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911 DISPATCH STILL AN ISSUE IN FAIR HAVEN

hot-topic rightBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It’s been close to two years since Fair Haven jobbed out its emergency dispatching services to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s 911 Communication Center, and so far, not so good. Still.

“We’re no more satisfied than we were last year,” said former fire chief Jim Cerruti.

Councilman Rowland Wilhelm said Monday that it comes down to clarity of the calls and delays in the calls being relayed to fire and first aiders.

Wilhelm, along with police and fire representatives, is scheduled to meet with county officials today (Thursday) “to try and allay these issues or straighten them out the best we can.”

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MINOR ACCIDENT, MAJOR CONCERNS

taxi-accidentAn accident at the intersection of Ridge and Fair Haven roads is the latest reminder how dangerous the intersection can be, officials said. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Fair Haven Fire Chief Jim Cerruti spends more time than he’d like at the intersection of Ridge and Fair Haven roads.

He and his volunteer crew were out there again Tuesday afternoon for a fender-bender that, while there were no injuries involved, highlights safety concerns that Cerruti says haven’t been addressed with any kind of action.

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FAIR HAVEN FIRE SPOTLIGHTS TEEN HANGOUT

doremus-houseOfficials intend to keep a closer eye on this vacant River Road property after a group of teenagers is suspected of starting a fire there last week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A small fire on the property of a vacant River Road home last Thursday afternoon has opened the eyes of Fair Haven officials to a popular hangout spot for teenagers, who are suspected of having started the fire.

Fire Chief Jim Cerruti said firefighters responded at about 5p Thursday to a report of a fire at the former home of Olga Schwenker Doremus, who died in 2004. No one was there when the department arrived, but Cerruti suspects teenagers who set the fire. Aerosol cans were found at the scene.

“The house itself was not damaged,” he said. “It was like a camp fire, for lack of a better term.”

Last month, Zachary Buttler, a 15-year-old from the Belford section of Middletown, died after he fell from the roof of another vacant Fair Haven house that neighbors said was an attraction for teenagers.

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VACANT HOME USED IN FIREFIGHTING DRILL

fh-fauxfire-2Volunteer Fair Haven firefighters during a smoke exercise Monday night. Below, the head of a mannequin used in the demonstration became separated from its body. (Click to enlarge)

fh-faux-fire-0927101By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Fair Haven firefighters got a dose of action last night in a simulated fire at a vacant Harrison Avenue home.

About 30 volunteers spent three hours running an assortment of drills at the home, which is slated to be torn down, said chief Jim Cerruti.

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CAR CRASHES INTO TREE IN FAIR HAVEN

fh-crashA woman driving a charcoal gray Nissan crashed into a tree on River Road opposite Fair Haven’s around 1p Thursday. She received medical attention at the scene.

No other details on the accident were immediately available.

Fair Haven Fire Chief Jim Cerruti said, “Nobody’s too seriously hurt. That’s the good thing.” (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN SWEARS IN NEW CHIEF

cerrutiJim Cerruti was sworn in Friday as Fair Haven’s fire chief, a duty he’s been filling since November. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Although he really took over the job in November, Jim Cerruti is officially Fair Haven’s new fire chief.

Cerruti was sworn in Friday at the borough’s annual reorganization meeting, with his family and many of his firefighting buddies packed into the Town Hall meeting room to give him a raucous ovation.

The former deputy chief was scheduled to succeed Shaun Foley this year anyway, but Foley resigned in November, a day after he hit a utility pole with his chief’s vehicle, allegedly while drunk, and later jumped off the Oceanic Bridge, setting off a massive rescue effort.

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