Weekly Call Summary, July 24 – 30, 2016
Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad Inc. responded to the following calls between July 24 and 30, 2016:
50 Medical calls
7 Fire Alarms
6 Motor Vehicle Collisions
2 Public Assists
2 Brush Fires
1 Controlled Burn
1 Storm Damage Assessment
At 7:31 PM on July 27th, Gloucester Vol. Fire and Rescue Squad responded to Thousand Trails Camp Ground for numerous reports of damage to campsites and trailers as a result of strong thunderstorms that moved through the area. Damages was also reported to the Holly Beach subdivision and to the Highgate Lane area. GVFRS responded with the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office and the Gloucester County Department of Emergency Management to assess damages and complete a thorough search of the effected neighborhoods.
GVFRS led the search, coordinating with other responding agencies to ensure that there were no occupants trapped by damage or debris. No casualties were found or reported, although damage to 10 campers and homes was noted. There was one unrelated medical emergency during the search, and the patient was treated and transported to the hospital by GVFRS. The Gloucester County Department of Emergency Management coordinated arrangements through the American Red Cross for those who were displaced by the storm damage.
All searches were completed by 10:13 PM and units returned to service. Mathews Volunteer Fire Department responded to assist, providing backup coverage at Station 4 in Harcum until GVFRS units were available from the incident. Forty-six members of GVFRS responded for the search, and Asst. Chief C.W. Miller was in command.