Evesham Fire-Rescue recently received a helmet from our ‘sister
department’ Dorset Fire-Rescue (Dorset, England is one of Evesham Township’s
official “Twin Cities”) in the United Kingdom along with some other items. These items are on display at our Main Street Station.
A friendship that was forged just prior to our department’s 100th
anniversary in 1998 continues to be maintained by Chief Lowden and Chief Fire Officer Darran Gunter of the Dorset Fire & Rescue Service.
The two speak regularly about issues that face our departments and the
fire service as a whole. In response to
this gift, Chief Lowden has sent an EFD helmet to Dorset Fire & Rescue
Service to be displayed in their department as well. As you can see, two very different styles of
protective equipment are worn by Evesham firefighters!
(L to R) Chiefs Mike Vaughn, Ted Lowden,
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Chief Ted Lowden was
recently elected to the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Volunteer and
Combination Officers Section, Board of Directors. On Thursday, August 2nd, 1st Vice President
Hank Clemmensen swore in the newly-elected board members at the annual IAFC
conference held in Denver, CO. Chief Ted Lowden and Chief Timothy S. Wall were
sworn in for 3-year terms to 2015 and Chief Mike Vaughn was sworn in for a
1-year term to 2013.
The IAFC-VCOS mission
is to provide chief officers who manage volunteers within a volunteer
or combination Fire, Rescue or EMS delivery system with information, education,
services and representation to enhance their professionalism. The Volunteer & Combination Officers
Section was formed in 1994 as the “Volunteer Chief Officers Section.” The
name was later changed to the “Volunteer & Combination Officers Section” to
further accentuate the significant trend of the growth of combination fire
departments. Evesham Fire-Rescue wishes
Chief Lowden success in this new position and know that he will represent
combination fire departments and Evesham Fire-Rescue well.
Rose Shields/staff photographer BC
Times. 5th graders take part in the
annual Evesham Fire-Rescue Kids Safety
Camp at the Kings Grant Station in
Evesham Twp. Fireman/Inspector Ron
Snyder explains the color-coded hoses
that are easily recognizable to battle
different types of fire.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
On Wednesday, August 8th, the second session of Evesham Fire-Rescue's 3-day Kids Safety Camp began. The staff and campers were excited to have a visit from the Burlington County Times who published an article in today's paper which can be accessed by clicking HERE. Day 1 covered fire department operations, EMS/first aid, firefighting gear, firetruck rides. Day 2 covered water/drowning safety, animal safety, fire extinguishers, the 911 system and police operations. Day 3 concludes tomorrow with a full day of bike safety which includes each child being issues a bike helmet and culminating in a neighborhood bike ride. The graduation ceremony will be held at 230pm with students and parents in attendance.
On August 7 from 7pm to 10pm, the 28th Annual National Night Out was held at the Evesham Municipal Complex. This event is a crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the Evesham Police Department, Neighborhood Watch and our local Target Store. This year's event was the first time that the NNO was held in a central location for all of Evesham Township. The turnout was great with approximately 1,000 people of all ages attending the event in about two and a half hours. Residents toured the police station and police vehicles, spoke with police officers, spoke with town watch residents, climbed onboard fire and EMS apparatus and crawled through the smoke filled Safety House, jumped in some bouncies and enjoyed sno-cones and water ice. Evesham Police, Evesham Fire and Neighborhood Watches from throughout the town would like to thank you for your attendance and hope you have a safe and happy summer break.
Friday, July 27, 2012
The International Association of Fire Chiefs' (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) awarded Evesham Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Stephen Addezio one of two $1500 scholarships for the annual IAFC Fire-Rescue International Conference. Fire-Rescue International is a conference for international fire service leaders. During this conference, leaders network and attend classes to learn from each other the latest trends in fire service leadership. The process leading to Chief Addezio being selected was quite competitive and evaluated many candidates. The scholarship will afford D/C Addezio the opportunity to attend Fire-Rescue International 2012 at no expense to himself or Evesham Fire-Rescue.
Chief Addezio currently oversees the volunteer EMS division at Evesham Fire-Rescue. Attendance at this conference will allow Chief Addezio to gain valuable knowledge and study trends Fire and EMS which can be applied at Evesham Fire-Rescue for better service delivery. Please join us in congratulating Chief Addezio on his achievement!
Each summer, Evesham Fire-Rescue holds two Kids Safety Camps. Each camp is held over three days at our Kings Grant Fire Station and township children entering the 5th grade apply for the camp. The camp teaches fire and emergency services operations, emergency communications, police operations, stranger danger and drug abuse awareness as well as bicycle safety and water safety. Each child receives a new bike helmet courtesy of the department and numerous educational pieces to take home and share with their families.
Each camper and their families attend a graduation ceremony during which a slide show is shown of the camp. All music is picked by the campers and the slide shows are set to their music.
The fire district continues to consider these offerings a high priority even in light of the pressures for budget dollars. Fortunately, continued support from the public has permitted us to continue to offer these programs in their current format.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
We recently have updated our Twitter feed and have made an effort to become more familiar with the site. If you've "Liked" us on Facebook, "Follow" us on Twitter! On our Twitter feed, you will find important updates regarding current and ongoing events such as incidents that Evesham Fire-Rescue responds to and important information during times needing increased preparedness. General household safety tips will be posted from time to time and may or may not be available on Facebook. Check it out!
Photo courtesy of Philly Fire News
photographer Dave Hernandez
Saturday, July 14, 2012 15:25
Shortly before 3:30 pm on Saturday, July 14th, EFD responded to the unit block of Heritage Road after the homeowner called 9-1-1 reporting a fire in the home. Deputy Chief 2210 arrived and found smoke showing from the eves of the home and a fire condition showing in the rear of the house from the second floor and roof area. Engine 2211, Rescue 2218, and Ladder 2235 responded in and stretched a handline into the home. Crews opened a wall and ceiling on the second floor, located the fire, and extinguished it making a quick knockdown. With the heat index hovering around the 100° mark, temperatures made this fire even more taxing on our crews. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation by Evesham Fire-Rescue's Fire Marshal's Office.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The recent warm trends with lack of rain have caused mulch, grass and brush to become extremely dry. When warm weather couples with the low humidity, conditions become prime for fires either as a result of nature or as a result of human interaction. Things such as intentionally set fires or accidentally set fires, as seen with discarded smoking materials, home fire pits, or simply mowing the lawn and natural causes such as lightning and spontaneous combustion all cause fires--fires which can rapidly spread.The attached picture shows a fire which threatened a home this week--while the landscaping crew was present and mowing the backyard. A rock strike, lack of spark arrestor on the lawnmower or discarded smoking materials could have caused this fire. The landscaper tried to extinguish the fire with the homeowner's garden hose but it was turned off. Fortunately, the fire department responded and prevented spread of the fire to the home. Crews have responded to more than two dozen "brush fire" calls in the past week.EMS crews continue to be kept busy with the warm weather. In addition to the "usual" calls for service, crews have seen an increased number of calls at local sporting events due to the heat and also an increased number of calls with the elderly and diabetic populations--two groups who have a tough time with weather extremes. Evesham Fire-Rescue urges you to remain vigilant about your health, take it easy and consult your physician or 911 if necessary. When it comes to fire safety, please don't toss those cigarette butts on the ground or use your outside fireplace until conditions improve.
It's been a hot and busy week for Evesham Fire-Rescue. On Sunday July 1st, crews were dispatched around 0100 hours to the 500 block of North Elmwood Road for a dwelling fire. First arriving units found the front porch involved in fire. It was quickly extinguished and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Evesham Fire Marshal.Monday and Tuesday was busier than normal with the weather increasing the call volume for emergency medical services runs. Wednesday July 4th ushered in an entire day of Independence Day festivities beginning with the Mayor's Cup 5k in the morning. A record number of people participated in the race, some of whom required medical attention. Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported. The parade was well-attended and the biggest one yet with residents lining Main Street to see the action. The evening culminated with the fireworks at which also proved to be a record crowd. The display was spectacular and no serious injuries were reportedAs crews were leaving the fireworks, they were dispatched to the area of Harness Drive and Evesboro-Medford road for an unknown type fire. Crews arrived to find a shed well-involved in fire. The fire caused several propane tanks to vent and increase the intensity of the fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and the propane tanks cooled. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Evesham Fire Marshal and Evesham Police Department.In the first four days of July, crews have handled more than 65 fire and EMS runs. The balance of the week and weekend is predicted to be very hot, so please stay hydrated when participating in outdoor activities.
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