Incident Number: begins with last two numbers of the year (i.e., 18 for 2018) followed by sequential numbers. For instance the third incident of the year 2018 would be # 180003
January 1, 2020: Car fire at Ramsey Street by St Bonaventures Video by Ron Bombaro
February 15, 2020: @ 1342 Incident # 2020-#905 3rd alarm fire at 187 N 1st Street 2 ½ story type 5 multiple family dwelling with multiple victims 7 adults 2 children and 2 firefighters injured. 1 victim succumbed to his injuries. Exposed building 191 North 1st Street and 2 vehicles were damaged
February 16 Herald courtesy Dennis Morrison
Ron Bombaro photos
February 17, 2020: @1915 Hrs Incident #20-0959- Working fire at 487 E.35th Street, a 2 story, Type 5, single family residence that was under construction. There was heavy fire in the basement on arrival; extending upwards. A second and third alarm were transmitted by Car 1. Searches were negative. PSE&G secured utilities at the source. All companies were rotated through REHAB. 2 FF injuries.
February 20, 2020: @1437 hrs Incident #20-1005 Battalion 1, Engine 3 and the RAC responded mutual aid to 463 Lexington Ave. Clifton to assist with a 6 alarm structure fire.
Photos by Todd Hollritt
Feeding Clifton Ladder 3
February 26, 2020: @1533 Hrs Incident #20-1128 145 North 5th Street Vacant 2 1/2 story wood frame 3rd alarm Exposures B and D suffered mild smoke & fire damage 1 FF injury
March 1, 2020: @2137 Hrs Incident #1202- 194 West Broadway Working Fire in a 3-story Wood-frame residential. Fire in the 1st floor walls and ceiling extinguished by Engine 4, Engines 5 & 7 stretched hand-lines to the 2nd & 3rd floor as a precaution. Ladder 2 and 3, searched, overhauled and opened natural openings & examination holes on the roof. Rescue 2 assisted with primary and secondary searches and exposed fire. TIC used to check for extension. BC 3 Interior, BC 2 Floor above. RAC 2 Safety.
March 9, 2020: 11:15 AM East 26th Street dwelling
March 10 Herald
March 16, 2020: @0830 Hrs Incident #20-1490 1017-19 Market Street 5th Alarm MayDay transmitted when FF Andrew Estrella fell thru roof skylight and landed on E5 Captain Higgins who was fighting fire inside 2 story body shop Bombaro Video (scroll to bottom)
March 17 Herald courtesy Dennis Morrison
Click on photos below by Peter Danzo to enlarge More are at CLICK HERE
From 1st responder News May Issue
March 19, 2020: @1531 Hrs Incident # 20-1535 2nd alarm 246 Paterson Ave building fire in a vacant 1 story commercial occupancy
March 27, 2020: @ 1726 1Hrs G.W.G. Millworks, 73 Chadwick Street, was reported by a passing fire department vehicle As additional units arrived smoke blanketed the area. 2 story Type 2 commercial occupancy. Fire extended to the built up roof. Companies that operated in the interior were de-conned on scene.
Bill Tompkins Photos - CLICK TO ENLARGE More photos at HERE
April 12, 2020: @0748 Hrs #20-2087 2nd alarm Tour 1 379 East 26th Street 2 1/2 story wood frame with damage to 3 vehicles in a detached 1 story garage. Radiant damage to 381 East 26th Street
April 22, 2020: @1654 Hrs Incident# 20-2314 673 Market Street Tour 3 Working Fire in a 2 1/2 story frame extending to second floor and attic
Captain E6 Michael Scherer and D/C Ryan Murray
D/C Ryan Murray with Captain ralph Paredes
From June 2020 1st Responder News - Click to Enlarge
April 23, 2020: @0942 Hours Incident # 20-2326 29 McBride Ave Extension building fire Tour 4 3rd alarm in a vacant 2 story mill heavy fire in the rear 1st and 2nd floors. Fire extinguished overhauled investigated and recommended demolished due to heavy deep seated fire and collapse of structure and water tower. Construction official J. Lobozzo on scene emergency order to demolish building written and sent. 1 homeless person exited the building during the incident and was taken to the hospital for observation
April 25, 2020: @ 2127 hours - Tour 2 Incident #20-2379- 3rd alarm fire at 39 Manchester Ave, a 2.5 story, Type 5, vacant and boarded up structure. There was heavy fire on the first and second floor extending into the attic on arrival. The fire extended into the 'B' exposure (#37), a 3.5 story, Type 5 OMD, which was separated by two feet. Offensive operations were implemented on both structures, until the main fire building became untenable and efforts transitioned into a defensive mode. Searches were negative, multiple PAR were conducted; all personnel were accounted for. All companies were rotated through REHAB. The 'D' exposure (#41), a 3.5 story, Type 5 OMD, which was separated by approximately 25', sustained radiant heat damage to the vinyl siding on the 'B' side. Seventeen people self relocated from #37.
Ladder 2 - Chris Tompkins photo
Ladder 2 - Chris Tompkins photo
Click on photos below to enlarge - All are Chris Tompkins photos
Below are Chris Tompkins photos - CLICK to enlarge For additional photos CLICK HERE
Summer Street - Todd Hollritt photo
Summer Street - Todd Hollritt photo
West Paterson Mutual Aid - Todd Hollritt
May 20, 2020: @11:46 Hrs #20-2873 21st Avenue Incident - 3 story frame Working Fire Click to enlarge Ron Bombaro photos
May 20, 2020: @14:31 #20-3145 276 17th Avenue (corner East 30th Street) Fatality 2 1/2 story multiple family dwelling
June 9, 2020: @1353 Hrs #20-3275 431 Sussex Street Working fire 2 1/2 story wood frame Male stabbing victim, bleeding from abdomen found
L-R: F/F Tarik Sanders, Matt Post, Mike Piccoli & Captain AJ Woods
June 12, 2020: Tour-2 @0900 Hrs. Incident #20-3319- 153-155 Fair Street, a large, 2.5 story, Type 5 vacant and boarded up structure. The building was fully involved on the 2nd and 3rd floors on arrival, with exposure problems on the 'B', 'C' and 'D' sides, which all sustained radiant heat damage. There were also power lines down on the 'B' side of the house. Deputy 2 transmitted a second alarm on arrival. Defensive operations were implemented on the fire building. Offensive operations were implemented in the 'B' exposure, an occupied structure of similar height and construction. Searches were negative. A third alarm was transmitted and ordered to 146 Hamilton Ave to search and operate on the 'C' exposure which was severely exposed. All companies were rotated through REHAB. Two FF's sustained injuries. A fourth alarm was requested to staging on Straight and Hamilton. Four people were displaced at 151 Fair Street. Deputy 2 ordered the demolition of 153-155 Fair Street. Paterson Building Department responded. Demo crew arrived at 1945. E1 was on the scene. PFD command was terminated at 1945.
June 13 Herald
1st Responder News August 2020 courtesy Bill Tompkins
1st Responder News August 2020 courtesy Bill Tompkins
Click images below to enlarge - Bill Tompkins Photos
June 14, 2020: @1420 Hrs. Tour 4 - Incident # 20-3360 166 Butler Street 4 alarm fire involving multiple address 162, 164, 168, 165 and 456 River St. Fire extinguished overhauled with thermal imaging camera by PFD personnel searches (were all negative). Fire investigated by RAC Unit #162 and 168 on scene structures were boarded up. Fire watch set up over night command transferred to Batt 2 tour 1 at change of shift on coming T/C notified.
1st responder news August 2020 Issue - courtesy Dennis Morrison
PFD Demolition Equipment at work For full story CLICK HERE
July 4, 2020: #20-3750 @1623 891 East 24th Street second alarm 2 1/2 story dwelling Crews had to fight heavy fire conditions using multiple hand lines on multiple floors as FF dealt high temps and brutal humidity outside. 1 fatality
July 13, 2020: @0040 Hrs Incident # 20-3964 96-100 Illinois Ave 2nd alarm fire with exposure to the bravo and bravo 1 side of the building, all fire was extinguished overhauled investigated and returned to owners no occupants were displaced.
1st Responder News September 2020 - courtesy Bill Tompkins
July 19, 2020: @2328 Hrs Incident #20-4113- 853 Main Street. Tour 3 - 2nd-alarm fire in the cockloft of a 3-story vacant, wood frame multiple dwelling. Companies stretched 3 lines and operated 2 to knock down fire. Ladder 1 opened roof over the fire. Rescue 2 conducted primary searches (all negative). Ladder 2 assisted with overhaul. BC 1 the initial IC was assigned as Interior and BC 2 was the Safety officer. A 2nd alarm was called for relief due to heat and humidity. PARS conducted to account for members. All members rehabbed thru St Joseph's Rehab unit and rotated frequently. B/C F Liscio was transported to SJRMC by Ambulance 93 due to heat exhaustion.
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August 19, 2020: @ 0115 Hrs Illinois and Trenton Avenue
August 20 Herald
August 23, 2020: @1306 Hrs Incident # 20-4414 40 Cianci Street 4th alarm - 42, 38, 24 Cianci Street & 35 Passaic Street exposed to heavy fire & water damage. Wood frame mixed use - 50 residents displaced
August 24 Herald courtesy Dennis Morrison
Peter Danzo photo
Peter Danzo photo
BC Ken Kiefer - Tan building with arched windows in background was a firehouse in Volunteer & up to 1912 - Peter Danzo photo
Engine 4, Ladder 2, Engine 5
SJH Mass Care Response Unit
Mobile Command Unit
1st Responder News September 2020 Issue - courtesy Bill Tompkins
August 27, 2020:Incident 20-4948 @0230 Hrs 73, 75, 77, 81, & 83 Mill Street 4th alarm working fire in a 3 story wood frame mixed use occupancy. Companies arrived to find a heavy smoke and fire condition throughout the second and third floors. One occupant was exiting a second floor window as companies were arriving; he was assisted by civilians on scene. A primary search was initiated but not completed due to the extent of the fire and deteriorating conditions. Deputy 1 on scene and assumed command from Battalion 1. Companies were ordered to exit the structure and put multiple master streams in operation in a defensive mode.
75 Mill St., the Bravo exposure was damaged from the fire, primary and secondary searches proved negative. 79 Mill St., the Delta exposure suffered fire damage, primary and secondary searches proved negative. 81 Mill Street, the Delta1 exposure was damaged during pre-overhaul operations. Primary and secondary searches proved negative. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported at the time of the incident. The following mutual aid companies operated at the scene: Passaic Ladder Co., Haledon Engine Co., and Prospect Park Engine Co.
September 16, 2020: 8:28 AM Tour 2 Incident #20-5340- Working Fire at 50 Doremus Street, a large, 2.5 story, Type 5, occupied residential. Heavy fire was venting from the first floor 'A' side extending into the second floor. There was an exposure problem on the 'B' and 'D' sides, which were of similar height and construction. Deputy 2 assumed command and was advised of a possible trapped occupant on the first floor. A second alarm was transmitted. Ladder 3 vertically ventilated the roof.
A 62 y/o female was found unresponsive on the first floor near the rear bedroom by E6 and L2 personnel. The victim was removed with personnel doing compressions to Ambulance 94's stretcher. Ambulance 94 continued CPR until the arrival of ALS-701. The victim was transported to SJHMC by Ambulance 94 with ALS-701 on board. The victim expired.
September 17, 2020: @2315 Hrs Tour 3 Incident # 20-5389 424 10th Avenue working fire on the second floor. B/C Frank Liscio called for a second alarm.D3 (Ryan Murray) assumed command and both battalions' worked with crews inside. All searches negative and tenants accounted for (11 tenants displaced), overhaul completed, all areas checked with Thermal Imaging Cameras, all members rotated through rehab and deconned.
September 18, 2020: @1945 Hrs Incident #20-5410- Working Fire 180 16th Ave - one story, the height of two, Type 3, five bay auto body shop. Heavy smoke was pushing from the bay doors on arrival. The structure was attached to two additional bay doors that were separated by a fire wall. A second and subsequent third alarm was transmitted. Car 1 assumed command; Deputy 2 was the Operations Chief. Searches were negative. Multiple 2.5" lines were stretched and operated. The roof was vertically vented with multiple holes. Multiple PAR were conducted; all personnel were accounted for. All companies were rotated through REHAB and deconned. Command was terminated at 2222.
September 19, 2020: @0349 Hrs Incident # 20-5419- Working Fire 86 Redwood Ave, a large, 2.5 story, Type 5, OMD. B/C 3 had heavy fire in the rear of the structure including a detached garage, that extended into the 'B' exposure, 88 Redwood Ave and caused radiant heat damage to the 'B1" exposure 90 Redwood Ave. B/C 3 transmitted a second alarm. Deputy 2 assumed command, and with conditions rapidly deteriorating evacuated the structures and went into defensive operations. A third alarm was transmitted and companies were assigned to Jasper Street for fire suppression and to protect exposures. A fourth alarm was transmitted to staging and to relieve companies. Companies returned to offensive operations in the 'B' and 'B1' exposures. Searches were negative in the 'B' and 'B1' exposures. A limited primary search was conducted in the main fire building due to heavy fire conditions. A pit bull dog was pulled from the structure by B/C Brock and FF Kyle Hughes, but did not survive. Animal Control was notified and responded. All companies were rotated through REHAB. Multiple PAR were conducted; all personnel were accounted for. There were no FF or civilian injuries. E2, E7 and L2 were relieved at the fire scene by Tour 1 personnel. Car 4 D/C Bradle and Captain Eggers were on the scene for cause and origin.
October 1, 2020: @ 0236 Hrs Incident # 20-5697- 33 12th Ave 2nd alarm fire occupied 2 ½ story type 5 multiple family dwelling with exposure problems on the Charlie (7 Auburn St )and Delta (35 12th Ave side), all fire was extinguished overhauled and searches were negative. Minor exterior damage to the exposures, 4 occupants were relocated by Red Cross 1 F/F injury, steam burns to forehead. RAC investigated for cause and origin command terminated at 0617.
October 10, 2020: @0222 11 North 5th Street 2nd alarm 2 story Type 5 with fire on Charlie side
October 20, 2020: Parrot rescue from atop City Hall Engine 4, Ladder 2
Chief McDermott selfie
F/F Ryan Ackerman, John Platt, Captain Pete Lobosco,
F/F Chris Dance and the owner of the macaw. At left is B/C Mike Hall
November 1,2020: @0043 Hrs Incident # 20-6355 124 Marion St. 2nd alarm for a basement fire with extension to the 1st floor. Male victim found in the basement removed by Engine 2 and Ladder 2 personnel victim air lifted to Jacoby Medical Center NYC. Fire extinguished, overhauled secondary searches negative. RAC Unit investigated for cause and origin PPD Unit 112 on scene for relocation of 9 adults, 1 child and 1 victim for a total of 10 adults and 1 child.
November 8, 2020: Tour 2 @0143 Hrs Incident #20-6530 - Working Fire at 485, 487, 489, 491, 493 Summer Street with extension into 16 Chestnut Street. 489 and 491 were heavily involved on arrival, with a report of a woman trapped in 489. Companies were able to conduct a limited primary search but were unable to locate the victim. Fire extended into the 'B', 'B1', 'D', 'D1' exposures and also the 'C1' exposure on 16 Chestnut Street. The fire went to a fifth alarm. Deputy 2 pulled companies out of 489 and 491 Summer St and went defensive; both structures collapsed shortly after. Multiple PAR/ REHAB conducted all personnel were accounted for. Captain Anderson and F/F Santore were transported to St. Barnabus Hospital for burns. They were treated and released. PSE&G secured the utilities. Bergen County Sherriff Officers responded with a cadaver dog. Nine families and approximately 47 people were displaced. Red Cross was on the scene to assist with relocation. OEM Ayers, Director Speziale and COD McDermott were on scene. Deputy 2 transferred command to B/C Castro. Deputy 2 issued an Emergency Order to Demolish 489-491 Summer Street.
0800 Hrs - Tour 3 personnel relieved Tour 2 personnel at scene of 5th Alarm fire 489-491 Summer Street. E6, L-1, BC 2 maintained watch line to hit hot spots and deep seated fire in collapsed structures. PSE&G shut down the gas at the curb box and in the street. PVWC shut of the water at the curb box. PFD heavy machinery used to locate deceased female in collapsed debris with assistance of Bergen County Sheriffs Cadaver dog. Victim located at 10:13 hours and was pronounced at 10:31 by SJRMC Doctor Chung with assistance of Paramedics Marciano and Gurriell. NJ State Medical examiners office removed the deceased. Companies were rotated to maintain a watch-line and examine debris through out the day. Demolition of 489 and 491 was conducted by Done-Rite Construction. Secondary searches were completed with no further victims located and this incident was placed under control. Incident was terminated at 22:10 hours. Paterson PD to remain on scene.
November 17, 2020: 0843 Hrs Incident # 20-6806 13 Pearl Street for a 2nd alarm fire in a vacant 2 ½ story type 5 with exposure problem on the Delta side. Fire extinguished overhauled all searches negative utilities controlled building secured and boarded up.
November 22, 2020: @2102Hrs Incident #20-6983 Tour 3 Working fire at 85 Presidential Blvd. Apt.16-L. Apartment was fully involved with fire showing from the balcony. A second alarm was requested for manpower. Primary and secondary searches proved negative. Remaining occupants on the floor were protected in place.