Thursday, April 11, 2013
Lautenberg, Menendez announce township to receive FEMA money for safety and operations as part of FEMA program.
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Thursday, April 11
Two Essex County fire departments have been awarded federal grants as part of a pair of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants, according to a release from New Jersey Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez announced Thursday. Under the program, the Bloomfield Fire Department will be awarded $65,250 grant via the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) program, the release said, while the Newark Fire Department will be awarded a $266,800 grant. The grants are for use in operations and safety programs, the release said. “This federal funding will help ensure firefighters across New Jersey, from our largest cities to some of our smallest municipalities, are well equipped to protect the public,” Lautenberg, a member of the Senate …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Blaze started in rear first-floor bedroom in Franklin Avenue apartment building, officials said
Firefighters from all over Essex County battled a fire that broke out Friday at a Franklin Street apartment complex. The blaze started in a bedroom of a rear first-floor apartment unit in the four-story complex, around 4 p.m, according to Bloomfield Fire Inspector Tom Wilson. By the time firefighters arrived, the blaze was "well advanced" and spread behind the wall up to the fourth floor, said Wilson. One tenant, he said, had to be rescued from a rear fire escape. At around 4:45 p.m., heavy smoke still billowed out from the first-floor window as well as from windows on floors above it. The complex, located near Berkeley Place, is split between two sides known as 210 and 214. Residents in 24 apartment units on the 210 side, where the fire …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Just-purchased can of gas ignites inside man's Audi after he lights cigarette
A Paterson man was severely burned last Saturday after a cigarette he lit caused a gas can to ignite inside his car, police said. The man, who was not identified, was found by Bloomfield police officer Jon Singerline screaming near his burning 2002 Audi on Broad Street and Red Maple Avenue, according to Sgt. Anthony Servedio, of the Bloomfield Police Department. The man, who was on the sidewalk and being helped by passersby, told Singerline that he had bought a can of gas from a local station and was driving home when he lit a cigarette. The cigarette apparently caused the gas fumes to ignite the interior of the Audi. The Bloomfield Fire Department extinguished the burning car. The man suffered severe burns to his hands, head, face, neck …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Important information on what Bloomfield is doing to prepare for Hurricane Sandy
Bloomfield schools are closed Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, a slow-moving "superstorm" that will wallop New Jersey Monday, bringing heavy rainfall and dangerous winds. Bloomfield College, as well as state and county government offices, are also closed Monday and Tuesday. New Jersey Transit will shut down their rail, bus, light rail and Access Link service at 4 p.m. Sunday and continuing through 2 a.m. Monday. Essex County officials announced Codey Arena in West Orange will be open beginning Sunday night to residents seeking shelter from the storm. With officials warning of widespread power outages that could last days in wake of Sandy, residents scrambled Sunday to make last-minute preparations, cramming grocery …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
No one injured in blaze that damaged two other homes
One home is destroyed and two others are damaged in a blaze that broke out Thursday night in a Bloomfield Avenue apartment building. The fire started at 8:50 p.m. in the front of a second-floor apartment at 215 Bloomfield Ave., according to Fire Chief Joseph McCarthy. The blaze was contained to the one apartment but the two above it, on the third and fourth floors, sustained smoke, water and heat damage, McCarthy said. The apartments are located above Megna Home Remodeling and Design Center, a bathroom and tile store near Watsessing Avenue. At around 9 p.m., flames and black smoke were seen pouring from the second-floor apartment as residents, many in pajamas with pets in tow, looked on from across the street on Bloomfield Avenue. Collette…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Bloomfield Police and Fire Departments show off their skills and share important safety tips with residents
The annual Public Safety Day in Bloomfield was held Tuesday evening at Municipal Plaza. Click through the photos above for more information.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Annual Public Safety Day in Bloomfield is next Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. as town kicks off fire prevention poster contest
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Monday, October 8, 2012
"Have two ways out" is the theme of this year's National Fire Prevention Week, a campaign for fire safety which got underway Sunday.Created and sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the goal of National Fire Prevention Week is to educate families on what causes home fires, how to prevent them, and what to do in an emergency situation. NFPA has been the official sponsor of this campaign since 1922, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record. "Fire sprinklers play a key role in protecting people and firefighters from the tragedies that fire can cause," said Russell Fleming, president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, in a press release. "To date, there has never been a …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Bloomfield officials reflect on the natural disaster that has left them better prepared for the future.
Today marks Hurricane Irene’s one year anniversary, where the unprecedented natural disaster impacted thousands of New Jersey residents, confining them to their homes while leaving them without electricity, broken power lines, heavy floods, and dangerously strong winds. However, despite the fury of Hurricane Irene’s arrival, Bloomfield’s diligent officials worked endlessly throughout the night to ensure the safety of the community. It was the busiest day in Bloomfield Fire Department’s history, according to fire officials. They responded to 550 calls for assistance related to the hurricane over a span of 2-3 days. “Their performance was outstanding and I am extremely proud of them,” said Chief Inspector Samuel Infante, “Their tireless work…
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The incorporation of the two temporary Fire Captains will allow engine one to continue running.
At this week’s Bloomfield Township Council meeting, township officials approved promoting two firefighters to temporarily fill-in for two fire captains who are on long-term leave. However, a discussion arose at the meeting after some council members disagreed with the decision to promote and said the township needed firefighters instead. An argument was made that without the two captains, Engine One would have been forced to shut down. “If you do not allow the use of these temporary captains then that apparatus has to be taken out of service,” said Fire Chief Joseph McCarthy. With engine one being out for 50 percent of the time, the lack of captains would permanently put it out of service – leaving the community at risk, fire officials …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Longtime Fire Department veteran reflects on his years in the fire department and what challenges firefighters face while working in this diverse and busy township.
Fire Captain David Flanagan has worked at the Bloomfield Fire Department for 27 years and has also lived in Bloomfield for 50 years. He sat down with Patch recently to reflect on his years in town, serving during 9-11 and why local firefighters have heart as well as bravery. What made you want to become a firefighter? “My friends were there. But I’ve always wanted to help the community. My friends and I took the (firefighter's) test together and we all tested well. Most of them are still here with us. So it was also a friend-packed sort of thing.” What do you love about your job? “Going in fires is pretty fun, it’s exciting and it’s an adrenaline rush. But it’s also about helping people, you don’t want to see houses on fire and you want …