8/31/2009 - Fire Department News

Vacant Building Placards 

 

     The Hackensack Fire Department is currently inspecting vacant properties in the City to identify buildings that may pose hazards to residents, firefighters, and public safety personnel.  The Bureau of Fire Prevention is coordinating this effort with the Building Department and Property Maintenance Officers.

 

     Buildings found to have structural or interior hazards to firefighters will be required to post a placard at the entrance of the building.  Once a violation notice has been issued, it shall be the responsibility of the owner of the building to post the placard.

 

     The placards are 24 inches by 24 inches in size, with a red background and white reflective border. The required reflectivity will enhance visibility under low lighting conditions where flashlights or emergency vehicle warning lights may be the only light source available.  Specifications for the placards are available in the Bureau of Fire Prevention office at 205 State Street.

 

     Once this program is implemented, firefighter safety will be improved as incident commanders will have the information necessary to make equipment and personnel deployments safe and efficient. To date, approximately 100 vacant buildings have been identified, and only two dozen buildings have qualified for the placards.  The program criteria can be expanded if it becomes necessary at a later time.

 

Hackensack Fire Briefs

 

307 Second Street

 

Date: 8/27/09, Time: 04:34

Type of occupancy: offices                         

Platoon: First                        

Incident Commander: D/C C.Grieco

Number of alarms: 2            

Firefighter injuries: 1

Civilian injuries: 0                 

Cause of fire: undetermined at this time

Mutual aid towns assisting: Teaneck, Bogota, Ridgefield Park, South Hackensack

Other agencies assisting: HUMC EMS, City Building Department and Police Department, PSE&G,DPW, Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Box 54

Extent of damage: extensive          

 

Brief overview of actions: HQ. E-5,E2 responded upon arrival D/C 1 reported working fire. Water supply set-up and front door forced and attack lines stretched and fire extinguished. Building searched for victims and none found. Building vented and Overhaul performed with all areas checked for fire spread. Teaneck E-1 responded as fast team to the scene and Ridgefield Park E-2 and L-1 with Bogota E1, and S. Hackensack E 1 located Fire HQ for City coverage. Also P.S.E and G. responded to scene along with Box 54 to scene. Also Bergen County Prosecutors Arson Squad requested. Building is 1 1/2 commercial timber truss construction used as offices. No civilian injuries with one Hackensack Fire Captain sustaining knee injury while performing roof ventilation. Cars 1 and 2 and Safety Deputy also responded. Building Dept. also responded.

 

260 Main Street

 

Date: 8/25/09, Time: 23;00

Type of occupancy:Gift Shop                                  

Platoon: Fourth

Incident Commander: D/C K.Kalman                    

Number of alarms: 2

Firefighter injuries: 1                                    

Civilian injuries: 0

Mutual aid towns assisting: Teaneck, Bogota, Ridgefield Park, South Hackensack

Other agencies assisting: HUMC EMS, City Building Department and Police Department, PSE&G,DPW, Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Box 54

Cause of fire: electrical arc

Extent of damage:smoke and water damage

 

Brief overview of  Actions

HQ. E-5, responded upon arrival Engine 4 reported smoke condition on first floor with fire in basement. Water supply set-up and front door forced and attack lines stretched and fire extinguished. Engine 1 responded on second alarm. Building searched for victims and none found. Building vented and Overhaul performed with all areas checked for fire spread. Teaneck E-1 responded as fast team to the scene and Ridgefield Park E-2 and L-1 with Bogota E1, and S. Hackensack E 1 located Fire HQ for City coverage. Also P.S.E and G. responded to scene along with Box 54 to scene. Also Bergen County Prosecutors Arson Squad requested. Car 1 and Car 2 and Safety Deputy also responded. Building Dept. and Health Dept. also responded. One firefighter sustained minor injury. Fire under control in about 30 minutes. Smoke and water damage on all floors.