DOWNS: A fire destroyed the roof and interior of a former Camden synagogue, on Kaighn Ave., Sept. 1st., and three alarms were sounded. The synagogue was being renovated by a local group to become a church, neighbors said.
UPS: The Cedar Knolls FD and First Aid Squad celebrated their 100th anniversary at the Ridgedale Ave. firehouse on Sept. 7th. The open house featured commemorative shirts, mugs and refreshments. The department's first piece of fire apparatus, a 1919 American LaFrance hand-drawn chemical wagon, was on display.
DOWNS: Twenty-nine people were displaced following a fire that heavily damaged a three-story Newark Ave. OMD in Elizabeth, Sept. 3rd.
UPS: The Demarest Fire Department celebrated their 125th anniversary with festivities at the Park Street firehouse on Sept. 21st.
DOWNS: Fire damaged 16 units of an apartment complex along Prospect St. in Lakewood, Sept. 6th. Residents escaped the flames and, according to officials, two adults and a child were injured and taken to a burn center. About 54 residents were displaced.
UPS: At a town auction, Edgewater Firefighter Rinaldy Gutierrez used his own money to purchase former Engine 5's pumper with the dream of it helping a community in the Dominican Republic. Edgewater Fire Co. 1 made a donation to ship the rig, which now has a new home in Loma De Cabrera, D.R.
DOWNS: On September 8th, a tractor-trailer struck the left barrier and guardrail, overturned and fell from the overpass near the NJ Turnpike Interchange 12, in Carteret. The tractor-trailer was engulfed in flames and the driver was killed, according to police.
UPS: This year, Princeton will hire six full-time firefighters to augment the volunteer's schedule. Two firefighters will be on duty at all times, according to the Director of the Department of Emergency & Safety Services, Robert Gregory.
DOWNS: A fire in Jersey City's Port Liberte development left a woman with serious burn injuries, Sept. 6th. Members of Engine Co. 13 rescued the elderly woman, according to a city spokeswoman. The victim was transported to a local hospital.
UPS: North Wildwood will receive $35,485 in AFG funds to allow the fire department to purchase 46 sets of personal safety and rescue bailout systems for all current career, part-time and interior structural volunteer firefighters, plus training.
DOWNS: Sussex County firefighters and their family members were among the 22 victims injured when a multi-level deck collapsed at an East Baker Avenue condo in Wildwood, September 14th. The collapse occurred during the annual New Jersey State Firemen's Association convention. The second and third-floor decks “suffered a complete 'pancake' collapse, trapping multiple people,” Fire Chief Daniel Speigel said. Branchville Hose Co. 1 noted on their Facebook page that several members were injured. All victims were rescued and transported to medical facilities within about an hour of the collapse, Speigel said.
UPS: AFG funds have been approved for the following fire units: $225,805 to Penns Grove; $66,666.66 to the Board of Fire Commissioners of Commercial Twp.; and $107,476.19 to the Dorothy Vol. Fire Company.
DOWNS: A fire that engulfed six cars spread to a three-story building at 10th Avenue & E. 22nd Street in Paterson, Sept. 10th. Three people were displaced, officials said.
UPS: In September, the FMBA recognized Kearny Firefighter and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Thomas Grieb with the Distinguished Service Medal. FF Grieb enlisted 8 days after the 9/11 attacks and served until 2009. He was twice deployed to Iraq.
DOWNS: A report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) finds 43% of the firehouses across the nation are more than 40-years-old and need to be replaced. In New Jersey, 69% of firehouses were built more than 40-years ago. The report also finds 20% of NJ firehouses are not equipped with exhaust emission control systems.
UPS: The Camden Fire Department celebrated 150-years of service with a civic event on September 25th at the site of old Engine Co. 3, on Broadway.
DOWNS: A popular Ocean City ice cream shop caught fire on September 15th. The fire involved Hobby Horse Ice Cream Parlor & Cafe at 8th St. & Ocean Ave. Firefighters contained flames to the attic, according to city PIO Doug Bergen.
UPS: Atlantic City will receive a $4.3 million SAFER grant for recruitment, hiring and retention of firefighters, providing a way to increase staffing of the fire department and lessen strain between firefighters and their state overseers, officials said. The 3-year grant is expected to help hire about 25 firefighters to increase the number to about 200, Fire Chief Scott Evans said.
DOWNS: A fire engulfed the F & S Produce plant in Rosenhayn, Deerfield Twp., Sept. 17th. Flames consumed a large structure at the center of the property, causing a large mutual aid response.
UPS: Englewood will receive a SAFER grant worth $607,000 to hire and train four firefighters.
DOWNS: A Lakewood catering company, on East Eight St., was destroyed by a fire and forced evacuations of nearby homes, on Sept. 22nd.
UPS: In September, the Wildwood Fire Department dedicated a plaque to a fellow firefighter who died in the line-of-duty on September 23, 1952. The plaque, located at Rio Grande & Pacific Avenues, is dedicated to the memory of Fireman Charles Bonner.
DOWNS: A 2-alarm fire displaced 22 people from two dwellings on North Straight St., Paterson, on Sept. 22nd.
UPS: The Fort Lee Fire Department will receive $49,000 in AFG funds to purchase new breathing equipment.
DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire damaged two attached Skyline Dr. dwellings in Jersey City, Sept. 25th. One cat was rescued and received oxygen from EMTs.
UPS: The Princeton Fire Department Associate Member Program allows University employees to volunteer as firefighters during their work shifts, augmenting the municipal department during daytime hours. The program celebrated 10-years with a summer picnic. Fire Marshal Scott Loh said the program currently has 34 University volunteers. The department is now transitioning to a combination paid-volunteer department, but the University associates will remain part of the department, said Councilman and Fire Commissioner Tim Quinn.
DOWNS: A Galloway man was arrested on Sept. 25th for drunk driving after he crashed his vehicle into the woods off the White Horse Pike, police said. The vehicle was overturned in the woods. Firefighters from the Germania and Pomona fire companies extricated the driver from the car.
UPS: Upper Township's four volunteer fire companies have received $548,095,23 in AFG funds to purchase new equipment.
DOWNS: A pilot was rescued, uninjured, after his Cessna 172 aircraft crashed into tree tops as he tried to land in a remote area of Somerset County, not far from Central Jersey Regional Airport, Sept. 24th. The pilot was about 70-feet above ground. According to a news report, rescue personnel managed to free the pilot, hours after the crash. They rappelled HCTRF FF/EMT James Regan to the pilot, supplied him with a harness, and with the help of a pruning bucket, lowered him to the ground.
UPS: The Secaucus Fire Department will receive a federal grant worth $10,186 to obtain new gas monitors.
DOWNS: A firefighter sustained a knee injury, and was treated and released from a local hospital, as the result of a fire in an Easton Ave. smoke shop in New Brunswick, Sept. 30th. Deputy Chief Jorge Arriaga said a woman who was in the building was rescued from the second-floor roof.
UPS: In September, Wildwood Fire Chief Daniel Speigel and Captain Daniel Dunn were selected to attend the Firefighter Organization Culture of Safety seminar, in Chicago. According to a release, they represented one-of-twelve fire departments from throughout the country to attend.
DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire ripped through a Washington St. building housing a law office in Morristown, Sept. 30th.
UPS: A new firehouse in Frankford, Sussex County, is reported to be “in the final stages,” according to department President Mike Fox. Features include 6 bays, administrative offices and a small kitchen. The old firehouse, located across the street on Route 206, was built in 1948.
DOWNS: One man was killed and four others injured when a 2-alarm fire raced through a Summer Ave. dwelling, in Newark, Oct. 2nd. Two pets were also killed. A city spokesman said several people had been rescued by firefighters.
UPS: Newton's new Firehouse No. 2, on Woodside Ave., is planned to open in the fall. The previous firehouse, located on the same site, was demolished in 2018. It was built in 1970, according to Chief Scott Verkon.
DOWNS: A Bangs Ave. daycare center was evacuated and a firefighter injured after a fire started in another part of the commercial building in Asbury Park, Oct. 2nd. A report said 27 children were evacuated. In the 97-degree weather, one firefighter was taken to the hospital after “feeling weak,” Fire Chief Kevin Keddy said.
UPS: The West Orange Fire Department has been awarded $293,274.54 in AFG funds to replace 44 SCBA, 88 carbon-wrapped air cylinders and 88 face-pieces, which are outdated.
DOWNS: A Glen Rock firefighter fell through a kitchen floor hole to the basement of a Greenway Rd. dwelling, Oct. 2nd. There was a fire that started on the kitchen floor and was quickly extinguished. The member was “OK,” according to Fire Chief Mike Aguilar.
MEMO: The Union Beach Office of Emergency Management is looking for a used rescue truck to utilize, in this community that was hit hard by Super Storm Sandy. Their funds are low and they are hoping to receive a donated vehicle. You can contact OEM Coordinator John Perrone at 201-779-0362.