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Southard Fire Dept welcomes Investors Bank!

Friday, June 3, 2016   The Southard Fire Dept was asked to participate in the grand opening of the brand new Investors Bank at the corner of Route 9 and Salem Hill Road.  During the gran opening, dignitaries from Howell Twp came to welcome them to the neighborhood.



50-year-old Female & Dog Killed in West Fifth Street Blaze

Tuesday, May 31, 2016   Yesterday at approximately 2:30 pm, the Southard Fire Dept was dispatched to a reported structure fire on West 5th Street in the Freewood Acres section.Upon arrival of engine 19-3-75, heavy fire was observed at the rear of the residence. Chief 19-5-67 of the Freewood Acres Fire Company established command while entry was made by Chief Ryan, FF Tice, FF McCay, and FF Keepers as it was reported the resident may still be inside.
Tragically, it was discovered that a fifty year old female perished in the fire along with her dog. The investigation is currently being conducted by detectives from the Howell Township Police Department, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County Fire Marshall's Office and Howell Township Fire Bureau.

The Squankum and Adelphia Fire Departments also assisted at the scene as well as Jackson Station 55. Howell First Aid and Howell Police EMS were on scene as well.



Help Support the Aldrich School Pediatric Blood Drive

Friday, February 19, 2016  Please come support the Aldrich School Blood Drive for Pediatric Cancer Warriors of Howell at Aldrich School on March 23rd from 3:30pm to 8:30pm.



Congratulations 2015-2016 Officers

Friday, November 20, 2015   The Southard Fire Dept wants to congratulate our new officers for 2015-2016. May they lead us in the correct direction, and bring us home safely!Chief of Department - Danny Ryan
1st Asst Chief - John Tucker
2nd Asst Chief - Jon-Eric Charles
Captain - Travis Tucker
Lieutenant - Matthew Karabin
President - Steven Hadgkiss
Vice President - Dave Lovey
Secretary - Anthony Scatorchia
Asst Secretary - John Bunnicont
Treasurer - Lou Memmolo Jr.
Chaplain - John Tucker
Asst Chaplain - Kyle Johnson
Trustee - Chris Jackson
Trustee - Scott Ryan
Trustee - Lou Memmolo Jr.



Fire Prevention Week Open House and Membership Drive

Friday, October 9, 2015   The Southard Fire Dept will be participating in the Annual Fire Prevention week on Friday October 9th 2015.  During the Open House, we will have the Howell Fire Bureau Smoke Trailer, in addition to all of our trucks and members being on display.  During this night, we will also be handing out applications in an effort to increase membership.  

Please come join us from 5pm to 8pm to partake in the festivities.   



Southard Fire Dept Jersey Mikes Fundraiser

Wednesday, October 7, 2015   The Southard Fire Department is excited to accounce that we have worked with one of the best sub places around to have a fundraiser.  20% of all food purchased at the Jersey Mikes Subs on Aldrich Road and Route 9 from October 7-9 from 10am to 9pm will be donated to our department.  Please come out and help support our department.

We thank Jersey Mikes Subs, and especially Amanda for their support!. 



Southard Responds to Major Multi State Fire In North Brunswick

Wednesday, July 22, 2015   On July 22nd at 6:20am the Southard Fire Dept received a dispatch requesting a tanker task force to respond to North Brunswick for a major fire with resources from NJ and PA.  Upon arrival at the scene, Tanker 19-3-96 was requested to operate in a tanker shuttle.  Tanker 19-3-96 made 17 trips over the course of 14 hours delivering 51,000 gallons of water to the site.  Units were relieved from the scene by other Monmouth County resources at the end of their operational period.   



Annual Turkey Bowl!

Thursday, November 27, 2014   On Thursday morning members of the Southard Fire Department gathered at our substation to hold the annual Turkey Bowl football game.  



Southard sends RIT Team, as Jackson Fire Chief makes heroic rescue

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 04:Jackson A 43-year-old man is alive today because of what Jackson Township Fire Co. No. 1 Chief Mike Waters is calling "an extraordinary rescue" by first responders. The fire was called in about 4 a.m. 11/11/14 at 464 Pfister Road. An adult female and a 7-year-old girl had escaped, but a wheelchair-bound man was trapped in a first-floor bedroom. Jackson Police arrived to find the rear of the residence and the roof engulfed in flames, Officer Anthony Riso entered the bedroom through a window police had broken out and found the handicapped resident. However, he could not move the man because of his condition and the clutter and debris in the room. Riso was forced to leave before he was overcome by smoke. Assistant fire chief Tim Carson arrived and provided Riso, who has also served as a volunteer fireman in Jackson, with a spare breathing apparatus. The two went back into the residence, entered the bedroom that was thick with smoke, and pulled the man to safety. “It was an extraordinary rescue, given the conditions," Waters said. "You have a handicapped individual who needed assistance to be rescued through the window." The resident was taken to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold Township. Two firefighters were briefly hospitalized for minor burns. Riso and Carson were both treated at CentraState for smoke inhalation.

The Southard Fire Department provided Rapid Intervention Team services during the incident. The Freewood Acres, Adelphia, Cassville, and Jackson Mills Fire Departments also provided resources.



Southard Called to Working Structure Fire on Sunset Lane

Monday, August 4, 2014 19:12          

The Southard Fire Department(Station 19-3) was dispatched to a smoke condition in the area of Sunset Lane, Howell, NJ. Almost immediately thereafter a redispatch indicated a confirmed structure fire in the 200 block of Sunset Lane.  The Freewood Acres Fire Company(Station 19-5), who were enroute back to their station from a training exercise, was also dispatched for mutual aid.

Chief John Tucker of the Southard Fire Department, who was at the station on an unrelated matter, initiated the response of Engine 19-3-78 and then responded to the scene in tanker 19-3-96 as the area of the fire does not have fire hydrants.

The Ramtown Fire Company(Station 19-4) was also dispatched for an engine and manpower and Jackson Volunteer Fire Department(Station 55) was dispatched for RIC.

 Assistant Daniel Ryan arrived on location and found heavy fire emanating from a 1st floor bedroom located on the A-B corner of the structure. Occupants of the residence were located in the street and advised there were no other occupants in the structure. Upon the arrival of engine 19-3-78 and tanker 19-3-96 an initial exterior attack was performed with a preconnected 1¾” handline. After darkening down the fire room, the handline crew, led by Captain Jon-Eric Charles, was moved to the interior and snaked through the residence to the fire room where extinguishment continued, as a second 1¾” handline was placed into service. Tanker 19-3-96 connected and supplied engine 19-3-78 as well as Freewood Acres tanker 19-5-95.

The fire was placed under control approximately 20 minutes later and crews stayed on scene for an additional 1½  hours extinguishing hot spots, performing overhaul, and assisting the Howell Fire Bureau in its investigation into the cause of the fire. The Howell First Aid and Rescue also responded to the scene and provided Rehab and support services.



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