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The West Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Company was formed in 1947 Sixty-five years ago. Our firehouse was started by 28 firemen and with 30 ladies which made up the auxiliary. We now have 30 firefighters of which 10 are active life members on are rolls and one junior firefighter. Some of are members are cross trained as EMTs (8). Ten of the guys make up are dive team. Our first chief was, Richard Leitz served as chief for 24 years (1947 to 1971) the longest any one served as chief. The 7101 truck is dedicated to Chief Leitz. We have had only twelve chiefs in our fire company history. The one who served the second longest term was Chief Ed Rowe which was for ten years (1984-1993). The chief for 2012 is Mario Vitulli who also served as chief (2004-2008). Our first president was, Leo Van Worst served as president for our first year. In our history we have had a lot of presidents 26 to be exact. The longest served was President William "OT" Hollingsworth, he served for 12 years from 1979-1999 inconsecutive. Our 2012 president is Dan Curley .
Our current building was erected in 1966 a three bay garage with a kitchen and gear room pictured on the left. The picture on the right is of our station in February 1971 it shows are first new piece 1970 Ford Young. The main purpose for the bays other than to hold the truck was for bingo which was done for many years. The next year the company brought a second Ford Young pumper which served us up to 1994. In the late 80s an addition of 3 offices and a meeting room were added wear the overhang is in the picture above. In 2002 we add a two bay garage behind the firehouse to house the rescue boats and support vehicles along with the firehouse gym. The next set of plans is to make our station bigger with the addition of about twenty feet on to the truck bays and some much needed renovations. The West Tuckerton Vol. Fire Co. responds to an area of 43 square miles in Little Egg Harbor, know as fire district #1. On average we run about 300 calls a year mostly fire alarms and MVAs. Most of the large scale fire that we have been evolved in are mostly forest fires. The most recent forest fire was in 2005 when a fire started on the bombing range and burned to route 72 in Stafford Twp. a two day event. We run a lot of mutual aid calls to the so called big ones there has only been a few in the last ten years. In 1999 Tuckerton had the Redman fire which was a cold January morning. In October 31 of 2004 The New Gretna House burned down. There has been a junkyard fire here and there. A few tanker(tender) calls to go to in and outside of our county along with plenty of coverage assignments. Our station has the only platform ladder for the area. This area is made up of The Garden State Parkway , U S route 9, and County highway 539 for are major roads. Are primary mutual aid is with Parkertown (Sta. 70), Mystic Islands (Sta. 72), New Gretna (Sta. 421), Tuckerton (Sta 50) and Stafford as are FAST (RIT) team.
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West Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Co.
"The Little Red Fire Truck"
|Kenneth Barber||Victor Hansen||Sylvester Mathis||Newlyn Parker|
|Robert Beloff||Bud Kelly||Paul Mott||Harper Rulon|
|Edward Burke||Dick Kelly||Robert Mott||Harry Rulon|
|Calvin Falkinburg||William Leacock||James Montieth||Chester Rutter|
|Allyn Graf||Richard Leitz||Walter Neuroth Sr||James Rutter|
|George Graham||Robert Leitz||Walter Neuroth Jr||Robert Rutter|
|John Guld||Harry Margraf||Bernard Onnerberg||Leo Van Worst|
Past Chiefs And Past Presidents
Fireman Of The Year
Early call volume
records found with NJSFRA green sheets
|2012 - 335||2011 - 245||2010 -||2009 - 279|
|2008 - 299||2007 - 304||2006 - 290||2005 - 283|
|2004 - 327||2003 - 294||2002 -||2001 -|
|2000 - 226||1999 - 167||1998 -||1997-|
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|1992 -||1991 -117||1990 -120||1989 - 147|
|1988 -130||1987 -95||1986 -166||1985 -130|
|1984 - 95||1983 - 86||1982 -151||1981 -130|
|1980 -115||1979 -78||1978- 83||1977 -94|
|1976 - 70||1975 - 49||1974 -63||1973 - 48|
|1972 - 41||1971 -||1970 -||1969 -15|
|1968 -||1967 -||1966 -||1965 -18|
|1964 -25||1963 -15||1962-16||1961 - 14|
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