In the late 1968 or early 1969, due to a couple of major fires in the bayshore area, and an overlap in the boundry lines of some Fire Departments, it came to be in the best interest of the area if all of the Fire Departments came together to discuss a better understanding of each others needs, concerns, Training and equipment.
On June 6, 1969 Fire Chiefs' and their Assistant Chiefs' from Keyport, Union Beach, Matawan Township(now Aberdeen), Matawan and Hazlet Township met at Eagle Hose Company of Keyport. The group was in agreement that their association should be named Bayshore Active Fire Chiefs' Association. During this meeting it was also agreed that Keansburg, Holmdel, Marlboro be invited to attend the next meeting to be held in Union Beach on August 20, 1969.
At the September 17, 1969 meeting held in Matawan Borough, the Monmouth County Fire Marshal, and the N.A.D. Earle Fire Chief were in attendance and requested to become members of the Association. South Old Bridge, Cheesequake, and Laurence Harbor Fire Companies of Madison Township (now Old Bridge) were asked to join the acssociation as well as Middletown Township.
Thus creating the Bayshore Active Fire Chiefs' Association.
The purpose of the Association is to familiarize the Chiefs' with the surrounding towns. With over 100 members strong the association continues to meet each month at a scheduled towns firehouse.
At these meetings we discuss equipment, training, education, personal, fires, building construction, new laws & code updates. We go over new federal, state or osha regulations or just about anything that has to do with the volunteer or career fire service for our communities.