DOWNS: A King George Rd. dwelling in Pennington was heavily damaged by a fire, Oct. 30th. The house was fully involved when units arrived. Several people were injured. A person working at the home for a contracting company was taken to a local hospital and treated and released, officials said.
UPS: Michael Weber has been promoted to fire chief in Maplewood.
DOWNS: A Hanover woman has been charged with arson for starting a car fire in her home's garage, in Oct., according to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. The investigation concluded that the fire was started by the woman in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The home and other residential units were damaged by the fire. The woman made statements at the scene taking responsibility for the fire, the prosecutor's office said. Her husband sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
UPS: In Teaneck, John Annillo has been promoted to fire lieutenant. Brendan Smith is the township's new firefighter.
DOWNS: Nearly 50 firefighters from 5 companies responded to a dwelling fire on Franklin Ave. in the Leonardo section of Middletown Twp., Nov. 4th.
UPS: Hoboken firefighters saved a man's life when they pulled him from the Hudson River, Nov. 6th. Using their fire boat, firefighters found the man north of Pier C in the water, in a semi-conscious state. Captain Ronald Richards and Firefighters Nicola Ratto and Colin Nisbet used a ground ladder and life ring to rescue the victim, according to officials.
DOWNS: On a training walk with a dog, a seeing-eye instructor spotted a fire on Maple Ave., in Morristown on Nov. 4th. The fire was believed to have started in a recycling bin in an alley between a law office and an apartment building, Chief Robert Flanagan said. Julie Siragusa spotted the fire at the bin on the side of the house. “From the time I saw it to the time I called, maybe 15 seconds, the whole house was on fire,” she said. Siragusa joined her training partner and another woman knocking on doors to alert residents of the fire at 6-10 Maple Ave. Chief Flanagan said the fire made its way “up the side of the entire structure” into a third-floor apartment. The fire extended into the attic and “the whole length of the building.” The law office building sustained exterior damage to one side, he said.
UPS: New firefighters in Springfield are Ronald Werner and Austin Bucossi.
DOWNS: Two people were killed after a fire consumed a home on Sheridan St., in Jamesburg, Nov. 6th.
UPS: New firefighters in Maplewood are Khaleel Thomas, Alexander Chamberlin, Anthony Pafumi and Patrick Murray III.
DOWNS: A man armed with knives barricaded himself in an apartment on Chestnut Ave. in Teaneck, Nov. 4th, before setting it on fire, authorities said. He was tasered by police and taken to Holy Name MC for evaluation. The man was charged with multiple crimes, according to a police statement.
UPS: Mike Vogal has been promoted to deputy fire chief in Linden. New captains are Jason Lozzi and Robert Clark. Kevin Schulhafer was promoted to lieutenant.
DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire tore through a multi-family dwelling on Westfield Ave. in Elizabeth, Nov. 6th, displacing 20 residents. Several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution as flames and a heavy column of smoke consumed the building. Officials said the fire started in the back of the dwelling and spread up to the roof.
UPS: Jorge Arriaga has been promoted to deputy fire chief in New Brunswick.
DOWNS: A fire believed to have started in an attached garage spread to a Scenic Hills home in Blairstown, Nov. 4th. Two adults escaped but two cats remained missing, officials said. A third cat was rescued from the burning building by Knowltown Fire Chief Mike Mulligan.
UPS: New fire captains in New Brunswick are Chris Stellatella, Michael DeLutio and Collin Thomas.
DOWNS: A woman sustained burn injuries in a fire that involved a ranch-style home on Westbrook Lane in Hampton, Nov. 5th. The home's five occupants were able to escape.
UPS: Promoted to the rank of fire lieutenant in New Brunswick, recently, were Rusty Litterer and Nick Recine.
DOWNS: Two people were killed when a car crashed into the second story of a Toms River business on Hooper Ave., Nov. 10th. Officials said a red Porsche was traveling at a high rate of speed when it lost control, hit a center median and went airborne across lanes of traffic and into the second story.
UPS: On Nov. 7th, Englewood's 1911 Engine 1 returned to the city's firehouse. It was donated back from the family that had been storing it for years. Hopefully, restoration of the first motorized apparatus will begin soon.
DOWNS: A firefighter and a police officer were injured in a 3-alarm fire that involved a Washington St. apartment building in Bloomfield, Nov. 7th. Officials said a police officer was treated for smoke inhalation and a firefighter suffered an electrical shock, and he was treated at the scene.
UPS: In November, Enrique Vazquez was promoted to fire captain in Jersey City.
DOWNS: A fire that started in the garage area of a township firefighter's Jeans Court home extended to the house, leaving it a complete loss, on Nov. 13th. According to Elwood Volunteer Fire Company Chief Anthony Tomasco, there was no water source at the scene so tankers were called in to assist.
UPS: In November, the Lakewood Board of Fire Commissioners announced that the fire district will be hiring 16 additional career firefighters over the next two fiscal years. Eventually, there will be a total of 32 career firefighters. They will compliment the district's volunteer firefighting force of 70 active members.
DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire involved a Neptune Ave. dwelling in Jersey City, Nov. 13th, and spread to three other homes, officials said. Two arriving police officers attempted to enter the home to alert occupants, but they were forced out by heavy smoke. They were treated for smoke inhalation.
UPS: Monroe Twp. Fire District 3 broke grounds for its new firehouse on Schoolhouse Rd., Nov. 12th. The new 13,000-square-foot, one-story building will possess four bays. It will include space for EMS.
DOWNS: A wind-driven fire destroyed a waterfront mansion on the Delaware Bay in the Villas section of Cape May County, Nov. 12th. The house is listed at more then 3,300-square-feet, according to property records.
UPS: A woman and her baby were rescued by Passaic firefighters during an apartment fire on Henry St., Nov. 14th. The fire broke out on the second-floor and arriving firefighters received reports of a mother and child trapped on the third-floor. There was a heavy smoke condition showing. A firefighter was able to make his way to their apartment and bring the two through the stairwell, past the fire, and out to the street, according to Chief of Department Patrick Trentacost. The firefighter covered the pair with a blanket to protect them. Both were examined by EMTs at the scene and declined to be taken to the hospital, against advice of emergency personnel, the chief added.
DOWNS: A 26-year-old special needs man was killed as the result of a fire at a McCandless St. apartment in Linden, Nov. 18th. Arriving units found heavy fire and smoke on the 2nd floor, officials said.
UPS: Members of Hasbrouck Heights Pack 17 Webelos learned the basics of providing first aid to an injured person from Hackensack Fire Lt. Michael Thomasey, in November. Eight boys attended the session. Lt. Thomasey is a father to one of the scouts. The group learned first responder skills, which is required for their Webelos rank.
DOWNS: A 2-alarm fire raced through a Franklin Ave. home in Pequannock, Nov. 19th. All occupants and pets escaped the home and there were no injuries, officials said.
UPS: On Nov. 23rd, Pequannock Fire Co. 2 members along with local officials, family and friends attended a ceremony in front of the firehouse. A portion of Oak Ave. was dedicated in the name of late Fire Chief Edwin Verhage. He was a member of Company 2 for 65-years and he served as chief for 20-years.
DOWNS: During a three-hour broadcast of A&E's “Live Rescue,” Paterson firefighters battled a 4-alarm fire on Rosa Parks Blvd., that was broadcast on national television. Flames spread to an adjacent building and left about 15 people displaced, officials said.
UPS: FDNY EMT Liam Glinane, also a member of West Milford Co. 4, was released from Mount Sinai Hospital, Manhattan, Nov. 27th. He suffered a stroke while on duty. FDNY and West Milford members attended the hospital walkout. EMT Glinane was escorted by Lt. Raymond Wang, who was discharged on Oct. 30th after suffering a separate life-threatening medical emergency when responding to provide medical care to EMT Glinane. “Today I consider this our new FDNY Thanksgiving,” said Chief of EMS Lillian Bonsignore. “We almost lost two of our heroes, people who have spent their lives dedicated to other people, and today that was given back to them.”
DOWNS: Answering an alarm at an apartment building near Claremont & North Fullerton Ave.'s, Nov. 23rd, Montclair firefighters found flames coming out of the balcony areas of all four floors, in the rear of the structure. Firefighters used ground ladders to rescue several occupants from the fire escapes, authorities said.
UPS: Members of the New Milford Fire Department participated in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as handlers for the Smokey the Bear balloon, Nov. 28th.
DOWNS: A fire that officials believe began in the duct work above a stove, damaged Albert's Cafe Amici on Sycamore Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus, Nov. 21st.