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Oct 06, 2010


Study Shows Value of Firefighter Responses to EMS Calls
A recent study confirms what we have known for years; fire department emergency medical first responders have a significant positive impact on the treatment and transport of victims of acute medical emergencies and traumatic accidents.
The report entitled, Firefighter Safety and Deployment Study Report on EMS Field Experiments was partnered by multiple agencies (including the National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST], the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, The Urban Institute, The IAFC, The IAFF, and the University of North Carolina) and, “presents the results of more than 102 field experiments designed to quantify the effects of various fire department-based EMS deployment configurations for three different scenarios—1) patient access and removal from the incident scene, 2) a victim of systemic trauma due to a long distance fall and 3) a patient with chest pain leading to a cardiac arrest.”
Field experiments for the study were performed by the members of the Montgomery County, MD Fire-Rescue Department and the Fairfax County, VA Fire-Rescue Department. In the United States, local fire departments provide emergency medical services to their communities in a variety of configurations and at varying levels of service. At the very least, most career fire departments provide emergency medical first responder services regardless of whether or not they physically transport patients to the hospital.
One of the most significant findings of the study showed that, 3 or 4 person fire department first responder crews working in conjunction with ambulance crews were able to remove acutely ill and injured patients from the scene of an emergency, “substantially faster (by up to 4.1 minutes) than the ambulance-only crew.” The basis of this statistically significant finding is that multiple responders (fire engine and ambulance) can complete simultaneous labor intensive tasks such as patient assessment, CPR, airway management, treatment, splinting, spinal immobilization, and patient packaging as opposed to an ambulance-only crew who would have to perform these same tasks sequentially. The study also noted that there were significantly less injuries to EMS personnel when multiple fire and EMS responders worked together to perform labor intensive tasks such as lifting patients onto stretchers, carrying patients down stairs and carrying heavy equipment.
The current configuration that is utilized in Robbinsville calls for sending a fire engine with three Firefighter/EMTs as first-responders to assist ambulance crews on life threatening medical emergencies, traumas and traffic accidents. In a serious emergency such as a heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke or severe trauma, every minute counts. We now have statistically significant scientific evidence that these victims can arrive at the hospital up to 4 minutes sooner with the assistance of fire department first responders. The entire study is available at:

Aug 28, 2010

ROBBINSVILLE - In preperation for the annual September 11th ceremony, firefighters from B Group, with the help of the BLS crew from Capital Health, painted the fence at the memorial located on Lake Drive in Town Center. 

Many thanks to the neighbor across the street who faithfully maintains the flags and lighting for the memorial, we are eternally gratefull.

Although firefighters had great weather, they did have to contend with the disdainful comments of one passerby.


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Jun 03, 2010

Firefighters Present Scholarships


ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP – June 1, 2010 – The Robbinsville Professional Firefighters Association presented two scholarships to graduating seniors of the Class of 2010 at the annual Robbinsville High School Scholarship Night.  This year’s awards were presented by Firefighter Steven Schnaudt, Secretary of IAFF Local 3786


The Robbinsville Professional Firefighters’  “Dennis L. Williams Memorial Scholarship” for $250.00 was awarded to Laura Williams.  The scholarship is named in honor of Career Captain Dennis L. Williams (no relation to the recipient) of the Washington Township Fire Department who was killed in a traffic accident that occurred while off duty in 2004.  Captain Williams is remembered by the community and the members of IAFF Local 3786 as a staunch advocate for fire prevention education as well as a generous and fair man who would always stand up for the men under his command.


IAFF Local 3786 was also very proud to award the “Alexander Arcuri” Scholarship for $500.00 to Nicholas Foti.  This award is named in honor of Alexander Arcuri.  Alex was a 13 year old student at Pond Road Middle School when he succumbed to an illness in 2006.  Alex was fondly remembered during the presentation of the award as a courageous young man with an infectious smile and a positive outlook despite an ongoing battle with a severe form of epilepsy.  Firefighters grew to know Alex well during the course of many emergency responses to Alex’s home.  Alex was a member of the class of 2010 which made this year’s award to one of his fellow classmates that much more significant.   Alex’s mother, Regina was in attendance at the ceremony.


To learn more about the Alexander Arcuri Scholarship see this archived news article from the Trentonian: http://trentonian.com/articles/2006/06/05/today's%20stories/16737893.txt


Funds for the scholarships are made possible by the generous donations of township residents and business owners.  If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund please click on the “DONATE” icon on the right side of the home page.



May 25, 2010


Robbinsville - May 7, 2010 - On Friday May 7, 2010 the three firefighters from B Shift spent some time sprucing up the September 11th Memorial on Lake Drive in the Town Center section of Robbinsville.  Thanks to the assistance of the Department of Public Works who provided a truck load of mulch and some tools the firefighters were able to freshen the flower beds.

The memorial was built and dedicated in 2002 in memory of Robbinsville resident Pamela Gaff who was killed in the September 11th attack.

Firefighters spoke to several area residents while doing the work, including a neighbor who maintains the solar lighting and American flag at the memorial.


Jun 14, 2010

Robbinsville Professional Firefighters Association
I.A.F.F. Local 3786

Community Activities


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.




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



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.




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




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.




May 2004 - The Washington Township Professional Firefighters Association hosted their 2nd Annual "Poker Run."
Proceeds from the event benefited cancer research.





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


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