SANTA COMES TO BLACKWOOD ON DEC. 20
12/6/2014 - Santa is coming to Blackwood on Saturday, Dec. 20! Santa will be escorted around town by Blackwood firefighters after 5 p.m. Listen for the sirens and be on the lookout for him!
RESCUE GOES TO WORK ON COLLEGE DRIVE
At about 7 p.m. Friday, Rescue 84, GTEMS and
Medics were dispatched to Broadacres and College drives for an accident with
entrapment. GTPD arrived first, confirmed entrapment and requested an
expedited response. Engine 842 stabilized the vehicle, while Rescue 84 went to
work with the hydraulic tools. Squad 86 (Erial) stretched a line for fire
suppression. The victim was extricated at about the 20-minute mark. Photos
from Rich Moulder.
OUR CHRISTMAS PARADE HAS BEEN CANCELED
12/5/2014 - We regret to inform you that due to inclement weather, the Blackwood Fire Company Christmas Parade has been canceled. A rain date has not been set. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and hope to see you next year!
RESCUE EXTRICATES 1 PATIENT ON BCR
- Just after 7 a.m. Thursday, members monitoring
police and fire radio heard BLS units being dispatched to Highland High School
for an accident. 8401 (Chief Vannoni) responded and found a two-car accident
with one patient trapped on Blackwood-Clementon Road adjacent to the high
school’s parking lot. Rescue 84 responded with six members and removed the
side of an SUV to free the patient. Engine 841 stood by for fire protection
and Rescue 82 responded to staging. The crash is under investigation by GTPD.
VEHICLE FIRE IN QUAIL RIDGE APARTMENTS
- Just before 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Station 84 was
dispatched to the Quail Ridge Apartments for a vehicle fire. 8401 (Chief
Vannoni) arrived to find a vehicle fully-involved. Crews from Engines 842 and
841 stretched the front-bumper line and knocked the fire. The incident is
under investigation by FM84.
GAS LEAK IN BLACKWOOD ESTATES
On Monday, Station 84 was dispatched to 149
Lehigh Ave. for a reported gas leak. Reports indicated that a contractor hit a
2-inch gas main. Battalion 84 (Captain Cipriano), Engine 841 and Engine 842
secured a water supply, evacuated nearby residences and awaited the gas
company before going available. Engine 82 (Chews Landing) was called for
SMALL BATHROOM FIRE IN TORY ESTATES
8/9/2014 - Earlier this morning, Station 84, Station 82 (Chews Landing) and Ladder 62 (Pine Hill Fire Department) were dispatched to the Tory Estates for a reported apartment fire. Battalion 82 (Capt. Ritz) arrived to find light smoke showing from the second floor and ordered Engine 822 to lay in. Ladder 84 arrived first and knocked a small fire in the bathroom with a can. Battalion 84 (Capt. Coucoules) held the assignment to Ladder 84 and Engine 822. The fire is under investigation by FM84.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AT CENTRAL AVENUE STATION
RESCUE GOES TO WORK ON ROUTE 42
8/2/2014 - At 3:11 a.m. Saturday morning, Rescue 84 and Rescue 93 (GC Deptford) were dispatched to Route 42 northbound in the area of mile marker 10.5 for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Initial reports indicated one car overturned in the woods, with one ejected and two trapped. Rescue 84's crew removed the passenger side of the car to extricate the patients, while Rescue 93 assisted and Engine 841 stretched a line for fire suppression. Battalion 84 (Capt. Cipriano) had Route 42 command. Crews remained on location for about three hours before taking up.
SLIDE FIRE IN STATE STREET PARK
Earlier tonight, Station 84 was dispatched to
the State Street park for playground equipment on fire. 8402 (Asst. Chief
Maschke) arrived to find a slide burning and Engine 841 knocked it with the
front-bumper line. The fire is under investigation by FM84.
LOOKING FOR JUNK CARS
- Blackwood Fire Company is looking to use junk
cars for training purposes. If you, or someone you know, has a junk car we
could use, please reach out to us. In return, we'll provide documentation
allowing you to file it as a tax deduction. Also, you may keep the car for
scrap after training if you wish to do so. You can contact us via
or at 856-227-7798.
SHED FIRE IN 84'S LOCAL
- Just before 5 p.m., Station 84 and Station 82
(Chews Landing) were dispatched to 1324 Little Gloucester Road for a reported
house fire. Initial reports indicated that residents smelled something burning
and thought their house had been hit by lightning. 8401 (Chief Vannoni)
arrived to find a shed fire to the rear of the Quail Ridge Apartments at 1350
Little Gloucester Road. Ladder 84 forced entry to the shed and overhauled,
while Engine 822 stretched a line and knocked the fire. The incident is under
investigation by FM84.
ENGINES HANDLE CAR FIRE AT HIGHLAND
- At 8:37 p.m. Sunday, Station 84 was dispatched
to the parking lot of Highland High School for a vehicle fire. Engine 841
arrived, pulled the front-bumper line and went to work on the fire. Engine
842's crew gained access to the engine compartment and assisted 841's crew.
The fire is under investigation by FM84.
RESCUE EXTRICATES DRIVER IN BHP ACCIDENT
- Earlier today, Rescue 84 and GTEMS were
dispatched to College Drive and the Black Horse Pike for an accident. After
signing on, Battalion 84 (Capt. Coucoules) was advised that the assignment was
being upgraded to a rescue. Battalion 84 arrived to find one car into a
trailer with the driver trapped. Rescue 84 arrived, stabilized and
de-energized the vehicle and removed the driver's side of the car. Engine 842
stretched a line for fire suppression. The driver was disentangled and turned
over to EMS. Photos from Rich Moulder.
CREWS GO TO WORK AT A DAYTIME 82 JOB
- Update from this morning's house fire: At 9:09
a.m., Station 84 was dispatched as part of Task Force 82 (Chews Landing) to
Second Avenue for a reported dwelling fire. Engine 822 arrived first, reported
a working fire and stretched a line. Ladder 84 arrived as the first due truck,
split its crew and performed the primary and secondary searches. Ladder 84
also got a backup line in operation. The fire was placed under control within
30 minutes and is under investigation by FM82. Photos from Steve Christiansen.
CAR FIRE IN FRONT OF DENNY'S
- At about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Station 84 was
dispatched to the area of Denny's on Blackwood-Clementon Road for a reported
vehicle fire. Battalion 84 (Capt. Coucoules) arrived to find a vehicle
well-involved. Engine 842 arrived, stretched the front-bumper line and put a
quick knock on the fire. Engine 841 and Rescue 84 assisted 842's crew. Photos
from FF Breyer.
SHED FIRE IN THE ESTATES
- In the early morning hours on Thursday,
Station 84 was dispatched to East Lake Avenue for an investigation. Shortly
after the assignment was toned, it was upgraded to a shed fire. 8402 (Asst.
Chief Maschke) arrived to find a fully-involved shed in a rear yard. Engine
842 laid in and went in operation with a handline, while Ladder 84 assisted in
overhauling the structure. The fire is under investigation by FM84.
LARGE BON FIRE ON E. CENTRAL AVENUE
REPORTED ENTRAPMENT IN THE ESTATES
- Rescue 84 was dispatched Thursday at 10:20
a.m. for a reported accident with entrapment in Blackwood Estates. 8401 (Chief
Vannoni) and BLS 807 arrived to find negative entrapment and no injuries.
Crews from the Rescue mitigated a minor coolant spill.
RESCUE OPERATES ON ABNORMAL INCIDENT
- On Wednesday morning, Rescue 84 was dispatched
to Winding Way for a man who fell off the roof of a shed and landed in between
the shed and a fence. Crews disentangled the man and assisted EMS in packaging
the patient. Rescue 82 (Chews Landing) was also added to the assignment for
HOUSTON CAPT. KILLED IN BICYCLE ACCIDENT
5/16/2014 - Capt. Mark Braswell of the Houston Fire Department was killed in a biking accident. Capt. Braswell was 43. Blackwood Fire Company sends its thoughts and prayers to the family of Capt. Braswell and the entire Houston Fire Department as they work through this tough time.
BRUSH FIRE NEAR PLANET FITNESS
- Earlier today, Station 84 was dispatched to
the area of Planet Fitness on Blackwood-Clementon Road for a report of four
juveniles who set something on fire. Upon investigation, the call was deemed
unfounded. Later in the afternoon, the Engine was dispatched to the same area
for a reported brush fire, which was extinguished by Engine 841's crew. 8401
(Chief Vannoni) spoke with multiple witnesses who saw four juveniles who
witnesses said set the fire. Gloucester Township Police canvassed the area and
apprehended possible suspects. FM84 was requested to participate in the
investigation, which is continuing.
REPORTED ENTRAPMENT NEAR 42 JUNCTION
- At about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, as BLS 805 was transporting a patient to
the hospital from another call, its crew witnessed a vehicle drive over one of
the traffic circles near the new Route 42 ramps and go airborne into the
woods. BLS 805 requested Rescue 84 and medics and were able to help the
patient self-extricate. Rescue 84 safed the vehicle and cleared brush for the
tow operators before being released from the scene at 2:30 a.m.
ALL HANDS APARTMENT IN MILLBRIDGE
- After 4 p.m. Friday, Station 84 was dispatched
as part of Task Force 821 (Chews Landing) to a reported apartment fire in the
Millbridge Garden Apartments. Initial reports indicated that Gloucester
Township Police were on location with a working fire on the second floor. 8201
(Chief Gerace) had command. Engine 822 arrived as the first due engine, laid
in and attacked the fire on the second floor. Ladder 84 split its crew,
sending its interior team to search the fire floor and its OV man to throw
ladders and open the roof with Ladder 82. The fire was placed under control
and is under investigation by FM82.
SMALL BUILDING FIRE IN FIRST DUE
4/23/2014 - Station 84, Station 82 (Chews Landing) and Ladder 62 (Pine Hill Fire Department) were dispatched Wednesday afternoon for a reported fire in the area of the 600 block of South Black Horse Pike. 8401 (Chief Vannoni) arrived at 560 S. Black Horse Pike to find a fire in a storage warehouse. Engine 83 (Blenheim), Engine 85/86 (Lambs Terrace/Erial) and Rescue 32 (Bellmawr) were added as the second source companies. Ladder 84 arrived first, forced entry and operated as a quint. Engine 841 secured Ladder 84's water supply and Engine 822 prepared to establish a secondary water supply. The fire was quickly extinguished and the assignment was scaled back to the units on location. The fire is under investigation by FM84.
EXTRICATION ON BLACKWOOD-CLEMENTON ROAD
- Just before 8 p.m. Monday, Rescue 84, GTEMS
and Medics were dispatched to the area of the KMart on Blackwood-Clementon
Road for a reported motor vehicle accident. 8402 (Asst. Chief Maschke)
reported a two-car motor vehicle accident. After assessment, GTEMS requested
that Rescue 84 removed the two driver-side doors and the B post in order to
remove the victim who suffered a severe traumatic injury. Rescue 84 completed
the extrication and Engine 842 safed the vehicles involved and mitigated
MOTORCYCLE VS. CAR ON COLLEGE DRIVE
- On Saturday afternoon, Rescue 84, GTEMS and
Medics were dispatched to the intersection of Blackwood-Clementon Road and
College Drive for a reported motor vehicle accident. 8402 (Asst. Chief Maschke),
8004 (GTEMS Supervisor Smith) and BLS 677 (Pine Hill) arrived to find the
motorcyclist in the street. The motorcyclist was deemed an obvious trauma
patient and 8004 requested a helicopter transport. Rescue 84 was diverted to
establish a landing zone. Rescue 84's officer (Capt. Coucoules) established
Gloucester Township LZ at the Laurel Hill Bible Church and coordinated the
landing of JeffSTAT. Engine 841 was directed into the scene to mitigate a
spill. The accident is under investigation by GTPD, which utilized Ladder 84
for aerial photographs.
ST. BALDICK'S EVENT IS APRIL 6TH
sure to come out on Sunday, April 6, at Sam's Bar and Grille for our St.
Baldrick's event benefitting childhood cancer research. Also, check our the
Cars for a Cure car show, which will be going on in the parking lot of Sam's
for the registration form. The flier is below.
SMALL BUILDING FIRE IN LAKELAND
3/22/2014 - In the early morning hours of Saturday, Ladder 84 was dispatched as part of Task Force 851 (Lambs Terrace) to Lakeland for a reported building fire. Quint 85 and Rescue 82 (Chews Landing) arrived first and started the investigation. Ladder 84 arrived with seven members and split its crew, sending its interior team to the second floor to investigate and its outside team to the rear of the building. Crews found a fire in the attic space that was quickly extinguished and overhauled by Ladder 62 (Pine Hill) and Ladder 84's interior crews, while Ladder 84's outside team accessed and opened the roof. 8401 (Chief Vannoni) had the interior. The company operated for about an hour and a half before being released at 2:34 a.m.
VEHICLE FIRE ON DAVISTOWN ROAD
- Just as our weekly drill commenced on Tuesday
night, the station was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire on Davistown
Road. Battalion 84 (Capt. Cipriano), Engine 841, Rescue 84 and Ladder 84
responded immediately and arrived to find a vehicle well-involved near the
intersection of Davistown and Erial roads. Crews made quick work of the fire,
which is under investigation by FM84.
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