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.
The evening of Friday, September 7 once again saw Chews Landing Fire Dept. kept busy after heavy rains came through the area. In all 9 calls were handled that night, including two for vehicles stuck in the water and one for a HazMat incident at the Kellogg’s plant in Winslow Twp. These calls kept crews occupied until nearly 2am Saturday morning.
Recently, the Boy Scouts of Troop 811 took on the task of painting fire hydrant markers on the roadways of the Timberbirch and Broadmoor developments. This project was spearheaded by Boy Scout Jonathan Masino, a Broadmoor resident, as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project. Jonathan’s efforts will give us one more “tool in the toolbox” to help quickly determine the location of hydrants when responding to calls. Thank you to Jonathan and all of the members of Troop 811, for this undertaking. And congratulations to Jonathan on achieving Eagle Scout! Great job!
On Wednesday Sept. 5 just after 6pm, the Chews Landing Fire Dept. was dispatched to the Hargrove Marina in Bellmawr. Members responded with Marine 82 to assist Gloucester County emergency personnel in the search for an 81 year old Deptford man that had been missing since earlier in the day. He had last been seen near his home, located not far from the shores of nearby Timber Creek. Fortunately, while crews were out on the water searching, he was found safe and unharmed on dry land.