Seaville firefighters stand out in yellow

For the past 35 years, residents living in Upper Township have been able to lay claim to the only yellow fire trucks in Cape May County.

Those fire trucks are stationed at Seaville Fire Rescue on Route 50 in the Seaville section of Upper Township.

According to Chief Robert Spiegel, the yellow color came out of trying to predict what colors the government was going to mandate when it came to emergency vehicles.

"They chose the color to avoid problems," Spiegel said. "They ended up not mandating those colors, but we ended up sticking with them."

In 1985, the volunteer fire company took on another yellow fire engine. Now, the entire fleet of seven vehicles is yellow to match.

Today, a total of 38 volunteer firefighters from across Upper Township man those vehicles in emergencies throughout the upper part of Cape May County.

The company responds along with fire companies in Marmora and Tuckahoe. They also respond to anything on the Garden State Parkway that happens between the toll plaza north of the Beesleys Point Bridge and mile marker 23.

Spiegel said they will respond to upwards of 200 emergency calls throughout the year.

Spiegel said the fire company has had a long history of keeping the firefighting in the family.

The chief's two sons are both involved, with his older son Robbie serving as a firefighter and his younger son Jake starting out as a cadet.

Deputy Fire Chief Lou Raniszewski and his son are another father-and-son pair involved in the company.

"It definitely plays a big part in the fire company," Spiegel said.

Another big part of the company is the Curtis and Betty Corson Social Hall. The hall was rededicated last May to honor Curtis, a firefighter who was killed while putting out a fire in 1979.

Spiegel said the hall has hosted all kinds of social events from birthday parties to wedding receptions.

While the yellow fire trucks in their possession might look nice, Spiegel said, the fire company has made sure that they have a reputation based on their record, and not one particular color.

"Upper Township is very fortunate to have a very qualified emergency services community," Spiegel said.

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