Fire/EMS News – Bomb squad called to investigate cannon ball

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The City of Brigantine Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to 29 fire and 10 emergency medical service calls during the week ending Jan. 27.

Fire calls

The fire calls included residential and commercial fire and carbon monoxide alarms, including one with large amounts of carbon monoxide found in the home, multiple residential and commercial water leaks, an electrical short circuit, removal of an explosive device, assisting the Police Department with a search for a missing child, and a mutual aid cover assignment in Pleasantville during a structure fire.

Saturday afternoon, Jan. 26, the members of ‘A’ platoon, under the command of Capt. Joseph Maguire, responded in Engine 3 for a report of a possible explosive device outside a residence in the unit block of Heald Road.

Upon their arrival, and upon further investigation, members found a spherical object that appeared to be a cannon ball. Members created a safe area, and the Atlantic City Police Department Bomb Squad was requested to respond. Upon further investigation, the bomb squad determined that it was, indeed, a solid sphere cannon ball. After performing multiple X-rays of the object, it was determined to be solid in nature without any type of explosive inside, although the object did appear to have a plug where explosives could be added.

Once the object was deemed safe to handle, the Bomb Squad removed the object and took it with them for proper disposal.

EMS calls

The EMS calls included respiratory emergencies, medical emergencies including syncope (lost consciousness), traumas from falls, diabetic emergencies and psychiatric emergencies.

On Monday, Jan. 22, Lt.-EMT Daley and Firefighter-EMT Murray responded in BLS Rescue 2 for a report of a medical emergency.

Upon their arrival, they found a victim that was in mild respiratory distress, with a low blood oxygen saturation rate. They immediately placed the victim on high-flow oxygen, assessed vital signs, and continued with treatment during transport to Atlantic Care Regional Medical Center.

The patients’ condition improved dramatically during transport due to treatment.  

Website update

The Fire Department website has had some great renovations completed, and encourages our residents to visit the site, and check out all of our new updates and changes that have been made.

For fire prevention and safety tips and information about our department, visit www.brigantinebeachnj.com and click the Fire Department link.


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