| In the history of the Hackinsack, New Jersey Fire Department, no firefighter had ever died in the line of duty. That was until July 1, 1988. The incident occurred at a car dealership with a dangerous truss roof. The fire burned in the attic of the two-story building. |
Firefighters rushed to the scene
This tragedy had several contributing factors including poor recognition of the roof danger, lack of an additional fireground channel, and the lack of manpower. An additional factor in the IAFF report included the lack of communication support from headquarters. The firefighters outside the building could not hear the transmissions of the firefighters inside the building, yet the tape shows that these same transmissions were heard at the communication headquarters.
The dispatchers either did not hear the transmissions or assumed that the firefighters on scene could hear the transmissions as well as headquarters. The report suggested that headquarters could have done a better job of facilitating communication between firefighters and accounting for firefighters in the building.