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Fire at Kenilworth Storage Facility

Tuesday, April 30, 2013   By Tom Hayden/The Star-Ledger  

KENILWORTH — Two storage units were heavy damaged in a fire at a storage facility today that brought out firefighters from the borough and eight other departments. The fire was reported at 10:10 a.m. at the Self Storage Depot, 400 N. 14th St., police said. Firefighters largely contained the flames to two units that were inside a warehouse, Fire Chief Lou Giordino said. There was smoke throughout the building and some damage to the roof, Giordino said. No one was injured, police said. Firefighters from Elizabeth, Hillside, Linden, Roselle, Springfield, Summit and Westfield assisted borough fire crews, authorities said.Fire officials have yet to determine the cause, but a preliminary investigation determined it was accidental.

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Fire on 14th St. goes to 3 alarms. First due companies met with a heavy smoke condition upon arrival- making it even more difficult to locate the seat of the fire in this large maze-like storage facility.  



St. Baldrick's Foundation Fundraiser

Sunday, April 28, 2013  On Sunday some of our Firefighters volunteered to have their heads shaved in solidarity with kids who are fighting cancer. We raised close to $3000.00 all of which will go to the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Great work fellas!



A Very Cool Reunion

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 
FF/EMT Jimmy Hannon pictured holding little Alexis. Firefighter Hannon was part of the crew of Kenilworth Rescue 2 that delivered Alexis on 8/11/11. 



Elizabeth Fire Goes to 5 Alarms

Saturday, March 9, 2013 

ELIZABETH — 58 3rd Street. Heavy fire in a 2 1/2 story wood frame extending to the cockloft of the Bravo exposure. Kenilworth Truck 3 was dispatched by Union County Fire Mutual Aid for a cover assignment into Elizabeth on the 2nd Alarm, then moved up to the scene when the 3rd alarm was struck. Truck 3’s crew was assigned to operate on the 3rd division of the B exposure building. by Keith Addie



Change Your Clocks - Change Your Batteries

Friday, March 8, 2013  Its time to push your clocks ahead one hour this weekend! Its a good practice to change the batteries in all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to keep your house and family protected.



Massive Commercial Building in Kenilworth Saved

Wednesday, February 27, 2013  By Seth Augenstein/The Star-Ledger  

KENILWORTH — A sprinkler system and a quick fire-department response stopped an intense fire from burning a “massive” commercial building where escalators are manufactured, said officials this morning. The fire started at 3:25 a.m. on the roof of the North Michigan Avenue building – which is about 100 feet by 800 feet, said Chief Louis Giordino. About 40 feet of the roof was engulfed in flames at one point, Giordino said. But the sprinkler system was activated by the heat, and it kept the flames from spreading down to the building below – as well as notifying the fire department automatically about the blaze, he added.“It had a pretty good head start, but we got there quick – and there was the sprinkler system,” the chief said.

The fire was brought under control about 4:15 a.m., Giordino said. The "massive" building was not occupied at the time – and there were no injuries reported, he added. The cause is still under investigation, Giordino said.

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0330hrs Tues. Feb 27. KFD dispatched to a fire alarm activation in a large commercial warehouse off of N. Michigan Avenue. Battalion 4 arriving on scene, reports a working fire on the roof of the structure. Kenilworth Squad 2, Engine 4, Truck 3 and Cars 1, 2 and 3 responding. Battalion 4 requests a Union County Fire Mutual Aid Task Force URGENT to the scene. The Task Force consists of a Union Engine, Union Ladder, Cranford Engine, Roselle Park Engine FAST team, plus Chiefs from Elizabeth, Union, Summit, Scotch Plains and Hillside. UCFMA in turn dispatches a Clark Truck, Scotch Plains Engine and Springfield Engine to Kenilworth Fire Headquarters to cover the town in case of other emergencies.

An incredible display of coordination and teamwork - all resulting in a quick fire knockdown, minimal damage to the structure, no one getting hurt and everyone going home. 



MVA Extrication Training 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 

After years of honorable service Cars #4 and #5 donate their bodies to science. Farewell old friends.

KFD members conducted a training session on how to extricate an entrapped motorist using Squad 2’s Holmatro Resque Tools (cutters/spreaders) and vehicle stabilizing Res-Q-Jack system.

See the Res-Q-Jack system in action.
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All photos ©Kenilworth, NJ  Fire Department 2013



Responders Recognized for Actions During and After Sandy

Wednesday, February 13, 2013   
By Kenilworth Business Life

KENILWORTH — Members of the Kenilworth Fire Department, Rescue Squad and the Police Department were recognized for their actions before, during and after the super storm Sandy emergency at the February 13, 2013 council meeting.

Kenilworth Honor Guard: Sgt. Daniel Sims, Sgt. Paul Campanelli, Officers Michael Devlin and Len Lueddeke. Police Department: Officer Michael Devlin, Detective Anthony Giacalone, Captain William Hannon, Lt. John Zimmerman, Sgt. Paul Campanelli, Sgt. Dan Sims, Officers Kenneth Grady, Jr.  Michael Scanielo, Joseph Balwierczak, Edward Paster. Absent were Officers Glen Sandull, Joseph Scuorzo, Sgt. Fred Soos, Sgt. James Grady.

Dispatchers: Sean Kaverick, Kevin Fernandes, Matthew Torre and Jennifer Prochaczek (absent)

Fire Department: Chief of Department Lewis Giordino, Deputy Chief William Krueger, Battalion Chief John Mauro, Captain Brian Howarth, Captain Shawn Kelly, Captain Anthony DeLuca, Lt. James Hannon, Jr. , Lt. Dwayne Bell, Firefighters David Krill, Randy Levchuk, Dave Spranger, James Hannon, III, Dave Lagruth, Michael Pagliaroli, Anthony Laganga, James Ellmer, EMT Annette Lotfy and EMT Jessica Delgado-Days. Absent EMT Sandra Buabeng, EMT Michael Gelsleichter, EMT Carmine Giordano, EMT Joe Callelo, Firefighters Michael Santoro, Doug Gelsleichter, Michael Laganga, Chris Radzion, Frank Brattole, Justine Toro, Rescue Squad Captain Jennifer Prochaczek and Battalion Chief Michael Scuderi. 

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Issue #62 March 2013



Five families displaced in Elizabeth row-house fire

Wednesday, February 6, 2013  By Seth Augenstein/The Star-Ledger  

ELIZABETH — An early-morning fire displaced five families from two row houses, and firefighters are still on the scene checking to make sure the hot spots are out. The fire started in a second-floor rear porch that was mostly wood around 1:31 a.m., said Deputy Chief Carl Heitmeyer. The blaze spread quickly along the back of the house and extended to the connected row house, the deputy chief added. All five families in the two buildings escaped the fire on their own, Heitmeyer said. One of the apartments in the second building to ignite was vacant. The porch where the fire ignited completely collapsed during the fire, the deputy chief added. However, the apartments inside the two row houses were not destroyed by fire, water or smoke, he said.

Firefighters brought the fire under control at 2:25 a.m., but firefighters were still at the scene on fire watch just before 7 a.m., Heitmeyer said.


Kenilworth Truck 3 was dispatched to the scene on the 3rd alarm. Truck 3’s crew assisted Elizabeth units in fire suppression ops and overhaul.

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4-Alarm Blaze Damages Vacant Building

Saturday, January 26, 2013  By Seth Augenstein/The Star-Ledger  

— A four-alarm fire gutted half of a vacant building across the street from the fire department’s headquarters on Irvington Avenue this afternoon. Smoke and flames were spotted by firefighters just after noon and the blaze quickly spread throughout the five-story apartment building which had been under construction, Deputy Fire Chief Lathey Wirkus said at the scene.

Flames had already spread through the first three floors of the building by the time the fire was discovered and it spread quickly up to the top two floors, Wirkus said. The extreme cold caused icing problems as firefighters battled the blaze with hoses. Propane tanks left by construction workers inside the building posed a danger, as well, Wirkus said. “It was a problem at first,” he said.

About 125 firefighters fought the fire, the deputy chief said. Newark, Union and Kenilworth fire departments were among the mutual aid groups at the scene. The fire was declared under control by 2 p.m., Wirkus said.

A cause for the fire has not been determined. No one was reported hurt.

Kenilworth Truck 3 - orginally dispatched on the cover assignment into Elizabeth was moved up to the scene on the 3rd Alarm. Truck 3’s crew operated on the 4th division assisting other Union County Fire Mutual Aid companies in fire suppression operations and extensive overhaul.

Original Story by Keith Addie


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