History - Regional Fire Alliance

Written by Lee Ryan

On February 14, 2012, the Oaklyn Borough Council adopted a resolution recognizing the creation of a regional fire alliance service among the municipalities of Mount Ephraim, Audubon and Oaklyn. This resolution along with similar resolutions adopted by Mount Ephraim and Audubon governing bodies permitted the creation of what is known as “The Colonial Fire Alliance”. These resolutions were the result of the three fire departments requesting the alliance to provide greater manpower for emergency responses and more efficient operations on emergency scenes. Manpower was down in nearly all volunteer fire departments throughout the country. The three departments now train together and respond on structure calls, motor vehicle accidents with entrapment, and other emergencies requiring their services in all three communities.

On October 14, 2014 the Oaklyn Borough Council introduced Ordinance No. 21-14 authorizing the acquisition of a new fire truck, materials and equipment and authorizing issuance of general obligation bonds or bond anticipation notes up to $950,000. This ordinance was adopted on December 1, 2014. Borough Council adopted a final resolution on March 10, 2015 authorizing the purchase of a new E-One Cyclone II HP100 rear mount 100 foot aerial ladder with pump and awarding the contract to First Choice Fire Apparatus. The new ladder truck with pump was placed in service in the Fall of 2015. That same year, the Oaklyn Fire Department purchased a 2015 Crew Cab Ford F250 4x4 Super Duty pick up truck as a support vehicle. The funds used for this purchase were raised through fund drives and fire department fundraisers. No tax dollars were needed for this acquisition.

In late 2016, the department chiefs requested a change in our station number. As a result, the Camden County Communications Center approved the change from Station 183 to Station 18.