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Area Emergency Crews Called to Bogota Blaze

Firefighters battle a house fire on Linwood Avenue in Bogota / Photo credit: Noah Cohen/Patch.com
Firefighters battle a house fire on Linwood Avenue in Bogota / Photo credit: Noah Cohen/Patch.com

Firefighters and emergency medical crews from Teaneck and other nearby towns were on the scene of a smoky house fire in Bogota Tuesday afternoon.


A house on Linwood Avenue, near Palisade Avenue, was seriously damaged by flames. Heavy smoke was pouring from the front of the house and blowing through the area.


Bogota, Englewood, Hackensack and Teaneck were among fire departments at the scene. The Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Holy Name medics also responded.


Police blocked Palisade Avenue in Bogota through the area as of approximately 3:15 p.m.


John Santaella December 10, 2013 at 06:05 PM
To those who wish Teaneck got rid of its paid, professional, fire department and went to an all volunteer one. Bogota has a volunteer force yet 3, count them, 3 towns with professional fire departments responded to help. Thank you Teaneck FD.
Politics.man December 10, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Whats your point? Most volunteer towns handle their own fires. since those 3 fd's are nearby, sitting around fiddling their thumbs, might as well go and get some action when thats what they are being paid 100k a year to do.
Who Is John Galt December 10, 2013 at 08:22 PM
It's not a paid vs. volunteer point. It's a common practice amongst both paid and volunteer departments around here, to call in neighboring towns for mutual aid whenever there is a structure fire. Teaneck does the same as Bogota did, as far as calling in several towns to help. It's a non-point.
John Santaella December 10, 2013 at 10:26 PM
I've never seen Bogota or Leonia come to Teaneck's aid. My point is that our department is ready when the call comes in whereby the volunteers have to come from work or home and that takes extra time. I'm more than happy to pay the taxes that go to having a professional fire department respond at a moments notice. I watched the 4th of July parade in Ridgefield Park this year and saw numerous volunteers grossly overweight. I'd hate to depend on that. I thank them for their time but I'm happy with Teaneck's professional crew.
Who Is John Galt December 10, 2013 at 10:47 PM
John, you bring up different points. The fact is that Bogota and Leonia do come, as well as Bergenfield, Ridgefield Park, New Milford and others, anytime there is a structure fire Teaneck calls in mutual aid. That's the only point I was addressing.
Diane Culmone December 10, 2013 at 11:26 PM
John you need to get your facts straight. Bogota is always responding to Teaneck and neighboring towns when needed without any delay. Also, Bogota First Aid Squad was on the scene.
Politics.man December 11, 2013 at 05:14 AM
john's one of those guys trying to lobby his pro-spending views. The simple fact is the only places today that need to pay their firefighters are the inner cities where the work load is heavy and no one wants to volunteer. I Guarantee you, you can chop all three of those departments in half and you'll still have sufficient man power at a fire. Further more, just because your "overweight" doesnt make you a bad firefighter. There are Plenty of overweight FDNY guys who have a ton of fires under their belt that i would much rather have helping at a fire than any of the Teaneck guys.
Hose. 3 alum December 11, 2013 at 08:03 AM
Hey politicmaniac You ever actually fight a fire? Maybe if you had, you'd understand the manpower required to control and extinguish a house fire. Ad being overweight will severely hamper your firefighting capabilities. Or maybe it's just the Teaneck guys you have a Halligan to grind on?
Politics.man December 11, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I have experience that far surpass any credentials that are required for this forum, involving a city where paying your firefighters are required without the community being grossly unsafe... And I own no particular beef with teaneck guys other than having family who pays taxes there. Matter of fact, all Bergen County professional firefighters are politically fed to stay alive and milk the system for every penny, especially Hackensack where the average firefighter makes roughly 115k a year (base). Also, lets not forget the Bergen County Police Department. Next door is passaic county with exponentially more crime, yet there's only one county department...
Who Is John Galt December 11, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Wo, someone just went off their meds...
Hose. 3 alum December 11, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Really, credentials? Do tell. You talk a good game but you sound like someone that is jealous of what a firefighter makes as a salary. Maybe you don't understand what a firefighter does every time he runs IN to a burning building while all others run OUT. If you're upset about family or you paying too much in taxes maybe it's time to leave NJ all together.
Art Vatsky December 11, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Let's keep this discussion friendly. 1. If all these towns work together on serious business like fires, why do we need so many towns? I have the "urge to merge", to shrink our state's municipal overhead. The average population of a Bergen County town is only . . . ~12,000. 2. Whether salaried or volunteer, fire fighters are not forced to choose that profession. If they don't want to do it anymore they can quit. 3. Of all the thousands of calls Teaneck FD makes, relatively few are house fires. Each is a learning experience. 4. Should towns be billed for professional fire assistance to help defray some of our costs? Discuss amongst yourselves.
Hose. 3 alum December 12, 2013 at 09:40 AM
Art, this is a friendly discussion. 1) if your house is on fire, do you want to wait for a fire company to come in from another municipality or worse yet another county? I don't. 2) most firefighters don't do this type of work for just the pay they do it because they are dedicated. It takes a special person to do what they do, day in and day out. Whether they are fighting actual fires row not. When the time comes to run in to a burning building I want someone I can rely on and someone that will be there fast Your other two points are meaningless
Politics.man December 12, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Art is a man of sensibility. Your first point about merging towns?? If you mean individual municipal infrastructure, then that would be near impossible with all the logistics and accountability involved. However, you can most certainly merge the paid fire depts. together, this will cut out the over amount of firefighter and administration work, while providing optimal response and safety to the community. This same idea was successfully completed by the regionalized north hudson fire dept. for hudson county. With that said, i personally DON'T feel a paid dept. is necessary at all. There just isnt a large enough fire hazard in bergen county, specifically teaneck. There are plenty of safe high populated towns in jersey that do without. Also, very few calls are fires.. Almost none are fires.. 99% are medical, lock outs, and some accidentally activated alarms. On to hose 3.. You are obviously a fireman there or were one, which is why your taking that side, making your argument bias cause of special interest. And Oh yea those are some real dedicated guys. They put out one fire a year, truly brave heroes we got. If they were really dedicated to the fire service they would quit, take a pay cut and join the FDNY. Lastly, everyone wants an optimum response from their fire dept. when there's a fire, but if you're a responsible home owner or tenant, which most of teaneck is, then you should have nothing to worry about. Id rather my tax money be utilized in more progressive areas, like most residents.
Politics.man December 12, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Art, also charging for mutual aid to other towns is not a great plan due to towns not calling in mutual aid for financial concerns.
Who Is John Galt December 28, 2013 at 07:29 AM
Politics.man, did you see today's Patch article (http://teaneck.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/14-displaced-by-teaneck-blaze)? Gee, look who came to Teaneck's aid...
Hose. 3 alum December 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Gee, imagine that. Fires where fires never actually happen. And overweight local volunteers helping out the career guys. And during the holidays when normal citizens are home tucked in for a long winters nap? Hmmm

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