Willow Grove NJ Fire Company  - Pittsgrove NJ

Willow Grove

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The mission of the Willow Grove Fire Company shall be the protection, preservation and well-being of the health, safety, and property of all persons residing, working or otherwise traveling within Pittsgrove Township. We shall accomplish this mission not only through the fire suppression but also fire prevention and education. We shall maintain a high standard of training and education, act and perform in a safe, courteous, and professional manner, strive to create a strong bond with the community and interact professionally with other township departments. As members of this department, we have chosen to be part of a team that takes pride in representing this mission through dedication and integrity.                        

Unfortunately, due to the current Covid19 virus we have suspended the filling of pools. Hopefully in the coming weeks we will be able to assist the residents with their requests

The current fire danger in New Jersey is:


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On Monday during our weekly training, crews practiced firefighter survival skills. During this weeks session, each firefighter performed the removal of their Self contained breathing apparatus in order to reduce their profile to escape should one become entrapped, calling the mayday and the use of their emergency breathing support systems. 



Taking advantage of the recent nice weather for a January evening, the firefighters of practiced their ladder operation and qualifications. On an annual basis, the firefighters climb the various sized ladders, utilize saws to cut ventilation holes and conduct various placement of ground ladders and carry's. 



On Tuesday January 28, 2020 the Willow Grove Fire Company participated in the 6ABC Operation Save A Life smoke alarm giveaway held at the Philadelphia Fire Academy. The fire company received 48 smoke alarms for our residents so if you or someone is in need, please contact us at 856-696-2270 and we would be more than happy to install them for you.


It is with deep sadness that the Willow Grove Fire Company (Pennsylvania) announces the passing of Fire Chief Lee Perlmutter who passed suddenly at home. Lee was a dedicated member of the fire company who served his community for 50 years as a firefighter and over 35 of them in a leadership position and currently as Fire Chief. Additional information can be found at: www.wgvfc.org

Our deepest sympathy is extended to both the family and fire company.

On December 1, 2019 the Willow Grove and Monroeville Fire Companies were dispatched to Harding Highway and Taylor Roads for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Upon their arrival, it was learned that an SUV had struct a utility pole causing damage to several additional poles. The operator suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local medical facility for evaluation. The crash is under investigation by the New Jersey State Police. 

The day of December 1, 2019 concluded with the station being dispatched to a series of alarm systems. The company was dispatched to a residence on Gershal Avenue for the alarm activation caused by the ignition of the fireplace. Upon conclusion of that alarm system, the company was sent to a commercial alarm system on Harding Highway. A check of the facility resulted in a faulty detector. 


The Thanksgiving holiday began early for the firefighters of the Willow Grove Fire Company. They responded to a residence after a tree had fallen into the structure which had toppled by the high winds. Fortunately, there were no injuries but the structure did experience moderate damage. 

Upon conclusion of that incident, crews were dispatched to Landis Avenue and Gershal Avenue for a report of a motor vehicle crash. As crews arrived, the observed an SUV had struck a utility pole which caused wires to come to the ground. The occupant was transported to the hospital by Vineland EMS. The crash is under investigation by the New Jersey State Police.


The week of  November 10–16, 2019 is the National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week.  The purpose is to get the word out and encourage drivers to  Move Over and Slow Down to protect responders (fire, law enforcement, EMS, tow, transportation, public works, etc.) working on our roadways.

The Willow Grove Fire Company asks everyone to please allow us to perform our duties, and the other first responders, who have to work on the roadway without having to worry about getting injured by passing motorists. 

On Saturday November 9, 2019 the Centerton Fire Company and Willow Grove Fire Company were requested to display the American flag at the Pittsgrove Township Veteran's Day ceremony. We were honored to be asked to participate in the ceremony. We would like to thank ALL the veterans who served this country in the military over the years.

On Monday October 7, 2019 the Willow Grove Fire Company was dispatched to Centerton Road for a report of a brush fire. Upon the arrival of the units, the fire, which started in the field, was extending into the tree line where a garage and horses were housed. Additional fire companies from Centerton, Norma and the Elmer Fire Department were requested for assistance to provide water and manpower. The services of the New Jersey Forest Fire arrived and in a cooperative effort, extinguished the fire. All units returned to service in approximately 3 hours. 

This year, Fire Prevention Week is from October 6 thru October 12, 2019. Fire Prevention Week was designated in 1925 when President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance.

The 2019 theme is, “ Not Every Hero Wears a Cape, Plan and Practice Your Escape”. The Willow Grove Fire Company asks that every property owner is prepared in the event of a fire and knows a minimum of two escape routes and knows how to exit the property in less than two minutes.

During this week we ask your children to develop and practice the escape plan using the attached document to assist them.


If you or your family would like to stop by the Willow Grove Fire Company please do so on any Monday evening.

Date of Incident: October 5, 1943

Location: Centerton Road and Dealtown Road, Pittsgrove, NJ 

Firefighters: Driver Royal J. Rainear and Hoseman Harold Jackson

Royal J. Rainear, regular driver, and Harold Jackson, volunteer hoseman, both died in the line of duty on October 5, 1943 while operating at a massive fire at the George Schalick and Sons Feed Mill in Centerton. Assistant Chief Robert Mulford, Dave Meyers, Royal Rainear and Harold Jackson were operating a line hosing down hot spots when they plunged into a deep grain pit. Meyers escaped, Chief Mulford clung to the hoseline but Jackson and Rainear plunged into the red hot grain bin. Around 6 pm Tuesday night a neighbor of the mill saw smoke coming from the grain elevator and notifed Mr. Schalick, who was still in his office at the plant. An alarm was sounded for the fire departments from Elmer and Bridgeton. Bridgeton sent its new pumper, Carl Horner driving, with a crew of nine. Other departments, including Vineland, were summoned as the fire grew before Elmer, six miles away, and Bridgeton, seven miles away, could reach the scene. Elmer Fire Chief Charles Nelson commanded the scene until relieved by Bridgeton Chief John Peguesse late into the night. Assistant Chief Robert Mulford, Dave Meyers, Royal Rainear and Harold Jackson plunged into the burning grain bin four hours into the fire. The four firemen were taking a hoseline into the building as the floor around the grain chute collapsed sending them into the pit. Jackson and Rainear could not escape as the grain acted like quicksand. State Police two-way radio cars quickly called their Hammonton headquarters who in turn telephoned City Hall with a request for the City's ambulance and inhalator. John Price was attributed with pulling Rainear and Jackson from the pit after entering from the grain chute as other rescuers forced a door in the lower part of the bin, allowing Price to pull out the bodies. Price's hands were burned during the heroic event. Both Price and Rainer were members of the Department of Defense plant fire department in Pedricktown. Twenty-three Bridgeton firemen fought the flames and the City's flood light unit was used at the scene. The Bridgeton Salvation Army mobile canteen car also responded providing firemen with food and refreshment. State Police Detective Clitch of the Malaga station and Inspector of Police Norman Fletcher investigated the blaze. It is reported that the fire was the result of a carelessly tossed match or cigarette near the loading dock. Royal J. Rainear was a well-known member of the fire department having served for ten years and was a regular driver. Rainear was 34 years of age. Harold Jackson was also a popular member and had served as a volunteer hoseman for three years. Jackson was 32 years of age.

Ongoing Kidde Fire extinguisher Recall ...additional info on the Safety Page

We frequently get asked questions regarding the use of fireworks and what is legal and what is unacceptable. As always we ask that everyone practice safety with everything you do, but even more around children. As we know fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips:

Did you know that Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries !


• Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.
• Do not use consumer fireworks.
• Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used

Below are what type of fireworks are acceptable and which ones are not.


We want to wish everyone a happy and safe summer season. 

As the summer season approaches we ask that everyone take the utmost of precautions while using their BBQ grills. We ask you place your grill away from your residence or garage and keep the children at a safe distance. Burns can also result during this summertime entertainment please follow the safety tips outlined in the attached brochure. 


The members of the Willow Grove Fire Company would like to Thank all the veterans on this Memorial Day while remembering the veterans who lost their lives protecting this country.


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It's that time of year again! Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries™!
DST ends Sunday, Nov. 4, so you should set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. The change officially comes at 2 a.m. local time on the first Sunday in November.