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Jill Ann Travis, age 55, Succumbed To Injuries Substained From A House Fire

On January 13, 2022, Jill passed away due to injuries sustained from a house fire at age 55. (nee Oldson) Of West Deptford. Loving and devoted wife of 38 years to Merial “JR” E. Travis, Jr. Loving mother of Brittany Erin Craft (Brian), John Dillon Travis (Brittany Genovese) and Taylor Leigh Travis (Zach Pierce). Cherished grandmother of Katharine Lily Craft and Jack Phillip Travis. Dear sister of Carla Gillies (Edward) and beloved aunt of Meghan Gillies and Kendall Gillies. Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Monday morning, January 24th, from 10 AM to 12 Noon at the... Read more →


Fire Truck in Magnolia Collides with Vehicle, Two People Die, Investigation Ongoing

Magnolia, N.J. – Detectives are investigating a fatal crash involving a fire truck Wednesday morning in Magnolia, announced Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay and Magnolia Police Chief Scott Paris. At approximately 9:54 a.m., a fire truck responding to a call collided with a vehicle at the intersection of White Horse Pike and Warwick Road. Two people inside the vehicle have been pronounced deceased. Three firefighters who were inside the fire truck sustained minor injuries. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding this crash is ongoing. No further details are being released at this time. Read more →


Free Smoke Detectors/Installation for Gibbsboro Residents

Gibbsboro residents eligible for FREE smoke detectors and installation. Contact Fire Marshal at 856-783-6655, ext. 151 to schedule. With the recent increase in fire related injuries and fire deaths due to non-working or lack of smoke detectors, the Gibbsboro Fire Marshal Office and the Gibbsboro Fire Company are able to supply and install smoke detectors to our residents for FREE. Please contact the Fire Marshal Office 856-783-6655, ext. 151 to schedule an installation. Address/Location Gibbsboro Police Department 5 Foster Ave Gibbsboro, NJ 08026 Contact Emergency: 9-1-1 Non-emergencies: 856-783-0151 Read more →


New Jersey American Water Announces Grant Program for Volunteer Fire Departments

CAMDEN, N.J. (January 5, 2022) – Recognizing the bravery and commitment of volunteer firefighters and first responders, New Jersey American Water announces its 2022 grant program for volunteer fire departments and emergency responders (e.g., ambulance and first aid squads) located within the company’s service areas. “We are honored to support the brave firefighters and first responders through this grant program again this year, as we have for over ten years,” said Mark McDonough, president of New Jersey American Water. “These hardworking, selfless men and women serve on the front lives daily to protect the communities we serve, and this program... Read more →


UPDATED: Audubon Fire Department and Other Departments Respond to Brooklawn House Fire

UPDATED/CORRECTED Mt. Ephraim Fire Department (Dec. 24, 2021) post--Earlier today, at 9:30 am, your volunteer firefighters were alerted to cover Gloucester City Station 51 from Mount Ephraim Fire Department Station 45 while the Gloucester City Fire Department operated at an “All Hands” fire in Westville. While members stationed at our firehouse covering a large area of surrounding towns, your firefighters were alerted to a reported house fire (400 unit block of Chestnut St.,) in Brooklawn with reports of people trapped. Within seconds Squad 45, under the command of Captain Herrmann, was out the doors and responding with a crew of... Read more →


First Responders Children’s Foundation Active in NJ

(Jersey City, NJ) – First Responders Children’s Foundation, (the national non-profit organization that provides financial relief to the families of first responders who have been injured or killed in the line of duty), in partnership with the first responder agencies across the state of New Jersey today announced the that its Toy Express events are coming to Jersey City, Teaneck, Rockaway, Bergenfield, Paramus, Stratford, Berlin, Hackensack, Bogota, Barnegat, Manville, Maywood and Ridgefield - and will provide children with free toys that bring holiday cheer. The program has a profound impact on both first responders and the communities in which they... Read more →


Blackwood Fire Co. Christmas Parade Saturday

Parade Route BLACKWOOD, NJ (December 3, 2021)--Saturday the Blackwood Fire Company Christmas Parade will be occurring today 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. Davistown Rd will also be closed between Black Horse Pike and Argyle Ave. 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.... Read more →


Winners of South Jersey Gas First Responders Grant Program Announced

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., November 29, 2021 – Today, South Jersey Gas, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI), announced the winners of its annual First Responders Grant Program. This year, 16 grants totaling nearly $67,000 were awarded to local first responder departments. “The South Jersey Gas First Responders Grant Program enables our company to give back to organizations whose continued efforts keep our customers and communities safe,” said Brent Schomber, President and COO, South Jersey Gas. “As we come into the holiday season, we are proud to partner with this year’s winners to support their work and future initiatives.”... Read more →


Audits of Pennsylvania Volunteer Firefighters Relief Associations Produce Wide Range of Findings

By Victor Skinner | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – Audits of dozens of Pennsylvania volunteer firefighters’ relief associations uncovered an array of issues, from unauthorized and undocumented expenses to noncompliance with prior audits and failures to maintain accurate equipment and volunteer rosters. Pennsylvania Auditor General Timothy DeFoor released audit reports over the past two weeks for 27 volunteer firefighters’ relief associations (VFRAs) in 25 counties. The associations are funded by the Department of Auditor General through a 2% tax on Pennsylvania fire insurance policies sold by out-of-state companies. The auditor general sent $54 million this year to... Read more →


Everything You Need to Know About Buying Car Insurance 

image courtesy of Pixabay Not many people relish the prospect of purchasing car insurance; after all, this can be an expensive and time-consuming process, the benefits of which might take some time to materialize. While the process of buying car insurance might not be the most exciting activity, it can have a big impact on your finances. Buying the right car insurance means finding a solution for the right price that offers a level of coverage that suits your needs and preferences. The list below is designed to offer you the top tips to help you find the right car... Read more →


CONSUMER NEWS: Cooktops Are Top Culprits in Cooking Fires

As the holiday season approaches, SERVPRO fire restoration specialists in the Gloucester City area offer stovetop safety tips for home cooks Gloucester City, NJ (Grassroots Newswire) November 16, 2021 - From 2014 to 2018, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports* that U.S. fire departments were called to an estimated average of 172,900 home structure fires related to cooking each year. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the number of home fires caused by cooking peaks to an average of 470 fires each day. "These fires are tragic because they result in property damage, displacement of families, injury, and even... Read more →


William "Tony" Colucci, Camden City Fire Dept. Retiree, Emerald Society Member, Past Maple Shade Cop

Woodstock, Ontario – Formerly of Maple Shade and Bellmawr. Passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home on Monday, November 1st, 2021, at the age of 80. Much loved and cherished husband of Diane Colucci of Woodstock, Ontario. Stepfather of Shawn MacDonald from Calgary, Alberta, and step-grandfather of Jeremie, (Calgary), Naomi (Texas), and Kaitlyn (Hawaii). Tony also had a special bonded relationship with Justin and Kelly Byers of Woodstock and their children Mason and Audrey who considered Tony their 3rd grandpa. Tony leaves behind his brothers George (Madeline) Colucci, Anthony (Jenna) Colucci, Charlie Colucci as well as sisters Sandy (Mark),... Read more →


Delanco Volunteer Fire Chief Charged with Inappropriate Touching

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Delanco Township Police Chief Jesse DeSanto announced that the volunteer chief of the Delanco Fire Department has been charged with touching the breasts of a woman from another local emergency services agency who had come to the fire house for work purposes. Todd R. Johnsen, 45, of Center Avenue, was charged with one count of Criminal Sexual Contact (Fourth Degree) in connection with the June 19 incident inside the Delanco Fire House. He is scheduled for a hearing in Central Judicial Processing Court on December 6. The investigation began after the victim reported the... Read more →


Multiple Alarm House Fire in Glendora, No Injuries

GLENDORA, NJ --On Friday November 5, 2021 at approximately 7:51 AM, The Gloucester Township Police Department was dispatched to a house fire on the 800 block of Huntington Avenue, in the Glendora section of Gloucester Township, New Jersey. Gloucester Township Police Officers arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the single family unit and located the lone occupant outside, unharmed. Firefighters from Glendora Fire Company , Gloucester Twp. Engine 88, Runnemede Fire & EMS , Chews Landing Fire Department , Bellmawr Fire Department , Magnolia Fire Department and Somerdale Fire Department arrived and extinguished the fire. The fire appears to... Read more →


Fire in Blackwood Early Monday Morning

photos provided BLACKWOOD, NJ--(November 1, 2021)--On Monday, November 1 at approximately 12:41 am, the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to Oakmont Rd. in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township, New Jersey for a reported house fire. Arriving officers found heavy smoke coming from the residence. Officers assisted residents safely from the residence, as well as evacuated any immediate neighbors. The Fire was quickly extinguished, and contained to the original fire residence by Gloucester Township Fire Department Stations 81, 83, 84, 86, and 88 along with, units from Pine Hill and Runnemede Fire Departments. The four occupants of the home were... Read more →


South Jersey Gas Announces First Responders Grant Program

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., October 29, 2021 – South Jersey Gas, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI), today announced the kick-off of its annual First Responders Grant Program. Grants will be awarded to provide critical support for operations conducted by first responder departments. All paid or volunteer fire, emergency medical services and police departments serving at least one of the municipalities in the South Jersey Gas service area are eligible to apply. To review the official rules and guidelines, including a complete list of municipalities in the service area, and to submit an application, please visit www.southjerseygas.com/community. All submissions... Read more →


Project Veritas VIDEO: GOV. Phil Murphy to Impose State-Wide COVID Vaccine Mandate AFTER Re-Election

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to Impose State-Wide COVID Vaccine Mandate AFTER Re-Election; Senior Advisor Reveals It Cannot Be Done ‘Before the Elections’ Because ‘Right Now Is About Him Winning’ Wendy Martinez, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Campaign Senior Advisor: “He [Murphy] is going to do it [COVID vaccine mandate], but he couldn’t do it before the elections. Because of the independents and the undecided.” Martinez: “They [independents and undecideds] are all into all the sh*t. My rights, my sh*t -- and they don’t care if they kill everybody.” Martinez: Governor Murphy “will [implement COVID vaccine mandate], but right now... Read more →


Former Volunteer EMS and from Lacey Township PD Dispatcher, Pleads Guilty to Stealing $4,700 in Grant Funds

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on October 19, 2021, Matthew Bender, 33, of Lacey Township, pled guilty to Theft in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3, before the Honorable Linda G. Baxter, J.S.C. At the time of sentencing on December 7, 2021, the State will seek a term of probation, together with full restitution, forfeiture of his lifetime membership with the Lanoka Harbor Emergency Medical Service (LHEMS), resignation from his position with the Lacey Township Police Department, and forfeiture of any current or future public office or employment in the State of New Jersey. This charge was the result... Read more →


Kenneth L. Robertson, age 79, of Mt. Ephraim, Army Veteran, Volunteer Fireman, Member of Square Circle Sportsmen

On October 9, 2021, of Mt. Ephraim, NJ. Age 79 years. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Elaine Robertson and parents, Henry Angus and Joyce (nee Shaw) Robertson, Jr. Ken is lovingly survived by his daughter, Christine Dutill; grandchildren, Nicole and Jacob; brother, Henry Angus III (Lorraine) and nieces, Patricia Robertson and Debbie Wheaton. Ken served his country and community proudly. He was a U.S. Army veteran and member of OEM, MEFD, CERT, Audubon Fire Police, VFW, American Legion, Camden Light Artillery and Square Circle. He will be dearly missed. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Friday, October... Read more →


A “Family” When He Most Needed It Most:

Blenheim Volunteer Firefighter Anthony Siciliano Reflects on the Value of Volunteering  

Blenheim, NJ–(CNBNEWS)-- At the age of twelve, Anthony Siciliano (photos) lost his father. It was devastating. Despite the support of his mother and sisters, Siciliano yearned for a father-figure – not to replace his dad – but to help guide him in those transformative years. The Blenheim Fire Company firefighters provided that needed support, as Siciliano often found himself in their company at numerous firehouse events with his grandmother and uncle, both volunteers. Soon, Siciliano became a Junior Volunteer at the Bellmawr Park Fire Company from age 14-18. The experience, he said, was “transformative.” Despite a hiatus from firefighting, Siciliano... Read more →


Late Night Fire Displaces Resident At Autumn Ridge Apartments

Gloucester Township(October 8, 2021)(CNBNewsnet) -Thursday, October 7 at 11:11 PM, Gloucester Township Police and Gloucester Township Fire Departments were dispatched to Autumn Ridge Apartments' A Building for a structure fire. Officers arrived and began evacuating the building while fire department personnel attempted to locate the source of the fire. The blaze was found in the kitchen of Apartment 12, and successfully extinguished before spreading to adjoining apartments. As a result of the fire, one resident was displaced while another resident was treated for minor smoke inhalation on scene by AMR Medical Transport. Personnel from Blackwood Fire Department, Chews Landing Fire... Read more →


The Avalon Volunteer Fire Company building will be expanded

New Traffic Plan Behind Public Safety Complex The Avalon Volunteer Fire Company building will be expanded over the course of the next few years and areas including and around the firehouse will be a construction zone for the duration of this work. The initial phase of this work is expected to begin during the week of October 4th. Drivers should be aware that for a period of three to four weeks, the two handicapped parking spots adjacent to the Avalon Senior Center will be temporarily relocated in order for underground work to be performed safely. The ramp to the Avalon... Read more →


October, Fire Prevention Month

(Clarksboro, NJ)—The Gloucester County Board of Commissioners and the Gloucester County Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind residents of the importance of fire safety during the month of October. “The goal of Fire Prevention is to raise fire safety awareness, and help ensure your home and family has a plan and is ready for the unexpected,” said Commissioner Director Robert M. Damminger. “Fire Prevention week is the perfect time talk with your whole family about fire safety – include testing alarms, changing the batteries or upgrading to 10-year sealed battery alarms, how to use a fire extinguisher and escape route... Read more →


Drowning Victim Found in Little Timber Creek Was 66-Year-Old Man; Alcohol Might Have Caused Accident

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet UPDATED: The 66-year-drowning victim has been identified as MICHAEL DUNN CNBNews photo credit (Above) In the distant Rescue units from Westville and Bellmawr Fire Departments on the South Broadway Bridge responded to a call of a body floating face down in the Little Timber Creek. Gloucester City, N.J. (September 28, 2021)(CNBNews)– A deceased male was pulled from Little Timber Creek in Gloucester City Monday afternoon, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Gloucester City Police Chief Brian Morrell. Officers responded to the 600 block of South Broadway at approximately 2:14 p.m.... Read more →


DEVELOPING: Body of a Man Recovered from Little Timber Creek at Gloucester City/ Brooklawn Border

UPDATED: The 66-year-drowning victim has been identified as MICHAEL DUNN (CNBNews photo credit) BODY RECOVERED FROM LITTLE TIMBER CREEK--Officers and rescue personnel, from Gloucester City and Brooklawn at the railroad trestle. We do not know if the body of the man is being wrapped in the white tarp that officers are looking at on the left side of the photo. William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews BROOKLAWN--Today, between 3 and 3:30 PM a bevy of law enforcement and fire departments descended into the area of the Brooklawn-Gloucester railroad trestle after a call was received that there was a body in... Read more →


Avalon Volunteer FD Awarded $571,428 from FEMA to purchase 120 dual-band radios

Avalon — Avalon Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $571,428 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the purchase of 120 dual-band radios, Chief Ed Dean announced today. “This is a major win not only for Avalon, but for the eleven other departments and communities that partnered with us in this application,” Dean said. “By making the switch from our current VHF radios to dual-bands, all of our departments will be able to better coordinate efforts before arrival on scene and maintain safety while performing our firefighting duties.” The money comes from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program... Read more →


Camden County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Offering Free Three Day Training Course

MOUNT EPHRAIM, NJ (August 9, 2021)--In the wake of extreme weather events in the United States and elsewhere, many Americans have become increasingly interested in disaster preparedness and response skills. This September, the Camden County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will offer a free, 20-hour (3-day) training curriculum to prepare interested Camden County residents to help protect themselves, their family, and their community during a disaster. The training is comprised of both practical exercises and classroom instruction and will be conducted on Friday, September 10: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday, September 11: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday,... Read more →


Hero to Hero T-Shirt Sponsors Still Needed

T-Shirt Sponsors are still needed for the Hero to Hero annual event on Saturday, October 9, 2021. The deadline for submitting the information is September 10. And, don't forget to register to run or walk on that day. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK www.camdencountyhero.com Read more →


Your Money: New Jersey fire departments receive millions in grants

By Todd DeFeo | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently awarded more than $1.5 million to eight fire departments across New Jersey. Love Your Money The money announced on Sept. 3 is part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The money goes to fire departments, state fire training academies and emergency medical service organizations. “These grants are vital to assist fire companies in [guaranteeing] that they have the equipment and resources necessary to ensure public safety,” U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J., said in a statement. The federal grants... Read more →


Brooklawn and Mt. Ephraim Fire Departments Respond to Bus Fire at New Broadway and Marne Road

photo credit Linda Dewechter (BROOKLAWN, NJ)(August 31, 2021)(CNBNews)--A bus caught on fire in Brooklawn this morning around 10 AM at the intersection of New Broadway and Marne Road. Firefighters from Brooklawn and Mount Ephraim Fire Departments responded to the call. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is not known. Thanks to Linda Dewechter, of Linda Cuts, 115 New Broadway, Brooklawn for the photos. If you see something happening send a text to 856-981-8564 or via email at CNBNews1@gmail.com photos credit Linda Dewechter Read more →


FEMA's National Preparedness Month Spotlights the Importance of Understanding and Managing Risk

SERVPRO disaster mitigation specialists in the Gloucester City-area urge residents to create a disaster management and recovery plan before the unexpected happens Gloucester City, NJ (Grassroots Newswire) August 20, 2021 - September is National Preparedness Month, part of the ongoing "Ready"1 initiative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). According to FEMA's "Are You Ready"2 guide, the first step in effective disaster preparedness is to understand your specific risks - first by identifying the hazards that could possibly affect you and then by evaluating your actual vulnerability to those sources of danger. "Once you understand your risks, you can effectively... Read more →


Gloucester Township's Newest Fire Engine to be Placed in Service

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ --On Friday, August 13, Gloucester Township’s newest fire engine will be placed in service with a traditional housing and “Push-In Ceremony”. The new engine was designed by a committee of fire officers, firefighters and elected Fire Commissioners from the Chews Landing and Blackwood Fire Districts. Designated as Squad 88, the new fire truck has been assigned to Gloucester Township’s first ever 24/7/365 on duty engine company. Squad 88 will respond to approximately 1,000 fire and emergency calls annually, primarily in Gloucester Township Fire Districts 2 and 4 while also responding to automatic and mutual aid calls in... Read more →


Westville Police Waiting for Driver's Toxicology Test Results: $48,545 Raised by GOFund Page

WESTVILLE, NJ (CNBNews)(August 6, 2021)--CNBNews today contacted Westville Police Chief Bill Whinnan for an update on the dreadful traffic accident that happened a week ago tomorrow on Gateway Blvd. The accident claimed the lives of the 34-year-old driver and the three young female passengers, ages 9,8, and 5. In summary, the chief said none of the victims were wearing seatbelts, and, "Speed was being looked at as a contributing factor of this crash". Chief Whinnan released the following prepared statement; Saturday, July 31 at 9:22 pm, police were dispatched to a single-car motor vehicle crash on Gateway Blvd in front... Read more →


Gloucester City Business Owner Hosts Party for 200 People; Crowd Caused A Fracas, Blocked Traffic on Market St.

Looking east on Market Street from Broadway towards the railroad tracks. The Chosen Profection Soul Food store is on the right inside the yellow circle. Members of the Gloucester City Police Department responded to two calls to that location on July 3. According to GCPD Activity docket the first time the police responded was 8:47 PM, the caller said there was a large crowd of people standing outside the store; some of the people were underage and they were drinking alcohol. Two hours later, the crowd had grown to 200 people. (Photo credit Google Maps and Brianna) William E. Cleary... Read more →


Gloucester City Police and Firefighter Rescue Woman from Delaware River

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (July 12, 2021)--A 911 call was received by Gloucester City Police and the Fire Department around 10:30 AM stating a woman was seen floating in distress near the North Wind Schooner at Freedom Pier. The schooner docking at Freedom Pier (photo courtesy of https://northwindsail.org Police spokesperson Lt. Jason Flood, said Police Officer Michael Becker was the first to arrive at the scene. He saw the victim hanging precariously to a rope that was attached to the schooner. Her face was barely above the water. Since the gate of the security fence... Read more →


Hit and Run Driver Kills Fireman, Authorities Ask for Public's Help

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and the Bristol Township Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 53-year-old bicyclist in the 5500 blocks of Bristol Pike in Bristol Township in the early hours of Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Daniel Santiago, a Bristol Borough resident, was riding his bicycle on the right lane of the southbound side of Bristol Pike. Santiago is a firefighter and life member of Goodwill Hose Company #3 in Bristol. At about 12:55 a.m., Bucks County Radio dispatchers received a 911 call reporting that... Read more →


Multi-Alarm Fire Damages Kristian Drive Home in Sicklerville

photo provided SICKLERVILLE, NJ-- Thursday, June 24, 2021 at approximately 8:15 pm, the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to the area of Kristian Drive in the Sicklerville section of Gloucester Township for the report of a house fire. Arriving officers encountered heavy smoke and observed fire coming from the residence. As Gloucester Township Fire Departments were arriving, Officers ensured the residents and neighbors were evacuated. Gloucester Township Fire Department Stations 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, Lindenwold, Pine Hill and Winslow Fire Departments arrived on location and extinguished the fire. Neighboring houses also suffered minor damage from the heat. Fortunately,... Read more →


Investigation of Howard Johnson Motel Fire (Blackwood )Leads to Suspect Being Charged With Arson

BLACKWOOD, NJ--(June 16, 2021)--On Wednesday March 3rd 2021, at approximately 3:33 AM, the Gloucester Township Police and several fire departments from Gloucester and Camden County responded to the Howard Johnson Hotel 832 N. Black Horse Pike in Blackwood for an active four alarm building fire. Responding officers observed heavy smoke and fire coming through the roof of the hotel. Gloucester Township Emergency Medical Services, the Gloucester Township Police Office of Emergency Management, and Camden County Office of Emergency Management were on location to assist guests. Approximately forty seven (47) guests were displaced from several hotel rooms. There were no reported... Read more →


Multiple Fire Alarm in Gloucester Township, Injured Person Hospitalized

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ--On June 5, 2021 at approximately 10:09 pm, the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to the Cherrywood Apartment Complex, 1200 Little Gloucester Rd., for a reported apartment fire, with a trapped resident. Arriving officers encountered heavy smoke in the upstairs apartment. Multiple Gloucester Township Fire Departments arrived and a female victim was located in a back bedroom. The victim was removed by firefighters and appeared to have severe burns to her feet and hands. The victim also appeared to be suffering from smoke inhalation. The Fire was contained to the bedroom and quickly extinguished. The victim was transported... Read more →


Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Services Grant Recipients

CAMDEN, N.J. – May 19, 2021 – In honor of National First Responder Week, New Jersey American Water is proud to announce the recipients of its 11th Annual Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program. This year, 27 volunteer fire and EMS departments located within the company’s service areas have been chosen to receive grants, totaling over $45,000, which will be used to support initiatives, training and/or upgraded equipment to help the responders better protect themselves and the communities they serve. “We are proud to support these everyday heroes who provide essential emergency services to our communities,” said Denise... Read more →


6ABC Video: Wildfire Engulfs Bass River Forest in Little Egg Harbor Township

(WPVI Chopper 6 photo) Late Sunday evening the forest fire was blazing. LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MAY 18, 2021)--A fire that broke out Sunday afternoon around 4 PM in the Bass River Forest burned throughout the night and into Monday evening. Officials told WPVI the fire consumed 617 acres of land that splits between Ocean and Burlington counties. Fire officials at first estimated the fire burned about 900 acres on Sunday night, but were able to reassess Monday morning and reduced the number of acres destroyed. Monday at 11PM the wildfire was 75 percent contained, authorities said. Officials report... Read more →


NJ Politics: Polistina Blasts Mazzeo for not Supporting Local Police/Fire Depts.

ATLANTIC CITY NJ(April 25, 2021)--Local small businessman, former Assemblyman, and 2nd Legislative District State Senate Candidate Vince Polistina blasted Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, who chairs the Assembly State and Local Government Committee, for failing to secure critically needed funding for our local police and fire departments. In recent Facebook posts, the Pleasantville Fire Officers of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 4928 revealed their Fire Department had no choice but to take one of their fire engines off the street due to budget shortfalls – and it’s now been out of service for 72 hours. “Urban communities like Atlantic... Read more →


New Jersey news in Brief for Friday, April 23;

Quick Hits: Bill would allow burned-out police and firefighters to retire early Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law A-2562/S-1017, a bill that would allow police and firefighters with 20 years of experience and facing burnout from service amid the pandemic to retire. The benefit was previously only extended to police and firefighters at least 55 years old and with 20 years of experience. “This past year, we have asked our first responders to step up like never before as the coronavirus took more than 25,000 lives in our state,” Assemblyman Ron Dancer, R-Ocean, said in a news release. Bill aims... Read more →


Multi-Alarm Fire at the John Mansville Plant, Winslow

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” Albert Einstein WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, NJ (April 7, 2021)--Today, Wednesday, at 5:38 AM, the Winslow Township Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in the warehouse section of the John Mansville Plant. Numerous mutual aid companies were dispatched to the scene to fight the fire. All employees have been accounted for without any apparent injuries. Fire crews are on scene continuing to overhaul the area along with fire investigators to determine a cause. Camden County Hazmat is on... Read more →


Spring Wildfire Season Has Begun in Maryland

Wildfire Danger Increases in Spring/Marylanders Urged to Take Precautions Maryland DNR photo Spring wildfire season has begun in Maryland, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges residents across the state to prepare and help prevent wildfires. Wildfire occurrence is highest in the spring and fall when forest fuels are the driest and weather conditions — warm, dry, and windy — are most conducive for the spread of fire. On days when this threat is most likely, the department will issue a “red flag” status. “The conditions that can make a pleasant spring day can unfortunately also help spread fires,”... Read more →


Nearly all of New Jersey’s wildfires are caused by people

DURING PEAK SEASON, FOLLOW EIGHT TIPS TO PREVENT WILDFIRES TRENTON – Mid-March through May is peak wildfire season in New Jersey. Nearly all of New Jersey’s wildfires are caused by people, through accidents, carelessness, negligence and even arson. In 2020 the Forest Fire Service responded to more than 1,000 wildfires, 12 of which were sparked by natural causes, such as lightning. In total, wildfires in New Jersey burned 4,796 acres of land last year. More information about wildfires is available on the new New Jersey Fire Danger Dashboard. Most wildfires are preventable. Here’s how you can help: Don’t discard cigarettes,... Read more →


Winslow Township Police Officer Rescues Fire Victim

SICKLERVILLE NJ(March 21, 2021)--Saturday, March 30 at approximately 9 AM while on routine patrol, Patrolman J. Ferren observed flames coming from the rear sliding door of a ground floor apartment at the Edgewood Acres Apartment complex in the Sicklerville section of Winslow Township. image courtesy of Depositphotos Patrolman Ferren immediately notified Central Communications to dispatch the Winslow Township Fire Department. Patrolman Ferren was able to gain entry through the front door of the apartment where he heard someone calling for help. He was able to make his way through the heavy smoke condition and locate an elderly victim laying on... Read more →


GUEST OPINION: Forest Fire in Lakewood and Brick - Warning that Things Will Get Worse

Megan Steele | NJ Sierra Club A brush fire that broke out Sunday afternoon in Lakewood, NJ grew into a major forest fire by Sunday evening. The fire had damaged 30 homes and buildings and forced the Garden State Parkway to temporarily close from Exit 82 to Exit 91. As of Monday morning, Route 70 to the Garden State Parkway was still closed. The fire had spread to 170 acres. One firefighter has been reported as critically injured. “Our thoughts go out to those who have been injured or whose homes have been damaged from the fire. Although the fire... Read more →


Ocean State Job Lot’s First Responder Discount Week               

First Responders and Public Safety Professionals Save 25% During All First Responders - Current or Retired - with a Valid ID are Eligible North Kingstown, RI - (March 11, 2021) – Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL), the region’s premier privately-held discount retail chain with 142 stores in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, will offer a 25% discount for First Responders and Public Safety Professionals from March 18th through March 24th during First Responder Discount Week. OSJL provides an ever-changing array of household goods, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products (such as holiday, gardening, patio, pool and beach supplies),... Read more →