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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.



Amid Turbulent Times Southard Volunteers Still Assist At Jackson Township Structure Fire

Monday, April 28, 2014 9:46PM  Despite being undermanned by recent and unjustified suspensions, the Southard volunteers stood united when dispatched to a working structure fire in Jackson Township. Chief Mike Waters (5500) requested crews from Southard Fire Department (19-3) and Freewood Acres Fire Company (19-5) to respond to the Illinois Avenue fire scene at 9:46PM Monday evening. Upon arrival, Captain Charles (19-3-69) was appointed as the 19-3 RIT officer and the crew from Southard was asked to serve as a Rapid Intervention Team. While on scene Captain Charles and his crew monitored fire conditions, and performed various other RIT Operations. The Southard RIT team was released at 11:50PM and cleared the scene shortly after.



Chief, Asst Chief, President, Vice President, and Treasurer/Trustee suspended by Board of Fire Commissioners Unjustly.

Friday, April 25, 2014   FROM ASBURY PARK PRESS: HOWELL — Two members of the Southard Fire Department say that they, and three other volunteer firemen, including the chief, have been suspended indefinitely by the Board of Fire Commissioners, District 3. “It’s an unprecedented situation. You have a district that is without its chief and first assistant,” said Louis Memmolo, Jr. of the township, who said he is among the suspended members. Memmolo said the Board notified them of their suspensions on Monday for “failure to cooperate with an investigation” by the board into an October incident that involved two members of the Southard Fire Department. “We thought it was a dead issue, but because we didn’t comply with their directive we were suspended,” Memmolo said. He said the law had not been broken but he declined to elaborate on the incident. Memmolo is listed as the treasurer of the volunteer fire department on the Southard Fire Department’s website. He said he is also the spokesman for the department. Department Chief John Tucker, First Assistant Chief Ken Latchney, President Stephen Hadgkiss, and Vice President Mathew Karabin have also been suspended, according to Memmolo. All are volunteers, Memmolo said. Hadgkiss confirmed the suspensions. “The Southard Fire Department’s position is the suspensions are inappropriate,” said Gary McLean, attorney for the Southard Fire Department. Douglas F. Hesselbarth, chairman for the Board, said the incident and suspensions were personnel matters and declined to comment. Board attorney Jay Sendzik also declined for the same reason. District 3 is the southernmost of the township’s five districts. Its boundaries extend from Aldrich Road south to the border of Lakewood Township and from Jackson Township to County Route 547. The department consists of 52 volunteer firefighters and four paid firefighters, according to the Southard Fire Department’s website.

Dan Radel: 732-643-4072;



Entertainment Night Announced

Saturday, April 5, 2014   The Southard Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is pleased to announce that they will be holding an Entertainment Night featuring Chris Chianca and Joe Campisano on April 5tth from 7pm-11pm.  Chris and Joe will be performing their amazing act of comedy magic.   Music will be provided by GSL Entertainment.    Buffet dinner includes Chicken Francaise, Stuffed Shells, Salad, Vegetable Medley, Roasted Potatoes, Desert and Coffee/Tea.  There will be a cash bar serving beer, wine and limited mixed drinks.  Cost per ticket is $35.00.  For info, please contact (732) 618-8698



Applebees Tip-A-Fireman Night Planned

Wednesday, February 26, 2014   Please join us on Wednesday, February 26th from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm for Tip-a-Fireman night at Applebee’s located at 4721 Route 9 North in Howell.  Coincidentally, Wednesday is also “Ladies Night” at Applebee’s, so all in attendance can enjoy $5.00 drinks.  For this wonderfully fun filled evening, the firemen of Southard Fire Department will be delivering food along with a smile to benefit their great organization.  Come see these volunteers fine tune their serving skills while delivering their best in customer service.  Stop by for some great food and laughs to help support these brave individuals and thank them for their hard work to keep our community out of harms way.  All proceeds from this event will go to the Southard Fire House to further their efforts to keep our community safe.  For more information call (732) 685-3600.



Southard Fire Department Responds To Trenton Area For Assistance

Thursday, January 30, 2014 

On Thursday, January 30, 2014, the Trenton Fire Department responded to several large incidents including a large warehouse fire as well as an apartment complex fire with persons trapped.  Due to the growing number of men and apparatus needed at these incidents, the Trenton Fire Department requested mutual aid from surrounding municipalities and counties.

 The Monmouth County Fire Marshal's office was contacted and requested for several pieces of apparatus to assist in the Trenton area.  The Southard Fire Department was requested and dispatched for Rescue 19-3-86 for its Cascade air system as well as other tools.

 Rescue 19-3-86 responded to the Mercer County Fire Academy, the staging area for apparatus entering the area, and was eventually deployed to the Pennington Road fire station in Ewing Township along with engine 19-2-75 from the Adelphia Fire Company in Howell Township.

 By the early evening hours the incidents had begun to de-escalate and demobilization of area fire companies was beginning.  The apparatus from the Southard Fire Department as well as the Adelphia Fire Company were released from Ewing Township at approximately 6:00 PM and returned to Howell.



Southard Haz Mat Responds To Ramtown Rollover

Wednesday, January 22, 2014  In the afternoon of Wednesday, January 22, 2014, the Southard Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team was requested for assistance at the scene of a truck rollover accident on Route 547 and Easy Street in the Ramtown fire district of Howell Township. The accident occurred when a hit and run driver struck the box truck on an icy road and caused the truck to overturn. The overturned truck began to leak fluids onto the roadway, which initiated a response by the Ramtown fire department. After doing an initial survey of the scene and utilizing a large amount of absorbent material on the roadway, officers of the Ramtown fire department requested assistance from the Southard Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team due to the unknown quantity of fluid which was going to leak from the vehicle. Upon the arrival of the Southard Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team, Chief John Tucker inspected the scene with the officers from the Ramtown fire department and it was determined that more absorbent material was needed on the roadway to absorb the leaking fluids. Upon the arrival of a heavy-duty tow truck, the vehicle was operated and the absorbent material was spread throughout the area contaminated by  the fluids. This contaminated absorbent material was then removed from the roadway with the assistance of the Monmouth County Highway Department and the roadway was open shortly thereafter.



Santa Breakfast and Truck Rides

Sunday, December 22, 2013 

It's that time of year again for the members of Southard Fire Department to host their annual “Breakfast with Santa” offering fun and smiles for the entire family to share. The event will take place on Sunday, December 22nd with breakfast being served from 9:00am – 12:00pm at Southard Fire Department located at 4611 Route 9 North in Howell, NJ. In addition, fire truck rides will be available from 9:00am – 2:00pm on the same day. Each year, this is an event that draws many from the Howell and surrounding areas and all funds collected are in support of Southard Fire Department and it’s efforts to keep those is our community safe. The cost for adults is $7.00 and $5.00 for children ten years old and younger. Come out to enjoy the holiday season with your friends and family while supporting our local heroes!



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