Daily Dispatch: New Jersey News
New “Bailout System” Improves Safety for Ocean City Firefighters
Sat, 10 Nov 2018 19:47:08 -0800
In the firefighting service it is known as “Black Sunday,” an infamous day when three New York City firefighters died while battling two separate blazes. During one of those fires on Jan. 23, 2005, six firefighters were forced to desperately jump from the windows of a Bronx apartment building from four stories up to avoid being burned to death.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2018 7:47:08 PM - SOURCE: OCNJ Daily
16 people displaced after Paterson fire; two firefighters injured
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:00:39 -0800
Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries and 16 people were displaced after a three-story building caught fire Monday. The two firefighters were taken to St. Joseph's University Medical Center for evaluation of a leg injury and neck and shoulder injury, Assistant Chief Michael Fleming said.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 4:00:39 PM - SOURCE: North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News)
Hundreds evacuated after gas line is struck in Lakewood
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 07:52:14 -0800
A truck struck an unmarked gas line in Lakewood on Monday morning, igniting a fire that forced hundreds to evacuate from area apartments, according to a report. The blaze broke out in the area of Second Street and Forest Avenue around 8 a.m, the Lakewood Scoop said. It has since been extinguished and there are no reports of injuries, Lakewood police Lt.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 7:52:14 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
One injured in Millstone house fire
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 21:07:37 -0800
One person was injured in a fire that tore through a home on Crest Circle Drive Monday evening, police said. Authorities were called at about 7:10 p.m. for a report of a house fire at 15 Crest Circle Drive, State Police Sgt. Lawrence Peele said. The fire was reported to be a three-alarm blaze. Peele said one female who was in the home at the time of the blaze was injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 9:07:37 PM - SOURCE: Asbury Park Press
Vineland Fire Department adds two to crew
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:47:54 -0800
Two city men changed their firefighter status from volunteer to career. Jorden Perez, 27, and Joseph Wheeler, 25, are at work at Fire Company 6 after an Oct. 29 City Hall ceremony where they took their oaths surrounded by family, friends and fellow first-responders. “As reflected by their badge numbers, firefighters Perez and Wheeler will be the 74th and 75th career firefighters hired by the City of Vineland, respectively,” said Fire Director Richard Franchetta.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 4:47:54 PM - SOURCE: Vineland Daily Journal & Hammonton News
Fire at Vineland duplex displaces four
Sun, 11 Nov 2018 06:54:56 -0800
A fire broke out at a duplex Sunday morning displacing two adults and two children, firefighters said. About 6:30 a.m., multiple fire companies raced to the Shirley Court residence, located off West Avenue at the end of East Earl Drive. Firefighters contained the fire, preventing it from spreading to the adjoining residence.
- PUB DATE: 11/11/2018 6:54:56 AM - SOURCE: Vineland Daily Journal & Hammonton News
Police rescue woman from Denville house fire
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:51:14 -0800
Five police officers rushed into a smoke-filled house Thursday and rescued an elderly woman who had become trapped in the basement. "I started freaking out once I saw smoke and I said, 'Grandma, we've got to go'," said Raina Compton of her grandmother, who uses a wheelchair. Police arrived at noon to 56 Cliffside Trail, a narrow, hilly street in the Indian Lake section on a report of a fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 12:51:14 PM - SOURCE: Morris County Daily Record
Firemen's Association honors Newark first responders
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 13:02:01 -0800
The Northern Central Volunteer Firemen’s Association recently presented awards to Newark firefighters Rod Bliss, Juan Ortiz and Doug Velte, as well as police officer Dan Weegar. The firemen collectively received the Firefighter of the Year Award. Weegar was awarded with First Responder of the Year. All were honored at the recent Wayne County Firemen’s Association banquet.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 1:02:01 PM - SOURCE: Wayne Post
Middle Bush: Volunteer Firefighter Returns to Duty with New Knee
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 13:11:37 -0800
Eric Jones, of southern New Jersey, is not your typical volunteer firefighter. Jones, who works as a communications technician by day and a firefighter by night, has worked and fought fires with a prosthetic leg since the mid-1990s. Eric was diagnosed with cancer when he was 11 years old and required the amputation of his right leg above the knee.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 1:11:37 PM - SOURCE: CentralJersey.com
Jersey City Fire Department blesses new fire truck
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 20:21:13 -0800
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and Fire Department Chief Steven McGill hosted a ceremony at the fire headquarters on Marin Boulevard for the official blessing of the new Rescue Company 1 ladder truck on Wednesday. Fire Department Chaplain Father James Pagnotta performed the blessing. The new, custom built apparatus replaces a 2002 ladder truck which McGill said will be still be used as a backup.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 8:21:13 PM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Driver slams car into a movie theater in Vineland
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 18:23:08 -0800
Police, fire and emergency medical services were at the Regal Cumberland Mall Stadium 14 Wednesday afternoon after a car crashed into the movie theater, fire Lt. Paul Harvey said. The call went out at 1:18 p.m. Eleven firefighters arrived to see that the front of a Chevrolet had hit the right side of the main entrance to the theater, Harvey said.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 6:23:08 PM - SOURCE: Press of Atlantic City
Council states support for Jackson Fire District No. 3
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:06:52 -0800
In accordance with a request from the state, Jackson’s mayor and Township Council have expressed their support for the continued funding of the Jackson Township Municipal Utilities Authority (JTMUA) and Jackson Fire District No. 3. During a meeting on Oct. 23, Township Clerk Ann Marie Eden told officials and members of the public the state requires municipal officials to annually assess authorities created by the municipality.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 1:06:52 PM - SOURCE: CentralJersey.com
Former Port Reading volunteer firefighter charged with sexual assault of a minor
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:05:08 -0800
A former volunteer firefighter and current maintenance worker of a local hospital has been charged with the sexual assault of a minor. Robert Jazikoff, 64, of Whiting in Manchester Township, was charged on Nov. 1 and charged with two first degree counts of aggravated sexual assault, and two second degree counts of sexual assault, arising from incidents that allegedly occurred in Woodbridge between 1991 and 1992, with a minor between 12-13 years of age, according to a joint statement from Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 1:05:08 PM - SOURCE: CentralJersey.com
21 people displaced after Paterson 2-alarm apartment fire
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 04:57:30 -0800
Close to two dozen people were displaced after a fire broke out in a first-floor apartment on East 22nd Street in Paterson early Tuesday morning. Firefighters responded at about 5:25 a.m. to the two-alarm fire, said Deputy Chief Hector Almeyda. The fire is still under investigation but Almeyda said it appears to have started in a first-floor apartment before spreading to the apartment above.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 4:57:30 AM - SOURCE: North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News)
Summit Firefighters Honored For Saving 12 Families
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 14:31:05 -0800
On New Year's Eve 12 families lost their homes, but no one lost their lives thanks in part to the Summit Fire Department who were recognized for their efforts on Oct. 25. The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center honored the Summit Fire Department for its rescue efforts at the December 31, 2017 fire in Summit by distributing medals of valor.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2018 2:31:05 PM - SOURCE: Summit Patch.com
Trailer Destroyed in Ocean View Blaze
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:02:42 -0800
Ocean View Volunteer Fire Company reported via its Facebook page and the attached photos a Nov. 4 fire at 5:47 a.m. Ocean View Fire Company was dispatched to Lake and Shore Campground for a reported trailer fire. Dennis Fire Company was dispatched as automatic aid. Ocean View's chief requested additional aid that brought Avalon Fire Department for a RIT (rapid intervention team) assignment in addition to Seaville Fire and Rescue for a tanker with manpower.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2018 1:02:42 PM - SOURCE: Cape May County Herald
Major fire at Jumping Brook Apartments in Neptune
Sat, 03 Nov 2018 16:47:24 -0700
A blaze at the Jumping Brook Apartments on Route 33 and Jumping Brook Road appeared to have all but obliterated at least two second floor units Saturday. The fire – first reported in the 3 p.m. hour – engulfed a rear section of Building 17 of Jumping Brook Apartments East. The blaze in the garden apartment complex caused a portion of the roof to collapse.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2018 4:47:24 PM - SOURCE: Asbury Park Press
Flames rage through Perth Amboy home
Sun, 04 Nov 2018 11:40:00 -0800
A fire ravaged through a single-family home in Perth Amboy Sunday, as fire crews worked to get the flames under control. Emergency crews were called to the home on the 400 block of Summit Avenue in Perth Amboy late Sunday morning. A police officer at the scene told a photographer for NJ Advance Media that it appeared the fire originated from a dryer in the basement of the home and had spread up to the attic.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2018 11:40:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Baby Girl Born On Side Of Parkway Near Middletown
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 07:17:33 -0800
The Port Monmouth First Aid Squad delivered a baby girl on the side of the Garden State Parkway in the Middletown area Sunday morning, Nov. 4. The local first aid squad responded to a childbirth call on the Parkway at around 5:30 a.m. Sunday; the car was located at mile marker 113.2 in the northbound local lanes.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2018 7:17:33 AM - SOURCE: Middletown Patch.com
Paterson looks to pay $5M to police and firefighter retirees as part of $16M debt plan
Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:36:06 -0700
The city is looking to borrow almost $16 million, including $5 million to cover retirement payments to 38 retiring police officers and firefighters. City officials have not yet released the names of the retirees nor how much each of them would get. The $5 million would cover 24 police officers and 14 firefighters who have indicated they may retire during the next eight months, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2018 12:36:06 PM - SOURCE: North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News)

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