Ice Rescue Training

Ice Rescue Training

The Washington Township Fire Department was out earlier this week recertifying some of our Ice Rescue Technicians by conducting a live drill on the pond near Hollydell.  Firefighters had to prove proficiency in donning special protective suits designed for ice rescue, practice self rescue techniques, and demonstrate the ability to rescue others utilizing various devices.

The department would like to remind the public during cold weather months with temperatures below freezing that NO ICE is safe on unprotected open bodies of water.  Currents, natural springs and other factors may create conditions where ice appears to be safe but can break apart and allow someone to fall in very easily.  Often people go out onto unprotected ice on lakes and ponds to retrieve animals such as the family pet only to get themselves in a dangerous life threatening situation.  For ice rescue emergencies, call 9-1-1 immediately, DO NOT attempt to make a rescue on the ice yourself without proper equipment.  If you can toss a floatation device to a person or reach them with a rope or long stick, that’s fine.  Remember, untrained and unequipped would be rescuers become secondary victims.

This short video shows some of our department members going through our ice rescue training exercise.  More than 40 of our township firefighters are trained as Ice Rescue Technicians.




The Washington Township Fire Department is a combination department composed by volunteer and career firefighters.  The volunteer members come from Grenloch, Whitman Square, and Hurffville Fire Companies.  Volunteer firefighters are an integral part of our professional fire department.  To become a firefighter, you must be at least 18 years old and in good health.  The Washington Township Fire Department has a Fire Explorer Program for persons between the ages of 14 (completed 8th grade) - 18 years old. Parental consent is required to join the Fire Explorer Program.  If you or anyone you know might be interested in being a firefighter, please invite them to talk with our firefighters to hear the opportunities that await them.




Last Night,  Hurffville-Battalion 3 played Santa one last time this holiday season. The crew from Engine 1032 delivered gifts to a needy family that the company adopted for Christmas. A big thanks to the crew for delivering the gifts. Pictured left to right FF Weid, Lt Van Mater, Battalion Chief Zemski, Deputy Chief Weitzman, and President Zemski.  Special thanks to Kristi Zemski and Nancy Levin for volunteering to do the shopping.

Wishing everyone and safe and happy holiday season!




Thank You to everyone who came out to wave and all the great cookies, candies and snacks along our route... It was our pleasure and honor to do it for our Great Twp... The Firefighters of Washington Township would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday!





 Aiden T. Riebel, age 7, of Washington Twp., NJ passed away peacefully on Dec. 10, 2014 after a courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. 

Aiden was a kind loving child who loved the Phillies, the shore, and playing on his iPad. He lived his last year to the fullest, travelling to numerous places including Florida, and Maine with his family, doing the things he wanted to do. He was an Honorary Firefighter with the Washington Township Fire Dept., and has received hundreds of emails, dozens of patches, and numerous fire helmets from Fire Departments around the World offering their support. 

Aiden did things on his terms, and in his time frame. Diagnosed with AML at the age of 2, Aiden fought hard to survive, with countless hospital visits, treatments, and doctor visits, not giving up until he had his parents together alone at his side on Wednesday, the way he wanted it. 

He is the beloved son of Christine Ludwig (nee Stier) of Washington Twp., and Paul Riebel (Laura) of Gibbsboro, NJ. Dear brother of Amber Riebel, Haleigh Riebel, Maxwell Ludwig, and Rylie Riebel. Aiden is also survived by: his maternal grandparents Trudy and Charles Stier of Washington Twp.; his paternal grandfather Walter Riebel of Barrington, NJ (grandmother the late Kathleen); numerous aunts, uncles, other relatives, extended family, and countless supportive dear friends.

Viewings will be Tuesday, Dec. 16th 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Wednesday, Dec. 17th 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Hope Parish/St. Agnes Church, 701 Little Gloucester Road, Blackwood, Gloucester Twp., NJ 08012, where his Funeral Mass will follow at 11:30 AM on Wednesday. Interment will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Route 47, Washington Township. Contributions in Aiden’s memory may be made to Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children, SHANDS HOUSE, 1600 Rockland Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803. Condolences may be share at



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