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D Platoon Makes Quick Work of All Hands Boardwalk Store Fire
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The Wildwood City Fire Department responded to 4004 Boardwalk for a report of smoke showing at 11:51 p.m. June 16. Engine Co. 38, under the command of Captain Sacco, and North Wildwood Fire Department Engine 2, arrived and confirmed a working fire and requested the Box Alarm.   Firefighters found fire in the Boardwalk-level store area extending up an interior wall.  The All Hands was transmitted as  Engine Co. 38 stretched 300' of 2-1/2" attack line. The fire was quickly knocked down as ventilation was completed. The store was closed at the time of the incident.

Fire units operated on scene for about one and a half hours. There were no reported injuries. Units operating on scene were Wildwood City Fire Department, North Wildwood Fire Department and Rio Grande Fire Department. Wildwood Crest Fire Department covered the city, along with Middle Township EMS.

The fire was investigated by the Cape May County Fire Marshal's Office and the City of Wildwood Fire Department, and was determined to be accidental (electrical). Damage is estimated at $20,000.
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Spencer Ave. Dwelling Fire for A Platoon

On Wednesday June 3rd just before midnight, the box alarm was transmitted for a reported dwelling fire in the 100 block of West Spencer Ave.  Upon Engine Co. 38's arrival, Capt. Troiano reported fire in the rear of a 1 story vacant dwelling.  Engine 2 and Rescue Co. 3 arrived on scene while F-300 Chief D'Amico assumed Command.  Engine Co. 38 quickly stretched two 1-3/4" hoselines with one going to the rear of the dwelling and the other going inside of the dwelling.  Entry was forced into the dwelling while the exterior fire was knocked down.  The fire was mostly contained to the exterior of the building with minor extension into the dwelling.  Due to the quick response the fire was quickly knocked down and further damage prevented.  The fire is under investigation by the Wildwood City FD and Cape May County Fire Marshal's Office.  Units operated on the scene for about 2 hours before taking up.
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B Platoon 2nd Due on North Wildwood Motel Fire

On Friday May 29th at 03:21 Engine Co. 38 was dispatched on the North Wildwood Box Alarm to 1507 Ocean Ave. the Condor Motel for reported smoke on the top floor.  Engine Co. 38 arrived second due and found light smoke showing from a storage room on the top floor.  Engine Co. 38's crew was assigned to assist Engine 2 in locating the fire.  The motel was occupied at the time of the fire and all occupants were evacuated.  Crews utilized multiple thermal imaging cameras to assist in locating the fire.  The fire was located burning in a partition between an old and new section of the building.  Once the fire was located it was quickly extinguished.  Engine Co. 38 operated on the scene for about 2 hours before being released by NWFD Command.

All Hands Davis Ave. Dwelling Fire for A Platoon

The Wildwood City Fire Department responded to 111 East Davis Avenue for a reported dwelling fire at 11:04 PM (May 17, 2015).  The fire was reported by a subject who walked into the police department.  Engine Company 38, under the command of Captain Ernie Troiano III quickly arrived at the two story, two family dwelling which is across the street from Fire Headquarters and found heavy fire showing from Division 2 on the B side.  Engine Co. 38 along with North Wildwood FD Engine Company 2 arrived and began searching the building and extinguishing the fire.   Heavy fire conditions were throughout the second floor.  The second floor unit was unoccupied at the time of the fire.  The first floor unit was occupied.  The occupants self-evacuated prior to the Fire Departments arrival.     Fire units operated on scene for about two and a half hours.  There were no reported injuries.  Additional fire units on scene were West Wildwood FD, Wildwood Crest FD and Rio Grande FD.  Wildwood Crest FD and Wildwood FD Tower 51 responded to an additional 5 fire calls during this incident.  All due to the heavy smoke condition which traveled throughout the city.  The fire remains under investigation by the Cape May County Fire Marshal's Office and the City of Wildwood Fire Department.    Damage is estimated at $60,000.  Fire damage was throughout the second floor along with smoke and water damage to the first floor. MORE PHOTOS

C Platoon Responds to Davis Ave. Dwelling Fire

The Wildwood City Fire Department Engine Company 38, under the command of Captain Grauel, along with North Wildwood Fire Department Engine Company 2, responded to 148 East Davis Avenue for a reported structure fire at 4:12 a.m. May 14. The fire was reported by Patrolman Stevens while on patrol. He quickly requested the fire department, evacuated residents from the second floor apartment and used a fire extinguisher from the building to keep the fire in check prior to the fire departments' arrival. Firefighters arrived and found fire on a second floor deck area and quickly extinguished the fire with minimal damage to the building. Fire units operated on scene for about an hour. There were no reported injuries. The fire was investigated by the City of Wildwood Fire Department and was determined to be accidental (discarded smoking material). Damage is estimated at $2,000. Fire damage was minimal due to the quick response of Patrolman Stevens and firefighters. Because of Patrolman Stevens' quick actions, especially due to the time of the incident, certain civilian casualties were averted.
We would like to remind residents and visitors to please be mindful of discarded smoke materials. The Wildwood City Fire Department has recently responded to a half-dozen fires involving decks or porches where the fire is believed to be caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.
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D Platoon Handles 26th Ave. Dwelling Fire

At approximately 01:52 on May 9, 2015 Engine Co. 38 was dispatched to 128 W. 26th Ave. for a reported dwelling fire.  However, it was quickly realized that this address is on the Wildwood City side of the border.  Upon arrival Engine Co. 38 found fire involving an exterior shower enclosure attached to the dwelling and exposing the B exposure.   The fire was quickly knocked down by Engine 38 and Engine 2.  Units opened up to check for extension to both dwellings.  Units operated on scene for approximately 1.5 hours before taking up.

Wildwood FMBA Local 50 Supports the Murph Challenge

Today, May 7th, is Lt. Michael P. Murphy's Birthday and to honor his sacrifice for our freedom we are proud to announce our participation and sponsorship of this years "The Murph Challenge". The Murph Challenge is a charity workout in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Michael P. Murphy United States Navy (SEAL) whom died in the line of duty during Operation Red Wing near Asadabad, Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. To read more about Lt. Michael Murphy check out these links: themurphchallenge.com and murphfoundation.org/ .

As Americans we all should know what Michael Murphy did for our freedom, as firefighters we all strive to serve as he did; Honor, Courage, & Commitment. For the second year in a row our members organized and will participate in this challenge on Memorial Day. We expect 100 athletes from various Fire Departments, Police Departments, and lots of other motivated people from all over the Tri State will Honor the Fallen by challenging themselves through this charity workout. This event is hosted all over the country at firehouses, police stations and CrossFit gyms, none quite as unique as the Wildwood Murph. What makes this event special for the athletes is for the second year in a row we are lucky enough to be right on the Wildwood Boardwalk on Memorial Day Monday! If you are up for a challenge or would like to volunteer at the event sign up here:
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Congratulations to City of Charlotte Firefighter Steve Skipton Jr.

The officers and members of Wildwood City FMBA Local # 50 extend our congratulations to Firefighter Steve Skipton Jr. who graduated from the City of Charlotte, NC Fire Training Academy Recruit Class 95 recently.  Steve was awarded the Academic Achievement Award in his class.  Steve is a former part-time firefighter with the Wildwood City Fire Department who served up until last fall.  Steve has been assigned to Engine Co. 21 in Charlotte.  Again, congratulations to Steve and his family and best wishes for a prosperous career.  Stay safe Steve!
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Congratulations to Cherry Hill Captain Dan Direnzo III

The officers and members of Wildwood City FMBA Local # 50 extend our congratulations to Cherry Hill FD Lt. Dan Direnzo III on his recent promotion to Fire Captain.  Dan has been assigned as the Station Commander at Squirt 51.  Capt. Direnzo is a former part-time firefighter in the Wildwood City Fire Dept.  Congratulations to Captain Direzno and best wishes for a continued successful career. MORE PHOTOS

Wildwood City Fire Department Announces Improved ISO Classification Rating
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The Insurance Services Office (ISO) – Public Protection Classification (PPC) for the city of Wildwood improved from a Class 4 to a Class 3 rating, which becomes effective July 1. ISO collects information on municipal fire protection efforts throughout the United States. The communities' PPC rating is evaluated based on emergency communications systems; fire departments; water supply; and community risk reduction efforts. ISO analyzes the above noted data and then assigned a PPC classification from 1 – 10. Class 1 generally represents superior property fire protection while a Class 10 indicates the fire suppression system does not meet the ISO's minimum criteria. The city of Wildwood is one of only 2,891 communities achieving this rating out of over 47,000 jurisdictions evaluated across the country. Insurance companies use PPC information to establish appropriate fire insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties. By securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards for communities that improve their firefighting services. “With the help of the Commissioners of the city of Wildwood, who clearly have put forward their concerns for the safety and welfare of our residents and visitors, we have been able to improve our rating,” said Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Speigel. “We continue to improve our operations, staff assignments, training and equipment, all in an effort to provide the very best public safety protection to our community,” said Commissioner Tony Leonetti. “The men and women of our fire department work very hard for our community and their commitment continues to show through programs such as this.”

C Platoon Makes Quick Work of Poplar Ave. Apartment Fire
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On Sunday April 19, 2015  the Wildwood City Fire Department responded to 107 West Poplar Avenue for a reported dwelling fire at 10:31 PM. While enroute the box was filled due to police officers on scene reporting fire in a wall of an occupied building. Engine 38, under the command of Captain James Grauel along with NWFD Engine 2 arrived and began evacuating the building and extinguishing the fire. Firefighters found fire in a rear wall and second floor deck area. The fire was quickly extinguished with minimal damage to the building. Fire units operated on scene for about an hour. There were no reported injuries. Additional fire units from Wildwood City FD were on scene and assisted in extinguishment and also covering the city. The fire was investigated by the City of Wildwood Fire Department as was determined to be accidental (discarded smoking material). Damage is estimated at  $ 2,500. Fire damage was minimal due to the quick response of firefighters allowing the occupants to also return to their apartments. MORE PHOTOS

Engine Co. 38 and Rescue Co. 3 on Wildwood Crest All Hands Fire
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On Sunday April 12th at 17:54 as shift change was occuring the Wildwood Crest FD was dispatched to 103 E. Syracuse Ave. for a reported structure fire.  WCFD F-401 arrived on scene and reported a working fire with multiple exposure problems.  F-400 Chief Harwood requested the All Hands bringing Engine Co. 38 (C Platoon) and Rescue Co. 3.  Engine 38 arrived second due and stretched a 1-3/4" hoseline through the front door of the dwelling while WCFD was beginning extinguishment of several sheds on the D Side rear of the dwelling.  Engine Co. 38 quickly opened up and prevented further fire extension into the dwelling minimizing damage to the interior of the dwelling.  The fire damaged several sheds, fences, brush, in addition to the damage to the dwelling.  Engine Co. 37 and Tower 51 covered WCFD Station 4 during the incident.  Wildwood City FD units operated on scene for about 1 hour before taking up. MORE PHOTOS

Congratulations to Cape May City Firefighter Harry Godfrey
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The officers and members of Wildwood City FMBA Local # 50 would like to extend our congratulations to Firefighter Harry Godfrey who was sworn in as a career firefighter in the Cape May City Fire Department on April 1st.  Harry is a former part-time firefighter in Wildwood City and his father, Jim, is a retired Captain.  Congrats Harry and best wishes for a prosperous career.

Maple Ave. Dwelling Fire for A Platoon
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The Wildwood City Fire Department responded to 232 West Maple Avenue for a reported dwelling fire at 3:58 a.m. March 31. Engine 38 and NWFD Engine 2 arrived, confirmed a working fire and requested a general alarm. Chief Christopher D'Amico arrived on scene and assumed command. Firefighters found fire in the crawl space in the rear of the dwelling. The stubborn fire was extinguished after approximately one hour. The building was occupied at the time of the fire and the occupants from the second floor were able to safely evacuate after their smoke detectors sounded. Fire units operated on scene for about two hours. There were no reported injuries. Additional fire units from Wildwood City FD were on scene assisting in extinguishment and also covered the city.   The fire was investigated by the Cape May County Fire Marshal's Office and the City of Wildwood Fire Department, and was determined to be accidental (electrical). Damage is estimated at $15,000. MORE PHOTOS

2nd Alarm North Wildwood Dwelling
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On St. Patrick's Day Engine Co. 38 was dispatched on the North Wildwood Box Alarm to 1205 Ocean Ave. for the reported structure fire.  Dispatch advised that PD was on scene confirming a working fire.  NWFD F-200 arrived and reported heavy smoke showing from the attic area and requested a 2nd alarm which brought Rescue Co. 3, Engine Co. 37, and Tower 51 from Wildwood City.  Engine Co. 38 arrived on scene 2nd due and secured a water supply for Engine 2.  Engine 2 and Engine 38 stretched a line to the second floor.  Heavy fire conditions were found in the attic area.  The fire was quickly knocked down with the aggressive Engine work of Engine 38 and Engine 2.  Wildwood City FD units operated on the scene for about 1 hour before taking up. MORE PHOTOS
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D Platoon Makes Quick Work of Pacific Ave. Apartment Fire
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On March 10th at 15:03 Engine Co. 38 and Engine Co. 2 were dispatched to 5309 Pacific Ave. for the smell of smoke.  Engine Co. 38 (D Platoon) under the command of Capt. Sacco arrived within 2 minutes of the call.  Initially there was noting showing from the 2 story occupied multiple dwelling.  A quick investigation found a heavy smoke condition in a first floor apartment.  Entry was made and fire was located in the kitchen.  The fire was quickly extinguished minmizing damage to the property.

Arctic Ave. Dwelling for C Platoon
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The Wildwood City Fire Department responded to 3814 Arctic Avenue for a reported dwelling fire around 8:45 a.m. March 9 .  Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Speigel arrived, confirmed a working fire and requested a general alarm. Fire units operating on scene were Engine 38 and Engine 2 from North Wildwood FD. Firefighters found fire in the attic area where the HVAC unit for the dwelling was located. The fire was quickly extinguished with minimal damage. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire, although SJ Gas Company was on scene, along with a representative for the owner. They were apparently on scene starting the heating unit when the fire occurred. Fire units operated on scene for about 45 minutes. There were no reported injuries. Additional fire units from Wildwood remained in quarters covering the city.

The fire was investigated by the Cape May County Fire Marshal's Office and the City of Wildwood Fire Department, as was determined to be accidental. Damage is estimated at $3,000.

Engine Company 38 and Engine 2 from North Wildwood also responded the same afternoon at about 13:40 hours to a heater fire at 533 W. Andrews Ave.  Units arrived with smoke showing and found fire burning in a heating unit.  The fire was quickly extinguished minimizing damage to the property.
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Congratulations to FF Kevin Tirotta
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The officers and members of Wildwood FMBA Local # 50 would like to congratulate former Wildwood City FD Part-Time FF and NWFD career FF Kevin Tirotta on his appointment to the Mount Laurel Fire Department.  Kevin was sworn in at a ceremony on February 23, 2015 that was attended by his family and friends including members of the WFD and NWFD.  Best wishes Kevin for a prosperous and healthy career in the Mount Laurel FD.  MORE PHOTOS
All Hands Dwelling Fire for C Platoon
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It was a very busy 24 hours for the Wildwood City Fire Department Feb 22-23 conducting ice rescue training, responding to over 20 incidents, and handling an all hands dwelling fire. The Wildwood City Fire Department responded to the area of Baker and Arctic avenues for a reported dwelling fire around 12:30 a.m. Feb. 23. Engine 38, under the command of Firefighter Ryan Troiano, arrived, confirmed a working fire and requested the all-hands be transmitted. Fire units operated in a defensive mode to protect nearby exposures due to the heavy fire involvement of the original fire building, which had already begun to collapse in the rear. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Nearby residences were evacuated as a precaution. Fire units operated on scene for about two and a half hours. There were no reported injuries. The building was a total loss estimated at $20,000. Fire units operating on scene were Wildwood City FD, North Wildwood FD, West Wildwood FD and Rio Grande FD. Several other incidents in the city were handled by Wildwood Crest EMS and Rio Grande FD. The fire remains under investigation by the Cape May County Fire Marshal's Office and the City of Wildwood Fire Department.  MORE PHOTOS

Wildwood City Fire Department Hosts Ice Rescue Training
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While the recent frigid weather has not been conducive to taking a dip in the icy waters surrounding Wildwood, 27 local firefighters took to the ice on Sunday February 22nd to learn surface ice rescue techniques. Under a gray sky and temperatures hovering in the mid-30s, fire personnel from Wildwood, North Wildwood, Cape May, Villas, Green Creek, Erma and Ocean City converged at the Wildwood Marina to learn the ropes of saving lives in winter conditions.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Speigel, the recent rash of cold weather was key in scheduling the training. Ice on the water of the marina was as thick as 8 inches in some areas. Chainsaws were used to cut holes on the surface to allow “victims” clad in thermal, waterproof suits to enter the 36 degree water. “The weather has been very cooperative,” he said. “As bad as it's been for everything, it's been good for this kind of situation. It allows us to do something that we haven't been able to do because the ice hasn't been this thick in recent years.” Under the watchful eyes of instructors from Safety and Survival Training, LLC, firefighters crawled across the ice to make their way to their submerged “victim.” Teams on shore tossed lifelines to the men in the water and waited as rescue personnel attached lines. Once rigged, “victims” were then pulled across the ice and onto the safety of the shore. “There are people who do venture out on the ice in this kind of weather,” Speigel said. “The Wildwood Fire Department makes sure they are trained to handle any and all situations that arise. Fire departments no longer have firefighters, they have “all hazard responders”. Funding for the Ice Rescue equipment was made in part from “Safety Incentive Funds” from the cities Joint Insurance Fund. The Fire Department was recently recognized and awarded the funds for previous safety initiatives which included sending all the firefighters to a comprehensive physical examination free of charge through Deborah's “Captain Buscio Program” and also updating more than 40 Standard Operating Policies within the department. MORE PHOTOS

Engine Company 37 Responds to Avalon Multiple Alarm Fire

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On Thursday February 12th shortly after 11:00 p.m. the Avalon Fire Dept. was dispatched to a reported fire in the 4700 block of 5th Ave.  Dispatch was advising of numerous calls and the possibility of multiple structures involved.  The weather conditions at the time were very harsh with winds of 25-35 mph and wind chills in the single digits at best.  F-1100 Chief Dean arrived on scene and reported a large, 3 story structure under construction fully involved with extension to two exposures and requested a second alarm.   Engine Company 37 was dispatched on the third alarm at around 11:30 p.m.   Engine 37 staffed by 6 members along with F-301 Deputy Chief Speigel responded.  Engine 37 assisted with establishing an additional water supply.  Members then assisted with various fireground duties for several hours.  Wildwood City FD units returned to the City around 5:30 a.m. on Friday morning.   MORE PHOTOS
2 Alarm Dwelling Fire on Wildwood Avenue

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On Saturday January 31st at around 7:00 p.m. the Box Alarm was transmitted for a reported dwelling fire in the area of Wildwood and Hudson Avenues.

On arrival, Engine Company 38 (Captain Sacco) reported a working fire in a 2 story twin dwelling and requested the “all hands” to be transmitted. Engine 38 and North Wildwood FD Engine 2 began a search and fire attack. Fire was traveling through void areas and made its way to the attic area quickly. A second alarm was requested. Firefighters continued an aggressive interior attack but the fire became too intense in the cockloft area. Firefighters were removed from the building and aerial master streams placed into service.

The fire was brought under control after about two and a half hours. Fire units remained on scene for approximately four hours, extinguishing hot spots. Power to approximately 7,000 residents was interrupted due to electrical lines becoming involved in fire.

Units operating on scene were Wildwood City FD, North Wildwood FD, Wildwood Crest FD, West Wildwood FD and Rio Grande FD. Rio Grande EMS was also on scene. There was one firefighter injury from a fall. That firefighter was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center and later released.

Estimated damage to the building is $250,000. The building is uninhabitable. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The fire is being investigated by the City of Wildwood Fire Department and the Cape May County Fire Marshal's Office.
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Congratulations to Firefighter Greg Neill on his Retirement
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As of January 1, 2015 Firefighter Greg Neill retired from the City of Wildwood Fire Department.  Firefighter Neill began his service as a volunteer firefighter in the Wildwood Fire Co. # 1 in 1981.  He was hired as a career firefighter in August, 1996.  He most recently served as the Senior Firefighter on the D Platoon for several years.  Firefighter Neill's late father, William Neill, was a retired career firefighter in the City of Wildwood and his brother Michael is a retired Captain.  The officers and members of Wildwood FMBA Local 50 extend our best wishes to Greg and his family for a long, healthy, and prosperous retirement. Thanks Greg for all of the memories!
WFD Responds to 3,499 Incidents in 2014
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It was another busy year for the City of Wildwood Fire Department in 2014.  The WFD responded to a total of 3,499 incidents.  Engine Company 38 responded to 1,298 fire responses while the Department's ambulances handled 2,201 EMS incidents.   For a breakdown of the responses click here.  Many positive things occurred in the department during the year.  The Department placed a new E-One 78' quint apparatus into service which replaces the old 2001 Engine 38.  The Department was fortunate to have three new career firefighters hired to bring the department back to full staffing by the filling of those vacancies.  The Department was also able to utilize Safety Funds from the Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund to help purchase ice rescue equipment which has been placed in service on Rescue Co. 3.  Several WFD members are already trained as Ice Rescue Technicians and the rest of the department will be going through the  training in early 2015.  In December several members were recogized for their life saving efforts in incidents that occured during the year.  The officers and members of the Wildwood Fire Department look forward to serving our residents and visitors in 2015 and continue to provide the highest possible level of service.
Swearing In Ceremony for Wildwood's 3 New Career Firefighters

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A swearing in ceremony was held on December 12, 2014 at Wildwood City Hall for our three new career firefighters.  Before a packed house of family and friends, Firefighter Dave Bannon, Firefighter Darrick Kobierowski, and Firefighter Matt Long were officially sworn in as firefighters in the City of Wildwood Fire Department.  Remarks were offered by Commissioner of Public Safety Tony Leonetti, Chief Chris D'Amico, and Deputy Chief Dan Speigel.  After being sworn in the new firefighters had their badges pinned on by their family members.  With the swearing in of these three new firefighters the City of Wildwood Fire Department is at full staffing for the first time in nearly 20 years.  The officers and members of Wildwood FMBA Local 50 wish our newest members congratulations and the best for long, prosperous, and healthy careers.  MORE PHOTOS
 
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