Fire News New Jersey October, 2022

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NEW JERSEY October 2022

Volume 17, No. 5

See story on page 6. - Fire News photo by Chad Aaronson

Civilian Fatality, FF Injured at East Orange Blaze See page 27


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In this issue... Collapses at Paramus Blaze It takes crews over two hours to bring a house fire under control. See story on page 8

Hackensack 2-Alarmer Crews use five handlines to quell a residential secondfloor and attic fire. See story on page 14

Toms River Parking Garage Fire A car fire erupts on the first floor of a two-story municipal parking garage. See story on page 24

Up Close and Personal A closer look at first responders from around the area. See story on page 28

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Pet Mask Training Members of the Egg Harbor Fire and EMS learn how to revive pets. See story on page 32

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

Reflections on 9/11 and a Busy Fall Season As I write this editorial, the date is September 1, 2022. This editorial is my October editorial. Sitting at my desk, my mind is reflecting ahead to September 11, 2022. Taking a few moments remembering the day our nation was attacked, it is our duty to never forget September 11, 2001. I remember driving to work on a clear crisp day. The major story on the radio was about a “small” airplane that crashed into the World Trade Center. When I arrived at work, I immediately turned on the news and realized the airplane was not a small plane and my city was probably under attack. Yes, we were under attack. I reflected and shared my recollection with my readers for the past 21 years. Last year, I attended as many memorial services as possible. One year later I find myself thanking many of my photographers who joined me and spread throughout as many communities as possible, capturing photographs of the memorial services. Fire News utilized our photographs in our 9/11 20th Anniversary-Fire News Remembrance and Tribute edition. This magazine was a work of art that remembered all those lost on September 11, 2001, and continued paying tribute to those that passed away over the past 20 years due to illnesses spurred by toxic chemicals generated by the attack. When I pass

Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center, it is still common to find an FDNY Firefighter Transport Unit waiting outside of the hospital to bring one of our loved ones back home. As we move into 2023, try to think about something special your department can do to bring peace in our world. Plan on reflecting with your neighboring departments to never forget September 11, 2001. Remember to never forget those that continue to be lost to 9/11 diseases. Never Forget! As the summer months are passing us by and we enter the fall, are you prepared to do your job under different conditions? Already I am finding that the windows on my car are fogging up on the inside, making response a little slower. Before you know it, the inside fog will move to the outside of your car windows, and you will be reminded that winter is not far away. Please take the time to clear off your frosted windows before you respond to a call. Think about the children who are waiting at school bus stops. Use caution while responding through school zones and bus stops. I have seen two students who were badly hurt when they tried to run across a busy street to catch a bus that they were late for. Is your fire prevention program updated with new ideas to bring to the kids in your district?

Yes, September and October are busy times in the fire service. Polish off your ideas and incorporate new activities into your Safety Programs. If you need help, meet with your Fire Prevention Committees to discuss what you can do to embellish your Fire Prevention Program. Remember; if it wasn’t for the beep, you would still be asleep! Change your smoke and CO detector batteries or if you have 10-year detectors, check their dates to ensure that they are still good. Stay safe! - Dennis

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Cover Story

Manalapan House Destroyed

On August 19, 2022, at approximately 1600, the Manalapan Township Fire Department, along with Millstone, Freehold, Englishtown and Howell, were dispatched to a single-family dwelling on Regency Way for a report of a fully involved structure fire with animal entrapment. Upon arrival, heavy fire was showing from the Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta sides of the 2-1/2 story wood frame structure. Ten minutes later there was a full collapse on the Delta side of the building while defensive operations were underway. Additional tankers from the Monmouth County Tanker Task Force also responded to the scene. The NJFFS dispatched units to the area due to the Jamesburg Fire Tower reporting a large column of smoke. Brush trucks responded to extinguish any embers that were falling in the nearby brush. Unfortunately, the families two dogs were trapped and perished in the blaze. The homeowners were not present at the time the fire broke out. The rubble rekindled the following morning and was quickly extinguished by responding personnel. Video and photos also available on - Fire News photos by Chad Aaronson

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Car Fire on the GSP

On July 31, 2022, Berkeley Fire Station 20 was dispatched to the area of Exit 77 southbound on the Garden State Parkway for a reported car fire. Chief 2000 arrived to an engine compartment fire

with the car on the shoulder of the highway. Engine Tanker 2011 stretched the bumper line and quickly knocked down the fire. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

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Collapses at Paramus Blaze

At just before 0500 on June 17, 2022, the Paramus Fire Department responded to a house fire on Village Circle West. While en route, companies were advised that police units on scene were reporting a working fire. The home, a large 2-1/2 story frame dwelling, was fully involved on arrival of fire crews. A 2-1/2 inch handline and a deck gun were quickly put into operation as command requested mutual aid to the scene. All occupants were confirmed out of the home as fire broke through the roof and some local collapses started to occur. Members were not permitted to enter the building due to the volume of fire and condition of the fire building. One tower ladder, 2 ladder pipes, a deck gun and several handlines were put into operation and the fire was placed under control at around 0710. No injuries were reported and the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photos by Peter Danzo

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Evesham Shed, Vehicles Burn

On July 5, 2022, while operating on a different incident, District 22 units were alerted to a possible structure fire on the southern end of town. Evesham Deputy Chief Zane arrived and found a shed and ATVs on fire. Engine 2211 arrived and extinguished the fire quickly. Crews remained on location to assist the fire marshal with an investigation. No injuries were reported. - Fire News photos by Dave Hernandez

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Manchester House Fire On July 22, 2022, the Manchester Fire Career Staff Squad 13 and all volunteer houses were alerted for a reported fire in the rear of a home on 12th Avenue. Squad 13 encountered smoke en route and arrived to heavy fire in the rear of a 1-1/2 story wood frame and confirmed the working fire. An engine, ladder, and RIT responded from Toms River as crews began an offensive attack. The bulk of the fire was quickly knocked down as extensive overhaul was conducted throughout the home. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

Barnegat Ave. Rollover On July 31, 2022, Toms River East Dover Station 28 and Silverton EMS responded to Barnegat Avenue for a two-car MVA with a rollover. The rolled over vehicle was T-boned in the intersection, overturned and struck a tree. All occupants were able to selfextricate but one patient was transported to CMC for evaluation. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

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Trailer & Truck Fire On July 27, 2022, Toms River Stations 29 and 30 were dispatched to Fielders Lane for a trailer fire. First units on scene confirmed a fully involved landscaping trailer on fire with extension to the attached pickup. The first due engine from Pleasant Plains stretched a bumper line, quickly extinguishing the fire, while Silverton assisted with overhaul. - Fire News photos by Mark Rosetti

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Hackensack 2-Alarmer

At around 0815 on April 3, 2022, the Hackensack Fire Department responded to Fair Street for a house fire. While en route, Deputy 4 reported a column of smoke visible. On arrival, companies were confronted with a two-family 2-1/2 story wood frame dwelling with heavy smoke pushing from the second floor and attic, and visible fire showing from two windows on the C/D corner of the second floor. A second alarm was requested. Mutual aid came from Teaneck, Englewood and Bogota, while additional mutual aid covered the city. Five handlines were put into operation as the fire extended into the attic. The fire was placed under control after 90 minutes. One firefighter and one occupant suffered minor injuries. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental. - Fire News photos by Peter Danzo

Atlantic County 4H Fair The Atlantic County Firefighters Association supported the Atlantic County 4H Association in conjunction with their annual fair August 12 to 13, 2022. - Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe

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Evesham All Hands On August 4, 2022, District 22 units were dispatched for reports of an explosion and fire on the back porch of a dwelling in Evesham. Deputy Chief Zane arrived and found smoke showing from the Charlie side. Engine 2231 arrived and quickly knocked down the fire on the deck and held it to minor extension to the dwelling. No injuries were reported. Units from Voorhees, Waterford and Medford also responded. - Fire News photos by Dave Hernandez

Quick Stop Saves Hackensack Row At around 2215 on June 17, 2022, Hackensack Engine 2 was dispatched for an outside smoke condition in the area of Summit Avenue and Thompson Street. On arrival Lieutenant Parisik requested the box be filled out for a heavy smoke condition in the area from an unknown source. The remainder of the first alarm was dispatched as E-2 continued to search for obvious fire. The fire desk received an additional call through HPD of a garage fire on Cambridge Terrace and E-2 responded to that location and confirmed a working fire in a garage located in the center of a row of about 20, all with a common attic space. Heavy fire was venting through the roof as two lines were stretched and the ladder gained entry. The fire was quickly knocked down with minor extension into the garages on each side but the fire was kept from spreading throughout the row. Deputy 3 placed the fire under control in approximately 45 minutes. - Fire News photos by Peter Danzo

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Church Fire in Ocean Gate On the evening of July 14, 2022, the Ocean Gate Fire Department was dispatched to East Bayview for a church on fire. On arrival, heavy smoke was found showing from a large two-story wood frame church and mutual aid was requested to the scene. Bayville Station 17 and Forked River Station 60 along with the Ocean County Fire Marshalls responded. Crews found heavy fire in the basement where a transitional attack was utilized to knock down the bulk of the fire. Entry was made to extinguish the remaining fire and the fire wasn’t placed under control until nearly an hour after arrival. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

Loaner Spartan from Upper Greenwood Lake This 1995 Spartan / 3D pumper was originally built and served the Upper Greenwood Lake Fire Company 5 of West Milford. It was recently replaced by a brand-new Pierce pumper that was delivered earlier last year, and is now on loan to a neighboring department while one of their pumpers is out for repair. - Fire News photo by Chris ‘Doc’ Denton

Medevac for MC MVA On July 31, 2022, the Silverton First Aid Squad responded to Fischer Boulevard for a MVA involving a motorcycle. Severe injuries required a medevac, so Island Heights Station 53 was tasked with securing the LZ. Engine 5301 cleared the ball field next to their station where Robert Wood Johnson LifeFlight landed to transport the patient. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

Rollover on Gladney Ave. On July 28, 2022, Toms River Stations 25 and 26 along with Island Heights Station 53 were dispatched to Gladney Avenue for a reported rollover with entrapment. Chief 2500 arrived and determined all occupants were self-extricated with one minor injury. The assignment was held to Engine 5301 only to assist with the cleanup and await a tow truck. The SUV struck a parked car, rolling over on its roof. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

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Looking Back Maple Shade - 2014

Mullica Twp. - 2014

On November 8, 2014, a panic alarm was received by Maple Shade Police reporting a fire in the building at South Jersey Mowers. As the fire continued unchecked, the flames spread to a showroom and vented out the front windows and spread into the shop area. An allout battle took place for an hour before the fire was knocked down. - Fire News photos by John Axford

On October 29, 2014, firefighters from Elwood, Nesco, Sweetwater, and Weekstown from Mullica Township along with Egg Harbor City responded for a fire in a two-story log cabin located off the roadway. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger

Collingswood 2014 On October 29, 2014, Task Force 16 was dispatched for a dwelling fire on the unit block of Crestmont Terrace in Collingswood. Crews reported fire extension into the attic and placed multiple handlines in operation to knock down the fire. - Fire News photo by Ted Aurig

Paterson Commercial Fire

Paterson firefighters from the 2nd Battalion made quick work of a fire in a commercial building early in the morning of June 17, 2022. At just around 0430 companies were dispatched for a possible structure fire in the area of River and East 13th Streets. On arrival, companies encountered heavy fire through the roof of a singlestory commercial building which was occupied by an auto detailing business. Multiple 2-1/2 inch lines were stretched as the trucks opened up and gained entry. Once companies made entry, the fire was knocked down and placed under control in 45 minutes with no injuries. - Fire News photos by Peter Danzo

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Toms River Parking Garage Fire

On July 19, 2022, Toms River Stations 25 and 26 were dispatched to the township’s parking garage on Water Street for a car fire. Fortunately, both houses were staffed for the evening, prompting a quick response. Engine 2671 arrived to heavy smoke showing from the structure, where a car was on fire in the middle of the first floor. A line was stretched and the fire was quickly knocked down by crews from both Engine 71 and Engine 2501. Damage was done to two other vehicles and crews remained on scene for nearly 30 minutes evacuating smoke from the structure and overhauling before the building was reopened. - Fire News photos by Mark Rosetti

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Fast Knockdown in Brick

On July 22, 2022, Brick Stations 21 and 22 responded to a home on Fire Company, and RIT from Point Pleasant Station 75. The fire was Regent Circle for a fire. Crews arrived to smoke showing from a 1- quickly knocked down by Ladder 2115 and Engine 2231, while crews 1/2 story wood frame and transmitted a second alarm, bringing all continued to open up and check for extension. Brick companies to the scene along with an engine from the Silverton - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

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Glasstown 2022 Muster

The Glasstown Antique Fire Apparatus Association, a chapter of SPAAMFAA, held its annual muster on August 21, 2022, at the Wheaton Arts Village in Millville. President Ron Petrusky reported 77 pieces of apparatus attended, privately and fire company owned, from New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. - Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe

1 Civ Fatality, FFs Injured at East Orange Blaze

Just after midnight on July 22, 2022, the East Orange Fire Department responded to an apartment building on Prospect Street for a fire. Crews arrived to heavy fire in a five-story, occupied, multi-dwelling. A second alarm was struck as heavy fire consumed the upper floors of the building. Crews were eventually pulled from the building and a defensive attack was initiated. Multiple handlines and ladder pipes were put into operation as the fire burned throughout the night and into the next morning as mutual aid companies from surrounding cities were rotated through the scene to assist. These photos were taken nearly seven hours after arrival as deep seated pockets of fire still burned. One civilian fatality and multiple firefighter injuries came from this multi alarm fire. - Fire News photos by Mark Rosetti

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Up Close & Personal

Tiffanee Terrell, Engine 5 Chauffer of the Atlantic City Fire Department. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe

Firefighter Staines of the 177th Fighter Interceptor Group Fire Department from the Atlantic City Airport at the Atlantic City Air Show on August 24, 2022. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe

Haworth Fire Department past-Fire Chief Michael Green. - Fire News photo by Chris ‘Doc’ Denton

Chief Bill Dukes (seated) holding court at the 2022 Glasstown Muster on August 21, 2022. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe

Three members pose for a quick picture with a council representative and also a representative of State Senator Josh Gottheimer’s office with a proclamation to commemorate dedication of the two new pieces of fire apparatus for Harrington Park. - Fire News photo by Chris ‘Doc’ Denton

Farmington Assistant Chief Dennis Sharpe with Robert Ordway, President of the New Jersey State Firefighters Association at the Atlantic County Caucus on August 9, 2022. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe

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Trailer Fire Doesn’t Extend On July 1, 2022, the Toms River East Dover Fire Station 28 was dispatched to Garfield Avenue for a trailer fire in close proximity to a residence. A Station 28 officer arrived in his POV and confirmed a fully involved trailer and lawnmower fire with exposure issues to a single-story wood frame. A garden hose was used to cool the home until Engine 2801 arrived to extinguish the fire with their jump line. The home was checked for extension, which proved negative. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

Seaside Heights Fire On July 12, 2022, while on patrol, Seaside Heights Police Boardwalk units observed a heavy smoke condition coming from the top floor of a building at Fremont and the Boardwalk. Fire crews arrived to a small fire within a kitchen vent system on the top floor. One line, with a few extinguishers, were stretched to address the fire. Command held the response to one engine and a truck once it was determined there was no extension. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

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EHT Garage Fire

On August 15, 2022, the Egg Harbor City and South Egg Harbor Fire Departments were dispatched for reported smoke coming from a garage. Car 100 arrived and confirmed a working fire. Units

stretched an 1-3/4 inch line and quickly extinguished the fire. The building was ventilated and scene was turned over to investigators. - Fire News photo by Eric ‘Doc’ Moran

Pet Mask Training Members of the Egg Harbor Township Fire Department and EMS were trained on the use of pet mask and administering O2 to cats and dogs and various other pets on August 16, 2022. - Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR FDSOA 2023 HEALTH AND SAFETY CONFERENCE The Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2023 Health and Safety Conference. The Health and Safety Conference will be held in conjunction with the First Responder Center for Excellence (FRCE) Health and Wellness Symposium January 17-20, 2023, at the Tradewinds Island Grand in St Pete’s Beach, Florida. Pre-conference programs will be held January 15-16. Registration for the Apparatus Conference, held January 8-10, 2023, at the Gilbert Fire Academy in Gilbert, Arizona, will be available soon. The FRCE has held successful cancer and behavioral health symposia over the last five years and aims to take a more holistic approach with this year’s event. Combining the two events provides for a more robust group of speakers and allows participants to attend both conferences for one great price. There are other significant additions to the Health and Safety Conference in three co-sponsors. F.I.E.R.O., Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) and the Science Alliance, a new community of scientists and fire service professionals dedicated to improving the health and safety of first responders, have all signed on as sponsors of the event to participate in some way and expand the reach of the conference. As firefighter health and safety has become a topic at the forefront of the fire service, including these organizations expands our pool of subject matter experts.

Pre-conference events include Health and Safety Officer (HSO) and Incident Safety Officer (ISO) 2-day academies, Response to Battery Emergencies, Infectious Control, Accident Investigation, a F.I.E.R.O PPE Workshop and The 5 Reads. Schedules are now available at, an assemblage of notable and highly-skilled instructors. General session speakers include Dr. Richard Gasaway, founder of Situational Awareness Matters!; Dr. Lori MooreMerrell, US Fire Administrator; and Chief Dennis Compton, Mesa, Arizona (Ret.). Registration is available for these great classes and events. A 10-percent discount applies to all registrations until October 31, 2022. We look forward to seeing you at one of these great conferences!

5TH ANNUAL FIREFIGHTER HEALTH & WELLNESS CONFERENCE The 5th Annual Firefighter Health & Wellness conference is coming soon to Beavercreek, Ohio, on October 26, 27 and 28, 2022. The Firefighter Health and Wellness Conference is the most affordable health and wellness conference in America! This year’s speakers include Former Firefighter, Police Officer, Author, and Comedian Travis Howze, Save-a-Warrior Founder Jake Clark, FDNY Deputy Chief Frank Leeb, Retired FDNY Captain Mike Dugan, Retired OKCFD Major Chris Fields, Dr Sara Jahnke, Dr Jeff Burgess, and more! Visit our website to view our entire lineup and purchase your tickets!

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Cradle of Liberty Muster The Cradle of Liberty Antique Fire Apparatus Association held their annual muster at the Cooper River in Pennsauken on August 7, 2022, under hot and sunny skies. - Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe

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Pt. Pleasant Beach Bike Event On May 21, 2022, the township of Point Pleasant Beach held an event to promote safe bike riding for children which featured multiple vendors as well as displays from both Point Pleasant Beach Fire Department and First Aid Squad. - Fire News photos by Mark Rosetti

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Apparatus New and Not-So...

Recently South Wall placed a 2021 Pierce Arrow XT heavy-duty walk-in rescue into service. Jackson Cassville Fire Station 56 purchased a 2015 Arrow Xt 4000-gallon tanker which was scheduled to be delivered to PDVSA in Venezuela. The truck was refurbished and retitled as a 2021 where it now serves as Tanker 5618. - Fire News photos by Mark Rosetti

Englewood’s Cardullo Honored Englewood Cliff’s Joseph Cardullo was honored by the department for his 60 years of continuous service in the ECFD. - Fire News photo courtesy of Howie Mann

Hot Socket in East Dover On July 15, 2022, East Dover Fire Station 28 was dispatched to a residence on Goose Creek Road for a report of smoke in an attic. Chief 2810 confirmed a smoke condition in the attic and requested the assignment to be filled out, which brought Silverton Stations 29 and 26 RIT to the scene. Ladder 2865 laddered the roof while interior crews checked for the source of the smoke. Ultimately the issue was narrowed down to an overheated outlet, with no fire extension. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

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Thanks to FFs, Maybe They’ll Make it to Easter

On June 18, 2022, Toms River Station 25 and 26 responded to the Marquee Cinema complex for a mulch fire. Crews arrived to flames showing and stretched a line. During overhaul members located a handful of newborn bunnies and were able to save a few of them and relocate them to a safe location where animal control was called to respond to check on their well being. - Fire News photos by Mark Rosetti

Hackensack Oven Fire

At around 1400 on April 27, 2022, Hackensack Fire Department transmitted a full assignment for a fire on Newman Street. On arrival, E-2 reported heavy smoke in an apartment on the top floor of the three-story OMD. Several lines were stretched into the building as searches were underway. Interior companies reported heavy smoke, which was pushing from the exterior, however they were unable to locate the source. As ventilation started to take effect, the companies discovered a fire in the oven of the fire apartment. As it turned out, the occupant was using logs in her oven which created the smoke condition. The fire was quickly extinguished with no extension. One occupant of the building was evaluated by EMS for smoke inhalation. - Fire News photos by Peter Danzo

New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Association Call for Submissions is Open If you have a topic you would like to share with our attendees, please go to and submit your ideas. We are looking for presentations in the areas of Weather, Domestic Preparedness, Response and Recovery, All-Hazards and Education. We offer 75minute breakouts and four 32-hour training sessions. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so don’t delay! The 2023 Annual Conference will be held April 17 to 21, 2023, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Yes, the conference is returning to Atlantic City’s World-Famous Boardwalk, providing many dining and entertainment options, along with the chance to just get some fresh air and take a stroll. The week will start out with training beginning at 0800 Monday morning, Tuesday evening we will hold our annual Awards and Recognition Reception, Wednesday we welcome our vendors and exhibitors, and breakouts begin. Our Exhibit Hall will be showcased in the Mark G. Etess Arena and will include the opportunity for large vehicles to be displayed inside along with our exhibitors and vendors while enjoying the vendor reception and our annual luncheon. Sponsorships are also available, please visit our website at for details on how you can support this nationally recognized Conference.

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Toms River 100th Celebration

On May 14, 2022, the Toms River Fire Department Station 26 held their 100th anniversary parade and celebration. A lights and sirens parade was held through downtown Toms River ending at Huddy Park where multiple vendors and a live band were set up to help celebrate. The majority of the festivities were completed, thankfully, before a heavy rainstorm came through the area. - Fire News photos by Mark Rosetti

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Trench Rescue On June 30, 2022, Howell Stations 19-2 and 19-3 were dispatched to a home under construction on Carmine Way for a worker trapped in a trench. Upon arrival a special request was made for Asbury Park Confined Space Team and Brick Technical Rescue Team to respond to the scene. Multiple vacuum trucks from Monmouth County Public Works also responded to assist in clearing dirt from the trench. After over two hours in the trench crews removed the victim who was uninjured but was transported as a precaution. - Fire News photos by Mark Rosetti

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Sea Bright’s Michael Hudson Mike Hudson, a “pillar” of ocean rescue in New Jersey and around the world, was being mourned after his sudden passing. He was 53 years old. He was known for his larger-than-life personality that included being the aquatic stunt safety coordinator for MTV’s “Jackass” team and for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Hudson was a technical rescue contributor for Fire Engineering and had a recurring column in JEMS. He also taught hands-on water rescue seminars at FDIC International and JEMSCon. “Chief Hudson was the pillar of Ocean Rescue, a true waterman,” a post on the Sea Bright Fire Rescue Facebook page reads. “His commitment and efforts lead Sea Bright to be on the forefront of modern-day surf lifesaving. We stand together with our brothers and sisters of Sea Bright Ocean Rescue during this difficult time.” Hudson, a former Navy Corpsman and military special operations medical instructor, was one of the last of the original City of San Diego paramedics. He spent more than 18 years traveling the country leading rescue teams in Wyoming and in the Colorado Rockies and supervising technical ocean lifeguard programs on both the East and West coasts. During the winter, he worked the streets of central New Jersey and the Jersey Shore as a mobile intensive care paramedic. In addition to coordinating shark diving safety operations for Shark Week, Hudson did the same for the BBC and National Geographic’s Shark Fest. He also provided Covid containment services for Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” and got Fieri to film at a number of Mike’s favorite “dives” down at the Jersey Shore. - Fire News story provided

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Atlantic City Air Show The Atlantic City Air Show was held August 23 to 24, 2022, and attracted approximately 400,000 people. And with a crowd that size, a monumental task of support is needed for police, fire, and EMS. Kudos to the Atlantic City Office of Emergency Management, the Atlantic County Office of Emergency Management, the Atlantic County Fire Coordinators Office, and the New Jersey State Police plus EMS Squads throughout the state and the US Coast Guard. - Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe