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Four New Career Firefighters Sworn In
Pictured Left to right:  Probationary FF Rayquan Walker, Probationary FF David Speigel Jr., Commissioner Tony Leonetti, Chief Daniel Speigel, Probationary FF John Snyder, Probationary FF John Sharp.

Four new career firefighters received their oaths Jan. 26 before a packed room filled with family, friends, officials and their fellow firefighters.

Rayquan Walker, David Speigel Jr., John Snyder and John Sharp were each sworn in by Wildwood Commissioner Tony Leonetti.

"This is a great day for the City of Wildwood," Leonetti said. "Our fire department is one of the best and most highly skilled departments in the state. And the addition of these four firefighters will only enhance our ability to serve and protect our residents and our visitors." Leonetti added that the city was able to hire the four new firefighters via a highly competitive Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

Working in close conjunction with Triad Associates, the Wildwood Fire Department received a SAFER grant in the amount of $481,984 that will be used for the four new hires. Triad is a Vineland-based community and economic development firm that secured more than $880 million in funding for its clients over the past 39 years.

"Each year FEMA receives approximately 1,500 applications for SAFER grants but only makes awards to fewer than 20 percent," said Todd Noon of Triad Associates. "This program is one of the most competitive grant opportunities available to fire departments."

"We tried for so many years to win a SAFER grant, but were never successful," said Wildwood Fire Chief Daniel Speigel. "This is a great achievement for our department and for the City of Wildwood."

Through the hiring of the four new firefighters the city expects to have shorter response times to calls; have the ability to immediately act offensively on a fire call; have the ability to comply with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards; and better protect lives and property.

2nd Alarm Dwelling Fire on West Maple Ave.

On Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 12:34 A.M. Wildwood City Firefighters responded to 620 West Maple Avenue in West Wildwood for a reported dwelling fire. Squad 3, under the command of Firefighter Gerry Vessels, North Wildwood Quint 2 and West Wildwood Fire Department were initially dispatched. The all-hands was transmitted prior to any fire departments arrival due to the calls being received. Deputy Chief Ernie Troiano arrived on-scene and reported a three-story wood frame dwelling with heavy fire on floors two and three. Chief Daniel Speigel and West Wildwood Chief Leon Woodruff arrived, assumed command and requested a second alarm.

Crews operated under heavy fire conditions containing the fire to the building of origin. Buildings adjacent to the fire building also suffered heat, smoke and water damage. The building was occupied at the time of the fire. The occupants had evacuated prior to the fire department's arrival. One dog was rescued from the structure by firefighters and turned over to the home owners. The occupants were evaluated on scene but did not require transport. Additional search of the building confirmed all occupants were accounted for.

Fire was placed under control at about 01:45 A.M. The second and third floors of the dwelling sustained severe fire, smoke and water damage. Damage is estimated at $ 200,000.

Fire units operating on scene were Wildwood City, West Wildwood, North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, Rio Grande, Stone Harbor, Villas, Erma and West Wildwood Police. Cape May Fire, Green Creek Fire and Town Bank Fire covered the island. Ocean View Fire was added as an additional R.I.C.

Fire is being investigated by the Cape May County Fire Marshal's office. Fire units cleared the scene in about two and a half hours.

Wildwood Fire Company No. 1 Assists the Fire Dept. Purchase New Apparatus and Equipment

The City of Wildwood has recently taken delivery of a new $ 491,000 Pierce fire apparatus with 4x4 capabilities funded entirely by the Federal Emergency Management Agency – Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program and assisted by the Wildwood Fire Company # 1.  FEMA provided $ 464,762 with Wildwood Fire Company # 1 paying the remaining balance of $ 26,563.29 for a total of $ 491,325.29.

         This apparatus allows the fire department to access the eastside of the boardwalk onto the beach for fire, medical and water rescue emergencies.

         In additional to assisting with the funding of our new fire apparatus, Wildwood Fire Company # 1 also assisted the city in purchasing a new 500 gallon per minute skid-pumping unit, at a cost of over $ 24,000, which was placed onto a 5-ton Army surplus vehicle specifically for dealing with fire emergencies during flooding situations.  The new fire apparatus replaced two older pieces of fire equipment (1969 Mack and 1984 Mack) which often was used during storms. 

         Without the contribution of the Wildwood Fire Company # 1 these purchases would not have been made possible.  Between both purchases, along with miscellaneous items, Wildwood Fire Company has donated over $ 65,000 back to the City of Wildwood for firefighting apparatus and equipment.

         A sincere THANK YOU to Wildwood Fire Company # 1 for your continuing support of the City of Wildwood Fire Department.
Quick Work Made of Andrews Ave. Kitchen Fire

At approximately 1:40 PM on August 25, 2017 Wildwood City Firefighters responded to 250 East Andrews Avenue, Unit # 2 for a reported stove fire. Quint Company # 3 - A Platoon, under the command of Captain Daniel Dunn, arrived and had smoke showing from the third floor unit. Captain Dunn requested the box alarm to be filled. Fire was confined to the kitchen area of the dwelling. Investigation discovered the occupants were cooking which resulted in the fire. Estimated damage is $ 5000. No injurie...s were reported. Units cleared the scene in about an hour.

Additional units on scene: 
NWFD Quint 2 (under command of Capt. Blizzard)
Wildwood Police Department

Wildwood City FD Holds First Ever Cadet Firefighter Program

During the week of August 7-11th the Wildwood City Fire Department held our first ever Cadet Firefighter Summer Program.  There were 28 children who participated in the program.  The Cadets received training on various Fire, EMS, and technical rescue disciplines.  Special thanks to Atlanticare Paramedics,  NJ Forest Fire Service, Wildwood Police Dept, Wildwood Communications Officers Volpe and Staples, and Wildwood Beach Patrol for assisting on various days of the program.  The week was a huge success and ended with a graduation ceremony on Friday.

The cadet's "presented" the colors for the flag salute with their very own honor guard which was formed during the week.  A special part of the program was ...when 4 year-old Wildwood Crest native Jackson Mitchell was sworn in as the Honorary Fire Chief for the City of Wildwood Fire Department complete with his own helmet, badge and toy fire truck. His wish of being able to go on a Disney Cruise was also tentatively approved by the "Make-a-wish" foundation. Jackson has a degenerative eye disease which is causing him to lose his eye sight and will soon be completely blind.

Special thanks to all the firefighters who volunteered their time for the program, Firefighter William Cripps who was the CADET program coordinator, all the supporters including Commissioner Leonetti who made this program possible, Chief Stocks and the members of the Wildwood Beach Patrol and to John Lynch of the Lunch with Lynch program who gave the gift of the toy fire truck. 

Thank you!!!

Honorary Fire Chief Jackson Mitchell Presented with His Own Fire Truck
On August 18, 2017 Honorary Fire Chief Jackson Mitchell received his very own Fire Truck. Last Friday when he was sworn in the apparatus was not delivered yet. Today friends and family were present to witness the delivery. Special thank you to the "Lunch with Lynch" program who partners often with our department to help with our local children struggling with various illnesses. Also a big thank you to Scott Gregg and his crew who customized the Chiefs new apparatus.
Occupant Rescued From Montgomery Ave. Dwelling Fire

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 4:33 P.M. Wildwood City Firefighters responded to 110 East Montgomery Avenue for reported smoke from a dwelling. Quint 3, under the command of Captain Mathew Johnson and North Wildwood Quint 2, under the command of Captain Jerry Tirotta, were initially dispatched. Chief Daniel Speigel arrived on-scene and reported a two-story wood frame dwelling with smoke showing and requested the alarm upgraded to a box alarm.

Initial reports on-scene were indicating the dwelling may be occupied. An occupant then presented himself on a second floor balcony unable to escape the home. The all-hands was struck having Rio Grande Fire respond to the scene for R.I.T. and Wildwood Crest Fire cover the city. Firefighters gained access to the victim via a ground ladder, removed the railing with a chainsaw and rescued the victim from the second floor balcony. The victim was treated by Wildwood Crest EMS on scene for smoke inhalation and refused transport to CRMC.

Firefighters continued to extinguish the fire and search the home for any other occupants finding none. Fire was placed under control in about 20 minutes after arrival. The first floor of the dwelling sustained severe fire and smoke damage with the second floor sustaining heat and smoke damage. Damage is estimated at $ 25,000.

Units operating on scene were Wildwood City Fire, North Wildwood Fire, Rio Grande Fire, Wildwood Crest EMS and Wildwood Police. Wildwood Crest Fire covered the city and responded to another fire incident on the boardwalk.

Fire was investigated by the Cape May County Fire Marshal’s office and determined to be accidental due to smoking. No other injuries were reported. Fire units cleared the scene in about an hour.
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.


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.



Applications for 2018 Seasonal Firefighter/EMT positions
must be received NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 1, 2018.
Contact Capt. Daniel Dunn with any questions at


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