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    How can I get started as a volunteer FF in Cental NJ??

  • #2
    stop by your local fire department, and request an application.

    if your department is 100% paid, try the next town over, and do the same.

    make sense?
    Last edited by drparasite; 09-12-2006, 05:55 PM. Reason: damn typos
    If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else, it's that if you see a glowing green monkey running away from something, follow that monkey!

    FF/EMT/DBP

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    • #3
      Get up next to a current member of the department that you're interested in joining, then go to their fundraisers, be enthusiastic, ask questions about the equipment and meet as many members as you can.
      That would be a good start.
      Be prepared to give a lot of your time.
      CR
      Visit www.iacoj.com
      Remember Bradley Golden (9/25/01)
      RIP HOF Robert J. Compton(ENG6511)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dutty320
        How can I get started as a volunteer FF in Cental NJ??
        Give me the name of your community...and I will set you up with phone numbers and/or e-mails. Send me an e-mail to [email protected]

        NJ
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        • #5
          Vol'ing in NJ

          I am located in Edison (woodbridge twnshp)

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          • #6
            It would apprear my friend that there are several fire compnies in woodbridge twp. Start with the one that is closest to your home and ask them for an application to be a volunteer firefighter. I think in NJ you must be 18 years old and in good health and able to pass a criminal background check to start. But at any rate, just ask for an application, fill it out and see what happens.

            I used to live in NJ and when I broke out in 2004, I decided to become a vollie. I wasn't sure about the max age requirement which I thought might be 45 years old to start. I wa surprised to find no upper age limit in PA. I started at age 46.


            Your next question is "Is it fun?" The answer is "yes".

            Tom
            Last edited by thomas15; 09-13-2006, 12:04 PM.
            FF/EMT

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            • #7
              Here is another resource for you. This list is from the NJ Department of Fire Safety.

              http://www.nj.gov/dca/dfs/fdlea.pdf

              It lists by county, all the fire departments in the state to include fulltime, vollie and combo.

              Hope this helps and good luck.
              Tom Warshaw
              Station 13 (Bethel)
              Sumter Fire Department

              "Scientists believe that the world is composed mainly of hydrogen because in their opinion, it is the most abundant element. I however, feel the earth is composed mainly of stupidity, because it is more abundant than hydrogen." - Frank Zappa

              September 11, 2001. We Must Never Forget.

              In memory of Thomas Sabella, L-13, FDNY


              All opinions stated are my own and do not reflect the opinions of my department or any organization I may belong to.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by dutty320
                I am located in Edison (woodbridge twnshp)
                first of all my friend, if you live in edison then you don't live in woodbridge township. Both are large (and completely seperate) towns in NJ.

                second, in edison (and woodbridge too) the fire department is a combination department. Edison has some volunteer stations and/or apparatus, but they get dispatched really funkily (sp?). I don't remember what woodbridge has, but it's probably similar.

                best thing to do is to stop by your local fire station, or check out the woodbridge FD or Edison FD's websites.

                http://www.woodbridgefdnj.org/
                http://www.edisonnj.org/fire/

                good luck
                If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else, it's that if you see a glowing green monkey running away from something, follow that monkey!

                FF/EMT/DBP

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                • #9
                  http://www.edisonnj.org/fire/ or call (732) 248-7200 and ask questions. It would be good to stop by the station and show your interest..and ask the brothers how to approach the issue.

                  Good Luck!
                  Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                  Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                  *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
                  On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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                  • #10
                    Woodbridge has quite a few fire Departments in the township depending on what district you live in determines which dept you will be able to join. If you live on the Edison border in Iselin you have Iselin District 9 and 11 fire houses you can join. If you live in Hopelawn then theres hopelawn Fd...then theres Keasbey fire dept if you live in the Keasbey/Fords section. Then of course if you live in Fords area you join the Fords Fire dept. Then if you live in the Woodbridge proper section of town..theres the Woodbridge FD. So you have many choices in town. Just stop by your local FD and they'll hook you up with an application...oh and I forgot....if you live in Port Reading then theres another firehouse to go to...Portreading, Fords & Woodbridge are Combination Departments....so someone should be there 24/7. Oh yea..theres one more firehouse....Avenel section of woodbridge...They have paid drivers during the day.
                    Andrew
                    Firefighter/EMT
                    New Jersey

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                    • #11
                      You forgot one , district 12 Colonia FD !

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                      • #12
                        Woodbridge Twp Fire

                        Here is a list of all the fire departments in the township, District 1 Woodbridge - Seawaren, District 2 Port Reading, District 4 Keasbey-Fords, District 5 Avenel , District 7 Fords , District 8 Hopelawn , District 9 Iselin , District 11 Iselin , District 12 Colonia

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                        • #13
                          OOPS!! How could I forget about good ol' Colonia...
                          Andrew
                          Firefighter/EMT
                          New Jersey

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Engine58
                            OOPS!! How could I forget about good ol' Colonia...
                            T0: engine 58 Is the South Amboy fire department going to get a new tower ladder apparatus in the near future. I was in the parade in Perth Amboy last weekend and saw the S.A. snorkel !..

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                            • #15
                              Yes sir...Its in the spec'ing process right now and if everything goes accordingly it will be ordered by december. yea it wasnt supposed to go at first so we didnt get a chance to clean it up really nice.
                              Andrew
                              Firefighter/EMT
                              New Jersey

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