March 30, 2006
Hackensack Firefighters began training on their new equipment they have just recently received through the Urban Area Search Initiative Grant money. The equipment arrived on the new Rescue Truck several weeks ago and the firefighters are busy reviewing and training with this very heavy duty equipment so they can be prepared to perform specialized rescues under extraordinary circumstances. Above Firefighter are practicing breaking and breaching techniques with a hydraulic powered tool.
On Friday, March 17, 2006, at 2109 Hours the Hackensack Fire Department received a call reporting a fire at 160 Johnson Avenue. The members of the Third Platoon responded and found a large ordinary structure, which houses numerous storage units, with smoke showing. The members quickly stretched a large attack hose line into the building. As they entered the building filled with moderate smoke, the fire sprinkler had activated, as the hose team stretched into the fire they found a second level storage unit involved in fire extending to additional units. The team quickly confined and extinguished the fire as other units were conducting searches for victims in the building. All occupants had been removed.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by City Fire and Police units.
One Fire Lieutenant sustained an injury to his foot and leg and was treated at Hackensack Medical Center.