Apartment Fire at Prospect Pointe — Quick Knockdown Holds Fire to Single Unit

One adult male occupant residing at Prospect Pointe Apartments, 815 Brewers Bridge Road, Building 16 was forced out of his apartment by an early morning fire on Saturday, January 19, 2013.  Fire fighters from Jackson Station 55 and Whitesville Station 57 arriving to battle the 12:26 a.m. ground floor apartment blaze were confronted by the contents of an entire living room on fire with heavy smoke pouring from the front door and window.  The lone occupant of the apartment had narrowly escaped and was subsequently transported by the Jackson First Aid Squad to Kimball Medical Center for an evaluation.  Fire fighters accomplished a quick knockdown of the fire within about 10 minutes after arrival.  Fire fighters remained on the scene ventilating smoke, checking for fire extension. and removing the burned contents until past two thirty in the morning.  “The fire itself was held to the apartment unit’s living room due to the fantastic job by the first-in engine crew stopping the progression of the fire in its tracks” stated Station 55 Chief Mike Waters.  “The fire apartment suffered extensive smoke and heat damage, however we were very pleased that the rest of the building’s occupants were able to return to their homes shortly after the fire was out” concluded Waters.  The Jackson Mills and Southard Fire Departments assisted with one engine company each.  Several officers from the Jackson Police Department evacuated the building’s residents who were all unharmed.  The Ocean County Fire Marshal and Jackson Fire Bureau are investigating the cause of the fire.  There were no injuries to fire fighters or other emergency personnel.

Station 55 Probationary Fire Fighter Earns Fire Academy Leadership Award

Station 55 probationary Fire Fighter Trinity Brown was awarded the prestigious Milan “Spike” Baran Toms River Fire Academy Leadership Award at the Academy’s graduation held on Monday evening, January 7.  Trinity was selected from amongst his 14 other classmates in the Fire Fighter I training program.  Candidates are put to the test both physically and mentally as they learn the elements of safe and effective fire fighting techniques and technical subject awareness.  Candidates must satisfactorily complete a written and practical examination in order to graduate.  It is a requirement that all fire fighters attain their level I state certification within one year of joining the department.

Trinity was chosen from candidates from several other departments including Toms River and Jackson.  The award is given to the person that demonstrates the best leadership and high scores on quizzes, tests and the practical exam.  The award is named in honor of one of the now deceased founders of the Academy who was instrumental in its development.

“We are extremely proud of probationary Fire Fighter Brown and his accomplishment” stated Chief Mike Waters. “He is off to an exceptional start and is a strong role model for our members — especially those that are newer to the department.”