The Washington Twp. Fire Department would like to remind everyone to change the batteries in their smoke detectors. CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS, CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES!!!!
Help Protect Your CommunityThe 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 Volunteer Firefighter...CLICK HERE
The Washington Township Fire Department was dispatched at 3:50
AM for an alarm system call at St.
John’s United Methodist Church
on Ganttown Road. The duty crew engine 1033 arrived at the
church at 3:56 AM shortly followed by ladder 1026. As the crews investigated the alarm, they
confirmed the alarm sounding in the building and further investigation revealed
an active fire in the old main sanctuary part of the building. Lieutenant Admin Levine, the initial incident
commander, immediately called for an upgrade to dispatch the entire fire
department for a working fire in the church.
The crews deployed a large caliber hose line along with a “highrise”
pack into the side entrance of the church and began attacking the fire and
checking for fire extension. Fire
command was passed onto Battalion Chief Matt Zemski at 4:10 AM. The fire was placed under control at 4:22
AM. Crews continued to check for fire
extension and overhauled the area of fire origin. The sanctuary area had a significant amount
of thick smoke build up as a result of the fire and the department remained in
service removing the smoke for another 2 hours.
The Washington Township Fire Department’s fire investigation unit is
investigating the exact cause of the incident, but it is believed to be
accidental in nature at this time. Fire
and smoke damage was contained to the older, original church sanctuary while
the nursery school and other parts of the church were unaffected by the fire. The Washington Township Fire Department responded
with more than 30 fire fighters and 8 pieces of fire apparatus to the single
alarm blaze. They were assisted by the
Washington Township Police Department and the Washington Township Ambulance
Association. The church was unoccupied
at the time of the fire and there were no civilian or firefighter injuries.
Contact Chief John Hoffman for further information.
Washington Township Firefighter Al Anderson will be representing our Fire Dept. on the ice at the Red Line Classic charity hockey game for All Hands Working. This charity game is raising money to help reduce the risk of cardiac issues among firefighters which statistics show we are 300% more likely to have through our job unlike any other. If you followed the news recently, the 2 Toledo, OH firefighters that passed earlier this week both went into cardiac arrest while fighting a fire. Al will be teamed up on Team Orange with Flyers Alumni like Mark Recchi, Rick Tocchet, and several other Flyers Alumni members. Team Red will consist of other firefighters throughout the region and alumni players from the NJ Devils. The game is February 9th at 2pm and there are plenty of tickets available. There are other games being played that day and the tickets are good for them as well. 10:30am Philly FD vs FDNY, Philly PD vs AC FD&PD, and the main event at 2pm. Tickets are $20ea for upper level, $50ea for lower level, $100ea for glass. and can be purchased at TheRedLineClassic.com along with further info about the game.
Adopt a Fire Hydrant
The fire hydrants located around Washington Township are a
valuable asset to the Fire Department and to the community. They provide
the main source of water during our firefighting activities. It's very
common during a major snow storm for hydrants to be buried either from street
plowing or shoveling. When this happens we are delayed in starting fire
suppression operations because we can't find the hydrant.
To help us, and the community, we are asking residents to
Adopt a Hydrant. As you shovel your walks and driveways, we ask that you
also include the area around the hydrant that is located on your block.
Hydrants are typically located at the end or middle of each block, but they are
used to protect all of the properties for 500 to 1,000 feet in both
directions. In a fire situation, seconds count! Every few minutes a
fire can double in size so it's important for us to locate a hydrant, connect
and establish a water supply quickly. Please join us in our efforts to
keep Washington Township safe!
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