The Woolwich Fire Company Announces
The 125th Anniversary of the Fire Company!
Welcome to our year long celebration!
Each month we will highlighting a portion of our organization leading up to August 8th, the anniversary and beyond! Please be sure to check back on the page as we continue to announce and share information on this exciting year for the Fire Company!
It is only fitting that we kick off the year with opening bit of history starting from where else but the beginnings of our humble fire company. We are excited to bring you into the firehouse and now call you a part of our ever-growing firehouse family!
Pictured below are the First and Second Apparatus purchased by the fire company in 1898 and 1900 respectively. Both situated in front of the original fire house on what is now Heritages on Auburn Avenue in Swedesboro.
In 1898, while William McKinley was president of the United States, the USS Maine exploded and sank initiating the start of the Spanish-American War. Robert Allison became the first person to buy an American-built automobile and the Woolwich Fire Company was formed.
Swedesboro was yet to be an incorporated borough, and at the time, was just a small part of Woolwich Township. With unpaved roads or public water, fires were fought by a bucket brigade using hand pumps along the main street. Woolwich Township appointed George Meley, James J. Davidson, Albert R. Talman, W. H. McCullough, and C. D. Lippincott to a committee with the goal of purchasing a fire truck.
The resolution to purchase the equipment, which was designed to be pulled by the firemen to the scene, was made on March 22, 1898. The next month, a special meeting was held to request $150 in funds to equip the truck with ladders, a pump, buckets, hose, and fire extinguishers. With the equipment in hand, a meeting was held on August 8, 1898 in Lippincott Hall, by invitation, where 36 men adopted the constitution and bylaws modeled after the Reliance Fire Company of Woodstown. Each paid 50 cents, and officially became the charter members of the Woolwich Fire Company. The first elected offers were:
President- C. D. Lippincott
Vice President- F. W. Weber
Secretary- George W. Ashton
Treasurer- George B. Mitchell
Chief Engineer- W. H. McCollough
1st Assistant Engineer- H. H. Sparks
2nd Assistant Engineer Ferd Andofer
The president and secretary began steps to formally incorporate the fire company, and with the treasurer and chief, began to organize a Fireman’s Relief Association. On December 12, 1898, the official Articles of Incorporation were read and signed, thus completing the formation of the Woolwich Fire Company….and the rest they say is history! ... See MoreSee Less
look at that. Great to know that Reliance was there way back then to help Woolwich just as we continue to do today.
And once again, Swedesboro is melting back into Woolwich Township.
Alright folks, without further delay, the Woolwich Fire Company presents our 2022 year end statistics! In addition to the highlights below, we have included our report submitted to our municipal leadership for your review. The report speaks for itself!
Total Calls For Service: 724 - An ALL TIME Record!
Top 3 Call for Service Type:
Fire Alarm System: 190
Motor Vehicle Crash: 142
Dwelling Fire: 55
Incidents in Swedesboro: 90
Incidents in Woolwich Twp: 349
Incidents on the New Jersey Turnpike: 122 - Another ALL TIME Record!
We also have a special announcement to share with everyone soon which we have been working hard to bring you, stay tuned!
Thank you to our neighbors, partners and the community for your continued support!
Harrisonville Fire Company ... See MoreSee Less
Great work. Awesome statistics put together. Proud of you all.
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. I don’t know what we would do in this town without such a great team of volunteers
Thank you for your service
Thank you all for your service 🚒
Thank you one and all❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
What an amazing year it has been. We have gained new members and sadly, lost a few too. Our family continues to grow each and every year. Our continued partnership with Harrisonville Fire Company makes both departments stronger as our community continues to grow. We learn from one another and continually support each other along the way.
As we believe in giving back and paying it forward, we are pleased to share the department adopted a local family in need this holiday season. Many thanks to all of Santa’s helpers.
Thank you to all of our members for your continued support and time commitment this year. Enjoy the time with your family this holiday season.
Merry Christmas. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you for all you do and may you all have safe 2023. 🚒🚒
Thank you for your service!!! And the hoagie sales!!!!
Wonderful Woolwich Fire Family. Santa's Elves loved giving back!
Thank you for your services, Merry Christmas to all 🎄🎅🚒
Thank you for everything yall do Merry Christmas and have a safe holiday.
Merry Christmas everybody…
And that’s a wrap ~ 22 square miles in 4 days. Santa’s visit to Swedesboro and Woolwich Twp. has been checked off of his list. ✅ He’s taking a much-needed rest tonight and then heading back to the North Pole to get ready for the big day. 🎄
Thank you to the Woolwich Fire Company
Kiwanis Club of Greater Swedesboro and Spirit Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and all of their volunteers for making Santa’s visit so special for our community. 🎅🎄 🎁.
Want to join all of this holiday fun? Both Organizations welcome new volunteers who love giving back to their community. Message the Fire Company or Kiwanas to learn more.
Happy Holidays and Santa hopes everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank You all for helping to bring Santa around Meadow Woods Estates !! And a huge Thank You to Santa !! Is your behind thawed out yet ? 😝
Thanks so much to Santa and thanks to all of our volunteers and their families for helping Santa reach all of the kids, and adults, that wait to see him every year!
Thank you to all of the Volunteers! Truly magical for our Swedesboro and Woolwich families
Thank you Santa and all the volunteers that made this happen. They joy on the children’s faces are process!
Thank you for all you do for our community,. The Christmas trees, the Santa visit and everything else year-round -- most importantly keeping us safe. We are lucky to have our fire department!!
Thank you for all you did!!! Our grandson loved it all!
Thank you all
Oh he was already here?
That’s a wrap! Santa has two more zones to visit in Woolwich Twp. He’ll be back Tuesday, December 20th to visit Zone 2 and 3.
Thank you to our volunteers from the Woolwich Fire Company, Kiwanis Club of Greater Swedesboro and Spirit Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for all of your support and time commitment this week.
We will post a new link to follow Santa on the Glympse app Tuesday night.
Til then, Santa’s reading a lot of Christmas lists. ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks for doing this! My kids loved it! Merry Christmas!
Kids loved it. Thank you!
Thanks for the update Larry
To those who celebrate the festive season of Hanukkah, we wish you good health, much happiness, and great prosperity throughout this holiday time and far beyond. May the lights of the season shine down upon you and all those you love!
Happy Hanukkah ... See MoreSee Less
And that’s a wrap for the night! Santa was Rockin’ all around Woolwich. Visiting 4 ZONES!!! Now that is some holiday magic for you. 🌟
A huge thank you to our volunteers from the Woolwich Fire Company, Kiwanis Club of Greater Swedesboro and Spirit Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for making it such a special night for our residents. Santa will be visiting Swedesboro tomorrow starting at 3 pm. We will post a new link tomorrow afternoon. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you! Two little boys night was made 🥰🥰
Did you come down Jockey Hollow and Hunters Run? Didn't hear any sirens. I believe it is zone one
Thank you Santa and all of his helpers. My littles loved the visit!
Thank you so much for all you do and for this special event! The kids absolutely loved it!
Thank you Santa and helpers. The kids and adults enjoyed your visit.
Thank you, it’s so much fun!
Thank you! It made our night!
Thank you! Well done!
Thank you all so very much
Anyone know what zone spring ridge townhomes is? I can’t tell on the map
So you zoomed down Kings Highway...Oldman's Creek part...and we actually had kid guests tonight. They were SO excited!
Thank you so much!! Loved seeing Santa drive by even on the back roads (don’t live in development). Appreciate you all ❤️ Merry Christmas and happy new year!
Thank you Santa and all of the volunteers
Will you be around tomorrow night? We were in zone 4 right at corner of back creek and blue spruce. We didn’t want to miss you
Whew, Santa is exhausted!
Santa recognizes it’s getting late and a little cold out for the children. He’s heading back to the North Pole to enjoy a few cookies tonight and will return again tomorrow night. Santa will start at 5 pm and visit Zones, 4, 5, 7 and 1.
A huge thank you to our volunteers from the Woolwich Fire Company, Kiwanis Club of Greater Swedesboro and Spirit Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
We will post a new link to follow Santa on the Glympse app tomorrow afternoon.
Santa thanks everyone for their anticipated understanding. ... See MoreSee Less
I don't know what zones mean but I heard you!!!! And I got excited! Thanks WFC! Thanks Santa!!!!
Thank you to all the volunteers for keeping the spirit in our town alive!!! Watching my daughter light up tonight means the world. Thank you!
It was so nice to see u pass by. Don't normally see u in this part of town. Oldmans Creek and Russell Mill Rd. Merry Christmas!!
We’ve had our kids outside since 5 😞 so sad
Thank you for visiting Gentry last night!!
Thank you all so much, very much appreciated!!
It’s not too often we have a chance to meet the people we help everyday…. Back in October members responded to a report of a man in Cardiac Arrest in the Weatherby development. The crew from Rescue 2518 assisted the EMS crew with providing CPR operating the bag valve mask and preparing the patient for transport.
As you’ll see below, James was 100% in the right place at the right time. We are humbled to learn that James is on his way to a full recovery which is not only a direct result of the actions of our members but all of our partner agencies that responded.
We take pride in recognizing Ed Barber III, Bryan Eveland, Justin Marchuk, Josh Zielinski, Garrett Paoletti and our friends at Gloucester County EMS Inspira EMS & Ground Transport, Woolwich Township Police Department, and Gloucester County Emergency Management . OUTSTANDING JOB! ... See MoreSee Less
Years ago when the ambulance was all volunteer, they saved my husband's life. They have saved many lives over the 90 years that I have lived in Swedesboro. Great to feel secure in knowing they will always respond to calls.
One save like this makes it all worth it! Great job!
Kudos to all involved. Great team work
Jenni Washy ❤️🙏🏻