Get Fired Up For Literacy

As a way to promote reading, The Mount Laurel Fire Department and the Mount Laurel Library are excited to announce the TWELFTH year of the Get Fired Up for Literacy program! This is a reading contest for all Mount Laurel public school students in grades 1-4. It will begin Wednesday, December 23 and the goal is simple: read, read, read!

There will be four prize winners chosen per school and this will include one student from each grade who reads the most minutes during winter break. Additionally, one grand prize winner will be randomly selected at each school to receive a ride to school in a fire truck! Finally, each student who participates and reads a minimum of 60 minutes will receive a certificate. Note: Previous grand prize winners are not eligible for fire truck rides.

The contest will be entirely virtual this year. To register and keep track of how many minutes you read, click the link below.

The winners will be posted in mid January and the fire truck rides will be arranged shortly thereafter.

Santa and his Fire Truck is Coming!

Santa will be riding in the front seat of the fire truck from December 15th to December 21st beginning around 6:00pm. The neighborhoods have been broken out into zones and each reindeer has been assigned to a zone.

Use THIS LINK or the map below to determine which reindeer is covering which zone.

Santa’s elves have given us GPS units for each fire truck to show everyone where Santa has been each night. You can determine which reindeer is assigned to your zone and then use the link below associated with that reindeer on the night that he’ll be in your neighborhood.

Use the link above or the map below to see Santa’s schedule and where he’s planning to be on a specific evening.

PLEASE NOTE:

– Dates and times are subject to change based on emergency incidents and weather.
– For safety reasons, the fire trucks will be limited to main roads.
– Keep up with any schedule changes by visiting OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

PRANCER
https://bit.ly/MLFDPrancer2020

DASHER
https://bit.ly/MLFDDasher2020

COMET
https://bit.ly/MLFDComet2020

BLITZEN
https://bit.ly/MLFDBlitzen2020

PLEASE NOTE:
Be sure to refresh the page regularly for the tracker to update.
The trackers are set to report their GPS position every 60 seconds.

Advertisement of Resolution (2nd reading) for New Paid Position of Supervising Fire Prevention Specialist

At a Regular Meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners (“Board”) of the Mount Laurel Fire District #1 held on 10/19/2020, a resolution was introduced and approved by the Board on “First Reading”. Pursuant to the requirements of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-81.1, this resolution will be considered for Second Reading and adoption at a Regular Meeting of the Board scheduled for Monday, 11/16/2020 @ 7:00 PM in the Headquarters Station Meeting Room, 69 Elba Lane, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054.

At this Regular Meeting, members of the public will have the opportunity to comment and ask pertinent questions about the resolution during a Public Hearing that will be held before the Board considers final adoption of this resolution on “Second Reading”. Any proposed amendment to the Resolution must be presented in writing to the Board in order to be considered and copies of the proposed amendment must be made available at the Regular Meeting.

On 11/3/2020, a copy of this notice and Resolution were posted where public notices are normally posted: the lobby of the Mount Laurel Fire Department Headquarters Station and the Mount Laurel Fire Department website at www.mlfd.org. Copies of the resolution are available at the Headquarters Station during normal business hours.

CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF RESOLUTION 2020-28.

Toys For Tots

As in years past, our firehouses will again participate in the Toys for Tots Foundation and be collection sites.

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any of our firehouses until December 4th. Pick up for toys will be December 5th at 7:00am.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and generosity.

4th of July Celebrations 2020

The 4th of July is a time to celebrate our independence. During this time of celebration, we would like the residents of Mount Laurel to be aware of the hazards of using fireworks.

In the State of New Jersey, anyone 16 and older can purchase hand-held sparklers, ground-based fountains, party poppers, snappers and other novelty items.

Under the legislation, all other fireworks will remain illegal in New Jersey, including all explosive and aerial fireworks such as firecrackers, sky rockets, bottle rockets, and roman candles.

CLICK HERE to get the facts on Fireworks Safety

CLICK HERE for Local Firework Displays

We would like to wish everybody a happy and safe holiday.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact our office at (856) 234-6053.

A Message from the MLMUA for their Commercial Customers

As New Jersey prepares for “The Road Back”, make sure your business is ready to meet the challenge!

If your business/building has been completely or partially unoccupied during the current pandemic, you must take action to address possible water quality degradation in the building’s plumbing system.  This correspondence is intended to bring awareness to this issue.  We also provide basic guidance and a helpful link so you can reoccupy your building in a “water healthy” way and avoid water quality issues.

What happened to the water while the building was unoccupied?  Examples include:

  • When water was not used, the chlorine in the water had a chance to dissipate.  This invites microorganisms to grow inside pipes, fixtures and tanks.  Some may cause disease if they are consumed or inhaled as droplets (particularly while showering).
  • The protective scale inside pipes may have destabilized. Without the protective scale, toxic metals like lead (if you have lead pipes) can dissolve or shear off as particles and end up in water used for drinking or food preparation.
  • For larger buildings/systems, mechanical equipment such as cooling towers, boilers and pumps may not have received routine maintenance.  Backflow preventers may have missed annual test cycles.

What actions do I need to take?

Every business is different and the answer to this question varies depending on the size, design and use of your specific plumbing system.  The proper actions will range from the simple flushing of your plumbing system for a few minutes to following the actions put in place as part of your Water Management Plan (if applicable).  Size, design and use are important in determining your actions.

The link below provides some basic information and guidance which will allow you to take appropriate actions.  This will ensure that a return to normal includes water quality in your building that is tailored to your specific needs.  If during this process you have any questions, our water professionals will do their best to assist you.   You are invited to contact us at 856.234.0062.

Here is a good resource to get you started:

ESPRI (Environmental Science Policy & Research Institute)
https://esprinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/FINAL_Coronavirus-Building-Flushing-Guidance-20200403-rev-1.pdf

We will get through this together!

Mount Laurel Residents… We Need Your Assistance

Mount Laurel Residents: The EMS, Fire, and Police agencies in Mount Laurel are requesting your assistance. We’re working to ensure that we are prepared to meet the demands of the sick with COVID-19. We’re asking residents who are quarantined to complete a voluntary notification survey. The results will remain confidential and secure and will NOT be shared. Only one survey per residence should be submitted. Our goal is to ensure we’re prepared to respond to our customers needs as we navigate this pandemic together. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Click the link below of use the QR code:

bit.ly/mtlaurelcovidsurvey

Special Meeting

February 28, 2020

6pm

NOTICE

The Board of Fire Commissioners of the Mount Laurel Fire District #1, 69 Elbo Lane, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 6:00pm in the Meeting Room of the Headquarters Station at 69 Elbo Lane, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054.

The purpose of this Special Meeting is to conduct the administrative processing of resolutions for the hiring of new personnel and to address other matters that may come before the Board.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Mount Laurel Fire Department
Masonville Station 361
105 Masonville Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Thursday, March 12, 2020
2pm – 7pm

Make the choice to make a difference: CLICK HERE

2019 FREE Child Safety Seat Checkpoints

The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department will once again be providing Child Safety Seat checks at 2 of our Fire Stations.  Below are the dates and times for each station.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 03
10am-2pm
Station 361
105 Masonville Road

Please stop by during any of these times and have your child seat tested and adjusted for FREE.

Advertisement of Resolution 2019-11 (2nd reading) for new paid position of Clerk 2

At a Regular Meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners (“Board”) of the Mount Laurel Fire District #1 held on 4/15/19, a resolution was introduced and approved by the Board on “First Reading”. Pursuant to the requirements of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-81.1, this resolution was publicly advertised as a legal notice in the Burlington County Times newspaper and will be considered for Second Reading and adoption at a Special Meeting of the Board scheduled for Monday, 5/6/19 @ 7:00 PM in the Headquarters Station Meeting Room, 69 Elbo Lane, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054.

At this meeting, members of the public will have the opportunity to comment and ask pertinent questions about the resolution during a Public Hearing that will be held before the Board considers final adoption of this resolution on “Second Reading”. Any proposed amendment to the Resolution must be presented in writing to the Board in order to be considered and copies of the proposed amendment must be made available at the Special Meeting.

A copy of this notice and Resolution 2019-11 were posted where public notices are normally posted: the lobby of the Mount Laurel Fire Department Headquarters Station, the Mount Laurel Township bulletin board, and the Mount Laurel Fire Department website at www.mlfd.org. Copies of the resolution are available at the Headquarters Station during normal business hours.

CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF RESOLUTION 2019-11.

Mount Laurel Fire District #1 Shifting Elections to November in 2019

In 2017 Governor Christie passed state law allowing Fire Districts to switch elections dates. In accordance with the law, the Mount Laurel Board of Fire Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the Mount Laurel Fire District #l to shift the Fire District election from the third Saturday in February to the November general election date.

“Each year we do our best to inform residents about our election. Previous State statute mandates that all fire districts hold their elections and vote on their budget on the 3rd Saturday in February. This has been a struggle for years. Despite our best efforts to send out mailers, place yard signs around town and conduct social media blitz, we typically still only had a small percentage of the town coming out to vote. Our community has been very supportive of our operations and we are thankful for that, we hope by moving the election to November we will see more residents come out and vote”, said Fire Chief John Colucci.

With the switch, the fire district’s annual budget is not required to go to vote, unless the budget exceeds 2% property tax levy, which is similar to the state law to which the school districts must adhere. With the change, Board of Fire Commissioners will be elected each November.

The Board of Fire Commissioners adopted its 2019 budget in the amount of $11,199,316 at their December 17, 2018 board meeting. This represents an increase of $670,829 over the 2018 budget, setting the Fire District tax-rate of $0.175 cents per $100 of assessed value. The increase supports a staffing plan to hire additional firefighters consistent with nationally recognized safety standards to ensure adequate number of firefighters respond on the initial alarm. “As our community continues to grow, so does our call volume. We are an all hazards organization, responding to everything from motor vehicle accidents, gas leaks, extreme weather events, electrical hazards, technical rescues, medical emergencies, house fires and everything in between. Although most people only associate fire departments with FIRE, the fire service has evolved. Each type of incident or new threat requires specialized training and equipment. Most incidents require multiple trained personnel to perform them safely and efficiently. In Mount Laurel, we are blessed to have such dedicated volunteer and career personnel who take pride in what they do and care about our residents.” said Fire Chief Colucci.

The Mount Laurel Fire District is not yet in receipt of the state’s certified copy. However, residents can view the adopted budget by CLICKING HERE.

Announcement of Public Hearing to Adopt Fiscal Year 2019 Fire District Budget

Notice is hereby give that the Board of Fire Commissioners of Fire District #1, Township of Mount Laurel, County of Burlington will conduct a Public Hearing on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 7pm at the Fire Department Headquarters Station, 69 Elbo Lane, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 regarding a resolution to adopt the 2019 Fire District Budget.

A copy of the proposed budget can be viewed, printed or downloaded by CLICKING HERE or is available in Fire Headquarters lobby, M-F between 8am and 4pm.

Notice of Special Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the residents of the Township of Mount Laurel, County of Burlington, State of New Jersey that the Board of Fire Commissioners of Mount Laurel Township Fire District #1 will conduct a Special Election of the legal voters of the Township of Mount Laurel on:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2018

The polls shall be open from 6:00 PM till 9:00 PM and as much longer as necessary to permit all legal voters then present to vote by casting their ballots. The Special Election will be held at a following polling place:

HEADQUARTERS STATION
69 ELBO LANE
MOUNT LAUREL, NJ 08054

At this Special Election, the following question will be submitted to the legal voters:

BALLOT PROPOSAL #1

2019 PURCHASE OF COMMAND VEHICLE
Shall the Fire District be authorized to acquire two (2) new command vehicles through the use of fire district capital reserve funds, for a purchase price not to exceed $90,000?

INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT
This Proposal permits the Fire District to purchase two (2) new command vehicles through the use of fire district capital reserve funds – which have been previously approved for the use for capital expenses, for the total purchase price not to exceed $90,000.  This is necessary as part of a vehicle replacement program to ensure that the department maintains a fleet of vehicles to ensure reliable service delivery to our community. The vehicles that are being replaced serve as frontline duty supervisor vehicles and were purchase in 2009.  These vehicles will be roughly 10 years old at time of replacement.

BALLOT PROPOSAL #2

2019 NEW APPARATUS CAPITAL LEASE PROPOSAL
Shall the Fire District be authorized to acquire up to three (3) new fire apparatus and finance this acquisition through a Capital Lease of not more than ten (10) years for an amount not to exceed $3,000,000?

INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT
This Proposal permits the Fire District to enter into a Capital Lease for up to three (3) new fire apparatus for a term of not more than ten (10) years at an aggregate purchase price for the new fire apparatus that can total no more than $3,000,000. The apparatus that are being replaced serve as frontline fire suppression vehicles and were purchased in 2001. These vehicles will be roughly 20 years old at time of replacement.

It is the intent of the Board of Fire Commissioners to enter into a two year deferred payment program utilizing capital reserve funds making a payment in 2021 and rolling over debt service that expires in 2021 to make the balance of the payments. The terms of financing will be structured as not to increase the amount of the retired debt service in terms of aggregate or annual payment amounts.

This Notice of Election posted in accordance with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-84 and N.J.S.A. 40A:14-85 and satisfies the notification requirements contained therein.