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.


Probationary Firefighter Ian Biazzo wins prestigous award for top in class performance

For the second time in successive Firefighter I classes at the Toms River Fire Academy, a Station 55 probationary member has finished at the top of the class.  PFF Ian Biazzo was awarded the prestigious Milan “Spike” Baran honor which memorializes one of the legendary members of the fire service in Ocean County.  The award was presented at PFF Biazzo’s June 17 graduation at the Academy.

“We are extremely proud of Ian for once again making Station 55 stand out due to top performance” stated Fire Chief Mike Waters.  “To have one of our members win this award once is exemplary, to win it twice in successive classes is outstanding” concluded Waters.



Station 55 Launches Fire Explorer Program — Post 5501

FF Angel Liranzo and the Explorer committee have officially formed Station 55′s Explorer Post 5501.  The adult leaders have completed their certification through the Boy Scouts of America.  Males and females between the ages of 14 and 18 are invited to participate in the program.  The Exploring program has five areas of emphasis — career opportunities, citizenship, leadership experience, life skills and character education. Candidates interested in membership can contact FF Liranzo at 201-616-8496.  We are excited to offer this program to the young adults of Jackson Township.

Three Vehicle Crash Injures Two Drivers

South Cooks Bridge Road Crash

Two persons were injured in a three vehicle crash on Tuesday May 28, 2013 that resulted in one vehicle landing on top of the other on South Cooks Bridge Road at Georgian Boulevard.  Stations 55 and 57 were dispatched to the incident at 1513 hours. On arrival, Firefighter Mike Grossman on EMS 5504 reported one car on top of another, with the driver of the Subaru vehicle on top unable to get out.  In addition to 5504, Engine 5511, Engine 5701 and Rescue 5503 responded.  Crews immediately stabilized the vehicles with rescue struts and proceeded to assist the driver of the Subaru safely out.  The drivers of two of the three vehicles were transported by Quality Medical — one to Kimball and the other to Centra State Hospital.  The scene was cleared at 1610 hours.

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