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Station 16-1 Responds to Second Bomb Threat Hoax at Mall
Monday, June 1, 2015 17:49
UPDATE: 'Search' At Monmouth Mall As Freehold Raceway Mall Given 'All Clear' The evacuation at Freehold Raceway Mall ended within the last hour, according to a report. By KAREN WALL (Patch Staff) June 1, 2015 Share 2 Comments UPDATE: 'Search' At Monmouth Mall As Freehold Raceway Mall Given 'All Clear' Monmouth Mall was being ”searched” late Monday while the evacuations at Freehold Raceway Mall ended after a bomb threat, according to reports. Monmouth County authorities have given the “all clear” at the Freehold scene while Monmouth Mall was being searched late Monday, according to NJ101.5. No other details were provided. The Monmouth County Police, Fire and EMS Facebook page said authorities were at Freehold Raceway Mall around 8 p.m. Monday night but reported no other details. “This is all of the information that will be conveyed at this point in time while authorities continue their investigation on the scene. An update will be posted at the conclusion,” the Facebook post said. Twitter users described seeing police armed with rifles and being rushed out of the Freehold mall. This is the second threat in six weeks at the mall in Freehold Township, which was the site of a threat April 16. Last Thursday, a similar incident occurred at the Ocean County Mall in Toms River, which was evacuated in the early evening due to a bomb threat that turned out to be unfounded, one of two incidents that same night. A Plainsboro hospital also went on lockdown due to a call claiming “suspicious activity.” Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Al Della Fave said the office would prosecute the person or people responsible to the fullest extent of the law when they are caught. The April 16 incident at the Freehold mall was the third case that week of swatting, where someone makes a hoax 911 call while disguising their phone number and its origin, drawing police and often heavily armed SWAT officers to the location of a made-up emergency. A report of an armed intruder at a Holmdel school in late March prompted a full-scale response that garnered regional news coverage. And the Princeton area has had four “swatting” incidents since April 28, including three separate school threats, police say.

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Psychic night and Tarot Reading
Thursday, April 16, 2015 19:00
Freehold Township Independent Fire Co 16-1 Ladies Auxiliary Will be hosting a Psychic night with Tarot Cards Our Psychic reader is Ivonne Gretener Space is limited to the first 20 people this will insure that everyone will have a reading. If anyone is interested in a group reading this is available. Ticket Prices: $25.00 Place: Smithburg Firehouse 30 Siloam road, Freehold, New Jersey 07728 Date: April 16th 2015 Time: 7:00 to 10:00 For more information please call Denise 732-829-9014

Happy Easter!
Happy Easter!
   Happy Easter!
Sunday, April 5, 2015 
Wishing all our families,  friends, & neighbors a Happy & Healthy Easter.

-Your Firefighters at Station 16-1

Freehold Township Fire District # ! Comissioner Elections
Saturday, February 21, 2015 
Congratulations to both of our members Firefighter/EMT Shyamal Joshi and Firefighter/EMT Joe Colon in winning the Elections for a 3 year term as Fire Commissioners for Freehold Township Fire District #1.

101 Rules for New (and old) Firefighters
Thursday, February 19, 2015 
101 Rules for the New Firefighter
April 10 2013, 82 Comments

1. When working at a new house for the first time, shut-up, work hard, and pay attention. I can promise you that everyone is paying attention to you.

2. The young firefighter knows the rules, but the old one knows the exceptions.

3. Let the tool do the work.

4. Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath.

-Michael Caine

5. "Twenty-five years from now you will be more disappointed by the the things that you didn't do than the ones you did."

-Mark Twain

6. Don't make a scene and never disrespect your brother.

7. Never take the seat that faces the television when sitting at the dinner table.

8. When in doubt, take a halligan.

9. Two hands. Two tools. -Mike Ciampo

10. Never claim to be what you're not. Time reveals all things.

11. If you don't know what you're doing, say so.

12. When approaching a fire scene, it is imperative to slow down three blocks before arrival.

13. Suck it up.

14. You shouldn't worry when the guys make fun of you. You should worry when they don't say anything at all.

15. Give Credit. Take the blame.

16. Never turn your back on the fire.

17. When things go wrong, don't go with them. -Elvis Presley

18. Always show up to work at least a half-hour early. There is no better gift you can give to guy or gal your relieving.

19. Never trust the hand lights on the truck. Buy your own.

20. Don't gloat. Don't brag. The guys will do it for you.

21. Take pictures often.

22. Seek out the busiest units and the best officers.

23. Drink coffee.

24. Don't tell war stories to non-firefighters. No one thinks its as exciting as you do.

25. Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. -Aesop

26. Don't be so eager to get off probation. The time you spend riding backwards will be the most fun you have in your career.

27. Never be the last one to the truck, or the sink.

28. Be the last one to bed.

29. Don't be afraid to fail

30. Drill. Drill. Drill

31. Never respond to criticism in an e-mail.

32. Surround yourself with smart people.

33. Maintain a healthy fear of this job.

34. Stay committed to being a life-long student of the fire service

35. Share your ideas and observations. You never know it could save someones life.

"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." -Woodrow Wilson

36. Learn to cook at least two great meals.

37. Read John Norman's book, Fire Officers Handbook of Tactics

38. One fire sticker on your car is more than enough.

39. Don't complain about how many calls you had last night. No one cares. Least of all, the people that are working 9 to 5 jobs while you're napping.

40. Have pride in your department, but more for your station.

41. Be precise.

42. One of the best ways to learn is to teach--even if its teaching what you just learned.

43. Don't panic.

44. Befriend the driver. You won't get anywhere without him.

45. Go down fighting.

46. If you're carrying more than one knife, you're a moron.

47. Be careful what you put on paper or e-mails. You can't take it back.

48. Don't scribble in the logbook.

49. Learn how to swim. You don't want to be the guy that can't go near the water.

50. When you're a guest at a house (on overtime or just there for the day), follow their rules.

51. Offer to help before you are asked.

52. The phone and the doorbell are always for you.

53. Just because you have the uniform, that doesn't make you a firefighter. . .It just makes you a city, county, or government employee. Your peers will let you know if you're a firefighter or not.

54. When spending money, good quality leather boots are always worth the investment.

55. Never call out sick on a drill day.

56. If you don't have kids, Christmas is not as important to you. You should not be asking for the day off.

57. The one true measure of a successful shift is returning home safely.

58. Don't date a co-worker.

59. Carry two wedges and 20' of webbing.

60. You will find no better camaraderie than in a firehouse

61. Don't talk about the other department you worked for. No one cares.

62. Participate in a good practical joke.

63. Introduce yourself. Don't be offended when you're not remembered. You're not memorable--yet.

64. Treat your body well. You'll be glad you did.

65. Always have $20 in your wallet. No one wants to take you to the ATM.

66. Learn your territory. Know it like the back of your hand.

67. When you are out in public, never criticize your own department. You can make up for lost time on your next shift.

68. Take the stairs.

69. Don't show off. Impress.

70. When using a power saw, patience, form--not strength are needed to make the cut.

71. Choose the right blade.

72. Fire is always changing and you cannot be stationary in your attitude to something that is always changing.

73. Never criticize a fire or a call unless you were there yourself.

74. Don't wear your fire t-shirt to the gym unless you plan on giving mouth to mouth. Trust me, its never going to be the 18 year old co-ed with sweatpants that read, 'juicy' across her butt.

75. Be patient with the ER staff. They can't help that they chose such a miserable career.

76. Dorms are for sleeping. Turn the tv off and hang up the phone.

77. Don't go cheap on the ice cream and the coffee should be from Dunkin Donuts.

78. Courage is not the lack of fear, it is acting in spite of it.

-Mark Twain

79. You are what you do. Not what you say.

80. One of the most difficult and dangerous things to do on a fire scene is backing a truck up.

81. Pace yourself.

82. A fellow firefighter who is not willing to share their knowledge is suspect.

83. Avoid gossip

84. The common sense approach is usually the best way.

84. Stick to the plan. You haven't been at it as long as you think you have.

85. Follow instructions.

86. Read John Mittendorf's book Truck Company Operations.

87. Attend fire conferences. You'll see that your department is not the center of the universe and there are other guys that are already doing it smarter and better than you are.

88. Be the guy that everyone has to say, " take a break. You're making us look bad."

89. If your department allows it, invest in a leather helmet.

90. Always look up and around and read Brannigans book Building Construction For the Fire Service. If you can't make an educated guess as to how a building will perform under fire conditions, you are putting yourself in danger.

91. Demand more from your officer.

92. It is a good idea to carry a multi-tool.

93. Never defend the liar, the cheat, or the thief.

94. When your officer tells you to take a nap, it's not a joke or a trick. He wants you to be worth a damn at 3am.

95. You don't clean a seasoned cast iron skillet with soap and water.

96. Shaving your arms is not cool. It's a good way to contract MRSA.

97. I'll take the chubby firefighter that can work all day over Mr. February who has to eat six meals, drink three protein shakes, and is no good to me after one tank.

98. Always eat dinner with your crew. Your diet is not as important as family.

99. Never ask the guys to lie to your spouse when he or she calls the station.

100. When it's your time to drive, always remember that you're now responsible for all the lives in the truck.

101. The day you show up to work hungover, or sleep deprived is the day everyone is going to need you.


Winter Fire Safety
   Winter Fire Safety
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 

Winter Saftey Tips: Portable Space Heaters
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 

Structure Fire; 3 English Path, Freehold Township
Friday, February 13, 2015 09:18
COURTESY: APP.COM Pictures taken from (Photos: STAFF PHOTO BY THOMAS P. COSTELL) FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – A single-family home on English Path was destroyed in a 3-alarm fire Friday. Neighbors described seeing the house engulfed in flames and wiped out by a fast-growing fire in 10 to 15 minutes. "That it went so fast, it was kind of shocking," said Rich DeFabritus, who lives across the street. "It makes you take pause. You think, that could be my house." You can help an Ocean Grove fire victim Homeowner Natalie Pantelo fled the home after the fire started, police and neighbors said. DeFabritus said Pantelo ran across the street and knocked on his door. "The whole backside of the house was on fire," he recalled. DeFabritus said Pantelo briefly stayed at his house, and they dialed 911. Pantelo's husband was not home at the time of the fire. Firefighters are shown outside the smoldering pile that was 7 English Path in Freehold Township, Friday, February 13, 2015, after a three alarm fire ripped through there. No injuries were reported in the fire. "By the time we got her away, called the cops and came back across the street, glass in the house was starting to blow out," DeFabritus said. Police evacuated several neighbors from their homes, including former mayor Barbara McMorrow. "It's something you never expect," said McMorrow, who has lived on that block for nearly 17 years. Ocean Grove fire not suspicious, so what caused it? The fire appears to have originated in the kitchen and then spread to the entire residence, according to the release. Monmouth County Fire Marshall Rick Hogan is investigating the fire, along with Freehold Township Police Officers William Ketelaar and Richard Gregg. Neighbors described seeing the house engulfed in flames and getting wiped out by a fast-growing fire in 10 to 15 minutes. Jodi Heeb, the Pantelos' next-door neighbor, said she was taking a shower when her husband alerted her about the fire. "From top to bottom, everything was on fire," Heeb recalled. "It was just terrible." Heeb said her mother and her dog live in an extension of the Pantelos' house, but that her mother has been staying in Florida the last few days and was not home when the fire broke out. Heeb managed to fetch the dog before the flames grew out of hand. "I was very happy that my mom wasn't would have been very distressing," she said. The destruction of the house came as a shock to neighbors. "I just feel very sad for the people next door," Heeb added. "It's very, very sad." Two vehicles in the driveway were also severely damaged in the fire, police said. The East Freehold Fire Company responded to the scene, and were assisted by the Freehold Township Independent Fire Company, Freehold Boro Fire Company and the Marlboro Fire Company. Freehold First Aid, the EMS Task Force and the Monmouth County Sheriff's Mobile Command Unit also responded.
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(Photo: Freehold Twp. Police Dept.)
   (Photo: Freehold Twp. Police Dept.)
Freehold Township Indepedent Fire Co. # 1 2015 Installation Dinner
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Our dinner is a way to get together as a department and celebrate all of the successes that we have had as a company for the previous year. It is also a time where we install our new line officers and executive board for the new year as they take the oath and continue to lead the department. Congratulations to the Line Officers and Executive Board on your new positions. Check out our members section!

Station 16-1's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, August 15, 2014 
The members of the Freehold Twp. Ind. Fire Co. #1 would like to thank those that came, enjoyed and shared our celebration. Thank you for your support.

Freehold Twp. Independent Fire Fighters Search for Victims
Monday, June 9, 2014 
Help, help were the sounds that fire fighters from the Freehold Twp. Independent Fire Co., Station 16-1, heard as they were progressing down the smoke filled hallway as they were about to make entry into the smoke filled room. The screams were real, but they were made by the departments’ officers as members were advancing into the newly constructed search room. Mannequins, adult and child, were placed in the room and teams split up to locate and remove the victims. As each team advanced to the next evolution, the fire fighters got better and better. The department, in addition to the normal monthly drill, has added the search drill as a monthly extra drill. Most people when they practice something do it with the attitude of doing it until they get it right. Fire Fighters practice with the attitude of practice so you can’t get it wrong.

FTIFC #1 Responds to 5 Alarm Warehouse Fire
Fire Fighters were dispatched to a working fire at 9:15 at a warehouse facility in the Keasby section of Woodbridge. The Chief upon arrival had to deal with a large fire fueled by a rupture gas line and a poor water source. Due to the size of the fire mutual aid companies were called in from surrounding areas. Because the structure was also located on the Raritan River marine units were also called in to assist. The hydrants were not capable of supplying enough water to the operating companies so a tanker task force was used, initially. Before the tanker task forced was finished providing 200,000 gallons of water, FDNY’s Fire Fighter II was put into service. Marine 9, Fire Fighter II , was drafting from the Raritan River and supplied water to all operating companies including the Neptune System. The Neptune system is capable of flowing water 400 feet in distance and using 5,000 gallons a minute. Mutual aid companies included companies from Monmouth County, Union, New York City and Middlesex County.

Neptune System, from Elizabeth, in operation.
   Neptune System, from Elizabeth, in
Monday, December 9, 2013 
The Freehold Twp. Independent Fire Co. is hosting a blood drive to benefit Grace “Cookie” West. Grace, recently diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, is 5th Grader at the West Freehold in Freehold Township. Freehold Township Independent Fire Company 16-1 30 Siloam Road Freehold, New Jersey Banquet Room Saturday January 11, 2014 9am-2pm For scheduled appointments email

Freehold Township Independent Fire Company Receives American Flag Flown in Afghanistan
Saturday, August 31, 2013 
The Fire Fighters from the Freehold Township Independent Fire Co. #1, Station 16-1, were presented with an American Flag that was flown over Forward Operating Base (FOB) Naglu High Kapisa Province of Afghanistan.  When Captain Michael Singleton, U.S. Army, was made aware of the valiant efforts the fire fighters were making in Freehold during and following Super Storm Sandy he brought this information to his battalion commander.  Besides providing fire protection to their district they also assisted the Sea Bright Fire Department with a crew and apparatus.  Also, they collected needed items for other fire departments and individuals in need.   

To recognize Station 16-1, an American Flag was flown in their honor shortly after the storm had concluded.  The flag was then flown a second time, very soon to American troops being removed from this FOB and was one of the last American flags flown in this area.  When Captain Singleton presented the flag to he stated that troops overseas can rest easier knowing that their families are being protected back home by such Fire Fighters.  The well decorated soldier considers fire fighters his heros

Fire Fighters stand proud with the American Flag that was flown on their behalf in Afghanistan by the U.S. Army. In the picture from left to right are: FF Chris Fogarty, FF Mike Fogarty, 2nd Asst. Chief Zuccarelli, Capt. Mike Singleton U.S. Army, Lt. Craig Haas, FF Brian Haas and FF Rob Douglas.
   Fire Fighters stand proud with the
      American Flag that was flown on their
      behalf in Afghanistan by the U.S. Army.
      In the picture from left to right are:
      FF Chris Fogarty, FF Mike Fogarty, 2nd
      Asst. Chief Zuccarelli, Capt. Mike
      Singleton U.S. Army, Lt. Craig Haas, FF
      Brian Haas and FF Rob Douglas.
Fire Fighters along with members of the Ladies Auxiliary stand with Capt. Mike Singleton, U.S. Army
   Fire Fighters along with members of the
      Ladies Auxiliary stand with Capt. Mike
      Singleton, U.S. Army
Monmouth County Fire Fighter Competition
Saturday, August 17, 2013 
Colts Neck, NJ Fire fighters from departments throughout Monmouth County once again met in Colts Neck for the annual Monmouth County Fire Fighter Competition. Team competed in a variety of events such as Hose Laying, Hose and Ladder, Busted Hose and Water Polo. Every now and then an occasional water fight broke out between the teams. Four departments had teams competing in the Ladies Bucket Brigade. After a fun time of serious competition, the teams were once again ready to stand side by side and offer mutual aid assistance when and where ever needed.

Monmouth County Fire Fighter Competition
Hose Laying
   Hose Laying
Hose Laying
   Hose Laying
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