National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week is November 11-17th. The #Moveover campaign is spreading the word that when you see emergency lights, please slow down and move over! Our lives depend on it. For more information please click on the link and watch the video.
On Saturday Night at approximately 9:30pm Stations 84,82 & GTFD Engine 88 along with GTEMS BLS 8-0 & Virtua Paramedics responded to Route 42 North for a reported Motor Vehicle Accident with Entrapment. Upon arrival crews found a vehicle overturned with multiple occupants heavily entrapped. Crews worked for approximately 3 1/2 hours at the scene. Unfortunately two occupants of the vehicle succumbed to their injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.
The accident is under investigation by the NJ State Police
Photos courtesy FF Mark Cocchi
This weekend is daylight savings, we encourae everyone when they change their clocks to change out the batteries in their smoke detectors also! Click the links for more information.
If you are unable to change them yourself and require assistance contact us and we will help you!!
Join Blackwood Fire Company as we celebrate our
30th Annual Christmas Parade
In the spirit of the season, we invite you to join us for a magical night on Saturday, December 1st 2018 commencing at 6:00 pm as the Blackwood Fire Company presents “The Night Before Christmas.” The parade will begin at the intersection Davistown Road and the Black Horse Pike then proceed North to Church Street and the Blackwood Fire Company.
This year’s theme is “The Night Before Christmas,” which should allow for many options supporting the theme.
Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded in the following categories:
Theme: 40% / Decorations: 60%
Best Decorated Fire Engine 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Best Decorated Ladder or Aerial Platform 1st, 2nd
Best Decorated Rescue/Squad Company 1st, 2nd
Best Decorated Ambulance 1st, 2nd
Theme: 30% / Decorations: 50% / Presentation: 20%
Best Decorated Float Other Than Fire Company/Auxiliary (**) 1st, 2nd
Best Decorated Fire Company/Auxiliary Float (**) 1st, 2nd
Judges Award Total of 4
Best Appearing Community Group (**) 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Best Performing High School Band (*) 1st Only
Best Overall in the Parade 1st Only
(*) Trophy plus $50.00
(**) 1st - $100.00; 2nd - $75.00
Each unit may stop at Judges Area for review:
Mobile Units (30 seconds)
Marching or Float Presentations (2 minutes)
Judging will be done by the NJ State Fire Chief’s Judging Association.
(The judges’ decision is final!)
PLEASE, NO SANTAS IN THE LINE OF MARCH! THANK YOU.
Following the parade, everyone is invited to attend the Open House with Santa at the Blackwood Fire Company until 9:00 pm.
Blackwood Fire Company Presents: “The Night Before Christmas”
Below is an itinerary of the evening’s festivities:
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. ALL UNITS must register at the C.W. Lewis School
(at the corner of Erial Rd and Davistown Road).
Participants will be given details for staging and
line-up at the time of registration.) All companies
will be lined up in the order that they arrive.
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. The parade will proceed North on the Black Horse Pike from Davistown Road
to Church Street. .
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Open House with Santa at the Blackwood Fire Company for carolers, hot chocolate and cookies.
To ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable evening, we ask that all participants adhere to the
1. No audible warning devices (sirens, air horns) are to be used during the parade.
2. No unauthorized transmissions on the emergency radio frequencies.
3. No alcohol in the line of march.
4. NO THROWING CANDY, ETC. from moving vehicles. If you plan to give candy to the children,
please hand it out in a fashion that promotes or encourages the public to remain off the roadway.
ANYONE FOUND VIOLATING THE ABOVE RULES WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE PARADE AND WILL BE
DISQUALIFIED FROM ANY AWARDS.
It is strongly recommended that all participating emergency units be placed out of service during
the parade. If it is absolutely necessary to leave the line of march to respond to an emergency
incident, we ask that you utilize a route of travel other than the parade route, and that you use
extreme caution until well away from the area. Remember that there are many pedestrians in
the area, including many small children. Responding units shall contact “840 Parade” via
Camden County West-Tac 2, so the proper information may be disseminated to traffic control
personnel to assist with your departure.
6. Any organization with a horse in the parade will be required to have a “clean-up person” to
follow in case of the need. This rule is in consideration of organizations with marching
members. THANK YOU!
This afternoon TaskForce 852 was dispatched to the unit block of Del Sol Place in Gloucester Township for a reported Dwelling Fire. 8501 (Cheif Goins; Sta85) arrived to find fire showing from the A/B corner roof and shortly after stuck the All Hands. Engine 842 operated as the Second Due Engine Company. The crew laid a supply line from the hydrant to Engine 88, then proceeded to the second floor to hook ceilings, check for fire extension, and assist in ventilation. Ladder 84 was also on scene and assisted in the operation.
On Thursday Night at approximately 2200 hours TaskForce 621 (Pine Hill FD) was sounded for a working Dwelling Fire in Pine Hill/Clementon. Engine 62 arrived in the area to find a heavy smoke condition, and moments later discovered the house on fire. Engine 842 responded with a crew of 4 and established a water supply to Squad 86 (Gloucester Twp Fire Dist 6) and Engine 62 (PineHill FD). Engine 842’s crew also stretched a 1 3/4” hand line to the rear of the house for fire attack. The fire was placed under control just after midnight and the engine crew went available around 0105 hours. Great work by all companies involved.
Photos Courtesy of Joe Piepszowski (Chewslanding Fire Dept)
See for Important Information regarding the Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires class being hosted by the Blackwood Fire Company at CCRETC. Register here or click the link on our home page under Upcoming Events.
On Tuesday night members were given the opportunity to attend a Torch Cutting and Burning Class at the Camden County Regional Emergency Training Center. The members got to train on the proper use of several different cutting torches we carry on Rescue 84 and are carried throughout the county. A big thank you to Instructor/Battalion Chief Frank Sandrock (Camden FD) for teaching this drill for our members.
On Saturday at approximately 1500 hours, Engines 86,85,88 Squad 25 (Winslow FD) Squad 13 (Cherry Hill FD) Rescue 1 (Camden FD) Battalion 1 (CFD) Battalion 13 (CHFD) GTEMS BLS 803 EMS 80 and Virtua ALS were dispatched to the area of Lakeland Road for a Technical Rescue. While enroute companies were advised of a ferris wheel stuck and about 6 children trapped at the top. 8602 (Deputy Chief Brown; GTFD#6) and Quint 85 arrived and began to investigate. It was determined that the incoming resources were not needed and the assignment was held to Quint 85, Squad 25, and Engine 88. Ladder 84 responded to assist as a second truck company was requested. Crews cleared in about 45 minutes.
*Photos from Mike Breyer (Deptford FD)
Monday Evening at approximately 8:15pm upon clearing up from a house fire response involving a Boat in Company 62’s area (Pine Hill) Haz-Mat 8 was requested to respond and assist on scene crews with mitigating a significant gasoline spill associated with the earlier fire. Engine 842 made the response back out to the scene with a crew of 4, provided support and assisted the Hazmat Crews from Cherry Hill (Haz-Mat & Squad 13) and Gloucester Twp. (Engine 88) while the remaining fuel on the vessel was offloaded and the spill contained - Engine 842 was released and returned to service just after midnight