Things to start doing when you’re nearly 80: Fighting fires? Meet New Jersey Fire Academy’s most recent graduate

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  • Published: 06/25/2019 12:00 AM

PHOTOS: Bob Halberstadt turns 79 on the Fourth of July. He’ll be nearly two weeks past graduation by that point. And Blairstown Hose Company No. 1 Chief Calvin Inscho figures Halberstadt will have changed his mind by then. Not about becoming a volunteer firefighter. He achieved that on Saturday when he received his New Jersey state Firefighter 1 certification from the Warren County Fire Academy and he has no plans to step away from his newest challenge. No, Inscho said, it’s a pledge that Halberstadt made before beginning his 200 hours of often physically taxing training in February in Franklin Township. “He doesn’t want to be an interior firefighter unless needed,” Inschol said. Halberstadt stunned those at the fire academy with his drive and ability as great or greater than recruits far younger than him. He was honored Saturday with the outstanding recruit award. “He will have skills to do whatever he needs to do as a firefighter,” Inschol said.


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