New Jersey News

Friday, March 23, 2018

Ewing swears in over a dozen new career firefighters

Ewing Township, which has been building a 24/7 career fire department since late last year, swore in 14 new firefighters during a ceremony at the municipal department this week. The new-to-Ewing firefighters bring the town's career force to 23. They operate from all three Ewing firehouses, and the department is based at what's now known as Station 30 on Pennington Road - the former Pennington Road volunteer company. Many of the 14 were already firefighters, either career elsewhere or volunteers, and possess the qualification to go on fire calls immediately, and most have a number of advanced skills and technical training, Ewing Mayor Bert Steinmann said.
Trenton Times

Former Paterson fire captain gets $270,000 in retaliation lawsuit

Former fire captain Carl E. Larson, who filed a lawsuit alleging fire officials retaliated against him by forcing him to retire for receiving a large workers’ compensation payout, is getting $270,000 in settlement money, according to municipal records. Larson’s initial lawsuit was dismissed in the New Jersey Superior Court. He claimed retaliation and age discrimination. He filed an appeal and won a partial victory. Some of the counts were dismissed, but others were not. Council members approved the settlement in a 6-0 vote on Tuesday night. The city’s chief attorney Domenick Stampone said the entire settlement amount is being covered by a municipal insurance policy with ACE/Chubb.
Paterson Times

2 Families Displaced Followed Summit Apartment Fire

Two families have been displaced after a fire broke out at a Summit apartment building on Thursday night. The fire was reported at 10:27 p.m. at the 37-family unit building on 20 Constantine Place. The fire was located in a crawl space in the basement, according to Fire Chief Eric Evers. "Initially, Summit firefighters had difficult accessing the fire due to limited means of egress," explains Evers. "Once crews were able to gain access, they were able to confine the fire to the point of origin. There were no reported injuries to residents or responding firefighters." The fire was declared under control at 11:37 p.m.

She wanted to be a Carteret firefighter; Sexual harassment derailed her dream

Inspired by the heroism of the rescue workers who responded when the planes hit the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, Kerry Ann Mansueto set out 15 years ago to become the first female career firefighter in Carteret. When the terrorists attacked, Mansueto was attending a meeting at the World Trade Center as a marketing director contracted with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She escaped, but several of her colleagues died. But she says her dream quickly became a nightmare: Seven years of relentless harassment and hostility from male colleagues in a Carteret firehouse. Unwanted sexual advances. A texted photo of male genitalia. And then something even more alarming -- a firecall in 2010 when, she says, her fellow crewmen abandoned her in a burning building.

Kitchen fire damages Domenico’s Pizza Place in Rockaway Township

A fire caused "substantial damage" to Domenico's Pizza Place, shutting it down temporarily. “The damage was mainly in the kitchen area,” said Fire Chief Michael Heath. “That got heavy damage. But the rest of the restaurant did not sustain too much fire damage, just some water damage and smoke damage.” The fire, reported Wednesday night at 11:53 p.m., was extinguished within 25 minutes. No injuries were reported, said Heath. It started off as a smoke alarm, then upgraded to a structure fire following a call from a witness, Heath said.
Morris County Daily Record

Union County: Firefighters help deliver baby girl in car during I-78 traffic jam

Traffic was jammed Tuesday morning on Route 78 in Union County. It was, after all, rush hour in New Jersey and commuters know the drill all too well. But Anuj and Vandhana Desai were running out of time. Vendhana was in labor what should have been an hour drive from Hoboken to Morristown Memorial Hospital suddenly came to stop. Anuj Desai pulled onto the shoulder of Route 78 and called 911. Police arrived and started to escort the couple through the traffic, but their soon-to-be newborn daughter had other plans. "As soon as we were in the right lane starting to go, my wife said 'it's coming now,' and we were back on the shoulder of the road," Desai said.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Blocked fire tower view in Bass River State Forest fuels controversy

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service readily admits it can’t see the forest for the trees. Literally. Even when fire spotters climb to the top of the 80-foot Bass River State Forest fire tower, their view is blocked on three sides by nearby pines that have grown to the tower’s height. The tower oversees an area of about 50,000 residents — mostly to the east — in places like Little Egg Harbor Township, Tuckerton, Bass River and Eagleswood Township. That’s why the state has a plan to clear-cut about 19 acres of white pine and other conifers that are causing the problem, said Forest Fire Service Chief Greg McLaughlin, as he showed a reporter and photographer the view from the tower.
Press of Atlantic City

4-alarm fire burns at waste treatment center in North Bergen

Firefighters faced icy and windy conditions while battling a four-alarm fire at a wastewater treatment plant on Wednesday morning. The North Bergen Municipal Utilities Authority facility at 7117 River Road is undergoing renovations and it appears workers at the site accidentally ignited the blaze with torches, North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Chief Frank Montagne said. Workers initially tried to extinguish the fire themselves but soon called the fire department, Montagne said. Because of hazardous materials inside the building, hazmat units from Jersey City and Bayonne were called to the scene out of precaution. The fire, which started sometime around 9 a.m., was mostly under control by around noon.

Firefighters commended for quick response to propane truck fire in Hamburg

A coordinated effort by the Hamburg and Franklin fire departments to douse a fire in the cab of a full propane truck avoided what "could have been a devastating day for Hamburg," a fire official said. The fire in the cab of the propane truck parked at Ferrellgas on Wallkill Avenue was reported at 3:48 p.m. Tuesday. Fire Chief Richard Padgett Jr. heard the fire call as he was traveling on his way home from work and went directly to the scene, said Assistant Fire Chief Charles Kazella. Padgett immediately called for assistance from the Franklin and Hardyston fire departments, he said. The burning truck, holding 2,400 gallons of propane, was parked in the yard of the propane gas company, about 100 feet from three main tanks that contained propane. Each of the main tanks holds 30,000 gallons of propane, said Sussex County Fire Marshal Virgil Rome. The truck was also close to 50 to 100 portable tanks, but Rome said those were empty. There was no one in the truck when it caught fire.
New Jersey Herald

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