BERKELEY HEIGHTS FIRE DEPARTMENT STORIES

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2019. Passenger Rescue in Motor Vehicle Collision

August 25, 2019 at 3:53pm — BHFD and BHVRS was dispatched to a motor vehicle
collision at Park Edge with a person trapped. On arrival Firefighters stabilized the car
to prevent it from sliding or falling. The dog was then removed from... > READ MORE

August 25, 2019 at 3:53pm — BHFD and BHVRS was dispatched to a motor vehicle
collision at Park Edge with a person trapped. On arrival Firefighters stabilized the car
to prevent it from sliding or falling. The dog was then removed from from the car, then a
ladder was placed against the car, and the uninjred driver was safely assisted to the
ground. The driver was turned over to B.H.V.R.S. for evaluation. Firefighters secured
power to the destroyed light pole to prevent any pedestrians from being shocked and
assisted C&L Towing with recovering the vehicle. > READ LESS

<< 2019. Technical Rescue of a Man Unable to Move After a 20ft. Fall into a Basement

BHFD was dispatched to Holly Glen Lane South for a man that had fallen about 20 feet
into a basement. The house was under construction so there were no stairs or access
into the basement. The only way into the basement was via a... > READ MORE

BHFD was dispatched to Holly Glen Lane South for a man that had fallen about 20 feet
into a basement. The house was under construction so there were no stairs or access
into the basement. The only way into the basement was via a ladder. The patient had
suffered a traumatic injury and was unable to move. Union County EMS and Atlantic
Paramedics were already on scene treating the patient. Due to the patient’s condition
and location New Providence Fire Dept was requested to the scene to assist with what
turned into a technical rescue. Firefighters from BHFD and NPFD set up a system using
ladders, ropes and other equipment to safely remove the patient from the basement.
A medevac helicopter was dispatched to the Bell Labs heli spot to transport the patient
to Morristown hospital with is a trauma center.

It took just under 1 hour to rescue the patient from the basement. Due to the extended
time that was involved in removing the patient is the reason a medevac helicopter was
used. Both the Berkeley Heights and New Providence Fire Department have been
preparing for about 5 years now on these types of emergencies. > READ LESS

<< 2017. Car Rolled Over with Two People Trapped

November 7, 2017 at 3:50pm — The Fire Department and Rescue Squad was dispatched
to McMane Ave and Ridge Drive East, for a reported car rolled over with 2 people
trapped. BHFD Rescue-1 arrived in 8 minutes. The passenger of the... > READ MORE

November 7, 2017 at 3:50pm — The Fire Department and Rescue Squad was dispatched
to McMane Ave and Ridge Drive East, for a reported car rolled over with 2 people
trapped. BHFD Rescue-1 arrived in 8 minutes. The passenger of the vehicle was assisted
out by civilians prior to fire department arrival. The driver was still trapped in the
vehicle and injured. The fire department utilized the Jaws of Life to remove the roof
and gain access to the driver. When the roof was removed, the patient was moved onto a
stretcher, treated and transported by the Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad. > READ LESS

FIRST QUARTER OF 2019, BERKELEY HEIGHTS

July 5, 2019 — For the first quarter of 2019 the Berkeley Heights Fire Department
responded to 122 fires, emergencies and calls for assistance.

> Fires: This included seven building fires, three of which were in commercial buildings.
One fire was caused by an iPad that ignited after a battery malfunction. Two fires
were in residential homes. And another was in a garage in New Providence. The fire
department also responded to a cooking fire that was confined... > READ MORE

> Fires: This included seven building fires, three of which were in commercial buildings.
One fire was caused by an iPad that ignited after a battery malfunction. Two fires
were in residential homes. And another was in a garage in New Providence. The fire
department also responded to a cooking fire that was confined to the container in an
assisted living facility. No fatalities or injuries occurred as a result of these
fires. Monetary loss from building fires in the Township was approximately $150,000.
There were four passenger vehicle fires during this Q1 as well, resulting in a
total approximated loss of $10,350. > READ LESS

<< Motor Vehicle Collisions: BHFD responded to sixteen motor vehicle collisions on
Interstate 78. Three of these incidents required patients to be extricated from the
vehicles with the jaws of life. Also, assistance was provided to the Summit Fire
Department for a passenger vehicle fire on Interstate 78.

> Hazardous Materials Incidents: Eleven during the first quarter that included:
- A business caused the release of Acetone resulting in a strong odor in that area.
- A resident was storing canisters of Propane in the garage; these were removed from
the garage to the exterior... > READ MORE

> Hazardous Materials Incidents: Eleven during the first quarter that included:
- A business caused the release of Acetone resulting in a strong odor in that area.
- A resident was storing canisters of Propane in the garage; these were removed from
the garage to the exterior
- A resident stored a cylinder of Acetylene in the garage which started to leak. The
cylinder was removed to the exterior and the home was ventilated.
- A plumber working with a torch in a home was leaking Acetylene. The home was
ventilated by the Fire Department.
- A home in Free Acres had a natural gas leak caused by a defective gas line to the dryer.
- Five Carbon Monoxide releases in homes. > READ LESS

> Emergency Assistance to Other Rescue Squads (Mutual Aid)
The Fire Department took action in the below emergencies:
- Assisted the Rescue Squad with a lift assist to safely bring a patient from their home
into the ambulance.
- Rescued a patient from a stalled elevator... > READ MORE

> Emergency Assistance to Other Rescue Squads (Mutual Aid)
The Fire Department took action in the below emergencies:
- Assisted the Rescue Squad with a lift assist to safely bring a patient from their home
into the ambulance.
- Rescued a patient from a stalled elevator
- A serious natural gas leak at a restaurant in New Providence. This was caused by a
motorist colliding with the gas meter and building.
- A large gasoline spill in the Clark Reservoir in Clark, in which the County requested
our boat: Marine 1.
- Assisted the Scotch Plains Fire Department with a brush fire in their section of the
Watchung Reservation. > READ LESS

Any additional questions contact Deputy Chief Jim Hopkins at