September 25th 2023 Fire District Meeting
The Monthly meetings are now open to public; however we will continue to broadcast our meetings via the zoom platform to extend our outreach to the public. The agenda is posted on the website, and hyperlink of the zoom meeting is on the agenda which includes the meeting ID and passcode. If you have a question for public comment and wish to email it in advance to email@example.com it will be printed as submitted and added to the agenda. Furthermore, it will be addressed during the open public comment session of the meeting. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and wish you, your family and friends the best during these trying times.
Jason Ryan, Chairman
Florence Township Fire District # 1
401 Firehouse Lane
Florence, NJ 08518
Florence Township Residents
As we enter the cooler months, please ensure that your heating appliances are in proper operating condition. Have them serviced by qualified technicians and clear of storage. Make sure that you have working smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and an escape plane which you practice at home with your family. Remember that fire never waits so you should either. Plan ahead and have a safe a session.
Florence Township Fire Department
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On June 29th , 2023 the Burlington County Fire Chief’s Association recognized Florence Township Fire Department firefighters for their actions at 700 Railroad Ave rescuing a civilian from an industrial accident on February 16th, 2022.
The following firefighters were recognized with a Unit Citation for their teamwork and valor during the rescue.
Acting Lt. Sean Moran, F/F David Motta, F/F Robert Lung, F/F George Yurcho, F/F Marvin Wainwright, F/F Andrew Leach, F/F Albert J. Jacoby, EMT Christopher Parks, EMT Ryan Meade
These Firefighters and EMT'S actions exemplify the mission and service to the residents of Florence Township.
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At the Fire District Meeting held on March 13th, two fire commissioners were sworn in of there terms.
First picture is of John Fratinardo being sworn in for his 3 year term with his nephew Billy Blackwell holding the bible.
Second picture is of Scott Arnold being sworn in for his term with his fiancée holding the bible.
Mayor Craig Wilkie sworn both John and Scott in.
Final Voting Numbers:
The Florence Township Fire Department is a combination department. That means it is made of up paid firefighters and volunteer fire fighters. Over several decades the level of volunteerism has dramatically dropped in the nation and here in Florence. We now have a total of seven career firefighters, one career fire marshal, one career EMS Chief and one career administrator. We have nine volunteers that dedicate as much time as possible. Sadly, this isn’t enough as several calls here in Florence were answered with less than 3 on the truck, making it dangerous for the residents and the firefighters. Many calls on the Turnpike and 295 go unanswered by us, as the minimum staffing to respond to closed highway systems is 3.
Our current operating conditions: Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM we have 3 firefighters on duty. After 3 PM Monday through Friday and all-day Saturday and Sunday we have 2 firefighters on duty. We hope there is a volunteer or two around.
We also staff our ambulance with only per diem EMT’s and we have been doing this since 2006. Unfortunately, the number of people going into the EMS field has dropped and many of our per diem EMT’s are working at 2 or 3 other EMS agencies. In this budget we have provisions for hiring 4 full-time EMT’s.
This is where we need your help!
We have done our due diligence to create a fiscally responsible budget. The new projected tax rate for the 2023 budget, if passed will be .26 per hundred. So, if you have a house valued at 100,000 you will have an increase of $67.40 annually (an increase of $16.85 per quarter, $5.61 per month). Homeowners accessed at a value of $200,000 will have a $134.80 annual increase ($33.70 per quarter, $11.23 per month). Homeowners accessed at 300,000 will have an annual increase of $202.20 ($50.55 per quarter, $16.85 per month). So, for the average home of Florence Township of $237,000, the cost of guaranteeing a fully staffed fire truck and ambulance is an additional $1.69 dollars a day.
Believe it or not, we are one of the very few fire districts that also fund an EMS Division. Many communities that neighbor us, which have a fire tax, only provide fire protection and suppression.
If both questions pass, this is what will happen:
• Will allow us to promote a company officer for each shift to meet the requirements of NJAC 5:75 and NFPA 1720.
• Hiring 4 fire fighters to guarantee a response crew of three personnel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
• Hiring 4 Full Time EMT’s to minimize the use of per diems.
• Replacing aging hydraulic tools that were bought in 2006 and don’t meet the needs of today with all the new vehicle technologies.
• Purchase a new command/staff vehicle. The Fire district has not purchased a new command/staff vehicle since 2009.
• Like many of you, we have higher fuel costs, insurance, utilities, and employee’s benefits.
If you have any questions or concerns you may reach out to Administrator Robert Tharp at 609-499-6008 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This Sunday March 12, 2023, at 2am is day light savings time. The Florence Township Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that this is an excellent reminder to check your smoke detector! Change the battery and inspect the detector. Smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years and it is best to replace them with sealed ten-year units. Checking your detector only takes minutes of your time and could save your life.
The Florence Township Fire District #1 would like to thank the community for their support and trust in managing the Fire District in a responsible fiscal manner. The voting totals are as follows:
Fire District Special Meeting Election Results
Fire District No. 1
Florence Township, Burlington County
November 14, 2022
Florence Township Fire Department Robert Tharp
401 Firehouse Lane Fire District Administrator
Florence, N.J. 08518
Question No. 1
Shall the Commissioners of Florence Township Fire District No. 1, in Florence Township, Burlington County have approval for the following proposed Capital Project for the budget year of 2023:
1) Fire Department Extrication Equipment not to exceed $180,000
Capital project number one replaces extrication equipment used to rescue residents trapped in motor vehicle accidents, building collapse, machinery accidents and residents entrapped in household accidents. Current equipment has exceeded its’ recommended life span as per the manufacturer guidelines. All current rescue tools are over 16 years old and are becoming unreliable during extrications of trapped residents in vehicles with new construction technology and materials used in the manufacturing of automobiles Also, all rescue air bags used to lift objects off trapped residents must be replaced as per the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommendations, the air bags are 20 years old and NFPA and manufacturer of the bags requires them to be replaced after 10 years.
Question No. 2
Shall the Commissioners of Florence Township Fire District No. 1, in Florence Township, Burlington County have approval for the following proposed Capital Project for the budget year of 2023:
1) Purchase a replacement Command Staff Vehicle not to exceed
The Capital Project is for a Command Staff Vehicle to replace a 2009 used police vehicle the district obtained after the police department retired the vehicle with 118,000 miles. The vehicle currently has 130,000 miles. The last new vehicle the Fire District purchase was in 2009. The vehicle will be used by command staff to respond to emergency incidents, to transport firefighters to training, community education in schools and emergency medical assignments
The fire district would like to invite anyone who has any questions about our operations to feel free to come to any of the public commissioner meetings either in person or via zoom. If you would like to talk to the districts full time administrator, Robert Tharp, his email address is email@example.com and his office number is 609-499-6008. He works Monday -Friday 8:00 to 16:00.
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On Thursday July 28th, the Florence Township Emergency Youth Academy visited the firehouse. The kids got to experience somethings that firefighters do and had fun doing so. Below are some of the pictures from the day.
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On 7/28/2022 the Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center held graduation for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 classes. Two of our own graduated with certifications for fighting fire. Jacob Meade and Kayleigh Sharry. We would like to congratulate them and wish them the best!!
Pictured above from left to right: Fire Director Robert Tharp, FF/EMT Sean Moran, FF/EMT David Motta, FF\EMT Kayleigh Sharry, FF/EMT Jacob Meade, Battalion Chief Arnold Miller, FF/EMT Robert Lung, FF/EMT Andrew Leach.
On March 1st, FF/EMT Marc J. Stranko retired from the Florence Township Fire Department. Marc was one of the 3 original firefighter/EMT's hired in the township back in 2001. Marc first joined the department back in 1994 as a volunteer fire fighter. Marc held various offices before being hired, including training officer.
Marc will be sorely missed by the members of the department. We wish him the best in his next endeavors. We hope he doesn't become a stranger!!
At the December 27th Board of Fire Commissioners meeting, Arnold Miller was sworn in as Battalion Chief. Good luck in 2022!!
Arnold was sworn in by Mayor Wilkie with his daughter Jess holding the bible. Looking on is Arnold's Wife, Christina and son, AJ.
The Florence Town Fire Department has received complaints from various residents about unsolicited phone calls coming from the Fire Station. While these calls on your caller ID state Florence Township Fire they are not originating from Fire Station. These callers were requesting personnel information for Medicare purposes which we would never do. Again, I want to emphasize that no member of the Fire Department would ever call and solicit personal information. Never provided your personal information to anyone over the phone.
Battalion Chief Brian Richardson
Emergency's Golf Outing
Fire Safety Information
Commissioner Swearing In
Final Voting Numbers
Change Clocks and Batteries
Results of Special Voting
John M. Dulo
Emergency Youth Adcademy 2022
Fire School Graduation
Swearing in of Officer
EMT Hiring Per Diem
Full time EMT Hiring
The Board of Fire Commissioners meeting held on Monday December 28th 2020, swore in new officers for the year 2021.
William (Bill) Rzomp being sworn in as Chief of the Florence Township Fire Department with his wife holding the Bible.
Robert Reillo being sworn in as Captain of EMS of the Florence Township Fire Department with is daughter looking on.
Brian Schwarz being sworn in as Captain of EMS of the Florence Township Fire Department with his wife holding the Bible.
Courtney Farina being sworn in as Lieutenant of EMS of the Florence Township Fire Department with her Uncle looking on.
Fire District Election Results
May 7, 2021
To Whom It May Concern;
The following are the official results of the 2021 Fire District Election.
For the office of Fire Commissioner for (2) 3 year term.
1. The 2021 Fire District Election results are:
Jason Ryan - 255
Robert Schoen – 257
Michael Denelsbeck – 2
Jason Bergstrom – 1
Ruth Decesare -1
2. Shall the sum of Two Million, Three Hundred and fifty five thousand, five hundred and eighty dollars
“$2,355,580” be raised by taxation for the 2021 Budget?
- No 153
- Yes 143
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Battalion Chief / Administrator
We would like to thank everyone who supported our toy drive for the Burlington County Sheriffs Department. It was a great showing once again from Florence Township. Check back next year and hopefully we can once again make kids happy cross Burlington County!!
National Fire Prevention Week is October 4 – 10, 2020
The theme for 2020 is “Serve up Fire Safety in the Kitchen”. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home. The Safety Director offers the following tips to prevent and react to
Keep kitchen appliances clean and in good repair – Accumulated grease, dust, and food can quickly spread a small pan fire to the cooktop and to the cabinets. Stay alert to changes in performance of your stove. They could indicate it is time to have the appliance serviced by a professional.
Install a smoke detector near, but not in the kitchen – This should help with nuisance alarms but still provide early warning of a developing fire.
Provide at least a 5-pound ABC fire extinguisher close to the cooking appliances, but not too close
– Do not store the extinguisher in a cabinet under or immediately adjacent to the stove. Move it to a more distant location in the kitchen or just outside the kitchen in a pantry or closet.
Do not use metal in the microwave – Be aware that metal may be used in certain paints on paper plates and dishes. Likewise, do not use non-oven safe containers, such as pizza boxes, in the oven.
Do not overfill pots or pans with oil or grease – Choose a proper-sized cooking vessel.
Keep potholders and dish towel away from cooking surfaces
Never leave cooking food unattended – Stay in the kitchen when using the cooktop. Use timers as a reminder to check on food.
If a fire starts
Use a lid to immediately smother the flames, if possible – avoid using baking powder or flour. Call 9-1-1 to summons the local fire department – If you are not immediately able to extinguish the fire with the lid, call the fire department. Delayed notifications can lead to bigger fires and more damage. Firefighters are not ‘bothered’ by small fires. They are more than happy to check for extension behind walls, and if everything is safe, quickly leaving.
Evacuate – Get others out of the house as well! Have a meeting place and get out and stay out.
On this day we remember our loved ones who perished in the events of 9/11. Let us never forget those that lost their lives.
The Florence Township Fire Department will never forget......
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At the Board of Fire Commissioner's Meeting held on March 9th 2020 two Fire Commissioners were sworn in for three year terms. The two fire commissioners are Charlie Bauer and Andrew Popso.
Also at the meeting, Adam Schoen was sworn in as Lieutenant after completing the New Jersey Civil Service testing procedures.
We look forward to working with everyone to help the citizens of Florence Township and the surrounding communities.
Andrew Popso and Charlie Bauer are being sworn in by Mayor Craig Wilkie.
Adam Schoen is being sworn in by Mayor Criag Wilkie.
On February 22nd 2020, the Florence Township Fire Department held their annual dinner. Below are some pictures of the awards presented to the members. Click this link if you would like to view the video made for the dinner from pictures taken in 2019.
Pictured above are members of the Florence Township Fire Department who were recognized for their years of service to Florence Township Fire Department. Pictured left to right: Grant Valente 42 years of service; Todd Estelow 35 years of service; Toby Houseworth 50 years of service; Victoria Jobes 52 years of service; Stephen C. Fazaekas 37 years of service; Lorraine Jacoby 52 years of service; Chief Steve Talyor; Butch Earls 35 years of service; George Yurcho 35 years of service; Battalion Chief Brian Richardson; Mayor Craig Wilkie
Pictured above are members who were awarded as the Top Responders. Pictured above left to right are: Albert A. Jacoby Volunteer Fire Member Most Active; Marvin Wainwright Volunteer Fire Member Most Active; Kenneth Cunningham Career Member most calls; Jeff Steer EMS Per-diem Most Active; Courtney Farina EMS Per-diem Most Active.
Pictured above is Brian Richardson, Battalion Chief, Career Fire Fighter Dave Motta, Steve Taylor, Chief.
Meritorious Service – 1/10/2019 – House Fire
On January 10, 2019, operating at a structure fire in Burlington Township, Rescue Engine 4011 arrived with units from the Burlington Township Fire Department, the Burlington City Fire Department, the Endeavor Emergency Squad and Officers of the Burlington Township Police Department. Units were met with heavy fire conditions and a report of victims trapped inside the structure.
Lieutenant Stranko was assigned to a handline making entry into the structure, while Firefighter Motta was part of the crew making entry to attempt a rescue. Both members were faced with difficult conditions. Heavy fire and a ‘hoarder’ condition existed within the structure.
Firefighter Motta, along with Burlington Firefighters were able to locate and remove a male victim from a room in the rear of the structure. Once removed the patient was transferred to awaiting EMS units, who performed CPR. Lieutenant Stranko was able to protect the egress route and limit the spread of the fire for the crews to complete the rescue.
Quick thinking and exemplary performance of their duties was instrumental in preventing injuries to any of the responders on scene.
Pictured above are: Brian Richardson, Battallion Chief; Career Firefighter Kenneth Cunningham; Career Firefighter Todd Estelow; EMS Captain Bob Rellio; Chief Steve Taylor.
Meritorious Service 04/19/2019
On Sunday April 14, 2019, crews from Ambulance 4082 and Rescue Engine 4011, along with Officer from the Florence Police Department and Virtua Paramedics were dispatched to an attempted suicide. Units arrived on scene to find male hanging victim.
After a scene size up and identifying the actual location of the patient, EMT Newman and Lieutenant Parker cut the wire from the patient’s neck and were able to lower him from the tree branch. Captain Reillo arrived and assumed command of the incident. Two rounds of high-quality CPR were performed. At this time, crews were able to obtain a pulse and identify agonal respirations. Firefighters Estelow, Warren and Cunningham, assisted with packaging and patient movement to the Ambulance.
Once loaded into the Ambulance the patient received additional care and treatment by Viruta Paramedics and was transported to the hospital.
If not for the quick actions by all those involved this event could have had a far different outcome.
Pictured above are EMT Courtney Farina; Volunteer Firefighter Bill Blackwell; Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Robert Lung; Career Firefighter/EMT Eric Fyler; Career Firefighter/EMT Dave Motta, EMS Captain Bob Reillo; Chief Steve Taylor; Battalion Chief Brain Richardson.
On October 31, 2019, crews from Ambulance 4081 and Rescue Engine 4011 arrived on scene of a reported pedestrian motor vehicle accident. Crews were faced with multiple seriously injured patients. While crossing Cedar Lane, a mother and child were struck by a passing car. Florence Township Police Officers were also on scene providing emergency care to the patients.
EMTs Farina and Parker, began their evaluation and due to the nature of the suspected injuries a helicopter was requested to fly to transport the 3-year-old to a trauma center. Firefighters Motta and Lung performed an assessment of the 2nd victim, the child’s mother. It was determined that she too would require transport via helicopter to a trauma center. Firefighter Fyler and Captain Reillo, assisted the crews with patient care as needed and established a unified command with the Police Supervisor on scene.
Mutual Aid was requested by Command to provide an LZ for the helicopters. Additional BLS and ALS units were requested and there was a 3rd, non-critical patient identified. Without the quick thinking and actions of all involved on this incident, there could have been a much different outcome.
This hectic scene was handled within approximately 40 minutes from dispatch through transport of all patients.
Picture above is Battalion Chief Brian Richardson; EMS Captain Bob Reillo; Chief Steve Taylor
Alfred Brown – Chester Sutphin
Firefighter of the Year Award
In honor of our fallen members, Alfred Brown and Chester Sutphin, each year the member that exemplifies extraordinary service to the Department, is recognized as the Firefighter of the Year.
This year’s award recipient, joined the Department as a Junior Member at the age of 16, attending Firefighter 1 in the Summer of 1993. As a member of Stations 403 and 402 as well as station 408, he has remained an active member.
Over the years he has received Awards for his previous service and dedication to the Department. This continued effort shows his dedication to both the Fire Department and to the citizens of Florence Township.
Having previously served a Fire Lieutenant, he has served as an EMS Officer the last several years and is currently our EMS Captain.
It is with great honor that the 2019 Alfred Brown – Chester Sutphin Firefighter of the Year award is presented to Robert Reillo Jr.
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The official results of the 2020 Fire District election are:
Budget Question #1
Budget Question #2
Charles Bauer 355
Andrew Popso 208
Joseph Wargo 205
Christopher Barrella 165
Richard Worrell 1
Micky Muchowski 1
Donald Rump 1
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the budget.
The Florence Township Fire Department is a combination fire department. What this means is we have both volunteer and career fire fighters. The fire district currently employs 10 career firefighters and roughly 30 EMS per diems as well as around 10 volunteer firefighters. In 2019 we ran 855 fire calls and 1910 EMS calls, for a total of 2765 emergency calls.
Staffing of the fire truck has been a concern and we are trying to address this in this budget. We are trying to meet a National Standard which is NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) 1720. That standard states we should be on location within 9 minutes of dispatch 90% of the time.
In 2017 we met the standard 65.2% of the time. In 2018 we met the standard 77% of the time and in 2019 we met the standard 75.9% of the time. As you can see we are getting closer to the standard. In 1996 we hired our first career employee as the Township Fire Marshal who could assist with staffing on the truck. In 1999, we hired our second career employee and then in 2001 we hired 3 more firefighters. From 2001 until 2015 we were able to staff the truck just during the day with the 5 career fighters (one Chief and one Fire Marshal) and the nights and weekends were staffed by the volunteers. Then in 2015 we hired one more career firefighter that gave us the ability to cover more hours. In November 2015, we went on 24 hour shifts with one fire fighter. In April 2016, we hired 2 more fire fighters, giving us a total of 8. Then in September 2017, we hired our 9th. After his training was completed, we then put 2 on a shift 24 hours a day. In November 2018 we hired our 10th firefighter who helped us with our weekend coverage.
What are we doing about it?
The Florence Township Fire Department has been working on plans to improve service to its customers, the residents and visitors of Florence Township. We have come to a point in the plan to raise the taxes ever so slightly. The current rate is 16.5 cents per hundred of your property is worth. The new tax rate if passed would be 18.1 cents per hundred. This equates to a $36.20 per year increase for the home at the township average of $219,382. So for every $100,000 your property is valued, it will be a $16.50 increase. A house at the township average of $219,382 in 2019 paid $361.98 in fire tax. If the 2020 budget is passed, that same valued house will pay $398.18.
House Value Current Rate Proposed Rate Annual Increase
$100,000 $165 $181.50 $16.50
$200,000 $330 $363.00 $33.00
$300,000 $495 $544.50 $49.50
What you will get for the increase?
If this budget gets passed, it will allow the fire district to hire one more career firefighter/emt, giving us a total of 11 career fighters. It will allow us to put 3 fighter/emt’s on shift 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We currently have 2 firefighters on duty 24 hours, 7 days a week. It will give the fire department the ability to respond to the calls in a more timely and efficient manner.
With the passage of the budget, it will allow the fire district to retain more of the per diem emt’s by giving them a raise. The current starting rate for a per-diem emt in Florence is 14.50 per hour.
Response Time is Important
Homes today burn much faster and hotter than in the past. According to NFPA, the homes open spaces, the furnishings contained therein, and light weight construction allows fire to spread faster than before. NFPA now estimates you have as little as 2 minutes to escape from your home once the smoke detector alerts you a fire. Part of the NFPA 1720 standard, we must be on location within 9 minutes with 15 firefighters. For all dwelling and building fire dispatched in Florence, we add Bordentown Station 322, Mansfield Fire Department Station 331, and Burlington Township Station 303 on the initial dispatch.
Here is a link to the proposed 2020 budget for the fire district.
Swearing in of Officers
Fire District Elections Results
Fire Prevention Week
Swearing in 2020
Official Election Results
Video Explaining Budget
Budget Proposal 2020
The Florence Township Fire Department would like to thank the community for there donations that made our toy drive for the Burlington County Sheriffs Department a huge success!! Check back next year for the announcement for next years toy drive.
November 26th 2019 is Michael Warren's last day as as career firefighter at the Florence Township Fire Department. We would like to wish him the best as he continues is career in the Hamilton Township Fire Department.
Mike came here in April of 2016. He quickly got involved with things and for the past two years ran the open house during fire prevention week. Mike has also become a very good friend to many here at the firehouse. His upbeat attitude and glass half full will be missed here.
Hamilton has gained a truly all around great guy!!! Don't be a stranger Mike!!!!
At the annual Firefighter Appreciation dinner held on February 23rd 2019, Carol Taylor was given the Sutphin-Brown award. Carol has been a member of the Fire Department since 1995. Carol was hired as EMS Chief in 2006 and was instrumental in getting the ambulances certified by the state in order for us to bill insurance.
Carol retired effective 2/1/2019 and we wish her the best in her endeavors.
On February 23rd, the Florence Township Fire Department held their 21st annual Firefighter/EMT Appreciation Dinner. At the dinner, several of the members received acknowledgment for the work they have performed in 2018 to the residents of Florence and surrounding communities.
Below is a video that was made to highlight some of the events that occurred. This is just a small snippet of the work that we did in 2018. If this interests you and you would like to be a part of the team, you can call Brian Richardson at 609-499-6007.
Update: The unofficial results of the election are:
John Fratinardo 181 Votes
Personal Choice 1 Vote
Election will be held on February 16th from 2:00 - 9:00 PM. There is one opening on the Board of Fire Commissioners that will be voted on along with the budget.
Voting will take place at the firehouse located at:
401 Firehouse Lane, Florence NJ 08518.
Please come out and support your local Fire Department.
If you like to see a copy of the 2019 Budget, please click here.
FF Appreciation Dinner 2019
We would like to thank the community for your generous donations. Together with the members of the fire department we were able to make a nice donation to the Burlington County Sheriffs toy drive!
Again thank you all!!!
Small community, big things!!
The Florence Township Fire Department would like thank Chief Kevin P. Mullen for his over 31 years of service. Kevin started as a volunteer Firefighter in 1987. He held the office of LT and Captain thru the years on the volunteer side. Then in September 1999, Kevin was the second career firefighter hired and was the Fire Marshall and Business Administrator for the Fire District. In 2009 Kevin was promoted to Chief of the Department.
We would like to wish Kevin and his family a happy retirement and wish him the best in his next endeavors.
At the November 12th Fire Commissioners meeting Kenneth Cunningham was sworn in as a Career Firefighter. Kenneth was hired on 11/01/2018. He started with the Florence Fire Department in August 2001 as a volunteer firefighter. We wish Kenneth the best with his new career and look forward to working with him.
The Florence Township Fire Department participated in the Veterans day celebration. We would like to thank all of those who served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice. We would also like to thank those who are currently serving our country keeping all of us safe.
On July 9th 2018 at the Board of Fire Commission meeting, David Motta was sworn in as a career firefighter. Dave has spent the last 10 years as a volunteer fire fighter with the department. We look forward to working with him to keep the residents of Florence Township and surrounding communities safe.
Pictured is David being sworn in by mayor Craig Wilkie with his wife Caitlyn looking on.
9/11/18 marks the 17th year of the tragedy that struck the United States. We will never forget those who perished in the attack, especially those emergency workers (343 firefighters, 37 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, 23 NYPD officers, 8 EMT's and paramedics form private emergency medical services, and 1 New York Fire Patrol) who rushed into the building to save as many as they could. We lost 412 rescue personal that day and still continue to lose them today.
Let's not forget..........
We would like to thank everyone who came out for the open house that made it a huge success! All of the firefighters and EMT's had a blast interacting with the public.
If you would like to join the Fire Department you can Fire Marshal Brian Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some of the pictures of the night. We are already planning next years!!
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At the Board of Fire Commissioners meeting held on October 8th 2018, Marc J. Stranko was sworn in as the first career fire lieutenant of the Florence Township Fire Department. Marc first join in 1994 as a volunteer and hired as a full time fire fighter in 2001.
We wish best for Marc and look forward to working with him!
Marc being sworn in as his son Tommy is holding the bible.
On July 17th, the Florence Township Fire Department visited the day camp being held at the Riverfront School. FM Richardson gave the children fire safety tips while another group was touring ladder truck. Pictured below is Dave Motta giving a tour of Tower Ladder 4015.
On May 5th the Florence Township Fire Department had a housing for our new Rescue Engine and Ambulance. These two new vehicles will help us with our jobs and help keep us safer doing our jobs.
We would like to thank all the Florence residents for your support in purchasing the equipment and for all the support you give us through the year.
If you would like to purchase a shirt you may do so by stopping by the firehouse at 401 Firehouse Lane. Click here to see the flier with prices. Cash or check only please.
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At the fire commission meeting held on 3/12/2018, Bob Schoen and Jason Ryan were sworn in for 3 year terms as commissioners. We look forward to working with the new fire commissioners to continue to serve the residents of Florence Township and surrounding area.
Bob Schoen being sworn in by Mayor Wilkie
Jason Ryan being sworn in by Mayor Wilkie.
The Florence Township Fire Department is proud to announce that William Blackwell (Billy) was selected as the Sutphin-Brown Award for the 2017 year. The Sutphin-Brown award is awarded every year to the firefighter who exemplifies extraordinary service to the department. Billy as been a fire fighter since 2006. He is extremely dependable and a very dedicated person. We are very fortunate to have Billy as a member of this department.
Congratulations Billy!! We are all proud of you!!
The official results of the election is:
Vote for Two:
Budget: 125 Yes
If you would like to see the budget click here
At the Board of Fire Commissioners meeting held on January 8th, the officers of the Florence Township Fire Department were sworn in for their terms. Below are the pictures of the individuals getting sworn in by Mayor Wilkie.
Keith Scully getting sworn in for Deputy Chief
Steve Taylor getting sworn in for Battilion Chief
Kara Ekelburg getting sworn in as EMS Captain
Joseph Wargo getting sworn in as Fire Captain
Brian Schwarz and Robert Reillo Jr getting sworn in as EMS Lieutenant
Kenneth Cunningham is getting sworn
Holiday Toy Drive
Retirement of Chief Mullen
Swearing in New Career FF
New Career Fire Fighter
9-11 Never Forget
Open House 2018
Swearing In of Career LT
Housing of Apparatus
Swearing in Ceremony
Fire District Election Results
2018 Swearing in of Officers
We would like to thank everyone for their generous donations to make this another successful year! Look for us again around thanksgiving time for the toy drive for 2018.
On November 11th, members of the Fire Department and community came out for the dedication of the 9/11 memorial. Members of the Fire Department secured the steel, designed and built the monument. You may stop by any time to view the memorial. It is located directly in front of the firehouse. We ask if you do come view it, that you park in the administration side of the firehouse. That would be the second driveway.
Below are a few of the pictures of the dedication.
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We would like to thank everyone who came out to the Halloween Party that was held at the firehouse on October 30th. We hope that all the kids had fun! Below you will find some pictures of the day. Hope to see you again next year!!
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At the 2016 District Election the voters approved for the fire district to purchase a new ambulance. This new ambulance will serve the residents of Florence Township and its neighboring towns for approximately the next 10 years.
Below you will find pictures of the ambulance as it's being built.
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At the Fire Commission meeting held on September 11th 2017, the Florence Township Fire Department swore in Firefighter Thomas Marabillas as a career firefighter. Thomas joined the fire department in 2010 and completed his fire training the same year.
We would like to welcome Thomas a board and wish him the best.
9/11/17 marks the 16th year of the tragedy that struck the United States. We will never forget those who perished in the attack, especially those emergency workers (343 firefighters, 37 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, 23 NYPD officers, 8 EMT's and paramedics form private emergency medical services, and 1 New York Fire Patrol) who rushed into the building to save as many as they could. We lost 412 rescue personal that day and still continue to lose them today.
Let's not forget..........
The Florence Township Fire Department would like to take this time to wish the class of 2017 good luck on graduating from the Florence Township Memorial High School.
We would like to take this time to congratulate Robert Lung on graduation. He joined the department in April of 2016 and in the year plus, he has attained his Fire Fighter 1 certification and also his EMT. He is also one of the top responders in the department.
Good luck to Robert and all his classmates!!
At the Board of Fire Commissioners meeting held on 4/10/2017, Gary Richardson was sworn in as Safety Officer and Albert A Jacoby was sworn in as Assistant Safety Officer.
We would like to congratulate them on their new positions and look forward to working with them.
On Saturday Feb 25th 2017, the Florence Township Fire Department held their annual Firefighter Appreciation Dinner. At the dinner, George Yurcho was named the Alfred Brown - Chester Sutphin Firefighter of the Year Award. George joined the department in 1985 as a junior firefighter and has served the department in many area's. Through the years, George has been lieutenant, captain, and Chief of the department. He has also been president and currently serving as the Financial Secretary of the Fire Company. Congratulations George!!!
If you would like to view the annual slide show, click here.
The Florence Township Fire Department would like to thank everyone who came out to vote today. These are the unofficial vote totals:
Charles Bauer Sr. - 156 Votes
Andrew Popso - 112 Votes
Jason Ryan - 65 Votes
Question 1. Budget 114 yes 91 no
Question 2. Referendum 110 yes 91 no
We would like to thank you for your continued support of the Fire Department.
Burlington County Toy Drive
9/11 Let us not forget.....
Graduating Class of 2017
Swearing in Safety Officers
Fire District Election
The Florence Township Fire Department would like to thank everyone for their generosity! Each year the program keeps getting bigger and bigger.
So let this inspire us to may it even bigger next year!!
You always hear about how firefighters have this brotherhood about them, but can't really explain it. Below may give a glimpse into what brotherhood really is.
Firefighter/EMT Eric Fyler and Firefighter Matt Taylor were on shift and came across a post on Instagram from a firefighter/emt in Florida. Select the link below to read the story or pick the link for the video.
At the Board of Fire Commissioners meeting held on June 13th, Carolyn Taylor was sworn in as EMS Chief of the Florence Township Fire Department. We wish Carolyn the best and look forward to working with her.
On June 15 2016, Andrew Leach graduated from Florence Township Memorial High School with honors. Andrew has decided to enlist in the Navy and will leave in July 2016. We will miss Andrew while he is gone but are very proud of him for what he has accomplished so far.
Andrew came to the Florence Township Fire Department in December of 2012 as a 15 year old and was part of the explorer program. He went to fire school as a junior firefighter and graduated from fire school in 2014. He became a fully qualified fire fighter in October of 2015 as that is when he turned 18.
Since he has joined the fire department, he has responded on 459 fire calls and has amassed 296 hours of training.
We here at the fire department wish him the best in his endeavors.
At the April 11th 2016, Board of Fire Commissioners meeting, FF/EMT Eric Fyler was sworn in as a career FF/EMT.
At the May 9th 2016 Board of Fire Commissioners meeting, FF/EMT Mike Warren was sworn in as a career FF/EMT.
We would like to welcome both Eric and Mike to the Florence Township Fire Department family. We are looking forward to working both of them and wish them the best in their career.
Congratulations to Marvin Wainwright for being selected as the 2015 Alfred Brown – Chester Sutphin Award recipient. This award is given to the Fire Department’s Member of the Year and is awarded at the annual dinner.
Marvin has been a member since 1989 and has held various positions within the company including President, Vice-President, Lieutenant, Trustee, and currently as Secretary. He also served on the Board of Fire Commissioners when the Department consolidated from three fire companies into one. Marvin continues his dedication as an active firefighter being a top responder in the Department.
We would like to thank him for all of his years of service and congratulate him on this award.
Unofficial Results of ELECTION
Three candidates put to run for one seat on the fire commission. John Fratinardo received 201 votes, Barbara Fazekas Mayer received 115 votes, and Jason Ryan received 27 votes.
The budget passed with 212 yes, and 116 no.
Capital Purchase and Financing (Question #2)
The Fire District asked the voters to approve a capital question to replace the two aging ambulance we currently have. One would be bought in 2017 and the second would be bought in 2019. That question passed 245 yes, to 82 no.
Toys for Tots
Swearing in of EMS Chief
Member Andrew Leach
New Firefighters Sworn in
2015 Chester Sutphin Award
Fire District Election Results
On Friday October 9th the Florence Township Fire Department held their open house. Just as the open house started, luck would have it start to rain heavily. We would like to thank all that came out in the rain to make this a successful event. We hope that the kids enjoyed themselves and hopefully we have inspired even one to becoming a firefighter in the future. Mom and dad's are welcome also!
We hope to see all of you next year!
Below are some pictures of the event.
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On Sunday, October 11th, Florence Township Fire Department’s emergency vehicles were blessed at Saints Stephen and Barnabas Episcopal Church’s annual Service of Appreciation for Police, Firefighters, and EMT’s. The full event included: a church service dedicated to police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s; the blessing of the department’s engine and ambulance; and a delicious brunch. The FTFD would like to thank Saints Stephen and Barnabas for their blessing and continuous support within the community!
These cuddly bears were donated through the Florence Township Education Association PRIDE in Education grant and matching funds from the Florence Township Fire Company and Florence FOP Lodge #210. The bears will be used on emergency calls involving children because there's something about a teddy bear that's impossible to explain. When you hold one in your arms, you get a feeling of love, comfort and security.
The Florence Township Fire Department would like to congratulate Charlie LeVach, Rachel Klenk and Shayne Krywy on receiving the Richard Yurcisin/Florence Township Emergency Services Award; each received a $500 scholarship, funded by the proceeds of the Florence Township Emergency Services Golf Outing.
Congratulations to the Florence Township public workers on winning the 2015 mayors cup. The township public workers beat the Fire Department in game one. Game two, the Florence Police beat the teachers.
In the championship game, the township workers took the police into extra innings to win their second Mayors Cup.
There will always be next year.....
Congratulations to FF/EMT Ken Cunningham and FF Matt Taylor. They graduated June 23 from the Structural Firefighting – Strategy and Tactics class. Fire Department Chaplain Gary Richardson also performed the invocation and benediction at Graduation.
The Florence Township Fire Department regrets to announce the passing of Gene Wolfe Sr. Gene was a Life Member, Department Chief and Captain of the Florence Emergency Squad. Services will be held at the Dennison Funeral Home in Florence on Tuesday, April 28 from 6p to 9p. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 29 at 1pm.
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The Florence Township Fire Department held their annual Halloween party on Sunday Oct 25th. We hope all the kids enjoyed themselves and wish all of them a safe and happy Halloween!
Let’s never forget…..
Let’s never forget those that perished that day, 14 years ago today. Many people went to work that day, oblivious to the horror that awaited us as a nation. Many of us can recall where or what we were doing at the time of the attacks. New York’s bravest also went to work that day, saying goodbye as they left their houses, families, loved ones. Not knowing that they would never return.
We have all heard of the stories of how off duty firefighters came back, firefighters running to the scene due to the trucks unable to get through the traffic. All of them ran into the building to help get others out and to put the fire out. Every one of them is a hero!
The members of the Golf Committee would like to thank everyone involved in making our 21st Annual Golf Outing such a success. Special thanks to all our workers, golfers and sponsors, especially Killarney's Publick House, Fountain of Life, Lucas Chevrolet and BELFOR Property Restoration. The Class of 2016 will again receive $1,000 in scholarships thanks to your generosity. Save the date for next year -- August 20th 2016.
Kevin Stokely from BELFOR presented three plaques that currently reside in Florence FOP Lodge #210 (Firemen's Hall) after being restored to their original state. These plaques were damaged during the fire at the Lodge on July 12th 2015.
Congratulations to Albert A. Jacoby for being selected as the 2014 Alfred Brown – Chester Sutphin Award recipient. The Alfred Brown – Chester Sutphin Award is given to the Fire Department’s Member of the Year. Albert has been an active member of the Department for 50 years, 34 of those years serving as Treasurer. He currently serves as President of the Florence Township Firemen’s Relief and Exempt Associations. In 2014, Al was the Top Responder in the Department and was recognized as part of a unit citation. He is always helping with projects around the firehouse.
Last week Officer Semus of the Chesterfield Police Department suffered from a serious medical emergency and remains in critical condition. He is also a past lieutenant from Mansfield Fire Department Station 331. Please keep Officer Semus and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
The Florence Township Fire Department regrets to announce passing of Chief James “Libby” Liberatore of the Burlington Township Fire Department. Libby was very involved in the fire service. He also served as a Fire Coordinator for Burlington County, a state Judge in the New Jersey State Fire Chiefs Judging Association, and countless other organizations. He was a great friend and mentor to many in the fire service. He will be sadly missed. RIP brother!!
The Florence Township Fire Commission held their annual reorganization meeting on March 9th. At the meeting, new fire commissioners were sworn in. Robert Shoen and Bill Berry were each sworn into a 3 year term by Mayor Craig Wilkie.
We would like to wish the best of luck to both Bill and Robert and look forward to working with them.
Adam Shoen was sworn in as career firefighter/emt with the Florence Township Fire Department. Adam joined the fire department in 2006 as a Fire Explorer and has continued to advance his training. We welcome Adam aboard and are excited he has joined took the job!!
Matt Talyor and Briana Padua were sworn in as firefighters. Matt joined the fire department in 2011 as a fire explorer and kept taking training.
Briana joined the department in 2012 and took training to become a firefighter.
Commissioner Barb Mayer gives ex-commissioner Scott Arnold a little token of appreciation for serving the past 3 years as a fire commissioner. Scott thanked everyone for the opportunity to serve and thanked everyone who supported him.
Chief William Hartman from the Bordentown Township Fire District #2 recently announced that he would be retiring. Chief Hartman will be sadly missed and we thank him for his many years of service. We wish him and his wife the best in retirement!!
The Fire District Elections were held on Saturday February 21st. The results are:
Three year term for Fire Commissioner: (Two positions available)
Bill Berry 114 Votes
Robert Schoen 103 Votes
Clinton Boyd 73 Votes
Yes 115 No 66
Capital Purchase Question:
We would like to thank everyone who braved the elements and came out and supported us.
Chief Kevin P. Mullen getting sworn in with his family looking on.
Chief Mullen bring congratulated by Mayor Craig Wilkie.
Left: Battalion Chief Steve Taylor; Right: Deputy Chief Keith Scully
Left: Lt. Dave Motta; Right: Capt. Joseph Wargo
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New Officers Sworn In
On January 12th at the Board of Fire Commissioners Meeting, the line officers for 2015 were sworn into their offices by Mayor Craig Wilkie.
The following were sworn in:
Kevin Mullen as Fire Chief
Kieth Scully as Deputy Fire Chief
Steve Taylor as Battalion Fire Chief
Joseph Wargo as Fire Captain
Jason Peters as Fire Captain
Dave Motta as Fire Lieutenant
Rose Gyenge as EMS Captain
Fire Prevention Open House
911 Responders Service
Bears to bring a smile
Emergency Services Award
Mayors Cup 2015
Passing of Gene Wolfe
Turning Back the Clock
Lets Never Forget.....
Golf Outing 2015
2014 Chester Sutphin Award
RIP James "Libby" Liberatore
Fire Commissioner Meeting
Fire District Elections
Officers Swearing In 2015
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