January 26, 2017 - Captain James Grauel of the Wildwood City Fire Department had recently completed an internationally recognized Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) Certification Program held in Pennsylvania. The program is sponsored by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is part of the IAFF/IAFC Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative. The purpose of the certification program is to provide a fitness trainer standard consistent with the health and fitness needs of the Fire Service throughout the United States and Canada. Those successfully passing the certification examination will have demonstrated they possess the knowledge and skills required to design and implement fitness programs, improve the wellness and fitness of the uniformed members in their departments, assist in the physical training of recruits, and assist the broader community in achieving wellness and fitness. The course focused on applicable scientific foundations and practical applications and included anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise science, exercise testing, exercise programming, exercise techniques, instructional/spotting techniques, nutrition, fire service wellness/fitness, motivation, and communication techniques. Captain James Grauel has been designated the departments Health & Safety Officer and will develop policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the National Fire Protections Associations (NFPA) 1583 – Standard on Health-Related Fitness Programs for Fire Department Members.
Wildwood City Firefighters Support 2017 Special Olympics of NJ Polar Plunge
On Saturday January 14, 2017 members of the Wildwood City Fire Department volunteered their time once again for this great event held in the City each January. Several members stood by in the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean to ensure the safety of the more than 1,000 people who took the plunge. Capt. Matt Johnson and FF Gerry Vessels participated in the plunge helping raise funds for the SONJ. Pictured from L to R are Deputy Chief Ernie Troiano III, Capt. Dan Dunn, Battalion Chief Ernie Troiano Jr., FF Nick Palmer, and FF Bill Cripps.
New Year's Eve Building Fire in North Wildwood
On December 31, 2016 at approximately 18:59 hours Engine Co. 38 responded on the North Wildwood Box Alarm to the 626 W. Spruce Ave. for a reported building fire. Engine Co. 2 arrived on scene and reported a shed in the rear of the dwelling on a dock fully involved. Engine Co. 38 arrived second due and established a water supply to Engine 2. The fire was quickly extinguished while Engine Co. 38's crew opened up. Engine Co. 38 operated on scene for about 1 hour prior to taking up.
Partial Building Collapse on Rio Grande Ave. with Trapped Worker in Water
On December 14, 2016 at 11:17 AM the Wildwood City Fire Department was dispatched to 604 West Rio Grande Avenue for an industrial accident. Chief Daniel Speigel arrived on scene initially and discovered a house that was being raised had a structural collapse. A worker who was in the area of the collapse was struck in the head by a beam, fell into the water and then was pinned under the water by a chain wrapped around his leg. Engine Company 38, under the command of Captain Mathew Johnson, arrived was briefed and then began operations to remove the victim.
Chief Speigel requested Wildwood Rescue Company 3 and North Wildwood Engine 2 to the scene along with Cape May County's Regional Urban Search Team (R.U.S.T.). Firefighters donned cold water rescue equipment and then utilized bolt cutters to cut and remove the chain from the victim's leg. The victim was then able to be removed and transferred to an awaiting ambulance for treatment. Due to the victims injuries Atlantic Care paramedics treated on scene and the victim was then transferred to an awaiting Medivac. The patient was transported to Atlantic City Medical Center - Trauma Unit, City Division. The victim's name is not being release at this time pending notification to relatives.
The Wildwood City Fire Department is pleased to release the Department's Annual Report for 2016. The Department saw its busiest year on record responding to 3,676 emergency incidents. In addition the Department performed thousands of fire code inspections and numerous public education activities. Department members also conducted and participated in well over 3,000 hours of training in over 100 topics. We hope this report is informative and provides you with a better idea of the service proudly provided by the officers and members of the Wildwood City Fire Department each and every day.