Frequently Asked Questions
Providing Quality Fire and Emergency Medical Services to Evesham Township Residents and Visitors
Welcome to Evesham Fire-Rescue
Where are your stations located?
I live in Marlton, but another department responded.
Evesham Fire-Rescue has a mutual aid agreement that dispatches neighboring departments to assists us during times of high call volume. This allows a faster response to an emergency.
Are there always firefighters at the fire station?
No. A mix of career and volunteer firefighters staff the stations. Depending on the time of the day, volunteers respond from home to the station and then respond to calls.
What kind of work schedule does a Firefighter have?
The career staff work (4) 11-hour days out of the five days Monday through Friday, for a 44 hour workweek, typically from 7AM until 6PM. Coverage when career staff are not in-stations is provided by volunteers weeknights and weekends.
What is a typical workday for a Firefighter?
The Officer assigns fire station duties to the crew for that day. Duties include cleaning and station maintenance, apparatus checks and maintenance, and supporting volunteer operations. Firefighters also participate in community events and in-service training activities. The in-service training involves classroom instruction and hands-on training. Emergency incidents may interrupt assigned duties, such as emergency and non-emergency incidents, which includes but are not limited to residential, commercial, vehicle, trash fires, and false alarms.
Why do Firefighters break windows and chop holes in the roof at a fire?
Firefighters ventilate (chop holes in a roof and break windows) to remove the blazing heat, smoke, and toxic gases. This gives trapped residents a better chance to escape and improves conditions so that firefighters can extinguish the fire.
Why do Firefighters chop holes in walls?
The process of chopping holes in walls is necessary to expose hidden fires inside the walls.
Why do you block traffic lanes at auto accidents, sometimes more lanes than
We block traffic lanes for the safety of our personnel and our patients. Blocking extra lanes keep our personnel safe when they go back to our apparatus to get more equipment and help protect the victim we are trying to stabilize. Over 25 firefighters are killed or injured each year while working at incidents on streets and highways.
What do I do when I see an emergency vehicle approaching when I am driving?
Motorists should pull their vehicles safely to the right when an emergency vehicle is approaching. It is not recommended to stop in the middle of the road or proceed through an intersection against the signals. Remember to safely pull to the right.
Why do I see fire trucks at the grocery store or at other stores?
Because the crews must eat meals at the station, they sometimes gather food to cook. At times firefighters all eat the same meal, as a group. The crews pay for their food out of their own pockets. So, after the equipment is checked and the housework completed, one of the fire trucks will then make a quick trip to the grocery store to purchase the food for the shift. All crews remain in service to respond to calls during this time.
Why do the fire trucks turn on their lights to backup or back into the station?
Sometimes when backing, the driver of the fire apparatus turn on the emergency lights (red lights) to warn all vehicles to stop.
Why does a fire truck come when I call an ambulance?
Because firefighters can and do get there first, and time is critical in a medical emergency. All career firefighters and some volunteer firefighters are cross-trained as EMTs.
Why does the fire engine respond to auto accidents?
In many instances auto accidents require firefighters to remove injured persons who are trapped. Firefighters also assess the scene for hazards, such as fuel leaks, disabled airbags, and auto batteries that may need disconnecting.
What does it mean when my smoke alarm chirps or my carbon monoxide sounds intermittently?
The smoke alarm will chirp when its time to replace the battery. We encourage residents to change the smoke alarm battery and carbon monoxide detector battery when they change their clocks for Daylight Saving time in the spring and fall each year.
How many smoke alarms should I have?
You should have a smoke alarm on each level of your home, outside all sleeping areas, and inside each sleeping area.
Does Evesham Fire-Rescue refill fire extinguishers?
Unfortunately, we do not refill fire extinguishers. It is recommended that you contact a commercial fire extinguisher company for recharging. A listing of commercial fire extinguisher companies can be found in the local phone directory under fire extinguishers/equipment. Many household fire extinguishers cannot be recharged and must be discarded after use. An annual inspection of the expiration date is encouraged to ensure that the manufacturer date has not expired.
What codes and standards are used for buildings?
Evesham Fire-Rescue and Evesham Township use the Uniform Fire Prevention Code and the Uniform Constrcution Code currently adopted by the State of New Jersey.
Does Evesham Fire-Rescue do birthday parties?
No, due to all of our stations being active fire houses our insurance regulations do not allow us we are unable to conduct birthday parties at our stations.
Is it possible to tour a fire station?
Yes, to request a fire station visit email us by clicking HERE.
Who do I contact to schedule a program or event or if I have permit questions?
Please contact our Fire Prevention Division by clicking HERE.
What programs do you provide to the public?
Evesham Fire-Rescue has programs for all ages and hazards.
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Do you have a program for teens?
Evesham Fire-Rescue and the Boy Scouts of America have partnered together to form Post 226 for Fire Explorers. This program trains youth ages 14-21 to be firefighters. These youth go through fire academy training and receive their certification upon their 18th birthday. This program is open to males and females. More information about Evesham Fire-Rescue Explorers can be found HERE. Contact Lt. John Orcutt via email by clicking HERE
When should I call 9-1-1?
It is recommended to dial 9-1-1 for injury or life-threatening emergency incidents.
When reporting a FIRE, what do I tell the dispatcher?
To report a fire, remain calm and provide the dispatcher with the following:
When reporting a MEDICAL emergency, what do I tell the dispatcher?
To report a Medical emergency, remain calm and provide the dispatcher with the following.
When reporting a VEHICLE accident, what do I tell the dispatcher?
To report a vehicle accident, remain calm and provide the dispatcher with the following:
Witnesses should remain on the scene until the EMS unit and law enforcement arrives