City of Brigantine Fire Department News - Week of July 20, 2012

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The city of Brigantine Fire Department responded to 10 fire and 26 emergency medical service calls for service during the week ending July 15.

The fire calls included commercial and residential fire and carbon monoxide alarms, smoke in a home caused by unattended cooking, an overheated motor in a home causing smoke in the attic, a motor vehicle accident, an animal rescue, a natural gas leak outside a home, as well as assisting with EMS alarms.

On Tuesday evening, July 10, the members of Platoon A responded for a report of smoke in the attic of a home on Lighthouse Drive in Engine 3, Engine 2 and Rescue 2 under the command of Captain Joseph Maguire. While in route, it was reported that all of the occupants had evacuated both units.  

Upon arrival Lt. Daley and Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician Ireland entered the structure and immediately went into the attic, where they found a moderate amount of smoke in the attic.  Using the Thermal Imaging Camera, and with assistance from Firefighter-EMT Laielli, they pinpointed an overheated attic fan, that appeared to have a burnt out motor.

They disconnected power to the fan, and then checked the electrical panel to make sure it was not compromised.  Firefighters remained on scene, ventilating the structure, and checking both floors of the home including appliances and electrical outlets, and all were found to be in good working order.  

Once the fan was cool to the touch, and the smoke had been removed from the attic, the property was turned over to the occupants, who were making arrangements to have the fan serviced and the motor replaced.

Earlier that morning, the members of Platoon D responded to a home on North Shore Drive, for a report of a large Blue Heron entangled by his legs with fishing line that was stuck in a tree in Engine 3, under the command of Capt. Alan Weidner. Once on location, Firefighter-EMT Goff placed and climbed a ladder in the tree, and then ascended further into the tree by branches, and proceeded to cut the branch that the animal was stuck in.

Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician Gregg Goff with the injured blue heron, prior to releasing it back into the wild.


Once the bird was freed, members cut the fishing line away from the bird, untangling the animal, and then Firefighter-EMT Goff released the animal into the bay waters.

The EMS calls included cardiac emergencies, respiratory emergencies, medical emergencies including cerebral vascular accidents (stroke), syncope (loss of consciousness), diabetic emergencies where Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technicians administered glucose to assist the patient, and traumas caused by falls, sports accidents, water sports accidents and assaults causing abrasions, lacerations, possible fractures and dislocations, suspected strains and sprains, and contusions, a psychiatric emergency, as well as assisting with lifting and moving patients.

Tuesday afternoon, Firefighter-EMT’s Ireland and Laielli responded in BLS Rescue 2 for a report of a diabetic emergency.  Upon their arrival, they found a patient that was conscious and confused.  They immediately began a patient assessment, and were informed that the patient had a very low blood sugar reading.  They administered oral glucose to the patient, who eventually became oriented to time and place.

Recently, members of the fire department have been completing in-service training in the use of new surf rescue boards that have been mounted on the front line fire apparatus.  When the beach patrol is off duty or when they are not in season, the fire department responds to numerous water related calls throughout the year.

A recent example of this was on July 2, when members of Platoon A responded to a report of a person floating face down in the ocean, received after the beach patrol had gone off duty for the day. Lt. Tim Daley and Firefighter-EMT Laielli entered the water with the rescue boards, and commenced a search.

Members of the beach patrol after hours rescue team also responded, and the search turned out to be unfounded, and attributed to a large school of skates that were in the surf, which could easily be mistaken by an untrained eye as a small body.

The fire department web site is currently under major renovations.  Feel free to visit the site, and watch the progress as it’s made.  For fire prevention and safety tips, and information about our department, visit our web site and click onto the Fire Department link.

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