DOWNS: One man was killed and another injured, Feb. 28th, as the result of a dwelling fire on Livingston Ave., in Edison.
UPS: Effective March 29th, Newark reorganized the First Battalion. The battalion includes Engine Co.'s 6, 7, 11, 26 and Ladder Co.'s 11 and 12.
DOWNS: A fire at a Fairmount Ave. dwelling in Newark, Feb. 28th, left 12 people homeless and sent six to the hospital for smoke inhalation, authorities said.
UPS: Robert Whitehead has been promoted to deputy fire chief in Morristown. New captains are Nick Prizzi, Greg Bleckicki and Philip Barter.
DOWNS: A family of four escaped an early morning fire that destroyed their Windermere Dr. home in Moorestown, Feb. 28th.
UPS: In February, Camden honored city firefighters for their acts of bravery. This included: Battalion Chief Frank Sandrock; Captains Chris Baker, Ed Stratton; plus Firefighters Milike Winthers, Michael Mercado, Levaris Perdomo, John Broadwater and Orlando Chandler. Cooper University EMS personnel who went above and beyond the call of duty were also honored.
DOWNS: A 26-year-old Linden woman was listed in critical condition after she was severely burned, March 3rd, in a fire in a four-family home on Brunswick Ave., Linden. First responders pulled residents out of the building, including two victims who were removed through the roof area, according to Linden police.
UPS: The Bayonne Fire Department has acquired 24 new thermal imaging cameras, making it the first municipal fire department in the state to supply every on duty member, according to Chief Keith Weaver. Every active firefighter prepared to go into fire conditions will now be equipped with a TIC.
DOWNS: Officials are investigating the suspicious death of a man who was burned alive in the back of his SUV in Trenton's East Ward, on March 5th.
UPS: Teachers at Wildwood High School will receive training on bleeding control as part of a new initiative from the fire department. This program was developed in response to the rising number of active shooter incidents and mass casualty events.
DOWNS: Twelve families were displaced after a 3-alarm fire involved two Wilkerson Ave. dwellings in Jersey City, Feb. 20th.
UPS: Satellites orbiting Earth will soon help determine where the biggest forest fire risks are located in the state's 1.1 million-acre Pinelands National Reserve. The Pinelands Commission is working with NASA to study the forest cover. The hope is to spot where fires are likely to start.
DOWNS: Three Jersey City families were displaced, Feb. 16th, when a 3-alarm fire involved a Neptune Ave. dwelling. Firefighters had trouble extinguishing the fire in the two-story dwelling due to hoarding conditions, officials said.
UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in Morristown are: David Barter, Marshal Babington, John Rickershauser, Jesus Castano, Thomas Dennehy, William Hoferer and Peter Dwyer.
DOWNS: Multiple fire companies battled a fire in a Shore Ave. dwelling in Ship Bottom, March 7th, after lightning reportedly struck the house, officials said.
UPS: Newly promoted battalion chiefs in Newark are: Steven Anderson, Manuel Gonzalez, Donald Meier and Thomas Sablom.
DOWNS: A 40-year-old man died after police said he attempted to navigate around cones warning motorists of a downed live wire on Summit Ave., Franklin Lakes, March 8th. The victim died after the vehicle he was in caught fire.
UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Newark are: Michael Bellina, Dionisio Bras, Jose Cintron, Jayson Danker, David Mickel, Carl Pinal Jr., Kyle Richardson and Thomas Shea.
DOWNS: A fast-moving fire on Cross St., Lakewood, involved a small business complex, March 7th.
UPS: Richard Fretz has been promoted to fire captain in Union. Mike Davitt is the new lieutenant.
DOWNS: A woman was killed when a fire raced through a West Greenbush Rd. home in Bass River, on March 10th, state police said.
UPS: During the March 7th nor'easter, Bayonne firefighters used a defibrillator to resuscitate a man who collapsed from a heart attack, on Broadway, while shoveling snow, Fire Chief Keith Weaver said.
DOWNS: A 3-alarm dwelling fire on Eutaw Ave. in Camden, March 14th, spread to neighboring row-homes. No injuries were reported.
UPS: Bayonne firefighters rescued several people from an East 21st St. home, March 9th, when a small fire blocked the home's exit route, officials said. Two people were rescued from the first-floor of the two-family dwelling and four from the second-floor, including a child who was brought out of a front window by ladder, Chief Keith Weraver said. Arriving firefighters found smoke and a small fire in the stairway between the first and second-floors that blocked the way out for people inside. Five were taken to BMC for treatment of minor injuries and smoke inhalation, the chief said.
DOWNS: A fire that destroyed Bill's Service Center on Route 46, Washington Twp., March 15th, as well as four parked cars, has been labeled “suspicious” by investigators.
UPS: Wildwood firefighters helped rescue a man from the bay off Rio Grande Ave., March 15th. A worker was stuck in the waist-deep mud off a dock near the Boathouse Restaurant. Firefighters used dry suits and entered the bay to secure the victim with a rope and dig him out of the mud, Chief Daniel Speigel reported. The man was evaluated by EMS at the scene and no injuries were reported.
DOWNS: A fire in a Warwick Ave. dwelling in South Orange, March 18th, took the life of the 61-year-old homeowner, officials said. Firefighters found the man unresponsive on the first-floor. He was later pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Medical Center.
UPS: When a Secaucus woman noticed her neighbor had collapsed on the slope of his driveway, after shoveling snow, she spotted a tower ladder parked a block away and ran over for help. Captain Marcial Pivano and Firefighters Stan Rosalsky and Dave Greyer ran over to assist. Gueyer took the rig's defibrillator. They pulled the man onto a dry flat surface under his porch and performed CPR and used the AED. The victim started to breathe on his own. A man driving a pickup truck equipped with a snow plow moved snow for an ambulance to gain access and then took the victim to the hospital, on March 7th.
DOWNS: Hamburg and Franklin firefighters responded to a fire involving the cab of a truck that was holding 2,400-gallons of propane, March 20th. The truck was parked at Ferrell Gas on Wallkill Ave., Hamburg. It was in the yard of the propane gas company, about 100-feet from three main tanks that contained propane, officials said. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire in the cab of the rig.
UPS: In Ocean City, Stephen Costantino and Vito Di Marco have been promoted to deputy fire chief. New captains are Patrick Flynn, Bernard Walker, Christopher Vliet, Raymond Clark, John Quigley, Paul Blankley and Richard Bickmore. Newly appointed firefighters are Sean Kruger, Ryan Stamm, Eric Masters, William Lombard and William Tomlinson.
DOWNS: A fire destroyed a home on Maxim Drive in the Byram Cove area of Lake Hopatcong, March 21st. The dwelling was fully involved when firefighters arrived. No one was home.
UPS: Springfield firefighters assisted a woman in labor in an auto on Route 78, March 20th. Fire Captain Michael Mastroeni coached the woman through the delivery. When the umbilical cord became wrapped around the baby's neck, he safely helped correct the situation prior to delivery, officials said. With the arrival of the 6-pound girl, Chief Carlo Palumbo clamped and cut the umbilical cord. It was his second emergency delivery.
DOWNS: Two families were displaced after a fire broke out in an apartment building on Constantine Pl., Summit, March 22nd. The fire was located in a crawl space in the basement, according to Chief Eric Evers.
UPS: Ewing Township, which began building a 24/7 career fire department since late last year, swore in 14 new firefighters in March. That brings the department to 23 career members that operate out of three firehouses. Eric Rowlands was sworn in as captain.
DOWNS: A fire caused “substantial damage” to the kitchen area of Domenico's Pizza Place in Rockaway Twp., March 21st.
UPS: The Middletown Township Fire Department received a donation of 11 sets of pet oxygen mask kits from Canine Company, on March 14th. The kits will be assigned to all 11 fire companies.
DOWNS: A 57-year-old woman died when she raced back into her burning rooming house to save her dog. A displaced resident said the woman had already been outside but ran back inside, on 43rd St., North Bergen, March 22nd. She was found near her dog, who was also dead.
UPS: Retired Jersey City Firefighter Mike Conlin received the first Jersey City Emerald Society Pipes & Drums Ira Rubin 23 Honorary Pipe Major Award 2018, at the city's St. Patrick's Day parade.