Township Fire District
Fire Chief Job Announcement
The Washington Township Fire District, Gloucester
County, New Jersey, operates under the direction of the Board of Fire
Commission and has since 1972. This
Board of Fire Commissioners is exceedingly committed to providing the most
advanced and professional fire service to its approximately fifty-five thousand
(55,000) residents. The Fire District is
comprised of a total “Combination Fire
Service” to include one hundred and ten (110) volunteer fire fighters,
supported by a twenty (20) person career staff.
The Fire District maintains six (6) stations with thirteen (13) pieces
of fire apparatus as well as one (1) maintenance facility where repairs to all
apparatus are performed. The Fire
District has under its control twenty three (23) square miles of Washington
Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey.
The District Fire Chief has under his / her command a staff to include:
Two (2) Volunteer Deputy Fire Chiefs, a career Assistant Chief / Chief of
Staff, three (3) Volunteer Battalion Chiefs and four (4) career Captains.
The District Fire Chief is directly responsible to the Board of Fire
Commissioners in the overall management and administration of the Washington
Township Fire District. Responsibilities
include, but are limited to, management of personnel, supervision and oversight
of daily operations of all departments of the Fire District, insuring
compliance with applicable laws in all areas of Fire District operations,
oversight of discretionary financial matters, and monthly reporting on Fire
District status to the Board of Fire Commissioners. This role requires coordination of activities
of both Career and Volunteer Fire Chiefs on matters that affect the operations
of the Fire Battalions and includes management of all aspects of employment for
Career personnel. The Fire Chief has
primary accountability for all matters requiring technical expertise in
firefighting, rescue, hazmat, and emergency situation management.
Report to Fire Commission 08/06/15
report with final data for June 2015 and July 2015
Report – Attached – June 2015 showed the fire department responding to 302 calls
for emergency service. There were 6 actual
fires, and 19 rescue type calls during the month. Significant emergencies that occurred during June
include; 1) a building fire occurred at 311 Georgia Ct. on 6/5, 2) a serious
fatal car crash on Fries Mill Rd. on 6/8, 3) an elevator rescue at 600 Medical
Center Dr. after the elevator motor failed on 6/18, 4) a serious crash on
Delsea Dr. with multiple injuries on 6/18, and 5) the Macroburst storm that
struck on 6/23 caused 220 additional emergency response incidents. There were 55 alarm system calls, 11 carbon
monoxide incidents, 9 out of town mutual aid assignments, and details of storm
related responses included 73 wires/arcing wires calls, 21 structural
damage/collapse incidents, 39 public assistance incidents, and 29 wind related
incidents. Non-emergency fire department
activity not including training totaled 350 events giving the total fire department events at 652 for
June 2015. The performance analysis shows
the average total response time for the month to be 5.8 minutes.
In June there were
several new applicants in the loop on line.
There were 6 firefighters who completed fire school and are now
certified with the department.
Enforcement included 8 vehicles moved, 1 notice of violation issued to be in
compliance and 0 warnings issued.
Report – Attached – July 2015 showed the fire department responding to 113
calls for emergency service. There were
11 actual fires, and 11 rescue type calls during the month. Significant emergencies that occurred during
July include; 1) an apartment fire at the Washington Way Apartments on 7/2, 2)
a motor vehicle crash on the Black Horse Pike requiring extrication on 7/4, 3)
another serious motor vehicle crash on Tuckahoe Rd. on 7/4, 4) a building fire at
Ashley Furniture on the roof on 7/18, 5) a serious car crash in the parking lot
of the Holy Family Church requiring extrication on 7/20, and 6) a technical
rescue of a tree worker stuck in a bucket truck 60’ in the air on 7/23. There were 39 alarm system calls, 3 carbon
monoxide related incidents, and 4 out of town mutual aid assignments. Non-emergency fire department activity not
including training totaled 339 events giving the total fire department events at 452 for July 2015. The performance analysis shows the average
total response time for the month to be 7.7.
There are several
new applicants in the loop and there are 6 probationary firefighters beginning
fire school this week.
The county has
contacted us and will be beginning the 700 mhz radio project with fixed radios
in stations soon. The WTFD VHF radio
system is still making progress with all mobile radios upgraded with the new
frequencies. Mobile/base stations on the
VHF system should be installed soon, pending antenna system work being done.
supported the township fireworks show on July 3rd with 6 pieces of
apparatus and 20 firefighters.
There is nothing
new to report regarding the new Engine 1031 under construction, the build out
timetable is still on schedule.
board of the County
Chief’s Association met
at WTFD HQ on July 16th.
There was significant discussion regarding the Gloucester County
and the closing of the burn building on that property.
Paramedics conducted an update on all of their medic units at our headquarters
facility on July 30th.
Additionally, we were informed that Life Support 3, the unit assigned in
Washington Township will have increased hours of
operation starting on August 1st.
The hours will be going from 0900 to 2100 hours, 12 hours a day to 0700
hours to 0100 hours, 18 hours a day.
This is a huge plus for township residents and compliments the JeffStat
helicopter that is located within the township as well.
Our WTFD staff
supported the Police Department’s Junior
on July 30th.
storm of June 23rd, was declared by the federal government on July
22nd. Chief Hoffman submitted
our initial application for public assistance from FEMA during the FEMA
briefing held on August 4th.
Within 30 to 60 days, representatives from FEMA will be working with us
to secure a 75% match to the approximate $65,000 cost of the storm to the
Out was recently held on 8/4 with the fire department supporting 6
locations. WTFD had 6 pieces of
apparatus out along with the fire safety trailer, 25 firefighters and 5 fire
chiefs met on July 23rd and are schedule to meet again on August 13th. The rescheduled briefing of all township line
officers will occur on August 27th at 1900 hours and the chiefs will
meet briefly at 1800 hours.
The NJSFA county
caucus is scheduled for Thursday August 20th with anticipated
discussion regarding a potential southern New Jersey branch of the state Fireman’s
Home. There are many details still
unknown about this project although many from this department have long
supported a southern NJ Home.
dates in August and beyond;
WTFD Chiefs 8/13
NJSFA County Caucus
Blood Drive at
WTFD HQ 8/24 1400 - 1900
Officers and Chiefs 8/27
Labor Day Holiday 9/7
9/18 & 19
Everett John Hoffman
MESSAGE FROM THE WASHINGTON TWPNearly two weeks ago, Washington Township was slammed with the mostdevastating windstorm in decades. Trees were uprooted, split and strewn across neighborhoods, backyards and streets. Property damage tolls were enormous. Washington Township first responders secured our streets and public areas.Now we struggle with the clean up. There are 10,000’s of tons of yard waste at our curbsides. Most of the yard waste is in the form of partial trees, large branches and heavy logs.Our public works department has 12 men and women on the job to service the Township – and they have worked overtime, everyday to remove debris.Because of our limitations, the Township has begun to dispatch private crews to pick up debris. These street crews are limited because of private demand from homeowners.Nevertheless, the Township has been slowly securing private contractors to help with the cleanup.We are asking all residents to please be patient and to help by cutting the trees into manageable pieces. Our process is only beginning and will take time.The Township will be focusing on large pieces and branches. We ask that you assist by bagging and sweeping up small debris. We will focus on obstructions first and those that comply with our regulations: pile must be cut into manageable pieces for removal. Please ensure that intersections are not blocked and that motorist can see as they enter an intersection.When your neighborhood is scheduled for clearing, you should receive a telephone call the night before. All vehicles should be removed from the streets, so damage does not occur to any vehicles and the crews can work quicker.Removal crews will make one round through a neighborhood and move onto the next. We understand that residents will move more yard waste to the curb, but new debris will have to wait for the second round of cleanup.Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Happy 4th of July from ALL the Firefighters of the Washington Township Fire Department.
State Law Prohibits Every Firework Type Except Caps
The Washington Township Fire District would like to pass along an informative
message from the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development,
Office of Safety Compliance:
Once again, we are entering the fireworks season and we would like to acquaint
you with New Jersey's Fireworks Laws.
New Jersey's laws on fireworks, N.J.S.A. 21:2-1 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 21:3-1 et
seq., are very restrictive. In some states, fireworks are permitted to be sold to,
and used by, the public. However, in New Jersey, only paper or plastic caps for
use in toy guns are legal.
Sparkler and novelty items, such as cigarette loads, trick matches, trick noise
makers, smoke grenades, toy propellants, snaps & pops, poppetts and
champagne poppers, as well as firecrackers, roman candles, rockets, etc., are
all illegal in this state. Do not be fooled by a salesperson who tries to tell
you that they are authorized to be sold by the Consumer Products Safety
Commission, or are sold by mail order houses, or are permitted to be sold in
other states, or are permitted to be shipped by the U.S. Department of
repeat - the only fireworks that can legally be sold and used in New Jersey are
paper and plastic caps for toy cap guns
The Fireworks Laws are jointly enforced by municipalities and the New Jersey
Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The law states that the sale or
possession of fireworks, with intent to sell, is a crime of the fourth degree.
Any person found guilty of possessing fireworks, including sparklers, with the
intention of selling them, can be fined up to $7,500 and/or imprisoned up to 18
months. Any person found using fireworks illegally can be fined up to $500
and/or imprisoned for up to 30 days.
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