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Paladin Drones’ Launches “Knighthawk” First Responder Drone

Paladin Drones’ Knighthawk operating during the day. Image Credits: Paladin Drones

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Ridgewood NJ, the Knighthawk is a drone designed for emergency response personnel. It has a 10x optical zoom camera, a thermal camera, and 55 minutes of flight time. 911 operators can place a pin on a map to direct the drone to sites within seconds of a call being made. No special hardware needs to be installed in the city for the drones to process their surroundings. The FAA has strict rules around visual line of sight for drone operators, so the company behind the Knighthawk has to collect extensive data to get operating waivers, which it has done so far for the two cities it works with.

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Ridgewood Fire Fighters Tackle Stubborn Early Morning Garbage Truck Fire

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood firefighters extinguished a stubborn garbage truck fire in the 0-100 block of Sherman Place, Ridgewood on Wednesday morning, 08/18. An investigation is underway by Ridgewood Police and Ridgewood Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau to determine if a nearby property owner knowingly left highly flammable materials at the curb for pick up by sanitation workers. No injuries were reported in the incident.

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Crash at the intersection of Linwood Avenue and Northern Parkway in Ridgewood sends Victim Valley Hospital

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police, Ridgewood Fire Department, and Ridgewood EMS personnel rushed to aid an individual who was injured in a two (2) vehicle crash at the intersection of Linwood Avenue and Northern Parkway on Monday afternoon, 08/02. The victim, who sustained a non-life threatening ankle injury, was transported by ambulance to The Valley Hospital. A tow truck removed both wrecked sedans from the scene.

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Ridgewood EMS and Fire Department Training at Graydon Pool on Monday July 26th

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Ridgewood NJ, on Thursday, July 22nd, Monday, July 26th, and Tuesday, July 27th from 9:30am-12pm the Graydon Pool facility will be hosting safety training/drills in the deep area. Please note this is not an emergency; these drills are performed by Ridgewood EMS, Ridgewood Fire Department and Graydon lifeguard staff to ensure that they are prepared for any future emergencies.

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Large Tree Branch Hits Ridgewood Home Causing Heavy Damage

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Ridgewood NJ, The roof and front façade of a single family home located in the 300 block of Wastena Terrace, Ridgewood sustained heavy damage when a large tree limb fell late Thursday morning, 07/15. No injuries were reported by the occupants, nor were any bystanders injured. A team of Ridgewood firefighters worked to spread a plastic cover over the roof to prevent possible water damage. Employees of PSE&G’s Electric Division and the Village of Ridgewood’s Shade Tree and Building Departments were also on the scene. A Ridgewood Police Patrol Officer provided traffic control and initiated a property damage report.

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Driver Head-ons Tree in Early Morning Ridgewood Crash

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police, Ridgewood Fire Department, and Ridgewood EMS personnel rushed to aid the adult male driver of a black 4-door sedan who was injured after crashing into a tree head on at the intersection of Bellair Road and Lincoln Avenue, Ridgewood early Saturday morning, 07/10. The victim was rushed by ambulance to The Valley Hospital for treatment. A flatbed tow truck removed the wreckage. It is believed that a medical episode may have triggered the crash.

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Vandals Steal 4-wheel drive utility vehicle owned by the Village of Ridgewood and take it for a Joy Ride !

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Ridgewood NJ, Vandals stole a small 4-wheel drive utility vehicle owned by the Village of Ridgewood, and took the the golf cart sized unit for a short joy ride in a municipal parking lot before overturning it on its side late Wednesday evening, 07/07. Witnesses to the incident reported seeing a small group of male juveniles, none of whom appeared to have been injured, run from the scene after the vehicle crashed. A search of the area by several Ridgewood Police patrol units failed to turn up the perpetrators. Ridgewood firefighters were dispatched to stabilize the vehicle, drain its large water tank, and right it in preparation for removal by a flatbed tow truck. Video footage from a nearby security camera was turned over to Ridgewood Police detectives for investigatory purposes. And yes the keys were left in the vehicle !

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Grease Spill on Broad Street in Ridgewood Leaves Bad Smell in the Air

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Ridgewood NJ, in what can only be called another set back for out door dining in the Central Business District a mid-morning large grease spill on Broad street left a bad smell in the air on a hot and humid Thursday.

Details over the accident remain fuzzy ,but the Ridgewood blog was told the smell ,”was unbearable” .  The photo from later in the day still shows the outline from the massive spill with Ridgewood Fire still in attendance.

Hopefully the rain last night washed away some of the residue .

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The Ridgewood Police Department Presents the 7th class of the Chief Michael Feeney Junior Police Academy

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Police Department and The Ridgewood PBA Local 20 proudly announce that we will be conducting the 7th class of the Chief Michael Feeney Junior Police Academy! The dates are set for June 28-July 2 from 9-1 at BFMS. We are going to have a smaller class this year, but that just means twice the fun!

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Late Day Incident Puts Damper on Opening Day of Graydon Pool

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Ridgewood NJ, perfect weather for opening day at Graydon Pool was dampened by incident in which a child was apparently seriously injured while swimming in the pool’s “shallow” area. Ridgewood Police, Ridgewood Fire, and Ridgewood Emergency Services personnel rushed to assist in the child’s safe removal from the pool and transfer to a waiting ambulance.  A paramedic team from The Valley Hospital assisted Ridgewood EMTs.  The victim was transported by ambulance to The Valley Hospital.  The child’s guardians/parents were at the pool when the incident occurred.

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Ridgewood Fire Department Member Receives Distinguished Service Award and B Shift Receives Unit Citation

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Ridgewood NJ, the Northwest Bergen Mutual Aid Association presented the members of B Shift of the Ridgewood Fire Department with a Unit Citation for their actions at a fire in a mixed occupancy in the Ridgewood business district. An occupant of a third floor apartment was trapped by fire. FF Mike McLaughlin was additionally present with a Distinguished Service Award for entering the apartment from the bucket of the RFD tower ladder and rescuing the trapped individual.

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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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Diesel Fuel Spill Investigated by Bergen County Hazmat in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police, Ridgewood Fire Department, and Bergen County Hazmat personnel investigated a diesel fuel spill in the 300 block of Knollwood Road on Saturday morning. The spill was reported by a resident who was walking her dog in the area.

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Thursday Afternoon Intersection Collision in Ridgewood Heavily Damages Both Vehicles

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Ridgewood NJ, both drivers of two (2) SUVs that collided at the intersection of Linwood Avenue and Northern Parkway on Thursday afternoon, 05/20, were shaken up quite a bit, but declined ambulance transportation after being evaluated at the scene by Ridgewood EMTs, Ridgewood Police, Ridgewood Fire Department, and Ridgewood EMS responded to the incident. Both heavily damaged vehicles were towed away from the scene .

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Ridgewood EMT modifications have already been tested in February 2021 when no per diem EMT’s were available

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Fire Chief Van Goor divulged some interesting information to combat the rash of misinformation circulating in the mainstream and over social media about the per diem EMT issue . The Chief in an EMT FAQ rattled off a litany of Firefighter qualifications , who responds to emergency medical calls  and yes, the modifications have already been tested in February 2021 when no per diem EMT’s  were available .

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