Newfield fire department

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NEWFIELD -- At 44, Jared Marandino is getting a late introduction to fighting fires. Unlike most volunteer firefighters, he did not get started as a teenager, and has no background in any fire company, local or otherwise.

But as a public works employee, he already had the necessary experience driving trucks, and when he realized that the borough's new fire department needed volunteers, he signed up.

"I've been driving trucks for a long time," Marandino said while conducting drills with a few other volunteers in the middle of a heat wave on Monday. "I told them, I'll help out. I'll do whatever I have to."

Marandino is one of about a dozen members that make up New Jersey's newest fire department, and one of three volunteers slated to start fire school at the end of the month.

Newfield Fire Department has only answered three calls so far: one minor structure fire, one brush fire and a request for EMS assistance. The department is only a few weeks old, but its story began two years ago, and officials hope its creation closes an unpleasant chapter in the history of Gloucester County's smallest municipality.

A rocky start

Longstanding problems between the fire department and the elected officials came in 2013 when borough council approved an ordinance giving itself the authority to remove officers, including the chief, from their positions with the all-volunteer Newfield Fire Company No. 1. A few months later, council acted on that ordinance, and moved to terminate then-Chief Bill Mason from the position. Officials at the time said that Mason had failed to report information about the fire company's finances, the membership and the number of calls received.

The company fought back. Members not only voted to reappoint Mason as chief, but filed a lawsuit that August claiming the ordinance overstepped the borough's authority. Although superior and appellate court rulings supported the borough, members of the fire company were not so easily swayed. This past February, Newfield Fire Company No. 1 announced that it would not respond to any calls for service unless Mason was reinstated.

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For several months afterward, all fire calls in the borough were handled by the Forest Grove Fire Co. of Franklin Township, with whom Newfield has a longstanding mutual aid agreement. In March, council began the process to set up a new municipal firefighting entity. The Newfield Fire Department was born on July 1.

A new era

Officers of the new department emphasized that they were not taking sides in an argument they consider settled. Chief Sean Riley, a part-time borough police officer and firefighter at the Atlantic City airport, has been working to recruit new members and update equipment. No one from Newfield Fire Company No. 1 has applied to join the new force, which operates under a new name to differentiate itself from the previous organization. He said, however, that the town's former firefighters were welcome to join if they wanted.

"Nobody has even applied," Riley said. "I think some of them just got caught up in the mess. I hope some of them do join."

Although Riley was not a volunteer with the old company, he has plenty of experience. In addition to his current job at the airport, he spent six years as a firefighter in the U.S. Air Force, and was deployed as a firefighter in Iraq.

Capt. Chris Davis, a former Vineland police officer, also has a strong firefighting background. He volunteered for years in neighboring towns before deciding to focus on work and family.

"But the request came out that they needed people here," said Davis. He, like the rest of Newfield's 1,600 residents, watched the battle as it unfolded. "I believe the whole town was watching this closely."

So far, the department has spent about $24,000 on equipment and repairs. Borough officials have set aside funding for a much-needed new engine, but are waiting for the department to get up and running before spending the money.

"We had a lot of work just getting up to regulation -- pump testing the trucks, ladder testing," said Davis. "Sean is practically living here."

First, there was the task of straightening out records. Riley said that the department had been ineligible for state and federal grants for several years because there were few, if any, hard numbers on the total numbers and different types of calls Newfield's firefighters handled. To make matters more complicated, some of the property in the firehouse is still in a state of flux: a court hearing on Aug. 3 will determine whether equipment ranging from boots to personal and apparatus radios belongs to the former members of Newfield Fire Company No. 1 or the new department.

High hopes

The organization has a long road ahead, as demonstrated by the pump on Engine 48-11, which stopped cooperating before Marandino could use it on Monday evening. Still, Riley is optimistic.

"I just want to see them go to fire school, enjoy it and learn," he said of Marandino and the other new recruits. "Everybody who's here really wants to be here. The guys have put a lot of time and hard work to get where we are."

Mayor Don Sullivan had initially worried that no one would volunteer for the new department.

"I'm just happy we've had people come forward," he said. "It was a concern that we'd open the doors and nobody would come. But we've had qualified people come forward and help, along with people who aren't qualified, who are going to get qualified to help their town."

Sullivan said maintaining its own fire department was a point of pride for Newfield.

"We could've stayed with Forest Grove, and they could've easily taken us," he said. "But people wanted a fire department. We'll do what we need to help them be successful."

"We'll get our ducks in a row," said Mike Amos, who has been a volunteer firefighter in companies around South Jersey for nearly 30 years. "We're basically starting over."

Amos moved to town only a year ago, but he began volunteering because he felt a responsibility to his new town.

"I've only been here a year, but I thought I'd serve the public," he said. "I didn't get into the politics. The public shouldn't suffer. We've got some good guys here, I think."

Avoiding politics seemed to be the new mantra around the firehouse.

"We started this with the philosophy of serving the community without the drama," Davis said.

Riley and Davis encourage anyone interested in joining to come by the firehouse on Monday evenings or pick up an application at the Newfield Police Department.

"We're always looking for new members," Davis said. "If the doors are open, someone's here."

"I just want to see it work," said Marandino. "Somebody has to do it, and if I'm capable, I might as well."


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Headquarters - 85 Water Street[]

13 Engine 1 - 2000 International S8100 / Metalfab (1250/800/50F)
13 Engine 2 - 2000 International / E-One  (1250/800/50F)
13 Tanker 1 - 2017 International WorkStar 7500 / Metalfab (1500/2500)
13 Squad 1 - 1989 E-One Cyclone walk-around rescue (Ex-Buckhorn Community Volunteer Fore Compagny No.1, ex-Monroeville Volunteer Fire Company No. 4 (Pennsylvania))
13 Brush 1 - 1949 International Army surplus 6x6  (250/500)
13 Rescue 2 - 2012 International DuraStar ambulance

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1998 International 4700 / Road Rescue ambulance
1994 F-350 / Road Rescue ambulance (Ex-Northborough)
1989 Ford F-350 walk-around rescue
1988 International / Maineline pumper (1000/1000)
1982 Ford L / Custom tanker (300/2000)
1981 Ford E-350 / Wheeled Coach ambulance
1972 Dodge D-300 / Stahl rescue
1966 Ford F-950 / Howe pumper (750/1000)
1938 Chevrolet pumper
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NEWFIELD, N.Y. (WETM) — On Oct. 10, the Ithaca Fire Department responded to a car accident on Route 13 in Newfield. According to officials, the car accident led to a structure fire on the side of the road.

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The Newfield Volunteer Fire Department (NFD) provides fire suppression and other emergency services to the Town of Newfield Maine. NFD has 32 volunteer members, 18 members are State of Maine Certified Firefighters. The Department has a Junior Firefighter program for those from 14 years to 18 years old. There is also a NFD Auxiliary organization. NFD works closely with the Newfield Rescue Squad. The Newfield Fire Department has a long standing reputation in the region for always pulling a crew together for any emergency.

NFD operates out of the Newfield Public Safety Building at 85 Water Street (across from Moulton Lumber). There are eight engine spots in the building, three of the engine spots are used by the Newfield Rescue Squad. The building is also Red Cross Emergency shelter. There is an emergency generator to supply the facility with electricity. The facility also has a cell phone booster that enables any cell phone to get a good signal.

NFD apparatus consists of Engine 1, a 1999 International chassis, Metalfab Pumper and Engine 2, a 1999 International chassis, E-One Pumper. Each of these apparatus can pump 1250 Gallon of water Per Minute. Each carries 1000 gallons of water and 1000′ of large diameter 5” supply hose and several hundred feet of smaller diameter attack hose. E-1 is our preferred on scene apparatus with E-2 going to the water source. Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) is carried for five Firefighters, with reserve tanks, on each Engine.

NFD’s newest acquisition is Tanker 2. Tanker 2, is a 1982 Ford that carries 2200 gallon of water. It has a 300 Gallon Per Minute pump so it can self-fill from a water source if needed. Since purchase of Tanker 2 in 2009 it has proven to be a very valuable asset to the Department. In one fire Tanker 2 delivered over 15,000 gallons of water to the scene! Tanker 2 also carries a new 2400 portable tank thanks to Newfield’s mutual aid plan with Parsonsfield. As NFD’s “BIG GREEN MACHINE” it is a very recognizable piece of equipment.

NFD has one of the few pure pieces of forestry apparatus in the region. Nicknamed “Bertha” this 1944 International 10 x 10 former USMC vehicle will go anywhere! Bertha carries 700 gallons of water, five hundred feet of forestry hose on a reel, more forestry hose in backpacks, a dozen backpack pumps, gasoline powered portable pumps and a huge array of other forest fire equipment that she will surely get to wherever it is needed!


The Fire services always needs and encourage new volunteers. You can get as lightly involved or as deeply involved as you choose! Any and all help will certainly be appreciated by your neighbors! Newfield Fire Department business meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of every month. We also meet every Tuesday during the month at 1900 hours. This may be a work session, a chat session or serious training.


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