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    Ridgewood fireman to attempt world record for running mile in full gear

     photos by Kevin R. Wexler

    WHO: Brendan Corcoran.

    WHAT: Attempting to set a Guinness World Record for completing a 1-mile run in full firefighter gear.

    WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Monday. (Other events start at 8:15 a.m.)

    WHERE: The 40th Annual Fred d'Elia Ridgewood Run, Veterans Memorial Field, Ridgewood; 973-333-4837, ridgewoodrun.com.

    Brendan Corcoran has been competitive since he ran his first 10-kilometer race 30 years ago in Ridgewood as a 7-year-old with his Uncle Greg.

    Football. Marathons. Triathlons. Ironman Triathlons. Even a pending Guinness World Record for completing a half-marathon wearing full firefighter gear, including boots (1 hour, 48 minutes, 24 seconds).

    "I pretty much always have a purpose," the 37-year-old Ridgewood fire lieutenant says of his intense training commitments, which may have been passed down from his father, who was a captain of the Ridgewood High basketball team.

    The Guinness Book of World Records is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, with 40,000 current records in its latest edition and distribution in 100 countries and 20 languages.

    Corcoran's latest pursuit will come on Monday when he dons 25 pounds of firefighting gear (boots, pants, jacket and helmet) and perhaps another 20 for an air pack to chase the Guinness World Record for the 1-mile run (7 minutes, 58.02 seconds) at the Fred d'Elia Memorial Day Ridgewood Run.

    To Read more Click on the North Jersey Article link here: http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/ridgewood-fireman-to-attempt-world-record-for-running-mile-in-full-gear-1.1337512




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    2015 Annual Ridgewood Touch a Truck

    Ridgewood Touch-A-Truck Event
    Free Fun for Young Children!
    Touch-a-Truck 2015 Rolls Into Ridgewood May 14 Join Us for a Day of Imagination & Fun! Imagine taking a seat behind the wheel of a real police cruiser ready to roll, climbing aboard a shiny fire truck as you prepare to battle a blaze, exploring up-close a fleet of the other emergency and public works vehicles you’ve only seen at a distance on the streets of Ridgewood. Treat your children to a day of hands-on adventure, featuring opportunities to climb on board the vehicles that touch their lives, when “Touch-a-Truck 2015” rolls into downtown Ridgewood’s Memorial Park at Van Neste Square on Thursday, May 14 (Rain date: Thursday, Oct. 8) . Ridgewood emergency and public works vehicles will be ready for action along the Oak Street side of the park from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. as the local heroes who serve the Village also will be on hand to share their favorite tales about the exciting work they perform every day. As an added bonus, they’ll be a Safetytown Kiddie-Car Driving Track hosted by the Ridgewood Police Department and Little Ivy Learning Center. . . a special Truck Storytime hosted by the Ridgewood Public Library and more! Touch-a-Truck, a free event co-sponsored by the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Ridgewood, is coordinated by Ridgewood’s Little Ivy Learning Center as part of its ongoing commitment to serve our community’s children and their families. We look forward to meeting your family on Touch-a-Truck Day!

    Photo credit:   Boyd A. Loving




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    New career Ridgewood FD firefighter sworn in on May 13, 2015

    Probationary FF Henry Van Wageningen III being sworn in as a career firefighter after serving as a Ridgewood FD volunteer firefighter since 2010. Henry's father in law, James Bombace, was Chief of the Ridgewood Fire Department when he retired in 2010.

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    New career Ridgewood FD firefighter sworn in on May 13, 2015

    Being sworn in is Probationary Firefighter Anthony Dinice, son of Ridgewood PD Patrol Officer Paul Dinice and grandson of the late Anthony Dinice, who served as a Ridgewood PD Patrol Officer from 1956 until his retirement in 1981.

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    Arson squad summoned to Ridgewood brush fire

    Ridgewood and Glen Rock firefighters battled a smokey multiple-alarm brush fire on Sunday afternoon (4/26) that consumed an unspecified number of acres in Grove Park, Ridgewood.

    A section of the very popular Saddle River County Bike Path that borders Grove Park (between Grove Street, Ridgewood and the "waterfall bridge" in Glen Rock) was closed while firefighters worked.

    The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Arson Squad was called based on a report that two (2) persons were seen fleeing the scene just before the fire was spotted by a passerby on the Bike Path.

    Bergen County PD and Bergen County Sheriff's officers were on the scene along with Ridgewood PD officers.

    No injuries were reported.

    Photo credit: Boyd A. Loving

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    Ridgewood firefighter trying for second Guinness world record

    It’s not easy to set a Guinness World Record but that’s what Ridgewood resident and Fire Lieutenant Brendan Corcoran has done. Not once, but in all likelihood, twice. Corcoran, 37, recently set a new world record for running the fastest half marathon in full firefighter gear at the Michelob Ultra Queens 13.1 on March 21 in an official time of 1:48:24. Stuart Ruston of the United Kingdom set the previous record of 2:00:41 in March of 2013. Corcoran carried 25 pounds of gear on him, as per the official record, which consisted of his firefighter uniform boots, jacket, helmet, and pants.

    May 1, 2015 Last updated: Friday, May 1, 2015, 12:31 AM

    By Gail kislevitz


    The Ridgewood News

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    Concrete falls from pedestrian bridge over Route 17 in Ridgewood

    At least two (2) vehicles were damaged when concrete from the center support of a pedestrian bridge across Route 17 in Ridgewood fell to the northbound roadway at approximately 12:30 PM on Saturday, 04/04. Ridgewood firefighters used pike poles to pull as much remaining concrete as they could down to prevent further damage to vehicles. The left and center lanes of Route 17 northbound just south of the bridge itself were closed to facilitate firefighters working. Ridgewood PD & FD units responded along with a unit from Bergen County PD. NJDOT inspectors were said to have been notified of the situation and responding to inspect the structure for integrity. As of 1:00 PM, all lanes of travel had been reopened pending the arrival of NJDOT officials. The pedestrian bridge connects a northbound bus stop with a Park & Ride facility located on the southbound side of Route 17.

    Photo credit: Boyd A. Loving

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    A Midland Park women escaped serious injuries after her car crashed over a guardrail and went down an embankment. The crash happened on January 12, 2015 just before 3pm on Corsa Terrace.

    Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving

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    Ridgewood family offers gratitude for support

    file photo Boyd Loving

    Ridgewood family offers gratitude for support

    JANUARY 2, 2015

    Family offers gratitude for help

    The Imbruglia family


    To the Editor:

    My family and I would like to offer our most heartfelt gratitude for the support that has been shown to us during these difficult days since our house fire on the day after Thanksgiving. Living in Ridgewood for over 20 years, we have always known our community to be extremely special and we now know just how blessed we are to be counted among you.

    In the bleary-eyed days after our fire, my family was deeply touched by people dropping off gift cards, bags of bedding, clothing and necessities, hugging us, crying with us, and offering anything to help ease our losses. These were not empty gestures, the concern and the tears in their eyes helped us realize we were not alone and had the support of an entire community – whether close friends, I taught their child, or we see each other in the supermarket. My family knows now, more than ever, what an exceptional community we have and how lucky we are to be among such gracious and caring people.

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    Assemblyman Singleton Introduces Legislation

    Assemblyman Troy Singleton has introduced legislation to help ensure medical coverage is not cancelled abruptly for family members of deceased first responders, a measure that was inspired by the recent death of a Cinnaminson firefighter.

    Read more at Singleton Introduces Legislation Inspired by Recent Death of Cinnaminson Firefighter | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis
    Follow us: @politickernj on Twitter | PolitickerNJ on Facebook

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    2nd Ridgewood house fire within 90 minutes

    November 28th 2014
    Boyd A. Loving

    Ridgewood NJ, A fire that began on the second floor of a home located at 19 Liberty Street, Ridgewood, reported at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, 11/28, was quickly extinguished by Ridgewood fire fighters with the assistance of fire personnel from Glen Rock and Waldwick.

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    Platoon C Battles Basement Fire

    November 28,2014
    Boyd A. Loving

    Ridgewood NJ, Numerous 911 calls were received by Ridgewood FD shortly after 3:00 PM on Friday, 11/28 reporting a basement fire at 300 Block of South Pleasant Avenue. First arriving units observed smoke coming from a second story window and the back door. All occupants of the home and a dog had safely evacuated the home prior to arrival of the fire department.

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    Ridgewood firefighter completes Kona Ironman

    NOVEMBER 21, 2014, 12:31 AM

    What does it take to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 up the side of a volcano, and then run a 26.2-mile marathon? Ask Ridgewood resident and Fire Lieutenant Brendan Corcoran, who completed the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii last month. Corcoran battled heat and extreme winds in order to complete the event in just over 10 hours.

    Brendan Corcoran completed the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in just over 10 hours placing him in the top quarter of more than 2,100 racers. At right, he relaxes with his wife, Kate, and daughters Cailin, 4, and baby Keira.

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    Recommendations for EMS and Medical First Responders, Including Firefighters and Law Enforcement Personnel

    Guidance for handling inquiries and responding to patients with suspected Ebola symptoms, and for keeping workers safe.

    EMS personnel can safely manage a patient with suspected or confirmed Ebola by following recommended isolation and infection control procedures, including standard, contact, and droplet precautions. Particular attention should be paid to protecting mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth from splashes of infectious material, or self-inoculation from soiled gloves. Early recognition and identification of patients with potential Ebola is critical. An EMS agency managing a suspected Ebola patient should follow these CDC recommendations:

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    Ridgewood Firefighters Raise Money for Breast Cancer Awareness

    October 10, 2014

    For the third year, Ridgewood FMBA Local 47 members have bought T-shirts to be worn on duty for one dedicated week in October to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.
    The donated funds are donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
    Here we have some members from Platoons A and B getting together at shift change.

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    Pedestrian pinned under NJ Transit bus in Ridgewood

    October 6th 2014
    Boyd A. Loving

    Ridgewood NJ , A NJ Transit bus struck a male pedestrian crossing Oak Street at the intersection of Franklin Avenue in Ridgewoodon Monday evening, 10/06 at approximately 7:15 PM. The victim was pinned under the driver’s side of the bus and remained there until freed by Ridgewood firefighters. The bus was operating on Route #752. The victim was conscious and alert as he was being placed on an ambulance stretcher. He was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center; injuries were reported to his leg and ankle

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    Knights of Columbus Annual Stickball Tournament

    September 28,2014
    Richard Hrvatin

    Ridgewood NJ,The Ridgewood Knights of Columbus Council #1736 held their annual stickball tournament, now in its fifth year, on Saturday September 27th on Passaic Street in Ridgewood. First place went to Chris Eidschun, Paul Brennan, Doug Christopher, and Brian Peacock of the Ridgewood Fire Department. This year’s event was held in honor of one of Ridgewood’s Bravest, Fireman Steven Lawrence Missel and his Family.

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    Change Your Clock Change Your Battery®

    CHANGE YOUR CLOCK CHANGE YOUR BATTERY® PROGRAMThe Ridgewood Professional Firefighters would like to remind you, smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries need to be changed at least twice a year. So when you change your clock ahead on November 2nd, remember to change and test the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Be sure to remind your friends, family and neighbors to do the same. Working smoke alarms provide vital early warning in the event of a fire.

    For more information on smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, contact the Ridgewood Fire Department 201-444-4226.

    Take part in the "Change Your Clock Change Your Battery" program by Energizer Bunny.


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