Evesham Fire-Rescue is a Fire and Emergency Medical Services organization that proudly provides emergency services to over 48,000 residents. We are consistently one of the busiest departments in all of South Jersey. Our goal is to provide quality Fire and EMS to the residents and visitors of Evesham Township. However, we can’t do this without your help. We will be conducting a Spring Recruitment Drive from April 1 – April 22, 2013, for resident Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs. At Evesham Fire-Rescue, we provide professional training at no cost to you, free uniforms and protective equipment and access to fully equipped exercise rooms. In addition to responding to life threatening emergencies, we participate in public events such as Harvest Festival, Winter Festival and the Fourth of July Parade to name a few, deliver public education programs such as Fire Prevention and CPR classes and we also assist with Yellow Ribbon Club military homecoming ceremonies. Are you up to the challenge? For more information or a membership application, visit our website at www.eveshamfire.org or contact our Fire Administration Office at (856) 983-2750. Applications can also be picked up at any of our three Fire-Rescue Stations: 26 E. Main Street (Marlton), 150 Merchants Way (Kings Grant), 498 Hopewell Road (Kettle Run).
Monday, April 8, 2013 13:26
Just before 1:30pm on Monday, Evesham Fire-Rescue was dispatched to the unit block of Overington Drive in the township's Cambridge Park section. Crews arrived to find a moderate smoke condition on the interior of the home. The homeowner advised that a fire started while she was cooking in the kitchen. She stated that she was able to extinguish the fire with her home fire extinguisher, but had burned herself in the process.Engine 2212 and Ladder 2235 arrived and investigated the interior for extension to the fire and located a missing dog. Fire damage was contained to the kitchen area with smoke damage throughout the rest of the home. Crews stayed on scene and provided ventilation while the resident was transported to a local hospital for 1st and 2nd degree burns to her hands. The cause of the fire was ruled accidental due to cooking by the Evesham Fire-Rescue Fire Marshal's Office.Evesham Fire-Rescue reminds residents - home fire extinguishers are intended to be used on small fires in the home. The choice to stay and fight a fire or to evacuate is a contributing factor in over 3,000 fire fatality and over 17,000 fire injuries in the United States each year. According to a 2011 study done by the National Fire Protection Association, there is a civilian fire fatality every 208 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 30 minutes. While we don't discourage homeowners from protecting their homes with a fire extinguisher, we do want to urge caution when considering the "fight or flight" decision.
Monday, April 1, 2013 18:23
Shortly before 6:30pm on Monday, E2212 was dispatched to Route 73 and Evesham Road. Crews arrived in the area with nothing found at the intersection and observed smoke visible over the treetops west of the intersection. Crews proceeded to that area and found the fire to be in the parking lot of the M'kor Shalom Temple in the 800 block of Evesham Road in Cherry Hill. Crews arrived to find an SUV well involved and went into service with 1 3/4" handline and quickly had it under control. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Cherry Hill Fire Department.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Evesham Fire-Rescue and Evesham Township congratulate FF/Inspector/EMT Sandra Lynch-Massi for being recognized as one of Burlington County's Outstanding Women of The Year. On Thursday March 28th, the Burlington County Advisory Council on Women and the Board of Chosen Freeholders honored six women who have made a difference and an impact in the community as leaders in business, education, public service, social service, and the arts. Sandy received the award for her contributions to public service.Sandy works in a non-traditional career serving as a role model for women and girls who seek to become firefighters and EMTs. She is employed by Evesham Fire-Rescue where she is currently assigned to our Main Street station. Sandy is dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism and performance.A member of the International Association of Firefighters Local 4687, she participates in various fundraising efforts including the Relay For Life, the Muscular Dystrophy Fill the Boot fundraiser, and the I.A.F.F. Charitable Fitness Team where she recently completed the Marine Corp Marathon.Sandy earned a masters degree in Public Administration from Farleigh Dickinson University and is a Certified Fire Inspector and Emergency Medical Technician. She is an instructor of firefighting and emergency medical technician skills at the Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center.For fun you might find Sandy participating in a marathon or training for her most recent endeavor, a triathlon. Sandy is also a member of the Mullica Hill Women’s Triathlon Club.In addition to her career with Evesham Fire-Rescue, Sandy is also a member of the Athletic Trainers Society of NJ and is currently creating a peer crisis stress management group for athletic trainers in NJ. She is also a member of the Burlington County Technical Rescue team and the Mercury Critical Incident Stress Management response team for first responders. In addition, Sandy is a member of the Cooper Hospital Critical Incident Response Team for hospital staff.Sandy is a wife and mother of 3-year-old Jackson.
Pictured – Chief Thaddeus Lowden,
Firefighter Sandy Lynch Massi, Evesham
Deputy Mayor Debbie Hackman, and Julia
Wittenberg from the Advisory Council on
Pictured – Chief Thaddeus Lowden,
Firefighter Sany Lynch Massi, and
Senator Diane Allen
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
At a recent meeting of the Marlton Rotary, Chief Ted Lowden was presented with a check in the amount of $1,200.00. Rotary President Ms. Anna Marie Bakanas, and Ms. Monica Vandenberg, Deputy Manager and Head of the Department of Recreation and Senior Services are pictured with Chief Lowden for the presentation of the donation. In addition to receiving the donation, Chief Lowden took time to answer questions from the membership on the 911 dispatching system, the role that cellular telephones place in the delivery of emergency services and other fire safety questions. Evesham Fire-Rescue thanks the Marlton Rotary for their continued support of our mission to "provide quality fire and emergency medical services."
Friday, March 15, 2013
Evesham Fire-Rescue, the Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey and the Warriors Watch Riders, along with family, friends and neighbors, welcomed home Airman LeighAnn Schuster from her military service deployment. Evesham salutes LeighAnn and thanks her for her service to the community. We're glad your home safe and sound!
Last weekend, Chief Ted Lowden, Assistant Chief Bryan Ward, and Firefighter/Inspector Doug Borgstrom traveled to Horton Emergency Vehicles in Grove City, Ohio to inspect the first of five ambulances being constructed there for EFD. Delivery of the ambulance pictured should be in the coming weeks with the others following throughout the summer months. These ambulances were purchased through funds made available through a bond referendum passed in 2011. The ambulances will replace the aging fleet which have run somewhere in the neighborhood of 40,000 calls for service and have each seen around 70,000 miles over their lifespan. When asked about the replacement and what it means for EFD's services, Chief Lowden said "We would like to thank our residents for their support in this acquisition and providing their responders with the best and safest equipment available on the market today. We set the bar high when it comes to specifying apparatus that not only meets our operational needs but also ensures the highest safety standard is being applied to protect our members and the residents of Evesham Township."
Wildfire season runs from late March/early April into the late summer months. Weather conditions combined with the accumulation of deadfall from trees and plants sometimes create ideal conditions for fires to develop and spread rapidly. The NJ Forest Fire Service conducts several prescribed and controlled burns each year to inhibit the progression of wildfires in our area, but this is not enough to protect your home in the event of a wildfire. As we head into this year's wildfire season, we would like to take this opportunity to remind township residents of a few fire safety tips. First, it is important to create a “defensible space” around your home. By removing dead plant material, ground cover, debris, and other fuel sources within a 100 foot radius, you significantly enhance the fire department’s ability to effectively combat a forest fire threatening your home. Clean out dead fall from your gutters and insure that your roof is clear as well. Be sure to have your house number clearly visible from the street and keep your driveway clear of to aid responders in finding their way your home. Additionally, make sure your lawn remains manicured and watered. Tall brown grass is one of the fastest burning fuels that can be found in our area. And lastly, please be sure to utilize a screen or spark arrestor on any chimnea or outdoor fireplace. Sparks and embers from these can travel great distances and land on sources of fuel which could result in large forest fires under ideal conditions.
If you would be interested in learning what you can do to help protect your home, contact our Fire Prevention Office at (856) 983-2750 or one of our three fire stations and a representative from our department will come to your home to perform an evaluation and give you tips specific to your home in order to identify potential fire spread dangers on the exterior of your property
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
EFD kept busy over this past weekend with a handful of
serious runs. Shortly after noon on
Saturday, companies were dispatched to the intersection of North Main Street
and Walden Road for the report of a vehicle that had struck a tree. EMS Deputy Chief 2290 arrived and reported 2
subjects injured and trapped inside the vehicle. Engine 2212 arrived and went into service
with hydraulic tools to free the injured patients. Both patients were treated and transported to
an area hospital.
Just after 2:00am on Sunday, Ladder 2235, Tower 2215, and
Rescue 2218 were dispatched to the Ironstone Village Shopping Center in
Medford for the report of a building fire.
Chief 2500 was on location reporting heavy fire conditions and requested
EFD’s aerials to go into service. Ladder
2235 arrived and established a master stream on the fire building while Tower
2215 arrived and went into service performing roof ventilation. Rescue 2218 deployed to the interior of the building
and performed salvage and overhaul in some of the exposure occupancies. Engine 2252 responded upon the 2nd alarm being transmitted. One firefighter suffered minor injuries in this fire and was treated and released at an area hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Medford Division of Fire and Medford
Police Department. Here is a link to helmet cam video taken by one of Medford's firefighters.
On Sunday afternoon, Engine 2212’s crew had just returned to
quarters from a response to a minor motor vehicle accident in the 300 block of Evesboro-Medford
Road when a North Main Street resident walked into the Main Street Station and
advised firefighters his van was on fire in the municipal lot located in the
unit block of North Main Street. Engine
2212 arrived and quickly extinguished an engine compartment fire which had
extended into the interior compartment of the vehicle. No injuries were reported and the cause of
this fire is under investigation by Evesham Fire-Rescue’s Fire Marshal’s Office.
Ironstone Village Fire
Ladder 2235 operating at Ironstone
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 20:34
Shortly after 8:30pm, EFD was dispatched to the unit block of Golf Club Drive for the report of smoke inside the home. Deputy Chief 2230 arrived to report smoke showing from the chimney with residents evacuated. Engine 2231 arrived shortly thereafter and went into investigate and found the home to be charged with smoke. The fire in the fireplace was extinguished by 31's crew. It was then found that crews had a fire in the wall above the fireplace. Rescue 2218's crew assisted 31's crew with opening the wall and stretching a 2" handline inside to extinguish the blaze. No injuries were reported and the cause still under investigation by EFD's Fire Marshal's Office.EFD responds to several chimney fires per year. Most of chimney fires that EFD responds to are seldom to have been caused by faulty equipment or construction flaws, but rather caused by chimneys that are jammed with creosote. Creosote is the byproduct of the combustion that takes place inside the fireplace and is a tar-like substance that can coat the inside of your chimney. If creosote reaches its ignition temperature, it can easily touch of a second self-sustaining fire inside the walls of your chimney. The importance of practicing good fireplace safety and a clean chimney cannot be stressed enough when looking at events like this one. Keeping combustibles away from the opening of the fireplace along with using a fireplace screen are both solid ways of keeping a fire from extending outside the firebox. Also, it is recommended that you have a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep perform an inspection and cleaning of your chimney at least once every other year.
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