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HHFD Extrication
Motor Vehicle struck flag pole in Memorial Park on June 26, 2006
Photos of HHFD Rescue extricating victim [Photos]

Terrace Avenue Apartment Fire
June 24, 2006 [Photos]

Mutual Aid EMS @ Swim Club
Hasbrouck Heights, Moonachie & East Rutherford EMS and the Swim Club life guards participated in training exercise on June 11, 2006 [Photos]

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Memorial Day
2006 Firemans Service    2005 Firemans Service    2004 Firemans Service
2002 Firemans Service    2001 Service    2000 Service

House Fire on LaSalle Avenue
May 27, 2006 at approximately 3:20 p.m. the HHFD responded to a house fire
on LaSalle Avenue.  [Story & photos]

HHFD Annual Inspection
May 12, 2007, 7:00 p.m. @ New Firehouse [2007 Photo]
May 20, 2006, 7:00 p.m. @ New Firehouse [2006 Photos]
May 14, 2005, 7:00 p.m. @ New Firehouse [2005 Photos]
May 8, 2004, 7:00 p.m. @ Temporary Firehouse [2004 Photos]
May 17, 2003, 7:00 p.m. @ Euclid Lodge [2003 Photos]
May 18, 2002, 7:00 p.m. @ Euclid Lodge [2002 Photos]
May 19, 2001, 7:00 p.m. @ Euclid Lodge [2001 Photos]
May 20, 2000, 7.00 p.m. @ Euclid Lodge [2000 Photos]

House Fire on Longworth
April 10, 2006 at approximately 6:10 p.m. the HHFD responded to a house fire
on Longworth Avenue.  [Story & photos]

Brother's Helping Brothers
Hasbrouck Heights, Fort Lee & Rockleigh Donate Fire Trucks to Pascaggoula, MS
Commemoraticve ceremony held March 2, 2006 -- by Justin Watrel
[Story & Photos][Goodby Engine # 1]

Central Avenue House Fire
On January 31, 2006, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 200 block of Central Avenue. [Story & photos]

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PA Donates Foam/crash Truck to HHFD
The Port Authority donated a 1996 Walters Rapid Intervention Response Vehicle
to the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department. [Photo & story]
[Blessing of vechicle] May 20, 2006

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HHFD Installation Dinner
The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department held their installation dinner for Fire Chief Joseph Taylor Jr. and The Department Officers at The Venetion on January 14, 2006.  Guests included representatives of the Pascagoula Mississippi Fire Department.  There was a tribute to Harry M. Maisch, Jr. who retired after 40 years of service.  [Story & photos] [Tribute to Harry Maisch]

Previous Fire Department Installation Dinners
2006 [Photo & story]      2005  [Photos & story]  
2004 [Story & photos]   2003 [Story & Photos][More photos]

Fire Chiefs Take Oath of Office on January 1, 2006
[HH Reorganization Meeting]

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Santa Visits Heights
Santa Claus traveled with the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department
Santa Waving 120k mpg with sound
Santa Arriving on Sleigh 2003 -- 600k
Santa Passing on Sleigh 2004-- 1 meg
Santa Passing on Sleigh 2005-- 1 meg

Sunday, December 18, 2005 [Photos]
Sunday, December 19, 2004 [Photos]
Sunday, December 21, 2003 [Photos]
Sunday, December 22, 2002 [Photos]
Sunday, December 23, 2001  [Group 1][Group 2]
Sunday, December 17, 2000 [Photos]
Sunday, December 19, 1999.[Photos]

HHFD was "At The Ready"
HHFD responds to American Legion fire in Lodi on December 14, 2005
[Photo & story][Movie]

Live Fire Training
On Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. on October 1, 2005, elements of the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department went "out of service" to conduct "live fire training" at the Middletown Township Volunteer Fire Department Training Academy.   The community’s coverage was augmented by the Wood-Ridge Fire Department, until the HHFD returned at 3:00 p.m.  About a third of the Department participated and traveled to the Academy with Engine 2 and EMS 604.
Once on location, the Department connected to a hydrant, set up hoses, put on turn-out gear, and prepared the necessary equipment. [Photos & Story]

Codey Signs Bills at Hasbrouck Heights Fire House Sept 7, 2005 [Photos]

Going to the edge of human endurance

[Group1] Story & Set-up  [Group 2] Search and Rescue  [Group 3] Hose work
[Group 4] Seat of Fire   [Group 5] The Scene   [Movie] 1 meg

Danson Jewelers Fire June 29, 2005 [Photos]

Twin-engine plane crashes at Teterboro Airport May 31, 2005 [Photos & story]

HHFD Conduct Live Fire Exercises
On Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. on April 30, 2005, elements of the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department went "out of service" to conduct "live fire training" at the Middletown Township Volunteer Fire Department Training Academy. [Story & Group 1 Photos][Group 2 Photos]
June 1, 2003 training at this facility [Group 1] [Group 2]
October 26, 2003 training at this facility [Group 1] [Group 2]

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Daisy Troop 613 Tours the Fire Department
On April 12, 2005, Daisy Troop 613 toured the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department and its new facility at 248 Hamilton Avenue. The tour was led by former Fire Chief Christian Semenecz First Assistant Fire Chief Angelo Roccamo and Fire Department Secretary Thomas Rubino. Also present were firefighters Joe Fehl, Mark Waring, and EMS member Liz Waring. Chris provided an overview of the 54 volunteer men and women who operate two engine companies, ladder company, rescue company and ambulance squad.  
[Group 1 Photos][Group 2]

A visit with Fire Chief Joe Taylor
by Justin Watrel

Teterboro Air Crash

On February 2, 2005, a twin-engine Challenger 600 skidded off the runway, through the fence, across Route 46 striking several cars before crashing into Strawberry clothing warehouse. [Photos & story]

[Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department Responds to Crash]

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Kiss Goodbye [Photos & story]

Fire Department Installation Dinner January 15, 2005  [Photos & story]
2004. [Story & photos]       2003 [Story & Photos][More photos]

Hasbrouck Heights/Teterboro Get New Fire Chief January 1, 2005  [Story]

New Fire Chiefs Take Oath of Office on January 1, 2005
[HH Reorganization Meeting]

Madison Avenue House Fire

On very rainy Thursday evening on November 4, 2004 at approximately 7:00 p.m. the HHFD responded to a working fire at the 200 block of Madison Avenue. [Photos & Story]
mpg Movies:  [Front Right - 500k] [Side View - 400k] [Rear View - 350k]

Dedication Ceremony
for the new Public Safety Complex at 248 Hamilton Avenue was held on October 2, 2004. 
Tours and light refreshments followed. [Story & photos]

Hit & Run Kills 4 Year Old
On September 3, 2004 about 11:30 a.m., an adult and a four year old boy, had just left Dunkin' Donuts and were holding hands and crossing with the light on the Boulevard heading east when a red Ford Expedition traveling east on Williams, turned left onto the Boulevard and struck the pedestrians. Witnesses said that the adult was clipped by the vehicle, but the child was hit by the left bumper before the vehicle sped off. It appeared that the child traveled about 15 feet.   HHFD fire department responded and transported the child to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Gloria Amendano, 35, of Hackensack was stopped shortly thereafter in Little Ferry on Route 46 heading east and was arrested.   The Bergen County Fatal Accident Investigation Unit was reviewing the incident.  Story & scene photos

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Mass Decontamination
The radio crackles: "There has been a contamination of unknown substance at ...."  Office building, factory or stadium -- regional first responders are trained to handle the decontamination of large numbers of people.

Carlstadt, Hasbrouck Heights, Little Ferry, Moonachie, Wallington and Wood-Ridge Fire Departments  participated in this hands-on mass decontamination exercise. The training was held on August 22, 2004 at a Route 46 office complex parking lot  in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. Classroom instruction preceded this drill.  This course is given to every fire department in Northern New Jersey and with this common training -- all departments can mobilize in highly-coordinated, scalable efforts.
[Story and set-up] [Group 2 photos][Group 3 photos]

"Jaws of Life" training held on July 11, 2004
1. Story and equipment
2. Blue car: Removing front doors
3. Blue car: Removing rear doors
4. Blue car: Removing glass, roof, breaking frame & opening hood
5. Yellow truck: Removing doors
6. Yellow truck: Removing glass and roof
7. Yellow truck: Extracting victim

Mpeg movies included:  Blue car [Rear door]   [Cutting hood open]
Yellow truck [Door] [Cutting windshield #1]  [Cutting windshield #2]

Train/Auto Collision
May 20, 2004 at Malcom/Franklin Avenue. Driver injured. Photos & Story

Chief Howard "Buddy" Baker
Record Obituary March 24, 2004     Shopper Obituary
Family Photos   Career Photos    Message from Chief Baker   Biography
Funeral Procession

Lovey's Pizzeria Fire
February 27, 2004 [Photos & story]

HHFD Installation Dinner

The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department held their installation dinner for Fire Chief Robert Thomasey and the Department officers at The Venetian on January 30, 2004. [Story & photos]
2003 Installation [Story & Photos][More photos]

Public Safety Complex Dedication
A dedication of the Public Safety Complex at 248 Hamilton Avenue was conducted by the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights Mayor and Council on December 20, 2003 at 2 p.m.  The Public Safety Building will house the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department, Fire Department and Municipal Court.
[Photos and story]

Mason's Cornerstone Ceremony

for the the new Public Safety Building (Police, Fire & Court) was held at Hamilton Ave.,
Sunday, November 23 at 1:30 p.m. Photos [Group 1][Group 2]

Chief's Tour of the new Public Safety Building
On November 11, 2003, Fire Chief Robert Thomasey and Police Chief Michael Colaneri gave us a tour of their new Public Safety Building.  This facility will house the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department, Fire Department and Municipal Court. [Group 1][Group 2]

HHFD Conduct Live Fire Exercises
On Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m. on October 26, 2003, the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department went "out of service" to conduct "live fire training" at the Middletown Township Volunteer Fire Department Training Academy.  Story and photos [Group 1 -- Venting] [Group 2 -- Smokehouse]

20th Annual Fireworks Program

The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department  and Fire Prevention Bureau provided support for the July 2, 2003 Hasbrouck Heights Lions Club 20th Annual Fireworks Program at Depken Field.
2003 [Story + Fireworks + Movies] [Setting up the display] [Detonation Zone]

Double Wetdown June 7th
The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department christened Engine #1 (2002 Pierce Custom Pumper), and EMS#2 (2003 International/Med Tec Amb.)  during a double wetdown ceremony.   There was music, food, soda & beer, "T" Shirts & Mugs.   Event was held in the parking lot of the Flag House Office Building behind the Hilton on June 7 from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.  [Photos & Story]
Movies included in this story --
Breaking champagne bottle on EMS#2   (220k)       Water fight  (500k)

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HHFD Conduct Live Fire Exercises
On Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m. on June 1, 2003, the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department went "out of service" to conduct "live fire training" . Story and photos [Group 1][Group 2]
Movies included in this story --  Arriving on the scene (1 meg)
Ready to enter the building (500k)      Starting the fire (250k)      Hose venting  (300k)

Passaic Avenue House Fire
A Passaic Avenue house fire was reported early evening on April 6, 2003.   No injuries were reported.
Here are some location scenes moments after the fire was extinguished, and the Department was searching the home for "hidden fire extensions". [Photos]

Air Time Drill

In full "turnout gear" weighing over 60 pounds and using "air packs", Heights firefighters walked continuously through an endurance course of eight representative activities, until their "air" ran out. [Photos]

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Fireman Down
"The building collapsed.  I am trapped with two victims.  I am at the end of the hose. Heavy smoke.  I am running out of air.  Help.  My location is a ... ".  Then there is that dead quiet that no radio call can reach; measured only by the steady   beep -  beep - beep of the unmoving air pack.
Search & rescue exercises March 9, 2003 at Boulevard Shell
Photos & Story [Group 1][Group 2]

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Coolidge Avenue House Fire
Mutual Aid response about 2:00 p.m. on February 6, 2003 [Photos]
[Movie] 500k mpg

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New Ambulance Arrives for the Holidays
On December 23, 2002 the HHFD received their new ambulance -- 25-EMS-2. 
Here are the first photos -- moments after arrival. [Photos]
A Dedication Ceremony was held on January 25, 2003 [Story and Photos]

HHFD Training Exercises
The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department conducted exercises on September 22, 2002 in a Jefferson Avenue house slated for demolition.    The maneuvers  included (1) Search and rescue, (2) Hose training and (3) venting roof.  Photos [Group 1][Group 2]

HHFD conducts secondary rescue search exercises
On September 3, 2002  the training session the training staff briefed the department on the maneuvers scheduled -- follow the life line through a prepared obstacle course -- simulating a rescue in a collapsed structure environment.  Three trainers carefully supervised the maneuvers to insure full safety through the exercises.  It was emphasized that this was not a speed drill or primary search mission.  The goal was to methodically go through the course, regularly  informing command of their location, constant communications with their partner and changing air tanks.  Photos [Group 1][Group 2]

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HHFD moves to third interim home

Due to the demolotion of old Boro Hall and the construction of the New Public Safety Building,
the HHFD is re-locating for a third time to a new temporary structure located a Central Avenue and the Boulevard. This facility will house all the HHFD vehicles. A trailer behind the tent will be used for fire department offices.  The units to refresh air packs are stationed in the old temporary Ambulance Butler building located next the the HHPD on Franklin. The move took place September 3, 2002.
Photos [Construction start][Construction finish][Construction details & moving in]

Mac Arthur Avenue House Fire
The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department responded to a house fire about 11 a.m. on July 24, 2002 at 32 Mac Arthur Avenue. There was Mutual Aid response from Wood-Ridge, Lodi, Moonachie, Wallington, an ambulance from Hackensack and Teaneck's Box 54 Club.  The cause of the fire was listed as unknown.  No serious injuries were reported.  The occupants were home at the time of the fire. [Photos]

Cleveland Avenue House Fire
Early Sunday evening on June 16, 2002,  the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department responded to a house fire at 235 Cleveland Avenue.  While setting up a ladder on the outside of the home, a member of the HH Fire Department was injured when a sky light slid off the roof and fell on him.  He was taken the Hackensack Medical Center where he was later released. No other serious injuries were reported. The fire was caused by lightning striking the chimney, with flames quickly spreading in the attic area.  [Story]

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HHFD gets new pumper
Here are the first photos -- moments after arrival on May 9, 2002. The truck will be in-service after outfitting, which will take a couple of weeks.  [Photos]

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Teterbro Airport Air Crash Kills Pilot
March 9, 2002 [Photos & Story

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House Fire Oak Grove & Jefferson
On Sunday September 23, 2001 at 12:45, area fire departments responded to a house fire at the corner of Oak Grove & Jefferson Avenues.  Several minor injuries were reported. No one was home when the fire occured. The cause was believed to be electrical.  Fire Departments responding included: Hasbrouck Heights, Wood-Ridge, Moonachie, Lodi, with support from Carlstadt and Wallington. [Photos]

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The Fire Department along with an estimated 2,000 folks, attended the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights Candle Light Vigil held 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15th at Depken Field. It was announced that our HHPD and HHFD had responded to the WTC scene. Included are:  Joe Taylor, Rob Knobloch, Jim Halloran, Ed Carter, Al Cirelli, Debbie Carlson,  Jay Schell, Greg Rubino, Bob Pietz,  Tom Rubino, Rich Giarratana, Pat Hayes, Angelo Roccamo and Gail Carducci.

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Fire Department on standby.
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Upon arriving on the scene they prepared themselves with bulky and heavy life protecting equipment.  Within moments, a team is at the front door poised to enter the "unknown" of a smoked filled house. Their mission is search and rescue.
[Photo gallery 1][Photo gallery 2] August 29 & 30, 2001

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Ottawa Avenue House Fire
On February 18, 2001 at 3:49 a fire alarm was called as area fire departments responded to a house fire at 228 Ottawa Avenue. No injuries were reported. The house was determined to be uninhabitable. [Photos]

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HHFD participates in the Annual Holiday Christmas Parade.
2003 photos[1][2]     2002 [Photos]     2001 [Photos]    2000 photos [1][2]



HHFD moves to Teterboro?
October 23, 2001 --- Boro officials have selected a Honeywell parking lot on Green Street in Teterboro for the new temporary location for the fire department – 1.5 miles from Hamilton Avenue. [Details]

Ambulance on loan fills in the gap
Ambulance service was restored Monday afternoon when the borough received a loaner vehicle from Wood-Ridge to replace two undergoing repairs. "At no time were we without [ambulance] coverage," emphasized Borough Administrator Michael Kronyak. "This is why mutual aid works."
[Record,  May 22]

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Fire Safety Poster Contest
HH Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau  held a Fire Safety Poster Contest with the Lincoln, Euclid and Corpus Christ Schools to include K though 5th grade.  At the March 13th Mayor and Council Meeting, six winners received recognition certificates, ribbons and saving bonds. [More photos]

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HHFD rescuing 12 year old trapped under car Dec. 13, 2000  [Photos]
[More] about Boulevard safety.

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On April 5, 2000 another pedestrian was struck at The Boulevard & LaSalle about 8:30 a.m. and was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center by the HHFD.  [More] about Boulevard pedestrian safety.

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Training excerise in a smoke filled LaSalle Ave. structure on August 25, 2000. [4 photos]
Building was demolished on October 14, 2000 [Photos]

Heights receives State recognition
On June 29, 2000, special resolutions were presented by the full Assembly in Chambers to Hasbrouck Heights in recognition of their heroic efforts during recent disasters.
[Photos] [Air Disaster][Boro Hall Fire]

39a.jpg (8373 bytes) Temporary facilities were operational late October 2000
On April 11, the Mayor & Council scheduled HHFD to move back to a new temporary structure at old boro hall site. Work was completed and the facilities were operational late October 2000.  These "temporary Butler" buildings will be re-used by the DPW after the HHFD new quarters are built. View construction progress photos [Groundwork] [Construction] [Construction Details]
[Operational one year later]

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After The Big Fire, the HHFD wintered 1999 at Kundert Motors on Terrace Ave.
Temporary facilites were operational late October 2000.
[Groundwork] [Construction] [Construction Details][Operational one year later]

[Index] to Boro Hall Fire on December 10, 1999

[Index] to Air Crash on December 9, 1999

Thermal Imaging Project to help Firefighters do their job.
Smoke and darkness no longer inhibit the firefighter from seeing the thermal image of the fire and its potential victims. Search and rescue time is dramatically reduced with enhanced vision to see through dense smoke ... see body heat from victims .. see heat behind walls, floors and ceilings. Rescue workers can move swiftly in unfamiliar surroundings.  [Complete details] of our successful community project.


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