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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.



New Addition to the Southard Family

Friday, November 12, 2010  The Southard Fire Dept. is proud to announce the birth of Quinn Anna Motto, daughter of Adam and Megan Motto.  Quinn was born 11/14/10 @ 02:30am, 6lbs. 10oz.,  21 inches long.  Mom, Dad and Baby are doing great.



50 Year Member, Ex Chief John "Pappy" Ryan Passes Away

Wednesday, October 20, 2010  The Southard Fire Department announces with heavy hearts the passing of Ex Chief and 50 Year Member John "Pappy" Ryan. John was a member of our department since February 5, 1960. He served the ranks of the department as Chief of Department from 1970-1971, Training Officer for 10+ Years, and Fire Police Captain for over 15 Years. He also served as secretary from 1967 through 1969 and was a member of the NJ State Forest Fire Service. John will be missed by all!

Left is John F Ryan at our 2010 Installation of Officers Dinner

Left is John F Ryan at our 2010
      Installation of Officers Dinner


Great Time at our Annual Fire Prevention Week Open House

Saturday, October 9, 2010  On Friday 10/8/10 the Southard Fire Department held a Fire Prevention Week Open House with the help of Howell Fire Bureau. We had a great turnout of children and residents. We had the Howell Fire Bureau smoke trailer onsite to show parents and children what to do in the case of a fire in their residence.



Thank You to Applebees of Howell

Thursday, October 7, 2010  The Southard Fire Dept. wants to thank the employees and management of the Applebees of Howell. Applebees allowed us to do a Tip-A-Fireman night at their restaurant as a department fund raiser. Our members worked the door, sold 50/50 raffles, and served great food to the residents. A great time was had by all. Thank you again!!

FF J. Charles, FF A.Beams and SM T. Hadgkiss

FF J. Charles, FF A.Beams and SM T.


Dive Team assists with Underwater Cleanup

Saturday, September 25, 2010  The Southard Fire Department assisted with the Annual Divers Two Underwater Cleanup in Belmar, NJ. Members of the dive team assisted with raising trash that has made it's way into the Belmar Bay since last year. There were over 50 divers that participated in this annual event. Numerous items were recovered with a grand total of almost a thousand pounds of trash being recovered.

Members M. Pfaff and P. Sheehan preparing to enter the water.

Members M. Pfaff and P. Sheehan
      preparing to enter the water.

M. Pfaff, D. Ryan and P Sheehan making their way to deeper water.

M. Pfaff, D. Ryan and P Sheehan making
      their way to deeper water.


New Command Vehicle Delivered

Thursday, September 23, 2010  The Southard Fire Department is pleased to accept delivery of a new 2011 Command Vehicle from Jamey Palitto of P&L Custom Emergency Vehicles in Manasquan, NJ. This vehicle will be issued to Chief 19-3-66. It is equipped with a large compliment of command boards and work stations. It utilizes (3) radios to assist with dispatch, fireground and RIT Communications.



Chik-Fil-A Safety Day a Success

Saturday, September 11, 2010  The Southard Fire Dept participated in the Howell Township Community Safety Day. Originally this event was scheduled on the day that Trooper Mark Castellano was fatally struck by a motor vehicle on I-195. Immediately the event was canceled. Today was the rescheduled day. Around 1400 township residents came out to see the different agencies and receive information from them. Along with Southard Fire Department personnel from the Howell First Aid, Howell Office of Emergency Management, Howell Police Traffic Safety Unit, Howell PBA, Howell PAL, NJ State Police, Target, and Lowes was available to speak with and meet the residents. The Chik-Fil-A Cow was on location and dropped parachuting cows containing gifts cards from local businesses with the help of Tower 19-3-90. For more pictures from this event, please check out


Left to Right - FF M. O'Neil, FF M. Grainger, Safety Officer A. Motto, FF B. Tulla

Left to Right - FF M. O'Neil, FF M.
      Grainger, Safety Officer A. Motto, FF B.


Southard Responds to Late Night Structure Fire

Thursday, September 9, 2010  At approximately 02:37hrs. the Southard Fire Dept. was dispatched to a structure fire on Castle Ct. 2nd Asst. Chief Ken Latchney (19-3-68) arrived on scene and established command, once on scene it was determined that all of the occupants were out of the residence. A quick size up found heavy fire on the rear deck of the structure with exposure to the back of the house. In addition, a patio set and propane grill was on fire. Engine 19-3-75 arrived and FF B. Tulla, FF N. Austin, and FF C. Guirgus stretched a 1 attack line to the rear of the structure and proceeded to perform an aggressive, offensive attack. Engine 19-3-78 arrived shortly afterwards and established a water supply to feed Engine 19-3-75. Engine 3-75s crew quickly knocked down the fire and with the help of Engine 19-3-78s crew removed all the hazards off of the deck and checked for extension. Howell Twp Fire Bureau was later requested to the scene by command for investigation purposes. No one was harmed or injured and all 19-3 units cleared and command was terminated at 04:05hrs.



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