Evesham Fire-Rescue

 
 

EVESHAM FIRE-RESCUE CAREER FF/EMT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

         Career Firefighter/EMT Opportunity

    Application period April 16 to May 23, 2014


The 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:

  • Be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of New Jersey at time of appointment
  • Be at least 21 and not older than 35 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be of good moral character
  • Must NOT have been convicted of a criminal offense involving moral turpitude
  • Have at least two (2) years’ experience as a firefighter and/or emergency medical technician 
  • Possession of a valid New Jersey driver’s license
  • Must be capable of being accepted into the New Jersey Police and Firemen’s Pension System
  • Must possess a valid NJ Firefighters certification at time of appointment
  • Must possess a valid New Jersey Emergency Medical Technician EMT-B and CPR certification at time of appointment 
  • Complete certification as a licensed Uniform Fire Code Inspector within one-year of appointment
  • Complete certification as Fire Instructor Level 1 within one-year of appointment
  • Must possess at least sixty (60) college credit hours (in accordance with NJ.S.A. 18A:3-15.2) at time of appointment


Reciprocity:  Interested applicants from out of state should click HERE for EMT reciprocity and should click HERE for firefighter reciprocity.




                                                             How to Apply


Applications available HERE


Interested applicants can pick up applications at the following address:
Evesham Township Fire District No.1 
984 Tuckerton Road, Suite 205
Evesham, NJ 08053
(856) 983-2750




Completed applications and resumes must be submitted to:
Evesham Township Fire District No.1 
PO Box 276
984 Tuckerton Road
Evesham, NJ 08053


                  Evesham Township Fire District No. 1 is an Equal Opportunity Employer
                           Deadline for applications is end of business day May 23, 2014




   


 

Evesham Fire-Rescue Spring Recruitment Drive Underway

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 IS UPON US - PREVENTION IS KEY

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


     



 

LOCAL FIREFIGHTER RECOGNIZED FOR DEDICATION TO TRAINING OTHERS

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! 

     



 

MARLTON ROTARY MAKES DONATION TO EVESHAM FIRE-RESCUE

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.

   


 

EVESHAM MAKES RESPONSE TO ASSIST IN WOODLAND TWP TECHNICAL RESCUE

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.

   


 

EXTREME COLD, POWER CONSERVATION AND CARBON MONOXIDE - THE SILENT KILLER

COLD TEMPERATURES AND POWER CONSERVATION

Atlantic 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:

  • Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits.
  • Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.
  • Gather in a central room where you have alternative heat. At night, cover windows with drapes or blankets to minimize heat loss. During the day, open blinds to let sun warm the  space.
Conserving electricity will help ensure adequate power supplies. Atlantic City Electric will continue to carefully monitor power supply conditions.


Atlantic City Electric and PSEG will ensure that all available personnel are ready to respond to any service interruptions. Customers are asked to please call in any outages and stay away from any downed wires. 




CARBON MONOXIDE

With cold temperatures here, the risk of experiencing a carbon monoxide emergency in your home is increased. The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System received 160 calls regarding carbon monoxide (CO) related emergencies in the 2011/2012 heating season. Evesham Fire-Rescue receives almost the same number of emergency calls dealing with carbon monoxide each year.


Carbon monoxide is the by-product of incomplete combustion. Automobile motors and inefficient older appliances are the usual suspects when considering potential sources of carbon monoxide in the home. By taking some simple preventative measures in your home, you can help protect your family:


  • Open flues when fireplaces are in use.  Insure your chimney’s efficiency by having it inspected and cleaned annually.  Aside from the carbon monoxide production potential, this is also of great fire safety value.  Inspectors will look for creosote buildup and cracks in your chimney’s liner.
  • Regularly test and change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors (Good rule of thumb:  When you change your clocks – change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors).
  • NEVER idle your car inside the garage.  Yes!  Even with the garage door open; given the right wind conditions, carbon monoxide could find its way into your home.
  • NEVER use charcoal grills inside or in close proximity of your home.
  • Have a certified technician inspect and clean your home heating system.
  • Gas appliances such as clothes dryers and hot water heaters also require regular maintenance and cleaning to insure their efficiency and safety.
  • NEVER use cooking appliances to heat your home.  Much like the importance of an annual chimney inspection, this is also a general fire safety issue.
  • Great care should be exhibited when utilizing a generator around the home during power outages.  DO NOT PLACE GENERATOR INDOORS – NOT EVEN IN YOUR GARAGE!  
In the event of a carbon monoxide emergency in your home or if you suspect one, GET OUT IMMEDIATELY AND CALL 9-1-1!  Do not attempt to open windows in an attempt to air out the home.  This delays your escape from the home and if levels are high enough, it could be enough to prevent your escape entirely.

Don’t be a statistic.  Some symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure are nausea, vomiting, impaired vision, and a headache.  If you suspect you are experiencing a carbon monoxide emergency, CALL 9-1-1 and evacuate your home immediately.

   


 

EFD AWARDS FOUR THE MEDAL OF VALOR

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!

   


 

EFD RECOGNIZES TOP RESPONDERS

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:

  • Station 221 – Lt. Anthony Cappetta
  • Station 223 – FF John Maddox Jr.
  • Station 225 – FF Joe Chiaravallotti
  • Station 229 – EMT Scott Stevenson
  • Career Staff – FF/EMT Michael Merkowsky
EFD also recognizes academic achievement and a dedication to individual fire and EMS training.  The same panel of chiefs selects one member from the fire suppression division and one member from the EMS division.  This year’s recipients were:

  • Fire – FF Sean Parry
  •  EMS – EMT Katie Cummings
Five members were also recognized for lifesaving efforts after successfully reviving patients through CPR and five members were recognized for providing vital assistance in a support role in one of those 'saves.'  The recipients for these were:


  • CPR Save Award:  Lt. Joseph Lutz, EMT Zach Von Berg, FF/I Anthony Bianchi, FF/I Douglas Borgstrom, and FF/EMT Robert Gancarz
  • CPR Unit Citation:  Lt. Brian Robertson, FF/I Scott Freedman, FF/I Sandra Massi, FF/I Robert McDonough, and FF/EMT James Heisler
Please join us in recognizing our members’ dedication to the craft of providing quality fire and emergency medical services!  Congratulations to our award recipients!



   


 

TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR IN LETTERS SENT TO CERTAIN BUSINESS OWNERS ON 12/21

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 Bittenbender
Fire Marshal




   


 
 
 

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