At approximately 1617 hours, The East Dover Fire Company as well as The Island Heights Fire Company, station 53, were dispatched for a reported shed fire located on Adams Ave. Chief 2800 and Assistant Chief 2810 were quickly responding. During their response dispatch advised them that, per the police officer on scene, it was a dwelling that was on fire not a shed. Upon arrival, Chief 2800, advised that he had a 1 story wood frame structure with smoke showing. A general alarm was then dispatched bringing in mutual aid from other departments in the township. The first due unit was Engine 2811 and upon arrival stretched a 1.75" line into the structure. Arriving shortly after was Engine 5311 which hit the closest hydrant and laid into Engine 2811 to supply them with water. Additional units that arrived on scene were 2865, 2801, 2501, 2624, and 2911. 3065 was redirected and stood by at station 28 to handle any additional calls. The main body of the fire was quickly knocked down by the crew from Engine 2811, while additional crews performed a search and checked for extension.
On August 7 2009 the East Dover Fire Company and the Silverton Fire Company were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on the corner of Fischer Blvd and Hazelwood Rd. East Dover 1st Lieutenant Golden, 2830, was quick to arrive on location and determine that a drivers side door removal would be necessary to extricate the patient. Units 2917 and 2807 responded. 2917 was the first due and immediately went to work extricating the patient upon arrival. 2807 arrived second and secured the second vehicle and stood by to assist with the extrication.
At approximately 6:00 PM on Friday July 31, 2009,following a severe thunderstorm watch as well as a severe tornado warning, a quick moving storm struck the area causing severe damage and leaving many residents without power throughout the night. While the storm only lasted 20 minutes it packed a punch with torrential downpour, lightening, and gusts of wind up to 59 MPH. This resulted in major flooding, trees uprooted and across roadways, branches down and on houses and cars, and wires down throughout the town. While damage could be found throughout the town, the most severe of the damage was concentrated in the Gilford Park section of the town.
Units 2811, 2801, 2865, and 2807 answered call after call non-stop for 3 hours. The calls ranged from trees blocking roadways, wires down, branches into houses, wires on fire, cars on fire, and possible structure fires. Fire department members responded to the calls and ensured that there were no lives or properties in danger of harm and notified the proper personnel to repair the wires and/or remove the trees. According to Jersey Central Power and Light about 15,000 customers were without power following the storm, some still without power the following day.
Photos: (top left) Storm cloud seen forming over toms river. Photo Courtesy of WABC7. (right) Unit 2865 is seen maneuvering past a downed tree while enroute to a call. Photo Courtesy Asbury Park Press.
At approximately 20:25 hours on Thursday July twenty-third the members of the East Dover Fire Company were advised via a neighbor that there was a vehicle on fire in the parking lot of the firehouse. Due to the close location, the fire the company was able to make a very quick response with unit 2807, and contain the fire into the dash area of the passenger compartment. Upon arrival firefighters stretched one 1 3/4 inch hand line and utilized foam to quickly knock down the fire while additional firefighters worked to open the hood to secure the vehicle.
The East Dover Fire Company was requested to respond Mutual Aid into the Normandy Beach section of Toms River for a heavily involved structure fire with reported entrapment, located at 256 Kathryn St. Unit 2865 responded. Shortly following the East Dover Fire Company was dispatched again for an engine to respond to setup a landing zone for MONOC-1 medevac to transport a burn victim.