July 7, 2023 – In Breaking News – CNN
The New Jersey cargo ship fire that killed two firefighters at Port Newark continued to burn for a third day Friday as authorities said there was no definitive timeline on when it would be extinguished.
The fire, which ignited late Wednesday and injured six other firefighters, was expected to “burn for a couple more days” on the nearly 700-foot-long Grande Costa D’Avorio cargo ship, according to Tom Wiker of Gallagher Marine Systems, the representative for the ship operator.
The blaze was still burning on the ship’s top decks, he said.
(Two firefighters were confirmed dead overnight after a fire aboard a cargo ship in Port Newark. CBS New York has live team coverage from the scene the following morning. Courtesy of CBS New York and YouTube. Posted on Jul 6, 2023.)
The company along with the US Coast Guard, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the Newark Fire Department are working to put out the flames, according to a joint news release Thursday.
Authorities identified the Newark firefighters who died as Augusto Acabou, 45, and Wayne Brooks Jr., 49.
The firefighters who suffered injuries have been released from the hospital, said Michael Giunta, the Newark Firefighters Union president, at a news conference Friday.
(Flags are flying at half-staff in New Jersey for the two Newark firefighters Augusto (Augie) Acabou and Wayne (Bear) Brooks Jr., who made the ultimate sacrifice when they lost their lives while battling a cargo ship fire in Port Newark. Courtesy of Eyewitness News ABC7NY and YouTube. Posted on Jul 7, 2023.)
Firefighters made mayday calls they were lost in ship blaze
Firefighters responded to a call of multiple vehicles on fire on a roll-on/roll-off cargo ship around 9:25 p.m. ET Wednesday, the US Coast Guard said in a statement.
Firefighters boarded the ship and went to the 10th or 11th floor to extinguish the flames. Two members then made mayday calls reporting they were lost within the fire, Newark Fire Chief Rufus Jackson said Thursday.
“Members made an attempt to extinguish the fire but got pushed back by the intense heat. Two firefighters were lost while conducting this action of backing out of the structure,” Jackson said overnight.
(Newark continues to mourn for two fallen heroes whose lives were cut tragically short. Firefighters Augusto Acabou and Wayne Brooks Jr. died battling a fire on a cargo ship Wednesday. Courtesy of CBS New York and YouTube. Posted on Jul 6, 2023.)
Continue reading… Cargo ship fire in Newark continues burning days after 2 firefighters died and 6 were injured, officials say
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Newark Firefighter Augusto Acabou, and Wayne Brooks J., both blood, and station.
You have our deepest gratitude and respect for your bravery and commitment to serving the citizens of Newark with pride and distinction.
FDNY & Chiefs Honored in 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now in its Eighth Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
The Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) is the largest Fire Department in the United States and is universally recognized as the world’s busiest and most highly skilled emergency response agency.
The FDNY’s main goal is to provide fire protection, emergency medical care, and other critical public safety services to residents and visitors in the five boroughs.
Since its inception in 1865, FDNY has helped lead efforts to make New York the safest big city in the nation. This accomplishment requires a steadfast and daily commitment to maintaining the Department’s core values. To that end, FDNY members are sworn to serve and protect life and property.
(See them in Action. “Fire, EMS, and dispatch did an extraordinary job rescuing several civilians, including an incredible roof rope rescue on the 20th floor. I cannot emphasize enough the extraordinary work of our members in unbelievably dangerous conditions,” said Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh on the efforts by #FDNY members at a 3-alarm fire at 429 East 52nd Street in Manhattan on Saturday, November 5th, 2022. Courtesy of New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and YouTube. Posted on Nov 9, 2022.)
FDNY not only responds to more than a million emergencies every year, but its personnel also strive to prevent them by continually educating the public in fire, life safety, and disaster preparedness, along with enforcing public safety codes.
For His Lifetime of Service to the City of New York
Chief Richard Blatus is a 42+ year member of the FDNY, previously serving as the Acting Chief of Fire Operations with direct oversight of the daily operational and administrative duties of uniformed fire personnel.
As a senior member of the agency, Chief Blatus has worked to advance initiatives in strategic and operational readiness.
A strong proponent of training, Chief Blatus is a published author and has lectured nationally on topics ranging from homeland security to leadership and emergency management training.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, which was also recognized in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, and degrees in both Fire and Business Administration.
For His Unwavering Efforts in Fire Prevention in NYC
Currently assigned to the Bureau of Fire Operations, Chief Joseph Jardin formerly served as the Chief of Fire Prevention and FDNY’s Chief of Safety.
With more than 35 years of service with the FDNY, much of Joe’s career was spent in Rescue Operations – Firefighter – Rescue Co. 2, Lieutenant – Squad 252, Captain in Rescue Operations, and Battalion Chief in the Rescue Battalion.
Chief Jardin has served as one of FEMA Urban Search and Rescue’s (USAR) NY-TF1 Task Force Leaders, deploying to several significant incidents, including Hurricanes Katrina and Georges, as well as National Level Event standbys, and also served as Incident Support Team Leader and Deputy Incident Support Team Leader of the FEMA USAR Red Incident Support Team.
A licensed Fire Protection Engineer, Chief Jardin formerly worked as a Life Safety Engineer for National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and as a Fire Protection Engineer with Bechtel Power Corporation.
For His Tireless Work on Preventing Cancer in Firefighters
Chief Frank Leed is a Deputy Assistant Chief in the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), and currently serves as the acting chief of training.
Chief Leed has been a member of the FDNY since 1992, and also a member of the East Farmingdale Fire Department since 1983 (Long Island, NY).
Chief Leed is a frequent author and speaker on several fire service topics, most notably topics concerning cancer in the fire service.
“We honor and remember our fallen by tracking the small failures and evolving and changing when necessary,” Frank Leeb, Chief of the FDNY Fire Academy shares. In this episode, we take a look at updates to training, technology, and equipment that provide firefighters with a readiness to respond. “All of the things, whether they’re small or large, literally translate to lives of people that are willing to give their life for you,” Rachael Ray, LFF Board Director shares. And learn how fire departments across the U.S. work to better prepare themselves for that next emergency. Courtesy of The Leary Firefighters Foundation and YouTube. Posted on Sep 2, 2021.)
Chief Leed is the current chair of the FDNY Contamination Reduction Workgroup, a principal serving on NFPA Technical Committee Fire and Emergency Service Organization and Deployment-Career (NFPA 1710), a Principal serving on NFPA Technical Committee Emergency Responders Occupational Health (NFPA 1585), and a principal serving on NFPA Technical Committee on Cannabis Growing and Processing Facilities (NFPA 420).
DRONERESPONDERS is a non-profit program created to unite new aerial first responders, emergency managers, and search and rescue (SAR) specialists under a unified organization to help them to learn, train, and test with one another, with the ultimate objective of maximizing drone operations for public safety, and countering the growing threats of rogue drones.
(Catch a glimpse as to why DRONERESPONDERS is the world’s fasted growing non-profit program supporting public safety UAS! Courtesy of DRONERESPONDERS and YouTube.)
DRONERESPONDERS ranks are growing each day as more organizations embrace the use of UAS for public safety missions.
The DRONERESPONDERS program is led by Chief Charles Werner (ret.), who serves as the director, and is himself a 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winner for ‘Excellence in Public Safety.’
Chief Werner is a Public Safety Advisor & Chair of the National Council on Public Safety UAS (NCPSU), a former Founder and Chair of the International Association of Fire Chief’s Technology Council (IFAC), a Public Safety Advisor for the National Center for Security & Preparedness at the University at Albany, and Fire Chief Chair Emeritus for the City of Charlottesville, in North Carolina.
DRONERESPONDERS hosts the largest online Resource Center and the Global Public Safety Drone Directory/Dashboard. Membership and all resources are FREE.
To learn more, or join up today, please visit www.droneresponders.org.
The continually evolving ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program will highlight the trail of Accomplished Women in Leadership in 2023 and the Significance and Positive Impact of Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in our Next Generation of Government and Industry Leaders. Because #MentorshipMatters.
So be on the lookout for exciting upcoming announcements of Speakers, Presenters, Book Signing Opportunities, and Attendees at the 2023 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon on Thursday, November 16, 2023 in New York City at ISC East!
(See some highlights of the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Ceremony and Banquet Luncheon in New York City during ISC East at the Javits Center. Courtesy of AST and YouTube.)
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2023 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.
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Homeland Security remains at the forefront of our national conversation as we experience an immigration crisis along our southern border and crime rates that are dramatically higher than before the Pandemic across the United States.
These challenges have become a national priority with an influx of investments in innovative new technologies and systems.
Enter American Security Today, the #1 publication and media platform in the Government Security and Homeland Security fields, with a circulation of over 75,000 readers and many tens of thousands more who visit our AST website at www.americansecuritytoday.com each month.
The pinnacle of the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Ceremony Luncheon Banquet, an exclusive, full-course plated meal event in the heart of New York City.
The 2022 exclusive sold-out ‘ASTORS’ luncheon featured representatives of law enforcement, public safety, and industry leaders who came together to honor the selfless service of those who stand on the front lines and those who stand beside them – providing the capabilities and technologies to create a safer world for generations to come.
Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which came out in force to discuss comprehensive collaborations between private and public sectors that have led to the development of intelligence and technologies which serve to protect our nation.
The keynote address was provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC) Diane Sabatino, who described the changes to CBP through the tragedy of 9/11 and the relentless commitment to its mission and ongoing investment in the latest technologies and innovations to protect our borders and Homeland.
The resounding theme of the DEAC’s remarks was her pride in the women and men of the CBP and their families who support them.
AST was also joined by Legendary Police Commissioner William Bratton, who spoke about his love for the City of New York, the Profession of law enforcement to which he has dedicated his life, and for which he continues to drive thought leadership and innovation.
New York City Police Department (NYPD) Chief of Department Kenneth Corey, came out to address Luncheon attendees and shared some of his experiences and the changes in policing he’s witnessed over his more than three decades of service.
FDNY Chief Joseph Jardin honored the men and women of the FDNY, not only those who currently serve but all of those who have selflessly served, with special recognition of those lost on 9/11.
Chief Jardin spoke about the continuing health battle of many following 9/11 with cancer and respiratory disease, yet now knowing the full consequences, would not have made a different decision to respond.
As Chief Jardin noted, mission-driven service is the lifeblood of every firefighter, volunteer, and sworn member, and has been so throughout the history of the Fire Service.
Former head of the FBI’s active shooter program, Katherine Schweit joined AST to sign complimentary copies of her book, ‘STOP THE KILLING: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis, thanks to the generosity of our 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Sponsors.
The 2023 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is Proudly Sponsored by Platinum Event Sponsor: NEC National Security Systems (NSS)
And Our RETURNING Premier Sponsors:
In 2022, AST was pleased to welcome the esteemed New York City Fire Department (FDNY); the New York City Police Department (NYPD); and the NYC Hospital Police, as well as Executive Management from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and many other DHS agencies, Federal law enforcement agencies, and private/public partnerships such as the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), the 30×30 Initiative, a coalition of professionals advancing the representation of women in policing; and Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) (rail safety advocates).
The prestigious Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program highlights the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.
In 2022 over 240 distinguished guests representing Federal, State, and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms gathered from across North America, Europe, and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields.
Each year, to keep our communities safe and secure, security dealers, installers, integrators, and consultants, along with corporate, government, and law enforcement/first responder practitioners, convene in New York City to network, learn and evaluate the latest technologies and solutions from premier exhibiting brands at ISC East, the Natural Disaster & Emergency Management Expo (NDEM EXPO), and the ASIS NYC Expo.
ISC East is the Northeast’s leading security & public safety event, hosted in collaboration with sponsor Security Industry Association (SIA) and in partnership with ASIS NYC.
Corporate firms, the majority of which return year to year to build upon their Legacy of Wins, include:
Advanced Detection Technologies, AMAROK, ATI Systems, Axis Communications, Automatic Systems, BriefCam, Canon U.S.A., Cellbusters, CornellCookson, CyberArk Fortior Solutions, guardDog.ai, Hanwha Techwin of America, High Rise Escape Systems, IPVideo Corporation, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, NEC National Security Systems, NICE Public Safety, OnSolve, PureTech Systems, Quantum Corporation, Rave Mobile Safety, Regroup Mass Notification, Robotic Assistance Devices, Rajant Corporation, SafeLogic, Select Engineering Services LLC, Singlewire Software, SolarWinds Worldwide, Teledyne FLIR, Valor Systems, and West Virginia American Access Control Systems, just to name a few!
Why American Security Today?
The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old-school basics to what is Today – a fast-changing security landscape.
American Security Today is uniquely focused on the broader Homeland Security & Public Safety marketplace with over 75,000 readers at the Federal, State, and local levels of government as well as firms allied to the government.
American Security Today brings forward a fresh compelling look and read with our customized digital publications that hold readers’ eyes throughout the story with cutting-edge editorial that provides solutions to their challenges.
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AST Digital Publications are distributed to over 75,000 qualified government and homeland security professionals, in federal, state, local, and private security sectors.
‘PROTECTING OUR NATION, ONE CITY AT A TIME’
AST Reaches both Private & Public Experts, essential to meeting these new challenges.
Today’s new generation of public safety and security experts need real-time knowledge to deal with domestic and international terrorism, lone wolf attacks, unprecedented urban violence, shifts in society, culture, and media bias – making it increasingly difficult for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security Professionals to implement coordinated security measures to ensure national security and improve public safety.
These experts are from Government at the federal, state, and local levels as well as from private firms allied to the government.
AST provides a full plate of topics in our AST Monthly Magazine Editions, AST Website, and AST Daily News Alerts, covering 23 Vital Sectors such as Access Control, Perimeter Protection, Video Surveillance/Analytics, Airport Security, Border Security, CBRNE Detection, Border Security, Ports, Cybersecurity, Networking Security, Encryption, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Campus Security, Security Services, Corporate Facilities, and Emergency Response among others.
AST has Expanded readership into integral Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other potential targets of terrorism.
Other areas of concern include Transportation Hubs, Public Assemblies, Government Facilities, Sporting & Concert Stadiums, our Nation’s Schools & Universities, and Commercial Business Destinations – all enticing targets due to the large number of persons and resources clustered together.
To learn more, please see the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS Edition Fully Interactive Magazine – the Best Products of 2022 ‘A Year in Review.’
The Annual CHAMPIONS edition reviews ‘ASTORS’ Award Winning products and programs, highlighting key details on many of the winning firm’s products and services, including video interviews and more.
The 2022 CHAMPIONS serves as your Go-To Source through the year for ‘The Best of 2022 Products and Services‘ endorsed by American Security Today – and can satisfy your agency’s and/or organization’s most pressing Homeland Security and Public Safety needs.
From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection, and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware, and Networking Security – to name a few), the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION has what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitigate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.
It also features guest editorial pieces from some of the security industry’s most respected leaders and recognized firms in the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.
For more information on All Things American Security Today, as well as the 2023 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, please contact Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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