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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 civil charges comes one year after the fire burned 11,638 acres of land in Bass River and Penn State forests. A complaint signed Friday, March 20, charges five individuals with setting a fire without written permission, and failure to extinguish... 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 about their jobs and how things have changed in the COVID-19 coronavirus era. Interviews have been condensed and edited for clarity. Karuna Kong: When people call 911, they expect a certain amount of help. I like being behind the scenes... 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 Fire Departments were involved in bringing the fire under control. A man working on cleaning up those homes said none of the properties have a firewall in between them. Orange Street is approximately 100 yards from Proprietors Park, at King... 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 fisherman. There will be a viewing from 7pm to 9pm on Friday and from 9:30am to 11am on Saturday at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral service 11am at the funeral home. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Blackwood. In lieu of flowers,... 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 and nephews. Yvonne worked as a seamstress for Flynn and O’Hara. She was a WWII Rosie the Riveter. Yvonne loved the beach, knitting and crocheting. She loved to be with her grandkids. Yvonne loved to go on vacation with her... 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 for 18 months with eight others. The women are living in the house while in recovery from substance use disorders. Alicia Carlson, an outreach worker with Oxford House, said that shelter will be found for the displaced occupants. "We'll make... 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 begins in late March and continues through early May. "The Forest Fire Service also works with the DEP's Air Quality division to protect public health by ensuring that prescribed burns do not occur on poor air quality days," Commissioner McCabe... 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, detectives learned a man allegedly broke in, attacked one victim and tied the other up while demanding money. He then set the house on fire before leaving, according to investigators. One of the victims described the man as thin and... 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 services and the ability to recruit and retain members. “The communities I serve in southeast Allegheny County are facing many of the same challenges in the delivery of fire and emergency medical services that we’re witnessing across this commonwealth,” Davis... 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 Program provides crucial financial assistance to support operations, improve safety and provide training to departments throughout the South Jersey region,” said Dave Robbins, president of South Jersey Gas. “Through this investment, South Jersey Gas can help hardworking, courageous first responders... 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 interview with SomersPoint.com, describing one of the buildings taken down to charred metal. There were no reported injuries in the 4:22 a.m. fire. “We did have an explosion on the second floor,” Somers said. “Thank God no one was in... 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 not going to suddenly disappear overnight. So, steps must be taken to try to tackle these problems head-on; unless people want the world that they know and love to be irrevocably changed forever. We can start by taking a look... 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 savings accounts. Before the new year, the city is paying $1.2 million to 19 firefighters and police officers. The sum is a partial severance payout for the employees. Municipal official disclosed the city has to pay approximately $5 million in... 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 Haddon Township High School class of 1985. Mike was a 20-year life member of the Brooklawn Fire Company, having served as past president and former captain. Mike was a member of the Brooklawn EMS and a former member of the... 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 Firefighters of Gloucester Township. The Firefighters of Gloucester Township are comprised of four local fire companies: Blenheim, Chews Landing, Erial and Glendora. Our volunteers serve in a number of positions, each designed to help keep citizens safe. Is volunteering right... 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 (1) fatality was reported. A 27 year old male was transported to a local hospital for treatment for burns. The incident is currently under investigation by the Gloucester Township Police Department Investigations Bureau, Camden County Prosecutors Office, Camden County Fire... 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 Show. The priority that Chief Bordi has placed on community policing has fostered and solidified a transparent an open relationship with the residents and business owners of Voorhees. The Voorhees Business Association (VBA) is a community-based partnership of business, civic... 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 apartment of a residential building. She quickly recognized the light as a fire and immediately notified the police and fire departments. Not having equipment to act, she continued to the station for duty. Officers Daniel Donahue, Alec Golner, and Robert... 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 to officers that he was feeling ill, according to the DelcoTimes. published Gloucestercitynews.net Related: Gloucester City News Fire CNBNews Tips and Snippets CNBNews Point of View BREAKING NEWS Former Gloucester City Firefighter Michael Malinowski Dies Suddenly 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 and Snippets CNBNews Point of View BREAKING NEWS 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 out neighborhoods better, safer places to live and work.” The 2019 First Responders Grant Program recipient departments and projects include: Deptford Fire Department – to purchase combustible gas detection equipment and a gas monitoring meter. Egg Harbor City Fire Department... 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. in Nether Providence, Pa. Following the call, Malinowski reported to officers that he was feeling ill, according to the DelcoTimes. “He was running the duty engine Monday night when they came back he let some of the crew know he... 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 wanted to be part of the best.” Members of Class 38 were already state-certified paramedics when they decided to join the PFD. Their nine weeks of training at the Fire Academy included lessons on basic vehicle rescue; how to treat... 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 years serving his Gloucester City neighbors and had also worked as a career EMT in Bellmawr. At home, Dennis knew his way around the kitchen and was fanatical about his lawn and his truck. But, nothing was better than summers... 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 him young and he hopes more people will follow his example and volunteer at the station too. Dedicated to the Community The decision to join the fire company was an easy one for McNamee. He lived and worked one street... Read more →


Philadelphia Fire Dept. to Reopen Fire/EMS Companies with Graduation of Class 196

PHILADELPHIA, PA--A 60-year-old retired postal worker. A three-time graduate of the Fire Academy. A woman whose PFD legacy dates back more than a century. These are just a few of the standout members of Fire Cadet Class 196, one of the largest groups in recent memory to join the Philadelphia Fire Department. The city has been eagerly awaiting the Nov. 13 graduation of these 121 EMT-certified firefighters, who will enable the PFD to begin reopening fire/EMS companies that were closed in 2009 during the Recession. “We are thrilled to welcome these new members, who are committed to our mission of serving the city 24x7x365,” said Fire Commissioner Adam K. Thiel. The recruits were hired through a $16.6 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency,... Read more →


Gloucester Township Firefighters Recruiting Junior Volunteers in Area High Schools this Month

Gloucester Township, N.J. (CNBNewsnet)--Four volunteer fire stations are teaming up to find the next generation of firefighters November 18, 19 and 20this month, as they begin recruiting high school students to join their ranks. The Firefighters of Gloucester Township will visit three area high schools to recruit new junior volunteer firefighters as part of its ongoing volunteer recruitment campaign. The campaign will first stop at Timber Creek Regional High School on Monday, Nov. 18. Then on Tuesday, Nov. 19, it will visit Triton Regional High School, followed by a third stop at Highland Regional High School on Wednesday, Nov. 20. During each visit, fire Chief Michael Brezee, of Erial Fire Company, will meet with students during common lunchtime beginning at 10:23 a.m. to talk about... Read more →


Two Gloucester County Emergency Medical Service staff members nominated for EMT of the Year

(Sewell, NJ) – Two of Gloucester County Emergency Medical Service (GCEMS) EMT's, Amanda McCorriston and Rich Repas, have been nominated for the New Jersey EMT of the year award announced Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Dan Christy. Richard Repas joined GCEMS in 2010 and became full-time in 2015. In addition to being a full-time EMT, he often assists training EMT students in the Initial EMT Training Academy. Repas provides CPR instruction to members of the public as well as other public safety providers. Repas also accepted the role of Quick Response Vehicle (QRV) EMT. The QRV EMT arrives on-scene prior to the ambulance and initiates treatment as a single responder, potentially providing life-saving treatments and interventions to GCEMS patients in the... Read more →


Hanover Woman Arrested on Arson Charges

HANOVER, NJ (October 30, 2019)--Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Hanover Township Police Chief Mark Roddy announce the arrest of Nina Sheller, 51, of Hanover, NJ, on charges related to a fire that occurred on October 11, 2019 in Hanover, NJ. It is alleged that on October 11, 2019, fire officials and law enforcement responded to a report of a residential structure fire on Harvest Court in Hanover. Upon arrival, they encountered a fire in the garage area of the residence. Present at the scene were Nina Sheller and her husband. On-scene investigation revealed that the fire had originated in the passenger compartment of a vehicle that was parked inside the garage. In addition to the vehicle and... Read more →


Prescribed Burn Planned for Dan’s Mountain Wildlife Management Area

October 31, 2019 Action to Improve Wildlife Habitat, Protect Trees The Maryland Department of Natural Resources plans to conduct a prescribed burn on Dan’s Mountain Wildlife Management Area between Nov. 4 and Nov. 21, weather permitting. Access to the east side of the wildlife management area — at the primitive camping area and at Middle Ridge Road — will be limited during the burn, but will reopen as soon as the project is complete. The burn will involve a low, controlled flame targeting underbrush and ground cover debris, and smoke is expected to be minimal. The purpose of the burn is to improve habitat for wildlife and to restore a stand of pitch pine and table mountain pine that is more than 90 years old.... Read more →


Obituary: Glen J. Elison, Bellmawr Volunteer Fireman

September 04, 1968 - October 30, 2019 Glen J. Elison, on October 30, 2019, of Bellmawr. Age 51. Beloved husband of 29 years of Theresa (nee Castro). Devoted son of the late Thomas and Betty (nee Batten) Elison. Loving brother of Steve Elison (Annette), Richard Elison and the late Diane Liguori. Loving son-in-law of Evelyn Castro (nee Corgliano) and the late Adrian Castro. Brother-in-law of John Castro and Dennis Liguori. Dear uncle of Chris (April), Amanda, Rich, Jr., Kevin (Jeanine) and Katie. Also survived by man’s best friend Buddy. Glen was a volunteer firefighter for Bellmawr Station 32. He was a member of Rio Fishing Club and an avid poker player for World Tavern Poker. Glen was currently employed as a machinist at Septa. There... Read more →


VIDEO: Twin Engine Cessna Crashes into Home in Colonia; Pilot Dies

Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac said the flames were under control by 1 p.m., but firefighters continued to fight hot spots. (WABC) COLONIA, NJ (CNBNewsnet)(Oct. 29, 2019) --The FAA said a twin-engine Cessna 414 came down in Colonia on Berkley Avenue at 11am today, Tuesday, just several hundred yards from the Claremont Avenue Elementary School. According to WABC the crash resulted in two homes catching on fire leaving the pilot dead. Authorities say no one was inside the house that was struck, but flames quickly spread to a nearby home where a woman was inside. She escaped without injury, but the house was damaged. No other people on the ground were impacted. The pilot was identified as Dr. Michael Schloss, who worked in New York City... Read more →


$60 Million for Pennsylvania Volunteer Fire Departments

up $5 million from last year By Dave Lemery | The Center Square October, 2019 As a series of dire warnings from fire chiefs and lawmakers have sought to raise the alarm over the future of Pennsylvania’s volunteer fire departments, the state announced Tuesday it would be providing about $60 million this year to support the departments. Funded by the proceeds of a tax on insurance policies sold by out-of-state companies in Pennsylvania, the annual disbursement of money to the state’s volunteer fire relief associations is about $5 million more than last year’s, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said at a news conference Tuesday. “Relief associations count on this money to purchase life saving equipment, fund critical training, and provide insurance for thousands of volunteer firefighters,”... Read more →


Lack of Volunteer Firefighters in Pennsylvania Reaching a Crisis

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square A volunteer firefighter takes part in a training exercise OCt. 8, 2016 in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania. RAFinkPhotography / Shutterstock.com HARRISBURG, PA--Legislators and panelists at a meeting this week said fire and emergency services in Pennsylvania communities need to change, and they need to change now to avoid service issues Senate Resolution 6 called for a study of fire and EMS services, but many of the 23 recommendations made in the 2018 report have not been implemented, according to speakers at a Senate policy hearing hosted by state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Bethlehem. Many rural areas have volunteer departments that are finding it harder to recruit members with a population that is changing, and they're also finding it tougher to fund... Read more →


18th Annual Heroes to Hero Run Oct. 12

18th Annual Heroes to Hero 5-K Run/Walk Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 9:00am A time to honor and remember Tom, Jim and John who gave their lives in the tragic house fire on July 4, 2002, Gloucester City, NJ. Join their firefighter brothers, family, and friends in a day of remembrance and celebration of their lives. $3,000 in cash and prizes! Teams Welcomed! REGISTRATION FEES: Pre-registration for all entries postmarked prior to September 30, 2019: $25 Thereafter, and the day of the event: $30 Children 14 and under: $15 $20 Special Registration on September 18, 2019 from 5pm to 8pm at Running Company of Haddonfield (121 E. Kings Highway, Haddonfield). Register online at: www.runsignup.com NO ONLINE ENTRIES ACCEPTED AFTER MIDNIGHT SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2019 Please... Read more →


Atlantic City Electric Celebrates Fire Prevention Week

This year’s donation marks 20 years of promoting fire safety through smoke alarm programs with local first responders MAYS LANDING, N.J. (Oct. 2, 2019) – Atlantic City Electric is recognizing Fire Prevention Week (October 7-13) by donating 2,800 smoke alarms to local communities through its partners at the southern New Jersey Fire Marshal’s Offices. This is the 20thyear Atlantic City Electric has donated these important life-saving devices as part of its efforts to join local emergency services personnel to help keep its customers and communities safe. “Our dedication to our customers and communities goes beyond providing safe and reliable energy service,” said Gary Stockbridge, Atlantic City Electric region president. “Donations, such as these smoke alarms, allow us to build on our commitment to safety and... Read more →


Don’t Have Plans for the weekend of Oct. 12?  Now you do……

We would love for you to join us for any, or all. of these things happening that weekend! Dawn M. Ragan, Executive Director Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund 162 W. White Horse Pike Berlin, NJ 08009 (856)768-9656 www.camdencountyhero.com You don’t have to be a hero to keep a dream alive… Read more →


Accidental Dwelling Fire in Sicklerville; No Injuries

Gloucestercitynews.net--SICKLERVILLE, NJ (9-21-19)--Today, at approximately 10:46 AM, the Gloucester Township Police Department responded for a report of a dwelling fire on the unit block of Vance Ave. Sicklerville. Gloucester Township Police units arrived to find heavy smoke condition coming from the residence. Gloucester Township Fire units responded quickly placing the fire under control containing it to the kitchen. Fire units from Pine Hill Station #62 also assisted. Single occupant resident was safely evacuated from the home and treated by Gloucester Township EMS. She was transported to a local hospital as a precaution. The fire was ruled accidental by the local Fire Marshal. Reminder Daylight Saving Time is fast approaching this November and we would like to remind everyone of the simple life-saving habit of changing... Read more →


10 SJ Fire Depts. Receive $2.5M in Funding

Gloucestercitynews.net--CHERRY HILL, NJ (9-20-19)– U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) today announced that ten local fire departments will receive a total of $2,561,133 in funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). “This federal funding will help protect those who are protecting us,” said Norcross. “We must do all we can to ensure our firefighters are as safe as possible when they are fighting fires, battling natural disasters and saving lives. This funding provides our first responders with the equipment and additional resources they need to best serve our communities day in and day out.” From DHS’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program: $1,438,476 to Voorhees Township $418,400 to Berlin Fire Company $269,697 to Gloucester City Fire Department and Camden... Read more →


There is a High Demand for Volunteer Firefighters in Gloucester Township

National Fire Prevention Week 2019 Oct. 6-12 Gloucestercitynews.net--Gloucester Township ...Becoming a hero to the community is just a few clicks away. Help kick off Fire Prevention Week the right way by signing up online to become a volunteer firefighter in Gloucester Township today. The Blenheim, Chews Landing, Erial and Glendora fire companies need volunteer firefighters and there’s no better time than during Fire Prevention Week to learn how you can get involved. Community members who are ready to help can go to FirefightersofGloucesterTwp.org to sign up. Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12 and the theme this year is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” It’s important to have a plan in place to get your family out of the house... Read more →


Three SAFER Grant Awards Exceeding $6,000,000 to Fire Stations in South Jersey

Gloucestercitynews.net-- (Washington, DC) – Congressman Jeff Van Drew announces the award of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) competitive Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program totaling $6,104,877.00 to fire stations in New Jersey’s Second Congressional District. The award will be split between three fire departments throughout the district in South Jersey. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the NFPA. “Our firefighters are... Read more →


CERT Training at Mt. Ephraim Fire Dept.

Gloucestercitynews.net--MOUNT EPHRAIM, N.J. — As the hurricane and winter storm season approaches, the need for emergency preparedness becomes more and more critical. To that end, the Camden County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is once again making training more available to individuals of all ages. CERT training will take place on Friday, September 20 from 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M., Saturday, September 21 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., and Sunday, September 22 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Mount Ephraim Fire Department, 200 Bell Road, Mount Ephraim. All three days must be attended or made up if missed. “The CERT and TeenCERT programs are a great way for you and your teen over 13 years of age to learn how to help... Read more →


Menendez Bill Would Require CO Detectors in Federally -Subsidized Housing

Gloucestercitynews.net--NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, ranking member of the Senate’s housing subcommittee, visited the N.J. Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJPIES) in Newark today to outline bipartisan legislation to protect families living in public and rural housing from the “silent killer” by requiring carbon monoxide (CO) detectors be installed in federally subsidized residences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CO poisoning is a leading cause of unintentional poisoning deaths in the United States. On average, 450 people die and over 50,000 are treated in emergency rooms nationally each year CO poisoning. “No family should have to fear an invisible, silent killer when they’re supposed to be safe at home. All Americans deserve protection from carbon... Read more →


Arcane Law Keeps Millions of Dollars from Volunteer Firemen in Pennsylvania

By Dave Lemery | The Center Square Sep 2019 Gloucestercitynews.net--Firefighting is an expensive proposition, and in Pennsylvania, the number of volunteer firefighters is down dramatically from just a few decades ago. At the same time, dozens of entities known as Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations are swimming in millions of dollars in state aid while the very departments they’re supposed to support are struggling to get by, according to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. For the most part, DePasquale said at a recent news conference, the problem isn’t that the relief associations are hoarding money or spending it inappropriately – although that does happen. The bigger problem, he said, is that the legislation that created the relief associations so narrowly drew their mandate that they struggle to... Read more →


REMINDER – 9/11 HEROES RUN IS NEXT WEEK – REGISTER TODAY!

2019 9/11 Heroes Run Sunday, September 8th Cooper River Park, Pennsauken Register today for this family oriented 5K Run/1 mi Fun Walk The Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund is honored to be the beneficiary of the Pennsauken Race!! GORUCK RUCKING DIVISION We’re excited to partner with GORUCK for another year to offer a rucking division at every 9/11 Heroes Run. 2019 TMF + GORUCK 9/11 Heroes Run patches available to every finisher. Register Today REGISTER AS A VIRTUAL RUNNER Can’t find a race near you? You can participate in a 9/11 Heroes Run from anywhere. We will send a t-shirt and bib for you to complete your 3.1 miles - wherever you choose. Register Today Read more →


Gloucester Township PD Officer Injured Pulling Occupant From House Fire

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Gloucestercitynews.net)--On Thursday August 1, 2019 at approximately 1:52 PM, the Gloucester Township Police received a 9-1-1 call of smoke coming from a home at 25 Lamp Post Lane. Upon arrival officers observed heavy smoke and fire from the second floor of the residence. One 70 year old resident was removed from the fire by a Gloucester Township Police officer and transported by helicopter to Jefferson University in Philadelphia for medical treatment. At this time she is reported to be in critical condition. The officer who entered the rear of the home during the fire and pulled the female out had sustained smoke inhalation with minor burns and was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Gloucester Township and surrounding fire departments... Read more →


Retired Somers Point Firefighter Gets Help From Community

MediaWizeJuly 25, 2019 Ocean City firefighters and the Somers Point community joined forces to help a retired firefighter get a new roof installed at no cost. By MADDY VITALE Ocean City firefighters are helping one of their own with home repairs and even the installation of a new roof. Jimmy Leone, 69, who retired from the Ocean City Fire Department in 2005, lives at 1400 Atkinson Ave. in Somers Point. When fellow firefighters found out he was not doing well physically and couldn’t do repairs on his home, they entered a contest that would give Leone, and his wife, Constance, a new roof to their 1950 home. Four local families, including a firefighter who worked with Leone throughout his career, nominated the Leone home for... Read more →


Video: Paul Harvey's Tribute to Policemen and Firemen

(Gloucestercitynews.net)--Paul Harvey (1918-2009) was a radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He gave the "Policeman" speech on talk radio nearly 40 years ago and it is known as one of his best speeches....Mr. Harvey's father inspired this speech....He was a police officer who was shot and killed while doing what police officers do every day. The text to the speech is included in the video. ****** (Gloucestercitynews.net)--A Tribute to Firefighters "Fireman" by Paul Harvey (Original "Fire and Ice" ) done in the style of the SUPER BOWL commercial "God Made A Farmer" narrated by Paul Harvey. This is a tribute to the many Firemen who risk their lives daily. In the narration he details what its like , what it takes to be a... Read more →


Donna J. Barcklow, Age 62, of Gloucester City; Brooklawn Fire Dept. Ladies Aux. Member

(Gloucester City, NJ)(Gloucestercitynews.net)(July 12, 2019)--On July 9, 2019. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Seymour and Evelyn (Ziegenfuss) Darrow. She is survived by her loving husband, David P. Barcklow, Sr.; beloved children, Derrick (Vicky), Desiree (Amanda); grandchildren, David P. III, Riley, Michael, Devyn, Olivia and Ethan; brothers, Bud Massengale, Rich Massengale, Bruce Darrow, and her sister, Penny Coxe. Donna was predeceased by her son, David P. Jr., granddaughter, Tianna and her sister, Kate Higginbotham. Donna worked for many years as a care provider for Aunt Mary’s Day Care in Brooklawn. She was a life time member of the Brooklawn Fire Department Station #344, Ladies Auxillary. Donna loved being a wife, mother and mom-mom. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and... Read more →