10/25/2013 - HFD: Fire Briefs (updated)

Date: 10/25/2013  

Members of ladder 1 and engine 5 rescue cat. Several concerned residents of Davis Avenue called Hackensack police after hearing a cat crying overnight in the trees of Staib Park. HPD requested HFD to help remove the cat from the tree. Ladder 1 placed it's aerial into serve and 2 members climbed 80 feet up for the removal of the very cooperative cat. She was brought down in a hydrant bag to the delight of the on looking residents. The cat was turned over to animal control to see if the owner could be located.

Lt Justin Derevyanik


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DATE: 10/21/13
MEMO TO: All Media Outlets
FROM: Lt. J. Derevyanik
SUBJECT: Fire at 130 Overlook Ave. High Rise fire with a trapped victim rescued

Date: 10/21/13
Time: 0214
Address: 130 Overlook Ave 6th floor apt 6E
Type of occupancy: 20 stories Fire Resistive
Platoon: First
Incident Commander: Acting Deputy Chief John Niland
Number of alarms: Two
Firefighter injuries: 0
Civilian injuries: 1 with smoke inhalation
Mutual aid towns assisting at scene: Teaneck fast team, Englewood ladder.
Mutual aid towns providing coverage at fire headquarters: Ridgefield Park, Bogota, Bergenfield
Other agencies assisting: Hackensack volunteer EMS, Hackensack UMC ALS, City Building Department and Police Department,
Cause of fire: Fire was in the mattress cause is still under investigation by Hackensack fire prevention and Hackensack police
Extent of damage: Apartment 6E Moderate fire and smoke damage
Brief overview of actions: In the early morning hours on Monday October 21, 2013 Hackensack fire dispatch received a 911 call from Hackensack police reporting a fire @ 130 Overlook Ave. on the 6th floor. Engines 1,2,4,5, Ladder 1, Rescue 1 and D/C 1 were dispatched. First arriving companies made their way up to the 6th floor and had a slight haze with an odor of burning. Ladder 1 gained access to the fire apartment and was met with a heavy smoke condition. Ladder 1 began primary search and located 1 female occupant on the floor unconscious. Members of ladder 1 removed the victim to the public hallway than with the assistance of a engine 4 member removed the victim down to the 5th floor via the stairs. Victim was placed in the elevator on the 5th floor and brought to EMS in the lobby for treatment. Engines 2 & 4 began to stretch a 2 ½ line from the floor below to the fire apartment 6E as ladder 1 and rescue 1 continued the primary search of the fire apartment which was negative. Engine 2 placed its line in service quickly knocking down the fire in apt 6E fire was contained to the mattress. Engine 5 was assigned to the floor above to check for fire extension and engine 1 supplied the fire department connection. Fire was placed under control in under 15 munities. Victim of Apt. 6E was transported to Hackensack UMC for further evaluation. All other occupants of the building were able to return to their apartments. Members of Hackensack fire prevention and Hackensack police are conducting the investigation. Additional companies at the scene Teaneck fast team, Englewood ladder and Hackensack Volunteer EMS. Companies from Ridgefield Park, Bogota and Bergenfield assisted with city coverage.