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Neptune educates residents for Hurricane Preparedness Month

Story by Lauren Wanko, Correspondent | NJTV | September 29, 2017

In a matter of minutes, storms and other natural disasters can destroy homes and entire communities

“When you consider all of those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, the earthquake in Mexico, the upcoming five year anniversary of Sandy. We use disasters like this unfortunately to help share information with the community to them be better prepared themselves when disaster strikes closer to home,” said Michael Bascom, emergency management coordinator of Neptune Township.

As part of National Preparedness Month, Neptune Township, Neptune City, and other local, county, state and federal organizations partnered to educate residents about protecting themselves and their families during storms and other emergencies.

“You are the help until help arrives. Until someone comes there to help you need to know what to do,” said Bascom.

EMS Manager Bil Rosen taught people how stop massive, life-threatening bleeding.

“Bleeding from an artery is critical. Someone can bleed to death from an artery in as little as two to four minutes, so being able to stop the bleed with tourniquets and wound packing is the ability to save a life,” said Rosen.

Rescue workers demonstrated some of the work they do when disaster strikes.

“The demo behind this, just demonstrates some of our capabilities as far as establishing a rope rescue system, establishing a high point and then having the capabilities to raise a rescuer and lower a rescuer and ultimately a victim,” said Donald Colarusso, team leader of Neptune Township Special Operations.

During a demo, rescue workers simulated a car accident in which the passengers were unable to get out of the car, which was severely damaged. It required the jaws of life to save them.

“The jaws of life, as they’ve been known since the early 1970s, are hydraulic rescue tools. They are extremely powerful and they help to remove the metal from around the people trapped in the vehicle. These tools have multiple uses and can be used if someone was trapped inside a small space in their house or vehicle floating away and they’re not dependent on electricity. They can run on gasoline power, electric or battery,” said Michael Dileo, deputy emergency management coordinator of Neptune Township Special Operations.

Events like this one aren’t only for residents, first responders can benefit, too.

“You have to be on top of your game, a tragedy can strike at any time, a weather event. We have to be above board and we have to able to respond to any situation. We have to be able to have the equipment to do so,” said Edward Kirschenbaum, director of public safety with the Neptune City Police Department.

During Superstorm Sandy, floodwaters wiped out homes and businesses in this community.

Residents are urged to “know your zone.” It’s a Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management initiative in which all of the coastal communities participate and every home is assigned an evacuation zone based on storm surge projection. The assignments are noted “a” through “d,” with “a” being the most vulnerable. Folks can easily find those zones online.

“It’s good to be informed so you know what to have together and how to have an evacuation plan,” said Lindsay Eppley, Neptune Township resident.

Eppley hopes she doesn’t have to evacuate anytime soon, and still she feels better knowing she’s prepared for the next storm.

 

Confined Space Rescue at Construction Site in Neptune Township

20170413_122408 (1)April 13, 2017

Neptune Township EMS was dispatched to a reported fall victim at a work site at Bath Avenue and Beach Avenue in the Ocean Grove section of Neptune Township.

Upon arrival, EMT’s found a male who had fallen approximately 10-12 feet from a first floor into a basement.  EMT’s accessed the patient along with MONOC paramedics, and also identified that this situation was a confined space incident.

At 11:57 AM, the Neptune Township Special Operations Rescue Team was dispatched.

17903951_1295914130473969_1980350954315254037_nUpon arrival, Special Operations team members assessed with on-scene medical personnel and determined that the patient needed to be stabilized and removed via stokes basket.

As the patient was being packaged in the confined space, rescuers topside set up a rope haul system.  Once the patient was ready, the stokes basket was hauled up to the first floor, the stoke was detached from the rope system and the patient was transported by ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

Units that operated at the scene included Neptune Township Emergency Medical Services, Neptune Township Special Operations Rescue Team (Station 34-8), Neptune Township EMS Rescue Services (Squad 34-25) and Neptune Township Police Department.

 

Photo Credit: Chris Spiegel and Kyle Bascom

 

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Neptune Special Operations Team does Collapse Training at vacant house

IMG_3728On March 15, members of the Neptune Special Operations Team conducted a training drill at a vacant building on Division Street.

The two story private dwelling, scheduled for demolition, was a simulated “compromised” structure.  Team members were divided into groups – a reconnaissance group to identify the damage and life hazard; and, logistics group to stage the equipment, staff the cut station and equipment movement as needed.

The incident action plan was to first placed a strut at the front door and struts to the objective area.  Then wood shoring would be built around the struts to fortify the structure.

The shoring that were constructed by the team included a door shore and a double vertical shore.

“It’s a great opportunity to be able to train at a vacant building because for the most part it is not simulated”, said Donald Colarusso, Neptune Special Operations Team Leader.  “This type of building, it’s real construction as opposed to a simulator or pre-build structure specifically for training.”

IMG_3726The drill started at 8:30 am and lasted for approximately two hours.

Units on scene included OEM unit 34-9-85, Special Operations Collapse Trailer, Unexcelled Ladder 34-4-90 and Shark River Hills EMS unit 34-3-56.

The Neptune Special Operations Team is comprised of members from Neptune Township’s Emergency Service organizations including the Neptune Township Office of Emergency Management, Neptune Fire Department’s Unexcelled Fire Company and Shark River Hills Fire Company, and Neptune Emergency Medical Services.

For more information about Neptune’s Special Operations Team, please contact Donald Colarusso at dcolarusso@neptunetownship.org.

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