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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!!
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 AlarmsWhile 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 An out-of-date alarm cannot be counted on to provide the needed early warning of danger.Beat the BeepCarbon monoxide alarms give a series of three quick beeps to alert us to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.HIn 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.
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 #'sCounty Phone NumberAtlantic 877-426-7623Bergen 201-646-2811Burlington 609-726-7300/609-265-5717Cape May 609-465-1035Camden 856-566-2980Cumberland 856-453-2192Essex 973-239-3366 Ext. 2220Gloucester 800-768-4653Hudson 201-915-1373 Ext. 6975/78Hunterdon 908-788-1178Mercer 609-530-7510Middlesex 732-940-3800Monmouth 732-431-6550Morris 973-285-6763Ocean 732-929-2133Passaic 973-881-4500Salem 856-768-0453Somerset 908-541-5021Sussex 973-579-0430/973-579-0465Union 908-789-3660Warren 908-475-7984
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.
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 theseimportant safety tips in mind:
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Fireplace and Home Fire SafetyMore 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 CleanHave 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 FuelsNever 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 HomeStack 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 HomeInstall 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.
Friday, January 3, 2014
At approximately 11:30 this morning the Monmouth Beach Fire Company along with Engine 9-75 from the City of Long Branch and the Sea Bright Fire Rescue were dispatched to the vicinity of Shrewsbury Drive & North Rd for a reported water rescue.As more information became available, it was determined to be a USPS mail truck occupied by a letter carrier, was stuck in @ 4ft of icy flood waters. Command was quickly established by Monmouth Beach 2nd Asst. Chief , Bob Pasquariello (3368). First due apparatus was 25-9-75 with their crew, with Monmouth Beach Engine 3376 and 3387 (2 1/2 Ton water rescue truck) right behind them. The crew from Long Branch quickly donned their dry suits and made their way into the icy waters towards the occupied USPS truck as 3387 slowly backed down Shrewsbury Drive. The swimmers from Long Branch were able to help the postal worker remove his mail from the postal vehicle and then assist the postal worker into the back of 3387. Once in the back of 3387, crews were able to bring the postal worker to dry ground where EMS personnel were waiting.As the postal worker was being brought to safety, The Monmouth County Radio Room had notified Chief Pasquariello of a second vehicle that was stuck in icy flood waters. This one was on Sailors Way and River Rd.The crew from 3387, consisting of both Monmouth Beach & Long Branch fire fighters, proceeded to the second address, along with Chief Pasquariello, to find a black suv in approximately 4 feet of icy water, with one victim on the roof. 3387 was able to pull along side of the suv and the Long Branch swimmers were once again able to assist the victim off the roof of the vehicle and into the back of the apparatus. At that time it was determined that the driver of the vehicle had self extricated himself and made it through the flood waters to a nearby residence. The crews from 3387 were able to locate the driver of the suv, who was suffering from hypothermia, and safely bring him into the apparatus.3387 was able to safely back up to Seaview Avenue and crews were able to turn over both victims to EMS crews. One victim was transported to Monmouth Medical Center.The Monmouth Beach Fire Company would like to thank the following for their response and actions during today's water rescues- the City of Long Branch UFD (Tour 4) and members from Engine 5- Long Branch Assistant Chief Kevin Stout-Monmouth Beach EMS & Captain Nichols Berse- Monmouth Beach Police Department-Monmouth County O.E.M- Sea Bright Chief Joe Eskridge & Captain Brett Murphy- and of course the men & women of the Monmouth Beach Fire Company(Please click on the picture for more pictures and videos).
Thursday, January 2, 2014
When the storms rage, your firefighters are out in force to help protect lives and property no matter the weather conditions The winter months bring a special concern to the Monmouth Beach Fire Company. Winter storms and plowing operations can often hide the hydrants under a mountain of snow making them impossible to find quickly. In the event of a fire, firefighters have to locate and shovel out fire hydrants before hooking up to them. Precious time is lost and when a fire occurs we need that time to save lives and keep damage to a minimum. Please don’t let your neighborhood hydrant remain “under cover”. Fire can double in size every 17 seconds. Having unimpeded access to the hydrants can make a significant difference on the fire scene. We are asking that you help us by keeping the fire hydrant closest to your residence or business clear of snow. We need a 3-foot path leading from the street to the hydrant and a 3-foot path around the hydrant. When shoveling snow be aware of vehicle traffic. Do not stand in the street and be careful not to slip and fall out into the roadway. If you contract with a private contractor to plow your driveway and shovel your sidewalks, please instruct your contractor to remove the snow from around a fire hydrant if one is in front of your home.
Please join us on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 11:00 am, at our firehouse on Beach Rd, as The Borough of Monmouth Beach and The Monmouth Beach Fire Company swears in our 2014 Fire Company Line OfficersWe are proud to announce our line officers for the year 2014.Chief of Department: Edward A. Marsh1st Assistant Chief: Timothy P. Griffin2nd Assistant Chief: Robert "Pags" PasquarielloForeman: Carl E. Griffin1st Assistant Foreman: Jeffrey Mitchell2nd Assistant Foreman: Joseph J. FeiterWe wish to Thank our outgoing Chief , Dave Stickle for his tireless service as a line officer for the last 12 years, and as serving as Chief of Department. twice during that time-frame.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
How to pick and care for a fresh Christmas treeIt wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas tree, the extravagant centerpiece of an extravagant holiday.Hung with shiny ornaments and aglow with shimmering lights, it is magical — a thing of wonder and delight no matter how many holidays have come and gone. I know artificial trees have their partisans, but nothing but a real tree will do for traditionalists who seek the original impulse behind our winter celebration.From ancient times, evergreens have symbolized the continuity of life and hope in the year’s darkest days. Why trifle with the wisdom of the ages? And why forego the really rather zany custom of dragging an entire tree into the house to decorate and admire?Without a live tree, your nose wouldn’t tingle with the resinous and evocative odor of supple green boughs. The scent of balsam or pine is the smell of childhood’s most vivid memories, the very fragrance of excited speculation and wishes-come-true.Fake trees are the same, year to year, in their unnatural perfection. Go live, and you get to hunt down the exactly right tree, to choose the perfect pine or the shapeliest spruce for this particular season. It’s a ritual, and rituals satisfy most fully, I believe, when there are slight but distinct variations on an eternal theme.Choosing Your TreeConfronted by a sea of green in a tree lot or Christmas tree farm, how do you find your perfect tree? And how do you tell what sort of tree you’re looking at? Here’s a handy guide:Pines have plural needles, growing in bunches of three to five. The trees are densely branched and may be tricky to decorate.Spruces have sharp needles square in cross-section. They can inflict painful jabs as you hang your ornaments.Firs have flat needles that are finger-friendly. Soft to the touch, they won’t leave your hands sore.If fragrance is what you’re after, choose a balsam or Fraser fir for the headiest holiday fragrance. Concolor firs have a resinous scent with a citrus undertone. Scotch pines also have a good, if less pungent, scent.Is it fresh? Cut trees may have been felled weeks before they show up locally. First, choose a tree that feels heavy for its size, indicating it has retained plenty of moisture. Then, try these simple tests: Raise the trunk and drop it gently to the ground. Grab a branch close to the trunk and run your closed fist to the tip. In both cases, most of the needles should stay on the tree.Hate needles all over the floor? Select a tree with excellent needle retention. Scotch pine and Fraser, Douglas or concolor firs are top-rated. Spread a large, plastic tree disposal bag (available where trees are sold) under your tree stand. And when it’s time to take down your tree, remove breakables, draw the bag up to the top branch and take the tree — stand and all — outdoors to remove the lights.Getting It HomeTree lot helpers will cut the stump of your tree to order. Have some idea of how much branch-free trunk you’ll need to secure the tree in your stand. This initial slice will seal up by the time you get home, so keep a saw handy for a fresh cut.If possible, avoid lashing the tree to the roof of your car since highway speeds generate a lot of drying wind. As soon as you get home, cut another inch from the bottom of the tree and stand it in a bucket of water to hydrate. Fresh trees can take up as much as a gallon of water in the first 24 hours.Until you’re ready to decorate, keep the tree in an unheated spot such as a garage, porch or shed. Cut away the plastic mesh binding the tree after it’s in the stand. Then let it sit for an hour or so in your warm room so that branches can fall into place before you hang ornaments.Safety FirstChristmas trees are blamed for a minuscule percentage of house fires, but resinous evergreens burn like a torch so it pays to be cautious.Locate your tree away from potential hazards — the fireplace, candles and heating vents that can dry out the needles. Keep a close eye on water levels in the stand, topping it daily or as needed. A long-necked funnel is a handy tool for refills.There are lots of home remedies for keeping trees fresh, but few are effective. Forget the aspirin, sugar, bleach and fizzy cola. Floral preservatives offer an edge, but keeping water in the stand is the most critical thing.Overloaded electrical circuits and bad wiring cause most tree fires. If you enjoy the sparkle of hundreds of lights, divide the strands among several extension cords and outlets. You also can buy an extension cord for tree lights with multiple outlets, each protected by a small fuse.Tree lights can generate quite a bit of heat. Never head to bed or leave the house without unplugging all the lights. A house fire is the ultimate coal in your stocking.So, stay safe and enjoy your fresh and fragrant holiday tree.This story appeared in Inside Jersey magazine's December 2013 issue.FOLLOW INSIDE JERSEY: TWITTER •FACEBOOK • GOOGLE+
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