The Glendora Fire Company will hold its fall Open House on Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m., located at 22 8th Ave., Glendora, NJ 08029. Community members are invited to enjoy family-friendly activities including climbing aboard fire trucks, seeing up close and handing firefighters’ equipment and gear, and gaining vital information about fire prevention, tying in with National Fire Prevention Week. Light refreshments will be available as well as giveaways for children. Also at the Glendora Fire Company Open House, young adults and adults can learn about the outstanding volunteer opportunities with any of Gloucester Township’s four fire companies.
Each of the other three companies – Blenheim, Chews Landing, and Erial – welcome families to contact their local company to tour their facility and to learn about volunteer opportunities and fire prevention. Appointments are required. Please contact: Blenheim at (856) 227-8077, Chews Landing at (856) 282-3370, and Erial at (856) 435-0700.
“We’re excited to host the Open House this fall after an interruption due to COVID-19,” said Fire Chief Michael Ricciardelli. “The events are always great opportunities for the firefighters to get to know the people they serve, and for the community to meet us, learn about fire safety in an engaging way, and to find out what it’s like to be a volunteer – we’d love to have you! The kids always enjoy the Open Houses because they can get up close with all of our trucks and equipment and get photos with our firefighters.”
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” Families are urged to check their at-home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and to understand the meanings of the sounds they make. For information, go to: https://www.nfpa.org/Events/Events/Fire-Prevention-Week/About
Interested men and women, as young at 16, are encouraged to learn more about volunteering. Junior Firefighters (age 16 to 18) assist firefighters at the scene of emergencies, develop skills for future service, and gain valuable experience while fulfilling community service hours or enhancing college applications. Volunteer firefighters put out active fires, respond to emergencies, and assist the community in times of need. There is no cost to volunteer: all equipment, gear, and training are provided for firefighters and junior firefighters. For additional information, attend the Open House, contact your local company, or visit https://firefightersofgloucestertwp.org/
The Firefighters of Gloucester Twp. recruitment campaign is made possible by a grant from FEMA.