JTFD1 responded to multiple reports of a brush fire near Davenport and Cozy lake Rd. Upon arrival there was a very large section of the wooded area on fire. NJ Forest Fire Service was dispatched to assist as well and later turned over to them to put the remainder of the fire out with multiple air drops with a helicopter that lasted most of the day.
No businesses or homes were affected.
The fire began at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday
April 5th and was quickly knocked down by all responding units.
There were no human injuries and the fire did not appear to be suspicious. The incident is currently under investigation.
Responding units were Company1, Company2, West Milford Co2, and Standby from Sparta.
At about 7 p.m. on Saturday, JTFD1 was dispatched for a brush fire at Ackerson field and found the fire was actually located within Sar’s Auto Wreckers located on Schoolhouse Road. Jefferson Twp. Fire Co. 1 and 2 and the Milton First Aid Squads initially responded for the second request after a working fire was confirmed, but the fire quickly spread to the vehicles and tires stored on the property.
Fire hydrants in the area could not keep up with the demand for water and tankers from surrounding towns were requested through the Morris County and Sussex County Fire Coordinators to set up water shuttles to fight the blaze.
Tankers and apparatus from 25 + different municipalities responded to assist in fighting the fire as well as the office of emergency management.
Firefighters, township officials, DPW, Police and many people from all over worked all night; and while the fire was under control by 8 a.m. on Sunday, a large pile of tires continued to burn. Fire operations were reduced at around 6 p.m. Sunday but the tires re-ignited at about 9 p.m. and tankers from surrounding towns had to be called back to the scene. Fire operations were finally completed at 5pm Monday.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Many thanks to so many people who stopped by the firehouse to give food, drinks and many misc items to assist all the firefighters as well as Ladies Auxiliary from Co1 and 2 as well as the mutual aid. People, have helped in so many ways - Thank you
Jefferson Fire Company 1 Remembers Past Chief Bob Emmetts
Robert M. Emmetts
October 10, 1942 – December 15, 2013
Fire Company 1 paid their last respects to Past Chief Bob Emmetts today, December 21st.
Bob was a brother, husband, father, grandfather. He held many firematic positions in the fire company from Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief and Chief in 1980 and again in 1989. He held administrative positions as well including Secretary and Financial Secretary. He was a Relief Trustee, Rep to the Benevolent Association and life member of the NJ State Fireman’s Association. He was a 38 year active member at JTFD #1.
Even though he worked nights early in his career with the fire company he always found time to get the job done at the fire house. He could be found doing percentages on the large drafting table before we had computers and doing the year end letters on a type writer with carbon paper. He was only a phone call away if help was needed. He was a presence at parades, conventions and most of our events. He went with the flow and got things done. He played a part in getting the fire company to look at safety when riding the back of the fire truck before it was no longer permitted. Bob was known as “Dad Emmetts” always willing to listen to you or give you a hand.
He leaves behind big shoes to fill. It will take many people to fill the shoes he leaves behind, he will be missed.
(Photos by : Michelle Schaller)