Just as it was from its inception in 1835, the Suppression Division is 100% volunteer and functions as a traditional volunteer fire department. We have 3 pieces of apparatus, 1 squrt, 1 engine and 1 ladder truck.
During fire prevention week we visit the Rogers and Black Schools to teach the children all about fire safety. They also have a chance to see our members in full turnout gear.
Underwater Rescue and Recovery
Dive Rescue Team responds to any and all situations involving water related references. (e.g. car in canal, drownings in lakes or canals, evidence recovery, water searches).
Water related incidents are dispatched as “Rescue” or “Recovery” responses. A rescue response is initiated when there is an immediate or perceived threat to life. These include occupied cars in canals, possible drownings, etc. Recovery mode is enacted when there is no emergency. These include evidence recovery, cars that appear to have been submerged for some time, or body recovery.
We have a couple of members certified to preform ice water rescues. This type of training and equipment is valuable due to having Peddie Lake in our response area.
Vehicle extrication is the process of removing a vehicle from around a person who has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, when conventional means of exit are impossible or inadvisable. A delicate approach is needed to minimize injury to the victim during the extrication. This operation is typically accomplished by using chocks and bracing for stabilization and hydraulic tools, including the Jaws of Life.
The Hightstown Engine Co. # 1 award-winning Honor Guard, under the direction of President Mark Madonia, is present at all public events requiring flag ceremonies or special honors. The honor guard leads the Fire Department at annual parades, as well as presenting the colors at funerals, memorial services and greeting dignitaries..
The Hightstown Fire Police are volunteers who are members of the Hightstown Fire Department who, after attending training classes, have been certified by the State of New Jersey, Department of Consumer Affairs, Division of Fire Safety. The primary duties of a Fire Police are:
Directing, monitoring, and controlling the flow of traffic at fires, automobile accidents and other emergencies. The goal here is to permit all vehicles to quickly and safely exit the area with a minimum of inconvenience. We are occasionally called to neighboring communities to perform these duties.
Protecting Fire and First Aid Personnel, and maintaining crowd control at fire and accident scenes, and performing similar duties at parades and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
Assisting Police and Fire Department officials in the protection of the integrity of property and evidence at fire and accident scenes.
Community and Public Relations
Would love to meet with the public or local groups and give tours of our station, trucks and equipment.If you are ever downtown and see the doors open please stop in and say hi. If your interested in a tour please contact us.