DOWNS: Nearly two dozen people were displaced after a 3-alarm fire occurred at 204 North St., Jersey City, Nov. 30th.
UPS: Work was recently completed on the Buck Street firehouse's Memorial Walkway in Millville. Eventually, the path will be covered with bricks engraved with the names of deceased members. Since June, 49 engraved bricks have been purchased by families and friends of former firefighters and installed as part of an Eagle Scout project. There is room for about 200 more engraved bricks, according to FF Terrance Fawcett.
DOWNS: A worker at an Amazon warehouse in Robbinsville was in critical condition and another 54 required treatment after they were exposed to bear repellent that discharged when a can was punctured by an automated machine, inside the building, Dec. 5th, officials said. The victims experienced difficulty breathing and burning in the eyes and throat. They were triaged by first responders outside of the building. Twenty-four workers were taken to five local hospitals, spokesman John Nalbone said. The critical worker was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.
UPS: The Millville Fire Department has dedicated the new Engine 36 to past Fire Chief Thomas Corson, who died in Jan., 1952, as the first Engine 36 was being delivered to the city. Fire Chief Michael Lippincott said Millville has a tradition of naming its vehicles after members. A dedication plaque will be affixed to the engine, he said.
DOWNS: One person died as the result of a 2-alarm fire in a seven-story OMD on Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, Dec. 5th.
UPS: South River recently opened a new two-story 21,388-square-foot fire headquarters building. It has three drive-through and two back-in bays.
DOWNS: Firefighters were rotated in and out of a 140-year-old home on Cedar St., Tuckerton, Dec. 6th, while they pulled apart plaster walls and ceilings to get to the electrical fire inside the walls, officials said.
UPS: Dan Whitehead was sworn in as a Morristown firefighters, in December. He became the third generation of his family to serve as a firefighter.
DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire involved apartments on the 17th and 18th floors of 2 Marine View Plaza, in Hoboken, Dec. 5th. One resident suffered from smoke inhalation. Jason Freeman, the mayor's chief of staff, credited the quick work by the Hoboken Fire Department in battling the fire.
UPS: In Hackensack, John Gargagliano and Mike Christensen have been promoted to deputy fire chief. Peter Greco was promoted to captain and Timothy Rice to lieutenant.
DOWNS: One Cranford resident died in a fire that destroyed a one-family home on Hillcrest Ave., Dec. 9th. Firefighters encountered heavy fire conditions when they arrived, officials said.
UPS: At a December council meeting, Wayne Firefighter John Kooreman, 92, received a Proclamation of Recognition for his 74-years of public service as a volunteer firefighter, with 59 of those years in Wayne. He still remains active with the department and as President of the Passaic County Firemen's Association.
DOWNS: A Toms River first aid squad captain was rescued from the basement of her burning East Rolling Hills Court home, in Toms River, and at least three pets were killed, Dec. 13th, officials said.
UPS: Spero Leakas and Anthony Riehl have been promoted to fire captain in Hackensack.
DOWNS: Natalie Dempsey, 21, a firefighter and vice president of the Mizpah Fire Company, was killed in a single-car crash, Dec. 25th, while responding to a call of a chimney fire in Hamilton Twp. Police say she apparently lost control of her vehicle, veered off the roadway and struck a guardrail. FF Dempsey had been training for a fitness test to join the police academy, officials said.
UPS: New fire lieutenants in Hackensack are Jeff Giarruasso, Jose Portacio and Aaron Hillard.
DOWNS: One person was found dead inside a Barn Swallow Blvd. home in Marlboro, Dec. 20th, after the home caught fire, officials said.
UPS: Rayna Latimer was appointed to the Roselle Fire Department in December.
DOWNS: A father handed his baby to a neighbor to save the child from a fire that tore through a row house on Cedar St., Camden, Dec. 19th.
UPS: The Point Pleasant F.D. received a $2,500 fire prevention grant from FM Global, in December. FM Global is one of the world's largest commercial property insurers.
DOWNS: A dwelling fire on North Ave., in Montvale Dec. 23rd, took the life of an elderly woman.
UPS: PSE&G worker Tyler Hanson, who is also a Rutherford volunteer firefighter, noticed smoke coming from a Union Ave. home in Passaic as he was driving to work, Dec. 31st. Just after 7 a.m., Hanson began pounding on the dwelling's door and woke up the residents. He placed a 9-1-1 call and removed all occupants, officials said. He also shut off the utilities to the house. The fire was contained to the second-floor.
DOWNS: Silverton Firefighter Mike Mooney was burned after a flash-over occurred while firefighters were searching for three residents in a 15th St. house fire in Toms River, Jan. 1st. FF Mooney was treated and released from a local hospital.
UPS: In January, the Ridgefield Park-Bogota Rotary Club donated 115 fire hydrant markers to the Bogota F.D. The funds come from the organization's annual Christmas tree sale, so they can do things for the communities in the area.
DOWNS: Four Trenton firefighters were injured battling a 3-alarm fire in a West State St. dwelling, Jan. 3rd. A man's body was found in the charred rubble on the 3rd floor, officials said. One tenant was rescued from a 2nd floor balcony, according to Fox 29 News. The building had been partitioned into apartments, making it an illegal rooming house, city officials said.
UPS: Mackenzie Dow has been appointed to the Cranford Fire Dept.
DOWNS: A tractor-trailer's elevated debris screen reportedly touched the electrical lines running along Smith St., in Vineland on Jan. 3rd, sparking an electrical issue inside the Holiday Inn, officials said. A fire broke out in the hotel's first-floor control room, Fire Chief Lou Tramontana said. One person was electrocuted and taken to Inspira Medical Center. Firefighters also extinguished fire involving the tractor-trailer in the hotel's South Delsea Dr. parking lot.
UPS: Ken Dehart has been promoted to fire lieutenant in Union.
DOWNS: A fast-moving fire damaged three dwellings along Central Ave., Ocean City, on Dec. 27th.
UPS: Kevin Burges has been promoted to battalion chief in Passaic.
DOWNS: Two people trapped on the roof of a burning Hillyer St. dwelling in Orange, Dec. 14th, were rescued and one firefighter was treated for minor burns, a city spokesman said.
UPS: Recently promoted to fire captain in Passaic were John Galarza and Michael Boudaher.
DOWNS: Police in Atlantic County say that a man's body was found inside a burning car that was parked near a Buffalo Wild Wings business in Hamilton Twp., in December. The man's cause of death and cause of the fire were not available.
UPS: New fire lieutenants in Passaic are Ryan Mauriber and Harry Morales.
DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire tore through the Governor's Point condominium complex in North Brunswick, Dec. 8th, leaving the 3-story structure uninhabitable.
UPS: New firefighters in Trenton are: O. Andino, C. Burnett, L. DeJusus, J. Gee, E. Johnson, Elvin Polanco, Efrain Polanco, M. Santiago, Robert Stout, Marquis Stout, F. Tulloch and L. Wallace.
DOWNS: Two people died in a dwelling fire on Kimble Pl., East Hanover, Jan. 4th. “Enormous” flames engulfed the house, according to a local police officer.
UPS: The Wayne Township Volunteer EMS Squad is celebrating 75-years of service.
DOWNS: Four people, including a firefighter, were injured during a dwelling fire on Grand St., Camden, Jan. 7th. Firefighters rescued several residents. One had burns over 50-percent of his body, officials said.
UPS: In January, Captain Gary Mullay received an award for 50-years of service with the Paramus Fire Department.
DOWNS: Three homes were involved in a 3-alarm fire on Highfield Ave., in Aberdeen Twp., Jan. 10th. One homeowner was injured, officials said.