3/12/2014 - HFD News & Notes (Updated 3/12/15)

Hackensack River Bridge Car Fire

On Thursday March 12, 2015 @0800 HRS Engines 1& 2, Rescue, and Deputy 1 were dispatched to RT 80 West on the Hackensack River Bridge for a 3 vehicle MVA with one vehicle reported to be on fire. Engine 1 arrived on scene confirmed the working vehicle fire and that all person involved in the accident were out of their vehicles. Engine 1 stretched a hand line and began to extinguish fire in the one vehicle. Rescue 1 arrived and assisted engine 1 with extinguishment and over-haul of the fire. Hackensack UMC BLS and ALS arrived on scene and evaluated 1 person who refused medical transportation to the hospital. Companies remained on scene for approximately 20 minutes while towing company removed vehicles. State police were also on scene to handle investigation.

Justin Derevyanik
Photos by Justin Derevyanik HFD PIO



Hackensack Avenue & University Plaza Drive

On Tuesday February 24, 2015 @ 0904 hours Engine 5, Rescue 1 & D/C 1 were dispatched to Hackensack Avenue & University Plaza Drive for a 3 vehicle MVA with entrapment. First arriving company engine 5 confirmed the entrapment in one vehicle and stretched a precautionary line. Rescue 1 put the tools in place to work to remove one person trapped in a SUV that was wedged between two other vehicles. D/C 1 requested engine 4 to assist with manpower during the extraction. Victim trapped in the SUV was removed in approx. 15 minutes by the companies that were operating. All 3 injuries from the MVA were turned over to Hackensack UMC BLS and Holy Name Hospital AlS for evaluation. All 3 parties were transported to Hackensack UMC with non-life threatening injuries. Hackensack police remained on scene to conduct investigation.

Justin Derevyanik HFD PIO


Car off Route 80 East ,Hackensack River Bridge

On Friday February 13, 2015 @ 0711 hours Engine’s 1,2,4 Rescue 1 Ladder 1 marine 1 and 2 and D/C 1 were dispatched to route 80 east on the Hackensack river bridge for a report of a car off the bridge into the water. First arriving companies found the car went off the RT. 80 east bound bridge and landed on the ground 60 feet below in the Every Ready oil lot. Rescue 1, ladder 1 engines 2 and 1 began to extricate 2 female victims from the vehicle. Companies removed both doors and the roof from the vehicle. During the extrication the rescuers were in verbal communications with both victims. Both victims were removed in 20 approx. minutes from the vehicle and turned over to Hackensack UMC BLS and AlS both were alert and complaining of neck and back pain. Companies began to take up from the scene engine 1 remained on scene till vehicle was removed. NJ State police is handling the investigation. During the initial minutes of the dispatch Bergen county police and Oradell fire department dive teams were request because of the nature of the call but were returned.

Photos by Justin Derevyanik Hackensack PIO



Happy New Year to all of our city residents and businesses from Chief Freeman and the members of the Hackensack Fire Department.

Coming off the Department's 100th year of career service, we would like to give our city some insight to what we do. The following statistics are from the year 2014 which was the busiest year in the Department's history. In 2014 the total calls for service were 6246 which range from building fires to assisting residents. During 2014 the members of the Department spent over 1400 hours educating school children, senior groups, condo association's, church groups, etc. These programs give the residents a better chance to understand fire safety and how the Department operates. To go along with public education is the Fire Prevention Bureau. Fire Prevention enforces fire prevention codes which the state sets fourth. This makes for safer buildings for residents and firefighters. The members of Fire Prevention conducted 2749 annual inspections in 2014.

Looking forward to 2015 the Department will continue to operate at the highest and safest standards. If you need to report a fire of emergency, please call 911. Have a safe year!

On Tuesday December 16, 2014, members of the Hackensack Fire Department (IAFF locals 2081 & 3172) purchased gifts for 50 children ranging in age from 3 months old to 17 years old. The children are under the care of Youth Consultation Services (YCS) in Hackensack. Members of the department wanted the children to be in the holiday spirit and were glad to assist (YCS) with this toy drive. “Without our drive, these kids would not have received presents for the Holidays,” said John Taylor vice president of IAFF local 3172. “The look on the kid’s faces when they receive their gifts will be priceless”.

Hackensack Fire Department would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday.