On Wednesday September 1st, the region was being hit with a major rain storm and Battalion 2 was dispatched to the Chestnut Lane Apartments for a fire alarm activation. While investigating the fire alarm, the county communications center contacted Battalion Chief Thomas, who was on Engine 923, and advised that the National Weather Service had posted a “Tornado Warning” for Gloucester County and that weather radar has indicated a tornado and its projected path was towards Deptford. The Assignment was recalled and all apparatus to return to their stations. A short time later, the Gloucester County Fire Radio channels started broadcasting that a massive tornado was on the ground in Harrison Township and moving north. A very short time later, heavy rains and high winds picked up in the Deptford area and then the tornado was spotted. The path of the tornado went from the Harrison Twp through Mantua Township, the Boroughs of Wenonah and Woodbury Heights, then through the Hammond Heights, Jericho, Barlow Tract, Narriticon, Cooper Village, Gardenville Village and Westville Grove sections of Deptford. As soon as it departed the calls for service started coming in for the Deptford Fire Department. Deptford Fire Department crews were strategically placed in the affected areas and the crews handled numerous calls for wires down, trees down and across roadways, trees into houses, power out and alarms sounding , general calls for assistance. All the while maintaining fire coverage for the unaffected areas of Deptford. The Deptford Fire Department handled all the calls that came in and were assisted by the Deptford Police Department, Deptford Department of Public Works, Deptford Municipal utilities Authority, Deptford Office of Emergency Management.