Ocean: On Monday afternoon Fire Marshal Dave Hiers was prepping for the Fire Commissioners review meeting that evening to exchange information and strategize about where things stood after Hurricane Sandy left its mark.
Fire Department responses during Sandy had been about 15 times the usual number per day, and First Aid calls ran a brisk pace as well. The more Than 150 FD calls over 5 days far exceeded the usual 50 on average calls per month. CO (carbon monoxide) issues were a main contributor to the volumes of calls.
“Fortunately nobody was hurt,” Hiers said as he prepared data sheets for the meeting. “We were well prepared as was our First Aid and EMS teams.” He said the firehouse was fully manned by fire fighters for the first 28 hours of the storm. The combined emergency resources had planned their operations jointly, a wise decision, Hiers said.