PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Holmes Marshall Fire Company in Piscataway hosted their 3rd Annual Fire Prevention Week open house on Saturday where they featured some of the fire and rescue equipment used to respond to emergencies around the township.
“My vision is ‘Piscataway gets together’,” said Chief William Jackson, a 28-year Army veteran who has been at helm for the past year.
At this year’s open house, children of all ages could tour the fire house and see various types of fire fighting and rescue equipment used during emergency calls around the township. They also received a fire prevention hat along with coloring books and other materials to educate them on the importance of fire safety.
And a “burning house” simulator was set up where junior firefights could aim a fire hose to knock down the flames.
Jackson said he was able to bring in other Piscataway fire divisions this year to show how they support one another on calls. Some of their equipment was on display including an aerial ladder truck from North Stelton Fire Company and rescue vehicles and tactical equipment from Arbor Hose Company #1.
“Piscataway fire departments are divisions so we each only have a certain amount of equipment,” Jackson explained. “We don’t have a ladder truck but North Stelton has a ladder truck and small rescue with the Jaws of Life, so it gives people the opportunity to see other equipment that they don’t see every day.”
“Piscataway has six companies with over 25-30 apparatuses, but nobody knows,” he continued. “We have 10-12 working fires a year so we’re not like Newark or New Brunswick or some other cities that have fires every day. It’s a big difference for us.”
The Holmes Marshall Fire Company was established in 1954 and is located at 5300 Deborah Drive and Hanson Ave. in Piscataway.
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