Tinton Falls Fire Co.

75th Anniversary

In 1932, Edwin Emmons, a member of the then 50-year-old Eatontown Fire Company, helped about a dozen residents of the area around the Tinton Falls to form their own volunteer fire company to speed response to emergencies.  He helped to obtain the very first fire engine for the new fire company, too.  The 14 charter members got together in the living room of the historic Crawford House and founded Tinton Falls Fire Co. #1 in what was then New Shrewsbury.  The TFFC #1 Ladies Auxiliary was founded at that same time, in the kitchen of the famed Crawford House, and both organizations are celebrating their 75th anniversary of dedicated service to the community on June 23, 2007.

From that humble beginning in an old house in 1932, the fire company went on to become incorporated at the state level in 1934 and since then, as the Borough of Tinton Falls has grown, the fire service has grown, to include 4 Fire Companies, including Wayside Fire Company (founded before Tinton Falls #1), Northside Engine Co., and Pine Brook Fire Co.  Tinton Falls Fire Co. #1 is a Fire/Rescue unit, outfitted with a heavy rescue truck, a brush & forest fire truck, and two engines, including the new Pierce 1750 gallon-per-minute engine that we will be dedicating on June 23rd. 

Since 1932, we've had the privilege of being served by men and women from every walk of life, local workers and commuters, business owners, accountants, school staffers, mechanics, truck drivers, salespeople, lawyers, police officers, Navy personnel stationed at Earle, a Coast Guardsman from Sandy Hook, engineers, federal agents, farmers, and neighbors from almost every other walk of life.  We've also had a large number of Eagle Scouts who've joined our ranks and rose to leadership positions within a few years.  We've handled almost every kind of emergency call, too, from countless false alarms to structure fires to woodland fires to vehicles fires to bus fires, a wide variety of car, truck and bus crashes, heavy storms, flooding, ice storms, elevator rescues, bomb scares, and more, as well as the annual work calls to drive Santa Claus around the neighborhood the weekend before Christmas.

Over the past 75 years, literally thousands of calls for help have been answered throughout our borough and in the surrounding area, day and night, every day of the year, including holidays (3-day weekends and all holidays are surprisingly busy!).  Our response area currently includes hundreds of miles of pavement on local, county, & state roads, over 6100 homes, 5 regular schools, 2 satellite schools, several nursery schools and day care centers, hundreds of businesses, and more, and that's just within our borders.  We've also answered mutual aid calls to neighboring towns including Middletown, Red Bank, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Eatontown, Fort Monmouth, Naval Weapons Station Earle, Howell Township, Colts Neck, Wall Township, Ocean Township, and Neptune, and others outside our shared borders.

For 75 years, we've worked together to make Tinton Falls a better, safer, place to live, with neighbors coming out to help neighbors, and it's time to celebrate all of the countless hours of selfless dedication to our borough.

Contributed by:
Brendan Tobin
Tinton Falls Fire Co. #1
75th Anniversary Committee

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