Take time to listen to the audio and read the story. From what sounds and appears to be poorly trained/poorly lead dispatchers (investigative reports indicate that police are sent to “check out” fires before alerting the volunteer fire department) to a failed and lacking volunteer fire department response, there is a whole lot for many, many areas to learn from this fire.
Of course, we’ll save the discussion of mandatory residential fire sprinklers for another time so some readers don’t suffer a stroke from too much wish for change.
VIDEO OF THE FIRE:
This is hardly a local issue for that one community.
“Listen … we have a fire,” the 89-year-old woman pleaded before her voice trailed off, her words drowned out by smoke alarms. The 911 dispatcher tried to get more, shouting “hello” over the alarms, but the connection was lost. Ms Zielinski died in the Sea Isle City (NJ) fire on Nov. 29, 2018, in a first-floor room in the home less than two blocks from the beach. An autopsy determined Ms Zielinski died of smoke inhalation.
But nearly a year after the deadly fire, it remains unclear what, if any, efforts were made by Firefighters to rescue Zielinski from the burning building, or when Firefighters at the scene became aware that she was trapped inside. An NJ Advance Media review of call logs and reports filed after the fire show a troubling lack of communication and incomplete accounting of the first two hours after the Sea Isle City Volunteer Fire Department responded.
Another resident who had a fire is quoted: ” The cops come and I go where’s the fire truck? And then another cop comes and I go where’s the fire truck? And then ambulances come I go here’s the fire truck?
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE…
DISPATCH ISSUES WHERE THE FD IS OVERSEEN BY THE POLICE CHIEF:
To be very clear-I am hardly anti-volunteer-but I am anti-any fire department that fails to properly staff their first alarm and turn out with well trained and qualified members in a timely manner. There are many volunteer fire departments that train regularly, that staff their firehouses (vs driving from home or work) and that are not overseen by a police chief. It’s just about how badly any VFD wants to genuinely serve their community vs what can be perceived as self serving.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.