North Hanover Township
Burlington County, NJ

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In 1975, several township residents interested in establishing a fire company in the township of North Hanover. By March, the North Hanover Township Committee formed the North Hanover Fire Protective Association.  Shortly after establishment Cookstown Vol. Fire Co approached the organization offering to house a 1953 Ford Pumper, and start a Jacobstown substation in North Hanover Township.  In fall of 1975, the Jacobstown substation of Cookstown Vol. Fire Co. was created and the ’53 Ford Pumper housed at the municipal garage.

In 1976, North Hanover Township purchased a 1976 Ford Utility truck, with a 250 Gallon tank, pump, and generator, ans squeezed it in the municipal garage with the pumper.

1979, 2 acres of land, our current location were granted to the Township for the purpose of building a proper firehouse.  At the same time, North Hanover Township Committee approved the purchase of a 1979 Hahn Pumper.  In the fall of 1979, with much time and materials donated, the original firehouse section was built.  Total purchases cost less than $70,000, and by late 1979 work was completed and the fire station was ready to accept the brand new pumper in early 1980. 

To fill the remaining space in the new station, a generous donation of a 1954 Mack road tractor from the Chesterfield Fire Company, and an old Hess oil tank trailer converted to a water tanker, were acquired.  In 1983, this was donated to Juliustown Fire Co. and we took delivery of a brand new 1983 GMC 4Guys stainless steel straight tanker, with 3500 gallons of water and a 1000 GPM pump.  Additionally, it was the first tanker to have a collapsible porta-tank for dumping water, and creating the water shuttle.

Over the next few years, both Cookstown Vol. Fire Co. and Jacobstown Substation had grown in membership and call volume.  With a few growing pains, Jacobstown Volunteer Fire Company split off from the Cookstown Vol. Fire Co. and became its own organized fire company in August of 1984, and officially on its own as of Jan 1, 1985. 

In October of 1985, a local petroleum company donated a 300 gallon AFFF foam trailer, and equipment.

By 1990, the company continued to grow larger and larger.  This prompted the purchase of a special services unit allowing more staff, SCBA’s and equipment to get to the scene. 

1993 saw the purchase of new turnout gear for the members.  The growing population resulted in a larger volume of incidents.  The 1979, pumper was approaching the end of its front line usage, and the purchase of a new fire engine was going to become necessary. 

In 1996, the township committee approved the purchase of a brand new, Spartan/New Lexington Fire Engine.  The engine sports a stainless steel body, 1000 gallon water tank, 1500 GPM pump, and loaded with equipment. 

After the purchase of the new fire engine, Jacobstown Vol. Fire Co. started an EMS engine service for the citizens of North Hanover Township.  Later this would be the catalyst to purchase an ambulance and provide EMS service for the town.  Today, we continue to provide EMS service to North Hanover Township with 2 Horton BLS ambulances. 

In 2004, through a generous donation from one of our members, Jacobstown Vol. Fire Co. took ownership of a John Deere Gator outfitted with a MedBed.  This item allows us to access off road medical incidents that occur within our township.  Additionally, this has been special called to various incidents and special events all over the state. 

In 2009, our foam trailer was upgraded to a larger flat deck trailer with a mounted deluge gun.  Today it carries 550 gallons of Universal Gold 1/3% AR-AFFF. 

In 2012, with the service life of the 1976 utility truck, past due, the township committee agreed to purchase a new 2012 F-450 Utility body truck.  The old truck was removed from service and its equipment moved to the new truck.

In 2013, the township committee with the service life of the 1983 tanker reaching an end, the township committee purchased a 2012 Sutphen Demo Tender (tanker).  The truck sports a 3000 gallon poly water tank with 1250 GPM pump. 

Today, we continue to utilize these apparatus to provide the Fire Protection, EMS and Fire Prevention to the citizens of North Hanover Township.


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