Officials Hold Table Top Drill

table top drill picPHOTOS: Over a dozen officials of the Office of Emergency Management (O.E.M.) gathered today to conduct a table top drill. The drill simulated an emergency plan in response to a large structure fire in the highly condensed and populated West Gate Community, where over 3,500 children alone, reside. Emergency response teams discussed issues such as the fire battling, evacuation, triage centers, crowd control, and more.

Attending the meeting were officials from the O.E.M., LPD, LFD, EMS, LFA, LCSW, Hatzolah, Chaveirim, DPW, Monoc and American Red Cross.

The meeting was held at the O.E.M. building on Pine Street, which is also the headquarters for Lakewood EMS and Lakewood First Aid Squad.

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  1. This makes so much sense, no? First, congest, crowd, overpopulate, snarl traffic, have no roads or parking……THEN, have askoonim meetings to find a way out. There might be another way. it’s called PLANNING.

  2. nice, but to bad the every day responders will always be there especially in the absence of all of these officials. this type of training never gets handed down to the other responders, we never get feed back from any of these drills that get held. i can tell you that i never hear anything from my superior. i can also tell you that alot of these people you’ll probally never see on scene either. so when disaster strikes don’t worry citizens, every responder in town knows how to handle the issues at hand.

  3. OEM when was the last time they were disptached to a scene. are they on the township payroll. since there not used that much can they cut that department.

  4. okay then since there’s only one person paid why can’t that person volunteer also and I dont recall any scenes where this oem agency has been at. i do remember seeing lights at weddings and parties with oem name on it.

  5. whoop says:
    DECEMBER 14, 2010 AT 2:46 PM
    why were the lakewood fire marshalls not there? There are no Lakewood Fire Marshals. The Fire Marshals are Ocean County Fire Marshals and are not involved in planning or preparing Lakewood in time of emergencies..and the Lakewood Fire Chief was there..

  6. responce to #4- The Lakewood Fire Chief takes care of his volunteers. He has a group of firefighters called the “line officers” that pay great attention to details like this so their fire companies as well as any support staff they need will be able to work a fire and not put anyone in harms way

  7. Just a quick ?. Is there going to be a warning when this fire is going to be, this way we might be able to inform the residents TO MOVE THERE CARS THAT ARE PARKED ILLIGALY so that first responders can get to the burning structure.

    Let this be a warning for everyone in westgate and other communities in town,


    Don’t make it harder for the first responders to save YOUR life and property

  8. #13 I don’t think parking was discussed at the drill today, but I did see Sgt. Work from traffic and Safety in the pictures so it may have been briefly discussed.

  9. # 11. Your statement is a bit false. Why? Who inspects all the buildings in town and would have all of the information about a building as to what may be stored, what the building is being used for, how many people are to occupy it, knows the layout, discuss fire dept. access such as fire lanes and zones, access roads and deal with the enforcement of the same? Don’t forget who makes complaints to the building dept. and fire marshals about serious conditions that need to corrected and then investigates them. How many of you know that some of the garages were being rented for commercial storage at one point? So I would say the fire marshal’s staff could be a good resource for planning and preparedness for all agencies involved. In all my dealings with them they have been very helpful with planning and preparedness for all types of events and work very well with all of the Lakewood Police, Fire, EMS and OEM officers and personnel.

  10. I hope there is never an evacuation emergency at the new Somerset Walk development on Pine Street. They are building the Lord knows how many homes and it looks like there is only one road in and out. Seems a bit dangerous to me.
    Can anyone shed some light on this?

  11. Ralph L. was there representing LCSW and Moe H. was there as a OEM volunteer. Neither of them were there for First Aid as they are not line officers.

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