DOWNS: Seventeen people were displaced after a 4-alarm fire raced through three South St. dwellings in Jersey City, March 10th.
UPS: Andrew McGoldrick has been promoted to fire lieutenant in Englewood.
DOWNS: A fire involved a 2-story dwelling on South West Blvd. in Vineland, March 8th. The second-floor collapsed down to ground level and firefighters went to a defensive attack, said Captain Tony Saltar.
UPS: Craig Hopkins was recently promoted to deputy fire chief in Clifton.
DOWNS: Smoke on an aircraft led to 189 passengers being evacuated from the plane in an emergency landing at Newark International Airport, March 9th, Port Authority officials said. All runways were shut down, briefly. The plane landed safely and passengers were evacuated by the emergency chutes.
UPS: In March, South Plainfield Elks Lodge 2298 presented a check to the South Plainfield V.F.D. The donation will go toward the purchase of new Santa suits for the department's annual Santa fundraiser.
DOWNS: Flaming debris fell on a Bloomfield firefighter as he fought a fire in a Willard Ave. dwelling on March 13th. Part of his turnout gear caught fire, but it was quickly extinguished, Fire Chief Lou Venezia said. He was not injured.
UPS: Before retirement, Luis Vega served the city of Paterson as a firefighter for 33-years. In March, he was feted by family and friends, including Mayor Andre Sayegh who presented him with a proclamation that credited the public servant for establishing “a model to emulate and a standard of excellence toward which others might strive.” During his career he served with Engine Co.'s 9 and 6, and Rescue 2. He was a member of the Urban Search & Rescue Team with Rescue 2. He earned a fire arson certificate and worked with the Fire Prevention Bureau, often giving fire safety talks to senior citizens and young students across the city.
DOWNS: Three housing units were damaged by fire on Bounty Court in Toms River, March 9th.
UPS: The construction of a new Frankford firehouse is underway. It is being built across from the current firehouse on Route 206.
DOWNS: A 67-year-old man was killed in an apartment fire on Charles St., Long Branch, March 29th.
UPS: Wildwood firefighters teamed up to save the life of a heart attack victim in a Rio Grande Ave. store, in March. Firefighters Gerry Vessel and Sean Stanton administered CPR. Firefighters Rich Harron and Brendan Phillips arrived and applied an AED. A total of two shocks were delivered that restored the victim's pulse and breathing, officials said.
DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire raced through the Forest Glen luxury apartments on Forest Glen Dr., Highland Park, on March 27th.
UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in Jersey City are: D. Granteer, T. Hausmann, C. Modungo, J. Early, K. Mongiello, K. Warner, E. Nunez, A. Bauer, R. Perry, T. Dolaghan, B. French, H. Pineda and M. O'Keefe.
DOWNS: The Alfred S. Faust Intermediate School, in East Rutherford, was evacuated on March 25th due to a smoke condition. The condition was narrowed down to a third-floor fan that was shut down, and the smoke subsided, said Assistant Chief Kevin Felten.
UPS: New Hackensack firefighters are S. Ruane, M. Garnto, E. Nasello, M. O'Reilly, J. Yannotti, K. Cribben, B. Egan and S. Yates.
DOWNS: A one-alarm fire displaced 11 people and killed 4 dogs at a Coral St. dwelling in Paterson, March 30th.
UPS: On April 5th, Secaucus Tower Co. 2 received a visit from WWE superstars Sheamus and Cesaro. WWE and Cricket Wireless supplied the firehouse with new couches and other items. In return, the two wrestlers got a ride in Tower 2's bucket. Deputy Chief Joe Schoendorf won two tickets to WWE WrestleMania at MetLife Stadium. “We chose Secaucus because this town is so close to MetLife Stadium and that's where WrestleMania will be on Sunday,” said a Cricket Wireless spokeswoman. Cricket Wireless is the official sponsor of the WWE.
DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire at the Ocean Club condominium complex brought fire companies from Brick and surrounding towns, on April 4th.
UPS: The Silverton Volunteer Fire Company and Pleasant Plains Fire Department, under the authority of Toms River Fire District 2, announced that they were evaluated and received an upgrade Class 3 ISO rating, as of April, 2019.
DOWNS: A wildfire that engulfed over 18 square-miles of Penn State Forest in Burlington County, in March, was contained after several days of firefighting. NJ Forest Fire Service Assistant Warden John Rieth said crews of about 50 Forest Fire Service members worked day and night to get the fire contained.
UPS: New firefighters in New Brunswick are Filberto Reyes, Randall Boyle, Joseph Allen, Erin Bradley and Nicholas Giannaci.
DOWNS: A wildfire that broke out at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on April 3rd burned through 1,200-acres of brush. About 100 firefighters from the base fire service, the state forest fire service and Burlington County strike team were put to work.
UPS: On April 6th, members of Wallington Engine Co. 2 made their long-time friend and artist, Ed May, an honorary member of the company.
DOWNS: Smoke on two floors of St. Clare's Hospital in Dover triggered a 3-alarm response on April 2nd. Smoke was traced to an electrical generator near the west wing elevators. This wing was unoccupied, officials said. No patients were evacuated or affected by the smoke, according to Public Safety Director Daniel DeGroot.
UPS: Firefighters rescued a cat and a bird from a Lodi home that caught fire on Home Pl., April 2nd. The 2-alarm fire started on the exterior and got into the attic space and spread the length of the three-story building, officials said.
DOWNS: Firefighters fought a 3-alarm fire at Giordano's Waste & Recycling Management on Mill Rd., Vineland, on April 4th. Winds were blamed for the fire's spread. The fire broke out in a pile of cardboard near a rear loading dock, an employee said.
UPS: Michael Rowan has been promoted to deputy fire chief in Clifton. Ronald Laube and Fikret Darzanoff rose to captain. New lieutenants are Joseph Bennett and Edward Polak.
DOWNS: On April 7th, Camden Engine 1 was involved in a MVA at Federal St. & Haddon Ave., while responding to a working fire.
UPS: In Teaneck, David Barrett has been promoted to fire captain. Kyle Kovacs was promoted to lieutenant.
DOWNS: A tanker truck carrying thousands of gallons of fuel caught fire on the Atlantic City Expressway in Winslow Twp., April 8th, shutting down the highway. The driver was able to escape after experiencing mechanical issues and called 911, officials said. Fire units from throughout the southern end of Camden County responded and poured foam onto the tanker to extinguish the flames.