An actively sounding smoke detector should be reported to 9-1-1 immediately; all persons should exit the property and await fire personnel. If a detector chirps once every 30 to 60 seconds it is most likely a weak battery and is alerting you to replace it. If you need assistance in replacing the battery in your smoke detector, call Fire Headquarters 609-525-9182. You can also click the GREEN BOX on the right side of the page to answer many smoke detector questions.
The Ocean City Fire Department and Ocean City Rescue Squad were combined in 1996 to provide a more streamlined and effective service for the residents and guests of Ocean City.
If there is an Advanced Life Support (ALS) medical call in Ocean City, the closest ambulance and fire engine/truck will respond to the emergency. ALS calls encompass but are not limited to: Heart Attack, Stroke, Seizures, Syncope/Fainting, Choking, Respiratory Distress, and Traumatic Injuries just to name a few. All members of the Ocean City Fire Department are licensed by the State of New Jersey as Emergency Medical Technicians and all fire apparatus are stocked with medical equipment to provide help anyone who may require assistance.
Each emergency is categorized with a certain level of response. Depending on the type of call and the information gathered by the dispatcher, the response level can range from one vehicle to over five pieces of apparatus. As valuable as our equipment is our personnel are even more vital to mitigate an emergency as quickly and safely as possible.
Frequently, we are called to a residence without the homeowner being present. If we are able to make entry into your property without causing damage, we will investigate the reason/cause for the dispatch. Typically it is for a sounding smoke detector or an open door or window. If we’re able to gain entry we will try to remedy the situation and leave a form behind stating the date and reason for entry and any recommended remedies to the situation.
Stop in at any of our three firehouses for a free blood pressure check.
Emergency responses are always evolving and many times while a fire apparatus is traveling to a scene it is evaluated that their services are not required. These companies are made available for the next emergency and turn off their lights and sirens as soon as safely possible.
Our ability to train in homes scheduled for demolition is an invaluable tool for the fire department. The ability to run “true” scenarios where we can breach entryways, windows and walls, make ventilation holes in a roof, and maneuver hoses inside the dwelling are all a great benefit to keeping our personnel at the ready. We appreciate this offer to our department and try to make the most of the opportunity. Please contact Fire Headquarters 609-525-9182.
The Ocean City Fire Department will try to accommodate those that have unfortunately locked themselves out of their home. A police officer will also be called to the scene to verify ownership. You can call 609-399-9111 for assistance.
The Ocean City Fire Department will respond to cut away your bike lock. A police officer will also be called to the scene to verify ownership. You can call 609-399-9111 for assistance.
The Ocean City Fire Department occasionally will respond to other communities to assist with emergencies. Currently, we are contracted to cover any fire or medical emergencies in neighboring Strathmere. Our ambulances transport patients to four area hospitals as well. Any outlying town that needs help can request assistance through the Cape May County mutual aid program. Due to our location we also have a strong working relationship with many other agencies in Atlantic County.
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