Volunteer Spotlight: Erin Seneca

“When I moved to Toms River, the first thing I did was sign up to volunteer,” said Erin Seneca, who volunteers at East Dover Fire Company. “I combined two things I was passionate about: volunteering and get involved in the town, and firefighting, which I always wanted to do.” Erin’s background was as an EMT and volunteering in emergency services … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Ryan LaVigne

Shortly after graduating from college, Ryan LaVigne joined Toms River Fire Company No. 2, volunteering as a firefighter for more than 4 years now. “Joining the fire department has opened many doors for me from a career perspective,” said Ryan. “I was able to take classes at the fire academy that helped me meet requirements for my current job as … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Paul Schulz

Paul Schulz, firefighter and President of East Dover Fire Company, has been volunteering with Toms River Fire Department for six years now. “I moved here from New York eight years ago. I thought, ‘If there was ever another Hurricane Sandy, I want to become friends with the people who would save me,’” said Paul. Paul enjoys helping the community and … Read More

Fire Prevention Experience October 8

Want to meet your local firefighters? Toms River Fire Department is giving you the chance. In honor of Fire Prevention Week, Toms River Fire Department is holding a free, family-friending Fire Prevention Experience on Sunday, October 8. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Toms River Fire Training Center, 1780 Church Road, Toms River. In … Read More

TR Fire District No.1 Launches Four-Year Recruitment Campaign

Toms River Fire District No.1 provides high quality fire protection services to the residents and guests of the Township of Toms River. To continue this level of service, Toms River Fire District No.1 launched a four-year campaign to recruit more volunteers. District No.1 is one of the most active fire districts in the area and is comprised of four fire … Read More

Fathers, Sons Share Passion for Firefighting in Toms River

To continue the next generation of volunteer firefighters in Toms River Fire District No.1, fathers Andrew Goresh and Michael Wartel passed down their love of the fire service onto their sons, Daniel Goresh and Salvatore Wartel. Andrew & Daniel Goresh – East Dover Fire Company No. 4 As a child, Daniel “Dan” Goresh, 35, was fascinated with the fire service … Read More

Toms River Family Reflects on Volunteer Firefighting Legacy

For the Weingroff family, volunteering in Toms River Fire District No.1 means there are big shoes to fill. Brothers Ron, 67 and Stephen, 73, uphold the legacy of their father, Charles, who died in the line of duty for Toms River Fire Company #1 in 1973. Along with Ron’s son, Carl, 42, the trio continues to serve their tight-knit community. … Read More

Toms River Fire District No.1 to Run Community Awareness, Recruitment Campaign

With the summer season in full-swing, Toms River Fire District No.1 is increasing its community engagement by launching an awareness and recruitment campaign. Comprised of Toms River Fire Companies #1 and #2, East Dover Fire Company, and Ocean Beach Fire Company, District No. 1 is one of the most active fire districts in the area. In 2020, District No.1 received … Read More