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Support Your Fire Department — Taxpayers Vote on Saturday February 15 From 2 pm to 9 pm

All registered voters in Jackson Fire District 3 are urged to come out and vote on Saturday February 15 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the district sub-station located at 200 Kierych Memorial Drive, located at the intersection of Manhattan Street and South Cooks Bridge Road, near Johnson Park. This year voters have the budget approval and one fire commissioner seat to select. Fire Commissioners serve a three-year term.

The budget for the fire district contains the essential elements to provide effective and efficient fire protection in our district. Voters are asked to support the 2014 budget by voting “Yes”. The fire district is protected by volunteers from the Jackson Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 and the career firefighters employed by district 3. Fire District 3 “Station 55” operations are conducted from the main fire station located at 113 North New Prospect Road and the sub-station located at 200 Kierych Memorial Drive. The Fire District office is located at 200 Kierych Memorial Drive.

This year’s proposed budget does not affect the current tax rate of $0.102 per $100 of assessed valuation.

Voters have a choice for fire commissioner — either for Mr. Cliff Jordan running for re-election or new candidate Mr. Brad Reiter.

We urge all voters to come out and exercise your right to choose your elected representative of the taxpayers.

See you on Saturday February 15 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 200 Kierych Memorial Drive.

Santa Patrol To Resume Saturday December 21

Santa Patrol will resume in Station 55’s area on Saturday December 21, 2013 some time around 3:30 p.m. or so.

Santa had a successful first night out and he will be on hand once again with Station 55 members to visit the many families that so eagerly await his tour each year. We sincerely appreciate the positive feedback about his joyful visit to Jackson.

We’ll see you soon!

The Station 55 Elves

District 3 Commissioners Rescind Second Company Petition

The Jackson Township Board of Fire Commissioners District 3 voted unanimously at their regular business meeting held on December 16, 2013 to rescind their recognition of a petition establishing a second fire company within the district. The petition was accepted at the Board’s October 21, 2013 meeting. The Board’s action resolving the matter was the result of a request presented during the December 16 meeting by Fire Company President Lee Friedland and Fire Chief Mike Waters on behalf of the membership of the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Station 55. The Jackson No. 1 Company Station 55 has successfully provided fire suppression and emergency response services to the residents for over 60 years. The Board’s acceptance of the petition was strongly contested by Fire Company No. 1 members as an unnecessary duplication of services — a sentiment supported by numerous other fire companies inside and outside of Jackson as well as a number of taxpayers attending each recent meeting.

“We are pleased that this matter has been resolved on behalf of the taxpayers and firefighters in Jackson” stated President Lee Friedland. “The Board agreed with us that it was in the best interest of all concerned to end this contentious matter. We have always been focused on effective and efficient fire protection and the residents can continue to count on Station 55 to provide excellent fire service” concluded Friedland.

Santa Patrol on Wednesday December 18

Santa Patrol will take place this Wednesday December 18 starting around 6:30 p.m.

Rudolph had to postpone Santa’s ride around Station 55’s area on this past Saturday due to inclement weather. Even the reindeer sometimes find it is too difficult to fly so thankfully they always have a back-up plan. North Pole Command always makes sure Santa gets around in time.

Any areas that Santa can’t visit on Wednesday night will occur on Saturday December 21 starting around 3:30 p.m.

See you soon!

Santa and the Elves at Station 55

Santa Rides on Saturday December 14 (Unless Rudolph Grounds Sleigh)

Santa Claus will ride Station 55 fire apparatus throughout Fire District 3’s area this Saturday, December 14 starting around 2:30 p.m. until around 9 p.m.

Confirmation from the North Pole Command indicates that Santa will be on patrol on the 14th unless inclement weather grounds the sleigh. In that case, Santa will be out and about on Wednesday evening December 18 and then again on Saturday December 21.

As a reminder to all children that wait so patiently for him to arrive in their neighborhood, please be sure to stay on the sidewalks and not on the street as Santa approaches — for safety reasons.

And, Santa’s trip around Jackson can be delayed at any time due to priority fire department emergency calls.

So, everyone have a happy and healthy Holiday Season!


Your Fire Station 55 Firefighters and Families

Please Support the Spaghetti Dinner Friday Nov. 15 at Station 55 for Jackson Mills Firefighter

The Jackson Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 Station 55 located at 113 North New Prospect Road is hosting a spaghetti dinner fund raiser on Friday night November 15 between the hours of 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go to the family of a Jackson Mills Station 54 firefighter that recently lost their home in a catastrophic fire. Their family has been active in the fire department in many ways. Now is the time to help us give back to them in their time of need. We have received many offers of monetary donations for the cause, and we look forward to seeing you all on Friday night. Questions and offers of assistance for this fund raiser can be directed to FF Pasquale Principe at 732-575-4372.

Fight For 55 — Tell The Board of Fire Commissioners Fire District 3 No New Company

Fight For 55

Tell the Board of Fire Commissioners District 3 that your answer is NO to a NEW FIRE COMPANY!

At the most recent Board of Fire Commissioners meeting on October 21, 2013, the members of Jackson Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 were advised by the Board of Fire Commissioners District 3 that they were accepting a petition to formulate a new second fire company within our district.  Despite attempts by the leadership of existing Fire Company No. 1 to obtain information in advance from the Board, all they were told was that it was rumors and that the issue would be addressed by the Board at the meeting.

What then transpired at the meeting on October 21st shocked a room full of firefighters from every fire company in town — that the Board not only was accepting the petition with no stated value to the taxpayers, that three of the existing Fire Commissioners had already signed the petition, and that they intended to entertain a potential next step to negotiate a contract with the new company.  In fact, the Board was now going assess the need and to negotiate with an entity that they already had joined.  When asked if there were any issues with the existing Fire Co. No 1 to cause this action, the clear answer provided by the Board President was that firematically the existing Fire Company No. 1 was doing an “excellent job”.  The Board made the statement that they did not like some of the administrative decisions of the Company which is clearly outside of the purview of the Board’s area of responsibility.  Even then, no specific issues were stated and no plan was offered as to how the addition of a second company would be operated within the existing resources of the district. This raises crucial issues about the decision made by the Board about a matter of public safety that lacked specificity and was not accompanied by resource and expense allocation plans.

Subsequent questions posed at the meeting by Fire Company 1’s President and Chief as well as members of the public centered around the process that this decision had taken, the need for another fire company when there already are four in town, effect on the tax rate, operational issues and a host of other concerns all of which were not fully addressed by the Board.

Stations 54 and 55 on Fatal MVC on I-195

Stations 54 and 55 were dispatched to an overturned vehicle off the road on Westbound I-195 at 0447 hours on Saturday morning, October 12, 2013.  Deputy Chief 5410 and Chief 5500 arrived a few minutes later, with 5410 reporting a vehicle on its side, fully involved in fire, and off the road into a tree.  There were apparently no eyewitnesses to the crash. New Jersey State Police and Jackson Police also responded.  The NJ Department of Transportation responded to help control traffic and also remove a tree that was struck by the vehicle causing it to lean into the roadway.

Fire fighters from Engine 5411 and Engine 5521 extinguished the fire, with a search around the vehicle underway by other crews to determine if anyone had been ejected from the Nissan SUV crash. Additional units Ladder 5405 and Rescue 5503 were on the scene assisting.  Immediately following extinguishment of the fire, crews determined that one person was inside and deceased.   Following arrival of the Ocean County Medical Examiner, and investigation by NJSP CSI, fire fighters extricated the deceased driver from the burned out vehicle.  Identification of the driver was still pending.  There were no other victims of the crash.

Fire crews were assisted by the Jackson First Aid Squad and Mon-Oc paramedics.




Station 55 6th Annual Fall Craft Fair – Sunday, Oct. 6th 2013

6th Annual Fall
Craft & Vendor Fair

Sunday, October 6th 2013
9 am – 3 pm

Location: Larsen Road Firehouse
113 North New Prospect Road, Jackson

Visit over 70 tables of unique handmade crafts and new merchandise vendors that will be on-site displaying their items for sale. There will be something for everyone here, so come out for some shopping, food & fun!
Breakfast, lunch and snack items will be available for purchase.



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