HURFFVILLE FIRE COMPANY (Battalion 3) PARTICIPATES IN LIVE BURN

 HURFFVILLE FIRE COMPANY (Battalion 3) PARTICIPATES IN LIVE BURN

 Firefighters from Hurffville Fire Company, Battalion 3 participated in a Class A Live Burn on Wednesday night at GCFA. Firefighters primarily worked on Rescue Co Ops "can work" at the facility



     



 

WHITMAN SQUARE FIRE COMPANY (Battalion 2) train on Stabilization

WHITMAN SQUARE FIRE COMPANY (Battalion 2) train on Stabilization

Members of the Whitman Square Fire Company trained Wednesday Night with overturned vehicles on a stabilization and rescue drill

     



 

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP FIREFIGHTERS AWARD NIGHT

 Awards Night

The Washington Township Fire Department has maintained an awards and recognition program for nearly 2 decades.  On Wednesday March 19th, the department recognized several of its firefighters for accomplishments in training, emergency responses and life saving action for the 2013 calendar year. The following firefighters received a training award for completing basic fire school;

Matt Laudenslager, Nicole Rosati, Bryan Knights, Ryan Powell, Jeff Kugler, Kevin Earling, William Andujar, & Mike Dailey.

The following firefighter received a training award for completing the Emergency Medical Technician program; Mike Toppi.

The following firefighters received a training award for completing the Hazardous Materials Technician program; Jim Donahue and Chris Coleman.

The following firefighters received a training award for completing training as a fire service instructor level 1; Bud Miller, Jay Reisenwitz, Dan Dobleman, Anthony DeAngelo, Al Anderson, Jay Jones, Steve Finn, Chris Coleman, & Jim DeMore.

The following firefighter received a training award for completing training as a fire service instructor level 2; Gary Sklar.

The Honorable Service award (5 years) was issued to Firefighter Chris Hummel.

The Distinguished Service award (10 years) was issued to Firefighters Adam Seczech and Cindy Leary.

The Life Member award (15 years) was issued to Chief John Hoffman, Firefighters Lee Sumek, Mark Rostrom, and Mike Audio.

The Commissioners Medal (25 years) was issued to Lt. Jim VanMater, Firefighter John Godish, and Battalion Chief Joe Mason

The following Firefighters were issued a Unit Citation award for rapidly recognizing, treating, and expeditiously ensuring one of our own firefighters who was suffering from a heart attack was transported to the hospital.  Due to their combined efforts, the firefighter has made a full recovery and has returned to duty; Firefighters Steve Pinnelli, Glenn Rosenstiehl, Joe Santilli, Joe Schmidt, Andy Bittner, Adam Seczech and Captain Bud Miller.

The following Firefighters were issued a Unit Citation award for responding to and working as a team to save the life of a civilian who suffered a heart attack and was in cardiac arrest; Firefighters Scott Sheldrick, Erik Wolf, John Ryder, Steve Pinnelli, Bryan Knights, Jim Donahue, Kevin Earling, and Lt. Dan Antinore.  The civilian who is alive and well, was present for the citation.

The following Firefighters were issued the Life Saving Level 1 medal for saving the life of a civilian in cardiac arrest by performing CPR, utilizing the automatic defibrillator, and helping to package the patient for transport to the hospital; Firefighters Dave Fry, Fred Ondovchak, and Frank Fisher.

The following Firefighters were issued a Unit Citation award for responding to and working as a team to save the life of a civilian in cardiac arrest; Firefighters Scott Sheldrick, Mike Toppi, Dan Lacca, Steve Cora, John Comstock, Joe Brown, Captain, Kevin Garaguso, and Deputy Chief Ed Weitzman.

The following Firefighters were issued the Life Saving Level 1 medal for saving the life of a civilian in cardiac arrest; Firefighter Wayne Caprio and Lt. Dan Dobleman.

The following Firefighter was issued the Medal of Merit for preventing serious injury or death to another firefighter while engaged in a fire attack in a dwelling where the floor collapsed below the other firefighter; Firefighter Mike Toppi.

Others recognized during the evening included Deputy Chief Ed Weitzman who performed the Heimlich maneuver saving the life of a co worker at his place of employment and Firefighter Mike Vinci for his 30 years of service as a firefighter in the department and his 9 years as a Fire Commissioner.

To help present the awards and to pass on proclamations and awards themselves were Mayor Barbara Wallace, Council President Giancarlo D’Orazio, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, Assemblywoman Gabby Mosquera, and Fire Commissioners Sam Micklus, Larry Kennie, Frank Stella, Jim DeMore, & Dave Vicente.

Chief John Hoffman offered remarks on the 2013 year in review which is posted on our web site and Facebook page.

     



 

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT YEAR IN REVIEW

WTFD 2013 Year in Review

On March 19th I gave a brief summary of some highlights of the Washington Township Fire Department during our annual awards night.  This is a fraction of the activity that surrounds our organization:

  • We navigated our way through an operational reorganization of our command and line officer staff.
  • We were awarded $827,121.00 in federal FIRE & SAFER grants to support our SCBA replacement project and to assist our staffing.  The SCBA have been ordered and are due to be delivered in the next few months.  The grant money for staffing has allowed us to expand our mission and to dedicate a supervisor to manage the Local Enforcing Agency (Fire Marshal’s Office) restoring a FTE (full time equivalent) to our 2006 staffing level.
  • We’ve now been through three (3) budget years with a relatively flat tax rate and our financial outlook over the next several years is very stable.
  • We implemented a new program designed to increase youth interest in the fire service and ultimately increase new recruits coming into the department with the Fire Explorer program.
  • We took delivery of a new ladder truck to replace the old ladder 1016 that was more than 20 years old, significantly under budget and with many new modern features for firefighter safety and ease of operations.
  • Once again, our fire prevention program exceeds all expectations reaching an estimated 20,000 residents of all ages.
  • We entered into a shared services agreement with Inspira Health Systems gaining efficiency in our maintenance shop operations and generating a positive revenue stream.
  • We continue to maintain an average response time to emergencies township wide to 7.2 minutes as a result of staffing and our in house duty crew system.
  • We were able to place in service iPads in all apparatus replacing the mobile data terminals and through the use of the “Active 911” application, enable a modern mapping program to enhance emergency response.
  • We’ve been able to replace a chief’s car and a fire marshal’s car.
  • Our staffed contributed to the successful prosecution and conviction of an arsonist from the serious Washington Place condo fire from a few years earlier.
  • We’ve been able to increase the stability of the LOSAP program to ensure its viability well into the future for firefighters of today.
  • We were able to send out specifications and order a replacement of engine 1011, soon to be delivered in this year.
  • We were able to send out specifications and secure a replacement of our old fire safety education trailer.  The older unit has been used to train literally tens of thousands students and residents in fire safety practices.  The newer unit will enable us to expand our mission in fire safety education to the public.
  • We revised and updated numerous department policies and procedures to meet the demands of our business and administrative obligations.
  • We secured a donation of $8,000 worth of fire fighting FOAM for our inventory.
  • We dedicated nearly 8,000 manhours to emergency response calls alone.
  • Collectively we received more than 7,000 contact hours of external training.  This does not include the internal weekly drill hours that occur through out the department.
  • The intense training of our firefighting staff enabled us to save the lives of many including those recognized in our awards program and especially the one firefighter who rescued one of our own to an active fire attack in May of 2013.
  • Our extensive training in various rescue techniques continues to pay off with technical rescue team responses and with ice rescue saves.
  • As our fire prevention education effort combined with our fire inspection program continue to keep our fire rate much lower than the state and county average, and yet we still battle dangerous spectacular fires like the one on Venus Way last winter and Delsea Drive last spring with great efficiency and professionalism.
  • We’ve trained more than 150 civilians in CPR.
  • We’ve had 9 new firefighters complete basic training and an additional 9 have become certified fire service instructors.
  • We continue to set the standard in Incident Management by developing operational Incident Action Plans for various types of emergencies and events through out the township.
  • We continue to be the fire department in the local area recognized for our level of training to be used for mutual aid and Firefighter Rapid Intervention Team assignments.
  • Our fire marshal’s office has navigated through a difficult and complex statewide inspection registration data base.
  • We continue to deliver Santa Claus to every development in Washington Township for a quick visit before Christmas.
  • And last but far from least, in November we swore in our very first Honorary Firefighter with Aiden Riebel.
The combined volunteer and career members of the Washington Township Fire Department are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We are all proud professionals!!!!

Chief John Hoffman





   


 

Celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday & Read Across America

Celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday & Read Across America at Thomas Jefferson Middle School with Chief John Hoffman and Firefighter Dan Pacewicz

     



 
 
 

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