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Wildwood Fire Department - 4400 New Jersey Avenue - Wildwood, New Jersey 08260

Ryan Troianol
Gerry Vessels
Adam Feltwell
Aldo Sacco
Matt Johnson
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Retirement Celebration Held for Chief Chris D'Amico
On October 1, 2016 family and friends gathered at the Bolero resort to honor Chief Chris D'Amico for his 25 years of dedicated service in the Wildwood City Fire Department. Chief D'Amico was presented with numerous awards and resolutions from various agencies and government officials. A wonderful time was had by all and it was a great night celebrating the Chief for all of his accomplishments. Thank you to all of those who attended. Congratulations Chief and best wishes in your future. All of those pictured represent past and current firefighters from the City.
Engine Co. 38 Extricates One from Motor Vehicle Crash
On Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at approximately 1:30 PM the Wildwood City Fire Department was dispatched to the Wawa located on Pine & New Jersey Avenues for a trash fire. While operating on that incident a verbal report from a passerby reported a vehicle into a tree at Wildwood & Park Blvd.

Engine Company 38 and Ambulance 390, under the command of Firefighter Robert Feltwell, responded and found a 2-car motor vehicle accident with one of the vehicles striking a building located at 239 West Wildwood Avenue. There was significant damage to the driver's door preventing the occupant to exit the vehicle. Engine 38, along with Engine 2 of North Wildwood utilized the Jaws of Life to remove the door allowing access to treat the patient. The driver was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was treated on scene and released. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Wildwood Police Department.
Congratulations to Firefighter Darrick Kobierowski on Around the Island Row 3-Peat
On Tuesday August 16, 2016 Wildwood Firefighter and Beach Patrol member Darrick Kobierowski along with his partner Terry McGovern won the Around the Island Row for the third consecutive year. The Around the Island Row is an 18 mile row around the entire island of the Wildwoods. Congratulations Kobie and Terry on this awesome accomplishment!.
Summertime Training
Members of the Wildwood City Fire Department are constantly training to maintain and hone are skills as well as learn new skills to provide our residents and visitors with the highest level of professional service. Even during the extremely busy summer season we continually find time for training. Some of the recent training included air rescue tool and air bag training. Platoon's utilized a donated vehicle to use during the training. D Platoon also had the opportunity to use the air tools and train on a simulated child stuck in a playground swing. The Wildwood City Fire Department is trained and equipped to handle a wide array of emergencies and continue to expand our capabilities. MORE PHOTOS
Wildwood FMBA Local # 50 Retirees BBQ
On Friday August 12, 2016 FMBA Local 50 hosted a Retirees BBQ for our active and retired members as well as seasonal personnel. The BBQ was a great night to share old stories and for the newer members to meet some of our retirees and learn about our history. The Wildwood Historical Society provided books from the George Boyer Historical Museum containing pictures of fires throughout the history of the Department. Also, Mr. John Lynch was presented with a helmet with custom frontal for all that he has done for our community including the Fire Department. Thanks John!
Wildwood City Firefighters Deliver Baby Girl
On Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 12:36 pm the Wildwood City Fire Department responded to 318 East Young Avenue for a maternity. On arrival Firefighters Mathew Long and Krystle Hill evaluated the patient and placed her into the ambulance for transport. After loading the patient and prior to beginning transport the delivery became imminent and the firefighters delivered a baby girl. The delivery was completed without complications. The mother and child were transported to Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House. Congratulations to FF Long and FF Hill on a job well done!
"Microburst" During Severe Storm Causes Significant Damage Throughout City
The City of Wildwood Fire Department responded to 31 incidents over a two hour period during and after the severe storm that passed through the city this afternoon, June 21st. Firefighters handled calls ranging from structure fires, structures weakened/collapsed, trees into buildings and vehicles, wires down, a boater in distress, pedestrian vs motor vehicle accident and a number of trees into wires and roadways. No injuries were reported. Engine companies 37 and 38 and Rescue Company 3 operated for the two hour period. MORE PHOTOS
Wildwood City Fire Department Makes History with Swearing in of First Female Career Firefighter and New Chief of Department

On June 1, 2016 the City of Wildwood Fire Department made history when it swore in its first female career firefighter and a new Chief of Department.  Firefighter Christina Sacco, daughter of Captain Aldo Sacco, took her oath of office and had her badge pinned on by her father.  Firefighter Sacco joined the Holly Beach Fire Company in 2013 as a volunteer firefighter and then began working part-time for the Municipal Fire Division.  Firefighter Sacco also worked as a part-time Firefighter/EMT for the City of North Wildwood and City of Cape May. 

After Firefighter Sacco was sworn in it was time to swear in a new Chief of Department.  Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Speigel, a 24 year veteran of the Wildwood City FD, was sworn in as the 11th Chief in the Department’s 104 year history.  Chief Speigel took his oath of office with his father, Retired Fire Chief Floyd Speigel, and his family looking on.  His badge was pinned on by his daughter Sydnee.  Chief Speigel began his career in 1992 as a part-time firefighter and was hired full-time in April, 1995.  Chief Speigel was promoted to Lieutenant in 2001 and then to Captain in 2003.  He was then promoted to Deputy Fire Chief in 2011 before taking a voluntary demotion back to Captain to avoid firefighter layoffs in 2012.  Chief Speigel was then promoted again to Deputy Fire Chief in 2013 where he served until June 1st with the retirement of Chief Christopher D’Amico.  The officers and members of Wildwood FMBA Local 50 congratulate Chief Speigel on his appointment and extend best wishes for a successful tenure.

Chief Christopher D’Amico Retires After 25 Years of Dedicated Service
On June 1, 2016 Chief Christopher D’Amico retired from the Wildwood City Fire Department after 25 years of dedicated service.  Chief D’Amico followed in the footsteps of his father, Retired Chief John D’Amico who served as Chief of Department from 1971-1982.    Chief D’Amico was hired as a career firefighter on August 31, 1991.  He was eventually promoted to Fire Captain and assigned to the D Platoon.  Chief D’Amico was sworn in as the 10th Chief in the Fire Department’s history after the retirement of Chief Johnson in 2011.   During Chief D’Amico’s tenure the Wildwood City Fire Department added staffing, obtained new apparatus and equipment, and continued to take on more responsibilities.  Thank you Chief D’Amico for your dedicated service to the Wildwood City Fire Department, the City of Wildwood, and surrounding communities.  The officers and members of the entire WFD extend best wishes for a healthy and happy retirement, thank you for your friendship, and wish you good luck in all of your future endeavors.
Congratulations NWFD Chief McClain and 3 New Firefighters
The officers and members of Wildwood FMBA Local 50 extend our congratulations to NWFD Deputy Fire Chief Dominick McClain who was sworn in as the City’s Acting Fire Chief upon Chief Cole’s retirement.  Congratulations are also extended to the NWFD’s three new career firefighters; Firefighter Anthony Cole, Firefighter Jamie Pluta, and Firefighter Joe Reighn.  Firefighter Cole and Firefighter Reighn both previously worked as part-time firefighters in the City of Wildwood.  Best wishes to all for a successful career.
Congratulations to NWFD Chief Jeff Cole on his Retirement
The officers and members of Wildwood FMBA Local 50 extend our heartfelt congratulations to Chief Jeff Cole of the North Wildwood Fire Department on his retirement effective June 1, 2016.  Chief Cole previously worked as a part-time firefighter in the City of Wildwood prior to being hired full-time in the City of North Wildwood.  Thank you Chief for your dedicated service to the entire island.  Best wishes for a healthy and happy retirement!
Engine 38 & Engine 2 Control Rubbish Fire Extending to Dwelling
On Memorial Day morning at 06:00 hours Engine Co. 38 and Engine 2 were dispatched to the 300 E. Baker Ave. for a reported odor of smoke.  Upon arrival Engine Co. 38 had a haze of smoke in the block and a strong odor of rubbish.  Units quickly located a rubbish fire in the rear of a dwelling in the 300 E. block of Montgomery Ave.  The fire had begun to extend to the rear porch area.  Firefighters evacuated the occupants of the dwelling.   Engine Co. 38 used “the Can” to knock down the fire while a 1-3/4” hoseline was stretched to complete extinguishment. The quick work of the members prevented significant damage to the dwelling. Units operated on scene for just under an hour prior to taking up.
Mutual Aid to Wildwood Crest on Seaview Ave.
On May 14, 2016 at approximately 19:20 hours Engine Co. 38 was dispatched to 6909 Seaview Ave. in Wildwood Crest for a reported dwelling fire.  Upon arrival Engine Co. 38 was assigned to vertical ventilation duties.  The fire was located in the attic area of a large 2 story private dwelling.  The fire was quickly extinguished.  The All-Hands was transmitted and Rescue Co. 3 responded as well.  Wildwood City units operated on the scene for about one hour before taking up. MORE PHOTOS
Mutual Aid to North Wildwood on Seaview Court
On May 12, 2016 just after 22:00 hours, Engine Co. 38 was dispatched on the North Wildwood Box Alarm for a reported dwelling fire at 127 Seaview Ct. Engine Co. 38 arrived second due and assisted Engine 2 with extinguishment.
Mutual Aid Structure Fire to City of Cape May
On May 3, 2016 at approximately 01:08 Engine Co. 37 was dispatched mutual aid to the City of Cape May for a working fire at 905 St. James Place.  The fire was involving a row of attached townhomes.  Engine Co. 37 arrived on scene and laid a supply line to a Green Creek FD Tanker.  Engine 37’s crew along with DFC Speigel and BFC Troiano were then assigned to the original fire building and both exposures to complete extinguishment.  Members stretched lines to the top floors of the buildings involved and knocked down multiple areas of fire.  After operating on the scene for about 2 hours Wildwood City units were released by CMFD command and returned to the City.  The fire was determined to be caused by a lightning strike as the area was being hit with severe thunderstorms at the time of the fire. - MORE PHOTOS
Schooner Island Marina Structure Fire - 'D' Platoon.
On April 30, 2016 Engine Co. 38 was dispatched to 5100 Lake Ave. for a reported structure fire.  Upon arrival Engine Co. 38 determined that the fire was located at Schooner Island Marina.  The fire was involving the deck and exterior of the marina’s clubhouse.  Engine Co. 38 quickly stretched a 1-3/4” hoseline and extinguished the fire.  Erma FD and Rio Grande FD also responded to the incident as the marina is partially located in Lower Township.
'C' Platoon Dwelling Fire on W. Youngs Ave.
On April 28th at approximately 17:20 hours Engine Co. 38 and Engine 2 were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire in the 100 block of West Youngs Ave.  Engine Co. 38 arrived and found fire in a bathroom of the dwelling.  Engine Co. 38 quickly extinguished the fire and opened up to check for extension.
WFD Partners with American Red Cross to Make Neighborhoods Safer

About 50 volunteers were "making neighborhoods safer" April 23 by checking and installing smoke alarms, reviewing home fire escape planning, stressing the need for renters insurance and reviewing a home fire safety checklist as part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. Seventy-five smoke alarms were installed in three neighborhoods through the program, which partnered the Red Cross with the City of Wildwood and its fire and police departments, Boy Scout Troop 78 and members of the high school National Honor Society. More than 460 homes were visited. "We are pleased to have been able to install 75 free smoke alarms and canvass hundreds of homes with fire safety information," Erica Viviani, Red Cross communications manager, said. She noted that the number of smoke alarm installations can vary depending on the number of people at home when the teams visit and how many homes already have functioning smoke alarms. "Wildwood was chosen because the number of fire-related injuries and deaths from 2007-2012 put it in the Top 20 zip codes across New Jersey," Viviani said, explaining the National Fire Incident Reporting System data used by the Red Cross to target areas with the Home Fire Campaign. During that time, she... MORE
2016 Seasonal Employee Orientation Training
The Wildwood City Fire Department conducted their yearly seasonal employee training and orientation on Saturday April 16th. Firefighters were first briefed on updates in Emergency Medical Protocols by the departments Medical Director, Dr. Kenneth Lavelle. Dr. Lavelle actually began his medical career with the department back in the late 80's. After completing the EMS training firefighters conducted competency training on several aspects of the job, including Engine Company operations which consists of hose line selection and stretching, suppression efforts and hydrant operations. Truck Company operations which consists of ladder selection, placement, ventilation and search and rescue for victims. Rescue Company operations which consists of JAWS of Life extrication, high pressure air lifting bags, saw operations and other technical rescue components. The final station was Self Contained Breathing Apparatus or SCBA. Firefighters had to show competency in their components, operation and use of the air-packs that firefighter wear to enable them to enter hazardous atmospheres. Annually the Wildwood City Fire Department hires approximately twenty part-time Firefighter/EMT's who augment the career staff for the summer months. Eight Firefighter/EMTs are assigned to platoons and the remaining Firefighter/EMT's are on-call for an as needed basis due to the many events that occur that require EMS coverage in the summer months.
Wildwood City FD and NWFD Conducting Live Burn Training with US Coast Guard Tracen Station 59
Members of the Wildwood City Fire Department and North Wildwood Fire Department are conducting live burn training this spring at the United States Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May along with USCG Station 59 firefighters.  This training is being conducted as the WFD quarterly training.  Members have the opportunity to hone their skills while conducting several different scenarios.  The Wildwood City FD would like to thank the members of USCG Station 59 for their hospitality.  Pictured are WFD B Platoon and NWFD C Platoon along with USCG Station 59 members after completing their training on April 13, 2016.
D Platoon Handles Commercial Building Fire
On March 29, 2016 at approximately 10:50 a.m.   Engine Co. 38 and Engine 2 were dispatched to 3401 New Jersey Ave. to investigate smoke.  While enroute dispatch advised of a working fire.  Capt. Sacco requested the box alarm assignment filled out.  Upon arrival units found smoke showing from a dry cleaning store within a multi-unit commercial occupancy.  Engine Co. 38 stretched a hoseline and found fire in the ceiling area of the occupancy.  The fire was quickly knocked down.  Additional arriving box alarm companies assisted with ventilation and overhaul.  No injuries were reported in the fire.  Fire units operated on the scene for approximately 1 hour before taking up.
D Platoon Makes Quick Work of Magnolia Ave. Dwelling Fire
On March 12, 2016 at approximately 12:25 Engine Co. 38 and Engine 2 were dispatched to the area of 200 W. Glenwood Ave. for reported smoke.  The incident was updated enroute to the 200 W. block of Magnolia Ave. for a structure fire.  The box alarm assignment was filled out.  Upon arrival units found fire involving the second floor porch of a dwelling.  Engine Co. 38 quickly stretched a 1-3/4" hoseline and extinguished the fire.  Box alarm companies assisted with ventilation and overhaul.  Units operated on scene for approximately one hour.  No injuries were reported during the fire.
2nd Alarm North Wildwood Apartment Fire for B Platoon
On March 11th  at approximately 07:48  during shift change the North Wildwood Box Alarm was transmitted for reported smoke coming from a building between 10th and 11th Ave's on JFK Blvd.  As Engine 2 and Engine Co. 38 signed on dispatch was reporting multiple calls and confirming a working fire.  F-201 DFC McClain arrived on scene and reported heavy fire showing from an apartment (condo) on the second floor of a three story condo building.  The 2nd alarm was requested bringing Rescue Co. 3 and Tower 51 to the scene as well.  Engine 2 and Engine 38 quickly stretched a hoseline to the second floor and knocked down the fire.  Additional crew members assisted with deploying ladders and ventilation.  Wildwood City FD units operated on the scene for approximately one hour prior to taking up.
Wildwood City FD Responds to Winter Storm Jonas
Winter Storm Jonas severely impacted the City of Wildwood on January 23-24th, 2016.  The storm began as snow during the evening on January 22nd and continued into the morning of the 23rd.  As high tide approached on Saturday morning, the 23rd, the City would experience the highest levels of tidal flooding since Superstorm Sandy.  The members of the Wildwood City FD handled over 70 fire responses and another dozen EMS calls during the event.  Members responded to everything from reported building fires, electrical fires, and gas leaks to downed wires, and multiple evacuations of residents stranded in flooded homes.  The members of the Wildwood City FD responded proudly as always to serve our neighbors and residents in need.  Job well done by all!
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