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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



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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