Friday, December 7, 2012
Department heads examine their responses to the storm.
The first 90 minutes of the Springfield Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, Nov. were devoted to a Post Mortem on Springfield’s response to Sandy. The consensus among department heads and officials was that lessons from the previous year’s major disruptive weather events, Irene and the October Snowstorm, where learned and applied, but that additional resources were needed to prepare the township for future storms. The departments all noted that storage and procurement of fuel and generators presented a challenge in the storm and would factor heavily in planning for coming storms. Springfield Fire Chief James Sanford said that his department prepared for the storm by calling up all firefighters to active duty, canceling vacation time. …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Firefighters noticed mulch fire while fueling at county property.
On Sunday night, Springfield firefighters went looking for fuel and found a fire. According to Springfield Fire Chief James Sanford, on October 23 at 7:30 p.m., Springfield firefighters drove Engine 3 into the Union County storage facility on Shunpike Road for diesel fuel. Engine 3's officer noticed reportedly saw smoke rising from the center of the nearby Union County compost facility. Prior to grinding the material into mulch, the recycling company Reliable Wood had stacked compost into a 20-foot high pile 120 foot long by 60 feet. Sanford said the fire was caused by a heat build-up from within the pile of organic debris during decomposition. Engine 3 firefighters notified the dispatcher and requested additional resources. On the scene…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Veteran firefighter rises to command position.
At the Sept. 11 Springfield Township Committee meeting, Marc Corea became the newest member of the Fire Department's command staff. Corea, a longtime member of the department who has taken an active role in community engagement, was promoted to Captain. In addition to his experiences ensuring public safety as a firefighter, Corea has been active with past Toys for Tots drives with the department.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Kevin Ruck, Peter Peros and Christopher Tutela-Res join department.
The Springfield Fire Department welcomed three new members to its ranks at the Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Kevin Ruck, Peter Peros and Christopher Tutela-Res all took oaths to join the department. Ruck is a Springfield native, but Tutela-Res, of Union, has connections to the township as well, through his work as a volunteer firefighter in Springfield. The new hires bring the Fire department’s headcount up to 21, including Chief James Sanford and Deputy Chief Carlo Palumbo. Sanford said the staffing level was at its highest since 2006, when the Department had 25 firefighters. The township offered the trio conditional offers of employment in July. With Captain Frank Fiorelli retiring from the Department, Springfield Fire …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Rip Esselstyn pitches firefighters on plant-based diets.
Rip Esselstyn had a hard sell, and he knew it. He was standing in front of about 36 Jersey firefighters at Springfield Fire Headquarters, trying to convince them to trade steaks and pizzas for vegetables and whole grains. These weren’t sprouts and tofu guys. They were the kind of guys who splinter run into burning buildings as part of their job. Esselstyn knew his audience. A former firefighter, he tailored his argument for his “Engine 2 Diet,” a healthy eating program that eschews meat, cheese, oils and processed foods, for his fire fighting brethren. “The most bad ass foods on the planet are plants,” Esselstyn said. Several times in the short presentation, he returned to his mantra “real men eat plants” and that the traditional …