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.



Please contact (732) 370-2180 or

Station 55 Open House – Sunday, Oct. 6th 2013

113 N. New Prospect Road (corner of Larsen Road)
Open House
Sunday, October 6th 2013
10 am – 2 pm
Please join us with your family and friends to meet the Firefighters who make your neighborhood safe!

* Live Demonstrations
* Trucks will be on display
* Giveaways

Don’t Drive Distracted!

Driving distracted can come in many forms: it can be as simple as changing the radio station, or answering our cell phone. As first responders, we are no different than regular citizens and in fact, we may be even more distracted than the typical driver with in-car radio communications. So next time you want to grab your cell phone to answer a call or view a new text, remember – it can wait.

Click the infographic below to see the statistics, and view in larger size. Image courtesy of VFIS.

Driving Distracted Infographic

Fire District Insurance Rating Improves to ISO Public Protection Class 3

Fire District 3 officials were notified on July 29, 2013 that effective November 1, 2013, the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC) is improving to Class 3 for properties located in Fire District 3 within 1,000 feet of a hydrant.  This is a one-class improvement from the prior Class 4 established several years ago by ISO.  Class 1 is relatively the best and Class 10 is unprotected.  Most insurers — including the largest ones — use ISO’s PPC’s as part of their decision-making when deciding what business to write, coverages to offer or prices to charge for personal or commercial property insurance.  ISO evaluates over 48,000 fire  protection areas in the United States using its Fire Suppression Rating Schedule.  A combination of meetings between ISO field representatives and officials from the Ocean County Sheriffs Department Communications Division, fire department and Jackson M.U.A. were consulted to develop the data necessary to determine the PPC.  Improvements were noted across the board in the communications, fire department and water supply compared to the prior evaluation.  A PPC of 8B applies to properties located beyond 1,000 feet of a hydrant.

“The improvement in our PPC reflects a true team effort” stated Fire Chief Mike Waters.  “We worked closely with the Fire Bureau, M.U.A. and other fire department officials to make this happen.”  Property owners should contact their insurer to determine if there is any reduction in insurance policy premiums.

Four Year-Old Child Revived After Near Drowning

A four year-old child was revived on July 23, 2013 just before 4 p.m. after being found at the bottom of a swimming pool at the rear of a home located on Castle Avenue in the Robins Estates section of Jackson.  The male child was pulled from the pool by family members, who began CPR first aid awaiting first responders.  Family members stated that the child was under water for less than one minute.  EMS 5504 arrived on scene with FF Vinny Schwartz and FF Mike McLaughlin followed by Engine 5511 with FF Pat Hilger, FPS Mim Stacy and Lt. Gerard Moroney.  The 04 and 11 crews were able to clear the child’s airway and initiate rescue breathing.  Shortly thereafter he began breathing on his own.  He was transported to Centra State Hospital by Quality Medical BLS with two MON-OC paramedics on board.

“We are extremely proud of the firefighters who performed these critical life-saving actions on behalf of this youngster, and are looking forward to hearing about his full recovery” stated Fire Chief Mike Waters, who was also on the scene.



Intense Lightning and Rain Storm Results in 14 Calls

An intense lightning and rain storm pummeled Jackson Township just after 5 p.m. on July 22, 2013, resulting in 14 emergency incidents by midnight in Station 55′s area.   At 1712 hours Stations 55 and 57 were dispatched to a structure fire at the former Chapel Hill Deli at 305 Whitesville Road.  Ladder Tower 5505 responded to the fire which was caused by a lightning strike.  Just after that dispatch, Station 55 began receiving a number of calls for other emergencies that included fire alarms, high water flooding over roads, and an outside air conditioning unit on fire at a residence on Castle Avenue.  Several other calls were also dispatched for possible lightning strikes however no other fires were caused by the storm. In all, Chiefs 5500 and 5510, with Engines 5511, 5521, and 5541 with Rescue 5503 and Ladder Tower 5505 and Utility 5514 handled all the calls.

Some weather reports indicate that Jackson received over 5.5 inches of rain within a few hours.

Station 54 provided mutual aid responding with Station 55 on a number of the calls.

The night was ended with an electrical odor call on Utica Court at 2305 hours that turned out to be dust near a water heater.

Once again, Station 55 members rose to the challenge caused by this intense storm.


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