How to Join
Lawrence Road Fire Co. is always looking for new volunteers, both to serve as active emergency responders and to help with the fire companys administrative operations. The many different types of membership are listed below.
Click here to view several photos of Lawrence Roads volunteer heroes at work.
In the more than eight decades that have past since Lawrence Road Fire Co. was organized on May 1, 1914, several hundred dedicated Lawrence Township residents men and women from all walks of life have chosen to serve their community as fire company volunteers. Over the years, the companys membership roster has included doctors, business owners, accountants, electricians, computer technicians, builders, students and homemakers, as well as others from a variety of different fields.
Lawrence Road Fire Co. has about 50 active volunteers of all ages. Just
like you, these men and women work full-time jobs or attend school or
college. But, in addition to fulfilling their many responsibilities
at work and home, they also respond when needed, 24 hours a day, seven
days a week, to all kinds of emergency situations: fires, motor vehicle
accidents, hazardous materials incidents, natural disasters, and searches
for missing persons, among others. Mostly recently and sadly
bioterrorism scares have been added to the list of incidents
to which Lawrence Road members are called.
of the Lawrence Roads current active members are employed full-time
in the emergency services. They work as police officers in Lawrence
Township, as career firefighters in Trenton, and as paramedics in other
towns, to name a few, but they all still want to help their neighbors
by volunteering at Lawrence Road when they are off-duty from their fulltime
not responding to emergencies, Lawrence Road volunteers participate
in a number of different training programs, including classroom lectures
and hands-on instruction at the Mercer County fire academy and also
twice-monthly drills held in the firehouse. Drills cover topics like
the proper ways to connect hose to a fire hydrant or a fire engine,
how to wear self-contained breathing apparatus (an airpack), how to
raise an extension ladder, and how to use special tools to cut apart
a vehicle to free trapped accident victims. All firefighters are also
trained in basic first aid, including CPR and the use of an automated
Road volunteers also conduct fire prevention and safety training for
Lawrence Township school children. Five of the townships seven
public schools are located within Fire District 2 including Eldridge
Park and Ben Franklin elementary schools, Lawrence Intermediate School,
Lawrence Middle School, and Lawrence High School. There are also two
parochial schools (St. Anns and Notre Dame) and several day care
facilities located within the district.
also attend monthly fire company business meetings and fire company
social activities, such as a family picnic and a Christmas party. During
the holidays, Lawrence Road firefighters escort Santa through Fire District
2 and pass out candy canes to the residents.
are several basic types of membership in Lawrence Road Fire Co.:
Membership: Boys and girls 16 and 17 years old are eligible
to join the fire company as junior members. While they are able to respond
to emergency calls, junior members are not allowed to take part in hands-on
firefighting or any other hazardous activities. They are used primarily
in a support capacity, and assist in hooking up hose to fire engines
and hydrants, retrieving equipment for firefighters, etc. The goal of
Lawrence Road Fire Companys junior program is to build up interest
in the fire service and to give the 16- and 17-year-olds knowledge about
the basic firefighting tactics and the workings of the fire company
so that, when they turn 18 and become eligible for senior membership,
they will already have much of the knowledge and skills necessary to
become a successful firefighter. To join, junior members must have permission
from their parents and maintain a minimum C grade point average in school.
program was created in 2001, following legislature passed in New Jersey
allowing 14- and 15-year-old boys and girls to join volunteer fire companies.
Like the junior program, the goal of Lawrence Roads cadet program
is to interest youngsters in the fire service with the hope that they
will continue to stay active as volunteers as they grow older. Cadets
are not allowed to respond to emergency calls, but are allowed to participate
in training activities and drills are the firehouse so that they can
learn some of the basic skills. They too must have parental permission
to join and must maintain their grades in school.
over 18 years old is eligible to serve as a fire police officer. Fire
police officers assist at emergency scenes by blocking roadways, directing
traffic, controlling crowds, etc. Fire police receive training through
a program created, in part, by the New Jersey State Police. Many retired
firefighters, still wishing to serve their community, volunteer as fire
Ladies Auxiliary: Lawrence Road Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary is made up of the wives, girlfriends, sisters and many friends of Lawrence Road firefighters. Among their many duties, ladies auxiliary members often respond to emergency scenes with hot and cold refreshments and food to support firefighters who often have to battle fires in the chill of winter or during blistering heat waves in summer. Ladies auxiliary members also help the fire company with fund-raising and other activities, like Santas annual tour of the fire district in December.