ARCADE FIRED UP FOR RBFD FIRE CADETS

While the masterful manipulation of pinball flippers and the deft blasting of pixelated perils aren’t generally listed as required skills for firefighter applicants, they may come in handy during a December 6 event hosted by the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department and its Fire Cadet program.

Presented at YESTERcades Classic Video Game Arcade, the all-night Friday fundraiser (6 pm to 2 am) invites all ages to play the Broad Street game room’s collection of  fully functional vintage amusements from the 1970s, 80s and 90s — with proceeds dedicated to supporting the training of the RBFD Cadets.

According to the borough website, the RBFD Fire Cadet program functions under the oversight of the Executive Fire Council in coordination with the Explorer program of the Boy Scouts of America. The program is designed to teach young teenagers, between the ages of 14 to 21, the skills of firefighting. A cadet explorer acquires the basic skills required for firefighting. The program is designed to teach safety and to provide confidence in the use of firematic equipment and techniques. Once a cadet becomes 18 years of age, he or she may join one of the firefighting units of the Fire Department.

Experienced firefighters of the department serve as sponsors for the enlisted cadets and are responsible for their training and education. The sponsors coordinate formal classroom training and practical hands-on exercises. Formal training takes place at nearby fire academies and are further supplemented during monthly fire drills conducted by the Red Bank fire companies.

Once a cadet achieves advanced stages of training, he or she is allowed to respond to fire calls with Department’s firefighting units. While the cadets are restricted from entering any structure involved in fire or smoke and are also restricted from engaging in life threatening activities, they do fully participate in many other duties required on the fire ground. For example, cadets may assist with streching hose lines, supply the necessary equipment to firefighters, assist with hydrant operations and with many other essential functions; all of which are performed from outside the structure. For their safety, all fire ground activities are supervised by the sponsors and the Fire Chief.

Residents of the Borough of Red Bank or residents of Monmouth County residing within five miles from the Borough of Red Bank, between the ages of 14 and 17 may join the fire cadet program. For more information or to join, contact the RBFD Chief at (732) 530-2797.

ANOTHER ACCIDENT SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL

towerhill-accidentTwo were sent to the hospital in an accident at the intersection of Spring Street and Towerhill Avenue Monday, a block away and less than an hour after another crash injured nine. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A second car accident on Spring Street Monday sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries, Fire Chief John Mego said.

The two-car accident, involving a blue Mazda 626 and black Jaguar, was called in at about 5:20p — about an hour after a collision a block away — and appeared to be caused by a driver failing to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Spring Street and Tower Hill Avenue, Mego said. He was unsure at the time of the accident which driver was at fault.

“Somebody didn’t stop,” he said.

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THE WEEK IN REARVIEW

sb-beach-plowPlowing the sand mounds in Sea Bright. Can summer be far behind? (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Welcome back to another week at redbankgreen. Here’s a glance back at the stories that filled our cyberpages last week.

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RBFD PUTS OUT FRIDAY MORNING FIRE

mclaren-fire1Red Bank Fire Department put out a McLaren Street fire this morning. The cause of the fire, which was called in at around 11:10a Friday at 105 McLaren, was unknown at the time. “We don’t know what it was,” Chief John Mego said. “We had heavy smoke pouring out the top.” Firefighters quickly had the fire extinguished and were working on cleanup and an investigation by 11:30a. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

AFTER 50 YEARS, STILL AFLAME FOR DUTY

wm-stratzFifty of Bill Stratz’s 80 years have been with the Red Bank Fire Department. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It’s an unlikely warm Saturday afternoon in Red Bank and Bill Stratz is waiting for his four-year-old great-grandson to barrel through the front door of his McLaren Street home at any time. Stratz is on babysitting duty for a few hours, after which he’ll try to do some cleaning in the basement.

There isn’t much for Stratz to do these days on account of a bum knee that’s kept him in physical therapy the last few weeks, and will continue a few more. He’s not happy about this. It gets between him and a passion he’s had for a half-century: chasing fires in Red Bank.

At 80, Stratz, who for the last 18 years or so has stayed active with Relief Engine Company as a member of the fire police, is still eager to answer the call of duty in Red Bank — a call that seemed unavoidable when he moved to town in 1961.

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DOWNED WIRES KNOCK OUT POWER

westside-wireDowned utility wires in front of Westside Hose Company in Red Bank knocked out power to a block of homes on Leighton Avenue and forced the closure of the street between Newman Springs Road and W. Westside Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The utility company was on the scene working to restore power at about 2:30p, but it was unknown how long that would take. No further details were available. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

MEET YOUR FIRE CHIEFS

fire_04 Six Little Silver Volunteer Fire Department officers were sworn in to their posts Monday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

[Editor’s Note: This story is updated to include the line officers for Shrewsbury Fire Department.]

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

With the turn of the calendar to 2011, so comes a change of command ’round the Green.

Although many of the same volunteers will be responding to emergency calls, from a slip on an icy sidewalk to an actual blaze, the leaders at area fire departments are different from last year.

To get you up to speed, here’s a quick rundown of your new fire chiefs, all of whose terms expire December 31.

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HOT SEAT: MAN ESCAPES BURNING HOUSE

bank-st-fire-2The fire was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene. (Photos supplied by a redbankgreen reader. Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The timing of Friday afternoon’s two-alarm house fire on Bank Street in Red Bank couldn’t have come at a more inconvenient time for James Green.

He was, um, on the commode.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Green, who has been staying with his friend at 13 Bank Street since May. “I’m in the bathroom, the alarm goes off and the house is burning down.”

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FORMER RBFD CHIEF CARHART PASSES AWAY

carhartA plaque outside the Navesink Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1’s building on Mechanic Street announces the death of Calvin Carhart, who had been the oldest living past chief. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Calvin Carhart, a public servant and volunteer since graduating high school and who had been Red Bank’s oldest living former fire chief, died Thursday at the age of 89.

The cause was cancer, his wife of 67 years, Ada, said.

“It’s a big loss for the department,” said Chief Alan Soden. “It’s a big thing.”

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