5/11/2006 - HFD: Fire Briefs (updated 5/25) & News/Entrance Exam Info

(News and Exam Announcement below)

Hackensack Fire Briefs

On Monday, May 15, 2006, at 1140 Hours the Hackensack Fire Department received a call reporting a possible building collapse. On arrival, the members of the Second Platoon found an area 50'X20' of masonry veneer, had collapsed from a side of the building into a parking area. Eight (8) parked automobiles were substantially damaged under the debris. The area was systematically searched for possible victims, none were found.

The area was barricaded and a collapse zone established. City Building and Engineers arranged for follow-up actions.


On Monday, May 15, 2006, at 1537 Hours the Hackensack Fire Department received a phone call reporting a fire at 241 Main Street. On arrival the members of the Second Platoon found heavy smoke on the second floor and fire involving a space heater with minor fire extension to a wall.

There was no additional fire extension. The fire was extinguished, the smoke ventilated from the building and occupants were able to return. The cause was determined to be a malfunction of the space heater.

No injuries reported.

On Sunday, May 7, 2006, at 1937 Hours the Hackensack Fire Department received a call reporting a car into the Hackensack River by Foschini Park, partially submerged.

The members of the Second Platoon responded with Engine Co. 4, Rescue Co 1. Upon arrival, found a late model Toyota SUV partially submerged in the River. Special Operations Unit with a Zodiac boat were requested. The firefighters quickly donned water rescue wet suits, launched the Zodiac Rescue Boat and searched the auto and area around the incident for possible victims. The Bergen County Police SCUBA Unit was requested to assist with water search. The Teaneck Fire Department searched the Teaneck side of the river.

The Hackensack River was searched from Berry Street to Midtown Approach. No victims were found.

The incident is under investigation by Hackensack Police Department.

On Sunday, April 30, 2006, at 2301 the Hackensack Fire Department received a telephone call reporting activated fire alarms and smoke in the building at 50 Anderson Street. The building is a four (4) story ordinary structure occupied as apartments.

The members of the Third Platoon responded and on arrival and investigation found a smoke condition in the basement and first floor caused by fire involving the electrical circuit breaker panels. The panels were de-energized and the fire extinguished. A check of the remaining apartments for fire extention found no fire, however smoke had permeated all floors. The floors were ventilated of the smoke. Two apartments were ordered vacated due to fire damage, all other occupants were able to reoccupy there apartments.

No injuries were sustained. The cause was a water leak which sponsored an electrical short circuit.

On May 8th, a rooming home at 211 Passaic Street caught fire. Due to open vertical stairway, balloon frame construction and age of the structure the fire extended rapidly through all three (3) floors and into the attic.

The firefighters worked to exhaustion in confining the fire to the original building and stopping its spread to other exposed buildings.

All Hackensack Fire Companies, including Reserve were committed to this incident.


Fire Department News

May 5, 2006

The Hackensack Fire Department recently received training on the Holmatro rescue tools. These tools are part of the equipment cache the Department has received through the Urban Area Search Initiative Grant on their new Rescue Truck. These tools are designed to free entrapped victims from auto accidents, industrial accidents, building collapses, and any other unique rescue situations. The Fire Department received 4 vehicles courtesy of Hackensack Auto Wreckers, one for each platoon, so that all of the new rescue tools and techniques can be practiced. The training was conducted by Al Sergio Jr. a representative from Holmatro.

Last week the Fire Department also had the opportunity to participate in live training on Main Street when they stood by as the Confined Space Rescue Team for the electricians repairing underground electrical wires. The Rescue Team performed air monitoring, ventilation, and stood by in case one of the workers needed to be rescued or became suddenly ill or injured.

Joel Thornton
Fire Chief




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