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January 01, 2023 | NEW JERSEY Ron Jeffers, New Jersey Editor

DOWNS: A fire at the Apache Court apartment complex in Galloway Township displaced residents, and several required medical assistance for smoke inhalation, October 29th. Authorities said that the occupants of 18 units were displaced.

UPS: At an October Town Council meeting, and after a three-year delay due to the pandemic, Westfield officials held a ceremony for firefighters that have been serving in their positions for some time. This included new battalion chiefs Michael Sawicki and Brian Piccola, and Captain Thomas Bottini. New firefighters are Gerry Peyton, Pat Carey and Scott Boyer.

DOWNS: An explosion and fire involving a chemical tank at the Arawak Paving Co. in Hammonton, Oct. 31st, was declared a hazardous material incident. Authorities said the chemical in the burning tank was used for asphalt.

UPS: Three boaters were rescued by firefighters from rough currents after jumping off their sinking vessel about a half-mile off Corson's Inlet State Park, NJSP said. The boaters jumped into the water, according to State Police SFC Lawrence Peele. Before troopers arrived, members of the Strathmere F.D. located the victims and transported them to land, Peele added. No one was injured.

DOWNS: Two separate dwelling fires broke out in Trenton within a 24 hour period. On the evening of Oct. 31st., firefighters responded to a fire on Tyler St. According to CBSNews Philadelphia, firefighters rescued a person on the second-floor and about five others were treated for smoke inhalation. At around 4 p.m., Nov. 1st., a fire occurred on Hamilton Ave. There were no reported injuries at this fire.

UPS: On October 18th, the Borough of Lodi recognized ex-fire chiefs Phil Alberti and Archie Dowson for their 50-years of service to the community.

DOWNS: A Sullivan Drive dwelling, in the Mickleton section of East Greenwich Twp., was engulfed in flames, Nov. 1st., displacing a family with three children and their pets, officials said.

UPS: In October, Hunterdon County officials and first responders assembled in Annandale to celebrate the completion of a new fire training facility at the Emergency Services Training Center on Petticoat Lane. The new facility is four stories tall and has 5,500-square-feet of fire, emergency response and rescue spaces. It replaced a 25-year-old facility.

DOWNS: A 2-alarm fire caused extensive damage to a Roberts Way condominium in Voorhees, Oct. 29th.

UPS: Firefighters rescued several people trapped in a burning Richmond Ct. home in Hillsborough, Nov. 11th, according to the Hillsborough Patch. Three people were “successfully rescued,” according to Flagtown Fire-Rescue-Hillsborough Vol. Fire Co. 1.

DOWNS: A 68-year-old Pohatcong woman died as the result of a fire at her Victory Ave. home, Nov. 13th. The fire was knocked down in about 20-minutes, according to Lehigh Valley Live. The victim was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Phillipsburg and pronounced dead a short time later.

UPS: All Bloomfield firefighters have completed a training course and are now certified in pet CPR and first aid, courtesy of public safety organization 120 Compressions, LLC, according to Tap into Bloomfield.

DOWNS: Occupants of 18 different apartments on North Arlington Ave., East Orange, were displaced on Nov. 15th as the result of a fire. The Red Cross assisted residents, officials said.

UPS: The Bayview F.D. was awarded a $34,000 grant from the N.J. Department of Community Affairs to purchase new equipment and protective gear, officials said.

DOWNS: A one-alarm fire in an Avenue A dwelling, in Bayonne, displaced seven residents on Nov. 16th. Firefighters rescued an elderly woman from a second-floor apartment. She was non-ambulatory and suffered from smoke inhalation, according to Fire Chief Keith Weaver. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital.

UPS: On Nov. 9th, Paterson Engine 5, Ladder 3 and Battalion 2 were dispatched to assist police with a possible jumper at Route 20 & Broadway. During the incident, Ladder 3 members set up their aerial ladder and climbed up to safely assist the victim from the overpass to the ladder. The person was then taken down to the street to awaiting EMS personnel.

DOWNS: Three elderly people died as the result of a fire in a multi-family home on Ladwik La. in Clifton, Nov. 18th, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office. A fourth person was taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center and was expected to survive. City police said that three firefighters and one police officer were hospitalized with injuries from the fire.

UPS: Randolph Township Fire Chief Anthony Moschella was presented with a proclamation from Mayor Marie Potter for recognition of his 31-years of service to the township during the annual fire inspection dinner, Nov. 12th. He joined the department in 1992 and was assigned to Millbrook Fire Co. 2. In addition, during his tenure of over 25-years with the Jersey City Police Department, he has attained the rank of sergeant.

DOWNS: A row of parked buses and trailers used for special events like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade burned on the morning of Nov. 21st in South Kearny. The groundskeeper for Royal Buses, Inc., arrived for work around 6 a.m. and discovered the fire, officials said. The strong odor of smoke caused fire department investigations as far as Jersey City Heights and lower Union City.

UPS: The Clark Volunteer Ambulance Squad recently received a donation from New Jersey American Water through the organization's 2022 Volunteer Firefighters and EMS Grant Program. The squad relies on donations to function. The pandemic caused a significant increase in costs, according to TAP into Clark.

DOWNS: Four Old Tappan residents were hospitalized for smoke inhalation due to an overnight dwelling fire on Parker Pl., Nov. 19th. Firefighters had the fire knocked down, in the $1 million home, and under control in about an hour, officials said.

UPS: Teaneck Firefighter Harold Haynes was promoted to lieutenant in November.

DOWNS: When Garwood police and firefighters answered an alarm of fire for a Second Ave. home, Nov. 22nd, they found a smoke condition coming from the dwelling. A woman resident was still inside trying to extinguish the fire in a first-floor bedroom, according to Police Chief James Wright. Officers helped the woman out of the house, and she was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by Union County EMS.

UPS: Edison firefighters rescued two pet peacocks stuck on the roof of a Troy Avenue home in November, according to an Edison Firefighter's Association Facebook post. Engine 11 and Truck 2 were sent to the home, and the members used a ground ladder to retrieve the birds. It was thought that an animal scared the two and they went to higher ground.

DOWNS: Eight Bayonne residents of a two-family home on Hobart Ave. were displaced as the result of a 2-alarm fire on Nov. 20th, officials said. One person was treated for smoke inhalation.

UPS: Vineland city officials honored members of the Fire Department and EMS Division at a council meeting in October. In July, first responders were dispatched to a fire in a West Avenue building. Firefighters began suppression of a kitchen fire and performed a search, officials said. Through heavy smoke, Firefighter Joseph Wheeler found a woman in the apartment and provided her with oxygen and CPR. The victim was turned over to EMS, who continued medical care and took her to a landing zone where she was airlifted to Crozer-Chester Medical Center's burn unit, in Chester, Pa. The woman was reportedly doing well, officials said. FF Wheeler was awarded a mayoral commendation letter and the Fire Department Metal of Valor. Also cited were: B.C. Tony Saltar and FF's Todd Birdsall, Dominick Pace, Eric Peck, Michael Reale and Bret Scarra. EMS personnel cited were: Supervisor Jesse Rivera and Julia Garcia, District 2 Chief Robert Cresci, Station 1 Captain Eliezer Rodriguez. Also duty crew members Alex Dickerson, Scott Graiff, Gabriel Scarra and Brian Speziali.

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