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Oceanville Ladies Auxiliary Yard/Craft Sale - Vendors Wanted

On September 20th from 9am to 3pm, the Oceanville Volunteer Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a yard and craft sale at their firehouse on Route 9 at Leeds Point Rd. Vendors, please click the application below. Registration must be completed by September 5th.

State Firefighters Convention

Firefighters from the State of New Jersey gathered in Wildwood for the 137th Convention. The Convention concluded with a parade on Saturday, which was threatened by rain. Members from Oceanville and Pomona carried the banners for Atlantic County and Galloway Township while marching in full class A uniform. The impending rain storms held off until the final apparatus from Bladensburg, VA finished the parade.

Notable Calls

September 14, 2014 - Stations 26-5 and 26-2 were called mutual aid to Egg Harbor City for a structure fire in the 600 Block of White Horse Pike around 00:34. Companies found and extinguished a small electrical fire that filled the diner with smoke.

September 13, 2013 - Stations 26-1 and 26-4 were dispatched to N New York Road and Motts Creek Road for a vehicle into the woods. The patients self extricated themselves and Station 26-4 remained in quarters while 26-1 cut down branches to gain access to the vehicle.

August 28, 2014 - Stations 26-3 and 26-4 were dispatched to the White Horse Pike at Poplar Ave for a possible structure fire. Lieutenant Santiago of Pomona arrived on scene to find a dumpster fire and placed 26-4 in service while having 26-3 come into the scene to extinguish the fire.

Campfire Permits

Members of the GTFD have been responding to quite a few illegal burns in the summer months.

Forest Fire Laws of Title 13, Chapter 9 New Jersey State Forest Fire Service declare that: “No person shall set fire to or cause to be set on fire in any manner whatsoever; or to start fires anywhere and permit them to spread to forests without first obtaining written permission by the department."

The “ General Forest Fire Act” (N.J.S.A. 13:9 et. Al.) requires that before having any fire within a forested area, you must contact the nearest Forest Fire Service office to request a permit. You may also need a permit from the local fire official or NJ Division of Fire Safety.

You must have a permit in order to have a campfire anywhere in Galloway Township. Fire permits are issued free of charge by the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. To inquire about a campfire permit in Galloway Township, contact the fire marshal at 652-3700 x240 ten days prior to wanting to have the campfire. You may also contact the NJFFS in Mays Landing.

More information can be found at the NJ Forest Fire Website,

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/fire/permits.html

First Ave Structre Fires

On July 10th, just after 10am, Bayview and Oceanville were dispatched to the 600 block of First Ave for a structure fire. While responding, Chief 41 found a structure fire at a different address than dispatched. Chief 40 confirmed the working fire at the original address. A fast moving thunderstorm passed through the area and lightning is believed to have started both fires.

With two structure fires at the same time, command called in companies from Port Republic, Absecon, Pomona, Germania and South Egg Harbor. For the second time in three days, all five township fire companies were working on the same fireground. Cover up assignments were filled with Bargaintown, Farmington and the USAF Fire Dept.

Heavy fire damage was sustained to both homes, but the fire department made a valiant effort to stop the fires from spreading.

An hour and half into the incident, a third call came in for smoke in a house just off Second Ave. The USAF Fire Department and Port Republic Fire Department responded and found a pot on the stove and provided ventilation. Photos by Jimmy Thompson.

Second Ave Structure Fire

At 3:30 in the afternoon, Bayview and Oceanville were dispatched for a structure fire on Second Ave. The 911 call came from the homeowner stating the house was on fire. Chief 41 arrived to confirm a working structure fire. Engine 44 was first to arrive on scene and made an agressive interior attack through the front door. They were able to keep the fire at bay until backup arrived.

Due to the high heat and humidity, manpower was called in from Pomona, Germania, South Egg Harbor and Port Republic. A senior firefighter stated that he cannot remember the last time he saw all five companies working at the same call. Firefighters rotated in and out of the home, an older home with plaster walls which made the extinguishment of the fire rather tricky. Photos by Jimmy Thompson.

Liebig Street House Fire

Just before 8pm on June 20th, Pomona and Germania were dispatched to the 300 block of Liebig Street for a structure fire. Upon arrival, command found an older single story rancher engulfed in flames. Crews extinguished the fire with the help of tankers due to the rural area of the call. Forest Fire was also called to the scene because the flames spread into the surrounding woods.

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