HOLMDEL – According to a Press Release by the Holmdel Township Committee,  a complete study of fire operations are underway. It is expected by December. This comes during a time when a  devastating fire burned a house on 6 Barrister Lane to the ground and, In the recent past, at least two other fires caused massive damage. One badly charred a commercial real estate office. The other fire was residential. The fires were on the southern end of town near or on Route 520.

"The Holmdel Township Committee recognized a need in our community for a Fire Protection Consultant." said the release. "At the May 22nd meeting, the Township Committee voted to adopt a resolution awarding a contract to Dr. Harry R. Carter PH.D, LLC for the completion of a study of the Fire Department Master Plan." 

A video of that meeting (courtesy CILU) is below. Reference to having paid members is at 3:25.

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According to the release, prior to his hire, Dr. Carter submitted a proposal to Committeeman Rocco Pascucci, which included a timeline for the study's completion and an itemized list of topics the report will review. "Dr. Carter has dedicated his entire career to fire safety. We couldn't have a more experienced professional analyzing every aspect of our Fire Department and fire safety protocols,” Committeeman Pascucci said of Dr. Carter, who is a Doctor of Philosophy in Fire Service Administration and has served as a Municipal Fire Protection Consultant since 1980.

"This report will be in-depth, including interviews with the top staff of the fire department and township personnel. Evaluations of our fire assets and all previous reports that were completed will be included," Pascucci added. "Based upon his own independent findings, Dr. Carter will make recommendations for a plan that he feels would best serve Holmdel and its residents. The Township Committee looks forward to reviewing his report."

This August, Dr. Carter began collecting data and reviewing information about the township's fire safety personnel, equipment, and procedures. He is scheduled to conduct interviews with members of the Holmdel Township Fire Department, the township committee, mutual aid fire departments, municipal government officials, and other interested parties in the near future. A draft of the study is due to be submitted to the Holmdel Township Committee in November, before a final report is completed and delivered to the public at a meeting date in December. The final document will discuss potential fire risks, fire safety demands and a status report of our developing community, as well as the Holmdel Township Fire Department's organizational structures and potential for shared services with surrounding municipalities.

 "The primary purpose of the Township Committee is to ensure our residents have a safe environment to call home, and the Fire Department plays a major role in providing our community with that sense of security," Mayor Tom Critelli said.