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Wildwood Fire Department - 4400 New Jersey Avenue - Wildwood, New Jersey 08260
 
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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. MORE PHOTOS
 
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 injuries 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
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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. MORE PHOTOS
 
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!!!  
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.
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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. MORE PHOTOS
 
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.
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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. MORE PHOTOS
 
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. MORE PHOTOS
 
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.  MORE PHOTOS
 
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.
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.
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.
Vehicle Crashes into Bulkhead, Driver Caught by Off-Duty Fire Official
On Monday, November 28, 2016 at approximately 9:47 p.m. the Wildwood City Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Dock and Susquehanna Avenue's for a motor vehicle accident, reported as a vehicle into the bulkhead. Engine Co. 38, under the command of Captain Daniel Dunn, found a vehicle through the bulkhead at the street-end along Ottens' Harbor.

The driver had attempted to flee the scene on foot behind houses in the neighborhood but was caught nearby by off-duty Wildwood Fire Official Ronald Harwood. The driver was subsequently arrested by the Wildwood Police Department for suspected driving under the influence. There were no injuries as a result of the accident however the vehicle and bulkhead both suffered significant damage.
WFD Donates AED's to Two Local Organizations
The Wildwood City Fire Department donates two AED's to two local organizations: The Greater Wildwood Little League and the Wildwood Gables Yacht Club.

With the support of Commissioner Leonetti the Wildwood City Fire Department replaced all of our in-service AED (Automated External Defibrillator) units. This left two AED's that could no longer be in-service for our needs but had plenty of service life left in them for the public to use. This proactive approach has allowed the AED's to be in-service for years to come around the island in public places.
The Wildwood City Fire Department takes great pride in the community and has always had a great representation by our firefighters on various volunteer organizations.

It was while serving as the safety officer for the Greater Wildwood Little League that Firefighter William Cripps recognized the need for an AED at the little league field. By placing an AED in immediate access to the public at the field will save valuable time during an emergency. President Rich Hans thanked Commissioner Leonetti and the Wildwood City Fire Department for their donation and thanked Firefighter Cripps for his hard work as a volunteer on the little league board.

Representatives for the Greater Wildwood Yacht Club also thanked Commissioner Leonetti and the Wildwood City Fire Department for their donation as well. Rear Commodore Fred Mettler stated "being located on Sunset Lake the club is busy throughout the summer and having this life saving technology on hand will certainly make a huge difference in an emergency".

Those pictured are (L-R): Chief Daniel Speigel, Captain James Grauel, Bob Blanda, Mike Blanda, Fred Mittler (all of the Wildwood Yacht Club), Rich Hans (Greater Wildwood Little League), Captain Matt Johnson, Firefighters Ryan Troiano and Derrick Kobierowski.

Wildwood City Fire Department Promotions and New Hires
The Wildwood City Fire Department would like to congratulate those promoted and welcome those who were hired on Thursday, November 10, 2016 during a ceremony held at City Hall.In front of a packed room of fellow firefighters both locally and from several neighboring states, friends and family Captain Ernie Troiano III was promoted to the rank of Deputy Fire Chief. Firefighters Daniel Dunn and Matthew Johnson were promoted to the rank of Captain and Nick Palmer and Brendan Phillips were appointed Firefighter.

The Wildwood City Fire Department is proud of these individuals who will continue to assist in leading our city's Fire Department and protecting our city's residents and visitors.

Photo (L-R): Firefighter Brendan Phillips, Captain Matthew Johnson, Deputy Fire Chief Ernie Troiano III, Chief Daniel Speigel, Captain Daniel Dunn and Firefighter Nick Palmer.

All Hands Dwelling Fire Tacony Road
The Wildwood City Fire Department responded to 427 Tacony Road for a dwelling fire on November 6. On arrival Engine 38, under the command of Captain Grauel, reported a working fire and requested the "all hands" to be transmitted. Engine 38 immediately began fire attack and entry into the dwelling. Fire was traveling predominantly on the exterior of the structure from a second floor rear deck. Firefighters continued fire extinguishment while searching the dwelling for occupants. Two dogs were discovered and removed from the building by firefighters to a nearby fenced in yard.
The fire was brought under control after about a half-hour. Units operating on scene were Wildwood City FD and North Wildwood FD. Covering the city were units from the Wildwood Crest FD and West Wildwood FD. Rio Grande FD was on scene as the Rapid Intervention Crew (R.I.C.). No injuries were reported. Estimated damage to the building is $ 25,000. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The fire is being investigated by the City of Wildwood Fire Department and the Cape May County Fire Marshal's Office. MORE PHOTOS
Year-End CMC Rust Drill Held at US Coast Guard Training Center Cape May

On November 5, 2016 the Cape May County Regional Urban Search Team (R.U.S.T) conducted their year-end drill at the United State Coast Guard base in Cape May.
The Cape May County R.U.S.T. is a highly trained and equipped team who specializes in Structural Collapse, Confined Space, Open Water, Surface Ice and High-angle Rope Rescue incidents throughout the county.

The team was formed in 2008 and its members consist of firefighters from various departments throughout the county including Wildwood City, Ocean City, Cape May City, USCG, Avalon and Marmora Fire Departments. In 2015 the team's cache of equipment was issued to the Wildwood City and Ocean City Fire Departments to maintain on their rescue vehicles and insure maintenance, accountability and an immediate response to these types of incidents when they occur.

The drill simulated a gas explosion with a building collapse and multiple victims trapped. Firefighters were required to breach masonry walls, floors and ceilings, shore structure members, utilize torches to cut through steel plates to then locate, package and remove the victims found.

Along with the departments listed above other agencies operating in the exercise were the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Cape May County CBRNE/Dept. of Health, Atlantic Care Paramedics and the Rio Grande Rescue Squad. The teams physician, Doctor Kenneth Lavelle, was also present for the training.

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!
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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
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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.
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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.
 
 
 
 
 
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