The firefighters and EMTs of Evesham Fire-Rescue would like to thank YOU, the residents of Evesham Township. Once again, you supported our mission by approving the 2014 operating budget.
Residents came out in support of the budget and an overwhelming majority approved the organization's use of taxpayer dollars to fulfill our mission in the community. In the coming year, we will continue to provide the same high level of fire, rescue, emergency medical services and fire prevention that you deserve and expect. If Evesham Fire-Rescue can do anything for you, your family, or your business, from installing a smoke detector or changing the battery, to asking our advice about make your home or business safer, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thanks again for supporting our mission to "Provide Quality Fire and Emergency Medical Services."
When our community is impacted by snowfall, Evesham Fire-Rescue is asking residents and businesses to shovel out areas that could significantly impact the efficiency of our operations in the event of an emergency. Homeowners are encouraged to clear snow from sidewalks, entrances, and any hydrants located in their neighborhood. Shoveling a 3 foot circle around the area of the hydrant will allow us to see the hydrant in an emergency and also hook our hoses up more quickly. Ask neighbors to do the same. Help those that are elderly by pitching in to clear any hydrants and walkways in front of their homes. While shoveling around your hydrant, inspect for any damage that may have been done by passing snow plows. Report any damage to our Fire Administration Office by calling (856)983-2750.
Business owners are reminded that clearing snow from points of egress at your establishment is required by the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code (including emergency exits). It is also important to insure that rooftop vents for HVAC equipment are clear as to not impede the operation of this equipment by making sure it has the fresh air it needs. By not doing so, it could result in a fire in the unit or produce deadly carbon monoxide inside the occupancy.
Residents AND businesses are also reminded that pursuant to Township Ordinance 133-11:
"The owner or owners of private streets, access roads, parking areas and sidewalks in Evesham Township are hereby required to remove all snow and ice from the paved portions of said streets, access roads, parking areas and sidewalks within 12 hours of daylight after the same shall fall or be formed thereon, provided that the snowfall is in excess of two inches, as measured on the municipal parking lot, or that sufficient ice or slippery conditions have developed so as to create driving and walking hazards."
By following this small request, YOU are doing your part to insure better fire protection for you and your neighbors! Thanks in advance for helping your local responders!
Evesham Fire District Budget Election: “The Responsibility is Ours, the Decision is Yours.”Dear Evesham Residents, We are pleased to provide this letter to Evesham voters regarding our proposed 2014 Fire District budget and election on Saturday, February 15th. We hope this letter provides you with the necessary information so that you can cast your vote in support of the fire department with an informed opinion.Our 2014 budget proposes a small tax increase of only 4/10 of 1 cent. This increase amounts to less than a 91 cent increase per month of the average home assessment in Evesham Township. 2014 will be only the second increase in the past four years that a tax increase was necessary; 2011 and 2012 saw no increase in taxes. We are a combination career and volunteer agency that delivers emergency services to the 50,000 residents of Evesham Township. In 2013, Evesham Fire-Rescue responded to more than 5,400 calls for fire, rescue, ambulance service within Evesham’s thirty square miles and our volunteer staff contributed more than 20,000 hours of their time. Our annual budget, as approved by the voters, is what sustains the daily operations of your fire department and all of the services it provides including, fire and ambulance service, vehicle extrication, specialized rescue, public education, fire investigation, commercial and home fire inspections, fire plan review and code compliance.We understand the burden of taxation, as we are Evesham Township residents as well. Rest assured that the Fire District endeavors to act in the most fiscally responsible manner with your tax dollars. We are doing everything possible to maintain a stable tax rate while also complying with both state and federal regulations.In accordance with New Jersey State Law, the annual budget vote and election will be held on Saturday, February 15th between 2pm and 9pm. Your vote can be cast at your local fire station. Please check the voting information PDF below to see where your general election district votes during the fire district vote.Thank you for your consideration and continued support in helping to approve the 2014 budget. We hope that you can support us on this important day, just as we support the community each and every day.Sincerely,Thaddeus "Ted" Lowden Fire Chief Click HERE for the 2014 Proposed BudgetClick HERE for the Fire District Polling Locations
Sunday, February 2, 2014
On Sunday, February 2, at approximately 5pm, Evesham Fire-Rescue was dispatched as part of the Burlington County Technical Rescue Task Force to assist Woodland Township Fire Department on a rescue in which an ATV rider fell through a frozen quarry lake into the water. Rescue 2218 responded with 9 personnel and assisted units on scene with lighting and manpower for two hours until the rescue mission was deemed too unsafe to continue. The New Jersey State Police dive team returned to the quarry on Tuesday and recovered the victims body.
COLD TEMPERATURES AND POWER CONSERVATIONAtlantic
City Electric and PSEG, on behalf of PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid
operator for more than 51 million people in 13 states and the District of
Columbia, is asking its customers to voluntarily conserve electricity.PJM's
call for conservation was promoted by extremely high demand for electricity
because of continuing frigid weather and the weather-related loss of some
generation. PJM is implementing all emergency procedures to ensure all
generation is available.Demand
for electricity is expected to increase as the extremely cold weather lingers
for the next several days. Atlantic City Electric and PJM ask customers to
consider conserving electricity, if health permits – especially today from 3
p.m. to 7 p.m. Customers can take these simple electricity conservation steps:
Monday, January 27, 2014
On Sunday February 23rd the Third Annual Evesham Pancake Breakfast will be hosted by the Marlton Rotary at the Gibson House from 800am to Noon. Please bring your family out and enjoy a breakfast with your neighbors. The Gibson House is located at 535 East Main Street (behind the driving range). Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under ten years of age.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Evesham Fire-Rescue also had the opportunity and honor to recognize some of the extraordinary actions of a few members this year at its annual awards banquet. On April 15, 2013, during the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, EMT Rebecca Miller was working at the finish line aiding runners as they came across. When the explosions occurred and people were running away from the blast area, EMT Miller reacted bravely and ran into the blast area. She made several trips into the area rescuing multiple people. It was because of EMT Miller’s lifesaving actions, she was recognized in People Magazine along with one woman who was critically injured in the blast that was treated by EMT Miller. It is because of EMT Rebecca Miller’s actions during that day, her instincts to fall back on her training, and the profound impact that she had in patient care that day that she was awarded Evesham Fire-Rescue’s greatest honor the Medal of Valor.
On the morning of Sunday, May 5, 2013, Lt. Zach Ewan, FF/EMT Sean Parry, and EMT Charles Brown responded to the report of a house fire in the unit block of Magnolia Court on Ambulance 2291. When they arrived, they found an active kitchen fire in the home and neighbors reporting the homeowners were still inside. Lt. Ewan and his crew made the courageous decision to enter into the home without the protection of a handline or breathing apparatus and were able to pull the homeowners out of the home and to safety. For their actions, they too were awarded the Evesham Fire-Rescue Medal of Valor as well.
Please join us in applauding these extraordinary efforts in providing the service that we know our residents have become accustomed to and expect from our organization. We are very proud of all of our members. It is our belief that any one of our members, faced with these circumstances, would have acted in the same fashion; but when these extraordinary events occur and our members act with the courage and bravery that goes above and beyond the norm - it is important to recognize their efforts!
Members of Evesham Fire-Rescue convened on Saturday, January
11th at Venice Caterers in Berlin for the annual department awards
dinner to recognize the accomplishments of its members. This is a time for our membership to gather
in fellowship and thanksgiving. During the
dinner, our members are recognized for their accomplishments over the course of
the previous year and each station’s top
responder is recognized with a plaque. A
station’s top responder is someone who goes above in beyond in their duties and
dedication to the services our department provides on a daily basis. The chief officers of the department meet and
make the hard decision as to who the top responder is each year;
taking into account attendance to calls and training exercises and overall commitment to our department's mission. This year’s
recipients are as follows:
There was a typographical error in the correspondence sent out by the Evesham Fire-Rescue Fire Prevention Division to business owners on December 21st regarding Life Hazard Use registration with the State of New Jersey.The website was washed out on the State’s informational letter. Business owners should visit the following website:http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dfs/ Once there, you can then click on “RIMS Online” and follow the directions as indicated in the correspondence.Thank you for your time and I apologize for the error.Captain Carl BittenbenderFire Marshal
Friday, January 10, 2014
Temperatures were still below freezing this morning as rain started to fall in South Jersey and this was the cause of a VERY messy morning commute. Starting around the top of the hour at 7am, road conditions deteriorated in a matter of minutes to the point that most road surfaces became as slick as a skating rink. Several motor vehicle accidents were reported in a matter of minutes with only a few being moderately serious in nature which offered quite the challenge for Evesham's fire and police personnel to keep up with the sudden influx of calls for service within the township. Both agencies worked together to handle every emergency in the township in as timely a fashion as conditions allowed - it was very difficult traversing our township's roads to answer calls for service and some response times were delayed as a result. In all, EFD handled 21 calls for service in a two hour period. Taunton Lake Road, just west of Barton Run Boulevard, was the scene of several motor vehicle accidents. One of these accidents involved five vehicles. Ambulance 2271 and Engine 2231 handled this accident where two patients were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. An elderly person was injured when they fell on an ice-covered driveway this morning on the unit block of Violet Court. Ambulance 2292 and Engine 2211 handled this call. They too were transported to an area hospital for treatment with non-life threatening injuries.For a short time, Burlington County Central Communications became overwhelmed with the volume of calls they were receiving with service and the demands of units on the street. To help alleviate this and to assist with Central's deployment of the Emergency Storm Dispatch Protocol, EFD activated it's Emergency Operations Center and began dispatching EFD resources to emergencies around the township as they became available for service.Thankfully, no one was seriously injured today and our personnel were able to handle this massive influx of emergencies in such a short period of time without any injury to themselves or their equipment. We would like to thank our residents for being patient with our extended response times this morning.
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