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East Greenwich Township Fire & Rescue
5 West Cohawkin Road
Clarksboro NJ 08020

Station Phone #'s Mantua Avenue 856-423-0140 Cohawkin Road 856-423-6916

A Message From the Deputy Mayor

Friday, September 19, 2014  Dear Residents,


         We are only a couple days away from the much anticipated East Greenwich Day Parade. The final preparations are being completed by our Parade Committee, and Mother Nature seems to be sending us a gift with a forecast of sunny skies. I wanted to pass along some important information regarding the parade so you and your family can prepare for the big event.
           The parade route will start at the Shady Lane complex at 10:00 a.m., proceed up Shady Lane to Kings Highway, where it will turn south down Kings Highway towards the Samuel Mickle and Jeffery Clark School complex.
           All participants are being asked to arrive at the Shady Lane complex no later than 9:00 a.m. The parade consists of bands, horses, Scouts and Brownies, floats, decorated bikes, fire trucks and much, much more. It will take some patience, cooperation and time to line everyone up, so please be prompt.
           George Holcomb, of Holcomb Bus Company, has graciously donated free transportation, not only for the parade participants, but also for all Residents who park at the Thompson Family Park. The bus service will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.. Buses will transport parade participants from the Park to the Shady Lane complex. Furthermore, buses will transport residents throughout the day to and from the Thompson Family Park and the Samuel Mickle School. We encourage Residents to utilize this service rather than trying to maneuver a vehicle down Kings Hwy. Bus Stops will be clearly marked.
           In addition, East Greenwich Parks and Recreation will be holding a "Decorated Bike Contest." The contest will be at the Evangelical United Methodist Church at 14 W. Cohawkin Rd., Clarksboro. Registration will begin between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. Judging will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. We will have prizes for multiple age groups ranging from under three (3) years old and up. The Judges will be looking for creative ideas, themes, and overall presentation. The participants will then be allowed to join the parade route and ride to the school for all to enjoy.
           Once the parade reaches its final destination, the Jeffery Clark and Samuel Mickle School complex, you will find craft vendors, organizational tents, bounce ride, food and much, much more. Moreover, we will have live entertainment on a stage that will feature performances from a string band, magician, ballet dancers and live singers to name a few. This community event will run from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
           This parade would not have been possible without the financial assistance from our Title Sponsor, Fulton Bank; Grand Sponsor, Toddlers N’ Tots; Patron Sponsors, Botto's Sausage, Paparone Homes, Affinity Furniture, NJ Got Talent, Riehl's Towing, Holcomb Bus, Runnemede Truck, Dr. Robert Provencher, Dormann's Heating and Cooling, NY Life, Cecil Creek Farms, Guardian Angels School, South Jersey Gas, and Trico Lift. We sincerely thank them for their contributions to our parade and community.
           I want to thank our volunteers for the Parade Committee. Chairmen of the Parade Committee Bob Tice, Marijo Montgomery, Kurt Sutton, Mike Skowronski, Laura DeCinque, Bonnie Archer, Steve Klinewski, Chief Nelson Weist and Chief Barry Jenkins were the foundation that brought a dream to reality. These folks have poured their hearts and souls into making this parade a success. I thank them for their devotion, time and passion in giving back to our community. I also thank the School Board of Education, President Bob Miller, Vice President Toni Grdinich and all the Board members, to include Dr. Lynch for forging a strong partnership with the Township Committee.
           Last, I take this opportunity to recognize our Mayor, Dale Archer. The parade was his vision to bring our community together. His passion, courage and integrity as Mayor of East Greenwich is a direct reflection of his commitment to our town. Speaking as a Resident, I am extremely proud that Dale Archer is our Mayor.
           In closing, to say I am excited about this event is an understatement. The origin of the idea was to design an event that would bring our community closer together; an event that would create lasting memories; an event that would bring smiles, joy and happiness; an event that would bring out the spirit of the community; an event that will not cost the taxpayer any money; and an event that will display our pride as East Greenwich Residents.
 I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.
 Jim Philbin, Deputy Mayor



Hoagie Sale Rescheduled to Sept 27

Our monthly Hoagie Sale has been postponed for East Greenwich Day and rescheduled for Saturday September 27th




East Greenwich Day Parade this Saturday Sept 20th @1000hrs. Parade route starts at the County Grounds off Shady Lane Road proceeds south on Kings Highway to the East Greenwich Elementary Schools.

See info below regarding the kids bike judging.

Bike information for East Greenwich Day Parade on 9/20/14
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There will be six age groups – and 3 prizes for each group...
Ages Under 3
Ages 3-5
Ages 6-8
Ages 9-11
Ages 12-14
Ages 15-18

Registration is from 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church at 14 W. Cohawkin Road, Clarksboro.

Judging will take place at 10AM.

The Judges confer as to who will win each class. Judges are looking for creative ideas, theme and overall presentation. They want to be sure it was CREATED BY A CHILD and not a well-meaning adult, so make sure your kids do the work!

Rules for the contest are as follows:

Age Categories – ages up to 7 MUST be accompanied by an adult

Decorations must be completed before arrival to parade, and attached firmly.
Decorations must not interfere with safe operation of the bike
Bikes can be two or three wheels (training wheels are permitted).
NO motorized bikes/cars are permitted for this contest.
Bikes must be in safe, operating condition.
Bike riders must wear bicycle helmets at all times. Other safety equipment is optional. All equipment is to be provided from home. Entrants must ride their bike or walk along with it.
Late comers will not be judged.

Registration forms must be signed by parent/guardian and turned in during registration.




Sunday, August 31, 2014 

This morning at 1053hrs the Volunteers of East Greenwich Township Fire & Rescue and Harmony Fire Company (Harrison Twp.), Gloucester County EMS and Inspira Paramedics were dispatched to Kings Highway and Tomlin Station Roads for a motor vehicle crash with entrapment. Captain Haines from EGTFR was on scene confirming the entrapment. There were 3 cars involved in the incident, two of them had hit head on. 

Rescue Squad 1918 was given orders by Deputy 1902 to go into service using their hydraulic rescue spreaders and rams on arrival. Engine 1911 and Rescue 2318 arrived and sent their manpower forward to assist. Engine 1912 was assigned to set up the Landing Zone for the NJSP Helicopter “SouthStar” which was requested to fly the one patient to the Cooper Trauma Center. Crew removed the driver’s side door and vehicle roof to gain access to the patient. The dashboard and firewall were then pushed back into place using hydraulic rescue “rams” to free the trapped driver. The second patient was transported to Inspira Hospital with non-life threating injuries. East Greenwich Police Department was handling the crash investigation.

Later in the evening Rescue Squad 1918 responded into Harrison Township to assist with a working house fire off of Union Road. Engine 1911, Brush Unit 1915 and Utility 1910 remained in town responding to tree down and wires arcing calls. Crews handled 8 assignments over an hour and half period. The department also responded to Swedesboro for a dwelling fire during the second round of storms.



MVC with Entrapment and Building Fire Last Night in EG

Friday, August 29, 2014 

Last Night at 1801hrs the volunteers of East Greenwich Township Fire and Rescue were dispatched to Kings Highway and Tomlin Station Road for a Motor Vehicle Crash. East Greenwich Police Department arrived and confirmed entrapment bringing in a 2nd Rescue Company from Harmony Fire Company. Rescue Squad 1918, Engines 1911, 1912, Utility 19 along both Fire Chiefs responded. 

Crews arrived to find two people trapped in separate vehicles and went to work using hydraulic rescue tools. Woolwich Fire Department was requested to assist with the landing of JeffStat’s Helicopter which was eventually recalled. In addition to the fire units four Gloucester County EMS Units and two paramedic units from Inspira Hospital were on scene providing medical care. Fire Department operated on scene until 2116hrs.   Photo can be viewed on the News Link below.

The members of East Greenwich Township Fire and Rescue would like to express our deepest condolences to the Cavallaro Family in their time of mourning. 

At 0118hrs District 19 was dispatched to 210 Harmony Road, St Gobain, for a fire alarm. A water flow sensor had tripped sending the alarm. Just after dispatch the Gloucester County Emergency Response Center received a call from the business reporting a fire in the process area. The alarm response was then automatically upgraded to a building fire bringing in Ladder Companies from Gibbstown and Woolwich Fire Companies, an Engine Co. from Paulsboro Fire Company along with a BLS unit from Gloucester County EMS.

Rescue Squad 1918, Engines 1911, 1912, Utility 19 along both Fire Chiefs again all made the response. Interior crews found a smoke condition inside the building and a sprinkler head activation over the affected area. Crews checked for fire extension both inside the building and on the roof. After the fire was confirmed out, the sprinkler system was isolated and the smoke removal process was started. Crews operated on scene until 0259hrs. The Gloucester County Fire Marshal’s Office was on scene for the investigation.

We would like to thank all of the departments that provided mutual aid assistance to us yesterday.



Member Completed Emergency Medical Technician Training

Tuesday, August 5, 2014  Congratulation to Alvin Milsted! Alvin completed the summer Emergency Medical Technician Program at Camden County College.  Since the beginning of June he has been attending classes on Monday and Thursday during the day plus some weekend sessions. Alvin is currently on summer break from college. We congratulate Alvin on completing the program and wish you the best of luck on your state exam!



Members Complete Water Rescue Training

Monday, August 4, 2014 

Rescue Diver Training Completed

Firefighter Fred Persicano and Firefighter Mike Ciocco recently attended the practical evolutions of their Rescue Diver Training at Dutch Springs in Bethlehem PA. The class taught them self rescue, recognizing and managing stress in other divers, rescuing panicked and unresponsive people, and the use of emergency management and equipment.  After completing the classroom sessions they took their newly learned knowledge and practiced the skills in the field.

Mike currently is a certified lifeguard and is attending college locally. Fred is a hard hat diver working at industrial sites across the tri-state area. Good Job Fellas!



August Calls For Service

Here is a list of calls for August:

  • 08/02/14  1656hrs  CO Alarm  Quail Ridge Mickleton
  • 08/02/14  1853hrs  Fire Alarm  Concetta Drive Mount Royal
  • 08/03/14  2059hrs  Smoke Investigation  Weathervane Development Mount Royal
  • 08/04/14  1356hrs  Fire Alarm  County House Road  Clarksboro
  • 08/05/14  0737hrs  Fire Alarm  Hazel Court Mickleton
  • 08/12/14  1637hrs  Wires Down  Democrat Road  Mickleton
  • 08/13/14  1803hrs  Wires Arcing  Kings Hwy & Tomlin Station Road Mickleton
  • 08/13/14  1902hrs  Fire Alarm  Curtmantle Drive  Mickleton
  • 08/15/14  1059hrs  Fire Alarm  Harmony Road Mickleton
  • 08/16/14   2233hrs  Fumes  Colonial Drive Clarksboro
  • 08/18/14   0926hrs  CO Alarm  Curtmantle Road  Mickleton
  • 08/22/14  2059hrs  Vehicle Fire  Tomlin Station and Swedesboro Ave Mickleton
  • 08/23/14  1020hrs  Motor Vehicle Crash  West Tomlin Station Road  Mickleton
  • 08/23/14  2110hrs  Motor Vehicle Crash  Kings Hwy & Democrat Road  Mickleton
  • 08/24/14  2155hrs  Dwelling Fire  Fow Ave  Swedesboro
  • 08/26/14  0723hrs  CO Alarm  Chelsea Glenn Road  Clarksboro
  • 08/26/14  2058hrs  Commercial Vehicle Fire Berkley Road Clarksboro
  • 08/28/14  1801hrs  Motor Vehicle Crash  Kings Hwy & Tomlin Station  Mickleton (W/Pin)
  • 08/29/14  0120hrs  Building Fire  Harmony Road  Mickleton
  • 08/29/14  1630hrs  Fire Alarm  Kings Hwy  Clarksboro
  • 08/30/14  1549hrs  Dwelling Fire  Broad Street Swedesboro 
  • 08/31/14  1053hrs  Motor Vehicle Crash Kings Highway & Tomlin Station Mickleton (W/Pin)



July's Calls For Service

Here is a listing of July's calls for service

  • 07/01/14  2141hrs  Wires Arcing  Whiskey Mill Road  Clarksboro
  • 07/03/14  1908hrs  Motor Vehicle Crash  Berkley & Cohawkin Road Clarksboro
  • 07/03/14  1932hrs  Wires Arcing  Berkley Avenue  Mount Royal 
  • 07/08/14  1252hrs  Motor Vehicle Crash  West Cohawkin & Friendship Roads
  • 07/09/14  0047hrs  Roadway Hazard-Tree Down  East Cohawkin Road
  • 07/11/14  1201hrs  Fumes Investigation  Harmony Road
  • 07/13/14  1300hrs  Smoke Investigation  Friendship Road
  • 07/14/14  2301hrs  Dwelling Fire  Hickory Lane Mullica Hill
  • 07/15/14  1801hrs  Wires Arcing  Union Road Mickleton
  • 07/18/14  1850hrs  Rubbish Fire  Old Oak Road  Mickleton
  • 07/24/14  0839hrs  Wires Arcing  Kings Highway & Botto Otto Drive Mickleton
  • 07/24/14  1524hrs  Fire Alarm  Sunset Drive Mount Royal
  • 07/25/14  1334hrs  Dwelling Fire  Valley Lane Mullica Hill
  • 07/28/14  0134hrs  Fire Alarm  Landing Road Clarksboro
  • 07/30/14  1912hrs  Fire Alarm  Derius Drive Mickleton
  • 07/31/14  1706hrs  Fire Alarm  Kings Highway Mount Royal 




Top Ten Safety Tips for Barbeque and Grilling

Friday, June 27, 2014 

Ten Steps to a Safer Cookout

Everything has risks. Knowing what those risks are and how to reduce them is the secret to success. When cooking outdoors, whether hot and fast grilling, or low and slow barbecue there are a few things you need to know to make sure nothing goes wrong and how to get the most out of your cooking.

Combining explosive fuels with food, hot metals, and large groups of people can cause be a recipe for disaster if you are not careful. Of course, there is more to outdoor cooking safety than just the fire.

1. Fire
 Regarding BBQ Inc.Fire is the most destructive force in the universe and you are inviting it into your backyard for a little cookout. First thing you need is a fire extinguisher. Next you need to know your fire and know how to control it. Every year grills and smokers cause thousands of fires, hundreds of injuries, dozens of deaths and millions of dollars in damage. You need to know how to cut fuel supplies, extinguish fires and call the fire department. Always have one person in charge of the fire at all times, a fire marshal if you will. You should also know something about treating burns.

2. Food Safety
Bacteria eats every kind of food you can think of, even brussel sprouts. It grows at any temperature above freezing and stays alive until that temperature hits around 165 degrees F. Every second you give it between these two temperatures it is multiplying and causing disease in your food. So, until it goes in to your mouth or on the grill, it needs to be kept cool. The second you are done serving it up, it goes back in the refrigerator. The basic rules are: Suspect Everything, Keep it Covered, Keep it Cool, Get it Hot!, and Use your Head. Remember you are more likely to get food poisoning than you are to get the flu.

3. Instructions
You'd be surprised by how many questions I get asked when the answer was in the manual. Please, read the manual . Follow all the safety restrictions to the letter. If you have a fire and you didn't follow the instructions it is your fault, no matter what. Grills, gas or charcoal, and smokers all have very specific ranges of operation. You need to know these before you light up. Don't assume that your new grill works just like the last one and that all the same rules apply. One hint: You can find the manuals to most grills and smokers on the manufacturers website.

4. Smoke
Smoke gets in your hair, clothes, eyes, and lungs. While a big part of the cookout experience is the smoke, you need to be careful with smoke. Smoke from your grill or smoker contains carbon monoxide, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH), and other dangerous substances. PAH are cancer causing substances that are formed when grease burns. As much as we all love the smell of the smoke from our outdoor cooking it is best to let it get away without breathing it in. So enjoy the smell from a distance and remember that the younger you are when you are exposed to this stuff the worse the outcome.

5. Charcoal Safety
Charcoal grills are the cause of far more fires that gas grill. The number one problem with charcoal grill is lighting the charcoal. Lighter fluid causes all kinds of problems and you should really find a better way to light your coals. What really burns the hair off your face is adding lighter fluid to hot coals. Lighter fluid turns to a heavy gas at a relatively low temperature. While liquid lighter fluid burns, evaporated (gaseous) lighter fluid explodes. Flow the instructions exactly and don't ever let lighting charcoal become a game.

6. Gas Safety
The number one cause of gas grill fires is an obstruction in the path of the fuel. This largely takes place, behind, underneath or inside your grill where you do not look. This means you need to regularly inspect your gas grill for problems. Bugs and other critters can climb into little places causing gas to flow where it shouldn't. At the first sign of problems turn off your control values, turn off the fuel tank, and disconnect everything. Gas grills produce a great deal of heat that can melt through hoses, knobs and other parts. Assume everything is third degree burn hot.

7. Grease
Bad enough that you are using flammable materials to do your cooking, but the food itself is creating more. Flare-ups are more than a nuisance, they are potentially lethal. Grease that collects in your grill builds up over time. It is easy to get several pounds of grease in the bottom of your grill after only a few cookouts. This is why you need to keep your grill clean. A clean grill is a safer grill whether it is gas or charcoal. Also, smokers are not exempt from this problem as I have seen many uncontrollable grease fires in smokers. So no matter what you use, get the grease out.

8. Location
Location is everything when it comes to placing your grill or smoker. Every year hundreds of people cause fires to their houses, garages and patios because they didn't put their grill or smoker in the correct location. Your manual (tip #3) will tell you the minimum distances around your unit that must be kept clear. I suggest that you take a good look at your equipment and imagine the worst fire you can. Make sure there isn't anything (buildings, trees, etc.) in that space. Also make sure that your grill isn't going to require people to walk too close to hot surfaces and that children won't be playing nearby.
9. Cancer
Cooking (by any method) of meats (particularly red meat and chicken) at very high temperatures until surface charring occurs can cause cancer causing substances (Hetero cyclic Amines (HCA)) to form. If you eat a lot of grilled meats you need to worry (though no one knows exactly how much). To minimize the risk you need to:

  • Use marinades (which can reduce the risk by as much as 98%)
  • Do not over cook foods
  • Keep grill temperatures relatively low (under 600 degrees cooking temperature)
    Use thinner or smaller cuts of meat (kabobs are great)
10. Alcohol
After reading the nine above you really shouldn't have to ask. Grilling and smoking require some clear thinking, especially when it's time to pull it all together. Please, keep a clear head and save that drink for after the fire is out and someone else is dealing with the dishes.



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