Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1

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Engine compartment fire on route 18 today, Extinguished quickly by the crew of engine 274.  While Engines 275, tanker 29...
11/11/2020

Engine compartment fire on route 18 today, Extinguished quickly by the crew of engine 274. While Engines 275, tanker 296, chief 266 and rescue 286 all stood by.

Between 11/9/2020 to 11/15/2020 is National Traffic Incident Management Week. Slow down and move over when approaching a...
11/09/2020

Between 11/9/2020 to 11/15/2020 is National Traffic Incident Management Week. Slow down and move over when approaching and passing an incident scene to provide a protective buffer for you, for first responders, and the motorists behind you.

Slow Down. Move Over. It’s the Law!

10/31/2020

Change your clock, change your battery

On early Sunday morning, November 1 2020 at 2:00:00 AM, New Jerseyans will be turning their clocks back one hour in observance of the return to Standard Time. When they do, the Robertsville Fire Department is reminding residents to replace the batteries in all of their smoke detectors. Firefighters are also urging residents to replace the batteries in their carbon monoxide (CO) detectors at the same time. NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code®, requires smoke alarms be replaced at least every 10 years, but because the public is generally unaware of this requirement, many homes have smoke alarms past their expiration date, putting people at increased risk. To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase).

Batteries in smoke and CO detectors should be changed at least twice a year, even if the detectors are hardwired into the electrical system. In the case of hardwired detectors, the battery will keep the detector functioning in the event of a power failure. A good time to remember to check your smoke and CO detectors and change the batteries is when you change your clocks twice a year as daylight saving time begins and ends. In addition to changing the batteries twice a year, you should test your smoke and CO detectors every month by simply holding down the test button. Because dust and cobwebs can impair the sensitivity of a smoke or CO detector, vacuum your detectors at least once a year. Also, never paint over a smoke or CO detector. In order to maintain the highest level of protection, the Roberstville Fire Department recommends that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every 10 years.

Remember, almost every day a smoke detector saves somebody’s life. Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occurred in homes without working smoke detectors. Since most fatal fires occur at night, it’s essential that every home have working smoke detectors to provide an early warning. Working smoke detectors increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50 percent.

If the smoke detector goes off, crawl low to the ground under the smoke and exit your home quickly. Don’t try to take anything with you, just get out. Once safely outside, go to your family meeting place to ensure that everyone got out safely. Once you’re out, STAY OUT! Make sure to prepare and practice an escape plan including a family meeting place. Just as schools practice fire drills, families should also practice what to do if their smoke detectors go off.

If your CO detector activates and you feel ill, leave the house and call 911. If you do not feel ill, push your detector’s reset button. If the alarm goes off again after a few minutes, open the windows, leave the house, and call 911. Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know that they are being exposed. The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without the fever). They include:

Headache
Fatigue
Shortness of breath
Nausea
Dizziness
Smoke detectors should be installed in every bedroom, in the hallways leading to the bedrooms, and on each level of your home including the basement. Smoke detectors should be mounted on to the ceiling at least 4” from the wall; wall mounts should be 4-12” down from the ceiling. Do not install near draft areas (windows, vents).

If your CO detector activates and you feel ill, leave the house and call 911. If you do not feel ill, push your detector’s reset button. If the alarm goes off again after a few minutes, open the windows, leave the house, and call 911. Since 2007 homeowners, landlords and building owners are required to install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in any occupancies that have rooms used sleeping. This NJ law requires the owner of the building to install carbon monoxide detectors within 15 feet of all rooms used for sleeping.

The minimal effort required to change a few batteries could mean the difference between life and death. The Robertsville Fire Department has long advocated the ‘Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery’ campaign, as a smoke or CO detector is one of the cheapest and most effective ways homeowners can provide year round fire and carbon monoxide protection for themselves and their families. Every year lives are lost in homes without smoke or CO detectors or those homes with a non-functioning smoke or CO detector. In a study conducted by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), nearly 96% of households report having at least one smoke detector. Yet the US Fire Administration reports residential fires make up nearly 83% of all civilian fire deaths. The culprit is generally a disconnected or dead battery.

Smoke carbon monoxide detectors unquestionably help save lives, but they are useless without working batteries inside of them. Just a few minutes twice a year to change that battery can truly mean the difference between life and death. Save a life, when you change your clocks, change your smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.

Happy Halloween, Marlboro! Let's make tonight fun and safe for all. Here are some tips so it's all treats, no tricks.
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween, Marlboro! Let's make tonight fun and safe for all. Here are some tips so it's all treats, no tricks.

Today we honor the women and men who put their lives at risk to keep us safe. Happy National First Responders Day!
10/28/2020

Today we honor the women and men who put their lives at risk to keep us safe. Happy National First Responders Day!

Today we're honoring the women and men who put their lives at risk to keep us safe. Happy National First Responders Day!...
10/28/2020

Today we're honoring the women and men who put their lives at risk to keep us safe. Happy National First Responders Day!

Marlboro Township Police Department Marlboro Fire Department District #1 Morganville Vol Fire Co. #1 Morganville Independent Fire Company Marlboro First Aid and Rescue Squad, Inc. Morganville First Aid and Rescue Squad - MFARS

RVFC members got a visit from local resident, Brooklyn the Dalmatian yesterday! Brooklyn enjoyed checking out a fire eng...
10/21/2020

RVFC members got a visit from local resident, Brooklyn the Dalmatian yesterday! Brooklyn enjoyed checking out a fire engine and some firefighter equipment. Isn't she photogenic?

Craig Haas Photography
10/19/2020

Craig Haas Photography

The Monmouth County Tender Taskforce conducted a training exercise at the Monmouth County Sheriff’s office. This drill was comprised of 16 tenders and 5 engines. Water was offloaded at a drafting pool and a nurse tender. For refill there were 2 hydrants and a drafting pond. At the conclusion of the drill 186,500 gallons of water was dumped.
https://www.craighaasphotography.com/Journalism/Monmouth-County-Tender-Drill-101820/

Tanker operations training with Jamesburg Fire Department
09/24/2020

Tanker operations training with Jamesburg Fire Department

Robertsville fire assisted Marlboro Fire Department District #1 along with Marlboro First Aid and Rescue Squad, Inc. At ...
09/21/2020

Robertsville fire assisted Marlboro Fire Department District #1 along with Marlboro First Aid and Rescue Squad, Inc. At a serious motor vehicle accident today on route 18. Both occupants were transported to trauma centers for evaluation.

Never forget.....
09/11/2020

Never forget.....

HURST Jaws of Life training on our new E-draulic tools. Thank you Anthony Morabito
08/28/2020

HURST Jaws of Life training on our new E-draulic tools. Thank you Anthony Morabito

We would like to congratulate Firefighter/EMT Asher Kantor for receiving a scholarship from the Kevin Apuzzio Memorial F...
08/13/2020
Home - Kevin Apuzzio Foundation

We would like to congratulate Firefighter/EMT Asher Kantor for receiving a scholarship from the Kevin Apuzzio Memorial Foundation, to help further his education.

Thank you Kevin Apuzzio Memorial Foundation for selecting one of our firefighter/EMTs for this honor.

It is the mission of the Kevin Apuzzio Foundation to honor the legacy and memory of Kevin Apuzzio, a college student and volunteer firefighter who gave his life in the line of duty

One of the missions of the Kevin Apuzzio Memorial Foundation is to provide scholarships to those following in Kevin's footsteps. Specifically, the scholarships are open to NJ Firefighters and/or EMT-B/Ps attending an accredited 4-year college or university, working on their baccalaureate (or higher) degree.

https://www.kevinapuzziofoundation.org/

Your donations help support all the aspects of our foundation from training, to scholarships, to helping first responders in need. Your donations are tax deductible, as The Kevin Apuzzio Foundation is a IRS 501(c)3 registered organization.

08/10/2020
08/05/2020

Jersey Central Power & Light Ice and Water Activation

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) continues to restore service to customers who lost power and has activated our retail water and ice program. For those customers remaining without power for 24 hours or more, JCP&L is offering free water and ice at the following locations beginning 8/5/20 at 10am:

Monmouth County

· Acme Supermarkets, 3241 Route 9, Store 7960, Freehold – Monmouth County
· Saker ShopRites, Inc., 3585 Hwy 9, Freehold – Monmouth County
· Saker ShopRites, Inc., 280 Hwy 9 N, Morganville - Monmouth
· Saker ShopRites, Inc., 2200 Asbury Ave., Neptune 07753
· Food Circus (a/k/a Foodtown), 1560 Rt 35, Store 269, Ocean
· Acme Supermarkets, 990 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls,
· Saker ShopRites, Inc., Routes 36 & 71, West Long Branch 07764
· Saker ShopRites, Inc., 1151 Shrewsbury Ave., Shrewsbury 07722
· Saker ShopRites, Inc., 4594 Rt 9 S, Howell 07731 – Monmouth County
· Saker ShopRites, Inc. 668 Rt 70, Brick 08723, Ocean County
· Food Circus (a/k/a Foodtown), 2204 Rt 35 & Sea Girt Ave, Store 268, Sea Girt, Monmouth County
· Saker ShopRites, Inc., 2445 Rt 34, Wall 07719, Monmouth County
· Saker ShopRites, Inc., 1801 Route 35, Wall Twp., Monmouth County
· Acme Supermarkets, 2007 Route 35, Wall, Monmouth County
· Saker ShopRites, Inc., 318 Lloyd Rd., Aberdeen
· Food Circus (a/k/a Foodtown), 9 Rt. 36, Bayshore Plaza, Store 266, Atlantic Highlands
· Acme Supermarkets, 576 River Rd., Store 7949, Fair Haven
· Saker S

08/05/2020
FirstEnergy Storm Center NJ

JCPL is reporting this restoration may take several days.

Note**** Please report any service interruptions to JCP&L. Customer outage reports help to identify damage locations and restore power faster.

Here's how to report:
· 888-544-4877
· http://spr.ly/report
· Text OUT to 544487

Please treat ANY downed or low-hanging wire as energized and dangerous. Report ASAP to 888-544-4877 or 9-1-1.

We currently expect that this will be a multi-day restoration effort. As the weather calms down, crews will continue to assess damage in order to provide estimated restoration times

To view live updates for the county:
http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/nj.html

Currently, of the 291,416 Monmouth County customers that JCP&L services, 193,011 (66.23%) are still without power.

For the towns specifically in LD13

Aberdeen 6,611 (80.8%)

Atlantic Highlands 2,660 (99.92%)

Fair Haven 2,328 (99.91%)

Hazlet 7,177 (94.88%)

Highlands 2,841 (96.93%)

Holmdel 6,659 (93.82%)

Keansburg 4,206 (99.74%)

Keyport 1,899 ( 51.72%)

Little Silver 2,111 (77.9%)

Marlboro 14,732 (90.37%)

Middletown 23,816 (88.43%)

Monmouth Beach 1,027 (48.37%)

Oceanport 2,346 (97.14%)

Rumson 2,882 (99.79%)

Sea Bright 48 (3.34%)

Union Beach 1,064 (45.86%)

Marlboro Township Police Department
08/05/2020

Marlboro Township Police Department

Please be advised that many of the roadways in Marlboro Township remain closed and impassable due to wires and telephone poles that have come down blocking access. If you are going to be out please drive safely and obey all traffic directions and detours. We are also aware there are many residence and businesses without power. The township has been in contact with JCP&L representatives. Work crews are in Marlboro removing trees and restoring power lines. However, with the number of power outages throughout New Jersey following the storm JCP&L is predicting a multi-day outage for many of us.

The Marlboro Township Recreation Center (1996 Recreation Way off of Wyncrest Road) will be open as a charging and cooling center today from 9am until 9pm. Please enter the recreation center through the side entrance (follow signs to “Gym”). To keep everyone safe face coverings/masks must be worn and social distancing is required. As we remain under a State Public Health Emergency note that you may be asked to wait outside in order for us to adhere to the recommend limits on indoor gatherings. Please do not bring food or drinks into the recreation center.

If we receive any more pertinent or relevant storm related information we will be sure to pass it along.

#marlboropolice #communityfirst #marlborotownship #stormupdate

Marlboro Township Police Department
08/05/2020

Marlboro Township Police Department

Please be advised there are still numerous trees and powerlines down across the entire town. Many of the local roads are still impassable. Contact JCP&L if you have lost power. Please do not call the police department unless it is an emergency. #marlboropolice #communityfirst #caution #besafe

Weather Update for Marlboro/Morganville AreaThunderstorms are expected to begin after 8am. By 1pm, thunderstorms are exp...
08/04/2020

Weather Update for Marlboro/Morganville Area

Thunderstorms are expected to begin after 8am. By 1pm, thunderstorms are expected to end, but rain will continue through 5pm. Rainfall totals ranging 1.00-1.50 inch are forecast. Winds will range 45-50 mph with gusts to 60 mph. By early evening, rain should end and winds will begin to subside

With the High winds and rain, there could be wires down and power outages.

Remember all wires from utility poles, regardless of type could be energized, if see one on the ground, call 9-1-1 and stay away. if you are using a generator remember the following

Using a Generator at Home
The primary hazards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution, and fire. Follow the directions supplied with the generator. (Learn more about carbon monoxide poisoning.)

To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy-like structure, such as under a tarp held up on poles. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
Be sure to turn the generator off and let it cool down before refueling. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.
Store fuel for the generator in an approved safety can. Use the type of fuel recommended in the instructions or on the label on the generator.

Store the fuel outside of living areas in a locked shed or other protected area. To guard against accidental fire, do not store it near a fuel-burning appliance, such as a natural gas water heater in a garage.

Plug appliances directly into the generator, or use a heavy duty, outdoor-rated extension cord that is rated (in watts or amps) at least equal to the sum of the connected appliance loads.

Check that the entire cord is free of cuts or tears and that the plug has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin.

Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet. Known as “backfeeding,” this practice puts utility workers, your neighbors and your household at risk of electrocution.

Remember, even a properly connected portable generator can become overloaded, resulting in overheating or generator failure. Be sure to read the instructions.

If necessary, stagger the operating times for various equipment to prevent overloads.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning
Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
Keep these devices outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO buildup in the home. Although CO can't be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY - DO NOT DELAY.
Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.


Test the batteries frequently and replace when needed.

If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.


Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

Address

94 County Road 520
Morganville, NJ
07751

General information

In the early part of 1958, several interested men met at the home of William Morris to discuss the establishment of a Volunteer Fire Company. Prior to this time several attempts were made by uninterested individuals to form a fire company, but the cost and lack of response made the efforts fail. On April 28th, 1958, Clifton T. Barkalow, Attorney, incorporated the Company and on May 5th, 1958, the first organizational meeting was held at the Robertsville School. At this meeting Bob Nivison was elected Chief and William E. Storer as President. A dream has become a reality and the seed was sown. No one could have foreseen the rapid and dynamic growth that was to come in the next half of century. In October, 1958 the Company acquired its first piece of equipment. A 1940 GMC pumper classified as K-31, purchased through the generosity of Howard Preston for $2500. This truck has become a source of extreme pride through the years as a first-line pumper and today as a Parade Vehicle. It will always occupy an honored place in the Company. K-34, a 1958 White chain-driven tanker/trailer was purchased to supply water to the Company. It remained in service off and on, until 1962. The Company had no home and the equipment was housed at Frank Boyce’s Garage on Rt. 9. 6.4 acres of land was purchased in November of 1958, from the Lambersons at the present site of the company for use to build a firehouse in the near future. Up until the purchase of a siren in March, 1959 the firefighters used a phone relay system to notify each other of an alarm. This method of notification stayed in use, in one way or another, until phased out later. A need for a firehouse was apparent and on January 26th 1960, a mortgage was obtained for $10,000 from the Central Jersey Bank and Trust Company. This money was to be used to build a firehouse on the land purchased in 1958. Work began on the original building in March of 1960, and the firehouse was completed a little more than a year later in August of 1961. The original building was erected with the blood, sweat and tears of those men and women who were driven by their sense of community and the many donations of material and labor of so many others. The years from 1961 to 1963 were filled with many memories. The fighting of some memorable fires at the Stokes home, Julia’s Drive-in, the G&G Egg plant and the Koos Brothers furniture store, to name a few. The classes held at the firehouse by the the Robertsville school, the Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and so much more. The dances and parties to celebrate weddings and christenings of community people made the firehouse a focal point in the lives of many.

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