Thorofare Volunteer Fire Company

School Evacuated for Smoke

Tuesday, October 28, 2014  Crews responded to a reported building fire at West Deptford Middle School. Prior to arrival of the fire department school officials evacuated the students and faculty from the building as a precaution. Upon initial investigation a light haze was located in the library section of the building. It was believed to be caused by a problem with the HVAC unit on the roof. The haze was evacuated from the school. All students returned to class with no problems. The incident is under investigation by the WDFMO.

On scene 614, 612, 631, 666 BLS 8245.



614 Responds to Apartment Fire in the City

Thursday, October 23, 2014   Just after 12:00pm station 6-1 was dispatched to the Woodlake Apartments in the City of Woodbury. 501 was on location with a confirmed working fire in building 18 with fire through the roof. 614 arrived and began checking adjacent apartments for additional occupants. Crews also assisted with ventilation of the fire apartment. The crew of 511 made a rapid knock of the fire and contained to the original fire building. No injuries were reported on scene. 

Also on scene 632, 666, 912, 926, 947, 1512, 2218 BLS 8315. 



HAZMAT Technicain Class

 Recently two members successfully completed their HAZMAT Technician Certification Class. Assistant Chief Brian Golle and Lieutenant Wayne Fanslau have spent the last several weeks working a total of 80 hours with other firefighters from around south Jersey to complete the HAZMAT tech class offered through Salem County Fire Academy. They have finally completed with successful completion of a practical exam and written exam. Congratulations guys!

Photos courtesy of Salem County Fire Academy.



Train Hits Car

Wednesday, September 10, 2014   Rescue-Engine 613 along with BLS 82-55 and life support 4 were dispatched to Crown Point Rd in the area of the railroad tracks for a motor vehicle crash. 8200 arrived and confirmed a crash with a car vs. train with confirmed one person entrapped. 613 arrived and stabilized the vehicle and began with a basic door removal of the driver side door. The patient was removed from the vehicle and turned over to EMS in under 10 minutes. The patient was transported to Cooper Trauma for evaluation. The crash is currently under investigation by West Deptford Police.

Visit West Deptford Police Facebook site for an official press release

Photo by Joe Warner/ SJT

Photo by Joe Warner/ SJT

Photo by Joe Warner/ SJT

Photo by Joe Warner/ SJT


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Dwelling in the City

Thursday, September 4, 2014  614 responded into the City of Woodbury for a working apartment fire. Crews of station 5-1 (Woodbury) were on location of a third floor apartment fire, 501 in command requested the working fire box dispatched. 614 arrived with the fire under control and assisted with ventilation and secondary searches. 614 was on scene for about 30minutes. 



Overturned Dump Truck on I-295

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  Early this morning around 09:30 hours Thorofare Volunteer Fire Co. (Sta. 6-1) and Paulsboro Fire Dept. (Sta.17-1) got dispatched to Interstate 295 for an overturned dump truck with a report of possible entrapment. Crews from both companies responded within minutes including 6101 (Chief Zimm). 6101 was first on scene and confirmed an overturned dump truck with it's contents spilled onto the roadway. Crews helped extricate the driver and handed him over to the medics and canceled the Medivac chopper. Crews located a leak from one of trucks saddle tanks and began preventing any diesel fuel from entering area storm drains. Crews remained on scene till the truck was up righted and turned over to the tow company. Crews cleared with in a few hours. The incident is under investigation by the NJSP. No hazardous fluids entered the storm drains or endangered any wildlife.

Units Also On Scene: 613, 1711, 8245, Life Support 1

Photo Credit: James Miller

Photo Credit: James Miller

Photo Credit: Justin Rieger

Photo Credit: Justin Rieger


A New Addition To The Thorofare Family

Friday, August 22, 2014  Congratulations to Lieutenant Thomas Rieger and Mother Kristyn on the birth of their new baby. Tanner Anthony Rieger was born on 8-22-14 at 1534 hours. He weighed in at 7lbs 14oz, 19in long. We at Thorofare would like to welcome the new addition to the Thorofare family. Tanner and Kristyn are healthy and happy as well as the rest of the family and big brother TJ could not be happier.



Welcoming Home Soldier

Friday, August 22, 2014   Thorofare and Greenfields fire companies met up with Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey to welcome home soldier Matt Gould. Matt returned home to his home in West Deptford, after his 2nd tour in Kuwait with the US AirForce. Thank You for your service!

Photo Credit: Kyle Pallacovitch

Photo Credit: Kyle Pallacovitch


National Night Out

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 1800  Message from the West Deptford Police Department:

On Tuesday, August 5th from 6:00-8:00 pm the West Deptford National Night Out Event will take place at the Riverwinds Community Center. All are invited to come out to meet members of the WD Polce, Fire Departments, EMS, GC Prosecutor's Office, SWAT and many more. There will be a K-9 demonstration starting at 7:00 pm! There will also be refreshments, baloon artists, and face painting for the kids. We hope to see everyone there!

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