These are some of the incidents that the JLFD operated at in 2010. These are not all the incidents that occurred. Many were not photographed by the media or fire photographers.
12/29/10 CHRISTMAS TREE BURNS
_Firefighters all over the city of Jakeland were kept busy on 12/29/2010 during the Blizzard of 2010. Jakelands bravest responded to over 100 alarms in less than 24 hours during the storm. At 13:22 the firefighters on the west side of the city were called to a working house fire at 145 Hillside Dr. Firefighters had multiple problems responding to the scene due to streets being unplowed and vehicles stuck in the middle of roadways. Firefighters also had problems accessing hydrants due to them being buried under snow piles. Once firefighters arrived on scene, they found heavy fire venting out a first floor window and heavy smoke venting out multiple windows on the first and second floors. Even though the firefighters were delayed due to the weather and road conditions, Jakelands bravest were able to make an aggressive interior attack on the fire and quickly knocked the fire down keeping this alarm to an all hands assignment. Firefighters were able to determine the cause of the fire to a space heater placed next to a Christmas tree. No occupants were home during the incident.
12/1/10 COLLEGE DR FIRE RINGS IN 2 ALARMS
_The firefighters from Battalion 1 were dispatched at 11:13 on 12/1/2010 to 1128 College Dr on a report of a working house fire reported by a motorist. Upon the arrival of Engine 12, fire was visible out the front windows on the first and second floors of the two and a half story home. Battalion 1 requested a 2nd alarm on arrival bringing in additional units to stand by at the University Ave Firehouse. Firefighters made an aggressive exterior attack before an interior attack was made. After 23 minutes the fire was declared under control. One firefighter suffered minor injuries as a ceiling collapsed on the second floor. All units that operated were Engines 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, Truck 2, Ladder 3, Quint 8, Truck 6, Squad 3, Rescue 1 and Battalions 1 and 3. The cause of the fire was determined to be a candle.
9/22/10 DEPARTMENT STORE BLAZE KILLS 4
_At 15:07 on 9/22/2010, Jakelands Bravest were dispatched to the Riverview Department Store for an activated fire alarm. En-route to the alarm, firefighters were updated by dispatchers that it was a confirmed working fire with people trapped. Battalion 1 immediately requested a second alarm to the scene and a third alarm to stage. Firefighters were able to rescue 14 people from the building. Unfortunately, 4 people were unable to escape the toxic smoke. All Jakeland Fire Dept. units operated at the scene. Mutual aid from Lego Twp, Brick Twp, Midlego, St Lego, New Brickington, Buena Vista, Buildington and Rochelle Heights stood by at empty firehouses across Jakeland. The cause of the fire was faulty electrical work that had been done a month ago on the second floor.
7/12/10 FAIRMOUNT AVE HOUSE FIRE
Firefighters in Cliffside were woken up at 01:45 on 7/12/2010 for a working house fire on Fairmount Ave. When firefighters arrived, they found the house fully involved with fire through the roof. A second alarm was sounded bringing in two more engines and a ladder to the scene. Firefighters struggled to keep the blaze from spreading, and eventually a third alarm was sounded. The aggressive efforts of the firefighters pulled off and the fire was kept to the original structure.
6/24/10 RT 17 CRASH PINS DRIVER
Jakeland Fire Dept. Dispatchers were alerted by the Rochelle Heights Police about a possible motor vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer on Rt 17 near the Jakeland/Rochelle Heights border. Jakelands bravest were able to locate the crash and discovered a tractor trailer heading north on the highway had crashed through the highway divider. A driver of a recreational vehicle was pinned. Also a driver on the southbound side of the highway was injured when the tractor trailer struck his vehicle head on. Rochelle Heights Rescue 833 was also on scene as they were attempting to locate the crash. In ten minutes the driver of the RV was extricated and ready to be transported to Jakeland University Medical Center with non life threatening injuries. Engines 5, 11 and Rescue 1 operated at the scene.
6/9/10 TORNADO STRIKES LEGOCREEK
Firefighters from Jakeland and all across the LMFD were sent to assist Legocreek after a tornado strike. Engine 4, Engine 12, Truck 2 and Rescue 1 responded to the scene. Jakelands Bravest fought several blazes that occurred after the tornado and searched structures and vehicles for people trapped.
5/17/10 BLACK OUT CAUSES BLAZE ON TACKLE AVE
During the blackout on 5/17/2010, firefighters in Jakeland were sent all over the city for multiple incidents ranging from motor vehicle crashes to people trapped in elevators. At around 23:15, firefighters in South Jakeland were dispatched to 79 Tackle Ave for a report of a working fire in a auto shop. When Engine 15 and Ladder 9 arrived, they found heavy fire in the auto shop and a structure next door was also in jeopardy. As fire crews were arriving and preparing an exterior attack on the fire, occupants in 81 Tackle Ave started screaming that the fire had spread to their apartment complex. Firefighters immediately began an aggressive attack on the fire on the second floor. The fire raged however before firefighters were able to stretch the hose to fight the fire, and a flashover occurred. Firefighters began hitting the fire from the exterior prior to any interior attack on the fire. The fire was held to a 2nd alarm with an extra engine and ladder. All units that operated on scene were Engines 4, 5, 7, 9, 15, Ladder 3, Truck 4, Ladder 9, Squad 3, Rescue 1 and Battalions 2 and 4.
4/15/10 TRUCKER FALLS ASLEEP AND CRASHES
At 02:33, a truck driver who had just dropped off a trailer, fell asleep and crashed into a parked car. A motorist driving by witnessed the crash and dialed 9-1-1. When firefighters arrived, they found the trucker badly injured and trapped in the cab. Rescue 1 and Squad 10 were able to extricate the trucker from the cab in 15 minutes. The trucker was transported to Jakeland University Medical Center with non life threatening injuries. All units that operated on scene were Engine 13, Rescue 1, Squad 10 and Battalion 4.
4/5/10 ANOTHER SUSPICIOUS HOUSE FIRE
At 16:32 the firefighters in Jakeland were requested to respond to 12 South River St in the Riverview section. When firefighters from Squad 10 arrived on scene, they found the house fully involved in fire on the first floor. The home next door at 14 South River St, was also victim of a recent suspicious fire. Three alarms were needed to bring the flames under control and prevent the fire from spreading to a neighboring house on Lexington Way. The fire was ruled arson and the County Prosecutors Arson Division is investigating this and previous fires in Jakeland.
3/25/10 3 ALARM FIRE IN MIDTOWN
Firefighters in Midtown Jakeland had their work cut out for them at around 11:45 on 3/25/2010. An oven fire in a pizzeria quickly grew out of control and spread to the apartments upstairs. When firefighters arrived, the fire on the second floor had flashed in multiple rooms and flames were visible out the windows. An attempt was made to make an aggressive interior attack, however firefighters had trouble making it to the second floor due to the amount of fire on the first and second floors. An exterior attack was made via Truck 2's tower and multiple handlines. Once the fire was darkened down, crews were able to re-enter and extinguish the remanants of the fire. The fire was held to 3 alarms and all units that operated at the scene were Engines 1, 2, 4, 5 ,6, 11, 12, 15, Truck 2, Ladder 3, Ladder 5, Ladder 7, Ladder 9, Squads 3 and 10, Rescue 1 and Battalions 1, 2 and 3. Since the new firehouse on Hackensack Ave has opened, this has been their fourth multi alarm structure fire.
1/18/10 FATAL HOUSE FIRE RINGS IN 2 ALARMS
At 12:04, a Jakeland Police Oifficer discovered a working house fire at 77 Williams St. The neighbors of the home reported that the homeowner had gotten out of the home, however he ran back in to get his kids out. The police officer notified police headquarters and then ran into the house. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found heavy smoke coming from the front and sides of the home. Ladder 5 ran inside to assist the officer and rescue the occupants inside. When Battalion 2 arrived on scene, he requested a second alarm bringing in Engine 7, Engine 13 and Truck 4. Ladder 5 was able to locate and rescue the officer and the father, however the two young kids succumbed to smoke inhalation on the second floor. All units that operated at the scene were Engines 1, 7, 9, 12, 13, 15, Truck 1, Ladder 5, Truck 4, Squad 10, Rescue 1 and Battalions 2 and 4. The cause of the fire was determined to be an overloaded electrical outlet.