NEWS, SPORTS, COMMENTARY, POLITICS for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia

1,007 posts categorized "Fire " Feed

AC Boardwalk Fire, One Person Dies

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – On Thursday, April 18, 2024, at approximately 7:00 p.m., a fire was reported in the area 1400 Boardwalk and Tennessee Avenue in Atlantic City, NJ that took the life of Bruce Eder, 67, residing last in Atlantic City. It appears that the origin of the fire started under the boardwalk. A small homeless encampment was observed in the area of the fire. The fire spread upward, damaging the structure of the boardwalk and the arcade above. The victim appeared to be sleeping. The official cause of death is pending an autopsy. The cause of the fire... Read more →


U.S. Needs Wildland Firefighters More Than Ever

by Abe Streep for ProPublica, illustrations by Hokyoung Kim, special to ProPublica ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Black Butte is an inactive volcano that rises from the high desert in eastern Oregon. In May 2022, a turboprop plane approached its pine-blanketed slopes, carrying about 10 men wearing bulky Kevlar outfits. They were smokejumpers with the United States Forest Service, the agency that directs the majority of the nation’s efforts to manage wildfires. Within the vast and hierarchical fire service, smokejumpers occupy a... Read more →


Berlin Park Prescribed Burn March 20

(Cherry Hill, NJ) – Camden County in partnership with the NJ Forest Fire Service will be setting a prescribed burn in Berlin Park located in Berlin Borough on Wednesday, March 20. The burn will be set around 9 a.m. and active burning will be done by 1 p.m. “Prescribed burns are an important tool in keeping our lands ecologically healthy and minimizing the risk of forest fires,” said Commissioner Jeffrey Nash, liaison to the Camden County Parks Department. “We will be updating residents through each step of this process to ensure everyone is on the same page.” Other benefits of... Read more →


Camden City Fire Chief Thomas Quinn Named Director of Gcity Fire Services

William E. Cleary Sr/CNBNews Editor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (MARCH 18, 2024)--On February 22, 2024, a resolution was passed authorizing Thomas Quinn's appointment to Director of Fire Services, effective from March 1, 2024. According to the resolution, Brian Morrell, Chief of Police and Acting City Administrator, and Howard Long, City Solicitor, will negotiate the employment contract with Quinn. The resolution states that the City of Gloucester City must appoint either a fire chief or a director of fire services due to the retirement of Fire Chief Brian Hagan. It further states that Thomas Quinn possesses the necessary qualifications and experience to... Read more →


NJDEP Forest Fire Service Joins With DOD to Protect Areas Near Military Basis

TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Forest Fire Service and local officials today showcased a partnership with the Department of Defense that is helping to protect properties adjacent to military installations in the Pinelands from the increased risks of wildfire due to a changing climate. The officials toured a strategic forest fuel break in Manchester Township, Ocean County, one of three wildfire resilience projects in the Pinelands funded through the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Challenge Program. REPI facilitates long-term partnerships to improve resilience to climate change, preserve wildlife habitats and... Read more →


Dennis Carridan Jr of Trauma Survivors Foundation to Release His First Book

Dennis Carridan Jr, the owner of Trauma Survivors Foundation, will release his first book “Beyond The Call: A First Responders Guide to Unbreakable Well-Being” on Saturday, April 13th at Bellefonte Brewing Co ‘s Brandywine location in Wilmington, Delaware at 6 p.m. “Beyond The Call” is a comprehensive guide aimed at supporting the mental health and resilience of first responders, something Dennis knows all too well. “Understanding the mental health need of first responders is not just crucial- it’s a moral imperative,” said Carridan Jr. “These brave men and women dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities, often facing... Read more →


Evesham Township Residents Receive Notice, Fire Still Burning at Atco Drag Way

#eveshamfire is advising residents that smoke is pushing into Evesham Township from the Atco Raceway forest fire which continues to burn. Smoke is noticeable throughout the Hopewell and Kettle Run Road areas from the Camden/Burlington County line to the Kings Grant area. Smoke will affect the Marlton Lakes, Little Mill Country Club, Santuary, Little Mill Woods, Norrsken Lake, and into portions of Kings Grant developments. The smoke presents no significant risk to the community and there is no need to call 911 Instructions: #eveshamfire is advising residents that smoke is pushing into Evesham Township from the Atco Raceway forest fire... Read more →


Deadly Fire in Camden City; My God, Not Again

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews CAMDEN CITY, NJ (March 11, 2024)(CNBNews)--Today's headlines should sound familiar to many, if not most, people of Gloucester City: "Firefighter equipment malfunctioned during a blaze in Camden, delaying efforts to rescue a person who died." There is no good news here but one might think that ONLY one person died in Camden, needlessly, where 20 years ago Gloucester City lost three little girls and three firemen, again needlessly. "The dwelling fire broke out on Newton Avenue. Several people escaped and told Engine Company Eight (firemen) the first-arriving unit - that a resident was trapped on the... Read more →


Meet Cynthia "Cindy" Chang, Special Agent/Certified Fire Investigator

Have you ever started to pursue your dream job, only to find that your path leads into uncharted territory? Not everyone is up to the task. Meet Cynthia “Cindy” Chang, Special Agent/Certified Fire Investigator (SA/CFI), whose perseverance and risk-taking persona helped her to create innovative opportunities in the male-dominated field of law enforcement. She defied the odds to make history as the first female Asian American SA/CFI and member of ATF’s National Response Team. Breaking Down Barriers Chang grew up in the 1980s as the only daughter of a Chinese immigrant father and a Russian-Polish mother just outside Pittsburgh in... Read more →


Gloucester City's Fire Department Has New Members

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 27, 2024)(CNBNews)--On Monday, February 26, 2024, at the Gloucester City Council meeting in council chambers, 313 Monmouth Street, newly hired firefighters Nicholas Stewart (left, above) and Nathan Castagna (below, second from left) took the oath of office. The event was attended by many members of the community, including the families and friends of the two new firefighters. Read more →


Michael M. Lopez-Medina of Woodbury, Arrested for Three Arson Fires

WOODBURY, NJ (February 25, 2024)--On Sunday, February 11, 2024, during the early morning hours, the Woodbury City Police Department and the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, as the result of an exhaustive joint investigation, arrested 19-year-old Michael M. Lopez-Medina of Woodbury. Lopez-Medina was linked to the following three (3) arson fires within the City of Woodbury: February 1, 2024 - Vehicle Fire - Salem Avenue February 3, 2024 - Shed Fire - Carriage House Apartments, 568 N. Evergreen Avenue February 7, 2024 – Structure Fire - Sketch Player’s Club, 433 Glover Street Lopez-Medina has been charged with the following offenses: (3)... Read more →


CONGRATULATIONS! South Jersey Gas First Responders Grant Recipients

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ, February 13, 2024 – South Jersey Gas is pleased to announce the recipients of the company’s annual First Responders Grant Program. This year, eight grants totaling nearly $40,000 were awarded to local first responder departments. “At South Jersey Gas, we recognize the vital role first responders play in our communities; providing critical emergency planning and response services for natural disasters and emergencies,” said Brent Schomber, President and COO, South Jersey Gas. “These grants are a token of our appreciation for their tremendous dedication, and we are proud to support the invaluable work they do to keep our... Read more →


Westville Borough Fire Company Awarded $15,000 Grant for Firehouse Upgrades

WESTVILLE, NJ., Feb. 8, 2024 — The Westville Borough Fire Company yesterday formally accepted a grant in the amount of $15,000 from Energy Transfer, which aided in the purchase of equipment to enhance the organizations technology at the firehouse. Energy Transfer is one of the largest and most diversified energy logistics companies in the country, with pipeline infrastructure in New Jersey to aide in the storage and transportation of hydrocarbons that make everyday life possible. “With increased costs for equipment, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep our firehouse up-to-date and ensure the safety of our members and of the... Read more →


OPINION:Miss Tardy was Late to the Party - Again!

First it was the car in the river. We were told that all the fire fighters/EMS were in Westville training. Then someone posted a video of the police officers going into the river to save the driver but there was, in the right side of the screen, was a man wearing a shirt with EMT written on the back. Then there was a teen who fell into the Gloucester City side of the creek separating Gloucester City from Brooklawn. Reports were that Westville was first to respond, followed by Bellmawr, then Brooklawn, and finally Gloucester City showed up. If you... Read more →


Gloucester City Firefighters Welcome Nick Stewart to their Ranks

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (January 24, 2024)(CNBNews)-The Gloucester City Fire Department (GCFD)members welcomed firefighter Nick Stewart to their ranks today. Stewart is the son of Firefighter Thomas G. Stewart III, who died in the tragic fire that took the lives of three firemen and three children on July 4, 2002. Besides 30-year-old Stewart, two Mount Ephraim volunteer firemen died. They were John D. West, 40, and James E. Sylvester, 30. The three children, all sisters, included a five-year-old and two twins, both three years old. The following message was posted on the GCFD Facebook page. Today is a great day at... Read more →


Two Alarm Fire 300-Unit-Block Ridgeway Street Gloucester City; No Reported Injuries

UPDATED photo credit Marianne Clark GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (January 13, 2024)(CNBNews)Multiple homes in the same 300-unit block of Ridgeway Street were damaged or destroyed by a two-alarm fire on May 25, 2023 (photo above). As per the neighbors, the fire started in the basement and rapidly spread to multiple row homes. The incident displaced three families and caused an injury to a firefighter. Photo credit, courtesy of the Gloucester City Fire Department Photo credit, courtesy of the Gloucester City Fire Department CNBNews photo credit Wm E. Cleary Jr. GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (January 12, 2024)(CNBNews)—Firefighters from Squad 51 in Gloucester City... Read more →


45-Year-Old Male Dies in Philly Fire

PHILADELPHIA, PA (January 6, 2023)(CNBNews)The following is an overview of overnight incidents. Please note that this information is preliminary and subject to change. No additional details are available at the moment. Updates on current incidents will be provided as they become available. CNBNews graphic file Shooting - Rorer and Clearfield Streets At Rorer and Clearfield Streets a 20-year-old male was shot once in the right arm on Highway at 9:23am.The victim ran to 31xx Hartville St, where police picked him up and transferred him to Temple Hospital in stable condition. The scene is held, no arrests and no recovered weapons.... Read more →


John H. Schmidt, Sr. of Haddon Heights, Owner of C. Len Schmidt & Son, Inc.

On January 2, 2024 surrounded by his loving family. A lifelong resident of Haddon Heights, John was 81 years old. Beloved husband of 62 years to Penny Schmidt (nee D'Amico). Loving father of John Jr. (Penny), Patty Ann (Thomas) Perkins and Mike (Judy). Devoted grandfather of Tara (Jake) Kunes, Suzie (Brandon) Benish, John Schmidt III (Daniella), Matthew Schmidt, Josh Perkins, Danny Perkins, Maxim Schmidt and Josie Schmidt and great grandfather of John Daniel Schmidt "Bubba" and Mason and Dane Kunes. Son of the late Christopher Len and Connie Schmidt. Dear brother of Michael (Josie) Schmidt and Lenda (the late John)... Read more →


New Gloucester City Firefighter Receives Oath of Office

photo courtesy of the Gloucester City Fire Department GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNews)--We are delighted to share that Probationary Fireman Evan Coxe has been administered the Oath of Office by Mayor Dayl Baile during the City Council meeting. We extend our warmest congratulations to Evan and wish him every success in his career at the Gloucester City Fire Department. Related: Gloucester City News category FIRE CATEGORY Read more →


OPINION: MISS TARDY TO THE PARTY

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (December 19, 2023)--We have been hearing for a few years now that issuing the police/fire blotters to the public is "too much work" even though there are more employees on the city's payroll than at any prior time. This week I began to wonder if this is the reason. Living near Broadway I see a lot of emergency vehicles drive up and down the street. There are not always sirens to catch my attention but always lights beaming into my windows. Over the years I've learned to determine the difference among police,... Read more →


Mount Ephraim Fire Department Has Rescheduled Santa's Visit To Thursday, December 21

CNBNews graphic file MOUNT EPHRAIM, NJ (December 16, 2023)CNBNews)--Greetings! Due to the rainy forecast, the much-awaited visit of Santa Claus to Mt. Ephraim has been postponed to Thursday, December 21. The dedicated team at Mt. Ephraim Fire Department is working tirelessly to finalize Santa's new route, which will be revealed to you very soon. Stay tuned for more updates, and we hope you will join us in welcoming Santa to our town with joy and cheer! ======================== source Mount Ephraim Fire Dept. Read more →


ARCHIVES: Gloucester City Council Ousts Fire Chief Walter Klaus, Chief for 22 years

Gloucester City Fire Chief Walter Klaus Sr. Firemen's Banquet mid 1950's GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (December 13, 2023)(CNBNews)--For several centuries, the City of Gloucester City relied on an all-volunteer firefighting force to protect its community. Today, the department consists of all paid men and has a budget of several million dollars. In the 1960s, the volunteer fire chief Walter Klaus was fired by the City Council. This happened because Klaus had criticized Councilman Elmer Ritchie during an August meeting. Klaus accused Ritchie of countermanding his order regarding the placement of a fire truck on the Fourth of July. Klaus oversaw 100... Read more →


Sicklerville Home Catches Fire, Family Displaced

SICKLERVILLE, NJ (December 5, 2023)(CNBNews)--On 11/28/2023 at 14:18 hours, police, fire, and EMS were dispatched to the units block of Brookshire Road in the Sicklerville section of Gloucester Township for the report of smoke from the rear of an occupied row of homes. First arriving officers reported smoke and flames through the roof of the building. Gloucester Township Fire Departments (Glendora, Chews Landing, Blenheim, Blackwood, Erial, and Lambs Terrace) along with resources from Pine Hill, Winslow Township, and Laurel Springs arrived and quickly gained control of the blaze. As a result, only two residences were damaged displacing two families who... Read more →


Blackwood Fire Co., Christmas Parade

The Blackwood Fire Company Christmas Parade will be occurring SATURDAY in Downtown Blackwood. The parade begins at 6:00 pm and ends at approximately 8:00 pm. During the parade the Black Horse Pike will be closed in both directions between Church Street and Davistown Road. Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected in the area of the Black Horse Pike therefore drivers are advised to use caution when in the area and to expect minor delays. The detour route is East Church St. to Erial Rd. then make a right on College Drive. Alternately you can utilize Lakeland Road to Woodbury Turnersville Road... Read more →


Mt. Ephraim Fire Dept. Hoagie Sale Sat. 9 AM to ?

MOUNT EPHRAIM, NJ (NOV. 10, 2023) --Don't miss out on the hoagie sale held by the Mount Ephraim Fire Department on Saturday, November 11, starting at 9 AM sharp. Act fast and reserve your hoagie by sending a direct message to the Fire Department's Facebook page or by calling the firehouse at (856) 931-6532. If you can't get through to us, leave your order details along with your full name and phone number. Remember to hurry, as the hoagies will be sold out fast! Details: - Purchase table on the James Street firehouse entrance at 9 AM - $6.00/hoagie -... Read more →


Eugene McLaughlin, Navy Veteran, Member of Brooklawn Fire Department, St. Luke's Church

Eugene J. McLaughlin “Jeep” on October 28, 2023, of the Lakebridge section of Deptford, Age 94. Beloved husband of Jean McLaughlin (nee Moen). Father of Joseph McLaughlin (Marilyn) of Tennessee, Ronald McLaughlin (Barbara) of Virginia, Paula Green of Florida, Richard Hubbs of Gloucester City, and Alice Sharp (John) of Washington Twp. Thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Eugene was a U.S. Navy Veteran, a life member of the Brooklawn Fire Company, a member of the New Jersey State Fireman’s Association for 67 years and a lifelong member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Westville. He had worked as an installer for... Read more →


Two Vehicles Collide Head-On at Berlin Cross Keys Road Intersection, Occupants Injured

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (On Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 3:02 pm, Gloucester Township Police were dispatched to the intersection of Berlin Cross Keys Road at Johnson Road for a report of a head on motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles where one of the vehicles was beginning to smoke. Arriving GTPD Officers and Firefighters from Lambs Terrace safely removed all occupants of the vehicles as one of the vehicles became fully involved in fire which was quickly put out. Inspira BLS and Virtua ALS units treated the drivers and occupants of both vehicles. An adult and two juveniles were taken... Read more →


Investigation into Fatal Paulsboro Fire Ongoing

PAULSBORO, NJ (October 24, 2023)--On Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at approximately 5:15 p.m., the Paulsboro Police Department was dispatched to 29 Roosevelt Street, Paulsboro, New Jersey, for the report of a dwelling fire with entrapment. Upon police arrival, the residence was observed to be actively on fire. The Paulsboro Fire Department, along with mutual aid from the Gibbstown Fire Department, East Greenwich Fire Department, West Deptford Fire Department, Logan Township Fire Department, and Mantua Township Fire Department, arrived on scene and were able to control and extinguish the fire. A male was subsequently found deceased inside of the residence. CNBNews... Read more →


Hi Nella Volunteer Fire Co. Receives Grant

CAMDEN City, N.J. – OCTOBER 20, 2023 – In honor of First Responders Appreciation Month, New Jersey American Water is proud to name Hi-Nella Fire Company #1, located in Hi-Nella, a recipient of its 2023 Volunteer Fire and EMS Grant Program. Hi-Nella Fire Company #1 is one of 19 volunteer fire and EMS departments located within the company’s service areas chosen to receive grants, totaling over $43,000. This year’s grants will be used in various ways by each department including purchasing gas meters, hoses, emergency lights, and other rescue equipment as well as important training courses and tools. Kate Brown,... Read more →


Harrison Township Police Officer and Gloucester County EMS Save 20-Month-Old

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, NJ (October 20, 2023)(CNBNews)- The evening of October 17th, 2023 Corporal Kevin McGowan of the Harrison Township Police Department was responding to an unrelated call for service when he came upon a stopped vehicle, with the rear driver’s side door ajar, in the area of North Main Street and Colson Lane. Corporal McGowan observed a female frantically attempting to remove a child from a seat and calling for help. Corporal McGowan then learned that a 20-month-old child had been choking, was now unresponsive, and turning blue in the face. Drawing upon his training, Corporal McGowan quickly removed the... Read more →


“Cooking Safety Starts with YOU"

Glassboro Fire Department and State Farm remind residents, “Cooking Safety Starts with YOU Fire Prevention Week. State Farm is teaming up with the Glassboro Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week™ campaign, “Cooking Safety Starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention.” This year’s campaign, which runs Oct. 8-14, works to educate families about simple but important steps they can take to keep themselves and others safe. “Cooking fires are the leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire injuries,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA VP of Outreach and Advocacy. “This... Read more →


Richard J. McConnell Sr., formerly of Gloucester City; Aux Member of HiNella Fire Co.

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ(CNBNews)--There is no footprint so small that it cannot leave an imprint on the world. Richard J. McConnell, Sr. was a kind, family man who understood the importance of two words, “Thank you.” Rich always had the wind at his back and needed it for that long drive when he was teeing off. He was present, reliable, and led by example of how to be fishers of men. Rich wasn’t afraid of anything. He never complained because the sun always shined warm upon his face. On Monday, September 18, 2023, life changed, in his home, but had not... Read more →


Does Every Fire Department in South Jersey Need To Have So Much Equipment?

Photo source: the City of Gloucester City GROWING UP IN GLOUCESTER CITY--On a bitterly cold day in March 1960, a crowd watched as a fire destroyed the Monmouth Street School located on Broadway and Monmouth Street. The fire originated in the boiler room of the school, and witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion before flames and smoke emerged from the school basement. A spark from the school fire blew across the street and landed on the steeple of St. Mary's Church, setting it on fire. GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (SEPTEMBER 1, 2023)(CNBNEWS)-- While researching a different article, the Monmouth Street School... Read more →


Westville NEWS: Spanish-Speaking Volunteers Enhance Local Fire Department

Westville Fire photo Julio Irizarry Fuentes and Emmanuel Nieves are both Spanish-speaking volunteers at Westville Fire Department. “Having a firefighter on a call that can speak Spanish helps everyone understand the person and the situation that they are going into,” said Nieves. He has answered a few calls where the person who needed assistance only spoke Spanish. When Spanish is the only language someone speaks, Nieves and Irizarry Fuentes say this can cause problems on calls when first responders don’t know Spanish. If there is language-barrier, it takes longer to understand what is going on during an emergency, where every... Read more →


New Study Released Regarding Canadian Wildlife Fires and People of NY State

Newswise — New Yorkers can apparently breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now. Their exposure to the smoke in June 2023 from Canadian wildfires led to only a slightly higher bump in visits to New York City hospital emergency departments for breathing problems or asthma attacks than what is seen on days when pollen counts are high. However, authors of a new study say other possible health effects, such as possible heart attacks and stroke, still need to be investigated. For the study, researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine analyzed daily levels of air pollution, as measured... Read more →


Maui County Releases Validated Names of 388 Unaccounted from the Lahaina Wildfire Disaster

2:17 p.m. 8.24.18: A total of seven homes were damaged in the West Maui fire and sustained anywhere from moderate damage to being completely destroyed. The affected homes were in the area south of Hōkiokio Place . The Maui Fire Department has confirmed that the gas station and schools are in tact despite rumors otherwise. https://mauinow.com/ https://mauinow.com/2018/08/24/brush-fire-kauaula-valley-lahaina/ (COUNTY OF MAUI, HAWAII)(August 24, 2023)(CNBNews)--On August 8, 2023, a wildfire broke out in Lahaina, causing concern for the safety of many individuals. The County of Maui has recently shared a list of 388 people who have been reported unaccounted for following the... Read more →


Atco Dragway Wildfire closes Jackson Road, Stay Away

The state forestry service continues to battle the ongoing blaze (Lindenwold, NJ) – Since yesterday, a wildfire has expanded to consume more than 1,200 acres of pinelands in Wharton State Forest in Waterford Township and parts of adjacent Burlington County near the former Atco Raceway. Firefighters from the state Forest Fire Service report that the blaze is 40% contained and is not a threat to any structures in the area. The Camden County Department of Public Safety and Office of Emergency Management are monitoring the fire and is in communication with the state Forest Fire Service. Jackson Road is closed... Read more →


Remembering Captain John D. McWilliams, a member of the Mount Ephraim Fire Police

photo provided CHERRY HILL, NJ (August 16, 2023)--The Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund honors the memory of Captain John D. McWilliams of the Mount Ephraim Fire Police. On April 14, 1977, while en route to the Cherry Hill Race Track fire, Captain McWilliams suffered a fatal heart attack, making the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Read more →


A Message From Congressman Donald Norcross

As you may know, New Jersey has begun a year-long process of renewing Medicaid eligibility for everyone enrolled in NJ FamilyCare. If you are a member of NJ FamilyCare, you should expect to receive a mailer with instructions on how to reapply for Medicaid coverage. Everyone deserves access to high-quality, affordable health care, so I want to share important information with you to make sure that you can continue to stay insured: Make sure NJ FamilyCare has an accurate current address. You can confirm or update your contact information by calling NJ FamilyCare at 1-800-701-0710. Keep an eye out for... Read more →


The Story Behind The Story: We Are Not Allowed To Know

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Investigative Reporter GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (August 10, 2023)--Over the past year or so, we have been hearing about the fire department's new Swift Water equipment. When investigating, the company's catalog showed a lot of costly equipment. The first question is, "Do we need this equipment?" Do other fire companies in the area have the equipment they could bring to Gloucester City in the event of an emergency? Remember, during the last two incidences involving water rescues, the Gloucester City fire department was the last to arrive. Surrounding towns got there first. During the water rescue between... Read more →


Gloucester City Memories: 53 Years Ago Battalion Chief Revelli Made The Ultimate Sacrifice

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (July 28, 2023)(CNBNews)--Battalion Chief Revelli of the Highland Park Volunteer Fire Department made the ultimate sacrifice on July 9, 1970, while responding to a multiple-alarm fire that destroyed the former Dennery Dairies Factory on Orlando Avenue. He, unfortunately, passed away due to a heart attack while returning from the fire. His memory is honored by the Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund. Revelli was instrumental in establishing the Highland Park Volunteer Fire Department, now defunct, located at Highland Blvd. and Sylvan Avenue. He earned his livelihood as a self-employed distributor of wholesale meat. Years later his son, Dan,... Read more →


Two New Jersey Firemen Sentenced to Prison for Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

CAMDEN, N.J. – Two New Jersey firefighters were sentenced to prison today for their respective role s in a multi-million-dollar health care fraud conspiracy, Attorney for the United States Vikas Khanna announced. Thomas Sher, 50, of Northfield, New Jersey, was sentenced to 96 months in prison. Sher, a Margate firefighter, was found guilty on Sept. 8, 2022, of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and three counts of health care fraud following a 12-day trial before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court. Christopher Broccoli, 51, of West Deptford, New Jersey, was sentenced to... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:

A FAIR QUESTION TO ASK

Dorothy Philbin | Columnist GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (July 23, 2023)--Time and time again CNBNews has reported that getting information from the Gloucester City police and fire departments is worse than pulling teeth. However, it was posted on the fire department's Facebook page on July 12, 2023, that, the day before, they rescued a teenage boy from Little Timber Creek. The 14-year-old fell into the creek from the train tracks on the Gloucester City side of the Gloucester City-Brooklawn border. CNBNews graphic file So, who was first on the scene? Not Gloucester City Fire and/or EMS. Not Brooklawn Police. The first... Read more →


Meeting Agenda for Gloucester City Mayor and Council Includes $3.225 Bond Ordinances

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (July 23, 2023)(CNBNews)--Gloucester City mayor and council will vote on two bond ordinances on first reading at their Monday, July 24, monthly meeting that total $3.225 million. A breakdown of the first bond, which totals $1,500,000 million, reveals: As per NJ.com, Gloucester City Police Officers earn an average salary of $127,000, which places them as the third highest-paid police officers among the 37 communities in Camden County. source city of Gloucester City, NJ *$35,000 will be used for body cameras for the police *$105,000 for a tractor at the Public Works Dept *$100,000 for new furniture at... Read more →


DCA Releases Information on How to Disposed Lithium Batteries

Division Offers Best Practices to Help Families Stay Fire Safe TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Division of Fire Safety is today raising awareness about the importance of safe use and disposal of lithium-ion batteries. CNBNews graphic file The public is using an increasing number of lithium-ion batteries in devices such as smartphones, laptops, e-cigarettes, e-bikes, cars and more due to their ability to store a significant amount of energy in a small space. They offer a great advantage to consumers daily. While they are safe to use and offer many benefits, they can also... Read more →


The Grande Costa D'Avorio was Still Burning Friday Night

PORT NEWARK, New Jersey (July 8, 2023)(CNBNews) — The Unified Command consisting of The Coast Guard, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Newark Fire Department, and Gallagher Marine Systems is continuing its response to the fire aboard the vessel at Port Newark, Friday. photo credit JUSTIN LANE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock The Unified Command, response personnel, and assisting agencies continue to ensure the safety of the public and first responders, conduct fire suppression, protect the environment, and minimize any economic and operational activities in the port area. As of Friday evening, marine firefighting specialists are actively conducting fire suppression. Fire agencies support... Read more →


Funeral Services Announced for Two Newark Firemen who Died Fighting Massive Vessel Fire

Augusto Acabou (left) and Wayne Brooks Jr. were identified as the firefighters who died fighting to put out the fire on the boat. Newark Department of Public Safety via AP PORT NEWARK, NJ (JULY 6, 2023)(CNBNEWS)--The cause of the fire outbreak is currently unknown. Newark's Fire Chief, Rufus Jackson, disclosed on Thursday that the department had been trained to extinguish ship-borne fires, but their practice was on a different type of vessel with compartments and living quarters. Jackson stated that it was a while ago, and the department has had significant turnover since then. He added that training takes a... Read more →


Newark Firefighters Mourn Loss of Augusto (Augie) Acabou and Wayne (Bear) Brooks Jr.,

A statement from Mike Giunta, President of the Newark Firefighters Union: It is with profound sadness that the Newark Firefighters Union announces the tragic loss of two firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice while battling a devastating fire last night in the Port of Newark. We mourn the loss of our brothers Augusto (Augie) Acabou and Wayne (Bear) Brooks Jr., who bravely dedicated their lives to keeping the people of Newark safe. The Acabou and Brooks families are part of our family; we will mourn together and hold them tight. We are grateful for the outpouring of support the community... Read more →


Fire Aboard Grande Costa D’Avorio Still Burning; 2 Fatalities, 6 Injured (video)

Video image courtesy of the Elizabeth Police Department PORT NEWARK, New Jersey (July 6, 2023)---(CNBNews) – The Coast Guard, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Newark Fire Department, and Gallagher Marine Systems, the representative for the ship operator, have established a Unified Command in Port Newark, supported by a host of federal, state and local emergency response agencies. The Unified Command was established to continue its response to the fire aboard the cargo vessel Grande Costa D’Avorio, which caught fire Wednesday night around 9:30 PM. The Unified Command’s operational priorities are ensuring the public's and first responders' safety,... Read more →


Pennsauken Police and Firefighters Offering Free Car Wash and Free Food to Residents

FREE FOOD and CAR WASH PENNSAUKEN, NJ--(July 5, 2023)(CNBNews)On Saturday, July 15, 2023 which is Serve Day the Pennsauken Police Department and the Pennsauken Fire Department is inviting residents to stop by the police station (2400 Bethel Ave) for a free car wash and free food from 10 am-1 pm. Serve Day provides churches worldwide with opportunities to serve their local communities and share the love of God through practical acts of kindness. The Pennsauken Police Department and Fire Department will wash cars with the Family Church. We hope to see you. Submit an Anonymous Tip To submit a tip... Read more →