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SUMMER CAMP DAY 2

Tuesday, July 26, 2016   Day 2 was for campers in grades 3 & 4 again.  It was another steamy day in the high 90’s.  Campers signed in and met the staff for the day.  We reviewed what they learned yesterday and what they liked.  This morning campers learned about first aid.  Campers created stories about the patient (their stuffed animal) and how it got injured.  After they gathered all of the patient’s information (name, address, age, medical history and what happened), they treated the patient.  We had some creative stories!  After a short rehydration break, campers returned to the AC to about fire Safety from Firefighter/Paramedic Dan from Washington Township.  He review fire safety with campers and then gave them some real life experiences in Washington Township’s state of the art fire safety trailer.  Campers got to extinguish fires and escape from a smoke filled room.             The new exhibit made its grand appearance….the Firefighter Challenge for Summer Safety Camp.  This was an obstacle course using several things that a fire fighter uses or may experience (Climb a ladder, rescue a pet, rescue a person and extinguish a fire) on a fire and/or rescue call.  Thanks to Chief Fisler for finding a video and adapting it to our camp!  It was then time for lunch.  Today’s lunch was pizza and snack and drinks (provided by Thayer Distribution).  Sgt Mangine from Greenwich Twp. Police stopped by to register camper’s bikes/scooters.  Campers watched a power point and video on bike safety.  Then they took part in the bike rodeo (bike safety course).

            The last lesson of the day was about water safety taught by FF Shaw and DiFebbo.  Campers learned about PFD and life jackets.  They also learned that if someone is in trouble to Reach, Throw, Row and Go.  They practiced tossing rope bags to staff to rescue them. Again it was time to play in the largest sprinkler in Gibbstown!  Campers ran in and out of the sprinkler to cool off.  Lastly campers dried off, enjoyed popsicles and talked about what they learned.  They will be returning on Friday to join the 5th through 7th grades for graduation.  Thanks to the following fire fighters for their assistance with presenting lessons: Chief Fisler, Lt. Cella, Difebbo, Shaw, McGill, R. Minix, D. Sizemore, J. Sizemore and T. Minix.  Thanks to junior firefighters Binck and L. Nastase and helpers L. Papp, C. Cella, S. Fisler, T. Long and W. Trauger for volunteering to help.

   


 

SUMMER CAMP DAY 1

Monday, July 25, 2016   It just wouldn’t be Summer Safety Camp week unless it was very hot outside!  Year 12 and the weather did not fail us as usual. Camp started with campers in grades 3rd & 4th signing in and getting their official camp shirt (thank you to Cettei and Connell Insurance for sponsoring).  Campers were then introduced to the staff for the day, went over the schedule, discussed what happens if the pagers went off and then went on a tour of the station.  Campers then looked at trucks and went on a ride in the rescue truck. After a re-hydration break, campers got to learn about the gear, air packs and tools firefighters use as demonstrated by firefighters DiFebbo, Shaw and Hurlburt.  Chief Fisler and Lt. Cella presented the lesson on the Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC). Campers noticed changes between things that were hot, warm, cool and cold.  Then campers played high tech hide and go seek using the TIC to locate camp staff hiding in a darkened area. A crew from GCEMS presented a lesson on what they do, how to handle and emergency and their cool equipment.  Thanks for the learning materials campers could take home and share with their families!

            Lunch time was next.  Campers had sandwiches, snacks and drinks (donated by Thayer Distribution). There was time to relax and get a short game of whiffle ball in with firefighter R. Minix.  There was some more re-hydration and then time for some afternoon learning.  Firefighter Hurlburt gave a short lecture on fire extinguishers. Campers Learned PASS-Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.  Campers broke into 2 groups to practice hose rolling with firefighter Shaw and R Minix and fire extinguishing with firefighters McGill and Hurlburt.  GC Communication Center gave campers a tour of the smaller field com unit. They showed campers what happens when you call 9-1-1 and how they track a call. Thanks for the learning materials campers could take home and share with their families!  The group came back together to work as a team to put out several “fires” in the hand built house.

            Finally it was time to play in the largest sprinkler in Gibbstown!  Campers ran in and out of the sprinkler to cool off.  Lastly campers dried off, enjoyed popsicles, talked about what they learned and discussed what they would need for Tuesday’s camp.  Thanks to the following fire fighters for their assistance with presenting lessons: Chief Fisler, Lt. Cella, Difebbo, Shaw, Hurlburt, McGill, R. Minix, D. Sizemore, J. Sizemore and T. Minix.  Thanks to junior firefighters Binck and L. Nastase and helpers L. Papp, C. Cella, S. Fisler, H. Fisler, T. Long,  K. Trauger, R. Trauger and W. Trauger for volunteering to help.   Day 1 was a success!

 

 

   


 

2016 SUMMER CAMP KICKS OFF

Monday, July 25, 2016   Day one of summer camp was hot but successful. The campers learned several skills including patient packaging hose rolls and use of the thermal imaging camera. Thanks to GCEMS and county field com for stopping by. Follow ‪#‎gvfdsummercamp2016‬ on facebook for pictures and video of the weeks activities.

     



 

12TH ANNUAL SUMMER SAFETY CAMP

Thursday, June 23, 2016   The GVFD will be holding its 12th annual summer safety camp. The camp will be held from July 25th-29th at the fire department Children in grades 3-4 will attend Monday Tuesday and Friday. Children in grades 5-7 will attend Wednesday Thursday and Friday Please feel free to stop by any Tuesday between 6 and 9 p.m. or anytime the doors are open to pick up an application. The camp is open to all residents of Greenwich Township,

   


 

ALL HANDS WORKING IN PAULSBORO

Thursday, June 23, 2016   The department was dispatched for an "All hands working" dwelling in Paulsboro late Wednesday night. Crews attempted an interior attack, but had to back out once the house became unstable. A number of firefighters worked from ground ladders trying to gain access to the fire, while 2116 used its aerial in master stream operations. 2118 filled air bottles for people on scene. District 17, District 19, Station 6-1, Station 25-1 and GCEMS were also in service. The department was in service for approx. 3 1/2 hours.

     



 

DC DOAK AND FF BUNDENS HONORED

Monday, June 20, 2016   Deputy Chief Doak and Safety Officer Bundens were honored tonight at the Township Meeting for their roles in saving a resident's life on May 12.

While members were at the station setting up for a meeting, we were dispatched for a cardiac arrest call. Don and Ed jumped in the Deputy Chief vehicle and were quickly on scene.

Don and Ed worked with officers from the police department performing CPR until the GCEMS arrived and was able to transport the patient to the hospital.

Don and Ed were presented with Mayoral Proclamations and LifeSaving Ribbons




     



 

2118 CALLED TO DISTRICT 25

Wednesday, April 20, 2016  Rescue 2118 was special called into Woolwich twp this morning for a commercial vehicle fire. Command requested the rescue for it's cascade (a system to refill firefighter air bottles). Upon arrival FF Durham set up the cascade and began filling bottles. The other crew members assisted in extinguishing the remaining fire. Crews used ladder 2316 to cut a hole in the roof of the trailer and attacking the from the air. Because of the amount of freight in the trailer it was the best option to overturn the trailer and remove the roof to gain access. A backhoe was used to empty the trailer and spread the contents out to be fully extinguished. Crews were on scene for about a hour and a half before being released by command.

     



 

BACK TO BACK CALLS FOR STATION

Tuesday, April 19, 2016   Back to back calls for station 21-1. The station was dispatched into Paulsboro for an alarm system at the Billingsport school. Which was determined to be a faulty detector head. Just as 2116 returned to the station they were dispatched to a 2 car MVC on 295 south at the 16.6 mile marker. Crews arrived and de-energized one car and stood by with extinguishers. They also assisted EMS with packaging a seriously injured combative victim how was transported to Cooper Trauma Center.

     



 

CONGRATULATIONS DEPUTY CHIEF DOAK

Thursday, April 14, 2016   Congratulations to Deputy Chief Doak and his wife Kelley on the birth of their son. Drew William joined us earlier today weighing in at 7 lbs. 6 oz. Both mom and baby are doing well and resting comfortably. Congratulations again, Don and Kelley!

     



 

ANNUAL EASTER FLOWER SALE

Sunday, March 20, 2016   Please visit us at Burger King on Harmony Rd. Thursday the 24Th and Friday the 25Th from 9-6 for our annual Easter flower sale. We will also be there Saturday the 26Th from 8-2.Please like and share this post so your friends and family can also come out to support your local volunteers! Look forward to seeing everyone there!





   


 
 
 

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