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May, 2022, UPS, page 2

By Ron Jeffers, New Jersey Editor | May 01, 2022 | NEW JERSEY

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DOWNS: A 5-alarm fire raced through four Smith St. dwellings in Elizabeth, March 13th. Wind gusts between 15 and 39 mph helped fan the flames in below freezing temperatures, officials said. It was reported that dozens of people were displaced.

UPS: In Passaic, Guillermo Hernandez and Louis Santiago have been promoted to battalion chief. Promoted to captain was John Tuohy. New fire lieutenants are Ricardo Figueroa and Rene Rivera.

DOWNS: Officials said that a damaged lithium battery ignited in an East Madison Avenue living room in Dumont, March 13th, that caused a fire in the home. Flames were contained to one room. A recent study blamed more than 400 fires in a five-year period on products powered by lithium batteries, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

UPS: Essex County officials presented the keys to a new ambulance to Nutley Director of Public Safety Alphonse Petracco, Match 16th. The Nutley Fire Department responds to county emergencies involving hazardous materials. The ambulance will be used to treat residents or firefighters injured at hazmat emergencies, respond to regular medical calls and assist with Essex County Health Department programs and activities, according to Essex News Daily.

DOWNS: A mobile home was destroyed and three others damaged by a fire off of Route 206 in the Vincentown section of Southampton, March 17th, Vincent Fire Company Chief Scott Mitchell said.

UPS: In March, Lodi ex-fire chiefs Phil Alberti and Archie Dowson were recognized for their 50-years of service to the community.

DOWNS: Two residents of a Mount Everest Lane home, in the Silverton section of Toms River, were injured due to a fire and had to be flown to the hospital, March 20th, according to News 12. Two firefighters were also reported to have been injured.

UPS: Holmdel Fire & Rescue Co. 2 set April 30th as the date to celebrate the opening of their new fire station, at 12 Crawfords Corner Rd., according to a social medial post. The “wet down” will include live music and refreshments.

DOWNS: Two firefighters were injured as the result of a huge fire at a Pepsi warehouse in Piscataway, March 22nd. All 30 employees escaped the fire and reported explosions, according to officials. Over 100 firefighters operated at the scene. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion and one for a shoulder injury, according to WCBS-TV.

UPS: In Hackensack, John Hynes has been promoted to fire captain. Pietro Maio is the new lieutenant.

DOWNS: A fire occurred in an auditorium building behind Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Hooper Ave. in Toms River, March 22nd. It broke out while children were in attendance for preschool services,officials said. All children and staff were safely evacuated.

UPS: James Delgado has been promoted to fire captain in Camden.

DOWNS: A building under construction at The Paragon apartment complex in Jackson caught fire on March 30th. Police officers said flames were observed on all three floors of the building, off of Larson Rd.

UPS: Carteret Borough has awarded a $110,000 annual contract to the Robert Wood Johnson Health Network to provide daytime emergency medical services for residents, officials said. As of April 4th, first responders from RWJ Barnabas Health-Rahway will respond to service calls from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, providing ALS ad BLS services. Certified EMTs from Carteret's EMS unit will continue to provide EMS services from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

DOWNS: A Dunkin Donuts employee was sickened by carbon monoxide fumes at the Mountain Ave. store in Hackettstown on April 6th, authorities said. A faulty HVAC unit was the source of the fumes, the fire department found. The 21-year-old worker complained of a headache and nausea, but refused medical treatment, police said.

UPS: The city of Paterson has received hundreds of smoke detectors from Operation 7 Save-A-Life. WABC-TV reported that in the past 24-years, Operation 7 Save-a-Life has given out more than 200,000 smoke alarms in New Jersey.

DOWNS: A propane tank exploded during a fire involving a Palsa Ave. dwelling in Elmwood Park, March 28th, that knocked three firefighters to the ground, officials said. Two occupants tried to extinguish a fire in the homes first-floor computer room, but “the fire became larger, which forced them to evacuate,” said Police Chief Michael Foligno. The firefighters were examined at a local hospital before releasing them without injury, Foligno said.

UPS: In March, East Rutherford Fire Official Dennis Monks retired after 25-years of service to the Borough. “Dennis has been an unwavering supporter of the ERFD and the health and safety of our members,” stated in a Facebook post.

DOWNS: Two twin brothers died and four firefighters were injured as the result of a fire on Carteret St. in Trenton, April 2nd. The brothers were stuck on the third-floor and despite efforts of family and firefighters, no one could get to them in time, according to Channel 6 Action News. Four firefighters were taken to Capital Health Regional M.C. and treated and released.

UPS: Millville firefighters rescued several people from a burning North High St. apartment building, April 4th. Firefighters battled the fire and a ladder company lowered occupants to safety from third-floor windows, according to KYW-TV.

DOWNS: A single-engine Mooney M20M Turbo aircraft crash-landed just feet from a home on South Main St. in Manville, April 4th. The location is a few blocks away from Central Jersey Regional Airport. A local resident saw the pilot exiting the plane and appeared to be uninjured, according to CBS News New York. He was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

UPS: New firefighters in Teaneck are Patrick Burke, Dakota Marositz and Brandon Prins.

DOWNS: Ten Perth Amboy residents were left homeless after a fire that raced through two First Street dwellings, April 3rd, according to the Daily Voice.

UPS: In April, Matt Carbone was sworn in as a member of the Summit Fire Department.

DOWNS: Evacuations were performed by area first responders after the Hackensack River crested and flooded the area around River Edge Rd. in New Milford, April 8th. Police said the Passaic River also overflowed and flooded nearby streets.

UPS: Teterboro Airport has received a new piece of hands-on training equipment. The Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Trainer simulates general aviation aircraft. The type of small, private planes that fly in and out of Teterboro. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey command staff worked with engineers to help develop the first-of-a-kind equipment, officials said. Teterboro has an average of 500 flights a day, according to fire officials.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.