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East Franklin Fire Department Station 27

121 Pinegrove Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone (732) 247-0820
Fax (732) 247-1780



Established on July 29, 1929 the East Franklin Fire Department has faithfully served the residents of Franklin Township Fire District 3 in Somerset, New Jersey for over 75 years. Bordering the City of New Brunswick in the southeast corner of Somerset County, East Franklin, Station 27, responds to a small but densely populated 6.25 square mile area with approximately 25,000 residents. Our mission is to respond in a safe manner to all reported emergencies in the community of Franklin Township, Somerset, N.J. to help the citizens deal with natural and man-made emergencies, and with the resources available and with the utmost regard for the safety of the members of the department, work to the best of it's abilities to limit the loss of life, the environment, and property.


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Tunnel to Towers 5k Run in NYC
Sunday, September 28, 2014 
    On September 28th, 2014 Captain Desmond, Lieutenant Daughton and FF Espinoza participated in the 13th Annual Tunnel to Towers  5K Run held in New York City.

     This event is to honor and remember the victims of the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. The event specifically honors a Firefighter by the name of Stephen Siller, who during the attacks was stuck in gridlock traffic at the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. He ran from the Tunnel to the Towers, in full firefighter gear (Approx. 85lbs). We did this today as we have done in many years past, to show we will never forget his dedication and sacrifice to put the lives of others ahead of his own. Great Job Team EFFD!

Montgomery's 75th Anniversary
Saturday, September 27, 2014 
     Congratulations to Butch VanDeursen, representing The East Franklin Fire Department with the 1952 Chevrolet. He received the    1st place award for best appearing apparatus from 1940-1964, as well as 1st place award for the Furthest Traveled Company at Montgomery's 75th Anniversary 9/27/14. Good Job Butch and Thank You!

Article on Reedy Dedicated in the Home News Tribune
Thursday, September 4, 2014 
Check out this article on the Home News which has been dedicated to Life Member Howard Reed . Here is the link: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/somerset-county/2014/09/03/east-franklin-fd-member-serves-years/14975061/

Passing of Life Member and Fire Commissioner Jack Ritterson
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 
It continues to be a very trying week for our department. This evening we learned of the sudden passing of East Franklin Fire Department Life Member, and Franklin Township Fire District #3 Commissioner, Jack Ritterson. Jack joined the department in March 2000 and became a life member in 2011. He was serving in his first year of a three-year term as Fire Commissioner. More information will posted as the family and department make plans for his funeral. UPDATE: Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Selover Funeral Home, 555 Georges Road, North Brunswick. Burial will follow in Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick, NJ. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home on Monday, September 1, 2014, from 4 PM to 8 PM.

Passing of Life Member Russell Thompson
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Russell Thompson on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.  Russell joined the department in 1996 and achieved life member status in 2006.  Funeral services will be held at 8:15 AM Friday from Selover Funeral Home, 555 Georges Road, North Brunswick followed by a 9:00 AM Mass at Sacred Heart Church in New Brunswick. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery in New Brunswick. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home Thursday from 5 PM to 8 PM. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 14 Commerce Drive, Cranford, NJ 07016 or to a charity of one's choice. - See more at:  http://www.seloverfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/877/Russell_W_Thompson/obituary.html#tribute-start

Somerset Patriots Game to benefit the Kevin Apuzzio Memorial Foundation
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 
On August 5th, 2014 members of the East Franklin Fire Department and their family attended a Somerset Patriots Game, held at the TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ. This game was the Somerset Patriots vs. the Camden Riversharks and it was a special day, as the funds raised from ticket sales, along with a 50/50 raffle went to the Kevin Apuzzio Memorial Foundation. This foundation was able to present it's first scholarship on this day to Matthew Knoblauch, who is a FF/EMT on the New Market Fire Department and Rutgers University Emergency Services. Ex-Chief George Wade tossed the first pitch of the game and a wonderful time was had by all The result was a win by the Somerset Patriots!

A Hero Turns 30
Saturday, August 2, 2014 
August 2nd, 1984 to some people this was just another day, to the members of the East Franklin Fire Department and the Apuzzio Family, it means so much more. Born on this day would be a first son, a younger brother, a role model to the community, a friend to all and a man who would exemplify what a true hero is. Happy 30th birthday to our brother Firefighter Kevin Apuzzio, you are always by our side. Continue to watch over us and keep us safe!

Safety Town Visit
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 
On Tuesday July 29th, 2014 Lt. Miller, Lt. Daughton and FF Russo gave a Fire Safety Presentation at the Conerly Road School to the kids of the Safety Town Camp, held every summer in Franklin Township. During this time, we went over some tips on how to keep safe in the event of an emergency, showed what a fully geared firefighter looks like so that the children aren't afraid to ask for our help, gave them a tour of Engine 278 and a special treat due to the hot weather, we cooled everyone off with water from the Deck Gun. A good time was had by all and a lot was learned through the teachings of our Fire Safety Education. Thanks to all those who helped in assist in making this day successful!

Team East Franklin Participates in Annual Firefighter Bicycle Race
Sunday, July 27, 2014 
On Sunday July 27th, 2014 Members of the East Franklin Fire Department participated in the Annual Firefighters Bicycle Race held in Stirling, NJ. This race is a direct benefit to the St. Barnabas Burn Foundation and consists of a 2 mile bicycle race, while being attired in full firefighter turnout gear. The team faired extremely well this year, nailing 3rd place and showing a strong performance in the race amongst the almost 100 participants. Thank You to FF Canales, FF White, FF Fischer and Lt. Daughton for representing the Fire Department in this event and thank you to Nancy Fischer and Melissa Robinson for coming out to support the team and take pictures!

Montgomery Wet Down at Company #2
Saturday, July 26, 2014 13:00
     On Saturday July 26th, 2014 at 1pm, members of the East Franklin Fire Department attended a wet down in Montgomery Twp. at Fire Company #2. The event was organized in order to give dedication to a brand new 2014 E-1 Pumper, which will help provide better service to the residents of Montgomery Twp. A good time was had by all, thank you to Montgomery Fire Co. #2 for inviting us!

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