2015 Officers

Saturday, December 6, 2014  Congratulations to Allentown Borough and Upper Freehold Township's 2015 leadership team of Hope Fire Company. The 2015 leadership team and the rest of the membership are proud to continue in the footsteps of a long list covering 197 years’ worth of residents that have selflessly served the two communities since 1818.

The company officers are:

  • President: Dave Floyd
  • Vice President : Jeff Fenton 
  • Secretary: Chris Poles 
  • Treasurer : Norma Stillwell 
  • Assistant Treasurer: Roberta Fenton
  • Trustees: Bob Cole, Mark Szczepanski, Brian Henry 
The fire protection officers are:

  • Chief: Steve Gomba
  • Deputy Chief: Mike Kamer
  • Assistant Chief: Jay Davidson
  • Captain: Scott Davidson



Christmas Tree Safety

Saturday, December 6, 2014  www.youtube.com/watch

Between 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 240 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 13 deaths, 27 injuries, and $16.7 million in direct property damage annually. Christmas tree safety tips: Picking the tree If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant. Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Placing the tree Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1–2” from the base of the trunk. Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit. Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily. Lighting the tree Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect. Never use lit candles to decorate the tree. Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed. After Christmas Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwBiZtfjioU
  • http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=296&URL=Safety%20Information/For%20consumers/Holidays/Christmas%20tree%20fires



Is Your House Number Visible?

Saturday, December 6, 2014  The importance of having an address number on your home can not be emphasized enough. All too often across the country, fire and EMS emergency responses are delayed as responders attempt to locate the correct address. When someone calls 911 for an emergency, we are dispatched accordingly- for example, "Station 82-1, number 123 Perseverance Drive, oven fire." Suppose Perseverance Drive is a street full of businesses and/or houses with no readily visible numbers on either the buildings or the mailboxes. Now consider it is a dark rainy night, and we can't find the correct building since we can't see any numbers. The oven fire may quickly become a full-blown kitchen fire or worse before we arrive. In an effort to serve you better, we are requesting that residents and business owners cooperate in posting their street numbers on their homes and mailboxes. A few suggested guidelines: The numbers on residences should be at least 3 inches high and the numbers on businesses should be at least 4 inches high. Numbers should be a contrasting color to the background. Numbers should be placed on, above, or at the side of the main entrance, so that they can be easily detected from the street. If the entrance is more than 50 feet from the street, or cannot be seen from the street, a second set of numbers should also be displayed on the mailbox or on a post at the street or end of the drive. Remember - your mailman always comes the same way. Fire trucks, ambulances and police cars may come from any direction. Be sure to mark BOTH sides of your mailbox or mark your house number in such a way that it may be easily seen, no matter which direction they are approaching. Reflective numbers are highly recommended. At the very least, any house number is better than none at all. Another concern to consider is that depending on the emergency, we may have mutual aid assistance responding from a neighboring town, and they may not be familiar with the streets and numbering, particularly those streets with gaps in numbering. This is all the more reason to have a house number clearly posted by your front door. You never know when you may be the next one to call 911 for an emergency. Be sure your house number is posted AND VISIBLE FROM THE ROAD so you can be found as quickly as possible as every minute counts.



Bridge Closure - Jonathan Holmes Road

Tuesday, November 18, 2014  The bridge on Jonathan Holmes Road, between Arlene's Way and Cutter Court is under an emergency closure by Monmouth County. To our mutual aid, please plan accordingly. To our residents, please be patient and use the posted detours - the bridge is impassable.



Vehicle Fire Rt 195

Thursday, November 13, 2014  HFC responded to multiple reports of a vehicle. Crew found a pickup truck hauling a camper in the shoulder with a working engine compartment fire in the truck. Crew extinguished the fire and overhauled the vehicle. Also on location were Allentown First Aid Squad and the NJSP.



Hoseline Drill

Monday, October 27, 2014  HFC trained on deploying hose lines in situations in which a house has a short setback from the road.



Fire Prevention Education

Friday, October 10, 2014  HFC members visited the elementary school to teach fire prevention to the Pre-K - 1 grades. Thank you to the kids for their attentiveness, and a big thank you for the cards they sent us after our visit. A few of our favorites are attached.



Mutual Aid to Millstone Accident w/ fuel spill

Thursday, September 25, 2014  The Millstone Township Fire Department was dispatched to Perrineville Road, at Perrineville Lake for a motor vehicle accident, vehicle overturned. While enroute Telesqurt 3290 (Maloney) was advised of a vehicle into the water, driver entrapped, and a fuel spill. Telesqurt 3290 arrived to find a vehicle partially into the water, with the driver still in the vehicle and an active fuel leak. Firefighters assisted the driver from the vehicle and turned over to Millstone EMS for transport. Rescue 3285 arrived and firefighters deployed spill containment booms to contain the gasoline that had entered the water. Monmouth County Hazmat and Hope Fire Company Marine Unit (Sta 82-1) were requested to the scene. Additionally a notification was made to the Monmouth County Fire Marshalls Office, due to this incident occurring on Monmouth County Parks Systems property. Members of the Hazmat unit and Marine 82-1 arrived and the decision was made to have two firefighters enter the water in dry suits in order to place additional spill containment booms. Once completed a heavy duty wrecker was used to raise the vehicle from the water. The vehicle was placed on the roadway where additional action was required by Hazmat personnel to contain both a gasoline leak and oil spill. After operating for over 2 hours fire department units cleared the scene, while Hazmat units remained for additional clean-up. Representatives from the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management, the Monmouth County Park Systems, Monmouth County Highway Department and the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection were on scene. The accident is under investigation by the New Jersey State Police. News and photos courtesy of Millstone Township Fire Company http://www.millstonefire.com/



MVA Yardville Allentown Road + 2 MVAs Rt 195

Sunday, August 10, 2014  HFC responded to a motor vehicle accident on Yardville Allentown Road. Crew secured the battery to the vehicle and assisted PD with traffic control. During this incident, HFC responded to two other MVA's on Route 195.



MVA Sharon Station Road

Sunday, August 10, 2014  HFC responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Sharon Station Road and County Route 524. On arrival, the crew had two vehicles with 4 patients involved. The crew secured the batteries to the vehicles, assisted EMS, and provided traffic control. A gas metering control valve was struck in the incident and required the response of PSE&G to evaluate and repair.



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