RESCUE GOES TO BELLMAWR ON THE SECOND ALARM
- After 4 p.m., Saturday, Task Force 33
(Bellmawr) was dispatched for a reported apartment fire at the Bellmawr Manor
Apartments on Kings Highway. First-arriving companies reported heavy smoke and
fire and the second alarm was quickly struck. Rescue 84, 8401 (Chief Vannoni)
and Battalion 84 (Capt. Coucoules) responded on the second alarm. 8401 had
operations, while Rescue 84's crew stood by in manpower. The company went
available at 5:32 p.m.
LZ ASSIGNMENT IN BLACKWOOD
- At about 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Station 84 was
dispatched to the area of Blackwood-Clementon Road and Emerson Drive for a
patient who fell 30 feet at a construction site. EMS crews decided to fly the
victim to the hospital and members from Station 84 established an landing zone
for the helicopter.
RESCUE ASSIGNMENT ON THE HIGHWAY
- Just after 9 p.m., Rescue 84 and Rescue 93 (GC
Deptford) were dispatched to Route 42 southbound in the area of milemarker
10.4 for a reported accident with entrapment. First arriving companies
reported a multi-vehicle accident with numerous injuries and one patient
trapped. Rescue 93 arrived and its crew went to work with its hydraulic tools.
Rescue 84 arrived just after Rescue 93 and assisted in stabilization and safed
the batteries of the cars involved, while Engine 841 deployed an 1 3/4"
handline for fire suppression. Rescue 84 and Engine 841 were released from the
scene at 9:42 p.m.
REPORTED BUILDING FIRE AT AUTUMN RIDGE APTS.
- At about 2:30 p.m. today, Station 84, Station
82 (Chews Landing), Ladder 62 (Pine Hill) and GTEMS were dispatched to the
Autumn Ridge Apartments for a reported building fire at M building. 8401
(Chief Vannoni) arrived to find a four-story, garden-style apartment building
with nothing showing. After finding smoke on the first floor, 8401 ordered
Engine 841 to lay in and stretch a line to the interior and Ladder 62 to A
division. Engine 83 (Blenheim), Engine 85 (Lambs Terrace) and Rescue 93 (GC
Deptford) were added as the second source companies.
CAR FIRE ON ROUTE 42
- This afternoon at about 12:30 p.m., Station 84
and Station 93 (GC Deptford) were dispatched to Route 42 in the area of Exit
9B southbound for a vehicle fire. Engine 841 arrived to find a vehicle with an
engine compartment well-involved, pulled the front-bumper line and quickly
knocked the fire.
REPORTED ENTRAPMENT ON CHURCH STREET
- Just after 3 p.m., yesterday, Rescue 84 and
GTEMS were dispatched to an accident with reported entrapment on Church Street
near Deborah Place. GTEMS arrived to find negative entrapment, but reported
that one of the vehicles involved had a ruptured gas tank. Rescue 84 arrived
and immediately began applying oil dry to mitigate the spill, which had began
to flow down Church Street. As Rescue 84's crew stopped the spill, Engine 841
deployed an 1 3/4" line with foam as a precaution.
CERTIFICATE OF LIFE SAVING FOR ASST. CHIEF MASCHKE
- At Blackwood's 2014 Installation of
Officers Banquet on Saturday night, Assistant Chief Eric Maschke was presented
with a Certificate of Life Saving for his actions at a motor vehicle accident
on Dec. 19, 2013. While working as a civilian employee, Chief Maschke came
upon an accident and found the driver in cardiac arrest. Chief Maschke removed
the driver and initiated CPR. The driver eventually regained circulation with
respirtations and has since made a full recovery.
2014 INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS BANQUET
2/1/2014 - Each winter, Blackwood Fire Company holds its installation of officers banquet in order to recognize achievements from the previous year and formally install the current year's line officers. While the station was covered by Chews Landing Fire Department, members enjoyed a fun night of dancing and a dinner provided by Paris Caterers.
Congratulations to Lt. Sean Carlin, who was
the recipient the 2013 "Sound the Alarm" Firefighter of the Year award. Congratulations
also to Captain Joe Cipriano, who
earned the Chief's Achievement Award for his dedication and devotion to
Blackwood Fire Company. A special congratulations is also extended to
Firefighter Jason Stott, who received the 2013 Probie of the Year Award for
his achievement as a probationary member last year.
DRYER FIRE IN 84'S LOCAL
1/23/2014 - Late Thursday morning, Station 84, Station 82 (Chews Landing) and GTEMS were dispatched to 147 Oakmont Road for a reported dwelling fire. GTEMS arrived and reported medium smoke showing, which prompted the second source companies, Engine 83 (Blenheim), Engine 85 (Lambs Terrace) and Rescue 92 (GC Deptford), to be added to the box. 8401 (Chief Vannoni) arrived shortly thereafter and reported smoke showing from the townhouse. Ladder 84 arrived first and assumed first due truck duties, while Engine 821 laid in and stretched a hose line to the dwelling. Ladder 84's crew found a dryer fire and extinguished it with a pressurized water can.
MEMBERS STAFF STATION THROUGHOUT STORM
1/21/2014 - As another winter storm swept through the area, Blackwood's members stepped up once again to ensure sufficient staffing for the district. Twenty volunteers dedicated their time to staffing the station with at least one crew from Tuesday morning to Wednesday morning. At the height of the storm, Station 84 had three crews staffing Ladder 84, Rescue 84 and Engine 841. From 10 a.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Wednesday, members responded to one motor vehicle accident, one alarm system and three EMS assists.
MVA WITH FIRE ON LITTLE GLOUCESTER ROAD
- At 12:48 a.m. Saturday, Rescue 84, GTEMS and
Medics were dispatched to Little Gloucester Road in the area of the Cherrywood
Apartments for a reported accident. Camden County Communications advised
Battalion 84 (Captain Cipriano) that GTPD were on location reporting a one-car
accident with the vehicle now on fire. Engine 842 arrived first, deployed a
preconnected, 150' 1 3/4" handline and quickly contained the fire. Engine 841
assisted Engine 842's crew in mopping up.
REMEMBER TO CLEAR YOUR HYDRANTS
MEMBERS STAFF STATION DURING SNOW STORM
- Facing a snow storm that started Thursday and
blanketed the area through Friday morning, members of Station 84 continuously
staffed the station through the overnight hours. Starting at about 6 p.m.
Thursday through early Friday morning, 21 volunteers kept two rigs staffed
throughout the night.
SANTA COMES TO BLACKWOOD
- Santa was escorted through Blackwood by
firefighters from Station 84 Sunday night. He even helped when his trip was
interrupted by a motor vehicle accident at Blackwood-Clementon Road and
TWO ALARM HOUSE FIRE IN BLENHEIM
- Just after 3 p.m. on Friday, Station 84 was
dispatched as part of Task Force 83 (Blenheim) to Cedar Avenue for a house
fire with people reportedly trapped inside. EMS reported heavy fire and the
occupants accounted for. Ladder 84, Engine 821 (Chews Landing) and Quint 83
arrived simultaneously. Ladder 84's interior crew moved in with the first
line, forced entry into the house and made their way to the second floor
before command ordered all companies out of the dwelling. Command requested
the second alarm and switched to an exterior attack. Ladder 84, Engine 841 and
Engine 842 operated for more than two hours before being released from the
26TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE
12/7/2013 - Blackwood Fire Company held its 26th annual Christmas Parade along the Black Horse Pike on Saturday evening. Thanks to all who supported the parade to make it another success.
REPORTED FIRE AT HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL
12/5/2013 - At 7:14 a.m., Station 84, Station 82 (Chews Landing), Ladder 62 (Pine Hill) and GTEMS were dispatched to Highland High School for a reported building fire. Crews were advised that there was an odor of something burning in the vice principal's office on the bravo side of the building. Crews from Engines 841 and 821, as well as Ladder 62, investigated and found no fire.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA HELD AT CENTRAL AVE. STATION
- Thanks to all those who helped to make
Breakfast With Santa a success (even the probie got a chance to talk to
Santa!). A special thanks goes out to Art's Tents (artstents.com), which
donated chairs for Saturday's event.
PIN JOB ON THE HIGHWAY
- At 5:15 a.m. today, Station 84, Station 93 (GC
Deptford) and EMS units were dispatched to Route 42 southbound in the area of
Exit 10A for a motor vehicle accident. Rescue 84 signed on with six personnel,
and were advised that the assignment was being upgraded to a rescue and the
State Police were requesting an expedited response. Rescue 84 and Battalion 84
(Capt. Cipriano) arrived to find a one-car accident with entrapment and a
patient with a severe traumatic injury. Rescue 84's crew quickly stabilized
the vehicle and performed a rapid extrication. Rescue 93's crew assisted
Rescue 84, while Engine 841 deployed a 1 3/4" hose line. The patient was
quickly extricated and turned over to EMS. The company went available at 5:51
REPORTED FIRE AT CHERRYWOOD APARTMENTS
11/12/2013 - At 6:17 p.m., Tuesday, Engine 84, Engine 82 (Chews Landing), Ladder 82, Ladder 62 (Pine Hill), Ladder 63 (Lindenwold) and GTEMS were dispatched to the Cherrywood Apartments for a reported fire in the 300 building. Engine 841 arrived and found a small fire in a second-floor apartment. No extension was found and the assignment was scaled back to Station 84. The fire is under investigation by FM84.
84 ATTENDS VETERANS DAY EVENT AT OUR LADY OF HOPE
- On Monday, firefighters from Blackwood
attended a Veterans Day event at Our Lady of Hope School. At the event, more
than 500 students gathered together to form a giant symbol of patriotism.
Blackwood Fire Company was proud to be a part of this outstanding event.
Thanks to Ladder 82 (Chews Landing) for providing this aerial shot while
Ladder 84 was out of service.
CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS, CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES
11/3/2013 - Remember, when you change your clock, make sure to change your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide dector's batteries. For more safety information visit: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/media/press/2011releases/103111.shtm
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
11/3/2013 - Join us on Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Central Avenue Station for our 2013 Breakfast with Santa event. Click here for more information.
ALL HANDS JOB AT BUTTONWOOD
- At about 9:15 p.m., Station 84, Station 82
(Chews Landing), Ladder 62 (Pine Hill) and GTEMS were dispatched to the
Buttonwood Village Apartments for a reported apartment fire. GTEMS arrived,
reported a column from the B building and, with that report, 8201 (Chief
Gerace) struck the all hands.
MUTUAL AID WORK ON NEW BROOKLYN ROAD
10/17/2013 - At 5:18 a.m. Thursday morning, Station 85 (Lambs Terrace), Station 62 (Pine Hill), Ladder 84, Rescue 82 (Chews Landing) and GTEMS were dispatched to 1859 New Brooklyn Road for a reported house fire. First arriving units from 85 and 62 reported a working kitchen fire and struck the all hands. 8601 (Chief Brezee) had command and 8401 (Chief Vannoni) had operations. Crews from Ladder 84 and Engine 841 assisted in providing lighting, checking for extension and overhauling the dwelling.
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JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE
10/12/2013 - On Saturday, Dec. 7, we will be hosting our 26th annual Christmas Parade along the Black Horse Pike in downtown Blackwood. Click here for this year's invitation.
RESCUE RUNS ACCIDENT ON COLLEGE DRIVE
- Shortly after returning from an accident on
Route 42, Rescue 84 was dispatched to a highway hazard in the area of the Shop
Rite on College Drive. 8401 (Chief Vannoni) and Rescue 84 found a two car
accident and the Rescue's crew safed the vehicles and spread oil dry around
ANNUAL BLACKWOOD PUMPKIN FESTIVAL HELD
- On Sunday, Blackwood firefighters held the company's annual Fire Prevention
Open House in conjunction with the 22nd annual Pumpkin Festival. The craft and
entertainment festival drew thousands to the area around 84's main station on
Central Avenue. Thanks to all who made the event another success.
TWO ALARM APARTMENT FIRE IN BUTTONWOOD
- At 11:27 a.m. Monday, Station 84, Station 82
(Chews Landing) and Ladder 62 (Pine Hill) were dispatched to the Buttonwood
Village Apartments along the Black Horse Pike for a reported apartment fire.
8401 (Chief Vannoni) arrived to find a three-story multi-family dwelling with
smoke showing from the second floor in the A-B corner. With the chief's
report, the second source companies, Engine 83 (Blenheim), Engine 85 (Lambs
Terrace) and Rescue 93 (GC Deptford), were added to the box. At the 10-minute
mark, command struck the second alarm for manpower.
BLACKWOOD ASSISTS ON MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH IN 82
- Just after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Rescue 82
(Chews Landing), GTEMS and Medics were dispatched to the Black Horse Pike and
Chews Landing Road for a reported motor vehicle accident with entrapment.
Rescue 82 arrived to find a seven-vehicle accident with two entrapped. Crews
worked to free two trapped patients and at 9:52 a.m., Rescue 84 and Squad 75
(Runnemede) were special called to assist. Rescue 84 and Battalion 84 (Captain
Cipriano) remained on location until they were release at 10:38 a.m.
CAR CRASHES INTO HOUSE ON WEST LAKE AVE.
- At about 10 p.m. as Engine 842 was returning
from an EMS run, it came across a one-car motor vehicle accident on West Lake
Avenue near the Black Horse Pike. The crew found a vehicle that had gone off
the roadway and struck a house. Firefighters from 84 quickly secured the gas
to the house, safed the vehicle's battery and chocked its wheels. Engines 842
and 841 along with Rescue 84 stood by while the Gloucester Township Police
investigated and township construction officials surveyed the scene. The
company was made available around 11 p.m.
CRASH ON THE HIGHWAY
6:19 p.m., Rescue 84 was dispatched to Route 42 northbound in the area of exit
9B for a reported motor vehicle accident. 8401 (Chief Vannoni) and Rescue 84
arrived to find a one-car accident. The Rescue's crew safed the battery before
going available at 6:38 p.m.
ENGINE 841 GOES TO 11-ALARM FIRE IN BURLCO
after units from Burlington County started battling what turned into an
11-alarm fire at the Dietz & Watson factory in Delanco, Engine 841 responded
as part of a pipeline strike team from Camden County. Engine 841 remained on
location for more than 8 hours before being released just before 3:30 a.m. on
THREE MEMBERS QUALIFIED AS TOWER OPERATORS
- This weekend, a few current tower operators
and trainees gathered for a three-day classroom and practical course on
operating Ladder 84. Thanks to the help of Past Chief Bill Robb, who ran the
course, along with Lt. Mike Coucoules, FFs Bill Kanauss, Elwood Humphries and
Kyle Fulcher, the company was able to qualify three more firefighters as tower
operators. Congratuations to FFs Jimmy Anderson, Jason Stott and Sean Carlin
for their successful completion of the course.
ENGINE RESPONDS TO BOAT FIRE
8/17/2013 - Just after 6 p.m. Saturday, Engine 84 was dispatched to Cleveland Avenue for a reported vehicle fire. 8402 (Asst. Chief Maschke) responded and was advised by Camden County Communications that they were receiving multiple calls for a boat on fire. 8402 arrived to find a boat burning in a parking lot and ordered Engine 841 to pull the 150-foot front bumper line and go in operation. Engine 841's crew made quick work of the fire, which is under investigation by FM 84.
STORMS KEEP COMPANY BUSY THROUGHOUT MORNING
8/13/2013 - It's been a busy morning for Blackwood. During this morning's storm, 84 answered five calls for service. At the height of the storm, Ladder 84 and Engine 841 responded to Davistown Road and later to College Drive for separate incidents involving vehicles stuck in flood water. After clearing, Ladder 84 answered an alarm system in Station 85's (Lambs Terrace) local while they were busy with numerous calls. Stations 84 and 82 (Chews Landing) and Ladder 62 (Pine Hill), were then dispatched to the Ivanhoe Apartments off the Black Horse Pike for a reported apartment fire. No fire was found and, after the company cleared, it was dispatched to Church Street near Blackwood Lake for a vehicle in the water. The company quickly cleared from there and went available.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT ON AUGUST 6
84 ASSISTS ON PINE HILL ALL HANDS
7/14/2013 - At 8:23 p.m., Sunday night, Engine 62 (Pine Hill), Engine 85 (Lambs Terrace), Engine 63 (Lindenwold), Engine 84, Squad 60 (Laurel Springs), Ladder 62 and Ladder 61 (Clementon) were dispatched to 28 E. Third Ave. in Pine Hill for a reported dwelling fire. Initial reports from Camden County Communications indicated multiple calls for a house fire and police on location reporting heavy fire showing. 6201 (Chief Greer) arrived, assumed command as 620 and reported heavy fire on floors one and two. 8401 (Chief Vannoni) assumed operations and crews from Engine 841 and Engine 842 assisted Squad 62 in operating hose lines from the outside of the structure. After the fire was knocked down, Rescue 84's crew conducted a search and crews from Blackwood assited in overhaul before being made available around midnight
BLACKWOOD ON OVERNIGHT WORKER IN PINE HILL
7/5/2013 - During Friday's early morning hours, Engine 62 (Pine Hill), Engine 85 (Lambs Terrace), Engine 63 (Lindenwold), Engine 84, Squad 60 (Laurel Springs), Ladder 62 and Ladder 61 (Clementon) were dispatched to the Chalet Garden Apartments on West Branch Avenue for a reported apartment fire. 6201 (Chief Greer) arrived to find a two-story garden-style apartment with a working fire on floor two. Crews from 62 quickly knocked the fire and crews from Engine 841, Engine 842 and Ladder 84 assisted in overhaul.
ENGINE RESPONDS TO DRYER FIRE IN 82'S LOCAL
6/8/2013 - Shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday, Station 84 was dispatched as part of Task Force 82 (Chews Landing) to the Lakeview Townhouses off of Lower Landing Road for a reported dwelling fire. Initial reports from Camden County Communications indicated smoke showing from the second floor. Battalion 82 (Lt. Ritz) arrived to find a small fire on the second floor of unit 172 and ordered Engine 821 to pull an 1 3/4" hose line while Engine 841 laid a supply line. Interior crews found the fire confined to a dryer and quickly knocked it. Crews from Engine 841 and Squad 75 (Runnemede) assisted in checking for extension on the second floor. Station 84 was released from the scene at 11:54 a.m.
FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN 3 ALARM FIRE IN PHILADELPHIA
- Days before the grim, one-year anniversary of
a five alarm fire in Kensington that killed two Philadelphia firefighters, the
city lost one of its own at a three alarm fire in the Queen Village section of
South Philadelphia. Capt. Michael Goodwin of Ladder 27, a 29-year veteran, was
killed in the line of duty while operating at the fire. Blackwood sends its
thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Capt. Goodwin, along with
Ladder 27 and the entire Philadelphia Fire Department.
DECK FIRE IN LAKEVIEW
- Late Saturday night as crews were
returning from another call, Ladder 84 was notified by Camden County
Communications that Station 84 was being dispatched as part of Task Force 82
(Chews Landing) to the Lakeview Apartments off Lower Landing Road for a
reported apartment fire. 8401 (Chief Vannoni), Ladder 84, Engine 842 and
Engine 841 responded and were advised that initial reports indicated a deck
fire. Ladder 84 arrived simultaneously with Engine 821 and reported a small
deck fire. Ladder 84's crew knocked the fire with a can and the fire was
placed under control shortly after.
CAR FIRE IN SHOP RITE PARKING LOT
- Station 84 was dispatched Wednesday evening to
the area of Blackwood-Clementon Road and College Drive for a reported vehicle
fire. Ladder 84, while out on training, responded and arrived at the College
Drive entrance to the Shop Rite to find one vehicle with an engine compartment
fire and went in operation as a quint. Ladder 84's crew knocked the bulk of
the fire before the truck's tank was supplemented by Engine 842. Engines 842,
841 and Rescue 84 assisted Ladder 84 in mopping up the fire. For a video of
the incident click
here: *Some language in the video may
be offensive to some viewers.*
BLACKWOOD HOLDS ST. BALDRICK'S EVENT
3/24/2013 - Today, Blackwood held
its St. Baldrick's event in conjunction with the Cars for a Cure car show at
Sam's Bar and Grille on the Black Horse Pike. The events raised $40,000 to
help combat childhood cancer. Thanks to all those who attended and a special
thanks to Debbie Simone and Gene Martinez who did a lot of the heavy lifting
to make sure today was a success. Thanks again to everyone who came out for
this incredible cause, we couldn't have done it without you!*For
more photos, visit our Facebook page.*
ST. BALDRICK'S SHAVING EVENT AT LEWIS SCHOOL
MEMBERS PAY RESPECT TO CHIEF PAUL HARTSTEIN
3/16/2013 - Today, members attended the funeral of Chief Paul Hartstein with dozens of other fire departments from around the area.
Chief Hartstein served in the fire service
for more than 45 years, starting with the Audubon Fire Department in 1966.
Over the years he held various line officer positions, eventually attaining
the title of Chief of Department. Chief Hartstein also served with the Camden
County Fire Marshal's Office, where he was Chief Fire Marshal for 16 years.
Blackwood sends its thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Chief
Hartstein, the Audubon Fire Department and Camden County Fire Marshal's
Office. R.I.P. Chief.
HIGHWAY HAZARD IN FRONT OF HIGHLAND
Around 4:30 p.m., Monday, Station 84 was dispatched to the area of Highland
High School on Erial Road for a highway hazard. Battalion 84 (Captain Cipriano)
arrived to find a two car accident and gave orders to Rescue 84 to stabilize
the vehicles, safe the batteries and spread oil dry.
RESCUE 84 RUNS MVA ON DAVISTOWN ROAD
approximately 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Rescue 84 and GTEMS were dispatched to the
area of Davistown and Argyle roads for a reported motor vehicle accident. 8401
(Chief Vannoni) arrived to find a two car crash with minor injuries. Rescue
84's crew assisted in patient packaging, applied oil dry and safed the
batteries of the vehicles involved.
REPORTED ENTRAPMENT ON COLLEGE DRIVE
Around 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Rescue 84, GTEMS and Medics were dispatched to the
area of the Shop Rite on College Drive for a motor vehicle accident with
entrapment. GTPD arrived first to find an accident with no entrapment and no
injuries. Rescue 84's crew continued into the scene to mitigate a highway
hazard and safe the batteries of the vehicles involved.
GAS LEAK IN MILLBRIDGE
- Just after 5 p.m., Thursday, Engine 82 (Chews
Landing) and Engine 84 were dispatched to the Millbridge Garden Apartments for
a reported natural gas leak. Battalion 84 (Captain Cipriano) and Battalion 82
(Captain Ritz) arrived to find an active leak. Engine 822 pulled an 1 3/4"
attack line and Engine 841 stood by the hydrant while waiting for the gas
company to arrive. The incident was turned over to the gas company a short
time later and the company was made available.
COME OUT TO CARS FOR A CURE ON MARCH 24
- In addition to the St. Baldrick's event
Blackwood is sponsoring on March 24, come out to Cars for a Cure outside Sam's
Bar and Grille from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come out and support this great cause!
REPORTED DWELLING IN 84'S FIRST DUE
8:30 a.m., Friday, Station 84, Station 82 (Chews Landing) and GTEMS were
dispatched to 21 S. Pennsylvania Ave., for a reported dwelling fire. 8401
(Chief Vannoni) arrived to find a light smoke condition throughout the
residence caused by a blocked furnace flue. Ladder 84's crew secured the
oil-fueled furnace and evacuated the smoke with a PPV fan. Smoke and CO
detectors were also provided to the residents before the company was made
MEMBER'S SON EARNS FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP
2/6/2013- Kerron Johnson, the son of Firefighter William
Johnson, recently committed to play football at Coastal Carolina University.
Johnson, who played high school football at Highland Regional High School will
play defensive back in college and was also recruited by Bucknell, Villanova,
New Hampshire and Lafayette. Congratulations Kerron, we wish you success both
on the field and in the classroom!
LADDER 84 GOES TO WORK IN MILLBRIDGE
- Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ladder 84 was
dispatched as part of Task Force 821 (Chews Landing) to the Millbridge Garden
Apartments for a reported apartment fire. Incoming unites were advised by
Camden County Communications that the caller in apartment 367 reported seeing
flames from another apartment in the complex. Gloucester Township Police
confirmed the fire apartment to be unit 425 and reported heavy smoke showing.
Engine 822 laid in and pulled an attack line to the fire apartment while
Ladder 84 laddered and vented the building. Engine 62 (Pine Hill) searched the
apartment and Ladder 82 opened up as Engine 822's crew knocked the fire. The
fire was quickly placed under control and 84 was made available at 6:28 p.m.
ANNUAL INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS BANQUET
2/2/2013 - Tonight, Blackwood held its annual installation of officers banquet at Auletto's. Blackwood recognized members for numerous accomplishments and swore in the 2013 line officers. A special congratulations is extended to Lt. Michael Coucoules who received the Ken Ward Sound the Alarm Award. The award is given to one firefighter each year who is recognized as the firefighter of the year. Lt. Coucoules served with another company for over 18 years prior to moving to Blackwood. Additionally ,he served with our company from June 2005 through 2009. He is currently one of our most active members responding to 188 calls for service out of the 314 received since his return to us in March 2012, attended 19 “in-house duty crews”, coordinating most of those, 19 of the 27 scheduled drills, nine alternate drills and 100 percent of meetings; obviously he is interested in all phases of our operation and he seems to connect with all generations. Congrats Mike!
Additionally, we'd like
to congratulate Firefighter Elwood Humphries for being recognized as 2012's
Probie of the Year.
Elwood has continued to be one of our most active members and
continues to become an integral part of our operation. Elwood's dedication to
assisting with in house training along with his continued attendance to
additional formalized training is impressive and appreciated. Congrats Elwood!
ACCIDENT ON ERIAL ROAD
- On Saturday afternoon, Rescue 84 was
dispatched to the area of Erial and Little Gloucester roads for a reported
highway hazard. 8401 (Chief Vannoni) arrived and reported a three car
accident, with no entrapment and multiple minor injuries. Rescue 84's crew
safed the batteries of the vehicles involved and applied oil dry to a minor
coolant spill. While on location, Engine 841 was assigned to handle a medical
call at the Kmart on Blackwood-Clementon Road. The companies were made
available around 1:30 p.m.
BUSY NIGHT FOR BLACKWOOD
Just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, Engine 841 was
dispatched to 19 Golfview Ct., in Station 62's (Pine Hill) local for a
reported dwelling fire. The assignment was quickly recalled and Engine 841 was
made available. A few hours later, Station 84 was dispatched to the Mansion
Apartments in Station 62's local for a reported building fire. Police advised
incoming companies that they were on location with a working fire. Crews from
62 knocked the fire with a pressurized water can and the assignment was held
to Station 62. 8401 (Chief Vannoni), Engine 841 and Engine 842 were then
redirected to 10 Cleveland Ave., in 84's local for interior fumes. Crews from
Ladder 84 and Engine 841 investigated and found the source of the odor to be a
gasoline powered bicycle in the neighboring unit. Crews ventilated the
dwellings before being released at 10:12 p.m.
ANOTHER CRASH WITH REPORTED ENTRAPMENT
- Around 8:30 a.m., Rescue 84, GTEMS and Medics,
were dispatched to the area of 144 Indiana Ave., for a reported motor vehicle
accident with entrapment. Initial reports from GTPD indicated a two car
accident, with one overturned and no entrapment. 8401 (Chief Vannoni) arrived
a confirmed the report that the occupants self-extricated prior to fire
department arrival. Crews from Rescue 84 and Engine 842 safed the batteries of
the vehicles and assisted EMS with patient packaging. EMS transported one
patient to the hospital.
REPORTED ENTRAPMENT ON THE HIGHWAY
4:59 p.m., Rescue 84 and Rescue 93 (GC Deptford) were dispatched to Route 42
in the area of mile marker 11.6 northbound for a reported motor vehicle
accident with entrapment. 8401 (Chief Vannoni) arrived and reported a two car
accident with an SUV on its side and negative entrapment. Rescue 84 and Engine
841's crew safed the SUV's battery before clearing the scene.
MEMBERS TRAIN ON FLASHOVER SIMULATOR IN DELCO
- Twelve Blackwood firefighters traveled to the Delaware County Emergency
Service Training Center to utilize its flashover simulator Saturday after a
classroom session in November.
This training will benefit our
members by allowing them to see and recognize the different states of fire up
to and including the flashover stage, where firefighters have seconds to
react. Thanks to the instructors for an excellent experience.
ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE AT SHOP RITE
- After midnight Saturday, Station 84 was
dispatched to the parking lot of the Shop Rite on Blackwood-Clementon Road for
a reported vehicle fire. 8401 (Chief Vannoni) responded and was advised by
Camden County Communications that they were receiving multiple calls for an
engine compartment fire in the parking lot. 8401 arrived shortly after,
confirmed the report and ordered Engine 842 to pull its 1 3/4" preconnected
front bumper line. Engine 842 made quick work of the fire as Engine 841 and
Rescue 84's crews assisted.
MULTIPLE VEHICLES INVOLVED AT AUTUMN RIDGE
- Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Station 84 was
dispatched to the Autumn Ridge Apartments for a reported vehicle fire.
Incoming companies were advised that police were on location reporting
multiple cars involved between the B and C buildings in the complex. Battalion
84 (Captain Cipriano) arrived and confirmed GTPD's report of multiple cars
heavily involved. Engine 841 arrived, quickly deployed the 150' front bumper
line and put a hit on the fire. Engine 842's crew pulled an additional line
off of Engine 841 and assisted with fire attack. The fire was quickly knocked
down and is under investigation by FM84. While on location, Rescue 82 (Chews
Landing) and Station 84 were dispatched to 1205 Blackwood-Clementon Rd. at the
Sunoco gas station for a motor vehicle accident. 8401 (Chief Vannoni) and
Engine 842 responded and were released within 10 minutes of arriving. Crews
remained at Autumn Ridge until 3:56 a.m.