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Chief 2500 and Ladder 2516 are covering Pennsville Fire and Rescue (Salem Station 5) while they operate on an all hands dwelling fire in Pennsville Twp. Stay Safe. ... See MoreSee Less
Would look better if 25-16 was a tiller. 😇
Grandparents' Day is coming up, and we're looking for grandparents to share why you volunteer with the Woolwich Fire Company, and why others should, too. Message us your stories! ... See MoreSee Less
The Woolwich Fire Company welcomed two new contributing members to the Organiztion. Please help welcome Maggie VanDiehl and Michael Hooven.
Maggie joins from Woolwich Twp. and is looking to give back to her community and support the first responders in anyway she can.
Michael joins from Swedesboro. Michael indicated the word “community” is more than a just a word to he and his family.
Contributing members are the backbone of support to the department. Both Maggie and Michael will help with fundraisers, community events and various administrative tasks at the firehouse. If you’re interested in volunteering, please visit www.woolwichfirefighter.org.
Please help me congratulate and welcome Maggie and Michael to the Woolwich Fire Company. ... See MoreSee Less
The fire company trained with our mutual aid companies this past Tuesday on Rural Water Operations. This training like all training is critically important so members are proficient in moving the many thousands gallons of water needed for a fire quickly and effectively.
A big thank you to all who came out, and a special thank you to Harrison Township Fire District for hosting the event. ... See MoreSee Less
Keep on keeping us safe, WFC!
Thank you for all that you do to keep us safe!!! You are all appreciated more then you’ll ever know!! ❤️
How Long Do Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Last?
While the importance of them is widely known, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors often become afterthoughts once they’re installed.
Typical homeowners will put the detectors up, see them hanging there on the wall, and feel safe. They don’t give them a second thought — except for those annoying times the low battery chirp goes off in the middle of the night.
But these devices are not to be ignored. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save lives.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three of every five home fire deaths happened in homes without smoke alarms or with non-functioning smoke alarms, with the death rate per 100 reported home fires being more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms.
Carbon monoxide is equally, if not more, dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning not linked to fires every year, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized.
A common thread in a vast majority of those injuries and deaths and malfunctioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and more often than not, the malfunction is due to missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.
Bottom line, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are not “set it and forget it” devices. You need to stay on top of them and periodically check that they’re working properly.
Here’s what else you need to know.
There are various smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on the market, from basic models to more modern units that feature digital displays and are interconnected with every other unit in the house. No matter what model you choose, MAKE SURE THE BATTERIES ARE WORKING!
Test your smoke detectors monthly and if they’re battery-operated, you need to change those batteries at least once a year. Many people change their smoke detector batteries on New Year’s Day or some other holiday to help them remember. Carbon monoxide detector batteries need to be replaced every six months (a great time to do this is during daylight saving time when you’re turning your clocks back or forward). When replacing the batteries, vacuum the inside of the detectors to remove dirt, dust, and debris, which can interfere with the working components.
Install smoke detectors on every floor of your home (including attics and basements), in each bedroom and outside of each bedroom area. Put carbon monoxide detectors on every floor, as well, and near, but not inside, an attached garage. Be careful where you place them, though. Keep carbon monoxide detectors out of direct sunlight, and at least 5 feet away from appliances and 20 feet away from any fuel-burning heat source. Also avoid areas with high humidity (shower, dishwasher), extreme heat or cold (attics, crawlspaces), and blowing air (vents, returns, and even ceiling fans).
Consider installing heat detectors in places like your garage and kitchen. Heat detectors are designed to respond to a fire, but not smoke. Using heat detectors instead of smoke detectors should help reduce false alarms from things like cooking.
The Lifespan of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Most smoke alarms have a lifespan of eight to 10 years, and again, replace the batteries every year. A smoke detector with a lithium battery or a hard-wired smoke detector can last 10 years, at which time you would just replace the whole unit.
Carbon monoxide detectors last between five and seven years. The recommendation is to replace them every five years because their ability to detect carbon monoxide is questionable after that point.
A Better Way
To protect your home and family, you need to have, at the very least, basic, stand-alone smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home–it’s a necessity. But if you want to get even more protection, with monitoring and automatic notifications to the fire department and other first responders, a home security system is a great option.
With today’s home security systems, you can remotely monitor the presence of fire, smoke, or carbon monoxide and be alerted well before anything gets out of hand. The fire department will also be dispatched in the event of an alarm, even if you are not home to report the incident. ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks for this information.
Any particular brand you would recommend for wired detectors? I currently have Kidde i5000's
At 3:55 this afternoon the station was dispatched to the now washed out lake on Oliphant’s Mill Road for a bicyclist stuck in the mud.
Chief Valichka and Assistant Chief Slusar arrived first to find the gentlemen in the mud up to his waist about 10 feet off the bank. From the crew of Rescue 2518, firefighters Chad Antolini and Nick Thompson along with Chief Valichka threw a rescue rope to the individual and pulled him onto an awaiting long board. From there he was assisted up to GCEMS waiting on the roadway.
This incident is a fine example of teamwork performed by all.
GOOD WORK. ... See MoreSee Less
Well that’s a different rescue. Great job.
Bet he didn't expect to hit quicksand in NJ!
Great job, WFC! Now tell me...what was he doing down there?
Way to go guys. Great save!!
I need the backstory on this 😂 Glad he’s ok!
I can understand you get lost but how do you end up in the middle of all of that mud?
Good job men !!!
GREAT JOB TO ALL !
This is my nightmare omg
No midnight skinny dipping
Angelica Dort Bottomly
Glad he was rescued. 🧡 I was on the scene of the motorcyclist that was hit by someone who fled the scene Wednesday. I had gotten his cell phone and called all his family members to let them know what happened and would love to know how he is doing. His name is Mike and he was taken to Cooper Trauma.
Volunteer Spotlight: Dad is ‘cool’ for being a Firefighter
Swedesboro--Evan McCormick decided to become a firefighter in January 1999.
“A buddy of mine and I said, ‘Let’s do this,’ so we did and I stuck with it. I always thought it was neat thing to do and it caught on,” he said.
“I like the brotherhood of it and the ability to be able to volunteer for my community,” said McCormick, 35. “Looking back on it it’s been an invaluable investment in how my life has shaped up. If not for the fire department I’m not sure what I’d be doing. It provided me with a career path.”
McCormick works as a 911 operator for the Pennsylvania State Police in Delaware County, is the father of 8-year-old Lillyana and lives in Bridgeport.
“She thinks it’s very cool that her dad is a fireman,” said McCormick, who noted that sometimes it’s a “balancing act” between his volunteer and parental responsibilities but volunteering with Woolwich is worth the effort.
“Making the decision to commit your time, energy and resources to volunteer takes a special kind of person and shouldn't be taken lightly,” he said. “My daughter is at an age where she understands that her father is involved in an inherently dangerous profession and that our time we spend together is vitally important.”
“Juggling work, family, and the department is at times quite the challenge,” he added. “Although, the benefits have well outweighed the cost. Since joining the fire service 21 years ago and coming to Woolwich in 2012, there are countless areas of my life that have some kind of connection to the fire department and almost all of them positive. I'm at a point in my service career, when I look back, I couldn't begin to imagine what I would be doing had I not filled that application out on a cold winter day in January of 1999.”
“There’s been a number of instances where (Woolwich Fire Company firefighters) were able to save a home or life very quickly. We were in the right place at the right time,” he said.
“Firefighting has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” he said. “If you think you have what it takes, and are willing to learn something that will stick with you for the rest of your life, the Woolwich Fire Company has endless opportunities that might be right for you.”
For more information about joining the Woolwich Fire Company go to: www.woolwichfirefighter.org ... See MoreSee Less
Awesome outstanding story thank you for your service and passion for serving your community 💙🇱🇷🇱🇷👍
👍 Good looking Fire-Dex Gear too!
Thank you Fireman McCormick!
Thank you for your service and support! 🙂 Stay strong and safe out there.
Last night the Woolwich Fire Company members welcomed two new firefighters and officially recognized a member who joined in November; but unfortunately was not properly recognized.
Lito Charlton of Woolwich Twp. joined the fire company in November, 2019. Lito has the passion in helping his community. He comes to our organization with firefighting experience from a neighboring company Harrison Twp. Lito has been with our department for 8 months. When asked what he likes best about the department “It’s a family atmosphere and close knit group of well-respected individuals that will have your back in any situation. They provide you the opportunity to train and teach you everything you will need to know to succeed in this profession.”
Our two newest additions are Mitch Brown and Daniel Bussey of Woolwich Twp. First, Mitch has firefighting ingrained in his blood. Mitch’s father is a retired firefighter and helped frame the importance of first responders within his family roots. Mitch’s sister is also a firefighter in Providence, Rhode Island and his uncle is a firefighter for the FDNY. Mitch has recently moved to the area and has stepped up and joined as a member of the Woolwich Fire Company.
Lastly, please help me welcome our newest junior member, Daniel Bussey. Daniel has chosen to become more involved with helping his community and fellow residents. As a junior member, Daniel will learn the facets of fire fighting and progress through his journey within our department.
Please help me congratulate and welcome all three members to the Woolwich Fire Company. ... See MoreSee Less
Are you looking for adventure along with the satisfaction of helping your community? Volunteer with the Woolwich Fire Company and the sky is the limit. Go to: www.woolwichfirefighter.org ... See MoreSee Less
I’d love to, but alas, I’m too old! Thank you for your service to your fellow man.
Great organization help them out and join
The Railroad Avenue railroad crossing will be closed for repairs next week. Please see the note from the Borough of Swedesboro and plan your route of travel accordingly. ... See MoreSee Less
Amazing 24 hours! We are beyond grateful to see the sun shining here in our community. Thank you to all of the members and line officers in the Woolwich Fire Company, the Borough and Twp Public Works employees, our Woolwich Police Department and the members and Chiefs of our mutual partners: Harrison Twp Fire District, East Greenwich Twp Fire Company, Logan Twp Fire Department, The Gloucester County Communication Center & the 911 dispatchers. Your help and hard work during the storm assisting us with all of the storm related calls and assignments was greatly appreciated. BIG THANK YOU to Chief Cardile and Naples at the Warehouse for providing food to all of the crews as they worked through the night helping the residents cleaning up from the storm damages. Everyone’s partnership and the patience of the community was greatly appreciated as the volume of calls and the resources helped put our community back together from all of the storm damage. As always, we come together as one team to accomplish any situation that arises within our communities.
David T. Valichka
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Great job. We have the best!!
Very thankful! Came to our house late last night to check things out after our house was hit by lightning! Put my mind at ease!
We appreciate all you do for the community!
Thank you all for what you do for our communities!!!!
Thank you for everything you do for our community ❤️
Well done🙌🏼 Thank you!!
Thank you, thank you! You are appreciated and we don't tell you often enough.
Great Job Big Chief!!
Great job Chief
You all a number one in my book. Be safe
Thank you for your service!
We thank all of you?
You guys come through when it matters. I am proud of the department you have grown to be over the decades.
Thank you for your service!