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When Superstorm Sandy bore down with with 90-mph winds on the East Coast on Oct. 29, meteorologists predicted the perfect combination for disaster: a hurricane, a full moon and a nor'easter. The storm devastated the New Jersey and New York coas, with raging fires taking out whole communities and communications blacked out from loss of power. Volunteers of the Point Breeze Fire Department experienced the brunt of the intimidating storm, as rapid flood waters destroyed its firehouse and fire burned 111 of the community's structures to the ground.
Chief Marty Ingram and his team survived that night. It was a testament to preparation and training, but also to using the gut to the make right call. In this podcast, Ingram talks about the superstorm, the decisions made and the lessons learned.
In this 20-minute podcast, you will learn:
- Preparing fire personnel for evacuation
- Rescuing fire personnel as well as civilians simultaneously
- Calling on mutual-aid agreements and effectiveness
- Using point-to-point radio communications
- Monitoring firefighters emotional well being
- Using search-and-rescue equipment and future equipment must-haves