Thursday, May 23, 2013
No one was in the car when it caught fire just before 8 p.m. Thursday.
A total of four vehicles were damaged when a Pontiac's engine compartment caught fire and flames spread at a Ridgewood auto yard Thursday night. Ridgewood firefighters said the engine compartment of a gold Pontiac sedan was fully engulfed when they arrived on scene at about 8 p.m. Thursday. Though the fire was quickly contained, flames had spread to three nearby vehicles. The Pontiac was in an accident earlier in the day and brought to the yard by City Wide Towing, firefighters said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Sen. Bob Menendez spoke in Ridgewood Monday at the unveiling of a new village fire engine to urge lawmakers to end the sequester before it further affects public safety at the local level.
Federal public safety grants like the one that paid for the Ridgewood Fire Department’s new $390,000 fire engine could be in jeopardy due to the automatic federal budget cuts, known as the sequester, that took effect March 1, Sen. Bob Menendez said Monday outside fire department headquarters. Menendez attended the noon unveiling of the department’s 2012 Pierce Saber fire engine to urge his colleagues in Congress to end the sequester before it affects myriad federal programs that could have spill down effects at the local level, particularly in the area of public safety. “Will communities like Ridgewood have the personnel and the resources they need to respond to the emergencies that can erupt?” Menendez said. “Who will respond to reports …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
A Toyota Camry caught fire in the driveway of a Hanks Avenue residence Saturday morning, police said.
The Ridgewood Fire Department extinguished a car fire in the driveway of a Hanks Avenue residence Saturday morning, police said. When police arrived on the scene just before 10 a.m., an officer reported seeing smoke and flames coming out from under the hood of a Toyota Camry while its owner attempted to fight the fire with a garden hose, Lt. William Amoruso said. The fire department eventually extinguished the smoky blaze, but were unavailable for comment on the cause or circumstances of the fire.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
John Albano to receive nearly $5,000 from the village after a state civil service board found the village manager violated the law when he passed Albano over for a promotion to captain in 2011.
A Ridgewood firefighter passed up for a promotion will be reimbursed for his legal bills, the village council voted last Wednesday. John Albano was unfairly denied a promotion to become a captain at the fire department in 2011 despite his preferential status as a veteran, the NJ State Civil Service ruled last summer. The council on Wednesday voted 3-1 to pay him $4,853 in legal fees, writing in the resolution it does not "set a precedent." Two positions as captain for the fire department opened up in 2011. Liuetenants Christopher DuFlocq, Albano and Robert Kozielski were recommended by Fire Chief Jim Van Goor, in that order. Civil Service bylaws stipulate that a veteran gets preference if he tops a list, so Albano would have had to have …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
No one was injured in the Sunday incident.
A tree toppled through the roof of an Oak Street residence Sunday morning, causing "extensive" damage, officials said. The tree fell shortly before noon while the family was in the home, but there were no injuries, according to Lt. Steve Maffei of the Ridgewood Fire Department. "It must have been pretty scary for them," Maffei said. Most of the damage was done to the home's master bedroom. Maffei said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the tree to fall, since it was not particularly windy at the time. The tree may have been damaged in a previous storm, he said. A building inspector was on the scene but had not yet determined early Sunday afternoon if the family would be able to return to the house before repairs were made.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Five members of the RFD donate their time, abilities to help those devastated by Sandy in a battered and bruised Ocean County town.
Witnessing destruction is nothing new. They fight it professionally, after all. But even the hardened firefighters of the Ridgewood Fire Department were shocked at what they saw. "You drive down the streets, you see the bay right through people's houses," recalled Firefighter Jason Jacoby. "They lost both walls. I mean, you can look straight directly through the living room and see the ocean." At night, residents of Silverton in Toms River would throw together makeshift signs to keep the looters from taking the few items they had left. Fall asleep and the jewelry, cars, money and pictures you've worked years for could be gone. "People were coming and robbing them clean," Jacoby said. Even a disabled fire truck wasn't off limits – it had …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A first responder on the scene said that the Oak Street restaurant should be able to open for business Thursday.
A small kitchen fire at La Bottega Wednesday night is not likely to halt panini production at the village restaurant, according to fire officials. Firefighters were dispatched to the Oak Street "panini palace" at approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday after reports of a fire. Ridgewood Fire Department Captain Bob Kozlieski, on the scene, told Ridgewood-Glen Rock Patch that the fire occured inside a wall in the kitchen. The wall's wood-based interior heated and caught fire after hours of continuous use of the adjacent stove, he said. After arriving on the scene, RFD shut off gas to the building and was able to locate and extinguish the fire in approximately 15 minutes, Kozlieski said, A health official was also on the scene to inspect the …
Friday, October 26, 2012
A life-long resident of the village, Hallahan served the fire department for 30 years.
A World War II veteran and longtime Ridgewood firefighter died at the age of 85 on Tuesday, according to his obituary. Edward S. Hallahan, a life-long resident of Ridgewood, served in the US Navy during WWII, graduated from Paterson State College following the war and then decided to fight fires in his hometown. "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of retired firefighter Ed Hallahan," FMBA Local 47 wrote on its website. "Firefighter Hallahan served in both the volunteer and career departments for thirty (30) years (retired 2/1/81). Please keep Firefighter Hallahan and his family in your prayers." The Ridgewood Village Council also held a moment of silence in memory of Hallahan on Wednesday night. He was a member of FMBA …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Ridgewood firefighters wore pink shirts on Friday to raise $2,500 to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
It's not often you see 13 men together wearing pink. But the members of the Ridgewood Fire Department joined a national movement Friday, donning the color to raise awareness and money for cancer research. "We're raising awareness for cancers – not just breast cancer – but all cancers," Firefighter Harvey Weber said from Fire Headquarters. "Firefighters have an 80 percent chance of getting any type of cancer. It's much higher than most professions." The hoods they were can contain a carcenogen if not properly washed, he said, adding that thyroid cancer is also common among firefighters. There's another component to Friday's statement, he said. "And a lot of us have family – wives, mothers, daughters who have had breast cancer," Weber said…
Monday, September 24, 2012
Proceeds were donated to the Kelly Creegan Foundation.
After two six-inning affairs, Ridgewood's finest were crowned kings of the Ridgewood diamond Sunday afternoon over Ridgewood's bravest. In a revival of a softball game played for decades between the police department and the fire department, the squads tied the first match 9-9 before the cops plated 10 runs against the RFD the second game, winning 10-7. "They got hosed," laughed Detective Pete Youngberg, president of PBA #20. "And nobody stole second." Though the good-natured joshing, a healthy dose of timely hitting and some phenomenal defensive plays kept the participants and crowd entertained, there was a greater sense of purpose for those at Veterans Field on a brilliant afternoon. The proceeds of the event, raised largely through a …