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March 2019 Monthly Minutes

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UL Fire Attack Tests Draws Criticism

A groundbreaking study in Illinois could change the way firefighters attack the hottest and most dangerous fires. The Milwaukee Fire Department is taking part in the study, but a retired New York City battalion chief says the researchers are all wet.  It may sound elementary, but scientists in suburban Chicago are studying whether applying water on a fire from the outside should come before search and rescue on the inside.

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Backpacks for Life

The county is collecting items for veterans called Backpacks for Life to assist homeless Vets. If you can, please bring some of the items to this week’s meeting and Steve Ruhl get them to the collection point.
In fulfillment of  Chairman Bergen and the Freeholder Board’s “UCHERO” initiative assisting Veterans, a collection is being taken up for Backpacks for Life, a New Jersey-based non-profit that assists Veterans in need.
Collection bins/boxes are at the following County Government locations:
*Administration Building, 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth—first floor elevator area.
*Prosecutor’s Office, 32 Rahway Avenue, Elizabeth— first floor lobby.
*County Courthouse—alley entry (before cafeteria).
*County Clerk’s Office, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield—Office area.
*County Police 300 North Avenue East, (24 HOUR COLLECTION SITE)—Lobby area.
The following items below are being requested as donations:
•            Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
•            Baby Wipes
•            Soap Bars/Body Wash
•            Shampoo
•            Hand Sanitizer
•            Deodorant
•            Lotion
•            Body Powder
•            Pocket Tissues
•            Socks, Hats & Gloves
•            Travel Size First Aid Kit
•            Ponchos

Backpacks For Life is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit that aims to provide veterans, those who are homeless or who cannot provide for themselves and their families, with the basic life necessities. They’re building backpacks full of daily essentials and other resources to help get homeless veterans back on their feet.

With each backpack, they aim to not only provide homeless veterans with the things they need for daily living but also, give them hope and resources for the future.

Backpacks For Life was founded by Verona resident and USMC Sgt. Brett D’Alessandro.

For more information, please go to or about the County collection, contact Sebastian D’Elia at<> or 908-527-4419.

Battery Brain Device

– Monitors Battery voltage and health
– Automatically Disconnect the battery
– Preserves enough charge to start your vehicle
– Simply press the Reconnect button
– Disconnect on demand to use as an ANTI-THEFT device

Survey on The Study of the Communication/Technology in the Fire Service

Dear Participant:

My name is Rufus Jackson and I am currently a Deputy Fire Chief with Newark Fire Division. I am currently a student enrolled in the Rutgers University’s Certified Public Management Course. As a requirement of the course I must conduct research of my chosen topic, which is The Study of the Communication / Technology in the Fire Service. You have been chosen to participate in my research because of your unique positions within your organizations. Your thoughts and opinions are a very important aspect of my research project. Please take few minutes to complete a 10-question survey.

Thank You For Your Assistance.
Rufus Jackson (Deputy Fire Chief)
Newark Fire Department

Below is a link to a 10-question survey

Redefining Hybrid Construction

This is an article written by B/C Brian Crimmins, Hoboken FD that was published in Fire Engineering Magazine.


2016 Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation Seminar

2016 Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation Seminar

Police Officer, Firefighter, Public School Teacher, Corrections Officer, and Sanitation Worker Home-buyer Assistance Act

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