New Firehouse Update July 2017
July 19, 2017. The Stewartsville Vol. Fire Co. takes one more step towards a new firehouse this week. As part of our preliminary site plan preparation the fire companies engineer needed geotechnical earth information for the site. This is needed to ensure the ground they will be building the new station on is secure and worthy of the investment. Fund raising is continuing at an aggressive level and all residence are urged to donate to move the project along. The next step which will hopefully take place in the colder weather will be to grade the ground for the driveway, building site and parking lots. Once that is completed construction of building will begin. That is not expected until sometime in 2018.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The Stewartsville Volunteer Fire Company would like to sincerely thank all of our residents that have generously donated to our annual fund drives over the years. With your financial assistance and the annual appropriation from the Township of Greenwich we have been able to provide emergency response services to our residents. Each year, our volunteers respond to over 200 emergency calls for fire, rescue, alarms, accidents, community service and weather emergencies, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Since 1977, we have housed our equipment in the Township Municipal Building. Due to the growth of our community we need more room for the trucks in one location, equipment, gear storage, training and administration. The Fire Station has been discussed in previous years. The fire company is going to pursue fund raising to build a fire station on our own with the help of the residents and our annual fund drive.
In 2014 we hope to break ground for our new Fire Station, so your support is even needed more. Some drawings of the proposed new fire house are on the reverse side. We can only build this with your support!
Just a dollar $ 1.00 a week, $52.00 a year or what ever you can spare.
The volunteers who dedicate their time and risk their health and lives are members of our community. We all have families, jobs and responsibilities and are all fathers, mothers, students and grandparents, just like you. We work hard as volunteer firefighters spending many hours in training, drills and meeting every Monday evening and spending many hours each week running the Fire Company.
But we cannot do it alone; we need your support – your financial support.
Please help with us, continue to protect our community, residents and businesses. We answer your calls for HELP every day of the year, 24 hours a day. Please HELP with our building fund drive!
Our Sincerest Thanks and Appreciation,
Stewartsville Volunteer Fire Company
Please consider donating to the Stewartsville Volunteer Fire Company's Building Fund Drive:
New Tanker Delivered!
Is your house number clearly visible from the street?
As many of our followers know, on Tuesday March 1st 2016, the Stewartsville Vol. Fire Co. lost our 2007 Pierce 3000 Gallon Tanker in a fire at the DPW garage. In early October 2016 we took delivery of our new tanker. If you would like to follow along with the assembly of the new tanker, click the link below. Thank you for your support!
Seconds Count in an Emergency! That’s why it’s important that your house is clearly marked for emergency personnel. Simply put, ensure that assistance coming from any direction is easily able to identify your house number. Here are some tips:
• Protect your family and your property by having large visible house numbers.
• Firefighters, police officers, and paramedics will be able to find you faster when your home is properly marked.
• A visitor, child, or injured person may be unable to give clear directions and rely on your house being properly marked.
• Emergency personnel from a neighboring community may be unfamiliar with your area.
• The Office of the State Fire Marshal says “numbers need to be at least 4-inches in height and facing the street.”
Put the numbers under lighting, and use numbers with a contrasting background so they will be visible at night.• Attach numbers to the home and NOT a door. Doors can be opened which will make the markings no longer visible.
• If your driveway is long, also post your house number on BOTH sides of a mailbox or sign pole at the end of the driveway near the road.
• Be sure to keep the numbers visible by trimming trees and bushes.
Give Your Space Heater Some Space
GIVE YOUR HEATER SOME SPACE
Space heaters are a great way to warm up a cold room or provide supplemental heat to your home. But while convenient, they are also a leading cause of home fires during the winter months. If you’re going to use a space heater, here are a few tips to make sure you stay extra warm – and safe. *
We are making the following changes in our apparatus this spring:
--> Replace our aging ladder platform truck (1984 HAHN LTI 85 foot ladder tower) with a
• Use only equipment that is made for home heating. Use all types of heaters carefully and follow all directions for safe use.
• Use a space heater that has been tested to the latest safety standards and has been certified by a nationally recognized laboratory. These heaters have the most up-to-date safety features. Older space heaters may not meet newer safety standards.
• Place the heater on a level, hard, nonflammable surface, such as a ceramic tile floor.
• Make sure space heaters are at least three feet away from bedding, drapes, furniture and other flammable materials.
• Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside of sleeping areas and inside each bedroom.
• Utilize a carbon monoxide detector.
• Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep.
• Don’t place a space heater close to any sleeping person, bedding, furniture, drapes or other flammable materials.
• Never use gasoline in a kerosene space heater, as even small amounts of gasoline mixed with kerosene can increase the risk of fire.
• Never use your oven, grill or clothes dryer to heat your home. This could cause a fire or dangerous carbon monoxide gas, which produces deadly, odorless, colorless fumes.
For more safety information, visit
*Includes information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Kidde Recalls Smoke and Combination Smoke/CO Alarms Due to Alarm Failure
Name of product: Kidde hard-wired smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarms
Hazard: The alarms could fail to alert consumers of a fire or a CO incident following a power outage.
Additional details: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Kidde-Recalls-Smoke-and-Combination-SmokeCO-Alarms/
newer vehicle. Greenwich Township is financing a 2001 Pierce Dash 100’ Rear mount platform ladder with pump for $325K which is a fraction of the cost of a new ladder.
--> Since the new ladder has a pump, we will retire our near antique 98-61 (1979 Ford/Pierce Class A Pumper).
We took delivery of the ladder truck on Monday June 9, 2014. We now need to have the truck lettered as well as receive training on how to properly use all of its features. We hope to have the new ladder truck in service by July.
Our other ladder truck is still for sale. Please contact the Chief or any member of the department if interested.
Apparatus Report Now Online
An apparatus evaluation was conducted by Oeters Associates, Fire Apparatus Consulting Services, Inc. in December 2006. This report contains a number of changes that will have a positive effect on the health, safety and efficiency of the Stewartsville VOlunteer Fire Company. It also calls for the replacement of two (2) vehicles in the next couple of years.
The report in its entirety can be found here in PDF format. Stewartsville Fire Co Apparatus Report