Category: Fire and Emergency Service

Hightstown Lost A Pillar Of The Community With Passing Of Neal M. Glackin, Past President, Chief And Life Member Of Hightstown Fire Company

March 8, 2023

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Hightstown Engine Company # 1 announced the passing of Past President , Chief , and Life Member Neal M. Glackin. Neal has over 50 years of service with the fire department and has held every fire line position, multiple executive line positions, chaired multiple committees, built numerous apparatus and served as the past two years as company President.

Neal was a longtime member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Msgr. Crean Div. 1, having served as a parade marshal of the Trenton/Hamilton St. Patrick’s Day for the past 37 years. He was a lifelong member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, and a longtime member of Hightstown/East Windsor Lions Club and the Hightstown American Legion.  Neal was very instrumental each year in organizing the Youth Fishing Derby at Peddie Lake. 

Neal was also a supporter of MidJersey.news for covering local news and Hightstown.

See statement from Hightstown Engine Company #1 and obituary below:


It is with heavy hearts that the Hightstown Engine Company # 1 announces the passing of Past President , Chief , and Life Member Neal M. Glackin badge # 196.

Brother Neal was a pillar not only in the firehouse but within the community. In his 50 plus years of service Neal has held every Fire line position, multiple executive line positions, built numerous apparatus, chaired multiple committees and for the last two (2) has lead the company as our president.

Weekend mornings you would find him at the Hightstown diner getting the town news and later in the afternoon he would be sitting at the station reading a firehouse newspaper, watching the Fighting Irish, Jets, Yankees or sitting on the bench near his favorite piece (Engine 41) watching over his beloved Hightstown.

Neal leaves very big shoes to fill and a legacy that will live on in the Mercer County Fire Service Community. Neal may you rest easy brother, we have it from here.

“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand”

Services and arrangements are as follows:

Viewing:

Sunday March 12, 2023

2pm-5pm

Firefighters Service at 5pm

Simplicity Funeral and Cremation Services at Glackin Chapel

136 Morrison Ave

Hightstown, NJ 08520

Funeral:

Monday March 13, 2023

10:30am Mass

St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church

156 Maxwell Ave,

Hightstown, NJ 08520

A procession will depart from St. Anthony’s to Cedar Hill Cemetery

385 Mercer St

Hightstown, NJ 08520


Neal was a longtime member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Msgr. Crean Div. 1, having served as a parade marshal of the Trenton/Hamilton St. Patrick’s Day for the past 37 years. He was a lifelong member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, and a longtime member of Hightstown/East Windsor Lions Club and the Hightstown American Legion. 




Neal M. Glackin, Hightstown, NJ


Neal M. Glackin, 67, of Hightstown, NJ, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 6, 2023 at his daughter’s home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Plainfield, NJ, he was a lifelong resident of Hightstown.  Neal was a graduate of Hightstown High School.  He began his career at Glackin Funeral Home on Morrison Avenue in Hightstown, NJ, a family-owned funeral home which his late parents founded in 1957 and ended his career with Glackin/Saul Funeral Home.  Neal was a life member of Hightstown Engine Co No 1.  He served as Past Chief and most recently Company President.  Neal was a longtime member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Msgr. Crean Div. 1, having served as a parade marshal of the Trenton/Hamilton St. Patrick’s Day for the past 37 years. He was a lifelong member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, and a longtime member of Hightstown/East Windsor Lions Club and the Hightstown American Legion.  Neal was very instrumental each year in organizing the Youth Fishing Derby at Peddie Lake.  He enjoyed blue fishing out of Point Pleasant, watching NASCAR races, Notre Dame Football, and New York Jets football         

“J!-E!-T!-S!…………………..Jets, Jets, Jets”.

Son of the late William F. and Patricia Glackin; he is survived by his daughter Samantha Glackin and her husband Steve Barclay, his son Corey Glackin; his beloved grandson Liam Barclay; his former spouse and friend Elly Glackin; his sister and her fiancé Barbara Glackin and Frank Myernick, his brother and sister-in-law Timothy and Gwyn Glackin; his godson Mario Lanzetta; and a very large extended family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 13, 2023 at 10:30AM at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church 251 Franklin Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520.  All funeral attendees are asked to arrive to the church no later than 10:15AM.

Interment will be held at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hightstown, NJ.

Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon from 2-5PM at Simplicity Funeral and Cremation Services at Glackin Chapel, 136 Morrison Ave., Hightstown, NJ.  Fire company services will begin at 5:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hightstown Engine Co No 1, 140 N. Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520 or to Fox Chase Cancer Center http://www.foxchase.org

To leave a condolence or for directions, please visit http://www.poulsonvanhise.com

Arrangements are under the direction of  Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, Lawrenceville, NJ.




New Jersey Receives $995,000 Federal Grant For Wildfire Mitigation Efforts In Area Of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

The award is among 13 given for environmental protection initiatives at military installations

February 22, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is set to receive $995,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to reduce wildfire risk in the areas surrounding Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Warren Grove Range, Naval Weapons Station Earle and Sea Girt National Guard Training Facility, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

The New Jersey grant is one of 13 projects funded nationally with $24 million from the DOD’s 2023 Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Challenge Program, which facilitates long-term partnerships to improve resilience to climate change, preserve habitats and natural resources, and promote sustainable land uses near military installations and ranges.

”The Murphy Administration is grateful to our federal partners for this grant funding, which will help us mitigate the increased risk of wildfires that are one of the many adverse impacts of climate change in New Jersey,“ Commissioner LaTourette said. ”Partnerships such as this help us ensure healthy forests that provide shade and shelter to visitors, keep open spaces green to sequester carbon, and also limit the greenhouse gas emissions that can increase ocean acidification.“

”Warmer springs and hotter, drier summers may lengthen New Jersey’s wildfire season and increase the occurrence of large fires. Reducing wildfire risk is a key aspect of ensuring that our farms, forests, and communities that are vital to our state’s economy and identity are resilient to a changing climate,“ said Nick Angarone, New Jersey Chief Climate Resilience Officer. ”This REPI Challenge award supports the New Jersey Forest Fire Service in some of its most critical wildfire mitigation and protection projects in the state.“

Funds from this grant round will be used to construct a strategic firebreak adjacent to the Warren Grove Gunnery Range in Bass River State Forest, with project work expected to begin in April 2023. Firebreak work will consist of reducing hazardous forest fuels on a strategic strip of land bordering Allen and Oswego roads, in Bass River Township, Burlington County, and in Egg Harbor Township, Ocean County. By reducing the forest fuels, firefighters may more safely control the forward progress of wildfires that may start in this area. The firebreak will also provide improved access to fight any fires that may occur in the area.

Additionally, forest thinning on 1,305 acres will reduce combustible vegetation known as ladder fuels and improve wildlife habitat. Ladder fuels are small trees and low vegetation beneath the forest canopy. Most large trees in the project area will remain, which will keep the canopy intact. Thinning allows for a healthier forest, reduces competition among trees and provides greater resource availability. The likelihood of a catastrophic wildfire burning through a thinned forest is reduced.

Additional REPI funds will go toward the ongoing Greenwood Triangle Forest Fuels Maintenance Project in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest and Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management area. This project entails firebreak maintenance and underbrush removal to protect residents in Burlington and Ocean counties and to create safe conditions for firefighters during wildfire suppression efforts.

This funding will help the New Jersey Forest Fire Service continue to build a network of strategic firebreaks across the landscape and improve resilience.

Ongoing partnerships like this through the DOD, Naval Weapons Station Earle continues to strengthen the relationship between DOD and DEP. New Jersey’s rich history of cooperation with its military installations is reinforced through the funds the DEP has received through the REPI Challenge Program.

”The wildfire management activities outlined in these projects not only benefit the military installations, but the natural resources and residents of New Jersey,“ said John Cecil, Assistant Commissioner for State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites. ”Without funding provided through the REPI Challenge Program and additional funding leveraged through the DEP and other partners, these projects would not be possible.“

The REPI Challenge Program cited a surge in forest fires adjacent to the Joint Base and Warren Grove Gunnery Range properties, in part due to dry weather conditions and dense accumulations of forest undergrowth, that can fuel wildfires. The New Jersey Forest Fire Service responded to 1,175 wildfires that burned 12,664 acres in 2022. When a wildfire encroaches a military installation, operations at the properties must be suspended, impacting various base and range activities and missions.

In 2019 the Spring Hill Wildfire burned 9,021 acres just north of the Warren Grove Gunnery Range in Bass River and Penn State Forest in similar forest fuel conditions. This fire highlighted the potential of a major wildfire threatening surrounding communities and military installations.

Combined, the 13 REPI Challenge projects will benefit 26 installations and their communities across the country. In addition to New Jersey, the DOD is funding projects in Guam, Hawaii, Arizona, Texas, California, Washington and Virginia.

To date, the REPI Challenge Program has leveraged more than $144 million with more than $417 million in partner contributions to protect more than 51 locations. REPI projects promote compatible land use, restore important habitats, promote species recovery and enhance climate adaptation efforts.

Warren Grove Gunnery Range is one of the most heavily used Air National Guard training ranges in the United States, and its location provides operational capabilities for all branches of military service. Naval Weapons Station Earle operates a receipts, storage, segregation and issue ordnance facility to support the Atlantic fleet, which includes the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and DOD conventional ammunition requirements.

For more information about this year’s REPI recipients, visit www.repi.mil/Buffer-Projects/REPI-Challenge

Learn more about the DEP’s Bureau of Climate Resilience Planning at www.nj.gov/dep/bcrp/ and other climate resilience initiatives at www.nj.gov/dep/climatechange/resilience.html

To learn more about wildfires in New Jersey, steps to protect property and other resources, visit www.njwildfire.org

Like the Forest Fire Service’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NJForestFireService/

Follow the Forest Fire Service on Twitter @njdepforestfire and Instagram @newjerseyforestfire

Follow Commissioner LaTourette on Twitter and Instagram @shawnlatur and follow the DEP on Twitter @NewJerseyDEP, Facebook @newjerseydep, Instagram @nj.dep and LinkedIn @newjerseydep


New Jersey Task Force 1 Deployed To Erie County, NY For Snow Emergency

December 27, 2022

WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ — New Jersey Task Force 1 (NJ-TF1) deployed to Erie County, New York to assist the state of New York in their snow emergency, in Wall, N.J. on Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. Western New York has experienced a record amount snow that has caused major power outages and casualties. Twenty-two members of NJ-TF1 along with a cache of equipment including heavy rescue trucks, snow mobiles, Argo track vehicles and off-road rescue vehicles will join local first responders who have been working throughout the storm and its aftermath.

Photos/Video by: New Jersey State Police / Tim Larsen


New Jersey Task Force 1 (NJ-TF1) deploys to Erie County, New York to assist the state of New York in their snow emergency, in Wall, N.J. on Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. Photos/Video by: New Jersey State Police / Tim Larsen




45+ Fire Departments From Seven Counties And Two States Participate In Full Scale Water Supply Exercise In Millstone Township, Monmouth County

October 23, 2022

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–This morning at 8:00 a.m. until around 12:30 p.m. over forty-five fire departments from Monmouth, Mercer, Middlesex, Ocean, Burlington, Somerset, Counties in NJ and Bucks County in Pennsylvania, participated in a full-scale water supply exercise simulating a fire in a 1-million square foot warehouse. The objective was to obtain and sustain an adequate water flow from static water sources from six pre-established fill sites to support suppression efforts at the simulated fire. The flow rate expectations were to reach beyond 6,000 gallons per minute using water tender/tankers and four, 5″ pipelines.




Firefighters From 3-Counties Flow Over 2,000 Gallons Per Minute During Training Exercise

September 10, 2022

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)-ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)—Hope Fire Company of Allentown-Upper Freehold hosted a “large diameter” hose drill this morning at Mercer Corporate Park. Firefighters were able to flow over 2,000 gallons per minute from a drafting point, though several relay engines and finally to a discharge point consisting of ladders or an engine. The training was designed to unify tactics between three counties and started with over an hour of classroom training at Hope Fire Company then the firefighters went to Mercer Corporate Park for practical training. Other departments participating were: Robbinsville Fire Department, Hamilton Fire Department, Consolidated Fire Association (Bordentown City), Jacobstown (North Hanover), Chesterfield, Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office, Monmouth County Fire Coordinators.




Area Fire Departments And Emergency Water Supply Companies Respond To Newark For Water Emergency

August 8, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Earlier today there was a major water main break in Branch Brook Park near the Newark/Belleville border causing low pressure for the City of Newark and Township of Belleville. Several area fire departments and Flynn Water are providing emergency water for the City of Newark until repairs are made and water pressure returns to a safe level for firefighting other use. Tankers and other units will assist Newark Fire Department to supply water to their scenes in the event of a fire.

Jamesburg Fire Company, Monroe Township Fire Department, and South Amboy from Middlesex County are in Newark standing by overnight.

Budd Lake Fire Department and Flanders Fire Department of Morris County answered the call sending Engine 59 staffed by Budd Lake and Flanders Firefighters. Engine 59 is in quarters with Newark Engine 13, Newark Ladder 6 and Tenders from Jefferson and Mt. Arlington.

There are more standing by from around the state for the water emergency in Newark as information becomes available it will be added to the list of department.


Flynn Water of Juliustown, NJ is supplying emergency water to University Hospital in Newark due to the low pressure from the water main break.







Due to a severe water main break in the city of Newark the city’s fire department requested assistance from surrounding counties for tenders, tankers and engines. Budd Lake And Flanders Fire answered the call sending Engine 59 staffed by Budd Lake and Flanders Firefighters. Engine 59 is in quarters with Newark Engine 13, Newark Ladder 6 and Tenders from Jefferson and Mt. Arlington. These Morris County assets will assist Newark Fire Department to supply water to their scenes in the event of a fire. Thank You to these members for taking on this detail. #buddlakefire #flandersfire #newarkfiredepartment


Tuckerton Fire Company No. 1, Out Of Service 44 Days; Asks NJ Attorney General To Investigate

July 20, 2022

TUCKERTON, NJ (OCEAN)–The Tuckerton Fire Department has been out of service to the community Since June 6, 2022, 44 days when equipment was removed and the Tuckerton Borough Council voted to pass a resolution “Suspending Emergency Service From The Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 For The Borough Of Tuckerton And Providing For Alternative Emergency Service Coverage.”

On July 18, 2022 the Fire Company sent a letter to the NJ Attorney General’s Office to investigate several allegations of misconduct. That letter in its entirety is posted below with a link to the Fire Department’s Facebook page.

“DAY 44 – OUT OF SERVICE We are asking the New Jersey Attorney General to look into a few things that we feel are improper or illegal.”Tuckerton Fire Department Facebook page.






Large Scrap Yard Fire In Fairless Hills, PA, Sends Smoke Billowing Into New Jersey

June 30, 2022

FALLS TOWNSHIP/FAIRLESS HILLS, PA (BUCKS)–A large fire at a scrap yard in the Fairless Hills section of Falls Township send smoke billowing into Mercer and Burlington Counties this afternoon. The fire appeared to be coming from behind Mazza Iron & Steel a family owned and operated metal recycling company based in Fairless Hills. A large column of smoke could be seen for miles and 9-1-1 centers fielded calls about the smoke condition. Falls Township Fire Company along with many mutual aid fire departments were on scene combating the fire. Fire departments called it a “rubbish” fire on Solar Drive in Falls Township.


A video from Levittown Fire Company Facebook page here:




NJ Forrest Fire Service Reports 95% Containment Of 13,500-Acre Wildfire In Wharton State Forest

June 22, 2022

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service reports that the Wharton State Forest – Mullica River Fire has reached 95 percent containment of a 13,500-acre wildfire at the Wharton State Forest in Washington, Shamong, Hammonton & Mullica Townships.

There is an ongoing investigation into an illegal campfire which has been determined to be the cause of the fire. Anyone with information can contact our Division B office at 609-726-9010.

✅ Road closures have been lifted.

✅ Atsion Recreation Area has reopened.

✅ Batsto Village has reopened.

⚠️ Hiking trails between Atsion and Batsto remain closed due to active fire activity.

⚠️ Kayaking and canoeing along the Mullica and Batsto Rivers remains closed between Atsion and Batsto. Pinelands Adventures has suspended kayak and canoe trips.

⚠️ Wharton State Forest’s Mullica River Campground remains closed.

The fire was first spotted at 10:06 a.m. Sunday by a Forest Fire Service observer at the Batsto Fire Tower. The fire was fueled by breezy conditions and low humidity.

Structure protection was provided by local volunteer fire departments from Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean counties, we thank them for their assistance.

The public is advised that smoke may be visible for an extended period while firefighters continue to patrol and mop-up this wildfire. Motorists traveling in the area should remain cautious of smoke, firefighters and fire vehicles that may be working on nearby roadways.

This will be our final update on this fire unless there are significant developments.

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Helpful Wildfire Terminology

🔥 Wildfire – An uncontrolled fire burning the different types of vegetation that cover the land. A wildfire is considered a “major wildfire” after it exceeds 100 acres in size.

🔥 Containment – When reporting on a wildfire a percentage of containment will be given, which will state how much of the fireline has been completed.

🔥 Backfire – A fire intentionally set along the interior edge of a fireline by Forest Fire Service staff to consume fuel in the path of a wildfire and/or to change the direction of force of a fire’s convection column.

🔥 Fireline – The part of a containment or control line that is scraped or dug to mineral soil.

🔥 Threatened – Critical infrastructure, roads, homes and commercial buildings that are in the vicinity of a wildfire.



Wildfire Update: NJ Forrest Fire Service Reports 13,500 Acre Fire Now 85% Contained, Routes 206 and 542 Reopen

June 21, 2022

The New Jersey Forrest Fire Service is reporting that continue to make substantial progress in containing a wildfire in Wharton State Forest – Washington, Shamong, Hammonton & Mullica Townships – which has reached 13,500 acres in size and is 85% contained.

ROAD CLOSURE UPDATES

✅ Route 206 – Reopened 11 a.m.

✅ Route 542 – Reopened 10 a.m.

Batsto Village, Atsion Recreation Area and all associated hiking and mountain bike trails remain closed to visitors. The Mullica River Campground and Lower Forge Campground are closed. Kayak and canoe launching along the Mullica River is closed from the Atsion Recreation Area to Batsto Village. These closures will remain in effect until further notice. Pinelands Adventures has suspended kayak and canoe trips.

18 structures are threatened. There are no reported injuries.

Motorists traveling in the area should remain cautious of smoke and watch for firefighters and fire vehicles that may be working on nearby roadways. Smoke impacts will remain elevated into the evening hours as winds diminish, and partial cloud cover moves over the area.

Please remember, “No Drones in Fire Zones – If YOU fly, WE can’t!”


Helpful Wildfire Terminology

🔥 Wildfire – An uncontrolled fire burning the different types of vegetation that cover the land. A wildfire is considered a “major wildfire” after it exceeds 100 acres in size.

🔥 Containment – When reporting on a wildfire a percentage of containment will be given, which will state how much of the fireline has been completed.

🔥 Backfire – A fire intentionally set along the interior edge of a fireline by Forest Fire Service staff to consume fuel in the path of a wildfire and/or to change the direction of force of a fire’s convection column.

🔥 Fireline – The part of a containment or control line that is scraped or dug to mineral soil.

🔥 Threatened – Critical infrastructure, roads, homes and commercial buildings that are in the vicinity of a wildfire.




NJ Forest Fire Service Reports 12,000 Acre Wildfire 70% Contained

June 20, 2022

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service reports they are making substantial progress in containing a wildfire in Wharton State Forest – Washington, Shamong, Hammonton & Mullica Townships – which has reached 12,000 acres in size and is 70% contained.

Yesterday June 19, 2022 at just after 12:00 p.m. the fire was reported at 100 acres in size and the wildfire has grown to 12,000 acres in a short time.

ROAD CLOSURES
⚠️ Route 206 – from Chew Road to Atsion Road
⚠️ Route 542 – from Green Bank Road to Columbia Road

Batsto Village and all associated hiking and mountain bike trails are closed to visitors. The Atsion Recreation Area is also closed. The Mullica River Campground, Lower Forge Campground, Mullica River Trail and boat launches along the Mullica River are closed from the Atsion Recreation Area to Batsto Village. These closures will remain in effect until further notice. Pinelands Adventures has suspended kayak and canoe trips.

18 structures are threatened. Structure protection is in place and provided by local volunteer fire departments from Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean counties, we thank them for their assistance. There are no reported injuries.

Motorists traveling in the area should remain cautious of smoke and watch for firefighters and fire vehicles that may be working on nearby roadways. Smoke impacts will remain elevated into the evening hours as winds diminish, and partial cloud cover moves over the area.

Please remember, “No Drones in Fire Zones – If YOU fly, WE can’t!”



Local volunteer fire companies from Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean counties are protecting 18 structures from the fire. These photos are from the Basto area. Photos by: Michael Kamer



The smoke plume from the Mullica River Fire is visible on National Weather Service Radar.


National Weather Service GOES-16 satellite is designed to aid in fire detection. While wildfires, mostly of small size, are not uncommon in our region, a satellite signature like this is highly unusual around here according to the National Weather Service.


Tuckerton Borough Passes Resolution To Suspend Emergency Service From Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Company #1

TUCKERTON, NJ (OCEAN)–At a special council meeting late yesterday afternoon the Borough of Tuckerton Council passed a Resolution “Suspending Emergency Service From The Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 For The Borough Of Tuckerton And Providing For Alternative Emergency Service Coverage.” (See full resolution obtained by OPRA requests along with exhibits posted below).

According from documents obtained by MidJersey.news by OPRA requests, it appears that on May 16, 2022 there was an inspection done and a Notice of Unsafe or Unhealthful Working Conditions and order to comply was issued within 15 days by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Office of Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health. The notice was for violations of the Respiratory Protection Standard for not providing fit testing for employees using MSA Ultra Elite self-contained breathing apparatus within the previous 12 months. The order states that the Borough of Tuckerton was previously cited on July 19, 2018. PEOSH concluded that the Borough of Tuckerton was aware that the items stated were not in compliance and therefore had repeatedly violated the PEOSH standard.

The Notice stated that the Borough Administrator and Fire Chief were advised via closing conference on December 3, 2021 that the fit testing records were outdated. The Fire Chief stated they had difficulty getting the fit testing scheduled due to COVID-19 hardships of the private company used to conduct the fit testing, however the Chief was unable to provide documentation of those requests. The Department remained out of compliance from May 2021 though the opening conference on December 3, 2021. Once the PEOSH inspection was initiated, the Chief was able to immediately schedule fit testing with two separate private companies. On December 10, 2021 CSHO conducted a follow-up phone call with the Borough Administrator and again confirmed that this would be a repeat violation. On December 14 and December 28, 2021, the members of the Tuckerton Fire Department were fit tested to abate the citation.

The Borough and Fire Company were issued $24,500. penalty from Office of Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health for violations that were abated on December 28, 2021.

On Monday June, 6, 2022, the Borough Administrator Jenny Gleghorn received a letter from Office Fire Department Preparedness Senior Planner – Emergency Management Fire, Donald Nelsen from the NJ Department of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety advising of issues at the Tuckerton Fire Company. The letter states that there was a meeting on June 1, 2022 and “not one of the items of direction needed were provided in any sort of bolstering manner to give the Division of Fire Safety confidence in the successful operation of your municipal fire department under the current circumstances. Seven points were spelled out my Friday April 22, 2022 memorandum to Chief Eggert for our scheduled meeting. Only one of the seven points were adequately addressed – number three regarding Incident Safety Officer certification of Firefighter Lewis Eggert Jr.” (See full document below obtained by OPRA request for additional details).

A Facebook Post from the Tuckerton Fire Company said, “The Borough Council took action this evening, we remain completely out of service, including the EMS portion. Here are the Council’s vote, Borough Attorney Christopher Connors reading the letter from Division of Fire Safety, and the public comments. We are overwhelmed by the amount of support this evening by both residents and business owners. You are the greatest !!! The first public speaker is someone who we can’t thank enough for coming out today. He was a CPR save last summer here in Tuckerton. He and his wife gave many years of service to the old Tuckerton First Aid Squad. Thanks to them also for their service.”

A member of the Tuckerton Fire Company stated, “All requested paperwork that was requested was fully submitted, the last of it yesterday.”


VIDEO:

To view council meeting go to this link. 6/9/22 Special Council Meeting









Breaking: Tuckerton Borough Orders Fire Company To Cease Fire Operations; Removes Borough Owned Equipment



June 6, 2022 — Updated 9:50 p.m.

TUCKERTON BOROUGH, NJ (OCEAN)–According to the Tuckerton Fire Company the department received a letter from Tuckerton Borough about ceasing fire operations around 1:15 p.m. today. The Borough states in the letter that they are ordering the fire company to cease operations and remove Borough owned equipment because they are in receipt of a letter from the Division of Fire Safety stating that the Borough is not adequately protected by its volunteer fire company because of non-compliance with certain rules and standards. (See copy of letter below for more details).

A statement received tonight from Tuckerton Fire Company President Julio Cerrato said “At this point we have no more information available. The borough attorney advised the borough administrator not to release the letter from the NJ Division of Fire Safety until Tuckerton Borough Council has a chance to read and discuss it.”


Tuckerton Fire Department Facebook Page states: (this is an update to their Facebook post, since their original post)

As of about 1:15 this afternoon, The Tuckerton Fire Company is REMOVED FROM SERVICE.

See attached letter.

More details to follow as we determine what exactly is going on.

The Borough of Tuckerton has removed the fire apparatus from the firehouse without notifying us.

Talk about putting Tuckerton residents in danger, we get out for calls and are here for the residents of Tuckerton.

Any residents who would like to come out and express their support for the fire department can come to the special council meeting this Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the municipal building.


This is a developing story please check back for updates as they become available.

MidJersey.news has reached out to the Borough of Tuckerton for a statement and at time of publication has not received a reply.

MidJersey.news has reached out to a representative of the Tuckerton Fire Company and was told that they will be able to provide an update after the company meeting tonight.

Please check back for more details as they become available.





NJ Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service Held

June 6, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–On Saturday June 4, 2022 the “New Jersey Fallen Firefighters & Fire Museum Memorial Service” was held. In 2021 New Jersey had nine Line-of-Duty Deaths.

2021 Line-of-Duty Deaths (LODDs) in New Jersey:

  1. Atlantic City Fire Department, Anthony Carfagno
  2. East Orange Fire Department, Vincent Intiso
  3. Erskine Lakes Fire Company, John Jonker, Sr.
  4. Hillsborough Fire Company, William Shaffer
  5. Irvington Fire Department, Victor Melillo
  6. Jackson Fire Company #1, Nicholas Prioli
  7. Jersey City Fire Department, John Ruddy
  8. Kingston Fire Department, Dennis Shennard
  9. Middlesex County Haz-Mat Unit, Donald Trout

The New Jersey Fire Museum and Fallen Firefighters Memorial is located at 4 Polhemuston Road, Allentown, New Jersey 08501

For more information visit: https://njfiremuseum.org/



Petition About Trenton Fire Department Patch Circulating Online Reaches 1,227 Signatures

Update as of Feburary 6, 2022, 1,227 have signed the petition.

February 3, 2022

You can view the petition here: Not to Change Trenton Fire Dept Patches

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A petition about Trenton Fire Department’s new patch has been posted at Change.org has been circulating online and as of 10:00 p.m. gathered 799 signatures.

The petition reads:

We are urging the administration to reconsider changing our Fire Department patch and uniform colors. The iron fireman stands for the sacrifice we as Trenton firefighters’ are willing to make and stands tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. We as the members of this department understand the risk and sacrifice we make on a continuous basis missing nights, weekends and holidays with our family. If there were to be a change to our patch and uniform it should be based on a majority vote of all members. From there every member who wishes to take part in the development of a new patch should have the opportunity. Without allowing the members to take part in this change is detrimental to the mission and morale of the Trenton Fire Department. The members of this Department are the ones wearing the patch and uniform every shift and our input should be a part of this decision.


The Iron Fireman statue stands tall outside city hall, wearing the department’s 19th century uniform and holding a baby in his left arm. Below him, the base of the statue lists the names of men who died between 1883 and 2009. After Woods and fellow firefighter Robert Mizopalko died in August 1986 battling a three-alarm blaze at the city bar Shenanigans Saloon, their names were added to the base of the city’s Iron Fireman statue, which was built in 1892 and stood outside city hall since 1910. Our great Mayor Reed Gusciora added, “This Iron Fireman is important because it memorializes those men and women who gave their lives, and all those who keep our homes a little bit safer at night.” Please I ask to just listen to us firefighters who make the ultimate sacrifice everyday to not change our patch at-least hear us out and give us a option. This to us is a big decision. Please do what’s right and help me and my brothers and sisters on this department spread by sharing this and sign our petition just to show who stands behind us on this decision, help us keep our history in our great City of Trenton.



Slow Down, Move Over! November 8-14 is Crash Responder Safety Week

November 8, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–November 8-14 is Crash Responder Safety Week.

Nearly once every week, a first responder is killed while attempting to clear a roadway accident.

Under New Jersey’s “Move Over” law, drivers are required to reduce their speed and change lanes when approaching an authorized emergency vehicle. These vehicles include tow trucks, highway maintenance vehicles, sanitation vehicles, and emergency (fire/police/EMS) vehicles displaying flashing, blinking or alternating emergency lights.

Unfortunately, law enforcement, emergency response personnel, tow truck operators, and highway maintenance workers continue to be struck and injured or killed while aiding others on the side of the road because a passing vehicle did not sufficiently slow down and move over.

When you see flashing lights on the side of the road, slow down, and if it’s safe, MOVE OVER.

If you make the move, others will follow.

https://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/move-over-law/

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission













New Jersey Statute 39:4-92.2

Procedure for motorist approaching certain stationary vehicle.

1. a. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle as defined in R.S.39:1-1 that is displaying a flashing, blinking or alternating red or blue light or, any configuration of lights containing one of these colors, shall approach the authorized emergency vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:

(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or

(2) If a lane change pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection a. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.

b. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary tow truck as defined in section 1 of P.L.1999, c.396 (C.39:3-84.6) that is displaying a flashing amber light, a stationary highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle that is operated by the State, an authority or a county or municipality and displaying flashing yellow, amber, or red lights, or a stationary sanitation vehicle displaying a flashing amber warning light pursuant to section 1 of P.L.2011, c.3 (C.39:3-54.27) shall approach the vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:

(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the tow truck, highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle, or sanitation vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or

(2) If a lane change under paragraph (1) of subsection b. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.

c. A violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500.

L. 2017, c.43, s.1.








3 Alarm Fire Reported At Big Snow at American Dream Mall

September 25, 2021

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Multiple fire departments responded to Big Snow at American Dream Mall for a roof fire around 4:15 a.m. Upon arrival there was a reported “working fire” on the roof of Big Snow the indoor ski slope. Additional aid was called to the scene including Carlstadt, Secaucus, Wallington, Mahwah, Woodridge, Moonachie and many others. Fire crews charged a stand pipe system and charged hand lines to get water on the fire.

The fire went to three alarms before the main body of fire was knocked down just after 6:00 a.m. Fire crews are still on scene reporting that they have smoldering roof material on fire.

According to New Jersey State Police Sgt. Alejandro Goez, “The fire at the American Dream was reported at 4:15 a.m. inside the Big Snow ski slope. The fire was contained to the top of the ski slope and several area fire departments responded to extinguish the fire. The building was unoccupied at the time and there are no injuries reported. Preliminary investigation revealed that the fire has been deemed nonsuspicious at this time.”

Hugh Reynolds, a Big SNOW Representative said, “We can confirm that there was a fire at Big SNOW overnight. Thankfully there were no injuries as the incident occurred outside of our normal hours of operation. We are tremendously thankful for the quick response and efforts of the local fire departments in working to contain this fire.  As such, Big SNOW will be closed today while we assess the damage. We will release more details soon.”

This is still a developing story, please check back for further updates. MidJersey.News has reached out to Big Snow, American Dream Mall and NJ Sports and Exposition Authority for additional information.


From the Big Snow website:

Temporarily Closed

Please Note: We will be closed today, September 25. Any pre-purchased guests will be contacted directly and refunded.


Please note that Big SNOW will be closed today, Saturday September 25th.  We apologize for this inconvenience and any disappointment this unexpected closure may cause for those guests who were planning to visit today.  If you had a pre-purchased reservation, we will be refunding your order. We look forward to welcoming you back to Big SNOW soon. Please contact info@bigsnowad.com with any additional questions.