Ladder 16 responds to Camden City

Tuesday, May 12, 2015   Ladder 16 responded on a house fire in Camden City on the 1000 block of S.6th Street.  Camden units reported heavy smoke and fire with extension into the two attached houses.  Ladder 16 placed ground ladders and assumed the role of the R.I.T 



CFD Marks Unprecedented Accomplishment

Thursday, April 9, 2015   The Collingswood Fire Department has accomplished a program that has spanned over a decade and three Department Chiefs. As the result of a horrific fire in 2000 that took the lives of a 6 year old and his father, the department started a program to get smoke detectors into every home in Collingswood. The program started out with the firefighters delivering pizza from local restaurants and installing detectors while we were at the homes. It evolved into every shift visiting 30 properties a month (90 total), and offering a free home safety inspection and free smoke detector or battery installation. 

We can now say that through the "Nicky's Block Inspection Program" we have visited every home in Collingswood to offer this service. It is a great accomplishment and one that we have not heard happening in any other town. 

If you are a resident of Collingswood and would like us to come out and provide free detectors or home safety inspection, please contact us.



Change Clock Change Battery

Sunday, March 8, 2015   This Sunday it is time to set your clocks one hour ahead. It is a great time to also change the batteries in your smoke detectors to ensure that they will always operate in a time of need. Also, take the time to check your detectors and practice home fire drills with your families. We recommend a smoke detector on every level of the home and in every bedroom. It is also highly recommended that you have a carbon monoxide detector outside of your bedrooms. If you need assistance with any of these issues or do not have smoke detectors in your home, please call our station and we will come out and install them free of charge and assist you with any questions or help you may need to ensure everyone is fire safe!!



Crews Battle Apartment Fire

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 04:08  Crews arrived at a reported apartment fire on Wayne Terrace to find smoke showing. Engine 16 stretched a handline and as they made entry the room flashed over and vented out of the windows. Squad 5-1 secured a water supply, Engine 1132 stretched a line to the second floor unit and Ladder 15-1 laddered the building and vented. All the occupants made it out of the units unharmed and one firefighter was treated at the hospital for a minor injury. The fire was brought under control quickly with no extension to the other units. Mutual Aid was provided by Westmont, Pennsauken, Gloucester City and Cherry Hill. 



Community Flood Risk Information

Friday, February 20, 2015   Do you know your flood risk? Local and County officials are hosting a Flood Risk Open House to provide citizens in Camden County with an opportunity to learn more about newly updated flood maps, known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). Both Camden County and community officials, as well as NJDEP and FEMA representatives, will be on hand to answer citizens’ questions about the updated maps, the mapping process, flood risk, and flood insurance.


Camden County will hold this Open House at the Camden County Boathouse, 7050 North Park Drive, Pennsauken, NJ 08109 on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015. There will be no formal presentations, so please stop by the event anytime between the hours of 4PM - 8PM.


In addition, Gloucester County will hold an identical public Flood Risk Open Houses on the updates. Residents and property owners of Camden County can feel free to attend this event if they miss the one in Camden:

·       Thursday, March 26th, 2015, 4PM- 8PM, at the Paulsboro Fire House, 1502 Swedesboro Avenue, Paulsboro, NJ 08066


Residents are encouraged to bring their flood insurance policy and/or elevation certificates to the meeting in order to get the most accurate information regarding how the new flood maps will affect them. Residents will be able to locate their property on the updated maps and view the changes as compared to the current FIRM. Once residents view this information, they can talk to members of the flood hazard mapping team, flood insurance specialists, and local, county, and state officials about the maps, the process, and flood insurance.


Flooding is the number one natural disaster in this State. It is vital for property owners to understand their risk and take advantage of tools or programs available to them, including flood insurance, to help reduce flooding impacts. The new maps in Camden County are an update of the existing FIRM, which dates back over 30 years in some places. The FIRM and the associated Flood Insurance Study (FIS) provide the basis for communicating and identifying risk and for floodplain management measures. Camden County is required to adopt updated maps to continue participating in the NFIP, which makes flood insurance available to the community.

As a result of these map updates, some buildings in Camden County may, for the first time, be included in a high-risk flood zone, known as the Special Flood Hazard Area, or SFHA. This may result in those affected property owners being required to purchase flood insurance.


For more information or to access the mapping portal where you can view the updated maps, visit



Snow information for Collingswood Residents

Tuesday, February 17, 2015  Snow information

We could be seeing snow in the next couple hours in Collingswood. Below is information provided by the Borough for snow removal operations. 

We ask that you clear snow away from your house numbers if they become covered. 

Also we ask our residents to clear around the fire hydrant near your house. It will allow for faster operations in emergency situations. Thank you 

Collingswood’s Public Works Department works hard to maintain safe driving conditions and clear streets during a snowy weather. During inclement weather please pull cars into driveways if possible to aid plowing.Vehicles parked in the roadway cause a hindrance to the plowing operations and put plow drivers at risk for possible accidents with parked vehicles in the roadway. Please do not shovel snow back into the street when shoveling out drives and walks. It impedes plow crew efforts. Remember, property owners are responsible for clearing walks.

Trash service will continue as scheduled. With public works questions please call 856-858-0533. For weather related updates, cancellations or information please stay tuned to

Depending on the duration and amount of snowfall, Borough trucks may plow your street several times. As snow rolls off our plows, it will accumulate in driveways. Please understand that this is unavoidable and it is the homeowner's responsibility to clear it. Here are some helpful hints to make "snow" business less frustrating:

Shovel snow to the right side of your driveway (facing the street) to minimize the amount of snow entering your driveway.

If possible/necessary, wait until the Borough trucks have made at least two passes on your street before clearing your driveway.

Shovel and/or blow snow onto the curb, not into the street.

DO NOT PARK cars on the street from one hour after snow has continuously fallen until 12 hours after snow has stopped. This speeds the removal process and prevents cars from being plowed in.

To insure safety of pedestrians, residents must remove snow from sidewalks following a snow fall. 

In the event of deep snow, please shovel around your mailbox and fire hydrants near your house – for your safety and your neighbors'.



Vehicle Fire

Sunday, February 15, 2015 02:10 Squad 16 and Ladder 15-1 battled the frigid temperatures and high winds early Sunday morning to extinguish a vehicle fire that was in danger of spreading to a nearby home. The gas tank on the vehicle had ruptured spilling gasoline out under the vehicle that made it more difficult to extinguish. The crews kept it from spreading to the home. The fire is under routine investigation by the Collingswood Fire Marshal and Collingswood Police Detectives. 



Firefighter Mitten completes probation period

Sunday, February 8, 2015   Firefighter/EMT Harold  Mitten successfully completed his probation year in the Collingswood Fire Department.  Mitten was hired December 2, 2014 as a probationary Firefighter/ EMT.   Chief Davis presented him with his probationary front on a plaque.  



Collingswood Fire participates in ABC save a life

Friday, February 6, 2015   The Collingswood and Pennsauken Fire Departments took part in the ABC Save A Life program at the Philadelphia Fire Academy.  

Each year 6 ABC hosts this program giving out smoke detectors  to Fire Departments in the area provided by Kidde.  These smoke detectors are then installed in houses throughout the community upon request.  Any residents in Collingswood can call the Fire Department at 856-854-1043x0 if they are in need of a smoke detector.  A total of two alarms can be given and installed.

 The Fire Department can also assist you with testing and changing batteries of original smoke detectors.  



Squad 16 operates in Gloucester City

Friday, February 6, 2015   Squad 16 was dispatched on the Task Force for a shed fire in Gloucester City. Squad 5-1 and the Battalion arrived on location with a 2 story 20x20 shed heavily involved.  Squad 16 arrived as the 2nd due Squad Company and stretched a line into the dwelling to protect the exposure.  The fire was knocked down and placed under control with no injuries to crews.  The dwelling suffered minor damage as the siding was melted.  



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