Island Heights Fire Boat Extinguishes Boat Fire in Barnegat Bay
Saturday, July 25, 2015 - Around mid-day Saturday, July 25, 2015, upon clearing another call, fire boats from East Dover, Island Heights and Toms River were dispatched for a boat fire in the Barnegat Bay near the Toms River. Island Heights Fire Boat 5316 was the first on scene and immediately began suppressing the fire. It was later assisted by East Dover and Toms River fire boats, as well as the NJSP marine unit and SeaTow tow boat. No injuries were sustained in either incident. Fire Boat 5316 is one of few in Ocean County with fire suppression capabilities, with a fixed piped 500 gallon per minute fire pump capable of flowing two hoselines simultaneously. At the mouth of the Toms River where it meets the Barnegat Bay, 5316 has easy access to the north and south bay areas, allowing for a quick response for either fire suppression or rescue efforts throughout Ocean County.