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Unified Command, Mutual Aid Key in Garage Collapse

By STEPHEN KALMANOn July 16, 2010, at 1005 hours, the Hackensack Fire Department (HFD) Communications Center simultaneously received a central station fire alarm and several telephone alarms reporting some type of collapse at 300 Prospect Avenue. A first-alarm assignment of three engines, one ladder, and one rescue (15 members) was dispatched under the command of Deputy Chief Kenneth Kalman.On arrival (1006 hours), Kalman observed that a grade-level area approximately 200 feet × 75 feet on the B side of the structure had collapsed about 30 feet below grade level. The collapse pile was a two-story, below-grade parking area that surrounded this structure. The structure itself is an 18...

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