January, 2024, UPS, page 2
Photo by ROBERT CONNELLPaterson Mayor Andre Sayegh, right, swears in Alex Alicea as the city's new fire chief during a ceremony at Fire Headquarters, November 29th.
DOWNS: A woman died as the result of a fire in a Maple Ave. dwelling in Vineland, Oct. 26th. Firefighters used a ladder to access the second-floor and found the 25-year-old victim who later died, according to WPVI-TV.
UPS: On Oct. 21st, the Farmingdale F.D. celebrated the first of a three-phase renovation project on their Main St. firehouse with an open house. It was an important structural part of the process, according to Assistant Chief Jim Herrman.
DOWNS: A 79-year-old woman was killed as the result of a fire in her Meer Ave. home in Wyckoff, Nov. 5th. Firefighters found the victim who was unresponsive. She was rushed to a local hospital where she died, according to WCBS-TV.
UPS: A woman and two children were rescued by Trenton firefighters from their burning Passaic St. dwelling on Nov. 8th, according to MidJersey News. The three were rescued from the third-floor by members of Rescue Co. 1. The victims were turned over to city EMS personnel and taken to a local hospital. A fourth person was removed from the first-floor by members of Ladder Co. 1.
DOWNS: A man died in a house explosion involving a Neptune Dr. dwelling in Stattford Twp., Oct. 31st. The house was then involved in flames, and police officers rendered care to the victim that they found on the front lawn with severe injuries, according to News 12. The man was airlifted to Temple University Hospital.
UPS: Hamilton Township Fire Captains Donald Snedeker, Lamar Hicks and Firefighter Christopher Tyminski were recently honored by Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health for their rescue of a trapped person in a fire in early 2023.
DOWNS: An outside fire near Resorts Casino in Atlantic City burned along the boardwalk and spread to the casino's exterior wall, Nov.15th, according to WCBS-TV. Some smoke made its way into the building, which forced brief evacuations of businesses near the boardwalk's entrance. The casino remained open.
UPS: Paterson's Temple Street firehouse is set to undergo $500,000 in upgrades, according to Tap Into Paterson. The recent allocation of the funds will be used to modernize the facility, including a goal to enhance the ventilation system, creating a healthier environment for members.
DOWNS: A 90-year-old woman died in a fire at the Evergreen Terrace Apartments in Red Bank, Nov. 15th. Officials said the fire was caused due to an overheated power strip.
UPS: On the evening of November 21st, Hackensack fire units responded to a reported dwelling fire on Euclid Ave., with a report of a trapped occupant. Firefighters conducted a primary search and located and removed a male victim from the home. The man was turned over to BLS and ALS units and transported to HUMC. The fire was quickly knocked down, according to the HFD's Facebook page.
DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire damaged 17 homes at the Birch Glen Apartment Complex in Piscataway, Nov. 12th, according to My Central Jersey. The Red Cross was called to assist displaced residents.
UPS: Kearny Firefighter Mark Isabella, Sr. received the Firefighter of the Year Award in November. FF Isabella, along with Captain Matt Mitchell, received awards for an incident in which a woman drove into the Passaic River, and her SUV was sinking. Both members donned their wet suits and removed the victim to safety.
DOWNS: A fire on Kirk Lane in Pine Brook left two people trapped inside the home, on Nov. 12th, according to WPVI-TV. Firefighters rescued an elderly man and woman and they were taken to Jefferson Stratford Hospital.
UPS: New probationary firefighters in Teaneck are: Ryan Smith, Timothy Ference, Max O'Brien, Eric Edelstein, Edward Jaeger and Kevin Schade.
DOWNS: Firefighters in Plumsted Twp. found a mobile home engulfed in smoke on Lakewood Rd., Nov. 1st. They found a 79-year-old homeowner outside the residence who was transported to a local hospital, and she was reported to be in stable condition. A 63-year-old woman was located by firefighters in the back bedroom and she was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Shore Network News. After an investigation, it was concluded that the fire was accidental and likely due to a failure in electrical equipment.
UPS: Recently, Rumson Fire Company members were able to simulate fire rescues drills at a vacant house slated for demolition. Personnel from O'Brien Reality offered the property for the training, according to The Two River Times.
DOWNS: A 74-year-old man died as the result of a dwelling fire on River Road in Bogota, Nov. 18th. A woman escaped the home and suffered minor injuries, according to NJ.com. First responders found the man unconscious inside the home. He later died at Hackensack University Medical Center, authorities said.
UPS: On November 29th, Alex Alicea was promoted to Chief of the Paterson Fire Department.