City of Hackensack Fire Department
The Hackensack Fire Department had their hands full the week of October 10,2005 with the remnants of Hurricane Rita passing through the City. The constant rain and wind had led to some severe flooding throughout the City. Between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., the Third Platoon responded to eight first alarm assignments varying in nature from reports of structure fires to activated alarms. They had two single Engine responses for water leaks and five water rescues that involved launching the fire department boats to remove stranded motorists from the flooded areas. Under the Office of Emergency Management the Emergency Operations Center was opened at 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., with shelters being opened for people stranded by the flood. On October 14,2005, at 1:34 p.m., the First Platoon performed two more water rescues by deploying the fire department boats for stranded motorists at Lodi & Green St. At 2:41 p.m., they responded to an electrical fire in a wall at 242 State Street, which was handled by Engine 5, Engine 1, Ladder 1, Rescue 1, Safety Officer and Deputy 1. At 2:53 p.m. Engine 2, Rescue1, Safety Officer and Haz-mat 1 responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 80 involving a tractor-trailer that was leaking diesel fuel. On October 15,2005, the Second Platoon responded to a reported basement fire at 4 Marion Street and found that the electrical panel caught fire and extended to the structure, a nice aggressive attack was made and the damage to the structure was minimal. Earlier this month, Deputy Chief Canzanella, through the IAFF and the Hackensack Fire Department, was deployed to New Orleans to assist with the relief efforts being provided to the emergency responders who fell victim to Hurricane Katrina. Lt. Borchard, with the assistance of fellow firefighters, once again held a very successful Fire Prevention Week in the City’s schools providing them with fire safety tips.
Fire Department Training:
Vehicle Extrication & Stabilization
In the case of an automobile accident where the patient becomes trapped inside of the wrecked vehicle, it is the responsibility of rescue personnel to extricate the patient. To ensure their own safety, and to help prevent further injury to the patient, these first responders must stabilize the vehicle before they begin the rescue operation. One way to do this is through the use of cribbing.
Cribbing is usually made of wood, comes in various sizes, (such as 2"x 4" x 24") and has a piece of rope or webbing attached to one end for use as a handle. When placed in front of each rear wheel and built up beneath the frame of the vehicle, the cribbing lends support and stabilization as rescue technicians use hydraulic cutting tools on the doors and roof in order to reach the patient. When it is necessary to lift a vehicle, cribbing may also be used in conjunction with a jack to maintain greater height.
A simple block of wood can help save a life.