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Frequently Asked Questions


Q1: I live in a 55+ community. Which fire station protects me?

Answer: One of the benefits of living in Monroe is the excellent amount of fire protection you receive. In an emergency, all fire companies will respond. However, your designated fire station is determined by which district you live in.

Station 57: Monroe Township Fire Company District 2 and Applegarth Volunteer Engine Company 1 protects: Four Seasons, Encore, Clearbrook, Concordia, The Ponds

Station 23a and 23b: Monroe Township Fire Company District 3 protects: Rossmoor, Forsgate, Greenbriar, Regency

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Q2: Who can join the Ladies Auxiliary?

The Ladies Auxiliary is open to all women who wish to join (in addition to filling out an application and being approved). Unlike most auxiliaries, you DO NOT need to be a spouse of someone at the station.


Q3: Why am I getting donation requests from so many fire companies?

Double check who is asking for donations. Sometimes a specific fire company may ask for a donation or a fire associations such as the IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters). At Station 57, we accept donations all year but typically mail out a letter once a year ask for donations. This usually takes place around November. Your donations are used to buy equipment, provide training to our firefighters, building maintenance, and more.
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Q4: What is the difference between fire trucks, fire engines, and tankers?

Fire Truck, also known as a Ladder Truck, carries multiple ground ladders of varying length and purpose and an aerial ladder used to reach upper floors of buildings

Rescue Truck, also known as a Rescue Rig, carries equipment for car crashes, forcible entry, extrication, etc; numerous power tools such as chain saws, ventilation fans, and lighting equipment.

Fire Engine, also known as a Fire Pumper, carries thousands of feet of fire hose, nozzles, hose couplings and other equipment. It also carries 500 gallons of water in a tank for a quick attack on a fire which is critical to fire control until they can establish a dedicated water supply from a fire hydrant.

Fire Tanker, also known as a Tanker, carries 1000 – 3000 gallons of water in a tank. These are often used when water supplies have been cut off or in locations where no fire hydrants are available.

Brush Trucks are usually heavy duty pick up trucks with a water tank and pump mounted to the back. These trucks are used to travel into “brush” or heavily wooded areas to fight fires that traditional fire apparatus can not reach.
Q5: When an emergency vehicle is approaching while I’m driving, should I always pull over to the right and stop?

State laws — and common sense — dictate that vehicles yield to emergency vehicles that are operating their emergency lights and siren. Emergency vehicle drivers are taught to pass on the left whenever possible when responding in an emergency mode. When it’s safe, slow down, pull over to the right and stop. However, there are circumstances where that may not be possible (e.g., if you car is already stopped, and you don’t have anywhere to pull over). Simply stay put until the emergency vehicle goes around you. If you are blocking the route of the emergency vehicle, and you are able to pull ahead and over into a clear area, use your turn signal to indicate your intentions and proceed at a safe speed. Never slam on the brakes and stop in the middle of the road when you see apparatus approaching. Make no sudden moves. If an emergency vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction, you should pull over and stop. You have no idea if they are proceeding down the road, or are planning on turning into a driveway or intersection right in front of you. You are not required to slow down or pull over for emergency vehicles that are responding in the opposite direction on a divided freeway or highway. Do not tailgate, “draft,” or follow a responding apparatus closely. Not only is this illegal, you run the risk of collision as vehicles pull back out into traffic after the emergency vehicle goes by.