Fire News, Wildwood 2023

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Five Mile Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Association

Post Office Box 935, Wildwood, NJ 08260-0935

Member Volunteer Fire Companies

Anglesea - North Wildwood

Wildwood - Holly BeachWest Wildwood - Wildwood Crest

Another year has passed, and The Five Mile Beach Volunteer Fireman’s Association welcomes you and your family back to the Wildwoods. We at Five Mile Beach, as well as the business community look forward to your return to our island. We hope you enjoy our beach and boardwalk, as well as the many services we have to offer including many fine restaurants and pleasure businesses, including parasailing, jet skis and fishing charters to name a few. The fire service is demanding and a break is well deserved.

There is an antique fire apparatus show on Sunday from 10:00 until 2:00 in front of

Convention Hall that is sure to please of you can fit it into your schedule.

We have been working toward increasing participation in the Memorial parade on Saturday. Registration is again available at Fox Park expo area on Friday and again on Saturday morning at Anglesea Fire Company in North Wildwood. We have added a new division for children and families to participate in the parade by decorating their bikes in a red, white and blue or a fire related theme. We would love to see your family involved.

Look for the Warrior Wagon with a new food source this year. The wagon is staffed by

the Wildwood High School students under the direction of a Gordon Ramsey Chef. All proceeds benefit the students of Wildwood High School.

Don’t forget, your donations at the gates benefit the Burn Foundation and St. Judes Children's Hospital.

If you need any assistance while here, look for any of our members in either a red or blue shirt with the Five Mile Beach emblem on the back. On behalf of The Five Mile Beach Volunteer Fireman’s Association, we hope you enjoy your visit to the Wildwoods.

Welcome from NJS Fireman’s Association


The Officers and Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association would like to welcome everyone to the 2023 Annual Convention. Although health and safety conditions have improved as compared to the last two years, we are still monitoring conditions and ask for your patience as we try to take care of the necessary business of the Association.

The tram cars and jitney service will be operating on Friday. If you want to continue seeing these services in future years, make sure you take advantage of their availability this year.

Friday’s session will contain the Annual Memorial Service and business meeting. Registration will be from 7:00 am to 11:00 am. To try to keep the lines down, please limit those coming in to the Convention Center to just those individuals who have business there or are required to be there. Delegates and Life Members should have their white and red registration cards in hand as they enter the Convention Center to help speed up the registration process. The Memorial Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the business meeting will immediately follow. We will be taping the Memorial Service so that it can be added to our website for viewing at any time. Although we do our best to not miss the listing of any

members that pass, we are human and mistakes may happen. If you notice any omissions from the list of our departed members, please see one of the officers after the meeting so we can investigate any unfortunate errors that may have occurred. Deborah Hospital will be on site on Friday and Saturday conducting the health screening that they do every year. The American Red Cross will be on site Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. conducting a blood drive.

The election of your State Officers and voting on eight ballot questions will take place on Saturday, 9/16, at the Convention Center from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Again, to try to keep the lines down, please limit those coming into the Convention Center to just those individuals who have business there or are required to be there. Delegates and Life Members should have their white and red registration cards in hand as they enter the Convention Center to help speed up the voting process. We set up a “suggested” voting time schedule by county in order to try to keep the lines short. Although not mandatory, please try to adhere to that schedule. Information concerning the schedule is available from your local Relief Association Secretary. Anyone who attended their County Caucus was also given a packet of information which contained the suggested voting time schedule. You will be electing your State Officers for the coming year

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Welcome Firefighters!

On behalf of my fellow Commissioners Fitzsimons and Steve Mikulski and myself, we would like to once again welcome you to the Firemen Convention in the City of Wildwood. It is our great honor to continue this long-standing relationship with you.

Wildwood looks forward to the fire companies visiting. We get excited to see the trucks and we always honor our heroes in uniform, such as yourselves.

We can tell the feeling is mutual because we know when the convention was cancelled due to Covid, many of your squads came

to Wildwood anyway, spent time in our hotels and frequented our establishments. We cannot thank you for your loyal patronage. You are heroes in more ways than one.

Enjoy this much-deserved break from the very exhausting jobs you do 365 days a year. No one deserves a trip to Wildwood more than you do.


Take care, have fun and God bless, Very sincerely yours, STEVE

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In Memoriam Dennis C. Whittam
28, 1953 - July 7, 2023 Fire News’Editor Dennis Whittam passed away on July 7, 2023, after a 14-year battle with cancer. We here at Fire News mourn the passing of our friend, colleague and the face of Fire News. Dennis will be sorely missed by his family, friends and by the staff of Fire News.

Brother and Sister Firefighters, On behalf of the Officers and Firefighters of the City of Wildwood Fire Department, it is my pleasure to welcome you all back to our great city for the 146th New Jersey State Firemen's Convention. The City of Wildwood Fire Department takes great pride in being your host fire department. We wish you and your families all the best and hope you enjoy your time in Wildwood. I would like to, once again, thank President Robert Ordway and his fellow offi-


cers, along with the members of the Five Mile Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Association (FMBVFA) for their continued hard work and commitment in making sure that the state convention is a success every year.

In closing, I ask that whether we are conducting convention business, meeting new people, or simply sharing stories and laughs with our friends, we remember our brother and sister firefighters that came before us and made the fire service what it is today. I also ask that we remain grateful for

the brave men and women of our military. Without these heroes, who have served and sacrificed, we would not be enjoying the liberties we have today. God Bless our Troops and God Bless America!

Stay Safe!

Fire and Safety Services, Ltd Sponsors ‘Last Run’forBurn Foundation

For the 43rd year the artist for the Burn Foundation, Joseph M. Getsinger ( wanted to create the last image before retiring. Since 1980 Joe has created a large number of paintings which have been utilized to raise funds for burn victims/survivors for the Burn Foundation. This particular image was created to honor all of those firefighters who have served their communities with dedication and retired after years of loyal service. Each and every firefighter remembers their “Last Run” before retiring. Sitting at the end of the firetruck they would mull over all the years and runs they went on and the dangers they faced through the years in the service of their communities.

This image was initially inspired by a longtime member of the Woodbury Heights Fire Department in New Jersey for 60 years, Donald G. Ley, Sr., affectionately referred to as ‘Pop’by members of his department. He served as a Councilman and Mayor of Woodbury Heights, Vice President of First Fidelity Bank, and a US Army Sergeant who served during the Korean War. His grandson Jarryd Ley posed in his grandfather's gear accompanied by his proud father Greg Ley. With the aid of Chief Bill Kramer, Jr., and members of the Cinnaminson Fire Department the photo shoot was completed on their Pierce Fire Truck.

Raffle tickets and Collector Pins and Cards will be available at most of the gates and the Burn Foundation on the main stage.

President David Russell of Fire & Safety Services, Ltd. ( of South Plainfield and Pierce Manufacturing fully sponsored the image printing, note cards and raffle tickets costs. They have supported the Burn Foundation and the artist for the last 25 years.

First Harvest Federal Credit Union, 1615 Hurffville Road, Deptford, NJ 08096, sponsored this image in the form of the Collector Pins since 2019. This was supported by Vice President Ken Barnshaw, a former Firefighter with Union Fire Company, Blackwood Terrace, Deptford, and presently Deptford Fire Department, Battalion 93. Until recently the artist discovered that he painted Ken in the “Night Call” paint-

ing since he appeared in the photographs Joe took at the scene. This was the first painting that the artist had created which started his forty-three-year stretch of supporting burn survivors.

Burn Foundation

8600 West Chester Pike, Suite 202, Upper Darby, PA19103, supports the greater Delaware Valley through education and support of five regional Burn Centers. You can donate online at: www.burnfoundation.or or call 215-545-3816. Special thanks to Administrator John McCann for his support and dedication.

Choice Marketing ( has created and sponsored cards for over 20 years of the artist's work to support the Burn Foundation. Aspecial thanks to the owner Chip Lillie, lifelong firefighter, Chief, Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief and Captain.

Fort Nassau Graphics ( in West Deptford, NJ is the exclusive printer of the artist and have printed top-quality limitededition prints, note cards and raffle tickets for the Burn Foundation. Special thanks to President Brian Francis and the top-notch technical and press staff that help Joe produce reproductions of his art including this year's image and Delaware State Police’s 100th Anniversary prints and note cards.

VanGogh Again Galleries’President John Cortese of Upper Darby, PAprinted and donated the #1 Giclee' Canvas print of “Last Run” to be raffled off at the Burn Foundation Booth in Wildwood this year. John has donated the 1st Place Giclee' canvas print for the last ten years to support burn survivors. Premier Art & Frames, of Pitman's Will Edwards, owner, donated the custom frame for the #1 Giclee' canvas print which is the first prize from the raffle. Fire News Wildwood Special Edition, Page 7

From the Editor’s Desk

Fire News Welcomes You to the 2023 New Jersey Fire Expo!

It is hard to believe that 18-years ago, the dedicated staff at Fire News embarked on an adventure and created the New Jersey Fire News. Thank you to the photographers who shared their thoughts with me to make sure our newspaper represented the entire state of New Jersey. Many of you still visit us at our booth at the New Jersey Fire Expo.

It seems like yesterday that I remember traveling to Wildwood to participate in the convention, along with Publisher Frank Trotta, Chief Operating Officer (thenExecutive Editor) Tim Edwards and Advertising Director Barbara Connolly. In 2013, Fire News was asked to become the official newspaper of the New Jersey Fire Expo. This honor, that we proudly embarked on, brought us closer to the New Jersey fire service. After nine years of working with the Five Mile Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Association, we worked together, overcoming the problems of the Covid pandemic and other problems like a major fire in 2013 that forced firefighters to put everything aside to battle the flames on a major boardwalk at the Fun Town Pier in Seaside Heights. Thankfully, as they say in theater, “The show must go on.” And, yes, the fire went out and the NJ Fire Expo successfully went on.

Our goal of representing the New Jersey

fire service in a positive light has become a passionate issue to our staff and to the photographers who provide us with the stories for our publication. No one should ever lose sight that the photographers and department Public Information Officers are preserving the history of the New Jersey Fire Service. Fire News thanks everyone for their passionate service, and takes this responsibility seriously.

Since 2013, Fire News continued to represent the New Jersey fire service and continued to highlight our advertisers, keeping you up to date with our Industry News and Special Feature pages in our newspaper. We did this to highlight those who work hard to support all firefighters with the latest and greatest products that make the firefighter’s job safer. Be sure that you stop by our advertiser’s booths at the convention to discuss some of the new products that are available to you.

Every month, we reach your firehouse. As you look through Fire News, ask yourself if your department is represented in our monthly paper. It is important that your department is represented. If you do not see your department, give some serious consideration to appointing a department Public Information Officer who can send us news from your

department. If you are worried about the technicalities of e-mailing Fire News your photos and stories, feel free to contact us for help. We have a great staff of experts, who can solve most of the issues you may encounter. Managing Editor Gary Joyce, who is the man who puts this paper together, with our very talented art staff of Cliff Chiesa, Greg Jones and Lynn Sedler, and Editorial Assistant Bryan Lopez.

Thank you to Dave Thompson and the Five Mile Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Association for your hard work in organizing the New Jersey Fire Expo at Wildwood and for believing in Fire News

I would be remiss if I didn’t stop to salute the responders of New Jersey, who have dedicated their lives to a profession that continues to be a lifestyle, not a job. Stay safe and stop by the Fire News booth to say hello and to share your ideas and stories with us. Enjoy the NJ Fire Expo! - Dennis

Our editor, and the founding editor of New Jersey Fire News, passed away in July after a long battle with cancer. We felt that this editorial he wrote was most appropriate for this year’s Expo. - Gary P. Joyce; ME

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Let’s Get This
Party Started! - Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez

Line of Duty Deaths

The following information was culled from US Fire Administration's website - on firefighter fatalities that occurred between September 2022 and September 2023. - Gary P. Joyce; Mg.Ed.

EDWARD J. STEINES Chief & Commissioner

West Milford Fire Department

On Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at 1432, Chief Edward 'Eddie' J. Steines responded to a train fire in Hardyston Township. All units cleared the scene at 1658 and Chief Edward Steines returned home. On Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at approximately 0600, Chief Steines collapsed at his home from an apparent heart attack. He was transported to Chilton Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 0730. Chief Steine was 64 years old.


Fire Department

On July 5, 2023, while battling a fire in Port Newark aboard a container/roll-on-roll-off ship, the MVGrande Costa d'Avorio, two experienced Newark firefighters, Firefighter Augusto ‘Augie’ Acabou and Firefighter Wayne ‘Bear’Brooks, Jr., of Engine 16 and Ladder 4, were tragically killed in the line of duty.

Both men’s funerals were held at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark and both men were posthumously promoted to captain. Brooks' funeral was held July 14, 2023, Acabou's on July 13. Both men were posthumously promoted to Captain.


Keyport Fire Department

On July 16, 2022, Chief Timothy R. Pfleger

was involved in a motor vehicle crash while returning from fire department mandated training at the Monmouth County Fire Academy. As Chief Pfleger was driving his Keyport Borough assigned vehicle, it was struck head-on by an oncoming vehicle.

Chief Pfleger sustained traumatic injuries and was transported via ambulance to Jersey Shore University Trauma Center. After being stabilized, he underwent surgery to reconstruct his right hip. In the days after his surgery, Chief Pfleger was transported to a long-term facility for further rehabilitation. After approximately one month in the long-term rehab facility, he was able to be transported home to continue further rehab there. On September 30, 2022, Chief Pfleger was transported back to the hospital for a medical emergency and passed away. An autopsy determined that Chief Pfleger’s cause of death was pulmonary failure due to immobility produced by his injuries sustained in the crash.

KEVIN G. MAY Firefighter Westwood Fire Department

On Sunday, October 16, 2022, Firefighter Kevin G. May responded as part of a mutual aid assignment to a five-alarm house fire in Upper Saddle River. The next morning, Monday, October 17, 2022, he was experiencing chest pains and had difficulty breathing. He was immediately rushed to the local hospital where a stent procedure was performed. He was released from the hospital on Thursday, October 20, 2022.

On Monday morning, October 24, 2022, Firefighter May was found unresponsive. CPR was initiated and 911 was called. All efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. The cause of his death was an apparent heart attack.



UpperSaddle RiverFire Department

On Sunday, October 30, 2022, Firefighter Alex Moss responded to the fire station for a residential fire alarm call. He remained at the station and complained to his fellow firefighters that he wasn't feeling well and went home. In the early afternoon, his wife found him deceased in bed from an apparent heart attack.



Saddle Brook Fire Department

On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, Captain Basil Pizzuto was conducting Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) refresher training to fellow members of the department. The following morning, Wednesday, November 23, 2022, while at his full-time job, he suffered a heart attack and coded. EMS personnel arrived at the scene and were able to revive him. He was then rushed to the hospital where he remained conscious and alert. He then fell ill, was taken into emergency surgery, and passed away a short time later.

Firefighter Deptford Fire Department

On Thursday, March 23, 2023, Firefighter Jeff M. Pfeiffer responded to a smoke investigation at an intersection in the town of Deptford. No fire or smoke was found. On the return trip, Firefighter Pfeiffer began to cough. As firefighters arrived at the fire station, the coughing became more aggressive and he began to experience shortness of breath. He had suffered a heart attack. Firefighter Pfeiffer then became unresponsive. He was immediately transported to the hospital where he remained in critical condition. The next day, Friday, March 24, 2023, there was no sign of brain activity and the family made a decision to take him off of life support. Firefighter Jeff M. Pfeiffer was an organ donor and was also the past Chief of the Department.

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EDWARD J. STEINES Chief & Commissioner West Milford Fire Department AUGUSTO ACABOU Captain Newark Fire Department WAYNE BROOKS, JR. Captain Newark Fire Department TIMOTHYR. PFLEGER Chief Keyport Fire Department

Line of Duty Deaths


Sussex Fire Department

On Wednesday, April 12, 2023, Firefighter Anthony ‘Tony’ Cornelius Duivenvoorde responded to two emergency calls; the last response was a fire at a diner. After extinguishment, he returned to the station and went home. At approximately 8:30 p.m. that evening, he was found deceased from an apparent heart attack.

Bayville VolunteerFire Company

On Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 6:30 p.m., Firefighter Brian Joseph Letrent participated in a fire-department mandated full-scale drill/exercise. On Wednesday, June 21, 2023, while returning home from his job, he suffered a cardiac emergency and was immediate ly transported to the Bayshore Medical Center where he passed away a short time later.

BRIAN J. LETRENT Firefighter Fire News Wildwood Special Edition, Page 11
KEVIN G. MAY Firefighter Westwood Fire Department ALEX MOSS Firefighter UpperSaddle River Fire Department BASILPIZZUTO Captain Saddle Brook Fire Department JAMES M. PFEIFFER Firefighter Deptford Fire Department ANTHONY'TONY' C. DUIVENOORDE Firefighter Sussex Fire Department BRIAN J. LETRENT Firefighter Bayville Volunteer Fire Company

~ Up & Down the Beach ~

Wildwood Assists N. Wildwood

Wildwood Squad Company 3’s B Platoon assisted the North Wildwood Fire Department on a brush fire recently along the North Wildwood sea wall.

- Photos courtesy of Wildwood FD

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Cat Assistance

Ducklings Saved ~ Up & Down the Beach ~

North Wildwood FirefighterWelsh rescuing a cat that climbed up a telephone pole and needed some assistance getting back down.

Recently, North Wildwood’s C Platoon was called to rescue a family of baby ducks that were stuck in a storm drain. The ducks were successfully rescued and safely relocated. Fire News Wildwood Special Edition, Page 13
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6 Injured in N. Wildwood Rollover ~ Up & Down the Beach ~

Recently, North Wildwood crews were dispatched to 19th Avenue and Central Avenue foran MVAwith entrapment. Upon arrival members found two occupants entrapped in the overturned vehicle.

Ladder2 stabilized the vehicle and quickly extricated the occupants. Atotal of six patients were evaluated by FF/EMTs forminor injuries.

- Photo courtesy of North Wildwood FD

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~ Up & Down the Beach ~

New York Ave. House Fire

Ageneral alarm was struck forthe 2200 block of New York Avenue fora dwelling fire. Within three minutes the alarm was upgraded to a full first alarm, summoning additional resources. Ladder2-2 responded with a crew of fourand assumed second-due laddercompany operations. Initial crews from Ladder2 and Squad 3 stretched a line and completed a primary search. One occupant was removed and transported to the hospital. Crews assisted with overhauling, and set up ground ladders and mechanical ventilation using a battery powered fan. - Photos courtesy of Anglesea VFC

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Reuniting with a Cardiac Save ~ Up & Down the Beach ~

Recently, members of the Wildwood Fire Department Charlie Platoon had the honorof reuniting with Al Mortensen. Mr. Mortensen suffered Acardiac arrest while working at a local restaurant. Through a very well-coordinated and persistent effort

by all agencies involved, Mr. Mortensen was able to make a full recovery. We are truly grateful forthe visit and wish Mr. Mortensen a long and healthy life. (Missing is Capt. Troiano and FirefighterM. Drennen). - Photo courtesy of City of Wildwood FD

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Wildwood Retirees BBQ ~ Up & Down the Beach ~

The Annual Wildwood Fire Department Retirees BBQ, hosted by Wildwood Firefighters FMBALocal 50, was a great night catching up with the retirees and sharing classic stories and many memories.

Thank you to all of ourretirees who were able to make it! We already can't wait until next year! Fire News Wildwood Special Edition, Page 19
- Photo courtesy City of Wildwood FD

Wildwood Apartment Fire Displaces 24 ~ Up & Down the Beach ~

On July 5, 2023, at approximately 1914, firefighters responded to the 200 block of East Youngs Avenue. Afirst alarm assignment was dispatched which included all Wildwood City units along with automatic aid from the North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, Rio Grande, and Stone Harbor. Upon arrival of the Wildwood City units, they reported smoke and fire showing from the third floorand attic of the three-story, occupied, multi-family apartment building. Wildwood Police were in the process of ensuring all occupants were evacuated. Squad 3 began an aggressive interiorattack on the fire and searches revealed all occupants were out. Firefighters found fire in a third-floorapartment that had extended into the attic of the building. The fire was knocked down and placed undercontrol within 15 minutes. Fire damage was contained to the third floor and attic, with the rest of the building suffering smoke and waterdamage. The fire was investigated by the Cape May County Fire Marshal’s Office and determined to be accidental. The City of Wildwood Police Department and Wildwood Crest EMS also assisted. Middle Township Ambulance Corps provided rehab services

and the American Red Cross responded to assist the displaced occupants of the seven apartments. Fire units operated on the scene for about two hours before clearing.

- Photos courtesy of Wildwood FD

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Rio Grande Ladder Operations Drill

On August 2, 2023, Rio Grande firefighters drilled on ladder operations and extending hose lines from the tip of the ladder with hi-rise packs and flowing waterrecently.

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- Photos courtesy of Rio Grande FC

~ Year in Review ~

1 Fatality at Mays Landing 2-CarMVA

The volunteerfire companies of Mays Landing, Laureldale and Richland along with the Township of Hamilton EMS and Police were dispatched on September2, 2022, to Millville and Pittsburgh Avenues at the South River“S” curve fora report of an MVAwith entrapment. This is the site of numerous fatal accidents, with this being no exception. Mays Landing Chief Lou DiMartine arrived and established command fora two-vehicle crash with both vehicles in the roadway and the second vehicle onto the guardrail with the

occupant trapped. Upon the arrival of Mays Landing Assistant Chief Ken Badger, Jr., extrication duties were split between Ma ys Landing Rescue 1816 and Richland Engine 1211. Vehicle 1’s occupant was removed apparently deceased, while Vehicle 2’s occupant was removed and medevac’d to the Atlantic City Trauma Centerin Atlantic City. Also responding was the Southern Regional Medical Examiner' Office.

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~ Year in Review ~ Busy Night in Hudson County

On the evening of December 1, 2022, the members of the North Hudson Fire and Rescue Department, which serves the Hudson County cities of North Bergen, Union City, Guttenberg, West New York and Weehawken under the command of Chief of Department Donnarumma, found themselves spread thin with two almost simultaneous multiple alarm fires a few miles apart.

At approximately 1445, Fire Control received multiple calls reporting a fire on Madison Street in West New York. Companies arrived to heavy smoke showing from the front of the four-story

type 3 constructed OMD with a bodega on the first floor. Heavy fire was found in the basement as companies reported people trapped on the fire escapes and a second alarm was transmitted. Several lines were stretched and placed into operation in the basement and first floor as searches were conducted, however interior crews reported not making much headway due to a gas fed fire, and a third alarm was transmitted. During the offensive fire attack, a section of flooring collapsed and one firefighter was dropped into the basement. He was quickly removed without injuries and at this point com-

mand decided to remove all members and go defensive.

The fire continued to rapidly spread across the cockloft and as portions of the roof collapsed the fire also dropped down into the fourth floor. The fire continued to burn for several hours, completely burning through the top floor and roof. By daybreak companies were still operating master streams into the building. Several firefighters and civilians were injured all with nonlife-threatening injuries and at least 40 families were left homeless.

- Fire News photos by Peter Danzo

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Shed Fire on Laurel Street

Early on the morning of January 18, 2023, the Long Branch Fire Department responded to a shed fire in the rearof a Laurel Street residence. Firefighters were met with a fully involved shed. An extended

extinguishment and overhaul operation was conducted as a result of class B combustible contents. The fire was extinguished without furtherincident.

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~ Year in Review ~

Dogs Found Unharmed During Ewing Twp. Fire

Two dogs were removed to safety as firefighters in Ewing Township, made quick work of a residential structure fire on April 24, 2023. It was 1752. when Ewing careerfirefighters (Station 30) and volunteers from Prospect Heights (Station 31) and West Trenton (Station 33) were sent to Stokes Avenue fora dwelling fire with possible entrapment. Prospect Heights Chief Doug Browerarrived to find smoke showing from the front of the two-story, two-apartment building. An all hands was transmitted and a RIT(Engine 6) from Trenton Fire Department was dispatched. It was quickly confirmed that the only occupants still inside were two canines. Both dogs were located and evacuated to the exterior. The blaze was declared undercontrol at 1818. The Red Cross responded to assist three people displaced.

- Fire News photos by Michael Ratcliffe

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~ Year in Review ~ Paterson Warehouse Blaze

Camden City 2-Alarmer

- Fire News photos by Peter Danzo

At around 2230 hours on February 11, 2023, companies in Paterson’s 3rd Battalion were dispatched to the area of Jefferson Street fora building fire. On arrival, the correct address was on Garfield Street, in a large single-story warehouse with a bow string truss roof. Companies reported the building was well involved with fire through the roof and exposure problems. Asecond alarm was quickly requested as companies went into defensive operations to protect the exposures, which included a 2-1/2 story frame church. As portions of the roof collapsed a third alarm was requested. While those companies were responding, command reported heavy fire and explosions occurring within the building and transmitted a fourth alarm which brought mutual aid companies to the scene. Six aerial streams, several deck guns, ground monitors and handlines were put into operations, successfully protecting the exposures. The fire took several hours to be placed undercontrol and companies maintained a fire watch throughout the night and following day.

On March 22, 2023, a dwelling fire was reported in Camden City on North 38th Street. Companies arrived to find a two-story wood frame twin with heavy fire conditions throughout and extension into the exposure. Crews set up fordefensive operations as command reported a collapse of the original fire building and heavy fire throughout the exposure. Asecond alarm was transmitted. Crews placed a ladderpipe and multiple handlines in operation. The Camden City Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating the cause.

- Fire News photos by Ted Aurig

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Woodland Fire in LowerBank

On April 18, 2023, multiple units from multiple counties were dispatched to the LowerBank section of Burlington County fora significant woods fire. Responding apparatus were strategically placed to provide structural protection and also provide watersupply to the units working the fire. Apparatus remained on location fora few hours. Division of Forestry remained on location through the night ensuring the fire was contained.

- Fire News photos by Eric ‘Doc’Moran

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AC Expressway CarFire ~ Year in Review ~

The Cardiff VolunteerFire Company responded to milepost 9.2 on the Atlantic City Expressway on June 2, 2023, fora report of a vehicle fire. Noticing the fire from theirstation was the Atlantic City Airport Fire Department who responded and arrived first and began suppressing the fire. Cardiff Engine 1512 arrived and pulled

two lines and began suppressing fire that spread to the shoulderof the road. The fire was contained quickly and the scene was under the command of Cardiff Assistant Chief Bill Danz, Jr., who had a Farmington engine stand by on Delilah Road during the incident.

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- Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe

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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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Collapses at Paramus Blaze ~ Year in Review ~

At just before 0500 on June 17, 2022, 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. A2-1/2 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 enterthe building due to the volume of fire and condition of the fire building. One tower ladder, two ladderpipes, a deck gun and several handlines were put into operation and the fire was placed undercontrol at around 0710. No injuries were reported and the fire was underinvestigation.

- Fire News photos by Peter Danzo

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~ Year in Review ~

FirstNet Response Operations Demo

In late June, FirstNet hosted a response operations demo in New Jersey which provided a behind-the-scenes look at the FirstNet experience and how the FirstNet Response Operations Group and AT&T Network Disaster Recovery teams mobilize to support public safe ty. Members of the Fire, EMS and Police community were able to see some of the FirstNet dedicated deployable assets used to support disas-

ters. Local and national experts from FirstNet, the FirstNet A uthority and AT&Twere on hand to explain these resources, demo the products, discuss the public-private partnership between the FirstNet Aut hority and AT&Tand answer questions.

- Fire News photos by Tim Edwards Fire News Wildwood Special Edition, Page 41

~ Year in Review ~

Rutherford 3-Alarmer

On September23, 2022, just around 1230, the Rutherford Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire on West Newell Avenue. On arrival, heavy smoke was showing from the 2-1/2 story frame dwelling. Asecond alarm was requested which brought mutual aid companies to the scene. As companies were engaged in an offensive attack, fire was discovered in the walls on all floors and several members reported being mildly shocked from the siding in the rear. PSE&Gwas requested with a rush due to some type of electrical issue. With all companies working, command requested a third alarm forcoverage. The fire took about an hourto be placed undercontrol and was investigated by the fire prevention bureau.

- Fire News photos by Peter Danzo

Multi-Alarm Blaze Destroys

Ewing Township Community Gym

Firefighters from several MercerCounty municipalities spent the pre-dawn hours of September30, 2022, battling a raging multialarm inferno that destroyed the gymnasium of the Ewing Township Seniorand Community Center. It was 0258 when West Trenton Fire (Station 33) volunteers were dispatched fora fire alarm at the centeron LowerFerry Road. Just minutes lateronduty Ewing Township careerfirefighters (Station 30) and Prospect Heights VolunteerFire (Station 31) members were alerted. West Trenton Chief Mike Anderson arrived to find the gym, in the center of the complex of interconnected buildings, fully engulfed. He immediately ordered the second alarm. Squirt 31, already on the

road clearing up from an earlierassignment, put theirmaster stream in service. Watersupply problems - low pressure and a leaking hydrant - prompted a third alarm, along with a special call for a tankertask force. Ultimately, fouraerial masterstreams and several handlines were put to work. Afterseveral partial collapses, what was left of the gym roof fully collapsed around 0530. The blaze, which was prevented from spreading to the otherparts of the facility, was declared undercontrol at 0713. Mutual aid came from Lawrence, Trenton, Hamilton, Pennington, Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Township, Princeton, Falls (PA) and Washington Crossing (PA). - Fire News photos by Michael Ratcliffe

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ATribute to the Fallen on the 22nd Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks
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Welcome from NJS Firemen’s Association...continued from page 3

and even though we have no opposition, we ask for your support. The first three ballot questions of the eight ballot questions are required “housekeeping” questions and we ask you to vote yes on them.

Over the past year your Officers, along with the Executive Committee, continue to move the Association forward in a very positive and effective manner. We currently have three programs that the NJSFAadministers to assist our members and their families.

The Healthcare Program continues to be a success with our members. We have just under 400 firefighters and spouses participating in the program so far during this calendar year, and since the inception of the program over 6½ years ago, 850 individuals have received assistance toward their health care. Every County in the State has members currently enrolled in the program. This reimbursement program is available to any member who is receiving care from a licensed caregiver working with a licensed health care firm. If the firefighter is receiving that care at home, an adult day care facility, an assisted living facility (the care portion of the charges and not the rent), or a rehabilitation facility, the reimbursement is up to a maximum of $6,000 per month on the net portion of the costs for care that is not being reimbursed from other providers. If the firefighter is in a long-term/nursing home type of care facility, the reimbursement for that specific care is now an up to maximum of $12,000 per month on the net portion of the costs for care that is not being reimbursed from other providers. This benefit is available to eligible member regardless of where they live in the Continental United States as long as the care givers and the health care firm they work for are licensed in the state where care is being given. Contact your Local Relief Association Officers for more information or call the NJSFAstate office.

Starting back on January 1, 2021, the Healthcare Program was opened up to spouses that needed care from a licensed caregiver. Spouses of current members and non-remarried surviving spouses of deceased Qualified Firefighters are able to receive a monthly maximum of $2,000 in reimbursement towards the cost of care from a licensed caregiver working with a licensed health care firm. The eligible spouse can be receiving that care at home, an adult day care facility, a rehabilitation facility or a long-term care facility. The reimbursement is towards the net portion of the costs for care that is not being reimbursed from other providers.

On July 1, 2019, the Burial Benefit was raised to $12,000 and Line of Duty Burial Benefit to $36,000. Any Local Relief Association Officer can submit the initial online notification form and should do so as soon as you hear of a member

passing, even if that member passed a number of years ago. The benefit payment will be prorated and paid based on the allowable amount on the date of their passing. In the fiscal year that just ended June 30, 2023, 960 claims were processed with $11,175,000 being paid out for this benefit.

Relief applications are available to all members should a need suddenly occur in their lives. Completed Applications with supporting documentation are reviewed by the Local Association for approval. Retired Qualified Firefighters and non-remarried surviving spouses of qualified

We are up-to-date on conducting Field Exams and Local Applications for Relief were collected to be reviewed in the State Office. Once reviewed, the Applications will be returned by your County Executive Committeeperson. Going over the applications at the State office has allowed the review to ensure need, and that the proper additional documentation is attached to the applications. Everyone is reminded that for Relief to be paid, “NEED” must be demonstrated and fully documented.

members are also eligible to apply for Relief. In addition, if the need is there, Special Relief and Supplemental Relief forms should be filled out and submitted to the State Office for approval. Once approved by the Advisory Committee, the State Office will issue a check for the approved Special Relief amount and notice will be sent to the Local Association on the approved amount that they may pay towards the Supplemental Relief request. As always, supporting documentation must be submitted with the fully completed applications. The Relief Program is a calendar year-based program and all payments approved in a given year must be paid out by December 31st of that year and cannot carry over to the following year. After January 1st, a new application must be generated and it must go through the approval process.

For the year of 2019 and moving forward, we made a change to the percentage calculation used to determine Qualifying Status. We eliminated the platoon system and lowered the minimum necessary percentage to 25 percent. This resulted in a near doubling of those that met the minimum qualifying percentage statewide.

The allowable age for joining our Association has changed. Active Firefighters from age 18 to 57 can now join. Applications must be received in the State office prior to the applicant turning 58. Local Associations should be using State Office supplied Applications for Membership with a revision date of REV7/21. The physical on the application is now good for one year from the date of the physical and the physical can be administered by and signed by a New Jersey licensed Physician, Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner. Make sure every line on the physical is filled in.

At some point in your life, you may find yourself needing the type of services offered by the New Jersey Firemen’s Home. Contact the Firemen’s Home or any of the County Managers of the Home for information on the application process to become a Guest of the Home. The New Jersey Firemen’s Home is funded by the same insurance tax that funds the Local Relief Associations and the NJSFAState Office. If you find that for some reason the New Jersey Firemen’s Home does not meet your needs, we remind you to take advantage of our Health Care Reimbursement Program mentioned earlier in this article.

We urge our members and their families to take advantage of the “AGift from Captain Buscio” program, Deborah Heart and Lung Center, RWJ/St. Barnabas Burn Center, and the NJ Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please review the literature that was handed out at your County Caucus Elections and take advantage of the services being offered.

Our Website continues to be updated with additional information and forms. Our office Building located at 1711 Highway 34 South, in Wall Township is easily accessible from anywhere in the state. All mail should be addressed to the Wall Township location and not our former address. Our full address and current phone numbers can be found on our website at

In closing I would like to thank our outstanding Office Administrative Staff, the State Officers, the Executive Committee and all of the Local Relief Officers for the assistance, cooperation and support this past year. The Local Relief Officers deserve extra thanks for getting their reports in on time. We have only one Association not being seated this year due to reports submitted late.

Please remember to keep in your prayers our sick and departed brother and sister Firefighters, their family members, the members of our Armed Forces stationed around the world, and all of our Police, Fire and EMS first responders.

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SUV, Tractor-Trailer MVA in Cardiff

An SUV becomes fully involved after a collision with a tractortrailer.

See story on page 76

Multi-Alarm in Mays Landing

Firefighters are confronted with a fire in a 50- x 300-foot metal and wood commercial structure.

See story on page 79

Rescue in Hamilton Township

Firefighters rescue a handicapped man from a house fire in Mercer County.

See story on page 83



Firefighters arrive to smoke pouring from a roof on South Wood Lane.

See story on page 89

Musters Around the State

Musters in Jamesburg, Cooper River and Glasstown.

See stories on pages 96, 98 & 99


West Milford’s Edward J. Steines: LODD

Northfield’s Robert Leeds

See stories on page 106

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The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has announced a change in venue forthe 2023 National 9/11 Memorial StairClimb for Fallen Firefighters. This annual event benefits the FDNY Counseling Service Unit and NFFF programs for families of fallen firefighters. The 2023 National Stair Climb will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2023, at Louis Armstrong Stadium at the USTABillie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open Championships. More info at


The Central Pine Barrens Commission’s Wildfire Task Force will host the 26th annual New York Wildfire and Incident Management Training Academy from October 19 through October 29, 2023, at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Among the courses offered at the Academy will be Wildfire Powersaws and

Storm Debris Removal, Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior and Brush Truck Training.

“Studies of wildland fire risk in New York State have found that the Central Pine Barrens region is the most at-risk area for fires with the potential to impact communities,” said Central Pine Barrens Commission Executive Director Judy Jakobsen. “Because of this, the Academy, in coordination with its partners at the Suffolk County Fire Academy and Suffolk County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services, offers courses that directly relate to the risks Long Island volunteer firefighters face.”

The Academy offers Basic Firefighting and Wildland Fire Behavior along with Fire Operations in the Wildland Urban Interface free of charge to Nassau and Suffolk County volunteerfirefighters. Basic Firefighting and Wildland Fire Behavior is offered as a five-day classroom session or as a two-day field session. Both are recognized by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, which governs wildland firefighting standards across the country.

To register, view descriptions of all classes offered or learn more about the Academy, go to Class registrations must be received by the close of business on Saturday,

September 30. Registrations received after that date will incur a late registration fee.

E-mail the Academy at nywima@pb. or call directly at 631-218-1195 with any questions.


ACampus Fire Forum will be held in Grapevine, TX, from November6 to 9, 2023 The forum will cover Lithium-Ion batteries, MicroMobility devices, Safety issues on campus (from codes to management issues), Active shooters, Blocked/Locked exits, Crowd Management, Drones and Rockets, Students with Disabilities, the fire aspects of special events on campus and more. For more info:


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Lawrence Rubbish Pile Ablaze

Responding to what was initially reported as a brush fire, Lawrence firefighters instead found a large pile of rubbish ablaze on July 2, 2023. Deputy Chief Ray Nagy radioed that he had a column of smoke visible from a rearyard of the home on Princeton Pike. On arrival he found a large pile of junk, including scrap airconditioners and barbecue grills, engulfed in flames. Lawrence firefighters, aided by a mutual aid crew from Princeton, quickly extinguished the blaze using tank water.

- Fire News photos by Michael Ratcliffe

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Farmington House Fire

Barnegat Light Drills with 2022 EMTof the Year, Bob Selfridge

The volunteerfire companies of Cardiff and Farmington responded to the area of SandpiperRoad fora report of a structure fire. Farmington Assistant Chief Dennis Sharpe arrived and declared a working fire, established command and requested assistance from Bargaintown and the City of Northfield. Cardiff Engine 1516 arrived and its crew stretched in and began attacking the fire which was impinging on an exposure on the bravo side. Command had Farmington Engine 1543 come in on the next street over, with a line to assist. Bargaintown firefighters covered Cardiff. The fire was investigated by the EHTfire investigator. Fire News, October2023, Page 73
- Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe Barnegat Light VolunteerFire Company drilled with 2022 EMTof the Year, Bob Selfridge. Selfridge was awarded EMTof the Yearin 2022 forsaving a woman and young child from an overturned boat in the Barnegat Light Inlet. - Fire News photo by Bob Birdsall



Post-9/11 combat veterans who served between 2001 and 2013 have until September 30, 2023, to enroll in Department of Veterans Affairs health care. The date will conclude a one-year “special enrollment period” provided by the PACTAct. This provision of the PACTAct took effect in 2022. It gave the potential to receive compensation to millions of veterans or their survivors who were exposed to radiation and toxic chemicals while in uniform, going back to the 1960s.

The VAenrollment period for post-9/11 combat vets is meant to get those veterans deemed to have been exposed to toxins based on their deployments onto the VA’s rolls and into care in which the providers are cognizant of toxic exposures, said Cory Titus, an Army infantry veteran and director with the Military Officers Association of America who led the association’s PACTAct advocacy.

The bill automatically assumes troops who served in certain locations were exposed. Once enrolled, veterans’individual circumstances will dictate how much care they’ll actually be eligible to receive.


New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the creation of a new Inter-Agency Fire Safety Working Group to ensure the safety and security of energy storage systems across the state, following fire incidents at facilities in Jefferson, Orange, and Suffolk counties this summer. State agencies will begin immediate inspections of energy storage sites, and the Working Group will help prevent fires and ensure emergency responders have the necessary training and information to prepare and deploy resources in the event of such a fire.

“The Working Group will collaborate with first responders and local leaders to identify best practices, address potential risks to public safety, and ensure energy storage sites across New York are

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safe and effective” said NYGovernor Hochul.

For further info: https://www.governor.


The University of Maryland Autonomous Micro Air Vehicle (AMAV) student team competed in the First Responder UAS Challenges hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Annual DesignBuild-Vertical Flight Competition hosted by the Vertical Flight Society (VFS). Their AMAV’s Gambit was a low-cost, easy-to-fly drone specifically tailored to operate indoors, while providing full light, low light, and thermal imaging. The drone design, fabrication, assembly, and testing were performed by University of Maryland students. The students won over $150,000 in the national competition.

Thermal, HD, and night-vision cameras were mounted on a remote-controlled gimbal with a 180° range of motion, which enabled the drone to precisely maneuver in constrained environments and positively identify objects of interest in any lighting condition. Theirdrone was based on the DJI Matrice 300 drone, a popularchoice forfirst responders. For more go to

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Vacant Houses Burn in Trenton

Trenton firefighters tackled a blaze involving a pairof vacant houses on July 9, 2023. Dispatched around 1650, responding members of B Platoon and crews from Engines 6, 10 and 7, Ladder4 and Rescue 1 were confronted by heavy smoke billowing from the front and flames showing from the rears on Hurley Street. An all-hands signal was immediately ordered by Battalion Chief Ross Dale and the balance of the first alarm, Engine 1, Ladder1 and Special Services 1, were sent to the scene. Fourhoselines were placed i n service and the blaze was ultimately declared undercontrol at 1725. The fire’s cause was being investigated by law enforcement and fire officials. - Fire News photo by Michael Ratcliffe Fire News, October2023, Page 75

SUVvs. TractorTrailer in Cardiff

The volunteerfire companies of Cardiff and Farmington responded to Washington Avenue on August 1, 2023, foran MVAwith fire. Cardiff Chief Gil Zonge arrived to one vehicle fully involved and requested a response from Bargaintown. The crash involved an SUVversus a tractortrailerwith the SUVcoming to rest along the shoulderfully involved. Upon the arrival of two Cardiff engines, their crew pulled lines and began attacking the fire with the Farmington engine providing support. The crash caused a large leak of diesel fuel that was stopped before it ran into the storm basin. The electric company was requested as the vehicle fire impinged onto theirpole and wires. Bargaintown firefighters responded with theirwatertender and theircrew assisted with overhaul and cleanup. The cause of the accident was underinvestigation by the Egg HarborTownship Police. Also responding were EHTEMS.

- Fire News photos by Ken Badger

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August 27, 2023, Budd Lake received a call of a carfire in the 7-11 parking lot on Rt. 46. The 1950-era Mercury was on fire underrearwheels. Engine 59 arrived as the fire extended to the trunk and passengercompartments. Line crews put down the flames, which were extensive, and overhauled the interior. There were no injuries .

- Fire News photos by Kevin Maloney, Budd Lake FC 1

Vintage CarFire in Budd Lake

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Multi-Alarm Commercial Fire in Mays Landing

The volunteerfire Companies of Laureldale, Cologne and Mays Landing were dispatched at 2131 hours on April 21, 2023, to Holly Street fora report of a structure fire. Almost immediately, Township Fire Official Chris Dibiase called dispatch and requested a se cond alarm and a tankertask force response. The fire involved the South Jersey Lumbermans, a 50- x 300-foot metal-and-wood frame structure that ran deeply into the woodlands with several storage buildings well involved. The fire grew to multiple alarm status bringing

firefighters from throughout Atlantic and surrounding counties. Machinery was brought in to pull the metal siding and roofs apart to fully extinguish the fire and one firefighters was transported to the hospital forevaluation. Command was terminated at 0515 hours on April 22, with the fire being investigated by the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety Investigations Unit.

- Fire News photos by Ken Badger Fire News, October2023, Page 79

Galloway Twp. 2-Alarm House Fire

On August 3, 2023, Galloway Township Fire Departments were called forreported structure fire. En route, units were updated that dispatch was getting multiple calls fora confirmed fire. Car26-301 upgraded the assignment to a second alarm bringing specified units from all departments. Car26-301 arrived to a large amount of fire

- Fire News photos by Eric ‘Doc’Moran

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showing from a two-story wood frame with an exposure on the D side. Fire crews were able to contain the fire to the fire buil ding with minorextension to the D-side exposure. Fire News, October2023, Page 81

Surroundand-Drown at Toms River 3-Alarmer

In the early morning hours of April 29, 2023, Toms River Stations 28, 29 and 30 were dispatched fora house fire on Whitty Road. In heavy rain, crews arrived to a 2-1/2 story wood frame with heavy fire showing from the rearof the setback property with limited access. Crews had difficulty getting apparatus through tight driveways between the property walls which resulted in long handline and supply line stretches. Units attempted an interiorattack but were forced from the building once heavy fire consumed the entire top floor. Multiple masterstreams were set up fora surround-anddrown attack as crews remained on scene into the afternoon dousing hot spots. Multiple animals were pulled from the home by members of the department in unknown conditions.

- Fire News photos by Mark Rosetti

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Firefighters rescued a handicapped man from his burning home in Hamilton Township, MercerCounty, on April 2, 2023. It was shortly before 1115 when Hamilton Township Fire Department Engines 2, 3 and 4, Squad 1, Trucks 1 and 2, Rescue 1 and Battalion 1, along with several EMS units, were dispatched to Jeremiah Avenue in response to multiple 911 calls. Heavy smoke was showing from the 1-1/2 story home when Engine 2 arrived. An all hands was called, sending Hamilton’s remaining on-duty company, Engine 1, to the scene. Firefighters initiated a primary search in conjunction with an aggressive interiorattack. The trapped resident was quickly located and removed allowing EMS personnel to stabilize his condition priorto transporting him. Heavy fire conditions were encountered in the rearof the dwelli ng but were soon knocked down. The blaze was declared undercontrol at 1134.

- Fire News photos by Michael Ratcliffe

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Pleasantville Promotions and Retirements

The City of Pleasantville Fire Department held a retirement ceremony and a swearing in of new officers on June 5, 2023. Promoted were Captain Eric Moran who was promoted to Battalion Chief, Captain Keven Vanegas was promoted to Battalion Chief and Firefighter Paul Gregory promoted to Captain.

Retirees were: Battalion Chief Chad Warmoth; Battalion Chief Peter Elias; Firefighter Carlo Culotta; Firefighter Patrick Foley; Firefighter Domenick Dipietro; and Firefighter/ Inspector Michael McAvaddy.

- Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe

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Battalion Chief Eric ‘Doc’Moran and family. Battalion Chief Keven Vanegas has his badge pinned on by his daughter. Friends, family, and brotherand sisterfirefighters. Captain Gregory and family. Pleasantville Firefighters

Been Here, Done That

An abandoned industrial building in the state capital, which has been the scene of numerous fires overthe years, once again burned on EasterSunday, April 9, 2023. Members of Trenton Fire Department’s C Platoon were on duty when the city’s communications centerbegan receiving multiple 911 calls around 1950, reporting a factory fire in the area of Mott Street and South Clinton Avenue. Engines 3, 7 and 10, Ladder2 and Rescue 1 were dispatched. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke showing from South Clinton Avenue, which had once been part of the John A. Roebling’s Sons Co., a manufacturerof wire rope used in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, and others. Knowing the building all too well from the previous fires (including a two-alarmeron December24, 2021 during which a firefighterwas hurt and a Mayday transmitted), firefighters transmitted the all hand signal and Engine 1, Ladder4, and Special Services 1 were sent as the balance of the first alarm. Aftergaining entry to the boarded-up building, firefighters located a large rubbish fire burning on the second floorthat was quickly contained and subsequently extinguished.

- Fire News photos by Michael Ratcliffe

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Mock DWI Head-on

The Egg HarborTownship Department of Emergency Services (Police, Fire, EMS) in Atlantic County supported the Egg Harbor Township Board of Education by participating in the annual mock crash on May 30, 2023. The impetus of the mock crash is to educate the high schoolers that will be attending theirproms to not drink oruse drugs and then drive. The scenario was a head-on crash with entrapment and a passengerwith fatal injuries. Amock extrication was performed along with EMS treating the “injured” and transporting them via Medevac with an actual airambulance landing on site. Also participating was the medical examiner removing the “deceased” and police escorting the driveraway in handcuffs. All this dramatized the severity how serious actions will have on others. Thanks to the New Jersey State Medical Examiner’s Office, the Egg HarborTownship Fire, Police, and EMS along with the Southstarcrew and Egg HarborTownship High School staff. - Fire News photos by Ken & Cindy Badger Fire News, October2023, Page 87

Atlantic City MVA

The Atlantic City Fire Department (E-2, R-1, BC) responded to Arkansas and Artic Avenues at 0825 on July 5, 2023, fora report of an MVA. Apparatus arrived to find an SUVon its roof with no entrapment. Firefighters stood by until the vehicle was removed. The crash was underinvestigation by the ACPD. - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe

Totowa Road


On July 13, 2023, Totowa Fire Department operated at a fully involved carfire on Hydeway Drive nearTotowa Road.

CarFire at Bass Pro Shop

Proving there’s nevera dull moment in Atlantic City, Engine 4, Rescue 1 and Battalion 1 responded to the parking lot of the Bass Pro Shop on August 15, 2023, fora report of a carfire. Firefighters made quick work of the fire with assistance from ACPD who blocked traffic so a nearby hydrant could be used.

- Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe

Egg HarborTownship

MVAwith Fuel Spill

The Farmington VolunteerFire Company in Egg HarborTownship assisted Police and EMS with an MVAat Fire Road and Black Horse Pike on August 10, 2023. One of the vehicles was smoking and there was a large amount of fuel spilled on the highway. The cause of the crash was underinvestigation by the Egg HarborTownship Police.

Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe

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3-Alarm House Fire in Oceanville

The volunteerfire companies of Bayview and Oceanville from the Galloway Township Fire Department in Atlantic County responded to South Wood Lane on August 20, 2023, at 0502 fora structure fire. Fire Chief John Mooney arrived to find the roof engulfed in smoke and requested a second alarm, bringing Pomona and Bayview to the scene and Absecon forRIT. Crews worked hard to get the fire under control but a third alarm was needed, bringing Atlantic City Airport 24-2, Egg HarborCity, and Bargaintown to the scene with Germania and Port Republic covering. The cause of the fire was investigated by the Galloway Township Fire Investigators and also responding was Galloway Police, EMS, Atlantic City Electric and South Jersey Gas Company. Fire News, October2023, Page 89
- Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe

New Life for an Old Girl

As almost everybody knows the Mascot for the Hahn was originally built forand served in Manalapan Fire Company 1 assigned to District 2. Now privately owned, it is used for waterand dust control, and serves as an unofficial Fire Brigade fora local farm.

Deal Apparatus Still Truckin’

Updated photos of the Deal Fire Company fleet featuring a 1994 Seagrave, 2011 Spartan, 2002 Spartan, 1983 Mack, 1953 Mack and a 1961 Jeep all which, besides the Mack, are still in frontline service.

Tinton Falls New Rescue Truck

Tinton Falls purchased a new Rescue Truck that was meant to be shipped to South America. Sure hope they don’t mind!

Whitman Square Apparatus

Members of the Whitman Square Fire Company in Washington Township, posed for a picture with theirPierce 107 rearmount truck and an American La France tele-squirt truck which is privately-owned by the fire company.

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Bargaintown WaterRescue Training Fire News, October2023, Page 93
The Bargaintown VolunteerFire Company performed waterrescue tra ining at Lakes Bay in West Atlantic City on July 24, 2023. The training involved removing “victims” from the waterand bringing them to shore, and accountability training forthose entering the water. - Fire News photos by Ken Badger

Walk Out forWayne’s Boonstra

On May 12, 2023, a walkout ceremony was held to celebrate Wayne Fire Inspector Boonstra’s retirement. Firefighters lined the walkway in front of city hall to commemorate InspectorBoonstra’s last day.

Manchester Brush Fire

On June 9, 2023, ManchesterSquad 76 was dispatched to Route 37 fora reported downed transformer. While en route, a heavy column of smoke could be seen. NJFFS towers reported the smoke as well, while all ManchesterFire Stations, Toms RiverStations 25 and 26, Joint Base 67, and NJFFS were dispatched to the scene. Forest Fire Service B7 was able to get a head of the fire and cut it off before it spread to a nearby housing development. Powerwas secured to the area and Forest Fire Service back burned the area to eliminate the remaining dead brush.

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Jamesburg Muster

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On June 25, 2023, the Tri Counties Fire Association held their 31st Annual Antique Fire Apparatus show at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. - Fire News photos by Mark Rosetti

Driving Lesson Ends with a Splash

Astudent driverwas practicing his driving skills and made the ultimate wrong turn by running his vehicle into a creek in Lawrence Township on June 19, 2023. The driving lesson had been taking place in the rearparking lot of Lawrence Shopping Centerwhen the accident occurred about 1935. Lawrence Fire arrived to find an SUVmore than halfway submerged in the Shabakunk Creek. The driverand passengers of the vehicle had already selfextricated and were on the shore. They were not injured. Two firefighters entered the waterand confirmed the vehicle was empty and assisted the tow company.

MVAinto Building in Atlantic City

The Atlantic City Fire Department responded to the 200 block of Kentucky Avenue on August 14, 2023, fora report of an MVA. Battalion 1 arrived and requested the Collapse Unit and Rescue 1 to the scene. Once the vehicle was removed, the firefighters reinforced the building. Fire News, October2023, Page 97
- Fire News photo by Michael Ratcliffe - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe

Musterat CooperRiverPark


of Liberty

Association held theirannual musterat CooperRiverPark in Pennsauken. Displayed were vintage and hand-drawn apparatus with participation from South Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania, Delaware and

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Cradle Antique Fire Apparatus Maryland. The Camden County Fire Police Canteen Unit was on location selling food and various vendors sold T-shirts, patches, used hand tools, nozzles and othermerchandise. - Fire News photos by Chris ‘Doc’Denton

Glasstown Antique Fire Apparatus Association Muster

The Glasstown Antique Fire Apparatus Association held their2023 musteron August 20, 2023, at the Wheaton Arts Pavilion in Millville.

- Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe Fire News, October2023, Page 99

Atlantic City Medal Day

The Atlantic City Fire Department held a Medal Day on June 30, 2023, to honorand award firefighters foracts of valorthat occurred overthe last five years. ACFD Chief Scott Evans welcomed the firefighters and theirfamilies and stated this was a long time coming and thanked the firefighters fortheirefforts.

- Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe

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Hammonton House Fire

The City of Hammonton Fire Department responded to Vine Street on April 25, 2023, at 1224, fora fully involved structure fire. The fire involved half of a side-by-side multi-story duplex with fire showing. Asecond alarm was declared, bringing in Collings Lakes and surrounding companies. Collings Lakes laddered the roof and began ventilation with Hammonton companies doing interiorsuppression. The cause of the fire was underinvestigation, and no injuries were reported. Also responding were Hammonton Police and Atlanticare EMS. - Fire News photos by Ken Badger

ElevatorRescue in Wildwood

On July 30, 2023, North Wildwood and Wildwood fire departments responded to a motel on 18th Street fora reported elevatorentrapment. Squad 3 and Ladder2 responded and removed multiple occupants from the elevatorwithout injury. Fire News, October2023, Page 101
- Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti Tinton Falls 911 Memorial - Fire News photo by Dennis C. Sharpe


Jean S. Smock, (81) of Manasquan passed away peacefully on Friday, July 28, 2023, at her home, with family and close friends at her side, after a long-fought battle with Parkinson’s.

Jean was born in Boston, MA, lived in Westwood, MA, New York City, New Brunswick, and eventually settled in Manasquan. Jean’s career spanned many years, beginning at Time Inc., NYC, from where she retired after 30 years, and continued as the CEO of P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. in Manasquan until her death.

Jean and her late husband Bud were generous and passionate supporters of her Alma Mater, Endicott College (MA) and Rutgers NJ University Ath letics, particularly the women’s crew team. She was past-President of the Endicott Alumni Association, Alumni of the Year awardee and on the Board of Trustees for Endicott College.

The Beta Sigma Phi Sorority played a large part in her life from her early days in NYC, Princeton, and locally here in Brick. An early Westwood High School highlight was her time as a majorette on the twirling squad and a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

Jean had an easy smile and made many lifelong friends that rema in with her today. She took genuine interest in the lives of all she loved. She enjoyed travelling and gardening as well as journaling and list making.

Mrs. Smock was predeceased by her parents, Paul and Evelyn Shanning, and her husband Martin V. Smock (Bud). She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Milley and her husband Stephen, daughters Deborah Thomson and husband Barry, Candi Smock, Jennifer Smock and Marta Quinn, niece Jennifer Gregor and husband Bill, nephew Ron and wife Anna, grandson William F. Quinn, granddaughter Corey Quinn, great-grandson William F Quinn IV, grand-nephews Chad, Drew and Ross, grand-nieces Tatum and Olivia and family friend Ginger Harmer.

- Fire News photo provided


Ronnie Viola is a dedicated and knowledgeable professional who has recently been promoted to the position of Outside Municipal Sales and Service Supervisor at Hudson County Motors. He has over 25 years of experience in fire apparatus and emergency vehicle repair and maintenance, which makes him an invaluable asset to this team.

He is a EVTand ASE Certified Technician as well as a Certified Welder. His primary goal is to establish and maintain relations hips with government customers through parts, sales and service, as well as providing 24/7 availability for fleet maintenance and repair s.

Ronnie also founded Emergency Vehicle Training and Consulting, where he shares his motto that “consistency is crucial” in business and leads the road service division with unparalleled convenience and quick turnaround times. He is a dedicated Firefighter/EMTserving in both the Career and Volunteer capacit y along with performing rolls in training as a Certified Fire Instructor.

With Ronnie’s diligent work ethic, unrivaled expertise and motivational spirit, there’s no doubt he’ll continue to make incredible strides in his career.

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BBQ at the NJ State Firemen’s Home

On the afternoon of June 10, 2023, the Bergen County Firemen’s Home Association sponsored their annual barbecue at the NJ State Firemen’s Home in B oonton. Families were able to join in for the occasion. This annual picnic is paid for the Bergen County Firemen’s Home Association with the generosity from fire departments all over Bergen County.

We lucked out with a sunny, warm day and this got residents and their families outside to enjoy the weather and food. The members of the kitchen staff along with our member and grill master, association President Bob Ordway, cooked a wonderful barbecue lunch. The members of the association assisted the kitchen staff and acted as serv ers, and everyone had a great time. This wonderful event could not happen without the help of the staff of the Firemen’s Home, especially the activities and kitchen staff.

It was a great barbecue with another planned in August of this year. We look forward to another wonderful day of food and entertainment.

Thank you to all the members who came out to support this fantastic event that is enjoyed by so many people. - Fire News photo courtesy of Justin Watrel

Canale Scholarships Awarded

The Egg HarborTownship Fire Department presented their annual Anthony ‘Tony’Canale scholarship on June 7, 2023, at the Egg HarborTownship High School’s SeniorAwards Ceremony. This year, two scholarships were awarded and this year’s recipients were Julia Sweeny and James Haroh. Presenting the scholarships were EHTFD Deputy Chief Eugene Sharpe, President and West Atlantic City Chief Wallace Bakely, Jr., and Chief of Department R. Charles Winkler. - Fire News photo courtesy of Wallace Bakely, Jr.


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Scullville LawnmowerFire

The Scullville VolunteerFire Company responded to Ocean Heights Avenue on July 2, 2023, at 1328, fora report of a lawnmoweron fire. Firefighters arrived to find a riding mowerwell involved. The crew of the first arriving engine pulled a single line and made short work of the fire with no extension to the dwelling. Fire News, October2023, Page 103
- Fire News photo by Ken Badger

Seen at the Atlantic City AirShow

The Atlantic City AirShow was held August 15-16, 2023, under sunny weatherand with crowds estimated at about 500,000. A crowd that size needs a large contingent of police, fire, EMS and specialized equipment. Crews from throughout New Jersey stood by, patrolled the boards, and intermingled with the crowds giving them information about theirservices.

- Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe

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RolloverMVAin Lawrence

Arollovercrash occurred directly in front of the municipal comp lex in Lawrence Township, MercerCounty, on July 19, 2023. It was 1746, when Lawrence Fire and EMS responded to the MVAwith possible entrapment. Crews found one vehicle resting on its roof

nearthe main entrance of the municipal complex and anotherauto a short distance away nearthe exit ramp by Interstate 295. Fortunately, there were no entrapments and all injuries were minor. Fire News, October2023, Page 105
- Fire News photos by Michael Ratcliffe

LODD: Milford’s Edward Steines

On Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at 1432, Chief Edward ‘Eddie’J. Steines responded to a train fire in Hardyston Township. All units cleared the scene at 1658 and Chief Edward Steines returned home. On Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at approximately 0600, Chief Steines collapsed at his home from an apparent heart attack. He was tra nsported to Chilton Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased a t approximately 0730. Chief Steine was 64 years old.

In order to honor Edward’s memory, donations can be made to the West Milford Burn Out Fund at 666 Macopin Road, West Milford, New Jersey 07480, the West Milford Chiefs Association Fund at PO Box 935, Hewitt, New Jersey 07421, or the West Milford First Aid Squad at PO Box 387, West Milford, NJ 07480. - Fire News photo provided

Northfield’s Robert Leeds

It is with deep regret and sorrow we announce the passing of retired Deputy Chief Robert Leeds on August 13, 2023. He was 79 years old.

Deputy Chief Leeds was the first Deputy in Northfield Fire Company and had a long family history, which defined Bob’s hard work and passion in the fire service. DC Leeds is the husband of June Leeds, a life and founding member of NF Volunteer Ladies Auxiliary, father of Lieutenant William Leeds, grandfath er of former Volunteer and now PTFirefighter Cole Leeds, father in-law of Ladies Auxiliary Member Tricia Leeds and grandfather of Auxilia ry Member Katie Leeds.

DC Leeds was an active member for over 50 years, continuing to serve as an active firefighter after retiring as DC. Bob brought a warm energy and his smile everywhere he went and made you feel as you were family from day one. Given a choice, Bob could be found operating trucks, teaching new members, or showing youngsters the trucks. DC Leeds chaired the department’s Christmas committee, taking S anta around town and starting the Santa home visits about 20 years ago. If you or your family have enjoyed Santa coming to town in the last half century, Deputy Chief Leeds was intricately involved.

- Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe

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