2018 Operation Village Santa Announced
Santa is coming to the
Village again. The members of Old Village Fire Company are excited
to announce that we will be escorting your favorite fat man around
the Village this Christmas. Check back for an update on when you can
expect Santa in your neighborhood. Like our
Facebook page, follow us on
Instagram for more information.
January has been busy with calls for
service. The new Line Officer's are putting their skills to task.
Our members have also taken part in several training sessions in
acquired structures with the rest of the department. Quality
training that provides realistic experience.
2016 Firematic Officer's
Captain Robert Smith
1st Lieutenant Michael VanWagoner
Chief Engineer Jeffery Siegel
1st Asssistant William Hrehowsik
President Joseph Lomonaco
Vice President Richard Millward
Treasurer Patrick Mannix
Recording Secretary Jeffery Siegel
Secretary Andrew VanWagoner
New Year - New Officers
We would like to congratulate
all of the Officer's who have assumed new roles, maintained old ones
or are entering the ranks for the first time. A volunteer fire
company needs all of it's members in order to operate efficiently,
but the Officer's steer the company. Good luck.
14 DEC 13
is Coming to the Village
We'll be escorting Jolly OlD Saint Nick on Saturday December 21st.
Listen for the sirens and follow us on Twitter as we tweet Santa's
location along the way. @OVFCStation11
21 SEP 13
First Ever Poker Tournament
We are pleased to
announce the date for our first ever Texas Hold Em tournament. The
company will host the tournament on Wednesday November 13 at 8PM.
Please support our company by playing your hand and a chance to win.
to view the flyer.
$100 Buy-In (2,000 Chips)
Doors Open at 7pm.
Pizza, Soda, and Water included.
Pre-register by calling Eric at (732)778-3545 or Nick at
Pre-Register by November 1st and receive 500 bonus chips
Unlimited Re-Buys in the first round $100 (2000 chips)
Pre-Register and pay only $50 for your first re-buy
Mj’s Pizza and refreshments served before the event
Seating is limited
Please reserve your seat in advance
Any questions please call Eric at (732)778-3545 or
Nick at (732)796-8056 or contact us at
Winners to be paid out in Visa Gift Cards
Must be 18 or older to play
Station 11 Responds to Close Call at Tomaso Plaza
Friday May 10 just before 4 PM, the Middletown Township Fire
Department was dispatched to the Tomaso Plaza apartments located at
2 Oakdale Drive for an odor of burning. Initial reports came from
the maintenance personnel on site. Upon arrival, fire department
units investigated the cause of the odor. After an apartment to
apartment search, a resident reported a possible source for the
The resident turned over a burnt stove top pot holder. The plastic
holder (pictured below) had begun to burn and charred as a result of
falling onto the electric stove burner. No damage was sustained to
the residence. Over 40 firefighters from Stations 11, 8, 7 & 3
responded. Department Chief John D’Altilio commanded the incident.
incident was minor and accidental in nature but still a stark
reminder about home fire safety. According to the United States Fire
Administration, an estimated 164,500 cooking fires in residential
buildings occur each year in the United States. Cooking is, by far,
the leading cause of all residential building fires and injuries.
Avoid a similar incident in your home by following these tips.
Keep Things That Can Catch Fire and Heat Sources Apart
- Keep anything that can catch fire - potholders, oven mitts, wooden
utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels, or curtains
- away from your stovetop.
- Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean.
- Keep pets off cooking surfaces and nearby countertops to prevent
them from knocking things onto the burner.
- Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire if it
comes into contact with a gas flame or electric burner.
For more information log onto
Station 11 Welcomes Back a Former Member
Stanton returned to the company after a year and a half long hiatus.
Jesse's return adds another trained Firefighter to the ranks at
Station 11 Welcomes two Veteran North Arlington Transfers
son Joe Reiff moved to Middletown in March and immediately sought
membership in the department. Both men are/were firefighters with
the North Arlington Volunteer Fire Department. They are a welcome
addition to the team and have been received with open arms. Best of
luck with your new brothers.
Five Recruits Begin Academy
to our five (5) Firefighter Recruits who began their training today
at the Middletown Township Fire Department Trainnig Academy. John
Baccellieri, William Hrehowsik, Rocco Nigro, Alex Ruane and Andrew
VanWagoner will dedicate over 180 hours of hard work to the
classroom and drillground over the next 3 1/2 months. Good luck
boys. Make us proud.
Station 11 Responds to Motor Vehicle Accident
approximately 2330 hours Station 11 and Middletown EMS units
responded to a single car collision on Cherry Tree Lane. Responding
units arrived to find two injured occupants in a two door sports
car. The car left the roadway and collided with a tree, leaving the
passenger trapped in his seat.
Personnel worked quickly to remove the driver and extricate the
passenger. Both patients were transported by EMS to a local
Station 11 Trains for Success
fitness training is nothing new for this fire company. Many of our
front line firefighters are actively engaged in physical fitness
activities. Each week most of those members train together at the
firehouse, performing various workouts from CrossFit and group
our January Sunday drill, we conducted all of the usual yearly
inspections on our PPE and recertified on the use of our SCBA.
However, there was one more thing to accomplish this time around. It
was time to begin combining our physical fitness program with our
skills based training.
company headed out to
conducted realistic SCBA training. Each firefighter donned his PPE
and SCBA and boarded a treadmill. Times were kept, pressures
recorded and consumption rates calculated. The idea? Conduct
baseline fitness levels while wearing our PPE. The drill was a
complete success. With a baseline in place, we will continue making
our way as Occupational Athletes. Six months from now we will return
for another test.
this would have been possible without the assistance of Centrex
Owner Joseph AmecAngelo and Director of Sales Patti Fiore. Their
club is home to many of our members and they never pause when we
request their assistance.
Group #2 gets it
done on the treadmill.
Station 11 Responds to Structure Fire
January 11th at approximately 1:55 PM, Stations 5, 6 & 11 responded
to a working fire in a 1 1/2 story wood frame dwelling on Cherry
Tree Farm Road. Station 4 was dispatched for Rapid Intervention.
scene worked well to bring the fire under control. The MTFD Public
Information Office released more details that were published on the
Click here to read more and view photos.
2012 Year in Review
2012, Station 11 responded to 246 calls for assistance, including 9
structure fires, 2 car fires, and 8 hazardous materials calls. The
Company performed 3 rescues.
members spent an amazing 1,151 man-hours staffing the fire station
around the clock-over an 11 day period- during Hurricane Sandy to
ensure the protection of the community, and responded to 47
storm-related incidents during that time. We lost over $10,000 worth
of equipment due to damage as a result of Sandy and the following
Nor’easter while responding to emergencies.
the year our members also participated in 1,179 hours of training.
We were very active in the community as well: providing fire
prevention and safety information to the children of Village
Elementary School, various local preschools, and local boy scout and
girl scout troops; conducting the annual “Santa Run”, bringing the
big red guy on a tour to the delight of the neighborhood’s children;
and, helping out with Middletown Helps Its Own.
the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, 2012 was a fantastic year. The
members of Station 11 performed their duties to the best of their
ability and often times going above and beyond for our community. We
close the books on 2012 and look forward to what 2013 has to bring.
Thank you for all of your support.
Two More Probies and a Familiar Face Returns
Hrehowsik and John Baccellieri seemed eager to begin the careers.
Both men were accepted as Probationary Firefighters during last
night's meeting and will attend Firefighter 1 this Spring. Station
11 will send five Recruits to the Spring 2013 FF1 class.
Zappola returned to the company after a five month absence. Brian is
a welcome addition as he returns with years of experience including
four years as a Lieutenant.
luck to all those who joined the ranks last night. Stay safe.
2013 Officers are Ready to Serve
elections concluded during the December regular business meeting.
All of our officers are well prepared and eager to serve. Best of
luck to those coming into the line and those moving up the line.
Captain David A. D'Arcy
Lieutenant Vernon Peterson
Lieutenant Robert Smith
Lieutenant Michael Van Wagoner
Assistant Engineer Thomas Wieczerzak
2nd Assistant Engineer Joseph LoMonaco
3rd Assistant Engineer Alex Czaplicki
President Michael Lee
Vice President Richard Millward
Recording Secretary Brad Memoli
Corresponding Secretary Alex Czaplicki
Treasurer Patrick Mannix
Station 11 Welcomes a new Firefighter, a new Probie &
new Social Member
Quinn is a 15 year veteran of the fire service having served in two
departments from Essex county before moving to Middletown Township.
During the December meeting, Firefighter Quinn made his commitment
to the township and joined the ranks of Station 11. We look forward
to having him on our team.
Ruane is already familiar with being a first responder. He is a
Lieutenant EMT with Fairview First Aid. Inspired by the recent
success of fellow Firefighter friends, Ruane signed up to become a
Firefighter himself. He will attend the recruit class this Spring at
Natwin was looking for a way to give back to the community and
occupy his spare time. As a retired software developer, he feels his
greatest aspect will be assisting the company in the IT department
and with fund raising. We look forward to having Mr. Natwin share
his experience with us.
Santa Clause is Coming to the Village
It's that time of year
again. Santa will be escorted by the fire company and visit the
Village on December 23rd. The sled heads out at 4:00 PM. Follow us
on Twitter (@OVFCStation11) as we make our way around Town. We'll be
tweeting out our stops and location as we go.
Van Schaack Graduates from Academy
Firefighter Eric Van Schaack spent the last four months studying and
training to successfully complete the Firefighter 1 course. On
November 24th, Van Schaack and the Fall 2012 Firefighter 1 class
officially graduated from the course earning their place on the fire
ground. The company is proud of our new Firefighter. Good luck
Another Probationary Firefighter Joins
Scullari has always wanted to volunteer her time to a worthy cause.
That desire has been fulfilled as she enters the ranks of the Fire
Department. Scullari will attend the Firefighter 1 Course at the
Training Academy in the Spring of 2013. Good luck to our newest
Team Hope Walk
The day was perfect for a long
walk down the Long Branch oceanfront. A few hundred walkers turned
out in support of supporting the research for a cure to Huntington's
disease. Station 11 members turned out in full force to support our
brother, Chris Roland.
$27,000 was raised by the families & friends of loved ones with
Huntington's. The folks from the Huntington's Disease Society of
America were great hosts and run a fantastic organization. Fore more
information on the society and how you can help visit www.hdsa.org.
Firefighter Chris Roland is a 5 year veteran of the Middletown
Township Fire Department. He has selflessly dedicated his young life
to the service of his community and now he needs our help.
In 2011 he was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, a devastating,
hereditary, degenerative brain disorder for which there is, at
present, no cure and only one FDA-approved treatment for a symptom.
back later this month for more information on our upcoming benefit
Longtime Explorer Becomes a Probationary Firefighter
last 3 years Andrew Van Wagoner has been eager to enter the ranks of
the department. He waited patiently as a Fire Explorer to get his
chance. During the monthly meeting of September, he was officially
accepted into the Company as a Probationary Firefighter. Andrew will
attend the Spring 2012 Firefighter 1 course at the Training Academy.
Good luck to our newest Probie in your career.
Station 11 Adds Two to the Roster
month Station 11 added two more members to the roster. Firefighter
Tom Wieczerzak returned to Station 11 after spending almost 7 years
out of town. Tom has over a decade in the fire service with multiple
agencies and organizations. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge
and his impact should be felt within the company almost immediately.
Many firefighters already know Tom through their experience with him
as a staff member at the
11 also welcomed in another Probationary Firefighter, Rocco Nigro.
Rocco will be attending the Spring 2013 Firefighter 1 class at the
Training Academy. We look forward to having him as a part of the
back to Tom and good luck to Rocco.
Foam Operations Training
Sunday morning, Station 11 members finished up a certificate course
in Firefighting Foam Operations. Members spent a night in lecture
and the day performing various hands on training skills. The course
was delivered by
Training Academy staff members Dave D'Arcy and Tom Wieczerzak.
FF's LoMonaco &
Corrao apply foam as Lt. Peterson directs their attack stream.
Station 11 welcomes newest Probationary Firefighter
the regular monthly meeting in July, Probationary Firefighter Eric
Van Schaack was accepted into the company. Van Schaack brings with
him experience as a volunteer EMT in Middletown Township, already
serving with Fairview First Aid. Van Schaack will attend the
Firefighter 1 course at the
Training Academy this Fall. Good luck to our newest probie in
Open House in the Planning Stage
11 is planning an open house for the early Fall of this year. More
information will be shared as it become available. We are looking
forward to sharing our experiences with our community and providing
tours and information about the firehouse. Please contact us for
more information via email
Station Gets CrossFit
20th Station 11 Firefighters attended a CrossFit training class at
Sports Club of Middletown (570 Hwy 35 Red Bank, NJ). Each year,
Station 11 dedicates a drill to firefighter wellness and fitness.
This month's weeknight drill was our opportunity to raise our level
of awareness to fitness.
Owner, Joe Amecangelo, has been a big supporter of the department
and he came through for us yet again. Centrex recently opened a
Cross Fitness Training Zone next door to their club. The "Zone"
features over 30 stations of challenging activities designed to
maximize the workout.
workout is no joke and it certainly pushed our members to the edge.
CrossFit is growing in popularity and is proving to be a fantastic
option for firefighters to improve their fitness level. Comparisons
can be made to the level of effort required in CrossFit and the
fireground. Regardless of how you choose to stay in shape,
maintaining a high level of fitness is the best way to reduce
again to Joe, Patti and everyone at Centrex for their continued
support to the department and firefighter safety.
FF Figaro Graduates
On March 3rd Probationary
Firefighter Nicholas Figaro began his training at the
Middletown Township Fire Department Training Academy.
The Firefighter 1 course would last him 177 hours and would
determine whether or not he had what it takes to be a Firefighter.
16th the probie became a Firefighter as Figaro and his classmates
graduated from the Spring 2012 FF1 class. FF Figaro represented his
company proudly receiving the Training Academy Physical Fitness
Award during the ceremony. Congratulations to our newest
Firefighter. Good luck in your career.
to Samantha Peterson, daughter of Old Village’s Lt. Vern Peterson,
on being selected as one of three 2012 Chris Abbes Memorial
Scholarship winners. The competitive $1,000 scholarships are named
after Firefighter Christian Abbes of Navesink Hook and Ladder
(Station #1) and are awarded to children of members of the
Middletown Township Fire Department for their continued education.
Firefighter Abbes lost his life in 1985 while attempting to remove
highly flammable tanks from a trailer that was on fire at his
construction site job. Samantha, a student of Communications High
School, one of the five Monmouth County Career Academies, will be
attending the University of California at Berkeley in the Fall with
plans on majoring in Asian Studies. The scholarship awards were
presented to the students at the Fire Department's June 11 meeting.
Good luck Sam!
Save Taxes, Save a Life, Volunteer!
Middletown Township Fire Department is looking for motivated members
of the community to become Firefighters. Station 11 in particular
would like to extend an invitation to any interested residents of
the Village section to come down to the firehouse. Get a first hand
look at how important the operation of a volunteer fire department
is to its community. You can make a difference in today's fire
service. Contact Captain D'Arcy today to schedule a visit or
interview firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information of becoming
a member, click here.
Station 11 Responds to Thompson Avenue Structure Fire
early morning hours on April 30, Stations 5, 6 & 11 were dispatched
to a two story residential dwelling on Thompson Avenue, in the North
Middletown section. Station 11 was assigned as the Rapid
intervention Crew during the fire.
crews attempt to control the fire. Photo by Laurie Kegley.
Station 11 Responds to Bamn Hollow Structure Fire
PM on Tuesday March 27, the Middletown Township Fire Department was
dispatched to 231 Bamn Hollow Road for a working structure fire.
First arriving units discovered heavy fire conditions on he exterior
and interior of the 2 1/2 story home.
11 Firefighters, responding on Engine 211, arrived quickly
establishing a water supply and stretching a 2 1/2" attack line to
the interior. Crews from Stations 9 & 8 arrived shortly afterward
and a complete aggressive attack was underway. Units on scene had
the fire under control in about an hour.
the structure sustained heavy fire and water damage, Firefighters
were able to salvage furniture and personal items from inside the
Engine 211 crew
members stretching the initial attack line. Photo by Melissa
here for video from the scene as reported on APP.com.
Station 11 Responds to Two Structure Fires in 24 Hours
AM on Sunday March 11, the Middletown Township Fire Department was
dispatched to 172 Heights Terrace for a report of smoke coming out
of the wall of a house at that location. The first arriving Police
unit discovered that the back wall of the house was on fire and
attempted to control the blaze with a fire extinguisher.
Approximately 25 firefighters from the Old Village and Middletown
Fire Companies had the fire under control in 15 minutes. The house
sustained minor fire and smoke damage.
than 12 hours later, at 2:35 PM, the Middletown Township Fire
Department was alerted to a heavy smoke condition in the area of 115
Holland Road. First arriving units encountered a large volume of
smoke coming from the eaves of a house at 113 Holland Road. Upon
investigation, it was discovered that there was a fire burning out
of control in the chimney. The masonry chimney had failed in several
places allowing smoke and embers to enter the voids in the walls and
the attic area. It took approximately 35 members from the Old
Village, Middletown No. 1, River Plaza, East Keansburg and Community
fire companies 90 minutes to completely extinguish the stubborn
fire. The damage was limited to the area around the chimney and the
Station 11 responds with LDH Pipeline to Long Branch
after noon on February 13 a fire broke out on Brighton Avenue in the
West End section of the City of Long Branch. The fire, fueled by
high winds, spread quickly and engulfed multiple occupancies along
Brighton Avenue. A number issues at the scene proved to be
challenging for responders on scene, including water supply.
Commanders on scene requested the assistance of the MTFD Large
Diameter Hose Pipeline Strike Team. Station 11 firefighters
responded on Engine 211 with seven other Pipeline Engines and
quickly established two pipelines. The Pipeline stretched
approximately 2700 feet each from N Lake Drive down Ocean Avenue to
the fire scene.
Engines established a water supply from Takanasee Lake and supplied
an estimated 3000 gallons per minute to assist units at the scene
extinguish the fire. The Pipeline operated for several hours before
being released and returning to the Township.
Engine 211 and
Station 11 Firefighters work the Pipeline during the fire.
06 FEB 2012
Probationary Member Joins Station 11
February 6th Nicholas Figaro became the newest Probationary
Firefighter at Station 11. Figaro will attend the Firefighter 1
Recruit Course at the
Training Academy in March. Congratulations and good luck to our
MVA Requires Extrication
approximately 0830 hours this morning, Station 11 responded with
Middletown Township Police and EMS units to an overturned motor vehicle accident on Red
Hill Road. The operator of the vehicle involved in the single vehicle accident had to be
extricated as the vehicle lay on its side. Firefighters from Station 11 quickly
stabilized the vehicle and deployed rescue tools to begin
Additional EMS units arrived quickly afterward and worked side by
side with the Fire Department effectively removing the operator. The
operator was quickly packaged and transported by EMS to a local
hospital. Injuries to the operator appeared minor in nature.
Responding units included Station 11 (E211 & E210), Port Monmouth
First Aid (374), Fairview First Aid (365) and members of Leonardo
Station 11 Firefighters work to extricate the driver of this vehicle.
Recording Secretary Approved
Santa Clause Came to Town - Loan Oak Drive Structure Fire
Christmas came a bit early for the children of the Village section
of town. Station 11 delivered Santa Claus via fire department sleigh
to neighborhood after neighborhood. The annual Santa Run is as much
fun for our members as it is for the residents. Thank you for coming
out to see Santa.
Unfortunately, Santa was forced to take a break while Station 11 was
dispatched to a structure fire in the New Monmouth section of town.
Station 11 responded with Station 6 to the fire, which was contained
to an enclosed porch. Engine 211 provided search and ventilation
efforts while Engine 210 provided suppression and overhaul efforts.
Santa Claus brings
the Holiday Spirit to families throughout the Village.
Santa's Sleigh Awaits His Visit to the Village
Santa's sleigh will depart the firehouse tonight around 5:30PM right
after he arrives from the North Pole for his annual visit to the
Firefighter Michael Rodgers Graduates from Fire Academy
Probationary Firefighter Michael Rodgers joined the MTFD earlier
this year with high hopes of becoming a Firefighter. A Middletown
resident, Rodgers is currently studying Biology at Bryn Athyn
College in Pennsylvania.
became inspired to volunteer his time while attending class in
Pennsylvania. He dedicated his spare time to the local firehouse and
soon afterward knew becoming a Firefighter was something he had to
do. Rodgers returned home during a break and immediately sought
membership with Station 11.
not take long for Rodgers to make an impact and he quickly proved he
was willing to put in the effort to be a part of the team. When
Rodgers was ready to enroll in recruit training scheduling became a
major burden. After confirming the possibility, Rodgers enrolled in
the Bucks County Public Safety Training Center Firefighter I course.
The Bucks County academy, located within close proximity to Bryn
Athyn College, provided Rodgers the opportunity to attend recruit
training and continue his studies at the University. Three months
later Rodgers graduated near the top of his class and returned to
Middletown Township a certified Firefighter.
proud to have this newly qualified Firefighter serving alongside us.
Congratulations Firefighter Rodgers and good luck in your career.
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congratulations is in order for all of our newly and re-elected
company officers. Many of the officers will remain in their
positions of responsibility for another year and others will take on
new positions for the first time. 2012 is sure to be another
successful year for the company.
2012 Nominations and Elections Complete
2012 Firematic Officers
Captain David A. D'Arcy
Lieutenant Vernon Peterson
Chief Engineer Robert Smith
1st Assistant Engineer Michael VanWagoner
2012 Administrative Officers
President Michael Lee
Vice President Richard Millward
Treasurer Patrick Mannix
Secretary Alex Czaplicki
Trustee Vernon Peterson
members delivered the festival's VIP tonight. Santa Claus arrived by
fire truck and was greeted by hundreds of families at the
Middletown Arts Center.
Children lined the hallways for their turn to tell Santa about their
list for Christmas. A special thank you to Arts Center Director
Maggie O'Brien and her outstanding staff for their hospitality and
in making this year's festival another success.
Christmas Tree Lighting and Festival
Station 11 members
pose with our Santa during the annual festival.
11 members attended the
Flashover Awareness training exercise. Member's attending the
exercise were treated to a lesson on Flashover including how it
occurs, how to recognize pre-flashover conditions, how to prevent it
and a number of other important facts regarding this deadly
condition. The lesson was followed by a live fire demonstration in
the Flashover Chamber.
Station 11 members
observe one of many flashover's inside the Flashover Chamber at the
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During Station 11's
monthly Sunday morning drill, our Firefighters continued working on
our Rapid Intervention Crew skills. Utilizing a prop designed to
practice the Denver Drill, team after team simulated rescuing a
downed Firefighter from a small space. This skill is one of many
that Rapid Intervention Crews train on regularly in the event one of
our own go down.
Rapid Intervention Drill
Ex-Chief Mike Lee
and Engineer Mike VanWagoner practice the single Firefighter removal
Station 11's monthly Monday night drill, our Firefighters refined
their skills on conventional forcible entry. The
Training Academy provided use of the Multi-Force training door
and before long, doors were popping. Our members train a minimum of
twice monthly and dedicate themselves to preparing in every aspect
of the fire service.
Forcible Entry Drill
FF's Alex Czaplick
(left) and Brad Memoli (right) go bevel to the jamb during this
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festival, held each year at the Cultural & Arts Center on Church
Street, is scheduled for December 4th. Activities begin at 5 pm
sharp and includes a special musical “Tuba Christmas” performance,
Christmas caroling, activities for the children, and holiday tree
lighting. Station 11 members will be delivering a very special guest
to the festival again this year.
Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Festival
with deep regret the Belford Engine Fire Company and the Middletown
Township Fire Department announce the passing of Ex-Captain Robert
Middletown Loses a Dedicated Firefighter
Captain Baumann was a 54 year member of the department serving since
1957. He was a dedicated member up until the last few days of his
life. Mr. Baumann could be found on the scene of every major
incident in the Township with the Fire Police Unit. Mr. Baumann also
served on the Planning Advisory Committee. Rest in Peace Captain
27 OCT 2011
On October 27th just before noon, Station 11 responded to a single car crash on Van Schoick Road.
The vehicle became lodged on a retaining wall with the passenger
unable to exit the vehicle. Engine 211's crew utilized hydraulic
rescue tools to stabilize the vehicle so the passenger could safely
exit the vehicle. No injuries were reported.
Vehicle Becomes Lodged on Retaining Wall-Occupant Trapped
11 OCT 2011
This year's theme for Fire Prevention week is "Protect You Family
From Fire". According to a United States Fire Administration report,
an estimated 374,900 residential building fires are reported to U.S.
fire departments each year and cause an estimated 2,630 deaths,
13,075 injuries, and $7.6 billion in property loss.
Fire Prevention Week/Month
Cooking is the leading cause of residential building fires, followed
Residential building fires peak over the evening dinner hours when
cooking fires are prevalent.
For more information on Fire Prevention Week log on to the USFA
11 will assist the Fire Prevention Bureau at Village Elementary
School on October 24th. Our members will be on hand to provide
apparatus tours and fire safety tips for Township children.
3 OCT 2011
Just before 1:00Pm on Monday October 3rd, Station 11 responded to a working garbage truck fire in the
parking lot of the Burger King restaurant. Engine 211's crew dealt
with flammable liquids that were leaking from various points on the
truck. Engine 182 assisted on the incident and the Special Services
Emergency Response Team was called to help mitigate the hazardous
materials leak. No injuries were reported.
Station 11 extinguishes garbage truck fire
21 SEP 2011
Sunday, September 25th, Station 11 Firefighter Brad Memoli will
honor the memory of our fallen FDNY brothers. FF Memoli will be
participating in this years Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers
Run/Walk. FF Memoli will run the course as Stephen did on 9/11, in
full turnout gear. For more information about the Tunnel to Towers
Station 11 Firefighter to Honor Fallen
28 AUG 2011
Hurricane Irene left her mark on the Township. The Township
emergency services units were well prepared to deal with the effects
of the storm. Fire, Police and EMS responded to hundreds of calls
throughout the weekend. Station 11 responded to twelve call for
assistance during the storm. Thousands of County and Township
residents remain without power and crews are still working to remove
Station 11 responds during the Hurricane
New Jersey residents dealt with the effects of an earthquake that
originated in Virginia Tuesday. Station 11 responded to the Sears
store for reported damage as a result of the earthquake. Coverage on
Station 11 responded to a working car fire just before midnight on
August 22nd. Coverage on the
Car fires occur near Station 11
On August 13th, the members of Station 11 will be conducting an all day tabling at the Shoprite
on Highway 35 in the Middletown Plaza. Stop by and show your
ShopRite Tabling August 13th
That's right. Your
fire company has joined the world of Twitter. Follow us to stay in
Old Village is now on Twitter!
our new Calendar of Events page to keep
up with our members.
oldvillagefc.org adds a Google calendar page
25 JUL 2011
back and better than ever. Visitors can expect to find regular
updates on our news page and announcements about upcoming events.
Visit us on
Facebook to receive regular updates.
Station 11 releases updated version of website
Provident Bank Foundation Award
Old Village has been awarded a $1,500 grant by
the Provident Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Provident
Bank. The award will be used to off-set the cost of purchasing a
much-needed computer to be mounted in Engine 211. The ruggedized
computer will enable immediate, on-scene access to a library of
reference materials, pre-plans, maps, aerial photos, and a wealth of
information that is crucial to the mitigation of various
emergencies. In addition, the computer will facilitate the reporting
and information management that is required of all fire companies by
the State and Federal governments.
Tabling at ShopRite
The Old Village Fire Company would like to extend a special
thank-you to the management and staff of ShopRite (Highway 35 &
Harmony Road). The Company was granted permission on two Saturday
mornings this Summer to staff a table in front of the store to
provide members of the community with information on the Fire
Company and collect donations. The management and staff demonstrated
immense hospitality and generosity to the crews, for which we are
Middletown Does it Again
Thanks to the efforts of Lt. Vernon Peterson (Old Village Fire
Company) and ex-Chief Peter Lucyk (River Plaza Fire Company), the
Middletown Township Fire Department has once again been awarded
funding under the highly competitive Assistance to Firefighters
Grant Program of the US Department of Homeland Security. As part of
this award, the Department will be receiving a special washing
machine and dryers for the decontamination of gear, and each of the
eleven fire companies will be provided with an automated external
defibrillator, trauma bag with oxygen kit, and two monitors which
enable the detection of toxic and explosive gases. With this year’s
award, the Department has won four in a row, totaling almost
$700,000 in federal funding for crucially needed equipment. These
awards result in tremendous savings for the taxpayers of the
Station 11 Teams Up With The
Middletown Newcomers Club
Station 11 has teamed up with the Middletown Newcomers Club to help
support each group. Station 11 will be letting MNC utilize the
training room for meetings and both organizations will support
events and fundraisers that they may be involved in.
Founded in 1973, the Middletown Newcomers & Neighbors Club ("MNC")
is a social, charitable, not-for-profit organization. Its objective
is to foster friendships among residents of Middletown, NJ and
surrounding areas. *The MNC is not just for newcomers* ! You can
read more about the Middletown Newcomers Club at their website.
Scout Troop 142 Visits Station 11
On Friday February 6th,
2009 Cub Scout Troop 142 came by the firehouse
for a tour. Led by Lt. Vern Peterson and FF Michael VanWagoner gave
the troop a tour of our facilities and showed them what volunteer
firefighters do. Everyone had a great time and the troop were given
some fire safety hats and books. We look forward to their next
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Station 11 Congratulates the New Chief of the Department
On Thursday January 1st,
2009 Station 11 hosted the Annual Chiefs
Breakfast. At the breakfast, Chief Falci (Station 11) handed over
the reigns to the 2009 Chief John Kardel (Station 1) and welcomed
the newest member to the Chief ranks, 3rd Assistant Chief John
D'Atillio. The new line consists of Chief John Kardel (Sta 1),
Deputy Chief John Isaksen (Sta 2), 1st Asst Chief Michael Chenoweth
(Sta 3), 2nd Asst Chief John Wankel Jr. (Sta 4) and 3rd Asst Chief
John D'Atillio (Sta 5). Congratulations and good luck to the 2009
Santa Claus Came To Town
MOM'S Club of Middletown Visits Station 11
Santa Claus came to Middletown on Saturday December 20th,
2008 and asked
Station 11 to escort him through our community. In preparation for
the event, a new piece of equipment was built and put into service -
SU 212 or Sleigh Unit 212. Santa's new sleigh hitched a ride with
Station 11 as we took him through the snowy streets and spread some
Christmas joy. Santa gave out candy canes and gifts to the children
of the neighborhood.
We hope everyone had a very Safe and Merry Christmas. To find out
more info on how Santa can deliver presents to your house Christmas
2009 please contact us (via the Contact page) or visit our website
again later next year.
On Wednesday November 12th,
2008 Station 11 hosted the Mom's Club of
Middletown North. Lt. D'Arcy lead the parents and children on a tour
of the firehouse and equipment. The kids had a great time and were
taught valuable fire safety tips.
The Mom's Club of Middletown, affiliated with the International MOMS
Club, is a non profit organization supporting stay at home mom's and
their children. Each month they have fun events for the mom's and
kids. The Mom's Club also does fundraising and help out in the
community. They have 2 chapters in Middletown that cover our area as
well as the surrounding towns. For more info on the MOM'S Club of
Middletown, please visit
Station 11 Assists With Fire Prevention Week
On Wednesday October 29th, Station 11 along with the Middletown
Township Fire Prevention Bureau visited Village Elementary School to
teach the basics of fire prevention. Kindergarteners and 1st graders
were taught the basics of fire prevention and fire safety. The
children were also provided a tour of Engine 211 and its equipment
by Lt. Vern Peterson, FF Vincent Buccigrossi and FF Michael Van
Wagoner, who also answered all their questions. We thank the Village
Elementary School for all their continued support for Fire
Prevention and the Fire Department.
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Station 11 Open House a big success!
On September 15th, 2008 at 6:30 PM the Old Village Fire Company held
an Open House for the community. We had many families stop in and
view the equipment, talk with our members and enjoy refreshments.
There were gifts for the kids and a great time was had by all that
Commitment Beyond Just Middletown
On Sunday, August 31st, Acting Governor Richard Codey deployed 35
members of New Jersey Task Force One, the state's Urban Search and Rescue team, to Louisiana to assist communities affected
by Hurricane Gustav. Among this highly trained and experienced group
of individuals are two of Middletown Townships' Bravest, 1st
Lieutenant David D'Arcy of Station 11 and Capt. Daniel Kelly of MTFD
Special Services Unit and Station 10. Both Lt. D'Arcy and Capt Kelly
serve on NJ-TF1, assisting in the planning and coordinating of
rescue efforts. The team will be bringing with them their swift
water rescue boats, inflatable Zodiacs and flat bottom Zodiacs. They
will be driving in a convoy to Louisiana that will take them an
estimated 22 hours.
In the words of Acting Governor Codey: "Americans have always been
there for one another. After 9/11, help came to New Jersey from all
over the country. During Katrina we were able to return the favor
and send New Jersey resources to Louisiana. Today we head back to
help Louisiana deal with the after effects and severe destruction of
Hurricane Gustav. These individuals who are deploying today are
meeting a desperate public service. They are a display of New Jersey
at its best and I thank all of them for their hard work and
We wish Lt. D'Arcy and Capt. Kelly a safe trip. We know they, along
with rest of the team, will make the fire department, Middletown
Township, and all of NJ proud.
To read more about what the NJ Task Force One team does and how it
is structured, please visit
Congratulations to New Life Member James Tuohy
At our last company business meeting on August 4th 2008, James Tuohy
has achieved Life Member status as he has reached his 20 year
milestone. Jim started his firefighting career back in 1988. He is
an Ex- Captain and is currently serving a 3 year term as a Trustee.
Jim is also a Lieutenant for the Middletown Township Special
Services Emergency Response Team. We thank Jim for his dedication to
the Fire Service and his tenure at the Old Village Fire Company.
Congratulations from all of us at Station 11!
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Congratulations to Life Member Phil Valese
On Monday August 18th 2008, Old Village Fire Company Life Member
Phil Valese was voted in by his peers to the Board of Managers of
the New Jersey Firemen's Home. Mr. Valese received 206 votes out of
262 to be elected to this position. In addition to this position,
Mr. Valese is also currently serving as the Treasurer of the
Middletown Township Fire Dept, Trustee of the Old Village Fire Co.,
President of the Middletown Firemen's Relief Association, President
of the Middletown Exempt Firemen's Association, Delegate to the
Middletown Firemen's Planning and Advisory Committee, Secretary of
the Monmouth County Firemen's Association and Treasurer of Monmouth
County Exempt Firemen's Association. Mr. Valese has over 50 years of
service as a firefighter in Middletown Township and is a life member
of the NJ State Firemen's Association as well as the Middletown
Township Fire Dept. He is also past President of the MTFD and OVFC
as well as an Ex-Captain. Mr. Valese brings many years of experience
and knowledge with him to this position. Please join the Old Village
Fire Company in congratulating Phil Valese in his new position and
his commitment to the Fire Service.
For more about the NJ Fireman's Home, please visit
MVA - Car Vs Building
Structure Fire at Jay Dr
On Thursday July 31st, 2008 at approximately 5:08pm, Station 11 was
dispatched to a multiple motor vehicle accident. One vehicle
involved collided with a commercial building on New Monmouth Rd. The
Middletown Township Special Services Emergency Response Team was
also dispatched due to the structural damage. The crew of E211
assisted the S.S.E.R.T., led by Capt. Dan Kelly, in removing debris
and constructing emergency shoring to support the building. Asst.
Chief Jack Wankel called all units clear at 7:30pm.
In the early AM hours of Tuesday June 24th, Station 11 was
dispatched to assist at a structure fire on Jay Dr. Station 11
responded as well as Station 5, Station 6 and Station 7. Station 11
crew helped extinguished the fire and performed overhaul in the
interior of the house. See pictures of the fire under our Photo
Firefighter 1 Graduation and Final Drill
On Saturday June 21st, 2008 the Middletown Township Fire Department
Training Academy held their
"Putting It All Together" Final drill for their Spring 2008
Firefighter 1 class. Class Coordinator Lt. Dave D'Arcy and his
fellow instructors put together a day of Fire Evolutions for the "probies"
to go through and demonstrate their understanding of the basics they
just learned. It was a fun, but tiring day for the probationary
firefighters due to the heat and humidity. Safety Director John
Drucker kept a close eye on everyone to make sure no one was injured
or succumbed to heat exhaustion. At night, the graduation ceremonies
were held at Croydon Hall where the probationary firefighters were
given their certificates and firefighter helmets. Congratulations
Spring Class of 2008!
Charter Member Passes
Station 11 receives a new tool, June 2nd 2008
Old Village Charter Member William Strohkirch Sr. passed away on
June 9th, 2008. Mr. Strohkirch, 81, of Effort, PA was one of the founding
fathers to the Company. He was a traffic and safety department head
for Middletown Township Public Works for over 30 years, retiring in
1984. Strohkirch Sr. was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during
World War II. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 2179, Port
Monmouth. He was born in 1926 in Linden and lived in Middletown most
of his life before moving to Effort, PA, 5 years ago.
Rest in Peace Mr. Stohkirch.
Station 11 took delivery of a new Stihl MS 460 Rescue Saw. This saw
is specially designed for roof ventilation. The saw, equipped with a
special chain and depth gauge, assists firefighters in making cuts
on roof tops. Know as vertical ventilation, a hole is often cut in
the roof of house on fire to allow the super heated gases and smoke
to escape. This operation allows the firefighters inside to make a
more effective fire attack and also gives any trapped victims a
better chance of escape or rescue.
Lafayette Court, April 20th 2008
M.T.F.D. Receives another Grant, February 25th 2008
At approximately 1200 hours Station 11 was dispatched to a working
structure fire on Lafayette Court in the Bamm Hollow section of the
In February of this year the Department received confirmation that
it would receive yet another Federal Grant. Department grant writer
and Station 11 member Lt. Vern Peterson successfully obtained
$142,900 in in federal funding. This is the third grant awarded to
the Department in four years.
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