History of Gordons Corner Fire Company

In the spring of 1962 a small group of new Manalapan residents from Holiday North met to discuss the need for fire protection in the north west section of the township. The area was growing rapidly and there were men willing to serve the needs of their community. In March of 1962 the charter for the Gordons Corner Fire Company was signed by both new and long-time residents of Manalapan.

The Company started with a borrowed fire truck which was kept in the Chief's driveway. The owner of the Gordons Corner Market, Carl Clemenick, volunteered to have the fire phone installed in his family's living quarters with the siren installed on their Route 9 property. For well over a year the Clemenick family never left the phone unattended or failed to set off the fire siren.

That same year, Mr. & Mrs. William Voss offered the use of their concrete building on Wickatunk Road as headquarters for the rapidly growing Fire Company. It was here that GCFC matured and gained experience for five years, until the required equipment simply outgrew these temporary quarters. In 1967, the Fire House on Tennent Road was built with lots of help from the volunteer firemen in order to keep expenses to a minimum.

The community continued to grow rapidly and the need for expanded fire protection was evident. A satellite Fire House was constructed on Pease Road and dedicated in 1976.

Today we proudly present to our community a modern, well equipped, efficient, well trained corps of dedicated fire fighters to serve all emergency needs. Our sincere thanks to the many residents who have played a part in making Gordons Corner Fire Company what it is today.

Source - 25th Anniversary Celebration Ad Booklet