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Heavy Rains and Flooding Bring Out Ridgewood Emergency Services Volunteers

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Office of Emergency Management reported that the Village of Ridgewood experienced severe flooding and multiple roads were impassable. Some homes have experienced flooding as a result of the volume of water.
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Long Time Volunteer and Former Science Teacher Retires from Ridgewood EMS

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Ridgewood NJ, Gene Connors, after 13 years of volunteer service to Ridgewood Emergency Services has now become an Inactive Life Member. This is an honor for those members who have provided continuous dedicated service to the department for over 10 years.

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NJ Transit Train Conductor Assaulted at Ridgewood Station

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Ridgewood NJ, one (1) adult male was apprehended by Ridgewood Police and subsequently taken into custody by NJ Transit Police in connection with an alleged Monday afternoon, 08/02, assault of an on duty, NJ Transit train conductor. The alleged assault took place on a Hoboken bound train, either at or near the Ridgewood station. Both the conductor and alleged assailant were injured. The conductor was transported by a Ridgewood EMS ambulance to The Valley Hospital. The alleged actor was treated at the scene before being placed in handcuffs, secured in the back seat of a NJ Transit marked patrol vehicle, and driven away from the train station for processing at an undisclosed location.

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Ridgewood Emergency Services Special Operations member Appointed to the Ridgewood Police Department

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Emergency Services congratulates Special Operations member Andrew Van Dyke on his appointment to the Ridgewood Police Department.

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Ridgewood Emergency Services Receives 26 Requests for Assistance between 630 and 930 pm During Tuesday Evenings Thunder Storm

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Emergency Services reported that Tuesday evenings  quick moving storm overran Ridgewood and the surrounding area last evening. Ridgewood Emergency Services responded to 26 requests for assistance between 630 and 930 pm last evening. 13 members responded in 5 vehicles to emergency situations involving wires down, trees down, lights out and road closures. Ridgewood Emergency Services worked alongside Ridgewood Police Officers and Ridgewood Firefighters, providing the assistance to keep everyone safe.

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A Short History of Memorial Day

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May 28,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance . “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.

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Ridgewood Firefighters Quickly Extinguished a Smokey Garage Fire

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Fire Department firefighters quickly extinguished a smokey fire that engulfed a detached garage in the 400 block of Franklin Turnpike on Thursday afternoon, 05/20. Ridgewood Police and Ridgewood Emergency Services personnel also responded to the incident. Ho-Ho-Kus Fire Department firefighters assisted at the scene. No injuries were reported by either civilians or firefighters.

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Village Council Votes on Defunding the Per Diem EMT Program on Wednesday

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Ridgewood NJ, The Village of Ridgewood, civilian per diem  paid daytime EMS program has been in existence since the early 1990’s. This civilian per diem  paid daytime  EMS program supplements  the 30 EMT Volunteers who respond to calls 7 PM to 6 AM, weekends and general alarms. In 2020, there were over 1300 EMS calls and 440 Emergency Services calls in the Village. The Volunteers donated over 18,000 hours, not including training.

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Ridgewood Blog Promotes 2021 “Night Out for Big Foot “ for Earth Day

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Reader say the Ridgewood Bog should organize a “Night Out for Big Foot “

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Ridgewood NJ, This year not to left out of the Village Earth Day festivities , the Ridgewood  blog will promote a “Night Out for Big Foot “ on April 22nd .

It’s about where the journey takes you, too — even if you come back empty handed. “I’ve been all over the States and seen some amazing things — landscapes and sunsets and hills and mountains,” Tyler says. “Even when nothing happens, you’re still in the woods. You’re still out in it.” Tyler Bounds

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Today is Founders day for the Ridgewood blog

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James J Foytlin founder of the Ridgewood Blog

The Ridgewood blog was founded in March of 2006 by James J Foytlin aka PJ Blogger . Mr. Foytlin was born and raised in Ridgewood ,New Jersey and is a graduate of Ridgewood High School .

Ridgewood NJ, – Oct. 26, 2009 – RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The Ridgewood blog ( https://theridgewoodblog.blogspot.com/ Originally  ) (www.theridgewoodblog.net) was founded in March of 2006 by James J Foytlin aka PJ Blogger .[1] Mr. Foytlin was born and raised in Ridgewood ,New Jersey and is a graduate of Ridgewood High School .[2] [3]

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Early Morning Blaze Severely Damages Detached Ridgewood Garage

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Ridgewood NJ, Firefighters from Ridgewood Police quickly knocked down a fire in a detached garage located in the 100 block of Avondale Road, Ridgewood, on Monday morning, 04/05. No injuries were reported in connection with the blaze, which severely damaged the structure and caused minor smoke damage to the adjacent single family home. Ridgewood Police and Ridgewood Emergency Services personnel assisted Ridgewood Fire Department at the scene.

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Happy Easter from the Ridgewood blog

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PJ Blogger and the staff of the Ridgewood blog wish you and your family a very Happy Easter!

thank you for all of your support 

 

PJ Blogger

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On this St Patrick’s Day Will We Finally Have the Strength to Cast the Snakes from Ridgewood ?

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Ridgewood NJ, Today marks Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, a cultural and religious holiday celebrated every year on 17th March in Ireland and by Irish communities around the world. The celebration marks the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death in the fifth century and represents the arrival of Christianity in the country. The Irish have observed this day as a holiday for over 1,000 years, and while the festival began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, today it has become an international celebration of Irish culture.

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Ridgewood Emergency Services Responds to Plan to Replace Per Diem EMS Program with Full Time Paid Firefighters

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February 18, 2021 

Dear members of the Village Council, 

Last night we learned of a plan to disband the Ridgewood per diem EMS program, a  program which has served the Village for over 30 years, via Chief Van Goor’s budget proposal to  the Council. This decision appears to be not just a budgetary measure, but a retaliatory attack  against Ridgewood Emergency Services and its EMTs. We feel you should be fully informed of  this matter, as this is not a decision which should be taken lightly. We want to make it very clear: 

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Firefighters as EMT’s Will Cost the Village of Ridgewood $110,000 each in New Man Power

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Ridgewood NJ, in regards to your post today about Ridgewood EMTs – this is an issue manufactured by the Fire Chief in a time that they have been responding to less and less fires. These issues started in 2019 when we made a presentation to Susan Knudsen, who saw the writing on the wall that the fire department is too expensive when compared to EMS. She is working to protect her son’s job on the fire department. A letter was sent to the Village Council the day after the Chief of Emergency Services was blindsided at the public budget meeting. This will not provide 100% coverage of EMS, as the Fire Department has provided no plan of who would respond to EMS calls in town or handle fire rehab if there is a working fire – the firefighters are still being assigned double-duty on fire apparatus and ambulances, which has already caused issues in the past. Also, this will not be cost savings as stated by the manager. All per diem EMT salaries combined are under $70,000 a year ($20.83 max pay per hour, not all employees at max × 13 hours a day × 5 days a week × 52 weeks a year) while the announced salary of the new firefighters would be $37,000 × 2, plus pensions, benefits, and training costs, with raises up to $110,000 a year each for these positions, making them the most expensive EMTs in the state – triple the average EMTs salary. I would be happy to provide a copy of the letter via email if you contact me with a good address to reach you.