Monday, May 6, 2013
Officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze.
A third-floor unit at the Bay Club condominiums on the bay between Third and Fourth streets suffered damage in a fire Monday, but nobody was injured. The Ocean City Fire Department responded to a call about 1:40 p.m. Monday and found smoke pouring from the unit, according to Chief Chris Breunig. Firefighters were able to control the blaze. The owners were not occupying the unit at the time of the fire, Breunig said, but contractors were working on the premises. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Breunig said. Residents of other units in the building were able to return to their homes after the fire was controlled.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Ocean City's Sammy Adams makes a donation to the Ocean City firefighters union to help rebuild a local playground.
A young boy's fascination with fire trucks and his parents' concern about holiday excess led to a generous donation to the local firefighters' union on Saturday. Sammy Adams, 4, turned over cash and matching checks to help the firefighters in their effort to restore the playground at 29th Street in Ocean City. Sammy's father, Pete Adams, an Ocean City real estate professional, said that even though Sammy is young, he and his wife, Tayler, wanted to begin to teach him about giving back to the community. Adams said that Christmas saw a scene many parents of young children are familiar with: too many gifts from well-meaning friends and family for a child to truly appreciate. "It was nuts," Adams said. So for Sammy's fourth birthday party on …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
In a letter to the public, Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian provides information on a public safety review and plans for a bayside property.
- GOING GREEN
Saturday, April 13
Mayor Jay Gillian posted his weekly update Friday on the City of Ocean City website. The April 12 letter addresses a review of police and fire department operations and plans for the former Dan's Dock property at 10th Street and the bay. Dear Friends, As Mayor there’s nothing I take more seriously than public safety. Keeping people safe is the primary function of government. I’ve said repeatedly that I’ll consider any method of operating more efficiently, as long as public safety is not compromised. For a number of reasons, this is an opportune time to again review how we deliver our public safety services. I have advised the staff that I want a comprehensive review of our public safety services. I want to look at everything: …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Man dies in fall from roof at a home under construction on Seaspray Road.
A construction worker was killed Wednesday in a fall from the roof of a home under construction at 508 E. Seaspray Road. Joanna Hawkins of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) confirmed the fatality on Thursday morning. The victim was identified later on Thursday as Jorge Arturo Barralaga of Manor Drive in Mays Landing. The 30-year-old fell about 20 feet to the ground, according to Ocean City Police Capt. Steve Ang. The accident occurred about noon on March 27. Ocean City Fire Department personnel performed CPR at the scene. The worker was transported to Shore Medical Center. Hawkins said OSHA inspectors are investigating the incident, but she had no further details on the case.
Friday, March 15, 2013
A soon-to-be-demolished home provides a great training ground for the Ocean City Fire Department.
Ocean City firefighters put themselves in an array of deadly situations on Friday in an exercise designed to train firefighters in search and rescue. Designed by other firefighters who saw three of their colleagues die in the collapse of a burning multi-story house in Gloucester City on July 4, 2002, the Safety and Survival Training program simulates firefighting scenarios that included fatalities. The Ocean City Fire Department hired the company to train members of all shifts on Friday. Some Margate firefighters participated as well. Dennis Magrann, a retired Philadelphia firefighter, and another duplex owner gave the department full access to a home on the 2400 block of Haven Avenue that will be demolished next week and rebuilt at a …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Two Ocean City firefighters suffer minor injuries.
The sirens blaring through the south end of Ocean City about noon on Friday were from Ocean City Fire Department engines assisting the Strathmere Volunteer Company with a house fire. Nobody was home when a fire broke out at the corner of Commonwealth and Tecumseh avenues in the Strathmere section of Upper Township. A pet dog was safely removed from the home. A "stubborn" fire that traveled under floors and between walls of the balloon-construction home caused an estimated $100,000 worth of damage, according to Ocean City Fire Chief Chris Breunig. Two Ocean City firefighters received minor injuries (hand and neck), Breunig said. One was transported to the hospital. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Breunig said it …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The Fire Department assists with rescues from flooded homes and secures the area where a roof blew off a downtown business.
The 800 block of Asbury Avenue is closed on Wednesday evening in the area where the roof blew off Yianni's Cafe earlier today. Firefighters responded to the scene about 5 p.m. to discover the roof hanging from the side of the building, according to firefighter Ray Clark. Debris flew across a small alley and broke a window in neighboring City Hall, Clark said. Nobody was injured, and firefighters helped secure the area for public safety. Clark said the department has been busy responding to calls for downed electrical wires and an electrical fire in a home. He said the department's storm trucks have made several rescues of residents in homes in the area of Fourth Street and Simpson and Haven avenues. The residents were evacuated from …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Ocean City High School crew team members were transported as a precaution after getting wet in 36-degree water.
Members of an Ocean City High School crew team rowed into 20 mph west winds with an air temperature of about 30 degrees on Wednesday afternoon. When their eight-man shell got stuck in the mud near Waterview Road in Merion Park, they ended up wading through 36-degree water to get to shore. Nobody was injured, but seven cold and wet students were transported by two Ocean City Fire Department ambulances to Shore Medical Center as a precaution, according to Capt. Dave Weeks. The team's shells are stored and launched from under the 34th Street Bridge, and the boat was stuck in the mud about 20 feet from shore a few blocks away, according to Ocean City Police Capt. Steven Ang. The Fire Department responded with police to the 6:16 p.m. water …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Nobody injured in the fire at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.
The Ocean City Fire Department responded to a call at 1:33 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 14) on the elevated portion of the Route 52 causeway between bridges. Firefighters arrived to find a state Department of Transportation salting truck fully engulfed in flames. They were able to control the fire. The driver had escaped safely, and nobody was injured in the incident. But the westbound lanes of the causeway were closed until the truck was towed away at about 3:15 a.m. The truck had not been involved in any sort of crash, according to Capt. Chris Meyer. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The climb of 1,088 steps benefits the American Lung Association.
Ocean City firefighters will participate again this year in the Fight for Air Climb for the American Lung Association. The climb includes 50 flights of stairs, totaling 1,088 steps in the Three Logan Square building in Philadelphia. The event takes place March 23. Firefighters will race in workout clothes first, and then participate a second time with full gear and air packs. Capt. Steve Constantino, the event coordinator for the Ocean City Firemen's Mutual Benevolent Association Local 27, is excited for the event as it motivates the team. "This is a great charity, and raising the level of physical fitness is equally important for us," Constantino said. "It keeps the guys motivated." Gardens Plaza has offered their building for training, …