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985 Cropwell Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
 
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Mulberry St Gloucester Twp - opening up Jan 2010


CRADLE OF LIBERTY ANTIQUE APPARATUS ASSOCIATION IS DEDICATING A NEW FIRE MUSEUM IN THE OLD REPAUPO FIRE STATION IN SWEDEDSBORO - GLOUCESTER COUNTY
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   Click on the photo for more information
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 
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The dedication will take place on May 22, 2016 at the former Repaupo Fire Station located in Swedesboro, NJ. Open the attached flyer for more details of the event.


 
CAMDEN CITY BUILDING FIRE GOES TO A THIRD ALARM - COOPER EMS REQUESTS REHAB 13 FOR PERSONNEL SUPPPORT AT THE SCENE
Thursday, May 19, 2016 
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Story to follow soon.


 
   
   
VOORHEES REQUESTS REHAB 13 ON A HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ASSIGNMENT THIS AFTERNOON
Thursday, May 19, 2016 
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At 1326 hrs. Rehab 13 was dispatched to Voorhees Twp. in the unit block of Blue Ridge Road for a hazardous materials incident. CP 6600 requested the Hazardous Materials Task force and with that Camden County Hazmat/OEM, Hazmat 8 from Gloucester Township, and Camden City Hazmat 1 responded to the scene. EMS resources from Voorhees and Cherry Hill were also sent the scene.

The owners of the single family dwelling reported to have dropped a glass bottle of a known hazardous material onto the basement concrete floor and the bottle broke and the contents were released. The residents reported same to 9-1-1 and the assignment was sent.

Rehab 13 was notified and responded with one unit and four personnel and arrived and set-up about a 1/2 block from the affected dwelling. Members provided hot food, cooling towels and cold hydration, opened the rest room, and distributed light snack foods on the scene while the clean-up was conducted by  the hazmat technicians on the assignment.

Rehab 13 operated from 1359 hrs. until 1633 hrs. when released by Voorhees command.

The material involved will not be mentioned here and if you have any questions please contact the Voorhees Fire Department.

Photos of the scene by J. Bird - Rehab 13 member.


 
Decon tent in use
   Decon tent in use
Voorhees EMS member on scene
   Voorhees EMS member on scene
THE DEER PARK FIRE COMPANY - REHAB 13 HONORS A MEMBER TONIGHT FOR HIS 60 YEAR SERVICE ACHIEVEMENT
Monday, May 16, 2016 
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On Monday evening May 16th, 2016 the members of the Deer Park Fire company - Rehab 13 gathered together at Station 13-8 with the Cherry Hill Fire Department and members of the Board of Fire Commissioners to honor Mr. Dominic A. Sacca, Jr. for his 60 years of service to the Deer Park Fire Company and the citizens of Cherry Hill.

In attendance were members of Dom's immediate family and his closest friends, Fire District Commissioners Bob Campagna, Bill Mc Cargo, and William Kelly. Chief Tom Kolbe, Assistant Chief Chris Callen, EMS Chief Randy Mc Cargar, and Principal Staff Assistant Tom Fiorentini were there as well. All responding members of Rehab 13 and Life members of Deer Park Fire Company, Dom Greco, Brian De Cosmo, and Bill Ackerman were also able to attend the ceremony.

After introductions and a brief welcoming speech by the current Chief were completed, former Fire Chief Dom Sacca unveiled the new street sign in his honor, the "Dom Saca Jr. Way" sign was seen in public for the first time.

Dom was asked to say a few words and then Chief of Department Tom Kolbe addressed the group. Everyone posed for photos and retired inside  the station for a dinner and celebration of this man's contributions to the Deer Park Fire Company and to the fire service.

Dom began his fire service career in 1955 when this writer was only a year old. Mr. Sacca was a true innovator and throughout his career brought many new concepts and ideas to the fire service.

Below I have highlighted some of Dom's achievements and new new equipment:

  • Joined Deer Park in 1955
  • Became the youngest Fire Chief in South Jersey in 1959 at age 21
  • Chief of Department until 1973 when a career chief was hired
  • Fire Commissioner from the beginning until 1993
  • Board Chairman for most of those years
  • Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Truck committee for many major purchases of apparatus
  • State and local relief Association representative
  • Place the first mobile cascade in service in Cherry Hill
  • Placed the first water tanker in service - a 1937 converted oil tanker
  • Led the purchase of the first diesel pumper in 1963 - C95 Mack
  • Changed over from 2 1/2" Snap Jones to 3" supply line with NST couplings
  • Introduced the first breathing apparatus - filter type units
  • Placed in service the first MSA breathing apparatus - 2216 P.S.I. cylinders when the filters units did not perform as advertised
  • The first to equip line officers with portable radios
  • Led the purchase of out first light rescue/cascade/salvage unit in a 1966 International Metro Van - 1335, Later sold to the Kresson F.c.
  • The first diesel engine with an automatic transmission with a 1969 Mack CF 600 2 speed Spicer transmission
  • In 1968 built and opened the first fire company sub-station which is our headquarters now
  • Led the design and purchase of our first "truck" company, 1334. A 1972 Young Bison with 1500 GPM Hale pump and a 50' TeleSqurt device
  • In 1973 Deer Park placed a 1973 Pierce/IH mini pumper in service
  • The first top mount pumper built by Pierce was delivered in 1977 on a Hendrickson chassis
  • In 1980 supplied the IH chassis for two midi-pumpers by Pierce for 1331 and 1381 first due attack units that remained in service until 1990
  • During 1989 and 1990 we took delivery of a new Grumman Tower Ladder and a new Grumman engine for 1331, and a new TeleSqurt at 13-8, using the old Squrt boom from 1331
  • Helped and supported the establishment of the Rehab unit in 2004
As you can see this individual and members of his family helped to get the Deer Park Fire Company off the ground in 1948 This tradition of service continues to this day. Dom's mother Tille who passed away last year used to act as our first dispatcher. The Cherry Hill Police dispatcher would call Mrs. Saaca at home and she would run down and activate the fire siren and open the door at Dom's garage where our original fire truck was stored. In 1953 the new fire station was built on Rt. 70 next to Dom's garage and Mrs. Sacca  was retired from service.

The members of the Deer Park Fire Company and Rehab 13 congratulate Mr. Dominic Sacca, Jr. for his longevity and countless contributions to our success. We are forever grateful to Dom for his leadership and guidance over the years.

Photos by Lt. Jack Walsh - Rehab 13


 
   
   
REHAB 13 RESPONDS TO CAMDEN COUNTY COLLEGE TO ASSIST FEDERAL AND LOCAL POLICE AUTHORITIES AT THE HILLARY CLINTON RALLY - CAMDEN COUNTY COLLEGE THIS AFTERNOON
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 
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Rehab 13 was requested by Gloucester Township Police for the Hillary Clinton Rally held at Camden County College to support local law enforcement and campus security.

Rehab 13 and U1386 provided hot food and beverages for 3.5 hrs. while the democratic party hopeful spoke to the crowd. The unit rest room was also activated for use by fire, EMS, and law enforcement members on the scene.

Photos by Station Captain Tim Kraft.


 
   
   
ANNUAL GROUNDS MAINTENANCE WORK DETAIL @ THE DEER PARK FIRE COMPANY/REHAB 13 STATION ON MONDAY NIGHT
Monday, May 9, 2016 
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On Monday night May 9th, 2016 the members performed the annual grounds maintenance and cleanup around the station and property. Member and Trustee Jim Bird arranged for mulch to be delivered and members trimmed bushes, moved out dead brush, cleaned up all of the debris that wind up on our property due to the winds and being close to Cropwell Road.

All planing areas were cleaned up, weed barrier placed down and mulch distributed.

A great job by all members, and the station grounds look GREAT !!!

Photos by Funky Winkerbean - Independent photo journalist.


 
   
   
REHAB 13 REQUESTED FOR SUPPORT AT THE VIRTUA EMT PRACTICAL EVOLUTIONS AT TABERNACLE RESCUE SQUAD BURLINGTON COUNTY ON SATURDAY MORNING
Saturday, May 7, 2016 
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At 0630 hrs. this morning Rehab 13 members and (2) apparatus responded to Tabernacle Rescue Squad - Station 439 in Burlington County to assist with the all day EMT Training class being conducted by Virtua Hospital. 

Rehab 13 and U1386 provided breakfast, and lunch to 64 students and numerous instructors and volunteer "victims" for the different practical training stations set up for the day.

Rehab 13 members also provided tours and answered questions about their apparatus and procedures, and presented a power point training program on the delivery of incident scene rehab and its affect on 1st Responder heath and welfare. 
 

Thanks to Chief George Jackson, III and his staff for their use of the station and all of their support.

Photos by Captain T. Kraft of Rehab 13.


 
   
   
MVC WITH TANKER VS. SUV CRASH - INCIDENT BECOMES A HAZ MAT RECOVERY - REHAB 13 CALLED FOR SCENE SUPPORT IN WEST DEPTFORD
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 
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At 0630 hrs. Tuesday  morning Gloucester County 9-1-1 center received a call for a tanker vs. car with the tanker on its side in the water off of Crown Point Road (Rt. 44) near Mantua Grove Road.

The tractor trailer had just taken on a load of diesel fuel and was enroute to its first delivery. After passing over the lift bridge at the Mantua Creek the tanker driver encountered a civilian vehicle crossing into his lane and in his attempt to avoid the crash the two vehicles did strike a "glancing" type of crash left front to left front of each vehicle.

The civilian vehicle stayed on the pavement after the crash but the tanker driver was not so fortunate. During his attempt to avoid a "head on" swerved to the right and contacted the guard rail and then with the 8000 gallon diesel load on board, the truck went across the two lane road, struck the guard rail on the other side, and went over into the water and came to rest on the drivers side of the truck. This occurred at low tide and the truck driver was able to self extricate from the cab of the tractor. Both drivers were taken to area hospitals but were not seriously injured.

Due to the incident type and that the tanker was in the water a hazardous materials response was requested for spill mitigation, recovery of product, and removal of the truck from the water and then from the scene.

Thorofare Fire's Incident Commander requested the services of Rehab 13 at the scene for 1st responders and all support personnel for the what was going to be a time consuming incident.

Rehab 13 was toned out at 0928 hrs. and responded with (4) personnel and (2) apparatus, Rehab 13 (1385) our primary vehicle and U1386 our rehab support unit. Upon arrival we were directed to a spot on Crown Point Road about 100 yards from where the tanker went into the water. The arrival time was 1009 hrs.

Upon meeting with the Incident Commander we went into Level II service and provided hot food and beverages, light snack foods, hydration in the form of water and electrolyte replacement drinks, a rest and recovery seating area, provided cover for the on and off light rain and drizzle,and opened the rest room for the duration. A visit to the Gloucester County Field Comm was done to fill out forms for the ICS for units and personnel on scene. Thorofare and Green Fields fire companies from West Deptford Township provided the FF support in the form of hand-lines and AFFF foam.

This type of operation involved an outside environmental clean-up company, Gloucester County Fire Marshal - EMS - OEM - and Haz Mat Team, United States Cost Guard, NJ DEP, the New Jersey State Police, Lewis Environmental Recovery, a towing and recovery company provided the heavy lift cranes to remove the tank truck from the water. Two other tankers were called in to recover the fuel from the main tank of the tanker truck and recovered the diesel fuel from the saddle tanks as well.

Upon our release from the scene a private contractor began the repair of the damaged guard rail on both sides of Rt. 44.

Information pertaining to the incident were provided by local Fire Officers on the scene.

Rehab 13 units remained on the scene from 1009 hrs. until 1819 hrs. and were released by command to return to station.

Photos of the scene by members of Rehab 13.

Station Chief L. Colacicco, and DPFC member J. Tibbetts

 


 
Rehab 13 set up on Crown Point Road.
   Rehab 13 set up on Crown Point Road.
Gloucester County Field Comm unit
   Gloucester County Field Comm unit
NEW STATION CAPTAIN NAMED FOR REHAB 13 - DEER PARK FIRE COMPANY
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 
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 We are happy to report that the Deer Park Fire Company d.b.a as Rehab 13 has announced the promotion of ten year member Timothy Kraft to the rank of Station Captain. 

The Line Officers and the Chief presented their recommendation to the Board of Trustees on April 14th at their regular monthly meeting. The decision to promote Lt. Kraft was unanimous.

Tim has been with the organization since 2005 and has held many offices including Trustee and Vice President, as well as Lieutenant in charge of apparatus maintenance and repairs. He is frequently the Top Responder each year and has contributed a great deal of energy and time to the success and day to day operation of Rehab which is in its 13th year of service.

As the Station Captain he will be the 2nd in command at all incidents and will run the company in the absence of the Chief on an operational level and will continue his role as apparatus officer. Captain Kraft will also be trained for the duties and responsibilities of the Station Chief so that he may one day fill that role.

Tim is a U.S. Navy veteran and has a background in personnel management and electronics. He performs many repairs around the fire station and to apparatus due to to that expertise. 

He and his wife are also avid miniature hobbyists and they have a side business making doll house sized lighting and neon signs for those people in that area of collecting and building. Some of the items he has done in the miniature are truly works of art.

Tim is also an avid radio control model aircraft builder and flyer of radio control powered aircraft, gliders, and helicopters.

We at the Deer Park Fire Company recognize his tireless contributions to the continued success of Rehab 13.

Congratulations Captain Kraft.


 
Timothy Kraft
   Timothy Kraft
Tim in the driver's seat old 1386
   Tim in the driver's seat old 1386
PINE HILL MANSION APARTMENTS GOES TO A THIRD ALARM WITH SPECIAL CALL FOR A TENDER TASK FORCE
Saturday, April 16, 2016 
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On Saturday night the Task Force box 622 was struck for 220 Branch Avenue for the Mansion Apartments for the building. Responding companies (Engine 62) had a heavy fire condition on the first and second floors of a garden type apartment building with reports of occupants trapped. The all hands was requested along with the 2nd alarm shortly after arrival of the first due Chief and engine.

Arriving companies were instructed to lay supply lines and ladder streams were placed in service due to the volume of fire and the wood frame construction of these buildings. As companies arrived in staging they were given assignments at the fire building. The fire advanced quickly and was running the roof and a trench cut was ordered to stop the fire's spread. All occupants were accounted for and some were removed from balconies due to their normal escape routes being blocked by smoke and heat. Rehab 1 and 2 were dispatched to the scene when the 2nd alarm was sounded.

Rehab 13 was dispatched and responded with two units and 10 personnel shortly after the third alarm was requested and proceeded to the scene at 2142 hrs. Later in the incident a tender task force was requested due to water supply issues in the complex. Rehab 13 arrived and spent 20 - 30 minutes staged on 7th Ave. We did not receive orders on a set up area until a cell number was obtained and orders received as to the location for Rehab 13.

Eventually, Rehab 13 set up behind Rehab 1 and 2 on Branch Avenue near the fire building. Although only drinks and snack were requested, multiple requests were received for hot food and our legendary hot dogs were prepared and distributed, 144 total were cooked and given out.

The rest room was placed in service and a rest and recovery area was deployed. Light snack foods were also given out during the incident.

Rehab 13 was released from the fire grounds at 0551 hrs. and returned to restore the units. All rehab 13 units back in service by 0145 hrs.

The fire origin and cause is under investigation by local and Camden County officials.

Photos taken by J. Bird of Rehab 13.


 
Early photo taken by off duty firefighter of the volume of fire
   Early photo taken by off duty
      firefighter of the volume of fire
Photo of the fire  taken from the other end of the fire building
   Photo of the fire taken from the other
      end of the fire building
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