DOWNS: A 62-year-old man was killed in a Lamont Rd. dwelling fire in Burlington Twp., Jan. 10th. He was found in the bathroom and was later pronounced dead, Lt. Jim Sullivan said.
UPS: The East Franklin Fire Department has received a FAST Board to assist with rescue operations. The Firefighter Assistance Search Team Board was acquired through a program where FAST Rescue Solutions, LCC reaches out to departments that have lost members to basement fires. East Franklin Firefighter Kevin Apuzzio died in 2006 while trying to save a fire victim. Eric Allen, the CEO of FAST Rescue Solutions, stated the FAST Board was created for a vastly different standard between rope rescue, which is a stable or semi-stable situation where someone needs to be moved from one place to another with minimal impact to them, and be removed as quickly as possible to medical assistance.
DOWNS: A local woman was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Jan. 14th, after her vehicle collided with Hamilton Engine 18, that was responding to an emergency, officials said.
UPS: The Trenton F.D. has new smoke detectors, gas monitors and carbon monoxide detectors thanks to a contribution from Marathon Pipeline, LLC.
DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire raced through four attached dwellings on Colonial Ave., Trenton, Jan. 15th. Seventeen people were displaced.
UPS: Ridgefield Firefighter John LaFrance was recently recognized for his 30-years of service. He is also active with the Pink Heals program.
DOWNS: A Newark woman was in critical condition, Jan. 15th, after being rescued from a fire at a Sunset Ave. home. The woman and a man were both rescued from the building and taken to area hospitals, officials said. A pet dog died in the fire.
UPS: Ridgewood firefighters rescued a worker who fell approximately 20-feet off a ladder into the basement of a home under construction on North Monroe St., Jan. 21st. The victim was removed via stokes basket and taken through a window to EMS personnel, officials said. The worker was transported to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, in Paterson, with complaints of back, leg and hand pains, Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke said.
DOWNS: Flames involved a home on Kingspark Court in Evesham Twp., Jan. 13th, and homes on either side also caught fire, officials said.
UPS: Collingswood firefighters entered the freezing waters of the Cooper River, Jan. 21st., to rescue a dog that fell in the ice. Two firefighters went out to attempt to cross the ice and retrieve the dog, but it was too thin to support their weight, according to Fire Chief Keith Davis. They had to jump into the ice using axes as they swam out to reach the canine.
DOWNS: A 2-alarm fire badly damaged a home on Ridge Rd. in Roxbury and forced a family of four out into the cold, Jan. 20th. The fire began in the garage and spread to the home, Fire Official Mike Pelleck said.
UPS: Chris Callan was promoted to Chief of the Cherry Hill Fire Department on January 3rd.
DOWNS: The B.H. Furniture store, on Black Horse Pile in Egg Harbor Twp., was seriously damaged by a fire, Jan. 22nd. Fire units from all five township companies operated at the scene.
UPS: Belleville's new fire chief is John Olivieri. Chief Robert Caruso retired after 38-years of service.
DOWNS: A cellphone charger in a power strip is believed to have ignited a 2-alarm fire in a Fresh Ponds Rd. dwelling in South Brunswick, Jan. 23rd.
UPS: Congratulations to Teaneck Fire Captain Don Wynne Jr. who retired on Jan. 29th. After 55-years, there will no longer be a Wynne in the TFD. The captain's father, Don Wynne Sr., retired as Chief of Department in 1989. Captain Wynne was hired in 1983.
DOWNS: An elderly couple was killed as the result of a fire that tore through their Atlantic Ave. home in Wall Twp., Jan. 28th.
UPS: Englewood firefighters rescued a cat that was stuck in a car's engine block area, most likely to keep warm, on a cold Jan. 28th morning. A resident heard a cat crying, said Fire Captain Michael Marino. Firefighters found the animal wedged deep in the engine compartment. They used a floor jack to lift the car. One firefighter slid under the vehicle to push the cat up while another grabbed the cat's hind legs and pulled “Stanley” out to safety. The cat was not injured.
DOWNS: At least 17 vehicles caught fire on the upper deck of the parking garage at Terminal C at Newark International Airport, Jan. 31st. Flights were not impacted.
UPS: New firefighters in Teaneck are C. Harris and D. Sorrenti.
DOWNS: An occupant and pet were killed in a Wayne home as the result of a 3-alarm fire, in January.
UPS: A horse was rescued from a burning barn in the Whitehouse Station section of Readington Twp., Feb. 1st., and was not injured, authorities said.
DOWNS: Dozens of vehicles stacked on racks were damaged by a fire on a lot at 700 Federal Blvd. in Carteret, Feb. 3rd. The fire began in one of the cars on the rack and spread to others. Smoke could be seen for miles.
UPS: New firefighters in Clifton are J. Bednarz, N. Favata, M. Ramirez, J. Hammaker, E. Vazquez Jr., B. McCarthy and W. Englehardt.
DOWNS: A 14-year-old boy was in critical condition after he fell into the canal in Cadwalader Park and was rescued by Trenton firefighters, Feb. 3rd. He was flown to Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, police said.
UPS: New firefighters in Montclair are Rocco Marzullo, John Autorino and James Firebrace.
DOWNS: An 81-year-old man was killed and his wife hospitalized as the result of a dwelling fire on Bailey Ave. in Maple Shade, Feb. 5th, authorities said. A pet dog also perished. The man's wife was rescued by firefighters and she was transported to Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphoa, according to police Lt. Jeffrey Hoch.
UPS: New Morristown firefighters are William Hoferer, Peter Dwyer and Daniel Whitehead.
DOWNS: Two people were injured, including one critically, at a Cleveland Ave. dwelling in Riverside, Jan. 25th. A Delran police officer was treated for smoke inhalation.
UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Morristown are Philip Barter, Dominic Prizzi and Gregory Blekicki.
DOWNS: In January, a fire in a Demarest Place garden apartment complex in Maywood, was believed to be ignited by a candle, officials said. Ten residents were displaced and two apartments were described as a total loss.
UPS: Robert Strain has been promoted to fire lieutenant in Vineland.
DOWNS: About three-hours after a 3-alarm fire was placed under control, Kearny firefighters were sent to the Bridge Street bridge on the Harrison-Newark border for a man who was threatening to jump into the Passaic River, Feb. 5th. The man did jump into the river at 3:25 a.m., officials said. Fire boats from Kearny, Newark and Bayonne were there to pull the man from the water, Kearny Fire Chief Steve Dyl said. Kearny is part of the New Jersey Regional Fire Boat Task Force.
UPS: Edward Mullen, a fourth-generation Perth Amboy public servant, was sworn in as fire chief, Feb. 5th. Mullen's great-grandfather, Edward J. Muller Sr., served with the fire department for 50-years, including as fire chief in 1953. His grandfather, Edward J. Mullen Jr., was a city police officer for 40-years and rose to chief of police. His father, Edward R. Mullen, served with McClellan Engine Co. 3 in the 1970's and currently is an ex-chief of the Iselin Volunteer Fire Company, with more than 40-years of service.
DOWNS: Old peppermint oil in the basement of Paterson School 10 caused the school's evacuation and sent a teacher to the hospital, Feb. 7th. Students and staff were moved to School 18.
UPS: A Sutphen aerial tower from the Colonial Fire Company, Princeton, was recently donated to a Nicaragua fire department.
DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire severely damaged a vacant townhouse that was under renovation on Emerald Lane in Foxborough Village, Old Bridge, on Feb. 7th. One firefighter suffered a foot injury and was taken to a local hospital.
UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Perth Amboy are: Daniel Arroyo, Davis Vazquez and Frank Reyes.