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VOLUME 8, NO. 12

Serving New Jersey's Fire, Rescue & EMS Heroes

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MAY 2014

See more coverage on pages 12-13 - Fire News photo by Michael Coppola

LODD: Spotswood FF Joseph Edward Bove See pages 5 & 6

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In this issue... LODD Spotswood: Joseph Edward Bove Spotswood Firefighter, ex-Chief and past-President Joseph Edward Bove. See story on page 5 and 6

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Linden 3-Alarmer Two buildings burn in an East Saint Georges Avenue blaze. See story on page 10

Two for Two in Camden Firefighters get called for a new house fire while still fighting another. See story on page 15

Rough Day in Haddonfield On a cold Valentine’s Day, a basement fire quickly takes off despite firefighters’ efforts. See story on page 23

Florence and Bordentown Together Firefighters from Florence and Bordertown get together for a successful extrication drill. See story on page 31

Hackensack MDA Fundraiser Hackensack professional firefighters, Locals 2081 and 3172 host their 2014 Fill the Boot kick-off campaign. See story on page 38

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

How’s it Going? Our new company officers, for the most part, have been in office for three to four months. I’d like to ask these new officers a simple question; how’s it going? Have you found that sitting in the front seat is only a small part of being a good officer? That is the fun part! It is where you get to see your crews in action. It is where the public sees their heroes perform professionally. For the most part, the public does not know how much you have trained to perform so flawlessly. Are things going well for you? Is your company coming out for you at two or three in the morning? Are you leading by example? Are you listening to senior members and asking for advice when you feel things are not going well? Are you there for your members? If you are doing a good job, members will confide in you and ask for help. Senior members are never afraid to offer advice if they know you respect their input. As a new officer, it is hard to stand back and watch members perform a task with which they are having difficulty. Have you wanted to rip a halligan out of someone’s hand because they couldn’t force the truck or hood at a car fire? Taking over tells the guys they are not needed and they may decide to withdraw because they were embarrassed. Nodding to a seasoned member to step in to help with the problem shows you are looking to get the job done quickly and safely. What is your next step? A good officer may run an extra drill or set up training scenario to work with the members who need a little extra practice at tasks they don’t get to do on a regular basis. Don’t embarrass anyone who makes a mistake. Encourage extra training. As the company officer, be there for your company. What goes through a probationary member’s mind when they don’t see you at work details, drill training and calls? I’ll bet they think it is OK for them since you are not there either. As a new officer, you are responsible for all of your company committees. Reminding members of meetings is probably a good idea. Make a call, send a text or e-mail to remind members of the meeting. In the end, every successful officer I have known has led by a positive example. Are you building a trusting bond as the head of your new family? - Dennis

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR With news outlets reporting daily about New Jersey’s escalating heroin epidemic and resulting increase in overdose deaths, we commend Governor Chris Christie for signing the waiver to allow EMTs to administer Narcan to help reverse the potentially fatal effects of opioid intoxication. If not fatal, an opioid overdose can cause devastating brain injury. In essence, “time is brain.” Because EMTs, who provide basic life support (BLS), often are first to reach patients, it makes sense to equip them with such a life-saving tool. We stand ready to work with the governor, his staff and Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd in developing training and implementation guidelines for this new policy. With such a tremendous need for early intervention during this state's heroin crisis, we can’t afford to wait. Howard Meyer 71 Division Avenue Summit, NJ 07901 908-790-8646 njsfac@verizon.net Howard Meyer is president of the 85-year-old nonprofit New Jersey State First Aid Council, which represents more than 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with 300+ first aid and rescue squads throughout the state.

ANNOUNCEMENTS RUTHERFORD 2ND ANNUAL EXTRICATION TOURNEY Rutherford Rescue 5 will be holding their 2nd Annual Extrication Competition and Family Fun Day on May 17, 2014. They are looking for Teams, Sponsors, Vendors and people to come down and support the event, being held at the Meadows Office Complex, 301 Route 17 North in Rutherford from 1100 to 1700. Join them for the Extrication Competition, food, mugs, shirts, vendors and activities for children! For an application for the Extrication Competition, or for more information, contact: RFDRescue5 @verizon.net.

NFFF RECEIVES 4-STAR RATING FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is pleased to announce that Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier charity evaluator, awarded their coveted 4-out-of-4 star rating to the NFFF for the second consecutive year. Only 19 percent of the organizations rated by Charity Navigator have received at least two consecutive 4-Star evaluations. “The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is conscientious about using our financial resources to honor the nation’s fallen firefighters. We do so by providing important services such as conferences, workshops and scholarships to the survivors,” said Ronald J. Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. “We are thrilled to receive this designation from Charity Navigators for the second year in a row.” A 4-Star rating reassures potential donors that an organization adheres to good governance and other best practices. It shows that a charity consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. The news media in recent years has pointed out that an increasing number of firefighter charities are under scrutiny. Siarnicki explained, “This year NFFF was contacted by reporters after line-of-duty deaths in major cities and small towns with questions on how the public can make sure their donations in honor of the fallen go to reputable organizations.” One of those tips is to check out the organization through Charity Navigator. In addition, the NFFF has worked with several fire service charities and other organizations to ensure their fundraising meets the highest standards. For more information about the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and how to support the mission, go to www.firehero.org.

WHITE HORSE 100TH ANNIVERSARY RESCHEDULES MERCER CO. PARADE In conjunction with its 100th anniversary, the White Horse Fire Company will be hosting the Mercer County Fire Prevention parade on Saturday, October 4, 2014, starting at 1300. Invitations will be sent out to fire companies throughout six states. This parade was changed from its June 14, 2014, date. Please save the date! For more information contact the event Chairman, Woody Emmons at 609-658-7008; e-mail: firefighter523 @gmail.com.


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Spotswood LODD: Firefighter and ex-Chief Joseph Edward Bove

On March 13, 2014, Spotswood Firefighter, ex-Chief and past-President Joseph Edward Bove responded with Spotswood VFD-Enterprise Hook and Ladder to a report of the smell of gas at a home in a multi-unit residential housing complex on Main Street in Spotswood. After shutting off the gas and clearing the incident, Bove went home and shortly thereafter collapsed. Firefighter Bove was treated and transported to the Old Bridge Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injury. Engine 71-2 carried Bove to funeral services, which were held on March 18, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Spotswood. Bove is survived by his wife of 31 years, Renata, daughter Jacqueline, and sons Joseph and Anthony. - Fire News photos by Amy Batista

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Foam, Water, Cold and More in Mizpah

The volunteer fire companies of Mizpah (Station 18-2) and Weymouth (Station 18-4) were dispatched to Railroad Avenue for a report of a structure fire on January 22, 2104. Mizpah Assistant Chief Eric Davenport arrived and declared a working fire with heavy smoke showing from a one-story, single family dwelling of block construction. Command requested mutual aid from Mays Landing and Richland for water tenders. Crews entered the structure and encountered heavy fire and smoke conditions throughout and it was decided by the Operations Officer, Weymouth Chief John Carrigan, to go to a defensive operation. Command requested additional water tenders from Dorothy, East Vineland and Newtonville. East Vineland Chief Mark Corsiglia was appointed water supply officer and established a fill site at the Mizpah fire station. The fire took two hours and the efforts of 40 firefighters to bring under control with foam being used to mop up hot spots. The -13 degree temperatures challenged the firefighters and equipment along with the poor conditions of the dwelling and contents adding to the danger. - Fire News photos by Ken Badger


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3-Alarmer in Belleville

On March 28, 2014, the Belleville Fire Department responded to Washington Avenue. On arrival companies found a working fire in the basement of the threestory, mixed-use, frame building. An interior attack was started and a second alarm was requested as companies encountered heavy fire with extension and heavy smoke on the upper floors. With fire now visible on the first and second floors and with the bravo exposure jeopardized, a third alarm was requested. Fire eventually made its way to the third floor and cockloft and command sounded the evacuation as heavy fire vented through the roof and extended into the cockloft of the bravo exposure. Mutual aid from Nutley, Newark, N. Arlington, E. Orange, Montclair and Bloomfield assisted at the scene. - Fire News photos by Peter Danzo


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Linden 3 Alarm On March 27, 2014, the Linden Fire Department responded to East Saint Georges Avenue for a reported building fire. Companies arriving found heavy fire consuming the rear of a two-story mixed-occupancy. Second and third alarms were requested as the rapidly advancing fire began to take control of the cockloft and rear of the building. Mutual aid companies were able to assist in controlling the fire but it consumed the building as well as an exposed church on the D side. - Fire News photos by Michael Coppola


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3 for 1 in Paterson...continued On March 9, 2014, Paterson Fire Department’s 3rd Platoon responded to multiple calls for a building fire in the area of Fair and Auburn Streets. While en route heavy smoke condition were seen in the area. Companies were also advised of people possibly trapped. On arrival companies found heavy fire in two vacant three-story frame dwellings. Several squatters were rescued from the rear of the building as companies went to a defensive attack. A second alarm was requested followed by a third, and, as companies were making progress, a fire was discovered in a vacant 2-1/2 story frame and then another dilapidated and vacant two-story frame dwelling. It was later determined that the additional fires were the result of flying brands from the main fire and an additional engine was requested to patrol the area to check for any other possible fires. - Fire News photos by Michael Coppola and Peter Danzo (this page and opposite page bottom, right)

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Mariner’s Cove Aftermath

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Two for Two in Camden

On March 19, 2014, just after midnight in Camden City, as crews were still committed to a two-alarm on Mechanic Street, another dwelling fire was reported on the other side of the city. Car 3 and Engine 9 arrived on location on North 6th Street to find a two-story twin with heavy fire showing on the second floor. Crews wrapped a hydrant and went into operation with a 2-½ inch handline. Mutual aid from Collingswood, Westmont, Gloucester City and Cherry Hill were added. ALS and BLS were added for a possible occupants trapped (negative). The fire was placed under control around the 20 minute mark. - Fire News photos by Ted Aurig


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House, Woods and More - Bargaintown

The volunteer fire companies of Bargaintown and Scullville responded on March 15, 2014, to South Mount Airy Avenue in the Bargaintown section for a report of a brush fire. Bargaintown Chief Eugene Sharpe assumed command and reported a fast moving brush fire and requested the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service which was already en route as the nearby McKeetown and Mizpah lookout towers had observed the smoke and alerted the Section C-7 Section Warden, John Sanford. Five NJSFFS engines and one tractor and plow consisting of units from the A and C divisions responded and

combatted a seven-acre fire. Mutual aid companies were dispatched to protect several homes along Mount Airy Avenue while the NJSFFS worked to contain the fire. Responding were Bargaintown, Scullville, Cardiff, Farmington, Somers Point, Mays Landing (covered Scullville), City of Linwood (covered Bargaintown), Cologne (covered Cardiff Station 2) Egg Harbor Township Police, Egg Harbor Township Fire Police, Atlantic City Electric Company, and a big tip-of-the-helmet to all of the Ladies Auxiliaries which provided refreshments. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger


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Two For One in Bridgewater

The Bridgewater District Three fire companies had a busy day on March 16, 2014. En route to the Somerville Saint Patrick’s Day parade, units were dispatched to the Country Hills section for a report of a smoke condition in a second floor condo unit in the 3700 block of Graham Court. Country Hills Chief Charles Springer put North Branch firefighters into action to investigate. Firefighters found plastic burning in a dishwasher and quickly removed the hazard. As units were clearing, a second call came in for the Green Knoll section in the 1000 block of Route 202/206 Southbound. Multiple calls of heavy black smoke coming from a second floor unit

of a multi-unit residential dwelling on the site of a Hindu temple were received. Green Knoll Chief James Vitale was first on scene. Interior crews searched for the seat of the fire in zero visibility conditions. The fire had vented itself through the roof and stared a secondary fire to the rear of the dwelling involving patio furniture. Firefighters found the seat of the fire in the kitchen area and were able to contain it with two handlines. Also on scene and assisting with overhaul and RIT were Country Hills, Bradley Gardens, Green Knoll/Martinsville Rescue Squad and Bridgewater PD. - Fire News photos by David Hickson


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Five Displaced by Farmington Fire

On March 15, 2014, the volunteer fire companies of Farmington and Cardiff were dispatched to Stafford Avenue for a report of smoke coming from a structure. Farmington Chief Len Tilley arrived and requested RIT from the City of Northfield, an engine from Bargaintown and West Atlantic City, and Bayview for station coverage. The Cologne Volunteer Fire Company, en route to training, diverted and arrived to provide assistance. Firefighters were faced with heavy smoke from a one-story, wood frame, single-family

dwelling. Cardiff and Farmington firefighters attacked the interior, while Cologne firefighters opened up. Bargaintown and West Atlantic City firefighters assisted in the ops. The fire took an hour to bring under control, and displaced five residents. The fire was investigated by Egg Harbor Township fire officials and EHT Police. Also responding were the Cardiff Ladies Auxiliary and Atlantic City Electric Company. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe


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2-Alarmer in Monroe

On March 16, 2014, area firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze in a single-family dwelling on Cranbury Half Acre Road in Monroe Township in Middlesex County. - Fire News photo by Amy Batista


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Smoke Turns Out to Be a Blowback Recently, the volunteer fire companies of Richland (Station 12-1) and East Vineland (Station 12-2) were dispatched to Harding Highway in Richland for a structure fire. Richland Chief Tony Monfredo arrived and assumed command, finding thick black smoke showing from a two-story, wood frame, single-family dwelling with a basement. Command immediately requested the aerial from the Landisville, an engine from Milmay, and Water Tender 18-19 from Mays Landing. Upon entering the basement, firefighters discovered the smoke was from a heater backfire. Command recalled the additional units and had firefighters ventilate. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger

Hot Time in Vineland The City of Vineland Fire Department dispatched Engine 53, Tender 5, Engine 61, Tower 6 and Car 1 (Chief of Department Robert Pagnani) to Berkeley Drive for a report of a structure fire on January 27, 2014. An all hands was declared bringing addition apparatus from Vineland, East Vineland and Cumberland. Engine 53 stretched a 1-3/4 inch preconnect but was backed out by high heat. Engine 61 stretched lines to the C side, while Truck 6’s crew made entry through a rear door and knocked down the fire. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger

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Tight Work in Bargaintown

The volunteer fire companies of Bargaintown and Scullville responded to the 6500 block of Mill Road on March 2, 2014, for a report of smoke showing from a structure. Bargaintown Assistant Chief Will Hancock assumed command and requested RIT from the City of Northfield. Bargaintown Chief Eugene Sharpe arrived and assumed command, and had A/C Hancock assume operations. An

interior crew led by Bargaintown Captain Michael Otaegui discovered the fire and knocked it down quickly. Command requested an engine from the Cardiff to cover the Bargaintown station. Also responding were the Egg Harbor Township Ambulance Squad and Atlantic City Electric Company. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger


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On February 14, 2014, a fire erupted in the basement of an occupied home located on Upland Way in the Boro of Haddonfield. The family dialed 911 to report the fire and exited the home immediately. Haddonfield Fire Chief Joe Riggs arrived shortly after the dispatch and reported smoke showing. The fast moving blaze quickly spread from the basement to the first floor living room and up to the second floor. Task Force 14 companies arrived and had a difficult

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stretch up a long snow and ice covered driveway. Interior crews also had a difficult time getting the house ventilated. Several specialcalls were made for additional manpower. Crews responded from Haddon Heights, Cherry Hill, Westmont, Bellmawr, Barrington and Gloucester City. Re-Hab 13 from Deer Park. assisted with rehab and hot drinks. - Fire News photo by John Axford


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Fire in Bargaintown Draws a Crowd

Quick Work in Maple Shade

The volunteer fire companies of Bargaintown and Scullville responded on February 10, 2014, to Discovery Drive in the Northfield Estates section of Bargaintown for a reported structure fire. The fire was brought under control in one hour and the cause of the fire was under investigation. Responding were: Bargaintown, Scullville, Cardiff, Farmington, West Atlantic City, Linwood (covered Bargaintown), Somers Point (RIT), Mays Landing (covered Scullville), EHT Police, EHT Ambulance, Shore Medical Center EMS (Rehab), EHT Fire Official, South Jersey Gas Company, Atlantic City Electric Company. - Fire News photo by Carl Crossman

On March 3, 2014, a fire broke out in an attached garage at a dwelling on Martin Avenue, in Maple Shade. Task Force 101 was dispatched as Central Communications also received reports that possibly occupants were still inside. Squrt 1011 was first due and led off with a 1-3/4 inch handline and additional crews forced entry and began primary searches. The fire was knocked down in a short period of time and interior crews reported all searches were negative. The homeowner was transported to Cherry Hill Medical Center for minor smoke inhalation. Maple Shade was assisted by companies from Lenola, Moorestown, Mt. Laurel, Cherry Hill and Pennsauken from Camden County. - Fire News photo by John Axford


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SUV Fire in Cologne

The Cologne Volunteer Fire Company responded on January 5, travelling on the Black Horse Pike when smoke started coming 2014, to the parking lot of the Macy’s located on Black Horse Pike from under its hood. The driver pulled off and called 911. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger for a vehicle fire. Cologne’s assistant chief assumed command and had the first incoming engine stretch a 1-3/4 inch line. The SUV was


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4516 Still on the Job

Still on the job and working harder than ever is the Green Bank County and situated in the Pinelands. Green Bank’s volunteers Volunteer Fire Company’s Water Tender 4516 which they pur- responded as part of a water tender task force on March 27, 2014, chased from the Presidential Lakes Volunteer Fire Company of to Seventh Avenue in Mullica Township, Atlantic County. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe Pemberton Township. Both fire companies are in Burlington


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MVA in Bargaintown

The volunteer fire companies of Bargaintown and Cardiff responded to the intersection of Mill Road and Fernwood Avenue on February 16, 2014, for a motor vehicle crash with entrapment. This intersection has been the site of numerous accidents. Bargaintown Chief Eugene Sharpe arrived and assumed command and directed

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Home, Woods Go Up in Mullica Township

The volunteer fire companies of Elwood, Nesco, Weekstown and Sweetwater from the Mullica Township Fire Department were dispatched March 27, 2014, to Seventh Avenue for a report of something burning behind a two-story, wood frame residence. Dispatch advised all units it was a structure fire with possible entrapment. Weekstown Fire Company Assistant Chief T.J. Culleny arrived to find the fire extending into another structure on the C side as well as into the abutting woodlands. He requested mutual aid from the Egg Harbor City and a water tender from the City of Hammonton. The entire building flashed over as Elwood firefighters were about to go to work. As a multitude of companies responded, the New

Jersey State Fire Service responded to combat the woodlands fire. During the overhaul process, a 1968 Mustang fastback was discovered under the ruins. Responding were Elwood (two engines, one water tender), Nesco (one engine, one water tender), Weekstown (two engines), Sweetwater (one engine), Hammonton (one water tender), Egg Harbor City (two engines), South Egg Harbor (one engine, cascade unit), Laureldale (two water tenders), Germania (one water tender, one engine), Lower Bank (one water tender), Green Bank (one water tender), Mullica Township Police, New Jersey Forest Fire Service, Atlantic City Electric, Atlanticare EMS. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger


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Rollover in Moonachie

On February 19, 2014, the Moonachie First Aid And Rescue Squad was dispatched for a rollover. Upon arrival the squad extricated the occupant. The Moonachie Fire Department was on scene as a precaution. The patient was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center. - Fire News photo by Daniel O’Beirne

MVA on Eleventh Ave.

The City of Estell Manor Volunteer Fire Department (Station 12-5) along with the Dorothy Volunteer Fire and Rescue (Station 12-7, Squad 12-7) from Weymouth Township responded to Eleventh Avenue for a report of an MVA on February 5, 2014. The driver was treated by Dorothy EMS and transported to the hospital. Atlantic City Electric Company responded as the pole was snapped off, and the New Jersey State Police also investigated. - Fire News photo by Ken Badger


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FF1 PROFESSIONAL SAFETY SERVICES EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH FIRE-DEX FF1 Professional Safety Services announced on April 4, 2014, the expansion of their dealer partnership with Fire-Dex to now cover the entire state of New Jersey. “The relationship between FF1 and Fire-Dex has come a long way in just a few short years,” said Jonathon Van Norman, Owner and President at FF1 Professional Safety Services. “We have grown exponentially in Northern New Jersey and now Fire-Dex has given us the opportunity to bring the very best in PPE to the southern part of the state!” “Fire-Dex is thrilled to be expanding our partnership with FF1 to now cover the entire state of New Jersey,” said Brett Jaffe, President and CEO at Fire-Dex. “FF1’s commitment of service to their customers aligns perfectly with the fundamental values and culture at Fire-Dex. Based on their track record in the northern part of the state, we are excited about the future of Fire-Dex and FF1 in southern New Jersey.” Fire-Dex already has a loyal customer base in portions of southern New Jersey from a previous distributor and we want to make this transition seamless. The primary focus will be meeting with the existing customers and introducing them to the high standards that FF1 brings each and every day. Founded in 2005, FF1 Professional Safety Services is a premier provider for Fire, EMS and Police supplies across New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The company offers a wide range of products and services including MSA, Fire-Dex, Mustang Survival, Zodiac

Milpro, 5.11 Tactical, All American Hose, and much more. FF1 also offers a fully staffed Service Division certified to handle gas meter calibrations, flow testing, small engine repairs, hydrostatic testing and the list goes on! We also have a Training Division filled with dozens of experienced firefighters and certified instructors. Founded by an experienced firefighter and chief, we serve the First Responder community with unprecedented levels of experience and efficiency. At FF1 Professional Safety Services you’ll also discover knowledgeable service from a sales team of former firefighters, police and EMS professionals. We have stood in your boots, we know what you need. For over 30 years, Fire-Dex has been a leading manufacturer of protective firefighting clothing, emergency response apparel, premium quality NFPA hoods, gloves, helmets and boots. For more information: Inside Sales, 973-940-3061; Sales@FF1.com. Fo r m o re i n fo rm a t i o n o n Fi re -De x o r FF1 g o t o www.FireDex.com or www.FF1.com/.


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Florence and Bordentown Drill Together Florence Township Fire Department teamed up with Bordentown Fire District 2 for a vehicle extrication drill at the Florence Township firehouse on March 20, 2014. - Fire News photos by Amy Batista


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Monmouth Co. Live Training Drill

On April 6, 2014, several northern Monmouth County fire departments conducted a largescale training exercise to practice the deployment of water pipelines at Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook. During the drill, water was drafted from Sandy Hook Bay at the Coast Guard Station, and pumped through two pipelines consisting of a series of fire engines connected by large diameter hoses along Officers Row and eventually discharged from the tops of ladder trucks almost a mile away. Participating in the exercise were the Monmouth County Pipeline Strike Teams 1 and 7. The Monmouth County Fire Marshall has designated seven Pipeline Strike Teams throughout the county, each composed of seven pumper engines, which are utilized on large fires where the fire hydrant system is nonexistent or cannot provide sufficient volume. The Monmouth County Sheriff Department’s Mobile Command Vehicle as well as the Middletown Township Fire Police, Field Communications, and EMS units also participated in the training exercise, which was being conducted in cooperation with the National Park Service, Gateway National Recreational Area and the US Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook. - Fire News photos by Laurie Kegley


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Bargaintown Extrication Training

The members of the Bargaintown Volunteer Fire Company under- Instructor William Higbee; the second day was devoted to hands-on went two days of advanced vehicle extrication on March 21 and 22, training under the supervision of ACFA Instructor Gilbert Zonge 2014, at the Anthony “Tony” Canale Fire Training Center. The first and instructors from Hurst Vehicle extrication systems. - Fire News photos by Ken Badger day’s training consisted of classroom work given by ACFA

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Up Close and Personal Two For One in Bridgewater Green Knoll Deputy Chief Jack Egan (left) runs operations as Chief James Vitale runs incident command at a March 16, 2014, fire. - Fire News photo by David Hickson

Arbor Hose Drills Arbor Hose Company #1 of Piscataway at a drill wi th a c o upl e o f the i r bro the r s fro m t h e Possumtown Fire Department. - Fire News photo by Anthony Fritz


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Members of Long Branch Fire Department after a recent food-on-the-stove call. - Fire News photo by Chris Denton

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Detective Michael Graham of the Atlantic City Police Department and Howard Berchtold, Chairman of the Atlantic County Firefighters Association, offer the Roll Call of the Deceased. Howard is from Egg Harbor City.

Kevin Wessler of the Port Republic Volunteer Fire Department offers the first reading.

Louis Raniszewski of Atlanticare EMS Paramedics offers the Prayer of the Faithful at St. Nicholas Tolentine Parish on March 16. 2014.

Charles Schaech of Northfield, drum major, leads the ACFD Sand Pipers Pipe & Drum Corps into the church with Norman Wilson of Egg Harbor on his bagpipes. - All photos by Alan Dumoff


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Hackensack FFs Kick off MDA Fundraiser

On April 5, 2014, Hackensack professional firefighters, Locals 2081 and 3172 in coordination with MDA of New Jersey hosted their 2014 Fill the Boot kick-off campaign. Children and their families who attended got to talk with firefighters, were given a tour of the firehouse, got to take home some fire safety items, and had a pizza lunch which was provided by the IAFF locals. “The smiles on the kid’s faces were priceless,” said Hackensack Firefighter and IAFF local 2081 MDA coordinator Timothy Rice. “We would like to thank Mayor John Labrosse for stopping by and greeting the children and Chief Freeman for hosting the event at fire headquarters. Hackensack firefighters have been working with MDA for over 35 years raising money to support MDA families.” - Fire News photos Justin Derevyanik



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