Harmony Fire Company

Nancy Chew retires

Wednesday, July 16, 2014  During the July 16th Commission meeting, Nancy Chew was honered for 30 years of service as the Fire District stenographer. Chairman Mike Koestler presents Nancy with a plaque commending her for her service to the District.



Firework Safety

Friday, July 4, 2014  On the 4th of July, Independence Day, Americans celebrate their patriotism with family reunions, picnics and beautiful displays of fireworks nationwide. Unfortunately, every year, this happy celebration turns into tragedy for many Americans due to the unsafe and illegal use of fireworks. Fireworks displays must be enjoyed responsibly – and within the confines of the law. In New Jersey, it is unlawful to sell, possess, or use fireworks without a valid permit.


The Consumer Product Safety Commission, the federal agency tasked with protecting the public from defective products, in a special study about fireworks found that in the year 2011:

■ 65% of all fireworks injuries were sustained during the 30-day period surrounding the Independence Day holiday;

■ 9,600 injuries occurred nationwide due to fireworks, most often with burns to the hands and head, including to the eyes, face, and ears;

■ 45% of the injuries reported occurred to kids under the age of 14; and

■ There were four reported deaths. The majority of fireworks injury reports involve emergency room treatment and release, but the more severe and fatal injuries were associated with the consumer’s use of professional grade and homemade fireworks. In the four reported deaths involving fireworks, the victims were killed when the illegal devices exploded causing severe trauma to the head and face.


Fires are another result of the use of fireworks by inexperienced people. According to the National Fire Protection Association, on Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other causes of fire. The Association reports that in 2010, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires:

■ 1,100 total structural fires;

■ 300 vehicle fires; and

■ 14,100 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in eight reported civilian deaths, 60 civilian injuries and an estimated $36 million in direct property damage.


Under the New Jersey Explosives and Fireworks Act (N.J.S.A. 21:2-1 et seq.):

– It is unlawful to sell, offer for sale, possess, or use fireworks anywhere in the State without a valid permit;

– The valid permit must be issued by any municipality after receiving an application in writing and the posting of a bond, for the display of fireworks, by municipalities, religious, fraternal or civic organizations, fair associations, amusement parks, or other organizations or groups of individuals approved by the municipality;

– The chiefs of the police and fire departments must approve the permit;

– An identification number and the specific type of fireworks to be used must be stated on the permit. The permit shall name one person who shall be authorized to purchase, or otherwise order, and receive delivery of any fireworks.

– A person is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree if he or she sells, offers or exposes for sale, or possesses with intent to sell, any fireworks.

– A person is guilty of a petty disorderly person’s offense if he or she purchases, uses, discharges, causes to be discharged, ignites, fires or otherwise sets in action, or possesses any fireworks without having the required permit. Any business that advertises, offers to sell or sells fireworks to residents of New Jersey is required to clearly and conspicuously

disclose that fireworks are illegal to possess or use in New Jersey without a valid permit. Failure to do so would constitute a violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and its regulations.



Crash at Clems and Ellis

Thursday, July 3, 2014  On Thursday evening Ewan Fire Company along with GCEMS and LS1 were dispatched to Clems Run and Ellis Mill Road for a motor vehicle crash.  23201 arrived to find a 2 vehicle crash with a utility pole down and electric and telephones wires blocking the roadway. The company secured the vehicles, removed debris from the roadway and directed traffic for the PD. The company remained on location for an extended period due to low hanging Verizon wires and the utility company not responding. Both patients sustained minor injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment.



Ladder 2316 Responds to Kingsway High School

Monday, June 23, 2014  Station 23-3 duty crew responded at the request of 2501 (Chief Barber) to Kingsway High School for the alarm system. The chief was on location with a careless cooking incident in the school and needed additional fans to evacuate some remaining smoke from the school. Ladder 2316 responded with 4. Upon the arrival of ladder, the crews went in service with a fan to evacuate the smoke. Crews remained on scene for approximately 20 minutes evacuating the smoke.



Dwelling Fire on Hickory Lane

Thursday, June 19, 2014  District 23 with mutual aid from East Greenwich and BLS 83-35 were dispatched to 218 Hickory Lane this morning for a dwelling fire. The resident reported that his house had been struck by lightning around at 02:00am and the family began to smell smoke at approx. 0430. Crews found a smoke condition in the house and located a fire in the outside chimney frame. The frame was opened up and the fire was extinguished. Special thanks to the East Greenwich Fire Department for their help during the incident and Gloucester County EMS for providing firefighter rehab.



Motor Vehicle Crash - Clems and Mullica Hill Road

Thursday, June 12, 2014  Around 1830 hours District 23 and BLS 83-35 were dispatched to the intersection of Mullica Hill Rd. and Clem's Run for a Motor Vehicle Crash. On arrival of 23101(Chief Cardile) reported a 2 car crash with no entrapment. BLS requested one additional and ALS unit. Rescue 2318 arrived assisted BLS and the tow company. 3 patients were transported to a local hospital for evaluation. The Rescue was available with in the hour, and no firefighter injuries were reported.




Wednesday, June 11, 2014  Ewan Fire Company members Scott Parker and Cody DiBenedetto graduated from the Salem County Fire Academy Firefighter I program. Congratulations Gentlemen!



Crash Route 322 & Richwood Road

Friday, June 6, 2014  Station 23-3 duty crew responded along with District Chief 2301 Mason, Gloucester County EMS Units 8335, 8275 and Inspira MICU Life Support 1 to Route 322 & and Richwood Roads, for a Motor Vehicle Crash. Chief Mason arrived quickly after dispatched and confirmed a two vehicle crash head on collision; with injuries. The BLS arrived along with Engine 2313, and packaged two patients to be transported to local ER's for evaluation. 2313 remained on location until the vehicles were secured by the tow company, and released by HTPD. The crash is been investigated by HTPD. No firefighter injuries were reported and the engine was available with in the hour.



Station Tour at 23-1

Wednesday, May 21, 2014  Today members from the 23-3 duty crew provided a station tour, to Mrs. Norris’s Mullica Hill Friends School Kindergarten Class, the students stop by the Station to receive a lesson in fire safety.  Firefighters showed the children the trucks; allowed them to play with the firefighters gear. And understand the importance not to be scared of a firefighter.  The day was concluded with a picture in front of the fire truck, all the children had a good time.
If you are interesting in setting a tour up for a small group or class please contact your local fire marshal’s office or local firehouse for more information. To contact the Harrison Township Bureau of Fire Prevention call  856-478-6832



Accident in East Greenwich

Friday, May 16, 2014  Station 23-3 duty crew responded along with Chief Cardile 23101 to East Greenwich along with District 19 and Gloucester County BLS Unit 8235 to the area of Kings Highway and Tomlin Station Road for a Motor Vehicle Crash. Chief Cardile arrived quickly after dispatched and confirmed a two vehicle crash with two occupants trapped; the chief also requested two additional BLS units and a paramedic unit from Inspira Hospital. East Greenwich’s Rescue Engine 1918 arrived and went into service with their Holmatro Hydraulic Rescue Tools quickly freeing the driver. While the crew from 2318 assisted in the removal of the seat to access the 2nd patient in the back seat. The patients were transported to Crozier Chester Trauma Center for further evaluation.



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