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PM08203
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« on: March 02, 2013, 06:27:41 PM »

Sea Isle City has introduced a bond issue to fund a pumper.
Ocean City has passed a bond ordinance that includes funding for repairs to all three stations.  Members of Station 2 (29th St) continue to work out of a vacant condo due to Sandi damage.  Also, Ocean City has approved a "Professional Services" contract with Fire and Safety Services for apparatus maintainence.  In New Jersey these type contracts are no bid and generally are used for legal and engineering services.
Brigantine continues to operate with a pumper borrowed from Galloway Twp while Sandi repairs continue on their apparatus.  Also in Brigantine an idea has been floated to have a single chief for fire, police and beach patrol to reduce expenses.  The mayor opposes the proposal.
Margate Station 1 (Washington Ave) members continue to operate out of Longport VFD while repairs continue on the station.  This was a scheduled overhaul unrelated to Sandi.  
In Atlantic City Station 5 (Chelsea Heights) remains closed from Sandi damage.  No date has surfaced for reopening as funding options are explored.  As a result E5 operates out of Station 6 (Chelsea) along side of E6.  To accomodate the apparatus L26R has been switched to Station 4 (Califorina Ave) and E4R to Station 6.  So for the present Station 6 houses 4 engines: E5, E6, E24R & E26R.
 Buried in a lengthy AC Press story on 2/27/13 concerning Mayor Lanford's reelection bid" Langford cut city expenses by reducing top Fire Department brass."
Also in AC, on Friday overhead door repairs were in progress at several stations.  At Station 1 (Maryland Ave) an engine has been using the rear drive thru to respond as an Atlantic Ave door malfuntioned.  Also at Station 2 (Indiana Ave) long due repairs were in progress on the west door.  This has been out of service for an extended time and as a result L22R is quartered in the Shop.
Finally, on Friday a recruit class of 13 graduated.  This is the first class since November 2010 when 20 new members came on.  Another small recruit class of perhaps a few as 6 may commence as early as this month.  
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2013, 05:58:02 PM »

Update:  a consulting contract has been awarded for the ACFD Station 5 roof repairs and the purchasing board has received bids for kitchen equipt for Stations 2, 3 & 5.  This is all Sandy related.

Also, ACFD Engine 5 has been relocated from its temp quarters at Station 6 to new temp quarters at the old Bader Field crash station.  

And lastly, almost all the ACFD reserve pieces relocated as a result of storm damage have returned to their normal stations.  
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2013, 03:51:06 PM »

Updates:  Margate Station 1 (Washington Ave) has reopened after renovations.  (Not Sandy related) All personnel/equipt that had been working out of Longport are back.

Also, the bids are in for the replacement kitchen equipt for ACFD Stations 2, 3 & 5 with the low bid of $39,979.00 to be awarded at the next council meeting.
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2013, 11:37:44 AM »

Interesting that E-5 is now in the Bader Field Station. When the station was built to house the airport truck there was discussion about housing E-5 with them. They also discussed housing a ladder but the old ticket booth for the stadium was a concern. They feared the tiller cab would hit the roof overhang when they made the turn along the curved road.
Shortly after it was completed they farmed out operations of Bader Field and the station became their offices.
The station was built in the mid 80's, I wonder what condition the building is in after the years. If it is in good shape they should keep E-5 there until they decide what will become of the airport area.
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2013, 04:21:09 PM »

The building has been maintained because it has been the home of ACPD special ops.  Various vehicles such as the bomb unit, command post, swat, etc are housed there.  For the present ACFD is using a single bay while ACPD has the rest. 

There has been discussion for years about replacing Station 5 which is the smallest ACFD station.   Until some final determination as to how Bader Field will be developed I don't think anything will happen with respect to new station construction.  I expect the current Station 5 will be rehabbed w/FEMA Sandi funds.
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