New Jersey News

Friday, June 14, 2019

Sea Isle City: Rash of fires puts spotlight on decline in volunteer firefighters

After a rash of devastating fires over the past year, including one that claimed the life of an 89-year-old woman, some city residents are calling for a career company to take over the local volunteer fire department. But the city is standing behind its crew, arguing a career department isn’t necessary with mutual aid agreements already in place. The city is also reviewing its building codes and other ways to mitigate the disastrous effects of structure fires in the densely developed seaside resort. “Departments nationwide are trying everything they can to recruit and retain volunteers, and it’s just a never-ending battle that isn’t getting won,” Cape May County Fire Marshal Connie Johnson said. “Here, our numbers have been declining, as far as going through the academy. Our last class was 18. Back in the day, 20 years ago, I can remember having three dozen in a class.”
Press of Atlantic City - Metered Site

EMTs honored by Princeton officials

When there is a medical emergency, every second counts – and Princeton residents have learned that they can rely on the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad’s emergency medical technicians to come to their aid. That’s why Princeton Council honored the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad’s top three responding emergency medical technicians – all volunteers – at its June 10 meeting. “Nine times a day, the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad responds to calls,” Councilman Tim Quinn said. Do the math and that’s more than 3,000 calls for help every year – and they arrive in about 5 minutes after getting the call, he said. Of those 3,000-plus calls, top responder Lana Musa handled more than 400 calls for help, and Elizabeth Blizzard went out on more than 350 calls. Neil Havkin responded to more than 200 calls to help people, said Mark Freda, president of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad. “They put in a lot of hours,” Freda said.

Paterson Fire Department to be featured on A&E’s ’Live Rescue’

Paterson's fire department will be featured on "Live Rescue," a new A&E show that follows police and fire departments and EMT squads as they respond to calls. The city council adopted a resolution June 11 that allows them to enter into an agreement with Big Fish Entertainment LLC, which will begin filming episodes June 14 in Paterson. "This will give us the opportunity to show the world one of the finest fire departments on the planet," Mayor Andre Sayegh said. Sayegh said the fire department helped talk down a man off a windowsill this past week and last year, a fire captain rappelled down the Great Falls to save a dog that was stuck. Other departments featured on the show include Mesa, Arizona; St. Louis, Missouri; and Sacramento, California. The show also has filmed in Bayonne. Jerry Speziale, public safety director for the city, said crews will film Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and the show will air Mondays. Speziale said he will be out there overnight while episodes are being filmed.
North (Bergen County Record & Herald News)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Early morning fire destroys business in Monmouth County

At least one business has been destroyed following an early morning fire in Howell Township. The fire happened around 2 a.m. on Squankum-Yellowbrook Road in the Adelphia section of town. Firefighters responded to flames pouring from the roof of the building. According to the fire chief, the building used to be a chicken coop at one point that turned into several businesses, including an auto-body shop. The building houses five different auto-related business, and at least one was destroyed. After the roof collapsed and the flames were controlled, heavy equipment was brought in to safely take down part of the structure and also remove materials from inside including vehicles. Office of Emergency Management officials are making sure everything is contained.
News 12 New Jersey

Man Dead, Woman & Children Hospitalized In Bernardsville Carbon Monoxide Incident

One person is dead and three others have been rushed to the hospital following a carbon monoxide incident in New Jersey. First responders were called around 5:40 a.m. Thursday to a home on Chestnut Avenue in Bernardsville. They found a 59-year-old man dead inside. Neighbors identified him as Olumide Emuleomo. His wife, identified as 51-year-old Uchente Emuleomo, was taken to the hospital to be treated for possible carbon monoxide poisoning. As were a 10-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl.
CBS New York

Passaic County woman, 82, dies after losing control of her car, crashing into concrete median, cops say

An 82-year-old Passaic County woman died Wednesday after the car she was driving crashed into a concrete median, authorities said. Mei-Lien Young of Wayne lost control of her car and crashed about 8:30 a.m. in the area of Hamburg Turnpike and Valley Road in Wayne, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. Young was alone in the car and there were no other vehicles involved in the crash, investigators said. Police said she was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, where she died about 3:20 p.m.

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