Jackson Fire District #3 Firefighters Vincent Schwartz, Jason Zimmerman and Lieutenant Edward Moore receive commendation for life saving actions
On Monday April 20, 2009 Station 57 responded to a serious motor vehicle accident in front of 964 East Veterans Highway. The crew from Engine 5701 consisted of Lieutenant Edward Moore, Firefighter Vincent Schwartz, and Firefighter Jason Zimmerman. Upon their arrival, the crew found a two vehicle MVA in which one person, a teenager, was found pinned in a vehicle and was unconscious.
Firefighters Vincent Schwartz and Jason Zimmerman immediately began patient care on the unconscious female who also had an obstructed airway due to blood and fluids in her mouth. The two firefighters worked together to provide spinal immobilization, suctioning, and patient stabilization while awaiting additional resources to arrive to help remove the victim from the vehicle.
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At 12:39 p.m. on December 20, 2008 the Jackson Township Fire Company #1 and the Jackson Mills Fire Company were dispatched to a report of smoke coming from a commercial structure in the vicinity of 460 Bennetts Mills Road. Assistant Chief Michael Fatovic was the first unit on the road and was advised by dispatch that there were numerous phone calls, one stating the the doors of the building were melting and there were signs of haz-mat.
Upon arrival Assistant Chief Fatovic found a truck repair shop with heavy smoke showing. Engine 5511 was first due and pull into the yard of the facility. Under the direction of Captain Tim Carson, the c rew stretched one 2 ½ inch attack line to the rear doors of the structure and located the fire in the B/C corner. They gained entry and mounted an aggressive interior attack. Ladder 5505 was second due and dropped a 5 inch supply line from the hydrant and laid in to 5511. Chief Michael Lubertazzi (5400) arrived and assumed operations. Under the direction of Lt. Michael Waters, the crew stretched a secondary attack line off 5511 and assisted the first team in knocking down the main body of fire. Engine 5521 came in and picked up the hydrant while its crew went to work. Lt Matt Baader took a crew into the bucket of 5505 and vented the building. Crews from Jackson Mills Engine 5411 and Ladder 5405 arrived under the direction of Captain Ray Tremer III and assisted by ventilating the A side of the structure and stretching an additional 1 ¾ line of 5511.
The fire was under control in 12 minutes and is under investigation by the Jackson Township Fire District #3 Fire Official Frank McDonnell, Jackson Police Detective Scott Conover, and the Ocean County Fire Marshalls Office.
The Jackson Vol. Fire Co. No. 1 Station 55 extends our condolences and a thank you to our brother firefighters at North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Department for their assistance, hospitality and courtesies extended to our Company and Fire District during the viewing and funeral of NHRFR Captain Carmine Flora, who also served as an elected Fire Commissioner of Jackson Fire District 3.
The officers and members of the North Hudson Fire Department were outstanding in their support and display of brotherhood to everyone from Jackson. We were proud to stand shoulder-to- shoulder with the firefighters of your Department as we all paid our last respects to Captain Flora. May he rest in peace.
Station 55 also thanks our brother and sister firefighters in our area that offered their assistance to our department during this time of sadness and loss.
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Fire District 3 Commissioner Carmine Flora. Carmine passed away on Sunday March 2, 2008. Prior to his death, he was a Captain of Squad 2 in the North Hudson Regional Fire Department. The Jackson Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 extends our deepest condolences to his family and our brother firefighters at North Hudson. May Carmine rest in peace.
Details on arrangements will be posted as soon as they are available.
Jackson Township Fire District 3 has announced details concerning their 2006 Budget – scheduled for voter approval on Saturday, February 18, 2006.
District 3 provides fire protection and daytime first responder EMS services for the northeast section of the township – operating from the volunteer-owned station located on North New Prospect Road at Larsen Road, and from a District-owned station on Kierych Memorial Drive near Johnson Park. The District is served by career and volunteer firefighters Monday to Friday during the day, and exclusively by volunteer firefighters at night and on weekends.
During 2005, over 1,100 emergency calls required fire department responses within the District, an increase of 11% over 2005.
District officials point to a rigorous process they utilized to hold the line on 2006 expenses – that will result in a tax rate increase of only 1.8% — from 0.166 per hundred dollars of appraised value to 0.169 in 2006. This translates into a minimal change – for a home assessed at $250,000, the tax increase will result in an additional $7.50 per year or $0.63 a month.
The operating appropriations outlined in the 2006 Budget plan are 4.8% lower than 2005, with capital appropriations almost 26% lower than 2005. The amount to be raised by taxation has increased only 2.5% from $1.845M to $1.891M.
District officials urge all voters to approve this Budget plan to ensure the level of service that is necessary regarding the protection of life and property.
The election will be held at 113 N. New Prospect Road between the hours of 2:00PM and 9:00pm