12/2/2005 - Fire Department News

Gas Leak, House Fire Tie Up Bravest

On Nov. 7, the Hackensack Fire Department’s First Platoon responded, under the command of Deputy Chief Virgin, to 160 Berdan Place, to a structure fire. Upon arrival, a heavy smoke condition was found throughout all the levels of the house and the fire was found to be in the basement of the structure involving the clothes dryer and surrounding area.

The fire was quickly brought under control due to an aggressive attack made by Engine 4, Engine 2, Ladder 1, and Rescue 1. The fire was confined to the dryer and surrounding area and minimal smoke damage to the rest of the structure. The occupants were able to reoccupy their home as soon as fire department operations were concluded.

Just previous to the structure fire, Engine 5 responded to 233 Ross Ave. for a natural gas leak that involved the gas service main and tied up the firefighters for quite a while.

All of the fire department’s resources were tied up with both of these incidents and a recall of manpower was needed to place the reserve engine and ladder companies in service to cover the rest of the city.

Federal Grants Improve Hackensack F.D.

The Hackensack Fire Department has received a $300,000 federal grant to completely renovate its Communication Center, allowing for the fire department to remodel the 9-1-1 call-taking and dispatch positions.

The money will also allow the fire department to install some modern technology that will better assist with the operations of the Communication Center.

Federal funding is also to thank for a recent training expedition taken by six members of the Hackensack Fire Department’s Special Operations Team. The group recently attended specialized rescue training in a tunnel in West Virginia. The experience was fully funded by federal grant money, attained so that the force can be better prepared to handle all kinds of specialized rescue situations caused by natural or terrorist events.