Career Firefighter/EMT Opportunity Application period April 16 to May 23, 2014The Board of Fire Commissioners of Evesham Township Fire District No.1 is accepting applications for the position of Firefighter/EMT. Position entails assignments in fire prevention, fire suppression, and emergency medical services. Applicants must possess the following minimum credentials in order to be eligible for consideration:
Evesham Fire-Rescue is a Fire and Emergency Medical Services organization that proudly provides emergency services to over 48,000 residents. We are consistently one of the busiest departments in all of South Jersey. Our goal is to provide quality Fire and EMS to the residents and visitors of Evesham Township. However, we can’t do this without your help!We will be conducting a Spring Recruitment Drive from April 6 – May 3, 2014, for resident Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs. At Evesham Fire-Rescue, we provide professional training at no cost to you, free uniforms and protective equipment and access to fully equipped exercise rooms. In addition to responding to life threatening emergencies, we also participate in community events such as Harvest Festival, Winter Festival and the Fourth of July Parade just to name a few. We also deliver public education programs such as Fire Prevention and CPR classes. We also assist the Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey with military homecoming ceremonies in our township. Are you up to the challenge? For more information you can contact our Fire Administration Office at (856) 983-2750. Applications can also be picked up at any of our three Fire-Rescue Stations: 26 East Main Street (Marlton), 150 Merchants Way (Kings Grant), 498 Hopewell Road (Kettle Run) or downloaded by clicking HERE.
Wildfire season runs from late March/early April into the late summer months. Weather conditions combined with the accumulation of deadfall from trees and plants sometimes create ideal conditions for fires to develop and spread rapidly. The NJ Forest Fire Service conducts several prescribed and controlled burns each year to inhibit the progression of wildfires in our area, but this is not enough to protect your home in the event of a wildfire. As we head into this year's wildfire season, we would like to take this opportunity to remind township residents of a few fire safety tips. First, it is important to create a “defensible space” around your home. By removing dead plant material, ground cover, debris, and other fuel sources within a 100 foot radius, you significantly enhance the fire department’s ability to effectively combat a forest fire threatening your home. Clean out dead fall from your gutters and insure that your roof is clear as well. Be sure to have your house number clearly visible from the street and keep your driveway clear of to aid responders in finding their way your home. Additionally, make sure your lawn remains manicured and watered. Tall brown grass is one of the fastest burning fuels that can be found in our area. And lastly, please be sure to utilize a screen or spark arrestor on any chimnea or outdoor fireplace. Sparks and embers from these can travel great distances and land on sources of fuel which could result in large forest fires under ideal conditions.
If you would be interested in learning what you can do to help protect your home, contact our Fire Prevention Office at (856) 983-2750 or one of our three fire stations and a representative from our department will come to your home to perform an evaluation and give you tips specific to your home in order to identify potential fire spread dangers on the exterior of your property
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The Burlington County Training Officers Association (BCTOA) held it's quarterly meeting last night in Burlington Township at Endeavor Emergency Medical Squad Headquarters on Rancocas Road. During the meeting, the association recognized the efforts of FF/I Michael Chambers. Firefighter Chambers was awarded "Educator of the Year 2013" by BCTOA. Chambers was nominated for his continued efforts in Fire and EMS training at both Evesham Fire-Rescue and as a staff instructor at the Salem County Fire Academy. He is very passionate about training and is always ready to share that passion with his fellow firefighters. He is constantly developing new and innovative ways to prepare first responders to protect the public while always remaining vigilant in the area of firefighter safety. Firefighter Chambers was hired in 2002 by Evesham Fire-Rescue after previously serving as a career firefighter/paramedic in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and a volunteer firefighter in Woodstown, New Jersey. He is currently stationed at EFD's Kings Grant Station and is a member of the department's Training Division. Please join us in congratulating Firefighter/Inspector Michael Chambers on his award! Well Done, Mike!
Monday, March 3, 2014
On Sunday February 23rd the Third Annual Evesham Pancake Breakfast was held at the Gibson House. The event was very successful and the Marlton Rotary was able to make a donation to the fire department and to the township. Marlton Rotary presented Evesham Township Senior Services Director Monica Vandenburg and Evesham Fire Chief Ted Lowden each with a donation.
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:
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
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