DOWNS: A parking deck at a North Bergen shopping plaza partially collapsed as the result of a dump truck that broke through the upper level due to its weight. There were no injuries at the 8101 Tonnelle Avenue location, officials said. The truck fell through the hole with the cab facing upward in a common area where no cars were parked at the time. Crews from PSE&G, Suez, North Bergen police and North Hudson fire crews operated at the scene all afternoon.
UPS: A new firehouse is being built on the old site of Ventnor Heights Station 2, in Ventnor. The city awarded a $3.1 million contract to have the structure built.
DOWNS: More than two dozen third-graders at Jersey City's School 15 were exposed to pepper spray and were treated at local hospitals, May 22nd. An 8-year-old girl who had a small pepper spray container on her keychain accidentally sprayed it, according to Public Safety Director James Shea. He added that up to 45 students were potentially affected to various degrees. The fire department's haz-mat unit operated at the scene.
UPS: In May, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce named Deputy Chief Fred Kingston Firefighter of the Year for his dedication to the community.
DOWNS: Fire damaged a Hutter St. home in Saddle Brook, May 14th. A woman and her cat were removed to safety by police, officials said. Fire Chief Chris Sloma said the cause is under investigation, but suspects the 2-alarm fire was gas-fed.
UPS: Recently, the Montclair F.D. donated old PPE to the 911 Fund which gets this equipment to fire departments in countries that are less fortunate and unable to acquire new gear.
DOWNS: A 22-year-old woman died following a May 16th fire in a Grove St. dwelling in North Plainfield, officials said. Another resident was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and non-life-threatening burns to the back of his neck.
UPS: Newly promoted battalion chiefs in Trenton are Mark Augustin and David Rosen.
DOWNS: A multi-alarm fire in South Dennis was fought with the use of a tanker relay operation, due to the lack of fire hydrants near the Dennisville one-story dwelling, on May 18th.
UPS: New fire captains in Trenton are: Juan Rivera, Robert Bland, Robert Buzzetta, Elwood Benner, John Snee, Frank Fanning III, Wayne Wolk, Mark Palumbo, Ryan Aquilino, Hiram Santiage and Domenick Stillitano.
DOWNS: Paterson firefighters used extrication tools on an expensive Ferrari 488 Spider after it collided with a pole at Pearl & Carroll Streets, May 18th. The $300,000 vehicle had to be cut open in order to rescue the driver. It was believed the driver lost control of the vehicle at a high speed, resulting in the crash, officials said.
UPS: A group of some 30 students volunteered to put a new coat of paint on fire hydrants in Bloomfield during a May weekend.
DOWNS: A Hackettstown police officer and firefighter were injured as the result of a fire that left two Route 57 homes uninhabitable. The police officer suffered from smoke inhalation and a firefighter suffered a minor injury that was treated at Hackettstown Medical Center, according to Sgt. Darren Tynan.
UPS: Newly promoted EMS chiefs in Trenton are Kirk Everett and Jason Machusak.
DOWNS: Three firefighters were rescued from inside a burning Camden County dwelling on Fairway Ave., Lawnside, May 26th. Officials said the stairway partially collapsed when the three were headed to the seat of the fire in the basement. One firefighter managed to pull the other two members to safety. There were no reports of injuries.
UPS: Newly promoted EMS captains in Trenton are: Grady Griffin, Benjamin Tredrea, Joshus Diamond and Michael Weeks.
DOWNS: An SUV caught fire in the driveway of a Central Ave. home in Sea Isle City, May 23rd, and the flames quickly spread to the garage and then to the home, officials said. The home was destroyed.
UPS: The Adelphia Fire Company recently received a donation of three pet oxygen mask kits from Canine Company.
DOWNS: A resident of an Island View Ct. OMD, in Bayonne, was taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center and treated for smoke inhalation and burns as the result of a 2-alarm fire, May 25th. “They (firefighters) were able to extinguish the fire quickly and ensure that numerous occupants of the 18-unit building were safely evacuated,” said acting Fire Chief William Bartos.
UPS: David Parker has been promoted to fire chief for the Picatinny Arsenal Fire & Emergency Services.
DOWNS: Lightning caused a house fire on Galloping Hill Rd., Holmdel, on May 29th, officials said.
UPS: In May, Sal Barraco was promoted to deputy fire chief in Elizabeth. Dale Arthur is the new battalion chief. Promoted to captain were Giovanni Cerullo and Patrick Wirkus.
DOWNS: One firefighter suffered a minor injury as the result of a dwelling fire on Hopping Rd. in the Belford section of Middletown Twp., May 27th.
UPS: Paterson firefighters are used to battling fires in vacant buildings where they have fought previous fires. “It's the norm,” said Fire Chief Brian McDermott. City officials are trying to address the problem by using about $730,000 in federal housing funds to buy construction equipment that city employees will use to demolish unsafe, vacant and abandoned structures. The federal government has worked out an arrangement that will allow Paterson to buy the equipment with federal money. The US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) declared that the city would be permitted to acquire “construction equipment that can be used for demolition of unsafe structures,” according to a resolution pending before the City Council.
DOWNS: A fire that destroyed an abandoned house at North Church Rd. & Park Dr., in Hardyston, June 1st, was considered suspicious, Sussex County Fire Marshal Virgil Rome said.
UPS: Firefighters rescued a man who somehow got stranded on the Newton Creek dam in Oaklyn, June 4th. Firefighters used a rope and a ladder to hoist the man to safety. Firefighters from Mount Ephraim, Audubon Park and West Collingswood Heights assisted.
DOWNS: A 59-year-old man died and three others were taken to the hospital following a carbon monoxide incident at a Chestnut Ave. home in Bernardsville, June 13th.
UPS: Newly promoted deputy fire chiefs in Paterson are Luis Cruz, John Bradle and Matthew Hyman.
DOWNS: At least one business was destroyed as the result of a fire in a structure that contains five different auto-related establishments, on Squankum-Yellowbrook Rd., in the Aldelphia section of Howell twp., June 13th.
UPS: Recently promoted to battalion chief in Paterson were Joseph Henderson, Jose Molina, Michael Trommelen and Michael Cleenput.
DOWNS: A man set fire to his Pemberton home and stabbed his brother after an argument, June 8th, authorities said. The actor was charged with aggravated arson, aggravated assault and weapons offenses.
UPS: New fire captains in Paterson are: Ryan Higgins, Michael Hascup, Leonardo Acosta, Tyshawn Hawkins, Thomas Gander, Anthony Selby, John Howe and Robert Tierney.
DOWNS: Authorities said a poll worker arriving to work for the June 4th primary election drove her car through a Totowa firehouse that was being used as a polling site. Shortly after 5 a.m., the poll worker reportedly pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake as she pulled into the lot of Rescue 4's quarters. The vehicle surged forward, crashing through the wall of the building. The accident left a large hole on the side of the structure. Cinder blocks and cement dust were strewn around the building, but poll workers sat at their stations during the election. In true New Jersey fashion, the polling station continued to function and everyone had their chance to vote-at least once!