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Public Safety Telecommunicator Week

 Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators or PST's.

The PST is the true "first responder" when you dial 911. They are your Police, Fire, & EMS dispatchers.

PST's take the calls , they provide a voice to the people in need. PST's offer guidance and assistance to the responding crews, as well as give us a cheerful greeting when needed. PST's put up with the politics and systemic frustrations of a growing role, More so, the PST ensures that the proper resource and agency is dispatched to handle the emergency.


The officers and members of the Monmouth Beach Fire Company would like to thank  ALL of the PST's of The Monmouth County Sheriffs Office, and through out the country for their hard work and dedication. 



We couldn't do our job without you!  

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Monmouth Beach Fire Company Annual Easter Flower Sales

Fire Company to hold their Annual Easter Flower Sale




Starting tomorrow, Saturday April 12th, the Monmouth Beach Fire Company will be holding our Annual Easter Flower Sale @ the firehouse.

Sale days and hours are as follows:

Saturday,  April 12th       9am - 5pm


Sunday,  April 13th         9am - 5pm

Friday, April 18th            9am - 5pm

Saturday, April 19th       9am - 5pm

Easter Sunday                




The sale will take place on the apron in front of the firehouse weather permitting. In case of rain, the sales will be moved inside the firehouse.




Wishing all of our friends, supporters, and family, a very happy Easter!

The men and women of the Monmouth Beach Fire Company thank you for your continued support!

     



 

REMEMBERING BOSTONS BRAVEST

Wednesday, March 26, 2014   The Boston Fire Commissioner regrets to announce the Line-of-Duty deaths of two members today: 
Lt. Edward J. Walsh, Jr. assigned to Engine Company 33 on Boylston Street. 43 years old, a 9 1/2 year veteran.

Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy of Ladder Company 15 on Boylston St. 33 years old, a 6 1/2 yr veteran. Kennedy was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Rest in peace brothers.





   


 

APRIL is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities

 This month and throughout the year, The Monmouth Beach Fire Company encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making your community a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities. 

 
Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted.
The six protective factors are: 
 
• Nurturing and attachment 
• Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development 
• Parental resilience 
• Social connections 
• Concrete supports for parents 
• Social and emotional developmental well-being 


In New Jersey, any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should immediately report this information to the State Central Registry (SCR).
If the child is in immediate danger, call 911 as well as 1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873).


A concerned caller does not need proof to report an allegation of child abuse and can make the report anonymously.


What information will I be asked to provide to the hotline screener?


SCR screeners are trained caseworkers who know how to respond to reports of child abuse/neglect. Whenever possible, a caller should provide all of the following information:


Who: The child and parent/caregiver’s name, age and address and the name of the alleged perpetrator and that person’s relationship to the child.
What: Type and frequency of alleged abuse/neglect, current or previous injuries to the child and what caused you to become concerned.
When: When the alleged abuse/neglect occurred and when you learned of it.
Where: Where the incident occurred, where the child is now and whether the alleged perpetrator has access to the child.
How: How urgent the need is for intervention and whether there is a likelihood of imminent danger for the child.


Do callers have immunity from civil or criminal liability?


Any person who, in good faith, makes a report of child abuse or neglect or testifies in a child abuse hearing resulting from such a report is immune from any criminal or civil liability as a result of such action. Calls can be placed to the hotline anonymously.


Is it against the laws of New Jersey to fail to report suspected abuse/neglect?


Any person who knowingly fails to report suspected abuse or neglect according to the law or to comply with the provisions of the law is a disorderly person.


What happens after I make the call?


When a report indicates that a child may be at risk, an investigator from the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly Youth and Family Services) will promptly investigate the allegations of child abuse and neglect within 24 hours of receipt of the report



To Learn more on the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website. https://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth/










     



 

FIRE AT THE REGIONAL SEWERAGE AUTHORITY

Saturday, March 8, 2014   Monmouth Beach along with station 43 and Engine 9 from Long Branch responded to the Regional Sewer plant on Highland ave for a reported can with rags on fire in the blower building.  First arriving Police units found a heavily charged building with smoke and found out the can was a 20 yard dumpster used to collect products that clog the pipes.  

3391 was first due and crews stretched a 1-3/4 line and knocked down the fire.  The dumpster was removed from the building and completely flooded as a precaution.  Crews from 33/43/25 searched the building for extension and ventilated.  Long Branch Engine 9 set up a decontamination area for tool and members for possible raw sewerage on the equipment and gear.   

Good job by all!!

     



 

Change your Clocks---Change your Batteries

Saturday, March 8, 2014  As a biannual initiative to keep our families safe, the officers of the Monmouth Beach Fire Department  reminds the public to change their smoke detectors & Carbon Monoxide alarm batteries as clocks are set forward one hour March 9. Smoke detector & carbon monoxide batteries should be changed twice a year in an effort to prevent injuries and deaths in case of a fire/ CO emergency.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments have responded to an estimated annual average of 366,600 home structure fires from 2007-2011. On average, seven people died each day in U.S. home fires. Sixty percent of all fire deaths reported during that period resulted from homes with no smoke alarms present or where smoke alarms were installed but did not operate.The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. 


Replace Aging Alarms



While you’re changing the batteries, take a minute to check on the age of the detector/alarm too. Smoke detectors last for ten years, but carbon monoxide alarms are generally only good for 5-7 years, depending on the make and model. Only recently have models come on the market with 10-year lithium batteries. An out-of-date alarm cannot be counted on to provide the needed early warning of danger.


Beat the Beep


Carbon monoxide alarms give a series of three quick beeps to alert us to danger, but they have a single low battery chirp just like smoke alarms. Many CO alarms installed in 2006 as a result of the law first requiring them, have now reached the end of their useful lives and need to be replaced so that people will continue to be protected. One of the signs that the CO alarm needs to be replaced is if it gives the low battery chirp even after new batteries are installed. If this happens then you haven’t ‘beaten the beep’.” Fire departments across the state are responding to many incidents where aging CO alarms need to be replaced, not just the batteries. Don’t ever confuse the low battery chirp with the alarm of danger from either a smoke or CO alarm; get outside fast.


E.D.I.T.H


In addition, residents should practice EDITH (Exit Drills in the Home) including planning 'two ways out' and practicing the identified escape routes with the entire family. Making it a family event stresses the importance and lets children know they can escape in an emergency.


   


 

Potholes appearing everywhere

 What Creates A Pothole?




So how do these bone-rattling, undercarriage destroying craters form?
The multiple freeze-thaw cycle is to blame for the creation of potholes. “Melted snow and ice seeps into the cracks in roadways.  When the temperature drops the water freezes and when it does it expands.  When the it warms up the ice turns back to water.  The pothole develops in the void left over from the ice.  The pressure from traffic driving over the void causes the pavement to collapse, forming the pothole.”
Potholes tend to form on roads with heavy truck traffic and on elevated roadways “since they freeze more easily than roads on a level surface.”


AAA: Recommends The following tips on How to stay safe and protect your car from damage during “Pothole Season”
 
 – Snow, rain, cold, and crazy temperature swings add up to one thing this winter – plenty of potholes.  AAA Mid-Atlantic has some expert advice on how to stay in control on the road and protect your car from pothole damage.


“Potholes don’t just leave you shaken – they’re a serious safety hazard,” said Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “You can easily lose control of your vehicle if you hit a pothole, possibly leading to a crash, and it’s just a dangerous to swerve to avoid it.  Slow down, and be extra alert, especially as road crews may be out trying to patch them.”


 Potholes form when moisture collects in small holes and cracks in the road surface. The moisture expands and contracts when temperatures go up and down.  This breaks up the pavement and, combined with the weight of passing cars, eventually results in a pothole.  To aid motorists in protecting their vehicles from pothole damage, AAA recommends the following:


Inspect Tires – The tire is the most important cushion between a car and a pothole. Make sure tires have enough tread and are properly inflated. To check the tread depth, insert a quarter into the tread groove with Washington’s head upside down. The tread should cover part of Washington’s head. If it doesn’t, then it’s time to start shopping for new tires. When checking tire pressures, ensure they are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended levels, which can be found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker on the driver’s door jamb. Do not use the pressure levels stamped on the sidewall of the tire.


 Inspect Suspension – Make certain struts and shock absorbers are in good condition. Changes in vehicle handling, excessive vibration or uneven tire wear can indicate bad shocks or struts. Have the suspension inspected by a certified technician if you suspect problems.
Look Ahead – Make a point of checking the road ahead for potholes. An alert driver may have time to avoid potholes, so it’s important to stay focused on the road and not any distractions inside or outside the vehicle. Before swerving to avoid a pothole, check surrounding traffic to ensure this will not cause a collision or endanger nearby pedestrians or cyclists.


 Slow Down – If a pothole cannot be avoided, reduce speed safely being sure to check the rear view mirror before any abrupt braking. Hitting a pothole at higher speeds greatly increases the chance of damage to tires, wheels and suspension components.


Beware of Puddles – A puddle of water can disguise a deep pothole. Use care when driving through puddles and treat them as though they may be hiding potholes.


 Check Alignment – Hitting a pothole can knock a car’s wheels out of alignment and affect the steering. If a vehicle pulls to the left of right, have the wheel alignment checked by a qualified technician.


Recognize Noises/Vibrations – A hard pothole impact can dislodge wheel weights, damage a tire or wheel, and bend or even break suspension components. Any new or unusual noises or vibrations that appear after hitting a pothole should be inspected immediately by a certified technician.


 


Motorists in New Jersey can report potholes on line at www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/potholeform.shtm or to their local county office. 
Here is a list of  New Jersey county road depts & their phone #'s

County Phone Number
Atlantic 877-426-7623
Bergen 201-646-2811
Burlington  609-726-7300/609-265-5717
Cape May 609-465-1035
Camden    856-566-2980
Cumberland 856-453-2192
Essex 973-239-3366 Ext. 2220
Gloucester 800-768-4653
Hudson 201-915-1373 Ext. 6975/78
Hunterdon   908-788-1178
Mercer 609-530-7510
Middlesex  732-940-3800
Monmouth  732-431-6550
Morris 973-285-6763
Ocean 732-929-2133
Passaic 973-881-4500
Salem 856-768-0453
Somerset  908-541-5021
Sussex 973-579-0430/973-579-0465
Union 908-789-3660
Warren 908-475-7984












     



 

Burn Awareness & Prevention Week Feb 2- Feb 8, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014  Every day, hundreds of young children with burn injuries are taken to emergency rooms. They were not even near a flame. The children are victims of scalds.



Clearly, this is a real danger. Scald burns (caused by hot liquids, steam or foods) are the most common burn injury among children age 4 and younger. According to Safe Kids USA, an average of 12 children ages 14 and under die from scald burn injuries each year. Children ages 4 and under account for nearly all of these deaths.


While the injuries and the numbers are distressing, even more disturbing is the fact that many of these burns could have been prevented.


How scalds happen:
Most scalds occur in residences. Scald burns are typically related to ordinary activities – bathing, cooking and eating – and often happen to children because of a lapse in adult supervision or a lack of protective measures. Youngsters may not understand or even be aware of potential dangers of hot liquids (especially water) and foods; they simply trust adults to keep them safe.


In addition, young children have thinner skin that burns more quickly than adults’. People of all ages can be burned in 30 seconds by a flowing liquid that is 130° F; at 140° F, it takes only 5 seconds; at 160° F, it only takes 1 second. For children under 5, these temperatures can cause a burn in half the time.


Quick facts about scald injuries:
Every day, hundreds of young children with scald burns are taken to emergency rooms.
Scalds or other contact burns are the cause of 90 percent of burn injuries to of children age 5 and younger.
Children under 4 years of age and people with disabilities are at high risk of burn-related death and injury, especially scald and contact burns.
Hot tap water accounts for nearly one in four of all scald burns among children and is associated with more deaths and hospitalizations than any other hot liquid.
(Source: Safe Kids USA)


Preventing scalds:
According to the Safe Kids USA, hot tap water burns most often occur in the bathroom and tend to be more severe and cover a larger portion of the body than other scald burns. Continuous supervision of young children is the most important factor in preventing tap-water scald burns, but there are additional simple preventive measures that can be taken, including:


Lower the temperature settings on water heaters to 120° F (49° C) or less.
When filling the bathtub, turn on cold water first. Mix in warmer water carefully.
Check the water temperature by rapidly moving your hand through the water. If the water feels hot to an adult, it is too hot for a child.
When placing a child in the tub face them away from faucets and as close to the other end of the tub as possible.
Scalds also occur in the kitchen and dining room. Many of these can be prevented by:
Always supervise children in the kitchen and dining areas.
Keep pot handles turned inward; use oven mitts or pot holders. Keep clothing from coming into contact with flames or heating elements.
Keep children away from everything that is hot.
Follow instructions and cautions for heating items in a microwave oven.
Not using deep fryers with children present.




   


 

Safety Tips for walking on ice

 Just walking to and from during the winter requires special attention to avoid slipping and falling. Slips and falls are some of the most frequent types of injuries that we see – especially during the winter months.


No matter how well the snow and ice is removed from parking lots or sidewalks,
you will still encounter some slippery surfaces when walking outdoors in the winter. It is important for everyone to be constantly aware of these dangers and to learn to walk safely on ice and slippery surfaces.


It is recommended that you keep these
important safety tips in mind:

  •  In cold temperatures, approach with caution and assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy.
  •  During bad weather, avoid boots or shoes with smooth soles and heels. Instead, wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice; boots made of non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles are best.
  • Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles; use the vehicle for support.
  •  Walk in designated walkways as much as possible. Taking shortcuts over snow piles and other frozen areas can be hazardous. Look ahead when you walk; a snow- or ice covered sidewalk or driveway, especially if on a hill, may require travel along its grassy edge for traction.
  • Point your feet out slightly like a penguin! Spreading your feet out slightly while walking on ice increases your center of gravity.
  • Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over the feet as much as possible.
  •  Extend your arms out to your sides to maintain balance.
  •  Keep your hands out of your pockets. Hands in your pockets while walking decreases your center of gravity and balance. You can help break your fall with your hands free if you do start to slip.
  •  Watch where you are stepping and… GO S-L-O-W-L-Y !!
  • Take short steps or shuffle for stability.
  • Wear a heavy, bulky coat that will cushion you if you should fall.
  • Try to avoid landing on your knees, wrists, or spine. Try to fall on a fleshy part of your body, such as your side.
  • Try to relax your muscles if you fall. You’ll injure yourself less if you are relaxed.




   


 

Fireplace and Home Fire Safety

Tuesday, January 21, 2014  Fireplace and Home Fire Safety



More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels.


Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. All home heating systems require regular maintenance to function safely and efficiently.


The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) encourages you to practice the following fire safety steps to keep those home fires safely burning. Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility ...Fire Stops With You!


Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean


Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist.
Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
Leave glass doors open while burning a fire. Leaving the doors open ensures that the fire receives enough air to ensure complete combustion and keeps creosote from building up in the chimney.
Close glass doors when the fire is out to keep air from the chimney opening from getting into the room. Most glass fireplace doors have a metal mesh screen which should be closed when the glass doors are open. This mesh screen helps keep embers from getting out of the fireplace area.
Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces that do not have a glass fireplace door.
Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.
Keep air inlets on wood stoves open, and never restrict air supply to fireplaces. Otherwise you may cause creosote buildup that could lead to a chimney fire.
Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.


Safely Burn Fuels


Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.
Use only seasoned hardwood. Soft, moist wood accelerates creosote buildup. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
Build small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.
Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in your fireplace or wood stove.
When building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fireplace on an adequate supporting grate.
Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving the house.
Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from your home and any other nearby buildings. Never empty the ash directly into a trash can. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.


Protect the Outside of Your Home


Stack firewood outdoors at least 30 feet away from your home.
Keep the roof clear of leaves, pine needles and other debris.
Cover the chimney with a mesh screen spark arrester.
Remove branches hanging above the chimney, flues or vents.


Protect the Inside of Your Home


Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside and outside of sleeping areas. Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Consider installing the new long life smoke alarms.
Provide proper venting systems for all heating equipment.
Extend all vent pipes at least three feet above the roof.




   


 
 
 

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