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to Fair Haven are often surprised to learn that the Fair Haven Fire
Department is entirely volunteer. In fact, the Fire Department is
a part of an all-volunteer Fire Company, comprising five very important,
but different organizations.
more about how the Fire Company is organized and the history of
the various units in the Company, please click on the ORGANIZATION
As in the
case of the members, the Fire Company Officers are also volunteers.
Each year a new slate of officers is elected. To get acquainted
with this year's Fire Chief, please click on the CHIEF'S
MESSAGE link above.
also be interested in our "adoption" of a New York City firehouse
following the 9/11 disaster. Click on FDNY
ADOPTION to learn about our help to FDNY Engine Company
54, Ladder Company 4 and Battalion 9.
contains lots of news and information. We hope you have the time
to explore it all. If you are anxious to get right to the item of
interest, however, click on FAQ,
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Winter Fire Safety
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are working together to remind everyone that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. This is due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. Holiday decorations and winter storms that can interrupt electrical service and cause people to turn to alternative heating sources also contribute to the increased risk of fire in winter.
Winter fires can be prevented! The following fire safety tips can help you maintain a fire-safe home this winter season.
Read more at USFA
Thank you for your support of our anual Spaghetti Dinner!
Red Bank Green goes behind the scenes. Here's the inside scoop on those deliscious meatballs.
"Our Fair Ladies: The Women of the Firemen's Fair"
The Two River Times
The Week of August 26 - September 2, 2011
For over 100 years, the Fair Haven Firemen's Fair has been a staple of the two-river community. Year after year, the fair continues to draw a bevy of children, teens, parents and grandparents thanks in large part to the behind-the-scenes work of its dedicated female volunteers...
FHFD Receives New Fire Command Truck
The Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 has purchased and taken delivery of a new Fire Command vehicle. This vehicle was immediately donated to the Borough of Fair Haven, to be used by the Fire Department Chief. It is a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe, converted by First Priority Emergency Vehicles in Manchester, NJ.
The custom interior cabinetry contains several compartments for fireground tools and equipment, an incident command whiteboard and map storage area, a file cabinet for documents, dual radios, and various charging devices for flashlights, portable radios and other electronics. The vehicle is equipped with a Whelen LED lighting package on the exterior. The hand-painted, gold-leaf lettering and trim was done by Graphics by Frank Sparandera.
Sea Bright hosts 35th Annual Field Day
From 1st Responder News by Patrick Mason Jr
SEA BRIGHT, It was a typical late September day in the seaside community of Sea Bright NJ, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers in Monmouth County. There was a stiff breeze blowing and very few clouds in the sky on Sunday, September 26, 2010.
The town came alive as the Sea Bright Fire Department was getting underway with the 35th annual field day competition.
Many years ago in the early to mid 1970’s, the Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright Fire Departments would get together several times a year, the two companies would all in fun have drafting contest’s at the riverfront in Sea Bright. After the several hours of timing each other, the firefighters would then have some cold refreshments and barbecue together. This not only bought the two departments together to practice their drafting skills, it added a touch of the brother/sisterhood we all share in the fire service. Many of those bonds that were created back then are still going strong today.
FHFD Overall Winner of 2010 Field Day Competition
Colts Neck, NJ - Fair Haven Fire Department competed in the Monmouth
County Firefighter's Competition Association's 2010 Field Day events.
These events took place at the Monmouth County Fair on July 21st and at
the Colts Neck #1 Firehouse on July 31st. At the County Fair, FHFD took
first place in the only event of the evening, the Hose & Ladder
competition, with the top time of 11.57 seconds. At the Colts Neck field
day event, FHFD competed in four different competitions. They took Second
Place in the Hose Lay competition and First Place in the Busted Hose
competition. This coupled with a second round advancement in the Water
Polo match, was enough for FHFD to earn the Overall Win for the entire
Congratulations to all that were involved!
Sea Bright Fire
Company's Field Day is Sunday, September 26th.
(see the video for FHFD's first run of the Hose & Ladder
County to dispatch Fair Haven
Park Press, September 16,
Higgs • COASTAL MONMOUTH
HAVEN — A plan for joint
dispatching of police and emergency
services between the borough
and neighboring Little Silver
was shelved after three deadlines
to begin operation were missed
due to technical issues.
rescinded a contract for joint
police dispatching with neighboring
Little Silver Monday night.
The council hired the Monmouth
County Sheriff's Communication
Center for $55,000, which lost
a bid to provide the service
in March, to get it running
by Oct. 1.
Mayor Michael Halfacre cited
technical problems with the
microwave point-to-point dispatching
system as the reason for switching
to Monmouth County, which uses
more traditional T-1 data lines
and radio communication.
a microwave issue. It doesn't
work as promised," Halfacre
said. "The technology can't
overcome the topography. The
solution would be to build significantly
higher radio towers in both
said that solution would be
costly and likely to run into
doesn't have anything to do
with Little Silver . . . technologically
it didn't work," said Fair
Haven Councilman Chris Rinn.
"The deadlines of July
1, August 1 and September 1
came and went and the council
had to make a decision."
spent two weeks putting together
an alternate plan with the county,
microwave systems need towers
that are above trees and other
obstructions, said Michael Kerwin,
sales manager for Quality Communication
of Lakewood, contractor on the
project. The company spent over
100 man hours troubleshooting
the system and working on options,
initial survey said it would
work, but the tree lines were
higher than anticipated. We
tried to use other towers and
even looked at raising towers,
(but) it didn't meet with the
Kerwin said. "We did everything
time, Halfacre said Fair Haven
incurred costs for police overtime
and to hire temporary dispatchers,
a cost officials want reimbursed.
A state Shared
Services grant for about $36,000
to cover start-up costs will
need to be amended to reflect
contracting with Monmouth County
for dispatching, said Council
President Jon Peters.
they'll allow us to amend it,
it seems reasonable," he
said "Everyone's worked
in good faith, we felt the best
alternative was to go to the
made a second dispatching proposal,
which Fair Haven rejected, said
Police Chief Shannon Giblin.
He said the mayor and council
will decide if Little Silver
seeks joint dispatching with
sorry it didn't work out,"
didn't purchase equipment for
the joint dispatching, except
for software that police needed
to upgrade record keeping, said
Michael Biehl, borough administrator.
Fair Haven will "absolutely"
get its money back.
a rarity, but when it happens,
it happens strongly," Kerwin
said, who has been in the business
for 28 years. "Some people
will criticize us. We took it
on the chin, we held people
internally accountable for their
actions. It's unfortunate it
happened the way it did."
Haven outsources dispatching
Park Press, March 10, 2009
HAVEN — The Borough Council
voted unanimously Monday night
to outsource police and emergency
services dispatching, approving
a three-year contract with neighboring
Little Silver after about a
month and half of debate on
The six-member council voted
for a contract in which Fair
Haven will pay about $42,000
annually for Little Silver dispatchers
to handle police, fire and first
aid calls now answered by the
borough's own dispatchers. The
switch will happen July 1.
members said the issue came
down to trying to save money
for taxpayers in one of the
few areas of the budget where
they control the costs.
see a lot of long faces on first
responders here. We don't take
this lightly. We relied on the
experts," said Councilman Benjamin
Lucarelli, referring to Fair
Haven and Little Silver police
chiefs, who were asked to research
January, the council investigated
outsourcing dispatching to the
Monmouth County Sheriff's Communication
Center. On Feb. 23, Little Silver
officials made a proposal, which
Fair Haven officials had requested.
At that meeting, the council
voted to have the borough attorney
draft a contract with Little
is a very good solution to what
we're looking to do: provide
localized service at a fair
price to taxpayers," said Mayor
Michael Halfacre. "I thank Little
Silver for that."
council members said while they
preferred no change, contracting
with a neighboring town was
preferable. Firefighters met
with Little Silver officials
about operational issues, but
they still had questions, such
as how response times to calls
would be affected, said Jim
Cerruti, deputy fire chief.
don't want to see the residents
of Fair Haven see a decline
in the level of service or response
times," Cerruti said after the
meeting. "There are always concerns
on making a major change from
what you have."
Haven Fire Truck
By Ryan Fennell
The Week of July 17 - 24, 2008
Fair Haven - On Monday night, Deputy Fire Chief
Shawn Foley and Assistant Deputy Jim Cerruti presented the Borough
of Fair Haven with a brand new, custom-made fire truck that will
be the first responder on all fire calls in Fair Haven.
The custom-built truck is the first new fire engine
in Fair Haven in 27 years. It will be replacing Fair Haven's 1954
engine and as a dedication to the "retired" engine, the
image of the 1954 engine is painted onto both sides of the new truck's
"A lot of work went into this truck with
a lot of man hours," Cerruti said. "What you've got here
is a state-of-the-art truck that is made for this town."
The process of acquiring the new fire engine began
three years ago with the creation of a committee to put together
a fire truck that would best serve Fair Haven. According to Cerruti
the committee has spent countless hours over the last three years
deciding on what equipment was necessary for the truck and finding
ways to tweak the new engine in order for it to be fully customized
to serve the Borough of Fair Haven.
"We are very proud of this truck and all
of our equipment," Cerruti said. "If you take a look at
anything we have we work very hard to maintain it."
Cerruti said that the Fire Department will continue
to add equipment to the truck as it sees fit, often spending money
from the department's own funds.
"It has to be a custom truck because as a
volunteer squad you don't know who you're going to get at two o'clock
in the morning or two o'clock in the afternoon."
The new truck is considered to be a 'quad' because
it provides firefighters with ladders, hoses, pumps, and water tanks.
"It's a huge addition," Committeeman
Christopher Rinn said. "It bolsters our response capabilities
and bolsters the abilities of our Fire Department to do their job.
It gives them a really significant set of tools to do their job."
According to Cerruti, the committee formed to
acquire the new truck asked for $600,000 in order to build one that
best suited Fair Haven. The total cost came in under that number
"It gives the members of a very capable volunteer
Fire Company the ability to fight just about any fire there is here
in Fair Haven, and they do it, and they do it well," Rinn said.
Fire Engine 1375 Image Gallery
New Fire Truck Purchase
The Borough of Fair Haven has approved the purchase of a new fire
engine for the Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Company. This will be our
first new engine in over 25 years. Currently the operational trucks
range in age from 1954 to 1982. Our fire company takes phenomenal
care of our equipment and we will retire the American LaFrance "Quad"
that is over 50 years old. Our new engine is currently on the production
line at Pierce Manufacturing
located in Appleton, WI. Delivery date is scheduled for April 2008.
Christmas Tree/Holiday Wreath Sale
The Fire Company's 2008 Christmas Tree and Holiday Wreath Sale was
very successful. Over 300 trees and 70 wreaths were purchased by
local residents. The Fire Company expresses its thanks for the support
and looks forward to continuing this rejuvenated tradition.
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