Good afternoon, Salem County! The fire company I’m covering for this week is Centerton Fire Company, (Station 23) in Pittsgrove Township, located at 64 Dealtown Road. Centerton Fire Company was started on August 1, 1966 and the current acting chief is Ed Myers, Jr.
There are a wide assortment of membership options based on your availability. However, the most common are Active, Probationary, Social, and Junior.
Active Members need to complete a 6 month probation period, and attend 45% of combined fires, meetings and drills. Probationary Members must be approved by the membership committee as well as the fire company. Junior membership is where the fire company introduces younger people to the fire service. They have to be at least 16 and they must maintain 50% of meeting and drill attendance. Junior Members can only ride on certain vehicles and parental permission is required to participate. Social members must attend 2 out of 3 meetings per quarter but can not vote on department issues.
Membership is open to people outside of Fire District 3, However people within close proximity are preferred. Centerton currently has approximately 25 members.
To become a member stop down on any Monday night after 7:00pm. Their drill night is the 3rd Monday of the month and their meeting night is the 4th Monday of the month. People can help them by volunteering even a little of their time. You can help by being a social member and assisting at community events and functions or you can join as a probationary firefighter and take the necessary training requirements to assist with emergency response and life saving activities. There is a time commitment associated with becoming a fully training firefighter, however the reward to serve your community and help your neighbors is worth it. If anyone had any questions on how they can help out, we encourage them to stop down on any Monday night.
The application process consists of an application with basic information and any qualifications. The candidate meets with the membership committee. If the candidate is recommended they are approved by membership from our fire district commissioners. From there they are approved by the fire company as either a Junior or Probationary member. We can always use more help at the firehouse, so it’s always encouraging to see new guys show some interest.
Centerton operates a variety of vehicles, 23-1, 23-2, 23-5, 23-6, 23-7, 23-7A, out of the firehouse. They also own and maintain two antique apparatus which consists of a retired 1987 mack engine and a retired 1954 mack engine.
Remember, Not all positions in the firehouse are firefighters. If you have a special talent/service that your able to provide, please mention it. There is something for everyone to do at Centerton Fire Company and every fire company and ambulance squad in the county. If you haven’t been featured and are interested in being featured in the Volunteer Recruitment article series, Please feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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