Willow Grove NJ Fire Company  - Pittsgrove NJ

Willow Grove

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 Mission

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.                        

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.

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/FPW/Educate/2019/FPW19LandingPageGrid.ashx

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


On Sunday October 6, 2019 is the National Fallen Firefighter’s Day held throughout the United States. This year 119 firefighters will be remembered at the ceremony who had lost their lives while performing their duties. Please take a moment and thank the ladies and gentlemen who serve the communities.

 

The following it a brief history of the law establishing National Fallen Firefighter’s Day:

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial since 1990 is officially designated by the United States Congress as the National Memorial to career and volunteer fallen firefighters. Located in Emmitsburg, Maryland, it was conceived as a tribute to American fire service. The memorial was constructed in 1981 on the campus of the National Fire Academy. Plaques listing the names of firefighters encircle the plaza from the same year. When a firefighter dies on duty, local fire officials notify the United States Fire Administration and a notice is immediately posted on the Memorial grounds. The flags over the Memorial are flown at half-staff in honor of the fallen firefighter. If some criteria are met, the fallen firefighter is honored at the annual memorial service. The Memorial is open to the public throughout the year.

On October 16, 2001, President George W. Bush approved legislation requiring the United States flag to be lowered to half-staff on all federal buildings to memorialize fallen firefighters. Public Law 107-51 requires this action to occur annually in conjunction with observance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.[1] The date of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service is traditionally the first Sunday in October. A candlelight vigil is held the night before the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. The service is held at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. These services memorialize Fallen Firefighters from around the nation.

The memorial service can be viewed at the following link on both October 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm and October 6, 2019 at 10:00 am:

https://www.firehero.org/events/memorial-weekend/attending-memorial-weekend/ways-honor-fallen/watch-live/

 


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.

On Wednesday September 4, 2019 the Willow Grove Fire Company and Woodstown Ambulance were dispatched to the intersection of Porchtown Road and Willow Grove Road for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Upon the arrival of the crews it was learned there was a three vehicle crash, with one injury. The injured individual was transported to Inspira Medical Center for treatment. The crash is being investigated by the New Jersey State Police.

The annual pig roast at the Willow Grove Fire Company is back by popular demand. This year it will be held on Saturday October 5, 2019 with serving times of 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The dinners will be located at the fire company and can be eaten in or taken out. If you are in need of tickets please contact us at 856-696-2270 or [email protected] and we will get tickets to you. In order to save your dinner we ask that you make an attempt to purchase tickets in advance to ensure everyone enjoys a dinner.
Sides will include baked beans, coleslaw and corn on the cob.
Once again, the Willow Grove Fire Company will be selling mums for the fall season. As in years past, the price will remain at $5.00 per flower with five colors to choose from. All we ask you to do is complete the form and submit it back to us with either mail, by placing your order form with payment in the mailbox in front of the station or via email at [email protected] You will be notified when the flowers arrive at the station on September 28th. ALL order must be submitted by Monday September 23, 2019. As always, we thank you for your support to the Willow Grove Fire Company.

The form can be found HERE

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 CAREFUL!


• 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.

https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dfs/pdf/nj_now_legal_fireworks.pdf

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

In recent weeks we have received several telephone calls regarding to the filling of pools. Yes, the Willow Grove Fire Company fills pools within Pittsgrove Township & Elmer Borough and we do charge a fee. All we ask is you please make sure you have all the safety measures in place and the pool had been inspected by one of the Township officials. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 856-696-2270 or [email protected]


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. 

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Grilling_safety_Tips.pdf


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.

 

On Monday May 13, 2019 the Willow Grove Fire Company was dispatched to the intersection of Buck Road and Lawrence Corner Road for a vehicle fire. Upon arrival the found a van well involved in fire and crews went into operation. The fire was quickly extinguished and units were back in service within an hour. 

On Monday May 13, 2019 the Willow Grove Fire Company was dispatched to the intersection of Buck Road and Lawrence Corner Road for a vehicle fire. Upon arrival the found a van well involved in fire and crews went into operation. The fire was quickly extinguished and units were back in service within an hour. 

On Sunday March 24, 2019, the Willow Grove Fire Company welcomed Girl Scouts Troop 92061 and Brownie Troop 92764 to the station. They were shown various pieces of apparatus and the gear the firefighters wear. We would like to thank the girls for stopping by the station and learning what the firefighter do on a daily basis.

On Tuesday March 5, 2019 the Monroeville and Willow Grove Fire Companies, along with the Woodstown American Legion Ambulance, were dispatched to the intersection of Harding Highway and Taylor Roads for a report of a motor vehicle Crash. Upon the arrival of Engine 17-3, under the command of Chief Foote, reported entrapment and special called the Elmer Fire Department to secure a helispot. Upon the arrival of Rescue 229, their crew assisted the Monroeville Fire Company personnel in removing the entrapped subject. The occupant was transported to the helispot where they were airlifted to Cooper Medical Center. The crash is being investigated by the New Jersey State Police. 

On Monday February 12, 2019 the Willow Grove Fire Company and Woodstown EMS were dispatched to Parvin Mill Road and Willow Grove Road for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Upon their arrival it was learned there was a three vehicle crash resulting in three injuries. One of the occupants was entrapped when Rescue 229 went into service to remove the occupant. All occupants were transported to local medical centers and the New Jersey State Police are investigating the crash. The roadway was closed for approximately 90 minutes.

On Monday February 4, 2019 the Willow Grove Fire Company and Woodstown EMS were dispatched to the intersection of Alvine Road and Upper Neck Road. Upon their arrival there were two injuries resulting from the crash involving a commercial truck and passenger vehicle. All occupants were self extricated and transported to local medical facilities. A second ambulance was requested from Gloucester County EMS. The New Jersey State Police are investigating the crash.  

The Willow Grove Board of Fire Commissioners, Fire District 2, Pittsgrove Township, NJ will be accepting sealed bids for a 2004 Ford Expedition. The vehicle will be sold as is which includes the emergency lights, UHF and VHF mobile radios, siren and control box. There are approximately 45,000 miles on the vehicle. A minimum bid will be $4,000.00 with all bids being submitted in a sealed envelope and labeled 2004 Ford Expedition. The bids shall be mailed to the Willow Grove Board of Fire Commissioners, Fire District 2, Pittsgrove, NJ 08318. All bids will be reviewed on Tuesday March 5, 2019 at 1900 hours during the regular business meeting of the board of fire commissioners. The board of commissioners reserve the right to refuse any or all bids. Inspections of the vehicle can be made by contacting 856-696-2270.

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On Monday December 10, 2018 members of the Willow Grove Fire Company and ESI / Holmatro spent the evening reviewing some of the latest equipment and performing some practical evolution. Vice President Pat Grubb held a brief lecture at the station before units went to Porchtown Recyclers to put the knowledge in motion.

We would like to thank both Vice President Grubb and the Porchtown Recyclers for their continued support of the emergency service agencies in the area. 

  

 

On Thursday December 6, 2018 the Willow Grove Fire Company and Elmer EMS were dispatched to the intersection of Buck Road and Lawrence Corner Road. Upon their arrival, it was learned there was a commercial vehicle on the side of the roadway and the operator had self extricated themselves with minor injuries. The fire company was released by the New Jersey State Police while they conducted their investigation.

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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.