Barnegat Fire Calls Saw Slight Decrease in 2016

Feb 17, 2017

The Barnegat Volunteer Fire Co.’s call volume in 2016 decreased by nine from the previous year, according to statistics recently released by the company.

Of the 473 calls, 93 were fires (buildings, vehicles, cooking fires and brushfires). There were also 199 fire and CO alarms, 37 rescues (motor vehicle accidents, extrications, landing zones), 79 reports of hazardous conditions (wires down, gas leaks, fluid spills, Hazmat), 44 smoke and odor investigations and 18 service calls (water leak, assisting police, coverage assignment for other fire departments).

“For the year of 2016 we did have an increase in fires,” said Fire Chief Scott Docherty. ”In 2015, we had 79. In partnering with the Red Cross and installing free fire alarms for residences (in Brighton at Barnegat and Pinewood Estates) we were able to decrease the number of fire and CO alarms from 214 in 2015 to 199 in 2016.”

Docherty said new officers for 2017 include Assistant Chief Daniel Rooney, Captains Jim Kuffermann and Chris Velders and Lieutenants Scott Sircovitch and Ronald Hill.

The chief said that for this year, the company is looking to acquire a new fire truck and make improvements to the firehouse on Birdsall Street.

“We have a couple pumpers out there that are more than 20 years old,” he said.

Docherty said company membership is at approximately 70. Anyone wishing to join the department may check out the website or  stop by the fire house on the first or third Tuesday of each month. —E.E.

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