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Ventnor City Fire Department

Dial (609)823-7942 for non-emergency use

Ventnor City is a 1.75 square mile community with a year round population of 13,000 increasing to about 25,000 in the summer months. The city consists of both residential and commercial properties. Nine of these properties are from 5 to 20 stories tall. This is a large number of high-rises in the small geographic area, which requires additional resources for fire protection.

The Ventnor City Fire Department was founded in 1906 as a 6 member volunteer department and went to a fully paid department in 1934. Ventnor City is cut in half by an inter-coastal waterway and there is only one city road that crosses it. This road contains a drawbridge to allow boaters to use the inter-coastal. Because of this bridge, a second fire station had to be built and staffed on the Ventnor Heights side.

The Department is a civil service department and is under the command of Chief of Department John Hazlett. The VCFD has 41 sworn personnel including the Chief. Of the 41 personnel, two are staff personnel consisting of the Chief, and one Fire Official. In 2009, the VCFD responded to 3,585 calls. Medical emergencies accounted for 1,847 of these runs. The on-duty shift runs from two stations with two engines, a tillered ladder truck and ambulance. The minimum number of personnel on duty is eight.

The four department platoons work on a 24 hour shift. Change of shifts is at 0800. Salaries for firefighters range from $34,940 to $72,831. Starting salary to top salary takes six years. Approximately two thirds of the personnel reside in the city of Ventnor City with 4 more within one half mile.

Ventnor City Fire Department responds to all medical emergencies in the city. All of the personnel are EMT and defibrillator certified. Ambulance #1 handles all first and mutual aid calls. Ambulance #2 responds to second medical emergency calls, with the third ambulance acting as a reserve. With the continued increase in calls for service, this is being done more often. Off duty personnel are called when needed by a coded alpha-numeric paging system. All engines are equipped with five inch supply line, allowing larger volumes of water over a greater distance. The department continues to house and man a water rescue boat with certified black water search and rescue divers.

A Captain and seven firefighters are assigned to Headquarters along with the following apparatus:

CHIEF'S CAR - 2010 FORD EXPLORER
CAR 1- 2003 FORD EXPLORER
ENGINE # 1 - 1994 KME 1000 G.P.M. PUMPER
ENGINE # 3 - 1987 E- ONE 1000 G.P.M. PUMPER
TRUCK # 1 - 2002 AMERICAN LAFRANCE 100 FT. TILLER
RESCUE #1- 2010 FORD PICKUP TRUCK
RESCUE # 2 DIVE VAN - 1994 FORD VAN
AMBULANCE # 1 -2009 AEV by HORTON
AMBULANCE #3- 2002 AEV BY HORTON
FIRE PREVENTION # 1 - 1999 FORD EXPLORER


Fire Station #2 was built in 1972 and moved from Surrey and Calvert Avenues to Little Rock and Wellington Avenues.

Station #2 is staffed by a Lieutenant and one firefighter. When the Lieutenant is off, a Senior firefighter is assigned in his place. When the Captain is off, the Lieutenant takes his place at Station #1. The following apparatus is housed at Station #2:

ENGINE # 2 - 1997 KME 1000 G.P.M. PUMPER
ENGINE # 4 - 1990 GRUMMAN 1000 G.P.M. PUMPER
AMBULANCE # 2 - 2006 AEV BY HORTON
DIVE RESCUE BOAT - 1989 AVON WITH MOTOR

The Fire Department currently has three thermal imaging cameras. Ventnor was the first area department - and one of the first in the state - to acquire a camera in 1998. All front line vehicles are now equipped with a thermal imaging camera (TIC).

The cameras aid in search and rescue along with determining hotspots after the main body of the fire has been extinguished. This camera was provided from the State at no cost to the citizens. This makes the entire department feel better after the State audit applied outdated data to recommend a cut in personnel when they performed an audit in the city, and then failed to appear for the public presentation.

The Department also switched to an 800 MGH radio system. This allows for better operation of department radios and increases the safety of both personnel and citizens.

The Ventnor City Fire Department has become a state certified training center. This allows new recruits to become certified in-house with a limited amount of time spent away from the city. For the first time in the history of the VCFD, there is a departmental training officer on staff.

In 2001, the Department received two Federal FEMA grants. Ventnor City was the only department in the state to receive two grants. The grants amounted to over $50,000 and the money was used to upgrade uniforms and equipment.

The VCFD along with CHANNEL 6 WPVI, continues to maintain its Smoke Detector Program for elderly and needy citizens. Smoke detectors are supplied and installed free of charge by the firefighters of the Department. To obtain a detector or for further information, you may call the Department at 823-7942

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mailing address: 6201 Atlantic Avenue. Ventnor, New Jersey 08406

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