Hackensack: 20 Years Later

Five Hackensack, NJ, firefighters died on July 1, 1988, while fighting a fire at an automobile dealership. The firefighters were in the bowstring-truss building when the roof suddenly collapsed. Three of the firefighters were killed in the middle of the...


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Recent Changes

Most recently, the department:

  • Received a FIRE Act grant to purchase 55 airpacks with 30-minute cylinders and built-in PASS devices.
  • Issued two portable radios to each engine company, three to the ladder company and two to the rescue company.

STEVE KALMAN is deputy chief of the Hackensack, NJ, Fire Department, currently serving as the tour commander of the Second Platoon. He is also a Level 2 New Jersey fire instructor working at the Bergen County Fire Academy.

HARVEY EISNER is editor-in-chief of Firehouse® Magazine.