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Thursday, December 1, 2022

State lawmakers want to require training to help first responders fight electric vehicle fires

When a veteran correctional officer crashed his electric car in May, it took firefighters an hour and a half and 30,000 gallons of water to douse the blaze. That was too late for Daniel Sincavage, who died when he got trapped in his burning Tesla after it veered off the road and hit trees as he drove between facilities at Southern State Correctional Facility in Cumberland County. Now, several state lawmakers want to make sure firefighters and other first responders are better armed to fight fires that ignite in electric vehicles, which require specialized training and gear to extinguish because their lithium-ion batteries burn hotter and longer than gasoline engines. One bill would require firefighters and emergency medical technicians in New Jersey to be trained on the risks of electric vehicle fires and how to safely and effectively put them out.
New Jersey Monitor

State Police: Fire Engulfs Tractor-Trailer In Mahwah

A tractor-trailer registered to a Canadian trucking company caught fire and became engulfed in flames Tuesday afternoon in Mahwah, New Jersey State Police Sgt. Alejandro Goez said. The semi-truck, registered to Guru Nanak Transport, was parked on the shoulder of Route 287 when the fire started around 3:35 p.m., Goez said. As of Wednesday afternoon, the cause of the fire is still under investigation, police said. No injuries were reported, police said. The center and right lanes were closed and reopened just before 5 p.m., police said.
Mahwah Patch

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Deputy Chief Constance Zappella of the Jersey City Fire Department makes history

A woman in Jersey City's fire department is making history in New Jersey. Former battalion chief Constance Zappella was promoted to deputy chief, making her the first female deputy chief in the JCFD. Mayor Steven Fulop says Zappella is also the first and only female deputy chief serving in a fire department in the state, making her New Jersey's highest-ranking professional female fire officer. "I am no longer the young girl who sought to change a century of outdated tradition. I am now humbled and honored to serve as the highest-ranking professional female fire officer in the state and city where I was born and raised," Zappella said in a statement. "The difference between my success and failure is the network of people I built who supported me throughout my journey."
WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York

Grant Money Funds New Equipment For Long Valley Fire Department

The Long Valley Fire Company was one of the recent recipients of a state grant totaling $10 million, which was distributed to 293 fire departments across the state. As part of the American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant program, the Long Valley Fire Company will receive a $28,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The program was created to ensure that firefighters have adequate protective, cleaning and sanitization equipment during this time of increased community need. “Equipping our firefighters with the proper gear is crucial to allowing them to safely and successfully do their jobs,” Governor Murphy said. “The health and safety of our essential workers is of the utmost importance to this Administration. I am grateful to DCA for recognizing these departments’ needs and awarding funding to provide this equipment.”
Long Valley Patch

Massive Tow Truck Fire Backs Up Route 80 In Morris County

A car caught fire on a tow truck on Route 80 Tuesday afternoon, shutting down several lanes in Morris County and snarling traffic as crews responded, authorities said. The car caught fire on a flatbed in the westbound lanes near milepost 28 in Roxbury Township around 1:40 p.m., NJSP Trooper Charles Marchan told Delays of 15 to 20 minutes were reported east of exit 30 to Howard Blvd. in Mount Arlington to west of exit 28 to CR 631/US 46 in Roxbury Township. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was unknown, Marchan said.
Ridgewood Daily Voice

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