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Taxpayer Drill Provides Great Learning Experience

Saturday, June 11, 2011   On Saturday the Southard Fire Dept traveled to the Middlesex Fire Academy to drill on a taxpayer (Commercial) prop.  While on location, the units drilled on basement fires, search techniques, roof operations, Mayday and communications.  There were a few lessons learned and overall it was a very good experience.  Thank you to Howell First Aid for providing the Rehab Trailer for this event.



Thank You to Howell Wal-Mart for Donating a Structure for Training!

Saturday, March 26, 2011   The Southard Fire Department would like to thank Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for donating a structure that they are going to demolish to our department for training purposes.  The department was offered the opportunity to train in this residence prior to demolition.  

The department brought in members from Ramtown Fire Company and Adelphia Fire Company in an effort for all departments to operate as one when an incident comes in.  All members from all three departments honed their skills in roof operations, rescue of citizens, breaching walls, recovering a member that is lost, proper techniques for clearing windows, and aerial operations.

Without the generosity of Wal-Mart, this drill could not have been such a success.

Thank You Again, Wal-Mart!



Pittsburgh Drill Successful

Friday, March 4, 2011   The Southard Fire Department created a maze inside our sub-station in an effort to help train our members for fires in residential structures.  The building was filled with smoke and members needed to navigate through bedrooms, over "A" frame obstacles, and under mock wall collapses in an effort to recover a citizen or another member.




Saturday, January 15, 2011   On September 1, 2010 Rich Parker and Nancy Pahl of Ocean Township, New Jersey, received news that no parent ever wants to hear. Their not-yet-four-year-old son, Logan (nephew of Howell Police Corporal and Southard 1st Asst Chief John Tucker and his wife, Margaret), had been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). But the horror of that news did not stop there. At first it was believed that with several years of chemotherapy, Logan would be among the 80-90% of survivors of this disease and be cancer-free. He was placed in a “standard risk” category. However, in early October, they were struck with another blow. Tests had shown that Logan actually had a very rare type of ALL…hypodiploid ALL. In hypodiploid ALL, the individual does not have all the genetically-complete chromosomes necessary for humans. In this case, the survival rate is 40 – 50% and Logan has now been placed in a “very high risk category” and is currently undergoing a very aggressive chemotherapy treatment.

Because of the rarity of his disease, his case was presented to the Leukemia Board at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) who has recommended a cord blood stem cell transplant. The transplant – fraught with its own risks – may take place at the end of this month or early February and the family is anxiously awaiting final word from CHOP about Logan’s admission to the hospital.

In addition to the emotional and psychological toll this is taking on the family, there is also the financial burden. While, up to this point, insurance has covered a great deal of the medical expenses, the future is increasingly uncertain. Add to that the fact that Nancy has had to quit her job in order to care for Logan and when he is hospitalized, Rich often loses time from his job as a restaurant server. Once admitted to CHOP, Rich will be taking a leave from his job in order to be with Nancy and Logan. He doesn’t make a lot of money to begin with and the loss of even one day’s pay creates worry and anxiety. However, he fears being so far away from Logan with so much hanging in the balance. The hospital stay for the transplant is estimated to be at least six weeks.

The Logan James Parker Fund was established to help the family with the financial issues that lay ahead. Friends have already begun organizing fundraisers, selling awareness bracelets and seeking outright donations. But, there is a long road to be traveled and so much more is needed. Any help that can be provided to this family is more than welcomed and accepted with the deepest gratitude.

The next fundraiser will be a Super Bowl Party to be held at Howell Township’s Southard Fire House on February 6th. We are reaching out to friends, neighbors and local merchants to ask for assistance with this, and future, fundraisers. For the Super Party we are seeking help in the form of food, beverage and other supply donations as well as monetary donations. If you think you might be able to help, please contact John or Margaret Tucker at 732-905-9144. A list of items needed for this event is attached, with this letter. We would be very grateful for any assistance you can offer.

The Logan James Parker Fund



Mutual Aid Response to Ramtown for Structure Fire

Tuesday, January 11, 2011   Today the Southard Fire Department was requested by Ramtown Fire Company to provide an engine and tanker for a fully involved structure fire on Lakewood Allenwood Road.  Upon arrival Chief Hadgkiss was assigned as water supply officer and both crews were asked to provide manpower at the residence.

A hydrant was setup in the Park Side development to act as a fill station for the tanker shuttle.  Tanker 19-3-96 provided two loads of water.  

Operating on the scene were Ramtown Fire Company, Squankum Fire Company, Adelphia Fire Company, Freewood Acres Fire Company, Herbertsville Fire Company, Southard Fire Department, Howell Police Dept, and Howell First Aid.

Units were on location for four plus hours because of the roof and second floor collapsed into the first floor.



Two New Additions to the Southard Family

Monday, January 3, 2011   The Southard Fire Dept would like to announce two new additions to the Southard Family.  Chief of Department Steven Hadgkiss and his wife Melissa have had a baby girl, Emma Rose Hadgkiss on 12-30-10, 7lbs 9oz, 21inches.  In addition, Firefighter Donny Franklin and his wife Sara have had a baby boy, Connor Paul Franklin on 1-4-11, 9lbs 4oz, 22inches.

Both families are doing great!

Welcome to the family!!

Emma Rose Hadgkiss

Emma Rose Hadgkiss

Connor Paul Franklin

Connor Paul Franklin


Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Fire Truck Rides Date Announced

Sunday, December 19, 2010  The Southard Fire Dept would like to remind all residents that we are having our annual Breakfast with Santa and Fire Truck Rides Day.  This year the event will be held on December 19th from 9 - 2:00pm.  Cost for pancake breakfast is $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for Children 2 and older, children under 2 are free.  Truck Rides start at 10:00am.  Dress warm because in past years it has been very cold while on the trucks.



Three Vehicle Motor Vehicle Accident

Sunday, November 14, 2010   On Sunday November 14th, 2010, the Southard Fire Dept was dispatched to a three vehicle motor vehicle accident at the corner of Salem Hill Road and Route 9 North.  Upon arrival Chief Hadgkiss established Route 9 command a  scene survey.  One vehicle overturned but landed on it's wheels again.  Shortly after command was established engine 19-3-75 arrived on location and stretched a booster line to the area.  Fire Police vehicle 19-3-99 arrived and assisted Howell Police with traffic control.  Members secured the vehicles, assisted EMS and helped clean up the fluids that were left on the roadway.  




Township RIT Drill A Success

Sunday, November 14, 2010   On Sunday the Southard Fire Department participated along with all township fire companies at a township wide RIT drill.  The drill's goal was to get all our companies operating as one in the event of a RIT call out.  The drill was organized under the direction of Township Chief Shawn Bailey and the Joint Chiefs Association.  The firefighters were trained in the proper way to locate and remove a fallen member.  
There were numerous lessons learned and all members were calling this one of the best drills we have done as a township.  Companies participating were:

  • Southard Fire Dept.
  • Freewood Acres Fire Company
  • Adelphia Fire Company
  • Ramtown Fire Company
  • Squankum Fire Company
  • Howell First Aid Rehab Team



Motor Vehicle Accident, Car Through Fence Into Retention Basin

Friday, November 12, 2010  On Friday, The Southard Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in front of Nonno's Pizza.  Reports were a car on fire that went through a fence into a retention basin.  Upon arrival Chief Hadgkiss established command and provided a size up to responding units.  The vehicle had a small fire under it and it was into a basin.  Engine 19-3-75 arrived on location and stretched a booster line to the vehicle to extinguish the vehicle.  Shortly later Chief Tucker and Latchney arrived on location.  Units stood by on location until a wrecker could arrive on location and winch the car out of the basin.  
The driver of the car stated that he depressed the gas pedal instead of the break while parking the car in a spot.  Units cleared shortly after the vehicle was removed.



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