Jul
25
2014

Join EFD and EPD for National Night Out Tuesday, August 5th

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Join the Evesham Police Department on August 5, 2014 for a free family fun night. There will be free giveaways, snacks, rides and entertainment. Don’t miss the Evesham Police K-9 Demo and guided tours of the Police Department.

National Night Out is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the Evesham Police Department, Neighborhood Watch and our local Target Store. The event is taking place at the Evesham Township Municipal Building parking lot (984 Tuckerton Road, Marlton, NJ) on Tuesday August 5, 2014 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

We cordially invite you to be a part of this event, which will include the Police Department and Evesham Fire Department showcasing their specialty details, including tours of emergency vehicles and tours of the Evesham Police Station. Other participating agencies include the Evesham Fire Department, Burlington County Sheriffs Department, local businesses, civic groups and neighborhood organizations. Crime Prevention Materials and information will be on display, and distributed by Neighborhood Watch and Police Crime Preventions.

National Night Out, America’s Night Out Against Crime,” was introduced by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) Association in 1984. The program was the brainchild of NATW Executive Director Matt A. Peskin. That first year, 400 communities in 23 states participated in National Night Out (NNO). Nationwide, 2.5 million Americans took part in 1984. Participants turned on their front porch lights to show their solidarity with local law enforcement. The citizens were sending a message that they would not tolerate crime in their neighborhood.

While the traditional ‘lights on’ and front porch vigils remain a part of NNO, activities have expanded considerably over the years to include block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, festivals, neighborhood walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies and meetings.

Jul
21
2014

DROWNING PREVENTION WEEK – JULY 21ST-JULY 29TH

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Drowning Prevention Week is next week and with summer in full swing and children out of school, many are spending a great deal of time in family & public swimming pools and lakes. While many find pools and lakes to be fun and refreshing on a hot summer day, they can be and are also deadly for some. Every drowning is preventable! Drowning is the third leading cause of death among children ages 14 and under. Since 2001, an average of more than 3,700 children sustain non-fatal drowning-related injuries each year. Over 800 children, under the age of 14, die each year as a result of drowning. Of these children, children under 5 years of age represent 76%. Swimming pools are the most common site for a drowning to occur for children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old. And, most of those children drown in their family’s swimming pool. According to Safe Kids USA, a national study was conducted on drowning-related incidents involving children and found that a parent or caregiver claimed to have been supervising the child in nearly 9 out of 10 child drowning-related deaths. Of these incidents, many report being distracted for only minutes by a phone call, text message, etc. and thought the child was not even near the pool. Some tips to keep your children and children of your guests safe this weekend and every day this summer:

  • Constant and vigilant supervision of minors while in or around the pool by a competent adult.
  • Life jackets or flotation devices (such as “water wings”) should be worn by children who are limited in swimming ability or unable to swim.
  • Fenced off and secure area around the pool (for inground pools). Four sided isolation fencing is available at pool supply stores and could prevent 50-90% of childhood drownings.
  • For above ground pools, insure that exterior pool ladders are up and secured. Also make sure that access gates open from the inside, are self closing, and secure at all times – IT’S THE LAW!
  • Install pool and gate alarms for added security. Some home security systems can also be configured to send an audible signal when an exterior door opens – alerting adults that a child may potentially be headed for danger.
  • Installation of vacuum release systems placed on drains of inground pools and hot tubs can also help prevent a curious child from becoming trapped underwater.
  • NEVER swim alone! Use of the “Buddy System” always will increase the safety cushion for those in the water. This is especially important when swimming in bodies of water such as lakes.
  • Near-drowning and fatal drowning accidents are not exclusive to just children under 14. Adults can also become victims themselves. Alcohol and swimming do NOT mix and should be avoided at all costs.
  • Most residential swimming pools are not deep enough to allow for safely diving into them. Paralysis or even death can occur from diving into a pool too shallow.
  • LEARN CPR! Enroll in a class today! Follow this link for information on CPR courses offered by Evesham Fire-Rescue
Jun
8
2014

COMMUNITY RESPONDS; NEIGHBOR, RESCUERS SAVE EVESHAM TOWNSHIP MAN

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On Sunday, June 8, Evesham Fire-Rescue received a 911 call for a person in cardiac arrest in the Briarwood development in Evesham Township.  Arriving police, EMS and fire units found a male who was doing yard work in cardiac arrest and a neighbor performing CPR.Neighbor Jared Barag, 24, of Marlton, was the quick-thinking civilian who activated 911 and started this successful chain of events. After activating 911, Jared, having been trained in CPR in high school health class more than five years earlier, began performing CPR on the victim.  For approximately five minutes, until police, fire and EMS units arrived, Jared performed chest compressions, circulating blood in the victim’s body and supplying oxygen to vital organs.When emergency personnel arrived, they found a male in his fifties in cardiac arrest (The victim’s family has requested privacy at this time).  Crews from Evesham Police and Evesham Fire-Rescue, along with Virtua Paramedics, cared for the man, and, about ten minutes into their care, found that he had regained a pulse. The victim was transported to Virtua Hospital Marlton where he is recovering from sudden cardiac arrest.The American Heart Association reported that four out of five sudden cardiac arrests happen at home.  Statistically speaking, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.   Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can triple a victim’s chance of survival, to about 30 percent, compared to only 10 percent if no bystander CPR is performed.  However, only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.Captain Carl Bittenbender from Evesham Fire-Rescue encourages everyone that “if someone is not responsive and not breathing, activate 911 and begin chest compressions. Chest compressions alone, even without rescue breathing, are effective at circulating blood in the body when the heart stops pumping. This action can greatly improve survivability until help arrives.”  Deputy Chief Steven Addezio agrees, “Jared’s quick thinking and willingness to get involved most likely saved his neighbor’s life. Jared is a hero and Evesham Township is very proud of him.”For more information on CPR and classes, visit www.eveshamfire.orgOfficial Media Release CLICK HEREClick here for Fox 29 Philly Coverage

May
27
2014

BUSY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FOR EFD

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As Evesham Fire-Rescue members paused this weekend to remember those in the armed forces who served and sacrificed for our freedom, they remained busy responding to the public’s calls for assistance. Volunteer firefighters and EMTs answered 54 calls for service from Friday evening to Tuesday morning.  A combination of EMS calls and fires in three towns kept responders busy. Friday evening crews assisted in Mount Laurel at an apartment fire, Saturday crews assisted in Riverside at a building fire and Monday evening crews assisted at a house fire in Medford. This was in addition to the calls for service in Evesham Township.

Evesham Fire-Rescue is a combination fire department with career members providing coverage Monday through Friday from 7am to 6pm and volunteer firefighters and EMTs providing coverage outside of those hours and on weekends.

May
12
2014

EDIAFC WRAPS 87th ANNUAL CONFERENCE WEEKEND AT EFD

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Monday, May 12, 2014 The Eastern Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (EDIAFC) concluded their annual conference on Saturday. Chiefs from the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania convened for EDIAFC’s 87th Annual Conference at Evesham Fire-Rescue’s Main Street Station. After conducting a short business session, attendees participated some training classes. Topics covered in class included presentations on Social Media in the Fire Service, New Jersey’s Neptune System, Non-Combustible Construction, Science and Aggressive Firefighting, Incident Success on the Fireground, and a presentation by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Festivities concluded on Saturday night at the Presidential Gala and Dinner held in Evesham at the Brio Restaurant in the Promenade.

Evesham Fire Chief Thaddeus “Ted” Lowden was elected and will serve as the Eastern Division International Representative to the IAFC Board of Directors. Please join us in congratulating Chief Lowden on this very prestigious accomplishment!

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May
8
2014

CREWS ASSIST IN 2 ALARM COMMERCIAL BLAZE

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 13:19 Just after 1pm, Ladder 223 was dispatched to the 100 block of Cooper Road in West Berlin for the report of a building fire at Resin Technologies. Shortly thereafter, Camden County units arrived to find heavy fire on the interior of the building and requested an additional response from EFD which brought Engine 2211 to the assignment. When Ladder 2235 arrived, their crew were immediately put into service and sent to the roof to investigate both fire conditions and potential ventilation points. While on the roof, 2235′s crew recognized fire had breached the roof and ventilation was going to be difficult without access to skylights and had solar panels covering a good portion of the roof. Around the same time, interior crews were ordered out of the building as a significant section of the roof had collapsed making further suppression operations too risky. Engine 2211 arrived and ultimately was given orders to secure a supply line to Ladder 2235 who went into service with master stream operations. The fire was brought under control around 5pm. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Camden County Fire Marshal’s Office.

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May
5
2014

EFD ASSISTS MOUNT LAUREL FIRE ON ACCIDENT

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Monday, May 5, 2014 16:42 Rescue 2218 was dispatched around 4:45pm on Monday, May 5th to assist Mount Laurel FD units at the scene of a motor vehicle accident with the report of victims trapped in the 1500 block of Hainesport / Mt. Laurel Road in Mount Laurel Township. 2218 arrived as the first-due rescue unit and found two vehicles in the roadway with substantial damage. Two occupants were trapped and required extrication. Chief 3603 advised 2218’s crew to go into service with hydraulic rescue tools to free two occupants of one of the vehicles. One of those patients was flown to Cooper Trauma and the other patients were treated at area hospitals.

Apr
28
2014

Evesham Fire-Rescue now carrying naloxone (Narcan)

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Monday, April 28, 2014 In an effort to reduce the burden associated with opioid overdose in the community, Evesham Fire-Rescue is participating the New Jersey Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services Narcan Program. This program allows certified New Jersey EMTs trained in the Narcan program protocol to administer the drug naloxone (Narcan) to individuals experiencing, or believed to be experiencing, opioid overdose in an effort to prevent fatality often associated with an opioid overdose. Opioid overdoses can be due to either abuse or accidental overdose of narcotic drugs such as heroin, oxycodone or fentanyl. The Evesham Township community is not immune to opioid overdoses and this condition can affect people of all ages and socioeconomic status. Evesham Fire-Rescue is proud to participate in this program to reduce injury and death in our community.

Apr
5
2014

Evesham Fire-Rescue Spring Recruitment Drive Underway

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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.

Apr
4
2014

WILDFIRE SEASON IS UPON US – PREVENTION IS KEY

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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 remind township residents of a few fire safety tips that will help protect your home from wildfire. 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 of your house, 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 to aid responders in finding and accessing your home. Additionally, make sure your lawn remains manicured and watered (within municipal water restrictions). Tall brown grass is one of the fastest burning fuels that can be found in our area. Finally, please be sure to utilize a screen or spark arrestor on any chimnea or outdoor fireplace and pay attention to local & regional fire danger levels. 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. Approved “fire pits” or “chimneas” may be taken out of service if deemed unsafe by the fire official or his designee (EFD). Additional information about open burning can be found here: www.eveshamfire.org/sitecontent/index/page/Fire%20Inspections%20for%20Businesses. The burning of trash, leaves, and construction debris is prohibited. Signs indicating local fire danger levels can be found in front of our Kings Grant and Hopewell Road stations. They may also be found here: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/fire/firedanger-restrictions.html.

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

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Apr
3
2014

LOCAL FIREFIGHTER RECOGNIZED FOR DEDICATION TO TRAINING OTHERS

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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!

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Mar
3
2014

MARLTON ROTARY MAKES DONATION TO EVESHAM FIRE-RESCUE

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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.

 

Feb
2
2014

EVESHAM MAKES RESPONSE TO ASSIST IN WOODLAND TWP TECHNICAL RESCUE

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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.

Jan
16
2014

EFD AWARDS FOUR THE MEDAL OF VALOR

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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!