Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Isaac! Isaac's Mom reached out to us about his love for fire trucks and passing by our station on hi...

Happy 3rd Birthday, Isaac! Isaac's Mom reached out to us about his love for fire trucks and passing by our station on his way to school. He recently turned 3 and got to visit Robertsville FD and meet some of our members. Everyone had a blast at Isaac's Birthday Visit!

From our house to yours Happy Easter, especially those who are working today.

From our house to yours Happy Easter, especially those who are working today.

Rest in Peace United States Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans, E.O.W. 4/2/2021. Police Officer Evans was kill...

Rest in Peace United States Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans, E.O.W. 4/2/2021. Police Officer Evans was killed in the line of duty by an individual who rammed a car into a secure entrance to the United States Capitol. Police Officer Evans served with the U.S. Capitol Police since March 7, 2003. Billy, rest in the Lord's eternal embrace. Always Honored, Never Forgotten. #uscapitolpolice #uscapitol #thesacrificecontinues

Fire-Free Family GatheringsDid you know that home cooking fires peak on major U.S. holidays that traditionally involve c...

Fire-Free Family Gatherings

Did you know that home cooking fires peak on major U.S. holidays that traditionally involve cooking? During big family gatherings, it’s easy to be distracted by the holiday hubbub. Here are a few tips to keep your family celebration from going up in flames.
Don’t let too many cooks spoil your holiday. Avoid overcrowding the kitchen and doing too many things at once. Keep children out of the kitchen if possible, and make sure to watch them closely when they are present.

Be alert when cooking. If you’re sleepy or have consumed alcohol, avoid using the stove and oven. Set timers and don’t leave anything unattended.
Keep flammable items — such as oven mitts, kitchen towels, wooden utensils, food wrappers and curtains — away from your cooking area.

Be careful when frying anything. In the event of a small grease fire, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Remove lid once completely cooled

.Small oven fires can be put out by turning off the heat the keeping the door closed.
Sometimes it is possible for you to put out small fires on your own. If you have any doubts about doing so, evacuate immediately — closing the door behind you to contain the flames — and call 911.Easter Egg Safety 101Dyed or decorated eggs — and the ensuing hunt — are a big part of many families’ Easter celebrations. We love this fun and creative celebration. But it’s important to remember that eggs can spoil quickly and cause serious illness if consumed. A few things to keep in mind:
Do not use eggs that have been cracked or broken. Inspect your eggs before purchasing and keep them refrigerated until you’re ready to use them.
Hard boiling eggs before giving them to children to dye is a good way to avoid handling raw eggs — and avoid a potential mess!

If you plan to eat any of your decorated eggs, be sure to use food-grade dyes. It’s generally safe to use commercial egg dyes, liquid food coloring, drink mixes and fruits/vegetables to color your eggs

Eggs that have been left unrefrigerated for more than two hours, either as part of an egg hunt or another display, should not be eaten. Consider making a second batch to serve your guests. Un-cracked hard-boiled eggs will stay fresh for one week if refrigerated.

When setting up your hunt, avoid hiding eggs near outlets or plugs, in hard-to-reach areas and near glass or other breakables. If hiding outside, be sure to place eggs away from dirt, chemicals and animals. Don’t hide eggs in pre-existing holes or trees, or near any plant that you can’t identify. Keep count of the eggs you’ve hidden!
Easter Candy Considerations

What’s Easter without a little jelly bean-fueled sugar high? Finding a basket of goodies left by the Easter Bunny is a great treat for children of all ages. Prevent choking hazards by giving out age-appropriate candies and being watchful of little ones at all times. It’s also important to be mindful of any food allergies your guests may have. Check with parents before offering any chocolate bunnies or other candies that could contain nuts

Pet-Proof Your Easter Festivities
We can’t forget our four-legged friends! Make sure that Fido and Fluffy also get to enjoy their Easter celebrations — by keeping them away from known hazards and toxins.

Most pet owners know that the chemicals in chocolate can be lethal to both dogs and cats, causing cardiac failure, seizures, coma and death if not treated quickly. This is just your friendly reminder to keep all those tempting treats out of their reach!
Lilies are a favorite Easter bloom. But did you know that these flowers can be toxic to cats if ingested? Even a small amount can cause kidney failure and, if left untreated, death. Look for signs of vomiting, lethargy and lack of appetite, and be sure to contact your vet immediately if you think your cat may have eaten part of one of these plants.

Easter basket “grass” and foil candy wrappers are NOT digestible and should be kept away from pets to avoid choking, strangulation and internal obstruction
Table scraps and trash should be kept out of reach to avoid choking hazards and potential tummy troubles for your pets — no fun to have to deal with that, especially on an already-hectic day.

We hope you have a happy and SAFE Easter weekend!

Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1

Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1

In 1970, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all affect...

In 1970, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible. In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, which evolved into Autism Acceptance Month (AAM). This April, we continue our efforts to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change.

The Autism Society of America, the nation’s oldest leading grassroots autism organization, is is proud to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month in April 2021 with the its “Celebrate Differences” campaign. Designed to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism, #CelebrateDifferences focuses on providing information and resources for communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life.

The Autism Society recognizes that the prevalence of autism in the United States has risen from 1 in 125 children in 2010 to 1 in 59 in 2020 – recognizing this continued increase, the goal for AAM is to further increase awareness about autism signs, symptoms and opportunities through: information and referrals, events, printable and digital resources, and community partnerships with businesses and organizations dedicated to building inclusive experiences.

The Autism Society has a variety of resources designed to inform and encourage communities to celebrate differences, and become more inclusive of individuals with autism. The campaign will overlap with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, and continue throughout the month.

As we approach the upcoming fire district elections and budget approval, sometimes confusing or misleading things are sa...

As we approach the upcoming fire district elections and budget approval, sometimes confusing or misleading things are said in the heat of the election. Therefore, we want to assure the community that we are a first-rate fire company responding to the needs of the community we have proudly served for over 50 years. In 2020, your volunteers responded to over 220 calls, with an average response time under 5 minutes, expending close to 1400 person hours of service ranging from burnt toast, house fires, motor vehicle accidents with entrapment, technical rescue, hazardous materials, mutual aid throughout the state, just to mention a couple. A lot goes into preparing to respond to whatever type of call we receive and we spend even more time maintaining our equipment and facilities, training as well as providing other types of community service.
The budget that we need to operate, supports our efforts to provide fire and rescue suppression services for those that reside, work or visit the township of Marlboro.
We, like volunteer fire companies across the nation, are finding it increasingly more difficult to recruit new members. Over the past year, we added 3 new, fully qualified members which is not enough to sustain us over the longer term with members leaving the company for college, relocating, etc. We want you to know that the Company is taking steps to address this. Unfortunately in 2020 and into 2021, it is increasingly more difficult than in the past. We would organize and/or attend many public events, but due to COVID-19 most if not all of those events were cancelled in 2020 and postponed in 2021. We are hoping to have National night out in August, Open House in October, Marlboro Day in September, just to name a couple. We have been trying to recruit members and successfully re-introduced our junior program in the late Fall. This program provides an opportunity to learn about the fire service and is open to anyone between the ages of 16 and 18. Juniors are permitted to respond to certain calls and perform limited activities, but again due to virtual learning, our in school recruitment drives have been suspended. We have had many of our long term members join in that capacity and many years later, continue to volunteer their time. The Company has also established a committee to come up with ideas for recruiting new members. Don’t be surprised to see an upcoming campaign. If you or someone you know would like to find out more, message us on this page.
Lastly, please come out and support the Fire District Budget on Tuesday April 20th between 2:00 and 9:00 pm. At our station Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co, #1, 94 Route 520, or send in your mail in ballot and say YES!!

Attached. is a quick breakdown on where the proposed budget would go, as it stands your assessment by $1 per 100,000 of assessed value. In other words, a home assessed at $500,000 will see an increase of ONLY $5.00

The largest expenses are Water Rental fees (Hydrant Maintenance and Standby water), Insurance/Debt Service, Firefighting Safety Equipment & supporting the Volunteer Training and Development.

If you have any questions directly regarding the budget, please contact Board of Fire Commissioners District #2 Chair, Mike Rein, [email protected]

If you have any questions regarding volunteering, reach out to Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1, Chief , Keith Badler , [email protected]

The Robertsville Volunteer Fire Company would like to commemorate those who fought during the Vietnam War, today the Nat...

The Robertsville Volunteer Fire Company would like to commemorate those who fought during the Vietnam War, today the National Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29. There’s no doubt that the Vietnam War was one of the most brutal. In fact, over three million people were killed during the 20 years it went on. It was known as the Second Indochina War to Americans, and considering its long fighting time and brutality, National Vietnam War Veterans Day was created to honor all the men and women who fought during its time.

Weather Briefing for today 3/26/2021...There is just a slight chance for a passing shower or thunderstorm between about ...

Weather Briefing for today 3/26/2021...There is just a slight chance for a passing shower or thunderstorm between about 11am and 2pm. Most of the showers and storms will probably occur off to the north of the local area. Winds will increase this afternoon and this evening with frequent gusts to 35-40 mph and peak gusts to 45-50 mph possible. The most favored time for the strongest gusts looks to be from about 1pm to 8pm. Winds will diminish later this evening and overnight. Dry weather is expected tonight and Saturday

What to Do During an Outage

As soon as the lights go out, there are a few steps you should take.

Find out what’s going on. Is the power outage affecting your neighbors, your neighborhood, or just you? Figuring out how widespread it is can help you appraise the severity. You should also report the outage to your power company to make sure they're aware.

Turn the battery-powered radio on that you have in your emergency kit, or track severe weather on social media. Both can help you figure out what is happening and when you can expect the lights back on.

Unplug your appliances. When the power comes back on, the initial surge can damage your appliances, especially if they’re not plugged into a surge protector. Electronics, such as TVs and computers, are particularly sensitive. To prevent damage, unplug everything as soon as the power goes out.

Check your water. When the power goes out, water treatment centers might not be able to effectively purify your water. Contact them to find out, or keep your ears open for any boil alerts. If you have water stocked up, though, you shouldn’t have a problem.

Conserve your phone’s battery. Your phone is your lifeline to the outside world. A power outage is not the time to waste battery life playing games like Candy Crush Saga or browsing the web. Unless you have a battery charger on hand, don’t use your phone carelessly.

Stay Warm (Or cool). A power outage will most likely interrupt your home’s heating and cooling if you don’t have a backup generator. If it’s cold, dress in layers and use extra blankets. If it’s dangerously hot, either run a battery-powered fan or drive somewhere cool, like a library.

Generator Safety Tips

Never run a generator in an enclosed space or indoors. Most generator-related injuries and deaths involve CO poisoning from generators used indoors or in partially enclosed spaces. That includes the basement or garage, spaces that can capture deadly levels of carbon monoxide. Always place the generator at least 20 feet from the house with the engine exhaust directed away from windows and doors.

How to Run a Generator Safely

And if you’re using a generator to keep the lights on during a cleanup effort, “use a working, battery-operated carbon monoxide detector at the same time,” says Ken Boyce, principal designated engineer manager at UL. A carbon monoxide alarm provides one more layer of defense against making an innocent but potentially deadly mistake.

Don’t run a portable generator in the rain. You can buy tents for generators—that keep them shielded but still well-ventilated—online and at home centers and hardware stores.

Before refueling, turn off a gas-powered generator and let it cool. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts can ignite. Allowing the engine to cool also reduces the risks of burns while refueling.

Stock up on extra gasoline and store it properly. When you think you’ll need to use the generator for an extended time, you’ll want extra fuel on hand. Just be sure to store gas only in an ANSI-approved container in a cool, well-ventilated place. Adding stabilizer to the gas in the can will help it last longer, but don’t store gasoline near any potential sources of heat or fire, or inside the house.

Buy a generator with built-in CO safety technology. Many new generators have a device that detects dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and turns off the machine when levels climb too high. CR tests for this safety feature and now recommends only generators with this potentially life-saving technology.

Avoid electrical hazards. If you don’t yet have a transfer switch, you can use the outlets on the generator—providing you follow certain precautions: It’s best to plug in appliances directly to the generator. If you must use an extension cord, it should be a heavy-duty one for outdoor use, rated (in watts or amps) at least equal to the sum of the connected appliance loads. First check that the entire cord is free of cuts and that the plug has all three prongs, critical to protect against a shock if water has collected inside the equipment.

Install a transfer switch before the next storm. This critical connection will cost from $500 to $900 with labor for a 5,000-rated-watt or larger generator. A transfer switch connects the generator to your circuit panel and lets you power hardwired appliances while avoiding the glaring safety risk of using extension cords. Most transfer switches also help you avoid overload by dis…

The Robertsville Volunteer Fire Company, would like to wish the residents of Marlboro who celebrate the spring festival ...

The Robertsville Volunteer Fire Company, would like to wish the residents of Marlboro who celebrate the spring festival of Passover, Sameach Pesach!

The Robertsville Volunteer Fire Company is also looking to the safety of residents during the upcoming holidays of Pesach “Passover”

Self-Clean Ovens – Ovens should be pre-cleaned well before turning on the self-clean cycle. Never leave your home while the oven is self-cleaning.

B’Dikas Chometz (Search for the Bread) – Be mindful of the candle flame as you are searching! Keep away from curtains, sofas, clothing, etc. Make sure the candle is completely extinguished before placing it aside. According to many Poskim (Halachic Authorities) a flashlight or the room’s ceiling fixture may be used. It’s safer to use a flashlight to search in those smaller, tighter areas.

Biur Chometz (Burning of the Bread) – Only use a site that has been pre-designated and authorized by the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office. The Fire Department asks that only Chometz (bread) which must be burned as required be placed in the burn sites. We have seen people throw all types of garbage into the fires in previous years.

This contributes to larger than necessary fires that increase the risk of injury. DO NOT throw any flammable or combustible items into the fire or any bottles, both glass and plastic. DO NOT wrap your bread in silver foil as it will not burn.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic you burn the Chometz (bread) on your own, only use a portable, outdoor, solid-fuel-burning fireplace that may be constructed of steel, concrete, clay or other noncombustible material.

Fireplaces (i.e., fire pits, chimeneas, charcoal barbecue grill, etc.) shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and shall not be placed within 15 feet of a structure (i.e.: house, shed, deck, etc.) or combustible material.

Don’t leave barbecue grills unattended and keep children as well as pets away. Avoid wearing loose fitting clothing when igniting and using a fireplace. Make sure fireplaces are extinguished before leaving.

Covering the Stove Top – never cover any vents. Leave all vents open to allow heat to escape. Failure to do so may damage your oven and cause a fire.

Setting up the Stove Top – The Blech (metal stove top cover) should be positioned to allow heat to escape on all sides. Many people keep a burner on for the duration of the Holiday. Should you do so, it is preferable to choose a back burner. When not in use, it is a good idea to keep a pot of water over the lowered flame to serve as visual reminder.

A safer method of cooking is to use an electric burner. These can be placed directly on your Blech and can be used with an appropriate U.L. approved heavy duty timer as well. You will avoid any potential carbon monoxide buildup and it will only be on when needed.

However, if you must operate a stove, leave a window approximately four inches open near the stove with a second window open as well on the opposite side of the home. This will provide cross ventilation, fresh air and prevent the accumulation of carbon monoxide. Be certain all towels, curtains/draperies as well as other flammable items are removed and secured away from the stove to prevent them from coming in contact with a burner and igniting. Cooking – When cooking, roll up your sleeves and avoid wearing loose fitting clothing that can easily catch fire. Do not reach over burners and other hot surfaces. Keep all flammable items (dishtowels, curtains, etc.) at least three feet from the range top. Always turn pot handles inward to prevent young children from pulling down a hot pan. Remain in the kitchen and keep an eye on the stove or oven. Unattended cooking remains a leading cause of home fires.

Frying – When frying, it is important to keep children away from the stove and other cooking elements. Use the back burners so they are out of the reach of children. When reheating fried foods, be careful of the oil that is in the food as it reheats, since it can cause severe burns.

In the event of a grease fire, smother the flames with a lid only if it is possible. Do not use water to extinguish a grease fire as this will just increase the size of the fire. Don’t hesitate to call 911.

Appliances – keep all appliances away from the edge of the counter and all wires safely out of reach, especially when children are around. Leave ample space around any appliances to allow air to circulate and minimize the buildup of heat.

Make sure all your appliances are U.L. compliant and that they are in optimal condition. An appropriate U.L. approved heavy duty timer may be used with hotplates, crock pots, etc. Speak to your Rav, before Pesach, if you need further Halachic clarification on using timers.

Memorial Candles should be placed in safe stable holders and on sturdy nonflammable surfaces, at least three feet away from flammable materials and in a location where they cannot be knocked over or something can fall on top of t…


94 County Road 520
Morganville, NJ

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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