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February 01, 2024 | NEW JERSEY Ron Jeffers, New Jersey Editor
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire destroyed four homes and another was damaged along Ware St., Camden, Nov. 24th.  Nine people were displaced according to a local media report. 

UPS: Six pet cats were rescued from a burning West Second St. home in Clifton, Nov. 27th. Fire damaged a part of the house, according to News 12.  

DOWNS: On December 2nd, a 2-alarm fire at the Trent Center Senior Housing Community, in Trenton, sent a handful of people to the hospital, according to WPVI-TV. 

UPS: On November 29th, Cape May officials cut the ribbon at the new $5.2 million firehouse. There is a spacious engine bay area. In addition, Fire Chief Alexander Coulter said the firehouse is designed to protect firefighters with two state-of-the-art rooms where firefighters can decontaminate their equipment of carcinogens following a fire.  

DOWNS: The body of a person was recovered from the rubble of a Greenbrook Ave. dwelling in the Keasbey section of Woodbridge, that caught fire and collapsed, Dec. 1st. Authorities said a man was injured and his mother was missing. 

UPS: In Roselle, Kenny Hudak was promoted to battalion chief and Robert Palmer to fire captain. 

DOWNS: Over 40 families were evacuated due to a fire that was burning on the third-floor of a W. 7th Ave. apartment building in Plainfield, Dec. 4th. The building is the same complex where tenants were evicted this summer due to multiple violations issued by the city, according to News 12. 

UPS: New firefighters in Westfield are Valerie Aguirre and Matt Ridge. 

DOWNS: A home on Maple Hill Dr., Hackensack, that no longer has an oil tank, had heating oil pumped into its basement in December, officials said. “A regrettable incident occurred when an oil tank was removed from a residential property, but the fill pipe was inadvertently left intact,” said Fire Captain Peter Rocco, according to The Record. The home was enrolled in an automatic oil delivery program, so the oil ended up being pumped into the basement of the dwelling. The Bergen County Haz Mat unit and a professional cleanup contractor were at the house assessing the extent of the spill and working to clean up the oil.  

UPS: Newly promoted deputy fire chiefs in Newark are James Kupko, Donald Meier and William Weidele. 

DOWNS: Hundreds of animals perished as the result of a barn fire at the Hope Cress Farms in Hope Township, Dec. 8th. The Hope V.F.D. reported 40 pigs and 400 chickens in the barn were killed, and farming equipment destroyed. 

UPS: On the morning of Dec. 18th, tunnel & bridge agents and Port Authority police officers responded to a call of a contractor worker experiencing a medical emergency in the north tube of the Holland Tunnel. They found a male having trouble breathing and no pulse. CPR was initiated along with the application of an automated external defibrillator. Jersey City Medical Center EMS personnel also arrived in the tunnel. Prior to transportation, the victim regained a pulse and he was responsive, according to a Facebook post. The tunnel agents involved were STBA Barovjab, and TBA's Leo, Kaminsky and Dugey. 

DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire involved a two-story mixed-use building on Mechanic St. in Boonton, Dec. 16th. Seven people, including a baby, were trapped. Firefighters rescued the seven residents that were trapped on the second-floor via a second-floor window, police said. Firefighters also saved four dogs. Three firefighters were taken to a local hospital with smoke inhalation, authorities said. 

UPS: New firefighters in Kearny are: Matthew Duane, Justin Erezuma, Gustavo Martinez and Zachary Myers. 

DOWNS: During a fire involving a Park Drive home in West Orange, Dec. 13th, first responders removed an elderly man from the building, according to WABC-TV. The victim was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

UPS: Tim Coughlin has been promoted to battalion chief in Bayonne.

DOWNS: An elderly woman was found dead on the second-floor of a Mooney Rd. home in the Ledgewood section of Roxbury Twp., Dec. 19th. A 71-year-old man, found outside of the home, was taken to a hospital for severe fire related injuries, according to News 12. Heavy fire caused a portion of the house to collapse. 

UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Passaic are Ryan Mauriber, Steven Nienstedt and Barty Giaconia. New lieutenants are Robert Policht and Peter O'Connor.  

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