Since 1938, through the beginning of 2010, Millstone Township has continued to grow from primarily a rural, agricultural community to a mixed rural/suburban community with new housing/commercial development located among horse farms, nurseries, and woodlands. Despite its continued growth, unlike many other towns, Millstone has maintained its rural roots and as a result, all homes and commercial properties are served by individual wells and septic systems. Therefore, the fire company continues to train and rely on water tanker trucks, as well as drafting from local ponds and lakes to establish an adequate water supply to extinguish fires. The fire company’s expertise in the use of tankers and water supply is also actively shared with neighboring fire companies through its active participation in the Monmouth County and Suburban Chiefs Tanker and Pipeline Task Forces. Former Millstone Fire Chief Ed Reed, who served the fire company as Chief Officer for 18 years, is also a Tanker Coordinator and Instructor for the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office.
As demands for fire protection by the Millstone Township Fire Company increased, so did the fire company’s need for funding, which surpassed what the fire company fund-raising could garner to cover costs. Therefore, in 1979, the fire company, with the support of many township residents, petitioned the municipal government to establish Millstone Fire District # 1, to raise and oversee the expenditure of monies to insure adequate funding for fire protection. In 1999, the Fire District, in response to the growing number of fire calls, and declining number of volunteer firefighters available during week days, decided in conjunction with the fire company, to appoint its first paid firefighters to supplement the fire company ‘s volunteers, the majority of whom worked out of town.
The first paid firefighters were James J. Carbin, 3rd and Christopher Weltner, who were experienced volunteers of the fire company and met the necessary qualifications to start a career as firefighters with the Fire District.
Currently, the Millstone Township Fire Company is considered a combination fire department, consisting of both paid and volunteer firefighters which operate 11 modern pieces of fire apparatus, including a Special Services/Rescue Truck, equipped with various hydraulic rescue equipment and light tower. This unit responds to all structure fires and motor vehicle accidents.
In 2009, the 28 volunteer firefighters of the fire company and 8 paid firefighters employed by the Fire District responded to 454 emergency calls, working as a team to provide fire protection and other emergency services to the township residents. In addition, the Fire District established a Bureau of Fire Prevention, which conducts inspections of local businesses and sponsors fire prevention programs tailored to our local schools, farms and businesses.
The Millstone Township Fire Company organization also includes a very active Ladies Auxiliary, which supports the fire company with fundraising and provides refreshments at major fires and training events. An Explorer’s Post, affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, is also associated with the fire company and includes young men and women, ages 14 to 17. They serve the community as junior firefighters and assist the fire company while at the same time training in fire studies in order to qualify for membership in the fire company upon reaching the age of 18.