On Sunday, March 2, Millville Volunteer Fire Company Chief Doug Scott, sent a message out requesting members to staff both the main station in Millville, as well as the company’s other station in Clarksville, ahead of the impending winter storm of March 3.
“Normally, our members respond from home or their job during alarms,” said Scott, who has been with the company since 1978. “But with the severity predicted, we wanted as many members in place at both firehouses prior to an alarm. We know snow and ice on the roads leads to delayed responses from our members from both homes and jobs, as well as the conditions slow the response of the fire and EMS units,” Scott added.
The members of the fire company answered the call, as they do so many times with increasing frequency.
“We had 30 members starting at 7 a.m. on Monday who staffed several of the units that would respond to varying types of emergencies,” Scott said.
Millville also increased staffing of its career personnel to ensure rapid emergency medical response from both the main station, as well as the Clarksville station. During the worst of the storm, which lasted until early evening, the company responded to six alarms. There were no significant events in the Millville fire district, Scott noted.
The engine from the Millville station did respond to Roxana to assist with a motor vehicle accident. During breaks between calls, members at both stations participated in drills for both fire and EMS skills.
As the storm began to subside in the early evening, some members left for their homes, as well as jobs. About eight members between both stations stayed in the overnight hours to continue to ensure a timely response for calls for service.
“This storm also gave us a chance to begin utilizing some incident management concepts in regards to personnel and cost tracking,” said Scott. “Incident action plans, personnel tracking, as well as cost tracking, are critical during large-scale or wide-area impact events like Superstorm Sandy.”
“I am thankful to both to our community for the support they have shown us over the years, as well as the members and career staff of the Millville fire company for their hard work and continued dedication to fulfilling our mission to provide EMS and fire protection to the residents, businesses, and visitors of the Millville and surrounding areas,” Scott said.