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Several Children Rescued from Stuck Elevator by C Platoon
On Thursday, July 13, 2017 at approximately 8:15 PM the Wildwood City Fire Department responded to 4901 Susquehanna Avenue for an elevator assignment. Quint Co. 3 (C Platoon), under the command of Captain James Grauel, along with North Wildwood FD Quint Co. 2 (C Platoon), under the command of Captain Josh Carter, arrived and discovered an elevator stalled between the 3rd and 4th floor. Four children between the ages of 5-10 were stuck in the elevator. Firefighter’s secured power to the elevator, preventing it from moving, gained access into the hoist-way and began the removal of the four occupants. All the occupants were removed safely and returned to family members present on scene. The elevator was secured until the elevator company was able to respond to make the necessary repairs.
A Platoon Members Attend UL/ISFSI Basement Fire Experiment Observation Day
July 13, 2017 - Members of A Platoon attended Underwriter Laboratories Basement Fire Experiment Observation Day at the Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center in Sharon Hill, PA.  Members were able to witness a live burn of a private dwelling with a basement as part of ongoing experiments being conducted by UL.   The information that results from these experiments will provide the fire service on valuable information on responding to and suppressing basement fires.  Wildwood City Firefighters are always looking for every opportunity to stay on the cutting edge of what's happening in the fire service to provide the highest level of service to our community.
Taylor Ave. Dwelling Fire Quickly Extinguished
July 12, 2017 - Wildwood City firefighters responded to 318 West Taylor Avenue at 12:39 PM July 12, 2017 for a reported porch fire. Deputy Fire Chief Ernie Troiano III arrived confirmed a working fire and requested the alarm up-graded to a box alarm. Quint Company 3, under the command of Captain James Grauel, arrived and began fire suppression. NWFD Quint Company 2 arrived and backed up Quint Company 3 with fire suppression and opening the building up. Fire area was on a rear second-floor deck with ...extension into the building and roof area. Fire was placed under control within 20 minutes after the fire departments arrival. Fire units remained on scene for over an hour checking for extension.
The Cape May County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Wildwood City Fire Department conducted an origin and cause investigation. Fire was determined to be accidental as a result of discarded smoking material. No injuries were reported. Damage estimated at $ 5000. Wildwood Police also assisted on scene.
During this incident several other fire incidents were responded to including fire alarm activations at two separate high-rise buildings in the city.

3rd Alarm Fire in Wildwood Crest
June 25, 2017 - Wildwood City FD Quint Company 3, Rescue Company 3 and Engine Company 3 operated at this job on Sunday June 25, 2017 in Wildwood Crest in the 7100 block of Park Blvd.  No injuries reported. A total of 3 buildings were involved and WFD units operated on scene for nearly 5 hours.  Great job by all those who responded.
C Platoon Responds to North Wildwood Building Collapse
June 18, 2017 - Quint Company 3, under the command of Firefighter Gerard Vessels, operated at this building collapse on June 18, 2017 in North Wildwood. At about 16:10 hours, NWFD and WFD units were dispatched to the 400 W block of Spruce Avenue for a Structural Collapse. The Cape May County -Regional Urban Search Team (R.U.S.T.) was also dispatched. The buildings were under construction although no workers were present at the time of the collapse. No injuries were reported. High winds are suspected to have caused a masonry wall between the buildings to topple.
All-Hands Dwelling Fire in Wildwood Crest
March 27, 2017 - Wildwood City FD Quint 3 (A Platoon) arrived first due at this dwelling fire at 5508 Park Blvd. on March 27th at approximately 18:19 hours.  The All Hands assignment also brought Rescue 3 to the scene.  A quick knock down of the main body of fire was made by Quint 3.  Companies continued opening up and checking for extension.  Several occupants were rescued prior to FD arrival.  WFD Battalion Chief E. Troiano and Honorary Member John Lynch assisted in those rescues in which children were dropped from a second floor balcony.  WFD units operated on the scene for approximately 2 hours prior to being released by Wildwood Crest Command.  At approximately 01:48 the following morning Quint 3 arrived first due again at the same building and found the second floor fully involved in fire.  Rescue 3 and Engine 3 responded as well.  WFD units operated again for about 2 hours prior to taking up.
WFD Captain Grauel Achieves Peer Fitness Trainer Certification
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.

“Operational Excellence and Tactical
Risks on Today’s Fireground”

Presented By:
Christopher J. Naum, SFPE

Chief of Training, the Command Institute (USA)|Tactical Theorist

Wednesday September 13, 2017 18:00-22:00
The Wildwoods Convention Center
4501 Boardwalk


Wildwood City Fire Department Releases
2016 Annual Report

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.


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