NEW JERSEY MOVE OVER LAW

We all see New Jersey State Police, Fire, EMS and Roadside Assistance and tow truck drivers along New Jersey highways. Did you know there is a Move Over Law? To help protect the first responders on the highway , when approaching an emergency scene please SLOW DOWN and move over a lane. We have families that we want to go home to. Take some time to slow down and move over, put the phone down and pay attention, our lives depend on it!! Below is the NJ law.

New Jersey Statute 39:4-92.2

Procedure for motorist approaching stationary authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck, highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle.

1. a. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle as defined in R.S.39:1-1 that is displaying a flashing, blinking or alternating red or blue light or, any configuration of lights containing one of these colors, shall approach the authorized emergency vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:

(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or

(2) If a lane change pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection a. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.

b. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary tow truck as defined in section 1 of P.L.1999, c.396 (C.39:3-84.6) that is displaying a flashing amber light or a stationary highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle that is operated by the State, an authority or a county or municipality and displaying flashing yellow, amber, or red lights shall approach the vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:

(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the tow truck or highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or

(2) If a lane change under paragraph (1) of subsection b. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.

c. A violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500.

L. 2009, c.5, s.1.

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Training on a warm summer night

The dedicated volunteers of the Blackwood Fire Company continued there block of rescue training by honing their skills on vehicle stabilization with a vehicle on it’s side. By doing it in a controlled setting members are given the chance to practice their skills and learn new ones. If you’ve ever wondered or thought about joining our team. Stop down on any Tuesday night and talk to anyone of us. We are always looking for more volunteers to help serve the community. Training, uniforms and a cool hat provided!!

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All Hands Dwelling Fire in District 6

This evening just after 6pm TaskForce 86-2 was alerted to a Dwelling Fire with people trapped in the Brittany Woods Neighborhood in Gloucester Twp. First arriving crews found fire showing from a second floor window. Primary searches were found to be negative. Ladder 84 responded with a crew of 6, Ladder 84 acted as the second due truck company and opened up ceilings in the fire apartment and the neighboring apartment (for precaution).

No injuries were reported, this fire in under investigation by the local fire marshal.

*Pictures courtesy of FF/Tower Chauffeur Cocchi & Nick Martin

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Blackwood Fire Company launches first ever Fire Cadet Program in Glo. Twp.

This past Wednesday evening, three young men were administered their Oaths of Office to be Blackwood's very first Fire Cadets. Fire Cadets Michael Crowley, Shane Hyndman and Tyler Shrader were sworn in by Board of Fire Commissioners' Solicitor David Carlamere. The members of the Blackwood Fire Company were very proud to welcome these three young men as they took their oath. They are on the path to becoming some of Blackwood's Bravest.

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Blackwood Fire Company St. Baldricks event March 31st at the Palace

Sunday March 31st come join us for our annual St. Baldricks event and car show at the Palace Caters on the Black Horse Pike in downtown Blackwood. Take part in our silent auction, enjoy checking out the coolest cars around at the car show, and grab a bite from one of the several food truck vendors that will be there. Every dollar raised goes to childhood cancer research. Click on the link for addtional information or to sign up to get shaved and help raise money for childhood cancer research. https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/blackwoodfire19?fbclid=IwAR1KIXzpLwVtS04i4Q2bvepwMILjczby-GG1YU3PEGl1NT_BjJLtb1tEcPU

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All Hands Apartment Fire in Blackwood

Tuesday Night at approximately 19:01 hrs Taskforce 84 was dispatched to the Huntington Mews Apartments off of Broadacres Drive for a reported multi-residential fire. 8401 (Chief Cipriano) arrived with smoke showing and requested the Working Fire Dispatch. Ladder 84 arrived as the First Due Truck and forced the front door, made entry, and searched the apartment. Engine 88 arrived, laid a supply line, and stretched an 1 3/4" handline. The bulk of the fire was knocked with a PW Can from Ladder 84. The fire was held to the kitchen of the one apartment. Crews completed overhaul and went available a short time later. No injuries were reported, this fire is under investigation by the local Fire Marshal.

This is the fourth fire for Blackwood in the last 7 days. Keep up the good work men.

Photos Courtesy Tower Operator/ Firefighter Mark Cocchi

Ladder 84’s Main set up to the Roof to prepare for ventilation.

Ladder 84’s Main set up to the Roof to prepare for ventilation.

Firefighter McCann changes Firefighter Dunlap’s SCBA Cylinder.

Firefighter McCann changes Firefighter Dunlap’s SCBA Cylinder.

Ladder 84’s Crew after completing Overhaul.

Ladder 84’s Crew after completing Overhaul.

2 Alarm Apartment Fire in GT

On Sunday February 17th at approximately 10:05PM fire departments responded from Chews Landing, Blackwood, Blenheim, Erial, Lambs Terrace, Runnemede, Pine Hill, Lindenwold, Bellmawr and Somerdale to the 400 block of 1341 Blackwood Clementon Road Clementon, NJ 08021 (Millbridge Gardens Apartments) for a report of flames coming from a balcony. Upon arrival, the balcony and the connected apartment were fully engulfed with flames. A short time later the fire was placed under control.

Gloucester Township OEM and the American Red Cross assisted the displaced families.
This fire is under investigation by the Chews Landing Fire Marshal and the Camden County Fire Marshal's Office. One injury to a firefighter was reported, who has since been treated and released.

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