2nd Alarm Fire in Elberon Business District

Shortly after 10:00 AM this morning the members of Tour #3 responded to a report of a fire in a mixed occupancy building in the Elberon section of town. Upon arrival heavy smoke was showing from a 3 story building with residential apartments over a commercial business. Subsequently a 2nd alarm was struck bringing in off duty personnel and mutual aid from surrounding towns. First due companies observed a quick spreading fire on the exterior wall of the structure with exposure to a century old Firehouse, which houses a city volunteer company and first aid squad. Two hand lines were placed into operation and the interior walls were opened up revealing fire spreading in the void spaces and ceiling. The fire was ultimately contained to the first and second floors of the structure. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. The members would like to thank all mutual aid companies who assisted… Continue reading

Local #68 Wins 3rd Place in Cooking Competition

Members of Local #68 won third place in two different categories at the Cooked and Uncorked cooking competition this evening. Cooked and Uncorked is an annual cook-off hosted by the State FMBA at the Pines Manor in Edison. The event is a fundraiser that benefits the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation.This year our local brought home third place prizes in the “Firehouse Foods” category as well as third place in the “Peoples Choice” category. Congratulations to all other Locals on another successful year. Continue reading

Members Attend Seminar Given by Deputy Chief John Norman FDNY (ret.)

13 Members of Local #68 attended an 8 hour seminar hosted by Lakewood Firefighters FMBA Local #80 presented by Deputy Assistant Chief John Norman FDNY (ret). Subject matter included tactics and strategies for Private Dwelling, Cellar/Basement, and Attic/Cockloft fires. Deputy Chief Norman is the Author of the well known book in the fire service Fire Officer’s Handbook of Tactics. Chief Normans book is used all over the country for firefighters to prep for promotional exams. Many successful officers have read his book cover to cover multiple times. The members of Local #68 would like to thank Chief Norman as well as Lakewood Firefighters Local #80 for this opportunity to learn.

Local #68 2017 Executive Board Announcement

Long Branch Professional Firefighters FMBA Local #68 would like to announce our 2017 executive board:

President: Timothy Griffin

Vice President: Timothy Phillips

Secretary: Joseph Gray

Treasurer: Carl Griffin

State Delegate: Kerin Slattery

Alternate Delegate: Nick Saffioti

Trustees: Lawrence Fornicola and Justin Brand

Community Trust Fund Trustees: Joseph Gray, Carl Griffin, James Cook

Community Trust Fund Treasurer: Alfred Guzzi Jr.

We would like to thank our outgoing board members for their dedication and service to the local.


January 23rd Nor’Easter Keeps Firefighters Busy

On January 23rd, 2017 a moderate Nor’Easter struck our area bringing heavy rain and high winds. We saw minor to moderate tidal flooding in our flood prone areas. The high winds had the biggest impact on the City. Winds were sustained at 30-40 mph with gusts possibly over 50 mph. With the soaking rain and the high winds many trees and power lines came down. Our crews were kept busy responding back-to-back calls for almost 24 hours straight. At the end of the storm we logged just under 30 calls for service in just a 24 hour period… Continue reading

Community Trust Fund breaks $100k in donations!

FMBA Local 68 is proud to announce a huge milestone. Over the course of the past 5 years we have donated $101,765.71 to various organizations within our community. Our Community Trust fund was established by the members of Local 68 as a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. We raise money for various charities, sports organizations and education scholarships located within the City of Long Branch. We are all very proud to break the $100,000.00 mark.

We thank all of our supporters who come out to our fundraisers to help make this possible. Each year has been more successful than the previous year. With your help, we hope to break another milestone in a short period of time. Show us your support by liking and sharing this post.

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Back to Back Mutual Aid Fires

In the early morning hours of December 24, 2016, Tour #1 ran and Engine and Truck Co mutual aid to the neighboring town of Deal for a 2 Alarm dwelling fire. Soon after shift change that same morning, Tour #2 was out the door and responded to another 2 Alarm fire in the City of Asbury Park.

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AUGUST 29, 2016

It is with a very heavy heart and profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our dear friend and brother, Firefighter Kevin Hoy #142 (Ret.). Kevin was hired in 1982 and was the longtime backbone of this division. His presence is truly irreplaceable. We love you, “Pop-Pop”. Rest in peace.

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On Monday August 22, 2016 the Engine and Truck responded to an address on Morris Avenue for a reported fire.

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