The Taunton Volunteer Fire Company, in its partnership with the Medford Township Division of Fire & EMS, provides fire and rescue services to Medford Township in Burlington County, and, through mutual aid agreements, other communities throughout South Jersey. Taunton’s local service area encompasses approximately half of Medford’s total 40 square miles, and serves about 10,000 of Medford’s total population of 22,000.
The Taunton Volunteer Fire Company operates out of Station 252 on Gravelly Hollow Rd on the south side of the town, and is a completely volunteer-staffed station. The station houses a 2007 Rescue Engine, a 1996 Tender Engine, a 2000 Brush Truck with a water rescue boat, and a 1992 Reserve Engine. The station’s local service area is covered from the hours of 6AM-5PM Monday through Friday by a career firefighting staff that operates out of the Union Firehouse on the north side of town.
After World War II, the population of Medford Township grew rapidly with new families settling into homes built along the edge of the Pinelands and Pine Barrens south of the Medford Village area. In 1946, a group of residents south of Tuckerton Road organized as the Lakes Volunteer Fire Company to support and respond alongside Union Fire Company in the areas south and distant from the historic area in the center of town. A war surplus Jeep provided the first protection for the company and remains on display as a historical piece of apparatus for the township. Now serving as the Taunton Fire Company, the organization’s charter was formalized in 1949.
In 1973, Taunton Fire Company rebuilt our original firehouse into an expanded building that could house additional apparatus, and, within five years, the Lakes Emergency Squad as well, which today has grown into its own station at Jackson and Stokes Roads.
Taunton Fire Company has continued to grow and relocated from the Fairview Road station to a building on Gravelly Hollow Road.