This week the Long Branch Professional Firefighters are completing their annual Ocean Rescue training down on the beachfront. Our members are well trained in Ocean Rescue to help supplement our city Lifeguards during the summer months as well as in the off season. In the event of a emergency the on duty members respond immediately with our Office of Emergency Management Humvee (pictured above) equipped with multiple ocean rescue torpedos, paddle boards, and lifejackets.
Congratulations to our own, Firefighter Mark Garced for being the 2017 recipient of Firefighter of the Year for the Long Branch Elks Lodge #742. Firefighter Mark Garced is a life-long resident of the City and a graduate of Long Branch High School. Mark joined the Long Branch Fire Department as an active volunteer member in January of 2003 and was hired as a full-time career firefighter on September 28, 2012. Firefighter Garced has served the city well and takes his career seriously. He is widely respected by his brother firefighters for his dedication to not only the job, but to the multiple charities he is involved with. While not on-duty Mark has spent years dedicating time to charitable causes as a member of several hockey teams. Mark is an accomplished hockey player. He has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars over the years playing with the FDNY Brooklyn Hockey Team, Keystone Coyotes Hockey Team (made up of Philadelphia Firefighters) and recently with the New Jersey State FMBA Hockey Team. These efforts have raised funds for Police officers and Firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty; Charities such as Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Where Angels Play Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Autism Research to name a few. Above all that, Mark is a dedicated husband and father to his wife Shelly and 3 children. Mark continues to live and work in his hometown and is a great example to not only his children, but to his brother firefighters and the City of Long Branch. Continue reading →
This past week the members of the Long Branch Fire Department Uniformed Fire Division (UFD) held their bi-annual personal escape systems training at All Hands Fire Equipment and Training in Neptune, NJ. Each member of the UFD is issued their own escape system that is worn on their firefighter turnout pants. The purpose of the personal escape system is to allow the firefighter to rapidly escape from a hazardous situation in which they have no other means of egress from the building. The term commonly used for this is “bailout”. Each member who wears an escape system must complete and initial classroom training session followed by a practical session consisting of 9 scenario jumps. After the initial training the firefighter must complete bi-annual practical training consisting of 3 jumps.
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
We’d like to give a shout-out to one of our guys. FF Dave Phillips was at dinner in town this weekend when he heard someone yell for help. Dave found a man unresponsive on the sidewalk and immediately started CPR. Due to Dave’s efforts, the man was transported to Monmouth Medical Center and is alive today. Nice work, Dave!
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.
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.