Report Examines Dispatching Issues for NJ Fire Department

A report in the Press of Atlantic City examined how dispatching practices may contribute to fire operational issues in the municipality of Sea Isle City, New Jersey.

The Jersey Shore city follows a legal, if controversial, practice of sending police officers to a fire first before calling out firefighters, the report says. Police officials disputed the report’s assertions.

In one car fire incident in May of this year, the Sea Isle City Volunteer Fire Department wasn’t dispatched until six minutes after police arrived on scene. The fire ultimately destroyed the vehicle and a home.

A series of destructive fires have prompted a state investigation and raised questions about whether the city requires a paid fire department, the report said.

The city is co-located with another municipality on a barrier island in Cape May County, New Jersey, in the southern part of the state.


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