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FOREST FIRE ALERT:Pinelands Fire in Ocean County

(Jackson Township, NJ)(July 10, 2020)--Yesterday a forest fire started in Jackson Township in Ocean County. The fire has already burned at least 204 acres through the Colliers Mill Wildlife Management Area outside of Cassville. No roads have been closed, and the Department of Environmental Protection has reported that containment is at 80 percent. They expect incoming Tropical Storm Fay to finish the job. “This forest fire in the pines of Ocean County is another example of the impacts of climate change. Thankfully, the fire is... Read more →


Kitchen Fire Displaces Sicklerville Family

Location: 5 Thisleton Road, Gloucester Township, NJ On July 3, 2020 at approximately 8:20 pm, the Gloucester Township Police Department's Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a house fire at 5 Thisleton Road in the Sicklerville section of Gloucester Township. Arriving Officers observed smoke coming from the interior of the residence and a small fire on the first floor in the kitchen area. Officers attempted to extinguish the fire with fire extinguishers but were unable to douse the growing flames. Gloucester Township Fire District... Read more →


Toxic Fumes from The Asphalt Tank Explosion Spread Throughout Gloucester City

DEP Needs to Hold Those Responsible Accountable GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ -- An asphalt tank exploded and burst into flames early this morning in the 200 block of Water Street in Gloucester City. The asphalt tank, owned and operated by Blueknight Energy Partners, caught fire and exploded around 12:49am. The tank is used for asphalt emulsion, and was in use when the incident occurred. “The explosion of the asphalt tank is a terrifying example of what can happen to dangerous and polluting facilities in our communities.... Read more →


Asphalt Tank Explodes at BlueKnight Plant

UPDATED The asphalt tank that was on fire The Gloucester City Fire Dept. is remaining on the site photo courtesy of CBSN Philly UPDATED: GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (June 30, 2020)--A huge fire broke out early this morning at the BlueKnight Asphalt plant, after an asphalt tanker exploded in flames. People in the nearby neighborhood were evaluated. According to CBSN Philly there was a loud explosion. The plant is located at the intersection of Water Street and King Street next to Proprietors Park. In a prepared... Read more →


Are Mail-In Ballots A Good Idea? Morris Twp. Ballots Burned After Mail Truck Catches Fire

photo courtesy of Postal Times MORRIS TOWNSHIP NJ--A mail truck in Morris Township caught fire on Saturday and some vote-by-mail ballots being delivered to voters were destroyed, the New Jersey Globe has learned. The U.S. Postal Service notified Morris County election officials on Monday morning that an undetermined number of ballots were burned. These were ballots being delivered to voters and not completed ballots on their way to the Board of Elections, although it’s not immediately clear if the letter carrier picked up any returned... Read more →


Your Money: $169,000 in Federal Funding for NJ Firemen and First Responders

Monday, June 22, 2020 NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced $169,200 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development grants and loans to support firefighters and first responders in Cape May and Ocean counties. Gloucestercitynews.net files “New Jersey’s firefighters and first responders put their lives on the lines every single day to protect families and businesses in their communities,” said Sen. Menendez. “This critical funding will ensure our brave first responders have the equipment they need to stay safe... Read more →


OPEI Reminds Home & Business Owners to Keep Safety in Mind

Generator Safety: Follow manufacturer’s instructions and ensure proper ventilation ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Generators are critical during severe weather events, when the power can go out, as well as bringing power to remote job sites and in disaster recovery and emergencies. During hurricane season, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing power equipment, small engine, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, reminds home and business owners to keep safety in mind when using generators. “Not having power... Read more →


Stanford Medicine offers new app to first responders

Stanford Medicine is offering high-priority COVID-19 testing and a new screening and informational app, built with the support of Apple, to local police, firefighters and paramedics. A new app, called the First Responder COVID-19 Guide, is designed to help first responders screen their symptoms and, if needed, schedule a testing appointment at Stanford Health Care. Stanford Health Care has begun offering priority drive-through COVID-19 testing to police, firefighters and paramedics in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. To serve frontline providers, Stanford Medicine also introduced... Read more →


PEAK WILDFIRE SEASON UNDERWAY IN NJ

TRENTON - (APRIL 17, 2020)--Now that peak wildfire season is underway in New Jersey, the State Forest Fire Service is reminding residents how they can help to avoid forest fires, which are almost always caused by people. The Forest Fire Service also announced the outcome of its investigation into the cause of the 2019 Spring Hill wildfire that burned for a month, devastating thousands of acres of in the New Jersey Pinelands, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said today. The filing of... Read more →


Meet the First of Philadelphia's First Responders

PHILADELPHIA PA (April 16, 2020)--The Fire Communications Center (FCC) is the nerve center of the Philadelphia Fire Department — where 911 calls are answered, and where ambulances and fire companies are dispatched to emergencies across the city. FCC personnel serve as lifelines to everyone they speak with. Last year, the FCC handled an average of 1,014 calls per day via 911—or about 126 calls per call-taker over a 12-hour shift. For National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (April 12-18), we talked to four FCC staff members... Read more →


Multi-Alarm Fire Damages Two Properties on Orange St.

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews The fire started at 214 Orange Street, the unit next to it has water damage. (CNBNews photo) (GLOUCESTER CITY NJ)(April 1, 2020)--Gloucester City Fire Department (GCFD) was dispatched to the 200 unit block of Orange on Monday afternoon, March 31 for a dwelling fire. The fire broke out at 214 Orange Street, a three-story semi-detached wood frame property. It sits at the end of a row of four properties. The adjoining properties suffered water damage.Besides Gloucester City, eight other... Read more →


Michael P. Murphy, of Runnemede, 66; Volunteer Fireman

Michael P. Murphy on March 15, of Runnemede, age 66. Beloved son of the late Robert C. and May Elinda (nee Lloyd) Murphy Sr. Devoted brother of Agnes Knee (Gerald), Robert C. Murphy Jr. (the late Patricia), Thomas J. Murphy, Richard P. Murphy, Teresa A. Murphy, and David P. Murphy. Dear uncle of 7 and great uncle of 4. Loving nephew of Jack Lloyd (Ethel) and Mary Lousie Burkhauser. Michael was a volunteer fire fighter of Runnemede Station 75 for 50 years and an avid... Read more →


Mrs. Yvonne A. Spadora, of Brooklawn

Yvonne A. Spadora Yvonne A. Spadora (nee Tomarchio), on March 5, 2020, of Brooklawn. Age 94. Beloved wife of the late Frank A. Devoted mother of Rosemarie Boulden (Herbert). Devoted grandmother of Scott Boulden (Deanne) and Natalie Alessio (Randy). Loving great grandmother of Francesco Alessio, Scott Boulden, Gianni Alessio and Samantha Boulden. Dear sister of Alfia DeMarco (Nicholas), Joanna Billman (the late Jack), Lisa Parker (John), Linda King and the late Joy Campbell. Also survived by her brother in law Scott Campbell and many nieces... Read more →


Two-Alarm Fire in Audubon; Parents at Cold Springs Upset; Giving Spirit Alive in GCity

BY William E. Cleary Sr. FIRE DESTROYS HOME IN AUDUBON--A home in the unit block of East Vassar Road, Audubon was destroyed by fire on Monday afternoon around 3 PM. Fire companies from Audubon, Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Gloucester City, Mount Ephraim, and Oaklyn responded to the two-alarm fire, reported the Courier Post. Three women were in the three-story home at the time. The property was an Oxford House which is a home for people in recovery. One of the occupants said she lived at the house... Read more →


NJ State Forest Fire Service Prescribed Burn Program Underway

TRENTON -The State Forest Fire Service is setting prescribed burns around the state to help reduce forest undergrowth, vegetation and other materials that have the potential to fuel wildfires, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today. Forest Fire Service personnel use best management practices and follow a plan to control smoke impacts during the burns, but nearby residents and visitors should expect to see large plumes of smoke and may experience temporary impacts from smoke this time of year. Peak wildfire season... Read more →


*Comedy Night Beef & Beer April 3

The purpose of the Camden County Hero Scholarship and Camden County Detective's Association is to render financial and educational assistance to the surviving spouse and children who are left with little or no support, when a law enforcement officer, firefighter or emergency medical person loses his/her life or is totally and permanently disabled in the line of duty. https://www.camdencountyhero.com Read more →


Authorities Search for Suspect Allegedly Behind Collingswood Home Invasion and Fire

Camden City, N.J.(February 23, 2020)-- – Investigators are searching for a man who reportedly broke into a Collingswood home, attacked one occupant and tied another victim up before setting the house on fire, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey. Firefighters responded to a home on the 200 block of Crestmont Terrace just before 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23. After putting the fire out, firefighters found one victim suffering from injuries not caused by the fire. After investigating,... Read more →


Firefighters Want to Know More About Proposed Pennsylvania Fire Commission

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square A Pennsylvania House committee is weighing a measure that seeks to make changes in how fire and emergency services are administered in the state. The Pennsylvania Legislature courtesy of The Philadelphia Inquirer The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee took up House Bill 1819, which would create a state Fire Commission. State Rep. Austin Davis, D-McKeesport, the bill’s sponsor, said his district includes professional and volunteer-led fire departments that face issues regarding the ability to provide essential... Read more →


Tabernacle Fire Co. Receives Grant from SJ Gas

TABERNACLE, NJ (February 18, 2020)----South Jersey Gas recently presented a $4,681 grant to Tabernacle Fire Company No. 1 as part of its First Responders Grant Program. Pictured, from left, is Lauren Hurtt, Supervisor of Government Affairs with South Jersey Gas presenting the check to Kate Holden, Al Freeman and Chief Andy Cunard of Tabernacle Fire Company No. 1. The grant funds, awarded in late-2019, were used by the fire company to purchase a thermal imaging camera and two gas detection meters. “Our First Responders Grant... Read more →


Fire Destroys 70 Units at Somers Point Self-Storage Facility

mvitale January 30, 2020/https://www.somerspoint.com Firefighters put out hot spots Thursday afternoon at Sure Storage in Somers Point. (Photos courtesy Somers Point Fire Chief Jim Somers) By MADDY VITALE An early morning fire Thursday tore through a self-storage facility, Sure Storage, at 5 Chestnut Street, causing an explosion and the loss of about 70 storage units, Somers Point Fire Chief Jim Somers said. “It looked like it started in one unit and spread quickly. It didn’t take much. It was really hot,” Somers said in an... Read more →


6 Top Environmental Issues You Need to Worry About in 2020 

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(January 15, 2020)--Most people are aware that the environment is changing; after all, it’s almost impossible to avoid all the new stories about climate change and how the ice caps are melting, and huge hurricanes are on the way. But how many people really understand what is happening to the natural world around them and the impact it will have on their future, not to mention their children’s future? Probably not that many. That being said, the environmental issues that our world faces today are... Read more →


Retiring Paterson Firefighters, Police Officers Receiving $1.2 million Leave Time Payouts Under Tax Deferred Plan

PATERSON, NJ (December 28, 2019)--Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh (photo) and council members have agreed to set up what’s called a 401(a) plan, tax-differed retirement saving accounts, for retiring public safety employees. According to The Paterson Times members of the City Council approved a measure this past Monday allowing Sayegh’s administration to set up the plan at the request of the police and fire unions. Under the proposal, the city will deposit the accumulated leave time payouts for police and fire employees into the tax-differed retirement... Read more →


Michael J. Gillen, Volunteer Member of Brooklawn Fire Dept/EMS; Past Member of Brooklawn Board of Ed

Michael J. Gillen BROOKLAWN NJ--On December 23, 2019. Age 54. Of Brooklawn. Loving and devoted husband of 27 years to Margaret “Peg” Gillen (nee Spates). Loving father of Andrew and Mikaila Gillen. Cherished son of Elsie Gillen and the late George J. Gillen. Beloved brother of Cheryl Graham (Dave), Robin Sobieski (John), Kathy Bairstow (Rich) and George “Skip” Gillen (Ann). Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Mike was born in Philadelphia and formerly resided in West Collingswood Heights. He was a graduate of... Read more →


Resolve to Volunteer with Firefighters of Gloucester Township in 2020

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ--Tis the season for eating good food, spending time with family and friends and setting resolutions for the new year. With 2020 right around the corner, why not consider a new year’s resolution that will impact your life and the lives of others? Volunteering with your local fire department is a great way to start the new year. The need for volunteers has never been greater, and there are a number of ways to make a difference as a team member of the... Read more →


Multi-Alarm Fire in Sicklerville, One Fatality

SICKLERVILLE NJ—Thursday December 19, 2019 at approximately 2:17 PM, officers responded to a residence on the 600 block of Jarvis Road in the Sicklerville section of Gloucester Township for a fire. Upon arrival of officers, they observed heavy smoke and fire coming from the residence. One of the residents was located outside the residence suffering from burns. Fire and EMS units from Gloucester Township, Pine Hill, Winslow, Lindenwold, Camden County OEM and Cherry Hill Rehab were on location and assisted with extinguishing the fire. One... Read more →


Congratulations to Voorhees Police & Fire Chief Louis Bordi

Voorhees, New Jersey: Congratulations to Voorhees Police & Fire Chief Louis Bordi for receiving a community impact award from the Voorhees Business Association. Chief Bordi was recognized for his hard work and implementation of outreach programs within the community. During Chief Bordi’s tenure, progressive community policing programs have been incorporated into the department’s annual agenda. Some of the most popular programs consist of national night out, coffee with a cop, LEAD drug awareness courses, the junior police academy, the citizens police academy, and the Car... Read more →


FBI Praises Police Officers for Risking Their Lives to Save Fire Victim

Hudson, New Hampshire--Law enforcement officers are challenged daily while answering the call of duty; they face each encounter freely and unselfishly. In certain instances, their actions warrant special attention from their respective departments. The Bulletin also wants to recognize those situations that transcend the normal rigors of the profession. One night in April 2019 just after 2 a.m., Officer Colby Morton was on her way to work at the Hudson, New Hampshire, Police Department, when an unusual light caught her eye in the top left... Read more →


Pa Governor Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Memory of DelCo/Gloucester City Fireman

MORTON, PA (December 10, 2019)—Former Gloucester City firefighter Michael Malinowski died suddenly on December 3. Malinowski was a volunteer firefighter with the Gloucester City Fire Department from 1996 to 2015. A few years back he and his family moved to Morton, Pa where he continued to serve as the captain of the Morton Rutledge Volunteer Fire Department. On Monday evening, Dec. 2 Malinowski responded to the report of trees and wires down just after 8 p.m. in Nether Providence, Pa. Following the call, Malinowski reported... Read more →


(Video) Fire at Roadway Inn, Gloucester City

image courtesy of WPVi Philadelphia GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (Dec. 12, 2019)--A fire Tuesday night, Dec. 10 at the Roadway Inn, Rt. 130 and Market Street, was quickly extinguished, according to https://6abc.com/ Fire crews arrived at the motel around 11:45 p.m. and found heavy smoke coming from one room. The motel is part of the Royal Farms complex. Firefighters contained the fire to that one room. The cause of the fire is not known. There were no injuries reported. Related: Gloucester City News Fire CNBNews Tips... Read more →


SJ Gas 2019 First Responders Grant Program Winners

FOLSOM, NJ, December 11, 2019 – Today South Jersey Gas, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI), announced the winners of its annual First Responders Grant Program. This year, seven grants totaling over $30,000 were awarded to local first responder departments. “At South Jersey Gas we’re proud to support the hardworking, dedicated first responders who serve our communities every day,” said Dave Robbins, president of South Jersey Gas. “We are proud to partner with this year’s winners and support their continued efforts to make... Read more →


Former Gloucester City Firefighter Michael Malinowski Dies Suddenly; Age 40; Services Saturday in Morton, Pa

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews MORTON, PA (December 10, 2019)—Former Gloucester City firefighter Michael Malinowski died suddenly on December 3. Malinowski was a volunteer firefighter with the Gloucester City Fire Department from 1996 to 2015. A few years back he and his family moved to Morton, Pa where he continued to serve as the captain of the Morton Rutledge Volunteer Fire Department. Michael Malinowski Sr. On Monday evening, Dec. 2 Malinowski responded to the report of trees and wires down just after 8 p.m.... Read more →


10 New Philadelphia Paramedics Looking Forward to Starting their Career

PHILADELPHIA PA (Dec. 2019)--For paramedics, there are many easier places to work than Philadelphia, which sees an average of 750 EMS incidents every day. But the 10 paramedics in Class 38 chose to come here anyway — some from as far away as California, Chicago and Boston. And at their graduation on Dec. 6, they pledged to provide the dedicated service that is the hallmark of the Philadelphia Fire Department. “They know how tough it is here,” said Fire Commissioner Adam K. Thiel. “But they... Read more →


Dennis M. Brandt Jr., Gloucester City Fireman, GCHS Alumni

Dennis M. Brandt, Jr.'s dedication shaped him into a loving father, son, decorated firefighter, a loyal friend and ball-busting brother. Unknowingly and unexpectedly, during the early morning of Tuesday November 12th, Dennis had been called home at the age of 42. Dennis had spent his formative years, as a youngster, around the firehouse and started firefighting as a volunteer just after graduating Gloucester Catholic High School in 1995. Dennis was quickly promoted as a career fireman with the department at age 20. He spent 15... Read more →


Syl McNamee, 90, Reflects on over 50 Years of Volunteer Service at Glendora Fire Company

Syl McNamee, over 50s Years as a Volunteer Fireman GLENDORA, NJ (Nov. 14,2019)--When Syl McNamee blows out the candles on his 90th birthday cake this month, he’ll be doing the same thing he’s done for over five decades: helping to serve the Gloucester Township community as a volunteer at Glendora Fire Company. First joining the station 51 years ago as a firefighter, today McNamee helps out in other ways as an administrative volunteer. He says staying active in the community through the fire company keeps... Read more →