Massive Storm Poses Unique Risks - Part 1

Dealing with nasty, weather-related storms is nothing new to firefighters. When any of us heard about the massive storms that hit the mid-Atlantic coast within the past year, we naturally thought about “before and during the storm” issues. From...


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During the storm, we had to open a “shelter of last resort” at our local Jewish Community Center. The owner of Casel’s, Howard Seiden, provided Chief Tabasso with a key to the supermarket and we went in there to get food and provisions for the shelter, including dog and cat food for family pets. We made two additional trips to the supermarket to keep the food and provisions stocked at the shelter, which was staffed by four firefighter/EMTs and a police officer. At the height of the storm, we sheltered 60 people from the City of Margate, Longport and Ventnor City. During the storm, we rescued more than 55 people from their homes and responded to 240-plus calls for service. The calls continued to mount during the days and weeks to follow, as we were now dealing with aftereffects of the flooding. n

 

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WILLIAM GOLDFEDER, EFO, a Firehouse® contributing editor, has been a firefighter since 1973 and a chief officer since 1982. He is deputy fire chief of the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department in Ohio, an ISO Class 2 and CAAS-accredited department. Goldfeder has served on numerous National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) committees. He is on the board of directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (representing the Safety, Health and Survival Section), National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, September 11th Families Association and National Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System. Goldfeder and Gordon Graham host the free, non-commercial website www.firefighterclosecalls.com. Goldfeder can be contacted at BillyG@Firefighterclosecalls.com.