Starting at 7:45am, the Middletown Township Fire Department Pipeline Strike Team (Monmouth County’s has seven Pipeline Strike Teams) converged on the location and began to setup their operations. Two pumper engines positioned themselves adjacent to the pier and started the process of using their pumps to draft water from the Sandy Hook Bay. At the same time, additional pumper engines deployed 800 feet of large diameter hose (5" hose) in rapid succession. The pipeline eventually stretched approximately 6,400 feet (1.2 miles) through the terminal parking lot terminating atop two large ladder trucks.
Middletown Township Fire Department First Assistant Chief Tony Citarella declared the drill a huge success. “We didn’t do everything right this morning, which is OK” said Chief Citarella. “After the drill is over, we all get together and identify what was done right, and more importantly, what went wrong”. Chief Citarella added “We are always looking to learn from our mistakes and make corrections so that we can do thing better and safer the next time around”.
Participating in the drill the Middletown Township Fire Department Pipeline Strike Team, Middletown Township Fire Department Fire police and Field Communication Unit and the Port Monmouth First Aid Squad. Units from Atlantic Highlands, Keansburg and Red Bank were on standby to provide coverage in the event of call while the training was in process.