Robbinsville Professional Firefighters Association
I.A.F.F. Local 3786
FIRE PREVENTION WEEK 2008 IN ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP
ROBBINSVILLE – Firefighters form IAFF Local 3786 participed in Fire Prevention Week 2008 which ran from October 5th through the 11th. During Fire Prevention Week, firefighters visited all township schools as well as many community groups. Firefighters educated residents on the dangers of fire, and taught children the basics on what to do in case of a fire. Topics such as “Stop, Drop and Roll” and “How to Prevent Home Fires” were stressed during the 2008 Fire Prevention Week activities.
All residents should make sure that they have a home fire escape plan in place and should practice home fire drills several times every year. Residents also should make sure that they have a pre-arranged meeting place set up so that in case of a home fire, arriving firefighters will know whether all occupants have made it out of a fire safely or if they have to enter the home to perform search and rescue of missing or lost occupants.
Never try to fight a fire in your home. If you have a fire, immediately evacuate all occupants to your pre-arranged meeting place and call 911 from a cell phone or a neighbor’s house. Attempting to extinguish a fire yourself only delays the arrival of the fire department and can lead to excessive property damage and preventable injuries or death. Many people have perished because they were overcome by smoke while trying to extinguish a fire themselves instead of evacuating and calling 911 right away.
You might have seen one of our fire trucks towing the “Fire Safety Trailer” around town during the week. The fire safety trailer visited local schools and will be on loan for several days over the next few weeks to neighboring fire departments so they may also conduct fire safety presentations for their residents. The Fire Safety Trailer was purchased three years ago with federal grant money.
Remember; change your batteries in your home smoke detectors twice every year. An easy way to remember to do this is to change your batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time. This way, smoke detectors will always have fresh batteries in them. Also, there should be at least one smoke detector on every level of your home, especially outside of sleeping areas. Ideally, every bedroom should also have a smoke detector.
If any resident needs smoke detectors for their house or fresh batteries, these items are available FREE from the Robbinsville Township Division of Fire and any resident can call (609) 259-7814 or stop by the fire station at 1149 Route 130 to pick up these items.
Here are a few photos from some fire prevention activities that took place this week at the Robbinsville Branch of the Mercer County Library.
FIREFIGHTERS PARTICIPATE IN ST. BALDRICK'S FUNDRAISER
On March 30, 2008, a nine member team of firefighters and family members from the Robbinsville Professional Firefighters Association participated in the annual “Collingswood Firefighters for a Kid’s Cure.” This event helped to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Robbinsville’s firefighters raised nearly $6,000 this year for cancer research.
St. Baldrick's is the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. During this event, thousands of volunteers shave their heads in solidarity of children with cancer, while requesting donations of support from friends and family.
This year’s event took take place at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom on the Whitehorse Pike in Collingswood, NJ. The event was organized by members of the Collingswood Fire Department. Over 500 participants, barbers, guests, family members and supporters attended the event.
Participating in this year’s event from the Robbinsville Professional Firefighters were Team Captain Jason Palmer, Captain Corey Towner, Captain Simon Hernandez, along with Firefighters Jason Belmont, Ed Hirshman, Manny Iglesias, Steve Schnaudt, and Don Snedeker. Firefighter Belmont’s son Hunter Belmont also participated.
In 2007, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation raised over $12 Million for childhood cancer research. If you would like to learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation you can visit their web site at http://www.stbaldricks.org
It is not too late to make a donation to the team from the Robbinsville Professional Firefighters. Please visit:
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, Federal ID # 20-1173824
U.S. ARMY HELICOPTER VISITS TOWNSHIP OF ROBBINSVILLE
WASHINGTON TOWNSIHP - November 12, 2007 - Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 1-150th General Aviation Support Battalion landed at the Pond Road Middle School on the day after Veteran’s Day as guests of the Robbinsville High School ROTC program. Firefighters from the Robbinsville Division of Fire (formerly Washington Township Fire Department) were on standby there to secure a landing zone.
The Sikorsky UH-60A “Blackhawk” helicopter that landed here is an Army National Guard unit based out of Lakehurst Naval Weapons Station in Ocean County and is currently equipped with a winch and basket that is used for search and rescue missions. The Blackhawk has the capability, however, to be outfitted with two M240H machine guns that are mounted on both sides of the aircraft when needed for tactical military operations. A new UH-60L Army helicopter costs about $5.9 million dollars while the Air Force version of the same unit (the M-60G)
is worth about $10.2 million.
The U.S. Army crew that visited the Pond Road Middle School will be deployed to Iraq for 12 months starting in January of 2008.
Good Luck and Best Wishes to these fine soldiers.
FIREFIGHTERS PERFORM BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS
WASHINGTON TOWNSIHP – August 20, 2007- Firefighters from IAFF Local 3786 performed blood pressure screenings this morning for local seniors at the Washington Township Senior Center.
Washington Township’s career firefighters perform complimentary blood pressure checks every Monday morning at the Senior Center between 11:30 AM and 12:15 PM.
Firefighters are also available to perform blood pressure screenings seven days a week at the Washington Township Fire Headquarters located at 1149 Route 130 in Robbinsville.
The fire department recommends frequent regular blood pressure screenings as this can help identify those who are at risk for stroke, heart attack, aneurysm, and other serious medical conditions that can occur as a result of uncontrolled high blood pressure.
Firefighters Steve Schnaudt (L) and Charlie Realmonte (R) perform blood pressure screenings at the
Washington Township Senior Center
LOCAL 3786 VISITS SHARON SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP:
Sharon School Summer Campers experienced the opportunity to cool off during the hot summer thanks to the Washington Township Fire Department, and the members the Washington Township Uniformed Firefighters Association.
LOCAL 3786 SPONSORS 1ST ANNUAL POKER RUN FUND RAISER:
May 2004 - The Washington Township Professional Firefighters Association hosted their 2nd Annual "Poker Run."
Proceeds from the event benefited cancer research.
LOCAL 3786 SPONSORS 2nd ANNUAL POKER RUN FUND RAISER:
May 2005 - The Robbinsville Professional Firefighters Association hosted their 2nd Annual "Poker Run."
The 2nd Annual Poker Run generated $1,000.00 for cancer research.
The Derby Fire Station in Bordentown served as a stop during the 2nd Annual Poker Run.
Members of I.A.F.F. Local 3786 were greeted by members of Bordentown FMBA Local 112 during the stop