PRESS RELEASE

 Press Release: Washington Township Names New Fire Chief FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sam Micklus

Email: smicklus@wtfd10.org

Phone: 856-863-4000

Cell: 856-534-8722

February 5, 2016



Washington Township Names New Fire Chief 

Washington Township, Gloucester County, NJ – Captain Patrick “Pat” Dolgos a 32-year veteran of the Washington Township Fire District will be its next District Fire Chief.


The announcement was made by Chairman Sam Micklus during the public meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners last night. Micklus said it was his “great honor to make this announcement.”


"Pat has proven himself as a tremendous asset to the District and will be an innovative and inspiring leader”, says Micklus. Following a competitive search by a professionally established committee where the Fire District interviewed highly qualified candidates with national respect, Captain Dolgos stood out. He has lead district-wide training since his arrival in 2002 and has often served as acting Chief over the course of his career.


As a longtime resident of Washington Township Pat has demonstrated his commitment to his community and to his colleagues. “I have served and fought fires with him for 24 years and have seen him prove himself time and again to be a great leader and a motivational instructor,” stated Personnel Commissioner Frank Stella.


Pat’s professional experience also includes law enforcement and hazardous material cleanup. He is well respected in the fire service community and is active as an Emergency Medical Technician and Ambulance and Rescue. “I'm confident he will take the Washington Township Fire Department to the next level," says Stella.


Pat has served on many intercommunity teams and holds numerous State certifications. He is well educated in emergency response and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration.


Pat and his wife Beth have three children, Tyler, Brett, and Drew.


 

   


 

BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSION PUBLIC MEETING

The Board of Fire Commissioners hold their meetings on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m.  The meetings are held at the Washington Township Fire District Headquarters building located at 213 E. Holly Ave. Sewell, NJ.



1.  Update on 700 Radios

2.  1031 Update
3.  10-3 Sub Floor Update
4.  Proclamation for Nancy Corson's 25 years of Excellent Service to WTFD
5.  Report on FLEX Alternative
6.  Update from the Storm Event
7.  Cleark to the Board of Fire Commissioners Position
8.  Report on the District Chief Search
9.  Please Support the Budget


The Washington Township Board of Fire Commissioners welcomes the Public to come speak at our meeting during the Public portion of the meeting.


   


 

WHEN SECONDS COUNT...

The Washington Township Fire Department would like to remind residents and business owners alike to make fire hydrants accessible. During snowfall fire hydrants become blocked by snow especially in parking areas. The Washington Township Fire Department would like to request your help to remove the snow from around hydrants so they are visible and accessible. If you have a hydrant in your front yard, clean a 3’ circle around it.

   


 

BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSION PUBLIC MEETING

The Board of Fire Commissioners hold their meetings on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m.  The meetings are held at the Washington Township Fire District Headquarters building located at 213 E. Holly Ave. Sewell, NJ.


1.  Thank You to Dan Pekula of Mission BBQ for providing food for the meeting.
2.  10-3 Sub Floor Status
3.  Engine 1031 Status
4.  Amendment to the Budget (FEMA Reimbursement)
5.  Budget (second reading) Roll Call Vote
6.  Rumor Control

7.  Notes from Chief Hoffman on transfer of his responsibilities
8.  Recongnition of Chief Hoffman's years of service to WTFD
9.  Resolution appointing Interim Chief/Officer In Charge



The Washington Township Board of Fire Commissioners welcomes the Public to come speak at our meeting during the Public portion of the meeting.


   


 

PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP FIRE DISTRICT


The Washington Township Fire District and Fire Chief Everett John Hoffman announce the official retirement of Chief Hoffman after 41 years of providing emergency services and after nearly 18 years of service to the Washington Township Fire Department, effective March 1, 2016.  Chief Hoffman will serve his last day on duty, Friday January 8, 2016 and will be on terminal leave between then and March 1st.


Prior to coming to Washington Township, Chief Hoffman served as the Fire Chief for the City of Millville and was a Battalion Chief for the PSEG Fire Department at Artificial Island.  A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Chief Hoffman has served as the first career fire chief of Washington Township since August of 1998.  His responsibility was to build an effective combination fire department to cope with the growing community of Washington Township.  During his tenure, the fire department has evolved into a diverse force providing fire, rescue, technical rescue, fire prevention and specialty services to the community.  The department responds to nearly 1,500 calls for emergency service and handles more than 4,000 non-emergency fire protection related assignments annually.  A strong advocate of fire prevention and public fire safety education, Chief Hoffman’s leadership has driven the township’s fire rate to be less than half the state average and 2/3rds less than the county average ultimately saving lives and reducing public risk.  The department is staffed with 109 volunteer and 19 career firefighters, 17 fire explorers, and 3 civilian staff.


Chief Hoffman has served under 16 different elected fire commissioners and 6 Mayors.  He has worked alongside of 5 police chiefs, 5 township emergency management coordinators, 4 fire marshals, 7 EMS chiefs/captains, and 5 school superintendents.


Chief Hoffman has been largely responsible for building and maintaining a smooth relationship between the fire department’s career and volunteer staff, for developing standardized operating procedures, for standardizing the department’s fleet of apparatus, for developing standardized mutual aid plans, and for developing extensive storm and emergency preparedness plans.  He has fostered a positive relationship with other public safety agencies in the community developing an effective incident command system enabling multiple disciplines to deal with a variety of community emergencies.  He has overseen the construction of two fire houses and the refurbishment of a third.


Chief Hoffman anticipates taking some time off to focus on some personal business and his volunteer work with the Boy Scouts of America before embarking on future opportunities.


For further comment or questions regarding Chief Hoffman’s retirement, contact;

Chief Hoffman at 856-297-4335

Fire Commission Chairman Sam Micklus at 856-534-8722

Mayor Barbara Wallace at 856-589-0575



 



   


 
 
 

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