Tacoma Fire Company

Working Dwelling Fire In Oak Valley

Monday, November 17, 2014   Battalion One was dispatched to 249 Amhurst Avenue in the Oak Valley Section of Deptford for a dwelling fire.  Engine 912 arrived to find a 1 1/2 story wood frame dwelling with heavy smoke showing and struck the all hands bringing Ladder 926 and other resources.  Initial crews entered the dwelling finding a basement fire that was extending to the first floor.  Two handlines were stretched and arriving crews worked on suppression efforts. Ladder 946 ventilated the roof.  The job was placed under control at the 30 minute mark and the crews started overhaul and assisted the Deptford Fire Marshal's office with the investigation



Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries Driver

Monday, November 17, 2014   Battalion Two was dispatched to the area of 1170 Delsea Drive for a Motor Vehicle Crash.  Crews arrived to find a single vehicle crash into a utility pole.  The pole was split in two and the top half was lying in the middle of the street.  Crews provided a safe zone and then stablized the vehicle as EMS treated the driver and then the crew remained on location until arrival of the utility company.



Deptford FD Food Drive With Chick-Fil-A a Success

Saturday, November 15, 2014   The members of the Deptford Fire Department and the employees of Chick-Fil-A held a holiday food drive on Saturday at the Chick-Fil-A store on Clements Bridge Road.  The event was a success with many people stopping and dropping off food for the those in need.   A SINCERE THANK YOU to those who donated.



Battalion 2 Mutual Aid Drill With Woolwich Fire Co

Tuesday, November 11, 2014  On Tuesday November 11, members of the Battalion Two traveled to Woolwich Fire Company  Station 25-1 to conduct a mutual aid drill.  Members of both station met inside the Woolwich station and the goals for the drill was explained and the members introduced themselves to each other and then the group went to a local industrial park and held the drill.  Woolwich and Deptford  cover the New Jersey Turnpike together and with the acquisition of new fire suppression equipment, the Chiefs of both companies arranged this drill so members of both companies can become familiar with the new equipment and its usage.  Woolwich's new engine is a CAFS engine and the members of the Deptford group were instructed on its usages and effectiveness in fire suppression.  Woolwich demonstrated how CAFS could be used through other engines and aerial devices.  Valuable lessons were learned by all and new friendships and camaraderie's  established.  

Thank you to Chief Ed Barber of the Woolwich Fire Company for hosting the Deptford Fire Department Battalion 2. 



Deptford FD To Participate in Food Drive

Friday, November 7, 2014  The Deptford Fire Department in cooperation with Chick-Fil-A Restaurant on Clements Bridge Road will be hosting a FOOD DRIVE to help the needy for the upcoming holiday season.   

Where:   Chick-Fil-A  Clements Bridge Road Deptford, NJ  (in Front of Lowes)

When:  Saturday November 15Th

Time:    12 Noon to 4pm

Your donation of  non-perishable food items will go along way in helping families in need during the holiday season.



Duty Crews Busy On Thursday Morning

Thursday, October 30, 2014  The volunteers of the Deptford Fire Department staffed two engines to cover the township so the Career Staff of the Deptford Fire Department could go to a live burn training at the Camden County Fire Academy fully staffed.  The volunteers fully staffed two engines, one at the Tacoma Boulevard Station with Engine 921 and the other at the Delsea Drive Station with Engine 942.  The crews had a busy morning with a mulch fire at the Deptford Mall, a Building Fire at the old Kmart building on Hurffville Rd (Staff returning from the fire academy responded) and then assist the Deptford EMS and Deptford PD with a lock out and EMS all call on Cornell Road in the Oak Valley Section of the Township.  All assignments were handled without incident and the career staff had a good day at training. 



Members of Battalion 2 Drill With Deptford EMS

Monday, October 27, 2014  Members of Battalion Two invited the Deptford EMS to the Tacoma Boulevard Station to train on the EMS Bariatric  unit and Bariatric equipment.  The members received instruction on the equipment, where it is stored on the designated EMS unit, how to prepare the equipment, load a patient on it and move the patient.  The members were then instructed on the proper techniques for moving patients from the lifting equipment and onto the stretcher and then loading them into the ambulance. The final instruction was how to properly stow all of the equipment. 

Our Thank You to Chuck Jones from the Deptford EMS for instructing the members on the use of this special equipment and preparing the members in case the EMS calls the FD to assist with the unit. 

A Thank you to Deptford EMS Chief Tom Newman for the training. 



Ladder 926 to Woodbury For All Hands Building Fire

Thursday, October 23, 2014   District 5 was dispatched to 213 N Evergreen Avenue, the Woodlake Apartments, for a dwelling fire.  Reports were mulitple calls reporting fire showing.  Woodbury Fire Chief Gartner arrived on location finding a working fire in a two story apartment complex and filled the box.  Ladder 926 arrived and the crew was initially detailed for search as one occupant was unaccounted for.  This occupant was found and part of the crew was detailed to the roof for ventilation as the other part of the crew was detailed to the interior for suppression. 9201 (Thomas) was detailed to the C Division to handle operations there.  The fire was placed under control and the crews assisted with the salvage and overhaul operations. Ladder 926 went available at 1446 hours.  

Photo Credits:  Ken Van Pelt:  https://www.facebook.com/FirstDueNews/photos/pcb.391941507620125/391940594286883/?type=1

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Additional Story:  http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2014/10/woodbury_apartment_fire_displaces_5_families.html#incart_river



Early Morning Vehicle Fire on the New Jersey Turnpike

Saturday, October 18, 2014  Battalion Two along with the Woolwich Fire Co and the Westville EMS were dispatched to the New Jersey Turnpike at the 17.5 mile marker southbound for a vehicle fire.  Engine 921 arrived to find a conversion van well involved.  The crew stretched a 1 3/4 hand line and extinguished the fire.  An extensive overhaul had to be completed due to the amount of property inside the van.  Once complete, the crew stood by using he light tower from Engine 921 to light up the area for the tow service and the NTJP Highway Dept.  to complete their services.



Engine 921 Responds on 2nd Alarm to Westville

Saturday, October 11, 2014   Engine 921 was dispatched to cover Westville Fire Department as they were operating at an all hands building fire at 1 Deadline Drive.  The 2nd alarm was transmitted which brought in the covers to the scene.  Engine 921 arrived at staging and the crew was detailed to assist with stretching A 5" supply line and then they were detailed to manpower pool.  The building was a vacant 1000 x 200 2 story L shaped warehouse/office facility.  The bulk of the fire was in the office area and was already venting through the roof.  A aerial master stream attack was set up and maintained.  The second floor collasped and no one was permitted inside the fire building.  Companies were released from the firegound at 0030 hours. 



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