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On The Job – West New York


A high-rise fire in West New York, N.J., sent two firefighters to a local hospital when they were injured battling the smoky blaze. North Hudson Regional firefighters are used to answering fire alarm calls at the 26-story residential structure, which overlooks the Hudson River and the midtown Manhattan skyline at 5701 Park Avenue. On the morning of July 9th, however, Fire Control dispatched a full-assignment to the building and reported to responding units that they were receiving モnumerous phone calls. While en route, 2nd Battalion Chief Dan Giacumbo observed smoke pushing from the top-floor balcony and ordered the working fire high-rise response. He transmitted the 2nd-alarm when he arrived on the scene. The fire started in an air conditioning unit in a window and the high winds helped push the heavy smoke throughout the apartment. By the time firefighters reached the upper floors, thick, acrid smoke was banking down on them, blinding their operations. Despite these conditions, firefighters made an aggressive attack to knock down the fire. They did a great job, said Battalion Chief Giacumbo. A third-alarm was transmitted by Deputy Chief Eric Inauen for additional manpower. Safety Officer, Captain Charles Barrone, suffered back injuries, and Captain Eugene Lamastro, of Engine Co. 9, injured his knee. Both were transported to Palisades Medical Center for treatment. The North Hudson Fire Departmentメs rehab bus and the Jersey City Gong Club canteen reported to the scene to help the soot faced, weary firefighters as the exited the building. The North Hudson Regional Fire Department was established in 1999, merging the municipal fire departments of West New York, Union City, North Bergen, Guttenberg and Weehawken into a 300-plus member department that protects over 200,000 residents in a congested 7 square-mile area.

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