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No Injuries in Jackson Condo Fire

Published in the Asbury Park Press March 1st, 2014:



Firefighters were able to contain a first-floor fire at a two-story, wood-frame condominium in Jackson early Saturday afternoon.

The fire occurred at 404 Owls Nest Court in the 60 Acres community at 2:06 p.m. Two homeowners, whose names were not released, were in the laundry room when the fire broke out, but immediately were able to escape, Jackson Station 55 Fire Chief Michael R. Waters said. There were no injuries reported.

The condominium suffered moderate fire damage and significant smoke damage, and the homeowners will not be able to occupy the residence. The fire is under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshall’s office.

Fire companies responding included Jackson Station 55, Jackson Mills Station 54 and Whitesville Fire Company Station 57, with Southard Fire Department providing coverage for the Jackson stations.

“The initial arriving fire crew did an outstanding job knocking down the fire very quickly,” Waters said. “Because of the aggressive knockdown of the fire, it was prevented from spreading to the second floor.”



The original article can be found on the Asbury Park Press website here.


Jackson firefighter saves victim when car crashes into pool

Jackson firefighter saves victim when car crashes into pool As firefighters were still working on Manhattan Street at this morning’s fire  first responders were summoned to Lancaster Way and Hampshire Blvd for a motor vehicle accident with a car into a swimming pool.  Jackson Police, Quality EMS and Jackson Mills firefighters responded to the accident scene.

The according to a Jackson Police Department release, the car ended up in the swimming pool after clipping an oncoming vehicle on Lancaster Way and swerving off the road and across a lawn into the back yard swimming pool after crashing through the fence.

The driver of the second vehicle in the crash was off-duty Jackson #1 career Firefighter Vincent Schwartz. The police stated that Schwartz dove into the pool and broke the window out to rescue the driver of the partially submerged vehicle.  Firefighter Schwartz is also a NJ licensed Paramedic.

Firefighter Schwartz was able to pull the 64 year-old  female driver from the car and out of the swimming pool before police and fire were on scene with the assistance of the driver’s son-in-law Mark and other bystanders.  The driver was treated on scene by Jackson Mills’ career Firefighter/EMTs, Quality EMS and MONOC Paramedics and transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center for treatment. In breaking out the window Firefighter Schwartz suffered a laceration to his hand.  He was treated and released.

According to Deputy Chief Mike Lubertazzi of Jackson Mills, Firefighters from Jackson Mills assisted the Police Department and the Towing company in removing the vehicle from the pool after the scene had been secured and the police had completed their investigation. Jackson Mills firefighters rigged the vehicle for the towing company so that it could be removed without causing any further damage to the pool.

Photos and story courtesy of Matt Genovese, JacksonNJOnline.com

Jackson firefighter saves victim when car crashes into pool


Nine Affected By Fumes At County Line Road Shopping Center Store

Tower/Ladder 5505 Provides Roof Access to Determine Cause of Gasoline Fumes

On Saturday morning June 18, 2011 nine persons inside of Just Your Style Salon located at 2275 West County Line Road were affected by fumes from gasoline being used improperly by roofers at the Bennetts Mills Shopping Center.  Jackson Station 55 and Jackson Mills Station 54 were dispatched to that address at 11:33 a.m. Saturday for a gas leak.  On arrival, Incident Commander Assistant Chief Mike Waters 5510 was met by a strong odor of gasoline, and was advised by personnel inside of the hair salon that they were not feeling well due to the adverse effects of exposure to gasoline fumes from roofers using the flammable liquid overhead.  Firefighting crews on Tower Ladder 5505, Engine 5541, Rescue 5503, Engine 5411 helped search each store and confirm that no explosive levels of fumes existed, and Chief Tim Carson 5500, Jackson Mills Assistant Chief Mike Lubertazzi 5410 and Jackson Mills Chief Bob Haskins 5400 each assisted Incident Command in the safe resolution of the emergency.

Station 55 and 54 firefighters immediately evacuated the salon and also utilized Tower Ladder 5505 to gain quick access to the roof.  Crews from 5505 encountered a number of commercial roofers on top of the structure using over 30 gallons of gasoline on the roof near the heating/air conditioning ventilation system (HVAC) as well as having gas-soaked rags strewn across the roof.  Roofers were using gasoline to help clean the rubber membrane of the roof, contrary to manufacturer recommendations and requirements for safe use of commercial roofing cleaners.  A representative from the Ocean County Fire Marshals Office helped document the hazard, while Jackson Police Department officers assisted firefighters in securing the hazards and assisting EMS staff in assessing the patients.

Rescue 5503 and crew served as a mass triage unit helping Quality EMS medical staff in assessing the employees and patrons of the salon.  Additional EMT’s were dispatched to the scene from Quality EMS and Jackson Mills Fire Company/District 4 staff.  A total of nine females were checked by EMT’s.  None required transport to the hospital.

Chief Tim Carson stated “unapproved use of flammable liquid gasoline as a solvent for roof maintenance could have resulted in a much worse outcome that includes the risk of explosion and fire — not to mention exposure to hazardous fumes”.

Stations 55 and 54 cleared the scene almost two hours later at 1:30 p.m.


Stove Top Fire Damages Gomberg Avenue Home

Stove Top Fire Damages Kitchen of Gomberg Avenue Home

A Gomberg Avenue home was damaged by a fire that started on a stove top range on Wednesday evening, May 25, 2011.  Firefighters from the Jackson Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Station 55 were in the process of a training drill at the main fire station less than one mile from the home when the fire occurred.  Station 55 fire crews quickly picked up from the drill and responded to the fire.  As per standard protocol for a structure fire in the township, two fire companies were dispatched, in this case Station 55 and the Jackson Mills Fire Company Station 54.  Chief Timothy J. Carson 5500 and Assistant Chief Mike Waters 5510 were the first to arrive.  Fire Command was established and Engine 5541, Engine 5521, and Rescue 5503 were on the scene in minutes. Jackson Mills Engine 5411 stood by at the nearby hydrant position for water supply if needed.

The fire was confined to the stove, an overhead range vent/fan unit, and the adjacent kitchen cabinets.  Firefighters from Stations 55 and 54 checked the entire kitchen for fire extension and any other heat damage.  Fire crews remained on the scene for about 30 minutes clearing the home of the smoke and also carbon monoxide which is produced by fires.

Jackson Mills Fire Official John Burmeister 18407 responded to the scene for the fire investigation.  The Jackson First Aid Squad and Jackson Police Department also responded.  There were no injuries.


Jackson Fire Caused by Lightning — Westlake Home Suffers Substantial Damage

Firefighters Advance Hose Lines Into Structure -- Photo Courtesy Dave Weiskopf

A wind-driven, two-alarm fire caused by lightning resulted in substantial damage to a two-story Merion Lane home located in the Westlake section of Jackson late Saturday night, April 16.  Two houses located immediately next to the home struck received minor damage from the adjacent fire.  The fire occurred as a strong storm brought heavy rain and numerous lightning strikes to the area.  There were no injuries sustained to firefighters or residents during the incident.

Firefighters from Jackson Fire Company Station 55 responded to the fire just prior to eleven o’clock p.m. Chief Timothy J. Carson reported on his arrival that the fire was through the roof, requesting a second alarm.  Firefighters searched the home immediately after arriving to make certain that everyone was safely evacuated and began an aggressive hose-line attack to limit the damage.   Assistance was provided by the Whitesville Fire Company Station 57, Jackson Mills Fire Company Station 54 and Cassville Station 56, and the Howell Township Freewood Acres Fire Company.  “We had an extensive volume of fire from the original house, with a serious fire exposure problem which was a real challenge due to high winds.  And, due to the fire department’s rapid application of a large volume of water, the heavy fire condition was knocked down quickly, and other than melted vinyl siding, there was no structural damage to the homes next door” stated Chief Carson.   Stand-by coverage for the Jackson stations during the fire was provided by the Howell Township Southard and Lakewood Fire Departments.

The Jackson First Aid, Jackson Police Department, Jackson Fire District 3 Fire Official and Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office also responded to the scene.


Second Alarm For Occupied Home Basement Fire on Galassi Court

Galassi Court Structure Fire

Members of the Station 55 and Station 57 Volunteer Fire Companies attack the structure fire at Galassi Court on February 13, 2011.

On Sunday, February 13 at 0817 hours, Whitesville Station 57 and Jackson Fire Co. Station 55 were dispatched to a structure fire on Galassi Court. The fire originating in the basement spread quickly to the first floor, with heavy smoke observed coming from the front, side and rear of the home.  The fire occurred in an area of the Whitesville district that is not protected by hydrants. The homeowners suffered smoke inhalation and were transported to Kimball Hospital for treatment.   No injuries were reported by fire fighters on the scene.

Whitesville Chief Scott Rauch 5700, Whitesville Assistant Chief Dave Johnson 5710, and Jackson Chief Tim Carson all arrived minutes after the alarm and reported a working fire in a 2-story occupied wood frame house, with fire and heavy smoke showing on the first floor.  Ladder 5705 pulled into the long driveway and began the fire attack with a 1 3/4″ hand line stretched to the front door, followed by a 2 1/2″ hand line to back-up the initial line.  Tower Ladder 5505 arrived, setting up on the White Road side; meanwhile Tanker/Engine 5708 laid a 5″ supply line from the intersection of White Road and Galassi Court to the end of the long driveway, and 5705′s crew hand-stretched their 5″ supply line to establish water supply while the tanker relay was being set up on White Road.  A second alarm was transmitted by Command due to the heavy involvement of the structure in fire and the need for tankers for sustained water supply.  Interior fire fighting crews encountered difficult conditions inside the home due to high heat and low visibility.

In addition to the Whitesville and Jackson Fire Companies, crews and apparatus responded to the scene from the following fire departments: Jackson Mills, Cassville, Southard, Pleasant Plains, McGuire/Lakehurst/Ft. Dix, and Manchester Township.  Units from the Lakewood Fire Department covered Station 55; and the New Egypt Station 39 covered Whiteville Station 57 for the duration of the incident.

The home suffered significant fire damage in the basement and a small portion of the first floor, with smoke damage in much of the structure.  However, the aggressive interior fire attack by the departments involved largely kept the fire damage from spreading to the remainder of the house.

Several Ocean County Fire Coordinators were on the scene.  Quality Medical provided EMS to the fire fighters and homeowners, as well as establishing a recovery/medical rehab sector.  The Jackson Police Department and Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the cause of the fire.

The Cassville Ladies Auxiliary provided food and beverages to the emergency crews on the scene.

The Whitesville and Jackson Fire Companies thank all the agencies involved for their assistance.


Santa Rides with Station 55 — the Annual Santa Patrol Starts Monday Night December 13

Jackson Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 is proud to announce that Santa Claus will ride with Station 55 starting on Monday night, December 13.  He’s a busy guy this time of year, but Santa will tour all streets within our fire district, starting Monday night 12/13 at approximately 6:30 p.m. or so, and continuing each night thereafter until we have covered our entire response area.  We ask that everyone be patient, as the fire company remains “in service” to respond to any emergencies that may occur.  If any emergencies temporarily delay the Santa Patrol, we will resume our tour as soon as possible.  Santa responds with us, and has been known to assist the fire department when needed!

We know everyone is excited to see Santa, but a reminder — children and adults should remain clear of the approaching fire apparatus as Santa arrives in your neighborhood — for safety’s sake, remain on the sidewalks.

So, to all our friends and neighbors protected by Fire District 3 Station 55 –  Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to each and every one!


“Before The Fire”

A student project in 2007, Jackson Station 55 Firefighter Robert Waters produced a short video that is meant to show all that goes on before a firefighting crew arrives on-scene to an emergency. Take a look and see what is “just another day” for Station 55.


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