On Saturday June 28th Task Force 22 was dispatched to the 100 block of pine st. First arriving officer Deputy Chief Bundick arrived on location to find smoke showing on the 2nd floor of the dwelling. Ladder 22 arrived 2nd due operating as a Quint and assumed first due Engine Co. responsibilities. Squad 21-1 established a water supply, laying into the dwelling. Ladder 22′s crew stretched a 200′ 1-3/4 bumper line and immediately found fire upon forcing entry through the front. All companies on location worked well together. Photo credit to FF Dom Jackson.
West Berlin Fire Rescue wishes all our Veterans, past, present and future a Happy Memorial Day. We ask that everyone remember what this day is truly about. If you see a Veteran , thank a Veteran. At this mornings memorial service at Veterans Park, were Chief Jackson, Captain Sweeney, and Firefighter Dom Jackson.
On Wednesday May 21,2014. Members of the West Berlin Fire-Rescue went thru a drivers training course set up by Deputy Chief/Training Officer George Bundick Jr. All the members including the Chief all the way down to new drivers had to take on this course which was set up to go in and out of cones forward and backwards, parallel park, k-turn, and back into a spot with Ladder 22 and Engine 22 along with all the support pieces. This is just one part in which members have to do to be qualified to drive all these pieces of apparatus.
On May 12,2014 at 12:41pm Task Force 21-1 was sent to Virtua Health System 100 Townsend Ave Berlin, NJ. For a report of a hazmat assignment. Engine 22 Crew went to the scene to assist Berlin Boro and Cherry Hill Fire Department (Hazmat Team). Ladder 22 went to station 21-1 to cover both Berlin Township and Berlin Boro.
On May 11,2014 at 10:02pm Task Force 21-1 was dispatched to 114 Wilson Lane Berlin, NJ. Ladder 22 went into service, splitting the crew, two as a back up line to the second floor, two to the roof to open up. At the scene of a fire starting in one of the townhouses extending quickly to the other. Aggressive attack led to a quick knock down.
On May 8,2014 at 1pm Task Force 22 was dispatched to the 100 block of cooper ave for the report of a building fire.
I first want to thank all of our mutual aid Fire Departments who responded to assist us this day, without their response and dedication this situation could have been much worse. I want to thank all the business owners throughout the area, who employ volunteer firefighters, and allowed them to leave their jobs, in order to respond. A special thanks to Chief Cheeseman, Captain Bishop, for assistance at the command post.
I can reassure everyone that at no time were any chemicals involved in the fire. The chemicals that were being reported to be involved are in a completely separate, detached building. Due to the erroneous reports by media, I specifically had Chief Dukes assume the role of public information officer in an attempt to get the proper information out to the public. Thank you Chief Dukes. In addition, to reassure residents and all persons in the area, the Cherry Hill Fire Department Haz-Mat unit was requested to monitor the air and water quality in the area. Chief Houck continually advised me during the duration, of all their findings, which confirmed no chemicals.
Again thank you to all the Firefighters, Fire Officers and other emergency personnel who responded to assist me this day.
Chief Joseph M. Jackson Jr.
West Berlin Fire Rescue