. Anthony really enjoys the time he gets to spend with Joseph. Please help Anthony by con ­ sidering a kidney donation. If in­ terested, you can contact Hackensack University M edical Center’ s transplant department at 551-996-2608, or St. Barnabas at 973-332-5000. Let’ s help som eone who has spent his life helping others.

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Anthony, pictured in black gear on the left, at a structure fire on Farnham Ave. in Lodi, 6/24/22.

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(L to R): Anthony M. Maiolo, Anthony J. Maiolo, Selena Maiolo and Diane Maiolo at the Bergen County Fire Academy graduation, 9/20/18.

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Fire & Safety Services Hits “ 21 Years” W ith The Burn Foundation President D avid R u ssell o f FIRE & SA FETY SERVICES, Ltd., South Plainfield, N.J and PIER CE M AN UFACTU RING, has com m itted to another year in support o f the Burn Foundation. This is D av e’ s and Fire & Safety Services’21st year o f support for w hich the Burn Foundation is ex ­ tremely grateful. H is dedication and support o f the Burn Founda­ tion has helped the bum care and burn patient com m unities go in g back to the new millennium. Artist Joseph G etsinger w ill again be presenting an original, lim ited-edition Burn Foundation im age for 2022 at the W ildw ood Firem en’ s Convention on Septem­ ber 16th and 17th o f this year. Joe w ill be attending the convention again, helping with raffle tickets and collector pins, and he w ill gladly answer questions about h ow the idea for the art cam e about for 2022 and h ow it was ex ­ ecuted on canvas in acrylics. The Burn Foundation was e s­ tablished in 1973 to provide fundraising for the em erging spe­ cialty for the treatment o f burn in­ juries. The foundation was form ed with the m ission to provide assis­ tance to burn patients, their fami-

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Lightning S trike Deemed Cause of Cedar Grove House Fire CEDAR GROVE, NJ - On May 22nd at 7:47 P.M., CGFD was dispatched to a possible structure fire at 186 Cedar Street. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and fire were discovered on the 'Delta' side of the house. An aggressive interior attack was made and the fire was held to the attic (3rd floor) area of the structure. The house sustained fire, smoke and water dam­ age. The cause of the fire was determined to be a lightning strike. No injuries to residents or first responders were re­ ported. Mutual aid on scene was provided by Montclair, Little Falls and Verona.

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New York: William Joseph Steinberg, 37 Rank: Assistant Chief Incident Date: January 15,2022 Death Date: January 15,2022 Fire Department: Forestburgh Fire Company #1 Initial Summary: On Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, the Forestburgh Fire Company #1 was called in by the Monticello Fire Department under mutual aid to a structure tire at 65 Rockridge Drive in the town of Thompson. While at the scene, Assistant Chief William “ Billy" Joseph Steinberg collapsed. He was immediately treated and rushed to the Garnet Health Medical Center Catskill, where he passed away from an apparent heart attack. Colorado: Marc Olson, 59 Rank: Pilot Incident Date: November 16,2021 Death Date: November 16,2021 Fire Department: CO Fire Aviation Initial Summary: On Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, Pilot Marc Olson was the sole occupant of a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) that had been ordered by Laminer County to help light the Kroger Rock Fire. During the mis­ sion, the plane crashed, killing Pilot Olson. The cause of the crash remains under investi­ gation.

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Maryland: Robert Anthony Jones, 59 Rank: Paramedic/Firefighter Incident Date: December 23,2021 Death Date: January 20,2022 Fire Department: Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: On December 2021, Paramedic/Firelighter Jones contracted COVID19 while performing his duties serving the citizens of Carroll County, Maryland. After a hard tight and multiple complications because of the virus, Jones passed away on January

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Tennessee: Julian Greaves Wilson, Jr., 59 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 24,2021 Death Date: January 23,2022 Fire Department: Fayette County Fire Department Initial Summary: On Friday, Dec. 24,2021, Captain Julian “Skill" Greaves Wilson, Jr. re­ sponded to an EMS call with a patient with a known case of COVID-19. He subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Sun­ day, Jan. 23,2022. Maryland: Paul Butrim, 37 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: January 24,2022 Death Date: January 24,2022 Fire Department: Baltimore City Fire Department Initial Summary: On Monday, Jan. 24,2022,

the Baltimore City Fire Department re­ sponded to a tire inside a three story vacant rowhouse in the 200 block o f South Strieker Street. Lieutenant Paul Butrim, Acting Lieu­ tenant Kelsey Sadler, Firelighter/Paramedic Kenneth Lacayo, and EMT/Firefighter John McMaster were working to put out the flames inside the structure when a partial collapse oc­ curred. The firelighters became trapped. A mayday was called and the firefighters were removed from the debris. Lieutenant Butrim passed away at the scene. Acting Lieutenant Sadler and Firelighter/Paramedic Lacayo passed away shortly after arrival at the hospi­ tal. EMT/Firefighter McMaster has been listed in critical condition. Firefighter/Paramedic Kelsey Sadler who was Acting Lieu­ tenant that day was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant. Investigation into the incident continues. Maryland: Kelsey Sadler, 33 Rank: Firelighter/Paramedic Incident Date: January 24,2022 Death Date: January 24,2022 Fire Department: Baltimore City Fire Department Initial Summary: On Monday, Jan. 24,2022, the Baltimore City Fire Department re­ sponded to a fire inside a three story vacant rowhouse in the 200 block o f South Strieker Street. Lieutenant Paul Butrim, Acting Lieu­ tenant Kelsey Sadler, Firelighter/Paramedic Kenneth Lacayo, and EMT/Firefighter John McMaster were working to put out the flames inside the structure when a partial collapse oc­ curred. The firelighters became trapped. A mayday was called and the firefighters were removed from the debris. Lieutenant Butrim passed away at the scene. Acting Lieutenant Sadler and Firelighter/Paramedic Lacayo passed away shortly after arrival at the hospi­ tal. EMT/Firefighter McMaster has been listed in critical condition. Firefighter/Paramedic Kelsey Sadler who was Acting Lieu­ tenant that day was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant. Investigation into the incident continues. Maryland: Kenneth Lacayo, 30 Rank: Firelighter/Paramedic Incident Date: January 24,2022 Death Date: January 24,2022 Fire Department: Baltimore City Fire Department Initial Summary: On Monday, Jan. 24,2022, the Baltimore City Fire Department re­ sponded to a fire inside a three story vacant rowhouse in the 200 block o f South Strieker Street. Lieutenant Paul Butrim, Acting Lieu­ tenant Kelsey Sadler, Firelighter/Paramedic Kenneth Lacayo, and EMT/Firefighter John McMaster were working to put out the flames inside the structure when a partial collapse oc­ curred. The firefighters became trapped. A

mayday was called and the firefighters were removed from the debris. Lieutenant Butrim passed away at the scene. Acting Lieutenant Sadler and Firelighter/Paramedic Lacayo passed away shortly after arrival at the hospi­ tal. EMT/Firefighter McMaster has been listed in critical condition. Firefighter/Paramedic Kelsey Sadler who was Acting Lieu­ tenant that day was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant. Investigation into the incident continues. California: Vidal “Max”Fortuna, 47 Rank: Captain Incident Date: January 31,2022 Death Date: January 31,2022 Fire Department: Stockton Fire Department Initial Summary: On Monday, Jan. 31,2022, the Stockton Fire Department responded to a report of a dumpster fire in the area of Aurora and Washington street. While at the scene, Captain Vidal “ Max" Fortuna was shot. CPR was immediately performed and he was then transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The suspected assailant is in custody and investigation into this inci­ dent continues. Oregon: Austin Smith, 30 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: February 3,2022 Death Date: February 3,2022 Fire Department: St. Paul Fire District Initial Summary: On Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, St. Paul Fire District firefighters re­ sponded to a 3 alarm bam fire on Champoeg Creek Lane NE. While firefighters worked to put out the fire, an explosion occurred, criti­ cally injuring Firefighter Austin Smith. He was immediately flown to the Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland, OR, where he passed away a short time later. Investigation into the incident continues. North Carolina: James V Radford, 63 Rank: Chief Incident Date: February 5,2022 Death Date: February 5,2022 Fire Department: Polly Watson Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: On Saturday, Feb. 5,2022, Chief James V Radford was responding to the firehouse for a call in Wilson County. When he arrived, he suffered an apparent heart at­ tack and crashed into a parked car in the fire station's parking lot. Firefighters rendered aid to Chief Radford who was then transported to the Wayne UNC Hospital where he passed away a short time later. Chief Radford was also a member o f the Fremont Volunteer Fire Department.


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Growing City Adds Two Fire Companies Notes from Ron Jeffers

With the population approaching 300,000 and som e 240 high rise buildings, and many more either under construction or planned, the Jersey City Fire Department has or­ ganized two additional full-time companies to its roster. The open­ ings came with a ceremony at Fire Fleadquarters on June 30th. The new units are Engine Co. 1 and Squad Co. 1. Engine Co. 1 was re-opened in January, 2021, as a part-time unit that saw duty when shift manpower was sufficient. This was on a trial-basis, and the com ­ pany was open more than it was closed. Engine 1 is assigned to the Newark Avenue firehouse, down­ town. The city closed four fire compa­ nies in 1991 due to econom ic con­ ditions. “Jersey City is experiencing one o f the largest renaissances in our history, and on the city-level, we are taking the steps necessary to safe­ guard our growing community,” said Mayor Steven Fulop, at the cer­ emony. “Our goal is to provide our firefighters with the best possible equipment, training and resources they need to do their job s safely and effectively, while providing essen­ tial fire protection to our residents and community,”he added. The new companies have been assigned refurbished apparatus to meet current needs and extend their service to the city. Squad 1, a 2006 Spartan/Rescue 1 vehicle, was originally obtained through an Urban Area Security Ini­ tiative (UASI) federal grant, and it operated as a mass care response unit. The apparatus was modified by Rescue 1/PL Custom and it is now described as a “multi-task”unit. A torque box area was assembled to carry a full ladder company com ­ pliment o f ground ladders. In addi­ tion, the rig carries a full compliment o f rescue tools and mass care equipment. Squad l's new equipment was on display at the ceremony. It has the latest battery-operated tools rather than the standard gas powered equipment, including pow er saws and exhaust fans. Part o f Squad l's duties will be the Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC) at fire scenes. Currently, on a report o f a high rise fire, the department dispatches four ladder companies as part o f the first-alarm response. Squad 1 will replace the fourth ladder on these runs. Squad 1, located at the Marin Boulevard fire house, downtown, has also been described as the “ tenth ladder (squad) company.”A ccord­

ing to the order, it shall respond to alarms in former Truck Co. l's (dis­ banded in 1991) original district. Other duties include being deployed as a UASI medical care response unit. Jersey City also operates with a rescue-pumper assigned as Squad Co. 4, on Communipaw Avenue. Currently, Squad 4 has been as­ signed a former spare engine. A new rescue-pumper has been ordered. Squad l's former white vehicle now sports a white-over-red paint scheme. In April, the Jersey City Fire D e­ partment received a national Insur­ ance Service Organization (ISO) rating o f Class 1. “We continue to make sure our citizens are as safe as possible," said Chief o f Department Steven McGill. DOWNS: A fire that started in a boat on Lake Flopatcong, June 29th, spread and damaged surrounding vessels and docks, officials said. Jefferson Township Fire Co. 2 re­ sponded to the fire in the Great C ove area. The fire was knocked down quickly after their arrival. UPS: Sal Barraco has been pro­ moted to chief o f the Elizabeth Fire Department. John Ryan was pro­ moted to battalion chief. DOWNS: A cement truck crashed into a liquor store in Green Brook, June 30th. The truck collided with a car on Route 22 and then careered into the store on Washington Ave., officials said. The driver was extri­ cated and rushed to an area hospital by helicopter. UPS: The Union Fire Department held a promotional ceremony on June 21st. Flenry Sisbarro was pro­ moted to deputy chief. New battal­ ion chiefs are Donald Vitale and David Zeh. Promoted to captain were Michael Caldas, Peter Peros, Thomas Osiadacz and Edward Collins, Jr. New lieutenants are Daniel Rodriguez and Matthew Flokanson. DOWNS: A multiple-alarm fire involved a Magnolia Ave. auto re­ pair shop in Elizabeth, June 29th. The column o f smoke could be seen for miles. UPS: Firefighters rescued a man that became trapped in a hole along Flamilton Ave. in Flamilton Town­ ship, June 23rd. The victim was conscious and alert when he was transported to a local hospital, ac­ cording to WCAU-TV. DOWNS: Two people died in an early morning fire on FlemingtonWhitehouse Rd. in the Whitehouse Station section o f Readington, July 3rd, according to the Flunterdon County Prosecutor's Office. UPS: Michael Flyde has been promoted to deputy fire ch ief in Kearny. Nelson da Silva was pro­ moted to captain and Patryk Piszcz has been appointed as firefighter. DOWNS: Camden firefighters were busy overnight, July 4-5, oper­ ating at three fires. They battled fires on Congress st. in an occupied dwelling, a South 10th St. vacant

RON JEFFERS Jersey City Chief of Department Steven McGill, along with firefighters and city officials, announce the opening of Engine Co. 1 and Squad Co. 1 to the media at Fire Headquarters, June 30th. dwelling and a second-alarm in a Mt. Ephraim Ave. warehouse that ex­ tended to two occupied dwellings, officials said. Twenty residents were displaced as a result o f the fires. UPS: Recently promoted to fire captain in Flarrison were Michael Granato, Eric Flausniann, Kevin DeGaetano and Janies Patterson. DOWNS: A large brush fire burned nearly 60-acres o f land o ff o f M eadow Rd. in Edison, July 5th. The NJ Forest Fire Service teamed up with the E.F.D. to contain the fire. UPS: In May, West Orange Fire­ fighter Anthony Williams received the EMT o f the Year Award spon­ sored by Mountainside Medical Center. Fie was selected by local EMS partners from among 30 nomi­ nees. DOWNS: B efore the sun set for the evening fireworks displays on July 4th, smoke could be seen for miles coming from burning wooden pallets o f foam insulation, o ff o f Route 46., in Flasbrouck Fleights. Flames also spread to a section o f an industrial building. Bucket loaders were called in to remove the dam­ aged pallets, officials said. UPS: On June 12th, Rutherford officials honored the late John Ruddy by naming the intersection o f W ood St. and Fairview Ave., “John T. Ruddy Way.”Ruddy was a Jersey City battalion chief and Rutherford High School 1990 graduate. C hief Ruddy passed away in December, immediately follow ing a fire call, considered a line-of-duty death. DOWNS: A burning utility pole with three transformers fell over and onto a school building on Industrial St. East in Clifton, July 5th. No stu­ dents were in the school. Firefighters had to wait until the pow er to the transformers was shut o ff before ap­ plying water on the flames. Fire made its way up the side o f the building and into the school's inte­ rior, officials said.

UPS: The Ship Bottom Fire D e­ partment is celebrating its 100th birthday with numerous communityoriented events. This includes a car show in September and a parade o f emergency vehicles in October. DOWNS: Multiple school buses caught fire in the Findeme section o f Bridgewater Twp. on July 5th. First responders found several buses burning on Central Ave. with a pow er line down, according to Deputy Fire Chief Tom Marshall. UPS: Bayonne firefighters teamed up with other agencies and rescued a man and woman who had fallen off o f their jet ski, in New York Bay, that was taken away by the current, July 10th. City firefighters found the pair, who had been thrown life rings by members o f Royal Caribbean and Port Authority police. Bayonne Ma­ rine 1 was dispatched and a rescue swimmer entered the water, allowing firefighters to remove both people safely, according to Deputy C hief Bill Bartos. DOWNS: Helmetta Fire C hief Christopher Acs, 47, was killed in a m otorcycle accident in South Brunswick, July 10th. The accident is being investigated by local police and the Middlesex County Prosecu­ tor's Office. UPS: The Green Knoll Volunteer Fire Company will enjoy their 75th anniversary with a celebration on August 30th, in Bridgewater. DOWNS: A young girl died as the result o f a fire in a North Ave. dwelling in Plainfield, July 17th. An­ other child was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation, officials said. Som e residents were rescued from windows via ladders. UPS: The Livingston Fire Depart­ ment will celebrate their 100th an­ niversary with a parade and apparatus muster on October 1st. The parade will start at 10 a.m. and proceed to Memorial Park Oval, in front o f Livingston TTigh School. For

information, email LFD 100th@gmail.com DOWNS: A Newark firefighter was injured when a distraught man threw a bottle at the windshield o f a fire apparatus at Clinton & Baldwin Avenues, July 22nd, officials said. The actor then began to do damage to other parts o f the rig. Fie was taken into custody. Police said the shattered glass injured a firefighter, who was treated at University Flospital. UPS: In June, the Palmyra Fire Department recognized Richard Dreby for his 50-years o f volunteer service. In addition, he became a full-time police officer in 1976. Fie spent 32 Z years with the police de­ partment, with his last 10 Z years as police chief. After retirement from the police department, he went on to work as the director o f public safety in Burlington County for 6-years. DOWNS: A woman was killed and about 18 families displaced as the result o f a July 22nd fire that in­ volved an apartment building at Prospect St. & Park Ave., East Or­ ange, officials said. It took some eight hours to extinguish the flames in temperatures that reached the upper 90's. UPS: A donation drive that started in March by members o f the Clifton Fire Department successfully co l­ lected and sent 60 tons o f firefight­ ing and medical equipment to Ukraine. Lt. Mark Drew and FF Oleg Skachko thanked Chief o f D e­ partment Frank Prezioso and all par­ ticipants for their support. DOWNS: The Sparta Classic Diner, on Woodport Rd., was dam­ aged by fire on July 21st. Firefight­ ers arrived to find fire in the kitchen area, and flames broke through the roof. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion, according to a de­ partment Facebook page.


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Beachwood V ol. FD C elebrates 100th A nniversary BEACHWOOD, NJ - On June 25th, the Beachwood Fire Depart­ ment held their annual awards and anniversary dinner at the Days Inn in Toms River, where they cele­ brated their 100th Anniversary as a family, reconnecting with "retired" life members who attended the event. While reminiscing over old stories about the past century, they also recognized members for out­ standing service in 2021. Jhonatan Benavente and Gre­ gory Fanelli received their ceremo­ nial oaths for completion o f their probationary period in 2021 and be­ coming active members. Robert Tapp was recognized for 50 years o f continuous active serv­ ice (and still going strong), with a length o f service award from the Ocean County Fire Marshall, and the 2021 Beachwood Fire Depart­ ment President's Award. Mr. Tapp was also presented with a fire de-

RON JEFFERS Hackensack firefighters placed wreaths and offered a salute at the monuments that represent the five department members that gave their lives in the line of duty on July 1,1988.

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partment ring in recognition o f his 50 years o f service to the commu­ nity. Harley Kopenhafer was awarded the 2021 Beachwood Fire Department C hiefs Award for his role in taking the lead as engineer and in training members on the new piece o f fire apparatus, which is their first aerial device. Beachwood FD would like to thank the Days Inn staff for the great venue for the event and DJ T-Rexx for the awesome music, as well as Sam Sutter for the custom made Beachwood FD fire helmet cake, and G & B Creations for the coffee mugs presented as gifts to the mem­ bers and guests.

- BEACHWOOD VOL. FD

HACKENSACK, NJ - On July 1st, city firefighters, both active and retired, city officials, family mem­ bers and friends assembled for the 34th time at Fairmont Park to honor the memory o f members o f the fire department that have given their lives in the line-of-duty, and all de­ ceased members. This is the date that five fire­ fighters were killed while battling a fast-moving fire in an auto dealer­ ship on River Street. Those mem­ bers were: Captain Richard

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Williams, Ft. Richard Reinhagen, and Firefighters William Krejsa, Feonard Radumski and Steve Ennis. Wreaths were placed at the monuments representing the five, names o f deceased members read, bagpipes were played, prayers of­ fered and a salute to those heroes. Chief o f Department Thomas Freeman mentioned that there are

only three members still on active duty that were on the job when this tragedy occurred. The dealership fire marked a turning point for the United States Fire Service. It spurred reforms in safety, training and equipment. It heightened awareness in firefighter safety on a national basis. In every city firehouse, you can find a sign that reads: “ Never Forget July 1, 1988”.

-RON JEFFERS

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Afternoon Fire Consumes Vacant Bergen Warehouse PALISADE PARK, NJ - A smoky warehouse fire kept fire­ fighters busy on the Independ­ ence Day weekend. B orough firefighters were toned out to a “ working fire” on Fairview Street, off o f Grand Avenue, on the afternoon o f July 2nd. Arriving fire­ fighters found fire venting from a win­ dow o f a long va­ cant warehouse, which also broke through the roof. Fire C hief Monteleone struck additional alarms for additional resources and man­ power. Low-banking smoke covered the street, and it was reported that nearby Route 46 was temporarily closed. As firefighters surveyed the structure, its stability was un­ certain and a collapse zone was established. Master streams were set up, which included ladder pipes from Palisades Park Ladder 1 and Fort Lee Ladder 1, a deck gun opera­ tion by R idgefield Engine 4, a squirt operation by Edgewater Engine 2, plus a BlitzFire m oni­ tor in the street. Firefighters battled the blaze for several hours, with caution. During this time, the Bergen County EMS Special Operations unit set up a m edical evaluation and rehab zone on Grand Avenue. It was reported that one fire­ fighter suffered a minor injury. Additional rehab assistance was supplied by the Teaneck B ox 54 Club. Before the sun set, a dem oli­ tion crew had arrived to take down the hazardous structure. Additional mutual aid fire com panies that operated at the scene came from C liffside Park, Leonia, Englewood, E nglew ood Cliffs, Teaneck, Bogota, Hacken­ sack and Moonachie.

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- RON JEFFERS

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North Hunterdon Fire A lliance Celebrates 5 Years The North Hunterdon Fire Al­ liance (Station 51 Fire) cele­ brated 5 years of service to Hunterdon County, NJ on July 1st, 2022. The Fire Alliance was founded as a mutual-aid working group between 5 fire departments, and was formerly known as the North Hunterdon Mutual Aid Group. Member agencies fre­ quently train together and have developed standardized SOPs and SOGs known as "Best Practices" to ensure uniformity on the fire scene.

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Multi-Agency Response for Trench Rescue in Howell HOWELL, NJ - At 3:30 P.M. on June 30th, H owell Police re­ ceived a 9-1-1 call reporting a con­ tractor stuck in a hole at 2 Carmine Way. Upon arrival, police officers found a construction worker that had entered a 4'xlO' hole to do re­ pairs, but with no shoring in place, the dirt walls caved in and trapped the worker up to his neck. The p o­ lice department took immediate life-saving measures. H ow ell Fire District 5 (Freew ood Acres) was dispatched. On arrival o f 19-5 C hief Donohue, he realized that more manpower would be needed and Fire District 19-3 (Southard), as well as the O f­ fice o f Emergency Management were dispatched. Additional re­ sources were also called, which in­ cluded Asbury Park Fire, and Brick Fire Technical Rescue Teams. Rescue crews utilized shoring

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NHFA was further expanded to create the "Squad 51" staffing program. The Squad 51 pro­ gram involves staffing a Squad on a rotating basis between the 5 departments. This staffed Squad unit is on duty from 1800hrs Saturday night until 0600hrs Sunday morning. This apparatus is staffed by volun­ teers that stay in house during the shift and provides excep­

tional response time and re­ sponds to any incident within the 5 districts. Squad 51 is alerted and responds in addi­ tion to, and not in place of, the local jurisdictions department. The program began as a 10week pilot program on July 1st of 2017, and has been contin­ ued every week since its begin­ ning with extreme success. NHFA departments have also started staffing additional shifts, such as Friday nights and weekday daytime shifts, proving that a regionalized staffed service model can work. Squad 51 has run many notable calls, including several working structure fires, major motor ve­ hicle accidents, an airplane crash, as well as numerous other gas leaks, alarms, and other calls for service. The districts covered by the NHFA Station 51 program spans across parts of 10 mu­ nicipalities which encom­

passes approximately 30,000 residents. During the first year of operation, Station 51 was staffed for about 1,100 hours. The program has led to numer­ ous inquiries from across the State and region for areas who are considering a similar idea to combat lower volunteer membership and slow re­ sponse times. To celebrate 5 years in opera­ tion, the current and former NHFA Fire Chiefs of the 5 mem­ ber agencies all staffed "Sta­ tion 51" together. The North Hunterdon Fire Al­ liance is made up of the follow­ ing agencies: High Bridge Fire Department (Station 14), Lebanon Borough Fire Depart­ ment (Station 18), Town of Clin­ ton Fire Department (Station 45) , Annandale Hose Company (Township of Clinton) (Station 46) , Quakertown Fire Company (Franklin Township) (Station 91).

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It has been customary with this feature to alternate months with trucks with pumps and trucks without. This month however we have a truck with both. Somers Point Tac-41 has both a pump and water tank, while also having a utility type body with suitable inventory. It is a 2019 Ford F550XL, 4x4 with a Reading body. It has a CET 250-GPM pump and 300-gallon water tank. Other features include a %-inch booster reel, 1 VYinch pre-connect, three-inch supply hose, throw bags for water rescue, a spill boom, speedy dry, chain saws, irons, hand lights, hand fire extinguishers, caution tape, and a tripod light.

RON JEFFERS Jersey City Fire Department Chaplain, Reverend James Pagnotta, presided over the Fire Department's Day of Remembrance for all fallen city firefighters, at Bayview Cemetery, July 25th. "We make it our business no to forget," he said.

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Fallen Firefighters Remembered in Jersey C ity JERSEY CITY, NJ - On the morning o f July 25th, city fire­ fighters assem bled at Bayview Cemetery to remember their d e­ partment heroes. This memorial was estab­ lished by the late Ira Rubin, a city fire dispatcher and Life M ember o f the G ong Club. Rubin's re­ searched discovered that James McCarthy, engineer o f Steamer Engine Co. 3, was the first m em ­ ber o f the career fire department to die in the line-of-duty. He was operating at a fire involving the Erie Railroad Repair Shops, when a wall collapsed, killing the engi­ neer, in 1872. Rubin also discov­ ered Engineer McCarthy's grave site in this cemetery. The memorial service that

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And the Beat Goes On VIDEO REVIEW Video reviews by John Malecky

And the Beat G oes On By Billy Goldfeder Available from: FSP B ooks & Videos 433 Main Street Hudson, M A 01749-'1331 1-800-522-8528 E-mail: support@fire-policeems.com www. fire-police-ems. com Price: $20.00 (DVD) This is a Fire Engineering video from 2007. It is about 40 minutes long. The presenter is a deputy ch ief from the LovelandSymmes Fire Department in southwest Ohio. He has been a ch ief officer since 1982 and has served on several IAFC And NFPA committees. The song “ And the Beat G oes On”by Cher is the theme o f his presentation and it is sung at low volume throughout it. His main focus are the problems faced by the fire service in many respects. His aim is for im prove­ ments, from better leadership, to training, to equipment and man­ power to name a few. Since this presentation there have been some improvements through the years, but there is much still to be real­ ized! He mentions and shows many fatal fires from both large cities and small towns illustrating the fact that firefighting is a jo b

that is never forgiving. He does not fault leadership in all cases, but stresses that officers and chiefs must continuously strive to be up to date and cognizant o f the need to be professional. He stresses the need to avoid “ NTS.” I w ill invite you to see the video to discover what that means! He cautions against being a “ buddy” to your crew, by disregarding es­ sential training for instance is an example. I remember in the movie “Patton” where the general o f­ fered to attack 100-miles away to relieve troops defending Bastogne. One o f the British generals made a comment about his men doing it because he is popular and he told him that he was not popu­ lar. His men would do it because they were g o o d soldiers! It is a presentation that w ill keep us thinking that there is always room for improvement and that is what should be pursued! C hief G oldfeder is donating all the royalties from this D VD to the National Fallen Firefighters A ssociation (www.FireHero.org) and the D C Raymond Downey Scholarship Charity Fund (www. ChiefRay D ow ney.org). NOTICE TO READERS: This is the last Video R eview column. Due to a number o f reasons, D V D s are no longer available. These include a change in media, companies goin g out o f business that provided som e o f them, and the internet. The alternate months that provided video reviews w ill be taken up by book reviews from the "On the B ook Sh elf1column.

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RON JEFFERS The Ridgefield Park Fire Department held their annual Independence Day inspection and awards ceremony on a sunny July 4th morning.

Independence Day Tradition Continues In Ridgefield Park Ridgefield Park, N. J. - The an­ nual Independence Day inspection and awards ceremony was held at the Memorial B ell on Euclid Av­ enue on a bright, sunny, July 4th morning. All six fire companies lined the street with their appara­ tus and members in full dress uni­ forms. Besides local firefighters, vil­ lage officials, families and friends also lined the street, proud o f their firefighters and family members who volunteer their time to protect their community. Awards were presented to members for their dedication. This was follow ed by the traditional walk o f chief officers and village officials passing each company and

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greeting firefighters. This year, service bars and awards were given to the following. For 60 years o f service, Gerard Garofalow; 55-years, William Hillermeier; 50-years, Michael Alberque; 45-years, Tom Wilson; 40years, Richard Flynn; 25-years (all ex-chiefs), William Nebling and Mark Campbell; 20-years, Captain Sean Rodriguez; 15-years, Court­ ney Galasso, Tom Carr, Captain Brian O'Grady and Assistant Chief William Lynn; 10-years, Captain Anthony Galasso, 2ndLt. MarkAlberque and Firefighters John John­

son and Connor O'Grady; 5-years, FF Raymond Dembski. Exempt Certificates were presented to FF Dawn Rizzi and 2nd Lt. Mark Alberque. Upon completion o f the cere­ mony, families proudly posed their firefighter member with family and awards for photos. The members were then invited to the local Elks Lodge for breakfast, providing a lit­ tle energy boost, before participat­ ing in the 128th annual Independence Day parade. Fire­ fighters also participated in the vil­ lage's fireworks display, after sundown. A full day, but a commu­ nity tradition.

- RON JEFFERS

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RON JEFFERS East Hanover Fire Chief and Fire Official Carmine Davino operates this 2017 Ford FI 50, designated 866.

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RON JEFFERS Wharton Chief of Department Gene Caufiled has placed into serv­ ice a 2022 Chevy Tahoe.

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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 www.lstResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@lstResponderNews.com.

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Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department 2022 Inspection

RON JEFFERS Ridgefield Park Chief of Department John Antola provides Ladder 1 with instructions at a multiplealarm fire involving a vacant commercial structure in Palisades Park, July 2nd. Ladder 1 is a 2004 Seagrave 100-foot tiller apparatus.

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - In July, for the first time in two years (due to the C O V ID pan­ demic), the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department stood for Inspec­ tion for the Borough o f Hasbrouck Heights. A ll department members worked during the week washing, scrubbing and cleaning every piece o f apparatus, cleaning all the tools and organizing all the cabi­ nets to be sure that everything was in place. Then we cleaned the fire­ house from top to bottom. Every room was cleaned and vacuumed, and shown the pride the depart­ ment has in our firehouse. The department inspection was led by C hief Tim Moots, First Assistant C h ief Kevin Todd and Second Assistant C h ief Mike Greco. The members stood at at­ tention for the flag salute, a spe­ cial greeting by C hief M oots and speeches by invited dignitaries. The department invited the

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community to jo in in inspecting all o f the department's equipment, and out o f town chiefs judged each piece o f apparatus, two en­ gines, the ladder truck, the rescue truck and the two ambulances for appearance and equipment check. The rescue truck w on that evening. After the inspection o f the equipment was over, the members o f the fire department and their in­ vited guests join ed together for an Italian dinner in our large meeting room. It was a nice way for every­ one to com e together after a twoyear gap. G ood luck and G odspeed to all members o f the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department in 2022!

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W allington Mourns fo r a Great Borough Leader WALLINGTON, NJ - To say Mark Tomko was loved by the cit­ izens o f Wallington w ould be an understatement. He served his community in many positions, from mayor to volunteer fire chief. He passed away at the age o f 66. Tomko worked for the County o f Bergen in several capacities, in­ cluding ch ief clerk in the county clerk's office from 1981-2019. Tomko join ed the volunteer fire department in 1972 as a junior firefighter. The Fire Department was one o f his greatest loves, and he served in many capacities throughout the years. This in­ cluded being president president o f H ose Co. 3 in 1978 and depart­ ment president in 2020. He led firefighters as C hief o f Depart­ ment in 1989, a Life member o f H ose Co. 3, and department chap­ lain from 1980 to his death. In addition to the fire service, Tomko was a councilman for 18years and mayor o f the Borough from 2016-2019. He served with the Board o f Education from 1998-2002. Not only was he fire com m issioner for a number o f

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ANNA HAVERILLA (L to R): Chief Kutzin, Congressman Gottheimer presenting Con­ gressional Certificate of Recognition, Councilman and Firefighter Jin Yhu and Councilman William Boyce.

RON JEFFERS The Ridgefield Park Fire Department held their annual Independence Day inspection and awards ceremony on a sunny July 4th morning.

Old Tappan VFD Receives 26 New Handie-Talkies Through FEMA Grant OLD TAPPAN, NJ - The Old Tappan Vol. Fire Department re­ cently received 26 new state o f the art Handie-Talkies. The HandieTalkie, or portable radio, is an es­ sential firefighting tool. The department’ s current HandieTalkies were 20-years-old or older, and had little in the way o f Inter-Operability capability with other fire departments and the other emergency services. The new m odels have greatly enhanced Inter-Operability, which will allow the department to quickly and effectively communi­ cate with other fire departments with whom they would work with at major fires or emergencies. They also include a safety feature on each unit’ s channel selector switch o f defaulting to the critical Fire Ground channel in either the full left or right position. Any fire­ fighter in trouble in the low v isi­ bility or blacked out conditions o f interior firefighting will only have to turn the selector switch full right or left to know he’ s transmit­ ting his situation on the always monitored Fire Ground channel. The new Handie-Talkies were acquired with a FEM A (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Assistance to Firefighters Grant, which was prepared and submitted by C hief o f Department Evan Kutzin. C hief Kutzin remarked

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Independence Day Tradition Continues in Ridgefield Park RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ The annual Independence Day in­ spection and awards ceremony was held at the Memorial Bell on Euclid Avenue on a bright, sunny, July 4th morning. All six fire com ­ panies lined the street with their apparatus and members in full dress uniforms. Besides local firefighters, v il­ lage officials, families and friends also lined the street, proud o f their firefighters and family members who volunteer their time to protect their community. Awards were presented to members for their dedication. This was follow ed by the traditional walk o f chief officers and village officials passing each company

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and greeting firefighters. This year, service bars and awards were given to the follow ­ ing: for 60 years o f service, Ger­ ard Garofalow; 55-years, William Hillermeier; 50-years, Michael Alberque; 45-years, Tom Wilson; 40years, Richard Flynn; 25-years (all ex-chiefs), W illiam N ebling and Mark Campbell; 20-years, Captain Sean Rodriguez; 15-years, Court­ ney Galasso, Tom Carr, Captain Brian O'Grady and Assistant Chief William Lynn; 10-years, Captain Anthony Galasso, 2nd Lt. Mark Alberque and Firefighters John

Johnson and Connor O'Grady; 5years, FF Raymond Dembski. E x­ empt Certificates were presented to FF Dawn R izzi and 2nd Lt. Mark Alberque. Upon com pletion o f the cere­ mony, families proudly posed their firefighter member with fam­ ily and awards for photos. The members were then invited to the local Elks L odge for breakfast, providing a little energy boost, be­ fore participating in the 128th an­ nual Independence Day parade. Firefighters also participated in the village's fireworks display, after sundown. A full day, but a community tradition.

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T vi Counties Fire Association Mid Jersey Chapter o f SPAAMFAA Supporters o f the NJ Fire Museum H RON JEFFERS The Tri-Counties Fire Association held their 30th annual Antique Fire Apparatus show at Thompson County Park, in Jamesburg, June 26th.

Tri-Counties Fire Muster Another Success 0111 TOMPKINS - WWW.OTFIREPHOTOS.COM JAMESBURG, NJ - Antique fire apparatus assem bled at Thom pson County Park on June 26th for the Tri-Counties 30th an­ nual Fire Apparatus Show. Fire apparatus varied in age starting with 1890! That was a hose wagon that saw duty with Neptune Flose Company in F ong Branch. N u­ merous decades were represented, with som e vehicles representing the 1990's. The muster committee estimated around 40 pieces o f ap­ paratus were present. Not too bad, with the rising cost o f fuel. Again, there was a flea market under the trees with several ven­ dors. Jamesburg firefighters oper­ ated the refreshment stand, offering breakfast to lunch items. Friendly to serious apparatus photographers, the Tri-Counties committee set up a photo area as

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ate an automobile. "Bill" and his father had spent months looking at cars, and the week before gradua­ tion, they found the perfect car. On the eve o f his graduation, his father handed him a gift wrapped Bible. B ill was so angry that he threw the Bible down and stormed out o f the house. He and his father never saw each other again. It was the news o f his father’ s death that brought Bill home again. As he sat one night goin g through his father’ s possession s that he was to inherit, he came across the B ible his father had given him. He brushed away the dust and opened it to find a cashier’ s check, dated the day o f his graduation - in the exact amount o f the car they had chosen together. As I thought about this story, I couldn’ t help but wonder how many people in this w orld have done the same thing to God. Liter­ ally tossed aside a wonderful promise, because they didn’ t un­ derstand it, or they didn’ t believe that it was possible. In our world, we are taught that; “if it sounds too g o o d to be true, it probably is.”So many o f us have been taken in by “empty promises,” that w e are leery o f anything or anyone that tells us we can have something for nothing. THE W O RLD SIMPLY D O E SN ’ T W ORK THAT WAY! But, you know what - G od does - G od never made a promise that was too go od to be true. The truth o f the matter is, the w orld is full o f empty promises. We watch TV, and the advertise­ ments tell us that we can be happy, sexy, rich, or famous, if w e only purchase a certain product. It doesn’ t take long before we have been fooled enough to know that the w orld’ s prom ises are full o f emptiness. But, G od is different. Instead o f promises full o f empti­ ness, on Easter, he gave us empti­ ness that is full o f promise.

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RON JEFFERS After receiving his award for 60-years of service to the community and the department, Ridgefield Park ex-Chief Gerard Garofalow, left, of Truck Co. 2, expressed his love for the village and how special the Fire Department meant to him. He will continue to serve as long as possible.

REACHWOOD VOL. FD On June 11th, prior to their 100th Anniversary celebration, Beachwood VFD Chief Roger Hull attended the New Jersey State Exempt Firemen’s Association Convention in Iselin, where he was pre­ sented with the 2022 Community Service Award for his dedication and service to the fire department and firefighters of New Jersey. Well deserved, Chief!

JOHN M. MALECKY Members of Jersey City’s newly organized Squad 1 stand by their apparatus. (L to R): Captain Robert Nunez and FF’s Dennis O’Berg, Albert Bauer and Steven Petrucelli.

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RON JEFFERS After completing his service as master of ceremony at Jersey City City Hall, for the promotion of 25 new fire captains, Hudson Regional Arson Task Force Investigator Greg Allen went right back to work interviewing fire victims on Bergen Avenue, July 1st.

Trenton Battalion Chief Dave Smolka conferring with BC Terry Mulryne - Safety Officer, at a 3-alarm fire on Cleveland Ave. in Trenton,

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RON JEFFERS Ridgefield Park ex-Chief William Hillermeier, left, received his 55-years of service award from Chief of Department John Antola, Jr. during the department's Independence Day inspection and awards ceremony.

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Ridgefield Park ex-Chief Richard Flynn, of Truck Co. 2, received a 40-year service award for faithful service to the Village and the Fire Department, on July 4th.


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Five Alarms Struck at House Fire on Tiffany Court in Cedar Grove CEDAR GROVE. NJ - On June 27th at 10:47 PM., the Cedar Grove FD was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 16 Tiffany Ct. On arrival, heavy fire was show­ ing on the 'Charlie/Delta' side, and coming through the roof. Occupants were confirmed out of the building, and several attack lines were stretched to the door, as well as sev­ eral two-and-a-half inch lines. During a primary search, a few domesticated birds and a cat were removed from the structure without injury. After interior crews were unable to make significant progress with the fire, an evacuation was ordered. Min­ utes after all members were clear of the interior, a collapse of the ceiling and roof occurred. Defensive opera­ tions began and the fire was placed under control around 3:30 A.M. No injuries were sustained by residents or first responders. The fire reached a total o f five alarms. On-scene mutual aid was pro­ vided by North Caldwell, Verona, Montclair, Fairfield, West Caldwell, Essex Fells, Roseland, Little Falls, and a Bloomfield Cascade unit. Sta­ tion coverage was provided by West Orange, Bloomfield and Nutley. The cause o f the fire remains under inves­ tigation.

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Jersey City Promotes 25 Firefighters to Captain JERSEY CITY, NJ - A day after Jersey City held a ceremony with the news media revealing two new lire lire companies that have been organized, for better protec­ tion o f its nearly 300,000 residents, 25 firelighters were promoted to the rank o f captain at City Hall, July 1st. The expanding fire department re­ flects a growing city with a skyline that is ever growing. Chief o f Department Steven M cGill be­ lieved this was one o f the largest fire captain promotions in the city's history. The new fire captains are: Christopher Bamable, Sean O'Con­ nor, Matthew Savage, James Casella, Jonathan Rosaso, Robert Nunez, Anthony Delfino, Scott Paladino, Kareem Megargel, Brian Gimbert, Matthew Costello, James Ives, Anthony Sharperson, Alberto Henriquez, John Verano, Dale Bil­ liard, Ryan Curran, Michael Krohn, FrankManzo, Jose Trujillo, Joseph Caley, Anthony Rucci, Mark Lee, Kevin Rayside and Gary Garvin.

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RON JEFFERS Jersey City's 25 new fire captains take their oath at City Hall on July 1st.

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OLD TAPPAN, NJ - The Old Tappan Volunteer Fire Department has had a Junior Firefighters program since the 1960's. With so many of its members out of town Monday-Friday from 7AM through 5PM, farsighted pro­ gressive thinking members of the department realized that there were a number of fire ground tasks that could be per­ formed by dedicated and moti­ vated youth aged 15-17. By performing these "outside tasks" they freed up regular firefighters to perform interior firefighting duties. This pro­ gram has continued into the 21st Century. The OTFD's current crew of Junior Firefighters recently were drilling on one of the es­ sential engine company tasks, wrapping the hydrant. This crit­ ical evolution involves stretch­ ing the 5-inch supply line hose from the back of the apparatus, looping or wrapping it around the hydrant so it stays secure, as the engine proceeds to the fire structure. The engine car­ ries 750-gallons of water, but any serious building fire will re­ quire more than that. It will re­ quire the virtually unlimited flow of water from the water mains to which fire hydrants

are connected. Once the engine has moved on toward the fire building, the firefighter who wrapped the hydrant must quickly remove the required tools from the attached tool pouch, perform a quick inspec­ tion and test of the hydrant to verify it is working, and then connect the 5-inch supply line to the fire hydrant, and report via handie-talkie to the engine chauffeur that he is ready to start water. When the chauffeur reports he's ready for water, the hydrant firefighter opens the hydrant and then follows the 5inch supply line to engine "chasing the kinks" (removing any bends or less than straight runs that might reduce the flow of the needed water). Firefight­ ers operating inside a fire build­ ing are always relieved to hear on their handie-talkies that en­ gine is now on hydrant water. The department invites any Borough of Old Tappan youth aged 15-17 to consider becom­ ing a Junior Firefighter. Come by our Quarters (corner of Old Tappan Rd. and Russell Ave.) any Monday night at 7:15PM for more information. It is a chal­ lenging and interesting way to help your fellow residents.

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BILL TOMPKINS - WWW.BTFIREPHOTOS.COM Oradell and numerous mutual aid companies battled a general alarm fire that heavily damaged a twostory building at Kinderkamack and Ridgewood housing retail stores on the first floor and apartments above on March 27, 1981.

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TYLER Dl GARDO Before connecting the 5-inch supply line the hydrant must be in­ spected and flushed.

Holly’s Diner, a popular Ice Cream Parlor at Route 4 and Hackensack Ave. in Hackensack, was destroyed in a four-alarm fire on April 14,1908. The gas-fed fire burned for three hours before being brought under control. The Coach House Diner now stands in its spot.


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Vehicle News

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Dover Squad 6 recently went into service with this 1998 Pierce Quantum 1250GPM/500-GWT rescue-pumper. The apparatus saw original duty in Albertson, N.Y.

Rutherford has acquired this 1995 Simon-Duplex/LTI 1250-GPM/500-GWT pumper that saw original duty as Midland Park Engine 533. It is currently being used as a back-up while the borough's three front-line engines will take turns being refurbished. Desig­ nated Engine 6, it is scheduled to be a fully equipped reserve unit when the apparatus refurbishment program is completed. It is currently being used by Engine Co. 4.

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In July, the Jersey City F.D. organized Squad Co. 1. This apparatus assigned is a Califon Squad 44 is a new Spartan 1500-GPM/750-GWT rescue-pumper equipped 2006 Spartan Advantage/Rescue 1 model. Formerly used as a city Mass Care Unit, it with a portable winch, roll-out tool trays and extrication tools. It was sold by Camp­ has been retrofitted by Rescue 1/PL Custom to accommodate a full compliment of bell Fire Protection Co. ground ladders stored on a ladder company, assorted tools, extrication and large scale medical emergency equipment and much more.

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Andover Township has placed into service a 2021 Pierce Enforcer 1500-GPM/1000GWT pumper that features a six-man cab and hydraulic ladder and hard suction racks. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

In 2021, Blairstown added a rescue truck to its fleet of apparatus with this 1990 Pierce Dash apparatus that carries extrication equipment and a 15 kW generator. It saw past fire duty in Ohio and Virginia before coming to New Jersey. The rig was refur­ bished by Methany Fire in 2016.


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BEACHWOODVOL. FD BEACHWOOD, NJ - On the afternoon of June 11th, Beachwood VFD Past Chief Don Wiesner returned home to Beachwood to cel­ ebrate the fire department's 100th Anniversary. Chief Wiesner has resided in the New Jersey Firemen's Home in Boonton, NJ for the past 5 years. Chief Wiesner, who was active for 63 years with the company, was Chief of the Department in 1972 for their 50th An­ niversary, and he was the Grand Marshal for their 100th! Chief Wiesner inspected their newest apparatus and then attended the company meeting in the evening.

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PATCH OF THE MONTH If you have photos you would like to see in our “Patch o f the month’feature please upload them on our website, www.lstResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@l stResponderNews.com.

These patches belong to the Hoboken Fire Department (Est. 1849), located in Hudson County, NJ.

RUN JEFFERS North Hudson Deputy Fire Chief Alider Pratts demonstrates utilizing a tourniquet, assisted by Union City Police ESU Sergeant Michael Flores, left, during a Stop the Bleed class at Union City High School for security personnel and other volunteers, July 21st.

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Public School Emergency Stop the Bleeding Class UNION CITY, NJ - With reg­ ular school classes o ff for the sum­ mer, Union City H igh School is still open for various types o f events and school activities. This was also a good time for local first responders to conduct a class with security personnel to be educated in emergency medical aid. Sadly, this is necessary during our cur­ rent times. School Safety Security Spe­ cialist Brian Wolpert, a retired city police inspector and Emergency Service Unit member, contacted North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue Deputy Fire C hief Alider Pratts to see if an emergency “Stop the B leed”class cou ld be conducted at the high school. Pratts is C h ief o f Special Opera­ tions and the Rescue Task Force

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sons in other fields. In a school, victims may shel­ ter in place. Victims can't leave the building and first responders may not be able to reach them quickly. Security personnel and teachers need the know ledge to assist the wounded, and stop the bleeding. Numerous techniques were discussed, from a medical tourni­ quet, to a personal belt and other forms o f pressure. B leeding con ­ trol kits are carried by first respon­ ders, and they are needed in venues such as school buildings, available to staff. Attendees all participated in hands-on training to stop the bleeding, and all appeared to be concerned with doing it right.

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West New York Structure Fire Displaces Numerous Occupants WEST NEW YORK, NJ North Etudson fire companies were dispatched to a fire at 5024 Bergenline Ave., West New York, July 8th, with Fire Control notify­ ing responding units that they were re­ ceiving numerous phone calls, fol­ lowed by a report by police o f fire show­ ing. Flames were venting out win­ dows on both the Bergenline Ave. and 51st St. sides o f the top floor o f a three-story mixed use building. Fland-lines were advanced and the fire was quickly knocked down in the involved apartment. Due to the heat. Deputy Chief Daniel Fresse struck a secondalarm for additional resources. Several firefighters were treated by West New York EMTs for non-lifethreatening conditions. Numerous occupants were displaced.

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How to Drive Safely Around Semi-Trucks Reduce Your Chances of a Truck Accident The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says six o f the 10 deadliest driving days occur in the summer, with July 4 and July 3 capturing the top two spots. M ore vehicles on the road during summer means a greater chance o f an accident. According to the Federal M otor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 4,000 fatal accidents in­ volving large trucks or buses occur yearly. The risk o f an acci­ dent increases with these vehicles because they have significant blind spots and can’ t maneuver as quickly as most cars. And because semi-trucks often w eigh up to 80,000 pounds - or 40 tons o f weight - it’ s easy to see why a collision with a smaller, 2-ton v e­ hicle often turns fatal.

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RON JEFFERS Five people were injured as the result of a MVA involving a bus and four other vehicles along the I. 495 West underpass between the Bergenline Avenue and Central Avenue bridges in Union City, July 26th. The accident, that occurred shortly before 6:30 A.M., shut down the westbound lanes, creating an early morning nightmare for commuters, just outside of the Lincoln Tunnel. According to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and state transportation officials, one vehicle struck a second vehicle, which then hit a bus traveling East in the special rush hour Xclusive Bus Lane. The bus lane was also shut down, with New York City bound buses lined up with no detour available. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening. Several area ambulances were dispatched to the scene to assist Port Authority Tunnel & Bridge agents and the Port Authority police.

Reports from the National Safety Council show a 4 percent decrease in fatal large truck crashes in 2020, but these vehicles still account for 9 percent o f all deadly crashes. Even though the inherent limitations make big rigs especially dangerous in road acci­ dents, car drivers cause 72 percent o f all collision s between large trucks and passenger vehicles. Driving too fast, improper follow ­ ing, and failing to stay in an ap­ propriate lane are com m on mistakes drivers make in fatal crashes with semis. Distracted driving remains a real threat as the number one cause o f car accidents in the United States - ahead o f drunk driving, speeding, and every other danger. A ccording to a Governors Highway Safety A ssociation re­ port, texting and other electronic usage cause up to 25 percent o f all car crashes. And the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute reports that drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in­ volved in a car crash.

Tips to Practice Safe Driving Habits With 12 m illion large trucks and buses crow ding Am erica’ s highways, passengers and drivers in cars and small vehicles must re­ main especially vigilant. These tips from the Federal M otor Car-

RON JEFFERS West Hudson firefighters teamed up to quell a fire in the upper floors of a Davis Avenue dwelling in Harrison, July 7th. Mutual aid companies from Kearny and East Newark operated at the scene.

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The “ M asked S inger” as a Fire Truck Fire & S afety Gets T heir Largest Order As many know, the Masked Singer is a television program in which contestants (usually enter­ tainers) masquerade in costumes and perform before an audience and a celebrity panel. The object is to finish in first place, which is voted on by the audience, and the panel then tries to guess who the enter­ tainer is. The winner then removes the costume to reveal their true identity. This hazmat truck is a weak analogy o f the program be­ cause it looks nothing like it started out to be. It is presently owned by K en’ s Marine Service o f Bayonne, a company offering hazmat clean up, tank removal, etc. in the New York City harbor and New Jersey areas. I say it is “ presently owned” because at the time o f this writing it is FOR SALE. That being written, here is the history. It started out as a 1952 American LaFrance “700 Series”100-foot tiller in the Merion Fire Company in Ardmore, PA, out­ side o f Philadelphia. In 1979, with permission o f Fire Commissioner Joseph Rizzo, I photographed all but four o f the major apparatus in the Philadelphia Fire Department. I then started photographing appara­ tus in the surrounding counties. I photographed the Ardmore tiller in 1979. In 1980 they bought a new tiller and eventually sold the 1952 to Fluber Fleights, Ohio. In Ardmore it was red in color. Coincidently in 1985 while attending the fire buff convention in Columbus, Ohio, I stopped at Fluber Fleights and found a yellow 100-foot tiller with a Pierce Arrow cab and discovered that this was the Ardmore truck. A few years ago I found this truck (as shown) at K en’ s and saw the Fluber Fleights plate on it. This started my detective work which revealed that in 1995 Fluber Fleights had the ALF tractor frame extended by the Ideal Beverage Company and a body was installed to create a hazmat vehicle. In 2000, Peotone, Illinois bought the truck and had it repainted red and modified by a company named RPI. K en’ s eventually bought the truck at an auction. Flence we have a tiller masqueraded as a hazmat! In other photos this month we feature a Pierce Enforcer pumper from Mountainside and a Pierce Ve­ locity pumper from Flazlet Town­ ship’ s North Centerville Fire Company. Next is a Spartan ER pumper on a Gladiator ELFD chas­ sis at Flawthorne Fire Company 4 and a Pierce Velocity platform quint from their Fire Company 2. Next is an E-ONE Typhoon pumper from Middletown Fire Co. 4 (Commu­ nity ), and lastly a utility truck from Neptune Township which serves a variety o f uses so they simply call it a“ First Out Unit”. In dealer news. Fire & Safety Services has received the largest order in their history from one fire Please send any comments or news tidbits you might have about Apparatus of the Month to us at 1st Responder News, 1Ardmore Street. New Windsor, NY 12553. Or you can e-mail them to Apparatus@lstResponderNews.com.

APPARATUS OF THE MONTI\ A look at what's new with apparatus around the state with John Malecky

Hawthorne Truck 2, 2020 Pierce Velocity 2000/300 with 100-foot platform. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Ken's Marine HM-2, '52 ALF/'85 Pierce '95 Ideal Beverage/OORPI. See story for details.

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Hawthorne E-4, 2022 Spartan ER, Gladiator 2000/750 with 6 kw generator. It was sold by Campbell Supply Co., LLC. department. The City o f Elizabeth (Union County) has placed an order for eight vehicles. Many o f these ve­ hicles had been destroyed when their headquarters was flooded in the Flurricane Ida storm. Others are part o f scheduled replacement. They are as follows: two Pierce Arrow XT pumpers, a Pierce Arrow XT 100foot steel aerial ladder, three Arrow XT heavy duty walk-in rescues (Rescue 1, Rescue 2 UASI and Spe­ cial Ops), a Freightliner M2, 106/Pierce 4x4 medium duty nonwalk-in rescue (Tactical Unit) and a Freightliner M2, 106/Skeeter 4x4 FTigh Water Rescue Unit. Other Pierce orders are an Enforcer 100foot Ascendant mid-mount tower for Fladdon Township District 1, Westmount FC (Camden County) and an Enforcer pumper for Brick Town­ ship District 2, Laureldale FC (Ocean County). Pierce deliveries include an Arrow XT 105-foot aerial to the City o f Clifton (Passaic County), an Impel 107-foot Ascen­ dant aerial to Evesham Township (Burlington County) and a Velocity 100-foot mid-mount tower to Wash­ ington Township in Bergen County. Campbell Supply Co., LLC has received the following Spartan ER

orders: the first is for an LT, NXT 110 rear mount aerial quint for the Rahway FD (Union County). It will be on a Metro Star MFD chassis and have a Waterous CSU 1500-GPM pump, a 500-gallon water tank and a 6 kw Smart Power generator. It will be replacing a 2005, 95-foot rear-mount platform quint. It will be the first NXT 110 in the state. Next is for the Reliance FC in Woodstown o f Pilesgrove Township (Salem County) who ordered a Star Series pumper on a Metro Star MFD chas­ sis. It will have a Waterous CSU, 1500-GPM pump, 750-gallon water tank and a Harrison 15 kw genera­ tor. Other orders include a Kenworth tanker for West Tuckerton in Little Egg Harbor Township (Ocean County) and for Bayonne (Hudson County) a stock Extreme Duty pumper on a Metro Star chassis. They have delivered to Brick Town­ ship District 1 (Ocean County), an E.V.I. dive unit on a Spartan FC-94 chassis and to the South Old Bridge FC in Old Bridge Township (Mid­ dlesex County)a Star Series pumper on a Metro Star chassis.

Middletown Township, Community FC 4, 2021 E-ONE Typhoon 1750/780 with 6 kw generator. It was sold by Absolute Fire Pro­ tection.

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Mountainside Squad 3, 2022 Pierce Enforcer 1500/750/25A. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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NJ WILDWOOD CONVENTION ISSUE

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IN SERVICE If you have photos you would like to see in our In Service feature, please upload them on our web­ site www.lstResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@lstResponderNews.com .

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

ADAM ALBERTI The Union Fire Co. in Titusville operates this 2020 Peterbilt 567/Rosenbauer Dry Side Tanker. It has a 1500-GPM pump and 3750-gallon water tank. It replaces a 1990 Peterbilt/S&S Tanker.

BILL TOMPKINS - WWW.BTFIREPHOTOS.COM After establishing a water supply and laying LDH into the scene of an early morning house fire, Lodi Engine 615, a 1989 Pierce 1500/1000 supplied the tower ladder and hand lines.

ADAM ALBERTI The Blairstown Fire Department in Warren County recently received a rescue truck and placed it in to service as Rescue 46-75. It is a 1990 Pierce Lance refurbished in 2016 by Matheny Fire Equipment. The apparatus is now in its third department, as it originally served the Jackson Township, Ohio Fire Dept., and the Reva, Virginia Fire Dept. The apparatus came fully equipped with Amkus Rescue Tools.

BILL TOMPKINS - WWW.BTFIREPHOTOS.COM Clifton Truck 2, a 2010 Pierce 95’ Tower Ladder, accesses the roof at a working fire in an unoccupied office building.

MIKE NOWACKI Oxford Fire Department, located in Warren County, operates Tender 39-72, a 2019 Freightliner/2020 Midwest Fire 1250/3000 tanker. It re­ placed a 1990 Freightliner/S&S tanker in 2020.


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IN SERVICE

Apparatus o f the M onth

If you have photos you would like to see in our In Sendee feature, please upload them on our website www.lstResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@lstResponderNews.com.

- CONTINUED FROM PAGE 50 VCI Emergency Vehicle Special­ ists reports the following ambulance deliveries: to On Time .Ambulance in R oselle (Union County) an AEV DR90 stock remount on a Ford e350 chassis; to the Hampton Lakes Emergency Squad in Vincentown (Burlington County), a Horton 623 stock remount onto a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis and to the Winslow EMS in Camden County Horton 523 on a Ford E-450 chassis. Absolute Fire Protection has re­ ceived the follow ing E-ONE orders: for Bradley Gardens FC in Bridgewater Township (Somerset County), a Typhoon pumper with low hose bed and for Ridgefield Park (Bergen County) a Metro 100-foot rearmount aerial. They have delivered to

the Lincroft FC in Middletown Township (Monmouth County) a Typhoon rescue pumper with a Hale Qmax 2000-GPM pump with top mount panel, 750-gallon water tank and 30-gallon foam tank. They are presently prepping four Typhoon pumpers for the City o f Newark (Essex County). New Jersey Emergency Vehicles has delivered to the City o f Clifton Fire Department (Passaic County), a PL. Custom, Medallion, Type III ambulance on a Ford E-450 chassis. Also, they have delivered to the Hopelawn FC in W ood Bridge Township (Middlesex County) a Rescue 1 heavy rescue with a Spar­ tan Gladiator chassis. It has a six seat cab and an 18-foot nine-inch aluminum body.

ADAM ALBERTI The Apshawa Fire Company 1 in West Milford received a 2018 Emergency One Cyclone pumper. It has a 1500-GPM pump enclosed in the cab, 1000-gallon water tank, and 30-gallon foam tank.

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