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In this issue... Fatality at Galloway Townhouse Fire Bayville and Oceanview respond to the Mattix Townhouses for a fire and locate a victim.

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Cold One Closes the Year for Chester The Chester FD, with help from surrounding departments, handles a Prides Crossing fire. See story on page 19

Maple Shade House Fire A home is destroyed depsite the best efforts of Maple Shade firefighters. See story on page 27

The Next Generation for Pascack Valley The Pascack Valley FD get its next generation of firefighters ready for the job.. See story on page 30

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Pleasantville Operation Warm Pleasantville firefighters continue an annual tradition of providing warm coats for those in need. See story on page 36

Helping the Ronald McDonald House Long Branch Local 68 firefighters add a firematic touch to their Ronald McDonald House. See story on page 38

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

Are You Afraid of Rehab? Most of the firefighters I know welcome the chance to be the first responder on their rig, especially when they know it's a worker. Yet, there is one duty that most balk at. How many of you cannot wait until the fire is over so that you can participate in Rehab and medical evaluations after the fire? At times I feel sorry for our emergency medical staff because they are given the serious task of making sure firefighters are ready for the next call, and you may try your best to avoid them. Firefighter rehabilitation is the process of providing rest, rehydration, nourishment and medical evaluation to members who are involved in extended or extreme incident scene operations. We are all aware that the effects of heat stress can be fatal. Injury from slips, trips and falls, along with strokes and heart attacks are things we should also be concerned about. Believe it or not, about 80,000 firefighters are injured every year. Over the past few months, you have responded and fought fires in extremely adverse conditions. This winter has been brutal. Extremely cold conditions have tested all of you. About 100 firefighters die each year,

with cardiac or cerebrovascular events being blamed for 50 percent of the line of duty deaths. The purpose of Rehab is to decrease the likelihood of on-scene injury and death. My opinion is that a good rehab program should be ongoing. It should ensure that physical and mental condition of members does not deteriorate to a point that affects safety of each member or that jeopardizes safety and integrity of overall operations. Over the years, I remember my department EMTs watching over the firefighters as they operated at calls in extreme weather conditions. According to NFPA 1584, the company or crew must self-rehab (rest with hydration) for at least 10 minutes following the depletion of one 30-minute SCBA cylinder or after 20 minutes of intense work without wearing an SCBA. The company officer must ensure that all members are fit to return to duty before resuming operations. There are many other concerns that should be taken into consideration during Rehab Operations. I am not the expert. Rely on the guidelines and best practices set up by the qualified people in your county. Your EMS staff should review NFPA 1584, which

Announcement APOLOGIES To Fire News photographer Ken Badger who shot three of the images on page 25 of the February 2018 issue of New Jersey Fire News (Blackwood Christmas Parade), and who we didn’t credit with the shots. Our apologies, Mr. Badger. - Ed.

is the standard on the rehabilitation process for members during emergency operations and training exercises. Accountability is a key component to your Rehab operation. I recommend that everyone visits the FEMA website at www.fema.gov, and search for Firefighter Rehab information. Remember that rehab is a necessary component to all firefighter operations. When you are told to go to Rehab, don’t be afraid. Welcome the thought that someone is watching over you. As for our EMS responders; I will talk about PTSD in a future editorial. PTSD effects all of us. Stay safe! - Dennis

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ETHANOL SAFETY SEMINAR An in-depth look at the proper training techniques required for responding to an ethanol-related emergency will be held On April 6 or 7 2018, at New Jersey City University, Gilligan Student Union BuildingMultipurpose Room, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City from 0830 to 1600. Free registration is limited to the first 100 registrants. Certficates of Attendance will be awarded following completion. The new jersey Division of Fire Safety will also issue 0.5 instructor CEUs for the course. All attendees must register at www.rfa.traincaster.com. If you have not used the site before, click on the "Register" button located under the Log-in. Once logged in, click on the “Ethanol Safety Seminar” link, then the blue “Classroom Schedule” button, then click the “register” button.

WHERE ARE YOUR DEPARTMENT'S PHOTOS? We would like to remind our readers that we are always happy to receive photos and stories from departments who have never been in our paper. Feel free to e-mail your photos to nj@fire news.com. We ask that any photo you do send be high resolution (300 dpi or better) and that you do not retouch, crop, alter or reduce your photos in size when you e-mail them to us. Please send two to four photos per incident. Also, include a brief write-up of the incident, event, or family news, which includes basic “who, what, when, and where information.” We look forward to seeing your department in our next issue. - Ed.

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The Somers Point Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary at a Shore Road fire in Linwood on a frigid January 14, 2018. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe


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Bad Temps Make for Bad Time at Lyndhurst Blaze

On January 6, 2018, the Lyndhurst Police Department received multiple calls for a house fire on Page Avenue in Lyndhurst. Station 32 arrived to heavy fire conditions self-venting through the division 2 windows on the Alpha side. Engine 1 took a hydrant and laid in. Ambient temperature remained in the single digits (as it had for the entire week) and the first due hydrant was frozen. Engine 1 made the initial attack with tank water. A water supply was eventually established while the second engine arrived, but they had issues with a frozen pump shortly after arrival. Crews made quick work of the fire on Division 2 but the fire had already worked its way into the attic and started to self-vent through the attic window. An East Rutherford engine and North Arlington Rescue responded to the scene. As interior conditions deteriorated, command pulled the companies out and put master streams into place. Companies remained on scene for over two hours to overhaul as crews were rotated through Moonachie Rescue Rehab. - Fire News photos by Mark Rosetti


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Newtonville House Fire

The volunteer fire companies of Newtonville and Collings Lakes were dispatched on January 27, 2018, to 6th Road in Newtonville for a dwelling fire. Newtonville Chief Gene Sykes arrived and established command for a 1-1/2 story, wood frame, single-family dwelling with fire pushing out the Alpha side. Chief Sykes immediately requested the Atlantic County Water

Tender Task Force Bravo (its third assignment that week). Newtonville and Collings Lakes crews arrived and began knocking down the fire, bringing it under control within 30 minutes. Also responding were BVT EMS, New Jersey State Police, and the Atlantic City Electric Company. - Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe


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Galloway Twp. House Fire The volunteer fire companies of Bayview and Oceanville responded to the 500 block of Tenth Avenue after receiving a report of smoke in the area on December 21, 2017. Firefighters discovered a single-family, wood frame, twostory dwelling with heavy smoke showing from all sides. A request was quickly made for additional assistance from Pomona and South Egg Harbor, with additional outlying companies providing cover up. The fire took several hours to extinguish and the house was unoccupied. One firefighter was injured. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe

Montclair House Fire Stopped On December 11, 2017, the Montclair Fire Department responded to Hartley Street for reports of heavy smoke coming from the basement of a home. Companies stretched a line to the basement and located a small fire that was extending up to division one on the Charlie side. Companies extinguished the fire and opened up inside and out to overhaul and prevent any further extension. The fire was placed under control within a half hour. South Orange, Orange and Irvington provided house coverage. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

Fatality at Mattix Run Condo Blaze On December 14, 2017, the volunteer fire companies of Bayview and Oceanville responded to the Mattix Run Townhouse complex on Great Creek Road for heavy fire coming from the front A side, rear C side, and the D side of the twostory end-of-row unit condo, with a partial collapse in the rear. Bayview Chief Chuck Macintosh assumed command and called for the Pomona, City of Absecon and South Egg Harbor Oceanville Engine 26-14 tried to advance a handline in, but was met with heavy fire after making it about 10 feet. The second handine was taken to the rear where a gas main was burnt away and free flowing gas. The line protected a firefighter who shut the gas off. Once the fire was extinguished, an excavator was called in and a victim located and removed by the medical examiner. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger

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Chief Makes Save at Tuckahoe House Fire

On December 23, 2017, Central Dispatch received a call of a fully involved structure fire with entrapment on Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Tuckahoe. Tuckahoe Chief Ed Carter was able to rescue a victim. Once the victim was removed, Chief Carter requested mutual aid from Marmora and Seaville. A heavy fire load within the building

madedousing the fire quite difficult. Mutual aid came from Upper Township Rescue, Cape May County Fire Marshall’s office, New Jersey State Police and Atlantic City Electric. The victim was transported to Atlantic Care City Division. - Fire News photos by Robert Macom


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Up Close & Personal (Left): The Bargaintown Volunteer Fire Company dedicated their new rescue engine to David Bowen and Clarence Abbot on November 18, 2017. - Fire News photo by Eugene Sharpe

(Right): Mays Landing Chief Lou DiMartine stopped at Farmington’s Santa Breakfast and asked Santa for a bigger budget in 2018. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe

Chief Bill Dukes of Pine Hill at the Blackwood Christmas Parade on December 2, 2017. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger

Firefighter Bellina of Newark Truck 5 at a New Year’s Eve 2017 fire in Newark. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

(Left): Chief Drew Sole and his son Ryan, who was recently appointed 1st Lieutenant of the Wenonah Fire Company (Station 13-1) in Gloucester County. Chief Sole is entering his 25th year and announced he will be retiring his position at the end of the year. - Fire News photo courtesy of Constantine D. Sypsomos, VP, IAFF Local 3592

(Right): Collings Lakes Ladies Auxiliary members dispensing hot chocolate and coffee at a 6th Road job in Newtonville on January 27, 2018. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe


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Pleasantville Smoker

The City of Pleasantville Fire Department responded on November 26, 2017, to North Second Street between Washington and West Jersey Avenues for a report of a structure fire. Units arrived to find heavy smoke showing from a two-story wood frame structure that had been converted into four apartments. In an effort to remove the

smoke and find the seat of the fire, firefighters evacuated the structure and opened up the roof. Firefighters went defensive until the fire was brought under control, then re-entered the structure and completed the extinguishment. - Fire News photo by Carl Crossman


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Paterson Commercial 2-Alarm On November 27, 2017, the Paterson Fire Department responded to Crooks Avenue for a fire. After some confusion with the address, companies finally located the fire in a large single-story commercial structure. The store was closed at the time and companies had a visual smoke condition from the exterior. Engine crews stretch handlines while the trucks and rescue went to work on gaining access to the building by cutting roll-up doors. Once in the structure the fire was quickly knocked down, as crews went to the roof to ventilate and check for any remaining fire. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

Bud Lake Basement Fire Recently, Budd Lake and Flanders Fire Departments were dispatched to a basement fire on River Road in the Budd Lake Section of town. Firefighters arrived to smoke coming from the rear of the house and a second alarm was transmitted, as well as a request for a tender task force. An aggressive interior attack into the basement ensued where crews were met with heavy fire. the fire extended to the first floor and caused extensive damage. Due to no hydrants in the area, a very tight street and snow and ice conditions, tenders were assigned to nurse the engine. Three lines were stretched and a vent was preformed and crews put down the flames within an hour. - Fire News photo by Kevin J. Maloney


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Cold Fight in Shamong

On a sub-zero January 7, 2018, the Indian Mills Volunteer Fire Company of Shamong was dispatched for a building fire. Chief Smith reported a column of smoke in the sky and requested an all hands for a single-story commercial structure with fire throughout. The second and third alarm equivalent in water tenders was also requested due to a lack of hydrants in the area. The temperature was -3 degrees and companies dealt with freezing water and equipment. A tender shuttle provided water for several hours as companies fought the stubborn blaze. - Fire News photos by Dave Hernandez


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Nice Stop in Spring Lake On January 3, 2018, the Spring Lake Heights Fire Department was dispatched to Central Avenue for a structure fire. Chief Tompey arrived to heavy fire showing through the roof of the structure and called for a second alarm bringing in Spring Lake, South Wall, Sea Girt and Belmar. The first-due engine deployed three attack lines and the fire was quickly knocked down. - Fire News photo by Sean Pringle

Tractor Trailer Fire Firefighters from Pattenburg responded to a well involved tractor trailer on I-78 westbound in Bethlehem Township on September 11, 2017. Additional companies were dispatched for assistance with water and suppression. - Fire News photo by Dennis Wetherhold, Jr.


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Walmart Dumpster Fire On December 2, 2017, the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department responded to the Walmart on Route 46 for a dumpster fire. Upon arrival, command reported an active fire in a trash compactor up against the building and requested a second alarm, bringing companies from Wallington, Wood-Ridge, Moonachie, Little Ferry and South Hackensack to the scene. The first-due engine stretched two lines and attacked the fire while supplied by a Wood Ridge engine. The fire was quickly knocked down. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

Large Home Goes in Lake Como On January 5, 2018, the Belmar Fire Department was dispatched to Ripley Lane in Lake Como for a structure fire in a large home. Police reported heavy fire was showing from the rear of the structure and all occupants were accounted for. A second alarm was transmitted. A frozen hydrant and harsh weather conditions hindered the operation for the first 10 minutes of the fire and a third alarm was struck for a tanker and manpower. Firefighters of Belmar’s three fire companies — Union Fire, Goodwill Hose and Volunteer Hook and Ladder — were assisted by Spring Lake, Avon by the Sea, Spring Lake Heights, Wall, Neptune, Howell and Neptune City. The Belmar First Aid Squad also responded. - Fire News photo by Sean Pringle

Very Lucky in Hope Twp. MVA

A report of an overturned vehicle on Route 611 in Hope Township, was dispatched to the Hope Volunteer Fire Department, the Blairstown Ambulance Corps and the paramedics from Saint Clare’s Hospital. Arriving crews found a vehicle down an embankment and overturned in a creek with the people still trapped. After gaining access, they were able to remove the male through the roof, placed him on a backboard, and removed him to EMTs. Firefighters climbed inside the overturned vehicle to assist the female up through the passenger side door. Remarkably, the two occupants appeared uninjured because they were belted in. After a thorough evaluation by medical personal, both decided not to be transported to a hospital. Because of a fuel and oil spill into the creek, the Warren County HazMat was dispatched. The New Jersey State Police also assisted in the extrication. - Fire News photos by Bob Halberstadt


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Chester Fights a Year-Ending Cold One As 2017 was winding down, the Chester Fire Company responded to Prides Crossing for a house fire. First arriving units found the garage and the back half of the house engulfed. Handlines were stretched, knocking down fire as crews dealt with hoarding conditions. There were no hydrants in the area so a tender task force was called, as was a second alarm for manpower, RIT, station coverage and rehab units (due to belowfreezing temps). The fire was brought under control within an hour. One firefighter was transported with a knee injury. - Fire News photos by Kevin J. Maloney


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Long Night in Linwood The City of Linwood Fire Department was dispatched on January 14, 2018, to Shore Road for a structure fire with flames showing. Firefighters arrived to find fire showing from a multi-story wood frame dwelling of balloon construction. Mutual aid was requested from the City of Somers Point and Northfield. Somers Point Truck 2, along with Squad 43, positioned themselves on the delta side and put their main into service while crews worked on the alpha and bravo sides on ladders in an attempt to beat back the flames and get an upper hand on the fire. Firefighters fought the fire for several hours in frigid temperatures before bringing the fire under control. - Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe


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Hackensack House Fire

On January 5, 2018, the Hackensack Fire Department responded to Van Wettering Place for a house fire. Engine 1 arrived to heavy smoke coming from the 2-1/2 story residence. While Engine 1 hit a nearby hydrant, Ladder 1 got to the roof in very tight conditions caused by a recent snow fall and cars parked on the side of the

street. Teaneck and Englewood were requested to the scene as a second alarm was struck, while heavy fire started to self-vent as crews attacked. Companies were able to knock down the heavy fire within 20 minutes. - Fire News photos by Mark Rosetti


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Tough Fight at Wayne Blaze

On January 5, 2018, a day with temperatures in the single digits, Wayne Fire Companies 2, 1, and 5 were dispatched to a residence on MacDonald Drive for a structure fire. Crews were met with the rear of the home fully involved and a general alarm was struck bringing all Wayne companies to the scene. Crews attempted an interior attack but were backed out by command. Companies reen-

tered the structure a short time later but were backed out again in about 10 minutes. Power lines were also brought down by the fire and the rear deck collapsed further complicating the fight. Mutual aid came from Little Falls, Lincoln Park and Totowa. It took nearly two hours to place the fire under control. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti


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Mizpah Fire The volunteer fire companies of Mizpah, Mays Landing and Weymouth responded to a fire on Fulton Avenue on January 25, 2018. Mizpah Chief Jaimie Davenport arrived and established command for the fire in a two-story, wood frame, single-family home with the second floor showing fire from the Bravo side. Command requested the remaining companies of Laureldale and Cologne along with a request for Water Tender Task Force B that brought apparatus from Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties along with apparatus from western Atlantic County. The fire took several hours to extinguish. - Fire News photos by Chris Tilley


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Good Stop in Mays Landing The volunteer fire companies of Mays Landing, Laureldale, and Cologne were dispatched on December 21, 2017, to Cove Avenue for a report of a structure fire. Mays Landing Assistant Chief Ken Badger, Jr., arrived and established command and reported smoke showing from a single-story, singlefamily dwelling of ordinary construction. Command requested additional assistance from the Mizpah. Mays Landing stretched in with a 1-ž inch line and attacked the fire located in the C/D corner. The fire was quickly brought under control with firefighters doing ventilation and overhaul. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger

Through the Roof in Rosalind On December 14, 2017, the Rosalind Fire Department responded to Roosevelt Street for a residential structure fire. Crews found a 2-1/2 story home with heavy fire showing through the roof. Essex Fells Engine 2 responded directly to the scene, as units from Rosalind preformed an aggressive attack and were able to quickly knock down the fire. Crews worked on some extension on the first division and pulled ceilings and opened up walls to complete the overhaul. Mutual aid also came from Livingston and East Hanover. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

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Ocean Heights Ave. Head-on The volunteer fire companies of Cardiff and Bargaintown were dispatched on November 14, 2017, for an MVA on Ocean Heights Avenue, in the area of Miry Run Creek on the EHT-Hamilton Township border, the scene of numerous and fatal MVAs. Cardiff Engine 1512 arrived and Captain Bill Danz III established command and had Bargaintown Rescue 1527 proceed to Hamilton Trails Golf Course and establish an LZ. The crash involved two vehicles that collided head on with both vehicles coming to a rest in the middle of the road and one passenger being ejected over a guard rail and into a drainage ditch. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger

Belleville MVA Causes Outage On December 12, 2017, the Belleville Fire Department dispatched Engine 2, Truck 1 and EMS-1 to the area of Main Street and the K-Mart for a MVA, which left an SUV rolled over off the highway. Companies arrived to find the driver trapped, a road sign down, a guardrail smashed and a utility pole down, resulting in the wires falling on the car and causing an area power outage. The driver was transported to University Hospital. - Fire News photos by Mark Rosetti


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Snowy Van Fire On December 9, 2017, during the first snow fall of the year, Clifton Engine 5 and Truck 2 were dispatched to Route 3 eastbound for a reported minvan fire. Engine 5 stretched a line and quickly knocked down the fire in the engine compartment while the truck went to work opening the hood. - Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti

Black Horse Pike MVA The volunteer fire companies of Laureldale and Mays Landing responded on December 12, 2017, to mile marker 47.0 westbound on the Black Horse Pike (Route 322) for an MVA with two vehicles overturned. Mays Landing Chief Lou DiMartine established command and had first arriving Mays Landing Squad 1816, apply drying agent onto the crash site and cut the battery cables of the vehicles. Both drivers had self-extricated. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger


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Maple Shade House Destroyed

On January 10, 2018, a mid-day fire destroyed a home on Rockland Avenue in Maple Shade. Maple Shade firefighters arrived to find a 1-1/2 story occupied dwelling heavily involved. Crews made entry and began an interior attack but had to back out due to unsafe conditions. A second alarm was struck bringing extra manpower and apparatus. It took crews an hour to knock down the fire before it could be placed under control. The homeowner was not at home when the fire began. Fire companies also came from Lenola, Mount Laurel, Cherry Hill, Riverton, Pennsauken, Moorestown and Palmyra. Fire Police from Maple Shade and Lenola assisted in traffic control and EMS from Maple Shade and Lenola also responded. The house was destroyed by the blaze. - Fire News photos by John Axford


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Atlantic County Memorial Service

The Atlantic County Firefighters Association held their 94th Annual Reorganization and Memorial Service at the Egg Harbor City Fire Department on January 17, 2018. Amor ‘Skip’ Portale and Howard Berchtold, Jr., were re-elected as President and Executive Committee Chairman. Remarks were given by President Portale and Chairman Berchtold along with State Assemblyman Vince Mazza and other elected officials. The role of firefighters, who the siren has sounded for the last time, was read off by Association Chaplain Thomas Sweeny who also was presented with a plaque by President Portale and Chairman Berchtold. Also presented plaques were Bayview Chief Chuck Macintosh who retired to Florida (accepted by incoming Chief Mark Morton) and Atlantic County Fire Coordinator Ed Vincent who also retired. - Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe


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IAFC-East Valor Awards

On January 29, 2018, the International Association of Fire Chiefs Eastern Division bestowed valor awards to three of its members. In his remarks Chief James Jim Yates, 1st Vice-President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Eastern Division, noted that valor come in many forms. “Over 100 years ago FDNY Fire Chief Edward Croker said, ‘When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of duty.’ “Well,” continued Yates, “for Chiefs Shaun Dlabik, Dan Tomlin and Mark Lenarski, Jr., their act of bravery was not done. They had much more to offer in the line of duty. “On July 4, 2015, while attending a picnic at a friend's house Shaun was made aware of a young child lying at the bottom of a swimming pool. Recognizing the child was not swimming, Shaun immediately alerted others at the party, dove into the pool and retrieved the lifeless eight-year-old boy. As he surfaced with the child he was met by Dan and Mark who quickly assessed the victim and found him to be unconscious and unresponsive with no pulse. They immediately initiated CPR and rescue breathing efforts and were quickly joined by Shaun and in unison, they continued providing life-saving efforts. “If it were not for the professionalism, alertness and perseverance of Chief Dlabik, Chief Tomalin, and Chief Lenarski the child would not have survived.” - Fire News photo courtesy of Chief Jim Yates, IAFC

Members Train in Lakewood

Firefighters from the Lakewood Hook and Ladder Company in Ocean County took advantage of the great weather on January 21, 2018, to train members on their 2007 ladder. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe


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Pascack Valley FFs Working with the Next Generation The Pascack Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association (PVVFA) is taking steps to prepare its next generation of firefighters, its Junior Firefighters, for the challenging task of protecting life and property. Junior Firefighters are youth aged 15 to 17, who drill on the seven basic firefighting tasks. Junior firefighters may not operate inside the fire building or operate power tools on the fireground. They do, however, assist their respective departments by performing tasks outside the fire building such as stretching supply lines, setting up air cylinder replacement stations, operating handlines to protect exposures and providing fire scene illumination, freeing up regular firefighters for tasks inside the fire building. Under the leadership of Chief Tom Derienzo of the Park Ridge Fire Department, Junior firefighters from the PVVFA’s nine-member departments (Emerson, Hillsdale, Montvale, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, River Vale, Township of Washington, Westwood, and Woodcliff Lake) have the opportunity to train following the lesson plan of the nationally recognized Firefighter I course. Chief Derienzo is a certified instructor at the Bergen County Fire Academy and, with the assistance of other instructors from the Academy and the PVVFA’s Junior Firefighter Training Officers, he is preparing these young firefighters for the next step in their firefighting careers. Any able-bodied youth age15 to 17 with a strong commitment to help his fellow residents, and a willingness to work hard, who has an interest in becoming a Junior Firefighter should contact his local department for information on the program. - Fire News photos courtesy of Bill Auth

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Firehouse Kitchen

FDNY Ski Races: Part II In last month's article, I wrote about my cooking experience with my good friend Bobby Rollins, aka Bo-Ro, and his famous pancakes made at the FDNY Ski Races. Since pancakes are a very quick meal to make, there was a lot of talking during this episode. Besides making fun of the guys in Ladder 127 and Engine 298, Bo-Ro and I spoke about my time in the truck. One story we reminisced about was when I almost transferred to another firehouse. This would have been one of the worst decisions of my career. As a probie, there were a few guys giving me a hard time. They couldn’t handle my happy go-lucky demeanor. When I first got on the job, you rotated for three years to three different houses (one house each year). This would give you a chance to experience different types of houses. At the end of the third year, you would normally return to your first house. During my rotation, I had the pleasure of working in E263 in Queens and E205 in Brooklyn. In 2001, I returned to my first house (L127). My first day back from rotation, the same few guys that had given me a hard time when I first arrived, picked up where they left off and continued giving me a hard time. Now, I have pretty thick skin, but for the first time ever, these guys made me dread going to work. For this reason, I put in my papers to transfer back to E263. I know, going from an A truck to an engine is unheard of in the FDNY, but I felt at home at E263. Until … Bobby Rollins and

another good friend of mine, Kevin Fogarty, cornered me and asked why I was transferring. They said I was a good firefighter and a standup guy. I explained the problem I was encountering with some of the senior — and some not so senior — men. This was when BoRo looked me in the eyes and said, “Ray, there are five jerks in every firehouse. The five in this one zoned in on you.” I replied, “Everyone else thinks they are jerks too?” With this piece of information, I decided to stay and handle these guys head on. If I didn’t, I probably would have had this problem in every firehouse I went to. There is an old saying in the FDNY, ‘different circus, same performers.’ If you can’t figure out who the jerks are, then you are probably one of them. I am very thankful for having been a part of the FDNY and L127. I learned so much about the fire department and the importance of the brotherhood of being a fireman. To find out more about Firehouse Kitchen or how to become a sponsor, visit firehousekitchenshow.com; or e-mail firehousekitchentv@gmail.com. Be sure to like us on Facebook.

Pancakes 1 cup flour Heavy tablespoon of sugar 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder 1 egg Blueberries Salt, milk, butter Whip egg. Add flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, a pinch of salt and three melted tablespoons of butter. Slowly mix in milk to consistency of choice. Pour on griddle and add blueberries to your liking. Cook both sides until golden brown and enjoy.


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East Windsor Santa Run The East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company 2 held its Santa Run on December 16, 2017. - Fire News photos by Amy Batista


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FDIC 2018: NEW CONCEPTS, PRODUCTS, THOUGHTS AND APPROACHES By Chief Bobby Halton The key to firefighter’s success is training, education, and networking — all of which they aggressively pursue at FDIC and bring back home to local departments. Firefighters see how every element of consequence that impacts firefighting is assembled at FDIC International 2018. The work behind FDIC International 2018 represents literally everyone you could imagine in the fire service. There will be many new faces at FDIC International 2018 — new instructors, new concepts, new products, new thoughts, and new approaches. The uninitiated think everything is new but insiders, those with skin in the game, the FDIC people, know we are building on the foundations laid by millions who came before us and to whom we are grateful. FDIC 2018 will offer 28 hands-on training classes, 80 workshops, 200-plus classes, the most inspirational keynotes, an emerging technologies summit, the most comprehensive fire exhibition, the largest stair climb, and countless networking celebrations and unique FDIC traditions that bind us, define us, and connect us. The Main Program speakers are Dan DeGryse, Gavin Horn, Ted Nee and, special guest, FEMA Administrator Brock Long. The classes will again create the direction, the intellectual drive, the controversies, and the debates for the coming year. There are literally dozens of special networking events. Beginning on Tuesday night, the Firefighter Cancer Support Network has its comedy night fundraiser; the Fraternal Order Of Leatherheads hosts its FOOLS bash; there’s the Courage and Valor 5K Fun Run; the

National Fallen Firefighter (NFFF) Stop, Drop, and Rock ‘n’ Roll celebration; the MSA block party. Friday is the NFFF Stair Climb and the Indianapolis firefighters’ union party. All week long, the Firefighter Combat Challenge will be going on, as well as dozens of other events and gatherings. Last year 34,000 attendees celebrated the art and science of firefighting. Firefighters attend FDIC because it represents who we are. We are the fire service, we are the community, we are neighbors, we operate in the real world together, we drill and train together, and we assemble at this FDIC conference and exhibition together. This is our show, firefighters, men and women who have skin in the game, who respond when called, who never accept how it is but only accept that it will be better. The classes, drills, instructors, and speakers were all chosen by us, gritty, street-savvy firefighters who may not have the alphabet after their names, who sometimes drop the wrong kind of adjective when excited, but who struggle every day to be better than yesterday. This is the conference that no volunteer, no career, no industrial firefighter should miss; a conference that pays the utmost respect to local expertise, that put first and foremost in all they do the interests, concerns, and well-being of firefighters and our mission first. We hope we’ll see you at FDIC this April. Department members are urged to network with one another to purchase group pricing on our FDIC registrations. Register by March 9, 2018, and you can save over $100 off registration fees.


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Farmington Installation 2018 The Farmington Volunteer Fire Company 4 held their 2018 Hawaiian-themed installation dinner at their Charles Maxwell Hall on January 13, 2018. There were no changes in officers from the previous year and Egg Harbor Township Committeeman Paul Hodson swore in the incoming officers. Chief Leonard Tilley presented Captain Michael Parlapiano (bottom right) with his Life Membership for serving 25 years with the fire company, and his daughter Cheryl Raymond (bottom left, on left) with Firefighter of the Year for spearheading a program that netted the fire company nearly $10,000 from fundraising. Entertainment was provided by the Atlantic City Fire Department Sandpipers Pipe Band. - Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe


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Pleasantville’s Operation Warm

The City of Pleasantville Fire Department were at it again this December. The department members visited the local schools and provided kids with coats for the winter. The program, called Operation Warm, allows departments, through fundraising and sponsorship, to give back to the community. This has become a yearly event for the Pleasantville Fire Department. If you’re interested in receiving further information, please contact the department at 609-484-3667. - Fire News photos by Eric ‘Doc’ Moran


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Old Tappan 2018 Installation The Old Tappan Volunteer Fire Department installed its fire officers for 2018 on Tuesday, 2 January 2018. Sworn in for one-year terms were: Chief David Keil; Deputy Chief Chris Reilly; Captain Evan Kutzin; and Lieutenants, Brian Morgan, Alex Naylis, Jin Yhu and Tom Shine. In addition, the department elected its Administrative Officers for 2018: President Frank Mazza; Vice-President Tom Jung; Financial Secretary David Keil; Recording Secretary Rick Annis, and Treasurer Artie Lake. - Fire News photos courtesy of Bill Auth (Top left): Old Tappan Mayor John Kramer administers the oath of office to Deputy Chief Chris Reilly as his wife Kayla holds the Bible and proudly looks on. (Lower left): Old Tappan Mayor John Kramer administers the oath of office to (left to right) Captain Kutzin, Lieutenant Morgan, Chief Keil (holding the Bible) and Lieutenants Naylis, Yhu and Shine. (Top right): Old Tappan Mayor John Kramer administers the oath of office to Chief Keil as his wife Terry holds the Bible and son Dave, Jr. and daughter Allison look on proudly. (Lower right, from left): Chief Keil, Deputy Chief Reilly, Captain Kutzin, Lieutenants Morgan, Naylis, Yhu and Shine line up in front of the Department’s apparatus.


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Long Branch Local 68 Helps Ronald McDonald House The City of Long Branch Professional Firefighters FMBA Local 68 have been refurbishing rooms at the local Ronald McDonald House. One of the rooms has been refinished with guild-leaf-edged dressers and other firematic themes. - Fire News photos courtesy of Lt. Butch Guzzy; story by Chris ‘Doc’ Denton


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