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On July 15-17, 2014 four members traveled to Baltimore Maryland to attend the Firehouse Expo. The Firehouse Expo is an annual conference.
While there, they had the opportunity to attend the Live Fire Engine Company hands on training where we participated in evolutions of automobile fires, two floor structure fire response with a limited crew, thermal imaging/search and flashover training and simulator.
During the classroom sessions, they attended classes that detailed the topics or Flow Path Management (tactical ventilation), 30 ways to be jump seat ready (preparation in regards to personal equipment and positive fire ground attitude were the main focus) and Investigating the smell of smoke.
They also attended the Opening ceremonies where the Heroism awards were presented to three Firefighters from Bryan Texas for their efforts to rescue a Lieutenant who was trapped in a commercial building fire. The keynote speaker was Dr. David Griffith of the Charleston, SC Fire Department. Now Captain Griffith, was the driver of the first due engine to the Sofa Super Store fire on June 18, 2007 where 9 firefighters died in the line of duty. Dr. Griffith gave an inspiring talk about his transition from resisting and resenting organizational change to a positive attitude embracing change in the fire service to ensure that this tragedy does not repeat itself.
During the Expo, they were able to see the most current equipment available and speak to the various venders. We spent a fair amount of time speaking to SCBA manufacturers learning about the new standards and significant changes related to SCBA.
While there, one member was lucky enough to win a training package from Digital Combustion worth $945.00. The package includes software that allows images taken of buildings in our response area that can be down loaded and automated graphics of smoke, fire and explosions can be added. Using this training program allows firefighters and officers to practice decision making skills in a virtual environment.
Thank you to the members of the department and Board of Fire Commissioners who support this and other training opportunities as the residents are the ultimate beneficiaries of the knowledge and abilities of our department.
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The golf outing started 20 years ago as a way for the Roebling Volunteer Fire Co.# 3 to raise money. In 2005, the three (3) fire company’s in Florence Township joined together as (one) 1 company. The new fire company combined with Florence F.O.P. Lodge 210 continued with the golf outing. Each year since the F.O.P. and Fire Company combined to run the golf outing, the first $1,000.00 raised is applied to the Chief Richard Yurcisin Scholarship (2 - $500 scholarships are given out at the high school graduation each year) . Some years, golfers and sponsors have given money to increase the scholarships to $1,500.00. When we hand out the scholarships in 2015, the total scholarships given will be $10,000.00.
This year 137 golfers participated in the event. Belfor Restoration Company sponsored the putting contest and Lucas Chevy (Jim Lynch) donated a vehicle and other prizes for hole-in-one contest. We also received over 40 sponsorships from local businesses.
After golfing, the participants ate a buffet dinner at the golf course. The top three teams (lowest scores) received prizes.
Everyone attends the event to socialize, have an enjoyable round of golf and dinner. The real winners are the graduates who receive the scholarships and the two organizations (Fire Company and F.O.P. Lodge 210) receive funds to continue operating.
This event would not be as successful without the golfers, individuals (firefighters, police officers, their families and friends) who volunteer to run the event and the local businesses who sponsor the event.
Firehouse Expo 2014
Golf Outing 2014 Success!!
In 1995, the Roebling Volunteer Fire Company #3 began a very successful community golf outing. In 2006, the Florence Township Fire Company #1 and Florence Township Police Officers Association (F.O.P. Lodge #210) combined to continue the tradition. Each year over 150 people support and enjoy the tournament.
Through the generosity of golfers and sponsors, we were able to establish the Richard Yurcisin Florence Township Emergency Services Award. This $500 award is given each year to two graduates of Florence Township Memorial High School who will continue their education in some type of community service profession.
This year, the golf outing is scheduled for August 16th at Hanover Golf Club with a new starting time of 12:00 pm.
Please click on the more information for information on advertising and golfing in this tournament. A $50.00 donation for a small custom made sign ($100.00 for larger custom made sign) or golfing in the tournament will
greatly assist us to continue the scholarship program.
"THANK YOU" for your support over the past years. With your help, we are looking forward to making our 20th year the best one yet!
On July 12th Florence Township held their annual patriotic day parade.
One of our members, Gary Richardson, was gracious enough to take pictures of the parade as it was passing by his house. We would like to thank Gary for sharing these with us.
If you would like to view them, click here.
The Florence Township Fire Department would like to congratulate Brianna Padua, Matt Taylor, and Andrew Leach on passing the Firefighter I exam and becoming certified firefighters in the state of NJ.
Our thought and prayers are with the Union Beach Fire Department who had a line of duty death Sunday, June 8th 2014. Please keep the brothers of Union Beach Fire Department and the family of fire fighter Robert Myer in your thoughts.
Florence/Westampton FF Receives an Award
On May 15, 2014 member Keith Fisher was recognized at the 2014 PROCOPS annual award dinner. FF Fisher was recognized for his life saving efforts in 2013. While on his way home from work, he observed a serious motor vehicle accident on High Street in Burlington City where a vehicle had struck and entered a building. FF Fisher along with another civilian entered the building and saw that the driver was unconscious and not breathing. Fisher and the civilian began to remove the driver when a police officer arrived. They were able to remove the driver from the vehicle and building. While the police officer was performing CPR on the driver, Fisher and his partner re-entered the building and began assessing and treating the passenger.
The selfless and quick actions by Fisher and others involved were recognized by the Burlington City Police Department and Burlington County Prosecutors Office.
FF Fisher was very active with the Florence Township Fire Department for many years prior to moving, when he became active with the Westampton Twp. Emergency Services.
Congratulations to Keith and all of the recipients of the 2014 PROCOPS awards.
Mayors Cup 2014
We would like to congratulate the Florence Township employees for winning the 2014 Mayors Cup. The Florence Township employees defeated the Florence Township teachers for the trophy.
In the first game of the day, the teachers defeated the police. In the second game, the township defeated the Fire Department.
Click here for more photographs of the day.
Last night at the Florence Township Board of Fire Commissioners meeting Darnell Taylor was honored for his heroic efforts in saving 4 people from the Delaware River on April 15th 2014.
Darnell risked his life for others. For this, Darnell received the Civilian Medal of Honor.
We are grateful to have such a great person like Darnell living in this community.
The Florence Township Fire Department participated in the Relay for Live held at the Florence Township Memorial High School over the weekend. The event raised over $58,000 in the fight against cancer!!!
We would like to thank the organizers Barb Fazekas Mayer, Carey Kessler-Trayner, and James Ford for a job well done!
We would also like to thank Majestic Fire Apparel for their help in supplying us the purple hoods in time for this event.
We hope to see all of you again next year!!!
401 Firehouse Lane
Florence, NJ 08518
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