The City of Brigantine Fire Department responded to 14 fire and 31 emergency medical service calls during the two weeks ending Oct. 21.
The fire calls included commercial and residential fire and carbon monoxide alarms, a controlled burning fire extinguished by fire personnel, a natural gas leak in a residence, a water leak in a residence, smoke in a commercial structure, motor vehicle accidents including a vehicle that flipped over, arcing electrical power lines and a blown transformer on a utility pole, as well as assisting with EMS alarms.
Early Saturday morning, Oct. 13, the members of ‘C’ platoon, under the command of Acting Captain Tige Platt, responded in Engine 3, Truck 1 and Rescue 2 for a report of a motor vehicle accident with possible entrapment.
Upon their arrival, they found a sport utility vehicle that had struck a parked vehicle, pushed that car about 25 feet, and then the SUV flipped onto its side. The Engine 3 crew immediately began to stabilize the SUV, and assisted the EMS crew in a search for the victim, who was not in the vehicle. The driver had fled the scene, and was eventually located, and signed a patient care refusal.
The Engine 3 crew cleaned the roadway of debris as well as cleaned and contained gasoline that was leaking from the SUV. They kept the scene safe until the arrival of the tow company, who removed both vehicles. Once the remainder of the roadway was cleaned of debris and declared safe, they cleared the scene.
The EMS calls included cardiac emergencies, respiratory emergencies including a choking victim, medical emergencies, traumas caused by falls, household accidents and motor vehicle accidents including a mutual aid response for a bus accident in Atlantic City, causing avulsions, lacerations, abrasions, suspected fractures and dislocations, swelling and contusions, cardiac arrests, allergic reactions to medications where epinephrine was administered, psychiatric emergencies, a sporting event standby as well as assisting with lifting and moving patients.
On Thursday afternoon, Oct. 18, Firefighter-EMTs Cohen, Cooke and Laielli responded in BLS Rescue 2 and utility pickup FD 2 for a report of an active choking victim who was turning blue. At the time of this call, off-duty Firefighter-EMTs Reed and Croce were near the reported address, and immediately responded to the scene to begin patient treatment, including the Heimlich maneuver.
Upon arrival of Rescue 2, the patient was semi-conscious, cyanotic and had inadequate respirations. The crew continued treatment, including attempted airway suctioning and administering high-flow oxygen to the partially blocked airway, during transport to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. Upon their arrival at the hospital, an emergency room doctor was able to remove a lodged piece of food that was blocking the airway.
Sunday afternoon, Oct. 21, Firefighter-EMTs Goff and Hopkins responded to a report of an allergic reaction to medication. Upon their arrival, they found a patient who was showing classic signs of anaphylaxis (allergic reaction), including difficulty breathing. The patient was placed on high-flow oxygen, and the Rescue 2 crew administered epinephrine, and the patient’s condition immediately began to improve. They continued treatment, including oxygen and monitoring vital signs, during transport to ACRMC.
The fire department website has had some great renovations completed, with much of the work being done by Firefighter-EMT Zach Laielli. To check out all of the new updates and changes, get fire prevention and safety tips, and for information about the department, see www.brigantinebeachnj.com and click the fire department link.
Additionally, all of the members of the Brigantine Fire Department are wearing pink station T-shirts for the month of October. For the third consecutive year, the department is participating in the International Association of Fire Fighters “Passionately Pink for the Cure” campaign, collaborating with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, to help promote support and awareness for the fight against breast cancer and other cancers this month.