5/16/2017 - HFD News and Fire Briefs (Updated 6/22/17)

On Tuesday June 21, at 1521 hours members of the first platoon responded to 173 High Street report of a fire on the second floor with a possible person trapped called in by Hackensack UMC EMS. Upon arrival Deputy one requested a second alarm had fire and smoke showing from the rear of the second floor. Engine 4 arrived in under 2 minutes stretch the initial handline as ladder 1 along with rescue 1 begin search and ventilation. Engine 5 along with engine 1 and Engine 2 stretched additional hand line to backup the first line and assisted with opening up . Fire was knocked down and under 10 minutes searches proved negative and the person that was reported trapped by the neighbor was contacted via cell phone. Teaneck was requested to the scene for a fast team and Englewood for ladder company and Hackensack UMC BLS and ALS . The companies remain on the scene for additional overhaul and Hackensack fire prevention is conducting the investigation. No injuries to civilians or members.

On Monday May 15, 2017 Lieutenant Michael Thomasey and Fire Fighter Michael Schwaner along with members of Hackensack UMC ALS and BLS received a lifesaving award for their actions saving Carol Rabuck who suffered a heart attack while canoeing on the Hackensack River. The award was presented at the Hackensack UMC 26th annual EMS Excellence awards dinner. Making this award even more special was Carol being there to personally thank all the emergency workers and her friends for their actions that day. Chief Freeman and members of the Hackensack city council were also in attendance to take part in this special presentation. Pictured below is Lt. Thomasey with Carol Rabuck

On Thursday May 11th at 1734 hours the 4th platoon responded to 157 Tracy Place for a report of smoke coming from a apartment on the 3rd floor. Deputy 4 arrived and confirmed smoke showing from the eves of the 3rd floor rear apartment. Engine 2 arrived and stretched a tenement load to the rear 3rd floor apartment for fire attack. Ladder 1 forced entry and with rescue 1 conducted searches and ventilation of the fire apartment. Additional companies arrive and assisted with additional hose lines and overhaul. Teaneck was requested to the scene for a FAST team. The fire was brought under control with in 20 minutes. Companies remained on scene while the fire was investigated.. Hackensack UMC BLS and Hackensack Volunteer BLS stood by on scene during the fire. There were no reported injuries and 1 family was displaced by the fire.


Unusual incident on Tuesday May 9th. Members of Engine 5, 2nd platoon assisted in removing 13 ducklings from a storm drain in front of 390 Hackensack Ave. 2 women saw the mom in distress near the storm drain and called for assistance bringing HFD and HPD to the scene. After removal the ducklings were reunited with their mother.