Local Rescuers, Coast Guard Practice Water Rescue in Brick

Metedeconk River site of massive water rescue drill

Local rescue crews, the New Jersey State Police and U.S. Coast Guard drilled off Windward Beach Thursday night, simulating a large water rescue.

The emergency responders were tasked in the drill with rescuing eight people who were thrown from a boat following an accident in the Metedeconk River.

The drill involved numerous aspects of a rescue mission, including locating dummies representing accident victims, pulling them to safety, airlifting victims to a hospital and treating victims at the new Brick Police EMS Mass Casualty Response Unit.

The drill was organized and led by the Laurelton Fire Company, and included Brick Volunteer EMS as well.

"It went really, really well," said Laurelton Chief Bob Reynolds. "It was our first time ever drilling with the United States Coast Guard."

Reynolds said the drill proved the importance of a unified command, which in the drill was handled by Point Pleasant Borough EMS. Laurelton Fire members honed their surface rescue skills in the drill, while the Point Boro Underwater Recovery Team was tasked with recovering a submerged victim. U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmers also practiced in the inshore environment.

Storm 1980 July 15, 2012 at 09:44 PM
people complain here a lot. i dont care if any of you tax payers. we do this to save our community. we take time away from our families, our days off spend at fire/ems bldn to answer calls. and let me ask this question/ What does town does for volunteers? what does mayor with a big paycheck does for volunteers? think about it! it is sad! we dedicated our lifes for this, so negative comments and all complains towards EMS/FIRE only makes you look like you are one of those who gets paid to do nothing. it could be ur house next and who will you call VOLUNTEERS. GREAT JOB VOL. FIRE & VOL. EMS you guys r the best.
Andrew Quinn July 16, 2012 at 01:44 AM
"john Q public" i have personally had the opportunity over this past year to meet alot of the guys at the laurelton fire co. AND I AM NOT A FIREFIGHTER, nor do i have ANY FAMILY in the department. and ill tell you something else i look at every last one of them in "aw" of what they do everyday. They give there time,sweat,tears,pain to protect you and your family, if something happened tonight to one of my loved ones there is no other fire company and group of great guys i would want to have help them in there time of need. I have never came across a single one of them that had an "ego" or a hidden agenda.
oldsoldier July 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Probably the best post. Amen
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@John Q Public - Certainly everyone has the right to post questions and supply comments. I read Rich's post, and am not sure where you draw the line between being "educated" and being "rude". Perhaps my interpretation was flawed, but from all I gathered here from most of the other posts here, I certainly want to acknowledge the fine men and women (both paid and volunteer) who risk their lives everyday responding to our calls for help, and keeping us safe. I have also learned here that we have specialized teams/squads that not only exist, but they communicate and train with each other. Like you, I too am a taxpayer, and I find a sense of security with drills like that. The more drills like that, the more they work out there issues, and hone their skills, and the less chance of a mishap when the real call comes in. I may have missed it, but I don't see the ineptitude in this exercise that you refer to. Perhaps you can educate me on another post what a "blue plate special crowd" is. To be sure, I encourage you and others to vote for the politicians that best represent your views, and challenge them when they step out of line. As for drills like these, let's leave them to the professionals. For all else on this thread, I will refer to Tim Cranmer's post.
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