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Welcome Back to the Wildwoods The Five Mile Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Association welcomes you back to the Wildwoods for the New Jersey State Firemen’s Convention and Expo. We have made changes this year to improve your expo experience. Most importantly, we have extended the exhibit hours on Saturday an extra hour, and we are now open until 1400. Also, the parade has been pushed back an hour and will begin at 1400. The awards for the parade winners will commence at 1900 at Convention Hall. You will notice some changes at the exhibits as we have reconfigured some of the layout in the tent area to make room for new vendors. We work hard year round to provide you with the best vendors with the sup-

plies you need for your department. Please stop by our booth, across from the Beer Garden, for our selection of souvenir convention mugs, glasses and convention T-shirts. We invite you to send us your fire and rescue pictures and stories for inclusion in the convention magazine. You can reach us at our website at www.njfireexpo.com for contact information. We hope you enjoy your stay with us in the Wildwoods. Have a happy and safe fire convention. David Thompson President FMBVFA

Welcome Delegates, Life Members and Guests The Officer’s and Executive Committeemen of the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association would like to welcome everyone to the 136th Annual Convention, on September 13 and 14, 2013. In 2012 we paid $182,482.19 in Special Relief, and $5,752,783.12 was paid out by the Local Relief Associations. The death benefit was raised to $10,500 for a fully-qualified member, and three times that for a line-of-duty death. For the fiscal year ending in June 2013, 765 death claims were paid out, totaling $7,626,953.92. Post Membership Report Green Sheets in your fire house due to errors in resigning firefighters. Next year the only reporting on the Green sheets will be Fires and Drills, all resignations will be done on a maintenance form. Three associations will not be seated at this year's convention for not having their paper work in on time, and under Statue # 43:17-45 any Association that is not seated and does not respond to paperwork after not being seated, their assessment check may be held up the following year. If any Association receives any correspondence from the IRS or Mr. Paff, contact our office immediately. On May 15 we electronically deposited $13,655,856.73 into 538 Associations’ checking accounts, this was $1,139,566.70 more than last year.

Convention expenses for Delegates will be the same as last year and we will use the same method of payment as last year for Delegates and Life Members who attend the convention; we will also use the same method to help register the disabled or handicapped firefighter. The same handicap parking lot is available, but only if you have a handicap placard or license plate. R e m e m b e r, o n l y Delegates and Life Members can receive convention expenses, and they are expected to stay for the full session on both days. All Delegates, Life Members and Guests please wear your badges to be admitted into the Convention Hall. We will again have security and uniformed police checking as you enter the hall. Please, no backpacks! Governor Christie will not be attending our Convention on Friday, September 14. Our guest speaker this year, representing

the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, will be Dawn Raune, fiancée of Roselle Fire Department Firefighter Captain Jonathan C. Young who died in the line of duty. Again this year there will be a Firefighter’s Memorial Mass on Saturday evening 1630 at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church on Atlantic Avenue. This year’s convention will be televised live into the Firemen’s Home on both Friday and Saturday. We also ask you to please keep our sick and departed Brother and Sister Firefighters, and our Armed Forces, who are in harm’s way all over the world, in your prayers. Have a safe and enjoyable stay in Wildwood, a safe trip back home, and God Bless America. Yours truly, George H Heflich, Sr. President


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INDEX TO EXHIBITORS AND VENDORS 10-75 LIGHTING ....................................BALLFIELD SPACE 1 & 2 1ST RESPONDER NEWSPAPER ......................AB 40 REGULAR AAA EMERGENCY SUPPLY......................................................C 19 ABSOLUT (E-ONE) ....................SOUTH LOT 6-7,25,37,49,63-65 ACCESS HEALTH......................................................AB CENTER 3 AIR AND GAS TECHNOLOGY ................................................D 1,2 AIR DEB - MAGNA GRIP ..................................................OCEAN 5 AIRPOWER INTL ......................................................................D 7,8 AKRON BRASS................................................................SOUTH 16 ALL HANDS WORKING CHARITY ..............................BALLFIELD ALL INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ..............BEER GARDEN GREENS 1 AMBULANCE NETWORK ....................................SOUTH 26,38,50 AMERICAN LAFRANCE............................................NORTH 10-15 AMERICAN TRADEMARK CO......................................BALLFIELD ARMOUR TUFF FLOORING .......................................... SOUTH 82 ASI FIRE/RESCUE.................................................. AB 23 CENTER ASSOCIATED AUTO BODY....................................AB 19 CENTER ATLAS FLASHER ........................................................................D 3 ATLANTIC CITY ELECTRIC SPONSOR ..........NO EVENT SPACE AWARDS EXPRESS ..................................................................C 22 BACKSTOP USA ....................................................AB 36 CENTER BILL FOX CO ...................................................... AB REGULAR 30

BLAZE EMERGENCY VEHICLES - (ROSENBAUER) ......................................................................SOUTH LOT 17-21 BREATHE SAFE ................................................................OCEAN 8 C & H DEHYDRATORS INC ...................................... AB CENTER CALIFORNIA CASUALTY CO ............................AB REGULAR 76 CAMPBELL ........................SOUTH 1-5,23-24,35-36,47-48,59-62 CAPE MARINE ..............................................................BALLFIELD CARDIAC SCIENCE ............................................ AB REGULAR 74 CAREER FIREFIGHTERS FOR A CURE- CAPE MAY COUNTY.... ..........................................................................AB CENTER 31 CASTLE ENERGY ................................................AB 48 REGULAR CHOICE MARKETING ......................................AB CENTER 28-29 CLEAN AIR CO ....................................................AB REGULAR 24 CMF ENTERPRIZE ........................................ AB REGULAR 71-72 CODE 3 ....................................................................NORTH LOT 32 COMMAND ON DISPLAY ..................BEER GARDEN GREENS 2 CONTINENTAL ..................................................HORSESHOE 4-12 CPR CLEANING AND RESTORATION ..............AB REGULAR 26 CRITERION FLOORING SYSTEMS .................. AB REGULAR 57 CSC GROUP ........................................................AB REGULAR 79 CUSTOM ADVERTISING........................................AB CENTER 5-6 DEUS RESCUE ......................................................AB CENTER 15


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INDEX TO EXHIBITORS AND VENDORS DREAMSEAT ..............................................................................C 24 EAST COAST EMERGENCY LIGHTING ....................BALLFIELD ECM2 PRODUCTS ..................................AB TENT 60 - SPONSOR ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENT LABS ..............AB REGULAR 17 EMERGENCY SOFTWARE ............................................C TENT 16 EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT SALES ....SOUTH LOT 32, 43-45, 56 ESI EQUIPMENT ........................................................SOUTH 42 ,54 EQUIPMENT MARKETERS ................................AB REGULAR 64 EVERGREEN FIRE EQUIPMENT......................OCEAN AVE 16-17 EXTREME SPORTSWEAR ............................AB TENT REG 11-12 EZ FIRE SYSTEMS ..............................................................C TENT FAIL SAFE HOSE TESTING....................................SOUTH LOT 57 FEDERAL SIGNAL ..................................................SOUTH LOT 14 FEDERATED ......................................................NORTH LOT 25-27 FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN FF ....................AB TENT REG 78 FERRARA FIRE APPARATUS ..............................NORTH 34-35-36 FIRE AND SAFETY SERVICES, INC (PIERCE) ......................................SOUTH 8-13,27-29,39-41,51-53,67-71 FIRE ENGINE COLLECTIBLES ....................AB TENT REG 38-39 FIREFIGHTERS EQUIPMENT CO ..........................SOUTH LOT 72 FIRE GROUND TECHNOLOGY ............................SOUTH LOT 55 FIRE NEWS - * OFFICIAL CONVENTION PAPER ................................................................AB TENT CENTER 24 FIRE RESEARCH CORP ........................................NORTH LOT 33 FIRE SVC WOMEN OF NEW JERSEY ..........................C TENT 14 FIREFIGHTER ONE ......................................SOUTH LOT 34,46,58 FIREFIGHTER SPECIALTIES ........................AB REGULAR 41-43 FIREFLOW SERVICES ....................................................OCEAN 14 FIREHOUSE SOFTWARE................................................C TENT 21 FIREHOUSE DOLLS ............................................AB REGULAR 70 FIREHOUSE SPECIALTY SHOP....................AB REGULAR 66-67 FIRST PRIORITY EMERGENCY VEHICLES .................................... ......................................NORTH 19-21, 28-31 / OCEAN 19-23 FISHER SPORTWEAR ........................AB TENTS 1-3,21-23,61-63 FLAME CHASER/FF+..............................................AB CENTER 27 FLYNN'S EMERGENCY PRODUCTS ............................OCEAN 12 GENERAL INSURANCE ....................................................C TENT 3 GENNARO JEWELERS ................................AB REGULAR 68-69 GIGI ENTERPRISES................................................AB CENTER 13 GRAVES ................................................................OCEAN AVE 9-10 GRAVES UNIFORMS ..................................AB TENT REGU 19-20 HAWILLS ..........................................................................SOUTH 81 HIDEOUT LEATHER ..........................................AB CENTER 33-34 INSURANCE RESTORATION ................................AB CENTER 32 INTERSTATE MOBILE CARE ..............................AB REGULAR 14

JDK ENGRAVING ....................................................AB CENTER 16 JERSEY FIRE & SAFETY PRODUCTS LLC..........OCEAN AVE 18 JOSHUA MARCUS GROUP ..........................................AB REG 80 KETTERERS RESCUE ........................................AB REGULAR 54 KNOX COMPANY ............................................................C TENT 28 LANDFALL WATER RESCUE ..................................AB CENTER 4 LARRY FOX ........................................................AB CENTER 25-26 LED LIGHTS ............................................................AB CENTER 17 LIBERTY ART WORKS ................................AB TENT CENTER 18 LINCOLN FINANCIAL GROUP........................................SOUTH 15 MASIMO ................................................................AB REGULAR 28 MAX GRAPHICS ......................................................AB CENTER 35 MERCHANTVILLE OVERHEAD DOOR ........................C TENT 17 MIDATLANTIC FIRE AND AIR ....................................C TENT 4-9 MIDATLANTIC RESCUE SYSTEMS ................................OCEAN 4 MINERVA BUNKER GEAR CLEANERS ..........................C TENT 1 MITCHELL ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS ......................C TENT 25 MN8 - FOX FIRE..........................................................BALLFIELD 3 MOBILE EYES (TRADEMASTER INC) ..........................C TENT 18 MUNICIPAL EMERGENCY SERVICES ............................................ ......................................................C TENT 10-12, / OCEAN 1-2 NATALE MACHINE & TOOL CO. INC ............................C TENT 26 NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION ........................................................................AB REGULAR 51 NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR ....................AB REGULAR 44-45 NJ FIRE EQUIPMENT COMPANY ....................................NORTH 1 NEWCAL LLC ......................................................AB REGULAR 47 OCEAN CITY FIRE DEPARTMENTWOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT........AB TENT REGULAR 52 OCEANSIDE PRODUCTS/TEES AB TENT REG 7-9 /CENTER 7-8 OCS........................................................................AB REGULAR 18 ODYSSEY SPECIALTY VEHICLES ................................NORTH 18 ONE SOURCE FIRE RESCUE..........................BEER GARDENS 3 PAC INDUSTRIES ................................................AB REGULAR 58 PERFORMANCE ADVANTAGE CO........................SOUTH LOT 30 PHYSIO CONTROL INC- MEDTRONIC ............AB TENT REG 77 PIER 47 MARINA..............................................................SOUTH 72 PL CUSTOM VEHICLE ....................................HORSESHOE 14-19 PL SERVICES ..................................................................C TENT 27 POWER HAWK TECHNOLOGIES..........................AB CENTER 22 POWERCALL SIRENS ..................................................D TENT 5-6 PRO-PHOENIX CORP......................................................C TENT 20 PSEG ....................................................................SPONSOR C 15 PUBLIC SAFETY OUTFITTERS ......................................SOUTH 33 PUMPING SERVICES INC ............................................BALLFIELD

QUALIFIED SPILL RESPONSE INC....................AB REGULAR 49 R.E.D.PRODUCTS ................................................AB REGULAR 25 RENTAL COUNTRY ................................................AB CENTER 14 RESIDENTIAL HOME FUNDING ............................AB CENTER 20 RH OCONNELL FIRE DEPT GIFTS ..................AB CENTER 10-11 RICOCHET MANUFACTURING..........BEER GARDEN GREENS 4 ROBBIE CONLEY ARCHITECTS ........................AB REGULAR 46 RODIER EBERSBERGER ARCHITECTS ..........AB REGULAR 15 ROGERS UNIFORMS ......................................................OCEAN 15 ROYAL COMMUNICATIONS................................AB REGULAR 32 RPT INTERNATIONAL..........................................AB REGULAR 36 RSI FIRE ..........................................................................C TENT 23 SAFE -T ................................................................HORSESHOE 1-2 SAFETY AND SURVIVAL TRAINING ....................OCEAN AVE 11 SGS ARCHITECTS/ENGINEERS............................AB CENTER 21 SLICK TOP SOLUTIONS ................................AB REGULAR 34-35 SPARTAN CHASSIS ........................................................OCEAN 3 SPOTTED DOG TECHNOLOGY..........................AB REGULAR 16 STATE LINE FIRE AND SAFETY ....................................SOUTH 66 SUPER LAUNDRY ................................................AB REGULAR 75 STRYKER/EMS............................................................BALLFIELD 4 SUTPHEN CORP ........................................................SOUTH 74-80 TACTICAL PUBLIC SAFETY LLC ............................NORTH 23-24 TASC FIRE APPARATUS ......................................OCEAN AVE 6-7 TMS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY ..........................AB REGULAR 27 TRI STATE LAUNDRY EQUIPMENT ........................AB CENTER 9 THE FIRE STORE - WITMER PUBLIC SAFETY ......C TENT 29-32 TURN OUT FIRE AND SAFETY ........................AB REGULAR 4-6 TURNKEY ENTERPRISES ..................................AB REGULAR 55 UP IN SMOKE ........................................BEER GARDEN GREENS USSC GROUP............................................................AB CENTER 2 USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT........................................C TENT 2 VALTEK ............................................................................SOUTH 31 VCI EMERGENCY VEHICLES ......................................NORTH 2-9 VE RALPH AND SON ..........................................AB REGULAR 59 VINELAND AUTO ELECTRIC ....................BALLFIELD SOUTH 2 W.S. DARLEY..........................................................OCEAN AVE 13 WEDDLE TOOL COMPANY....................................HORSESHOE 3 WHELEN ENGINEERING CO INC ..............BALLFIELD SOUTH 1 WILDLAND WAREHOUSE....................................HORSESHOE 13 WILDWOOD CREST LADIES AUXILARY................AB CENTER 1 WILL - BURT ....................................................................NORTH 22 WINNER FORD ..................................................SOUTH LOT 83-84 XTREME VALOR/EXACT FIRE ....................................BALLFIELD


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Welcome to the City of Wildwood

Welcome Firefighters

The Board of Commissioners welcomes you to the City of Wildwood for the New Jersey Firemen’s Convention. Hosting this event is no small task for our community, especially when it comes to the public safety of our visitors, businesses and residents. Our law enforcement agencies strive to provide a safe and enjoyable venue for all concerned. Safety issues are our main concern and we reach out to you for your support in maintaining an overall secure environment. While you are visiting our city, we hope you get the opportunity to visit several of our attractions, such as the Wildwood Sign, the Vietnam Memorial Wall, the Doo Wop Museum, the George Boyer Historical Museum, our beaches and our famous boardwalk. Special events play an extremely important role in our local economy and we hope you will patronize our local business establishments. Please remember we are ready to assist you in anyway possible. Have a successful Firemen’s Convention and enjoy your stay with us!

As Fire Chief of Wildwood, it is my privilege to welcome firefighters from across the Garden State to the 27th Annual Firemen’s Convention, Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, 2013. Every September for the past 27 years, we have looked forward to greeting these everyday heroes — the thousands of men and women who dedicate their lives, and occasionally give their lives, to ensure the safety and welfare of their neighbors. As always, we are honored that you have chosen the City of Wildwood for this exciting exposition, and we are pleased to act as your hosts. It has been said of firefighters that they run into burning buildings when everyone else is running out, and willingly fight what the rest of us fear. Recent events across the nation have demonstrated the stunning level of commitment and courage you bring to your jobs each and every day. I know I speak for everyone in Wildwood when I say, “Thank you,” for your service. We wish you good times during the convention weekend and Godspeed to you all.

Ernie Troiano, Jr. Mayor Commissioner of Public Works Pete Byron Commissioner of Revenue and Finance Anthony Leonetti Commissioner of Public Safety

Chief Christopher D’Amico Wildwood, New Jersey


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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

Fire News Welcomes You to Wildwood Welcome to the New Jersey Firemen’s Convention which is held annually in the City of Wildwood. Seven years ago, Fire News attended its first New Jersey State Firemen’s Convention. Over the years since, we have enjoyed the compliments and great conversations with the thousands of attendees who have stopped by our booth to offer suggestions, tell us stories or to take a rest. Our goal, as always, is to be at your convention and say “thank you” to all responders for your dedication and commitment to the fire service. This year, Fire News has been chosen as the official publication of the 2013 convention. Along with this title comes the monumental task of producing two publications; the regular New Jersey monthly edition of the paper and a special Wildwood edition. This could not have happened without the help and

support of so many individuals who worked diligently behind the scenes to bring you a well-organized convention. Thanks go out to the Five Mile Beach Volunteer Firemen's Association — Dave Thompson, Sandy LaMonaca, John Davis, Joe Cortese, Frank Nolan, and all committee members; George Heflich and the NJ State Firemen's Association; City of Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr., Wildwood Fire Chief of Department Chris D’Amico and the City of Wildwood Chief of Police Steven Long; Convention Hall’s John Lynch; Vendors and Sponsors: Atlantic City Electric; PSEG; ECM2 /Systems Integration Services; and All Hands Working charity; and Donors: Extreme Valor; Exact Fire; and All Hands Working Charity for making the New Jersey Firemen’s Convention a success! Fire News appreciates their confidence in us and has worked hard to

reflect your commitment in making this show the best fire service show in the country. We hope you enjoy our first Wildwood Fire Expo publication. Thank all of you for your part in making this event such a success. We also thank the businesses who have advertised in Fire News. We hope you will support them throughout the convention. Enough said! Let’s get on with the 2013 New Jersey Firemen's Convention. Fire News looks forward to hearing from everyone who passes by our booth. Have a rewarding experience as you attend this year’s convention. — Dennis


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ANNOUNCEMENTS “FIRE PARADE” IS THE FIRE AND SAFETY SERVICE’S GIFT TO THE BURN FOUNDATION

This year;s Burn Foundation’s Fundraiser at the New Jersey State Firemen’s Convention is an image by nationally award-winning artist Joseph M. Getsinger titled, “Fire Parade.” The raffle ticket, only one dollar, will be devoted to support the mission of the Burn Foundation to aid burn survivors in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The winners, who will announced on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 1300, have a chance at being one of the 25 winners who will receive a signed and numbered limited edition print or the one top prize — a large framed Giclee' canvas print #1 signed by the artist valued at $1,500. This image was five years in the making by the artist. Every year he would go to some point in the Fire Parade after the convention hoping to photograph that one image that would inspire him to create a painting. That inspiration didn’t come until last year’s parade where he chose to do a photo

shoot at the end of the parade, and met Roy Burnham of Wildwood Fire Police (FP-3) working Fire-Police and directing the trucks, which finished the parade and had been judged. While the Fire Policeman was standing in the roadway a young boy approached him, and Burnham put his arm on his shoulder and a “Rockwell,” moment occurred. The young boy had a “Never Forget” shirt on, an added touch, and they watched the parade with “Sparky” in the background. The artist thought it would be a great family tradition moment to exemplify how close knit firefighters are with their families. We understand that the individual in the Sparky Firefighter outfit was Dave Buzby, son of Walt Buzby, who worked with the artist, Joe Getsinger, when he was an Arson Investigator in the New Jersey State Police. Joe says Walt was a great guy and worked many jobs with him. Small world, huh? One of the trucks that approached at the time of this photo shoot was a 1986 Ford C-Series Suburban Pierce fire truck from Farmington Volunteer Fire Company out of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. It looked like a bright, clean and shiny red fire truck — perfect for theme of the painting the artist wanted to create. Once the artist printed out the photographs and started laying out the design he wanted, he then contacted David Russell, President of Fire and Safety Services, Ltd., of South Plainfield, NJ. Fire and Safety Services, Ltd. and Pierce have been sponsors to the Burn Foundation and the artist since 2001, making this the 13th lucky year to have such a great sponsor. We hope that this can be a banner year for fundraising for the Burn Foundation since contributions are down and victims of burns are still occurring. We need to support the Burn Foundation

and burn survivors, because, “There by the grace of God, go I.” We hope that it never happens to us or anyone we know, but the reality is, it does, and we are all in the type of business that it occurs in more often and thus we need to support the Burn Foundation. Stop at the Burn Foundation booth at the convention and make a contribution for burn survivors. Meet the artist, Joseph Getsinger, who created “Fire Parade” and many other images to aid the Burn Foundation and burn survivors. SPECIAL FIRST TIME DEAL: Place a print order at the show, make your payment, get free shipping, and the artist will donate 50-percent of all sales for Friday and Saturday to the Burn Foundation. Please keep the Burn Foundation in mind when doing a fundraiser and have a great weekend in Wildwood. God Bless.

TOWN BANK FD 2ND ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST The event will be held at the Cape May Airport (Erma, New Jersey) during the weekend of October 18-20, 2013, rain or shine starting at 1200 on Friday, October 18. There will be a DJ inside of the tent along with many festive foods, drinks, souvenir mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts and a host of other themed vendors. At 1830, Fuzzy Bone will be playing live on stage until 2130. Saturday, October 19 will be the official start of the festival, with the area and tent open from 0900 to 2200. Saturday will include the delightful sounds of the Shannon Vail Duo, Duffy String Band and Get Down Daddy inside the tent, as well as the intertwined sounds of our DJ. Any questions call 609-780-5242. (Continued on page 10)


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ANNOUNCEMENTS...continued from page 8 RIDE FOR RESCUE

TIN HELMETS & IRON MEN

Upper Township Rescue will be holding a Motorcycle Poker Run on Saturday, September 28, 2013, to benefit the Upper Township Rescue Squad. Rain date is September 29. Registration is from 0930 to 1100 at Seaville Fire Hall, 36 Route 50 in Seaville. Riders are $15 and passengers $10. There will be a BBQ and Beer event at Seaville Fire Hall from 1400 to 1800 after the ride. There will be food, drinks, music and door prizes ($15 for BBQ only; $10 for kids six to 12 years old; children under six, free). Pre-register at www.Upper Rescue.com.

Bob Bartosz was the official photographer of Camden County since 1954. And his book, Tin Helmets and Iron Men: Philadelphia Fires from the 50s, 60s and 70s will delight fire buffs and is a must for any fire history collector’s shelf. Bob is offering a special show price of $28.95 for the book. Send a check or money order (you can also pay via PayPal) Bob Bartosz, 599 Wendover Lane, Battleboro, NC 27809. He can also be contacted at 252- 446-1962; e-mail: civilwasbnp@gmail.com.

WTES FIRE & LIFE SAFETY OPEN HOUSE The WTES Fire & Life Safety Open House will be October 10, 2013. This year they have a few new additions to announce. First, from 1500-1700 there will be a special Open House for Senior Citizens in Westampton and the surrounding communities. Virtua Health will be on location with information on various health topics. Home Depot will bring an array of safety products that can help make your home safe from every type of hazard. Second, from 1800-2100 Open House for all the residents of Westampton, Eastampton and other surrounding communities. This year’s theme “Through The Years II,” with fire apparatus dating back to the late 1800s to present day. Once again the Kids Firefighter Challenge course from the North Wildwood Fire Department will be there. This includes a miniature pumping fire engine with a hoseline for the kids to use. Home Depot’s Kids Workshop will be here once again to help them build wooden fire trucks. The night will end with fireworks starting at approximately 2110.

93RD ANNUAL SUSSEX FIREMEN’S PARADE The Franklin Fire Department of Sussex Co., will be hosting the 93rd Annual Sussex County Firemen’s Association Inspection Day and Parade on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1300. This celebrates 100 years — 1913 to 2013 — as Franklin Borough, Inc. Festivities end at the Firemen’s Memorial Park where refreshments will be available. If you have any questions, contact Joe Limon at 973-262-1516.

LAUREL LAKE OPEN HOUSE Laurel Lake Regional Fire Alliance will be holding their 1st Annual Fire Prevention Open House on October 12, 2013, at Lindenwold Memorial Park,

1000 United States Ave., Lindenwold. Rain date is Sunday, October 13, 2013. Hours are 1000 to 1300. Come meet your firefighters, play on the moon bounces, watch the Fire Is Fast video, learn about fire safety. Light refreshments will be served, homework passes for attending and fun for the whole family. For more information: 856346-0935 or visit www.lindenwoldfire.com.

THE SEASIDE HEIGHTS VFC 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION The Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company announced that it will host a party and parade in honor of the organization's 100th anniversary scheduled for October 5, 2013, at the firehouse on Sherman and Sheridan Avenues, from 1100 to 1700. Interested vendors and collectors of antique fire trucks and apparatus are encouraged to visit the company’s web site for more information and registration forms; www.shfd44.com, or contact Christopher J. Vaz at christopherjvaz@aol.com or 732-604-9056, or Anthony E. Vaz at aev47@aol.com or 732-236-5748.

MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN & ANTIQUE TRUCK SHOW The Silverton Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 6th Annual Fall Festival/Motorcycle Poker Run and Antique Fire Truck Show on October 5, 2013. The day begins with a 60- to 90-mile motorcycle/classic car Poker Run. Registration is from 0900 to 1100 at the firehouse (15 Kettle Creek Road, Toms River). Fees are: $20 per motorcycle, $10 for passenger, and $20 per classic car or hot rod. A 2013 H-D Street Glide will be raffled off. Tickets for the drawing are $100 and only 300 will be sold. For raffle or info call 732-255-3244 or e-mail station29@trfire.org.


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All Hands Working Mission Statement Our mission is to reduce the number of line of duty deaths and injuries directly related to firefighter health and wellness. About Us All Hands Working is a charitable organization founded by Joe Gordon with the help of Danny Watkins. Prior to being drafted as the 23rd overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, Danny served as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of West Kelowna, British Columbia. Joe Gordon is a career firefighter in Camden County, NJ for IAFF Local 3249, and was a volunteer prior to his appointment. Danny and Joe formed a close bond of friendship and decided to do something to give back to the fire service. After noticing the number of deaths and injuries firefighters were suffering, a decision was made to form an organization that would prevent as many of these tragedies as possible. The birth of All Hands Working was a direct result of the bond firefighters have and the willingness to always give back to the fire service. All Hands Working exists to reverse the statistic that shows firefighters have a 300-percent greater risk of suffering a heart attack by doing their job. The injuries firefighters are suffering and the line of duty deaths that occur are overwhelmingly related to the health and wellness of the firefighter. All Hands Working strives to provide the training and resources to firefighters to prevent line of duty deaths and injuries.

Fire-fighters are athletes and they need to be educated on health and wellness in the same manner that an athlete would be trained to perform at such a high level. Athletes train year round to play a sport that takes place at a predetermined time. Firefighters do not have the luxury of knowing when the game will take place, but the amount of energy and stress placed on the body shares a direct correlation. Goals • Reduce line of duty deaths due to cardiovascular problems. • Work with experts in their respective fields to provide nutritional resources, mental health resources, physical fitness resources, safety and survival resources, and bio mechaniHow You Can Help cal resources to decrease risk of injury. • Become a sponsor and partner. • Provide the best available equipment to • Donate to our cause. firefighters through grants in order to increase • Visit our online store to make a purchase. endurance and physical strength. • Visit our website and Facebook page to • Research and provide resources to firefight- help spread the word! ers that are designed to reduce illnesses suffered • Attend one of our frequent fundraising as a result of performing the job of a firefighter. events.


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ECM2 Putting Technology Into Hands of First Responders ECM2 was started in 2010 with the goal of having every first responder uniquely connected with his station as well as being connected with his fellow responders in emergency situations. The company first released the 911 Emergency Call Manager in June 2010, bringing incident calls and group messaging to cell phones. This was immediately followed that same year in October by Data Integrator, a muchneeded software for Fire Chiefs or administrators taking the already collected incident data and preparing it for reporting. The real work came in 2011-2013 with the realization and development of three, ground breaking tools that would change emergency responding forever. Station Manager, Mobile Map and Dispatcher were introduced and are the first products like this to hit the emergency responders’ market. What is unique about these three products is the powerful features and the simple fact that they are totally integrated with each other. Mobile Map with its mapping incident locations, fire hydrant locations, ability to view pre-plans, driving directions, photo and video capture, ability to view multiple apparatus responding, and, in some cases, other depart-

either scene or station), officer availability, responding apparatus, calendar events (fundraising events, training dates, etc.), emergency notes (road closures, electrical wires down, flooding, road outages, etc.) and area weather (just enter your zip code) as well as a number of other features. Lastly, Dispatcher with easy dispatching. Click the location on the map or manually enter the address (which you must validate), select a responding station and then select the “nature of the call.” Hit the send button and you’re done! The alert call has been dispatched with all the information. ECM2 is available for demonstrations and is constantly on the road displaying and demoing its products at fire and rescue stations throughout the United States as well as at national tradeshows throughout the year making a huge noise with those that stop and visit their booth. You can view our website at: www.ecm2.us, or you can call our sales department at: 724-519-7698. We’re waiting for you to come aboard! With Station Manager, you can view/manage your personnel, apparatus and incidents via Putting technology into the a large screen TV in your station. It gives you hands of first responders the ability to view incident data on your screen www.ecm2.us such as: responding personnel (displaying rank/credentials with responding destination ments responding that are also ECM2 customers and many more user features. This software can be installed on a Windows laptop in your vehicle or on an iPad, Android or Windows7 tablet.


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PSE&G: Making New Jersey Energy Strong When Superstorm Sandy wreaked its devastation on New Jersey last October, leaving millions without power, many people asked PSE&G what the utility was doing to prevent similar, widespread outages in the future. PSE&G’s Energy Strong investment plan shows how seriously the company takes that question. The plan lays out $3.9 billion in improvements to make PSE&G’s electric and gas distribution systems more resilient to natural disasters and thus help safeguard people, businesses and communities across New Jersey. “Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and the October 2011 ice storm represent extreme weather patterns that experts predict will only continue,” said Ralph LaRossa, PSE&G president and chief operating officer. “It’s equally clear that an increased dependence on energy has made any extended outage hard to tolerate. We need to plan ahead for the next storm and prepare New Jersey for the long term, with a view toward protecting our systems and strengthening their resiliency and sustainability during severe weather, as well as on blue-sky days.” PSE&G is proud to have been named the nation's most reliable electric utility in five of the last eight years and the region’s most reliable for 11 consecutive years. Yet the company recognizes the need for a stronger and smarter infrastructure to better withstand future storms and

better protect us all. Its Energy Strong plan includes steps to protect electric switching stations and substations affected by recent storms; replace and modernize low-pressure cast iron gas mains; deploy smart grid technologies; strengthen poles and move some overhead lines underground; and protect natural gas metering stations and a liquefied natural gas station from storm-related impacts.

tion will expire in 2014 and 2016. Second, abundant, low-cost gas has already helped reduce bills for the utility’s residential gas customers by about 40 percent over the past five years. Third, labor is available to get the job done. The Energy Strong program would create about 5,800 much-needed local jobs and help New Jersey's economy. Indeed, this effort can be a prime engine for turning a horrific tragedy into an extraordinary opportunity for long-term economic growth and development. Strong partnerships have been a key to progress throughout PSE&G’s 110 years, and its Energy Strong plan is no exception. Indeed, the plan is generating significant support from public officials, labor and business leaders and from customers and employees as well. More than 50 New Jersey municipalities and five county governments have passed resolutions supporting Energy Strong. About 8,000 people have registered their support at a special web site — www.njenergystrong.com — established as part of an extensive outreach effort. The public support for Energy Strong keeps growing — for good reason. PSE&G's Energy Strong program is important not only to the company, but to build a bright, sustainable future for New Jersey and everyone in the state. And with another hurricane season upon us, delay is not an option.

“The Energy Strong program would create about 5,800 much-needed local jobs and help New Jersey’s economy. Indeed, this effort can be a prime engine for turning a horrific tragedy into an extraordinary opportunity for long-term economic growth and development.” Had these protections been in place before Sandy, the number of hours that customers were without power as a result of the storm would have been reduced by 39 percent. Hundreds of thousands of customers would never have lost power at all and many others would have had their power restored sooner. Moreover, PSE&G believes these investments can be made while keeping residential or business customer bills essentially flat for a number of reasons. First, charges from deregula-


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Atlantic City Electric Dedicated to Working with First Responders

Atlantic City Electric is dedicated to working with first responders and public safety officials during storms and emergencies and to help with education, training and safety on a daily basis. From county Offices of Emergency Management to local firefighters and law enforcement, we rely on each other to provide a safe environment for incident recovery and for community support efforts.

That is why we developed the Emergency Services Partner Program (ESPP), to strengthen these relationships and support the elements closest to their missions and work. We partner with county fire marshals to provide smoke detectors to residents who can’t afford to purchase one. We sponsor the New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference and the New Jersey Fire Expo. We support the Camden County Hero

Scholarship Fund that provides scholarships for the children of fallen first responders. We partner with the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety by printing posters that educate children regarding fire safety. The Atlantic City Electric emergency Services Partnership Program salutes the men and women, who keep residents and visitors of New Jersey safe. Good luck on this year's Expo.


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This bench is part of the New Jersey Firefighters Memorial in Wildwood. - Fire News photo by Tim Edwards

The West Wildwood Volunteer Fire Company outfitted this AMC General as flood emergency vehicle. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe


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Silverton VFC’s Chief Sinnott Wins Outstanding Leadership Award

Congratulations to Chief Robert Sinnott of the Silverton Volunteer Fire Company for being the winner of this year’s Fire News-Firehouse Expo Outstanding Leadership Award. Great Job Chief! Pictured with Chief Sinnott is (from left) Greg Toritto, Group Publisher of Fire House Magazine and Firehouse.com, Chief Sinnott, Frank C. Trotta, President and Publisher of Fire News and Tim Edwards, Executive Editor of Fire News. - Fire News photo by Dennis Whittam


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Anglesea Fire Company No. 1’s amphibious Sealegs RHI (rigid hull inflatable). The boat has two wheels on the stern as well as the one in front, all hydraulically driven. When lowered, the boat is all-wheel drive (also hydraulic) and can do about 6 mph. Outboard powered by a 150 Evinrude with a separate motor running the hydraulics, it can do well-over 30 knots on the water. - Fire News photo by Tim Edwards

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Since Last Year...

June 26, 2013. Members of the Wildwood and North Wildwood Fire Departments conducting their annual open water rescue refresher training on North Wildwood Beach. - Fire News photos by Robert Newkirk


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Since Last Year...

(Photos clockwise from above) Rio Grande, Cape May Court House respond to a 2012 MVA. July 2012. Erma and Cape May at a fishing vessel fire. August 18, 2012. Villas, Erma, Cape May at Harbourside Restaurant fire. - Fire News photos by Robert Newkirk


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Since Last Year...

(Photos clockwise from above, left) April 17, 2012. Chief D’Amico , firefighter Bill Cripps. February 23, 2012. Captain D. Speigel, FF R. Feltwell, FF Ernie Troiano 3, Chief C. D’Amico, FF Matt Johnsonof the Wildwood Fire Department. A 1913 American La France aerial truck with Driver Roland Ray, Jr., Tillerman Matt Johnson, and Chief D’Amico. - Fire News photos by Robert Newkirk


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Since Last Year...

(Photos clockwise from above) December 6. 2013. Upper Township Rescue Squad at a four-car MVA. - Fire News photo by Joe Repici February 27, 2013. Tuckahoe, Marmora at house fire. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe March 2013. Strathmere, Sea Isle City, Marmora, Ocean City fire and ice. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe

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Looking Back...

October 20, 2008. West Maple Avenue fire, Wildwood. - Fire News photos by Robert Newkirk


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Looking Back...

March 2010. Shore Plaza fire in Wildwood. -Fire News photo by Robert Newkirk


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Left: April 2012. West Poplar Avenue structure fire in Wildwood. - Fire News photo by Robert Newkirk

Right: September 2011. The Wildwood Pier fire. -Fire News photo by Robert Newkirk


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September 9, 2012. The West Wildwood Marina fire drew crews from West Wildwood, Wildwood, North Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest. - Fire News photos by Robert Newkirk

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In this issue... Possible Arson in Cardiff Arson is suspected in Firehouse Kitchen Blaze. See story on page 15

Family Saved in Mays Landing Fire Six people self extricated thanks to in-house alarms. See story on page 16

AC Expressway Fire Cardiff and Farmingville Departments respond to a car fire on the Atlantic City Expressway. See story on page 25

Americas 9-11 Ride Hightstown firefighters participate in the annual DC-to-WTC ride.

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Monmouth Firefighter Competition Monmouth County departments compete — and four departments vie in the Ladies Bucket Brigade. See story on page 51

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Always Use Caution By the time you read this editorial, the anniversary of 9/11 will have passed. Many of you remember this horrible day first hand. Close your eyes and think of the horrific images that come to mind. I know I often stare at images of two majestic structures that were reduced to a pile of crushed concrete and twisted steel. When I talk to people who were part of the recovery effort, many remember something else, they remember the toxic smell. Yes, they remember the odor of the dust cloud that enveloped the World Trade Center site, which contained a lot of nasty substances. They have names such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), dioxins and asbestos. There were also manmade fibers, volatile organic compounds, silica, pulverized glass shards, alkaline concrete dust, lead, mercury and other heavy metals in the dust cloud over Ground Zero. These chemicals have one thing in common, they can all cause cancer. To date, this dust cloud continues to claim the lives of responders who worked in “The Pit.” The recent use of outlawed toxins in Syria, which killed a reported 1,500 civilians, including over 426 children, reminded me of my first Haz-Mat training class. During my class, it was drilled into me that chemicals can kill. In the case of the WTC attack, the chemical exposure keeps killing. During this class it was drilled into me that chemical attacks could be the wave of the future. The future is here. You must be cautious whenever you respond to calls. We must wake up and realize that all calls to which we respond have the potential risk of a chemical attack on first responders. Use caution when you respond to strange calls where multiple animals might have been found dead, strange odors prevail, and where things just don't look or feel right. Be sure to utilize your SCBA, especially during overhaul. Be sure to have your turnout gear cleaned by a professional company to make sure it stays free of toxins. Think about the kids who come to your firehouse on Fire Prevention Education Day and try on your gear. Are they being exposed to toxins from the last car fire you put out? Take all exposures to chemicals seriously. It doesn’t take much to keep your gear clean. Are you disinfecting your mask after each use? Learn from the responders who have lost their life after 9/11. Use caution when you are battling the modern day fire. …Dennis

ANNOUNCEMENTS 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION The Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company announced that it will host a party and parade in honor of the organization’s 100th anniversary. The all-day event is scheduled for October 5, 2013, at the firehouse property on Sherman and Sheridan Avenues, 1100 1700. Interested vendors and collectors of antique fire trucks and apparatus are encouraged to visit the Fire Company’s website for more information and registration forms; www.shfd44.com, or contact Christopher J. Vaz, Parade Committee at christopherjvaz@aol.com or 732-604-9056, or Anthony E. Vaz, President, at aev47@aol.com or 732-236-5748.

WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER September 11, 2001

Fire News asks our readers to remember all of the heroes who perished and the many responders who saved countless lives on September 11, 2001. We would like to make sure that everyone who perished on that day is recognized and is in our prayers and thoughts. We also remember the 246 victims on the four planes, 2,606 victims in the towers and on the ground, and 125 victims at the Pentagon of which 55 were military personnel. We also pray for those that continue to fall as a result of that fateful day. Please continue to support those who gave all and continue to give all as a result of the most tragic day in America’s history.

ANNOUNCEMENTS ‘FIRE PARADE’ IS THE FIRE AND SAFETY SERVICE'S GIFT TO THE BURN FOUNDATION This year’s Burn Foundation’s Fundraiser at the New Jersey State Firemen’s Convention is an image by nationally award-winning artist Joseph M. Getsinger titled, “Fire Parade.” The raffle tickets, only one dollar each, will be devoted to support the mission of the Burn Foundation to aid burn survivors in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The winners, who will be announced September 14 at 1300, have a chance at being one of the 25 winners who will receive a signed and numbered limited edition print or the one top prize — a large framed Giclee’ canvas print #1 signed by the artist and valued at $1,500. This image was five years in the making by the artist. Every year he would go to some point in the Fire Parade after the convention hoping to photograph that one image that would inspire him to create a painting. That inspiration didn't come until last year's parade where he chose to do a photo shoot at the end of the parade, and met Roy Burnham of Wildwood Fire Police (FP-3) working Fire-Police and directing the trucks, which finished the parade and had been judged. While the Fire-Policeman was standing in the roadway a young boy approached him, and Burnham put his arm on his shoulder and a “Rockwell,” moment occurred. The young boy had a “Never Forget” shirt on, an added touch, and they watched the parade with “Sparky” in the background. One of the trucks that approached at the time of this photo shoot was a 1986 Ford C-Series Suburban Pierce fire truck from Farmington Volunteer Fire Company out of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. It looked like a bright, clean and shiny red fire truck — one of many perfect for theme of the painting the artist wanted to create. Once the artist printed out the photographs and started laying out the design he wanted, he then contacted David Russell, President of Fire and Safety Services, Ltd., of South Plainfield, NJ. Fire and Safety Services, Ltd., and Pierce have been sponsors to the Burn Foundation and the artist since 2001, making this the 13th lucky year to have such a great sponsor. We hope that this can be a banner year for fundraising for the Burn Foundation since contributions are down and victims of burns are still occurring. We need to support the Burn Foundation and burn survivors, because, “There by the grace of God, go I.” We hope that it never happens to us or anyone we know, but the reality is, it does, and we are all in the type of business that it occurs more often and thus we need to support the Burn Foundation. Stop at the Burn Foundation booth at the convention and make a contribution for burn survivors. Meet the artist, Joseph Getsinger, who created “Fire Parade” and many other images to aid the Burn Foundation and burn survivors. SPECIAL FIRST TIME DEAL: Place a print order at the show, make your payment, get free shipping, and the artist will donate 50-percent of all sales for Friday and Saturday to the Burn Foundation.

MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN Upper Township Rescue will be holding a Motorcycle Poker Run on Saturday, September 28, 2013, to benefit the Upper Township Rescue Squad. Rain date is September 29. Registration is from 0930 to 1100 at Seaville Fire Hall, 36 Route 50 in Seaville. Riders are $15 and passengers $10. There will be a BBQ and Beer event at Seaville Fire Hall from 1400 to 1800 after the ride. There will be food, drinks, music and door prizes ($15 for BBQ only; $10 for kids six to 12 years old; children under six, free). Pre-register at www.UpperRescue.com.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS WTES FIRE & LIFE SAFETY OPEN HOUSE The WTES Fire & Life Safety Open House will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013. From 1500-1700 there will be a special Open House portion for the Senior Citizens in the surrounding communities. Virtua Health will be on location with information on various health topics. Home Depot will also be there and will bring an array of safety products. From 1800-2100 the general public Open House for the residents of Westampton, Eastampton and surrounding communities will take place. During the event children and parents will have the opportunity to learn about fire safety. The Kids Firefighter Challenge course, borrowed from the North Wildwood Fire Department will also be on hand. It includes a miniature pumping fire engine with a hoseline for the kids to use. Home Depot’s Kids Workshop will be at the event once again to help children build wooden fire trucks. The night will finish off with a fireworks display that will start at approximately 2110!

FALL FESTIVAL AND MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN & ANTIQUE FIRE TRUCK SHOW The Silverton Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 6th Annual Fall Festival/Motorcycle Poker Run and Antique Fire Truck Show on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The day begins with a 60 to 90-mile motorcycle/classic car Poker Run. Registration for the run is from 0900 to 1100 at the firehouse (15 Kettle Creek Road, Toms River). Donations are $20 per motorcycle, $10 for an additional passenger, and $20 per classic car or hot rod. Prizes will be awarded for the three best poker hands. A community festival will be held from 1100 to 1800, featuring music by local bands; all-day free inflatable children’s rides; food, beer and wine for sale; fire equipment displays; police canine and motorcycle unit demos; craft and community vendors; and a 2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide will be raffled off. Tickets for the drawing are $100 and only 300 will be sold. The raffle winner will be announced at 1700. For raffle call 732-255-3244 or e-mail station29@trfire.org. If you wish to be a community vendor, please contact me via e-mail at mcocco@trfire.org to secure your spot! Vendors are limited to space avail-

ability and business type. If you wish to make a donation for a door prize or other donation and for all other inquiries, please send them to station29@trfire.org. For more information visit www.svfc29.com

LAUREL LAKE OPEN HOUSE Laurel Lake Regional Fire Alliance will be holding their 1st. Annual Fire Prevention Open House on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Lindenwold Memorial Park, 1000 United States Ave., Lindenwold. Rain date for the Open House will be Sunday, October 13, 2013. Hours are 1000 to 1300. Come meet your firefighters, play on the moon bounces, watch the Fire Is Fast video, learn about fire safety. Light refreshments will be served. There will be homework passes for attending and plenty of fun for the entire family. For more information or directions contact 856-346-0935 or visit www.lindenwoldfire.com.

TOWN BANK FD ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST Town Bank’s annual Oktoberfest will be held at the Cape May Airport (Erma, New Jersey) during the weekend of October 18-20, 2013, rain or shine starting at 1200 on Friday, October 18. There will be a DJ inside the tent along with many festive foods, drinks, souvenir mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts and a host of other themed vendors. At 1830, Fuzzy Bone will be playing live on stage until 2130. Saturday, October 19 will be the official start of the festival, with the area and tent open from 0900 to 2200. Saturday will include the delightful sounds of the Shannon Vail Duo, Duffy String Band and Get Down Daddy inside the tent, as well as the intertwined sounds of our DJ. Any questions call 609-780-5242.

93RD ANNUAL SUSSEX FIREMEN'S PARADE The Franklin Fire Department of Sussex Co., will be hosting the 93rd Annual Sussex County Firemen's Association Inspection Day and Parade on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1300. This celebrates 100 years — 1913-2013 — as Franklin Borough, Inc. Festivities end at the Firemen's Memorial Park where refreshments will be available. If you have any questions, contact Joe Limon 973-262-1516.


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All-Hands Blaze in Bellmawr

On August 12, 2013, Bellmawr crews were called to a blaze at a Walnut Avenue address. Companies arrived and made an aggressive interior attack with two 1-3/4 inch lines bringing the fire under control in 20 minutes. The fire displaced three residents who were being assisted by the Red Cross. The preliminary cause of the fire appeared to be an improperly used extension cord. On-scene mutual aid came from Runnemede, Gloucester City and Mt Ephraim. - Fire News photos (left, top and bottom) by Ted Aurig, photo top right courtesy Jim Burleigh, Sr.

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Early Morning Blaze in Merchantville Early on August 23, 2013, the Camden County Alarm Room received calls reporting a fire in an upstairs apartment located on South Center Street in downtown Merchantville. An early arriving fire officer reported visible fire showing from the second floor of a two-story taxpayer with apartments above, and transmitted an all-hands, bringing Pennsauken Station's 11-1, 11-3, Air Cascade 11-4 and a RIT Team from neighboring Maple Shade. First-due apparatus from Sta. 12-9 deployed a blitz line and knocked down a good portion of the fire. As searches began for occupants in other apartments on the second floor, follow-up hose teams knocked down the remaining fire. All fire was extinguished within 15 minutes but extensive overhaul was needed. One Merchantville firefighter received a minor injury and four civilians were displaced (Red Cross assisted). ReHab 13-8 from Deer Park Fire Company. was also called to the scene. Pennsauken EMS and Virtua MICU also assisted at the scene. - Fire News photos by John Axford


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Four-Alarmer in Irvington

On August 18, 2013, Irvington Fire Department received multiple calls for a fire in a one-story commercial building on Coit Street. Second and third alarms were sounded for heavy fire throughout the interior. Companies set up for a defensive attack using four ladder pipes, four deck guns and multiple ground monitors and handlines. A fourth alarm was requested for manpower as the fire took over three hours to get under control. Firefighters were hampered by the large amount of plastic stored in the building. At least one FF was injured (non-life threatening) and units remained on the scene through the night and following day. - Fire News photo by Peter Danzo


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Lightning Strikes in Landisville

The volunteer fire companies of Landisville and Minotola along with the Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Company were dispatched to South Laurel Street in Landisville on August 1, 2013, for a house that was struck by lightning. The lightning initially struck two trees in the rear, then jumped to a glass top patio table blowing the glass out, then traveled down a lawn chair which had a dog leash tied to it. The lightning then traveled across the leash to the home, up to the dryer vent, into the dryer, then into the electrical system, blowing the outside lamp off the back of the house with an ensuing fire. The fire was brought under control quickly with smoke damage to the home. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger

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Cardiff House Fire On July 17, 2013, the volunteer fire companies of Cardiff and Farmington were dispatched to Patriot Walk for a reported structure fire. EHT Police arrived first and reported smoke showing from the second-floor window of a twostory, wood frame, single-family dwelling. Assistant Cardiff Chief Steven Sear established command. Cardiff Engine 1516’s crew stretched a handline to the second floor where the crew found a small fire in a bedroom that was quickly extinguished. Due to the high humidity of the day and the need for extensive overhaul, command rotated firefighters frequently. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger

Possible Arson at Fire Station #1 Blaze On August 5, 2013, the volunteer fire companies of Cardiff and Bargaintown were dispatched to Black Horse Pike — next to Station 1 — for a structure fire. The cook at the restaurant next door noticed smoke coming from the station. A Cardiff firefighter working across the street started pulling out apparatus and radioed in a working fire. Additional firefighters arrived and extinguished a fire in the kitchen. Command requested the EHTFD Fire Official, and EHT Police Major Crimes Unit. A possible subject was reported leaving the scene on a bicycle. No damage was sustained to apparatus, but the building had extensive smoke damage. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger


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Family Saved in Mays Landing Fire Recently, the volunteer fire companies of Mays Landing and Cologne were initially dispatched to a Chancellor Park Drive address for a structure fire. Car 1810, Mays Landing Chief John Sauerwald, was advised by dispatch of multiple calls and was also dispatching the Laureldale Volunteer Fire Company. Car 1810 arrived to find a two-story, wood frame, single-family dwelling with fire through the roof. Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company was requested for RIT. There were six occupants in the structure who escaped

after being alerted by the home’s smoke detectors. While exiting, a six-year old boy suffered a broken arm and was transported to the hospital by the Mays Landing Rescue Squad. Hamilton Township Police cleared the buildings on the Bravo and Delta exposures, which were suffering exterior heat damage. After an aggressive exterior attack, the fire was knocked down and placed under control within one hour. - Fire News photos by Ken Badger


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Two People Self-Rescue in East Camden Blaze

On August 6, 2013, at around 2145, a fire broke out in an occupied building in East Camden. Two people were in the building but jumped to safety and were both transported to the hospital. The fire was placed under control at approximately 1050. - Fire News photos by Robert Macom


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Major Blaze in Port Republic

The City of Port Republic Volunteer Fire Department in Atlantic County, along with the Oceanville Volunteer Fire Company from Galloway Township, were dispatched on August 5, 2013, to Old New York Road in Port Republic for a structure fire in a two-story wood frame dwelling with attached two-car garage fully involved. Port Republic Chief John Yochim immediately requested Atlantic County Water Tender Task Force A, bringing apparatus from throughout Atlantic, Burlington, Ocean and Cape May counties. Despite the efforts of firefighters, the structure was lost. - Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe


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Five Injured in Buena Vista MVA The volunteer fire companies of Newtonville and Collings Lakes along with Buena Vista EMS were dispatched at approximately 1145 hours on July 30, 2013, to Route 54 in the area of Leghorn Road for a reported motor vehicle crash. Collings Lake Ambulance and Collings Lakes Engine 12-31 arrived to find a vehicle overturned off the highway with five occupants involved and one ejected. Due to the number of patients, mutual aid ambulances were requested, as well as an Air Ambulance. Four patients were transported by ground, with one flown to the Atlantic City Trauma Center. - Fire News photos by Ken Badger

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MVA Takes Down Wires in Somers Point

The City of Somers Point Volunteer Fire Department responded to the intersection of Shore Road and Maryland Avenue on August 4, 2013, for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Firefighters arrived to find a single-vehicle crash with the person trapped inside and the car ensnared in downed live wires and a live transformer. Command requested Atlantic City Electric to the scene with an expedited response, and had to wait until the electric company cut the power before beginning a rescue. The lone occupant was removed from the vehicle and transported by Shore Medical Center EMS to the nearby Shore Medical Center. The crash is under investigation by Somers Point Police. - Fire News photos by Carl Crossman

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Trailer Fire Knocked Out Quickly

At 1155 on August 7, 2013, the Cherry Hill Fire Department was called out for a fire at a single-wide mobile home on Farreell Avenue. The mobile home park had narrow single-lane access. Two 1-3/4 inch lines were placed in service and the members entered the mobile home and began a primary search. The bulk of the fire was knocked down quickly and ventilation begun. The fire was placed under control by Battalion Chief Montrel Haldeman within 15 minutes. There were no injuries but the family was displaced. - Fire News photos by John Axford


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AC Expressway Fire Doused

The volunteer fire companies of Cardiff and Farmington respond- highway which was quickly contained by Cardiff Engine 1516. New ed to Milepost 8 westbound on the Atlantic City Expressway at Jersey State Police investigated the cause of the fire. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe approximately 1715 on August 19, 2013, for a report of a vehicle fire. Firefighters arrived to find a car on fire on the shoulder of the


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Route 22 Car Fire On July 3, 2013, the North Branch and Green Knoll fire departments were dispatched to the area of Route 22 West by Milltown Road in Bridgewater for a reported car fire with possible injuries. Upon arrival of North Branch Chief Hickson, an SUV was found fully involved with two people on the side of the road who had escaped the vehicle without injury. North Branch engine 49-108 arrived with a full crew and quickly knocked down the blaze. The entire incident took less than 20 minutes and had very little impact on traffic. - Fire News photo by David Hickson

Bargaintown Handles GSP MVA/Fire The Bargaintown Volunteer Fire Company responded on July 14, 2013, to a reported MVA and fire on the Garden State Parkway at mile marker 33.8 north. Initial tone out advised that there was heavy fire in the engine compartment. Egg Harbor Township Police arrived first and advised an alternate response direction because of the location. Bargaintown Assistant Chief Hancock was the first unit to arrive confirming a fully involved Jeep. Bargaintown Chief Eugene Sharpe was next on scene, followed by Engines 1523 and 1522, Tanker 1528 and Engine 1526. All vehicles cleared the scene at 12:29. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger


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12 Alarm Dietz & Watson Warehouse Fire

On Sunday, September 1, 2013, a building fire was reported in Delanco, Burlington County at 1000 Coopertown Road, at the Dietz & Watson warehouse. First arriving units reported heavy smoke coming from the roof area of the building. Crews secured the limited water supplies and set up for defensive operations. Multiple ladder pipes were set up to surround the building. Roof operations were off limits due to the entire roof being covered with solar panels. Water supply issue began early as command dispatched the Pipeline Task Force and struck additional alarms. The fireboat out of Camden City was called for drafting. Crews worked to secure a supply line over a mile long to draft out of a creek. The fire was officially placed under control more than 24 hours after it started. The 12-alarm blaze brought 200 firefighters from five different counties in to assist. Two minor firefighter injuries were reported. The Delanco chief reported the fire to have started in the middle of the building and extend into the roof area. He stated due to the roof being covered with solar panels he was not able to put his men on the roof to perform a trench cut. “Normal roof, we would be able to get on there, trench it, cut if off. With the power sitting on top of the roof, I can not. The building isn’t worth one of my guys’ lives.” The 266,000-square-foot building which was six-years old, stored meats and cheeses from factories for three states. The business was closed for the Labor Day weekend. Two security guards on the property noticed the smoke. - Fire News photos and story by Ted Aurig


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When a Bus is Not a Bus Recently, an accident initially reported as overturned bus, had firefighters concerned about a mass casualty incident. The reported bus was a smaller Mercedes bus that was on the Garden State Parkway at mile marker 25.9 northbound when it went into a 200 foot slide before coming to a rest on its side. - Fire News photo by Robert Macom

Tools Ready to Go But Not Needed The volunteer fire companies of Bargaintown and Cardiff were dispatched for their hydraulic tools on August 8, 2013, for a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Mill Road. Bargaintown Chief Eugene Sharpe was notified the person in the car had self extricated, as he responded. Firefighters stood by until the vehicle was uprighted and removed from the scene. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger


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Ambulance Involved in MVA The Farmington Volunteer Fire Company responded at 0042 on July 11, 2013, to the intersection of Tilton and Delilah Roads for a MVA with entrapment. Assistant Chief Dennis Sharpe arrived first and advised responding Chief Leonard Tilley the crash involved a civilian vehicle with an Atlanticare Ambulance and the paramedics were requesting a double door and B-post removal. Chief Tilley arrived and assumed command and radioed responding Rescue 1547 to put into service a spreader and a cutter. The civilian was extricated quickly and was transported by Absecon EMS to the trauma center. The cause of the crash is under investigation by EHT Police. Assisting at the scene: Absecon EMS, Galloway EMS, Egg Harbor Township EMS, Atlanticare Paramedics. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe

Absecon MVA The City of Absecon Emergency Services was dispatched to the intersection of Woodland and Chelsea Avenues on June 17, 2013, for a report of a motor vehicle crash with entrapment. Units arrived to find a vehicle on its side. Its occupants were transported by Absecon EMS to the Atlanticare Trauma Center. Absecon Police investigated the cause of the crash. - Fire News photo by James Logan

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Up Close & Personal

Members of Surf City Engine 4941 after a pump drill. - Fire News photo by Kate Young

Have Hose, Will Travel! Members of the Farmington Volunteer Fire Company #4 stood by at the quarters of the Bayview Volunteer Fire Company in Galloway Township while they assisted their brother and sister firefighters on a working fire in Oceanville on August 17, 2013. This was the same crew that went to Port Republic on August 5, 2013. While on standby they responded to a reported structure fire for which they were first in. Their motto: "Anytime, Baby!" - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe


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Up Close & Personal

Closter Fire Department Firefighters Myron Radowych (left) and Sean Foley man a handline defending their new tower ladder at their wetdown in June 2013. - Fire News photo by Joseph Fortunato

Members of the Township of Hamilton, Atlantic County, Underwater Rescue and Recovery Unit. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe


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Members of the Wayne Fire Department. - Fire News photo by Chris Denton

Members of West Milford Fire Department with Tanker 5 at a wetdown. - Fire News photo by Chris Denton

Wayne Fire Department Company 1 member John Smedile sets up Tower Ladder 1 for an overhead attack at the Wayne Fire Co. 2 and Wayne Township FAS wetdown. - Fire News photo by Joseph Fortunato


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Up Close & Personal On August 5, 2013, Robert Fox was promoted to Captain of the Collingswood Fire Department. The mayor swore in the new captain at the town meeting in front of department members, friends and family. - Fire News photos by Ted Aurig

The Wrecking Crew! Members of The Farmington Volunteer Fire Company #4 of the Egg Harbor Township Fire Department take a well deserved break during the all hands in Port Republic on August 5, 2013, after tearing down the garage wall in an effort to open up. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe


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Vernon Wetdown Recently, the Vernon Fire Company held a wetdown for two new pieces of apparatus. The first, a KME pumper and the second a Pierce Rescue truck. Surrounding towns came by and christened the new trucks and a great time was had by all. - Fire News photos by Chris Denton

Flanders Decon Drill Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad firefighters and EMTs at a decontamination drill, in which members of Cub Scout Pack 47played victim. Drill. Above: FF Tyler Wargo and EMS Lt. Mayra Garcia don special protective suits and breathing apparatus before entering the “hot zone” to “rescue” the children. Right: Lt. Garcia uses a hose to wash Jared Welsch, 6. - Fire News photos by Doug Fenichel


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Lakehurst 100th

The Lakehurst Fire Department recently celebrated their 100th anniversary by holding a parade and celebration at the firehouse. A dozen departments participated in the parade that went through downtown Lakehurst and concluded at the department’s firehouse. Judging was held on the apparatus and trophies were given including Chief’s Choice and Mayor's Choice of best appearing truck.

There was also a “bouncy house” for the kids, live entertainment, a beer garden and food truck vendors that provided different styles of cuisine. Congratulations to the Lakehurst Fire Department on 100 years of service and for the many more to come. - Fire News photos by Mike Nowacki

Wetdown in Wayne

On August 24, 2013, Wayne Fire Company #2 and Wayne Memorial First Aid and Rescue Squad held a wetdown for their new ambulances and Engine 2-2. Wayne EMS dedicated three new ambulances — an Asap six-wheel-drive all-terrain ambulance, a high-capacity vehicle for rehab and mass evacuations (part of the NJ EMS Truck Force) and an International ambulance. Surrounding towns came by and christened the vehicles and the highlight was the water assault by the other Wayne fire companies. - Fire News photos by Chris Denton


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America’s 9/11 Ride

America's 9/11 Ride made its way from D.C. to the World Trade Center through Hightstown and under the flag draped from Hightstown Engine Co. No. 1 and East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 on August 17, 2013, during the annual ride to pay tribute to those lost on 9/11. Departments from all over the East Coast from Maine to Georgia rode. It was estimated more than 600 riders participated this year. - Fire News photos by Amy Batista

Hightstown Engine Co. No.1 color guard.

Left to right, front: Captain Steve Kadir, FF Victor Raczka, FF Richard Mastriano and FF Chuck Pietzsch. Left to right, back: Chief Larry Van Kirk, FF Matt Screws and Fire Police Marlin Mortimer in the background.


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Lanoka Harbor Drill

The Lanoka Harbor Fire Department recently held a drill on a structure that was donated to them by the homeowner, before tear down. Members of the department practiced their ventilation skills on the roof and practiced gaining entry to a structure and interior searches for victims. Participating in the drill along with Lanoka Harbor was Lanoka Harbor First Aid and Lacey Township Underwater Rescue Recovery Team. - Fire News photos by Mike Nowacki


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Foam=Fun at Closter Wetdown

The Closter Fire Department held a wetdown for their new Tower Ladder 769 and Engine 761 on June 30, 2013. Surrounding communities came by to christen the new apparatus. One of the day’s highlights was Oradell Fire Department’s foam unit. - Fire News photos by Chris Denton


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Guns and Hoses in Egg Harbor

In support of National Night Out on August 6, 2013, the Egg Harbor After the game, both the firefighters and policeman gave demonTownship Fire Department challenged the Egg Harbor Township strations and handed out safety messages. - Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe Police Department to a softball game titled “Guns vs. Hoses.� The game went into extra innings with the Guns prevailing in the end.


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Two Alarmer in Oradell

On August 2, 2013, the Oradell Fire Department responded to a working house fire on Elm Street. Heavy smoke was showing on arrival of the first officer and a second alarm was requested bringing mutual aid to the scene. "Coliers Mansion" conditions hindered the fire attack but aggressive firefighting quickly had the fire knocked down in under 20 minutes. (Photo left) New Milford Lt. John Stormer post operations. - Fire News photos by Peter Danzo

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ACFA Competition

The Atlantic County Firefighters Association held their annual firefighters competition on August 10, 2013, at the Atlantic County 4-H Fairgrounds. The competition involved hose rolling, “Midnight Alarm,� donning SCBA, connecting hose lines, stretcher carry, and a water rocket fight that was won by the Laureldale Volunteer Company who went 5-0! The overall winner was the Germania VFC (again!) with second place going to the Laureldale firefighters. After the events, the trophies were presented by ACFFA 1st Vice President Ellsworth Ott. - Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe


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Atlantic County 4-H Fair

Several emergency service organizations came out in support of the Atlantic County 4-H Youth Association and posted displays at the annual Atlantic County 4-H Fair August 8-10, 2013. The Atlantic County Firefighters Association sponsored a display in conjunction with the NFPA's 2013 Fire Prevention Week theme targeting cooking fires in the home. And, since all kids love fire trucks, plenty were on hand! The Township of Hamilton's Underwater Recovery Team sponsored a booth to display their equipment and apparatus. - Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe


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Collingswood Night Out

On August 6, 2013, the Collingswood Fire and Police Departments hosted the 2nd Annual Night Out. Firefighters from Collingswood, Westmont, and Pennsauken participated in the event with exhibits, demonstrations and giveaways. The event, as it did last year, brought a large number of residents from the borough out for the night. - Fire News photos by Ted Aurig

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Monmouth Firefighter Comp

Firefighters from departments throughout Monmouth County once again met in Colts Neck for the annual Monmouth County Firefighter Competition. Teams competed in a variety of events such as Hose Laying, Hose and Ladder, Busted Hose and Water Polo. Every now and then an occasional water fight broke out between the teams. Four departments had teams competing in the Ladies Bucket Brigade. (Photo left) Brian Haas, 4th generation firefighter, is stretching the replacement line in the Broken Hose event. - Fire News photos by Craig Haas Photography


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Last Call for Beloved Verona Chief

Ex-Chief Merle W. Burdett of Verona passed away in on July 23, 2013. Merle joined the Verona Fire Department in August 1948 after serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Pine Island in the Pacific during WWII. He served as Engine Company 1 lieutenant and captain in the 1950s before being elected the department assistant chief from 1957 to 1958. He was elected as chief for 1959-1960. Merle retired from regular membership and became a Life Member in 2007. He was a Life Member of the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association and New Jersey Exempt Firemen's Association. Merle also was a member of the Verona Rescue Squad for 45 years. Merle was a true asset to the town of Verona through his many years of dedicated service to the community and that sense of volunteering has been passed down to his son, Larry, a two time ex-chief with over 35 years on the department. You will be missed, Merle. - Fire News photos by Tina Caridad

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Ex-Chief Henning Passes

The Pequannack Township. Fire Company 1 mourned the passing throughout the community. Harry will never be forgotten. Thank of ex-Chief Harry F. Henning. Henning had served as a member of you for your many years of loyal service, Harry. - Fire News photos by Chris Denton the fire department for over 73 years and was one of the founding members of the department. He was well known and respected


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Demarest’s Richard Morris Passes Recently, the Demarest Fire Department said a sad farewell to one of its members — Richard “Ric” Morris, a 40plus year member who rose from a junior fireman through the ranks to chief in 1987-88. He was a life member and past president of the fire association. On August 19, 2013, fire department personnel held their memorial service at the funeral home for Ric. More than 150 fellow firefighters attended the wake. He was interred on August 20, 2013, answering his final alarm with his fellow firefighters in a procession that passed his childhood home, present home and the firehouse. Ric was an avid golfer and enjoyed fishing. Donations in Ric’s name can be made to the John Theurer Cancer Center, 92 2nd Street, Hackensack, NJ 07921. - Fire News photos by Chris Denton

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