Shortly before Noon on Thanksgiving Day, Chews Landing Fire Dept. responded to 211 Landing Rd. for a turkey fryer fire. 8201 arrived on location to a turkey fryer that had ignited and spread to surrounding landscaping. Engine 88 arrived and made quick work with a water can. Though this was a minor fire, it highlights the importance of taking proper precautions when using these fryers. Due to the homeowner using proper care placing the fryer well away from the home and any surrounding objects, there was only minimal property loss of the fryer, a folding table, and some landscaping. While Engine 88 was still engaged here, Engine 82 (having just cleared this location) and Rescue 82 responded to the south end of the township for a reported dwelling fire. First arriving units there reported the fire contained to the oven, and the assignment was quickly recalled. We here at Chews Landing Fire Dept. would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and urge everyone to please take care and use caution while preparing your holiday meals.
One of the lesser known responsibilities of the Chews Landing Fire Dept. is utilizing HazMat 8 to respond to Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Incidents, not only in Gloucester Twp., but all throughout Camden County. On Monday Nov. 19, members took the opportunity to review and work on one aspect of that mission, HazMat Decon, as part of our ongoing training. This decontamination allows the quick removal of most, if not all, hazardous substances that individuals may have been exposed to, whether they be emergency responders working to mitigate a situation or civilians that were affected. A number of different tactics and methods can be used, depending on the type, quantity, and physical state of the material, as well as the number of people affected.
Interested in joining us or learning more about what we do? Stop by the station any Monday evening at 7pm and see what we are all about.
Monday Oct. 15 saw Chews Landing Fire Dept. at the Camden County Regional Emergency Training Center for their bi-monthly training. This week, members worked on different techniques of extinguishing vehicle fires and mitigating and avoiding the hazards associated with them. Frequent training allows all members to be ready to respond to and handle all calls for service. Interested in joining us? New members 16 and older are always welcome. Visit our Recruitment Page, or stop by M-F between 8-4 and Monday nights from 7-9 for more information.
On October 8th, the Chews Landing Fire Department held our annual Fire Prevention Open House. This is one of our favorite nights of the year, as we get to open our doors and show off our equipment and facility to our residents. The focus of the annual event is to educate our residents on the importance of fire prevention, and featured the opportunity for children to tour the Red Cross Fire Safety Trailer and squirt water on a simulated house fire. Also featured were numerous displays by area fire departments, the Gloucester Township Police Department and Gloucester Township EMS. There was also a bounce house for the children, hot dogs for big and small kids, and a fire safety poster contest. The Chews Landing Fire Department extends our sincere appreciation to our emergency service partners who joined us, and to the residents who attended the event. Please be sure to practice fire safety so we can see all of you again next year!
Shortly after midnight on Thursday October 4, Taskforce 82 was dispatched to 120 Florence Ave. for a dwelling fire. Engine 88 arrived with smoke showing and went to work with a 1 3/4″ handline. Ladder 63 laddered the structure and began ventilating, while Engine 82 established a water supply and conducted a primary search in conjunction with Ladder 84. Squads 75 and 32 stood by as RIC. Quick work contained the fire to single bedroom, and the fire was placed under control in less than 30 minutes.