Multiple Alarm Marcal Fire in Elmwood Park
On Wednesday evening, Chief 20 and Engine 23 were requested to respond to Elmwood Park, to cover their Company 4 firehouse while they were heavily engaged with firefighting operations at the Marcal Paper Plant. Shortly after arriving on-scene, Oradell was redirected to the scene with the River Edge Fire Department, to help establish a new water supply, drafting water from the Passaic River. Oradell worked with fire departments from River Edge, East Newark, Paramus, and Fort Lee, to get water to a Wayne Tower Ladder for fire suppression nearly 4000′ away.
Drafting and relay pumping is not the easiest nor the most glamorous task on the firegound on a 4 degree night, but water supply is one of the most critical tasks to be completed at any large fire.