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Friday, January 27, 2023

108-year-old man is oldest firefighter at Little Falls Volunteer Fire Department

VIDEO: Vincent Dransfield lives life on his own terms, and that’s not something many 108-year-olds can say. He leased a car two years ago and is still driving — in more ways than one. “I’m still driving everybody crazy,” Dransfield joked. When asked what type of car he drives, he responded by saying “four wheels.” He’s still sharp and quick-witted. “I like to have a sense of humor,” Dransfield said. “It’s good. It gets you somewhere. If you’re nasty and angry, you ain’t going nowhere.” Dransfield is also the oldest firefighter at the Little Falls Volunteer Fire Department. Not as active as he once was, he’s still on the roster at Singac Engine Company No. 3. “I said, ‘When I grow up, I’m going to become a fireman,’ so I became a fireman,” he said.
WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh

Chatham council begins talks to study fire engine fleet needs

The Borough Council will soon begin talks with relevant parties to discern its firefighting vehicle needs, Councilman Leonard Resto said at the Monday, Jan. 23 council meeting. This message came after resident Robert Penn approached the lectern asking if the council planned on addressing the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department fleet, which he called "badly over-aged."
Chatham Courier - Metered Site

Middlesex County truck fire creates massive delays

PHOTO: A truck that became engulfed in flames Thursday morning caused miles of delays on the New Jersey Turnpike. A tractor-trailer hit a concrete barrier in the outer lanes north of Exit 10 (Route 287) in Middlesex County around 6:40 a.m. and caught fire, according to State Police Sgt. Philip Curry. The driver was able to escape the cab and was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. The northbound outer lanes were blocked for a short time when first responders initially responded to the fire. One of three lanes was reopened but rubbernecking delays developed in the inner lanes and both lanes southbound. Commuters were also delayed at Exit 10 heading onto the southbound Turnpike. The lengthy delays persisted northbound beyond the morning commute for continued cleanup.
WKXW-FM 101.5 Trenton

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Man killed in East Brunswick townhouse fire

VIDEO: A townhouse fire killed a man in New Jersey Thursday morning. The fire broke out on Lake Avenue in East Brunswick not far from Route 18. Newscopter 7 was over the scene just after 6 a.m. The fire caused extensive damage to the first and second floors of the townhouse. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and found the man unresponsive inside the home. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not yet been released pending family notification. His cause of death will be determined by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner's Office. The fire is not considered suspicious according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. However, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Costly surprise at site of future Vineland fire station could cost city an extra $5M

The estimated cost for a replacement city fire headquarters is increasing almost 30 percent to deal with extensive soil contamination at the roughly 4-acre project site, a finding that took local officials by unpleasant surprise. The City Council on Tuesday night introduced a $5 million bond ordinance, with a final vote scheduled for February. The money raised would be added to a $17 million bond ordinance finalized in December 2021. The city is raising all funding through bond ordinances. The added cost was broached with council at its Jan. 17 work session. City Solicitor Richard Tonetta said then the city was not at fault for the late discovery of contamination. The 200 North West Boulevard site had been pronounced contamination free from environmental problems after two inspections by a licensed site remediation specialist, he said.
The Daily Journal - Metered Site

Garage Fire Likely Sparked By Electrical In Hillsborough

Hillsborough firefighters battled a garage fire on Wednesday. The fire was reported at around 4:14 p.m. on Jan. 25 at 28 Brook Drive, according to Hillsborough Police. Police and firefighters found smoke coming from the garage of the home. Firefighters ventilated the garage and the home. The home was unoccupied at the time of the call and there were no injuries, said police. An investigation determined the fire was likely electrical and was not considered suspicious. The incident remains under investigation by the Hillsborough Township Police Department and Hillsborough Township Bureau of Fire Safety. The following agencies responded to this incident: Hillsborough Township Police Department, Hillsborough Township Fire Marshall, Hillsborough Fire Stations 37 & 38, Robert Wood Johnson BLS 8B11.
Hillsborough Patch

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