Friday, March 1, 2013
On Friday, April 26th, 7PM to 11PM: the Southard Fire Department will be having a "Steakblast" to benefit the department. This event will include all you can eat sliced tenderloin beef on French bread, salad, French fries, dessert & soda/coffee. First glass of beer or wine is included. $35 per person. With entertainment by GSL Entertainment. For reservations and information please contact 732.610.8563.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
On 2/1/13 the Southard Fire Department was dispatched to a possible structure fire at the Athenas Diner (Old Regent Diner). Upon arrival units reported fire showing through the room. Route 9 was shutdown in both directions due to hydrants only being on the South bound side of route 9. A 5" supply line was dropped from just north of the incident as well as from the corner of Ford and Route 9. Mutual aid was requested from Freewood Acrees, Ramtown, Adelphia, Squankum, Jackson 55, and Jackson 54. In addition the Howell First Aid, Howell Police, Howell Fire Bureau as well as Monmouth County Fire Marshals Office. No injuries were reported, units cleared the scene shortly before 10:00pm.
Friday, December 28, 2012
The Southard Fire Department was dispatched to a working structure fire on Kent Road. Upon arrival, units found a two story residential structure with fire showing through the roof. Mutual aid was requested from Freewood Acres, Adelphia and Ramtown initially due to the limited water supply in the area. Tanker shuttles were established to provide water to the scene. Firefighters from around Howell worked with assistance from Jackson and Freehold to fight the fire that claimed the lives of several animals. The Howell Police Department received a report of the fire from a passing motorist and that the house was "heavily engulfed in flames," when they arrived. After "several hours," of battling the fire it was determined that the homeowner was not home at the time but that "several cats and a dog are believed to have died as a result of the fire."The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Howell Police Department and the Howell Fire Bureau. The house "was a complete loss as a result of the fire," the police department reported. The Southard, Freewood Acres, Adelphia, Ramtown and Squankum Fire Departments responded to the fire as did two departments from Jackson and one from Freehold. Assistance was also provided by the Howell, Ramtown and Farmingdale Howell First Aid Squads as well as the Howell Fire Bureau. Anyone with information about the fire is encouraged to contact Ptl. Jesse Moore at 732-938-4111 ext. 2617.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Last night, 12/18, Santa arrived and went out on our
trucks from 7:00pm-9:00pm. All
developments West of Route 9 were completed.
In respect to the victims of Newtown, Connecticut, the Southard Fire Department
has decided to cancel Operation Santa for 12/19 based on a message we received
from The Township of Howell, the message is shown below:
“In support and unity and to show the residents of the
community of Newtown, Connecticut that they are not alone in the darkness that
they must endure this holiday season, Howell Township will not light the
holiday displays at the municipal complex on the night of Wednesday, December
On behalf of the Mayor & Council, we urge all
residents to join in this symbolic display of sympathy by keeping all holiday
decorations off on the night of December 19th.
While we will resume our normal lighting of the
displays on Thursday, December 20th, the victims, their families, and those
affected by this tragedy will remain in our hearts and prayers throughout this
holiday season and beyond.
With that said, the Southard Fire Department will resume Operation Santa on
12/20/12 @ 7:00pm.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
The Southard Fire Dept responded to a two car-accident and related gas station fire at the intersection of Route 9 and Aldrich Road at the Gulf Station at around 1 p.m. today. Upon arrival units found a gas pump on fire and two motor vehicles crashed into the median. As per the Howell Howell Police, “At 12:57 p.m., Tracy Stanton, 33, of Tinton Falls, operating a 2012 Chevrolet Impala, was in the Aldrich Plaza when she suffered an apparent seizure. According to witnesses, Stanton was in the Walgreen’s parking lot when she went over the curb into the Gulf Station while actively seizing, drove through a gas pump while striking a support for the overhead canopy, causing the pump to catch on fire,” said Sgt. Thomas Rizzo.Rizzo explained that Stanton’s vehicle proceeded through the gas station parking lot, jumped another curb, went through and came out onto Route 9, where she struck a 2010 Lexus being driven by Joel Klinger, 70, of Howell.“Klinger complained of back and neck pain, and his wife Deborah sustained a left leg and knee injury,” said Rizzo. “The Klingers were taken to Centra State Hospital by Howell Police EMS and Howell First Aid. Stanton sustained minor injury and was taken to Centra State for treatment.”Traffic on Route 9 was closed and diverted into the Aldrich Plaza for about 45 minutes after the crash while we secured the cars and fuel pump. No summonses have been issued as the investigation is ongoing by Ptl. Scott Brooks. Any witnesses are asked to call the Howell Police at 732-938-4111.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Southard Fire Dept would like to let all district #3 residents that starting December 17th from 7:00pm -9:00pm, Southard fire trucks will be bringing santa throughout the district for all children to see. Please note that we start on the Jackson side of Route 9 and continue going through each street until we are completed. We do not go through areas more than once so please keep an ear open for our sirens. Santa loves seeing everyone waving so please do so. Thank You and Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Shortly after 5:00AM the Southard Fire Department was dispatched to Countyline Road in Jackson Township to assist Jackson Fire companies with a working structure fire. Over 10 inches of wet, heavy snow had fallen the previous evening downing trees and power lines throughout the area making response to the fire difficult. The initial request by Jackson Chief Michael Waters for an engine and an aerial was upgraded having engine 3-78 respond in as a R.I.T. unit.Upon the arrival of Southard apparatus, they found a bi-level structure with several additions, that had been converted into a real estate office, fully involved. Upon arrival, the crew of engine 3-78 set up R.I.T. operations while Tower 3-90, supplied by 3 inch line from a Jackson engine, placed one of its platform deluge guns into service, knocking down the bulk of the fire in the single story section of the building. Jackson firefighters, utilizing hand lines, extinguished remaining hot spots in this section of the building and then entered the larger, two-story section of the building and extinguished the fire there.The cause of the fire was undetermined at the time.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Members of the Southard Fire Department answered more than 120 calls and logged more than 2500 manhours between Hurricane Sandy and the snowstorm that followed. Besides answering the normal compliment of calls, members cleared roads from downed trees, removed tress from endangered structures, secured downed power lines, assisted on EMS calls, and rescued stranded residents. During this time the Southard Fire Department also served as a shelter for residents and first responders in need of rest and something to eat.The work didn’t stop after the storm had passed, members responded to Highlands, New Jersey, one of the bay shore towns devastated during the storm, and answered calls in order to give Highlands firemen much needed time to stabilize their homes and lives. Later in the week, Southard firemen also spent an overnight shift in Belmar while electric crews began the hazardous task of reenergizing parts of the town that had been under water. In addition, our members were called to Brick Township to assist with a door to door search of their large senior citizen developments.
Unified Command in Brick Township for
door to door search.
Friday, September 14, 2012
The Southard Fire Department was requested to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Aldrich Road earlier today. A gentlemen from Jackson was injured when his 2004 Saturn Vue was involved in a one car crash on Aldrich Rd. on Friday morning.Detective Sgt. Eileen Dodd of the Howell Police Department reported that just after 11 a.m. on Friday that the driver was driving west on Aldrich Rd. when he reportedly "blacked out due to an unknown medical condition."Continuing down the road Dodd said the driver hit a mail box, a business sign and a tree. Dodd said when he hit the sign his car rolled onto the driver's side trapping the driver in the car. He was extricated by the our department and and taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center by the Ramtown First Aid Squad. Dodd said the driver was reported to have minor injuries when he was evaluated at the scene. The crash is being investigated by Sgt. Joseph Markulic.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Southard Fire Department's next Comedy Show and Dance is scheduled for Saturday October 13th, and will feature Patty Rosborough, Stan Tunnell, and Richard Shultis. DJ Anthony Di Dio will be on hand taking your requests and keeping you on the dance floor. Tickets are $35.00 which includes the buffet, the show and dancing. As always there is a well stocked cash bar. Tickets are going on sale Mon. Sept . 10th at the firehouse and will be available Mon. thru Fri. from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M., by calling 732 370 6336 for other arrangements or for further information. We are also planning some new menu changes. Call or come in early to guarantee your favorite table. If you are planning to attend our Ladies Aux. Psychic Nite this Friday and would like to purchase tickets at that time, please call. All persons must be 21 or over. See you at the show.
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