The Cape May Fire Department is a combination department consisting of career and volunteer personnel. The career personnel provide EMS coverage for the city of Cape May, West Cape May, Cape May Point, and civilians on the USCG base when there is a medical emergency and provide the first due engine company and truck company at all fire incidents in the City of Cape May. The Cape May Fire Department also provides the first due engine company for the entire island which includes sections of Lower Township. We are also the Rapid Intervention Crew for Station 61 the Townbank VFC ,Station 62 the Erma VFC, and th3 Villas Fire Co. Station 60 in Lower Township.The career staff are all members of IAFF Local 3495.
The volunteer members are called to duty on all box fire alarms and when an additional ambulance is requested, stretching the career staff to capacity. The volunteer members carry their Personal Protective Equipment in their personal vehicles and respond directly to the fire scene. A few members respond to the station to man additional apparatus if it is needed. The volunteer members are an essential part of the fire protection for the City of Cape May and are dedicated members of the department.
The Cape May Fire Department protects the city with three BLS ambulances, three engine companies, one truck company, one rescue truck, a utility 4×4 chevy suburban, a chiefs vehicle, a deuce and a half utility truck for floods and severe weather incidents, and a sixteenfoot aluminum boat for floods, marina fires, or water rescue assignments.
The U.S. Coast Guard Fire Department Station 59 is dispatched on all first alarm assignments with the CMFD .The West Cape May Fire Company, and the Cape May Point Fire Company are dispatched as the second alarm companies. Townbank Fire Co. Station 61 is the designated R.I.T Company for the CMFD.
The residents and visitors of the city are alerted to an emergency with the sound of the Diaphone that sounds when a box alarm is sounded. The career personnel on duty activate the Diaphone from the station house before responding. The code the Diaphone sounds is to indicate where the old pull stations were located throughout the city. to give the vicinity of the incident. The Diaphone has been in use by the CMFD since the 1920′s.
Remember fire safety while spring cleaning
With the arrival of spring come blue skies, blooming flowers and spring cleaning. This is the perfect time for a refresher on fire safety tips that should be followed year-round. Keeping fire safety in mind when doing things around the house, like cleaning dryer’s lint filter after each load of laundry, will help prevent fires.
Important spring cleaning home fire safety tips from the NFPA:
Fact: The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them.
- Clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
- Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing.
Fact: Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
- Ensure smoke alarms are installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Test them at least once a month by pushing the test button.
- Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
Fact: Most cooking fires in the home involve the stovetop.
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
- Always stay in the kitchen when frying on the stovetop.
Fact: Extension cord fires outnumbered fires beginning with permanent or detachable power cords by two-to-one.
- Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use.
- Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.
For more fire safety tips, visit www.nfpa.org/safetytips