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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.

Hector July 13, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Why are the Brick volunteer ems not mentioned Dan? And good to see that Brick Police Ems is saving money by getting more and more useless new equitment!
Daniel Nee (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I listed the agencies that: A) I saw. B) Reached out and told me that they were there. I added Volunteer EMS to the story. Next time you guys are going to be involved in something, send over a press release or just an e-mail. That way I'll know. If you don't let me know something, I have no way of knowing. That goes for "real life" rescues, too. We'd love to highlight some of the things the volunteers (EMS, fire, water rescue team) do. Just tell us! So many times I'll hear about something a month later. Please don't be afraid to let us know when you guys do good work!
beachgirl93 July 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Dan do u know if there are going to be more pictures uploaded?
John Q Public July 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Hey Dan perhaps your next article should be on why the only dive , I reiterate dive as in underwater, team from Brick was not involved. Why? Wouldn't it be necessitated by the simple fact that this drill is to benefit the citizens of Brick, our commercial fishermen, and the thousands of benies
John Q Public July 13, 2012 at 11:21 PM
That visit our beaches every year. Is there some hidden agenda or is it a simple oversite on the part of the Laurelton Fire Chief. In any case perhaps you should take a longer look at wants occurring and report back.
mike July 14, 2012 at 12:20 AM
The Brick Police EMS did not pay a penny for the Mass Care Truck. The state ownes it and repairs and maintains everything on the truck. Brick said yes to house the truck
mike July 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Each department is offered/invited to attend the drill, The Brick Underwater Team didnt want to particpate, and they do there own drills as well
Ed July 14, 2012 at 12:51 AM
That's not what I heard Mike... They weren't invited.
mike July 14, 2012 at 01:01 AM
O really if they didnt invite them, that would make no sense because if there was a real boat crash they would be called rite after 23
Typical Obama Voter July 14, 2012 at 01:01 AM
If they want to locate some dummies, they should do a search and rescue at townhall.
Hector July 14, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Mike, thanks for clearing that up because i guess i dont pay any state tax so i guess i didnt pay anything for that waste of space, by the way who drove it to the drill? must be state employees!!!
mike July 14, 2012 at 04:32 AM
No Brick EMS personnel are trained to drive it these units are used alot up in Northern Jersey at fire scenes and help fire victims I personally think this is.a.great addittion to.the emergency field
Tim Cranmer July 14, 2012 at 06:46 AM
I personally would like to say job well done and thank you to all who participated, Laurelton Vol Fire Co, Brick Vol EMS, BTPD EMS, Point Pleasant Vol EMS, Point Boro Vol Fire Co, US Coast Guard, US Coast Guard Aux, and the Brick TWP Junior Firefighters. The residents of Brick TWP and the surrounding areas should be proud and feel safer having the best available equipment and well trained volunteer and career emergency responders that will be on thready when/if they are ever needed. To all my brothers and sisters in Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, and US Armed Forces, STAY SAFE, STAY SMART, LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER, AND EVERYONE GOES HOME!
John Q Public July 14, 2012 at 10:09 AM
Why after 23 if 23 doesn't have divers? That doesn't make alot of sense. Also wouldn't it only be a benefit to have all the proper resources at these interagency drills? All of them working together in concert so when the real emergencies drop everyone is on the same page. I'm sorry sounds like there is some disharmony amongst them. Which only hurts the public and could cause injuries or worse to our first responders. If they were invited and didn't go then their chief should find out why but if they weren't invited to participate then the commissioners should do an investigation and demand the problem be fixed. As a taxpayer it's unacceptable to think that egos are getting in the way of my family's safety. Ninety percent of our emergency services are volunteers and when they are called upon to serve their community they should be checking their squabbling at the door and acting like paid professionals. If they can't get someone in there that can. We the public demand it.
Ed July 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM
John Q Public, You are 100% correct
Joseph Woolston Brick July 14, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Growing up at the Jersey Shore, I had a little knowledge of what the Coast Guard did and that was they went out and helped boaters who ran out of gas or who's bilge pumps stopped working. That was my perception of the Coast Guard until the floods in New Orleans! It was then I learned what the Coast Guard really did, I watched in fascination as they plucked helpless victims off their roofs and brought them to safety. For a time, the Coast Guard was the first and only first responders to actually be able to help New Orleans residents. It was then that I realized how dangerous their jobs were. Why is it, that the Coast Guard is a part of our military that nobody really knows much about? Since those floods, I have seen other Coast Guard documentaries on The Discovery Channel and Weather Channel and I have a whole new respect for what they do and that branch of the military service. As for our local Brick volunteers, all you have to do is happen upon a bad accident or fire and you learn very quickly what these dedicated heroes do for our town, If you receive a donation request from any of our fire or ambulance departments in the mail, try to give generously, I know I do.
Rich Conover July 14, 2012 at 05:01 PM
As a resident of Brick who also has volunteered with the EMS and currently a member of Laurelton Fire, I do not understand the bickering going on here. As far as being called after or before someone, the argument is moot, 23 water team is dual dispached with Brick Underwater Recovery. That means together, I don't know why they were not there, however, and I quote this in reference to John Q. Public only dive team comment, Point Borough Dive Team was there and they do go "underwater". 23 water team is surface rescue and fire prevention. I don't think the members of our team or Brick Dive ever needed clarification on the role of each team. Shouldn't have been an issue with this drill except if you feel slighted in some way. Maybe next comments could list a real name and have on honest discussion instead of hiding behind the name John Q. Public as a way to relate yourself to the public and present that your just a concerened citizen and not a member of a local fire company. If you feel slighted how about contacting the hosting agency and seeing if maybe an oversight occured. We did publicly put this out before the drill took place to "notify the real John Q. Public" so residents where aware of what was going to take place, and not to be alarmed. Thanks to all agencies involved and stay safe and keep serving the communities.
Tim Cranmer July 14, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I agree with you Rich, those with complaints of who was involved or not with this particular drill should contact the chief not complain on the patch.
Joseph Woolston Brick July 14, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Aqualung that was funny. But I highly doubt anyone would have jumped in to save them if it had been the Mayor and Council.
mike July 14, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Im not complaining at all in this discussion I support all the fire companies in the area and do photography with them all as well
beach bum July 14, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Job well done by all....
John Q Public July 14, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I have ever right to ask questions and supply comments on a string that was being commented on already. As for who I am that doesn't matter because I neither dive or belong to a fire department. I'm part of the blue plate special crowd and we have an awful amount of voting ability. Maybe me and a bunch of my friends should hop on the next bus over to a jount commisoners meeting and start raising concerns or better yet run for a commissioner spot next election since the public is never truly represented, I mean that in the sense that most are or have been firemen. I am John Q Public and I will continue to raise concern when ineptitude rears it's ugly face. Rich you had an opportunity to educate and all you could do was be rude and condescending. Who am I, I'm the taxpayer that contributes to you boys and your big toys. Reread my posts all were filled with questions as well as concerns not a single complaint. If you keep hiding behind a curtain or get snarky when a question is raised eventually it erodes the public trusts. Don't forget why you joined to begin with Rich.
beach bum July 14, 2012 at 08:17 PM
It was a drill!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not real a drill I'm sure if it was real all would come........
Rich Conover July 14, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I am fully aware of why I joined and why I do serve. I also posted facts. You surely could run as commissioner or whatever public spot you feel like. That's the beauty of democratic society. I am not behind a curtain my name is my name. I am also anything but "snarky". As for who supplies my big "toys" for us "boys" I am fully aware and thankful to the people of my community for their support. Everything we have, and everything we do is to hone skills designed to protect, educate, and help residents of Brick and our surrounding communites so that we minimze all disasters, and trajedies. Again I educated as well as I can, based on the facts available to me. Thanks again to Point Boro dive, Brick EMS, Brick Volunteer EMS, USCG, Fire Explorers, and the NJ State Police. Concerns and questions are a great thing to hear they educate us further to assist you, but Internet news articles are your least viable way to get your questions heard by the people who can affect change. A joint fire commisoner meeting is one, a township public meeting is also one. I attend them whenever I can. I appreciate you for advising the public of where their true complaints can be heard by the people that can directly affect change.
Daniel Nee (Editor) July 15, 2012 at 07:58 AM
Indeed, Joseph. I've been in touch with some USCG folks since this vid went live on our site and I'm really hoping to do some more stories on what the folks from the Manasquan Inlet and Barnegat Light stations, as well as Atlantic City Air Station, do every day for us!
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
oldsoldier July 16, 2012 at 01:41 PM
@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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