The Deer Park Fire Company Rehab 13 unit is announcing the retirement of Station Chief Lawrence E. Colacicco. The effective date of my stepping down is October 31st, 2017 at midnight.
The current Station Captain Tim Kraft has been appointed Station Chief by the current Chief and approved by the Board Of Trustees as of the meeting that took place on October 12, 2017.
Then Station Captain Colacicco was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the new Rehab 13 unit beginning back in 2003. Other members involved at the start were B.Kelly, G. Manley, B. Scheufele, J. Arpino, Ed Adams, and Ed Auty along with J. Cundiff, and the holder of the initial idea, member G. Discher.
The Rehab unit that was formed and approved by the Cherry Hill Fire District. We had our first run in 2004 to the “all Hands” fire located in Cherry Hill at the “King Of Pizza” located at Route 70 and Cornell Avenue. Our first response out of Cherry Hill was to Pennsauken, NJ, near Station 11-5 to an “all hands dwelling fire. We were on scene as the fire fighters tried to deal with the fire in a “Colliers Mansion” situation. We actually returned to this address again with the same conditions and s strong wind off of the Delaware River.
Rehab 13 has come along way since the early days and has responded to a total of (80) municipalities and (6) counties in the southern New Jersey area. Through the years through hands on experience Rehab 13 added to or modified our procedures and equipment carried to better serve the 1st Responder’s and civilians that we have had the honor of serving since 2004.
One of the reasons that were are successful is that we modeled the new rehab unit applying the same principles that governed the Deer Park Fire Company, that we evolved from after the career fire department was established, in January 1994. We maintained the Deer Park Fire Company’s constitution and by-laws and wrote new SOP’s and operating guidelines to run the unit effectively. This includes unified training, administrative officers, and line officers to have a chain of command to operate efficiently.
We have had multiple requests and inquires about how we began the rehab service and how we maintain funding, etc., from all over the country since the inception of this unit.
Chief Colacicco will be staying on as an active member and administrative aid to the new Station Chief as he transitions into his new duties and responsibilities.
All companies that use our services for emergency scenes and public relations work will still use the firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address to contact the new Station Chief. All questions, requests for service, and all other Rehab 13 business and inquiries beginning November 1st, 2017 will be funneled to Chief Kraft.
It has been an honor to work with and serve with this fine group of dedicated individuals that make up the Rehab 13 family. I will continue to help out in anyway that I can.
We are a 100% volunteer company and we strive to give the most professional and outstanding service to the area that we serve.
Or company motto “Serving Those Who Serve” means something to the members here and it shows every time they get called to a scene whether we are in service for (1) hours or (24) hours.
I request that everyone that has assisted and supported Rehab 13 in the past continue to do so. We have a new leader to follow and I rest easy knowing that Rehab 13 is in good hands.
Good luck to you Chief Kraft and keep up the tradition.