Recent Calls
Sat. Dec 26th 2015
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Tuckerton EMS members transported our first patient in our newly outfitted ambulance. Pictured are EMT's Caitlin Nogalo, Meghan Yovankin, and EMS Captain Dale Eggert
Sun. Jun 21st 2015
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Tuckerton Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident on US 9 near the NJ National Guard Armory. The patients were treated on scene by Tuckerton Fire and EMS personnel. One victim was tran...
Tue. Jul 8th 2014
At 10:52 a.m., Tuckerton Fire Department was dispatched to a fire alarm at Village on the Green Apartments Building 3, 500 East Main Street. At 10:56, the tones were again activated for a possible str...
Wed. Jan 29th 2014
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At 10:35 a.m., Tuckerton Fire-Rescue was dispatched along with Mystic island and West Tuckerton Fire Companies to East Pimlico Road in Mystic Island for a report of a seal trapped on the ice.A joint e...
About Us

On December 21, 1894, a meeting of the Fire Company sympathizers met at Town Hall. A permanent President and Secretary were elected.   Mr. Jon C. Price was elected the first president and Job M. Smith was elected the first secretary of the Tuckerton Fire Company #1 with no opposition. T. Frank Pharo was also elected the Fire Company’s first chief this evening. During this meeting, a constitution and by-laws were adopted and the remaining officers were elected. The Fire Company enrolled 43 charter members this evening. By all accounts this meeting was the first organized meeting.

  By February 1895, the Fire Company had purchased its first apparatus. It is believed that the apparatus consisted of a hose wagon, pump, and 500' of hose. Ladders, if required at a fire, were freely loaned by local contractors. In order to have a few ladders for night fires, “Messrs Horner and Stiles kept their ladders in the firehouse.” The pump housed in 1895 was not of modern design for the time. The pump could be hand or horse drawn. It was called the side stroke type, requiring four or more men on each side to move the handles up and down to draw water from the “box” and pressure it into the hose. The “box” was filled by the bucket brigade. As originally built, the engine weighed 1,500 pounds. The wheels were made of hickory and had narrow treads for speed over cobblestone and packed clay roads.  
 
In April of 1895, plans were started to build the first Engine House. The original Engine House was built under the direction of J.W. Edmonds, who was the Superintendent of Construction. The location was to be “on the Mill Dam situated at the lake.” (Site of present day Stewart’s Root Beer) The terms of the land agreement are as follow: “The Fire Company is permitted to use the land between their lot and the tail race of the old Shingle Mill while they desire and it remains unsold, unless circumstances arise which make a continued use inexpedient, when thirty days notice by either party shall terminate the agreement. The consideration for the use of the land is one dollar per year, in lieu of which Mr. Pharo shall have the privilege of housing his gunning box and decoys in the basement of said house.”
 
 

In August 1895, The Tuckerton Fire Company #1 took its first steps to incorporate. Up until this time, the company had no legal status. Hat, caps, and belts were ordered in September of 1895. The caps were ordered for $1.00 each with 5 cents additional for each letter. 

 In April of 1896, it was decided to foster Pohatcong Hook and Ladder Company to assist in the purchase of equipment. It was also agreed to allow the Hook and Ladder Company to meet in the firehouse until a permanent home for the equipment could be found. In September of 1896, a joint meeting of the Tuckerton Fire Company #1 and Pohatcong Hook and Ladder was held. Everything at this time pointed to two separate organizations, as was the case in many communities. That was all about to change. In January of 1897, the members of Pohatcong Hook and Ladder were elected to full membership in the fire company.

The first pieces of equipment placed into service lasted many years. The first motorized, self contained, engine purchased was a 1918. Ford Model T Waterous 250 gpm pumper. This was followed by a 1928 Sanford 500 gpm pumper.

 The Y.M.C.A. purchased the J.J. Pharo property on January 1, 1933. On March 7, 1933, a 50' X 130' parcel of land was donated for the construction of a new firehouse. In 1934, a new Fire House was erected.  The original Engine House on the “Mill Dam” was sold at auction to J.E. French of New Gretna for the sum of $50.00 and was torn down in 1935. The new building, which is on the present day site, was dedicated on January 2, 1934. This building consisted of three engine bays, which is the present day meeting hall.      

 
In 1937, a friend of the fire company donated a Pierce Arrow touring car to the company. The members soon mounted four 40 gallon chemical tanks and rolled out to fires in style. In 1939, a Chevrolet with a 200 gpm Darley pump joined the fleet. This engine was built by the membership and retrofitted with the body that once belonged to the 1918 Model T. Next, another Ford, a 1946 Ford Great Eastern with a 500 gpm pump, was added to the fleet.       
 
In 1954, a GMC TASC was delivered to Tuckerton. The unit was equipped with a 750 gallon pump and was eventually donated to the Village of McClellanville, South Carolina after it was devastated by Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

  Due to the size and the weight of modern fire apparatus, an addition was built onto the firehouse on North Green Street in the 1950's. The existing Engine Room was converted to the present day meeting hall. This remained until a new Engine Room was constructed in 1994.

During construction of the present day facility, the 1950's era engine room was removed. This made room for a more spacious, modern facility that can accommodate up to six pieces of apparatus. onstruction of the present day facility, the 1950's era engine room was removed. This made room for a more spacious, modern facility that can accommodate up to six pieces of apparatus. 

 
A Ford Boyertown Van was placed into service in 1966 for the purpose of transporting specialized equipment in which modern fire companies require. This was also used to transport manpower when needed.  A 1971 Ford/TASC pumper was later purchased.
 
   Currently the Tuckerton Fire Company houses a 1985 Ford- E-One 1000 gpm pumper, 1990 Ottawa- EEI 1500 gpm pumper, 2003 Freight Liner Rescue One- Light Rescue, a 2004 Pierce 1250 gpm pumper, a 1946 Ford Great Eastern 500 gpm pumper,  a 2003 Ford/Braun Ambulance, and a 1998 Ford/Braun Ambulance.      

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