Friday, April 26, 2013
The stretch of highway was closed after a construction crew struck a gas main.
A portion of Route 36 in Hazlet was closed overnight Thursday after a construction company working on Poole Avenue struck a gas main. According to Chief James Broderick, JF Kiley Company was working on replacing an old gas line on Poole near the intersection of Route 36 at about 10:20 p.m. when their backhoe hit a four-inch gas main. Firefighters from Hazlet Fire Co. 1, West Keansburg and North Centerville responded to the scene and remained there until the leaking main was repaired. They continually monitored the gas levels in the air, which were not high enough to present a risk to nearby residents or businesses, Broderick explained. Route 36 South between Middle Road and just beyond Poole Avenue was closed during the incident and …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Brush fires are common this time of year, authorities say.
Three brush fires in as many days were quickly brought under control by Hazlet firefighters, according to Police Chief James Broderick. Around 3 p.m. on Monday, a brush fire was reported near Angela Circle, a street off of Union Avenue in Hazlet. On Saturday evening and then again on Sunday, a brush fire was reported off of Middle Road near Raritan High School. None of incidents are believed to be related at this time, according to Broderick. He added that brush fires are common this time of year, as trees do not yet have leaves to block the sun from drying out the brush. "All it takes is a cigarette thrown out of a car window to start a fire or someone walking to drop a cigarette on the dry leaves," he said. All three blazes were …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Firefighters arrived on the scene to find Cresci Boulevard residents using garden hoses to put out a fire that could have spread to nearby homes.
Residents of Cresci Boulevard in Hazlet banded together Monday to control a brush fire burning in a patch of trees and other plants between two homes. The Hazlet Township Fire Department was called to the scene slightly before 5 p.m. but the flames had been mostly put out, according to Hazlet District 1 Chief Rob Cullen. "Concerned neighbors were able to bring all of their hoses out and the neighborhood pretty much put out the fire," Cullen said. The heat from the flames melted a portion of paneling on the home, located at 91 Cresci Boulevard, however no fire damage was sustained. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Three new firefighters will join the Holmdel Township Fire Department and one will join Hazlet.
The Monmouth County Fire Academy graduated three men from Holmdel and one from Hazlet along with 55 other firefighters from Monmouth, Mercer, and Ocean counties. Stephen Madden and Stever Turner will join the ranks of Holmdel Fire Rescue Co. #2 while Michael Biyad will join Holmdel Fire Co. #1. Salvatore Nesta IV will join the ranks of Hazlet Fire Co. # 1 Graduates worked 188 hours over 30 sessions and received training in rescue, fire extinguishment, hazardous materials response, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, electrical safety, and care of hoses, ladders and other equipment. The new firefighters were divided into two classes: Class 96 graduated Jan. 22 and Class 97 graduated Jan. 23. A graduate from each class earned an award in honor …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A public vote for the new Commissioners and annual budget will be held February 16.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, February 13
The Hazlet Fire District will hold a public vote on the 2013 Annual Budget on Saturday, February 16, from 2-9 p.m. at the Cullen Center, 1776 Union Ave. in Hazlet. The fire district budget pays for hydrant maintenance, the Office of Fire Prevention, and mandatory training and equipment. A future capital expenditure fund is used to pay for command vehicles. The following is the 2013 Annual Budget: Hazlet Township Fire District #1 Adopted Operating Budget Revenues Total Revenues: $2,050,061 Appropriations Total Appropriations: $2,050,061 There are two vacancies on the Hazlet Fire District Board of Commissioners, which serves as the Fire District's governing body and manages all operations. Each seat is for a three year term. The public …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
First Assistant Fire Chief and Second Assistant Fire Chief also appointed Jan. 5.
The Hazlet Township Fire Chief, First Assistant Fire Chief and Second Assistant Fire Chief were appointed at the township's reorganization meeting Satuday, Jan. 2. The committee unanimously confirmed the appointment of Andrew Christ as Fire Chief, Joseph Schroek as First Assistant Fire Chief and Robert Cullen, Jr. as Second Assistant Fire Chief. The term for each position ends on Dec. 31, 2013.