Island Heights Fire Boat Extinguishes Boat Fire in Barnegat Bay
Saturday, July 25, 2015 - Around mid-day Saturday, July 25, 2015, upon clearing another call, fire boats from East Dover, Island Heights and Toms River were dispatched for a boat fire in the Barnegat Bay near the Toms River. Island Heights Fire Boat 5316 was the first on scene and immediately began suppressing the fire. It was later assisted by East Dover and Toms River fire boats, as well as the NJSP marine unit and SeaTow tow boat. No injuries were sustained in either incident. Fire Boat 5316 is one of few in Ocean County with fire suppression capabilities, with a fixed piped 500 gallon per minute fire pump capable of flowing two hoselines simultaneously. At the mouth of the Toms River where it meets the Barnegat Bay, 5316 has easy access to the north and south bay areas, allowing for a quick response for either fire suppression or rescue efforts throughout Ocean County.
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company officially announces its annual Summerbrew block party! Please click here for sponsor information.
A special thank you to our Summerbrew 2014 Main Event Sponsor, Nelson Marine Basin Inc.!
Thoughts with Manitou Park and Pinewald Pioneer Fire Companies
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company extends our thoughts to our brothers and sisters of the Manitou Park and Pinewald Pioneer Fire Companies after two members were injured at an early evening house fire in Holiday City. Get well soon!
First Due House Fire
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - Shortly before 2000 hours, Station 53 was alerted to a house fire on Maple Avenue in Island Heights, just a block and a half behind the firehouse. Chief 5300 quickly arrived on scene and established Command, confirming a working fire in the rear of the house. Engine 5301 arrived closely behind, advancing a hoseline to the fire and conducting a rapid primary search for occupants. Water supply was completed by Engine 5311, whose crew went to work opening up and checking for extension. Toms River Fire Companies 1 and 2, East Dover Fire Company and the Ocean County Fire Marshal also responded to the scene. One dog was rescued and the fire was quickly brought under control with no injuries.
Engine Runs Toms River House Fire
Friday, February 21, 2014 - At approximately 0930 hours, a general alarm was dispatched for all Toms River fire companies for a house fire on Clinton Avenue. First arriving chief officers confirmed a well-involved working fire in the C/D corner of the house. Engine 5301 responded and assisted first due companies with extinguishment.
Happy New Year from the IHVFC
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 wishes all a very Happy and SAFE New Year. As with every new year, the members and officers of the IHVFC will work hard to institute changes and improvements to the company, while keeping with the traditions and goals upon which the organization was founded. Anyone interested in joining the IHVFC as a firefighter, auxiliary or associate member, or fire explorer is welcome to contact any member or stop by the station. Please continue to visit our website for the latest news and upcoming events! As always, we appreciate the endless support of our neighbors and community.
Please Support Our PowerUp! Fundraiser
Friday, August 9, 2013 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company has partnered with Stream Energy and their Power Up! Fundraising program to help us in our efforts to raise funds to continue to be able to provide you with excellent fire and rescue protection. Stream Energy offers more competitive rates for both electric and gas, and at the same time donates a specific amount each month for every bill switched over through our Fire Company's website. This is a win-win for both homeowners and business owners in that they can benefit by switching to a better rate than the incumbent and doing their part in the community. This helps our firefighters in spending more of their time training, rather than finding new ways to raise capital to support their VOLUNTEER operations.
So why not put yourself in a position to benefit from Stream's awesome rates and at the same time support the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company? Click here to sign up and find out more!
Summerbrew 2013 Another Success!
Saturday, June 29, 2013 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company would like to thank all who supported our annual Summerbrew Block Party and our sponsors, especially the event sponsor, Cooper Electric!
Saturday, June 29, 2013 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company officially announces its annual Summerbrew block party. Please click here for sponsor information.
Thank you to our Summerbrew 2013 sponsor Cooper Electric Supply!
Happy Holidays from the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company
Friday, December 21, 2012 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company would like to wish everyone a happy and safe
holiday season. Be sure to look out for Santa Claus on Sunday, December 23, 2012 as he is escorted throughout Island
Heights by the IHVFC.
Happy Thanksgiving from the IHVFC
Thursday, November 22, 2012 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company would like to wish everyone a happy and safe
Thanksgiving! The holiday will commence with the annual Richard Hurtz Memorial Football Game versus the East Dover
Volunteer Fire Company at 9:00 AM at Toms River East High School. Results and photos to follow. Please remember to use
caution while cooking. For more information on cooking fire safety this holiday season, visit the U.S. Fire Administration.
*FINAL* - Post-storm situation report by the Island Heights Office of Emergency Management coming soon. Please
*UPDATE* Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - Per the Island Heights Office of Emergency Management,
"As of Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm:
The Borough of Island Heights remains under a state of emergency. Residents without power should plan for 7-10 days before
being restored, with every effort being put forth. Residents are discouraged from driving on the roads, especially near
standing water and downs power lines, poles and trees.
The Borough Halloween Parade and Trick or Treating has been postponed to a later date. Check back for updates.
Please continue to bear with your emergency responders and utility companies. All efforts to support and protect the
citizens of Island Heights and their properties are being put forth. Please contact the police department with any non-
emergencies, and 911 for true emergencies."
*UPDATE* Sunday, October 28, 2012 - Hurricane Sandy is over the Atlantic Ocean and heading toward our area. The
storms intensity is expected to last 24 to 48 hours. High winds and heavy rains are likely, especially Monday lasting
through Wednesday. Governor Christie has declared a state of emergency for the entire state, and all Island Heights
emergency departments are working together to monitor the situation and help keep you safe. Residents should put away all
lawn furniture and clean their yards of any debris, including non-permanent signs of any sort that may be on your lawn. You
should also have adequate supplies of food, bottled water, prescription medicines and flashlights on hand. We are not
expecting any trash pickup on Monday, so please put away any bags of trash or leaves. If at all possible, please remove any
leaves or debris that you see blocking a storm drain near your home. If you live on River Avenue, Lake Avenue or other
low-lying streets, move your car to higher ground as soon as possible. If you feel you need to go to a shelter, the Island
Heights Firehouse will be open. For insurance purposes, you should have current pictures of your property, home and
vehicles. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call the Island Heights Police Department, or the Island
Heights Office of Emergency Management at (732) 270-5500.
Saturday, October 27, 2012 - Hurricane Sandy is over the Atlantic Ocean and heading toward the east coast. It is a
very large and powerful storm and if it comes to our area, storm conditions could last for 24 to 48 hours. It is important
that everyone pay attention to the weather forecasts over the next few days and have their emergency supplies ready.
Governor Christie has declared a state of emergency for the entire state, and all Island Heights emergency departments are
working together to help keep you safe. We continue to monitor the situation and will provide further information as
needed. Given its current path and strength, we could see effects as early as Monday morning, getting worse through the day
and evening, and reaching full strength in our area around midnight Monday, lasting through Tuesday. High winds and heavy
rain are possible, especially on Monday night and Tuesday. This could lead to local flooding, falling trees and power
outages. Please make sure you have adequate food, water, prescription medications and flashlights on hand. If you or
someone you know has special needs and may need assistance in the event of a major storm, please contact the Island Heights
Police Department or the Island heights Office of Emergency Management at (732) 270-5500 ahead of time to let us know of
Summerbrew 2012 Another Success
Saturday, June 30, 2012 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company thanks all who supported and sponsored the 2012
Summerbrew block party. Despite the heat and weather concerns, the event welcomed a turnout of over 1,200 attendees. A
special thanks to the Manitou Park Volunteer Fire Company for assisting
with the event, the East Dover Volunteer Fire Company for providing fire
protection coverage, and the following sponsors for their continued support (click to enlarge):
Member Receives Top Recruit Award
Monday, June 11, 2012 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company congratulates the graduating Firefighter 1 class
of the Toms River Fire Academy, especially Island Heights Firefighter Robert Hillery for being presented with the Milan
'Spike' Baron Award for the top recruit in the class (based upon a combination of academic, physical fitness and practical
evolution performance). Firefighter Hillery is the second member of Island Heights to receive this prestigeous award in
three years, following Firefighter Tim Paar in 2010. Best of luck to all graduates!
2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 10, 2012 - The IHVFC appeared once again in the 2012 Seaside Heights St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Members dressed in uniform and cruised through the parade in the antique Ahrens-Fox engine to celebrate the holiday and
tradition. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Happy New Year from the IHVFC!
Sunday, January 1, 2012 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company wishes all a very happy and safe new year!
Remember to use caution in keeping warm this winter season. Please visit the United States Fire Administration for tips and information on winter fire safety.
Summerbrew 2011 Another Success!
Saturday, June 25, 2011 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company celebrated yet another successful Summerbrew event. Special thanks to all attendees and sponsors who supported the event! As usual, funds raised go to purchasing and maintaining equipment to keep the community safe! We look forward to seeing you all next year!
First Due House Fire
Sunday, May 15, 2011 - At approximately 0515 hours, Station 53 was alerted to a working house fire on Westray Avenue in Island Heights. Due to the initial report from IHPD, Asst. Chief Camburn immediately requested the second alarm, bringing Toms River Fire Companies 1 and 2 and East Dover Fire Company to the scene. Engines 5301 and 5311 arrived within minutes to find smoke and fire showing from a one-story dwelling and began an aggressive interior attack. Captain Baney established command until the arrival of Asst. Chief Camburn, while 2nd Lieutenant McDaniel operated as fireground officer. Due to rapidly deteriorating conditions caused by heavy fire in the basement and "Colliers Mansion" conditions, units were directed to evacuate and commence a defensive attack until the bulk of the fire could be knocked down. Crews soon made reentry to complete extinguishment and perform overhaul. There were no injuries reported and units operated for several hours before the scene was turned over to investigators.
Island Heights Welcomes Home USMC Lance Cpl. Tyler Anderson
Friday, April 22, 2011 - The Island Heights community came together Friday evening to welcome home Island Heights native and United States Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tyler Anderson in his return from a seven month tour in Afghanistan. Tyler served in a motor transport unit stationed at Camp Leatherneck and will enjoy a 30 day leave before redeploying to his next assignment. The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company, Island Heights Volunteer First Aid Squad, Island Heights Police Department and East Dover Volunteer Fire Company provided an escort to Tyler and the Anderson family from the Toms River Shopping Center on Route 37 to their home in Island Heights. Tyler - Thank you for your service and welcome home.
Wishing a Speedy Recovery to Seaside Park Fire Chief
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - The IHVFC sends thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery to Seaside Park Fire Chief Tumolo. Chief Tumolo was involved in a head-on collision in Toms River and is currently recovering. Get well soon, Chief.
2011 Polar Bear Plunge
Saturday, February 26, 2011 - The IHVFC supported an annual tradition once again by providing a water rescue crew for the 2011 Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights. The Polar Bear Plunge is a fundraising and awareness effort to support the Special Olympics sponsored by the law enforcement community.
Station 53 Runs East Dover House Fire
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - Shortly after 1200 hours, Station 53 was alerted with the East Dover Fire Company to a structure fire on Neville Drive in the East Dover section of Toms River. First arriving units went on scene with fire on the exterior of the house with extension into the attic, as well as a boat adjacent to the house and live electrical wires down in the driveway. Engines 5301 and 5311 responded within minutes along with Chief 5300. Upon arrival, crews from Island Heights worked with crews from East Dover to stretch multiple attack lines both interior and exterior to the house and make an aggressive attack on the fire. Ultimately, a full general alarm was sounded bringing units from throughout Toms River Township. Units cleared the scene within a few hours.
Thoughts with Injured Firefighter
Monday, January 10, 2011 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company offers prayers for a speedy recovery for Acting Captain Jason Fazio of the Asbury Park Fire Department, who was injured fighting a mid-morning fire in Asbury Park. While searching for victims, A/Capt Fazio was separated from his partner and forced to bail out of a second story window after conditions rapidly deteriorated in the unit he was searching. He, his family, and the APFD are in our thoughts.
Happy New Year from the IHVFC
Saturday, January 1, 2011 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company wishes everyone a safe and happy new year! Please use caution in snow and icy conditions!
First Due Hazardous Materials Leak
Monday, December 20, 2010 - Just after 0900 hours, Station 53 was alerted to the Island Heights Department of Public Works Water Treatment Plant for an odor of chlorine. Chief 5300, along with Engines 5301 and 5311, and Island Heights FAS Ambulance 218 arrived to find an active chlorine leak in the plant. Command (5300) requested the response of the Berkeley Township HazMat Team and initiated proper hazardous materials precautions. Island Heights Office of Emergency Management coordinated the evacuation of Summit Avenue from Simpson Avenue to Laurel Avenue, and Laurel Avenue from Summit Avenue to Lake Avenue. In addition, the Island Heights Grade School was placed in lock down mode (no entry or exit). The HazMat Team secured 2 leaking chlorine tanks and the incident was placed under control in just over two hours.
Annual Raffle Winners
Friday, September 24, 2010 - Congratulations to the winners of the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company's annual raffle. First Place prize of $11,000 went to Frank Maione of Island Heights, and Second Place prize of $1,500 went to Richie Smith of Toms River. The IHVFC would like to thank everyone for their support.
Never Forget 9/11/01
Saturday, September 11, 2010 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company pauses this morning to remember the 343 brothers of FDNY killed in the line of duty nine years ago today, as well as the NYPD, PAPD and the thousands of innocent Americans who perished that day. Station 53 supports our troops and those who diligently and tirelessly work in the fight against terrorism and preservation of our freedom. Never forget.
Engine Runs East Dover House Fire
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - Slightly after 2300 hours, Station 53 was alerted with the East Dover Fire Company and other Toms River companies to a house fire on Harding Ave in the East Dover section of the township. First arriving units encountered heavy fire on side alpha of the structure and advanced lines to aggressively attack the fire. Engine 5311 responded within minutes and arrived shortly after first arriving units. The crew from Island Heights stretched multiple attack lines and assisted with searches and overhaul. Through a coordinated effort, crews limited fire spread through the interior of the structure. Engine 5311 remained on scene for almost two hours before returning to Island Heights.
100th Annual Labor Day Celebration
Monday, September 6, 2010 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company celebrated its 100th Anniversary Labor Day races at Memorial Field on September 6, 2010. Events included the traditional tricycle races, potato races, sack races, three-legged races, 50 and 75 yard dashes, treasure hunt, pie-eating contest and peanut scramble. Most races included children categories and there were several adult races, all of which provided a lot of amusement. Returned from the distant past were a 'Dizzy Bat' race and rooster calling competition. Several hundred people attended and everyone had a great time. Prizes were awarded and commemorative T-shirts were sold. Following the Races, the Island Heights firemen hosted the Toms River Fire Companies in a softball game, in which Island Heights won handily.
Click the photos below to view the full album!
Junior Olympic Sailing Regatta Stand-by
Monday, July 26, 2010 - On July 26th and 27th, the Island Heights Fire Company provided on-water safety and rescue support to the Island Heights Yacht Club during their sponsorship of the Junior Olympic Mid-Summer Regatta.
This event has been hosted by the Yacht Club for many years and has grown to over 300 boats and nearly 400 competitors.
Good fortunes were with the Yacht Club in that the weather was cooperative, and there were no real safety issues. There were a few instances of heat exhaustion, for which Fire/Rescue Boat 5316 transported one competitor back to the dock to be checked out.
On Tuesday, the wind was not cooperating in the morning. The Fire Boat cooled off one of the fleets of nearly 100 boats with their 500-gpm Blitzfire monitor (see photos).
The presence of 5316, and its immediate rescue support capabilities, was very much appreciated by the Yacht Club, the Junior Olympic Committee, the participants and their coaches.
Afternoon Fire Hits Close to Home
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - Shortly before 1400 hours, Station 53 was alerted to an early afternoon fire at the home of Fire Chief Andy Parks and family. The first arriving police unit (Officer Jill Dworzanski) reported smoke and fire showing and forced entry to rescue the family's dog. Engines 5311 and 5301 were on scene moments later and immediately placed two lines in service and secured a water supply. Command was established by Captain Baney (5320) from the first due engine, who quickly called for additional companies from surrounding jurisdictions. Due to elevated temperatures and humidity, crews were rotated frequently and EMS and Ladies Auxiliary personnel provided rehab throughout the incident. Island Heights members and units remained on scene into the evening to secure the house, salvage possessions, and support the family.
Chief Parks and family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the emergency services that responded to the fire and for the outpouring of generosity from the community. At this time, it appears as though the Parks are content with the donations already received to get them back on their feet. Should anyone still wish to make a donation, Chief Parks has requested one be made to the American Red Cross in the name of the Parks family, so as to benefit other victims of fire who may be less fortunate. Again, the selfless contributions are greatly appreciated and no amount of support has gone unnoticed. Feel free to e-mail the webmaster for information at email@example.com.
Photos/Stillshots courtesy of APP.com & Ex-Chief R. Wilber Jr.
Island Heights Takes to the Water on 4th of July
Sunday, July 4, 2010 - Independence Day 2010 was kicked off by the annual Island Heights Bike Parade led by the Island Heights Volunteer Fire company. 1999 Engine 5301 and 1928 Engine 5321 led a school of cyclists around River Avenue in the annual tradition. Later in the day, Fire/Rescue Boat 5316 took to the Toms River to join in on the annual 4th of July celebration. Boat 5316 was joined by Silverton Fire/Rescue Boat 2903 and other Fire, Rescue and Law Enforcement vessels to mingle and oversee the party on the water. The celebration was enjoyable as usual, and the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company wishes all a happy and safe summer!
Video courtesy: YouTube user stealthlsc
Island Heights Fire/Rescue Boat Nearing Service
Friday, July 2, 2010 - After months of hard work and planning, the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company has placed Fire/Rescue Boat 5316 in the water and begun operational Fire/Rescue training to prepare for emergency operations. The 29-foot SeaVee center console was modified in-house to provide a hard-piped 500-gpm pump with two 2-1/2 inch discharges for water supply and/or fire suppression with two handlines equipped with combination nozzles or a Blitzfire master stream. The boat is also equipped with night vision capabilities and a full array of water rescue equipment for response to any type of water incident in the Toms River, Barnegat Bay or Atlantic Ocean. Station 53 plans to place the unit in service in the coming months.
*A special thanks to IBoat NJ and our many other contributors, without whom the boat project would not have been possible.
Photos: TRFC #1 Ex-Chief Al McDaniel
12th Annual Summerbrew a Success
Saturday, June 26, 2010 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 would like to thank all who attended, sponsored and supported the 12th Annual Summerbrew Block Party. Details and photos to follow. A special thanks to the members of the Seaside Park Vol. Fire Co. for their assistance, as well as the crew from the East Dover Vol. Fire Co. (and Lt. from Toms River Co. 2) for providing a standby suppression crew to cover the town during the event. We look forward to seeing you next year!
Small Fires Handled During Week of Summerbrew
Thursday, June 24, 2010 - Several small fires kept Stations 53 and 28 busy during the week leading up to Summerbrew 2010. The fires were quickly controlled due to quick response by both stations, and minimal damage was incurred by the homeowners.
Saturday, June 12, 2010 - Several members ventured down to Sea Pirate Campground in West Creek, New Jersey to compete in the 8th annual Chili Cook-off. Island Heights brought home 1st Place for Best Firehouse Chili, 2nd Place for People's Choice, and 3rd Place for Best Decorated Booth.
Photos: Janice Fagan
Boat Fire in Shelter Cove
Friday, May 28, 2010 - Just prior to 1400 hours, Station 53 was alerted with Toms River companies for a boat fire near Shelter Cove located in the East Dover section of Toms River. First arriving units encountered a well-involved boat fire which had come to rest near a bulkhead exposing several houses and docked boats. Engine 5311 was second arriving and advanced a back-up line to assist the crew from Station 28. Units quickly knocked the fire and cleared the scene in under an hour.
Photos courtesy: YouTube user theviperpit2006
Members Complete Basic Training
Monday, May 24, 2010 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company congratulates Firefighter Tim Paar and Firefighter Tyler Yetman on their successful completion of basic firefighter level 1 training. A special congratulations to Firefighter Paar for also being presented with Milan 'Spike' Baron Award for the top recruit in the class (based upon a combination of academic, physical fitness and practical evolution performance). Nearly a dozen members attended the ceremony to support the recruits and congratulate them on a job well done.
Quick Knock on Mother's Day House Fire
Sunday, May 9, 2010 - Just prior to 1800 hours, Stations 28 and 53 were alerted to a structure fire on Anthony Avenue in the Gilford Park section of Toms River. Chief 2800 arrived with fire showing from the Bravo side of a single-story dwelling. Engine 5301 was the first arriving engine, secured their own hydrant and advanced a line to the side entrance of the house. The fire was contained to the rear laundry/utility room with minor extension to adjacent rooms. The engine and ladder from Station 28 advanced a back-up line and performed searches and ventilation of the structure. Engine 5311 assisted with overhaul and the investigators. Units operated for about an hour before clearing the fireground.
Photos: Ex-Chief Robert Wilber Jr.
Flashover Simulator Training
Friday, April 9, 2010 - At 1830 hours, Engines 5301 and 5311, Utility 5304 and Chief 5300 traveled to the Ocean County Fire/EMS Training Academy to experience the flashover simulator. The simulator is a tool in which smoke and fire behavior and development, ventilation effects, and water application effects can be witnessed on a live fire. Firefighters experienced fire development from ignition to full compartment flashover, as well as identified indicators that a flashover will be occurring. Special thanks to the Ocean County Fire Instructors who ran the simulator.
Engine and Chief Run Toms River House Fire
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - Shortly after 1500 hours, Station 53 was alerted with the Toms River Township Fire Department for a general alarm house fire on Brookville Road. First arriving units went on scene with smoke and fire from the second floor of a single-family dwelling. Engine 5311 and Chief 5300 responded on the call, assisting with extinguishment and overhaul. Island Heights units operated for over an hour before returning to quarters.
Engines and Chief Run Triple Structure Fire in Silverton
Friday, April 2, 2010 - Just before 2000 hours, Station 53 was alerted with the Toms River Township Fire Department to three structures on fire at the corner of Brand Road and Tilton Street. Silverton Chief 2900 went on scene with three structures heavily involved, as well as power lines down, a flooding condition and the presence of a large quantity of flammable liquids. Chief 5300, Engine 5301 and Engine 5311 responded on the call within minutes. Upon arrival, Engine 5301 worked with crews from Station 28 to perform an aggressive interior attack on the two-story house on Brand Road, while Chief 5300 and Engine 5311 worked with crews from Stations 29 and 30 to extinguish the house and garage fronting Tilton Street. Units from Island Heights operated on the scene for approximately two hours before returning to quarters. Seaside Park Engine 4521 covered Island Heights until crews returned.
Photos: Toms River Township Fire Department
"The Fox" A Hit at Seaside Heights St. Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 20, 2010 - After a week postponed due to heavy rain, Island Heights firefighters polished and prepared the 1928 Ahrens Fox for participation in the annual Seaside Heights St. Patrick's Day Parade. Members suited up in full dress uniform (with festive green ties) and traveled over the bridge to take part in the enjoyable annual tradition. Special thanks to the Seaside Park Volunteer Fire Company and Barooo Surf Shop for their accomodations.
Live Rapid Intervention Training
Friday, March 19, 2010 - At 1900 hours, Engine 5301, Utility 5304 and Chief 5300 traveled to the Toms River Township Fire Academy for hands-on rapid intervention training. Firefighters were deployed over a number of evolutions into zero visibility conditions in full personal protective equipment to locate, assess, assist and remove a downed firefighter. Crews practiced calling the MAYDAY, restoring compromised self-contained breathing apparatus using the RIT Pack, firefighter removal skills and techniques, communications, raising ladders and various other firefighting and rescue skills. Special thanks to the Toms River Township Fire Department for the use of the Academy as well as the donations to the RIT Pack.
Island Heights Assists at Polar Bear Plunge
Saturday, March 6, 2010 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company assisted with a standby for the Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge. A joint effort amongst various local fire companies and squads provided rescuers to the thousands of participants. Thankfully, a good time was had by all and everybody went home safe.
2010 Installation Dinner
Saturday, February 20, 2010 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company and invited guests celebrated their annual installation dinner at Jimmy C's Comedy Club in downtown Toms River on Saturday evening. Festivities included swearing in of officers, gifts and awards, a video of incidents and events of 2009, and stand-up comedy acts by two very funny comics. The IHVFC would like to thank Jimmy C's for yet another very enjoyable night.
Thoughts and Prayers with the Gabriel Family
Friday, February 19, 2010 - The members of the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary extend their deepest condolences to the Gabriel family following the passing of Dick Gabriel. Dick was son of Ex-Chief Al Gabriel and Ladies Auxiliary Life Member Shirley Gabriel, brother of Ex-Chief Brian Gabriel and Ladies Auxiliary Member Wendie Gabriel, Uncle of Firefighter Dustin Gabriel and father of Fire Explorer Richard Gabriel. The Gabriel family is in our thoughts and prayers and Dick will surely be missed.
Monday, February 8, 2010 - Slightly prior to 2300 hours, Station 53 was alerted with the East Dover Fire Company for a working trailer fire in the Oak Grove Trailer Park on Route 37 in Toms River. Within minutes, Engines 5311 and 5301 and Chief 5300 were on the road with units from Station 28. First arriving units went on scene with heavy fire from a single trailer unit. Engine 5311 and Chief 5300 went to work assisting with extinguishing the fire and checking for extension, while Engine 5301 stood by with a secondary water supply. After a quick aggressive attack, the fire was under control within minutes. Island Heights units cleared the fireground in just over an hour.
Ocean County Hit Hard During Blizzard
Saturday, February 6, 2010 - A blizzard that began in the evening hours on Friday resulted in nearly two feet of snow in the Island Heights area by its conclusion nearly 24 hours later. Throughout the storm, members prepared apparatus for the elements and assisted throughout town plowing, shoveling and ensuring access and egress for civilians and emergency vehicles alike. Luckily, no major incidents occurred in Island Heights throughout the duration of the blizzard. Station 53 would especially like to thank the Island Heights Department of Public Works for maintaining excellent clearance for fire apparatus both at the firehouse and throughout the town.
2010 Kicked Off with Ice Rescue Training
Friday, January 8, 2010 - The members of Station 53 kicked off the new year utilizing the subfreezing temperatures to train in ice rescue operations. Members suited up in ice rescue suits and performed live ice rescue evolutions in the frozen-over Toms River. As emphasized every year, the IHVFC urges everyone to use caution on the roads and water during the winter season!
Happy New Year from the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company
Friday, January 1, 2010 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 wishes all a very Happy and SAFE New Year. As with every new year, the members and officers of the IHVFC will work hard to institute changes and improvements to the company, while keeping with the traditions and goals upon which the organization was founded. Anyone interested in joining the IHVFC as a firefighter, auxiliary or associate member, or fire explorer is welcome to contact any member or stop by the station. Please continue to visit our website for the latest news and upcoming events! As always, we appreciate the endless support of our neighbors and community.
Engine Makes Quick Work of Kitchen Fire
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - At approximately 1351 hours, Station 53 was alerted with the East Dover Volunteer Fire Company to a possible structure fire on Morris Avenue in the Gilford Park section of Toms River. Engine 5311 responded within minutes and was advised by command (Chief 2800) that there was an active fire in the kitchen. The crew from 5311 made quick work of the fire and worked with the crew from Engine 2811 to ventilate and check for extension. Luckily, the fire was well-contained and minimal residual smoke damage resulted. Units cleared the scene in under an hour.
Santa Claus Visits Island Heights
Sunday, December 20, 2009 - Despite snowfall exceeding 20 inches just a mere day prior, the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company boarded the apparatus and escorted Santa Claus throughout Island Heights in keeping with the annual tradition. While a few hours earlier, neighbors were helping neighbors shovel driveways and cars out of the snow, the day came to a good end with the exchange of gifts, candy canes and fresh baked cookies.
Station 53 Victorious in Annual Thanksgiving Football Game
Thursday, November 26, 2009 - In a stunning display of talent on the part of both teams, the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company came out victorious over the East Dover Volunteer Fire Company in the annual Thanksgiving Day football game with a score of 42-28. The game was held on the varsity football field of Toms River East High School at approximately 0930 hours and all competitors and families returned to the Island Heights firehouse afterwards to celebrate the outcome of the game and the holiday. The members of the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy and SAFE Holiday Season!
Engine and Chief Run Toms River Structure Fire
Sunday, November 1, 2009 - Shortly after 0800 hours, Station 53 was alerted to a working structure fire on River Bend Drive in Toms River. Engine 5301 and the Chief responded and arrived on scene 3rd due to a fully-involved two car attached garage with extension into the house. The engine chauffeur positioned on side alpha while the crew pulled a 2-1/2 inch attack line off of Engine 2501. The crew coordinated with crews from the first two engines (Toms River Cos. 1 & 2) to quickly knock down the bulk of the fire. Chief 5300 operated as a division officer and supervised fireground operations throughout the duration of the incident. The crew from Island Heights operated for just over two hours before being released by command (Chief 2500).
See 1stResponderNews article by Silverton Ex-Chief Bob Sinnott here.
Conditions upon arrival and the crew from Engine 5301 placing the deuce and a half in service.
Photos Courtesy of TRFD #1 Ex-Chief Al McDaniel
Saturday, September 12, 2009 - The Rotary Club of Toms River held its 17th Annual Sailfest Regatta and Street Fair along River Avenue in Island Heights. The event included a variety of food vendors, craft booths, games, antique automobiles and machinery and a live band. The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary manned their usual sausage sandwich stand, as well as provided fire protection for the event by staffing Engine 5301 which remained on site for the duration, as well as maintaining a second crew for Engine 5311 which remained in quarters to take in any calls for service for the rest of the town. Aside from an auto accident, the day was fairly quiet of emergencies. A fun time was had by all and the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company thanks all who stopped by the booth as well as those who generously gave donations. We look forward to Sailfest 2010!
September 11, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company remembers all who lost their lives on the morning of 9/11/01, especially those 343 firefighters who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Never Forget.
Labor Day 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009 - Monday celebrated not only Labor Day 2009, but also the 99th annual Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company's Labor Day races and softball game. Hundreds of residents turned out to watch and participate in the tradition, which included potato races, three-legged races, pie eating contests and the "peanut scramble". The event was once again a huge success, with much fun and laughs had by all. The day was topped off by the annual Island Heights Fire/Toms River Fire softball game. Island Heights came out on top after a vicious battle with numerous lead changes and highlights. The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company would like to thank the residents of Island Heights and the companies of the Toms River Fire Department for attending and once again making the day a success.
Labor Day 2010 will mark the 100th anniversary of the IHVFC's festivities. This event will include throwback races and events that took place way back when, as well as some new. Any suggestions of races and/or events that used to take place on Labor Days of the past are welcomed. Please contact the webmaster or any IHVFC member with ideas or suggestions. Any help in making this occasion special is greatly appreciated.
Engines and Chief Run Gilford Park House Fire
Saturday, August 29, 2009 - Slightly before 0600 hours, Station 53 was alerted with the East Dover Fire Co. (Station 28) to a house fire on Garfield Avenue in the Gilford Park section of Toms River. Upon arrival, units encountered a working fire and went to work. Chief 5300, Engine 5311, and Engine 5301 responded, performed vertical ventilation and assisted with extinguishing the fire and checking for extension.
Engine and Chief Run East Dover House Fire
Friday, August 14, 2009 - At approximately 1617 hours, Station 53 was alerted with the East Dover Fire Co. (Station 28) to a possible shed fire on Adams Avenue in the East Dover section of Toms River. Upon arrival, units encountered a working fire on the exterior of the house with extension into the attic space. Chief 5300 and Engine 5311 responded, established a water supply and assisted with extinguishing the fire and checking for extension.
Joint Water Rescue Training
Friday, August 7, 2009 - At approximately 1845 hours, Toms River Command Unit 1 dispatched Stations 28 (East Dover) and 53 (Island Heights) for a simulated water rescue with multiple persons in the water at Shelter Cove in the East Dover section of Toms River. Water Rescue 5304 and Engine 5301 arrived and worked with Units from Station 28 to launch land-based water rescue efforts from the beach. Meanwhile, fire/rescue boats from Stations 28, 29 (Silverton), and the jet-ski from Station 25 (Toms River Co. 1) effected numerous rescues from the water. Station 53 units operated from the north end of the beach, launching two rescuers at a time on tag lines with proper personal protective equipment. A total of 12 patients were rescued and evaluated by EMS units with injuries ranging from missing limbs and broken backs to jellyfish stings. Two evolutions were run and units cleared at approximately 2100 hours. Special thanks to various fire explorers who volunteered as victims, as well as Captain Tutela (Station 28) and Captain Baney (IHVFC) for organizing the drill.
Violent Storm Hits Island Heights
Friday, July 31, 2009 - At approximately 1800 hours, a storm front pushed through Central Ocean County, bringing heavy winds, rain, thunder and lightning to the Toms River area. Throughout the storm, Station 53 was called to dozens of emergency and non-emergency incidents, deploying Chief 5300, Asst. Chief 5310, Engines 5301 and 5311 and Utility 5304 throughout Island Heights and parts of Toms River. The storm brought down a number of trees and wires, damaging several houses and vehicles. Luckily, everyone made it home safe and the night resulted in no major injuries.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company would like to thank all who came and supported Summerbrew 2009. The event attracted a record number of people, surpassing 1,150, and kicked over 50 kegs of nearly 30 types of beer. Both bands as well as the pipes and drums kept the crowd on its feet until nearly midnight, when the festivities came to an end. A special thanks goes out to the Island Heights Police Department for a large showing to monitor the event. We look forward to seeing you all next year!
Station 53 Assists in Search for Missing Woman
Friday, June 26, 2009 - At approximately 0900 hours, Station 53, in addition to a number of stations on the north side of Ocean County, was alerted for a large area search in South Seaside Park. Utility Unit 5304 responded to the beach and its crew, aboard Seaside Park Unit 4506, assisted in searching Island Beach State Park in its entirety. Upon the release of the crew from Island Heights, the search was still ongoing. 5304 cleared the scene after approximately 5 hours.
Monday, June 8, 2009 - The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company extends its deepest sympathies to the Camburn family and Toms River Fire Company No. 2 for the passing of ex-Chief Ernest Camburn, father of IHVFC ex-Chief John Camburn and grandfather of IHVFC ex-Chief Doug Camburn. Ernest was an ex-Chief and life member of the Toms River Fire Company No. 2.
Station 53 Wins Big At Manitou Park's 50th
Saturday, June 6, 2009 - After many hours of cleaning and polishing the apparatus, members of the IHVFC boarded Engine 5301, Chief 5300, Utility 5304 and Antique Engine 5321 and traveled to Holiday City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Manitou Park Volunteer Fire Company. Following a judging session of the apparatus, a parade and several hours of good food, fun and competitions, the IHVFC walked away with 4 trophies:
Best Appearing Overall Company
2nd Place Best Appearing Engine 6-11 Years Old
2nd Place Best Appearing Company-Owned Antique
The Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company congratulates the men and women of the Manitou Park Volunteer Fire Company on their 50 years and wishes a safe 50 more.
The Men and Women of the IHVFC Remember Those Who Gave All
Memorial Day 2009
Photos: Kathy Camburn
Engine and Chief Assist at The Sawmill
Sunday, April 26, 2009 - At approximately 2130 hours, an engine from Station 53 was requested to cover Station 44 (Seaside Heights) while they and other barrier island companies fought a fire at The Sawmill restaurant and bar on the boardwalk. Shortly after arriving at Station 44, Engine 5311 and Chief 5300 were called to the scene to assist. The crew assisted with overhaul and was released around midnight. Meanwhile, a full crew remained in Island Heights throughout the duration to cover any incidents in town.
Volunteers Participate in Earth Day Clean-up
Friday, April 24, 2009 - Friday evening, the membership of Station 53 hiked up their sleeves and participated in the townwide Earth Day clean-up. The company was responsible for cleaning up the block on which the firehouse is located, as well as all of Memorial Field. Trash was picked up, several trees were planted, the playground was touched up and the baseball field received a much deserved overhaul. The night was a perfect segway into a gorgeous weekend.
Photos: Ex-Chief Robert Wilber Jr.
First Due House Fire - Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Thursday, April 16, 2009 - Shortly after 0400 hours, Station 53 was alerted to a possible structure fire on Admiral Avenue near the border of Island Heights and Toms River. Within minutes, Chief 5300 and Engine 5301 arrived on scene to find a working basement fire in a well-insulated, single-story dwelling. Chief 5300 established the command and directed entry with an attack line to the basement. The crew from Engine 5301 quickly made entry into the dwelling and through zero visibility made their way through the house and into the basement. With the assistance of the thermal imaging camera, the crew was able to locate and knock down the bulk of the fire. Engine 5311 arrived shortly after and secured a water supply for 5301. While the crew was operating in the basement, it was found that the fire had burned through the floor of a first floor bedroom. The bedroom had been occupied by two children in cribs who were removed by occupants of the house. All occupants were able to escape unharmed after being awoken by a functioning smoke alarm. Both Island Heights Safety Officers operated on the scene, 2nd Lieutenant 5340 operated as the initial "Basement Division" officer and Captain 5320 operated as the "Accountability" officer. Toms River Companies 1 & 2 also operated on the fireground while East Dover Ladder 2865 stood by as the rapid intervention team. Units from Island Heights operated on the fireground for approximately three hours.
Photos: Ex-Chief Robert Wilber Jr.
Engines and Chief Run Small Fire on Lake Avenue
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - At approximately 2300 hours, Station 53 was alerted with IHPD to a possible structure fire on Lake Avenue. Within minutes, Chief 5300, Engine 5311 and Engine 5301 were on the scene of a small outside fire with extension to the exterior of the house. The crews (with the assistance of the homeowner and IHPD) quickly extinguished the fire, checked for extension and ventilated the structure. Units cleared the scene in under an hour.
Engine and Chief Run Toms River House Fire
Thursday, February 5, 2009 - At approximately 2200 hours, firefighters from Toms River Companies 1 & 2 were alerted to a structure fire, possibly a fire in the kitchen on Point O' Woods Drive. Lieutenant 2630 (Company 2) arrived reporting heavy fire from the first and second floors, followed closely by Chief 2500 (Company 1) who established command. While units began getting a knock on the fire, command requested an additional two engines, bringing Engine 5301 and the Chief. The crew from Island Heights went to work opening up the room of origin, extinguishing any remaining fire and checking Exposure Bravo. Units from 53 cleared the scene in just under two hours.
Ice Rescue at Long Point Beach
Sunday, January 25, 2009 - At approximately 1430 hours, Station 53 was alerted to a person through the ice at the end of Ocean Avenue. IHPD reported one iceboat operator whose apparatus had broken through the ice within 50 yards of the bulkhead, which was confirmed by Chief 5300 who established the "Island Heights Command". Assistant Chief 5310 arrived shortly thereafter and was designated "Operations", establishing verbal contact with the victim. Water Rescue 5304 and Engine 5311 quickly set up for ice rescue operations, deploying two rescuers onto the ice with about a dozen other fire department personnel operating as tenders and performing other land-based operations. The rescue of both the victim and his iceboat were effected in approximately ten minutes. The Island Heights First Aid Squad evaluated the victim as a precaution, who was released at the scene. All units cleared in just under one hour.
Live Ice Rescue Training
Sunday, January 18, 2009 - With winter in full swing bringing temperatures well below freezing to the Jersey Shore, Station 53 has taken much advantage of the frozen Toms River and Barnegat Bay to conduct numerous ice rescue training evolutions throughout the month of January. Under the direction of Assistant Chief/Ice Rescue Instructor Balfrey and Fire Chief Parks, members have suited up and deployed onto the frozen water, refining skills and techniques in both slow-paced evolutions as well as real-time simulated incidents. These training opportunities also allowed for interdepartmental training with the East Dover Volunteer Fire Company. With temperatures continuing to drop, Station 53 urges all to use caution around these frozen bodies of water.
Santa Visits Island Heights
Sunday, December 21, 2008 - As was much anticipated, the faint "Ho Ho Ho's" grew louder and louder as Santa Claus was escorted through Island Heights by an entourage of lights and sirens of the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company. Atop the 1928 Ahrens-Fox, Santa brought candy and gifts to the children of Island Heights, as well as some nice clear weather (albeit a slight Christmas chill). The fun night was capped off by an excellent buffet provided by Bada Bing Restaurant of Island Heights. Santa and the firefighters thank everyone for coming out to share the holiday spirit and for the generous donations.
IHGS Holiday Concert
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - The townspeople of Island Heights came out once again to Station 53 on Wednesday to listen to the musical stylings of the students of the Island Heights Grade School. The evening was kicked off by some instrumentals, followed by a plethora of vocal selections, and a finale with, you guessed it, ANOTHER Santa Claus presence. Great job to all our young musicians! Again, be sure to look out for Santa to return to Island Heights in a few weekends with his entourage of lights and sirens!
Annual Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 7, 2008 - The town recreation committee hosted the annual tree lighting at Memorial Field across from Station 53 on Sunday. The firehouse played host to food and music and later braved the bitter cold to escort Santa Claus to the tree. Look out for Santa to return to Island Heights in a few weekends, again with an entourage of lights and sirens!
Ice Rescue Training
Friday, December 5, 2008 - As the temperature rapidly diminishes, the IHVFC took a break from firematic training to drill on Ice Rescue operations led by Asst. Chief/Instructor Balfrey on Friday. The IHVFC, joined by East Dover and Seaside Park Volunteer Fire Companies, headed down to the Island Heights Grade School, broke out the ice rescue equipment and performed real-time "ice" rescues on the gymnasium floor. Full ice-rescue suits were donned, tag lines were extended, ice rescue boards were utilized and victims were brought to safety.
New Web Site
Welcome to the new web site of the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company. While you're here, feel free to navigate through the site to find out more about who we are, what we do and how you can join us. Be sure to check back often for announcements, events, incidents, and other news.