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Passaic, NJ - An intense fire destroyed a large, three-story commercial building in the downtown section of the city on the evening of July 23rd, bringing in some 100 firefighters from communities in Passaic and Bergen Counties. Shortly before 10:00 P.M., city fire companies were dispatched to a reported fire at 201 Jefferson Street. - See full story on page 40

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Due to the distance and narrowness of the road, companies had to lay a long stretch of supply line.

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First Responders check a Corvette that crashed through the front of the “Great Wall” Chinese Restaurant in Raritan Twp. on July 12th that injured a patron in the restaurant.

Corvette Crashes Through Chinese Restaurant in Raritan Twp.

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Two-Alarm Barn Fire for Wantage & Sussex Fire Companies

Raritan Twp., NJ – On July 12th, emergency crews were dispatched to a report of a car into a building crash around 8:40 P.M. First reports from the scene indicated that the car was completely into the building and the driver was in distress. The county radio room then activated the Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Taskforce to respond to the scene. The location of the incident was the "Great Wall" Chinese Restaurant, which is in a strip mall on Reading Road in the Township. A Chevy Corvette had left the parking lot and crashed through the storefront, going completely into the restaurant, which was open at the time. After the initial evaluation was made at the scene, it was decided

JUMP TO FILE #071517101 that the Technical Rescue Taskforce was not needed, as the FlemingtonRaritan Rescue Squad would be able to handle the situation. Flemington-Raritan Rescue Squad is one of the organizations that makes up the County’s Taskforce. Two people were transported to Hunterdon Medical Center by the Rescue Squad; the male driver of the Corvette and a patron from inside the restaurant. A Police Department spokesman indicated that the underlying cause of the crash was a medical condition suffered by the driver. The building sustained considerable damage as a result of the

crash, which included damage to the front structure, seating area, and service counter inside the restaurant. Members of the Flemington-Raritan Rescue Squad had to shore up one part of the storefront, remove the damaged window frame, and brickwork so that the vehicle could be removed from the building. Responding to the crash were the Raritan Township PD (Patrol21), Flemington-Raritan Rescue Squad (Rescue-49), Raritan Township FD (Station-21), Raritan Township OEM, and Paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center (EMS1). The Raritan Township PD is handling the investigation of the incident. - RICHARD MAXWELL

Wantage, NJ - A two-alarm barn fire at 33 Rose Morrow Road broke out shortly after 1:00 P.M. on July 6th. First-due units arrived on the scene and transmitted a second-alarm. The initial attack companies were from Wantage Fire Department and Sussex Borough Fire. The Sussex Fire Department EMS unit also responded and assisted the firefighters with rehab services due to the heat. Units from Andover, Hamburg, Unionville and Pochuck Valley also responded, as well as companies from the surrounding area, the Sussex Fire Marshal and State Police. There were believed to be no injuries. Sussex County Fire Marshal, Virgil Rome, said the cause of the fire was under investigation, but not considered suspicious at this time.

Front of the Corvette that crashed through the front of the "Great Wall" restaurant on July 12th.

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Tower-21 was utilized to help attack a fire in a tractor-trailer containing hazardous materials on US Route 202 in Raritan Twp. on Saturday, June 24th.

Tractor-Trailer Full of Hazardous Materials Catches Fire in Raritan Twp. Raritan Twp., NJ– On June 24th, a tractor-trailer carrying a mixture of hazardous materials erupted into flames around 5:00 P.M. as it was traveling southbound on US Route 202 in the township. The truck driver pulled the rig over to the shoulder of JUMP TO FILE# the highway just 070117100 south of the intersection of Spring Garden Road. Route 202 is a four-lane highway which has a concrete jersey barrier separating the north and southbound lanes in the location where the incident occurred. The first-in engines, Raritan Township’s Squad-21 and Engine-21, made their initial attack at the fire with hand-lines, approaching the rear of the trailer from the north. The fire had quickly spread throughout the trailer, intensifying as small explosions occurred inside of it. Both the southbound and northbound lanes of the highway were shut down in the area of the incident. The placarding on the trailer indicated Poison 6, Flammable 3, Corrosive 8, and two placards with UN numbers 1263 and 1950, Paint and Aerosols. Raritan Township’s Fire Chief quickly requested three tankers from neighboring towns to respond to the scene. Hydrants in the area were supplying water to the two engines. The tankers were utilized to supply water to the aerial

truck being set up to attack the fire from above. Raritan Township’s Tower-21 initially setup in the southbound lanes of the highway, south of the tractor-trailer, pouring water into the trailer. The tower eventually repositioned into the northbound lanes along with the tankers. The Hunterdon County Foam Taskforce was dispatched to the fire scene to help extinguish the fire. Lebanon Township Fire Department’s Brush-19 towed the taskforce’s trailer mounted deluge foam gun to the scene. They set up in the roadway by Squad-21, and from there they were able to concentrate the foam stream into the trailer from the rear. The firefighters extinguished the fire utilizing the foam. During firefighting efforts, water was running out of the trailer onto the pavement and running off into the storm drains in the area. There were concerns that the water was contaminated from the contents of the trailer. Hunterdon County Health Department’s HazMat division responded to the scene to mitigate the spill. The fire was contained to the trailer as the tractor appeared undamaged, and there were no injuries reported. The northbound lanes were opened up to traffic at 7:35 P.M., while the southbound lanes remained closed for several more hours. Eventually, the left lane on the southbound side was opened back up to traffic, but the right lane re-

mained closed until Sunday afternoon. HazMat crews cleaned up the remaining contents of the trailer and the area around it, staying on the scene throughout the evening and into Sunday. Agencies that responded to the incident included the Raritan Twp. PD (Patrol-21), Raritan Twp. FD (Station-21), Flemington FD (Station-49), Three Bridges Fire Co. (Station-33), Whitehouse Fire Co. (Station-22), Quakertown Fire Co. (Station-91), Sergeantsville Fire Co. (Station-47), Amwell Valley FD (Station-48), Hunterdon County Foam Task Force, Lebanon Twp. FD (Station-19), High Bridge FD (Station-14), West Amwell FD

(Station-26), Stockton FD (Station23), Hampton FD (Station-13), Oldwick FD (Station-24), Hunterdon County Division of Emergency Management (County Fire & EMS Coordinators Station-86), Hunterdon County Hazardous Materials Response Team, Raritan Twp. OEM, Somerset County Hazmat Team, Flemington–Raritan Rescue Squad (Rescue-49), Whitehouse Rescue Squad (Rescue-22), Clinton Rescue Squad (Rescue45), Lambertville–New Hope Rescue Squad (Rescue-17), NJSP/DOT Traffic Incident Management Team, and NJ DEP. - RICHARD MAXWELL

Firefighters attack a fire in a tractor-trailer containing hazardous materials in Raritan Twp. RICH MAXWELL


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California: Frank Anaya, 22 Rank: Inmate Firefighter Incident Date: July 5, 2017 Death Date: July 11, 2017 Fire Department: CAL FIRE Initial Summary: Inmate Firefighter Frank Anaya was treated on scene and taken to the hospital in critical condition on July 5, 2017, after suffering a chainsaw injury to the leg while working a fire near Lakeside, California. Fire crews were clearing brush and working with air crews to successfully defend a threatened mobile home park when the injury occurred. Despite all efforts by medical personnel, Inmate Firefighter Anaya passed away on July 11, 2017. Missouri: John Kemper, 59 Rank: Fire Captain Incident Date: July 5, 2017 Death Date: July 12, 2017 Fire Department: St. Louis Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Captain John Kemper was injured while battling a structure fire at 3622 Pennsylvania AVE on the morning of July 5, 2017. Kemper was transported to the hospital to be treated for a shoulder injury but it was discovered that he had instead suffered a more serious injury and, soon thereafter, underwent surgery. Fire Captain Kemper was released from the hospital and while recovering at home, passed away from reported complications of his injury. Washington: Robert Spinner, 50 Rank: Interim Fire Chief Incident Date: July 14, 2017 Death Date: July 14, 2017 Fire Department: Lynden Fire Department Initial Summary: Incident Description: Interim Fire Chief Robert Spinner died from an apparent heart attack while on-duty and participating in a fire department fitness activity (jogging).

Oregon: Trenton Martin Johnson, 19 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 19, 2017 Death Date: July 19, 2017 Fire Department: Grayback Forestry, Inc. Initial Summary: While part of a 20-person crew staging an initial attack on a forest fire in the Sealy Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest in Montana, Firefighter Trenton Johnson was struck by a falling tree. He was flown to a Missoula hospital for treatment, but passed away from the injuries he sustained when struck. Michigan: Allen Charles Howard, 49 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 17, 2017 Death Date: July 18, 2017 Fire Department: Adrian Charter Township Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Howard responded with his fire department to a mutual aid fire call in a field involving bailing equipment and multiple large bales of (burning) hay. The fire department reported very high heat and humidity conditions over the several hour incident period as firefighters worked to extinguish the fire. The following morning, Firefighter Howard fell ill and succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. Michigan: Kevin Ramsey, 50 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: July 29, 2017 Death Date: July 29, 2017 Fire Department: Detroit Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Kevin Ramsey died of an apparent heart attack shortly after returning to the firehouse from fighting a second commercial structure fire of the day. Firefighter Ramsey complained of nausea and chest pain to fellow firefighters, so they immediately began treatment and summoned advanced medical responders to the station. Firefighter Ramsey was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital where, despite all efforts, he succumbed to his injury.


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A N.J. Campus Tragedy Remembered to Help Others UPS & DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

It's that time of year when students will be reporting to college, many for the first time. One of the last things on their minds will be fire safety. In the early morning hours of January 19th, 2000, the lives of many were changed due to a fire tragedy on the campus of Seton Hall University in South Orange. In Boland Hall, a freshman dormitory, what students thought was another night of false fire alarms turned out to be the real thing. Three freshman students died and 58 others were injured. Among the injured, two roommates, Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons, were two of the most severely burned students. Simmons, now a motivational speaker, attended the New Jersey Deputy Fire Chief's Association annual training seminar in Kearny this past April. He and Llanos visit colleges to inform students and faculty to share their story and show a powerful film. Los Angeles-based filmmaker Guido Verweyen documented the trials and tribulations associated with the two students' recovery in a 50-minute documentary called “After the Fire: A story of Heroes and Cowards,” based on the reporting of journalist and author, Robin Gaby Fisher's seven-part series in the Newark Star-Ledger and later New York Times best selling book, “After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival.” Shawn and Alvaro want to visit colleges and share their story, and re-enforce the importance of fire safety. “This presentation has been commended for being instrumental in the lives of college students, mainly incoming freshman because they are sometimes naive or feel indestructible to tragedy,” their pamphlet says. Their presentation is now available on DVD. Discussion topics include: fire alarms, sprinkler systems, escape planning and the effects of pranks. In addition, they also discuss overcoming adversity-the physical, mental and emotional toll faced during trying times. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Shawn Simons at (862) 215-6026 or shawnsimmons.afterthefire@gmail.com. DOWNS: Several homes in Wildwood Crest were consumed by fire on June 25th. Thick black smoke from the 7100 block of Park Blvd. was visible for miles. No one was hurt, according to Lt. Edward Gorski. UPS: The Woodbine V.F.D. and the Bayview Fire Company will share two grants that will total $117,143 through the AFG program. DOWNS: A family of six was

Shawn Simons has become a motivational speaker, sharing his story of survival, perseverance and inspiration.

displaced from a North Montgomery St. dwelling fire in Trenton, June 23rd. The house was deemed uninhabitable, officials said. UPS: In June, veterinarians from Absecon Veterinary Hospital gave instructions to all 34 members of the Brigantine F.D. to better understand how to deal with animals in need of emergency care during a house fire. DOWNS: A late night fire at the Knights of Columbus building on Maple Ave., Fair Lawn, June 28th, was being investigated as possible arson, officials said. Fire officials believe that someone “threw something through the window” to start the fire, according to Lt. Derek Bastinch. The building was empty when the fire broke out. UPS: Trenton Firefighter Naseeb Washington was selected as one of Trenton Thunder's Hometown heroes and honored, along with nine others, before a June game. FF Washington has been involved in organizing a peace walk, cleaning area parks and working with pediatric cancer patients. DOWNS: Williamtown Fire Department members responded to Dahlia Ave., July 4th, for a report of a fall victim and found a skydiver had veered off course and landed in a wooded area about 65-feet off the ground. Firefighters set up a rope rescue procedure and safely lowered the skydiver to the ground, officials said. UPS: Newark's Engine 15 and Ladder 7's firehouse was re-opened, July 5th, after extensive renovations. The companies also serve as

an Ice Rescue Unit, servicing the lakes of Branch Brook Park. DOWNS: An East Hanover home on Knollwood Dr. was destroyed by fire on July 4th. The structure was unoccupied at the time of the fire, officials said. UPS: The North Hunterdon Mutual Aid Group, made up of five departments, debuted its Staffed Squad & Engine Program, which began over the Fourth of July weekend. This helps to ensure quick response times and adequate staffing during the summer. Member companies-Highbridge, Lebanon, Clinton, Annandale and Quakertown-will staff a firehouse from 7 p.m. on Saturdays to 6 p.m. on Sundays on a rotating basis for ten weeks. DOWNS: Paterson battled two fires on the evening of Fourth of July. One was an auto body lot on River St. Multiple vehicles and two storage trailers were involved. A 3rd alarm involved a vacant commercial building on North 7th St. UPS: The Sea Girt F.D. held its 16th annual fundraiser at Parker House, July 15th. This year's event was special, with the firefighters celebrating 100-years of service. DOWNS: A multiple-alarm fire ripped through the attic area of the Balcony Restaurant, Carlstadt, July 5th. UPS: Members of the Chews Landing Fire Company presented Firefighter Dave Gray with an award, June 26th, for his 29-years of service and his retirement. Gray is moving to Louisiana.

DOWNS: Surrounding buildings were evacuated, including a cat hospital, and power was lost in the area after a downed power line caused an explosion and fire on Lincoln Ave., Fair Lawn, July 7th. The fire continued to burn because it hit a gas box near the Valley National Bank, which caught fire. UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in Edison are Steven Jerome, Thomas Kenney, Christopher Taylor and Thomas Abraham. DOWNS: While treating a 28year-old man for a gunshot wound on Lincoln Ave., July 11th, Atlantic City first responders had to run for cover after they heard gunfire. While treating the victim, additional shots were heard, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. City police, firefighters and EMS personnel heard several gunshots that were fired in their direction, officials said. Gunfire evidence was found on Hobart Ave., about a block from the original shooting. The victim was pronounced dead at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. UPS: Atlantic Highlands firefighters rescued a man who was stuck at the top of a sailboat mast, July 16th. Using a ladder, two firefighters safely removed the man from the sailboat mast. DOWNS: Two pet dogs died as the result of a fire in a Woosamonsa Rd. home in Hopewell, in July. No one was home at the time of the fire. Two cats were rescued and received medical care, police said. UPS: Two Trenton firefighters pulled a semi-conscious man from a

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burning Chestnut Ave. dwelling on July 18th. Firefighters John Snee and Miguel Ortiz of Ladder Co. 2 located the man in the rear kitchen and carried him over a fence, through a yard and out to the sidewalk, where EMS personnel took over treatment, officials said. A police spokesman later said that the victim suffered smoke inhalation and burns, but was expected to survive. DOWNS: A fire in a large piece of metal at an Enterprise Avenue scrapyard in North Trenton sent large columns of smoke into the air on July 11th. UPS: Two members of the Lebanon Fire Company were honored for their years of service at the Main Street firehouse, July 15th. Alexander “Lex” Saharic and Al Bross III received framed proclamations from Mayor Michael Reino. Saharic has served for 62years and Bross III for 42-years. DOWNS: Four firefighters were injured fighting a 3-alarm fire at a Nawatam Way dwelling fire in Matawan on July 10th. UPS: In July, the Ridgewood Fire Department donated $6500 to the St. Barnabas Burn Center. The money was raised at the department's annual golf outing in May. Local firefighters chose to give the money to the burn center in honor of Lt. Brendan Corcoran who required their special care after a February fire in Glen Rock.


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A tractor-trailer rolled over at the Exit 3 interchange of Route 78 in Greenwich Twp. on July 21st.

Tractor-Trailer Rolls Over in Warren County Greenwich Twp., NJ – At approximately 9:50 A.M. on July 21st, first responders were dispatched to a report of a tractor-trailer crash involving a rollover on Interstate 78, near Exit 3. They located a tractortrailer on its side on the ramp to Rt. 78. Apparently, the tractor-trailer was traveling from Rt. 173 onto Interstate 78 westbound and rolled over onto the driver’s side while it was on the on-ramp. The driver did not suffer life-threating injuries, but had to be extricated from the cab of the truck by rescue personnel. He was transported to a local hospital

JUMP TO FILE #072617102 by Phillipsburg Rescue Squad. Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad was requested to respond to the scene with their heavy rescue truck to help in the extrication. The truck was carrying a load of bottled water, which all had to be removed from the trailer before the rig could be uprighted and removed from the scene. Warren County HazMat Team responded to the scene for a fuel spill from the rig. The Delaware Joint Toll Bridge

Commission’s Highway Department also responded to set up ramp and lane closures. This portion of the interstate is under their jurisdiction. The ramp was closed for several hours to allow for the cleanup of the scene and removal of the truck. Responding to the crash were the NJ State Police, Phillipsburg Rescue Squad, Clinton Rescue Squad, Alpha Fire Department, Warren County HazMat Team, and Delaware Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s Highway Department. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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The water spout that caused boaters to jump from their canoe.

Marine Crews Search for Lost Boaters After Extreme Weather

Fortescue, NJ - On Sunday, July 23rd at 4:12 P.M., crews on R39, R3923, M39x, M39z and C3950 responded to back marshes behind Fortescue and Dividing Creek for three people lost and stuck in mud in a canoe. The patients were found safe, but stated that a water spout came within a few feet of their canoe, so a mother and her young daughter had to jump into the muddy ditch in fear of the canoe being tipped over. Units on location included either Fortescue or Dividing Creek, Stations 39, 18, 11 and Squad-98. The patients were brought to Fortescue, checked by Squad-98 and released. Special thanks to the dispatchers at Cumberland County 911 for their good work in guiding marine crews to the victims.

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Ridgefield Park ex-Chief Andrew Scheideler (center) with his firefighting family members at the village's fire department inspection, July 4th. (L to R): Firefighter Andrew Scheideler III, ex-Chief Andrew Jr., Firefighter Courtney Scheideler (all of Engine Co. 2), and Firefighter Raymond Dembski of Truck Co. 2. The "original" Scheideler was the Grand Marshal of the annual Independence Day parade that followed the inspection.


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Eating Healthy in the Firehouse FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

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Boat Accident Sends One to Trauma Center

Mystic Island, NJ - Just after 7:15 P.M. on July 9th, 911 calls started coming in for a boating accident in the Mystic Island section of Little Egg Harbor. PD units, along with Great Bay EMS and the Mystic Island Vol. Fire Co. were dispatched for the job. County was requested to hit out West Tuckerton Fire Co. to handle the landing zone at the community center. Northstar was the ship that had the assignment, with a 15 minute ETA. Great Bay EMS, with MONOC ALS 716 arrived at the landing zone. Care was turned over to the flight crew and they headed to the trauma center. All units were clear of the landing zone and scene in less than one hour.

Let’s face it, the fire service is filled with bad habits. I am not here to sugar coat it. Whether it is not masking up in a structure fire or the unhealthy food we are putting on our kitchen tables, it is killing us...plain and simple. The statistics are staggering and unacceptable. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, in 2015, 66.7% of Line of Duty Deaths were caused by Stress/Overexertion. This cause is the number one killer of firefighters, not collapse, not burns….cardiac-related incidents. But guess what, we can change this statistic! Because we have the ability to change our lifestyles in and out of the firehouse for the better. That is why Fork and Hose Co. tries to focus on healthier meals as much as possible. And with other like-minded friends such as 555 Fitness, I know for sure we can help push the fire service in a new direction. When I started my own “journey” on to a healthier lifestyle

through fitness and nutrition, I knew I had to carry it over into my firehouse to a certain degree in order to stay on track. So I started cooking more nutritious meals for the crew and myself. It was sort of trial and error at first, but I realized the most effective tactic to get the guys to eat better and still enjoy the meal was to start with small changes. What I mean by this is to take a meal popular in the firehouse, and adjust one component towards a healthier alternative. Here is an example of what I mean: Traditional: Steak with Buttered Green Beans and French Fries Healthier alternative: Steak with Olive Oil Roasted Green Beans, Baked Potato It is all about keeping those familiar flavors and ingredients but changing the preparation, seasoning or even where the ingredients came from. When I say where they came from, I am referring to where in the store you found the ingredient. An example of this is instead of using canned vegetables, to use fresh or frozen, as canned vegetables contain preservatives. A great way to think when shopping is to stay on the outside perimeter of the store. This is usually where stores put the fresh produce, meat and

seafood aisles. The middle aisles are usually dedicated to pre-packaged, preservative-laden foods. The fresh produce aisle is filled with ingredients that can elevate a seemingly mundane dish like grilled chicken, just like the PeachGrilled Corn Salsa recipe for this month! I also think changing one meal a tour is a great way to start as well. So if your crew usually makes lunch and dinner, maybe keep lunch a little more traditional and go a little healthier on dinner, or vise versa. This will keep everyone from getting burned out on healthy food and lessen the chance of falling back into the old habits that are killing us. Just remember who we have all sworn to protect and come home to. It is our duty to perform to our best abilities and make sure we make it home after shift. Let’s change the statistics together and let’s start in the most important room in the firehouse… the kitchen! Fork and Hose Co. is looking for more recipes to feature every month in 1st Responder Newspaper. Do you have a firehousefriendly recipe you would like to see featured? Tag us @forkandhoseco or send us an email to forkandhoseco@gmail.com!

“Peach-Grilled Corn Salsa” Ingredients: -4 RIPE PEACHES, pitted and chopped -1 SMALL RED ONION, pickled (see recipe below) -1/2-1 JALAPENO, seeded and diced (adjust to liking) -3 EARS OF CORN, grill and cut off kernels -2 LIMES, zest and juice -1/2 BUNCH OF CILANTRO, rough chopped -1 TBS. EVOO -SALT, to taste

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Second-Alarm Fire Hits Paterson Paterson, NJ - Firefighters were requested to the corner of River Road and East 16th Street on July 4th for a reported structure fire. On arrival, heavy fire conditions were located in a couple of trailers in a corner lot of 710 River Road. Multiple lines were stretched and a second-alarm was requested for manpower. The fire was knocked down and under control in less than one hour. No injuries were reported.

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

In Cumberland County, Greenwich Township is pronounced “Green Witch.” Since the 1930’s, they have used a green witch as their symbol. The mural of a green witch is reflected on the rear of their 3500-gallon tanker. JOHN M. MALECKY

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Load of trash from a garbage truck burns in the middle of the road in Mansfield Twp. on July 20th.

Garbage Truck Dumps Load of Fiery Trash on Roadway in Mansfield Twp. Mansfield Twp., NJ – On July 20th at 11:58 A.M., firefighters were dispatched to a report of a garbage truck fire in the area of Rt. 57 and Andersen Road in the township. Township police located the truck on Anderson Road, just off of Rt. 57, where the driver was dumping the load of garbage that was on fire inside the truck. Firefighters had to call in two tankers, one from Oxford Township and one from Washington Township, to supply water to the engines as there are no fire hydrants in that area. The firefighters had to dig

Annandale Hose Co. Lt. (name omitted to protect the innocent) didn't receive the appreciation he expected when he flashed his support of the Boston Red Socks while wrapping up at a recent car crash on SH 31 in Clinton Twp.. RICH MAXWELL

Judge Ed Pomponio (center) conducted his usual tough inspection, from checking haircuts to the wearing of black socks in uniform, during the Ridgefield Park Fire Department's annual inspection ceremony on July 4th.

JUMP TO FILE #072617103 through the trash and wet it down after the fire extinguished to make sure it was all out. Anderson Road was closed between Rt. 57 and Komar Road during the fire and clean up. Warren County HazMat responded to the scene because of the water running off that was sprayed onto the garbage. Responding to the call were the Mansfield Township Police (Patrol-

28), Mansfield Township Fire Company (Station-28), Mt. Bethel Fire Company (Station-26), Tri County Fire Company (Station-29), Washington Township Fire Department (Station-76), Oxford Township Fire Department (Station-39), Mansfield Township Rescue Squad (Rescue28), Warren County HazMat (Station-22), and Warren County Road Dept. Mansfield Township Police are handling the investigation. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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Califon Volunteer Fire Company held its 97th Annual Firemen’s Carnival at Firemen's in the borough starting on Monday July 3rd, ending on Saturday evening July 8th, members of the fire company maned the ticket booths, games of chance, and food stands to help make the event a success. RICH MAXWELL

Califon Firemen’s Carnival Makes its 97th Run in Hunterdon County Califon, NJ – The Califon Volunteer Fire Company (Station-44) held its 97th Annual Firemen’s Carnival during the first week of July at Firemen's Field on Academy Street in the borough. The fair ran for the whole week, starting on Monday, July 3rd and ending on Saturday evening, July 8th. This year was another success, with crowds turning out every night to ride the rides, play some games and eat a lot of food, including clams, corn on the cob, burgers, steak sandwiches, fries, sausage sandwiches, perogies, cotton candy, and everyone’s favorite – funnel cake! Members of the fire company manned the ticket booths, games of chance and food stands to help

JUMP TO FILE #071017140 make the event a success. There were fireworks on Wednesday evening at 10:00 P.M. and again on Friday evening at 11:00 P.M. A raffle was held for a bicycle and a Weber barbeque grill. Both items were donated by local businesses; the bike by Pennucci Plumbing and the grill by Califon Lumber Company. Tickets were sold for a $1 and the winning names were drawn at the close of the Carnival on Saturday at 9:00 P.M. One can say that a good time was had by all! - RICHARD MAXWELL

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Carlstadt Three-Alarm Fire Damages Historic Restaurant Carlstadt, NJ - A three-alarm fire tore through a popular restaurant in Carlstadt during the early morning hours of July 2nd. The historic building dates back to 1869. Firefighters responded to 491 Broad Street at approximately 3:30 JUMP TO FILE# A.M. Arriving com- 070217100 panies were greeted by heavy fire on the top floor of "The Balcony Restaurant, Lounge and Catering Hall," which was already venting through the roof. At one point, companies were withdrawn from the building so that ladder pipes from Wood-Ridge and Carlstadt Ladder-1 could work to knock down the stubborn fire that was still burning in the voids of the roof area. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is still unknown. Mutual aid companies operating came from WoodRidge, Wallington, Rutherford, East Rutherford, Moonachie, Passaic, Lyndhurst, North Arlington and Hasbrouck Heights. Box-54 was also on scene for fire scene rehab. - DAMIEN DANIS

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Memorial and Rainbows Continue in Hackensack Hackensack, NJ - City and area firefighters, families and friends, continue to remember those fire officers and firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty while battling an auto dealership fire on July 1, 1988. On JUMP TO FILE# this July evening of 070517118 2017, many gathered at Fairmont Memorial Park to remember and pay their respects to the fallen heroes; and yes, once again a rainbow shined across the area after the memorial was over. Chief of Department Thomas Freeman welcomed all who attended. He welcomed those who attend every year and those of younger generations who came to participate in the memorial for those who gave the Supreme Sacrifice. The chief said that firefighters don't know what they will face when they answer an alarm, but they have a commitment. They have already answered 6,000 alarms this year. Firefighters' families also have a level of commitment and service, he continued. “Families are an intricate part of the Hackensack Fire Department.� As dark clouds rolled over the city, firefighters placed two wreaths at the base of five monuments that represent the fallen firefighters. One for those lost in 1988, and one for other deceased department members, mentioning the names of those who passed since the last memorial. The members lost in 1988 were: Captain Richard Williams, Lieutenant Richard Reinhagen, and Firefighters William Kreska, Leonard Radumski and Stephen Ennis. Over the years, many of the memorial services were followed by clouds, a shower and rainbow. This year, raindrops began to fall at the conclusion of the service, scattering participants. When the storm was over and the sun returned, a rainbow appeared over northern New Jersey and New York City. Many people stopped, or pulled their vehicle over to take photos. Those old enough to remember, know that there was shower on that day in 1988 after the fire. A rainbow then appeared as if to say "your firefighters are now part of our family in Heaven".

Firefighters placed wreaths at the base of the monuments representing those who gave the Supreme Sacrifice in 1988.

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Knowlton has placed its first chief's vehicle into service with the addition of this 2016 Ford Expedition, operated by Chief Dean Hill, that was originally a manufacturers demo model. RON JEFFERS

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This beautifully restored 1941 Ford/Hale 500-GPM pumper was part of Herbertsville Co. 2 and it was in attendance at the Tri-Counties Fire Association muster in June. The body was refurbished by the Ocean County Vocational School.

Saddle River Assistant Chief Dan Miller answers alarms in a black Chevy Suburban with red stripe.

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Hoboken duty chiefs respond to fires in this Ford Explorer.

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Manahawkin Co. 1 still owns this 1924 Reo 300-GPM pumper, which was the fire company’s first motorized piece of apparatus. It too was in attendance at the Tri-Counties muster.

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Single-Vehicle Rollover Crash in Harmony Township Harmony Twp., NJ– On June 30th, first responders were dispatched to a rollover crash on Montana Road in Harmony Township around 4:50 P.M. The location was about a one-quarter mile south of the intersection with Richline Road, in a rural JUMP TO FILE# area. 070117105 A Nissan Altima was traveling south on Montana Road when it left the roadway, going to the right, rolling over, and landing on its roof back in the road. The two occupants had selfextricated from the vehicle prior to the arrival of the emergency crews. They were checked at the scene by EMTs from Franklin Township Fire Department’s EMS Division. They were not transported to the hospital. Responding to the crash were the NJ State Police, Franklin Township Fire Department’s EMS Division (Rescue-57), and Harmony Township Fire Department (Station-23). The NJ State Police (Washington Station) is handling the investigation. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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Early hand-drawn fire engines, ladder wagons, hose carts, etc. had to be pushed back into fire stations by hand. All of this backing in by hand became unnecessary when motorized engines came to be, however some companies continue to make every effort to honor and pay homage to past members that had to push their engines into the station by doing the same to the new units. This is how “Pushing-In” ceremonies originated.

Flanders, NJ – It’s tough being married to a firefighter, which would make it a real challenge when both halves of a couple are part of the fire department. On Tuesday night, July 25th, Mount Olive Township recognized such a couple who, together, have given almost a century of service in the Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad. Fred Detoro Sr., the second of three generations of Flanders firefighters, and his wife, Catherine, were honored by the Town Council at its regular meeting. Mayor Rob Greenbaum praised the Detoros and presented each with a plaque honoring their service. Detoro joined the fire company in 1964. Although Mrs. Detoro joined the Ladies’ Auxiliary the same year, she didn’t become a regular member until 1972. Both Detoros were a little overwhelmed with the attention. “Everyone deserves one of these,” said Mrs. Detoro, nodding to all the uniformed Mount Olive firefighters in the council chambers. The Flanders Fire Company, which offers fire suppression and emergency medical services, is a Detoro family tradition. Detoro’s dad was chief of the department from 1956 through 1957. Detoro served as a firefighter, as Mount Olive’s first fire marshal, and as president of the fire company. His son, Fred Jr., also served as chief of the department. He is currently the town’s fire marshal and the president of the association. Mrs. Detoro was a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary, a dispatcher, and a captain of the Rescue Squad. “They are both invaluable assets to our department,” said current Fire

JUmP TO fIlE #072617108 Chief Tyler Wargo. Both are mentors and leaders. Fred is a true definition of a firefighter. The Detoros are staples of the township.” Over the years, the two have responded to hundreds of calls, but they both had no question about which call they remember most vividly. The call began just before 7:00 P.M. on March 28, 1973, when a tornado tore through the Clover Hill subdivision, injuring 12 people. Mrs. Detoro also remembers the first baby she delivered. The baby was Brian Dolan. When he grew to the appropriate age, he joined the fire company and eventually served as captain of the Rescue Squad. The pair has seen other changes over the years. Detoro remembers years ago when he and another firefighter each grabbed a truck to go to a fire near the firehouse. The two of them pulled off a hose and attacked the fire, waiting for other firefighters to arrive. Today, trucks roll with full, well-equipped, well-trained crews. “It’s all the young people,” said Mrs. Detoro. “I hope they stick with it.” She notes another important change. Fire officers came to Mrs. Detoro and other members of the auxiliary in 1972. The fire company was having trouble staffing the ambulance, so the officers asked the auxiliary members to train as first aiders. “Eleven of us started,” she recalls. “Three of us completed the training. We learned how to bandage wounds on an instructor’s great dane.”

Women, however, still weren’t allowed in meetings. Even as captain, she still couldn’t participate in meetings. She had to have her captain’s report delivered by a male member. Today, the Flanders Fire Company has several female firefighters, and women serve in several key roles in the department. On Thursday, the Detoros will be at the Flanders firehouse for the fire company’s weekly drill, just as they have for more than a half century. About Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad: The Flanders Fire Company No. 1 and Rescue Squad provides fire protection and emergency medical services to residents and businesses in Flanders and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. Members receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues and emergency medical services. The fire company operates one fire engine, one tower truck, one combination rescue/engine, a brushand-foam truck, three ambulances, a multiple-casualty unit and a mass decontamination unit. The fire company has openings for people interested in becoming firefighters or emergency medical technicians. Training is provided. In addition, the fire company offers public education services including lectures, demonstrations, training and a trailer that safely simulates a smoke-filled home. For information about membership, donations or public education, call (973) 5847805, visit www.flandersfire.org or find us on Facebook. - DOUG FENICHEL


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Two-Alarm Fire Erupts in Irvinton Irvinton, NJ - Irvington firefighters battled a stubborn fire late Wednesday night, July 19th, with overnight temperatures in the high 80's. The fire, which was reported at 740 Lyons Ave., consumed a large, vacant, two-story frame dwelling. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack, however as conditions deteriorated, all firefighters were evacuated from the building, and ladder pipers were setup and put into operation. Heavy fire began to break through the roof and threaten the "Bravo"

JUMP TO FILE #072417101 and "Delta" exposures. Lines were set into place to keep the fire to the original building. Mutual Aid from Maplewood, Newark, Orange and East Orange assisted on scene. The fire was brought under control within an hour. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS

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Flames race through the attic on the "C" side as crews make an interior attack.

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Vineland Blaze Displaces Seven Vineland, NJ – During the early morning hours of July 27th, seven occupants were routed from their home by a fire that caused extensive damage. At 2:11 A.M., Vineland firefighters were dispatched to a dwelling fire in the 1000 block of JUMP TO FILE# Mars Place. Before 072717110 the first companies arrived, the Cumberland County 9-11 Center reported receiving numerous calls and was dispatching an AllHands. Responding companies were: Engines 11, 31, 42 and 61, T-6, L2 and Vineland EMS. Station-29 (Rosenhayn) covered Fire Headquarters. E-61, under the command of Captain Dave Bell, arrived on the scene and reported that he had a two-story dwelling with heavy smoke and fire showing from the "C" side. Captain Bell had E-61 lay in with a five-inch supply line and stretch a one-and-three-quarter inch line through the front door and up the stairs to attack the fire on the deck area and in the attic. Flames had entered the attic through the eaves and were advancing rapidly. Crews pulled ceilings to get to the attic fire and an additional one-and-three-quarter inch line was pulled to the rear of the dwelling. L-2’s crew operated out of T-6’s bucket and opened the roof. The fire was placed under control by Station-1 Deputy District Chief Gabe Scarpa at 2:15 A.M. There was extensive fire damage to the attic, and smoke and water damage throughout the interior of the dwelling. A total of 34 firefighters and three EMS personnel responded to

the scene. No injuries were reported. The seven occupants managed to escape uninjured and are receiving assistance from the Red Cross. The fire appears to have origi-

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North Hunterdon Mutual Aid Group Launches Program to Staff Station on Saturday Evenings Hunterdon County, NJ – The North Hunterdon Mutual Aid Group (NHMAG) has developed a plan called “Staffed Squad/Engine Program” to help ensure quick response times and adequate staffing on weekends for this summer season when members might be away or not available. The North Hun- JUMP TO FILE# terdon Mutual Aid 070117102 Group (NHMAG) is comprised of five volunteer fire companies located in the northern portion of Hunterdon County. They are High Bridge Fire Department (Station-14), Lebanon Boro Fire Department (Station-18), Clinton Fire Department (Station-45), Annandale Hose Company (Station-46), and Quakertown Fire Company (Station-91). The new program involves staffing one of these firehouses on Saturday evening into Sunday morning overnights on a rotating basis for 10 weeks, starting 4th of July weekend thru Labor Day. The staffed station will be designated as Station-51, which is an unused number in the county’s matrix. These firefighters will respond to any incident within the coverage areas of the five stations. Station-51’s response will supplement the normal 1st-Alarm companies for any calls being dispatched. Station-51’s staffing will be comprised of volunteers from all of the five stations. The plan encourages firefighters from different stations to work together on the stand-by crews. The crews will be staying in the designated firehouse for that weekend, which will also help shorten the response time for the engine. The main goal of the program is to provide consistent staffing for summer weekends while a secondary objective is to determine the feasibility of expanding this program to provide staffing for longer blocks of time or other days of the week. The Hunterdon County Communications Center has added Station-51 to their protocols for fire dispatching at the designated times of 6:00 P.M. on Saturdays thru 6:00 A.M. on Sundays. For many years, these five departments have worked together, providing the municipalities with fire protection. About 18 months ago, the Fire Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs of these departments met to discuss whether they should move to the next step, forming a mutual aid pact. These discussions were a multi-faceted approach detailing running our departments in a constant manner, having a common method of operations and "Best Practices," along with holding joint drills involving all of the stations training as a group.

In July of 2016, NHMAG published their first Best Practice documents dealing with three areas: Common Definitions, Radio Communications, and Chief Officer assignments. On Sunday April 23, 2017, the second group of Best Practice documents were issued dealing with Turn-Out Gear, Fire Apparatus Responses to Hydranted Areas, and Apparatus Responses to areas without public water. The five stations are now holding joint drills, training together every other month. Discussions have been held involving the next step of having the NHMAG formally recognized as an official entity by the five municipalities the group serve. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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These are the five engines that will be used in the North Hunterdon Mutual Aid Group's “Staffed Squad/Engine Program” to help ensure quick response times and adequate staffing on weekends for this summer season when members might be away or not available.


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Fair Lawn Handles Power Line Down, Gas Explosion and Working Bank Fire

Fair Lawn, NJ - On July 7th at approximately 10:00 A.M., the Fair Lawn Fire Dept., under the command of Chief of Dept. Ralph Rinaldo, responded to a reported transformer explosion with a high voltage line down in front of Valley National JUMP TO FILE# Bank on Lincoln 071217101 Avenue. Upon arrival, the line which came down struck the natural gas shut off valve for the bank. Gas was burning freely at the curb line. Bank employees were evacuated and were able to move their vehicles from the bank lot to allow access for fire apparatus. Very soon after, heavy smoke started to issue from the rear of the bank. A secondalarm was called, bringing initial mutual aid to the town. As the gas-fed fire took hold of the bank, a third-alarm was requested, bringing in additional mutual aid to the scene, and to cover the town. Nearby homes and businesses were evacuated due to the threat of gas problems, including a Cat Hospital next door, which had scheduled several animal surgeries for that morning. Animal control had to be called in to assist with the evacuation. Temperatures during the day grew to be in the upper 80's with very high humidity, making work all that more difficult. The Public Service Electric Division responded and was able to secure electricity to the area, but shutting down the gas proved to be a more difficult task. When the wire came down, it landed directly on the shut off for the bank, causing it to ignite. Firefighters could not extinguish the fire in the bank until the gas had been secured. While controlling the fire, the basement of the bank became almost completely filled with water and had to be pumped out to prevent the fire going out and causing a greater risk of a gas explosion. The extended operation, which lasted about 12 hours, sent a few members to local hospitals for further assessment, mostly for heat related injuries. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. During the incident, Mutual Aid companies covered numerous other incidents in town. The Fair Lawn Ambulance Corps put their Rehab Unit in operation and Teaneck's Box-54 Canteen Truck was on scene providing drink and nourishment during the entire operation. Several local restaurants also provided food during the course of the incident. Ridgewood Emergency Services and the Bergen County EMS Task Force also responded. - MARTIN PELTA

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Paterson Multiple-Alarm Fire Leaves Six Homeless Paterson, NJ - A two-alarm fire tore through the second-floor and attic of a home in Paterson on Thursday night, June 29th, displacing six residents. Multiple 911 calls were received by Paterson Fire Alarm at about 10:30 JUMP TO FILE# P.M., reporting a fire 070517103 at 10th Ave. and E. 28th Street. A full assignment was dispatched and arrived to find a two-and-ahalf story frame dwelling with heavy fire in the rear. Crews entered and searched to confirm that all occupants were out. Several lines were stretched and started to hit the fire, but the flames had extended to the attic and were extending forward. A second-alarm was transmitted for additional manpower. As the fire continued to move toward the front of the structure, part of the rear roof collapsed and the order was given to back out. Several exterior lines were put into operation from both the front and rear, as well as an exposure line to protect the “D” structure. The heavy fire was knocked down in less than one hour, but it was not placed under control for another half hour. No serious injuries were reported. The fire building was extensively damaged and the “D” exposure building suffered some exterior damage. The cause is under investigation. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Fire Rips Through Downtown Passaic Building Passaic, NJ - An intense fire destroyed a large, three-story commercial building in the downtown section of the city on the evening of July 23rd, bringing in some 100 firefighters from communities in Passaic and Bergen Counties. Shortly before 10:00 P.M., city fire JUMP TO FILE# companies were 072517102 dispatched to a reported fire at 201 Jefferson Street. While en route, they received a radio report of a smoke condition called in by police on the scene. Companies investigated the Jefferson Street structure. Other companies came in on the Main Avenue side of the address and reported smoke on their side. On the roof of the Jefferson Street structure, firefighters reported fire showing from a shaft behind the Main Street location. The main body of fire was located at the address of 688 Main Avenue-reported as a three-story, 75x200-foot mixed-use structure. Firefighters had difficulty gaining entry due to roll-down security gates on the building. The fire was believed to be coming from "Brunos Pizzeria". Acting Battalion Chief Adam Alberti transmitted the secondalarm, which was quickly followed by a third-alarm, bringing in mutual aid units to the scene. Members had difficulty opening up the roof, as well as being hampered by the roll-down security doors. As conditions got worse, all members were ordered to evacuate the structure. Heavy black smoke poured out of the building and covered the neighborhood as fire reportedly went from the basement up to the third-floor and through the roof. Master streams were set up on both streets and a rear lot. An ember patrol was also established and additional mutual aid companies came in, totaling sevenalarms. The seventh-alarm was ordered by Chief of Department Patrick Trentacost. Multiple interior collapses were reported within the structure as ladder pipes, tower ladders and a deck gun were placed into operation. Minor extension was reported in adjacent buildings. About eight businesses were reported to be affected by smoke and water, plus several apartments on the Jefferson Street side. Master streams included tower ladders from East Rutherford and Wayne. There were ladder pipes from Passaic (2), Clifton, Wallington and Totowa. Passaic Engine-1 used a deck gun

Heavy black smoke pours out of the fire building on Main Avenue.

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Black smoke covered the neighborhood before breaking through the roof. RON JEFFERS

on Main Avenue. It took several hours to get the flames under control, as rehab stations were set up by local EMS units. The recent heat wave had broken, providing some relief. The temperature was in the 70's, but it was still humid. The Passaic fire rehab unit and EMS personnel provided bottled water to firefighters on the scene. Later, the Box-54

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ELECT BRIAN E. MARTONE “SECOND ASSISTANT SECRETARY” New Jersey State Firemen’s Relief Association Cliffside Park Fire Department JOHN W. CARR

Kids Attend Vineland’s YMCA Fire Camp

Vineland, NJ – Over 20 kids attended the 14th annual YMCA fire camp conducted by the Vineland FD during the second week of July. Camp participants were exposed to many fire department operations, including fire prevention, fire extinguishers, water rescue, tactical rescue techniques and various types of fire apparatus. Pictured are kids from the YMCA fire camp with Firefighter Dan Walters.

“10-75” The Box VIDEO REVIEW

Video reviews by John Malecky

“10-75” The Box By Fire Line Video Productions Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 e-mail: fire-police-ems.com www.fire-police-ems.com Price: $29.95 (DVD) This presentation is in excess of 60 minutes and involves three major fires during 2001. In New York City, the fire signal “10-75” represents the need for three engines and two trucks to respond to the scene of an incident. It is usually transmitted by the first arriving company or chief and when those units are put to work, an “All Hands” signal is transmitted which brings a rescue company and very often other equipment. It is followed by additional alarms if needed. This is a weak explanation to give the reader an idea about the title of the DVD. Of the three fires on this DVD, all are well beyond a 10-75! What I can say about them is “Wow!”. It stands to reason that they all started out with a 10-75 signal. The first fire was in the Bronx at E. 174th Street and Weeks Avenue. It involved (six) one-story attached stores com-

monly known as “taxpayers,” meaning that they were cheaply built structures placed basically to pay the taxes on what otherwise would be vacant land. This is a second-alarm, but has the appearance of a much worse fire. Heavy streams operate from four tower ladders and two Stang guns. There are some handlines but the fire seems to defy everything, resulting in an outside fight. Very intense flames can be seen inside the building. The second fire is a thirdalarm in Brooklyn in the month of January. It involves two frame dwellings heavily involved in which there were two DOA’s. It became another exterior operation. The third was in the Bronx at East 169th St. and College Ave. in the Highbridge section and eventually goes to seven-alarms, involving (14) two-story attached dwellings. The fire just runs the cockloft. At least two trench cuts are made by truck companies on the roof. The videographer at one point takes a position on a roof across the street and at times, the smoke is so intense that the buildings are obscured, almost as if you are in an airplane above the clouds. It again becomes an outside fight in the most intense parts of the fire. In all of the fires, toward the end of the coverage, a voice in the background gives a size-up and explains what is burning and what armament is being used to combat it. This is one of the most fire intense videos I have seen.

• Member of the Cliffside Park Volunteer Fire Department since 1998 • Held the rank of Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, & Deputy Chief • Served as Department Chief for four years • Accomplished many positive things for the department during those four years • Also served as Secretary, Treasurer, and President of the Independent Hook & Ladder Company within the Cliffside Park Volunteer Fire Department • Continue to serve my department by holding the positions of Battalion Chief and Department Treasurer • Member of the New Jersey State Fire Chief’s Association Cliffside Park Fire Department • Member of the Cliffside Park Vol. Fire Department since 1998 • Served as Department Chief for four years

Local Relief Association

• Convention delegate for many years until becoming a Life Member • Held the positions of Representative and Trustee • Currently serve as the Trustee Chairman

Education and Training

• Completed Fire Fighter 1, 2, & 3 at the Bergen County Fire Academy • Have also been a certified EMT as well as a Police, Fire, and EMS Dispatcher • Completed a Bachelors of Arts Degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University • Masters of Administrative Science Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University

Cliffside Park Police Department

• Police Detective for the last four years • Served ten years on patrol before the Detective Bureau assignment • Held Executive Board position, Sergeant of Arms, for the Police Union • Currently hold the position of Treasurer

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TODD BENDER

Three-Car MVA in Wildwood

Wildwood, NJ - On Friday, July 14th, Wildwood firefighters were dispatched to a three-car MVA on Pacific Avenue, near the intersection of Poplar. The firefighters, who are also EMTs, arrived on Ambulance 3-1 to render aid to one of the vehicle occupants. Assisting on the scene were officers from the Wildwood PD. JOHN W. CARR

Vineland Battles Blaze in the Heat Vineland, NJ - Firefighters from five Vineland stations battled flames in an unoccupied dwelling on one of the hottest and most humid days this year. At 12:14 P.M. on July 13th, firefighters were dispatched to a dwelling fire in the JUMP TO FILE# 500 block of N. East 071317102 Avenue, which was reported to be vacant. The initial dispatch was upgraded to a working fire almost immediately due to the number of calls being received by the Cumberland County 9-1-1 Center. Engine-61, under the command of Lt. John Hendershott, arrived on scene to find a two-and-a-half story, wood-frame dwelling with heavy smoke showing from the secondfloor eaves and the attic. Lt. Hendershott and his crew advanced a one-and-three-quarter inch line through the front door to the second-floor. There, they found the stairs to the attic were burned away. An attic ladder was used to gain access to the attic where they found heavy fire. A second one-andthree-quarter inch line was deployed as a backup. Knock down was quick, but crews spent quite a bit of time doing overhaul. Captain Mark Cifaloglio placed the fire under control at 12:51 P.M. The initial response was E-61, E-11, T-6, L-4 and Vineland EMS. The working fire box brought E-31 and E-22 to the scene while E-53 covered Station-1. Rosenhayn Rescue 29-21 responded to the scene for a cascade assignment. Twenty-one fire personnel and three EMS personnel responded to the scene. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire, which originated on the second-floor, is under investigation by the fire department. - JOHN CARR

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Clinton Rescue Squad Members Save Rubber Ducky Clinton, NJ – The Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad performed a water rescue on July 16th, saving the town's Rubber Duck. Actually, it wasn’t really a rescue, but they utilized similar techniques! Rescue Squad members help out with JUMP TO FILE# the "Clinton Rubber 072617104 Ducky Race" every year. The 28th Annual Clinton Sunrise Rotary Rubber Ducky Race was held on the South Branch of the Raritan River in downtown Clinton. People could sponsor a duck in the race for $10 and get a chance to win one of several prizes. Hundreds of yellow rubber ducks were released by squad members. The ducks then went over the falls and raced in the river to the finish line with a large crowd cheering them on. Proceeds from this annual event support the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Support Community of Central NJ. Prizes ranged from a Walt Disney World trip, to a travel voucher from Clark Travel, to several gift certificates. After the race was over, the rescue squad retrieved the race’s mascot, who was floating in the middle of the river overseeing the race activities. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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Clinton Rescue Squad members "rescue" the annual Clinton Sunrise Rotary Rubber Ducky Race's mascot. The 28th race was held on the South Branch of the Raritan River in downtown Clinton on July 16th.

The rubber ducks are scooped up at the finish line during the 28th Annual Clinton Sunrise Rotary Rubber Ducky Race.

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In Monmouth County, the Gordons Corner Fire Company in Manalapan Township has in service Brush 26-1-93, a 1988 Dodge Power Ram 250 pickup with a Mertz skid. It has a 250-GPM pump and 250-gallon water tank. Other features include a one-inch whip line, a ¾-inch booster reel and a fourton Warn winch. It also carries brooms, fire rakes and shovels.

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Glen Gardner Vol. Fire Co. held their annual car show on June 25th. A special addition this year was Sally, Lehigh Valley Chapter of Pink Heals' pink fire truck that attendees could sign.

Glen Gardner Fire Co. Holds Annual "Cars At The Park" Hot Rod and Custom Car Show Glen Gardner, NJ– On June 25th, Glen Gardner Volunteer Fire Company held their annual car show at the Glen Gardner Recreation Field, on School Street. The show started at 10:00 A.M. and ran till 4:00 P.M. Trophies were awarded to winners in a variety of car classes. Every class has a 1st and 2nd place trophy, and the final trophy that was awarded was for the 'Best of Show'. The trophy categories were: -Mopar Muscle Car -Ford Muscle Car -GM Muscle Car -Corvette -Stock Truck -Street Rods -Cars of the 30's -Cars of the 50's -Cars of the 70's -Cars of the 80's -Stock Mopar -Stock Ford -Stock GM -Mustang -Custom Car -Custom Truck

JUMP TO FILE #070117104 -Best of Show -Cars of the 40's -Cars of the 60's -Exotic Cars Food and drinks were available at the covered pavilion, music was provided by a DJ, and door prizes were given away throughout the day. A new addition this year was the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Pink Heals who were at the show with Sally, their pink fire truck that attendees could sign. Pink Heals is a program that partners with Public Safety, local businesses, and families to bring a community together. It is a program that provides home visits to show individuals that they are loved, cherished and important to others. Pink Heals brings back the human element by celebrating people, not causes.

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Gordons Corner Brush 26-1-93, a 1988 Dodge Power Ram 250 pickup with Mertz skid unit. It has a 250GPM pump, 250-gallon water tank and a four-ton winch.

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Right/rear view of Gordons Corner Brush 26-1-93 shows Mertz skid unit.

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Oxford Volunteer Fire Co. Holds Annual Barrel Fight & Pig Roast in Warren County Oxford Twp., NJ - Firefighters and a large crowd braved the rain on Saturday night, July 22nd, to eat, drink, listen to music from the DJ, and have a barrel fight. Oxford Volunteer Fire Company held their Annual Barrel Fight and Pig Roast with fire companies from Warren, Hunterdon and Morris Counties JUMP TO FILE# taking part in the 072617100 competition at the Oxford Firehouse. There were three first place trophies up for grabs, men’s competition, women’s competition, and a junior category. Each winner gets to hold onto the trophy until next year’s battle. If you are not familiar with what the competition consists of, there is a beer barrel suspended from a cable that is stretched between two utility poles. It is about 15-feet or so off the ground. There are two teams of three firefighters with a hand line fire hose. The barrel starts in the middle of the poles and the object is to use the water coming from the nozzle to push the barrel across to the opponents' end of the cable. The teams have three minutes to achieve the goal; if not, the winner is decided by which side of the center line the barrel is at the end of the three minutes. The first heat started at 8:00 P.M. between Pottersville Team-3 and Milford Team-2, with Milford winning. There were seven heats between 14 different teams in the first round. This then led to three more rounds with Milford Team-2 emerging as the victors and going on to the finals. Then it was started all over again with losers from the first set of rounds competing to get a chance to go to the finals. There were four more rounds, with Mt. Lake Team-1 emerging as the winner of the losers. The finals were held between Milford Team-2 and Mt. Lake Team-1 in a 'Best Out of Three' competition and no time limits. Mt. Lake Team-1 came out as the firstplace winner in the men’s competition. The winning woman's team was Belvidere Team-1, but it was made up of a lead female firefighter from Belvidere's Goodwill Hose Co., a female from Stewartsville FD, and a male firefighter from Independence FD. They were the only females in the competition. There were 14 teams from 10 different fire companies. The departments that took part in the Barrel Fight were: Warren County: -Oxford Twp. FD -Belvidere FD (Goodwill Hose Co.) -Mt Lake Twp. FD -Phillipsburg FD -Lopatcong Twp. FD -Independence Twp. FD

RICH MAXWELL

New Jersey’s Oxford Fire Company held their Annual Barrel Fight & Pig Roast on July 22nd. Fire companies from Warren, Hunterdon and Morris Counties took part in the games.

The first place winning teams in Oxford Fire Company’s Annual Barrel Fight & Pig Roast, held on July 22nd. (Back row, L to R): Mt. Lake FD - Men's 1st Place and Belvidere FD - Women's 1st Place. (Front row): 1st Place Juniors. RICH MAXWELL

Hunterdon County: -Pottersville FD -Milford FD -Hampton FD Morris County:

-Mt. Arlington FD The evening ended around 10:30 P.M. with the awarding of the trophies. They get to hold onto them until next year, when they will be

passed along to the 2018 winners. There is one more barrel fight competition in the area this summer. Hampton Fire Department in Hunterdon County will hold their An-

nual Barrel Fight and Chili Cook Off on August 26th starting at 5:00 P.M. - RICHARD MAXWELL


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Beachwood Firefighters Respond to Suspicious Truck Fire

Beachwood, NJ - At approximately 5:45 A.M. on July 10th, the Beachwood Fire Department responded to the report of smoke in the area of the 600 block of Briar Way. Upon arrival, a working vehicle fire was discovered in the wooded area off of Oak Street and Briar Way. The fire was quickly extinguished and is considered suspicious in nature. The incident is under investigation by the Beachwood and Toms River Police Department Detective Bureaus, and the Ocean County Arson Task Force. The New Jersey State Forest Fire Service and Beachwood EMS assisted at the scene.

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Jersey City Fire and Police Units

This month’s headline is from Hudson County, a collection of the Jersey City Fire Department’s newest apparatus. They have a new Pierce Enforcer pumper with a Husky 30 foam system and a 250-gallon Class “B” foam tank (see photo). They have also recently ordered a Pierce heavy rescue on an Arrow XT chassis. Also featured are some Police Emergency Service units and some from their Bomb Squad. The ESU oversees the Bomb Squad. The Bomb Squad also received two Ford F-550 supervisor pickups with caps converted by EVI. These have a slide out rack to hold a robot. Blaze Emergency Equipment has received an order from the Spring Lake VFD (Monmouth County) for a Sutphen custom pumper. Specs include a Monarch cab and chassis, Medium 62inch cab with 10-inch raised roof, six seats, 18-inch front bumper extension, overall length of 30-feet, Cummins ISL 9, 400-HP diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, Meritor 18,000pound front and 24,000-pound rear axles, Hale Qmax 1500-GPM pump, UPF 500-gallon water tank, One-full flow four–inch LDH discharge, five preconnects (one front bumper, two crosslays and two rear hosebed), pre-piped Elkhart Stinger monitor, low hose bed, one Hannay electric cord reel, Smart Power 6-KW hydraulic generator, and eight Whelen 12-volt scene lights. Fire & Safety Services has received the following Pierce Orders (in addition to the Jersey City rescue), an Enforcer pumper for Aberdeen Fire District 1 (Monmouth County), an Arrow XT PUC pumper/tanker for North Haledon (Passaic County), and an Enforcer heavy duty rescue pumper for the Laureldale FC, Hamilton Township (Atlantic County). Pierce deliveries (besides the Jersey City pumper) include a Saber 75foot aluminum ladder for the Union County Fire Academy in Linden, an Enforcer PUC pumper for Berkeley Heights (Union County), as well as one for Glassboro (Gloucester County), a Saber pumper for Hopatcong (Sussex County), and a Velocity pumper for the Monmouth Junction FC in South Brunswick Township (Middlesex County). Campbell Supply Co., LLC has received an order from the Roselle Fire Department (Union County) for a second Spartan ER pumper with specs similar to the one delivered in December. The specs include a Gladiator LFD chassis with Cummins ISL 9, 450-HP diesel engine, Hale Qmax XS 1500-GPM pump, Pro Poly 500-gallon water tank, Hale Foamlogix Class “B”/Hale EZ Foam fill system, 40-gallon foam tank and a Smart Power 6-KW generator. Other Spartan ER activity includes delivering a pumper to the Middlesex County Fire Academy for training evolutions at the facility. Specs include a Metro Star X MFD chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab, 2000-GPM Hale Qmax pump, 500-gallon water tank, Cummins ISL 9, 380-HP diesel engine and a Smart Power 6-KW generator. They are prepping a Metro Star pumper for the Franklin Township Community FC, District 3 (Somerset County). Specs include an LLFD cab with 10-inch raised roof, Cummins ISL 9, 450-HP diesel engine, Hale Q-two 2000-GPM pump, 750-galPlease 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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Jersey City LT-6, a 2014 Pierce Arrow XT 95-foot platform. It has a 5-KW portable generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Jersey City E-9, a 2015 Pierce Arrow XT 2000/500. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Jersey City Police Bomb Squad Unit 1944, a 2012 Ford F-550. Body builder unknown.

Jersey City E-13, a 2017 Pierce Enforcer 2000/500 with Husky 30 foam system and 250-gallon foam tank. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.

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Jersey City Police Bomb Squad Unit 1945, a 2010 Freightliner MT45/Utilimaster/LDV with a 12-KW generator.

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Jersey City E-15, a 2000 Pierce Saber 1500/500. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services. JOHN M. MALECKY

lon water and 50-gallon “B” foam tanks, Elkhart 95-GPM foam educator, two front bumper crosslays, TFT Monsoon RC monitor, a 6-KW Smart Power generator and a Will Burt Night Scan. They also started prepping a heavy duty rescue for the Rosenhayne FC in Deerfield Township (Cumberland County). It has a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis, 20-foot body, seven seat cab, 20-KW generator and an air cascade system. The Edison Division of Fire (Middlesex County) has ordered three pumpers with the Metro Star chassis. Absolute Fire Protection has received an order from the Borough of Middlesex for an E-ONE Typhoon XL pumper with a 74-inch low hose bed. Specs include a Cummins ISL 9, 450-HP diesel engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission, 3/16 inch extruded aluminum cab and body, Hale Qmax 2000-GPM pump, 750-gallon water tank, FRC scene lights, low profile dash, roll forward & lock hard top hose bed cover and rescue depth com-

partments. They are prepping Montague’s Typhoon top mount stainless steel pumper (Sussex County). The ambulance division of First Priority Emergency Vehicles has made the following deliveries: three Demers MXP 150 4x4’s on Ford F-450 chassis (two to the Paterson FD in Passaic County and one to the Morris County OEM). The Morris County unit has a four door cab. Lakewood Hatzolah (Ocean County) received a Demers MXP 150 on a Ford F350 4x4 chassis, Maple Shade EMS received a Demers Transit, and the Weehawken FAS (Hudson County) received a Braun Express on a Forde E-350 chassis. Ambulance orders include a Braun Liberty on a Ford F-350 extended cab 4x4 chassis for Englewood Hospital (Bergen County); for Par-Troy EMS (Morris County), a Demers MXP 150 on a Ford F-450 4x4 extended cab chassis; and for the Fanwood EMS (Union County), a Braun Signature on a Ford F-

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Jersey City Police ESU, 1941, one-of-two 2016 Ford F-550/EVI light rescues with 6-ton front winches. The top compartment has two ground ladders, a stokes basket and an animal snare. They were sold by Campbell Supply with two supervisor trucks (see column).

350 4x4 chassis. The apparatus division received an order for a KME custom pumper from the Lawrence Township, Cedarville FC (Cumberland County). Specs include a Panther MFD chassis with a 10-inch raised roof cab, Cummins ISL 9, 450-HP diesel engine, Hale Qmax 2000-GPM single-stage pump with side mount panel, 1000-gallon “L” style poly water tank with low hose bed, 172-inch Flex long body of 3/16-inch aluminum with

ROM painted roll-up doors, driver’s side full height/split depth 29-inch/14-inch deep compartments, officer’s side low compartments, ground ladders mounted on right side exterior of the body, two six-inch light weight hard suctions (one each side of body), and an Onan 6-KW hydraulic PTO generator mounted on the driver’s side over the pump. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 63


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Help Is On The Way Chaplain’s Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

“This poor man cried and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalm 34:6). Imagine the feeling of those, who during an emergency, call 91-1 and subsequently hear the distant scream of a siren as they approach to offer help. In many cases, this is the very worst day of their lives and they have all their hope and confidence in the professionalism of the Firefighters, Paramedics and/or EMTs who are rushing to their aid. There could be no better feeling than to know that help is on the way! Due to God’s love demonstrated in Jesus Christ, we have the confidence that God hears, cares and responds to His children in a time of need. As a matter of fact, God knows the need even before we call upon him. “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24). So, let us open your hearts to God as he responds to our many needs in life. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Lean on Jesus. The Bible tells us to “Cast your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7). Whenever we hear that a person is in “stable condition” and not “critical condition,” there is a sigh of relief. Let Christ bring stability into the crisis. God constantly cares for his children, helping us face bad news. We thank God for our first responders as they arrive on scene of an emergency. I’m thankful God is with you on every call; and I’m also thankful that when people require emergency assistance, God sends YOU. You are the answer to someone’s prayers!

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ROMAN ISARYK JR.

West Tuckerton FD Assists Worker Who Fell Off Roof

Little Egg Harbor, NJ - Just before 4:00 P.M. on July 13th, LEHPD was dispatched to Pinelands Reg High School for a worker who became ill while on a roof, unable to come down. Once on scene, PD units requested the FD with their Ladder Truck to assist with getting the worker off the roof. West Tuckerton FD, with their 7105 truck, set up on the "C" side of the building. Great Bay EMS was also there to assist and transport the patient to a nearby hospital. With outside temperatures over 95 degrees, the temperature on the roof could reach over 140 degrees. The patient was removed from the roof within 10 minutes and taken to the hospital to be checked out.

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High Bridge Squad Cadets Again Win EMS Trophy Keyport, NJ - For the third time in three years, High Bridge Emergency Squad (HBES) cadets have brought home a trophy from the Bayshore EMS JUMP TO FILE# Cadet/Youth Com- 071917103 petition in Keyport. This year, the seven local teens won second place in the event’s Basic EMS division. Frankie Rae Nolf, Alex Acevedo, Bryana Cuevas, Myia Smith, Jeanne Roll, Erin Gora and Adrian VanNatta, all Voorhees High School students, were among more than 100 youth from nearly three dozen competing New Jersey and New York teams. The 88-year-old nonprofit EMS Council of New Jersey, which represents 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with nearly 300 rescue squads throughout the state, and the Keyport First Aid Squad sponsor the event each year. During the 4th annual event, basic teams tested their skills at CPR, defibrillator use, hemorrhage control, splinting, bandaging and vital signs stations. Advanced-team scenarios included a trauma victim, a cardiac arrest victim and a motor vehicle collision with entrapped patients. Teams were judged on patient assessment and proper equipment use backboard, orthopedic/scoop, traction splint, cervical collar and accessories, oxygen, assisting with nitroglycerin administration, obtaining vital signs, CPR and airway management. The teams worked with local extrication groups during the car crash scenarios. In between stations, cadets and advisors watched demonstrations and practiced skills on various medical simulators, including a video laryngoscope to intubate a mannequin, and a tourniquet device. The teens also observed the landing of a medical transport helicopter, got to look inside the machine and chatted with its crew. “This event is always fun and educational,” said HBES Deputy Chief Melanie Ikenson. “It allows these bright, enthusiastic, young volunteers to practice their skills and learn new ones, demonstrate their talents and mingle with other EMS cadets from all over the state in a friendly competition.” “Their hard work preparing for this contest paid off,” she said. “We are so proud of all of our cadets.” Ikenson and JP Silliman were the squad’s cadet leaders this year. The High Bridge Emergency Squad is always looking for adult and cadet volunteers. Visit www.hbes.org for more information. - SYLVIE MULVANEY

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High Bridge Emergency Squad cadets bringing home a second-place trophy are (L to R): Frankie Rae Nolf, Alex Acevedo, Bryana Cuevas, Myia Smith, Jeanne Roll, Erin Gora and Adrian VanNatta.

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Forked River placed into service a 2017 Pierce Arrow XT Port Monmouth has placed into service a 2017 KME 2000-GPM/3000-GWT/50-GFT CAFS model pumper- 2000-GPM/450-GWT/79-foot quint with an eight-man tanker with eight-man cab. It was sold by Fire & Safety cab. Services. RON JEFFERS

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Basking Ridge placed into service a 2017 Pierce Velocity 2000-GPM/900-GWT/10-GFT pumper with a light tower and 10-KW generator, plus it carries an extrication tool. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services. RON JEFFERS

Brevent Park has a new KME 2000-GPM/450-GWT/79- In Hillsboro, Flagtown Brush 36 has been assigned a Morris Township Engine 2 will be assigned a 2017 Pierce foot quint, featuring blue colored LED aerial ladder step new Ford F450 4WD/1st Attack model 250-GPM/300- Saber 1500-GPM/500-GWT pumper, sold by Fire & Safety lighting. GWT/5-GFT unit. Services. RON JEFFERS

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

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KME deliveries during May and June include a Predator Panther 79foot aerial quint to the Reliance FC in Woodstown-Pittsgrove Township (Salem County). Specs include a MFD 136.5-inch flat roof cab with six seats, Cummins ISL 9, 450-HP diesel engine, Waterous CSU, 1500 single-stage pump with side mount panel, 500-gallon poly water tank, aluminum aerial body, ROM roll-up brushed finished doors, Straight Shot hose bed down the right side of the body, steel aerial ladder with 750pound tip load, pre-piped, pinnable waterway that flows 1500-GPM and has a “Store Front Blitz” capability, two rear “H” frame outriggers with a jack spread of 14-feet and two downriggers behind the cab, 176-feet of ground ladders and a Harrison 10KW hydraulic PTO generator. The Lindenwold Fire District (Camden County) received a Predator Severe Service pumper with a 68foot articulating/telescoping water tower. Specs include an LFD 141.5inch cab with six seats and 16-inch raised roof, Cummins ISX 12, 450HP diesel engine with a Jake Brake, Allison 4000 EVS transmission, Hale Qmax 2000-GPM single-stage pump with side mount panel, 500-gallon water tank, KME 140-inch Flex 3/16inch aluminum single axle body with 29-inch deep compartments, unpainted, roll-up compartment doors, driver’s and officer’s side full height/split depth compartments, ladders stored next to the water tank on the right side, access from the rear, 14-inch wide coffin compartments on each side of the body, 72-inch wide hose bed five-feet off of the ground with four dividers, KME Talon High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET), an articulated water tower with a fixed lower section and a telescopic upper section, and a Harrison 10-KW hydraulic PTO generator. Wood-Ridge (Bergen County) received a Predator pumper with LFD, 148.5-inch cab, 10-inch raised roof, 199-inch wheelbase, Cummins ISX 12, 500-HP diesel engine, with a Jake Brake, Hale Qmax-XS 2000-GPM pump with side mount panel, 750 gal-

lon “L” style poly water tank with low, two adjustable divider hose bed, KME 158-inch Flex C3R12 stainless steel body Amdor painted roll-up compartment doors, driver’s side full height/split depth compartments, officer’s side low side compartments with ground ladders stored above, two 10-foot hard suctions stored one on each side of the upper body and eight FRC Spectra 12-volt scene lights. Middletown Township (Monmouth County) received two 79-foot aerial ladder quints. One went to Brevent Park. Specs include a Predator Severe Service chassis with MFD 127.5-inch cab with flat roof and six seats, Cummins ISL 9, 450-HP diesel engine, Hale Qmax 2000-GPM pump with side mount panel, 450-gallon water tank, 3/16-inch aluminum body, ROM roll-up brushed finished doors, Straight Shot hose bed on right side of body, three-section steel aerial with 750-pound tip load, pre-piped, pinnable waterway that flows 1500GPM and has a “Store Front Blitz” capability, two rear “H” frame outriggers with a jack spread of 14-feet and two downriggers behind the cab, 161-feet of ground ladders and an Onan 6-KW hydraulic PTO generator. Port Monmouth received the other quint. Specs include a Predator Panther chassis with MFD 136.5-inch flat roof cab and six seats, Cummins ISL 9, 450-HP diesel engine, Waterous CSU 2000-GPM single-stage pump with side mount panel, 450gallon poly water tank, aluminum body, Amdor roll-up brushed finished doors, Straight Shot hose bed on the right side of the body, three-section aerial ladder with 750-pound tip load, pre-piped, pinnable waterway that flows 1500-GPM and has a “Store Front Blitz” capability, two rear “H” frame outriggers with a jack spread of 14-feet and two downriggers behind the cab, 143-feet of ground ladders and an Onan 6-KW hydraulic PTO generator. New Jersey Emergency Vehicles has delivered to the Roseland FAS (Essex County) a remount of a Medallion ambulance onto a Ford E450 chassis.

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Firefighters were dispatched to a fire at Coco Nails in the Mansfield Commons II shopping center on State Highway 57 at 9:20 A.M. on June 25th.

Fire Quickly Extinguished at Nail Salon in Mansfield Twp. Strip Mall Mansfield Twp., NJ– Firefighters were dispatched to a fire at Coco Nails in the Mansfield Commons II shopping center on State Highway 57 at 9:20 A.M. on June 25th. Warren County Communications Center received two calls notifying them about the fire; one from the alarm company and the other from a worker that was about to unlock the front door as she arrived for work and saw the fire through the window. The salon was closed at the time of the fire and no one was in the building. The fire was quickly extin-

JUMP TO FILE #070117103 guished by the arriving firefighters. The fire had started in one of the pedicure chairs. A REHAB station was setup by the Mansfield Rescue Squad to check out the firefighters and allow them to take a break. All fire units cleared the scene at 11:38 A.M., shutting the fire command down. The Warren County Fire Marshal and Mansfield Township Fire Official remained on the scene investi-

gating the cause of the fire. Responding to the fire were the Mansfield Township PD (Patrol28), Tri County Fire Company (Station-29), Mansfield Fire Company (Station-28), Hackettstown Fire Department (Station-78), Washington Boro Fire Department’s RIT Team (Station-83), Warren County Fire Coordinators, Warren County Fire Marshal, Mansfield Township Fire Official, Mansfield Rescue Squad (Rescue-28), and Hacketstown Rescue Squad (Rescue-78). - RICHARD MAXWELL

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Carlstadt Ladder 1's 2014 Pierce Velocity 100-foot rear mount aerial ladder operates at a Broad Street restaurant fire on the morning of July 2nd.

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Truck custom builder, Mike Torbiak of New York, transformed a former 1957 Mack pumper into his own pickup truck. He placed the Mack cab on a 1992 Dodge pickup chassis and cut down the pumper body. The engine originally served the Hamilton Fire Co. of Neptune Twp. It sports a Cummins turbo diesel motor.

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Lebanon Boro Holds Hunterdon County’s Oldest 4th of July Parade, 70 Years and Still Going Lebanon Boro, NJ - The Borough held their 70th annual July 4th parade this year; it is Hunterdon County's oldest Fourth of July parade. Lebanon’s July 4th celebration tradition began back in 1948. Its longevity and success is due to the dedication and hard work of the all the past and current members of the Lebanon 4th of July Celebration Committee, the many volunteers on the days of the pa- JUMP TO FILE# rades, the continued 070617111 support of local businesses, and all the generous donations given by residents and visitors alike. Hundreds of parade goers lined the streets and front yards as the parade traveled down Main Street in this traditional smalltown USA, turning onto Myrtle Avenue then onto Brunswick Avenue, finishing at the HoljesSheppard Memorial Park where the fun and games began. The parade route covered about a mile, but the long line of firetrucks and ambulances from numerous surrounding towns, marching units, bands, antique cars, WWII vehicles, and many more participants made the actual length of the parade from start to end much longer than that mile; the parade lasted over one and a half hours. The roads in town were shut down by 9:00 A.M. and the day's events kicked off at 9:30 with a children's parade. The main parade started at 10:00 A.M. After the parade, there was hot dogs, fun, and games at the park, which lasted well into the afternoon hours. Sack races and egg toss competitions were held for all ages. A dunk tank was set up, and the Mayor even took a turn on the dunk seat! There was free face painting for the kids, and a band played throughout the day. Times and parade activities have changed over the 70 years since the parade and celebration was started in Lebanon. In the past, Main Street was closed off and a Square Dance was held with participants from all over. Just after World War II, Veteran’s proudly rode on horseback in the parade as onlookers waived their American flags. Planes have been known to fly over in past years. There were even grandstands built for viewing on Main Street a long tome ago. This was a great day of celebrating freedom, family, neighbors, community and country!

Lebanon FD's Color Guard marches past their firehouse, leading off the Boro's 70th annual July 4th parade. Hundreds of parade goers turned out to watch the hour-and-a-half long parade. RICH MAXWELL

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Members and family ride on Whitehouse Fire Company's Truck-1 during Lebanon's 70th July 4th Parade and Celebration in Hunterdon County. RICH MAXWELL


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TOOLS OF THE TRADE If you have photos you would like to see in our “Tools Of the Trade” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

Franklin Twp., NJ - Remember the good old P-38 & P-51 can openers? Well here is one on steroids! During a recent extrication drill held by the Franklin Township FD and it's EMS Division, an old hand tool was taken out to show what it was like years back to cut through a car's sheet-metal. No port-a-power, no hydraulics, no electricity, no air tools, no K-12 saw, just good old fashion muscle power. The "can opener" was used long before we had all the modern extrication tools. The four-foot long handle gives you some leverage to rip through the car's sheet-

JUMP TO FILE #072017112 metal, but how long did it take when cars had much thicker body panels, as compared to today's cars? Also, there is the concern with the sharp edges left when the metal is cut. Want one of these for your "Tool Box" in case the power goes out? Don't fret; doing a search I was able to find a modern version of this tool. Take a look at the Paratech PRT (Percussive Rescue Tool), with interchangeable tips. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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(L to R): Lex Saharic, Mayor Michael Reino, and Al Bross III. Lex and Al were honored for their outstanding years of service by the Mayor during Lebanon Boro FDs Annual BBQ Picnic on Saturday, July 15th. Combined, they have over 107 years of experience in the volunteer fire service.

Two Lifelong Lebanon Boro Firemen Honored for Years of Dedicated Service Lebanon Boro, NJ – Two Firemen of the Lebanon Boro Fire Department (Station-18) were recognized by Borough Mayor Michael F. Reino for their longevity as volunteer firefighters during the Department’s annual BBQ Picnic on Saturday, July 15th. Mayor Reino presented Lex Saharic and Al Bross III with framed proclamations outlining their years of dedication to the community. While presenting the awards, the Mayor spoke about each of the men, recounting their history with the fire department. Lex Saharic, known to everyone as Al, has served over 65 years in the volunteer fire service in Lebanon Boro and Sea Bright (Monmouth County), holding positions all the way up to and including Fire Chief in Sea Bright and

JUMP TO FILE #071717159 President in Lebanon. He has been on many committees within the Fire Department, including Building Committee, Truck Committee, and Ways & Means Committee. Lex is retired from Jersey Central Power & Light where one of his legacies is that back in 1961, he started an Electrical Hazard Training Program for First Responders. This crucial program is still in existence today and is offered to Fire, EMS and Police all over the state. As a matter of fact, Lex presented this training to the five fire companies of the North Hunterdon Mutual Aid Group in February of this year. Lex is the father of the current borough Fire Chief, Kevin Saharic.

Al Bross III has served for over 42 years in the Lebanon Boro Fire Department, holding numerous Line and Chair Officer positions throughout the years. He too has helped on several committees and been involved in many July 4th parades and activities held in the borough each year; 2017 marked the 70th year for the parade. No, Al was not involved in the first one; but, he has answered over 1,000 alarms with the Fire Company since the year 2000. Al is the father of the Department's current Deputy Fire Chief, Al Bross IV. Both of these outstanding men deserve a “job well done” and a thanks from the communities they have helped for their combined 107 years of service.

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Franklin Twp. FD & EMS demonstrated an old “can opener” that used to be used to cut the sheet-metal of cars during extrication.

- RICHARD MAXWELL

Demonstration of an old "can opener" that used to be used to cut the sheet-metal of cars during extrication; but be careful with the sharp edges left when the metal is cut!

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(L to R): Chief Luigi Tramontana, Captain Dave Bell, Deputy Chief Mark Cifaloglio and Mayor Anthony Fanucci.

Two Promotions for Vineland FD Vineland, NJ – On July 21st, in a ceremony held in Vineland City council chambers, Captain Mark Cifaloglio was promoted to Deputy Chief, a position that has not been filled for many years. Lt. Dave Bell was promoted to captain, filling the position left open by Captain Luigi Tramontana, who was recently promoted to chief. A large crowd of family, friends, fellow firefighters and police officers attended. Deputy Chief Cifaloglio joined the department as a volunteer in Station-3 in 1994, and in 2000, he

JUMP TO FILE #072117106 joined the career department. He was promoted to Lt. in 2007. He has been named as 'Firefighter of the Year'; once as a volunteer and twice as a career firefighter. He serves as training officer and officer-in-charge of the Fire Investigation Bureau. The 41-year-old DC Cifaloglio will remain on B-Platoon until January, at which time he will go to day work. In 1992, Captain Bell joined

the department as a volunteer in Station-1 and became a career firefighter in 1994. In 2012, he was promoted to lieutenant. He has served as Team Leader for the Technical Rescue Team, HazMat Squad leader, Fire Investigator and Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator. Captain Bell has received a Life Saving Award and two FMBA Valor Awards during his career. The 53-year-old Captain Bell will assume command of C-Platoon. - JOHN CARR

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Two-Alarm Memorial Day Fire in Ewing Ewing Township, NJ - On May 29th, crews responded to Browning Avenue for reports of a fire in a one-story, wood-frame, singlefamily dwelling. After two separate minor appliance fires that occurred hours apart in the morning, a more serious fire broke out within the residence in the early afternoon. Responding were units from Prospect Heights, Pennington Road, West Trenton, Lawrence Road, Slackwood, Pennington and Union of Titusville Fire Companies. Fire originated in the firstfloor bedroom/office corner of the house, burning out the first-floor and extending into the attic. A

JUMP TO FILE #070517104 rekindle in the attic/roof occurred in the late afternoon where one firefighter suffered a minor injury. The cause is listed as accidental with the source of ignition being left officially undetermined at present, but believed to be the result of carelessly discarded smoking materials. The scene was investigated by Mercer County Assistant Fire Marshal Scott McCormick. - BOB SHERMAN

Lt. Dave Bell and Captain Mark Cifaloglio discuss the promotions prior to the ceremony.

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Beachwood Firefighters Visit Local Library Beachwood, NJ - On July 28th, the Beachwood Fire Department paid a visit to the Beachwood Library as part of their summer program. Children were able to meet their local firefighters and tour one of the trucks. We would like to thank the Beachwood Library for always partnering with us to teach fire safety and including us in their programs!

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Members of Jersey City Ladder Co. 3 and Engine Co. 7, Group D, with 3rd Battalion Chief Rob Daly (white shirt), on a June afternoon when both companies were using spare apparatus.

North Hudson 2nd Battalion Chief Moises Valdes (on roof), communicates with the I.C., Deputy Chief Mike Cranwell, during a fire involving a New York Avenue nail salon in Union City, July 3rd. RON JEFFERS

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Hamilton Township Fire District #9 - Station-19's Career Staff (L to R): Captain/EMT Aaron Heller and Firefighters/EMTs Fred Taylor, Dave Anderson and Patrick O'Reilly, pose with Engine-19.

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Fire Chief Paul Marich of the Greenwich Volunteer Fire Department in Cumberland County stands by their new KME pumper, the first apparatus purchased under his administration.

Beachwood, NJ - The Beachwood Fire Department would like to congratulate Firefighter John Guild on recently completing the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course and successfully passing the New Jersey State EMT Certification Exam. John is also a member of Beachwood EMS. Congratulations FF/EMT Guild!


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Little Egg Harbor, NJ - Little Egg Harbor Police Explores Post #321 recently invited the West Tuckerton and Mystic Island Fire Departments to show them what we do as firefighters and what is on the trucks. Crews from both companies went over the trucks with the explorers and explained to them what the trucks do and how they work. They were given some hands-on time with tools and shown how they work, and also shown how heavy some of the gear can be. These explores have gone over a lot in a week. The had EMS there one day, a SWAT demo the next day and then a fire department demo. For these Future 1st Responders, the future is bright!

Wantage, NJ - On August 1st, Emergency Services personnel, including a flight nurse from Atlantic Air, tended to a patient who suffered an injury after a skydive at the Sussex County Airport around 12:00 P.M. The injured patient was flown by helicopter to the Morristown Memorial Hospital Trauma Unit for treatment. Members of the local township first aid squad were also on hand assisting. The extent of injuries were not known as this story was published.

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A power transformer and pole blocks Rt. 57 in Franklin Twp. after a truck crashed through a utility pole on July 21st. The transformer also ruptured, causing oil to cover the roadway. The Highway was closed or over 9 hours. JOHN M. MALECKY

In Middletown Township, the Brevent Park Fire Company Boat 312 is a 1995 Boston Whaler, formerly owned by the Port Authority Police. It has a pump and a bow monitor, and is powered by two outboards.

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Highway Closed Over 9 Hours After Truck Crashes into Utility Pole Franklin Twp., NJ – On the afternoon of July 21st, a small mason dump truck went off the roadway, crashing into a power pole and breaking it into several pieces, bringing wires and a very large power transformer down in the middle of State Highway 57. The transformer also ruptured, causing oil to cover the roadway. The driver was uninjured in the crash, but the truck had to be towed as a result of the damages from the crash. Warren County HazMat responded to the scene to conduct the initial containment of the oil leaking from the transformer, which power company personnel said was actually

JUMP TO FILE #072617101 a regulator. The crash occurred on State Highway 57 between Stewartsville Road and Richline Hill Road at 2:30 P.M., causing the highway to be closed to traffic in both directions. The NJ State Police/NJ Department of Transportation Traffic Incident Management Team extended the closure at Stewartsville Road back to Edison Road because of the truck traffic on the highway. The Traffic Incident Management Team also set up signs to guide the traffic through the 4.8-mile detour route that trav-

eled along the back roads to get around the highway closure. The highway remained closed past midnight to allow for the scene cleanup and for JCP&L to replace the pole and transformer. Also as a result of the crash, electric power was not restored in the area until around 10:00 P.M. Responding to the crash were the NJ State Police, Franklin Township Fire Department and its EMS Division, Warren County HazMat Team, and NJSP/NJDOT Traffic Incident Management Team. The NJ State Police (Washington Station) is handling the investigation. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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NJSP Northstar landed on Interstate 78 in Warren County to fly out a trauma victim from a rollover crash on July 10th.

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Waretown, NJ - On July 18th, the Mystic Island Vol. Fire Co. took part in a car fire drill at the Ocean Co. Fire Academy. Also there was Great Bay EMS to help with rehab, as it was a very warm and humid summer night. Pictured are FF Jesse Doberenz and Lt. Shawn Hope advancing the line.

Paterson, NJ - An overnight fire in Paterson went to three alarms before it could be controlled, displacing over a dozen residents, but causing no serious injuries on July 11th. At 12:41 A.M., Paterson companies were sent to 248 12th Ave. and arrived to find heavy fire on all floors of a large, two-and-a-half story frame multiple-dwelling. A second-alarm was sounded, followed shortly after by a third. A serious exposure problem on the “D” side, a large, two-story masonry church annex building, was a major initial concern. Companies initially tried an interior attack, but were withdrawn as conditions deteriorated. A tower lad-

JUMP TO FILE #071217102 der, a ladder pipe and several handlines operated to knock down the heavy fire to allow members to reenter. The fire took approximately two hours to be placed under control. The original fire building was heavily damaged with several areas collapsing in the rear. The church annex building received minor extension with smoke damage throughout. Fire companies remained at the scene well past dawn. Red Cross was assisting those displaced. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Dump Truck Runs Off Roadway in Mansfield Twp., Injuring Driver Mansfield Twp., NJ– On June 30th at around 3:25 P.M., Police, Fire and EMS units were dispatched to a reported overturned ambulance on Anderson Road at State Highway 57 in the township. As the police officers arrived on location, they found that it was not an over- JUMP TO FILE# turned ambulance, 070517100 buy a tri-axle dump truck that had run off the roadway and crashed into a culvert. It was not overturned. The dump truck was traveling north on Anderson Road, approaching the intersection with State Highway 57, just prior to going of the road. The truck ran over the guide rail that was along the right side of the road, ripped through two small trees, and finally crashed into a drainage culvert. The Mansfield Township Rescue Squad treated the driver of the truck and transported him to a local hospital. There were no other occupants in the truck or other vehicles involved in the crash. The truck’s dump body was empty at the time of the crash. There was a small fluid spill as a result of the crash, which was handled by the Warren County HazMat Team. Due to the position that the truck came to rest in, and because it was on the opposite side of the guide rail, two heavy-duty rotator wreckers were brought in to lift the dump truck out of the culvert and over the guide rail. The truck sustained severe damage to the front axle, which was hanging off the frame as the wreckers lifted the truck up and over the guide rail. The dump truck was placed in the roadway where one of the heavy-duty wreckers hooked up to it and removed it from the scene. Anderson Avenue was closed to traffic for about two hours during the incident. Responding to the crash were the Mansfield Township PD (Patrol-28), Mansfield Township Rescue Squad (Rescue-28), Mansfield Township Fire Company (Station-28), Tri-County Fire Company (Station-29), Mt. Bethel Fire Company (Station26), Butler Park Fire Company (Station-27), and Warren County HazMat Team.

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A dump truck traveling north on Anderson Rd. in Mansfield Twp. crashed through a guide rail and into a drainage culvert, injuring the driver, on June 30th.

- RICHARD MAXWELL

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ON THE LITER SIDE

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Clinton, NJ - You better watch where you parke behind the Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad's building...there are signs posted to "...Park at Your Own Risk". It might just end up like the police car in this photo! But all kidding aside, the car was actually used for a recent extrication drill the Squad had. Yes, the town let them use the car for the drill. As to the signs, they are there because the area behind the Squad building and neighboring building is subject to flooding from the creek that runs along the properties. So, the whole sign actually reads "Flood Hazard Area Park At Your Own Risk".


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Ridgefield Park’s Independence Day Traditions Continue Ridgefield Park, NJ - As the nation prepared to celebrated its 241st birthday, village firefighters assembled at the memorial bell on Euclid Avenue for the annual inspection and awards ceremony. In their dress blues, officers and firefighters lined up next to their respec- JUMP TO FILE# tive fire apparatus, 070517126 with equipment spread out on the sidewalk for inspection. Chief James Van Der Tulip and Assistant Chiefs John Antola, Jr. and Rodney Wagner, welcomed families, local officials and friends who were in attendance. Chief Van Der Tulip said the department members are constantly training, including over 500 hours at the fire academy this year, as well as constant in-house training. “Things change, every single day,” he said. Fire Commissioner and Mayor, George Fosdick, welcomed all and gave a brief history of the department, which started with its first fire company in 1892. In 125 years of service, the department has gone from handdrawn, to horse-drawn, to motorized apparatus; equipment that was undreamed of 125 years ago, he continued. “Every one of us is a volunteer, ready to do what we do to serve friends, neighbors and strangers,” Fosdick said. Commissioner Fosdick explained parts of the inspection process, which also includes a test. “The community depends on us,” he said. Besides firefighting knowledge, equipment and apparatus maintenance, firefighter's appearance is also a priority. Little Falls former Chief Ed Pomponio conducted his usual tough inspection of members lined up next to their respective fire apparatus. Inspection priorities this year, besides black socks, included belt buckle and shoulder patch inspections. Ex-Chief Andrew Scheideler, Sr., received the honor of being named the village's parade Grand Marshal, which followed the department ceremony. His family of firefighters was also in attendance, which included Andrew Scheideler, Jr., Andrew Scheideler III, Courtney Scheideler, all of Engine Co. 2, and Raymond Dembski of Truck Co. 2. Service awards presented included 55-years to ex-Chief Andrew Scheideler, Jr., 50-years to ex-Chief William Hillermeyer, Sr., and 40-years to ex-Chief John Wilson. Hillermeyer, a retired Teaneck career fire chief, informed the assembly that he received the Youngest Baby award, 80-years-ago, when he was twomonths old, at the annual Independence Day baby ceremony. He's still receiving awards! - RON JEFFERS

(L to R): Assistant Chief Rodney Wagner, Chief James Van Der Tulip and Assistant Chief John Antola, Jr. begin the annual Independence Day Fire Department ceremony. RON JEFFERS

Besides checking for black socks, Ed Pomponio inspected shirts for shoulder patches this year.

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ANTIQUE APPARATUS

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The Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 is known for its white equipment and its well kept firefighting apparatus, lo- JUMP TO FILE# cated in Monmouth 071517100 County, with a population of a little over 6,000. Recently, at a muster in Jamesburg, both of its most recent retired apparatus attended the show. The 1954 ALF "Quad" Pumper, retired in 2008 and replaced by a 2008 Pierce Velocity "Quad" Pumper, was in attendance and is the Fire Company's own antique fire truck. This apparatus took home two awards this year: Mayor's Choice - Tri-Counties Fire Association SPAAMFAA Annual Antique Fire Apparatus Muster and Best of Class 1950's Fire Dept./Company Owned - TriCounties Fire Association SPAAMFAA Annual Antique Fire Apparatus Muster on June 25th.

Serving Fair Haven for 54 years, this 750-GPM/350-GWT pumper carried 240-feet of ground ladders and was retired as the "seconddue" piece of the three-engine department. The Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Company No. 1'st former 1975 Mack CF-600/1990 Pierce Refurbished pumper was also in attendance. It was retired in April of 2016 by a Pierce Enforcer 1500GPM, 500-GWT pumper, which now runs as the first piece out on all calls. This engine is now privately owned by a member of the department who helps preserve its history and stories. Most recently, the Mack, with its slogan "Nifty Twelve Fifty" was also at Newark's 50th Anniversary Fire Muster on June 4th. Though it did not bring home any awards, it was a star attraction at the event, leading up front next to Newark's current and past firefighting apparatus. - NICHOLAS LENCZYK

NICHOLAS LENCZYK

The Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Company No. 1's former 1975 Mack CF-600 / 1990 Pierce Refurb Pumper now privately owned seen recently at the 2017 Jamesburg Fire Muster in Middlesex County.

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Firefighters and EMS responded to a car that had crash in the backyard of a home in Clinton Twp. on June 11th. The driver had to be extricated from the Ford Focus.

Rollover Crash Ends in Backyard of Clinton Twp. Residence Clinton Twp., NJ – On June 11th at 1:30 A.M., first responders were dispatched to a car that had crashed into the backyard of a residence on Wales Court in the Township. The car was reported to be on its side and the driver was possibly entrapped in the vehicle. A Ford Focus had been traveling southbound on Hamden Road when it left the roadway, driving through bushes and shrubs before rolling over, crashing through a small tree, and coming to rest on the passenger’s side of the vehicle

JUMP TO FILE #061217102 in the backyard of a home. Upon arrival of Annandale Hose Company’s Engine 46-2 and Squad-46, as well as Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad, firefighters and EMS quickly assessed the situation, determining that the male driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. The vehicle was stabilized and extrication procedures began. The

driver was removed through the windshield area of the car. He was transported to a local hospital by Clinton’s Squad and Paramedics. Responding to this crash were the Clinton Township PD (Patrol46), Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad (Rescue-45), Annandale Hose Company (Station-46), and Paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center (EMS-1). The crash is under investigation by the Clinton Township PD. - RICHARD MAXWELL

NICHOLAS LENCZYK

The Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Company No. 1's "Fire Company" owned antique 1954 ALF "Quad" Pumper, seen in Jamesburg this year as well. This unit served a total of 54 years of service to the borough of Fair Haven before being retired by a new Pierce "Quad" in 2008.

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EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES If you have photos you would like to see in our “EMS” feature, please upload them on our website www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

Washington Boro, NJ – The borough kicked off their annual 4th of July Parade at 3:00 P.M. The Washington Emergency Squad was among the numerous participants in the parade, with squad members marching in front of some of their rigs. Since they were also on standby for calls, they limited the number of rigs in the parade. One special rig was not left out; their 1972 Cadillac Ambulance was proudly cursing along the parade route. The Washington Emergency Squad's website shows that they were founded in 1935 by Vernon C. "Bab" Oakes, starting as a "first-aid group" made up of six

JUMP TO FILE #070517101 firemen from the Boro’s Fire Department. The membership increased to twelve by June 24, 1936. No longer restricted to fire calls, this well-manned and equipped rescue organization became known as the Washington Fire Department First Aid and Rescue Squad. It was available to the public for all types of emergency services. The Squad’s website further indicates that by the end of 1936, the squad had answered five calls. Presently, the members of the Washington Emergency Squad run

over 1700 calls a year. The Squad is staffed by Career and Volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians, serving Washington Boro and Washington Township for medical and traumatic emergencies. The paid members staff the squad from 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, meeting the heavy volume of calls during the weekdays, filling the void when many volunteers are at work. The volunteer members are always on call, supplementing the paid staff and responding to calls on weekends and evenings. - RICHARD MAXWELL

BEACHWOOD VOL. FD

Beachwood Firefighter Recognized at 200 Club Awards Dinner

Beachwood, NJ - We are proud to announce that Beachwood Firefighter Robert Tapp was a recipient of the Meritorious Service Award from the 200 Club of Ocean County at their annual awards dinner on the evening of June 9th. FF Tapp was recognized for his 45 years of dedicated service to the Department. FF Tapp, who is still active today, served in many facets in the Department, including being a past Assistant Chief. He also served as a Deputy Fire Marshal in the Ocean County Fire Marshal's Office. Today, Tapp is their senior trustee and lead driver/pump operator trainer. Several members of the Department, as well as the Tapp family attended the ceremony. Congratulations Bob!

RICH MAXWELL

Washington Emergency Squad’s 1972 Cadillac Ambulance in the Borough’s 2017 Fourth of July Parade.

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Vehicle News

The Lake Parsippany Fire District has placed into service a 2017 Pierce Quantum rescue truck with features including a portable winch with four receivers, and 30-KW generator. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services. RON JEFFERS

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Annandale Hose Co. firefighters were returning to their station on June 10th when they pulled a car over that was on fire, riding down the highway in Clinton Twp. The occupants were quickly evacuated from the car and the fire was extinguished. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters Pull Car on Fire Over in Clinton Twp. In Hillsboro, Flagtown Engine 36 is now in service with a KME 2250-GPM/750-GWT/30-GFT rescue-pumper, possessing many features.

RON JEFFERS

Clinton Twp., NJ – Due to Annandale Hose Company firefighters' quick actions, a potential tragedy was averted on Interstate 78 on June 10th. As Annandale Hose Company (Station-46) crews were returning to their station around 1:20 P.M. from an unrelated fire call on Interstate 78 westbound in the Township, they came across something that drew their attention. As they traveled on the Interstate in front of them, there was a Chrysler Pacifica driving along the highway with heavy smoke and fire coming from underneath it. Squad-46 basically pulled the car over on State Highway 31 northbound as it was leaving the Interstate

JUMP TO FILE #061217101 on Exit 17. Fire Chief Bob Emery radioed the incident to Hunterdon Communications and requested that the Clinton Township Police and the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad respond to their location. Firefighters took quick action to safely get the driver, passengers and their dogs out of the vehicle. As those firefighters were getting everyone out of the car, others were concentrating their efforts to locate and extinguish the fire that was under the hood and then check for extension

into the passenger’s compartment. The Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad responded to the scene to check the vehicle’s occupants. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed from the scene, as it was not drivable due to the fire damage. The right shoulder of the highway was closed during the incident. Responding to this incident were the Annandale Hose Company (Station-46), Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad (Rescue-45), and the Clinton Township Police Department (Patrol-46). - RICHARD MAXWELL

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

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In Berkeley Twp., the Pinewald Pioneer Fire Company placed into service a 2016 KME 2000-GPM/750-GWT pumper. RON JEFFERS

City of Paterson has taken delivery of Two Demers MXP150 Type I ambulances on Ford F450 4x4 Chassis. Trucks feature Liquid Springs suspension, Whelen LED lights, Demers Multi Plex electrical and custom graphics. FIRST PRIORITY EMERGENCY VEHICLES

RON JEFFERS

The saying on the side of Franklin Avenue Middle School in Franklin Lakes not only applies to students, but to the Fire Service as well.


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BEACHWOOD VOL. FD

Beachwood FD Unveils Inflatable Ladder Truck!

Beachwood, NJ - July 10th was the first of the Beachwood Municipal Alliance weekly Family Fun Nights at Birch and Surf Park. Beachwood FD was on hand and unveiled their new "fire truck", a 20-foot high inflatable ladder truck! Everyone enjoyed it and they will have it there each week if you missed it. Stop by their tent for fire prevention items, giveaways and to meet your Beachwood Firefighters, every Monday night during the summer!

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ON THE LITER SIDE

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Big and little water. Midland Park firefighters utilized hand-lines and a water extinguisher during the Saddle River wet-down on June 3rd. RON JEFFERS

The words “High Tide” are seen on the hood of Manalapan’s Tanker 26-2-96, which has a 4,400-gallon water tank, (two) 12-inch sides and (one) 18-inch rear dump valve. JOHN M. MALECKY

First responders work to extricate the occupants of a Honda Accord that crashed off a bridge and landed on its side in the creek at 12:38 A.M. on July 10th. The road leads to an apartment complex off Rt. 57 in Washington Boro, (Warren County).

Occupants Rescued from Car that Crashed Off Bridge in Washington Boro Washington Boro, NJ – In the early morning hours of July 10th, a Honda Accord crashed through a metal railing on a small bridge, landing on the driver’s side in the creek below. First responders were dispatched at JUMP TO FILE# 12:38 A.M. to a re- 071017138 port of a car off the road into the water in the 300 block of West Washington Avenue (State Highway 57). Police arrived on location to find the Honda laying on its side in about two to three feet of water, with the two occupants still in the car. Apparently, the car had turned onto the access road for an apartment complex, coming off of West Washington Avenue, crossed over to the opposite side of the road and crashing off the bridge. The male driver and female passenger had to be extricated from the vehicle by rescue workers. The windshield was cut out to allow egress for the victims. They were both transported to St. Luke's Bethlehem, PA, one by the Washington Rescue Squad and the other by Franklin Township Fire Department’s EMS Division. A heavy-duty rotator wrecker was brought in to lift the car out of the creek and back up onto the roadway. The roadway was closed for about two hours during the incident. There was a small oil spill into the creek, which was handled by Warren County HazMat. Responding to the crash were the Washington Township Police Department (Patrol-76), New Jersey State Police (Washington Station), Washington Boro Fire

First responders were dispatched to a car in the water off of Rt. 57 in Washington Boro at 12:38 A.M. on July 10th.

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Department (Station-83), Washington Rescue Squad (Rescue-83), Franklin Township Fire Department’s EMS Division (Rescue-57), and Warren County HazMat Team

(Station-22). The Washington Township Police are handling the investigation. - RICHARD MAXWELL


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Franklin Twp., NJ – On July 17th, the Franklin Township Vol. FD held its first extrication drill since consolidating the Franklin Township Rescue Squad into the fire services a few months ago. The drill was held at the Fire Department’s Station-4, which is the old squad building. The Fire Department carries extrication equipment on one of their engines while the Rescue Squad also had a truck setup with extrication tools. Now that they are under one agency, Fire Chief Sonny Read saw the need to train both Firefighters and the EMS Division’s Emergency Medical Technicians together on all of the equipment. All the extrication equipment from both trucks were laid out on two tarps, this way everyone could check out each tool and get an explanation if they needed one before the work began. Firefighters and EMTs exchanged techniques and ideas, along with cross training each other on the various tools and pieces of equipment. They had two vehicles, a pickup and a sedan, to practice cutting, prying, lifting and stabilizing, along with ensuring patient and rescuer protection. The first topics covered included a simple side window break, how to remove a windshield, and how to stabilize the vehicle with cribbing blocks. Once this was accomplished, hands-on instruction began dealing with the various power tools including the

JUMP TO FILE #072817100 spreaders, cutters, rams, and the multiple power units. Vehicle design was stressed and where to cut, pry, or push when using those hydraulic tools. Techniques on how to remove a door and/or roof were emphasized in great detail while members were doing just that. How to push up a dashboard and steering column so that the driver could be slid out from under them was practiced. Tasks weren’t completed by just using the mighty power tools; good old fashion hand tools were put to use too. From hand saws to cut the windshield, to halligan bars to pry and poke, to a large can opener style sheet metal cutter to cut a hole in the car roof. Muscle power was put into play using these and other hand tools. After all the “practice’ was done, there was not much left of the two vehicles other than basically two piles of cut-up parts. But, a lot of knowledge and experience was gained by all who attended. Franklin Township is located in the rural southern part of Warren County, and is about 25square-miles in size with a population of a little over 3,000. There are three communities within the Township, which are Asbury, Broadway and New Village. The Franklin Township Fire

Department has the designation of Station-57 in Warren County. They provide fire protection to the Township of Franklin and the northern portion of Bethlehem Township in Hunterdon County. The EMS Division provides services to the Township of Franklin and portions of Harmony Township. The entire Fire Department also supplies mutual aid fire and EMS services to the other surrounding towns. The Fire Department has four stations, three Fire, with the fourth being the EMS Division. Each community, Asbury, Broadway and New Village, has a firehouse in it, while the EMS building is located in Broadway. They run three engines, an attack engine, a snorkel aerial, a tender, two brush trucks, two off-road ATVs, a command vehicle, three ambulances and an extrication truck. In the spring of this year, the Franklin Township FD and the Franklin Township Rescue Squad consolidated under the Fire Department, creating the EMS Division of the Fire Department. The consolidation was done to make stronger unified EMS services to the residents and the motoring public traveling through the township. It is also designed to provide more manpower along with streamlining the management of equipment and having a stronger structure for the residents. - RICHARD MAXWELL

BEACHWOOD VOL. FD

Sunday Afternoon Car Fire Quickly Knocked Beachwood, NJ - At approximately 3:30 P.M. on July 9th, the Beachwood and Pinewald Fire Departments responded to a motor vehicle fire at 78.8 south on the Garden State Parkway. The fire was knocked down within minutes of arrival; traffic, however, was tied up for sometime. There were no injuries as a result of the incident. Bayville First Aid provided assistance at the scene, as did the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.

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How to remove the "A" pillar of a car is discussed during the Franklin Twp. Fire Department's extrication drill on July 17th.


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DEPARTMENT PROFILES

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Fire Chief Kevin Saharic proudly leads members of the Lebanon Borough Fire Company past their firehouse during the boro's 4th of July parade in 2017. They are located in Hunterdon County, NJ.

Lebanon Boro, NJ – The Lebanon Volunteer Fire Company #1 was formed on April 11, 1923. They shortened their name to Lebanon Fire Company in the late 1980’s. The house carries the designation as Station-18 in the Hunterdon County fire station matrix. Lebanon Borough is situated in a valley that is just north of the Round Valley Reservoir in the northern section of Hunterdon County. The Lebanon Fire Company provides fire protection services for the Borough of Lebanon, the eastern section of Clinton Township, and the southwestern part of Tewksbury Township. The response area is made up of a mix of industrial, commercial, residential, rural farmland, and an infrastructure of interstate, state and county highways, along with rail lines that carry both passenger and freight trains. The present-day Lebanon Fire Company runs a Ladder Company, an Engine Company, a Squad Company and a Brush Unit, along with a command vehicle for the Chief, all out of a single station located on Main Street in Lebanon Borough. They run one of the County’s Rapid Intervention Teams (R.I.T.), and are also a charter member of the North Hunterdon Mutual Aid Group. The Fire Company’s origin can be traced back to a gas explosion in 1923 that killed 11 people in the town’s original Post Office and Hotel building. After that tragedy struck, a group of residents held a meeting on April 11, 1923 founding the fire company for Lebanon Fire District #1. Lebanon’s first fire truck was acquired for $1000 from Morristown

JUMP TO FILE #072517100 Fire Department by the members themselves. One member made an offer to donate $100 towards the purchase of the engine if nine other members would match his amount. On April 18, 1925 a special meeting was held for the purchase of property on Main Street to build a home for the fire company. Lebanon’s first and only firehouse was built the following year, with the fire company occupying one half of the building and a general store in the other half. Eventually, the fire company took over the entire building, making several additions to the building throughout the years. However, the front of the building still looks the same today as it did back in 1926. Like many fire departments, Lebanon used to summon firemen to the station by striking a large iron ring that hung in front of the firehouse. A resident in need would call the home of a firemen, and then the fireman would then respond (or run) to the station and start ringing the alarm on the iron ring to signal a fire. Their iron ring is now mounted in front of the station in a garden to honor their past. The Lebanon Borough Fire Company is committed to serving their community with the highest degree of professionalism and still staying 100% volunteer. There are about 45 firefighters on the active rolls today. - RICHARD MAXWELL

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Busy Fourth of July for Paterson Firefighters Paterson, NJ - Bright lights and loud bangs could be heard and seen all over on the evening of July 4th as people celebrated Independence Day. As for Paterson firefighters, heavy smoke and fire could be seen in the skies through the city as multiple fires JUMP TO FILE# erupted, making it a 070517144 long night for firefighters. Around 9:30 P.M., Paterson firefighters battled a second-alarm fire on River Road that would keep crews on scene for over an hour. As crews were in the process of picking up and being released, two full boxes for reported structure fires, one of them would end up being a raging three-alarm fire. At 10:30 P.M., a structure fire was reported in the area of North 7th St. and Clinton Street. A Paterson battalion chief was first to arrive on scene and confirmed a working fire at 108 North 7th Street, with fire showing from the second-floor of a large, threestory, vacant, wooden commercial building. Due to companies still at the first fire, Mutual Aid companies were first to arrive alongside of Paterson units. Supply lines were secured on arrival and due to the type of structure and deteriorating conditions, defensive operations were setup and put into operation. West Paterson Engine-1 was first on scene and put their deck gun into operation, shortly followed by Paterson's Tower-2. Heavy fire continued to spread throughout the structure and a second-alarm was transmitted. Paterson units from the previous fire and additional Mutual Aid companies positioned around the heavily involved structure to pre-

vent spreading to any exposures on the "Charlie/Delta" sides. A thirdalarm was transmitted for manpower and additional water supplies. In the end, two tower ladders, one deck gun, and multiple hand-

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lines were in operation to knock down the heavy fire. It took over an hour to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported. The fire remains under investigation. - CHRIS TOMPKINS


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